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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: Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon

December 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Perched on a historic dock overlooking San Francisco Bay, Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon is the only waterfront hotel in the seaside town of Tiburon. The back deck affords a comfortable place to watch sailboats bobbing lazily in the water as waves lap against the docks, all against the majestic backdrop of Angel Island and the San Francisco skyline. 

Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon 

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Air Tours at Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa

December 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gateway Canyons
At Gateway Canyons Resort in Western Colorado, guests can explore places virtually untouched by humans, in the stunning landscape of sculptured rock that surrounds Gateway, Colorado. One of the most unusual way to explore the scenery is through Gateway Canyons Air Tours. The tours are customized to accommodates guests' schedules, and gives a bird's eye view of the landscape. Spectacular red rock canyons, monoliths and mesas, snow capped mountains, lakes and rivers – these are the land formations of western Colorado and eastern Utah – geologically diverse in such a concentrated area! Guests not only see the scenic beauty from under the beautiful blue skies of Colorado, but they learn about the fascinating lore and legends of western Colorado and eastern Utah. The helicopters fly at a lower altitude than commercial airlines, so we are able to provide our guests with a more intimate and memorable view of the spectacular terrain.Canyons Resort

The Eurocopter AStar B3’s exceptional visibility, range and power, combined with a quiet cabin, make it ideal for scenic tours. This helicopter has been appointed with leather seats and a luxurious interior. Passengers are treated to state-of-the art, noise-cancelling Bose headsets for ease of conversation in the cabin and with the pilot. The helicopter can accommodate up to 5 passengers per tour. Tours of any length from 15 minutes to 2 hours can be arranged, the most popular being the 30 minute tour. 

Canyons Resort


Gateway Canyons Air Tours is a custom scenic flight company. If guests want to go to Aspen, Moab, Gateway, Telluride, or Vail for lunch, shopping or golf for the day, the company can provide that luxury for a very affordable price. 

 

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Did You Know? Emily Morgan Hotel

December 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Emily Morgan Hotel
Emily Morgan Hotel
 did not become the famed hotel it is today until 1984. Formerly, the building was the Medical Arts Building and later an office complex. The name originates from the famous story of a servant girl, Emily D. West, who wooed the Mexican General Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. Combining impressive architecture, a long history of tales from the Medical Arts Building, and the significance behind the name, The Emily Morgan Hotel is a landmark in the state of Texas. It was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Alamo Plaza Historic District in 1977.

 Since 1984, The Emily Morgan Hotel has proudly been providing upscale accommodations and services to guests. Travelers come from near and far to explore the building and admire its beautiful architecture. In December 2012, The Emily Morgan Hotel joined the DoubleTree by Hilton family and has been operating as a DoubleTree Hotel ever since.

 

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Image of the Day: Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel

November 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, located in the heart of Orange County's business and cultural center, is just steps away from Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. The hotel's 238 guestrooms and suites offer luxurious furnishings, stunning eco-friendly hardwood floors, luxury linens, and floor to ceiling marble and granite bathrooms, flat screen cable TVs, stocked minibar, and high-speed Internet access. All guestrooms offer views of the lake or private gardens, and full walk-out balconies. Executive and Junior Suites feature spacious layouts with separate sleeping and living areas bathed in natural light from large windows.

Avenue of the Arts

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Your Questions Answered: What Resort in Cancun Can Host a Symbolic Wedding Ceremony for a Same-Sex Couple?

November 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Zilara Cancun
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 resort in Cancun will host a symbolic wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple?

ANSWER: Hyatt Zilara Cancun. Prominently located on the widest stretch of beach in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an adults-only, all-suite, all-inclusive resort where guests experience traditional Mexican warmth in an intimate yet casual setting. The resort features spacious suites with breathtaking views of the Caribbean and offers world-class dining, an impressive array of upscale amenities, outstanding service from an attentive and thoughtful staff, and spectacular grounds and facilities. Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers a myriad of activities and conveniences including rejuvenating treatments and services at The Spa– Cancun's only ocean view spa – wine and spirits tastings, enhanced pool and beach butler service, and more.Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Whether celebrating a religious, civil, spiritual wedding, union or vow renewal, Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers extraordinary settings and exceptional accommodations to create memories that will last a lifetime. The experienced staff of professional wedding planners assists couples every step of the way to create extraordinary events. Design your own wedding or choose from a wide selection of celebrations, including a boutique complimentary wedding, to barefoot beach weddings, to lavish celebrations. Every detail is artfully arranged by the dedicated staff including flowers, music, photography, the wedding cake, the catering, and so much more.  

Honeymoon couples enjoy extra special amenities and romantic services in their suite, including a rose petal strewn bed, aromatherapy candles, a sweetheart cake and sparkling wine. For added luxury, choose a Romance Package with even more special touches such as a private candlelight beach dinner for a truly unforgettable experience.

Please note that no children are allowed on property, even for ceremonies and events. 

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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.
 


Wishing You a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The staff at Five Star Alliance wishes you a safe and happy Turkey Day!

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Movie Star Tours at Hyatt Carmel Highlands

November 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Did you know that memorable scenes in nearly 200 movies have been filmed in Monterey County nearby Hyatt Carmel Highlands? Since 1897, the dramatic beauty of the Monterey Peninsula has attracted directors and cinematographers from around the world. Now guests at Hyatt Carmel Highlands can take a scenic tour of these famous sites located in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel. Watch scenes that were filmed at that exact location on overhead monitors onboard a luxury motorcoach on the movie tour.

Listen to behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movies and hear tales about famous movie stars. Enjoy some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world throughout the Carmel movie tour, and celebrate Hollywood while singing along to some of your favorite show tunes.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Miami Resort for a Family of Seven?

November 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the 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: We are a family of 7 and looking to stay is Miami, FL. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
Acqualina Resort & Spa
ANSWER: Acqualina Resort and Spa On The Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, and an innovative marine biology-based children's program. The luxurious 20,000 square foot ESPA oceanfront spa features 16 treatment rooms including a private hotel spa suite for two, a private spa pool and heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall, Finnish Saunas, Crystal Steam Rooms, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, and Relaxation Rooms.

The resort is a recipient of the coveted 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, 2014 AAA Five Diamond Award for five consecutive years and 2012 Andrew Harper's Reader's Choice Award for Top 20 Beach and Family Resorts. Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.

Acqualina Resort and SpaAcqualina's 54 guest rooms and 44 suites include two deluxe three bedroom oceanfront suites. All are havens of elegance and comfort. The richly appointed accommodations feature classic furnishings with fresh modern elements complete with luxurious fabrics and gracious amenities such as private terraces, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with imported marble flooring, double sinks, bath tub and glass-enclosed shower. All rooms and suites offer magnificent views and are equipped with fully stocked private bars with gourmet food snacks, goose down duvet and pillows (foam pillows available upon request), Frette sheets, ETRO bath amenities, hair dryer & makeup mirror, luxurious bathrobes, in-room CD players, IPOD docking stations, high-speed Internet access, and umbrellas.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Acqualina Resort and Spa
Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite connected to a Deluxe Ocean Front room, with a rolloway added for an additional $50.00 night- The suites offer king-size beds in both the master and second bedroom, premium oceanfront views, separate living room, writing desk, two flat-screen TVs, entertainment unit, mini bar, private terrace, gourmet kitchen (with Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator/freezer, designer granite countertops with full back splash, Italian limited edition cabinets, microwave, dishwasher, stainless-steel sink and garbage disposal), breakfast room and two full bathroom outfitted with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. (2035 sq. ft. of enclosed area; 2379 sq. ft. with terrace). The Deluxe Ocean Front Rooms rooms boast an oceanfront view, king-size bed, foyer area, flat-screen TV, entertainment unit, mini bar, sitting area, writing desk, private terrace and bathroom with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. 

Book your family's stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>

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.
 


Happy Opening to Thompson Miami Beach!

November 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Today's the day! Thompson Miami Beach, formerly the Crown Hotel, opens for business today. Close to South Beach, Thompson Miami Beach is where Art Deco meets mid-century and Miami Modern. The beachfront hotel features a new restaurant by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, and a rooftop, outdoor spa.

Thompson Miami Beach

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