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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.

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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Image of the Day: Palihouse Santa Monica


By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Santa Monica is a boutique beach lodge offering 37 generously appointed classic rooms as well as stunning studios, one and two-bedroom guest suites featuring fully equipped kitchens. In continuous operation since 1927, Palihouse Santa Monica (formerly The Embassy Hotel Apartments) is an outstanding example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival Architecture. The hotel dates back to a time when Santa Monica was the last Los Angeles rail stop and travelers from all over the world came for seaside vacations all year round.

Palihouse Santa Monica

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New to Five Star Alliance: Palihouse Holloway


By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Holloway is a boutique urban lodge offering 36 studio, one-and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences, a roof deck for private entertaining, Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie and the Lobby Lounge, which brings guests, residents, and neighbors together for signature cocktails, food, and more. Palihouse is located in the heart of West Hollywood, a vibrant, dynamic city known as one of Los Angeles' most popular destinations for its entertainment venues and unparalleled nightlife and shopping.

Palihouse Holloway

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Beverly Hills Hotels Suitable for a Mother-Daughter Spa Weekend?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Montage Beverly Hills
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 mother and 12 year-old daughter wanting to experience a spa weekend in Beverley Hills, CA. What resort would you recommend?

ANSWER: Montage Beverly Hills Hotel 

At the Montage Beverley Hills one will find rooms and suites that celebrate refined comfort. A garden that embodies our devotion to grace and grandeur. Fashionable restaurants that encourage conversation. And a spa that combines intimacy and spaciousness into a holistic respite. All of this is ensconced in Beverly Hills' legendary Golden Triangle. Just steps from Rodeo Drive's world-class boutiques and famed addresses. 

Inspired by the splendor of the traditional Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture prevalent in historic Beverly Hills, the hotel's 20,000 square foot urban spa oasis is comprehensive, warmly appointed and luxurious.

From lavish caviar facials, to holistic wellness therapies and cutting edge fitness classes, to world class salon services, Spa Montage Beverly Hills stands ready to offer you your most memorable spa experience in a serene sanctuary nestled nearby the exclusive shops and magnificent dining of vibrant Rodeo Drive. The spa offers specific treatments just for children 12 & younger. They include the Paintbox Manicure, which can be a 20 or 40 minute treatment. Moms will enjoy the Day of Indulgence package. Begin with a 60 minute Swedish Massage, followed by a 60 minute Customized Facial. End your half day with the Montage Manicure and Montage Pedicure.

We Recommend the Following Accommodations:

Montage Beverly HillsThe Grand Deluxe Guestroom presents the Montage Beverly Hills guest with 550-square-feet of living space, featuring one king bed or two queen beds, an L-shaped custom chaise, an executive desk with a 42-inch LCD television, and a Gentleman's Valet. Every indulgence imaginable is provided, including sumptuous settees, stunning marble and mosaic-tiled bathrooms with generous tubs and dual sinks, the latest in high-tech communications and generous furnished patios overlooking the gardens or the finest city views.

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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.


Indulge in White Truffles at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills


By: Five Star Alliance

SLS Beverly Hills
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is once again dishing up its Annual White Truffle Dinner Series. Returning for a third year, the  multi-course experience celebrates the flavors of the truffle through the playful imagination of Chef Jose Andrés and his award-winning culinary team at SAAM. Set in an elegant, secluded dining room designed by Philippe Starck, SAAM offers a quiet retreat, where the chef's creations and world-class wines take center stage.

Named "Outstanding Chef" by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2012, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills culinary director, Chef José Andrés, is recognized globally for his creative and unforgettable dining experiences. 


The Dinner Series Will Be Held

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
October 23rd – November 22nd at 6:30pm
$350 per guest. Wine pairing options for $100 or $300
 

 

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Cool Pools: The Hotel Wilshire


By: Five Star Alliance

The rooftop terrace at The Hotel Wilshire is the place to see and be seen. The Roof on Wilshire serves up innovative cuisine and cocktails, the cabanas are the perfect size for snuggling, and the pool is perfect for a dip. On the weekends, the rooftop area becomes a party, with comfortable seating with intimate fire pits, a state-of-the-art surround sound system, and views of the Hollywood sign. 

The Hotel Wilshire

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Did You Know? Chateau Marmont


By: Five Star Alliance

Chateau Marmont


Modeled after an infamous royal residence in France's Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont opened its doors in 1929. It was originally a luxury apartment residence, but was converted to a hotel during the Great Depression. The hotel was acquired and restored in 1990 by André Balazs. The hotel has become a celebrity in its own right. 

The hotel is popular with celebrities both for its iconic appearance and its private accommodations. Each of the sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows are a home of their own. The majority have full kitchens, sitting areas or living rooms, some have formal dining rooms, balconies and private terraces. The scale is gracious from a long gone era, perfect for hosting an impromptu party-thick soundproof walls ensure privacy.

In 2010, Sofia Coppola directed her movie Somewhere at the hotel. The opening scene of The Canyons was shot at the Bar Marmont. Other celebrities would have produced work at the hotel include Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Parker, Bruce Weber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tim Burton, and Jay McInerney. Legendary actor Robert De Niro is well-known for his penchant of often retreating to one of the hotel's two penthouses. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Los Angeles Hotel?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Terranea 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 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 6 and looking to stay in Los Angeles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Terranea Resort

Terranea is a land unto itself. When you step onto this 102-acre private peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world - minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into its architecture. Terranea Resort

The luxury eco resort offers well-appointed rooms and suites and includes a collection of residential Bungalows, Casitas, and Villas. An award-winning nine-hole, par-three golf course, the soothing oceanfront Spa at Terranea, three ocean-view pools, and a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges welcomes you with open arms. 

Surrounding Terranea are countless adventures in and around the Palos Verdes peninsula and in the South Bay beach cities. Explore the resort's Aqua-Terra Adventures and 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 trip to the falconry program. Within a reasonable driving distance are Disneyland, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and major sporting venues.

Terranea Resort
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

2 Bedroom Ocean View Vacation Casita
Situated on Terranea Resort's East and West bluffs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Vacation Casitas have private entrances and a luxurious, residential feel. Boasting expansive views, suite amenities include a kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities. These southern California vacation rentals are the perfect option for a family vacation or summertime getaway with plenty of room for entertaining.

Details and Amenities
-Two oversized bedrooms with pillow-top beds and luxurious linens
-Bedroom One: King bed
-Bedroom Two: Two double beds
-Two bathrooms
-One 5-fixture stone master bathroom
-One 4-fixture stone bathroom
-Comfortable living room with a 42-inch flat screen television
-Kitchen with full-size refrigerator, four stove top burners and a convection/microwave oven
-Indoor fireplace with shared outdoor fireplace
-Washer and dryer
-Three dual-line telephones with voicemail
-In-room safe
-Available wireless Internet
-Oversized private balcony or patio for each bedroom

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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.

 


Did You Know? The Beverly Hills Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel



Legendary billionaire heir, Hollywood producer, and recluse Howard Hughes spent a good chunk of his life in a bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Hughes famously became a recluse after an aviation accident that nearly killed him. In 1947, he spent four months in his private screening room, where he subsisted on a diet of chocolate, chicken, and milk. After he emerged, Hughes took up residence in Bungalow 4 at the legendary Pink Palace. He allegedly left his Cadillac outside and unused for so long that the tires went flat and plants began to grow in the car's interior. His wife and key staff members also took up residence in the hotel, albeit in different rooms. 

Hughes spent time living in other luxury hotels. In the early 1940s, he lived in the Sunset Tower Hotel. Hughes and his entourage occupied the entire top floor and the 14th floor as well. He also spent time at Eden Rock Hotel on St. Barth's. The luxury resort has a suite named after him. The Howard Hughes loft is situated on top of the iconic main house, and has three terraces and a stunning 360° view of the bay. The suite also has a King size bed, kitchenette, dining area, spacious living area, and 2 copper clad bathrooms. 

 


The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Restored Cabana Cafe and Private Cabanas


By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel, long known as "The Pink Palace," is famous for legendary service, guests, and pool.  Steeped in Hollywood history and legendary mystique, the beloved pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel has always been home to starlets and movie icons, as well as the setting for numerous classic films.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool


The whole pool area has undergone an update, courtesy of renowned hotel and restaurant designer, Adam Tihany. The redesign has included the Cabana Cafe, private cabanas, and the addition of a new Pool Terrace, now allowing for private parties at the hotel's famed pool. The legendary luxury of the pool area has gone an update, but the historic integrity of it has been maintained.

Guests enjoy the complimentary "pop up refreshments" throughout the day:

· Mini Soft Serve Cones
· Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
· Otter Pops
· Mojito Pops
· Mini Lava Flows
· Kiwi-Strawberry Lemonade Cooler
· Li HingMui Pineapple
· Refreshing Evian mist

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool Loungers
 

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