The 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.

The Peninsula Hong Kong has undergone a few major upgrades during its 58 million dollar renovation, and we’re loving its new look! All of the rooms in the Peninsula Tower are complete, and the modifications include warm beige colors for the carpets and walls, Chinese-inspired ink paintings in the Harbour View rooms, and delicate floral designs woven into the carpet in the Grand Deluxe Suite.

Lovely décor upgrades aside, the Peninsula Hong Kong has also upgraded its technologies for a contemporary and luxuriously convenient guest experience. Bedside and desk tablets that have restaurant menus andhotel services that can be set in one of five languages. The rooms also feature terrestrial TVs, 90 internet TV channels, and 460 internet radio stations. LED touch-screen panels have been added to both the guestrooms and bathrooms so you can go ahead and raise those curtains or adjust the lighting in the guestroom while in the bathroom for no other reason other than simply because you can! All of the rooms have been upgraded to fibre optic cabling, ensuring incredibly fast complimentary WiFi and wired internet access, and free VOIP long-distance calling. Make your reservations at the Peninsula Hong Kong to experience these upgrades for yourself!

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Prepare yourselves for the massive Food & Wine Festival to be hosted by the Langham Hong Kong this year from September 13th - 23rd, 2012. The festival will feature award winning wineries, world-class chefs, and renowned industry aficionados. Foodies will be able to learn some new techniques through master classes taught by Michelin starred international chefs. If you’re more of an eater and drinker than a cooker, then sample from the buffet of dishes or attend a rum appreciation class.

Explore the menu and schedule here and be sure to reserve your spot to sample various foods. To explore the Langham Hong Kong and stay amidst the action, make your reservations here >>

TripAdvisor announced that the Harbour Grand Kowloon has been chosen as the winner in the category of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in China in its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards! The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards honor the world’s best hotels as selected by millions of real travelers’ reviews and opinions, so you can trust and check in with ease knowing that you are about to stay at phenomenal hotel as chosen by fellow travelers like yourself.

The Harbour Grand Kowloon is a luxurious 5-star property situated on the harbor front promenade just a few steps from the famous Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is nestled in the neighborhood of Whampoa, which is full of charming cafes and boutiques and just minutes away from the Tsimshatsui shopping and business district. Its 554 spacious guestrooms including 86 suites are equipped with the latest technology and many of which offer stunning Harbour views. A few of the amenities available to guests include massage service, steam room and sauna, a top floor fitness center, and a glass-walled roof top swimming pool featuring 360 degree panoramic views.

Jonathan A. Wilson, the General Manager of the hotel says, “we are thrilled to once again be honoured by our travel partners TripAdvisor. To win the award for the second year running affirms that we are heading in the right direction and spurs us on to maintain our strong commitment towards service excellence. We are honoured that our guests have chosen us.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Be sure to make your reservations at this highly acclaimed hotel and get ready for a truly luxurious and wonderful stay!

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Peninsula Hong Kong in Kowloon, Hong Kong is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for location. This luxury hotel has been regarded as one of the finest hotels in the world. Built during the 1920s, the Peninsula Hong Kong continues to set the standard worldwide and combines the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of timeless elegance. It’s perfectly situated on the central tip of Kowloon Peninsula, in the heart of Kowloon’s business, shopping, and entertainment areas. The Peninsula Hong Kong enables guests to travel to the central district on Hong Kong Island is less than 10 minutes, and certain rooms offer breathtaking, panoramic views of the city skyline and the Harbour.

In today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are not any different and are always looking for ways to outshine their competitors and attract more visitors. We understand that our travelers look for the best of the best, and we would like to introduce you to our newest blog series, Hotels with an Edge. We’ll be highlighting and featuring a few hotels we feel truly stand out and offer their guests more than is expected. Be sure to check in with us to explore various hotels that deserve recognition for their supreme levels of luxury.

Our first featured hotel is the tallest hotel in the world, the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. This luxury hotel dominates the sky at 490 meters, 1575 feet high, and it’s located on the top floors of the International Commerce Centre. Take in unrivaled views of the Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island from the 102nd to the 118th floor. The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong has 321 luxurious rooms, all offering a spectacular view of the city and harbor. This hotel also has 6 restaurants starting on the 102nd floor including a lobby lounge, tea lounge, and alfresco rooftop bar.

Make your reservations at this breathtaking hotel today, and be sure to keep up with our blog series for a little inspiration on where to stay next!

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 #12 spot we have the Peninsula Hong Kong in Kowloon, Hong Kong, and it’s located in the heart of the business, shopping, and entertainment area of Hong Kong.

Quick facts about the Peninsula Hong Kong:

- One of the finest hotels in the world, the Peninsula Hong Kong offers a blend of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of timeless elegance.

- Offers the most spacious hotel rooms and suites in Hong Kong.

- The hotel’s fleet of Rolls-Royce limos and its helicopter shuttle service from the hotel’s rooftop helipad offer guests luxurious transportation options to and from the airport as well as around Hong Kong.

- The Peninsula Spa has a state-of-the-art Health Club, beautiful Roman-style pool, and a professional beauty and hair salon. The swimming pool opens onto the sun terrace, providing guests with a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbor.

- Offers family suites and complimentary child bedding.

- Luxurious meeting space for 192 people seated banquet style or 300 people standing reception style is available upon request.

- The Peninsula’s restaurants and bars are among the most exclusive and most elegant in Hong Kong.

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Peninsula Hong Kong.

Be sure to keep up with our countdown! In case you missed it, here is our #13 featured hotel, the Hotel de Crillon.

The Upper HouseAmong Hong Kong hotels-- some of the most glorious on the planet-- The Upper House stands out for its sleek, contemporary design, secret garden and grassy lawn on level 6, and top-notch technology. Did we mention the panoramic views over the city skyline and Victoria Harbour? Bed down at The Upper House as a "Summer Retreat," starting from HK$3,400 (US$437), and you'll get luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast for two at Café Gray Deluxe, a one-way arrival transfer in a hybrid Lexus, access to the fully-equipped gym, complimentary wifi and local calls, plus a fully-stocked in-room bar that's free. Summer is a great time to visit Hong Kong with the Dragon Boat Carnival, International Film Festival, and sales on high-end fashion.

W Hotel Hong KongSince it opened at the end of 2010, Sing Yin has been getting rave reviews in Hong Kong for its authentic Cantonese cuisine and stylish interiors. Hong Kong architect Steve Leung-- who's renowned the world over-- created the interiors for the restaurant at the W Hotel Hong Kong. Inside you'll find a melange of old and new in a true celebration of Hong Kong: murals of city street scenes, LCD fish tanks projected on the walls, and ancient Chinese artifacts. Highlights on the menu? Seafood, and the all-you-can-eat Dim Sum, featuring a wide variety of items like the Steamed Minced Pork with Crabmeat Dumpling. The delicious menu was created by Chef Bryan Lee, who's dazzled diners in restaurants all across China. Located on the first floor of the W Hotel Hong Kong. Open from 11:30 am- 3 pm and 6 pm -11 pm.

Pictured: A guest room at the W Hotel Hong Kong.