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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.

Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family Stay in Aspen?

October 23, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau


We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We looking to stay in Aspen, Co. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

 

ANSWER: The Gant Aspen

The Gant is located in a secluded five-acre enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain, just four miles from the Aspen Airport. The hotel lies three short blocks from the ski lifts and downtown Aspen. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk ski areas are two miles away and Snowmass ski area is 12 miles away. All three are accessible via free public transportation. Guests of the Gant have the use of five tennis courts (three clay), two heated outdoor pools, three jetted tubs, laundry facilities, barbecue grills, ski and bike storage, and an exercise facility with locker rooms and saunas. For an additional fee, overnight ski tuning, ski rentals, babysitting, overnight valet service, and grocery/liquor services are available. Although there is not a full service restaurant inside the hotel, there are dining destinations nearby.

The Gant Aspen

The hotel has 120 guest units on three floors. One, two, and three-bedroom units are available. Each guestroom's fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to prepare meals in comfort and privacy. Standard amenities include an alarm clock radio, balcony, fireplace, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, safe, and television. The Gant also manages 140 individually owned and decorated luxury condo rentals ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. All of The Gant's accommodations are rated standard, deluxe or premier based on their interior decor and regardless of view.

-Standard units - Comfortable and cozy condominiums at a reasonable price.

-Deluxe units - Luxury condominiums with a great deal of decor and decoration.

-Premier units - The most luxurious accommodations, boasting sumptuous furnishings and incomparable style.  
 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

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Image of the Day: Badrutts Palace Hotel

October 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Badrutts Palace Hotel is an icon of St Moritz and stands proudly overlooking Lake St Moritz, and is framed by the Engadin mountain peaks.

Badrutt's Palace Hotel

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Image of the Day: Snake River Lodge

October 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Snake River Lodge is conveniently located in Teton Village, just 12 miles from the historic town of Jackson Hole and 55 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

Snake River Lodge

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Did You Know? Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

September 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests who enjoy romantic rides in the snow will be pleased to know that Hotel De Charme Les Airelles has an Hermes-designed horse-drawn carriage. 

Hotel de Charme Les Airelles 

 

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Did You Know? Kulm Hotel St Moritz

September 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Kulm Hotel St Moritz

 


In 1864, Kulm Hotel St Moritz was a popular summer resort with British guests. Determined to make the resort a year-round destination,  founder and hotel pioneer Johannes Badrutt made a daring bet with his guests. Extolling the virtues of sunny, pleasant winter days, Badrutt promised his guests that they would enjoy being on his terrace in their shirtsleeves during this period. Badrutt offered his doubtful guests free lodging if they didn't enjoy the winter. Amazingly, Badrutt won the bet. The British guests were so happy many of them stayed until Springtime, even going home with a suntan. 

 

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Did You Know? Schlosshotel Velden

July 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Schlosshotel Velden began as the Castle Velden in 1590. A fire in 1762 burned the castle, and it was then rebuilt and opened as a hotel in 1890.

Schlosshotel Velden

 

 

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Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Four Seasons Resort Vail

October 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Four Seasons Resort in Vail, Colorado is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is situated high in the Colorado Rockies at the gateway to Vail Village, perfectly located within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and most importantly, the slopes! Guests are allocated a ski concierge upon arrival and are served delicious treats including hot chocolate and muffins at the bottom of the runs. There’s something truly magical to swimming in a heated pool while it snows, and guests get to experience this fantastic contradiction and much more at the stunning Four Seasons Resort Vail!


Grab a Beer Float at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort

August 27, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado is taking a new spin on the dessert-drink favorite and serving up Root Beer Floats, minus the Root Beer, plus beer! These Beer Floats are concocted from rare or seasonal beers and an ice cream or sorbet flavor perfectly paired for an ideal flavor. Here are a few Beer Floats on tap this season:

New Belgium 1554 Black Ale 13 paired with rocky mountain road ice cream, raspberry-champagne sorbet

Samuel Adams American Kriek 24 paired with black cherry-nutella swirl ice cream, dark chocolate ice cream & vanilla bean ice cream

New Belgium Lips of Faith-Tart Lychee 24 paired with lemon-thyme sorbet and vanilla bean ice cream, apple cinnamon sorbet, raspberry-champagne sorbet

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Your Questions Answered: Best Room at Stowe Mountain Lodge for a Family

August 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: I’m traveling with my family and we’d like to stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. Can their studio room options accommodate 2 adults and 1 child the age of 4?

Answer: All of the studio units have a king bed and a queen sleeper sofa, so they would be able to accommodate up to four people. The studios also have a fire place, kitchenette, and an outdoor terrace or balcony. To make a reservation, you can either do so online or over the phone, whichever you prefer. To make the reservation online, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating 'traveling with 4 year old child' so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Five Star Alliance Photo Submission Contest!

June 27, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We love having a relationship with our luxury travelers, hearing about your adventures, and seeing your vacation photos, so we invite you to submit your favorite vacation photo to us by August 1st, 2012 to be entered to win a free iPod shuffle! Your photo can be of your favorite hotel, a beautiful sunset, a shot of you drinking out of a coconut on the beach, etc. We certainly encourage creativity and would love to see what sort of vacation destinations you enjoy. We’ll post your photo in an album on our Facebook page, and our team of luxury travelers will choose a winner based on location, quality, style, and creativity, so hook up that digital camera and submit your favorite vacation photo to us today here!

Terms and conditions: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing information to Five Star Alliance, not Facebook. Liking or commenting on a photo on Facebook will not increase your chances of winning, but we certainly love and encourage participation! A photo must be attached to your entry to be eligible to win. The photo must be your own and free from third party copyright restrictions. Only one photo submission per person. Five Star Alliance reserves the right to delete any photos it deems inappropriate without notification. By participating in this competition, you authorize Five Star Alliance to announce your first name and use your image on our Facebook page. We will not share or sell contact details or use full names. The winner will be contacted on August 3rd, 2012 via email from an @fivestaralliance.com email address and will have seven (7) business days to respond or the prize will be forfeit.