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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.

Your Questions Answered: Does the Metropolitan Miami Beach Offer Connecting Rooms?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Metropolitan Miami Beach
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 3 traveling together and looking for connecting rooms. Does The Metropolitan Miami Beach offer connecting rooms?


ANSWER: Metropolitan by COMO, 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.

Among hotels on Collins Avenue, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, has one of the best locations: an enviable position for shopping, dining, and entertainment, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Guests benefit from easy access to Miami;s city highlights, including the Lincoln Road shopping and entertainment districts, as well as the Miami City Ballet and Bass Museum of Art. Several rooms in the hotel have a water view, be it the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Pancoast.
Metropolitan by COMO
For dining in Miami Beach, Metropolitan by COMO stands tall, with its lobby bar, pool restaurant, main restaurant and bar. Whether you are feasting on Florida’s seafood at Traymore restaurant or grazing on crudo in a pool cabana, there remains one common commitment: locally-sourced, quality ingredients, and an old-fashioned service ethic that recalls Miami's golden age.

COMO Shambhala Urban Escape - Metropolitan’s luxury wellness spa in Miami Beach - offers a highly personalised approach to wellbeing for both guests and locals. Offering our signature COMO Shambhala therapies for body and face, the spa's light and airy interior presents a clean-lined sanctuary for those looking to escape the city's partying.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Among local luxury properties, Miami Beach looks most impressive from Ocean View rooms, with the beach and bright turquoise ocean in sight. These accommodations are available with two (2) twin beds or one (1) king bed, each offering the option to interconnect with an Ocean View Suites. Size: 394 - 436 square feet. Ocean View Suites are ocean-facing, spacious one-bedroom suites that each have a king-size bed, separate living room, and powder room. They all have blue sky views of the Atlantic. The oversized bathroom feature dual vanity, shower, and deep soaking tub. 

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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.
 


Image of the Day: The Blakely New York Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Blakely New York Hotel is ideally located at 136 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, The Blakely is within walking distance of the high-end fashion of 5th Avenue, the enjoyment of Central Park, the lights of Broadway, as well as numerous corporate headquarters on 6th and 7th Avenues. Other area attractions include Rockefeller Center, The Museum of Modern Art, City Center, Carnegie Hall, the AOL-Time Warner Center, and numerous dining options right at its doorstep. 

The Blakely New York Hotel

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Launches Epic Bucket List Experiences


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Let The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel add epic memories to your bucket list!

Perched atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel continues to redefine guest experiences by creating distinctive, unforgettable and epic memories. The resort is kicking off 2015 by each week highlighting an Epic Bucket List experience guests would want on their Bucket List. These experiences are for guests to enjoy while visiting the oceanfront resort and Southern California. From sipping champagne at sunset or meeting world renowned marine life artist Wyland to snorkeling with a Garibaldi or going behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters, an epic experience will be added to the Bucket List each week via the resort'social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Guests are invited to follow the Bucket List through #RCMemories #BucketList and are invited to share their Bucket List ideas.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes overnight accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite featuring cascading views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and California Riviera. Guests will experience personalized surprise and delights designed by expert memory makers – the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes:
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
o Three night’s accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite
o Dinner for two catered by a personal butler on the patio of the suite
o A private butler, creating personalized experiences such as
o Private star gazing lessons and a magnum of Moët & Chandon
o Surf Lessons with a Pro
o Shopping Extravaganza
o Reserved seating on 180blu, the resort's bluff-top lounge
o A couples massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa
o Personal paparazzi to capture the epic memories
o Round the clock transfers from the airport and around town

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Wonders of Wyland Reception at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Wonders of Wyland Reception

The Wonders of Wyland Reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015. The evening will include film highlights from Wyland’s thirty-year campaign to create 100 life size marine life murals in more than 12 countries around the world. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. The evening presentation will share the story of Wyland’s epic campaign, from its humble beginnings to the final, all-encompassing project for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Through original video footage and photographs, guests will get an up-close look at the murals and one man's dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference. The Wonders of Wyland Reception will also feature Wyland painting twelve original sumi brush paintings to be auctioned off that evening. Sumi brush paintings are done in traditional Chinese brush-style with black ink on paper. The reception is $125 per person, with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation. Reservations are required for the reception.
 

Whales, Wonders, and Wyland event at Ritz Carlton Laguna NiguelWhales, Wonders, and Wyland

The Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight experience is offered nightly through April 30, 2015 and includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf, a special Wyland gift while on the whale watching cruise, an in-room Wyland amenity, a personal note from Wyland and resort fee. The experience starts at $620 per night.
 

Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and book the Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight package that evening will also receive a Wyland coffee table book.

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

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Get Cooking with Hotel Andra's Hot Stove Society


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Andra
Hotel Andra is a sophisticated, stylish downtown Seattle hotel, offering a boutique hotel atmosphere and first-class service. The hotel operates a year-round cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants. The Hot Stove Society offers a wide range of classes, including things from how to cut up a chicken, butcher a pig, build a delicious cocktail, and brew the perfect cup of coffee. Chef Tom Douglas is selt-taught and has a passion for teaching his love of food and cooking. Tom’s passion has been learning and teaching all things culinary. Chef Douglas and his team have offered cooking classes at the restaurants for 20 years. 

Hot Stove Society is located in a bright industrial space inside the stylish Hotel Andra. The presentation area boasts a wide curved prep area where guests can gather for lectures and get up close to the instructor. The other half of the room is filled with Boos work tables, a large bank of KitchenAid stoves, and racks of equipment. Capacity is 32 for a hands-on cooking class and over 60 for lectures. The classroom is also available for private events and company team building. At the entrance to Hot Stove, a Tom Douglas Restaurant called the The Andra, a cool Swedish bar open to the public, is the place for a drink and a snack.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Don CeSar Beach 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 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 St Pete FLA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Don CeSar Beach Resort 

Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel, has everything from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services. Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining, rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby tennis and golf, and award-winning meeting facilities. Guests are tickled pink with complimentary enjoyments from sandy strolls and sunset finales to seaside pampering and sweet dream service.Don CeSar Beach Resort

The Don CeSar Beach Resort has a magnificent location. This beach front resort is located on the island of St. Pete Beach, on the Gulf of Mexico. The resort features 277 newly renovated guestrooms including 2 penthouses and 40 suites. 70 one-bedroom condominium style suites are located at The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar. The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar is located one half mile north of the Main Resort and complimentary shuttle transportation is provided between the Main Resort and the Beach House Suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Grand King Suite - This suite features a private terrace that brings all the splendor of the Gulf of Mexico right to your door. Suite includes: One King bed with plush linens, Premium Plus Wi-Fi included in Resort Fee, Balcony and direct Beach and Gulf of Mexico views, Conversation area with Queen sleeper sofa. Comfortable work desk in the suite, the bathroom includes a Shower/tub combination. All Grand King Suites are located on 2nd floor, 400 square feet / 37.16 square meters, Occupancy: 4 maximum, Cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.

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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.


Your Questions Answered: What Chicago Hotel Offers Afternoon Tea?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Langham Chicago


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 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 for a great hotel in Chicago that offers afternoon Tea during our stay. Can you make a recommendation?


ANSWER: The Langham Chicago  

Embodying the timeless qualities that define the Langham legacy since 1865 – heritage, history and legendary hospitality – The Langham, Chicago gracefully blends urban sophistication with refined luxury. Since its grand opening in September 2013, The Langham, Chicago has quickly become a destination of choice as evident with its recent #1 status for best luxury hotel in Chicago on TripAdvisor.

The Langham, Chicago features 316 luxurious guest rooms and suites ranging from the 516 square foot Grand Room to the sprawling Infinity and Regent Suites each spanning 2,700 square feet. Conveniently located downtown in a 52-story landmark tower designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, The Langham, Chicago is just minutes away from the boutique-lined boulevards of Chicago's retail hub and within walking distance to many of the city's premier tourist sites.

The Langham Chicago

Embracing The Langham's classic heritage, the Langham Chicago's Pavilion restaurant offers guests its signature afternoon tea, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, recalling the grandeur of the original hotel, The Langham, London, where the tradition was born.

Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood includes proprietary Langham teas, and an array of sweet and savory bites. All are served with traditional displays and flourish, accompanied by live music—blending together to create a relaxing and pampering afternoon diversion. To finish, order a glass of champagne and toast to the perfect afternoon tea time.

Boasting a soaring ceiling and marvelous city view, Pavilion is an elegant space in which to unwind and enjoy the finest flavors created by Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green. Parlour at the Pavilion emulates a vintage-style ice cream parlor with a whimsical staff wearing retro-style uniforms serving select homemade ice creams and sorbets made by Chef Green.

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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.


Cool Pools: The Westin La Paloma


By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin La Paloma has five spectacular pools, and features one of Tucson's longest resort water slides – the 177 foot long SlideWinder. For adults, there is a seperate pool that offers a serene and relaxing experience. Poolside cabanas are available for rent, and food and beverages are available from Sabino's Swim Up Bar & Grill.

The Westin La Paloma

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Did You Know? Hotel Icon


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Icon

Originally constructed to house one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time, the Union National Bank, the 

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The building soon became a magnet for an impressive list of illustrious tenants, including Jesse H. Jones, architect John Staub, international construction firm Brown and Root, and law firm Fulbright & Jaworksi. For 35 years, it was also home to the first investment banking firm in Texas, Neuhaus & Co.

In 2004, this historic landmark was restored and transformed into Hotel ICON. The building retained its distinguished Bedford limestone and brick facade while sporting a lustrous new interior created by the San Francisco-based design firm, Candra Scott and Anderson. In 2012, the interior was refreshed and revitalized to capture the contemporary energy of Houston’s invigorating modern urban atmosphere, and provide an even more genuine Texas experience.

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Winemaker's Kitchen Table at Hotel Healdsburg


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Healdsburg
Located 67 miles north of San Francisco, Hotel Healdsburg encompasses the Sonoma wine country’s simplicity and charm. The Hotel is set on the western edge of Healdsburg's historic town plaza, and guests can enjoy some of the world's finest vineyards, restaurants and shops within minutes of the front steps.

Now, until May, guests can eat, drink, and be merry at the Winemaker's Kitchen Table.  Held in the Dry Creek Kitchen Dining room, this one-of-a-kind dinner series showcases the rich culinary and wine heritage of the region. Heald monthly, these community suppers are hosted by top vintners serving their prized wines and family recipes

Dining Schedule

March 6
Peter Michael | Peter Michael Winery


May 15
Peay Family | Peay Vineyards

Reservations available by calling Dry Creek Kitchen at 707-431-0330.

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Terranea Resort Celebrates Five Years of Fun


By: Five Star Alliance

Terranea ResortPoised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea, A Destination Hotel, is the only luxury destination resort on the Los Angeles coast. When you step onto the secluded 102-acre peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world – yet mere minutes from L.A. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific with Catalina Island just across the channel. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into every inch of architecture. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to the private terraces and inviting courtyards, Terranea is infused with a classic Californian elegance. Terranea is a land unto itself. A land with its own culture and way of life. From the moment you arrive, this land called Terranea becomes yours to explore.Terranea Resort

Terranea’s Suites, Bungalows, Casitas and Villas are elegant yet functional, balanced and inviting, and replete with modern conveniences. Each offers expansive living space with additional great rooms, perfect for your unique getaway.

Step out of the rooms and find plenty of space to roam. Terranea Resort offers a wealth of activities for kids, teens and families to enjoy. Pointe Discovery, Terranea’s innovative activity center and adventure concierge, helps you discover and explore all 102 acres of natural beauty. Make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride or a visit to our falconry program.

Terranea Resort

This family oasis has everything parents and kids could ask for. The main resort pool boasts the 140-foot waterslide and jumping splash pad. And when you are ready to relax, reserve a private cabana at the Spa Pool or sip an exotic drink at the adults-only Cielo Point pool.

Restore, rejuvenate and realign at the award-winning spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Embracing the natural beauty and energy of its southern California setting, it spans more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and contains 25 treatment rooms, a fitness center and a wellness center.

 

Terranea Resort

Perfect your game at The Links at Terranea, a dramatic 9-hole, par-3 oceanfront golf course, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island – all masterfully routed and integrated with the natural surroundings.

Taking full advantage of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views, Terranea’s collection of eight restaurants promise tastes that satisfy and sights that surprise. The chefs personally tailor menus with an emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients. And if you want to relax in your room, a complete in-room dining menu is available 24 hours a day.

Come celebrate Terranea’s five-year anniversary. Festivities will take place all year long, including the annual Celebration of Food & Wine event, plus exclusive offers and promotions. Other events include special culinary offerings such as beer flights and beer and wine paired dinners. Not to mention enhancement to existing Terranea programs, including the Seaside Yoga celebration, Chef’s Table Dinner Series, Acoustic Series, the ever-popular Traditions events, and more.

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