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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Jumeirah Group Keeps Growing, and Growing, and Growing…

October 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al ArabSome hotel companies may be feeling the pinch of a down economy, but not Jumeirah. The Dubai-based hotel group, famous for its seven-star Burj Al Arab (pictured), has just announced they have 19 hotels under development. They're bringing their signature brand of hospitality to Asia and South America, and expect to have 60 properties, or about 25,000 rooms, either in operation or under development by 2012. Our friends at the Luxury Insider highlight the five new hotels and resorts-- Jumeirah Bali Resort in Indonesia, Jumeirah Maldives Resort in the South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Al Salam Resort in Bahrain, Jumeirah Al Salam Yiti Resort in Oman, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait-- all scheduled to open within the next three years.


Dubai’s Workouts Just Got Hotter at The New Monarch Dubai

October 9, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Monarch DubaiFitness has taken a quantum leap forward in Dubai. The brand spanking-new The Monarch Dubai boasts a state-of-the-art gymnasium for buffing your bod and soothing your soul. In response to guests' personal preferences, the Quantum Health Club provides an exclusive gymnasium for for ladies as well as a mixed facility. Both gyms feature a range of specialized equipment and offer expansive city views. Group classes (including ever-popular yoga and pilates) are available, as are certified leisure professionals, there to guide you through personalized workouts. After your workout, visit the separate male and female saunas and Jacuzzis and watch the Arabian sunset at the open terrace lounge pool.


InterContinental Hanoi Landmark: Vietnam’s Tallest Hotel to Open in 2011

October 6, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hanoi By NightInterContinental is bringing its distinctive luxury touch to more and more locations across the Asia Pacific region, with 30 new hotels scheduled to open within the next three years. One of the most anticipated debuts is the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark, which will be Vietnam's tallest hotel when it opens in 2011 in the 70-storey Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower. Like the new InterContinental Westlake Hanoi overlooking the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark is bound to make waves on the luxury hotel scene with its stylish amenities and first-class service. The Westlake was named to Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious 2008 Hot List for its "sublime waterfront locale," and it seems likely that the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark will also land on the list for its resort-style pool, fitness club, and panoramic city views from the atrium lobby located on the 60th floor. The new hotel will join the ranks of the world's tallest hotels, including the InterContinental Doha West Bay in Qatar (scheduled for 2009) and the InterContinental Nanjing in China (slated for 2010).

Image of "Streets of Hanoi at Night" via Travelblog


The Atlantis Resort Complex Opens on Dubai’s Man-made Palm Island with Largest Aquarium in the Middle East

October 2, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Atlantis, DubaiAtlantis has opened its doors, the latest symbol of over-the-top excess in the United Arab Emirates. (Though the $35 million Grand Opening party will take place in November.) This new entertainment destination has a suite that goes for $25,000 a night and the third largest aquarium in the world, where you can partake in shark feedings. No joke. The $1.5 billion resort was built on top Dubai's palm tree-shaped island, and was inspired by the legend of the lost continent. The mega-resort doesn't just boast water thrills at Aquaventure. The dining is just as thrilling at a dozen restos run by world-class chefs (like Nobu). Here's the skinny about the accommodations from the official website:

Atlantis aquarium, Dubai

At Atlantis, the splendour of the accommodation doesn’t end with the architecture. Each of our 1,373 spacious guest rooms and 166 suites is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, overlooking spectacular views of the azure Arabian Gulf or Palm Jumeirah itself. And if guests choose to stay in The Lost Chambers Suites, they won't be overlooking the ocean, but looking into it. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a spectacular view into the Ambassador Lagoon with a cornucopia of exotic marine life gracefully gliding by.

Image of the aquarium via Sydney Morning Herald


Kids are VIPs at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab

September 26, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Pint-sized globe-trotters are treated like full-size royalty at Sinbad's Kid's Club. Located on the 18th floor of Burj Al Arab, the Kid's Club (which is constantly supervised by an attentive staff) is for the 1-12 set. Burj Al Arab There's a cot and a crib for the littlest travelers to sleep off their jet lag, and the spacious playroom has a plethora of toys, board games, and bean bags for lolling. Plasma screen TVs show Disney Channel favorites, and PCs offer computer games. Old-school kids will enjoy a wide selection of books to bury their noses in.

When the tummies start rumbling, Burj Al Arab caters delicious and nutritious cuisine for the children. And all younger guest are granted complimentary access to the Sinbad's Kid's Club at the nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which offers a wide choice of outdoor activities. Some kids have all the luck.


The Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort, Argentina: The World’s First Equestrian Estate and Resort

September 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort, ArgentinaCould this be the first ever polo-dedicated luxury resort? The Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, the upscale hotel chain behind the world's only 7-star resort (the Burj al Arab), has plans to manage Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort in Lobos, Argentina-- just an hour from Buenos Aires. This will be the first South American property for Jumeirah, and a key addition to its portfolio. Paying homage to the equestrian lifestyle, the five-star lifestyle resort will offer access to eight polo fields (including two championship fields), a Talise spa, fitness center, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and privately-owned villas. The 252-room hotel will be situated on 1,200 acres next to a pristine lake and bird sanctuary. Slated for completion by 2010.

Image Via Audi Polo Awards


Buzz: Langham Hotels Signs First India Property in Pune

September 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Place, Koregaon Park, Pune, IndiaFrom the legendary London hotel to Hong Kong's stylish establishment, Langham has brought its stimulating hospitality concept to four continents now. Luxury hotel operator, Langham Hotels International, has doubled in size in the last year with 16 hotels open or in the pipeline. We just got word that Langham has signed a contract for Langham Place, Koregaon Park, Pune, India- as Langham expands into what's termed the "new Silk Road of China, India and the Middle East." Slated to open in 2010 in the "Silicon Valley of India," the 180-room hotel will be home to India's first Chuan Spa concept, featuring oriental hot tubs, ice caves, herbal steam rooms, singles and couples treatment suites, and an infinity edge indoor and outdoor pool. The exciting restaurants on offer will include a new hybrid concept called Portal- Work & Play. Here's the scoop from the press release: "By combining a lobby lounge, cocktail bar and business centre, Portal is where work and play seamlessly intertwine to meet the needs of today's multi-tasking world." A DJ will spin in the lobby-atrium, setting the mood.


Around the World in 80 Ways: The Epic $1 Million Journey from Leading Hotels of the World

September 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, LondonWe recently spread the word about the incredible deal-- $19.28 room rates!-- offered by Leading Hotels of the World to celebrate its 80th anniversary. And now it's time to highlight another celebratory package from LHW-though this one is a tad more extravagant. Leading Hotels of the World has created an epic voyage, "Around The World in 80 Ways," to pay homage to both the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, and their own 80th birthday. The price tag for this amazing, glamorous journey? One million dollars.

Traveling in a private jet all the way, you and a companion will see everything in the world worth seeing and do everything in the world worth doing. Best of all, 10 percent of the USD 1 million price will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the global fight against AIDS. So, with that in mind, we invite you to open your hearts and wallets and get ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.


Hot Restaurants in Dubai: Fire and Ice at Raffles Hotel

September 11, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fire and Ice Restaurant, Raffles Hotel DubaiYou could say that Fire and Ice- Raffles Cellar and Grill at the Raffles Dubai is sizzling. There are open hot kitchens where the chefs use an innovative cooking method involving liquid nitrogen. The elements of fire and ice are the focus of the menu. Fodor's loves this place: "The provocative menu offers choices from the ice counter and the flame station, but the food doesn't need gimmicks to get by... The expertly prepared food is well worth the cost." The innovative taste and creative presentation results in "refined Trans-Ethnic cuisine, bringing the elements of fire and ice to your plate." And that's not all. There are over 400 wines on the wine list, and over 60 wines available by the glass. An entire wall of the restaurant serves as a cave for the bottles, stacked behind glass in a tempting display. The architecture of the hotel itself draws inspiration from one of the great wonders of the world; the enormous pyramid is a sight to behold on the glittering Dubai skyline.


What’s Hot in Dubai: InterContinental Dubai Festival City

September 5, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Dubai Festival CityThis year has seen the debut of another Dubai hotel inspired by the shape of a sailing yacht (the first architectural legend being the world-famous Burj Al Arab). The InterContinental Dubai Festival City is situated on the south bank of Dubai Creek in the midst of the city's business and shopping districts (not far from the Burj Dubai). As befits a Dubai hotel, this place has more amenities than you can shake a stick at, starting with the five restaurants and two bars. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, the three-Michelin-starred chef, is causing quite the stir in Dubai's culinary scene. Here you can sample "multisensory hits" (Japanese and Lebanese fare, too) in an adventurous dining experience. The hotel is connected to the big shopping center with a whopping 550 shops, and also a luxury 100-berth marina. Golfers like the two 18-hole championship courses just around the corner. Fodor's hails the new hotel as "striking silhouette rising from the south bank of Dubai Creek." Discerning travelers heart the MP3 docks and large flat-screen TVs. Vacationers like the "expansive free-form pool and sundecks, top-notch spa, and proximity to Festival City's shopping and dining." And "the sweeping marble foyer is a triumph of less-is-more modernism."