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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.

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!

 


Did You Know? The Cellars-Hohenort

June 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cellars-Hohenort
In 1693, The Cellars-Hohenort, then known as Klaasenbosch Farm, was the house of Hendrik ten Damme, Chief Surgeon of the Dutch East India Company. The farmhouse is positioned against the wooded knoll of the eastern slope of Table Mountain. During the 1750's it became part of the flourishing farming and wine producing area. The Cellars was the wine cellar of Klaasenbosch Farm.

After numerous owners, Arnold Spilhaus bought the farm in 1906 and replaced the old thatched farmhouse with the magnificent manor in the German style with square gables, designed by architect Seeliger. It was named Hohenort, meaning "high place" in old German. 

 

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Four Seasons Hotel Boston Brews It Up

June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle


Are you a hops-head? Always looking for the newest IPA or Lager? You're iln luck! Several Four Seasons properties in the US are pairing up with local breweries to create custom batches and service offerings. 

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle has a new custom beer is called Never Trust a Skinny Chef. ART Restaurant Chef Jelle Vandenbrouke is serving up some creative dishes, including Skinny Chef Ale ice cream, inspired by the pale ale. The beer itself was made by local nano-brewery NW Peaks, which specializes in small batches and new inventive experiments. ART has also customized the beer tap handle, in likeness of Executive Chef Kerry Sear.

Santa Barbara may be known for its wines, but the region is also home to numerous microbreweries.  Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has teamed up with the award-winning Telegraph Brewing Company to create its own signature beer. Served only at the Resort's Ty Lounge, the extra-pale ale was inspired by evenings spent strolling through the area's citrus groves. The ale's name, 1927, was chosen via social media. 1927 is also the year the hotel opened.  

Considering a Beantown wedding?  Four Seasons Hotel Boston is offering those who book a ceremony at the hotel a break from the usual champagne toasts. Beer-loving lovebirds can choose from custom beer stations or a travelling kegerator. On offer are exclusively Boston-brewed beers, including Samuel Adams and Allagash Belgian White. Ifyou aren't getting married, but still want to take advantage of the beerfest, the package can be booked for other events. 

 


Poolside Movies in Beverly Hills at Mr. C

June 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel Pool

 

Mr. C Beverly Hills, a boutique hotel overlooking Beverly Hills, is perfectly central to enjoy Hollywood, downtown, Century City, Los Angeles, and all of the beautiful California beaches. The 137-room property features 12 Signature Suites and Classic Suites and C Suites, alongside spacious accommodations, all ranging from 365-800 square feet, each with a private balcony, and many with panoramic views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

Starting tonight, visit Mr. C for an evening of dinner, cocktails, candy, popcorn, film, and fun. Movie starts promptly at 8pm, so arrive early to reserve your seats and order your Cipriani classics, yummy cocktails, crisp Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and fresh popped popcorn.

Available every other Tuesday beginning in June 2014, the movies are:
June 3 - La Grande Bellezza
June 17 - The Talented Mr. Ripley
July 1 - Chinatown
July 15 - The Great Gatsby
July 29 - Some Like it Hot
August 12 - A Good Year
August 26 - The Graduate

Reservations recommended.


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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Dining al Fresco: Castello di Casole

April 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castello di Casole is a 4,200-acre five-star resort and private residence club in Tuscany, Italy, 45 minutes from Florence. It offers a collection of fine and casual dining venues serving traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. The focus is on simple, rustic food in the classic Italian tradition. Expect handmade pastas, fresh organic vegetables, fresh fish, and game from local sources – all paired with fine wines from the best wineries in Italy and around the world. 

Castello di Casole

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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New to Five Star Alliance: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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Win a Free Meal at One of the World’s Best Restaurants

March 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Soro
Food and travel enthusiasts, listen up! Want to win a meal at one of the best restaurants in the world?  The Mugartiz is known alongside Noma and the nowed -shutterEl Bulli as one of the best restaurants in the world. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, is located near San Sebastian, Spain. The winner of this online competition will get a exclusive preview of never-before-tasted dishes from the upcoming 2014 menu. The restaurant was closed for four months in order to develop the new dish. Chef Aduriz worked with scientists, musicians, artists, and fellow chefs to create the new menu. A typical prix-fixe-only menu here starts at 180 euros, according to the restaurant's two-Michelin star writeup (the highest star rating is three).

Unlike other world-class restaurants found in major food cities like New York, Milan, and Paris,  Mugaritz is found in the small town of Errenteria (about 20 minutes from the San Sebastian airport).  If you are lucky enough to win, we suggest booking a stay at Villa Soro.

Villa Soro is a charming 25 bedroom hotel located in a renovated 19th century villa which has been declared a Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian. Villa Soro is an outstanding address for the discerning traveller, offering a harmonious balance between the warm and familiar atmosphere of a century-old home and the comfort and services of a luxury hotel. Even if you don't win, Villa Soro is a great choice for a sophisticated and private getaway. 
 
Enter the You Open the Doors of Mugaritz contest on the restaurant’s website. Submissions will be accepted until March 31, with winners (allowed one companion) announced on April 1.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Vines Resort and Spa

March 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Vines Resort and Spa features spacious private villas, a luxurious spa, world-class service, and breathtaking views of the Andes at every turn. Legendary Argentine chef Francis Mallmann serves up inspired regional fare and traditional asado feasts at the signature restaurant, Siete Fuegos. In the vineyards, you can harvest grapes or make your own custom wine, working side-by-side with world-renowned consultant winemaker Santiago Achával.

The Vines Resort and Spa 

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