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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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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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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.

- 3 nights = 10% off

- 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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Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place blends Southern charm with elegance and luxury. Continue reading below the photo.

Courtyard of Belmond Charleston Place

Now having recently completed a $40 million, four-year renovation project, this landmark hotel is at its finest. Tailored to embrace the iconic allure of the Holy City, 434 guest rooms and suites radiate a historic essence while embracing the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless internet. The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. With a picturesque view of the Charleston skyline, the Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including a marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service. Read more below the photo.

Newly Renovated Guest Room at Belmond Charleston Place

Enjoy the heated, rooftop mineral water pool and the adjacent Clock Tower Terrace, a new rooftop bar overlooking historic King Street. And now offering even more space to unwind, Meeting at Market, a sophisticated yet relaxing pub, caters to all sport enthusiasts, while the Thoroughbred Club’s new patio allows guests to bask in the fresh outdoors with a cocktail during their stay. Read more below the photo.

Meeting at Market Pub at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the undisputed charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. The hotel offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, refined shopping and unbeatable Sothern hospitality. 

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Rooftop Pool at the Belmond Charleston Place

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Situated along the pristine Kudur Bay of Bodrum/Yalikavak, the Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel is a modern beach retreat with an array of amenities, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. The Mejor Costa Bar & Lounge serves Mediterranean and regional cuisine with an extensive wine cellar, light-flooded lounge, and outdoor patio. While the Ace Restaurant & Lounge provides a trademark Avantgarde Collection Hotels setting. In addition, the property offers cold towel service at the beach and swimming pool. Close to seaside restaurants, marina, and glamorous estates in the trendsetting village of Yalikavak, the property's 31 guest rooms and 23 suites feature contemporary styling and views of the gardens or sea. Here are three of the top amenities at the resort, along with special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

Pool at Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel

1. Avantgarde Spa & Wellness Center

Offering two indoor massage rooms and two outdoor massage cabanas, the spa features a variety of services performed by experienced Far Eastern massage therapists including Balinese, Lomi Lomi, and Aromatherapy treatments. There's also a Finnish Sauna, Turkish Bath, and Steam room. Plus, a fitness center and a Detox Bar serving nutritious and healthy beverages. 

2. Little Genius Summer Camp

Available to hotel guests during the summer months, the Little Genius Summer Camps is an innovative program designed for guests ages 18 months to 5 years, with programs created to assist in the development of children's emotional, social, physical, foreign language, creativity, cognitive, and handicrafts skills in a playful atmosphere. 

3. Assouline Culture Lounge & Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar Image

The Assouline Culture Lounge is open 24/7 and features a collection of books on fashion, travel, gastronomy, art, and design from the luxury book publisher, retailer, and lifestyle brand. Plus, there's a glass-encased Wine Cellar with an extensive selection of Turkish & international wines. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $25 USD food & beverage credit per person, for up to two guests. For stays of six nights or more, guests instead receive dinner at Ace Restaurant for two (excluding drinks).

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Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel Beach


Offering an ideal retreat for well-being and relaxation, the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso is situatated in the Vouliagmeni area of the Athenian Riviera, along the Saronic Gulf. Situated about 30 minutes from Athens, the property offers the region's only Thalassotherapy center, along with a spa providing an extensive selection of treatments focused on the healing effects of the sea. Continue reading below the photo of the Thalassotherapy Pool.

Thalassotherapy Pool at Divani Apollo Palace & Thalasso

Providing a beachfront setting, the ultra-luxe property has a private sand beach with sun beds and umbrellas, plus a variety of water activities including jet skiing, scuba diving, and waterskiing. There's also two outdoor swimming pools, including one with sea water. For lounging, guests can rent private "Love Seats" around the pool, or lounge in plush chaises while enjoying signature cocktails, juices, and smoothies. 

Divani Apollon Palace

Surrounded by extensive gardens, the hotel has four Mediterranean-inspired dining options, including the Mythos of the Sea Restaurant providing a unique setting for chef-prepared cuisine while watching Kavouri Bay sunsets. The Anemos Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining with sea views, the Atlantis Lounge has a contemporary setting for afternoon tea, and Meltemi Poolside Snack Bar provides casual poolside dining. 

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Swimming Pools at Divani Apollon Palace Hotel


Situated along the coast in West Waterford, The Cliff House Hotel offers contemporary accommodations overlooking the historic Ardmore Bay. The House Restaurant received a Michelin Star for its mix of Irish and International cuisine, The Well Spa offers a range of treatments, and the indoor pool provides water views. In addition to guest rooms and suites, the property has the Cliff Cottage, providing a self-catering setting steps away from the luxury hotel. 

Ideal for families and groups, the private cottage is set within a heritage building, and sleeps six adults, with additional space for children. Accommodations include one double room with en-suite bath, an additional double room, and one twin room, along with a bunk bed room, and children's den with sofa bed. Read more below the photo. 

The Cliff Cottage Living Room at the Cliff House Hotel

The contemporary Irish cottage decor is inspired by the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, plus there are large windows to provide an open and airy feeling. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove and smeg fridge along with a dining room overlooking Ardmore Bay. The spacious living area features a bay window, large TV, and couches for relaxing and enjoying the views. Guests are greeted with a welcome basket of fruits, breads, and snacks, plus, they receive access to all of the amenities available in the main luxury hotel. Continue reading below the photo.

The Cliff Cottage Kitchen at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

Close to Cork, The Cliff House Hotel was built in the 1930s. Transformed in 2008, the five star luxury hotel provides a seaside setting with Irish modern decor with white walls, sedum moss-covered roofs, cupa stone columns, and limestone terracing. Throughout the hotel there are specially commisssioned handcrafted glass works of art by Glasshammer and resin designs by Sasha Sykes. The cliffside property has an award-winning restaurant with an outdoor terrace ideal for dining outside while taking in the views of Ardmore's sands and dolphins in the water. Plus, there are championship golf courses nearby. 

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The Pool at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore


Set along the Caribbean Sea, Beaches Turks and Caicos is a multi-faceted fantasy world consisting of four distinct areas: Caribbean Village, French Village, Italian Village, and Key West Village. The family-friendly all-inclusive resort provides a range of activities for children, including a kids' club and Sesame Street parades through the resort. In addition, the resort offers customizable options to accommodate dietary and sensory needs. 

Beaches Turks and Caicos Italian Village Overview

Five Star Alliance was recently invited to explore all the resort has to offer. Read more below the Italian Village photo to discover three top amenities at Beaches Turks and Caicos. 

1. Sprawling Grounds & Plenty of Space to Play

Beaches Turks and Caicos Play Options

From huge swimming pools to an on-site water park with a lazy river, or long sandy beaches, guests of the resort have an array spaces to have fun. Given the layout, the resort doesn't feel cramped, but rather open for exploring. Families can enjoy time by the pool, relax in a hammock on the beach, or meander the pathways exploring the resort...you may even encounter a resident gecko.

Gecko Crossing Sign at Beaches Turks and Caicos

2. Culinary Concierge

Dining at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers with eating restrictions, and all-inclusive may not seem like the ideal getaway. At Beaches, the resort seeks to offer all guests with a variety of cuisine options. In an effort to tailor menus to guest needs, the resort's Culinary Concierge meets with guests upon arrival or via the phone prior to arrival to create specific menus to accommodate food allergies and intolerances, making enjoyable beachfront dining accessible to all guests. 

The Jerk Shack at Beaches Turks and Caicos

3. The Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children Program

Camp Sesame at Beaches Turks and Caicos

As part of the resort's partnership with Sesame Street, the Beaches Kids Camp is infused with character experiences. In an effort to provide a positive experience for all children at the resort, there are unique programs with customized sensory adjustments available on a case-by-case basis. The Sesame Street program is designed to not only bring awareness to unique qualities, but also to celebrate the similarities that all children possess. Guests can contact the Beaches Kids Camp Manager before arrival to discuss exact needs and options. The Sesame Street characters are carried throughout the property with special character photo opportunities and evening parades. Continue reading below the photo. 

Sesame Street at Beaches Turks and Caicos

In addition, the four distinct villages offer different types of accommodations:

The Caribbean and French Village have adjoinable guest rooms along with suite options. Guest rooms in both of these village offer standard amenities, while some of the new Caribbean Villa Suites (shown below) provide modern styling and upgraded offerings. 

Caribbean Villa Suite at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The French Village (shown below) offers the most adjoinable room configurations. 

French Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

The Italian Village offers spacious suites designed for families with bunk beds and game consoles in one living space, and king size beds with large flat-screen TVs in the main sleeping area. Continue reading below the photos of an Italian Village Guest Suite. 

Italian Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos

For travelers seeking residence style accommodations, the Key West Village has villas with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and butler service. Read more below the photo.

Key West Villa at Beaches Turks and Caicos

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Relaxing beach spot at Beaches Turks and Caicos


Perched on the eighth floor of the Divani Caravel Hotel Athens, the Presidential Suite 815 provides unparalleled views of the Acropolis. Offering an ultra-luxurious setting, the two-bedroom suite has a private gym with a treadmill, fully equipped office, opulent living room with a 55-inch flat-screen TV and stereo, bar with premium beverages, and an elegant dining room. Continue reading below the photo.

Living Room of the Presidential Suite 815

The suite's master bedroom has a plush king size bed, pillow menu, and a private marble bathroom. There's an additional bedroom with twin beds, and both of the suite's marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, separate steam baths, vanity sets, lighted makeup mirrors, and premium bathroom amenities. There's an in-suite sauna, plus the private gym for relaxing and rejuvenating while in Athens. Plus, the suite's crown jewel is the fully furnished terrace providing exquisite views of the Acropolis. Read more below the terrace photo. 

Divani Caravel Hotel Athens

The Divani Caravel Hotel Athens is located in the heart of the historic city. Close to the airport and metro system, the luxury hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. There's a spa, rooftop health club, and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a bar and panoramic views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. For dining, Brown's Bar Restaurant provides an elegant setting with chandeliers and Mediterranean cuisine, Amalia Restaurant serves American and local breakfasts, while the Constantinople Cafe offers casual dining. Plus, there's the Cigar Lounge with an array of premium cigars, cognacs, and whiskeys. 

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Divani Caravel Hotel Athens


Whether its the South Beach Food & Wine Festival or a random Tuesday evening, SLS Hotel South Beach provides a playful, whimsical, and creative atmosphere in its restaurants, public spaces, and accommodations. The chic Hyde Beach is a unique 8,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space with a pool, cabanas, Mediterranean garden, artful mixology, and an al fresco dining scene that goes transforms into a stylish indoor-outdoor lounge when the sun goes down. Read more below the photo.

Hyde Beach dining at SLS Hotel South Beach

One of the hotel's finest amenities is the top-rated dining options. The Bazaar by José Andrés combines local Latin flavors with the James Beard-awarded chef's Spanish heritage for a sophisticated International tapas menu with indoor and al fresco dining. While the adjacent Katsuya, by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi features a range of sushi and robata dishes in a artistic setting with a daily happy hour and private dining in the Dragon Lounge. Read more below the photo of Katsuya.

 

Katsuya at SLS Hotel South Beach

The SLS Hotel South Beach offers a prime location on Collins Avenue with direct beach access. Originally built in 1939 by architect L. Murray Dixon, the stylish property has been fully restored and revamped, while retaining art deco influences blended with Latin, Asian, and contemporary styles. Continue reading below the photo.

SLS South Beach Guest Room

Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 resort credit. 

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