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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.

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.


Langham’s Restaurants Score Three Michelin Stars in First Ever Hong Kong Guide


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hong KongIt comes as no surprise that luxury hotel operator, Langham Hotels International, has garnered three coveted Michelin Stars at the launch of the first Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau. T'ang Court in The Langham, Hong Kong snagged two stars. (No stranger to awards, this beloved Cantonese resto has been recognized in Hotel Magazine's Top 10 Hotel Restaurants, and named on US Food and Wine Magazine's "Go list 2008.") Ming Court in Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong was awarded one Michelin star for its gourmet Cantonese delights. These Hong Kong restaurants join The Dining Room at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena which won its first Michelin Star in 2007.


Design Your Own Stay at Pan Pacific Manila


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Pan Pacific ManilaYour Butler at Pan Pacific Manila awaits you. For a truly personalized experience, when you book your "Preference at Pan Pacific Manila" (until December 31, 2008) you may add an additional amenity of your choice-- Is it going to be the complimentary daily breakfast for 2 at the Pacific Lounge, the complimentary 24 hour internet access, the one way airport transfer or the guaranteed upgrade to the next room category? Pan Pacific Manila is the first grand new 5 star hotel located in the Tourist District of Manila offering personalized Butler Service, bringing a whole new level of care and attentive service to their guests. Your accommodations are thoughtfully appointed, spacious and technologically advanced and each of the all-executive rooms and suites offer many unique features that creates an environment that is casually elegant and will certainly cater to your needs.


Play Polo with Pachyderms in Thailand at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort


By: K. Clare Johnson

Why play regular polo when you can play it with elephants? Thailand's Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa is offering guests this jumbo-sized opportunity. Through the resort's Elephant Camp, which is located on the grounds of Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, guests can swing a mallet while perched atop a pachyderm. Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa The Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa is designed along the lines of the traditional mahout's villages found in the hills of Northern Thailand in the days when logging employed the majority of Thailand's elephants. This holiday season, why simply sun yourself when you can exercise with elephants? Anantara Golden Triangle Resort &a Spa's Elephant Camp and its resident cast of jumbo beauties offers guests a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa will receive a special Anantara "Signature Welcome drink" served upon arrival.


News: Leading Hotels of the World Announces Award Winners


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel CiprianiLeading Hotels of the World held its annual convention in Boston recently and doled out some pretty prestigious awards. Considering that the organization represents some 450 of the world's finest hotels, these accolades should not be taken lightly. And without further ado, the winners are:

Commitment to Excellence Awards: Hotel de l'Europe, Taj Boston, Brenner's Park

Commitment to Quality Awards: The Chedi Muscat, Al Maha Desert Resort, The Datai, Rambagh Palace, Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin, Hotel Caruso, One&Only Palmilla, Tortuga Bay, Island Hotel (Newport Beach), and SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand.

Sixth Annual Juan Gaspart Award recognizing an outstanding employee of a Leading Hotel pursuing a career in the hospitality industry:  Mr. Colin Field, head bartender at Ritz Paris.

(Pictured: Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin- which received the highest score overall during LHW's anonymous inspections.)


Update: Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai Hotel Will Open in Spring 2009


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Yangtze Boutique ShanghaiWe can barely contain our excitement for the Langham's debut in Shanghai (after all, their Hong Kong property is one of the world's finest). The latest news is that this baby will officially open its doors next spring. Housed in architect Li Pan's iconic building and reflecting the art deco and neo-classical architecture from the 30's, the new Langham, Yangtze Boutique will have 96 rooms and suites, including Chuan Residences which are directly connected to the signature Chuan Spa, where guests can get pampered with indulgent treatments based on Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy.

Langham Yangtze Boutique ShanghaiThe goal is to recreate the history and romance of Old Shanghai in the heart of the central business district, adjacent to Nanjing Road. Nota Bene: The restaurants will be designed as international destinations with distinctive characteristics. Think Japanese, Cantonese, Italian, English tea, and even a deli.


Romance, Beijing Style at China World Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

Romance just got more luxurious at China World Hotel Beijing. From now until December 31, 2008, lovebirds can enjoy the "Premier Romance" package. The package includes Premier Room accommodation with breakfast in bed for two, a candle-lit gourmet dinner at Aria restaurant, aromatherapy massages, chauffeured hotel limousine transfers and complimentary champagne, flowers, fresh fruits, and chocolates. China World Hotel Beijing

The couple also enjoys complimentary evening cocktails with canapes at the Lounge, as well as refreshments throughout the day. You even get a set of "his and hers" monogrammed pajamas as a memento of your stay.

The Premier Romance package is available for two persons at RMB 3,088 (plus 15 percent service charge) per room per night.


Borneo’s Hottest Resort, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Launches Exclusive Whisky Club


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Tanjung AruInsiders know that the secluded tropical retreat of Shangri-La Tanjung Aru is the best resort in Malaysian Borneo. It's not just the sparkling beaches and endless views of coral islands in the South China Sea. The resort offers a plethora of activities (from deep sea fishing and scuba diving to biking, petanque, and an impressive Health Club). And the myriad culinary options mean you can enjoy everything from Italian to contemporary Asian. Shangri-La Tanjung Aru is also known for its nightlife: Sip a cocktail while the sun dips below the horizon at the Sunset Bar, then head out for a lively evening at Blue Note, a popular hotspot with nightly music.

whisky at Shangri-La Tanjung AruOn November 22 the resort will launch an exclusive Whisky Club at Borneo Lounge and Bar for whisky zealots in Kota Kinabalu to attend whisky presentations, get special discounts, and be expertly introduced to world-class bourbons and whiskies. Co-sponsored by Riche Monde, Asiaeuro, Maxxium and Diageo, the event will have lots of whisky tastings, bar bites, and excellent live music. The highlight will be the presentation of a four-and-a-half liter bottle of The Macallan to Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa's Whisky Club by Mr. Ivan Ong, marketing director of Maxxium Marketing, while the resort's Whisky Club will present the Glen Grant 1958 to members.