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    Four Seasons Resort Lanai
    Lanai City, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 457 reviewsTripAdvisor (457)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This Four Seasons property attracts beach lovers. Positioned along a beautiful stretch of Hulopoe Bay sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this resort offers breathtaking ocean views, manicured grounds and top-notch customer service. During their stays, guests can enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as snorkeling, deep sea fishing, hiking, whale watching, scuba diving and more. Visitors use terms like "paradise" and "heaven on earth" to describe the property. Guest rooms all feature private patios, as well as amenities like 75-inch flat-screen TVs with Blu-ray players, Nespresso machines and free internet access. One of the most loved features is the complimentary shuttle, which will cart you to and from Lanai Town. Recent visitors do say you should brace yourself for the high cost of meals at the resort's multiple restaurants and treatments at the in-house spa. Still, most travelers enjoy this Four Seasons resort's piece of shoreline and its world-class golf course.

    Lanai City, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 457 reviewsTripAdvisor (457)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Peninsula Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1580 reviewsTripAdvisor (1580)
    Free WiFi

    Occupying prime real estate on Chicago's coveted Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago combines Hong Kong's cosmopolitan flair with the Windy City's Midwestern charm. Travelers describe the guest rooms as comfortable thanks to their creamy color palette and plush furniture, not to mention their modern techie touches, like a bedside remote command station that controls the lights, television and room temperatures. Meanwhile, the renowned Peninsula Spa is in a class by itself: earning The Peninsula Chicago many accolades from health and leisure magazines. Another honorable mention goes to the afternoon tea served in the lobby bar, which visitors say is a nice and welcome touch. During your stay, guests recommend making time for the tasty Cantonese dishes served in the Shanghai Terrace restaurant. However, for many travelers, it was The Peninsula Chicago's friendly service staff that convinced them to stay here again.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1580 reviewsTripAdvisor (1580)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    Kailua Kona, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2977 reviewsTripAdvisor (2977)
    Free WiFi

    Just northeast of Kekaha Kai State Park, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Big Island. Recent visitors suggested indulging in the Hualalai Spa, which features spa treatments with island twists, like a Polynesian Niu (Coconut) Scrub or a Sun Relief Ti Leaf Wrap. Meanwhile, the resort's seven unique swimming spots  from a saltwater pond with a few friendly manta rays to an oceanfront infinity pool  earn high marks across the board. Should you be interested in learning more about Hawaiian life, the Ka'upulehu Cultural Center offers interactive programs that give insight into the island's history, traditions and even music. After a long day of learning (or relaxing), enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of three restaurants or two lounges before retiring to your room. Accommodations at this Four Seasons resort feature nature-inspired hues and Hawaiian art, as well as balconies, granite bathrooms and plasma TVs. Although recent guests won't deny that room rates and dining costs here are high, they say that the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's facilities and customer service are worth the price.

    Kailua Kona, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2977 reviewsTripAdvisor (2977)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1017 reviewsTripAdvisor (1017)
    Free WiFi

    This spa resort doesn't take any of its five stars for granted, particularly when it comes to delivering first-rate customer service. Recent guests can't help but keep the compliments coming: Travelers say that the resort staff took extra care to personalize each experience. One problem you might face, however, is exclusivity. The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach only has 98 guest rooms and suites, so be sure to book early for an upcoming trip to Sunny Isles Beach. The rooms come with flat-screen TVs and private balconies, as well as double sinks and glass-enclosed showers. Meanwhile, the property also features three in-house eateries, four pools, a spa and beach amenities. What's more, the hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World, meaning Leaders Club members have access to perks here. You'll find the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, about 11 miles north of Miami Beach.

    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1017 reviewsTripAdvisor (1017)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3530 reviewsTripAdvisor (3530)
    Free WiFi

    Previous lodgers rave about this North Michigan Avenue hotel's refinement and unbeatable location. Sitting just steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is central to all of the city's best restaurants, shops and nightlife. After you've sufficiently tested the limits of your credit card, retreat to one of the hotel's soundproofed spa treatment rooms to enjoy a relaxing massage or skin renewal treatment. Before you call it a night, previous guests highly recommend sitting down to dinner in the Allium's dining room, where diners are treated to fresh, farm-to-table Midwest cuisine. When it's time to bed down, this Four Seasons hotel's well-appointed accommodations provide a comfortable escape. Previous guests love the elegant decor, which combines contemporary fittings (like flat-screen TVs and iHome stereos) with 20th century-inspired design accents and spacious marble bathrooms. Recent visitors recommend splurging on the lake view accomodations, rather than the rooms with the city skyline vistas.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3530 reviewsTripAdvisor (3530)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Montage Kapalua Bay
    Lahaina, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 515 reviewsTripAdvisor (515)
    Free WiFi

    Travelers are hard-pressed to find much to complain about at the Montage Kapalua Bay. Located on the northwest corner of Maui, this 24-acre property offers panoramic views of the beach and ocean. Visitors can spend their time on the water with activities that range from sport fishing to snorkeling. The resort also offers more adventurous pursuits like zip lining and helicopter tours, as well as traditional Hawaiian luau shows. Other activity options include shopping, golfing on two award-winning courses or playing a round of tennis at the hotel's courts. If you're looking to relax, you can enjoy the complimentary beach towels and chairs, take advantage of the poolside Hana Hou Bar or indulge in a spa treatment. Accommodations here are one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom suites and each come equipped with separate living and sleeping areas, and furnished lanais. Additional amenities include flat-screen TVs, in-room laundry facilities and bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. To top off their great experiences, recent guests said all staff members, from the pool attendants to the restaurant servers, went above and beyond to ensure they had a pleasurable stay. 

    Lahaina, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 515 reviewsTripAdvisor (515)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
    Wailea, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5410 reviewsTripAdvisor (5410)
    Free WiFi

    This Four Seasons Resort underwent a major renovation in 2016 that has impressed recent visitors. Guests say the staff here is consistently attentive and helpful, too. Guest rooms also receive high praise for their spacious floor plans and private balconies or patios. Accommodations also feature wireless internet, evening turndown service and luxury bath amenities. What's more, this Four Seasons is one of Maui's most kid-friendly locales, offering complimentary kids toiletries, a popular game room and kid-friendly menus in each of the three on-site restaurants. Those traveling without little ones can make the most of the resort's spa and the property's proximity to three scenic golf courses. Or, spend your days lounging on the island's shoreline where service staff will ensure you have enough ice water and towels to keep you feeling cool and comfortable. The only gripe guests had was the system to reserve a chair at the pool. As its name suggests, Maui's Four Seasons sits pretty on Wailea Beach.

    Wailea, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5410 reviewsTripAdvisor (5410)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Halekulani
    Honolulu, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2616 reviewsTripAdvisor (2616)
    Free WiFi

    Halekulani remains a traveler favorite for its über-luxurious accommodations and breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Rooms come decorated in Halekulani's signature "seven shades of white" and feature complimentary internet access, flat-panel TVs and welcome fruit and chocolate. Recent guests highly recommend requesting a room that looks out over the shore; the ocean vistas compliment the creamy room decor. Recent visitors also laud the helpful service staff, attesting that employees here went above and beyond to ensure a pleasant stay. While you're here, make some time for the SpaHalekulani, which offers a long list of relaxing treatments inspired by Polynesian therapeutic rituals. Halekulani also houses three restaurants, and two bars, including the Lewers Lounge, which hosts nightly jazz performances. And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    Honolulu, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2616 reviewsTripAdvisor (2616)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Ocean House
    Watch Hill, RI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 793 reviewsTripAdvisor (793)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    You'll feel like you stepped back in time once you've stayed at the Ocean House's classic New England retreat. This historic resort has been lovingly restored to its original design, down to window placements and interior wall hues. But recent guests don't visit for nostalgia's sake. Rather, they come for the courteous and attentive service staff and the secluded feel of the resort's grounds. They also come for the luxurious accommodations, equipped with high-end amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, wooden furnishings and Molton Brown toiletries. Recent guests also reported returning year after year to indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments at OH! Spa and treat their taste buds to award-winning cuisine and signature cocktails at Ocean House's several dining venues. You'll find the Ocean House located in Watch Hill on the south coast of Rhode Island, about 40 miles south of Newport.

    Watch Hill, RI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 793 reviewsTripAdvisor (793)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
    Manalapan, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1121 reviewsTripAdvisor (1121)
    Free WiFi

    Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is a little farther removed from the other luxury oceanfront properties of Palm Beach; as such, you can anticipate a little more privacy on your beach days. If you stay at this resort in Manalapan, Florida, you'll be about 12 miles south of West Palm Beach hot spots, like Clematis Street. This Preferred Legend property has taken the area by storm, with recent visitors raving about the resort's array of unique offerings. The spacious guest rooms feature beachy yellow and blue hues, and amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi access, soaking tubs and balconies or terraces overlooking the resort grounds or ocean. Meanwhile, travelers say the treatments and service offered at the serene Eau Spa are worth the extra coin; or, you can get your R&R fix alongside one of the outdoor pools. Eau Palm Beach also offers diversions for children, like the AquaNuts kids program (with physical activities for those ages 5 to 12), or the COAST teens lounge, where young lodgers can learn how to DJ and or simply hang out.

    Manalapan, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1121 reviewsTripAdvisor (1121)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
    Kapalua, HI
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3561 reviewsTripAdvisor (3561)
    Free WiFi

    Located less than a mile inland from D.T. Fleming Beach on Maui's northwest coast, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua  with its epic views of Molokai Island  is popular with travelers in more ways than one. The rooms are spacious and are dressed in a tropical-yet-refined style brought on by yellow and green decor and wrought-iron lanais (Hawaiian patios). Accommodations at this Ritz-Carlton also feature flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, iPod docking stations and high-speed internet access. Past visitors are also bowled over by the quality of this resort's customer service: Guests say that the staff here worked hard to ensure a comfortable stay. While you're here, travelers recommend taking advantage of the pool, if you're looking to unwind even further, splurge on a treatment at the spa. Others enjoyed the hiking excursions and other outdoor ventures with the Ambassadors of the Environment program. And at the end of the day, refuel with a full plate of fresh Hawaiian cuisine at The Banyan Tree, one of the resort's six restaurants.

    Kapalua, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3561 reviewsTripAdvisor (3561)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Wailea
    Wailea, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1099 reviewsTripAdvisor (1099)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Hotel Wailea, in Maui, Hawaii, stretches across 15 acres of expertly manicured tropical gardens. Offering just 72 suites, this hotel's calling card is its secluded atmosphere and its spacious lodging options (rooms measure 720 square feet). All suites have separate bedrooms and living areas, plus furnished lanais (balconies), kitchenettes, deep soaking tubs and Wi-Fi access. Venture out of your room to explore the grounds and partake in activities like canoeing, kiteboarding and yoga. When it's time to cool off, take a dip in the outdoor pool. Although Hotel Wailea is removed from the beach, the hotel arranges complimentary shuttle service to and from Wailea Beach where guests have access to lounge chairs, umbrellas and bottled water. And if you're hoping to stay on the beach for lunch, the hotel's restaurant will prepare and pack a picnic for you. The property's AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant, also titled The Restaurant, wins favor from visitors for its Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Recent guests add that with its relaxed and quiet atmosphere, this hotel makes for an ideal couples getaway. The only drawback for some travelers is the added is the daily resort fee.

    Wailea, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1099 reviewsTripAdvisor (1099)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    Kiawah Island, SC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1415 reviewsTripAdvisor (1415)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    If you want a quiet, stress-free getaway, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort might be just the place. Sitting right on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel is a destination unto itself. Sun-seekers will feel right at home here with five championship golf courses and plenty of outdoor recreational activities, while on-site amenities like the spa will make your stay on Kiawah Island rejuvenating. When it's time to sleep, rooms include Italian linens and robes, marble walk-in showers and a balcony with ocean or dune views. Recent guests recommended splurging on an ocean-view room to fully appreciate the hotel's idyllic setting. But if you're hoping to explore Charleston, be warned this hotel is located approximately 25 miles south of the city. Keep in mind that members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Kiawah Island, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1415 reviewsTripAdvisor (1415)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Waldorf Astoria Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2649 reviewsTripAdvisor (2649)
    Free WiFi

    This fashionable hotel on East Walton gathers acclaim from recent guests for its elegant design and prime location in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. According to many travelers, you can't go wrong with a stay here – in large part because of the hotel's exceptional customer service. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago also wins favor from vacationing couples with unexpected amenities like in-room fireplaces, bathrooms with separate showers and tubs and double vanities with inset LCD TVs. For a quick bite to eat, the property has a pastry shop and the French-inspired Margeaux Brasserie. But if you're hankering for something more substantial than cafe fare, recent guests recommend exploring the Gold Coast's acclaimed restaurants and bars that are all within reach. And when you need a break from the Windy City's hustle and bustle, relax with a massage, a quick workout or a dip in the indoor pool at the hotel's Spa & Health Club. Because of its ties to the Waldorf Astoria brand, this hotel allows members of the Hilton Honors rewards program to accrue or redeem points.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2649 reviewsTripAdvisor (2649)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3641 reviewsTripAdvisor (3641)
    Free WiFi

    About 32 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Terranea Resort is a palatial resort in the city's backyard. Many rooms look out onto the Pacific Ocean from balconies and come equipped with a long list of luxury amenities, including LCD flat-screen TVs, four-fixture stone bathrooms and iPod docking stations. But most guests appreciate what's outside their quarters, particularly the fitness center and multiple pools. The hotel also houses a noteworthy spa, and visitors are in awe of the expansive, manicured grounds  all 102 acres. This family- and pet-friendly resort (managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts) has eight delectable eateries and watering holes. Of those, Catalina Kitchen is the true standout with its breakfast and patio setting.

    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3641 reviewsTripAdvisor (3641)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi