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Situated in the town of Aguas Calientes, Sumaq Machu Picchu offers a luxurious setting for exploring the flavors of southern Peru, Incan culture, and the sacred site. For an in-depth visit, the hotel's Mystical Tour in Machu Picchu offers a unique experience for guests visiting the historical sanctuary. Guided by an authentic shaman from the Sacred Valley of the Incas, participants will gain an insider's perspective of the energy sources, mystery, and magical connections within the site, Pachamama, Mother Earth, and sacred temples. 

The 8 hour tour includes entrance tickets to the citadel, round trip bus transfers, a boxed lunch, private tour guide, cleansing session, and Pachamama Mystical Kit. Read more below.

Exterior of Sumaq Machu Picchu

In addition to the Mystical Tour, the property offers an array of activities for guests including Andean marriage ceremonies, payment to earth rituals, and Mandor hikes. For culinary enthusiasts, guests can partake in cooking classes, traditional Pachamanca Sumaq experiences, and romantic Peruvian dinners. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Recently renovated, Sumaq Machu Picchu is surrounded by the majestic bio-diversity of Machu Picchu Archaeologcal Park with valleys, mountains, waterfalls, and ancient ruins. Committed to sustainability, the hotel's mission is to protect the local environment and indigenouse culture. Focused on service with a warm and friendly atmosphere, the property offers a luxuriou setting for exploring the historic region. Continue reading below for a special Five Star Alliance Perk.

Guest Suite at Sumaq Machu Picchu

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance get a complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during the stay. Plus, based on availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out.

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Perched on the 14th and 15th floors overlooking the harbor, the spacious Admiral Suites at the Four Seasons Baltimore feature floor-to-ceiling windows with waterfront views. Furnished in chic earth tones, the suites have American black-walnut woodwork, hardwood floors, contemporary artwork, mingled with accents of blue and gold. There are stone-clad built-in fireplaces within each suite, and the living rooms have large LCD TVs with Bose home theater systems.  Plus, there are expansive outdoor patios with seating areas, and in-suite powder rooms for guests. Read more below the photo.

The Admiral Suite Living Room at the Four Seasons Baltimore

Ideal for entertaining, the Admiral Suites have separate dining rooms with custom-designed dining tables with seating for eight people. There are fully-equipped pantries with stainless Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as wet bars.  Continue reading below the photo.

Admiral Suite Dining Room at the Four Seasons Baltimore

Within each Admiral Suite, there is a secluded bedroom with plush amenities and an en suite marble bath with heated tile floors. There's also glass-walled showers, large soaking tubs, and dual sinks. For additional space, the suites can be connected to an additional guest room.

Admiral Suite Master Bath at Four Seasons Baltimore

The Four Seasons Baltimore provides a resort-like retreat in the heart of Harbor East. Surrounded by a strollable waterfront neighborhood with shopping, upscale dining, and entertainment, the hotel offers a variety of amenities including an outdoor splash terrace with a lap pool and restaurant, full-service spa, 24-hour business services, and a house car. 

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Set along Rue Saint Sulpice in Montreal's historic quarter, Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal offers an all-suite setting tucked behind Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Adjacent to the Sulpician Gardens and a quiet religious community, the hotel was built around historic stone walls that can be seen in some of the hallways, event spaces (photo below), and select suites. Recently, Five Star Alliance had the opportunity to stay at the property. Continue reading about the experience below.

Event Space at Le Saint-Sulpice

From the moment guests step inside from the cobblestoned streets of Old Montreal, the hotel encourages visitors to "Indulge Your Imagination" through cinema, art, and literature. This theme is infused throughout the hotel within artwork and music. The "Body and Soul" exhibit turns the boutique hotel into an art gallery with an immersive experience where using a mobile phone or tablet, guests can listen to music by Quebec Composer François Dompierre and violinist Angèle Dubeau while discovering portraits created by Quebec designer Jean-Claude Poitras, spread throughout five floors. Read more below the photo of one of the art installations.

Art installation at Le Saint-Sulpice

Within the suites, guests are invited to watch "La Valise" a short film produced by the hotel, and to read "Suite Stories, The Book" featuring a collection of short stories created by 14 authors who wrote the stories while staying at the hotel. The book is also available for purchase. 

The spacious accommodations have kitchenettes with Nespresso machines, minifridges, microwaves, and sinks. There's also a full range of dishes, making it an ideal setting for travelers seeking to prepare simple in-room meals, or travelers planning longer stays. Continue reading below the photo.

Suite Kitchenette at Le Saint-Sulpice

There are sitting areas with couches and coffee tables, large work desks, and French style windows that fully open to allow fresh breezes into the suites.

Suite Living Room at Le Saint-Sulpice

Bathrooms (which are set to be renovated throughout 2017) offer dual sinks, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, and L'Occitane bath products. 

Suite Bathroom at Le Saint-Sulpice

Editor's Note: For a truly unique setting, the Presidential Suite offers an exceptional space with a large living room, fireplace, and a spacious terrace with views of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Read more after the photo.

Presidential Suite Terrace at Le Saint-Sulpice

Le Saint-Sulpice Montreal has the Sinclair Restaurant with chef-prepared contemporary cuisine, as well as an outdoor terrace ideal for enjoying dinner or a weekend brunch during the warmer months. There's a lobby lounge for cocktails, and in-room dining is also available. Surrounded by cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, and historic sites, the property is an ideal setting for exploring Old Montreal. 

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Tucked amongst 2.5 acres of pine trees and fragrant gardens, the Villa Rose-Pierre feature a private villa setting with the services and amenities of a five star hotel, including 24-hour butler service and two servants' quarters. As part of the iconic Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, the villa offers a secluded setting with a private heated infinity pool with mosaics and glow-in-the-dark stars that light up at night, along with an exclusive synthetic clay tennis court with sea views. Continue reading below the pool photo. 

The private pool at the Villa Rose-Pierre

Decorated by interior designer Alberto Pinto, the four bedroom residence opens to large outdoor terraces, with seaview balconies in each of the bedrooms. There's a grand entrance hall, living room, kitchen, sun room, and dining room. The master suite offers privacy on the main floor with a large en-suite luxury bathroom, while the three guest bedrooms are upstairs with their own en-suite bathrooms. The rooftop terrace has an outdoor dining table and sofa seating for guests to enjoy meals and cocktails with views of the grounds, pine grove, and Mediterranean. While the lower level has a TV lounge, sauna, and fitness room.

Guests of the Villa Rose-Pierre also receive breakfast, a 60-minute spa treatment for two, as well as a "Haute Couture" skin analysis by Dr. Burgener. Continue reading more below the photo of the grand hotel. 

Exterior of the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel is an iconic property along the Côte d’Azur. Built in 1908, the legendary palace hotel offers classic glamour and timeless French style. Le Spa features a hydrotherapy circuit, indoor pool with a counter-current system, yoga and Pilates classes, plus personal training, jogging trails, and synthetic clay tennis courts. The Club Dauphin Swimming Pool has a large terrace with lounge chairs and cabanas, there are activities for families and children, plus three restaurants including the Michelin-Starred Le Cap (photo below), known for its regional cuisine. Continue below the photo of Le Cap's Terrace. 

Le Cap Terrace at Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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Destination Spotlight: Lisbon

Known for sidewalk cafes, fado serenades, custard tarts, and a mild climate, Lisbon is the second-oldest European capital (Athens is the oldest). Set amidst seven mountains, Lisbon combines a nostalgic past with a progressive style, for a laid-back setting in the midst of a major city. As the only European capital with sunsets over the sea, the charming city is set on one of the world's greatest natural harbors. As a safe haven during WWII, the peaceful city is full of World Heritage monuments, museum treasures, and ancient painted tiles. There are medieval village-like neighborhoods, and vintage trams transport visitors and locals alike through the romantic streets. 

Crowned by St. George's Castle, some of Lisbon's must-sees include the Moorish Alfama quarter, the Romanasque Sé Cathedral, Madre De Deus Convent, São Roque Church, and the Estrela Basilica. Belem Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum showcases treasures from the East and West, while Jerónimos Monastery located along the river has ornate Manueline cloisters, plus there's palaces and beaches to explore. For shopping Avenida da Liberdade features designer boutiques, while Pombaline Baixa and Chiado have specialty stores offering local items. At sunset, join the locals on a cobblestone patio and drink sunset shots of ginjinha, a popular cherry flavor liqueur. 

Offering a comfortable climate year-round with golf courses and beaches nearby, the city hosts lively events throughout the year including the Festival Música Viva (May 20-27, 2017) and the Muro Urban Art Festival (May 25-28, 2017). In August, the Festas do Mar celebrates the sea in honor of Our Lady of the Navigators with daily concerts, fireworks, arts, crafts, and a traditional procession. The Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival happens in November, and there are traditional Christmas concerts held throughout the city in December. 

To compliment Lisbon's activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Historic Palaces, Urban Retreats, and Luxe Resorts.

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Historic Palaces

Olissippo Lapa Palace

Guest Room at Olissippo Lapa Palace

Perched on a hilltop in one of Lisbon's most exclusive neighborhoods, Olissippo Lapa Palace is a resort set within a 19th century villa that is the former home of the count of Valenças. Close to famous sites and upscale shopping, the hotel's furnishings recreate the styles of King D. João V and Queen D. Maria I, combining art deco, colonial, neoclassic, and Algarvian influences. From the luxurious Tower Suite, guests can enjoy views of Lisbon from one of two balconies.

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Pestana Palace

Pestana Palace Lisbon

Offering 800 years of cultural influences, Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument is surrounded by tropical gardens with an original lake and pavillion. The Valle Flôr Palace was built in the late-19th century and features frescoes, marble, and handpainted tiles. There are valuable works of art within the palace, and the highly-regarded Restaurant Valle Flôr serves traditional Portuguese cuisine overlooking the park. 

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Tivoli Palacio de Setais

Tivoli Palacio de Setais

Perched on a mountainside overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra, Tivoli Palacio de Setais was originally built by the Dutch. Today, the luxury hotel has 29 rooms set within two palace wings with elegant decor, frescoes, and Dona Maria style furniture. A short drive from Lisbon, there's an outdoor pool with a sundeck, Setais Restaurant with chef-prepared Portuguese cuisine, and two tennis courts. 

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Urban Retreats

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

The Ritz-Carlton, Lisbon

A landmark hotel in the heart of the city, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is within bird's-eye view of Libson's historic sites. There are two upscale restaurants, Varanda Restaurant with chef-prepared cuisine by Michelin-starred French Chef Pascal Meynard, and O Japonês with a range of Japanese specialties. The hotel has a luxury spa, fitness center, and historic artwork throughout the property.

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Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

Nestled within the city's creative hub, Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon is a boutique hotel celebrating art and design, between the bohemian Bairro Alto and the cosmopolitan Chiado neighborhoods. The sixth floor terrace provides an idyllic setting to relax while enjoying panoramic views of the city, while on the ground floor, Florés restaurant serves dishes blending Portuguese and Mediterranean flavors. 

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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Overlooking Monsanto Nature Park and the 18th century aqueducts, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is within walking distance of the Lisbon Zoo, Gulbenkian Museum, main shopping areas, and historic sites. There's a Spa and Wellness Club with 13 treatment rooms for spa services, the Acqa with heat and sensory experiences, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and heated indoor swimming pool.

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Luxe Resorts

Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort

Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort

Set in the hills of Sintra, a short drive from downtown Lisbon, the Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort offers an upscale setting with historic buildings, golf, and the Penha Longa Spa and Wellness center with body treatments, fitness center, and wellness activities. The property's seven restaurants provide an array of dining options, including the recent Michelin Star recipient, LAB by Sergi Arola. For families the resort has programs for babies, toddlers, school children, and teens. 

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Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf

Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf

Since opening in 1930, the Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf is a grand hotel overlooking the Bay of Cascais in the seaside town of Estoril. About 20 minutes from Lisbon, the resort offers the Estoril Wellness center with yoga, Pilates, and beauty treatments. There's also the Banyan Tree Spa with massages and spa treatments, plus a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, dynamic circuit, and sauna. The resort is surrounded by gardens, and there is an outdoor swimming pool, along with meeting spaces, and the Grill Four Seasons Restaurant with Portuguese and international dishes served in an upscale setting.

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The Oitavos

The Oitavos

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean,  The Oitavos is a contemporary resort focused on design and innovation. Located five minutes from the town of Cascais, the family-owned property blends the country's heritage with modern Portuguese style. On the outskirts of Sintra National Park, the resort has a spa with a balneotherapy area, fitness center, and heated outdoor swimming pool. There are multiple dining options, as well as the Oitavos Dunes championship golf course, and activities for guests. 

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Perched along a sandy beach on a quiet bay, Porto Zante Villas and Spa offers a secluded luxury retreat on the island of Zakynthos. The all-villa resort has one-, two-, and four-bedroom villas, all with private pools (some with beachfront areas) and high-end amenities such as Armani Casa & Gervasoni furnishings, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, Bernardaud design porcelain, Christofle Paris cutlery and glasses, BVLGARI guest amenities, and artwork by prominent Greek artists. Continue reading below the photo for more about the resort and a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests.

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Open seasonally from April to October, the beachfront Porto Zante provides guests with an array of unique experiences and activities. For water sports, the resort has sea cycles, canoes, stand-up paddle boarding, parascending, water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet-skiing. Fitness options include beachfront yoga, a fitness center, personal training, tennis, and horse riding, while family options include a kids' club with organized activities, a water park with water slides, and the Kids' Corner playground. Guests interested in culture and off-site excursions can visit wineries, the Kiliomeno mountain village, St. Dionisios Monastery, Byzantine Museum, Ancient Olympia, and the Museum of Dionisios Solomos or explore the Navagio Beach shipwreck, Blue Caves, Bochali, as well as see the endangered Caretta-Caretta Turtles in their natural habitat on Marathonisi Island. Continue reading below the photo.

Activities at Porto Zante

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary butler service, kid's entertainment, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival.

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Steps from the Comédie Française and the Palais Royal gardens, the Nolinski Paris is a design-focused hotel set within a Haussmann building. Guests are welcomed into a minimalist Carrara marble reception area, and the elegant interiors feature the refinement of decorator Jean Louis Deniot. Focused on attention to detail and superior service and hospitality, the hotel offers guest rooms and suites within a discreet setting, plus the Brasserie, Le Grand Salon, and Spa Nolinski by La Colline. Continue reading below the photo to discover 3 reasons to choose the Nolinski Paris. Plus, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks. 

Deluxe Suite at the Nolinski Paris

1. Design 

Stairwell at the Nolinski Paris

From the Haussmann building to the interiors which combine classical style with enchantment and flair, from bright luminous rooms to dark tones to hushed settings, the property is designed to conceal mysteries for visitors to unlock. Guest rooms and suites feature hues of emerald green and blue, mingled with custom made furnishings, precious materials, and luxurious comforts. While convivial public spaces showcase Epicurean experiences and the art of attention to detail. 

2. Brasserie Réjane & Le Grand Salon

Le Grand Salon at the Nolinski Paris

Serving Parisian specialties such as classic breakfasts with croissants and coffees, along with traditional stewed dishes, the Brasserie Réjane has cubist-inspired tiling, abstract paintings, blackened oak wood panelling. Ideal for breaks between museums or post-theater dinners, the restaurant features three unique spaces, along with a bar counter with painted mirrors and embellished brass, plus a winter garden greenhouse with bronze flowers. While Le Grand Salon is a place to relax with swivel armchairs, and a bronze fireplace under a silver leaf ceiling, serving cocktails, teas, and private lunches. 

3. Spa Nolinski by La Colline

The Pool at Spa Nolinski by La Colline

Offering La Colline beauty treatments, Spa Nolinski by La Colline provides a serene setting that combines the four elements into a cozy setting focused on well-being. There is warm wood panelling, granite flooring, soft whispers of water, and flickering candles. The pool is surrounded by dark rocks, a mirror on the ceiling reflects the abstract setting, and there are Louis XIV armchairs and sofas around the pool for guests to relax. There's a sauna and hamman giving way to the night sky, and three massage huts for treatments, plus personal training sessions available on-site or in the Louvre gardens nearby. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer. Plus, guests get a smartphone to use during their stay with unlimited international phone calls and internet. 

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Featuring an opulent setting in the heart of Louisville, The Brown Hotel is a historic property with Georgian-Revival style and Southern charm. Within the luxury hotel is the Muhammad Ali Suite. Named after the city's famous son, and dedicated in 2001 by "The Greatest" himself, this suite provides an elegant setting in shades of gold and black. Showcased throughout the suite are signed pieces of Ali memorabilia, photos, and boxing gloves. There's a dining room with wood floors and a crystal chandelier, plus a separate living room with wet bar. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Living Room at The Brown Hotel

Available as a one or two bedroom suite, the master suite features a mahogany four-poster king bed. Within the adjacent master bathroom, guests will find a grand space with a marble Jacuzzi tub. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Master Bedroom at The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel is a landmark building in downtown Louisville, situated at the corners of Fourth and Broadway. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel recently completed a $12 million renovation, restoring the grand hotel and elevating the property with contemporary luxuries, new furniture, lighting, and carpet. Across from the Brown Theater, the property is close to the Palace Theater, Kentucky International Convention Center, and about 4 miles from Churchill Downs.

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May The Fourth Be With You! While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, fans can visit some of the filming locations to enjoy the other worldly scenery. From the deserts of Jordan to the black sand beaches of Iceland, and the allure of the Maldives, these destinations offer much to be explore (and seriously instagram-worthy vistas). Here are three luxury hotel destinations sure to inspire a journey to remember. 

1. Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

The desert of Jordan is the fictional home of the planet Jedha. The Moevenpick Nabatean Castle  overlooks the Great Rift Valley, and is a short drive from the gates of the historic city of Petra. The hotel provides a luxurious setting with the Al Madafa restaurant with a large terrace and fountain, plus guest rooms and suites with private terraces and balconies. On the garden level there's an indoor pool surrounded by windows that open to the terrace during the summer months, providing an ideal place to relax while taking in the surrounding views.

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2. Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Gan, one of the largest islands in the Maldives served as the backdrop for scenes that took place on the planet Scarif. The Six Senses Laamu on the Laamu Atoll, Maldives offers a chic and eco-friendly setting with overwater villas. The restaurants serve organic and locally grown produce, and the property's Six Senses GEMS (Guest Experience Makers) help guests maximize their visit to the island. 

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3. The Diamond Suites 

The Diamond Suites

Parts of the movie were filmed in multiple areas of Iceland. Scenes on Planet Eadu were shot on the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and others were shot by Krafla's volcanic crater. The Diamond Suites is located on the top floor of the Hotel Keflavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Just a short drive from the Blue Lagoon and hot springs, this luxury hotel offers an exclusive location with individually style suites offering high end amenities such as in-room Macs, Bang & Olufsen TVs, and Versace marble floors.

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Featured Journeys: Luxury Tour of Japan

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Luxury Tour of Japan. The country's four main islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku) are connected via a network of railways. For this journey, we recommend beginning in Tokyo, then using the country's network of trains to reach Kyoto and Osaka. Japan's shinkansen (bullet trains) operate local and express routes, while long-haul routes referred to as futsū or kaku-eki-teisha, have green car carriages which are more spacious and similar to business class. 


Tokyo
Kyoto
Osaka

Tokyo

This megapolis offers a study of contrasts, from Shiodome's skyscrapers to the trendy Harajuku, and Zen-like gardens that come alove with cherry blossome in the springtime, Tokyo offers a mix of urban settings and traditional gardens. For a spectacular display of Japanese arts, visit the Tokyo National Museum. Be sure to meander the indoor Tsukiji Fish Market--one of the largest fish markets in the world, and go to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Government Office (TMG) for a panoramic view of the metropolis and Mount Fuji on clear days. When it's time for contemplation, head to Hama Rikyu Garden with fish ponds, moon-viewing pavilion, and teahouses. From the garden's pier, visitors can board the ferry to Asakusa, filled with traditional homes and narrow streets that were once the pleasure quarters of the old Edo. The area, sometimes referred to as shitamachi (old town), is also home to the Buddhist Sensoji Temple, dating back to A.D. 628, it is the city's oldest temple, and it is reachable via the Nakimise Dori, a colorful pedestrian lane lined with shops selling traditional products and souvenirs. For electronics, Akihabara is Japan's shopping destination for electronics, appliances, gadgets, and the latest gizmos, while Ginza is Tokyo's upscale shopping district with international boutiques, exclusive restaurants, and department stores. Nightlife options include kabuki dance-drama shows at Kabuki-za, sumo wrestling at Kokugikan Stadium, and Nippon Professional Baseball games from late March to early October. 

Here are a few of the top Tokyo Luxury Hotels:

Aman Tokyo

Suite bathroom at the Aman Tokyo

Perched on the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo combines modernity and tradition. Designed to offer a warm sanctuary, guest rooms and suite feature Washi paper, timbers, and stone furnishings mingled with luxurious fabrics. Located in Otemachi, the property is close to Tokyo Station and the Nihonbashi district. 

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The Peninsula Tokyo

The Pool at The Peninsula Tokyo

Opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, The Peninsula Tokyo is steps away from the upscale shopping district of Ginza. From the outdoor terrace of The Peninsula Spa, guests can see the Imperial Palace, or relax in the indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, and relaxation areas. Offering five unique restaurants, the property also has a wedding chapel, Japanese ceremony room, two ballrooms, and six function rooms.

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Upon arrival at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, guests are ushered to a private entrance and whisked to the hotel's Sky Lobby on the 38th floor. For a serene experience, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental has heat and water experiences, a crystal steam room for meditation, four treatment rooms, and five private spa suites with views of the city 36 floors below. There's also gourmet dining, and a fully-equipped fitness center with a high-tech gymnasium. 

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Kyoto

While Tokyo may showcase the futuristic side of Japan, Kyoto offers visitors a glimpse into the country's mysterious past. Featuring thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, visitors can travel back in time to the city's age of empires at the Imperial Palace with moat-ringed gardens and the cypress wood carvings at Nijo Castle. In Gion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, geishas glide through cobblestone alleys past traditional teahouses, and Ryoanji provides a peaceful rock garden setting for meditation. As the craft capital of Japan, the Kyoto Handicraft Center is the place to find fans, wooden combs, and fabrics ideal for hosting a tea ceremony, while department stores are best for kimonos and lacquerwares. Kyoto is also filled with cherry trees, making it an ideal destination during sakara, the cherry blossom season (usually mid-March to mid-April) with Imperial Palace Park (Kyoto Gosho) and the canalside Path of Philosophy (Tetsugaku-no-Michi) both offering ideal places to view the blossoms. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Garden Terrace Suite Tatami at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Providing scenic views of the Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is located on the banks of the Kamogawa River. The property's 134 guest rooms and suites were designed by Remedios Design Studio and feature a blend of traditional Japanese decor, Kyoto craft traditions, and luxurious modern comforts such as private Zen garden terrace decks, traditional tatami mats, and views of the river and Higashiyama mountains. 

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The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Receiving guests since 1890, The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto is perched on a hilltop with 16 acres of Japanese gardens and a wild bird sanctuary. Close to temples and Kyoto sites, there's a light-filled indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light and mountain views, plus a seasonal Lake Biwa-shaped outdoor pool. 

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Suiran

Springtime at Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Situated along the river, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is located within a historic Kyoto community. Steps away from the Tenryu-ji World Heritage Site, the hotel provides an authentic Japanese experience. There are two restaurants on-site serving local cuisine, plus a spa nestled within a Japanese garden with two treatment rooms featuring open-air baths with healing waters from the Arashiyama hot springs. 

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Osaka

Considered the Gateway to Western Japan, Osaka has a history dating back nearly 1,500 years. Over time, the city became an important distribution center, especially for the rice trade. Today, Osaka is the third largest city in Japan, and known as an international and progressive business center. The Osaka Castle was built about 400 years ago, offering visitors a glimpse into the past along with panoramic city views from the castle's observation deck. To learn more about the city, the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living has a replica of the city and a variety of exhibits. One of the city's most recognizable landmarks is the Umeda Sky Building, which has an observation deck, and Universal Studios Japan is a short train ride from the city. Known for its strong food culture, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and udon should be on visitors lists of foods to try.

The St. Regis Osaka

The St. Regis Osaka

Set along the famed street of Midosuji, referred to as the Champs Elysées of Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka provides an ultra-luxe setting with gastronomic discoveries and high end services, including personalized St. Regis Butler Service. There's multiple gourmet dining options, and guest rooms have upscale amenities including pillow menus with 11 options, 300-thread-count-sheets, and espresso machines. Plus, the Family Traditions program offers unique experiences geared toward young travelers.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

Japanese Suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

Within walking distance of boutique shopping and ancient sites, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is located in the prestigious Nishi-Umeda district. Featuring a style reminiscent of an 18th century English manor house, the hotel has a 450-piece art and antique collection. There's Japanese, Chinese, and Italian restaurants, plus a spa, and fitness center with a heated indoor pool, saunas, and indoor and outdoor whirlpools. 

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Hotel Hankyu International

Hotel Hankyu International

Featuring European-inspired interiors, Hotel Hankyu International occupies the top ten floors and the first six levels of the Applause Tower. Inspired by the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, public spaces evoke the feel of Venice and Florence with atrium ceilings, a courtyard with a fountain, and elevators with golden ceilings. Overlooking the city, mountains, and Yodo River, guest rooms and suites have spacious bathrooms with marble floors and large windows. 

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