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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.

In the News: Ski Vermont at Stowe, After a $400 Million Renovation

December 11, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Topnotch Resort and SpaStowe gets a shout-out in the weekend New York Times as "the grande dame of Green Mountain ski resorts, with a Main Street that is as folksy as a yellowed New England postcard." Interestingly, Stowe is owned by AIG, which the NYT points out could explain the $400 million recent makeover, "with a shiny gondola and a new pedestrian village with a private club and outdoor fire pits galore." Can't make it to the Rockies this winter? The "quaint Vermont town" of Stowe offers an excellent East Coast ski destination with top lodgings, to boot. Our pick? Topnotch Resort for its stellar spa (recently renovated) and outdoor hot tub, not to mention the warm cookies and crackling fire that greet guests on arrival.


Ski the Tetons with Amanresorts: Announcing the New Amangani Ski Club

December 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmanganiAmangani-- hailed the No. 1 Ski Resort in North America by Condé Nast Traveler's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards--has a killer location on top of East Gros Ventre Butte, surrounded by the snow-capped glory of Grand Teton National Park. The ultra-luxury resort known for its top-notch après-ski scene (hot toddy anyone? heated pool with a view?) has announced the newly-launched Amangani Ski Club:

This Winter enjoy exclusive membership privileges with the newly-launched Amangani Ski Club. Stay at Amangani for four nights or more and you will receive access to the Amangani Ski Lounge, two adult ski passes for three days of skiing, daily Continental breakfast and complimentary airport transfers. A special inclusion this season is a complimentary night at Aman's newest US resort, Amangiri.

Did you catch that? All those goods plus a night on the house at the talked-about Amangiri in Utah?


Skiing in Mongolia: The New Sky Resort Outside Ulan Bator

December 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sky resort, MongoliaThat's right. The world's newest ski destination-- however unlikely-- is Mongolia, with the opening of the brand new Sky Resort, the country's first, just outside the capital city of Ulan Bator. Though a YouTube video shows some flat looking terrain, The New York Times touts the cheap lift tickets. We're talking $11 a day. (Plus some serious, bumper-sticker bragging rights, ie "I've skied Mongolia.") Sky Resort has nine ski runs on the slopes of Bogd Khan Uul mountain, all serviced by snow-making machines as the region sees very little actual snowfall.


Skiers’ Escape to Colorado: Fourth Night Free at Capella Telluride

December 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella TellurideNow's your chance to usher in the winter season and stay at the Telluride luxury hotel that everyone's talking about. Escape to Capella Telluride for ski-in/ski-out access to some of the best terrain in the Rockies and take advantage of a package that throws in lift tickets, full breakfast for two each day, a $100 spa credit, and a fourth night free. (The "Skiers' Escape" is available from December 19, 2009- April 4, 2010.) Hit up Telluride's 84 ski trails then warm up in the hotel's Nordic Lounge, where a staffer will remove, warm and store your ski boots. At the Spa at Capella, you can indulge in a massage after a day on the mountain; the resort features two couples' mountain view treatment suites, where you can enjoy treatments for two, followed by a hydrotherapy soak, steam shower and a romantic fireside spa meal. While you're staying at Capella Telluride, don't miss a meal at The Onyx Restaurant, where decadent meals are prepared with locally sourced produce and meats.


Winter in the Adirondacks at The Point, Saranac Lake

November 25, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The PointPlanning a winter vacay in the Adirondacks? Do it right and stay at The Point, the exclusive, 11-room property that was a Rockefeller Adirondack Great Camp back in the day. Now, it's racked up the awards for providing guests with the ultimate civilized wilderness experience. Head off on an invigorating outdoor adventure-- perhaps cross-country skiing on snow-covered Upper Saranac Lake or on the nearby trails-- then cozy up by the fire with a good book. Or retreat to The Point's Adirondack pub for a game of pool or darts. The list of winter activities is endless: downhill skiing on Whiteface Mountain (the 3,216-foot vertical drop is the highest in the East), ice skating on the lake or on the indoor rink in Lake Placid, snowshoeing through the magical wintry landscape, even ice fishing. The chef at The Point will prepare your catch for you. Most fun of all: the snow barbecues out on the point. Wear warm clothes and get geared up for an unforgettable lunch. The best part of all? The Point is all-inclusive (meaning all meals and activities are included in your room rates).


Winter in the Alps at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

November 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Skiing at ZermattCraving an alpine adventure this winter season? For exceptional skiing, it's hard to beat Zermatt-- where three ski areas are easily accessible from the charming, car-free village with the Matterhorn as the dramatic backdrop. The après-ski scene is hopping, and you can bed down at a noble hotel like the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof for a dose of luxury and elegant hospitality. Excellent snow conditions make for the longest ski season in the Alps, and in this white wonderland you can explore some 313 kilometers of ski runs. With a long tradition of attracting well-known personalities, the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof has a number of ski packages available for the winter season. For the ultimate ski experience, book the Matterhorn Skiweek 2009/2010 which includes 7 overnights from Saturday to Saturday, generous buffet breakfast, a 5-course dinner, ski lessons for 6 days and ski passes for 7 days (for all ski areas in Zermatt and the Italian ski area, Cervinia), free access to the indoor swimming-pool, sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and to the fitness room. Priced from CHF 2289 per person in a double room (7 nights) from November 28-December 19, 2009.


Hotel Specials: Eleventh Hour Escape Package at Nemacolin Woodlands, Pennsylvania

November 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nemacolin WoodlandsThis just in. Nemacolin Woodlands, the ever popular resort situated on 3,000 acres outside Pittsburgh, is giving away $200 in resort credit with the Eleventh Hour Escape Package. The facilities are extensive at this four-season vacation spot, so imagine all the ways you could spend that $200: dining, shopping, golf, spa treatments, and more. Room rates for this special package start at $339, which is $100 less than normal room rates.


Learn How to Heli-Ski with the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

November 5, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort Jackson HoleItching to try some heli-skiing in Wyoming's spectacular Teton Mountains? The ski-in/ski-out Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole-- described by Elite Traveler Magazine as "arguably the top slopeside hotel in the nation"-- has put together a four-night package so you can learn how. You'll get expert instruction on premier training grounds, where you'll learn techniques, survival skills, and route-finding. Then, on the final day, you'll test your new skills on a private heli-skiing adventure with High Mountain Heli-Skiing. Participation is limited to alpine skiers only. Priced from $1206 per night, the package includes:

* Two days of instruction, including lunch and lift tickets

* One day of heli-skiing, including transportation and lunch

* Welcome reception, including cocktails and appetizers

* Closing dinner

* Luxurious accommodations for four nights


Christmas Rooms Available at The Post Hotel in Banff National Park, Canada’s Largest Ski Area

November 4, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Skiing at The Post Hotel and Spa, BanffWe've just learned that there are still a few rooms available for Christmas at The Post Hotel & Spa, voted No. 1 ski hotel in North American by Condé Nast Traveler. Experience the warmth of the festive season at of one of Banff National Park's remaining historic log lodges. After a day on the slopes (the Lake Louise Ski area, offering 4000 acres of unsurpassed ski terrain, is just minutes away), cozy up by the fire at this Alpine chalet, perched high above the natural wonders of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The Post Hotel has racked up the accolades for its award-winning wine cellar and fine dining (adored by Wine Spectator and the now-defunct Gourmet Magazine). The hotel's Temple Mountain Spa offers signature treatments like the Temple Glacier Renewal, which incorporates all-Canadian products in a 75-minute anti-aging body treatment.


The Season’s First Snow in the Alps: Badrutt’s Palace Opens Dec 3 For Winter

October 26, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutts Palace HotelThe first snow of the season has already blanketed the Alps, and resorts are readying to open their doors. Now's the time to plan ahead for a winter ski vacation. To experience the glitz, glamor, and legendary après-ski scene in St. Moritz, book a stay at Badrutt's Palace, which opens for the winter 2009-2010 season on December 3, 2009. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful scenery, the hotel has long been a landmark in the Swiss Alps, favored by celebrities and visiting royalty since it first debuted in 1896.