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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.

Buy One Night, Get the Second Night Free at The Arrabelle at Vail Square


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Arrabelle at Vail SquareSince the resort's opening this winter, there's been lots of buzz about The Arrabelle at Vail Square. Just steps from Vail's Eagle Bahn gondola, the luxury resort ups the ante for the region's luxury resorts. The 36 guest rooms are lavish, averaging 500 square feet each, and come with in-room martini bars, fireplaces and five-piece baths. Designed to reflect the ambiance of the European Alps, the resort has an après ski scene to match: with a grand lobby with bar and fireplace, rooftop pools, and an après ski deck. Guests are pampered with their very own personal concierge services (plus ski and book valet and storage). Take advantage of a special offer, "Buy One, Get One," from now until March 13, 2008. When you stay Sunday-Thursday at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, you'll get a complimentary second night stay when you buy one night. Rates starting from $425.

Note: The RockResorts Spa, fitness center, pool and hot tubs at The Arrabelle at Vail Square should open this weekend.


Four Seasons Resort Whistler: $400 Resort Credit and Complimentary Skiing


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons WhistlerWhistler is, hands down, North America's top ski destination. The numbers don't lie: Whistler's got the biggest vertical rise (5,280 feet) and the most terrain (8,171 acres) in North America. Surrounded by glaciers and soaring peaks, the future site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is also home to some of Canada's most exclusive resorts. Four Seasons Whistler guarantees a mountain vacation like no other. With endless activities indoors and out, Four Seasons is the ultimate winter getaway. Think morning lessons with the exclusive Ski Elite program, cross-country skiing on more than 28 kilometers of trails, and sleigh rides through a winter wonderland. Limited time special offer: When you stay four nights at the Four Seasons, you'll receive a CAD 400 credit with one complimentary day of skiing! Rates start at CAD 435 per room, per night, and the credit can be used toward food, beverage or spa charges. After a day on the slopes, treat yourself to a signature skier's massage in the spa and fireside meal at Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Bar. The one-day free ski is based upon the purchase of a minimum three-day ski pass. Available until April 12, 2008.


Hotel de Charme Les Airelles: Ski the Alps in Courchevel, France


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Charme Les AirellesBed down in five-star luxury at the most sought-after lodgings in the Alps. The exclusive ski resort of Courchevel caters to a glamorous crowd of international jet-setters who flock here for the snow and hopping après-ski scene. Escape to the recently-renovated Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, the hotel of choice for the International Olympic Committee during the 1992 Winter Games. The fabulous spa, touted as a "winter wonderland" with waterfalls, soundproof shower booths, and a unique snow cave, is out of this world. Cozy, elegant and charming, Les Airelles resembles the grand ski chalets of another era. And the setting is just as stunning, with ski runs right out the door. The Ski Valet is there to help with your equipment and boots and give you the best tips about the "3 Vallées", arguably the greatest ski area in the world. The new restaurant, "Pierre Gagnaire pour Les Airelles"-- serving cuisine from the superstar chef-- already has quite the following.


Leap Year Special at The Pines Lodge, Beaver Creek, from $115 per night


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rock Resorts ColoradoStay at The Pines Lodge, the award-winning ski-in/ski-out resort nestled at the base of Beaver Creek, during the 2008 Leap Year and receive one night of lodging for free! Situated between towering aspen and pine groves, The Pines Lodge is renowned for its AAA Four-Diamond dining at Grouse Mountain Grill, intimate accommodations, unmatched mountain views, and rich variety of amenities. Plus, there's a slew of outdoor activities right outside your front door! Book the Leap Year Special, available until December 22, 2008, and get an extra day soaking up all that luxury at The Pines Lodge. Rates start at just $115 per night for a three-night stay when you factor in the complimentary night.


Buzzworthy: The Little Nell, Aspen Will Open New Luxury Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Little NellThe legendary après-ski scene at The Little Nell in Aspen is about to hit the road. Rumor has it that the five-star Little Nell is expanding as a brand, with other hotels slated for Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Snowmass. This is great news for Little Nell devotees, who have come to see the luxurious accommodations and impeccable service at The Little Nell as a benchmark for ski resorts worldwide.


The Alps Melt and a Swiss Ski Resort Goes for $1


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The New York Times has the skinny on the fate of small Alpine ski stations in the face of melting snows brought about by global warming. Recently, Bruno Prior, a British entrepreneur, snatched up the ski resort of Ernen for one Swiss franc. After suffering heavy losses (and no snow), the Ernen ski-lift company was forced to shut down the four ski lifts. In an act of desperation, Ernen decided to give away the lifts to the investor who could best assist the village. With plans to invest as much as $45 million to build new hotels and lifts, Prior saved the small village from an uncertain fate.


The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid Goes Green


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Whiteface LodgeNow there's another reason to love this award-winning hotel nestled in the Adirondacks. You can make your reservation carbon neutral! The Whiteface Lodge-- the magnificent rustic lodge fashioned after the Great Camps of the early 20th century-- recently announced its participation in the Leading Hotels of the World's Green Initiative, a carbon off-set program to encourage greener travel. Indulge yourself in a luxurious spa weekend or ski getaway,* while feeling good that your carbon footprint has been offset with carbon-neutral accommodations.

*Luxury translates into the details: 24 hour services including in-suite dining and concierge services, plus loads of in-room delights: jetted tubs, pillow-top beds, cast iron gas fireplaces and LCD, high-definition televisions. Plus, The Whiteface Lodge is the only luxury resort in the region to offer private jet service to guests as well as charter plane transportation to and from all major airports directly into Lake Placid.

Choose the 3 Night Winter Stay Package (priced at $395 per night for three consecutive nights in a superior or deluxe one bedroom suite) and get breakfast for two each day, plus a $300 room credit at the end of your stay. Available until March 31, 2008.


Spotlight On: Eco-Friendly Kitchens at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau FrontenacGood news from Fairmont's eco-friendly luxury hotels... Not only is Fairmont Hotels and Resorts committed to energy-efficient practices, but also green kitchen operations. When the trendy talk these days is all about lessening our carbon footprint on the planet, Fairmont is actually taking action. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is devoted to organic and sustainable local menus, as well as finding ways to run an environmentally responsible kitchen. Case in point: Fairmont locations in the Pacific Northwest which partner with Rodney Strong Vineyards, an organic wine producer that operates with solar power and takes steps to ensure soil and water conservation. And Ottawa's beautiful Fairmont Chateau Laurier is connecting local producers with businesses by hosting events such as "Farmer-Chef Meet and Greet." In British Columbia, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and The Fairmont Empress were the first hotels to join the Ocean Wise program run by the Vancouver Aquarium which promotes the use of sustainable seafood. In Bermuda, the chefs at The Fairmont Southampton and The Fairmont Hamilton work closely with local fishermen to source a variety of line-caught fish. Even the staff cafeteria at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise creates eco-friendly menus focused on locally-grown and organic ingredients. And get this-- starting this year, the Fairmont Newport Beach will hire a "local forager" to visit local organic produce markets to buy choice goods for the hotel. Bravo.


Seven-Day Super Sale at St. Regis Hotels and Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis AspenFor a limited time, score extraordinary rates at some of the finest hotels in the world. Starwood's swanky brand of five-star hotels, St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, are up for grabs for select dates in 2008. Make advance reservations in Aspen, for some superb winter skiing or summer sports, and find room rates from $225. Or choose San Francisco's impossibly chic St. Regis and experience award-winning service and style starting from just $309. Monarch Beach, Houston, and Fort Lauderdale are also on sale. But hurry, this sale is only available from January 8- January 14, 2008.


Untracked Powder and No Hassle Heli-Skiing: Rusty Parrot Lodge, Jackson Hole


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rusty Parrot Lodge and SpaThe snowcapped peaks around Grand Teton National Park average over 400 inches of snow a year, meaning Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boasts some of the best skiing anywhere. With a vertical drop of 1,260 meters and over 1,000 hectares of skiing and snowboarding terrain, Jackson is the place to be this winter. The valleys, blanketed with white until April, are the ideal place for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and snowshoeing to track winter wildlife. Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa invites you to discover this winter wonderland while enjoying the creature comforts at this five-star hideaway. After a day of adrenaline-pumping activity, retreat to the Body Sage Spa for a pampering massage, enjoy fine dining at the acclaimed Wild Sage restaurant, or soak up the views of Snow King Mountain from the outdoor hot tub. Book the Powder Package and get four nights accommodation (King or Double Queen room with oversized soaking tubs), daily lift tickets, a full chef-prepared Jackson style breakfast each morning, and complimentary transportation to Jackson Hotel Mountain Resort. Priced from $956 per room, per stay, available until March 23, 2008 (excluding December 21, 2007-January 2008). Or choose the No-Hassle Heli-Skiing Package, and enjoy five nights accommodation, two days of heli-skiing with lunch at the heli-deli when high-mountain heli-skiing, two days of skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, breakfast daily, dinner for two at Wild Sage restaurant, and two Arnica sports massages. Priced from $5,590 per room, per stay.