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

| By: Rachael Weir

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

Happy Travels!

20. Manchester, England

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

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

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. 

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17. Cape Town, South Africa

20 Places To Go In 2020 Cape Town

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

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

Explore Cape Town Luxury Hotels

16. Buenos Aires, Argentina

20 Places To Go In 2020 Buenos Aires

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

Explore Buenos Aires Luxury Hotels

15. Edinburgh, Scotland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Edinburgh

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

Explore Edinburgh Luxury Hotels

14. Kyoto, Japan

20 Places To Go In 2020 Kyoto

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

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

Explore Kyoto Luxury Hotels

13. Maine

20 Places To Go In 2020 Maine

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

Explore Maine Luxury Hotels

12. Galway, Ireland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Galway

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

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

Explore Doha Luxury Hotels

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

Explore Melbourne Luxury Hotels

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.

Explore Nashville Luxury Hotels

5. Dominica

20 Places To Go In 2020 Dominica

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

Book a stay at Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski

4. Porto, Portugal

20 Places To Go In 2020 Porto Portugal

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

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

Explore Porto Luxury Hotels

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

Explore Dubai Luxury Hotels

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.

Explore Tokyo Luxury Hotels


| By: Rachael Weir

 

Destination Spotlight: Macao

In light of the news of Typhoon Hato, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Macao and all of those affected by the tragic storm. Macao and its residents offer a beautifully diverse destination, which is why we selected it in our editorial calendar as this month’s Destination Spotlight. Five Star Alliance sends our condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and well wishes for all those impacted.

Mixing Chinese and Portuguese traditions, Macao (Macau in Portuguese) offers an eclectic combination of classic Portuguese, ancient Chinese, and modern Western styles and cultures, along with international shopping, casinos, and nightlife. For almost 500 years, Macao was a Portuguese territory, and in 1999, Macao became a Special Administration Region of China. Easily reachable by direct flights from the U.S., Macao is located just 35 minutes from Hong Kong. Considered Asia's Las Vegas, the area offers a unique East meets West destination. 

Visitors can choose from a variety of attractions, including the Historic Centre of Macao, one of Macao's 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There's meandering streets with Portuguese colonial-style buildings, Buddhist and Taoist Temples amidst Christian Churches, lush gardens, beaches, fortresses, and parks. For museums, there's everything from he history of wine to ancient Chinese art, and no trip to Macao is complete without a trip The House of Dancing Waters--a water show spectacular with aquatic acrobats. Feeling adventurous? Try the world's highest commercial bungee jump. Plus, the Cotai Strip with Vegas-like casinos, resorts, shopping, and entertainment. 

Home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants as well as Michelin-mentioned street foods, Macao is ideal for foodies and gourmands. An international mix of cuisines can be found throughout the area, but visitors should be sure to try Macanese cuisine which combines ingredients from around the world, and paired with Portuguese wines. 

Throughout the year Macao hosts a variety of events, including the longest running Grand Prix and the Dragon Boat Festival. In late September to early October, the Macao Fireworks Display Contest lights up the sky with nightly international firework displays, and the Macao Food Festival is held in November. There's also the Light Festival and International Film Festival in December.

To compliment Macao's attractions, Michelin restaurants, and cultural experiences, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Downtown Properties, Cotai Strip Resorts, and Stylish Retreats. 

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Downtown Properties

Wynn Macao

Wynn Macao

Offering more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites, Wynn Macao has a Performance Lake with nightly spectacles, premium dining options including Wing Lei, Golden Flower, and Mizumi, and ultra-luxe boutiques. There's a sprawling outdoor swimming pool surrounded with lush tropical gardens, and the property has been awarded eight Forbes Five-Star Awards. Located within the city center, the property has easy access to ferry terminals, border gates, and the airport with frequent shuttle service. 

Learn more about Wynn Macao

 

MGM Macau

Grand Praca at MGM Macau

Reflecting the hues of the South China Sea on its three-tiered gold exterior, MGM Macau is a luxury resort blending artistry with service and amenities. At the heart of the resort is Grande Praça with a grand glass ceiling, staircase, shops, and restaurants crafted in the styling of Lisbon's Central Train Station, which pays homage to the city's Portuguese heritage. There are seven signature restaurants and bars including Square Eight, the MGM Art Space, an infinity pool with 180-degree views of the sea, and the Tria Spa with signature treatments. 

Check rates and availability at MGM Macau

 

Mandarin Oriental Macau

Deluxe Suite at Mandarin Oriental Macau

Featuring a premier location on the NAPE waterfront, Mandarin Oriental, Macau has a contemporary design infused with atmosphere of oriental calm. Providing tranquil views of Nam Van Lake and Macau Bay, guest rooms and suite have state-of-the-art technology, large windows, mood lighting, walk-in wardrobes, large LCD TVs, and bathrooms with tubs and walk-in showers. Within the One Central development, the property is steps from colonial streets and chic boutiques. There's also a spa, multiple restaurants, and large outdoor pool with discreet service within the hotel. 

Learn more about Mandarin Oriental Macau

 

Cotai Strip Resorts

Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Inspired by the city of Venice, the Venetian Macao offers Italian grandeur with gondola rides through the Grand Canals of Shoppes, San Luca, and Marco Polo. There are four outdoor pools with lounge areas and cabanas, a fitness center, mini golf course, kids' club, and the TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital with a comprehensive approach to wellness. In addition, the Venetian Theater and Cotai Arena offer a range of entertainment events from concerts to theatrical performances, and there's an array of dining options from casual grab-and-go to six signature restaurants. 

Check rates and availability at Venetian Macao

 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao

Providing an intimate setting on the Cotai Strip, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao offers five outdoor pools along with 11 poolside cabanas equipped with flat-screen TVs. There's a spa with a private spa suite outfitted with a vitality pool, as well as a range of signature rituals and treatments for men and women. Guests are invited to discover Macao's Portuguese and Chinese heritage through the hotel's cuisine options, and the resort offers walking tours of Coloane Village, private tours of the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage, and bicycles for exploring the area. 

Learn more about the Four Seasons Hotel Macao

 

Banyan Tree Macau

Guest suite at the Banyan Tree Macao

Offering skyline views, Banyan Tree Macau is a high-rise urban resort featuring an expansive outdoor pool with eight lavish private cabanas as well as sun loungers and palm trees. The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is a modern and tranquil space with 19 treatment rooms and a variety of exclusive services, plus a a state-of-the-art health club on the 31st floor with an indoor pool overlooking Macao. Afternoon Tea is served in the Banyan Lounge, while Saffron is the property's signature restaurant with authentic Thai cuisine. Belon specializes in seafood, fine steaks, and grilled specialties, and Cabana has finger foods, barbeque packages, and direct pool access. 

Check rates and availability at Banyan Tree Macau

 

Stylish Retreats

Grand Coloane Beach Resort

Grand Coloane Beach Resort Pool

Situated 10 minutes from the Cotai Strip, Grand Coloane Beach Resort is a full-service property offering family rooms, kids' club, children's playground, and childcare services. Surrounded by natural beauty, the property has multiple dining options, spa and wellness center, tennis, hiking, bicycle rentals, and indoor and outdoor pools. 

Learn more about Grand Coloane Beach Resort

 

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Located on the waterfront, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is set amidst the Macau historical quarter. Blending French style with Portuguese and Chinese culture, the property offers international cuisine at the Mistral Restaurant, and outdoor dining on Le Terrace with views of the inner harbor. There's also a lavish outdoor pool, and a spa with French beauty treatments. Steps from the St. Paul's ruins and the A-Ma Temple, the luxury property is ideal for exploring the area. 

Check rates and availability at Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

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Venetian Macau
Large enough to hold ninety Boeing 747 jumbo jets, nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities than at the 3,000 suite Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. There are more than 350 shops of unmatched premium retail experience set in elegant streetscapes reminiscent of Venice. There are over 100,000 square meters (1,000,000 square feet) of convention, exhibition, and meeting facilities. Featuring over 30 world-class restaurants, with award-winning chefs from every major culinary tradition creating dishes with flair and imagination.

So indulge in all that this luxury resort has to offer with the hotel's Discover Macao offer. 

Book a minimum two-night stay and you'll get

- Half-day Macao Discovery Tour for two

- Breakfast for two at Cafe Deco or Fogo Samba, or Lunch buffet at Bambu or Golden Peacock, OR MOP200 Shopping and Dining Dollars

- Almond cookies from the famous Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

- In-suite Wi-Fi internet access and 2pm late check-out (subject to availability)

- Access to the lush pool deck with four pools and heated Jacuzzi

- Access to theV Gym fitness center

- Shuttle Services from major Macao arrival areas

- Book an additional night and get an upgrade to the spectacular Cotai View Suite

Rates for this offer start at $309 per night


| By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Macau is the city's first high-rise urban resort to showcase private
indoor relaxation pools in every suite and swimming pools with serene gardens in every villa. 

Banyan Tree Macau

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Wynn Macau

Gamblers at Wynn Macau are aided by the resort's Tree of Prosperity. Designed to thrill and excite guests, the Tree of Prosperity is a choreographic masterpiece of music, video and light. Rays of light illuminate the tree and change into vibrant colors to represent different seasons of the year. The sparkling chandelier, composed of 21,000 crystals, adds glitter and glamour. 

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The Raleigh South Beach
Legendary Fashion Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger have joined colleagues Armani, Versace, and Missoni (among others) in the hotel business. Lagerfield has  just inked a deal to design a 270-room signature hotel in Macau. Lagerfield will be going for a 19th Century design aesthetic with a modern twist. Karl Lagerfeld isn't brand-new to the hotel-design business. He recently spruced up Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo's new pool. China is currently is quite popular with designers and designers. Bulgar is opening a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, and Versace plans to open Palazzo Versace Macau, in 2017.

American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger isn't just designing The Raleigh, he has purchased it. The art deco hotel is a South Beach icon, and Hilfiger has plans to add a destination spa, fine dining outlets, and possibly a private club to the hotel. The hotel will most likely undergo interior redecoration to reflect the Hilfiger style.

Other fashionable luxury hotel spots include the Oscar de la Renta-decorated villas at Tortuga Bay, a Dior suite at The St Regis New York, a Diane Von Fursternberg suite at Claridge's, and Ralph Lauren's Round Hill Hotel and Villa's accommodations. 

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Venetian Macao Resort Hotel offers leisurely ride through, the San Luca, Marco Polo or Grand Canals, aboard their beautifully crafted Venetian gondolas. The romantic boat rides are enhanced by a singing gondolier.

Venetian Macao

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Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is located in the center of the city and admist the charming historical quarter and walking distance to St. Paul's Ruins and A-Ma Temple. 

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 

Fall rates at Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 start at $199 per night >>

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| By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn MacauIn 2006 Las Vegas was eclipsed by Macau as the gaming capital of the world. Not far from Hong Kong, the former Portuguese colony of Macau attracts millions of visitors from mainland China keen to wager their bets at legal casinos. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that gambling revenue in Macau just hit an all-time record high- at $3 billion in the month of May. Little wonder then that casino mogul Steve Wynn has been investing heavily in his resorts there. (Wynn Macau looks hauntingly similar to its Vegas predecessor.) The latest? Wynn shelled out $12.8 million at a London auction recently for a set of four 18th-century Chinese porcelain vases that will adorn his new Cotai Resort Hotel, scheduled to open in 2015 in Macau. Bloomberg has the skinny on the vases:

The 4-foot (1.2 meter) vases, painted with Buddhist and Taoist emblems and embellished with 19th-century gilded metal mounts, were the most expensive of 50 lots at Christie’s International’s “Exceptional’’ sale in the U.K. capital. Sold by a private collector, the Jiaqing period (1796-1821) vases had formerly been in the collection of the Scottish aristocrats, the Dukes of Buccleuch, and had been estimated at 600,000 pounds to 1 million pounds.