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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.

Langham Place Koh Lanta’s New “All About Me” Package

May 19, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Langham Koh LantaReward yourself for all your hard work with Langham Place Eco Resort and Spa Koh Lanta's new "All About Me" Package deals on hotel rooms from now until the of October 2008. All packages include three nights stay in luxurious rooms, daily breakfast and fresh fruit basket, and complimentary use of hotel facilities including the movie house, music rooms, gym, water sports equipment, and tennis courts.

Langham Koh LantaStarting at $200 USD, The Langham Koh Lanta's "Buy Me" package offers roundtrip transfer to and from the Krabi Airport. The "Place Me" package includes round trip transfer to and from the Krabi Airport and a Thai style set dinner. The "Indulge Me" package includes round trip transfer, a Thai style set dinner and a 60 minute Chuan Spa massage, and for the really deserving guest, the "Surprise Me" package includes a Thai lunch, a Thai or Western dinner, a 60 minute massage at the Chuan Spa, a full day sight -seeing tour of Koh Lanta, an all you can drink mini bar and round trip transfer to and from the Airport. Pamper yourself and don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience Thai culture like never before.


High Fashion Meets Luxury Accommodations at the Langham Hong Kong

May 19, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Langham Hong KongHigh fashion meets luxury accommodations at The Langham, Hong Kong. Located in close proximity to flagship stores of Chanel, Gucci, Prada and Dior, The Langham Hong Kong offers a plethora of activities, and now guests can take advantage of their Suite Deal. The top notch Langham Suite is available now until December 31st for HK$3000 per night, and comes with plenty of perks. Guests who book the suite get round trip transfer to and from the airport, check in and checkout in the Langham Hotel Club Lounge as well as daily breakfast, internet connection and daily afternoon tea and cocktails in the Club Lounge. Guests also have access to the 24 hour Health Club, use of the Victoria meeting room, laundry allowance of HK$400, and frequent flier miles with participating airlines. Take full advantage with all Hong Kong has to offer with this limited time offer.


The Sukhothai Takes the Heat Out of Summer at Spa Botanica

May 12, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

This May and June enjoy unprecedented luxury at The Sukhothai Bangkok with discounts on their featured spa treatments. For THB 3,900 guests can enjoy either the Triple Harmony or Coconut Body Glow spa treatments. The Triple Harmony is a soothing body massage followed by a fresh cucumber face and body mask to rejuvenate the body's energies. Or guests can enjoy the Coconut Body Glow - a traditional Thai technique using acupressure massage with coconut fiber rubbed all over the body, and a rich mask with wild honey is applied to renew the skin. These are surely not to be missed, offering guests a way to escape from the many pressures of everyday life.


Disruptions in Yangon for Orient- Express

May 9, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Below is a message from Orient-Express for travelers to Myanmar after the recent tragic events:

    Tuesday 6th May 2008 - In the early hours of Saturday 3rd May 2008, the southern part of Burma was hit by tropical cyclone Nargis, which has caused extensive damage and loss of life. Orient-Express has two operations in Burma: the Road To Mandalay river cruise ship which cruises the Ayeyarwady River, and The Governors Residence, a hotel in Yangon (Rangoon). The Road To Mandalay was closed for the season so there were no guests onboard. The ship was in Yangon for a scheduled dry-docking and was caught in the cyclone and was badly damaged. The Governors Residence also sustained some damage. The hotel had few guests as it is currently the low season; all guests and staff are safe. The Governor's Residence Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar is an imposing teak mansion hotel dating from the 1920s within the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. The airport in Yangon reopened on Monday 5th May and one of our regional Directors was on the scene immediately. He and Orient-Express staff based in the country are currently assessing the damage as well as providing what assistance they can. At present, it is unlikely that either operation will be able to reinstate normal services for at least three months. Any passengers or guests booked to travel before 1st September 2008 are advised to contact their local Orient-Express office or travel agent to rearrange their travel plans.


Summer Deals Galore: One and Only Maldives, Sanctuary on Camelback, Jamaica Inn, and more!

May 6, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One and Only Reethi Rah, MaldivesThe falling dollar soured your mood? Don't let it deter your summer travel plans. There are deals to be had out there-- from the Maldives to Scottsdale. Thanks to the LA Times Travel and Deal Blog for pointing out this fab compilation of bargains at hotels worldwide. Looking for some sun and sand? You can get 20 percent off with the "Fall for Jamaica Inn" package at the elegant Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios. Or how about an exotic escape? Score a savings of 48 percent in the Maldives at the exclusive One&Only Reethi Rah. A weekend getaway Stateside? Get a fourth night free from the fabled Virginia resort, The Homestead, with the "Hot Springs Holiday" package. You can also get 20 percent off at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain with the "Sonoran Sanctuary" package, which includes spa treatments. A European getaway? How does 20 percent off sound- at Edinburgh's finest hotel: Rocco Forte's The Balmoral? Choose the "Scotland Summer Spa" package and get three nights in a Classic room with an automatic upgrade to an Executive room based upon availability; full Scottish breakfast; and unlimited use of the spa, including the sauna, relaxation suite, yoga and pilates classes.


Suite Deal! The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Offers 50 Percent Off

May 1, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

The Fullerton Hotel is offering 50 percent off selected suites for a two night stay in their spectacular hotel. Guests can choose from one of the two-story Loft Suites, Palladian Suite, or the deluxe Fullerton Suites with outdoor terrace. Guests taking advantage of this great offer may also enjoy breakfast for two at the Town Restaurant, an in-room light meal, and all the benefits of the top of the line Straits Club. The exclusive executive club offers guests daily champagne breakfast, cocktails, afternoon tea and full use of the lounge with Internet access.

Plus, guests at The Fullerton making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive a platter of fresh fruit.


Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau Expand the Ambassadors of the Environment Program

April 30, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanWe're big fans of the aquatic education program at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, run by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Emphasizing education and respect for ecosystem sustainability with "hands-on" activities, the program was recently awarded "Best Children's Program for 2007" by Virtuoso. Participants explore coral reefs by snorkeling on the ocean floor, discover the critical role of mangrove trees in the ecosystem on pontoon expeditions, and participate in the breeding programs of rare species like the Blue Iguana. Now this collaboration between Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society will be expanded to other select destinations around the world, including Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui and Sanya, which opened April 24th, 2008.


The Caravelle Hotel, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Plans Major Overhaul

April 28, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Caravelle, SaigonSaigon's most storied hotel is getting a makeover. Made famous during the American-Vietnam War when journalists camped out on the hotel rooftop and filed stories (Walter Cronkite stayed here during his 1968 tour of the country), the landmark Caravelle Hotel reopened in May 1998 and soon attracted clientele like President Bill Clinton and the Lord Mayor of London. It's already pretty swanky; there's a free-form swimming pool with Jacuzzi set amidst lush lagoon palms, rooftop terrace and bar, the tranquil Qi Spa, and newly-revamped restaurant Nineteen (one of the city's best buffets). But The Caravelle has big plans for 2008. Not only will all the guest rooms and suites be renovated, but the hotel will also introduce a slew of environmentally friendly green initiatives and the publication of a book that celebrates the hotel's history. The Caravelle is situated in the very heart of the city, across from one of Vietnam's three colonial-era Opera Houses.


Celebrate Earth Day with Better World Packages from Banyan Tree

April 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree MaldivesExplore Australia's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest with a certified eco-guide at the Angsana Resort Great Barrier Reef. At the Banyan Tree Bintan (situated on an island just off Singapore), take off on a nature walk amongst 100-year-old trees and other fascinating flora and fauna, followed by a rejuvenating foot massage. You can also plant a tree. At the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the Maldives, which houses the first-of-its-kind Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab, you'll have the opportunity for guided snorkeling and coral planting under the watchful eyes of dedicated Marine Biologists. You can also take part in a reef survey, take a manta tow ride, learn the technique of measuring and weighing endangered green sea turtles, and enjoy a special dive to the Lotus, an artificial reef. Angsana Velavaru, located in the South Nilandhe Atoll, and Angsana Ihuru in the North Male Atoll, offer similar packages including a marine biology and ecology session, coral planting and guided snorkeling trip to house reefs, and a dolphin cruise led by the respective Marine Lab's resident Marine Biologist. The Banyan Tree Group has launched these earth-friendly activities to celebrate Earth Day, and the "Better World" packages will be available until the end of the year.


An Interview with the Concierge: Aleenta Resort & Spa Phuket

April 24, 2008
By: Courtney W. May

Located on the beach, past fields of pineapple and coconut which is a pure, simple and elegant resort - Aleenta Resort and Spa - where you can relax, enjoy and discover. The resort's concierge recently took some time to answer a few of our questions below.

What activity do you recommend the most often?

Private Yacht Charter on Ferretti 680 (which is simply the most luxurious charter vessel on offer in Phuket; featuring air-conditioning 2 LCD satellite TVs , jet ski and scuba equipment) to Phi Phi Islands, Krabi or Phang-Nga Bay.

Do you have any Do's and Don'ts for travelers to the hotel and the city?

Do experience the Thai Culture, food and the turtle conservation at Aleenta. Don't go to the beach without sun block.

What types of things have you been unable to do for guests?

We weren't able to do a sunset blessing wedding by the monks, due to the fact that monks only bless weddings before 11am.

What is the funniest request you've gotten from a guest?

A male guest requested to have his privates waxed.

What is the strangest request you've gotten from a guest?

See above.

Because you are in a major international tourism destination, what kinds of language problems come up?

When two cultures meet and neither of them speaks English, it becomes a challenge.

Which restaurant do you recommend the most often and why? Who is it best for?

We have several recommendations for restaurant first and for most is our Aleenta main restaurant which has Thai cuisine, than we have our Chefs' Table fine dining Restaurant which has French and European cuisine. Apart from our restaurant we have small local beach shack located 10minutes drive from the Resort which gives an authentic Thai meal eating experience.

What are the things that you wish guests knew about the Concierge?

The time and effort that goes into ensuring that our guest's leave with not only a positive image of our Resort, but also of Thailand.

How big is the Concierge staff at the hotel?

1 concierge staff and 2 front office agents

Are there any specialty concierges or all generalists for everyone?

Generalists for everyone, concierge is an area of expertise for all our Front Office staff.

What is the average number of requests a day?

20 per day.

What is your personal favorite part of the hotel?

Our Aleenta Ka Spa and the view from the outdoor dining area of our Chef's Table fine dining restaurant.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

I love to interact with the guest and teach them about the Thai culture.

Visit the Aleenta Resort and Spa in Phuket