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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Resort Offers Walk-Out Beach Access and Fine Dining?

November 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Raleigh Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series "Your Questions Answered" to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are looking to stay is South Beach, Fla. What resort offers the best accommodations that are walking distance to night life, fine dining, a walk right out to the beach, and has a pool?


ANSWER: The Raleigh Hotel 

The Raleigh is an art deco masterpiece. Located in Miami Beach, in the Art Deco District, it is central to shopping, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. There are 104 rooms and suites in the elegant art deco style of the 1940s. The Raleigh boasts the largest penthouse suite in Florida. The hotel's legendary swimming pool with cascading waterfall and sprawling tropical gardens has been featured in movies as well as fashion campaigns.

The Raleigh HotelOccupying the Raleigh Hotel's iconic baroque pool deck, Restaurant Michael Schwartz offers diners a menu inspired by the rich history and singular charm of Miami Beach’s most iconic hotel property. Complete with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s hallmark seasonal ingredient-inspired Snacks, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Sides, as well as renowned pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith's desserts, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch including a market fresh raw bar, and dinner daily, as well as poolside and bar service, boxed beach lunches, and a selection of in-room dining items.

Those who have spent long, lazy days on the sands of South Florida's most beautiful beach will know that the glamorous combination of white sand, warm azure water, and long, sun-drenched days set Miami apart from every other city in the region, and around the world. Plush, rolled towels atop comfy chaise lounges beckon you to make yourself at home. The Raleigh offesr food service right to your chaise, prepared by master chefs.


We recommend the Art Deco Suite. It is a signature Raleigh suite with its signature charm. This suite is 580sq ft, has rain shower for two, a deep soaking tub, a full day bed in a separate living room, and a king bed in master bedroom. All rooms include In-room stereos and DVD players, mini-bars, in-room safes, linen duvets, 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets, Ciel Spa amenities, and concierge service.

 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

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Image of the Day: Doral Golf Resort and Spa

October 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Doral Golf Resort and Spa features championship golf courses, golf practice facility, and the acclaimed Jim McLean Golf School.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa

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Your Questions Answered: What's a beachfront property in Miami Beach that also has Fine Dining?

October 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Betsy Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that's why we're here. Be sure to explore our blog series "Your Questions Answered" to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

 

QUESTION: We are looking for a Miami hotel that provides walk out access to the beach, walking distance to nightlife and fine dining, on-site fine dining, and a pool.


ANSWER: The Betsy Hotel – Miami Beach, FL, USA. 

Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors on Miami Beach's famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a distinguished landmark hotel with 61 rooms and suites. Elegantly designed, the beachfront havens boast sensory details, imaginative amenities, and inspirational design. Relaxed tropical interiors, an intimate courtyard pool, and exquisite finishing touches create an aura that is passionately low-key.  Behind white wooden shutters, a colonial design wraps every guest in exquisite detail; unique raffia accents, dark walnut hardwood floors, and white lacquered cabinetry lend a distinctive texture and depth to the design. Each room combines the latest technology with the architecture and grace of yesteryear. Each of the Betsy’s rooms and suites are private beachside havens.

The Betsy HotelSharing The Betsy's lobby is BLT Steak, Celebrity Chef Laurent Tourondel's iconic modern American steakhouse. Combining the highest quality ingredients with enticing, exacting, French technique, BLT Steak has won an array of awards from experts at Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Saveur, and Wine and Spectator magazines. BLT's Raw Bar offering an exclusive array of sushi opened in July 2012. EBLT Steak is Betsy's room service culinary partner. Designed with a hint of vintage glamour, an underground "speakeasy" entertainment space called, B Bar offers an exclusive and unique venue to host private events, dinners, or receptions. A lobby bar offers live music and signature cocktails. 

In addition to offering a luxury hotel experience that surpasses expectations, The Betsy invites visitors to intimately connect with Arts and Culture. Original art adorns walls and stairways, and concerts and poetry readings abound, offering a gentle embrace to world culture. Guest rooms boast individual literature collections and a Writer's Room hosts visiting artists.  A highly trained, discreet, and attentive staff stands ready to accommodate global travelers. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Posted in: Miami, FL

Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Beachfront and Close to Nightlife?

September 5, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The James Royal Palm
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our blog series "Your Questions Answered" to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a looking for a hotel right on the beach with walking distance to nightlife and fine dining and breakfast option in South Beach Florida- What can you recommend?


ANSWER: The James Royal Palm – Miami Beach, FL

Just steps away from the beach and world famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm hotel is located within the coveted and culturally rich area of South Beach, Miami. Featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler UK & US Magazine's "Hot Hotels of 2013" and now a AAA Four Diamond rated beachfront retreat, The James Royal Palm is an inspiring oceanfront beach retreat. Night or day, a distinct energy is in the air, sparked by travelers, trendsetters, and creative personalities at the forefront of defining what's next.
The hotel serves as a modern tribute to the Royal Palm Hotel’s rich history, keeping intact many signature elements of the original architect's Art Deco design. The compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, artistically-inspired, green glass front desk and porthole windows in the lobby lounge has been preserved and restored.
Just outside the hotel, you’ll find yourself immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and a host of opportunities. Located near amed Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, the destination is an unmatched shopping experience.
The hotel features two swimming pools, two dining options, poolside bar, lobby lounge, full-service spa, Lil' James offerings for children, retail shop and a gym.

Fall rates at The James Royal Palm start at $262 per night >>


All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

View rates, details, and more images of The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York>> 

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Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa

July 31, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.

 

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Healthy Aging Expert Oz Garcia Brings Wellness to The James Royal Palm

July 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James Royal Palms
Oz Garcia, Ph.D., is recognized as the world's leading authority on healthy aging. Dubbed the "nutritionist to the stars" Oz is the go-to guy for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEO's. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 30-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging. Oz Garcia is now bringing his expertise to The James Royal Palm. Miami's newest luxury boutique hotel has partnered with the expertto dev elop a customized, all-natural wellness program that will extend across the property’s offerings, from its spa treatments and personalized nutritional counseling sessions to healthy menu items, in-room amenities and more.The James Royal Palm

Author of the best-selling books Look and Feel Fabulous Forever, The Food Cure for Kids, The Balance, and Redesigning 50, Oz Garcia has designed a distinctive nutritional regimen that promotes a total approach to wellness by integrating healthy lifestyle choices through one-on-one counseling sessions, all-natural spa treatments, nutritious menu items and branded in-room products.

At The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa, Oz will introduce his cutting-edge IV Therapy, a vitamin-drip therapy designed to deliver vital nutrients into the body faster and more effectively than typical oral vitamins, that he will administer when he is on property. Oz IV is part of an overall spa program that blends the best eastern remedies and philosophies, such as salt-infused treatments, with modern medicinal techniques.

The James Royal Palm SpaAdditionally, Oz will host a number of "wellness weekends" throughout the year. During the two-and-a-half-day programs, guests will engage in a variety of enjoyable and challenging activities, including yoga and fitness classes, meditation, private consultations, spa treatments, themed lunches, and will also be available for one-on-one appointments, offering hotel guests and local residents the unique opportunity to craft a personalized wellness program to address each person’s specific goals.

The James Royal Palm

Recognizing the role of diet in long-term health and wellness, Oz worked closely with The James Royal Palm to create healthy and delicious menu items for its restaurants and Coffee Bar. At Florida Cookery, The James Royal Palm’s signature restaurant, healthy options will include: Florida Mahi Mahi with Mojo de Ajo and cucumber quinoa salad, and curry lime organic chicken breast with local farm greens. Additionally, guests relaxing poolside have the option of ordering golden raisin chicken roti and Oz’s Citrus Brain Enhancer Smoothie. In-room guest pantries will be stocked with Oz Brain Enhancement Sticks.

Go on vacation while still staying healthy? Sounds perfect!

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Cooking at Canyon Ranch

February 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Set on 750 feet of pristine beach, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach is a spectacular all-suite oceanfront luxury hotel which offers limitless views, beachfront dining,  and quick access to the vibrant nightlife of nearby Miami and South Beach. Now you can add cooking classes to the list of reasons to visit.

Chef Giovanni Arias and Canyon Ranch nutritionist Larisa Alonso team up every other Tuesday at 3pm for
inspiring healthy-cooking demonstrations, each with a different theme. Larisa answers all your questions about healthy eating while you sharpen your technique and add to your repertoire of easy, great-tasting dishes. You’ll watch Chef prepare a delicious three-course late lunch for you to enjoy.

Classes are open to the public but space is limited. Room rates currently start at $860 per night for a suite stay from March 4-6.

The schedule of topics is below:

March 5 – Vegetarian Powerhouses: Tofu & Fish Dishes to Savor
March 19 – Breads: The Joy of Kneading
April 2 – Sensational Sushi at Home
April 30 – Farm to Table: Making the Most of Great Ingredients

 

Bon Appetit!

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Image of the Day: Hilton Bentley

February 16, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Centered on a breath-taking beachfront location with awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Art Deco District, Hilton Bentley is located a few steps away to some of South Beach's finest including Prime 112, Prime Italian, Nikki Beach, Smith & Wollensky, Joe's Stone Crab, high-end shopping, and the area's renowned nightlife scene.

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South Beach Food and Wine Festival-Where to Stay

February 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.  This year, it's being held from February 21-24. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended nearly 50 events featuring more than 150 celebrated chefs and over 250 wineries, spirits producers, and non-alcoholic beverage suppliers. Events include star-studded receptions, seminars, tastings, dinners, brunches, and concerts.

So where should you stay? Fontainebleu Miami Beach is presenting Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America, where proprietors and wine-makers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals and to speak to attendees about their individual processes. As of this writing, nightly room rates start at $489.

Fans of Guy Fieri won't want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Food Network star team up with reggae legend Ziggy Marley for a closing party concert at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.  The party starts at 6:30 Sunday February 24, and the luxury hotel has rooms available starting at $529 per night.  Marley will be presenting  Ziggy Marley Organics™, a organic line of the World’s First flavored coconut oils and roasted flavored hempseeds.

Don't miss Paula Deen!  She'll be at the VIP opening reception at the Delano Hotel. Paula and her sons, Jamie & Bobby, will be hosting Moët Hennessy's The Q. More than 40 of the top BBQ chefs from across the country will grill up chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts from Omaha Steaks with smoky side dishes.
Oceanview rooms are still available for the festival, starting at $939 per night.

Other rates available in Miami for the festival include $255 per night at Riviera Suite South Beach,  $383 per night at Epic Hotel Miami, and for a true splurge $2159 for a Marvelous Suite at W Hotel Miami.

Eat, drink, be merry, and sleep in luxury!

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