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18 Places to go in 2018 by Five Star Alliance

Happy 2018! The start of the new year is the perfect time to start planning adventures near and far. From bucket list destinations to weekend getaways, we've put together a list of our top 18 picks for places to go in 2018. 

1. Florence, Italy

18 Places to go in 2018 Florence, Italy

Following a two-year renovation, the half-mile-long Vasari Corridor will reopen this year. The 16th century passageway was built by the Medicis to move unseen across the Arno River between the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery offices. The Renaissance city also recently celebrated the opening of the Franco Zeffirelli Center for the Performing Arts in Plaza San Firenze with a lineup of classical music and Italian film events. In October, the Uffizi will unveil Codex Leicester, featuring a special collection of scientific drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci (on loan from Bill Gates). For views of Il Duomo (and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests) Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is located in the city's pedestrian-only historic center with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa that features views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, while Belmond Villa San Michelle is located on a hillside overlooking the city in a former monastery with suites, Tuscan dining, pool, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

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2. New Orleans, Louisiana

18 Places to go in 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana

Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, the city of New Orleans will be hosting more than 160 events throughout the year to commemorate the tricentennial year. Always a haven for jazz lovers, history buffs, and foodies, there's a variety of events taking place annually including Mardi Gras in February, April welcomes Jazz Fest, and July is the time for Tales of the Cocktail where bartenders from around the world show off their skills in the city where cocktails were invented. The W New Orleans French Quarter is steps from Jackson Square, as well as live Jazz venues and popular restaurants. For historic charm along with an Oyster Butler, Crawfish Concierge, and Snowball Sommelier, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers a classic setting in two historic buildings on Canal Street. The NOPSI Hotel provides a boutique setting in the heart of the business district with Spa Suites, local cuisine, and a rooftop pool and lounge. While Le Meridien New Orleans features contemporary design with French-inspired amenities and a rooftop pool in downtown. 

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3. Vienna, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Vienna, Austria

Known for classical music and the festive ball season, in 2018 Vienna is celebrating Modernism, as four of the art movement's most important artists--Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser passed away 100 years ago. The Beauty and the Abyss celebration of Modernism will celebrated with with special exhibitions at a variety of venues including the Leopold Museum, Lower Belvedere, MAK--Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Wien Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, and the Jewish Museum Vienna. The historic Hotel Sacher Wien provides a central location in the heart of the city, opposite the Vienna State Opera House and next to the Albertina Gallery with a traditional Austrian coffeehouse and fine dining. Nearby, The Hotel Bristol Vienna, a Luxury Collection Hotel offers a historic setting with fine dining at the Art Deco Bristol Lounge, fitness center, and meeting venues. Built in 1863 for the prince of Württemberg, Hotel Imperial provides world class service and a unique location on the famous Ringstrasse next to the Musikverein Vienna. 

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

18 Places to go in 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Home to an array of art galleries, Buenos Aires is partaking in the inaugural, yearlong Art Basel initiative, which will include art lectures, workshops, as well as showcase local and international artists. In October, the city is hosting the Youth Olympic Games. The trendy Tegui restaurant in the Palermo neighborhood made the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Situated in El Porteno Building, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires allows guests to experience the city like a Porteno in an atmosphere dedicated to art and fine living. Decorated in Empire and Louis XV style, the Alvear Palace Hotel serves classic Afternoon Tea at L'Orangerie and the Cigar Bar with an exclusive selection. While the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located along the Avenida Alvear with fashionable shopping and a luxury spa. 

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5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

18 Places to go in 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Offering four distinctive seasons of outdoor activities, Minneapolis will be hosting the Super Bowl on February 4. Surrounding the Big Game festivities, there will be concerts, ice sculptures, and an Ice Palace in nearby St. Paul. While the city is known for cold winters, spring, summer, and fall provide idyllic weather for exploring the state's multitude of lakes, biking trails, and parks. Plus, Prince's Paisley Park recently opened for tours, the Walker Art Center recently remodeled their outdoor sculpture garden, the Uptown Art Festival the first weekend in August showcases local and international artists, and the annual Minnesota State Fair (August 23 to September 3, 2018) attracts visitors from all over the world. The W Minneapolis - The Foshay is an art deco landmark transformed into a chic boutique hotel, Loews Minneapolis is connected to the downtown area's skyway system and steps from Target Center and Target Field, and the Marquette Hotel is located in the inconic IDS Center. 

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6. Cairo, Egypt

18 Places to go  in 2018 Cairo

Not far from the Great Pyramids, The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2018. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, the new museum will showcase more than 100,000 artifacts, as well as an atrium with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with panoramic views of the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The Nile Ritz-Carlton features exclusive Nile views with a rooftop bar, Afternoon Tea, and Egyptian-infused spa. Situated thirty minutes from the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza, The Fairmont Cairo, Nile City is located within the Nile City Corporate Complex and offers a full-service Willow Stream Spa and a rooftop poolside sky bar with panoramic views of the city and pyramids. For a boutique setting, Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo blends European luxury mixed with regional influences on the eastern bank of The Nile River.

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7. London, United Kingdom

18 Places to go in 2018 London

There's another royal baby due in the spring, and it's time for another Royal Wedding! Making London one of the places to be this year. Plus, there's a new movie about Winston Churchill, giving visitors the perfect reason to check out Churchill's War Rooms, and other historic sites throughout the British capital. Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley is a boutique hotel close to Buckingham Palace with the Crystal Bar, Oval Restaurant, and one of Europe's largest Cigar Humidors. Combining English heritage with contemporary styling, Rosewood London offers fine dining, spa, and sophistication where the city meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn. Situated in Belgravia, The Goring Hotel offers an unbeatable location close to Buckingham Palace with a Michelin-starred restaurant and classic English style. 

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8. Los Cabos, Mexico

18 Places to go in 2018 Los Cabos

Booming with hip restaurant openings, new luxury resorts, and major renovations, the Baja Peninsula's San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer beachfront retreats. In addition to new resorts and dining options, the farm-to-table food scene is hot, as are the region's beaches and chic nightclubs. The recently opened Chileno Bay Resort & Residences provides a bayfront setting within a resort community with a swimmable beach, open-air dining, multi-level infinity pool, and championship golf. The Cape - A Thompson Hotel provides beachfront luxury with bi-level suites with private rooftops, private stairway to the surfing-friendly Monuments Beach, and regionally-inspired cuisine. While The Resort at Pedregal is reachable only via a private tunnel with 24 acres of mountainside property, featuring newly opened villas and revitalized culinary offerings. 

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9. Mauritius

18 Places to go in 2018 Mauritius

This year, the island nation of Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of independence after years of colonization by the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands. The airport is expanding and transforming into a hub for traveling to Asia, English is the dominant language, and the architecture and culture mix African, French, Chinese, and Indian traditions. Known for relaxed resorts and tropical mountain peaks, the country offers a retreat surrounded by the Indian Ocean. For privacy and luxury, Constance Le Prince Maurice has 64 Junior Suites, plus Family Suites, villas, and a Princely Suite, as well as the U Spa, Kids' Club, shopping, and two 18-hole golf courses. The Residence Mauritius provides a beachfront setting with accommodations in turn-of-the-century-inspired plantation houses, with family-friendly and adults-only pools and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the oceanfront Constance Belle Mare Plage has a variety of water-focused recreation, four swimming pools, seven restaurants, and five bars within a tropical setting. 

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10. Malta

18 Places to go in 2018 Malta

This island country is the designated European Capital of Culture in 2018, where the arts will be celebrated in a country that mixes Sicilian, North African, and Colonial England cultures. There's ornate architecture throughout the island, including the baroque St. John's Co-Cathedral, pre-historic ruins, and the must-try Stuffat tal-fenek--the national dish of rabbit stew. In January, Valetta's National Baroque Festival is held, and the Grand Excelsior Hotel makes an ideal base for exploring the capital city with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Le Grand Spa, and a marina. The InterContinental Malta provides a modern island retreat with a casino, six restaurants and bars, spa, conference center, and spa close to Valetta, while The Xara Palace features a boutique setting in the medieval city of Medina. 

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11. Oslo, Norway

18 Places to go in 2018 Oslo

This Nordic capital city is marking two important events in 2018. Norway's King and Queen are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and the modern Oslo Opera House is marking it's 10th year with a season of celebratory performances. The Hotel Continental Oslo offers a historic setting next to the National Theater, and close to the city's revitalized harbor with special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the Grand Hotel Oslo offers a grand setting along Karl Johan's  Gate close to shops and sidewalk cafes. For a contemporary setting, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo soars 37 stories above the Oslo Fjord. 

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12. San Antonio, Texas

18 Places to go in 2018 San Antonio

Marking its 300th anniversary this year, San Antonio has recently unveiled a variety of new developments, including the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces. Special Tricentennial commemorative events will take place May 1-6, including events at each of San Antonio's five missions. On the historic River Walk, the Omni La Mansion del Rio is celebrating it's 50th anniversary of being transformed from a Catholic School into a luxury hotel for the 1968 World's Fair. The Grand Hyatt San Antonio overlooks the River Walk with an outdoor pool, sundeck, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently underwent a complete renovation, and offers furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage, two championship golf courses, and five pools about 30 minutes from downtown. 

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13. Sevilla, Spain

18 Places to go in 2018 Sevilla, Spain

In the midst of reinvigorating its artistic past, Sevilla is currently celebrating the 400th anniversary of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a homegrown Baroque painter with special one-of-a-kind exhibitions. The city is also hosting the 31st European Film Awards, and the historic center provides an enchanting blend of architectural styles including a Gothic cathedral, medieval lanes, Flamenco clubs, baroque churches, and Mudéjar palaces. Once the Moorish capital, today Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia, offering luxury hotels such as the historic Hotel Alfonso XIII in the historic center with traditional architecture, courtyard, and regional cuisine. Nearby, Gran Melia Colon is furnished with reproductions of artwork by Spanish masters, a boutique hotel with RedLevel service within the hotel, and dining venues serving modern Andalusian cusine. For a well-preserved example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, Casa de Carmona is located about 20 minutes north of Sevilla and offers accommodations within a palace built in 1561, and fine dining in the former stables. 

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14. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

18 Places to go in 2018 Iguazu Falls

Millions of visitors go to this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site with 275 roaring waterfalls straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil. To accommodate the influx of visitors, Cataratas del Iguazú Airport is expanding and modernizing. Within the national park, the Ecological Jungle Train that takes visitors on a 25-minute journey to the Devil's Throat Cascade is being converted from gas to electric, and multiple luxury resorts are set to open later this year. On the Brazil side of the falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataras offers guests exclusive access to the falls as well as a pastel-pink hideaway with gardens, fine dining, and a luxe outdoor pool. While The Iguazu Grand Resort Spa and Casino is located on the Argentina side of the falls with a full-service resort setting including authentic Argentine dining at La Terraza and the Spa del Parasiso providing treatments infused with natural ingredients like yerba mate and chocolate from nearby sources. 

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15. Toronto, Canada

18 Places to go in 2018 Toronto

Last year Canada celebrated 150 years, and Toronto continues to add to the city's cosmopolitan "it" factor with new luxury hotels like the Bisha Hotel Toronto, along with hip restaurants with an understated Canadian vibe are taking the city to a new level. In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art is relocating to a former factory in the Junction Triangle, and VIKINGS: The Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum runs through April 2, 2018. The Thompson Toronto offers a modern residential style with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool with skyline views. While The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto provides a classic downtown retreat along Wellington Street. 

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16. Bangkok, Thailand

18 Places to to go in 2018 Bangkok

In 2016, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world, with more than 21 million guests. Its popularity is sparking a rise in new luxury hotels and restaurants. In 2018, The Michelin Guide will debut, giving even more attention to  the city's creative culinary atmosphere. For art enthusiasts, Warehouse 30 is opening in  transformed World War II warehouses, ChangChui is a new entertainment complex constructed from upcycled materials, and the Thailand Creative & Design Center is moving to the iconic Charoen Krung Road in a space that was once a post office. To stay in the heart of Bangkok's historical palaces and temples, The Siam Hotel is set along the River of Kings with bespoke cultural amusements and an urban resort design with spacious suites, pool villas, and open-air roof terraces. Soaring 39 stories, The Peninsula Bangkok features panoramic city views on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and a three-tiered swimming pool. For contemporary style, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn is located within a 37-floor twin tower with an infinity pool and holistic spa treatments. 

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17. Salzburg, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Salzburg

Referred to as the "City of Mozart" and the "Rome of the North" , Salzburg was a church state for more than 1,100 years. Symbols of the Catholic Church can be discovered throughout the historic Old Town of Salzburg, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2018, the City of Salzburg will celebrate the 200th anniversary of "Silent Night", which was written and first performed in the village of Oberndorf near Salzburg on December 24, 1818. The special exhibition "Silent Night 200 - History. Message. Present." will be open September 28, 2018 to February 3, 2019, and the musical "My Silent Night" will be performed at the iconic Felsenreitschule on November 24, 2018. Hotel Sacher Salzburg provides idyllic views of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, as well as fine dining at the Zirbelzimmer, and the Original Sacher-Torte cake in the Sacher Cafe. In the baroque city center, Hotel Goldener Hirsch combines a historic setting with Austrian style and state-of-the-art amenities, while Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa features a lakeside setting in the Archbishop of Salzburg's former hunting lodge. 

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18. Melbourne, Australia

18 Places to go in 2018 Melbourne, Australia

As the events capital of Australia, Melbourne is a growing city offering a cosmopolitan core that serves as an ideal gateway to exploring a variety of Australia's attractions, including the Phillip Island penguin walk which is 90 minutes from the city, and an hour and a half north of the city is the Nagambie Lakes, one of the country's oldest viticulture areas with renowned wineries and outdoor activities. For a grand setting opposite Parliament, The Hotel Windsor was built at the top of Collins Street in 1883. For panoramic views of the skyline and Yarra River from the hotel pool, Langham Hotel Melbourne provides an elegant setting on the Southbank Promenade, and the Art Series The Olsen is a luxury boutique hotel on Chapel Street. 

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Love a good ghost story? So do we. This Halloween we've gathered a list of five luxury hotels known for eery experiences and legendary ghost stories. From London to Vancouver, here are five of our favorites. 

1. The Langham London

The Langham London

Built in 1865, this luxe hotel with a world-reknowned Afternoon Tea is also known for sightings of the paranormal kind. From a German prince in a military jacket that jumped to his untimely death, to a Victorian-era doctor who killed his bride and himself while on their honeymoon, the majority of the paranormal activity happens in Room 333.

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2. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

In 1892, a young woman arrived on Thanksgiving alone and never checked out. After five lonely days, Kate Morgan took her own life. To this day, the Ghost of Kate Morgan continues with stories of lights flickering, objects mysteriously moving, along with unexplained voices and footsteps. Paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity from Kate's room on the third floor, and there have been Kate sightings along the seashore and in the hotel hallways. 

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3. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Known as the "Castle in the City" the legendary Canadian National Railway hotel that first opened as a hotel in 1939, is also home to the Lady in Red, a friendly ghost. Often spotted on the 14th floor in an elegant red evening gown, she's also been seen on the first floor and gliding through the hallways. Security cameras have picked up strange sounds and disembodied footsteps, guests have reported sightings over the years, and a special cocktail is served at the lobby lounge in her honor. 

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4. Emily Morgan Hotel

Emily Morgan Hotel

Next to the Alamo, the hotel was originally constructed as the Medical Arts Building on the Alamo Plaza. Featuring a copper roof with wood ribs, the building is lined by an array of gargoyles, each depicting a medical ailment. Believed to be one of the most haunted hotels west of the Mississippi, there have been stories of guests' phones ringing in the middle, lights and TVs turning on mysteriously, bathtubs being filled on their own, and sightings of women dressed in white. The most common sightings have seemed to occur on floors 12 and 14, which were once surgery and crematorium floors. 

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5. Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Featuring old world grace and charm, W. A. Chambers was one of the designers behind the opulent hotel. He left for a trip to England once the blueprints were completed, and returned to discover the design was not being carried out as planned. According to legend, he jumped to his death from the fifth floor, and stories have told he's been spotted roaming the halls of the hotel to this day. 

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Featuring two-story beach view villas, Saman Villas is an all-suite luxury resort set between two golden-sand beaches. Offering a luxurious setting, the property's suites provide guests with an authentic Sri Lankan experience with architecture inspired by ancient temples, traditional design, and modern comforts. Within many of the suites there are private plunge pools, as well as outdoor lounge areas. Continue reading below the photo of the Grand Deluxe Suite. 

Grand Deluxe Suite at Saman Villas

The resort offers the Sahana Spa with an all-suite garden setting, as well as an infinity-edge swimming pool with Indian Ocean views. For dinining, the main restaurant serves gourmet cuisine infused with Sri Lankan, Asian, and Western influences, and there are six private dining locations available for guests. The property also has a well-stocked library with Sri Lankan books, CDs, and DVDS, guided walking and cycling tours, and a jewelry boutique. Learn more about special perks for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Infinity swimming pool at Saman Villas

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a 45 minute spa treatment per person, for up to two guests, along with a guided walking or cycling tour of the historic village of Auturuwella. 

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Overview of Saman Villas

Situated in the midst of the bustling Tsimshatsui district, the Langham Hong Kong offers timeless European elegance and East-Meets-West values at 8 Peking Road. Surrounded by Hong Kong's most exclusive shopping district, the award-winning luxury hotel has nearly 500 guest rooms and suites with views of the neighborhood, including the ultra-elegant Director Suite. Continue reading below the photo of the suite's bedroom below.

Director Suite Bedroom at Langham Hong Kong

Located on the fifteenth floor, the one-bedroom suite has 89 square meters (292 square feet) of space and an elegantly furnished setting with Hollywood-inspired opulence such as pooling drapery, ornately cut glass, and pleated and buttoned upholstery. Featuring a color palette of black, white, grey, silver, and sepia, there's polished veneer finished with high gloss, nickel, Lucite, and glass accents. While the living room has an extensive library of films and film memorabilia, and deep sofas and chairs for watching movies on the oversized 46-inch high-definition smart TV with iHome audio deck. Read more below the Director Suite Living Room photo. 

Director Suite Living Room at Langham Hong Kong

Within the Director Suite, there is a separate dining room with 24-hour full-service in-room dining and seating for six people. Plus, there's a gourmet mini bar and Nespresso machine. Read more below the photo.

Director Suite Dining Room at Langham Hong Kong

The one-bedroom suite also has two marble bathrooms, with a window, separate shower, and soaking tub, as well as Langham bathrobes, slippers, and luxuriou amenities. Read more below the bathroom photo.

Director Suite Bathroom at Langham Hong Kong

In addition to high end accommodations, the Langham Hong Kong offers a variety of on-site services and amenities. For dining the hotel's three Michein-starred T'ang Court serves authentic Cantonese cuisine, The Food Gallery offers Asian and Western Cusine, and the Bostonian Seafood and Grill has imported steaks and seafood specialties. The Langham Afternoon Tea is served at the Palm Court, and the Main St. Deli has an authentic New York-style deli setting and Emoji burger menu. The rooftop Chuan Body + Soul is a wellness sanctuary with treatment rooms, saunas, showers, elegant outdoor swimming pool, and split-level fitness on demand health club. 

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Offering an idyllic beachfront setting, Anantara Kalutara is a family-friendly resort about one hour from Sri Lanka's capital city. The secluded waterfront property offers guest rooms, suites, and villas, including Two Bedroom Pool Villas. Ideal for families, the Two Bedroom Pool Villas have a master bedroom with a king bed and entrance directly to the pool deck, as well as a second bedroom with twin beds that opens onto the pool deck. There are two luxury en-suite bathrooms with rain showers and soaking tubs, along with a private plunge pool, sundeck with loungers and dining furniture, and an enclosed garden. Continue reading below the photo of the Two Bedroom Pool Villa pool deck.

Two Bedroom Pool Villa at Anantara Kalutara

In addition to family-friendly accommodations, there's the Adventurer Kids Club with supervised activities, cultural experiences, gaming stations, sports, outdoor activities, and off-site excursions. Plus, the Main Pool has a separate children's section with play areas for young visitors. As well as off-site adventures for families like whale watching (December to April), and visits to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, tea Ppantation, local markets, and Sinharaja Rainforest. Read more below the photo of the pool.

Main Pool at Anantara Kalutara

For adults, there's an array of options ranging from relaxing to adventurous such as the Yoga Pavilion, time at the spa, Water Sports Club with jet skis, surfing, and speedboating, Cooking Classes at Spice Spoons, library for reading or using the computers, and a fitness center to keep up with workout routines while traveling.

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Ohu Restaurant at Anantara Kalutara


Destination Spotlight: Macao

In light of the news of Typhoon Hato, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Macao and all of those affected by the tragic storm. Macao and its residents offer a beautifully diverse destination, which is why we selected it in our editorial calendar as this month’s Destination Spotlight. Five Star Alliance sends our condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and well wishes for all those impacted.

Mixing Chinese and Portuguese traditions, Macao (Macau in Portuguese) offers an eclectic combination of classic Portuguese, ancient Chinese, and modern Western styles and cultures, along with international shopping, casinos, and nightlife. For almost 500 years, Macao was a Portuguese territory, and in 1999, Macao became a Special Administration Region of China. Easily reachable by direct flights from the U.S., Macao is located just 35 minutes from Hong Kong. Considered Asia's Las Vegas, the area offers a unique East meets West destination. 

Visitors can choose from a variety of attractions, including the Historic Centre of Macao, one of Macao's 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There's meandering streets with Portuguese colonial-style buildings, Buddhist and Taoist Temples amidst Christian Churches, lush gardens, beaches, fortresses, and parks. For museums, there's everything from he history of wine to ancient Chinese art, and no trip to Macao is complete without a trip The House of Dancing Waters--a water show spectacular with aquatic acrobats. Feeling adventurous? Try the world's highest commercial bungee jump. Plus, the Cotai Strip with Vegas-like casinos, resorts, shopping, and entertainment. 

Home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants as well as Michelin-mentioned street foods, Macao is ideal for foodies and gourmands. An international mix of cuisines can be found throughout the area, but visitors should be sure to try Macanese cuisine which combines ingredients from around the world, and paired with Portuguese wines. 

Throughout the year Macao hosts a variety of events, including the longest running Grand Prix and the Dragon Boat Festival. In late September to early October, the Macao Fireworks Display Contest lights up the sky with nightly international firework displays, and the Macao Food Festival is held in November. There's also the Light Festival and International Film Festival in December.

To compliment Macao's attractions, Michelin restaurants, and cultural experiences, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Downtown Properties, Cotai Strip Resorts, and Stylish Retreats. 

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Downtown Properties

Wynn Macao

Wynn Macao

Offering more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites, Wynn Macao has a Performance Lake with nightly spectacles, premium dining options including Wing Lei, Golden Flower, and Mizumi, and ultra-luxe boutiques. There's a sprawling outdoor swimming pool surrounded with lush tropical gardens, and the property has been awarded eight Forbes Five-Star Awards. Located within the city center, the property has easy access to ferry terminals, border gates, and the airport with frequent shuttle service. 

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MGM Macau

Grand Praca at MGM Macau

Reflecting the hues of the South China Sea on its three-tiered gold exterior, MGM Macau is a luxury resort blending artistry with service and amenities. At the heart of the resort is Grande Praça with a grand glass ceiling, staircase, shops, and restaurants crafted in the styling of Lisbon's Central Train Station, which pays homage to the city's Portuguese heritage. There are seven signature restaurants and bars including Square Eight, the MGM Art Space, an infinity pool with 180-degree views of the sea, and the Tria Spa with signature treatments. 

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Mandarin Oriental Macau

Deluxe Suite at Mandarin Oriental Macau

Featuring a premier location on the NAPE waterfront, Mandarin Oriental, Macau has a contemporary design infused with atmosphere of oriental calm. Providing tranquil views of Nam Van Lake and Macau Bay, guest rooms and suite have state-of-the-art technology, large windows, mood lighting, walk-in wardrobes, large LCD TVs, and bathrooms with tubs and walk-in showers. Within the One Central development, the property is steps from colonial streets and chic boutiques. There's also a spa, multiple restaurants, and large outdoor pool with discreet service within the hotel. 

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Cotai Strip Resorts

Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Inspired by the city of Venice, the Venetian Macao offers Italian grandeur with gondola rides through the Grand Canals of Shoppes, San Luca, and Marco Polo. There are four outdoor pools with lounge areas and cabanas, a fitness center, mini golf course, kids' club, and the TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital with a comprehensive approach to wellness. In addition, the Venetian Theater and Cotai Arena offer a range of entertainment events from concerts to theatrical performances, and there's an array of dining options from casual grab-and-go to six signature restaurants. 

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Four Seasons Hotel Macao 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao

Providing an intimate setting on the Cotai Strip, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao offers five outdoor pools along with 11 poolside cabanas equipped with flat-screen TVs. There's a spa with a private spa suite outfitted with a vitality pool, as well as a range of signature rituals and treatments for men and women. Guests are invited to discover Macao's Portuguese and Chinese heritage through the hotel's cuisine options, and the resort offers walking tours of Coloane Village, private tours of the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage, and bicycles for exploring the area. 

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Banyan Tree Macau

Guest suite at the Banyan Tree Macao

Offering skyline views, Banyan Tree Macau is a high-rise urban resort featuring an expansive outdoor pool with eight lavish private cabanas as well as sun loungers and palm trees. The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is a modern and tranquil space with 19 treatment rooms and a variety of exclusive services, plus a a state-of-the-art health club on the 31st floor with an indoor pool overlooking Macao. Afternoon Tea is served in the Banyan Lounge, while Saffron is the property's signature restaurant with authentic Thai cuisine. Belon specializes in seafood, fine steaks, and grilled specialties, and Cabana has finger foods, barbeque packages, and direct pool access. 

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Stylish Retreats

Grand Coloane Beach Resort

Grand Coloane Beach Resort Pool

Situated 10 minutes from the Cotai Strip, Grand Coloane Beach Resort is a full-service property offering family rooms, kids' club, children's playground, and childcare services. Surrounded by natural beauty, the property has multiple dining options, spa and wellness center, tennis, hiking, bicycle rentals, and indoor and outdoor pools. 

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Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Located on the waterfront, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is set amidst the Macau historical quarter. Blending French style with Portuguese and Chinese culture, the property offers international cuisine at the Mistral Restaurant, and outdoor dining on Le Terrace with views of the inner harbor. There's also a lavish outdoor pool, and a spa with French beauty treatments. Steps from the St. Paul's ruins and the A-Ma Temple, the luxury property is ideal for exploring the area. 

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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 along the southern shores of Sri Lanka, Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort offers a secluded beachfront setting with 152 rooms and pool villas, gourmet dining, sports activities, excursions, and spa. Ideal for families, the tropical resort has supervised activities for kids and teens, plus there are bicycles and tuk-tuks for exploring the area. The property provides an array of experiences to appeal to a variety of interests. Read more below the photo of the Beach Pool Villa. 

Beach Pool Villa at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Here are three top reasons to stay at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort:

1. Gastronomic Experiences

Culinary Experiences at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Throughout the resort, guests can experience a variety of food-related options, including authentic Sri Lankan cooking classes at Spice Spoons. There's also a traditional high tea lounge, Il Mare providing a a clifftop Italian restaurant with ocean views, and the beachside Verele--a Sri Lankan Teppanyaki-inspired eatery. El Vino serves Mediterranean fare with degustation menus, tapas style creations, and connoisseur wine pairings. Plus, there's the Poolside Bar with casual dining, Journeys with an international menu, and Dining by Design for one-of-kind options. 

2. Anantara Spa 

Anantara Spa Entrance at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Offering Ayurvedic and reflexology treatments, the Anantara Spa provides a variety of services combining trusted ancient therapies, western techniques, and advanced spa wisdom. There are four couples' suites, four single treatment suites, along with a relaxation area, facial treatment room, and beauty salon. 

3. Fitness & Wellness Activities

Activities at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

The beachfront resort offers bicycles and traditional tuk-tuks for exploring the area. There's also in-villa or on the beach yoga and meditation classes, fitness center, 25-meter swimming pool, tennis, and badminton courts.

In addition, there's a travel and tour guide office on-site for guests to book excursions such as a visit to the Uda Walawe Elephant Sanctuary, whale and dolphin watching boat trips, Galle City tours, and visits to the Handunugoda Low Country Tea Plantation. 

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Poolside Sunrise at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

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Centrally located between historic New Delhi and the Gurgaon corporate hub, The Roseate New Delhi offers an urban retreat amidst eight acres of lush greenery and tranquil water bodies. Featuring award-winning architecture that accents the surrounding beauty, the property offers a serene setting removed from city traffic, yet a close drive to businesses and attractions. Discover three reasons to stay at The Roseate New Delhi below the photo.

Premium Pool View Room at The Roseate New Delhi

Three Reasons to Stay at The Roseate New Delhi:

1. Dining

The Roseate New Delhi

The hotel offers three dining options: Kiyan, Chi Ni, and IAH Bar. For international cuisine with a European emphasis, the hotel's signature restaurant Kiyan offers an upscale setting surrounded by blue water bodies amongst Isfahan columns with farm-to-table cuisine. Chi Ni serves "Chinese Cuisine from Heart" and the Iah Bar offers a relaxed indoor and outdoor experience with expertly-crafted food and beverage pairings.

2. The Aheli Spa 

The Roseate New Delhi

Offering a serene setting amidst bodies of water, the world-class facility has four indoor treatment suites with private verandahs and outdoor treatment areas. Guests can choose from an array of services and treatments, and there's also a beauty salon. 

3. Club Privé

For an additional level of exclusivity, the hotel's Club Privé is available by invitation only. Members have access to the Club Privé bar and lounge, as well as secretarial services, customized facilities, and personalized offerings. 

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May The Fourth Be With You! While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, fans can visit some of the filming locations to enjoy the other worldly scenery. From the deserts of Jordan to the black sand beaches of Iceland, and the allure of the Maldives, these destinations offer much to be explore (and seriously instagram-worthy vistas). Here are three luxury hotel destinations sure to inspire a journey to remember. 

1. Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

The desert of Jordan is the fictional home of the planet Jedha. The Moevenpick Nabatean Castle  overlooks the Great Rift Valley, and is a short drive from the gates of the historic city of Petra. The hotel provides a luxurious setting with the Al Madafa restaurant with a large terrace and fountain, plus guest rooms and suites with private terraces and balconies. On the garden level there's an indoor pool surrounded by windows that open to the terrace during the summer months, providing an ideal place to relax while taking in the surrounding views.

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2. Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Gan, one of the largest islands in the Maldives served as the backdrop for scenes that took place on the planet Scarif. The Six Senses Laamu on the Laamu Atoll, Maldives offers a chic and eco-friendly setting with overwater villas. The restaurants serve organic and locally grown produce, and the property's Six Senses GEMS (Guest Experience Makers) help guests maximize their visit to the island. 

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3. The Diamond Suites 

The Diamond Suites

Parts of the movie were filmed in multiple areas of Iceland. Scenes on Planet Eadu were shot on the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and others were shot by Krafla's volcanic crater. The Diamond Suites is located on the top floor of the Hotel Keflavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Just a short drive from the Blue Lagoon and hot springs, this luxury hotel offers an exclusive location with individually style suites offering high end amenities such as in-room Macs, Bang & Olufsen TVs, and Versace marble floors.

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