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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.

Montage Deer Valley Offers Apres-Ski Art

August 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Montage Deer Valley
You might not think that ski resort would also be dedicated to fine art, but you'd be wrong. Montage Deer Valley is located in the year-round community of Park City, and guests enjoy a coveted location atop Empire Pass, unrivaled ski-in / ski-out access to America’s top ski resort, the 35,000 square foot Spa Montage and amazing year-round activities including hiking, biking, golf and fly-fishing. 

Montage Deer ValleyBut  Montage Deer Valley  also offers an extensive art collection, with hundreds of original pieces by local artists that hang in the resort's public spaces, guestrooms, and residences. With works by Luke Frazier, Herb Mignery, John James Audobon, and John Banovich, the sculptures, oil paintings, and prints depicting the mountains and dramatic landscape complement the refined Mountain Craftsman resort. Truly representative of the American West, the collection evokes the culture and heritage of the West past and present, with paintings that capture the beauty of the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife in the region. For guests and art lovers alike, Montage Deer Valley has compiled a guide book titled Montage Deer Valley Art Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of the historic and original art collection and guides guest room by room through the art. 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Nelligan

July 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Nelligan's lobby includes a four-story atrium that wafts high above. This aptly-named "Art-trium" is surrounded by beautiful stone walls adorned by the romantic verses of Emile Nelligan (one of Quebec’s most celebrated poets and the hotel’s namesake). The regal scenery provides the perfect respite for gourmet coffee or delicious cocktails.

Hotel Nelligan

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Family Adventures at Tower Club at lebua

July 26, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tower Club at lebua
The Tower Club at lebua is a five-star luxury hotel and it epitomizes luxury accommodation in Bangkok. From the views, to the suites, the hospitality and service, and the acclaimed restaurants and bars, Tower Club is everything you've heard about lebua – turned up, for a heightened five-star hotel experience.

The luxury hotel welcomes children, and has a host of ideas for how families can best enjoy their stay in the city.

Family-Friendly Activities in Bangkok

-Safari World. A drive-in zoological park divided into two parts. The first part is Safari Park, an open zoo with wild animals like zebras, deer, giraffes, tigers, lions, bears, elephants and others. The second part is the Marine Park with marine animals and shows of trained dolphins, birds, seals, and apes.

-Dream World. This large amusement park is an European style fantasy land where the world's favorite fairy tales come to life.

Tower Club at lebua

-Siam Park City & Amusement. Located in Minburi District, Siam Park City includes a water park featuring a man-made sea, an amusement park, and a theme park. 

-Siam Ocean World. Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium exhibits over 30,000 native and exotic marine life.

-Nakhon Pathom Province. Approximately an hour's drive away from Bangkok, Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo is a popular sightseeing destination for both adults and children alike.

-Dusit Zoo at Khao Din Park. Located in Bangkok's Dusit District next to the Parliament House and Dusit Palace, it is the oldest zoo of Thailand, built by King Chulalongkorn as his private garden.

After city adventures, families can cool off in the luxury hotel's open-air swimming pool.

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Image of the Day: Le Gray Beirut

July 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Gray Beirut offers cool, modern interiors, with 87 wonderfully spacious rooms and sensational suites, exciting restaurants, and a relaxing spa, all accompanied by warm and highly professional service.

Le Gray Beirut

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Image of the Day: First Hotel Skt Petri

June 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

First Hotel Skt Petri is named after Saint Peter, who holds the keys to Paradise. Only 20 minutes away from the Airport by metro, Skt. Petri is located at the very heart of Copenhagen’s lively Latin Quarter.

First Hotel Copenhagen

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Four Seasons Philadelphia Takes Guests Behind the Scenes at the Barnes Foundation

June 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

Art lovers will want to plan a trip to Philadelphia. There are numerous renowned museums and historic landmarks withing walking distance of the AAA Five Diamond hotel, and now the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is taking advantage of its location with a special insider tour of the Barnes Museum. 

The Barnes has a world-class collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Featured artists include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, and Amedeo Modigliani. It also displays examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings, and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean and Asia. 

Four Seasons Philadelphia

Now you can get your Degas on without battling all the crowds. The hotel has paired up with the museum to offer a few special guests a private after-hours tour of the Barnes. Through an exclusive partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, guests will get unprecedented access to view the masterpieces, accompanied by an expert Barnes Foundation conservationist who will offer insights, explain Dr. Barnes' distinctive and meticulous display style, and deepen your knowledge of art. After your private two-hour tour, spend the evening relaxing in a luxury room overlooking the Parkway Museums District.

All offers are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract and do not apply to groups. Rates are per room, per night, vary by arrival date and/or length of stay, and do not include applicable taxes, service charges, levies, resort fees, gratuities or surcharges, unless otherwise noted. Early departure fees may apply. Rates are subject to change.

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Did You Know? 21C Museum Hotel

June 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

21C Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel derives its name from its in-house museum. The 21c Museum is North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting the art of the 21st century.

21c Museum features permanent, commissioned installations, and presents dynamic group and solo exhibitions by both emerging and established artists, including Bill Viola, Yinka Shonibare, Camille Utterback, Tony Oursler, Slater Bradley, Jennifer Steinkamp, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Alfred Jaar, Anthony Goicolea, and many others.

Additional cultural programming, including poetry readings, films, artist lectures, and theatre and music performances, extends the Museum’s mission to bring innovative new art to the public.

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Did You Know? Athenaeum Personal Hotel

June 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Athenaeum Personal Hotel
Ideally located for business or leisure visitors, Athenaeum Personal Hotel in Florence is where contemporary design, modern style and classic materials skillfully combine with art and culture. Several art events and exhibitions of emerging artists are held at Hotel Athenaeum in partnership with Florence Academy of Fine Art.

Around the corner from the hotel guests will Galleria dell’Accademia with its best-known treasure, the statue of David by Michelangelo. The hotel is fond of saying that  "David is our most famous neighbor!"

 

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Peninsula Shanghai Celebrates Aviation

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Shanghai
The Peninsula Shanghai
opened in 2009 and is The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels flagship hotel in Mainland China. Occupying a prime location with direct frontage on Shanghai's historic Bund, The Peninsula is the first new building on the Bund in the last few decades. The Peninsula Shanghai is also one of many Peninsula hotels that feature aviation history-themed lounges.  

The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai celebrates the fascinating history of aviation in China, and it has an impressive collection of antiques and memorabilia. It is named after Xianyi Rosamonde, the first aircraft designed and built in China. It is also referred to as the Dashatou Rosamonde, after the location where it was built, or as Aircraft 1. for On display at the entrance to the lounge is a life-size replica of a 1928 Leoning, Asia's first sea plane. Perched on the 14th floor of the hotel, the glass-encased Rosamonde Aviation Lounge boasts spectacular views of the glittering city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounge sets a truly unique scene for any occasion.

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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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