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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.

Image of the Day: Matakauri Lodge

August 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Matakauri Lodge offers eleven luxurious suites and villas, each with private terraces looking out to Lake Wakatipu with mountain views.

Matakauri Lodge

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Did You Know? QT Sydney

July 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

QT Sydney, a boutique hotel in the city's central business district, is set within the heritage-listed Gowings department store and the State Theatre. Pairing stars from stage and screen that have performed in the State Theatre over the past 80 years, and the classic retail of the Gowings department store, the QT Sydney captures the intrigue and excitement of the past in an edgy, contemporary design style.

QT Sydney

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Image of the Day: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

April 11, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Nestled amongst 35 acres of tropical gardens, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is the sole destination resort on Natadola Beach - the only stretch of natural, white sand beach on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

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Image of the Day: Art Series The Cullen

March 8, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

One of the many pieces of whimsical art found at Melbourne's Art Series The Cullen

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Image of the Day: St Regis Bora Bora

February 20, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

That's Mount Otemanu serving as the gorgeous backdrop for the overwater bungalows at St Regis Bora Bora.

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #7 Bora Bora

December 24, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

As of today, Five Star Alliance features 10 luxury hotels in Bora Bora. Bora Bora is a tropical island in French Polynesia, located in the middle of the Pacific ocean halfway between Australia and the USA. Bora Bora is known as "The Romantic Island." It's a a small island set in a turquoise lagoon that is surrounded by a string of motus (small islands).

What Makes Our Guests Love Bora Bora?

-Exclusivity. There are more hotel rooms in a typical Las Vegas hotel than on all 118 islands of French Polynesia. If you really want to get away from it all, Bora Bora is the answer.

-There are no poisonous snakes or insects in French Polynesia.

-Look at the pictures.  Pristine white sand beaches, clear blue lagoons, tropical vegetation over dramatic volcanic peaks and glamorous resorts. Need we say more?

Places to Stay?

-What could be more romantic than Valentine's Day in Bora Bora? As of this writing, nightly rates range from $523 at Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora to $744 at Le Meridien Bora Bora to $1071 at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

Did You Know?

-The recent Vince Vaughn film "Couples Retreat" was filmed at St. Regis Resort Bora Bora (pictured). 

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Rent an Entire South Pacific Island in Bora Bora: The Four Seasons Bora Bora

February 17, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Bora BoraIf this isn't the perfect South Pacific getaway, we don't know what is: The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is now available for complete island buyouts, maximizing privacy and a perfectly customized experience.

"Your Own Private Island" is a seven-night exclusive buyout package, which includes use of all 107 accommodations (100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas), four restaurants, the spa, the Resort's maritime fleet, pool, beach, resort activities and 250 Four Seasons employees. All meals, beverages, WiFi in all guest suites, airport and island transfers are included, as well as one spa treatment per guest.

Of course, a private island doesn't come cheap: The full seven-day package is available for $1,000,000. Other customizable buyout options are also available, with pricing from $45,000 per night for a room-only package, based on a minimum of three nights.

Contact our agents to find out more and check availability >>

This article originally appeared in our sister publication: Luxury Travel Advisor


The Park Hyatt Sydney Readies for Reopening

December 9, 2011
By: Dave Eisen

The Park Hyatt Sydney Opera RoomWith a coveted harbourfront location between the world-famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, fans of the Park Hyatt Sydney are in for additional treats when the hotel reopens later this year. The hotel has been closed for seven months, during which its interiors and exteriors were redesigned (nearly from scratch, we hear) and fully transformed. Word is the property is taking reservations for February 2012 onward.

The hotel, in the Rocks district of Sydney's city center, was redone with new rooftop suites, upgraded guest rooms and remodeled public spaces. Nice Touch: Views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House will be visible through new floor-to-ceiling windows in almost all areas of the property. 

Guest rooms are being completely redesigned to complement the hotel’s harbor-front location. The best part? An additional floor is being added for three new rooftop suites, each of which will have large balconies and appropriately luxe amenities. The Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney’s new presidential quarters, will have an outdoor dining table on a 1,000-square-foot balcony as well as kitchen prep and cooking space for a personal chef. All suites will have floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a private balcony overlooking Sydney Harbour, and formerly four-paneled floor-to-ceiling windows will be replaced with two larger panes to make for clearer views of the city outside. In addition to new design elements, service enhancements will include twice the former number of hotel butlers to assist all guests and new restaurant-style, hand-carried in-room dining instead of the traditional roll cart.

Apart from private dining options, guests will be able to enjoy locally sourced and biodynamic cuisine in The Dining Room. Its entire façade is being reconstructed to optimize the Opera House view through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

 

This article was originally written for our sister publication: Luxury Travel Advisor 


Book by April 4: Limited Time Offer at the New W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak

March 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Retreat and Spa Bali, SeminyakOpened this month, the glamorous new W Retreat & Spa Bali- Seminyak is the fourth W Retreat in an exotic location worldwide, joining properties in the Maldives, Koh Samui, and Vieques Island. W Hotels Worldwide debuted the property after cutting the ribbon on the buzzed-about W London- Leicester Square in February. The "Retreat" concept is an enticing one; take the signature W touches (like "Whatever/Whenever" service and trendy destination bars) and transplant them to idyllic beach settings, and you've got a taste of pure, unadulterated luxury. Comprised of 237 Retreats and Villa Retreats on Petitenget Beach, the new resort boasts a 24-hour spa and three-storey beach bar. Be one of the first guests to check out the W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak and save up to 30% on stays between March 31 and May 30, 2011, with rates starting from $240 per night for two people in a Wonderful Garden View Retreat. Also includes: complimentary Wifi, unlimited access to SWEAT (the fitness center), and use of the hot stone bath and cold plunge at AWAY Spa. This limited time special offer must be booked by April 4, 2011! Subject to availability, minimum five-night stay required.


Conrad Hotels Celebrates 25 Years: Get a Free Night in Chicago, Miami, Brussels and More

March 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ChicagoConrad Hotels & Resorts-- described as "the most global contemporary luxury brand of the Hilton Family"-- has been around for a quarter century. To celebrate this milestone, Conrad is giving you a night on the house. Available for stays booked between March 1 and June 12, 2011 and completed by June 30, 2011, this offer is available at choice locations around the globe-- from Bali to Brussels, Singapore to San Juan. A minimum night stay requirement applies and varies by each individual hotel. For example, stay three nights at Conrad Chicago, a prime Windy City address, and get your fourth night for free. (Rates from $195.) Soak up the sun in Miami and get your fourth night free- with rates starting from $299. Check out the art, culture and design in the European Capital and get a third night free at Conrad Brussels- with rates starting from €199 per night. Offer is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply.