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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.

Aleenta Resort and Spa Gives You a Reason to Smile

By: Alison Victor

Aleenta Resort and SpaThis year marks a momentous occasion in Thailand, as the country will be hosting the World Comedy Film Festival 2009, the first ever of its kind in Asia. Featuring over 50 comedies from around the globe, there will be an heavy focus on Asia. In celebration, and in conjunction, the Aleenta Resort and Spa will be hosting its own red carpet event on Tuesday, June 10th. Hosted by Australian celebrity Bianca Dye, there will be a red carpet arrival, cocktails and dinner, and of course, a premiere of a film featured in the festival. Aleenta Resort and Spa calls this event "A Night With the Stars at Aleenta," and it promises to be a night filled with laughter as well!

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Aleenta Resort and Spa will receive a 30 minute stress and tension relieving massage for 2 in Aleenta's KA Spa once during stay.

Rock Out In Luxury at Hotel Sax Chicago

By: Alison Victor

Hotel Sax ChicagoSummer not only promises beautiful weather, but also signifies the beginning of the concert festival season, as apparent with many big shows happening around the U.S. Lollapalooza has really become the standard of the great American festival, with Perry Farrell organizing the massive music event in Grant Park, Chicago at the beginning of August. This year will be no different, with diverse headliners ranging from The Killers to Snoop Dogg. A great place to rest your head after a long day of music is the Hotel Sax Chicago. Formerly a House of Blues, Hotel Sax Chicago is the newest downtown Chicago luxury hotel. Intriguing settings mix with energizing spaces in this luxurious oasis located in the heart of the city. Come stay during Lollapalooza, taking place August 7th through the 9th, and you can book a lavish king room for around 200 USD a night.

Climbing, Fishing, and Hiking, Oh My! Activities at the Four-Season Capella Telluride Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella TellurideYes, the talked-about Capella Resort is steps from the gondola in Telluride for superb skiing in the winter. But the spring and summer months are just as exciting at this all-season resort. Your personal assistant at Capella Telluride-- a perk for every guest-- can arrange myriad excursions for you to get out into the wild. Grab a bike and hit the trails around Telluride. Try your hand at fly-fishing in the nearby lakes, rivers and streams just minutes away. Test your climbing skills on the Adventure Climbing Rock located in Mountain Village. Play a game of golf on some of the most challenging terrain in the world. Spend the day hiking through spectacular forests and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Take a Jeep Tour through the Wild Wild West, or explore the old town of Telluride on Segway. Or go on an exhilarating adventure white-water rafting. The choice is yours. Don't miss the Summer Sunset Concert Series in Sunset Plaza Mountain Village on Wednesdays, and a host of fun Telluride festivals throughout the summer.

Run with the Bulls in Pamplona: Stay at Hemingway’s Favorite, Gran Hotel La Perla

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gran Hotel La Perla, PamplonaThe running of the bulls takes place in July annually in Pamplona. The highlight of the San Fermin Festival, the encierro is not to be missed (though we'd suggest watching, rather than running). Follow in Hemingway's footsteps and reserve a room at the beautiful Gran Hotel La Perla, one of the oldest hotels in Spain. The star-studded guest list includes Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin and Pablo Sarasate, along with "Papa" Hemingway. Completely refurbished in 2007, the Gran Hotel La Perla overlooks Pamplona's main square in the middle of the action. Don't miss a meal at the hotel's Las Pocholas Restaurant, frequented by Hollywood stars back in the day. Tip: We hear Hemingway liked room no. 217.

Book Your Key West Room for Fantasy Fest Now!

By: K. Clare Johnson

Santa Maria Suites ResortIt's never too early to get started on your costume for Fantasy Fest. For those who aren't acquainted with this Key West tradition, think Mardi Gras with even more elaborate costumes. The outrageous 10-day celebration features costume competitions, promenades, street fairs, and a grand parade with marching groups and lavish floats. The festivities run October 23-November 1, and rooms sell out fast. Santa Maria Suites Resort offers 35 luxury guest suites, a stunning pool, and the Ambrosia restaurant. Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club, part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, spans 1,100 square feet of private beach and is full of Old Key West charm. The Reach Resort boasts the only natural beach on the island, 150 elegant guest rooms, and attentive service. Sunset Key Guest Cottages are located just off the hustle-and-bustle of the mainland, for some serenity during an otherwise wild and crazy celebration.

Brazil is for Lovers: Celebrating Dia dos Namorados

By: Alison Victor

EmilianoLooking for a special way to show that special someone you love them, but think Valentine's Day is still nine months away? Well, you may just be in luck. Brazilians celebrate their version of Valentine's Day, "Dia dos Namorados," literally translating to "Day of the Enamored," on June 12th. This date is actually the eve of St. Anthony of Padua's Day. St. Anthony is considered to be the Patron Saint of those who want a loving companion, and he is also thought to bless people with a good marriage. While much remains the same in Brazil as it does in the rest of the world on Valentine's Day (i.e. the exchange of flowers and chocolates and love letters), there are also parades, carnivals, concerts, and parties. One of the most romantic and luxurious hotels to spend Dia dos Namorados is the Emiliano in Sao Paolo. Contemporary luxury with a boutique setting, Emiliano boasts a gourmet Italian restaurant, world class spa, and rooms and suites that are perfect for romance.

No Request is Too Big for The Dorchester London

By: Christina Vasquez

The DorchesterI've personally seen reservations where the special requests seem a little out of the ordinary. Of course, if guests are willing to spend the money, hotels are pretty flexible at accommodating their wishes. For celebrities though, hotels can, and will to do just about anything to make their VIP guests happy. Case in point: The Dorchester London is currently preparing for Britney Spears' June arrival, and what has Britney requested for her favorite suite at the five-star London hotel? Why a stripper pole of course! According to sources, Ms. Spears has requested the installment of a stripper pole so she can work out between shows during the appropriately named Circus tour, which is set for eight performance dates at London's O2 Arena from June 3, 2009. Stripper poles and pop stars, it sounds like The Dorchester is gearing up for one heck of a Circus!

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at The Dorchester receive a bottle of Champagne upon arrival.

Emmy-Winning Actress Tyne Daly Sings at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Regency HotelHead to Feinstein's at the Loews Regency Hotel-- the nightclub that's an "invaluable New York institution" ranked the "Best of New York"-- from May 12-16 and you're in for a treat. For its 10th anniversary season, Feinstein's welcomes Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Tyne Daly for the debut engagement of her show "Songs"-- a fabulous collection of tunes from the last century.

NBC Morning Show will Broadcast Live from Two Key West Luxury Resorts

By: Christina Vasquez

The Westin Key West Resort & Marina On May 12th NBC's "Today Show" with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will be hosting at two of Five Star Alliance's recommended hotels in Key West. The top rated morning show will broadcast live from The Westin Key West Resort & Marina and the Sunset Key Guest Cottages as part of the "Today Takes a Vacation" series. The series will highlight the residents, unique culture and landscape that contribute to the laid back lifestyle unique to Key West. Along with the hosts' experiences and adventures, there will be a special appearance and a live concert by Jimmy Buffet at the The Westin Key West Resort & Marina's Sunset Pier. (pictured above)

Glitz and Glamour in the South of France: Cannes Film Festival 2009

By: Alison Victor

Majestic BarriereIn less than a month, the most influential people in the motion picture industry will descend upon the normally quiet seaside resort town of Cannes for one of the most important film events in the world, Cannes Film Festival. Started in 1946, Cannes Film Festival has evolved into the most prestigious and glamorous of all the international film festivals. Starting on May 13th this year, it will end eleven days later with the awarding of the "Palme d'OR, or "Palm Award," the highest prize given to the competing films.

So where do the rich and famous like to stay during Cannes? Majestic Barriere is said to be the favorite among many of Hollywood's bigwigs. An icon of elegance and luxury, Majestic Barriere is located on the beautiful Avenue La Croisette, making it one of the most distinguished addresses on the French Riviera.