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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.

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Generations Riviera Maya

March 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma is Mexico's premier all Suite, all Butler, all Gourmet beachfront resort where couples, wedding parties and families savor a Gourmet Inclusive® experience, a vacation that fosters togetherness. This all-suite hotel stretches along a secluded beach, providing indulgences from gourmet cuisine, to luxurious suites with butler service. Families can relax knowing that their little ones are in good hands with the certified team of professionals at Eko Kids Club. Generations Riviera Maya features 144 luxurious suites decorated in a forward looking style and divided into 10 categories.

Generations Riviera Maya 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Hotel in Lyon That Offers In-room Showers and Bathtubs?

March 15, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Villa FlorentineWe 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 traveling to Lyon and would like a hotel that has a separate bathtub and shower in the room, What do you recommend?

ANSWER: Villa Florentine

This splendid villa, offering sublime panoramic views of Lyon, certainly lives up to its name. Everything from its elegant facade to its sunny rooms, furnished with a mixture of Renaissance refinement and contemporary Italian design, has a sumptuous Florentine feel to it. Savour refined cuisine and superb Rhone vintages at the restaurant Les Terrasses de Lyon, while contemplating the city lights twinkling below. This 15th century building, has several different room categories with separate shower and tub. We recommend putting in a special request for 15th C Bldg. We also suggest a stay in one of the hotel's Junior Suites. All are equipped with comfortable bedding, LED screen with Canal +, and a seating area to relax. Some also feature a mezzanine bedroom or balcony.

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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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Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa Introduces 187 Pounds of Adorable

March 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
has introduced 187 Pounds of Adorable. Born on March 3rd at the world famous Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort outside Chiang Rai, the 85 kilogram baby elephant, nicknamed Nong Sam, stands 84 centimeters tall at the shoulder and measures 129 centimeters from forehead to tail. The bouncing baby boy was born at to forty-five year old Boon Jan, and is her fifth son. He was nicknamed by his mahout (elephant carer), as is tradition, meaning "three" in Thai and alluding to his birth date on the third day of the third month. Being a Garieng elephant, Nong Sam will choose his own formal name at the age of three in a special ceremony involving bits of paper wrapped around sugarcane. Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa  

National Thai Elephant Day takes place every year on March 13th. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand and plays an important part in culture, religion and tradition. A weeklong celebration at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort kicked off with more than 60 children and novice monks from local orphanages and schools invited to the resort to learn about the importance of elephant conservation and affording them a rare opportunity to meet the elephants up close and personal. 

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Thailand's rugged hill country, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa is a luxury nature retreat set amidst 160 acres of lush tropical jungles overlooking the winding Mekong River and the border with Burma and Laos. The Elephant Camp offers guests such unforgettable experiences as mahout training courses, elephant trekking ,and other conservation activities. 

 

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Did You Know? Hotel Due Torri

March 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Due Torri
Hotel Due Torri
 
has been known as Dell'Aquila Palace since the 14th century and was formerly owned by the prestigious Scaligeri family. In another life, the building was a residence for cardinals, bishops and famous noble Roman families. It also was home to the renowned Campana's Inn. The Hotel Due Torri is close to the Arena, the Roman amphitheatre renowned for opera, and the famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet-a meeting point for lovers of culture, arts, music, and delicious food. 

The classic and elegant style of the hotel is mirrored in the antique surrounding palaces: for example Palazzo Altemps, that dates back to the XVI century and now houses the Museo Nazionale Romano, or the Museo Napoleonico, rich of friezes and recently restored. The Hotel Due Torri has 26 rooms, designed with refined and plain style, in harmony with the Renaissance elegance of the palace. The cozy accommodations are decorated with Italian cloths in warm and restful colors. Guests can choose among single rooms, double rooms and 4 little apartments.

 

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