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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.

Savor Sofitel: “I Love Chocolate” Getaway with Three Course Dinner, Third Night Free, and Chocolate Surprises

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel ParisChocoholics, rejoice. Sofitel Hotels has cooked up a divine dream come true: The "I love Chocolate" offer. When you check into your spacious guest room, appointed with luxurious amenities, you'll find a chocolate surprise. Savor a lavish afternoon tea "au chocolat" with French hot chocolate and gourmet treats. Then it gets even better. You'll be treated to a spectacular three-course dinner crafted by the chef to showcase the flavors of chocolate. The icing on the cake? You'll get a third night free! This three-night stay is available from November 1, 2008 until January 31, 2009 in participating Sofitel hotels worldwide including the Sofitel Los Angeles (priced from $274), Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg (starting from EUR 245), and the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, long cherished by visiting A-listers for its traditional elegance.

Hot Deals in Singapore: Five-Star Fabulous at The Fullerton Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fullerton, SingaporeHere's a special offer only available to Five Star Alliance guests at Singapore's stunning Fullerton Hotel. Fittingly, it's called the "Five Star B&B package" and you'll get treated to some five-star fabulousness at this award-winning gem. Available November 1 and starting from SGD$458, the package includes luxurious accommodations in a Courtyard room, breakfast for two at Town Restaurant and late check-out at 3 pm. It's not just the elegant architecture that will have you swooning; the hotel is celebrated for its top-notch location and stellar service. Search for availability here.

Langham Hotels Signs Partnership with Emirates Airlines

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Emirates AirlinesThis just in: A new loyalty partnership between Langham Hotels and Emirates Airlines means you can rack up the points with hotel stays. You'll get 600 miles per qualifying stay at any Langham Hotel worldwide. Emirates' frequent flier program- Skywards- has 3.8 million members.

Jumeirah Group Keeps Growing, and Growing, and Growing…

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al ArabSome hotel companies may be feeling the pinch of a down economy, but not Jumeirah. The Dubai-based hotel group, famous for its seven-star Burj Al Arab (pictured), has just announced they have 19 hotels under development. They're bringing their signature brand of hospitality to Asia and South America, and expect to have 60 properties, or about 25,000 rooms, either in operation or under development by 2012. Our friends at the Luxury Insider highlight the five new hotels and resorts-- Jumeirah Bali Resort in Indonesia, Jumeirah Maldives Resort in the South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Al Salam Resort in Bahrain, Jumeirah Al Salam Yiti Resort in Oman, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait-- all scheduled to open within the next three years.

Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand: The Latest from the New Ritz-Carlton “Reserve” Brand

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Phulay Bay, A Ritz Carlton ReserveBack in 2006 we started raving about Molasses Reef, the unspoiled island destination in the Turks and Caicos that would be the setting for the first "Ritz-Carlton Reserve"-- the "highest tier of luxury properties" designed in an eco-friendly way with respect for the local environment. Now our friends over at Luxury Insider have spilled the beans about the latest in the Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection: Phulay Bay, "tucked away in the midst of limestone karsts and hidden waterfalls in Thailand's diving hotspot Krabi and embraced by the Andaman Sea." Guest rooms feature walk-in wardrobes, outdoor verandah lounge beds, rainforest showers, and indoor and outdoor baths. 24-hour personal butler service is a given. And facilities include a beautiful infinity pool, state-of-the-art gym, and first destination ESPA.

Brunch in Bangkok at the Shangri-La Hotel

By: K. Clare Johnson

The Angelini Restaurant & Bar at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is delighted to announce that Sunday brunch is now served. Each week, Chef Paolo Vitaletti and his team freshly prepare an international Sunday brunch buffet with an Italian twist.

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok The new Angelini Sunday brunch features Italian and international delicacies. Guests can enjoy an array of antipasti in addition to a selection of cold cut specials, pasta, fresh seafood, and crispy salads, accompanied with an assortment of freshly-baked breads including focaccia and Angelini's loaf. To finish, the restaurant's dessert corner offers dozens of home-made pastries, Angelini signature desserts and traditional favorites. The buffet includes an unlimited serving of soft drinks and live entertainment throughout the buffet brunch.

While parents enjoy their brunch, the kids can pursue their own adventures with a range of Kids Club activities and fun games, including Eckie the clown. The activities and games change weekly.

Virtuoso Hotelier of the Year: Franka Holtmann of the Hotel Meurice, Paris

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Franka HoltmannIt comes as no surprise that Franka Holtmann, General Manager of the opulent Hotel Le Meurice in Paris, was awarded "Hotelier of the Year" at Virtuoso's annual Travel Mart Conference at the Vegas Bellagio hotel in August. Holtmann was selected by Virtuoso's 6,000 member travel advisors as well as the editors of Virtuoso Life for the top spot. She beat out an impressive roster of hoteliers who had been nominated: Rainy Chan, The Peninsula Hong Kong; Geoffrey Gelardi, The Lanesborough, London; Anthony Lee, The Connaught, London. Holtmann's experience in Paris' legendary luxury hotel sector extends far beyond her tenure at Le Meurice, where she has overseen the fantastic renovations by design legend Philippe Starck. She was the second-in-command at Hotel Plaza Athénée in 2000, and then became the first woman general manager of a palace hotel in France at Hotel de Crillon. She has rightfully been called the "First Lady of Fine Hospitality."

Pan Pacific Manila Wins World Travel Award for Leading Business Hotel

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Pan Pacific Manila Congratulations, the Oscars are in! That is, from The World Travel Awards, the "Oscars of the Travel Industry." This year's recipient, announced at the the 15th Annual World Travel Awards 2008, for the Philippines' Leading Business Hotel is

Pan Pacific Manila. General Manager, Richard Masselin, attributes this honor as due to the hotel's dedication to exceptional service on a personalized level.

As the first and finest five star property in Philippines, Pan Pacific Manila offers contemporary style that is luxurious but casually elegant. While staying at Pan Pacific Manila you will receive a heartwarming welcome in true Filipino style. All guests are provided Butler Service, the Hotel's unique concept of consolidated services associated with the utmost personalized care. Each guest room and suite includes an expansive desk, 2 phone lines, fax line, broadband internet access, fully stocked mini bar, and personal coffee and tea making facilities. Bath Rooms are uniquely designed with a sliding wall to open into the bedroom. The property includes extraordinary dining and entertainment at the Adriatico Square, outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, and a health and fitness center.

Pan Pacific Manila stands ready to provide an experience of luxury and indulgence like never before for you to enjoy.

InterContinental Hanoi Landmark: Vietnam’s Tallest Hotel to Open in 2011

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hanoi By NightInterContinental is bringing its distinctive luxury touch to more and more locations across the Asia Pacific region, with 30 new hotels scheduled to open within the next three years. One of the most anticipated debuts is the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark, which will be Vietnam's tallest hotel when it opens in 2011 in the 70-storey Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower. Like the new InterContinental Westlake Hanoi overlooking the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark is bound to make waves on the luxury hotel scene with its stylish amenities and first-class service. The Westlake was named to Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious 2008 Hot List for its "sublime waterfront locale," and it seems likely that the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark will also land on the list for its resort-style pool, fitness club, and panoramic city views from the atrium lobby located on the 60th floor. The new hotel will join the ranks of the world's tallest hotels, including the InterContinental Doha West Bay in Qatar (scheduled for 2009) and the InterContinental Nanjing in China (slated for 2010).

Image of "Streets of Hanoi at Night" via Travelblog

What’s Hot: China’s Carbon-Neutral Hotel, URBN Shanghai

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

URBN ShanghaiWith all the talk of smog-clouded skies in Beijing and factories sprouting up like weeds, it's nice to see a new(ish) line of carbon-neutral, boutique hotels in China. URBN Shanghai is making waves as a model for eco-design and sustainability in the hospitality sector. Named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Hot List and recently cited by Fodor's Hot List, URBN was built with recycled materials and energy-saving technology. The hotel calculates its carbon footprint (including energy consumed by staff who commute, and food and bev delivery), and then purchases credits for green energy to neutralize the footprint. Guests are encouraged to buy carbon credits to offset their flights. The hotel has 26 designer rooms outfitted with all the latest technology, housed in a renovated factory just two blocks from Shanghai's high-end Nanjing Road. This is the first of what's promised to be a chain of URBN hotels across China.

Image Via Boutique Design