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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.

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #28 Burj Al Arab

By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #28 spot is Burj Al Arab which is located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach strip. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Considered to be Dubai’s most recognizable landmark and stands 280 meters offshore on a man-made island, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway.

- One of the most photographed structures in the world.

- Consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel.

- Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab is an all-suite luxury hotel.

- Features a discreet check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers.

- Has a private beachfront and two indoor pools, one mixed and one for women only.

- Each room has private fax, printer and copier perfect for business travelers.

- Features special suites that are handicap accessible.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Burj Al Arab here >>

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #30 King George Palace

By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #30 spot is King George Palace which is located in the heart of Athens, Greece. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Certain rooms above the fourth floor feature stunning views of the Acropolis.

- Located on Constitution Square, within steps of the Greek Parliament, the hotel is near the historical city center blended with the financial, commercial and business districts.

- Located within walking distance from the Acropolis, the old city (Plaka), and most of Athens' sights and attractions.

- The Tudor restaurant on the 7th floor features an impressive view of Athens and the Acropolis.

- Private pool for royal presidential suite.

- Fulfills the need of every type of traveler with a spa facility, fitness center, and a business center on site.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the King George Palace here >>

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown Tops Our List of Charming DC Hotels

By: Oksana Balytsky

The problem we run into with luxury hotels in Washington DC is that they’re usually on a busy street with a lot of traffic and chaos. We set out on a mission to find a luxury hotel in a downtown location that featured a quieter, more intimate feel, and we came back successful.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is located a block from M Street and the heart of the nightlife and shopping of Georgetown district. This beautiful hotel features 86 oversized guestrooms and suites as well as a Boutique Spa with a variety of massages, body treatments, and facials available. The hotel staff is attentive and engaged, and the spa staff is professional and all-around wonderful. For the disbelievers, I strongly recommend the hot stone massage at the Boutique Spa; you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed, renewed, and ready for anything that lies ahead.

The Ritz Carlton Georgetown is a family and pet friendly hotel. There are 9 rooms with 2 double beds, and the suites can accommodate rollaway beds very easily for an additional $40 per night. The Ritz puts on a weekly Lifestyle Series on Fridays, and December’s feature Kelly Jenkins from Capital Décor and Events coming to speak to guests and locals about transforming a space and decorating with style.

For folks looking for an intimate luxury hotel in the heart of Washington DC, we certainly give the Ritz Carlton Georgetown a big thumbs up!

Explore photos, availability, and rates here!

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Missoni Hotel Edinburgh Perfect for Business Travel

By: Oksana Balytsky

The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh in the UK has a few extra amenities thrown in that make travel for business a breeze. Rates at the Missoni include the following:

Complimentary healthy minibar

Two items of laundry

Premium movies


Local calls

Free high-speed internet access

iPod connection

In-room coffee machines

These little additions certainly go a long way, so next time you need to be in Edinburgh, consider staying at the Missoni where your coffee will be brewing, internet is at hand, and your suit is clean and pressed for the busy day ahead.

Please read the rate details carefully since added amenities change frequently.

Fun Fact Friday! Break a Sweat at the Kerry Hotel Pudong Shanghai

By: Oksana Balytsky

Let’s face it; working out while traveling in hotel gyms that are outdated and cramped is pretty unappealing. Finding the energy to work out at all is a feat, and to get through a workout in a hotel gym is truly an accomplishment I have yet to cross off my list. Luckily, a few luxury hotels sympathize with our struggles and have created a work out environment that some may find hard to leave!

The Kerry Hotel Pudong Shanghai has extensive facilities covering 6,000 square meters over 3 floors, making it the largest gym in China. The gym features more than 80 weight machines and cardio equipment as well as an ‘Iron Man’ zone with training tools for triathletes. The best part of this stunning facility is that it sports panoramic views of Century Park, allowing gym goers to enjoy a beautiful view while breaking a sweat!

Check out photos, availability, and rates here!

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Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Banyan Tree Seychelles

By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Banyan Tree Seychelles is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is nestled in the Intendance Bay, a 30 minute drive from the Mahe International Airport. This 60-villa resort provides visitors the option to choose where they stay since about half of the villas are on the beach while the other half are on the palm-forested slopes overlooking the sea. All of the villas feature private plunge pools, indoor baths, and verandahs. The Banyan Tree Seychelles is recognized for its extensive list of leisure facilities which include opportunities to play tennis, swim in the infinity pool, fine dine at 4 restaurants on site, go fishing, diving, island hopping, and more!

Explore photos, availability, and rates here >>

Hollywood Honeymoons

By: Oksana Balytsky

Our celebrity friends we love to hate tend to have extravagant and luxurious experiences. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or family vacation, these travelers tend to embrace the go big or go home attitude and stay in the best of the best accommodations around the world. Check out where a few of our favorite A-list Hollywood stars spent their romantic honeymoons!

Jay-Z and Beyonce honeymooned at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. This couple stayed in one of seven private homes equipped with a secluded patio and private pool to steer clear of paparazzi and fans.

Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and husband Josh Duhamel escaped to the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah after their wedding and stayed in an incredible 2,500 square foot Grand Water Villa. The couple remained pretty active and took advantage of opportunities to snorkel, water ski, scuba dive, and kayak.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively had a quick 1-night stay at the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia after their secret wedding near Charleston, South Carolina.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban stayed at the St. Regis Bora Bora back in 2006 for their honeymoon, and the details of what the couple did remained confidential, but we imagine they did a little bit of sun bathing, swimming, and a few other activites that took advantage of everything Bora Bora had to offer.

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Image of the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah

Acqualina Spa Voted Top Spa in 2012!

By: Oksana Balytsky

Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida was voted as having the top spa in Spafinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012 in six categories including Best Beach Spa, Best for Accommodations, Best for Interior Design and Best for Men. This recognition is awarded annually to the top ten most voted spas by spa-goers around the world.

This luxury hotel’s 2 story oceanfront European spa encourages guests to show up 60 minutes (that’s right, an HOUR) prior to their treatment time to enjoy freshly prepared teas and organic treats as well as relax in the Relaxation Lounge and take advantage of the Heat Experiences including the Crystal Steam Room, Ice Fountain, Experience Shower, Spa Pool, Jacuzzi, Roman Waterfall and Sun Deck. Any spa that features extra amenities along with exceptional service and a wide range of treatment options deserves an A rating in our book!

Explore the Acqualina Resort and Spa here!

New Hotel Openings: QT Sydney

By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The QT Sydney is Australia’s hottest new hotel situated in the historic former Gowings department store and historic State Theatre. This luxury hotel features 200 guest suites that retain many of the building’s most distinctive features including a blend of Gothic and Art Deco style that form the stunning exterior of the building. The most raved about amenity of the QT Sydney is the elevator. Each lift senses how many people are in the elevator and plays music appropriately. When alone, the elevator played All By Myself and when in a crowd it played pump up tunes.

Check out the swanky QT Sydney here >>

Fun Fact Friday! The Huka Lodge is a Celebrity Hot Spot!

By: Oksana Balytsky

The Huka Lodge is an exclusive hotspot in New Zealand that has had a number of celebrities call it their home away from home including Bette Midler Joan Collins, Michael Douglas, Barbra Streisand, John Cleese, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

Check out this incredibly luxurious and breath-taking property here and make your reservations to stay where the celebrities do!