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Featured Journeys: Luxury Road Trip Along California's Highway 1In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a luxury road trip along California's iconic Highway One. Set along the coastline, and extending over 600 miles, this picturesque route is one of the most famous driving routes in the world. We recommend starting your journey in San Francisco then heading south to Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Laguna Beach. Please note: Due to winter storms, part of Highway One is closed. It is set to reopen mid-April, but please check on the status of road closures before planning your trip. 

San Francisco
Monterey
Santa Barbara
Laguna Beach

San Francisco

The journey begins in San Francisco. Offering an international airport with gateways around the world, begin your road trip here, spending a few days exploring what the city has to offer, then continue on down the coast. Known as the "City by the Bay" this iconic locale is home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombardi Street, and Alcatraz. Ride the cable cars, tour a Victorian mansion, take in the views at Golden Gate Park, and sample some authentic flavors in Chinatown. Editor's note: From April to September, the San Francisco Giants play in the heart of the city at AT&T Park, an ideal place to try some regional cuisine while taking in a ballgame with stellar views of the city. 

Here are a few of our top San Francisco hotels:

Fairmont San Francisco

Fairmont San Francisco Signature Golden Gate Suite

Set atop Nob Hill, the Fairmont San Francisco is a landmark hotel with an iconic setting, that sits at the only point in San Francisco where each of the city's cable car lines meet. Known for its grandeur and reputation for impeccable service, the grand property has a Penthouse Suite that spans the entire eight floor of the historic Main Building. Guest rooms blend historic charm with modern elegance, and there is the famous Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, offering Pacific Rim Asian Cuisine and a Tiki-style setting where thunder and rain storms occur as part of the entertainment. Planning this trip with a family or group? The Fairmont offers a Double Queen with a pull-out sofa bed. 

Check rates at the Fairmont San Francisco

 

Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel San Francisco

Occupying an entire city block in downtown, the Palace Hotel was built in the Golden Age of Travel. The 1909 Beaux-Arts property greets guests with wrought iron filigree work, gold leaf embellishment, and angels over every doorway. Once inside, there are marble floors, coved ceilings, and soaring archways. Recently renovated guest rooms and suites feature historic details, mixed with modern amenities and furnishings in plum, charcoal, and dove grey. There are three famous restaurants: The Garden Court, GC Lounge, and the Pied Piper, plus an indoor sky-lit swimming pool, and 24-hour fitness center. 

Learn more about the Palace Hotel

 

Four Seasons San Francisco

Four Seasons San Francisco

Two blocks from Union Square's famed shopping district, the Four Seasons San Francisco offers a centralized SoMa location on Market Street across from Yerba Buena Gardens. Featuring modern decor with a neutral color palette, guest rooms have a residential feel with floor-to-ceiling windows providing city views, spacious marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, and glass-enclosed showers. There's an on-site spa, children's amenities, a 75-foot indoor lap pool for adults at the adjoining Equinox Sports Club, and the MKT Restaurant.

Check rates and availability at Four Seasons San Francisco

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Monterey

About two hours south of downtown San Francisco, Monterey is a historic fishing town. Today, the famous Cannery Row is home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, art studios, boutiques, and restaurants. Close to Big Sur, Carmel-by-the Sea, and Pebble Beach, the picturesque area offers a variety of luxury lodging, as well as golf, upscale shopping, vineyards, and opportunities to see local wildlife including whales, sea otters, seals, and sea lions. Be sure to go along the 17-mile drive for some of the best scenery and to visit our first featured luxury hotel in the Monterey area. 

Here are a few of our top Monterey hotels:

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Set at the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Lodge at Pebble Beach provides an oceanside setting. Guest rooms feature views of golf course and sea, along with wood burning fireplaces, patios or balconies, and marble bathrooms. In addition to the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Spa at Pebble Beach is a recipient of the Forbes Five-Star Award, there are multiple award-winning dining options, a retail arcade with a variety of shops, and guests have access to the Beach & Tennis Club--Monterey Peninsula's private club. 

Learn more about The Lodge at Pebble Beach

 

Post Ranch Inn 

Post Ranch Inn

Set along Highway One in Big Sur, the Post Ranch Inn is a modern retreat blending rustic elegance with luxury and comfort. Perched along the coastline (ideal for seasonal whale watching), the adults-only property is designed for guests to reconnect with nature and travel partners, so guest rooms do not have TVs or alarm clocks. There is a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, and two heated whirlpools overlooking the sea, plus the award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant. Amenities include daily gourmet breakfast, morning yoga, art walks, star gazing, edible tours of the chef's garden, and culinary walks. Please note: this property is currently closed until mid-April 2017, due to weather-related road repairs. 

Check rates and availability at the Post Ranch Inn

 

Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa

Perched along the Big Sur coastline amidst 243 acres of redwoods, meadows, and ridges, the Ventana Inn & Spa features a rustic, yet refined atmosphere with a spa, two outdoor swimming pools--including one clothing-optional pool, daily yoga classes, hour-long guided property walks, and afternoon wine and cheese receptions. The Restaurant at Ventana is set within an upscale environment with an eclectic menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, and a patio overlooking 50 miles of coastline. For creatives, the property offers "Art and Seekers" programs such as photography hikes, mandala coloring for couples, and block printing. Accommodation options include guest rooms, suites, the Cottage House, and new in 2017, the Redwood Retreats providing an upscale glamping experience. 

Learn more about the Ventana Inn & Spa

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Santa Barbara

Considered the American Riviera, Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean-like climate, along with cool ocean breezes and sandy beaches. Set between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, the city is known for stucco buildings with red-tile roofs, palm trees, boutiques along State Street, and waterfront dining. For families, there's the Santa Barbara Zoo, art enthusiasts can see works by Matisse and early 20th century French and American artists at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Santa Ynez Valley is known for pinot noir, chardonnay, and Syrah vintages. The Santa Barbara Harbor is ideal for kayaking, sailing, and boating, and Arroyo Burro Beach County Park offers waves ideal for surfing and bodysurfing. 

Here are a few of our top Santa Barbara hotels:

Bacara Resort & Spa

Bacara Resort & Spa Pools

Situated along 78 acres of oceanfront property in Santa Barbara, Bacara Resort & Spa offers 358 newly renovated guest rooms and suites. The full-service resort has an array of family-friendly amenities, including beach activities, infinity-edge pools, on-site hiking trails, and a seasonal kids' club. The Spa at Bacara is a 42,000-square-foot spa and wellness center with HydraFacial services, rooftop terrace, adults-only pool, wellness classes, redwood sauna, Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, and fireside lounge areas. There's also the new Angel Oak oceanfront restaurant, lighted tennis courts, and the Sandpiper Golf Club is adjacent to the resort. 

Check rates and availability at Bacara Resort & Spa

 

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore Resort

Nestled amongst 22 acres of lush gardens and foliage, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is steps away from beaches with private bungalows and terraces overlooking the Channel Islands and Pacific Ocean. Featuring Spanish-inspired architecture and accenting the casually sophisticated California lifestyle, the property offers the exclusive Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club (for select room categories, award-winning spa designed by Peter Marino, Jose Eber salon, three tennis courts, and two outdoor swimming pools. Guests also receive access to the members only Montecito Country Club, and there are bicycle rentals, and Kids for All Seasons programs. 

Learn more about the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

 

Belmond El Encanto 

Belmond El Encanto

An iconic landmark since the 1920s, Belmond El Encanto is set within California Craftsman and Spanish Revival bungalows. Perched above the city amongst hills and lush gardens with panoramic views of the town and ocean, the property has a zero-edge pool, seven-acre garden, and a spa. There's a fitness center and studio with a variety of clases, plus bicycles for use, and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to shuttle guests around the nearby area. 

Check rates and availability at Belmond El Encanto

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Laguna Beach

Our luxury road trip ends in Laguna Beach. Situated in Orange County, about half way between Los Angeles and San Diego, this coastal city is known for its seven-mile stretch of sand with surfing, art boutiques, and basking on the beach. During the annual grey whale migration (March to May), Laguna Beach provides an ideal vantage point for watching these gentle giants. While art enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy including the Laguna Art-A-Fair featuring local and national artists, open daily from June 30 to September 3, 2017, and art classes offered year-round at the Sawdust. 

Here are a few of our top Laguna Beach hotels:

Monarch Beach Resort 

Monarch Beach Resort

Perched on a hillside, the Monarch Beach Resort features a family-friendly beachside setting in Dana Point, Orange County. Following a two year, $40 million transformation, the resort exemplifies the California Coastal lifestyle with a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, five gourmet restaurants including Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, and a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Accommodations feature ocean-inspired color palattes with a coastal feel, and there's an expansive multi-level pool complex which includes a Family Pool with splash zone, the adults-only Monarch Pool, and a second level dedicated to sunning and lounging with cabanas and firepits. There's also a private beach club with water-related activities, paddle boarding, trail hikes, and surf lessons led by the resort's Surf Host. 

Learn more about the Monarch Beach Resort

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Set halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego along the coast of Dana Point, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel provides a luxurious surfside retreat. Perched atop a 150-foot bluff above Salt Creek Beach, the property offers cascading views of the Pacific Ocean. There's California Coastal cuisine, a spa focused on the essential elements from the ocean, and a variety of adventures including surfing experiences, basketball, Ping Pong, two tennis courts, and two swimming pools. There's also an Eco-Adventure Center with expert naturalist-led programs for adults, families, and children, along with the Ritz Kids programs with activities for young travelers.

Check rates and availability at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

 

Montage Resort and Spa

Montage Laguna Beach

Perched atop a coastal bluff, Montage Laguna Beach is a luxury resort featuring craftsman-style architecture and an idyllic SoCal setting. In the midst of the city's preeminent artist colony, the resort offers a collection of museum-quality works of art, plus two outdoor pools, and gourmet dining at Studio, The Loft, or Mosaic Bar and Grille. Situated within 30 acres of oceanfront property, there's a 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage with panoramic Pacific views, ocean air whirlpools, fireplace lounges, redwood saunas, lap pool, movement studio, and eucalyptus steam rooms. 

Learn more about Montage Resort and Spa

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Dogs are part of the family too, so why not include them on your next vacation? We've pulled together a list of some of our favorite dog-friendly luxury hotels offering special amenities to help furry friends feel right at home. Just a friendly reminder, please be sure to check hotel policies for breed or weight restrictions, along with any travel restrictions for crossing country borders with pets. 

1. The Jefferson Washington D.C.

Monti of The Jefferson Hotel Washington D.C.

The Jefferson Washington D.C. greets guests with its Resident Canine Office, Lord Monticello, a.k.a. Monti. He's a rescue dog welcoming all guests to the property. To help dogs feel right at home, the hotel offers pet beds, bowls, and walking maps. 

Learn more about The Jefferson Washington D.C.

2. Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Heavenly Dog Bed at Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

Perhaps you'd like to adopt a dog as a souvenir from your trip? The Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa participates in a Dog Samaritan Adoption Program, allowing guests to mingle with dogs seeking furever homes. For guests traveling with their own pets, there's an outdoor dining area with a "Patio Pooch" menu, plus Westin Heavenly Pet Beds. 

Check rates and availability at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

3. One&Only Palmilla

Dog at One&Only Palmilla

Set along one of Baja's only swimmable beaches, the One&Only Palmilla welcomes dogs with a "Dog Passport", gourmet pet dining menus, beds, and dog-friendly poolside cabanas. Featuring a fusion of old and contemporary Mexican styling, there are kids and teens programs, five gourmet restaurants, 24-hour shared butler service, seasonal whale watching, water sports, and an artist in residence, providing comforts for all members of the family.

Learn more about One&Only Palmilla

4. The Chesterfield Mayfair

Dogs at The Chesterfield Mayfair

Set in one of London's most prestigious neighborhoods, The Chesterfield Mayfair offers the Very Important Pet Program, which welcomes dogs with beds in various sizes, food and water bowls, goodie bags with toys & treats, and turndown amenities, plus dog sitting and walking services with advance notice. 

Check rates and availability at The Chesterfield Mayfair

5. The Rubens At The Palace

Pets at The Rubens At The Palace

Overlooking the Royal Mews, The Rubens At The Palace offers an ideal London location with Old World styling mixing with the latest modern amenities. The property also provides a luxurious setting for pets, with a welcome hamper filled with toys and treats, custom Rubens Hotel pet beds, food and water bowls along with pet menus, turndown treats, and a special "Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping" card for the door. At check-out, pets receive a certificate of stay, and the hotel can arrange a variety of services including grooming, taxis, litter boxes, dog and cat first aid kits, veterinary services and more. 

Learn more about The Rubens At The Palace

 


The iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York closed its doors in early March to undergo a massive renovation and restoration. While there's an extensive wait ahead, our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor created an article with more details about the hotel's major renovation. Read more below the photo. 

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria: What to Know About the Upcoming Renovation

New York City’s acclaimed Waldorf Astoria said goodbye to its last guests yesterday as it will undergo a massive two-year renovation. The hotel was purchased by Chinese Insurance group Anbang in 2015 for nearly $2 billion and is set to be transformed into high-end condominiums and a smaller hotel. 

NYC-luxury real estate expert Victoria Shtainer understands the unique opportunity that residences at the Waldorf will provide to New York City residents. The Waldorf Astoria has housed many celebrities, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly to every U.S. president. The hotel also holds many secrets, such as track 61 which runs beneath the hotel and allowed Franklin D. Roosevelt to avoid the press. 

The renovation includes plans to take a portion of the tower and convert them to privately owned condos while retaining a portion of the hotel. Specific details about the condos have not yet been released but comments from Anbang execs hint at similarities to The Plaza, Baccarat and 30 Park Place. The project is an addition to what many call the “Midtown Cultural District” along with newcomers like 100 East 53 Street, which will soon be home to Jean Georges market, a new restaurant in place of the old Four Seasons space and other luxury developments.
 
Shtainer says this could be a push for higher prices, similar to those seen on the 57th Street “Billionaires Row” corridor, since Anbang’s chairman Wu Xiaohui was quoted as saying “a potential buyer needs to have more than money to qualify for our apartments.” 

 


Destination Spotlight: Los Cabos

From sport fishing to world class golfing, Los Cabos is an outdoor lover's paradise. Situated where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the 20-mile stretch of Los Cabos coastline includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Offering stunning beaches, regional cuisine, local arts, there are a variety of cultural experiences including Thursday evening Art Walks in June and November, the Los Cabos Comedy Festival in October, and the Los Cabos International Film Festival in November. The region is also part of the grey whale migration route, and is an ideal destination for whale watching between December and April.

To compliment the array of activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels and resorts that will appeal to a range of travelers including contemporary boutique hotels, high end all-inclusives, and family-friendly oceanfront resorts. 

Boutique Hotels

The Cape - A Thompson Hotel

The Cape - A Thompson Hotel
Providing views of El Arco from every guest room, The Cape - A Thompson Hotel is a contemporary property blending Southern California and Mexican styling with custom furniture, plunge pools, and a private stairway to Monuments Beach which offers a secluded setting for surfing. There's a signature restaurant, sunken lobby bar, and a rooftop lounge, all with regionally-inspired cuisine. Plus, a spa and fitness center, along with two pools, including one built wihtin a natural rock formation. 
 
 

Casa del Mar Cabo

Casa del Mar Cabo
Recently renovated, Casa del Mar Cabo is a 50-room boutique hotel offering a hacienda-style setting with an expansive beach on the Sea of Cortez. Guest rooms feature Mexican artwork, ceiling fans, and Antigua furnishings. There are multiple swimming pools, including a Main Pool with a children's area, and some pools have swim-up bars. Guests have access to the resort's Grupo Questro membership, with tee times available at neaby championship courses designed by Roy Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Robert Jones Jr. 
 

 

Luxury All-Inclusives

Marquis Los Cabos

Marquis Los Cabos

An adults-only ocean view property, Marquis Los Cabos is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Featuring contemporary Mexican stying, the resort features a variety of daytime and evening activities. The all-inclusive resort has six restaurants, and there are multiple pools, and a world class spa with couples massage rooms. 

Learn more about Marquis Los Cabos

 

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa

Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and SpaSurrounded by eight championship golf courses, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa is a family-friendly all-inclusive property with three swimming pools, including an adults-only pool with a swimup bar, and a children's pool. There's also an Explorer's Club for Kids, and the Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Offering a traditional Mexican design, the property is set along the Sea of Cortez with unlimited gourmet dining. 

Check rates at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa

 

Family-Friendly Resorts

JW Marriott Los Cabos

JW Marriott Los Cabos

Ideal for family vacations, the JW Marriott Los Cabos is set along the beach in the upscale Puerto Los Cabos development with 10 swimming pools and multiple fine dining options. Offering the NAYAA Kids Club, KOT Teens Club, a family pool, kiddie beauty parlor, and on-site children's classes, there is an array of options for guests of all ages. There's also the Jasha Spa with an ancient pre-Hispanic Temazcal, indoor pool, and hydrotherapy circuit, plus guests have direct access to the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club designed by Jack Nicklaus. 

Learn more about JW Marriott Los Cabos

 

One&Only Palmilla

One&Only PalmillaSet along the swimmable Pelican Beach, One&Only Palmilla is located along an idyllic stretch of land on the Sea of Cortez, perfect for season whale watching, water activities, and swimming. The ultra-luxe family-friendly property offers children's and teen's programs, and there are special amenities for pets, so even furry friends can enjoy a pampering getaway. For adults, there are five gourmet dining options, farm-to-table cooking classes, the One &Only Spa with a range of modern and ancient therapeutic services, and a Yoga Garden. Plus, the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla Golf Course. 

Check rates and availability at One&Only Palmilla

For more Los Cabos options, discover our entire collection of Luxury Properties in Los Cabos


Set within South Beach's Collins Park, The Plymouth Hotel Miami is a boutique hotel with Art Deco pool, Art Moderne styling, and a private beach two blocks from the hotel. Guest rooms and suites are designed by Fernando Santangelo, and feature furniture by Restoration Hardware. For dining, the recently opened Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill serves sushi and Japanese cuisine in an exclusive setting. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Plymouth Hotel Miami

Five Star Alliance Perk: all guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of wine, $50 resort credit ($100 for suites), and complimentary room upgrade based on availability at check-in. 

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Holiday at Nemacolin Giveaway

We have some exciting news! Thank you to everyone who entered the Holiday at Nemacolin Giveaway. All the details are finalized, and we are excited to announce we officially have a winner of the giveaway.

Congratulations to Poonam G. of Illinois!

Courtesy of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Poonam and a guest will enjoy a two-night stay at the Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, daily breakfast for two, and one 50-minute Spa Service for two. Continue reading below the photo.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Amenities include:

- 15 dining options from casual to elegant

- Mystic Rock Golf Course designed by Pete Dye

- Woodlands Spa with a variety of treatments and The Grove, a kidz spa

- Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin with approximately 600 slot machines and 28 games

- Sundial Lodge with an Off-Road Driving Academy, ropes courses, climbing wall, and zip line

- Wildlife Academy with an Equestrian Center, animal habitat, and wildlife nursery

- Mystic Mountain with downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing

 

Enjoy your stay Poonam, and take lots of photos!

 

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Towering 12 floors above the city of Houston, the Penthouse Suite at the Hotel ICON is a three-level, 1,000 square foot venue, ideal for entertaining. The first floor of the suite features a living and sitting area. On the second floor is the bedroom with a king size bed and a spacious bathroom with a rain shower and antique claw-foot bath tub. Finally, the third floor of the suite offers an Entertainment Area with four large windows, kitchen, TV, and sound system, along with a large, covered, and fully furnished outdoor rooftop terrace providing panoramic views of downtown Houston. Continue below the photo. 

Hotel Icon Penthouse Suite

The Hotel ICON is an award-winning hotel set within the Union National Bank Building. Originally built in 1911, the property recently underwent a $35 million dollar reinvention to transform the landmark building into a luxury boutique hotel with fine dining at BANK - a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Icon Bar, Balance Day Spa, and an executive fitness facility. 

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Main Lobby of the Hotel ICON


Featured Journeys: Hawaiian Islands

Introducing Featured Journeys from Five Star Alliance. Each month we're pulling together a luxurious multi-destination itinerary to discover. First up, the Hawaiian Islands. Offering a plethora of landscapes, scenery, and activities, the U.S.A.'s 50th state has much to be discovered.

Oahu
Maui
The Big Island

Oahu

We recommend starting your journey on the island of Oahu, home of the Honolulu International Airport with nonstop flights arriving daily from around the world. Explore the cosmopolitan city, walk along Waikiki Beach, hike atop Leahi (Diamond Head), and visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. To experience a laid back surf town, take about a one-hour drive to Haleiwa, on the island's North Shore, where visitors can experience the island's history, dine in restaurants set within former plantation buildings, browse charming art galleries, and shop surfing boutiques. For kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, and bodyboarding, head to Kailua Beach Park on the Windward Coast. Known for white sand and turquoise water, it's an ideal spot for exploring. Nearby Kailua Town offers a range of restaurants, including Island Snow, serving shave ice treats and frequented by the Obama family. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Oahu Hotels:

The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian

Since opening in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian Resort has provided guests with a luxurious Hawaiian setting, along the shore of Waikiki Beach. Learn to surf, experience a luau, or watch the sunset while sipping a tropical drink at the Mai Tai Bar. 

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Completely renovated in 2016, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is set on a private beach with a four-level Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre providing Hawaiian-inspired treatments. Plus, the Ko Olina Golf Club, outrigger canoeing, and sport fishing.

Halekulani

Halekulani Pool

Situated along Waikiki Beach, the Halekulani has an iconic, mosaic-bottomed freshwater pool with ocean views. Along with the award-winning, five-star rated Le Mer Restaurant serving French cuisine infused with tropical ingredients in a romantic setting. 

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Maui

Next, hop a flight to the island of Maui. Referred to as the "Valley Isle," Maui offers a taste of the island's locally sourced cuisine, artist communities, and charming towns. The island is also known for whale watching, and it is located withing the Hawaiian Islands Humpack Whale National Marine Sanctuary. From January to April, Lahaina Harbor offers a wide range of whale watching tours, along with historic attractions from the whaling village's past. For a historical and botanical experience, head to the Iao Valley State Park to see the monument where Kamehameha defeated the Maui army in 1790, and walk the Iao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop to learn about the flora that Hawaiians brought to the island. For scenic views, Haleakala National Park is home to the island's highest peak, and Kaanapali Beach offers signature Hawaiian sunsets. Don't forget to travel the road to Hana for breathtaking and panoramic scenery. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Maui Hotels:

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

Fresh off a massive renovation, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea provides a beachfront setting with a range of activities including tennis fantasy camps, photography tours, Kona Coffee helicopter tours, culinary experiences at Hana Ranch, and whale watch photo excursions. 

Montage Kapalua Bay

Bathroom at the Montage Kapalua Bay

Featuring a multi-tiered lagoon pool and island-inspired cuisine, the Montage Kapalua Bay is located on 24-acres of oceanfront property in Lahaina. The all-suite property has accommodations with private lanais, luxe bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Infinity pools at Andaz Maui at Wailea

LEED-certified, the Andaz Maui at Wailea is a contemporary beach resort set along a 1.2-mile-long stretch of land along Mokapu Beach. The apothecary-style Awili Spa incorporates locally sourced and destination-inspired ingredients, plus there are three infinity pools, kayak tours, hula, and ukelele lessons. 

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The Big Island

Finally, travel to Hawaii Island. Known as the "Big Island," it is the largest of the islands and is constantly growing due to magma flows. It offers the most diverse climate of all the islands with snow-capped mountains, black-sand beaches, uplands, and rainforests. Begin by flying into Kona International Airport where you can discover the Kona coffee plantations, historic Kailua Village, and the resorts along the Kohala Coast. Take a day to head south of Kona to the sacred Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, then onto the Punaluu Black Sand Beach.  Make sure to allow an entire day to explore Volcanoes National Park, a world heritage site with the Kilauea volcano, lava tubes, and deserts. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Big Island Hotels:

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai Kona

Providing authentic Hawaiian luxury, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features accommodations set within two-story bungalows. There are three restaurants, seven swimming pools, kids' club, Jack Nicklaus' signature Hualalai Golf Course, outdoor movie nights, tennis programs, sunrise meditation, and PiYo classes. 

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Fairmont Royal Orchid

Along the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is set amongst 32 acres of tropical foliage. Offering the Spa Without Wallas, tennis, and an oceanfront swimming pool, guests have access to a variety of activities, including hiking to petroglyph fields, lei making, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and outrigger canoe paddling in the open ocean. 

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village Pool

Spread throughout 62 acres of oceanfront property, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is a destination resort with Polynesian and Asian Artwork. Guests can stroll flagstone pathways, or be transported via air conditioned trams. The on-site Dolphin Quest provides an opportunity to swim with dolphins, and the Legends of Hawaii Luau features traditional island cuisine with hula and fire dancers.

Discover all Big Island Luxury Hotels

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We recently booked clients for a 3 day meeting at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on New York's Upper East Side. The hotel offered experienced hosts and state-of-the-art conference facilities. The meeting space included windows overlooking 64th Street, but with 5 different space options the hotel can host from 2 to 150 guests for any meeting, international business, diplomatic, or social gathering. The catering menu was planned with their culinary team.

Whether you require an intimate space for a standing cocktail reception, or a larger room for a seated meal or presentation, these spaces are guaranteed to leave an impression on all attendees. In addition, the hotel maintains an on-site staff of experienced professionals to assist with event consultation and planning, as well as day-of supervision. 

Meetings or events with 10 or more rooms will be offered special room rates.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's meeting space as of January 2017

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's example of restaurant meeting space as of January 2017


Planning a last minute trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI? As of Monday, January 23, there's still availability at The Inn at Dos Brisas. Located about an hour north of NRG Stadium, the property is a ranch retreat with idyllic setting--perfect for relaxing pre- and post-game. Among the rolling hills, the Relais & Chateaux retreat is set amongst 313 acres, with an array of equestrian activities for novices and cowboys alike. Continue reading below the photo. 

Equestrian activities at The Inn at Dos Brisas

Accommodations are set within 9 Spanish-style Haciendas and Casitas, each with luxurious amenities including Egyptian cotton bedding, king size beds, stone fireplaces with overstuffed leather chairs, and original artwork for a Texas-inspired setting. Read more below.

Accommodations at The Inn at Dos Brisas

The restaurant at The Inn at Dos Brisas is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texaz, with award-winning cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on-site and sourced from local producers. Meals are served on custom Bernardaud China, there's a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, 18th century fireplace from France's Loire Valley, along with a handcrafted alder and mahogany bar. 

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Dining at The Inn at Dos Brisas


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