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Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.


Just across from the Vienna State Opera House, the Hotel Sacher Wien offers the opulent Pelléas et Mélisande Presidential Penthouse Suite that reckons the elegance of the past. Named after several classical compositions, the exclusive space offers 1,184 square feet of room that can be combined with the Nurejev Suite for a total of 1,884 square feet. Continue reading below the photo.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Salon at the Hotel Sacher Wien
Featuring a "Rhapsody in Red" color palette throughout, the suite features a primarily red and white color scheme throughout with red accents in the drapery, textiles, and wallpaper. The salon provides an upscale lounge area in shades of beige, with a fireplace, sitting area, and high-tech entertainment equipment. Plus a dining room with a large dining table ideal for entertaining. The classic bedroom, has red toile wallpaper, lavish red drapes, upholstered headboard, and large windows with incomparable Vienna views. Read more below.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Bedroom
To finish the space, there's a large private terrace with views of the Opera House, and furniture for dining al fresco or relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Continue below the photo.
The Presidential Penthouse Suite Terrace at the Hotel Sacher Wien
The Hotel Sacher Wien opened in 1876 in a prime location. It's been the setting and inspiration of multiple films, and the property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from around the world including John F. Kennedy, Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II, and Rudolph Nureyev have checked-in t this famous address. Home of the world famous Sacher Torte, the hotel's Cafe Sacher Wien provides a traditional Viennese coffeehouse setting, plus a spa.
 
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Overlooking the Potomac River, MGM National Harbor mixes the energy of Las Vegas with the history of the area. Set in the rolling hills and woodlands just outside of the U.S. capital city, the property is the first luxury gaming resort in the region, as well as a fully integrated entertainment and resort complex within the major metropolitan area. Continue reading below the photo by Stephen Wilkes.
Exterior view of MGM National Harbor by Stephen Wilkes
The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor property offers an expansive list of amenities, restaurants, and enertainment options. There are 15 dining concepts, including exclusive offerings by chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, Marcus Samuelsson, and Jose Andres. Clique Hospitality introduced two new nightlife concepts, including the area's first tableside mixology program. The resort's curated art program includes 70 works of art throughout the property, including a sculpted iron archway designed by Bob Dylan, and there is an upscale retail district with a variety of shops including the first standalone boutique of SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. 
For gaming, the property has a 125,000-square-foot casino with more than 3,300 slot machines, luxury high-limit gaming room, Macau-style Baccarat tables, and first-to-market gaming products. The Theater at MGM National Harbor is a 3,000-seat venue offering an intimate setting for A-list performers, including Sting, Cher, Bruno Mars, Duran Duran, and Lionel Richie. The Conservatory at MGM National Harbor will feature seasonal floral exhibits, and there is a 27,000-square-foot Spa & Salon with an array of treatments and wellness programs. Plus, the resort's 24-story boutique hotel has 308 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring panoramic views of the surrounding area. 

Aspen's only ski-in, ski-out hotel, The Little Nell is a luxury hotel with the city out the front door and Aspen Mountain out the back door. Offering mountain and lobby concierges, the property prides itself on hospitality. Designed as a gathering place for the free-spirited, the hotel is a year-round destination for food, wine, art, and adventure activities. Continue reading below.
The Little Nell Pool
Tip: visit the hotel for New Year's Eve when the resort hosts "The Dom Perignon Party" with DJs on multiple levels of the hotel, open bar, food stations, and bottomless Dom Perignon. There's also three snowcats, or "NYE Clicquot Cats" available for buy-out for up to 12 guests for a unique view of the fireworks shows over Aspen Mountain.
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a daily breakfast credit for two at Element 47 restaurant, $100 food and bevearage credit, personalized welcome note, and VIP status. Also, subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 
 
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Living Room at The Little Nell

Paris is the ultimate shopper's paradise with shops along the Champs Champs-Élysées, fine department stores, and chic boutiques around every corner. Whether you're seeking a fabulous holiday shopping excursion in the city of lights, or you'd like to give the gift of a memorable vacation this holiday season, here's a list of a few of our favorite Paris hotels offering special perks for Five Star Alliance guests.

1. Nolinski Paris - steps away from the Palais Royal Gardens, this boutique hotel opened earlier this year. Set in a Haussmanian Building, the pet-friendly hotel has a spa and brasserie. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, and a smartphone to use during the stay with unlimited international phone calls and internet. 
Nolinski Paris

2. Victoria Palace Hotel - set in the 6th arrondissement, steps away from Rue de Rennes, this historic hotel has been a Paris landmark since 1913, the hotel offers understated Left Bank luxury, upscale amenities, and a centralized location with easy access to public transportation. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary full breakfast for two, 40 Euro bar credit per room, and welcome chocolates. 
Victoria Palace Hotel

3. Hotel du Louvre - overlooking the famous Louvre Museum, this historic property was built in 1855. There's the reknowned Brasserie du Louvre on-site, and the Bar offers Napoleon III style with jazz evenings. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome cocktail. 
Hotel du Louvre

4. La Tremoille - nestled along a quiet street in the heart of the Golden Triangle, combines a Haussman-era building with contemporary styling, for a modern retreat close to the Champs-Elysees, Georges V Avenue, and Montaigne Avenue. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary box of Laduree Macaroons.
La Tremoille

5. Hotel Pont Royal - in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres, close to Cafe de Flore and the Musee d'Orsay, the hotel offers original painintgs by Beaux Arts students, Parisian views, and L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon with new French cuisine. Five Star Alliance Perk: guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast for two, WiFi and on-demand video, plus a 30 Euro beverage credit.
Hotel Pont Royal 

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers two Fairmont Gold Penthouse Suites, both accessible via semi-private elevators. Featuring 25-foot floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic mountain views from the 12th floor of the resort, each Penthouse Suite has a living room on the main level with a spacious seating area, flat-screen TVs, gas burning fireplaces, and Juliet viewing balconies. Continue reading below.
Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Plus, sprawling marble bathrooms have double vanities, plus one-person jetted tubs, and large multi-headed rain showers. 

Providing a luxurious mountain getaway, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is set at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, with ski-in/ski-out access. Offering year-round resort amenities, the property has a golf club with driving range, yoga classes, family activities, Vida Spa, Village Shuttle, and a rooftop wedding chapel overlooking the mountains. 

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The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Considered one of the U.S.A.'s most culturally and historically diverse cities, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food, and music. Offering a host of restaurants, live music venues, historical sites, and cultural attractions, along with a long list of luxury hotel options, it can be difficult to choose where to stay.

Here are Three Boutique Hotel options in New Orleans:

1. The Audubon Cottages provide a historic setting in the French Quarter, with one and two bedroom suites set within seven private cottages. Offering a high level of service, guests have full access to additional amenities at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel including valet parking, fitness center, and continental breakfast. Continue below the photo.
The Audubon Cottages
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2.  Set in the French Quarter, the iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a historic venue that recently underwent a multi-million dollar transformation. Classically furnished, guest rooms are designed for the modern traveler with plush pillowtop beds and walk-in showers. Steps away from Bourbon and Royal Streets, the hotel has a private courtyard with an outdoor pool, plus the Roux on Orleans restaurant. Read more below. 
Guest room at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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3. Modern and trendy, the Hotel Le Marais is a chic hotel in the French Quarter. Combining a historic backdrop with contemporary styling,  the trendy bar Vive! features signature cocktails, and a chic lounge that opens to a French Quarter courtyard with a heated outdoor pool and lounge space.  
Hotel Le Marais
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Nestled at the edge of the slopes, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles is set within the Palace of Courcheval. One of the 16 Palaces of France, the hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, with a genuine Alpine feel. Read more below. 

Living room of the private penthouse apartment at Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

For the ultimate in luxury, the Private Penthouse Apartment at Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles offers a unique four bedroom residential style setting on the top floor of the castle. Overlooking the snow-topped mountains, the 5,900-square-foot apartment has a private elevator with direct access, and a private en suite spa. Offering a full range of services, Penthouse guests reach the spa by climbing a flight of stairs, past a waterfall, to a relaxing haven with a full bay window sauna, sensory shower, ice fountain, and a jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. Continue reading below the photo. 

En suite spa at the private penthouse apartment at Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

The main living space has a dining room with a private bar that includes a glass door cellar with fine wines and spirits, plus a living room with a substantial fireplace, lounge area, and home theater. Each of the four bedrooms is equipped with its own bathroom with a walk-in closet, bathtub, and steam shower. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

To top it off, the private apartment has a 1,600-square-foot terrace with unobstructed views of the Courcheval slopes and a jacuzzi. More below the photo.

Terrace of the private penthouse apartment within the Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

In addition to the private apartment, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles has 37 rooms and 14 suites. Offering a mountainside location, the property offers ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet, ski technician, and a ski room. Spa Cellcosmet offers a variety of services, there are four restaurants, and the bar of Les Airelles offers cozy salons and a smoking room.

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Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

Nestled mid-mountain amongst the pines, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, offers ski-in/ski-out access to Northstar California. The family-friendly retreat features a variety of snow activities, après ski experiences, and signature offerings, including the Marshmology program that happens nightly at the firepits with winter-themed s'mores and details about the history of marshmallows (photo below). In addition, the mountain resort announced new winter offerings and introduced Executive Chef Mark Jeffers and Pastry Chef Shawna Peterson to its culinary program. Read more below the photo. 
Marshmalogy at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Après-Ski Programs
Offered daily by the resort fire pits from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Après-Ski Champagne Experience* features a raw bar with chef-prepared favorites including ceviche and oysters on the half shell, and Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial. The Après Yoga & Strech combines gentle movements to rejuvenate tired muscles for a day on the slopes, and the Après-Ski Recovery spa treatment is a tension relief-focused treatment for aching muscles that includes the Arnica Turmeric Joint formulas a take home gift. Continue reading below. 
Apres-Ski Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Winter Activities
The Winter Stargazing Snowshoe Tour* is led by local star guide and poet, Tony Berendsen. Offered December 21, December 28, January 14, and February 11, guests are taken on a winter starry night snowshoe tour that includes a laser tour of constellations, telescopic viewing, educational presentation, space quiz for prizes, and a poetry reading. For families, the Winter Scavenger Hunt encourages young travelers to use a map to find hidden objects and win prizes. There's also the Where is the Bear? hide-and-seek program held daily in the living room, as well as special Ritz Kidz winter offerings. Read more below. 
Skiing at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Culinary Offerings
The Winter Vintner Dinner Series includes a four-course meal highlighting Northern California wineries, and will be held on January 12, February 9, and March 9. The resort's signature restaurant, Manzanita will also offer Sunday Brunch, plus a Skier's Lunch Buffet will be offered daily from December 19 to January 7, and on Saturdays throughout the winter season. Continue below. 
Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
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*Please note dates and offers were provided by The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and are subject to change at any time. 

 Fire pit at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Set on the southern tip of the island of Bali, the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay is an oceanfront luxury resort. Designed as a traditional Balinese village, the property offers a range of amenities including cultural tours, Jimba Kids' Club, Balinese dance performances, Sunrise & Surya Yoga, plus kayaking and catamaran cruises on Jimbaran Bay. Learn more about the resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Bob Curley

Find the Bali Beyond the Beach at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Suite at the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay
Long before Bali became known primarily for its beach parties, this Indonesian island was a quiet artists' community, and still retains a vibrant arts scene. It's a quieter side of Bali that the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay resort is hoping to channel with a new set of traditional villas and the establishment of the Ganesha Cultural Centre, a showplace for traditional art, crafts, and music.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
In a setting reminiscent of a Balinese village, the resort's new two-bedroom, Jimbaran Bay, and Premier villas are built from locally sourced materials, from wood floors to thatched roofs. Each villa is also decorated with original artwork, and bedrooms abut a common living area that flows into the sundeck with a pool and outdoor dining area, the latter set on a cliff's edge.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Luxury Travel Advisor thinks the redo at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay will appeal to VIPs seeking a more authentic Bali experience — or at least a trip that doesn’t focus on partying until dawn. The destination, of course, offers plenty of opportunities to engage in Balinese culture, from visiting the Tanah Lot temple on its narrow perch above the sea to browsing the stalls in the Ubud Art Market. The Ganesha Cultural Centre, located on the resort grounds, expands the former Ganesha Gallery by adding hands-on learning programs to the static displays.
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
“We believe it is our responsibility, as well as our honor, to give guests the opportunity to personally meet and learn from Bali’s talented artists, who are hand-picked and invited to share their knowledge and skills,” said Uday Rao, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali, in a written release.
For example, guests can take lessons in woodcarving, weaving, painting, and dancing, and learn the proper way to make offerings at Balinese ceremonies. The Jimbaran Bay resort also has a Balinese cooking academy, an on-site Hindu temple, and a cultural immersion program that includes tours led by a resident Balinese priest.

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Planning a trip to Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration? We've pulled together a list of luxury hotels with availability* for Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017 and surrounding dates. As a point of reference, the ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon. The parade will follow at approximately 2:30 p.m., with public viewing areas typically opening at 6:30 a.m. 

Recently refreshed guest rooms at The Mandarin Oriental Washington are available for January 18-22 or January 17-21, with rates starting at $1095.*
Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C.

Suites are available for $1399* per night at The Dupont Circle Hotel, arriving on the 18th and departing on the 20th. 
The Dupont Circle Hotel

In addition, at the time this article was created, there was availability at the following hotels:

Fairmont Washington D.C. - situated in the West End, about 8 blocks from the White House.
Exterior view of the Fairmont Washington D.C.

Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. - set in Penn Quarter close to the Convention Center and Verizon Center.
Hotel Monaco Washington D.C.

Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. - located one block from Dupont Circle, Embassy Row, and the Phillips Gallery.
Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.

The Mayflower Renaissance Washington D.C. - four blocks from the White House, and a member of Historic Hotels of America.
The Mayflower Washington D.C.

Check out our Best Inauguration Hotels List >>

*Pricing and availability subject to change prior to the completion of a hotel reservation with confirmation number.

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