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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.

10 Jobs at Luxury Hotels and Resorts That You Wish You Had


By: Five Star Alliance

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resorts
Ready to give up the rat race for an exciting new career? Here are 10 awesome jobs that we found at luxury resorts. 

1-Marine Biologist at Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, (pictured left).Located on 17 acres of a former coconut plantation, the resort is a place where heavenly surroundings combine with an unsurpassed range of luxury hotel activities. With a full-time Marine Biologist on staff, the resrt is committed to treating guests to fascinating insights into the ecology of the marine world in Fiji. 

2-Camel's Milk Mixologist at Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. This kind of  mixologist does pretty much what his job title implies--mixes drinks with freshly muddled ingredients infused with locally-sourced camel milk, ranging from flavors such as sweet strawberry and refreshing mint. 

3-Wine Guru at the Anantara Group. Jirachai Sethisakko has been Anantara’s Group Wine Guru for five years. Ensuring that each guest’s wine experience is guided by the best of the best, June is responsible for training Anantara’s elite team of Wine Gurus. In addition to training, June manages the wine lists and overall wine experience set up at new resorts, so that guests can enjoy Anantara’s impeccable standards whichever destination they travel to.

4-Pool Concierge at Ritz Carlton South Beach. This expert on all local happenings strolls the pool deck (pictured right) between 9-5 to assist guests with reservations and information, offering sunglass polishing and a selection of magazines, presenting ever-changing culinary amenities make activity recommendations and proffer updates about special events in town that guests might enjoy.  ritz carlton south beach

5-Kids Concierge at The Athaneaum Hotel & Apartments. The luxury hotel is so child-friendly, they even have a Kids' Concierge. The Concierge gets in touch prior to check-in to arrange tickets to shows or events and to create an itinerary that is age and interest appropriate. Every whim, from food to movies to books, can be fulfilled by this concierge. 

6-Duck Wrangler at The Peabody Memphis. Be warned, this is not a position with many openings. This job was held by Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, from 1940-1991.  The wrangler oversees the duck's twice-daily march from their home in the Royal Duck Palace on the roof to the hotel lobby's marble fountain. 

7-Surfing Instructor at Turtle Bay ResortOahu’s North Shore is world famous for its surfing, and Turtle Bay Resort’s 5-mile stretch of breath-taking coastline offers a variety of surf breaks for every level, from absolute beginner to elite wave rider. Our local community is filled with surfing legends and contemporaries, and we draw upon their expertise daily to share their experience and knowledge with you. Group and semi-private lessons are available. Or hire your own professional surfer for a day and live the life as you tour famous breaks, find a few waves to yourself, and get personally introduced to the area with a top local guide.

Tower Club at lebua

8-Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel. Rebecca Robbins is a Cornell sleep medicine professor and the co-author of Sleep for Success, traveling internationally to give talks on the latest sleep research. Much of the Rest & Renew program’s content and resources are based on the studies and findings outlined in her book. Robbins is available for custom sleep consultations while overseeing the hotel’s Sleep Team.

9-Fragrance Butler at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Through this unique service, guests can borrow from a curated selection of the finest perfumes and colognes. When summoned the butler appears bearing a silver tray with ten fragrances from which the guest can choose. Each property hand-selects fragrance menus distinct to its location.

10-Bartender at Tower Club at lebua (pictured left). The hotel is home to The Dome at lebua, Bangkok's most coveted and certainly highest collection of restaurants and bars, with the famed Sirocco and Sky Bar, the inviting Distil lounge, the celebrated Asian restaurant Breeze, and Mezzaluna, the award-wining fine-dining mecca renowned for its innovative cuisine. Bartenders at the glowing rooftop bar have a birds-eye view of Bangkok. 

 


Presidential Hotels for President's Day


By: Five Star Alliance

US Grant Hotel
Presidential suites are nice, but how about entire hotels named after the big guys?

In honor of President's Day, here are some hotels worthy of POTUS. But don't think they are limited to US soil, there are many luxury spots named after presidents all over the world.

US Grant Hotel (pictured above) - The hotel opened its doors in 1910, after 5 years of renovation and at the then-astronomical sum of $1.9 million. It was built by Ulysses Grant Jr. in honor of his father.

The Willard InterContinental - Every president since Franklin Pierce (in 1853) has had a stay at this downtown DC hotel. Which makes sense, given its location a mere two blocks from the White House and the National Mall.

The Kahala Resort and Spa - This Oahu spot has hosted every president since Lyndon B. Johnson. The luxury resort is set on a white sand beach just ten minutes from the world-class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki.

The Jefferson Hotel Richmond - Named in honor of our third president, the Richmond hotel has been the temporary home to to 12 presidents. 

Roosevelt New Orleans

The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa - The one-bedroom Presidential Suite in the Phoenix hotel's original Frank Lloyd Wright building has hosted every president since Hoover's visit in April 1932, except Obama. 

The Jefferson Washington DC - This boutique hotel is also named for the third president of the US. While it may not have hosted a cabinet's worth of Commanders-in-Chief, it is a Beaux Arts gem in the nation's capital.

The Roosevelt New Orleans (pictured right)- A hotel has stood on the site that The Roosevelt occupies since 1893. By October 1923, the hotel was renamed The Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose accomplishment in opening the Panama Canal had greatly increased trade between Louisiana and South America.

Hotel President Wilson - Built in 1962 by Swissair and Nestlé, the hotel was named after the 28th President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson—founder and relentless defender of the League of Nations.

Loews Madison Hotel - Built in 1963 as The Madison Hotel, the hotel was opened by President John F. Kennedy.

 


Happy Valentine's Day from Five Star Alliance


By: Five Star Alliance

Whatever your plans are, we hope you get to cuddle up with someone you love today. Or at the very least, a good book or pint of ice cream.

The Library Hotel Love Room

 

 

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Happy 2015 from Five Star Alliance!


By: Five Star Alliance

Happy 2015 from Five Star Alliance! We wish a Happy New Year, full of the travels of your dreams. 

Four Seasons Maldives


Wishing You a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving


By: Five Star Alliance

The staff at Five Star Alliance wishes you a safe and happy Turkey Day!

The Point

 

 


Food and Wine Indulgences at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Steamboat Bay Fishing Club
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club, the 
elite luxury Alaska sport fishing lodge, is the only resort on the unpopulated Noyes Island. The exclusive club accepts reservations for groups up to sixteen during the summer fishing season. The location’s remote privacy makes it the perfect venue for both intimate gatherings of friends and family, and for high end corporate events.

The world-class fishing and accommodations  at the club are matched by the world-class dining. The cuisine at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club is designed to invoke the great Alaskan wildnerness. The regionally inspired cuisine includes quality ingredients like wild game, prime cuts of meat, local seafood, and organic greens grown in The Club's gardens.

Steamboat Bay Fishing Club

The kitchen at Steamboat Bay is an open display-style, so guests can observe and interact with the Chef and his staff. Gourmet dining at The Club is all-inclusive and customized to guests’ individual tastes. Guests with food preferences or restrictions are easily accommodated with advance notice. The fine dining starts as early as 5am. Guests can fuel up for the long day of fishing. Lunch options include a picnic-style lunch on the water, which means no break in the fishing, or guests can return to the lodge from nearby fishing spots. The guides even call in lunch orders on the way back so the meal is ready as soon as the fisherman hit the shore. 

Guests are treated to an evening reception. The Club's open bar is amply stocked with Pacific Coast wines, local microbrews and brand name beers, and premium spirits and mixers. For dinner, bay-side table service is available. There's also a special five-course Taste of Alaska option. Menus are updated daily, and personalized to accommodate guests individual tastes. 

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Enjoy Your Long Weekend!


By: Five Star Alliance

The Moorings Village and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 







Whether your plans include one last trip to the beach, getting the kids ready for school, or simply relaxing at home, we wish you a wonderful Labor Day!


The Five Star Alliance Staff Celebrates Labor Day


By: Five Star Alliance

The Five Star Alliance staff all have a travel bucket list that doesn't always line up with the time and money available for travel. Here's where we are celebrating Labor Day, and where we would spend the Labor Day weekend if time and money were no object. 

Lucy
Actual Labor Day Plans: Laundry and house cleaning.

Chanler at Cliff Walk

Labor Day Bucket List: The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport RI (pictured), The Resort at Paws Up in Missoula, MT, or Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia, Canada.
 

Marty
Actual Labor Day Plans: Onteora Lake. It's got like 5 to 10 miles of trails and a lake big enough for lots of swimming and non-motorized boating. The terrain is mellower than the real mountain trails more into Catskill Park, but it's still a real nice spot.


Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa


Labor Day Bucket List: World tour starting in Kauai, HI. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is pictured above.

 

Courtney
Actual Labor Day Plans: A trip to Beaufort, NC.

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace

Labor Day Bucket List: Las Vegas. Nobu Hotel Caeser's Palace is pictured above.
 

Clare
Actual Labor Day Plans: Lunch with friends, yoga in Prospect Park, and laundry.

Porto Zante Villas and Spa


Labor Day Bucket List: The Greek Islands. Somewhere like Porto Zante Villas and Spapictured above.
 

Tabitha 
Actual Labor Day Plans: No plans.

W Atlanta Midtown

Labor Day Bucket List: Visiting Atlanta's Piedmont Park. W Atlanta Midtown, pictured above, is 1/2 mile away.


Cheryl
Actual Labor Day Plans: Beach yoga and a BBQ at the Jersey Shore.

Intercontinental la moana bora bora


Labor Day Bucket List: A return visit to Bora Bora.  InterContinental La Moana Bora Bora is pictured above.
 

Shannon
Actual Labor Day Plans: No plans.

Palazzo Verscace

Labor Day Bucket List: Beach. Palazzo Versace, on Australia's Gold Coast, is pictured above.

 

Betsy

Actual Labor Day Plans: A visit to parent's condo in Hilton Head, SC.

Labor Day Bucket List: Too many to choose from! The Inn at Harbour Town in Hilton Head is pictured above.

Vicki
Actual Labor Day Plans: Working.

Labor Day Bucket List: In the past, I have spent many Labor Days out on beautiful Lake Murray with pontoons tied together, just floating and sunning.

 

However you are celebrating, we wish you a safe and happy Labor Day!

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Robots Take Over Starwood Hotels!


By: Five Star Alliance

Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.

A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool

If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.