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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun

November 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun is positioned in the secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc, the newest luxury destination in the Mexican Caribbean situated on the most desirable land of the Mayan region. Set within a paradise of protected mangroves and lush, local foliage, and facing the white sands of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef -- the second largest coral reef in the world -- NIZUC is home to two exclusive beaches and is surrounded by the region's natural wonders, archaeological sites and attractions.

NIZUC Resort and Spa 

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Image of the Day: 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville

November 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a 104-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and home to Arkansas native chef Matthew McClure's restaurant, The Hive.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Metropolitan Miami Beach

November 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Metropolitan Miami Beach is a 74-room Miami hotel in the heart of the city's Historic District, overlooking America's most iconic beach. A new hotel poised to become an essential Miami Beach experience, Metropolitan Miami Beach delivers the perfect blend of rest and revelry, urban modernity and period charm by way of light-filled rooms, a COMO Shambhala spa, and leading-edge interiors by the Italian designer, Paola Navone

Metropolitan Miami Beach

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Did You Know? Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

November 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Farimont le chateau Montebello

In February of 1930, the site where Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello hotel now stands was a clearing in the woods. Just four months later, the massive cedar chaeau was complete: a building feat which captured the popular imagination of the time, inspiring newspaper features across North America and attracting crowds of onlookers.

This Outaouais resort project was the dream of a Swiss-American named Hubert Saddlemire, who was inspired by the châteaux of the Swiss Alps, and dubbed the project "Lucerne-in-Québec." A Finnish master-builder named Victor Nymark supervised the construction and woodworking teams, who worked in overlapping shifts around the clock, using electric lighting at night. 

 

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Your Questions Answered: What Luxury Toronto Hotels Have Fireplaces and Soaking Tubs?

November 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Windsor Arms
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 1ooking for a five star property in Toronto with a fireplace and deep soaker tubs, what can you recommend?


ANSWER: Windsor Arms Hotel 


The Windsor Arms embodies the elegance of a bygone era: a grand hotel, a Toronto landmark since 1927, which was recently re-opened as a dazzling, contemporary boutique hotel favored by celebrities visiting the city. Its aura of warmth, elegance and discreet luxury, combined with an exceptional level of service, makes it the destination hotel in Toronto. Located in the heart of Toronto's fashionable Yorkville district, the Windsor Arms is very much part of this scene but tucked away in a haven of calm. The lively and dynamic neighborhood is brimming with designer boutiques, sophisticated and trendy restaurants, art galleries and museums. But the Windsor Arms is privately secluded thirty yards from the Golden Strip, shrouded in genteel quiet. 

Windsor Arms SuiteBehind the beautiful century-old facade are 28 newly appointed luxury suites with 24-hour butler service. The suites are furnished with mahogany or birch furnishings, lush wall coverings and sumptuous Frette linens and private in-room bar, and equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technology. Every suite has a unique "butler's cupboard": a place for laundry, shoes to be shined or room service trays to be set, so the Butler may retrieve or return them without ever disturbing the guest. The hotel boasts a staff to guest ratio of 1:6, the highest in Canada. The hotel is host to the Courtyard Cafe for exceptional dining. The extraordinary cuisine is served in a breathtaking room with 50 foot ceilings, skylights and limestone walls.
Windsor Arms Tea RoomEnjoy traditional afternoon tea in the Tea Room, which is transformed to become Toronto's only champagne and caviar bar in the evenings. Club 22 features casual dining, live entertainment and dancing. "The Spa", featuring Darphin, offers fully serviced individual treatment rooms, beauty salon, swimming pool and exercise facilities. 

 The largest Suite, the Windsor Suite, offers 1550 square feet featuring a spacious den, living room, dining room, powder room, and master bedroom with an ensuite, luxurious limestone bathroom, and includes a baby grand piano in the master bedroom. Additionally, the suite benefits from a large working desk, Molton Brown amenities, Nespresso maker, butler service, complimentary breakfast served in The Living Room"Restaurant and  wireless internet access.
 

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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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Did You Know? The St Regis New York Dining

November 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

In 1906, Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, owner of The St. Regis New York, commissioned a mural from American artist Maxfield Parrish for his 42nd Street hotel, The Knickerbocker.  

St Regis New York 

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Dining al Fresco: Le Saint Sulpice

November 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Saint Sulpice



Le Saint Sulpice
 
has a prime location the very heart of Old Montreal.  Adjacent to the Notre-Dame Basilica, steps away from the Old Port, this oasis of comfort and peace offers elegance and great service of a 4 Star-4 Diamond hotel. 

At the hotel's restaurant, The Sinclair, At Sinclair, the modern chic decor consists primarily of dark colors mixed with golden touches, illuminated by glimmering lights. It sets just the tone for a gourmet adventure in an elegant yet casual setting.

Consistently named one of Old Montreal's most beautiful and unique terrace restaurants, the Sinclair terrace has long been one of the locals’ closely guarded secrets - a true "secret garden" in the heart of the city, facing the Sulpicians’ gardens (the oldest in North America).  Open from May through October, the (retractable) covered and heated terrace serves the full restaurant menu. The terrace can also be booked for private functions.

The contemporary French cuisine by the Chef offers modern flavours with a selection of market quality fresh ingredients, which pay tribute to local and international produce.


Current night rates at Le Saint-Sulpice start at $132 per night >>

 

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Did You Know? The Heathman Hotel

November 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Heathman Hotel


In 1984, The Heathman Hotel was the first luxury, art dedicated, boutique hotel to open in Portland. The Heathman has an outstanding collection that features a well-balanced and beautiful mix of historic, modern and contemporary art. Personally curated by Elizabeth Leach, from the Pearl District distinct gallery of the same name, the Heathman’s Fine Art Suite exhibits the most influential and stunning art in the collection. These works include a phenomenal light installation by Portland born Hap Tivey, a sensational abstract relief painting by local artists Joe Thurston and two unique pieces by internationally renowned artist and film maker Gus Van Sant. Your support, as a portion of your room revenue will be donated, assists the multitude of non-profit organizations across the city of Portland.

 

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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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