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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.

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

January 9, 2008
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

January 4, 2008
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

December 21, 2007
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.


Ski Free Stay Free: Rocky Mountain Getaway with RockResorts

December 17, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

RockResorts ColoradoThe snow is falling fast. In the past week, the Rockies have been blanketed with over three feet of snow. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and experience powder-filled slopes and sunny skies at one of RockResort's Colorado hotels! Nestled at the base of some of the best ski resorts in the world, RockResorts combine unmatched skiing with luxurious accommodations and award-winning service. Take advantage of a special package and get free nights and lift tickets. At the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, for example, the Ski Free Stay Free package (starting from $450 per night) means a fourth night free plus one day of skiing and complimentary slopeside ski storage at Aspen Sports. Or choose the package at Keystone, starting at $459 per night, and discover hundreds of acres of varied terrain from Dercum Mountain's beginner terrain to The Outback's expert terrain and Area 51, Colorado's largest nightpark. And at the Pines Lodge, with access to Vail and Beaver Creek, the package starts at $348 per night.


Kids Ski Free at The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia

December 14, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The HomesteadEnjoy endless winter activities-- skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice-skating and guided snowmobile tours for the whole family-- at The Homestead, one of the most celebrated and storied Virginia resorts. Reward the whole family with a getaway in the mountains and discover a winter wonderland. Outdoors, days are filled with fun in the snow. Indoors, you'll find a world-class spa, fitness center, bowling alley, historic movie theater and indoor pool. Rooms start from just $199 per night, plus kids under 12 ski for free! Available from January 2- March 15, 2008.


Ultimate Ski Experience in Quebec with Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

December 7, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau FrontenacOverlooking the St. Lawrence River just 30 minutes from Quebec City, fresh, untracked powder blankets the trails: a real winter wonderland. The NYT sings the praises of this oft-overlooked ski destination: "the mountains of Quebec's suburbs are the hidden jewels of the early ski season." Why choose the crowded slopes of Vermont when you can opt for this magical wilderness setting, combined with a stay in one of North America's oldest and prettiest towns: Old Quebec City? Mont Ste.-Anne is "the biggest of the resorts within a half-hour of Quebec only 10 percent of the annual visitors come from the United States." Plus, a trip to Quebec means a stay at the award-winning Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, the majestic heritage hotel that is itself a landmark in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated high on a bluff in the historic city center. Spend the day on the slopes or out on the town, soaking up the European charm of Quebec City, and then kick back après-ski in your very own castle. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac has put together a Ski Package which includes accommodations, full buffet breakfast at Le Café de la Terrasse, and one day ski lift ticket at a choice of two mountains: Mont Ste-Anne or Stoneham. Starting from CAD 369 per night, available until April 27, 2008.


Hit the Slopes this Saturday at Mystic Mountain, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

December 6, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nemacolin WoodlandsEast Coasters, grab your skis and snowboards. Snow is falling in the Laurel Highlands and winter weather is in the forecast. Mystic Mountain-- 25 acres of fun, short lines, friendly trails and experienced instructors-- will be open to welcome skiers of all levels on Saturday, December 8, 2007. This is Western Pennsylvania's ideal learning environment for first-timers, but there is also plenty of terrain for the pros. There are 10 slopes, ranging from beginner to expert, with a 300 foot vertical drop, three lifts-- 100 percent illuminated for night skiing. Easily accessible and incredibly popular during its 20 year history, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is your indoor and outdoor winter destination. With winter weather on the horizon, you'll find all sorts of activities at the resort: dog sledding, surrey rides, snow-tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. But if snowsports aren't your thing, head inside and indulge in some special holiday treatments at the world-class Woodlands Spa or fine dining with French flair at the AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec restaurant.


Winter Getaway at The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid

December 6, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Whiteface LodgeIt's a most wonderful time of the year in Lake Placid, ranked one of the best ski experiences in North America by Condé Nast Traveler. The Whiteface Lodge, offering the rustic sophistication of the Adirondack Great Camps, is decked out for the holidays. From piano entertainment in the lounge to gourmet holiday dinners at Steak & Stinger, The Whiteface Lodge is brimming with festive good cheer. Indeed the hotel has even devised a special Couple's Spa Package to ease the yuletide stress. There's been lots of buzz about the luxurious new spa, selected as one of the elite Leading Spas of the World, and the two-night stay with daily breakfast and one couple's massage ($1,100 per couple) offers the perfect pre-holiday escape. There's an array of seasonal activities just outside the front door. The Lodge has its very own ice-skating rink; a year-round heated swimming pool; and nearby cross-country trails. Whiteface Mountain opened November 23, 2007 with excellent conditions for downhill skiers, and pre-season lift ticket rates are in effect through December 15th.


Hotel Terra: Go Green in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

December 3, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Terra, Jackson HoleLuxurious, hip, and 100 percent green. Welcome to the Hotel Terra in Jackson Hole, a LEED-certified boutique property that is the first in a worldwide collection of eco-hotels from the Terra Resort Group. Just 50 steps from the new tram in Teton Village, the Hotel Terra is brand spanking new, an architectural marvel with oodles of luxurious touches. The hotel's commitment to environmental sustainability is everywhere-- from water conservation systems to recycled "Eco Shake" roof shingles. It all starts with the bed. Plush and comfortable, the custom-designed Terra Bed has a natural mattress created specifically for the hotel, topped with 100 percent organic cotton sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers. Decadence can be good for you! And the 72-room hotel doesn't skimp on the luxury. Amenities include a rooftop spa with outdoor hot tub (from where you can gaze at the snow-capped Tetons), breakfast café (serving healthy items with organic ingredients), an Italian restaurant with a lively bar and outdoor dining with fire pit, and complimentary wireless Internet access. So whether you are eager to check out Jackson's slopes (with an annual average of 459 inches of snow and a slew of backcountry options) or Grand Teton National Park's bountiful summertime surprises, the Hotel Terra is the place to stay.


The Sky Lodge Shakes Things Up In Park City, Utah

November 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sky Lodge, Park City, UtahThere's a new luxury hotel on the block. Now the faithful who make the pilgrimage to the Sundance Film Festival every year have another swanky option. The Sky Lodge will debut on December 26, 2007 and is set to become the hottest thing west of the Mississippi. The tagline? Soho meets the mountains. The experience here goes far beyond 400-thread-count sheets and the usual high-tech gadgetry (like multiple flat panel HDTV and Bose surround sound systems with iPod cradles). They're aiming to create over-the-top indulgence in every aspect of the resort. Located in the heart of historic Old Town at the corner of Main Street and Heber Avenue, The Sky Lodge exudes luxury in the details: fire pits in the lounge, private cedar hot tubs, trendy restaurants, tranquil Japanese-influenced spa, complimentary cocktails and nibbles served nightly in the Sky Club... The Sky Lodge's philosophy? YouCentricity.