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Perched on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, One&Only Palmilla offers an ultra-luxe setting along the swimmable Pelican Beach. There is 24-hour shared butler service, an artist in residence, two infinity pools, and a 27-hole golf course. The architecture fuses old and contemporary Mexican styling, and guests can select from five gourmet restaurants for on-site dining. The property recently opened the Villa One, which has four bedrooms, private screening room, and a variety of unique amenities. Learn more about this exclusive lodging option in the article below, from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor by Matt Turner. Read more below the photo.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One Bedroom

One&Only Palmilla in Mexico revealed their new Villa One back in April, offering travelers 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, which includes four bedrooms, a dedicated fitness trainer and spa therapist, a private screening room, a personally stocked pantry, a culinary and household staff, as well as a Butler Suite.

Guests will be able to enjoy their privacy as the villa comes with a private entrance, and for those who are looking for a view can enjoy the Great Room, whose doors open 30 feet for a look out and past the infinity pool, gardens, and sea. For meals and relaxation, guests can choose from the Breakfast Terrace, Dining Terrace, Upper Terrace with the pool, or the Lower Terrace with a fire pit. Read more below the photo.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One Pool

Villa One is ideal for multigenerational families and other large groups, as room configurations include an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third bedroom with two queen size beds and private patio, and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds.  

The chef and culinary staff at the villa will prepare any meals requested, while complimentary margaritas and canapés are available throughout the door. And if guests wish to dine at the resort, they receive priority reservations.

Escorts to the airport and any activities (like deep sea fishing excursions, surfing lessons, and tee times) will be arranged by the house staff. Travelers staying a minimum of four nights will also get their choice of either a complimentary art walk to the Gallery District of San Jose del Cabo or yacht cruise through the Sea of Cortez.

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Presidential Suite at Boscolo VeneziaOffering opulent Venetian styling, the Presidential Suite at the Boscolo Venice provides an ultra-luxe atmosphere. Immersed in the hotel's garden (the only one of it's kind in Venice) amongst hundred-year-old trees, the suite has a loft with large windows on every wall, showcasing exquisite views of the lagoon where land and sea meet. Furnished in the design style of the 1700s, there's ornately carved Venetian furniture, oriental rugs, and Murano glass chandeliers. One of the marble bathrooms has a whirlpool tub, along with  lighted makeup mirror, bidet, robes, and slippers. Plus, the suite has modern amenities such as a minibar, TV, safe, and outlets with dual voltage adapters. 

Presidential Suite at Boscolo Venice

The Boscolo Venezia was built by the Patarol family at the end of the 16th century. Inherited by the noble house of Rizzo, the property was transformed into a 66-room luxury hotel. Surrounded by art and history, the upscale setting provides an ideal location for exploring Venice. In addition to elegant accommodations, the property offers a full-service spa and restaurant offering guests the "Boscolo Food Experience." Learn more below the photo. 

Lobby of the Boscolo Venice

For centuries, Venice was famous for it's marine baths. Today, the hotel's Spa in the Lagoon offers a range of health, diet, and esthetic medicine beauty treatments including waxing, body wraps, and makeup services. Designed to create a regenerating atmosphere in the heart of the "Serenissima," the facility has a steam room and therapy baths. Plus, guests can schedule massage lessons to learn the artful techniques of Venetian massage. 

Giardino Segreto Restaurant

The Giardino Segreto Restaurant is an homage to the Italian gastronomic experience. Set in the garden of the hotel with outdoor seating during warmer months, guests can dine on chef-prepared traditional recipes paired with the region's finest wines. For a night cap, guests can visit the Lounge Bar for an intimate, Venetian style setting. 

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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


This Valentine's Day, what better way to celebrate your love than a romantic getaway? Throughout the month of love, hotels around the world are offering special packages designed to inspire romantic memories. Here are five luxury getaways, ideal for surprising your sweetheart. 

The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

The Royal Palm Hotel GalapagosFor an exotic retreat, book the Valentine's 3-Night/4-Day Romantic Package at the Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos. The package includes three nights in a Casita or Highland Villa, a special Valentine's five-course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine, complimentary bottle of house wine, in-room chocolates, and a choice of land tours and sea excursions. Valid for arrival February 1-28, 2017.

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The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos is set within the highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. The private estate adjoins with the Galapagos National Park, and features fine dining, outdoor pool, and gardens with fountains.  Luxurious guest rooms, villas, and casitas feature custom furnishings, and the entire property is designed to be harmonious with the natural environment. 

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Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi FlorenceThe Hotel Brunelleschi is offering a Valentine's Day special that includes accommodations and a romantic dinner at the luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Florence. Steps from Il Duomo (Florence Cathedral), the hotel was featured in both the DaVinci Code and Inferno. 

The Hotel Brunelleschi Valentine's Day offer includes:
• One night in one of the hotel's luxurious rooms or suites
• A rich buffet breakfast
• A sweet inroom welcome: a selection of fine delicious chocolate
• A tasting dinner on February 14th, served in the ancient halls on the first floor (drinks included)
• 2 soft bathrobes to cuddle yourself during your stay
• Ambiance music composed by various artists
• Personalized room set-up: choose your favorite ambient fragrance and fresh flowers
• High speed internet Wi-Fi unlimited service
• Health Club access 

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The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula ParisThe "From Peninsula with Love" package at the Peninsula Paris provides an elegant setting ideal for creating moments to remember. Daily breakfast is included, along with a "Love Cake." During the month of February, the hotel is offering guests a special Van Cleef & Arpels experience, based on availability.

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COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan LondonThe COMO Metropolitan London is offering a variety of Valentine's Day options, including a Valentine's Day cocktail masterclass in the Park Lane Met Bar where couples can learn how to craft drinks from expert mixologists. There's also special couples spa treatments offered from February 11 to 18.

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Castlemartyr Resort

Castlemartyr IrelandFor those that love Irish Castles, the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork is offering a variety of ways to celebrate February, the month of love. The Lady Fitzergerald's Afternoon Tea is served in the Bell Tower Restaurant, and evokes the romance and spirit of the Downton Abbey era, there are special menu offerings at Franchini's, golf packages, and spa offerings with aromatherapy massages, prosecco, and chocolate strawberries. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic getaway.

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Perched on the penthouse level on the 23rd floor, the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing offers an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the city. Popular with celebrities and dignitaries, the suite provides a unique space with 4 Phillips flat-screen TVs, Bose Audio home theater system with a docking station, DVD player, fully-stocked bar, and bespoke furnishings.

Celebrating Beijing's heritage, the study room has a library with books about Chinese art and Chinese emperors throughout the ages. There's a grand living room overlooking the skyline with an in-suite dining area that provides a luxe setting with seating for up to 10 people. 

The spacious bedroom has moodlight settings and master touch control panels on each side of the bed, along with elegant decor and bespoke furnishings inspired by the city's heritage. The king size bed is draped in 400-thread-count linens and a down-filled duvet, while the bathroom has a Jacuzzi, walk-in experience shower, heated floors, and LE LABO bath products. 

The bedroom within the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing

Providing an elegant and contemporary setting, the Fairmont Beijing is located in the city's central business district. Offering easy access to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street, and Beijing's entertainment, the city is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers. For dining, Lunar 8 is a contemporary Asian restaurant with four interactive open-kitchens, and a signature Peking Duck with plum sauce, while The Cut has an open-show kitchen with a menu of imported beef and seafood dishes. The hotel offers the Willow Stream Spa with traditional Chinese and modern Western treatments, fitness facility, babysitting services, and car rentals.

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Exterior of the Fairmont Beijing


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


Tucked amongst the cobblestone streets and historic architecture, the W New Orleans French Quarter offers a stylish setting. Situated two blocks south of Bourbon Street, the property is close to it all, with luxurious amenities, including a gourmet restaurant, outdoor pool, and FIT fitness facility. There's also the Living Room which serves as a playful area for guests to meet and mingle, along with a variety of business services. Read more below about the top three amenities at the W New Orleans French Quarter.
 
Courtyard at the W New Orleans French Quarter
 
1. SoBou
SoBou Restaurant at W New Orleans French Quarter
The property's SoBou restaurant provides a spirited dining setting. One of the newest creations by The Commander's Family Restaurants, the gourmet eatery is under the guidance of James Beard Award-winning Chef McPhail. Serving colorful and creative Creole cuisine, the restaurant offers signature dishes such as Duck Debris & Buttermilk Beignets with chicory coffee ganache, a reimagined version of Louisiana's Po-Boy sandwich. The restaurant also presents a cutting-edge cocktail program with custom-made concoctions, signature drinks, and well-crafted classics. 
 
2. WET Pool
Courtyard Pool at W French Quarter New Orleans
Situated within the hotel's classic New Orleans courtyard, the hotel's heated outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, trees, and an intricate iron gate, providing a chic retreat in the heart of the city. 
 
3. P.A.W. - Pets Are Welcome Program
As part of the W Hotels, the property participates in the P.A.W. program. The hotel welcomes dogs and cats (for an additional fee) with custom W Pet Beds, treats, and dog walking services available. 
 
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Set on a private island, the Six Senses Zil Pasyon is an all-villa retreat in the Seychelles. Offering a secluded setting along with a rock-edge pool, children's activities, cinema, cooking classes, and a private helipad. Learn more about this new Seychelles resort in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Natalie Maneval. Continue reading below the photo.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Looking for the next top tropical getaway? Six Senses Zil Pasyon in Seychelles opened in October 2016 on Felicite Island, 30 nautical miles northeast of Mahe. The Felicite is a French word that denotes bliss, and we think that travelers will have nothing but a blissful stay on this island, which boasts both a mountainous terrain and excellent swimming and snorkeling spots — with chances to swim with turtles. Tip: There will be plenty of space on the prime beaches, since Zil Pasyon will be the only resort on the island. Read more below.
The Grand Anse Beach at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
In total, the resort will house 30 villas and 17 private residences to accommodate travelers. The residences are located on the top of the island with 360-degree views and also include two swimming pools and a fully equipped kitchen. Visitors who want to soak in those stunning sunrises and sunsets will want to book a villa. There are 15 of these on the east side of the island, facing Marianne Island, Petite Soeur and Grande Soeur Island. (These are the villas with the amazing sunrise views.) Likewise, the 15 villas on the west side of the island include vistas of La Digue and Praslin Island and, of course, the sunsets. Read more below. 
Bathtub view at Six Senses Zil Pasyon
We hear that dining on Felicite will be a festive affair with six distinctive eateries and bars to choose from. Want to taste a local dish? If so, we advise trying Island Café, which will offer breakfast and dinner dishes based on the Seychellois spice route. It will be a mixture of European, Asian and African fare. And Six Senses fans rejoice, the resort will include the Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon, complete with a hammam, sauna, saltwater pool, steam, yoga platform and nail bar. Getting There: Zil Pasyon will organize transportation to and from the island. Choose from either a 20-minute helicopter ride or relax on a 90-minute boat trip from Mahe. 
 
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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. 

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