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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.

St. Regis Singapore: The World’s Best Business Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis SingaporeWhen the swanky St. Regis opened its doors just off Orchard Road in Singapore last year, it made waves as the first international luxury hotel to open in the island city-state in a decade. The first hotel for the posh St. Regis brand in southeast Asia, the 299-room Singapore property is getting lots of press for its impeccable service. The Robb Report named it as "Best of the Best" and the St. Regis Singapore also landed a spot on Travel and Leisure's It List as the top new business hotel for 2008:

The multilingual butlers are rigorously trained, and we found their graciousness refreshing in the midst of Singapore's often harried atmosphere. Our night butler, of his own accord, presented us with two different types of lens cleaners for our eyeglasses. The next morning, a double espresso was waiting for us when we woke up. Butlers are even equipped with BlackBerrys, so you can reach them wherever they are. The hotel is classic in feel, a fact which belies the modern glass façade. Interiors do acknowledge the St. Regis's Asian setting (we loved the chinoiserie armoires and works by contemporary Chinese artists), though details like the Czech crystal chandeliers and Regency-style furniture are a tad old-fashioned for our tastes.

The St. Regis Singapore is currently running some excellent promotions, like the complimentary nights offer, where you stay for two nights (over a weekend) and pay for only one. If you stay three consecutive nights (any time), you pay for only two.

Fantastic Three and Five Night Package Deals from Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

By: Christina Vasquez

Ubud Hanging GardensDiscover the tranquility of Bali and everything this tropical paradise has to offer with superb package deals at Ubud Hanging Gardens. Book three nights accommodations and take advantage of the "Something to Celebrate" package which includes: daily American breakfast, one way airport transfer, welcome flowers decorations & sparkling wine, one traditional three-course dinner at Beduur Restaurant, a picnic for two and 10 percent discount on individual spa treatments. Plan on staying a little longer? The Ubud Hanging Gardens is also offering the "Bali Harmony Package". For a minimum five-night stay, enjoy one way airport transfer, a one-hour Yoga class, a two-hour pure relaxation treatment for two people, a two-hour morning walk, one revitalizing Yang massage treatment for two, a guided tour of the local temples, one private picnic, and two three-course dinners for two (excl drinks) as well as 10 percent discount for any additional individual spa treatments.

Packages valid from 3rd November 2008 to 21st December 2009, package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.

Summer Pasta Festival at The Peninsula Bangkok

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Bangkok

It's back. Executive Chef Philip Sedgwick is cooking up some summer fun at The Peninsula Bangkok-- the riverside palace hotel that's become a legend in hospitality. From June-August 2009, The Lobby will offer a delicious assortment of fresh, home-made pastas and sauces during the Pasta Festival. Sauces include the following flavorful mixes: Duck Ragout, with black olives and pine nuts; a zesty Amatriciana sauce with spicy pork cheeks and Rome tomatoes (the pasta lover's all-time fave); and a hearty, vegetarian delight of tomato, basil, and eggplant. All sauces can be served alongside your choice of classic fettucini, strozzapreti, or farfalle. Don't miss the Chef's Specialties: Ricotta Ravioli with thyme, crayfish and creamy bell peppers, or Duck Liver and Pumpkin Cannelloni with roasted sage jus. The Pasta Festival Menu is available daily in The Lobby for lunch and dinner.

PS. Head to the River Bar for a refreshing cocktail and unsurpassed views of the River of Kings.

Sunday Brunch in Hong Kong at the InterContinental Grand Stanford

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong KongGuests of the InterContinental Grand Stanford-- the internationally-renowned hotel in Kowloon-- are in for a treat. You can tuck into a royal feast for Sunday Brunch at Mistral Restaurant; the Italian restaurant offers a Sparkling Sunday Brunch so you can revel in an endless flow of Prosecco, savor the finest quality foie gras, and taste an array of Italian favorites, while your kids are happily entertained at the Leap Frog Kids' Corner. Available on Sundays from 11:30 am-2:30 pm. In addition to the excellent dining outlets, the hotel is famous for its Sun Court Pool (pictured), designed with lush landscaping, a luxurious wood deck, and river-washed stones. Relax in a lounge chair under the cooling mist and take in the expansive city views of Victoria Harbour.

Bonus Choices Abound at Shangri La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

By: K. Clare Johnson

Shangri La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel As if you needed a reason to visit Taipei. Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel is offering a Bonus Choice package starting at TWD 8,520. The deal entitles you to complimentary Internet access and late check-out until 4pm. Plus, you can choose one of the following:

• Spa treatments credit of NTD1,500

• Dining credit of NTD1,500

• Quadruple bonus airline frequent flyer mileage

A minimum 2-night stay is required and the deal is subject to prevailing tax and service charges. Unused portions of selected benefit is not transferable and will not be refunded to your hotel bill. Dining credits (where available) may be used for all meal periods except breakfast and banquet functions. Spa credits (where available) do not guarantee availability of spa appointments.

Blissful Dreams at Rasananda Phangan Island, Thailand

By: K. Clare Johnson

Rasananda PhanganThailand's Rasananda Phangan Island wants every moment of your vacation to be luxurious and blissful. The 44 villas & suites nestled at the base of a mountain all have private pools and Rasananda's exclusive "blissful dreams" mattress-- adorned with 500 thread count bed linens and goose down duvets. The room has hardwood floors, Thai teakwood furniture accented with handwoven silks and cottons, along with flat screen TVs, satellite television, a home theatre and Apple TV. Even the Princess from The Princess and the Pea would get a good night's sleep if she were slumbering here!

Pillow Menus and Poolside Massages at The Sukhothai, Bangkok

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sukhothai, BangkokImagine a leafy oasis of courtyards, lotus ponds, and palatial rooms-- in the middle of bustling Bangkok. Hard to believe that such a tranquil hotel can be found in this urban center, but the beautifully-designed Sukhothai does indeed offer guests a city resort experience. Elegant guest rooms recall a bygone era; think Thai silk and teakwood furnishings. Guests are ensured a restful night's sleep with the exclusive pillow menu created in partnership with Parker & Morgan pillows. The Sukhothai's leisure facilities are what you'd expect to find at a beach, not in the middle of Bangkok: a fully-equipped spa, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, 25-meter swimming pool, squash and tennis courts. Nestled in the garden, Spa Botanica has now expanded its holistic wellness experience throughout The Sukhothai Bangkok by offering a Poolside Massage Service.

Hotel Sofitel on Renmin Square: Where to Stay in Xian, China

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Xian on Renmin SquareHeading to Xian to see the Terracotta warriors?  One of the oldest cities in Chinese history, situated at the eastern end of the Silk Road, Xian boasts more than 3,100 years of history and a slew of interesting sites. Of all the pagodas, museums, and temples, the most touristed is the world-famous Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army-- a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's not-to-be missed. The place to stay in Xian is the Sofitel on Renmin Square, easily the most luxurious hotel in town, and close to all the major sites. Recognized as one of the world's top business hotels (as Xian is also an important business capital), the Sofitel has myriad dining options and a spa and indoor pool, along with swanky accommodations.

Take Comfort in Luxury at the St Regis Beijing

By: Alison Victor

St. Regis BeijingLocated in the center of Beijing's business, shopping and diplomatic district, only a few minutes drive away from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, is the St. Regis Beijing. This ultra-luxurious property takes pride in being a home away from home for even the most discerning traveler. The St. Regis Beijing has 258 guest rooms and suites equipped with the most luxurious amenities. In every room you will find walk-in closets, spacious marble bathrooms, signature beds, and of course, fresh flowers. For those of you traveling with a larger group, connecting rooms are available upon request. The St. Regis Beijing wants every guest to feel the comfort of home with the luxury of five star service and amenities. Book now through June, and you can stay in a deluxe, king bedded room for around 300 USD per night.

Scuba Diving (and Detox Program) at the Aleenta Resort in Phuket

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Aleenta Resort

From the floor-to-ceiling windows in your room at the Aleenta Resort, you can take in views of the white sandy beaches and exotic vegetation on Thailand's Andaman coast. The rooms may be gorgeous at this idyllic seaside retreat, but the limestone rock formations in nearby Phang Nga Bay National Park are even prettier. Aleenta is the ideal base to explore the region's sybaritic delights. Located right on the beach, Aleenta encourages guests to explore Thailand's underwater marvels, as well. The "Dive Escape" package includes a "Whale Snark and Manta Safari"-- one full-day private charter for two people including three dives, all equipment, and a gourmet picnic on board. What's more-- Aleenta is famous for its spa's detox program, so you can refresh and rejuvenate yourself while on vacay.