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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.

Dining al Fresco: Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore


By: Five Star Alliance

The Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore is a one of a kind true gem in Santa Barbara’s history of lavish upscale resorts.  It was built in the 1920's as a retreat for movie stars and the rich and famous as a way to get away from the busy LA scene just 90 miles to the south.  The hotel and outdoor dining deck is strategically located right on the ocean and just minutes away from the many downtown Santa Barbara events and activities. Lunch or dine in the beautifully landscaped grounds filled with majestic palms, flower gardens, and cypress trees.

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

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Dining Al Fresco: Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort choose from any of four restaurants for lunch.

During the summer season, guests are also treated to three weekly outdoor events: a Seafood Barbeque served at Alisal Lake on Monday nights, a Southwestern-style Barbecue served at the Rodeo Arena on Wednesday nights, and our traditional Western Barbecue served on the lawn adjacent to the pool on Saturday nights. The Monday and Wednesday affairs are optional, as the Ranch Dining Room is also open to guests on those evenings.

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Image of the Day: Belmond El Encanto


By: Five Star Alliance

Suites at Belmond El Encanto feature a large separate living room with beautiful French doors, which lead into a grand private bedroom. Choose between a warming open-hearth fireplace or a patio with stunning garden or ocean views.

Belmond El Encanto

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Did You Know? San Ysidro Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1930s, Hollywood actor Ronald Colman and hotelier and former Senator Alvin Carl Weingand acquired the San Ysidro Ranch and transformed it into a hospitality haven – known for its idyllic setting, service, and guarding of guest privacy – for celebrities. The famous guests over the years range from Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx to Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, and Sinclair Lewis. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at the Ranch, John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned there and John Huston completed the script for African Queen during a three-month stay.

San Ysidro Ranch

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Best Bathrooms: Bacara Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Bacara Resort and Spa offers four-fixture marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and walnut bathroom vanities
with added storage. Hairdryer, bathrobes, and slippers are also provided.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Bacara


By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy vista views of the sea, sky, and the Channel Islands just offshore while fine dining al fresco and embracing an innovative, artful design of low-storied buildings terraced to the sea and connected by lush, meandering garden paths complete with flower-filled courtyards, restful fountains and red-tiled roofs. Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara is the perfect place for an outdoor dining experience and to enjoy the leisurely pace and warm embrace of California lifestyle.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond El Encanto


By: Five Star Alliance

At Belmond El Encanto, guests can dine in the elegant dining room, or delight in a romantic dinner under the stars on the terrace. The innovative menu offers contemporary California-coastal cuisine, complemented with gracious service and a side of stunning Santa Barbara views.

Belmond El Encanto

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Cool Pools: Bacara Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara Resort & Spa offers relaxed luxury and stunning natural beauty for an unforgettable getaway in Southern California.

Bacara Resort and Spa

If the ocean temperature is not as warm as you’d like, Bacara's three zero-edge heated swimming pools are a great alternative. Enjoy two zero-edge, heated saline swimming pools, where the saline is easy on your eyes, skin and hair. The Spa at Bacara also has its own zero-edge, heated saline pool for adult-use only, along with separate women's and men's hydrotherapy whirlpool spas.

The Cabana and Resort Pools feature expansive ocean views, along with their own heated saline hydrotherapy whirlpool spas. In addition, the Pool Bar features a fun menu including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and kids' meals, as well as full bar service.

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Did You Know? Ojai Valley Inn and Spa


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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa 

Guests at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa can come home with more than bathrobes and memories. The resort's Artist Cottage offers a number of creative classes for all ages. One unique offering is Apothecary, a custom scent blending class. The class will rely on your unconscious to create a personalized scent. The scent can then be used as a perfume or the apothecary specialist can blend it into a product line for future enjoyment. 

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Cool Pools: Canary Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Canary Hotel 

For one of the best 360-degree view of Santa Barbara, head up to the rooftop pool at Canary Hotel. There's an ocean breeze, and guests can see all the way from the city's iconic red-tiled rooftops to the mountains and the sea in the distance. Lounge by the pool, or take a dip in the warm waters. If you get hunthe gry or thirsty, there's no need to leave the roof. 

When the sun sets, and the temperatures cool, the hotel lights the fireplace, and the roof becomes the perfect spot to view the numerous constellations. Canary Hotel

Canary Hotel is just steps from historic State Street and the downtown arts, culture, and dining scene. The beach is a mile away (the perfect biking distance), and there are wine-tasting opportunities nearby. The hotel blends modern design with Spanish Colonial, and provides a retreat within the city.

 

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