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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

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

Paltrow Suite Living Room at Capri Palace

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

Paltrow Suite Bath at Capri Palace

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

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a pizza lunch for two people at the Ragù Bistrot with dessert and wine suggested by the sommelier.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a bottle of champagne and fruit platter in room, a three-course dinner for two, once during stay at the 2 Michelin Star L'Olivo Gourmet Restaurant (excludes beverages), one 50-minute massage per person, once during stay (Swedish or Aromarelax), and complimentary in-room minibar. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Star Junior Suite and above Suite Categories, excludes Junior Suites. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set on the site where gladiator barracks once stood, Palazzo Manfredi is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of ancient Rome. Providing an elegant retreat steps from the Coloseum, the building began in the 17th century as the villa for the Evangelisti family. Rebuilt in the 18th century, the villa was purchased by Count Goffredo Manfredi, who transformed the building into an exclusive luxury hotel. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Palazzo Manfredi

From the Family Suite with Colosseum views to the contemporary Ludus Magnus Suite inspired by the history of the Eternal City, the property provides a regal Roman setting. Continue reading below the photo.

Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Opening in July 2019, the new cocktail bar, The Court, showcases unique city views with a menu of innovative cocktails using revolutionary techniques created by some of the most famous Italian mixologists. The new venue is set to serve exceptional drinks in a one-of-a-kind location from dusk to midnight.

One of the hotel's highlights is the award-winning Aroma Restaurant. Providing unparalleled Colosseum views from its picturesque terrace, the Michelin starred restaurant showcases classic Italian dishes in a quintessential Roman retreat. Featuring an idyllic setting for romantic dinners and private parties, the 40-seat restaurant is led by Roman-born Chef Di Lorio, who developed a menu marrying traditional Italian with fresh ingredients, while supporting sustainable fish, local produce, and regional meats. Each of the main courses revolves around pasta, with a feature of five different varieties. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

AROMA Restaurant Views at Palazzo Manfredi

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for 2 guests, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a one or two bedroom suite also receive a one way limousine transfer to or from the airport (not applicable to Junior Suite).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Close to St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, Splendid Venice is a luxury hotel with a water entrance and private mooring for boats on the Rio Barrettieri. From the hotel's altana, guests can take in panoramic views over the city's rooftops, and the Lounge Bar with canal views is an idyllic spot for an evening spritz. While Le Maschere provides a romantic setting for elegant dinners. Continue reading about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Splendid Venice

Within the hotel there are 165 rooms, including 16 suites and 4 junior suites. One of the hotel's highlights is the Splendid Heritage Suite. Annexed to the hotel in a Venetian building, the suite is a tribute to the Serenissima's textile traditions with luxurious pleated fabrics and plush velvets are amidst inlaid wall mirrors and ancient Murano glass masterpieces. The suite has a supreme Starbed, pillow menu, Samsung smart TV, JBL station, handy smartphone, Illy espresso coffee maker, and minibar with snacks and soft drinks, while the bathroom has Acqua di Parma luxury bathroom amenities. Providing absolute privacy, guests of the suite receive private in-room check-in, VIP treatment and a farewell gift. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk and Suite Privileges at Splendid Venice.

Splendid Heritage Suite at Splendid Venice

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Le Maschere or through room service, lunch for two once per stay (excluding beverages), complimentary WiFi, a seasonal welcome amenity and bottle of Prosecco, an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability, and one way private transfer for the Murano Glass Factory tour. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a One-Way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Grand Suite, Splendid Heritage Suite, and Presidential Suite. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

The Eternal City offers centuries of history from Roman ruins to the Vatican. Featuring showstopping vistas and iconic landmarks at every turn, Rome attracts Christians for its religious sites, art lovers, culture seekers, history buffs, and travelers from around the globe seeking to understand its history while taking in the present pace of Rome via Vespas or romantic strolls. 

With two thousand years of history, the Colosseum is one of the city's top landmarks. Known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the building was home to gladiators taking on each other or fighting wild animals. In 2016, the building completed a massive renovation, making it even better for visitors. The largest, richest, and likely most famous church in all of Italy is St. Peter's Basilica. Completed in 1626, the church is home to significant works of art including Bernini's baldachin over the papal altar as well as Michelangelo's Pieta and awe-inducing dome. While the Vatican Museums showcase one of the world's greatest art collections with a range of masterpieces from Egyptian times to frescoes by Raphael and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The 2,000-year-old Pantheon is now a church, but was originally built as a temple and is one of the Rome's most well-preserved ancient landmarks. 

Of course no trip to Rome would be complete without experiencing the food. From strolling with gelato to sipping a cappuccino, its important to allow time for gastronomic experiences, trattorias, pizza, and wine bars. 

Here are 5 Top Rome Luxury Hotels

5. Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie

A favorite of politicians, artists, and celebrities for generations, Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie is an iconic luxury hotel. Situated between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, the hotel offers one of the city's most prestigious address. There's a Mediterranean tiered Secret Garden with orange trees and rose bushes, the open-air Stravinskij Bar with crafted cocktails, and fine Italian dining at Le Jardin de Russie. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast and an 85 Euros food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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4. The St. Regis Grand Rome

The St. Regis Grand Rome

Blending history, location, and authentic charm, The St. Regis Grand Rome is a luxury hotel located on one of the city's most iconic palazzos. Following a meticulous renovation, the property has 161 guest rooms and suites, signature St. Regis Butler Service, Lumen Restaurant, and the Kami Spa & Fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and a range of treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Caelum Bar & Lounge, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

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3. Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Spa at Grand Hotel Via Veneto

Close to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, Grand Hotel Via Veneto is a luxury hotel with Michelin Star dining, occupying two 19th century historical buildings. The exterior of the buildings is protected by Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Rome, while the interiors have custom-made Murano glass chandeliers, black granite floors, and travertine stairways with cast iron banisters. While the AQVA City Spa has Vichy showers, vitality pool, and exclusive Sisley treatments. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily, and 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used at Times Restaurant & Wine Bar (alcoholic beverages excluded), complimentary WiFi, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking, based on availability. 

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2. Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome

Dating back to the 16th century, Hotel d'Inghilterra Rome is a short stroll from the Spanish Steps. Guests at the hotel can enjoy Roman cuisine in an al fresco setting at Cafe Romano, a British setting for a classic drink at the Bond Bar, and awake in one of the hotel's 88 rooms and suites, each offering its own style and identity. Located in the heart of the historical center of Rome, the property is steps from Via Condotti, Roman Forum, and the Trevi Fountain. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate, "Best Available Rate", as well as promotions and package rates with at least a three night stay, will also receive full breakfast for two daily in Café Romano, a 50 Euro Food and Beverage credit, per room/per stay, along with a bottle of wine & chef pastries on arrival. 

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1. Palazzo Manfredi

Family Suite at Palazzo Manfredi

Directly across from the Colosseum, Palazzo Manfredi is located on the former site of a gladiator training school. The current building was originally built as a villa for the Evangelisti family in the 17th century. Rebuilt in the 18th century, the property was purchased in 2002 and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel by the noble Manfredi family. Commemorating the past while infusing the future, the hotel has a Michelin starred restaurant, AROMA offering Roman cuisine with views of the Colosseum, as well as the American Bar for cocktails with panoramic views, and a mini-gym.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for 2 guests, and entrance tickets for 2 to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a one or two bedroom suite also receive a one way limousine transfer to or from the airport (not applicable to Junior Suite). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated within the new state-of-the-art Porta Volta neighborhood, Hotel VIU Milan is a design-focused luxury boutique hotel steps from the world class shopping of Corso Como. To meet the needs of a variety of traveler types, the property offers 10 room categories, each mixing contemporary styling with classic elegance and the latest technology. All rooms have marble bathrooms with Malin + Goetz amenities, smart TVs, plush beds, and bespoke Molten & C furniture. Learn more about the property & exclusive perks below the photo. 

Bathroom at Hotel VIU Milan

One of the highlights of the hotel is the rooftop pool. Set within the exclusive VIU Terrace, Milan's only rooftop pool features 360-degree views of the city where guests can relax from breakfast until aperitif time. At 6:30 pm, Aperitivo opens for poolside cocktails, light snacks, and creative dishes. There's also select times with DJ sets as well. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the pool photo. 

Hotel VIU Milan Rooftop Pool

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations witih Five Star Alliance will receive a voucher for 1 aperitivo (cocktail and hors d'oeuvres) per guest/per stay on the hotel's rooftop terrace.


| By: Rachael Weir

Steps from Il Duomo Cathedral, Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Florence. Situated within a reconstructed 6th century Byzantine tower and Medieval church dating from 1400, the property offers romantic dining in Santa Elisabetta, a seven-table restaurant within the hotel's Byzantine tower. Classic Tuscan dishes are served at Osteria della Pagliazza restaurant, and the hotel offers elegant guest rooms and suites with one-of-a-kind Florence views. Plus, this hotel offers exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Continue reading below the photo. 

Bargello Suite at Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

Within the hotel, guests can choose from a variety of suites, including the Bargello Suite. Fully refurbished by Architect Benelli, the suite features exclusively-designed contemporary furnishings, oak parquet flooring, and views of the Santa Croce Church and Bargello. There's a living room with a stylish sitting area, 42-inch flat-screen TV with 60 digital channels, remote-controlled heating and air conditioning, and a safe deposit box. While the bedroom has a Privilege Beautyrest Simmons mattress for extra anatomic support. Read more below the photo of the Bargello Suite.Bargello Suite Living Room at Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

One of the most unique features of the suite is the marble bathroom, which is equipped with a large Chromotherapy shower and separate whirlpool bathtub. Guests of the suite can rejuvenate in the tub or shower, then luxuriate in plush terry towels, slippers, and fine bathrobes. Continue reading about exclusive offers at the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence below the photo.

Bargello Suite Bathroom at Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily, a $70 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay valid for restaurants and bar (no cash value, not valid for minibar /room service), a welcome bottle of Prosecco, and complimentary WiFi.

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a villa or suite receive a one-way airport transfer per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Bargello Suite, Junior Suite, Junior Suite Executive, One Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, Duomo Suite, Balcony Suite, Pool Suite, or Pagliazza Suite.

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| By: Rachael Weir

In the midst of the Villa Borghese gardens, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is an urban resort offering a regal retreat in the heart of Rome. Situated in the upscale Pinciano District, this classical hideaway provides old world glamour. Minutes from Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps, the property is located in the "green heart" of Rome where guests can go jogging, stroll in the fresh air, or walk to the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Borghese Gallery. Continue reading below the photo. 

Lobby of the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

The regal hotel offers an array of dining options, including the Michelin-starred Assaje Restaurant. Featuring an elegant setting overlooking the property's private garden, the restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine led by two-star Michelin chef Andrea Migliaccio and resident chef Claudio Mengoni. Lavish buffet breakfasts are served in the Sala Verde, the Grill offers light meals and snacks, the Garden Bar is a luxe setting for relaxation, and the American Bar serves Aldrovandi's signature cocktails in an elegant venue. Read more about the property below the photo. 

Outdoor dining at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

For pampering treatments, the Mytha Spa has state-of-the-art facilties, a calming atmosphere, and an array of rejuvenating services. There's also a heated outdoor swimming pool, exclusive pool club, private garden, and complimentary bicycles are available for guests to explore the Eternal City.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Happy 2019! 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 19 picks for places to go in 2019. 

19. The Florida Keys

19 Places To Go In 2019: The Floriday Keys

Fresh off revitalizations following Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys are poised for a comeback with new hotel openings, hip restaurants, and laidback style. Popular with writers (Key West is home to more writers per capita than any other city in the US) and literary afficianados, the laidback island lifestyle attracts those seeking a change from the daily grind.

After a $25 million dollar renovation, The Cheeca Lodge & Spa has a breezy lobby with a modern vibe, Tiki Bar, and beach area, plus the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive the Island Grand Buffet Breakfast for two daily in Atlantic's Edge and a $50 USD resort credit per room/per stay.

Casa Marina opened in 1920. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places, this legendary resort is located on Key West's largest private beach. Steps from the shops and restaurants along Duval Street, the resort blends history with contemporary sophistication, and offers guests an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily, a welcome amenity on the night of arrival, and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay. 

Want to experience the real-life Margaritaville? Featuring panoramic views of Key West Harbor, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Resort and Marina offers a variety of water sports and entertainment options. The Marina is one of three cruise ports in Key West, welcoming cruise ships from around the globe. There's a large outdoor pool, plus guests have access to a private beach on Sunset Key.

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18. Istanbul

19 Places to go in 2019: Istanbul

After a three year hiatus due to political unrest, cruise ships are heading back to Istanbul, and the first phase of Istanbul's new airport (which will someday be the largest in the world) has officially opened. There's a new cruise port planned to open as part of a larger waterfront development which will also be home to the Istanbul Modern Museum, as well as new hotels and restaurants. 

Showcasing inspired architecture, ravishing luxury, and gastronomical innovation, Raffles Istanbul is a culturally chic destination within the city. Located at Zorlu Center, the hotel is situated where high fashion, performance, and art converge. Plus there's a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Rocca Restaurant or with room service, a $100 USD food and beverage or spa treatment credit per room/per stay, complimentary WiFi, and a welcome amenity of Turkish Treats.

Looking to spend the night like royalty? Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul was once the residence of Ottoman Sultans. Within walking distance of the harborside district of Ortakoy, the resort provides a high profile setting accessible by car, yacht, and helicopter on the Bosphorous with a spa and heated infinity pool. FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily at Ladelan Restaurant, a USD $100 hotel credit per room/per stay available at all food and beverage outlets (excluding in-room dining) and spa treatments, priority bookings at the hotel restaurants, and a welcome amenity. 

Blending Art Deco architecture with innovative interior design, Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas is located in the upscale Nisantasi district known for trendy bars and restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Lounge at Park Hyatt, a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (not applicable to mini bar), and a welcome fruit amenity. 

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17. Seattle

19 Places to go in 2019: Seattle

Fueled with creative energy, Seattle is constantly evolving. The Space Needle recently underwent a refurbishment in honor of its 50th anniversary, the waterfront has been upgraded with a multi-billion-dollar tunnel that replaced a concrete expressway, Amazon built innovative new glass "spheres" office towers in the Denny Triangle neighborhood, and there's a Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. 

Perched above Pike Place Market, Thompson Seattle is a contemporary hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows, a signature restaurant serving Pacific Northwest cuisine, and a chic rooftop bar with city and water views. In addition, the hotel offers a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full American breakfast for up to 2 guests daily in Scout or in room dining (maximum credit of $30 per person), a one way airport transfer from Thompson Seattle to Seattle Tacoma International Airport for up to two guests in a sedan, and a seasonal welcome amenity (chef’s choice). 

While the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle is a historic hotel located in the heart of the city with Italian Renaissance architecture, elegant dining at The Georgian, a famous Afternoon Tea, and Shucker's--one of the oldest oyster bars in Seattle. Plus, a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive daily breakfast for two at The Georgian Restaurant or through room service, a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, an Apple Harvest Box welcome amenity, and complimentary high speed internet access. 

Interested in the city's music scene? W Seattle is an urban lodge situated within a high-rise building providing pet-friendly accommodations and views of the Puget Sound. The design of the hotel draws from the city's music scene and Native American culture, while TRACE Restaurant & Bar serves innovative cuisine. FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate receive continental breakfast for each guest daily at TRACE and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay. 

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16. St. Vincent & The Grenadines

19 Places to go in 2019: St. Vincent & The Grenadines

With newly added nonstop routes from New York and Miami, it is now easier than ever to reach St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Located in the Caribbean close to St. Lucia, this chain of islands was spared by the 2017 storms, and offers a blend of raw beauty and luxe resorts. There's a newly-opened airport on St. Vincent as well as an array of new hotels in progress. Snorkelers will love exploring the reef-protected tranquil waters on Indian Bay Beach, the Marriqua Valley is home to one of the Caribbean's lushest valleys, and the cuisine on the islands is a mix of West Indian Cuisine and fresh seafood. 

Following an extensive renovation two years ago, the Cotton House on Mustique Island is located amidst 13 acres of tropical gardens leading to Endeavor Bay. Offering villas, suites, and cottages with private verandas and plunge pools, the property is set on a former Cotton Plantation. On Canouan Island, Canouan Estate is an exclusive island all-villa retreat with a Jim Fazio-designed golf course, tennis center, and a spa with overwater glass-bottomed treatment palapas. The Palm Island Resort is a private island resort on the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with all-inclusive options, TV and phone-free accommodations, indigenous wildlife, and hammocks for relaxing on the island's five white-sand beaches.

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15. Oslo

19 Places to go in 2019: Oslo

Named as the European Green Capital for 2019, Oslo is a city designed with sustainable neighborhoods, easily accessible mass transit, and Nordic cuisine. Once industrial waterfront areas have been transformed into new and original spaces, and the local government made efforts to minimize traffic and car pollution by closing down street parking, helping make room for bikes, benches, and green lungs to improve air quality and increase wellness. 

The Hotel Continental Oslo is located in the heart of the city, next to the National Theater, and a short stroll to the waterfront and Nobel Peace Prize Museum. In 2018, the property underwent a revitalization adding a new reception area and lobby bar, as well as signature suites and exclusive hotel rooms. The hotel also offers a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance, except for the standard and superior room categories, will receive a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room. Guests receive full breakfast daily in Caroline, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

Recognized as one of the top addresses in the city, the Grand Hotel Oslo is a historic hotel with an entire floor only for women. There's Nordic-inspired dining and Afternoon Tea at the renowned Palmen restaurant, and the recently-opened Othilia Lobby Bar services cocktails and refreshments in a relaxed, yet luxurious environment. Overlooking the Oslo Fjords, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo towers 37 stories above the city next to the Oslo Central Station. Within walking distance of the Royal Palace, National Gallery, and Oslo Spektrum Arena, the hotel serves traditional Norwegian cuisine at 34th Restaurant & Bar, as well as Irish pub fare at Restaurant Gaio. 

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14. Nairobi

19 Places to go in 2019: Nairobi

For travelers seeking an authentic African experience, regardless of if they are going on safari, Nairobi makes an ideal base, and now with direct flight service from New York City via Kenya Airways, reaching East Africa from the United States is now much easier. There's a thriving creative scene in Nairobi where travelers can browse studios and boutiques showcasing locally-made ceramics, jewelry, and beads. To watch artists at work, GoDown Arts Centre provides a unique opportunity, and those looking to bring home local apparel, Designing Africa Collective showcases fashions created throughout Africa. 

Providing a legendary setting and oasis of calm since opening in 1904, Fairmont The Norfolk has a sophisticated setting in the heart of Nairobi with tropical gardens and heated outdoor pool. Within the hotel is the Lord Delamere Terrace--the city's most famous meeting place, Tatu American steakhouse, and The Tea Room with colonial charm serving the teas and coffees of Kenya. In addition, the hotel has a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Lord Delamere Terrace, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

At the edge of Nairobi's Central Park, Nairobi Serena Hotel blends art and gastronomy with business and leisure, while celebrating the sophistication and design influences of Ethiopia, the Maghreb, West Africa, and East. For dining, Mandhari serves international specialties, there's a Patisserie, gelateria, coffee bar, and tea shop, plus poolside dining and the Ethiopian-style Aksum Bar. In addition, the hotel offers the Maisha Spa and Health Club, as well as a heated swimming pool. 

Opened in 1902, The Sarova Stanley was Kenya's first luxury hotel, and has hosted prominent world leaders, politicians, and celebrities. The historic property retains its charm while offering all the luxuries and amenities of a five-star hotel including world-class dining at Thai Chi and the open-air Thorn Tree Cafe. On the fifth floor, The Stanley Health Club has state-of-the-art exercise equipment, relaxation rooms, sauna, steam room, and adjoining swimming pool. 

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13. Mexico City

19 Places to go in 2019: Mexico City

Amidst 1,000 years of culture with civilizations built atop one another, Mexico City was named the World Design Capital in 2018. As the first city in the Americas to receive the title, Mexico's capital city is a creative destination showcasing centuries of design and artistic movements, centuries-old traditions, ancient ruins, and Baroque facades, juxtaposed amongst a modern business district, world-class shopping, and international food scene. 

Set within the fashionable Polanco district, Las Alcobas is an aesthetic marvel designed by power duo Yabu Pushelberg. Formerly a residence, the boutique property was created to be a home-away-from-home with palm trees, white stucco, and luxurious state-of-the-art amenities. Accommodations feature Bose surround sound systems and Italian bed linens, while chef-created dining is availalbe in the contemporary Anatol with a seasonal menu, and Dulce Patria with high-end Mexican cuisine. FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive a full Mexican Breakfast for each guest daily in the restaurant or through room service, complimentary WiFi, a 100 USD SPA credit per room/per stay, and one complimentary cocktail per person in Anatol once during the stay. 

Providing a traditional Mexican experience with a cosmopolitan feel in the exclusive Polanco district, Presidente InterContinental Mexico City has seven restaurants, 24-hour fitness center, and business center. In front of the National Auditorium, the property is steps from the Anthropology Museum and world-class shopping along Presidente Masaryk Avenue. There's also a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in the Club Lounge, Club Lounge access, 20% off spa treatments on Monday - Friday, and complimentary WiFi. 

Towering over the Polanco District, Hyatt Regency Mexico City is a contemporary hotel with 755 guest rooms and suites. On the third floor of the property is a heated indoor pool with an adjacent outdoor sundeck, as well as a fitness center. For dining, Rulfo serves modern interpretations of dishes showcasing the flavors of Mexico, Argentina, and Peru, Yoshimi is a sophisticated Japanese restaurant with a Zen garden terrace, Teppan Grill serves meat and seafood dishes, while Amado is an artisinal bakery and candy shop. Plus, the hotel has an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for up to 2 guests daily in Rulfo, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and a welcome fruit plate. 

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12.  Madeira

19 Places to go in 2019: Madeira

Recognized for the wine that bears its name, Madeira is located on a Portuguese archipelago. In 2019, the city celebrates its 600th anniversary. Known as the "Island of Flowers", the area is known for dramatic landscapes, a 500-mile network of UNESCO-listed levadas (irrigation channels) that are now hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing villages, and pebble beaches. 

Perched above Funchal Harbour, Belmond Reid's Palace will debut refreshed rooms this year, as well as a fresh bar. In addition to the property's exclusive views, the hotel has a Michelin Star Restaurant, William serving locally-inspired seasonal cusine, a pool with Atlantic panoramas, and spa.  

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11. Brisbane

19 Places to go in 2019: Brisbane

Following the unveiling of the Howard Smith Wharves project along with new hotel openings, Brisbane is poised to become a top Australian destination. The new riverside project is set along the riverfront with multiple new restaurants and breweries, reimagined green spaces, and event venues. Visitors can reach the southernmost part of the Great Barrier roof as a daytrip from here, and this Queensland city is considered the most Australian of the country's big cities with a laid-back attitude and many of the major attractions are outside. 

Situated about an 8-minute walk from Brisbane's riverside restaurants, Sofitel Brisbane has three award-winning dining venues, cocktail lounge, bar, and gaming bistro. There's an outdoor pool, and a state-of-the-art SoFit Gymnasium, as well as a luxurious spa. Plus, a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily at THYME Restaurant, an AUD 50 hotel credit per room/per stay, and complimentary WiFi. 

Nestled between the Brisbane River and the Botanic Gardens, Stamford Plaza Brisbane has a central location for exploring the city and going to the theater. There's a "Spirit of Queensland High Tea" as well as additional themed teas, Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant, heated outdoor pool, spa, and sauna. While the Limes Hotel is a design-focused boutique hotel with a rooftop featuring a bar, hot tubs, and city views. 

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10. Belize

19 Places to go in 2019: Belize

Situated on the world's second largest living coral reef, Belize has gone from a backpacker's destination to a luxe haven of resorts offering laidback luxury and a host of activities from exploring Mayan ruins to fly-fishing. Just down the coast from the Yucatan and about a 5 hour flight from NYC, Belize is less crowded than Riviera Maya. There's an array of five-star resorts currently in Belize, with new openings coming in 2019, including the rumored soon-to-open Blackadore Caye, Leonardo DiCaprio's private island eco-resort. 

One of the first luxe beach retreats, the Turtle Inn by Francis Ford Coppola is steps from the Caribbean sea where accommodations are set within individual thatched-roof cottages featuring locally-infused furnishings and screened porches. There's a dive shop with equipment rentals, two infinity pools, Sunset Spa with an open-air Balinese Rice House, and three restaurants including the flagship Mare Restaurant. Plus, a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily at Mare or through room service and a $100 credit (applicable to tours only). 

Close to ancient Mayan civilizations, Blancaneaux Lodge is a luxury eco-retreat nestled within a remote mountain setting above a jungle canopy with farm-to-fork cooking classes, swimming pool, and horse stables. Surrounded by rainforest, guests can explore the area on horseback, and there's a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two at Montagne or through room service, complimentary WiFi, a Horseback Riding Trip to Big Rock Falls for two once during stay.

For a boutique setting, Ka'ana Resort is a small luxury resort in Western Belize's Cayo District. Once in the center of the Mayan Empire, there is a variety of historic and eco-adventure options, as well as a restaurant with authentic Belizean cuisine, and a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary full breakfast for each guest daily at La Ceiba Restaurant (also available through room service), a $50 resort credit, one bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, wine cellar orientation, and a welcome drink. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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9. Singapore

19 Places to go in 2019: Singapore

With "Crazy Rich Asians" featured on the big screen and the re-launched world's longest flight from Newark to Singapore on Singapore Airlines, Singapore is a top international destination for 2019. From restored heritage buildings to a strong street food scene, Singapore is going beyond being a global business center to a destination for food, arts, and culture. 

For panoramic Marina Bay views, the Mandarin Oriental Singapore is an ultimate urban retreat. There is an outdoor pool with one-of-a-kind views, guest rooms with city views, spa, and multiple restaurants including Teppan-Ya and Morton's Steakhouse. Plus, the property has a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the 5 Star Signature Package rate will also include daily international breakfast buffet for two at Melt Cafe, $100USD Food & Beverage or Spa Credit, oner per room, per stay (except Morton's Steakhouse & Teppan-Ya), welcome chocolates, and WiFi. Based on availability at booking, a room category upgrade (upgrades are up to City Suite tier), and subject to availability at check-in/check-out: early check-in and late check-out.  

Close to the renowned shops of Orchard Road, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is where the legendary hospitality of Shangri-La first began. By day, guests can meander in the landscaped gardens, relax by the pool, or enjoy pampering at CHI, The Spa, then dine in the evening at The Line, Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, Origin Grill, NAMI or Shang Palace. There is also a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include daily full breakfast for two, $100 USD Hotel Credit per room, per stay valid for food, beverage, and spa (excludes room service and minibar), Welcome Chinese Tea and Fruit in room. Subject to availability at time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and/or late check-out until 4 PM.  

In 2019, Raffles Singapore will reopen following a massive renovation. The iconic hotel will be revitalized with new restaurants, bars, courtyards, and social spaces, while retaining historic details and legendary service. 

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8. Copenhagen

19 Places to go in 2019: Copenhagen

Known for its Nordic cool vibe, Copenhagen is a destination for foodies, bicyclists, and eco-enthusiasts. On Refshaleøen is Reffen, a former shipyard transformed into a food and craft market, New-Nordic Noma has reopened in a new location with must-try Scandinavian cuisine, and the Danish Architecture Centre moved into Ellen van Loon's BLOX cultural center. Bikes are the transportation method of choice throughout the city, and in mid-2019 the Cityringen metro line will be completed, making it even easier to get around the city via public transport.

Featuring a grand setting in the heart of the city, Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen has Michelin Star dining at Marchal, an indoor pool, spa, champagne bar, and ideal location adjacent to the Strøget. In addition, there's a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Marchal, VIP status, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay in Marchal (excluding alcohol), and a welcome amenity. 

Nobis Hotel Copenhagen combines Danish classicism with contemporary luxury next to Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen Central Station. Occupying a landmark building, the boutique hotel has a restaurant serving French and Nordic cuisine, Scandinavian bar, fitness center, marble hamam, and a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, VIP status, complimentary WiFi, and a 300 DKK food and beverage credit per room/per stay. 

Offering 38 unique rooms and suites, the Hotel Nimb is a boutique retreat. All but one of the property's rooms has views of the Tivoli Gardens, Nimb Wellness has spa treatements, hammam, and relaxation lounge, and the Nimb Roof is home to an exclusive emerald green pool with a built-in tide. There's also a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily, including room service, DKK 650 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full), welcome drink and Tivoli Gardens table book. 

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7. Alberta

19 Places to go in 2019: Alberta

Culture and architecture enthusiasts will find new icons to explore in the Canadian province of Alberta. Home of Banff National Park, which released a heard of Bison into the wild last year to help the animals make a come back after overhunting, as well as skiing in Jasper and Banff, Alberta is also becoming a place for visitors to explore new museums like the recently-opened Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton. There's also the new Calgary Central Library, an architectural marvel with 460 white hexagonal panels designed by Snøhetta and DIALOG, as well as the Kananskis Nordic Spa in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies with hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms, and salt exfoliation cabins. 

In Edmonton, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is a historic landmark hotel known as the "Chateau on the River" with a canine ambassador, state-of-the-art amenities, BMW car service, fine dining, and public gardens. While the Fairmont Paliser provides a historic hotel in the heart of downtown Calgary. Popular with royalty and celebrities since opening in 1914, the hotel will introduce new dining options in 2019.

For an opulent setting in the Rocky Mountains, Fairmont Banff Springs is styled after a Scottish baronial castle with a championship golf course, Willow Stream Spa, and a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily, a $50 Spa credit, per person/per stay towards a 90 minute massage or facial or body treatment, and complimentary basic internet.

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6. Houston

19 Places to go in 2019: Houston

The largest city in Texas is celebrating a major milestone in July 2019, the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. NASA's Johnson Space Center is honoring the special event with the restoration of the Apollo Mission Center, as well as a display of symbolic Apollo artifacts. The coastal capital city also has a booming food scene with five food halls opening this year, including the Bravery Chef Hall--a 9,000-square-foot establishment featuring five chef-led restaurants. Also, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Holocaust Museum will complete major expansions. 

For technology-infused accommodations and Houston-themed dining, JW Marriott Houston Downtown offers a hip setting with local artwork in the iconic and historic Samuel F. Carter skyscraper. Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for each guest daily in Griffin Lounge, a $50 food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability. 

Hotel Alessandra provides a boutique setting in the Central Business District with an outdoor rooftop pool, Maserati car service within the downtown area, and a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance for hotel stays through March 31, 2019 will also receive a wine and cheese platter in the guest room and a one category room upgrade based on availability at check-in. 

Featuring views of the Houston skyline, The St. Regis Houston has a prime location in the River Oaks neighborhood with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings at The Remington Bar, award-winning dining at The Remington Restaurant, and a spa. FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily and a Signature Afternoon Tea for two per stay or $100 food and beverage credit at The Remington Restaurant for two guests per stay ($50 per person and no cash value). 

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5. Ischia

19 Places to go in 2019: Ischia

Fan of Elena Ferrante's novels? The volcanic island of Ischia on the Amalfi Coast is the setting for the new HBO Series "My Brilliant Friend", and Maronti Beach is where Ferrante's narrator spends her time sunbathing. Just an hour from Naples, the island offers old-school charm, beaches studded with umbrellas, resort villages, and thermal spas. Must-sees: the candy-colored fishing village of Sant'Angelo and the medieval Castello Aragonese.

L'Albergo della Regina Isabella sits along a tranquil bay amidst rocky outcrops and Mediterranean pinewoods with a spa featuring thermal baths, as well as three bars and restaurants featuring views of the gardens or sea. Grand Hotel Punta Molino Terme offers sea views with a fusion of historic elegance and modern style, plus gourmet Mediterranean dining, and a thermal spa center. While San Montano Resort & Spa has lemon gardens, the Ocean Blue Spa (the only seaview spa in Ischia), and eight pools. 

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4. Bhutan

19 Places to go in 2019: Bhutan

Travelers seeking spiritual experiences will find Bhutan a one-of-a-kind retreat. Bumthang is believed to be the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan, there's hundreds of temples throughout the small country where pilgrims gather at local festivals, and traditional and progressive beliefs blend harmoniously together. Visitors can climb the Tiger Nest Monastery for the ultimate spiritual journey, as well as partake in a Butter Tea Ceremony with traditional customs. 

At Amankora, visitors experience the Himalayan landscape in Balakha Village amidst the shadows of the 17th century Drukyel Dzong, while staying in suites with natural rammed-earth walls, traditional bukhari wood-burning stoves, and large terrazo-clad baths. Plus, a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay. 

For an intimate setting, COMO Uma Paro is a 29-room resort in the Paro Valley with a COMO Shambhala Retreat where guests can enjoy a full range of holistic, Asian-inspired treatments including Ayurveda, two private Bhutanese hot stone bathhouses, a large indoor pool with alfresco sundeck, steam rooms for men and women, a gym, and yoga studio with Paro Valley views. The hotel also offers a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily at Bukhari Restaurant and lunch for two once during stay. For stays of four (4) nights or more, guests receive a 60 minute Como Shambhala massage per person/per stay, and for Villa bookings of three (3) nights or more, guests receive a Bhutanese hot stone Bath Treatment (30 minute bath and 1 hour treatment) once during stay.

While Taj Tashi is located in the heart of the Thimphu Valley with classical hand-drawn Buddhist murals, Bhutanese Hot Stone baths in the spa, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

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3. Tahiti

19 Places to go in 2019: Tahiti

Known for vanilla and pearls, the islands of French Polynesia are an eight-hour nonstop flight from the west coast of the USA. With new nonstop flight options from major carriers, this idyllic island paradise is easier to reach than ever before.

Eco-conscious travelers will want to stay at The Brando, a model in the industry for sustainable luxury tourism. Originally bought by Marlon Brando in the 1960s, the property is located in the Tetiaroa atoll, which is about a 20-minute flight from Tahiti's main airport. Plus, there's a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a 100 Euro resort credit per villa/per stay (not applicable to the Hinerava Pearl shop or room rate, no cash value).

Travelers seeking overwater bungalows will want to consider the InterContinental Resort Tahiti with Polynesian style design, 32 acres of gardens, and a private sand beach with a location ideal for watching one-of-a-kind sunsets. There's also a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full American Breakfast for two daily and a $30 (2700 CFP) food and beverage credit per room/per stay. 

Offering just 9 beachfront and overwater bungalows, Vahine Island Resort and Spa is a remote Polynesian hideaway. Nestled amidst coconut trees on its own private island, this resort has a restaurant created for foodies with a relaxed island atmosphere and French cuisine infused with Mediterranean and local influences. 

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2. Berlin

19 Places to go in 2019: Berlin

In 2019, Berlin will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Throughout the year, the city's cultural calendar demonstrates a post-reunification arts renaissance, including a variety of exhibits commemorating 100 years of the Bauhaus movement. The Humbolt-Box will provide a sneak peek of the new Humbolt Forum (opening late 2019), which will be a place for people to learn about and experience the world with an array of exhibitions. Foodies may want to consider visiting the city in February for the eat! Berlin Festival which will celebrate everything from currywurst to vegetarian cuisine. 

Situated in Berlin City West, Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm is a contemporary hotel showcasing German artists, timeless design, and dining on the terrace of Le Faubourg Restaurant. Designed by German architect Jan Kleihues, the 17-story hotel has a lounge, fitness center, and wellness area plus a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily, a 65 EUR Food & Beverage Credit per room, per stay, and VIP Treatment. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

Das Stue is located in Berlin's Diplomatic Quarter. Inspired by Danish classicism, the historic building was originally built in the 1930s with a modernist fascade. Today, the boutique hotel has a central location nestled in the Tiergarten Park, with fine dining, spa, and a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate receive full breakfast for each guest daily at The Casual and a 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay to be used at Casual Restaurant or 5-Cinco by Paco Perez or Stue Bar. 

Overlooking historical Gendarmenmarkt Square with magnificent 18th century cathedrals and the concert hall, the Regent Berlin is a luxury hotel in downtown Berlin. Steps from the city's top department stores, boutiques, and the Brandenburg Gate, the hotel is built on an intimate scale. Amenities include the Regent's Health Club with exercise machines and sauna, as well as a spa with skilled therapists, plus a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a la carte breakfast for two daily in the restaurant, a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room/per stay, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability. 

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1. Tokyo

19 Places to go in 2019: Tokyo

Sure, Tokyo is hosting the Olympics in 2020, but this year is a great year to visit the Land of the Rising Sun, before all the crowds. There's new hotels and attractions opening throughout the city, dining is superb in the most Michelin-starred city in the world, and Japan will welcome a new emperor on May 1. Plus, the city has one of the lowest crime rates of any major city in the world, and visitors can enjoy a mix of traditional tea ceremonies, temples, and tech-infused skyscrapers. 

For an urban sanctuary towering over the city, Aman Tokyo is located on the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower. Drawing design inspiration for traditional Japanese residential structures, the hotel offers a mix of cultural immersion and the latest technology, plus a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a full breakfast for two daily in the restaurant and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes minibar and no cash value). 

Opposite the Imperial Palace, The Peninsula Tokyo is a landmark hotel in the prestigious Marunouchi Financial District. Blending Japanese tradition and modernity, the award-winning hotel offers the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea in the lobby, accommodations with views of Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace, intimate dining at Hei Fung Terrace, a 20-meter indoor swimming pool and a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive American Breakfast for two daily at The Lobby, complimentary WiFi, a seasonal welcome amenity, and a per room 10,000 JPY food and beverage credit per stay valid in all restaurants or in-room dining with the exclusion of Kyoto Tsuraya, mini-bar items and retail merchandise. 

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo is set on the top 11 floors of the Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building. Featuring the brand's hallmark Asian design, the hotel has spacious accommodations with sweeping views of the city, Imperial Palace, or Tokyo Bay. In addition, the hotel offers a FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include full breakfast for two daily in Piacere, complimentary WiFi, USD 100 hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid on room rate, transportation, CHI The Spa retail products, Shangri-La Boutique and no cash value), a welcome amenity that includes fruits and chocolates. 

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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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Set on the edge of Lake Como, CastaDiva Resort & Spa provides an exclusive and romantic setting. As the first and only eco-friendly luxury resort on Lake Como, the property maintains high standards of eco-sustainability, while showcasing the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The CastaDiva Spa is the largest spa on the lake, and the facility offers sensory water experiences,  a wellness area with a sauna, steam bath, Mediterranean bath, relaxation pool, vitality pool with hydro massage and chromotherapy, and a Kneipp circuit. There's also emotional showers with peppermint, a Himalayan rose salt room, and the Darsena relaxation area set on an original dock suspended over Lake Como. 

Floating Pool at CastaDiva Resort

For dining, the property offers a gastronomic journey into the flavors of Italy. Dinners at L'Orangerie restaurant feature creative Italian interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine, while Giardino Dei Sapori & Grill serves BBQ during the summer months. While Bar Bellini serves light meals and snacks thourhgout the day with signature and classic drinks. Read more below the photo of L'Orangerie.

L'Orangerie at CastaDiva Resort & Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests receive full breakfast daily, a 90 Euro food or spa treatment credit, per room, per stay, a possible upgrade at the time of reservation based on availability, and a welcome amenity. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in and departure, an early check-in and late check-out. 

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