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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.

The World's Best Hotels: Announcing the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011

November 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Bel-AirLooking to get inspired for your next getaway? The savvy editors at Fodor's have just released their first-ever list of the world's best hotels. After careful deliberation, the team of Fodor's editors and writers curated the "Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011" spanning eight hotel categories. Here's a sampling of some of our favorites that made the cut.

New & Noteworthy- The Year's Best New and Reinvented Hotels: Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Mondrian Soho in NYC, Hotel Bel-Air & The Redbury in Los Angeles

Grande Dame- Legendary Hotels with Superlative History and Service: The Carlyle in NYC, Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, Hotel du Russie in Rome, The Savoy in London

Casual Chic- Effortlessly Stylish Hotels with Rustic-Modern Appeal: Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos, Bardessono in Napa, The Allison in Oregon

Design- Cutting-Edge Boutique Hotels at All Price Points: Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, Jia in Hong Kong

Cavo Tagoo, MykonosLocal Flavor- Go-To Hotels for a Truly Authentic Experience: Fairmont Chateau Montebello in Quebec, Evason Ma'in Hot Springs and Six Senses Spa in Jordan

Clubby Atmosphere- Hip Urban Pied-à-Terres: 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, The Liberty in Boston, The Augustine in Prague

Luxurious Retreat- Top Choices for a Complete Escape: Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the Florida Keys, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Trusted Brand- World-Class Examples of International Hotel Chains: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, The Peninsula Bangkok


World Luxury Hotel Awards Declare Best Luxury Hotels of 2011

September 28, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

The 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards have announced their Global Winners across a variety of categories, and we’re confident that each of these hotels represents the finest in luxury accommodations. We'll be spotlighting many of these individually in the coming weeks and offering our critical commentary, but for now, take a look at the winners such as the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, winning Best Luxury Hotel overall, and the Sandals Royal Plantation, the Best Luxury Island Resort.

Click here to check out the full list of best hotels, listed alphabetically by location so you can find the names of the top hotels in your vacation spot of choice, and search here if you're interested in booking any of the top hotels of 2011.


Hot in Hong Kong: Open Mic Night at Salon de Ning, The Peninsula Hotel

July 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Salon de Ning, The Peninsula Hong KongCalling all budding performers! The Peninsula Hong Kong is inviting you to take the stage at the all-new Open Mic Night at Salon de Ning on Wednesday July 27 and August 31, 2011 from 7- 11 pm. Designed to reflect the glamor of 1930's Shanghai, when the city was "the Paris of the East," the lounge is full of colorful Art Deco pieces and attracts a fashionable crowd. Head to Madame Ning's salon this week for some fab live entertainment and Ning Sling cocktails. Tempted to join the fray? Singers are invited to pre-audition and perform on the night to receive a host of fabulous prizes. Performers on Open Mic night receive free drinks all night with rounds of shots for their accompanying fans. Members of the audience will also win luxe prizes. Send your digital auditions to salondeningphk at peninsula.com.


Suite Summer in Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Hotel

June 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hotel Hong KongSummer's a grand time to visit Hong Kong: exploring the harbour and outlying islands by traditional Chinese junk, hitting up the city's world-famous shopping, hopping on the Peak Tram to gape at the panoramas from the top of Victoria Peak, snacking on dynamite street food at a summertime festival. (Time Magazine has a great list of "10 Things to Do in 24 Hours.") Extend your business trip by a day to soak up the city's atmosphere. The Four Seasons Hong Kong-- famed for its infinity pool with magnificent city views-- is offering a "Suite Summers" offer, handing out a complimentary fourth night when you stay three consecutive nights in a Four Seasons Executive Suite or Harbour-View Suite. (From 6,975 HKD per night after free night(s) applied.) Or take advantage of the "Experience More" offer, and get a HKD 600 Hotel credit per night when you stay two or more consecutive nights in a Deluxe Room, Premier Deluxe Room or Four Seasons Executive Suite. From 3,900 HKD.


Inside Look at the World's Tallest Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

May 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Hong KongEver since the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong opened its doors in March, the media has been abuzz about the world's tallest hotel. Rising 490 meters above the city from its perch on the 102nd- 118th floors of the International Commerce Centre, the luxury hotel offers dazzling views over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong island. Eager to see what's on the inside? The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is throwing a star-studded opening gala tomorrow (Tuesday, May 3) and the entire event will be streaming live on the Internet (both on the Ritz-Carlton Facebook page or www.ritzcarlton.com. Coverage begins at 6 pm Hong Kong time (so tune in during the morning hours on the East Coast). They're promising all kinds of live performances and interviews with special guests; don't miss out!