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Holidaying like an A-lister without a huge price tag!


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Holidaying like an A-lister without a huge price tag!
Insider tips on how and where to add a bit of glamour into your holiday this Oscar season

Auckland, 07 February 2013: As stars around the world flock to LA for one of Hollywood’s most glamorous nights of the year, and stay in the most lavish hotel rooms, it’s easy to start dreaming of jet-setting like the rich and the famous.

Just because your Oscar ticket may have been lost in the post, and you don’t have the same bank balance, designer wardrobe or personal chef, doesn’t mean you can’t travel like them.

And, thanks to the thousands of deals available on Hotels.com, it doesn’t have to mean becoming a hermit for the next year or getting into debt. All it takes is a few simple tips and tricks to live it up in luxury and feel like an A-list traveller – without the paparazzi!

Hotels.com’s top five tips to travel like a star:
Dress the part: Travelling like a celebrity encompasses dressing like one too! Although it’s tempting to throw on your fat pants and slob about on the plane, try to dress with a star’s wardrobe in mind. A black maxi dress, some simple sandals and bright accessories for the trip could make you more likely to get upgraded and whizzed to the front of the queue like your favourite Hollywood celeb.

Don’t hold out on splurging...just be smart: Whatever your budget, allow some indulgence on your trip. With thousands of hotel deals available, it‘s often affordable to upgrade to a suite of a five-star hotel to experience hotel luxury to the fullest. Whatever the indulgence, own it! You may not be able to splurge on an Armani ball gown like Angelina Jolie, but you can afford to spend a day, or even a half an hour, getting pampered at the day spa, or sip on a glass of Moët courtesy of room service.

Remember loyalty clubs: Make the most of airline and hotel loyalty programs to help you live your champagne dreams on a lemonade budget. It’s not just celebrities that can get free hotel rooms and flight upgrades. Hotels.com offers one free night for every ten nights booked through its Welcome Rewards program, rewarding you for your glamour holidays!

Join the celebrity ‘selfies’ club: Don’t forget to document your experience and upload to Twitter or Facebook to join the celebrity craze. Beyonce and Rhianna seem to have a never-ending supply of holiday ‘selfie’ snaps to upload. If you’re travelling like them you may as well tweet like them. ‘Selfies’ range from the body on the beach ‘selfie’, to the mirror pout or even the outfit shot. If nothing else, your friends back home will be jealous of your luxurious holiday lifestyle!

Be in the know: What better way to travel like a celebrity than to head to their favourite holiday spots? Check out our top-five celebrity haunts below to see where the holiday hot spots are this season. To live the high-life without breaking the bank check out the great deals on offer at Hotels.com .

Hotels.com’s star-spotting hotel recommendations:
Hotel: Hotel Danieli, 5*
Destination: Venice, Italy
Who’s been spotted: Leonardo Di Caprio and the Brangelina family
The hotel is just as glamorous as its guests with historic rooms all donning artistic ceilings and marble bathrooms. When you’re not swanning about the pool, or lounging with the elite, you can indulge in in-room spa treatments or get your very own red-carpet look by shopping in the city of Venice.

Rooms at the Hotel Danieli start at $487 per room per night*. To book, visit: Hotels.com or call 1800 846 835.

Hotel: qualia, 5*
Destination: Hamilton Island, Australia
Who’s been spotted: Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom and Leonard Di Caprio
Known to be on the list of preferred private getaways for a number of spunky celebs, the Great Barrier Reef is the ultimate beach getaway.
qualia is located on a private beach in The Great Barrier Reef and all guests are treated like royalty Oscar winner or not.
Rooms at qualia start at $1,211 per room per night*. To book, visit: Hotels.com or call 1800 846 835.

Hotel: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 5*
Destination: Hong Kong
Who’s been spotted: Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Stella McCartney and Giorgio Armani

Some of the biggest names in film and fashion have been known to frequent this hotel, during their trips to Asia to be pampered and live in the lap of luxury.
The hotel’s state-of-the-art gym means you can work on getting the body of Helen Mirren, while staying at her favourite haunt.

Rooms at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental start at $766 per room per night*. To book, visit: Hotels.com or call 1800 846 835


Hotel: St Martins Lane, 5*
Destination: London, United Kingdom
Who’s been spotted: Kylie Minogue, Boy George, Fergie and Black Eyed Peas

Everything about this hotel screams celebrity. From the big stage to the big screen, St Martins Lane is located in the heart of the West End Theatre District in London.

The hotel has become the second home for pop royalty; housing a resident DJ to spin the latest tracks while offering panoramic views of London from each room.
Rooms at St Martins Lane start at $470 per room per night*. To book, visit: Hotels.com or call 1800 846 835.


Hotel: The Kahala Hotel and Resort, 5*
Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii
Who’s been spotted: Julia Roberts, Helen Hunt, Mischa Barton, Justin Bieber, Owen Wilson, Gerard Butler, Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg and Barack Obama
The Kahala Hotel is the playground of some of the biggest A-list celebrities year round, and is the pinnacle of tropical indulgence with a reputation for seclusion and discretion.

Just far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city and away from the peeping paparazzi, you have a good chance of spotting a star during your stay. And if not, you can always take a ‘selfie’ with the wall of famous faces who have stayed at the hotel.
Rooms at The Kahala Hotel and Resort start at $618 per room per night*. To book, visit: Hotels.com or call 1800 846 835.

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About Hotels.com
Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking website with almost 155,000 properties worldwide, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, negotiating the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. Regular customer e-newsletters provide exclusive offers and advance warning of up-coming sales. There are over 7 million guest reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will refund the difference. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centres. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at http://www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_nz/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. For the last eight years, Hotels.com has published an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index which is now produced in 31 individual country editions. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hotels.comNZ, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hotels_com_ANZ and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/HotelsANZ. Hotels.com is part of Expedia Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.

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