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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.

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.


Fairmont le Montreaux Palace Undergoes Multi-million Dollar Renovation

March 18, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont le Montreaux PalaceFairmont le Montreaux Palace, originally built in 1906, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation due to be completed in April 2009. Helming the renovations is interior designer Fiona Thompson, who recently renovated the Trianon Palace Versailles. The hotel, which overlooks the French Alps and is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, The 235-room luxury resort boasts 12 meeting rooms, the Willow Stream Spa and the famous Harry's New York Bar. The Brasserie is being renovated, and a new lobby lounge and bar are being added. The renovation will contrast traditional and contemporary design elements, along with top-of-the line in-room technology including wireless internet and LCD Flat screen TVs. In a nod to Montreaux's place in musical history, there is also the addition of the Freddie Mercury Suite, celebrating the legendary Queen singer who was a Montreux resident and frequent guest of the hotel.


Insider’s Shopping Experience in Paris with the Hotel Lutetia

March 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel LutetiaParis is a shopper's paradise for locals and visitors alike, but sometimes it pays to have a consultation with an insider to learn about savvy deals and off-the-beaten-path boutiques. The Hotel Lutetia-- the Belle Époque gem nestled in fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Prés-- dishes shopping secrets to its shopaholic guests. Book the "Concorde Shopping Package" and you'll get a personalized consultation with the concierge, discount vouchers from exclusive Parisian shops, and breakfast for two along with your stylish accommodations. The hotel is within walking distance of the Seine, the Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame, and a slew of boutiques and designers' studios on the Left Bank. Ask for a room with views of the nearby Eiffel Tower.

Pssst. Special springtime rates at this artist's mecca are below EUR 200.


Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center: The New Height of Luxury

March 2, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Pan Pacific Whistler Village CenterSad to see winter go? Send it off in style with a trip to the luxurious Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center located in Whistler, British Columbia, nestled at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Named the Number One Ski Resort by Conde Nast Traveler, the resort is offering special, last minute ski packages from now until the end of April. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Center is not just a ski resort: it is the perfect destination for the year round traveler. The 83 contemporary luxury suites range in size from 407 to 1680 square feet. Guests can start each morning with complimentary continental breakfast in the signature Pacific Lounge and take in the picturesque mountain views. Other amenities include a year round, outdoor salt water pool, elegant dining, shopping, and pampering at the resort spa.