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.

Vertical Marathon at Banyan Tree Bangkok


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Vertigo Restaurant at Banyan Tree BangkokClimbing to the top is no small feat. At 61 storeys, the hotel towers over the city skyline. This year marks the tenth year that Banyan Tree Bangkok has organized the annual Vertical Marathon, to be held on September 28, 2008 from 6am-12pm. The finishing point for the race is the former helicopter landing pad on the 61st floor, now the Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar (pictured). In 2007, the winner made it to the top (that's 1,093 steps) in just six minutes and 16 seconds. The Vertical Marathon initiative is aimed at specific health care issues and needs within the local communities, and the event raises money for HIV-AIDS charities. The registration fee is 350 Thai Baht per person and includes the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. Winners will receive a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, as well as complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree. Visitors to Bangkok can also book the Vertical Marathon Package, available from September 27-28. Benefits include: a stay in a well-appointed suite, a cocktail drink at Moon Bar, breakfast or a lunch box, a Vertical Marathon entry ticket, and a Vertical Marathon T-Shirt. You'll also get 20 percent off at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa- to relax with a rejuvenating massage after tackling the vertical maraton!


Best of Bangkok: lebua at State Tower, All-Suite Hotel, Offers Free Fourth Night


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

lebua at State TowerIt's easy to speak in superlatives about lebua at State Tower, Bangkok's all-suite luxury hotel and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Here at the State Tower, you can dine at the world's highest al fresco restaurant and sip drinks at the hip Sky Bar. (Check out the photo with the incredible views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river from the dramatically-lit deck.) Each of the hotel's suites has a balcony with striking views over the cityscape, plus they are wired with all the latest technology. Take advantage of the "Sizzling Deal" at lebua at State Tower, available until July 30, 2008, and you can score a fourth night free with three paid nights in a two-bedroom suite or three-bedroom suite. The package also includes daily breakfast at Café Mozu and free in-suite Internet access. You must book by July 15, 2008.


Design Your Stay - Only You at Pan Pacific Singapore


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Pan Pacific SingaporePan Pacific's new program allows you to truly personalize your experience during your stay. The new "Power of Preference" offers give you a late 3 pm checkout as well as an upgrade to the Next Room Category. You can choose either a complimentary Internet Connection, breakfast for 2, complimentary 1 way limousine transfer (arrival or departure) or a $60 Food and Beverage Dining Credit per nights stay. Now is truly the time to visit Pan Pacific Singapore, Asia's Leading Business Hotel for 2007 and Conde Nast Traveler World's Best Award List Member (both Top Singapore and Top Asian Lists) and design you own personal experience.


Afternoon Tea on the River and Sundown Cocktail Cruise at The Peninsula Bangkok


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula BangkokThe stunning, 39-storey Peninsula Bangkok is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the city from every one of its guest rooms. The award-winning hotel takes advantage of its killer location by offering some scenic inspiration for guests to relax in style with a river cruise, gliding past scenes of river life on the Peninsula's signature river boat en route to the fascinating Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Guests who indulge in the Afternoon Tea cruise are escorted off the boat to visit the heritage site of Wat Arun, the 80-meter high pagoda that stands on the west bank of the river, built when Ayudhaya was the former capital of Thailand. The Peninsula Afternoon Tea on the River departs on Saturday and Sunday and is priced at Baht 1,500. The Sundown Cocktail Cruise departs daily from the hotel pier at 6 pm and includes unlimited drinks and canapés for Baht 1,000 per person.


The World’s Tallest Skyscrapers: Move Over, Sears Tower and Empire State Building


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj DubaiWe've been following the steady growth of the Burj Dubai as its spire gets higher and higher- its final height planned to be 1,000 feet higher than Taipei 101, the world's current record holder. But tall building construction is not limited to the Burj Dubai, the $1 billion anchor of a $20 billion development in downtown Dubai. There's the Mubarak al-Kabir tower in Kuwait, the Russia Tower in Moscow, and the Incheon Tower in South Korea. As the New York Times recently pointed out, supertalls are "rising at a frenetic pace around the globe," especially in Asia and the Middle East, reflecting the "expanding economies of these regions and their desire to compete for international status and business." The list of the 20 tallest buildings in 2020 will include only 2 properties from the U.S.: the Chicago Spire and the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) in New York.


Room with a View: The Terrace Suites at InterContinental Hong Kong


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hong KongIt doesn't get much better than this. The InterContinental Hong Kong recently unveiled two new specialty suites with large terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis and a series of Patio Rooms and Suites with teak decks and glass walls. You can't beat the panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from these stellar accommodations in the waterfront InterContinental Hong Kong, located in Kowloon's prime shopping, business and entertainment district. With suites this spectacular, the InterContinental knows that this is the ideal spot to sweep that special someone off his or her feet. They've designed the "Romance with Style" experience which means a special outdoor bedroom set-up, plus a romantic dinner and Couple's I-Spa Treatment on the suite's private terrace. The hotel also offers help with planning your engagement. The "Proposals with Style – by Land, Sea or Sky" includes a Proposal Consultant to assist the groom-to-be in planning the special moment and a customized "Will You Marry Me?" banner – for a special "cruise" or "fly-by" the private terrace suite at the designated time. Truly the star treatment, says Daily Candy, with 24-hour butler service, an infinity-edge Jacuzzi, a chauffeured Bentley limo, and a bottle of Dom. Did we mention that SPOON by Alain Ducasse and Nobu restaurants are just downstairs?


Announcing The Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa - All With Private Pools


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Anantara PhuketAnantara Resorts is proudly announcing the October 2008 opening of its newest property, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand. Located in Phuket's more secluded, natural northern coast, 15 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and just minutes from golf and beaches, this 83 all private pool villa property features unspoilt beauty, absolute privacy and fabulous dining. Special amenities include the magnificent Bill Bensley designed gardens and paths fusing the colorful tropical flora with age old traditional Thai architecture, a world renown Spa specializing in rich, lavish body treatments and scrubs and high concept dining where you pick the location and the chef transforms a meal to a memorable occasion. Special opening Anantara Breeze Packages are available from October to December 23rd offering the 4th night complimentary with a 3 night stay.


Sizzling Summer Savings at Banyan Tree Phuket


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree PhuketRanked No. 2 in the "Top 10 Asia Resorts" category of the Condé Nast Traveler 20th Annual Readers' Choice Awards, the Banyan Tree Phuket is bordered by the golden sand and turquoise waves of the Andaman Sea. This tropical paradise is offering exclusive rates during June and July to encourage guest to visit Thailand, the "Land of Smiles," this summer. The special starts at just $200 per night for Deluxe Villa accommodations and includes daily breakfast. There's no better time to experience Banyan Tree Phuket, the 150-villa resort that exudes luxury and romance.

Pssst. Don't miss a treatment at the award-winning spa!


Xian Indulgence with Shangri-La Hotel


By: Madelyn Giblin

Xian Indulgence with ShangriLa HotelExplore Xian to the fullest with Shangri-La Hotel's special Xian Indulgence package. Get discounted rates on single and double rooms, and you'll also receive a round trip airport transfer, complimentary breakfast and in-room tea and coffee facilities. The package includes a half-day guided tour of the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, a one-hour Spa treatment at the Shangri-La Spa, and optional tours to the Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda, or Muslim Street/Famen Temple/Huashan for only an additional RMB480 per person. A Deluxe City View Room is only RMB3,380 for 3 days and two nights, and Horizon Club room is RMB 3,980.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Shangri-La Xian will receive a welcome platter of fresh fruit.


Best Value Luxury Hotel: The Peninsula Tokyo


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoWe've been raving about the amazing technology and perfectly-designed rooms at the Peninsula Tokyo for awhile now. Posh hotels abound in Tokyo, but the Peninsula Tokyo stands apart (even in this crowded field in the Japanese capital). This was the first outpost for the Peninsula brand in Tokyo, and the first free-standing hotel to be built here in a decade. The location couldn't be more perfect: across the street from the Imperial Palace and blocks from the Ginza. It's little wonder that this magnificent hotel was recently listed as a "Great Value/Business Hotel" in the Travel + Leisure "It List":

The incredible palace views-- the best of any Tokyo hotel-- won us over, but Peninsula didn't stop there. The rooms are among the city's largest, starting at 544 square feet, and-- appropriately-- its most high-tech. Gizmos range from the convenient (bedside consoles that control drapes, panels that display outside temperature and humidity) to the luxe (Lavazza espresso machines) to the incredibly useful. We never realized how handy a personal nail dryer could be.