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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.

Celebrate the Seasons in Bali with COMO Hotels & Resorts, Uma Ubud

By: Daniel L. Moses

Umu UbudCelebrate the holidays in comfort and luxury at the Uma Ubud in Bali, part of the COMO Hotels & Resorts brand. The celebrated resort location is now offering 3-night Christmas package starting from $1,145 and an 8-night Christmas and New Year package from $2,400. The offers include a festive Christmas Eve dinner at the notable Kemiri restaurant, followed by a visit to the enchanting COMO Shambhala Estate on Christmas Day. The New Year's Eve option includes a Balinese-inspired dinner before ringing in the New Year in style at a cocktail party by the pool with a DJ spinning records deep into the night. So get out of the cold, and book your trip to Bali with COMO Hotels & Resorts' Uma Ubud for an experience that you and your loved ones won't soon forget.

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Luxury Hotel Giveaway: Win a Stay at the St. Regis Bali

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Resort BaliHave you heard about our luxury hotel giveaway contest? Don't miss the boat! Five Star Alliance is giving away a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the gorgeous St. Regis Resort in Bali. All you have to do is sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win.

St. Regis Hotels Says Happy Birthday to the Bloody Mary Cocktail

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Washington DCThis year marks the 75th anniversary of the invention of the Bloody Mary in the King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York, so the luxury hotel brand-- always known to love a good party-- is celebrating the cocktail with a series of special offerings available at St. Regis hotels and resorts around the world. Think Bloody Mary Inspired Menus and Spa Treatments, like the skin purifying Vodka Tomato Clay Wrap and invigorating Tomato Vermouth and Mineral Salt bath at the St. Regis Bali.* Even New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg got in on the action-- issuing an official proclamation that October 5th is Bloody Mary Day in New York. Yesterday Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to end the work day and kick off the anniversary bash.

*Five Star Alliance is currently running a giveaway promotion at the luxurious resort. Don't miss out!

Crave Sydney Festival Highlights Australia’s Best Cuisine and Culture

By: Daniel L. Moses

InterContinental SydneyDo you like food? Do you like Australia? If you said yes to both of those questions, and I'm quite sure you did, than the Crave Sydney festival is perfect for you ( This exciting month-long event includes experiences both inside and outside of the Harbour City:

1. The Sydney International Food Festival (October 1-31, 2009), a month long culinary extravaganza that features 16 of Australia's most exciting chefs in this burgeoning food market. The highlight of the festival is Breakfast on the Bridge, a unique chance to indulge in New South Wales inspired cuisine on the world-renowned landmark, Sydney Harbour Bridge. Looking for a place to stay in Sydney? Try the luxurious Intercontinental Sydney (pictured).

2. In Melbourne, Hidden Secret Tour's offers the Sommelier City Walk. Including three venues, with three inspired dishes paired with excellent Australian wine, you will indulge while you tour this accessible city with prices at only $145 per person. Melbourne elegance is on offer at the Langham Hotel Melbourne.

4. Famous winemaker Penfolds is offering its "Make Your Own Blend Tour" throughout the wine regions of South Australia. You'll be based in the Barossa Valley, and invited into Penfolds' Winemakers' Laboratory. There you can blend your own wine before taking home a personalized bottle, and this offer is a steal at only 55 AUD per person. Enjoy that personalized bottle in the comfort of your spacious room at Thorngrove Manor Hotel.

5. Finally, indulge at Melbourne's most exciting restaurant, Tjanabi. This award-winning restaurant offers the best in traditional Australian dining, featuring a menu of excellent Australian game like Kangaroo, emu, crocodile, wild boar and seafood. Revel in Melbourne comfort and style at Sofitel Melbourne.

So take advantage of Crave Sydney, and travel in style with luxury hotels on offer throughout southern Australia. And remember, October is the Australian Spring, the finest season to finally go Down Under.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a Stay at The St. Regis Bali Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Resort BaliFive Star Alliance recently announced a luxury hotel giveaway that you won't want to miss. What do you need to do for a chance to win a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the St. Regis Resort in Bali?* Just sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win. Live it up in the lap of luxury; the resort offers exquisitely-furnished rooms with sea views, a lagoon to swim in, a water sports center, and an indulgent spa...

*round-trip airport transfers and daily complimentary breakfast are included.

Friday Photos: Viceroy Bali

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Viceroy Bali

We're highlighting one of our favorite hotels today. The pics speak for themselves. Don't want to take our word for it? Check out these rapturous reviews on TripAdvisor. ("The Best of the Best of the Best," "luxury + this resort is a must stay," "Stunning hotel in a beautiful serene setting"-- You get the idea.)

Viceroy Bali

The only member of Small Luxury Hotels in Ubud, the Viceroy Bali has a divine setting: cut into the hillsides of a ravine in the Lembah Valley. The 11 luxury villas-- each with private pool, antique furnishings, and plenty of high-tech gadgetry-- overlook the Petanu river with stunning tropical valley views. Some have terraces and indoor/outdoor bathrooms. Get pampered in the spa, participate in an outdoor yoga session, take a helicopter tour of the volcano.

Viceroy Bali

Kiwi Luxury: Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

By: Daniel L. Moses

The Farm at Cape KidnappersHave you ever dreamed of scaling the rocky slopes of Mount Doom? Defending the crags and tors of Helm's Deep? Perhaps of gliding from the lush valleys of Rohan to the quiet grasses of the Shire? Even if you haven't let your mind drift while reading the magnificent work of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, perhaps you were stunned by the captivating backdrops of Peter Jackson's cinematic filming of the three books. Those backdrops are not simply extant in the realm of fantasy; you can see them all and more in the world's fastest growing tourist retreat, New Zealand. And what better way to take advantage of the other country Down Under than visiting the Award Winning Relais & Chateaux Lodges Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. These two exciting resorts are offering deals that will make your inner Orc scream with joy. When you stay a combined 5 nights at Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, you can now receive the 6th consecutive night free! As this offer is ending soon, hurry to book your ultimate Lord of the Rings adventure now, or just enjoy the luxury of two of New Zealand's finest properties.

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Luxury Hotel Giveaway: Your Chance to Win a Stay at St. Regis Bali

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Resort BaliPining for a little luxury in the tropics? The St. Regis Bali delivers; this place simply oozes luxury. With a prime spot overlooking the sea and Bali's premier golf course, the St. Regis Resort is fragrant with tropical flowers and decked out in exquisite furnishings. Five Star Alliance recently announced a luxury hotel giveaway that's almost too good to be true. Simply sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite, including breakfast and round-trip airport transfers.

Win a Five-Star Stay at The St. Regis Resort in Bali

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Resort BaliHave you heard about our luxury hotel giveaway? No joke-- Five Star Alliance is giving away a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the super-luxurious St. Regis Resort in Bali. What's more-- round-trip airport transfers and daily complimentary breakfast are included. Just sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win!

The Best Luxury Resort Recommendation for Families in the Maldives

By: Five Star Alliance

Last week, the Five Star Alliance customer service team received the following questions and requests from one of our clients:

Hotel Name or City: Maldives

Number of Nights: 7

Number of Adults: 3 Ages of any Children: 2 children of 5 and 8

Subject: We need your recommendation for a hotel on Maldives

We are looking for a hotel, located close to Male, transfer time from the airport by speed boat should not be longer than 30 min. PADI scuba diving center is required, activities for small children, water sports, fitness center and spa. Accommodations should allow to have 2 seperate bed-rooms for 3 adults and a bed-room for 2 children (or a folding bed in a living room). What would you recommend?

Kurumba Resort MaldivesHere is part of our response to the client:

We think the best property for exactly what you are looking for would be the Kurumba Resort.

The resort is a private island, and is located 2 km from the airport - a 10 minute speedboat available 24 hours a day. Unlike most luxury hotels in the Maldives, Kurumba allows children and offers them special amenities as well.

Unfortunately, almost none of the hotels that do allow children in the Maldives will offer villas or bungalows that will accommodate 3 adults and 2 children. Instead, at Kurumba, you will need to get 2 of each room, villa or bungalow (which are still spectacular, can be next to each other or centered around one courtyard, etc). Unless you stay in the Royal Kurumba Residence. The residence has 2 winged bedrooms, one sitting/dining area, two bathrooms, two swimming pools and a spacious sundeck over the beach. During one 7 day period that we checked in February, the nightly rate was USD 3280.00, per night. Otherwise, 2 superior rooms, the lowest price category, were at USD 465.00 per night, per room. Kurumba Resort MaldivesSuperior rooms are grouped together in a 2 storey colonial house with a total of 4 rooms - which might work well for a group of 3 adults and 2 children.

At Kurumba, the resort's dive school is run to the exacting standard of PADI, with both Maldivian and foreign diving instructors.

Water sports include a catamaran and wind surf school and offers a range of fun activities - Parasailing with platform boat, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Banana Rodeo, Fun Tubes, Sailing Safaris with a skipper and more.

The spa offers 8 Treatment Rooms, Aroma Steam Room, Hydrotherapy Pool, Refreshing Bucket Shower, Gymnasium, Relaxation Lounge, Yoga Pavilion, and Bespoke Spa Packages.

Services and Amenities available at the resort for children include Baby Cots, Child products and toiletries at our Souvenir shop, Snorkeling and Swimming equipment for younger guests, Children's menus in all our restaurants and In-Room Dining, Small play area for Toddlers at the Sports Center, and babysitting services.

You can check rates and availability for this property, as well as see more photos, by clicking here.