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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.

New Year’s Eve in Dubai at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Tired of the same old New Year's parties? Are you looking for a spectacular fête? Something extraordinary? Think Dubai, the city known for its over-the-top approach to, well, everything. Ring in the New Year at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, voted "Best Resort Hotel in the World" by readers of Business Traveller Magazine (UK) from 2001-2008. Perched on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel has a stunning architectural design, mirroring a breaking wave. Hit the hotel's private beach or head to the Wild Wadi Water Park next door for some exhilaration. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel's New Years Eve Gala Dinner will offer a broad selection of exquisite cuisine and live entertainment directly on the beach-- with stunning views of Burj Al Arab and the dazzling fireworks display.

Save 25 Percent at Radisson Blu Hotels in Europe, Africa and the Middle East

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Blu Le Dokhan'sHere's a hot deal uncovered by the travel sleuths at The Washington Post: Get 25 percent off any day of the week at 170 Radisson Blu hotels across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa when you book 28 days in advance. Formerly known as Radisson SAS, the luxury hotel group includes the likes of Le Dokhan's in Paris, a gem of a hotel located in the 16th arrondissement featuring the city's first Champagne bar.

Sample rates can be found below:

* Oslo from 971 NOK (109) EUR/room, breakfast included

* Cesme from 45 EUR/room, breakfast included

* Dresden from 64 EUR/room

* Amsterdam from 119 EUR/room

* St Petersburg from 4200 RUB (96 EUR)/room

Top Spas for Men: H20 The Male Spa at Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Emirates TowersThe latest hotel trend? More and more men are seeking out spa treatments. We just mentioned the private barber at the Coeur D'Alene Golf & Spa Resort in Idaho, and Frommer's recently dished on male-friendly spa treatments with some interesting statistics: Men make up 31% of 2008's spa-goers according to the International Spa Association. In a round-up of the best male spas, Frommer's gives a shout out to some of our faves, like the Spa at the Four Seasons Hong Kong and the Willow Stream at the Fairmont Scottsdale. Not surprisingly, H20 The Males Spa at Jumeirah Emirates Towers got a rave review. As we reported back in 2006, this trend-setting spa is located in one of Dubai's top business hotels, exclusively designed as a cure-all for jet-lagged business travelers. Here's the word from Frommer's:

At the Emirates Towers, 80% of guests are male business travelers, says sports and leisure manager Desmond Cawley, so a men-only spa was a natural fit. The more than 30 treatments focus on issues faced by their clientele -- the negative impacts of long-haul travel and late nights and long meetings. Cawley recommends the signature Flotation Pool (60 min., AED330), a private, 1-hour soak in warm salt water accompanied by relaxing tunes. The amount of salt in the water floats the body, and the relaxation is said to be equivalent to 8 hours' sleep. Those looking to combat jet lag should grab a seat at the Oxygen Bar, which Cawley says "will boost the system and improve tissues' oxygenation for better use of energies." The Cosmos active massage chair adds to the experience with 47 different ways of massage. And, if you're like most go-getters, you'll likely be in a rush, so the spa offers a range of 25-minute express massages.

Raffles Dubai Uses Twitter to Give Away Prizes This Ramadan

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 and start following the hotel now.

Ramadan in Istanbul at the Ceylan InterContinental Hotel

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

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

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.

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Go Now: Oman and the Al Bustan Palace in Muscat

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

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

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.