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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.

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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Did You Know? Omni Royal Orleans

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Omni Royal Orleans


Inside the luxury hotel that is now Omni Royal Orleans is the historic Rib Room. The steak-heavy restaurant, unusual in a town known for Po'Boys and seafood, has served dinner to a galaxy of stars, including  Luciano Pavarotti, Muhamad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Louis Armstrong, Richard Nixon, Paul Newman, and Harry Connick, Jr. But that's not the hotel's only claim to fame. The ideas for the Superdome and the Louisiana Jazz Festival were developed in one of Rib Room's private dining areas. 

The culinary team at the Rib Room strives to incorporate unique and locally sourced ingredients wherever and whenever possible. 

 

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Healthy Gourmet Dining at Canyon Ranch in Lenox

June 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Canyon Ranch Healthy DiningAt renowned Canyon Ranch in beautiful Lenox, Massachusetts, the air is sweet, the scenery is perfect, and the food is a joy for body and soul. Explore the many possibilities of this unsurpassed health resort, such as fitness classes, hiking, sublime spa services and culinary experiences that will thrill you. Plus, first-time guests save 20% on this all-inclusive dream vacation, now through December 23, 2014 – a delectable deal!


Discover the award-winning cuisine that meets the high gourmet and nutritional standards of luxurious, all-healthy Canyon Ranch. Your stay includes three meals a day, and you’re sure to find favorite new dishes.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn the secrets of top Ranch chefs through group or private cooking classes, workshops and complimentary lunch demos every day. And for the most focused culinary experience, check out our Canyon Ranch Cooks featured events, led by top chefs, July 30 – August 3 and October 1 – 5. You'll take home great inside tips, new skills and practical knowledge for preparing scrumptious dishes that are also good for you. Canyon Ranch Healthy Dining

Canyon Ranch cuisine is created by chefs and nutritionists who work together and use only the best fresh ingredients, organic and locally sourced whenever possible. You can sample everything from salmon to tiramisu, or choose meals that are gluten-friendly, vegetarian, vegan or specially prepared with your health priorities in mind. It’s all delicious!

Have a particular food interest? Meet with a Canyon Ranch nutritionist who can answer your questions concerning weight loss, a special diet, balancing your meals and more. You can even ask for help in planning delectable, healthful meals throughout your stay, so you always have the best possible dining experience.

Savor the Canyon Ranch experience, the healthy vacation of a lifetime!

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

June 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Elegantly enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range, Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is one of the most esteemed luxury resorts in Palm Springs, CA, an elegant retreat where both palm trees and snow-capped mountain views provide a delightful visual choice. From a mountaintop overlooking world-famous Palm Springs and the picturesque Coachella Valley, the hotel's desert surroundings are reflected in a decor that reveals natural elements of stone, wood and fire. From the 244 guest accommodations that feature private balconies and patios to spa treatments that awaken the senses with indigenous herbs and plants to dining that serves local California fare at its freshest, let us open your eyes to an oasis that will touch both your soul and adventurous spirit.

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

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Did You Know? The Adolphus

June 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Adolphus

The Adolphus, a baroque masterpiece, has been a legend among Dallas historic hotels since 1912, when St. Louis beer baron Adolphus Busch was approached by city founders to erect a luxury palace worthy of the Lone Star State. Style, elegance and grandeur came together in 21 stories of historic beaux arts splendor that critics named "the most beautiful building west of Venice."

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Image of the Day: Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

June 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa's fountain reflects the hotel's Monterey Bay location. The hotel has the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the gentle sounds of the surf, the fresh scent of sea air and the sight of otters, seals and dolphins at play.

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

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New to Five Star Alliance: SLS Las Vegas

June 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

SLS Las Vegas brings its playful yet approachable style and sophistication to the legendary site of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino when it opens it's doors on August 23, 2014. It was here legends like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. crooned, lounged and played, and where The Fab Four stayed during the height of Beatlemania. Over 60 years later, SLS reimagines the resort's iconic history. SLS Las Vegas is now an all-encompassing, mixed-use resort and casino with 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and a collection of sbe's acclaimed restaurant and nightlife brands. SLS Las Vegas will provide an approachable experience that will feature The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Katsuya by Starck, multiple unparalleled nightlife offerings, retail by Fred Segal, and additional brands currently in development.

SLS Las Vegas

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Restored Cabana Cafe and Private Cabanas

June 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel, long known as "The Pink Palace," is famous for legendary service, guests, and pool.  Steeped in Hollywood history and legendary mystique, the beloved pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel has always been home to starlets and movie icons, as well as the setting for numerous classic films.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool


The whole pool area has undergone an update, courtesy of renowned hotel and restaurant designer, Adam Tihany. The redesign has included the Cabana Cafe, private cabanas, and the addition of a new Pool Terrace, now allowing for private parties at the hotel's famed pool. The legendary luxury of the pool area has gone an update, but the historic integrity of it has been maintained.

Guests enjoy the complimentary "pop up refreshments" throughout the day:

· Mini Soft Serve Cones
· Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
· Otter Pops
· Mojito Pops
· Mini Lava Flows
· Kiwi-Strawberry Lemonade Cooler
· Li HingMui Pineapple
· Refreshing Evian mist

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool Loungers
 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hawaiian Resort?

June 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa
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 in Hawaii What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

Your family's ultimate Hawaii getaway begins at the Grand Wailea Resort, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award 14 consecutive years. Feel the sands of Wailea Beach between your toes. Unwind in the whirlpools of Spa Grande. Indulge in the cuisine of Alan Wong's Amasia. There's no shortage of unique activities to explore at the Grand Wailea.

Surrounded by the rising slopes of Haleakala and the expansive azure blue of the Pacific Ocean, the design of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort captivates and delights the senses. Enjoy the lush, Polynesian beauty of an elegant Maui hideaway, providing an incomparable destination for relaxation and playful adventure.

Grand WaileaFor Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

Deluxe Ocean View 2 Queen connects Deluxe Ocean View. There is an additional per night fee to guarantee connecting rooms. Deluxe Ocean view rooms offer the best views in the Grand Wailea. Located on the upper floors of the Haleakala, Wailea and Molokini wings, these luxury accommodations provide ocean views from your lanai, perfect for enjoying Maui’s memorable sunsets. With beautiful ocean views, King bed or two Queen beds. Appointed with feather duvets and pillows and with spacious with a private lanai that is perfect for enjoying brilliant Maui sunsets.

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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Four Seasons Philadelphia Takes Guests Behind the Scenes at the Barnes Foundation

June 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

Art lovers will want to plan a trip to Philadelphia. There are numerous renowned museums and historic landmarks withing walking distance of the AAA Five Diamond hotel, and now the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is taking advantage of its location with a special insider tour of the Barnes Museum. 

The Barnes has a world-class collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Featured artists include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, and Amedeo Modigliani. It also displays examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings, and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean and Asia. 

Four Seasons Philadelphia

Now you can get your Degas on without battling all the crowds. The hotel has paired up with the museum to offer a few special guests a private after-hours tour of the Barnes. Through an exclusive partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, guests will get unprecedented access to view the masterpieces, accompanied by an expert Barnes Foundation conservationist who will offer insights, explain Dr. Barnes' distinctive and meticulous display style, and deepen your knowledge of art. After your private two-hour tour, spend the evening relaxing in a luxury room overlooking the Parkway Museums District.

All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract and do not apply to groups. Rates are per room, per night, vary by arrival date and/or length of stay, and do not include applicable taxes, service charges, levies, resort fees, gratuities or surcharges, unless otherwise noted. Early departure fees may apply. Rates are subject to change.

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