The 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.
The big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.
The temps are dropping steadily and Thanksgiving is days away, so naturally we're thinking ahead to ski season. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers some of the best skiing anywhere-- with a vertical drop of 1,260 meters and over 1,000 hectares of skiing and snowboarding terrain. Not to mention the powder. Over 400 inches of snow a year gets dumped on the peaks around Grand Teton National Park. Combine a stellar mountain experience with delicious apres-ski and what do you get? A stay at the Rusty Parrot, where local game and organic produce are on the menu, and the outdoor hot tub offers views of Snow King Mountain. Start the day with a breakfast that's to-die-for. How does this sound? Rusty Parrot eggs Benedict, chicken and roasted apple sausage omelet, creamy sausage gravy over jalapeño biscuits, pecan crusted trout, and wild huckleberry pancakes. After a day on the slopes, hit the deep soaking tub in your room then lounge around in luxury in your plush robe.
Every year the Rusty Parrot Lodge offers Powder Packages which include accommodation in either a room with two queen beds or a king, daily lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, complimentary shuttle to and from JHMR each day, and the breakfast that has been their hallmark for 20 years. Four, Five, Six or Seven Night Packages are available starting at $1415 per person. Rates are subject to availability and based on double occupancy in garden level double queen or king accomodation.
Get ready, Vail. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is prepping to open a sexy new alpine hotel at the gateway to Vail Village. Now confirming reservations for arrivals from December 11, 2010, the Four Seasons Resort Vail promises to shake things up in the Colorado Rockies with decadent facilities and exclusive ski concierge service featuring private lockers, a lounge and a full-service ski shop. Blending contemporary design with mountain tradition, the resort will offer 121 "high-tech" guest rooms, each boasting a furnished balcony, a gas-burning fireplace and a spacious bathroom with free-standing oval tub. After a day on the slopes, hit the spa for some head-to-toe pampering. The organic treatments are specially designed for high altitudes. Get this: Two of the treatment rooms are designed for couples with their own whirlpools and fireplaces. While noshing on nutrition-conscious cuisine in the restaurant, you'll be able to check out the expansive mountain views. Take advantage of the "Stay Longer" offer which provides a fifth night free plus two 50-minute massages per room, per stay. From $380 per night after free night applied.
Across the globe, voluntourism projects are taking off. Hotels from Texas to the Maldives are giving discounts on accommodations when guests sign up for volunteering projects. Another example: the Give & Getaway program with RockResorts. They'll arrange an environmental conservation project for you-- such as light trail maintenance or working on an area community farm-- and you'll get a reduced rate on your stay plus complimentary swag like hydration packs. Give back to the environment and get rewarded for your efforts! Participating hotels in the RockResorts portfolio include:
Another way to take in the alpine majesty of the Swiss Alps? Sailing! Badrutt's Palace-- the historic hotel famous for its celebrity-studded guest list and après-ski scene-- recently acquired a sailboat for guest use. Sail Late St. Moritz aboard a sleek 26-ft Blu26 called (what else?) The Badrutt's Palace-- and take in the Swiss mountain panorama with or without your own personal skipper. We've just learned about a special package that combines the thrill of sailing with some downtime at the hotel's new Palace Wellness luxury spa. Details for the 3-night package (Superior Room) are below:
Including: Upgrade to next room category upon availability at time of check-in; sweet welcome gift from our patisserie upon arrival; extensive buffet breakfast; free use of refreshment bar, movie channels, WiFi Internet access in all areas and free newspaper; two set dinners in cosy “Chesa Veglia” or in one of the Palace restaurants (each excluding beverages); 2 hours of sailing on the Badrutt’s Palace with skipper; full body massage per person (50 minutes); tickets for all mountain railways and public transport in St. Moritz and surrounding area; transfer to/from Corveglia mountain railway and Sailing Club St. Moritz.
It's not too late to plan the ultimate summer/autumn family vacation in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Discover the alpine majesty of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can go hiking, mountain bike The Great Divide, take a Bow River float trip, and let the kids embark on a photo expedition. After a fun-filled day, unwind at a Fairmont spa and reconnect with your family over dinner. Fairmont makes it easy with a special themed package at its two Banff hotels: the Fairmont Banff Springs, styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a resort recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. The Mountain Adventure package gives you the freedom to enjoy activities with a $100 CAD resort credit, plus kids eat for free. Available until December 20, 2010, the package starts from $339 CAD per night at the Fairmont Banff Springs and $299 CAD per night at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has one of the most dramatic settings imaginable-- nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a four-season playground with breathtaking scenery. From skiing at North America's no. 1 ski resort with true ski-in/ski-out convenience to championship golf on the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course, the resort has it all. You can enjoy all this, while discovering the Fairmont's high standard of luxury, and get a great deal with the "Mountain Adventure Package" which balances outdoor excursions in Whistler with indoor pampering. Priced from just $249 CAD, the package includes a $100 CAD resort credit (per day/room) for use at the restaurants and/or your choice of popular mountain activities (activities vary by season). Think tours via ATV, horseback, canoe or Hummer in the summer, or snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobile and dog sled tours in the winter. You can also apply your daily credit to items signed to your guest room from:
o The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
o Mountain Adventure Centre (bike and ski rentals)
o Vida Wellness Spa
o The Wine Room for perfectly paired food & wine
o The Wildflower for casual dining
o Portobello's fresh market and bakery
o The Mallard Lounge & Terrace with slope-side outdoor fire pits
o The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Clubhouse
This offer is valid year-round, subject to availability.
Of course the country's top ski-in/ski-out resorts have ski valets to warm up your boots and provide hot drinks after a day on the slopes. But the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole goes one step further with a full-service outdoor adventure concierge at its Base Camp, located on the ground floor of the Resort. Here guests can get hooked up with a Jackson Hole ski package, of course, along with itineraries for four-season recreational activities around the resort: from white water rafting and hot air balloon rides to llama treks and hiking. This special concierge can provide all sorts of ideas and equipment so you can discover the extraordinary natural beauty surrounding the Four Seasons Jackson Hole. Here's an idea: why not try a high-tech treasure hunt around the resort? Geocaching is a worldwide adventure game using a GPS device to find caches, or hidden nooks, that contain fun prizes — and directions to your next location. Embark on a scavenger hunt to discover 10 caches hidden around the resort, set against the backdrop of the Teton Mountains, winding rivers, and fields full of wildflowers.
So maybe you didn't get your snow fix this year and you're looking to get in some last minute spring skiing before it's too late. Badrutt's Palace to the rescue. We've just learned about a 4-night special on offer at this historic hotel in St Moritz, the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism, famous for its glitz, glamor, and legendary après-ski scene. Available between March 21st – 25th, 2010 and March 28th – April 6th, 2010, the "Best of Spring in the Snow" package combines luxury lodging with meals and special extras. Priced from CHF 2,600, the package includes 4 nights accommodations, sweet welcome from the Pastry Chef, daily buffet breakfast, daily set dinner, complimentary refreshment bar and internet access, palace shuttle to/from the main ski lift Corviglia, and a membership card for King's Club.