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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.

The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #12 Singapore


By: Five Star Alliance

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres north of the equator. It has the third highest per capita income in the world. It consists of one main island and 63 smaller islands, most ofwhich are uninhabited. Five Star Alliance features 30 luxury hotels in Singapore, impressive for  a country that's only 700 km.

 What Makes Our Guests Love Singapore?

-Clean, safe, and efficient. Changi Airport has been voted World's Best Airport by Skytrax, Business Traveller, and others; public transportation is top-notch and the country is known for its low crime rate.

-The immense variety of luxury properties available! W Singapore-Sentosa Cove is located on the pristine Sentosa Island. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (pictured) offers colonial glamour in the heart of the Central Business District. The enormous Marina Bay Sands features the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.

 -Rooms can still be had for New Year's ranging from SGD$297.50 at Traders Hotel Singapore to SGD$ 670 at Fairmont Singapore and up to SGD$1300 at Grand Hyatt Singapore.

 

 

Did you know?
The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel Singapore (pictured) is reputed to be the birthplace of the classic Singapore Sling cocktail. The delicious concoction consists of gin, cherry heering, Cointreau, Benedictine, grenadine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and Angostura bitters.
 

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Posted in: Singapore

Top 30 Hotels in 2012 Honorable Mention: Raffles Hotel Singapore


By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Raffles Hotel Singapore:

-Lies in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the banking and financial districts, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC), as well as leisure attractions including the casino at Marina Bay; the cultural sights of Arab Street and Chinatown and shopping at Raffles City shopping mall and Orchard Road shopping belt.

-Immortalized in the novels of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling.

-Raffles Hotel Arcade offers a fine selection of elegant international brands including Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and Armani.

-15 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Long Bar - home to the world renowned Singapore Sling; Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea at Raffles and Bar & Billiard Room, well-known for its legend of "The Tiger under the Billiard Table."
 

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Top 30 Hotels of 2012 Honorable Mention: Marina Bay Sands Singapore


By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

 Here are a few fun facts about Marina Bay Sands Singapore:

-The 2561 rooms include 230 suites that soar 57 stories above the ground and offer breathtaking views.

-The Sands SkyPark Observation Deck offers not only spectacular views, but the world-famous 150-meter infinity pool, which is the largest outdoor pool at that height.

-The casino has 2300 of the newest and most popular electronic gaming machines in the world.

-Celebrity chefs practically call this place home. The property features restaurants by culinary luminaries Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, and Tetsuya Wakuda.

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Image of the Day: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore


By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore's pool has a terrific view of the city skyline.

 

Posted in: Singapore, Hot Spots

Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Bintan


By: K. Clare Johnson

Moonlight dinner on the beach anyone? 


Your Questions Answered: Best Luxury Hotels in Singapore for a Family of 3


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We are looking to book a 2 night accommodation, checking in 26th July and checking out 28th July. We are a party of three, 2 adults and our 6 year old daughter. We are looking to book a 5 star hotel either in the Marina District or Orchard Road District. Can you please advise on the best hotels to visit with our 6 year old daughter? It is difficult to determine from a web site which rooms are suitable for an additional bed for a child.

Answer: Overall, when traveling with kids you want to look for either a Junior Suite with a separate living area, a Suite with a separate living area, or a room with 2 double or 2 queen beds. Two great options are the Mandarin Oriental Singapore and the Four Seasons Singapore. The Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of Marina Bay, and it has an Ocean Grand Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds which has a separate sitting area. The Four Seasons Singapore is steps from Orchard Road, and it has a few room options that can accommodate 3 people. It has a Deluxe Room with a king size bed or 2 twin beds, which start from 420 SGD per night, its Premier Corner Room with a king or 2 twin beds starting from 500 SGD per night, or its Boulevard Room with 1 king or 2 twin beds which has a separate sitting area and starts from 450 SGD per night. To view full nightly breakdowns and to make your reservations, simply click on the hotel name links, enter your dates of travel, and select a specific room type. Please be sure to fill in the special request field stating that you'll be traveling with a child 6 years of age so that the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Newly Renovated Garden Wing at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is set in the lush tropical gardens near the renowned Orchard Road business and shopping district of Singapore, and its newly renovated garden wing is perfect for leisure and business travelers looking for a peaceful retreat. Each room features a large balcony and an interior design inspired by nature. Take advantage of the 15 acres of gardens at this consistently top ranked luxury hotel while staying in luxurious accommodations located in one of three distinctive wings. A few of the superb amenities available to guests at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore include 2 ballrooms, 23 smaller function rooms perfect for meetings, 3 fine dining restaurants on site, an exotic free-form pool, a children’s pool, and a luxurious spa offering post-flight therapy and other treatments. Whatever your travel purpose, consider staying at this idyllic luxury hotel for a truly relaxing and unforgettable experience.


Buy Some Apples: Four Seasons Best Hotel on the Orchard Road


By: Christopher Roney

One of the big attractions of Singapore is its iconic Orchard Road, a luxury shopping district that rivals the Kurfurstendamm in Berlin or Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Many of our travelers have expensive tastes, and we've learned only to suggest the tip-top in boutique designer stores alongside the bigger name-brands. Singapore's Orchard Road has them in droves; choice is the name of the game here. The Four Seasons Singapore brings old-world luxury to the center of the modern shopping district. It carries all of the elegance and international standards of the Four Seasons brand, and infuses it with the metropolitan flair of one of Southeast Asia's cultural centers. You'll love staying in any of its 250 rooms and especially the top-of-the-line suites, which are guaranteed to have enough closet space for your new acquisitions. Catch views of the Orchard Boulevard or the Botanical Gardens from the very best rooms while getting ready for an in-room massage from one of their personal treatment specialists. You can also head downstairs to experience some exquisite classical Cantonese or modern European cuisine. The Four Seasons Singapore is great stop for the prospective shopper looking to find everything that the Orchard Road has to offer.


The Full Package: Fullerton Bay Hotel Special Deals


By: Christopher Roney

The Fullerton Bay Hotel has some great packages to look out for in the coming months.  A supremely luxurious hotel in Singapore, Fullerton Bay takes the classic repressed British drama to heart, for every room is a room with a view. Its 100 rooms are situated in the heart of the Business and Arts and Culturedistricts, so whatever your pleasure, you're sure to be nearby.

Explore More

The Explore More package is perfect for the sightseer. With complimentary breakfast two, you also get two tickets to each of the Singapore Flyer, the River Boat Ride, Paranakan Museum, and Asian Civilizations Museum, as well as free internet services.

Time for Romance

For the romantics out there:

Accommodation in a Deluxe Room
A welcome bottle of wine
Breakfast for two persons at Clifford restaurant
Three-course in-room dinner for two persons
Candle-lit rose petal bath
Complimentary room upgrade
Complimentary Internet connectivity

Suite Bliss

A perfect package for someone who wants to enjoy a suite in style. Includes
Accommodation in an exclusive Theme Suite
A bottle of welcome Champagne
Return transfers via a vintage Rolls Royce
Breakfast for two persons at Clifford restaurant
Four-course dinner for two persons at Clifford restaurant
His and Hers Molton Brown toiletry sets
A pair of signature Fullerton bears
Personal Butler
Complimentary Internet connectivity

Just a note: These specials are available for a limited time, and availability may vary from day to day. Check your dates to see what options are available for your next trip to Singapore!


It's Business Time: Fairmont Singapore Best Business Hotel in Singapore


By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Singapore.

In real estate, it's all about three things: location, location, location. For the business traveler, it's much the same, and the good folks at Fairmont kept that in mind with the Fairmont Singapore. The hotel is located at the crossroads of Singapore's major business, cultural, and shopping districts.  A staggering 70,000 square feet of meeting space means that you can host an event of just about any size in the hotel's wonderfully furnished top-of-the-line meeting rooms.  The main ballroom itself can host up to 3200 people, and there's another auxiliary room that can hold up to 1,000. After you're done with business, relax and unwind, or treat your guests, at the Willow Stream Spa, one of the largest in the city, ensuring that you can find exactly what you're looking for.  And with 769 rooms and suites, all of the executives can stay on-site; there's no having to worry about booking additional rooms and coordinating transportation to other hotels. The Fairmont Singapore is a business center in the center of business for Southeast Asia.