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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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.

Seasonal Diversion with Sofitel Hotels: Free Night, Chocolate Box, and Late Check-Out

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel FirenzeAt last, spring has arrived. Feeling frisky? Plan an escape for two (or a family outing) and celebrate the season with a generous offer from Sofitel Hotels. With sophisticated lodgings around the globe, Sofitel charms guests with distinctive French style, savoir-faire, and refinement (and good eats, of course). Available until May 25th, 2009, the Sofitel "Seasonal Diversion" provides 1 night free when you stay 4 nights, a chocolate box and a guaranteed late check-out until 4 pm. Assuage spring fever by browsing through these swanky properties:

Sofitel MelbourneSofitel Melbourne:Stylish accommodations aren't the only thing you'll find here at this well-situated Melbourne hotel. Guests and all hotel visitors are treated to a stimulating range of exhibitions at Sofitel Melbourne, as the hotel-- a huge supporter of the city's arts community-- is famous for its temporary art exhibitions.

Sofitel Venezia:Located on the canal, this Venice hotel features luxurious accommodations furnished in XVIII century Venetian style. The "Golden Key" concierge service can organize gondola trips, book tickets for Fenice Theatre, and ensure an unforgettable stay.

Sofitel RomaSofitel Firenze:You'll find all the modern conveniences within this charming 17th century building. The hotel is ideally located opposite Via Tornabuoni's shopping thoroughfare, within a stone's throw of the major sites in the historic center, and close to the railway station.

Sofitel Brussels Europe:Elegant Brussels hotel just a short walk from the European institutions. Situated on Jourdan Place, this hotel-- known for gracious hospitality--is at the doorstep of Leopold Park, near the museums of Cinquantenaire Park and the Félix Hap garden.

Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese:Overlooking the magnificent Villa Borghese gardens, the hotel has a bar on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Rome. Legend has it that the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese was the secret refuge of the Hollywood stars who thronged Rome during the years of the "Dolce Vita."

Sofitel Wanda Beijing:The new flagship Sofitel in Asia Pacific boasts striking design, elegant French cuisine, and the indulgent LeSpa. High-tech amenities abound.

Sofitel Royal AngkorSofitel Royal Angkor: Consistently rated as one of the best Siem Reap hotels, this is the place to stay when visiting Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Cambodia. The large free form swimming pool is magnificent.

Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando:A palace turned luxury hotel complete with swimming pool and fitness center in the 16th century colonial quarter of Santo Domingo. The hotel's remarkable buildings include the original home of the town's founder, Governor Nicolas de Ovando.

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro:Sprawling resort complex with pools in front of the famous Copacabana Beach.