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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.

Gear Up for the Grand Prix at the Conrad Centennial Singapore

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Centennial SingaporeRace fans will get a kick out of this one. The small, modern nation of Singapore is getting ready to host the inaugural Formula One night race in September 2008. The Conrad Centennial Singapore is gearing up for the excitement, encouraging guests to put your foot to the floor and accelerate into luxury with a Grand Prix break. You can enjoy Conrad 'racing' cocktails and a revitalizing pit stop (dinner for two at award-winning Golden Peony). You will also have the chance to win an exclusive McLaren Garage Tour and two tickets to F1's first ever night race in September. Priced from $320 per night and available until September 24, 2008, the Grand Prix Excitement Offer also includes a Lewis Hamilton biography along with the luxurious accommodations.

Third Night Free, Plus Pampering Airport Lay-Over, at The Metropolitan Bangkok

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Metropolitan BangkokTouch down in Bangkok and take the stress out of a long lay-over. Ditch the airport lounges and instead take refuge at Bangkok's glamorous Metropolitan Hotel, where you can get recharged for your trip on a flying visit to the chic hotel and its rejuvenating spa. With this special, a limousine will drop you at the Metropolitan, where you can enjoy the facilities of the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and an indulgent 1-hour massage. Afterwards, a delicious meal at Glow restaurant will boost your energy for the next leg of your flight, before your limousine takes you back to the airport. Priced from $125 per person. Plus, now's the time to take advantage of a limited-time special offer. Until September 30, 2008, you can get the third night free when you stay for two consecutive nights at The Metropolitan. Available from $124 per night.

Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport: Rejuvenate in Style when Traveling to Malaysia

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International AirportFlying into or out of Kuala Lumpur? Or maybe you have a long lay-over between flights? Travel-weary guests nest at the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport, easily the best airport hotel in Asia. Conveniently located next to the main terminal building (connected via a sky-bridge), this award-winning hotel provides a slew of five-star services and amenities to make your travel experience as stress-free and painless as possible. Can't even handle the five minutes walk to the hotel? No worries- there's a complimentary buggy shuttle service between the airport and the hotel. The Pan Pacific understands that time is valuable, so the hotel has introduced a hotel check-in counter at the airport so that you can check into your room while waiting for your baggage. With lush tropical landscaping, a sparkling pool, and fully-equipped 24-hour fitness center, the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport provides the ultimate rejuvenating break for jet-lagged travelers. Plus, the hotel is honoring Malaysia's 50th birthday with a special "Visit Malaysia 2008" package- where you get buffet breakfast and late check-out starting from just $137 per room.

Pudong Shangri-La’s “Love Your Suite” Package

By: Madelyn Giblin

Pudong Shangri-LaSuites are special with the Pudong Shangri-La's "Love Your Suite" package available from now until February 28, 2009. Enjoy a stay in one of the Hotel’s fantastic Premier suites with complimentary access to the Horizon Club lounge and its host of benefits including complimentary broadband Internet access. Guests also receive a buffet dinner for two at Yi Café, the hotel's restaurant featuring 10 show kitchens offering a wide variety of international cuisine. The package also includes a signature "Chi Balance" treatment at CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La, and use of a hotel limousine for four hours in downtown Shanghai. Rates start at RMB5,888 per night.

China World Hotel, Beijing Indulgence Package

By: Betsy LeTourneau

China World HotelYou have a number of reasons to visit Beijing this year, starting with the Olympics, the Pandas, or this is one of the places you need to experience on your own 1,000 places to go before you die list. Now you have another reason to add to your list and it is the announcement of the new "Beijing Indulgence Package" now being offered at the China World Hotel. This enticing indulgence starts right at your arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport where you will be greeted by the hotel's airport butler at the gate, then escorted through airport immigration, assisted with your luggage collection and guided to your limousine. On arrival at the hotel, you will be met by the hotel's waiting guest relations Officer and escorted to your room for your express check-in. China World Hotel Your suite accommodations are a one bedroom Executive Suite, which boasts a spacious comfortable sitting room separate from your bedroom, satellite TV and DVD entertainment center, and an Italian Marble Bathroom stocked with the exclusive L'Occitane Designer Bath Products. You will receive your choice of a complementary bottle of imported red or white wine, daily breakfast in the hotel's 2 story Horizon Club Lounge which also will provide you with panoramic Beijing city views with its floor to ceiling windows. Complementary evening cocktails and canapes are served each evening and complementary refreshments are available throughout the day in the Lounge.

Other highlights of this "Beijing Indulgence Package" include a traditional Beijing Duck Dinner for 2 at the Summer Palace, a chauffeured hotel limousine at your disposal for eight hours each day to ensure sightseeing around Beijing in comfort, and a choice of a 45 minute Chinese reflexology session or a traditional Chinese full body massage (both are offered for maximum of 2 people). China World HotelOther features of the China World Hotel include a magnificent fitness center with a heated pool, state of the art gym equipment with spacious exercise studios and the latest cardio-fitness machines, indoor squash and tennis courts, steam room and jacuzzis and the city's only Oxygenation Room. The China World Hotel recently was recognized as one of the first three hotels in mainland China to be awarded with a Platinum Five Star rating by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and named on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List as well as being recognized by Frommer's Guide and Finance Asia, Forbes, and Travel & Leisure China as "The Top 50 Hotels in China". The hotel soars over the China World Trade Centre complex, which includes the China World Exhibition Centre and shopping mall, in the heart of Beijing's diplomatic and business district.

The "Beijing Indulgence Package" is available for RMB2,888 (plus 15% service charge) per room per night until December 31, 2008. The package is available Thursday to Sunday (inclusive) and is valid for single or double occupancy. Advance bookings for your massage and Beijing Duck Dinner are required.

Added Extras at Cocoa Island, the Dream Getaway in the Maldives

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cocoa Island, MaldivesIntrigued by the luxury "it" spot of the moment? The paradise islands of the Maldives-- distinguished by white sandy beaches, the world's finest scuba diving, and the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean-- have definitely crossed the elite traveler's radar screens in recent years. Cocoa Island is the luxurious outpost from COMO Hotels and Resorts (of Parrot Cay fame). If you're dreaming of private beaches and turquoise lagoons, overwater bungalows, water sports, and the benefits of yoga and spa services on-site, this island resort will more than exceed your expectations. Plus, the resort has recently debuted all sorts of added extras. There are brand new features in all suites and villas. Guests can now enjoy the viewing pleasure of 42" flat screen TVs and media players, while sipping some Italian coffee from their Lavazza Espresso machine - without having to leave the privacy of their room. Wait- there's more. A new all-day lounge offers a stylish environment for guests. Internet access here is complimentary, and you can chill out with a ginger tea, satellite TV and media player.

Free Stuff at Peninsula Hotels with the Summer Splendour Offer

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula New York, Salon de NingWe're pretty psyched about the "Suite Life" promotion at Peninsula Hotels-- where you get a complimentary second night when you check into a swanky Peninsula suite at select locations worldwide-- but the "Summer Splendour" offer deserves a shout-out, too. From now until September 14, 2008, you can indulge yourself with a stay at a luxurious Peninsula Hotel and select one of the fantastic free benefits-- ranging from spa treatments, room upgrades, culinary choices, traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea-- all complimentary! Here’s a sampling. At the Peninsula Hong Kong, not only can you choose a value-added benefit (one-way limo airport transfer, dinner for two in The Lobby, or a 50-minute Holistic Body Massage for two), but you also get a bunch of free stuff thrown in: daily breakfast, gift certificate valued at HK$ 300 for a spa treatment at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, daily fruit basket and newspaper, and complimentary Internet access. At the Peninsula New York, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, you can choose an upgrade to the next available room category, a bottle of champagne and canapes at The Bar at Fives, or overnight valet parking. In Tokyo, you can choose between a spa or dining credit or room upgrade. Now that's living the good life!

Suite Luxury: The Presidential Suite at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

By: Courtney W. May

Fullerton SingaporeThe Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a five-star luxury property with 400 rooms and suites in the heart of the financial and arts districts. It is just minutes from Singapore's main shopping belt, and overlooks the historic Singapore River. The most luxurious of the hotel's 28 suites is the Presidential Suite, located on the second floor.

Fullerton Presidential SuiteThe Fullerton Hotel Singapore's Presidential Suite

Size/Sq. Footage: 2142 square feet

Interior Designer: Hirsch Bedner Associates

Living Room: Colours in the suite are a soothing vanilla, while the curtains are in shades of white and beige. The upholstery used are Decorators Walk dark pillow fabric, Jack Lenor Larsen patterned sofa pillow fabric, and Old World Weavers light coloured fabric on the larger pillows. Fullerton Presidential SuiteThe floor is laid in white marble that gives the suite a clean, airy feel.

Entertainment Area: There is a private elevator at this corner, which is also furnished with a Baby Grand piano and two intricately carved solid wood chairs with inlaid mother-of-pearl.

Study: A private study adjoins the tastefully furnished bedroom, with broadband Internet access for instant connectivity.

Fullerton Hotel Singapore Presidential SuiteBathroom: The spacious bathroom, accessoried with Bulgari bathroom amenities, has minimalist, sleek fittings that were selected to complement its modern feel.

Rate: SGD$6,880++ per night, subject to service charge and taxes (currently around USD$5,000)

Fun Facts/Note Bene:

- The Presidential Suite is formerly the card room of the elite Singapore Club.

- The living room, dining room and entertainment area extend out to a spectacular air-conditioned glass-enclosed veranda – an ideal space for guests who wish to host a private dinner for up to 30 people. It is graced by majestic 20-foot high Doric columns characteristic of the building's Palladian style of architecture.

- Guests of the Presidential Suite also enjoy the services of a 24-hour personal butler.

Naladhu’s 5 Day Spa Journey in the Maldives

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Naladhu ResortI can hear it now, the rhythm of the waves rolling on the sand, the rustle of the palms, and the singing of the birds as they land in paradise. Naladhu Maldives 5 Days Spa Journey Package offers not only the sounds of Paradise at your door but the unique and intimate spa retreat that is sure to bring that complete sense of well being. Each spa day begins with a pre-spa yoga session followed by a signature spa treatment. A consultation is conducted by a certified ayurvedic doctor to prescribe a personalized ayurvedic healing. Your stay includes 5 nights in a Naladhu Ocean House, daily breakfast, round trip speed boat Male International Airport transfers, and 5 days of spa indulgence. Start your stay with the a Jetlag massage sure to get you in that relaxed state. This is not just any spa retreat.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make reservations at the Naladhu Resort with Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a Dolphin safari, and late check-out subject to availability.

Four Seasons Hotel Macao Opens Its Doors

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Macao- Cotai StripThe Las Vegas of the East welcomes a brand spanking new Four Seasons Hotel. Macao, the world's biggest gaming capital, has seen a slew of new luxury hotel brands from the West staking claim to a piece of this former Portuguese capital. Hot on the heels of the Wynn Macao and the Venetian Macao, the Four Seasons is making its debut in October 2008. There's even a Cirque du Soleil Macau, the first resident show in Asia. Now accepting reservations, the Four Seasons Macao-Cotai Strip has an indulgent spa (where you can adjust to the new time zone with the Revive Jet Lag treatment), a lagoon pool, and Belcanção restaurant offering cuisine reflecting Macau's Portuguese and Chinese heritage Seasons service. You can even watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen. Step out the door and you'll be seduced by the colourful fusion of culture in Macau (not to mention the duty-free designer shopping and larger-than-life entertainment).