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The Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

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Get Every 3rd Night Free* at The Towers at Lotte New York Palace, plus Five Star Alliance Perks!

Lotte New York Palace

Stay at the corner of 50th and Madison in the heart of Manhattan, have breakfast in the Villard Room, and enjoy a $100 Hotel Credit during your stay. Steps from Rockefeller Center, the Lotte New York Palace overlooks St. Patrick's Cathedral. This landmark hotel offers 909 rooms and suites, Villard Restaurant, and Pomme Palais Bakery. Learn more about this limited time offer below the photo.

Champagne Suite at Lotte New York Palace

Every 3rd Night Free at The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

Plus, exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks:

      -  Full Breakfast for two daily available in Villard Restaurant, Pomme Palais Bakery or via In-Room Dining (up to $100 credit per room per day inclusive of taxes & gratuity)

      -  $100 Hotel credit, once during stay (not applicable to room rate and no refund if not used)

      -  Complimentary WiFi

      -  Welcome Card

The following amenities are subject to availability at check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade Early
  • Check-In
  • Late Check-Out

To book, search for travel dates and look for the "Third Night Free Promotion".

Book a stay at the Lotte New York Palace

*Please Note: Three nights minimum stay required for free night to apply. Offer applies to Towers Rooms and suites only. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on new bookings only, not combinable with any other packages and promotions, not applicable to groups. Book now for travel through April 13, 2020. Blackout dates may apply. 

Posted in: New York, NY

| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing panoramic views of the city skyline and Yarra River, the Langham Hotel Melbourne provides an ideal location on the city's famous Southbank Promenade. The hotel's restaurant, Melba offers dining with an element of theater, and the Aria Bar is the destination for afternoon tea by day and cocktails at night. The Chuan Spa is a holistic wellness sanctuary with facials, body treatments, and massages inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Plus, there is a 13-meter indoor pool awash with natural sunlight and a fully-equipped fitness center and health club. Continue reading about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

The Langham Melbourne

Designed for discerning travelers, the hotel's 388 rooms and suites each offer views of either the skyline or the Yarra River. One of the hotel's highlights is the Kerrie Hess Residence Suite. Featuring artwork and design by Australian illustrator Kerrie Hess, the special 2 bedroom residence suite offers an elegant retreat on the tenth floor of the hotel. Featuring 1,442 square feet/128 square meters of space, the residence has a spacious lounge and dining area with seating for up to six guests. The artful retreat has artwork by Hess, as well as furnishings inspired by the artist's style. There's also a refrigerated private bar, Nespresso machine, MP3 docks to play music throughout the suite, a media hub to connect a laptop to the TV, and a separate laundry and storage area for luggage. Continue reading below the photo.

The Kerrie Hess Residence Suite at The Langham Melbourne

There are two bedrooms within the Kerrie Hess Residence Suite. The Master Bedroom has a king-sized Langham Blissful Bed, 32-inch LCD TV, a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area, as well as a marble bathroom with a separate shower and bath. The second bedroom has a marble bathroom and a 42-inch LCD TV with digital IPTV system, and can be configured with a king or two twin Langham Blissful Beds.

Guests of the suite also receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot rosé, Koko Black chocolates in couture-inspired packaging and three bespoke Kerrie Hess postcards to send or take home. The package also includes valet parking and access to the hotel’s fitness centre, conservatory-covered pool, spa, sauna and steam room, as well as the hotel's nightly turn down service with Langham bottled water and chocolates. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

The Langham Melbourne Kerrie Hess Residence Suite

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include buffet breakfast for two daily in Melba, a formal Afternoon Tea for two in Aria or Langham Club Lounge once per stay, and complimentary WiFi.

Book a stay at Langham Hotel Melbourne


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Stay & Play For Winter Offer

Venture to a residential mountain retreat for five nights an receive a $1,000 Resort Credit*

-- Book 5 nights in a Residence at Montage Deer Valley

-- Receive a $1,000 Resort Credit, daily Continental Breakfast for 2 in Apex, also available with room service (maximum $60 credit per room, per day) and a welcome amenity.

-- In addition, based on availability at check-in an automatic upgrade, early check-in, and/or late check-out. 

-- Complete travel by April 12, 2020

Learn more below the photo.

Montage Deer Valley

Montage Deer Valley is a refined mountain retreat set amidst the wooded valleys and slopes rising over Park City, Utah. Featuring ski-in/ski-out access, making it an idyllic retreat for skiiers, the property appeals to all types of guests with an array of year-round activities including an on-site bowling alley, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, hot air ballooning, as well as alpine slides and coasters. There's also a 35,000-square-foot spa sanctuary, gourmet dining, European-inspired architecture, and the Montage Art Collection throughout the resort showcasing Audubon-style prints and mountain landscapes. Located five minutes from Main Street, the property is a perfect base for family ski trips and multi-generational adventures. 

Book a stay at Montage Deer Valley

*Please note: Five nights minimum stay required. Valid on residential accommodations only. Rate varies by accommodation type, date of travel and season, subject to availability. Valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Rates exclude taxes and fees. Book and travel by April 12, 2020. Blackout dates may apply. 


| By: Rachael Weir

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

Paltrow Suite Living Room at Capri Palace

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

Paltrow Suite Bath at Capri Palace

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

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

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

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

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| By: Rachael Weir

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

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

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

Ready to explore Paris?

Here are 5 Top Paris Luxury Hotels:

5. Cour Des Vosges

Cour Des Vosges

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

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

Book a stay at Cour Des Vosges

4. Mandarin Oriental Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris

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

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

Book a stay at Mandarin Oriental Paris

3. Brach Paris

Brach Suite Eiffel Tower Views

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

Book a stay at Brach Paris

2. Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris

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

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

Book a stay at Nolinski Paris

1. Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Shangri-La Hotel Paris

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

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

Book a stay at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Five-star hotels are properties that offer their guests the highest levels of luxury through personalized services, a vast range of amenities, and sophisticated accommodations. Though there is no standard rating system for hotels, properties earn five-star distinction by providing guests experiences that meet or exceed even the highest of expectations for comfort, décor, and luxury.

5 Star Hotel Criteria

Though a luxury hotel may share many five-star hotel characteristics, a true five-star hotel should satisfy all these criteria:

5-Star Service

Five-star hotel employees should be polite, attentive, discreet, and can anticipate guests’ needs. All-in-all, consistently flawless excellence is the expectation. 

  • Standalone concierge staff available at least 16 hours a day
  • A high staff-to-room ratio—ideally above 2.5
  • Multilingual staff
  • 24-hour reception, room service, valet parking, butler, doorman
  • Nightly turndown 
  • Daily housekeeping that is also available upon request at any time
  • Laundry, ironing, dry cleaning, and shoe polishing
  • Guest elevators separate from staff elevators.
  • Luggage storage in which bags are out of guest view
  • Fine dining restaurant(s) and a standalone lounge and/or bar
  • Transfers and executive or house car
  • Childcare

5-Star In-Room Amenities

  • Electric safe
  • Laundry bags
  • Full-length mirror with lighting
  • Flat-screen TV with international programming
  • Stocked mini bar
  • Selection of daily newspapers
  • Wifi
  • At least four types of spa treatments 

5-Star Comfort

  • Guest rooms must be plush and inviting—especially the bed. (Ideally, there is a memory foam bed with high thread count sheets)
  • Pillow menu
  • Blackout shades
  • Bathrobes, slippers, luxury toiletries, and large fluffy towels
  • Poolside daybeds, umbrellas, lotions, ice water, attendants, and food and beverage service

5-star hotel meaning

As more hotels aspire to five-star quality, we expect to see the very best hotels advance the standards of luxury. Here is what will become standard to all five-star hotels soon:

  • Communication with hotel staff via text
  • Remote access to room lighting, climate, and “do not disturb” 
  • Additional outlets for personal electronics, especially for USB plugs
  • Upgraded coffee machines
  • Smart TV features with access to streaming services
  • Bluetooth-enabled door locks

Who awards hotels 5 stars? 

There is no universal standard for hotel ratings. 

Terms such as Deluxe/Luxury, First Class/Superior, Tourist Class/Standard, and Budget Class/Economy are more widely accepted as hotel types, not hotel standards.

In North America, AAA rates hotels from 1 to 5 diamonds. The Forbes (Mobil) Travel Guide only ranks 4- and 5-star hotels. 

In Europe, the Hotelstars Union has standard hotel star ratings applicable to properties for more than 15 countries. Switzerland uses hotelleriesuisse which confirms a certain level of quality service, infrastructure, and equipment. The UK uses the Automobile Association's (AA) 1-to-5 star ratings.

Many other nations have laws to define hotel rating criteria.

In New Zealand, Qualmark, part of Tourism New Zealand, grades hotels from 1 to 5 stars.

In Australia, the Auto Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAC, RAA and RACT) have awarded hotels star ratings that incorporate guest feedback. The ratings are now managed by the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC).

In the Philippines, the Department of Tourism maintains hotel rating standards with a system that grades properties between 1 and 5 stars.

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) grades hotels based on strict criteria and conditions in six categories.

India's classifications are handled by the Ministry of Tourism's Hotel and Restaurant Association Classification Committee (HRACC). The categories are 1 to 5 Stars and 5 Star Deluxe as well as categories for heritage: Heritage Grand, Heritage Classic, and Heritage Basic.

While it might be great for marketing, there are no 7-star or 6-star hotels

In addition to meeting the criteria above, Five Star Alliance hotels must maintain a high degree of satisfaction from guests across review sites and via feedback provided directly to us.

 

Click here to explore all of our five-star hotels >>

5-star luxury hotel meaning

 

 


| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of South Beach, The Setai is a luxury oceanfront hotel. Offering both Ocean Suites and Art Deco Suites, all of which are infused with Asian-inspired design and Far Eastern aesthetics, the property is an ideal destination for those seeking a stylish retreat in the heart of it all. Plus, the property offers exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks as well as Suite Privileges in 2020. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Setai Miami Beach

Offering a discreet retreat, The Penthouse Suite is a one-of-a-kind space. Available upon request, the four-bedroom suite spans the entire 40th floor. The 10,000-square-foot sanctuary has panoramic city and beach views, gourmet kitchen and dining room for 10 guests. Learn more below the Penthouse Suite photo.

Penthouse Suite at The Setai Miami Beach

Within the suite there are double living rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a retractable HDTV, and a music foyer complete with a Steinway piano. Read more below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The Setai Miami Beach

The four-bedroom suite has two master suites, each with king-sized beds, plus a bedroom with a queen, and a kids media room with two twin trundle beds. Plus, the Penthouse Suite boasts four and a half bathrooms with two large Jacuzzi tubs, steam shower, and a half-bath powder room for guests. 

Penthouse Suite Bedroom at The Setai Miami Beach

But the truly unique asset of the suite is the private rooftop pool. Showcasing ocean and city vistas, the 3,000-square-foot venue has an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, and lounge area. Learn about Suite Privileges and Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The Setai

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE 2020 SUITE PRIVILEGES: For guests booking a suite stay of 2 or more nights receive a a one-way airport transfer. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2020 in the One Bedroom Ocean View Suite, Two Bedroom City View Suite, or Two Bedroom Ocean View Suite.

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

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive a daily buffet breakfast for two in Jaya (up to four guests in a two Bedroom Suite), and a $100 spa credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at The Setai


| By: Rachael Weir

Escape to a Hawaiian Paradise for four or more nights and receive a $250 daily resort credit! 

Mauna Lani Resort

Debuting in January 2020, the all-new Mauna Lani, an Auberge Resort on the Kona Coast is bringing a new level of experiential luxury to the Island of Hawaii. The resort offers contemporary guest rooms and suites, along with five private bungalows, and five exclusive restaurants and lounges. For an authentic sense of Hawaii, curated activities are available through the KAINALU active pursuits and the Living Culture programs, three distinct pools await, and the beachfront resort offers a variety of ocean pursuits including outrigger canoeing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Learn more about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk and a special offer. 

Guest Room at Mauna Lani

Stay 4 Nights or More, get a $250 Daily Resort Credit:

- Credit is valid towards resort experiences, dining, spa, and golf as well as exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks noted above. 

- Offer applies to confirmed stays in an Ocean View Room or higher category up to Ocean Front Signature One Bedroom (does not apply on Bungalows).

- Travel must be completed by November 30, 2020

- Maximum credit is $1,000 USD. 

Please note: offer valid on new bookings, not combinable with any other packages or promotions, not applicable to groups. Resort credit has no cash value and cannot be applied to the guest room rate.

Book a stay at Mauna Lani


| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a haven of peace and tranquility, the Underwater Suite at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is a one-of-a-kind retreat. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking into the resort's 65,000 marine animal aquarium, guests of the suite can enjoy the marine life of the Ambassador Lagoon from the privacy of their own suite. Continue reading below the Underwater Suite photo. 

Underwater Suite Bedroom at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Whether you want to lay in bed and watch the sharks swim by, or perhaps you prefer to soak in the marble Jacuzzi as the sting rays and fish glide past, this suite is ideal for couples seeking a one-of-a-kind retreat. The suite also includes 24-hour private butler service, in-room check-in and a complimentary interconnecting room. Learn more about Atlantis, The Palm below the photo of the Underwater Suite bathroom. 

Underwater Suite Bathroom at Atlantis The Palm Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is an ocean-themed destination resort. Located on Dubai's Palm Island, the iconic property has 1548 rooms and suites, Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark, more than 23 world-class restaurants and bars, aquarium, and spa. 

Book a stay at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai


| By: Rachael Weir

Happy 2020! It's the start of a new year and a new decade. Where will you go this year? This decade? If you're like us, your list is long. We've put together our top 20 picks for this year. From the Mayflower 400th Anniversary Celebrations in England and Massachusetts, to the Olympics in Tokyo, we've gathered some of the world's most exciting events and happenings, along with luxury hotel suggestions in each locale. 

Happy Travels!

20. Manchester, England

20 Places To Go In 2020 ManchesterOne of Europe's fastest growing cities, Manchester is a popular base for digital and media companies. Blending history and design, the city is experiencing a growth in new development, including the Cultureplex, a railway goods house transformed into a restaurant, bar, and cafe. The revolving program of film, performing arts, and visual arts provides a constant array of entertainment options, and epicurians flock to the city to dine at Mana, the city's first Michelin Star recipient with a Nordic-influenced menu.

A few luxury hotel options ideal for exploring Manchester include The Lowry Hotel, Macdonald Manchester Hotel, and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Manchester Piccadilly.

Explore Manchester Luxury Hotels

19. The Big Island, Hawaii

20 Places To Go In 2020 Big Island Hawaii

Following the 2018 volcanic activity on Hawaii's Big Island, the five-month eruption has stopped, and the blue skies have returned. The Halemaumau crater is now three times as wide and four times as deep as it was prior to the 2018 eruption, and a freshwater lake has started to form on the crater's floor. The Thurston Lava Tube is expected to reopen in early 2020 with a redesigned parking area, and roads outside of the park have recently reopened. In November, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. There are multiple hotels on the island offering exclusive Perks, including the all-new Mauna Lani luxury resort, which will debut in January 2020 with a new era of experiential luxury. As well as the beachfront Fairmont Orchid Hawaii and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Explore Big Island Luxury Hotels

18. Vienna, Austria

20 Places To Go In 2020 Vienna

There's much to explore in this Germanic destination with cutting-edge art museums and music halls. The Musikverein concert hall will celebrate its 150th anniversary and events will be held throughout the city celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday. While the classic city is known for its Baroque architecture and classical music venues, the contemporary art venue was transformed into the Belvedere 21, the Freud Museum will reopen in May following a major renovation with nearly 40,000 adds to its library, and the Belvedere Palaces with an extensive classical art collection have been completely renovated.

Luxury hotels in Vienna offer historic charm blended with contemporary amenities, such as the Hotel Sacher Wien, The Ring, and Park Hyatt Vienna, all with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Explore Vienna Luxury Hotels

17. Cape Town, South Africa

20 Places To Go In 2020 Cape Town

Beginning this year, United Airlines will offer non-stop service from Newark to Cape Town, saving travelers up to eight hours of travel time from the United States. In addition to new air routes into the Mother City, there's a constantly evolving art scene, and the nearby Winelands offer plenty of vineyards to explore for wine enthusiasts. 

Cape Town is also home to an array of luxury hotels offering exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks including the One&Only Cape Town, Belmond Mount Nelson, and Taj Cape Town

Explore Cape Town Luxury Hotels

16. Buenos Aires, Argentina

20 Places To Go In 2020 Buenos Aires

Currently, travelers can stretch their travel dollars in the land of tango, beef, and Malbec, due to the devaluation of the Argentinian peso. The city is in the midst of a gentrification process with areas like the Old Market expanding with wine bars, cafes, and patisseries, and the Plaza Dorrego neighborhood is bustling with newness. There's a variety of luxury hotels within this South American city, many with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks including The Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel, and the Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta Hotel

Explore Buenos Aires Luxury Hotels

15. Edinburgh, Scotland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city serves up plenty of history, a multitude of festivals, and the famous Edinburgh Castle. But this year the city is debuting several new attractions including the three-story Johnnie Walker Experience, which will feature a museum, event space, and whiskey shop. The city's ever-expanding selection of luxury hotels provide unique lodging options occupying historic buildings such as the Kimpton Charlotte Square within seven Georgian townhouses, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Calendonian Victorian Railway hotel, and the Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel with its landmark clocktower. 

Explore Edinburgh Luxury Hotels

14. Kyoto, Japan

20 Places To Go In 2020 Kyoto

While Tokyo is hosting the Olympics, Kyoto is another trending destination within Japan. The city's imperial history is evident throughout, providing travelers with a glimpse into the past. There are temples, gardens, and tea houses for an authentic feel, along with museum expansions at the Fukuda Art Museum and the Kyocera Museum of Art.

Kyoto has a variety of luxury hotel options with exclusive Perks ranging from the countryside Suiran within the grounds of the Tenryuji Temple to the contemporary Hyatt Regency Kyoto and the riverside The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Explore Kyoto Luxury Hotels

13. Maine

20 Places To Go In 2020 Maine

2020 marks 200 years of statehood for the state of Maine. In honor of the Bicentennial year, the state is hosting a year of special events. To experience coastal life, the Cliff House Maine has an oceanfront location where travelers can enjoy the waves hitting the rocky coast from the comfort of their room, plus exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. For a private cottage, Hidden Pond offers a charming setting with access to the Tides Beach Club situated two miles away at Goose Rocks Beach. While the White Barn Inn offers rustic luxury with the hotel's restaurant occupying two restored barns from the 1860s. 

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12. Galway, Ireland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Galway

This bohemian city with an arts-focused feel on the west coast of Ireland has long been a destination for creatives. Named a European Capital of Culture for 2020, the city by the sea is home to an array of festivals throughout the year, as well as forward-thinking luxury hotels like The G Hotel and The Galmont Hotel & Spa. For a unique and completely Irish experience, the nearby Ashford Castle is about a 30-minute drive from Galway City with creative cuisine, spa, and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

Explore Galway Luxury Hotels

11. Macau

20 Places To Go In 2020 Macau

On December 20, Macau will celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China. Macau is an international destination mixing Asian and European cultures, providing travelers with luxe hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip, Wynn Macao, and the Banyan Tree Macau. In addition to fine hotels, Macau offers travelers an array of world-class dining options, casinos, and cultural experiences. 

Explore Macau Luxury Hotels 

10. Tel Aviv, Israel

20 Places To Go In 2020 Tel Aviv

Experience a destination where modern living merges with ancient history. In 2020, the Ben-Gurion Airport will expand to accommodate additional aircraft. Tel Aviv's White City Zone is a UNESCO-designated site and home to over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, the largest collection of its kind in the world. The area will take center stage this year, as Tel Aviv commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus architecture movement. The beach city along Israel's Mediterranean coast offers an array of luxury hotels including three with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: The Setai with a seafront location, beachfront Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, and the InterContinental David Tel Aviv

Explore Tel Aviv Luxury Hotels

9. Vancouver Island, Canada

20 Places To Go In 2020 Vancouver Island

From the capital city of Victoria on the harborfront to the surf town of Tofino, Vancouver Island offers land and sea experiences along with local cuisine. Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress is a classic institution. Travelers can experience Native traditions as the island is home to 50 First Nations communities, or book a cycling tour in Ucluelet. Spring is an ideal time to visit the island, with the West Coast Trail opening for hiking season May 1. Watch for whales from Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sook, or dine at the Pointe Restaurant offering ocean views at the Wickaninnish Inn. Located about 70 miles west of Vancouver, the island is reachable via ferry or flight into Victoria's International Airport. 

Explore Victoria Luxury Hotels

8. Doha, Qatar

20 Places To Go In 2020 Doha

In preparation for hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup, Doha introduced a brand-new underground railway system, and the city is expanding its arts and culture scene with the opening of new museums including the National Museum of Qatar. Getting from the airport to the palm-lined Corniche is more convenient than ever with the new transportation system, Old Doha provides a historic feel, and Souq Waqif is a must-see open-air street market. Choose from an array of luxury hotels in the city including the InterContinental Doha, JW Marriott Marquis City Center, and The St. Regis Doha

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7. Melbourne, Australia

20 Places To Go In 2020 Melbourne

Providing a European feel in the land of Oz, Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city known for its street art, constantly changing landscape, and live music. There's a strong coffee culture throughout the city, and it is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. Ideal for foodies, coffee lovers, and art enthusiasts, Melbourne is considered the Culture Capital of Australia. Cobbled laneways in the city center have coffee shops, cafes, and one-of-a-kind boutiques ideal for exploring, while the Queen Victoria Markets is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

The city will be hosting a number of major events throughout the year, including the Australian Open January 20 - February 2, the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 will February 21 - March 8, and the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 will be October 18 - November 15.

Melbourne is home to an array of five star hotels, including several with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks such as The Langham Melbourne, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, and Park Hyatt Melbourne

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6. Nashville, Tennessee

20 Places To Go In 2020 Nashville

While this trend-setting destination has been popular for the past few years, Nashville is continuing to grow, adding new draws to the city beyond country music. In the summer of 2020, the National Museum of African American Music will open along Broadway, right in the heart of downtown. The museum will feature five interactive galleries showcasing the 50 genres of African American Music. Plus, the city is constantly expanding its hotel selection with new additions like the JW Marriott Nashville, Thompson Nashville in the growing neighborhood of "The Gulch", and the newly-renovated Hutton Hotel with writer's rooms and a 5,000-square-foot live music venue.

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5. Dominica

20 Places To Go In 2020 Dominica

Paradise for outdoorsy travelers, Dominica is a 290-square-mile teardrop-shaped island with the world's second-largest hot spring, plus 300 miles of hiking trails, 365 rivers, and a dozen waterfalls. The recently opened Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski is a luxury five star resort with a spa designed to create a greater connection to nature and the island's ecosystem. The massive Spa at Kempinski Dominica offers mud baths sourced from the island's ten volcanoes, and a water temple surrounded by rainforest trees. There's also four restaurants and bars each with a local-focused approach, four hot and cold water pools, tennis courts, and easy access to the island's eco-tourism opportunities. Plus, exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

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4. Porto, Portugal

20 Places To Go In 2020 Porto Portugal

Ideal for wine lovers and foodies, Porto offers idyllic weather along with great food and wine. As the home of Port wine (and the city's namesake), Porto is perfect as a starting point for exploring historic Port Wine houses and the vineyards of Douro Valley. Offering travelers a good value for their monty the city center of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an easy trip from Lisbon.  

The city is also home to several luxury hotels including several with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: The Yeatman, InterContinental Porto Palacio Das Cardosas, and Infante Sagres

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3. Plymouth, England & Plymouth, Massachusetts

20 Places To Go In 2020 Plymouth

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts. In celebration, both cities are hosting an array of events to commemorate the pioneering voyage and the group of travelers that would go on to have more than 30 million United States descendents. In England, the Mayflower 400 celebrations focus on the towns and cities along the national Mayflower Trail. While the Plymouth 400 events in the United States will be centered in the town of Plymouth, located 40 miles south of downtown Boston. 

Interested in partaking in these commemorative events? In England, travelers could consider basing themselves in London and taking daytrips via train to various towns on the Mayflower Trail. An additional option would be the Lime Wood in Lyndhurst, a Regency country house hotel located a short drive from Southampton, a key destination on the Mayflower Trail. For participaing in events near and around Plymouth, Massachusetts, we recommend a luxury hotel in Boston such as the Fairmont Copley Plaza or Fifteen Beacon

2. Dubai, UAE

20 Places To Go In 2020 Dubai

Beginning in October 2020, Dubai is hosting the World Expo. Lasting for 6 months, the city has designed the metropolis of the future with 130 buildings connected via smart technology. Later this year the Museum of the Future designed by a computer algorithm and the Aladdin City will also open.

For accommodations in this world-class city in the desert we have three key recommendations, each with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: One&Only Royal Mirage, Taj Dubai, and Burj Al Arab

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1. Tokyo, Japan

20 Places To Go In 2020 Tokyo

Hosting the XXXII Olympic Summer Games, Jul 24 - Aug 9, Tokyo is a business and cultural megacenter. Known for extreme attention to detail, the cutting-edge destination is home to world-class art galleries and museums, as well nightlife. With 234 Michelin-starred restaurants (the most of any city in the world), Japan's capital city is an ideal destination for foodies.

The Aman Tokyo offers an urban sanctuary setting on the top six floors of the recently-built Otemachi Tower, plus exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks including daily breakfast. For a landmark stay, The Peninsula Tokyo is an iconic destination in the prestigious Marunouchi financial district with sophisticated facilities including a wedding chapel, indoor pool, outdoor pool with views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. While the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is located directly above Shibuya Station with a modern design, entertainment venues, and perks for Five Star Alliance guests.

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