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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Ski Event at The Little Nell

In photo: Skiing event at The Little Nell in Aspen.

Featured Journeys: Colorado Ski Vacation

Are the slopes calling your name? Our Featured Journeys: Colorado Ski Vacation features a multi-destination itinerary to Colorado's top ski resorts. Nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountains, the towns of Vail, Aspen, and Telluride offer some of the world's best skiing and winter activities, plus exclusive settings, high-end spas, world-class cuisine, local specialties, and chic boutiques for getting the latest apres ski looks.  


Modeled after a Tyrolean village, Vail is one of the most popular ski resorts in the US. Covering 5,500 acres, it is the largest single-mountain ski resort in the country. The wide-open and forested terrain, as well as the difficulty of the trails draws skiiers from all over the world. The seven-mile ski area stretches from Outer Mongolia to Game Creek Bowl, and there's a system of trails through the surrounding mountains for cross-country skiers as well. Bridge Street is popular for the apres ski crowd with a variety of offeringa from international beer selections to the trendiest DJs. Vail also has an array of restaurants, as well as upscale shopping and trendy boutiques. For those seeking a more intimate setting, Beaver Creek is nearby and part of Vail Resorts.

Hotel Talisa, Vail

Hotel Talisa, Vail

Offering alpine styling, Hotel Talisa, Vail is a sports-focused resort. As Vail's only true ski-in/ski-out luxury resort, the property has an on-site chairlift, rentals, ticket office, and world-class ski concierge. Following a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017, the property has soaking tubs in all accommodations, culinary creations from around the world, and an alpine spa with invigorating treatments. Plus, four seasons of mountain-focused activities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast buffet for up to two daily (max $60 credit per room/per day), a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room rate), and complimentary WiFi. 

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Located 170 miles west of Denver, Aspen is known for celebrity sightings and posh ski resorts. There are four ski mountains in Aspen, providing an array of options from beginners to mountain experts. Beginners will want to learn at Buttermilk Mountain with easy-to-navigate slopes. Snowmass has a range of runs from mild to heart-pounding, and Aspen Mountain is for those seeking moguls, tests of skill, and ungroomed slopes. In addition to the ski scene, the ritzy mountain town offers a thriving dining and nightlife scene, as well as hotel spas for relaxation and unwinding when you're not skiing. 

The Little Nell

Suite at The Little Nell

With the city at its front door and Aspen Mountain out the back door, The Little Nell offers an exclusive setting in the heart of Aspen. Steps from upscale shops and restaurants, the hotel has contemporary guest rooms and suites with "Aspen Modern" styling, and two restaurants designed for guests to wine, dine, and unwind. There's also a variety of winter experiences available including Ski Concierges to keep boots warm or help guests find hidden powder, as well as ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen Mountain, and a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive a daily breakfast credit for two at Element 47 restaurant (a maximum $42.50 credit per person/per day), a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay, and a personalized welcome at check-in.

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Originally a mining town incorporated as Columbia in 1878, Telluride has made a massive transformation since opening its first ski runs in 1972. Located about 200 miles southwest of Aspen, Telluride mixes funky with chic, and is a popular year-round destination for mountain bikers, skiers, anglers, and hikers. The town was designated a National Historic District in 1964, and today the resort area is booming for skiing during the winter, and festivals during the summer months.

Lumiere with Inspirato

Hot Tub with a view at Lumiere Telluride

Featuring ski-in/ski-out access, Lumiere with Inspirato is located in the heart of the Mountain Village. Providing residence style accommodations with kitchens, fireplaces, laundry facilities, and master bedrooms with soaking tubs, the boutique hotel has a Black Tie Ski Concierge, in-room massage services, Bijou Lounge with a stylish apres ski scene, and fitness center. Steps from ski lifts, boutiques, and reestaurants, the property has a central location for exploring the village and quick access to the gondola to the historic Telluride district. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of locally produced wine. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Offering an idyllic ski-in/ski-out setting on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has a variety of year-round activities including a full-service spa facility and tennis courts during the summer. There's also a heated outdoor pool, six dining options, the Ritz Kids program, and pet-friendly services. In addition, the resort is offering special Solar Eclipse programs for guests. Learn more about the offers in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to Offer Solar Eclipse-Themed Programs

If you have not heard by now, a Total Solar Eclipse is taking place this summer on Monday, August 21; astronomically, it is an extremely rare occurrence (the first visible in the United States in 99 years) and it is predicted to be one of “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”

The “Great American Eclipse” will begin at approximately 10:18 a.m. PST near Lincoln City, Oregon and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:47 p.m. EST. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, located in Avon, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains is going to be in the 90 percent path of totality for the eclipse. With such a prime observation opportunity, the 180-room resort is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion:

Recreation Programs

Beyond the daily guided hike offered as part of the resort’s Naturalist Program, there will also be unique activities arranged for both before and during the celestial event. Guests going on the daily hike will be led to a Rocky Mountain vista ideal for seeing the eclipse. There will be a panel where guests can learn facts about the skies, outer space and the eclipse as well as the local Colorado flora and fauna. The resort will also be providing special viewing glasses to view the eclipse from its Great Lawn and Mountainside Terrace.

Solar Eclipse Massage

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Bachelor Gulch is also joining in on the festivities. Guests 18-years and above can receive a free five-minute chair massage during the the eclipse.

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

In addition, all of the resort’s dining outlets are commemorating the historic natural phenomenon with a one-time-only menu of specialty cocktails. The Total Eclipse is a coconut rum-based drink, shaken with Jägermeister and pineapple juice; the Blue Moon has Grey Goose Oranj mixed with blue curacao and Contreau; meanwhile the Solar Flare is made of a homemade blueberry vodka and simple syrup. These drinks can also be modified into non-alcoholic mocktails for younger guests.

Once the eclipse passed, that evening guests are invited on sunset strolls as well as stargazing down paths used for snowshoeing in the winter. An expert resident naturalist will be guiding adventure-seekers as they teach them (most appropriately) about celestial navigation, point out key stars, planets and constellations. During their stay, guests can also enjoy the resort's Red Sky Golf Club, six different restaurants, spa, wellness center and pools.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

When you think of Vail you think of great skiing. This picture shows just how breath taking mother nature can be and right in the middle of the splendor is The Sebastian Vail.

The Sebastian Vail

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Kessler Canyon is nestled on 27,000 acres of private mountain property. Kessler Canyon’s Guesthouse includes six private rooms, each with original artwork, hand-crafted juniper furniture and amazing mountain and stream views. The Homestead features nine private rooms which can accommodate up to 18 guests, along with a spacious wrap-around porch and outdoor fireplace overlooking the lake and apple orchard.

Kessler Canyon

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| 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!

| By: Five Star Alliance

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "cooling off in the pool."

Posted in: Vail, CO, Hot Spots

| 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.