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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.

Announcing the Aman New Delhi, the First Urban Hotel for Amanresorts

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Aman New DelhiAt long last, the Aman New Delhi has opened its doors, and promises to be one of the hottest hotel openings of the year. The ultra-luxury hotel brand founded by Adrian Zecha has established quite the following (and with hotels like Amangani in the portfolio, how could that *not* be the case?) Situated in the heart of New Delhi next to the medieval Nizamuddin complex, the urban resort is designed with contemporary flair, accented with numerous Indian touches such as hand-made rugs. What else can you expect to find? (Get ready to swoon.) An otherwordly spa, a beautiful pool (a whopping 50 meters), elegant cuisine, and a health center set in a sunken courtyard, where professional instructors are on hand to help you out with your Pilates moves (in the studio) and tennis game (on three courts).  The suites are ridiculously spacious, and some offer private pools and butler service. Tranquil and sophisticated, the Aman New Delhi is the ultimate haven in a bustling, cosmopolitan city.

Get a Hotel Credit from Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Royal Meridien ShanghaiShanghai bound? Check into Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, the city's sleek landmark on historic Nanjing Road East opposite People's Square, and you'll enjoy unforgettable views of the Bund and Huang Pu River from the hotel's floor-to-ceiling windows. After all, this is one of the tallest buildings in the city, measuring 66 storeys. An unbeatable location and up-to-the-minute technology make Le Royal Meridien Shanghai the place to stay in the "Paris of the East." Stay a minimum of two consecutive nights until the end of February 2009, and you'll receive a RMB 600 credit redeemable at Le Spa and the hotel's 10 exciting restaurants and bars. Rates start from RMB 1,388 per night for a Grand Deluxe room.

Airport Hotels Get Swanky

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Heathrow...and it's about time! Airports around the world are seeing the debut of sexy luxury hotels. From the cutting-edge Radisson SAS in Zurich Airport's Terminal 1 to the stylish, "cheap-and-chic" Aloft hotels in North America, these new offerings at international airports are actually giving city-center hotels a run for the money. These are-- to quote the recent article in the New York Times-- "airport hotels that invite lingering." You can find personalized iPods at Singapore's Crowne Plaza, but perhaps the finest of the bunch is the new Sofitel at Heathrow:

Sofitel's six-month old, 607-room Heathrow property cost a cool $400 million to build — and looks it — with interior design by Khuan Chew (also responsible for Dubai's ultra-luxe Burj-al-Arab hotel) and bathrooms fitted with Swarovski crystal fixtures... (It) includes a brasserie by the Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux and a spa with five treatment rooms.

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Suite Surrender at Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai

By: K. Clare Johnson

From THB 12,999, you too can surrender to wondrous relaxation at

Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai. You'll also get to go back in time and explore one of Thailand's most famous mountaintop temples, Doi Suthep, and meander amongst hill tribes in the well-preserved Mhong Village. Shangri-la hotel, Chiange Mai When you take advantage of a Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai's Suite Surrender package, you'll stay in a Horizon Executive Suite room, enjoy a half day tour to Doi Suthep and Mhong Mountain Tribe village, and indulge in a Lanna Blend massage at CHI, The Spa (45 mins). The package also includes roundtrip airport transfers, Horizon Club benefits access, and complimentary broadband Internet access. This offer is available until March 31, 2009, subject to availability. Rates are subject to tax and service charge, a total of 18.5%, and minimum of 2 nights required.

Celebrity Honeymoon Watch!

By: K. Clare Johnson

Where in the world are Fergie and Josh? Atlantis The Palm The celebrity couple, who married in a star-studded affair earlier in the month, embarked on a honeymoon to destinations unknown. But news reports have spotted the Black-Eyed Peas gone solo singer Fergie (aka Stacey Peterson) and her new hubby actor Josh Duhamel (late of NBC's Casino) in the Maldives at One and Only Kanuhura Resort. Of course, they have also been spotted at Dubai's Atlantis the Palm. No matter where they are, one thing is for sure. They have great taste in luxury hotels.

Bring in the Year of the Ox with Chinese New Year Celebrations at The Peninsula Hong Kong

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chinese New Year at the Peninsula Hong KongSay so long to the year of the Rat. On January 26, the Chinese New Year will start with a bang; Chinese communities worldwide have festive fireworks and parades to mark the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar for the year 4707. Hong Kong heads into the Year of the Ox with a city-wide party and not-to-be missed fireworks. (Note: Folks born in the Year of the Ox are honest, dependable, calm and modest. The Chinese Calendar indicates that the Ox is the sign of prosperity through hard work, patience, and fortitude.) Check into the Peninsula to enjoy a slew of treats to welcome in the New Year. Indulge in a special set dinner with live music from a traditional Chinese Orchestra, then head up to the 7th floor Sun Terrace for an unrivaled view of the fireworks display with a complimentary glass of Champagne. If you book the "Chinese New Year Fireworks" package, you'll get daily breakfast, late check-out, and complimentary Internet and local calls along with your indulgent accommodations in a suite.

Escape the Winter Chill with Free Rooms and Added Amenities at Peninsula Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoBack by popular demand... Peninsula Hotels-- with a star-studded roster of legendary hotels in Asia and the U.S.-- is running some fab wintertime promotions through March 2009. With the "Winter Escapes" package, you get to choose a free added amenity thrown in with your luxurious accommodations: an enticement like a room upgrade, spa treatment, a multi-course meal, afternoon tea, or airport transfer. You'll also enjoy complimentary Internet access and daily newspapers. Book the "Suite Life" and you get a free second night when you reserve a suite.

Praise for Phuket and the New Anantara Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Anantara PhuketIn this weekend's Travel section of the New York Times, Gregory Dicum visits the "cocooned paradise" of Phuket to check out the recovery of the Andaman Coast after the 2004 tsunami wreaked havoc. The verdict? A splendid seaside destination and an inviting place to stay. We love the new Anantara Phuket which opened in October and Dicum praises it as "one of the most prominent new resorts." It's situated on Mai Khao Beach, "a world away from the Jet Skis and beach umbrellas of Kata Beach to the south. (Jet Skis are banned on Mai Khao to protect nesting turtles.)"

The resort is laid out along an artificial lake, mimicking a traditional southern Thai water village. Soaring wooden roofs peak above the enclosed compounds of the villas, each of which includes its own small swimming pool and outdoor and indoor sitting areas complete with big daybeds for savoring Thai massages. A dark teak roof and staircase arcing around a banyan tree set off the smoothly polished Treetop bar, with swooping terrazzo, fiber-optic chandelier curtains that sway in the benevolent sea breeze and soft settees for contemplating the setting sun with a ginger margarita in hand. The rooms themselves are exquisitely well-considered, with big sliding glass doors opening the bedrooms directly onto the shimmering pools, and with big bathtubs sunk directly into the water, separated by a glass partition.

Banyan Tree and the Tourism Authority of Thailand Give Away Free Rooms

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree PhuketTourism in Thailand may hit a four-year low because of the December blockade of the international airport by anti-government protesters, so the Tourism Authority of Thailand has decided to start 2009 afresh with some excellent promotions to encourage visitors back to the Land of Smiles. In a partnership with Banyan Tree, the Tourism Authority will give away a total of 1000 complimentary room nights at the luxurious Banyan Tree Bangkok and Banyan Tree Phuket (pictured at right). The rooms will be disbursed online from January 8-31, 2009. This offer entitles guests who book online to one complimentary night's stay on the consecutive night at the Best Available Rates. Stays will be valid from February 1, 2009 to April 20, 2009.

Talk of the Town: The Peninsula Hotel Will Open in Shanghai in Late 2009

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai

Since 1928, The Peninsula Hotels have symbolized glamor and exceptional service worldwide, starting with the flagship in Hong Kong. Now the luxury hotel chain will be opening its ninth property in Shanghai facing the historic Bund, a UNESCO-designated Modern Heritage Site, in late 2009 (in time for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010). With spectacular views of the Huangpu River, Pudong, and the gardens of the former British Consulate next door, The Peninsula Shanghai will feature 15 storeys encompassing 235 guestrooms and suites. Styled with a classic architectural design and Art Deco interiors, the hotel will have five restaurants (including a rooftop resto with inspiring views), The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, shopping arcade, and Rolls-Royce car service for guests. The hotel's opening marks the return to Shanghai of Asia's oldest hotel company, as The Peninsula's parent company (The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited) has origins in the city.