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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hyatt Atlanta
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 Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?

ANSWER: Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is set within the upscale uptown neighborhood of Buckhead. Spacious, renovated guestrooms include irresistible Hyatt Grand BedsTM, state-of-the-art fiber-optic Internet and sleek flat screen HDTVs. Enjoy views of the Japanese Zen Garden at Onyx at the Grand, savor renowned Southern cuisine at Cassis, or treat colleagues and guests to the culinary expertise of the outstanding catering staff.Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Suite Unwind within the spacious 1,240-square-foot accommodations featuring stunning views of Stone Mountain and downtown Atlanta. Entertain graciously in these handsomely appointed accommodations that include sitting, dining, and work areas as well as a marble foyer. Allow the professional food and beverage staff to serve dinner from the kitchenette. Luxuriate in the master bath offering a Jacuzzi, marble vanity, and deluxe Portico bath products. Slumber blissfully on one king-sized signature Hyatt Grand Bed™ fitted with sumptuous linens Additional amenities within these superb accommodations include iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, 42” flat screen HDTV, 24 hour in-room dining service, a safe large enough to store and charge a laptop computer, and easy video checkout.

Book a stay at Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead >>

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: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

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. Explore our whole 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.

Paradise Point Resort and Spa


QUESTION: What is the Pet Policy at Paradise Point Resort and Spa San Diego?


ANSWER: Tucked away on gentle Mission Bay next door to SeaWorld, Paradise Point Resort and Spa features comfortable, California bungalow-style rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens, tranquil lagoons, and one mile of sandy beaches in the heart of San Diego.
Scattered over 44 acres, Paradise Point offers ground-floor accommodations including waterfront bungalows, 73 suites and connecting rooms ideal for families and large groups. Each airy guestroom comes with all the convenient details such as a private patio, mini-fridge, reserved door-step parking, and alarm clock with mp3 player input.
Beyond your bungalow door, the island is a one stop shop for all things fun under the Southern California sun home to five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, watercraft rentals, five dining venues, one of the country's top spas, and an array of recreation opportunities.

Pet Policy
Pet policy. 15 lbs or less for dogs- $250 authorized on check in and $150 will be returned at departure if no damages-- in other words $100 will be charged for 1 dog.

Book a stay at Paradise Point 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
 


The Breakers Revels in Ocean Fitness


By: Five Star Alliance

The Breakers

Take in the beach while still keeping fit on your next vacation. 

Situated atop the resort’s Mediterranean-style Beach Club complex, the flagship of The Breakers fitness collection, the masterfully designed 6,000-square-foot Ocean Fitness facility includes an expansive terrace for outdoor workouts (including cycling and yoga classes) beyond its 10-foot-tall windows that showcase breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This best-in-class, hotel fitness center features a network of advanced fitness solutions and equipment, an array of classes, and the expertise of professional instructors, personal trainers and a wellness coach to deliver a highly customized and energizing fitness experience.

Highlights of this modern facility include:

Functional workout and training equipment systems such as Life Fitness' Synrgy 360™Technogym’s Kinesis One and Artis Collection

High-tech treadmills including the self-propelled Woodway, indoor cycling equipment, arc trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, lateral ellipticals and water rowers

Multi-faceted strength training equipment and a mix of dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine and balance balls, and resistance bands

Weekly rotation of over 60 classes that incorporate core strength and conditioning programs

Ocean Fitness is open daily from 6am. to 9pm as a complimentary amenity to hotel guests 16 years of age and older. Teens 13 and older may participate in fitness classes, while family fitness classes are open to guests with children 12 and under. 

There's also other ways to get your workout on at this West Palm Beach resort:

Hotel Fitness Center
Located on the first floor of the main hotel, this facility is fully equipped with cardiovascular, weight training and strength equipment. 
The Breakers
Fitness Studio

Situated on the Southeast Mezzanine level of the hotel, the Fitness Studio is where guests may enjoy a variety of group classes taught by certified instructors.

Fitness Classes
A wide variety fitness activities designed to build aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength and endurance are on offer.

Get tan and fit at The Breakers >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Grand Miramar Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa is nestled in swanky Conchas Chinas, and features 112 suites that offer private space, magnificent views, and seductive sunsets from your own terrace. The best views of Puerto Vallarta and Bandera's Bay can be found at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta Hotel, where you can enjoy the perfect combination between the mountains and the sea, the comfort and luxury designed especially to meet the most demanding tastes, and first class services to make your stay unforgettable. Whether your goal is romance, rest, or restoration, you'll find a quiet appropriate corner here.

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa

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Your Questions Answered: Does The Umstead Hotel and Spa Have a Lake View Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Umstead Hotel and SpaWe 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 couple traveling together with our daughter, age 10 and looking for a room with 1 king bed and a rolloway – all with a lake view. Does the The Umstead Hotel and Spa offer that kind of accommodation?

ANSWER: The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC - five minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport - features 150 well-appointed guestrooms, including 27 suites. The Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant - Herons - serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa features ten treatment rooms, mens and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam, and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden. 

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
The Umstead Hotel and Spa was conceived and built with the muses of Art and Nature. These inspirations paired with impeccable, sincere service make for an exquisite hideaway that will comfort and rejuvenate. Everything – from the naturally landscaped grounds to the central Chihuly glass sculpture, the locally sourced cuisine to the botanically infused Umstead Spa products – is designed to stir the senses and inspire.

In every corner of the hotel and 12-acre grounds, there is something beautiful waiting to be discovered. The Umstead Hotel is more than a place to stay; it is a place to be changed for the better. Centrally located within the heart of the Triangle area The Umstead's location offers convenience, privacy and access to the region’s abundant corporate offices, universities, and cultural attractions in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Lake View Balcony-These beautifully appointed rooms range in size from 540 – 570 square feet and feature balconies with a stunning view of our pristine lake. Select your choice of one king-sized or two double-sized pillow-top beds. Rolloway is complimentary and based on availability.

Book a stay at The Umstead Hotel 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: What is the Pet Policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?


By: Five Star Alliance

Omni 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 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 for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?

ANSWER: From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. 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.
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.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

PET POLICY- Your dog is welcome at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with the following conditions:
• You will be charged a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee upon check-in. This is a basic cleaning of pet hair and odor. Additional charges for damages may be imposed.
• Your dog may not exceed 25 lbs.
• Omni La Costa will not allow any dangerous animals, animals perceived to be threatening, wild animals, or other unusual animals on property. Omni La Costa shall make the final determination of whether a specific dog will be permitted.
• If your dog barks, makes other noises or is otherwise a cause of complaints that would create a revenue loss or adjustments, you will be required to reimburse us.
• Omni La Costa also reserves the right to require you to remove your dog and we are not required to provide any warning or second chance for violation of this policy. The decision of Omni La Costa shall be final.
• You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. If an accident does occur, please call Housekeeping so we can provide assistance and a quick clean up.
• Guests bringing a dog will be required to sign an "Acceptance of Responsibility for Damages Pet Policy Agreement Form" upon arrival.

Note: Guide dogs for the blind or otherwise disabled are exempt from the pet policy; there is no weight limit or pet fee.

Book a stay at Omni La Costa Resort & 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.
 


Enjoy a Writer's Weekend and Maple Bourbon Dinner at The Omni Homestead


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Nestled amidst the splendor of Virginia's Allegheny Mountain lies The Omni Homestead Resort, one of Virginia's premier mountain resorts.  Minutes from the front steps of The Omni Homestead lies the neighboring county of Highland, best known as Virginia's "Little Switzerland." Highland County represents one of the last unspoiled rural communities in the Alleghenies. When spring temperatures arrive in mid-March, residents celebrate the "opening of the trees" at the Highland County Maple Festival, dedicated to the maple syrup farming process. For two weekends local farmers open their homes to visitors as "sugar camps" where they reveal the processes of tree tapping, sap collection, and syrup making. This year the festival will be held March 14-15 and 21-22.

Inspired by the Maple Festival, the resort's culinary team has created an intimate dining event featuring maple-inspired dishes paired with bourbon cocktails. There were also be lectures courtesy of distiller Buffalo Trace. The dinner, held on March 21, also coincides with the resort's inagural Writer's Weekend, where events will include writer presentations as well as a book sale and signing. Sample dishes include maple sugar dusted Diver Scallop, crispy maple brussels sprouts, New York Strip Steak au poivre with a bourbon peppercorn sauce, and maple bourbon ice cream.

Learn more about the Highland County Maple Festival >>

Book a sweet stay at The Omni Homestead >>


Did You Know? Fairmont San Francisco


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont San Francisco was finished and furnished but not yet open when the great 1906 earthquake shook the city. The hotel only suffered some structural damage from the earthquake, but it was severely damaged during the subsequent fire.

Exactly a year after the earthquake, a grand banquet celebrating the opening was held at The Fairmont, with 600 pounds of turtle, 13,000 oysters and $5,000 worth of California and French wines. At precisely 9:00 PM, fireworks began, illuminating the beautiful new Fairmont, the thousand ships at anchor in the Bay, City Hall and all the buildings that had risen up, phoenix-like, in defiance of nature's wrath.

Pictured below is the hotel's rooftop honeybee and herb garden.

Fairmont San Francisco

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the waterfront beside the harbour, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro is one of the most conveniently-located hotels in Dar es Salaam city centre. 

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

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Your Questions Answered: Does Amelia Island Plantation Have a Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Amelia Island Plantation
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 3 and looking for a room with 2 beds, ocean view at the Amelia Island Plantation? What do you recommend?

ANSWER: Nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, the AAA Four Diamond oceanfront Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features luxurious oceanfront accommodations, family-friendly activities, grand on-site meeting spaces, and endless dining options. It's the perfect backdrop for your family vacation, romantic getaway, corporate event, or destination wedding. The lobby offers a sweeping panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose one of the deluxe oceanfront rooms, a contemporary premier guest room, or a completely indulgent luxury hotel suite, you'll enjoy unparalleled ocean views and spacious accommodations in all 404 rooms. Relax on the largest multi-tiered pool deck in Northeast Florida, which features an adults-only infinity edge pool, a 10,000 square foot family-friendly pool, Splash Park water playground for the kids, two hot tubs, and over-sized fire pits.
Stroll down 3.5 miles of pristine beach or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddleboarding through Amelia Island's preserved marshlands, one of many activities available during your stay. Children will enjoy the award-winning kids' camp and Nature Center, both of which offer supervised activities.Amelia Island Plantation Resort Love to golf? Then tee-off from one of three Audubon International Certified Sanctuary golf courses. Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and Tom Fazio, these pristine courses have earned Omni Amelia Island Plantation a Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World ranking by Conde Nast Traveler. Follow up your tee time with a relaxing afternoon at The Spa or dining at any one of the nine superb restaurants.
With 1,350 acres to explore, how you choose to spend your vacation is completely up to you.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Deluxe Ocean Front Room-These 425-square-foot rooms offer personal refrigerators, flat screen HDTVs, a working desk, convenience ports and outlets, available Wi-Fi, a furnished balcony or patio and either one king or two queen beds with Serta Pillow Top mattresses fitted with 330-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens. Deluxe Oceanfront rooms sleep two adults in king accommodations or up to four adults on two beds in queen accommodations.

Book a stay at Amelia Island Plantation Resort >> 

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.