April 27, 2014
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 6 and looking to stay is Key West, Fla. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
ANSWER: Cheeca Lodge
Since 1946 the historic Cheeca Lodge & Spa has enchanted guests with world-class fishing, exceptional accommodations, and gracious hospitality. Come experience this lush oceanfront retreat, considered the premier luxury resort in the Florida Keys.
With one of most beautiful and secluded private beaches in Florida, Cheeca Lodge is an exhilarating tropical playground. From tennis and golf, the lavish Spa at Cheeca, and fishing off the end of the 525-foot pier to snoozing in a hammock on the beach, how best to relax is entirely up to you. Escape to oceanfront sanctuary and solitude at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. As the benchmark for Florida Keys luxury resorts for over 60 years, Cheeca is the crown jewel of Islamorada, the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Everything about this wondrous retreat aspires to captivate and soothe. Exquisitely appointed, West-Indies-style accommodations nestled amidst lush gardens, shimmering pools, and cascading waterfalls.
For Your Needs, We Recommend:
-Luxury Resort View 2 Bedroom Suite. It is 1042 Square Feet with a full kitchen living room, and a balcony The suite sleeps 6. Expect dark mahogany furnishings, elegant tropical artwork, and palm leaf ceiling fan. The spacious master bedroom features a premium pillow-top king bed with fine linens and down comforter and a marble bathroom with oversized soaking tub and separate glassed-in rain shower with massaging jets. Surround yourself with all the comforts of home, from a separate living room with queen sleeper sofa to a cozy breakfast bar and fully-equipped kitchen. Additional touches include 27" and 42" plasma screen televisions, plush bathrobes, DVD & CD player, hair dryer, and in-room safe.
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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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa is located in Unaweep Canyon, one of the most unique red rock canyons in the world. The word Unaweep is a Native American term meaning "canyon with two mouths." It is thought that the ancestral Colorado and Gunnison rivers may have cut through the soft red sandstone of the Uncompahgre Plateau, exposing stone dated to Precambrian times. This is said to be the only canyon in the world that is drained by two creeks; East Creek and West Creek, sending water off in opposite directions. Much like the nearby Colorado National Monument, our area has special recognition in Colorado geology. Ancient rivers eroded the rock away, exposing more than a hundred million years of the geologic record and fossils of dinosaurs and early amphibians.
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Contemporary yet uniquely Thai, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa's luxurious suites and villas offer an environment of exclusive and sophisticated elegance discerning them from other Koh Phangan resorts, the ideal beach hideaway where romantic barefoot grandeur defines the tropical experience.
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Nestled on the shore of the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is the vision of in-demand Thai architect Lek Bunnag and features modern styling and architecture with accents of Thai culture and design to create a harmonious synergy of luxury and tradition to compliment its secluded location. Bunnag draws strongly from Thai traditions and cultural heritage to create an environment where relaxation and enjoyment are the very bedrock of the guest experience.
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Humans aren't the only ones who can check-in at Coworth Park. The country house hotel on the borders of Windsor Great Park has just announced has enhanced its riding offerings with The Ultimate Horse Check-In, a prestigious check-in service designed for its equestrian guests. Coworth Park is frequently home to some of the world's most prized thoroughbreds who deserve the finest stable-to-stable amenities. It is the only hotel in the UK to offer polo run by Guards Polo Club and is the residence of choice for jockeys and owners from around the world visiting Ascot Racecourse.
Coworth Park's five-strong equestrian services team are all British Horse Society qualified, and facilities include an all-weather canter track and state of the art equestrian accommodation with rubber matting, social stalls, a covered barn and bathing bays. Equestrian at Coworth Park is home to immaculately bred, trained and presented horses for one-on-one or group lessons in basic riding, dressage, jumping, and pony camps for both children and adults.
The Coworth Park Ultimate Horse Check-in Includes:
• Assigned stable with a keepsake welcome card and personalized check-in. The equine's dietary and bedding preferences are taken into consideration.
• Horses get a welcome polo ball from nearby Guards Polo Club, which manages the estate's polo grounds.
• Arrival amenities such as a Himalayan Rock Salt Lick, home-grown carrots, and horse treats made by the hotel's pastry chef.
• Equine manicure consisting of a hoof oil moisturising treatment.
• Luxury post ride bubble bath in Coworth Park's hot and cold bay with natural equine aromatherapy wash.
• Relaxing aromatherapy oil muscle massage and rubdown by expert stable hands.
After all that pampering, good luck getting your horse to check-out!
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April 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Puripunn a Baby Grand Boutique is situated in Wat Gate, one of Chiang Mai’s older districts with a diverse mix of cultures and religions, making it a fascinating place to enjoy a city break in the beautiful northern capital. Puripunn roughly translates to "the land of sharing."
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Uma Paro Bhutan is a 29-room hotel offering five-star comfort and singular style in the wildly beautiful Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. To the south lies India, with Tibet to the north. The topography is dramatically varied, featuring pine-clad valleys, terraced hills and towering, snow-tipped ranges with impenetrable heights. Monasteries cling to cliffsides and rivers snake through valleys.
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has gotten into the airline game. You can now travel the globe aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet. Those interested in taking the Four Seasons experience airborne will want to sign up for the February 2015 once-in-a-lifetime journey.
The trip includes nine destinations—from fire dancers in Bora Bora to architectural wonders in India and Australia. Travelers will also receive a Salsa Deluxe Hybrid Cabin Multiwheel from luxury luggage brand RIMOWA.
The itenirary is as follows:
-Arrive in LA to meet the journey's dedicated support team and fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel).
-Travel aboard the jet to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu (pictured right). Experience the Big Island’s dramatic landscapes and genuine aloha spirit through your choice of activities, including a helicopter tour of the Kohala Coast, a visit to a coffee plantation, or aquatic adventures such as paddleboarding or outrigger canoeing.
-Next stop is Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (pictured left)The crystal blue waters that frame this island paradise teem with exotic sea life—best investigated on a snorkelling tour led by the resort's marine biologist. Celebrate with a special dinner on the beach, enhanced by traditional Polynesian entertainment.
-Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is next up on the journey. Witness the beauty of Sydney Harbour from the seat of a seaplane and, later, aboard a sunset dinner cruise. On solid ground, go backstage at the Sydney Opera House and tour the historic Rocks district.
-Head to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. Lush landscapes and a refreshingly spiritual perspective await on this beautiful island, where travelers can explore the creative village of Ubud, go whitewater rafting on the Ayung River, or get a taste of Indonesian cuisine during a cooking class.
-In Thailand, elect to stay within the tranquil and artistic city Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai or upgrade to the luxurious Tented Camp at Chiang Rai to experience two nights of jungle adventure. Both destinations offer unforgettable elephant encounters.
-India is next. Hop off the jet in Agra and experience one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, before continuing on to Mumbai. Tour Gandhi’s former residence and watch as thousands of dabbawallas execute the city’s traditional lunch delivery system. Guests will stay at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.
-Check into Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (pictured right). Shop this transcontinental city’s expansive Grand Bazaar and tour the opulent Topkapi Palace before unwinding at a Turkish bath. At sunset, take a cocktail cruise down the Bosphorus, which flows between the European and Asian sides of Turkey.
-The jet makes its final stop in London where you’ll toast to this extraordinary journey over a celebratory dinner and bid farewell to your fellow travellers at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane (pictured left). After breakfast the next morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home.
This around-the-world trip will not come cheap. It costs $119,000 per person based on double occupancy.
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Four Seasons Gresham Palace's wrought iron peacock gates came from the prestigious Gyula Jungfer workshop.
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Opera lovers are in for a real treat, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Prague. The hotel has arranged for select guests to enjoy a private performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the famed Estates Theatre. The famous opera had its premiere at the theatre in 1787.
The Theatre of the Estates is one of the most beautiful historic theatre buildings in Europe. The theatre was officially opened in 1783 with a first performance of the tragedy Emilia Galotti by Lessing.
After the spine-tingling performance, a chauffeur will bring the guests back to the hotel in a vintage Rolls Royce. The music lovers will then toast Mozart from the hotel's rooftop terrace Then these lucky guests sup on a gourmet meal on the rooftop terrace. The music continues through dinner via a live orchestra consisting of members of the Estates Theatre Orchestra.
The luxury hotel in Old Town Prague has a contemporary main building consisting of three historic edifices – classical, renaissance and 18th-century baroque buildings. The 161 Old Town luxury hotel guest rooms, including 20 suites, are among Prague’s largest. The one-of-a-kind building concept creates a variety of guest room layouts, even within the same category.
The experience is available from May 15 until September 15 in 2015 and is priced for up to six persons at EUR 60,000. It includes the luxurious accommodation in the Presidential Suite for two nights, private performance of Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre, transfer from the theatre to the Hotel in vintage Rolls Royce and private dinner on the Hotel's rooftop terrace. Six months' advance reservation is required and some blackout dates apply.
Sadly, the Marx Brothers are not included.
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