December 6, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan
In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney has one of the most famous views in all of hotel-land, that of the Sydney Opera House. Here are a few more
fun facts about the hotel that is #25 on our list:
-CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. CHI treatments are inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. The spa boasts the most luxurious private spa suites in Sydney.
-One of the few Sydney hotels that boasts amazing views of both the famed Opera House and the renowned Harbour Bridge.
-The floor-to-ceiling windows at Altitude Restaurant allows diner to enjoy oustanding Sydney Harbour views along with top-rated contemporary Australian cuisine.
- Located in Sydney's historic Rocks district, the historic site of Sydney's first European settlement, which is well known for exciting nightlife, terrific shopping, and great restaurants.
-All 563 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suiteshave harbour views and are the largest in their class in the city.
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By: Shannon Sullivan
October 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.
The QT Sydney is Australia’s hottest new hotel situated in the historic former Gowings department store and historic State Theatre. This luxury hotel features 200 guest suites that retain many of the building’s most distinctive features including a blend of Gothic and Art Deco style that form the stunning exterior of the building. The most raved about amenity of the QT Sydney is the elevator. Each lift senses how many people are in the elevator and plays music appropriately. When alone, the elevator played All By Myself and when in a crowd it played pump up tunes.
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September 27, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance
Park Hyatt Sydney offers a magnificent view of the famed Sydney Opera House.
August 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
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.
Question: We’re looking for a luxury 2 night romantic stay in a hotel overlooking Sydney Harbor & the Opera House, a day spa, and a large spa bath in the suite. The dates are September 21st – 23rd, 2012. What can you recommend?
Answer: The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a great luxury hotel option that has availability for your dates of travel. It is located in the heart of Circular Quay, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Ideal for business or pleasure, the hotel is moments away from the world famous Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district and a vibrant array of galleries, restaurants and theatres.
This hotel has rooms starting from 249 AUD, approximately 259 USD per night (advance purchase, non-refundable rate). This hotel has rooms that have views overlooking the city, overlooking the Opera House, and a partial view of the Harbour Bridge. For a romantic weekend, I would suggest booking the 'Couples Getaway' package which is in a Spa Suite that has a bathtub with spray jets and a whirlpool that fits 2. The nightly rate breakdown of this room option is below. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.
Nightly Rate Breakdown
2012-09-21 AUD 529.00
2012-09-22 AUD 599.00
To make a reservation for this room option, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the 'Couples Getaway' room type, and fill in the booking form.
June 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
It wasn't long ago that we wrote about the Observatory Hotel and lauded its prime location, by the Observatory Park and not far from the Sydney Opera House, and great service and amenities. Current owners Orient Express are saying goodbye to the property while they finalize the sale of the property and transitioning the hotel to Langham Hospitality Group, owners of great hotels like the Langham London and closer by Langham Melbourne. The transaction is expected to close on August 8th. A continued relationship with Orient Express just wasn't in the stars for Observatory, but guests have no reason to worry that the transition should disrupt their upcoming stays. If anything, with new ownership comes the desire to make a great first impression, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Langham plan a few things for their newest acquisition. We'll have to keep our telescopes trained on the Observatory Hotel for any sign of a new vision for the hotel's future.
May 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
What follows are impressions of two of our favorite Orient Express properties, the Observatory Hotel in Sydney and the Casa de Sierra Nevada, in many ways very different hotels, and in more than just their geography.
Observatory Hotel, Sydney, Australia
I'll confess a fair bit of ignorance about why the Observatory Hotel is actually called the Observatory. Perhaps it was the site of a revolutionary astronomical discovery or it used to house the local planetarium in a forgotten back room. Maybe it just has a habit of flowering the walls at a party in order to better watch the crowd. It's a mystery as enigmatic as the stars in the sky, and we may never know. Well, it probably has something to do with the adjacent Observatory Park, but why spoil the hyperbole?
What I do know is that the Observatory Hotel is a perfect luxury hotel to use as jumping off point for exploring Sydney, a city that thrums with the heartbeat of a constantly evolving culture. Not far from the Rocks and Circular Quay, not to mention the Sydney Opera House, you're right in the middle of the action. As a break from experiencing all the city has to offer, you can retreat back to the quiet inner sanctum of the Observatory to enjoy an afternoon tea at the Globe Bar & Brasserie. For more substantial fare, head to Galileo in the evening, and you'll experience their amazing interpretation of fine French cuisine (the mystery of the name is quickly unravelling faster than the flat earth theory). If you're looking to stay in the utmost of style, make sure to book their gorgeous presidential suite, a study in aesthetics that makes extensive use of objects d'Art and features a four-poster bed. The Observatory Hotel is an extra-classy place to stay for the discerning traveler who finds themselves in Sydney.
Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Across the world from the Observatory Hotel, you'll find the Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende. Built in 1580, the Sierra Nevada is one of the smallest hotels in our collection. With just 33 rooms, the hotel is a serene escape from the bustle of everyday life. An inner courtyard is the perfect enclosure to keep the busy noise of the outside world at bay while you relax and refresh in one of the most historic towns in Mexico. Importantly, the hotel allows no children under the age of 11, so you won't be disturbed while you crack open the novel you've never gotten to or just soak up the rays of the sun. The National Institute of Anthropology and History was so enamored with the hotel's repurposed homes that they are designated historical landmarks. The surrounding mountainous landscape seems to be a backdrop that could only be dreamed up in a movie studio, but you can experience the unparalleled quietude and incredible service of the Casa de Sierra Nevada in real life. It's just one trip away.
March 16, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson
Looking for a true Aussie experience in the heart of Sydney? Say G’day to the newly refurbished Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay. Recently honored in the Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure’s World’s readers’ surveys, Sydney Harbour Marriott is located at Circular Quay and is just minutes away from the world-famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Botanical Gardens, Sydney Aquarium, and the on-trend Rocks district.
Guests will enjoy spectacular city and harbour views from all 563 spacious and contemporary rooms and suites. The new guestrooms are spacious and contemporary, with an exquisite attention to detail, featuring luxurious Revive bedding with 300-thread-count linens, fluffy pillows, and down duvets. The renovation also means that the Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay is equipped with world class technological advancements such as high speed wireless internet and top-of-the range electronics in each room.
Five-star dining is available in the hotel at Icons Brasserie. Enjoy a breakfast buffet under the natural light of huge arched windows at Icons or treat yourself to Sydney's best seafood buffet. Take advantage of the harbour breezes when you sit outside at the historic Customs House Bar, built in 1826. Customs House Bar is a traditional Australian pub, and one of the oldest in Sydney.
Unwind at the day spa, or fit in a workout at the fitness center. Business travelers will appreciate the 18 meeting rooms boasting over 15,000 square feet of meeting space. Whatever the reasons that bring you to Sydney, Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay will be sure to meet (and surpass) your luxury hotel needs.
This article is sponsored by Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay.
By: K. Clare Johnson
February 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
The 2012 Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue was shot in the land down under, and we were certainly curious to find out which luxury hotel the models and their team of beauty experts chose as their home away from home. Before heading to the Great Barrier Reef and Palm Cove, the group made a stop in the beautiful capital, Sydney.
According to HotelChatter, the models checked into the Shangri-La Sydney and later into the Shangri-La Hotel the Marina Cairns. The Shangri-La Sydney is ideally located between the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, offering some of the most spectacular views of the harbor. The Shangri-La Hotel the Marina Cairns is centrally located in Cairns, just a 3 minute walk to the Pier shopping center, restaurants, and bars. It has 255 spacious guest rooms and suites, offering breathtaking views of the Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay, rainforest gardens, or the beautiful hotel pool.
Check out these hotels and other luxury properties in Australia to find your perfect fit!
January 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.
The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.
The BLUE Sydney, Australia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for location. It is a contemporary boutique hotel located on the historical wharf right on Sydney Harbor, providing guests with access to the latest entertainment and best dining options. Its 100 luxurious rooms feature the latest concepts in accommodations to provide travelers of all types with lavish comfort. The BLUE Sydney is perfectly situated 15 minutes from Sydney Airport and next to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It's also a 10 minute walk from the business and shopping districts, as well as the Sydney Opera House. Talk about an incredible location! Be sure to make reservations at the BLUE Sydney and be in on all the exciting happenings in Australia!
January 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
The Sydney Festival 2012 is going on until January 29th, and it is surely a festival you don't want to miss! It will host about 80 events featuring over 1,000 entertainers from all over the world, and the performances will include dance, music, theatre, visual arts, cross media, and forums.
The Sydney Festival 2012 is expected to attract more than 1 million visitors and uses more than 25 venues across the city including the University of Sydney, the Sydney Opera House, and various other locations. With so many events and performances going on, there is bound to be something for everyone. Be sure to check out the 23 luxury hotels in Sydney and book your stay to experience the excitement going on in Australia right now!
For more information about the various events, visit www.sydneyfestival.org.au