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Monarch Beach Resort Completes Renovation

July 25, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Following a year-long $40 million renovation Southern California's Monarch Beach Resort, formerly a St. Regis property, has announced the completion of the project, which includes a new Miraval Life in Balance Spa, new pool areas, updated guest rooms, and fresh dining options. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Hotel Insider.

The resorts renovated arrival area now has beach house-inspired details with panoramic windows, over-sized seating, wide plank wood floors and blue and sea-glass green accents.

Monarch Beach Resort Front EntryAlso new is the Miraval Life in Balance Spa offering more than 70 treatments at its Monarch Beach Resort location. Each is designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being” for guests throughout the spa's 24 treatment rooms. There is also a lap pool, multiple spa suites, a boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon and relaxation and tranquility zones. Healthy menu items inspired by Miraval’s philosophy are also available at the resort's restaurants, as well as the new Miraval Spa Café inside the spa.

For dining, chef Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern continues to provide a private beachfront dining space for guests, while the resort is also debuting five new dining concepts led by executive chef Collin Thornton as part of the renovation. The new dining options focus on using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and exercising sustainable practices, and include:

- AVEO Table + Bar: A Mediterranean restaurant and bar designed by San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group.  Dishes are inspired by the cuisine of Spain, Italy, Greece and Morocco, and are crafted using local ingredients. 

- 33° North: This venue includes three separate dining areas; a contemporary bar serving hand-crafted cocktails; a living room salon; and an outdoor patio with fireside seating and live music Thursday through Sunday.

- Part & Parcel Market: Also designed by Puccini Group, the all-day dining option serves small bites and healthy options for guests on-the-go.

- Club 19: A refreshed indoor-outdoor gastro pub situated near the golf course offers beers on tap, cocktails, and classic American fare. 

- Sombra: A Mexi-Cali, family-friendly poolside cantina offering a fusion of Mexican/American dishes along with salads, vegetarian options and modern Mexican comfort food. 

Dining at the Monarch Beach Resort

The resort's new pool areas include an adults-only Monarch Pool, Family Pool with splash zones and two infinity-edge spas. Private cabanas have built-in music and stocked outdoor mini-bars, while chaise lounges and an outdoor fire pit provide space for guests to gather in the evenings. The pool area’s multi-level design now has a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging. 

Refreshed guestrooms designed by Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design have a color palette of blues, greens and whites. All rooms and suites have balconies furnished with modern patio furniture, and all first floor balconies include fire pits. 

Monarch Beach Resort Suite Living Room

Tip: In addition to the renovation, Monarch Beach Resort is also offering several new land and sea experiences in Dana Point. At the resort's private access beach, guests can enjoy activities like standup paddle boarding, trail hikes, bonfire communions and one-on-one surf lessons led by a resort Surf Host. 

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Monarch Beach Resort Beachfront







Five Star Benefits at the Armani Hotel Milano

May 21, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Armani Hotel Milano ExteriorEnjoy a five star stay with the Five Star Alliance Rate at the Armani Hotel Milano in the heart of Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan's world famous fashion district. The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites, where even the smallest is 45 square meters. 

The Five Star Alliance Rate offers the unique amenity of one cocktail per person (per room reservation) at the panoramic Armani/Bamboo Bar. Overlooking the skylines and terraces of the city, the Armani/Bamboo Bar has a double volume ceiling, louvered window wall and is the perfect place for a business lunch, informal get together, afternoon tea, pre-dinner apertivo, or Sunday brunch. Five Star Alliance guests can enjoy the complimentary cocktail while the rate is available from now until the end of the year. 

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Bamboo Bar at Armani Hotel Milano

The Lounge at the Armani Hotel Milano




Complimentary Cocktails at Tower Club at lebua

May 2, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Tower Club at lebua As if a stay at Tower Club at lebua wasn't enough...

When you book your stay through Five Star Alliance, you'll get complimentary cocktails (up to two) at Distil, the highest bar in Bangkok. You can toast your stay against the backdrop of one of the world's most exciting cities.

Tower Club at lebua is a luxurious five-star hotel that was named the World's Leading Luxury All-Suite Hotel at the World Travel Awards. Located on the 51st through 59th floors of the State Tower building, the views from the 221 gigantic suites are extraordinary, and the separate bedrooms, living room, and kitchenette are complemented by the infinite thoughtful touches that reflect the personalized, intuitive service that pervades every floor.
Tower Club at lebua

Located on the 64th floor, Distil is home to mixology magic like the new season of Aged Cocktails, for which the ingredients, including premium and exclusive Havana Club 3 Year Old rum and Plymouth gin, are aged in French oak barrels for several weeks, then shaken and muddled with nectars, spices, purees, and liqueurs. There's also a collection of Ice Cocktails, where standard ice has been replaced with spheres or cubes of completely unexpected flavors frozen at minus 1.9 degrees Celsius.

A wide selection of premium authentic malt whiskies, vodkas, and brandies are also stocked, and a walk-in wine cellar features the finest wines and champagnes from around the world. 

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Get to Know: Lucy LeTourneau

May 1, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Lucy LeTourneau of Five Star Alliance

Lucy LeTourneau has been a member of the Five Star Alliance family since 2006 after working in travel agency arena since 1986 where she started out selling vacations at a storefront office and moved into corporate travel and management positions for many years in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. Lucy entered the industry as a way to see more of the world after finishing college.

At Five Star Alliance, she oversees day to day operations across a variety of facets of the site and has enjoyed seeing the digital world of travel evolve since coming onboard. 

Farthest Place Traveled: Te Anau, New Zealand

What does your office/desk look like: laptop, pen, notebook, dog treats , water and coffee; always coffee.

One thing most important when picking a destination: Not too picky--there are too many places to go!

One thing most important when picking a hotel:  Location

Weirdest "special request" on a reservation: Helping a groom-to-be fix the dates on his reservation when he accidentally booked the wrong ones.

Dream travel destination: Too many to list but South Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Ireland and Costa Rica are currently high on the list...

Plane, train, or automobile? Automobile, but whatever the situation warrants, I'm happy with.

Best travel experience: Toss up between the Galapagos Islands, Venice, Italy and Queenstown, New Zealand.

Worst travel experience: Losing my traveling companion in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Favorite Hotel: Set on its own secluded island, the Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives is a combination of luxury and simplicity.

Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

Favorite Hotel Image: View from the terrace and lounge at the Aigialos Hotel in Santorini, Greece

Aigialos Hotel in Santorini

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Cool Pools: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

April 28, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista offers its guests an ideal setting for relaxation in the humid area of the spa center where they can find a softly illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath, tropical showers. The fitness corner offers professional accessories and Tecnogym fitness equipment, together with herbal teas and fresh mineral water with energizing mineral salts.

Byblos Hotel Villa Amista

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Did You Know? Buckland Manor

April 26, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor, was first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century. John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the nicest in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution. William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its releading.

Buckland Manor

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Lang Co

April 22, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Lang Co is an all-pool villa resort. Within touch of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the imperial city of Hue, charming old town of Hoi An, and My Son's historical ruins - culture aficionados will be satiated. Those with a bent for the physical will also find joy in a wide range activities. Golfers can tee off in style at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hour championship golf course, meandering through rice paddies and trickling streams against the backdrop of a staggering mountain range.

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George Harrison and Banyan Tree Seychelles

April 10, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Seychelles is set upon the original Seychellian abode belonging to Pink Panther actor Peter Sellers and Beatles member George Harrison. The resort took painstaking steps toward preserving the authenticity of the site's architecture and culture with the aid of island residents, some of who still dedicate their careers to forwarding Banyan Tree Seychelles' mission of providing a Sanctuary for the Senses.

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Did You Know? Ca' Sagredo Hotel

March 31, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Ca' Sagredo Hotel was a palace originally owned by the Morosini family. It was purchased at the start of the 18th century by the Sagredos, a noble family who had lived in the Santa Sofia district for centuries. The facade onto the Grand Canal is proof of the Byzantine origin of the building, which was altered several times in subsequent centuries. The original ground floor with the doors leading onto the water and the first floor with its tall arch windows topped on slim pillars, were completed in the 15th century by the addition of second floor, which has tracery frieze around the middle mullioned windows of the Portego or central hall.

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Gambling Options at Caesars Palace

March 30, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Caesar's PalaceCaesars Palace brings you all the excitement of a Las Vegas casino in an ancient Roman setting. Enjoy lavish surroundings while playing slots and table games—including blackjack and poker—or take your chances at the race and sports book. Whether you're looking to win big or simply in it for the experience, Caesars Place always offers something fun to play.

The most action-packed Las Vegas Poker Room is perfect for recreational players and seasoned pros alike.
On game day, there is no better place in Las Vegas than Caesar's Race & Sports Book. The room buzzes with excitement as horse bettors and sports fans cheer their favorites while watching action from coast to coast.

Caesars Palace is the Las Vegas casino that has been the site of more $1,000,000+ slot jackpots than any other casino in the world. 

From the iconic Palace Casino to the OMNIA gaming tables, from Craps and Baccarat to Pai Gow and Six Card Poker, you’re sure to find just the right Las Vegas gambling experience at which to test your luck and skill.

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