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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.

Five Star Alliance Deals: Free Third Night in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin St FrancisNow's your chance to score a free third night in the City by the Bay at the hotel praised for its panoramic views and stellar cuisine (the high-end resto that started it all for Michael Mina). Not to mention the perfect setting directly on San Francisco's Union Square! The Westin St. Francis is offering a special package with a complimentary third night's stay. This hot offer is just one of the many fab deals found on Five Star Alliance's new page of luxury travel deals.

Bail-Out Packages, Hotel Discounts, and Hot Deals with Five Star Alliance

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandFans of luxury value, rejoice. In addition to our daily blog-- chock full of deals and promotional specials at the best hotels worldwide-- we've just launched a page with stellar luxury travel deals, hand-picked by our team at Five Star Alliance. How does a free night in San Francisco sound? Or complimentary gourmet eats, or airport transfers? Check it out here. 

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts Welcomes Sand Hill to the Family

By: Alison Victor

Little Dix BayRosewood Hotels and Resorts, known for such ultra-luxury properties as Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, and The Carlyle in New York City, has recently opened the doors on its newest property, Rosewood Sand Hill. Situated on 16 pristine acres in Menlo Park California, Sand Hill promises to stay true to the Rosewood concepts: Exceptional architecture, flawless service, and the integration of local culture to create an enhanced guest experience. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, luxury spa and spa boutique, arcaded gardens, and a fine dining restaurant that utilizes an open artisan, wood burning kitchen. To celebrate their debut, Sand Hill will be offering up one night, deluxe accommodations for 225 to 250 USD.

Countryside Luxury at Hertelendy Kastely

By: Alison Victor

Hertelendy KastelyLooking for luxurious accommodations off the beaten path? Look no further than Hertelendy Kastely in Kutas, Hungary. This beautiful resort is located on 150 acres of lush countryside, and is great for any type of traveler. Hertelendy Kastely is essentially a 14 room castle and accompanying Hunters Lodge with 6 fully equipped apartments.

Book here now through May, and you can stay for under 200 Euro a night. This not only includes staying in one of the beautiful apartments, but also many of the hotel's activities, including tennis, a sauna with hot and cold water tub, steam bath, deck chairs and towels by the swimming pool, bicycles, garden chess, free car parking, and daily refill of the minibar with soft drinks.

Have Child, Will Travel In Luxury

By: Alison Victor

Rocco Forte de RussieWhen planning a family vacation, it seems a top priority for people is finding a hotel that really aims to please all age groups. In fact, on a daily basis I get calls and emails from people wanting to know where to find the best child friendly hotels this world over. My recommendation is to check the World's Best Child Friendly Hotels list on the Five Star Alliance homepage. Not only does it give you many great options, but breaks it down by region, too. For example: If you were planning a luxury getaway to Rome, you would find Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie, a five-star resort in the heart of Rome. The hotel has a fabulous Children's Program, offering a variety of activities and a special welcome gift upon arrival. Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie will also provide child care and babysitting options so the adults may enjoy a romantic dinner or day out in the city.

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

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

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


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 2009!

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

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

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.