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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.

25 Percent Off Your Entire Stay at Conrad Hotels

December 5, 2008
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.


Have a Very Bali New Year

November 13, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Have an unforgettable holiday season this year with 3-night, 5-night, and 8-night packages from Uma Ubud. Share a multicultural Christmas with a 3-night stay including a-la carte daily breakfast, Christmas Eve dinner at Kemiri restaurant, and a delicious Christmas Day lunch at nearby COMO Shambhala Estate's Glow restaurant. Uma Ubud And make sure to relax with a complimentary 60-minute COMO Shambhala or Indonesian massage. Merry Galugan! Rates start at $1,135.

Ring in the New Year poolside with Uma Ubud's New Year's 5-night stay! Five nights in a fabulous room in Bali, and a complimentary 60-minute massage will guarantee you start 2009 off right. Celebrate with a New Years Eve dinner, and poolside party at the pool bar. Ring in the New Year with cheer! Rates start at $1,590.

Spend your entire holiday season relaxing in Bali with the 8 night Christmas and New Year's Stay! Eight nights in a luxurious room with breathtaking views and accommodations along with daily breakfast and a 60-minute personal massage are sure to give you the start to the New Year that you deserve. Celebrate the holidays in style with Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch, and New Years Eve dinner along with a exciting pool bar party to ring in 2009! Take in the mix of religions and enjoy the holiday culture. Rates start at $2450.


More than Scones and Clotted Cream: Afternoon Tea in Sydney at The Observatory and InterContinental

November 10, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Afternoon Tea at The Observatory Hotel

Kudos to Gridskipper for pointing out that the glamorous British institution of High Tea has taken Sydney by storm. Where to partake in this decadent ritual? The Cortile lobby lounge at The InterContinental Hotel Sydney (tiered cake stand spilling with treats, accompanied with a glass of bubbly) and The Observatory Hotel, owned by the Orient Express Group, where afternoon tea is served in the Globe Bar:

Aficionados will delight in teas blended by the hotel's resident tea master and served in silver teapots. For a bit of fun, have your tea leaves read on weekends, or indulge in a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé anytime. Hunger pangs will be sated with crustless sandwich triangles and mini quiche lorraine. On the sweet side, clotted cream and jam made in-house adorn fresh scones, while delicate crème brûlée is served in ceramic egg cups and dark mousse makes an impact in tall shot glasses.


Pillow Menus at the Pullman, Sydney Olympic Park

November 4, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Pullman, Sydney Olympic ParkAs far as business hotels go, this new one from the Accor Hotel Group is pretty sweet. The 212 rooms and suites edge on chic. They've got sweeping city views, all the latest technology, and cutting-edge bathrooms (pictured). This is the first new five-star hotel in Sydney since 2000, situated on Olympic Boulevard, and it was built to be environmentally friendly, featuring solar panels on the roof. To quote the Sydney Morning Herald, "there are some seriously good things to do at the park that have nothing to do with faded sporting glory." And ahhhh, the pillow menus. You've got your choice of eight:

The Pullman's luxe pillow is "silky, smooth and plush", the feather-and-down pillow "sumptuously supple". Others promise to align your hips and spine and enhance leg circulation. My favourite: the square pillow, designed for the five-star veg-out - that is, reading and watching TV in bed...

This hotel is in fact part of a new chain of upscale hotels from Accor called Pullman-- named for the luxury trains of yesterday-- dedicated to business travelers and meetings. Accor's planning on 300 Pullman hotels worldwide by 2015.


Overwater Bungalows and Private Butlers: Luxury for Less in the Off-Season at St Regis Bora Bora

October 7, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bora BoraThe fabled archipelago in the South Pacific is home to an exclusive resort where A-listers flock. But a recent article on MSNBC points out that you can snag the luxurious St. Regis Bora Bora for a steal.

Winter in North America means summer in French Polynesia. It can get a bit hot, with daytime temperatures in the 90s, but who cares when you're surrounded by all that blissful water? An overwater villa will run you about $895 from December to May; they soar to over $1,000 in the high season. Or book the Tahiti Tantalizer package, which starts at $1,383 per night but includes almost $500 in resort credits and your sixth night free.

Here you can lounge on the powdery sand overlooking a turquoise lagoon while staring up at the majestic Mount Otemanu in the distance. Dive into a lagoon to discover all the colorful native fish. (You can also go snorkeling off your private deck.) Get a massage at the glorious Miri Mira spa, located on its own private island. The spa treatments incorporate warmed black pearls and mother-of-pearl, wow. Relax at the swim-up bar, or go off on a shark-feeding adventure. Day-long picnics on private islands can be arranged, of course. The pleasures of paradise are infinite.


Luxurious Langham Hotel Auckland Welcomes Weta (the Native New Zealand Insect)

October 7, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Weta at the Langham Hotel AucklandThis fierce-looking insect (pictured at right) is getting a VIP welcome at Auckland's swanky Langham Hotel. As part of its "Guests of the Earth" environmental program, the five-star property recently unveiled a "Wetarium"-- New Zealand's first weta habitat-- for the Auckland Tree Weta. The only New Zealand hotel to have achieved Green Globe certification through its environmental initiatives to reduce energy consumption, save water and increase the recycling of waste, the Langham Auckland is celebrated around the world for combining elegance with environmental sustainability. (Case in point: The hotel's new fleet of hybrid limousines which are the world's first V8 hybrids.) The glass-enclosed "Wetarium" is located outside the hotel where the weta are housed in a in a native New Zealand habitat. Visitors can check out an indigenous insect that predates the dinosaur and learn about the weta's important role in the surrounding ecosystem.

Image Via Mindfood


Honeymoon in Paradise at Bora Bora Lagoon Resort

September 18, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and SpaIt's hard to imagine a more perfect honeymoon locale than Bora Bora. With breathtaking lagoons and coral reefs, this Polynesian island is as inspiring a backdrop for a romantic escape as they come. The luxurious Bora Bora Lagoon Resort has regal accommodations in overwater bungalows, where you can see colorful fish through the illuminated glass coffee-table, and go swimming directly from your own private deck. Here's what's in store if you choose a 5-night honeymoon experience:

Upon arrival, sip a refreshing beverage before checking out your bungalow where a bottle of chilled Champagne awaits you, along with a Tahitian-style "Bed of Flowers" decorating bed. You'll start off each picture-perfect day with daily American buffet breakfast for two in Otemanu Restaurant. On one morning, breakfast will be delivered via canoe. Luxuriate with a 50 minute Traditional Polynesian massage (though this can't be applied to couples massage). One evening, you'll enjoy a romantic 3-course dinner for two in Otemanu Restaurant, including appetizer or salad, entrée and dessert, Mouton Cadet Rothschild wine and a bottle of Evian. The package also includes motorboat shuttle service between the Resort and Vaitape, Bora Bora, and the use of tennis courts, fitness center and all non-motorized watersports. This honeymoon is priced from EUR 2628 for all 5 nights and the above-listed amenities.


Buzz: Langham Hotels Signs First India Property in Pune

September 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Place, Koregaon Park, Pune, IndiaFrom the legendary London hotel to Hong Kong's stylish establishment, Langham has brought its stimulating hospitality concept to four continents now. Luxury hotel operator, Langham Hotels International, has doubled in size in the last year with 16 hotels open or in the pipeline. We just got word that Langham has signed a contract for Langham Place, Koregaon Park, Pune, India- as Langham expands into what's termed the "new Silk Road of China, India and the Middle East." Slated to open in 2010 in the "Silicon Valley of India," the 180-room hotel will be home to India's first Chuan Spa concept, featuring oriental hot tubs, ice caves, herbal steam rooms, singles and couples treatment suites, and an infinity edge indoor and outdoor pool. The exciting restaurants on offer will include a new hybrid concept called Portal- Work & Play. Here's the scoop from the press release: "By combining a lobby lounge, cocktail bar and business centre, Portal is where work and play seamlessly intertwine to meet the needs of today's multi-tasking world." A DJ will spin in the lobby-atrium, setting the mood.


Around the World in 80 Ways: The Epic $1 Million Journey from Leading Hotels of the World

September 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, LondonWe recently spread the word about the incredible deal-- $19.28 room rates!-- offered by Leading Hotels of the World to celebrate its 80th anniversary. And now it's time to highlight another celebratory package from LHW-though this one is a tad more extravagant. Leading Hotels of the World has created an epic voyage, "Around The World in 80 Ways," to pay homage to both the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, and their own 80th birthday. The price tag for this amazing, glamorous journey? One million dollars.

Traveling in a private jet all the way, you and a companion will see everything in the world worth seeing and do everything in the world worth doing. Best of all, 10 percent of the USD 1 million price will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the global fight against AIDS. So, with that in mind, we invite you to open your hearts and wallets and get ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.


Bright Lights, Big City: Impressive Harbour Views from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

September 15, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Hotel SydneyYou can't beat the views of the glittering city skyline from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, perfectly situated in the historic Rocks district overlooking the spectacular Sydney Harbour and world-famous Opera House. After a AUD 40 million renovation program, the spacious guest rooms showcase exquisite furnishings. The views are simply extraordinary. It's easy to become mesmerized by the bright city lights at this five-star address. Get pampered in style with the aptly-named "Emerald City" package, starting from AUD 325 per night. The offer is available through December 30, 2008 and includes overnight accommodation, breakfast for two at Café Mix, complimentary use of the Health Club, and complimentary valet parking. Inclusive of 10 percent goods and services tax.