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Destination Spotlight: Macao

Mixing Chinese and Portuguese traditions, Macao (Macau in Portuguese) offers an eclectic combination of classic Portuguese, ancient Chinese, and modern Western styles and cultures, along with international shopping, casinos, and nightlife. For almost 500 years, Macao was a Portuguese territory, and in 1999, Macao became a Special Administration Region of China. Easily reachable by direct flights from the U.S., Macao is located just 35 minutes from Hong Kong. Considered Asia's Las Vegas, the area offers a unique East meets West destination. 

Visitors can choose from a variety of attractions, including the Historic Centre of Macao, one of Macao's 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There's meandering streets with Portuguese colonial-style buildings, Buddhist and Taoist Temples amidst Christian Churches, lush gardens, beaches, fortresses, and parks. For museums, there's everything from he history of wine to ancient Chinese art, and no trip to Macao is complete without a trip The House of Dancing Waters--a water show spectacular with aquatic acrobats. Feeling adventurous? Try the world's highest commercial bungee jump. Plus, the Cotai Strip with Vegas-like casinos, resorts, shopping, and entertainment. 

Home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants as well as Michelin-mentioned street foods, Macao is ideal for foodies and gourmands. An international mix of cuisines can be found throughout the area, but visitors should be sure to try Macanese cuisine which combines ingredients from around the world, and paired with Portuguese wines. 

Throughout the year Macao hosts a variety of events, including the longest running Grand Prix and the Dragon Boat Festival. In late September to early October, the Macao Fireworks Display Contest lights up the sky with nightly international firework displays, and the Macao Food Festival is held in November. There's also the Light Festival and International Film Festival in December.

To compliment Macao's attractions, Michelin restaurants, and cultural experiences, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Downtown Properties, Cotai Strip Resorts, and Stylish Retreats. 

Explore all Macao Luxury Hotels

 

Downtown Properties

Wynn Macao

Wynn Macao

Offering more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites, Wynn Macao has a Performance Lake with nightly spectacles, premium dining options including Wing Lei, Golden Flower, and Mizumi, and ultra-luxe boutiques. There's a sprawling outdoor swimming pool surrounded with lush tropical gardens, and the property has been awarded eight Forbes Five-Star Awards. Located within the city center, the property has easy access to ferry terminals, border gates, and the airport with frequent shuttle service. 

Learn more about Wynn Macao

 

MGM Macau

Grand Praca at MGM Macau

Reflecting the hues of the South China Sea on its three-tiered gold exterior, MGM Macau is a luxury resort blending artistry with service and amenities. At the heart of the resort is Grande Praça with a grand glass ceiling, staircase, shops, and restaurants crafted in the styling of Lisbon's Central Train Station, which pays homage to the city's Portuguese heritage. There are seven signature restaurants and bars including Square Eight, the MGM Art Space, an infinity pool with 180-degree views of the sea, and the Tria Spa with signature treatments. 

Check rates and availability at MGM Macau

 

Mandarin Oriental Macau

Deluxe Suite at Mandarin Oriental Macau

Featuring a premier location on the NAPE waterfront, Mandarin Oriental, Macau has a contemporary design infused with atmosphere of oriental calm. Providing tranquil views of Nam Van Lake and Macau Bay, guest rooms and suite have state-of-the-art technology, large windows, mood lighting, walk-in wardrobes, large LCD TVs, and bathrooms with tubs and walk-in showers. Within the One Central development, the property is steps from colonial streets and chic boutiques. There's also a spa, multiple restaurants, and large outdoor pool with discreet service within the hotel. 

Learn more about Mandarin Oriental Macau

 

Cotai Strip Resorts

Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Inspired by the city of Venice, the Venetian Macao offers Italian grandeur with gondola rides through the Grand Canals of Shoppes, San Luca, and Marco Polo. There are four outdoor pools with lounge areas and cabanas, a fitness center, mini golf course, kids' club, and the TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital with a comprehensive approach to wellness. In addition, the Venetian Theater and Cotai Arena offer a range of entertainment events from concerts to theatrical performances, and there's an array of dining options from casual grab-and-go to six signature restaurants. 

Check rates and availability at Venetian Macao

 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao

Providing an intimate setting on the Cotai Strip, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao offers five outdoor pools along with 11 poolside cabanas equipped with flat-screen TVs. There's a spa with a private spa suite outfitted with a vitality pool, as well as a range of signature rituals and treatments for men and women. Guests are invited to discover Macao's Portuguese and Chinese heritage through the hotel's cuisine options, and the resort offers walking tours of Coloane Village, private tours of the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage, and bicycles for exploring the area. 

Learn more about the Four Seasons Hotel Macao

 

Banyan Tree Macau

Guest suite at the Banyan Tree Macao

Offering skyline views, Banyan Tree Macau is a high-rise urban resort featuring an expansive outdoor pool with eight lavish private cabanas as well as sun loungers and palm trees. The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is a modern and tranquil space with 19 treatment rooms and a variety of exclusive services, plus a a state-of-the-art health club on the 31st floor with an indoor pool overlooking Macao. Afternoon Tea is served in the Banyan Lounge, while Saffron is the property's signature restaurant with authentic Thai cuisine. Belon specializes in seafood, fine steaks, and grilled specialties, and Cabana has finger foods, barbeque packages, and direct pool access. 

Check rates and availability at Banyan Tree Macau

 

Stylish Retreats

Grand Coloane Beach Resort

Grand Coloane Beach Resort Pool

Situated 10 minutes from the Cotai Strip, Grand Coloane Beach Resort is a full-service property offering family rooms, kids' club, children's playground, and childcare services. Surrounded by natural beauty, the property has multiple dining options, spa and wellness center, tennis, hiking, bicycle rentals, and indoor and outdoor pools. 

Learn more about Grand Coloane Beach Resort

 

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Located on the waterfront, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is set amidst the Macau historical quarter. Blending French style with Portuguese and Chinese culture, the property offers international cuisine at the Mistral Restaurant, and outdoor dining on Le Terrace with views of the inner harbor. There's also a lavish outdoor pool, and a spa with French beauty treatments. Steps from the St. Paul's ruins and the A-Ma Temple, the luxury property is ideal for exploring the area. 

Check rates and availability at Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

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Situated amidst 150 acres of tropical gardens, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables offers an iconic setting with championship golf, Culinary Academy, and one of the largest heated pools on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Featuring two fine dining options--the Palme D'Or with French cuisine, and Fontana with an Italian menu, the property also has a well-known Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, as well as casual poolside and golf course dining. The historic hotel has a European Spa with body treatments, massages, facials, hair and nail services, waxing, blading, and the Benessere Wellness Program with Mediterranean-infused cuisine & wellness activities. Plus the hotel offers special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Guest rooms and suites at the grand hotel feature Old World glamour infused with modern amenities such as plush beds with European feather bedding, 340-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable sitting areas. There are oversized windows with views of Coral Gables, the swimming pool, or golf course, and bathrooms have Frette robes and bamboo orchid towels. Read about special offers for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Golf Suite at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily at the Fontana Restaurant (excluding Sunday Brunch), $100 spa treatment credit, welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity, plus VIP status. 

Check rates and availability at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables


Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia

We have exciting news to share! Thank you to everyone who entered the Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner.

Congratulations to Kim D. of Virginia!

Courtesy of Hacienda AltaGracia, Kim and a guest will receive a 5-night stay at the resort, along with breakfast, guided horseback rides, Auberge Classic Massages, and Life on the Farm Experience. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hacienda AltaGracia Exterior View

Resort Amenities include:

- Multiple dining outlets, in-room dining service, and private dining for families, groups and couples
- Pool and sundeck
- Full service spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas
- Fitness center and outdoor ranchos/palapas for activities and treatments
- Billiards & Games room
- Concierge services and specially curated experiences and adventures, including shopping
- Complimentary WiFi and Apple TV
- Private air transfers and transportation services
- Ultralight Flight Tours

Complimentary activities include: guided forest hike, mountain biking, garden walk, meditation, equestrian care, DIY exfoliating scrub, and tropical fruit tastings.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD resort credit, welcome fruit basket, 10% off spa treatments at Auberge Spa, and VIP Status. 

Congratulations Kim D.!

For all of those who didn't win, keep an eye out for future giveaways on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or sign up for our newsletters


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

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

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

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

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

Recreation Programs

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

Solar Eclipse Massage

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

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

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

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

Learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch


Set at the cultural crossroads of the Lower East Side, Hotel 50 Bowery embodies the spirit of NYC. The luxury boutique hotel offers guests The Crown Rooftop Bar & Lounge space on the hotel's 21st floor. The pet-friendly property has two outdoor terraces, and contemporary guests rooms and suites with versatile work desks, artwork curated by Exhibition A, and bathrooms with designer amenities by Jonathan Adler. Continue reading below the photo for a special offer.

Guest room at the Hotel 50 Bowery

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary drink at The Crown Rooftop Bar & Lounge during their stay. 

Check rates and availability at Hotel 50 Bowery


Towering over the heart of downtown, Taj Dubai is an opulent luxury hotel mixing authentic Indian heritage with contemporary style. Featuring panoramic views, guest rooms and suites have large windows (including many with views of the world's tallest building), textural furnishings, plush beds with pillow menus, and grand bathrooms with bath menus, bath salts, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the Maharaja Suite photo.

Maharaja Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the hotel there are multiple dining options, including the signature Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine, the Treehouse with an urban rooftop setting and Mediteranean small plates, and Tesoro offering a global menu within a glass and metal conservatory. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at the Taj Dubai

Steps from the Dubai Mall with more than 1,200 shops, the luxury hotel has a large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. There's also the Jiva Spa with four treatment suites, and Afternoon Tea in the Byzantium Lounge. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance at the Best Available Rate Plan receive daily breakfast for two guests at Tesoro, $100 food and beverage credit, and complimentary WiFi. Also, subject to availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out until 4 p.m.

Check rates and availability at Taj Dubai


Linking four 19th century palaces together, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna offers a historic retreat within the heart of the imperial city of Vienna. One of the hotel's highlights is the luxurious Presidential Suite. Set within the former Palais Gutmann, built by coal Sir Wilhelm Gutmann, the exclusive space features one-of-a-kind details such as the ceiling painting by August Eisenmenger around the living room's chandelier from the former Belletage, depicting 12 months and four seasons. Eisenmenger also painted the famous Golden Hall of the “Musikverein” ceiling fresco. Continue reading below the living room photo. 

Presidential Suite Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Within the 2,045-square-foot venue, there is a separate living and sleeping area, as well as Hermès furnishings. There's also a kitchenette with a Nespresso machine and refrigerator, plus a personal library with an iMac setup and work station. The luxurious suite has a spacious master bathroom, along with a large dressing room and makeup table. In addition, for added privacy there are bullet-proof and soundproof windows. Continue reading below the bedroom photo. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna Presidential Suite Bedroom

Guests of the Presidential Suite receive exclusice Club Lounge Access, which includes five daily culinary experiences, dedicated concierge service, and beverages including Champagne, wine, beer, and spirits. Butler, security, nanny, and secretary services are available upon request, and the suite can be connected to a second room for additional space. 

From now through December 31, 2017, guests booking the Presidential Suite receive:

- €200 Euro credit for the hotel's restaurants & bars

- €200 Euro credit for The Ritz-Carlton Spa

- Airport pick up and drop off

In addition, the property is offering a complimentary horse carriage ride for guests booking 3 or more nights for stays in August and September. 

Check rates and availability at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna


As part of the resort's 10 year anniversary celebration, the Ka'ana Boutique Resort in Belize has a special Summer Respite Offer:

-- Book a three night stay at Ka'ana before August 31, get the fourth night free.

In addition, guests will receive a private mixology class learning to mix traditional libations with Belizian flair. For stays of three nights or more prior to September 21st, guests also receive a bottle of champagne and a complimentary upgrade (based on availability). Read more below the photo. 

Ka'ana Boutique Resort Belize

The Ka'ana Boutique Resort is located near the Cayo District in Western Belize. Set amidst Mayan civilizations and natural wonders, the property provides a bespoke setting with curated experiences designed to provide guests with an adventurous mix of authentic Belize culture and style. There are luxurious suites or one- and two-bedroom villas with private pools, plus La Ceiba Restaurant with authentic Belizean Cuisine, Wallace Bar & Lounge with handcrafted drinks by experienced mixologists, a 1,000 bottle wine cellar, and a 2-acre organic garden where 80% of the property's produce is sourced. The boutique hotel will arrange candlelit dinners and customized picnics for one-of-a-kind customized experiences, and adventure options include cave tubing, helicopter tours, horseback rides to Xunantunich Maya Ruins, and Yaxha sunset tours. Read more below the photo for a special perk.

Ka'ana Boutique Hotel Belize

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary breakfast daily at La Ceiba Restaurant (room service also available), a $100 resort credit, one bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, wine cellar orientation, and a welcome drink. As well as VIP status and a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out based on availability. 

Check rates at Ka'ana Boutique Resort 

 


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: concierge@nolinski.com 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. 

Check rates at Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel


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