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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Exclusive 72 Hour Sale Starts Tomorrow: The Homestead Gives Away a Free Night

April 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The HomesteadStarting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21st) at 10 a.m. EST, The Homestead is launching a 72-hour sale with a limited-time special offer: guests get a free third night when booking a two-night vacay. This destination resort in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains has drawn visitors to its hot springs and gorgeous setting since the 1700s. Resort diversions run the gamut from falconry to bowling. The offer is available for travel through December 22, 2009.


Hot New Spas: The Westin Riverfront’s Spa Angali Uses Organic Products

April 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Riverfront Resort and SpaSince it opened last year in Beaver Creek, the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa has been getting rave reviews. (Just check out what folks are sayin' on TripAdvisor!) With easy access to Beaver Creek Mountain via the Riverfront Express Gondola located outside the resort's front door, the Westin Riverfront is the ideal base to explore the incredible mountain scenery. The list of resort activities is impressive-- from fishing to downhill and cross-country skiing. But it's the 23,000-square-foot spa and fitness center that really inspires. Indulge in a mountain-inspired spa treatment with local ingredients, and enjoy a swim in the 25-meter saltwater lap pool. Try a spin class or enhance your workout with a personal trainer, then soak in one of three Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the river. The spa is environmentally-friendly, to boot. In its April issue, Conde Nast Traveler gives a shout-out to the Spa Anjali for its green practices: "The brand-new spa... has organic bamboo sheets, cups and plates made from corn, and organic products-- and guests who arrive in their hotel robe (saving the spa from using an additional robe) receive a small discount."


Celebrate Easter with the Fam at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia

March 25, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The HomesteadAs far as staycations go, The Homestead is tops. Located in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, the National Historic Landmark has hosted its share of presidents and princes since it opened in 1776. Sports and spa enthusiasts continue to flock to this destination resort that boasts dozens of activities-- from indoor pursuits (bowling, billiards, and movies) to outdoor adventures (mountain biking, shooting, fly-fishing). What's more- The Homestead is all about family fun-- with an award-winning KidsClub and bountiful family vacation activities. Easter promises to be a fun-filled weekend with a colorful Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn where the little ones can meet the Bunny Rabbit. Priced from $225, the "Easter Family Fun" Package includes accommodations, breakfast, an Easter welcome gift, and 20 percent off all activities. Available April 1-18, 2009.


It’s Back: Get $96 Room Rates with the 96 Hour Sale from RockResorts

March 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

RockResortsKeen on spring skiing? Head to the Rockies to hit the slopes and get your apres-ski on at one of the luxurious properties in the RockResorts' collection. The 96-hour sale means you can snag upscale lodgings for just $96-- just book by 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 22. Participating resorts include The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Aspen's Hotel Jerome, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, and La Posada de Santa Fe.


Fairmont le Montreaux Palace Undergoes Multi-million Dollar Renovation

March 18, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont le Montreaux PalaceFairmont le Montreaux Palace, originally built in 1906, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation due to be completed in April 2009. Helming the renovations is interior designer Fiona Thompson, who recently renovated the Trianon Palace Versailles. The hotel, which overlooks the French Alps and is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, The 235-room luxury resort boasts 12 meeting rooms, the Willow Stream Spa and the famous Harry's New York Bar. The Brasserie is being renovated, and a new lobby lounge and bar are being added. The renovation will contrast traditional and contemporary design elements, along with top-of-the line in-room technology including wireless internet and LCD Flat screen TVs. In a nod to Montreaux's place in musical history, there is also the addition of the Freddie Mercury Suite, celebrating the legendary Queen singer who was a Montreux resident and frequent guest of the hotel.


Insider’s Shopping Experience in Paris with the Hotel Lutetia

March 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel LutetiaParis is a shopper's paradise for locals and visitors alike, but sometimes it pays to have a consultation with an insider to learn about savvy deals and off-the-beaten-path boutiques. The Hotel Lutetia-- the Belle Époque gem nestled in fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Prés-- dishes shopping secrets to its shopaholic guests. Book the "Concorde Shopping Package" and you'll get a personalized consultation with the concierge, discount vouchers from exclusive Parisian shops, and breakfast for two along with your stylish accommodations. The hotel is within walking distance of the Seine, the Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame, and a slew of boutiques and designers' studios on the Left Bank. Ask for a room with views of the nearby Eiffel Tower.

Pssst. Special springtime rates at this artist's mecca are below EUR 200.


Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center: The New Height of Luxury

March 2, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Pan Pacific Whistler Village CenterSad to see winter go? Send it off in style with a trip to the luxurious Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center located in Whistler, British Columbia, nestled at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Named the Number One Ski Resort by Conde Nast Traveler, the resort is offering special, last minute ski packages from now until the end of April. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center is not just a ski resort: it is the perfect destination for the year round traveler. The 83 contemporary luxury suites range in size from 407 to 1680 square feet. Guests can start each morning with complimentary continental breakfast in the signature Pacific Lounge and take in the picturesque mountain views. Other amenities include a year round, outdoor salt water pool, elegant dining, shopping, and pampering at the resort spa.


Spa and Ski the Swiss Alps at Grand Hotel Bellevue, Gstaad

February 24, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gstaadt, SwitzerlandAs far as Swiss villages go, Gstaadt-- surrounded by some of the finest Alpine scenery in the southwest of the country-- fits the bill for picturesque perfection. A mecca for the international jetset, Gstaadt offers a plethora of wintertime activities and spectacular skiing with some 60 lifts. The place to stay is the Grand Hotel Bellevue, a world-class luxury hotel beloved for its spa, restaurant, and Porsche Club. The 52-room hotel has been delighting guests since 1912 because the dedicated staff "lives and breathes hospitality." Book the Spring Special and you can round off your day's skiing with a pampering treatment at the spa followed by an indulgent meal. Priced from CHF 890 per person and valid from March 8- May 31, 2009, the 3-night Spa and Ski Break includes accommodations, daily breakfast buffet, one gourmet dinner at the Prado Restaurant, two dinners at the Brasserie Coelho, unlimited access to the Bellevue Spa, daily work-out lessons, one Décleor Beauty Face treatment for her, one Bellevue Gold Massage for him, sauna ceremonies with culinary surprises, and roundtrip transfers to the train station.


Let the Games Begin: Free Night at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

February 6, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau WhistlerIt's little wonder why Whistler is hosting the ski events for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The resort boasts North America's best snow (33 feet expected this year!) and biggest vertical drop, plus the world's highest gondola (the Peak to Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains). Embrace winter and get yourself to Whistler to brave the coastal mountains of British Columbia. Treat yourself to a stay at the lavish mountain resort nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler will throw in a fourth night free. You'll dig the ski-in/ski-out convenience and good eats at the resort known for its elegant mountain luxury and extensive facilities (including a golf course).


Third Night Free in Aspen at Hotel Jerome

January 27, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Jerome, AspenA destination as classy as Aspen deserves a hotel to match. Bed down at the Hotel Jerome, and you'll be following in the footsteps of countless celebs who have appreciated the hotel's understated elegance since its debut in 1889. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hotel Jerome was built by Jerome B. Wheeler, the co-owner of New York's Macy's Department Store, to emulate fabled European greats like London's Claridge's. And thus began the transformation of a rough mining town into a cosmopolitan social center. At the time, Hotel Jerome was one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi to be outfitted with electricity throughout the property (including the elevator). The facilities are no less marvelous today: an outdoor heated pool, two jacuzzis, fitness center, and lavishly-appointed guest rooms with wireless Internet. Guests enjoy downtown and ski slope transfers via chauffer-driven luxury SUV, and there's also bath butler service. Take advantage of the "Three for Free" offer and you'll be rewarded with a host of gifts. One night on the house, a $50 RockResorts gift card to use during your stay, and a complimentary bottle of Bonterra wine, made with organic grapes. Must book by February 28, 2009.