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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.

The World’s Best Hotels

March 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Big shout out and thank you to all our loyal blog readers! We certainly love bringing you the latest and greatest luxury travel news, and we appreciate hearing from you via phone, email, or our Facebook and Twitter pages. We realize that every traveler begins his/her journey in the research phase; deciding on where to go, and we certainly get a number of inquiries about the best hotels in certain areas, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels for families, the best all-inclusive resorts, and onward. To help you pick the absolute best hotel that fits your needs and criteria, we would like to draw your attention to our ‘World’s Best Hotels’ tab. Here you’ll be directed to lists and lists of phenomenal hotels and resorts in various categories. From the best ski resorts to the best spa resorts, we certainly have you covered. Be sure to check out the various lists for a little inspiration on where to travel next! You want the best, and we certainly want to give it to you!

Photo of the Meridian Club in Turks and Caicos, a luxury hotel on our Best Honeymoon Resorts List


Extraordinary Guest Chef at the St. Regis Aspen Resort

February 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, nestled within the mountains in Aspen, Colorado is the perfect place to experience the best of every season. Visit in the winter for some of the best skiing opportunities, or visit in the summer to participate in great summer sports activities and the arts.

This luxury hotel will host Chef Duangporn Songvisavia (Bo) and Chef Dylan Jones from the renowned Herland Thai Restaurant Bo.Lan in Bangkok, Thailand. The chefs will prepare Thai infused cuisine from February 14th – 19th during Apres teas and dinner. During Apres tea, guests can choose from a menu of small plates, and for dinner, guests are treated to a unique pre-fixe menu carefully put together to ensure a well-balanced meal. The dinner menu will feature Thai salad, chili relish, a stir-fried dish, curry, and soup. Holding true to Bo.Lan’s ‘slow food’ philosophy, the foods will feature locally sourced ingredients and produce. The Apres tea menu will be served from from 3 – 6pm in the Shadow Mountain Lounge, and dinner will be served every evening 6 – 10pm in The Restaurant.

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine without needing to leave the United States! Make your reservations at the St. Regis Aspen Resort and send your taste buds on an adventure!


Valentine's Day at the Montage Deer Valley

February 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With Valentine’s Day exactly 1 week away, it’s time to buckle down and plan the perfect romantic celebration with your significant other. The Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah knows that it’s the little things that matter, and they have worked out every detail to ensure a spectacular night of romance.

Check into the Montage Deer Valley and curl up by the fire while snow gently falls outside. Enjoy the romantic piano music over a candlelit dinner and a bottle of wine. Whether you’re a new couple or have been happily married for quite some time, the incredible alpine views and winter wonderland provide a romantic evening for all.

Make reservations at Apex, the hotel’s signature restaurant for February 14th and enjoy a pre-fixe dinner with mountain views and cozy tables by firelight. The four course dinner menu is $95 per person, and wine pairing is an additional $35.

Attend the wine and chocolate pairing event in Vista Lounge led by Ray Lammers, the executive pastry chef at Montage Deer Valley. Enjoy Cacao Barry chocolate with a Lactee caramel filling, Amano Madagascar dark chocolate, and the rare Maranon Fortunado No. 4 chocolate from Peru. Savor these chocolates on their own or paired with wines that have been selected to compliment and bring out the flavor of the chocolate.

Take advantage of these romantic and exciting opportunities and make your reservations at the Montage Deer Valley today!


Changing Their Tune: Whistler Expands Its Post-Olympic Offerings

January 19, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

As our friends over at Travel Agent Central report, Whistler is one of this year's most popular wintertime destinations, and that's in part because they've greatly expanded to the attractions that skyrocketed Whistler to international fame following the Winter Olympics.  New this year, you can live the experience of a professional bobsledder, even taking a turn on the last third of the Olympic course.  Reaching speeds of up 84 mph with a professional driver, of course, you'll get to experience the thrill of Olympic bobsled for yourself without the years of exacting and dangerous practice.  The biathlon course has added 43 miles of ski trails, and you can even try your hand at the shooting range.  Coming off the third snowiest November on record, there's plenty of powder to go around, so tourists and ski bums alike can enjoy the thrill of cutting through a fresh course.  Check out Whistler Sport Legacies for more information on the best winter activities.

If you're looking to warm up to a cup of hot cocoa after a day on the slopes, there are plenty of great luxury options in Whistler. Four Seasons, Westin, and Fairmont all have local outposts, and the Pan Pacific Whistler offers a Mountainside resort as well as in the Village Centre.  


Dining at The Canyons

January 12, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

Spending all day skiing and snowboarding down the legendary slopes of Park City Utah can work up quite an appetite. Luckily, if you stay at The Canyons, the options for dining are extensive. The collection of distinctive mountain cuisine is brought to you by the exclusive Talisker Restaurant Collection, and is under the direction of Executive Chef John Murcko, recently named "Best Chef in Utah" by Salt Lake Magazine.

Grand Summit hotel offers The Farm, Red Tail Grill and First Tracks Cafe. The Farm’s innovative menu focuses on ingredients sourced within 200 miles of Park City. Sit outside and enjoy a glass from their amazing selection of wines. Red Tail Grill offers mountain views and southwest cuisine. The rustic setting makes it a fantastic gathering point for families. If you are looking to fuel your morning run (or fuel up for your afternoon run), First Tracks Cafe is right in the lobby of the Grand Summit and offers speciality coffees and assorted pastries.

You can even dine at the top of Dream Peak. Cloud Dine, located at the top of DreamCatcher and DreamScape lifts, offers healthy salads, soups, gourmet pizzas and sandwiches with a culinary twist. Or nosh at the top of Short Cut Lift at Lookout Cabin, which is known for its Rocky Mountain Cuisine.

Waldorf Astoria Park City plays host Talisker on Main, named "Best Restaurant in Park City" by Salt Lake Magazine. This restaurant focuses on sampling many distinctive regional flavors with a constantly evolving menu inspire by the fresh produce available during the changing seasons. The Canyons, which also is made up of Silverado Lodge, also offers the additional culinary options of Red Pine Lodge, Sun Lodge, Tombstone & Dreamscape Grills, Umbrella Bar, Bruges Waffles, Alpine House, oh, and Saturday Night Western BBQ’s at the Red Pine Lodge. Finally, the newly-opened Bistro at Canyons first glatt kosher restaurant open all winter season long at any ski resort in the nation.

So strap on your skies, and get ready to give both your body and your appetite a workout.


The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #20 The St. Regis Aspen Resort

December 12, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

The St Regis Aspen Resort Guest RoomIn the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests. 

In the #20 Spot we have The St. Regis Aspen Resort located at the base of Aspen Mountain. 

 

Quick Facts about the St. Regis Resort in Aspen:

 - The resort is finishing a $40 million dollar renovation leading up to the 2012 ski season, featuring 20 remodled rooms, renovated meeting and restaurant space, new library, and resurfaced pool, hot tubs, and pool deck amongst other updates.  

 - Located at the base of Aspen Mountain between the gondola and lift 1A, the resort is convenient to Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass ski areas.

- 179 guestrooms and suites, including two 2,000-square-foot presidential suites.

The St Regis Resort Aspen Outdoor Heated Pool- Dog friendly rooms available and includes in-room pet beds, dog walking service and more.

- The Resort offers the St. Regis Signature Butler Service which includes packing and unpacking, laundry service, shoe shines, and many other personal assistant services available 24-hours a day.

- Heated outdoor swimming pool with sundeck and three heated outdoor spas.

- A luxurious 15,000-square-foot resort spa with 15 treatment rooms. Remède offers a complete treatment menu in addition to customized facials and massages. Remède Spa at St. Regis Aspen is the flagship spa of a new global spa brand.

- Rated a United States Leading Ski Resort by World Travel Award.

 

View photos, read more, and check availability at the St. Regis Resort Aspen >>


Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, is Perfect Family Winter Destination

December 8, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Traveling with a family can be quite difficult, and I’m not just talking about restless babies or the endless games of “Are We There Yet?” It can also be an effort in itself to find a hotel that is kid-friendly in its room design. Most luxury hotels have adopted the two-adults-per-room model, so it’s refreshing to find a property that keeps families in mind when laying out its rooms. The Resort at Squaw Creek features Queen Rooms as a standard, and they include not one but two queen beds, so your kid(s) can cozy up together, and you won’t have to split up the family while enjoying the premiere mountain resort in California. This site of the 1960 Winter Olympics has everything you need to enjoy some skicapades with or without kids in tow. The Resort at Squaw Creek is one to keep in mind for the winter season.


Hotel de Charme les Airelles is A Buzz-Worthy Hotel

December 7, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

Aside from being right on the edge of the slopes in Courchevel, France, the Hotel de Charme les Airelles provides access to the biggest skiing area in the world, Les 3 Vallées, providing guests with the luxury of leaving and returning to the resort with skis on. This luxury hotel also has a beautiful library and fireplace in its lounge, creating an inviting environment to unwind and warm up after a day on the slopes.

The Hotel de Charme les Airelles is not only a skier’s paradise. This hotel has embraced the utility of honey and has 5 beehives as a resource for the Spa Valmont. The hotel’s spa offers anti-aging solutions that have “honey, nectar, royal jelly, and Alpine bee pollen,” preserved from the resort’s beehives. For a limited time, the Spa Valmont is offering a “Bee Beautiful” treatment, which starts with a wildflower pollen exfoliator and ends with a jelly rub down. This treatment leaves skin looking vibrant, refreshed, and rejuvenated, and it is available from December 14 – mid April for 240 Euros. It’s the perfect dry skin treatment after a day in the snow!


Luxury Resorts on the Slopes in the U.S. with Availability in December

December 5, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

We’re pretty excited about ski season, and apparently so are our luxury travelers! A number of hotels are solidly booked for the end of December, but there are still incredible hotels with availability. Be sure to make your arrangements pronto, and you’ll be swishing down the mountain before you know it!

The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah is located in a private, gated community, and it stands upon the beautifully covered slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. The Snake River Lodge and Spa in Teton Village, Wyoming is located slope-side at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City, Utah is located within the mountainside village of the Canyons, and this all-suite property offers room options for families with easy slope access. The Four Seasons Resort Vail in Vail, Colorado is located high in the Colorado Rockies, and it is consistently ranked among the world’s top ski destinations. The Sky Hotel in Aspen, Colorado offers a unique experience at the base of Aspen Mountain. Last but certainly not least, the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California, is nestled at the base of Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Looking to go outside the United States and ski new terrain? Then check out our list of the top ski resorts all over the world!

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


A Heli-Skiing Adventure in the Swiss Alps with Badrutt's Palace Hotel

November 30, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutt's Palace HotelAdrenaline-loving ski hounds looking for adventure should head over to Europe to brave the snow-covered pistes in the Alps. (Tip for travelers: the dollar-euro exchange rate hasn't looked this good in years.) Head to St. Moritz in Switzerland, long considered the birthplace of alpine tourism, to experience the "Holy Grail" of classic downhill skiing-- with 200 miles of groomed runs in four large skiing areas. Book a stay at Badrutt's Palace Hotel-- known for its glam après-ski scene and exceptional facilities-- and you'll be living large in the lap of luxury. The hotel has organized a fabulous “Heli Adventure” package with a helicopter guide through the white peaks to let passionate skiers make their own tracks in untouched snow. In addition to the exclusive helicopter trip, this package includes a three-night stay with half board and a ski pass for the whole region, as well as a classic relaxation massage to help soothe tired muscles. The package starts at CHF 2,140 (approx $2,338 US) per person for a double room.