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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

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

Corner Suite at Gstaad Palace Hotel

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

Gstaad Palace Hotel

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

Le Grill Restaurant at Gstaad Palace

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Charleston

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

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

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

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

Here are 5 Top Charleston Luxury Hotels:

5. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

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

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

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4. The Dewberry

The Dewberry

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

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

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3. Hotel Bennett

Hotel Bennett

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

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

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2. Belmond Charleston Place 

Belmond Charleston Place

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

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

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1. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

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

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for each guest daily at The Fish House, a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate and no cash value), and a welcome cookie amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recognized as the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East", The Peninsula Hong Kong blends the finest luxuries and hospitality of the East and West. Since opening in 1928, the property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from around the globe, and guests of the hotel can re-live the glamour of a by-gone era through the property's collection of antiques and historical artifacts on display throughout the hotel. In addition, guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive special Perks. Continue reading below.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

For panoramic views of Victoria Harbor, Deluxe Harbor View Suites feature a one-of-a-kind retreat. Providing a residential experience within the Peninsula Tower, these suites have living rooms with fireplaces, L-shaped sofas, and fully-equipped audio-visual centers with Blu-Ray LED TVs. The master bedrooms have luxury beds with high-end linens, plush armchairs, and telescopes for viewing the harbor. There's also large walk-in dressing rooms, and marble bathrooms have unique corner deep soaking bathtubs. Learn about a special Perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Deluxe Harbor View Suite Living Room at The Peninsula Hong Kong

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at The Verandah and a $100 hotel credit per stay (excludes Imasa, banquet, Peninsula Academy Program, Peninsula Boutique or spa products).

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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

On Thanksgiving Day in 1892, a young woman checked in at the Hotel del Coronado, but never checked out. Estranged from her husband, 24-year-old Kate Morgan is said to have taken her own life five days after checking in (although some say her husband or lover may have pulled the trigger). 

Since her untimely death, guests and employees have shared stories of ghostly-encounters, mostly involving Kate's original third-floor guestroom. There have been stories of breezes coming from nowhere, inexplicable sounds, doors randomly opening and closing, as well as a TV that turns itself on and off. Independent paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity in Kate's room, as well as Kate sightings in the hotel hallways, seashore, and the gift shop where items have mysteriously flown off the shelves. To date, her room, now 3327 is one of the hotel's most requested rooms. Continue reading below the photo of one of the Hotel del Coronado's a Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado. 

Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado

In addition to ghost stories, the Hotel del Coronado offers guests a variety of Halloween-themed activities including a Ghost Roast with ghost stories and s'mores on the beach, a Kate Morgan Painting by the Sea where guests can paint a piece of art to take home, a Kids Halloween Party, and the adults-only Hallo-wine & Spirits with a reception on the Garden Patio followed by deserts, drinks, and dancing in the Crown Room. Read more below the photo of the Crown Room.

The Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Since opening in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a popular destination for presidents, celebrities, and politicians. In 1958, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon filmed "Some Like It Hot" within the hotel. Under the hotel's signature red turret lies the Ballroom with Pacific Ocean views, the Crown Room has a renowned brunch, and the Spa at the Del provides an array of signature treatments. Learn about a special Perk for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo.

Hotel del Coronado at dusk

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in a historic building in the heart of the city's historic center, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence offers a luxury setting in the shadows of Il Doumo Cathedral. Named after the Renaissance artist author, Filippo Brunelleschi, the hotel occupies the Torre della Pagliazza, a unique building from 541-544 AD that is now home to the property's Pagliazza Tower Suite, the Santa Elisabetta gourmet restaurant on the first floor, and the Osteria Pagliazza on the ground floor. Read more about the hotel below the Pagliazza Tower Suite photo.

Tower Suite at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Throughout the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence, there's a variety of historic artifacts and works of art to discover. At the hotel's Museo della Pagliazza, guests may be accommpanied by the concierge to explore the archeological finds uncovered during the excavation in the basement of the Torre della Pagliazza. Used as a sauna in ancient times, the hotel has a Roman calidarium (a hammam), as well as Roman era fragments, and a Renaissance collection of Montelupo ceramics. 

Osteria della Pagliazza at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

In addiiton to historic elements, the boutique hotel recently renovated the buildings in a way that respects its past while enhancing the environment with a revitalized hotel facade, main glass staircase, new suites, restructuring of the lobby, reception, breakfast hall, meeting halls, and lifts, as well as outdoor spaces for events. Learn more about special Five Star Alliance Perks for Five Star Alliance guests below the suite photo.

Suite at Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $70 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay, a welcome bottle of Prosecco, complimentary WiFi, and full breakfast daily. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking the Cape Cod landscape, the Deluxe Master Suite at the Chatham Bars Inn provides travelers with a spacious retreat. Offering one king or two queen beds, there is a separate living room with a pullout queen size sleeper sofa, gas fireplace, and flat-screen TV. There's also a window seat providing a ideal place to read a book or relax while enjoying the surrounding landscape. Read more below the photo of the Deluxe Master Suite.

Chatham Bars Inn

The Chatham Bars Inn provides accommodations in the Historic Main Inn, as well as Cottage Rooms and Spa Suites. Each accommodation type offers unique luxuries for guests, with Cottage Rooms and Suites featuring Cape Cod views. The Main Inn was built in 1914 and has been impeccably restored to maintain historic details while infusing the space with high-end modern amenities. 

Chatham Bars Inn

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will receive continental breakfast for two daily at STARS and a $50 resort credit per room/per stay for one night stays or $100 resort credit per room/per stay for stays of two nights or more.

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| By: Rachael Weir

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

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

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

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

Here are 5 Top Siem Reap Luxury Hotels 

5. Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

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

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4. Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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

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3. Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

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

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2. Belmond La Residence d'Angkor 

Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

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

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

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1. Amansara

Outdoor Pool at Amansara

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

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Spanish Experience

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

Malaga

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

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

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

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa 

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa

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

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

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Madrid

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

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

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

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

Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

Premium King Guest Room at Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques

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

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

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Barcelona

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

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

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

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

Neri Hotel

Suite Bat at Neri Hotel

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

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: British Countryside Escape

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

Bath, England

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

The Royal Crescent Hotel

Spa at The Royal Crescent Hotel

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

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

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The Midlands, England

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

The Lygon Arms

Torrington Suite at The Lygon Arms

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

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

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York, England

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

Grand Hotel and Spa York

Grand Hotel and Spa York

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

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