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Transporting guests back to the days of the Belle Epoque, Prestige Suites at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes are perched on the seventh floor of the hotel. Overlooking the Mediterranean with parquet floors and elegant lounge areas, the one- and two-bedroom suites are named after prominent celebrities with strong ties to the region. One of the lavish suites is the Sean Connery Suite with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private elevator, marble floors, fine wood furniture, and a spacious sea-facing terrace. Continue below the Sean Connery Suite photo. 

Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The elegant Grace Kelly Suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a private salon with a unique design that provides the feel of being on a private yacht. There's a large terrace with panoramic Mediterranean vistas, and a glamorous dining room. Read more below the photo of the suite. 

Grace Kelly Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Named after one of the finest stars of French cinema, the Sophie Marceau Suite is an elegant space with sumptuous fabrics in shades of cream, parquet floors, broad sofas, and relaxing sun-filled terrace. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a spacious lounge area and dining room. Continue reading below the photo of the Sophie Marceau Suite. 

Sophie Marceau Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The Alain Delon Suite honors a monumental French cinema star. Offering a modern and timeless setting, the suite has a lounge area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. There's also an outdoor terrace providing partial sea views. Read more below the photo of the suite. 

Alain Delon Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The InterContinental Carlton is located on the famed La Croisette Boulevard. Featuring a Belle Epoque facade, the historic hotel was built in 1911 and inaugurated in 1913. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the property has a private sandy beach, fine dining, elegant ballroom, and a centralized location close to the Cannes Palais des Festivals and the shopping district.

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Exterior of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes


Nestled between Munich and Salzburg, Residenz Heinz Winkler is a Relais & Chateaux property close to Lake Chiemsee. Set in the heart of Bavaria, the property offers "Cuisine Vitale"--culinary dishes with lightness, clarity, and the healing effects of herbs and spices, created by the hotel's owner, Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as spa treatments, the Venetian Gourmet Restaurant, and exclusive cooking classes with the Chef and his team. Continue reading below the photo. 

Terrace at Residenz Heinz Winkler

The hotel's Venetian Gourmet Restaurant features an elegant setting with Italian ambiance, as well as a mountain view terrace and winter garden. Serving "Cuisine Vitale" by Heinz Winkler, guests can enjoy classic dishes and new creations infused with local herbs and flavors. In addition, the hotel's dedicated sommelier can assist with ideal pairings from the restaurant's wine cellar with space for 25,000 bottles, and a wine list with as many as 950 positions featuring rare and noble wines from around the world. Read more below the photo. 

Gourmet Restaurant at Residenz Heinz Winkler

In addition to fine dining, the hotel offers Cooking Courses with Heinz Winkler. Providing guests with the opportunity to spend time with the star chef in his professional kitchen, participants will learn how to prepare dishes with the finest ingredients. The experience includes a welcome cocktail and 5-course dinner, then the following morning participants enjoy breakfast, followed by a Gourmet Cooking Course with Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as an apron and signed cookbook to take home as a keepsake. Continue reading below. 

Exterior of the Residenz Heinz Winkler

Created from a late Medieval building, the property was the Hotel Post for centuries. Purchased by Heinz Winkler in 1989, the property was transformed into a modern, yet traditional hotel blending luxury with local charm. Located in the Chiemgau between mountains and lakes, the hotel has 29 rooms and suites with balconies, Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. Designed to offer a relaxing and revitalizing setting, the spa offers a variety of pampering treatments and beauty rituals. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a demi bottle of Champagne upon arrival. 

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For a limited time, the Nolinski Paris is offering guests a special portrait session package with the famous Studio Harcourt. For more than 80 years, the photography studio's black and white portraits have been celebrated worldwide, with an array of well-known clients including kings, queens, and Hollywood elite. Learn more about the special offer below the photo.

Nolinski Paris Studio Harcourt Special Offer

From July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, hotel guests can book the Nolinski Paris Prestige Session Special Offer*:

- Solo Portrait for €1,595 instead of €1,995

- Duo Portrait for €1,985 instead of €2,480

- Family Portrait for €2,400 instead of €3,000
*Price includes the session and printing of the portrait. Valid through March 31, 2018. 
 
Prestige Sessions provide a unique experience evoking the glamour of the greatest film stars. Sessions include professional makeup and photography, along with an artistic black and white portrait. Guests should contact the concierge via email: [email protected] to check availability and schedule a Studio Harcourt session. Continue reading below the photo.
 
Superior Guest Room at Nolinski Paris
 
The Nolinski Paris opened in July 2016. Just a few steps from the Comedie Française, the Louvre Museum, and the Palais Royal Gardens, The Nolinski offers a prime location to discover Paris. From bright, luminous rooms and a mineral spa, to the Réjane brasserie and the hushed tones of the Grand Salon, each space is an invitation to let the senses roam and emotions rise.
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, as well as a personalized note from management. 
 
 
 

Completely transformed, the Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel reopened on July 5 after a four-year restoration project. Situated on the Place de la Concorde, the historic property mixes vintage glamour and architectural elements with modern amenities and technology. Read more below the photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Lobby

Opulent objects like amethyst chandelier and Baccarat decanters have been given prominent placement, Karl Lagerfeld designed two of the property's prestigious suites, and there's a new swimming pool featuring a mural by ceramist Peter Lane. Continue below the pool photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Pool

The hotel's guest rooms and suites combine the property's 18th-century heritage with bespoke furnishings, elegant antiques, and carefully selected accents for a sophisticated Parisian residential style. Read more below the photo of the Bernstein Suite. 

Bernstein Suite Bedroom at Hotel de Crillon

There's also revitalized dining options, including L'Ecrin serving a contemporary gastronomic menu by Chef Christopher Hache. Along with Brasserie D'Aumont with timeless French cuisine prepared with seasonal ingredients and regional products. For Afternoon Tea and sweets, Jardin d'Hiver is a glamorous residential lounge, and Les Ambassadeurs provides an iconic setting for cocktails and live entertainment. Continue below the Jardin d'Hiver. 

Jardin d'Hiver at Hotel de Crillon

Within the reimagined palace there's the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa along with the Hair Salon by David Lucas and the Barber by La Barbiere de Paris. Need shoes buffed? Shoecare by Devoirdecourt can assist. 

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Set in the heart of Copenhagen, Hotel D'Angleterre provides an ultra-luxe setting adjacent to the Strøget--Europe's longest pedestrian-only shopping street. Recently I had the opportunity to spend two nights in room 405, a Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite. 

Featuring a grand facade and opulent lobby, guests are greeted with the scent of fresh flowers exquisitely arranged at the hotel's Flower Atelier Creations. Next to the reception desk, there's an illuminated Lego replica of the hotel, a gift from the Danish company that provides a whimsical conversation piece. Read more below the photos.

Entrance of the Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

Upon entering the suite, I was wowed by a walk-in closet on the right, elegant powder room on the left, and a spacious living room with a well-appointed seating area, bottle of chilled champagne, exquisite art pieces, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, and windows with views of Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite

Within the living area, there was an executive desk with a control panel to connect laptops and other devices to the 42-inch Bang & Olufsen TV, ideal for in-room meetings or entertainment. There was also a well-stocked in-room minibar with a Nespresso machine, array of wines, beverages, and snacks. 

The suite's bedroom offered a welcoming space with a DUX King Bed furnished with exclusive bed linens (which can be purchased at the D'Angleterre Creations boutique). There was also an additional sitting area with a large TV and plush lounge chair. Read more below the photo. 

Deluxe Suite Bedroom at Hotel D'Angleterre

The suite's master bathroom provided a relaxing retreat with a glass-walled shower, separate soaking tub, lighted makeup mirror, and sumptuous bathrobes. Plus, an array of exclusive organic bath amenities from the hotel's own Amazing Space Spa, perfect for pampering oneself after a day of traveling or exploring. Read more below the bathroom photos. 

Deluxe Suite Bathroom at Hotel D'Angleterre

Amazing Spa Products at Hotel D'Angleterre

Restaurant Marchal (named after the hotel's founder) turns evening meals into one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Awarded one Michelin Star, the elegant space serves Nordic-inspired cuisine infused with French style and preparation techniques, resulting in an artful presentation of flavors. The restaurant also offers a lavish morning breakfast, as well as gourmet lunches. Continue below the Restaurant Marchal photo. 

Restaurant Marchal at Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

Throughout the entire hotel the furnishings blend historic fixtures and accents with classic styling and modern design, creating an upscale and welcoming atmosphere. Within the event cooridor there are historical photographs of the hotel, and the Palm Court, Louis XVI, Gallery, and Salons feature exquisite chandeliers and ornamental fixtures demonstrating the hotel's gilded history. 

Not to be missed is the hotel's Amazing Space Spa, with an exclusive line of natural spa products and 15 specially trained therapists for a variety of pampering services. The spa is also home to central Copenhagen's only heated indoor swimming pool, plus locker rooms with saunas, and steam rooms. Continue reading below the Amazing Space photos.

Amazing Space at Hotel D'Angleterre

Across from the spa, the D'Angleterre Creations boutique offers exquisite floral arrangements, and exclusive products such as the DUX beds and fine linens available for guests to purchase as a way to continue the D'Angleterre experience in their own homes. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Creations Boutique

Ready for some champagne? The hotel's Balthazar Champagne Bar offers a fashionable setting for Champagne by the glass as well as Champagne-focused cocktails. And, there's an exclusive entrance for hotel guests. Read more below the Balthazar photo.

Balthazar Champagne Bar at Hotel D'Angleterre

For guests arriving early in the morning or departing late, Hotel D'Angleterre provides a posh lounge for guests. Continue below the lounge photo.

Guest Lounge at Hotel D'Angleterre

The Hotel D'Angleterre offers a centralized location on Kongens Nytorv. Founded in the 1700's by Mr. and Mrs. Marchal, the historic hotel has welcomed presidents, dignitaries, royalty, and celebrities for generations. The regal hotel is close to the Royal Theater, the Royal Palace, the Little Mermaid Statue, and numerous upscale shops and restaurants. 

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Directly across from the National Theater, the Hotel Continental Oslo provides a luxurious setting in the heart of Norway's capital city. I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Standard Room at the hotel, and found it to be an ideal location for exploring the area. Read more about the visit below the photo of the hotel's entrance.

Entrance of the Hotel Continental Oslo

After a long day of traveling, I received a warm welcome at check-in. Once I reached my guest room (520), it was easy to feel at home. There was a comfortable chair by the window to relax a bit, spacious work desk for planning my time in Oslo, and an ultra-plush bed to evoke much needed rest. Continue reading below the room photos. 

Standard Room at the Hotel Continental Oslo

Standard Room at the Hotel Continental Oslo

In addition to a cozy and comfortable living space, the room had a smartly-organized bathroom with a glassed-in shower, Molton Brown bath amenities, lighted makeup mirror, and a roomy sink/vanity area with plenty of space for getting ready with ease. 

Standard Room Bathroom Amenities at Hotel Continental Oslo

Morning breakfast at the hotel's Caroline restaurant is an ideal way to begin the day. Featuring a choice of made-to-order omelettes and eggs delivered to your table, along with a buffet filled with everything from freshly made pastries to yogurt, smoked fish, meats, cheeses, and organic juices, there was a wide variety of options. Read more below the breakfast photo.

Caroline breakfast at Hotel Continental Oslo

Plus, the staff was always attentive and friendly, and the large windows provided views of the surrounding area. (Editor's note: breakfast restaurant Caroline is closed through July 31, 2017, so breakfast is currently being served in Theatercaféen) 

During my stay, I found the Hotel Continental to be an ideal base for exploring Oslo and the surrounding area. From the concierge I was able to purchase an Oslo Pass which included museum entry as well as public transportation. Right outside of the hotel I was able to take a subway train to Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower, easily access the light rail, and go on a short stroll to the harborfront to visit the Nobel Peace Museum or catch a ferry to Bygdøy, The Island of Oslo Museums. The Royal Palace, Karl Johans Gate, and the National Art Gallery were all within an easy walk from the hotel as well. Read more below the photo of the exterior of the hotel. 

Exterior view of the Hotel Continental Oslo

The hotel's restaurant, Theatercaféen opened in 1900, right across from the National Theater. It offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with chef-prepared cuisine for lunch and dinner, as well as an elegant bar. Continue reading below the Theatercaféen photo.

Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental Oslo

During the summer months, the hotel offers guests Steamen, a sidewalk cafe right along Olav Vs gate. Ideal for people watching, the nautical-themed space has outdoor seating along with coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails.  Read more below the photo.

Steamen at Hotel Continental Oslo

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance, except for the Standard Room category, receive a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Offering up to six bedrooms along with a private entry protected with CCTV cameras, the Sterling Suite at The Langham London is one of the city's most spacious and sought-after suites. Providing an elegant residential penthouse setting, the 450-square-meter space offers bespoke furnishings from the top British craftsmen. Within the suite there's an opulent dining room, expansive Drawing Room with a piano, full size work desk, Langham Blissful Bed, and an innovative private media lounge. The suite includes 24-hour personal butler service, and there's a butler's pantry for hosting guests, as well as a VIP private bar  customized to accommodate personal preferences. While the large marble bathroom has a separate shower and bath tub, plus bathrobes, slippers, and signature toiletries. Continue reading below the photo of the Sterling Suite.

Sterling Suite at The Langham London

The Langham London is located in the heart of the West End. The property has welcomed celebrities, royalty, and dignitaries for more than 150 years, and the hotel's Palm Court is known as the birthplace of the Afternoon Tea tradition. Read more below the photo.

The Langham London Lobby

The Roux offers classic chef-prepared dishes prepared with locally-sourced ingredients, and The Wigmore offers a luxurious British Pub setting. There's also the Chuan Body + Soul offering a full range of spa and wellness treatments, fitness center, and indoor swimming pool.

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Overlooking the Nybroviken in a historic Art Nouveau building, the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm offers a chic, family-owned retreat in the heart of the city. Upon arrival, guests enter the hotel via glass doors that open to reveal a vintage elevator and grand staircase. To the left is the reception desk, which is also the entrance to the restaurant, bar, and sitting area. Continue reading below the entry photos.

Entering the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Deluxe Sea View Room on the fourth floor of the hotel. A short stroll from Djurgarden's museums, the property was an ideal base for exploring the city and offered exceptional views of the Nybroviken to enjoy while relaxing within the room's plush velvet chairs. Read more below the photo.

Deluxe Sea View Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Originally built as a private residence in 1911, the Hotel Diplomat features a stylish mix of Scandinavian design, vintage, and plush modern amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms with high end bath products. While the interiors of the building are stunning, including a vintage elevator and grand staircase with intricate wood carvings and stained glass windows that evoked the feel of a castle. Read more below the photos.

Interiors of the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Upon entering my room, I was stunned by the lovely view of the harbor! The sun was shining in beautifully, and two velvet chairs were set with a marble table, providing an inviting spot to relax after a long day of traveling. The entire room felt like a private apartment within the city with wood floors, large windows, and an entry that stepped down into the space, giving it a residential feel. Continue reading below the photo.

View of Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The spacious desk offered plenty of space for getting some work done and reviewing maps to plan sightseeing excursions, while the adjacent minibar provided a delightful selection of Swedish snacks. Read more below the photo.

Desk Area at the Hotel Diplomat

Within the marble bathroom there were Diplomat embossed bath mats, and all the bath amenities travelers need including Argan shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. 

Bathroom at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The room also offered a spacious closet area in the entry with additional amenities including a lint brush, shoe shining, and sewing supplies, as well as a blow dryer and adapter for use during one's visit. There's also a charming Hotel Diplomat canvas tote within the closet that is available for purchase--ideal for carrying souvenirs or a picnic lunch. 

Closet amenities at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat was a wonderful way to start the day. There was a beautiful breakfast buffet within the restaurant offering fresh breads, yogurts, smoothies, sliced meats, sausages, bacon, and make-your-own-waffle station. Along with coffee, tea, and fresh juices. Continue reading below the photo.

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat

Since the 1960s, the Hotel Diplomat has been a destination for Afternoon Tea. Set within the restaurant, the tea features the hotel’s exclusive tea blend as well as classic scones, homemade marmalades, and finger sandwiches. In addition to the classic Afternoon Tea, guests can also order “The Afternoon Tea-Tox” with rawbars, nuts, berries, and a “super fruit” salad, and there's an Afternoon Tea Wedding options for wedding guests created by the hotel’s dedicated pastry chef. 

The Hotel Diplomat Restaurant is a Scandinavian Brasserie providing an elegant setting with large windows overlooking the Nybroviken, with an outdoor patio for dining on summer days. There's brunch on weekends, and on Sundays the restaurant serves a traditional Swedish Sunday Roast dinner. Within the restaurant area there's also a chic bar with velvet couches and candles, ideal for enjoying a crafted cocktail with classic Swedish ingredients to toast the end of the day. Read more below the photo of the bar area.

Hotel Diplomat Stockholm Bar

For those seeking a workout, the property's recently revitalized fitness center offers cardio machines and strength training equipment. There's also a sauna that guests can reserve for one hour at a time. Plus, the hotel is steps away from the Strandvagen offering a boardwalk-style setting ideal for strolling to the Djurgården, the city's museum island with the popular Vasa Museum and the recently opened Vikingaliv museum. 

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The Hotel Diplomat Stockholm exterior at dusk


Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the two Presidential Suites at the Belmond Reid's Palace combine historic styling with hand painted wallpapers, lofted ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can choose from either the Churchill Suite and the George Bernard Shaw Suite, both of which feature views of manicured gardens and the ocean. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Reid's Palace

The two Presidential Suite each have separate bedroom and sitting rooms. Within the spacious living areas there are Bose sound systems, satellite TVs with DVD players, and balconies. While the master bedrooms have king size beds, turndown service, and luxurious bathroom amenities. Read more below the photo.

Presidential Suite Living Room at Belmond Reid's Palace

The Belmond Reid's Palace is located on a semi-tropical Portuguese island north of the Canaries, and 450 miles off the west coast of Africa. Just outside of the town of Funchal, the historic cliffside luxury hotel has a sea level platform with direct ocean access, three swimming pools (two seawater and one freshwater), four restaurants, spa, and tennis courts. There's also family-friendly amenities including a children's pool and supervised activities, plus a shopping boutique.

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Tea at Belmond Reid's Palace


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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