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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.

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This luxury boutique hotel is one of the most beautiful fairytale romantic castle hotels in the Czech Republic, built in 1903 and was famous for attracting elite people of the time. Today, after extensive renovations, Hotel Rübezahl is an exclusive location for travelers wishing to treat themselves to reenergizing relaxation, savor exquisite dishes accompanied by the tones of classical music in the gourmet restaurant “The Castle”, or experience an array of outdoor activities in the fresh air such as golf in the “Royal Golf course”, skiing, cycling or horseback riding, to mention but a few of the countless possibilities. Guests can also spend an evening at the gorgeous Casino Bellevue. Continue reading below the photo.

Rubezahl Castle

This luxury castle hotel in Czech Republic is a haven of lavish living across its three floors and 43 elegantly appointed rooms and suites. Wrapped in a legendary atmosphere, the hotel captivates its guests with the refinement of its details which places it amongst the most prestigious in the Czech Republic. The splendor of the marble, the crystal chandeliers, precious wood, grand staircases, classic motifs and antique furnishings — this majestic property offers its guests an extraordinary fairytale holiday experience. Here, you will be able to enter the realm of fairytales and be introduced to a land full of mythand legend. In fact, the statue of the mythical figure of local folklore “Rubezahl, Lord of the Mountains” stands proudly in our grounds and was erected before the castle hotel was built. Rubezahl Marienbad takes its name after this mountain spirit who was so revered for centuries, and considered the protector of the region. His benevolent energy is something that graces our estate, with our esteemed guests’ testimonials reporting to having experienced an incredibly restful sleep and positive energy upon awakening. The location of this historical luxury castle hotel is simply unique. Read more below the photo.

Rubezahl Castle Room

Positioned on top of a hill, it is surrounded by the Slavkovsky forest. It offers stunning panoramic views of the town below that will instill a sublime sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. You will feel as if you have found the portal to a different era, and experience a holiday with a wellness element that will remain etched in your memory for years to come Wellness Castle Hotel in Marianske Lazne Enjoy the great feeling of absolute relaxation and let yourself be pampered from head to toe. The wellness area at Hotel Rübezahl in Marianske Lazne comprises a Roman Irish bath (sauna, hamam, wet massage, jet pool), different massages, salt cave and salt sauna as well as a fully equipped fitness center. Our wellness center also offers two programs for its guests, Burnout syndrome recovery and weight loss program.

For dining, Restaurant “The Castle” We serve an enticing selection of unique recipes that are a perfect blend of traditional meets creative, prepared by the expert hands of our talented chef and his team. Here you will experience an incomparable evening of fine-dining by candle light that invites guests to explore the culinary treasures of Czech Republic gastronomy, using only the finest and freshest of ingredients. Read more below the Restaurant "The Castle" photo.

Restaurant The Castle at Rubezahl Castle

Nearby sights include: Boheminum Miniature Park, Singing fountain, Tepla Abbey, Trips to Bohemia, Prague as well as tours to Austria and Bavaria.

Visit the Hotel Rübezahl's website to book a stay


| By: Rachael Weir

Paris is always a good idea, and the Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite at Shangri-La Hotel Paris takes luxury to a new level. The bi-level suite provides two floors of elegant living space including a spacious living area, mezzanine, high ceilings, chandelier, and 2-story high windows that open to a one-of-a-kind private terrace featuring breathtaking views of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Continue reading below the photo of the Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite.

Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Within the suite there is a spacious living area with Eiffel Tower views, natural wood furniture, and marquetry--French clear-cut shapes and symmetrical designs. There's a full-size executive writing desk, a plush bedroom with a Shangri-La signature bed and bedside lighting controls. While the marble-clad bathroom has a heated floor, flat-screen TV, mist-free mirror, large walk-in shower, and separate soaking tub. Plus, 24/7 Shangri-La service. 

Formerly the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris offers old-world elegance, and a regal setting with commanding views of the Eiffel Tower and River Seine. The hotel's Shang Palace earned a Michelin Star for its Cantonese cuisine, and the property's French gastronomic restaurant L'Abeille was awarded two Michelin stars. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Entry at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE 2020 SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a suite stay of 2 or more nights receive a a one-way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2020 in the Deluxe Suite, Terrace Suite, Duplex Eiffel View Suite, Duplex Terrace Eiffel View Suite, Suite Gustave Eiffel, Suite Chaillot, Apartement Prince Bonaparte, and Suite Shangri-La. 

In addition, this hotel offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK that can be combined with Suite Privileges (if requirements are met). 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily in “La Bauhinia”, an 85 Euro hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid for room rate and no cash value), and VIP amenities including a bottle of Champagne upon arrival. Additionally, bookings for the Deluxe Suite Category and above also receive a one way airport transfer with VIP Meet and Greet upon arrival. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Blending Art Deco and contemporary elegance, the Presidential Paltrow Suite with Private Pool and Terrace at Capri Palace pays homage to Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the 3,230-square-foot suite features monochromatic interiors with a black marble floor, as well as 360-degree views of the neighboring islands of Ischia and Procida. Read more about the suite below the photo.

Paltrow Suite Living Room at Capri Palace

The grand master bedroom provides an elegant retreat with a fireplace, walk-in wardrobe, and a skylight above the bed perfect for dreaming under the stars. The spacious bathroom has a soaking tub and separate shower, as well as chic decor. Continue reading below the photo.

Paltrow Suite Bath at Capri Palace

For the ultimate in privacy, the Paltrow Suite has two private swimming pools: one on the main terrace and a separate plunge pool. Guests of the suite are greeted with a bottle of champagne and fruit platter upon arrival and a three-course fine dining experience at L'Olivo for two people on the day of arrival (beverages excluded). During their stay in the Paltrow Suite, guests also receive a 50-minute massage at the Capri Beauty Farm, daily newspapers, WiFi, and shuttle and entrance to Il Riccio Restaurant & Beach Club. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily breakfast in L'Olivo Restaurant and a 70 Euro credit at Ragù Bistrot once per stay.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2020 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2020 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Spa Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2020 in all suites excluding Junior Suites and Star Junior Suites.

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| By: Rachael Weir

As the romantic month of February begins, we're highlighting the City of Light. Known for its beautiful boulevards where couples can stroll hand-in-hand, sip a glass of Champagne at a Belle Epoque bar, meander through an art museum admiring world-famous works of art, or dine on the finest French cuisine, Paris is an iconic destination. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we worked with Luxury Travel Intelligence to gain valuable insider information on some of Paris' top hotels, as well as recommended dining options.

For foodies, Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends Champeaux, a contemporary Brasserie by Alain Ducasse and Olivier Maurey. Situated in the 1st err, Champeaux is a short distance from the Saint-Eustache Church under the Canopée in Forum des Halles. LTI states, "we love the signature soufflé – there is both a sweet and savoury variation on offer. The space itself is designed for lingering – book the le Salon Prive, which overlooks La Canopée’s great forecourt". Looking for a floating dining option? Check out Ducasse Sur Seine. Docked in front of the Eiffel Tower, this restaurant by Alain Ducasse floats along the Seine while diners enjoy lunch or dinner. According to LTI, "the dining room has a dash of retro, with a Warhol-esque carpet and floor-to-ceiling windows for perfect viewing. Menu is contemporary French cuisine, cooked on board and featuring seasonal produce."

Ready to explore Paris?

Here are 5 Top Paris Luxury Hotels:

5. Cour Des Vosges

Cour Des Vosges

Overlooking the Louis XIII gardens with a tearoom and Roman Baths, Cour Des Vosges is a luxury hotel in Les Marais. Reinventing history, the historic royal property was transformed in the fall of 2019 to showcase painted ceilings and Renaissance grandeur with an ethereal and mysterious feel. The hotel's Brach-La Pâtisserie tearoom has a terrace and serves light refreshments created by Yann Brys, Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a complimentary breakfast daily for two, and a pastry from Yann Brys at the time of check-in.

Book a stay at Cour Des Vosges

4. Mandarin Oriental Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris

According to Luxury Travel Intelligence, "the beautifully-designed, contemporary building on the Rue Saint-Honoré immediately sets it apart from Paris’ other top-end hotels. Inside, the modern rooms combine sleek style with boudoir-chic, Art Deco tweaks and the best technical amenities (such as Nespresso and Bang & Olufsen) – although the bathrooms are a little dimly lit for our liking." Blending the brand's Asian aesthetic with Parisian style, the hotel offers the Sur Measure restaurant, and a spa centered around a huge pool. Insider Tip: LTI's top suite pick is the Royale Mandarin Suite with a large terrace overlooking the Garnier Opera and the Eiffel Tower. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate include an American Breakfast for two daily at Camelia Restaurant or continental breakfast for two daily through in-room dining, a $100 USD food and beverage credit once during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), VIP treatment, personalized welcome amenities, and complimentary WiFi. Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate in a Suite for at least 2 nights will also receive a complimentary one-way transfer with meet and greet at the gate of the plane.

Book a stay at Mandarin Oriental Paris

3. Brach Paris

Brach Suite Eiffel Tower Views

Designed by Philippe Starck, Brach Paris occupies a former postal sorting center. Blending designer interiors with a healthy lifestyle and glamorous accents, the hotel has a sports club in the lower level with boxing and Pilates, as well as a swimming pool, hot tub, hammam, salt grotto and sauna. But according to Luxury Travel Intelligence, "the piece de resistance, however, is the guests only rooftop terrace with vegetable garden, dining space and views over all of Paris and the Eiffel Tower."

Book a stay at Brach Paris

2. Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris

Blending the grandeur of Belle Epoque with contemporary style, Nolinski Paris is "designed to resemble the home of a wealthy fictional character called Nolinski, expect abstract art, jagged geometric lines, a blue and green colour scheme and lots of marble and mirrored surfaces," states Luxury Travel Intelligence. The hotel has a signature scent, lobby with art and photography exhibitions, spa with a hammam and 16-meter pool with a mirrored ceiling, and contemporary French cuisine at Brasserie Réjane. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer with personalized note from the management and a Gourmet basket “Souvenirs de Paris” by REJ (value 50 Euro). Additionally, guests who stay between October 20, 2019 and February 29, 2020 receive a 100 Euro Spa credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Nolinski Paris

1. Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Luxury Travel Intelligence states, "Huge rooms, high ceilings, murals, mosaics and plenty of gold and marble characterise the interiors of the Shangri-La Hotel Paris. It really is fit for a King – the building was once home to Prince Roland Bonaparte, great-nephew of Napoleon." The property is distinctly European with a recently opened spa, while the hotel's heritage is incorporated in the cuisine with Asian/French fusion in La Bauhinia and the Shang Palace with gourmet Cantonese cuisine. Insider Tip: Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends the Eiffel Premier Room or a room in the new Garden Wing. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full buffet breakfast for each guest daily in “La Bauhinia”, an 85 Euro hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid for room rate and no cash value), and VIP amenities including a bottle of Champagne upon arrival. Additionally, bookings for the Deluxe Suite Category and above also receive a one way airport transfer with VIP Meet and Greet upon arrival.

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| 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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 breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, the Corner Suites at the Gstaad Palace Hotel provide a luxurious alpine setting during the winter ski season and the summer months. Recently renovated, the suites have 90 square meters of space, including a bedroom with a king size bed, lounge area, and a dining room. Read more below the photo. 

Corner Suite at Gstaad Palace Hotel

For relaxation, each suite has a private balcony, and bathrooms feature steam baths. There are walk-in wardrobes and all Corner Suites can be connected to Deluxe Junior Suites. Continue reading below the photo.

Gstaad Palace Hotel

The Gstaad Palace Hotel is a legendary hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps offering one-of-a-kind views. A favorite of national and international guests since opening in 1913, the hotel has been family owned for three generations. From elegant dinners to casual get togethers, the hotel has an array of dining options including Le Grill, and La Fromagerie serving Swiss specialties. Read more below the photo of Le Grill Restaurant.

Le Grill Restaurant at Gstaad Palace

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily dinner at Le Grand Restaurant (up to CHF110 per person) or CHF50 credit at all other restaurants and a CHF100 spa voucher per stay for spa services.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: London

London calling? This classic European destination and capital city offers an array of history, art, culture, shopping, and contemporary style. Over the past 10 years, the city has heightened its game to offer luxury travelers some of the finest amenities, hotels, and attractions. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we worked with Luxury Travel Intelligence to gain valuable insider information on some of London's top hotels, as well as recommended dining and entertainment options.

Some of London's top stores offer highly-regarded dining options, at Harrod's, Luxury Travel Intelligence suggests "Laduree – a lovely Parisian style tearoom with an outdoor pavement terrace. The Champagne Bar on the first floor, also serving some great small plates. Cafe Godiva – skip the line by requesting seats at the counter. And Chai Wu is an opulent full service restaurant with impressive contemporary Chinese cuisine." While Burger and Lobster for a "casual and fun" dining option at Harvey Nichols, and The Wine Bar at Fortnum & Mason has an impressive selection of wines by the glass.

Looking for a unique movie-watching experience? Visit Curzon at the Sea Container Hotel for an intimate setting with comfortable seating and stylish food and drink options. 

For a classic London experience, travelers will want to book a traditional afternoon tea. While there is an array of destinations and options for afternoon tea, Luxury Travel Intelligence says, "Our top picks are The Lanesborough in the beautiful Celeste restaurant, and Claridge’s for a real celebration. For impressive panoramic views of London with your afternoon tea, we love Ting at the Shangri-La at the Shard. Or for one of London’s most impressive rooms – perfect for a special occasion afternoon tea – we recommend the Oscar Wilde Lounge at Hotel Cafe Royal."

While the city offers many highly-rated hotels, here are 5 we recommend based on location, amenities, and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks.

5. Rosewood London

Rosewood London Guest Room

Located in the hip 'Midtown' in the High Holborn neighborhood, Rosewood London offers a centralized location within walking distance of many of the city's major sites. Featuring a grand facade, guests enter through wrought iron gates. Set in a Grade II listed Belle Epoque building, Luxury Travel Intelligence says, "Its décor is quintessentially British, yet unusual – whimsical even – but many of the original listed features (the Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase and the 166 feet cupola, for example) remain in tact. You can expect excellent food and drink in the restaurants and bar (they are destinations in their own right), and a great spa and fitness centre."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" include a full breakfast for two daily in the Holborn Dining Room, $100 USD equivalent hotel credit, per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full. Excludes Matthew Curtis Hair Salon) and a Chef's choice welcome amenity.

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4. The May Fair Hotel

Suite at The May Fair Hotel

Situated in the heart of Mayfair along Stratton Street, The May Fair Hotel is a legendary hotel. First opened by King George V in 1927, the property has a glamorous past. Bringing boutique hotel attention to detail with grand hotel service, the property offers 404 luxury hotel rooms and suites, and a diverse array of facilities within the hotel including The May Fair Theater, The Palm Beach Casino, May Fair Kitchen, May Fair Bar, and the May Fair Spa & Fitness Center. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" include a full English Breakfast for each guest daily at May Fair Kitchen, a 50 GBP spa credit per room/per stay (excluding spa products), a welcome card, and a seasonal welcome amenity.

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3. The Langham London

The Langham London Executive Suite Bathroom

Since opening in 1865 as Europe's first "Grand Hote", The Langham London has been one of the city's finest locales for travelers. Located in the heart of the West End at the top of Regent Street, the hotel has the city's finest shopping, theater district, and cultural attractions at its doorstep. Within the hotel, fine dining is offered at Roux at The Landau, Artesian is an elegant destination for cocktails, and the Palm Court is known as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate include a full English Breakfast for two daily and a USD $100 food and beverage credit once during stay.

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2. The Goring

The Goring Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Belgravia, The Goring was recently refurbished to offer timeless elegance with the best in British design, and one of the largest private gardens in the city. According to Luxury Travel Intelligence, "Many of the rooms are quite small but they’re overflowing with character and comfort. We recommend taking a Deluxe category room at least, such as room 114, designed by Nina Campbell, which has soft furnishings, a quirky turret bathroom, a huge sleigh bath and a walk-in shower."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate include continental breakfast for two daily, a welcome gift, and a $100 food and beverage credit in The Dining room per room/per stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full).

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1. Claridge's

Claridge's London

Luxury Travel Intelligence says, "With its stunning design, elegance and perfect location, Claridge’s is in a class of its own." Offering a range of rooms and suites by well-known designers including Guy Oliver and Diane von Furstenberg, each of the rooms is unique with a range of styles from Art Deco to traditional. All accommodations are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, guests can expect top-quality service, and there are two highly-rated restaurants and two chic bars steeped in history within the hotel. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate include a full English breakfast daily in The Foyer & Reading Room or through room service, a 75 GBP credit per room/per stay which can be applied towards food and beverage or spa services at the hotel, and a welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Vienna Christmas Market

As the festive season is underway, Europe's Christmas Markets provide an array of local products created by artisans, sweet specialties, and plenty to explore. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we're embarking on a multi-destination trip along the Danube to visit Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.

Vienna, Austria

Get in the Christmas spirit perusing stalls with handcrafted goods, while the aroma of punch and roasted chestnuts fills the air. Dating back to 1298 when Albrecht I granted the city's citizens the privilege to hold the first Krippenmarkt, Vienna is now home to an array of Christmas markets including the Viennese Dream Christmas Market in front of City Hall (shown in the photo above), Christmas Village Belvedere Palace with the backdrop of the palace, Christmas and New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace, and Christmas Market at Spittelberg. 

In addition to the Christmas Markets, Vienna is a destination for culture and art lovers. From palaces and regal parks, to chandier-lit coffee houses, the city offers much to explore. The Riesenrad Ferris wheel provides a birds-eye view above the Prater. 

Park Hyatt Vienna

Park Hyatt Vienna

Set within a 100-year-old building, Park Hyatt Vienna is located within the city's most exclusive shopping district. Once the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy Bank, the Park Hyatt Vienna is part of the city's First District, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Offering some of the city's largest guest rooms and suites, travelers can rejuvenate at the tranquil Arany Spa with treatments and facials, workout in the fitness center, or swim in the indoor pool. Plus, visitors can enjoy brasserie classics and cocktails at the historic The Bank Brasserie & Bar, a drink at the whisky and cigar lounge Living Room, sip a typical Viennese coffee specialty at the Café Am Hof, or schedule afternoon tea at the Lounge.

SUITE DEAL: Book 3 nights, get the 4th Night Free! Plus, enjoy exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks.
Book and travel by December 17, 2020. Based on availability, blackout dates apply. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive breakfast daily at The Bank Brasserie, also available with Room Service, a $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay (valid at all food and beverage outlets, Room Service, Minibar, Spa treatments, and laundry) along with in-room fresh fruits and water daily.

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Bratislava, Slovakia

From stands with local goodies and craft products to glowing streets, Bratislava is a festive destination with multiple Christmas Markets spread throughout the city. The Main Christmas Market is located at the Main Square with a variety of local delicacies including potato pancakes, Lokša​, and Mead, and the Old Town Christmas Market is home to thematic workshops for children, a wooden Bethlehem, and a traditional ice rink. There's also a Vegan Christmas Market and Advent at the Castle.

Along with the Christmas Markets, Bratislava is a green city and the capital of Slovakia. The Bratislava Castle features views of the neighboring countries, and plenty of history to explore in the castle's museum. The three-nave St. Martin's Cathedral is a Gothic Church and former coronation church, the Old Town Hall is the seat of the Bratislava City Museum and a 45-meter tower with panoramic views, and Michael's Gate offers travelers the opportunity to see the only preserved gate remaining of the city's fortification system. 

Hotel Chateau Amade

Hotel Chateau Amade

Set in the middle of Rye Island, Hotel Chateau Amade is an idyllic destination about 50 km/31 miles from Bratislava. The eco-chic boutique hotel offers a unique and historic destination between Vienna and Budapest. The sanctuary of peace and quiet has 30 guest rooms and suites, along with a gourmet restaurant, wellness center, and hammam. 

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Budapest, Hungary

With more than 10 markets in the center of the city alone, Budapest is a festive destination for travelers. The scent of cinnamon and roast chestnuts fills the air as shoppers shop authentic Hungarian wares on display in wooden huts. In addition to the markets, the Balna Budapest ice cooridor is the largest free ice rink in the city, with a panoramic backdrop of Budapest while gliding over the frozen water. Illuminated by thousands of fairy lights, the City Park Rink has the Vajdahunyad Castle for a backdrop, and the grand cafes provide an idyllic post-shopping or skating retreat. 

Beyond the festive attractions, Budapest offers much for foodies including six Michelin Star Restaurants, and the old Jewish quarter is home to a variety of Ruin Bars. Ready for some down time? Discover some of the city's many thermal baths fed by natural hot springs. 

The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton Budapest Suite

Set within the city's fashionable 5th District, The Ritz-Carlton Budapest, the property is within walking distance of the main pedestrian shopping street, river Danube, and the Opera house. Amidst the rich historical heritage of the Castle District and Old Town, the property offers a tranquil setting with an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, and massage treatments. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used in Kupola Lounge, Kupola Bar, Dean St. Kitchen, or via room service, and one bottle of mineral water daily per person.

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Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville is a luxury hotel nestled within an 18th century palazzo. Providing sweeping city views and fine dining at Da Sistina, the property offers an exclusive retreat in the heart of Rome. Learn more about the Canova Suite and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Rooftop Bar at Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville

Featuring a mix of guest rooms, suites, and signature suites, the Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville has an elegant setting for travelers. One of the hotel's top suites is the Canova Suite. Named after the Neoclassical sculptor, Antonio Canova, the sophistated suite blends high art with lavish style. The separate living areas from the sitting room to the bedroom are furnished in a color palette of cool wheat shades accented by a curated collection of objects d'art. The lavish marble bathroom has exclusive Irene Forte Skincare products crafted with Sicilian botanicals, a separate shower, state-of-the-art audio speakers, and double washbasins. While the private walk-in wardrobe is an ideal setting to get ready for a glamorous night out in Rome.

One of the suite's highlights is the beautifully furnished outdoor terrace. Featuring exclusive views, the terrace is an idyllic place to enjoy an aperitivo while soaking in the views of the sunset-lit rooftops of the Eternal City. Discover an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Canova Suite at Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate and "Best Available Rate" will also include breakfast daily, a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay, complimentary WiFi, and a welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Love art, history, food, and sea breezes? In our latest Featured Journeys we are heading to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Our adventure begins in Barcelona where artists have created awe-inspiring spires and works of art. Then we venture to Provence to the port city of Marseille for history and waterside culture. Last but not least, we finish our multi-destination itinerary in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where the glitterati venture for the Grand Prix. 

Barcelona, Spain

An intersection of cultures for more than 2,000 years, Barcelona is the autonomous capital of Catalunya. While it is located in Spain, the city is Catalonian in every way from its beachside cafes to the medieval streets of the Barri Gotic. Visionary artists have influenced the style of the city from Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia to the Picasso Museum. Foodies and gourmands flock to La Boqueria Market for goat chees, seafood bars, olives, and Iberian ham. Park Guell is a sprawling outdoor green space filled with sculpted greenery, and the tree-lined La Rambla leads down charming alleyways to the Santa Maria del Mar church. Ready to relax? Barceloneta Beach is the destination for locals and tourists alike. 

Neri Hotel

Lobby of the Neri Hotel

Situated right beside the city's Cathedral, the Neri Hotel is a chic and exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. A member of the Relais & Chateaux, the property occupies two historic buildings, including a Medieval Palace from the XII century. Featuring sophisticated design throughout, the property blends music and sensual aromas to create a one-of-a-kind retreat in this ancient area of central Barcelona, steps from Las Ramblas, la Boqueria market, and the Picasso Museum. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests 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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Marseille, France

Dating back to classical Greece, Marseille is a multicultural port city where grandeur and grit blend together. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2013, the city has welcomed world-class museums in recent years. Vieux Port (old port) is the heart of the city where yachts and pleasure boats set the scene. The Cathedrale de Marseille Notre Dame de la Major is the center of the Joliette neighborhood, and the Republique quarter is the destination for Haussmannian architecture and stylish boutiques. 

InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

Terrace at InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

The historic InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu is an iconic landmark property offering commanding views of the city of Marseille, Vieux-Port, and the iconic Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Designed by Mansart's nephew, the property is ideally situated at the gateway to Provence with 194 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, grand outdoor terrace, and a 10,000-square foot Spa by Clarins. Guests of the hotel can bear witness to the property's impressive historic via its majestic staircases, vaulted passages, French gardens, and terraces. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Les Fenetres, a 50 EUR food and beverage credit in Les Fenetres per room/per stay, (or for stays in 2020, an 85 Euro or $100 USD hotel credit per person/per stay – not valid for Alcyone Michelin Star Restaurant, Spa by Clarins and Conciergerie), complimentary WiFi, access to the Clarins Spa facilities and an automatic room category upgrade to a Seaview room at booking, based on availability. With a stay of three (3) nights or more, guests also receive a bottle of Champagne.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco

Surrounded by France on three sides and the Mediterranean on the fourth, the city-state of Monaco is home to the world's greatest number of billionaires per capita. A haven for celebrities and high-rollers for centuries, most of Monaco's revenue comes from banking, tourism, and gambling. The world's second-smallest country is just 200 hectares, and it is home to the annual Formula One Grand Prix. Monte Carlo is dominated by glass and concrete, with high-rise hotels and super yachts along its meandering streets.

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Situated a stone's throw from the famous Casino Square, Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo provides carefree elegance. Located in the heart of Monaco, this historic palace hotel combines tradition with contemporary comforts and offers guests extravagance at its finest. There are three restaurants and bars, including  one-starred Michelin Le Vistamar restaurant, to experience “la dolce vita à la Rivera” with Grand Cru wines, plus a wellness center with a heated seawater pool and fitness center with panoramic views. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily buffet breakfast for two at Eiffel Mezzanine, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excluding the minibar), the Cercle Monte Carlo Card with added special privileges, complimentary WiFi, and a VIP welcome.

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