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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.

Image of the Day: Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

January 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is located on the island of Vanua Levu on 17 acres of a coconut plantation. The accommodations overlook the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

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Image of the Day: SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

January 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland has a heated indoor 25-metre lap pool, sauna, and spa pool. It also offers SOAK - a luxurious in-room bathing menu for SKYCITY Hotel guests - designed to invigorate, de-stress, and indulge. There are five different cleansing baths to choose from - all with an inventive blend of ingredients, including bathing salts, oils and teas.

SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Vahine Island

January 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vahine Island is located in a paradise-like setting on the Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman), a private little island of 23 acres, in the middle of the lagoon of Tahaa.

Vahine Island 

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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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Spa Treatments We'd Like to Try

December 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

So many spas, so little time!  With over 4,000 luxury hotels on the site, we have a lot of great spa spots. 



Here are a few treatments offered at luxury hotel spas that have recently caught our eye:

-The Spa at Aria (pictured at right) in Las Vegas offers a Shio Salt room. Taking in salt through inhalation is thought to provide respiratory benefits. The illuminated wall of Shio salt bricks is complemented by salt lamps, vibration therapy, and radiant music.

-Intercontinental Thalosso Spa Bora Bora's fittingly named Deep Ocean Spa has glass-floored overwater bungalows enabling you to admire the marine life during your treatment. We'd go for the Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath with Chromatherapy.

-Nob Hill Spa at The Huntington Hotel offers a Cinnamon Ginger Escape.  An exfoliating spiced marmalade scrub with ground nutmeg is followed by an energizing massage using smooth pebbles wrapped in aromatic spice bags soaked in warm oil.

-Hotel Hershey, fittingly, offers a Whipped Cocoa bath,  Chocolate Bean Polish and a Chocolate Fondue wrap in their Chocolate Spa. We'll take all three! 

-A  visit to Calistoga isn't complete without a stop at a winery and at the hot springs. After you've visited both,  Napa Valley's Solage Calistoga (pictured at left) has a three-part Mudslide Experience that involves a customized mud body wrap, a relaxing soak in geo-thermal mineral water from their own spring, and then zoning out in a state-of-the-art sound/vibration chair.

-Prague's Hotel Augustine has a St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual. Created using a secret recipe from the Augustinian order of Monks.  It starts with an exfoliation using ground organic beer hops and St. Thomas dark beer, and then finished with a full-body massage. 

-Hotel Il Salviatino (pictured at top) offers an an Antixodant Wine Gel Peel. It's a body scrub using red wine gel and exfoliating seeds, followed up by a therapist-supervised aromatic vapor experience and a highly moisturizing massage.
 

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Did You Know? The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

December 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Windsor Melbourne

The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was the dream of shipping magnate George Nipper. He commissioned architect Charles Webb to design the hotel and it opened its doors in December 1883. The Hotel Windsor predates many of the grand hotels of the Victorian era, including The Savoy London, The Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria New York, the Hotel Ritz Paris,  and The Raffles, Singapore.

George Nipper sold the "Grand", as it was then known, to James Munro who embarked on a massive expansion program. This doubled the size of the hotel, and saw the addition of the renowned Grand Ballroom, the Grand Staircase, and the twin cupola-capped towers.

At this point the hotel was known as the Grand Coffee Palace and for a brief period, under the influence of the Temperance Movement, banned liquor from its premises. By 1897, however, the hotel once again changed hands, welcomed back its original name, and regained its liquor license. From then on and for the better part of the 20th century, The Hotel Windsor Melbourne was a pivotal centre in the city and, indeed, Australia, for the political and social milieu. Australia's constitution was drafted at The Hotel Windsor between February and March 1898. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

December 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
 is a luxury hotel that places guests in the heart of Auckland Central between the upscale Viaduct Harbour lifestyle development and the attractions of the new Wynyard Quarter. Its understated elegance overlooks the shimmering Waitemata Harbour. Sofitel Auckland features luxuriously spacious rooms and suites featuring a private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows along with the comfort of the Sofitel MyBed to marble bathrooms with both a rain shower and deep soaking tub.

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Qualia Resort

November 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Qualia Resort

Qualia Resort (pronounced kwah-lee-ah), the word means a collection of deeper sensory experiences. qualia the resort is a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, and the Oatley family’s world-class, boutique luxury resort. Each resort precinct has a personality all of its own, offering our guests the very best in service and amenities. The resulting design combines a unique sense of space, openness and harmony. Set amongst native Eucalypts, each pavilion has been handcrafted from the finest imported and local timber and stone. To complement the natural surrounds, Dennis Nona’s artworks adorn the walls and Freedman Rembel has furnished the interiors with fabrics and patterns inspired by nature.

qualia offers you the indulgent choice of 60 individual pavilions that have been perfectly nestled into the natural environment to complement the unique surroundings. All pavilions boast stunning postcard views either of the Whitsundays or the spectacular tropical bushland. Prior to qualia, Waddell was chef de partie at the 2 hatted Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne. Preceding his move to Australia, Waddell worked in his home town in Glasgow, Scotland with renowned chef, Paul Tamburrini. He held the position of sous chef at The Bistro, at One Devonshire Gardens hotel and the Georgian room in Cameron House, Loch Lomond. Both hotels were awarded the prestigious 3 AA Rosette rating. The peerless setting for dinner at the Long Pavilion is a horizon edged with encircling islands, backlit by the setting sun’s rays. Wines by the glass or bottle are served at qualia’s exclusive guest-only Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach wine bars, along with single-malt scotch, port and dessert wines.

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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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