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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

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. 

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. 

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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

Showcasing panoramic views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf, the Royal Suite at Jumeirah Al Naseem is located in the center of the Madinat Jumeirah resort complex. The regal suite offers 500 square meters/5,381 square feet of space including two bedrooms and a private fitness room. Continue reading below Royal Suite Bedroom photo.

Royal Suite Bedroom at Jumeirah Al Naseem

One of the unique features of the Royal Suite is a cinema room with a widescreen interactive HD LCDTV and DVD player. Learn more about the suite below the cinema room photo.

Royal Suite cinema room at Jumeirah Al Naseem

In addition to the two bedrooms, there are two luxurious bathrooms with soaking tubs, dual vanities, and a dressing area. Read more below the bathroom photo. 

Royal Suite Bathroom at Jumeirah Al Naseem

The Royal Suite also includes an outdoor living space with a landscaped garden. Guests of the suite also receive luxury Bentley return transfers from Dubai International Airport, lounge benefits, and exclusive access to the Summersalt Beach Club. While all guests of the hotel receive complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Continue reading about the resort and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Royal Suite Living Room & Terrace at Jumeirah Al Naseem

Providing guests with a Dubai of Today experience, Jumeirah Al Naseem is the newest addition to Madinat Jumeirah. Interiors are inspired by the city's heritage and Bedouin traditions, sand dunes, and sea breezes. Within the resort complex there are more than 50 world class restaurants, as well as the Wild Wadi Waterpark, Madinat Theater, the Madinat Jumeirah Private Beach, Talise Spa and fitness, and a kids' club.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at The Palmery, one Swedish massage, for up to 2 people, once per stay, a welcome amenity, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking based on availability.

Book a stay at Jumeirah Al Naseem


| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing views of the Old City of Jerusalem from its own private balcony, the Royal Suite at The David Citadel Hotel provides an exclusive setting for visiting Jerusalem. Designed for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the suite provides an exceptional level of luxury, craftsmanship, and classical elegance within a climate-controlled environment. 

Within the Royal Rabin Suite (named after former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin), there is a spacious bedroom with a king sized bed, luxe Carrara marble bathroom with a separate bathtub, shower, and bidet, as well as a study area with a work desk. Continue reading about the suite below the photo.

Royal Suite at David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem

The spacious living room has a dining room, kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave oven, espresso machine, and a separate entry for hotel servers. Plus an elegant living area with vintage artwork, plush seating, and oak parquet flooring. Learn about a Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Royal Suite Living Room at David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Seasons (also available through room service), a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (excluding mini bar, no cash value if not redeemed in full), and a welcome fruit and water amenity. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring panoramic views of the city and Burj Khalifa, the Presidential Suite at Taj Dubai is a 7,319-square-foot suite with a luxury master bedroom, living room, media room, office, yoga studio, and gymasium. Within the bedroom there is a King size Posturepedic mattress, with softer beds or hard boards available upon request, as well as a pillow menu. The master bathroom offers a Molton Brown bath amenities, and a bathtub with a bath menu and soaking salts. Continue reading below the master bedroom photo.

Presidential Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the suite there is a reception area, as well as living room with a large flat-screen TV, DVD Player, surround sound, multi-media port, & LAN adaptor. There's also a dining room and kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a well-stocked minibar. The Presidential Suite has an office and media room, as well as a dedicated majlis, and there is a guest room with a sitting area and bathroom.

The Taj Dubai is an opulent high-rise hotel in the heart of the city. About 20 minutes from the Dubai International Airport, the opulent hotel offers a traditional Afternoon Tea, Jiva Spa, large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. Read more below the photo.

Dining at Taj Dubai

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at Tesoro, $100 Food and Beverage Credit, complimentary WiFi, and based on availability at check-in: a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

No tricks here, just Travel Treats! This Halloween we've gathered some of the top perks offers for Five Star Alliance guests around the globe. No need for anything scary here, just fabulous deals waiting for you. 

1. Taj Dubai

Taj Dubai

Soaring 35 stories over downtown, this opulent retreat features the Jiva Spa, luxe outdoor pool, stylish dining options, traditional Afternoon Tea, and creative activities for children.

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at Tesoro, $100 Food and Beverage Credit per room, per stay. Plus, complimentary WiFi, and based on availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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2. Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Overlooking Pacific Palisades, this Southern California hotel offers wellness activities, locally sourced regional cuisine, and an outdoor pool with a fireplace. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive daily full American breakfast for two at Tower 8, in-room welcome amenity, and a welcome prosecco upon arrival. Also, subject to availability a room category upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. 

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3. Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris

Set within a Haussmann building, this Parisian hotel is steps from the Comedie Francaise and the Palais Royal gardens with a spa, Grand Salon, and residential-style accommodations. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, smartphone with unlimited international phone calls and internet to use during their stay, and guests staying between October 30, 2017 and February 25, 2018 receive a $100 spa credit per stay. 

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4. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Infused with genuine Inca culture and a location at the foot of Machu Picchu, this hotel offers Peruvian Cooking & Bar Classes, Andean Weddings, and ecological excursions. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a 50-minute massage for up to two people, and based on availability, an upgrade on arrival and early check-in/late check-out. 

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5. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

In the heart of Tuscany's Brunello winemaking region, the majestic estate with an 800-year history offers a Gothic chapel, 12th century castle fortress, and focus on wine. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive $100 USD resort credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full),  welcome amenity, and in-villa dinner delivered on arrival day. Also, based on availability at check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Towering over the heart of downtown, Taj Dubai is an opulent luxury hotel mixing authentic Indian heritage with contemporary style. Featuring panoramic views, guest rooms and suites have large windows (including many with views of the world's tallest building), textural furnishings, plush beds with pillow menus, and grand bathrooms with bath menus, bath salts, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the Maharaja Suite photo.

Maharaja Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the hotel there are multiple dining options, including the signature Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine, the Treehouse with an urban rooftop setting and Mediteranean small plates, and Tesoro offering a global menu within a glass and metal conservatory. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at the Taj Dubai

Steps from the Dubai Mall with more than 1,200 shops, the luxury hotel has a large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. There's also the Jiva Spa with four treatment suites, and Afternoon Tea in the Byzantium Lounge. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance at the Best Available Rate Plan receive daily breakfast for two guests at Tesoro, $100 food and beverage credit, and complimentary WiFi. Also, subject to availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out until 4 p.m.

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| By: Rachael Weir

May The Fourth Be With You! While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, fans can visit some of the filming locations to enjoy the other worldly scenery. From the deserts of Jordan to the black sand beaches of Iceland, and the allure of the Maldives, these destinations offer much to be explore (and seriously instagram-worthy vistas). Here are three luxury hotel destinations sure to inspire a journey to remember. 

1. Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

The desert of Jordan is the fictional home of the planet Jedha. The Moevenpick Nabatean Castle  overlooks the Great Rift Valley, and is a short drive from the gates of the historic city of Petra. The hotel provides a luxurious setting with the Al Madafa restaurant with a large terrace and fountain, plus guest rooms and suites with private terraces and balconies. On the garden level there's an indoor pool surrounded by windows that open to the terrace during the summer months, providing an ideal place to relax while taking in the surrounding views.

Learn more about Moevenpick Nabatean Castle

 

2. Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Gan, one of the largest islands in the Maldives served as the backdrop for scenes that took place on the planet Scarif. The Six Senses Laamu on the Laamu Atoll, Maldives offers a chic and eco-friendly setting with overwater villas. The restaurants serve organic and locally grown produce, and the property's Six Senses GEMS (Guest Experience Makers) help guests maximize their visit to the island. 

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3. The Diamond Suites 

The Diamond Suites

Parts of the movie were filmed in multiple areas of Iceland. Scenes on Planet Eadu were shot on the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and others were shot by Krafla's volcanic crater. The Diamond Suites is located on the top floor of the Hotel Keflavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Just a short drive from the Blue Lagoon and hot springs, this luxury hotel offers an exclusive location with individually style suites offering high end amenities such as in-room Macs, Bang & Olufsen TVs, and Versace marble floors.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated along the pristine Kudur Bay of Bodrum/Yalikavak, the Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel is a modern beach retreat with an array of amenities, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. The Mejor Costa Bar & Lounge serves Mediterranean and regional cuisine with an extensive wine cellar, light-flooded lounge, and outdoor patio. While the Ace Restaurant & Lounge provides a trademark Avantgarde Collection Hotels setting. In addition, the property offers cold towel service at the beach and swimming pool. Close to seaside restaurants, marina, and glamorous estates in the trendsetting village of Yalikavak, the property's 31 guest rooms and 23 suites feature contemporary styling and views of the gardens or sea. Here are three of the top amenities at the resort, along with special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

Pool at Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel

1. Avantgarde Spa & Wellness Center

Offering two indoor massage rooms and two outdoor massage cabanas, the spa features a variety of services performed by experienced Far Eastern massage therapists including Balinese, Lomi Lomi, and Aromatherapy treatments. There's also a Finnish Sauna, Turkish Bath, and Steam room. Plus, a fitness center and a Detox Bar serving nutritious and healthy beverages. 

2. Little Genius Summer Camp

Available to hotel guests during the summer months, the Little Genius Summer Camps is an innovative program designed for guests ages 18 months to 5 years, with programs created to assist in the development of children's emotional, social, physical, foreign language, creativity, cognitive, and handicrafts skills in a playful atmosphere. 

3. Assouline Culture Lounge & Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar Image

The Assouline Culture Lounge is open 24/7 and features a collection of books on fashion, travel, gastronomy, art, and design from the luxury book publisher, retailer, and lifestyle brand. Plus, there's a glass-encased Wine Cellar with an extensive selection of Turkish & international wines. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $25 USD food & beverage credit per person, for up to two guests. For stays of six nights or more, guests instead receive dinner at Ace Restaurant for two (excluding drinks).

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Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel Beach


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Soaring over the Dubai coastline, Burj Al Arab is considered one of the world's most luxurious hotels. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the iconic hotel recently opened a nearly 10,800-square-foot luxury deck, set over the Persian Gulf. Read more below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, written by Mick Tan.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai unveiled the Burj Al Arab Terrace, an outdoor deck that is an extension to the hotel. The nearly 10,800-square-foot luxury deck fans 330 feet out into the Persian Gulf and accommodates 32 air-conditioned cabanas, 400 sun loungers, a fresh-water pool, a saltwater pool, a restaurant and a bar.

The outdoor space was built by marine construction firm Admares at a Finland shipyard and assembled onsite from eight pieces.

Stretching approximately 328 feet into the sea and linked by a central walkway, the terrace is flanked on either side by cabanas and beaches. Designed to mimic architecturally the shape of the hotel, the terrace’s color palette includes earth tones, white and nature-inspired colors. The space also has two swimming pools: a 6,587-square-foot freshwater pool and an 8,912-square-foot saltwater infinity pool. Both have 10 million mosaic tiles. The terrace’s al fresco Scape Restaurant & Bar has views of the Arabian Gulf.

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Luxury Deck at the Burj Al Arab

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