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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.

Riyadh’s Al Faisaliah Making “Suite” Additions

February 11, 2009
By: Dave Eisen

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is taking millions of dollars and using it to expand on its Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A new wing at the hotel will increase the room count from 224 rooms and suites to 330 units. Among those 106 new rooms will be 700-square-foot entry-level suites and a duplex Royal Penthouse Suite. These moves are in addition to a new Italian/Med restaurant and a new ladies-only spa (dudes already have their own men-only spa) with 12 treatment rooms. At The Globe, the hotel's iconic restaurant, which overlooks Riyadh, Simon Probst has been appointed chef de cuisine.


A Nobu Restaurant on Every Continent? From Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai to Honolulu

February 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Atlantis, The Palm, DubaiBack in October, the world's gaze shifted to Dubai to gawk at the new Atlantis resort on Palm Jumeirah, the world's largest man-made island situated in the Arabian Gulf. Billed as the "majestic focal point" of the palm tree-shaped island, a "dazzling world of imagination," and a place to "live out your dreams," Atlantis, The Palm held a grand opening party so lavish, so excessive, that it's fireworks were supposedly seen from outer space. Boasting the third largest aquarium in the world, this extravagant resort is also home to the a Nobu restaurant, the first outpost in the Middle East for the world-renowned chef. As the Nobu empire has expanded to 16 cities around the world, from Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas to Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, from Miami to Hong Kong, we can't help but wonder... will we soon have a Nobu on every continent? Next up: A Nobu in Qater.


The Curtain Rises at Dubai’s Mina A’Salam at Madinat Jumeirah

January 23, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Theatre...in Dubai? Yep, live performances are no longer just for Broadway. Mina A' Salam at Madinat Jumeirah has in-house theatre, and the offerings are diverse. Currently playing is mystery "The Woman in Black." Next up is children's favorite "The Gruffalos Child," and everyone's favorite orphan "Annie" pays a visit in April. Mina A'Salam at Madinat Jumeirah In-House guests receive a special discount on selected shows (subject to availability). Present your room key when buying your ticket at the Box Office to redeem this special offer.

The Madinat Theatre is the first purpose-built theatre in Dubai. Since opening in September 2004, a broad range of events including drama, opera, film screenings, magic and musicals have been staged. The seating capacity is 442 in total comprising 358 in the stalls and 84 in the gallery, including 6 wheelchair spaces. There are two foyers (both lobby level and gallery), housing bars for guests to enjoy pre-show and interval drinks. There is also a private Majilis on the gallery level with a private entrance via elevator and waiter service for VIP parties.


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

January 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

BeirutFrom Wallpaper* to HotelChatter, the Times UK to the New York Times, hotel authorities worldwide are in agreement about one of the hottest hotel debuts of the year: Le Gray in Beirut. From the mastermind behind One Aldwych in London and Carlisle Bay in Antigua, Le Gray promises to up the trend factor in this cool capital which is both coastal and urban. The sexy boutique hotel will have 80 rooms and a rooftop pool. Straight from the horse's mouth:

I was also excited by the quality of the restoration work I'd seen in Beirut following previous wars. I don't think any other city has ever brought together so many leading architects from around the world to get it right. Our 85-room hotel, Le Gray, is in Solidere, next to the Gardens of Remembrance, which is the area that was destroyed and completely rebuilt. The façades of the shell-damaged buildings were stunningly restored and the city was re-created down to the last detail, including the street furniture... The building is completely new; it was designed by Kevin Dash who did an amazing building in Beirut called Bank Audi. It will be eight storeys tall and made of beautiful yellow stone, with a restaurant, piano bar and an amber-coloured swimming pool on the roof. The piano bar will be housed under a huge glass dome that will change colour - you'll be able to see it for miles around. The pièce de résistance will be a refrigerated wall displaying violet peppermint cream chocolates that will co-ordinate with the slashes of violet on the chairs. (We will be serving only violet creams with coffee.) And there's a huge bronze wall in the lobby. The bedrooms will be very calm and sophisticated with an Islamic design, walnut ceilings and mosaics in the bathroom. It's one of our most exciting and sexiest designs yet.

Image of Beirut Via Nirmala Magazine


Do It All at Desert Palm Retreat Dubai

January 9, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Exotic adventures await at the luxurious Desert Palm Retreat Dubai. Many luxury hotels have a spa, or golf course, or are near some great skiing. Or possibly on a beach. Desert Palm Resort Dubai But Desert Palm Retreat Dubai takes its activities to a whole other level. Hot air ballooning. Sky diving. 4x4 in the Desert. Flying in a microlight plane over the dunes. Riding a camel over the spectacular red dunes. Visiting Wild Wadi Water Park with its gravity defying speed slide. Schussing down the world's first indoor ski resort at Ski Dubai. Of course, there's world-class golf, scuba-diving in the Arabian Gulf, a plethora of restaurants to choose from, and the Lime spa. That's not even mentioning polo matches, horseback riding, cooking tutorials, wine tasting, infinity pool, rare bird watching, tennis and squash courts, and the jogging course. Whatever your tastes, you'll find something to do at Desert Palm Retreat Dubai.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests with a confirmed stay of 3 or more nights at Desert Palm will receive one 30 minute "Jet Lag" massage for 2.


Taste the Gold Life with Jumeirah Hotels: Lots of Perks and Enough Points for a Free Night

December 30, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al Arab, DubaiJumeirah is currently running a splendid promotion. Stay in any Jumeirah Hotel or Resort before April 20th, 2009 for a taste of the Jumeirah Gold Life-- normally reserved for Sirius Gold Membership (Jumeirah's loyalty program)-- and you'll receive 2000 bonus Sirius Points, enough to return for a complimentary night's stay. You'll also enjoy a selection of Sirius Gold Benefits, including the best available rate (for a 2-night minimum stay), 2 p.m. late check-out, a complimentary room upgrade, free breakfast, a 10 percent discount on food, access to the Club Executive Lounge, complimentary Internet access and airport transfers.

(Pictured at right: Jumeirah's Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the world's only seven-star hotel.)


What’s Hot: The Hydropolis Underwater Hotel in Dubai

December 8, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hydropolis Underwater Hotel, DubaiIt's being hailed "the world's first luxury underwater hotel." Naturally, it's located in Dubai. And like it's neighbor, the swank Burj al Arab, this baby will have more than 5 stars. In fact, the Hydropolis Underwater Hotel is claiming 10 stars. Scheduled to open in early 2009, the hotel will have 220 suites sitting on the Persian Gulf floor (20 meters below the surface) and two domes (pictured) that break the water's surface; the ballroom dome will even have a retractable roof. Grandiose and attention-grabbing? This extravagant architecture is just par for the course in over-the-top Dubai. Price for a night's lodging? $5,500.


New Year’s Eve, Dubai-Style, at Burj Al Arab

November 26, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Ring in the New Year with a roaring good time at the Burj Al Arab. Burj Al ArabStart off with a festive Champagne reception at Sahn Eddar followed by grand dinner gala. Musical entertainment will be provided by LoveTrain from the UK followed by Grammy winners The Commodores. It all leads up to a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. Guests can choose to stay at the Burj Al Arab for AED 139,000 with breakfast included in each morning of your stay, or attend the Gala Dinner for AED 10,000 per person.


Buzz: New Missoni Hotels in Edinburgh and Kuwait

November 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Missoni

After a long, painful wait, we've finally got some more juicy details about the Missoni Hotels. A partnership between the Milan-based fashion house and the Rezidor SAS Hospitality Group, the first two Missoni Hotels will debut in 2009 in Kuwait City (situated in the Symphony Complex overlooking the Persian Gulf) and Edinburgh (located on Royal Mile at Victoria Terrace and George IV Bridge). In fact, Hotel Missoni has *just* appointed the General Managers for the two properties. We can't wait to check out the "Missoni-branded facilities" like a stylish spa, lounge bar, and cafe. Here's the official word:

Hotel Missoni represents a new standard of design hotel that combines the style of the iconic fashion and interiors label with the expertise of one of the world's leading hotel operators. Spearheaded by Hotel Missoni Creative Director, Rosita Missoni and Rezidor Executive Vice-President of Brands, Gordon McKinnon, the partnership is creating a distinctive blend of fashion, function, form and service that adds up to a new genre of genuinely luxurious hotels. The Edinburgh and Kuwait properties will become the first city-center and resort hotels within the Hotel Missoni portfolio, which will see 30 hotels open or under development within 10 years.

Image Via Business Week


News: Leading Hotels of the World Announces Award Winners

November 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel CiprianiLeading Hotels of the World held its annual convention in Boston recently and doled out some pretty prestigious awards. Considering that the organization represents some 450 of the world's finest hotels, these accolades should not be taken lightly. And without further ado, the winners are:

Commitment to Excellence Awards: Hotel de l'Europe, Taj Boston, Brenner's Park

Commitment to Quality Awards: The Chedi Muscat, Al Maha Desert Resort, The Datai, Rambagh Palace, Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin, Hotel Caruso, One&Only Palmilla, Tortuga Bay, Island Hotel (Newport Beach), and SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand.

Sixth Annual Juan Gaspart Award recognizing an outstanding employee of a Leading Hotel pursuing a career in the hospitality industry:  Mr. Colin Field, head bartender at Ritz Paris.

(Pictured: Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin- which received the highest score overall during LHW's anonymous inspections.)