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.

Announcing the Four Star Collection from Five Star Alliance

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Iroquois New YorkNeed help with your travel plans around the globe? Looking to book your ideal hotel stay? Now you'll find even more excellent hotel recommendations on the Five Star Alliance site. We're proud to announce the new Four Star Collection, including select partners like The Iroquois New York (pictured). As the most comprehensive collection of luxury properties online, Five Star Alliance offers a wide, hand-picked selection of the world's leading properties. Whether you're keen to book an urban hotel for your next business trip, an all-inclusive beach resort for a sunny getaway, or a full-service spa hotel-- you'll find it with Five Star Alliance. Search, browse, and book our four-star hotels with this link.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Crilon, ParisWhether you jet to Europe, book an exclusive last-minute package at a nearby city hotel, or stay home to brace for the storm (where will Hurricane Earl hit next?), we wish you a fantastic Labor Day weekend. We’ll be back soon with more news and deals from the world’s best luxury hotels!

–all of us at The Informed Traveler and Five Star Alliance

Top Chef Checks Into The PGA National Resort & Spa

By: Daniel L. Moses

Eric Ripert, celebrity chef and judge on this season’s Top Chef – Washington, DC, currently airing on Bravo, said it best when speaking about contestant Kenny Gilbert of PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  "I love garlic, and I use it a lot."  Wait, hold on, that’s not the quote I’m looking for.  Wasn’t there one about Kenny, and how brilliant he is…? PGA National Resort & Spa

I’ll keep searching, but this might be a time where, and pardon the cliche, the food speaks for itself.  Yes, Kenny Gilbert… IS… THAT… GOOD!

And he’s proven it, week after week, on the latest season of Top Chef.

Yet if those dazzling concoctions that you see every week don’t draw you into the culinary master world of Kenny Gilbert, than perhaps his long history as an outstanding chef will.  At only 23 years of age, Gilbert became the youngest African-American chef to ever run a Ritz-Carlton hotel restaurant, and he just keeps getting better.

Now in his mid-30s (peak years for chefs), Kenny Gilbert is mesmerizing diners everyday as the Executive Chef at the PGA National Resort & Spa.  The food is so good that patrons are forgetting that the PGA National Resort & Spa. is most famous for award-winning golf on a luxurious setting.  Heck, you’ll even be forgiven if you only shoot nine holes so you can have more time for dinner.

But don’t take my word for it… What does Eric Ripert have to say about Kenny's food?  "For us, it’s the grand slam!"  Thanks, chef.  That’s more like it!

Happy July 4th Weekend 2010!

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Independence Day in Washington DCWishing you a fun and safe holiday weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance and The Informed Traveler. Whether you're watching the fireworks over the Pacific at the new Park Hyatt Aviara Resort or over the nation's capital from the W Hotel's rooftop terrace, we hope you have a blast (and salute America in style!)

Free Breakfast, Internet and More: Promotions at The Peninsula Hong Kong

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Hong KongBooking a stay at the Grande Dame of the Far East? You're in for a treat. We're not talking about the pioneering in-room technology, the sublime spa, glam new lounge (Salon de Ning) nor the spectacular Victoria Harbour vistas. Though you'll enjoy all that and more at The Peninsula Hong Kong. We're talking about the new "Five Star Alliance Promo" rates which combine great value with lots of extras. Try a traditional Peninsula breakfast at The Lobby daily, a Peninsula Spa by ESPA gift certificate valued at HK$300 for up to two guests, and complimentary in-room wired and wireless Internet. Simply choose the "Five Star Alliance Promo" rates when booking with Five Star Alliance and you'll get all these perks along with your luxurious accommodations. Subject to availability and the details of the rate inclusions at the time of booking.

Happy New Year 2010!

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

fireworks in Hong KongWishing you a happy and healthy 2010 from all of us at Five Star Alliance. Whether you're partying on the Turkish Riviera, checking out Lady Gaga's big concert, or supping in style in Los Angeles, enjoy a fun & fabulous New Year's Eve.

Happy Holidays from Five Star Alliance

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Claridge's Christmas Tree by John Galliano for DiorWishing you a joyful holiday season from all of us at The Informed Traveler and Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with the latest news and special offers from the most exciting luxury destinations worldwide.

Pictured at right: The fabulous Christmas tree designed by John Galliano for Dior in the lobby of Claridge's in London. See it with your own eyes til January 6, 2010.

Win a Stay in Bali: Last Chance for the Luxury Hotel Giveaway from Five Star Alliance

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis BaliThe deadline is days away. Don't miss your chance to win a five-star stay at the super swanky St. Regis Resort in Bali. What a cure for the winter blues! Sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite, including round trip airport transfers by limousine and complimentary breakfast daily. Five Star Alliance's monthly newsletter is totally free, and chock full of hot deals and luxury travel news.

New Luxury Hotels in the Five Star Alliance Collection

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kempinski Hybernska PragueFive Star Alliance-- the leading site for luxury hotel reservations-- is adding new hotels daily to its collection of hand-picked properties. From the brand spanking new W Hotel Boston to the Kempinski Hybernska Prague (housed in a 17th century residential palace), the most recent luxury hotel additions can be found here. Enjoy!



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Bali High: Win a Five-Star Stay at the St. Regis Resort Bali

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort BaliCalling all luxury hotel fans. Five Star Alliance is currently running a giveaway contest where one lucky winner will score a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the St. Regis Resort in Bali. Overlooking the beach and Bali's best golf course (Bali Golf & Country Club), the resort is the crème de la crème of island resorts. The 123 suites and villas boast handcrafted Balinese art, spacious balconies and large marble bathrooms. Simply sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win.