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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.

Friday Photos: Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua in Rotorua, New Zealand

October 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

As the temperatures cool in the northern hemisphere, we're starting to daydream about heading to warmer climes. Specifically, those far-flung islands comprising New Zealand in the southwest Pacific, where October means the beginning of spring. A traveler's dream, The Land of the Long White Cloud (so dubbed by the indigenous Maori) is enticing in more ways than one. Rotorua is the spiritual home to the Maori, known for its geothermal wonders, crystal springs, and scenic lakes.

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

Where to stay in Rotorua? Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua offers the ultimate in luxury. Nestled on a secluded peninsula surrounded by all this natural beauty, Lake Okareka Lodge features just three suites, including an executive suite with a lounge, spa bath, private office, and walk-in closet. Thus the lodge is booked to only one family, couple, or group at a time (needless to say, these guests are pampered with every conceivable luxury). Also on site: a private jetty and boathouse, a personal chef who prepares elegant five-course dinners, private beaches and a helipad.


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

October 16, 2009
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

October 15, 2009
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

October 6, 2009
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

October 5, 2009
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 (www.cravesydney.com). 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

October 2, 2009
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

September 25, 2009
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

September 23, 2009
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

September 23, 2009
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

September 17, 2009
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!