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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.

Half Price in Ho Chi Minh City at the Caravelle Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh CityToast the Caravelle's 50th anniversary with a special half-price promotion. Hurry-- you must book by the end of September for stays through December 31, 2009. You'll get 50 percent off plus a US$ 20 credit. Ho Chi Minh's historic hotel even has a book coming out this month, chronicling the stories surrounding the hotel that was designed to be Vietnam's grandest when it opened in 1959:

The Caravelle almost immediately became a focal point of world attention for the next turbulent decade-and-a-half. The hotel thus became inseparable from both the journalistic luminaries who covered the Vietnam War and a new, progressive brand of war correspondence. In the process, it also became a monument to the valor of the Vietnamese people. As Saigon's unofficial press club, the Caravelle was frequented by policy makers and such media icons as David Halberstam, Peter Arnett, Morley Safer, Neil Sheehan and Walter Cronkite. CBS News and ABC News had bureaus in the hotel, as did The New York Times during the early years of the war. And there was intrigue aplenty, as reporters watched from the rooftop bar as the city's outskirts were shelled, or Barry Goldwater harangued against the war's "negative" coverage by the foreign press.


The Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach Set to Open in November


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Place Samui at Lamai BeachGet ready for some fun in the sun, Thai-style. Langham Hotels International is bringing a touch of luxury to the Gulf of Thailand with the opening of the Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach in November. Right on the sand, this "five-star beach village" will have 77 villas and suites with open-air bathrooms, many featuring secluded private pools and views out to sea. Unique to this property: Beach Angels and Resort Angels to cater to guests' every whim, a LIFE Concierge offering a wide selection of island excursions and recreational activities, the "borderless" dining concept at restaurants throughout the resort, a movie screen for film-fests by the pool, and international DJs spinning tunes at festive pool parties. We're also thrilled to check out Langham's signature Chuan Spa at this tropical hideaway.


Savings in Shanghai at Le Royal Meridien


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Royal Meridien ShanghaiBusiness in Shanghai? Bed down in luxury in the middle of the action on historic Nanjing Road East and get free nights and discounts at Le Royal Meridien. It's hard to find a better location in Shanghai-- opposite the People's Square and overlooking the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Art Museum. Just a short walk away is the historic Bund, and you've got a plethora of restos, bars, and shops just outside the hotel on the Nanjing Pedestrian Walkway. The sleek contemporary hotel offers sweeping views of the Huang Pu river and the famous urban skyline from floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms. When you stay 2 nights at Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, you'll get 20 percent off (arrive on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday). Stay 3 nights, and pay for only 2 (arrive Thurs-Sat). Stay 4 nights, pay 3 (arrive Wed-Sat). Stay 5 nights, get 25 percent off (valid on all arrival days except Monday and Sunday). Stay 6 nights, pay 4 (valid for all arrival days).


Corporate Friendly Services and Amenities from The Mena House Oberoi


By: Christina Vasquez

The Mena House OberoiJust for the savvy business traveler The Mena House Oberoi offers a great rate that is specifically designed to suit your business travel needs. Book a stay at this historic palace hotel and take advantage of the Oberoi Business Travel Plus rate. With this rate you'll enjoy daily breakfast, a one way airport transfer, complementary internet usage, express and early check in, and even a late 6:00 PM check out. All amenities specifically designed to provide you with a hassle free stay so you can concentrate on handling those lucrative buisness deals.


Opening Soon in Beijing: The China World Summit Wing, a Shangri-La Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

China World TowerShangri-La's swanky new resort in the Maldives may be getting all the press love these days, but soon all eyes will turn to Beijing, as the luxury hospitality group opens the China World Summit Wing in the new 330-meter tall China World Tower in the heart of the Central Business District. What's in store? 278 guestrooms and suites (billed as some of the largest in the city), four designer restaurants, two bars and a lounge, CHI The Spa, ample conference facilities, and an observation deck on level 81.


The World’s Tallest Hotel: Shanghai or Hong Kong?


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt ShanghaiAnd the battle wages on... Hotels around the world vie to be the tallest, most luxurious, in a spectacular display of one-upmanship. Five, Six, Seven stars? (What's the legal limit, anyway?) Business Week recently highlighted the Park Hyatt Shanghai, located on floors 79 to 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center, as the world's highest hotel:

See that nice pagoda-shaped building you're looking down on out the window? Yeah, that's the Jin Mao Tower, and it's about 40 meters taller than the Empire State Building in NYC.

Floor-to-ceiling windows from China's tallest building provide incredible views (through the smog, of course.) And though the Burj Dubai may be the world's tallest building, the "world's highest hotel" title currently belongs to the Park Hyatt Shanghai. Until the completion of the International Commerce Center in Kowloon, that is. Then the planned 7-star Ritz-Carlton will steal the title.


Lunar Spa Treatments at the Capella Singapore’s Auriga Spa


By: Christina Vasquez

Capella SingaporeThe Capella Singapore's Auriga Spa and Fitness Center offers a unique twist on relaxation treatments by adding four services with a celestial approach to wellness that are based on the cycles of the moon. Choices from these signature treatments include the following and are only offered during the corresponding lunar phase:

New Moon: The Beginning - Treatments during the new moon stage will focus on stimulating and awakening the body.

Waxing Moon: Sowing the Seeds -The waxing phase is the time to "sow the seeds" and nourish the body.

The Full Moon: This lunar phase brings one to the height of his or her potential and treatments during this phase incorporate pink roses to signify balance and the realization of full potential.

Waning Moon: Cleansing - The waning moon signals a time to cleanse the body and spirit to stimulate the elimination of body toxins.

Along with these distinctive services guests can also enjoy a range of traditional Asian therapies scrubs and wraps for an out of body experience while enjoying world class accommodations and amenities offered at the Capella Singapore.


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.