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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.

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

Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Vesuvio

July 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Vesuvio

The end of the 19th century saw an initiative by the Italian government to renovate the most deprived areas of Naples and to build a sea-front from scratch. Grand Hotel Vesuvio was constructed in 1882 by Belgian financier Oscar du Mesnil. Two years later, the hotel hosted Queen Victoria of Sweden and her personal doctor, Axel Munthe. In 1885 Guy de Maupassant stayed at the hotel. The hotel was destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt by 1950, and two extra floors were added.

The first famous guest from the period was President Einaudi and his wife, followed by Prince Ranier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, King Gustav of Sweden, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn, Gina Lollobrigida, the Nobel prizewinner Rita Levi Montalcini and many others. During the G7 summit of 1993, the hotel hosted President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Los Angeles Hotel?

July 3, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Terranea Resort
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 in Los Angeles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Terranea Resort

Terranea is a land unto itself. When you step onto this 102-acre private peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world - minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into its architecture. Terranea Resort

The luxury eco resort offers well-appointed rooms and suites and includes a collection of residential Bungalows, Casitas, and Villas. An award-winning nine-hole, par-three golf course, the soothing oceanfront Spa at Terranea, three ocean-view pools, and a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges welcomes you with open arms. 

Surrounding Terranea are countless adventures in and around the Palos Verdes peninsula and in the South Bay beach cities. Explore the resort's Aqua-Terra Adventures and make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling, and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride, or a trip to the falconry program. Within a reasonable driving distance are Disneyland, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and major sporting venues.

Terranea Resort
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

2 Bedroom Ocean View Vacation Casita
Situated on Terranea Resort's East and West bluffs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Vacation Casitas have private entrances and a luxurious, residential feel. Boasting expansive views, suite amenities include a kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities. These southern California vacation rentals are the perfect option for a family vacation or summertime getaway with plenty of room for entertaining.

Details and Amenities
-Two oversized bedrooms with pillow-top beds and luxurious linens
-Bedroom One: King bed
-Bedroom Two: Two double beds
-Two bathrooms
-One 5-fixture stone master bathroom
-One 4-fixture stone bathroom
-Comfortable living room with a 42-inch flat screen television
-Kitchen with full-size refrigerator, four stove top burners and a convection/microwave oven
-Indoor fireplace with shared outdoor fireplace
-Washer and dryer
-Three dual-line telephones with voicemail
-In-room safe
-Available wireless Internet
-Oversized private balcony or patio for each bedroom

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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.

 


Did You Know? The Beverly Hills Hotel

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel



Legendary billionaire heir, Hollywood producer, and recluse Howard Hughes spent a good chunk of his life in a bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Hughes famously became a recluse after an aviation accident that nearly killed him. In 1947, he spent four months in his private screening room, where he subsisted on a diet of chocolate, chicken, and milk. After he emerged, Hughes took up residence in Bungalow 4 at the legendary Pink Palace. He allegedly left his Cadillac outside and unused for so long that the tires went flat and plants began to grow in the car's interior. His wife and key staff members also took up residence in the hotel, albeit in different rooms. 

Hughes spent time living in other luxury hotels. In the early 1940s, he lived in the Sunset Tower Hotel. Hughes and his entourage occupied the entire top floor and the 14th floor as well. He also spent time at Eden Rock Hotel on St. Barth's. The luxury resort has a suite named after him. The Howard Hughes loft is situated on top of the iconic main house, and has three terraces and a stunning 360° view of the bay. The suite also has a King size bed, kitchenette, dining area, spacious living area, and 2 copper clad bathrooms. 

 


Congratulations to Planters Inn!

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Planters Inn
Congratulations to Planters Inn, which has been named the # 1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure's 2014 World's Best Awards.

The historic Charleston inn is the only Relais & Chateaux establishment. The 64-room inn is home to Peninsula Grill, the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond-ranked culinary experience. 

Planter's Inn is situated on the recently restored City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Planters Inn is perfectly situated for strolling through tree-lined South of Broad streets, shopping on King Street, meeting sweetgrass basket weavers at the City Market, watching a play at the Dock Street Theatre, touring antebellum house museums, sailing on the harbor, and much more.

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Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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.

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Did You Know? Omni Royal Orleans

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Omni Royal Orleans


Inside the luxury hotel that is now Omni Royal Orleans is the historic Rib Room. The steak-heavy restaurant, unusual in a town known for Po'Boys and seafood, has served dinner to a galaxy of stars, including  Luciano Pavarotti, Muhamad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Louis Armstrong, Richard Nixon, Paul Newman, and Harry Connick, Jr. But that's not the hotel's only claim to fame. The ideas for the Superdome and the Louisiana Jazz Festival were developed in one of Rib Room's private dining areas. 

The culinary team at the Rib Room strives to incorporate unique and locally sourced ingredients wherever and whenever possible. 

 

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Dining al Fresco: Castille Paris

June 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castille Paris

Castille Paris offers fine dining at L'Assaggio. The Italian restaurant serves a symphony of the colours and fragrances of the best Mediterranean cuisine with many regional Italian dishes. The Florentine patio opens its doors around the Roman fountain in spring and summer, evoking an Italian atmosphere.

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Healthy Gourmet Dining at Canyon Ranch in Lenox

June 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Canyon Ranch Healthy DiningAt renowned Canyon Ranch in beautiful Lenox, Massachusetts, the air is sweet, the scenery is perfect, and the food is a joy for body and soul. Explore the many possibilities of this unsurpassed health resort, such as fitness classes, hiking, sublime spa services and culinary experiences that will thrill you. Plus, first-time guests save 20% on this all-inclusive dream vacation, now through December 23, 2014 – a delectable deal!


Discover the award-winning cuisine that meets the high gourmet and nutritional standards of luxurious, all-healthy Canyon Ranch. Your stay includes three meals a day, and you’re sure to find favorite new dishes.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn the secrets of top Ranch chefs through group or private cooking classes, workshops and complimentary lunch demos every day. And for the most focused culinary experience, check out our Canyon Ranch Cooks featured events, led by top chefs, July 30 – August 3 and October 1 – 5. You'll take home great inside tips, new skills and practical knowledge for preparing scrumptious dishes that are also good for you. Canyon Ranch Healthy Dining

Canyon Ranch cuisine is created by chefs and nutritionists who work together and use only the best fresh ingredients, organic and locally sourced whenever possible. You can sample everything from salmon to tiramisu, or choose meals that are gluten-friendly, vegetarian, vegan or specially prepared with your health priorities in mind. It’s all delicious!

Have a particular food interest? Meet with a Canyon Ranch nutritionist who can answer your questions concerning weight loss, a special diet, balancing your meals and more. You can even ask for help in planning delectable, healthful meals throughout your stay, so you always have the best possible dining experience.

Savor the Canyon Ranch experience, the healthy vacation of a lifetime!

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

June 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Elegantly enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range, Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is one of the most esteemed luxury resorts in Palm Springs, CA, an elegant retreat where both palm trees and snow-capped mountain views provide a delightful visual choice. From a mountaintop overlooking world-famous Palm Springs and the picturesque Coachella Valley, the hotel's desert surroundings are reflected in a decor that reveals natural elements of stone, wood and fire. From the 244 guest accommodations that feature private balconies and patios to spa treatments that awaken the senses with indigenous herbs and plants to dining that serves local California fare at its freshest, let us open your eyes to an oasis that will touch both your soul and adventurous spirit.

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

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