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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.

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.


Sun Valley, Idaho: The Legend Lives On

November 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sun ValleyThis Friday, November 30, 2007, top-to-bottom skiing opens on Bald Mountain. More ski runs and lifts will be open to allow skiers access to the first powder of the season. Baldy's sprawling slopes have enticed well-heeled vacationers since the opening of Sun Valley Resort in 1936. Who else but a railroad tycoon (Averell Harriman) to single-handedly bring the concept of the European ski resort to the U.S.? He built the world's first chairlift at Sun Valley, creating a phenomenon: the "original ski resort." Back in the day, the Sun Valley Lodge was the place to stay (Hemingway camped out in room 206), and the iconic 148-room resort continues to please guests with its old world charm and innumerable amenities. Adjoining the hotel is the glass-enclosed pool and Sun Valley's famous ice rink and Terrace. There's even a basement bowling alley.


Rooms for $18 at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

November 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau WhistlerNow there's another reason to check out Whistler's gargantuan runs blanketed with ample inches of confectioner's sugar. Whistler Blackcomb boasts the best snow and sheer vertical drop for North America's skiers, and now you can enjoy it while soaking up the luxury at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. (Sublime spa, heated pool with underwater music, what's not to love?) The luxury resort is celebrating its 18th birthday with $18 room rates, so when you book the 18 Candles Package, you pay $180 for a double room the first night and get the second night for only 18 bucks. Two-night minimum stay required, valid through November 30, 2007.

Via Washington Post


Kristiania Lech: Ski Butlers and In-Room Massages in the Austrian Alps

November 21, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kristiania LechSteal away to the Alps this winter for an epic skiing experience with Kristiania Lech, one of the most elegant resorts in Austria. Snow enthusiasts seek out Lech for the plethora of superb ski runs, unlimited winter activities, and impossibly picturesque scenery. Nestled above this charming village is a unique luxury hotel that fuses the best alpine traditions with modern technology and a contemporary perspective. The pride of Othmar Schneider, 1952 Olympic Slalom Champion, Kristiania Lech boasts designer guest rooms, a superb art collection, children's program, cooking school, health club, and excellent personalized service. The skiing is world-famous, and there's a ski butler on standby to help ensure that guests have the best skiing experience possible. And there's plenty of off-piste pleasure in Lech. Retire to the comfort of the hotel after a day on the slopes and sample the range of fine Schnapps, Austrian Malts and ports at the convivial bar before enjoying a delicious traditional meal paired with local wines.

Kristiania Lech has designed an irresistible package with a six-day ski pass to help beat the post-Christmas blues. Valid from January 12-February 1, 2008, the January Ski Escape includes accommodations for two with guaranteed room upgrade upon check-in, a complimentary bottle of Austrian white wine and fruit tray, a six-day ski pass, daily breakfast and five-course gourmet dinner, one 30-minute massage and private return airport transfer (Zürich, Innsbruck, Friedrichshafen). Priced at EUR 460 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, minimum 7 nights stay.


Cedar House Sport Hotel: Outdoor Adventure in Lake Tahoe, California

November 20, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cedar House Sport HotelLuxury in Truckee, CA? You bettcha. The Cedar House Sport Hotel fuses hip European style and high-adrenaline adventure. Right out the back door, there's backcountry skiing galore (or hit the slopes at Alpine Meadows just 15 minutes away). High-end accommodations means designer leather platform beds, luxurious European linens and pillow-top mattresses, spa bath amenities, flat screen TVs, and high speed Internet. The 42 rooms and suites have a contemporary design with an organic edge. Indeed, the hotel is devoted to environmentally friendly practices and a green design: sod roof, natural building materials, radiant floor heating. The Cedar House Sport Hotel partners up with local mountain guide companies to create the perfect outdoor adventures. After a day of snowshoeing, skiing, or dog sledding, chill out in the lobby bar by the roaring fire. Or relax in the outdoor hot tub. Within weeks of its opening last summer 2006, the hotel hosted teams of pro-cyclists and the Canadian Olympic Nordic ski team-- who easily sniffed out the area's hottest new hotel.

PS. Cedar House is dog-friendly. Fido is welcomed with special treats and a dog bed.


Bed and Breakfast Special at The Little Nell: Season Opening in Aspen

November 19, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Little NellThanksgiving is opening day for Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. Early season means a decidedly uncrowded mountain, so you can get fresh tracks well into the day, and take advantage of an indulgent breakfast at The Little Nell, the best luxury digs in town. This five-star splurge is yours for just $365 a night (Town View room), which is a steal for the hot spot where the international jet-set converge for the legendary après-ski scene. The Bed and Breakfast package includes a daily allowance of up to $50 for breakfast at Montagna (or in the comfort of your own room). Available from November 25-December 12, 2007.


Announcing Viceroy Snowmass, Colorado

November 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Viceroy SnowmassThe latest offering from the group of visionary design hotels, Viceroy Snowmass will be a ski-in/ski-out mountain resort designed by world-renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy of the Malaysia-based design group, Denniston International (think One&Only Reethi Rah, Aman Resorts in Indonesia, the Fuchun Resort in China, and The Setai in South Beach.) Slated to open in the winter of 2009/2010, the Viceroy Snowmass will be one of America's first LEED-certified Silver hotels. And knowing Viceroy, this latest hotel addition will exude style-- chock full of the signature Viceroy amenities and glamorous facilities like a 7,000 square foot spa, fitness center, swimming pool, fine dining restaurants, and ski valet. Set within the new $1 billion Snowmass Base Village development, just minutes from Aspen, Colorado, the new luxury hotel will not only be visually stunning, but also environmentally friendly.