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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.

Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa

July 31, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.

 

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Healthy Aging Expert Oz Garcia Brings Wellness to The James Royal Palm

July 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James Royal Palms
Oz Garcia, Ph.D., is recognized as the world's leading authority on healthy aging. Dubbed the "nutritionist to the stars" Oz is the go-to guy for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEO's. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 30-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging. Oz Garcia is now bringing his expertise to The James Royal Palm. Miami's newest luxury boutique hotel has partnered with the expertto dev elop a customized, all-natural wellness program that will extend across the property’s offerings, from its spa treatments and personalized nutritional counseling sessions to healthy menu items, in-room amenities and more.The James Royal Palm

Author of the best-selling books Look and Feel Fabulous Forever, The Food Cure for Kids, The Balance, and Redesigning 50, Oz Garcia has designed a distinctive nutritional regimen that promotes a total approach to wellness by integrating healthy lifestyle choices through one-on-one counseling sessions, all-natural spa treatments, nutritious menu items and branded in-room products.

At The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa, Oz will introduce his cutting-edge IV Therapy, a vitamin-drip therapy designed to deliver vital nutrients into the body faster and more effectively than typical oral vitamins, that he will administer when he is on property. Oz IV is part of an overall spa program that blends the best eastern remedies and philosophies, such as salt-infused treatments, with modern medicinal techniques.

The James Royal Palm SpaAdditionally, Oz will host a number of "wellness weekends" throughout the year. During the two-and-a-half-day programs, guests will engage in a variety of enjoyable and challenging activities, including yoga and fitness classes, meditation, private consultations, spa treatments, themed lunches, and will also be available for one-on-one appointments, offering hotel guests and local residents the unique opportunity to craft a personalized wellness program to address each person’s specific goals.

The James Royal Palm

Recognizing the role of diet in long-term health and wellness, Oz worked closely with The James Royal Palm to create healthy and delicious menu items for its restaurants and Coffee Bar. At Florida Cookery, The James Royal Palm’s signature restaurant, healthy options will include: Florida Mahi Mahi with Mojo de Ajo and cucumber quinoa salad, and curry lime organic chicken breast with local farm greens. Additionally, guests relaxing poolside have the option of ordering golden raisin chicken roti and Oz’s Citrus Brain Enhancer Smoothie. In-room guest pantries will be stocked with Oz Brain Enhancement Sticks.

Go on vacation while still staying healthy? Sounds perfect!

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Cooking at Canyon Ranch

February 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Set on 750 feet of pristine beach, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach is a spectacular all-suite oceanfront luxury hotel which offers limitless views, beachfront dining,  and quick access to the vibrant nightlife of nearby Miami and South Beach. Now you can add cooking classes to the list of reasons to visit.

Chef Giovanni Arias and Canyon Ranch nutritionist Larisa Alonso team up every other Tuesday at 3pm for
inspiring healthy-cooking demonstrations, each with a different theme. Larisa answers all your questions about healthy eating while you sharpen your technique and add to your repertoire of easy, great-tasting dishes. You’ll watch Chef prepare a delicious three-course late lunch for you to enjoy.

Classes are open to the public but space is limited. Room rates currently start at $860 per night for a suite stay from March 4-6.

The schedule of topics is below:

March 5 – Vegetarian Powerhouses: Tofu & Fish Dishes to Savor
March 19 – Breads: The Joy of Kneading
April 2 – Sensational Sushi at Home
April 30 – Farm to Table: Making the Most of Great Ingredients

 

Bon Appetit!

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Image of the Day: Hilton Bentley

February 16, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Centered on a breath-taking beachfront location with awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Art Deco District, Hilton Bentley is located a few steps away to some of South Beach's finest including Prime 112, Prime Italian, Nikki Beach, Smith & Wollensky, Joe's Stone Crab, high-end shopping, and the area's renowned nightlife scene.

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South Beach Food and Wine Festival-Where to Stay

February 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.  This year, it's being held from February 21-24. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended nearly 50 events featuring more than 150 celebrated chefs and over 250 wineries, spirits producers, and non-alcoholic beverage suppliers. Events include star-studded receptions, seminars, tastings, dinners, brunches, and concerts.

So where should you stay? Fontainebleu Miami Beach is presenting Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America, where proprietors and wine-makers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals and to speak to attendees about their individual processes. As of this writing, nightly room rates start at $489.

Fans of Guy Fieri won't want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Food Network star team up with reggae legend Ziggy Marley for a closing party concert at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.  The party starts at 6:30 Sunday February 24, and the luxury hotel has rooms available starting at $529 per night.  Marley will be presenting  Ziggy Marley Organics™, a organic line of the World’s First flavored coconut oils and roasted flavored hempseeds.

Don't miss Paula Deen!  She'll be at the VIP opening reception at the Delano Hotel. Paula and her sons, Jamie & Bobby, will be hosting Moët Hennessy's The Q. More than 40 of the top BBQ chefs from across the country will grill up chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts from Omaha Steaks with smoky side dishes.
Oceanview rooms are still available for the festival, starting at $939 per night.

Other rates available in Miami for the festival include $255 per night at Riviera Suite South Beach,  $383 per night at Epic Hotel Miami, and for a true splurge $2159 for a Marvelous Suite at W Hotel Miami.

Eat, drink, be merry, and sleep in luxury!

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Image of the Day: The Betsy Hotel

February 2, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a distinguished landmark hotel with 61 rooms and suites.

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #4 Miami

December 28, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

Five Star Alliance features 54 luxury hotels in Miami. 

What Makes Our Guests Love Miami?


-Miami is one of the nightlife centers of the United States. Nightclubs, a vibrant music scene, great restaurants and more than 15 miles of beaches are just part of the draw of Miami. The annual average temperature is 76F and there are more than 250 sunny days per year. 

-The only Everglades eco-system in the world.

-Miami is the largest cruise ship port in the world.

-Miami Beach is known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas’ due the sheer number of wrecks. There are over 50 diveable wreck sites. 

-12 million visitors every year.

-Sports fans can catch a game featuring the hometown talents of the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins,  or Miami Heat. 

Where to Stay?

-Plan your Valentine's Day getaway to the warmth of the Florida sunshine. Intercontinental Doral at Miami has nightly rates starting at $208. Betsy Hotel (pictured below) has nightly rates from $465. The James Royal Palm has nightly rates starting at $552. 

Did you know?
-Miami Beach's Art Deco District contains the world's largest collection of Art Deco Architecture. 800+ buildings.

 

Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Miami>>

 

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Acqualina Spa Voted Top Spa in 2012!

October 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida was voted as having the top spa in Spafinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012 in six categories including Best Beach Spa, Best for Accommodations, Best for Interior Design and Best for Men. This recognition is awarded annually to the top ten most voted spas by spa-goers around the world.

This luxury hotel’s 2 story oceanfront European spa encourages guests to show up 60 minutes (that’s right, an HOUR) prior to their treatment time to enjoy freshly prepared teas and organic treats as well as relax in the Relaxation Lounge and take advantage of the Heat Experiences including the Crystal Steam Room, Ice Fountain, Experience Shower, Spa Pool, Jacuzzi, Roman Waterfall and Sun Deck. Any spa that features extra amenities along with exceptional service and a wide range of treatment options deserves an A rating in our book!

Explore the Acqualina Resort and Spa here!


Fun Fact Friday! September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

September 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month, an observance created by the U.S. Senate five years ago, and Miami is embracing the celebratory spirit (no pun intended). Turnberry Isle Miami is celebrating with daily bourbon tastings through the end of September every night at 6:00PM. For $20, mixologist Peter Roca serves up samplings of Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year and A. H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year along with the restaurant’s signature butter truffle popcorn. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to get the college gang together for a reunion and discuss the world over bourbon and cigars. Make your reservations at the Turnberry Isle Miami here >>


Image of the Day: The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

September 8, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

The St. Regis Bal Harbour's main ocean pool designed with ample
comfortable chaise lounges and daybeds and private Oasis Cabanas.