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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.

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...


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

May 15, 2008
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

March 17, 2008
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 >>


The New York Times Talks Business-Travel Blogs

January 30, 2008
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!

January 7, 2008
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!

December 31, 2007
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!

December 24, 2007
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)

November 21, 2007
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.


The World’s Best Hotels with a View

November 9, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmanganiWe're constantly scouring the earth for the best luxury hotels. When we stumble across hotels with views this breathtaking, this heartstoppingly beautiful, we can't help but get lyrical about them.

Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ranked among the top après-ski destinations in the world and also consistently voted the nation's best spa by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the ultra-luxurious Amangani is set atop East Gros Ventre Butte, offering panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks around Grand Teton National Park.

Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Soaring 350 meters above the sea, hugging the cliffside over the Mediterranean, the Hotel Caruso commands the ultimate location. White stucco houses draped with brilliant bougainvillea, this is sun-kissed Italy at its most charming. With views like this, the infinity pool is easily among the most beautiful in the world.

Oberoi Udaivilas

Oberoi Udaivilas, Rajasthan, India

Sitting high above Udaipur's fabled lake, the Oberoi Udaivilas looks across to the floating City Palace, gleaming white in the sunshine, and Aravalli Hills beyond. Named the best hotel in the world in Travel and Leisure's 2007 reader's poll, the Oberoi Udavilas has rooms fit for a maharajah in India's romantic desert city.

Ritz-Carlton TokyoThe Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan

Occupying the top nine floors and the first three levels of the 53-story Midtown Tower, the tallest building in Tokyo, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo features 360-degree panoramic vistas of the city and Mount Fuji. When it debuted in April 2007, the hotel dazzled Tokyo with its over-the-top service and amenities (like the $16,000 Diamonds-Are-Forever Martini with its very own Bulgari diamond).

Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Along the stretch of mythic California Highway 1, Big Sur enchants visitors with its awe-inspiring landscapes. Smack dab in the middle of this dramatic coastline, the Post Ranch Inn offers rustic elegance and incredible views. Dine above the Pacific at the award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, guaranteed to be one of the most romantic dining experiences of your life.

Hayman Island Resort

Hayman Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Located on the southwestern side of Hayman Island just beside the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island Resort boasts an idyllic setting surrounded by coral fringed beaches and the lapping waters of the Coral Sea. The resort has a style as special as its setting, and boasts the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere.

Jumeirah Essex House

Jumeirah Essex House, New York

The Grande Dame of New York is uniquely situated at the southern base of Central Park, just across the street from 843 acres of parkland. An internationally renowned urban oasis, the Jumeirah Essex House has an excellent location right in the heart of midtown Manhattan.The 515 guest rooms and suites-- fresh from a $70 million renovation-- boast breathtaking views of Central Park. Plus, the hotel has a camera on the roof which scans the city and broadcasts live to a channel in the guest rooms.

Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles, Cape Town, South Africa

Situated where earth, sea, and sky meet, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is poised above the Atlantic, flanked by Table Mountain and the majestic Twelve Apostles range, just minutes from the glorious oceanfront city of Cape Town.

Copacabana Palace, Rio

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Looming over the world-famous Copacabana beach, the Copacabana Palace is legendary, a glamorous piece of Rio's history. Like a sumptuous white wedding cake on the sand, the hotel has hosted royalty, film stars, and world leaders.

Cap Estel

Cap Estel, Eze-Bord-de-Mer, French Riviera

Located between Nice and Monaco in the charming clifftop village of Eze-Bord-de-Mer, Cap Estel is situated on its own four acre peninsula overlooking the Mediterranean with a 180 degree view of the coastline. All the guest rooms at this renowned 19th century hotel have a balcony or terrace with a sea view.

Four Seasons Hong Kong

Four Seasons Hong Kong

Heralded as the "first major hotel to open in Hong Kong in 15 years," the sleek Four Seasons opened in September 2005. Easily the top location on Hong Kong Island, the hotel is located on the waterfront of the Central neighborhood, with the Star Ferry just steps away. Its 399 spacious guestrooms have wall-to-wall windows offering views of the Harbour, Kowloon and the Peak. From the outdoor infinity pools, heated in winter, guests enjoy sweeping Harbour views.

Hotel Hassler

Hotel Hassler, Rome

The Eternal City's most luxurious and romantic hideaway, the Hotel Hassler is perched above the Spanish Steps in an unbeatable location. Hands down the best views over Rome (while working out at the health club, you can check out St Peter’s Cathedral!)

Machu Picchu

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, one of the world's major heritage sites. Managed by Orient-Express, the luxurious Sanctuary Lodge can arrange visits to Machu Picchu with experienced guides.


Happy Labor Day

September 3, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caribbean Wishing you a wonderful long weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with the latest deals and news from the best luxury hotels around the world.