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18 Places to go in 2018 by Five Star Alliance

Happy 2018! The start of the new year is the perfect time to start planning adventures near and far. From bucket list destinations to weekend getaways, we've put together a list of our top 18 picks for places to go in 2018. 

1. Florence, Italy

18 Places to go in 2018 Florence, Italy

Following a two-year renovation, the half-mile-long Vasari Corridor will reopen this year. The 16th century passageway was built by the Medicis to move unseen across the Arno River between the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery offices. The Renaissance city also recently celebrated the opening of the Franco Zeffirelli Center for the Performing Arts in Plaza San Firenze with a lineup of classical music and Italian film events. In October, the Uffizi will unveil Codex Leicester, featuring a special collection of scientific drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci (on loan from Bill Gates). For views of Il Duomo (and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests) Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is located in the city's pedestrian-only historic center with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa that features views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, while Belmond Villa San Michelle is located on a hillside overlooking the city in a former monastery with suites, Tuscan dining, pool, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

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2. New Orleans, Louisiana

18 Places to go in 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana

Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, the city of New Orleans will be hosting more than 160 events throughout the year to commemorate the tricentennial year. Always a haven for jazz lovers, history buffs, and foodies, there's a variety of events taking place annually including Mardi Gras in February, April welcomes Jazz Fest, and July is the time for Tales of the Cocktail where bartenders from around the world show off their skills in the city where cocktails were invented. The W New Orleans French Quarter is steps from Jackson Square, as well as live Jazz venues and popular restaurants. For historic charm along with an Oyster Butler, Crawfish Concierge, and Snowball Sommelier, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers a classic setting in two historic buildings on Canal Street. The NOPSI Hotel provides a boutique setting in the heart of the business district with Spa Suites, local cuisine, and a rooftop pool and lounge. While Le Meridien New Orleans features contemporary design with French-inspired amenities and a rooftop pool in downtown. 

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3. Vienna, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Vienna, Austria

Known for classical music and the festive ball season, in 2018 Vienna is celebrating Modernism, as four of the art movement's most important artists--Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser passed away 100 years ago. The Beauty and the Abyss celebration of Modernism will celebrated with with special exhibitions at a variety of venues including the Leopold Museum, Lower Belvedere, MAK--Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Wien Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, and the Jewish Museum Vienna. The historic Hotel Sacher Wien provides a central location in the heart of the city, opposite the Vienna State Opera House and next to the Albertina Gallery with a traditional Austrian coffeehouse and fine dining. Nearby, The Hotel Bristol Vienna, a Luxury Collection Hotel offers a historic setting with fine dining at the Art Deco Bristol Lounge, fitness center, and meeting venues. Built in 1863 for the prince of Württemberg, Hotel Imperial provides world class service and a unique location on the famous Ringstrasse next to the Musikverein Vienna. 

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

18 Places to go in 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Home to an array of art galleries, Buenos Aires is partaking in the inaugural, yearlong Art Basel initiative, which will include art lectures, workshops, as well as showcase local and international artists. In October, the city is hosting the Youth Olympic Games. The trendy Tegui restaurant in the Palermo neighborhood made the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Situated in El Porteno Building, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires allows guests to experience the city like a Porteno in an atmosphere dedicated to art and fine living. Decorated in Empire and Louis XV style, the Alvear Palace Hotel serves classic Afternoon Tea at L'Orangerie and the Cigar Bar with an exclusive selection. While the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located along the Avenida Alvear with fashionable shopping and a luxury spa. 

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5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

18 Places to go in 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Offering four distinctive seasons of outdoor activities, Minneapolis will be hosting the Super Bowl on February 4. Surrounding the Big Game festivities, there will be concerts, ice sculptures, and an Ice Palace in nearby St. Paul. While the city is known for cold winters, spring, summer, and fall provide idyllic weather for exploring the state's multitude of lakes, biking trails, and parks. Plus, Prince's Paisley Park recently opened for tours, the Walker Art Center recently remodeled their outdoor sculpture garden, the Uptown Art Festival the first weekend in August showcases local and international artists, and the annual Minnesota State Fair (August 23 to September 3, 2018) attracts visitors from all over the world. The W Minneapolis - The Foshay is an art deco landmark transformed into a chic boutique hotel, Loews Minneapolis is connected to the downtown area's skyway system and steps from Target Center and Target Field, and the Marquette Hotel is located in the inconic IDS Center. 

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6. Cairo, Egypt

18 Places to go  in 2018 Cairo

Not far from the Great Pyramids, The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2018. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, the new museum will showcase more than 100,000 artifacts, as well as an atrium with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with panoramic views of the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The Nile Ritz-Carlton features exclusive Nile views with a rooftop bar, Afternoon Tea, and Egyptian-infused spa. Situated thirty minutes from the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza, The Fairmont Cairo, Nile City is located within the Nile City Corporate Complex and offers a full-service Willow Stream Spa and a rooftop poolside sky bar with panoramic views of the city and pyramids. For a boutique setting, Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo blends European luxury mixed with regional influences on the eastern bank of The Nile River.

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7. London, United Kingdom

18 Places to go in 2018 London

There's another royal baby due in the spring, and it's time for another Royal Wedding! Making London one of the places to be this year. Plus, there's a new movie about Winston Churchill, giving visitors the perfect reason to check out Churchill's War Rooms, and other historic sites throughout the British capital. Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley is a boutique hotel close to Buckingham Palace with the Crystal Bar, Oval Restaurant, and one of Europe's largest Cigar Humidors. Combining English heritage with contemporary styling, Rosewood London offers fine dining, spa, and sophistication where the city meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn. Situated in Belgravia, The Goring Hotel offers an unbeatable location close to Buckingham Palace with a Michelin-starred restaurant and classic English style. 

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8. Los Cabos, Mexico

18 Places to go in 2018 Los Cabos

Booming with hip restaurant openings, new luxury resorts, and major renovations, the Baja Peninsula's San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer beachfront retreats. In addition to new resorts and dining options, the farm-to-table food scene is hot, as are the region's beaches and chic nightclubs. The recently opened Chileno Bay Resort & Residences provides a bayfront setting within a resort community with a swimmable beach, open-air dining, multi-level infinity pool, and championship golf. The Cape - A Thompson Hotel provides beachfront luxury with bi-level suites with private rooftops, private stairway to the surfing-friendly Monuments Beach, and regionally-inspired cuisine. While The Resort at Pedregal is reachable only via a private tunnel with 24 acres of mountainside property, featuring newly opened villas and revitalized culinary offerings. 

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9. Mauritius

18 Places to go in 2018 Mauritius

This year, the island nation of Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of independence after years of colonization by the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands. The airport is expanding and transforming into a hub for traveling to Asia, English is the dominant language, and the architecture and culture mix African, French, Chinese, and Indian traditions. Known for relaxed resorts and tropical mountain peaks, the country offers a retreat surrounded by the Indian Ocean. For privacy and luxury, Constance Le Prince Maurice has 64 Junior Suites, plus Family Suites, villas, and a Princely Suite, as well as the U Spa, Kids' Club, shopping, and two 18-hole golf courses. The Residence Mauritius provides a beachfront setting with accommodations in turn-of-the-century-inspired plantation houses, with family-friendly and adults-only pools and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the oceanfront Constance Belle Mare Plage has a variety of water-focused recreation, four swimming pools, seven restaurants, and five bars within a tropical setting. 

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10. Malta

18 Places to go in 2018 Malta

This island country is the designated European Capital of Culture in 2018, where the arts will be celebrated in a country that mixes Sicilian, North African, and Colonial England cultures. There's ornate architecture throughout the island, including the baroque St. John's Co-Cathedral, pre-historic ruins, and the must-try Stuffat tal-fenek--the national dish of rabbit stew. In January, Valetta's National Baroque Festival is held, and the Grand Excelsior Hotel makes an ideal base for exploring the capital city with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Le Grand Spa, and a marina. The InterContinental Malta provides a modern island retreat with a casino, six restaurants and bars, spa, conference center, and spa close to Valetta, while The Xara Palace features a boutique setting in the medieval city of Medina. 

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11. Oslo, Norway

18 Places to go in 2018 Oslo

This Nordic capital city is marking two important events in 2018. Norway's King and Queen are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and the modern Oslo Opera House is marking it's 10th year with a season of celebratory performances. The Hotel Continental Oslo offers a historic setting next to the National Theater, and close to the city's revitalized harbor with special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the Grand Hotel Oslo offers a grand setting along Karl Johan's  Gate close to shops and sidewalk cafes. For a contemporary setting, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo soars 37 stories above the Oslo Fjord. 

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12. San Antonio, Texas

18 Places to go in 2018 San Antonio

Marking its 300th anniversary this year, San Antonio has recently unveiled a variety of new developments, including the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces. Special Tricentennial commemorative events will take place May 1-6, including events at each of San Antonio's five missions. On the historic River Walk, the Omni La Mansion del Rio is celebrating it's 50th anniversary of being transformed from a Catholic School into a luxury hotel for the 1968 World's Fair. The Grand Hyatt San Antonio overlooks the River Walk with an outdoor pool, sundeck, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently underwent a complete renovation, and offers furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage, two championship golf courses, and five pools about 30 minutes from downtown. 

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13. Sevilla, Spain

18 Places to go in 2018 Sevilla, Spain

In the midst of reinvigorating its artistic past, Sevilla is currently celebrating the 400th anniversary of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a homegrown Baroque painter with special one-of-a-kind exhibitions. The city is also hosting the 31st European Film Awards, and the historic center provides an enchanting blend of architectural styles including a Gothic cathedral, medieval lanes, Flamenco clubs, baroque churches, and Mudéjar palaces. Once the Moorish capital, today Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia, offering luxury hotels such as the historic Hotel Alfonso XIII in the historic center with traditional architecture, courtyard, and regional cuisine. Nearby, Gran Melia Colon is furnished with reproductions of artwork by Spanish masters, a boutique hotel with RedLevel service within the hotel, and dining venues serving modern Andalusian cusine. For a well-preserved example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, Casa de Carmona is located about 20 minutes north of Sevilla and offers accommodations within a palace built in 1561, and fine dining in the former stables. 

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14. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

18 Places to go in 2018 Iguazu Falls

Millions of visitors go to this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site with 275 roaring waterfalls straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil. To accommodate the influx of visitors, Cataratas del Iguazú Airport is expanding and modernizing. Within the national park, the Ecological Jungle Train that takes visitors on a 25-minute journey to the Devil's Throat Cascade is being converted from gas to electric, and multiple luxury resorts are set to open later this year. On the Brazil side of the falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataras offers guests exclusive access to the falls as well as a pastel-pink hideaway with gardens, fine dining, and a luxe outdoor pool. While The Iguazu Grand Resort Spa and Casino is located on the Argentina side of the falls with a full-service resort setting including authentic Argentine dining at La Terraza and the Spa del Parasiso providing treatments infused with natural ingredients like yerba mate and chocolate from nearby sources. 

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15. Toronto, Canada

18 Places to go in 2018 Toronto

Last year Canada celebrated 150 years, and Toronto continues to add to the city's cosmopolitan "it" factor with new luxury hotels like the Bisha Hotel Toronto, along with hip restaurants with an understated Canadian vibe are taking the city to a new level. In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art is relocating to a former factory in the Junction Triangle, and VIKINGS: The Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum runs through April 2, 2018. The Thompson Toronto offers a modern residential style with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool with skyline views. While The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto provides a classic downtown retreat along Wellington Street. 

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16. Bangkok, Thailand

18 Places to to go in 2018 Bangkok

In 2016, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world, with more than 21 million guests. Its popularity is sparking a rise in new luxury hotels and restaurants. In 2018, The Michelin Guide will debut, giving even more attention to  the city's creative culinary atmosphere. For art enthusiasts, Warehouse 30 is opening in  transformed World War II warehouses, ChangChui is a new entertainment complex constructed from upcycled materials, and the Thailand Creative & Design Center is moving to the iconic Charoen Krung Road in a space that was once a post office. To stay in the heart of Bangkok's historical palaces and temples, The Siam Hotel is set along the River of Kings with bespoke cultural amusements and an urban resort design with spacious suites, pool villas, and open-air roof terraces. Soaring 39 stories, The Peninsula Bangkok features panoramic city views on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and a three-tiered swimming pool. For contemporary style, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn is located within a 37-floor twin tower with an infinity pool and holistic spa treatments. 

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17. Salzburg, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Salzburg

Referred to as the "City of Mozart" and the "Rome of the North" , Salzburg was a church state for more than 1,100 years. Symbols of the Catholic Church can be discovered throughout the historic Old Town of Salzburg, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2018, the City of Salzburg will celebrate the 200th anniversary of "Silent Night", which was written and first performed in the village of Oberndorf near Salzburg on December 24, 1818. The special exhibition "Silent Night 200 - History. Message. Present." will be open September 28, 2018 to February 3, 2019, and the musical "My Silent Night" will be performed at the iconic Felsenreitschule on November 24, 2018. Hotel Sacher Salzburg provides idyllic views of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, as well as fine dining at the Zirbelzimmer, and the Original Sacher-Torte cake in the Sacher Cafe. In the baroque city center, Hotel Goldener Hirsch combines a historic setting with Austrian style and state-of-the-art amenities, while Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa features a lakeside setting in the Archbishop of Salzburg's former hunting lodge. 

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18. Melbourne, Australia

18 Places to go in 2018 Melbourne, Australia

As the events capital of Australia, Melbourne is a growing city offering a cosmopolitan core that serves as an ideal gateway to exploring a variety of Australia's attractions, including the Phillip Island penguin walk which is 90 minutes from the city, and an hour and a half north of the city is the Nagambie Lakes, one of the country's oldest viticulture areas with renowned wineries and outdoor activities. For a grand setting opposite Parliament, The Hotel Windsor was built at the top of Collins Street in 1883. For panoramic views of the skyline and Yarra River from the hotel pool, Langham Hotel Melbourne provides an elegant setting on the Southbank Promenade, and the Art Series The Olsen is a luxury boutique hotel on Chapel Street. 

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Love a good ghost story? So do we. This Halloween we've gathered a list of five luxury hotels known for eery experiences and legendary ghost stories. From London to Vancouver, here are five of our favorites. 

1. The Langham London

The Langham London

Built in 1865, this luxe hotel with a world-reknowned Afternoon Tea is also known for sightings of the paranormal kind. From a German prince in a military jacket that jumped to his untimely death, to a Victorian-era doctor who killed his bride and himself while on their honeymoon, the majority of the paranormal activity happens in Room 333.

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2. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

In 1892, a young woman arrived on Thanksgiving alone and never checked out. After five lonely days, Kate Morgan took her own life. To this day, the Ghost of Kate Morgan continues with stories of lights flickering, objects mysteriously moving, along with unexplained voices and footsteps. Paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity from Kate's room on the third floor, and there have been Kate sightings along the seashore and in the hotel hallways. 

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3. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Known as the "Castle in the City" the legendary Canadian National Railway hotel that first opened as a hotel in 1939, is also home to the Lady in Red, a friendly ghost. Often spotted on the 14th floor in an elegant red evening gown, she's also been seen on the first floor and gliding through the hallways. Security cameras have picked up strange sounds and disembodied footsteps, guests have reported sightings over the years, and a special cocktail is served at the lobby lounge in her honor. 

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4. Emily Morgan Hotel

Emily Morgan Hotel

Next to the Alamo, the hotel was originally constructed as the Medical Arts Building on the Alamo Plaza. Featuring a copper roof with wood ribs, the building is lined by an array of gargoyles, each depicting a medical ailment. Believed to be one of the most haunted hotels west of the Mississippi, there have been stories of guests' phones ringing in the middle, lights and TVs turning on mysteriously, bathtubs being filled on their own, and sightings of women dressed in white. The most common sightings have seemed to occur on floors 12 and 14, which were once surgery and crematorium floors. 

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5. Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Featuring old world grace and charm, W. A. Chambers was one of the designers behind the opulent hotel. He left for a trip to England once the blueprints were completed, and returned to discover the design was not being carried out as planned. According to legend, he jumped to his death from the fifth floor, and stories have told he's been spotted roaming the halls of the hotel to this day. 

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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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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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In honor of Canada's 150th Celebrations, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering a special Afternoon Tea. Available through September 3, 2017, the special tea is inspired by the country's grand railway hotels and distinctively Canadian ingredients. Read more below the Afternoon Tea photo. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Tea

From tea sandwiches with Montreal Smoked Meat, to Maple Panna Cotta, Lobster Rolls, Peameal Bacon Sandwiches, and Canadian Mini Donuts dipped with chocolate, bacon, cinnamon, salted caramel, and vanilla cream, the special menu provides an elegant "Taste of Canada". In addition to the exclusive Afternoon Tea menu, there's also the Canada150 Maple Leaf cocktail with bourbon, maple syrup, lime, and apple. Read more below the hotel photo.

Exterior of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of the country's iconic grand railway hotels. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the historic property is known as the "Castle in the City". Close to Robson Street shopping, Stanley Park Seawall, Canada Place, and the Vancouver Aquarium, the iconic hotel has a health club,  Absolute Spa, and the Notch8 Restaurant & Bar. 

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Set along Rue Saint Sulpice in Montreal's historic quarter, Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal offers an all-suite setting tucked behind Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Adjacent to the Sulpician Gardens and a quiet religious community, the hotel was built around historic stone walls that can be seen in some of the hallways, event spaces (photo below), and select suites. Recently, Five Star Alliance had the opportunity to stay at the property. Continue reading about the experience below.

Event Space at Le Saint-Sulpice

From the moment guests step inside from the cobblestoned streets of Old Montreal, the hotel encourages visitors to "Indulge Your Imagination" through cinema, art, and literature. This theme is infused throughout the hotel within artwork and music. The "Body and Soul" exhibit turns the boutique hotel into an art gallery with an immersive experience where using a mobile phone or tablet, guests can listen to music by Quebec Composer François Dompierre and violinist Angèle Dubeau while discovering portraits created by Quebec designer Jean-Claude Poitras, spread throughout five floors. Read more below the photo of one of the art installations.

Art installation at Le Saint-Sulpice

Within the suites, guests are invited to watch "La Valise" a short film produced by the hotel, and to read "Suite Stories, The Book" featuring a collection of short stories created by 14 authors who wrote the stories while staying at the hotel. The book is also available for purchase. 

The spacious accommodations have kitchenettes with Nespresso machines, minifridges, microwaves, and sinks. There's also a full range of dishes, making it an ideal setting for travelers seeking to prepare simple in-room meals, or travelers planning longer stays. Continue reading below the photo.

Suite Kitchenette at Le Saint-Sulpice

There are sitting areas with couches and coffee tables, large work desks, and French style windows that fully open to allow fresh breezes into the suites.

Suite Living Room at Le Saint-Sulpice

Bathrooms (which are set to be renovated throughout 2017) offer dual sinks, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, and L'Occitane bath products. 

Suite Bathroom at Le Saint-Sulpice

Editor's Note: For a truly unique setting, the Presidential Suite offers an exceptional space with a large living room, fireplace, and a spacious terrace with views of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Read more after the photo.

Presidential Suite Terrace at Le Saint-Sulpice

Le Saint-Sulpice Montreal has the Sinclair Restaurant with chef-prepared contemporary cuisine, as well as an outdoor terrace ideal for enjoying dinner or a weekend brunch during the warmer months. There's a lobby lounge for cocktails, and in-room dining is also available. Surrounded by cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, and historic sites, the property is an ideal setting for exploring Old Montreal. 

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Overlooking the city skyline, English Bay, and the historic Vancouver Art Gallery, the Prime Minister Suite at the Four Seasons Vancouver offers a one-of-a-kind setting. Designed to provide a sanctuary from the city, the two-level suite is located on the top two floors of the hotel with high ceilings, a master bedroom, separate living room and entertaining area with a large dining room table for eight situated under a modern crystal chandelier. Continue reading below the photos.

The Living Room of the Prime Minister Suite Four Seasons Vancouver

Dining Room of the Prime Minister Suite at the Four Seasons Vancouver

The master bedroom is furnished in a warm West Coast-inspired color palette with a mix of elegant and modern accents such as dark wood furniture and leather chairs. The en-suite marble bathroom has a vanity with double sinks and in-mirror TV, plus a spacious walk-in shower. There's a second full bathroom for company, and the suite can be connected with an additional suite, making the space a two bedroom configuration. Read more below the master bathroom photo.

Prime Minister Suite Master Bathroom Four Seasons Vancouver

In addition to luxury services and amenities in the heart of downtown, the Four Seasons Vancouver is a recipient of the Five Green Key rating for exemplirary environmental and social stewardship. The hotel's Sempa Hybrid Heating system reduces the hotel's green house gas emissions by 50% each month, newspapers are delivered in reusable canvas bags, and LED lighting sources are used throughout the property.

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Looking to travel green and help the bees? Fairmont Hotels has partnered with the Pollinator Partnership to create habitats at various hotels and resorts for bee nesting and reproduction. To date, Fairmont now has more than 40 honeybee apiaries and pollinator bee hotels around the world, helping to combat declining pollinator habitats. 

Of particular note, the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver has a "Bee and Bee" Pollinator Hotel set within the property's 2,400 square foot rooftop garden. As part of The Pollinator Partnership Canada and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts WILD FOR BEES national program, the hotel's Bee Butler Michael King, Executive Chef Dana Hauser, PR Manager Kristyna Vogel, and Hives for Humanity's Sarah Common worked together to create the bee hotel. Every piece of the habitat tells a story: fire bricks are from Downtown Eastside, logs were sourced from fallen trees in Stanley Park, East Van Roasters provided burlap, wood is from the Haida nation, and branches, nests, twigs, and leaves were collected from around the city. Read more below the photo.

Bee and Bee at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver

Set on the third floor of the hotel along with 2,100 square-foot herb garden--which is the source of sustainable herbs, vegetables, and edible blossoms used in culinary creations throughout the hotel, the apiary contains five beehives with more than 250,000 honeybees that have produced 125 pounds of honey since 2015. From May to September, guests can experience a beehive tour with the hotel's Bee Butler.

Honey from the hotel's rooftop beehives is used throughout the property to create seasonal dishes in the ARC restaurant, chocolate, pastries, salad dressings, and signature cocktails. Plus, the local Whistler Brewing Company incorporates the honey into the "Fairmont Stinger Honey Lager", served on-site. 

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Overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the city's Old Port neighborhood, the Auberge Saint-Antoine offers a modern setting infused with historic artifacts. For a truly unique environment, some of the Relais & Chateaux hotel's suites are housed within the Hunt House, part of which dates back to the 18th century. Featuring a rustic elegance, the suites (including the Du Jardin Suite, shown below) in this building have original wood floors and exposed wood beams, along with modern amenities such as heated bathroom floors, deep soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers, and Bose sound systems. For incredible views of the St. Lawrence River, the Panorama Suite features contemporary styling within the Hunt House along with a large balcony. Continue reading below the photos.
 
1. Du Jardin Suite Bathroom
Du Jardin Suite Bathroom at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
2. Capitaine Suite 
Capitaine  Suite at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
3. Francaise Suite
Francaise Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine
The Auberge Saint-Antoine is built on a major archeological site in the heart of Quebec City. Once the home of wharves, cannon emplacements, and warehouses, the hotel displays hundreds of artifacts from the French and British regimes that unearthed during an archeological excavation. The hotel's award-winning restaurant, Panache! serves modern French cuisine prepared with ingredients from the hotel's garden, and is housed in a historic warehouse building with wood beams and stone walls. Continue reading below the image of Panache.
Panache Restaurant at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book the "Best Available Rate through Five Star Alliance will receive daily complimentary breakfast for two at Panache, $100 CAD food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status. 
 
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Inspired by a Balinese villa, the Chairman's Suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim is the ultimate ultra-luxe suite in Vancouver. The one-of-a-kind two-story space offers a private elevator, lavish entertaining area, custom 8-foot-long Swarovski crystal chandelier over a dual-story salon, and a 500-square-foot ensuite marble bathroom with a hand-carved soaker tub. Continue reading below the photos.

Chairman's Suite Bathroom at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
Chairman's Suite Bedroom at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

There are two living room spaces, as well as a full kitchen and pantry.

Chairman's Suite Living Room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

To top off the impressive suite, there's an exclusive rooftop patio with a private gazebo, meditation pond, fire pit, tented space, and unparalleled views of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains. 

Chairman's Suite Outdoor Terrace at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

The Fairmont Pacific Rim sits at the ocean's edge in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with luxurious accommodations that blend natural materials with state-of-the-art technology. There are three unique gourmet dining options, including ORU, featuring cuisine from the Pacific Northwest and the flavors of the Pacific Rim, as well as giovane cafe + eatery + market offering modern Italian fare, and The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, providing a trendy atmosphere, signature sushi dishes, cocktails, and live music. There's also an outdoor pool with cabanas, and the Willowstream Spa with meditation pods and an infrared sauna. For art enthusiasts, the hotel offers podcast tours of the property's growing international art collection. 

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Pool deck at the Fairmont Pacific Rim



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