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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Dining al Fresco: Chateau des Vigiers


By: Five Star Alliance

Set in an old wine making building at Chateau des Vigiers, Brasserie le Cha imparts the cordiality
and conviviality of its origins. It serves famous regional specialities such as Magret de Canard, Confit
and home-made Foie Gras as well as lighter lunches, all in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Inside, the restaurant’s vast vaulted ceiling and warm open fire portray rural charm. Outside, the
elevated terrace is perfect for dining in peace and tranquillity under an ancient walnut tree, surrounded
by views of the lake, parkland, and Chateau.

Chateau de Vigiers

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Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach to Open During the Second Half of 2015


By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Roc at Miami Beach

Nobu Hotels and Eden Roc Miami Beach plans to open Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach in the second half of 2015. The Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is part of the multi-million dollar vision to revitalize and re-launch the Eden Roc name and property. Similar to the highly successful Nobu hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the property will represent the same key principles as Nobu restaurants; a perfect balance of luxury, fun, craft, and theater.

The new Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel will feature a "hotel within a hotel concept." Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach with feature 210 guest rooms; a signature Nobu restaurant and bar; an additional new beach front restaurant concept; new banquet and catering menus; unique in-room dining offerings; access to the 20,000 square foot spa and fitness facilities; over 70,000 square feet of re-energized and stylish meeting and event space; and one luxurious pool. The 15th floor Penthouse suites will feature panoramic views of the city with inspiration drawn from the Villa at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Guests of the Nobu Hotel will enjoy a VIP entrance to the Nobu Hotel Pool and lounge with views over the beach and sea. The guest rooms will be located in the hotel’s legendary tower and offer the imaginative, energized and sophisticated environment exclusive to Nobu Hotel.

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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.
 


Dining al Fresco: San Montano Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

San Montano Resort and Spa, located on the Amalfi Coast, focuses on Mediterranean cuisine. It has an accent on time- honoured recipes from Naples and southern Italy revitalised with a contemporary twist by the brilliant Executive Chef Pasquale Di Iorio Special attention is put on the freshness of the food, which is immediately apparent in the mouth-watering selection of mozzarella, local vegetables, fish and meat. Guests can enjoy affording peerless vistas of the Amalfi Coast from the Buganvillea Restaurant, with an elegant indoor dining room and a stunning outdoor terraces, perfect for sunny days and warm evenings to create a magical atmosphere to fulfill the desire for a good and genuine cuisine.

San Montano Resort and Spa 

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Enjoy a Writer's Weekend and Maple Bourbon Dinner at The Omni Homestead


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Nestled amidst the splendor of Virginia's Allegheny Mountain lies The Omni Homestead Resort, one of Virginia's premier mountain resorts.  Minutes from the front steps of The Omni Homestead lies the neighboring county of Highland, best known as Virginia's "Little Switzerland." Highland County represents one of the last unspoiled rural communities in the Alleghenies. When spring temperatures arrive in mid-March, residents celebrate the "opening of the trees" at the Highland County Maple Festival, dedicated to the maple syrup farming process. For two weekends local farmers open their homes to visitors as "sugar camps" where they reveal the processes of tree tapping, sap collection, and syrup making. This year the festival will be held March 14-15 and 21-22.

Inspired by the Maple Festival, the resort's culinary team has created an intimate dining event featuring maple-inspired dishes paired with bourbon cocktails. There were also be lectures courtesy of distiller Buffalo Trace. The dinner, held on March 21, also coincides with the resort's inagural Writer's Weekend, where events will include writer presentations as well as a book sale and signing. Sample dishes include maple sugar dusted Diver Scallop, crispy maple brussels sprouts, New York Strip Steak au poivre with a bourbon peppercorn sauce, and maple bourbon ice cream.

Learn more about the Highland County Maple Festival >>

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Did You Know? Swissotel Buyuk Efes


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Swissotel Buyuk Efes can dine underwater without getting wet. The Aquarium Restaurant features large porthole windows overlooking the swimming pool. A relaxed indoor and outdoor venue, the restaurant specialises in Greek and Mediterranean dishes and entertainment.

Swissotel Buyuk Efes

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Get Cooking with Hotel Andra's Hot Stove Society


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Andra
Hotel Andra is a sophisticated, stylish downtown Seattle hotel, offering a boutique hotel atmosphere and first-class service. The hotel operates a year-round cooking school operated by Tom Douglas Restaurants. The Hot Stove Society offers a wide range of classes, including things from how to cut up a chicken, butcher a pig, build a delicious cocktail, and brew the perfect cup of coffee. Chef Tom Douglas is selt-taught and has a passion for teaching his love of food and cooking. Tom’s passion has been learning and teaching all things culinary. Chef Douglas and his team have offered cooking classes at the restaurants for 20 years. 

Hot Stove Society is located in a bright industrial space inside the stylish Hotel Andra. The presentation area boasts a wide curved prep area where guests can gather for lectures and get up close to the instructor. The other half of the room is filled with Boos work tables, a large bank of KitchenAid stoves, and racks of equipment. Capacity is 32 for a hands-on cooking class and over 60 for lectures. The classroom is also available for private events and company team building. At the entrance to Hot Stove, a Tom Douglas Restaurant called the The Andra, a cool Swedish bar open to the public, is the place for a drink and a snack.

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Your Questions Answered: What Chicago Hotel Offers Afternoon Tea?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Langham Chicago


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 looking for a great hotel in Chicago that offers afternoon Tea during our stay. Can you make a recommendation?


ANSWER: The Langham Chicago  

Embodying the timeless qualities that define the Langham legacy since 1865 – heritage, history and legendary hospitality – The Langham, Chicago gracefully blends urban sophistication with refined luxury. Since its grand opening in September 2013, The Langham, Chicago has quickly become a destination of choice as evident with its recent #1 status for best luxury hotel in Chicago on TripAdvisor.

The Langham, Chicago features 316 luxurious guest rooms and suites ranging from the 516 square foot Grand Room to the sprawling Infinity and Regent Suites each spanning 2,700 square feet. Conveniently located downtown in a 52-story landmark tower designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, The Langham, Chicago is just minutes away from the boutique-lined boulevards of Chicago's retail hub and within walking distance to many of the city's premier tourist sites.

The Langham Chicago

Embracing The Langham's classic heritage, the Langham Chicago's Pavilion restaurant offers guests its signature afternoon tea, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, recalling the grandeur of the original hotel, The Langham, London, where the tradition was born.

Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood includes proprietary Langham teas, and an array of sweet and savory bites. All are served with traditional displays and flourish, accompanied by live music—blending together to create a relaxing and pampering afternoon diversion. To finish, order a glass of champagne and toast to the perfect afternoon tea time.

Boasting a soaring ceiling and marvelous city view, Pavilion is an elegant space in which to unwind and enjoy the finest flavors created by Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green. Parlour at the Pavilion emulates a vintage-style ice cream parlor with a whimsical staff wearing retro-style uniforms serving select homemade ice creams and sorbets made by Chef Green.

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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.


Winemaker's Kitchen Table at Hotel Healdsburg


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Healdsburg
Located 67 miles north of San Francisco, Hotel Healdsburg encompasses the Sonoma wine country’s simplicity and charm. The Hotel is set on the western edge of Healdsburg's historic town plaza, and guests can enjoy some of the world's finest vineyards, restaurants and shops within minutes of the front steps.

Now, until May, guests can eat, drink, and be merry at the Winemaker's Kitchen Table.  Held in the Dry Creek Kitchen Dining room, this one-of-a-kind dinner series showcases the rich culinary and wine heritage of the region. Heald monthly, these community suppers are hosted by top vintners serving their prized wines and family recipes

Dining Schedule

March 6
Peter Michael | Peter Michael Winery


May 15
Peay Family | Peay Vineyards

Reservations available by calling Dry Creek Kitchen at 707-431-0330.

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La Savina at Mondrian South Beach is Now Open


By: Five Star Alliance

La Savina
The culinary wait is over. La Savina at Mondrian South Beach is open! The new 140-seat restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the island of Formentera, Spain. The new restaurant features an award-winning culinary team led by Morgans Corporate Executive Chef Tien Ho (Momofuku, Best New Chef Food & Wine). Eliciting the spirit of these magical islands, La Savina offers a simple mix of fresh crudos, grilled meats and fish, artisanal charcuteries and the best seasonal vegetables in South Florida, served alongside Mondrian's unmatched views of Biscayne Bay.

Morgans Hotel Group's Design Team were inspired by the style and relaxed interiors of Formentera beach homes. The indoor, outdoor restaurant boosts a garden overlooking Biscayne Bay with multiple seating options filled with oversized planters, rattan lampshades, Beachwood tabletops, and intimate lantern lighting. The interior dining room brings the Beachwood and bohemian energy inside with concrete colored walls and reclaimed wood throughout the space.

Signature crudo offerings include Hamachi with Serrano chili, crispy shallot and lime; Tuna with romesco and cilantro; Scallop with yuzu, jicama and sorrel; and Crab Salad with espelette, grapefruit and Spanish olive oil. La Savina's beverage menu features a broad selection of Mediterranean wines and cocktails. The comprehensive beer list features American microbrews from local New York breweries and European craft brews. In addition, La Savina's red and white table wine is available by the glass or carafe. 

Located just off the entrance of La Savina is Cafe Savina. Open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails, Cafe Savina is a market-driven Mediterranean-inspired cafe and wine bar. As the sun sets, Cafe Savina transforms into a tapas bar similar to those of Barcelona. 

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