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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.

A Dose of Art in St. Petersburg: Special with the Renaissance Vinoy Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. PetersburgSun, sand, golf, and tennis... St. Petersburg, Florida has got its bases covered as a resort destination. But with the opening of the Chihuly Collection in summer 2010 and the addition of the new Salvador Dalí Museum in January 2011, St. Petes has become something of a cultural destination, too. To encourage you to discover the art on offer, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is inviting guests on an Art Retreat. Priced from $174 per night, the getaway package includes an upgrade to a newly renovated bay view guest room; dinner for two at Marchand’s Bar & Grill from the 1925 Classic Dining Menu; and a choice of two tickets (valued at up to $42) to the Salvador Dalí Museum or the Chihuly Collection and the Morean Arts Center Glass Studio & Hot Shop. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is also a work of art, showcasing Mediterranean Revival architecture from the 1920's, and its very own Chihuly sculpture in the Grand Ballroom, comprised of 750 pieces of individually hand-blown glass.

Spring Breaks: Bonus Nights at The James Chicago

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James ChicagoMarch 21 has come and gone, which only means one thing: time for a spring break. The strikingly stylish James Chicago is inviting you to turn a business trip into pleasure by extending your stay with bonus nights. Get three nights for the price of two, four nights for the price of three, or seven nights for the price of five. With the extra savings, get out and enjoy Chitown: a show at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, or shopping on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Though you may be attraction-ed out, in which case, there are plenty of reasons to stay in at The James Chicago. The hotel suggests "a personal training session designed by celebrity trainer Jim Karas, a 60-minute massage from The Spa by ASHA, an award-winning dry-aged steak from David Burke’s Primehouse."

Get the Inside Scoop on Paris with “Eye Prefer Paris” Walking Tours

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Spring Flowers in ParisIf you saw the wonderful article on Paris in The New York Times Travel section this past weekend, you might be pining for a trip to the City of Light. And you couldn't have picked a better time. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and there's not a cloud in the sky. In fact, the temps have been in the 70s and it feels almost balmy. Take a stroll through the city's glorious gardens and you'll find the air fragrant with flowers, the sidewalk cafes packed with people-watchers. For some insider tips on Paris, book a private tour with Eye Prefer Paris. A transplanted New Yorker, Richard Nahem delights visitors on tours through his Marais neighborhood and other prime spots around town. Each three-hour walking tour is individually tailored, so if you're interested in jewelry and fashion, Richard can point out secret addresses and cutting-edge boutiques; if you're a die-hard foodie, he's got the skinny on local food shops, markets, and restaurants. Price for the private tour is 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each individual person. Check it out! www.eyepreferparistours.comPhoto of "Spring Flowers in Paris" courtesy of Eye Prefer Paris

Swing Music by the Olaf Olsen Quartet: Teatime at Le Meurice in Paris

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Dali at Le Meurice, ParisLe Meurice is celebrating the arrival of spring in Paris with some music-filled afternoons. The Olaf Olsen quartet-- comprised of a bass player, drummer, pianist and the famous singer-- will be jazzing up Le Dali, the Philippe Starck-designed restaurant and lounge, on April 15th, 16th, and 17th from 4- 7 pm. Perfectly located between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre museum, opposite the Tuilleries Gardens, the palace hotel is the ideal place to stop to recharge with a cup of tea after shopping on the Rue Saint Honoré or gazing at the Mona Lisa. The Afternoons called "Swing in Meurice" consist of three sets of about 35 minutes each. The quartet play old jazz and swing classics, and also delight guests with songs from Broadway musicals and films. The Dali-inspired setting alone is worth the trip. Beneath a giant canvas painted by Ara Starck (the famous designer's daughter), the restaurant is filled with whimsical designer pieces like Dali-esque chairs with feet in the form of ladies shoes, lamps with drawers, and lobster-shaped telephones.

Normady Celebrates 1100 Years: Stay at the Chateau La Cheneviere near Omaha Beach

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau La Cheneviere, NormandyHappy birthday, Normandy! (1,100 years isn't exactly small potatoes.) Eleven centuries after the signing of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte which created the regional dukedom, Normandy is fêting the occasion with celebratory events and festivals galore in 2011. Plan a jaunt to France to mark the anniversary and revel in Normandy's Viking past. While you're there, make a pilgrimage to the D-Day landing beaches; explore Mont St Michel; marvel at the charming seaport of Honfleur, adored by the Impressionists; and gasp at the incredible Bayeux tapestry, a UNESCO-listed treasure. Looking for accommodations? A stay at the Château La Chenevière-- a veritable 18th-century castle nestled in beautiful gardens-- is an experience in itself. Not far from Omaha Beach and the historic town of Bayeux, the chateau-hotel has 29 charming guest rooms, recently renovated with new beds, sumptuous fabrics, and carpets. In the grand dining room, tuck into classic French cuisine highlighting Normandy's flavors. The heated outdoor pool and terrace are ideal for soaking up the chateau ambiance after exploring the nearby touristic sites.

Hot deal: Book with Five Star Alliance and you'll get a bountiful buffet breakfast when you choose the exclusive "Five Star Alliance" rate. You'll also enjoy a special in-room gift: a bottle of Pommeau and caramels.

Suite Escapes: The Rome Cavalieri Offers VIP Access to Karl Lagerfeld Exhibit

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Rome CavalieriWhen you shack up in a suite at The Rome Cavalieri, the super-swank hotel that's a member of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, you'll get the five-star treatment all the way-- from truly opulent surroundings (a dazzling art collection and a private balcony) to special VIP services. Case in point: The Rome Cavalieri has recently announced that guests of the four super suites get VIP access to the Chiostro del Bramante’s latest photography exhibition, “Karl Lagerfeld: Working Path.” This new offering is fitting for the hotel who has a strong affinity for Lagerfeld. After all, the Penthouse and Planetarium Suites are appointed with sofas designed by the acclaimed fashion designer, photographer and artist, bought at auction through Sotheby’s in Monte Carlo. The hotel itself is decked out with a talked-about art collection of masterpieces. The Rome Cavalieri is also home to the Michelin three-starred restaurant, La Pergola.

Available until April 10, 2011, the offer also includes complimentary transportation to/from Chiostro del Bramante and two complimentary cocktails from Rome Cavalieri’s Art Cocktail Menu. Rates for the super suites, which include breakfast, VAT and access to the Imperial Lounge and Grand Spa Club, start at 4,920 euros for the Napoleon suite. (The Penthouse is just a wee bit more, at 9,920 euros.)

ArtScience Museum Debuts at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marina Bay SandsIt's little wonder that Singapore's Marina Bay Sands was one of the most buzzed about hotel openings of 2010. A sky-high infinity pool, restaurants by celebrity chef Guy Savoy, a plant-filled SkyPark set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform... What more could you ask for? Well, "Asia's ultimate resort experience" has just upped the ante with yet another exciting amenity: the ArtScience Museum, recently opened in a fanfare celebration. Here's how Malaysia Asia describes the lotus-inspired museum:

Designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie, it has been called “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore” by Mr. Sheldon Adelson, the visionary chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp. The curved roof of the museum harvests rainwater, sending it to a reflecting pool. There are a total of 21 gallery spaces that will embrace achievements in both art and science in a total of 4,800 square meters of space here. Traveling exhibitions will change every three to six months.

Book the "Museum Premiere Package" to mark the opening of the ArtScience Museum and spend the night in luxury while delighting in the cultural experience that's the talk of the town. Book by March 10 and enjoy rates from $339++ (per night for select weekdays) or S$359++ (per night for select weekends) and receive 2 adult tickets to the ArtScience Museum. Available for select dates through April 2011.

Art in Paris: Check in to Le Royal Monceau, the Philippe Starck-designed Masterpiece

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Royal Monceau, ParisArt lovers traveling to Paris won't want to miss a stay at Le Royal Monceau, the legendary palace hotel that recently got a top-to-bottom makeover by design guru Philippe Starck. The hotel itself resembles a contemporary art gallery with fantastic pieces on display in the garden and public areas, and custom-designed decor and artwork in the guest rooms. There's also an in-house cinema and a contemporary art bookstore, soon featuring screens broadcasting live feeds of international art auctions. But Le Royal Monceau goes one step further for art aficionados. The hotel also offers an Art Concierge to arrange personalized art-themed itineraries to Paris museums and galleries. And the hotel itself morphs into a gallery to showcase cutting-edge artists. Check out the hotel's Art for Breakfast blog for the skinny on the latest happenings around town, plus interviews with leading artists.

The Mark Hotel Offers Exclusive Access to the Neue Galerie New York

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Mark New YorkArt lovers visiting Manhattan will want to reserve a room at The Mark. Steps from Central Park, the award-winning hotel has recently partnered with the Neue Galerie New York to provide exclusive tours off the tourist track. Located on the historic Museum Mile – just a few blocks from the hotel – the Neue Galerie is a museum of German and Austrian art founded by philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder and art dealer and curator Serge Sabarsky. A former Vanderbilt townhouse is now home to their impressive collection of early 20th Century Austrian and German art. Not only can guests visit the Neue Galerie on closed days and after business hours, but they also get benefits usually reserved for museum membership: advance reservations at Café Sabarsky plus access to Neue Galerie members’ programs including special lectures, gallery talks, exclusive breakfasts and Members’ Thursdays which provides extended viewing hours.

The Mark New YorkBook the "In the Art of New York" package, starting at $800 in a Superior Courtyard King Room, and get daily continental breakfast for two; a private tour for two people outside of business hours or on closed days (Tuesday and Wednesday); a reservation at the exclusive Café Sabarsky; a complimentary copy of the book “Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer"; access to Members’ lectures, gallery talks, breakfasts and monthly Members’ Thursday which provides for extended viewing hours; a 10% discount in both the Design Shop and the Book Shop; a welcome package in your hotel room from the Neue Galerie. This package at The Mark New York is valid until April 24, 2011.

Easter in Greece at Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nafplia Palace Hotel, GreeceNafplion could be the most beautiful town on the Greek mainland (or so the locals like to think). It's chock full of historic sites (and loads of charm): Ottoman buildings, Venetian fortresses, twisting labyrinthine streets and white-washed houses adorned with colorful bougainvillea blossoms. And it feels a million miles away from the tourist crowds. Jet to Greece in April to experience Greek Easter,* the country's most important religious holiday, and discover the only hotel in Europe built within an archeological site. Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas is located in an acropolis dating from the 3rd Century BC. All 33 villas are individually designed with heartstopping views of the bay and old city. While bedding down in style at Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas, partake in the hotel's traditional Easter lunch with live music. Outside the town will be witness to numerous processions on Good Friday, where epitaphs- symbolizing the coffin of Jesus- are draped in flowers and carried from the town's churches to Syntagma Square.

*This year Catholic and Orthodox Easter share the same dates, so the Catholic Church of Transfiguration will be open for the entire week: Resurrection night and Easter Sunday. The church has a small museum and an underground crypt in which can be found sculptural work commemorating the defeat of the Turks at the hands of the Greeks and philhellenes.