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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.

The Secluded Spa Island at Borneo’s Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

August 18, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, Sunset BarJust minutes away from the center of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort is a secluded retreat surrounded by blissful beaches. This self-contained resort paradise boasts a 44,788-square-foot CHI spa with a unique design concept: a spa village with 8 private island villas, surrounded by the South China Sea, each with a lounging area, steam room, bathing facilities, and fragrant garden. Around the world, Shangri-La's CHI Spas are celebrated for embracing a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being, inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort offers exclusive therapies that incorporate local ingredients such as Borneo volcanic mud, Sabah pearls and cocoa alongside signature CHI treatments inspired by the ancient healing traditions of the Himalayan region. A two-night "Spa Indulgence" package is available until December 15, 2008, with prices starting from approximately $764, double occupancy, for a Kinabalu Seaview room.


Luxury Villa Escape with Phuket’s Aleenta Resort

August 15, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Aleenta PhuketJust steps from the ocean and offering 15 beach front villas and ocean view residences and 15 pool suites and pool villas, Aleenta's "Luxury Villa Escape" is sure to capture your imagination for a truly great summer escape. This summer the 5 Days and 4 Nights package will include complementary private car round trip transfers to and from the Phuket International Airport, complimentary welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, gourmet breakfast daily in your villa/residence or in the restaurant, afternoon canape each day at the Sunset Lounge from 5 to 6 pm, complimentary yoga, tai chi, or thai boxing led by a private instructor in the villa, beach or gym, 60 minute thai massage per person per stay in your room or spa and 20% of the regular rates for any additional selected treatment. With stunning views of the Andaman Sea and a reputation for luxurious style, comfort and personalized services, Aleenta "Luxury Villa Escape" is the escape you have been looking for this summer.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations for Aleenta with Five Star Alliance receive a 30 minute stress and tension relieving massage for 2 in Aleenta's KA Spa once during stay.


Yachting in the Maldives, Lunch on the Equator, with the New Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa

August 14, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Villingili Resort, MaldivesSoon you'll be able to have lunch on the equator aboard a 69-foot luxury yacht, an exclusive offering from the brand new Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa, the first luxury resort in the southern Maldives (on Addu Atoll). This equatorial dining experience is billed as a "first-of-its-kind seaborne adventure." Step aboard the boat at the resort, and you'll cruise 46 miles north to the point where the northern and southern hemispheres collide. Here you'll sip some wine and chow down on a gourmet lunch while lounging on a sun lounger on the spacious timber deck. No doubt you'll see a school of spinner dolphins. Afterwards, take a siesta, or snorkel and fish-- over the equator. You'll also be able to visit the country's third biggest island, Fuvahmulah, on a full-day cruise aboard the beautiful yacht. Opening later this year, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa will feature 142 villas with views of the ocean or the island's natural lush vegetation.


Thailand Gets Another Langham: Announcing the Langham Place Miora Resort and Spa, Kalim Bay, Phuket

August 13, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Place Miora Resort and Spa, Kalim Bay, PhuketLucky ducks. Thailand's Phuket Island will soon be getting an all-villa boutique resort at Kalim Bay. And check out that view from the pool, overlooking the Andaman Sea! The Langham portfolio has been expanding rapidly in Thailand, and the announcement of this boutique resort-- Langham Place Miora Resort + Spa, Kalim Bay-- means the luxury hotel operator is on track to operate five properties in Thailand within five years (including this eco-resort on Krabi). Langham has an outstanding collection of five-star hotels around the world, and this sexy new boutique resort promises to be all that and more. Slated to open in early 2010, this Langham Place will boast 78 designer villas including a penthouse set onto a hilltop. Apartment-style amenities will include private bars, contemporary entertainment centers, and private plunge pools with retractable floating dining tables as well as day beds and barbecue grills. And the best part of all? The cantilevered swimming pool that extends from the hill to create an infinity-style effect with a Chuan Spa located directly below.


Most Expensive Hotel Rooms: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, and Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York

August 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President WilsonForget "Staycations." The uber-rich continue to globe-trot on private jets and bunk down in swanky pads-- like the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, the world's most expensive at a whopping $52,000 a night. Elite Traveler recently released their list of the "101 Top Hotel/Resort Suites of the Year" in the July/August 2008 issue. Runners-up for priciest suite include the $50,000/night Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Attica, Greece, and the $21,000/night Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. In the U.S., the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York has a price tag of $30,000 per night, making it the most expensive suite built in the U.S. Next up? The Chairman Suite at the Palazzo in Vegas ($20,000/night) followed by the Empire Suite at the Carlyle in New York and the Grand Suite at the Grand Wailea Resort (both at $15,000/night). For the full breakdown, click here.


Buzzworthy: St. Regis Beijing Reopens After Big Makeover

August 11, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis BeijingThe world's gaze shifted to Beijing on 8/8/08 for the spectacular opening ceremony of the Olympic Games; an estimated 4 billion people worldwide watched the spectacle showcasing 5,000 years of Chinese culture and history. The Chinese capital had a bunch of new hotel openings just in time for the Games; the most noteworthy was the July reopening of the legendary St. Regis Beijing after a 7.5 month, $27 million renovation. For over a decade, the St. Regis Beijing has been one of the top luxury addresses in the city, and now it promises to dazzle with a mélange of European and Chinese design influences. The comprehensive makeover brought new technology and new interiors to the 258 guest rooms, 102 luxuriously appointed suites, signature restaurants (including Danieli's, one of the city's finest Italian restaurants) and public spaces. The new lobby features hand-painted ceilings and pure silk embroidery, and the Garden Court restaurant boasts a natural stone patio extending over a pool of water. Check into the St. Regis Beijing and you'll experience all the famous touches of the St. Regis brand including the iconic Butler Service and luxurious St. Regis Spa and Club, the first natural spring water spa in Beijing, drawing natural hot spring water from 1,500 feet below the earth's surface.


Felix at Peninsula Hong Kong: The World’s Best Restaurant Views

August 4, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Felix at The PeninsulaThe food at Hong Kong's hippest hang-out is to-die-for, but the views are even better. The sleek, contemporary space on the 28th floor of The Peninsula, the "Grande Dame of the Far East," looks out over Hong Kong's glittering skyline and the harbor. Felix was recently highlighted by Travel and Leisure as one of the World's Best Restaurant Views, a top spot for "harmonizing amazing vistas with delectable victuals":

The Big Apple is hardly alone in providing winning skyscraper meals. At Felix, on the 28th floor of Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel, guests soak in the city's striking setting from a slick dining room designed by Philippe Starck while feasting on dishes like Tasmanian salmon with parsnip gratin and seared duck breast with blood oranges and duck confit.


Gear Up for the Grand Prix at the Conrad Centennial Singapore

August 4, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Centennial SingaporeRace fans will get a kick out of this one. The small, modern nation of Singapore is getting ready to host the inaugural Formula One night race in September 2008. The Conrad Centennial Singapore is gearing up for the excitement, encouraging guests to put your foot to the floor and accelerate into luxury with a Grand Prix break. You can enjoy Conrad 'racing' cocktails and a revitalizing pit stop (dinner for two at award-winning Golden Peony). You will also have the chance to win an exclusive McLaren Garage Tour and two tickets to F1's first ever night race in September. Priced from $320 per night and available until September 24, 2008, the Grand Prix Excitement Offer also includes a Lewis Hamilton biography along with the luxurious accommodations.


Third Night Free, Plus Pampering Airport Lay-Over, at The Metropolitan Bangkok

July 31, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Metropolitan BangkokTouch down in Bangkok and take the stress out of a long lay-over. Ditch the airport lounges and instead take refuge at Bangkok's glamorous Metropolitan Hotel, where you can get recharged for your trip on a flying visit to the chic hotel and its rejuvenating spa. With this special, a limousine will drop you at the Metropolitan, where you can enjoy the facilities of the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and an indulgent 1-hour massage. Afterwards, a delicious meal at Glow restaurant will boost your energy for the next leg of your flight, before your limousine takes you back to the airport. Priced from $125 per person. Plus, now's the time to take advantage of a limited-time special offer. Until September 30, 2008, you can get the third night free when you stay for two consecutive nights at The Metropolitan. Available from $124 per night.


Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport: Rejuvenate in Style when Traveling to Malaysia

July 28, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International AirportFlying into or out of Kuala Lumpur? Or maybe you have a long lay-over between flights? Travel-weary guests nest at the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport, easily the best airport hotel in Asia. Conveniently located next to the main terminal building (connected via a sky-bridge), this award-winning hotel provides a slew of five-star services and amenities to make your travel experience as stress-free and painless as possible. Can't even handle the five minutes walk to the hotel? No worries- there's a complimentary buggy shuttle service between the airport and the hotel. The Pan Pacific understands that time is valuable, so the hotel has introduced a hotel check-in counter at the airport so that you can check into your room while waiting for your baggage. With lush tropical landscaping, a sparkling pool, and fully-equipped 24-hour fitness center, the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport provides the ultimate rejuvenating break for jet-lagged travelers. Plus, the hotel is honoring Malaysia's 50th birthday with a special "Visit Malaysia 2008" package- where you get buffet breakfast and late check-out starting from just $137 per room.