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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.

Say Hello to 1 Hotel South Beach


By: K. Clare Johnson

1 Hotel South Beach, the hotel formerly known as The Perry Hotel South Beach, is now
accepting reservations for stays starting the last week in March. The new name follows a
change in ownership and subsequent $100 million investment in the beachfront property.

1 Hotel South Beach 

The hotel sits on several hundred feet of shoreline within the heart of South Beach. The
Main Pool Deck, shown above, is at the center of the hotel. The 30,000 square foot space
offers guests cabanas, day beds, and 180 degrees of ocean view.

1 Hotel South Beach 

The Lobby Lounge, pictured above, was designed to blend the outside and inside together.
This is achieved by lush plants, comfortable designer furniture and unique terrariums and
living green walls.

1 Hotel South Beach

The range of accommodations include city view, ocean view, pool view, and oceanfront
rooms and suites. Choose from King or Queen bedded rooms or from studio, one, or
two-bedroom suites.  A state-of-art fitness center, in-room massage service, and dining
options by Top Chef Tom Colicchio are a few of the other amenities available at the hotel. 

Special introductory rates are starting at $664 per night.  

Book a stay at 1 Hotel South Beach >>


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa
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: What is the pet policy at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa?

ANSWER: InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa is located on the most idyllic island in the Mexican Caribbean, within the Cozumel National Marine Park, surrounded by pristine turquoise waters which are home to one of the best coral reef system in the world. A dedicated staff and some of the finest facilities in the Mexican Caribbean give this luxurious destination resort a unique point of difference and a memorable experience for each guest.

PET POLICY
The resort does accept pets, however pets must weigh 20 pounds or less and be on room premises. There is a 25 usd fee per day. Pets cannot be unattended and are not allowed in restaurants, pools or beach areas.

Book a stay at InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa >>

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.


Did You Know? The Library Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Library Hotel
The Library Hotel's
collection of over 6,000 books is organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honor one of the 10 categories of the DDC and each of the 60 rooms are uniquely adorned with books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to.

Each of the ten guestroom floors of the Library is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System including:

Social Sciences
Literature
Languages
History
Math & Science
General Knowledge
Technology
Philosophy
The Arts
Religion

Book a stay at The Library Hotel >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hyatt Atlanta
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: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?

ANSWER: Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is set within the upscale uptown neighborhood of Buckhead. Spacious, renovated guestrooms include irresistible Hyatt Grand BedsTM, state-of-the-art fiber-optic Internet and sleek flat screen HDTVs. Enjoy views of the Japanese Zen Garden at Onyx at the Grand, savor renowned Southern cuisine at Cassis, or treat colleagues and guests to the culinary expertise of the outstanding catering staff.Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Suite Unwind within the spacious 1,240-square-foot accommodations featuring stunning views of Stone Mountain and downtown Atlanta. Entertain graciously in these handsomely appointed accommodations that include sitting, dining, and work areas as well as a marble foyer. Allow the professional food and beverage staff to serve dinner from the kitchenette. Luxuriate in the master bath offering a Jacuzzi, marble vanity, and deluxe Portico bath products. Slumber blissfully on one king-sized signature Hyatt Grand Bed™ fitted with sumptuous linens Additional amenities within these superb accommodations include iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, 42” flat screen HDTV, 24 hour in-room dining service, a safe large enough to store and charge a laptop computer, and easy video checkout.

Book a stay at Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

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. Explore our whole 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.

Paradise Point Resort and Spa


QUESTION: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


ANSWER: Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay next door to SeaWorld, Paradise Point Resort and Spa features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens, tranquil lagoons, and one mile of sandy beaches in the heart of San Diego.
Scattered over 44 acres, Paradise Point offers ground-floor accommodations including waterfront bungalows, 73 suites and connecting rooms ideal for families and large groups. Each airy guestroom comes with all the convenient details such as a private patio, mini-fridge, reserved door-step parking, and alarm clock with mp3 player input.
Beyond your bungalow door, the island is a one stop shop for all things fun under the Southern California sun home to five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, watercraft rentals, five dining venues, one of the country's top spas, and an array of recreation opportunities.

Pet Policy
Pet policy. 15 lbs or less for dogs- $250 authorized on check in and $150 will be returned at departure if no damages-- in other words $100 will be charged for 1 dog.

Book a stay at Paradise Point Resort and Spa >>

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
 


The Breakers Revels in Ocean Fitness


By: Five Star Alliance

The Breakers

Take in the beach while still keeping fit on your next vacation. 

Situated atop the resort’s Mediterranean-style Beach Club complex, the flagship of The Breakers fitness collection, the masterfully designed 6,000-square-foot Ocean Fitness facility includes an expansive terrace for outdoor workouts (including cycling and yoga classes) beyond its 10-foot-tall windows that showcase breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This best-in-class, hotel fitness center features a network of advanced fitness solutions and equipment, an array of classes, and the expertise of professional instructors, personal trainers and a wellness coach to deliver a highly customized and energizing fitness experience.

Highlights of this modern facility include:

Functional workout and training equipment systems such as Life Fitness' Synrgy 360™Technogym’s Kinesis One and Artis Collection

High-tech treadmills including the self-propelled Woodway, indoor cycling equipment, arc trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, lateral ellipticals and water rowers

Multi-faceted strength training equipment and a mix of dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine and balance balls, and resistance bands

Weekly rotation of over 60 classes that incorporate core strength and conditioning programs

Ocean Fitness is open daily from 6am. to 9pm as a complimentary amenity to hotel guests 16 years of age and older. Teens 13 and older may participate in fitness classes, while family fitness classes are open to guests with children 12 and under. 

There's also other ways to get your workout on at this West Palm Beach resort:

Hotel Fitness Center
Located on the first floor of the main hotel, this facility is fully equipped with cardiovascular, weight training and strength equipment. 
The Breakers
Fitness Studio

Situated on the Southeast Mezzanine level of the hotel, the Fitness Studio is where guests may enjoy a variety of group classes taught by certified instructors.

Fitness Classes
A wide variety fitness activities designed to build aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength and endurance are on offer.

Get tan and fit at The Breakers >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Grand Miramar Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa is nestled in swanky Conchas Chinas, and features 112 suites that offer private space, magnificent views, and seductive sunsets from your own terrace. The best views of Puerto Vallarta and Bandera's Bay can be found at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta Hotel, where you can enjoy the perfect combination between the mountains and the sea, the comfort and luxury designed especially to meet the most demanding tastes, and first class services to make your stay unforgettable. Whether your goal is romance, rest, or restoration, you'll find a quiet appropriate corner here.

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa

Book a stay at Grand Miramar Resort and Spa >>


Your Questions Answered: Does The Umstead Hotel and Spa Have a Lake View Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Umstead Hotel and SpaWe 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 couple traveling together with our daughter, age 10 and looking for a room with 1 king bed and a rolloway – all with a lake view. Does the The Umstead Hotel and Spa offer that kind of accommodation?

ANSWER: The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC - five minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport - features 150 well-appointed guestrooms, including 27 suites. The Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant - Herons - serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa features ten treatment rooms, mens and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam, and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden. 

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
The Umstead Hotel and Spa was conceived and built with the muses of Art and Nature. These inspirations paired with impeccable, sincere service make for an exquisite hideaway that will comfort and rejuvenate. Everything – from the naturally landscaped grounds to the central Chihuly glass sculpture, the locally sourced cuisine to the botanically infused Umstead Spa products – is designed to stir the senses and inspire.

In every corner of the hotel and 12-acre grounds, there is something beautiful waiting to be discovered. The Umstead Hotel is more than a place to stay; it is a place to be changed for the better. Centrally located within the heart of the Triangle area The Umstead's location offers convenience, privacy and access to the region’s abundant corporate offices, universities, and cultural attractions in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Lake View Balcony-These beautifully appointed rooms range in size from 540 – 570 square feet and feature balconies with a stunning view of our pristine lake. Select your choice of one king-sized or two double-sized pillow-top beds. Rolloway is complimentary and based on availability.

Book a stay at The Umstead Hotel and Spa >>

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.

 

 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?


By: Five Star Alliance

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
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: What is the pet policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?

ANSWER: From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.
While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

PET POLICY- Your dog is welcome at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with the following conditions:
• You will be charged a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee upon check-in. This is a basic cleaning of pet hair and odor. Additional charges for damages may be imposed.
• Your dog may not exceed 25 lbs.
• Omni La Costa will not allow any dangerous animals, animals perceived to be threatening, wild animals, or other unusual animals on property. Omni La Costa shall make the final determination of whether a specific dog will be permitted.
• If your dog barks, makes other noises or is otherwise a cause of complaints that would create a revenue loss or adjustments, you will be required to reimburse us.
• Omni La Costa also reserves the right to require you to remove your dog and we are not required to provide any warning or second chance for violation of this policy. The decision of Omni La Costa shall be final.
• You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. If an accident does occur, please call Housekeeping so we can provide assistance and a quick clean up.
• Guests bringing a dog will be required to sign an "Acceptance of Responsibility for Damages Pet Policy Agreement Form" upon arrival.

Note: Guide dogs for the blind or otherwise disabled are exempt from the pet policy; there is no weight limit or pet fee.

Book a stay at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa >>

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.
 


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 >>

Book a sweet stay at The Omni Homestead >>