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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.

Grand Opening Special at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Colorado

November 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Arrabelle at Vail SquareBe among the first to stay at The Arrabelle, Vail's most anticipated resort. Just steps from the Eagle Bahn gondola, The Arrabelle offers ski-in, ski-out access to Vail Mountain, America's #1 ski resort. Managed by RockResorts, The Arrabelle showcases 36 luxury guest rooms with canopy beds, in-room martini bars, fireplaces, five-piece baths (two lavatories, separate water closet, shower and soaking tub), and all the latest technology. Plus, there's an après-ski deck and rooftop pool and hot tubs. Celebrate the opening on January 5, 2008 with a special introductory package which includes accommodations, free lift tickets, and breakfast for each day of your stay. Plus each adult will receive an Arrabelle Grand Opening Fleece to commemorate the hotel opening. The package price starts at $850 per night in a Deluxe Room (the room-only price). Available January 5- 31, 2008; four-night minimum stay required.


The World’s Best Hotels with a View

November 9, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmanganiWe're constantly scouring the earth for the best luxury hotels. When we stumble across hotels with views this breathtaking, this heartstoppingly beautiful, we can't help but get lyrical about them.

Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ranked among the top après-ski destinations in the world and also consistently voted the nation's best spa by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the ultra-luxurious Amangani is set atop East Gros Ventre Butte, offering panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks around Grand Teton National Park.

Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Soaring 350 meters above the sea, hugging the cliffside over the Mediterranean, the Hotel Caruso commands the ultimate location. White stucco houses draped with brilliant bougainvillea, this is sun-kissed Italy at its most charming. With views like this, the infinity pool is easily among the most beautiful in the world.

Oberoi Udaivilas

Oberoi Udaivilas, Rajasthan, India

Sitting high above Udaipur's fabled lake, the Oberoi Udaivilas looks across to the floating City Palace, gleaming white in the sunshine, and Aravalli Hills beyond. Named the best hotel in the world in Travel and Leisure's 2007 reader's poll, the Oberoi Udavilas has rooms fit for a maharajah in India's romantic desert city.

Ritz-Carlton TokyoThe Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan

Occupying the top nine floors and the first three levels of the 53-story Midtown Tower, the tallest building in Tokyo, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo features 360-degree panoramic vistas of the city and Mount Fuji. When it debuted in April 2007, the hotel dazzled Tokyo with its over-the-top service and amenities (like the $16,000 Diamonds-Are-Forever Martini with its very own Bulgari diamond).

Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Along the stretch of mythic California Highway 1, Big Sur enchants visitors with its awe-inspiring landscapes. Smack dab in the middle of this dramatic coastline, the Post Ranch Inn offers rustic elegance and incredible views. Dine above the Pacific at the award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, guaranteed to be one of the most romantic dining experiences of your life.

Hayman Island Resort

Hayman Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Located on the southwestern side of Hayman Island just beside the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island Resort boasts an idyllic setting surrounded by coral fringed beaches and the lapping waters of the Coral Sea. The resort has a style as special as its setting, and boasts the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere.

Jumeirah Essex House

Jumeirah Essex House, New York

The Grande Dame of New York is uniquely situated at the southern base of Central Park, just across the street from 843 acres of parkland. An internationally renowned urban oasis, the Jumeirah Essex House has an excellent location right in the heart of midtown Manhattan.The 515 guest rooms and suites-- fresh from a $70 million renovation-- boast breathtaking views of Central Park. Plus, the hotel has a camera on the roof which scans the city and broadcasts live to a channel in the guest rooms.

Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles, Cape Town, South Africa

Situated where earth, sea, and sky meet, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is poised above the Atlantic, flanked by Table Mountain and the majestic Twelve Apostles range, just minutes from the glorious oceanfront city of Cape Town.

Copacabana Palace, Rio

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Looming over the world-famous Copacabana beach, the Copacabana Palace is legendary, a glamorous piece of Rio's history. Like a sumptuous white wedding cake on the sand, the hotel has hosted royalty, film stars, and world leaders.

Cap Estel

Cap Estel, Eze-Bord-de-Mer, French Riviera

Located between Nice and Monaco in the charming clifftop village of Eze-Bord-de-Mer, Cap Estel is situated on its own four acre peninsula overlooking the Mediterranean with a 180 degree view of the coastline. All the guest rooms at this renowned 19th century hotel have a balcony or terrace with a sea view.

Four Seasons Hong Kong

Four Seasons Hong Kong

Heralded as the "first major hotel to open in Hong Kong in 15 years," the sleek Four Seasons opened in September 2005. Easily the top location on Hong Kong Island, the hotel is located on the waterfront of the Central neighborhood, with the Star Ferry just steps away. Its 399 spacious guestrooms have wall-to-wall windows offering views of the Harbour, Kowloon and the Peak. From the outdoor infinity pools, heated in winter, guests enjoy sweeping Harbour views.

Hotel Hassler

Hotel Hassler, Rome

The Eternal City's most luxurious and romantic hideaway, the Hotel Hassler is perched above the Spanish Steps in an unbeatable location. Hands down the best views over Rome (while working out at the health club, you can check out St Peter’s Cathedral!)

Machu Picchu

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, one of the world's major heritage sites. Managed by Orient-Express, the luxurious Sanctuary Lodge can arrange visits to Machu Picchu with experienced guides.


Revelstoke Mountain Resort: British Columbia’s Hot New Ski Destination

November 8, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Revelstoke Mountain ResortAnnouncing British Columbia's hottest new mountain resort. Leave it to Outside Magazine to get the skinny on Revelstoke, where world-class skiing and fresh powder can be found everyday-- whether by lift (there's a high-speed quad traveling 2,073 vertical feet in 6.3 minutes), snowcat (for the impressive off-piste slopes), or helicopter (where guides take avid skiers to secluded spots in the Selkirk and Monashee mountains). Situated on Mount Mackenzie, Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers 500,000 acres of skiable terrain. The place to stay will be the swanky Nelsen Lodge, located just steps from the lifts and heli-center. There's a heated pool and four-bedroom penthouse, to boot. (Opening date for the hotel not yet announced.) The lifts open on December 22, 2007.


Beaver Creek Lodge: Luxury Mountain Experience On and Off the Slopes

October 31, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beaver Creek LodgeThere's a reason skiers flock to Vail's upscale sister resort for the season's first powder. Beaver Creek offers a luxurious ski and snowboarding experience with top-notch service. The ski resort serves fresh-baked cookies every afternoon on the slopes, offers complimentary ski-check for mountain guests, and e-mails grooming reports and snow conditions to the local hotels each morning. Rumor has it there are even snowboarding butlers available on the slopes. Talk about a stellar luxury mountain! The place to stay is the Beaver Creek Lodge, the resort's only luxury all-suite boutique hotel, located right at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Nestled within the charming alpine village, Beaver Creek Lodge embodies mountain chic luxury. The sublime retreat has newly renovated suites and condos with cozy fireplaces, ski-in/ski-out convenience, fine dining at Rocks Modern Grill, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, championship golf, and off-site spa relaxation.

Opening Day is November 21, 2007.


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.

Via Travel and Leisure Hot Deals


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.