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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.

Announcing The Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa - All With Private Pools


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Anantara PhuketAnantara Resorts is proudly announcing the October 2008 opening of its newest property, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand. Located in Phuket's more secluded, natural northern coast, 15 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and just minutes from golf and beaches, this 83 all private pool villa property features unspoilt beauty, absolute privacy and fabulous dining. Special amenities include the magnificent Bill Bensley designed gardens and paths fusing the colorful tropical flora with age old traditional Thai architecture, a world renown Spa specializing in rich, lavish body treatments and scrubs and high concept dining where you pick the location and the chef transforms a meal to a memorable occasion. Special opening Anantara Breeze Packages are available from October to December 23rd offering the 4th night complimentary with a 3 night stay.


Sizzling Summer Savings at Banyan Tree Phuket


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree PhuketRanked No. 2 in the "Top 10 Asia Resorts" category of the Condé Nast Traveler 20th Annual Readers' Choice Awards, the Banyan Tree Phuket is bordered by the golden sand and turquoise waves of the Andaman Sea. This tropical paradise is offering exclusive rates during June and July to encourage guest to visit Thailand, the "Land of Smiles," this summer. The special starts at just $200 per night for Deluxe Villa accommodations and includes daily breakfast. There's no better time to experience Banyan Tree Phuket, the 150-villa resort that exudes luxury and romance.

Pssst. Don't miss a treatment at the award-winning spa!


Xian Indulgence with Shangri-La Hotel


By: Madelyn Giblin

Explore Xian to the fullest with Shangri-La Hotel's special Xian Indulgence package. Get discounted rates on single and double rooms, and you'll also receive a round trip airport transfer, complimentary breakfast and in-room tea and coffee facilities. The package includes a half-day guided tour of the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, a one-hour Spa treatment at the Shangri-La Spa, and optional tours to the Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda, or Muslim Street/Famen Temple/Huashan for only an additional RMB480 per person. A Deluxe City View Room is only RMB3,380 for 3 days and two nights, and Horizon Club room is RMB 3,980.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Shangri-La Xian will receive a welcome platter of fresh fruit.


Best Value Luxury Hotel: The Peninsula Tokyo


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoWe've been raving about the amazing technology and perfectly-designed rooms at the Peninsula Tokyo for awhile now. Posh hotels abound in Tokyo, but the Peninsula Tokyo stands apart (even in this crowded field in the Japanese capital). This was the first outpost for the Peninsula brand in Tokyo, and the first free-standing hotel to be built here in a decade. The location couldn't be more perfect: across the street from the Imperial Palace and blocks from the Ginza. It's little wonder that this magnificent hotel was recently listed as a "Great Value/Business Hotel" in the Travel + Leisure "It List":

The incredible palace views-- the best of any Tokyo hotel-- won us over, but Peninsula didn't stop there. The rooms are among the city's largest, starting at 544 square feet, and-- appropriately-- its most high-tech. Gizmos range from the convenient (bedside consoles that control drapes, panels that display outside temperature and humidity) to the luxe (Lavazza espresso machines) to the incredibly useful. We never realized how handy a personal nail dryer could be.


Get a Suite at Half the Price with Peninsula Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula Hong KongIt's back! The "Suite Life" promotion at Peninsula Hotels has returned (and it's music to our ears). Peninsula suites offer the absolute pinnacle of luxury in seven cities around the globe-- from Tokyo to New York, from Bangkok to Chicago. You can enjoy these spacious suites, exquisitely decorated and decked out with all the latest cutting-edge technology, for half the price this summer. With the "Suite Life" package, you'll get the second night for free when you pay for the first night. This translates to about $200 for a two-night stay in Manila, $309 in Bangkok, and $423 in Hong Kong. Wow.


Weekend Pleasures with Shangri-La Hotel Xian


By: Madelyn Giblin

Shangri-La XianEnjoy a weekend away and save with the Shangri-La, Xian's Weekend Pleasures from May 15th, 2008 through November 15th 2008. Starting at RMB898 for the Deluxe Garden View Room, through RMB 4288 for the palatial Deluxe Suite. Guests will enjoy a complimentary daily buffet breakfast, 15% discount at Yi Café, Chinese Restaurant, and the Lobby Lounge and on any Spa Treatments. Guests may also enjoy complimentary in room tea and coffee making facilities, and free access to the Health Club, gym and Jacuzzi, steam and sauna room. Take the day, and enjoy late checkout at 3 pm.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Shangri-La Xian will receive a welcome platter of fresh fruit.


Langham Place Koh Lanta’s New “All About Me” Package


By: Madelyn Giblin

Langham Koh LantaReward yourself for all your hard work with Langham Place Eco Resort and Spa Koh Lanta's new "All About Me" Package deals on hotel rooms from now until the of October 2008. All packages include three nights stay in luxurious rooms, daily breakfast and fresh fruit basket, and complimentary use of hotel facilities including the movie house, music rooms, gym, water sports equipment, and tennis courts.

Langham Koh LantaStarting at $200 USD, The Langham Koh Lanta's "Buy Me" package offers roundtrip transfer to and from the Krabi Airport. The "Place Me" package includes round trip transfer to and from the Krabi Airport and a Thai style set dinner. The "Indulge Me" package includes round trip transfer, a Thai style set dinner and a 60 minute Chuan Spa massage, and for the really deserving guest, the "Surprise Me" package includes a Thai lunch, a Thai or Western dinner, a 60 minute massage at the Chuan Spa, a full day sight -seeing tour of Koh Lanta, an all you can drink mini bar and round trip transfer to and from the Airport. Pamper yourself and don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience Thai culture like never before.


High Fashion Meets Luxury Accommodations at the Langham Hong Kong


By: Madelyn Giblin

Langham Hong KongHigh fashion meets luxury accommodations at The Langham, Hong Kong. Located in close proximity to flagship stores of Chanel, Gucci, Prada and Dior, The Langham Hong Kong offers a plethora of activities, and now guests can take advantage of their Suite Deal. The top notch Langham Suite is available now until December 31st for HK$3000 per night, and comes with plenty of perks. Guests who book the suite get round trip transfer to and from the airport, check in and checkout in the Langham Hotel Club Lounge as well as daily breakfast, internet connection and daily afternoon tea and cocktails in the Club Lounge. Guests also have access to the 24 hour Health Club, use of the Victoria meeting room, laundry allowance of HK$400, and frequent flier miles with participating airlines. Take full advantage with all Hong Kong has to offer with this limited time offer.


The Sukhothai Takes the Heat Out of Summer at Spa Botanica


By: Madelyn Giblin

This May and June enjoy unprecedented luxury at The Sukhothai Bangkok with discounts on their featured spa treatments. For THB 3,900 guests can enjoy either the Triple Harmony or Coconut Body Glow spa treatments. The Triple Harmony is a soothing body massage followed by a fresh cucumber face and body mask to rejuvenate the body's energies. Or guests can enjoy the Coconut Body Glow - a traditional Thai technique using acupressure massage with coconut fiber rubbed all over the body, and a rich mask with wild honey is applied to renew the skin. These are surely not to be missed, offering guests a way to escape from the many pressures of everyday life.


Disruptions in Yangon for Orient- Express


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Below is a message from Orient-Express for travelers to Myanmar after the recent tragic events:

    Tuesday 6th May 2008 - In the early hours of Saturday 3rd May 2008, the southern part of Burma was hit by tropical cyclone Nargis, which has caused extensive damage and loss of life. Orient-Express has two operations in Burma: the Road To Mandalay river cruise ship which cruises the Ayeyarwady River, and The Governors Residence, a hotel in Yangon (Rangoon). The Road To Mandalay was closed for the season so there were no guests onboard. The ship was in Yangon for a scheduled dry-docking and was caught in the cyclone and was badly damaged. The Governors Residence also sustained some damage. The hotel had few guests as it is currently the low season; all guests and staff are safe. The Governor's Residence Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar is an imposing teak mansion hotel dating from the 1920s within the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. The airport in Yangon reopened on Monday 5th May and one of our regional Directors was on the scene immediately. He and Orient-Express staff based in the country are currently assessing the damage as well as providing what assistance they can. At present, it is unlikely that either operation will be able to reinstate normal services for at least three months. Any passengers or guests booked to travel before 1st September 2008 are advised to contact their local Orient-Express office or travel agent to rearrange their travel plans.