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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.

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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Happy 2015 from Five Star Alliance!

By: Five Star Alliance

Happy 2015 from Five Star Alliance! We wish a Happy New Year, full of the travels of your dreams. 

Four Seasons Maldives

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Tahiti
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows? 

ANSWER: 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. The resort features two restaurants providing a wide selection of gourmet Polynesian and international cuisine. It is also equipped with meeting rooms, facilities for business traveler,s and a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Le Meridien Tahiti
Overwater Bungalow -Suspended over the crystal clear lagoon of Tahiti, the overwater bungalow offers the ultimate experience in Polynesia: luxurious yet traditional Tahitian accommodation and breathtaking views on a rich coral garden, colourful fishes and marine life. Unique on the island, these thatched roof bungalows feature local woven palm walls, romantic canopy bed, lovely timber floor, large terrace, Polynesian style bathroom and open views to the reef. Access to the lagoon by the end of pontoon.
The 56m² (600 sqft) bungalows offer flat screen TV, video on demand and music channels, Le Meridien signature bed, i-pod dock, inviting sofa, mini bar, separate bathtub & shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, in-room safety box, walk-in closet, snorkelling gear, and a private terrace for romantic sunset cocktails.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

New to Five Star Alliance: Southern Ocean Lodge

By: Five Star Alliance

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.

Southern Ocean Lodge

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Did You Know? Art Series Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

Located throughout Australia's cultural and major event capital, Art Series Hotels in Melbourne are set in the city's hottest locations. With hotels encompassing the vibrant CBD, including the country's best restaurants, Art Series Hotels can be found in the stylish shopping precinct of Chapel Street, South Yarra, uber cool Commercial Road in Prahan, and St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. 

Art Series the Cullen


Daring and unique, Art Series the Cullen (seen right) is inspired by and features lashings of original artwork and prints by Australian contemporary artist, Adam Cullen. Sleep soundly in an Art Series Signature bed, then block out the morning or wake up to natural light and vibrant energy of Cullen works. Prepare breakfast using in-room kitchenette facilities, spectacular views of Melbourne CBD, underground parking, state of the art gymnasium, and two exciting restaurants.

Art Series the OlsenSet on Melbourne's prestigious Chapel Street, Art Series the Olsen (seen left) offers travelers premier South Yarra accommodation with 229 elegant five-star suites that are infused with the lyrical works of revered Australian Landscape artist Dr John Olsen. Breathtaking mural and sculpture greet you on arrival and large prints adorn all hallways and suites. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants. At The Olsen Hotel, one can plunge into the spectacular glass bottom pool with Chapel Street shoppers below, work out in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, or step out for some retail therapy. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access, and complete kitchenettes. For a longer stay settle into an exclusive art inspired residential suite.Art Series the Blackman


With a contemporary, boutique interior and an enviable St Kilda Road location, just a stones throw from Melbourne’s CBD, Art Series the Blackman (seen right) will inspire Melbourne's imagination. A destination perfect for business or leisure travellers, this unique Melbourne hotel boasts 209 guest accommodations and suites, a selection of which host private terraces. Built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion, The Blackman will charm and inspire guests with the works of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman, showcased throughout this unique hotel space. Experience two of Melbourne's hottest new restaurants right at your own doorstop. Couple this with a state-of-art gymnasium and your luxurious five-star experience is complete. 

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Today's a Big Day for The Langham Sydney

By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham, Sydney has completed a $30 million grand transformation and reopened today.  

The Langham Sydney 

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Meet The Henry Jones Art Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

The Henry Jones Art HotelThe Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia's first dedicated art hotel, and one of a handful of art hotels in the world.

Located on Hobart's waterfront, the Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and was once the location of one of Australia's most successful companies—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL. Art and design are woven into the fabric of the Henry Jones. The hotel partners with a diverse range of Tasmanian artists to present a continuously changing exhibition of over 400 artworks. 

The hotel’s 56 individually designed rooms and suites reflect Henry Jones’ characteristic fusion of art, heritage, tradition and nature. Sleek modernity complements untouched heritage features, nineteenth century sandstone walls frame contemporary artworks, and original windows reveal views of Hobart's harbour, city, mountains ,and built history.

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