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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.

Plans for an Underwater Fiji Resort Progressing Swimmingly

December 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Plans for the Poseidon Resort Mystery Island, an all-suite hotel forty feet below water, seem to be progressing well. Sebastian’s words of wisdom certainly stuck with us, and we agree that it’s better down where it’s wetter under the sea. We hope to be able to join our fishy friends in this underwater, bubble-shaped hotel soon. According to an article by Design-Milk, "the company has completed all of the necessary design and engineering for the subsea structures and is currently working to secure the capital necessary to begin construction," which is expected to take about 2 years to complete. The plans for this hotel include 25 suites, a spa, a restaurant, wedding chapel, and the opportunity to pilot one of four 3-passenger personal submarines!

For folks hoping to travel to Fiji prior to the completion of this underwater sensation, we encourage you to explore the luxury hotel options currently available here >>


Your Questions Answered: Rates and Availability in French Polynesia

November 8, 2012
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: My wife and I will travel to Tahiti and Bora Bora at the end of the year. If possible please send me prices and availability for the schedule below: 1 night at Papeete, 6 nights in Bora Bora. We’re interested in the Four Seasons and Intercontinental Thalasso Spa.

Answer: We have 15 hotels in French Polynesia of which 2 are located in Tahiti. (Papeete is located on the island of Tahiti). For December 31st - January 1st, 2013, the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti in Papeete has availability and rates starting from $653 USD per night. (Full prepay, non-refundable, non-changeable Garden View room with 1 king bed). To view all of the room types and rates available, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel. (This hotel does have breakfast inclusive rates, but it does not have breakfast and dinner inclusive rates). Rates will display in XPF, so click on the little calculator to the right of the rate to convert it to US dollars.

For January 1st - 7th, 2013 in Bora Bora, the Four Seasons only has one room type available and that is a Bed And Breakfast - Beach View Overwater Bungalow King Bed With Queen Sofabed starting from $1,238.92 USD per night.

For January 1st - 7th, 2013 in Bora Bora, the InterContinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora does not have availability.

To view availability and rates at other luxury hotels in Bora Bora, visit this website. Transfers are not included in the rates and would be an additional cost. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


New Hotel Openings: QT Sydney

October 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The QT Sydney is Australia’s hottest new hotel situated in the historic former Gowings department store and historic State Theatre. This luxury hotel features 200 guest suites that retain many of the building’s most distinctive features including a blend of Gothic and Art Deco style that form the stunning exterior of the building. The most raved about amenity of the QT Sydney is the elevator. Each lift senses how many people are in the elevator and plays music appropriately. When alone, the elevator played All By Myself and when in a crowd it played pump up tunes.

Check out the swanky QT Sydney here >>


Fun Fact Friday! The Huka Lodge is a Celebrity Hot Spot!

October 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Huka Lodge is an exclusive hotspot in New Zealand that has had a number of celebrities call it their home away from home including Bette Midler Joan Collins, Michael Douglas, Barbra Streisand, John Cleese, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

Check out this incredibly luxurious and breath-taking property here and make your reservations to stay where the celebrities do!


Shangri-La Fijian Voted Best Family Resort

October 17, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa is rated as one of the best family resorts in Fiji, so you can take the kids and have a vacation that’s perfect for the whole family.

For the sixth consecutive year, this luxury hotel was voted #1 for Best Ten Resorts for Families 2012 in Fiji. The criteria for earning the number one spot included activities and facilities for children, childcare and babysitting services, staff hospitality, standard of accommodation, location, accessibility, safety, fun for the entire family, value for money, and overall experience.

Explore the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa photos, availability, and rates here >>


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type in Bora Bora for Family of 3

October 11, 2012
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: I would like to see if you have any glass bottom over the water bungalows that sleep two adults and one child available for December 25th – 27th, 2012 at the Hotel Bora Bora.

Answer: The Hotel Bora Bora does not have availability for your dates of travel, but the Four Seasons Resort has the following room type available which has a maximum occupancy of 3 people, so this would be a good option for your family. It is for an overwater bungalow but it does not specify whether it would have a glass bottom. You could certainly request this, but it would not be guaranteed. To make a reservation for this room type, please visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating ‘traveling with 10 year old child and would like a bungalow with a glass bottom’ so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Bed And Breakfast - Beach View Overwater Bungalow King Bed With Queen Sofabed Maximum Occ 3

The rate is currently 1,250.77 USD per night plus tax and fees. (rates are subject to change prior to making a reservation)

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


Your Questions Answered: Romantic Hotel Recommendation in Sydney, Australia

August 29, 2012
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’re looking for a luxury 2 night romantic stay in a hotel overlooking Sydney Harbor & the Opera House, a day spa, and a large spa bath in the suite. The dates are September 21st – 23rd, 2012. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a great luxury hotel option that has availability for your dates of travel. It is located in the heart of Circular Quay, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Ideal for business or pleasure, the hotel is moments away from the world famous Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district and a vibrant array of galleries, restaurants and theatres.

This hotel has rooms starting from 249 AUD, approximately 259 USD per night (advance purchase, non-refundable rate). This hotel has rooms that have views overlooking the city, overlooking the Opera House, and a partial view of the Harbour Bridge. For a romantic weekend, I would suggest booking the 'Couples Getaway' package which is in a Spa Suite that has a bathtub with spray jets and a whirlpool that fits 2. The nightly rate breakdown of this room option is below. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Nightly Rate Breakdown

2012-09-21 AUD 529.00

2012-09-22 AUD 599.00

To make a reservation for this room option, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the 'Couples Getaway' room type, and fill in the booking form.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora

July 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora in French Polynesia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel is located on Motu Piti Au or ‘Two Hearts’ in Tahitian, and it offers revolutionary solutions in both comfort and environmental protection. Its 80 over-water bungalows are decorated in a bright color palette and have floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious terraces, and private platforms for sunbathing. A few of the InterContinental’s phenomenal facilities available to its guests include a beautiful infinity pool, a fitness center, and a stunning spa. The service at the hotel and the spa is truly exceptional with the staff going above and beyond to ensure that your experience is relaxing and rejuvenating. This luxury hotel’s most unique trait is that its spa features glass-floor treatment rooms so guests can view the marine life while enjoying their spa appointments! Make your reservations at this phenomenal luxury hotel here!


Deals and Steals at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa in Australia

July 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa is perfectly located on the Gold Coast of Australia which is known for its stunning skyline, world famous beaches, and its beautiful sub-tropical climate. This stunning luxury hotel features 329 rooms and it’s situated on a riverfront site just minutes from the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Advance Purchase Rate

This deal is for people who have their plans set in stone and who are willing to prepay in exchange for a discounted rate. This deal is available for ocean view rooms with 1 king or 2 double beds, and the reservations are non-cancellable and non-changeable.

Escape! Honeymoon Package

This package includes hot breakfast for two adults daily, dinner for two adults daily at Citirique, 1 bottle of champagne upon arrival at French Champagne, self-parking, 100 AUD Lattouf Hair Spa coupon, and late checkout.

Elandra Retreat Club

This package includes Club level access which includes continental breakfast, midday snack, afternoon tea, hors d’ouevres, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. This package also includes complimentary valet parking and turn down service.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax. Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of these unbeatable deals!


Goodnight, Moon: Observatory Hotel Sold by Orient Express

June 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

It wasn't long ago that we wrote about the Observatory Hotel and lauded its prime location, by the Observatory Park and not far from the Sydney Opera House, and great service and amenities. Current owners Orient Express are saying goodbye to the property while they finalize the sale of the property and transitioning the hotel to Langham Hospitality Group, owners of great hotels like the Langham London and closer by Langham Melbourne. The transaction is expected to close on August 8th. A continued relationship with Orient Express just wasn't in the stars for Observatory, but guests have no reason to worry that the transition should disrupt their upcoming stays. If anything, with new ownership comes the desire to make a great first impression, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Langham plan a few things for their newest acquisition. We'll have to keep our telescopes trained on the Observatory Hotel for any sign of a new vision for the hotel's future.