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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.

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.


Culture Tour of Switzerland with the Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel Collection

August 18, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palace Hotel LuzernExplore Switzerland's most exciting and attractive destinations with the exclusive Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel Collection. Defined by a luxurious ambiance and century-old tradition of hospitality, these five-star hotels are located in four top spots in a small, but delightfully diverse, country. Indeed, you can create your own itinerary and discover the dramatic Alpine scenery and crystal-clear lakes in Zurich, Lucerne, Berne and Interlaken. The Victoria-Jungfrau Collection has created a special package for guests to discover the scenic cities and cultural treasures of the country. With the "Culture Tour," you can enjoy any combination of 5 overnights at the Eden Au Lac in Zurich (with sweeping views of Lake Zurich); the Palace Luzern (a landmark of old world elegance nestled on the shores of Lake Lucerne); and the Bellevue Palace, the pearl of luxury hotels in Berne (situated directly next to the Swiss Parliament Building). Plus, you get daily buffet breakfast, free use of the Palace Spa facilities, the ZurichCard when staying in Zurich (72 hours worth of free public transport, free and reduced-price admissions), a private escorted city walk through Berne, and a private city walk through Lucerne which includes the Rosengart Collection. Valid until December 21, 2008, the "Culture Tour" is priced at CHF 1790 per person (double occupancy) for 5 nights.


The Best of Interlaken, Switzerland: Spa Cruise and More with the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa

August 15, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake BrienzA stay at Interlaken's finest hotel, the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa, is itself an unforgettable experience. The panoramic views, over the lakes of Thun and Brienz to the Alps, are breathtaking. With an outstanding spa and wellness center and impeccable service, the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel embodies Old World European grandeur and is beloved by connoisseurs who appreciate the finer things in life. The best hotel in Switzerland's beautiful resort town of Interlaken, the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand is also a fixture on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, which describes this first-class resort as follows:

Hardwood floors and bright colors create a loftlike feel in rooms, while stained glass windows in the reception area and satin-upholstered chairs pay homage to La Belle Epoque. "The old and new opulence are in great balance." The nineteenth-century lakefront property surveys a park and snowcapped mountains. Dining on Swiss food in the Jungfrau Brasserie is "like eating in an old-fashioned grand ballroom."

The Spa Cruise with Victoria-Jungfrau Grand HotelOver two weekends in September, the Victoria-Jungfrau partners with the Bernese Oberland Shipping Company to offer guests a luxurious spa cruise on the magnificent Lake Brienz (pictured). The MS Jungfrau is transformed into a "floating oasis of pleasure" so that guests can relax and take a deep breath in these majestic surroundings. Awaiting onboard: a variety of wellness and fitness activities, such as massages, masks, foot rituals, taiji, qigong and speeding bikes. Available Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, and September 27th and 28th.

Photo of Lake Brienz Via Switzerland Traveler


Babymoons and More: Complimentary Fourth Night at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek

July 15, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Bachelor GulchWinter is certainly not the only time to visit this Rocky Mountain luxury destination. Situated next to Beaver Creek Mountain and surrounded by vast, sublime wilderness, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch exudes the pioneering spirit of the American West. A year-round destination resort, guests can enjoy Colorado's highest rated golf courses, with preferred tee times courtesy of the private Red Sky Golf Club, countless outdoor adventures, Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant, and the unrivaled luxury of The Bachelor Gulch Spa, the Vail Valley's only Mobil Four-Star Spa. And of course this AAA Five-Diamond resort offers the finest service, in the Ritz-Carlton tradition, with a Guest Relations team who will help custom-design your Vail Valley experience even before your arrival. Here's a special for American-Express Cardholders: Book 3 consecutive nights at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and the fourth night is on the house! (Payment must be made by American Express card. Valid through September 30.) Plus, parents-to-be can enjoy a Babymoon Spa Experience at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulf, recently highlighted as a Deal of the Week by the New York Daily News. Start off with a 30-minute prenatal yoga class for moms-to-be while dads get personal training tips with a certified fitness instructor. Next, the couple will enjoy side-by-side massages (the women get the Mellow Mama Maternity Massage, while les hommes get the Bachelor Gulf Signature Massage.) You’ll also get a picnic for two. Available through October, with rates starting at $420.


Group Hikes in the Green Mountains and Organic Eats at Topnotch Resort, Vermont

July 10, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Topnotch Resort and SpaThe Green Mountains of Vermont are not just a favorite destination for skiiers. The summer recreational pursuits are unlimited at Topnotch Resort and Spa, a premier destination retreat in New England. Try your hand at fly-fishing, hit the trails on a mountain bike, go canoeing, or enjoy guided English and Western trail rides from the Topnotch Equestrian Center. For the second season, the popular Group Hiking program returns to Topnotch, with moderately paced, fitness-focused and small-group hikes into the Green Mountains departing each Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. Of course guests at the AAA-Four Diamond resort may be content to just stay on-site. After all, the Tennis Center at Topnotch was recognized as the No. 1 tennis resort in the Northeast in 2006 by Tennis Magazine. And the 35,000 square-foot Spa has been acclaimed as one of the Top 10 Resort Spas in America. Other facilities include an indoor pool with a cascading massage waterfall, two new outdoor pools, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Plus, summer guests will swoon over the new menu at Norma's, the resort's signature restaurant, featuring local organic provisions served up in the action-packed open kitchen. Summer rates start at $385 per night (double occupancy).

PS. Pets are welcome at TopNotch.