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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.

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.


Pudong Shangri-La’s “Love Your Suite” Package

July 25, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Pudong Shangri-LaSuites are special with the Pudong Shangri-La's "Love Your Suite" package available from now until February 28, 2009. Enjoy a stay in one of the Hotel’s fantastic Premier suites with complimentary access to the Horizon Club lounge and its host of benefits including complimentary broadband Internet access. Guests also receive a buffet dinner for two at Yi Café, the hotel's restaurant featuring 10 show kitchens offering a wide variety of international cuisine. The package also includes a signature "Chi Balance" treatment at CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La, and use of a hotel limousine for four hours in downtown Shanghai. Rates start at RMB5,888 per night.


China World Hotel, Beijing Indulgence Package

July 23, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

China World HotelYou have a number of reasons to visit Beijing this year, starting with the Olympics, the Pandas, or this is one of the places you need to experience on your own 1,000 places to go before you die list. Now you have another reason to add to your list and it is the announcement of the new "Beijing Indulgence Package" now being offered at the China World Hotel. This enticing indulgence starts right at your arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport where you will be greeted by the hotel's airport butler at the gate, then escorted through airport immigration, assisted with your luggage collection and guided to your limousine. On arrival at the hotel, you will be met by the hotel's waiting guest relations Officer and escorted to your room for your express check-in. China World Hotel Your suite accommodations are a one bedroom Executive Suite, which boasts a spacious comfortable sitting room separate from your bedroom, satellite TV and DVD entertainment center, and an Italian Marble Bathroom stocked with the exclusive L'Occitane Designer Bath Products. You will receive your choice of a complementary bottle of imported red or white wine, daily breakfast in the hotel's 2 story Horizon Club Lounge which also will provide you with panoramic Beijing city views with its floor to ceiling windows. Complementary evening cocktails and canapes are served each evening and complementary refreshments are available throughout the day in the Lounge.

Other highlights of this "Beijing Indulgence Package" include a traditional Beijing Duck Dinner for 2 at the Summer Palace, a chauffeured hotel limousine at your disposal for eight hours each day to ensure sightseeing around Beijing in comfort, and a choice of a 45 minute Chinese reflexology session or a traditional Chinese full body massage (both are offered for maximum of 2 people). China World HotelOther features of the China World Hotel include a magnificent fitness center with a heated pool, state of the art gym equipment with spacious exercise studios and the latest cardio-fitness machines, indoor squash and tennis courts, steam room and jacuzzis and the city's only Oxygenation Room. The China World Hotel recently was recognized as one of the first three hotels in mainland China to be awarded with a Platinum Five Star rating by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and named on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List as well as being recognized by Frommer's Guide and Finance Asia, Forbes, and Travel & Leisure China as "The Top 50 Hotels in China". The hotel soars over the China World Trade Centre complex, which includes the China World Exhibition Centre and shopping mall, in the heart of Beijing's diplomatic and business district.

The "Beijing Indulgence Package" is available for RMB2,888 (plus 15% service charge) per room per night until December 31, 2008. The package is available Thursday to Sunday (inclusive) and is valid for single or double occupancy. Advance bookings for your massage and Beijing Duck Dinner are required.


Added Extras at Cocoa Island, the Dream Getaway in the Maldives

July 21, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cocoa Island, MaldivesIntrigued by the luxury "it" spot of the moment? The paradise islands of the Maldives-- distinguished by white sandy beaches, the world's finest scuba diving, and the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean-- have definitely crossed the elite traveler's radar screens in recent years. Cocoa Island is the luxurious outpost from COMO Hotels and Resorts (of Parrot Cay fame). If you're dreaming of private beaches and turquoise lagoons, overwater bungalows, water sports, and the benefits of yoga and spa services on-site, this island resort will more than exceed your expectations. Plus, the resort has recently debuted all sorts of added extras. There are brand new features in all suites and villas. Guests can now enjoy the viewing pleasure of 42" flat screen TVs and media players, while sipping some Italian coffee from their Lavazza Espresso machine - without having to leave the privacy of their room. Wait- there's more. A new all-day lounge offers a stylish environment for guests. Internet access here is complimentary, and you can chill out with a ginger tea, satellite TV and media player.


Free Stuff at Peninsula Hotels with the Summer Splendour Offer

July 18, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula New York, Salon de NingWe're pretty psyched about the "Suite Life" promotion at Peninsula Hotels-- where you get a complimentary second night when you check into a swanky Peninsula suite at select locations worldwide-- but the "Summer Splendour" offer deserves a shout-out, too. From now until September 14, 2008, you can indulge yourself with a stay at a luxurious Peninsula Hotel and select one of the fantastic free benefits-- ranging from spa treatments, room upgrades, culinary choices, traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea-- all complimentary! Here’s a sampling. At the Peninsula Hong Kong, not only can you choose a value-added benefit (one-way limo airport transfer, dinner for two in The Lobby, or a 50-minute Holistic Body Massage for two), but you also get a bunch of free stuff thrown in: daily breakfast, gift certificate valued at HK$ 300 for a spa treatment at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, daily fruit basket and newspaper, and complimentary Internet access. At the Peninsula New York, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, you can choose an upgrade to the next available room category, a bottle of champagne and canapes at The Bar at Fives, or overnight valet parking. In Tokyo, you can choose between a spa or dining credit or room upgrade. Now that's living the good life!


Suite Luxury: The Presidential Suite at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

July 11, 2008
By: Courtney W. May

Fullerton SingaporeThe Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a five-star luxury property with 400 rooms and suites in the heart of the financial and arts districts. It is just minutes from Singapore's main shopping belt, and overlooks the historic Singapore River. The most luxurious of the hotel's 28 suites is the Presidential Suite, located on the second floor.

Fullerton Presidential SuiteThe Fullerton Hotel Singapore's Presidential Suite

Size/Sq. Footage: 2142 square feet

Interior Designer: Hirsch Bedner Associates

Living Room: Colours in the suite are a soothing vanilla, while the curtains are in shades of white and beige. The upholstery used are Decorators Walk dark pillow fabric, Jack Lenor Larsen patterned sofa pillow fabric, and Old World Weavers light coloured fabric on the larger pillows. Fullerton Presidential SuiteThe floor is laid in white marble that gives the suite a clean, airy feel.

Entertainment Area: There is a private elevator at this corner, which is also furnished with a Baby Grand piano and two intricately carved solid wood chairs with inlaid mother-of-pearl.

Study: A private study adjoins the tastefully furnished bedroom, with broadband Internet access for instant connectivity.

Fullerton Hotel Singapore Presidential SuiteBathroom: The spacious bathroom, accessoried with Bulgari bathroom amenities, has minimalist, sleek fittings that were selected to complement its modern feel.

Rate: SGD$6,880++ per night, subject to service charge and taxes (currently around USD$5,000)

Fun Facts/Note Bene:

- The Presidential Suite is formerly the card room of the elite Singapore Club.

- The living room, dining room and entertainment area extend out to a spectacular air-conditioned glass-enclosed veranda – an ideal space for guests who wish to host a private dinner for up to 30 people. It is graced by majestic 20-foot high Doric columns characteristic of the building's Palladian style of architecture.

- Guests of the Presidential Suite also enjoy the services of a 24-hour personal butler.