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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Napa Valley Luxury Hotel?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 4 and looking to stay is Napa, CA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa NapaNestled on the banks of the Napa River, in the heart of North America's premiere wine growing region, The Westin Verasa Napa is a serene, relaxing haven seamlessly blended with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Explore Napa's beautifully restored architectural gems, attend outstanding performances in the renowned Napa Valley Opera House, frequent fine art exhibitions, drop in on jam sessions, and sample world famous cuisine.
At The Westin Verasa Napa, each of the stylish suites encourages you to unwind with soft Heavenly® Beds and inspiring views of historic downtown or the Napa River. Channel your energy in the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility or dive into the calming essences of the heated outdoor pool. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at La Toque or savor a nightcap at our newly designed wine bar—Bank Cafe and Bar.

For Your Familys Needs, We Recommend

2 Bedroom Suite Non-smoking
-The two Bedroom King Suites feature deluxe living and dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and luxurious bedroom accommodations. Each kitchen features oak slab cabinets with stainless steel finished pulls on lower cabinets, and solid granite slab countertops and granite tile backsplashes complete the kitchen's sleek look and feel. All of the kitchens boast stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, electric range, and microwave, making it easy for each guest to recharge at their leisure. The functional breakfast bar includes stools, making for plenty of space for family or friends.
Westin Verasa NapaThe modern living room is flanked with comfortable custom built furniture, accented in a dark walnut finish, while the upholstered sofa bed provides pleasingly aesthetic colors inspired by the Napa landscape. Sip your favorite glass of wine as you spend each evening unwinding on the expansive balcony found in every Two Bedroom Suite. Each of the two bedrooms features legendary Heavenly Beds® and luxurious white bed linens, while two signature Heavenly Baths® leave you well-rested and restored at the beginning of each day.

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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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Your Questions Answered: What do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Meritage Resort at NapaWe 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 do you recommend in Napa Valley for a family of 3, 2 adults and 1 child age 11?

ANSWER: Meritage Resort at Napa offers you the best of California's Wine Country, featuring the area's only underground luxury spa and tasting room. Convienently located to best explore both the Napa and Sonoma Valley's extraordinary vineyards and wineries, The Meritage Resort is perfect for those who enjoy gourmet dining, great wines and Napa's casually elegant activities. The Meritage Resort welcomes you with a warming fireplace stoked with the staves of oak barrels from local wineries, 158 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, a wine bar, resort swimming pools and fitness centers, an intimate wedding chapel, and stylish special event spaces.

For your family, we recommend you choose rooms with 2 queen beds or King bed and sofa bed. Choose from a Double Queen Room or a Standard King Room, both featuring Tuscan-inspired decor with rich woods, comfortable seating and premium bedding for your ultimate relaxation. Guests can enjoy wireless and wired high-speed Internet access, executive work desks and 32-inch plasma screen televisions with DVD players. The spacious bathrooms have marble-topped vanities, Gilchrist and Soames amenities, and plush robes.

For even more luxury without upgrading to a Suite, The Meritage Resort offers a Superior King Patio Extended Room. These luxury Napa accommodations offer vineyard views, one King bed and a large balcony, as well as pull-out sofa bed for your convenience.

Your soothing home away from home awaits at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Wine Country California.

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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Image of the Day: Solage Calistoga


By: Five Star Alliance

Solage Calistoga is situated on 22 acres in the heart of Northern California wine country, and surrounded by panoramic Mayacamas and Palisades mountain ranges.

Solage Calistoga

Current nightly rates at Solage Calistoga start at $360 per night>>

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Did You Know? Meadowood Napa


By: Five Star Alliance

Meadowood Napa

Ninety-six percent of Napa Valley vineyards are family-owned. At Meadowood Napa, guests are invited
to come together every afternoon for a tasting of outstanding Napa Valley wines. The luxury resort typically
feature two varietals, one red and one white. On Friday afternoons the tradition is to share a Napa Valley
sparkling wine to welcome the weekend.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #4 Auberge Du Soleil


By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts 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!

Coming in the #4 spot is the Auberge Du Soleil which is located just off the Silverado Trail, outside of Rutherford, overlooking Napa Valley. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- All accommodations at Auberge du Soleil feature Mediterranean-inspired decor with original contemporary art

- Auberge du Soleil began as a restaurant created by visionary restaurateur Claude Rouas

- 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

- Auberge Spa occupies a 7,000 square feet stucco building, overlooking the Napa Valley

- Napa winery tours can be arranged in advance

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Auberge Du Soleil here >>

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations ins 2012: #13 Napa


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!

                                                    

As of today, Five Star Alliance features 15 luxury hotels in Napa, California. Napa, or Napa Valley  is the term used for an area of Northern California known for its regional wine industry. Cities in the Napa Valley include Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, and Napa.

Why do our guests love Napa?

- Napa Valley is home to more than four hundred wineries, including well-known producer Mondavi. Grape varieties grown include Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  

-The famous hot springs found in Calistoga are known for their relaxing and restorative properties. There's also the Old Faithful geyser, which erupts every 40 minutes. Solage Calistoga (pictured below) has a 20,000 square foot spa and is offering nightly rates as of this writing that start at $350.

-Visitors enjoy the creative ways to taste the grapes, like the Napa Valley Wine Train. Ride and quaff in restored 1917 Pullman train cars.

-The accommodations in Napa range from LEED Platinum-Certified Bardessono to the sophisticated urban boutique style of Andaz Napa to the foodie paradise that is Auberge Du Soleil.

Where to Stay?

-The peak time for wine tasting in Napa Vallye is May through October.  As of this writing, a mid-May stay at Carneros Inn (pictured at top) starts at $466 per night.  Yountville's Vintage Inn has nightly rates starting at $370. Plan a bit further ahead for a mid-August stay and nightly rates start at $299 at the Westin Verasa Napa, or splurge at Calistoga Ranch, where a deluxe lodge with private fireplace and outdoor shower is $850 a night.

Did you know?

-About 5 million people visit Napa Valley each year. 

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Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #17 Bardessono


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts 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!

 
Lucky #17 on our countdown is Bardessono, located in the heart of Napa Valley. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:
 

-One of only three hotels in the world to be LEED Platinum certified.

-Enjoy private in-room spa services in the intimate sanctuary of your guest room. Or visit the The Spa at Bardessono, where each treatment is designed around the needs of the season.

-Lucy’s Garden (onsite at Bardessono) serves as the foundation of the entire food & beverage program. Chef Victor Scargle is so committed to a "garden first" approach that the garden serves as the restaurant’s namesake.

-Sustainable design is at the heart of Bardessono’s vision of luxury hospitality. Each guestroom is a sanctuary of timeless indulgence, from the organic cotton bed linens to the hand-crafted bath products.


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Posted in: Napa, CA

Image of the Day: Auberge Du Soleil


By: Five Star Alliance

 

An unusual treetop perspective of Napa's Auberge Du Soleil.

Posted in: Napa, CA, Hot Spots

Your Luxury Summer Travel Guide: Wine Tasting at the Auberge Du Soleil


By: Oksana Balytsky

Swimming, fishing, hiking, sun bathing, and kayaking are just a few of the various activities to partake in during the incoming summer months. We’ve combined luxury hotels with exciting activities to give you the ultimate summer luxury travel guide perfect for folks looking for an adventure, a weekend away, or just an opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather! Check in with us often for a few ideas on where the summer should take you!

Our featured activity today is wine-tasting, and we can’t think of a better place in the United States to swirl, sip, and spit than Napa Valley, California. The Auberge du Soleil is one of northern California’s most revered dining establishments, and its located on a hillside with fantastic views of Napa Valley. Its 52 luxury rooms feature Mediterranean inspired décor and private outdoor terraces for relaxing and dining. The restaurant at the Auberge du Soleil features delectable dishes perfectly paired with wines in ways that delight and inspire even the greatest of food connoisseurs. And with over 120 wineries open to the public in Napa Valley and a concierge to assist with planning your itinerary, the Auberge du Soleil is the perfect luxury hotel for a food and wine-filled summer weekend!

Curious what other luxury hotels await you? Check out the other phenomenal options in Napa Valley here!


What Wine Goes Best with your Favorite Girl Scout Cookie?


By: Oksana Balytsky

You read the title correctly. Today we’re not exploring what wine compliments Alaskan Salmon or risotto; we’re bringing you recommendations of which wine goes best with various Girl Scout Cookies. Kris Margerum, the wine director at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley has gone through the vast 17,000 bottle wine cellar to suggest the absolute best wine-cookie pairings. Check out the pairings below and enjoy the adult, edgy rendition of Girl Scout Cookies.

Savannah Smiles go best with a 2010 Dr. Loosen ‘Bernaksteler Lay’ Riesling-Kabinett. As stated by Kris Margerum and reported on HotelChatter, ““The lemon notes and powder sugar create an amazing match with this off-dry, high- acid white wine.”

Trefoils-Old Fashioned Shortbread go best with the 2007 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine. "The creamy richness of the shortbread is balanced by the fresh lively notes of the Sparkling Wine." 

Dosidos-Peanut Butter Cremes go best with a 2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Zweigelt. "The light bodied and fruity Zweigelt paired with the Do-Si-Dos brings home the flavors of peanut butter & jelly."

Samoas go best with a Graham’s 20-Year Tawny Port. "The coconut is an ideal blend with the oak-aged port, while the Noval Vintage Ruby Reserve Port is rich enough to match the chocolate and mint flavors of the popular Thin Mints." 

Tagalongs-Peanut Butter Patties go best with Rare Wine Company’s “Imperial-Old Reserve” Malmsey Maderia, “Nothing goes better with sweet Maderias than chocolate and nuts.”

We certainly encourage you to explore the room types, rates, and photos of the Auberge du Soleil here! Make your reservations today and get ready for an incredible time in phenomenal wine country, cookies and all!

This article originally appeared in HotelChatter.