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Ready for a beach retreat? For a limited time, the Monarch Beach Resort is offering a special promotion. Book two nights at the Best Available Rate, and receive the Third Night Free! The special offer requires a Three Night Minimum Stay, and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions, blackout dates apply. Read more about the resort below the photo. 

Guest bath at Monarch Beach Resort

The Monarch Beach Resort epitomizes the California Coastal lifestyle. Set along Salt Creek Beach, about five miles north of San Juan Capistrano, the resort is located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Featuring redesigned rooms by Rodrigo Vargas Design, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, and private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, the  family-friendly luxury resort has an expansive pool complex. Read more below the photo.

Swimming pool complex at the Monarch Beach Resort

For recreation, the Monarch Beach Golf Links is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed 18-hole golf course. Featuring traditional Scottish-inspired style, the beachfront course has a golf shop, lessons, and the Club 19 restaurant on the first tee. There's also a private beach club with surf lessons led by the resort's Surf Host, paddle boarding, bonfires, and trail hikes.

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I recently had the opportunity to spend two nights at The Allison Inn & Spa. Walking into the peaceful retreat makes it easy to see why the property is referred to as "The living room of the Willamette Valley". After a short drive from downtown Portland (just under an hour) and a lovely meandering drive amidst vineyards to reach the hotel, arriving at The Inn was like arriving at a soothing sanctuary. There were nature-inspired sculptures next to the entrances, greeters that swiftly opened the doors, and a friendly front desk staff. Continue reading below the photos.

Exterior of The Allison Inn & Spa

Stairwell at The Allison Inn & Spa

After a quick and easy check-in, I went to my room on the second floor. Furnished with a soothing color palette, the spacious room had a table near the entry with a plate of sweet bites waiting to be enjoyed, a gas fireplace, window seats with vineyard views, and a plush king bed. There was a minifridge stocked with glass bottles of filtered water, and a basket of Oregon snacks (including chocolate covered hazelnuts) to discover. Read more below the room photos. 

Guest room at The Allison Inn & Spa

Guestroom at The Allison Inn & Spa

But perhaps one of the most unique amenities of the room was the large bathroom with a walk-in shower and a large soaking tub complete with bath salts and a pillow, as well as a sliding door that opened to look out at the room and the windows with relaxing views. Read more below the bathtub photo.

Spa tub at The Allison Inn & Spa

Within my room there was also an outdoor patio with a charming sitting area perfect for enjoying morning coffee or a glass of local wine. Read more below the photo.

Patio at The Allison Inn & Spa

Offering an idyllic setting close to hundreds of Willamette Valley vineyards and tasting rooms, The Allison Inn & Spa provides a wine-infused setting at every turn. In the Spa, guests can select from a variety of treatments that incorporate the area's grapes and wines, as well as a pedicure salon, spa boutique, and separate men's and women's locker rooms with lounges, steam rooms, and saunas. Read more below the photo of the pedicure salon.

Pedicure Salon at The Spa at The Allison Inn & Spa

On the same floor as the spa, guests will find a large fitness room with cardio machines and strength training equipment, as well as an indoor pool surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that open during warmer months. (Editor's note: I was there during the late fall, but with the large windows and the skylights, the pool had an airy, outdoor feel). Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Allison Inn & Spa

For dining, the award-winning Jory has large windows looking out to the vineyards and surrounding area, along with an open-kitchen where guests can watch the food preparation. The seasonal menu changes to incorporate locally sourced ingredients,and an extensive wine list that includes Austin Knoll wines, created from The Allison Inn's own vineyards. Read more below the photo of Jory.

Jory at The Allison Inn & Spa

Throughout the property, guests can explore the hotel's extensive art collection that includes 500 original works of art created by 100 Oregon artists. Within each of the hotel's 85 guest rooms there are least three original works of art. While one of the most unique pieces can be found by the pool, "Slackwater Terroir" by Oregon Professor Jay Noller features four types of soil: Jory, Nekia, Woodburn, and Amity, sourced directly from the property's soil during construction. Continue reading below the photo of "Slackwater Terroir".

Slackwater Terroir at The Allison Inn & Spa

In addition to the indoor spaces, there are beautiful pathways to meander around the property, as well as gardens with lounge chairs, and specially selected sculptures (including some that are for sale) around The Inn. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Allison Inn & Spa

After dining multiple times at Jory, relaxing in my room with the window seat, fireplace, and soaking tub, swimming in the pool, and unwinding at the spa, there is only one thing I would change...two nights wasn't long enough at the Inn or in the Willamette Valley. 

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Perched along the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a casual, yet elegant setting in Laguna Beach. Most of the luxury resort's guest rooms and suites have ocean views and private patios or balconies, while first floor rooms have sea views and fire pits. There's also 42-inch flat-screen TVs, as well as DVD players, coffeemakers, and full marble bathrooms with double sinks. Plus, there's The Ritz-Carlton Club Level with exclusive amenities. Continue reading below the photo.

Fire pit at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The property offers an array of amenities for guests, including an oceanfront fitness center with cardio machines and strength training equipment, as well as two outdoor swimming pools and whirlpools. There's an Eco Adventure Center, wellness clases including Yoga and Pilates, two tennis courts, children's playground, and lawn areas with Adirondack chairs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Read more below the photo.

Pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton Spa has 12 luxurious treatment rooms, as well as a Salon & Spa Boutique. Continue reading below the spa photo.

Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

For dining, there are two restaurants, including Raya with signature Latin dishes prepared with locally-sourced produce, sustainable seafood, and organic meats. enoSTEAK features a modern steakhouse setting with wood-paneled walls and a showcase wine cabinet in the center of the restaurant. For casual dining with ocean views, 180Blu has a lounge style setting, and the Dana Pool Cafe has poolside food and beverages. 

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Situated in the seaside town of La Jolla, the Grande Colonial Hotel was originally built as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel in 1913. Designed by celebrated architect Richard Requa, the property was the talk of the town. Today, the luxury hotel offers a chic coastal setting overlooking the Pacific Coast. Completely modernized, the property maintains architectural details from its storied past. Read more below the photo.

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

Featuring windows that open to let in Pacific breezes, the boutique hotel's guest rooms and suites feature a coastal-inspired color palette, Keurig coffeemakers, Serta pillowtop mattresses, and goose down comforters. Continue reading below the photo.

One Bedroom Suite at the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

Completely renovated in 2017, the NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar specializes in evolving California Cuisine with an emphasis on certified farm-to-table cuisine, as well as an extensive Wine Spectator cellar. Plus, there's an outdoor terrace with ocean views and al fresco dining. 

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NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar

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Friends, Massages, Bubbles + More at the Hotel del Coronado

When it's time to escape the holiday madness, Hotel del Coronado's seaside spa sanctuary awaits. Gather your friends to relax and unwind at Spa at The Del's exclusive After Hours party and tap into ocean tranquility. Whether you desire an organic facial, hydrating body wrap, scintillating scrub, hydrotherapy soak, or muscle-melting massage, our cozy spa has the perfect pampering remedy for you.

Spa Jacuzzi at the Hotel del Coronado
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*The information in the article above was provided by the Hotel del Coronado. Offers, rates, and packages are subject to change. 

Perched on a hillside along the Pacific Coast, Monarch Beach Resort celebrates the California Coastal lifestyle. From private beachfront dining at Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern to surf lessons on the beach, the property embodies a SoCal way of life. Fresh off a $40 million transformation, guest rooms and suies feature ocean-inspired furnishings by Rodrigo Vargas Design, and the family-friendly property has a kids club and family pool with splash zones. In addition, the resort offers a variety of signature experiences for all interests. Continue reading more below the resort photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Monarch Beach Resort

Four Signature Experiences at Monarch Beach Resort

1. Miraval "Life in Balance" Spa

Overlooking the ocean with private beach access, the recently opened spa provides an array of treatments, services, and programs focused on health and wellness to reinvigorate the mind, body, and spirit. 

2. Monarch Beach Golf Links

The 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is an award-winning course. Set along the ocean, the 6,600-yard course has the Club 19 Restaurant and Grill, Mindful Golf Programs, and a top-ranked golf boutique. Read more below the photo.

Monarch Beach Resort

3. Miraval Tea

Focused on a healthful experience, the Miraval Tea is a high tea experience that includes chef-created lighter menu items, as well as custom blended teas like the Monarch Beach SoCal Citrus and Prickly Pear Black Tea. In addition, the tea includes spa access and $50 off a spa service. 

4. Surf, Body Board, and Body Surf Classes

Led by the area's top instructors, guests can experience quintessential beach activities by partaking in a class to learn how to surf, body board, or body surf.

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Monarch Beach Resort

Surrounded by natural beauty, Four Seasons Jackson Hole blends rustic adventure with luxury accommodations. Featuring an array of outdoor activities including skiing, biking, hiking, and rafting, the property offers opportunities for relaxation at 11,685-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms and two private spa suites. Framed by the Grand Teton Mountain Range, the alpine resort is ideal for viewing an array of wildlife. Continue reading below the photo. 

Four Seasons Jackson Hole

Guests of the resort can choose from a variety of lodging options, including guest rooms, suites, and the ultra-luxe two-to-five bedrrom private residences. Within the private residences there are plush living rooms with gas fireplaces, seating for several people, and double sofa beds. There are solid wood doors with inlaid windows that open to private terraces or balconies furnished with teak tables and chairs, plus dining rooms and full kitchens equipped with dishwashers. Off of the entrances there are washers and dryers, and bathrooms have dual vanities, deep soaking tubs, and glass-enclosed showers. Read more below the photo of the Two-Bedroom Resort Residence - Valley View.

Two-Bedroom Resort Residence - Valley View

Within the resort, there are multiple dining options including The Handle Bar, an American Pub and Beer Hall popular with visitors and locals alike. While the Westbank Grill reflects the area's Western heritage with Teton views, large stone fireplace, open kitchen, and a menu of prime steaks, fine seafood, signature dishes, and an extensive wine list. 

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Exterior of Four Seasons Jackson Hole

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

1. Taj Dubai

Taj Dubai

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

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

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2. Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

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

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

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3. Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris

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

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

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4. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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

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

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5. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

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

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

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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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Happy National Pumpkin Day! In honor of this day infused with pumpkin spice, jack-o-lanterns, and a celebration of this favorite gourd, we've pulled together three luxury hotels offering special seasonal pumpkin-infused amenities. 

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

This oceanfront luxury resort is situated in the World Pumpkin Capital. For a limited time, the property is offering the signature One Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Facial, featuring a 100% natural plant-based pumpkin enzyme masque, high in beta carotene and Vitamins A and C. In addition to the special spa offering, the Santa Cruz Coffee Company will be serving the Ultimate Pumpin Spice Latte at the resort through Halloween. Want to experience it all? The resort is offering a Pumpkin Experience package that includes the facial, pumpkin pastry, and a one night stay. 

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2. The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa

The Asheville resort is celebrating Halloween October 27-29, 2017 with pumpkin carving contests where guests can view the entries and vote on their favorites, plus Halloween crafts, children's activities, scavenger hunts, guided history tours, a hot cider station on the front porch, and the Autumn Abundance Champagne Brunch on Sunday, October 29.

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3. Keswick Hall at Monticello

Keswick Hall at Monticello

The Spa at Keswick is offering the Pumpkin Perfect Fall Special, which includes a 30-minute massage enhanced with autumn scents, and a 30-minute warm foot massage. For children, there's also a Kids' Costume Bash on Friday, October 27. 

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