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Ritz Carlton Atlanta is Sizzling with Its Southern Cooking Demo Series

September 19, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Love Southern food but don’t quite have all of the techniques and skills down to prepare a gourmet meal? The Ritz Carlton Atlanta has you covered with its new Southern Cooking Demo Series. Brian Jones, chef at Atlanta Grill, will entertain and educate attendees with the preparation of regional specialties in a casual setting starting off with Low Country Deconstructed on September 20th, 2012.

Participants will taste small plates from a three-course menu paired with cocktails and regional wines and beers. Tomorrow’s creations will include St. Cecelia Punch or Plantation Punch as the cocktail, Pâté of the South: Pimento Cheese Three Ways, Cheese Straws, Pickled Shrimp Terrapin Golden Ale, Rye Pale Ale and All American Pilsner as appetizers, Savannah-style Purloo, Carolina Gold Rice and Coastal Seafood Cracklin’ Cornbread Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Monk's Revenge and Pumpkin Fest as the main course, and Muscadine and Port Syllabub, Benne Seed Cookies as dessert.

Classes are $75 and include tax and gratuities, and the class is offered September 20th, October 18th, and November 15th. Each class will begin at 6:00pm, and is limited to 16 guests, so make your reservations and sign up to learn how to cook Southern style dishes soon!

Fun Fact Friday! September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

September 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month, an observance created by the U.S. Senate five years ago, and Miami is embracing the celebratory spirit (no pun intended). Turnberry Isle Miami is celebrating with daily bourbon tastings through the end of September every night at 6:00PM. For $20, mixologist Peter Roca serves up samplings of Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year and A. H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year along with the restaurant’s signature butter truffle popcorn. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to get the college gang together for a reunion and discuss the world over bourbon and cigars. Make your reservations at the Turnberry Isle Miami here >>

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Tie the Knot Near Charleston

September 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Rumor has it that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched this past weekend at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This plantation has been open to the public since 1956, and it’s one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. The reception took place in a charming white tent, and Florence Wench, of Florence and the Machine, performed three songs live. Reynolds, previously married to Scarlet Johansen for 2 years, went back on the market when the couple divorced in 2010. We wish them the very best in their marriage and look forward to viewing a few wedding photos! If you’d like to visit this charming plantation for yourself for a wedding or simply a tour, make a reservation at a luxury hotel in Charleston which is just outside the plantation.

Photo of Charleston Place

Your Questions Answered: Best Room Option at Hotel Crescent Court for Family of 4

August 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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: Which room option would you recommend for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids at the Hotel Crescent Court for September 1st – 2nd, 2012?

Answer: The Hotel Crescent Court has interconnecting room options available for September 1st - 2nd. You could reserve a Superior King and a Superior Double room and have them be interconnecting. These rooms start from $300 per night, per room. (Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.) To make a reservation for these 2 rooms, simply make one reservation after the other. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field on both reservations stating 'traveling with 2 8 yr old kids, need rooms to interconnect' and the hotel will do its best to honor this request.

Please be advised that interconnecting rooms cannot be guaranteed and are based on availability.

Best Rooftop Hotspots: The Betsy Hotel

August 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has gone through its collection of 520 luxury hotels in over 70 countries and put together a list of its top hotels with the best rooftops. Ranging from a rooftop restaurant to a rooftop pool with stunning city views, be sure to check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring these happening hotels with rooftops worth exploring.

The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida tops the list with its rooftop solarium and wellness garden which offers incredible views of the ocean and allows guests to take in the soothing environment. The sole surviving example of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive, the Betsy Hotel is a distinguished historic landmark featuring 61 intimate rooms that are private beachside havens. Be sure to explore the spa facility which is located in the rooftop solarium and features three cabanas providing a personalized treatment experience. Make your reservations at the Betsy Hotel here! Be sure to check in with us again to discover the other luxury hotels with happening rooftops that made the list!

The Trump International Beach Resort is the Perfect Vacation Spot

August 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Trump International Beach Resort is a 32-story, 390-room romantic hotspot and happening family vacation zone. It’s rare that a luxury hotel can embody both categories and provide the perfect vacation for all, but the Trump International Beach Resort is one of those rare and fortunate finds. Pristinely located on the Atlantic Ocean in Sunny Isles Beach, this luxury hotel has four fine dining restaurants and lounges, a full service fitness center, and a Just Us Kids program to offer. Your kids can partake in morning and afternoon activities such as beach and pool games, and arts and craft projects lead by specially trained counselors. One of the best features at the Trump International Beach Resort is that its brand new Bella Beach restaurant and bar is located right on the sandy beach and has a dining area, bar, and luxurious daybeds and lounge chairs. Relax on the sand with the best ocean views by only taking a few steps from the hotel. Return from a day at the beach and lounge by the six million dollar pool complex complete with waterfalls, hot tubs, and lush tropical foliage, and then retire to your oversized room ranging from 550 to 1,773 square feet. Make your reservations at this phenomenal luxury hotel and start packing for the perfect vacation!

Your Questions Answered: Best Hotels in Orlando for Family of 4

August 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 hotels have rooms that can accommodate 1 adult and 3 kids ages 8, 10, and 12 in Orlando?

Answer: The following are a few hotel options that would be a good fit for your family of 4. The Peabody Orlando has a Deluxe Room with 2 queen beds that can have an additional rollaway bed added to the room at no extra charge for a child. The Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes has an Executive Suite with 2 double beds, 1.5 baths, 960 square feet and a separate living area that could have a rollaway bed added for an additional $15 per night. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress does not have a room that can accommodate a family of 4, but its Buena Vista room with a king bed can interconnect to the Buena Vista room with 2 double beds, so that may be another good option for your family. To make a reservation at any of these hotels, simply visit their page by clicking on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, click on the 'Available' box for the specific hotel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the special request field stating that you'll be traveling with 3 kids ages 8, 10, and 12 and will require a rollaway bed.

Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Photo of the Peabody Orlando

A Sneak Peak into the James Royal Palm in Miami Beach

July 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s “top 10 most anticipated openings of 2012,” the James Royal Palm is certainly making a splash in the Miami Beach hotel arena. This luxurious beachfront property is situated in the heart of South Beach, Florida and is immersed in a new and vibrant scene. Aside from a new and swanky luxury hotel popping up in South Beach, we’re especially exited for the hotel’s pools (yes, that’s plural), its beautiful interior design, and its full service spa with salt-infused treatments. The interior of the James Royal Palm was created by Rottet Studio, and here’s what Lauren Rottet had to say about her inspiration in Boutique Design magazine: "After eating in some Cuban cafes and talking with local artists, I started thinking about Jean-Michel Basquiat (the late graffiti/neo-expressionist artist) meeting Virginia Woolf at the James and staying up long into the night talking about art and poetry." Not quite what we would imagine to be the driver of inspiration, but we certainly love the outcome and encourage you to make your reservations come this October to be among the first to experience the James Royal Palm!

Hotels with a History: The Driskill Hotel

July 25, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Certain hotels have a story behind them, a culture that seeps through the walls and a personality that emanates from every room. Every city has an appreciated and valued history worth exploring, and certain hotels have become a part of that rich and interesting past. For this reason, we’d like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with a History where we’ll be featuring unique hotels that have a little more to them than a comfortable bed and superb amenities.

Cattle baron Jesse Driskill built his hotel in 1886 to serve as the “Frontier Palace of the South” in the capital city of Texas. The Driskill Hotel was opened during a time when the United States longed for architecture that represented the American dream, and Jesse Driskill’s strong attention to detail created an icon that served and continues to serve Texas proud, openly welcoming guests from all over the world. It has remained a landmark of Texas hospitality and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, offering guests an elite level of luxury. This historic hotel is located in downtown Austin and provides easy access to the convention center, opera, symphony, fine dining, shopping, and the 6th street music scene. Make your reservations at this baron’s luxury hotel and feel the pride and history that emanates from its walls for yourself.

Updates are Underway at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

July 25, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Mansion on Peachtree is now the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, and this luxurious new Mandarin property has a number of updates and improvements up its sleeve. The spa at Mandarin Oriental has updated its treatment menu and it now includes an Oriental Essence massage, a Peaches and Cream treatment, and a Red Clay Scalp massage. The hotel also plans to infuse an Asian touch by offering a foot ritual treatment as well as offering its spa guests various nibbles of Asian-style foods. The rooms and suites offer guests the most spacious luxury accommodations in the city, and the higher floors have incredible views over Atlanta’s tree-lined streets. Enjoy the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and oriental charm by making your reservations at this new Mandarin Oriental property in Atlanta!