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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.

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.


Ski the Tetons: The Powerful, New Jackson Hole Tram

January 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Amangani, Jackson, WyomingThe snow-capped peaks around Grand Teton National Park offer some of the best skiing anywhere. Indeed, Jackson Hole averages 400 inches of snow a year, and the ski season lasts through early April. At the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, you'll find 1,000 hectares of terrain and a vertical drop of more than 4,100 feet. When the original tram opened in 1966, it became legendary for its 4,000-foot ascent. It closed for repairs in 2006, and now the new Jackson Hole Tram, which debuted in December, boasts the longest continual vertical rise of any ski-lift in North America. 4,139 feet in nine minutes.

Stay at the ultra-luxurious Amangani (pictured at right) and you'll enjoy the services of the private Ski Lounge, located just below Teton village's Bridger Gondola (where warming boots, concierge service, and complimentary snacks and hot drinks await). During your stay, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge on a moonlit night to take in the staggering panoramic views from the top of East Gros Ventre Butte, followed by dinner at The Granary.


What’s Hot: The New Lumiere Hotel in Telluride

January 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

lumiere hotel, tellurideWe can't imagine a better place to thaw out (after an action-packed day on the slopes) than the brand spanking new lumière Hotel, situated at 9,500 feet at the base of the mountain in Telluride Village. There are only 30 suites at this swanky boutique, with ski-in/ski-out access just steps away from the gondola. Outside Magazine calls the service comforts a little "embarrassing." Think complimentary breakfast in bed, hybird SUV service to the airport and downtown Telluride, and ski valets for schlepping your gear. (Did we mention the wine and artisan cheese awaiting you by the cozy fire?) We'd call that a five-star level of service. There's a hotel sauna, spa services, and outdoor jacuzzis, to boot. Oh, and there are deals to be had at this new gem. Try $165 per person, per night.


Mid-Week Ski Savings at Whiteface Lodge Resort and Spa

January 20, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Cure your mid-winter blues with some mid-week skiing. Lake Placid's Whiteface Lodge Resort and Spa. From January 19- April 2, 2009, enjoy a Special Midweek Ski Free Package. Whiteface Lodge Spend two nights in a luxury suite and you'll get one free lift ticket per day. $250.00 per night in a one bedroom suite scores you one free lift ticket per day. $490 per night in a two bedroom suite equals two free lift tickets per day and $635.00 per night in a three bedroom suite equals three free lift tickets per day. Valid Sunday through Wednesday only, during non-holiday periods, and breakfast is not included. Taxes additional. Subject to availability. May not be used in conjunction with any other package or discount.


Winter at The Point on Saranac Lake

January 13, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Winter at The Point means more than curling up in one of the delightful Adirondack chairs in front of a roaring fire, and gazing out at Saranac Lake. The Point Albany Of course, you can do that too, but the rustically elegant property with its eleven distinctive guest quarters, offers a whole lot to do in the frigid months. Olympic level downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and ice-skating are of course, available.

Additionally the hotel has its own ice-fishing shanty, and the chef will happily prepare your catch of the day for supper. The Point also fires up the grill for snow barbecues (guests are advised to dress warmly) and antiquing abounds in the nearby villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Visit the property in February and you'll be in town for the nation's oldest winter carnival.

The Olympic facilities in nearby Lake Placid offer the only public bobsled and luge runs in the country, tobogganning, dog sledding, speed skating, ski jumping, alpine ski competitions, international hockey and figure skating, and aerial competitions. The Point provides cross-country skis, poles and boots; snowshoes; ice fishing equipment; ice skates, hockey sticks and pucks.