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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.

Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Stanley Hotel

October 31, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Stanley Hotel

Two words: The Shining. The Stanley Hotel was made famous by the Stephen King book and Stanley Kubrick film. King wrote much of the novel while staying in Room 217 at the hotel. The film wasn't shot there, and the hotel in the film is called Overlook Hotel, but a later TV movie was. The hotel fully embraces its haunted history. In fact, it might be the world's only hotel that offers an upgrade to a haunted room. The Ghost Adventure package includes a  guaranteed 4th Floor room, a K2 Meter per reservation, a glow-in-the-dark Stanley Hotel squishy ghost per person, and a REDRUM mug per person.

No one knows when the ghostly happenings started at The Stanley, but virtually all the rooms have had unexplained experiences reported. but unlike the movie, all the instances reported involve friendly, rather than malevolent, spirts.

Here's a few of the sightings:

- In 1911, the chief housekeeper was involved in an explosion in what is now room 217. She wasn't killed, but her ghost is known to perform extra housekeeping duties in the room. Expect unexplained unpacked bags and tidying. This is the room Stephen King occupied during his stay at The Stanley.

- Children are heard running and giggling in the hallway of the 4th floor. Somes guests will be tucked in by ghostly nannies. Room 418 is said to be the most haunted room in the hotel. 

- Frequent guests F.O. and Flora Stanley haven't let death stop them from regular visits. It is de rigeur to see F.O hanging around the lobby and Flora often plays the piano in the Music Room. 

- The Earl of Dunraven, the former owner of the land on which the hotel is built, haunted room 407. The scent of his tobacco is often smelled in the air, and a ghostly face has been seen at the room's window. 

Do you dare to check in to The Stanley Hotel?


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs

October 30, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Banff Springs
Legend has it that a bride fell down the marble staircase at Fairmont Banff Springs and died on her wedding day. She's also rumored to have caught fire on the way down, due to the torches that lit the staircase.  The bride has been sighted dancing in the Cascade Ballroom, and cold air on the staircase is said to be her doing. 

Tip: If an elderly Scottish man offers to help with your bags, he's a ghost. Sam the Bellman was a longtime employee who has apparently made good on his threat to come back and haunt the place. The random opening and closing of the elevator doors is also attributed to Sam.

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Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Telluride, CO?

October 14, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Madeline
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: What are some family friendly resorts in Telluride, Co for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER: Hotel Madeline Telluride

The Hotel Madeline Telluride, formerly Capella Telluride, is a luxury mountain resort hote with every imaginable amenity, including a ski valet, world-class spa, pool and fitness center, two restaurants, wine bar, and ice rink. Hotel Madeline Telluride embodies a complete concept. Superb architecture. Lush interior design. Ultra-luxury amenities. Meticulous personalized service from a professional staff that is at your beck and call, night and day. Fully decorated and furnished hotel condominiums are offered, as well as two, three, and four bedroom residences. Designed for the individual who visits a few weeks a year and wants the ease and services of a hotel during their stay, including complete access to every hotel amenity (including daily maid service and nightly turn-down service), the private lobby, 24-hour concierge service, ski valets, the stunning indoor open-air pool, along with use of the spa, fitness, and business centers. Hotel Madeline Telluride
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

1 & 2 Bedroom Suites with Efficiency Kitchen – The atmosphere inside the condo-style suite feels slightly more contemporary. Stainless steel appliances dominate the neighboring warm wood and marble. The classy retreat has everything you need with an emphasis on the most popular room in the house.

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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.


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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Cool Pools: The Chedi Andermatt

July 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

This spectacular relaxation pool is part of the spa and wellness center at The Chedi Andermatt.

The Chedi Andermatt

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Image of the Day: The Osprey at Beaver Creek

June 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Osprey at Beaver Creek offers a plethora of activities during the warmer months. The area is a mecca for hiking, mountain and road biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and golf. Guests at The Osprey enjoy exclusive golfing access to the nearby Beaver Creek Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed course. There’s also the Red Sky Golf Club, featuring award-winning courses designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman, and it’s fantastic Red Sky Golf Academy, with former PGA Tour player Larry Rinker as the Director of Instruction.

The Osprey at Beaver Creek

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Did You Know? Lake Placid Lodge

January 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid Lodge
was built by hand in the Arts and Crafts tradition. There are thirteen sumptuous rooms and seventeen luxurious cabins at the water’s edge. The woods and water enfold the Lodge; the sun warms its wide stone porches. Each room has a fireplace at its heart and wilderness visible through its diamond paned windows. 

Lake Placid Lodge’s superb accommodations, idyllic setting and unmatched service have made it a legend among hotels.

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa Lake Tahoe's Introduces Seasonal Treatments

January 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe
is a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center with treatments and therapies themed around water and the woods. The luxury spa has introduced a selection of new seasonal treatments that complement signature favorites and are specifically designed for the winter season and the region's active mountain lifestyle.  

Seasonal Treatments Include:

- Coffee Cake Break  
Start with a deep exfoliating sweet caramel body scrub infused with caffeine designed to stimulate and revive dry skin, followed by a simmering bath soak to hydrate and lock in moisture. A massage with caramel scented body lotion is the icing on the cake. (90 minutes, $300)

- Organic Picture Perfect Pumpkin Facial
This facial is a yam and pumpkin enzyme peel that will leave skin glowing. This sweet yellow clover masque enriches the skin, revealing a refreshed and hydrated complexion. (80 minutes, $300)

- Buttered Rum Rejuvenation Manicure, and Pedicure
This is the winter treatment perfect for soothing tired hands and feet. It consists of an intoxicating sweet exfoliation using a special blend of brown sugar and premium aged rum, finished with caramel body milk will leave the skin soft and hydrated. (80 minutes, $150) Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

- Wnter Signature Apres Ski Massage
This specialized massage incorporates specific elongating stretches, pressure point techniques, and therapeutic massage. (80 minutes, $265) 

- Cozy Cabin Couple's Massage
This massage is tailored to the needs of both individuals. A romantically illuminated spa suite featuring its own fireplace is where couples can relax as though they have escaped into the woods. (50 minutes, $185.00 per person, 80 minutes, $265 per person)

All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity, and are subject to change.

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Image of the Day: The Villas at Snowmass Club

December 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas at Snowmass Club is a 19,000 square foot mountain club paired with spacious villas offering guests premier amenities to enjoy during a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. It is situated in Snowmass Village overlook Mt. Daly and the Elk Mountains, and is minutes from the Two Creeks chairlift. 

The Villas at Snowmass

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New to Five Star Alliance: W Verbier

December 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

W Verbier is W Hotel's first alpine escape. Get set for slopeside style centred around Place Blanche, the new pulsating heart of Verbier.

W Verbier 

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