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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.

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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

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. 

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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

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. 

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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

Featured Journeys: California Wine Country

From rolling vineyards to tasting rooms, to picnics amongst the vines, a vineyard vacation offers a relaxing, and perhaps romantic retreat. In this edition of Featured Journeys we're heading to Northern California's Wine Country with a multi-stop itinerary to Sonoma, Napa, and Monterey. 

There's a variety of airport options for this trip. Travelers could choose to fly roundtrip to San Francisco International, or another option would be to fly into Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Aiport (STS) and fly out of the Monterey Regional Airport (MRY). Regardless the itinerary, the drive between each stop is sure to provide panoramic scenery.

Sonoma

Situated about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a genuine wine country experience, with 76% of tourism businesses being small businesses, and 91% percent of the tourism businesses are locally-owned. This area is all about local cuisine, local growers, and of course, local wines. The area has a thriving art and food scene, and there's an array of outdoor opportunities like exploring the redwoods, hot air balooning, and vineyard hikes. Love the Peanuts Gang? A visit to this region wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Charles M. Schulz Museum with a collection dedicated to providing an in-depth look into the life and legacy of Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz. 

Farmhouse Inn

King Dux Room at Farmhouse Inn

Situated in the Russian River Valley about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco, the Farmhouse Inn is family-owned, by owners with Sonoma roots dating back five generations. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the boutique property's restaurant is the recipient of a Michelin Star, there are Sommelier-led wine tours, and rooms have feather beds and curated wine refrigerators.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for two daily - a maximum daily credit of $50 per room, a $100 spa services credit per room/per stay, an in-room welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi.

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Napa

From tasting rooms to stylisth boutiques, Napa Valley is haven for wine lovers and foodies alike. There are 6 Napa Valley restaurants that have received the prestigious Michelin Star, there's an array of cooking schools and five star accommodations in the heart of the vineyards, and the area is a hot spot for bakeries, chocolatiers, coffee, and gelato shops for those that want a little something sweet to pair with the wine. Music enthusiasts will want to note the area's music events which include Yountville Live (March), BottleRock Napa Valley (May), and the Robert Mondavi Concert Series which begins in July. 

Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Las Alcobas Napa Valley

Across from Beringer Vineyards, Las Alcobas Napa Valley is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in St. Helena. Set within a stately Victorian-style farmhouse built in 1907, the property offers accommodations designed by Yabu Pushelberg, with custom-crafted furniture and minimalist design. The signature restaurant, Acacia House serves award-winning California cuisine led by Top Chef Master Chris Cosentino. While the atrio spa offers a rejuvanating spa experience within a former farmhouse, and the outdoor pool provides one-of-a-kind vineyard views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive daily full breakfast for each guest at Acacia House, a $100 spa credit per room/per stay, and a seasonal welcome amenity.

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Monterey

Located about 150 miles south of Napa, Monterey County is home to more than 175 unique vineyards. The Monterey Wine Country experiences a "thermal rainbow" making the area ideal for growing grapes for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but it's diverse climate of ever-warming micro-climates helps the region support 42 wine varietals. 

Ventana Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur

From a daily Sommelier-led wine and cheese reception, to the Alila Experience Program offering a range of activities such as photography hikes and charcoal drawing classes, Ventana Big Sur is an adults-only retreat designed to provide guests with opportunities for self discovery, wellness, and finding one's place in the world. There are daily morning yoga classes and guided hikes, as well as two outdoor pools (one is clothing-optional), chef created cuisine, and a social house. The property makes an ideal base for rest and rejuvenation or exploring the vineyards of the Monterey area.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily (maximum $30 credit per person/per day), a $100 resort credit per room/per stay, a welcome amenity, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Nashville

Known as "Music City, U.S.A." Nashville is the home of Country Music. The famous honky-tonks along Broadway are known for live music from morning until late at night by talented performers with big dreams, along with surprise appearances of some of the music industry's biggest names. The Ryman Auditorium, known as the "Mother Church of Country Music" is an iconic red building just off Broadway that originally opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. Later, it was the original home of the "Grand Ole Opry" and today it is a destination for intimate performance in a one-of-a-kind setting known for out-of-this-world acoustics. Throughout the city there's a number of museums and attractions dedicated to preserving the history of the city's music industry including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, RCA's Studio B, The Johnny Cash Museum, and the Patsy Cline Museum. 

But there's much more to Nashville beyond the music industry. History enthusiasts can explore a variety of sites including Belle Meade Plantation (complete with a winery), Civil War Battlefields near Franklin, and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage provides guests the experience to go back in time to visit the former president's entire estate. Love wine? There's vineyards and tasting rooms nearby. Interested in seeing a full-size replica of the Parthenon? There's one right in the Nashville city limits.

And of course there's the food scene in Nashville. As the city expands, so does the choice of restaurants. From long-time local favorites like the Loveless Cafe and Puckett's serving classic Southern dishes, to new Southern cuisine at The Southern, to fusion dining options and culinary experiences, Nashville offers foodies a one-of-a-kind destination.

When visiting Nashville, there's a variety of luxury hotels throughout the city. For those attending events at the Bridgestone or Music City Center, or looking to take in live music at Broadway's honky-tonks, downtown and SoBro hotels offer ideal locations. If the food scene and luxury boutiques is of interest, The Gulch is a prime location situated right between downtown and Music Row. While the Vanderbilt area is close to Music Row's publishing houses and recording studios, as well as multiple universities and Vanderbilt Hospital.

Here are 5 Top Nashville Luxury Hotels:

1. Thompson Nashville

Suite 701 at Thompson Nashville

Located in "The Gulch", the trendy and upscale neighborhood set between downtown and Music Row, Thompson Nashville is a modern boutique hotel. Offering guestrooms and suites that mix contemporary, industrial, and classic design, the hotel provides a residential feel. Steps from some of the city's top restaurants, boutiques, and condominiums, the chic retreat is around the corner from the iconic Station Inn. The Marsh House Restaurant serves Southern-infused seafood specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus the rooftop L.A. Jackson has small plates, crafted cocktails, indoor and outdoor seating, and a see-and-be-seen environment.

For an insider's perspective, checkout our Content Manager's article Residential Retreat at Thompson Nashville

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2. Omni Nashville

Suite at the Omni Nashville

Situated in SoBro, the Omni Nashville is connected via an indoor walkway to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Throughout the hotel there is an array of locally-produced artwork, guestrooms and suites have Nashville-infused decor, and the heated outdoor pool is open year-round with stunning skyline views. There's three on-site dining options ranging from the casual Kitchen Notes with modern Southern cuisine, Bob's Steak and Chop House with a music-infused classic steakhouse setting, and Barlines with live music, gourmet bar foods, and a cocktail menu highlighting Tennessee libations. 

For an insider's perspective, checkout our Content Manager's article Music City Views at Omni Nashville

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3. The Hermitage

The Hermitage Nashville

Since opening in 1910, The Hermitage (named in honor of Andrew Jackson's estate) has been an iconic destination in downtown Nashville for traditions, weddings, political, and social events. Offering elegant Southern style, guestrooms and suites have an average of 500 square feet, as well as traditional furnishings with dark woods and gold accents. The hotel's Capitol Grille is a destination restaurant known for creative interpretations of Southern specialties, while the adjacent Oak Bar has Nashville's largest collection of bourbons. 

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4. Hutton Hotel

Hutton Hotel Analog Music & Cocktail Lounge

Offering fully-equipped Writer's Rooms and creative spaces, Hutton Hotel is a boutique hotel in Nashville's West End neighborhood. Close too Music Row and Vanderbilt University, the property provides guests with an immersive journey into the city's music industry with the 5,000-square-foot Analog music and cocktail lounge (shown above). For dining, the WestEnd bar and restaurant serves innovative Southern cuisine, and recently redesigned guestrooms and suites have residential styling, granite bathrooms, and Triumph & Disaster bath amenities. 

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5. 21c Museum Hotel Nashville

21c Museum Hotel Nashville

Situated within the historic Gray & Dudley building, 21c Museum Hotel Nashville offers reimagined spaces with contemporary guestrooms and suites, including rooftop suites with outdoor terraces. Located along 2nd Avenue in downtown, the property is set amidst dining and nightlife destinations, including Broadway's honky-tonks. There's a contemporary art museum within the common areas of the hotel, providing more than 10,500 square feet of exhibition and event space, plus the Gray & Dudley restaurant and bar by executive chef Levon Wallace. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled within six acres of gardens, La Posada De Santa Fe Resort and Spa offers a resort setting within downtown Sante Fe. Close to the city's historic plaza, the property's guest rooms and suites are set within 19th century adobe brick casita-style buildings. The hotel's Spa Sage is an award-winning facility providing treatments inspired by the local healing heritage traditions, and the Julia, a Spirited Restaurant features a vibrant setting with outdoor seating and regional cuisine. In addition to the hotel's on-site amenities, La Posada De Santa Fe is an ideal base for enjoying three upcoming late summer events. Learn more about the events below the photo.

Baca Suite at La Posada De Santa Fe Resort and Spa

1.  96th Annual Indian Market, August 19 - 20, 2017 
The largest Native American arts show in the world features works by 900 artists from more than 200 tribes. Set in the Santa Fe Plaza area, the festival has artwork, special films, demonstrations, dances, music, and food. 

2. Fiestas de Santa Fe, September 1 - 10, 2017

A local tradition for more than 300 years, the city's residents gather on the historic plaza for local food, dancing, processions, and parades. 

3. Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, September 27 - October 1, 2017

Offering five days of cooking demonstrations, wine-paired dinners, and a grand wine tasting with sips from more than 100 world-renowned wineries. Plus, the property is partnering with La Crema to host a special dinner at Julia, a Spirited Restaurant and Bar on Friday, September 29, 2017.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Suite Saturdays Canada Day

Welcome to Suite Saturdays: Canada Day Edition! In honor of the country's 150th birthday today, we've gathered a list of some of Canada's best suites. From the East Coast to the West Coast, Canada offers breathtaking natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, cultural festivities, along with contemporary hotels and historic grand railroad properties, many of which are part of the Fairmont Hotels collection. 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Westin Nova Scotian

The Crown Suite at The Westin Nova Scotian

Set on the 11th floor, The Crown Suite (shown above) at the Westin Nova Scotian features sweeping views of Georges Island and the Halifax Harbor. Providing panoramic sunset views, the elegant space has a dining area with space for up to 20 people, separate bar and lounge area, menus created by Executive Chef Mark Marchment, and live music upon request. Located along the city’s harborfront, the hotel has an indoor pool, Sykea Salon and Spa, fitness studio, and Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club. 

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St. Andrews, New Brunswick

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin Resort with One Bedroom Suites and the Algonquin Golf Course

The six One Bedroom Suites (shown above) at The Algonquin Resort offer separate living rooms and bedrooms, with queen or king pillow top beds, plus sofa beds in the living rooms. Recently remodeled, the suites have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, custom artwork, and three-piece bathrooms with stand alone showers. Situated in St. Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick, the Algonquin Resort opened in 1889 in Canada's first seaside resort town. Featuring maritime hospitality, the iconic building is a year-round destination with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach, spa, seasonal whale watching, and the award-winning Algonquin Golf Course. 

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Quebec City, Quebec

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Exterior and Frontenac Suite

Set within the walls of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a recently renovated atmosphere infused with European elegance. The Frontenac Suites (shown above) have 670 square feet of space, including parlors that seat up to 10 people, and separate master bedrooms. Providing views of the old fortified city and the St. Lawrence River, the iconic hotel offers guided tours of the property, the landmark Champlain Restaurant,1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, Bistro Le Sam, Place Dufferin, Spa du Château, grand event spaces, and an indoor pool. 

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Ottawa, Ontario

Fairmont Château Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Across the canal from Parliament Hill, the Presidential Suites (shown above) at the Fairmont Château Laurier offer a residential style setting overlooking the city with a living room featuring a faux fireplace, large flat-screen TV, work desk, and spacious seating area. Plus, a dining room with seating for eight, and a separate bedroom with a dressing room, armoire, and bureau. Recently revitalized and located in the country's capital city, the historic grand railroad hotel offers award-winning regional cuisine, indoor swimming pool, and grand event venues. The property has welcomed numerous dignitaries, presidents, and celebrities since opening in 1912.

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Winnepeg, Manitoba

Fairmont Winnipeg

Fairmont Winnipeg Royal Alexandra Suite

Featuring contemporary furnishings and original Manitoban art, the Royal Alexandra Suite (shown above) at the Fairmont Winnipeg evokes a residential feel. Set on the 20th floor, the spacious suite has a living room with a baby grand piano, gas fireplace, 42-inch flat-screen TV, and expansive views of the city. The large dining room has seating for six, along with a butler's pantry and half bath. The master bedroom overlooks Portage and Main with a king size bed, and a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower and separate soaking tub. Steps from the city's major attractions including the Forks National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the hotel has upscale dining at the VG Restaurant, fitness club, and an indoor saltwater pool. 

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Lake Louise, Alberta

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Glacier Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Set within Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an grand luxury hotel built in 1890. The two-level Glacier Suite (shown above) has a dining and living area with a sofa bed on the main floor,  and a spiral staircase leading to a secluded bedroom with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. There's also a large covered balcony featuring views of the Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise, and mountains. Originally built as for outdoor enthusiasts, the property offers year-round alpine activities including world-class winter skiing, canoeing in the summer, and guided mountain tours. There's also a kid's camp, luxury spa, and elegant dining options, as well as horse drawn sleigh rides during the winter. 

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Royal Suite

Referred to as the "Castle in the City" the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a historic location in the heart of the city. Since opening in 1939, many members of the British monarchy have visited the Hotel Vancouver, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the grand opening of the hotel. The Royal Suite (shown above) provides an opulent and spacious setting with four bedrooms, large dining room that can seat up to 10 guests, and an elegant living room with a grand hearth. Plus, from May to September 3, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering the Canada 150 Afternoon Tea

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Amsterdam

The capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam offers a mix of experiences set along a series of 165 waterways with 1,280 bridges. Recognized for its tall row homes built in the city's 17th century Golden Age, many of which have been transformed into hotels, boutiques, and museums, there's much to explore. Visitors can see the city from guided canal cruises along the waterways, or rent a bike to explore the its network of bike paths just like the locals.  

Founded in the late 12th century as a fishing village, Amsterdam is named after the city's origin around a dam on the Amstel River. Today, the 17th century canals and the 19-20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Museum Quarter is home to the Rijksmuseum, showcasing iconic works of art from the Dutch masters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. Plus, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum of modern art, and Concertgebouw, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The area is also home to the city's most famous shopping street, P.C. Hoofstraat, lined with upscale shops, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. There's also the famous Anne Frank House, and Amsterdam is home to a variety of Michelin star restaurants. 

During the spring, the city is filled with blooming tulips. But there's always something to explore in the canal-filled city from art fairs to culinary events. King's Day is celebrated with parties on April 27, 2017. The LifeFit Grachtenloop on June 23, 2017 is a midsummer evening running event along Haarlem's canals, In August (8/18 - 8/27), the World Cinema Amsterdam brings indoor and outdoor screenings to the Rialto Cinema and Marie Heinekenplein. The Amsterdam In-Water Boat Show (8/29-9/3) is a festival of boating and watersports, and on September 3, the boats make way for swimmers to partake in the Amsterdam City Swim. While December is the time for Christmas markets and holiday concerts.

Amsterdam offers a variety of luxury accommodations as unique as the city itself, including Historic Retreats, Modern Boutiques, and Grand Properties. Read more below about some of the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam or Explore all Amsterdam Luxury Hotels.

Historic Retreats

Hotel Pulitzer

Hotel Pulitzer Guest Room

Set within 25 Golden Age canal houses, Hotel Pulitzer offers a historic location with views of the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. Within walking distance of the Royal Palace, museums, and Central Station, the hotel has the Restaurant Jansz with classic European cuisine, Pulitzer's Bar, and a private salon boat. 

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The Dylan Amsterdam

The Dylan Amsterdam

Nestled in a charming 17th century building on the Keizergracht, The Dylan Amsterdam combines modern European design with the history of the city. Each of the hotel's 40 rooms and 14 suites has its own style, and there's Michelin star dining at Restaurant Vinkeles. Guests can relax in The Garden--a secluded outdoor courtyard with candles.

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The College Hotel

The College Hotel Amsterdam

Housed in a 19th century building that opened as a school in 1895, The College Hotel blends historic charm with contemporary styling. A short stroll from the Museum District and shopping area, the boutique hotel has afternoon tea, a restaurant serving chef-prepared cuisine rooted with Dutch flavors, The Bar lounge, and an outdoor courtyard. 

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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

I Love Amsterdam Suite at The Conservatorium Hotel

Located in the heart of the Museum District, the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam occupies a landmark hertigage building. Providing a unique architectural setting accented with contemporary design, plus restaurants, a bar, and lounge, the luxury hotel offers the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Steps from the Van Gogh Museum, Concertgebouw, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark, and high end shopping, the property is ideal for those seeking a mix of history and modern style.

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Modern Boutiques

Andaz Amsterdam

Andaz Amsterdam Guest Room

Situated within the lively Jordaan District, the Andaz Amsterdam provides a contemporary setting reflecting a modern take on Dutch history and local culture. Designed by Dutch architect and designer Marcel Wanders, the property has more than 50 pieces of video art and original works of art around every corner. Plus, the Bluespooon Restaurant serves seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. 

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W Amsterdam

Bathroom at the W Amsterdam

Next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is located in two unique buildings, a former bank and a telephone exchange building. Mixing contemporary style with the city's heritage, the hotel has a rooftop lounge with a pool, views of the canals, and innovative guest rooms and suites. For dining, Mr. Porter combines the menu of a modern steakhouse with the feel of a chic lounge, while The Duchess is a restaurant with a tea room, bar, and cuisine inspired by Southern France and Italy. 

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Sir Albert Hotel

Guest Suite at the Sir Albert Hotel

Situated in De Pijp, the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam, the Sir Albert Hotel is a luxe boutique hotel with a modern attitude. Housed in a 19th century diamond factory, the property has high ceilings and large windows. The restaurant, Izakaya serves critically-acclaimed Japanese cuisine, and the entire property is focused on creating connections with amenities such as a stocked library, signature bedding, and communal spaces. 

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Grand Properties

Hotel De L'Europe

Hotel De L'Europe

Situated within the landmark Rondeel Building from 1896, the Hotel De L'Europe offers a grand setting overlooking the Amstel River. The Promenade features replicas of famous Dutch artworks, and there's outdoor dining overlooking the canals, an indoor pool, spa, and library. Plus, the hotel's Bord'Eau Restaurant is a recipient of two Michelin stars. 

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InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Exterior of the InterContinental Amstel Hotel

Celebrating 150 years of welcoming royalty, celebrities, and guests from around the world, the InterContinental Amstel Hotel is in the heart of the financial, cultural, and entertainment district along the Amstel River. Featuring a regal lobby with a historical stairway, elegant chandeliers, and high ceilings, the grand hotel offers an authentic setting with hand-printed wallpaper, classic furniture, pleated curtains, and handmade Delft porcelain mixed with modern comforts. 

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Bathroom at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Featuring a long, rich history, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has an exterior comprised of six 17th and 18th century double-front canal palaces, along with a grand staircase built by Daniel Marot, Louis XIV's architect. Guest rooms and suites overlook the canals or the hotel's courtyard garden and feature expansive bathrooms. There's an indoor pool, fitness center, and Guerlain Spa. Plus, renowned dining at Librije's Zusje Amsterdam, a two Michelin star recipient, and the Vault Bar.

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

Originally the site of two convents, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam was built in three sections, with two courtyards and a central element. Over the years the property served a variety of purposes including a city hall. Transformed into The Grand Hotel in 1992, the luxury hotel offers a historic setting infused with modern styling, multiple dining options including Le Petit Bistro and The Flying Dutchman, a spa, afternoon tea, floral boutique, horse drawn carriage rides, and royal breakfasts. Guests can also explore the city via The Grand's boat and bicycle tours.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Planning a last minute trip to Houston for Super Bowl LI? As of Monday, January 23, there's still availability at The Inn at Dos Brisas. Located about an hour north of NRG Stadium, the property is a ranch retreat with idyllic setting--perfect for relaxing pre- and post-game. Among the rolling hills, the Relais & Chateaux retreat is set amongst 313 acres, with an array of equestrian activities for novices and cowboys alike. Continue reading below the photo. 

Equestrian activities at The Inn at Dos Brisas

Accommodations are set within 9 Spanish-style Haciendas and Casitas, each with luxurious amenities including Egyptian cotton bedding, king size beds, stone fireplaces with overstuffed leather chairs, and original artwork for a Texas-inspired setting. Read more below.

Accommodations at The Inn at Dos Brisas

The restaurant at The Inn at Dos Brisas is the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Texaz, with award-winning cuisine crafted with ingredients grown on-site and sourced from local producers. Meals are served on custom Bernardaud China, there's a 7,000-bottle wine cellar, 18th century fireplace from France's Loire Valley, along with a handcrafted alder and mahogany bar. 

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Dining at The Inn at Dos Brisas


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Open from April until October, The Fairmont Monte Carlo offers the exclusive Nikki Beach by the pool experience on the 7th floor for a moment of pure escape and pleasure under the heat of the Monaco sun. Each day, from breakfast (7 am) until long after the sun has gone down, celebrities, VIPs and true yacht lovers flock to Nikki Beach to enjoy the music spun by Nikki Beach's world renowned Resident DJs facing the magnificent Riviera.

Located in the heart of Monaco, the roof-top pool, heated at 30°C, has spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, Monte-Carlo's Belle Epoque Opera and Casino, and the celebrated Fairmont Monte Carlo Grand Prix hairpin curve.

Sun beds are exclusively reserved to hotel guests. Love seats, double beds, and Opium beds can be reserved for a cost.

Upcoming parties for 2016 include:

July: 1st - Do You Saint Tropez?; 2nd - Peace, Love & Music; 4th - 4th of July Celebration; 7th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 9th - Flashback; 14th - Bastille Day; 16th - Tribal Vibes; 21st - Live @ Nikki Beach; 23rd - 1st Anniversary Party; 30th - Tropicana Club

August: 6th - Peace, Love & Music; 11th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 13th - Flashback; 20th - Tribal Vibes; 25th - Live @ Nikki Beach; 27th - Tropicana Club

September: 3rd - Red Party; 10th - What Women Want; 28th - Love Boat Party

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Fairmont Monte Carlo Nikki Beach


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The transformed Market Cafe at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa offers a whimsical design
inspired by its unique waterfront location, taking full advantage of the stunning marina views. The culinary
team has reimagined the menu to include dishes that showcase the culinary variety of Southern California
along with familiar favorites to satisfy every appetite. Market offers both indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast,
lunch, or dinner.

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo, facing the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, has inspired a return to the elegance of the early 1900s, when the international beau monde gathered here.

Refined and comfortable ambiences reflect the warm colours of the sun and sea of Rapallo and the Portofino Coast. The guest rooms and suites look out onto one of the literature's most celebrated panoramas, the Gulf of Tigullio. The Hall stands out for paintings, prints, and furniture which all are authentic antiques.A splendid setting for weekends and vacationing, Excelsior Palace Hotel five-star luxury hotel Rapallo devotes special attention to lovers of relaxation and of excellence, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, an oasis of pure pleasure for personalised treatments, gym and an indoor pool with a sea view.

All the Excelsior Palace Hotel's rooms are equipped with lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, telephone with a direct outside line, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, bathtub and shower, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Here are the room choices available to guests:

Classic Rooms (pictured right)-Attractive and comfortable, with elegant furnishings that often recall the colours of the sea, the Classic Double Rooms of the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo are ideal for those who feel the need for comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Approx. 22 square meters.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Superior Rooms-Pretty rooms located in various points of the building, spacious and well-lighted, may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some have a small external space – a balcony – while others, more spacious, are also suitable for accommodating three people. Approx. 28 square meters

Exclusive Rooms-The Exclusive rooms category feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view. Some are connected with Superior category rooms. The wi-fi connection is free of charge. Approx. 35 square meters.

Here are the suite choices available to guests:

Suites offer spectacular panoramas and enchanting terraces, luminous rooms, and elegant furnishings, beds that are the utmost in comfort. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. The windows open onto picturesque landscapes that lift the spirits and stimulate the fantasy. Among the services present in the suites are a lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, double telephone with a direct outside line, stereo, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, open bar with choice of liquors, Internet connection, Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower box, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Classic Suites-These suites enjoy privileged positions, with a lovely view of the Gulf of Portofino. Terraces or furnished balconies make a stay in this luxury five-star truly one of a kind. All Suites are very roomy, divided between a spacious bedroom and a bright living area, furnished with elegant and ancient furniture. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. Most of the Suites are connecting with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Junior Suites-Recently redecorated, all the Junior Suites of the Excelsior Palace Hotel have a spacious bow window instead of balcony to afford guests a sweeping view over the sea and the Gulf of Portofino. Their main characteristic is that there's no separation between the large bedroom and the sitting room, with parquet pavement. All Junior Suites offer the internet connection. Most of the Junior Suites can connect with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Deluxe Suites-The two luxurious Deluxe Suites are located at the sixth floor and have a terrific view on the Portofino Coast and on the Rapallo marina. With elegant decoration and antique store high quality furniture, all authentic prints and paintings, the Deluxe Suites are provided with an outdoor sea view space. One Deluxe Suite is equipped with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa on the terrace. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. These Suites are connecting with double rooms. Starting from approximately 60 square meters.Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Relax Suite (pictured left)-The Relax Suite offers a private Sauna where you can pamper and relax yourselves with a terrific view on the Portofino Coast from the seventh and last floor of the hotel, which will become an all suite floor. Furthermore, the magnificient terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi City spa to enhance its wellness offer. The Relax Suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite-Located on the seventh and top floor, with a superb view of the sea, the fascinating Presidential Suite features exquisitely elegant furnishings. The refined and elegant living room, with a desk corner, opens onto a spacious terrace, spectacular with its sweeping panorama from the Bay of Rapallo and its famed tourist harbour to the Portofino lighthouse, for a total view of the Gulf. The terrace, equipped with awnings, recliners, sofas and armchairs, is perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply relaxing in total privacy, in tune with the style of refined, discreet elegance that is a hallmark of the hotel. This oustanding space is provided with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa. Inside the Suite, in addition to the living room, a large bedroom, two cloakrooms, parquet floor, air-conditioning, four direct dial phones, private safety box, two TV;s with satellite channels, pay TV, VRC, stereo, minibar, and open bar with choice of liquors. Two bathrooms, the more spacious one offers double basins, corner Jacuzzi bathtub for relaxing pause of wellness, separate shower box, and separate toilet. The Presidential Suite, in addition to the Main Room with a living room, includes two spacious and bright Deluxe Exclusive Rooms with respective bathrooms, both overlooking the terrace. This Suite offers an internet connection. The suite is 130 square meters with a 150 square meter terrace.

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