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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.

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Celebrates A Michelin Star


By: K. Clare Johnson

Pop the cork and raise a glass of bubbly for Jeff Ramsay. The chef at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo has earned his first Michelin Star for his culinary prowess. The three in-house restaurants, Signature, Sense, and Tapas Molecular Bar, Mandarin Oriental TokyoTokyo were awarded one-star status in the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2009. For those who have heard the term but may not know what a Michelin Star is, it refers to an award given to restaurants by Le Guide Michelin, a series of annual books published by Michelin for over a dozen countries. Think the Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy rolled into one.

Luckily, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is offering patrons a chance to toast Ramsay with a glass of legendary Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1995 at Signature, Sense and Mandarin Bar priced at JPY 7,000 per glass throughout November and December. Or, enjoy four cocktail types at JPY 2,100 per glass. During the Christmas period, exclusive champagne cocktails will be served at JPY 3,800 per glass. Congratulations to Jeff Ramsay and his staff!


Third Night on the House at St. Regis Beijing


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis BeijingCheck into the newly-renovated St. Regis Beijing this holiday season and have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed. This stunner of a hotel is offering a third night free until December 31, 2008 when you arrive on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. You'll be wowed by the $27 million renovation and restoration of the 258 guest rooms, 102 luxuriously appointed suites, signature restaurants and public areas. The lobby alone is a work of art, featuring hand-painted ceilings, pure silk embroidery and custom-made rosewood and lemonwood furnishings. Staying over Christmas? You won't want to miss the Christmas Eve Party and Gala with renowned comedians and delicious grub.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Singapore


By: Madelyn Giblin

Kick off the New Year Fullerton with a fantastic fireworks display at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore! Enjoy a discounted rate on a Quay room with panoramic view of the fireworks. Wake up at your leisure for breakfast for two at the Town Restaurant, and take advantage of late check out until 3 pm. This is a New Year's Eve celebration you won't want to miss! Valid December 31, 2008, starting at $492 USD per night.

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


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.)