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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: The Wakaya Club and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Breeze at The Wakaya Club and Spa is a couple's spa replete with a body-temperature salt water, water shiatsu/plunge pool, overlooking an azure lagoon. 

The Wakaya Club

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Room with a View: Southern Ocean Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

The Flinders Suite at Southern Ocean Lodge features floor to ceiling glass to embrace an uninterrupted view of the magnificent Southern Ocean and foreground of rugged coastline. Each suite features spacious interiors at 65 square meters, king or twin beds, curved sunken lounge with bespoke soft furnishings, robe, ensuite with oversized rain shower, and in-suite bar. An outdoor terrace with day bed invites rest and relaxation.

Southern Ocean Lodge

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From Sunrise to Sunset at Pier One Sydney Harbour


By: Five Star Alliance

Pier One Sydney Harbour is nestled alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and offers magnificent panoramic Sydney Harbour views. The hotel takes advantage of its unique location with sunrise and sunset rituals. At sunset the bar offers special Signature Cocktails and at sunrise it offers guests a special yoga experience underneath the iconic Harbour Bridge.

Pier One Sydney Harbour

Sunrise
In-house guests enjoy complimentary Yoga classes. Do your best Warrior pose on the pier from Wednesday to Friday
at 6am and on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7am.


Sunset
The Gantry Restaurant & Bar offers spectacular views of Walsh Bay and the majestic Sydney Harbour at one of the best waterfront restaurant locations in Sydney.

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Cool Pools: One and Only Hayman Island


By: Five Star Alliance

One&Only Hayman Island has it all when it comes to pools. You can get a pool villa that has your very own private pool right outside your door or you can access the largest salt water pool in the southern hemisphere in the common area of the grounds.

One and Only Hayman Island Resort

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Best Bathrooms: One&Only Grand Hayman


By: Five Star Alliance

After a long day sunning on the beach or exploring the Great Barrier Reef, guests at One&Only Hayman Island can have a long
hot shower in style. Bathrooms feature his and hers rain showers, a soaking tub, and his and hers vanities.

One&Only Hayman Island

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Image of the Day: ADGE Apartment Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The ADGE Apartment Hotel offers a collection of two bedroom, two bathroom fully-serviced
apartments in the heart of Sydney's inner-city.

ADGE Apartment Hotel

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Did You Know? Treetops Lodge And Estate


By: Five Star Alliance

Treetops Lodge and Estate has planted selected trees, some 70,000 in all, to ensure a better habitat and a better environment.

Treetops Lodge and Estate

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Art is Appreciated at Tolarno Hotel Melbourne


By: Five Star Alliance

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
 
is housed in St Kilda's infamous Tolarno building. The hallway and room walls are highlighted by original local artwork reminiscent of the days when it was owned renowned artist, Mirka Mora and her husband George, who lived and operated The Tolarno Gallery from this building.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne

Set in the heart of St Kilda's cafe, bar and club precinct, the hotel is a short stroll to the beach, Acland Street galleries and the Sunday Esplanade Market. Right outside the hotel are trams offering direct access to Melbourne's CBD, the Casino, Southbank, National Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Over the years, the hotel has firmly cemented itself as a cultural institution and played host to some of Australia's most-loved artists, including works from the likes of Sidney Nolan and Howard Arkley.

Today it lies at the heart of bringing Melbourne's most exciting, up-and-coming artistic talents to the world. Namely students from VCA, RMIT and Monash, as well as a number of local artists.

The premise is simple: each room is specifically designed around select works from a particular artist and the winners of each annual prize are exhibited in the hotel foyer. The upshot is that guests are afforded a unique opportunity to purchase works from the artists directly.

At the heart of Tolarno Hotel's present-day incarnation are co-owners James Fagan and Bernard Corser. Their friendship dates back to the early-Nineties and is one that shares the love of art.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne


After purchasing the hotel in 1996, James and Bernard sought to retain the essence of the hotel's flamboyant, idiosyncratic personality. From the outset, they wanted to retain the building's heritage and eclectic ambiance while creating something truly unique. The pair established the Tolarno Hotel's first annual art prize with RMIT in 2002. The success, of which, led them to set up a similar prize with VCA the following year. Monash University then followed suit in 2005. The upshot being that many students exhibited in the hotel have gone on to gain considerable kudos in the art world.
 

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Top Ten Things to Do During a Stay at Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay


By: Five Star Alliance

Sydney Marriott Harbor 
The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is perfectly situated overlooking the gorgeous Sydney Harbour and national landmark, the Sydney Opera House. There are endless things to do in the city, but we narrowed it down to ten favorites

Top 10 Things to Do During Your Stay

1- Shop Castlereagh St. or Pitt St. Mall - just steps from the 5-star hotel on Pitt Street in Sydney

2- Visit the cobblestone streets of The Rocks & enjoy historic lanes lined with galleries, shops, and pubs

3- Take in a play, opera, or other cultural event at the Opera House

4- Explore your adventurous side with the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb  

5- Soak in the sun at world-famous Bondi Beach, or at Manly Beach or Bronte Beach

6- Learn about Australian history with a visit to the Australian Museum, the oldest museum in the country. 

7- Indulge your inner munchkin at The Wizard of Oz Funland 

8- Tee off at St. Michael's Golf Club, Northbridge Golf Club, Cammeray Golf Club, Moore Park Golf, or Bonnie Doon Golf Club

9- Get your motor running at Eastern Creek International Raceway and Motor World Museum Gallery 

10- Visit the wildlife at Taronga Zoo, the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa features a total of 101 guest rooms and suites, including 30 Tokoriki Retreats with private plunge pools, 14 Beachfront Rooms which interconnect to 14 Ocean Breeze Rooms, 18 Ocean View rooms, 16 Family Suites, and 19 Island Breeze rooms.

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa

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