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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.

Relax, Relieve, Rejuvenate with the Aleenta Spa Detox Retreat

By: Madelyn Giblin

Shed all your worries and problems at the refreshing Aleenta Spa Detox Retreat. Enjoy the retreat's rejuvenating menu of organic fruits and vegetables, low fat meals and natural juices, all designed to get your body back in sync with your life, and leave you feeling refreshed and energized. The spa offers personalized treatments and relaxing activities to renew your body and your mind. Located in Hua Hin - Pranburi & Phuket - Phangnga, the award winning Aleenta Resorts and Spas are the perfect way to recapture your inner balance.

See the Taj Mahal from Every Room at the Luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Oberoi AmarvilasA trip to see the "world's greatest monument to love" is a once-in-a-lifetime must. The gleaming white Taj Mahal is as breathtaking in person as in all the photos. The place to stay is the opulent Oberoi Amarvilas, located just 600 meters from the Taj. A masterpiece inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the Oberoi boasts views of the Taj from every single room in the hotel. Though if you choose a Luxury Suite, you can check out the monument from a telescope in the living room. You'll get spoiled like a maharajah at this grand hotel that epitomizes over-the-top luxury in every way. Don't miss the specialty baths at the Spa, operated by Banyan Tree. While soaking in warm water floating with flower petals, you can gaze out at the shimmering Taj Mahal.

Real Luxury Value at the Shangri-La Bangkok

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La BangkokSavvy travelers check into Bangkok's Shangri-La Hotel to experience the ultimate in luxury for a fraction of the price of what you'd find in a comparable luxury hotel in other cities around the globe. This riverside hotel has lavish facilities in a serene tropical setting, the ultimate retreat in a bustling metropolis. Centrally located in the Silom district, the Shangri-La is also convenient to the Saphan Taksin station of the Skytrain. Relax at the signature spa, and dine onboard the Horizon, the hotel's private river cruise ship. Book the Dream Deals package (available until Dec. 22, 2008), and you can get enjoy rates as low as $180 per night, which is the same price as an average hotel in the U.S. these days. And this hotel is anything but average. You'll get overnight accommodation, complimentary buffet breakfast for two, and an arrival airport limousine transfer. Or book the Spa Sensation package, available until June 30, 2008, and you'll score one night accommodation in a Krungthep Deluxe Room, daily breakfast in Riverside Lounge, spa treatments (one body scrub and one signature therapy), and Riverside Lounge privileges, featuring: all-day beverages, afternoon high tea, early evening cocktails and wireless high-speed Internet. All for just $375 per night.

The Four Seasons $100,000 Gift Card

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Golden TriangleHow's this for some mind-blowing indulgence? Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts offers a $100,000 gift card, and as Forbes Traveler points out, why not give the gift of around-the-world travel? With some stays at seriously luxurious digs, no less. You can hit up the Four Seasons Miami for the rowdy South Beach nightlife, taking advantage of the newly-appointed nightlife concierge, before hopping across the Atlantic to the Provence property with its sexy new spa, and then heading over to Asia for some luxury camping in the Golden Triangle of Thailand. Or, as the company recommends, why not start the trip with three nights in the Beverly Wilshire penthouse, followed by two nights at the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche, then 11 nights in Thailand? (Two at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, three in a one-bedroom residence at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, three in a luxury tent at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle, and three in a two-bedroom estate at the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.) The grand finale? Three nights in the chairman's suite of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi.

Small Luxury Hotels Announces Photo Competition: Win Cool Trips and Prizes!

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hostellerie Les Frenes, ProvenceSmall Luxury Hotels of the World-- the exclusive brand of more than 440 independent properties in 70 countries-- recently launched its inaugural worldwide photography competition with some incredible prizes. The idea is for travelers to share their most inspired moments and experiences "caught on film" during their trips-- whether biking through the Tuscan hills or watching the sunset over a beach in the Indian Ocean. The possibilities are limitless! Running from March 17, 2008 through July 31, 2008, the contest will take place completely online via a dedicated competition website. You can register with the site and then upload up to 10 of your favorite photos that capture a sense of place and experience. All submitted photos will be viewable in an online gallery. Four overall winning photographs will be chosen by a panel of judges including celebrity photographer Andy Earl (who shot Madonna, Prince and Pink Floyd for their album covers). And get this: anybody who registers and submits at least one photo will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a five-night stay at any of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties.

The top prize winners will all receive a brand new Nikon D80 SLR 10.2 Camera with an 18-135mm zoom lens, plus, choose one of four incredible prize getaways including two round-trip tickets on American Airlines. The available prize packages are:

* A six-night Costa Rican Adventure spent at both Hotel Punta Islita and Gaia Hotel and Reserve

* A five-night English Town and Country Experience spent at both The Capital Hotel in London and Luton Hoo Country Estate

* A four-night Mexican Escape at Esencia on the Riviera Maya

* A three night Big Apple Experience in New York City at The Iroquois New York

Go Next: Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Metropole HanoiHanoi's most storied hotel, the French Colonial-style Sofitel Metropole, has welcomed ambassadors, heads-of-state and, yes, Graham Greene since its opening in 1901. There's an unmistakable air of romance to the place: ceiling fans and large wooden shutters and lush plants and lovely white linens and... (we could go on and on) Step off the sultry, steamy city streets (buzzing with motorbikes) and you'll slip into an oasis of calm. Both French cuisine and Hanoi Specialties await at the hotel's fine restaurants. After exploring the vibrant city, retire to a chamber that radiates historical grandeur with all the modern comforts like Internet, LCD TVs and DVD players.

Nutritionist Endorsed Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Bangkok

By: Madelyn Giblin

Peninsula BangkokThere's no need to sacrifice your diet just because you're on a luxurious vacation getaway in Asia. The Peninsula Bangkok now offers a nutritionist-endorsed Afternoon Tea. Led by Chef Philip Sedgewick, the program combines the traditional English custom with a variety of lighter, healthier options that reflect local cuisine. Among the items featured on the menu are home-made sugar free jams, low calorie cream, whole grains, and avocados. The Peninsula Bangkok is striving to move towards healthier dining options for its guests, while at the same time giving them a taste of the local cuisine, and continuing to provide delicious mouthwatering dishes to enjoy. Naturally Peninsula, the hotels healthy dining line, has been met with great success. So for travelers looking to enjoy an extravagant vacation at no cost to your waistline, The Peninsula Bangkok is well worth a look.

Luxury Fairytale Resort in the Himalayas at Wildflower Hall

By: Madelyn Giblin

Wildflower HallIf you want to experience the magnificence of the Himalayas while staying in style, Wildflower Hall, located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, is the place to be. Situated at 8,350 feet in pine and cedar forest, Wildflower Hall offers a variety of activities for those who love the outdoors and those who love to be pampered. The surrounding area offers hours of entertainment in hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even a fully stocked archery court. In addition the hotel also offers a tranquil and relaxing spa, with a variety of therapies from around the globe. Rooms are furnished with exquisite decorations, and offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The hotel also offers a full list of business amenities, including meeting rooms, board rooms, and fully equipped business center to meet all of your needs. For a truly grand stay, check out Wildflower Hall's exceptional Lord Kitchener Suite, named for the former resident of the hall; it features a four poster bed and separate second bedroom.

Buzzworthy: The Peninsula Beijing Debuts New Spa by ESPA in Spring 2008

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula BeijingJust in time for the Olympic Games, The Peninsula Beijing will introduce its new Peninsula Spa by ESPA this spring. (So if you were one of the lucky few who scored rooms at The Peninsula for the Summer Olympics, you're in for a treat.) Following the successful launch of spas by ESPA in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Chicago, and Tokyo, the Beijing property is the latest to join the groupwide partnership between The Peninsula Hotels and ESPA. The 1,340 square-meter spa, with its 12 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, is part of the hotel's third-floor wellness, health and fitness facility. Guests will get pampered with a deeply personalized spa experience like nowhere else in the Chinese capital. Designed by Henry Leung of Chhada Siembieda Leung Ltd. (the man behind the renovation of The Peninsula Beijing), the spa is done up in marble, aged wood, and textured granite. You'll find VIP rooms, a Relaxation room, and Thermal facilities in addition to the single treatment rooms and massage spaces.

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa: The Best of Borneo

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, Sunset BarSet on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of the South China Sea, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort is a secluded tropical retreat just minutes from the center of Kota Kinabalu. Picture it: inviting beaches, views of sparkling coral islands, incredible natural wonders and local culture on the island of Borneo in the eastern part of Malaysia. Sabah-- the Malaysian state perched on the northern tip of the island of Borneo-- is known for its scenic beauty and natural heritage including such treasures as the Rafflesia (the largest flower in the world), Asian elephant, proboscis monkey, and of course the famous Orang Utan. Just a 2 1/2 hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La's luxury resort offers 492 recently renovated rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, and a wealth of recreational opportunities for families and leisure travelers. Since December 2007, the resort is also home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, which boasts 5 individual Island Villas, 3 Couples' Villas and an open Yoga Pavilion-- all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort's private island.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and SpaDon't miss a spectacular evening at the Sunset Bar, before heading out for a night at Blue Note, the buzzing bar featuring nightly music and generous cocktails. A hot new line-up of well-known international DJs will appear for "Generation Y" every Saturday in March. This is quite the scene- created by DJs renowned the world over for their trendsetting talent.