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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Summon Autumn with Deals from The Lodge at Woodloch


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!


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


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...


What’s Hot: Wolfgang Puck’s The Source at the Newseum, Washington D.C.


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Source at the NewseumThere's been a lot of talk about Washington D.C.'s new Newseum, and some media folks suggest that the "decided Page Six-type buzz" has more to do with the museum's on-site restaurant, The Source, the first fine-dining D.C. establishment from original celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Tinseltown adores Puck (A-listers flock to his L.A. steakhouse, The Cut, and he's been the official chef of the Academy Awards for 14 years). Plus, he is the only cook never to have lost on Iron Chef (even beating out Masaharu Morimoto on a Battle of the Masters show). It looks like Pennsylvania Avenue is the latest "it" spot in the nation's capital, where diners can sample modern Asian dishes and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows from the three-level restaurant.

Image Via Washingtonian's "Best Bites Blog"


Exclusive Amenity at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris - The Five Star Alliance Cocktail


By: Courtney W. May

Five Star Alliance Cocktail at Hotel de Crillon Paris Only a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, the Faubourg Saint Honore shopping area and all major museums, the Hôtel de Crillon is the place to stay in Paris. Five Star Alliance clients making a reservation at the Hôtel de Crillon will receive a brand new, exclusive amenity. The Hotel de Crillon is now serving the "Five Star Cocktail" - and Five Star Alliance guests will get the opportunity to enjoy one per person, per stay, in the Crillon Bar. The voucher will be provided at the time of check-in.

    Five Star Alliance Cocktail

    In a cocktail shaker mix:

    1 cl of Jasmin syrup

    2 cl of Mirabelle spirit

    3 cl of Peach juice

    Shake

    As a final touch, add Champagne rosé

    Garnish with 1 redcurrant strand, 1 blackberry

Make your reservation, and enjoy a cocktail, at the Hotel de Crillon now >>

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The New York Times Talks Business-Travel Blogs


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

We want to give a shout-out to the NYT for yesterday's reportage on blogs and business travel. Along with Gridskipper and CloudTravel, we were listed as an important resource for business travelers looking to get insights on destinations and flights.

Tracy Gamble, vice president for business development at Propylon, a software company, has found travel blogs to be a great resource. Ms. Gamble, who is based in Dallas and spends half her time traveling, reads three or four travel blogs regularly, including the Informed Traveler, CloudTravel and Gridskipper. "I regularly consult these blogs before making client dinner reservations," she said. She also uses them, she said, to keep up on travel news like changes in government security procedures.
Quoted from "Wisdom of the Web," Jane L. Levere


The 2008 Bloggies!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The contest is now open for the eighth annual weblog awards, the annual non-profit competition that chooses the best of the best. Since 2001, the top blogs have been awarded in categories like best American weblog, best photography, best topical weblog, etc. And the lucky winners get recognized at the awards ceremony held at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. So go for it-- nominate The Informed Traveler and other weblogs you find most deserving of a Bloggie!


Happy New Year!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fireworks in Hong KongWishing you a happy and healthy 2008 from all of us at Five Star Alliance. Wherever you are celebrating-- from Shanghai to Charleston-- enjoy a fabulous New Year's Eve!


Merry Christmas!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Christmas in LondonWishing you a warm and wonderful holiday from all of us at Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with the best upscale hotel deals and news on luxury travel!


Happy Thanksgiving (and some Michelin-starred menu ideas)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Thanksgiving TurkeyWishing you and your family a fantastic Thanksgiving from all of us at The Informed Traveler and Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with exclusive luxury travel news and special offers. In the meantime, we thought we'd leave you with some food for thought, courtesy of celebrity chef Thomas Keller. (His French Laundry restaurant is closed for Thanksgiving, and the other Michelin three-star restaurants* in the U.S.-- Le Bernardin, Per Se, Jean-Georges, and Joel Robuchon-- have been booked for months.)

Truly mouth-watering Thanksgiving dishes from Thomas Keller (of Per Se and French Laundry):

Sunchoke soup with Virginia ham croquettes

Breast of Four Corners Farm's turkey "cuit sous vide" and roasted leg "en ballotine" with giblet gravy

Green-bean casserole-- oven-baked haricots verts with cream of California cèpe mushrooms and crispy shallots

Garnet sweet-potato mille-feuille with white-truffle royale and shaved truffles from Alba

Waldorf-salad stuffing

Pecan pie with whipped cream

*Note: This is the first year ever that Michelin came out with restaurant and hotel selections for Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The 2008 prize goes to Tokyo for the most Michelin three-star restaurants in one city.