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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.

Cool Pools: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

April 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
 reflects the grand and graceful architecture of a Queensland estate, unlike any other ve
nue. Located a short distance away from the tourist mecca of the Gold Coast, the resort allows easy access to the Gold Coast theme parks which are only a 10 minute drive away. The luxury resort is tucked within the beautiful surrounds of Sanctuary Cove and boasts a marina, acclaimed golf courses, one acre lagoon beach pool and lush garden landscapes. Part of the wellness and facilities include the outdoor spa tub.

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Cool Pools: Park Hyatt Sydney

February 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sydney Opera House


Park Hyatt Sydney
 is perched on one of the world's most beautiful harbours. The luxury hotel is situated right between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The rooftop pool means guests can see these iconic landmarks without ever leaving their lounge chair.

 

Left: View of the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

Park Hyatt Sydney

 






Right: View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in Asia

January 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in Asia. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!

Grand Hyatt TokyoGrand Hyatt Tokyo (pictured left)
Romance Package
Take the time to reconnect. Enjoy time for just the two of you during your stay at Grand Hyatt Tokyo. You only need each other. The offer includes Club King or Grand Deluxe Twin, Grand King, Grand Twin, or Grand Deluxe King. Breakfast, Bottle of Red Wine, and 1pm Late Checkout. 

Rates start at $564 per night >>

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Romance Package
Take the time to reconnect. Enjoy time for just the two of you during your stay at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. You'll enjoy daily breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine, a box of heart-shaped chocolates, a dinner at Erawan Tea Roo, and a 4pm late checkout. 

Rates start at $335 per night >> 


J.W. Marriott Hong Kong

Sweet Deals for Two
Whether it is a weekend escape, anniversary, honeymoon or birthday celebration, the Sweet Deal for Two offers a classic choice to pamper your special someone in style. Celebrate over a bottle of Moet & Chandon, nine-piece chocolate box and daily breakfast for two persons. 1 King or 2 Double-bedded room with Harbor View. 

Rates start at $657 per night >>
 

Park Hyatt Tokyo
Winter at the Park
Park Hyatt Tokyo with its modernist interiors, panoramic views and museum quality artworks, offers a perfect place to respite from the winter for some rest and relaxation. This special offer is available through the end of February. You get accommodation in a Park Deluxe Room, in a Park View Room or in a Park Suite, 10,000 yen Food & Beverage credit per room per night available for use at New York Grill, Girandole, Kozue and Room Service, and a late check-out up until 1pm.Shangri-La Villingili

Rates start at $593 per night >>

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives (pictured right)
Villingili Escape
For stays of 3 nights or less. Guests receive buffet breakfast, and complimentary daily dinner, and wireless internet. Accomodations are a 133 square meter Pool Villa with one King bed, an ocean view, and a private pool.   

Rates start at $1260 per night >>

Enjoy your stay!

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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.

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Image of the Day: Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

January 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is located on the island of Vanua Levu on 17 acres of a coconut plantation. The accommodations overlook the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

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Image of the Day: SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

January 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland has a heated indoor 25-metre lap pool, sauna, and spa pool. It also offers SOAK - a luxurious in-room bathing menu for SKYCITY Hotel guests - designed to invigorate, de-stress, and indulge. There are five different cleansing baths to choose from - all with an inventive blend of ingredients, including bathing salts, oils and teas.

SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Vahine Island

January 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vahine Island is located in a paradise-like setting on the Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman), a private little island of 23 acres, in the middle of the lagoon of Tahaa.

Vahine Island 

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Dining al Fresco: Echoes Resort Blue Mountains

December 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Echoes Resort Blue Mountains has exceptional dining venues that entwine gourmet cuisine with indigenous flavor.

Echoes Resort Blue Mountains

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Spa Treatments We'd Like to Try

December 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

So many spas, so little time!  With over 4,000 luxury hotels on the site, we have a lot of great spa spots. 



Here are a few treatments offered at luxury hotel spas that have recently caught our eye:

-The Spa at Aria (pictured at right) in Las Vegas offers a Shio Salt room. Taking in salt through inhalation is thought to provide respiratory benefits. The illuminated wall of Shio salt bricks is complemented by salt lamps, vibration therapy, and radiant music.

-Intercontinental Thalosso Spa Bora Bora's fittingly named Deep Ocean Spa has glass-floored overwater bungalows enabling you to admire the marine life during your treatment. We'd go for the Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath with Chromatherapy.

-Nob Hill Spa at The Huntington Hotel offers a Cinnamon Ginger Escape.  An exfoliating spiced marmalade scrub with ground nutmeg is followed by an energizing massage using smooth pebbles wrapped in aromatic spice bags soaked in warm oil.

-Hotel Hershey, fittingly, offers a Whipped Cocoa bath,  Chocolate Bean Polish and a Chocolate Fondue wrap in their Chocolate Spa. We'll take all three! 

-A  visit to Calistoga isn't complete without a stop at a winery and at the hot springs. After you've visited both,  Napa Valley's Solage Calistoga (pictured at left) has a three-part Mudslide Experience that involves a customized mud body wrap, a relaxing soak in geo-thermal mineral water from their own spring, and then zoning out in a state-of-the-art sound/vibration chair.

-Prague's Hotel Augustine has a St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual. Created using a secret recipe from the Augustinian order of Monks.  It starts with an exfoliation using ground organic beer hops and St. Thomas dark beer, and then finished with a full-body massage. 

-Hotel Il Salviatino (pictured at top) offers an an Antixodant Wine Gel Peel. It's a body scrub using red wine gel and exfoliating seeds, followed up by a therapist-supervised aromatic vapor experience and a highly moisturizing massage.
 

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Did You Know? The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

December 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Windsor Melbourne

The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was the dream of shipping magnate George Nipper. He commissioned architect Charles Webb to design the hotel and it opened its doors in December 1883. The Hotel Windsor predates many of the grand hotels of the Victorian era, including The Savoy London, The Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria New York, the Hotel Ritz Paris,  and The Raffles, Singapore.

George Nipper sold the "Grand", as it was then known, to James Munro who embarked on a massive expansion program. This doubled the size of the hotel, and saw the addition of the renowned Grand Ballroom, the Grand Staircase, and the twin cupola-capped towers.

At this point the hotel was known as the Grand Coffee Palace and for a brief period, under the influence of the Temperance Movement, banned liquor from its premises. By 1897, however, the hotel once again changed hands, welcomed back its original name, and regained its liquor license. From then on and for the better part of the 20th century, The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was a pivotal centre in the city and, indeed, Australia, for the political and social milieu. Australia's constitution was drafted at The Hotel Windsor between February and March 1898. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

December 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
 is a luxury hotel that places guests in the heart of Auckland Central between the upscale Viaduct Harbour lifestyle development and the attractions of the new Wynyard Quarter. Its understated elegance overlooks the shimmering Waitemata Harbour. Sofitel Auckland features luxuriously spacious rooms and suites featuring a private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows along with the comfort of the Sofitel MyBed to marble bathrooms with both a rain shower and deep soaking tub.

 

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