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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.

Have a Spring Fling: 30% Off with Starwood Hotels Limited-Time Sale

March 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien Limassol Spa and ResortPssst! Starwood is having a ginormous sale to herald spring's arrival. So if you're looking for a spring fling, why not take a jaunt to one of Starwood's 800 hotels and resorts worldwide? Or even just spend a night away from home in your own 'hood? The "Our World, for a Limited Time" package doles out savings of up to 30% at properties available across all nine of Starwood's brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. (We say the W Retreat on Koh Samui looks mighty nice... And closer to home: spend the night in the "drunk tank" at Boston's "liberated landmark," The Liberty Hotel.) Available for stays until May 30, 2011, must book by April 4, 2011.

Pictured: A heavenly slice of the Mediterranean at Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort on Cyprus.


Switch Off Your Smartphone, Recharge Your Batteries at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

March 30, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hotel ShanghaiOn business in Shanghai? The Four Seasons Hotel is inviting you to recharge your batteries... by disconnecting from your Blackberry and iPhone. The swank hotel insists that two days is all they need to get you fully rebooted and ready to get back to work. Just switch off the power buttons, extend your stay with the new "Suite Delight Promotion," and reconnect with the art of relaxation. You'll get reduced rates on your accommodations plus dining and spa credits. Straight from the horse's mouth:

Opt for a personal Spring detox via the Green Dragon Cleansing Ritual at Qin, The Spa; savour Chef’s April Zhou Shan seafood specials in Si Ji Xuan; or sample the tantalizing first flush of Long Jin (Dragon Well) green tea with Spring Flush Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge. And with access to the Hotel Concierge’s legendary historical, art and cultural itineraries, there’s scope to discover even more of the city’s sweet spots.

The Suite Delight Promotion is offered through May 1, 2011, and includes Executive Suite accommodations, a CNY 300 food and beverage credit, daily buffet breakfast for two at Café Studio, CNY 200 Spa voucher, and late check-out based on availability.


See Siem Reap with your Girlfriends: Stay at the Historic Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

March 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Raffles Grand Hotel d'AngkorAlways dreamed of seeing the Angkor Wat ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia? Do it in style with a girlfriends getaway at the Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor-- originally built in 1932 to provide classy digs during the "golden age of travel." The elegant French period hotel is inviting you to check out the mystical Angkor temple complex while reliving the romance of Indochina's colonial heyday during a three-night stay at one of Asia's finest hotels. The "Girlfriends Getaway" is designed for groups of four ladies, and combines spa pampering and gourmet dining with escorted shopping and temple outings, priced at US$1,955 per night. What else is in store? Airport transfers, round-the-clock assistance from Raffles Butlers, daily Champagne breakfast, a private cocktail party and two gourmet dinners, including a ‘Royal Khmer’ tasting-menu of imperial cuisine at the fine dining restaurant Le Grand. You'll also score culinary secrets in a private cooking class with a Raffles chef. Inside your two-bedroom villa, you'll get manicures and pedicures, facial and reflexology treatments, a mediation session and a choice of aromatherapy or traditional Khmer massage. Did we mention the consultation with the local fortune teller?


Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo is Closed through April 2011

March 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Hotel TokyoThe devastating natural disasters in Japan have forced the temporary closure of the new Shangri-La Hotel. Luxury Travel Advisor reports: "The hotel's general manager, Wolfgang Krueger, and about 11 other people from the hotel are now working out of Fukuoka, in southern Japan. "This is not a decision we have made lightly," said Maria Kuhn, a spokesperson for the hotel. "As soon as we feel it is safe and we can run the hotel at our normal standards, we will open again."

Here's the skinny from the hotel's website:

Following the natural disasters in Japan on 11 March 2011 and the resulting logistical difficulties and hazards Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo will not be accepting any new guests until further notice. Bookings will resume as soon as the energy supply and normal hotel operation can and has been restored.

 

 


Eco-Friendly Luxury Hotels: Shangri-La Bangkok Installs Solar Panels

March 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, solar panelsYet another reason to love the riverfront Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok: the hotel has just installed solar panels on a 938-square-meter portion of the rooftop (pictured at right). The BT 13 million investment will power a solar water heating system, generating enough renewable energy to heat 25 million liters of water a year, sufficient hot water production for the 802 guestrooms of the Shangri-La Wing and the Krungthep Wing. The Shangri-La Bangkok is making waves in the industry, as this is the largest such solar system to be found in any hotel in Thailand. Talk about guilt-free luxury!


Access to the Tower Club Lounge and 10% Discount at lebua in Bangkok

March 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tower Club at lebua, BangkokSleep on top of the world at the Tower Club at lebua, the luxurious all-suite hotel housed in the top floors of Bangkok's State Tower (51st-59th floors). Not only will you find some of the finest digs in town, awarded numerous accolades, but you'll also get to imbibe some cocktails at the world-famous Sky Bar. Each of the hotel's suites offer dramatic views over the city skyline and Chao Phraya river from a private balcony. You'll be spoiled rotten in these spacious accommodations- outfitted with Bvlgari bath amenities, feather soft beds and gourmet goodies from Petrossian in the mini bar. That's not all. Access to the Tower Club Lounge means a host of complimentary amenities at your fingertips: full breakfast, wireless Internet access, VDO on demand, and drinks. There's also a light lunch and afternoon tea served daily at select times. Hot deals: Book the special "Five Star Alliance" rate and you'll get a 10% discount on your room, plus coveted access to the Tower Club Lounge.


Last-Minute Luxury Hotel Deals: Specials at The Oberoi Mumbai

March 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Oberoi MumbaiA stay at an Oberoi Hotel, so say devotees, is an ultra-luxurious experience to be remembered for years. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts is synonymous the world over with all-round excellence and unparalleled service. The Oberoi Mumbai, for example, boasts a swanky spa, heated outdoor pool, and a rich variety of dining experiences with sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Located on Marine Drive, the famous boulevard along the coast in South Mumbai, The Oberoi has 73 suites and 214 rooms that are serene, elegant, and loaded with all the latest technology.

Hot deals: Staying in Mumbai before March 31, 2011? You'll want to snag one of these deals. The Oberoi is currently offering a second night at 50% when you say in a Premier Ocean View Room or a Suite. Or, stay for two nights in a Premier Ocean View Room or a Suite and get the third night on the house. Lastly, The Oberoi is also featuring an "Exclusive Suite Offer," spoiling suite guests with complimentary breakfast, an airport transfer in a BMW, Internet access and cocktails between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Related Articles: From Tragedy to Rebirth: Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel Reopens After $45 Million Makeover


Dreamy Destinations: A Spa Paradise at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

March 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Maldives Rangali IslandParadise found. Spanning two islands enclosed by a coral reef, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a dream destination surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. There's diving and snorkeling, Pilates and yoga, yachting and fishing. Arrive in style in a seaplane over the lagoon, then bliss out at the resort adored by spa junkies. Unwind in the resort's two outstanding spas (as there are two, one on each island!) then dine in the world’s first all-glass, undersea restaurant.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has recently revamped their Spa Water Villas, custom-designed for spa aficionados with a private spa treatment room for two, open-air Jacuzzi on the sun deck, huge bath tub, and mini bar stocked with organic treats. Conrad Maldives Rangali IslandAnd now they've unveiled the "Spa, Plane and Simple" package for spa lovers to relax with an indulgent experience at a great value. Here's the skinny on the package inclusions:

* Seven nights in a Spa Water Villa

* $1400 in spa credits ($200 credit per day to be used on spa treatments)

* Complimentary seaplane transfers to the resort to/from Male International Airport (valued at $420 per person)

* Daily Breakfast

Package rates start at $1100 per night (a total savings of over 20%). The offer begins in March and lasts through October 31, 2011.


Conrad Hotels Celebrates 25 Years: Get a Free Night in Chicago, Miami, Brussels and More

March 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ChicagoConrad Hotels & Resorts-- described as "the most global contemporary luxury brand of the Hilton Family"-- has been around for a quarter century. To celebrate this milestone, Conrad is giving you a night on the house. Available for stays booked between March 1 and June 12, 2011 and completed by June 30, 2011, this offer is available at choice locations around the globe-- from Bali to Brussels, Singapore to San Juan. A minimum night stay requirement applies and varies by each individual hotel. For example, stay three nights at Conrad Chicago, a prime Windy City address, and get your fourth night for free. (Rates from $195.) Soak up the sun in Miami and get your fourth night free- with rates starting from $299. Check out the art, culture and design in the European Capital and get a third night free at Conrad Brussels- with rates starting from €199 per night. Offer is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply.


Retreat and Surrender: Comped Goodies at W Retreat Koh Samui

March 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Retreat Koh SamuiNovember 2010 saw the debut of the W Retreat Koh Samui, one of the sexiest hotels to open in Thailand in years. Surrounded by lush foliage and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the head-turning resort features 75 sleek villas on the beach, each equipped with their own private pool. Facilities run the gamut from the water sports activity center and AWAY spa to a happening bar and daybed-studded pool deck. In short, all of W's signature luxuries at your fingertips. Talk about an ideal tropical retreat! We've just learned about two special offers at the W Retreat Koh Samui worth passing along to our readers. With "Retreat and Surrender," you get complimentary breakfast for 2 at The Kitchen Table, free roundtrip airport transfers, a Whatever/Whenever Credit of THB 2,500 per night, and a free upgrade to the next Retreat category. Rates starting from THB 20,500 per night for stays completed by June 30, 2011. Also available: the 3rd night free offer, which includes complimentary breakfast for two and a whimsical W present with your accommodations. Rates start from THB 20,500 for stays through the end of March.