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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.

Vermont’s Stately Equinox Gets Revamped

December 30, 2008
By: Mackenzie Allison

The Equinox, VermontAmerican history buffs can find warm New England respite at The Equinox in Manchester Village, VT. We hear that the historic property (its Great Room is shown here) has wrapped up a $20 million restoration by the in-demand designer Geoffrey Bradfield throughout its four unique buildings. Now, guestrooms feature hand-carved wardrobes; marble vanities; floor-length draperies, cozy leather armchairs and a color palette of dark brown, beige and slate blue.

History Lesson: The property has hosted American presidents Taft, Grant, Harrison and Teddy Roosevelt. The Equinox's other accommodations also have great backstory. The Orvis Inn is the former home of Orvis founder Charles Orvis, while 1811 House was once the summer home of Abraham Lincoln's granddaughter.

Foodies can enjoy recent additions such as the Chop House, which serves up mouth-watering steaks. Remember to save time for a nightcap at The Marsh Tavern, a watering hole of presidents since 1796.

Visit www.EquinoxResort.com.


Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre: Check into Luxury at America’s Top-Rated Ski Resort

December 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Whistler Village CentrePan Pacific Whistler Village Centre just landed at the top of the list in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Poll "Top 20 Ski Resorts." Not only did the hotel score the highest for its location at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, but it also was ranked numero uno for its rooms and design. It's little wonder that guests go gaga over this place; each of the spacious suites has a full-size kitchen, soaking tub with Aveda bath amenities, gas fireplace, and flat-screen TV with DVD and CD player. Not to mention the stellar skiing right outside the front door. The number one ski resort in North America offers over 8,000 acres of ski-able terrain stretching over eight miles, including North America's steepest mile vertical drop. (The hotel has a complimentary ski valet.) Fortify for a day on the slopes with the scrumptious breakfast buffet, and when you return, you'll be thrilled to unwind in one of the outdoor hot tubs with breathtaking mountain views, or with a massage at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre's spa.


Silver Strike Lodge: Luxury Ski-in, Ski-out Property in Deer Valley Resort, Park City

December 10, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Silver Strike Lodge, Deer ValleyDeer Valley was named the number one ski resort in North America by readers of SKI magazine in 2008 and again in 2009, and Outside Traveler loves it for its excellent attention to service and cuisine. This luxury mountain has just opened a new lodge next to the Silver Strike Express chairlift at the Empire Pass area. The 33-suite property is all about elegant nostalgia:

Like that of the mining tycoons of the early 20th century, Silver Strike Lodge presents a treasured way of life. Ski into the rustic elegance of the main lodge and you are welcomed by a handsome clubroom adorned with a massive stone fireplace, picturesque windows and a quiet library. Gather to toast and celebrate, as you relax in the outstanding comfort and luxury. Use the complimentary Dial-A-Ride service to enjoy the fine dining in and around Park City, or spend time on the heated, outdoor plaza, with luxurious spa pools, warming fire pit and memorable Silver Strike Express Chairlift access.

You'll also find free apres-ski tastings prepared by local chefs.


Ski Stimulus Package at Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid, New York

December 8, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mirror Lake InnThe temperatures have plummeted, snow is on the forecast, and East Coast snow bunnies are looking to take advantage of a "flurry of ski deals." Head to Lake Placid, NY for some Adirondack elegance and get cozy at the Mirror Lake Inn, situated on eight pristine lakefront acres. Rated one of the Top 50 Ski Hotels 2008 by Conde Nast Traveler, Mirror Lake Inn has an abundance of winter recreational activities the whole family will enjoy. Take advantage of the "Ski Stimulus Package", priced from $290 per night with a minimum three-night stay, and you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations in a Noonmark Room, a three day pass per adult to Whiteface Mountain, a hearty Adirondack breakfast in The View for two adults, and one $50 credit that can be used in the spa or at any of our three onsite restaurants. This is the best "ski and stay" package we've seen in awhile.


Ski the Canadian Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs: Naughty or Nice Christmas Package

December 4, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Banff Springs

Discover Canada's majestic wilderness at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a symbol of Rocky Mountain magnificence for more than a century. Modeled after a Scottish baronial castle, the resort offers a European-style spa, world-class cuisine, and unparalleled skiing on the surrounding snow-covered peaks. In fact, your lift ticket gives you access to three different ski areas: Banff's Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village or Lake Louise Ski Area. Celebrate your favorite holiday traditions at Fairmont's Castle in the Rockies. You'll fall in love with the colorfully-decorate Christmas tree in your guest room (no clean-up required). Your family can enjoy a slew of activities in this winter wonderland: wilderness walks, cookie-decorating, sumptuous brunches, dinner and dancing. Spend Christmas at the Castle and you'll get accommodations, daily breakfast, your very own Christmas tree, a welcome gift, and gratuities included. Available from December 21- 30th, 2008, starting from just CAD 209 per adult, per night. The children's rate is $25 per night.


Rest and Restore, Italian-Style, at Alpen Palace Deluxe Hotel and Spa

December 1, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

What better place to recover and restore your sanity and health than Italy? Alpen Palace Deluxe Hotel and Spa is offering a Winter Wellness Package that's sure to cure what ails you. Alpen Palace Deluxe Hotel and Spa Resort Starting at EUR 1,008, you'll get seven nights in a selected room, which includes 2/3 Wellness Pension and use of the Wellness and Spa area. You'll also get an Ahrntal Winter card that has discounts for ski passes, ski rentals, and more. Even better, the hotel has arranged some special outings for you. On Tuesday, enjoy tobogganing by moonlight on South Tyrol's longest night-time toboggan run. Wednesday it's a romantic sleigh ride through the winter wonderland that is the Italian Ahrntal. Finally indulge in the Winter Magic Comfort Program, which features a herbal foot bath, steam bath, full body vitality massage with steamed herbal stamp massage, and a head and face massage. Don't forget to take advantage of the 80 mountains with over 3,000 meters of perfect ski slopes, and take a soak in the heated outdoor pool.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Alpen Palace Deluxe Hotel and Spa will receive an exclusive wellness voucher in the amount of 50 Euros for the luxurious spa.


Free Tuesday Nights at The Arrabelle at Vail Square

November 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Arrabelle at Vail SquareThanks to our friends at Hotelchatter, we got the scoop about a cool offer at the swanky, new Arrabelle at Vail Square: "Free Tuesdays." And here we were thinking that RockResort's "Kids Eat Free" special was a good deal (available at Arrabelle, The Pines Lodge, The Lodge at Vail, and the Keystone Lodge). Book a minimum of three nights and you'll get your Tuesday for free at The Arrabelle. Rates start at just $197 per night, and the offer is available until the end of ski season in April.


Buzzworthy: The Osprey at Beaver Creek Opens December 14

November 14, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Osprey at Beaver CreekWe've had our eyes on this one for awhile. The latest hotel from RockResorts is billed as "closer to a ski lift than any other hotel in all of North America." And the amenities-- after a $7 million transformation-- look downright elegant. To celebrate its opening on December 14th, 2008, The Osprey is offering a package to "let your idea of true mountain luxury take flight." Fittingly called "First Flight," the package includes three nights accommodation in a King Superior Room with fireplace, one dinner for two at the Tapas Lounge at The Osprey, daily breakfast for two, meet and greet at Vail Eagle Airport with transportation to The Osprey, gourmet picnic basket, and a bottle of Champagne and chocolates upon arrival. Available January 1, 2009 through April 12, 2009.


Family Fun in Whistler: 50 Percent Off Second Room at Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre

October 30, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Whistler Village CentreWhistler Blackcomb is the next best thing to Europe, says the Outside Magazine Ski Hot List, because of the "big vertical. Like Yao Ming big." This is the largest ski resort in North America, and like the Alps, the "5,280-foot-vertical descent drops directly from top to bottom." And now there's a new gondola in place connecting the two peaks (Whistler and Blackcomb), to boot. Escape to the 83-suite Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre Hotel and you'll be able to revitalize at the boutique spa, relax poolside at the year-round outdoor heated salt water lap pool or enjoy one of the hotel's two outdoor hot tubs, all with spectacular views of the idyllic mountains. Enjoy a Fall Family Getaway until November 30, 2008 and you'll get 50 percent off the second room.


Free Massage for November Bookings at Stowe Mountain Lodge

October 29, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Stowe Mountain LodgeFile this under flashy freebies. Luxury hotels are courting you, dear reader. And the deals are real. When you book a stay at the new Stowe Mountain Lodge, you'll get a massage on the house. Just choose the "Spa Spectacular" special.