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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
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.

An Interview with the Concierge: Alessio Nuzzi of Castello del Nero

February 19, 2009
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Castello del NeroFive Star Alliance interviews the concierge at Castello del Nero, the magnificent castle-hotel, dating from the 12th century, nestled on a 400-hectare private game reserve in Tuscany...

Which restaurant do you recommend the most often and why? Who is it best for?

LA TORRE Restaurant, at Castello del Nero, is the best in the area with an unique view to the Tuscany hills . The chef's expertise of using the best local ingredients to discover new tastes and sensations – all accompanied by the excellent selection of Tuscan and Italian wines.

What activity do you recommend the most often?

The cooking class with our chef, our ESPA, hot air balloon rides and chianti tours with wine/oil tasting, outlet Shopping.

Castello del NeroDo you have any Do's and Don'ts for travelers to the hotel and the city?

There are no don'ts only do for example visit Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa our ESPA, restaurant, cooking class, bikes tour

Because you are in a major international tourism destination, what kinds of language problems come up?

A Multilingual staff in all hotel departments has been able to assist all international guests.

Do you have any regular celebrity/famous guests?

Yes, they appreciate the tranquility of our location together with the wide range of activity and excellence of comfort and service.

What types of things have you been unable to do for guests?

All requests have been fulfilled for now. We put great attention in personalizing the service according to needs.

Castello del NeroWhat are the things that you wish guests knew about the Concierge?

The Front Desk staff is available to managing any requests our guests may have.

How big is the Concierge staff at the hotel? The front desk staff.

What is your personal favorite part of the hotel?

The location, the rooms, the ESPA, the Restaurant, the Terrace, (in one word - everything).


Mobil Travel Guide Announces 2009 Winners

February 3, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Beverly Hills HotelThe results are in! This year's distinguished Five-Star winners in the Mobil Travel Guide in the US and Canada include 44 lodgings, 20 restaurants and 8 spas, while outstanding Four-Star winners span 137 lodgings, 159 restaurants and 95 spas. So, which Five Star Alliance properties made the cut? Here's the list of the North American Five Star Alliance properties that were Five-Star winners.

Ritz Carlton San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

Four Seasons San Francisco

Hotel Bel-Air

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Hotel

Raffles L'Ermitage

The Broadmoor

The Little Nell

Four Seasons Palm Beach

Ritz Carlton Naples Golf Resort

Ritz Carlton Palm Beach

The Lodge at Sea Island

The Cloister

Four Seasons Atlanta

Four Seasons Resort at Wailea

The Peninsula Chicago

Four Seasons Chicago

Blantyre

Four Seasons Boston

Boston Harbor Hotel

Skylofts at MGM Grand

St. Regis Hotel New York

Trump International Hotel Tower

Ritz Carlton NY Central Park

Mandarin Oriental New York

Four Seasons New York

The Point

The Fearrington House

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Woodlands Resort and Inn

The Hermitage Hotel

The Mansion on Turtle Creek

Stein Eriksen Lodge

The Jefferson Hotel Richmond

Four Seasons Jackson Hole

To view the whole list of winners (four-and five star) visit the Mobil Travel Guide.


Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Copacabana PalaceWishing you a happy new year from all of us at The Informed Traveler and Five Star Alliance. And tonight, we'll be enjoying one extra second because-- as the New York Times points out-- "the international authorities charged with keeping precise time will add a single second to our lives," the 24th "leap second" since 1972:

If that doesn’t sound like a big deal, consider that in one second a cheetah can dash 34 yards, a telephone signal can travel 100,000 miles, a hummingbird can beat its wings 70 times, and eight million of your blood cells can die. As the saying goes, every second counts. In the case of leap seconds, that is especially true. Leap seconds are needed to reconcile two very different ways of measuring time.

PS. Missed the fabulous celebrations in Rio (pictured at right)? You can still hit up Carnival at the Copacabana Palace, an "extraordinary visual and audio extravaganza."


Seasons Greetings from Five Star Alliance

December 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Hotel Hong KongWishing you a warm and happy holiday from all of us at The Informed Traveler and Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with specials and news from the best luxury hotels worldwide.

Pictured at right: The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, looking merry and bright.


Happy Thanksgiving from Five Star Alliance

November 27, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Thanksgiving TurkeyHappy Thanksgiving from all of us at Five Star Alliance and The Informed Traveler. Feast well, dear reader. We'll be back soon with some hot deals (and news) from the best luxury hotels worldwide.


Jamaican Me Golf at Half Moon in Montego Bay

October 16, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Montego Bay luxury resort Half Moon is offering a golf deal that will delight both duffers and pros. Half Moon Now through Dec.14, 2008, golfers who book a minimum three-night stay can take advantage of the Total Golf Experience package. Golfers will get their own cart and caddy to golf daily on the "Best Walking Course in the Caribbean." They'll also get unlimited golf green fees (18-holes daily), welcome gift of champagne, sleeve of Half Moon Logo Balls and Logo Hat, luxurious accommodations, 5 star dining, and airport transfers. Rates begin at $395 per person per night.

Half Moon is a luxury resort situated on crescent-shaped white sand beaches, with 398 rooms including suites, cottages and villas. In addition to luxurious accommodations, Half Moon also features a recently renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, and the Half Moon Golf Academy.


Best Wishes for a Fun Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Caruso, ItalyWhether you jet to the Caribbean, book a fabulous last-minute package at a nearby city hotel, or stay close to home over the long weekend, we wish you happy and safe travels-- and a fantastic Labor Day. We'll be back soon with more news and deals from the world's best luxury hotels!

--all of us at Five Star Alliance


Summon Autumn with Deals from The Lodge at Woodloch

August 4, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

The Lodge at WoodlochJust because summer ends doesn't mean you have to abandon summer delights. The Lodge at Woodloch is celebrating the return of cool weather, and the fantastic foliage that surrounds the resort with autumn getaway discounts. During September guests who book stays of three consecutive nights or longer receive 30% off their stay, or 20% off a two night stay. If you book in October, you receive 25% off a midweek stay of three nights or more, or 15% off two midweek nights. These discounts are available under the Complete Spa Plan for guests looking to take advantage of the hotel's extensive spa facility. Starting at $575 per night, per person, guests receive three gourmet meals per day along with a spa treatment for each night of the stay, and access to the full spa facilities including hydromassage waterfalls in the Aqua Garden, 27 treatment rooms, indoor pool, and cardio and weight studios. Kick up the fun this fall with The Lodge at Woodloch.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests visiting The Lodge at Woodloch will receive a complimentary upgrade upon arrival based on availability and one complimentary personal training session per guest valued at $115.


Happy July 4th!

July 4, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fireworks From all of us at Five Star Alliance, Happy July 4th! Wishing you a happy, fun, and safe Independence Day. We'll be back soon with more travel tips and hot deals from the world's best luxury hotels.


Bon Voyage- Happy Memorial Day Weekend from Five Star Alliance

May 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandWishing you a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with all the latest news and hottest deals on luxury hotels worldwide...