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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Jing An Shangri-La Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Jing An Shangri-La Hotel offers a spectacular view of Shanghai through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Jing An Shangri-la Hotel 

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Image of the Day: The Opposite House

By: Five Star Alliance

The Opposite House is an intriguing urban hotel designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma nestled in the heart of the city in The Village at Sanlitun.

The Opposite House

Fall rates at The Opposite House start at $292 per night >>

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Shangri-La Hotel Beijing Launches the Beaming Faces Bloom Campaign

By: K. Clare Johnson


Shangri-la Beijing


To help celebrate Children's Day on June 1, Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing has launched the "Beaming Faces Bloom" campaign. The luxury hotel invites you to submit photos of the innocent smiling faces of children aged 0-16 years (unlimited entries).

The photos collected will be put together to form a giant mosaic to be displayed in the hotel lobby, and uploaded to the hotel's and group's official website and on some press sites in celebration of the Children's Day on June 1.

Anyone submitting the photos will get a chance to win a two-night stay in a Presidential Suite in any of the Shangri-La Group's hotels.

Enter from now until May 20, 2013. To enter, forward photos along with the child's name, nationality, parent's name, and contact (phone and email) to



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3 Star Michelin Dining at Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

By: Oksana Balytsky

Enjoy luxurious accommodations and exquisite cuisine while staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing. S.T.A.Y. is a three Michelin-starred French gourmet restaurant that opened in September 2011. S.T.A.Y. stands for ‘Simple Table Alléno Yannick,’ and the incredible dishes are created by Chef Yannick Alléno. The aim of the chef is to provide a complete dining experience through the reinterpretation of traditional French cuisine in an interactive manner. Enjoy the option to eat at the communal table which can seat up to 10 people, assist in the creation of your own dessert, and take in the tantalizing flavors.

Make your reservations at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing and be sure to dine at S.T.A.Y. during your stay!

Shangri-La Hotel Beijing Participates in Earth Hour Yet Again!

By: Oksana Balytsky

According to, 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries turned off their lights for Earth Hour in 2011, sending an impacting message to spark action on climate change. The Shangri-La Hotel Beijing is a proud participant in conserving energy for Earth Hour for the last three years, making 2012 its fourth consecutive participation year! Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, and we’re thrilled to see luxury hotels playing their part in conserving energy!

Tomorrow, March 31st, between 8:00pm and 10:00pm, the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing will stop the turnstiles and escalators, and dim or turn off the lights in public areas, restaurants and bars, shops, guestroom corridors, house areas, and back activity areas. Additionally, this luxury hotel will host an Earth Hour Party at Cloud Nine Bar, serving complimentary cocktails to guests of the hotel who support Earth Day and have turned off the lights in their rooms. According to Christopher Chia, the area general manager of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, “at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, environmental protection, energy conservation and the reduction of waste emissions are integral components of our corporate social responsibilities. We hope that our involvement in this event will enhance staff and guest awareness of the need to protect our environment for future generations.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Be sure to check out the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing for Earth Day as well as for your future travels, knowing that you are supporting a hotel that supports our environment!

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Opposite House

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 Opposite House in Beijing, China is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for food. This urban hotel is designed by Kengo Kuma, a renowned Japanese architect. The hotel name stems from a translation of a Chinese word, and it represents the lively city of diversity and opposites – east and west, bohemian and chic, old and new. The hotel’s 3 restaurants and its chic late night bar use the highest quality ingredients to bring guests the best Mediterranean flavors and the best food options in China.

Shangri-La Hotel Beijing to Launch a Fabulous New Brunch

By: Oksana Balytsky

The Shangri-La Hotel Beijing is located in the heart of Beijing’s western district, and it consists of two beautiful towers overlooking the city. S.T.A.Y., a luxurious restaurant will be launching a new Sunday brunch option on March 4th, 2012. The menu will center around a ‘nature concept’ and will offer dishes such as Angus Beef Tartar, Egg White and Black Truffle Omelet, Sea Urchin Scramble, and much more. The brunch menu will be available every Sunday from 11am – 4pm, and it serves as the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning with family and friends. Let the kids play in the weekend playroom while you relax and unwind with incredible food and a selection of Louis Roderer champagne. Make your reservations today and enjoy the incredible dining options at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing!

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

By: Oksana Balytsky

What better place to celebrate the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays than China itself? Chinese New Year is on January 23rd, and the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing has gone above and beyond to ensure a phenomenal celebration. This Shangri-La property has put together various gift packs with a variety of sticky rice cakes and rice balls which make perfect gifts for family members and friends. The hotel will also be putting on a traditional feast featuring a suckling pig, roast duck, and poon choi. The Shang Palace, a fine dining restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing, will be offering a Chinese New Year package which will feature foods with promising names to bring good fortune and joy to the New Year. The Shang Palace will feature Happy Chinese New Year (suckling roasted pig and steamed chicken), Good Fortune (lettuce with dried oysters), and All Wealth (abalone with Chinese mushrooms and sea cucumber). All of the foods served during Chinese New Year tell a story and a captivating legend worth exploring during your stay in China.

On the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing will put on the lion dance in the lobby to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. Be sure to make your reservation at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing to enjoy the extravagant dinner and the snacks available to all guests to share the taste of an authentic Chinese New Year with all!

The Sun Rises on the East: East Hotel to Open New Property in Beijing

By: Christopher Roney

East Hong KongOpening in the first quarter of this year, the East Hotel in Beijing is looking to add a little spice to the East brand by moving it north from Hong Kong.  Billed as a "business hotel with a life," its 348 rooms and 21 suites will have access to all the important things a business traveler needs:  free Wi-Fi, a business center with individual working pods, accelerated paperless check-in, and of course a complete fitness center to work off the excess energy you've built up over a day of meetings.  

The 'life' part of the East starts with Feast, Food by East, that fits into the business lifestyle.  Focusing on crisp, well-prepared classic food, you'll be comfortable in a bustling environment where you won't feel out of place working on your presentation for the next day.  Relax when you're done by listening to live performances in the separate bar, the perfect spot to wind down as your finishing up the day or getting ready for a night out.  The East Beijing is guaranteed to give a fresh new face to the tried and true methods of East Hong Kong, its sister hotel.  

Shangri-La Hotel Beijing Hosted Top Players for the 2011 China Open Tennis Tournament

By: Five Star Alliance

Shangri-La BeijingNo surprise to see the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing selected as the official hotel for the 2011 China Open Tennis Tournament for the eighth year in a row. The staff has been highly trained to attend to the world's top tennis stars-- working with the players' nutritionists on specific dietary needs,* talking with their trainers about customized exercise programs and specialized massages. And of course handling all that extra laundry! A team of personal butlers was on call to make the players feel at home.

The world’s top-seeded tennis stars played the China Open from September 30 to October 9, 2011, and the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing hosted more than 300 guests who attended the event. The hotel was also the official caterer for VIPs at the VIP lounge.

*Over the 10-day period, the hotel's chefs sourced highly nutritious ingredients in preparing carboydrate- and potassium-rich meals, amounting to at least half a ton of pasta and half a ton of bananas, 3,000 eggs, 500,000 ml of olive oil as well as truckloads of seasonal greens and fresh fruits.

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