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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.

Win a Stay in Bali: Last Chance for the Luxury Hotel Giveaway from Five Star Alliance

December 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis BaliThe deadline is days away. Don't miss your chance to win a five-star stay at the super swanky St. Regis Resort in Bali. What a cure for the winter blues! Sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite, including round trip airport transfers by limousine and complimentary breakfast daily. Five Star Alliance's monthly newsletter is totally free, and chock full of hot deals and luxury travel news.


Bali High: Win a Five-Star Stay at the St. Regis Resort Bali

October 27, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort BaliCalling all luxury hotel fans. Five Star Alliance is currently running a giveaway contest where one lucky winner will score a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the St. Regis Resort in Bali. Overlooking the beach and Bali's best golf course (Bali Golf & Country Club), the resort is the crème de la crème of island resorts. The 123 suites and villas boast handcrafted Balinese art, spacious balconies and large marble bathrooms. Simply sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win.


Friday Photos in the Fiji Islands: Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa

October 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa

Dreaming of a South Pacific escape? Shangri-La's Fijian Resort is located on a private island called Yanuca, an 109-acre paradise of sandy beaches, swaying palms, and turquoise lagoons. Committed to protecting its pristine setting, the resort has engaged in conservation programs; its Yanuca Marine Protected Area, a co-operative project, was chosen as a model site for coral reef development by the United Nations Environmental Program. Comprehensive amenities-- including internet access, helicopter transfers, and a business center-- distinguish the luxury resort from others in Fiji. On-site facilities include the new Ratu Makutu Events Centre and the signature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, which is the largest and most luxurious private spa in Fiji.

Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa


Golfers Get Ready: World’s Longest Course Opens in the Australian Outback

October 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nullarbor Links, Australia

Stretching over 850 miles, Nullarbor Links-- traversing two vast Australian states, connecting Ceduna on the Southern Australia coast to the mining town of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia-- will take golfers four days to play. Driving between holes. This has got to be one of the strangest golf courses on earth, with very little green on the course, pockmarked with lots of wombat dens. The Telegraph says that keen golfers were "lining up to take on the challenge as soon as it was declared officially open."


Cure the Blahs with Oceania’s Finest Hotels

October 22, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

Hayman Island ResortBlah, Blah, Blah! That's what I thought of when I read that Australia was once again ranked #1 by the Harris Poll as the top destination for prospective American travelers (if money is not the primary consideration, and, really, why should it be?). And to that, as noted, I say blah, blah, blah. Why? Well, where else would it be? Australia boasts a unique cultural identity set on a massive, mostly uninhabited continent that is as fascinating in its diversity as in its beauty. From Sydney's picturesque skyline to the blazing red sands of Ayers Rock to the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has it all and so much more. Amongst that "so much more" are some of the world's finest hotels, including the award winning property from the Signature Destinations group, Hayman Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef. This majestic hotel is ranked #4 in Travel & Leisure's World's Best Awards, 2009 (Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific region). And not to be overlooked, which it often is, New Zealand boasts two more Signature Destinations properties on the same list. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers checks in at #2 and The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is ranked #1! While having such amazing resorts in the top positions may inspire me to say "blah, blah, blah", seeing these amazing hotels certainly won't.

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Celebrity Chefs and Chocolate Afternoon Tea: Dining in Hong Kong at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

October 19, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental HotelThe Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has long been the place to eat in Hong Kong. From its perch on the 25th floor, the hotel's Pierre Gagnaire restaurant offers epicurean dishes from the three-starred chef and incredible views of glittering Victoria Harbour through oversized windows. The culinary maestro will be offering an eight-course tasting menu called "Mushrooms, coquillages et crustacés" from October 19-24, priced at HKD 1,688 per person. What's more, lucky guests can partake in a cooking class on Saturday, October 24 with Pierre Gagnaire himself. Coming in November: noted Australian chef Dan Hunter will make his Hong Kong debut at The Mandarin Grill with a six-course menu paired with hand-picked Australian wines from November 17-21. Awarded best regional restaurant of the year by the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2010, Hunter has distinguished himself for his nature-based cuisine featuring organic, heirloom produce at The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. Lastly, foodies won't want to miss the famous Chocolate Afternoon Tea at this award-winning hotel. Tuck into a selection of chocolate-inspired items in addition to the legendary specialty cakes, scones and finger sandwiches.


Friday Photos: Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua in Rotorua, New Zealand

October 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

As the temperatures cool in the northern hemisphere, we're starting to daydream about heading to warmer climes. Specifically, those far-flung islands comprising New Zealand in the southwest Pacific, where October means the beginning of spring. A traveler's dream, The Land of the Long White Cloud (so dubbed by the indigenous Maori) is enticing in more ways than one. Rotorua is the spiritual home to the Maori, known for its geothermal wonders, crystal springs, and scenic lakes.

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

Where to stay in Rotorua? Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua offers the ultimate in luxury. Nestled on a secluded peninsula surrounded by all this natural beauty, Lake Okareka Lodge features just three suites, including an executive suite with a lounge, spa bath, private office, and walk-in closet. Thus the lodge is booked to only one family, couple, or group at a time (needless to say, these guests are pampered with every conceivable luxury). Also on site: a private jetty and boathouse, a personal chef who prepares elegant five-course dinners, private beaches and a helipad.


Celebrate the Seasons in Bali with COMO Hotels & Resorts, Uma Ubud

October 16, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

Umu UbudCelebrate the holidays in comfort and luxury at the Uma Ubud in Bali, part of the COMO Hotels & Resorts brand. The celebrated resort location is now offering 3-night Christmas package starting from $1,145 and an 8-night Christmas and New Year package from $2,400. The offers include a festive Christmas Eve dinner at the notable Kemiri restaurant, followed by a visit to the enchanting COMO Shambhala Estate on Christmas Day. The New Year's Eve option includes a Balinese-inspired dinner before ringing in the New Year in style at a cocktail party by the pool with a DJ spinning records deep into the night. So get out of the cold, and book your trip to Bali with COMO Hotels & Resorts' Uma Ubud for an experience that you and your loved ones won't soon forget.

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Luxury Hotel Giveaway: Win a Stay at the St. Regis Bali

October 15, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Resort BaliHave you heard about our luxury hotel giveaway contest? Don't miss the boat! Five Star Alliance is giving away a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the gorgeous St. Regis Resort in Bali. All you have to do is sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win.


St. Regis Hotels Says Happy Birthday to the Bloody Mary Cocktail

October 6, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Washington DCThis year marks the 75th anniversary of the invention of the Bloody Mary in the King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York, so the luxury hotel brand-- always known to love a good party-- is celebrating the cocktail with a series of special offerings available at St. Regis hotels and resorts around the world. Think Bloody Mary Inspired Menus and Spa Treatments, like the skin purifying Vodka Tomato Clay Wrap and invigorating Tomato Vermouth and Mineral Salt bath at the St. Regis Bali.* Even New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg got in on the action-- issuing an official proclamation that October 5th is Bloody Mary Day in New York. Yesterday Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to end the work day and kick off the anniversary bash.

*Five Star Alliance is currently running a giveaway promotion at the luxurious resort. Don't miss out!