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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 $6.6-Million Birthday Party in Courchevel, France

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!)

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

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

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).

Last Day to Book Starwood’s Global Holiday Sale

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President Wilson, GenevaThe big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.

Pictured: The world-renowned Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, part of the Luxury Collection.

Ski Jackson Hole with a Stay at the Rusty Parrot Lodge

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rusty ParrotThe temps are dropping steadily and Thanksgiving is days away, so naturally we're thinking ahead to ski season. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers some of the best skiing anywhere-- with a vertical drop of 1,260 meters and over 1,000 hectares of skiing and snowboarding terrain. Not to mention the powder. Over 400 inches of snow a year gets dumped on the peaks around Grand Teton National Park. Combine a stellar mountain experience with delicious apres-ski and what do you get? A stay at the Rusty Parrot, where local game and organic produce are on the menu, and the outdoor hot tub offers views of Snow King Mountain. Start the day with a breakfast that's to-die-for. How does this sound? Rusty Parrot eggs Benedict, chicken and roasted apple sausage omelet, creamy sausage gravy over jalapeño biscuits, pecan crusted trout, and wild huckleberry pancakes. After a day on the slopes, hit the deep soaking tub in your room then lounge around in luxury in your plush robe.

Every year the Rusty Parrot Lodge offers Powder Packages which include accommodation in either a room with two queen beds or a king, daily lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, complimentary shuttle to and from JHMR each day, and the breakfast that has been their hallmark for 20 years. Four, Five, Six or Seven Night Packages are available starting at $1415 per person. Rates are subject to availability and based on double occupancy in garden level double queen or king accomodation.

Now Taking Reservations: Four Seasons Resort Vail

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort VailGet ready, Vail. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is prepping to open a sexy new alpine hotel at the gateway to Vail Village. Now confirming reservations for arrivals from December 11, 2010, the Four Seasons Resort Vail promises to shake things up in the Colorado Rockies with decadent facilities and exclusive ski concierge service featuring private lockers, a lounge and a full-service ski shop. Blending contemporary design with mountain tradition, the resort will offer 121 "high-tech" guest rooms, each boasting a furnished balcony, a gas-burning fireplace and a spacious bathroom with free-standing oval tub. After a day on the slopes, hit the spa for some head-to-toe pampering. The organic treatments are specially designed for high altitudes. Get this: Two of the treatment rooms are designed for couples with their own whirlpools and fireplaces. While noshing on nutrition-conscious cuisine in the restaurant, you'll be able to check out the expansive mountain views. Take advantage of the "Stay Longer" offer which provides a fifth night free plus two 50-minute massages per room, per stay. From $380 per night after free night applied.

Hotel Discounts with Voluntourism: Give & Getaway with RockResorts

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Landings St LuciaAcross the globe, voluntourism projects are taking off. Hotels from Texas to the Maldives are giving discounts on accommodations when guests sign up for volunteering projects. Another example: the Give & Getaway program with RockResorts. They'll arrange an environmental conservation project for you-- such as light trail maintenance or working on an area community farm-- and you'll get a reduced rate on your stay plus complimentary swag like hydration packs. Give back to the environment and get rewarded for your efforts! Participating hotels in the RockResorts portfolio include:

The Arrabelle at Vail Square & The Lodge at Vail - Vail, Colorado

Guests have the option of two different dates doing trail restoration work in the Vail area.

Snake River Lodge & Spa - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Snake River Lodge & Spa is partnering with Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation to remove miles of old buck and rail fence surrounding Grand Teton National Park.

The Landings St. Lucia – Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Spend the day harvesting locally grown fruits with St. Lucians on a working warm and end the day sampling locally caught seafood at the Anse La Ray Friday Fish Fry!

Sail Lake St. Moritz, Switzerland with Badrutt’s Palace’s New Sailboat

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutts Palace sailingAnother way to take in the alpine majesty of the Swiss Alps? Sailing! Badrutt's Palace-- the historic hotel famous for its celebrity-studded guest list and après-ski scene-- recently acquired a sailboat for guest use. Sail Late St. Moritz aboard a sleek 26-ft Blu26 called (what else?) The Badrutt's Palace-- and take in the Swiss mountain panorama with or without your own personal skipper. We've just learned about a special package that combines the thrill of sailing with some downtime at the hotel's new Palace Wellness luxury spa. Details for the 3-night package (Superior Room) are below:

Including: Upgrade to next room category upon availability at time of check-in; sweet welcome gift from our patisserie upon arrival; extensive buffet breakfast; free use of refreshment bar, movie channels, WiFi Internet access in all areas and free newspaper; two set dinners in cosy “Chesa Veglia” or in one of the Palace restaurants (each excluding beverages); 2 hours of sailing on the Badrutt’s Palace with skipper; full body massage per person (50 minutes); tickets for all mountain railways and public transport in St. Moritz and surrounding area; transfer to/from Corveglia mountain railway and Sailing Club St. Moritz.

Superior single room from CHF 1,320

Superior double room from CHF 2,010

Family Vacation in Canada’s Banff National Park with Fairmont Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseIt's not too late to plan the ultimate summer/autumn family vacation in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Discover the alpine majesty of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can go hiking, mountain bike The Great Divide, take a Bow River float trip, and let the kids embark on a photo expedition. After a fun-filled day, unwind at a Fairmont spa and reconnect with your family over dinner. Fairmont makes it easy with a special themed package at its two Banff hotels: the Fairmont Banff Springs, styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a resort recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. The Mountain Adventure package gives you the freedom to enjoy activities with a $100 CAD resort credit, plus kids eat for free. Available until December 20, 2010, the package starts from $339 CAD per night at the Fairmont Banff Springs and $299 CAD per night at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.