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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.

Image of the Day: Calistoga Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch. The 50 room luxury Napa resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer guests and owners the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to fully experience the pristine setting.

Calistoga Ranch 

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Bernardus Lodge to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Renovation


By: Five Star Alliance

Bernardus Lodge


Bernardus Lodge
 
has announced that it will be closed from November 30 through March 13, 2015 to undergo a multi-million dollar lodge restoration project. The renovation plans include upgrades to luxury accommodations, a stunning new lobby space, a reinvented pool experience and refreshed dining destinations. The new decor will offer contemporary design elements, state of the art technology, and spectacular new creative accents that match the beauty and charm of Carmel Valley.


Image of the Day: Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched on a historic dock overlooking San Francisco Bay, Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon is the only waterfront hotel in the seaside town of Tiburon. The back deck affords a comfortable place to watch sailboats bobbing lazily in the water as waves lap against the docks, all against the majestic backdrop of Angel Island and the San Francisco skyline. 

Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon 

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Air Tours at Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Gateway Canyons
At Gateway Canyons Resort in Western Colorado, guests can explore places virtually untouched by humans, in the stunning landscape of sculptured rock that surrounds Gateway, Colorado. One of the most unusual way to explore the scenery is through Gateway Canyons Air Tours. The tours are customized to accommodates guests' schedules, and gives a bird's eye view of the landscape. Spectacular red rock canyons, monoliths and mesas, snow capped mountains, lakes and rivers – these are the land formations of western Colorado and eastern Utah – geologically diverse in such a concentrated area! Guests not only see the scenic beauty from under the beautiful blue skies of Colorado, but they learn about the fascinating lore and legends of western Colorado and eastern Utah. The helicopters fly at a lower altitude than commercial airlines, so we are able to provide our guests with a more intimate and memorable view of the spectacular terrain.Canyons Resort

The Eurocopter AStar B3’s exceptional visibility, range and power, combined with a quiet cabin, make it ideal for scenic tours. This helicopter has been appointed with leather seats and a luxurious interior. Passengers are treated to state-of-the art, noise-cancelling Bose headsets for ease of conversation in the cabin and with the pilot. The helicopter can accommodate up to 5 passengers per tour. Tours of any length from 15 minutes to 2 hours can be arranged, the most popular being the 30 minute tour. 

Canyons Resort


Gateway Canyons Air Tours is a custom scenic flight company. If guests want to go to Aspen, Moab, Gateway, Telluride, or Vail for lunch, shopping or golf for the day, the company can provide that luxury for a very affordable price. 

 

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Did You Know? Emily Morgan Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Emily Morgan Hotel
Emily Morgan Hotel
 did not become the famed hotel it is today until 1984. Formerly, the building was the Medical Arts Building and later an office complex. The name originates from the famous story of a servant girl, Emily D. West, who wooed the Mexican General Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. Combining impressive architecture, a long history of tales from the Medical Arts Building, and the significance behind the name, The Emily Morgan Hotel is a landmark in the state of Texas. It was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Alamo Plaza Historic District in 1977.

 Since 1984, The Emily Morgan Hotel has proudly been providing upscale accommodations and services to guests. Travelers come from near and far to explore the building and admire its beautiful architecture. In December 2012, The Emily Morgan Hotel joined the DoubleTree by Hilton family and has been operating as a DoubleTree Hotel ever since.

 

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Image of the Day: Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, located in the heart of Orange County's business and cultural center, is just steps away from Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. The hotel's 238 guestrooms and suites offer luxurious furnishings, stunning eco-friendly hardwood floors, luxury linens, and floor to ceiling marble and granite bathrooms, flat screen cable TVs, stocked minibar, and high-speed Internet access. All guestrooms offer views of the lake or private gardens, and full walk-out balconies. Executive and Junior Suites feature spacious layouts with separate sleeping and living areas bathed in natural light from large windows.

Avenue of the Arts

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Your Questions Answered: What Resort in Cancun Can Host a Symbolic Wedding Ceremony for a Same-Sex Couple?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Zilara Cancun
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 resort in Cancun will host a symbolic wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple?

ANSWER: Hyatt Zilara Cancun. Prominently located on the widest stretch of beach in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an adults-only, all-suite, all-inclusive resort where guests experience traditional Mexican warmth in an intimate yet casual setting. The resort features spacious suites with breathtaking views of the Caribbean and offers world-class dining, an impressive array of upscale amenities, outstanding service from an attentive and thoughtful staff, and spectacular grounds and facilities. Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers a myriad of activities and conveniences including rejuvenating treatments and services at The Spa– Cancun's only ocean view spa – wine and spirits tastings, enhanced pool and beach butler service, and more.Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Whether celebrating a religious, civil, spiritual wedding, union or vow renewal, Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers extraordinary settings and exceptional accommodations to create memories that will last a lifetime. The experienced staff of professional wedding planners assists couples every step of the way to create extraordinary events. Design your own wedding or choose from a wide selection of celebrations, including a boutique complimentary wedding, to barefoot beach weddings, to lavish celebrations. Every detail is artfully arranged by the dedicated staff including flowers, music, photography, the wedding cake, the catering, and so much more.  

Honeymoon couples enjoy extra special amenities and romantic services in their suite, including a rose petal strewn bed, aromatherapy candles, a sweetheart cake and sparkling wine. For added luxury, choose a Romance Package with even more special touches such as a private candlelight beach dinner for a truly unforgettable experience.

Please note that no children are allowed on property, even for ceremonies and events. 

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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.
 


Wishing You a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving


By: Five Star Alliance

The staff at Five Star Alliance wishes you a safe and happy Turkey Day!

The Point