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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Newport, RI Luxury Hotel Offers Unusual Activities?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Vanderbilt Grace
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 thats why we’re here.

QUESTION: We are looking for someplace in or near Newport, RI that offers something different as a hotel activity. Where do you recommend?


ANSWER: The  Vanderbilt Grace, formerly Vanderbilt Hall, is an historic boutique hotel in Rhode Island just minutes from the delightful waterfront of Newport, and is one of the town's best kept secrets. Originally built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a scion of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, the 1909 property is a vintage Newport mansion that has been restored to its former glory and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests as a fully functioning and top luxury hotel in Rhode Island.


Today, as The Vanderbilt Grace, the mansion comprises a luxurious hotel with 33 rooms and luxury suites in Newport Rhode Island, a sumptuous spa and fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel features two restaurants including Muse, a fine dining restaurant created by renowned New England chef, Jonathan Cartwright, where the best local ingredients are on offer in imaginative menus which change throughout the year.

For Your Activity, We Suggest:

Vanderbilt Private Cooking Classes
Tap into your culinary prowess with the hotel's chefs as they impart their experiences and techniques to prepare the perfect meal chosen by you. Thecooking classes can be extremely flexible depending on what you wish to taste and experience, the size of your group, the seasonality and local produce available. There are also various dining options available. For example, guests can take a private fishing trip to catch local lobster. Once back on dry land you will work hand in hand with the chefs to prepare your catch to your very own tastes.

This is an ideal experience for the whole family and you can immerse yourselves in local produce and classic New England cooking.

Duration: from 2 to 4 hours
Price: from $100 per person
Cooking experiences dependent on seasonality.

Book your culinary stay at Vanderbilt Grace >> 

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What Atlanta Resort Would You Recommend for a Romantic Weekend?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Chateau Elan Winery
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 Atlanta area resort would you recommend for a romantic weekend?


ANSWER: Chateau Elan Winery and Resort Braselton, GA


Within the sweeping panorama of the north Georgia foothills, just 40 minutes north of Atlanta but a world away from the bustling city is Chateau Elan. Here on 3,500 acres, French provincial and Southern hospitality combine to produce a superb leisure resort and conference destination. The Inn's charm can be attributed not only to its architectural authenticity but also to the approachable and enthusiastic service-oriented staff. The exterior design, with its pitch roof, wrought-iron detail and cornice moldings, captures the feeling of a French country estate. In the lobby and throughout the elegant guest rooms, a pastel color scheme, window shutters and country French furnishings enrich the look. Dining at Chateau Elan, enhanced with the bounty of the award winning vineyards, is a heady attraction for anyone's tastes. Choices and settings span classic French dining at Le Clos, casual bistro style foods at Cafe Elan, sumptuous buffet and a la carte fare at Versailles, and the spirited ambience of Paddy's Irish Pub. All guaranteed to send taste buds soaring.
 

Book your romantic getaway at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort >>


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.

 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort 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 at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa?

ANSWER: InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa is located on the most idyllic island in the Mexican Caribbean, within the Cozumel National Marine Park, surrounded by pristine turquoise waters which are home to one of the best coral reef system in the world. A dedicated staff and some of the finest facilities in the Mexican Caribbean give this luxurious destination resort a unique point of difference and a memorable experience for each guest.

PET POLICY
The resort does accept pets, however pets must weigh 20 pounds or less and be on room premises. There is a 25 usd fee per day. Pets cannot be unattended and are not allowed in restaurants, pools or beach areas.

Book a stay at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel 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.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hyatt Atlanta
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: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?

ANSWER: Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is set within the upscale uptown neighborhood of Buckhead. Spacious, renovated guestrooms include irresistible Hyatt Grand BedsTM, state-of-the-art fiber-optic Internet and sleek flat screen HDTVs. Enjoy views of the Japanese Zen Garden at Onyx at the Grand, savor renowned Southern cuisine at Cassis, or treat colleagues and guests to the culinary expertise of the outstanding catering staff.Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Suite Unwind within the spacious 1,240-square-foot accommodations featuring stunning views of Stone Mountain and downtown Atlanta. Entertain graciously in these handsomely appointed accommodations that include sitting, dining, and work areas as well as a marble foyer. Allow the professional food and beverage staff to serve dinner from the kitchenette. Luxuriate in the master bath offering a Jacuzzi, marble vanity, and deluxe Portico bath products. Slumber blissfully on one king-sized signature Hyatt Grand Bed™ fitted with sumptuous linens Additional amenities within these superb accommodations include iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, 42” flat screen HDTV, 24 hour in-room dining service, a safe large enough to store and charge a laptop computer, and easy video checkout.

Book a stay at Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


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. Explore our whole 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.

Paradise Point Resort and Spa


QUESTION: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


ANSWER: Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay next door to SeaWorld, Paradise Point Resort and Spa features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens, tranquil lagoons, and one mile of sandy beaches in the heart of San Diego.
Scattered over 44 acres, Paradise Point offers ground-floor accommodations including waterfront bungalows, 73 suites and connecting rooms ideal for families and large groups. Each airy guestroom comes with all the convenient details such as a private patio, mini-fridge, reserved door-step parking, and alarm clock with mp3 player input.
Beyond your bungalow door, the island is a one stop shop for all things fun under the Southern California sun home to five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, watercraft rentals, five dining venues, one of the country's top spas, and an array of recreation opportunities.

Pet Policy
Pet policy. 15 lbs or less for dogs- $250 authorized on check in and $150 will be returned at departure if no damages-- in other words $100 will be charged for 1 dog.

Book a stay at Paradise Point Resort and 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
 


Your Questions Answered: What are the Connecting Room Options at One&Only The Palm Dubai?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

One&Only The Palm Dubai
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 are the connecting room options at One & Only The Palm Dubai, United Arab Emirates?


ANSWER:  With its enviable location on one of Dubai’s most ambitious developments, Palm Jumeirah, guests of One&Only The Palm Dubai will be mezmerised by striking views of a world-renowned destination just beyond the resort’s exclusive marina and private harbour.

One&Only The Palm blends Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary chic interiors, consisting of 91 keys and 4 exclusive Beach Villas. Stylish guest rooms are secluded in a residential environment within the tri-level Manor House, six low-rise Mansions and four private Beach Villas. Once relaxed and unpacked, indulge in the resort’s private leisure facilities including a stunning 850 square-metre swimming pool, 450 metres of beach front and the outstanding all-suite One&Only Spa and fitness centre.

Stunning and spacious with every modern amenity, accommodations are secluded in a residential environment within magnificently landscaped grounds. Guestrooms and suites embrace a stylish modern design with an elegant palate of rich fabrics in hues of turquoise and purple.
Indulge in an exclusive island feel getaway or choose to be whisked away by the resort’s private water taxis or limousine to Dubai's most coveted experiences, be they golf at award-winning courses designed by the greatest, awe-inspiring shopping featuring the latest collections or dining and entertainment at the most sought-after of venues with the likes of Nobu and Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis, The Palm, and Tagine, Nina, the Roof Top and Kasbar at One & Only Royal Mirage to name but a few.
One&Only The Palm Dubai
One & Only The Palm offers a wide selection of water sports including sailing, kayaking, Hobie Cats, windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing. Indulge in world-class sailing or be thrilled by nearby adrenaline-packed water parks. For relaxation, they may bask in the sun on oversized daybeds or in one of the six private cabanas by the 850 square metre pool or stroll along the private beach.

We recommend connecting a Premier room in Manor house with a Palm Manor Executive Suite. 

Located within the main Manor House, Premier rooms feature 65m² of exquisite living space finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. All Manor House Premiere Rooms include a private balcony or garden patio. Located within the main Manor House, Palm Manor Executive Suites offer 130m² of grand luxury featuring a separate living room and dining area, finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. The Manor House Executive Suites include a private outdoor terrace with dining space and sun loungers. Personalized round-the-clock service is provided by a team of dedicated hosts.

Book a stay at One&Only The Palm Dubai >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Westin St John Resort and Villas
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: We are a couple traveling with our puppy.What is the pet policy for The Westin St. John Resort and Villas St. John, United States Virgin Islands?


ANSWER: Nestled among hibiscus and bougainvillea on the The Westin St. John Resort and Villas' 47 lush acres guests will find 174 guest rooms and suites and 92 villas. The resort offers water sports, tennis, nearby golf, children's activities, great dining, a spa, and meeting facilities.
The rooms, suites and villas are set apart, adding to the drama of the site, on a verdant, sloping beachfront hillside. All of the rooms face Great Cruz Bay and feature both Westin's Heavenly Bed and refreshing Heavenly Bath.Westin St John Resort and Villas

The smallest of the developed U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is renowned for its gorgeous, pristine scenery and wealth of recreational opportunities. The Westin St. John Resort & Villas is perfectly positioned to make the most of this bounty with a splendid setting on Great Cruz Bay, just steps from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and moments from Virgin Islands National Park.


An outstanding spa, tennis courts, private beach, Westin Kid's Club, dining and health club are steps away with many more pleasures nearby - secluded beaches, golf, fishing, shopping, snorkeling, sailing. Vacation your way by doing it all or doing nothing at all. The Westin St. John Resort is a smoke-free resort.

Pet Policy
The resort accepts dogs up to 20 pounds on the resort side. For Villas Guests: In compliance with the Home Owner Association Policy we are unable to accommodate pets in Villas. (Service dogs are excluded from this policy)

We suggest booking a Deluxe Room. Enjoy spectacular views from a private patio or balcony overlooking our private beach on Great Cruz Bay or the stunning views of the lushly landscaped oversized pool. Enjoy Westin's Heavenly Bed® and marble Heavenly Bath® with curved shower rod for extra room. Equipped for comfort with a 32 inch flat screen TV, a refrigerator, High Speed Internet Access and safe.

Book a stay at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas >>


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.
 


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.

Book a stay at The Umstead Hotel and 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.

 

 


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.
 


Your Questions Answered: Does Amelia Island Plantation Have a Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Amelia Island Plantation
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: We are a family of 3 and looking for a room with 2 beds, ocean view at the Amelia Island Plantation? What do you recommend?

ANSWER: Nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, the AAA Four Diamond oceanfront Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features luxurious oceanfront accommodations, family-friendly activities, grand on-site meeting spaces, and endless dining options. It's the perfect backdrop for your family vacation, romantic getaway, corporate event, or destination wedding. The lobby offers a sweeping panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose one of the deluxe oceanfront rooms, a contemporary premier guest room, or a completely indulgent luxury hotel suite, you'll enjoy unparalleled ocean views and spacious accommodations in all 404 rooms. Relax on the largest multi-tiered pool deck in Northeast Florida, which features an adults-only infinity edge pool, a 10,000 square foot family-friendly pool, Splash Park water playground for the kids, two hot tubs, and over-sized fire pits.
Stroll down 3.5 miles of pristine beach or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddleboarding through Amelia Island's preserved marshlands, one of many activities available during your stay. Children will enjoy the award-winning kids' camp and Nature Center, both of which offer supervised activities.Amelia Island Plantation Resort Love to golf? Then tee-off from one of three Audubon International Certified Sanctuary golf courses. Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and Tom Fazio, these pristine courses have earned Omni Amelia Island Plantation a Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World ranking by Conde Nast Traveler. Follow up your tee time with a relaxing afternoon at The Spa or dining at any one of the nine superb restaurants.
With 1,350 acres to explore, how you choose to spend your vacation is completely up to you.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Ocean Front Room-These 425-square-foot rooms offer personal refrigerators, flat screen HDTVs, a working desk, convenience ports and outlets, available Wi-Fi, a furnished balcony or patio and either one king or two queen beds with Serta Pillow Top mattresses fitted with 330-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens. Deluxe Oceanfront rooms sleep two adults in king accommodations or up to four adults on two beds in queen accommodations.

Book a stay at Amelia Island Plantation Resort >> 

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.