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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.

Climb a 14er with a Little Help from Aspen's Hotel Jerome

August 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel JeromeAdrenaline junkies, take note. Aspen's historic Hotel Jerome has teamed up with Aspen Expeditions to give you an experience of a lifetime. Always dreamed of reaching the summit of a 14er? Now you can with the hotel's "Stay, Play & Climb" package, a three-day experience that combines luxury accommodations with a climbing adventure on a technical 14,000' peak. Starting at $715 per person, the package includes three nights of lodging at Hotel Jerome, one privately guided climb of a 14,000' peak outside Aspen, CO, and a Marmot Driclime jacket per person. Blackout dates may apply. Offer valid for new reservations only.

Another special offer for adrenaline hounds: The "Blazing Adventure" package includes free adventure excursions, plus a daily $50 breakfast credit, when you reserve a stay through October 2, 2011. Book a stay of one to four nights for two people and get a free rafting, hiking, biking, four-wheel-drive or other outing per person. As The Washington Post points out, the best rates are for four-night stays at $333 per night double, down from $459. And the tours are valued at $99 each. Add $66 per night in fees and taxes.


Mancation in Whistler at the Pan Pacific Mountainside

July 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Whistler MountainsideGet the guys together for some golf and biking and revelrous good times. The Pan Pacific Mountainside-- the luxurious four-season resort located at the base of the gondolas in Whistler Village-- has put together a swell Man-cation package for male bonding in the spectacular Coast Mountain Range. Bike on some 350+ kilometers of trails, go golfing at the Whistler Golf Club, hang poolside with views of the action in the Bike Park, or just kick back over a pint at Dubh Linn Gate Pub. Available until November 23, 2011, the package is priced from $699 CDN in a Two Bedroom Suite Valley View (maximum 6 people) and includes:

* Two nights’ accommodation in a spacious suite

* One Day Valley Trail Bike rental per person from Salomon Store on Lobby level

* A $200 Credit for the Whistler Golf Club

*Dinner in Dubh Linn Gate one night -includes choice of entree and a pint from Whistler's best beer selection

* Complimentary Valet Parking for one vehicle

Subject to availability, black-out dates may apply.


Summer Events in Aspen: 20% Off The St. Regis Resort

July 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort AspenThink Aspen is just for the snow-lovin' ski bunnies? Think again. Surrounded by stunning mountainous wilderness, this choice Colorado destination is just as happening in the summer months. The Aspen Music Festival runs for eight weeks (through August 21) with concerts and Shakespeare productions. The Aspen Arts Festival takes place on July 23rd and 24th when Wagner Park morphs into an open-air art gallery with over 175 exhibitors showcasing jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, ceramics, paintings and prints. August means the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, an intense seven-stage race which will put cyclists in Aspen on August 24, followed by the 2nd Annual Big Aspen BBQ Block Party on August 27th and 28th. The sister event of New York City's acclaimed barbecue block party (hosted by Danny Meyer's Union Square Events), the extravaganza in Aspen will take place at the base of Aspen Mountain, where some of the country's top pit masters will be serving up mouthwatering barbecue. Hot deal: The St. Regis Resort Aspen is offering 20% off their best available rates for guests in residence during one of these spectacular summer events. Available through September 5, 2011.


Sponsored Article: Ski Season Extended at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah

March 22, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Escala Lodge at the CanyonsGood news for ski bunnies. Canyons, Utah's largest ski resort, has extended its 2010/2011-ski season by a full week to April 17, 2011. The six new dining and après ski outlets, along with the first heated chair lift in North America, are scheduled to remain open in celebration of great snow conditions and the resort’s recent multi-million dollar re-creation. Located in Park City, Canyons offers 4,000 acres of exceptional skiing and snowboarding terrain, 180 trails, and five world class lodging properties including Silverado Lodge and Grand Summit Hotel. The ski conditions have been phenomenal this season; the resort has already reported more than 270 inches of snow with forecasters predicting even more to fall later in the season.

Escala Lodge at the CanyonsCanyons is so excited about its makeover, which includes the new "Ski Beach" base area, that they're running two special promotions. The “You’ll-Love-It-Or-It’s-Free-Guarantee” offers a refundable lift ticket for guests not fully satisfied with their mountain experience and a $15 après ski dining credit. Guarantee ticket must be purchased directly through the Canyons website at www.thecanyons.com/guarantee. The “Spring Ski, Dream and Dine” package is complete with overnight accommodations at Sundial Lodge, full-day lift ticket and daily breakfast for $139 per person, per day.


Green Hotels: Viceroy Snowmass Has Rates from $100 this Spring

March 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Viceroy SnowmassHow do we love the Viceroy Snowmass? Let us count the ways. There's the Ute Indian-inspired wellness spa. The all-season heated saline pool, terrace with cabanas, Nest lounge and café designed by Kelly Wearstler. The helpful ski valet with on-site ski and snowboard rental. And the kick-ass slopeside location in the heart of Snowmass' new Base Village just seven miles from downtown Aspen. But perhaps most importantly: the hotel is eco-friendly. Outside Magazine has the deets:

More and more ski resorts are going green-- meaning you can feel good about living it up. In Colorado's recently renovated Snowmass village, the year-old Snowmass Viceroy offers 173 luxe rooms and a sprawling spa complex. But thanks to smart construction (think low-flow faucets and high-efficiency heating systems) as well as gaudy extras like an electric-car charging station, the lodge is up for LEED Silver certification. Roll up in your hybrid and parking's free.

Hot deal: Viceroy Snowmass has "Linger Longer Rates" starting at $100 per night from May 26, 2011. The ski season may be over by then, but you'll be privy to fantastic weather and gorgeous Rocky Mountain views.


Winter Breaks: The Canyons Resort, Utah’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Playground

February 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Summit Hotel at The Canyons ResortLooking for one last winter vacation spot for spring break? Revel in the sublime snow and peaks at The Canyons Resort in Park City- boasting some 4,000 acres of skiable terrain. With 176 trails, 19 lifts, six natural half-pipes (including the quarter-mile-long Canis Lupus), and two cutting-edge terrain parks, The Canyons is Utah's largest mountain playground for skiers and snowboarders. Check out some of the brand new lifts and gondolas, and ride the first-ever lift in North America with heated seats-- departing from The Canyons Grand Summit Hotel. While you're there, be sure to check out The Canyons Resort Ski Beach, a new gathering place at the base area where you can grab a hot drink and tasty eats and recharge your batteries. After a glorious day on the mountain, soak up the luxury at the Grand Summit Hotel or Silverado Lodge at The Canyons. You'll find beautiful slopeside lodging and no shortage of amenities: elegant dining, four season heated pools, children's programs and more.


Book Today: 40% Off Rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs

February 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Banff SpringsHurry! You've just got a few more days to snag a deal at The Fairmont Banff Springs-- the majestic mountain resort known as "The Castle in the Rockies." Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, the resort is set in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fairmont Banff Springs Spotlight Offer is available to book until February 27, 2011 and translates to 40% off room rates with a third night free, for travel until May 31, 2011. Prices start from CAD $179 based on double occupancy in a Fairmont Room. (The fine print: A full non-refundable deposit (no cancellations) is required at time of booking. This offer is non-transferable and subject to availability.)

Psst. Could The Fairmont Banff Springs host the young royals on their honeymoon? From the website:

With the approaching royal wedding, rumour has it that Banff National Park is a possible honeymoon location for William and Kate. Royal watchers agree that Fairmont's regal history – King George VI & Queen Elizabeth’s 1939 visit, and Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip’s 2005 visit to Jasper Park Lodge – makes our iconic Rocky Mountain resorts perfect for the young royals!


Sun, Snow and Savings at the St. Regis Resort Aspen

February 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort AspenGood news for powder hounds and ski bunnies. (Or even those who relish the après-ski scene more than carving the slopes.) The posh St. Regis Aspen Resort-- selected as part of the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List-- has availability for the remainder of the winter including Presidents’ Weekend. So you can get one last winter vacay in before the snow melts. Book the "SunSational Savings" package for stays through April 4, 2011 and you'll get a 4th night free, a $50 resort credit per stay, and a complimentary upgrade at check-in, subject to availability. Located at the base of the majestic Aspen Mountain and within steps to the heart of the historic town, the St. Regis Aspen Resort offers the Remède Spa, original Ski Butler service, and dining at The Restaurant at The St. Regis Aspen.


Free Lift Tickets with Your Stay at Sundance Resort

January 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sundance Resort"In 1969 it started with an idea and $500; this is the place, the place where it all started." -- Robert Redford Sundance is Redford's beautiful retreat in the mountains, a place of discovery and inspiration nestled at the based of 12,000-ft Mount Timpanogos. It's a place devoted to environmental conservation and artistic experimentation. It's also a spectacular place to ski, with beautiful accommodations and excellent resort amenities. And now a special offer lets guests ski for free when they stay at Sundance: with two complimentary lift tickets per room. The Washington Post describes the deal:

"Rates for a standard room with a queen-size bed start at $312 a night double, including $43 in taxes and fees. Lift tickets are worth $47 per person and cover day and night skiing. (Visitors can ski until 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). The resort offers 41 downhill ski runs over 500 acres. Valid through April 2, except Jan. 20-30. Some other dates are sold out."


Book Now: Fairmont Hotels Offer Spectacular Winter Rates

January 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau MontebelloThis just in. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched a winter sale that translates to 20% off or one free night. Whether you're looking for the thrill of urban nightlife (Chitown's calling your name), a spa sanctuary, the challenge of championship golf in Florida, or a fairytale ski destination, Fairmont's got it covered. Hurry, you must book "Everyone's an Original Winter" rates by 12 pm EST on February 5, 2011.

The fine print: Offers are subject to availability at time of reservation at participating hotels for stays until April 30, 2011. Up to 20% discount applies to sell rate of the day. Free night must be a consecutive night stay at one hotel, minimum night stay required.