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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.

Walk the Riverwalk with Hotel Contessa

September 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Countessa
The magic that surrounds this verdant oasis is mystifying to all who visit San Antonio's famed River Walk every year. At the heart and soul of this gently winding waterway is Hotel Contessa, one of the River Walk's sparkling gems.

The San Antonio Riverwalk, sometimes known as Paseo Del Río, is a winding network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the Riverwalk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.  It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Marriage Island, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery. More than 20 events take place on the Riverwalk every year.

The all-suites Hotel Contessa celebrates the River Walk with a special package designed to take advantage of the perfect weather for walking.

Book the Explore River Walk Package and receive:

• Overnight Luxury Suite Accommodations
• Daily Breakfast Buffet in Las Ramblas
• River Walk Boat Tour Tickets
• Wireless Internet Access
 

Nightly rates for the Explore Riverwalk package start at $289 >>


Cool Pools: Delano Hotel

September 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Delano Hotel has more than 7,000 square feet of the outdoors to enjoy, in the form of the Delano Beach Club. The centerpiece of the club is the iconic swimming pool.

Delano Hotel

Reserve your lounge chair at Delano South Beach >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico?

September 10, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Cabo Azul ResortWe 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 5 and looking to stay is Los Cobos, Mexico. What beach resort offers the best accommodations for our family, children ages newborn, 2, and 6?

ANSWER: Cabo Azul Resort and Spa

This all-villa resort is the epitome of sophistication and indulgence. Few Cabo San Lucas resorts can equal the comfort, affordable luxury and sheer spectacle of this architectural gem. Nestled on more than 12 oceanfront acres, on an azure bay in the heart of Los Cabos corridor, Cabo Azul Resort is one of the only Los Cabos resorts located in this prime vacation setting.

Whether its golf on one of the world's most picturesque golf courses, trademark Cabo activities in the water, world-class shopping, top notch sports fishing, or up-close encounters with dolphins at the specially designed dolphin center in Cabo San Lucas, activities in Cabo San Lucas for you to choose from are boundless. Beach-going guests will enjoy an ideal transition from the expansive 600-foot-wide white sand beach to the oceanfront tri-level infinity edge swimming pool. 

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend: 
Cabu Azul Resort and Spa
-Two-bedroom Cabo Villa. Each villa features three separate rooms and 1,523 square feet of living space including fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, and verandas. Each villa features a king size bed, a queen size bed and queen size sleeper sofa bed that comfortably accommodate up to 6 guests. The villas also feature:

Beautifully Signature Design Decor
Polished Natural Stone Floor throughout
Superior Quality Linens and Bedding
In Villa Security Safe
Entertainment Center with DVD and Flat-panel TV
Individual Climate Control w/ Ceiling Fans
Luxury Bathrobes
Bedroom with In-Room Spa Tub
Full Bathroom with Two Sinks & Shower
High-Speed Internet

View rates, details, and more images of Cabo Azul 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.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friend Resort in Miami?

September 8, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Conrad Miami
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 Miami for a family of 6?



ANSWER: Conrad Miami offers contemporary luxury in the heart of downtown Miami's financial district, with views of the city and the Bay of Biscayne.The hotel's Brickell Avenue address provides quick and easy access to many of Miami's attractions including South Beach, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. The hotel is also just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport.

The Conrad Miami has 203 luxury hotel guest rooms and 103 residences that include studios and one and two bedroom suites with stunning views of Miami or the bay. Capturing minimalist, contemporary flair, the hotel rooms are accessorised with contrasting elements of glass, wood, leather and metal, and the hotel's dramatic 25th-floor Sky Lobby offers breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and Miami sunsets. Enjoy the rooftop pool, tennis courts, Spa Conrad, and hot tub. and personalized service for an ideal southern Florida getaway. Guest rooms and condominiums feature unparalleled views and luxury amenities. 
Superb dining options at Conrad Miami include the hotel's signature restaurant, Atrio; an experience in progressive American cuisine with the creative and meticulously crafted menu offering American favourites accented by Spanish and Asian influences. The hotel's dark and sultry Noir Bar is the Ying to Atrio's Yang. Adjacent to Atrio in the Sky Lobby, it is affectionately known as the "Dark Bar," with its dark interior highlighting views of Miami's glittering nightlife.Conrad Miami

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

-Executive Two Bedroom Bayview Residence King. This spacious condo has 2 bay view rooms, sofa bed on request, full kitchen, and two spacious bathrooms. The large marble bathrooms are equipped with deep soaking bathtubs, a selectionof luxurious bath care product, and separate glass enclosed showers. Families enjoy all of the amenities of a hotel with the feeling of a luxury condominium. 

Room amenities and services include balcony, bath slippers, HBO, pillow menu, dining table and chair, ergonomic desk chair, granite counter tops, movie channel, TV on-demand, movie seating area with sofa, seperate bathtub and shower, signature bedding, 37 inch HDTV, desk with adjustable lamp, double locking door safe, remote printing, DVD/CD player, dishwasher, evening room service, desk level electric plug, high speed internet access, full refrigerator, espresso machine, ironing board, kitchen, full microwave. 

View rates, details, and more images of Conrad Miami >>

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.


New to Five Star Alliance: The Cornstalk Hotel

September 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cornstalk Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa.

The Cornstalk Hotel

View rates, details, and more images of The Cornstalk Hotel >>


Lacroix Suite Package at The Rittenhouse

September 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rittenhouse
Book the Suite Lacroix package at Philadelphia's The Rittenhouse, and you will dine and sleep in style. The Rittenhouse is known for its world-class amenities and services, along with a Center City location. 

Lacroix Suite Package includes:

- Overnight accommodations in a Park Suite
- Four course dinner for two at the AAA Four Diamond Award Lacroix Restaurant
- Wine pairing for two
- Two glasses of champagne
- American breakfast for two in the morning

The Lacroix Restaurant is known for its locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, extensive wine selection, Progressive International Cuisine, and a backdrop of Rittenhouse Square.

Each of the Park Suites include marble bathrooms, four-poster beds, and carefully chosen hand-crafted furniture designed specifically for The Rittenhouse. Located on the third floor of the hotel, each of the Rittenhouse Hotel suites are designed to take full advantage of these unique treetop views of Rittenhouse Square. The suites range in size from approximately 950 to 1,300 square feet. 

Park Suite Amenities Include:

Rittenhouse Hotel

- Separate seating area with queen-sized sofa sleeper
- Twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown service
- Plush bed with pillow-top mattress, duvets and king-size down pillows 
- State-of-the-art technology featuring flat-screen televisions and iPod docking station 
- Entertainment on demand
- Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access
- Individual climate control
- In-room safe large enough to store a laptop computer
- Private bar stocked with a selection of cold beverages and snacks
- Luxurious marble bathroom featuring Acqua Di Parma bath amenities
- Oversized bathtub and glass enclosed shower with massage showerhead
- Separate vanity and dressing area with illuminated makeup mirror
- Plush bathrobe and slippers
- 24-hour in-room dining
- Overnight shoe shining service

Book your visit to The Rittenhouse >>


Did You Know? Meritage Resort at Napa

September 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Meritage Resort at Napa opened along with the Vino Bello Resort in 2006, creating the ultimate Wine Country destination. Situated across nine acres of vineyards, The Meritage Resort  feature 504 luxury guest rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, two swimming pools, and premier meeting and event space.

Meritage Resort

Learn more about Meritage Resort at Napa >>


Enjoy Your Long Weekend!

September 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Moorings Village and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 







Whether your plans include one last trip to the beach, getting the kids ready for school, or simply relaxing at home, we wish you a wonderful Labor Day!


Discover with You Package at Ritz Carlton Buckhead

August 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Buckhead
Surround yourself with an irresistible combination of Southern hospitality and smart sophistication at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, one of the most ideally located Buckhead luxury hotels offering effortless access to the city's finest shopping, dining, and entertainment establishments. 

The Discover with You Package Includes:
- Overnight Deluxe accommodations
-Daily American Breakfast for two each morning in The CafeRitz Carlton Buckhead- $50 USD hotel credit per night
- Two Adult tickets to one of Atlanta's popular attractions that include: Atlanta History Center that includes admission to: Smith Family Farm, the Gardens and the Swan House, GA Aquarium, World of Coke, or High Museum. (once per stay)

Rates for the Discover with You start at $294 per night >>

 

Offer is valid through December 31, 2014. Daily breakfast is available in select hotel restaurants and not valid for in-room dining. Destination Experience is per stay and varies by hotel. Credit is applied per night, has no cash value, and is not valid on room rate, alcohol, or third party services.



 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Carlsbad, CA?

August 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 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 5 and looking to stay is Carlsbad, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: La Costa Resort and Spa 

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.La Costa Resort and Spa 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. Steps from your door, world-class golf, tennis, dining, and spa anxiously wait to welcome your arrival. It's simply the perfect respite while on a perfect Southern California getaway. 

Kidtopia, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa’s exciting club just for kids, takes children’s resort programs to another level. At Kidtopia, children can journey through a magical forest, observe sea creatures in an "underwater" wonderland, make crafts, dance on an interactive game floor, and more. Land and sea elements will stimulate young imaginations in three distinct conceptual areas — for infants/toddlers, bathroom independent 3-5 year olds, and 6-12 year olds. Kidtopia provides: a nursery (6 months to 3 years, for two consecutive hours of care at a time); night camp program on weekends; small slides and soft climb items; books, puzzles, blocks, games, and a craft center; a towering seven-foot tree house with slide, nooks, cubbies, and windows; a comfortable movie lounge; personal high-tech entertainment stations; pressure-sensitive light floor for games and dancing; and a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with exotic fish.


La Costa Resort and Spa

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Two Bedroom Villla-The Spanish Colonial-style villas have living rooms, well-stocked gourmet kitchens with Viking appliances, dining areas for six, fireplaces, and two bedrooms. Private patios off both the bedroom and living room bring the outdoors in and queen sofa beds in the living room offer flexibility. Two Bedroom villas are 1,800 square feet. 

OR

Family Suite- These suites feature a living room with two bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms.  The Bedroom offers luxurious bedding and roomy marble bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs and separate showers, stocked with Spa at La Costa Coco Mango bath amenities. Enjoy garden or fairway views. Family suites are 1,150 square feet.

View rates, details, and more images of La Costa 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.