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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.

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.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Hilton Bentley >>

 

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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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Image of the Day: The Betsy Hotel

February 2, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

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.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at The Betsy Hotel >>

 

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #4 Miami

December 28, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

Five Star Alliance features 54 luxury hotels in Miami. 

What Makes Our Guests Love Miami?


-Miami is one of the nightlife centers of the United States. Nightclubs, a vibrant music scene, great restaurants and more than 15 miles of beaches are just part of the draw of Miami. The annual average temperature is 76F and there are more than 250 sunny days per year. 

-The only Everglades eco-system in the world.

-Miami is the largest cruise ship port in the world.

-Miami Beach is known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas’ due the sheer number of wrecks. There are over 50 diveable wreck sites. 

-12 million visitors every year.

-Sports fans can catch a game featuring the hometown talents of the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins,  or Miami Heat. 

Where to Stay?

-Plan your Valentine's Day getaway to the warmth of the Florida sunshine. Intercontinental Doral at Miami has nightly rates starting at $208. Betsy Hotel (pictured below) has nightly rates from $465. The James Royal Palm has nightly rates starting at $552. 

Did you know?
-Miami Beach's Art Deco District contains the world's largest collection of Art Deco Architecture. 800+ buildings.

 

Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Miami>>

 

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Acqualina Spa Voted Top Spa in 2012!

October 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida was voted as having the top spa in Spafinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012 in six categories including Best Beach Spa, Best for Accommodations, Best for Interior Design and Best for Men. This recognition is awarded annually to the top ten most voted spas by spa-goers around the world.

This luxury hotel’s 2 story oceanfront European spa encourages guests to show up 60 minutes (that’s right, an HOUR) prior to their treatment time to enjoy freshly prepared teas and organic treats as well as relax in the Relaxation Lounge and take advantage of the Heat Experiences including the Crystal Steam Room, Ice Fountain, Experience Shower, Spa Pool, Jacuzzi, Roman Waterfall and Sun Deck. Any spa that features extra amenities along with exceptional service and a wide range of treatment options deserves an A rating in our book!

Explore the Acqualina Resort and Spa here!


Fun Fact Friday! September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

September 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month, an observance created by the U.S. Senate five years ago, and Miami is embracing the celebratory spirit (no pun intended). Turnberry Isle Miami is celebrating with daily bourbon tastings through the end of September every night at 6:00PM. For $20, mixologist Peter Roca serves up samplings of Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year and A. H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year along with the restaurant’s signature butter truffle popcorn. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to get the college gang together for a reunion and discuss the world over bourbon and cigars. Make your reservations at the Turnberry Isle Miami here >>


Image of the Day: The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

September 8, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

The St. Regis Bal Harbour's main ocean pool designed with ample
comfortable chaise lounges and daybeds and private Oasis Cabanas.

 


Best Rooftop Hotspots: The Betsy Hotel

August 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has gone through its collection of 520 luxury hotels in over 70 countries and put together a list of its top hotels with the best rooftops. Ranging from a rooftop restaurant to a rooftop pool with stunning city views, be sure to check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring these happening hotels with rooftops worth exploring.

The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida tops the list with its rooftop solarium and wellness garden which offers incredible views of the ocean and allows guests to take in the soothing environment. The sole surviving example of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive, the Betsy Hotel is a distinguished historic landmark featuring 61 intimate rooms that are private beachside havens. Be sure to explore the spa facility which is located in the rooftop solarium and features three cabanas providing a personalized treatment experience. Make your reservations at the Betsy Hotel here! Be sure to check in with us again to discover the other luxury hotels with happening rooftops that made the list!


The Trump International Beach Resort is the Perfect Vacation Spot

August 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Trump International Beach Resort is a 32-story, 390-room romantic hotspot and happening family vacation zone. It’s rare that a luxury hotel can embody both categories and provide the perfect vacation for all, but the Trump International Beach Resort is one of those rare and fortunate finds. Pristinely located on the Atlantic Ocean in Sunny Isles Beach, this luxury hotel has four fine dining restaurants and lounges, a full service fitness center, and a Just Us Kids program to offer. Your kids can partake in morning and afternoon activities such as beach and pool games, and arts and craft projects lead by specially trained counselors. One of the best features at the Trump International Beach Resort is that its brand new Bella Beach restaurant and bar is located right on the sandy beach and has a dining area, bar, and luxurious daybeds and lounge chairs. Relax on the sand with the best ocean views by only taking a few steps from the hotel. Return from a day at the beach and lounge by the six million dollar pool complex complete with waterfalls, hot tubs, and lush tropical foliage, and then retire to your oversized room ranging from 550 to 1,773 square feet. Make your reservations at this phenomenal luxury hotel and start packing for the perfect vacation!