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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.

Image of the Day: The St Regis Doha

By: K. Clare Johnson


All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.-Martin Buber

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #3 Dubai

By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 64 luxury resorts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. One of the seven Arab emirates, Dubai is one of the richest places in the world. 

What makes our guests love Dubai?

-Seemingly endless clean beaches, amazing accommodations, gourmet dining, and tons of nightlife make Dubai desirable.

-Unusual spectator sports like Camel racing. Sports are big in Dubai, visitors can enjoy world-class tennis, horse racing, rally car racing, power boatting, rugby and sailing.

-Shopping is big business in Dubai. The very popular Dubai Shopping Festival takes place from January to February.

-October to April is the peak tourist season in Dubai.  Temperatures tend to be from the upper 70s to the low 90s during this time period.

Where to Stay?

-For a Valentine's Day getaway, Dusit Thani Dubai has nightly rates from 676AED. Nightly rates from 1360AED are available at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. For a real splurge, try Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah  (pictured) with nightly rates starting at 1920AED.


Did you know?

-In 1991 there was 1 high rise in Dubai.  Now there are more than 400. 

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul:

-Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, has been restored to its former glory and is the only luxury hotel on the European shores of the Bosphorus.

-The architectural grandeur of the palace  is blended with the modern comfort of a deluxe hotel

-Resort ambience in the center of the city with 315 rooms.

-Within walking distance of the Hotel is the harbor side district of Ortakoy, a fascinating area full of seafood restaurants, specialty antique, ceramic and jewelry shops. 

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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.

Where to Go Now: Egypt Offers Tourism Incentives

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Oberoi, Sahl HasheeshJet to Egypt this spring and you could have the Pyramids all to yourself... While many travelers are avoiding North Africa and the Middle East because of political unrest, a now-peaceful Egypt is luring visitors with all kinds of special offers- including discounted hotel rooms and airfares. The Wall Street Journal reports that the country is also "offering airlines incentives to fly to the tourism-dependent North African country as it seeks to stimulate demand and stop carriers from slashing capacity."

Pictured here: The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh-- set on the coast of the Red Sea at Hurghada. Browse the Five Star Alliance collection of Four- and Five-Star Hotels in Egypt... in destinations like Alexandria, Cairo, and Sharm El Sheik.

A Good Value at Qamardeen Hotel in Downtown Dubai

By: Guest Writer

Qamardeen Hotel, DubaiLooking for luxury in Dubai without breaking the bank? Qamardeen Hotel-- located in downtown Dubai just a five-minute walk from Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building)-- promises "a really excellent value for money compared to Dubai's vast number of five-star hotels." This four-star deluxe hotel offers contemporary style and Arabic architecture smack in the thick of things. On the hotel's doorstep is the Dubai Mall with 1,200 boutiques, and Souk al Bahar, a retail destination resembling a traditional Arabian souk with winding corridors and high archways overlooking Burj Khalifa. Qamardeen Hotel gets high marks for its warm staff, outdoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Center, and well-equipped guest rooms. Take your choice of 13 Executive Suites, 123 Queen Rooms and 48 Twin Rooms filled with natural light, each with a flat screen TV, complimentary high speed internet access, free coffee and tea-making facilities and bottled water. You'll also find a spacious desk area, an open-plan bathroom, and a well-stocked mini bar.

Le Spiderman, Alain Robert, Climbs to the Top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, DubaiIt took him just six hours to scale the tallest building in the world. Known for his "death-defying stunts"-- climbing skyscrapers around the world without safety equipment-- "Spiderman" Alain Robert has successfully added another notch to his belt. On Monday, the French urban climber topped the Burj Khalifa, the soaring glass tower in Dubai that's home to the Armani Hotel. "Le Spiderman" has scaled some 70 skyscrapers, but complied with safety regulations for this latest stunt, using a rope and harness. He even summited the tapered spire above the top floors of the building, 2,717 feet above the ground. Robert finished the climb in the darkness.

Balconies in Every Room at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira CreekAmong Dubai hotels, the Radisson Blu Hotel on Deira Creek stands out for a unique amenity: balconies in each and every room, a luxury to be found in no other Dubai city hotel. Grab a seat (all balconies are furnished) and take in the views of the sunset over the Dubai skyline. (And why not video stream the image to friends back home with your free Internet access?) Perched on the banks of Deira Creek in the heart of Old Dubai, the Radisson Blu is within walking distance to the city's cultural treasures: traditional souks, the pretty waterfront, the Dubai Museum. Dubai Airport is only seven kilometers away. And when it comes time to chow, you won't be wanting for good food here. The hotel has 16 food and beverage outlets to whet your appetite. Fitness buffs will also appreciate the tennis court, squash courts, and two hi-tech gyms with cardio equipment. There's also an outdoor swimming pool with a large sundeck overlooking Deira Creek.

Conrad Hotels Celebrates 25 Years: Get a Free Night in Chicago, Miami, Brussels and More

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ChicagoConrad Hotels & Resorts-- described as "the most global contemporary luxury brand of the Hilton Family"-- has been around for a quarter century. To celebrate this milestone, Conrad is giving you a night on the house. Available for stays booked between March 1 and June 12, 2011 and completed by June 30, 2011, this offer is available at choice locations around the globe-- from Bali to Brussels, Singapore to San Juan. A minimum night stay requirement applies and varies by each individual hotel. For example, stay three nights at Conrad Chicago, a prime Windy City address, and get your fourth night for free. (Rates from $195.) Soak up the sun in Miami and get your fourth night free- with rates starting from $299. Check out the art, culture and design in the European Capital and get a third night free at Conrad Brussels- with rates starting from €199 per night. Offer is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait Opens Its Doors Today

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Missoni KuwaitHallelujah! The day has finally arrived. The second Missoni hotel-- a partnership between the Rezidor Hotel Group and the Milan-based fashion house-- has debuted in Kuwait City with glamorous interiors by Creative Director Rosita Missoni. Over 85 shades of color were used in decorating the hotel, featuring the brand's colorful signature prints combined with gold, turquoise, and beige accents inspired by the beaches and bright blue Arabian Sea just outside the front door. Artisans crafted Missoni stripes throughout the hotel and on the swimming pool's tiled floor using 10 million individual mosaic tiles. In fact, the swimming pool could be the stand-out amenity here. Billed as one of the most glamorous pools in the world, the Missoni-tiled pool has dramatic sea views from its terrace. Though the Six Senses Spa-- slated to open later this spring-- could be a close second. We're also excited about the authentic Italian cuisine serviced at Cucina. Did we mention Hotel Missoni Kuwait's all-inclusive perks like free wifi, fully stocked mini bar, and in-room movies?

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