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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.

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.

Dive into the Maldives at Anantara Resort

By: K. Clare Johnson

Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives

Indulge your beachfront fantasies at Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives . The luxury property offers 68 beachfront villas, all situated on a private stretch of beach, with unique outdoor bathrooms and rain showers. There are also two Beachfront Pool Villas that come with their own private plunge pool set in a tropical garden. Anantara's 38 over-water suites, situated over the Indian Ocean, feature private sundecks and open-air infinity-edged bathtubs with a view. For the ultimate over-water Maldives luxury resort getaway, there are two exclusive Deluxe Over-Water Pool Suites that enjoy a prime setting at the end of each jetty, with wrap-around sundecks featuring their own private plunge pool and spacious interiors with hints of Maldivian culture and arts. And right now, Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives is offering a spa package. Begin each day with a complimentary breakfast, and then choose your daily one-hour spa treatment. Whether you decide on a Thai massage or an exotic fruit peel (among the many choices), you'll find yourself refreshed by a soothing sense of tranquility. Rates start from $555 USD per night.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at the Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives receive a Dolphin safari and subject to availability, a late check-out.

Park Hyatt Shanghai: Tallest Hotel in the World

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt ShanghaiWhen construction on the 492-meter-high World Financial Center was completed in Shanghai this past August, visitors were delighted to check out the second tallest building in the world. Indeed, the observation deck on the 100th floor is the world's highest such deck, offering gasp-inducing views of the city. Of course the Park Hyatt's location on the 79th-93rd floors of this tower makes it the tallest hotel in the world. Don't worry, there's a direct elevator from the ground floor to the lobby. We like the in-room day beds, walk-in dressing rooms, and deluxe bathrooms with rain showers, deep soaking tubs, and heated floors. The complimentary wireless Internet is a nice perk, too. If we had our druthers, however, we'd opt for the Chairman Suite, boasting panoramic Huangpu River views and the services of a personal chef and butler.

Image via Hidden Travel Gems

The Peninsula Tokyo’s Five-Star Bathrooms Rack up the Reviews

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoLots of chatter about the incredibly lavish bathrooms at The Peninsula Tokyo, featured in HotelChatter's Flickr Pool. In fact, the tricked out bathrooms are better than a lot of hotel rooms out there. (Wait til you see the Peninsula Tokyo's enormous, perfectly-designed guest rooms.)

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Celebrates A Michelin Star

By: K. Clare Johnson

Pop the cork and raise a glass of bubbly for Jeff Ramsay. The chef at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo has earned his first Michelin Star for his culinary prowess. The three in-house restaurants, Signature, Sense, and Tapas Molecular Bar, Mandarin Oriental TokyoTokyo were awarded one-star status in the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2009. For those who have heard the term but may not know what a Michelin Star is, it refers to an award given to restaurants by Le Guide Michelin, a series of annual books published by Michelin for over a dozen countries. Think the Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy rolled into one.

Luckily, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is offering patrons a chance to toast Ramsay with a glass of legendary Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1995 at Signature, Sense and Mandarin Bar priced at JPY 7,000 per glass throughout November and December. Or, enjoy four cocktail types at JPY 2,100 per glass. During the Christmas period, exclusive champagne cocktails will be served at JPY 3,800 per glass. Congratulations to Jeff Ramsay and his staff!

Third Night on the House at St. Regis Beijing

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis BeijingCheck into the newly-renovated St. Regis Beijing this holiday season and have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed. This stunner of a hotel is offering a third night free until December 31, 2008 when you arrive on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. You'll be wowed by the $27 million renovation and restoration of the 258 guest rooms, 102 luxuriously appointed suites, signature restaurants and public areas. The lobby alone is a work of art, featuring hand-painted ceilings, pure silk embroidery and custom-made rosewood and lemonwood furnishings. Staying over Christmas? You won't want to miss the Christmas Eve Party and Gala with renowned comedians and delicious grub.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Singapore

By: Madelyn Giblin

Kick off the New Year Fullerton with a fantastic fireworks display at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore! Enjoy a discounted rate on a Quay room with panoramic view of the fireworks. Wake up at your leisure for breakfast for two at the Town Restaurant, and take advantage of late check out until 3 pm. This is a New Year's Eve celebration you won't want to miss! Valid December 31, 2008, starting at $492 USD per night.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests at Fullerton Hotel making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive a platter of fresh fruit.

25 Percent Off Your Entire Stay at Conrad Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad MaldivesEscape the in-laws this holiday season and jet to the tropics (or an exciting Asian metropolis). Book now and you will receive 25 percent off rooms, restaurants, spa services and more at participating Conrad Hotels and Resorts until December 31, 2009. Here's the list of luxurious properties:

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island-- Pictured at right. Need we say more?

Conrad Bangkok-- Contemporary luxury hotel in the heart of the sultry city, with lots of cutting-edge technology

Conrad Centennial Singapore-- Located downtown in the heart of Singapore's liveliest and largest business, shopping and entertainment districts of Shenton Way

Conrad Bali-- Beaches and waterfalls and lagoons, oh my!

The Conrad Tokyo and Conrad Hong Kong are also participating in this offer.

Jade Journey in Shanghai: Rejuvenate with Pudong Shangri-La’s CHI Indulgence

By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Pudong Shangri-LaIndulge in the "Jade Journey," part of the Pudong Shangri-La's "CHI Indulgence" package at the luxurious CHI spa. Acclaimed as "Spa Treatment of the Year" by Baccarat AsiaSpa Awards 2007, the Jade Journey incorporates the special properties of the Jade stone and features a Jade Foot Bath, Tea Bath Ritual, and full body massage with use of the Jade stone. Guests are sure to feel the full extent of Jade's healing properties. The package features a stay in an Executive Room, and the experience of the Jade Journey treatment. Rates start at RMB 2,850 per night.

More Bang for Your Baht at The Conrad Bangkok: Bed, Breakfast and Broadband Promotion

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad BangkokYou have until December 31, 2008 to snag this special offer. You'll get accommodations, a buffet breakfast, high-speed Internet access all for 7,800 Baht (single) or 8,800 Baht (double) at the cutting-edge Conrad Bangkok. "The Bed, Breakfast and Broadband" promotion also includes one complimentary 1,500 Baht spa voucher, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, and complimentary pressing service of three pieces per stay.