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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.

Hotels with an Incredible View!: Thailand

February 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that an incredible view is of utmost importance to luxury travelers. After a day of exploring a new city, there’s nothing more enjoyable then returning to your luxurious accommodations and taking in the miraculous view before calling it a day. For others, there simply is no time to enjoy everything a city has to offer, and the only exploration one has time for is to take in the view from the hotel. We’d like to introduce you to our  blog series, which will be featuring incredible hotels with incredible views!Whatever your travel reasons or however much time you have to enjoy your trip, we hope you leave thinking wow what a view!

Our second feature is the Peninsula Bangkok. It’s located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and it is one of Bangkok’s finest hotels. It is a stunning, 39-story hotel offering incredible panoramic views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River from every one of its luxurious guest rooms and suites. This luxury hotel is within easy access of the shopping and business districts as well as near the Bangkok Sky Train and 35 minutes from Don Muang International Airport. The Peninsula Bangkok has an incredible 3-tiered swimming pool, a fitness center, and a beauty salon offering a variety of massages and treatments.

You can view our first featured hotel with a view, the Marina Bay Sands Singapore here. Be sure to keep up with our blog series to discover various luxury hotels all over the world with the best views!


The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #17 Tower Club at Lebua

December 15, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #17 spot we have the Tower Club at Lebua located in Bangkok, Thailand.

Quick facts about the Tower Club at Lebua:

- This all-suite hotel has made the list of 101 best suites in the world by Elite Traveler for two consecutive years.

- Housed in one of Bangkok’s most impressive structures, the State Tower, providing guests with dramatic views of the beautiful city of Bangkok.

- Private balconies in each suite located from the 51st to the 59th floor.

- Each guest suite features a separate living area, Bvlgari bath amenities, feather soft beds, and Petrossian amenities in the mini bar.

- Other luxurious amenities include an open air swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a fitness center, a sauna, steam rooms, and massage rooms.

- The Tower Club comes with lounge access where you can enjoy Continental breakfast as well as endless alcoholic drinks and canapés throughout the day.

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Tower Club at Lebua.

Be sure to keep up with our countdown! In case you missed it, here are our previously featured hotels:

#20 – The St. Regis Resort Aspen

#19 – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

#18 – The Peninsula Chicago


Mouthwatering Desserts and Sky-High Views at lebua, Bangkok

October 11, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Black Forest Cake at lebua hotel, BangkokOur friends at lebua Hotels & Resorts have a cool blog where they share what's on at their hotels, and all the latest news from Bangkok and beyond. (For example: get deets on the Hanovertini, the cocktail created in honor of The Hangover II, filmed at the Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower.) We were so taken with the hotel's mouthwatering desserts, shared on their blog and Flickr page, that we're republishing the "Sweetest Thing in Life" blog post here. Bon Appetit!

“For those with business to conduct, lebua provides the perfect opportunity to transcend the boardroom and innovate your meeting plans. Whether you plan to host a large conference, an intimate meeting or conduct your business one-on-one, lebua offers unparalleled possibilities for ideas to flourish and flow freely”

I’ve always been told the above, and over the past few months, want it or not, I find myself in lebua at least thrice a month. For meetings, or to have some alone time to catch up with my writing assignments; with a slice of cake or some tea, my ideas do flourish – mainly because of the great view in the many restaurants.

Meeting a prospective client, writing, closing a deal, or snacking with friends or stopping to say hello to Chef Frank, I’ve made lebua a regular fixture in my schedule.

Dinner at Mezzaluna, checked!

Drinks at Skybar, checked!

Have their famous Mixologist make me a drink at Distil, checked.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mozu, also done and off the list

Dine in style in Breeze, mission accomplished!

Okay, I’ve INDEED been in and out of the hotel and I love it. And knowingly, their cakes and dessert stand out. I loved their intricate look and feel, and the beautiful presentation – just so artistic!

And today, I was there yet again – and I ordered a slice of heaven Black Forest cake. It sure was different, and so out-of-this-world, that I so regret not snapping a photo before I fork it all down.

To share with you, here’s a photo I’ve taken from their Flickr site.


The Peninsula Bangkok's New Fleet of BMW Luxury Limos

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula BangkokWhether you need a lift from the airport or a spin around town, The Peninsula Bangkok can chauffeur you around the Thai capital in style. The landmark luxury hotel recently unveiled a brand new fleet of nine BMW 730Ld luxury cars to be used as hotel limousines. Finished in signature Peninsula Green, these magnificent cars offer the ultimate in air-conditioned luxury. The in-line six 3.0-litre advanced diesel engine and electronic six-speed automatic gearbox makes for a silky smooth drive. What a way to beat the heat!

The arrival of these new cars reinforces The Peninsula Hotels Group's existing relationship with the German automaker. The Peninsula Shanghai has six BMW 7 Series long wheelbase cars, while two MINI Cooper S Clubman vehicles are popular transportation options at The Peninsula in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and Chicago.


Escape to Bangkok: Savings at the Conrad Hotel

July 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad BangkokGot Bangkok on the brain? The Conrad Hotel-- located in the All Seasons Place in the heart of Bangkok-- is promoting a special sale to entice you to pack your bags and start your next adventure. You'll save 33% off Bed & Breakfast when you book "The Great Getaway" by August 22, 2011 (for stays through September 5). Just a stone's throw from this luxury address, you'll find cool shopping and restaurants as well as the convenient BTS Skytrain. Designed in a contemporary style with silk and natural wood, the rooms are equipped with up-to-the-minute broadband and wireless technology, as well as rainforest showers and glass-walled bathrooms. Nice perk: The hotel's seventh floor and adjoining rooftop garden are dedicated to fitness and relaxation with an outdoor freeform pool, two floodlit tennis courts and a jogging track.

Travel Tip: The entire portfolio of Conrad Hotels and Resorts is participating in "The Great Getaway" so you can score 33% savings on luxe accommodations from Bali to Indianapolis.


lebua at State Tower: The Bangkok Film Set for The Hangover Part II

May 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

lebua at State Tower, BangkokFollowing the success of The Hangover (the movie raked in US$450 million at the box office!), fans will be lining up to see the sequel. (The Hangover Part II is set for a worldwide release date of May 26.) And this time, the boys wake up... in Bangkok. Fun fact: A lot of the film footage takes place at a very cool hotel called lebua, an all-suite luxury hotel with 360-degree views over the city. (Located on floors 51- 59, the Tower Club at lebua offers all kinds of sexy privileges: Bvlgari bath amenities, nespresso machines, complimentary Internet...) lebua is also home to the renowned Sky Bar and Sirocco, the world’s highest open air rooftop restaurant perched on the 63rd floor. For the movie, the hotel was turned into a live film set and many of the staff had roles as extras!

After you check out the new flick, you may find yourself wanting to get a piece of the action in Bangkok. Jet to Thailand and check into lebua, where a special two-night Hangover Part II package gives you an opportunity to party like the guys in the movie, while staying in The Hangover Suite, a three-bedroom suite which can accommodate six people and offers a fully stocked mini bar to get the party started. Priced at USD $2,200. While staying at lebua Hotel, head to the bar and order up the Hangovertini, a specially designed cocktail made with green tea liquor, Martini Rosso, green apple juice, and rosemary infused honey.