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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Best for Rest and Recovery?

December 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mutiny Hotel
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 new 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: My Mother and I are traveling to Miami, I will be recovering from surgery can you recommend a hotel that has a kitchen and offers quiet for my recovery?

ANSWER: The Mutiny Hotel 


The Mutiny Hotel is located approximately 17 miles from Miami International Airport on Sailboat Bay in Coconut Grove, approximately nine miles from South Beach. Local attractions include the Streets of Mayfair, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Key Biscayne, Fairchild Tropical Garden, and downtown Miami which are all within five miles of the hotel.
Hotel amenities include on-site car rental, wireless Internet, concierge, fax/photocopy services, laundry/valet services, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, sauna, and steam room. Atchana's East/West Kitchen is a sophisticated hideaway located on the ground level of The Mutiny Hotel and serves an array of fresh, authentic Asian dishes, along with American Classics such as New York Strip Steak and Snapper Filets. Patrons can dine in the intimate wood-paneled 45-seat indoor dining room or outdoors, next to the poolside waterfall. In addition to full bar service,. Full service dining is also available at The Pirates Bar & Grill serving contemporary American and International cuisine. Private parties available in the restaurant or poolside. 
The Mutiny Hotel
Guest suites are decorated in a British Colonial motif and feature fully equipped kitchens, two TVs, VCRs, A/C, desks, dial-up Internet access, dual-line telephones, voicemail, hairdryers, bathroom telephones, coffeemakers with premium coffees, and bathrobes. The minimum age for check-in is 21 and that all accommodations at The Mutiny Hotel are now non-smoking. Guest suites are an average of 750 sq ft, overlooking Biscayne Bay, and have fully equipped kitchen, sleeper couch in Living area, many with private balcony for some quiet space.

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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.

 

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Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Hotel Provides a Beach and Pool and is in Walking Distance to Nightlife?

December 11, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Dream South Beach
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 new 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: What South Beach hotel provides beach, walking distance to nightlife and fine dining, and a pool?

ANSWER: Dream South Beach Dream South Beac

Imaginative and whimsical, Dream South Beach is an intriguing hotel proving unexpected delights are still possible in a place where the extraordinary is commonplace. The illusion begins with the transformation of two iconic Art Deco South Beach Miami hotels - the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House - into a sophisticated, boutique realm of just 108 rooms and suites. Step inside and find a quiet, cool, and delightfully hypnotic hideaway from the South Florida sun. Relax in late 70's inspired accommodations or lounge by the rooftop pool and lounge. Whatever your choice, Dream South Beach is a delightfully hypnotic hideaway. Even in a town celebrated for its playful, decadent atmosphere, these accommodations stand apart. Creative architectural elements, crafted by internationally renowned designer Michael Czysz, blend the familiar with the unexpected, mingling the glamour with surreal fantasy and luxury. Delight your senses in exquisitely appointed rooms and suites. 

The hotel is surrounded by stylish boutiques, the hottest clubs and is just 50 yards from pristine white sand beaches. Right next door is another fashionable address, Villa by Barton G., once known as the famed Versace Mansion Casa Casuarina. Though Dream offers an array of leisurely pursuits, from rooftop pool oasis to spa treatments and an exhilarating nightlife scene, the surrounding area abounds with must-see attractions and South Beach events. From the white sand beaches of Miami to rows of chic shops, bars and nightclubs, every interest is catered to here.

We recommend: A King Bed Junior Suite with couch.  This suite type averages 350 sq ft,  and offers a 42in LCD TV, stocked private bar, and mood lighting.

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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.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Metropolitan Miami Beach

November 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Metropolitan Miami Beach is a 74-room Miami hotel in the heart of the city's Historic District, overlooking America's most iconic beach. A new hotel poised to become an essential Miami Beach experience, Metropolitan Miami Beach delivers the perfect blend of rest and revelry, urban modernity and period charm by way of light-filled rooms, a COMO Shambhala spa, and leading-edge interiors by the Italian designer, Paola Navone

Metropolitan Miami Beach

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Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Resort Offers Walk-Out Beach Access and Fine Dining?

November 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Raleigh Hotel
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 new 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 to stay is South Beach, Fla. What resort offers the best accommodations that are walking distance to night life, fine dining, a walk right out to the beach, and has a pool?


ANSWER: The Raleigh Hotel 

The Raleigh is an art deco masterpiece. Located in Miami Beach, in the Art Deco District, it is central to shopping, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. There are 104 rooms and suites in the elegant art deco style of the 1940s. The Raleigh boasts the largest penthouse suite in Florida. The hotel's legendary swimming pool with cascading waterfall and sprawling tropical gardens has been featured in movies as well as fashion campaigns.

The Raleigh HotelOccupying the Raleigh Hotel's iconic baroque pool deck, Restaurant Michael Schwartz offers diners a menu inspired by the rich history and singular charm of Miami Beach’s most iconic hotel property. Complete with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s hallmark seasonal ingredient-inspired Snacks, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Sides, as well as renowned pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith's desserts, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch including a market fresh raw bar, and dinner daily, as well as poolside and bar service, boxed beach lunches, and a selection of in-room dining items.

Those who have spent long, lazy days on the sands of South Florida's most beautiful beach will know that the glamorous combination of white sand, warm azure water, and long, sun-drenched days set Miami apart from every other city in the region, and around the world. Plush, rolled towels atop comfy chaise lounges beckon you to make yourself at home. The Raleigh offesr food service right to your chaise, prepared by master chefs.


We recommend the Art Deco Suite. It is a signature Raleigh suite with its signature charm. This suite is 580sq ft, has rain shower for two, a deep soaking tub, a full day bed in a separate living room, and a king bed in master bedroom. All rooms include In-room stereos and DVD players, mini-bars, in-room safes, linen duvets, 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets, Ciel Spa amenities, and concierge service.

 

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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.

 

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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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Your Questions Answered: What's a beachfront property in Miami Beach that also has Fine Dining?

October 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Betsy Hotel
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 Miami hotel that provides walk out access to the beach, walking distance to nightlife and fine dining, on-site fine dining, and a pool.


ANSWER: The Betsy Hotel – Miami Beach, FL, USA. 

Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors on Miami Beach's famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a distinguished landmark hotel with 61 rooms and suites. Elegantly designed, the beachfront havens boast sensory details, imaginative amenities, and inspirational design. Relaxed tropical interiors, an intimate courtyard pool, and exquisite finishing touches create an aura that is passionately low-key.  Behind white wooden shutters, a colonial design wraps every guest in exquisite detail; unique raffia accents, dark walnut hardwood floors, and white lacquered cabinetry lend a distinctive texture and depth to the design. Each room combines the latest technology with the architecture and grace of yesteryear. Each of the Betsy’s rooms and suites are private beachside havens.

The Betsy HotelSharing The Betsy's lobby is BLT Steak, Celebrity Chef Laurent Tourondel's iconic modern American steakhouse. Combining the highest quality ingredients with enticing, exacting, French technique, BLT Steak has won an array of awards from experts at Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Saveur, and Wine and Spectator magazines. BLT's Raw Bar offering an exclusive array of sushi opened in July 2012. EBLT Steak is Betsy's room service culinary partner. Designed with a hint of vintage glamour, an underground "speakeasy" entertainment space called, B Bar offers an exclusive and unique venue to host private events, dinners, or receptions. A lobby bar offers live music and signature cocktails. 

In addition to offering a luxury hotel experience that surpasses expectations, The Betsy invites visitors to intimately connect with Arts and Culture. Original art adorns walls and stairways, and concerts and poetry readings abound, offering a gentle embrace to world culture. Guest rooms boast individual literature collections and a Writer's Room hosts visiting artists.  A highly trained, discreet, and attentive staff stands ready to accommodate global travelers. 

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.

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Posted in: Miami, FL

Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Beachfront and Close to Nightlife?

September 5, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The James Royal Palm
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 a looking for a hotel right on the beach with walking distance to nightlife and fine dining and breakfast option in South Beach Florida- What can you recommend?


ANSWER: The James Royal Palm – Miami Beach, FL

Just steps away from the beach and world famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm hotel is located within the coveted and culturally rich area of South Beach, Miami. Featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler UK & US Magazine's "Hot Hotels of 2013" and now a AAA Four Diamond rated beachfront retreat, The James Royal Palm is an inspiring oceanfront beach retreat. Night or day, a distinct energy is in the air, sparked by travelers, trendsetters, and creative personalities at the forefront of defining what's next.
The hotel serves as a modern tribute to the Royal Palm Hotel’s rich history, keeping intact many signature elements of the original architect's Art Deco design. The compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, artistically-inspired, green glass front desk and porthole windows in the lobby lounge has been preserved and restored.
Just outside the hotel, you’ll find yourself immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and a host of opportunities. Located near amed Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, the destination is an unmatched shopping experience.
The hotel features two swimming pools, two dining options, poolside bar, lobby lounge, full-service spa, Lil' James offerings for children, retail shop and a gym.

Fall rates at The James Royal Palm start at $262 per night >>


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.

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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa

July 31, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.

 

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Healthy Aging Expert Oz Garcia Brings Wellness to The James Royal Palm

July 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James Royal Palms
Oz Garcia, Ph.D., is recognized as the world's leading authority on healthy aging. Dubbed the "nutritionist to the stars" Oz is the go-to guy for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEO's. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 30-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging. Oz Garcia is now bringing his expertise to The James Royal Palm. Miami's newest luxury boutique hotel has partnered with the expertto dev elop a customized, all-natural wellness program that will extend across the property’s offerings, from its spa treatments and personalized nutritional counseling sessions to healthy menu items, in-room amenities and more.The James Royal Palm

Author of the best-selling books Look and Feel Fabulous Forever, The Food Cure for Kids, The Balance, and Redesigning 50, Oz Garcia has designed a distinctive nutritional regimen that promotes a total approach to wellness by integrating healthy lifestyle choices through one-on-one counseling sessions, all-natural spa treatments, nutritious menu items and branded in-room products.

At The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa, Oz will introduce his cutting-edge IV Therapy, a vitamin-drip therapy designed to deliver vital nutrients into the body faster and more effectively than typical oral vitamins, that he will administer when he is on property. Oz IV is part of an overall spa program that blends the best eastern remedies and philosophies, such as salt-infused treatments, with modern medicinal techniques.

The James Royal Palm SpaAdditionally, Oz will host a number of "wellness weekends" throughout the year. During the two-and-a-half-day programs, guests will engage in a variety of enjoyable and challenging activities, including yoga and fitness classes, meditation, private consultations, spa treatments, themed lunches, and will also be available for one-on-one appointments, offering hotel guests and local residents the unique opportunity to craft a personalized wellness program to address each person’s specific goals.

The James Royal Palm

Recognizing the role of diet in long-term health and wellness, Oz worked closely with The James Royal Palm to create healthy and delicious menu items for its restaurants and Coffee Bar. At Florida Cookery, The James Royal Palm’s signature restaurant, healthy options will include: Florida Mahi Mahi with Mojo de Ajo and cucumber quinoa salad, and curry lime organic chicken breast with local farm greens. Additionally, guests relaxing poolside have the option of ordering golden raisin chicken roti and Oz’s Citrus Brain Enhancer Smoothie. In-room guest pantries will be stocked with Oz Brain Enhancement Sticks.

Go on vacation while still staying healthy? Sounds perfect!

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