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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.

Great Offers and Amenities for Five Star Alliance Guests from the Fullerton Hotel Singapore


By: Christina Vasquez

Fullerton Hotel SingaporeAs of March 1, 2009, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore is offering an exclusive deal to

Five Star Alliance guests. Book the Five Star B and B Rate between now and June 30th, 2009, and receive accommodations for a Courtyard Room with charming views of the Sunlight Atrium Lobby. The rate also includes buffet breakfast for two, as well as a late 3pm check out, all for SGD 428.00 per night.

Rate requires a two night stay and is subject to availability.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests at Fullerton Hotel Singapore making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive a platter of fresh fruit.


New Langham Digs To Hit Shanghai in May


By: Mackenzie Allison

Those who yearn for old-school style in an exotic setting can get their fix come this May when The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai opens this spring. Touting 1930's glam, the property stands to be the only Art Deco boutique hotel in Shanghai. What to Expect: In the heart of Shanghai's central business district, this art deco boutique property boasts 96 rooms and suites, China's first Chuan Spa and five restaurants, including the Michelin-Two Star winner T’ang Court. Nearby attractions include the Shanghai grand Theatre, Shanghai Municipal Government building and The Bund.


Designer Bathrooms that are Better than Hotel Rooms


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoWe've been known to drool over the swanky bathrooms at The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo (can we- like- sleep here?) In fact, hotel bathrooms have emerged in recent years as lavish, even crucially important, spaces. Sometimes-- as recently described by Hotels Magazine-- "becoming the very centerpiece of the guestroom." According to the article, entitled "Drawing the Baths Out":  "Baths are no longer an afterthought in the guestroom design process... thanks in large part to the emergence of the spa as a featured hotel amenity." Hence the spa bathroom, found in hotels around the world.

Regent Bal HarbourRegent Bal Harbour: Boasting floor to ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean, the fabulous showers also have custom "toe testers." Each shower has a faucet groove for guests to dip their toes in to test the temperature of the water before turning on the head to enjoy a relaxing shower.

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya:  One of the hottest hotels in the world has some pretty fabulous bath facilities. Nestled on 36 acres of beaches and tropical mangrove forests on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the Mandarin Oriental has garnered abundant praise and accolades since its debut. One of the coolest features? Baths placed in open-air private gardens, called "bath patios."

St Regis Resort BaliSt. Regis Resort Bali: Notice the exotic materials in the pic? The bathrooms are all about the sense of ritual (and luxury, of course.) You can bathe in a deep soaking tub built for two while gazing out the window. Floors are made from locally-sourced beige marble, and the decorative white limestone and Bangkerai timber are also locally harvested.

Raffles Dubai bathroomRaffles Dubai: A landmark on the city's skyline, the pyramid-shaped hotel is known for its opulent suites with private butler service. The Fire Suite has a Jacuzzi tub situated at the top of marble steps-- facing a window overlooking glitzy Dubai. The over-the-top bathroom was designed with 24-karat gold in a sprawling space measuring 50 square meters.


Cherry Blossom Viewings Await in Tokyo


By: Christina Vasquez

Four Seasons Chinzan-so TokyoAt the beginning of early spring people flock to the world's most exciting city capital to experience the intermingling of natural beauty in the heart of an ultra contemporary Japanese metropolis. The yearly blossoming of the Sakura, or cherry blossom, drives hoards of locals and tourists to Tokyo's numerous parks, gardens, and temple grounds to capture the picturesque splendor. If you are planning a visit to the Japanese capital between March 30th and April 9th, you're in luck as the Sakura is forecasted to be at its spectacular peak during this period. Stay at the Four Seasons Chinzan-so Tokyo which is ideally located in a peaceful Japanese garden, and spend your days taking in the whimsical charm of the cherry blossom, then retreat to luxurious quarters to enjoy modern accommodations and top notch service.


Hotel Hot Tubs with the Best Views: InterContinental Hong Kong


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hong KongTravel and Leisure just came out with a drool-worthy slideshow of the world's best hotel hot tubs. From Manhattan to the South African jungle, these hot tubs offer sublime views while you soak. What'd they miss? The InterContinental Hong Kong, where guests of the CEO Suite and Terrace Suite experience mind-blowing views over Victoria Harbour and glittering Hong Kong Island from Jacuzzis situated on the terrace. (The Presidential Suite has its own rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city.)


Three Countries in One Day from Anantara Resort Golden Triangle


By: Christina Vasquez

The Anantara Resort Golden TriangleWhat could be more exciting than a trip to Northern Thailand's exotic Chiang Rai? How about the adventure of exploring three countries in one day? For a two night minimum, The Anantara Resort Golden Triangle is currently offering a Three Country Discovery Package, which includes daily accommodations, and a one day tour of Mae Sai and Chiang Saen in Thailand; Tachilek in Myanmar, and Don Sao in Laos. Tour guide and driver are provided as well as daily breakfast for two.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Anantara Resort Golden Triangle will receive a special Anantara "Signature Welcome Drink" served upon arrival, fruit basket and chocolate upon guest arrival, and complimentary Hall of Opium tickets for two.


Destination Istanbul: Conquer the Grand Bazaar with the Ceylan InterContinental’s Private Guide


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ceylan InterContinental Hotel IstanbulStraddling two continents, where the East meets West, Istanbul is one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities. When you book a stay at the Ceylan InterContinental, you'll enjoy not only top-notch facilities (health and fitness center, spa with Turkish hammam), but also insider experiences crafted by the knowledgeable concierge staff. Accommodations are downright lavish-- with stunning views over the Bosphorous-- and are appropriate for both business and leisure travelers.

Ceylan InterContinental Hotel IstanbulThe hotel's concierge can arrange a "Sights of Istanbul" tour, taking in the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, one of the city's most incredible landmarks. Lined with over 20,000 handmade ceramic blue tiles, Istanbul's Blue Mosque boasts 200 stained glass windows. You can also "Conquer the Grand Bazaar"-- the world's oldest and largest covered shopping area-- with a personal guide at your side to lead you through the maze of shops. A private driver will take you there in comfort.


Snuggle Up to Langham Place Mongkok Hong Kong’s Blissful Beds


By: K. Clare Johnson

Langham Place Mongkok Hong KongGetting a good night's sleep has never been so luxurious. Langham Place Mongkok Hong Kong, along with other Langham properties, offers a unique Blissful Bed experience designed with your sweet dreams in mind. The down and feather duvet with 100% cotton, 255-thread count cover is surrounded by five extra-soft and fluffy pillows of varying sizes. The Langham tradition pillow is filled with 50% down and 50% feather to give you ultimate softness yet still provide excellent support. Other pillows with hypo allergenic Dacron offer the alternative for more sensitive sleepers. The mattress is built with 10" pocket coils that allows extreme comfort and also satisfies body support needs at each of the body's curves and contours from your head to your toes. The mattress is further enhanced by a built in 1-inch pillow top comforter giving the bed a plush, soft luxuriating feel. Guests can also select from a complimentary pillow menu with different fragrant pillows. That late check-out just got even more appealing.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at the Langham Place Mongkok Hong Kong, will enjoy a welcome drink in the new Japanese Restaurant - Tokoro Bar and, if available, a late check-out at 4 pm.


New Capella Singapore Accepting Reservations for March


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella Singapore

We've been keeping our eye on the new Capella brand of ultra-luxury hotels, founded by Horst Schulze, the former president and CEO of Ritz-Carlton. What's the latest? Capella Singapore will open its doors in March, the first flagship property for Capella Hotels and Resorts in Asia. There's a reason this resort debut is highly-anticipated: Capella Singapore is a design dream conceived by some of the world's most talented hospitality gurus. Just 10 minutes from the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Singapore, the Capella is nestled in a private enclave on Sentosa Island surrounded by 30 acres of rolling hills and verdant rainforest. The South China Sea is the resort's backyard. Of the world-class attractions on the island, there's championship golf, tennis, beaches, nature trails, and the Resorts World Development. As to be expected, the accommodations are as dreamy as the treatments at the Auriga Spa. Capella Singapore is currently featuring a Special Opening Offer, where you can stay three nights and only pay for two, available March 30-May 31, 2009.


Free Dolphin Safari and Champagne: Paradise in the Maldives at Naladhu Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Naladhu Resort, Maldives

Powdery white beaches? Check. Turquoise lagoons? Check. Your own private house with infinity-edge pool, hardwood floors and goose-down pillows? Check. You've arrived in paradise on your own private island at Naladhu Resort, steps from the Indian Ocean, where your very own Naladhu house comes equipped with wifi, Bose home-surround theater, satellite TV, and in-room iPod. Did we mention the House Master who can cater to your every whim? After an unbearably long winter, a sunny, private sanctuary like Naladhu Resort is looking pretty tempting. When you book your stay with Five Star Alliance, you'll get a free Dolphin Safari, bottle of Champagne, and late check-out, to boot.