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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.

Discover Paradise Point Resort and Spa

July 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa
For a private vacation spot right in the middle of San Diego, try Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The family-friendly resort offers bungalow-style rooms that are right on the sandy beach or nestled among tropical gardens and lagoons. Guests of all ages will enjoy relaxing on the 44-acre island. Despite its secluded atmosphere, Paradise Point is next door to SeaWorld and within minutes of other top San Diego top attractions like Mission Beach, Old Town, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and the Gaslamp Quarter.

 Some of the Many Amenities and Activities Include:

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

-Bungalow-Style Rooms located on the sand or tucked amongst tropical gardens and lagoons. The 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms includes 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon, or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse, and gold.

-Five Swimming Pools. The  family-geared Main Pool is right next to the lobby and the Tropics Cantina serves food and beverages poolside. The main pool is also home to poolside activities such as games, crafts, and face-painting on Saturday afternoons. Dive-in Movies take place on Saturday nights. The Lagoon Pool features two fire pits and is popular with evening swimmers. The Adult Lagoon pool is for those over the age of 18. The Meadow Pool offers a fountain of fun. The Waterfall Pool's swimming area is accented by cascading waterfalls.

-Full-Service Marina & Spa. Guests can enjoy water taxi service to SeaWorld, where guests can skip lines and parking fees by entering the park through a VIP gate. Park costume characters provide a special dockside welcome just for Paradise Point guests on Sundays in July and August. In addition, various aquatic activities such as sailing, jet skiing, motor boating, and kayaking are on offer. Lessons in these activities and at the Paradise Surf Academy are readily available to guests. New in 2014 is private "door-to-dock" water taxi service with pick-up from the sand outside the bungalows.

Paradise Point


Special Paradise Point Resort & Spa Events Include:

-Beach bonfires with views of the Mission Bay fireworks show occur nightly. 

-Sunday Fun Day Concerts means that San Diego's best rock cover bands take the bayside stage at the legendary Barefoot Bar & Grill.

-Market Night on Fridays brings the shopping to resort guests. Browse a collection of items crafted by San Diego artisans, including locally made food, coffee, tea, jewelry, skincare, and art.

-Guests ages 4-12 can explore, play, and learn through creative activities in the two-story Island Adventure Club bungalow and around the resort's tropical grounds. 


Learn more about all the family-fun activities at Paradise Point Resort and Spa.  

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Rural Society Opens at Loews Madison Hotel

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Madison Hotel
Mr Garces comes to Washington! Iron Chef Jose Garces has just opened Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse, at the Loews Madison Hotel. Rural Society is the chef's first restaurant in the Nation's Capital. Chef Garces, in addition to being an Iron Chef, is a James Beard Award-winner. 

Rural Society takes its name from the historic La Sociedad Rural Argentina and La Exposicion Rural, an annual event that combines a livestock show, gaucho exhibition, and a social gathering. 

In tribute to this celebratory time, the open flames of a parrilla (Argentine grill) welcome guests into the new Rural Society restaurant. All meats, fish, and some vegetables are grilled here in the center of the restaurant, on the grill fueled by charcoal as well as traditional Argentine hardwood (quebracho).


Rural Society is also celebrating the Italian culture so embedded in Argentina. Guests can savor handmade pastas along with fugazzas (thick-crust Argentine pizza). In addition to presenting apéritifs and digestifs, Rural Society’s bar showcases South American and Argentine wines. A Chef's Tasting Menu and wine pairings are also available. 

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Dining al Fresco: Auberge du Soleil

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil's guests can enjoy a side of Napa Valley views with their breakfast. 

Auberge du Soleil

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Orlando?

July 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando
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 is the pet policy at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Orlando?


ANSWER: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando

Discover a secluded luxury hotel set in the heart of Orlando theme park country near Lake Buena Vista. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is surrounded by 21 acres of shimmering lakes and lush landscaping, offering an ideal destination for leisure or business travelers looking to unwind. Just one mile from Walt Disney World Resort and five miles from Sea World, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also offers such an impressive collection of on-site activities. Want to learn to scuba dive or improve your tennis game? Guests can take a lesson from the on-site professionals. The whole family will love to waterslide in an 800,000 gallon lagoon-style pool, or teeing up on a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. Or, just have a relaxing spa treatment while the kids enjoy their day at Camp Hyatt.

Pet Policy
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress OrlandoDogs are allowed. There is a maximum 50 poounds for 1 dog, 2 dogs of no more than 75 pounds combined weight. There is a one-time $150 fee for the first 6 nights. There are specific rooms set aside for pets. Guests bringing pets need a shot record and 3 day pre-stay notice for reservation with a pet.

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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.
 


Dining al Fresco: MileNorth Hotel

July 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

MileNorth Hotel

Visit 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge at MileNorth Hotel for a stunning view of the iconic Chicago skyline. Elevating 563 feet above sea level, 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge is an intimate and decidedly chic indoor/outdoor experience. Capping off the 29th floor and just steps away from the Magnificent Mile, the 52EIGHTY experience provides soaring skyline images of downtown Chicago on a new level. 

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 Happy 4th of July! We hope you have a relaxing, patriotic, and safe celebration.

The Moorings

 

Posted in: Articles, North America

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Los Angeles Hotel?

July 3, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Terranea Resort
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 6 and looking to stay in Los Angeles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Terranea Resort

Terranea is a land unto itself. When you step onto this 102-acre private peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world - minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into its architecture. Terranea Resort

The luxury eco resort offers well-appointed rooms and suites and includes a collection of residential Bungalows, Casitas, and Villas. An award-winning nine-hole, par-three golf course, the soothing oceanfront Spa at Terranea, three ocean-view pools, and a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges welcomes you with open arms. 

Surrounding Terranea are countless adventures in and around the Palos Verdes peninsula and in the South Bay beach cities. Explore the resort's Aqua-Terra Adventures and make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling, and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride, or a trip to the falconry program. Within a reasonable driving distance are Disneyland, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and major sporting venues.

Terranea Resort
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

2 Bedroom Ocean View Vacation Casita
Situated on Terranea Resort's East and West bluffs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Vacation Casitas have private entrances and a luxurious, residential feel. Boasting expansive views, suite amenities include a kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities. These southern California vacation rentals are the perfect option for a family vacation or summertime getaway with plenty of room for entertaining.

Details and Amenities
-Two oversized bedrooms with pillow-top beds and luxurious linens
-Bedroom One: King bed
-Bedroom Two: Two double beds
-Two bathrooms
-One 5-fixture stone master bathroom
-One 4-fixture stone bathroom
-Comfortable living room with a 42-inch flat screen television
-Kitchen with full-size refrigerator, four stove top burners and a convection/microwave oven
-Indoor fireplace with shared outdoor fireplace
-Washer and dryer
-Three dual-line telephones with voicemail
-In-room safe
-Available wireless Internet
-Oversized private balcony or patio for each bedroom

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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.

 


Did You Know? The Beverly Hills Hotel

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel



Legendary billionaire heir, Hollywood producer, and recluse Howard Hughes spent a good chunk of his life in a bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Hughes famously became a recluse after an aviation accident that nearly killed him. In 1947, he spent four months in his private screening room, where he subsisted on a diet of chocolate, chicken, and milk. After he emerged, Hughes took up residence in Bungalow 4 at the legendary Pink Palace. He allegedly left his Cadillac outside and unused for so long that the tires went flat and plants began to grow in the car's interior. His wife and key staff members also took up residence in the hotel, albeit in different rooms. 

Hughes spent time living in other luxury hotels. In the early 1940s, he lived in the Sunset Tower Hotel. Hughes and his entourage occupied the entire top floor and the 14th floor as well. He also spent time at Eden Rock Hotel on St. Barth's. The luxury resort has a suite named after him. The Howard Hughes loft is situated on top of the iconic main house, and has three terraces and a stunning 360° view of the bay. The suite also has a King size bed, kitchenette, dining area, spacious living area, and 2 copper clad bathrooms. 

 


Congratulations to Planters Inn!

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Planters Inn
Congratulations to Planters Inn, which has been named the # 1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure's 2014 World's Best Awards.

The historic Charleston inn is the only Relais & Chateaux establishment. The 64-room inn is home to Peninsula Grill, the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond-ranked culinary experience. 

Planter's Inn is situated on the recently restored City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Planters Inn is perfectly situated for strolling through tree-lined South of Broad streets, shopping on King Street, meeting sweetgrass basket weavers at the City Market, watching a play at the Dock Street Theatre, touring antebellum house museums, sailing on the harbor, and much more.

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Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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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