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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.

Green Initiatives at Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

BardessonoBardessono is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. Initiatives include:

-Buildings that are designed with overhangs to reduce the heat gain from the summer sun, yet allow the winter sun's rays to enter and warm the rooms. Each room has 200 square feet of glass to allow for natural lighting. 

-When cooling is required, the first stage of intervention is for motor controlled exterior venetian blinds to lower to reduce the heat gain from the sun. When additional heating or cooling in guest rooms is necessary, water is used from 72, 300 foot wells on the property.

-The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property. Bardessono

-All glues, adhesives, finishes, paints, carpets, and fabrics used at Bardessono are required to meet low volatile organic compounds (VOC) standards to vastly improve indoor air quality. 

-The combination of low VOC compound materials, no carpeting and drapes, all organic linens, terry and cleaning supplies, greatly reduces any potential allergens in the rooms.

-Indoors, bathroom fixtures with low water flow have been installed, along with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Outdoors, native and drought tolerant plants have been chosen for landscaping in order to minimize water demand. 

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Image of the day: Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

62 luxurious guest rooms in downtown Yountville, each designed for private in-room spa services.
A restaurant based on local, farm-fresh ingredients. A rooftop pool for lounging and dining. Carbon
fiber bicycles, on-site producing gardens, and the inspired taste of artisan-crafted coffee.
Bardessono is all this as well as a significant national model of green building and operating practices.

Bardessono

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Best Bathrooms: Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

All Steam Spa guestrooms at Bardessono are located on the ground level
and include king sized beds dressed with organic linens, spacious sitting area,
and an upgraded bathroom featuring an indoor dual shower-steam room and an
outdoor shower. Designed to double as a private spa, the custom bathroom also
features a concealed massage table, a soaking tub and double vanity. Personalized
spa treatments should be enjoyed in the special seclusion of each room.

Bardessono

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Image of the Day: Calistoga Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch. The 50 room luxury Napa resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer guests and owners the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to fully experience the pristine setting.

Calistoga Ranch 

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Spa After Dark at Villagio Inn and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Villagio Hotel and Spa

The 23-acre Tuscan inspired Villagio Inn and Spa features flowing water fountain pathways weaved throughout lush Mediterranean-style gardens. The centerpiece of the Yountville property is the 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio, featuring sixteen treatment rooms and five intimate, private spa suites appointed with indoor and outdoor oversized sunken infinity tubs, fireplaces, steam showers, wet bars and flat screen televisions with Bose sound systems.

One of the many signature treatments and spa packages that can be enjoyed by guests is the Spa Villagio After Dark experience.

Start the day in your luxurious hotel guestroom. At dinner, experience the culinary epicenter of Napa Valley in a town that boasts the most Michelin Star rated restaurants on Washington Street. Your sensory journey continues after dinner where an inviting Spa Suite awaits you. Enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious dessert next to a crackling fireplace on your own private patio. Listen to your favorite music and take a soothing Mediterranean steam. Candles are lit and it's time to complete your ultimate evening of tranquility with a Mineral Soak in your infinity edge tub.

Spa Villagio After Dark Includes:

Luxurious One Night Accommodations for Two at either Villagio Inn & Spa or Vintage Inn.
Complimentary Bottle of Wine Upon Arrival.
A $100.00 Dinner Credit at Michael Chiarello's Bottega Ristorante
Use of a Private Spa Suite for 1.5 hours.
Sumptuous Champagne Breakfast & Afternoon Tea Service Each Day.
Complimentary Daily Access to Spa Villagio Facilities and Amenities.

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Did You Know? Meritage Resort at Napa


By: Five Star Alliance

Meritage Resort at Napa opened along with the Vino Bello Resort in 2006, creating the ultimate Wine Country destination. Situated across nine acres of vineyards, The Meritage Resort  feature 504 luxury guest rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, two swimming pools, and premier meeting and event space.

Meritage Resort

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Image of the Day: Milliken Creek Inn and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa is a private getaway in the heart of Napa Valley. Each of the 12 rooms is distinctively designed in chic yet comfortable decor, with painstaking attention given to even the smallest details. Hidden away on three verdant acres, the luxury boutique hotel has a spa, special winery tour packages, and views of the Napa River.

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Auberge du Soleil


By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil's guests can enjoy a side of Napa Valley views with their breakfast. 

Auberge du Soleil

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Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil


By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Napa Valley Hotel for a Family of Six?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Carneros 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 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: What are some family friendly resorts in Napa, Ca for a family of 4 Adults and 2 children ages 8, 10?

ANSWER: The Carneros Inn   

Nestled among 27 acres of seemingly endless rows of grape vines, unspoiled farmland, and scenic apple orchards, The Carneros Inn's design was based on cues from the local countryside - including barns, silos and ranchers' cottages - and combined with stylish, modern interiors - to capture the region's distinct charm as well as the needs of sophisticated guests. Gravel paths that crunch underneath your feet, private gardens where you can enjoy a glass of California's finest wines, exclusive dining at the first class Hilltop restaurant, outdoor showers under a blanket of stars, crisp white linens, and decadent spa treatments inspired by local ingredients ensure an experience you'll never forget. Whether you're here to get away from it all, or to get together with friends and loved ones, there is something for everyone at The Carneros Inn. Canine family members are welcome as well. 

The Carneros Inn

Kid-Friendly Activities and Amenities at The Carneros Inn Include:
-Complimentary bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis for guests 14 years of age and older
-Two swimming pools, which are heated to 82 degrees year-round: The Hilltop Pool, which is reserved for adults only, and Otto's Pool, which is designated for families and fitness. Otto’s Pool is comprised of an infinity edged lap pool, hot tub, cabanas and children's pool. Pool toys are available, and the zero-edge wading pool is perfect for small children.
-Two professional-size bocce courts are located on the lawn of the Town Square.
-Reception offers a variety of DVDs and games for families to enjoy on a complimentary basis
-Take a Break sends nannies to the Inn to care for children and give adults some time away.

Nearby Activities for Kids Include: 
-Scientopia Discovery Center
-Playground Fantastico
-Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
-Train Town
-Cornerstone Gardens
-Triple Creek Horse Outfitters
-Jelly Belly Factory
-Six Flags Theme Park
-Safari West

Carneros Inn


For Your Family Needs, We Recommend: 


Carneros Courtyard Home - Experience the ultimate in Wine Country living in a private Carneros Courtyard Home. This gated area offers the utmost in privacy while still allowing you access to all the amenities The Carneros Inn has to offer. With approximately 2,400 square feet indoors and over 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space, this private home will give you ample room for both private time and entertaining your guests. Each of the villa-like homes offers: A great room with 16-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a dining area, a well-appointed kitchen with Viking appliances, two master suites (both with luxurious master baths), a den that can be closed off as a third bedroom with its own bath, French doors that open onto a private landscaped courtyard, and an upstairs sun deck with teak furniture and views of the countryside.

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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.

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