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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.

Tennis at Bacara Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

For your next tennis vacation, Bacara Resort and Spa is simply the best choice. Bacara's tennis facility offers
four Har-Tru clay composition courts along with private and semi-private lessons with a resident pro, adult and junior clinics,
match arrangements, and equipment rentals.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Alisal Guest Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The range barricades the coastal flow, producing warmer valley days and cooler valley nights. The adjacent river and seasonal streams that cross this land abound with annual runs of 10-pound steelhead trout. The rolling hills are dotted with valley oaks and coast live oaks, many of which will live up to 300 years. The verdant glens and riverbanks, shadowed by the mountain backdrop, support healthy groves of western sycamores. Deer graze cautiously, fearing mountain lions, bears, and coyotes. Original inhabitants used this land for hunting and for gathering acorns and, most recently, for raising livestock. 

Alisal Guest Ranch

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Cool Pools: Belmond El Encanto


By: Five Star Alliance

One of the most iconic hotels in Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto sits high in the hills amid lush gardens with views across the town and ocean. A landmark since the 1920s, its original architectural features have been lovingly brought back to life, while modern additions include an expansive outdoor swimming pool and beautiful boutique spa. 


Gaze out across the Pacific while soaking up the sun in its lavish infinity-edge swimming pool. It's the perfect setting to unwind and acclimatize to Belmond El Encanto's easygoing lifestyle.

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Dining al Fresco: Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore


By: Five Star Alliance

The Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore is a one of a kind true gem in Santa Barbara’s history of lavish upscale resorts.  It was built in the 1920's as a retreat for movie stars and the rich and famous as a way to get away from the busy LA scene just 90 miles to the south.  The hotel and outdoor dining deck is strategically located right on the ocean and just minutes away from the many downtown Santa Barbara events and activities. Lunch or dine in the beautifully landscaped grounds filled with majestic palms, flower gardens, and cypress trees.

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

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Dining Al Fresco: Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort choose from any of four restaurants for lunch.

During the summer season, guests are also treated to three weekly outdoor events: a Seafood Barbeque served at Alisal Lake on Monday nights, a Southwestern-style Barbecue served at the Rodeo Arena on Wednesday nights, and our traditional Western Barbecue served on the lawn adjacent to the pool on Saturday nights. The Monday and Wednesday affairs are optional, as the Ranch Dining Room is also open to guests on those evenings.

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Image of the Day: Belmond El Encanto


By: Five Star Alliance

Suites at Belmond El Encanto feature a large separate living room with beautiful French doors, which lead into a grand private bedroom. Choose between a warming open-hearth fireplace or a patio with stunning garden or ocean views.

Belmond El Encanto

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Did You Know? San Ysidro Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1930s, Hollywood actor Ronald Colman and hotelier and former Senator Alvin Carl Weingand acquired the San Ysidro Ranch and transformed it into a hospitality haven – known for its idyllic setting, service, and guarding of guest privacy – for celebrities. The famous guests over the years range from Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx to Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, and Sinclair Lewis. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at the Ranch, John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned there and John Huston completed the script for African Queen during a three-month stay.

San Ysidro Ranch

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Best Bathrooms: Bacara Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Bacara Resort and Spa offers four-fixture marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and walnut bathroom vanities
with added storage. Hairdryer, bathrobes, and slippers are also provided.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Bacara


By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy vista views of the sea, sky, and the Channel Islands just offshore while fine dining al fresco and embracing an innovative, artful design of low-storied buildings terraced to the sea and connected by lush, meandering garden paths complete with flower-filled courtyards, restful fountains and red-tiled roofs. Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara is the perfect place for an outdoor dining experience and to enjoy the leisurely pace and warm embrace of California lifestyle.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond El Encanto


By: Five Star Alliance

At Belmond El Encanto, guests can dine in the elegant dining room, or delight in a romantic dinner under the stars on the terrace. The innovative menu offers contemporary California-coastal cuisine, complemented with gracious service and a side of stunning Santa Barbara views.

Belmond El Encanto

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