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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.

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

January 9, 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 Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in Lithgow, Australia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This hotel is Australia’s most environmentally responsible tourist destination, and it’s set amidst the striking scenery of the Greater Blue Mountains. This resort has its own private conservation and natural reserve, making it a perfect destination for travelers looking for a serene location. This boutique resort has 40 free-standing suites, each with its own private pool and terrace. Aside from privacy and tranquility, the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa also offers a Timeless spa, world class dining with an emphasis on organic produce, and truly exemplary service. The hotel staff will happily assist you in any way they can, from organizing a horseback ride to planning a wildlife safari, this hotel has truly earned its best for service recognition.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

December 23, 2011
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 Shangri-La Hotel Sydney in Sydney, Australia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for food. This luxury hotel is perfectly located in between the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge in the center of the historic rock district. Its guest rooms are some of the most spacious in all of Sydney, and the hotel offers 80 Horizontal Club rooms for business travelers which offer upgraded amenities, complimentary refreshments, a private lounge, and free suit press. The Shangri-La Hotel Sydney has a world-class selection of restaurants and bars to satisfy every appetite. The Altitude Restaurant has an incredible chef, Steve Krasicki, who’s sure to dazzle you with his incredible dishes.


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 


Oh My Darling Momofuku: The Darling Hotel Opens in Australia

November 15, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Here’s one for the food aficionados. A new hotel, The Darling, is opening within walking distance of the Sydney Opera house, and it’s got quite the in-house cuisine. The Seiobo restaurant at The Darling is the very first international location for Momofuku outside of New York. Pioneered by David Chang, Momofuku Seiobo offers a unique and ever-changing tasting menu utilizing only the finest in fresh Australian ingredients and inspired by centuries of Japanese tradition. And who doesn’t enjoy some grilled trumpeter belly ever now and again?

Sleekly designed to evoke an ultra-modern feel, the architecture makes liberal use of glass paning to keep the hotel open to the surrounding Sydney skyline. And it’s only a few kilometers from Bondi, the internationally renowned beach that’s perfect for surfing. And since the hotel features an adults-only pool itself, you don’t need to make an excursion to enjoy some more leisurely time in the water. So next time you’re looking to travel down-under, stay at this peach of a hotel, The Darling in Sydney.


Explore the Land Down Under

October 28, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

Sydney Harbour Marriott HotelI bet your life (like most of ours) is lacking in kangaroos, surfing, and scuba diving. Take a trip down under and experience first-hand the laid back atmosphere and beauty Sydney, Australia has to offer. Not a big fan of the winter cold? Consider traveling anytime from December-February, Australia’s summer season, and enjoy a cocktail on the beach while your neighbors back home shovel snow.

For those wanting a truly Sydney experience, the newly renovated Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay is the perfect hotel. This downtown Sydney resort overlooks the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the renowned Opera House, providing you with cultural and outdoor activities a few steps away. At Sydney’s premier waterfront hotel, guests are welcomed to indulge in a variety of treatments offered in the day spa and take a dip in the luxurious indoor pool. If an outdoor adventure is more your calling, check out the boating, surfing, and sailing opportunities found in Sydney. After doing it all, retire to your room, complete with picturesque harbour views, and dare to do it all again the next day.


Escape to Oz: Experience the Newly-Renovated Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

October 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular QuayWhen the temperatures start to cool off in this hemisphere, things are only heating up in Australia. How about a Christmas or NYE break in OZ? Bask in the Australian sun and learn the ins and outs of one of the coolest cities on the planet. (The Clefs d'Or Head Concierge at the Sydney Harbour Marriott will hook you up with local insight on the city's premier attractions.) For your stay in Sydney, experience the newly refurbished Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. Just minutes from the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Sydney Aquarium, Observatory and historic Rocks district, this stylish waterfront hotel recently completed a $20 million refurbishment. New features include large 42” flat screen LCD televisions in every room, as well as high speed wireless internet and an iPod docking station - not to mention the famous Marriott "Revive" bedding (300-thread-count linens, fluffier pillow & down duvets). Most guest rooms have killer views of the harbour, to boot. Start off the day with a full breakfast buffet in Icons restaurant, and after exploring Sydney, return for a swim in the indoor pool or for a massage in the day spa.


The Darling: A New Five-Star Hotel for Sydney

July 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sydney Opera HouseA new luxury hotel will up the luxury quotient in Sydney when it opens this fall, debuting $15,000-a-night penthouse suites complete with their own gambling room and 24-hour butler. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the city's newest five-star hotel, slated to open in mid-October 2011, will have stunning views of the city skyline and Darling Harbour. Part of the renovation of the Star City casino complex at Pyrmont, the new Darling Hotel will have 171 rooms with lavish, custom-designed interiors. The crème de la crème: the afore-mentioned penthouse suites. Occupying the top (12th) floor of the hotel, these four suites are enormous, designed to attract the high-rollers, entertainers, and big gamblers. General Manager Drew Schlesinger told the newspaper:

"They can order food from any of the restaurants, we can get anything for anyone. If they want American bison, we'll get American bison.''

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