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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.

Movie Star Tours at Hyatt Carmel Highlands


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?


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!


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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Hotel Mazarin Offers a Host of Complimentary Amenities


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Mazarin

Hotel Mazarin takes its name from the famous European diplomat and Catholic Pontiff, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a 17th century Italian-born statesman, gambler, aide-de camp to French royalty, Machiavellian scholar, chief financial minister to Queen Anne, and a longtime Regent of France on behalf of Louis the XIV. A Renaissance man and collector of fine wines and wealth, he designed the Mazarin Diamond, one of the first forms of the brilliant cut.

At the historic luxury hotel, the guestrooms are thoughtfully appointed to cater to the modern traveler while preserving New Orleans' signature charm. Hotel guests will enjoy a private courtyard setting with a Renaissance-inspired fountain, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center.

Guests need only to step outside and enjoy the jazz resonating in the streets and galleries and shops just a half block away on Royal Street. The lively nightlife and music New Orleans is known for is on Bourbon Street, also just a half block away. Enjoy a nightcap at the only French Quarter wine bar, Patrick's Bar Vin or at the hotel's Prohibition-era inspired bar 21st Amendment at La Louisiane. 

Guests enjoy the following amenities included in the room rate:

Wireless Internet access
Daily deluxe breakfast
Welcome cocktail at our 21st Amendment at La Louisiane
In-room bottled artesian water and coffee
Daily newspaper
Local calls

Additional amenities include:

Fitness center
Concierge service
Business center
Patrick’s Bar Vin Wine Bar
21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane
Valet parking (additional fee)
Special pricing is available to guests of the Hotel Mazarin for New Orleans airport transportation service

Book your stay at Hotel Mazarin >>


Spa After Dark at Villagio Inn and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Villagio Hotel and Spa

The 23-acre Tuscan inspired Villagio Inn and Spa features flowing water fountain pathways weaved throughout lush Mediterranean-style gardens. The centerpiece of the Yountville property is the 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio, featuring sixteen treatment rooms and five intimate, private spa suites appointed with indoor and outdoor oversized sunken infinity tubs, fireplaces, steam showers, wet bars and flat screen televisions with Bose sound systems.

One of the many signature treatments and spa packages that can be enjoyed by guests is the Spa Villagio After Dark experience.

Start the day in your luxurious hotel guestroom. At dinner, experience the culinary epicenter of Napa Valley in a town that boasts the most Michelin Star rated restaurants on Washington Street. Your sensory journey continues after dinner where an inviting Spa Suite awaits you. Enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious dessert next to a crackling fireplace on your own private patio. Listen to your favorite music and take a soothing Mediterranean steam. Candles are lit and it's time to complete your ultimate evening of tranquility with a Mineral Soak in your infinity edge tub.

Spa Villagio After Dark Includes:

Luxurious One Night Accommodations for Two at either Villagio Inn & Spa or Vintage Inn.
Complimentary Bottle of Wine Upon Arrival.
A $100.00 Dinner Credit at Michael Chiarello's Bottega Ristorante
Use of a Private Spa Suite for 1.5 hours.
Sumptuous Champagne Breakfast & Afternoon Tea Service Each Day.
Complimentary Daily Access to Spa Villagio Facilities and Amenities.

Book your stay at Villagio Inn and Spa >>

 


Your Questions Answered: What's the Perfect Family-Friendly Scottsdale Resort for a Family of 6?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

JW Marriott Camelback Inn 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: We are a family of 6 and looking to stay is Scottsdale, AZ. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort And Spa

This Scottsdale luxury resort fuses a spirit of modern adventure with its storied history - live music, acres of desert gardens, hiking, biking & more. Challenge yourself at Scottsdale golf resort's Camelback Golf Club, featuring two championship 18-hole courses. Stay in the Paradise Valley resort's Pueblo-style casitas, offering an oasis of tranquil privacy. The Casita's private patios and balconies open onto breathtaking views of Arizona's Paradise Valley. Seven of the luxurious Scottsdale hotel's suites feature private swimming pools. Enjoy contemporary fine dining in the best steakhouse in Scottsdale, AZ, BLT Steak. Celebrity French Chef Laurent Tourondel brings his culinary wizardry to the desert, and the result is not to be missed. 

Family Amenities and Activities Include:

- Bicycles - Mountain bikes and children's bikes are available for rent through the Concierge Desk. Scenic trails on
property and off property. 

- Golf Lessons are available for the young enthusiast.

- Jackrabbit Pool Complex offers Hoppin’ Jack's Restaurant, children's water oasis, and sandbox. 

- Mummy Mountain Hiking Trail - Trail begins just past Mummy Mountain Cookout Town. Start the hike by crossing
over the bridge. The trail is approximately 300 yards (1000 feet) up the mountain.

- Pitch & Putt Golf Course - Located in the front of the resort.http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/scottsdale-az/jw-marriott-camelback-inn-resort-and-spa

- Playground - Located near the Valet lot in front of the lobby. Equipment for all ages, a play area, half court basketball,
and shuffle board. 

- Tennis - The courts are located near the playground.  Tennis professional on staff daily.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

1 bedroom suite, king bed measures 750sqft/68sqm-1100sqft/99sqm, is Air-conditioned, non-smoking, allows for connecting rooms are available (for some rooms), has outdoor spaces: patio (1), Living/sitting area, Living room is separated and Windows may be opened. All rooms feature Marriott's Revive Bedding with down comforters, designer duvets and plush pillows. All guest accommodations also feature microwave, mini-fridge and high speed Internet.This hotel has a smoke-free policy. 

Book your family's stay at JW Marriott Camelback Inn 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.

 


Did You Know? Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive


By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive is situated on the secluded beach where the legendary film Night of the Iguana was filmed. The 1964 film, which starred Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, and was directed by John Huston. The film was based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. 

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Resort in Cancun Suitable for 4 Adults Traveling Together?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Blanc Spa 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 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 resort in Cancun for four adults traveling together?

ANSWER: Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

The adults-only and all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun beckons you from the white sand beaches and sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Le Blanc offers a world class experience like no other. An experience of sophisticated style, lavish personal attention, and uncompromising attention to detail. The resort towers majestically over one of Mexico's most beautiful stretches of private beach, just 15 minutes from downtown Cancun and 25 minutes from the airport. Covering 5 acres, it offers 260 air-conditioned luxurious rooms with an ocean or lagoon view, balcony, double Jacuzzi, flat screen LCD TV with satellite and much more.Le Blanc Spa Resort
There are also five international restaurants and five bar/lounges, three outdoor pools (including two infinity pools) with an outdoor Jacuzzi and a fitness center. The Spa has been designed to be a sanctuary of tranquility and peace, secluding guests in an exquisitely luxurious environment of sensory pleasures. The property offers both all-inclusive and room-only rates. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Royale Deluxe: Le Blanc Spa Resort’s standard room features one king or two double beds, a double whirlpool, seating area, French balcony with views of lagoon and resort or common areas. From the cream-colored marble to the varied hues of brown and white reflected in the linens and draperies.
Maximum Occupancy - 4 adults two double beds or 2 adults one king size bed
It's 429 square feet.

Book a stay at Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun >>

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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in San Antonio?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Contessa RiverwalkWe 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 family of 6 and looking to stay is San Antonio. What river walk hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Hotel Contessa Riverwalk is among San Antonio's newest premier Riverwalk hotels. A reflection of the state's most popular destination, this contemporary 12-story property captures both the historic and cultural essence of San Antonio. From the atrium lobby overlooking the riverwalk and the warmth created by the Mediterranean design to the overall comfortable elegance Hotel Contessa establishes a friendly welcoming environment from the moment of your arrival. At Hotel Contessa you will find all the things you'd expect from a premier luxury hotel. Each guest suite features a separate bedroom and parlor flat screen televisions land and wireless high-speed internet access in-room safe mini bar large marble bath and sofa beds. The hotel also offers 100 Percent Smoke Free Rooms. Hotel Contessa Riverwalk

Aside from being among the most luxurious Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio Hotel Contessa provides a number of ways to relax and unwind. Enjoy a swim in the heated rooftop pool, a workout in the fitness center or simply admire the view from the atrium lobby. When it's time to treat your taste buds consider the signature restaurant Las Ramblas. This unique restaurant where you can choose to dine in the exhibition style kitchen or al fresco along the Riverwalk features Spanish and American cuisine as well as a daily asado selection. The Cork Bar Offers a wide selection of libations daily and live entertainment every weekend. 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Luxury Riverview King Suite or Double Double Suite connected to Luxury Riverview Suite. This 500 square foot suite features one bedroom with a king size bed (or double double), floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Riverwalk, a separate living room with full size sofa bed, in-room safe, one oversize bathroom, wireless internet.

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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? Fisher Island Hotel And Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Fisher Island Resort and Spa
Fisher Island was a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves that sat in Biscayne Bay. In 1919, Miami Beach founder and developer Carl Fisher bought it from Dana Dorsey, South Florida's first black millionaire. Fisher, when trying to expand the island and build deep-water docks, experienced quite a bit of push back from the County, which delayed his progress. The construction of the Port of Miami served to separate the lush appendage from Miami Beach, creating an entirely distinctive island. In the 1920's, Carl Fisher traded 7-acres of Fisher Island for a yacht from William K. Vanderbilt II.

In 1936,  Vanderbilt began building his $1.5 million private island retreat on Fisher Island with a Mediterranean-style mansion. He surrounded this mansion with lush landscaping, gracious guest homes, tennis courts and swimming pools.The main home and the surrounding guest cottages were completed in 1941. Rosemary's Cottage was built for Vanderbilt's stepdaughter Rosemary (Rosamund's daughter from her first marriage.) The studio cottage was built for Rosamund to paint in, as she was an artist. The North and South Cottages were for the their servants. The building now referred to today as the Jr. Suites was built to house the crewman for his yacht. The building now the Spa Internazionale was Vanderbilt's personal airplane hanger.

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