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The Five Star Alliance Staff Celebrates Labor Day

August 29, 2014
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!

August 22, 2014
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.


Pets Check-In at Derby Hotels

July 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Urban Hotel Madrid

Going on vacation this summer and want to bring your four-legged family members along? Consider Derby Hotels. The Derby Hotels Collection began in Barcelona in 1968 with the opening of Hotel Derby. Since then it has grown to include luxury hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, London, and Paris. Policies vary according to hotel, but animals of varying breed and sizes are welcome at the following Derby Hotels. 


Granados Hotel 83 - Barcelona, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Urban Hotel Madrid (pictured left)- Madrid, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.
 

Hotel Villa Real - Madrid, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Hotel Claris BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Banke Hotel - Paris, France 
Small pets are permitted, except for in the bars and restaurants.

 


Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 Happy 4th of July! We hope you have a relaxing, patriotic, and safe celebration.

The Moorings

 

Posted in: Articles, North America

Memorial Day 2014

May 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, we want to say to all who have served, or are still serving:

Thank You. 

 

Posted in: Articles

Four Seasons' Spas Strike Gold

May 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Washington DC
Gold isn't just for wearing at Four Seasons Spas around the world. Gold has long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the luxury hotel group has started adding the precious metal to its spa offerings.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC has a Four Seasons Gold and Diamond Facial that utilizes the ultimate in anti-ageing technology to provide instant results. This facial combines several cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve maximum skin health while promoting cellular renewal. Following a complete ultrasonic exfoliation, micro-current therapy is administered to lift and tone sagging muscles. A specialty serum is then infused for smoother, firmer and more hydrated skin. The treatment is finished with LED therapy to calm any redness and stimulate collagen production. The cost ranges from $460-470. 

Four Seasons Chicago features the Sjal Skincare Signature Gemstone and Crystal Facial. This one-of-a-kind, holistic facial incorporates the healing power of precious minerals and gemstones such as rose quartz, platinum, copper, and nano-gold as well as sapphires, rubies, diamonds and pearls with Eastern healing techniques of shiatsu Ayurveda and reflexology. This facial rejuvenates mind and body while visibly restoring skin nutrition for a smooth and radiant look. The cost ranges from $170-220, depending on appointment time and length. 

Get the heavy metal treatment with gold and copper with the Pinnacle Facial at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This decadent treatment indulges both the face and the body. An intensely stimulating facial brings radiance to the complexion, while the body is treated to a gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. A Copper Peel concludes the treatment. The cost is $300 for 100 minutes.

At Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, guests can enjoy the Gold Perfection Facial. This sensational treatment combines innovative technology with the rich, natural healing properties of gold to deliver glowing, radiant skin. Umo's 24 Karat Gold Facial mask creates immediate and long-lasting lifting, firming, and lightening results. The cost is EUR 550 for 100 minutes.

Go for the gold!
 

 


Craving a Room-Service Burger? Bring Your Wallet

May 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasRoom service is notorious for being expensive No matter the price, burgers are a world-wide room service staple. Here's a sampling of how much a burger will run you at eight luxury hotels worldwide. Keep in mind that most hotels also charge some combination of a service charge, gratuity, tax, or a delivery fee.

Hotel Palomar Chicago dishes up an all-American cheeseburger for $17 and a wild mushroom veggie burger for $14. 

US Grant Hotel in San Diego has a Grant Grill Burger. It comes on a potato bun with aged Goat Gouda, onion marmalade, Iceberg lettuce, confit tomatoes, and pickles. All those toppings will run you $17. 

The Metropolitan Bangkok offers a choice of a Lentil and 7 grain burger with tomato salsa, avocado and sprouts for 390 baht ($12) or the met burger made of black angus beef patties and topped with  prosciutto, tomato, lettuce, and bbq onions. It costs 580 Baht ($18).

Hard Rock at Universal Orlando Resort offers what they call a "legendary 10 oz. burger." It is topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of cheddar cheese, a fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. It has a side of fries and costs $18. 

The Dorchester

Park Hyatt Tokyo has a grilled hamburger or cheeseburger for ¥ 2,200 ($22).

Trump International Hotel Tower in New York has a grilled hamburger that is served with a Mesclun Salad and French Fries $26. 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (pictured left) charges $18 for the basic burger, But adding toppings such as bacon, cheese, and egg can push the price up to $30. The basic burger features tomato, lettuce, avocado, butter pickle, and Basil pesto aioli. It is served on bacon cheddar bread and comes with a market fresh fruit salad.

The Dorchester in London offers The Dorchester truffled beef burger for £39.50 ($66.50). It is served with truffle mayonnaise, truffle shavings and pan fried foie grass. Also on the menu is a grilled beef burger or cheese burger in a sesame bun with lettuce and barbecue sauce for £21.50 ($36).

Enjoy!

Posted in: Articles, Food and Wine

Happy Mother's Day!

May 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

We wish the best to all the mothers out there! Relax and enjoy your day!

Happy Mother's Day

 

 

Posted in: Articles

Treat Your Mother on Her Special Day

May 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

It's not too late to treat your mom to these Mother's Day deals.

One Bal Harbour Resort and Spa - Bal Harbour, FL, USA
A special brunch menu has been prepared by Executive Chef Ferdinand Ortiz Jr. Then Mom's can experience a complete aromatic and balancing soak in the signature hydrotherapy's tub, followed by full body sea salt exfoliation, perfect to stimulate circulation and rejuvenate skin. Then a detoxifyingbody cocoon hydrates and nourish skin and a receive a scalp and foot massage. 

L'Auberge del MarL'Auberge del Mar - Del Mar, CA, USA (pictured left)
Dads can whisk mom away for the Book the Bliss: Your Way Package. Stay one, two or three days at 20% off our best available room rate and spend $270 in Spa L'Auberge credit as you see fit. Then take mom to a seaside brunch.

The Angler's Boutique Resort -Miami, FL, USA
Mom will enjoy an upgrade to the next room category and a cocktail daily, as well as 15% off a two-night stay. 

The Pierre Hotel New York - New York, NY, USA
Enjoy a weekend at the dynamic city as you enjoy on theater, shopping or sightseeing. Make reservations for Friday, Saturday or Sunday and save 15% off the Best Available Rate. 

The Langham Huntington

Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston, MA, USA
Moms love to spend time with the family. So take advantage of the Family Vacation Getaway. Book two rooms for two nights or more and get the second at 50% off. Kids enjoy milk and cookies each night, ensuring sweet dreams and special children's hours at the spa's 60-foot indoor pool.

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena - Los Angeles, CA, USA (pictured right) 
Book the Celebrate A Century package and receive Luxurious overnight accommodations, two signature Anniversary cocktails in The Tap Room, $100 resort credit per night, overnight valet parking, and a historical tour map of the resort.
 

The Langham Chicago - Chicago, IL, USA
The Windy City hotel's Dear Mom package includes accommodations, bouquet of pink roses, bottle of champagne, special Mother's Day welcome amenity, $50 towards Komen Race for the Cure, essential oil infused butler-drawn bath, in-room tea and Nespresso coffee basic internet access in guest rooms and public areas, access to the fitness studio and pool, daily local newspaper, and the possibility of earning airline miles.
 

Happy Mother's Day!

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.

 

 

 


Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.