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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.

Special Five Star Alliance Rates at the Armani Hotel Dubai

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Armani Hotel DubaiThe first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani, the Armani Hotel Dubai has been turning heads in over-the-top Dubai since its debut earlier this year. The setting alone is impressive; the hotel is located on floors 0-8 (along with 38 & 39) of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Inside, it's a feast for the senses. Armani himself designed the eight on-site restaurants; the guest rooms are Armani through and through-- from the Eramosa stone floors to the zebrawood panels. Hot rates: Book the Armani Hotel Dubai with Five Star Alliance and you'll be privy to best available rates plus value-added extras: a bountiful buffet breakfast plus two complimentary tickets to KidZania, an innovative children's theme park in the Dubai Mall that's a kid-sized replica of a real city, where kids play at being grown-ups (and even don uniforms).

For more details on the opening of Armani Hotel Dubai, one of the most buzzed about hotels of the year, click here.

Last Day to Book Starwood’s Global Holiday Sale

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President Wilson, GenevaThe big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.

Pictured: The world-renowned Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, part of the Luxury Collection.

Suite Escape: Book 2 Nights at St. Regis Hotels and Get the 2nd Night for $4

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach ResortSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts have just unveiled a special offer worth booking ASAP. To celebrate their expanding portfolio-- and the November debut of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico*-- the brand has rolled out the "Suite Luxury, Legacy Rates" offer. Book a suite for at least two consecutive nights at participating St. Regis hotels around the globe, and you'll get the second night's stay for only $4, the price of a suite at the brand's flagship, The St. Regis New York, when it originally opened in 1904.

*The new resort in Puerto Rico marks the brand's first foray into the Caribbean market. The resort will be home to the Caribbean's first and only Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary.

A View Over the Persian Gulf at the Grand Hyatt Doha

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hyatt DohaOn your way to Qatar? Or stuck in the capital city's airport? Doha certainly merits a stop over, so plan accordingly by booking a room at the Grand Hyatt Doha, located on the shore in the new West Bay Lagoon district just 20 kilometers from the international airport. Most rooms and suites have balconies or terraces with sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf. While you're checking out the city, you'll be cocooned in luxury at the Grand Hyatt, featuring a full-service business center, 400-meter private beach, indoor & outdoor pools, and the Jaula Spa. Book the "Explore" package and you'll learn about local life in Doha. Along with your accommodations, you'll get full breakfast for two, a full day guided city tour with a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art, and a 2:00pm late checkout (5:00pm on Friday and Saturday).

72 Hour Sale at Atlantis, The Palm: Book Now for the 2nd Birthday Package

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

A stay at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai means an up-close look at the world's largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, shaped like a palm tree in the brilliant blue waters of the Persian Gulf. An extraordinary setting, indeed. Needless to say, the island's flagship resort has oodles of over-the-top amenites, including the third largest aquarium in the world where guests can participate in shark feedings. There are 16 restaurants, the Aquaventure water park chock full of fun, and an on-site dolphin education center. Atlantis, The Palm is currently having a 72-hour sale where you can save over AED 2,000 with the resort's 2nd Birthday Package. Get a room for AED 1,695 and enjoy the following: 2 for the Price of 1 Dolphin Experience, 2 treatments for the price of 1 at the spa, 2 cocktails/mocktails at Seafire, dinner for two at NOBU (a AED 1,000 value!), entry for 2 to Sanctuary Nightclub, plus breakfast for 2. Hurry, must book by September 24th for stays from September 25- October 22, 2010!

Find Your Inner Nermal at The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi

By: Daniel L. Moses

Yas Hotel, Abu DhabiTwenty years ago, the only time I ever heard of Abu Dhabi was while reading the Garfield comic strip. For some reason, known only to that irascible cat and Jim Davis himself, Garfield often tried to ship his erstwhile companion Nermal, aka the world’s cutest cat, to what was then perhaps a fledgling outpost in the distant conglomeration of the United Arab Emirates. Well, UAE is a fledgling outpost no more, and doggone Nermal might actually jump at the chance to be shipped to the shimmering oasis that is modern Abu Dhabi.

Nothing exemplifies that modernity more than the The Yas Hotel, uniquely located adjacent to the Persian Gulf. Well, adjacent isn’t really the right word. The Yas actually sits straddled half over the land and half over water. It’s a unique amphibious wonderland that could only be dreamed up by the visionary firm Asymptote Architecture, the lead designers of what has become a crown jewel destination. In fact, The Yas Hotel is so amazing, and with so much to offer including nearly 500 rooms, incredible dining and golfing options, and a luxurious placement next to Yas Marina, you might be forgiven for calling it the Yes hotel. As in, yes, they have that too!

So while somewhere out there in our imaginations Garfield is still trying to send Nermal to Abu Dhabi, you can get there for real. And while you’re at it, you can enjoy everything that Nermal is missing at The Yas Hotel.

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“See Dubai Before You Die”: Check into the Palm Tree Court and Spa

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Tree Court and Spa, DubaiA recent article in The Telegraph (UK) "chronicles the endless possibilities for fun days and hot nights in the expat hotspot of the UAE, Dubai." The author's conclusion? "See Dubai Before You Die." Of all the places to stay in this over-the-top tourism destination in the desert, you can't go wrong with the 128-acre Jeleb Ali Golf Resort and Spa which recently finished a five-month refurbishment:

She truly is a classy, sassy oasis in this part of the desert, just a rapid free transfer to downtown Dubai. Close enough to be near. Far enough away to be relaxed and refreshed among the peacocks (a gift from the Maktoums) and other exotic flora, fauna and wildlife. The warm and welcoming staff are ultimately friendly, yet unerringly discreet (damn it). Tiger Woods came alone a while ago (probably not for long though) as he visited his "TigerWorld" development of palaces (really!) and signature golf course not far away. And the world-class sporting facilities, including a nine-hole golf course, marina, dive centre, horse-riding complex and spa have attracted sporting clubs, including English premiership sides, to the resort for warm-weather training. It's split into two. The Jebel Ali Hotel and the Palm Tree Court and Spa. Both are faultlessly five star and rightly lay claim to the title of "Dubai's Only True Resort." The food here is fantastic, from any of the dozen or so restaurants, including the award-winning French-inspired Signatures and La Fontana where a sumptuous breakfast buffet sets the day alight. And no matter in which part you stay, you are never more than a minute or two's walk from a private beach of bleached sand and the gently lapping Gulf.

Note: The all-inclusive package at the Palm Tree Court and Spa includes meals at any of the resort's 15 restaurants-- a deal The Telegraph's journalist would not doubt heartily endorse.

The World’s Best Up and Coming Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James ChicagoIn its August 2010 issue, Travel + Leisure highlights "20 to Watch: 2010's Best Up-and-Coming Hotels," many of which can be found in the Five Star Alliance collection. Predicting "the next hottest hotels around the globe," Travel + Leisure scoured the globe "to pick out this year's new and refurbished, expanding, or otherwise evolving hotels." What the magazine's editors found: domestic hotels are raising the bar, with fantastic luxury hotels in the United States and Canada. So without further ado, here's the list:

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires

Amangiri, Utah

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Four Seasons Beirut

The James Chicago

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, Antigua

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

The Peninsula Chicago

The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel

Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan, Paris

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay, Krabi, Thailand

Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, London

Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai, India

Veranda Resort, Turks & Caicos

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia

Destination Spa: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu , Malibu, California

Beirut Continues to Sizzle as a Destination: More Press Love for Le Gray Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Gray Hotel,  BeirutOne of the hottest destinations of the year continues to garner press attention. With trendy nightlife, cutting-edge art galleries and beautiful beaches, Beirut's allure as an urban hot spot on the Mediterranean coast is unmistakable. Recently singled out by Daily Candy in "The 'Rut Is on Fire," the cosmopolitan Lebanese capital "has something for everyone." Recommended lodgings while in town? Le Gray, the talked-about boutique from hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray whose stylish hotel collection includes One Aldwych in London and Carlisle Bay in Antigua:

For sleek, contemporary lodgings, book a room at the newly opened Le Gray, located in the downtown district. Split your time between the state-of-the-art spa, rooftop pool, and circular-shaped Bar ThreeSixty with views of the sea.

Featured on Travel + Leisure's "It List 2010," Le Gray has plenty of wow factors-- from the panoramic views of the Med and Mount Lebanon from the rooftop pool and restaurant to the tricked-out bedrooms.

Related Articles: What's Hot: Le Gray Opens in Beirut in 2009, The Latest from Hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray

Buzz: New LED Lighting Makes a Fab Light Show at InterContinental Dubai Festival City

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Dubai Festival CityIn a city often criticized for its rampant development, InterContinental Dubai Festival City is taking an eco-friendly stand. The hotel partnered with Phillips to replace 35,000 exterior and interior lights bulbs of the hotel with energy-saving LED lights, cutting carbon emissions by 80%. Phase one-- the exterior facade-- is complete, and pretty soon all the hotel rooms, suites, and public areas will be outfitted with LED technology as well. The coolest part of all? Dazzling nighttime light shows on the hotel's exterior, a marvelous sight on Dubai Creek. Just check out this video on YouTube. The installation of new, energy-efficient lighting isn't the only way that InterContinental Dubai Festival City is going green; the hotel also has an aggressive recycling program and a fleet of Lexus LS600 hybrid cars for guest transfers.