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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

Situated in the heart of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feel of a 17th century villa with an enchanting Georgian staircase that welcomes guests to the lobby, Italian marble floors, and a glistening chandelier. Providing an urban setting with a chic and serene environment inside its walls, the luxury hotel recently unveiled the Elysian Salon and completed renovations at The Spa at Belmond Place. Learn more about what's new at the hotel below the photo of the Elysian Salon. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

Focused on creating a unique style for every client, the Elysium Salon is located in the East Gallery of The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. Featuring a luxurious setting for haircuts, coloring, specialty treatments, wedding and special occasion hair, as well as makeup applications and lessons, the salon adds to Belmond Charleston Place's exclusive amenities. Since launching her career in the hair and makeup industry in 2001, Salon Director of Elysium at Charleston Place, Charlotte Belk--a South Carolina native, has been focusing on traditional cuts, natural & dimensional hair color, as well as specialty services. Read more below the Elysium Salon photo. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

In addition to the Elysium Salon, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place recently completed renovations. The newly transformed environment offers a tranquil setting with a clean and crisp color palette, and a more seamless connection to the mineral swimming pool. The men's and women's locker rooms were refreshed to provide a more relaxing mood, and there's a variety of new products and treatments available for guests including TaTa Harper's 100% natural line of beauty products from Vermont, anti-aging hand and feet products by Margaret Dabbs, Lafco Reed diffusers and candles, and FarmHouseFresh goods. Read more below The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place photo. 

The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place mixes Southern charm with timeless elegance, steps from the city's historic sites, shopping, and restaurants. There's award-winning cuisine at the Charleston Grill, modern gastronomy at Palmetto Cafe, and gourmet pub fare in Meeting at Market. Plus, there's upscale shopping boutiques within the hotel and a rooftop pool. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: San Antonio

Mixing the cultures of Mexican settlers with Texas ranchers, San Antonio is a unique Southwestern destination offering historic attractions, a vibrant art scene, and distinctive "Tex-Mex" cuisine. Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, this city with a confluence of cultures is hosting commemorative events the week of May 1-6, including special events at each of San Antonio's five missions, along with an array of festivities throughout the year. To mark its 300th anniversary year, San Antonio recently unveiled a variety of new developments, such as the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces.

Known for The Alamo (Spanish mission where one of the city's important battles took place), as well as the historic River Walk lined with shops, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment, visitors can stroll the street and plaza's to learn about the city's iconic Western past. In addition to The Alamo, the city is home to four additional missions, which are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, there's traditional Southwestern shopping vendors at La Villita, and Alamo Heights offers trendy shopping and high-end Western wear. 

Foodies will want to sip an icy margarita along the River Walk and try some award-winning Tex-Mex cuisine. There's restaurants specializing in fresh seafood from the nearby Gulf Coast, a variety of iconic Texas steakhouses serving thick, Texas-sized steaks, plus German restaurants that pay tribute to the city's German heritage. For wine and golf enthusiasts, venture beyond the downtown to Texas Hill Country with an array of vineyards and tasting rooms, as well as championship golf courses. 

Here are 5 Top San Antonio Luxury Hotels

1. Omni La Mansion del Rio

Omni La Mansion del Rio River View Ambassador Room

Originally built as a Catholic School by the Society of Mary in 1852, the Omni La Mansion del Rio was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1968 for the the World's Fair. Set along the River Walk, the property blends Spanish colonial architecture with gourmet dining at Las Canarias known for hand-made margaritas and Sunday Brunch on the River Walk, as well as a courtyard heated swimming pool. Plus, guests have access to the Forbes Four-Star Mokara Spa at the hotel's sister property, Mokara Hotel & Spa. 

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2. Mokara Hotel and Spa

Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio

In the heart of the city's famous River Walk, the Mokara Hotel and Spa provides a soothing oasis with a full-service, Forbes Four Star Spa and world-class fitness center. There's a year-round rooftop pool with panoramic city views, as well as the Rooftop Cafe with salads, sandwiches, and cocktails. Plus, dining at Ostra, a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant with a romantic riverfront location and a menu specializing in sustainable seafood. 

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3. Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Rooftop Pool at Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Adjacent to the San Antonio Convention Center, Grand Hyatt San Antonio offers a contemporary setting in the heart of the city. Across the street from the Rivercenter Mall, the 24-story towers over San Antonio with River Walk views, more than 1,000 rooms, a Ruth's Chris Steak House with prime steaks, and handcrafted cocktails at Bar Rojo. There's also a rooftop pool, YogaAway classes via in-room TVs, state-of-the-art fitness center, and meeting spaces with audiovisual equipment and versatile seating options. Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive, based on availability, a complimentary room upgrade and a 2 pm late check out.

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4. The St. Anthony Hotel

The St. Anthony Hotel Master Suite

Recently restored to its 1909 grandeur, The St. Anthony Hotel provides an opulent setting overlooking Travis Park. Situated three blocks from both the River Walk and the Alamo, the hotel has multiple on-site dining options each with a unique dining experience, including Loggia serving traditional American classics with a twist. There's a rooftop bar, as well as an outdoor heated pool with private cabanas, fitness center, and state-of-the-art meeting venues. 

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5. La Cantera Resort and Spa

La Cantera Resort and Spa View

For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently completed a major renovation, with furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage. Located about 30 minutes from downtown, the property is less than two miles from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, with two championship golf courses and five pools. The Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center provides an array of treatments, plus a grotto with a saline pool, outdoor gathering place with acoustic music, and outdoor cowboy tubs for relaxation. There are nine on-site dining options including the open-air exhibition-style SweetFire Kitchen, and the Palmer Grille at the Clubhouse, as well as the adults-only level on the property's highest floor. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Nashville

Known as "Music City, U.S.A." Nashville is the home of Country Music. The famous honky-tonks along Broadway are known for live music from morning until late at night by talented performers with big dreams, along with surprise appearances of some of the music industry's biggest names. The Ryman Auditorium, known as the "Mother Church of Country Music" is an iconic red building just off Broadway that originally opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. Later, it was the original home of the "Grand Ole Opry" and today it is a destination for intimate performance in a one-of-a-kind setting known for out-of-this-world acoustics. Throughout the city there's a number of museums and attractions dedicated to preserving the history of the city's music industry including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, RCA's Studio B, The Johnny Cash Museum, and the Patsy Cline Museum. 

But there's much more to Nashville beyond the music industry. History enthusiasts can explore a variety of sites including Belle Meade Plantation (complete with a winery), Civil War Battlefields near Franklin, and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage provides guests the experience to go back in time to visit the former president's entire estate. Love wine? There's vineyards and tasting rooms nearby. Interested in seeing a full-size replica of the Parthenon? There's one right in the Nashville city limits.

And of course there's the food scene in Nashville. As the city expands, so does the choice of restaurants. From long-time local favorites like the Loveless Cafe and Puckett's serving classic Southern dishes, to new Southern cuisine at The Southern, to fusion dining options and culinary experiences, Nashville offers foodies a one-of-a-kind destination.

When visiting Nashville, there's a variety of luxury hotels throughout the city. For those attending events at the Bridgestone or Music City Center, or looking to take in live music at Broadway's honky-tonks, downtown and SoBro hotels offer ideal locations. If the food scene and luxury boutiques is of interest, The Gulch is a prime location situated right between downtown and Music Row. While the Vanderbilt area is close to Music Row's publishing houses and recording studios, as well as multiple universities and Vanderbilt Hospital.

Here are 5 Top Nashville Luxury Hotels:

1. Thompson Nashville

Suite 701 at Thompson Nashville

Located in "The Gulch", the trendy and upscale neighborhood set between downtown and Music Row, Thompson Nashville is a modern boutique hotel. Offering guestrooms and suites that mix contemporary, industrial, and classic design, the hotel provides a residential feel. Steps from some of the city's top restaurants, boutiques, and condominiums, the chic retreat is around the corner from the iconic Station Inn. The Marsh House Restaurant serves Southern-infused seafood specialties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus the rooftop L.A. Jackson has small plates, crafted cocktails, indoor and outdoor seating, and a see-and-be-seen environment.

For an insider's perspective, checkout our Content Manager's article Residential Retreat at Thompson Nashville

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2. Omni Nashville

Suite at the Omni Nashville

Situated in SoBro, the Omni Nashville is connected via an indoor walkway to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Throughout the hotel there is an array of locally-produced artwork, guestrooms and suites have Nashville-infused decor, and the heated outdoor pool is open year-round with stunning skyline views. There's three on-site dining options ranging from the casual Kitchen Notes with modern Southern cuisine, Bob's Steak and Chop House with a music-infused classic steakhouse setting, and Barlines with live music, gourmet bar foods, and a cocktail menu highlighting Tennessee libations. 

For an insider's perspective, checkout our Content Manager's article Music City Views at Omni Nashville

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3. The Hermitage

The Hermitage Nashville

Since opening in 1910, The Hermitage (named in honor of Andrew Jackson's estate) has been an iconic destination in downtown Nashville for traditions, weddings, political, and social events. Offering elegant Southern style, guestrooms and suites have an average of 500 square feet, as well as traditional furnishings with dark woods and gold accents. The hotel's Capitol Grille is a destination restaurant known for creative interpretations of Southern specialties, while the adjacent Oak Bar has Nashville's largest collection of bourbons. 

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4. Hutton Hotel

Hutton Hotel Analog Music & Cocktail Lounge

Offering fully-equipped Writer's Rooms and creative spaces, Hutton Hotel is a boutique hotel in Nashville's West End neighborhood. Close too Music Row and Vanderbilt University, the property provides guests with an immersive journey into the city's music industry with the 5,000-square-foot Analog music and cocktail lounge (shown above). For dining, the WestEnd bar and restaurant serves innovative Southern cuisine, and recently redesigned guestrooms and suites have residential styling, granite bathrooms, and Triumph & Disaster bath amenities. 

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5. 21c Museum Hotel Nashville

21c Museum Hotel Nashville

Situated within the historic Gray & Dudley building, 21c Museum Hotel Nashville offers reimagined spaces with contemporary guestrooms and suites, including rooftop suites with outdoor terraces. Located along 2nd Avenue in downtown, the property is set amidst dining and nightlife destinations, including Broadway's honky-tonks. There's a contemporary art museum within the common areas of the hotel, providing more than 10,500 square feet of exhibition and event space, plus the Gray & Dudley restaurant and bar by executive chef Levon Wallace. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recently I had the opportunity to stay at the Omni Nashville. Offering an ideal location in downtown's "SoBro" (South of Broadway) neighborhood, the luxury hotel is connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and directly across the street from the Music City Center. Read more below the photo of the view from the Omni Nashville.

Omni Nashville View

From the moment I arrived, I felt welcomed by the reception staff and the luxurious, yet approachable feel of the spacious lobby with multiple lounge areas, including one cozy space with a gas fireplace. Check-in was fast, and I was immediately wowed by the view of downtown when I walked into my room (1929). Read more below the photo of the in-room view.

View from room 1929 at the Omni Nashville

My guestroom on the 19th floor provided a Nashville-infused retreat with local artwork throughout the room, a spacious work desk, and sitting area with panoramic city views. Throughout the entire room there were electrical plug-ins, making it easy to charge a phone or electric device whether on the couch, in the plush king bed, or at the desk. Continue reading below the photos of room 1929.

Room 1929 at the Omni Nashville

Desk area in room 1929 at the Omni Nashville

The bathroom was spacious with a vanity, large mirror, illuminated makeup mirror (ideal for getting ready for a night out in Music City) and a combination shower and bathtub. Read more below the photos of the bathroom.

Bathroom photos at the Omni Nashville

There was also a coffee bar area with coffee and tea making essentials, as well as a minifridge for snacks and leftovers. Continue below the photo below.

Coffee bar and minifridge at the Omni Nashville

Throughout my stay, I found the sitting area in the room to be one of my favorite features. In the morning, it was the perfect spot to sit and enjoy coffee (delivered complimentary to my room as part of the Omni Select Guest Program). After a day of exploring the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and downtown, the sitting area was a comfortable place to relax and sip a glass of wine while enjoying the Nashville view. Read more below the photos.

Views from 1929 at the Omni Nashville

Beyond guestrooms and suites, the Omni Nashville offers an array of on-site amenities. On the first floor of the hotel there's direct indoor access to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as the Five & TENN boutique with jewelry, fashions, and accessories crafted by local artisans, plus local food products and sundries. Lining the cooridor between the hotel and museum, there are large display cases with Music City-related displays from museums like the Patsy Cline Museum, as well as Hatch Show Print--a working letterpress shop that creates hundreds of posters and signs per year, where guests can take a tour, watch the artists in action through large windows, or purchase a poster to take home. Feeling lost? Throughout the entire property there are interactive digital screens to guide guests in the right direction. Continue reading below the photo of Five & TENN boutique. 

Five & TENN Boutique at the Omni Nashville

Care for a swim? There's an outdoor heated rooftop pool that is open year-round with stunning city views and lounge chairs. During the warmer months there's a full-service bar and restaurant on the pool deck, and in the cooler months there's a firepit where guests can gather round. Read more below the pool photo. 

Omni Nashville Pool

Just inside the doors from the pool area, there is a large fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows, along with a variety of cardio machines and strength training equipment. Down the hall on the same floor is the Mokara Spa providing a variety of massages, treaments, salon, and beauty services.

There's also a variety of dining options within the hotel, including Kitchen Notes, serving three meals a day with a modern Southern menu and comfortable atmosphere. I started my day with Brunch at Kitchen Notes, which offered a delicious meal featuring made-to-order omelettes, Biscuit Bar, waffles, yogurt, fruit, ham, and more. There was also an a la carte menu option, as well as signature cocktails available. Read more below the Biscuit Bar photo.

Omni Nashville Biscuit Bar at Kitchen Notes

For an afternoon pick-me-up, Bongo Java is the hotel's coffee shop with a stylish setting, locally-roasted espresso, handcrafted beverages, baked items, and snacks. Continue reading below the photo.

Bongo Java

Ready for a special dinner? Bob's Steak & Chop House offers a discreet setting tucked behind doors just off the lobby with round booths, classic steakhouse fare, and extensive wine list (with an impressive glass-enclosed cellar in the center of the dining room). Read more below the photo.

Bob's Steak & Chop House, Omni Nashville

But one of my favorite features of the hotel is Barlines. Mixing aspects of a honky-tonk and a sports bar, Barlines offers live music seven nights a week, along with large screens for watching big games, a menu of Southern-infused comfort foods, and a drink list highlighting Tennessee libations. During the warmer months, the doors to the patio open letting breezes in, and the outdoor patio along 5th Avenue provides a unique setting for listening to the live music inside Barlines while looking at the lights of Music City.

Steps from Bridgestone Arena, and two blocks from Broadway's famous honky-tonks, the Omni Nashville is an ideal location for travelers wanting to be within walking distance of major attractions like the Ryman Auditorium, The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. It's also right across the street from the Music City Center, and the property has 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space (including a theater) on two dedicated floors, making it a centralized location for business travelers as well. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set within a former church, The LINE DC is a luxury boutique hotel with a community radio station broadcasting live from the lobby, two unique bars with eclectic nightlife experiences, and three restaurants serving dishes infused with flavors from around the world. Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, guestrooms and suites have sweeping views of Washington, D.C., while the hotel's rooftop has panoramas of the Washington National Cathedral and Washington Monument. Continue reading below the photo.

Guestroom at The LINE DC

Providing an ideal destination for foodies, The LINE DC's restaurants are led by two James Beard-recognized chefs, Spike Gjerde of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen and Erik-Bruner-Yang of Maketto. At A Rake's Progress, guests can experience Spike Gjerde's mix of Southern cuisine paired with locally-sourced Chesapeake ingredients. While just off the lobby at Brothers and Sisters, visitors can select from an all-day menu of Erik Bruner-Yang's American classics prepared with Taiwanese and Japanese style, or try a reimagined high tea experience in the East Parlour Tea. For an intimate exprience, Spoken English by Erik Bruner-Yang is a 10-seat venue with an Asian-inspired tasting menu served family style. Read more below the photo.

Guest lounge at The LINE DC

For entertainment the community radio station, Full Service Radio (created by Jack Inslee the world's pioneer food radio station) broadcasts live from the lobby. Covering a range of topics including politics, food, comedy, art, and music, the radio station has about three dozen local hosts. In the evenings the hotel offers live music nightly, and guests have two bar options within the hotel: A Rake's Bar serves cocktails infused innovative with ingredients curated from innovative distillers, and Brothers and Sisters Bar is led by a celebrated bartender and sommelier with a menu of classic American and International cocktails. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Recently I had the opportunity to spend two nights at the Thompson Nashville. Located in "The Gulch" the city's trendy new neighborhood set between downtown and Music Row with upscale apartments, condominiums, shops, and restaurants, the Thompson Nashville offers a convenient location for both business and leisure travelers. 

From the moment I arrived at the Thompson Nashville, I felt like I had my own private residence in the city. Set amidst modern apartments and condominiums, the Thompson offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with a lobby that feels like a chic living room with seating areas, a large table for working remotely or a casual meeting, the Marsh House Restaurant, and Killebrew Coffee with crafted espresso drinks and fresh-baked treats. Continue reading below the lobby photo.

Thompson Nashville Lobby

The cordial staff at the reception desk offered welcoming greetings from the moment I stepped through the revolving doors, check-in was quick, and I soon found myself at ease in my suite (701) with floor-to-ceiing windows on two sides overlooking The Gulch. Read more below the photo.

Suite 701 Living Room at Thompson Nashville

In the entry there was a closet, table, and bench, providing a residential-like feel. The spacious living room had wood floors, chic velvet couch and chair, wet bar, custom honor bar with Thompson signature items and locally-curated snacks. There was also an industrial-style shelf with a Marshall Bluetooth Speaker, bistro table with two chairs, and a 55-inch flat-screen TV. An added bonus...there were plug-ins throughout the suite, including in the floor making it easy to charge an array of electronic devices. Read more below the living room and wet bar photos.

Living room at Thompson Nashville

Living Room at Thompson Nashville

Beyond the living room area was the bedroom with a plush king bed topped with SFERRA linens and a tall wood headboard with built-in individual reading lights. There was also a modern chair to sit by the window, flat-screen TV, and a large closet with a laptop-size safe and oversized Thompson signature bathrobes. Continue reading below the bedroom photo.

Bedroom at the Thompson Nashville

But perhaps my favorite part of the suite was just off the bedroom through sliding barn doors...an extra-large master bathroom with a claw foot bathtub--complete with a wooden tray for a glass of wine and bath salts! 

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There was also separate state-of-the-art double rain shower, exclusive DS&DURGA bath amenities, and a double vanity. The brushed brass fixtures as well as the wood vanity and accent wall added a warmth to the beautifully tiled space, making it an idyllic sanctuary for relaxing after a day of exploring Music City. 

Suite 701 Bathtub at the Thompson Nashville

Another highlight at the Thompson the Marsh House Restaurant. Offering Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, breakfast at the Marsh House was an ideal start to a day in Music City, complete with buttery, flaky, biscuits! The restaurant also serves chef-prepared lunch and dinner, as well as crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list in a modern setting with bronze hardware and plush seating spaces. 

Entrance to the Marsh House at Thompson Nashville

During my stay I found myself visiting the Killebrew Coffee shop multiple times for crafted lattes (complete with foam art), and a few sweat treats. Read more below the photo of the Thompson's Killebrew Coffee.

Killebrew Coffee at the Thompson NashvilleI found the Thompson's rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson to be a stylish way to end a wonderful day in Nashville. The venue had large windows with skyline views, as well as a spacious outdoor patio. There was a grand bar in the center to see-and-be-seen, as well as cozy seating areas for crafted cocktails, small plates, and intimate conversation. Continue reading below the photo of the rooftop patio.

L.A. Jackson's Rooftop Patio

In addition to my inviting suite and multiple dining options, the luxury boutique hotel offered a second floor event space with stylish meeting venues and a fitness center. Just outside the Thompson was an array of upscale boutiques, and restaurants such as the popular Biscuit Love, and the iconic Station Inn with live Bluegrass music. The property is about a 20-minute walk to the Music City Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Broadway's legendary Honky Tonks. Or the Music City Circuit bus stops less than one block from the hotel with complimentary transportation throughout downtown. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of the city's historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place is a luxury hotel offering a spa, rooftop pool, and award-winning dining at the Charleston Grill. There's also upscale boutiques for shopping within the hotel, and the guestrooms and suites combine Southern charm with modern elegance and old-world style. While Club Floor rooms on the top floor of the property provide private access to the Club Lounge. For a limited time, the property is offering four special packages*. Read more below the photo for details. 

Belmond Charleston Place Exterior

Be Well, Be Luxe Offer*

-- 10% off luxury accommodations

--  Choice of one spa treatment per stay including Morroccanoil manicure and pedicure, or a 50-minute facial, body scrub, or massage ($140 credit)

--  One shampoo and blowout at Elysium ($65 credit)

*Maximum spa credit of $140 per room.

See more offers below the photo.

Poolside spa treatment at Belmond Charleston Place

Retreat to Romance*

--  Luxury accommodations

--  Champagne welcome amenity

--  Room service breakfast for two (maximum value of $75 per room, per stay)

--  Sweetgrass rose

*Valid for travel throughout 2018, subject to availability.

Continue below the photo for additional offers.

Romance at Belmond Charleston Place

The Suite Life Offer*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  Access to Club Level amenities

*Valid for travel Sunday-Thursday through February 27, 2018. Package applies to Corner One Bedroom and One Bedroom Suites. 

See one more package offer below the photo.

Suite at the Belmond Charleston Place

Winter in Charleston*

--  10% off luxury accommodations

--  $50 food and beverage credit

* Valid for travel through February 28, 2018. Two night minimum stay required, offer subject to availability. 

In addition to the inclusions listed above, offers include internet, access to online newspapers, $30 breakfast credit, per person, per day, $100 food and beverage credit, and upgrade options based on availability at check-in.

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*Please note, the offers listed above were provided by the Belmond Charleston Place. Offers are subject to availability and could change at any time. 


| By: Rachael Weir

18 Places to go in 2018 by Five Star Alliance

Happy 2018! The start of the new year is the perfect time to start planning adventures near and far. From bucket list destinations to weekend getaways, we've put together a list of our top 18 picks for places to go in 2018. 

1. Florence, Italy

18 Places to go in 2018 Florence, Italy

Following a two-year renovation, the half-mile-long Vasari Corridor will reopen this year. The 16th century passageway was built by the Medicis to move unseen across the Arno River between the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery offices. The Renaissance city also recently celebrated the opening of the Franco Zeffirelli Center for the Performing Arts in Plaza San Firenze with a lineup of classical music and Italian film events. In October, the Uffizi will unveil Codex Leicester, featuring a special collection of scientific drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci (on loan from Bill Gates). For views of Il Duomo (and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests) Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is located in the city's pedestrian-only historic center with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. Hotel Il Salviatino is set within a 15th century villa that features views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills, while Belmond Villa San Michelle is located on a hillside overlooking the city in a former monastery with suites, Tuscan dining, pool, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. 

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2. New Orleans, Louisiana

18 Places to go in 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana

Celebrating its 300th birthday in 2018, the city of New Orleans will be hosting more than 160 events throughout the year to commemorate the tricentennial year. Always a haven for jazz lovers, history buffs, and foodies, there's a variety of events taking place annually including Mardi Gras in February, April welcomes Jazz Fest, and July is the time for Tales of the Cocktail where bartenders from around the world show off their skills in the city where cocktails were invented. The W New Orleans French Quarter is steps from Jackson Square, as well as live Jazz venues and popular restaurants. For historic charm along with an Oyster Butler, Crawfish Concierge, and Snowball Sommelier, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers a classic setting in two historic buildings on Canal Street. The NOPSI Hotel provides a boutique setting in the heart of the business district with Spa Suites, local cuisine, and a rooftop pool and lounge. While Le Meridien New Orleans features contemporary design with French-inspired amenities and a rooftop pool in downtown. 

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3. Vienna, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Vienna, Austria

Known for classical music and the festive ball season, in 2018 Vienna is celebrating Modernism, as four of the art movement's most important artists--Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser passed away 100 years ago. The Beauty and the Abyss celebration of Modernism will celebrated with with special exhibitions at a variety of venues including the Leopold Museum, Lower Belvedere, MAK--Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Wien Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, and the Jewish Museum Vienna. The historic Hotel Sacher Wien provides a central location in the heart of the city, opposite the Vienna State Opera House and next to the Albertina Gallery with a traditional Austrian coffeehouse and fine dining. Nearby, The Hotel Bristol Vienna, a Luxury Collection Hotel offers a historic setting with fine dining at the Art Deco Bristol Lounge, fitness center, and meeting venues. Built in 1863 for the prince of Württemberg, Hotel Imperial provides world class service and a unique location on the famous Ringstrasse next to the Musikverein Vienna. 

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

18 Places to go in 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Home to an array of art galleries, Buenos Aires is partaking in the inaugural, yearlong Art Basel initiative, which will include art lectures, workshops, as well as showcase local and international artists. In October, the city is hosting the Youth Olympic Games. The trendy Tegui restaurant in the Palermo neighborhood made the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Situated in El Porteno Building, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires allows guests to experience the city like a Porteno in an atmosphere dedicated to art and fine living. Decorated in Empire and Louis XV style, the Alvear Palace Hotel serves classic Afternoon Tea at L'Orangerie and the Cigar Bar with an exclusive selection. While the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located along the Avenida Alvear with fashionable shopping and a luxury spa. 

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5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

18 Places to go in 2018 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Offering four distinctive seasons of outdoor activities, Minneapolis will be hosting the Super Bowl on February 4. Surrounding the Big Game festivities, there will be concerts, ice sculptures, and an Ice Palace in nearby St. Paul. While the city is known for cold winters, spring, summer, and fall provide idyllic weather for exploring the state's multitude of lakes, biking trails, and parks. Plus, Prince's Paisley Park recently opened for tours, the Walker Art Center recently remodeled their outdoor sculpture garden, the Uptown Art Festival the first weekend in August showcases local and international artists, and the annual Minnesota State Fair (August 23 to September 3, 2018) attracts visitors from all over the world. The W Minneapolis - The Foshay is an art deco landmark transformed into a chic boutique hotel, Loews Minneapolis is connected to the downtown area's skyway system and steps from Target Center and Target Field, and the Marquette Hotel is located in the inconic IDS Center. 

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6. Cairo, Egypt

18 Places to go  in 2018 Cairo

Not far from the Great Pyramids, The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open in 2018. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, the new museum will showcase more than 100,000 artifacts, as well as an atrium with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall with panoramic views of the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The Nile Ritz-Carlton features exclusive Nile views with a rooftop bar, Afternoon Tea, and Egyptian-infused spa. Situated thirty minutes from the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza, The Fairmont Cairo, Nile City is located within the Nile City Corporate Complex and offers a full-service Willow Stream Spa and a rooftop poolside sky bar with panoramic views of the city and pyramids. For a boutique setting, Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo blends European luxury mixed with regional influences on the eastern bank of The Nile River.

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7. London, United Kingdom

18 Places to go in 2018 London

There's another royal baby due in the spring, and it's time for another Royal Wedding! Making London one of the places to be this year. Plus, there's a new movie about Winston Churchill, giving visitors the perfect reason to check out Churchill's War Rooms, and other historic sites throughout the British capital. Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley is a boutique hotel close to Buckingham Palace with the Crystal Bar, Oval Restaurant, and one of Europe's largest Cigar Humidors. Combining English heritage with contemporary styling, Rosewood London offers fine dining, spa, and sophistication where the city meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn. Situated in Belgravia, The Goring Hotel offers an unbeatable location close to Buckingham Palace with a Michelin-starred restaurant and classic English style. 

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8. Los Cabos, Mexico

18 Places to go in 2018 Los Cabos

Booming with hip restaurant openings, new luxury resorts, and major renovations, the Baja Peninsula's San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas offer beachfront retreats. In addition to new resorts and dining options, the farm-to-table food scene is hot, as are the region's beaches and chic nightclubs. The recently opened Chileno Bay Resort & Residences provides a bayfront setting within a resort community with a swimmable beach, open-air dining, multi-level infinity pool, and championship golf. The Cape - A Thompson Hotel provides beachfront luxury with bi-level suites with private rooftops, private stairway to the surfing-friendly Monuments Beach, and regionally-inspired cuisine. While The Resort at Pedregal is reachable only via a private tunnel with 24 acres of mountainside property, featuring newly opened villas and revitalized culinary offerings. 

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9. Mauritius

18 Places to go in 2018 Mauritius

This year, the island nation of Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of independence after years of colonization by the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands. The airport is expanding and transforming into a hub for traveling to Asia, English is the dominant language, and the architecture and culture mix African, French, Chinese, and Indian traditions. Known for relaxed resorts and tropical mountain peaks, the country offers a retreat surrounded by the Indian Ocean. For privacy and luxury, Constance Le Prince Maurice has 64 Junior Suites, plus Family Suites, villas, and a Princely Suite, as well as the U Spa, Kids' Club, shopping, and two 18-hole golf courses. The Residence Mauritius provides a beachfront setting with accommodations in turn-of-the-century-inspired plantation houses, with family-friendly and adults-only pools and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the oceanfront Constance Belle Mare Plage has a variety of water-focused recreation, four swimming pools, seven restaurants, and five bars within a tropical setting. 

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10. Malta

18 Places to go in 2018 Malta

This island country is the designated European Capital of Culture in 2018, where the arts will be celebrated in a country that mixes Sicilian, North African, and Colonial England cultures. There's ornate architecture throughout the island, including the baroque St. John's Co-Cathedral, pre-historic ruins, and the must-try Stuffat tal-fenek--the national dish of rabbit stew. In January, Valetta's National Baroque Festival is held, and the Grand Excelsior Hotel makes an ideal base for exploring the capital city with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Le Grand Spa, and a marina. The InterContinental Malta provides a modern island retreat with a casino, six restaurants and bars, spa, conference center, and spa close to Valetta, while The Xara Palace features a boutique setting in the medieval city of Medina. 

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11. Oslo, Norway

18 Places to go in 2018 Oslo

This Nordic capital city is marking two important events in 2018. Norway's King and Queen are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and the modern Oslo Opera House is marking it's 10th year with a season of celebratory performances. The Hotel Continental Oslo offers a historic setting next to the National Theater, and close to the city's revitalized harbor with special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. While the Grand Hotel Oslo offers a grand setting along Karl Johan's  Gate close to shops and sidewalk cafes. For a contemporary setting, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo soars 37 stories above the Oslo Fjord. 

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12. San Antonio, Texas

18 Places to go in 2018 San Antonio

Marking its 300th anniversary this year, San Antonio has recently unveiled a variety of new developments, including the Bottling Department (the city's first food hall), the iconic barges along the River Walk were upgraded with electric models, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park transformed an old drainage ditch into a waterfront promenade with performance and art spaces. Special Tricentennial commemorative events will take place May 1-6, including events at each of San Antonio's five missions. On the historic River Walk, the Omni La Mansion del Rio is celebrating it's 50th anniversary of being transformed from a Catholic School into a luxury hotel for the 1968 World's Fair. The Grand Hyatt San Antonio overlooks the River Walk with an outdoor pool, sundeck, and special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. For those seeking a resort setting overlooking Texas Hill Country, La Cantera Resort and Spa recently underwent a complete renovation, and offers furnishings inspired by the area's ranch heritage, two championship golf courses, and five pools about 30 minutes from downtown. 

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13. Sevilla, Spain

18 Places to go in 2018 Sevilla, Spain

In the midst of reinvigorating its artistic past, Sevilla is currently celebrating the 400th anniversary of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a homegrown Baroque painter with special one-of-a-kind exhibitions. The city is also hosting the 31st European Film Awards, and the historic center provides an enchanting blend of architectural styles including a Gothic cathedral, medieval lanes, Flamenco clubs, baroque churches, and Mudéjar palaces. Once the Moorish capital, today Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia, offering luxury hotels such as the historic Hotel Alfonso XIII in the historic center with traditional architecture, courtyard, and regional cuisine. Nearby, Gran Melia Colon is furnished with reproductions of artwork by Spanish masters, a boutique hotel with RedLevel service within the hotel, and dining venues serving modern Andalusian cusine. For a well-preserved example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, Casa de Carmona is located about 20 minutes north of Sevilla and offers accommodations within a palace built in 1561, and fine dining in the former stables. 

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14. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

18 Places to go in 2018 Iguazu Falls

Millions of visitors go to this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site with 275 roaring waterfalls straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil. To accommodate the influx of visitors, Cataratas del Iguazú Airport is expanding and modernizing. Within the national park, the Ecological Jungle Train that takes visitors on a 25-minute journey to the Devil's Throat Cascade is being converted from gas to electric, and multiple luxury resorts are set to open later this year. On the Brazil side of the falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataras offers guests exclusive access to the falls as well as a pastel-pink hideaway with gardens, fine dining, and a luxe outdoor pool. While The Iguazu Grand Resort Spa and Casino is located on the Argentina side of the falls with a full-service resort setting including authentic Argentine dining at La Terraza and the Spa del Parasiso providing treatments infused with natural ingredients like yerba mate and chocolate from nearby sources. 

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15. Toronto, Canada

18 Places to go in 2018 Toronto

Last year Canada celebrated 150 years, and Toronto continues to add to the city's cosmopolitan "it" factor with new luxury hotels like the Bisha Hotel Toronto, along with hip restaurants with an understated Canadian vibe are taking the city to a new level. In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art is relocating to a former factory in the Junction Triangle, and VIKINGS: The Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum runs through April 2, 2018. The Thompson Toronto offers a modern residential style with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool with skyline views. While The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto provides a classic downtown retreat along Wellington Street. 

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16. Bangkok, Thailand

18 Places to to go in 2018 Bangkok

In 2016, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world, with more than 21 million guests. Its popularity is sparking a rise in new luxury hotels and restaurants. In 2018, The Michelin Guide will debut, giving even more attention to  the city's creative culinary atmosphere. For art enthusiasts, Warehouse 30 is opening in  transformed World War II warehouses, ChangChui is a new entertainment complex constructed from upcycled materials, and the Thailand Creative & Design Center is moving to the iconic Charoen Krung Road in a space that was once a post office. To stay in the heart of Bangkok's historical palaces and temples, The Siam Hotel is set along the River of Kings with bespoke cultural amusements and an urban resort design with spacious suites, pool villas, and open-air roof terraces. Soaring 39 stories, The Peninsula Bangkok features panoramic city views on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and a three-tiered swimming pool. For contemporary style, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn is located within a 37-floor twin tower with an infinity pool and holistic spa treatments. 

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17. Salzburg, Austria

18 Places to go in 2018 Salzburg

Referred to as the "City of Mozart" and the "Rome of the North" , Salzburg was a church state for more than 1,100 years. Symbols of the Catholic Church can be discovered throughout the historic Old Town of Salzburg, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2018, the City of Salzburg will celebrate the 200th anniversary of "Silent Night", which was written and first performed in the village of Oberndorf near Salzburg on December 24, 1818. The special exhibition "Silent Night 200 - History. Message. Present." will be open September 28, 2018 to February 3, 2019, and the musical "My Silent Night" will be performed at the iconic Felsenreitschule on November 24, 2018. Hotel Sacher Salzburg provides idyllic views of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, as well as fine dining at the Zirbelzimmer, and the Original Sacher-Torte cake in the Sacher Cafe. In the baroque city center, Hotel Goldener Hirsch combines a historic setting with Austrian style and state-of-the-art amenities, while Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa features a lakeside setting in the Archbishop of Salzburg's former hunting lodge. 

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18. Melbourne, Australia

18 Places to go in 2018 Melbourne, Australia

As the events capital of Australia, Melbourne is a growing city offering a cosmopolitan core that serves as an ideal gateway to exploring a variety of Australia's attractions, including the Phillip Island penguin walk which is 90 minutes from the city, and an hour and a half north of the city is the Nagambie Lakes, one of the country's oldest viticulture areas with renowned wineries and outdoor activities. For a grand setting opposite Parliament, The Hotel Windsor was built at the top of Collins Street in 1883. For panoramic views of the skyline and Yarra River from the hotel pool, Langham Hotel Melbourne provides an elegant setting on the Southbank Promenade, and the Art Series The Olsen is a luxury boutique hotel on Chapel Street. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Across from downtown, The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina offers a family-friendly setting with a full-service marina, three outdoor pools, and multiple restaurants. Guest rooms and suites feature custom beds, private balconies, and bathrooms with soaking tubs. Read more below the guest room photo.

Guest room at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

The Family Parlor Rooms have 750 square feet of space with a king bed, sitting area with a fireplace, and a separate room with two twin beds, while Garden Studio Suites have a spacious design with a living space and furnished balconies. Offering a range of services and amenities, discover 5 Top Amenities at the property below the photo. 

The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor

5 Top Amenities at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

1. Charleston Harbor Marina

Located on site, the full-service marina provides complimentary water trolley access to downtown Charleston, as well as 24-hour security dock space that can accommodate more than 450 boats, high speed fuel, laundry, and shower facilities. 

2. Beach Club Tiki Bar

Charleston's only Tiki Bar provides panoramic harbor views, and a menu of sandwiches, salads, and light fare.

3. Estuary Spa 

Featuring coastal-inspired ambiance, the Estruary Spa offers an array of pampering services with individual and couples treatment options. 

4. Charleston Harbor Fish House

Serving fresh seafood with a seasonally changing menu, the award-winning restaurant offers waterfront dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

5. Games & Activities

Providing a variety of activties for guests of all ages, the hotel has season kid's camps, photo scavenger hunts, beachside fire pits with kits for roasting s'mores, and a 30-person movie theater. There's also volleyball, bocce, aqua golf, cornhole, and life-size chess.

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Patio view at The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor


| By: Rachael Weir

Love a good ghost story? So do we. This Halloween we've gathered a list of five luxury hotels known for eery experiences and legendary ghost stories. From London to Vancouver, here are five of our favorites. 

1. The Langham London

The Langham London

Built in 1865, this luxe hotel with a world-reknowned Afternoon Tea is also known for sightings of the paranormal kind. From a German prince in a military jacket that jumped to his untimely death, to a Victorian-era doctor who killed his bride and himself while on their honeymoon, the majority of the paranormal activity happens in Room 333.

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2. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

In 1892, a young woman arrived on Thanksgiving alone and never checked out. After five lonely days, Kate Morgan took her own life. To this day, the Ghost of Kate Morgan continues with stories of lights flickering, objects mysteriously moving, along with unexplained voices and footsteps. Paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity from Kate's room on the third floor, and there have been Kate sightings along the seashore and in the hotel hallways. 

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3. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Known as the "Castle in the City" the legendary Canadian National Railway hotel that first opened as a hotel in 1939, is also home to the Lady in Red, a friendly ghost. Often spotted on the 14th floor in an elegant red evening gown, she's also been seen on the first floor and gliding through the hallways. Security cameras have picked up strange sounds and disembodied footsteps, guests have reported sightings over the years, and a special cocktail is served at the lobby lounge in her honor. 

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4. Emily Morgan Hotel

Emily Morgan Hotel

Next to the Alamo, the hotel was originally constructed as the Medical Arts Building on the Alamo Plaza. Featuring a copper roof with wood ribs, the building is lined by an array of gargoyles, each depicting a medical ailment. Believed to be one of the most haunted hotels west of the Mississippi, there have been stories of guests' phones ringing in the middle, lights and TVs turning on mysteriously, bathtubs being filled on their own, and sightings of women dressed in white. The most common sightings have seemed to occur on floors 12 and 14, which were once surgery and crematorium floors. 

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5. Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Featuring old world grace and charm, W. A. Chambers was one of the designers behind the opulent hotel. He left for a trip to England once the blueprints were completed, and returned to discover the design was not being carried out as planned. According to legend, he jumped to his death from the fifth floor, and stories have told he's been spotted roaming the halls of the hotel to this day. 

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