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

Hacienda AltaGracia

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

The Spa at Hacienda AltaGracia

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

Dining at Hacienda AltaGracia

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

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Featured Journeys: Canadian Ski Adventure

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

Vancouver
Whistler
Banff

 

Vancouver

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

Four Seasons Vancouver

Four Seasons Vancouver

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

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Fairmont Pacific Rim

Fairmont Pacific Rim

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

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Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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

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Whistler

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

 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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

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Four Seasons Whistler

Four Seasons Whistler

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

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The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

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

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Banff

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

Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs

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

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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

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The Post Hotel 

The Post Hotel

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

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Exuding Provincial charm, the Garden Suites at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons take inspiration from Raymond Blanc's travels to France. Situated in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, the property offers an intimate setting with 32 guest rooms and Michelin Star gastronomic experiences. Read more below the photo.

Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons

Within the French-inspired property, there are four ground-floor Garden Suites: L'Orangerie, Provence, Opium with Asian-inspired furnishings, and Blanc de Blanc, each with a family-friendly setting in the hotel's Garden Courtyard. Continue reading below the photo of the Blanc de Blanc Garden One Bedroom Suite's bedroom.

Blanc de Blanc Garden Suite at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons

The Blanc de Blanc Suite (shown above) provides a serene and eco-friendly environment. Furnished with layers of natural and white textures, the suite has a formal dining room, living room, and master bedroom. Found on the ground floor, the Blanc de Blanc Suite is accessed through a private terrace for an extra level of privacy. Plus, there's a spacious sitting room and walk-through dressing area. Read more below the photo of the Blanc de Blanc living room. 

Blanc de Blanc Garden Suite Living Room at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons

In addition to the Garden Suites, each of the hotel's rooms and suites feature individually-designed furnishings. There's also the Restaurant at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons (shown below), which has maintained two Michelin Stars  since opening over 30 years ago. Considered one of Britain's top restaurants, guests enter the restaurant via a lavender scented footpath. Once inside, visitors are treated to a gastronomic experience featuring organic produce with a twist of imagination. Guests can also take culinary classes via the hotel's Cookery School.

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The Restaurant at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons


Providing an ultra-luxe and secluded setting down the cliff from Agios Giorgios Church, the Elite Luxury Suites Santorini offers a sumptuous experience. Featuring a cliffside location down the hill from the Agios Giorgios Church, the chic property accepts guests age 12 and older. Offering just four villas, the exclusive retreats have Cycladic-style architecture, private pools, kitchens, and living areas with flat-screen TVs and satellite channels. Continue reading about each of the four villas below the photos. 

Private pool at Elite Luxury Suites Santorini

Featuring a pampering and romantic retreat, the Elite Suite is a 60 square meter (645 square feet) one bedroom cave house. The outdoor terrace has a private pool, there's a spacious living room with a full kitchen, and the intimate bedroom has a walk-in closet and two private bathrooms. Read more below the photo of the Elite Suite's master bedroom. 

Elite Suite Bedroom at the Elite Luxury Suites Santorini

Offering a tranquil setting for up to four people, the Premier Suite has 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) of space. There are two bedrooms, each with walk-in closets, king size beds, and private bathrooms. Plus, there's a living area with a full kitchen, and a private terrace with panoramic views and a private pool. Continue reading below the photo of the Premier Suite's kitchen. 

Premier Suite Kitchen at the Elite Luxury Suites Santorini

Built into a cliff, the Grand Suite is 130 square meters (1,399 square feet), and offers one master bedroom with two private bathrooms, two additional bedrooms each with their own bathroom, and walk-in closets in each room. The open-concept living room has a furnished kitchen, and there is a fully-equipped gym (shown below) within the suite. Capable of accommodating up to 6 people, there's a private terrace with a pool, as well as Caldera and Aegean Sea views. Continue reading below the photo of the Grand Suite's fitness room. 

Grand Suite Fitness Center at the Elite Luxury Suites Santorini

Providing unrivalled views to the Caldera and Aegean Sea, the Presidential Suite is set within a tradtional Cycladic cave offering 140 square meters (1,507 square feet) of space. Within the suite there is a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious living room, private gym, and an outdoor terrace with a pool. Providing space for up to four people, the suite has a master bedroom with a king size bed and bathroom, plus an additional bedroom with a smaller private bath and walk-in closets. Read more below the photo of the Presidential Suite. 

 Presidential Suite at the Elite Luxury Suites Santorini

Within walking distance of shops and attractions along the island's main road, the Elite Luxury Suites Santorini has four villas with modern styling, providing guests with a unique and private setting.

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Featured Journey: Luxury Vineyard Tour Through France Travel Blog

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


Champagne
Loire Valley
Bordeaux
Burgundy

Champagne

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

Domaine Les Crayeres

Domaine Les Crayeres

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

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Chateau De Fere

Chateau De Fere

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

 

Loire Valley

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

 

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

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

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Chateau D'Artigny
Chateau D'Artigny

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

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Bordeaux

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

Chateau des Vigiers

Chateau des Vigiers

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

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Les Sources de Caudalie

Le Sources de Caudalie

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

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Burgundy

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

 

Chateau De Gilly

Guest Room at Chateau De Gilly

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

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Hotel Le Cep

Hotel Le Cep Exterior

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

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Featuring panoramic views of the Bernese Alps, Bellevue Palace Hotel is the offical guesthouse of the Swiss goverment. As a place of living history for 150 years, the historic luxury hotel is a popular meeting place in Bern, and has welcomed diplomats, politicians, and celebrities for generations. The iconic property is a Berne institution, and features classic guest rooms and suites with antique furniture, stucco ceilings, and views of the Alps, along with balconies or sloping ceilings in select suites. Continue reading below the photo. 

Suite at Bellevue Palace Hotel

Within the regal palace there's a variety of dining and lounge options, such as VUE with traditional Swiss elegance and gourmet cuisine. There's also the legendary Bellevue Bar known as a destination for sophisticated snacks and chic cocktails. Plus, Le Fumoir with an extensive cigar menu, and Bellevue Terrasse with one-of-a-kind views. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at Bellevue Palace Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary fruit and chocolate welcome amenity and $100 USD food and beverage credit. Also, based on availability at time of check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Offering an on-site vineyard and a private label wine, Calistoga Ranch is a luxury nature resort with an award-winning Napa Spa and fitness programs. Featuring sustainable practices throughout the resort, guests can explore acres of scenic hiking trails, participate in painting and photography classes, play bocce ball, do yoga, or take a beekeeping course. In addition to a variety of on-site amenities, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks at the resort. Learn more below the photo of a wine cave dinner. 

Wine Cave Dinner at Calistoga Ranch

The nature resort's accommodations are set within 50 free-standing guest lodges, including Deluxe Lodges, One- and Two-Bedroom Lodges, as well as the Estate Lodge. Providing a refined environment for rustic relaxation, the lodges have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to natural surroundings, wood floors, and furnishings with clean lines inspired by nature. Plus there are outdoor showers and bath gardens, cedar sun decks with gas fireplaces, and some lodges have private outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo the outdoor shower photo. 

Outdoor Shower at the Calistoga Ranch

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary access for two people to the Auberge Spa facility with a watsu soaking pool, steam room, and Jacuzzi. 

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Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Castello Banfi - Il Borgo is an idyllic Tuscan retreat with a winery, outdoor pool, cooking classes, museum, and massages. Featuring guest rooms and suites designed by reknowned architect Federico Forquet, accommodations are set within homes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue reading below the photo. 

Junior Suite at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

There are two authentic restaurants within the resort, including La Taverna with traditional lunches and an ancient vaulted ceiling. For dinner, Sala dei Grappoli has an elegant atmosphere and authentic Tuscan cuisine, along with a selection of the property's Castello Banfi wines. Read more below the restaurant photo.

La Taverna at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

Castello Banfi's state-of-the-art on-site winery offers daily tours, there's the Museum of Wine and the Bottle within a historic building, and L'Enoteca is a wine bar with a Tuscan wine shop featuring the estate's wines, local olive oils, artisan crafts, and cheeses. Read more below the photo. 

L'Enoteca at Castello Banfi - Il Borgo

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive breakfast daily,  a two course lunch paired with Castello Banfi wine at La Taverna (or at the Pool Bar during summer months) once during their stay, and a welcome bottle of Cuvée Aurora Rosé in the room upon arrival. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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Nestled amongst a rugged landscape on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas is a luxury wilderness camp with 10 elegant tents, as well as a tented dining room and spa. Inspired by the tents of Mughal emperors that traveled the ancient lands, this exclusive retreat offers a serene setting ideal for viewing the area's abundant wildlife including tigers, leopards, chital deer, crocodiles, hyenas, and sloth bears. Continue reading below the photo. 

Exterior of Aman-i-Khas

Raised on concrete plinths, the air-conditioned luxury tents are reminiscent of Mughal pavillions with cotton drapes creating separate sleeping, dressing, and bathing areas. Positioned to ensure privacy, the tents overlook the natural landscape, teaming with wildlife. Featuring high draped ceilings, tents have classic furnishings as well as wifi, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and heating systems. There are living rooms with twin writing desks, oversized daybeds for lounging, chest coolers for drinks, and dining areas. Plus, sleeping quarters with king or twin beds, dressing areas, and twin vanities. Continue reading below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent

Within each luxury tent there is a bathing area separated by cotton drapes from the living and sleeping areas. Offering all the modern comforts, there is a shower, bathtub, and separate toilet. Read more below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Bathing Area

In addition to the luxury indoor living spaces, the tents have outdoor sundecks providing panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Continue reading below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Patio

The Aman-i-Khas has a tented, lamp-lit dining room with a large communal table and smaller tables. Reminiscent of the Mughal emperors' tent cities, the dining area provides guests with a seasonal menu featuring chef-prepared dishes crafted with ingredients from the property's organic garden and local sources. Continue reading below the dining room photo.

Aman-i-Khas Dining Tent

There's also a tented spa with two treatment rooms and a bubbling fountain, as well as Reiki massages, Ayurvedic treatments, outdoor yoga, and a pool lined with lounge chairs. Read more below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Spa

For guests looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, Aman-i-Khas offers Tiger Safaris with expert guides taking visitors into the untouched jungle to see tigers in the wild. On the safaris, guests learn about the tracking and movements of the tigers, leopards, hyenas, chital deer, and crocodiles. 

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Breakfast at Aman-i-Khas


Nestled between Munich and Salzburg, Residenz Heinz Winkler is a Relais & Chateaux property close to Lake Chiemsee. Set in the heart of Bavaria, the property offers "Cuisine Vitale"--culinary dishes with lightness, clarity, and the healing effects of herbs and spices, created by the hotel's owner, Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as spa treatments, the Venetian Gourmet Restaurant, and exclusive cooking classes with the Chef and his team. Continue reading below the photo. 

Terrace at Residenz Heinz Winkler

The hotel's Venetian Gourmet Restaurant features an elegant setting with Italian ambiance, as well as a mountain view terrace and winter garden. Serving "Cuisine Vitale" by Heinz Winkler, guests can enjoy classic dishes and new creations infused with local herbs and flavors. In addition, the hotel's dedicated sommelier can assist with ideal pairings from the restaurant's wine cellar with space for 25,000 bottles, and a wine list with as many as 950 positions featuring rare and noble wines from around the world. Read more below the photo. 

Gourmet Restaurant at Residenz Heinz Winkler

In addition to fine dining, the hotel offers Cooking Courses with Heinz Winkler. Providing guests with the opportunity to spend time with the star chef in his professional kitchen, participants will learn how to prepare dishes with the finest ingredients. The experience includes a welcome cocktail and 5-course dinner, then the following morning participants enjoy breakfast, followed by a Gourmet Cooking Course with Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as an apron and signed cookbook to take home as a keepsake. Continue reading below. 

Exterior of the Residenz Heinz Winkler

Created from a late Medieval building, the property was the Hotel Post for centuries. Purchased by Heinz Winkler in 1989, the property was transformed into a modern, yet traditional hotel blending luxury with local charm. Located in the Chiemgau between mountains and lakes, the hotel has 29 rooms and suites with balconies, Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. Designed to offer a relaxing and revitalizing setting, the spa offers a variety of pampering treatments and beauty rituals. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a demi bottle of Champagne upon arrival. 

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