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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.

Book Today: 40% Off Rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs

February 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Banff SpringsHurry! You've just got a few more days to snag a deal at The Fairmont Banff Springs-- the majestic mountain resort known as "The Castle in the Rockies." Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, the resort is set in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fairmont Banff Springs Spotlight Offer is available to book until February 27, 2011 and translates to 40% off room rates with a third night free, for travel until May 31, 2011. Prices start from CAD $179 based on double occupancy in a Fairmont Room. (The fine print: A full non-refundable deposit (no cancellations) is required at time of booking. This offer is non-transferable and subject to availability.)

Psst. Could The Fairmont Banff Springs host the young royals on their honeymoon? From the website:

With the approaching royal wedding, rumour has it that Banff National Park is a possible honeymoon location for William and Kate. Royal watchers agree that Fairmont's regal history – King George VI & Queen Elizabeth’s 1939 visit, and Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip’s 2005 visit to Jasper Park Lodge – makes our iconic Rocky Mountain resorts perfect for the young royals!


Sun, Snow and Savings at the St. Regis Resort Aspen

February 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort AspenGood news for powder hounds and ski bunnies. (Or even those who relish the après-ski scene more than carving the slopes.) The posh St. Regis Aspen Resort-- selected as part of the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List-- has availability for the remainder of the winter including Presidents’ Weekend. So you can get one last winter vacay in before the snow melts. Book the "SunSational Savings" package for stays through April 4, 2011 and you'll get a 4th night free, a $50 resort credit per stay, and a complimentary upgrade at check-in, subject to availability. Located at the base of the majestic Aspen Mountain and within steps to the heart of the historic town, the St. Regis Aspen Resort offers the Remède Spa, original Ski Butler service, and dining at The Restaurant at The St. Regis Aspen.


Free Lift Tickets with Your Stay at Sundance Resort

January 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sundance Resort"In 1969 it started with an idea and $500; this is the place, the place where it all started." -- Robert Redford Sundance is Redford's beautiful retreat in the mountains, a place of discovery and inspiration nestled at the based of 12,000-ft Mount Timpanogos. It's a place devoted to environmental conservation and artistic experimentation. It's also a spectacular place to ski, with beautiful accommodations and excellent resort amenities. And now a special offer lets guests ski for free when they stay at Sundance: with two complimentary lift tickets per room. The Washington Post describes the deal:

"Rates for a standard room with a queen-size bed start at $312 a night double, including $43 in taxes and fees. Lift tickets are worth $47 per person and cover day and night skiing. (Visitors can ski until 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). The resort offers 41 downhill ski runs over 500 acres. Valid through April 2, except Jan. 20-30. Some other dates are sold out."


Book Now: Fairmont Hotels Offer Spectacular Winter Rates

January 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau MontebelloThis just in. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched a winter sale that translates to 20% off or one free night. Whether you're looking for the thrill of urban nightlife (Chitown's calling your name), a spa sanctuary, the challenge of championship golf in Florida, or a fairytale ski destination, Fairmont's got it covered. Hurry, you must book "Everyone's an Original Winter" rates by 12 pm EST on February 5, 2011.

The fine print: Offers are subject to availability at time of reservation at participating hotels for stays until April 30, 2011. Up to 20% discount applies to sell rate of the day. Free night must be a consecutive night stay at one hotel, minimum night stay required.


Lift Tickets, Lodging and Breakfast at Silverado Lodge at The Canyons, Park City

January 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Silverado Lodge at The Canyons Resort, Park City, UtahEager to ski the "greatest snow on earth"? Park City, Utah's calling your name. Check into the Silverado Lodge, situated at the base of the Canyons Resort, and you'll enjoy free Internet, a cozy fireplace, and oversized deck in your suite. Not to mention the four-season heated pool, outdoor hot tub, and fitness room. Book the "Ski, Dream & Dine" package, starting from $209 per night, and you'll get lift tickets and a sumptuous buffet breakfast each night of your stay.


Winter Ski Promotion: Powder-Packed Deals in Colorado, Utah, Whistler

January 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Beaver CreekSkiers and snowboarders, take heed. You'll find great deals in snowy mountain destinations across North America with the Ski Vacations Sale, running until January 31, 2011. Available for travel through February 28, 2011, the ski promotion is available at prime properties in Colorado, Utah, Whistler, and beyond. Here are the sale details:

Save up to 25% at the Grand Summit Hotel at the Canyons Resort in Park City

Get your 3rd night free at Kimpton's Sky Hotel in Aspen

Save up to 33% at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen and The Lodge at Vail

Save up to 30% at the Hotel Telluride

Save up to 25% at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

3rd night free at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler

4th night free at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Lodge


The $6.6-Million Birthday Party in Courchevel, France

December 20, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, Courchevel, FranceHe flew in the "master of Gallic gastronomy," Alain Ducasse, to prepare the victuals for some 300 guests from all over the world. Those guests got to see a show by Cirque du Soleil, whose performers were brought in from Canada, followed by a fireworks display. Viktor Pinchuk's $6.6 million birthday party in the French ski resort of Courchevel is already notorious. Over the weekend the Ukrainian billionaire-- listed by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people-- dropped a pretty penny to fete his special day. Not bad for a 50th birthday bash!

Pictured: The Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles, one of Courchevel's five-star hotels, provides access to the biggest skiing area in the world, Les 3 Vallées.


Gingerbread Extravaganza at Stein Eriksen Lodge (Harry Potter’s Hogwarts!)

December 6, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Stein Eriksen LodgePark City's Stein Eriksen Lodge knows how to get primped for the holidays. The lobby gets a 32-foot tree that's decked with lavish ornaments, and the pastry chef assembles a team to make an awe-inspiring gingerbread creation. One year they concocted an Empire State Building out of gingerbread; another year, they made a nine-foot long and five-foot tall Thomas the Train. This year's marvel? Straight out of Harry Potter- the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Made with 400 pounds of gingerbread and 80 pounds of icing, the gingerbread Hogwarts required 150 hours of creation time by Executive Pastry Chef Ann Giles Sweisford and her team. Planning to ski Park City's Deer Valley Resort this winter? The Stein Eriksen Lodge has a sweet package deal called "Bronze, Stay & Ski" that includes lift tickets, lodging, and a bountiful breakfast from $279 per person. (Note: not available over Christmas.)


Free Lift Tickets in Aspen with The Little Nell & St. Regis Resort Aspen

December 1, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Resort AspenCalling all ski bunnies. Looking to jet to Aspen this winter? You're in luck. A glut in luxury accommodations means there are deals for the taking. Sky-Hi Daily News explains: "Even the rich want a bargain on a ski vacation — and they're getting them at high-end resorts across the West this year. An increasing supply of four- and five-star hotel rooms and stagnant demand from travelers is forcing properties to drop prices or add value to try to entice guests, according to tourism officials." What this means for you: Value-added deals at both The Little Nell and St. Regis Resort Aspen which include lift tickets. Get two free tickets for each full day spent at The Little Nell, or get a fifth night free when you book four nights. (Black-out dates only during Christmas and Presidents Day weekend.) Also available during the ski season: an Aspen ski package at the swanky St. Regis Resort that includes two adult lift tickets per day, as well as $50 food and beverage credit, when you book at least two nights.


Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Celebrates New Spa Opening with Special Packages

November 17, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeNow open: the luxurious new Fairmont Spa at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the renowned resort located in the Canadian Rockies. Costing $6.7 million, the new facility includes ten treatment rooms, two couples rooms with Jacuzzis, rain showers, deluxe glacial inspired steam rooms, and therapeutic mineral baths. Sprawling across 10,000 square feet, the spa was inspired by the natural beauty of Jasper National Park, reflecting the soaring mountains, rivers, pine forests, and waterfalls that surround it. Treatments sound fab: a fir-infused stone massage, mountain mineral ritual, and a maple-butter body wrap, to name a few. Pamper yourself in the Rocky Mountains with one of the new packages: Jasper Spa Getaway, including room accommodation, breakfast and a 60-minute spa treatment of choice for $359 CAD per room, and the Jasper Spa & Ski Package, allowing you to hit the slopes for a day at Marmot Basin and then return to The Lodge for a rejuvenating spa experience, starting from $349 CAD per room (includes accommodations, lift tickets, and one 60-minute treatment).