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


Situated in the midst of the bustling Tsimshatsui district, the Langham Hong Kong offers timeless European elegance and East-Meets-West values at 8 Peking Road. Surrounded by Hong Kong's most exclusive shopping district, the award-winning luxury hotel has nearly 500 guest rooms and suites with views of the neighborhood, including the ultra-elegant Director Suite. Continue reading below the photo of the suite's bedroom below.

Director Suite Bedroom at Langham Hong Kong

Located on the fifteenth floor, the one-bedroom suite has 89 square meters (292 square feet) of space and an elegantly furnished setting with Hollywood-inspired opulence such as pooling drapery, ornately cut glass, and pleated and buttoned upholstery. Featuring a color palette of black, white, grey, silver, and sepia, there's polished veneer finished with high gloss, nickel, Lucite, and glass accents. While the living room has an extensive library of films and film memorabilia, and deep sofas and chairs for watching movies on the oversized 46-inch high-definition smart TV with iHome audio deck. Read more below the Director Suite Living Room photo. 

Director Suite Living Room at Langham Hong Kong

Within the Director Suite, there is a separate dining room with 24-hour full-service in-room dining and seating for six people. Plus, there's a gourmet mini bar and Nespresso machine. Read more below the photo.

Director Suite Dining Room at Langham Hong Kong

The one-bedroom suite also has two marble bathrooms, with a window, separate shower, and soaking tub, as well as Langham bathrobes, slippers, and luxuriou amenities. Read more below the bathroom photo.

Director Suite Bathroom at Langham Hong Kong

In addition to high end accommodations, the Langham Hong Kong offers a variety of on-site services and amenities. For dining the hotel's three Michein-starred T'ang Court serves authentic Cantonese cuisine, The Food Gallery offers Asian and Western Cusine, and the Bostonian Seafood and Grill has imported steaks and seafood specialties. The Langham Afternoon Tea is served at the Palm Court, and the Main St. Deli has an authentic New York-style deli setting and Emoji burger menu. The rooftop Chuan Body + Soul is a wellness sanctuary with treatment rooms, saunas, showers, elegant outdoor swimming pool, and split-level fitness on demand health club. 

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Celebrate the holidays as America's beachfront legend becomes a playful wonderland with pops of bright colors at every turn against a backdrop of twinkling white lights. With the return of Skating by the Sea, Hotel del Coronado is truly a sight to behold with carolers singing joyful tunes, whimsical polar bears striking a pose, lavish feasts and festive parties. Continue reading below the photo of Skating by the Sea.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Gather your friends and family for holiday favorites like housemade gingerbread and cookies, mulled cider and spiked coffee drinks or roast s'mores on the beach under the stars. Step back in time with an elegant Victorian Tea or explore the magnificent holiday lights around Coronado on a decked out surrey. Read more below the photo Victorian Tea photo.

Victorian Tea at the Hotel del Coronado

Whimsical trees are trimmed and glisten with pretty packages underneath. Saint Nick appears at Sunday Brunch and friendly elves read holiday tales to children. The holiday season at our seaside retreat is filled with both nostalgia and new traditions. Read more below the photo. 

Holiday Lights at the Hotel del Coronado

It's a time for magical adventures and creating memories with the ones you love, surrounded by the warm glow of The Del. Celebrate a winter of whimsy, wonder and wishes. Only at The Del.

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Overlooking downtown and the ocean, Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche is a high-rise luxury hotel in the heart of city, situated across from the Hassan II mosque. Mixing French elegance with Moroccan accents, the 24-story hotel has 141 rooms and 30 suites with butler service, signature Sofitel MyBeds, minibars, Bose Wave audio systems, and Lavazza coffee machines. Designed by Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet, accommodations are furnished with contemporary styling in a color palette of white and tan, mixed with Moroccan-infused details, while the bathrooms have rain showers and Lanvin bath amenities. Continue reading below the photos to discover three top amenities at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche. 

Suite ata Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

 

1. The So SPA

So SPA at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

Offering signature rituals, the hotel's So SPA is a two-level facility featuring Moroccan design. Providing a sensory experience, the facility has massage rooms, jacuzzi, and hammam. 

 

2. Two Exceptional Restaurants

Dining at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

Within the hotel there are two restaurants offering fine dining. Featuring elegant environments, Brasserie La Tour serves classic French cuisine, and L'Atelier Oriental has Asian cuisine infused with Lebanese and Moroccan flavors. 

 

3. Indoor Pool & Fitness Center

Indoor Pool at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

For travelers looking to keep up with fitness regimes while on the road, the hotel's So FIT center has a sports room with floor-to-ceiling windows, cardio machines, and stength training equipment. Plus, there's a heated indoor relaxation pool, as well as a sauna.

 

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Introduced in 2017, the new Pool Premium Overwater Villas at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa are an ultra-romantic addition to the property's collection of luxury overwater bungalows. The recently unveiled one-bedroom villas have sundecks with shaded terraces, sun loungers, freshwater showers, private plunge pools, and direct lagoon access. Featuring contemporary design infused with Polynesian accents, the villas offer 1,507 square feet of space, which is able to accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children using the sofa bed as bedding. Within the luxurious bathrooms there are showers, double washbasins, and a range of complimentary amenities. Plus, there are soaking tubs with picture windows providing idyllic views for guests as they soak in the tub. While the living rooms have large picture windows overlooking the beach, as well as glass coffee tables that reveal views of the colorful tropical fish below. Continue reading below the photo of the Pool Premium Overwater Villa.

Pool Premium Overwater Villa

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation, adding the Pool Premium Overwater Villas and Two-Bedroom overwater villas, as well as refreshing amenities and accommodations throughout the property. The Deep Ocean Spa was the South Pacific's first thalassotherapy center, which incorporates seawater into wellness treatment, along with a fitness center, and relaxation lounge. Continue reading below the spa photo.

Deep Water Thalasso Spa

For dining, the Sands Restaurant offers beachfront casual dining, the Reef Restaurant has authentic Polynesian and Mediterranean cuisine, and Le Corail (pictured below) provides a sophisticated setting for romantic dinners. While the Bubbles Bar mixes contemporary style with Polynesian materials for a stylish cocktail destination. 

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Le Corail Restaurant at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa


Situated in southern Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort features a boutique hotel setting perched atop the lush Perez Zeledon mountains. Surrounded by nature, accommodations are set within 50 haciendas and casitas, each with panoramic terraces, luxury linens, iPads, docking stations, Apple TVs, wifi, espresso machines, and designer bathrooms. While dining choices include fresh, seasonal options at Ambar with farm-to-table fusion cuisine, El Bistro with casual snacks, pastries, and coffee drinks, plus La Cantina with cocktails, snacks, and billiard games. Continue reading below the resort photo.

Hacienda AltaGracia

For relaxation, the spa offers signature treatments like the Classic Auberge Massage, as well as Coconut Hand and Reflexology. There's also Water Suites with hydrotherapy tubs, vichy showers, and private sun gardens. The Forest Stretching Ritual is a holistic treatment combining Thai massage and functional stretching. Plus, guests can partake in fitness classes with expert instructors, including bootcamps and yoga. Read more below the spa photo.

The Spa at Hacienda AltaGracia

The resort also offers a variety of complimentary activities including meditation sessions, guided hikes, horse feedings, scrub making classes, and tropical fruit tastings. Plus, guests can schedule unique experiences to local farms, or visit local tribes to learn about tribal lifestyles and culture for an additional fee. Learn more about a special perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo.

Dining at Hacienda AltaGracia

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD Resort Credit, welcome fruit basket, 10% off spa treatments at Auberge Spa, and based on availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Featured Journeys: Canadian Ski Adventure

As the leaves begin to fall in the Northern Hemisphere, we're starting to think about winter vacation plans. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're going on a Canadian Ski Adventure. Our expedition begins in the chic city of Vancouver, where visitors can go from the heart of the city to the slopes of Cypress and Grouse Mountains in 30 minutes or less. Then it's off to Whistler-Blackcomb with quintessential mountain charm and more than 200 marked runs. Finally, we end our experience in Banff & Lake Louise with opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice skating. 

Vancouver
Whistler
Banff

 

Vancouver

Home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the city of Vancouver is 15 minutes from Grouse Mountain with four seasons of outdoor activities, including a wildlife habitat and the Grouse Mountain Super Skyride providing panoramic views of the city and beyond. While Cypress Mountain is about 30 minutes from downtown and was the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Offering 52 downhill winter skiing and riding runs, a magic carpet surface for the kids camp, a snowtubing park, 19 kilometers of Cross Country Ski trails, and snowshoeing tours around the historic Hollyburn Lodge, Cypress Mountain offers a range of activities. 

Four Seasons Vancouver

Four Seasons Vancouver

Offering a relaxed urban luxury experience, Four Seasons Vancouver towers 30 storeys above the Pacific Centre. The hotel's Health Club has the city's only resort-style indoor/outdoor pool, which also features men's and women's saunas and hot tubs. For dining, YEW seafood + bar serves sustainable Pacific Northwest seafood, wines, and innovative cocktails. Plus, guests can schedule massage services in the Red Cedar Massage Suite.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Providing panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park, and Coal Harbor, the Fairmont Pacific Rim has a recently unveiled collection of Owner's Suites that incorporate the city's sense of fashion, art, and music. The Willow Stream Spa provides an urban oasis with meditation pods, fitness center, and outdoor terrace. Botanist is a new restaurant concept with four diverse spaces: Cocktail Bar and Lab, Garden, Dining Room, and Champagne Lounge, all inspired by the Pacific Northwest. There's also the giovane cafe + eatery + market with Italian fare, and the Lobby Lounge with sushi and cocktails.

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Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Within walking distance of Stanley Park as well as Robson Street's high fashion boutiques, Rosewood Hotel Georgia first opened in 1927. Set within a Georgian Revival building, the iconic property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries for decades. Following a major renovation in 2011, the property combines 1920s glamour with contemporary design. There's a Rosewood Spa with an indoor pool, Hawksworth Restaurant with contemporary Canadian cuisine, Bel Cafe Patisserie, and Prohibition Cocktail Bar for on-site dining.

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Whistler

Located less than two hours via car from Vancouver via the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the world-class Whistler-Blackcomb Resort area consists of Whistler and Blackcomb, two side-by-side mountains, with Whistler Village set in the middle of the two mountains. Offering a range of activities for all seasons including lift accessed alpine hiking and mountain biking, Whistler Blackcomb has one of North America's longest ski and ride seasons. Receiving an average of 458 inches of snow annually, there are three glaciers, 16 alpine bowls, and more than 200 marked runs. As one of North America's most varied terrains, there's vertical runs and lifts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, plus backcountry, heli-skiing, sleigh rides, and snoeshoeing. Whistler Village is home to a community of hotels, boutiques, and restaurants, providing a walkable town to explore. 

 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Featuring a modern alpine setting, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a ski-in/ski-out hotel and golf resort with a par 72, 18-hole Audubon-certified championship course. The property has Whistler Experience Guides to provide guests with exclusive excursions and scheduled tours, as well as special events like the Women's Weekend Retreat and Holiday festivities. There are multiple on-site dining options including The Chalet--a winter dining destination with fondue and alpine cuisine, plus the Grille Room with exceptional chops, steaks, and seafood, as well as the Wildflower restaurant for gourmands. The Vida Spa provides treatments focused on health and healing, and the Health Club has an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor 60-foot heated lap pool, tennis courts, saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools. 

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Four Seasons Whistler

Four Seasons Whistler

Set in the heart of Whistler Village, the Four Seasons Whistler has a Ski Concierge that can assist with everything from lessons to equipment needs. Guests can partake in Wilderness Wellness programs including helicopter flights over ice caps to tour the areas ice caves (or Glacier Golf during warmer months), and the heated outdoor pool and whirlpools are open year round, ideal for post-ski or hiking relaxation. There are daily wine tastings, and the SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar provides a modern alpine setting with views of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. 

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The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

Offering 400 residentially-styled suites, The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler has an elevated, slopeside location that served as the host resort for downhill events during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Accommodations feature fireplaces, soaking tubs, kitchenettes, mountain views and indigenous materials. The acclaimed Grill & Vine Restaurant serves regionally-inspired Canadian cuisine with an innovative twist and a modern atmosphere inspired by the surrounding landscape. Plus, the Avello Spa & Health Club provides rejuvenating treatments design to sooth after a day on the slopes.

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Banff

Set within Banff National Park (Canada's oldest national Park), Banff offers a dramatic setting with high moraine lakes, flowing rivers, and mountain landscapes. There's plenty of professional guides and outfitters to help guests explore the great outdoors via raft, bicycle or horse during the warmer months, or visitors during the winter can explore the landscape while cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or via the slopes. Banff townsite has a historic main street with quaint buildings, and it is also home to the Banff Springs Hotel, which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888. While Lake Louise offers a picturesque lakeside location with a variety of year round activities. 

Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs

Referred to as Canada's "Castle in the Rockies", the Fairmont Banff Springs was built in 1888 as one of the grand Canadian Railroad Hotels. Set where the Bow and Spray Rivers converge, the hotel is located within Banff National Park, and offers year-round luxury with a championship golf course for the summer months and world-class skiing during the winter. There's the European-style Willow Stream Spa for rejuvenating treatments, as well as multiple dining options including the 1888 Chop House with a classic menu, and the Waldhaus Restaurant with authentic alpine cuisine.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

In the midst of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by soaring mountains, with views of the Victoria Glacier, and the emerald-hued Lake Louise. Recognized for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, the resort offers an array of outdoor recreational activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing, plus horse drawn sleigh rides. There are wellness retreats held throughout the year, as well as a kid's camp, and luxury spa. 

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The Post Hotel 

The Post Hotel

Featuring one of Canada's most extensive wine cellars, with more than 25,000 bottles and over 2,200 labels, the Post Hotel serves award-winning chef-prepared cuisine at the Post Hotel Dining Room, plus fondue at the adjacent Fondue Stubli. Opened in the 1940s, the hotel is nestled in the Bow River Valley, offering suites with wood-burning fireplaces, and views of the surrounding wilderness teaming with wildlife. Five minutes from the Lake Louise Ski Resort with downhill skiing and snowboarding, guests can enjoy an array of winter activities, including cross country ski lessons and heli-skiing. 

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Happy National Coffee Day! Specialty coffee sales are inceasing around the world at a rate of about 20% per year. In the U.S., the average person drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day, yet the U.S. is not in the top 10 for coffee consuption in the world. If you love coffee as much as we do, here's a list of five hotels in top cities for coffee that we love a latte (sorry, we couldn't resist). 

1. Thompson Seattle

The Nest at the Thompson Seattle

Home of Starbucks and known for chilly and rainy weather, Seattle is a haven for coffee lovers. The Thompson Seattle is perched above Pike's Place Market, making it a quick walk to the original Starbucks. Featuring contemporary design and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Puget Sound, Pike's Place Market, and the Olympic Mountains, the Thompson Seattle has a rooftop bar and the signature Scout restaurant specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine.

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2. Hotel Continental Oslo

Bar at Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental Oslo

Norway is in the top 10 countries for coffee consuption, and Kaffe is typically served at breakfast and after dinner with dessert, while Turkaffe is traditional Norwegian hiking coffee. At the Hotel Continental Oslo, guests can begin their day with a fresh-brewed pot of coffee at Caroline's, then explore the walkable Nordic city, and finish up their day with a gourmet dinner at Theatercafeen complete with dessert and coffee. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room as well as VIP status.

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3. The Nines, Portland

The Nines Portland

Portland, Oregon is known for a unique coffee culture with a mix of independent roasters and coffee cafes brewing espressos and lattes topped with artful foam. At The Nines, guests can stay in the heart of the city in the historic Meier & Frank Building, formerly a department store. The LEED Silver Certified Hotel is steps from Pioneer Square and the trendy Pearl District, plus there's two gourmet restaurants on-site specializing in local Pacific Northwest cuisine. 

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4. Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna

Cafe Sacher Wien at Hotel Sacher Wien

Viennese coffee houses are an institution in Vienna, typically with marble tables, newspapers, pastry creations, and of course, coffee drinks. At the Hotel Sacher Wien, guests can experience a Viennese coffee house within the hotel. The Cafe Sacher Wien is a traditional Viennese coffeehouse with a refined setting featuring red interiors, chandeliers, pastries, coffee specialties, and teas, as well as local dishes like fried chicken salad, Wiener Schnitzel, or Tafelspitz.

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5. Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

Known for coffee houses where espresso is served at a bar, and guests drink the coffee quickly while standing, Rome offers a coffee culture of its own. At the Palazzo Manfredi, guests stay in the heart of Rome, steps from the Colosseum and the city's coffee houses. There's also the rooftop Aroma restaurant with Michelin Star cuisine, as well as the American Bar on-site. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for two, and tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. 

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Featured Journey: Luxury Vineyard Tour Through France Travel Blog

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we'd like to raise a toast to French wines!  As the fall season begins in the Northern Hemisphere, the harvest season starts in France, when the finest grapes are picked and the wine making process begins. We start our journey with a glass of bubbly, in France's Champagne Region. From there, we make our way to the Loire Valley, onto Bordeaux, and complete our experience in the Burgundy or Bourgogne Region. From castles to chateaux, boutique properties and former monasteries, we've pulled together an itinerary featuring the best luxury hotels in each region, which make excellent destinations in their own right, or can be perfectly paired for a grand tour through the wine regions of France -- à votre santé!


Champagne
Loire Valley
Bordeaux
Burgundy

Champagne

Famous for the sparkling wine that bears its name, the Champagne Region is located in the northeast of France. Long associated with French monarchs, this historic area's terroir is ideal for growing three types of grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier. The champagne houses have different philosophies and formulas for mixing the various grapes and the aging process, resulting in distinctively unique flavors. Resilient through World War I, parts of the region, including some champagne houses and cellars were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.

Domaine Les Crayeres

Domaine Les Crayeres

Guests can discover more than 600 champagne labels while dining at Chef Phillippe Mille's gourmet restaurant, situated within Domaine Les Crayeres. This Relais & Chateaux property is nestled amidst seven acres of lush vegetation. Formerly the home of the de Polignac family, the property provides reminagined chateau style accommodations with classical French style. Ideal for exploring the Champagne region, the elegant property is located in the heart of Reims. 

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Chateau De Fere

Chateau De Fere

Situated about one hour and 15 minutes from Paris, Chateau De Fere offers a historically rich setting in the village of Fere-en-Tardenois. Combining contemporary styling with Old World charm, guest rooms and suites are housed within a 16th century castle and feature wood floors, intricate woodwork, exposed beams, and old stones. The restaurant is divided into three private rooms and furnished with representations of the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine. There's the ruins of a Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois on-site, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, tennis, ping pong, and bicycles. 
 

 

Loire Valley

Following the Loire River, this region is widely known for its white wines, but also offers premium reds. Divided into three regions: Upper Loire which is just south of Paris and known for Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume wines that showcase the area's Sauvignon Blanc grapes, the Central Loire Valley is recognized for both white and red wines including the dry Chenin Blanc, the Coulée de Serrant dessert wine, and Vouvray wines, and Pays Nantais which is located close to the Atlantic Ocean and recognized for Muscadet wines that pair well with clams, oysters, mussels, and seafood. In addition to wines, the Loire Valley is known for its castles, as well as Monet's Home and the village of Giverny. 

 

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Built in 1860 by Panckoucke, the famous publisher, Domaine des Hauts de Loire is located in the heart of the castles of Loire Valley, about two hours from Paris. The former hunting lodge has been transformed into a luxury Relais & Chateaux destination with a cooking school, outdoor pool, tennis, and pétanque play area. Set along the Loire Valley Wine Route, guests can explore the area's vineyards by car, foot, or bicycle, and the property's gourmet restaurant is a two Michelin Star recipient. 

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Chateau D'Artigny
Chateau D'Artigny

In the heart of the Loire Valley, about 15 km (9 miles) outside of Tours, Chateau D'Artigny was built by the famous perfumer F. Coty. Completed in 1929, the castle hotel offers the L'Origan restaurant, serving chef-prepared French cuisine made with local ingredients in a sophisticated setting with high windows, woodwork reliefs accented with gold-leaf gilding, and fluted columns. There's also a spa with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, Duo Cabin, meditation room, and a fitness center. 

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Bordeaux

Known around the world for the finest red wines, the Bordeaux Region is located in the southern part of France along the Atlantic Coast. The Dordogne and Garonne Rivers run through the region, with most of the  wine estates set along the Gironde or one of the river's tributaries. Bordeaux is the country's fourth largest city, and is located in the center of the region. Most of the area is flat, which combined with the landscape, unique soil and maritime climate, make the region an ideal area for wine production. The native Bordelais have been producing wine for about 2,000 years, and the historic town of St.-Emilion is an idyllic stop while visiting Bordeaux.

Chateau des Vigiers

Chateau des Vigiers

Nestled amidst world-famous vineyards, Chateau des Vigiers is located within a 16th century chateau in Dordogne, between Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. Known as the "Petit Versailles" the luxury property offers Michelin Star dining at Les Fresques, and accommodations accented by authentic period furniture, hand-woven tapestries, and carved marble fireplaces. There's a 27-hole golf course on-site, as well as the Maria Galland Beauty Spa. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of the property's Bergerac Red Wine, as well as a wine tasting with the hotel's sommelier in the wine cellar. 

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Les Sources de Caudalie

Le Sources de Caudalie

Nestled amidst the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Sources de Caudalie was inspired by the French Paradox, a study from 20 years ago that proved the diet and lifestyle in the Southwest France is conducive to good health. Amidst vineyards and forests, the architect crafted the retreat from recycled local materials that are in tune with the surroundings. The hotel has 40 guest rooms, 21 suites, and five cottages, each with antiques and elements inspired by the region's heritage. For dining, the hotel's La Grand'Vigne Restaurant is located withing a former orangery, and offers chef-created cuisine prepared using local ingredients. 

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Burgundy

Our vineyard tour of France wraps up in Burgundy. Southeast of Paris, the Burgundy (Bourgogne in France) Wine Region is recognized around the world for its fine red wines. Somewhat fragmented,  the area consists of four contiguous districts: Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais, and the disconnected Beaujolais Region about 70 miles south. Some of the region's cities include Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, as well as Beaune, Cluny, Macon, and Vézelay. Burgundy's vineyards tend to be smaller than those in Bordeaux, resulting in a limited production of a particular wine causing higher prices, and multiple brands of any one wine. This area is best known for Pinot Noir due to the climate and soil, as well as Chardonnay wines that can age for decades. 

 

Chateau De Gilly

Guest Room at Chateau De Gilly

Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1988, the Chateau De Gilly was originally built at a castle for relaxation in the 16th century. Specializing in French cuisine, the chateau's Clos Prieur restaurant is nestled within a rib-vaulted room that was once the cellar for the Cistercian monks of Gilly. Midway between Dijon and Beune, the property is opposite the prestigious Clos Vougeot Castle vineyard, and about 25 km (15.5 miles) from the Beaune Hospices wine cellar and vineyard. 

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Hotel Le Cep

Hotel Le Cep Exterior

Originally built as a private residence in 1442, Hotel Le Cep is located in Beaune's town center, close to the Basilique Notre Dame church and the famous Hospices de Beaune. Guest rooms and suites are set within two historic mansions with traditional French courtyards, and each room is named after a Burgundian village or Grand Cru wine. The hotel's Michelin-starred Loiseau des Vignes restaurant offers a gastronomic experience, and there is the Spa Marie de Bourgogne with 14 sensorial experiences. 

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Featured Journeys: Luxury Safaris

Lions, tigers, and oh, the big five! In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're highlighting some of our favorite luxury safari lodges in Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana. Providing ideal locations for seeing the big five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) in their natural habitat, these safari lodges also provide high-end settings and amenities for guests. From tented rooms to hot-air balloon safaris, infinity pools with views of hippos or elephants, al fresco dining overlooking the Serengeti, luxe safaris in custom vehicles, family safaris, or vow renewals on the savannah, these properties offer an ideal mix of adventure, pampering, and service. 

Kenya
Tanzania
Botswana

 

Kenya Safari Lodges

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Situated amidst more than 100 acres of landscaped gardens, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has 120 luxurious guest rooms, suites, and cottages with modern amenities such as . Originally the retreat of film star and club owner William Holden, the property offers a blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Welcoming guests with two canine ambassadors, Grammy and Tusker, the property has an array of activities including croquet, bowling green, golf, swimming, horseback riding, swimming, and an animal orphanage. Adjacent to Mount Kenya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the resort has two restaurants, pool bar, Duma's Corner Lounge, and a spa. 

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Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Set on the edge of the Masai Mara, the "New" Seventh Wonder of the World, the Fairmont Mara Safari Club is surrounded by the Mara River on three sides. Offering the epitome of tented luxury, the property's 50 tents have four poster, pillowtop beds, private three-piece bathrooms, including many with outdoor showers, and verandas overlooking the hippo and crocodile-filled river. In the main lodge there's an indoor restaurant, bar, and library with internet access, and a spacious deck with a swimming pool and massage tents. Plus, there are big game drives, champagne breakfasts on the savannah, and balloon safaris. 

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Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on a bush-cloaked hill overlooking the savannah, Mara Serena Safari Lodge is located in the center of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Providing guests with a front row seat to the wildebeest migration, the property's guest rooms are set in stand-alone modular units with private balconies, sitting areas, and furnishings that blend raw African beauty with international sophistication. There are two daily game drives in custom-built safari vehicles, balloon safaris, dinners in the bush, breakfast by the hippo pool, and lunches in the wilderness. 

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Tanzania Safari Lodges

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Located in the heart of Africa's finest game reserve, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides guests with an intimate setting for viewing lions, leopards, and elephants, while feeling safe and pampered. For families there are Family Safari Packages, as well as the Kijana Kids Club with organized activities. Guests can also schedule hot-air baloon safaris, renewal of vow ceremonies, go on guided walks through the Serengeti on raised, protected walkways with Maasi warriors, or relax in the infinity pool. There's also a spa with Serengeti-inspired signature treatments, facials, massages, and yoga. While dining options include Kula's Restaurant with theater-style cooking of international and African dishes paired with South African wine varietals. 

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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Providing the ultimate fusion of world-class style with traditional African architecture, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge sits atop a tree-clad ridge with panoramic Serengeti views. Adjacent to the Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge blends into the landscape. Accommodations are set within traditional domed rondavels, which are shaded by the acacia trees. There's a vanishing horizon pool overlooking the endless plains, a traditionally-carved domed dining room, timbered terrace safari bar, daily game drives, and a private bush camp overlooking the annual migration route. 

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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge was designed to blend in with the landscape, and is built from indigenous local river stones and camouflaged with local vines. Within the crater, 25,000 large mammals like bull elephants, rhinos, and lions wander plains, lakes, and forests. Strung around the cratered rim, the 75 guest rooms are linked by stone passages and timbered decks, and furnished with decorative cave paintings, private balconies, power outlets, and WiFi. There's also a lodge with a central fire, rock-built dining room and bar, tented conference center, TV room with satellite access, and daily game drives into the crater. 

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Botswana Safari Lodges

Belmond Safaris

Belmond Safaris offers three luxury camps in Botswana: Savute Elephant Lodge, Eagle Island Lodge, and Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Read more below about each of the three lodges.

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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is located within Chobe National Park. The property has 12 luxury rooms set on wooden platforms with thatched roofs. Furnished with four-poster beds equipped with mosquito netting, rooms have luxe bathrooms, minibars, discreet air conditioning, and private decks with easy chairs and hammocks.  The lodge also has a traditional Boma for private dinners and local performances, exclusive access to bushmen painting and baobab tree excursions, 20-meter swimming pool, curio shop with locally crafted goods, and private airstrip. 

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Recently reopened after a revitalization, the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is located in Botswana's Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on one of the world's largest inland water systems, the surrounding area supports a variety of animal, plant, fish, and birdlife. Helicopter safaris provide guests with a birds-eye view of the landscape, and each of the lodge's reimagined deluxe tented rooms have oversized beds with handmade copper-finish headboards and private plunge pools. There's also deep day beds, discreet airconditioning, minibars, and bathrooms with walled outdoor showers, as well as indoor bathtubs and walk-in wardrobes. 

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Located within the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Belmond Khwai River Lodge has 14 luxury rooms and one private suite. Situated on raised wooden platforms with traditional African thatch roofs, each of the rooms has a netted four-poster bed, luxe bathroom, discreet air conditioning, stocked minibars, and private decks with easy chairs and hammocks. There's also the private suite with a secluded setting and heated splash pool. Plus, there's  a spa, 20-meter swimming pool, curio shop, reference library, private airstrip, al fresco dining, and a traditional Boma for dinners and performances. 

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Suite Saturdays Canada Day

Welcome to Suite Saturdays: Canada Day Edition! In honor of the country's 150th birthday today, we've gathered a list of some of Canada's best suites. From the East Coast to the West Coast, Canada offers breathtaking natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, cultural festivities, along with contemporary hotels and historic grand railroad properties, many of which are part of the Fairmont Hotels collection. 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Westin Nova Scotian

The Crown Suite at The Westin Nova Scotian

Set on the 11th floor, The Crown Suite (shown above) at the Westin Nova Scotian features sweeping views of Georges Island and the Halifax Harbor. Providing panoramic sunset views, the elegant space has a dining area with space for up to 20 people, separate bar and lounge area, menus created by Executive Chef Mark Marchment, and live music upon request. Located along the city’s harborfront, the hotel has an indoor pool, Sykea Salon and Spa, fitness studio, and Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club. 

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St. Andrews, New Brunswick

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin Resort with One Bedroom Suites and the Algonquin Golf Course

The six One Bedroom Suites (shown above) at The Algonquin Resort offer separate living rooms and bedrooms, with queen or king pillow top beds, plus sofa beds in the living rooms. Recently remodeled, the suites have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, custom artwork, and three-piece bathrooms with stand alone showers. Situated in St. Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick, the Algonquin Resort opened in 1889 in Canada's first seaside resort town. Featuring maritime hospitality, the iconic building is a year-round destination with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach, spa, seasonal whale watching, and the award-winning Algonquin Golf Course. 

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Quebec City, Quebec

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Exterior and Frontenac Suite

Set within the walls of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a recently renovated atmosphere infused with European elegance. The Frontenac Suites (shown above) have 670 square feet of space, including parlors that seat up to 10 people, and separate master bedrooms. Providing views of the old fortified city and the St. Lawrence River, the iconic hotel offers guided tours of the property, the landmark Champlain Restaurant,1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, Bistro Le Sam, Place Dufferin, Spa du Château, grand event spaces, and an indoor pool. 

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Ottawa, Ontario

Fairmont Château Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Across the canal from Parliament Hill, the Presidential Suites (shown above) at the Fairmont Château Laurier offer a residential style setting overlooking the city with a living room featuring a faux fireplace, large flat-screen TV, work desk, and spacious seating area. Plus, a dining room with seating for eight, and a separate bedroom with a dressing room, armoire, and bureau. Recently revitalized and located in the country's capital city, the historic grand railroad hotel offers award-winning regional cuisine, indoor swimming pool, and grand event venues. The property has welcomed numerous dignitaries, presidents, and celebrities since opening in 1912.

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Winnepeg, Manitoba

Fairmont Winnipeg

Fairmont Winnipeg Royal Alexandra Suite

Featuring contemporary furnishings and original Manitoban art, the Royal Alexandra Suite (shown above) at the Fairmont Winnipeg evokes a residential feel. Set on the 20th floor, the spacious suite has a living room with a baby grand piano, gas fireplace, 42-inch flat-screen TV, and expansive views of the city. The large dining room has seating for six, along with a butler's pantry and half bath. The master bedroom overlooks Portage and Main with a king size bed, and a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower and separate soaking tub. Steps from the city's major attractions including the Forks National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the hotel has upscale dining at the VG Restaurant, fitness club, and an indoor saltwater pool. 

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Lake Louise, Alberta

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Glacier Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Set within Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an grand luxury hotel built in 1890. The two-level Glacier Suite (shown above) has a dining and living area with a sofa bed on the main floor,  and a spiral staircase leading to a secluded bedroom with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. There's also a large covered balcony featuring views of the Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise, and mountains. Originally built as for outdoor enthusiasts, the property offers year-round alpine activities including world-class winter skiing, canoeing in the summer, and guided mountain tours. There's also a kid's camp, luxury spa, and elegant dining options, as well as horse drawn sleigh rides during the winter. 

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Royal Suite

Referred to as the "Castle in the City" the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a historic location in the heart of the city. Since opening in 1939, many members of the British monarchy have visited the Hotel Vancouver, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the grand opening of the hotel. The Royal Suite (shown above) provides an opulent and spacious setting with four bedrooms, large dining room that can seat up to 10 guests, and an elegant living room with a grand hearth. Plus, from May to September 3, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering the Canada 150 Afternoon Tea

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