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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

Set within a two-story circular building, the two Pacific Suites at Post Ranch Inn offer one-of-a-kind Pacific Ocean views, along with private entrances, custom-built furniture, wood-burning fireplaces, and radiant-heated floors. The curved interiors open up to ocean views, which can be enjoyed from the living room, bedroom, shower, and large soaking tub. While the curved outdoor private decks of each suite have stainless steel outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo of the Pacific Suite. 

Pacific Suites at the Post Ranch Inn

Within each of the Pacific Suites, is a bedroom with a king bed featuring an organic mattress and linens, wood-burning fireplaces, stereos with digital music systems, minibars, and iPod docking stations. While the luxe bathrooms have indoor spa tubs, organic bath products, terry cloth robes, and slippers. Plus, each suite is equipped with binoculars and walking sticks for taking in the natural surroundings. 

Reservations in the Pacific Suites including a daily gourmet buffet breakfast, a minibar with snacks and non-alcholic beverages, WiFi, valet parking, and complimentary activities including daily yoga, guided nature hikes, stargazing, and garden tours, as well as access to the infinity and swimming pools. Learn more about the hotel and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Pool at the Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is an adults only property, situated high atop the cliffs of Big Sur. Rising 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is a secluded and romantic retreat providing rustic elegance with panoramic mountain and ocean views. At the Wine Spectator Award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, guests can experience a menu that changes daily, as well as an extensive wine list. For relaxation and rejuvenation, the award-winning spa provides a variety of services including body treatments, shamanic sessions, facials, and massages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excludes alcohol, taxes, and gratuities). 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Seeking beautiful beaches, gastronomic experiences, archeological ruins, and one-of-a-kind sunsets? Join us on this Featured Journey: Greek Island Escape highlighting luxury resorts on three of Greece's top islands: Santorini, Crete, and Zakynthos. Each island offers its own unique adventures, historic sites, and beaches for enjoying the Greecian vistas. 

Santorini

Known for blue-domed churches, donkey rides, and cliffside whitewashed homes, Santorini is the destination for one-of-a-kind Greek sunsets. Visitors seeking some time in nature, hiking from Fira to Oia showcases panoramic caldera views, while a boat trip to the volcano provides an opportunity for a therapeutic dip in the sulphur hot springs. For history enthusiasts, Ancient Thira has Greek, Roman, and Byzantine ruins, Akrotiri is a Minoan town from 1650 B.C. that was preserved under lava until 1967. Fira is the place to go for authentic tavernas and ouzeries where appetizers are washed down with Greek aniseed-flavored liquor, Ouzo. Wine lovers will want to go to the vineyards of Megalohori and Pyrgos for the dry white Assyrtikos and the amber-colored Vinsanto. 

1. Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa 

Pool at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

Amidst the picturesque alleys and whitewashed domed suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is an architectural retreat offering spacious accommodations, each with kitchenettes and private verandas with Jacuzzis and sun loungers. Guests can have a five-star gastronomic experience at Alios Ilios Restaurant serving fine modern Greek cuisine, and the Royal Spa is an award-winning facility with outdoor gazebo spa services and an indoor heated swimming pool. For visitors looking to lounge poolside, there's freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired snacks, cocktails, and signature drinks at the main infinity pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations made through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary cocktail per person/per stay, during sunset in the Romantic Bar, and a 15 minute spa ticket per person/per stay.

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Crete

Greece's largest island, Crete, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors to the island can explore beaches, discover remnants of ancient civilizations, taste the island's gastronomic culture, or admire the mountainscapes. The island is the cradle of Minoan civilization, the birthplace of Zeus, and offers an expanse of scenery where travelers can go from the palm groves of Vai to the top of the snow-capped White Mountains all in one day. Food here is straight from the land and sea, with an emphasis on tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, cheese, and yogurt. The Palace of Knossos is home of the legendary Minotaur where travelers can discover the Minoan world, the Archaelogical Museum in Iraklion is home to Minoan palace treasures, Gortyna is home to Greek remains, and throughout the island minarets and mosques reflect 250 years of Ottoman Turkish rule. 

2. Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

Waterfront Villa at Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas

From its romantic wedding chapel to its six restaurants, Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas is a luxury property overlooking Mirabello Bay. Set upon 40 acres of colorful gardens on the island's northeastern coast, the property consists of several mini-resort-like clusters including the Yachting Club offering state-of-the-art bungalows with electric sliding glass doors and retractable television screens, while the Ambassador's Bungalows have private gyms and multi-room villas for families. For revitalization, Espace Vitalité Chenot focuses on a holistic approach to rejuvenation and relaxation with body and facial treatments, ancient traditions with Chinese medicine, and scientific advances. Plus, there are supervised programs for kids and teens, a scuba diving center, art gallery, and tennis. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests making reservations made through Five Star Alliance will receive the following complimentary amenities: a welcome seasonal fruit and beverage in the room upon arrival; full use of gym, sauna, hammam spa, and tennis courts; WiFi; and accommodation for children 0-8 years of age sharing with parents. For guests staying a minimum of five (5) nights, a 50 Euro voucher per adult, per stay will be available at The Espace Vitalité Chenot Elounda Beach Spa.

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Zakynthos

Known for its stunning beaches, Zakynthos is an island offering a range of natural beauty. Also known by its Italian name, Zante, the island's top beaches can be found along the southern and southeastern shoreline. Visitors seeking forests and rural villages should venture inland to explore the island's forests, wilderness, and traditional villages. For truly picture-perfect scenery, head to the rugged west coast where the limestone cliffs cascade into turquoise waters. 

3. Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Royal Infinity Villa at Porto Zante Villas and Spa

Showcasing a beachfront setting, Porto Zante Villas and Spa is an all-suite property offering luxurious villas with private pools, paintings by prominent Greek artists, Armani Casa furnishings, and bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtubs, separate showers, and Dionysian antique marble. The waterfront Spa and Thalassotherapy provides rejuvenating treatments, while the fitness center by Technogym has state-of-the-art exercise equipment. For dining, Maya restaurant provides a beachfront setting for contemporary Asian cuisine, and the Club House Restaurant showcases an exclusive setting for Greek cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle Champagne and Fruits upon arrival, freshly prepared breakfast, complimentary kids entertainment and complimentary butler service.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo is a city of contrasts. From Zen-like gardens to Shiodome's skyscraper jungle, travelers to the city can explore an array of styles and destinations within the city's' eclectic neighborhoods. 

For those seeking to get in touch with nature and culture, Ueno Park is one of the city's largest parks, and the destination for springtime cherry trees. Within the park, visitors will find the Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Shitamachi Museum with a bird sanctuary. There's also the Toshogu Shrine built in 1651, as well as the Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple. 

Consumerism plays a prominent role within Tokyo, making it a hot spot for shopping. From the hip shops on Takeshita Street in Harajuku to designer boutiques on the ultramodern Omotesando Avenue, the city offers shopping destinations for all styles and personalities.  For a local experience, visit Tsukiji Fish Market to see local fish in the morning, or enjoy fresh sushi. 

5. Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo Dining

Featuring 360-degree views of the city and Mount Fuji, Park Hyatt Tokyo offers an oasis of calm. Occupying the top 14 floors of the 52-story tower, the hotel is a luxury residence with 177 guestrooms, each designed to feel like a private urban residence with original artwork and books. The Club on the Park Spa and Fitness Centre has a 26x65-foot indoor swimming pol with floor-to-ceiling glass walls as well as aqua classes. Plus, the New York Grill offers fine dining in a contemporary setting on the 52nd floor. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for two daily in Girandole or through room service and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excluding minibar). 

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4. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental

Towering over the city, guests enter the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo via an entrance on the 38th floor. Offering a renowned spa, impeccable service, and contemporary style, the five-star hotel features exclusive views. Plus, there are innovative dining options with showstopping views such as Sense with Cantonese cuisine, Signature with fine French dining, and Tapas Molecular Bar. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include American Breakfast for two daily, a $100 hotel credit per room/per stay valid at the restaurants (excluding Gourmet Shop) or in-room dining or spa treatments (no cash value), personalized welcome amenities, and complimentary high speed internet access. 

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3. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo features panoramic city views of the Imperial Palace, central business district, and the new landmark Tokyo Skytree Tower. Offering 200 rooms, the hotel has three restaurants and one bar, as well as a 24-hour health club, CHI The Spa, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna. Occupying the top 11 floors of the 37-floor mixed-use Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building, giving guests one-of-a-kind skyline views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive 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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2. The Peninsula Tokyo

Guest Bath t The Peninsula Tokyo

Opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, The Peninsula Tokyo is located in the Marunouchi district, a short walk from the shopping capital of Ginza. Featuring legendary service and commanding views of the Tokyo skyline, the property's Peninsula Spa received Forbes Five-Star status for the fifth year in a row, whilethe Hei Fung Terrace restaurant serves authentic Cantonese specialties with skyline views. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also recieve 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. 

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1. Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo

Adjacent to the Otemachi Forest, Aman Tokyo is located in the prestigious financial district of Otemachi. Set on the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, the luxury hotel is a sanctuary rooted in ritual with a mix of urban dynamism and cultural sensibility. The boundary between indoors and out is blurred with Ikebana displays and engawa platforms. While ryokan-style rooms have views of the Tokyo skyline, the Aman Spa is one of the city's largest wellness facilities, and the property's bars and restaurants serve as a social hub.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive 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).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Situated in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations for travelers seeking luxury beach resorts. Offering sugar-white sands, Caribbean blue waters, and natural beauty, it's easy to see why this tropical island is one of the region's fastest growing destinations. In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we feature 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts.

Located on the eastern tip of the island, Punta Cana is a destination for travelers seeking luxury resorts with high-end amenities, multiple pools, private beaches, spas, and an array of international dining options. There is an international airport here, making it easy for visitors to fly in from around the world, and be on the beach in no time at all. 

Here are 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts:

5. Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Featuring a tropical setting amidst mangroves and beaches, Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive is a family-friendly property with a mini water park. Guests can tour the mangroves, see flamingos and turtles, or enjoy a variety of beach activities. The YHI Spa has a variety of treatments, and there are five pools to lounge, swim, or soak up the sunshine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minute massage for up to 2 adults per stay, full breakfast for each guest daily, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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4. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Accommodations at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana are nestled within exclusive cane-thatch roofed suites with hardwoods and cathedral ceilings. Featuring a 200-yard stretch of pristine beachfront, guests can swim amidst the tranquil waters, relax at the spa providing indigenous-inspired treatments, dine at four restaurants or the cafe, and sip & savor cocktails at three bars and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive one 50 minute spa treatment per person, per stay, plus an in-room welcome amenity.

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3. Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Set along the white sands of Bavaro Beach, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort is an all-inclusive retreat for couples and families. The new adults-only Royal Service offers inclusive personalized butler service, two story Royal Service Lounge, exclusive Italian restaurant, and access to a private adult-only pool and beach area. For families, the Kid's Zone at The Reserve has a mini water park for children including slides, children's pool, and toddler splash pool. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minutes massage per person/ per stay (adults only), full breakfast for each guest daily, unlimited golf, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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2. Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana

Located within a gated community, Tortuga Bay is an award-winning luxury resort offering accommodations designed by Oscar de la Renta. Guests are welcomed at the aiport with VIP service, and once they arrive at the resort they have a personal concierge, and a golf cart for exploring the resort. There are six world class restaurants on-site, and the property's respect for the environment is demonstrated via Responsible Luxury practices through its Ecological Foundation, including a watering preservation system on the resort's golf course. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive one spa consultation plus a 30-minute Six Senses Signature massage per adult/per stay, nightly VIP turndown service with a platter of Dominican sweets, breakfast for two daily at Bamboo Restaurant, VIP Arrival Service, roundtrip airport transfer, and a welcome fruit platter and bottled water in room upon arrival. Reservations that are five (5) or more nights will also receive a US $50 food and beverage credit for Bamboo Restaurant per room/per stay. 

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1. Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Drone view of Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Nestled in the most exclusive gated beachfront community on the island, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is a five-star Relais & Chateaux resort. Amidst 30,000 acres with a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, towering cliffs, idyllic beaches, and tropical forests, the resort offers all-suite accommodations that blend French & Italian Riviera styling with the relaxed charms of the Caribbean. There's a beach club with a private beach and infinity pool, plus oceanfront dining at La Palapa, and chef-prepared cuisine at the fine dining Mediterraneo Restaurant. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit, a bottle of Champagne, a fresh fruit platter welcome amenity, and full breakfast daily, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Charleston

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

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

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

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

Here are 5 Top Charleston Luxury Hotels:

5. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

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

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

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4. The Dewberry

The Dewberry

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

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

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3. Hotel Bennett

Hotel Bennett

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

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

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2. Belmond Charleston Place 

Belmond Charleston Place

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

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

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1. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

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

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

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For a limited time (through December 17, 2018), the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa is offering a complimentary fourth night* for guests that stay three nights. In addition to the fourth night promotion, guests booking through Five Star Alliance also receive exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the picturesque red rocks of Sedona, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa offers an idyllic setting for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. There's signature activities like Woga--a combination of walking and yoga, stargazing, guided meditation, chanting, vortex lectures, and walks through the canyon with conservationists. For those looking to get in touch with their creative side, the property offers creative photography and watercolor sessions with the resort's resident artist, as well as cooking classes and food & wine pairing sessions. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Guests of the resort receive exclusive private golf club access to the Seven Canyons Golf Course. Plus, the Mii Amo, Destination Spa is recognized for treatments designed to create balance, harmony, and well-being. Learn more about the exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Golf at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at any restaurant or through room service (maximum $30 credit per person/per day) and a $100 credit towards golf or spa services per room/per stay.

*Please note: To book the complimentary fourth night promotion, search for four night stays, booking and travel must be completed by December 17, 2018. Offer subject to availability.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled in a protected valley amidst a vast wilderness, Amangiri is a luxury resort in southern Utah. Close to the border of Arizona on 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, this exclusive resort required an Act of Congress to be built here. Showcasing dramatic views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante, where the colors of the red rock country change from the morning sunlight to dusk. Amidst canyons, mesas, mountains, desert, and gorges, the resort offers opportunities to hike, climb, and explore Navajo culture. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at Amangiri

For exclusive in-room vistas, Mesa View Suites have terraces with fireplaces, and private courtyard entrances with tables and chairs. The spacious suites have 1,000 square feet of space, including living areas with reading chairs, writing desks, TVs, DVD players, sound systems, and personal bars. From the king-size beds, guests can wake up with views of the Mesa, and bathrooms have twin rain showers, soaking tubs, double vanities, and dressing areas. Read more below the Mesa View Suite photo. 

Mesa View Suite Bedroom at Amangiri

The resort's Dining Room has floor-to-ceiling windows with desert views and cuisine featuring local seasonal produce. At the spa, there's a focus on wellness and restoring hózhó, the Navajo term meaning beauty, harmony, balance, and health. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining Room at Amangiri

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay and a bag of Amangiri's signature toiletries.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Designed by the famous Giorgio Armani himself, the Armani Hotel Milano offers an exclusive retreat in the heart of the city's famous fashion district, Quadrilatero della Moda. Embodying the brand's design and lifestyle philosophy, the property offers a unique "home-away-from-home" experience for guests with luxurious comforts and one-of-a-kind services. There's a Lifestyle Manager on-site to provide personalized custom services from the moment of the reservation through departure, as well as constant hospitality during the entire stay. Read more below the photo.

Welcome lounge at Armani Hotel Milano

Situated within the historic Manzoni 31 building, the property is the second location under the Armani Hotels & Resorts banner. Accommodations feature modern styling with every aspect selected by Giorgio Armani for its sculptural, aesthetic, and sensual qualities. In-room amenities include iPads to control room automation services, lounge chairs, butler stations, flat-screen TVs, and coffee and tea making facilities. Continue reading below the photo. 

Milano Suite at Armani Hotel Milano

The hotel's lifestyle and design philosophies are carried throughout the property into the Armani/SPA with a glass roof on the top floor of the hotel with six treatment rooms, couples' suite, personal fitness sessions, steam and sauna experiences, and a relaxation lounge. Read more below the spa photo.

Spa at Armani Hotel Milano

For dining, the stylish Armani/Ristorante on the seventh floor was awarded its first Michelin Star in 2015. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine infused with international influences in a setting that is contemporary and elegant. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Kyoto

An ancient capital city, Kyoto provides visitors with an array of living Japanese traditions. Formerly Japan's capital and home of the emperor from 794 to 1868, the city is full of history with countless temples, shrines, monuments, and ancient architecture. Today, it is one of the country's 10 largest cities, and home to more than 1.5 million people. Once outside of the Kyoto Station area's highrises, visitors are greeted with quintessential Japanese architecture, geishas gliding through the meandering streets, and 17th century teahouses. 

Located 3.5 hours via highspeed rail from Tokyo, the city transports guests back in time to the age of empires at the Imperial Palace with moat-ringed gardens where the Imperial Family lived until 1868 when the capital city became Tokyo. Cherry blossoms line the canalside Philosopher's Path, and Gion, a UNESCO-listed neighborhood has winding cobblestone alleys with teahouses. Cypress wood carvings adorn the Nijo Castle, the temple of Daigoji is a must-see, and the rock gardens of Ryoanji provide a calm, meditative space. 

The city's traditions continue into shopping options for guests. From wooden combs, to fans and tea ceremony necessities, Shijo Dori Kawaramachi Dori, and the Kyoto Handicraft Center offer an array of specialty shops. Galleries with woodblock prints and antique shops can be found in Shinmonzen Dori, and Nishijin is Kyoto's historic textile district known for creating fabrics that are transformed into elegant kimonos. Visitors to the Textile District can see master weavers at the Watabun workshop, and visit the Orinasu-kan Museum of Hand-Weaving. 

Kyoto is also a destination with unique dining experiences where guests can dine on vegetarian cuisine, shojin ryori in the gardens of a Buddhist temple. The bars of Kita-ku specialize in noodles and tofu dishes, the red lanterns of Higashiyama-ku lead to yakitori-ya, where grilled chicken skewers are a specialty. Traditional restaurants serve lip-numbing puffer fish, and an authentic teahouse experience can be found at Hyotei, a 300-year-old venue set amidst maple-shaded gardens where diners can seasonal Japanese cuisine in artistic lacquered bowls. 

Here are 5 Top Kyoto Luxury Hotels:

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Featuring a design concept based on five feelings: Utage (festive), Seido (serenity and movement), Miyabi (elegance), Hana (splendid), and Nagomi (harmony), The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto pays tribute to the cultural history of the city while providing a high level of service and international luxury amenities. The downtown resort is set on the banks of the Kamogawa River with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo. There's an extensive art collection on display featuring local artists, world-class Japanese and Western dining, a luxury spa, and an indoor swimming pool. 

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2. Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Close to major Kyoto sites including Chishakuin Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, and the Kyoto National Museum, Hyatt Regency Kyoto has contemporary Japanese guestrooms and suites. There's a Japanese garden, and multiple restaurants including The Grill with French cuisine, Trattoria Sette with casual Italian, and Touzan Japanese restaurant. The on-site Spa and Fitness Center has 10 rooms with pampering treatments, and the fitness center offers personal programs. 

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3. RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

Situated near Kyoto Station, RIHGA Royal Hotel was renovated in September 2016. Offering all new facilities, the property has a luxe bar, heated indoor pool, and a fully-equipped fitness center. The restaurant on the 14th floor, Top of Kyoto is the city's only revolving restaurant, Teppan-yaki AOI offers a traditional setting, and Tachibana has French Kaiseki-style gourmet cuisine. There's a boutique in the hotel with souvenirs, and a 24-hour business center. 

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4. Suiran

Family room at Suiran

Situated in western Kyoto's scenic Ukyo-ku, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, offers an authentic Japanese-style experience. Set along the peaceful Hozu River, the intimate property has 39 guestrooms with traditional Japanese accents, restaurant Kyo-Suiran serves authentic cuisine in Baron Shozo Kawasaki's former summerhouse, Teppanyaki Kanzan has Japanese beef and fresh seafood, and the casual Saryo Hassui has a riverside location in a historic building originally built for 19th century poets. There's also a spa with local treatments and a private open-air bath on the third floor. 

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5. The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Amidst gardens and nature, The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto is a historic resort overlooking downtown Kyoto. There's an indoor pool with a wall of windows providing views of the mountains, and a seasonal outdoor pool shaped like Lake Biwa. Guests can take the trail behind the resort to the Wild Bird Sanctuary, and there are three Japanese-style gardens with historical significance, waterfalls, pines, and maples. For dining, the property offers a variety of options including the Grand View restaurant with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows serving French and Western cuisine, as well as the Mayfair Tea Room. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing Mediterranean design in the midst of the Southwest, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel surrounded by the scenery of Red Rock Country. Offering a AAA Three Diamond approved spa, as well as modern cuisine at Reds Restaurant, the property provides guests with a ideal location for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Spa at Sedona Rouge is a full-service facility specializing in customized services that incorporate the pure scents of rare flower oils and elements of the earth to invigorate, rejuvenate, and restore. Guests can choose from a variety of services including massages, detoxifying herbal wraps, and baths scented with locally hand-crafted products featuring exotic and indigenous scents. Continue reading below the photo. 

Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa

The luxury hotel offers guestrooms and suites infused with local influences, as well as plush amenities like Simmons Super Plush Pillowtop mattresses, lambswool throws, and crisp white linens. Accommodations feature views of the surrounding area or the courtyard, and many of the rooms have balconies or patios, as well as fireplaces. Read more below the photo.

Guestroom at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa

Renowned for energy enhancing Vortex site locations, Sedona provides an array of options for exploring nature. The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is located one mile from the trailheads at Thunder Mountain, the Coconino National Forest, and the entrance to Red Rock Country. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliane receive a $25.00 Spa credit during their stay.

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