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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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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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Encompassing the top floor of the Belmond Splendido Mare, the Ava Gardner Suite, is located on the Piazzetta of Portofino. Providing one-of-a-kind views of the Castle Brown, promontory, and the harbor, the ultraluxe suite offers an elegant retreat with a master bedroom, spacious bathroom, living room, and grand terrace. 

Combining local style with modern touches, the suite features a color palette of cream and white with wood flooring and elegant lighting. The sea is visibile from the bedroom and sitting rooms, both of which offer plenty of natural lighting. Continue reading below.
Ava Gardner Suite at the Belmond Splendido and Splendido Mare
The wall-to-wall windows in the living room looking onto the terrace, make the space feel as if it is all one large living area, with indoor and outdoor seating. The 603-square-foot terrace is one of the largest in the area, and is adorned with a large, potted lemon tree, Mediterranean plants, and incomparable sea views. Read more below the photo.
Ava Gardner Terrace at the Belmond Splendido and Splendido Mare
The Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare offers a luxurious escape in the Italian Riviera. The Belmond Splendido Mare is located in the heart of Portofino on the iconic Piazzetta, and the Belmond Hotel Splendido is a luxurious retreat suspened on a cliff above the sea. Both offer Italian charm with superior amenities and luxury services. 

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Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare

Offering European grace in the heart of the French Quarter, Hotel Mazarin is a boutique property with 102 guest rooms. Combining the city's signature charm with modern amenities, the hotel's centerpiece is a private and elegant European-inspired courtyard. Accommodations feature bespoke service, along with Egyptian cotton robes and slippers, cube coolers, in-room coffee, and bottled water. Ideally situated for exploring the city, the property is a half block away from the shops and galleries on Royal Street. 

Close to Bourbon Street, the Hotel Mazarin offers guests two upscale on-site options for enjoying a cocktail or nightcap. Patrick's Bar is the only wine bar in the French Quarter, and it's managed by New Orleans' own bon vivant, Patrick Van Hoorebeek. Featuring a chic setting, the wine bar opens to an outdoor courtyard, and serves small plates along with fine wines. There's also wine lockers for those seeking to preserve their own vintages. 

Bar Vin at Hotel Mazarin

The 21st Amendment at La Louisiane pays tribute to the 1920s, when the mafia and speakeasies thrived in the Big Easy. Featuring handcrackted cocktails infused with locally grown herbs, homemade syrups, and special spiritis, the bar offers a speakeasy-inspired setting within the former La Louisiane Restaurant. Continue below the photo.

21st Amendment at Hotel Mazarin

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Set along 2,000 acres of beachfront property, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a tropical paradise. Situated within a gated setting on the island of Curacao, the luxury resort offers a spa, tennis, multiple swimming pools, gourmet dining, and golf. The spacious guest rooms and suites have outdoor patios or balconies with sitting areas, large bathrooms with showers and tubs, plus many of the rooms have water views. There's also the ultra-luxe Sea Traditions rooms and suites, with upgraded amenities and services, and situated between the first hole of the resort's Pete Dye-designed golf course and the Caribbean Sea. Continue reading below the photo.

Santa Barbara Spa and Golf Resort Curacao Pool

Top amenities at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort include:
- The Atabei Spa offering a range of spa treatments and services inspired by the culture and rituals of the island's Arawak people. There's also Health Retreats designed by the PIAI Instute, yoga programs, fitness center, and salon services.  
- Tafelberg Tennis Oasis at the resort has four Hydrogrid clay courts, and is rated one of the finest in the Caribbean. Managed by Peter Burwash International, the facilities features open-play, clinics, tournaments, private lessons, and more. Continue reading below the photo.

Tafelberg Tennis Oasis at Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

- The Old Quarry Golf Course is rated as one of Golfweek's Best Courses in the Caribbean & Mexico. The Pete Dye-designed course overlooks the bay known as Spanish Water, and is set on a naturally countoured site. Continue below.

Old Quarry Golf Course at Santa Barbara Spa and Golf Resort

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Nestled amongst its own park overlooking the lake, the Baur au Lac is a historic hotel steeped in 170 years of tradition, enhanced with modern styling and state-of-the-art technical amenities. Luxurious guest rooms have modern styling, and marble bathrooms have heated floors and high end amenities. Learn more below the image. 

Exterior view of Baur au Lac Zurich

Showcasing the finest of Swiss traditions, the hotel's on-site 1844 Chocolat offers exclusive Swiss chocolate creations using a selection of handpicked cocoa varieties. A short stroll from the Paradeplatz financial district and the celebrated shopping street of the Bahnhofstrasse, the elegant property is close to Zurich's landmark destinations, yet removed enough to offer an upscale retreat with views of the Alps. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at Baur au Lac Zurich

The hotel's Le Hall offers a celebrated traditional afternoon tea from October to April, and the Christmas season is particularly festive with a Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, Chalet au Lac with fire tongs punch and mulled wine with Swiss dishes, and the New Year's Eve Ball ends with a fireworks display over the lake.

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary breakfast for two at Pavillon, $100 food and beverage credit, fruit amenity, and homemade chocolate from 1844 Chocolat.

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Set along the legendary Chao Phraya River, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, offers a luxurious experience with high end amenities including an infinity pool and six restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature contemporary furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies with river or city views, plus comfort pillow menus. Within walking distance of Wat Suthi Wararam and Asiatique The Riverfront, there's a fully equipped fitness center for staying in shape while on the road, and shuttle boat service along the Chao Phraya River to the Saphan Thaksin Bangkok Mass Transit Station. Continue reading below the photo for details about the hotel's top three amenities. 

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Three of the best amenities at Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok:

1. The 35-meter infinity pool that appears to stretch out onto the Chao Phraya River, with a pool bar, relaxing sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas, plus breathtaking city views and fresh breezes. There's also two kids' pools, jacuzzi, and lush greenery for an ideal urban escape. 

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

2. Nemita Spa provides an ultra-luxe pampering environment with a wide range of treatments, including traditional Thai massages, bath rituals, facials, aromatherapy, and a variety of sensorial delights. 

Nemita Spa at the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

3. Dining at the hotel offers a range of options from casual to upscale. For breathtaking views of the city, Pier 28 offers an al fresco riverside setting with Thai and international specialties. There's also the recently refurbished River Barge Restaurant with an upscale environment with unique lighting, a la carte menus, and themed buffet meals. Plus, the Silver Waves Chinese Restaurant will reopen in late 2016 with floor-to-ceiling windows and Bangkok views. 

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: Guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary box of homemade Thai tea macaroons. 

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Situated in the heart of the city, close to the Royal Palace and National Theater, the Hotel Continental Oslo is a historic landmark hotel. Offering 155 elegant guest rooms and 23 suites, the landmark property combines Scandinavian style with contemporary trends for a welcoming and upscale feel. The hotel's famous restaurant, Theatercaféen opened in 1900, and is part of Norway's cultural history with a rich ambiance that features arched ceilings and a Nordic-inspired international menu. There's also a sidewalk cafe to enjoy during warmer months, Eik Annen Etage is an upscale dining room featuring Baroque furnishings, and Caroline serves classic European breakfasts. Continue reading below the photo.

Hotel Continental Oslo

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance (excluding the standard room category), receive a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room and VIP status. Plus, based on availability at check-in: room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Hotel Continental Oslo

Offering a beachfront location, the Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is a contemporary condominium-style resort that recently unveiled a $6.8-million dollar renovation. The refreshed property offers a spa, oceanfront dining, infinity pool, lagoon pool with waterslide, beach amenities, and a location within walking distance to upscale restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment. Learn more about the renovation in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa recently unveiled the results of a $6.8-million renovation, revealing a new beach-inspired color scheme, decor and furnishings.

The lobby invites guests inside with an oval-shaped great room, wood-paneled columns, and conversational groupings of curved-back sofas, lounge chairs and glass-topped tables. Furnishings are upholstered in a textured, natural shade with accent pillows in ocean blues and greens. The great room's new carpeting resembles ocean waves, while a monumental fountain on the adjacent renovated patio, refinished with mosaic tiles, serves as a focal point. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows were also added in the great room and in the bar and lounge to allow for more natural light during the day. In the evening, guests can sit at the new communal high top, large enough for 14 guests, where they can wait to be seated at the resort's restaurant, 3800 Ocean. Personal electronic charging stations are available throughout the bar. In the lounge area, seats are upholstered in a pattern of deep ocean blues and tufted with nail head trim. New hardwood flooring, which has a stripe effect of light and dark woods, is meant to resemble the deck of a vintage yacht. Continue reading below the photo.

Lobby of the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort and Spa

Updated amenities throughout the resort's 193 one- and two-bedroom guest suites include thicker, more textured carpeting, clean white walls, and new sofas and lounge chair fabrics. Throw pillows have a turtle pattern, inspired by Singer Island's resident sea turtle population and the resort's ongoing support of the nearby Loggerhead Marine Life Center. Guest bedrooms of two-bedroom suites also have a photo mural of driftwood rising out of the ocean.

Guest Suite at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort and Spa

The resort's 3,600 square feet of meeting and event space have also been refreshed with new carpeting and lighter colors, including the 1,631-square-foot Colonnade Ballroom, the Flagler Boardroom, Singer, Mizner and MacArthur meeting rooms.

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Infinity Pool at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort and Spa
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For those seeking a more intimate private experience, Beach Village at The Del is an exclusive enclave of cottages and villas, a resort within the resort, and portal to Southern California oceanfront luxury living. While the architecture nods to the iconic beauty of Hotel del Coronado, the 78 breezy-and-bright cottages and villas echo the beach setting and greet the modern with lavish amenities and high design. Continue reading below the photo.

The Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado

A recent refresh of all guestrooms brings the warmth, hue, and magic of the outdoors inside. Neutral tones like cream, beige and sand are accented with bursts of teal to reflect the sand and sea. Swirling patterns, paisley and geometrics pay homage to the movement of light and motion of the water. Circles of abalone shells trim the window shades, sparkling and mimicking the sunlight dancing across the sea. In addition to plush beds, divine linens, the finest appliances, sunken tubs, ocean view terraces, and more, some suites feature outdoor fire pits or soaking tubs for dipping. And every villa and cottage has a full or partial ocean view of one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Continue reading below the photo.

The Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado

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The private main pool at Beach Village is dotted with six luxurious cabanas, colorful shaded oases with lounge furniture, flat screens, refrigerators, and full service. The team from Breezes restaurant will happily deliver gourmet poolside bites like surf-n-turf nachos with carne asada and shrimp; smoked chicken and pesto flatbreads with goat cheese and arugula; or local seabass fish tacos with smoked tomato salsa and guacamole. The bartenders are schooled in the art of the cocktail and whip up tasty refreshers like watermelon pisco sours, muddled mint mojitos or coconut coolers. Continue reading below.

Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado at sunset

Windsor Cottage
Once the Coronado home of socialite Wallis Spencer Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward of England abdicated his throne, Windsor Cottage is now a part of The Del legacy. Saved from demolition and placed next to the Windsor Lawn in 2000, the charming 1905 California bungalow serves as a private oceanfront retreat for Beach Village guests exclusively and a nod to the main hotel. Beach Village guests can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, gourmet fireside dining or classic cocktails during a fiery Coronado sunset on the sprawling deck. Or when it’s time to relax, grab and book and tuck inside this cozy cottage where the Duchess of Windsor (and frequent Del guest) once lived.

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