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Exploring a city during Christmas and New Years provides visitors with a new perspective on traditions, flavors, and holiday celebrations. At the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, guests can experience traditional Italian holiday flavors at the property's on-site restaurants. From Friday, December 8, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018, the hotel's Osteria della Pagliazza in addition to its regular menu, will offer traditional Christmas dishes like Stuffed Pig's Trotter with Lentils, Ricotta and Spinach Gnudi, Meat-filled Pasta Parcels in Capon Broth, Traditional Panforte Vin Santo Sauce, Beef Wellington with Sauteed Vegetables, and Beef Cheek Braised in Chianti with Black Cabbage Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of Osteria della Pagliazza. 

Osteria della Pagliazza

The hotel's Christmas Eve Dinner will be prepared by chef Rocco de Santis and served the evening of Sunday, December 24 in the Byzantine Pagliazza Tower. The dinner will feature a welcome toast with the chef, Crisp Octopus with Guacamole, Garlic, and Almond Mousse, traditional Sardinian Fregola Pasta, Roast Salmon with Parsnip and Capers, as well as a slice of Panettone with Orange Sauce, and Cinnamon-flavored Meringue with Coffee Sauce, plus wine and coffee pairings.

On Christmas Day, the hotel will offer a Florentine Christmas Lunch. Set in the Salone delle Feste, the chef-created lunch by Rocco de Santis will feature a traditional menu with Rolled Roast Rabbit and a Parmesan Mousse with a hint of Truffle Gravy with Wild Herbs, Homemade Pasta Stuffed with Lampredotto, Capon Broth, and Orange Zest, plus the Slow-cooked Saddle of Suckling Pig, Cream of Chickpeas and Carmelized Apples, as well as Mille-feuille with Ricotta and Candied Fruite Mousse, Pears with Moscato and Red Berry Sauce, and traditional Panettone and Pandoro with sauces. Complimented by paired wines and coffee options.

In addition to special Christmas dining options, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is offering a variety of New Years options, including special packages with accommodations and gourmet meals. As well as two New Year's Eve Dinner choices, one dinner will be held in the Saloni delle Feste with Salted Beef Roll, Red Cow Parmesan Risotto, Handmade Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, and Panettone Semifreddo. While the New Year's Dinner Luxury Edition will feature wine pairings by the maitre and a menu with Blinis with Asetra Iranian Caviar, White Prawns with Parsley, Baby Squid filled with Provola Cheese and Lime Bechamel, Breaded Scampi, Burrata and Green Olive Sauce, Lobster Marinated in Citrus Fruit, San Miniato White Truffle, Porcini Mushrooms and Almonds, Ravioli Stuffed with Turnip Tops and Red Shrimp, Baked Wild Sea Bass with Chestnuts, Venus Clams, and Lemon Sauce, and completed with Nougat Semifreddo, Clementine Sauce, Cinnamon Crumble, Panettone by Master Baker Alfonso Pepe with traditional Pandoro with Vanilla Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce, as well as dried fruit, Petits Fours, mineral water, and espresso. Read more below the photo of Saloni delle Feste. 

Saloni delle Feste

On New Years Day, the hotel will host a brunch in the Saloni delle Feste, featuring dishes like Marinated Salmon, Quiches, Tuscan Cold Cuts and Cheeses, Recco-style Focaccia, Warm Seafood Salad with Vegetables and Saffron Potatoes, Marinated Meat Rolls, and traditional Pandoro and Panettone with Vanilla Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of the Bargello Suite. 

Bargello Suite at Hotel Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

The Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is situated in the heart of the city, in the shadows of Il Duomo. Steps from Signoria Square, major attractions, shops, and restaurants, the boutique hotel occupies two historic buildings, with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, per stay, a bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and VIP Status.

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This past year, Peninsula Chicago revealed its reimagined rooms and suites, which introduced The Peninsula Hotels' signature technology to the United States. The new rooms now offer all essential functions, entertainment, and guest services in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Continue reading below the photo.

In-room technology at the Peninsula Chicago

Rooms are designed so that every control is located precisely where it is required without guests having to think or search. The tablet technology allows guests to adjust lighting and temperature controls, as well as browse restaurant menus, hotel services, city information, attractions, and TV channels, while LED touch-screen wall panels offer weather details and privacy options. In addition to the recently launched 24-hour check-in for web bookings, a new Mobile Concierge provides instant guest service support by text message, directly to mobile devices. An added benefit for domestic and international travelers alike, all domestic and international calls made from the guest room phone are complimentary via VOIP, and bedside charging stations store and charge several types of mobile devices. Read more below the photo of the bedside charging station.

Bedside charging station at the Peninsula Chicago

All of this pioneering technology has been developed by The Peninsula Hotels’ Research and Technology Department. Based in Hong Kong, the group has been responsible for some of the most advanced, yet intuitive innovations in the global hotel industry since 1985. The team flew more than 250,000 miles during the installation of the new system to ensure a truly seamless experience for guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Water Tower Suite at the Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is steps from the boutiques and restaurants along the Magnificent Mile. Offering a prestigious location and a host of accolades, the property has three on-site restaurants, legendary Afternoon Tea, two-story spa facility, and elegant event spaces. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as classical styling with Pratesi linens, 55-inch TVs with sound bars, and marble bathrooms with 19-inch inset TVs and soaking tubs.

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Offering an idyllic ski-in/ski-out setting on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has a variety of year-round activities including a full-service spa facility and tennis courts during the summer. There's also a heated outdoor pool, six dining options, the Ritz Kids program, and pet-friendly services. In addition, the resort is offering special Solar Eclipse programs for guests. Learn more about the offers in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to Offer Solar Eclipse-Themed Programs

If you have not heard by now, a Total Solar Eclipse is taking place this summer on Monday, August 21; astronomically, it is an extremely rare occurrence (the first visible in the United States in 99 years) and it is predicted to be one of “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”

The “Great American Eclipse” will begin at approximately 10:18 a.m. PST near Lincoln City, Oregon and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:47 p.m. EST. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, located in Avon, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains is going to be in the 90 percent path of totality for the eclipse. With such a prime observation opportunity, the 180-room resort is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion:

Recreation Programs

Beyond the daily guided hike offered as part of the resort’s Naturalist Program, there will also be unique activities arranged for both before and during the celestial event. Guests going on the daily hike will be led to a Rocky Mountain vista ideal for seeing the eclipse. There will be a panel where guests can learn facts about the skies, outer space and the eclipse as well as the local Colorado flora and fauna. The resort will also be providing special viewing glasses to view the eclipse from its Great Lawn and Mountainside Terrace.

Solar Eclipse Massage

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Bachelor Gulch is also joining in on the festivities. Guests 18-years and above can receive a free five-minute chair massage during the the eclipse.

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

In addition, all of the resort’s dining outlets are commemorating the historic natural phenomenon with a one-time-only menu of specialty cocktails. The Total Eclipse is a coconut rum-based drink, shaken with Jägermeister and pineapple juice; the Blue Moon has Grey Goose Oranj mixed with blue curacao and Contreau; meanwhile the Solar Flare is made of a homemade blueberry vodka and simple syrup. These drinks can also be modified into non-alcoholic mocktails for younger guests.

Once the eclipse passed, that evening guests are invited on sunset strolls as well as stargazing down paths used for snowshoeing in the winter. An expert resident naturalist will be guiding adventure-seekers as they teach them (most appropriately) about celestial navigation, point out key stars, planets and constellations. During their stay, guests can also enjoy the resort's Red Sky Golf Club, six different restaurants, spa, wellness center and pools.

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Towering over the heart of downtown, Taj Dubai is an opulent luxury hotel mixing authentic Indian heritage with contemporary style. Featuring panoramic views, guest rooms and suites have large windows (including many with views of the world's tallest building), textural furnishings, plush beds with pillow menus, and grand bathrooms with bath menus, bath salts, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the Maharaja Suite photo.

Maharaja Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the hotel there are multiple dining options, including the signature Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine, the Treehouse with an urban rooftop setting and Mediteranean small plates, and Tesoro offering a global menu within a glass and metal conservatory. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at the Taj Dubai

Steps from the Dubai Mall with more than 1,200 shops, the luxury hotel has a large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. There's also the Jiva Spa with four treatment suites, and Afternoon Tea in the Byzantium Lounge. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance at the Best Available Rate Plan receive daily breakfast for two guests at Tesoro, $100 food and beverage credit, and complimentary WiFi. Also, subject to availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out until 4 p.m.

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Providing a host of amenities and exclusive services, The Broadmoor is the grand dame of Colorado Springs. Built in 1891, the historic property is filled with the spirit of the West, giving adventurers endless opportunities for four seasons of activities for all ages, including zip lining, fly fishing, horseback riding, and rejuvenating at the spa. Recently, the property unveiled Cloud Camp, set atop Cheyenne Mountain, it's a private retreat that will open during the winter holiday season for one family at a time. Learn more about this unique offering in the article below the Cloud Camp photo (courtesy of The Broadmoor) from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs is introducing its brand new Cloud Camp for this upcoming holiday season – for only one family or group at a time.

Cloud Camp sits 9,200 feet above sea level atop Cheyenne Mountain – 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor. Introducing its two new holiday packages, Christmas at Cloud Camp and Thanksgiving at Cloud Camp, visitors can experience a completely exclusive three- or four-night stay that includes use of the entire main lodge and its seven bedrooms. 

Days at Cloud Camp will include relaxing by the fire, joining chefs in the kitchen for “cooking clubs” involving holiday dishes and cookie making, wine tastings, strolling outside among the clouds, and taking in the 360-degree views of nearby Pikes Peak and the city of Colorado Springs below, among other wintry activities. 

All meals, beverages and alcohol are included in the visitors’ stay at the mountaintop resort, where they are also able to customize their stay based on personal preference. 

Aside from Cloud Camp, The Broadmoor is also offering private stays at the Estate House this year. This historic mansion was designed in the 1920s and only recently re-opened in late 2016 with new Broadmoor style. The Estate House offers five bedrooms, a grand parlor, a dining room with seating for up to 16 as well as manicured gardens. 

The resort announced these two new holiday offers at Cloud Camp and the Estate House during its Christmas in July promotion, where it also announced more holiday exclusives including the Labor Day and Spooktacular Halloween packages. 

The Broadmoor is home to Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, the Penrose Room. It also includes three golf courses, an award-winning spa and fitness center, as well as a nationally recognized tennis staff and program, among other amenities. The resort’s three Wilderness Experience properties – The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and Fly Fishing Camp – are all-inclusive boutique facilities. 

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Completely transformed, the Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel reopened on July 5 after a four-year restoration project. Situated on the Place de la Concorde, the historic property mixes vintage glamour and architectural elements with modern amenities and technology. Read more below the photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Lobby

Opulent objects like amethyst chandelier and Baccarat decanters have been given prominent placement, Karl Lagerfeld designed two of the property's prestigious suites, and there's a new swimming pool featuring a mural by ceramist Peter Lane. Continue below the pool photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Pool

The hotel's guest rooms and suites combine the property's 18th-century heritage with bespoke furnishings, elegant antiques, and carefully selected accents for a sophisticated Parisian residential style. Read more below the photo of the Bernstein Suite. 

Bernstein Suite Bedroom at Hotel de Crillon

There's also revitalized dining options, including L'Ecrin serving a contemporary gastronomic menu by Chef Christopher Hache. Along with Brasserie D'Aumont with timeless French cuisine prepared with seasonal ingredients and regional products. For Afternoon Tea and sweets, Jardin d'Hiver is a glamorous residential lounge, and Les Ambassadeurs provides an iconic setting for cocktails and live entertainment. Continue below the Jardin d'Hiver. 

Jardin d'Hiver at Hotel de Crillon

Within the reimagined palace there's the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa along with the Hair Salon by David Lucas and the Barber by La Barbiere de Paris. Need shoes buffed? Shoecare by Devoirdecourt can assist. 

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Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma

Set just off the white sands of Maroma Beach, the new Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma provide a unique escape. Surrounded by turquoise waters, the recently opened luxury bungalows have glass bottom floors, private infinity pools, oversized decks with wooden lounge chairs, snorkeling equipment, and ladders providing direct access to the ocean. Read more below the photo. 

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows Private Pool at El Dorado Maroma

Providing a romantic and private setting within the adults-only resort, the Palafitos have "Aguas del Amor" outdoor showers, and indoor jacuzzis for two. There's also personal Majordomos to cater to guest's specific needs and requests, as well as a premium selection of alcohol and snacks. Plus, visitors staying in Palafito Overwater Bungalows for five or more nights can schedule an exclusive chef-prepared moonlight dinner on their own private terrace. Read more below the photo. 

Palafitos Overwater Bungalow Bedroom at El Dorado Maroma

Within the all-inclusive resort there's also the Overwater Grill & Wine Bar with glass floors and an international grill menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Continue reading below the photo.

Overwater Dining at El Dorado Maroma

El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort by Karisma is an adults-only property with an intimate design, where the beach, pools, restaurants, and spa are a short stroll from one another. There are six dining options, as well as a large beach area with non-motorized water sports, and three freshwater pools with swim-up bars. The resort's spa offers a full menu of services, including Sky Massages performed in thatched-roof oceanfront huts. 

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Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia

Ready for a one-of-a-kind getaway? Enter to win our Escape to Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort, and enjoy a relaxing five night stay in a Master Casita, plus daily breakfast, a guided horseback ride, a unique Life on the Farm Experience at a locally-owned family farm, and a relaxing Classic Auberge Massage that can be customized for individual needs. Plus, exclusive amenities and activities in Costa Rica's Southern Region.  

Prize includes: 
- 5-night stay for two people in a Master Casita at Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort. 
- Daily breakfast for two at Ambar Terrace.
- 90-minute Horseback Ride for two. 
- Life on the Farm Experience for two. 
- 60-minute Classic Auberge Massage for two. 
- Valid for two people sharing until August 1, 2018. Subject to availability at time of booking. Black out dates apply. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes: alcohol and gratuities, additional restrictions may apply.

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Hacienda AltaGracia Spa, Dining, and Outdoor Pool

The Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort is situated in southern Costa Rica, atop the lush mountains of Perez Zeledon. The property offers 50 estate-sized suites and casitas, each designed to allow guests to enjoy the green surroundings with luxurious furnishings and comforts, including leather and wood accents. Regional cuisine is crafted with local ingredients by an award-winning master chef, there's a spa with 6 indoor treatment rooms, and an outdoor pool with panoramic views of the valley. Within the resort's Casa Grande, guests can enjoy private movie screenings or read by the fireplace at La Biblioteca. The property's equestrian facility has 28 over-sized indoor stables, private tours, and instructors offering unique riding experiences. Plus, there's a variety of exclusive activities available for guests.

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Originally a plantation, the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers a discreet setting focused on luxurious amenities and high end service. For the second consecutive year, the property received the prestigious distinction of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. In addition, for the first year, the resort's Spa Botanico, received the Forbes Five-Star rating as well. Read more below the resort photo.

Guest room at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Set steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, the luxe resort sits amidst acres of lush, tropical forest. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a luxurious estate style resort in Puerto Rico inspired by the legacy of its original developer, Laurance S. Rockefeller. The second property within the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection, Dorado Beach provides an open-air enclave, with a secluded setting, intimate accommodations, and numerous culinary experiences including Mi Casa by José Andrés (shown below). Continue reading below the photo.

Mi Casa by Jose Andres at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The award-winning Spa Botánico is set within a pineapple garden. Integrated into the natural environment, the 5-acre spa sanctuary utilizes the island's local ingredients and indigenous soothing treatments to impart a holistic sense of well-being. Featuring a special apothecary portal entrance filled with local botanicals, there are 10 treatment pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows, two open-air Tree House treatment pavilions, and outdoor waterfall showers surrounded by the scent of bay rum leaves, lemongrass, and ginger. Continue reading below the spa photo for a special offer at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. 

Spa Botanico Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

For a limited time, the resort's "Stay Longer With Us" offer provides a discount that increases the longer guests stay at the resort.

- 3 nights = 10% off

- 4 nights = 15% off

- 5 nights = 20% off

- 6 nights = 25% off

- 7 plus nights = 30% off

The offer must be booked before May 30, 2017 for travel through December 17, 2017. Based upon availability. Not combinable with other offers. Excludes blackout dates and holidays. 

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Towering over Hollywood Beach, the Diplomat Resort and Spa recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Offering an ultramodern spa, white sand beaches, 10 chef-led dining concepts, and reimagined amenities, the oceanfront property has an idyllic location along Ocean Drive. The resort recently announced a special partnership with Trina Turk, an iconic fashion brand. The designer created custom cabanas that are positioned above the resort's two pools, which will also be the base for pop-up shops from the brand throughout the year. Read more about the partnership in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management by Mick Tan

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton partnered with fashion brand Trina Turk to create custom cabanas as part of the resort’s $100-million transformation. Trina Turk provided the property with four exclusive cabana designs, including fabrics and patterns from the brand’s 2017 collection.

Exclusive Trina Turk Cabanas at the Diplomat Resort and Spa

Positioned above the resort’s two pools, the cabanas have ocean views. Inspired by the resort’s oceanfront location and poolside views, the cabanas reflect four distinct color schemes with fabrics in shades of bright turquoise and orange, bright yellow and deep purple, and shades of blue. There are also free-flowing draperies for privacy and large pillows. Other accents include candles, ice buckets and side tables.

The new cabanas also serve as home base for anticipated pop-up shops and specialty stores to be opened with Trina Turk throughout the year.

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