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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.

3 Star Michelin Dining at Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

By: Oksana Balytsky

Enjoy luxurious accommodations and exquisite cuisine while staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing. S.T.A.Y. is a three Michelin-starred French gourmet restaurant that opened in September 2011. S.T.A.Y. stands for ‘Simple Table Alléno Yannick,’ and the incredible dishes are created by Chef Yannick Alléno. The aim of the chef is to provide a complete dining experience through the reinterpretation of traditional French cuisine in an interactive manner. Enjoy the option to eat at the communal table which can seat up to 10 people, assist in the creation of your own dessert, and take in the tantalizing flavors.

Make your reservations at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing and be sure to dine at S.T.A.Y. during your stay!

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Four Seasons Resort Vail

By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Four Seasons Resort in Vail, Colorado is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is situated high in the Colorado Rockies at the gateway to Vail Village, perfectly located within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and most importantly, the slopes! Guests are allocated a ski concierge upon arrival and are served delicious treats including hot chocolate and muffins at the bottom of the runs. There’s something truly magical to swimming in a heated pool while it snows, and guests get to experience this fantastic contradiction and much more at the stunning Four Seasons Resort Vail!

Fun Fact Friday! New Rosewood Hotel Coming to Thailand

By: Oksana Balytsky

 Rosewood Hotels has recently announced that it plans to open a luxury property in Phuket in 2014! We’ve come to expect nothing short of greatness from Rosewood, and we look forward to tracking this new hotel’s developments!

Other Rosewood properties include the Carlyle in New York City, the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda, and more!

Photo of Rosewood Tucker's Point

World’s Best Hotels

By: Oksana Balytsky

Whether you’re looking for the best honeymoon resorts, top spa resorts, or best ski resorts, Five Star Alliance has recommendations for these categories and more to help you pick the perfect luxury hotel for your business or leisure trip. When asked ‘what is the nicest hotel in the world’ we unfortunately do not have an answer since there are multiple hotels in various cities and categories that are perfect for various activities. Give us a shout via Facebook or Twitter with a few details regarding where you’re going and what you’d like to do, and we’ll certainly get back to you with what would be the best and nicest hotel in the world for you!

In the meantime, be sure to explore our list of the World’s Best Hotels as a starting point in planning your perfect trip!

Photo of Peter Island Resort in British Virgin Islands, one of the Best Honeymoon Resorts

Expect an Incredible Experience at The Jefferson

By: Oksana Balytsky

An intimate, personalized, and luxurious experience is what guests have come to expect from The Jefferson Washington DC. This 99-room luxury boutique hotel distinctly captures European and Washingtonian style and elegantly portrays historic details and Jeffersonian influences. Located in downtown Washington DC a short walk from the White House, the museums, monuments, and the embassies, The Jefferson provides easy access to the cultural, historic, and entertaining sectors of our nation’s capital, perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.

The rooms are stunningly tasteful, the food in the hotel’s restaurant, Plume, is exceptional, and the service is unparalleled. With staff outnumbering guests 1.5 to 1, guests quickly feel right at home and accommodated as if staying with close friends.

A few key highlights of the hotel include an award-winning restaurant and a cocktail bar and lounge on site, an intimate spa which opens daily at 9:00am, and a beautiful Book Room filled with leather-bound volumes on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite volumes as well as a section of signed editions of contemporary authors who have been guests at The Jefferson.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at The Jefferson here >>

New Year, New Style at the Four Seasons Las Vegas

By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Las Vegas Renovated RoomsAccording to the press release titled the "Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Ring in the New Year in Grand Style With Complete Guestroom Renovation", the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, one of the best hotels in Vegas, will offer a complete renovation of all 424 guest rooms and suites and be completed by December 17, 2012.

Four Seasons Vegas guest rooms and suites are located on floors 35 – 39 of the Mandalay Bay tower and the new deisgns are inspired in part by the vibrant Art Deco period, offering sweeping views of the world-famous Las Vegas Boulevard or the surrounding desert landscape through floor-to ceiling windows. The new rooms will feature classic yet modern, contemporary style interiors and an innovative design scheme that is simultaneously stylish, comfortable and functional.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Renovated RoomsAdditional design highlights include:

  1. A multi-media hub on all televisions as well as convenience outlets in lamp bases allow easy charging of multiple personal media devices and the enjoyment of music, films, entertainment and games
  2. A generously proportioned desk and an ergonomic chair highlight each work space
  3. Sofas with pull-out sleepers in all suites
  4. Signature Four Seasons bedding ensures comfort
  5. Backlit mirrors increase ambient and task lighting in all bathrooms while suite bathrooms feature integrated television screens
  6. Custom designed faucet sets and bath hardware and the use of frameless glass shower enclosures in polished chrome create a sleek look throughout the bath
  7. Classic marble flooring and vanity tops reflect timeless sophistication

Find out more about the new and improved Four Seasons Las Vegas Hotel >>

New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Delano Marrakech

By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Delano Marrakech opened this month (September), and it’s the 17th luxury hotel we have to offer in Marrakech, Morocco! Located in the heart of the Hiverange District, the Delano Marrakech features 41 guest rooms, 30 luxurious suites, and a 20,000 square foot spa with a subterranean mosaic pool, beauty salon and fitness center. Make a reservation for the newest luxury hotel in Marrakech for a truly luxurious and stunning experience.

New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Anantara Sanya

By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Anantara Sanya makes its debut in the Hainan province of China. Anatara has developed the phenomenal reputation of offering luxury hotels in exotic, secluded locales with breathtaking beachfront views, and the Anantara Sanya is of no exception. Situated in the low-level mountains, the Anantara Sanya features 122 rooms, suites, and private pool villas. The pool villas offer ocean views and secluded pool access, and the hotel features 4 restaurants serving traditional Thai and western cuisine as well as a stunning spa offering couple massages and small group yoga. Traveling to Sanya? Check out a few of the other luxury hotels in the area, and be sure to peruse the Anantara hotels located throughout the world!

Your Questions Answered: Deals at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: I’m hoping to stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town from October 29th – November 5th. What are the details of the One More Night 4 for 3 deal?

Answer: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa does have availability for your dates of travel, and it has a ‘Leading One More Night 4 for 3’ package available for various room types. The nightly rate shown has already discounted the free night into the price breakdown. To make a reservation at any of the room options, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room option, and fill in the booking form.  Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Ritz Carlton Atlanta is Sizzling with Its Southern Cooking Demo Series

By: Oksana Balytsky

Love Southern food but don’t quite have all of the techniques and skills down to prepare a gourmet meal? The Ritz Carlton Atlanta has you covered with its new Southern Cooking Demo Series. Brian Jones, chef at Atlanta Grill, will entertain and educate attendees with the preparation of regional specialties in a casual setting starting off with Low Country Deconstructed on September 20th, 2012.

Participants will taste small plates from a three-course menu paired with cocktails and regional wines and beers. Tomorrow’s creations will include St. Cecelia Punch or Plantation Punch as the cocktail, Pâté of the South: Pimento Cheese Three Ways, Cheese Straws, Pickled Shrimp Terrapin Golden Ale, Rye Pale Ale and All American Pilsner as appetizers, Savannah-style Purloo, Carolina Gold Rice and Coastal Seafood Cracklin’ Cornbread Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Monk's Revenge and Pumpkin Fest as the main course, and Muscadine and Port Syllabub, Benne Seed Cookies as dessert.

Classes are $75 and include tax and gratuities, and the class is offered September 20th, October 18th, and November 15th. Each class will begin at 6:00pm, and is limited to 16 guests, so make your reservations and sign up to learn how to cook Southern style dishes soon!