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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: Halekulani

August 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 This lucky lady gets to relax in the Orchid Pool at Halekulani.

Halekulani

 

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Image of the Day: Boca Beach Club

August 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Boca Beach Club has stunning views of the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Boca Beach Club

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Image of the Day: Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa

August 3, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa combines the style of an intimate boutique hotel with the splendor of a world-class luxury resort.

Eilan Resort

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Did You Know? The Algonquin New York

July 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at The Algonquin. In 1919, they gathered in the Rose Room with some literary friends to welcome back acerbic critic Alexander Woollcott from his service as a war correspondent. It proved so enjoyable that someone suggested it become a daily event. This led to a daily exchange of ideas, opinions, and often-savage wit that has enriched the world's literary life. George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun, and Edna Ferber were also in this August assembly, which strongly influenced writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker magazine, which today is free to guests of the hotel.

The Algonquin

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Rest and Relaxation in Hawaii at Wailea Beach Villas

July 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Wailea Beach VillasVacations are all about relaxation, and what better way to relax than to treat yourself to a nice relaxing massage to start your vacation? If you are a spa buff and looking to vacation in the beautiful islands of Hawaii, why not stay at Wailea Beach Villas? The property is perfectly located in the serene and beautiful island of Maui. Their 10,000 square-foot Mandara Spa offers ocean-view treatment rooms, an oceanfront cabana for massages, and a full-service salon.

The Mandara experience began on the spiritual island of Bali, inspired by the beautiful tradition of healing touches which are so deeply entwined within the culture. These time-honored therapies, combined with European methods and natural elements indigenous to Bali, meld together to provide the most unique and pampering spa treatments. Grand Wailea Villas

Mandara Spa's services include several 60 to 90 minute massage packages for you to indulge in. The different massages are each rooted in the Hawaiian culture,  traditional massages available with sacred healing techniques that were practiced for hundreds of years. There are hot lava stone massages as well. The stones were collected from Maui’s beaches. Oils and fragrances also reflect the Hawaiian culture. The massage services provided at Wailea Beach Villas seem to be a one way ticket to rest and relaxation-ville.

 

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Did You Know? Wheatleigh

July 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Wheatleigh was built in 1893 by Henry H. Cook as a wedding present for his daughter, Georgie, who married Carlos de Heredia, a Spanish Count. Cook was a New York financier, banker, director of railroads and real estate tycoon. He was a descendant of Captain Thomas Cook, founder of Portsmouth, R.I., and the son of Constant Cook, who helped build the Erie Railroad. It is said that Cook built Wheatleigh as a summer cottage for his daughter because she had brought a title into the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did You Know? The Fearrington House

July 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Fearrington House
The Fearrington House
 has award-winning gardens that meld the informal qualities of Fearrington’s farm heritage with the romantic landscape details of the European countryside. The grounds include about 60 garden beds, an herb garden used by the chefs at the Fearrington House Restaurant, several cutting beds used by our florists, and several greenhouses. A experienced year-round team of seven maintain the grounds, and they’re delighted to answer questions.

The Fearrington House

Fearrington’s gardens celebrate seasons, holidays, and special occasions and North Carolina’s rich horticultural traditions and plant diversity. The mild climate of the Piedmont region means our gardens are attractive and engaging throughout the year.

 

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Image of the Day: Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

July 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk is located just steps away from Waikiki's famous white sand beaches and the new Waikiki Beach Walk offering vibrant entertainment, exclusive boutiques and world-class restaurants.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach

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Your Questions Answered: What hotel in the San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?

July 13, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

4 Seasons Resort Palo Alto
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 hotel in San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?


ANSWER: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto – East Palo Alto, California

Four Seasons brings the high-touch appeal of its legendary service and luxury to the capital of high tech. At the hub of Silicon Valley, five minutes from Stanford University, this intimate, 200-room hotel is the centrepiece of the prestigious University Circle complex. Offering the area's most luxurious accommodations, the Hotel's guest rooms - including 27 suites - reflect a harmonious blend of relaxed California style and high-tech. Their contemporary design incorporates natural woods with warm colours and comfortable furnishings. The rooms are light and airy, and most feature floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms have a king-sized bed or two double beds and offer a flat-screen television and up-to-the minute technology, allowing guests to remain productive and focused. The extra-spacious marble bathrooms are light and inviting, incorporating Four Seasons signature features: deep soaking tubs, separate glass-walled showers,WCs with telephone in a separate alcove and flat screen television.

For your stay, we recommend one of the Silicon Valley Suites, which have a King Bed with a sofa bed and crib available. The suites are 500 sq ft in size and have 1 full marble bathroom and 1 guest powder room. The full marble bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower. The living area offers ample seating and a dining table that seats four guests. A guest powder room is located off the foyer. This spacious one-bedroom suite can be configured as a two-bedroom suite with the addition of a connecting king-bedded room. The bedroom features a flat screen television., The living area offers a separate work area with high-speed Internet access Additional features include an in-room safe, private bar, flat screen television, and DVD/CD player. Additional amenities include a private bar, in-room safe, 42-inch (107-centimetre) plasma screen television, Bose radio and high-speed wired and Wi-Fi Internet access.

 

Four Seasons Palo Alto Silicon Valley

Another option is the Deluxe-View Rooms, whichshowcase stunning views of the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, the courtyard, or San Francisco Bay. These rooms feature King beds and are located on the 7th to 10th floors. Measuring 420 sq ft, an extra crib can easily be accommodated. The full marble bathroom features a deep soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower and a flat-screen television. 

To book, choose the choose the Silicon Valley Suite or the Deluxe king Courtyard and ask for connection in special request box (Details: in Special request box 1: 1 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm, 3 child 13, 9, 3. In Special request box 2 2 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm)

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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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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