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.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Sweetens the Deal


By: Alison Victor

The Fullerton Hotel SingaporeMany of you may already know from a previous posting that The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is running the Five Star B and B package through June 30th of this year. This great offer includes breakfast for two, late check out of 3 pm, and a Courtyard room for $428 SGD. Effective immediately, the B and B Package will also include a complimentary, one level room upgrade, subject to availability. If you are looking for a great luxury hotel deal, then this is one you should definitely take advantage of.


Get a Free Night with InterContinental: 5 Million Nights Up for Grabs at 4,000 Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hotel Beijing Financial StreetInterContinental Hotels Group-- the world's largest hotel company-- has just announced a big promotion. Earn a free night by registering at getafreenight.com and then staying two nights at any Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites around the world between May 4th and July 3rd, 2009. Voila! A free night is yours for the taking at any IHG hotel-- like the luxurious InterContinental Beijing Financial Street (pictured at right)-- until December 26th, 2009.


Hip Restaurants in Tokyo (and Stupendous Views): Peter at The Peninsula Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Tokyo

It's worth a trip to Peter, perched atop The Peninsula Tokyo and reached by private elevator, for the views alone. All of sparkling Tokyo is spread out before you-- viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows on the 24th floor. But the coolest restaurant in Tokyo is also celebrated for its sophisticated cuisine, not to mention its avant-garde design and "intriguing entertainment technology that gives a feeling of being on stage against a moving backdrop." Since it opened in 2008, The Peninsula Tokyo has gotten rave reviews for everything from its designer bathrooms to its cutting-edge in-room technology.


Destination Penang, Malaysia: Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort

Foodies flock to Penang-- the food capital of Malaysia-- for sublime eats prepared by street vendors. Dishes like penang laksa (noodle soup), nasi kandar (mixed rice with curry), and rojak (a fruit and vegetable mix), reflect the fusion of cultures in Malaysia: a mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences. Besides the allure of this mixed cultural heritage, Penang is an inviting destination because of its golden beaches, tropical scenery, and diverse sites found in this colonial trading capital. The best place to stay is Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort, set on the world-famous Batu Feringgi beach. George Town can be reached in an hour by complimentary shuttle from the resort. Beneath the shade of ancient rain trees in 30 acres of lush gardens, the luxury resort looks out over the emerald waters of the sea. The recreational offerings are numerous-- from jungle treks to scuba diving-- and the CHI spa is the best on the island.


The Leela Hotel Group Awarded for Environmental Initiatives


By: Alison Victor

Leela GoaThe Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts is India's most renowned luxury hotel group, seamlessly merging business hotels with luxury resorts at five beautiful locations. Each hotel manages to capture the essence of modern day India. But how many people were also aware that Leela is also at the forefront of environmental awareness and sustainability? Earlier this month, Krishnan Nair, the chairman of Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts, was the first person to be honored by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for his contribution to environmental causes and his hotel's group social responsibility. A visionary hotelier, Krishnan's environmental initiatives can be seen at each property. At The Leela Goa, for example, Nair's imprint can be seen in the 75 acres of lush gardens and foliage planted along the property. In all, there have been a total of 3,556,633 trees planted on the Leela Properties.


Affordable Luxury at the Trendy Jia Shanghai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jia ShanghaiFollowing the successful debut of JIA in Hong Kong, the luxury boutique hotel brand moved on to Shanghai, opening a designer-led boutique residence that's been turning heads in the fashionable city. Since "JIA" takes its name from the Mandarin word meaning "home," it's only fitting that the collection of hip boutique hotels should cocoon its guests in comfort and style. JIA Shanghai is a cross between a home and a hotel, so you'll find fully-equipped kitchenettes in addition to the swank Bisazza-tiled bathrooms in-room. Infused with contemporary design, rooms are decked out with cool, modern furniture and have entertainment centers and free wireless Internet. Book a suite and you'll get the services of a personal bartender to man your Chinoiserie cocktail cabinet. The best part of all? You can snag rates of just RMB 1095 (about $160) including continental breakfast, afternoon cakes, and evening wine.


Bali Escapes: Indulge with Warwick Ibah’s Luxury Villas & Spa


By: K. Clare Johnson

Warwick IbahEscape to glamorous Bali, even if it's just for three nights, with Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa's Indulgence package. This prestigious resort, steeped in royal heritage, consists of 15 uniquely designed luxury villas and suites in a spectacular location on the gently sloping valley of the Campuhan River. Starting from $996, you will enjoy:

* Three Nights in Luxurious Accommodation

* Daily American Breakfast

* Welcome Foot Massage

* One 3 Course Dinner during your stay

* Ibah Spa Mountain Ritual

* A Dance Performance in the Royal Palace

* A Flower arrangement in your room

* A Complimentary Cocktail in the Bar

* Daily Tropical fruit basket in your room

* Complimentary use of resort's Mountain Bikes

* Free Shuttle Service in the Ubud area

* 20 percent Gift Shop discount and 10 percent Spa Gift Shop discount

* Return shuttle transfers anywhere in Bali

All prices are based on two persons, and the offer is subject to availability and certain other terms and restrictions.


Learn About Chinese Culture with The Peninsula Beijing


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Palace BeijingLeave it to the super-lux Peninsula Beijing to create special programs for its guests to get insights into Chinese culture and traditions while staying in sumptuous style. Just a short stroll away from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, The Peninsula offers the crème de la crème of Beijing's room accommodations, showcasing sprawling marble bathrooms, supremely comfortable beds, and room controls at your fingertips. It's a delightfully decadent hotel experience, but The Peninsula understands that its guests want to take advantage of the hotel's proximity to the capital's key business and leisure landmarks. So they've designed The Peninsula Academy Programme so you can immerse yourself in Chinese culture and glean insights into this ancient civilization. With this personalized program, you can learn about Chinese antiques or furniture restoration, the Wild Great Wall, or Beijing's old embassy area. A range of exclusive cultural activities-- from culinary experiences to lifestyle and nature immersion-- are led by experts for one or two people.


Big Promotion from Starwood: Get a Free Weekend For Every 2 Hotel Stays


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal HawaiianThis just in. Starwood Hotels and Resorts has announced a rewarding new promotion for new and existing members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG). When you stay two times at any of Starwood's hotels between May 1 and July 31, 2009, you can earn one free weekend night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). There are no limits to the number of free weekend nights that can be earned, and earned nights can be combined to make a longer weekend stay. The best part? No blackout dates (!) and the nights are redeemable through the end of September. Starwood encompasses 875 hotels around the world within nine different brands (like St. Regis, Westin, The Luxury Collection, Aloft and Sheraton), including the likes of the Royal Hawaiian (pictured) and the opulent Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice. Talk about a travel stimulus program!


Free Fourth Night in Hanoi at the Sofitel Metropole


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel MetropoleStep off the steamy, (slightly) chaotic city streets into an oasis of calm at the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, the city's French-Colonial style landmark and celebrated hotel-- that's played host to heads of state and playwrights since 1901. The hotel's a marvelous mix of Vietnamese and European style, reflected also in the cuisine served up in its restaurants: superb French dishes at Le Beaulieu and Hanoi specialties at Spices Garden. In such a sultry climate, the Sofitel Metropole's pool is especially inviting. Coming soon: a full-service, luxury spa. Until May 25th, you can take advantage of the "Seasonal Diversion" package and get a fourth night free when you stay for three nights. You'll also receive a box of delectable chocolates and a late check-out of 4 p.m.