Santa came down the chimney. Wrapping paper is strewn about. Christmas hams are roasting in the oven. And feet are perfectly propped up in front of the fireplace for a moment of zen. What next? How about daydreaming of 2016 vacations and 5-star hotels?
Thanks to the post-holiday lull, January is one of the best times to score travel discounts and fit 5-star vacations into your budget. Set your sights on one of these luxury properties with savings as lavish as the amenities.
Highlights: Only a handful of hotels have a CAA 5-Diamond rating and Vancouver's Shangri-La has earned it for the past three years. Each guest room boasts floor to ceiling windows and deep-soaking tubs. The highly-lauded service is described as "gracious, unobtrusive and thoughtful."
Highlights: Brand new, 5-star hotel in southern Bali has already landed on Condé Nast Johansens list for Best New Comers. Award-winning American culinary author and TV personality Daniel Green is the property's Healthy Chef Consultant. The private villas are resorts in and of itself with spacious indoor living rooms, private outdoor terraces, sundecks and swimming pools.
Highlights: Located in the Meatpacking Distinct, one of New York's trendiest see-and-be-seen neighborhoods. Top sites including the High Line and Chelsea Market are minutes-walk from the hotel's front door. The rooms are edgy and the onsite nightclub is a hotspot on the party scene.
Highlights: This 5-star hillside property is a favorite among celebrities. In true Ritz fashion, the grounds are fairytale-like with the three-tiered, 10,000-square-foot pool being the focal point. The location is remote but the boundless amenities make the resort feel like "a complete universe" (Fodor's).
Highlights: Travel + Leisure named it one of "Asia's Best City Hotels”. Condé Nast Traveler Readers voted it the No. 10 hotel in all of China. Its central, downtown location makes it a perfect home base for travelers looking to explore the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing Shopping Street.
Highlights: The outdoor pool overlooks the world's largest man-made marina making it the only waterfront pool and hot tub in the area, with private cabanas and loungers. Located within walking distance to Venice Beach and a short drive to Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Long Beach, the 5-star hotel makes for easy access to explore Southern California highlights.
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