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'Tis the season to find the perfect gift. Have a traveler on your list?

Here are 10 luxury gifts for Travelers from wee ones to the seasoned ones who seem to have everything. 

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1. Lug Via RFID Tote

This 3-in-1 Travel Bag transforms from a shoulder bag to a backpack with ease. Featuring a wide mouth bag opening on the top, insulated back zipper compartment, two soft lined accessories pockets, side cargo water bottle holder, and removable key fob, this bag makes it easy to keep things organized. The RFID protection protects cards from skimming devices while traveling, and the luggage strap glides over a roller bag.

Buy the Lug Via RFID Tote at ebags.com

Fuji Instax Camera

2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera

Featuring sleek styling, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera is ideal for the traveler that loves to take selfies and document their travels. Snap a picture and a credit card-sized photo prints out instantly--perfect for sharing with friends or putting in a travel journal.

Buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera at ebags.com

RuMe Travel Organizer

3. RuMe Garment Travel Organizer

Make packing and unpacking easy with the RuMe Garment Travel Organizer. The two-sided travel bag has a garment bag on one side for dresses and suits, the other side has compartments for tops, pants, and necessities. Machine washable and crafted of lightweight polyester, the Garment Travel Organizer rolls up to fit perfectly in a 20-inch carry-on suitcase. Once you arrive at your destination, just unfold and hang in the closet for easy accessibility. 

Buy the RuMe Garment Travel Organizer at ebags.com

Paravel Fold-Up Bag

4. Paravel Fold-Up Bag

Did a little extra shopping at the boutiques while on vacation? Not a problem with the Paravel Fold-Up Bag. Available in five color options, this feather-light bag zips into itself, and lies completely flat. Ideal as a personal item or carry-on for the trip home (or even a gym bag), this chic design slides over the handles of wheeled luggage, making getting those fun finds home from your trip with ease. 

Buy the Paravel Fold-Up Bag at Tourparavel.com

Tumi International Carry-on

5. Tumi Latitude International Carry-On

Durable and lightweight, the Tumi Latitude is crafted with layers of specially woven SRPP Ballistic Material, making the outer shell flexible and responsive. There's a brand-new Tumi wheel system for smooth maneuvering through airports, and the size and design is ideal for domestic and international travel. Available in four colors, personalization is also available. 

Buy the Tumi Latitude International Carry-On at Tumi.com

Tumi ID Lock Passport Case

6. Tumi ID Lock Passport Case

Protect your passport and cards while traveling with the Tumi ID Lock Passport Case. Available in three colors, the case is made with Tumi's signature ballistic nylon and trimmed with leather. This item can be monogrammed and features an ID window with several card slots, in addition to the passport slot. 

Buy the Tumi ID Lock Passport Case at Tumi.com

Tumi Ruma Crossbody

7. Tumi Ruma Crossbody

Versatile and practical yet elevated with gold zippers, the Tumi Ruma Crossbody is constructed with lightweight nylon. Featuring a vertical design, this style is ideal for holding a phone, wallet, passport, and tickets, along with room to spare for small essentials. Perfect for travel, yet ideal for everyday, this handbag is an ideal addition to one's travel wardrobe.

Buy the Tumi Ruma Crossbody at Tumi.com

Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set

8. Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set

Get your beauty sleep on the plane or anywhere you go with the Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set. This gift set includes a travel pillow with a luxurious slipsilk pillowcase, as well as a sleep mask with a silk-covered elastic band to keep the mask from messing up your hair. It's a luxe must-have for long haul flights, and available in pink or black. 

Buy the Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set

Little Passports

9. Little Passports

Designed for curious kids, Little Passports is an award-winning subscription service. Created to inspire children to learn about the world, monthly subscriptions are available for a variety of ages and themes including the Early Explorers for ages 3 to 5, World Edition for ages 6 to 10, USA Edition for ages 7 to 12, and the Science Expeditions for ages 9 and older. 

Buy a Little Passports subscription at Littlepassports.com

Easy Tiger US Map Wall Decor

10. Easy Tiger US Map Wall Decor

Pin your adventures! This cork map is ideal for plotting the next journey, providing an interactive way for families to travel plan, or just showcasing mementos from your trips. Made in the USA, this wall map wipes clean and measures 24"x18".

Buy the Easy Tiger US Map Wall Decor at Bloomingdales.com

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| By: Rachael Weir

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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| By: Rachael Weir
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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 17 picks for places to go in 2017. 
 

1. Montreal

Places to go in 2017
 
Celebrating its 375th Birthday in 2017, this French Canadian city offers history, art, and a strong food scene. Designated a UNESCO City of Design, many of the birthday celebration events will be taking place during the summer months in the historic Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal). One of our favorite experiences is Cité Mémoire, where guests download the free app (available in four languages), and take a historically-inspired evening walking tour of the historic quarter while viewing projected images with sound and music through the app. For luxury accommodations in the heart of Old Montreal, Le Saint-Sulpice, is an all-suite boutique property with a center courtyard and contemporary restaurant next to the Notre Dame Cathedral, or Hotel Gault, a modern, art-focused property in a historic building. 
 

2. Philadelphia

Places to go in 2017-Philadelphia
 
Selected as the first UNESCO World Heritage City in the U.S., Philadelphia is set to debut the new Museum of the American Revolution in the spring, along with new luxury hotels from Four Seasons, Study, SLS, and the W. Founded by William Penn in 1682, the city offers an array of historic attractions including the Independence National Historic Park with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Spend the night overlooking the National Historic Park at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia with a rooftop lounge and chef-driven restaurant, or stay at one of the country's highest rated hotels, The Rittenhouse Hotel with five star comforts, rich mahogany furnishings, and a landmark location. 
 

3. Scotland

Places to go in 2017-Scotland
 
2017 is the Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology in Scotland. From landscapes carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, to towering castles, fine whiskey tastings to local delicacies infused with traditions and legends, the country offers a variety of sites and events to explore. Less than an hour southeast of Glasgow, New Lanark, a UNESCO site began as a purpose-built mill village in 1785, and was transformed in the 19th century by Utopian idealist Robert Owen, into the largest collection of industrial buildings in the world. A short drive from New Lanark, The Blythswood Square Hotel offers a Glasgow city center location, award-winning spa, historic Rally Bar, and classic Afternoon Tea. Another of the country's UNESCO sites is Edinburgh Old and New towns, with two distinct areas: the Georgian and neoclassical New Town and the Old Town with the medieval Edinburgh Castle. The Caledonian is a Victorian railway hotel offering views of Edinburgh Castle, along with an indoor pool, gourmet dining with Michelin-starred chef-prepared cuisine, and the Caley Bar. 
 

4. Malaga

Places to go in 2017 - Malaga, Spain
 
Perfect for museum lovers, Malaga is situated in Spain's Andalusia region. The birthplace of Picasso, the city is home to the Picasso Museum, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, and a five-year pop-up of Centre Pompidou which includes art by Chagall, Kahlo, and Magritte. Centrally located, the new Gran Hotel Miramar opened in a 1926 Art Nouveau building across from Malagueta Beach with a massive spa scheduled to debut in 2017. The Molina Lario boutique hotel is located in the city's cultural center by the port and Picasso Museum, while the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa is located just outside the city with Andalusian architecture and a championship golf course. 
 

5. Lucerne

17 Places to go in 2017 - Lucerne, Switzerland
 
Following the opening of the 36-mile-long Gotthard Base Tunnel in December 2016 on the southern edge of the lake, this Alpine paradise offers an array of water activities during the summer, along with hiking, and regional cuisine. The massive Bürgenstock resort is set to open later this year. For a historic setting, the Palace Luzern is locationed on the lake, and offers special perks for Five Star Alliance Guests. While the Art Deco Hotel Montana is perched high above the lake with picturesque views of the Swiss Alps. 
 

6. Helsinki

Helsinki - Places to go in 2017
 
Finland is Celebrating 100 years of indepence in 2017, and the country's capital city will be the hosting a variety of events, including the Worldcon 75 - World Science Fiction Convention in August at the Helsinki Convention and Exposition Centre. Combining contemporary Scandinavian style with a diverse history, the scandic city offers new Nordic cuisine, the Old Market Hall with local and regional specialties, outdoor recreation, and traditional Finnish saunas throughout the city. Spend the night in the city center at Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel Helsinki, set within a former dairy laboratory and cheese factory, or at the beautifully restored Hotel Kamp, across from Esplanade Park, as well as upscale shops and restaurants. 
 

7. Nashville

Nashville - Places to go in 2017
 
Three of the city's iconic attractions: the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Bluebird Cafe are celebrating major anniversaries this year. Plus, Music City U.S.A. has a booming food scene with John Besh's Marsh House, an eatery from Per Se-trained chef Julia Sullivan, joining a strong market of dining options in the past year. The city also debuted the Thompson Nashville in the Gulch dining and entertainment district, with a 21c, and Kimpton opening in 2017. For visitors wanting a historic setting, Nashville's Hermitage Hotel is a landmark destination since 1908 with the Capitol Grille and a regal setting. 
 

8. Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa - Places to go 2017
 
Set along picture-perfect beaches where two oceans converge, Cape Town is ideal for whale watching and water sports. Surrounded by the Cape Winelands of Constantia, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch, the region pairs well with the city's growing restaurant scene. Cape Town's art and design scene is also strengthening with the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art. The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers a waterfront setting, with a private helicopter pad, impeccable service, and a shuttle service to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, plus special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. For a setting removed from the city, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is less than a 3-hour drive, with a unique natural environment featuring waterfalls, open plains, and ancient sandstone formations, along with VIP status for Five Star Alliance guests.
 

9. Portugal

Portugal - Places to go 2017
 
From the beaches in the Algarve region, to the chic city of Lisbon, Portugal offers vineyards, arts, culture, and a delectable culinary experience. Perched on a mountainside overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage town, the Tivoli Palacio de Setais is set within a castle built by the Dutch in 1787. The Hotel Quinta Do Lago is located within the Ria Formosa Nature Park, with direct beach access, outdoor pool, and spa. Olissippo Lapa Palace offers a retreat-like setting in the heart of Lisbon, while Six Senses Douro Valley provides a spectacular setting in Portugal's Duora Valley wine region. 
 

10. Perth, Australia

Perth - Places to go 2017
 
The capital of Western Australia, Perth is one of the most remote cities on the planet. But the city's restaurant industry is booming with historic buildings being transformed into swank cafes and chic cocktail bars. There's also a growing number of design-focused accommodations, including COMO The Treasury. Set within a 140-year-old State Building, the hotel has a rooftop Wildflower restaurant, COMO Shambhala spa, and indoor pool. Crown Metropol Perth overlooks the rolling hills to the east with a large resort pool surrounded by cabanas and day beds, spa with Swan River views, plus cycling and running tracks. 
 

11. Patagonia

Patagonia - Places to go in 2017
 
Torres del Paine National Park offers breathtaking vistas and an array of mountains, fjords, and glaciers to explore. New flights from South American airline LATAM between Santiago, Chile and Puerto Natalas are making this region more accessible than ever. The luxury ecolodge, explora Patagonia is set within the national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, while Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa offers distinctive architecture overlooking the area's unique landscape. For exclusive access to mountainous terrain, as well as nearby farms and rivers, The Singular Patagonia is set on 100 acres and pays homage to the heritage of the region. 
 

12. Bermuda

Bermuda - Places to go in 2017
 
This June, the island will host the 35th America's Cup sailing race, and the island is currently undergoing a redevelopment phase. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club just completed a $100 million renovation, which included the addition of a Marcus Samuelsson restaurant, plus an art collection, spa, and revitalized guest rooms. Elbow Beach Bermuda is located along a stretch of pristine, pink sand beach, while Rosewood Tuckers Point is set amongst 200 waterfront acres. 
 

13. Canada

Canada - Places to go 2017
 
In celebration of the country's 150th birthday, all of Canada's National Parks will offer free entry to anyone who signs up for the Discover Pass. Ottawa will host a variety of events, and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is in the center of it all next to the Parliament Buildings. Toronto is now more accessible via Air Canada's stopover program, and the newly opened Thompson Toronto offers a chic setting with a rooftop pool. Quebec City, North America's only walled city, is experiencing a renaissance, and the Auberge Saint-Antoine mixes history with a chic setting. While Vancouver offers a thriving metropolis on the Pacific Coast, fusing historic railroad hotels like the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, amongst contemporary retreats such as the Fairmont Pacific Rim
 

14. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Places to go 2017
 
The island's colonial city is expanding its offerings with new restaurants that transform into nightspots, a hip electronic music scene, and a variety of live music venues. Casas del XVI features 10 luxury accommodations spread throughout three historic homes, with an overall romantic, yet contemporary setting. The Hostal Nicolas de Ovando Santo Domingo is located within a former palace that has been transformed into a luxury hotel along the Las Damas, the New World's first paved road. 
 

15. Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China - Places to go 2017
 
Offering a new high-rise Suzhou Industrial Park with a shopping and entertainment district, mixed with the UNESCO-designated 2,500-year-old city known for traditional white-washed buildings and an Old Town with canals, this city mixes old with new. Just a half-hour bullet train ride from Shanghai, the historic city known for art and poetry is becoming a popular location, with multiple Western hotel brands opening properties in the next two years. The Pan Pacific Suzhou offers traditional Chinese architecture with renowned personalized service, and the Regalia Resort and Spa featuring a secluded setting with lotus ponds on Jinji Lake. 
 

16. Seychelles

Seychelles - Places to go 2017
 
Home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, the Seychelles is a 115-island nation off the eastern coast of Africa. Popular with honeymooners, the islands are experiencing a boom in lavish resort openings. The newly opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon is an all-villa retreat on the private island of Félicité with an open-air spa and plunge pools. The Constance Ephelia Seychelles on the island of Mahe with contemporary furnishings, surrounded by gardens and ocean views, while the Constance Lemuria Seychelles has its own 18-hole championship golf course, and sits directly on three white sand beaches with four restaurants, children's club, and five bars. 
 

17. Honolulu

Honolulu - Places to go 2017
 
Emerging as the arts hub of the Hawaiian islands, the state's capital is hosting its first Biennial, March 8 to May 8, which will feature art installations, performances, and more around the city at the City Hall, Chinatown, and Foster Botanical Garden. There are new galleries and studios opening throughout the city, plus the beachfront hotels are right on the water, yet close to the attractions. Halekulani is located on Waikiki Beach with the 5-star Le Mer Restaurant and a mosaic-bottom swimming pool. The newly transformed Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a sprawling property with an award-winning spa, marina, and family activities. Plus, the Royal Hawaiian, known as the Pink Palace provides a landmark setting on Waikiki Beach with classic beachfront dining. 
 

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In the United States, election day, November 8th, is almost upon us. "The election is on everyone's minds, and hotels are using the event as a clever marketing tool to bring in business," said Ignacio Maza, the executive vice president of the Signature Travel Network.

The NY Times Travel Section posted an article last week highlighting Election Themed Hotel Packages.

Some of our favorites are highlighted below.

Election Themed Packages at The Dupont Circle Hotel

In Washington, DC, The Dupont Circle Hotel located directly on the historic circle is offering Slice of the City: Your Vote, Your Stay through January 21st. Cast your vote by picking your political party.

The Republican Party Experience offers: 
- 2 hand rolled cigars from W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist - Ulysses S. Grant's favorite pastime.
- A Theodore Roosevelt teddy bear to greet you in your room and a take-home gift.
- A dozen oysters and beer at Bar Dupont - Abraham Lincoln's favorite food.
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers -where Abraham Lincoln had all of his suits made.
- A Round of golf for two at a local course with transportation - Dwight D. Eisenhower's favorite pastime.
-A take-home gift of "Knute Rockne-All American" movie and bag of jelly beans as your movie snack – the movie Ronald Reagan is best known for and of course, his favorite candy.

The Democratic Party Experience offers:
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers for bright shirts and bowties - as Harry S. Truman loved to wear.
- Two tickets to The Spy Museum to enjoy the James Bond exhibition - John F. Kennedy's favorite movie series.
- Lunch for two at Bar Dupont - Savor a cheeseburger – an old Bill Clinton favorite or, to keep it healthy like modern day Bill Clinton, enjoy the Superfood Salad.
- Private tour of the Verizon Center to see the Wizards locker room, back stage, and the best views in the house - Barak Obama played basketball growing up and still plays on The White House's own courts.
- A take home gift of “Casablanca”, Barak Obama's favorite movie.

Both packages include:
- Luxurious accommodation.
- Presidential puzzles for some in-room entertainment, John F. Kennedy or Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In-room books: Team of Tivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Quincy Adams; Militant Spirit by James Traub, Theodore Roosevelt in the Field by Michael R. Canfield, JFK and LBJ; The last Two Great Presidents by Godfrey Hodgson, and The American President; From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton by William E. Leuchtenburg.
- Political Collection Chocolates by Harper Macaw.

Cast Your Vote Now!

The Reading Suite at Hotel Commonwealth Boston

In Boston, the Hotel Commonwealth will help you avoid the election coverage with the Election Escape Package. The package includes an overnight stay for two, all television news channels in the room will be completely blocked, and all election/news sections will be removed from your daily newspaper. The hotel recommends upgrading to the Reading Suite so you can read anything else your heart desires. The serene suite features a curated collection of titles signed by the authors & a cozy reading nook (aka the respite your political brain craves).

Plan Your Escape Now!


| By: Five Star Alliance

In the United States, election day, November 8th, is almost upon us. "The election is on everyone's minds, and hotels are using the event as a clever marketing tool to bring in business," said Ignacio Maza, the executive vice president of the Signature Travel Network.

The NY Times Travel Section posted an article last week highlighting Election Themed Hotel Packages.

Some of our favorites are highlighted below.

Election Themed Packages at The Dupont Circle Hotel

In Washington, DC, The Dupont Circle Hotel located directly on the historic circle is offering Slice of the City: Your Vote, Your Stay through January 21st. Cast your vote by picking your political party.

The Republican Party Experience offers: 
- 2 hand rolled cigars from W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist - Ulysses S. Grant's favorite pastime.
- A Theodore Roosevelt teddy bear to greet you in your room and a take-home gift.
- A dozen oysters and beer at Bar Dupont - Abraham Lincoln's favorite food.
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers -where Abraham Lincoln had all of his suits made.
- A Round of golf for two at a local course with transportation - Dwight D. Eisenhower's favorite pastime.
-A take-home gift of "Knute Rockne-All American" movie and bag of jelly beans as your movie snack – the movie Ronald Reagan is best known for and of course, his favorite candy.

The Democratic Party Experience offers:
- A $150 gift card to Brooks Brothers for bright shirts and bowties - as Harry S. Truman loved to wear.
- Two tickets to The Spy Museum to enjoy the James Bond exhibition - John F. Kennedy's favorite movie series.
- Lunch for two at Bar Dupont - Savor a cheeseburger – an old Bill Clinton favorite or, to keep it healthy like modern day Bill Clinton, enjoy the Superfood Salad.
- Private tour of the Verizon Center to see the Wizards locker room, back stage, and the best views in the house - Barak Obama played basketball growing up and still plays on The White House's own courts.
- A take home gift of “Casablanca”, Barak Obama's favorite movie.

Both packages include:
- Luxurious accommodation.
- Presidential puzzles for some in-room entertainment, John F. Kennedy or Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In-room books: Team of Tivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Quincy Adams; Militant Spirit by James Traub, Theodore Roosevelt in the Field by Michael R. Canfield, JFK and LBJ; The last Two Great Presidents by Godfrey Hodgson, and The American President; From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton by William E. Leuchtenburg.
- Political Collection Chocolates by Harper Macaw.

Cast Your Vote Now!

The Reading Suite at Hotel Commonwealth Boston

In Boston, the Hotel Commonwealth will help you avoid the election coverage with the Election Escape Package. The package includes an overnight stay for two, all television news channels in the room will be completely blocked, and all election/news sections will be removed from your daily newspaper. The hotel recommends upgrading to the Reading Suite so you can read anything else your heart desires. The serene suite features a curated collection of titles signed by the authors & a cozy reading nook (aka the respite your political brain craves).

Plan Your Escape Now!


| By: Five Star Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC ─ Five Star Alliance, the leading site for luxury hotel recommendations and reservations, has recently partnered with leading luxury consortia Signature Travel Network.

Through this partnership, Five Star Alliance will tap into Signature's collection of member hotels and resorts worldwide to enhance the "Five Star Alliance Perks" program, which offers clients added value amenities to their bookings. Examples include breakfast for two daily, a dining or resort credit, spa credits, complimentary round of golf, airport transfers, in-room/welcome gifts, VIP welcome and more.

Courtney W. May, General Manager of Five Star Alliance, said the partnership is a key strategic move for the brand.  

"We are delighted to collaborate on this advantageous endeavor with Signature Travel Network," said May. "As one of the strongest luxury communities in the marketplace, the pairing of our two luxury brands together will help us offer greater travel opportunities around the world to our discerning audience of travelers - including new cruise and tour packages."

Signature Travel Network is a member-owned cooperative comprised of the travel industry's leading retail agencies representing more than 6,000 professional travel consultants — and generating more than $7 Billion in annual sales.

Part of the Questex Travel Group, Five Star Alliance launched in 2005 as the leader in luxury hotel and resort recommendations worldwide and offers a comprehensive editorial listing of reviews, rates, reservations at more than 3,000 luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. 

August 2016

Signature Travel Network


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New Year, new adventures. May 2016 bring you the travels of your dreams.

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Happy Holidays from Five Star Alliance. May 2016 bring you all the travels
your heart desires. 

Happy Holidays from Five Star Alliance


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Now is the perfect time to plan your winter escape with Destination Hotels. Whether your sights are set on exploring a new and bustling city, relaxing poolside in the desert, or hitting the ski slopes with the family, Destination Hotels has the perfect winter vacation for you. Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination offer now through December 31, 2015 to receive up to $300 in welcome credits!

Use your Welcome Credits towards dining at one of the famed restaurants, enjoy a signature cocktail poolside, pamper yourself with an indulgent spa treatment, challenge yourself with a round of golf, or simply unwind with a movie and dessert in your room. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property. Now the hardest part is deciding where to go. 

Book our Your Vacation, Our Destination promotion and receive:

2 night stay =  $50 in Welcome Credits
3 night stay =  $100 in Welcome Credits
4 night stay =  $200 in Welcome Credits
5 night stay =  $300 in Welcome Credits

Offer valid through December 31, 2015. Additional terms and conditions apply. Please read the rates carefully and book early to avoid disappointment. 

Here's a few of our favorite Destination Resorts:

Suncadia ResortSuncadia Resort - Cle Elum, WA
Located 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, the AAA® Four Diamond Suncadia resort is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a unique combination of activities and amenities that make it an ideal Northwest getaway and resort residential community. Set on six miles of pristine Cle Elum River frontage, Suncadia resort features more than 270 guest suites, penthouses and condos and 60 rental homes. With more than 40+ miles of hiking and biking trails, three award-winning golf courses, Portals Restaurant, two bars, Suncadia Club Swim & Fitness Center, skating rink and outdoor amphitheater, conference center, and LEED Silver-Certified Glade Spring Spa, the resort offers something for everyone.

Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson - Tarrytown, NYTarrytown Estate
Just 25 miles north of New York City in the heart of Westchester County, New York, Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson blends historical charm with modern conveniences. Overlooking the Hudson River on a 26‐acre estate, it features two 19th‐century mansions, a carriage house and a cottage, along with a contemporary atrium‐style building that houses conference facilities, guest rooms and space for social events.

Sunriver ResortSunriver Resort - Sunriver, OR
The AAA® Four Diamond Sunriver Resort offers accommodations ranging from standard guest rooms and suites to luxurious cabins, each with comfortable Pacific Northwest décor, private decks and stone gas fireplace. Located 15 minutes from Bend in Central Oregon, the resort boasts three championship golf courses, the Sage Springs Club & Spa, and easy access to myriad outdoor recreational activities.

The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NCThe Carolina Inn
Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recently renovated with an eye towards sustainability, The Carolina Inn has served visitors and returning alumni since 1924. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and winner of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award, guests enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with elegance.

Wild Dunes ResortWild Dunes Resort - Isle of Palms, SC
Wild Dunes® Resort is located on the northern tip of the Isle of Palms, a barrier island off South Carolina, just 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic Charleston. This award‐winning 1,600‐acre oceanfront resort offers a wide choice of accommodations, from the luxurious from the luxurious AAA Four Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn and Village at Wild Dunes guestrooms and suites to lovely condominiums and exclusive homes with spectacular views of fairways, lagoons or the Atlantic Ocean.

Lansdowne Resort - Leesburg, VALansdowne Resort
Overlooking the tranquil Potomac River, Lansdowne Resort, by Destination Hotels, is the gateway to the Virginia Wine Country. With over 500 acres of inspiration at your fingertips, Lansdowne Resort is one of the regions only full-service luxury escapes that is renowned for impeccable service, urban style, understated luxury and premium amenities assured to make any stay a memorable one.

Woodmark HotelWoodmark Hotel - Kirkland, WA
As a AAA® Four Diamond boutique hotel near Seattle, The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa is the only hotel on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington.

Learn more about Your Vacation, Our Destination >>


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No matter where your travels may take you this Thanksgiving, we wish you a safe and joyous celebration!

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Residenz Heinz WinklerVail Mountain Lodge

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Palazzo Versace


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