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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.

A Mini Getaway with InterContinental Sydney: Picnic and a Mini Convertible

June 5, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Intercontinental SydneyIf you can tear yourself away from the views in your guest room at the InterContinental Sydney, you'll get the best tips on city happenings from the concierge team. Looking for a good surf spot? Restaurant by the sea in Manly Beach? An excursion along the coast? The concierge will hook you up. A favorite activity is the hotel's "Mini Getaway," where upon arrival you'll get the keys to your very own Mini Cooper Convertible to explore Sydney in style. Your adventure is complete with the Chef's specially prepared picnic hamper full of local produce, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a map to Sydney's best kept secret picnic spots. Back at the InterContinental, you'll appreciate the hotel's dreamy location, a perfect base for work and play just steps from the historic Rocks area, Sydney Opera House, and the Art Gallery of NSW.


30 Percent Off Asia-Pacific with Leading Hotels of the World (like The Langham, Hong Kong)

June 1, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hong KongYou can save up to 30 percent on the finest hotels in Asia and the Pacific! The Leading Hotels of the World has announced an enticing offer for its member hotels in the region, like the swank Langham Hong Kong (pictured at right). These stellar properties also happen to have racked up all sorts of international awards for the "World's Top Hotels." Book a stay at fine hotels including THE Blue (Sydney), The Langham Melbourne, Marina Mandarin in Singapore, Hotel Okura Tokyo, Hotel Seiyo Ginza, A Rosewood Hotel, Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa, The Sukhothai in Bangkok, and The Datai in Malaysia. A tip for booking: The special 20 percent discount offer can be found under "Leading Offer" when making reservations.


Fun in Fiji: InterContinental Fiji Golf and Resort Spa Opens Today

June 1, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Natadola Beach, FijiSay hello to the brand new luxury resort from InterContinental. Surrounded by palm-fringed white sand and lush tropical gardens, the Fiji Golf and Resort Spa is situated on one of the world's best beaches just 40 minutes from Nadi International Airport. Natadola Beach is protected by a reef to create an aqua-colored ocean-facing lagoon; this is a remarkable, off-the-beaten path setting. Billed as the "pride of Fiji's Coral Coast," the destination resort has it all-- spa, outdoor pools, kids club, and a 18 hole golf course. Leisure activities include four swimming pools, an on-site dive center, a recreation and beach activities center, volleyball, Pétanque lawn, yoga deck, the Meke entertainment lawn for indigenous and cultural shows, a full gym and fitness center, and on-site shopping and tour facilities.

Image Via ForbesTraveler/25 Sexiest Beaches in the World


A Special Kiwi Offer from Relais & Chateaux

May 18, 2009
By: Alison Victor

The Farm at Cape KidnappersNew Zealand is a mountainous group of islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, and a truly beautiful and unique place to visit. Now through October, Kauri Cliffs, and their sister property, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, are inviting guests to experience world-class luxury for less. Stay a combined 5 nights at either property and receive the 6th consecutive night free. Rates include accommodations in a luxurious suite, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, a full breakfast daily, and full use of Lodge facilities, excluding golf. Both award-winning properties are nestled on 6,000 lush acres of countryside, complete with world famous golf courses, luxury spas and suites, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. This special offer is subject to availability.


Queensland Announces Winner of Best Job in the World

May 7, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Bloomfield Lodge

We have a winner! The Greatest Job Ever-- the position of Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef-- has been filled. Also called the Best Job in the World contest (and with great reason), Tourism Queensland has named the winner. So who’s the lucky soul who gets to live in paradise, be paid a ton, and only have to write a weekly blog? Plucked from obscurity out of the 34,000 video resumes received, 34-year-old Brit Ben Southall will now get to live in Blue Pearl, a gorgeous three-bedroom house on Hamilton Island with modern facilities and fantastic views. His job will be to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef for six months, and report back to Tourism Queensland and the world via blogs, a photo diary, video updates and interviews. Salary for the job? A cool $150,000 USD.

"I hope I can sell the reef as much as everybody is expecting," Southall told Reuters after he was crowned the winner at a ceremony on Hamilton Island. "My swimming, hopefully, is up to standard."

Tourism Queensland put on the job search as a publicity stunt to boost visitors to the area. The contest was such a roaring success, Tourism Queensland is considering doing it again next year.


Charity Auction: Bid on Luxury Travel in New Zealand for NZ$1

May 7, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Blanket BayDon't miss this eBay auction uncovered by the good folks at Luxist. Next week you'll have the chance to bid on an extraordinary New Zealand luxury escape-- worth over NZ$30,000-- with a charity auction starting at just NZ$1. You could win the ultimate New Zealand experience, complete with private jets, top-notch hotels, chauffeur-driven cars, and private yachts-- all donated by the 19 leading tourism companies in New Zealand. Called "Give It Up to Live It Up," the auction will raise funds for the Untouched World Charitable Trust.


Get a Free Night with InterContinental: 5 Million Nights Up for Grabs at 4,000 Hotels

April 28, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hotel Beijing Financial StreetInterContinental Hotels Group-- the world's largest hotel company-- has just announced a big promotion. Earn a free night by registering at getafreenight.com and then staying two nights at any Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites around the world between May 4th and July 3rd, 2009. Voila! A free night is yours for the taking at any IHG hotel-- like the luxurious InterContinental Beijing Financial Street (pictured at right)-- until December 26th, 2009.


Helicopter Tours of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands with The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

April 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kauri Cliffs

Experience the dramatic coastline around Matauri Bay by air, and capture the beauty of the Bay of Islands, Ninety Mile Beach and Tane Mahuta (New Zealand's largest Kauri Tree) by private helicopter. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs has its own six seater Eurocopter 130 - B4 so you can tailor a flight to suit your own requirements. Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a luxury lodge favored by the international jetset laying low in New Zealand. With spectacular 180-degree panoramas over the Pacific, The Lodge boasts three secluded beaches, two Astroturf tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool, and a spa with a fully equipped fitness center. The par 72 championship golf course has an unparalleled clifftop setting. From The Lodge's scenic setting, guests can take boat excursions to the Cavalli Islands, go snorkeling or deep-sea fishing, and even hunt for wild boar. (The Lodge can arrange hunting with a gun, bow, or, in true Kiwi fashion, mano-a-mano with a knife.)


Big Promotion from Starwood: Get a Free Weekend For Every 2 Hotel Stays

April 14, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal HawaiianThis just in. Starwood Hotels and Resorts has announced a rewarding new promotion for new and existing members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG). When you stay two times at any of Starwood's hotels between May 1 and July 31, 2009, you can earn one free weekend night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). There are no limits to the number of free weekend nights that can be earned, and earned nights can be combined to make a longer weekend stay. The best part? No blackout dates (!) and the nights are redeemable through the end of September. Starwood encompasses 875 hotels around the world within nine different brands (like St. Regis, Westin, The Luxury Collection, Aloft and Sheraton), including the likes of the Royal Hawaiian (pictured) and the opulent Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice. Talk about a travel stimulus program!


Get Your Group On at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

March 26, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Farm at Cape KidnappersLooking to plan your next family get together or golf outing with the gang? Or a spa retreat with your nearest and dearest? Consider The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. This 6,000 acre retreat offers golf, spa, the ocean, and even hot-air ballooning. Best of all: You can all stay together in the Owner's Cottage. Ideal for a family or group of friends, it can be rented as a 2 or 4-bedroom house. The 4 deluxe bedrooms have fireplaces, large bathrooms, walk-in closets, mini-bars and private balconies. There is a large living room with stone fireplace, open kitchen and dining are, 2 small sitting rooms with fireplaces, TVs and comfortable seating, a stone terrace and an outdoor jacuzzi.