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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.

Five Star Perks at Lizard Island Resort


By: Rachael Weir

Set directly on the Great Barrier Reef, the Lizard Island Resort offers a luxurious retreat with 40 suites and 24 powdery-white sand beaches. Reachable only by private charters from Cairns Airport in Queensland, the island resort has the Salt Water restaurant serving five star cuisine, and Essentia Day Spa offering a variety of treatments and services. Right outside the doorstep, guests can snorkel and explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit, VIP status, and depending on availabilty room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Serenity at Azur Lodge


By: Rachael Weir

If you're seeking a lakeside retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet yearn for contemporary design and modern comforts, the Azur Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand is an ideal spot. Perched on a hilltop amongst native trees, with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, the property offers nine villas and a lodge with three fireplaces, cocktails, and refreshments.

Villa at Azur Lodge

Designed by local architect John Blair, the contemporary villas feature interior design by Singapore based LTW, providing an overall modern, yet relaxed feel. Offering complete privacy, all villas have private patios with scenic views, and gas fireplaces. There are plush beds with German-milled Egyptian cotton sheets by Ploh, as well as goose down pillows and duvets. Sleek bathrooms feature spa tubs with large windows to soak in the scenery, New Zealand-made Linden Leaves amenities, and rain forest showers.

Spa Tub with a View at Azur Lodge

To top off the outstanding views, Azur Lodge offers a variety of activities. Some of our favorite experiences include:

- Morning yoga on your own private patio (mats are supplied by the hotel)
- In-villa massage treatments
- Horseback riding through The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit filming locations
- Flightseeing to Milford Sound and landing on a glacier

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Horseback Riding at Azur Lodge

 

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How New Zealand's Blanket Bay Got Its Name


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. In 1861, a mob of sheep owned by Mr William Gilbert Rees were sheared on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, in a bay just south of where the small town of Glenorchy is situated.  This bay was to be named Blanket Bay after blankets used to create the shed and shelters used to protect the eight Maori shearers and the wool from the elements.

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Best Bathrooms: Azur Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Each identical villa at Azur Lodge  is 79 square meters of open plan living in the midst of New Zealand’s natural environment.
Soak up the spectacular unobstructed views from the bathtub, which has been set into a bay window to give you a feeling of
being outdoors.

Azur Lodge

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Cool Pools: Laucala Island Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

 

A dramatic open-air structure designed to resemble a shell, the Pool Bar sits beside Laucala Island Resort’s 2.000-square-metre lagoon-style swimming pool, amid coconut palms and tropical flowers. Fresh fruit juices, coconut milk and coconut water is made daily, bottled and served to guests lounging by the water, accompanied by cool scented towels and vitamin shooters.

Laucala Island Resort

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The Luxury Hotel Insider Turns 10!


By: Five Star Alliance

Happy Birthday to us! The Luxury Hotel Insider turns 10 today. In Internet years, that's about 1,000. To put it into perspective, on October 7, 2005, Twitter was 17 months away from being invented, Pinterest had another 5 years to go before it started us all pinning, and Facebook was still called Thefacebook. George W. Bush had just started his second term in office, and the top TV shows were American Idol, CSI, and Survivor. 

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Here's to another 10 years of bringing you exclusive luxury hotel deals, features, and special rates from Five Star Alliance!

 


Best Bathrooms: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa features a stunning Presidential Suite. Its sublime master bathroom with shower and antique marble bath has amazing views of Twelve Apostles mountain range and the majestic Table Mountain National Park

Twelve Apostles

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Best Bathrooms: Pier One Sydney Harbour


By: Five Star Alliance

Indulge yourself, and enjoy the extreme spaciousness and luxury offered by the Hickson Suite at Pier One Sydney Harbour, all topped off with amazing views of Walsh Bay through expansive glass window.

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Get to Know Hotel DeBrett


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel DeBrett

If a visit to Auckland is on your horizon, check in to Hotel DeBrett. Located in an historic building, the 25-room luxury boutique hotel connects downtown's hip and fashionable High Street with the business district found on Shortland Street. One of Auckland's first hotels was located here in 1841. Since that time, it has survived two fires, and two rebuilds, before the current building was erected in 1925. 

Hotel DeBrett

Every room is individually designed and complemented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography. All rooms feature bespoke carpet from hand woven 100% New Zealand wool. Classic rooms are filled with light from either High Street or the glass roofed atrium. Boutique Suites are ideal for business travellers needing space for work and private meetings, or for couples wanting a little more space, as all have a separate living room. O'Connell Suites are spacious duplex suites have been designed to cater for families. There is a double sofa bed in the living room, additional to the king/queen size bed in the upper bedroom, and separate half bathroom on the lower floor. Finally, Loft Suites offer the option of a two level suite with spiral stair access from living to bedroom, or a one level suite – some have Juliet balconies onto the rustic courtyard and the glass roofed atrium, others have inner city views.

At the heart of the hotel sits DeBretts Kitchen and the famous Art Deco inspired Housebar. Experience contemporary New Zealand cuisine featuring the best local produce prepared and cooked with care. The famous Housebar has been meticulously restored as Auckland's premier meeting place. A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests – while a glass roofed atrium and courtyard form the central focal point for guests and diners at DeBretts Kitchen. At street level the colorful Cornerbar has an emphasis on local craft beers and boutique wines. 

Hotel DeBrett aims to create a warm,welcoming environment, where guests felt at home, but with a quirky, unpredictable flair, excellent amenities, and top-notch service. 

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Image of the Day: Emaho Sekawa Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

When you simply do not wish to be found, when you need to escape and unwind, there is no better place to disappear than Emaho Sekawa Fiji Luxury Resort. Emaho Sekawa features only three guest villas, each totally private and far away from each other, hidden amongst the rainforest while enjoying spectacular panoramic ocean views.

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