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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.

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.


Share Your Proposal Story: Win a Trip Around the World with Langham Hotels

March 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham Hong KongThe hospitality industry's got the Royal Wedding on the brain. On both sides of the pond there are special packages galore for royal watchers to mark the occasion. But Langham Hotels has gone one step further. The hotel company recently announced a competition encouraging couples to submit the "most romantic proposal" for a chance to win a trip around the world, using one million Asia Miles and staying in the lap of Langham luxury on four different continents. (The trip is worth $40,000.) Just upload a videoblog detailing your marriage proposal, or a video of the actual event, and link it to Facebook or Chinese social media site Kaixin by April 29, 2011. In May, Langham Hotels will pick 10 finalists, who will then be asked to share how they'll spend their time at the eight Langham locations worldwide. For more info, visit: romantic.langhamhotels.com.

Details on the prize: One million frequent flyer miles, two-night stays in each of the eight Langham properties (located in London, Hong Kong (pictured), Boston, Pasadena, Auckland, Melbourne and two hotels in Shanghai, The Langham Yangtze Boutique and The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai), airport transfers, and an afternoon tea experience.


ArtScience Museum Debuts at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

March 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marina Bay SandsIt's little wonder that Singapore's Marina Bay Sands was one of the most buzzed about hotel openings of 2010. A sky-high infinity pool, restaurants by celebrity chef Guy Savoy, a plant-filled SkyPark set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform... What more could you ask for? Well, "Asia's ultimate resort experience" has just upped the ante with yet another exciting amenity: the ArtScience Museum, recently opened in a fanfare celebration. Here's how Malaysia Asia describes the lotus-inspired museum:

Designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie, it has been called “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore” by Mr. Sheldon Adelson, the visionary chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp. The curved roof of the museum harvests rainwater, sending it to a reflecting pool. There are a total of 21 gallery spaces that will embrace achievements in both art and science in a total of 4,800 square meters of space here. Traveling exhibitions will change every three to six months.

Book the "Museum Premiere Package" to mark the opening of the ArtScience Museum and spend the night in luxury while delighting in the cultural experience that's the talk of the town. Book by March 10 and enjoy rates from $339++ (per night for select weekdays) or S$359++ (per night for select weekends) and receive 2 adult tickets to the ArtScience Museum. Available for select dates through April 2011.


A Free Night and Restaurant Credit: The St. Regis Osaka Celebrates its Debut

March 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis OsakaBack in July 2010 we reported that Starwood's St. Regis brand was heading to Japan. Now The St. Regis Osaka has debuted 160 guest rooms and suites that it says are "the most spacious and elegantly appointed in Osaka." Serviced by the St. Regis butler, the residential-style accommodations have luxuriously layered beds with headboards made of Kawashima silk showing motifs of gingko and cherry blossoms. Walk-in closets and spa-like bathrooms with Japanese tubs and rainforest showers are standard in all rooms, as are the high-tech amenities. Be one of the first guests to check out the sleek spa and elegant dining at Rue d’Or or La Veduta, while taking advantage of a special offer at the St. Regis Osaka. Book the "Opening Package" and get a JPY 5,000 restaurant credit and a complimentary one night stay for your next visit.


The World’s Tallest Hotels (in Dubai, Bangkok, Shanghai… Where Else?)

February 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al ArabCurious about the tallest hotels on the planet? Do any hotels in the Americas make the cut? Web Urbanist just published the Top 10 List, and it's making the Internet rounds. Burj Al Arab-- the sail-shaped wonder soaring over the beach in Dubai-- lands on the list, along with two other Dubai properties: The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana and Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The rest of the buildings can be found in cities across Asia: The Baiyoke Tower II in Bangkok, The Cullinan I in Hong Kong, the Grand Lisboa in Macau, The Lanko-Grand Hyatt Hotel in Chongqing, Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore, Oasis Skyway Garden Hotel in Shanghai, JR Central Hotel Tower in Nagoya, and Ryugyong Hotel Tower in Pyongyang. Check out all the photos here.


Sofitel Phnom Penh Unveils New Dining Digs

February 25, 2011
By: Meagan Drillinger

Sofitel Phnom PenhFoodies looking for fodder? The Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra in Cambodia has opened its eighth restaurant, Fu Lu Zu. The new dining digs joins the ranks of a Chinese restaurant, Japanese restaurant and Italian restaurant, as well as a chocolatiere, an Old World bar, two poolside eateries and La Coupole, which blends both Western and Asian flavors.

We like the restaurant's timeless theme, which takes diners back to the Golden Age of travel (think plush red seats and coffered ceiling). Here gourmands can feast on shark's fin and braised bird's nest as well as lobster, crab and barbecued pork.

Saturday and Sunday mornings are reserved for dim sum, and, as a nice touch, the restaurant will remain open into the wee hours for famished night owls.