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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

Destination Spotlight: Charleston

Ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 Small U.S. City for eight years running, Charleston, South Carolina is a city steeped in history and culture. The walkable city offers well-preserved architecture with ironwork balconies, antebellum styling, and colorful stucco, amidst streets lined with sidewalk cafes and boutiques ideal for meandering and exploring. 

Founded by English colonists in 1670, Charleston is one of the best-preserved cities in the "Old South" where visitors can hear church bells ringing, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and see more than 600 buildings erected prior to the 1840s, including 73 Colonial buildings. The city has withstood a number of hardships including Yankee bombardments during the Civil War, earthquakes, and fires, yet many historic sites remain including St. Michael's Episcopal Church and the Calhoun Mansion. Plus, there are plantations like Boone Hall where guests can gain a greater understanding of the city's history. 

Foodies will find plenty of flavors to discover within the city, including low country favorites like She-Crab Soup and the area's classic morning dish of shrimp and grits. Charleston's vibrant food scene includes chic cafes, fine dining, food festivals, and locally-infused Southern cuisine. 

For outdoor enthusiasts, the region provides an array of top-ranked golf courses, as well as beaches, parks, and nature tours of the area's beaches, marshes, and rivers.

Here are 5 Top Charleston Luxury Hotels:

5. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

For travelers seeking a resort-style getaway within a short drive of the city, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is an ideal destination. Situated 21 miles from downtown Charleston, the property is an oceanfront hotel providing Southern hospitality, The Sanctuary Spa, luxury shopping, tennis packages, golf, and multiple dining options. There's also an array of recreational activities such as bicycle rentals, Kamp Kiawah for young vacationers at Night Heron Park, fitness classes, and nature programs. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a daily full buffet breakfast for two in Jasmine Porch or a la Carte through room service, VIP status, a one time $100 resort credit per room (not valid towards the room rate), complimentary WiFi, and one bottle of Simonet Sparkling Wine from the mini-bar per room/per stay.

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4. The Dewberry

The Dewberry

Tucked within a historic Mid-Century Modern building (formerly the Mendel Rivers Federal Building), The Dewberry is a luxury boutique hotel featuring "Southern Reimagined" by a group of architects, designers, and preservation specialists. Guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, as well as Irish mattresses and linens, artwork by local artists, and minibars curated seasonally by the hotel's executive chef. The Spa provides low country-inspired signature treatments infused with local ingredients, and Henrietta's French Brasserie overlooks Meeting Street with Southern-influenced cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive breakfast for two daily ($30 per person and $60 max per day), a guaranteed room category upgrade at booking based on availability, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 spa credit per room/per stay.

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3. Hotel Bennett

Hotel Bennett

Opening in late 2018, Hotel Bennett is situated at the intersection of Marion Square and King Street. Transformed by native Charlestonians, the authentic retreat is located within the former Charleston County Library and The Citadel. Offering a two-tiered signature restaurant and Camelias Bar, the hotel also has a patisserie, signature spa, and rooftop pool, steps from King Street shops, restaurants, and museums. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the  the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Gabrielle (max $30 per person, max $60 per day), and a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay.

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2. Belmond Charleston Place 

Belmond Charleston Place

Evoking the feel of a 17th century European residence, Belmond Charleston Place is an iconic luxury hotel in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown. Offering high-end shopping, full-service spa, and a rooftop indoor/outdoor pool, the property is an ideal place for exploring the city, or a relaxing retreat. Popular with celebrities, princes, and politicians, the hotel has award-winning dining at the Palmetto Cafe and the Charleston Grill.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for each guest daily (maximum of $30 per person/per day), a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a welcome amenity.

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1. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

Set on Patriots Point in the upscale community of Mount Pleasant, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor is an upscale waterfront resort with panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and the downtown skyline. There are three on-site dining options including the waterfront Charleston Harbor Fish House, and The Bridge Bar with an open-air setting. For relaxation The Estruary Spa and Salon offers a range of treatments, and there are three outdoor pools including one with a Tiki Bar. There's also a custom theater, full-service marina, seaside bocce court, and the College of Charleston Sail School is located on-site. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for each guest daily at The Fish House, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value), and a welcome cookie 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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For a limited time (through December 17, 2018), the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa is offering a complimentary fourth night* for guests that stay three nights. In addition to the fourth night promotion, guests booking through Five Star Alliance also receive exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the picturesque red rocks of Sedona, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa offers an idyllic setting for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. There's signature activities like Woga--a combination of walking and yoga, stargazing, guided meditation, chanting, vortex lectures, and walks through the canyon with conservationists. For those looking to get in touch with their creative side, the property offers creative photography and watercolor sessions with the resort's resident artist, as well as cooking classes and food & wine pairing sessions. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Guests of the resort receive exclusive private golf club access to the Seven Canyons Golf Course. Plus, the Mii Amo, Destination Spa is recognized for treatments designed to create balance, harmony, and well-being. Learn more about the exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Golf at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at any restaurant or through room service (maximum $30 credit per person/per day) and a $100 credit towards golf or spa services per room/per stay.

*Please note: To book the complimentary fourth night promotion, search for four night stays, booking and travel must be completed by December 17, 2018. Offer subject to availability.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Antigua

Situated in the Northern part of the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua is the larger of the two islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Formerly a British colony, the now independent nation offers a sunny destination with enough beaches to visit a different one every day of the year. Rich in history, the southern coast is home to historic harbors showcasing the island's importance as a strategic naval port, including Nelson Dockyard's National Park. English traditions are woven into the island's culture, and the capital of St. John's is home to wooden houses with louvered verandas and corrugated iron roof.

Throughout the island, dramatic scenery and sugar-white sand beaches protected by coral reefs draw visitors seeking beach vacations. In the northwest, Dickenson Bay offers tranquil turquoise waters, ideal for families with small children. While Johnson's Point provides schools of tropical fish and stark white sands. Carved over time by lashing of breakers, Devil's Bridge is a natural bridge and popular attraction within Indian Town National Park. Bird enthusiasts will want to visit Frigate Bird Sanctuary to see the large nesting colonies of frigates, or man-o'-war birds. 

Here are 5 Top Antigua Luxury Hotels:

5. Sandals Grande Antigua

Pool at Sandals Grande Antigua

Along the famous beach of Dickenson Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua is an adult couples-only all-inclusive resort with six pools, nine restaurants, and eight bars, including an English Pub. Providing beachfront luxury, the property has a variety of water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and windsurfing, plus PADI Certified Scuba Diving, croquet, pool tables, tennis, beach parties, and casino nights. 

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4. Carlisle Bay

Private dining at Carlisle Bay

Featuring a backdrop of rolling hills and rainforest, Carlisle Bay is the sister hotel to the award-winning One Aldwych in London. Set on the island's south coast, the all-suite boutique property is on a secluded bay with all 87 suites offering beachfront suite-to-sand access. There's also four restaurants, four bars, kids club, and spa. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa voucher per suite, per stay.

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3. Jumby Bay Island

Pool at Jumby Bay Island

Accessible only by boat from Antigua, Jumby Bay Island is a tropical Caribbean hideaway. Fresh off a multi-million dollar restoration, dining options include the Estate House, Verandah Restaurant & Bar, Pool Grille, and Beach Shack. Set along white sands and turquoise Caribbean waters, the property is a luxurious hideaway with an array of recreational amenities like cooking classes, sunset cocktail cruises, rum tastings, seasonal turtle watches, and yoga. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa services credit per accommodation/per stay (not valid on products) and culinary welcome amenity.

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2. Hermitage Bay

Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay

Consisting of 30 freestanding suites with contemporary styling, Hermitage Bay is a secluded boutique retreat with a romantic setting. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the eco-chic property is situated on the west coast of Antigua along a 1,250-foot beach with a mix of white sands and seashells that have washed ashore from the coral reef. Amidst 16 acres of tropical gardens, the gourmet all-inclusive features menus that change daily (no buffets), and made-to-order foods prepared with the finest ingredients. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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1. Curtain Bluff 

Patio Terrace at Curtain Bluff

Positioned between two picturesque bays and the only rainforest in Antigua, Curtain Bluff is an all-inclusive resort. The 15-acre property has 72 rooms and suites scattered up the bluff. Ideal for couples and families, there is a variety of on-site activities including yoga, stand up paddleboarding, Pilates, four floodlit tennis courts, two beaches with a beach bar, and two restaurants. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 resort credit per room, per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled in a protected valley amidst a vast wilderness, Amangiri is a luxury resort in southern Utah. Close to the border of Arizona on 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, this exclusive resort required an Act of Congress to be built here. Showcasing dramatic views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante, where the colors of the red rock country change from the morning sunlight to dusk. Amidst canyons, mesas, mountains, desert, and gorges, the resort offers opportunities to hike, climb, and explore Navajo culture. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at Amangiri

For exclusive in-room vistas, Mesa View Suites have terraces with fireplaces, and private courtyard entrances with tables and chairs. The spacious suites have 1,000 square feet of space, including living areas with reading chairs, writing desks, TVs, DVD players, sound systems, and personal bars. From the king-size beds, guests can wake up with views of the Mesa, and bathrooms have twin rain showers, soaking tubs, double vanities, and dressing areas. Read more below the Mesa View Suite photo. 

Mesa View Suite Bedroom at Amangiri

The resort's Dining Room has floor-to-ceiling windows with desert views and cuisine featuring local seasonal produce. At the spa, there's a focus on wellness and restoring hózhó, the Navajo term meaning beauty, harmony, balance, and health. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining Room at Amangiri

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay and a bag of Amangiri's signature toiletries.

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| By: Rachael Weir

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

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

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

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

Here are 5 Top Siem Reap Luxury Hotels 

5. Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

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

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4. Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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

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3. Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

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

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2. Belmond La Residence d'Angkor 

Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

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

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

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1. Amansara

Outdoor Pool at Amansara

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

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

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

Blue Bar at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

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

Honeymoon Suite Balcony at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

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

Honeymoon Suite Living Room at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

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

Honeymoon Suite Bathroom at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Spanish Experience

Our newest Featured Journeys highlights three of Spain's top destinations: Malaga, Madrid, and Barcelona. From Mediterranean breezes to bodegas buzzing with locals and tourists, Spain offers adventures for culinary and enthusiasts, as well as one-of-a-kind nightlife options. Learn more about top luxury hotels in these Spanish cities below. 

Malaga

Set along Spain's "Gold Coast", Malaga is an Andalusian destination for Mediterranean sunlight, beaches, buzzing tapas bars, and palm-lined promenades. Picasso's original hometown offers art enthusiasts the Picasso Museum. Nestled in a 16th century palace, the museum showcases Picasso's late 1970s paintings. The city's Renaissance cathedral is an ornate masterpiece, and the Moorish Alcazaba are two of the city's iconic architectural highlights. 

La Malagueta beach and the coves at El Palo are the must-visit spots for sunshine. The Paseo del Parque promenade is an ideal place to meander and cool down under the shade of palms, and La Concepcion Botanical Gardens is brimming with tropical flowers. 

Dining in this region is all about tapas. Malaga is home to 1,001 tascas (tapas bars), and these bars are an ideal spot to mingle with the outgoing locals while having fresh anchovies, Serrano ham, and calamari. Pedralejo and La Caleta are popular destinations for beach cafes, fried fish, and cocktails at sunset. While the Old Town is a nightlife destination with live music bars, clubs, and bodegas.

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa 

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa

About 50 minutes southwest of Malaga in Marbella, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa offers a traditional Andalusian retreat along the "Golden Coast". From Afternoon Tea on the terrace to a round of golf or relaxing poolside, the luxurious property provides a relaxing setting for travelers looking to soak in the sun and local culture. There's 14 different restaurants on-site, an open-air courtyard ideal for cocktails, spa & wellness facilities, tennis courts, and botanical gardens. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Alhambra Restaurant and a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay.

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Madrid

Modern Madrid is a diverse destination where cobbled lanes and historic chapels meet contemporary boulevards lined with skyscrapers. Locals and tourists alike can revel in the centuries-old sport of bullfighting at the city's largest bullring--Plaza de Toros, or browse the Prado's extensive collection of art from around the world as well as Spanish masters like Goya and Velazquez, and every Wednesday and Saturday, the Changing of the Guard happens at the Royal Palace.

Madrid offers an eclectic food scene along Ventura de la Vega, Plaza de Santa Ana, and the Plaza de Santa Barbara where Madrilenos begin the evening at tapas bars serving manchego cheese, stuffed peppers, chorizo, and Spanish wine, then dine on dinners highlighting Spanish flavors like Valencian paella, Andalusian gapacho, and the Cocido--Madrid's own lamb and vegetable stew. 

For shopping, Rastro has been the destination for locals and bargain hunters for 500 years. While the Gran Via is the city's trendy shopping neighborhood with Art Deco shops selling the latest styles including handbags made from Spanish leather. To get a panoramic view of the city, Faro de Moncloa is a former transmission tower that has been reimagined into an observation deck 92 meters above the city. 

Looking for a night on the town? Madrid's biggest clubs are set along Calle Arenal, while the bars of Chucca and Huertas are popular after Midnight.

Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Premium King Guest Room at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Inspired by the paintings of Velazquez, Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques is located in the heart of Madrid. Nestled within a 19th century palace, the hotel has a historic garden, and guest rooms and suites are infused with touches on the Velazquez masterpiece, Las Meninas. Situated in the former palace stables, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Dos Cielos Madrid by Hermanos Torres with a locally-inspired menu and exclusive location. There's also a seasonal rooftop pool and Thai Room Wellness Center. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for each guest daily in Coroa Gallery Lounge & Gardens, a 40 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes Dos Cielos Restaurant), and a welcome amenity.

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Barcelona

Offering a cosmopolitan destination on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a vibrant city with Gothic and Modernist architecture. Effortlessly cool, the city is known for the turrets of Sagrada Familia, La Boqueria Market's Iberian ham, olives, and goat cheese, El Born's clubs where partiers dance 'til dawn, and hidden courtyards. 

La Sagrada Familia cathedral is one of the city's top destinations. Gaudi's masterpiece is full of symbolism. Started in 1882, the church has iconic turrets, stone carvings, and grand facades. The tree-lined La Rambla is ideal for a walk to the maze-like alleyways in Barri Gotic that lead to Santa Maria del Mar Church, and Montjuic's gardens are an ideal spot for those seeking some shade. At the Picasso Museum, visitors can see some of the artist's finest works from early sketches to Blue Period works.

For beaches and no-frills fish restaurants, Barcelonta is the place to go. Barri Gotic serves up Catalan fare including Los Caracoles (the snails), salted cod salad known as esqueixada, and pan tomaquet (tomato bread). For Michelin-starred restaurants that put the city on the gastro map, Eixample and El Born offers a variety of gastronomic experiences. In the evening, head to the jazz clubs and tapas bars of Placa Real.  

Seeking some retail therapy? Passieg de Gracia is known for designer lables, El Corte Ingles is one of Barcelona's top department stores, and boutiques in Barri Gotic, El Born, and El Raval sell unique finds and art.

Neri Hotel

Suite Bat at Neri Hotel

Situated on Sant Felip Neri Square, the Neri Hotel is a Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the city's Gothic Quarter. Next to the church where Gaudi prayed daily, the boutique hotel has the Neri Restaurant with a creative Mediterranean menu as well as outdoor seating on San Felip Neri Square. For a unique outdoor setting, the Roba Estesa has a rooftop setting for casual cuisine and cocktails overlooking the Gothic Quarter. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guest booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, private transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of Spanish olive oil.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: British Countryside Escape

Venture beyond London in our newest Featured Journeys: British Countryside Escape. Highlighting three top luxury hotels, venture to Bath, The Midlands, and York for history, Medieval architecture, theater, and natural beauty. In Stratford-upon-Avon, visit Shakespeare's hometown, unwind in the modern baths at Thermae Bath Spa, go on hikes through nature in The Cotswolds set within The Midlands, and meander through the walled city of York. Of course along the way you'll want to take time for traditional Afternoon Tea, and a pint or two in local pubs waiting to be discovered. 

Bath, England

Situated in southwest England, Bath is known for 18th-century honey-colored Georgian architecture and natural hot springs. A destination of well-being since Roman times, the waters are still a draw for travelers today. Featuring a compact setting, Bath offers a collection of museums and galleries, including the Roman Baths, which are located in the heart of the city's World Heritage Site and one of the country's most popular tourist attractions, as well as the modern Thermae Bath Spa where visitors can bathe in the natural thermal hot springs. There's also the Bath Abbey, festivals, and sports, plus nearby attractions include the Somerset countryside, Stonehenge, Avebury, and the Longleat Safari Park. 

The Royal Crescent Hotel

Spa at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Considered one of Bath's finest addresses, The Royal Crescent Hotel dates back to 1775. Designed by John Wood the Younger, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the best pieces of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom. Featuring uninterrupted views over the River Avon, the property was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1971. Today, the hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens with regal furnishings, fine dining, traditional Afternoon Tea, and a spa. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making a reservation with Five Star Alliance will receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay and daily full breakfast. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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The Midlands, England

Situated in central England, The Midlands is known for natural beauty as well as being the home of William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare's hometown, and throughout the area visitors can see inspirations for some of his most loved plays, including in Leicestershire where the battlefields and tomb of Richard III are located. Birmingham, England's second city is located in this region where travelers can meander amidst streets lined with Victorian redbrick houses, heritage museums, mega arenas, and contemporary stores. Nottingham has Medieval castles, underground caves, royal concert halls, and chic shopping areas. For outdoor enthusiasts, Peak Distict National Park has the tallest peak reachable by way of canals, secret caves, woodlands, and natural springs. 

The Lygon Arms

Torrington Suite at The Lygon Arms

Situated in the town of Broadway, The Lygon Arms is a historic British inn surrounded by an idyllic countryside. The Cotswold luxury hotel is steeped in history with roots dating back to the 1300s, including stays and visits by Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I. There's a Great Hall with a vaulted ceiling, log-burning open fireplaces, and rooms combine old world glamour with modern luxuries. The inn has a traditional Afternoon Tea, The Lygon Bar & Grill serves a seasonal British menu, and The Lygon Wine Bar has Italian bites and wines with a relaxed setting. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All reservations booked with Five Star Alliance receive one Champagne Afternoon Tea, per person, per stay, along with 10% off spa treatments. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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York, England

Founded by the ancient Romans, York is located in northeast England. The walled city is home to the York Minster, a 13th century Gothic cathedral with medieval stained glass and two working bell towers. The visitable Clifford's Tower is all that remains of the York Castle, which has housed a prison and mint throughout the years. The National Railway Museum showcases vintage trains and exhibitions, the reimagined Jorvik Viking Centre highlight's the Viking's legacy in the area, and the York Castle Museum offers visitors the chance to see hundreds of years of history in one place with historic artifacts, actors that bring the past to life, and interactive exhibits. Plus, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre open in 2018 from June 25 to September 2. 

Grand Hotel and Spa York

Grand Hotel and Spa York

Originally built for the North Eastern Railway Company in 1906 as a "Palace of Business", the Grand Hotel and Spa York offers a luxurious setting with fine British dining, Afternoon Tea, and a spa. Restored to it's Edwardian splendour, the property infuses history with modern elegance. Guest rooms and suites feature plush beds with Egyptian cotton bed linens, and bathrooms have Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. For upscale dining, the 3 AA Rosette Hudsons by Craig Atchinson provides a unique fine dining experience, there's classic Yorkshire dishes at The Rise Restaurant, the 1906 Bar has signature cocktails & local ales, plus the property offers a traditional British Afternoon Tea. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring the SLS standards of style, luxury, and service, the SLS Baha Mar is a boutique hotel offering a five-star Bahamanian retreat. Set along Baha Mar Boulevard, the hotel has 299 guest rooms and suites, including the Premier Ocean View One-Bedroom Residences. These unique suites have 1,074 square feet of space, full balconies, and designer kitchenettes. Continue reading below the photo of the Premier Ocean View One-Bedroom Residence. 

Premier Ocean View One-Bedroom Residence at SLS Baha Mar

Providing stunning ocean views, the One-Bedroom Residence can sleep up to three guests. There's a spacious living room with a 55-inch flat-screen TV, and a minibar curated with SLS Signature items. The master bedroom has a signature SLS king bed, the bathroom has Ciel Reserve amenities, and the furniture throughout is Bahamanian designed. Read more below the photo of the hotel's pool.

The Pool at SLS Baha Mar

The SLS Baha Mar has a variety of dining and nightlife options including SLS signature restaurants and lounges such as Cell, Katsuya, Fi Lia, and the new Monkey Bar, Bungalow Pool, and Privilege Pool. As part of the Baha Mar resort complex, guests have access to 28 restaurants, bars, and lounges, the Caribbean’s first and only ESPA, 7 tropical pools, and the 18-hole Royal Blue Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus.

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