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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.

Luxury Shopping Spree in Shanghai at the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel

July 3, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pudong Shangri-LaSoar to the heights of the new Shanghai at the Pudong Shangri-La. The views of the Bund and the Huangpu River are unrivaled from this vantage point. (The floor-to-ceiling windows in the guest rooms capture the panorama of the historic Bund.) One of the city's preeminent luxury hotels, the Pudong Shangri-La offers world-class facilities and the warm and attentive service for which Shangri-La is known. With easy access to both Hongqiao and Pudong international airports, this is an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers. Designer restaurants and bars, ballrooms, health club and swimming pool, and Chi, The Spa... The Shangri-La's got it all. Shop til you drop when in Shanghai, discover the city's many shopping enclaves, and pamper yourself thoroughly at the Pudong Shangri-La with a lot of complimentary extras. The hotel's Luxury Shopping Spree Package, priced from RMB 2,788 per night, includes daily buffet breakfast for two persons at Yi Café, a RMB 500 credit for treatments at CHI, The Spa, free in-room Internet, one complimentary buffet dinner for two at Yi Café, one box of gourmet chocolates, and a concierge shopping guide for 3 hours.


Journey Through Bhutan with Uma Paro Hotel

July 3, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

BhutanBhutan's been in the news a lot these days. Called the "Land of the Thunder Dragon," this Buddhist Himalayan kingdom recently held its first democratic elections. Right now Bhutan is the focus of the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the mall in Washington D.C., and has become the destination of choice for adventurous travelers looking to discover off-the-map spots. Closed to the outside world for centuries, Bhutan has tremendous natural and cultural riches waiting to be explored. Uma Paro, the 29-room luxury hotel opened by COMO Hotels and Resorts in late 2004, is offering a spectacular adventure: The Central and Western Bhutan Journey and Bumdra Camp. From August 28-September 7, 2008, a small group will venture out on a 10-night inclusive adventure in the Dragon Kingdom, which brings together the very best of Uma Paro's most popular experiences in one itinerary. Led by one of Uma Paro's experienced, English-speaking guides, the group will enjoy tours and day hikes and witness some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. The highlight will be a one-night camping trek high above the famous Tiger's Nest monastery. Available from $4,068 per person (single occupancy) including full board, transfers, government fees, taxes and royalties. You'll also get a 1 hour daily yoga class while at Uma Paro, and complimentary use of the pool and gym.


Vertical Marathon at Banyan Tree Bangkok

July 2, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Vertigo Restaurant at Banyan Tree BangkokClimbing to the top is no small feat. At 61 storeys, the hotel towers over the city skyline. This year marks the tenth year that Banyan Tree Bangkok has organized the annual Vertical Marathon, to be held on September 28, 2008 from 6am-12pm. The finishing point for the race is the former helicopter landing pad on the 61st floor, now the Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar (pictured). In 2007, the winner made it to the top (that's 1,093 steps) in just six minutes and 16 seconds. The Vertical Marathon initiative is aimed at specific health care issues and needs within the local communities, and the event raises money for HIV-AIDS charities. The registration fee is 350 Thai Baht per person and includes the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. Winners will receive a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, as well as complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree. Visitors to Bangkok can also book the Vertical Marathon Package, available from September 27-28. Benefits include: a stay in a well-appointed suite, a cocktail drink at Moon Bar, breakfast or a lunch box, a Vertical Marathon entry ticket, and a Vertical Marathon T-Shirt. You'll also get 20 percent off at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa- to relax with a rejuvenating massage after tackling the vertical maraton!


Best of Bangkok: lebua at State Tower, All-Suite Hotel, Offers Free Fourth Night

June 27, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

lebua at State TowerIt's easy to speak in superlatives about lebua at State Tower, Bangkok's all-suite luxury hotel and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Here at the State Tower, you can dine at the world's highest al fresco restaurant and sip drinks at the hip Sky Bar. (Check out the photo with the incredible views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river from the dramatically-lit deck.) Each of the hotel's suites has a balcony with striking views over the cityscape, plus they are wired with all the latest technology. Take advantage of the "Sizzling Deal" at lebua at State Tower, available until July 30, 2008, and you can score a fourth night free with three paid nights in a two-bedroom suite or three-bedroom suite. The package also includes daily breakfast at Café Mozu and free in-suite Internet access. You must book by July 15, 2008.


Design Your Stay - Only You at Pan Pacific Singapore

June 23, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Pan Pacific SingaporePan Pacific's new program allows you to truly personalize your experience during your stay. The new "Power of Preference" offers give you a late 3 pm checkout as well as an upgrade to the Next Room Category. You can choose either a complimentary Internet Connection, breakfast for 2, complimentary 1 way limousine transfer (arrival or departure) or a $60 Food and Beverage Dining Credit per nights stay. Now is truly the time to visit Pan Pacific Singapore, Asia's Leading Business Hotel for 2007 and Conde Nast Traveler World's Best Award List Member (both Top Singapore and Top Asian Lists) and design you own personal experience.


Afternoon Tea on the River and Sundown Cocktail Cruise at The Peninsula Bangkok

June 20, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula BangkokThe stunning, 39-storey Peninsula Bangkok is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the city from every one of its guest rooms. The award-winning hotel takes advantage of its killer location by offering some scenic inspiration for guests to relax in style with a river cruise, gliding past scenes of river life on the Peninsula's signature river boat en route to the fascinating Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Guests who indulge in the Afternoon Tea cruise are escorted off the boat to visit the heritage site of Wat Arun, the 80-meter high pagoda that stands on the west bank of the river, built when Ayudhaya was the former capital of Thailand. The Peninsula Afternoon Tea on the River departs on Saturday and Sunday and is priced at Baht 1,500. The Sundown Cocktail Cruise departs daily from the hotel pier at 6 pm and includes unlimited drinks and canapés for Baht 1,000 per person.


The World’s Tallest Skyscrapers: Move Over, Sears Tower and Empire State Building

June 20, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj DubaiWe've been following the steady growth of the Burj Dubai as its spire gets higher and higher- its final height planned to be 1,000 feet higher than Taipei 101, the world's current record holder. But tall building construction is not limited to the Burj Dubai, the $1 billion anchor of a $20 billion development in downtown Dubai. There's the Mubarak al-Kabir tower in Kuwait, the Russia Tower in Moscow, and the Incheon Tower in South Korea. As the New York Times recently pointed out, supertalls are "rising at a frenetic pace around the globe," especially in Asia and the Middle East, reflecting the "expanding economies of these regions and their desire to compete for international status and business." The list of the 20 tallest buildings in 2020 will include only 2 properties from the U.S.: the Chicago Spire and the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) in New York.


Room with a View: The Terrace Suites at InterContinental Hong Kong

June 19, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hong KongIt doesn't get much better than this. The InterContinental Hong Kong recently unveiled two new specialty suites with large terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis and a series of Patio Rooms and Suites with teak decks and glass walls. You can't beat the panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from these stellar accommodations in the waterfront InterContinental Hong Kong, located in Kowloon's prime shopping, business and entertainment district. With suites this spectacular, the InterContinental knows that this is the ideal spot to sweep that special someone off his or her feet. They've designed the "Romance with Style" experience which means a special outdoor bedroom set-up, plus a romantic dinner and Couple's I-Spa Treatment on the suite's private terrace. The hotel also offers help with planning your engagement. The "Proposals with Style – by Land, Sea or Sky" includes a Proposal Consultant to assist the groom-to-be in planning the special moment and a customized "Will You Marry Me?" banner – for a special "cruise" or "fly-by" the private terrace suite at the designated time. Truly the star treatment, says Daily Candy, with 24-hour butler service, an infinity-edge Jacuzzi, a chauffeured Bentley limo, and a bottle of Dom. Did we mention that SPOON by Alain Ducasse and Nobu restaurants are just downstairs?


Announcing The Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa - All With Private Pools

June 18, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Anantara PhuketAnantara Resorts is proudly announcing the October 2008 opening of its newest property, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand. Located in Phuket's more secluded, natural northern coast, 15 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and just minutes from golf and beaches, this 83 all private pool villa property features unspoilt beauty, absolute privacy and fabulous dining. Special amenities include the magnificent Bill Bensley designed gardens and paths fusing the colorful tropical flora with age old traditional Thai architecture, a world renown Spa specializing in rich, lavish body treatments and scrubs and high concept dining where you pick the location and the chef transforms a meal to a memorable occasion. Special opening Anantara Breeze Packages are available from October to December 23rd offering the 4th night complimentary with a 3 night stay.


Sizzling Summer Savings at Banyan Tree Phuket

June 6, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree PhuketRanked No. 2 in the "Top 10 Asia Resorts" category of the Condé Nast Traveler 20th Annual Readers' Choice Awards, the Banyan Tree Phuket is bordered by the golden sand and turquoise waves of the Andaman Sea. This tropical paradise is offering exclusive rates during June and July to encourage guest to visit Thailand, the "Land of Smiles," this summer. The special starts at just $200 per night for Deluxe Villa accommodations and includes daily breakfast. There's no better time to experience Banyan Tree Phuket, the 150-villa resort that exudes luxury and romance.

Pssst. Don't miss a treatment at the award-winning spa!