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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.

Free Third Night at Four Seasons Resort Whistler

October 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons WhistlerIt may not yet be ski season in North America's top ski destination, but Whistler Blackcomb offers a scenic mountain getaway all year-round. The future site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Whistler is surrounded by glaciers, alpine meadows, and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Experience the pinnacle of luxury at one of Canada's most exclusive mountain resorts with a special promotion available for a limited time. Until November 21, 2007 (a day shy of opening day on the slopes), get a third night free when you book a two-night stay. Rates start as low as CAD 245 per night. At the Four Seasons, hit the well-equipped gym and take advantage of the complimentary Virtual Workouts downloaded to an iPod. After your work-out, relax in the eucalyptus steam room. Or discover the free-form outdoor pool and whirlpools, reminiscent of a glacier spring. Dine by the fireside at Fifty Two 80 Bistro and take in some impressive views of the local mountains. And during your stay, be sure to spend some time at the superb spa, where the luxurious treatments use only all-natural ingredients: seaweed, fresh fruits, wild flowers, pure essential oils and clay harvested from British Columbia's glacial lakes.


The Lodge, Verbier: The Latest from Sir Richard Branson

October 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Lodge, VerbierThe first ski chalet from Virgin Limited Edition will be-- to quote the official lit-- "the most luxurious of its size in the Alps available to rent." Sir Richard Branson has a knack for choosing the most dramatic settings on earth for his hideaways: the Caribbean's Necker Island, the soaring foothills of Morocco's Atlas Mountains, and now, the iconic Swiss ski resort of Verbier, celebrated as much for its world-class terrain as for its legendary après-ski. This mountain retreat opens its doors for the first time in January 2008 and will be open year-round. Just minutes from the ski lifts, The Lodge, Verbier features nine rooms and suites (plus a kids bunk room that sleeps up to 6), private pool, mini ice rink, and indoor and outdoor spa areas. The ultimate alpine escape doesn't come cheap. Rates for exclusive use in winter range from GBP 35,250-59,000 per week for up to 18 guests. Rates in summer start from GBP 555 per person for a three night stay. You also get most meals, all drinks (Champagne too), and 24-hour driver service from Verbier.


Ski the Canadian Rockies with the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta

October 10, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseThe scenery doesn't get much better than this. Deep within Banff National Park, overlooking a lake with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains as the backdrop, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise provides a lavish retreat of welcoming grandeur. Here you'll find the perfect winter wonderland: Lake Louise's world-renowned skiing, ice skating, dog sledding, sleigh rides, guided snowshoe walks, and cross-country skiing through the wilderness. The adventure starts right outside the Chateau's doors. After a rigorous day outside, treat yourself to an Aveda treatment at the Escape Spa & Salon. This spectacular hideaway is only a two hour drive from Calgary. Choose the Ultimate Ski the Canadian Rockies Package for low rates with ski passes included. Available during ski season (mid November to mid May), the package is priced from just CAD 319 per night, and includes luxurious accommodations, parking, breakfast, one Tri-Area Ski Pass per person (Valid for Ski Louise, Sunshine, and Norquay), and transportation to Ski Louise. Plus, you can earn double airline miles when you book this package.


New England Fall Foliage at Topnotch Resort and Spa, Stowe, Vermont

October 9, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Autumn in VermontCelebrate fall's arrival in Vermont's Green Mountains. The award-winning Topnotch Resort is more than just a skier's paradise. At the foot of Mt. Mansfield, the state's highest peak, this place offers luxury digs mixed with an autumn abundance of recreational delights. Think gondola rides with sweeping views to Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, outings to Cold Hollow Cider Mill for fresh-pressed apple cider, and exceptional hiking trails through the rural woodlands in all their fall technicolor glory. Recently ranked a "Top Resort Spa" in North America, Topnotch also partners with the Country Club of Vermont to bring its guests the best golf in Vermont. Talk about the perfect autumn destination. Fall rates start at $335 per night.


Luxury for Less in Geneva at Jiva Hill Park Hotel

October 9, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jiva Hill Park HotelYou can't beat this rate at the fashionable Jiva Hill Park Hotel. Starting from just EUR 189 per night, the Great Rate offered through Small Luxury Hotels is a steal. (Available until December 31, 2007.) Just two kilometers from the Mont Jura ski resort, this luxurious haven is set within a 70 acre park in the foothills of the Jura Mountains, just opposite the majestic, snow-capped Mont Blanc range. There's a spa, beautiful indoor swimming pool, helipad, Eurolac water-ski nautical base on the lake, endless outdoor activities (like the Riding School and Tennis Club), and innovative cuisine. And with only 34 rooms and lodges, guests are guaranteed a peaceful, discreet hideaway with intimate, personalized service. At the Jiva Hill Park Hotel, it's the attention to detail that makes a difference: the roaring fireplace in the lounge, the unlimited Wifi Internet access, the impressive contemporary art collection found throughout the hotel.

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Going Green: Badrutts Palace, St. Moritz

September 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutt's Palace The glaciers are receding in the dramatic mountain range of the Alps, and renowned resorts like Badrutt's Palace are doing something about it-- putting up a fight against global warming. With a new energy-efficient heating system in a long term cooperative effort with Zurich's "EWZ" power station, the resort has designed a heat pump that draws water directly from Lake St. Moritz without harming the area's flora and fauna. With this measure, the legendary hotel-- the very symbol of sophisticated Alpine luxury-- is saving 400,000 liters of heating oil per season, while cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 tons per year. That's an 80 percent difference over the previous heating system. Bravo.


Luxury for Less: Telluride Ski Packages from Inn at Lost Creek

September 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Inn at Lost Creek Enjoy the Inn's extraordinary hospitality while savoring some serious savings with the Early Season Bonanza package at the Inn at Lost Creek. Frequently featured in travel magazines across the country, the luxury boutique hotel is situated on the slopes of Telluride Ski Resort in Southwest Colorado, just 100 yards from the gondola system. What's so special about this three-night package? Complimentary ski services include on-slope ski valet, nightly ski or snowboard waxing and de-burring, boot drying and ski storage. With rates starting from just $135 per adult per night, guests also get lift tickets and a 30 percent discount off rental packages at Christy Sports. In your Studio, enjoy a deluxe kitchenette, HDTV flat panel TV, jetted tub, and balcony with French doors. (The one-bedroom residence is yours for $153 per person, per night.) Plus, when you reserve this ski package at Inn at Lost Creek, you'll get pre-arrival vacation itineraries, Telluride airport transfers, private use of the Inn's new roof-top spa, and nightly turn-down service. Available November 21- December 14, 2007.


September Savings at The Little Nell, Aspen

September 11, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Little Nell The time for an Aspen getaway? Just about now. When the busy summer crowds have dissipated, the foliage begins to shimmer yellow and red, and a slight September slowdown means deals at Aspen's renowned luxury hotels, like The Little Nell. The town's legendary five star, five-diamond hotel is offering 30 percent off their regular rates for the entire month of September, so you can enjoy all that Aspen has to offer, all that luxury for which The Little Nell is famous, without the crowds.


The Amangani Ski Experience, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

August 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Amangani The summer's winding down, which means it's time to start making plans for a winter getaway. Wyoming's Amangani is easily one of the most sought-after destinations on the planet, its ski and spa experience unparalleled on the North American continent. Perched atop a butte 7,000 feet above sea level outside Jackson Hole, Amangani is surrounded by a magnificent panorama of the snow-capped peaks of Grand Teton National Park. Amangani's Ski Lounge is conveniently located at the base of the Bridger gondola in Teton Village and some of North America's most acclaimed ski-runs at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A private meeting and resting place with racks for storing skis and warming boots, Amangani's Ski Lounge also provides complimentary snacks, hot beverages, wash rooms and concierge service-- all designed to keep Amangani's guests on the slopes longer. After a great day skiing, unwind with a mulled wine or ginger tea before the large wood-burning fireplaces of Amangani's Lounge, the two-storey window wall offering beautiful views of the Snake River Range. Or hit the open-air heated pool and whirlpool, where you can soak your muscles while contemplating the gorgeous views. The Amangani Ski Experience includes five nights accommodations, airport transfers, daily continental breakfast, a four-day ski pass and a 60-minute massage. Available December 4, 2007- April 6, 2008, priced from $3,700.


Special Event Weekend at The Homestead: Southern Accents Showcase

August 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Homestead The National Historic Landmark of The Homestead, ranked among the world's top Spa and Golf resorts, is a family favorite. Nestled in Virginia's Allegheny mountains, The Homestead boasts historic hot springs and naturally heated pools, in addition to its myriad recreational activities. Enjoy the elegance and style of Southern Accents Magazine and the 2007 Southern Accents Showhouse all wrapped into two special weekends at The Homestead Resort. The Homestead Preserve and The Homestead Resort have teamed up with the magazine to offer two distinctively different weekends that both feature design seminars and tours of the Showhouse. The Showhouse is conveniently located just two miles from The Homestead Resort. The weekend rate starts at $980; September 21-23 and November 2-4, 2007.