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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.

A Look Inside the Small Luxury Hotel of the Year 2009, The Kristiania Lech

July 27, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kristiania Lech

At the 15th International Conference for the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, held in Paris in May, The Kristiania Lech was awarded Small Luxury Hotel of the Year. A favorite of the "skiing glitterati," the 29-room hotel has a prime position in the Austrian Alps for a first-class ski adventure. Above the village of Lech the runs are world-famous, and the hotel's ski butlers will make sure you have everything you need for a day on the slopes. The après-ski scene is just as good. After relaxing in the sauna and jacuzzi, head to the bar which serves a fine array of Schnapps, Austrian Malts and ports. If you book your stay with Five Star Alliance, you'll get an extra perk: a pre-dinner or after-dinner 'petit Austrian Schnapps' tasting at the bar.

Kristiania Lech


Heli-Skiing in New Zealand with Blanket Bay Luxury Lodge

July 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Blanket Bay'Tis the season to hit the slopes down under. Adrenaline hounds can explore New Zealand's snow-covered mountains via helicopter with Blanket Bay's "Ultimate Luxury Alpine Adventure." Leave it to one of the world's finest luxury lodges to arrange the adventure for you. From the hotel's front lawn on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, you'll take off in a chopper with a private guide for a day. Ski some pristine pistes and Alpine Heliski will even set up a lunch table for you in the mountains. Return to pampering and pure luxury at Blanket Bay. Priced from $2700 per person (roughly), the package includes two nights accommodation in a luxury suite.

Related Articles: Blanket Bay's Heli-Fishing School


Whistler’s Summer Enticements: Dine Out with the Pan Pacific Mountainside

June 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Whistler MountainsideWhistler is not just heaven for skiers and snowboarders. The top ski destination in North America is also a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit in the summer months when the snow melts on the peaks revealing a veritable playground for young and old alike. Golf enthusiasts take to the links (including four championship designer courses) and adrenaline hounds get their thrills on the Mountain Bike Park (over 115 single-track trails plus guided 5000-foot descents to the valley floor). There's fishing, horseback riding, heli-adventures, zip trekking, bungee jumping, float plane tours, white water rafting, jetboating, and more. Whistler Village-- modeled after a village in the Swiss Alps-- has a plethora of award-winning restaurants. Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside has re-introduced their Dine Out Dinner Package so that you can take advantage of Whistler's world-class establishments. An excellent value at CAD $199 per night, the package includes accommodations in a luxurious suite complete with kitchen, fireplace, and balcony PLUS a CAD $100 dining credit at your choice of one of their top restaurant partners. Valid until November 19, 2009.


Climbing, Fishing, and Hiking, Oh My! Activities at the Four-Season Capella Telluride Resort

May 26, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella TellurideYes, the talked-about Capella Resort is steps from the gondola in Telluride for superb skiing in the winter. But the spring and summer months are just as exciting at this all-season resort. Your personal assistant at Capella Telluride-- a perk for every guest-- can arrange myriad excursions for you to get out into the wild. Grab a bike and hit the trails around Telluride. Try your hand at fly-fishing in the nearby lakes, rivers and streams just minutes away. Test your climbing skills on the Adventure Climbing Rock located in Mountain Village. Play a game of golf on some of the most challenging terrain in the world. Spend the day hiking through spectacular forests and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Take a Jeep Tour through the Wild Wild West, or explore the old town of Telluride on Segway. Or go on an exhilarating adventure white-water rafting. The choice is yours. Don't miss the Summer Sunset Concert Series in Sunset Plaza Mountain Village on Wednesdays, and a host of fun Telluride festivals throughout the summer.


Third Night Free at the Solis Cambrian Hotel in Abelboden, Switzerland

May 26, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Solis CambrianFrom your south-facing balcony or terrace at the Solis Cambrian Hotel, you'll take in extraordinary views of mountain peaks and the Engstligen waterfalls, the second longest falls in Switzerland. But the views are not limited to the exterior. The hotel's interiors likewise turn a lot of heads; gorgeous public spaces are designed in a contemporary style with natural stone and wood, and guest rooms are outfitted with custom-made furniture and artwork. Nestled in the charming traditional village of Abelboden, the Solis Cambrian offers a world of mountain sports and outdoor adventures at its doorstep. This summer, take advantage of an exclusive "3 for 2" offer. Stay two nights at the Solis Cambrian Hotel and Spa and enjoy a third night on the house. Plus, you'll get a complimentary breakfast buffet daily, free use of the spa, mountain bike rental, DVD library, and wireless laptop rental. Rates starting at CHF 550 for two people.


The Spa is On Us: Free Treatments with Your Room at Topnotch Resort

April 21, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Topnotch ResortMelt away your stress with a weekend getaway to the mountains of Vermont and forget your cares with complimentary spa treatments from Topnotch Resort. Surrounded by 120 scenic acres in the resort town of Stowe, Topnotch has racked up the awards for its recreational diversions and marvelous spa. (The Tennis Academy gets high marks, too.) For a limited time, Vermont's premier luxury resort is enticing guests with two 50-minute spa treatments with their accommodations. Select from Swedish, Combo, Aroma Mountain, Thai, Shiatsu or Reflexology Treatments. This includes access to the impressive spa, and gratuities, to boot. "The Spa is On Us" package starts from $306 and is available until June 18th, 2009.


Exclusive 72 Hour Sale Starts Tomorrow: The Homestead Gives Away a Free Night

April 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The HomesteadStarting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21st) at 10 a.m. EST, The Homestead is launching a 72-hour sale with a limited-time special offer: guests get a free third night when booking a two-night vacay. This destination resort in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains has drawn visitors to its hot springs and gorgeous setting since the 1700s. Resort diversions run the gamut from falconry to bowling. The offer is available for travel through December 22, 2009.


Hot New Spas: The Westin Riverfront’s Spa Angali Uses Organic Products

April 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Riverfront Resort and SpaSince it opened last year in Beaver Creek, the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa has been getting rave reviews. (Just check out what folks are sayin' on TripAdvisor!) With easy access to Beaver Creek Mountain via the Riverfront Express Gondola located outside the resort's front door, the Westin Riverfront is the ideal base to explore the incredible mountain scenery. The list of resort activities is impressive-- from fishing to downhill and cross-country skiing. But it's the 23,000-square-foot spa and fitness center that really inspires. Indulge in a mountain-inspired spa treatment with local ingredients, and enjoy a swim in the 25-meter saltwater lap pool. Try a spin class or enhance your workout with a personal trainer, then soak in one of three Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the river. The spa is environmentally-friendly, to boot. In its April issue, Conde Nast Traveler gives a shout-out to the Spa Anjali for its green practices: "The brand-new spa... has organic bamboo sheets, cups and plates made from corn, and organic products-- and guests who arrive in their hotel robe (saving the spa from using an additional robe) receive a small discount."


Celebrate Easter with the Fam at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia

March 25, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The HomesteadAs far as staycations go, The Homestead is tops. Located in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, the National Historic Landmark has hosted its share of presidents and princes since it opened in 1776. Sports and spa enthusiasts continue to flock to this destination resort that boasts dozens of activities-- from indoor pursuits (bowling, billiards, and movies) to outdoor adventures (mountain biking, shooting, fly-fishing). What's more- The Homestead is all about family fun-- with an award-winning KidsClub and bountiful family vacation activities. Easter promises to be a fun-filled weekend with a colorful Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn where the little ones can meet the Bunny Rabbit. Priced from $225, the "Easter Family Fun" Package includes accommodations, breakfast, an Easter welcome gift, and 20 percent off all activities. Available April 1-18, 2009.


It’s Back: Get $96 Room Rates with the 96 Hour Sale from RockResorts

March 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

RockResortsKeen on spring skiing? Head to the Rockies to hit the slopes and get your apres-ski on at one of the luxurious properties in the RockResorts' collection. The 96-hour sale means you can snag upscale lodgings for just $96-- just book by 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 22. Participating resorts include The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Aspen's Hotel Jerome, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, and La Posada de Santa Fe.