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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.

Restore Your Senses With A New Offer From Shangri-La, Chiang Mai


By: Alison Victor

Shangri-la Chiang MaiOpened in late 2007, Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai has become the luxury standard in the bustling city of Chiang Mai. Their exclusive Horizon Club rooms, located on the top three floors of the hotel, come spaciously equipped with teakwood, silk, and majestic views of the cityscape. Guests of these rooms also enjoy access to the Horizon Lounge, where they can enjoy buffet breakfast, evening cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and private concierge service.

As a special offer, Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai is introducing the Pamper Package. With booking this package, guests will enjoy a 45 minute head and shoulder Thai message, courtesy of the hotel's CHI Spa, one dinner in the Silapa Thai private lounge, accommodations in the Horizon Club Deluxe Room with full Horizon Club Lounge benefits, and round-trip airport transfers. While Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai aims to indulge all your senses, it won't indulge all your savings, with rates starting at around 190 USD per night.


Sun, Sand, and Spa in Thailand: Napasai Beach Resort on Koh Samui


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Napasai Beach Resort, Koh Samui

On the north coast of Koh Samui, away from the tourist crowds, you'll find long stretches of white sand framed by the endless blue sea and lush tropical vegetation. Sound like paradise? Nestled in the midst of this earthly heaven on Maenam Beach, Napasai Beach Resort and Villas is a secluded and luxurious spot that's off-the-beaten path. With 55 cottages and 14 private villas overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, Napasai is tops for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.

Napasai Beach Resort, Koh Samui

Don't miss a massage at the Napasai Spa, surrounded by gardens filled with fragrant flowers. Treatments are rooted in Thai traditional medicine and Asian healing philosophy, featuring local herbs and tropical fruit. Choose the Tamrap Luang (Seven Flowers Royal Treat) and indulge in an ancient Royal treatment exclusively created to beautify the Princesses of the Kingdom of Siam.


Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa Lauded as a Top New Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Anantara Phuket Resort and SpaBravo to the Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa, which just landed a spot on Travel + Leisure's "It List 2009." The resort opened on the sun-drenched beaches of the island's secluded northwest coast in October 2008-- not far from the lush tropical mangroves of Sirinath National Park. Here's the skinny from T + L:

For its first Phuket property, Anantara eschewed bare-bones minimalism in favor of a fresh take on classic Thai aesthetics. Hidden within a former coconut plantation are 83 bougainvillea-covered villas, whose wooden walls and sloping roofs make guests feel as if they're meandering through a local village. But there's nothing rustic here: each villa, clad in teak and raw silk, comes with a swimming pool, an outdoor daybed, and a terrazzo bathtub. The expansive spa lured us from our rooms for the kind of massage that makes jet-lagged muscles thankful to be in Thailand.

Book a room at the Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa with Five Star Alliance and you'll get sparkling wine and fresh decanted juices on arrival and daily tropical fruit.


Aleenta Resort and Spa Gives You a Reason to Smile


By: Alison Victor

Aleenta Resort and SpaThis year marks a momentous occasion in Thailand, as the country will be hosting the World Comedy Film Festival 2009, the first ever of its kind in Asia. Featuring over 50 comedies from around the globe, there will be an heavy focus on Asia. In celebration, and in conjunction, the Aleenta Resort and Spa will be hosting its own red carpet event on Tuesday, June 10th. Hosted by Australian celebrity Bianca Dye, there will be a red carpet arrival, cocktails and dinner, and of course, a premiere of a film featured in the festival. Aleenta Resort and Spa calls this event "A Night With the Stars at Aleenta," and it promises to be a night filled with laughter as well!

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Aleenta Resort and Spa will receive a 30 minute stress and tension relieving massage for 2 in Aleenta's KA Spa once during stay.


World Expo in Shanghai: Special Privileges at the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pudong Shangri-LaAll of Shanghai is bustling with preparations for the World Expo 2010. Slated to take place in Pudong, this will be the largest world's fair in history. Go and be part of the excitement by checking into the Pudong Shangri-La, the award-winning hotel situated in the thick of it all in Pudong. Boasting impeccable Shangri-La service and views of the Bund and the Huangpu River, the luxury hotel promises to provide easy access for spectators to this thrilling event. Until the end of the year, you can take advantage of a special "World Expo" package at this swanky spa hotel. Here's what you get for 2,500 per person, per night:

One night stay in a Deluxe Room

Complimentary daily buffet breakfast

RMB 500 credit for food and beverage (excluding Fook Lam Moon)

One way complimentary airport transfer by the hotel limousine

20% discount on the Business Center

Complimentary broadband Internet access


Bonus Choices Abound at Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo


By: K. Clare Johnson

Shangri-la Tokyo HotelGet a Bonus Choice when you stay at Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo. The luxury property comprises 202 spacious and elegantly appointed rooms, including six breathtaking suites, with superb views over Tokyo. The luxury hotel is offering a choice of 1 of three fantastic bonuses when you stay a minimum of two nights. Everyone will get complimentary Internet access and a late check-out til 4pm. But guests will also enjoy their choice of CHI Spa Treatment credit of JPY 20,000 per stay, Dining credit of JPY 20,000 per stay, or Quadruple bonus airline frequent flyer mileage. Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo is conveniently located next to the Tokyo Station and is home to two world-class restaurants, a fully equipped, state-of-the-art Health Club offering a superb range of recreation and fitness equipment, and a heated indoor swimming pool. Additional terms and restrictions apply, and availability is limited, so book now for the best selection.


30 Percent Off Asia-Pacific with Leading Hotels of the World (like The Langham, Hong Kong)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hong KongYou can save up to 30 percent on the finest hotels in Asia and the Pacific! The Leading Hotels of the World has announced an enticing offer for its member hotels in the region, like the swank Langham Hong Kong (pictured at right). These stellar properties also happen to have racked up all sorts of international awards for the "World's Top Hotels." Book a stay at fine hotels including THE Blue (Sydney), The Langham Melbourne, Marina Mandarin in Singapore, Hotel Okura Tokyo, Hotel Seiyo Ginza, A Rosewood Hotel, Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa, The Sukhothai in Bangkok, and The Datai in Malaysia. A tip for booking: The special 20 percent discount offer can be found under "Leading Offer" when making reservations.


Sofitel Metropole Hanoi: Top Choice for Helene Darroze, Michelin-Starred Chef at The Connaught


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Metropole HanoiHotel of choice for star chef* Hélène Darroze? The Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi. As recently highlighted in L'Officiel Voyage, Darroze expresses her adoration for The Metropole, choosing it "for its history and elegance, and also because it was my hideaway when I went to pick up my little girl two years ago." (Darroze's adopted daughter is from Hanoi.) The colonial-style hotel is a legendary landmark in the city, attracting a noteworthy guest list of playwrights, ambassadors, and culinary superstars since its opening in 1901.

*When she opened her restaurant at The Connaught in London last year, it promptly won a Michelin star-- in addition to the two she holds for her Parisian restau. Don't miss a meal from one of the best female chefs in the world.


Get Married in a Helicopter over Hong Kong with The Peninsula Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Hong KongLeave it to the glamorous Peninsula Hong Kong to come up with over-the-top services for its guests. Long a backdrop for wedding proposals, ceremonies, and marriage engagements, The Peninsula has come up with a new wedding package so that you can get married inside the hotel's own helicopter-- a first for Hong Kong! What will HK$68,000 get you? A 15-minute helicopter ride over the city's marvelous landmarks, coastline, and outlying islands (while you say your vows with the celebrant), on-site photography, the bridal bouquet and groom's corsage, decorative flowers, and a light lunch or cocktail reception for 28 people. At the end of your big day, you'll get pampered in the hotel's glorious Honeymoon Suite, where Champagne, flowers and fruit await you. The following morning, you'll get breakfast in bed, and a half-day spa journey. The package also includes dinner for two at Gaddi's and round-trip Rolls Royce transfers from the residence.


BonusChoice and Weekend Experience Deals at Kerry Center Hotel Beijing


By: K. Clare Johnson

Kerry Center Hotel BeijingKerry Centre Hotel Beijing is offering up some great deals for travelers to this bustling metropolis. The BonusChoice package offers complimentary Internet access, late check-out till 4 pm, arrival and departure airport transfer, dining credit of RMB 350, and triple bonus airline frequent flyer mileage. A minimum 2-night stay is required, and the offer is subject to prevailing tax and service charges. If that doesn't do it for you, try the Weekend Experience, available through the end of 2009. From RMB 1,350 a night, you'll get complimentary buffet breakfast for two, and complimentary Internet access. For both of these offers, availability is limited, and certain terms and restrictions apply.