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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.

10% off to Select Destinations on Qatar Airways

By: Five Star Alliance

Qatar AirwaysHurry! You still have a few days to nab a 10% discount on fares on Qatar Airways. Book by August 31, 2011 and save up to 10% to 15 select destinations: Ahmedabad, Amman, Bangalore, Beirut, Chennai, Colombo, Kochi, Dhaka, Dubai, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Mumbai, and Trivandrum. Head to to take advantage of this exclusive promotion. You'll experience 5-star luxury in the airlines' award-winning Economy Class onboard a brand new Boeing 777 aircraft.

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Now Booking: Five Star Alliance Adds Fab New Four- and Five-Star Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Heritage Place Ghiradelli SquareEach and every day, the Five Star Alliance team is adding new hotels to our online portfolio. We offer great rates at the web's most comprehensive, hand-picked collection of luxury hotels. Just a sampling of the gorgeous properties that you can now book on our site: the Fairmont Heritage Place Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco, the Buddha Bar Hotel Prague, and Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. And let's not forget our stellar four-star hotel collection, too. Whether you're looking for a honeymoon splurge or a simple, inexpensive weekend escape, we've got you covered.

Win a Free Night's Stay with Langham's "Linger Longer" Campaign

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Huntington Hotel, PasadenaBack in May, the Langham Hospitality Group launched a special offer called "Linger Longer for Less." Available through August 31, 2011 at Langham hotels worldwide (including Pasadena, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shanghai), the promotion translates to real savings: stay two nights and get 10% off, stay three nights and save at least 15 percent with complimentary breakfast, linger four nights and save at least 20 percent with free breakfast and internet access. If you stay five nights, you'll get even more benefits: room upgrade included!

As part of this "Linger Longer" campaign, Langham recently announced a global social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo to search for top travel tips in key Langham cities. The prize? A free night's stay. To enter the contest, simply answer the question “If I could linger longer in a city with a Langham hotel, what would I do?” and email it with a photo (optional) to [email protected] The most popular answer based on the most likes, comments and shares will win a free night’s stay in the Langham of the nominated city.

For more information, head over to Langham's Facebook page.

Kids Fly Free in August on the World's Best Airline

By: Five Star Alliance

Kids Fly For Less on Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways was recently named ”Airline of the Year” by Skytrax at the annual World Airline Awards 2011 for outstanding inflight product and operational excellence. Fly onboard one of the worlds youngest and most modern fleets to an ever-expanding global network of over 100 destinations.

And this August, fly Qatar Airways to selected destinations and pay only taxes and surcharges for up to two kids. Enjoy a family holiday to some of the most exciting destinations the world has to offer, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha.

Get all the information here >>

Free Summer Gifts at Fairmont's Willow Stream Spa

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Sonoma Mission InnIt's official- summer is here! Today marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and official start of the season. If you can't wait for your sun-and-sand getaway in August, why not plan a mini summer spa-cation? Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is rolling out a slew of value-added summer spa specials to entice you (and a few girlfriends) to hit up a Willow Stream Spa for a little rest and relaxation. Here's what's on the menu. Book "Without a Care," a body experience to keep your summer skin in shape, and you'll receive a FREE Willow Stream Summer Freedom Tote Bag as a gift. Or "Let down your hair" with your friends (four or more) and each person in your group will get $25 off any 90 minute body experience, a Bento Box spa lunch, and the Willow Stream Summer Freedom Tote Bag. These summer spa specials are available starting July 1, 2011 (through September 5) at the following spas: Fairmont Acapulco Princess; Fairmont Banff Springs; Fairmont Empress; Fairmont Mayakoba; Fairmont Pacific Rim; Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; Fairmont Southampton; Fairmont Turnberry Isle; Fairmont Monte Carlo; Fairmont Beijing; and the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai.

Qatar Airways Business Class Luxury

By: Five Star Alliance

Did you know that Qatar Airways is a global airline with over 100 destinations worldwide?

Qatar Airways Business Class

Qatar Airways Business Class sets the standard for onboard comfort and space. Here's why it was awarded World's Leading Business Class at the 16th World Travel Awards 2009.

The 180 degree flat-bed seats come with foot rests, 8 in-seat massage settings, and an in-seat power supply* to charge all your electronics. Need to put the finishing touches on a Powerpoint presentation or business proposal? You'll have no problem getting your work done in this environment. And when it comes time to relax, you'll find touch-screen inflight entertainment, 15.4” monitors, and, over 770 audio and visual options. Best of all: you'll arrive at your destination fresh and ready to go.

 *Available on selected routes only. Not available to Europe and Africa. Click here to learn more about our fleet.

The meals are memorable too. As a premium passenger, you will be treated to five-star dining at 35,000 feet with delicacies including foie gras, caviar, and smoked salmon. Complement your meal with a wide selection of fine wines and champagnes, plus select vintages exclusive to Qatar Airways. You'll also taste regional specialties, as Qatar Airways chooses the menu based on the direction of travel. For example, the Osaka to Doha route in Business Class has all kinds of Japanese delights. The Late Evening Indulgence features a sushi plate, seafood soba noodles soup, and wagyu beef sukiyaki in addition to the smoked center-cut salmon; foie gras with mushroom & chive salad; classic arabic mezze; donatello's azuki and green tea ice creams; sliced fresh fruit; cheese plate of farmhouse cheddar, brie de meaux and fourme d'ambert. The Japanese Breakfast offers grilled balloon fish; braised dried tofu, egg roll simmered shitake; poached egg with miso simmered spinach and carrot; steamed rice; miso soup; yaki nori seaweed; muskmelon & fresh fruit; forest berries in mountain yoghurt; and a selection of Japanese tea, espresso, African coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Book your flight now >>


Win a Trip Around the World with Sofitel Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Paris Arc de TriompheDreaming of embarking on a grand world tour? Here's your chance to win a trip around the globe. Sofitel Hotels has launched a nifty competition called "80 Magnifique Nights"- inspired by both the 1001 Nights tale and the famous Jules Verne novel "Around the World in 80 Days." You're invited to create your ideal voyage at eight Sofitel destinations worldwide in a virtual travel diary.

Enter this sweepstakes and you could win the incredible grand prize: 31 nights for two people in a selection of Sofitel hotels and two round the world passes. Seven other winners will score a fabulous prize: seven nights for two people at one of his/her previously selected Sofitel destinations, like the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe (pictured), a gem of a hotel located in the City of Light's prestigious Golden Triangle.

Psst. Get 5 more chances to win by: *Being or becoming fan of the Sofitel Facebook page *Being or becoming a member of the loyalty program A|CLUB *Sharing the postcard of your 8 favorite destinations with 5 friends

Abandoned Oil Platforms Reborn as Hotels?

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Oil Rig Platform Turned HotelFile this under wacky, weird, and true. You've got a steel oil rig surrounded by water sunk into the ocean floor. What to do with this piece of real estate once it retires? Word is that designers are plotting to recycle old oil platforms and turn them into vacation rentals- maybe even luxury hotels. And what a praise-worthy project it is. The io9 blog quotes two Malaysian design students thoughts on it:

"This design explores the possibility of living on the oil rig, above and below the ocean level. The general population can live above the water while specialized researchers such as marine biologists will work in underwater labs. The in-between zone will be used for housing and recreational areas. The existing structures could be strengthen with the use of peripheral steel beams that allow for high velocity wind to filter through the platform without obstructions."

Back in 2009, Gadling also reported that a oil rig-cum-hotel project was underway by Morris Architects, "a design firm with offices in Houston, Los Angeles and Orlando who won an international hospitality award with the concept."

Image via io9

Win Cool Stuff with the MINI Countryman Wanderlust Campaign

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rusty Parrot Lodge, WyomingGot a case of wanderlust? Go on: dream up your next adventure and then take to the open road! MINI is encouraging folks to take a risk and indulge their road trip fantasies with a new marketing campaign called MINI Countryman Wanderlust. Share your idea on how to escape the everyday for a chance to win weekly prizes like a MINI Countryman Picnic Seat Set. Here's the skinny:

The uploaded idea with the most weekly community votes will win and be announced each Tuesday of the following week. If you turn your idea into reality and tell the story here on MINI Space, you’ll have the chance to win the big one – a brand new MINI Countryman! The most impressive and realized event gets selected by our jury as winner of the MINI Countryman on June 6 so stay tuned! MINI Countryman Wanderlust ends May 27, 2011.

Travel Trends: Hotels Offer Tea Sommeliers & Tea Tasting Menus

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental Dhara DheviThe world's Grande Dame hotels have long offered stellar Afternoon Tea services, but now luxury hotels are upping the ante with tea-paired tasting menus inspired by wine tasting menus. The Independent (UK) reports that the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has "created a Tea & Dine experience at its Chinese restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun, allowing guests to tuck into traditional Cantonese fare accompanied by a perfect range of teas." Each course-- whether stir-fried phoenix prawn or steamed bai ling mushroom and seafood-- is accompanied with its very own tea choice. In this case, a cup of longjing then rain flower tea. Paris' Yam'Tcha restaurant has been making waves for its tea-paired culinary feasts, and other hotels around the world-- from Thailand's Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi to London's Royal Garden Hotel-- have jumped on the bandwagon in offering tea menus. Let's not forget Vegas, where Caesar's Palace has a Tea Sommelier on staff!