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Situated in the heart of the city's historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place is a luxury hotel offering a spa, rooftop pool, and award-winning dining at the Charleston Grill. There's also upscale boutiques for shopping within the hotel, and the guestrooms and suites combine Southern charm with modern elegance and old-world style. While Club Floor rooms on the top floor of the property provide private access to the Club Lounge. For a limited time, the property is offering four special packages*. Read more below the photo for details. 

Belmond Charleston Place Exterior

Be Well, Be Luxe Offer*

-- 10% off luxury accommodations

--  Choice of one spa treatment per stay including Morroccanoil manicure and pedicure, or a 50-minute facial, body scrub, or massage ($140 credit)

--  One shampoo and blowout at Elysium ($65 credit)

*Maximum spa credit of $140 per room.

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Poolside spa treatment at Belmond Charleston Place

Retreat to Romance*

--  Luxury accommodations

--  Champagne welcome amenity

--  Room service breakfast for two (maximum value of $75 per room, per stay)

--  Sweetgrass rose

*Valid for travel throughout 2018, subject to availability.

Continue below the photo for additional offers.

Romance at Belmond Charleston Place

The Suite Life Offer*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  Access to Club Level amenities

*Valid for travel Sunday-Thursday through February 27, 2018. Package applies to Corner One Bedroom and One Bedroom Suites. 

See one more package offer below the photo.

Suite at the Belmond Charleston Place

Winter in Charleston*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  $50 food and beverage credit

* Valid for travel through February 28, 2018. Two night minimum stay required, offer subject to availability. 

In addition to the inclusions listed above, offers include internet, access to online newspapers, $30 breakfast credit, per person, per day, $100 food and beverage credit, and upgrade options based on availability at check-in.

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*Please note, the offers listed above were provided by the Belmond Charleston Place. Offers are subject to availability and could change at any time. 


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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Across from downtown, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers a family-friendly setting with a full-service marina, three outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature custom beds, private balconies, and bathrooms with soaking tubs. Read more below the guest room photo.

Guest room at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Family Parlor Rooms have 750 square feet of space with a king bed, sitting area with a fireplace, and a separate room with two twin beds, while Garden Studio Suites have a spacious design with a living space and furnished balconies. Offering a range of services and amenities, discover 5 Top Amenities at the property below the photo. 

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

5 Top Amenities at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

1. Charleston Harbor Marina

Located on site, the full-service marina provides complimentary water trolley access to downtown Charleston, as well as 24-hour security dock space that can accommodate more than 450 boats, high speed fuel, laundry, and shower facilities. 

2. Beach Club Tiki Bar

Charleston's only Tiki Bar provides panoramic harbor views, and a menu of sandwiches, salads, and light fare.

3. Estuary Spa 

Featuring coastal-inspired ambiance, the Estruary Spa offers an array of pampering services with individual and couples treatment options. 

4. Charleston Harbor Fish House

Serving fresh seafood with a seasonally changing menu, the award-winning restaurant offers waterfront dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

5. Games & Activities

Providing a variety of activties for guests of all ages, the hotel has season kid's camps, photo scavenger hunts, beachside fire pits with kits for roasting s'mores, and a 30-person movie theater. There's also volleyball, bocce, aqua golf, cornhole, and life-size chess.

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Patio view at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor


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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Fully redesigned and restored since originally opening in 1930, The Ghost Suite at the Omni Shoreham Hotel offers guests a one-of-a-kind setting with spectacular views of Washington, D.C. Once the home of the wealthy Doherty family from 1933 to 1973 (Mr. Henry Doherty was a shareholder in the hotel when it first opened), the suite was fiilled with Persian rugs, china from Napolean Bonparte, works of art, and elegant furniture. Continue reading below the photo.

Presidential Suite at the Omni Shoreham Hotel

Ms. Juliette Brown, the hotel's Executive Housekeeper also lived within the suite to help care for the Doherty family. One morning, Juliette woke up not feeling well and reached for the phone. She passed way and the engineer found her on the phone, dead in bed. A while after Juliette's death, the Doherty's adopted daughter Helen mysteriously died in the suite. Rumors swirled about a suicide or overdose, but nothing was ever confirmed. 

After the Doherty's departed, strange happenings were reported in the surrounding suites. Over the years, reports of housekeeping carts moving, eery breezes like someone is running by, lights and TVs turning on at 4 am (the estimated time of Juliette's death), and strange noises from Juliette's room have all been reported. Read more below the photo of the hotel.

Exterior of the Omni Shoreham Hotel

Today, the hotel's Presidential Suite, named The Ghost Suite, features a spacious setting in the same rooms once occupied by the Doherty family. Within the hotel there is Roberts Restaurant with an elegant setting for American cuisine, a seasonal outdoor resort pool, and an Art Deco/Renaissance Building overlooking Rock Ceek Park. 

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Offering a landmark setting in South Florida, The Biltmore Coral Gables is surrounded by 150 acres of tropical gardens. Home to one of the largest pools on the East Coast of the United States, the historic hotel offers a full-service European Spa, award-winning restaurants, and tennis. Minutes from downtown Miami and Miami Beach, The Biltmore is close to beaches, as well as upscale shopping and dining in downtown Coral Gables. Continue reading below the photo for 5 Reasons to Stay at The Biltmore Coral Gables, as well as special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Outdoor Pool at The Biltmore Coral Gables

1. Biltmore Golf

Designed by Donald Ross in 1925, the Biltmore Golf Course is a 6,800-yard, 18-hole, par-71, championship course. Offering membership options, guests have access to the course, as well as the Biltmore Golf Academy, Jim McLean Golf School, and the Golf Shop. For children, there's a Junior Development Program, as well as a Kids Summer Camp. Continue reading below the photo. 

Golf Course at The Biltmore Coral Gables

2. The Biltmore Culinary Academy 

Opened in 2009, the resort's recreational cooking school offers a variety of classes and team-building events for both children and adults. Ideal for aspiring chefs of all ages, students are actively involved of every aspect of the food preparation, which concludes with a meal consisting of student-created recipes. 

The Biltmore Culinary Academy

3. The Spa

Offering a luxurious setting with a boutique, and a full range of services such as body treatments, massages, facials, hair and makeup services, makeup application, waxing, and microblading, the spa at the Biltmore provides a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Within the spa there's also the Benessere at The Biltmore wellness program with special spa, dining, and fitness programs. 

Couples Spa Suite at The Biltmore Coral Gables

4. Children's Programs

From sports-focused programs to cooking classes, the resort offers a range of kid-focused activities. At the Biltmore Culinary Academy for Kids there are children's hands-on classes, along with family cooking classes. Plus, there are Golf Summer Camps and tennis lessons for children 7 to 14. 

5. Dining

The Biltmore Hotel offers multiple restaurants and dining options, including a popular Sunday Brunch and classic Afternoon Tea. For fine dining, Palme D'Or serves French cuisine, and Fontana specializes in Italian dishes. Plus, there's casual outdoor dining at Cascade, and the 19th Hole has golf course views. Continue reading below the photo about special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

Palm D'Or Restaurant at The Biltmore Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking  "Best Available" and "Signature" rate plans with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily in the Fontana Restaurant, a $100 spa treatment credit per room, per stay, and a welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Happy National Pumpkin Day! In honor of this day infused with pumpkin spice, jack-o-lanterns, and a celebration of this favorite gourd, we've pulled together three luxury hotels offering special seasonal pumpkin-infused amenities. 

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

This oceanfront luxury resort is situated in the World Pumpkin Capital. For a limited time, the property is offering the signature One Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Facial, featuring a 100% natural plant-based pumpkin enzyme masque, high in beta carotene and Vitamins A and C. In addition to the special spa offering, the Santa Cruz Coffee Company will be serving the Ultimate Pumpin Spice Latte at the resort through Halloween. Want to experience it all? The resort is offering a Pumpkin Experience package that includes the facial, pumpkin pastry, and a one night stay. 

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2. The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

The Asheville resort is celebrating Halloween October 27-29, 2017 with pumpkin carving contests where guests can view the entries and vote on their favorites, plus Halloween crafts, children's activities, scavenger hunts, guided history tours, a hot cider station on the front porch, and the Autumn Abundance Champagne Brunch on Sunday, October 29.

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3. Keswick Hall at Monticello

Keswick Hall at Monticello

The Spa at Keswick is offering the Pumpkin Perfect Fall Special, which includes a 30-minute massage enhanced with autumn scents, and a 30-minute warm foot massage. For children, there's also a Kids' Costume Bash on Friday, October 27. 

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Destination Spotlight: Haunted New Orleans

Founded by the French in 1718, the city was named in honor of Philip, Duke of Orleans. After being passed back and forth between the French and the Spanish, New Orleans became part of the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Since then, the southernmost city on the Mississippi River with a strong Creole culture, has been a battleground with a storied past, including the slave trade, American and French Revolution, War of 1812, and being captured by the Union during the Civil War. The city's various hardships have led to legendary stories of haunted buildings and alleyways, sightings of ghosts, and supernatural appearances. Offering a variety of ghost tours, as well as graveyards that are tourists destinations in their own right, we've gathered a list of five of the top haunted luxury hotels in New Orleans, where you may be able to experience a haunted happening of your own. 

1. Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone New Orleans

Recognized as as one of the city's premier haunted hotels, Hotel Monteleone has a locked restaurant door that opens on its own every now and then. Along with an elevator that stops on the wrong floor, revealing a couple down the hallway and ghostly children playing. The International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days at the hotel in 2003, making contact with more than a dozen entities, including a former employee and a young boy that both died in the hotel.

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2. Audubon Cottages

Audubon Cottages, New Orleans

Built shortly after the two great fires that destroyed New Orleans in the late 18th century, the Audubon Cottages are named in honor of naturalist and painter John James Audubon, who lived in Cottage One from 1821-1822 while he completed his Birds of America series. Consisting of seven private cottages in the heart of the French Quarter, the secluded retreat includes haunted histories for Cottages Two and Four. Legend has it, there's a country music-loving Confederate Soldier that ensures the radio is always playing is favorite music in Cottage Four (he's also been seen in the courtyard), plus the feeling of being touched and disembodied voices are common happenings. 

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3. Le Pavillon Hotel

Le Pavillon Hotel, New Orleans

Located in the French Quarter, Le Pavillon Hotel opened in 1907 as the New Denechaud Hotel, later renamed the DeSoto Hotel, and was transformed into the luxury Le Pavillon Hotel in the 1970s. Recognized as a haunted hotel, common stories include showers turning on in the middle of the night, travel items found in random locations, and sheets being pulled off the bed. There's several ghosts from the 1960s, including a couple, young woman, and a young man with varying stories of what happened to them at the hotel, and other guests have been awakened by supernatural light at the foot of the bed. 

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4. Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Bourbon Orleans Hotel

Next to two famous landmarks, the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel originally opened as ballroom in 1927. Acquired by the Sisters of the Holy Family in the late 1800s, the building was used as an orphanage, medical ward, school, and convent. The Yellow Fever struck during that time, and many children died during the epidemic. Today, stories of ghostly children and nuns have been reported throughout the hotel, as well as ghost dancers in the Orleans Ballroom. 

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5. Omni Royal Orleans

Omni Royal Orleans

Originally rebuilt in the 1840s, following a fire that destroyed the Saint Louis Exchange Hotel in 1841, the Omni Royal Orleans was transformed in the 1960s into a luxury French Quarter property. Featuring architectural elements like the stone arches and wrought-iron railings that graced the original Saint Louis Hotel, the property is recognized as one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over the years the property has welcomed movie stars, famous athletes, and entertainers from around the world, and according to stories and paranormal investigators, the hotel is also frequented by ghosts including an 18th century maid who sometimes tucks guests into bed, while other ghosts have played pranks on visitors by moving historic artifacts. 

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Overlooking the golf course, the Master Suite at Keswick Hall at Monticello is the resort's largest suite and offers a living room ideal for entertaining, spacious bathroom with a separate soaking tub and shower, plus a large terrace. Within the suite's master bedroom, there is a luxurious handmande king bed by Hypnos with premium bedding and Frette linens. In the master bathroom, there's an oversized soaking tub, heated towel racks, luxe bathrobes, and Molton Brown bath amenities. Continue reading below the photo of the bedroom in the Master Suite. 

Master Suite Bedroom at Keswick Hall at Monticello

The spacious living room has a sitting area with a sofa and chairs, as well as a flat-screen TV with a DVD/CD player (movies available at the reception desk). There's also a dining table with seating, desk, minibar with locally-sourced snacks and beverages, Nespresso machine, and a laptop-size safe. Read more about the property below the photo of the living room in the Master Suite. 

Master Suite Living Room at Keswick Hall at Monticello

Framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Keswick Hall at Monticello is minutes from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia. The historic 48-room property is nestled amongst 600 acres with a variety of outdoor recreation options such as archery with three on-site regulation targets, three outdoor pools, including one infinity pool with a waterfall feature, croquet, badminton, bocce, hot air balloon rides, and garden tours. There's also the Keswick Hunt Club and Kenswick's Tennis and Aquatic Center, which was ranked as the #5 Mid-Atlantic Resort by Tennis Magazine. Plus, the Keswick Golf Club with Pete Dye's award-winning Full Cry Golf Course. Nearby the property, there are more than 25 wineries, breweries, and cideries nearby. 

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Hounds on the grounds of Keswick Hall at Monticello


Situated amidst 150 acres of tropical gardens, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables offers an iconic setting with championship golf, Culinary Academy, and one of the largest heated pools on the East Coast of the U.S.A. Featuring two fine dining options--the Palme D'Or with French cuisine, and Fontana with an Italian menu, the property also has a well-known Sunday Brunch and Afternoon Tea, as well as casual poolside and golf course dining. The historic hotel has a European Spa with body treatments, massages, facials, hair and nail services, waxing, blading, and the Benessere Wellness Program with Mediterranean-infused cuisine & wellness activities. Plus the hotel offers special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Guest rooms and suites at the grand hotel feature Old World glamour infused with modern amenities such as plush beds with European feather bedding, 340-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable sitting areas. There are oversized windows with views of Coral Gables, the swimming pool, or golf course, and bathrooms have Frette robes and bamboo orchid towels. Read about special offers for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Golf Suite at The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "Best Available Rate" with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily at the Fontana Restaurant (excluding Sunday Brunch), $100 spa treatment credit, welcome in-room fruit and chocolate amenity, plus VIP status. 

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