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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.

Image of the Day: Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

August 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa is a private getaway in the heart of Napa Valley. Each of the 12 rooms is distinctively designed in chic yet comfortable decor, with painstaking attention given to even the smallest details. Hidden away on three verdant acres, the luxury boutique hotel has a spa, special winery tour packages, and views of the Napa River.

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Auberge du Soleil

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil's guests can enjoy a side of Napa Valley views with their breakfast. 

Auberge du Soleil

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Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Napa Valley Hotel for a Family of Six?

April 4, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Carneros Inn
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: What are some family friendly resorts in Napa, Ca for a family of 4 Adults and 2 children ages 8, 10?

ANSWER: The Carneros Inn   

Nestled among 27 acres of seemingly endless rows of grape vines, unspoiled farmland, and scenic apple orchards, The Carneros Inn's design was based on cues from the local countryside - including barns, silos and ranchers' cottages - and combined with stylish, modern interiors - to capture the region's distinct charm as well as the needs of sophisticated guests. Gravel paths that crunch underneath your feet, private gardens where you can enjoy a glass of California's finest wines, exclusive dining at the first class Hilltop restaurant, outdoor showers under a blanket of stars, crisp white linens, and decadent spa treatments inspired by local ingredients ensure an experience you'll never forget. Whether you're here to get away from it all, or to get together with friends and loved ones, there is something for everyone at The Carneros Inn. Canine family members are welcome as well. 

The Carneros Inn

Kid-Friendly Activities and Amenities at The Carneros Inn Include:
-Complimentary bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis for guests 14 years of age and older
-Two swimming pools, which are heated to 82 degrees year-round: The Hilltop Pool, which is reserved for adults only, and Otto's Pool, which is designated for families and fitness. Otto’s Pool is comprised of an infinity edged lap pool, hot tub, cabanas and children's pool. Pool toys are available, and the zero-edge wading pool is perfect for small children.
-Two professional-size bocce courts are located on the lawn of the Town Square.
-Reception offers a variety of DVDs and games for families to enjoy on a complimentary basis
-Take a Break sends nannies to the Inn to care for children and give adults some time away.

Nearby Activities for Kids Include: 
-Scientopia Discovery Center
-Playground Fantastico
-Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
-Train Town
-Cornerstone Gardens
-Triple Creek Horse Outfitters
-Jelly Belly Factory
-Six Flags Theme Park
-Safari West

Carneros Inn


For Your Family Needs, We Recommend: 


Carneros Courtyard Home - Experience the ultimate in Wine Country living in a private Carneros Courtyard Home. This gated area offers the utmost in privacy while still allowing you access to all the amenities The Carneros Inn has to offer. With approximately 2,400 square feet indoors and over 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space, this private home will give you ample room for both private time and entertaining your guests. Each of the villa-like homes offers: A great room with 16-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a dining area, a well-appointed kitchen with Viking appliances, two master suites (both with luxurious master baths), a den that can be closed off as a third bedroom with its own bath, French doors that open onto a private landscaped courtyard, and an upstairs sun deck with teak furniture and views of the countryside.

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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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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Napa Valley Luxury Hotel?

March 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 a family of 4 and looking to stay is Napa, CA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa NapaNestled on the banks of the Napa River, in the heart of North America's premiere wine growing region, The Westin Verasa Napa is a serene, relaxing haven seamlessly blended with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Explore Napa's beautifully restored architectural gems, attend outstanding performances in the renowned Napa Valley Opera House, frequent fine art exhibitions, drop in on jam sessions, and sample world famous cuisine.
At The Westin Verasa Napa, each of the stylish suites encourages you to unwind with soft Heavenly® Beds and inspiring views of historic downtown or the Napa River. Channel your energy in the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility or dive into the calming essences of the heated outdoor pool. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at La Toque or savor a nightcap at our newly designed wine bar—Bank Cafe and Bar.

For Your Familys Needs, We Recommend

2 Bedroom Suite Non-smoking
-The two Bedroom King Suites feature deluxe living and dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and luxurious bedroom accommodations. Each kitchen features oak slab cabinets with stainless steel finished pulls on lower cabinets, and solid granite slab countertops and granite tile backsplashes complete the kitchen's sleek look and feel. All of the kitchens boast stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, electric range, and microwave, making it easy for each guest to recharge at their leisure. The functional breakfast bar includes stools, making for plenty of space for family or friends.
Westin Verasa NapaThe modern living room is flanked with comfortable custom built furniture, accented in a dark walnut finish, while the upholstered sofa bed provides pleasingly aesthetic colors inspired by the Napa landscape. Sip your favorite glass of wine as you spend each evening unwinding on the expansive balcony found in every Two Bedroom Suite. Each of the two bedrooms features legendary Heavenly Beds® and luxurious white bed linens, while two signature Heavenly Baths® leave you well-rested and restored at the beginning of each day.

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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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Your Questions Answered: What do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3?

December 2, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Meritage Resort at NapaWe 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: What do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3, 2 adults and 1 child age 11?

ANSWER: Meritage Resort at Napa offers you the best of California's Wine Country, featuring the area's only underground luxury spa and tasting room. Convienently located to best explore both the Napa and Sonoma Valley's extraordinary vineyards and wineries, The Meritage Resort is perfect for those who enjoy gourmet dining, great wines and Napa's casually elegant activities. The Meritage Resort welcomes you with a warming fireplace stoked with the staves of oak barrels from local wineries, 158 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, a wine bar, resort swimming pools and fitness centers, an intimate wedding chapel, and stylish special event spaces.

For your family, we recommend you choose rooms with 2 queen beds or King bed and sofa bed. Choose from a Double Queen Room or a Standard King Room, both featuring Tuscan-inspired decor with rich woods, comfortable seating and premium bedding for your ultimate relaxation. Guests can enjoy wireless and wired high-speed Internet access, executive work desks and 32-inch plasma screen televisions with DVD players. The spacious bathrooms have marble-topped vanities, Gilchrist and Soames amenities, and plush robes.

For even more luxury without upgrading to a Suite, The Meritage Resort offers a Superior King Patio Extended Room. These luxury Napa accommodations offer vineyard views, one King bed and a large balcony, as well as pull-out sofa bed for your convenience.

Your soothing home away from home awaits at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Wine Country California.

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: Solage Calistoga

November 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Solage Calistoga is situated on 22 acres in the heart of Northern California wine country, and surrounded by panoramic Mayacamas and Palisades mountain ranges.

Solage Calistoga

Current nightly rates at Solage Calistoga start at $360 per night>>

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Did You Know? Meadowood Napa

October 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Meadowood Napa

Ninety-six percent of Napa Valley vineyards are family-owned. At Meadowood Napa, guests are invited
to come together every afternoon for a tasting of outstanding Napa Valley wines. The luxury resort typically
feature two varietals, one red and one white. On Friday afternoons the tradition is to share a Napa Valley
sparkling wine to welcome the weekend.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #4 Auberge Du Soleil

December 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts 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!

Coming in the #4 spot is the Auberge Du Soleil which is located just off the Silverado Trail, outside of Rutherford, overlooking Napa Valley. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- All accommodations at Auberge du Soleil feature Mediterranean-inspired decor with original contemporary art

- Auberge du Soleil began as a restaurant created by visionary restaurateur Claude Rouas

- Maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees

- Auberge Spa occupies a 7,000 square feet stucco building, overlooking the Napa Valley

- Napa winery tours can be arranged in advance

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations ins 2012: #13 Napa

December 20, 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!

                                                    

As of today, Five Star Alliance features 15 luxury hotels in Napa, California. Napa, or Napa Valley  is the term used for an area of Northern California known for its regional wine industry. Cities in the Napa Valley include Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, and Napa.

Why do our guests love Napa?

- Napa Valley is home to more than four hundred wineries, including well-known producer Mondavi. Grape varieties grown include Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  

-The famous hot springs found in Calistoga are known for their relaxing and restorative properties. There's also the Old Faithful geyser, which erupts every 40 minutes. Solage Calistoga (pictured below) has a 20,000 square foot spa and is offering nightly rates as of this writing that start at $350.

-Visitors enjoy the creative ways to taste the grapes, like the Napa Valley Wine Train. Ride and quaff in restored 1917 Pullman train cars.

-The accommodations in Napa range from LEED Platinum-Certified Bardessono to the sophisticated urban boutique style of Andaz Napa to the foodie paradise that is Auberge Du Soleil.

Where to Stay?

-The peak time for wine tasting in Napa Vallye is May through October.  As of this writing, a mid-May stay at Carneros Inn (pictured at top) starts at $466 per night.  Yountville's Vintage Inn has nightly rates starting at $370. Plan a bit further ahead for a mid-August stay and nightly rates start at $299 at the Westin Verasa Napa, or splurge at Calistoga Ranch, where a deluxe lodge with private fireplace and outdoor shower is $850 a night.

Did you know?

-About 5 million people visit Napa Valley each year. 

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