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The Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing panoramic views of the city skyline and Yarra River, the Langham Hotel Melbourne provides an ideal location on the city's famous Southbank Promenade. The hotel's restaurant, Melba offers dining with an element of theater, and the Aria Bar is the destination for afternoon tea by day and cocktails at night. The Chuan Spa is a holistic wellness sanctuary with facials, body treatments, and massages inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Plus, there is a 13-meter indoor pool awash with natural sunlight and a fully-equipped fitness center and health club. Continue reading about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

The Langham Melbourne

Designed for discerning travelers, the hotel's 388 rooms and suites each offer views of either the skyline or the Yarra River. One of the hotel's highlights is the Kerrie Hess Residence Suite. Featuring artwork and design by Australian illustrator Kerrie Hess, the special 2 bedroom residence suite offers an elegant retreat on the tenth floor of the hotel. Featuring 1,442 square feet/128 square meters of space, the residence has a spacious lounge and dining area with seating for up to six guests. The artful retreat has artwork by Hess, as well as furnishings inspired by the artist's style. There's also a refrigerated private bar, Nespresso machine, MP3 docks to play music throughout the suite, a media hub to connect a laptop to the TV, and a separate laundry and storage area for luggage. Continue reading below the photo.

The Kerrie Hess Residence Suite at The Langham Melbourne

There are two bedrooms within the Kerrie Hess Residence Suite. The Master Bedroom has a king-sized Langham Blissful Bed, 32-inch LCD TV, a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area, as well as a marble bathroom with a separate shower and bath. The second bedroom has a marble bathroom and a 42-inch LCD TV with digital IPTV system, and can be configured with a king or two twin Langham Blissful Beds.

Guests of the suite also receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot rosé, Koko Black chocolates in couture-inspired packaging and three bespoke Kerrie Hess postcards to send or take home. The package also includes valet parking and access to the hotel’s fitness centre, conservatory-covered pool, spa, sauna and steam room, as well as the hotel's nightly turn down service with Langham bottled water and chocolates. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

The Langham Melbourne Kerrie Hess Residence Suite

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include buffet breakfast for two daily in Melba, a formal Afternoon Tea for two in Aria or Langham Club Lounge once per stay, and complimentary WiFi.

Book a stay at Langham Hotel Melbourne


| By: Rachael Weir

Happy 2020! It's the start of a new year and a new decade. Where will you go this year? This decade? If you're like us, your list is long. We've put together our top 20 picks for this year. From the Mayflower 400th Anniversary Celebrations in England and Massachusetts, to the Olympics in Tokyo, we've gathered some of the world's most exciting events and happenings, along with luxury hotel suggestions in each locale. 

Happy Travels!

20. Manchester, England

20 Places To Go In 2020 ManchesterOne of Europe's fastest growing cities, Manchester is a popular base for digital and media companies. Blending history and design, the city is experiencing a growth in new development, including the Cultureplex, a railway goods house transformed into a restaurant, bar, and cafe. The revolving program of film, performing arts, and visual arts provides a constant array of entertainment options, and epicurians flock to the city to dine at Mana, the city's first Michelin Star recipient with a Nordic-influenced menu.

A few luxury hotel options ideal for exploring Manchester include The Lowry Hotel, Macdonald Manchester Hotel, and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Manchester Piccadilly.

Explore Manchester Luxury Hotels

19. The Big Island, Hawaii

20 Places To Go In 2020 Big Island Hawaii

Following the 2018 volcanic activity on Hawaii's Big Island, the five-month eruption has stopped, and the blue skies have returned. The Halemaumau crater is now three times as wide and four times as deep as it was prior to the 2018 eruption, and a freshwater lake has started to form on the crater's floor. The Thurston Lava Tube is expected to reopen in early 2020 with a redesigned parking area, and roads outside of the park have recently reopened. In November, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. There are multiple hotels on the island offering exclusive Perks, including the all-new Mauna Lani luxury resort, which will debut in January 2020 with a new era of experiential luxury. As well as the beachfront Fairmont Orchid Hawaii and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

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18. Vienna, Austria

20 Places To Go In 2020 Vienna

There's much to explore in this Germanic destination with cutting-edge art museums and music halls. The Musikverein concert hall will celebrate its 150th anniversary and events will be held throughout the city celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday. While the classic city is known for its Baroque architecture and classical music venues, the contemporary art venue was transformed into the Belvedere 21, the Freud Museum will reopen in May following a major renovation with nearly 40,000 adds to its library, and the Belvedere Palaces with an extensive classical art collection have been completely renovated.

Luxury hotels in Vienna offer historic charm blended with contemporary amenities, such as the Hotel Sacher Wien, The Ring, and Park Hyatt Vienna, all with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

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17. Cape Town, South Africa

20 Places To Go In 2020 Cape Town

Beginning this year, United Airlines will offer non-stop service from Newark to Cape Town, saving travelers up to eight hours of travel time from the United States. In addition to new air routes into the Mother City, there's a constantly evolving art scene, and the nearby Winelands offer plenty of vineyards to explore for wine enthusiasts. 

Cape Town is also home to an array of luxury hotels offering exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks including the One&Only Cape Town, Belmond Mount Nelson, and Taj Cape Town

Explore Cape Town Luxury Hotels

16. Buenos Aires, Argentina

20 Places To Go In 2020 Buenos Aires

Currently, travelers can stretch their travel dollars in the land of tango, beef, and Malbec, due to the devaluation of the Argentinian peso. The city is in the midst of a gentrification process with areas like the Old Market expanding with wine bars, cafes, and patisseries, and the Plaza Dorrego neighborhood is bustling with newness. There's a variety of luxury hotels within this South American city, many with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks including The Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel, and the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta Hotel

Explore Buenos Aires Luxury Hotels

15. Edinburgh, Scotland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city serves up plenty of history, a multitude of festivals, and the famous Edinburgh Castle. But this year the city is debuting several new attractions including the three-story Johnnie Walker Experience, which will feature a museum, event space, and whiskey shop. The city's ever-expanding selection of luxury hotels provide unique lodging options occupying historic buildings such as the Kimpton Charlotte Square within seven Georgian townhouses, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Calendonian Victorian Railway hotel, and the Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel with its landmark clocktower. 

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14. Kyoto, Japan

20 Places To Go In 2020 Kyoto

While Tokyo is hosting the Olympics, Kyoto is another trending destination within Japan. The city's imperial history is evident throughout, providing travelers with a glimpse into the past. There are temples, gardens, and tea houses for an authentic feel, along with museum expansions at the Fukuda Art Museum and the Kyocera Museum of Art.

Kyoto has a variety of luxury hotel options with exclusive Perks ranging from the countryside Suiran within the grounds of the Tenryuji Temple to the contemporary Hyatt Regency Kyoto and the riverside The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Explore Kyoto Luxury Hotels

13. Maine

20 Places To Go In 2020 Maine

2020 marks 200 years of statehood for the state of Maine. In honor of the Bicentennial year, the state is hosting a year of special events. To experience coastal life, the Cliff House Maine has an oceanfront location where travelers can enjoy the waves hitting the rocky coast from the comfort of their room, plus exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. For a private cottage, Hidden Pond offers a charming setting with access to the Tides Beach Club situated two miles away at Goose Rocks Beach. While the White Barn Inn offers rustic luxury with the hotel's restaurant occupying two restored barns from the 1860s. 

Explore Maine Luxury Hotels

12. Galway, Ireland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Galway

This bohemian city with an arts-focused feel on the west coast of Ireland has long been a destination for creatives. Named a European Capital of Culture for 2020, the city by the sea is home to an array of festivals throughout the year, as well as forward-thinking luxury hotels like The G Hotel and The Galmont Hotel & Spa. For a unique and completely Irish experience, the nearby Ashford Castle is about a 30-minute drive from Galway City with creative cuisine, spa, and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

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11. Macau

20 Places To Go In 2020 Macau

On December 20, Macau will celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China. Macau is an international destination mixing Asian and European cultures, providing travelers with luxe hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip, Wynn Macao, and the Banyan Tree Macau. In addition to fine hotels, Macau offers travelers an array of world-class dining options, casinos, and cultural experiences. 

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10. Tel Aviv, Israel

20 Places To Go In 2020 Tel Aviv

Experience a destination where modern living merges with ancient history. In 2020, the Ben-Gurion Airport will expand to accommodate additional aircraft. Tel Aviv's White City Zone is a UNESCO-designated site and home to over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, the largest collection of its kind in the world. The area will take center stage this year, as Tel Aviv commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus architecture movement. The beach city along Israel's Mediterranean coast offers an array of luxury hotels including three with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: The Setai with a seafront location, beachfront Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, and the InterContinental David Tel Aviv

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9. Vancouver Island, Canada

20 Places To Go In 2020 Vancouver Island

From the capital city of Victoria on the harborfront to the surf town of Tofino, Vancouver Island offers land and sea experiences along with local cuisine. Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress is a classic institution. Travelers can experience Native traditions as the island is home to 50 First Nations communities, or book a cycling tour in Ucluelet. Spring is an ideal time to visit the island, with the West Coast Trail opening for hiking season May 1. Watch for whales from Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sook, or dine at the Pointe Restaurant offering ocean views at the Wickaninnish Inn. Located about 70 miles west of Vancouver, the island is reachable via ferry or flight into Victoria's International Airport. 

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8. Doha, Qatar

20 Places To Go In 2020 Doha

In preparation for hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup, Doha introduced a brand-new underground railway system, and the city is expanding its arts and culture scene with the opening of new museums including the National Museum of Qatar. Getting from the airport to the palm-lined Corniche is more convenient than ever with the new transportation system, Old Doha provides a historic feel, and Souq Waqif is a must-see open-air street market. Choose from an array of luxury hotels in the city including the InterContinental Doha, JW Marriott Marquis City Center, and The St. Regis Doha

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7. Melbourne, Australia

20 Places To Go In 2020 Melbourne

Providing a European feel in the land of Oz, Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city known for its street art, constantly changing landscape, and live music. There's a strong coffee culture throughout the city, and it is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. Ideal for foodies, coffee lovers, and art enthusiasts, Melbourne is considered the Culture Capital of Australia. Cobbled laneways in the city center have coffee shops, cafes, and one-of-a-kind boutiques ideal for exploring, while the Queen Victoria Markets is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

The city will be hosting a number of major events throughout the year, including the Australian Open January 20 - February 2, the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 will February 21 - March 8, and the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 will be October 18 - November 15.

Melbourne is home to an array of five star hotels, including several with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks such as The Langham Melbourne, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, and Park Hyatt Melbourne

Explore Melbourne Luxury Hotels

6. Nashville, Tennessee

20 Places To Go In 2020 Nashville

While this trend-setting destination has been popular for the past few years, Nashville is continuing to grow, adding new draws to the city beyond country music. In the summer of 2020, the National Museum of African American Music will open along Broadway, right in the heart of downtown. The museum will feature five interactive galleries showcasing the 50 genres of African American Music. Plus, the city is constantly expanding its hotel selection with new additions like the JW Marriott Nashville, Thompson Nashville in the growing neighborhood of "The Gulch", and the newly-renovated Hutton Hotel with writer's rooms and a 5,000-square-foot live music venue.

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5. Dominica

20 Places To Go In 2020 Dominica

Paradise for outdoorsy travelers, Dominica is a 290-square-mile teardrop-shaped island with the world's second-largest hot spring, plus 300 miles of hiking trails, 365 rivers, and a dozen waterfalls. The recently opened Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski is a luxury five star resort with a spa designed to create a greater connection to nature and the island's ecosystem. The massive Spa at Kempinski Dominica offers mud baths sourced from the island's ten volcanoes, and a water temple surrounded by rainforest trees. There's also four restaurants and bars each with a local-focused approach, four hot and cold water pools, tennis courts, and easy access to the island's eco-tourism opportunities. Plus, exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Book a stay at Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski

4. Porto, Portugal

20 Places To Go In 2020 Porto Portugal

Ideal for wine lovers and foodies, Porto offers idyllic weather along with great food and wine. As the home of Port wine (and the city's namesake), Porto is perfect as a starting point for exploring historic Port Wine houses and the vineyards of Douro Valley. Offering travelers a good value for their monty the city center of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an easy trip from Lisbon.  

The city is also home to several luxury hotels including several with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: The Yeatman, InterContinental Porto Palacio Das Cardosas, and Infante Sagres

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3. Plymouth, England & Plymouth, Massachusetts

20 Places To Go In 2020 Plymouth

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts. In celebration, both cities are hosting an array of events to commemorate the pioneering voyage and the group of travelers that would go on to have more than 30 million United States descendents. In England, the Mayflower 400 celebrations focus on the towns and cities along the national Mayflower Trail. While the Plymouth 400 events in the United States will be centered in the town of Plymouth, located 40 miles south of downtown Boston. 

Interested in partaking in these commemorative events? In England, travelers could consider basing themselves in London and taking daytrips via train to various towns on the Mayflower Trail. An additional option would be the Lime Wood in Lyndhurst, a Regency country house hotel located a short drive from Southampton, a key destination on the Mayflower Trail. For participaing in events near and around Plymouth, Massachusetts, we recommend a luxury hotel in Boston such as the Fairmont Copley Plaza or Fifteen Beacon

2. Dubai, UAE

20 Places To Go In 2020 Dubai

Beginning in October 2020, Dubai is hosting the World Expo. Lasting for 6 months, the city has designed the metropolis of the future with 130 buildings connected via smart technology. Later this year the Museum of the Future designed by a computer algorithm and the Aladdin City will also open.

For accommodations in this world-class city in the desert we have three key recommendations, each with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: One&Only Royal Mirage, Taj Dubai, and Burj Al Arab

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1. Tokyo, Japan

20 Places To Go In 2020 Tokyo

Hosting the XXXII Olympic Summer Games, Jul 24 - Aug 9, Tokyo is a business and cultural megacenter. Known for extreme attention to detail, the cutting-edge destination is home to world-class art galleries and museums, as well nightlife. With 234 Michelin-starred restaurants (the most of any city in the world), Japan's capital city is an ideal destination for foodies.

The Aman Tokyo offers an urban sanctuary setting on the top six floors of the recently-built Otemachi Tower, plus exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks including daily breakfast. For a landmark stay, The Peninsula Tokyo is an iconic destination in the prestigious Marunouchi financial district with sophisticated facilities including a wedding chapel, indoor pool, outdoor pool with views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. While the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is located directly above Shibuya Station with a modern design, entertainment venues, and perks for Five Star Alliance guests.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring direct lagoon access, Luxury Overwater Bungalows at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island offer one-of-a-kind retreats. Ideal for honeymooners or romantic vacations, each private bungalow has an outdoor shower, king bed, luxe bathroom with rainshower or bathtub, ceiling fan, minibar, and air conditioning. Plus a large outdoor terrace providing an idyllic place to take in the surrounding views of the turquoise lagoon. Continue reading about the resort and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Overwater Bungalow at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

Guests arrive at the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Resort via a 20-minute boat ride from the airport. Upon arrival, travelers experience a priviliged setting with 360-degree views of the island of Bora Bora, the ocean, and Mount Otemanu. The iconic boutique hotel focuses on privacy and seclusion, as well as tailor-made services and endless lagoon views. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Lounge at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive Continental breakfast for two guests daily, a 7,500 XPF food and beverage credit, per room/per stay, and a welcome amenity.

Book a stay at Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island


| By: Rachael Weir

What's better than a waterfront villa? The King Pool Overwater Villas at Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Featuring one-of-a-kind horizon and lagoon views, plus private infinity pools, these overwater villas have 1,302 square feet of space. Providing luxurious accommodations, villas have fully retractable windows to bring the outside in, plush king beds with views of the lagoon, separate living areas with HDTVs, Bluetooth sound systems, and minibars, plus spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs. In addition, the villas have large terraces with private infinity pools, over-water hammocks, sun lounges, and direct access to the lagoon where guests can swim or snorkel from their own terrace. Read more below the photo.

Overwater Villa at Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Situated on the private island of Motu To'opua, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is set amidst white sand beaches and the lagoon, with Mount Otemanu as the backdrop. Recently fully renovated, the property offers the hilltop Hina Spa with breathtaking views, six restaurants and bars, an infinity pool, and a variety of activities from hiking to swimming with sharks. Learn about the special Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Infinity Pool at Conrad Bora Bora Nui

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate receive a XPF7000 food and beverage or spa services credit per room/per stay and an in-room welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing New Zealand colonial architecture, the Chalet Suites at Blanket Bay provide a luxe setting. Complimenting the Main Lodge, the suites incorporate schist stone and old steamer wharf timber beams. Offering air conditioning and super king-size beds, the suites also have complimentary WiFi internet connection and international direct dial phones. Continue reading below the Chalet Suite Entrance photo. 

Chalet Suite Entrance at Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay offers four Chalet Suites. Within each of the 700-square-foot suites is a private courtyard, spacious bedroom, walk-in closets, and bathroom with separate steam shower and soaking tub. Plus, a living room with a stone fireplace, satellite and apple TV, Bluetooth soundbar, and exclusive views of the surrounding scenery. Read more below the photo. 

Chalet Suite at Blanket Bay

Surrounded by Alpine scenery, Blanket Bay is an elegant, yet rustic lodge on the shore's of New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu. Celebrating the art of pure relaxation, the property offers a spa, fine dining in the dining room or intimate Wine Cave for private meals, and a location along the Wine & Arts Trail. There's fly-fishing and heli-skiing nearby, as well as hiking, boating, golfing, and kayaking, or flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Jacuzzi View at Blanket Bay

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive lunch for two per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled on a private island, the Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island is an all-inclusive eco-resort in the northern Majuro Atoll of the Marshall Islands. Amidst 3.6 acres of land, the retreat occupies the site of a former colonial coconut plantation. Providing accommodations for just three couples at a time, and surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, the property is an idyllic destination for honeymooners and those seeking a secluded, romantic retreat. Read more about the resort below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Guests of the resort fly into the Amata Kabua Airport in Majuro, where a shuttle takes guests to the jetty. From there, visitors board a private boat for a 45-minute trip along the atoll through scattered, mostly uninhabited islands. Continue reading below the boat photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Once guests arrive, they spend their time on the island in either one of two bungalows or a beach house. Featuring traditional colonial styling, accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms, exclusive works-of-art, antiques, daily turndown service, and complimentary minibars. Fresh fruits are delivered daily, and all-inclusive Cordon Bleu dining is available in the main house. Read more below the photo.

Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island

Surrounded by coral reefs, the eco-resort offers guests a variety of water-focused activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing. There's aslo a well-stocked library on the island, and visitors can schedule in-room massages and beauty treatments.

Learn more about the Boutique Resort Bikendrik Island


| By: Rachael Weir

Why leave your room when you can enjoy panoramic views of Darling Harbour while still in bed? The Harbour View Studio Suite at the Hyatt Regency Sydney offers an exclusive retreat with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the sparkling waters of Darling Harbour. The king bed has premium linens and showstopping views, and the flat-screen TV is equipped with Miracast technology. There's a sitting area where guests can work or relax with a morning cup of coffee from in-room coffee and tea making setup, minifridge, and a large in-room safe. In the bathroom there's a luxurious freestanding bath, walk-in shower, and plush terry cloth robes and slippers. Plus, guests of the suite receive Regency Club access privileges. Read more below the photo of the Harbour View Studio Suite. 

Harbour View Studio Suite at Hyatt Regency Sydney

As Sydney's largest premium hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney offers a central location adjacent to Darling Harbour in the city's Central Business District. Providing an ideal base for business and leisure travelers, the modern luxury hotel has multiple restaurants including the Sailmaker Restaurant with all-day dining. Continue reading below the photo.

Bar and Lounge at Hyatt Regency Sydney

It's also home to one of Sydney's oldest pubs, the Dundee Arms. For cocktails with a view, The Zephyr Sky Bar is a destination rooftop bar. While the Regency Club lounge provides and exclusive setting for daily breakfast, all-day refreshments, and evening cocktails with Darling Harbour views.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Introduced in 2017, the new Pool Premium Overwater Villas at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa are an ultra-romantic addition to the property's collection of luxury overwater bungalows. The recently unveiled one-bedroom villas have sundecks with shaded terraces, sun loungers, freshwater showers, private plunge pools, and direct lagoon access. Featuring contemporary design infused with Polynesian accents, the villas offer 1,507 square feet of space, which is able to accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children using the sofa bed as bedding. Within the luxurious bathrooms there are showers, double washbasins, and a range of complimentary amenities. Plus, there are soaking tubs with picture windows providing idyllic views for guests as they soak in the tub. While the living rooms have large picture windows overlooking the beach, as well as glass coffee tables that reveal views of the colorful tropical fish below. Continue reading below the photo of the Pool Premium Overwater Villa.

Pool Premium Overwater Villa

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation, adding the Pool Premium Overwater Villas and Two-Bedroom overwater villas, as well as refreshing amenities and accommodations throughout the property. The Deep Ocean Spa was the South Pacific's first thalassotherapy center, which incorporates seawater into wellness treatment, along with a fitness center, and relaxation lounge. Continue reading below the spa photo.

Deep Water Thalasso Spa

For dining, the Sands Restaurant offers beachfront casual dining, the Reef Restaurant has authentic Polynesian and Mediterranean cuisine, and Le Corail (pictured below) provides a sophisticated setting for romantic dinners. While the Bubbles Bar mixes contemporary style with Polynesian materials for a stylish cocktail destination. 

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Le Corail Restaurant at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa


| 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. 
 

| By: Rachael Weir
Offering a private balcony jutting over the pier with panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour, the Admiral Suite at the Pier One Sydney Harbour provides guests with incomparable views in a luxurious setting. The living area and bedroom combine classic style with historic furnishings from design houses in France and Australia, along with modern details like a Bose sound system, two LED flat-screen TVs, and a marble topped wet bar with a Nespresso coffee machine.

One of the suite's finest amenities is the master bathroom. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with striking views of Luna Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House, the modern soaking tub provides the ultimate spot to relax and soak in views of the city. Continue reading below the photo.

Admiral Suite at the Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel

The Pier One Sydney Harbour is nestled along the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and blends Federation-style architecture with contemporary design. Guest rooms and suite have a nautical theme, accented by original timber and ironwork. The high end boutique hotel offers a unique setting in the heart of The Rocks, with historic dining and entertainment options nearby. Plus, the on-site Gantry Restaurant and Bar, wellness offerings, and in-room massage services.

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