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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.

Wishing You a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
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

November 1, 2014
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. 

Book your stay at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club >>


Enjoy Your Long Weekend!

September 1, 2014
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

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!

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