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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.

Interactive Art at The Quin

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel
The Quin
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the newest luxury hotel in Manhattan, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The legendary hotel has long been a home away from home for countless painters, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, and conductors. Doubtless, this is due to both The Quin's elegant beaux-arts architecture and its proximity to Broadway, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Thanks to the hotel's Quin Arts initiative, the tradition continues today. Quin Arts is an interactive arts program that celebrates the property's rich heritage and produces exciting new spaces for contemporary artists. Quin Arts seeks to inspire suspended moments of reflection amid the bustle of urban life with engaging and immersive new work in New York City. The Quin invites progressive contemporary artists to make their mark through its residency program.

The Quin Hotel

The artistic  and cultural legacy of The Quin was laid by such art world luminaries Georgia O’Keeffe, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Marc Chagall. Quin Arts presents an ongoing series of culturally significant events, exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions. This multi-media initiative extends to a substantial permanent collection, along with an artist-in-residence program; grand displays on the lobby's 15-foot abstract video art wall, which are specifically created for the hotel; and intimate salons with participating artists.

The Quin currently houses 18 original pieces by artists from around the world. The collection includes works by Blek le Rat, the Paris-based "Godfather of Street Art;” YZ; Eric Zener; Wulf Von Treu, "the German Basquiat;" and renowned Irish painter Patrick Graham. This collection now includes 15 new pieces from Bristol-based street artist, Nick Walker, and will continue to grow with original works commissioned through the Quin Arts' artist-in-residence program.

Current exhibits and artistic endeavors include:

-Heritage, an immersive photography exhibit presented in conjunction with Magnum Photos. It celebrates what Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson calls "a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually." Heritage features the work of Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Dennis Stock, and Elliott Erwitt and was co-curated by Darren Johnston and Gary Hoenig.

-Quin Artist in Residence Rosemary Siemens. Violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami. Rosemary's latest visit to New York includes a performance at Carnegie Hall as Concert Master for National Sacred Honor Choir and an intimate private recital in the Quin Lobby for guests and New York music aficionados.

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Family Fun Rules at Paradise Point Resort and Spa

March 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa


If you are looking for a family-friendly luxury resort near San Diego, look no further than Paradise Point Resort and SpaThe resort is on a private 44-acre island located in Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego and adjacent to SeaWorld Adventure Park. The Southern California resort features 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms, including 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse and gold.

A Few Family-Friendly Reasons Families Love Paradise Point Resort and Spa  

• Insulated setting where older kids (teens and tweens) can safely explore without constant parental supervision
• Just 10 minutes away from top San Diego attractions such as Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp QuarterParadise Point Resort and Spa
• Kid-friendly activities include Paradise Surf Academy, dive-in movies, poolside games, watersports camp, scavenger hunts, fishing, 18-hole putting golf course, croquet course, tennis, basketball, and the Island Adventure Club
• Five pools to choose from: Main pool, lagoon pool, adult lagoon pool, meadow pool, and waterfall pool
• All family members, even the four-legged ones, are welcome at the resort
• One mile of sandy white beach, perfect for digging in the sand, building sandcastles, playing horseshoes, or having a game of Bocce Ball. The surrounding Mission Bay is less crowded than nearby beaches, and the waters are calm and inviting
Paradise Point Resort and Spa• Beach cruiser and surrey quadracycle rentals available, there are 14 miles of bike paths nearby
• Segway tours of the 44-acre island
• 60-minute boar tour of Mission Bay, means a chance to witness sea lions, pelicans, and other sea life in their natural habitat and gaze at picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, SeaWorld, Fiesta Island, and the striking downtown San Diego skyline
• Sailing lessons in one of the resorts 14 to 25 foot sloops
• Speedboat, Jet-ski, kayak, and paddleboards for rent and use
• Spa services for kids, including manicures, ice cream pedicures, "Mom & Me" mother-daughter spa package, and "Girls' Night In" teen spa events

Paradise Point offers a private island escape with all the comforts and activities of a San Diego waterfront hotel. It's a luxury resort the whole family is sure to enjoy.
 
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New to Five Star Alliance: Conrad Dubai

March 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of the buzzing financial and shopping district of Dubai, Conrad Dubai offers elegantly furnished accommodations with panoramic views, 6 unique dining and entertainment venues, and a luxury spa and fitness center.

Conrad Dubai

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Cool Pools: Windsor Court Hotel

March 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Windsor Court Hotel's pool is an expansive 18 x 65 outdoor pool with a large Jacuzzi whirlpool. Both have a bird's-eye view of New Orleans.

Windsor Court Hotel
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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez

March 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez was created by the French designer Sybille de Margerie. At the centre of the village on the emblematic Place de la Gendarmerie, Hotel de Paris Saint-Tropez is your invitation to pleasure, refinement, and luxury. The hotel has been totally redesigned, right through to the layout. With sumptuous rooms and suites, a suspended glass-bottomed swimming pool, the only one of its kind in the world, several restaurants - including the Suffren Cafe, which bears the hallmarks of Georges Blanc's genius - and the hedonistic Clarins spa, your time here can only be unique. Inspired by the sixties and seventies, the guest rooms and suites are decorated with a very colorful ambiance in mind.

Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez

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Image of the Day: Fairmont Monte Carlo

March 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

An aerial view of Fairmont Monte Carlo. Doesn't the heated outdoor pool look inviting?

Fairmont Monte Carlo

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Samabe Bali Suites and Villas Offers Unlimited Privileges to Lovebirds

March 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Samabe Bali Resort
The expansive exclusive oceanfront resort Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is located on the cliffs of Southern Nusa Dua overlooking its white sand beach and the turquoise blue ocean. The resort features 39 gorgeous Ocean View Suites (13 Suites comes with private pool) and 42 Pool Villas ranging from one to two bedrooms, each of which comes with its own private pool. 

A signature feature of Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is the luxury all-inclusive concept called Unlimited Privileges. This new concept of luxury benefits includes special welcome amenities, premium meals and beverages, a wide selection of Samabe signature activities, entertainment, meeting room facilities, and spa treatments. Also included are such signature luxury touches as a telescope in the suites, glass bathrooms overlooking the Indian Ocean, and a private beach. Unlimited Privileges also includes 24-hour butler service, daily evening cocktail hours, and 24-hour selection of gourmet and organic cuisine in all restaurants and room service. Samabe Resort and Villas Pearl Wedding Chapel

Unlimited Privileges is just one of the reasons Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is a top choice for weddings, honeymoons, and romantic retreats. Many lovebirds opt to tie the knot at the Pearl Chapel (pictured right). This contemporary majestic glass wedding chapel is blessed with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the ocean. Intimate villa weddings for the couple are available, as are weddings at Ring of Fire (pictured left). This beautiful ring-shaped, open-air venue is located by the pool and overlooks the Indian Ocean. There's even a Director of Romance and team that works to make every moment of a wedding day perfect.

Samabe Resort and Villas Ring of Fire Wedding Venue

Those who want the ultimate wedding experience should opt for the Samabe Unlimited Privileges wedding. Some of the amenities marrying couples will get as part of this package is exclusive use of Pearl Chapel for the wedding ceremony (plus a food buffet and non-alcoholic drinks), exclusive use of Royal Samabe Residence for wedding cocktail and dinner, a personal Romance Coordinator, an English-speaking celebrant or Christian priest (non-legal), Samabe signature fresh flower chapel decoration, bridal bouquet for Bride and a boutonniere for Groom, Samabe signature dry ice, Samabe welcome drink mocktails and cold towels for up to 45 guests upon arrival, a standard sound system, Samabe wedding stationery including wedding programs for up to 45 guests, fragrant aroma burner, Samabe signature fans for up to 45 guests, 10 units of One Bedroom Ocean Front Suite for 2 nights stay inclusive of the "Unlimited Privileges," 9 units of One Bedroom Ocean Front Pool Suite for 2 nights stay inclusive of the "Unlimited Privileges," complimentary 1 unit of One Bedroom Ocean Front Pool Suite for 2 nights stay inclusive of the Unlimited Privileges, and an upgrade into Royal Samabe Residence for Bride and Groom for 2 nights inclusive of the Unlimited Privileges.

At Samabe Bali Suites and Villas, Unlimited Privileges equals the ultimate in vacations and romantic celebrations.
 
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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Napa Valley Luxury Hotel?

March 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 are a family of 4 and looking to stay is Napa, CA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa NapaNestled on the banks of the Napa River, in the heart of North America's premiere wine growing region, The Westin Verasa Napa is a serene, relaxing haven seamlessly blended with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Explore Napa's beautifully restored architectural gems, attend outstanding performances in the renowned Napa Valley Opera House, frequent fine art exhibitions, drop in on jam sessions, and sample world famous cuisine.
At The Westin Verasa Napa, each of the stylish suites encourages you to unwind with soft Heavenly® Beds and inspiring views of historic downtown or the Napa River. Channel your energy in the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility or dive into the calming essences of the heated outdoor pool. Indulge in award-winning cuisine at La Toque or savor a nightcap at our newly designed wine bar—Bank Cafe and Bar.

For Your Familys Needs, We Recommend

2 Bedroom Suite Non-smoking
-The two Bedroom King Suites feature deluxe living and dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and luxurious bedroom accommodations. Each kitchen features oak slab cabinets with stainless steel finished pulls on lower cabinets, and solid granite slab countertops and granite tile backsplashes complete the kitchen's sleek look and feel. All of the kitchens boast stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, refrigerator, electric range, and microwave, making it easy for each guest to recharge at their leisure. The functional breakfast bar includes stools, making for plenty of space for family or friends.
Westin Verasa NapaThe modern living room is flanked with comfortable custom built furniture, accented in a dark walnut finish, while the upholstered sofa bed provides pleasingly aesthetic colors inspired by the Napa landscape. Sip your favorite glass of wine as you spend each evening unwinding on the expansive balcony found in every Two Bedroom Suite. Each of the two bedrooms features legendary Heavenly Beds® and luxurious white bed linens, while two signature Heavenly Baths® leave you well-rested and restored at the beginning of each day.

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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.

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Image of the Day: South Seas Island Resort

March 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

South Seas Island Resort is a 330-acre full service destination resort on tropical Captiva Island in Southwest Florida. South Seas combines a natural wonderland with modern resort amenities and accommodations.

South Seas Island Resort

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Cool Pools: Villa Florentine

March 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Florentine has a pool for all seasons. With a breath-taking view over the rooftops of Lyon's Old Town, the heated pool and jacuzzi with magnificent view are perfect for relaxing. In summer, guests can lie quietly by the water's edge, or hide away in one of the secluded alcoves close to the pool. In winter, two heated marble loungers will keep guests cozy whilst they contemplate the city lights or the snow-covered rooftops of Lyon's Old Town.

Villa Florentine

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