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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Grand Miramar Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa is nestled in swanky Conchas Chinas, and features 112 suites that offer private space, magnificent views, and seductive sunsets from your own terrace. The best views of Puerto Vallarta and Bandera's Bay can be found at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta Hotel, where you can enjoy the perfect combination between the mountains and the sea, the comfort and luxury designed especially to meet the most demanding tastes, and first class services to make your stay unforgettable. Whether your goal is romance, rest, or restoration, you'll find a quiet appropriate corner here.

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa

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Cool Pools: Hotel Le Toiny


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Le Toiny is a 5-Star Relais & Chateaux luxury resort comprised of Villas Suites set in a tropical surrounding with ocean views of Toiny Bay, St. Barthelemy, FWI.

Hotel Le Toiny

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Your Questions Answered: Does The Umstead Hotel and Spa Have a Lake View Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Umstead Hotel and SpaWe 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 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 couple traveling together with our daughter, age 10 and looking for a room with 1 king bed and a rolloway – all with a lake view. Does the The Umstead Hotel and Spa offer that kind of accommodation?

ANSWER: The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC - five minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport - features 150 well-appointed guestrooms, including 27 suites. The Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant - Herons - serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa features ten treatment rooms, mens and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam, and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden. 

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
The Umstead Hotel and Spa was conceived and built with the muses of Art and Nature. These inspirations paired with impeccable, sincere service make for an exquisite hideaway that will comfort and rejuvenate. Everything – from the naturally landscaped grounds to the central Chihuly glass sculpture, the locally sourced cuisine to the botanically infused Umstead Spa products – is designed to stir the senses and inspire.

In every corner of the hotel and 12-acre grounds, there is something beautiful waiting to be discovered. The Umstead Hotel is more than a place to stay; it is a place to be changed for the better. Centrally located within the heart of the Triangle area The Umstead's location offers convenience, privacy and access to the region’s abundant corporate offices, universities, and cultural attractions in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Lake View Balcony-These beautifully appointed rooms range in size from 540 – 570 square feet and feature balconies with a stunning view of our pristine lake. Select your choice of one king-sized or two double-sized pillow-top beds. Rolloway is complimentary and based on availability.

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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.

 

 


Dining al Fresco: San Montano Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

San Montano Resort and Spa, located on the Amalfi Coast, focuses on Mediterranean cuisine. It has an accent on time- honoured recipes from Naples and southern Italy revitalised with a contemporary twist by the brilliant Executive Chef Pasquale Di Iorio Special attention is put on the freshness of the food, which is immediately apparent in the mouth-watering selection of mozzarella, local vegetables, fish and meat. Guests can enjoy affording peerless vistas of the Amalfi Coast from the Buganvillea Restaurant, with an elegant indoor dining room and a stunning outdoor terraces, perfect for sunny days and warm evenings to create a magical atmosphere to fulfill the desire for a good and genuine cuisine.

San Montano Resort and Spa 

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?


By: Five Star Alliance

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
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 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 is the pet policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?

ANSWER: From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.
While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

PET POLICY- Your dog is welcome at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with the following conditions:
• You will be charged a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee upon check-in. This is a basic cleaning of pet hair and odor. Additional charges for damages may be imposed.
• Your dog may not exceed 25 lbs.
• Omni La Costa will not allow any dangerous animals, animals perceived to be threatening, wild animals, or other unusual animals on property. Omni La Costa shall make the final determination of whether a specific dog will be permitted.
• If your dog barks, makes other noises or is otherwise a cause of complaints that would create a revenue loss or adjustments, you will be required to reimburse us.
• Omni La Costa also reserves the right to require you to remove your dog and we are not required to provide any warning or second chance for violation of this policy. The decision of Omni La Costa shall be final.
• You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. If an accident does occur, please call Housekeeping so we can provide assistance and a quick clean up.
• Guests bringing a dog will be required to sign an "Acceptance of Responsibility for Damages Pet Policy Agreement Form" upon arrival.

Note: Guide dogs for the blind or otherwise disabled are exempt from the pet policy; there is no weight limit or pet fee.

Book a stay at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa >>

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.
 


Tiny the Tree Frog Takes Over at Rosewood Tucker's Point


By: Five Star Alliance

Rosewood Tucker's Point
Rosewood Tucker's Point
has joined with Bermudian author Elizabeth A. Mulderig to create a package that brings the popular amphibian children's book character and his adventures to life. Families with young children will enjoy an array of fun amenities including a special welcome amenity, an autographed Tiny the Tree Frog book, CD with Bermuda tree frog sounds, Tiny the Tree Frog stuffed animal and more.

Available select dates until December 31, 2015.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

A special welcome amenity
An autographed Tiny the Tree Frog book
CD with Bermuda tree frog sounds
Tiny the Tree Frog stuffed animal
Tickets to the Bermuda Zoo and Aquarium for two adults and two children
Tiny's Guide to Rosewood Tuckers Point and Bermuda Kid Friendly Activities

Book Now!

This offer cannot be combined with other offers, and rates exclude all taxes and gratuities. Cancellation must be made 21 days in advance of arrival for stays from April 15 to September 3 or 14 days in advance of arrival for stays from September 4 to April 14, to avoid penalty charges or forfeiture of deposit. A credit card deposit is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation. The first and last night's stay will be charged at this time. This offer is subject to availability and additional terms and conditions may apply. Book early to avoid disappointment. 


New to Five Star Alliance: Pelican Bay at Lucaya


By: Five Star Alliance

A tropical oasis set against colorful Bahamian architecture, towering palms, and the stunning Bell Channel Bay, Pelican Bay at Lucaya invites you to the heart of Grand Bahama Island. Offering the most hospitable service among Lucaya hotels, Pelican Bay is a true Bahamian treasure for business and leisure guests, as well as groups and events. Pelican Bay offers a collection of Lucaya hotel rooms designed to induce happiness while you slumber. Encompassing 90 waterside hotel rooms and 96 waterside state rooms, accommodations feature a pleasing combination of Caribbean cheerfulness and European sophistication. The waterside rooms feature private balconies, coffee & nespresso machines, cable TV, and a variety of in-room luxuries designed to ensure your utmost relaxation.

Pelican Bay at Lucaya

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Enjoy a Writer's Weekend and Maple Bourbon Dinner at The Omni Homestead


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Nestled amidst the splendor of Virginia's Allegheny Mountain lies The Omni Homestead Resort, one of Virginia's premier mountain resorts.  Minutes from the front steps of The Omni Homestead lies the neighboring county of Highland, best known as Virginia's "Little Switzerland." Highland County represents one of the last unspoiled rural communities in the Alleghenies. When spring temperatures arrive in mid-March, residents celebrate the "opening of the trees" at the Highland County Maple Festival, dedicated to the maple syrup farming process. For two weekends local farmers open their homes to visitors as "sugar camps" where they reveal the processes of tree tapping, sap collection, and syrup making. This year the festival will be held March 14-15 and 21-22.

Inspired by the Maple Festival, the resort's culinary team has created an intimate dining event featuring maple-inspired dishes paired with bourbon cocktails. There were also be lectures courtesy of distiller Buffalo Trace. The dinner, held on March 21, also coincides with the resort's inagural Writer's Weekend, where events will include writer presentations as well as a book sale and signing. Sample dishes include maple sugar dusted Diver Scallop, crispy maple brussels sprouts, New York Strip Steak au poivre with a bourbon peppercorn sauce, and maple bourbon ice cream.

Learn more about the Highland County Maple Festival >>

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Did You Know? Fairmont San Francisco


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont San Francisco was finished and furnished but not yet open when the great 1906 earthquake shook the city. The hotel only suffered some structural damage from the earthquake, but it was severely damaged during the subsequent fire.

Exactly a year after the earthquake, a grand banquet celebrating the opening was held at The Fairmont, with 600 pounds of turtle, 13,000 oysters and $5,000 worth of California and French wines. At precisely 9:00 PM, fireworks began, illuminating the beautiful new Fairmont, the thousand ships at anchor in the Bay, City Hall and all the buildings that had risen up, phoenix-like, in defiance of nature's wrath.

Pictured below is the hotel's rooftop honeybee and herb garden.

Fairmont San Francisco

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