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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows?

December 20, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Tahiti
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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows? 

ANSWER: Le Meridien Tahiti, situated on the beachfront in the Punaauia region, offers 138 lagoon view bedrooms and suites with stunning views of the ocean, and 12 over-water bungalows designed with an emphasis on natural materials and refreshing local colors. The resort features two restaurants providing a wide selection of gourmet Polynesian and international cuisine. It is also equipped with meeting rooms, facilities for business traveler,s and a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Le Meridien Tahiti
Overwater Bungalow -Suspended over the crystal clear lagoon of Tahiti, the overwater bungalow offers the ultimate experience in Polynesia: luxurious yet traditional Tahitian accommodation and breathtaking views on a rich coral garden, colourful fishes and marine life. Unique on the island, these thatched roof bungalows feature local woven palm walls, romantic canopy bed, lovely timber floor, large terrace, Polynesian style bathroom and open views to the reef. Access to the lagoon by the end of pontoon.
The 56m² (600 sqft) bungalows offer flat screen TV, video on demand and music channels, Le Meridien signature bed, i-pod dock, inviting sofa, mini bar, separate bathtub & shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, in-room safety box, walk-in closet, snorkelling gear, and a private terrace for romantic sunset cocktails.

Book a stay at Le Meridien Tahiti >>

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


New to Five Star Alliance: Southern Ocean Lodge

December 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.

Southern Ocean Lodge

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Did You Know? Art Series Hotels

December 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located throughout Australia's cultural and major event capital, Art Series Hotels in Melbourne are set in the city's hottest locations. With hotels encompassing the vibrant CBD, including the country's best restaurants, Art Series Hotels can be found in the stylish shopping precinct of Chapel Street, South Yarra, uber cool Commercial Road in Prahan, and St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. 

Art Series the Cullen

 

Daring and unique, Art Series the Cullen (seen right) is inspired by and features lashings of original artwork and prints by Australian contemporary artist, Adam Cullen. Sleep soundly in an Art Series Signature bed, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen works. Prepare breakfast using in-room kitchenette facilities, spectacular views of Melbourne CBD, underground parking, state of the art gymnasium, and two exciting restaurants.
 

Art Series the OlsenSet on Melbourne's prestigious Chapel Street, Art Series the Olsen (seen left) offers travelers premier South Yarra accommodation with 229 elegant five-star suites that are infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Breathtaking mural and sculpture greet you on arrival and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants. At The Olsen Hotel, one can plunge into the spectacular glass bottom pool with Chapel Street shoppers below, work out in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, or step out for some retail therapy. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access, and complete kitchenettes. For a longer stay settle into an exclusive art inspired residential suite.Art Series the Blackman

 

With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, Art Series the Blackman (seen right) will inspire Melbourne's imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces. Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space. Experience two of Melbourne's hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with a state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. 

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Today's a Big Day for The Langham Sydney

December 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham, Sydney has completed a $30 million grand transformation and reopened today.  

The Langham Sydney 

Be among the first to stay at the new and improved The Langham, Sydney >>


Meet The Henry Jones Art Hotel

November 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Henry Jones Art HotelThe Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia's first dedicated art hotel, and one of a handful of art hotels in the world.

Located on Hobart's waterfront, the Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and was once the location of one of Australia's most successful companies—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL. Art and design are woven into the fabric of the Henry Jones. The hotel partners with a diverse range of Tasmanian artists to present a continuously changing exhibition of over 400 artworks. 

The hotel’s 56 individually designed rooms and suites reflect Henry Jones’ characteristic fusion of art, heritage, tradition and nature. Sleek modernity complements untouched heritage features, nineteenth century sandstone walls frame contemporary artworks, and original windows reveal views of Hobart's harbour, city, mountains ,and built history.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Royal Davui Island Resort

November 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji's spectacular Beqa Lagoon offering a level of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy not found in today’s larger resorts. Royal Davui Island Resort has 16 exquisitely appointed Vales nestled around 10 acres of lush tropical landscape.

Royal Davui Resort 

Book a romantic stay at Royal Davui Island Resort >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-and Surfer-Friendly Tahitian Resort?

November 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
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 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 a family looking to stay is Tahiti. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family and is near one of the surf spots and surf schools?


ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Tahiti 

The InterContinental Resort Tahiti is the premier international resort of Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia, which is situated between California and Australia in the South Pacific. The resort has a total of 263 units, comprising of 170 fully renovated lagoon and garden view rooms, an extension of 60 panoramic view rooms with a Presidential Suite, and 32 over the water bungalows located in 32 acres of gardens. The Polynesian style resort with its own private sand beach and lagoon, offers views of unforgettable sunsets over the Volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons.

TOPDIVE Tahiti Diving center, located at the very heart of the hotel, offers numerous exciting and unique activities, from PADI 5-Star SCUBA diving,to discovering the lagoon by kayak, to whale watching, all in a safe environment that will make your stay both thrilling and fun.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

The Overwater Bungalows located at the Lotus end of the resort, with sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and ocean beyond. The bungalows have a private sundeck and platform - ideal for sun bathing or watching the magnificent sunset. Intercontinental resort tahiti

All rooms and bungalows have the following amenities : a terrace or a private balcony, a bathroom with bath tub and shower, an individually controlled air conditioning system, a flat screen Cable TV, a direct dial international phone, an Internet connexion (wireless in public areas), a private safe, a refrigerator restocked on request, some 110V/220V outlets,tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, etc.

The resort makes available to its clients a laundry and dry cleaning service (express or regular), some self-service laundry facilities located throughout the hotel and some transit rooms with individual shower for early arrivals and late departures.
Moreover, children younger than 15 can share their parents room without supplement (within the limits of the room capacity).

Book your family vacation at InterContinental Resort Tahiti >>

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Laucala Island Resort

October 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Laucala Island Resort is the newest member of the Five Star Alliance collection. The 25 Fijian-styled villas are set amid coconut plantations, beside deserted beaches, and atop the island's volcanic mountains, overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle. Style and sustainability go hand in hand throughout, from the natural fibers and woods used in design to the wild orchids harvested in gardens and organic produce grown on island farms. Set over 1,400 hectares, Laucala epitomizes the seclusion and graceful hospitality for which the Fijian archipelago is famed.

Laucala Island Resort

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Hit the Road and the Wine at Blanket Bay

September 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay Lodge sits at the north end of Lake Wakatipu amidst New Zealand's finest scenery. The luxury resort is known for its commitment to active vacations. Nearby activities include fly-fishing, heli-skiing, hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jetboating, golfing kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, and flight-seeing over Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. 

For those guests whose interest's lie in the area of wine and art, the resort has the perfect activity. The Wine & Arts Trail takes you to the homes and galleries of New Zealand's pre-eminent artists coupled with sampling Otago's finest wines at the local vineyards. 

Guests spend the day visiting Kiwit artists in their home studios. Then, they can quaff some "New World" wines that the Southern Lakes region is known for. The hotel can arrange for a chaffeur-driven car, so that guests can imbibe freely.

Book your stay at Blanket Bay >>