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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.

Charleston Place Caters to the History Buff

April 20, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Charleston Place
Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Belmond Charleston Place makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. A gathering point for local society, this luxury hotel blends gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine.

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect hotel from which to explore the city. From historic houses and plantation tours, to Federal forts and museums, Charleston is steeped in a rich, colorful and sometimes controversial history. The hotel has set up itineraries for travelers interested in exploring Charleston's historic past.

Charleston Place

DAY 1
-Start the day with a delicious gourmet breakfast in the hotel's garden-style Palmetto Cafe before meeting your small group for a walking tour of the city. Be sure to make an advance reservation, because these tours sell out almost every day!

-After the tour, enjoy afternoon tea at Thoroughbred Club while you discuss all the new things you have discovered on the tour.  

-After tea, join one of the many antebellum historic house tours. The hotel recommends the Nathanial Russell, Aiken-Rhett, or Edmondston-Alston homes.

-End the day with a fabulous dinner in the highly acclaimed Charleston Grill.


DAY 2
-Start off with a boat ride to Fort Sumter—the famous Federal port in Charleston Harbor where the American Civil War began.

Charleston Place-Take a hotel prepared pinic lunch to a plantation. Middleton Place is ideal for seeing what farmstead life was really like through the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, with reenactments, plus tours of the preserved manor houses and slave quarters. Enjoy lunch under an oak tree overlooking the river.

-In the evening, stroll around the cobblestone streets of the historic district, passing
many art galleries, museums and restaurants. Be sure to see the famous "Rainbow Row"—a row of painted historic houses.


DAY 3
-Explore personal interests. Try a Gullah Tour, which offers a unique insight into the native language and culture of the slaves in South Carolina and Georgia. There's also historical carriage tours, a stop aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, or a visit to the Slave Museum.

Charleston Place-Indulge in a pampering treatment in the hotel spa and unwind over lunch at the hotel.

-Stroll to the famous Battery sea-wall defense, passing many hidden gardens, and enjoy the sunset from a swing on Waterfront Park.

Sounds like a pretty wonderful way to spend a long weekend. 
 

Nightly spring rates at Charleston Place start at $298 >> 

 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Ella

April 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Ella inhabits the Goodall Wooten mansion, one of Austin's original landmark estates. The refined property reopened in late summer 2013 following a multi-million dollar renovation. It is named in honor of original owner Ella Wooten. It features 48 impressive guestrooms (inclusive of 10 luxury suites), a cabana-lined lap pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking an expansive front lawn. Beautifully designed indoor and outdoor spaces and stately meeting rooms provide ideal backdrops for events, weddings, and corporate gatherings. Guests will enjoy exceptional dining along with a superior level of personalized service wrapped in the relaxed hospitality for which Austin is known.

Hotel Ella

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Cool Pools: The Grand Del Mar

April 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Bask in the warm San Diego sunshine by one of The Grand Del Mar's four heated pools. Vanishing edges, underwater speakers, private cabanas and a friendly outdoor Pool Bar, featuring flat-screen televisions and cool cocktails, are just a few of the highlights.

Poolside, serving light fare and refreshments, a children’s pool with wading area, white sand seating areas and glowing fire pits complete the experience at the main Resort Pool, while the Relaxation Pool is a quiet, adult-only retreat located adjacent to The Spa and ideal for swimming or lounging after a soothing spa treatment.

The Grand Del Mar 

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Image of the Day: The Whitehall Hotel

April 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Whitehall Hotel remains a landmark destination in Chicago, offering a very European sense of grace and grandeur. The Presidential Suite offers this terrific view of the Chicago skyline.  

The Whitehall Hotel 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Redbury South Beach

April 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Redbury South Beach, formerly The Fairfax Hotel, brings the service and glamour of its sister property on the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine to Miami's most coveted vacation and nightlife destination. From Creative Director Matthew Rolston, the hotel features 69 rooms and suites with interiors inspired by South Beach’s Art Deco heritage; Lorenzo, an Italian eatery from James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano; and a 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool and event space with food and beverage service. Guests of The Redbury can indulge in priority access to The Raleigh's beach and SLS Hotel South Beach‘s fitness center amenities, as well as V Yoga.Fitness.Spa, and Prive Salon.

The Redbury South Beach 

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Image of the Day: Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington

April 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington embraces travelers with the charm of a private residence. Combining intimacy and elegance, The Woodmark Hotel is the only hotel located on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington and showcases shoreline views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountains. Prominently set within the Carillon Point waterfront community, the Woodmark is just 15 minutes east of Seattle and minutes from shopping, galleries, the high-tech Silicon Forest of Seattle's Eastside, and many popular tourist destinations.

Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington

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Image of the Day: Pan Pacific Vancouver

April 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pan Pacific Vancouver is uniquely located atop Canada Place at the heart of Vancouver's downtown waterfront. With the iconic five sails rising above the Alaska cruise ship terminal and the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific offers sweeping views of the Coastal Mountains, Coal Harbour, and Vancouver's city skyline. 

Pan Pacific Vancouver

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Image of the Day: Marenas Resort

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located on pristine beaches, between Fort Lauderdale and ultra-hip South Beach in Miami, Marenas Resort offers a European Riviera style, luxury suite resort atmosphere.

Marenas Resort

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Napa Valley Hotel for a Family of Six?

April 4, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Carneros Inn
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 are some family friendly resorts in Napa, Ca for a family of 4 Adults and 2 children ages 8, 10?

ANSWER: The Carneros Inn   

Nestled among 27 acres of seemingly endless rows of grape vines, unspoiled farmland, and scenic apple orchards, The Carneros Inn's design was based on cues from the local countryside - including barns, silos and ranchers' cottages - and combined with stylish, modern interiors - to capture the region's distinct charm as well as the needs of sophisticated guests. Gravel paths that crunch underneath your feet, private gardens where you can enjoy a glass of California's finest wines, exclusive dining at the first class Hilltop restaurant, outdoor showers under a blanket of stars, crisp white linens, and decadent spa treatments inspired by local ingredients ensure an experience you'll never forget. Whether you're here to get away from it all, or to get together with friends and loved ones, there is something for everyone at The Carneros Inn. Canine family members are welcome as well. 

The Carneros Inn

Kid-Friendly Activities and Amenities at The Carneros Inn Include:
-Complimentary bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis for guests 14 years of age and older
-Two swimming pools, which are heated to 82 degrees year-round: The Hilltop Pool, which is reserved for adults only, and Otto's Pool, which is designated for families and fitness. Otto’s Pool is comprised of an infinity edged lap pool, hot tub, cabanas and children's pool. Pool toys are available, and the zero-edge wading pool is perfect for small children.
-Two professional-size bocce courts are located on the lawn of the Town Square.
-Reception offers a variety of DVDs and games for families to enjoy on a complimentary basis
-Take a Break sends nannies to the Inn to care for children and give adults some time away.

Nearby Activities for Kids Include: 
-Scientopia Discovery Center
-Playground Fantastico
-Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
-Train Town
-Cornerstone Gardens
-Triple Creek Horse Outfitters
-Jelly Belly Factory
-Six Flags Theme Park
-Safari West

Carneros Inn


For Your Family Needs, We Recommend: 


Carneros Courtyard Home - Experience the ultimate in Wine Country living in a private Carneros Courtyard Home. This gated area offers the utmost in privacy while still allowing you access to all the amenities The Carneros Inn has to offer. With approximately 2,400 square feet indoors and over 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space, this private home will give you ample room for both private time and entertaining your guests. Each of the villa-like homes offers: A great room with 16-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a dining area, a well-appointed kitchen with Viking appliances, two master suites (both with luxurious master baths), a den that can be closed off as a third bedroom with its own bath, French doors that open onto a private landscaped courtyard, and an upstairs sun deck with teak furniture and views of the countryside.

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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: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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