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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.

Ski the Tetons: The Powerful, New Jackson Hole Tram

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

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

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

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.

Walk on the Wild Side with Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

By: K. Clare Johnson

Nemacolin Woodlands ResortJust in case 3,000 snow-covered acres in Pennsylvania just ripe for skiing, snow tubing, and dog sledding weren't enough. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has just opened The WildSide. This unique entertainment emporium boasts an eight lane bowling alley, over 65 arcade games, a sports bar and restaurant, exotic bird habitat, and an indoor climbing wall. If all of that isn't enough to hold your interest, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Spa offers over 100 treatments.

Room, Breakfast, Lift Tickets: Save 20 Percent on Ski Packages with Fairmont Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau Lake LouisePrime powder, first-rate runs, majestic peaks... Our northern neighbor entices serious skiers and snow-boarders to its world-class terrain. (Plus there's lots of excitement with Canada hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.) Fairmont Hotels and Resorts points out that "our winter is 178 days long." So why not tear it up on the slopes? Fairmont has luxurious lodging in Canada's prime ski spots (often with direct ski-in/ski-out access), and you can get a real value with Fairmont's Ultimate Ski Package which combines accommodations, breakfast and two adult lift tickets per day, with rates starting around $230. (They fluctuate depending on the Canadian dollar.) Participating hotels include Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park, Fairmont Tremblant, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.

Let It Snow: Sensational Skiing in the Swiss Alps at Badrutt’s Palace

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutt's PalaceSkiers, rejoice. With prime conditions in the Swiss Alps after a fresh blanketing of snow, the pistes at St. Moritz have never looked better. Where to stay to experience the ultimate alpine experience? Winter at Badrutt's Palace Hotel is legendary, and you won't be disappointed by the swanky accommodations and apres-ski scene. After all, distinguished guests have been flocking here since 1856 for the spectacular views and service. Don't miss a meal at Nobu Restaurant, or a creative cocktail at the world-famous bar.

Vermont’s Stately Equinox Gets Revamped

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.


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

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

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.