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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.

Happy New Year from Five Star Alliance!

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mardan Palace, Turkish RivieraWishing you a happy and healthy 2011 from all of us at Five Star Alliance. Whether you're partying high above New York at The James' new rooftop bar, checking out the views of the nation's capital from the W Washington D.C., dining in style in Shanghai, living it up at one of the most buzzed-about hotels of the year in Singapore, ice skating in Paris, or laying low at home, enjoy a safe and fun New Year's Eve.

Happy Holidays 2010 from Five Star Alliance

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hilton's 12 Drinks of ChristmasWishing you a joyful holiday season from all of us at The Informed Traveler and Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with the latest news and special offers from exciting luxury destinations worldwide.



Pictured at right: One of Hilton Hotels' Twelve Drinks of Christmas, invented by mixologists Nelson Bernardes and Daniel Carvalho from The Waldorf Hilton, London. Called "5 Gold Rings," this festive cocktail is made with Goldschlager, port wine, butterscotch and apple juice, served in a martini glass with flakes of real gold leaf, an apple fan, and a cinnamon stick.

Tips for Booking a Hotel Room for 3 People

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel DanieliThe Five Star Alliance customer service team fields many requests-- from tips on finding that perfect hotel in Las Vegas to how best to book a hotel room for three guests traveling in Europe. After all, it can be tricky to figure out sleeping arrangements for hotels on a different continent! A recent conversation about accommodations in Venice, Italy got us thinking: why not share our tips with a wider audience? The request: A luxurious room overlooking the Venetian canals that can accommodate three women traveling together. What we found: Most five-star hotels in Venice with canal views will not offer three beds (or even two beds with a pull-out sofa). The best bet would be a suite with a connecting room (read: expensive) or a larger room with two twin beds that allows space for a rollaway bed. At the Hotel Danieli, a deluxe room or larger can accommodate three adults (requesting a rollaway). At the Gritti Palace, book a Grand Luxe or Grand Deluxe room with two twin beds (designated as 2T) to have enough space, and then request a rollaway. (Often there is a surcharge for the extra adult in the room so read the booking terms carefully.)

Happy Thanksgiving from Five Star Alliance

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Thanksgiving turkeyHappy Thanksgiving from all of us at Five Star Alliance and The Informed Traveler. Whether you're feasting with the fam, getting your drink on in Boston, or participating in the famous Thanksgiving Turkey Fry at Blackberry Farm, we hope you have a wonderful time. We’ll be back soon with some hot deals & news from the best luxury hotels worldwide.

Download the New 5StarHotels iPhone App from Five Star Alliance

By: Five Star Alliance

Parrot CayNow you can access Five Star Alliance's collection of luxury hotels (2,700 of them!) even when you're on the go. The "5StarHotels" app for iPhone is available for free from the iTunes App store. Search by hotel name, or, if you need some recommendations finding your ideal hotel, you can search by location or features. What's more- you can designate your geo location and search for the 25 closest five-star hotels using the app's "Near By" tool. Now that's pretty sweet, if you ask us. Download the app here.

Announcing the Four Star Collection from Five Star Alliance

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Iroquois New YorkNeed help with your travel plans around the globe? Looking to book your ideal hotel stay? Now you'll find even more excellent hotel recommendations on the Five Star Alliance site. We're proud to announce the new Four Star Collection, including select partners like The Iroquois New York (pictured). As the most comprehensive collection of luxury properties online, Five Star Alliance offers a wide, hand-picked selection of the world's leading properties. Whether you're keen to book an urban hotel for your next business trip, an all-inclusive beach resort for a sunny getaway, or a full-service spa hotel-- you'll find it with Five Star Alliance. Search, browse, and book our four-star hotels with this link.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Crilon, ParisWhether you jet to Europe, book an exclusive last-minute package at a nearby city hotel, or stay home to brace for the storm (where will Hurricane Earl hit next?), we wish you a fantastic Labor Day weekend. We’ll be back soon with more news and deals from the world’s best luxury hotels!

–all of us at The Informed Traveler and Five Star Alliance

Top Chef Checks Into The PGA National Resort & Spa

By: Daniel L. Moses

Eric Ripert, celebrity chef and judge on this season’s Top Chef – Washington, DC, currently airing on Bravo, said it best when speaking about contestant Kenny Gilbert of PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  "I love garlic, and I use it a lot."  Wait, hold on, that’s not the quote I’m looking for.  Wasn’t there one about Kenny, and how brilliant he is…? PGA National Resort & Spa

I’ll keep searching, but this might be a time where, and pardon the cliche, the food speaks for itself.  Yes, Kenny Gilbert… IS… THAT… GOOD!

And he’s proven it, week after week, on the latest season of Top Chef.

Yet if those dazzling concoctions that you see every week don’t draw you into the culinary master world of Kenny Gilbert, than perhaps his long history as an outstanding chef will.  At only 23 years of age, Gilbert became the youngest African-American chef to ever run a Ritz-Carlton hotel restaurant, and he just keeps getting better.

Now in his mid-30s (peak years for chefs), Kenny Gilbert is mesmerizing diners everyday as the Executive Chef at the PGA National Resort & Spa.  The food is so good that patrons are forgetting that the PGA National Resort & Spa. is most famous for award-winning golf on a luxurious setting.  Heck, you’ll even be forgiven if you only shoot nine holes so you can have more time for dinner.

But don’t take my word for it… What does Eric Ripert have to say about Kenny's food?  "For us, it’s the grand slam!"  Thanks, chef.  That’s more like it!

Happy July 4th Weekend 2010!

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Independence Day in Washington DCWishing you a fun and safe holiday weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance and The Informed Traveler. Whether you're watching the fireworks over the Pacific at the new Park Hyatt Aviara Resort or over the nation's capital from the W Hotel's rooftop terrace, we hope you have a blast (and salute America in style!)

Free Breakfast, Internet and More: Promotions at The Peninsula Hong Kong

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Hong KongBooking a stay at the Grande Dame of the Far East? You're in for a treat. We're not talking about the pioneering in-room technology, the sublime spa, glam new lounge (Salon de Ning) nor the spectacular Victoria Harbour vistas. Though you'll enjoy all that and more at The Peninsula Hong Kong. We're talking about the new "Five Star Alliance Promo" rates which combine great value with lots of extras. Try a traditional Peninsula breakfast at The Lobby daily, a Peninsula Spa by ESPA gift certificate valued at HK$300 for up to two guests, and complimentary in-room wired and wireless Internet. Simply choose the "Five Star Alliance Promo" rates when booking with Five Star Alliance and you'll get all these perks along with your luxurious accommodations. Subject to availability and the details of the rate inclusions at the time of booking.