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| By: Rachael Weir

Taj Lake Palace

Offering a contrast of cultures, religions, and history, India provides a range of experiences for travelers. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're highlighting royal palace hotels on this multi-destination trip to India. We begin in Hyderabad at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, next we head to a palace in the middle of a lake at the Taj Lake Palace (shown above), and we end our journey in Mumbai, the Gateway to India. 

Hyderabad, India

One of India's former princely states, Hyderabad was once one of the country's largest and wealthiest states. More than 400 years old, the city built its fortune on pearls, gold, steel, fabric, and diamonds. At one time, the city and the Golconda Fort was the most famous dining mining area in the world, as Golconda is where the Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds were excavated. Today, the city is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, and it is known for thriving information technology and biotech research industries. There's a vibrant culture here with luxury hotels and regional cuisine. 

Taj Falaknuma Palace

Green palace bedroom at Taj Falaknuma Palae

Formerly the palace of the Nizam, Taj Falaknuma Palace was built in 1894. Perched 2,000 feet above the City of Pearls, the grand palace offers guests a royal experience. Visitors arrive via a horse-drawn carriage, and butlers attend to their needs while staying at the palace. Spread over 32 acres, the palace hotel has 60 guest rooms and suites where opulence, excess, and historical details are honored and revered. Adaa provides a gastronomic experience with fine Indian cuisine, the Jiva Spa has an array of treatments rooted in traditional Indian practices, and afternoon tea is served on the Jade Terrace. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily and one dinner at Adaa per person, per stay. 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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Udaipur, India

This picturesque area in Rajasthan is set around Lake Pichola with the purple-hued Aravalli Range of mountains in surrounding the city in every direction. Here travelers can visit colorful bazaars to shop for local goods, take in a lively arts scene, go for a boat ride, and explore city's palaces, temples, and traditional decorated residences called havelis

Taj Lake Palace

Spa Boat at Taj Lake Palace

Built as a pleasure palace by the the young prince, Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur in 1746, Taj Lake Palace is a heritage hotel situated in the middle of Lake Pichola. Restored to its pristine and elegant glory, the hotel's 65 luxe guest rooms and 18 grand suites feature views of the lake, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills, and Jag Mandir. The site of a variety of movies including the Bond film "Octopussy", this regal property is popular for weddings and honeymoons, as well as travelers seeking a royal experience at the Jiva Spa (including the spa boat shown above) or authentic Rajasthani at Neel Kamal. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive lunch or dinner for two once during stay, a Heritage Walk of the property followed by a glass of sparkling wine, a 15% discount on spa services, Butler Service, daily a la carte breakfast for two in Jharokha Restaurant, and a traditional welcome amenity. 

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Mumbai, India

Once known as Bombay, Mumbai is a fusion of cultures and time periods. Reminders of its colonial past are never far away, and new malls mix with historic sites like the UNESCO-protected Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The fast-growing city has been the Gateway to India for centuries due to its strong port location, and it continues to evolve while maintaining its spiritual roots. Babulnath Temple is a serene destination for Hindu pilgrims, and Muslims walk to the white marble Haji Ali shrine via the seafront causeway.

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Within walking distance of the Colaba Causeway, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai was recently trademarked. Built in 1903, the property has been a landmark in the city's harbour, welcoming kings, dignitaries, and prominent figures from around the world since its opening. Overlooking the Gateway of India, the hotel is strategically located in the city's historic and commercial hub. Close to the financial hub, parliament, stadium, shopping, and office districts, as well as museums, churches, and synagogues, the palace hotel harkens the glamour of a bygone era. Golden Keys Concierge can assist guests with exclusive experiences, authentic cuisine is served at Masala Kraft, and Golden Dragon offers Chinese specialties. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Sea Lounge and a one way airport to hotel transfer in a Mercedes car on a sharing basis. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Thailand

Featured Journeys: Thailand

From world-class cuisine to luxury retreats, Thailand is a country offering a bounty of arts and cultural experiences, fresh flavors, Michelin Star restaurants, and picturesque beaches. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we highlight a multi-destination itinerary beginning in the northern region of Chiang Rai where guests can explore the Golden Triangle, then on to the cosmopolitan destination of Bangkok, and finishing on the island of Phuket. 

Chiang Rai

The northernmost province in Thailand, Chiang Rai is a broad valley with tree-lined riverbanks. Separated by Laos to the east and Myanmar to the west by the Mekong River, Chiang Rai offers a lush setting for travelers to relax and unwind before or after trekking trips to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen. 

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Country Suite at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Overlooking the border of Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is a luxury resort perched on a ridge in northern Thailand. Offering a tranquil jungle setting, the property is home to an award-winning elephant camp for rescued elephants with scientific and conservation programs. There are 40 room and 15 suites, including 6 family suites, all of which feature indigenous artworks, teak furnishings, and modern comforts like rain showers, soaking tubs, and balconies with daybeds. Guests of the resort have access to an array of one-of-a-kind experiences including cooking and cultural activities, spa services, and elephant encounters. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include a $100 Resort Credit per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value), complimentary WiFI, and full breakfast for each guest daily. 

In addition, this hotel offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a villa or suite receive a $100 Spa Credit per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in Deluxe Suites. 

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Bangkok

From palaces to street markets such as Chatuchak Weekend Market, Sampeng Market, and Pahurat Textile Market, Bangkok is a city with a variety of tourist attractions. There are famous temples including the well-known Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Phu Khao Thong, Wat Ratchanadda, Wat Traimit, Wat Benchamabophit, Wat Bowon, and Wat Sutat, as well as popular museums in west Bangkok like Don Kai Dee Benjarong Village, Phra Pathom Chedi, Sanam Chandra Palace, Don Wai Floating Market, Sampran Riverside, and Thai Human Imagery Museum. While in Bangkok, visitors will also want to explore the city's prime nightlife scene. 

The Siam Hotel

The Siam Hotel Pool

In the historic district of Bangkok, The Siam Hotel is set amidst 3 acres of lush gardens on the Chao Phraya River. Close to the city's top historical sites and cultural attractions, the property offers guests a private urban retreat with an extensive arts and antique collection, luxurious suites and villas, award-winning Opium Spa, Muay Thai fighter program, and Sak Yant tattoos, which are a sacred Thai tradition. Plus, the property offers the Chon Thai Restaurant serving traditional Thai cuisine within a cluster of three 100-year-old Thai teakwood houses, Deco Bar & Bistro with international comfort cuisine, and the poolside Bathers Bar overlooking the Chao Phraya river. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), a selected welcome drink for two on the first evening at the pier or Deco Bar, an afternoon treat from 3 – 4 PM at Deco Bar or swimming pool for guests staying in a pool villa.

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Phuket

Located in Southern Thailand, Phuket is a beach destination on an island in the Andaman Sea. Easily reachable via a one-hour flight from Bangkok, Phuket offers some of the world's top beaches including Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao. For one-of-a-kind sunsets, visitors should head to Laem Phromthep Viewpoint, considered to offer some of the most picturesque sunsets in Thailand. Strongly influenced by the Chinese, travelers to the island will see Chinese shrines and Chinese restaurants around the city, and there is a Chinese Vegetarian Festival held yearly, as well as an array of international influences and trendy nightlife scene. 

Amanpuri

Amanpuri

Set on a hillside, Amanpuri is a luxurious place of peace. Interiors feature original artworks, hand-loomed silks, fragrant orchids, and custom-crafted furniture. Elegant dining options highlight Thailand cuisine, as well as fresh Japanese sashimi at Nama restaurant, Italian cuisine at Arva, along with Mexican snacks and cocktails at the Latin American Bar. There's a black-tiled pool, as well as the beach and water sports in the Andaman Sea such as snorkeling, kayaking, and jet-skiing. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily in the Dining Room or through room service and a $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay. 

In addition, this hotel offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: One lunch for up to two people per room, excluding alcoholic beverages and gratuities, once during their stay (value $100). Note: Nama, Amanpuri Japanese restaurant is not included. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in Ocean Pool Pavilion, Premium Ocean Pavilion, 2 Bedroom Pool Pavilion, 2 Bedroom Garden Villa, 2 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 3 Bedroom Garden Villa, 3 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 4 Bedroom Garden Villa, 4 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 5 Bedroom Garden Villa, 5 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 6 Bedroom Garden Villa, 6 Bedroom Ocean Villa, 7 Bedroom Garden Villa, 8 Bedroom Garden Villa, 8 Bedroom Ocean Villa, or 9 Bedroom Ocean Villa. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Mandarin Oriental Singapore in the harbor

Destination Spotlight: Singapore

Considered one of the safest cities in the world, Singapore offers an eclectic mix for visitors. Situated on an island at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore (officially the Republic of Singapore) is a city-state. For centuries, its location made it a natural meeting point on sea routes, which was a popular destination for Arab dhows, Portuguese battleships, Chinese junks, and Buginese schooners.

Today, Singapore is "The Lion City" with its name coming from the Sanskrit words "simha" (lion) and "pura" (city). Modern Singapore was founded in the 19th century by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. After being ruled by various nations, Singapore became an independent country in 1965. 

Travelers to the city-state will find an array of multi-cultural influences, as well as preserved pieces of the country's colonial and wartime past. Visitors interested in history will want to take a walk along the heritage trail for a real trip through time, while visiting monuments, museums, and memorials along the way. 

Throughout the year, Singapore hosts a variety of events including the Singapore Jazz Festival, Neon Lights: a three-day event with music, creative workshops, and art installations, as well as Asia's largest outdoor beach party ZoukOut.

Visitors to the city may want to begin the day at the Botanic Gardens for tai chi amidst rainforest trees, check out a cricket match at Padang, or step back to colonial days at the Supreme Court. Sentosa Island is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, the Sri Mariamman Temple showcases the city's spiritual side in Chinatown, and the Chinatown Night Market is a known for stalls filled with red lanterns, Chinese calligraphy, and traditional clothing. For those that like to shop, Orchard Road is the spot for designer fashions and the latest electronics, Demsey Hill is a haven of antique stores, and Haj Lane in the Arab Quarter has bold textiles and tailored dress shirts. 

5. Andaz Singapore

Rooftop pool at Andaz Singapore

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms and suites, Andaz Singapore is a modern urban retreat. The rooftop outdoor pool has incredible views, there are four dining options including Alley on 25 with a street-dining-inspired menu on the 25th floor of the hotel, and the destination bar Mr. Stork on Level 39. For visitors with a love for sweets, Pandan puts a spin on Singapore's national cake, the pandan chiffon. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full American breakfast for each guest daily in Alley on 25, $100 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity. 

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4. Fairmont Singapore

Fairmont Singapore

Home to one of Asia's largest spas, the Fairmont Singapore provides an idyllic location in the heart of downtown. Featuring 15 distinctive restaurants and bars, guests can choose from a variety of dining options from casual to fine dining, authentically local or international. Set at the crossroads of the central business district, world-class shopping and entertainment, the hotel is located above the City Hall Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train station. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two, $50 food and beverage credit, per room, per stay, and complimentary internet access.  

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3. The St. Regis Singapore

Grand Deluxe King Room at The St. Regis Singapore

Home to one of Asia's finest private collections, The St. Regis Singapore offers unsurpassed luxury, with signature St. Regis Butler Service available any time of the day or night. The landmark property is situated at the crossroads of the embassy district, prime shopping along Orchard Road, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Guests can relax at the Remede Spa, dine at Brasserie Les Saveurs, LaBrezza, or Yan Ting, and sip a cocktail at the Astor Bar. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily and a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay. 

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2. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Soaking tub at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

This luxe city resort is located amidst a tranquil setting with 15 acres of lush gardens and a large free-form pool. Guest rooms and suites at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore are situated within three distinct wings. Family-themed rooms are available with an array of dedicated family-focused amenities, plus there are 11 restaurants and bars. Singapore's first Chi, The Spa is located within the hotel, and the designer shopping malls along Orchard Road are steps away.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two, $100 USD Hotel Credit per room, per stay valid for food, beverage, and spa (excludes room service and minibar), Welcome Chinese Tea and Fruit in room. Subject to availability at time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and/or late check-out until 4 PM.  

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1.  Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Bay Suite at Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Showcasing Marina Bay and skyline views, Mandarin Oriental Singapore has a prime waterfront location with an outdoor swimming pool, private cabanas, and contemporary wet deck. There is a wide range of dining options on-site including Morton's the Steakhouse, Teppan-Ya, MO BAR, and Cherry Garden. While [email protected] has an exclusive setting for cocktails and sunset views. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE: Guests booking the 5 Star Signature Package rate will also receive daily international breakfast buffet for two at Melt Cafe, $100USD Food & Beverage or Spa Credit, oner per room, per stay (except Morton's Steakhouse & Teppan-Ya), welcome chocolates, and WiFi. Based on availability at booking, a room category upgrade (upgrades are up to City Suite tier), and subject to availability at check-in/check-out: early check-in and late check-out.  

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recognized as the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East", The Peninsula Hong Kong blends the finest luxuries and hospitality of the East and West. Since opening in 1928, the property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from around the globe, and guests of the hotel can re-live the glamour of a by-gone era through the property's collection of antiques and historical artifacts on display throughout the hotel. In addition, guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive special Perks. Continue reading below.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

For panoramic views of Victoria Harbor, Deluxe Harbor View Suites feature a one-of-a-kind retreat. Providing a residential experience within the Peninsula Tower, these suites have living rooms with fireplaces, L-shaped sofas, and fully-equipped audio-visual centers with Blu-Ray LED TVs. The master bedrooms have luxury beds with high-end linens, plush armchairs, and telescopes for viewing the harbor. There's also large walk-in dressing rooms, and marble bathrooms have unique corner deep soaking bathtubs. Learn about a special Perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Deluxe Harbor View Suite Living Room at The Peninsula Hong Kong

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at The Verandah and a $100 hotel credit per stay (excludes Imasa, banquet, Peninsula Academy Program, Peninsula Boutique or spa products).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Siem Reap is a luxury destination in western Cambodia, known for five-star hotels and resorts, boutiques, spas, and galleries. Situated about 3.5 miles south of Angkor, Siem Reap is an ideal destination for exploring the temples and ancient city, as well as rejuvenating at one of the area's top spas, or trying the local cuisine served in one of the city's restaurants. To fully explore this area, we recommend four to five days, and be sure to catch a sunrise over Angkor Wat to see its towers aglow in red and orange. 

Referred to as the "City of God Kings", the ancient city of Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom from 802 to 1295. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vast complex of towers and sculptures, that was abandoned for nearly 600 years. Hindu mythology believed kings were gods, and this was the home of the kings who were considered gods. In 1861, French naturalist Henri Mouhot stumbled upon the ancient city, transforming it into a major tourist attraction.

Today, visitors to this region can explore a stone skeleton of a city amidst a lush jungle. The Angkor Wat temple complex covers about 60 square miles of land, with moats, temples, palaces, and passageways. Guests to the site may want to consider visiting with a guide for a greater understanding of the Khmer history, architecture, as well as the significance of the site to Buddhism and Hinduism. Angkor Thom was founded in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII, and remained the capital of Khmer cities until the 17th century. For a state-of-the-art experience, the Angkor National Museum is an ideal destination for guests to learn more about the Khmer civilization and legacy.

In the markets, guests can shop for traditional foods and souvenirs, and the downtown area of Siem Reap offers an increasing number of evening entertainment options along Pub Street. 

Here are 5 Top Siem Reap Luxury Hotels 

5. Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Providing easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, the Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa is an all-suite luxury resort. Accommodations mix contemporary styling with handcrafted teak furniture, local textiles, and hand carved sandstone. Suites include butler service, arrival foot rituals, pillow menus, and Anantara luxury bedding. While guests can customize their visit with bespoke experiences such as going to the nearby historic village via traditional Tuk Tuk service, lounging in the outdoor saltwater pool, private market tours, or cooking classes. 

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4. Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Featuring 104 contemporary rooms, including 13 suites with private gardens or plunge pools, Park Hyatt Siem Reap provides a modern setting in the heart of the ancient city. There are two swimming pools--a lap pool surrounded by parasols and cabanas, and a free-form pool with a lagoon design ideal for relaxation. The spa has Cambodian hand and foot rituals, there's a fully-equipped fitness center, and the Dining Room serves a selection of French Provincial and Cambodian cuisine. 

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3. Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Set within 15 acres of landscaped French gardens, Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor is a grand historic hotel. The landmark property elegantly blends contemporary amenities with the grandeur of a bygone era. Next to the Angkor National Museum, the hotel has an original timber elevator that takes guests to their rooms, as well as a Raffles Spa, two outdoor pools, and iconic Cambodian experiences at the Apsara Terrace and Elephant Bar. 

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2. Belmond La Residence d'Angkor 

Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

Featuring traditional Khmer styling, Belmond La Residence d'Angkor has an intimate setting. Accommodations have large bathrooms with spacious free-form baths, air conditioning, satellite TVs, and minibars. The outdoor salt water pool is set amidst lush foliage, there's a library with board games, travel guides, and reference books, plus the Kong Kea Spa offers treatments infused with local traditions. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate"  receive a complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two people per room once during stay.

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1. Amansara

Outdoor Pool at Amansara

Formerly the residence of a king, Amansara features modern stying with a curvilinear pool and monochrome minimalism. Following a careful restoration, the single-level retreat is a showcase of 1960s New Khmer architecture. Guests can book custom itineraries to visit ruins crowd-free, meditate in the ancient forests, or cruise through the floating villages of Tonle Sap lake. The Dining Room is a sleek space with soaring ceilings and Khmer-centered cuisine, and the resort's traditional Khmer village house offers rustic meals prepared over charcoal. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in the Dining Room or through room service and a $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Mixing local culture with indoor tropical gardens, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is a lush urban retreat. Accommodations are spread throughout three distinct wings: the resort-like Garden Wing, the recently rejuvenated contemporary Tower Wing, and the prestigious Valley Wing. The property is the original property for the Shangri-La Brand, and features CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La with Asian-inspired holistic treatments, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and fully-equipped health club. Continue reading below the photo.

Blue Bar at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

One of the hotel's unique suites is the Honeymoon Suite. Situated in the Garden Wing, the Honeymoon Suite has interiors inspired by nature, a pillow menu, and a large balcony with sun loungers, outdoor Jacuzzi, and barbecue area. Read more below the photo. 

Honeymoon Suite Balcony at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

The spacious living room has large floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, dining area for romantic dinners, and a plush living room for couples to relax. Continue reading below the photo.

Honeymoon Suite Living Room at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

In the bathroom, there's a deep-soaking tub, soothing lighting, and an ideal spot for a bottle of chilled Champagne. Learn more about special Perks for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Honeymoon Suite Bathroom at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two, a per room SGD 100.00 food and beverage credit (not valid for room service or minibar), and in-room welcome Chinese Tea and Fruit.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched above a turquoise lagoon, the award-winning Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite with Pool at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa features an ultra-luxe setting in Maldives. The spacious two bedroom suite has a large sundeck with a freshwater pool, salas, and hammock suspended over the water. 24-hour butler service is included, as well as daily newspapers, housekeeping, and turndown service. Read more below the photo.

Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite with Pool at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The master bedroom has a plush bed topped in Frette linens, pillow menus, a seating area, desk with ocean views, and direct access to the sundeck. While the glassed bathroom has infinite ocean views, Molton Brown bath amenities, Ploh bathrobes, and a bath menu with bath salts upon request. Continue reading below the photo.

Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

In the living area of the Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite there is a large flat-screen LCD TV, media center with DVD/CD/MP3 player, mulit-media port, & LAN adaptor. Read more about the resort below the photo.

Presidential Suite Living Room at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is a private island resort surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The romantic destination offers pristine beaches, and 64 sea-view villas set delicately over the lagoon. Situated on Emboodhu Finolhu island, the property provides an idyllic tropical retreat with water sports, scuba diving, fine dining at the Deep End, and crafted cuisine at 24 Degrees. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

In June 2018, the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas unveiled a new two bedroom villa.

Nestled amidst the Bill Bensley gardens, the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is an ultra-luxe villa steps from Mai Khao's white-sand beaches with a private pool, traditional Thai sala over the lagoon, and a sundeck. Inspired by the villa's natural surroundings and fashion connoisseur Jim Thompson's silk designs from the 1950s and 60s, the exclusive sanctuary highlights multiple Thai silks throughout. Natural Thai Makha hardwood flooring provides a unique patina throughout the villa, there's Thai artwork and carvings, as well as classic Thai Pikul flower designs. In the living room, Thompson's fabrics mingle with woods and sandy hues to create a nautical feel. Read more below the living room photo.

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Living Room

In the master bedroom, Thompson's Heliconia Dreamin' provides a vibrant and whimsical style that extends to the swimming pool and sala. The design was inspired by the Heliconia flower that continues to flourish today at Jim Thompson's former home. Overlooking the pool and gardens, the twin bedroom showcases the Floriential print, highlighting whimsical birds and butterflies frolicking amidst peonies. Continue reading below the photo of the twin bedroom. 

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Twin Bedroom

“We have a passion for enhancing our pool villas so that guests can enjoy the full beauty of Anantara Mai Khao, inside and out,” explains Nikolaus Priesnitz General Manager of Anantara Mai Khao. “The Two-Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson offers a secluded retreat with luxury amenities and is ideal for families, while highlighting the gorgeous designs of a truly beloved Thai treasure.” Read more below the photo of the exterior of the villa. 

Exterior of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson

Guests of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson are welcomed with fresh flowers and fruit juices upon arrival, as well as personalized Villa Host service, Anantara Spa products, and a complimentary set of the Bvlgari Guest Collection. The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is located on the island's secluded northwest coast. Along the Andaman Sea, the property offers locally-inspired architecture, indigenous gardens, and excursions to Sirinath National Park's tropical mangroves, dives to coral reefs, and strolls through local villages. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

As two world leaders meet this week, it seems like all eyes are on Singapore, and we're taking a closer look at the three Singapore luxury hotels where the two leaders will be meeting and staying.

Today, President Donald Trump of the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting at the Capella Singapore. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Aerial view of Capella Singapore

The historic resort is known for a colonial facade and contemporary Asian design. Located on Sentosa Island, the luxe island resort is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Singapore, and is set amidst 30 acres of land offering lush landscaping with roaming peacocks, spa, golf course, and stylish pools. The conference rooms overlook the South China sea, and the property offers four restaurants including a luxurious Chef's Table, Cassia with modern Cantonese cuisine, The Knolls with a gourmet Mediterranean menu, and Bob's Bar offering a setting reminiscent of Cuban island bars in the 1950s and 60s. 

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While in Singapore, President Donald Trump is staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Providing a resort-style setting, the property is nestled amidst 15 acres of lush greenery, steps from the designer shopping malls, quaint noodle stalls, and antique shops along Orchard Road. Read more about the property below the photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Guests can meander through landscaped gardens, experience luxurious pampering treatments at CHI, The Spa, or relax poolside. While dining options include Waterfall Ristorante Italiano with authentic cuisine, NAMI featuring fine Japanese dining, and Shang Palace with traditional Cantonese cuisine. 

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Nearby, The St. Regis Singapore is hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Known for its timeless elegance and legendary St. Regis Butler Service, the five star hotel is located steps from the infamous Orchard Road and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Read more about the property below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The St. Regis Singapore

The coveted location is located in the heart of the city's shopping and diplomatic districts, with bespoke amenities such as Signature Bentley Transfers, a tropical spa pool, and St. Regis Concierges. The hotel is home to one of the world's premier art collections, as well as the exclusive Remede Spa. Plus, the property offers an array of epicurian experiences including Brasserie Les Saveurs with contemporary French cuisine, Yan Ting with authentic Chinese dishes, and Shinji by Kanesaka providing a Japanese culinary experience. 

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Destination Spotlight: Kyoto

An ancient capital city, Kyoto provides visitors with an array of living Japanese traditions. Formerly Japan's capital and home of the emperor from 794 to 1868, the city is full of history with countless temples, shrines, monuments, and ancient architecture. Today, it is one of the country's 10 largest cities, and home to more than 1.5 million people. Once outside of the Kyoto Station area's highrises, visitors are greeted with quintessential Japanese architecture, geishas gliding through the meandering streets, and 17th century teahouses. 

Located 3.5 hours via highspeed rail from Tokyo, the city transports guests back in time to the age of empires at the Imperial Palace with moat-ringed gardens where the Imperial Family lived until 1868 when the capital city became Tokyo. Cherry blossoms line the canalside Philosopher's Path, and Gion, a UNESCO-listed neighborhood has winding cobblestone alleys with teahouses. Cypress wood carvings adorn the Nijo Castle, the temple of Daigoji is a must-see, and the rock gardens of Ryoanji provide a calm, meditative space. 

The city's traditions continue into shopping options for guests. From wooden combs, to fans and tea ceremony necessities, Shijo Dori Kawaramachi Dori, and the Kyoto Handicraft Center offer an array of specialty shops. Galleries with woodblock prints and antique shops can be found in Shinmonzen Dori, and Nishijin is Kyoto's historic textile district known for creating fabrics that are transformed into elegant kimonos. Visitors to the Textile District can see master weavers at the Watabun workshop, and visit the Orinasu-kan Museum of Hand-Weaving. 

Kyoto is also a destination with unique dining experiences where guests can dine on vegetarian cuisine, shojin ryori in the gardens of a Buddhist temple. The bars of Kita-ku specialize in noodles and tofu dishes, the red lanterns of Higashiyama-ku lead to yakitori-ya, where grilled chicken skewers are a specialty. Traditional restaurants serve lip-numbing puffer fish, and an authentic teahouse experience can be found at Hyotei, a 300-year-old venue set amidst maple-shaded gardens where diners can seasonal Japanese cuisine in artistic lacquered bowls. 

Here are 5 Top Kyoto Luxury Hotels:

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Featuring a design concept based on five feelings: Utage (festive), Seido (serenity and movement), Miyabi (elegance), Hana (splendid), and Nagomi (harmony), The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto pays tribute to the cultural history of the city while providing a high level of service and international luxury amenities. The downtown resort is set on the banks of the Kamogawa River with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo. There's an extensive art collection on display featuring local artists, world-class Japanese and Western dining, a luxury spa, and an indoor swimming pool. 

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2. Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Close to major Kyoto sites including Chishakuin Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, and the Kyoto National Museum, Hyatt Regency Kyoto has contemporary Japanese guestrooms and suites. There's a Japanese garden, and multiple restaurants including The Grill with French cuisine, Trattoria Sette with casual Italian, and Touzan Japanese restaurant. The on-site Spa and Fitness Center has 10 rooms with pampering treatments, and the fitness center offers personal programs. 

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3. RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

Situated near Kyoto Station, RIHGA Royal Hotel was renovated in September 2016. Offering all new facilities, the property has a luxe bar, heated indoor pool, and a fully-equipped fitness center. The restaurant on the 14th floor, Top of Kyoto is the city's only revolving restaurant, Teppan-yaki AOI offers a traditional setting, and Tachibana has French Kaiseki-style gourmet cuisine. There's a boutique in the hotel with souvenirs, and a 24-hour business center. 

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4. Suiran

Family room at Suiran

Situated in western Kyoto's scenic Ukyo-ku, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, offers an authentic Japanese-style experience. Set along the peaceful Hozu River, the intimate property has 39 guestrooms with traditional Japanese accents, restaurant Kyo-Suiran serves authentic cuisine in Baron Shozo Kawasaki's former summerhouse, Teppanyaki Kanzan has Japanese beef and fresh seafood, and the casual Saryo Hassui has a riverside location in a historic building originally built for 19th century poets. There's also a spa with local treatments and a private open-air bath on the third floor. 

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5. The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Amidst gardens and nature, The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto is a historic resort overlooking downtown Kyoto. There's an indoor pool with a wall of windows providing views of the mountains, and a seasonal outdoor pool shaped like Lake Biwa. Guests can take the trail behind the resort to the Wild Bird Sanctuary, and there are three Japanese-style gardens with historical significance, waterfalls, pines, and maples. For dining, the property offers a variety of options including the Grand View restaurant with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows serving French and Western cuisine, as well as the Mayfair Tea Room. 

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