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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 restaurants. 

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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Planning a last minute trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI? As of Monday, January 23, there's still availability at The Inn at Dos Brisas. Located about an hour north of NRG Stadium, the property is a ranch retreat with idyllic setting--perfect for relaxing pre- and post-game. Among the rolling hills, the Relais & Chateaux retreat is set amongst 313 acres, with an array of equestrian activities for novices and cowboys alike. Continue reading below the photo. 

Equestrian activities at The Inn at Dos Brisas

Accommodations are set within 9 Spanish-style Haciendas and Casitas, each with luxurious amenities including Egyptian cotton bedding, king size beds, stone fireplaces with overstuffed leather chairs, and original artwork for a Texas-inspired setting. Read more below.

Accommodations at The Inn at Dos Brisas

The restaurant at The Inn at Dos Brisas is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texaz, with award-winning cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on-site and sourced from local producers. Meals are served on custom Bernardaud China, there's a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, 18th century fireplace from France's Loire Valley, along with a handcrafted alder and mahogany bar. 

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Dining at The Inn at Dos Brisas


Open from April until October, The Fairmont Monte Carlo offers the exclusive Nikki Beach by the pool experience on the 7th floor for a moment of pure escape and pleasure under the heat of the Monaco sun. Each day, from breakfast (7 am) until long after the sun has gone down, celebrities, VIPs and true yacht lovers flock to Nikki Beach to enjoy the music spun by Nikki Beach's world renowned Resident DJs facing the magnificent Riviera.

Located in the heart of Monaco, the roof-top pool, heated at 30°C, has spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, Monte-Carlo's Belle Epoque Opera and Casino, and the celebrated Fairmont Monte Carlo Grand Prix hairpin curve.

Sun beds are exclusively reserved to hotel guests. Love seats, double beds, and Opium beds can be reserved for a cost.

Upcoming parties for 2016 include:

July: 1st - Do You Saint Tropez?; 2nd - Peace, Love & Music; 4th - 4th of July Celebration; 7th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 9th - Flashback; 14th - Bastille Day; 16th - Tribal Vibes; 21st - Live @ Nikki Beach; 23rd - 1st Anniversary Party; 30th - Tropicana Club

August: 6th - Peace, Love & Music; 11th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 13th - Flashback; 20th - Tribal Vibes; 25th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 27th - Tropicana Club

September: 3rd - Red Party; 10th - What Women Want; 28th - Love Boat Party

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Pictured: Nikki Beach image courtesy of Fairmont Monte Carlo on Instagram (fairmontmc)

Fairmont Monte Carlo Nikki Beach


The transformed Market Cafe at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa offers a whimsical design
inspired by its unique waterfront location, taking full advantage of the stunning marina views. The culinary
team has reimagined the menu to include dishes that showcase the culinary variety of Southern California
along with familiar favorites to satisfy every appetite. Market offers both indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast,
lunch, or dinner.

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo, facing the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, has inspired a return to the elegance of the early 1900s, when the international beau monde gathered here.

Refined and comfortable ambiences reflect the warm colours of the sun and sea of Rapallo and the Portofino Coast. The guest rooms and suites look out onto one of the literature's most celebrated panoramas, the Gulf of Tigullio. The Hall stands out for paintings, prints, and furniture which all are authentic antiques.A splendid setting for weekends and vacationing, Excelsior Palace Hotel five-star luxury hotel Rapallo devotes special attention to lovers of relaxation and of excellence, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, an oasis of pure pleasure for personalised treatments, gym and an indoor pool with a sea view.

All the Excelsior Palace Hotel's rooms are equipped with lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, telephone with a direct outside line, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, bathtub and shower, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Here are the room choices available to guests:

Classic Rooms (pictured right)-Attractive and comfortable, with elegant furnishings that often recall the colours of the sea, the Classic Double Rooms of the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo are ideal for those who feel the need for comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Approx. 22 square meters.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Superior Rooms-Pretty rooms located in various points of the building, spacious and well-lighted, may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some have a small external space – a balcony – while others, more spacious, are also suitable for accommodating three people. Approx. 28 square meters

Exclusive Rooms-The Exclusive rooms category feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view. Some are connected with Superior category rooms. The wi-fi connection is free of charge. Approx. 35 square meters.

Here are the suite choices available to guests:

Suites offer spectacular panoramas and enchanting terraces, luminous rooms, and elegant furnishings, beds that are the utmost in comfort. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. The windows open onto picturesque landscapes that lift the spirits and stimulate the fantasy. Among the services present in the suites are a lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, double telephone with a direct outside line, stereo, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, open bar with choice of liquors, Internet connection, Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower box, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Classic Suites-These suites enjoy privileged positions, with a lovely view of the Gulf of Portofino. Terraces or furnished balconies make a stay in this luxury five-star truly one of a kind. All Suites are very roomy, divided between a spacious bedroom and a bright living area, furnished with elegant and ancient furniture. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. Most of the Suites are connecting with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Junior Suites-Recently redecorated, all the Junior Suites of the Excelsior Palace Hotel have a spacious bow window instead of balcony to afford guests a sweeping view over the sea and the Gulf of Portofino. Their main characteristic is that there's no separation between the large bedroom and the sitting room, with parquet pavement. All Junior Suites offer the internet connection. Most of the Junior Suites can connect with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Deluxe Suites-The two luxurious Deluxe Suites are located at the sixth floor and have a terrific view on the Portofino Coast and on the Rapallo marina. With elegant decoration and antique store high quality furniture, all authentic prints and paintings, the Deluxe Suites are provided with an outdoor sea view space. One Deluxe Suite is equipped with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa on the terrace. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. These Suites are connecting with double rooms. Starting from approximately 60 square meters.Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Relax Suite (pictured left)-The Relax Suite offers a private Sauna where you can pamper and relax yourselves with a terrific view on the Portofino Coast from the seventh and last floor of the hotel, which will become an all suite floor. Furthermore, the magnificient terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi City spa to enhance its wellness offer. The Relax Suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite-Located on the seventh and top floor, with a superb view of the sea, the fascinating Presidential Suite features exquisitely elegant furnishings. The refined and elegant living room, with a desk corner, opens onto a spacious terrace, spectacular with its sweeping panorama from the Bay of Rapallo and its famed tourist harbour to the Portofino lighthouse, for a total view of the Gulf. The terrace, equipped with awnings, recliners, sofas and armchairs, is perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply relaxing in total privacy, in tune with the style of refined, discreet elegance that is a hallmark of the hotel. This oustanding space is provided with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa. Inside the Suite, in addition to the living room, a large bedroom, two cloakrooms, parquet floor, air-conditioning, four direct dial phones, private safety box, two TV;s with satellite channels, pay TV, VRC, stereo, minibar, and open bar with choice of liquors. Two bathrooms, the more spacious one offers double basins, corner Jacuzzi bathtub for relaxing pause of wellness, separate shower box, and separate toilet. The Presidential Suite, in addition to the Main Room with a living room, includes two spacious and bright Deluxe Exclusive Rooms with respective bathrooms, both overlooking the terrace. This Suite offers an internet connection. The suite is 130 square meters with a 150 square meter terrace.

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Hotel Monteleon


Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Hotel Monteleone is the perfect Mardi Gras hotel in New Orleans, just steps from the Uptown parade route on Canal Street. This New Orleans hotel that has been a French Quarter icon for more than a century. Hotel Monteleone boasts 600 luxurious guest rooms, including 55 luxury suites and literary author suites. The new Criollo Restaurant and famous Carousel Bar & Lounge offer our guests the best in New Orleans dining and nightlife. Hotel Monteleone provides the best luxury hotel amenities, including a heated rooftop pool, 24/7 fitness center, and valet parking. Hotel Monteleone also offers 24/7 In-Room Dining and a Grab-n-Go Breakfast in the Lobby Lounge.

 

After catching the parade and merriment on Canal Street, retreat to the world-famous Carousel Bar for a Sazerac, Vieux Carre, De La Louisane, or other historic Big Easy libations. 

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The Heathman Hotel


In 1984, The Heathman Hotel was the first luxury, art dedicated, boutique hotel to open in Portland. The Heathman has an outstanding collection that features a well-balanced and beautiful mix of historic, modern and contemporary art. Personally curated by Elizabeth Leach, from the Pearl District distinct gallery of the same name, the Heathman’s Fine Art Suite exhibits the most influential and stunning art in the collection. These works include a phenomenal light installation by Portland born Hap Tivey, a sensational abstract relief painting by local artists Joe Thurston and two unique pieces by internationally renowned artist and film maker Gus Van Sant. Your support, as a portion of your room revenue will be donated, assists the multitude of non-profit organizations across the city of Portland.

 

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The Alexandra Turks and Caicos is the newest addition to the Five Star Alliance. The luxury resort is located directly on Grace Bay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 

Alexandra Turks and Caicos

 

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Toronto’s International Film Festival is upon us, and with that comes an influx of movie stars and luxury hotels pulling out all the stops for its guests. The Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto received quite a bit of hype since it’s the new kid on the block that opened last January, but the Hazelton Hotel took it to a completely new level with its $99,900 bed installation. The Vividus (yes, the bed has a name), is made with Arctic Circle forest-sourced pine, hand-laid springs, and a “carefully balanced blend of hand-teased horsehair, cotton, wool and flax.” Want to experience the most comfortable bed in the world for yourself? Make your reservations at the Hazelton Hotel here!


Prepare yourselves for the massive Food & Wine Festival to be hosted by the Langham Hong Kong this year from September 13th - 23rd, 2012. The festival will feature award winning wineries, world-class chefs, and renowned industry aficionados. Foodies will be able to learn some new techniques through master classes taught by Michelin starred international chefs. If you’re more of an eater and drinker than a cooker, then sample from the buffet of dishes or attend a rum appreciation class.

Explore the menu and schedule here and be sure to reserve your spot to sample various foods. To explore the Langham Hong Kong and stay amidst the action, make your reservations here >>


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