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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.

Did You Know? Winter Haven

December 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Winter Haven was designed by acclaimed architect Albert Anis, and its glamorous facade was first unveiled on Ocean Drive in 1939. Originally crafted as a simple yet sophisticated ocean front hotel, much of the hotel's historic soul and the elegance of the Art Deco design remains today.

Winter Haven

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Great Oahu Luxury Hotel for a Family of Six?

December 28, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Turtle Bay Resort
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 6 and looking to stay is Oahu, Hi. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: We recommend Turtle Bay Resort.


Turtle Bay Resort has almost five miles of beachfront that includes the beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn, and of course Turtle Bay. Only 45 minutes from the high pulse and energy of Honolulu, guests enjoy the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle and Spectacular Ocean views. Just minutes away, find one of Hawaii's most popular destinations, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and many other famous Oahu attractions. Oahu, the one island that has it all, Turtle Bay Resort offers a true Hawaiian outer-island experience. Because of the resort's unique position on the island, all of the 375 luxury guest rooms, 26 suites, 42 beach cottages and luxury ocean villas offer picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort features two lushly landscaped pools, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining, and shopping.

Turtle Bay ResortFor your family, we recommend Turtle Bay's Ocean Villas. Elegantly furnished with a masterful blend of luxury and style, Turtle Bay’s Ocean Villas surpass any oceanfront resort accommodations on North Shore Oahu. Enjoy exclusive amenities, such as a private pool, Jacuzzi, courtyard and barbecue area. Just steps from the beach, the Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort are the perfect setting for relaxing and playing in Oahu's Fabled North Shore luxury.

-The Villa Studio, 3-Bedroom offers: Living Area with Sleeper Sofa, Lounge Chairs, Coffee Table and Entertainment Cabinet, Dining Area equipped with Silverware, Dinnerware, Glassware and Stemware, Brazilian Chestnut Wood Floors, Granite Kitchen Countertops, Sub Zero refrigerator, Wolf Cooktop, Oven and Microwave Oven, Dishwasher, Quality Cookware and Small Kitchen Appliances, Travertine Marble Stone in the Entry-way, Kitchen and Bathrooms, High Speed Internet, Bose Home Entertainment System and Flat-screen TVs with Cable, Super Capacity Washer/Dryer, Private Lanai with Sitting Area and is Steps to the Bay View Beach.

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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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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis has reopened in Minnesota's largest city following an extensive $22 million top-to-bottom total transformation. Situated along the tree-lined streets of Nicollet Mall, this downtown Minneapolis hotel is minutes from the theater, museums and cultural centers; and is directly connected to the Minneapolis Convention Center by enclosed skyway.

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis 

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Did You Know? Inn and Spa at Loretto

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn and Spa at Loretto sits at the end of the historical Old Santa Fe Trail. Built on the site of the Sister's of Inn and Spa at LorettoLoretto girls' school, the Inn shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel. The chapel is home to the spiral staircase known as the Miraculous Staircase. Why is it a miracle? Because no one knows who built it, or how they built it. 

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to reach the choir loft. The sisters consulted carpenters, but the craftsmen agreed that the only solution was a ladder. Since the chapel is small, the ladder would take up too much space. 

Legend has it that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth day of prayer, a man appeared looking for work. He was hired, completed the circular staircase, and then disappeared. The Sisters searched fruitlessly for the carpenter. Unable to find him, some concluded that the man was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.

In addition to the mystery of who built it, the staircase is a construction mystery as well. The stunning staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without any nails. 

It's a mystery. 

 

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Image of the Day: The Villas at Snowmass Club

December 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas at Snowmass Club is a 19,000 square foot mountain club paired with spacious villas offering guests premier amenities to enjoy during a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. It is situated in Snowmass Village overlook Mt. Daly and the Elk Mountains, and is minutes from the Two Creeks chairlift. 

The Villas at Snowmass

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Bostonian Hotel

December 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Bostonian Hotel has undergone a $24 million renovation, offering a contemporary and comfortable haven amidst the bustle of downtown Boston. Guests are welcome to unwind in front of the lobby's fireplace, admire original art installations and make the most of the quiet reading area. Guests will also be delighted with the hotel's spacious, clean rooms and suites, complete with an array of high-quality finishes. Details such as pillow-top beds, Frette linens and 40-inch high-definition televisions will enhance your experience and make your stay extra special.

Millennium Bostonian Hotel 

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Image of the Day: The Edgewater Hotel Seattle

December 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Resting atop Pier 67 on Seattle's sparking Elliott Bay, the four story 223-room The Edgewater Hotel Seattle is Seattle’s original waterfront hotel. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, The Edgewater Hotel remains as Seattle's only waterfront hotel and has become a beloved local landmark.

Edgewater Hotel Seattle

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Image of the Day: Barcelo Huatulco Beach

December 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Huatulco Beach is on the bay of Tangolunda, one of the largest among the 9 bays of Huatulco. The resort is situated right on the beach front. Guests can enjoy the sea, the swimming pool or go for a stroll on the beach, as they are all just a few steps from the rooms.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

December 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled at the gateway to Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is within walking distance of most major attractions. Just steps away from renowned Rush Street, this four-diamond Chicago hotel offers stylish accommodations with luxury amenities, modern event facilities, irresistible dining options and gracious service.

 Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

 

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Studio Living at The James New York

December 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James New York
The James New York
is a 114-room luxury boutique hotel designed as a locally inspired, community focused, and environmentally thoughtful hotel. Outdoor spaces throughout the hotel include a seasonal Urban Garden and rooftop pool deck and bar. The James New York also features the award-winning David Burke Kitchen and curated art exhibits throughout the hotel.

For those who would like to experience the quintessential New York studio apartment living experience, you can do so at The James New York. Of course, you won't have to walk up five flights of stairs, schelp your laundry to the laundromat, or deal with faulty heat, noisy neighbors, and brick wall views, since these studios are of the luxury variety. 

Corner queen and king studios feature city views with a prime corner location offering two walls of windows with an abundance of natural light. Contemporary studios offer an open layout and upscale residential design complemented by a palette of warm tones and natural, artisan fabrics. Designed with the modern day traveler in mind, the layout offers artful balance of form and function - from the spacious slate-tile and marble bathrooms to the flat screen TVs and WiFi. All handcrafted studios are intelligently appointed with intuitive amenities such as eco-friendly Keetsa pillows, triple distilled water refreshed twice daily, separate seating areas for work or dining, and fully stocked pantries with locally curated offerings. A "peek-a-boo" motorized screen separates the bedroom from the glass-enclosed bathroom, which features a rain shower and natural bath amenities provided by Intelligent Nutrients.

Corner Queen measures 340 sq. ft (32 sq. m) of space and Corner King measures 380 sq. ft. (35 sq. m) of space. There is an accessible Corner King Studio features lowered shelving and lowered door viewer and latches. Bathrooms are equipped with roll-in showers and grab bars.

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