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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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Dine under the Italian sky with panoramic views of the Eternal City at Grand Hotel de la Minerve. The Minerva Roof Garden houses the hotel's exclusive restaurant with a strategic location, 360-degree views, and creative cuisine by Naples-born Chef Antonio Falco. Continue reading below the photo of the Minerva Roof Garden.

Minerva Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restauran offers Italian and international cuisine with a traditional menu, tasting menu, and a la carte options, plus an extensive wine list. There are special birthday and first communion menus, and The Bar serves international cocktails in the space that was once the palazzo's winter garden. Read more below the photo.

The Bar at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Once an aristocratic home built in the 1600s, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is a luxury hotel overlooking the Pantheon. Set in the midst of the historic city center, the noble hotel offers 135 guest rooms mixing classic style with the latest amenities including bathrooms with travertine marble and Etro bath products, double glazed windows, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Continue reading below.

Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Steps from the Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, the property is ideally situated for exploring Rome.

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An iconic destination since 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has welcomed celebrities, dignitaries, and royalty from around the world. For a luxurious setting within the hotel's original Victorian Building, the Victorian Junior Suites have a spacious sitting area along with one king or two queen-sized beds, or the larger Ocean View Victorian Signature Suites offer a king-sized bed, plus a separate living room with a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed. Due to the historical nature of the property, each of the Signature Suites varies in size and layout, which also lends a unique charm to the coastal chic furnishings of the suites. To top it off, the suites feature private balconies with panoramic views of the hotel's beach and the Pacific Ocean. Read more below the photo of the Victorian Junior Suite. 

Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado

For families looking for additional space, the hotel's Two-Bedroom Victorian Blue Octopus Family Suite offers spacious accommodations, including a separate bedroom for the kids with ocean-inspired whimsical decor and bunk beds. Plus, there are two bathrooms and a living room with a sofa bed. Read more below the photo of the Hotel del Coronado swimming pool. 

Main Pool at the Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado is a National Historic Landmark with the Victorian Building, contemporary Ocean Towers, California Cabanas, and oceanfront cottages and villas within the Beach Village. The iconic property combines Southern California seaside charm with fine dining at 1500 Ocean, a legendary Crown Room Brunch, spa, and the Sunset Bar with a firepit, seaside location, and seasonal cocktails. Continue reading below the Crown Room photo for a special Perk for Five Star Alliance guests.

Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a commemorative book celebrating the history of the Hotel del Coronado. 

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Perched on a hilltop within a 15th century villa with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele provides an exclusive setting within a former Renaissance monastery. Set amidst Italian gardens with lemon trees and fragrant roses, the hotel offers fine Tuscan cuisine at La Loggia Restaurant, a Cookery School, and an open-air swimming pool overlooking the Arno Valley and Florence. There are walking paths through the surrounding woods, a fitness center with panoramic views, personal training services, and a massage gazebo. There's also a shuttle bus which transports hotel guests to the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence's historic city center. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Villa San Michele

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and VIP status. Plus, a room upgrade based on availability at time of check-in.

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Perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron, the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island is steeped in history. Built in 1887, the elegant property is located between the upper and lower peninsula of Michigan on the car-free Mackinac Island. Providing guests the opportunity to step back in time with horse drawn carriage rides, the 390-room hotel offers more than three dozen themed suites, which offer unique accommodations and one-of-a-kind style including the Lincoln Suite and the Hollywood Suite. Read more below the photo of the hotel.

Exterior view of the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

For an ultra-luxe stay, six of the hotel's themed suites are Two-Bedroom Suites with Parlors. These accommodations include the Presidential Suite, which features an elegant setting with antiques, photos, and paintings of U.S. Presidents, and an elegant parlor with a regal emerald green color palette. There's also the Cupola Suites which debuted in 2015 when the property began restoring the hotel's original dormers from the late 1800s. Work is currently ongoing, and new Cupola Suites will be added in the 2017/18 offseason. Continue reading below the photo of one of the hotel's suites.

Suite at the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

In addition to the suites, the hotel's Masco Cottage is a four-bedroom private residence with an exclusive entrance. Guests staying within the cottage can arrange private dinners prepared by a personal chef, relax in an outdoor hot tub, play games on the Wii gaming system, and experience cocktails and hors d'oeuvres within the privacy of the summer cottage. They also receive discounts on ferry boat tickets and charter air services. 

The historic, award-winning property has been family-owned for three generations, and is a National Historic Landmark. Celebrating it's 130th Anniversary Season in 2017, the Grand Hotel offers old world elegance with afternoon tea in the parlor, dressing up for dinner (the hotel has a dress code), and nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra. For those seeking relaxation, the hotel offers the world's longest porch with rocking chairs and panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac. Read more below the porch photo.

The front porch of the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

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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


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

The private pool at the Villa Rose-Pierre

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

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

Exterior of the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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

Le Cap Terrace at Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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Destination Spotlight: Lisbon

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

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

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

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

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Historic Palaces

Olissippo Lapa Palace

Guest Room at Olissippo Lapa Palace

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

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Pestana Palace

Pestana Palace Lisbon

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

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Tivoli Palacio de Setais

Tivoli Palacio de Setais

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

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Urban Retreats

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

The Ritz-Carlton, Lisbon

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

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Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon

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

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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

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

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Luxe Resorts

Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort

Penha Longa Hotel and Golf Resort

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

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Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf

Palacio Estoril Hotel and Golf

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

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The Oitavos

The Oitavos

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

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

The Muhammad Ali Suite Living Room at The Brown Hotel

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

The Muhammad Ali Suite Master Bedroom at The Brown Hotel

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

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Set along the shores of Lake Garda, Grand Hotel Fasano is a historic luxury hotel offering scenic mountain and lake views. Originally built in 1888 as a hunting lodge for the Austrian imperial family, the hotel provides a picturesque lakeside location with centuries old grounds, and ornate architectural details, infused with modern comforts. 

The Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's opulent guest rooms and suites have an elegant color palette of creams and golds with gilded accents and large windows providing views of the lake. There's also minibars, LCD TVs, safes, and balconies and select rooms. The Suites have larger spaces, along with separate lounge areas. Read more below the image.

Superior Room at the Grand Hotel Fasano

For dining, Il Fagiano Ristorante features the creative cuisine of Chef Matteo Felter, a Lake Garda native. Serving a modern take on the lake region's traditional cuisine, there's a contemporary mix of flavors and textures. During the summer months, the restaurant has a terrace, providing an exclusive setting with fragrant flowers and lake views. Continue reading below the photos.

Il Fagiano Ristorante at Grand Hotel Fasano

Il Fagiano Ristorante Exterior at Grand Hotel Fasano

Ristorante Magnolia is set on the hotel's grounds and features two ancient magnolia trees, with a menu of traditional Italian salads, pastas, and grilled main courses prepared using fresh ingredients. Read more below. 

Ristorante Magnolia at Grand Hotel Fasano

Set on a terrace, Trattoria Il Pescatore specializes in Mediterranean-inspired fresh fish dishes, while La Darsena Shore Club & Restaurants is located in a restored old house on the lake serving chef prepared Lake Garda classics. Continue reading below the photos. 

La Darsena at Grand Hotel Fasano

The hotel's Aveda spa offers a variety of services and treatments designed to maintain balance of the body and mind. There's also a wellness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment. Nearby, guests have access to exclusive skippered rental services of Frauscher boats, explore Lake Garda's cycling trails on rented mountain bikes, or golf at the Gardagolf Country Club and Arzaga Golf Club. 

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