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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.

New Hotel Openings: QT Sydney

October 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The QT Sydney is Australia’s hottest new hotel situated in the historic former Gowings department store and historic State Theatre. This luxury hotel features 200 guest suites that retain many of the building’s most distinctive features including a blend of Gothic and Art Deco style that form the stunning exterior of the building. The most raved about amenity of the QT Sydney is the elevator. Each lift senses how many people are in the elevator and plays music appropriately. When alone, the elevator played All By Myself and when in a crowd it played pump up tunes.

Check out the swanky QT Sydney here >>


Your Questions Answered: Romantic Hotel Recommendation in Sydney, Australia

August 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We’re looking for a luxury 2 night romantic stay in a hotel overlooking Sydney Harbor & the Opera House, a day spa, and a large spa bath in the suite. The dates are September 21st – 23rd, 2012. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a great luxury hotel option that has availability for your dates of travel. It is located in the heart of Circular Quay, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Ideal for business or pleasure, the hotel is moments away from the world famous Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district and a vibrant array of galleries, restaurants and theatres.

This hotel has rooms starting from 249 AUD, approximately 259 USD per night (advance purchase, non-refundable rate). This hotel has rooms that have views overlooking the city, overlooking the Opera House, and a partial view of the Harbour Bridge. For a romantic weekend, I would suggest booking the 'Couples Getaway' package which is in a Spa Suite that has a bathtub with spray jets and a whirlpool that fits 2. The nightly rate breakdown of this room option is below. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Nightly Rate Breakdown

2012-09-21 AUD 529.00

2012-09-22 AUD 599.00

To make a reservation for this room option, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the 'Couples Getaway' room type, and fill in the booking form.


Deals and Steals at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa in Australia

July 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa is perfectly located on the Gold Coast of Australia which is known for its stunning skyline, world famous beaches, and its beautiful sub-tropical climate. This stunning luxury hotel features 329 rooms and it’s situated on a riverfront site just minutes from the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Advance Purchase Rate

This deal is for people who have their plans set in stone and who are willing to prepay in exchange for a discounted rate. This deal is available for ocean view rooms with 1 king or 2 double beds, and the reservations are non-cancellable and non-changeable.

Escape! Honeymoon Package

This package includes hot breakfast for two adults daily, dinner for two adults daily at Citirique, 1 bottle of champagne upon arrival at French Champagne, self-parking, 100 AUD Lattouf Hair Spa coupon, and late checkout.

Elandra Retreat Club

This package includes Club level access which includes continental breakfast, midday snack, afternoon tea, hors d’ouevres, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. This package also includes complimentary valet parking and turn down service.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax. Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of these unbeatable deals!


Goodnight, Moon: Observatory Hotel Sold by Orient Express

June 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

It wasn't long ago that we wrote about the Observatory Hotel and lauded its prime location, by the Observatory Park and not far from the Sydney Opera House, and great service and amenities. Current owners Orient Express are saying goodbye to the property while they finalize the sale of the property and transitioning the hotel to Langham Hospitality Group, owners of great hotels like the Langham London and closer by Langham Melbourne. The transaction is expected to close on August 8th. A continued relationship with Orient Express just wasn't in the stars for Observatory, but guests have no reason to worry that the transition should disrupt their upcoming stays. If anything, with new ownership comes the desire to make a great first impression, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Langham plan a few things for their newest acquisition. We'll have to keep our telescopes trained on the Observatory Hotel for any sign of a new vision for the hotel's future.


Sponsored Feature: The Orient Express's Casa de Sierra Nevada and Observatory Hotel

May 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

What follows are impressions of two of our favorite Orient Express properties, the Observatory Hotel in Sydney and the Casa de Sierra Nevada, in many ways very different hotels, and in more than just their geography.  

Observatory Hotel, Sydney, Australia

I'll confess a fair bit of ignorance about why the Observatory Hotel is actually called the Observatory. Perhaps it was the site of a revolutionary astronomical discovery or it used to house the local planetarium in a forgotten back room. Maybe it just has a habit of flowering the walls at a party in order to better watch the crowd. It's a mystery as enigmatic as the stars in the sky, and we may never know. Well, it probably has something to do with the adjacent Observatory Park, but why spoil the hyperbole?

What I do know is that the Observatory Hotel is a perfect luxury hotel to use as jumping off point for exploring Sydney, a city that thrums with the heartbeat of a constantly evolving culture. Not far from the Rocks and Circular Quay, not to mention the Sydney Opera House, you're right in the middle of the action. As a break from experiencing all the city has to offer, you can retreat back to the quiet inner sanctum of the Observatory to enjoy an afternoon tea at the Globe Bar & Brasserie. For more substantial fare, head to Galileo in the evening, and you'll experience their amazing interpretation of fine French cuisine (the mystery of the name is quickly unravelling faster than the flat earth theory). If you're looking to stay in the utmost of style, make sure to book their gorgeous presidential suite, a study in aesthetics that makes extensive use of objects d'Art and features a four-poster bed. The Observatory Hotel is an extra-classy place to stay for the discerning traveler who finds themselves in Sydney.

Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Across the world from the Observatory Hotel, you'll find the Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende. Built in 1580, the Sierra Nevada is one of the smallest hotels in our collection. With just 33 rooms, the hotel is a serene escape from the bustle of everyday life. An inner courtyard is the perfect enclosure to keep the busy noise of the outside world at bay while you relax and refresh in one of the most historic towns in Mexico. Importantly, the hotel allows no children under the age of 11, so you won't be disturbed while you crack open the novel you've never gotten to or just soak up the rays of the sun. The National Institute of Anthropology and History was so enamored with the hotel's repurposed homes that they are designated historical landmarks. The surrounding mountainous landscape seems to be a backdrop that could only be dreamed up in a movie studio, but you can experience the unparalleled quietude and incredible service of the Casa de Sierra Nevada in real life. It's just one trip away.


Where Sports Illustrated Models Stayed in Australia

February 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The 2012 Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue was shot in the land down under, and we were certainly curious to find out which luxury hotel the models and their team of beauty experts chose as their home away from home. Before heading to the Great Barrier Reef and Palm Cove, the group made a stop in the beautiful capital, Sydney.

According to HotelChatter, the models checked into the Shangri-La Sydney and later into the Shangri-La Hotel the Marina Cairns. The Shangri-La Sydney is ideally located between the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, offering some of the most spectacular views of the harbor. The Shangri-La Hotel the Marina Cairns is centrally located in Cairns, just a 3 minute walk to the Pier shopping center, restaurants, and bars. It has 255 spacious guest rooms and suites, offering breathtaking views of the Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay, rainforest gardens, or the beautiful hotel pool.

Check out these hotels and other luxury properties in Australia to find your perfect fit!

 


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: BLUE Sydney

January 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The BLUE Sydney, Australia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for location. It is a contemporary boutique hotel located on the historical wharf right on Sydney Harbor, providing guests with access to the latest entertainment and best dining options. Its 100 luxurious rooms feature the latest concepts in accommodations to provide travelers of all types with lavish comfort. The BLUE Sydney is perfectly situated 15 minutes from Sydney Airport and next to the Royal Botanical Gardens.  It's also a 10 minute walk from the business and shopping districts, as well as the Sydney Opera House. Talk about an incredible location! Be sure to make reservations at the BLUE Sydney and be in on all the exciting happenings in Australia!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Saffire Freycinet

January 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Saffire Freycinet in Tasmania, Australia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best hotels for rooms. This luxury hotel is located on the curve of sandy coastline that joins Tasmania to the Peninsula in Freycinet National Park. This luxury hotel overlooks the Great Oyster Bay, and it provides guests with 5-star accommodations unlike any other. The Saffire is dedicated to providing exceptional service, quality, and an unforgettable experience. This is a boutique hotel with just 20 incredibly luxurious suites that are packed with every amenity and feature you could imagine. From a full fridge to an iPod preloaded with your favorite music, this hotel certainly has it all. Get ready for an incredible adventure, and be open to the hotel’s powerful vibes and calming personality that will bring you to a deep level of rest and relaxation.


Sydney Festival 2012

January 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Sydney Festival 2012 is going on until January 29th, and it is surely a festival you don't want to miss! It will host about 80 events featuring over 1,000 entertainers from all over the world, and the performances will include dance, music, theatre, visual arts, cross media, and forums.

The Sydney Festival 2012 is expected to attract more than 1 million visitors and uses more than 25 venues across the city including the University of Sydney, the Sydney Opera House, and various other locations. With so many events and performances going on, there is bound to be something for everyone. Be sure to check out the 23 luxury hotels in Sydney and book your stay to experience the excitement going on in Australia right now!

For more information about the various events, visit www.sydneyfestival.org.au


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Four Seasons Sydney

January 12, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Four Seasons Sydney is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel is stunningly situated overlooking the Sydney Harbour in the Rocks district, located a short walk from the shopping and business areas of Sydney. The Four Seasons Sydney is a classic luxury hotel, offering an impressive 531 rooms including 121 suites, quietly secluded in the tower on the 6th through 34th floors. Even though this is a large luxury hotel, the staff is extremely attentive and willing to go the extra step to ensure your stay is memorably pleasurable. Be sure to take advantage of the incredible service to take in everything Sydney has to offer!