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Nestled amongst the rolling hills of a historic farm where Belted Galloway cows, chickens, and goats roam, The Fearrington House Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, is a luxurious pastoral retreat reknowned for seasonal cuisine. The property's 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites are clustered around private gardens, and feature plush fabrics, original works of art, antiques, and fresh flowers. Guests can explore the grounds via meandering paths, and the Spa at Fearrington offers a range of facials, massages, and pedicures incorporating Elemis luxury spa and skincare products from Britain. Situated within Fearrington Village, guests can explore the beer garden, as well as shops and restaurants. Continue reading below the photos from a recent visit to the Fearrington House Inn. 

Guest room at the Fearrington House Inn

Guest Bathroom at the Fearrington House Inn

Chicken Coop at the Fearrington House Inn

Set within a white-columned structure, the Fearrington House Restaurant serves a seasonally changing menu featuring farm-to-table cuisine. Focused on celebrating North Carolina's four distinct seasons, Executive Chef Colin Bedford creates culinary dining experiences for guests using herbs and vegetables grown on the property, along with locally sourced products from partnerships with local farms such as Duckwood Farms and Heritage Farms. Continue reading below the photo.

The Fearrington House Restaurant

Guests of the hotel receive daily breakfast at the award-winning restaurant, and the changing menu is complemented by the hotel's beverage program, which includes a full bar infused with local ingredients, an extensive wine list, and beers from North Carolina breweries. 

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Offering an all-inclusive and adults-only setting, the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort is a luxury resort in Sint Maarten. Providing panoramic Caribbean views, the resort-within-a-resort sits on the southwest tip of the island. Within the all-suite property there are three pools including a swim out pool, plus the Mediterranean-themed Azul Restaurant, and three bars. Providing limitless all-inclusive luxury, guests have access to private cabanas, 24-hour room service, and a dedicated open-air wellness center. The resort's 129 spacious suites feature contemporary island styling with Greek marble bathrooms, Italian Modena porcelain floors, custom furnishings and artwork, plus private balconies or terraces with tables and chairs.

Featuring an array of amenities and ultra-luxe Caribbean setting, here are three top reasons to stay at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort:

1. The Edge Pool 

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Overlooking Maho Bay, this one-of-a-kind pool has a private zero entry cliffside beach. Blending seamlessly into the horizon, the pool has lounge chairs and umbrellas along the water's edge. Featuring a silica-based sand lining, the pool has a state-of-the-art cleansing filtration system. 

2. Serenity Spa 

The Serenity Spa

The recently opened spa is located in the adjacent Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. There are eight treatment rooms, along with a variety of services available, but the most unique option is the outdoor spa experience. Set in the Serenity Point Cliffside gazebo, guests are soothed by the sounds of waves while enjoying massages. 

3. Full Access to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort Rooftop Lounge

In addition to exclusive amenties and services at the Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, guests also receive full access to five additional restaurants and bars, tour desk, four tennis courts, Tantra Nightclub, Casino Royale, and eco-friendly conference facilities.

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Overlooking the city skyline, English Bay, and the historic Vancouver Art Gallery, the Prime Minister Suite at the Four Seasons Vancouver offers a one-of-a-kind setting. Designed to provide a sanctuary from the city, the two-level suite is located on the top two floors of the hotel with high ceilings, a master bedroom, separate living room and entertaining area with a large dining room table for eight situated under a modern crystal chandelier. Continue reading below the photos.

The Living Room of the Prime Minister Suite Four Seasons Vancouver

Dining Room of the Prime Minister Suite at the Four Seasons Vancouver

The master bedroom is furnished in a warm West Coast-inspired color palette with a mix of elegant and modern accents such as dark wood furniture and leather chairs. The en-suite marble bathroom has a vanity with double sinks and in-mirror TV, plus a spacious walk-in shower. There's a second full bathroom for company, and the suite can be connected with an additional suite, making the space a two bedroom configuration. Read more below the master bathroom photo.

Prime Minister Suite Master Bathroom Four Seasons Vancouver

In addition to luxury services and amenities in the heart of downtown, the Four Seasons Vancouver is a recipient of the Five Green Key rating for exemplirary environmental and social stewardship. The hotel's Sempa Hybrid Heating system reduces the hotel's green house gas emissions by 50% each month, newspapers are delivered in reusable canvas bags, and LED lighting sources are used throughout the property.

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Destination Spotlight: Amsterdam

The capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam offers a mix of experiences set along a series of 165 waterways with 1,280 bridges. Recognized for its tall row homes built in the city's 17th century Golden Age, many of which have been transformed into hotels, boutiques, and museums, there's much to explore. Visitors can see the city from guided canal cruises along the waterways, or rent a bike to explore the its network of bike paths just like the locals.  

Founded in the late 12th century as a fishing village, Amsterdam is named after the city's origin around a dam on the Amstel River. Today, the 17th century canals and the 19-20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Museum Quarter is home to the Rijksmuseum, showcasing iconic works of art from the Dutch masters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. Plus, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum of modern art, and Concertgebouw, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The area is also home to the city's most famous shopping street, P.C. Hoofstraat, lined with upscale shops, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. There's also the famous Anne Frank House, and Amsterdam is home to a variety of Michelin star restuarants. 

During the spring, the city is filled with blooming tulips. But there's always something to explore in the canal-filled city from art fairs to culinary events. King's Day is celebrated with parties on April 27, 2017. The LifeFit Grachtenloop on June 23, 2017 is a midsummer evening running event along Haarlem's canals, In August (8/18 - 8/27), the World Cinema Amsterdam brings indoor and outdoor screenings to the Rialto Cinema and Marie Heinekenplein. The Amsterdam In-Water Boat Show (8/29-9/3) is a festival of boating and watersports, and on September 3, the boats make way for swimmers to partake in the Amsterdam City Swim. While December is the time for Christmas markets and holiday concerts.

Amsterdam offers a variety of luxury accommodations as unique as the city itself, including Historic Retreats, Modern Boutiques, and Grand Properties. Read more below about some of the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam or Explore all Amsterdam Luxury Hotels.

Historic Retreats

Hotel Pulitzer

Hotel Pulitzer Guest Room

Set within 25 Golden Age canal houses, Hotel Pulitzer offers a historic location with views of the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Within walking distance of the Royal Palace, museums, and Central Station, the hotel has the Restaurant Jansz with classic European cuisine, Pulitzer's Bar, and a private salon boat. 

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The Dylan Amsterdam

The Dylan Amsterdam

Nestled in a charming 17th century building on the Keizergracht, The Dylan Amsterdam combines modern European design with the history of the city. Each of the hotel's 40 rooms and 14 suites has its own style, and there's Michelin star dining at Restaurant Vinkeles. Guests can relax in The Garden--a secluded outdoor courtyard with candles.

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The College Hotel

The College Hotel Amsterdam

Housed in a 19th century building that opened as a school in 1895, The College Hotel blends historic charm with contemporary styling. A short stroll from the Museum District and shopping area, the boutique hotel has afternoon tea, a restaurant serving chef-prepared cuisine rooted with Dutch flavors, The Bar lounge, and an outdoor courtyard. 

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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

I Love Amsterdam Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel

Located in the heart of the Museum District, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam occupies a landmark hertigage building. Providing a unique architectural setting accented with contemporary design, plus restaurants, a bar, and lounge, the luxury hotel offers the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Steps from the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, and high end shopping, the property is ideal for those seeking a mix of history and modern style.

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Modern Boutiques

Andaz Amsterdam

Andaz Amsterdam Guest Room

Situated within the lively Jordaan District, the Andaz Amsterdam provides a contemporary setting reflecting a modern take on Dutch history and local culture. Designed by Dutch architect and designer Marcel Wanders, the property has more than 50 pieces of video art and original works of art around every corner. Plus, the Bluespooon Restaurant serves seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. 

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W Amsterdam

Bathroom at the W Amsterdam

Next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is located in two unique buildings, a former bank and a telephone exchange building. Mixing contemporary style with the city's heritage, the hotel has a rooftop lounge with a pool, views of the canals, and innovative guest rooms and suites. For dining, Mr. Porter combines the menu of a modern steakhouse with the feel of a chic lounge, while The Duchess is a restaurant with a tea room, bar, and cuisine inspired by Southern France and Italy. 

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Sir Albert Hotel

Guest Suite at the Sir Albert Hotel

Situated in De Pijp, the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam, the Sir Albert Hotel is a luxe boutique hotel with a modern attitude. Housed in a 19th century diamond factory, the property has high ceilings and large windows. The restaurant, Izakaya serves critically-acclaimed Japanese cuisine, and the entire property is focused on creating connections with amenities such as a stocked library, signature bedding, and communal spaces. 

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Grand Properties

Hotel De L'Europe

Hotel De L'Europe

Situated within the landmark Rondeel Building from 1896, the Hotel De L'Europe offers a grand setting overlooking the Amstel River. The Promenade features replicas of famous Dutch artworks, and there's outdoor dining overlooking the canals, an indoor pool, spa, and library. Plus, the hotel's Bord'Eau Restaurant is a recipient of two Michelin stars. 

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InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Exterior of the InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Celebrating 150 years of welcoming royalty, celebrities, and guests from around the world, the InterContinental Amstel Hotel is in the heart of the financial, cultural, and entertainment district along the Amstel River. Featuring a regal lobby with a historical stairway, elegant chandeliers, and high ceilings, the grand hotel offers an authentic setting with hand-printed wallpaper, classic furniture, pleated curtains, and handmade Delft porcelain mixed with modern comforts. 

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Bathroom at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Featuring a long, rich history, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has an exterior comprised of six 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces, along with a grand staircase built by Daniel Marot, Louis XIV's architect. Guest rooms and suites overlook the canals or the hotel's courtyard garden and feature expansive bathrooms. There's an indoor pool, fitness center, and Guerlain Spa. Plus, renowned dining at Librije's Zusje Amsterdam, a two Michelin star recipient, and the Vault Bar.

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Originally the site of two convents, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam was built in three sections, with two courtyards and a central element. Over the years the property served a variety of purposes including a city hall. Transformed into The Grand Hotel in 1992, the luxury hotel offers a historic setting infused with modern styling, multiple dining options including Le Petit Bistro and The Flying Dutchman, a spa, afternoon tea, floral boutique, horse drawn carriage rides, and royal breakfasts. Guests can also explore the city via The Grand's boat and bicycle tours.

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Looking to travel green and help the bees? Fairmont Hotels has partnered with the Pollinator Partnership to create habitats at various hotels and resorts for bee nesting and reproduction. To date, Fairmont now has more than 40 honeybee apiaries and pollinator bee hotels around the world, helping to combat declining pollinator habitats. 

Of particular note, the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver has a "Bee and Bee" Pollinator Hotel set within the property's 2,400 square foot rooftop garden. As part of The Pollinator Partnership Canada and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts WILD FOR BEES national program, the hotel's Bee Butler Michael King, Executive Chef Dana Hauser, PR Manager Kristyna Vogel, and Hives for Humanity's Sarah Common worked together to create the bee hotel. Every piece of the habitat tells a story: fire bricks are from Downtown Eastside, logs were sourced from fallen trees in Stanley Park, East Van Roasters provided burlap, wood is from the Haida nation, and branches, nests, twigs, and leaves were collected from around the city. Read more below the photo.

Bee and Bee at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

Set on the third floor of the hotel along with 2,100 square-foot herb garden--which is the source of sustainable herbs, vegetables, and edible blossoms used in culinary creations throughout the hotel, the apiary contains five beehives with more than 250,000 honeybees that have produced 125 pounds of honey since 2015. From May to September, guests can experience a beehive tour with the hotel's Bee Butler.

Honey from the hotel's rooftop beehives is used throughout the property to create seasonal dishes in the ARC restaurant, chocolate, pastries, salad dressings, and signature cocktails. Plus, the local Whistler Brewing Company incorporates the honey into the "Fairmont Stinger Honey Lager", served on-site. 

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Combining incomparable luxury surrounded by the unspoiled wilderness, The Resort at Paws Up offers a unique setting in the Montana countryside. Ideal for adventure seekers, the property has 100 miles of trails, fly fishing, and a world-class sporting clays course. There's chef-prepared cuisine, and accommodations feature rustic elegance in the historic Morris Farm House, Blackfoot River Lodge, Tent City, and Meadow Homes. Read more below the photo to discover some upcoming special events.

Glamping at The Resort at Paws Up

The Cowgirl Spring Roundup | April 27-30, 2017 

Providing a quintessential Montana cowgirl weekend experienence, visitors can watch cattle drives led by Cowgirl Hall of Fame honorees, attend educational workships, go on trail rides, and participate in photo sessions. Plus, guests will have the opportunity to attend inspirational speeches, gourmet dinners, and wine tasting. 

AdrenZen Wellness Weekend | May 5-8, 2017

Feeling a little drained? This first-ever AdrenZen event is designed for those who love to unwind as much as they crave activity. The weekend includes adrenaline-inducing activities such as rapelling and hiking, spa treatments, fitness classes, mediation, and yoga. Celebrity Chef Kelly Liken will create gourmet cuisine and health-conscious cocktails, while Yogi Lauren Taus and The Biggest Loser's Jen Widerstrom are scheduled to lead fitness activities. 

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The recently opened Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort is the first Anantara property in Europe. Set in one of Algarve's premium neighborhoods, the modern spa resort overlooks the Oceanico Victoria golf course and offers four swimming pools, signature restaurants, and creative activities programs for children and teens. The Anantara Spa Vilamoura provides an array of signature treatments along with an indoor vitality pool and sauna. There's a contemporary art gallery on-site, and the property provides a shuttle to a beach club and Tivoli Marina Vilamoura with beachfront dining. Continue reading below. 

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive a 20% discount at the Anantara Spa, and a room upgrade based on availability. 

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Tucked away from the galleries and shops of the Place des Vosges, Le Pavillon de la Reine is nestled within a 17th century building. Named after Queen Anne of Austria who once stayed in one of the property's wings, the hotel is located in the heart of Le Marais. Designed to offer the understated sophistication of a private home blended with the service and amenities of a grand palace, the hotel has a private, greenery-filled courtyard garden, spa, and the Honesty Bar serving breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, and cocktails. Recently, the luxury hotel unveiled the Suite de la Reine and the Suite Madame de Sévigné. 

Suite de la Reine is one of the property's most spacious suites. Situated at the corner of the building, the suite has large double aspect windows allowing Parisian sunlight to flow in, wooden floors, a handcrafted chandelier, and a decorative fireplace. There's also a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate dressing room, and an elegant marble bathroom with contemporary furnishings and a neutral color pallete. Continue reading below the photos of Suite de la Reine. 

Living Room of the Suite de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sévigné is named after a colorful French aristocrat known throughout France as one of the icons of French literature. Marquise de Sévigné lived around the corner at the Hôtel de Carnavalet from 1677 until her death. Featuring a blend of contemporary furnishings mixed with antiques, the suite is furnished in a neutral color palette with accents of orange. There's a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate bedroom, and a spacious bathroom. Read more below the photos of Suite Madame de Sévigné.

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Living Room at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

The Suite de la Reine and Suite Madame de Sévigné can be interconnected to accommodate up to 8 guests.  

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Originally a plantation, the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers a discreet setting focused on luxurious amenities and high end service. For the second consecutive year, the property received the prestigious distinction of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. In addition, for the first year, the resort's Spa Botanico, received the Forbes Five-Star rating as well. Read more below the resort photo.

Guest room at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Set steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the luxe resort sits amidst acres of lush, tropical forest. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a luxurious estate style resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The second property within the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection, Dorado Beach provides an open-air enclave, with a secluded setting, intimate accommodations, and numerous culinary experiences including Mi Casa by José Andrés (shown below). Continue reading below the photo.

Mi Casa by Jose Andres at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The award-winning Spa Botánico is set within a pineapple garden. Integrated into the natural environment, the 5-acre spa sanctuary utilizes the island's local ingredients and indigenous soothing treatments to impart a holistic sense of well-being. Featuring a special apothecary portal entrance filled with local botanicals, there are 10 treatment pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows, two open-air Tree House treatment pavilions, and outdoor waterfall showers surrounded by the scent of bay rum leaves, lemongrass, and ginger. Continue reading below the spa photo for a special offer at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. 

Spa Botanico Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

For a limited time, the resort's "Stay Longer With Us" offer provides a discount that increases the longer guests stay at the resort.

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- 4 nights = 15% off

- 5 nights = 20% off

- 6 nights = 25% off

- 7 plus nights = 30% off

The offer must be booked before May 30, 2017 for travel through December 17, 2017. Based upon availability. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes blackout dates and holidays. 

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Providing a modern setting, the Roseate House New Delhi is contemporary luxury hotel with multiple restaurants, spa, cinema, and upscale shopping. Set amongst 1.6 sprawling acres, the hotel is adjacent to Indira Gandhi International Airport, and about a 30-minute drive to the historical capital of New Delhi and the Gurgaon corporate hub. Designed to offer a respite from the city hustle, the stylish property provides a retreat with cosmopolitan flair. Continue reading below to learn about three of the hotel's top amenities. 

Guest Room at the Roseate House New Delhi

1. The Aheli Spa

The Spa at Roseate House New Delhi

Focused on wellness, the serene sanctuary offers an array of signature treatments including the Aheli Journey and the Coupled Up experiences. Set between two bodies of water, there are outdoor treatment areas, as well as four indoor treatment suites with private verandas, plus a salon. 

2. Luxury Shopping

Sprawled over 1500 meters, the hotel's retail area is designed to provide guests with an experiential shopping environment. Set on the ground floor, the ultra-luxe shops feature high end luxury brands such as Porsche Design, Bally, and Van Laack.

3. The Platinum Lounge Cinema

Platinum Lounge Cinema at Roseate House New Delhi

Designed to offer a best-in-class viewing experience, the hotel's 71-seat theater features an upscale setting for guests to watch movies without leaving the hotel. The Platinum Lounge Cinema can also be rented for private events such as movie screenings, board meetings, and awards nights.

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