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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.

Raffles Dubai Uses Twitter to Give Away Prizes This Ramadan

September 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Raffles DubaiAnd there's still one more prize left... Dubai's glitzy pyramid-shaped hotel, the iconic Raffles, has supported the local art scene with a unique event this Ramadan. The hotel's lobby was transformed into an art space where five different artists were commissioned to create the ultimate work of art while hotel guests and art aficionados watched the work in progress. Not only that-- but Raffles Dubai has been giving away three prizes via Twitter. Raffles Dubai's Twitter followers have tuned in on Tuesday the 15th and the 22nd of September at noon (last date will be the 29th), when a specific question is tweeted out regarding the art and artists in the lobby. Correct answer? You could win a weekend in a palatial Landmark Suite (including limousine pick up, complimentary Breakfast, Afternoon Tea and evening drinks). For a chance to participate in this competition, visit http://twitter.com/rafflesdubai and start following the hotel now.


Ramadan in Istanbul at the Ceylan InterContinental Hotel

September 15, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ceylan InterContinentalIn Istanbul for Ramadan? Break the fast at the Ceylan InterContinental Hotel, where a traditional Ramadan feast and live fasil music awaits. The luxurious hotel-- which opened a brand spanking new spa in late 2008-- creates a magical atmosphere for your friends and family. At Garden Grill, taste selected Ramadan specialties plus creative additions. A menu of soups, salads, tandoori lamb, chicken, lamb chawarma, grilled entrecote, calf skewer, desserts aplenty, and unlimited tea and coffee will set you back TL 65 per person. Or head to the hotel's Safran Restaurant and tuck into some lavish Ottoman cuisine while taking in the great Bosphorus views. The meal is priced at TL 90 per person.


BonusChoice at Traders Hotel Dubai

September 14, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Traders Hotel DubaiTraders Hotel Dubai is offering guests a BonusChoice. Located within 15 minutes of Dubai International Airport and close to the Deira business center, Traders Hotel Dubai offers a health club, indoor pool, The Junction restaurant, Chameleon Bar, Lobby Lounge, and juice bar. BonusChoice guests enjoy complimentary Internet access and late check-out til 4pm along with their choice of one of the following value-added benefits:

• Departure airport transfer

• Daily buffet lunch or dinner at hotel cafe

• Triple bonus airline frequent flyer mileage

A minimum 2-night stay is required, and the offer is subject to prevailing tax and service charges.

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Missoni Family Recipes for the New Hotel Missoni Edinburgh and Kuwait City

September 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MissoniWe've been starstruck by the new Hotel Missonis (in Edinburgh, and opening soon: Kuwait City). And now we've discovered Jen Murphy's fabulous article in Food & Wine that dishes on "Mama Missoni's Italian Table." Not only has the fashion house decorated the hotels in pure Missoni glam (designer furniture and colorful prints galore), but Missoni has also shared Italian family recipes with the restaurant chefs:

For Cucina Missoni, the hotel restaurant, Rosita sifted through her recipe box and selected her 20 family favorites. Then Giorgio Locatelli, the Michelin-starred chef behind London's Locanda Locatelli restaurant and the hotels' consulting chef, worked with her to update them. Both Rosita and Locatelli are from Northern Italy's Lombardy region and grew up eating versions of the classic dishes now on Cucina Missoni's menu: pan-fried scamorza (a provolone-like cheese) served with two pestos, for instance, and grilled eggplant involtini (rolls) topped with goat cheese vinaigrette.

For the full article-- including delectable recipes-- click here.

Image Via Fashion Week's Chic Report


Go Now: Oman and the Al Bustan Palace in Muscat

August 31, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Al Bustan PalaceIts proximity to Dubai means that Oman has landed on the traveler's radar screen in recent years: an inviting land of sandy beaches backed by dramatic peaks and desert canyons. Pristine, uncrowded... a paradise, really. For a grand hotel experience in the capital of Muscat, book the Al Bustan Palace- featuring digs fit for a sultan. The first five-star hotel in the region, the Al Bustan Palace completed a big makeover earlier this year; guest rooms-- including 50 luxury suites with private butler service-- were designed to reflect local traditions and Arabian culture.

Al Bustan PalacePerched on the edge of the white sand, the hotel has a beautiful infinity pool and lagoon pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Dining options are numerous-- from French cuisine to Omani delights. There's a fully-equipped fitness center (with complimentary iPods), tennis courts, and a variety of water sports available on the beach.


What’s New for Conrad Hotels in 2010: Openings Across the Globe

August 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ShanghaiCalling all connoisseurs of luxury (and hotel addicts). You'll soon be able to get a dose of Conrad luxury in Shanghai, Koh Samui (Thailand), Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the Bahamas, and Portugal's Algarve. With the addition of these six hotels, Conrad is pursuing a bold expansion strategy. The current portfolio-- comprised of properties in diverse markets across the globe-- numbers 19. While the Conrad Shanghai has a striking contemporary design (pictured) and will house an urban spa, the Conrad Koh Samui Resort and Spa will consist of villas with private plunge pools and outdoor sundecks offering panoramic vistas-- all surrounded by a lush coconut plantation. The Conrad Bimini Resort & Casino is part of an overall new seaside village on the island of North Bimini, Bahamas. The Bimini Bay Resort has restaurants, a marina, spa and a casino. Click here for the full scoop.


New in the Friendly Skies: Etithad Airways Launches New Diamond First Class Cabins

July 24, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Etithad AirwaysThe economic climate may be tough, but Etithad Airways is planning to launch new first-class cabins in August: 12 individual suites of pure luxury. What's in store for lucky travelers to Abu Dhabi (and beyond)? For one, a huge seat that converts to a flatbed, equipped with a built-in massager, lumbar support and adjustable headrest, as well as power sockets. The bathroom even has a full-length mirror. What's more: the suite boasts its own personal wardrobe, mini bar, and 23" wide-screen LCD screen TV with more more than 600 hours of "on demand" entertainment.


Discounts in Dubai: Summer Days at the Burj al Arab

July 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj al ArabEven the opulent Burj al Arab-- billed as the world's most luxurious hotel-- is doing its part to attract guests during the economic downturn. Designed to resemble a large sail billowing over the Dubai skyline, Jumeirah's seven-star hotel has quickly become a city symbol, legendary around the world. Guests are whisked from the airport in a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce* to arrive awestruck at the hotel, where they are pampered with discreet in-suite check-in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers. Book the "Jumeirah Summer Days" package and you'll get a AED 200 daily room credit, complimentary buffet breakfast, complimentary internet, and complimentary Wild Wadi Waterpark entrance. Plus children eat and stay for free.

*In fact, the hotel just added a few new bespoke vehicles to its luxury fleet.


And The World’s Best Hotel is…

June 29, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Villa d’esteThe Forbes Traveller 400 has spoken, and Villa d'Este has come out on top. The luxury Lake Como resort took top honors in the poll, besting world-class hotels such as

The Peninsula Bangkok, Hong Kong's

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental,

Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and

Burj al Arab in Dubai. The poll was conducted among top travel connoisseurs-professionals who stay in five-star luxury properties at least 20 times per year- and the ratings were based on room quality, service, decor and cuisine.


What a Hotel! Luxury Buisness in the Heart of a Bustling City Center

June 12, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Here’s a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

Helpful Hints: This city center luxury property has been named Best Business Hotel in the Middle East by two prestigious business travel magazines...

What a Hotel
Lana correctly guessed our Previous Hotel Contest:

Alden Hotel Splugenschloss Zurich, Switzerland