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The Luxury Hotel Insider:Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.

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


Situated in the 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.

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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. 

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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. 


Situated in Argentina's lake district, Llao Llao Hotel and Resort is a luxury mountain lodge with grand stone fireplaces, exposed cyrpress walls, and views of Andean peaks. Providing travelers with a true Patagonian experience while in the midst of a full-service luxury resort, guests can partake in a variety of active excursions including extreme mountain biking, skiing, condor sightings, 4x4 driving on the Patagonian steppes, rafting, and rappelling. Continue reading more below the photo.

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

The hotel has two wings: Ala Bustillo Wing with rooms, suites, and studios that opened in 1940, and the Lago Moreno Wing a mix of classic and modern designed deluxe studios and suites. In the Moreno Wing, the suites offer large windows, and the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite has a unique bathroom with a double jacuzzi and expansive window providing a panoramic view. There's also a log fireplace and terraced balcony in the 678-square-foot suite. Read more below the photo of the Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite. 

Deluxe Moreno Lake Suite Bathroom

In addition to the hotel's exclusive setting and outdoor activities, the property offers a pampering spa with a variety of treatments, Kids & Teens Spa for guests 3 to 12 years of age, and a Health Club with a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, stength training, and relaxation room. There's also a kids' club with supervised activities, and a hospitality lounge for skiiers during the winter season. For dining, Los Cesares Grill & Pasta serves a variety of grilled meats, fish, and homemade pastas. While the Patagonia Coffee Shop offers a relaxed setting, and the Lobby Bar is a lodge-style destination for evening cocktails. Read more below the Lobby Bar photo.

Lobby Bar at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 USD spa credit, welcome chocolate amenity, and subject to availability, an early check-in or late check-out. 

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Ahhh...winter. As charming as sweater season and relaxing by a warm fire can seem, at a certain point, it's time for an escape. But with all the hurricanes that happened in 2017, it can be a bit daunting to determine what Caribbean destinations are open and ready for visitors. To make it a bit easier, we've gathered five of our top Caribbean resorts picks for idyllic winter escapes so you can relax in the sunshine instead of trying to stay warm in the more than brisk winter weather.

1. Jade Mountain Resort

Jade Mountain Resort St. Lucia

Located in the Southern Caribbean on the island of St. Lucia, Jade Mountain Resort provides panoramic views of the island's Piton World Heritage Site and the Caribbean Sea. The exclusive resort-within-a-resort concept by Anse Chastenet, features bold architecture with open-concept designs linking bedrooms and living areas with infinity pools, providing viewing platforms to take in the island's natural beauty. 

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2. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Recognized as one of the world's most exclusive resorts, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, formerly the One&Only Ocean Club, offers an iconic location in the Bahamas with recently refurbished accommodations, restaurants, and public spaces. Set along a 5-mile stretch of beach, the resort provides a laid-back Bahamian lifestyle amidst Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens with three swimming pools, six tennis courts, Balinese-inspired spa, kids' club, and access to the adjacent Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course.

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3. Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Located on the island of Curacao, about 35 miles from Aruba, Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao is set amidst 2,000 acres. Within the resort guests can play tennis, partake in a variety of watersports, lounge poolside, hike or bike amidst rock formations, caves, and caverns, or go yachting from the resort's marina. For dining, SHORE provides open-air fine dining with sea views as well as the Jun's at Shore with sushi specialties, Medi Restaurant offers international cuisine, and SPLASH Pool Bar & Grill serves casual fare. 

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4. Sandals La Source

Sandals La Source

Providing an all-inclusive setting for couples Sandals La Source provides an exotic setting on the "Spice Isle"  of Grenada, which is one of the world's only producers of Nutmeg, which is infused in many dishes and products on the island. The island is also home to the world's first underwater sculpture park, and the resort offers four unique villages with a variety of suites and villas, including some with swim-up access and butler service. 

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5. The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

Situated along the world-famous Grace Bay Beach, The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos is a luxury boutique resort. Offering an array of amenities, guests can enjoy complimentary bicycles and watersports, lounge by the beach or pool with personalized service, relax at the Anani Spa, entertain young travelers with supervised children's programs, workout at the fitness center, or experience fine dining at Drift, an open-air restaurant on the shores of Grace Bay Beach. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 Resort Credit per room, per stay, plus a welcome fruit and water amenity.

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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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Perched along the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a casual, yet elegant setting in Laguna Beach. Most of the luxury resort's guest rooms and suites have ocean views and private patios or balconies, while first floor rooms have sea views and fire pits. There's also 42-inch flat-screen TVs, as well as DVD players, coffeemakers, and full marble bathrooms with double sinks. Plus, there's The Ritz-Carlton Club Level with exclusive amenities. Continue reading below the photo.

Fire pit at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The property offers an array of amenities for guests, including an oceanfront fitness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment, as well as two outdoor swimming pools and whirlpools. There's an Eco Adventure Center, wellness clases including Yoga and Pilates, two tennis courts, children's playground, and lawn areas with Adirondack chairs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Read more below the photo.

Pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton Spa has 12 luxurious treatment rooms, as well as a Salon & Spa Boutique. Continue reading below the spa photo.

Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

For dining, there are two restaurants, including Raya with signature Latin dishes prepared with locally-sourced produce, sustainable seafood, and organic meats. enoSTEAK features a modern steakhouse setting with wood-paneled walls and a showcase wine cabinet in the center of the restaurant. For casual dining with ocean views, 180Blu has a lounge style setting, and the Dana Pool Cafe has poolside food and beverages. 

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Consisting of 34 freestanding suites, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the only Relais & Chateaux property in the Dominican Republic. Mixing Spanish colonial style with Riviera-inspired design, the property offers guests privacy and the exclusive Caleton Beach Club. Surrounded by a tropical forest, the property has towering cliffs, pristine beaches, marina, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Continue reading below the photo.

Three Bedroom Royale Villa at  Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Throughout the property there are six bars and restaurants each with a distinctive personality, including the Mediterraneo Restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine crafted with items flown-in from Europe. La Palapa offers seafood with views of the Caribbean, and the BLUE Grill + Bar provides Japanese and Peruvian fusion dishes. Read more below the photo.

La Palapa at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit, bottle of champagne, and fresh fruit platter. Also, based on availability, an early check-in and late check-out. 

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Situated in the seaside town of La Jolla, the Grande Colonial Hotel was originally built as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel in 1913. Designed by celebrated architect Richard Requa, the property was the talk of the town. Today, the luxury hotel offers a chic coastal setting overlooking the Pacific Coast. Completely modernized, the property maintains architectural details from its storied past. Read more below the photo.

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

Featuring windows that open to let in Pacific breezes, the boutique hotel's guest rooms and suites feature a coastal-inspired color palette, Keurig coffeemakers, Serta pillowtop mattresses, and goose down comforters. Continue reading below the photo.

One Bedroom Suite at the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

Completely renovated in 2017, the NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar specializes in evolving California Cuisine with an emphasis on certified farm-to-table cuisine, as well as an extensive Wine Spectator cellar. Plus, there's an outdoor terrace with ocean views and al fresco dining. 

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NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar


Surrounded by mangroves, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a boutique resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya. Offering 90 one-bedroom suites, the intimate oceanview suites have living rooms, private outdoor terraces, master bedrooms, and luxe bathrooms with deep marble bathtubs, handcrafted sinks, and separate showers. Set amidst tropical gardens with a bird sanctuary, there's a protected private beach, gardens landscaped with native plants, and a Thalassotherapy Center. Continue reading below the photo.

Master Suite Living Room at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Close to Mayan archaeological sites, national parks, and nature reserves, the award-winning property's isolated white-sand beach is about a a half-mile long, with eacy access to the world's second largest coral reef with opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. There's also two swimming pools, La Bonita Catamaran cruises, three restaurants, and two bars. Continue reading below the photo for a special perks offer.

Master Suite at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive one complimentary 50-minute spa treatment per person once during their stay, as well as an in-room amenity. 

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Destination Spotlight: Vienna

Known for classical music and a one-of-a-kind coffee culture, Vienna comes alive during the holiday season with a variety of Christmas Markets such as the Old Viennese Christmas Market on Freyung, the Cultural and Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, the Art Advent on Karlsplatz, the Winter Market on Riesenradplatz, and the Christmas village on Maria Theresien Platz. These markets come alive with festive Advent concerts, Gospel evenings, and the star-studded "Christmas in Vienna" Gala at the Konzerthaus. After Christmas, these markets become New Year's Markets, and the Vienna Philharmonic hosts its New Year's Concert in the Musikverein's Golden Hall every New Year's Day.  While the city's annual Ball Season begins in January and runs through February, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to "Waltz in Vienna" at one of 450 imperial venues. 

Featuring a cuisine and coffee culture of its own, Vienna is an ideal destination for food, art, music, and history enthusiasts. From Viennese coffee houses (part of cultural heritage of UNESCO since 2011) where coffee drinks, pastries, and international newspapers can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. There are traditional coffee houses in the Old City, Viennese Concert Cafes with live music, Viennese Ice Cream Parlours, and new modern interpretations of the traditional coffee house throughout the city.

In addition to the coffee culture, Viennese cuisine is the only cuisine in the world named after a city, making it the perfect place for foodies to explore. There are 10 restaurants with a shared 14 Michelin Stars, and 127 Viennese restaurants currently hold coveted Gault & Millau food critic awards. One of the pioneers in vegetable and herb cuisine, The Steirereck, is ranked tenth on the list of "World's 50 Best Restaurants". 

Visitors can explore a thriving gallery scene, schedule private access tours to the city's world-class museums for special insights, or book a personal tour in a limousine or VW Beetle Convertible. For those that love to shop for unique items, the city's list of "Wien Products" includes artistic crafts such as custom-made shoes and chandeliers from some of the most prestigious boutiques in Vienna. There's also an array of Austrian fashion designers, as well as a new service with select hotels offering guests the opportunity to rent fashions from Viennese designers. 

Here are Five Top Luxury Hotels in Vienna:

1. Hotel Sacher Wien

Hotel Sacher Wien

Recognized for luxury and high class service, Hotel Sacher Wien was founded in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, son of the creator of the Original Sacher-Torte. Directly opposite the State Opera House and next to the Albertina Gallery, the historica hotel offers exclusive amenities, guest rooms and suites with noble carpets and mulberry silk wall papers, as well as the recently renovated Anna Sacher restaurant with golden highlights. Sacher Eck services culinary creations in a dynamic atmosphere where guests can enjoy the Original Sacher-Torte, which is also available in the Cafe Sacher and Sacher Stube.

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2. Park Hyatt Vienna

Belle Epoque Suite at the Park Hyatt Vienna

Set within a 100-year-old building in Vienna's first district, Park Hyatt Vienna is within walking distance of important sights, monuments, museums, and shopping. The Arany Spa has a 15-meter indoor pool, wet area with a sauna, steam bath, vitality showers, and sanarium, plus a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an array of spa treatments. There's family- and pet-friendly amenities, as well as the Cafe Am Hof coffee house, Bank Brasserie & Bar for dining, and the Living Room with whisky, cognac, and cigars. 

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3. Palais Coburg Residenz

Palais Coburg Residenz

Featuring historically significant Renaissance fortifications from the 16th century, the Palais Coburg Residenz offers 34 individualized suites each dedicated to members of the Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha family dynasty that played a signifant role in the history of the property. The Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant is a two Michelin Star recipient, and there are six wine cellars with a combined 60,000 bottles. There's also a garden and spa with unique spaces for guests to explore. 

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4. Hotel Bristol Vienna

Lounge at the Hotel Bristol Vienna

Built in 1892, the Hotel Bristol Vienna, A Luxury Hotel Collection is located in the heart of Vienna's cultural and business district. Offering Viennese charm with personalized service, rooms that face the Vienna State Opera are named after famous directors, and all accommodations have antiques mixed with modern comforts. The Bristol Lounge offers Art Deco ambiance, there's a winter garden with view on the Mahlerstrasses, and the Bristol Bar was the city's first American Bar. 

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5. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

Situated within four 19th century palaces, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is located on the iconic Ringstrasse, adjacent to the Stadtpark. Offering unique dining experiences, Dstrikt Steakhouse serves farm-to-table cuisine, and the Atmosphere Rooftop Bar provides skyline views and signature cocktails. The Ritz-Carlton Spa has six treatment rooms and personalized services, there's a state-of-the-art fitness center, and the 18-meter indoor pool has underwater music. 

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Set on a one-mile stretch of white sand beach along the Indian Ocean, The Residence Mauritius offers an island setting. Inspired by the the island's turn-of-the-century plantation houses, the luxury resort provides a mix of classic colonial style, modern elegance, and simplicity. Guest rooms and suites are furnished with beds infused with drops of ylang ylang to promote slumbers, shutters to filter in the sunlight, a color palette of white and beige, and large marble bathrooms with soaking tubs. Plus, personal butler service is available for an added level of luxury. Continue reading below the photo.

Oceanfront accommodations at The Residence Mauritius

Offering a family-friendly setting, there is a beachfront kids' club with professionally-led activities such as cooking classes, snorkeling, pony rides, and picnics. There's also water activities like glass bottom boat rides, catamarans, and paddle boats. For adults, The Sanctuary offers a zen-like setting with a variety of spa treatments, hair and beauty services, saunas, Hammam, and steam room. Learn about a special perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Dining at The Residence Mauritius

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome fruit basket, along with a local Mauritian rum tasting once during the stay with 4 rums and canapes. Also, based on availability at check-in, an upgrade to the next room category.

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Poolside setting at The Residence Mauritius


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