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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 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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Did You Know? Eichardts Private Hotel

November 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Eichardts Private Hotel  

Eichardts Private Hotel was born as a result of the rich vein of gold, which drew many prospectors, opportunists and downright optimists from around the globe to the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The quest for pastoral land brought William Gilbert Rees to the shores of Lake Wakatipu in 1859 when he built a homestead on the lakefront and erected a woolshed on the site now occupied by Eichardt's Hotel. When gold was discovered in the nearby Shotover River, Rees found himself at the centre of a gold rush - his homestead declared an official goldfield and the main business area developed around the station. The entrepreneurial Rees quickly turned to the hotel keeping business, the woolshed was given a wooden facade and turned into a hotel and named the Queen's Arms. In early 1866, Rees entered into partnership with Albert Eichardt who went on to become the sole proprietor of the hotel by 1869. Eichardt renamed the hotel Eichardt's Queen's Arms Hotel, but during his time there, it came to be known simply as Eichardt's Hotel where he catered mostly for tourists as the tenor of the town evolved from a mining settlement to something more permanent.

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Did You Know? Thorngrove Manor Hotel

October 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Thorngrove Manor Hotel may look like Cinderella's castle, or something that a knight of the Round Table might own, but in reality it was built in 1994 on a vineyard and offers such modern amenities as air conditioning and WiFi. 

Thorngrove Manor 

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Image of the Day: Le Meridien Tahiti

October 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Meridien Tahiti, situated on the beachfront in the Punaauia region, offers 138 lagoon view bedrooms and suites with stunning views of the ocean, and 12 over-water bungalows designed with an emphasis on natural materials and refreshing local colors.

le meridien tahiti

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Image of the Day: Saffire Freycinet

October 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Tasmania's Saffire Freycinet can a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm. It is located in a beautiful setting within an internationally significant wetland and ornithological site. 

Saffire Freycinet

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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? The Huka Lodge

October 13, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1920s, Irishman Alan Pye, discovered the incredible fly fishing on the reaches of the Waikato River and realised his dream to build a fishing lodge. Before long, the fame of The Huka Lodge had spread to every corner of the fly fishing world. As its reputation spread the Lodge attracted such famous anglers as HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Charles Lindbergh; James A. Mitchener (who wrote part of Return to Paradise there) as well as many famous film stars and public figures of the time.

The Huka Lodge 

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Image of the Day: Voyages Longitude 131

October 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Voyages Longitude 131 hosts only 30 guests at a time immersed in the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. All reservations are in deluxe, private luxury tents (there are 15 total). Tents are air-conditioned and heated with private bathrooms and showers.

Voyages Longitude 131

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