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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

Seeking time in the sun or family fun? Explore the Sunshine State. In this edition of Featured Journeys we are visiting luxury hotels in Orlando, Miami, and Key West. Whether you want couple time, family time, or a getaway with friends, these destinations offer warm weather, tropical breezes, and palm trees. 

Orlando

Situated in central florida, Orlando is the destination for family fun at some of the world's best theme parks. From riding roller coasters to picture with characters, families, couples, and friends can all find ways to create memorable moments. Ready for time away from theme parks? The area's resorts provide plenty of pools, spas, and golf courses ideal for rejuvenating. 

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lake

Surrounded by nature, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is a luxury resort amidst 500 acres of land with an array of on-site activities including Eco Tours, kayaking, fishing, and three pools. Convenient to Orlando attractions, the property offers a relaxing setting with Ritz Kids supervised programs and scheduled transportation to nearby theme parks. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERKS: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include breakfast buffet for two daily, WiFi, and a $100 resort credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

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Miami

Set on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Florida, Miami is a multicultural destination by the beach. The iconic South Beach is home to Art Deco buildings transformed into luxury hotels, boutiques, and restaurants. While downtown offers plenty to explore. 

The Setai

Ocean Suite at The Setai Miami Beach

Offering a desirable location on the oceanside of South Beach, The Setai blends personalized service with Asian hospitality and the latest in-room comforts and technologies. Weaving the aesthetics of the Far East with Art Deco architecture, the hotel has three temperature-controlled pools, beachfront services, exceptional dining options, and The Spa by THÉMAÉ. 

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

Book a stay at The Setai

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Key West

Offering plentiful sunshine year-round, Key West is the destination for partying and escaping the grind of daily life. In a place where everyone is always on vacation, visitors can relax by the pool, go on active pursuits such as diving or deap-sea fishing, or dine on the freshest seafood. 

Casa Marina

View from Pool at Casa Marina

Opened in 1920, Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a luxury resort listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Merging Old Key West ambiance with contemporary luxuries, the property offers laidback styling with Mediterranean-style ocean view rooms. The private beach spans more than 1,100 feet, there are two heated swimming pools with attentive service, and guests can partake in an array of activities including paddle boarding, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving. Ready to relax? The beachside Spa al Maré has a variety of offerings including an Ocean Breeze Massage, Aromatherapy Salt Glow, and Seaweed Body Mask.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also include buffet breakfast for two daily, a welcome amenity on the night of arrival, WiFi, and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

Book a stay at Casa Marina

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Stay & Play For Winter Offer

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

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

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

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

-- Complete travel by April 12, 2020

Learn more below the photo.

Montage Deer Valley

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

Book a stay at Montage Deer Valley

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


| By: Rachael Weir

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

Pool at The Setai Miami Beach

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

Penthouse Suite at The Setai Miami Beach

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

Penthouse Suite at The Setai Miami Beach

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

Penthouse Suite Bedroom at The Setai Miami Beach

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

Penthouse Suite at The Setai

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

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

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

Book a stay at The Setai


| By: Rachael Weir

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

Mauna Lani Resort

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

Guest Room at Mauna Lani

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

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

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

- Travel must be completed by November 30, 2020

- Maximum credit is $1,000 USD. 

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

Book a stay at Mauna Lani


| By: Rachael Weir

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

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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

The holiday season is here, and New York City is a aglow with festiveness at every turn. The Rockettes perform their iconic show at the Radio City Music Hall, while steps away is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree illuminating the city and the ice skaters below. The department store windows are decorated with storybook scenes and the latest trends, while shoppers inside seek the perfect gifts to everyone on their list. 

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we've gathered insider information and recommendations from Luxury Travel Intelligence, a site offering details for the well-informed luxury traveler. For timeless French cuisine Luxury Travel Intelligence recommends Boucherie Union Square, while Casa Apicii in Greenwich Village is a notable new addition serving Italian with a touch of California. Nobu Downtown has a 13-seat sushi bar with omakase and osusume menus, and the restaurant's signature dishes include "black cod miso, yellowtail jalapeño and rock shrimp tempura are all on the menu, as are new dishes like short ribs with jalapeño salsa and bigeye tuna tataki with eryngii mushrooms and Holland hot peppers."

Ready for a holiday trip to New York City?

Here are 5 Top New York City Luxury Hotels:

5. Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace

Overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lotte New York Palace is a landmark hotel on the corner of 50th and Madison. For dining, the Villard House is the destination for New American fare within an elegantly-restored palazzo, and Pomme Palais provides the feel of a Parisian pastry shop. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a full breakfast for two daily available in Villard Restaurant or Pomme Palais Bakery or through in-room dining (up to $100 credit per room per day inclusive of taxes and gratuity), a $100 spa credit once during stay (not applicable to products), complimentary WiFi, and a welcome card.

Book a stay at Lotte New York Palace

4. The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

The Beekman

Nestled in lower Manhattan within a historic building dating back to 1883, The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel opened following a complete overhaul of the space. Guest rooms and suites within the landmark structure have bespoke and vintage furnishings, high ceilings, aged oak floors, and craft cocktail tables. Luxury Travel Insider remarked, "We love the spacious marble bathrooms with rain showers. The ground level has a lobby bar and two restaurants from Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally. The nine-story central atrium, which includes Victorian cast iron banisters and pyramidal skylight, is a real stand-out feature to this hotel."

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily in Tom Colicchio's Temple Court, a $50 food and beverage credit per room/per stay (no cash value), and a $50 minibar credit per room/per stay (no cash value).

Book a stay at The Beekman

3. The Lowell

Garden Suite at The Lowell

Steps from the fashion houses of Madison Avenue and the shops along Fifth Avenue, The Lowell offers timeless elegance in the Upper East Side. The property's newest dining additions are overseen by legendary restauranteur Charles Masson, The Club Room is a sophisticated retreat, and the Pembroke Room serves a beloved breakfast and afternoon tea.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the “5 Star Signature Package” rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily in The Pembroke Room (also available through room service), a $100 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay, and a seasonal welcome amenity. 

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2. The Plaza Hotel

Holidays at The Plaza Hotel

Set at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, The Plaza Hotel is a legendary hotel offering the finest services and amenities. Completely revitalized, the property's guest rooms and suites have French decor and Louis XV styling, iPads to customize room environment and contact guest services, plus white-glove butler service. The Palm Court is an iconic destination for afternoon tea, while other culinary destinations include The Todd English Food Hall, The Rose Club, and The Champagne Bar.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also include continental breakfast for two daily and a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay.

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1. Baccarat Hotel

The bar at Baccarat Hotel New York

Featuring a blend of modern Manhattan design and classic French hôtel particulier, the Baccarat Hotel provides an ideal location across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, just a short stroll from Rockefeller Center and 5th Avenue. Luxury Travel Intelligence says "After a few false starts, Paris finally comes to New York". Designed by the esteemed French design team of Gilles & Boissier, there's a private art collection including works from the 18th century to modern day, and the bar is a chic spot for cocktails amidst the glow of Baccarat chandeliers. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include continental breakfast for two daily, a $50 food and beverage credit, a $50 spa credit at Spa de la Mer per room/per stay (no cash value), and $100 to be applied towards dining at 2 Michelin Star Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in Bryant Park, per room, per stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched on the 59th floor of the iconic One57 luxury residential tower, the newly unveiled Manhattan Sky Suite at the Park Hyatt New York is the highest suite overlooking Central Park. Featuring unobstructed views, the 4,200-square-foot suite has 11-foot ceilings throughout, three bedrooms, and a grand salon living area with a 75-inch TV and integrated media hub, glass-enclosed three-piece gas fireplace, and oversized personal bar. Continue reading about the new suite and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Master Bedroom in the Manhattan Sky Suite at Park Hyatt New York

The full chef's kitchen features professional-grade Miele appliances, a breakfast nook, and dining area with seating for 10. In the master bedroom there is a luxurious bathroom with a bidet toilet, and a personally styled master closet by Nordstrom NYC. While all of the bathrooms have soaking tubs, walk-in rain showers, and Le Labo bath amenities. 

The Manhattan Sky Suite provides guests with exclusive amenities including complimentary airport transfers via helicopter, a personal chef, butler service, daily breakfast, and 60-minute spa treatments for up to 6 guests. Learn more about the Park Hyatt New York and an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk.

Indoor pool at Park Hyatt New York

The Park Hyatt New York is located across the street from Carnegie Hall and one block from Central Park. Blending a rotating art collection with striking interior design, the 211-room hotel offers a personalized wellness experience at Spa Nalai with a eucalyptus steam room, indoor swimming pool, and oversized hot tub, plus a first-class on-site culinary experience. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full American Breakfast for up to two guests daily in the hotel restaurant or through room service and a $100 hotel Incidentals credit total per stay.

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

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Hotel Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Studio Suites, One King Suites, One Bedroom Suites, One Bedroom City View Suites, One Bedroom Residential Suites, One Bedroom Terrace Suites, Carnegie Suites, and Presidential Suites. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

The Southwestern United States is an ideal destination for adventure seekers, foodies, golfers, and those seeking a change of scenery. Known for red rock vistas, canyons carved over centuries by rivers, and Native American culture, this region offers panoramic vistas, miles of trails to explore via hiking or mountain biking, and an array of resorts with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Editor's note: to visit this region, you'll want to rent a car as public transportation is not an option.

Lake Powell, Utah

While Lake Powell is technically a reservoir, this area has a variety of lake-style activities including boating, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Close to the Arizona border, the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area provides an endless network of canyons to go boating or partake in a variety of watersports.

Visitors will want to visit the Rainbow Bridge, which is the largest natural bridge in the world, and is located on the edge of Lake Powell. The Navajo culture considers this national monument a sacred symbol of deities responsible for the clouds, rainbows, and rain in the desert region. 

Amangiri

Amangiri

Featuring a main pool curved around a rock escarpment, Amangiri is a luxury Aman Resort set on 600 acres in Southern Utah. Offering privileged access to National Parks and Lake Powell, Amangiri is ideal for travelers seeking to hike, climb, and explore the untouched red rock country's canyons, mesas, mountains, and gorges. For relaxation, the desert-view Aman Spa provides an array of rejuvenating treatments, and the restaurant serves local dishes created with seasonal produce and floor-to-ceiling views of the desert. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive a $100 USD resort credit per room/per stay and a bag of Amangiri's signature toiletries.

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Sedona, Arizona

Nestled within a geological wonderland, Sedona, Arizona is located in the heart of Red Rock Country. Voted by USA Weekend as one of the "Most Beautiful Places in America", this region is known for its high desert location with multi-hued stone formation rising upwards, for a majestic contrast of red rocks and blue skies. Visitors have instant access to 1.8 million acres of surrounding national forest land with trails for hiking and biking, or adventure seekers may want to go on a bouncy jeep trek weaving through a forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes, and domes.

The region is regarded as sacred by Native Americans, and the area is recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many visitors come to Sedona to experience its vortex energy centers, while others come for an array of treatments at dozens of spas.

While the town of Sedona is a destination for foodies and art seekers. The streets in Sedona are lined with 40-plus art galleries, spas, boutiques, and restaurants. Just outside of town, wine enthusiasts can visit the region's vineyards. 

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Casita at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the red rocks of Sedona's Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa blends Native American Culture with luxurious resort amenities. Casita-style accommodations have fireplaces, regionally-influenced furnishings, and private decks or patios. Guests of the resort can partake in epicurean experiences, relax poolside, or venture out mountain biking or hiking the nearby trails. 

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.

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Tucson, Arizona

Providing a departure from pretentious and unoriginal, Tucson is a destination for free thinkers and those who seek to get out in nature. Featuring plenty of room to room with an array of options to go off the beaten path, Tucson is an authentic destination with its own Mexican-infused cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and a thriving arts scene. 

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Set on 400 acres of land in the shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa is an all-inclusive wellness resort for adults only. The resort completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2016 with refreshed guestrooms, state-of-the-art fitness center, and updated spaces throughout the property. Consistently ranked as one of the top destinations for spas and wellness activities, the resort is an ideal destination for travelers seeking luxurious spa treatments, development programs, healthful cuisine, and authentic one-of-a-kind experiences to open eyes, minds, and hearts. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive a $100 resort credit per person/per stay to be use toward spa services or private sessions or other activities and a Miraval journal.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Infused with French influences, Montreal is a Canadian city alive with festivals, arts, and gastronomy. Blending the Old City with historic streets and charming architecture with the cosmopolitan chic of downtown, the city offers a mix of experiences for travelers. Originally founded as a fur-trapping town in the 17th century, Montreal has been the vibrant heart of the province of Quebec for more than 400 years.

Shaped by anglophone and francophone residents, today the city of Montreal is home to many immigrant communities from around the globe, which has added to the city's multicultural energy and culinary specialties. 

To discover Montreal's energy, Context Travel offers private and small group tours designed for travelers that love to learn. The "Savoring Montreal Food Tour: Exploring the Marche Jean Talon" is a 2.5 hour private tour with a Québécois food expert in one of North America's largest open air markets. While the "Introduction to Montreal Tour: From Fur Trade to Today" is a small group or private tour option to get acquainted with the "City of Saints".

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Here are 5 Top Montreal Luxury Hotels with Exclusive Perks:

5. Loews Hotel Vogue

Loews Hotel Vogue

Providing travelers with a private pied-à-terre between two of Canada's largest shopping streets, Sherbrooke and Ste-Caterine, Loews Hotel Vogue is ideal for exploring the Golden Square Mile of Montreal. Steps from boutiques, department stores, and trendy eateries, the property offers a European flair. For dining, Flavor by Loews Hotel Vogue provides an authentically local experience, and La Societe Bistro blends Parisian flavors with American contemporary style.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive Continental breakfast for two daily at La Societe Bistro (also available with room service), a $50 CAD hotel credit per room/per stay (not valid at La Societe Bistro, not applicable to room rate), one welcome glass of beer or wine, per person at Lux Lounge, once per stay.

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4. Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

Next to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and McGill University, Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile provides a convenient location in the heart of the city. At the foot of Mount Royal Park, the hotel features a blend of minimalist design paired with Victorian accents from the estate of railroad pioneer William Cornelius Van Horne. Accommodations have Sofitel's SoBed sleep systems, Le Renoir serves gourmet French cuisine infused with international flavors, and the Clefs d'Or Concierge team can assist guests with personalized recommendations.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include Continental breakfast for each guest daily at Renoir (also available through room service), a $75 CAD hotel credit per room/per stay, a welcome amenity, complimentary Internet access, and an automatic room category upgrade at booking, based on availability.

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3. The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal

Since opening in 1912, The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is recognized as the Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street. After recently undergoing a $200 million dollar transformation, the iconic location mixes historic elegance with contemporary luxuries. Guests of the hotel can visit the Spa St. James for treatments or to relax in the steam room, hammam, or sauna, enjoy afternoon tea in the Palm Court, dine on refined contemporary cuisine at Maison Boulud, or go for a swim in the rooftop pool.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a hot and cold buffet breakfast for two daily at Maison Boulud and a $100 CAD hotel credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room and taxes and the spa).

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2. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Steps from shopping, sporting, and cultural venues, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is an iconic hotel close to the attractions in Old Montreal. Linked to the central train station, the full-service property recently underwent a massive transformation. Today, guests can enjoy a gastronomic experience at Roselys where fresh ingredients and ambiance blend to pay tribute to Montreal, visit Marche Artisans with an urban market concept for lunch, wine, snacks, or grab-and-go options, or have a cocktail in the sensual atmosphere of Nacarat. This year, the hotel will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Bed-in for Peace.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive buffet breakfast for two daily in Rosélys, a CAD$100 food and beverage credit per stay, and a welcome amenity.

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1. Le Mount Stephen 

Le Mount Stephen

In the heart of Montreal's Golden Mile, Le Mount Stephen is a luxury boutique hotel set within an opulent mansion dating back to 1880. Guest rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, exclusive Harlequin divine beds with custom pillows, and Nespresso coffee machines, while bathrooms have Cura chromotherapy rainfall showerheads. MBIOSPA Prestige provides an array of spa treatments and sensory escapes, and Bar George is a British-inspired restaurant with a contemporary take on classic dishes. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive daily English breakfast for 2 at Bar George, $100 USD Hotel credit, per room, per stay, and welcome amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing one-of-a-kind views of the Parliament Buildings, Inner Harbour, and Royal BC Museum, the Royal Suite at the Fairmont Empress is the most luxurious suite on Vancouver Island. Guests of the suite are welcomed into a large open concept living room with a plush sitting area with a queen sofa bed, and a dining table that comfortably seats eight. Designed for guests seeking luxe living at its finest, the suite has a palatial feel. Continue reading below the photo of the Royal Suite. 

Fairmont Empress Royal Suite Living Room

When its time to retire for the evening, the large king bedroom offers a luxe retreat with deluxe amenities, down-filled duvets and pillows, as well as windows that open. There is a walk-in closet for guests to stow belongings during their stay, as well as a spa bathroom. In addition, guests of the Royal Suite receive access to all Fairmont Gold services and amenities. Continue reading below the photo for an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk. 

Fairmont Empress Royal Suite Bathroom

Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress is a landmark hotel. Opened in 1908, the grand turn-of-the-century hotel recently underwent a major renovation, restoring the property to the elegance of a bygone era, while infusing the hotel with the latest amenities for luxury travelers. The property serves an elegant afternoon tea (reservations recommended), there's a Willow Stream Spa, and dining, plus the hotel is an ideal base for visiting the Butchart Gardens, wine touring, and whale watching excursions. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk & Suite Privileges below the photo.

Fairmont Empress

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include breakfast for two daily, $100 CDN hotel credit per room/per stay (no cash value), a welcome amenity, and complimentary WiFi. 

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

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a suite receive a $100 USD Spa Credit, once per stay. This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in an Executive Suite, One Bedroom Suite, One Bedroom Harbour View Suite, Signature One Bedroom Suite, Signature Two Bedroom Suite, Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Suite, Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Harbour View Suite, and Fairmont Two Bedroom Harbour View Suite. 

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