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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
FSA LogoThe 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.

QE2 to Become Dubai’s First Floating Luxury Hotel


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Queen Elizabeth 2, an ocean liner previously operating as a cruise ship is in development to become Dubai’s first floating hotel. Although the design of the hotel will differ from its original plan, we certainly have high hopes that it will be nothing short of fabulous. The cruiser made its last trip from New York City to Dubai in 2008, and it has been docked in Port Rashid harbor since. The Telegraph reports that the original plan was to have the QE2 feature 1,000 lavish and luxurious rooms, but now the plan is to have 300 rooms which will maintain many of its original features. We certainly can’t wait to see this floating luxury hotel’s development as it progresses. If you get seasick or like a little more room for exploration, then check out the 61 luxury hotels that are fully grounded and stationary in Dubai!


The Brand New Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach opening in 2014


By: Five Star Alliance

InterContinental Dubai Festival CityFour Seasons has announced its first property in the United Arab Emirates within Dubai Festival City. Located at the northern end of Jumeirah Beach Road, away from the city’s other resorts clustered in the Palm Jumeirah area, the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has broken ground on a 11-acre (4.45 hectare) natural waterfront site. Expected to open by mid 2014 the Four Seasons in Dubai features the following:

- At least 3 restaurants and poolside dining

- World class Spa

- Indoor and outdoor pools

- Tennis Courts

- Private Beach Club with exclusive access to 270 metres (886 feet) of beach fronting the Arabian Gulf

- Ultra-exclusive residential apartments

- 140,000sqm of floor area across a 33 storey hotel tower and garden suites, a 41 storey residential tower and garden villas, recreation facilities, and a range of food and beverage options

- With 237 rooms, including 49 suites, the Resort will target an almost equal mix of leisure and business guests

- A distinct leaning towards a residential style product while offering business guests the famous Four Seasons personalized support and service

- Function spaces with beachfront access including a 600 square metre ballroom and five meeting rooms.

- Design and achitecture by WATG, with interior design by San Fransisco based BAMO

Dubai Festival City currently features 4 hotels, the 316 room Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, 3 InterContinental hotels and residences, as well as the future 330 room W Dubai Festival City.

Pictured is the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.


Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2012: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray


By: Christopher Roney

Conde Nast Traveler, purveyor of fine hotel reviews and travel advice, has just released its 2012 edition of the Hot List, a list of hotels that are setting the hotel world aflame with fresh designs and new concepts, or maybe just a solid new look at classic luxury. 41 reporters embedded themselves anonymously in hotels across the globe to review their targets. What results is a list of 121 hotels around the world that are so on fire they should be put on your watch list, just in case they end up burning down.

 The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a 405-room beach hotel built to look like an imperial palace, and it's very much exactly what you imagine when you think of the opulent luxury of Dubai. In most other places, a luxury palace hotel would be converted from an old royal residence, but at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, it was built just to evoke that measure of royalty. It's covered in silks and gilted furnishings, and its marble tubs are the size of a room in some smaller hotels. It has spared no expense and very much wants you to know that. The Talise Ottoman Spa and numerous fine dining establishments ensure that you never have to leave the premises unless you'd like to. The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is one of the first in a flurry of constructed resorts on its man-made island, and it's doing its best to establish itself as the favorite before the others encroach on its territory.


New Dubai Hotel Announced to be Under the Sea


By: Oksana Balytsky

Sebastian certainly sang it best, and we’re taking it from him that ‘under the sea, darling it’s better down where it’s wetter.’ It has been announced that an underwater hotel is to be built off the coast of Dubai. This extremely unique hotel concept has not yet been confirmed, but we’re crossing our fingers that it’ll get built. Designed by Deep Ocean Technology, the ‘Water Discus Hotel’ would have 2 discs comprising the main part of the hotel, and it would be connected by 3 vertical shafts and another shaft that would hold the elevator and stairs. One disc would rise above the water while the other would be fully submerged. The disc above water would have the lobby, restaurant, spa, and pools, and the disc below water would have 21 luxurious rooms and a bar. We’ll certainly keep you updated on any development on this new hotel concept, but in the meantime, be sure to check out the various 5 star properties located in Dubai!

Photo courtesy of HotelChatter


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Armani Hotel Dubai


By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Armani Hotel Dubai is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for rooms. This luxury hotel soars high above downtown Dubai in the beautiful Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. This is the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani, and it reflects the pure elegance, simplicity, and comfort that define Armani’s signature style. Every detail in the hotel’s 160 luxurious rooms bears the Armani signature, from the Italian-style hospitality to stone floors to the zebrawood panels. Every guest is appointed a Lifestyle Manager to guide him/her around the hotel’s impressive facilities including a nightclub, 7 restaurants, a spa, and several boutiques.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Armani Hotel Dubai here!


Dubai is Getting 3 New Hotels in 2017!


By: Oksana Balytsky

The luxury hotel market is going to get a makeover in Dubai, with a brand new W, Westin, and St. Regis coming in 2017. All three of these luxury hotels will be built in the same complex, a one million square foot property, with 1,675 rooms in total! Each of the hotels will share the same name, ‘Sheikh Zayed Road,’ and they will all have distinguished characteristics that represent their individual brand. The complex will also have an ‘entertainment theatre’ and a tranquil and beautiful 500,000 square foot landscaped garden. We will certainly be following the progress and further developments of these luxurious properties, but if you can’t wait until 2017, then be sure to check out the other phenomenal properties available in Dubai!

Photo of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai


It's Business Time: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Best Business Hotel Dubai


By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Dubai.

In a city filled with tower hotels, stretching upward as if to be the first to reach the heavens, one stands out from the rest as a place for the businessman who finds himself in the world's aspiring international mecca of finance. The Jumeirah Emirates Towers spear the sky in the center of the city's bustling business district and serves an architectural marker for the city's great success. Two towers, side-by-side, serve as a dual home for offices and residences, everything the traveling businessman needs, connected by a central shopping podium.

The rooms and services of the hotel are also tailored specifically with the international businessman in mind. Even the standard rooms of the Jumeirah Emirates come with an IT workstation, including 24-hour tech support. An entire floor is reserved specially for female travelers who are looking for a more private, comfortable atmosphere, and rooms there come standard with a cosmetics fridge, in-room yoga mat, and a line of Chopard products. Fine dining is available on-site, and due to the great variety of options in its 15 restaurants, lounges, and bars, you'll never have to travel far for an exquisite meal. Next time you're heading to Dubai to close a business deal, look to The Jumeirah Emirates Towers as the premiere place to stay.


Hotels with an Edge: Burj Al Arab in Dubai


By: Oksana Balytsky

In today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are no different and are always looking for ways to outshine their competitors and attract more visitors. We understand that our travelers look for the best of the best, and we would like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with an Edge. We’ll be highlighting and featuring a few hotels we feel truly stand out and offer their guests more than is expected. Be sure to check in with us to explore various hotels that deserve recognition for their supreme levels of luxury.

Today’s featured hotel is the Burj Al Arab located in Dubai. This luxury hotel has received a significant amount of recognition and has quickly become one of the most famous luxury hotels and one of the most photographed structures in the world. Its unique architectural design has caught the eyes of travelers, making it easily distinguished from all other hotel properties. It is designed to resemble a wafting sail; this all-suite luxury hotel soars 321 meters and dominates the Dubai skyline. It is illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire, and it has a private beachfront, opportunities to embark on a desert safari, and some rooms offering phenomenal views of the Arabian Sea.

Explore this luxury hotel and make your reservations here! Be sure to keep up with our blog series for a little inspiration on where to stay next!


Hotels with an Edge: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai


By: Oksana Balytsky

In today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are not any different and are always looking for ways to outshine their competitors and attract more visitors. We understand that our travelers look for the best of the best, and we would like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with an Edge. We’ll be highlighting and featuring a few hotels we feel truly stand out and offer their guests more than is expected. Be sure to check in with us to explore various hotels that deserve recognition for their supreme levels of luxury.

Our second featured hotel is the soon-to-be tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is to relinquish its tallest hotel crown and take the seat behind this new property in Dubai. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has announced that its two towers will stand 1,164 feet tall, and it will offer 1,608 rooms. Unlike other exceptionally tall hotels, this property will be dedicated to hotel operations only. It will offer 9 restaurants, 5 lounges, a 16,000 square foot spa, 24 meeting rooms, private event space, and more.  This hotel is scheduled to open in two phases starting in October, and it will have 804 rooms ready for guests. If you can’t wait until then, check out the other luxurious properties we have in Dubai!

Missed our first feature, the current tallest hotel in the world? Check it out here! Be sure to keep up with our blog series for a little inspiration on where to stay next!

A look into the presidential suite; photo courtesy of HotelChatter


Uniquely Suited: Armani Hotel Dubai


By: Christopher Roney

Here at Five Star Alliance, we have a number of superlative hotels, in a very literal sense of the word.  The Armani Hotel Dubai's claim to fame is that, as the name suggests, it is the very first hotel designed by the world famous Giorgio Armani.  Epitomizing the stylistic elegance of the fine suits the same Armani is well known for, the hotel is sleek, modern, minimal, and luxurious.  It's hotel that feels comfortable in its clothes, and it knows it.  From the Eramosa stone floors to the zebrawood panelling, you'll find the Armani brings a unique understanding of unorthodox pairings that somehow feel natural together.  

While you're there, enjoy any one of eight restaurants and relax in a 12,000 sq ft spa whose thermal suites will melt the tension in your muscles like the chocolate from the Armani/Dolci sweets store will melt in your mouth.  

Of special note is the personally designed Armani Dubai Suite with breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf from your 390 sqm. space 39 floors above the streets below.  Two bedrooms, a spacious living room, and a bathroom with separate shower and bathtub are all uniquely laid out to maximize luxury, and that's not even to mention the full-service bar and pantry.  

The Armani Hotel Dubai is sleek, stylized, and hip and makes every effort to tailor your stay to the exact fit.  In a city made of luxury, the Armani somehow manages to stand out from the crowd, and that's certainly worth a second look.