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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.

Ride the Eastern and Oriental Express: Get Free Hotel Nights in Bangkok and Singapore


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eastern and Oriental Express This summer, experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. When you travel this journey, the ultimate centerpiece of any visit to the Far East, you will receive complimentary hotel accommodations: one free night at The Oriental in Singapore and one free night at The Oriental in Bangkok. (Available until September 16, 2007). Enjoy the thrill of the rails and the splendor of the E&O: elegant compartments, the famous bar car, delicious cuisine, and impeccable service. Begin your unforgettable journey in Bangkok, traversing the lush Malay peninsula, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore (you may also elect the alternate route, departing from Singapore). Along the way, pass rice paddies, traditional villages, temples, and the infamous River Kwai. Rates for the four day/three night journey start at EUR 1540 in a Pullman compartment.


Four Seasons Tented Camp: Elephant Adoption in the Golden Triangle, Thailand


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Elephants at Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thailand When Four Seasons opened its luxury camp in Thailand's Golden Triangle, it launched a new travel trend for adventure-seekers to "rough it" without denying the creature comforts. Five-star tents, like tree houses, are outfitted with teak wood floors, hand-hammered copper tubs, outdoor rain showers, and sundecks with day beds. Guests discover the mysteries of the Golden Triangle-- the region wedged between northern Thailand, Burma and Laos-- on three or four-night adventures: elephant-trekking through the tropical jungle, hiking mountain trails, venturing out on river excursions down the mighty Mekong, discovering the cultures of the hill tribes. But perhaps the best part of the experience is the elephant rescue program. The six elephants at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle were rescued from city streets and now play an important role at the camp. Guests have the opportunity to help by making donations to the elephant adoption program.


Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Closes Its Doors


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hong Kong Come January, the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong will stop operating. In its place, a high-rise commercial office building will loom over the city. Though not as fabled as The Peninsula, the Ritz-Carlton was known for its timeless elegance and outstanding amenities, like the complimentary Romantic Concierge, six restaurants, and extensive catering to female business travelers. But what we'll miss the most is the heated outdoor pool, the only one in the downtown area. Fans of Ritz-Carlton will be relieved to know that the company has two other properties under development in the region: a hotel-casino in Macau (of course) and another hotel in Kowloon's International Commerce Center. Scheduled for completion in 2010, the 116-storey Kowloon property will be the world's tallest hotel (1575 feet).


Raffles Hotel Singapore Celebrates 120 Years


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Raffles Hotel Singapore Happy birthday to the storied Raffles Hotel, pride and joy of the island state of Singapore, celebrity mecca and worldwide icon. Named for Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore, the historic landmark hotel has been wowing well-heeled travelers since 1887. Though the hotel has been featured in books (Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham hung out here) and on the silver screen, Raffles doesn't rest on its laurels. Today, Raffles Hotel Singapore is a modern bastion of exclusivity and pampering, known for its unsurpassed service and colonial elegance. At a spot with such impressive history, it's no wonder the tourists flock. The lobby is open to tourists who want to gape at the molded ceilings, teak and marble floors, and period furnishings. But don't worry-- the hotel retains a private lobby for hotel guests only. Also on site: the Amrita spa and excellent culinary academy.

PS. A stay at Raffles isn't complete without a cocktail at Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling was invented in 1910.

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The World’s Best New Hotels 2007


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bauer Il Palladio, Venice ...brought to you by the good folks at Travel and Leisure, who just published their "It List" of hot new hotel properties. Of the 25 chosen elite, the luxurious newbies include Trailblazers like Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, a sparkling mass of twisting metal in the midst of the Rioja's celebrated vineyards, Beachcombers like Vietnam's gorgeous Nam Hai hotel, New Urbanists like the dazzling Mandarin Oriental in Prague, and Healers, like the swanky Bauer Il Palladio Hotel & Spa in Venice and our favorite Four Seasons Westlake Village, created in partnership with the California WellBeing Institute.


Mandarin Oriental’s Second Luxury Hotel in Macau, China


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental, Macau Move over, Wynn. Mandarin Oriental has plans for another property in Macau, the world's gaming capital. This means not one, but two, luxury hotels in the former Portuguese colony located just outside Hong Kong. Opening in 2009, the new Mandarin Oriental will be part of a luxurious, mixed-use complex (2.6 million square feet) on the waterfront with residences, upscale shopping, and dining. From here, the views are stunning. In the meantime, check into the existing Mandarin Oriental, Macau, the only resort hotel situated in the city center near the Jetfoil terminal. It's a cool mix of Asian and Portuguese styles, just like Macau itself.

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Free Night in the Maldives at the Angsana Resort and Spa Velavaru


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Angsana Resort and Spa Velavaru Angsana Resort and Spa Maldives Velavaru has announced an irresistible offer: one complimentary night for every three nights booked at Angsana Treats rates. Experience the beautiful beaches and dive sites of the unspoiled South Nilandhe Atoll and also enjoy a complimentary 90-minute Body Massage session for two at the Angsana Spa. Discover your own private paradise in one of the most sought-after destinations for marine enthusiasts and honeymooners. Valid until September 30, 2007.

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Buzzworthy: New Majestic Hotel and the Singapore Arts Festival


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

New Majestic Hotel Brought to you by the same dude who opened Singapore's first boutique hotel, Hotel 1929, the uber-hip New Majestic opened last year to much fanfare. Loh Lik Peng, a lawyer-turned-hotelier, brought the boutique hotel craze to Singapore. Situated on the edge of Chinatown, the New Majestic is housed in a historic shop house, with each of the 30 guest rooms designed by a different emerging Singaporean artist. The result is floor-to-ceiling mirrors, aquarium-themed transparent bathrooms, a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, and fantastic wall murals. The restaurant is superb; the award-winning chef Yong Bing Ngen cooks up excellent modern Cantonese cuisine in a sleek setting.

When to go? Throughout the month of June, the Singapore Arts Festival will dazzle the city with cutting-edge contemporary art-- an extravaganza of dance, music, and theater. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Singapore Arts Festival is one of the world's leading arts festivals.

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Luxury Cruises: “The World” Cruise Liner Gets a Banyan Tree Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The World The World, the impressive private yacht owned (or rented) by folks from over 40 different countries, is a floating residential community that circumnavigates the globe, checking out diverse ports of call for 2-5 days at a time. Managed by ResidenSea in Miami, The World is outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a full-sized tennis court, jogging track, gym, five restaurants, move theater and library, and beautiful spa. Banyan Tree Spa has recently announced a collaboration with The World and will soon launch its Sanctuary of the Senses onboard the cruise ship. Banyan Tree's signature Asian-inspired treatments will be available at sea for the first time. Located on Deck 5 in "The Village," The World Spa by Banyan Tree features four single treatment rooms and a Beauty Garden that incorporates a Hair Salon and Manicure Station.


Going to Galle, Sri Lanka: The Fortress Hotel and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fortress, Galle The historic seaport of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a marvelous mélange of European and Southeast Asian architectural traditions. (The famous Galle fort, first built by the Portuguese, was then modified by the Dutch in the 17th century.) For centuries, the ancient city of Galle was at the crossroads of major worldwide trade routes, the strategic port en route from Arabia to the Orient. After the devastation caused by 2004's tsunami, the fortified city is back on its feet and is home to some of the finest luxury hotels in the region. One of these fine establishments is The Fortress Hotel, fashioned to resemble a powerful fortress rising from the sea. Perched on the beach, the new resort offers exquisite, perfumed gardens, a renowed spa with Ayurvedic treatments, free flow swimming pool, Sri Lankan tea room, wine cellar and restaurants. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Fortress features beautiful rooms with designer amenities, designed in a style which forges Dutch and Portuguese styles with Sri Lankan motifs.