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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.

Image of the Day: Doral Golf Resort and Spa

October 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Doral Golf Resort and Spa features championship golf courses, golf practice facility, and the acclaimed Jim McLean Golf School.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa

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Image of the Day: Turnberry Resort Scotland

October 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Turnberry Resort Scotland is nestled within 800 acres of estate with views overlooking the Irish Sea and across to the Isle of Arran, Turnberry is the world’s original golf resort with over a century of hospitality and tradition.

Turnberry Resort Scotland 

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Did You Know? Pinehurst Resort

October 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

James Tufts purchased what is now Pinehurst Resort for $1/acre in 1895, as a health-centered winter retreat. He purchased the name Pinehurst from an individual entering the name in a contest to tag a real estate development in Martha’s Vineyard. The physical plan for the Village of Pinehurst was prepared by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape designer acclaimed for creating New York City’s Central Park.

 Pinehurst Resort

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Did You Know? The Broadmoor

October 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Broadmoor's Cheyenne Lake was built in 1879 at a cost of $25,000. That's about $695,000 in 2013 dollars.

The Broadmoor

Fall rates at the Broadmoor start at $190 per night >>

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Image of the Day: The American Club

September 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The American Club's Hole #1 - Outward Bound Straits course at Whistling Straits.

The American Club 

Fall rates at The American Club start at $204 per night >>

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Image of the Day: The Westin La Cantera Resort

September 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin La Cantera Resort offers breathtaking views of downtown and the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Built on the site of an abandoned limestone rock quarry, "la cantera" in Spanish, the resort's intimate setting seems like it's a world away from the city, yet the famous River Walk and the Alamo, two of San Antonio's most-visited attractions, are just 20 minutes away.

The Westin La Cantera Resort

Fall Rates at Westin La Cantera Resort start at $213 per night >>

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Did You Know? Fairmont St Andrews

August 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont St Andrews, which opened in 2001, is home to some of the world's greatest golf courses. 

Fairmont St Andrews

Fall rates at Fairmont St Andrews start at GBP 179>>

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Image of the Day: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

July 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Golf enthusiasts will think they have died and gone to heaven once they get on  the greens at The Farm At Cape Kidnappers. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers 

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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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The Arizona Biltmore - Then and Now

July 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Arizona Biltmore Resort in PhoenixBuilt as one of Phoenix's first resorts in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore was constructed in grand form by brothers Albert, Charles and Warren McArthur. Frank Lloyd Wright served as the consulting architect, and the Arizona Biltmore remains one of the only existing hotels in the world to benefit from his influence. The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929 when it was crowned "The Jewel of the Desert."

In 1930, when the estimated $1 million construction cost doubled, Chicago chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., one of the original investors in the project, became the sole owner. Over the next 44 years, the Wrigley family owned and operated the Arizona Biltmore and it became world renowned as the preferred luxury oasis for celebrities, heads of state, captains of industry and other famous travelers.

Arizona Biltmore Hotel Pool DiverDid you know that the famed song composer Irving Berlin penned many tunes, including "White Christmas" while sitting poolside at the Arizona Biltmore? Or that the pool was first built by the Wrigleys in 1930 and was host to diving competitions as well as fashion shows? Marilyn Monroe called this her favorite pool. A Who's Who of rockers have vacationed at the Arizona Biltmore – Elton John, Eric Clapton, U2, Steely Dan, Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. 

Today, the luxury hotel features 740 hotel guest accommodations; 78 one-and two-bedroom villas; eight swimming pools; seven tennis courts; a full-service resort spa, salon and fitness center; and five dining options across 39 acres. The adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club boasts two of the best 18-hole PGA golf courses in Phoenix: The Links and The Adobe.

The Arizona Biltmore offers 1.5 hour long History Tours three times per week - free to registered guests or $10 for the general public.

More archival photos available here: Arizona Biltmore Archive Photos

Learn more about the hotel and check rates and availability here: Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona