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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 Umstead Hotel and Spa Have a Lake View Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Umstead Hotel and SpaWe 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 couple traveling together with our daughter, age 10 and looking for a room with 1 king bed and a rolloway – all with a lake view. Does the The Umstead Hotel and Spa offer that kind of accommodation?

ANSWER: The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC - five minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport - features 150 well-appointed guestrooms, including 27 suites. The Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant - Herons - serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa features ten treatment rooms, mens and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam, and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden. 

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
The Umstead Hotel and Spa was conceived and built with the muses of Art and Nature. These inspirations paired with impeccable, sincere service make for an exquisite hideaway that will comfort and rejuvenate. Everything – from the naturally landscaped grounds to the central Chihuly glass sculpture, the locally sourced cuisine to the botanically infused Umstead Spa products – is designed to stir the senses and inspire.

In every corner of the hotel and 12-acre grounds, there is something beautiful waiting to be discovered. The Umstead Hotel is more than a place to stay; it is a place to be changed for the better. Centrally located within the heart of the Triangle area The Umstead's location offers convenience, privacy and access to the region’s abundant corporate offices, universities, and cultural attractions in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Lake View Balcony-These beautifully appointed rooms range in size from 540 – 570 square feet and feature balconies with a stunning view of our pristine lake. Select your choice of one king-sized or two double-sized pillow-top beds. Rolloway is complimentary and based on availability.

Book a stay at The Umstead Hotel and Spa >>

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 is the Pet Policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?


By: Five Star Alliance

Omni La Costa Resort 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 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 is the pet policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?

ANSWER: From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.
While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

PET POLICY- Your dog is welcome at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with the following conditions:
• You will be charged a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee upon check-in. This is a basic cleaning of pet hair and odor. Additional charges for damages may be imposed.
• Your dog may not exceed 25 lbs.
• Omni La Costa will not allow any dangerous animals, animals perceived to be threatening, wild animals, or other unusual animals on property. Omni La Costa shall make the final determination of whether a specific dog will be permitted.
• If your dog barks, makes other noises or is otherwise a cause of complaints that would create a revenue loss or adjustments, you will be required to reimburse us.
• Omni La Costa also reserves the right to require you to remove your dog and we are not required to provide any warning or second chance for violation of this policy. The decision of Omni La Costa shall be final.
• You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. If an accident does occur, please call Housekeeping so we can provide assistance and a quick clean up.
• Guests bringing a dog will be required to sign an "Acceptance of Responsibility for Damages Pet Policy Agreement Form" upon arrival.

Note: Guide dogs for the blind or otherwise disabled are exempt from the pet policy; there is no weight limit or pet fee.

Book a stay at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa >>

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.
 


Enjoy a Writer's Weekend and Maple Bourbon Dinner at The Omni Homestead


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Nestled amidst the splendor of Virginia's Allegheny Mountain lies The Omni Homestead Resort, one of Virginia's premier mountain resorts.  Minutes from the front steps of The Omni Homestead lies the neighboring county of Highland, best known as Virginia's "Little Switzerland." Highland County represents one of the last unspoiled rural communities in the Alleghenies. When spring temperatures arrive in mid-March, residents celebrate the "opening of the trees" at the Highland County Maple Festival, dedicated to the maple syrup farming process. For two weekends local farmers open their homes to visitors as "sugar camps" where they reveal the processes of tree tapping, sap collection, and syrup making. This year the festival will be held March 14-15 and 21-22.

Inspired by the Maple Festival, the resort's culinary team has created an intimate dining event featuring maple-inspired dishes paired with bourbon cocktails. There were also be lectures courtesy of distiller Buffalo Trace. The dinner, held on March 21, also coincides with the resort's inagural Writer's Weekend, where events will include writer presentations as well as a book sale and signing. Sample dishes include maple sugar dusted Diver Scallop, crispy maple brussels sprouts, New York Strip Steak au poivre with a bourbon peppercorn sauce, and maple bourbon ice cream.

Learn more about the Highland County Maple Festival >>

Book a sweet stay at The Omni Homestead >>


Did You Know? Fairmont San Francisco


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont San Francisco was finished and furnished but not yet open when the great 1906 earthquake shook the city. The hotel only suffered some structural damage from the earthquake, but it was severely damaged during the subsequent fire.

Exactly a year after the earthquake, a grand banquet celebrating the opening was held at The Fairmont, with 600 pounds of turtle, 13,000 oysters and $5,000 worth of California and French wines. At precisely 9:00 PM, fireworks began, illuminating the beautiful new Fairmont, the thousand ships at anchor in the Bay, City Hall and all the buildings that had risen up, phoenix-like, in defiance of nature's wrath.

Pictured below is the hotel's rooftop honeybee and herb garden.

Fairmont San Francisco

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the waterfront beside the harbour, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro is one of the most conveniently-located hotels in Dar es Salaam city centre. 

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

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Your Questions Answered: Does Amelia Island Plantation Have a Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Amelia Island Plantation
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 3 and looking for a room with 2 beds, ocean view at the Amelia Island Plantation? What do you recommend?

ANSWER: Nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, the AAA Four Diamond oceanfront Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features luxurious oceanfront accommodations, family-friendly activities, grand on-site meeting spaces, and endless dining options. It's the perfect backdrop for your family vacation, romantic getaway, corporate event, or destination wedding. The lobby offers a sweeping panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose one of the deluxe oceanfront rooms, a contemporary premier guest room, or a completely indulgent luxury hotel suite, you'll enjoy unparalleled ocean views and spacious accommodations in all 404 rooms. Relax on the largest multi-tiered pool deck in Northeast Florida, which features an adults-only infinity edge pool, a 10,000 square foot family-friendly pool, Splash Park water playground for the kids, two hot tubs, and over-sized fire pits.
Stroll down 3.5 miles of pristine beach or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddleboarding through Amelia Island's preserved marshlands, one of many activities available during your stay. Children will enjoy the award-winning kids' camp and Nature Center, both of which offer supervised activities.Amelia Island Plantation Resort Love to golf? Then tee-off from one of three Audubon International Certified Sanctuary golf courses. Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and Tom Fazio, these pristine courses have earned Omni Amelia Island Plantation a Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World ranking by Conde Nast Traveler. Follow up your tee time with a relaxing afternoon at The Spa or dining at any one of the nine superb restaurants.
With 1,350 acres to explore, how you choose to spend your vacation is completely up to you.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Ocean Front Room-These 425-square-foot rooms offer personal refrigerators, flat screen HDTVs, a working desk, convenience ports and outlets, available Wi-Fi, a furnished balcony or patio and either one king or two queen beds with Serta Pillow Top mattresses fitted with 330-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens. Deluxe Oceanfront rooms sleep two adults in king accommodations or up to four adults on two beds in queen accommodations.

Book a stay at Amelia Island Plantation Resort >> 

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.

 


New to Five Star Alliance: The Knickerbocker


By: Five Star Alliance

Everything old is new again. The Knickerbocker is open for business once again. The hotel was originally created by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, and has re-opened as the first luxury hotel in Times Square. Mere blocks from Fifth Avenue, The Metropolitan Opera, Rockefeller Plaza, MoMA, and Central Park, here is where famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso and renowned American playwright George M. Cohan made their homes, and where names like Rockefeller and Fitzgerald gathered in what was once known as The 42nd Street Country Club.

The Knickerbocker

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Your Questions Answered: What Rooms at HarbourView Inn Offer Water Views?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

HarbourView Inn
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: What rooms at HarbourView offer water views?


ANSWER: Overlooking Charleston's historic harbor, HarbourView Inn is Charleston, SC's most celebrated address. The HarbourView Inn is just steps away from Waterfront Park, recently named one of the top 10 public spaces in the United States along with New York's Central Park, Washington D.C.'s Union Station, and others, by the American Planning Association. Surrounded by over three hundred years of history, the HarbourView Inn hotel is perfectly located near Charleston's famous city market, the world renowned restaurants, as well as antique row and boutique shops.
HarbourView Inn
Enjoy unparalleled service and signature amenities from this AAA Four-Diamond and Conde Nast Gold List Award property. Panoramic views, vast atriums, and beautifully appointed guest rooms - some with private balconies, working fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs - await your arrival.

From the moment you enter this Charleston historic district hotel, you will find modern features and services, old world charm, and unpretentious southern hospitality. The harbor front and atrium lobby appointments are reminiscent of Charleston's early years as a nautical trading hub with the Caribbean colonies. They offer the perfect setting for idle reflection, the perfect glass of wine, or just the refined sport of people watching. Fine antiques and collectibles, reflecting Britain's influence throughout Charleston, are found in all areas of the hotel. Be sure to make your way up to the rooftop terrace and watch the sun setting on the glorious Charleston harbor and Fort Sumter.

Rooms with Water Views

Furnished in the same gracious style as our other guestrooms, the Grand HarbourView Guestrooms are located on the top floor and feature working fireplaces, walk-in shower, and private balconies with spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor and Waterfront Park. Guests residing in Grand HarbourView rooms are offered complimentary snacks and drinks during their stay.

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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.

 


Presidential Hotels for President's Day


By: Five Star Alliance

US Grant Hotel
Presidential suites are nice, but how about entire hotels named after the big guys?

In honor of President's Day, here are some hotels worthy of POTUS. But don't think they are limited to US soil, there are many luxury spots named after presidents all over the world.

US Grant Hotel (pictured above) - The hotel opened its doors in 1910, after 5 years of renovation and at the then-astronomical sum of $1.9 million. It was built by Ulysses Grant Jr. in honor of his father.

The Willard InterContinental - Every president since Franklin Pierce (in 1853) has had a stay at this downtown DC hotel. Which makes sense, given its location a mere two blocks from the White House and the National Mall.

The Kahala Resort and Spa - This Oahu spot has hosted every president since Lyndon B. Johnson. The luxury resort is set on a white sand beach just ten minutes from the world-class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki.

The Jefferson Hotel Richmond - Named in honor of our third president, the Richmond hotel has been the temporary home to to 12 presidents. 

Roosevelt New Orleans

The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa - The one-bedroom Presidential Suite in the Phoenix hotel's original Frank Lloyd Wright building has hosted every president since Hoover's visit in April 1932, except Obama. 

The Jefferson Washington DC - This boutique hotel is also named for the third president of the US. While it may not have hosted a cabinet's worth of Commanders-in-Chief, it is a Beaux Arts gem in the nation's capital.

The Roosevelt New Orleans (pictured right)- A hotel has stood on the site that The Roosevelt occupies since 1893. By October 1923, the hotel was renamed The Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose accomplishment in opening the Panama Canal had greatly increased trade between Louisiana and South America.

Hotel President Wilson - Built in 1962 by Swissair and Nestlé, the hotel was named after the 28th President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson—founder and relentless defender of the League of Nations.

Loews Madison Hotel - Built in 1963 as The Madison Hotel, the hotel was opened by President John F. Kennedy.

 


Cool Pools: Bacara Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara Resort & Spa offers relaxed luxury and stunning natural beauty for an unforgettable getaway in Southern California.

Bacara Resort and Spa

If the ocean temperature is not as warm as you’d like, Bacara's three zero-edge heated swimming pools are a great alternative. Enjoy two zero-edge, heated saline swimming pools, where the saline is easy on your eyes, skin and hair. The Spa at Bacara also has its own zero-edge, heated saline pool for adult-use only, along with separate women's and men's hydrotherapy whirlpool spas.

The Cabana and Resort Pools feature expansive ocean views, along with their own heated saline hydrotherapy whirlpool spas. In addition, the Pool Bar features a fun menu including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and kids' meals, as well as full bar service.

Book a stay at Bacara Resort and Spa >>