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When Only the Finest Will Do

Sip Champagne from a private hotel balcony overlooking the ocean, enjoy butler service in your sprawling suite or let sparks fly during a romantic private dinner — it's all in the name of luxury travel. Discover the finest resorts, Michelin-starred restaurants and a wealth of spas in the world's finest destinations.

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Gaia Hotel and Reserve
Free hotel breakfasts aren't exactly a rarity, but they are usually comprised of cereals, fruit, and, if you're lucky, some moderately edible scrambled eggs. Not so at Gaia Hotel and Reserve, where the free breakfast is a gourmet a la carte affair. Menu items include Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, Italian Egg White Frittata, Vanilla and Mango Pancakes, a Costa Rican Breakfast, and more.
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Andaz Fifth Avenue
We adore the Andaz Fifth Avenue for its bounty of foodie freebies, including the choice of Fat Witch Baby Brownies or C.O. Bigelow Peppermints at check-out. There are other less delicious gift options as well: C.O Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream and a tube of anti-bacterial hand gel. Other free treats include minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, wine in the lobby from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening, and made-to-order barista coffee in the lobby.
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Hotel Vintage Park
This Seattle hotel's focus on wine ' particularly those grown in the 500 local vineyards ' is evident from the moment you check in: The front-desk staffer (sporting a nametag that includes his or her particular favorite vintage) will explain the varieties you'll enjoy at the free reception that takes place every evening from 5 to 6 p.m.
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Rancho Valencia Resort
The Rancho Valencia's excellent freebies, including free minibar snacks, morning juice and newspaper delivery, and free breakfast, contribute to the resort's experience of exclusive pampering. This 49-room luxury resort is located in Rancho Santa Fe, a wealthy residential community in the hills of Southern California, on 40 acres of lush grounds.
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Villa d'Citta
After a long day exploring, it's nice to come back to your hotel to find free refreshments waiting in the lobby. The Villa d'Citta takes the cake on this one: This tiny Chicago boutique has a fully stocked communal kitchen where guests can prepare breakfast, snacks (such as sandwiches or hot dogs), and other light fare 24/7.
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Copley Square Hotel
The Copley Square Hotel in Boston, which offers free tea, coffee, and hot chocolate all day, is one of our favorites, partly because it's so pleasant to sit down and sip in its stylish, cozy lobby. There's also a free evening wine hour if you prefer something a little stronger.
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Westin Copley Place Hotel
Many hotels are thoughtful enough to provide basic refreshments in the lobby: ice water, coffee, and the like. Some properties take it a step further: the Westin Copley Place Boston has special seasonal drinks, like hot apple cider in the fall.
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Halekulani
Arriving in your room to find a delicious surprise waiting for you goes a long way toward making you feel like a guest, rather than a customer. The Halekulani's impressive display of tropical fruit, chocolate, and flowers will always be one of our favorites.
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The Caves
It's not that uncommon to get a check-in drink at nice hotels in warm-weather destinations, but that doesn't make us like this refreshing freebie any less. The Caves in Jamaica is a romantic all-inclusive with locally focused cuisine and a top-shelf bar, and its signature welcome drink is de-lish.
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Britt Scripps Inn
This romantic Victorian inn near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo has many luxurious amenities, starting with butler service. On the food front, it offers a free, delicious breakfast made to order. Free wine and cheese is served each evening in the parlor.
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Bryant Park Hotel
The cavernous CellarBar at the New York art deco boutique Bryant Park hotel not only has stunning design but a free happy hour for guests. Once you're done with your pre-dinner tipple, head to Koi, a top-rated on site sushi restaurant, or take a stroll around nearby Times Square.
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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, resort, Samana, Dominican Republic
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has 2 gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away.   960 1280

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Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean.   960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill.   960 1280

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