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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.

What’s New for Conrad Hotels in 2010: Openings Across the Globe


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ShanghaiCalling all connoisseurs of luxury (and hotel addicts). You'll soon be able to get a dose of Conrad luxury in Shanghai, Koh Samui (Thailand), Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the Bahamas, and Portugal's Algarve. With the addition of these six hotels, Conrad is pursuing a bold expansion strategy. The current portfolio-- comprised of properties in diverse markets across the globe-- numbers 19. While the Conrad Shanghai has a striking contemporary design (pictured) and will house an urban spa, the Conrad Koh Samui Resort and Spa will consist of villas with private plunge pools and outdoor sundecks offering panoramic vistas-- all surrounded by a lush coconut plantation. The Conrad Bimini Resort & Casino is part of an overall new seaside village on the island of North Bimini, Bahamas. The Bimini Bay Resort has restaurants, a marina, spa and a casino. Click here for the full scoop.


Special Savings at The Metroplitan Bangkok


By: Christina Vasquez

The Metropolitan BangkokEnjoy great rate specials at The Metropolitan Bangkok where until December 25, 2009 you can book a prorated nightly rate which equates to one free night with the 2 Plus 1 Promotion for a three consecutive night stay. For bigger savings book the Ultimate Savings Offer and receive prepaid rates starting at $99 for a City Room, $119 for a Studio Room and only $150 for a Metropolitan Room! Take advantage of these extraordinary specials and immerse yourself in Thai culture while retreating to your contemporary luxury retreat at The Metropolitan Bangkok.


The Peninsula Shanghai Opens October 19, 2009


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula ShanghaiNeed we say more? We've been anticipating this hotel launch for awhile now, as the top-notch Peninsula Hotels Group prepares to open its 9th property on the historic Bund waterfront. And The Peninsula Shanghai is now accepting reservations for its October 19th debut. We hear the technology will be as cutting-edge as that in the Peninsula Tokyo. Read: perks like unlimited VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls around the world. The standard guest rooms are billed as the largest standard guest rooms in the city, inspired by the Art Deco period when Shanghai was the "Paris of the East." The dining choices sound fab, especially the nautically-themed bar and Rooftop Restaurant. If the Salon de Ning is anything like New York's, we're in luck.


Get Married on a Yacht in the Maldives with Naladhu Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Naladhu Resort, Maldives

Here's a wedding idea that's bound to send countless hearts aflutter. Sure, destination weddings can translate to turquoise seas and white sands. But a ceremony on a luxurious Maldivian yacht, while sailing around the palm-fringed islands of the South Male Atoll? Now that's epic. Naladhu Resort is known for its luxurious offerings, so we can't say we're surprised. Private plunge pool? Just a drop in the bucket there; they've got dolphin safaris, sunrise yoga, Culinary Journeys, even storytelling on the beach. Tempted by the yacht wedding? Read on:

The Captain welcomes you both aboard with tropical handmade leis placed around your necks, while attentive House Masters serve chilled exotic canapés prior to setting sail. Exchange your carefully chosen vows as the sun begins to set in the distant horizon, and complete the ceremonial exchange of rings as our Bodu Katheeb, or Island Chief, pronounces you husband and wife. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you glide through the Atoll and enjoy the lulling splash of water against the keel as you search for playful dolphins who may even come out to accompany you on your way! Cut the cake onboard and toast to your newly proclaimed love with a glass of fine champagne while our photographer captures these timeless memories of your magical ceremony. Meanwhile, your personal chef and waiter will be busy preparing your seafood barbeque, paired with a carefully selected wine, guiding you to your pre-set table lovingly arranged with beautiful tropical flowers and candles.

Naladhu Resort, Maldives

Not to mention the rose-petal bath awaiting your return, sumptuous breakfast prepared on your deck, and the planting of a coconut tree-- "to symbolize the beginning of your new life together."


Room with a View on Koh Lanta, Thailand: Rawi Warin Resort and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eco-Resort on Koh Lanta

It's Friday, which means a little beach day-dreaming is in order. Check out these pics of the Rawi Warin Eco-Resort and Spa in Thailand (formerly the Langham Place Eco-Resort). The island of Koh Lanta could be heaven on earth: soft sand lapped by the crystal clear water of the Andaman Sea. All viewed from a dramatic infinity-edge pools in your villa....

Eco-Resort on Koh Lanta


World’s Tallest Hotel Bar and Restaurant is…?


By: K. Clare Johnson

lebua at State TowerLooks like there's more than one hotel rooftop bar and/or restaurant vying for the title of world's highest. We wrote on July 27 about some great rooftop spots for dining, drinking and star-gazing. Banyan Tree Bangkok's spectacular 61st floor Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar was one of the luxury spots we mentioned as being the world's highest. Turns out that lebua at State Tower, also in Bangkok, has the Sirocco Restaurant, which they bill as the world's highest open air restaurant, located on the 63rd floor. We're big fans of their Sky Bar, too, which we highlighted a few years ago.

Rather than wade in to the fray about who is the highest, has the best views, or the best drinks/food or service, we'll just say that we wish we were enjoying the view from either one of them right about now.


Trends in the City: Hotel Rooftop Bars


By: Alison Victor

Banyan Tree BangkokCoast to coast, continent to continent, there has been no greater trend than the urban hotel rooftop bar. Not only is it a great tool in drawing crowds and garnering attention, but it provides hotel guests with the best views of their city. So with that, and cocktails, in mind, here are a few places that seem to rise above the rest. Recently revamped, the Skybar at Mondrian Hotel is the place to be seen in Los Angeles. This rooftop destination includes an open air, ivy-covered pavilion set above a pool and outdoor living room, unique reflective glass surfaces, custom-designed furniture, and of course, the best sweeping views of L.A.

On the East Coast, Washingtonians who were eagerly awaiting the opening of the new W Washington DC have been rewarded with the cleverly named POV Rooftop Terrace. Just an elevator ride up to the 11th-floor, this Sasha Petraske owned destination boasts panoramic views of the Nation's monuments, including an almost surreal glimpse of the White House. With carefully crafted cocktails, tapas style "snacks" from culinary great Jean George, and striking red decor, the POV Lounge has elevated DC to another level.

Vertigo, Banyan Tree BangkokVertigo is typically defined as a feeling of dizziness, or disorientation, triggered by high places. With this in mind, it is easy to see why the rooftop lounge at the

Banyan Tree Bangkok has been named The Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar. The Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar has the distinction of being the highest open air bar in the world, offering guests 360 degree views of Bangkok from 61 floors up. Stylish and sleek, this destination is a must on any visitor's checklist.

Warm weather, great views, and refreshing cocktails sound like a good combination no matter where you may find them, and with so many luxury properties extending their reach to the roof top arena, we should only continue to see the outdoor trend soar.


Check into Myanmar at the Governor’s Residence


By: K. Clare Johnson

Governor's ResidenceDiscover Yangon with the The Governor's Residence. Surrounded on three sides by water, Yangon, Myanmar's capital city, has a unique charm with its old colonial buildings, tree lined streets, bustling markets and tranquil lakes. The 1920's era colonial mansion-turned-luxury hotel has just the package for those wishing to explore the ancient city. Check in early and stay for two nights in one of the luxuriously decorated deluxe rooms (complete with marble bath). You'll get welcome fruits, roundtrip transfers to and from the airport, and a late check-out. The concierge will help you tailor a tour of Yangon to your preferences. You won't want to miss the Shwedagon Pagoda, a monument dating from the 11th century. It is plated with more than 8,000 solid gold slabs and its tip is set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz.


One Night Special Offers from the Fullerton Hotel Singapore


By: Christina Vasquez

The Fullerton

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has fantastic package deals for a one night's stay through December 30th. Choose from the Weekend Special and for SGD 338 per night you'll get accommodations in a Courtyard room, a sumptuous American buffet breakfast for two and a late checkout until 3pm. For culinary fans the Gourmet Getaway Package includes one night's stay in a Quay room, Buffet breakfast for two as well as a five-course degustation menu at The Lighthouse Restaurant for two persons (including one glass of Prosecco per person) at SGD 488 per night. From now until September 30th book a last minute stay at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore and get the Summer Special Package which includes one night's stay in a courtyard room, Buffet breakfast, and in-room dinner for two for SGD 388 per night.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance Guests at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore will receive a platter of fresh fruit.


Buzzworthy: Free Bikes with the Park Hyatt’s Bike Valet Program


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palacio Duhau, Park HyattAs we reported last month, Park Hyatt Washington D.C. is now handing out complimentary bikes for guests to take on a spin around the city. We just learned that this "Bike Valet" program will soon be extended to other Park Hyatt properties-- from Sydney to Tokyo, from Chicago to Buenos Aires. Inspired by Lance's recent return to the Tour? Come August, you'll be able to embark on your very own "Tour de Park Hyatt." The concierges will hook you up with a hybrid bike, helmet, lock, city biking map, and bottled water.