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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

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.

Explore Big Island Luxury Hotels

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. 

Explore Vienna Luxury Hotels

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. 

Explore Edinburgh Luxury Hotels

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. 

Explore Galway Luxury Hotels

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. 

Explore Macau Luxury Hotels 

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

Explore Tel Aviv Luxury Hotels

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. 

Explore Victoria Luxury Hotels

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

Explore Doha Luxury Hotels

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.

Explore Nashville Luxury Hotels

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

Explore Porto Luxury Hotels

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

Explore Dubai Luxury Hotels

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.

Explore Tokyo Luxury Hotels


| By: Five Star Alliance

Seeking sea breezes and time to unwind? For a limited time, Park Hyatt St. Kitts is offering a resort credit of up to $300 for guests staying four nights. Learn more about this special offer below the photo.

View at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Book a stay for 4 nights at Park Hyatt St. Kitts, receive an additional resort credit* plus exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks:

- $200 USD Resort Credit for a four night stay from January 4, 2020 – June 27, 2020 

- $300 USD Resort Credit for a four night stay from June 28, 2020 – December 18, 2020

OR

Book a stay for 5 nights and receive one night free** for stays between January 4, 2020 to December 18, 2020.

Plus, travelers booking through Five Star Alliance receive exclusive Perks including daily breakfast for two and WiFi. 

Park Hyatt St. Kitts is set within the Christophe Harbour development on Banana Bay. Offering three signature restaurants, guests can enjoy outdoor yoga and non-motorized water sports on the resort's long stretch of beach. Plus, there are two swimming pools, a spa with an array of services and treatments, and suites with private rooftop pools. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Adults-Only Pool at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

This offer is combinable with this exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made with Five Star Alliance will also include a full breakfast for two daily in The Great House, a $100 resort services credit per room/per stay, and in-room welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi. 

Book a stay at Park Hyatt St. Kitts

*Four nights minimum stay required or ** Five nights minimum stay required.  Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on any new bookings, promotions are not combinable with each other or any other packages, promotions or groups. Any unused portions of the package are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Rates are exclusive of taxes and fees. A credit card guarantee is required. Cancel 14 days prior to arrival to avoid penalty charges. Valid for stays January 4, 2020 to December 18, 2020.

 


| 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

The holiday season is here, and New York City is a aglow with festiveness at every turn. The Rockettes perform their iconic show at the Radio City Music Hall, while steps away is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree illuminating the city and the ice skaters below. The department store windows are decorated with storybook scenes and the latest trends, while shoppers inside seek the perfect gifts to everyone on their list. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we've gathered insider information and recommendations from Luxury Travel Intelligence, a site offering details for the well-informed luxury traveler. For timeless French cuisine Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends Boucherie Union Square, while Casa Apicii in Greenwich Village is a notable new addition serving Italian with a touch of California. Nobu Downtown has a 13-seat sushi bar with omakase and osusume menus, and the restaurant's signature dishes include "black cod miso, yellowtail jalapeño and rock shrimp tempura are all on the menu, as are new dishes like short ribs with jalapeño salsa and bigeye tuna tataki with eryngii mushrooms and Holland hot peppers."

Ready for a holiday trip to New York City?

Here are 5 Top New York City Luxury Hotels:

5. Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace

Overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lotte New York Palace is a landmark hotel on the corner of 50th and Madison. For dining, the Villard House is the destination for New American fare within an elegantly-restored palazzo, and Pomme Palais provides the feel of a Parisian pastry shop. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a full breakfast for two daily available in Villard Restaurant or Pomme Palais Bakery or through in-room dining (up to $100 credit per room per day inclusive of taxes and gratuity), a $100 spa credit once during stay (not applicable to products), complimentary WiFi, and a welcome card.

Book a stay at Lotte New York Palace

4. The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

The Beekman

Nestled in lower Manhattan within a historic building dating back to 1883, The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel opened following a complete overhaul of the space. Guest rooms and suites within the landmark structure have bespoke and vintage furnishings, high ceilings, aged oak floors, and craft cocktail tables. Luxury Travel Insider remarked, "We love the spacious marble bathrooms with rain showers. The ground level has a lobby bar and two restaurants from Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally. The nine-story central atrium, which includes Victorian cast iron banisters and pyramidal skylight, is a real stand-out feature to this hotel."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily in Tom Colicchio's Temple Court, a $50 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (no cash value), and a $50 minibar credit per room/per stay (no cash value).

Book a stay at The Beekman

3. The Lowell

Garden Suite at The Lowell

Steps from the fashion houses of Madison Avenue and the shops along Fifth Avenue, The Lowell offers timeless elegance in the Upper East Side. The property's newest dining additions are overseen by legendary restauranteur Charles Masson, The Club Room is a sophisticated retreat, and the Pembroke Room serves a beloved breakfast and afternoon tea.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in The Pembroke Room (also available through room service), a $100 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay, and a seasonal welcome amenity. 

Book a stay at The Lowell

2. The Plaza Hotel

Holidays at The Plaza Hotel

Set at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, The Plaza Hotel is a legendary hotel offering the finest services and amenities. Completely revitalized, the property's guest rooms and suites have French decor and Louis XV styling, iPads to customize room environment and contact guest services, plus white-glove butler service. The Palm Court is an iconic destination for afternoon tea, while other culinary destinations include The Todd English Food Hall, The Rose Club, and The Champagne Bar.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also include continental breakfast for two daily and a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay.

Book a stay at The Plaza Hotel

1. Baccarat Hotel

The bar at Baccarat Hotel New York

Featuring a blend of modern Manhattan design and classic French hôtel particulier, the Baccarat Hotel provides an ideal location across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, just a short stroll from Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue. Luxury Travel Intelligence says "After a few false starts, Paris finally comes to New York". Designed by the esteemed French design team of Gilles & Boissier, there's a private art collection including works from the 18th century to modern day, and the bar is a chic spot for cocktails amidst the glow of Baccarat chandeliers. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily, a $50 food and beverage credit, a $50 spa credit at Spa de la Mer per room/per stay (no cash value), and $100 to be applied towards dining at 2 Michelin Star Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in Bryant Park, per room, per stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full).

Book a stay at the Baccarat Hotel

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched on the 59th floor of the iconic One57 luxury residential tower, the newly unveiled Manhattan Sky Suite at the Park Hyatt New York is the highest suite overlooking Central Park. Featuring unobstructed views, the 4,200-square-foot suite has 11-foot ceilings throughout, three bedrooms, and a grand salon living area with a 75-inch TV and integrated media hub, glass-enclosed three-piece gas fireplace, and oversized personal bar. Continue reading about the new suite and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Master Bedroom in the Manhattan Sky Suite at Park Hyatt New York

The full chef's kitchen features professional-grade Miele appliances, a breakfast nook, and dining area with seating for 10. In the master bedroom there is a luxurious bathroom with a bidet toilet, and a personally styled master closet by Nordstrom NYC. While all of the bathrooms have soaking tubs, walk-in rain showers, and Le Labo bath amenities. 

The Manhattan Sky Suite provides guests with exclusive amenities including complimentary airport transfers via helicopter, a personal chef, butler service, daily breakfast, and 60-minute spa treatments for up to 6 guests. Learn more about the Park Hyatt New York and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk.

Indoor pool at Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York is located across the street from Carnegie Hall and one block from Central Park. Blending a rotating art collection with striking interior design, the 211-room hotel offers a personalized wellness experience at Spa Nalai with a eucalyptus steam room, indoor swimming pool, and oversized hot tub, plus a first-class on-site culinary experience. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full American Breakfast for up to two guests daily in the hotel restaurant or through room service and a $100 hotel Incidentals credit total per stay.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Studio Suites, One King Suites, One Bedroom Suites, One Bedroom City View Suites, One Bedroom Residential Suites, One Bedroom Terrace Suites, Carnegie Suites, and Presidential Suites. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Situated between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Montage Palmetto Bluff is a luxury resort nestled within a 20,000 acre coastal nature preserve. Paying homage to the region's rich heritage, the resort's activities and accommodations are infused with regionally-inspired options. Comprised of two villages, Montage Palmetto Bluff has nine Southern-inspired restaurants, a riverfront marina, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Learn about a special 4th Night Free & exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

Montage Palmetto Bluff

For a limited time, Montage Palmetto Bluff is offering a 4th Night Free Promotion*

  • Choose your travel dates
  • Search for "Complimentary Fourth Night" rates
  • Book and enjoy a 4th night free

Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Buffalo's Cafe or Octagon Porch (maximum $60 daily credit per room, excluding alcohol and gratuity), a welcome amenity, and a $100 spa treatment credit once per stay. 

*Four nights minimum stay required. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season. Subject to availability. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Offer is subject to availability and blackout dates. Available through August 1, 2019.

Book a stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff

 


| By: Rachael Weir

Today is Canada Day! In celebration, we've gathered five of the top Canadian hotels offering exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Whether you seek time by the sea in Victoria, fancy a cosmopolitan stay in Toronto, or like to mix history with contemporary style, there's a Canadian property on this list to suit your style. 

1. Fairmont Empress | Victoria, British Columbia

Lobby at the Fairmont Empress

Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress is a landmark hotel. Opened in 1908, the grand turn-of-the-century hotel recently underwent a major renovation, restoring the property to the elegance of a bygone era, while infusing the hotel with the latest amenities for luxury travelers. The property serves an elegant afternoon tea (reservations recommended), there's a Willow Stream Spa, and dining, plus the hotel is an ideal base for visiting the Butchart Gardens, wine touring, and whale watching excursions. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily, $100 CDN hotel credit per room/per stay (no cash value), a welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi.

Check rates at the Fairmont Empress

2. The Douglas | Vancouver, British Columbia

The Douglas

Set along the False Creek waterfront of downtown, The Douglas is a luxury boutique hotel designed for the modern traveler. The Victor serves a seasonally-inspired Pacific Northwest menu overlooking the property's sixth-level Rooftop Park. There is an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge with city skyline views, and guests have direct access to Parq Vancouver with world-class gaming and eight restaurants and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a Classic Breakfast for two daily through in-dining, a $100 CAD spa treatment credit, per room/per stay, complimentary Wi-Fi, a welcome amenity and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

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3. Shangri-La Hotel Toronto | Toronto, Ontario

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Offering some of the largest rooms in all of Canada, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto has guest rooms and suites designed to enhance the sleep experience, Asian-inspired decor, and large bathrooms. Culinary experiences can be found throughout the hotel including at the signature restaurant Bosk with Asian-inspired cuisine, Soho House, and Chef David Chang's famed Momofuku, while the Lobby Lounge offering daily live music is an ideal spot for light refreshments or a glass of wine. The Wellness Floor has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, class studio, and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Bosk Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 CAD food and beverage credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value).

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4. Le Mount Stephen | Montreal, Quebec

Guest room at Le Mount Stephen

Carefully restored to protect the building's historic heritage, Le Mount Stephen is a boutique hotel in the midst of Montreal's Golden Square Mile. Nestled within an opulent mansion, accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows and bathrooms with chromotherapy rainfall showerheads and heated floors. Bar George is a British-inspired restaurant serving chef-created contemporary takes on classic dishes. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive daily continental breakfast for 2 at Bar George, $100 USD Hotel credit, per room, per stay, and welcome amenity.

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5. Auberge Saint-Antoine | Quebec City, Quebec

Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Auberge Saint-Antoine is a contemporary boutique hotel in the city's historic Old Port. This Relais & Châteaux property was built on a major archaeological site, and features displays of artifacts unearthed during the excavatio for the building from the French and British colonial regimes. Guest rooms and suites have contemporary decor infused with historical elements, as well as Bose stereos, Nespresso coffee machines, and bathrooms with heated floors, no-fog mirrors, and soaking tubs. For dining, Chez Muffy restaurant serves classic French dishes with a modern approach amidst a historic warehouse building with stone walls and exposed wooden beams. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily in Chez Muffy Restaurant, a 100 CAD spa credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched above the Caribbean Sea, the overwater villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean provide an unique retreat at this all-inclusive resort designed for couples. Part of the Sandals' Love Nest Luxury Suites, the property offers two types of overwater villas: Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows and Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools. Learn more aobut each of the villas below the photo. 

Overwater Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Providing an intimate connection between the sea and marine life, Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows have glass floor panels and lit water to showcase undersea views at any time. There are hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and custom king beds, as well as bathrooms with his and hers sinks, backlit mirrors adorned with mosaic tiles, and walk-in rain showers. Each bungalow has a private patio with an extended sundeck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and bistro sets for two. Plus, there are outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two and over-water hammocks. Continue reading below the villa photo.

Over-the-Water Honeymoon Bungalow

The Over-The-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools are located just off the resort's private island. Offering the ultimate retreat, couples can connect while admiring the ocean from their private infinity pool or outdoor shower. See-through glass floors with lighting showcase the Caribbean's crystal-clear waters, and the 24-hour personal butler service provides guests with personalized service during their entire stay. Read more about the villas below the photo.

Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villa with Infinity Pool at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Guests of the over-the-water bungalows and villas receive the following inclusions: exclusive in-room dining and room service menu, direct resort access via a "Royal Duffy" luxury boat, personal airport greeting, expedited immigration, private luxury transfers in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport, welcome gift, including branded tote and towel set, Molton Brown bathroom amenities, exclusive House of Marley sound system, and the exclusive indulgence of a Private Luxury Car Transfer in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport. Learn more about the resort below the photo. 

Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Carribbean features a kaleidoscope of cultures from Britain to Bali. Guests arrive at the Georgian-style Great House where afternoon tea is served and croquet is played amidst manicured gardens and roaming peacocks. Mysteries of the Orient unfold in a secluded natural setting with an authentic Thai restaurant on the resort's private island, and chic parties provide evening entertainment. There are eight world-class restaurants within the all-inclusive resort, as well as a swimup pool bar, freshwater pool, whirlpool, spa, and a private beach.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Hotel Teatro. Situated in downtown Denver, the luxury boutique hotel is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2019. Originally the Denver Tramway Station, the historic Renaissance Revival-style property was built in 1911, by the same architect as Denver's 16th Street Clock Tower. Continue reading below the photo of the hotel.

Hotel Teatro Denver

My experience at the hotel actually began at Union Station. After arriving from the airport via train, I called the Hotel Teatro. The hotel dispatched the complimentary town car over to Union Station and we were on our way to the hotel in just minutes. Continue reading about the hotel below the photo of the Hotel Teatro's courtesy transportation service. 

Hotel Teatro's Courtesy Car

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly check-in process and promptly in our corner room in just minutes. 

Located on the 4th floor, my Deluxe Corner Room with One King Bed offered a spacious urban retreat. Large windows provided natural light as well as views of city. The plush sitting area included a chic couch (with a pull-out sofa bed), chair, and Keurig coffeemaker complete with Hotel Teatro mugs. Read more below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room Sitting Area at Hotel Teatro

The spacious desk with multiple outlets was an ideal spot to charge phones and cameras, as well as jot down notes about my stay, check out my maps, and plan my stay. 

And the bed is certainly not to be overlooked! From its chic headboard to the ultra-comfortable Simmons Beautyrest Black Beverly Hills Edition 15-inch mattress, it was an idyllic haven after a long day of traveling or sightseeing. Plus, the nightstands were well-equipped with plug-ins to recharge devices. Continue below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room Bed at Hotel Teatro

But perhaps one of the room’s showstoppers was the bathroom. What a beautiful space! The dual vanity provided plenty of space to make ourselves at home, the soaking tub was ideal for some in-room relaxation time, and the rainfall shower was rejuvenating. Learn more about the hotel below the photo.

Deluxe Corner Room at Hotel Teatro Bathroom

During my tour of the property I learned about the history of the hotel. Originally designed by William E and Arthur A. Fisher in 1911, the building was created as an eight-story office tower with an adjacent three-story car barn for the Denver Tramway Company. The Denver Tramway trolley service ended in 1950, and the elegant building soon became part of the University of Colorado at Denver. Following a significant rehabilitation, the National Registered Landmark building opened as the Hotel Teatro in 1999. 

Today, the historic hotel pays homage to its past throughout the property. Original marble and crown moldings can be seen throughout, there is an original mail slot from the first to the eighth floor, and the Chancellor’s Parlor (once the office of the University’s Chancellor) is now an 840-square-foot meeting space with a kitchenette, boardroom, historic details, and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Read more below the Chancellor's Parlor photo.

Deluxe Corner Room at Hotel Teatro Bathroom

Additional meeting spaces like the Stage Left and Center Stage honor the hotel’s proximity to the city’s theater district, and the Wine Cellar is a unique space that feels like you’ve been transported to Italy, complete with an original bank vault door at its entrance.

In the lobby, the history of the hotel is intertwined within the functionality of its spaces. Guests are greeted by original marble in the entry, The Study has grand ceilings, bookcases, a fireplace and plenty of cozy spots to enjoy breakfast, or a cup of local coffee in the morning, or regional wines in the evening. Read more below The Study photo.

The Study at Hotel Teatro

The Nickel Restaurant pays tribute to the history of the space, as it is located in the area that was once used to collect fares from customers riding on the Denver Tramway. The cost back then was 5 cents, or a nickel. Focusing on locally-sourced seasonal ingredients from the area’s top farmers, ranchers, distillers, and craft producers, visitors can take a look at the map on the menu to see where the food producers are located. Continue below the photo.

The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

While at the award-winning restaurant, I tried one of the restaurant’s specialty charcuterie boards, where I was able to choose from a list of meats, cheeses and accompaniments. I also paired it with a cocktail from The Barrel Bar, which has an inventive new cocktail program highlighting house barrel-aged cocktails with local twists (as well as ice featuring a 5 in honor of the restaurant’s name). Highly recommend both! Read more below the photos.

Charcuterie at The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

Drink at The Nickel at Hotel Teatro

Situated in Denver’s Center Business District, the hotel is right across the street from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It’s also steps from Larimer Squares’ shops and restaurants, as well as the “LoDo” Historic District, 16th Street Mall, and the Colorado Convention Center. While Coors Field and the Pepsi Center are an easy stroll or quick ride in the hotel’s house car away. 

During my stay at the Hotel Teatro I found it to be a convenient location for exploring the city. Breakfast at The Nickel on the weekend (it’s in The Study on weekdays) was a great way to start the day, and my room was surprisingly spacious for being in a historic building in the heart of downtown. Plus, the courtesy car was quick and convenient, and the drivers were friendly and helpful with insider recommendations. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily in The Study (maximum $20 credit per person/per day), a welcome amenity, valet parking for one vehicle per night, and complimentary 2 pm late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Seeking beautiful beaches, gastronomic experiences, archeological ruins, and one-of-a-kind sunsets? Join us on this Featured Journey: Greek Island Escape highlighting luxury resorts on three of Greece's top islands: Santorini, Crete, and Zakynthos. Each island offers its own unique adventures, historic sites, and beaches for enjoying the Greecian vistas. 

Santorini

Known for blue-domed churches, donkey rides, and cliffside whitewashed homes, Santorini is the destination for one-of-a-kind Greek sunsets. Visitors seeking some time in nature, hiking from Fira to Oia showcases panoramic caldera views, while a boat trip to the volcano provides an opportunity for a therapeutic dip in the sulphur hot springs. For history enthusiasts, Ancient Thira has Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins, Akrotiri is a Minoan town from 1650 B.C. that was preserved under lava until 1967. Fira is the place to go for authentic tavernas and ouzeries where appetizers are washed down with Greek aniseed-flavored liquor, Ouzo. Wine lovers will want to go to the vineyards of Megalohori and Pyrgos for the dry white Assyrtikos and the amber-colored Vinsanto. 

1. Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa 

Pool at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

Amidst the picturesque alleys and whitewashed domed suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is an architectural retreat offering spacious accommodations, each with kitchenettes and private verandas with Jacuzzis and sun loungers. Guests can have a five-star gastronomic experience at Alios Ilios Restaurant serving fine modern Greek cuisine, and the Royal Spa is an award-winning facility with outdoor gazebo spa services and an indoor heated swimming pool. For visitors looking to lounge poolside, there's freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired snacks, cocktails, and signature drinks at the main infinity pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary cocktail per person/per stay, during sunset in the Romantic Bar, and a 15 minute spa ticket per person/per stay.

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Crete

Greece's largest island, Crete, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors to the island can explore beaches, discover remnants of ancient civilizations, taste the island's gastronomic culture, or admire the mountainscapes. The island is the cradle of Minoan civilization, the birthplace of Zeus, and offers an expanse of scenery where travelers can go from the palm groves of Vai to the top of the snow-capped White Mountains all in one day. Food here is straight from the land and sea, with an emphasis on tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, cheese, and yogurt. The Palace of Knossos is home of the legendary Minotaur where travelers can discover the Minoan world, the Archaelogical Museum in Iraklion is home to Minoan palace treasures, Gortyna is home to Greek remains, and throughout the island minarets and mosques reflect 250 years of Ottoman Turkish rule. 

2. Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

Waterfront Villa at Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

From its romantic wedding chapel to its six restaurants, Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas is a luxury property overlooking Mirabello Bay. Set upon 40 acres of colorful gardens on the island's northeastern coast, the property consists of several mini-resort-like clusters including the Yachting Club offering state-of-the-art bungalows with electric sliding glass doors and retractable television screens, while the Ambassador's Bungalows have private gyms and multi-room villas for families. For revitalization, Espace Vitalité Chenot focuses on a holistic approach to rejuvenation and relaxation with body and facial treatments, ancient traditions with Chinese medicine, and scientific advances. Plus, there are supervised programs for kids and teens, a scuba diving center, art gallery, and tennis. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations made through Five Star Alliance will receive the following complimentary amenities: a welcome seasonal fruit and beverage in the room upon arrival; full use of gym, sauna, hammam spa, and tennis courts; WiFi; and accommodation for children 0-8 years of age sharing with parents. For guests staying a minimum of five (5) nights, a 50 Euro voucher per adult, per stay will be available at The Espace Vitalité Chenot Elounda Beach Spa.

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Zakynthos

Known for its stunning beaches, Zakynthos is an island offering a range of natural beauty. Also known by its Italian name, Zante, the island's top beaches can be found along the southern and southeastern shoreline. Visitors seeking forests and rural villages should venture inland to explore the island's forests, wilderness, and traditional villages. For truly picture-perfect scenery, head to the rugged west coast where the limestone cliffs cascade into turquoise waters. 

3. Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Royal Infinity Villa at Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Showcasing a beachfront setting, Porto Zante Villas and Spa is an all-suite property offering luxurious villas with private pools, paintings by prominent Greek artists, Armani Casa furnishings, and bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtubs, separate showers, and Dionysian antique marble. The waterfront Spa and Thalassotherapy provides rejuvenating treatments, while the fitness center by Technogym has state-of-the-art exercise equipment. For dining, Maya restaurant provides a beachfront setting for contemporary Asian cuisine, and the Club House Restaurant showcases an exclusive setting for Greek cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle Champagne and Fruits upon arrival, freshly prepared breakfast, complimentary kids entertainment and complimentary butler service.

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