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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

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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.

Explore Tokyo Luxury Hotels


| 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.

Book a stay at Park Hyatt Vienna

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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. 

Book a stay at Hotel Chateau Amade

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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.

Book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

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| By: Rachael Weir

On July 20, 1969, Apollo Astronauts landed on the moon. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Missions, including the moon landing, the Smithsonian's National Air and Spa Museum is having a special celebration. The "Discover the Moon" Day will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 19.* In complement with the museum's extensive collection and expertise, guests will be able to interact one-on-one with museum scientists to learn about lunar exploration, research, and missions, view the moon in 3-D, and see high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This special event is designed to spark interest and a national conversation about the past, present, and future of exploration and innovation. 

Details:

Discover the Moon - 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Missions at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.*

- 1 Day Celebration for All Ages, complimentary admission

-  Friday, July 19, 2019

-  10 AM to 3 PM

The "Discover the Moon Day" at the National Air and Space Museum is part of a five-day celebration happening to celebrate the Apollo Missions including the moon landing. In addition to the event at the museum, there will be an "Apollo 50 Festival" on the National Mall July 18-20, 2019. Plus, Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, July 16, there will be a special screening of the children's PBS Program, "Ready Jet Go!" at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Wednesday, July 17, and on Saturday, July 20 "The Eagle Has Landed" free, late-night celebration will happen from 8 PM to 2 AM. 

Click here for a schedule of events and additional details from National Air and Space Museum

Visiting DC from out of town? For an ideal location with easy access to the National Mall and the National Air and Space Museum, we recommend staying at the InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf with a riverfront location, rooftop pool, and this exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Kith and Kin (also available through room service), and a $50 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay. Continue reading below the photo. 

Rooftop Pool at the InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf

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Another option with a convenient location for the Apollo Celebration events is the Mandarin Oriental Washington. Providing grand elegance within walking distance of Capitol Hill and the National Mall, this property offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive American Breakfast for two daily in Muze or continental breakfast via room service, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay (excluding taxes and gratuities). Additionally, reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" for 3 or more nights in the Jefferson and Presidential Suite also include round-trip airport transfers. 

Mandarin Oriental Washington

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*Please note: events listed above are subject to change. 


| By: Rachael Weir

It's National Pet Day! Today we are honoring our four-legged friends by creating a list of our top places to getaway with our pets. Why leave furry friends home when they can travel with you at these top luxury hotels? 

5 Top Pet-Friendly Hotels in the USA

1. Hotel Teatro

Hotel Teatro Denver Lobby

Set in the heart of downtown Denver, Hotel Teatro welcomes dogs. Located in one of the country's most pet-friendly cities, the hotel goes above and beyond with dog-friendly services and amenities. Dogs stay free with their owners, and the hotel can assist with arranging a "Pawdicure" at a nearby pet spa, or therapeutic massages with a certified canine massage therapist. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking 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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2. The Iron Horse Hotel

Iron Horse Hotel

When clients and their dogs check in at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, dogs of all sizes are greeting in the lobby with their name on the welcome chalkboard, as well as water and treats in the lobby. There's also a "Doggy-in-Room" door hanger and in-room doggy dining menu, as well as complimentary treats at the front desk. In addition, the hotel's staff can assist guests with recommendations for pet-friendly dining options, dog parks, and local pet stores. 

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3. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado dog photo

The Hotel Del Coronado's "Del Dogs & Cats" program welcomes pets with special amenities including placemats with water and food dishes as well as Del-ightful Dog and Cat Treats by the hotel's pastry chef. There are paw-friendly events like Yappy Hours on the Sun Deck, and gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs prepared by the property's talented chefs. Plus, pet-walking, pet-sitting, and dog grooming services can be arranged, and the hotel has a pet-friendly guide to exploring Coronado Island. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay. 

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4. The Hermitage Hotel

Pets at The Hermitage Hotel Nashville

Offering a historic setting in the heart of Music City, The Hermitage Hotel offers a specialty pet program with a welcome letter, nightly pet turndown service complete with pet treats, spring water, rolled towels, and an in-room dining menu for pets. In the rooms, pets are welcomed with specialty pet bedding, organic welcome treats, bottled spring water, personal-sized packs of organic pet food, and in-room water and food bowls. Plus, there's optional pet-walking services, leashes, and and on-call pet masseuse. 

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5. Liberty Hotel 

Pets at the Liberty Hotel in Boston

From seasonal "Yappier Hours" where guests can mix-and-mingle with canines and cocktails in The Yard to dog-friendly amenities, the Liberty Hotel in Boston is an ideal choice for dog owners. Plus, there are Saturday Yoga classes for humans, bicycle rentals, and Liberty Affairs. 

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Happy travels with your furry travel partners!


| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Florida Holiday

Providing a mix of recreation and relaxation, Florida is an ideal destination for families, couples, adventure-seekers, theme park-lovers, and beach goers. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we explore a multi-destination itinerary through the Sunshine State. Beginning in Orlando, home of the "Happiest Place on Earth". Next up, Palm Beach known for luxury boutiques, beaches, and glittering estates. Finally, our journey ends in Miami, in the South Beach area recognized for Art Deco architecture, nightlife, and some of the world's best beaches. 

Orlando

Situated in central Florida, Orlando is known for its theme parks including Disney, Sea World, and Universal Studios. A haven for families, this region also offers resorts with full-service spas and championship golf courses. Popular at all times of the year, visitors may want to plan their visit based on special events at the theme parks like Halloween or Christmas festivities. 

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Surrounded by Disney, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an ideal gateway destination for Orlando's theme parks. Close to it all, the property offers a relaxing retreat with two resort pools and private cabanas, top-rated 18-hole Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, spa, and the WA Kids Club with organized activities for young travelers. Plus, an array of dining options inspired by the Waldorf Astoria New York with signature restaurants like Bull & Bear and La Luce.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily, a $100 resort credit which may be applied towards spa or golf or recreation per room/once per stay, and a guaranteed late check-out at 4 pm.

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Palm Beach

Located on the southeastern coast of Florida, Palm Beach is about 65 miles north of Miami. Along the Atlantic Ocean, this area has been a popular traditional winter home for American aristocrats for generations. There's upscale resorts, the world-class Norton Museum of Art, bird watching, and a variety of dining and nightlife options. 

The Breakers

The Breakers

Since opening in 1896, The Breakers has been an iconic destination for generations. Providing seaside glamour with Italian styling, the property continuously modernizes and revolves to meet the needs of contemporary guests with an indoor-outdoor fitness facility, newly unveiled spa, four pools, private beach, and nine restaurants. As the only oceanfront resort in the heart of Palm Beach Island, the hotel provides guests with an array of recreational and relaxation opportunities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also received full American breakfast buffet for two daily at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant and a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room rate, taxes and gift cards).

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Miami

Infused with Cuban culture, Miami is a diverse destination with a vibrant downtown, one-of-a-kind nightlife, array of shopping, and top-notch museums. The diversity of the city provides visitors and locals alike with a never-ending variety of dining options ranging from the trendiest foodie destinations in South Beach to down-home Cuban bodegas. For an urban setting, stay in downtown Miami, or if you're looking for a beach experience, choose a property along South Beach, which is filled with Art Deco buildings, stunning beaches, and an ideal people-watching scene.

Royal Palm South Beach

Terrace View at the Royal Palm

Offering direct beach access, the Royal Palm South Beach is a luxury hotel featuring Art Deco architecture with contemporary interiors. Just off Collins Avenue, the hotel is a short stroll from the boutiques and restaurants along Lincoln Road. Within the hotel, guests can relax at two pools, enjoy beach service, get a treatment at the full-service spa, or dine at Byblos serving Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in Florida Cookery and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

The season of sweaters, changing leaves, and all things Pumpkin Spice is here! In honor of #NationalPumpkinDay we have gathered three hotels where you can getaway and indulge your love of all things pumpkin. 

Here are 3 Hotels with Pumpkin-Infused Amenities:

1. The Hotel Hershey

Hotel Hershey

Known for being the home of the famous chocolate factory, The Hotel Hershey offers an idyllic destination for enjoying all things autumnal. Pumpkin Glow at Hershey Gardens features more than 150 carved & illuminated pumpkins, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and trick-or-treating events. Plus, at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey, guests can book the "Fall Pumpkin Package" (available October 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018), which includes three special pumpkin treatments: Pumpkin Spice Scrub, Pumpkin Souffle Wrap, and the Great Pumpkin Facial. 

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2. Inn on Biltmore Estate

Inn on Biltmore Estate

Offering a luxe setting on the grounds of the Biltmore House, the Inn on Biltmore Estate provides a unique destination for fall. The Dining Room serves award-winning cuisine crafted with estate-grown produce, eggs, beef, and lamb from its field-to-table program. There's a winery on-site, plus the spa features "Healthy Harvest" treatments infuses with sustainably-grown botanicals. Guests can reap the benefits from the menu of Healthy Harvest Treatments, which includes massages, pedicures, and facial upgrades as well as packages from September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018.

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3. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Situated in the "Pumpkin Capital of the World" about 30 minutes south of San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides the ultimate oceanside destination for pumpkin lovers throughout the month of October. In the newly re-concepted Conservatory there's pumpkin culinary delights like Half Moon Bay Signature Pumpkin Soup, and at Navio there's Pumpkin Caramelle featuring sage, ricotta, and pumpkin pistou, and Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with lobster, pain d’epices, and shiso. Guests can also enjoy pumpkin-infused beverages, plus there is the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Facial at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, designed to smooth, plump, and hydrate the skin.

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| By: Rachael Weir

As two world leaders meet this week, it seems like all eyes are on Singapore, and we're taking a closer look at the three Singapore luxury hotels where the two leaders will be meeting and staying.

Today, President Donald Trump of the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting at the Capella Singapore. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Aerial view of Capella Singapore

The historic resort is known for a colonial facade and contemporary Asian design. Located on Sentosa Island, the luxe island resort is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Singapore, and is set amidst 30 acres of land offering lush landscaping with roaming peacocks, spa, golf course, and stylish pools. The conference rooms overlook the South China sea, and the property offers four restaurants including a luxurious Chef's Table, Cassia with modern Cantonese cuisine, The Knolls with a gourmet Mediterranean menu, and Bob's Bar offering a setting reminiscent of Cuban island bars in the 1950s and 60s. 

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While in Singapore, President Donald Trump is staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Providing a resort-style setting, the property is nestled amidst 15 acres of lush greenery, steps from the designer shopping malls, quaint noodle stalls, and antique shops along Orchard Road. Read more about the property below the photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Guests can meander through landscaped gardens, experience luxurious pampering treatments at CHI, The Spa, or relax poolside. While dining options include Waterfall Ristorante Italiano with authentic cuisine, NAMI featuring fine Japanese dining, and Shang Palace with traditional Cantonese cuisine. 

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Nearby, The St. Regis Singapore is hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Known for its timeless elegance and legendary St. Regis Butler Service, the five star hotel is located steps from the infamous Orchard Road and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Read more about the property below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The St. Regis Singapore

The coveted location is located in the heart of the city's shopping and diplomatic districts, with bespoke amenities such as Signature Bentley Transfers, a tropical spa pool, and St. Regis Concierges. The hotel is home to one of the world's premier art collections, as well as the exclusive Remede Spa. Plus, the property offers an array of epicurian experiences including Brasserie Les Saveurs with contemporary French cuisine, Yan Ting with authentic Chinese dishes, and Shinji by Kanesaka providing a Japanese culinary experience. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: San Antonio

Mixing the cultures of Mexican settlers with Texas ranchers, San Antonio is a unique Southwestern destination offering historic attractions, a vibrant art scene, and distinctive "Tex-Mex" cuisine. Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, this city with a confluence of cultures is hosting commemorative events the week of May 1-6, including special events at each of San Antonio's five missions, along with an array of festivities throughout the year. To mark its 300th anniversary year, San Antonio recently unveiled a variety of new developments, such as the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces.

Known for The Alamo (Spanish mission where one of the city's important battles took place), as well as the historic River Walk lined with shops, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment, visitors can stroll the street and plaza's to learn about the city's iconic Western past. In addition to The Alamo, the city is home to four additional missions, which are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, there's traditional Southwestern shopping vendors at La Villita, and Alamo Heights offers trendy shopping and high-end Western wear. 

Foodies will want to sip an icy margarita along the River Walk and try some award-winning Tex-Mex cuisine. There's restaurants specializing in fresh seafood from the nearby Gulf Coast, a variety of iconic Texas steakhouses serving thick, Texas-sized steaks, plus German restaurants that pay tribute to the city's German heritage. For wine and golf enthusiasts, venture beyond the downtown to Texas Hill Country with an array of vineyards and tasting rooms, as well as championship golf courses. 

Here are 5 Top San Antonio Luxury Hotels

1. Omni La Mansion del Rio

Omni La Mansion del Rio River View Ambassador Room

Originally built as a Catholic School by the Society of Mary in 1852, the Omni La Mansion del Rio was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1968 for the the World's Fair. Set along the River Walk, the property blends Spanish colonial architecture with gourmet dining at Las Canarias known for hand-made margaritas and Sunday Brunch on the River Walk, as well as a courtyard heated swimming pool. Plus, guests have access to the Forbes Four-Star Mokara Spa at the hotel's sister property, Mokara Hotel & Spa. 

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2. Mokara Hotel and Spa

Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio

In the heart of the city's famous River Walk, the Mokara Hotel and Spa provides a soothing oasis with a full-service, Forbes Four Star Spa and world-class fitness center. There's a year-round rooftop pool with panoramic city views, as well as the Rooftop Cafe with salads, sandwiches, and cocktails. Plus, dining at Ostra, a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant with a romantic riverfront location and a menu specializing in sustainable seafood. 

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3. Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Rooftop Pool at Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Adjacent to the San Antonio Convention Center, Grand Hyatt San Antonio offers a contemporary setting in the heart of the city. Across the street from the Rivercenter Mall, the 24-story towers over San Antonio with River Walk views, more than 1,000 rooms, a Ruth's Chris Steak House with prime steaks, and handcrafted cocktails at Bar Rojo. There's also a rooftop pool, YogaAway classes via in-room TVs, state-of-the-art fitness center, and meeting spaces with audiovisual equipment and versatile seating options. Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive, based on availability, a complimentary room upgrade and a 2 pm late check out.

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4. The St. Anthony Hotel

The St. Anthony Hotel Master Suite

Recently restored to its 1909 grandeur, The St. Anthony Hotel provides an opulent setting overlooking Travis Park. Situated three blocks from both the River Walk and the Alamo, the hotel has multiple on-site dining options each with a unique dining experience, including Loggia serving traditional American classics with a twist. There's a rooftop bar, as well as an outdoor heated pool with private cabanas, fitness center, and state-of-the-art meeting venues. 

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5. La Cantera Resort and Spa

La Cantera Resort and Spa View

For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently completed a major renovation, with furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage. Located about 30 minutes from downtown, the property is less than two miles from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, with two championship golf courses and five pools. The Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center provides an array of treatments, plus a grotto with a saline pool, outdoor gathering place with acoustic music, and outdoor cowboy tubs for relaxation. There are nine on-site dining options including the open-air exhibition-style SweetFire Kitchen, and the Palmer Grille at the Clubhouse, as well as the adults-only level on the property's highest floor. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: MinneapolisProviding Midwestern charm infused with outdoorsy activities, Minneapolis, Minnesota has foodie-focused dining, award-winning sports stadiums, as well as an array of museums and cultural experiences. While commonly known for harsh, cold winters, Minneapolis is a destination offering four distinct seasons of activities. Situated in the most populated area of the state, Minneapolis is usually referred to as one of the Twin Cities, that also includes the capital city of St. Paul. Separated by the Mississippi River, these two cities are surrounded by sprawling suburbs with rivers, lakes (Minnesota is referred to as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes"), biking trails, parks, and of course the Mall of America, in Bloomington, right by the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Locals are known for their "Minnesota Nice" demeanor, as well as their ability to embrace the cold of the "North" with the St. Paul Winter Carnival (January 25 to February 11, 2018) which this year includes an ice castle, and popular winter activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing--the practice of going on a frozen lake, drilling a hole in the ice, putting a line in, and seeing what the day's catch will be. For hearty locals, they may sit out in the elements on the lake, or many have portable fish houses with TVs, beds, couches, and homey comforts.

Prefer warmer weather? Spring, summer, and fall in Minneapolis offer mild temperatures. From late April to October, the weather provides distinctively changing seasons, ideal for biking the Midtown Greenway, a 5.5-mile walking and biking trail along the former railroad corridor. There's also the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes: Lake Harriet, Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), and Lake of the Isles with walking and biking paths along the shoreline, and plenty of opportunities for kayaking, sailing, and water-related activities. 

Sporting events are a big part of the local scene, with Target Field hosting the MLB's Minnesota Twins, Target Center is home to the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Basketball Team & the Minnesota Lynx WNBA Team, and of course, U.S. Bank Stadium is home to the NFL's Minnesota Vikings (and the Big Game on February 4, 2018). Head across the river and the Excel Center is home to NHL's Minnesota Wild, and the Minnesota United Soccer team will play at Allianz Field, set to open in 2019. While the stadium's and the teams are part of the draw, the food offerings at each of the stadiums are infused with local flavors from the region's top restaurants and local breweries. 

For cultural events, Minneapolis and St. Paul both offer multiple venues for touring Broadway Shows, orchestra performances, and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has new and locally-produced shows. Recognized for a strong food scene, some highlights include Nordic cuisine at the Bachelor Farmer, and the famous Juicy Lucy (cheese-stuffed hamburgers), which can be found at a variety of local restaurants with Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club vying as the creators of the popular Minnesota-born burger. While in town, visitors will want to be sure to try some dishes infused with wild rice, and maybe try a "hotdish" (the Minnesota name for a casserole). For a one-of-a-kind food experience, the Minnesota State Fair (August 23 to September 3, 2018) is known for an array of items (many deep fried) served on sticks. 

Here are 5 Top Minneapolis Hotels:

1. W Hotel Minneapolis - The Foshay

Fabulous King Room at the W Hotel Minneapolis - The Foshay

Occupying the historic Foshay Tower, the W Hotel Minneapolis - The Foshay is an Art Deco landmark. Built in 1929, the Foshay Tower was the tallest building in Minneapolis until 1972 when the IDS was built. Today, the property is home to the luxury hotel and offers fine dining at Manny's Steakhouse, cocktails in the Prohibition Bar overlooking the city in what was once Wilbur Foshay's Boardroom, and the Keys Cafe with casual dining.

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2. Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis

Guestroom at the Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis

Connected to the city's extensive skyway system, Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis offers historic architecture mixed with masculine-inspired modern style. Originally built in 1912, the luxury boutique hotel has the SIX15 Room with a stylish lounge atmosphere, small plates, and creative cocktails. There's an indoor pool, and guests have accesss to the adjoining 60,000-square-foot Lifetime Athletic Club with an array of cardio machines, strength traiining equipment, exercise classes, and spa services. 

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3. Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Guestroom at the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis

Set in a historic Ziggurat style tower, the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis has the Ivy Spa Club with a salon and array of treatments, as well as the Ivy Fitness Club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, small class sizes, personal trainers, and indulgent amenities. For dining, Morello provides an upscale setting for coastal Italian cuisine, Constantine has a subterranean setting for crafted cocktails, and the property is steps from the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

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4. Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Steps from Target Field and Target Center, Loews Minneapolis Hotel soars 22 stories above the city. Offering recently renovated guestrooms and suites, the hotel is connected to Fortune 500 companies and attractions via the skyway system. Embury Spa provides an array of rejuvenating treatments, and Cosmos features a sophisticated retreat for fine dining. There's also the  Relevé Champagne and wine bar, and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge for cocktails and small plates. 

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5. The Marquette Hotel

The Marquette Hotel

Featuring newly renovated guestrooms, The Marquette Hotel is located within the Crystal Court of the IDS Center. Steps from the shops and restaurants along Nicollet Mal, the hotel has accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom furnishings for a residential feel. The Light Rail is two blocks away with access to the airport and the Mall of America, and Jacques Restaurant & Bar has small plates and cocktails. Planning an event? The hotel's Windows on Minnesota event space is located on the 50th floor of the IDS with 360-degree city views. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

18 Places to go in 2018 by Five Star Alliance

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

1. Florence, Italy

18 Places to go in 2018 Florence, Italy

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

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2. New Orleans, Louisiana

18 Places to go in 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana

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

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3. Vienna, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Vienna, Austria

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

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

18 Places to go in 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

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5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

18 Places to go in 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

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6. Cairo, Egypt

18 Places to go  in 2018 Cairo

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

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7. London, United Kingdom

18 Places to go in 2018 London

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

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8. Los Cabos, Mexico

18 Places to go in 2018 Los Cabos

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

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9. Mauritius

18 Places to go in 2018 Mauritius

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

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10. Malta

18 Places to go in 2018 Malta

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

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11. Oslo, Norway

18 Places to go in 2018 Oslo

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

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12. San Antonio, Texas

18 Places to go in 2018 San Antonio

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

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13. Sevilla, Spain

18 Places to go in 2018 Sevilla, Spain

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

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14. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

18 Places to go in 2018 Iguazu Falls

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

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15. Toronto, Canada

18 Places to go in 2018 Toronto

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

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16. Bangkok, Thailand

18 Places to to go in 2018 Bangkok

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

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17. Salzburg, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Salzburg

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

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18. Melbourne, Australia

18 Places to go in 2018 Melbourne, Australia

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

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