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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.

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.


Recession Savings at Luxury Hotels like Fairmont: Spectacular Seven Day Winter Sale

October 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau MontebelloThese days, deals abound at five-star lodgings. Occupancy rates are down and luxury hotels are slashing their rates. Case in point: The big Seven Day Sale at Fairmont Hotels, where you can get 20 percent savings plus a free night when you book by October 27th for stays between November 3 and April 15, 2009. Bed down at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, the world's largest log cabin, hit up the Windy City with $155 rates at the Fairmont Chicago, bask in Bermuda for $189 at the Fairmont Southampton, or secure $119 rates in Silicon Valley at the Fairmont San Jose. An added perk: You can earn double airline miles on Fairmont's partner airlines (Air Canada, United and American) when you book the Only One Way rates.


Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City: Pre-Holiday December Deal, Plus Fifth Night Free

October 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer ValleyTake a break between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year and get treated to a real holiday gift: a five-star bargain at the celebrated Stein Eriksen Lodge. You can snag a Deluxe room for $350 per room, per night with bountiful buffet breakfast included. (Minimum two-night stay required; available December 9-25th). Plus, if you book four nights, you'll get a fifth night for free. One of the country's only Mobil five star resorts, the legendary Stein Eriksen Lodge is set in the mountain wonderland of Deer Valley Resort. Named for the Olympic Gold Medalist from Norway, the Lodge emanates European elegance. Discriminating travelers stake out a stay here for the impeccable, almost unimaginable service. You'll experience some of the best year-round recreation and cultural activities in the world, and idyllic facilities including a world-class spa.


Buzz: Le Meurice’s Award-Winning Chef Yannick Alleno Will Create Menu for Cheval Blanc, Courchevel

October 22, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Yannick AlenoGourmands who make pilgrimages to Le Meurice in Paris for a taste of Yannick Alléno's celebrated cuisine will be pleased to learn that the Michelin three-starred chef is designing the menu for the Cheval Blanc, the luxury four-star hotel located in the ski resort of Courchevel. Alléno will bring his creative, contemporary approach to haute cuisine when reinventing the classic alpine dishes.

Image Via Le Monde's L'Assiette Blog


Ski Pampered in Colorado at Capella Telluride

October 17, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Capella TellurideCapella Telluride fills the niche of an ultra luxury mountain ski hotel with meticulous and exceptional personalized service that is the foundation of the Capella concept. The Capella experience begins from the moment of your booking with a Capella Personal Assistant. With your tastes and preferences in mind, they work with you to set the stage for relaxation and adventure with a customized itinerary that offers a list of things to do, sites to explore, and restaurants to experience. Your adventures may range from ice skating, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter to golf and rock climbing in the summer and cultural events that are offered year around to enjoy. With 86 luxurious rooms and 14 suites that are spacious, sophisticated and supremely comfortable and all incorporating the finest woods, stones, marble, and textiles, Capella Telluride offers the perfect setting for your guest experience. Each accommodation offers LCD TVs, iPod Docking Stations, wireless LAN, bedside touch panel for lighting and drapes to set the stage and mode, private refreshment centers stocked with complimentary mineral waters and soft drinks, picture windows, and balconies to invite the outdoors in, and unforgettable views that stretch from rugged peaks to the vibrant village below. Enjoy a sensational dinner at The Onyx, an invigorating swim in the indoor/outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, or renew yourself at the intimate spa, all while enjoying the inspirational mountain views and experience the pampering that is the distinctive style that has become the Capella Signature.


Austria’s Hotel Jagdhof Spa Announces the Glacier opening!

October 14, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel JagdhofPull out your parkas, the glacier is open! Hotel Jagdhof Spa has announced special package deals to accompany the opening of the Stubai Glacier. Enjoy 4 or 7 nights in your reserved room, the Jagdhof Gourmet Service, One 60-minute Tyrolean Massage, a 3 or 6 day glacier ski pass, and complimentary shuttle bus to the Stubai Glacier. You'll also get access to Hotel Jagdhof's award-winning spa, which boasts 17 treatment rooms. Prices start at 4 days from Euro 737 and 7 days from Euro 1,107. Happy Skiing!


Luxury in the Leaves with Rock Resorts: Autumn Special in Colorado and Santa Fe

October 13, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Arrabelle at Vail SquareGet out there and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage that's peaking in New England and the Rocky Mountains. RockResorts has come up with an autumn package that's bound to inspire foliage fanatics. Each package, starting from just $149 per night, offers a free room upgrade, welcome bottle of wine, and locally-inspired fall adventure. At the swanky Hotel Jerome in Aspen, you can enjoy a thrilling jeep tour through the changing leaves in Aspen (package priced from $355 per night), while the Pines Lodge offers a Hummer Tour through the aspen and pine groves on the slopes of Beaver Creek (priced from $235 per night). You'll enjoy a hike and picnic adventure from the AAA Four Diamond Keystone Lodge and Spa (priced from $284), and complimentary use of a Volvo at The Lodge at Vail (priced from $149 per night). The new Arrabelle at Vail Square is offering a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the Vail Valley (priced from $399), while Santa Fe's finest hotel, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa, offers a guided hike through the Aspen groves in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from $359 per night.


RockResorts Announces: Tempo Miami and The Mansfield Inn at Stowe

October 2, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

RockResorts is proud to announce the imminent opening of its two new properties, Tempo Miami and The Mansfield Inn at Stowe.

RockResortsTempo Miami, a 67-story structure with 56 modern hotel rooms and 305 residences, offers breathtaking views of the Biscayne Bay from floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Tempo Miami offers its guests the finest in luxury with an 8,000 square foot RockResorts Spa, and enticing street side restaurant, Amuse. Guest suites offer a full view of the Bay and elite decoration for modern sophistication. Tempo Miami is sure to quickly rise to the top of everyone’s "must visit" list.

Also opening in time for the 2010/2011 ski season is The Mansfield Inn at Stowe, Vermont. The Mansfield Inn will offer the finest in ski resort accommodations, while maintaining that rustic air of a traditional ski resort. The Inn will include a 6,000 square foot RockResorts Spa, a three-course fine dining restaurant, indoor and outdoor heated pools, and hot tubs. Sure to charm its guests with its quaint traditional feel yet pamper guests with its elaborate luxury, The Mansfield Inn at Stowe is a ski vacation you won’t want to miss.


News from Whistler: The New Peak 2 Peak Gondola Connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

October 1, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau WhistlerSkiers, rejoice. North America's number 1 ski resort, the epic Whistler Blackcomb, has just gotten even better. It has the biggest vertical rise in North America, the most terrain, and come December, Whistler will boast the new Peak 2 Peak gondola connecting both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Lucky skiers can save time, and experience unbelievable views from the "highest distance in the world above a valley floor," by traveling between British Columbia's two mighty peaks. The 2.73-mile ride takes 11 minutes, and travels the world's longest unsupported span.

Via NYT Travel


Three for Free with Hyatt Hotels (Breakfast, Room Upgrade, and One Night- On the House!)

September 15, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and SpaHow about a free night on the Hawaiian island of Kauai? Or at the swanky Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, Colorado? Plus a complimentary room upgrade and sumptuous American breakfast? Hyatt is currently running a fantastic promotion to inspire travelers to treat themselves to a fall vacation. With the "Three for Free" package, you can enjoy a free night (based on length of stay), a 1-category room upgrade, and full American breakfast for two daily. There's no catch on this hot deal. You must stay between September 1 and December 19, 2008, and American Express Cardmembers also receive a welcome amenity and late checkout when paying with any American Express Card(R) and requesting offer code AX3FF at the time of reservation.

Park Hyatt Beaver CreekHere's the scoop on some of the superb properties participating in "Three for Free":

Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa: Home to one of the best swimming pools in the U.S. But that's not all. Beautiful beaches, tennis and golf are big draws as well.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with ski-in/ski-out access and indulgent amenities. The water-based spa experience at the Allegria Spa is not-to-be missed.

Hyatt Regency Aruba: The ultimate island escape with sailing, water sports, and 8,000-square foot pool complex, the luxurious Stillwater spa, and six tempting restaurants.