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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.

Cool Pools: Park Hyatt Sydney

February 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sydney Opera House


Park Hyatt Sydney
 is perched on one of the world's most beautiful harbours. The luxury hotel is situated right between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The rooftop pool means guests can see these iconic landmarks without ever leaving their lounge chair.

 

Left: View of the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

Park Hyatt Sydney

 






Right: View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

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Dining al Fresco: Echoes Resort Blue Mountains

December 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Echoes Resort Blue Mountains has exceptional dining venues that entwine gourmet cuisine with indigenous flavor.

Echoes Resort Blue Mountains

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New to Five Star Alliance: 1888 Hotel

November 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

1888 Sydney
1888 Hotel
 is a heritage listed 90 bedroom boutique hotel, eatery, bar and event space that combines a little of Sydney's old world charm with a lot of contemporary design and modern-day comfort. Built in 1888 & relaunched in 2013, 1888 showcases 8Hotels’ service culture against the backdrop of a very unique hotel in a truly spectacular city. 

Located in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, 1888 neighbours the Sydney Fish Market, the Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, The Star, heaps of trendy bars, dining options & the very best boutique shopping. 1888 is just a few minutes’ walk from Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Sydney's CBD & Ultimo.

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Did You Know? Park Hyatt Sydney

October 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Park Hyatt Sydney features an outdoor rooftop heated swimming pool with spa, private sun-deck, and cabanas. Oh, and a pretty nice view of the Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House.

Park Hyatt Sydney

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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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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #9 Sydney

December 23, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

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!

                                         Park Hyatt Sydney

 As of today, Five Star Alliance features 25 luxury hotels in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, is the biggest and most populous city in Australia. Sydney is one of Asia-Pacific's most popular tourist destinations thanks to its sunny weather, fine beaches and landmarks like the Sydney Opera House (pictured above). 

What makes our guests love Sydney?

-Of the approximately 10,000 beaches in Australia, 70 of them are in Sydney. Bondi Beach, arguably Sydney's most famous sand spot, is  more than 100 meters wide and stretches for well over a kilometer.

-Beach, mountain, or city? No matter what type of vacation experience you like, Sydney has it.  Relax and take in the stunning views at Echoes Resort Blue Mountain (pictured), stay harbourside at The Darling Hotel Sydney, or be in the heart of the CBD (Central Business District) at The Westin Sydney

-November to February is the most popular time to visit Sydney.

Where to stay?

-As of this writing,  New Year's Eve was still available at select Sydney luxury hotels. Nightly rates range from $385 at  Blue Sydney to $622 at Westin Sydney $1646.20 at Wolgan Valley Resort.

-Planning ahead for Valentine's Day? The gorgeous Park Hyatt Sydney (pictured at top) is available for nightly rates starting at $1,102. The Langham Sydney also has city view rooms available for nightly rates starting at $369.

Did you know?

-The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 and is still the largest steel arch bridge in the world measuring 1,149 metres in length and 134 metres from sea level to the top of the arch.

 

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Top 30 of 2012 Honorable Mention: Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

December 10, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. 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!


 

Here are a few fun facts about the stunning eco-resort Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa:

- The resort comprises 40 free-standing suites for up to 90 guests and a main homestead with a full range of luxury facilities, including the stand-alone Timeless Spa.

- The resort, which borders the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in Australia, has been designed to co-exist with its environment in a manner that is sympathetic to the very special natural, cultural, and scenic values of the valley.

- Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is an exclusive conservation-based resort that offers a myriad of activities; including mountain biking, ecological tourism, hiking, and horseback riding.

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Posted in: Sydney, 'Best Of' Lists

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #25 Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

December 6, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

 

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts 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!

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney has one of the most famous views in all of hotel-land, that of the Sydney Opera House.  Here are a few more
fun facts about the hotel that is #25 on our list:

-CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. CHI treatments are inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. The spa boasts the most luxurious private spa suites in Sydney.

-One of the few Sydney hotels that boasts amazing views of both the famed Opera House and the renowned Harbour Bridge. 

-The floor-to-ceiling windows at Altitude Restaurant allows diner to enjoy oustanding Sydney Harbour views along with top-rated contemporary Australian cuisine.

- Located in Sydney's historic Rocks district, the historic site of Sydney's first European settlement, which is well known for exciting nightlife, terrific shopping, and great restaurants.

-All 563 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suiteshave harbour views and are the largest in their class in the city.

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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.

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Image of the Day: Park Hyatt Sydney

September 27, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Park Hyatt Sydney offers a magnificent view of the famed Sydney Opera House.

 

 

Posted in: Sydney, Hot Spots