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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.

'Sandsational' Summer in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands

August 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marina Bay Sands, SingaporeYou've heard about Marina Bay Sands and it's sky-high infinity pool and plant-filled Sky Park... Now here's your chance to see it with your very own eyes, and tell all your friends back home about one of the sexiest new hotels on the planet. Located along the Marina Bay waterfront, Marina Bay Sands opened in 2010 and has already become a premier entertainment destination in Singapore. It has a lotus-inspired Museum, countless retail stores, trendy restaurants by celebrity chefs, theaters and happening night clubs, and a Las Vegas-style casino. Stay anytime til September 30, 2011 and you can take advantage of the "Sandsational Summer" package which includes:

* Two complimentary drinks from Ku De Ta—in the iconic Sands SkyPark.

* A S$50 nett destination credit per day. (Simply charge to your room and they'll waive the first S$50nett daily.)

* A 10% discount off Disney's musical "The Lion King" for all categories except Platinum

* A 23% discount off admission for two at ArtScience Museum. 

Book now to enjoy this package from $339 per night on weekdays, and $399 on weekends. Does not include daily breakfast nor the 10% service charge and 7% GST.


The World's Oldest Champagne: Bottle of Veuve Clicquot Sold for $42,758

July 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marina Bay Sands SingaporeNow that's a pricey bottle of bubbly. The world's oldest bottle was recently sold at an online auction held by fine-wines auction house Acker Merrall & Condit. The winning bid? A cool €30,000 (US$42,758) paid by Singapore restaurateur Julia Sherstyuk. The Wall Street Journal recently broke the story:

Along with 144 other bottles from champagne houses like Juglar and Heidsieck, the 1841 Veuve Clicquot was salvaged last year from a 19th-century shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. The auction house believes the wines were on their way to the court of the Russian czsar in St. Petersburg when they were lost at sea. The Russian link inspired Ms. Sherstyuk, who runs Buyan, a Russian haute-cuisine restaurant in Singapore’s Duxton Hill district, to foot the bill. “It was [purchased] due to [its] historical significance,” she said, adding that it helps the restaurant “convey a sense of Russian history and culture.”

Guests of the restaurant can catch a glimpse of the historic bottle as it will be displayed in the eatery's S$5 million wine collection alongside a €24,000 bottle of Jugler, an 1854 bottle of Lafite Rotschild and an 1859 bottle of Mouton Rothschild. Now the question remains: How will the stuff taste once the bottle's uncorked?

Pictured: Marina Bay Sands Singapore, the destination resort famous for its gravity-defying Sands SkyPark, with restaurants, a garden, and infinity pool-- all perched 200 meters above the city.


Enormous Chocolate Sculptures at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

April 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Chocolate Sculptures

Traveling to Singapore? Make a beeline for the Shangri-La Hotel, where some incredible chocolate sculptures are on display in the lobby until April 30. The hotel is celebrating its 40th birthday in a sweet way: talented pastry chefs from Shangri-La hotels in Dubai, Bangkok, Beijing and Singapore are creating art with chocolate, demonstrating their own interpretation of the “Lost Horizon” using chocolate blocks. You can witness the chefs at work, a pair at a time, in the lobby until the 27th. These eight giant sculptures- made from the finest Belgian chocolate- measure two meters tall and weigh in at 1,200 kilos.

Drooling over the live chocolate carving exhibit may just have you lusting for something sweet. Lucky you: In conjunction with the exhibit, Lobby Court is presenting a series of thematic afternoon tea treats: pastries made with local fruit until April 17, then tea-flavored sweets and berries, followed by a decadent chocolate buffet (40 different types of desserts!) until May 1. Priced at SGD 38 per adult daily from 2 pm- 5 pm. More photos can be viewed on Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' Facebook page.

Posted in: Singapore