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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: 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

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.

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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.

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18. Vienna, Austria

20 Places To Go In 2020 Vienna

There's much to explore in this Germanic destination with cutting-edge art museums and music halls. The Musikverein concert hall will celebrate its 150th anniversary and events will be held throughout the city celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday. While the classic city is known for its Baroque architecture and classical music venues, the contemporary art venue was transformed into the Belvedere 21, the Freud Museum will reopen in May following a major renovation with nearly 40,000 adds to its library, and the Belvedere Palaces with an extensive classical art collection have been completely renovated.

Luxury hotels in Vienna offer historic charm blended with contemporary amenities, such as the Hotel Sacher Wien, The Ring, and Park Hyatt Vienna, all with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. 

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17. Cape Town, South Africa

20 Places To Go In 2020 Cape Town

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

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

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16. Buenos Aires, Argentina

20 Places To Go In 2020 Buenos Aires

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

Explore Buenos Aires Luxury Hotels

15. Edinburgh, Scotland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Edinburgh

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

Explore Edinburgh Luxury Hotels

14. Kyoto, Japan

20 Places To Go In 2020 Kyoto

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

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

Explore Kyoto Luxury Hotels

13. Maine

20 Places To Go In 2020 Maine

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

Explore Maine Luxury Hotels

12. Galway, Ireland

20 Places To Go In 2020 Galway

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

Explore Galway Luxury Hotels

11. Macau

20 Places To Go In 2020 Macau

On December 20, Macau will celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China. Macau is an international destination mixing Asian and European cultures, providing travelers with luxe hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip, Wynn Macao, and the Banyan Tree Macau. In addition to fine hotels, Macau offers travelers an array of world-class dining options, casinos, and cultural experiences. 

Explore Macau Luxury Hotels 

10. Tel Aviv, Israel

20 Places To Go In 2020 Tel Aviv

Experience a destination where modern living merges with ancient history. In 2020, the Ben-Gurion Airport will expand to accommodate additional aircraft. Tel Aviv's White City Zone is a UNESCO-designated site and home to over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, the largest collection of its kind in the world. The area will take center stage this year, as Tel Aviv commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus architecture movement. The beach city along Israel's Mediterranean coast offers an array of luxury hotels including three with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks: The Setai with a seafront location, beachfront Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, and the InterContinental David Tel Aviv

Explore Tel Aviv Luxury Hotels

9. Vancouver Island, Canada

20 Places To Go In 2020 Vancouver Island

From the capital city of Victoria on the harborfront to the surf town of Tofino, Vancouver Island offers land and sea experiences along with local cuisine. Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress is a classic institution. Travelers can experience Native traditions as the island is home to 50 First Nations communities, or book a cycling tour in Ucluelet. Spring is an ideal time to visit the island, with the West Coast Trail opening for hiking season May 1. Watch for whales from Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sook, or dine at the Pointe Restaurant offering ocean views at the Wickaninnish Inn. Located about 70 miles west of Vancouver, the island is reachable via ferry or flight into Victoria's International Airport. 

Explore Victoria Luxury Hotels

8. Doha, Qatar

20 Places To Go In 2020 Doha

In preparation for hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup, Doha introduced a brand-new underground railway system, and the city is expanding its arts and culture scene with the opening of new museums including the National Museum of Qatar. Getting from the airport to the palm-lined Corniche is more convenient than ever with the new transportation system, Old Doha provides a historic feel, and Souq Waqif is a must-see open-air street market. Choose from an array of luxury hotels in the city including the InterContinental Doha, JW Marriott Marquis City Center, and The St. Regis Doha

Explore Doha Luxury Hotels

7. Melbourne, Australia

20 Places To Go In 2020 Melbourne

Providing a European feel in the land of Oz, Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city known for its street art, constantly changing landscape, and live music. There's a strong coffee culture throughout the city, and it is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. Ideal for foodies, coffee lovers, and art enthusiasts, Melbourne is considered the Culture Capital of Australia. Cobbled laneways in the city center have coffee shops, cafes, and one-of-a-kind boutiques ideal for exploring, while the Queen Victoria Markets is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

The city will be hosting a number of major events throughout the year, including the Australian Open January 20 - February 2, the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 will February 21 - March 8, and the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 will be October 18 - November 15.

Melbourne is home to an array of five star hotels, including several with exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks such as The Langham Melbourne, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, and Park Hyatt Melbourne

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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.

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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

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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: Five Star Alliance

Situated between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Montage Palmetto Bluff is a luxury resort nestled within a 20,000 acre coastal nature preserve. Paying homage to the region's rich heritage, the resort's activities and accommodations are infused with regionally-inspired options. Comprised of two villages, Montage Palmetto Bluff has nine Southern-inspired restaurants, a riverfront marina, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Learn about a special 4th Night Free & exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks below the photo.

Montage Palmetto Bluff

For a limited time, Montage Palmetto Bluff is offering a 4th Night Free Promotion*

  • Choose your travel dates
  • Search for "Complimentary Fourth Night" rates
  • Book and enjoy a 4th night free

Plus, an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive full breakfast for two daily at Buffalo's Cafe or Octagon Porch (maximum $60 daily credit per room, excluding alcohol and gratuity), a welcome amenity, and a $100 spa treatment credit once per stay. 

*Four nights minimum stay required. 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. Offer is subject to availability and blackout dates. Available through August 1, 2019.

Book a stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff

 


| By: Rachael Weir

Nestled within Memphis' Harbor Town community, the River Inn is a luxury boutique hotel blending a European feel with Southern influences.  The 28 rooms and suites have elegant woodwork and molding, walnut armoires, and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Windows open to lush flower boxes, and plush fourposter beds are draped in Frette linens, white-on-white duvets, and six luxurious pillows. Bathrooms have Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities and plush towels. Guests are welcomed with a glass of Champagne or wine on arrival, and port wine and chocolate truffles are served at turn-down. Learn more about the hotel below the photo.

River Inn of Harbor Town

For dining, Paulette's Restaurant combines 40 years of experence and beloved recipes to provide an array of chef-created offerings. The award-winning restaurant is a revered Memphis dining establishment specializing in steaks, fresh fish, Sunday Brunch, and hot popovers with strawberry butter. Complimentary gourmet breakfast is served at Paulette's, and casual dining is available at Tug's Casual Grill. The Terrace at the River Inn is an eclectic dining option within the hotel providing panoramic city views and a modern twist on classic dishes, as well as Southern-inspired handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer. Continue reading below the photo.

River Inn of Harbor Town interior

The River Inn of Harbor Town has a library-style sitting area on each floor where guests can enjoy early morning coffee. Fresh flowers and artwork adorn the hotel throughout the property, there is 24-hour concierge and room service, free parking, and complimentary WiFi for all guests.

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| By: Rachael Weir

On July 20, 1969, Apollo Astronauts landed on the moon. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Missions, including the moon landing, the Smithsonian's National Air and Spa Museum is having a special celebration. The "Discover the Moon" Day will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 19.* In complement with the museum's extensive collection and expertise, guests will be able to interact one-on-one with museum scientists to learn about lunar exploration, research, and missions, view the moon in 3-D, and see high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This special event is designed to spark interest and a national conversation about the past, present, and future of exploration and innovation. 

Details:

Discover the Moon - 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Missions at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.*

- 1 Day Celebration for All Ages, complimentary admission

-  Friday, July 19, 2019

-  10 AM to 3 PM

The "Discover the Moon Day" at the National Air and Space Museum is part of a five-day celebration happening to celebrate the Apollo Missions including the moon landing. In addition to the event at the museum, there will be an "Apollo 50 Festival" on the National Mall July 18-20, 2019. Plus, Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, July 16, there will be a special screening of the children's PBS Program, "Ready Jet Go!" at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Wednesday, July 17, and on Saturday, July 20 "The Eagle Has Landed" free, late-night celebration will happen from 8 PM to 2 AM. 

Click here for a schedule of events and additional details from National Air and Space Museum

Visiting DC from out of town? For an ideal location with easy access to the National Mall and the National Air and Space Museum, we recommend staying at the InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf with a riverfront location, rooftop pool, and this exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Kith and Kin (also available through room service), and a $50 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay. Continue reading below the photo. 

Rooftop Pool at the InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf

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Another option with a convenient location for the Apollo Celebration events is the Mandarin Oriental Washington. Providing grand elegance within walking distance of Capitol Hill and the National Mall, this property offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive American Breakfast for two daily in Muze or continental breakfast via room service, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay (excluding taxes and gratuities). Additionally, reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" for 3 or more nights in the Jefferson and Presidential Suite also include round-trip airport transfers. 

Mandarin Oriental Washington

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*Please note: events listed above are subject to change. 


| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring an opulent setting in the heart of Louisville, The Brown Hotel is a historic property with Georgian-Revival style and Southern charm. Situated about four miles from the famous Churchill Downs, the luxury hotel offers a variety of guest rooms and suites, including the exclusive Muhammad Ali Suite. Named after the city's famous son, and dedicated in 2001 by "The Greatest" himself, this suite provides an elegant setting in shades of gold and black. Showcased throughout the suite are signed pieces of Ali memorabilia, photos, and boxing gloves. There's a dining room with wood floors and a crystal chandelier, plus a separate living room with wet bar. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Living Room at The Brown Hotel

Available as a one or two bedroom suite, the master suite features a mahogany four-poster king bed. Within the adjacent master bathroom, guests will find a grand space with a marble Jacuzzi tub. 

The Muhammad Ali Suite Master Bedroom at The Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel is a landmark building in downtown Louisville, situated at the corners of Fourth and Broadway. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel recently completed a $12 million renovation, restoring the grand hotel and elevating the property with contemporary luxuries, new furniture, lighting, and carpet. Across from the Brown Theater, the property is close to the Palace Theater, Kentucky International Convention Center, and about 4 miles from Churchill Downs.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Amidst a 330-acre wildlife nature preserve on Captiva Island, South Seas Island Resort offers a luxurious setting with an array of activities on Florida's Gulf Coast. From world-class shelling on two-and-a-half miles of pristine white-sand beaches to embarking on a fishing adventure with dolphins swimming in the boat's wake, the resort is an island paradise. Plus, the property offers exclusive perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Continue reading below the photo.

Overview of South Seas Island Resort

For families, the resort's Camp Skullywags offers programs designed for children ages 3 to 11 years old, led by knowledgeable activities coordinators. The ScoutAbout program encourages families to grab a ScoutAbout map and their camera to go on an island adventure to discover manatees, dolphins, and sunsets. While the Sanibel Sea School has learning programs for children to learn snorkeling, surfing, and net fishing. Plus, families can relax in private cabanas at one of three pools with H2Whoa! Water Slides and a nearby waterfront tiki bar. Want to capture the special moments? The resort also offers family portrait sessions (must be scheduled in advance). Continue reading below the pool photo.

Pool at South Seas Island Resort

Golfers can play a round on the Captiva Course, a 9-hole, par-27 executive course, named on the "Top Five Short Courses" in the world with palm trees and views of the Gulf. While the Blackwood Tennis Academy at South Seas Island Resort offers world-class professional training and instruction for tennis players of all levels. 

The property's gulfside location provides an array of water-related activities such as paddleboarding, jet skiing, and kayaking, as well as sunset cruises, private charters aboard a catamaran, or partaking in sailing lessons at the Colgate Offshore Sailing School. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive two full American Breakfast per bedroom per day and a daily $25 resort credit per accommodation.

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| By: Rachael Weir

It's National Pet Day! Today we are honoring our four-legged friends by creating a list of our top places to getaway with our pets. Why leave furry friends home when they can travel with you at these top luxury hotels? 

5 Top Pet-Friendly Hotels in the USA

1. Hotel Teatro

Hotel Teatro Denver Lobby

Set in the heart of downtown Denver, Hotel Teatro welcomes dogs. Located in one of the country's most pet-friendly cities, the hotel goes above and beyond with dog-friendly services and amenities. Dogs stay free with their owners, and the hotel can assist with arranging a "Pawdicure" at a nearby pet spa, or therapeutic massages with a certified canine massage therapist. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast for two daily in The Study (maximum $20 credit per person/per day), a welcome amenity, valet parking for one vehicle per night, and complimentary 2 pm late check-out. 

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2. The Iron Horse Hotel

Iron Horse Hotel

When clients and their dogs check in at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, dogs of all sizes are greeting in the lobby with their name on the welcome chalkboard, as well as water and treats in the lobby. There's also a "Doggy-in-Room" door hanger and in-room doggy dining menu, as well as complimentary treats at the front desk. In addition, the hotel's staff can assist guests with recommendations for pet-friendly dining options, dog parks, and local pet stores. 

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3. Hotel del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado dog photo

The Hotel Del Coronado's "Del Dogs & Cats" program welcomes pets with special amenities including placemats with water and food dishes as well as Del-ightful Dog and Cat Treats by the hotel's pastry chef. There are paw-friendly events like Yappy Hours on the Sun Deck, and gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs prepared by the property's talented chefs. Plus, pet-walking, pet-sitting, and dog grooming services can be arranged, and the hotel has a pet-friendly guide to exploring Coronado Island. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily buffet breakfast for two, VIP services, and a $100 spa treatment credit per stay. 

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4. The Hermitage Hotel

Pets at The Hermitage Hotel Nashville

Offering a historic setting in the heart of Music City, The Hermitage Hotel offers a specialty pet program with a welcome letter, nightly pet turndown service complete with pet treats, spring water, rolled towels, and an in-room dining menu for pets. In the rooms, pets are welcomed with specialty pet bedding, organic welcome treats, bottled spring water, personal-sized packs of organic pet food, and in-room water and food bowls. Plus, there's optional pet-walking services, leashes, and and on-call pet masseuse. 

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5. Liberty Hotel 

Pets at the Liberty Hotel in Boston

From seasonal "Yappier Hours" where guests can mix-and-mingle with canines and cocktails in The Yard to dog-friendly amenities, the Liberty Hotel in Boston is an ideal choice for dog owners. Plus, there are Saturday Yoga classes for humans, bicycle rentals, and Liberty Affairs. 

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Happy travels with your furry travel partners!


| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, The Watergate Hotel is an urban resort. The infamous property recently underwent a $200 million renovation, transforming the hotel into a luxury retreat with a full-service spa, wellness center, and accommodations with artful, mid-century styling. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at The Watergate Hotel

As part of the renovation, the property unveiled trendy new dining and nightlife options, including Kingbird. Focused on ingredient-driven American cuisine infused with French flavor, this chic restaurant offers a contemporary atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a vibrant bar within the restaurant, as well as seasonally-inspired plates. Continue reading below the Kingbird photo. 

The Watergate Hotel

The Next Whisky Bar serves a high-end, curated selection of scotch and whisky, as well as a selection of cigars. Providing an intimate setting with a soft amber glow, the space features a copper wall with 2,500 illuminated whisky bottles. Learn more about the property below the photo.

The Next Whisky Bar at The Watergate Hotel

On Saturdays and Sundays, The Watergate Hotel serves a contemporary take on classic afternoon tea. For a limited time, the Cherry Blossom Tea is served from March 23 to April 14, 2019. For $55 per person, guests can enjoy fine teas, seasonal sandwiches, signature Cherry Blossom Macarons, homemade scones, cherry-infused confections, and a Kingbird special of Cherry Jam. Reservations are required for this special tea, which can be booked by calling the hotel directly at +1 (833) 304-4830. Continue reading below the photo of the Top of the Gate.

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

In addition to the Kingbird, exclusive afternoon tea options, and The Next Whisky Bar, the hotel's see-and-be-seen Top of the Gate has a sophisticated outdoor rooftop setting with 360-dregree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington Bridges, the Washington Monument, and the rest of the DC skyline. 

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