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Awesome Cultural Excursions Await in Siem Reap, Cambodia

March 18, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

La Residence d'AngkorLa Residence d'Angkor Siem Reap not only provides its guests with luxury accommodations at their beautiful Khmer-style property, they also offer fantastic supplemental excursion packages that will ensure guests have wonderful lasting impressions of Siem Reap and Cambodia. These guided tours and excursions can be added onto the room reservation with a supplemental fee, and include privately guided excursions with a knowledgeable and trained local guide who will lead guests through the more well known sites of Angkor. Excursions to remote markets, temples, and scenic destinations not often visited by tourists are also available for those looking for a more unique opportunity. Observe the true day-to-day life and culture beautiful and exotic Cambodian city, and take advantage of the wonderful add-on tour packages offered by La Residence d'Angkor.

Cruises to the Summer Palace and Lux Spa Treatments with the Shangri-La Beijing

March 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La BeijingLooking for a quiet oasis in the Chinese capital? Look no further than the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing, a serene garden retreat in the western part of the city, not far from the Summer Palace and Beijing Exhibition Hall. With beautifully-appointed guest rooms and a spa that oozes luxury, this award-winning hotel has become the choice of both business and leisure travelers in Beijing. Choose a room in the deluxe Valley Wing and you'll bliss out in the expansive space (no less than 50 square meters) with floor-to-ceiling bay windows, a separate walk-in wardrobe, an extended lounge area, and multiple LCD-display televisions. One of the hotel highlights is a cruise on the River Dragon-- the 38-person touring boat moored at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing-- to the imperial Summer Palace, including a guided tour. (From April to November, the boat offers four cruises daily.) This exclusive boat trip mirrors the route enjoyed by past Chinese Emperors and showcases a unique slice of life in modern Beijing, as you float by temples and traditional courtyard houses on the riverbanks.

The Maldives: Vacation Paradise to Become the First Carbon Neutral Country

March 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One and Only Maldives at Reethi RahIn recent years, the dreamy tropical islands of the Maldives have emerged as one of the hottest destinations for A-listers and honeymooners. The setting-- crystal clear waters lapping coral atolls fringed with sandy beaches-- is almost impossibly beautiful, and luxury hotels with overwater bungalows abound. Now The New York Times' Dot Earth blog gleefully reports that this island nation has pledged to become the world's first carbon neutral country, welcome news for the world's citizens who are increasingly concerned about global warming. For a country that is about six feet above sea level, the issue of rising seas (due to global warming) is crucially important. The goal is to switch from oil to 100 percent renewable energy production within a decade, so that the Maldives will no longer be a net contributor to greenhouse gas emissions:

The proposal recommended a mix of wind turbines, rooftop photovoltaic panels and a backup power plant that burns coconut husks (coconut is a substantial export), among other steps. The estimated cost: about $1.1 billion over 10 years. But the new energy options could pay off in the long run by greatly reducing the country’s reliance on imported oil, the report concluded.

Bargains in Beijing: Pampering at InterContinental Beijing Financial Street

March 12, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Beijing Financial StreetReduced trips to Walmart and Target= less American consumption= less business travelers checking out goods in Chinese factories= empty planes and empty hotels. Now is certainly the time to check out the wonders of China, broadcast on the world's stage during the Summer Olympic Games in 2008. Speaking of which, Beijing went nuts on the hotel building while prepping for the Olympics. Translation: There are now five-star hotels for the taking. As highlighted in a recent article:

Alone among U.S. carriers, Continental Airlines launches a new nonstop service to Shanghai (from its Newark hub) later this month, and its introductory pricing set off a fare war. Flights to China can now be scored for as little as $800 roundtrip with a modest advance purchase. With overall hotel occupancy rates hovering around 50 percent in Beijing and Shanghai, bargains are everywhere. Room rates as low as $100 a night in newly built, four- and five-star properties with familiar Western brand names are common.

If we had our druthers, we'd check in to the InterContinental Beijing Financial Street to gawk at the 18-storey atrium and cool contemporary design. The spa is pretty fab, too. Ask the concierge about Tea Time; you can get a taste of Beijing culture on a visit to the Lao She Teahouse. The hotel can also arrange personal walking tours of Beijing with your very own private guide: the InterContinental's chief concierge.

Great Offers and Amenities for Five Star Alliance Guests from the Fullerton Hotel Singapore

March 9, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Fullerton Hotel SingaporeAs of March 1, 2009, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore is offering an exclusive deal to

Five Star Alliance guests. Book the Five Star B and B Rate between now and June 30th, 2009, and receive accommodations for a Courtyard Room with charming views of the Sunlight Atrium Lobby. The rate also includes buffet breakfast for two, as well as a late 3pm check out, all for SGD 428.00 per night.

Rate requires a two night stay and is subject to availability.

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

New Langham Digs To Hit Shanghai in May

March 6, 2009
By: Mackenzie Allison

New Langham Digs To Hit Shanghai in MayThose who yearn for old-school style in an exotic setting can get their fix come this May when The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai opens this spring. Touting 1930's glam, the property stands to be the only Art Deco boutique hotel in Shanghai. What to Expect: In the heart of Shanghai's central business district, this art deco boutique property boasts 96 rooms and suites, China's first Chuan Spa and five restaurants, including the Michelin-Two Star winner T’ang Court. Nearby attractions include the Shanghai grand Theatre, Shanghai Municipal Government building and The Bund.

Designer Bathrooms that are Better than Hotel Rooms

March 5, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoWe've been known to drool over the swanky bathrooms at The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo (can we- like- sleep here?) In fact, hotel bathrooms have emerged in recent years as lavish, even crucially important, spaces. Sometimes-- as recently described by Hotels Magazine-- "becoming the very centerpiece of the guestroom." According to the article, entitled "Drawing the Baths Out":  "Baths are no longer an afterthought in the guestroom design process... thanks in large part to the emergence of the spa as a featured hotel amenity." Hence the spa bathroom, found in hotels around the world.

Regent Bal HarbourRegent Bal Harbour: Boasting floor to ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean, the fabulous showers also have custom "toe testers." Each shower has a faucet groove for guests to dip their toes in to test the temperature of the water before turning on the head to enjoy a relaxing shower.

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya:  One of the hottest hotels in the world has some pretty fabulous bath facilities. Nestled on 36 acres of beaches and tropical mangrove forests on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the Mandarin Oriental has garnered abundant praise and accolades since its debut. One of the coolest features? Baths placed in open-air private gardens, called "bath patios."

St Regis Resort BaliSt. Regis Resort Bali: Notice the exotic materials in the pic? The bathrooms are all about the sense of ritual (and luxury, of course.) You can bathe in a deep soaking tub built for two while gazing out the window. Floors are made from locally-sourced beige marble, and the decorative white limestone and Bangkerai timber are also locally harvested.

Raffles Dubai bathroomRaffles Dubai: A landmark on the city's skyline, the pyramid-shaped hotel is known for its opulent suites with private butler service. The Fire Suite has a Jacuzzi tub situated at the top of marble steps-- facing a window overlooking glitzy Dubai. The over-the-top bathroom was designed with 24-karat gold in a sprawling space measuring 50 square meters.

Cherry Blossom Viewings Await in Tokyo

March 5, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Four Seasons Chinzan-so TokyoAt the beginning of early spring people flock to the world's most exciting city capital to experience the intermingling of natural beauty in the heart of an ultra contemporary Japanese metropolis. The yearly blossoming of the Sakura, or cherry blossom, drives hoards of locals and tourists to Tokyo's numerous parks, gardens, and temple grounds to capture the picturesque splendor. If you are planning a visit to the Japanese capital between March 30th and April 9th, you're in luck as the Sakura is forecasted to be at its spectacular peak during this period. Stay at the Four Seasons Chinzan-so Tokyo which is ideally located in a peaceful Japanese garden, and spend your days taking in the whimsical charm of the cherry blossom, then retreat to luxurious quarters to enjoy modern accommodations and top notch service.

Hotel Hot Tubs with the Best Views: InterContinental Hong Kong

March 2, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hong KongTravel and Leisure just came out with a drool-worthy slideshow of the world's best hotel hot tubs. From Manhattan to the South African jungle, these hot tubs offer sublime views while you soak. What'd they miss? The InterContinental Hong Kong, where guests of the CEO Suite and Terrace Suite experience mind-blowing views over Victoria Harbour and glittering Hong Kong Island from Jacuzzis situated on the terrace. (The Presidential Suite has its own rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city.)

Three Countries in One Day from Anantara Resort Golden Triangle

February 27, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

The Anantara Resort Golden TriangleWhat could be more exciting than a trip to Northern Thailand's exotic Chiang Rai? How about the adventure of exploring three countries in one day? For a two night minimum, The Anantara Resort Golden Triangle is currently offering a Three Country Discovery Package, which includes daily accommodations, and a one day tour of Mae Sai and Chiang Saen in Thailand; Tachilek in Myanmar, and Don Sao in Laos. Tour guide and driver are provided as well as daily breakfast for two.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Anantara Resort Golden Triangle will receive a special Anantara "Signature Welcome Drink" served upon arrival, fruit basket and chocolate upon guest arrival, and complimentary Hall of Opium tickets for two.