LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
December 8, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
It'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.
November 26, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Ring in the New Year with a roaring good time at the Burj Al Arab. Start 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.
By: Madelyn Giblin
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.
Leading 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 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.)
November 24, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Unlock your inner beauty with the Diamond Experience, available in the United Arab Emirates at the Anantara Spa in Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace. Based on ancient healing techniques, the treatment uses real diamond dust to rejuvenate skin and reveal your skin's true potential. The Diamond Magnetic body exfoliation is a peel made from diamond dust, iron and luminous mud, and cleanses the skin of daily toxins. This is followed by the fantastic facial from Natura Bisse Diamond Collection to reduce fine lines and wrinkles leaving your skin literally glowing like a rare gem. Experience the luxury and the beauty of the Middle East for AED 1,400 ++.
November 13, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson
Set on the shores of the Arabian Gulf and built in a stunning shape that mirrors a breaking wave, the award-winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel takes luxury to a whole new level. And now, they are taking their elegant touch to the high seas. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is offering a unique fine dining experience to its guests. Your evening of luxury will begin when you board a private chartered yacht for an exclusive cruise around Dubai, with a personal butler on hand to meet your every requirement. Anchor in the lagoon to delight yourselves with a sumptuous five course candlelit dinner specially crafted by the chef, complemented by Bollinger Special Cuvee. At the end of your cruise you will receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers, as a momento of your unique culinary ocean experience. Prices start at AED 18,000 per couple.
By: K. Clare Johnson
November 11, 2008
By: Guest Writer
Courtesy of John May, Managing Partner of New Vantage Group
The economic times may be daunting, but the experience of a great hotel can mitigate the pain. On a recent speaking engagement in Dubai, I stayed in the Jumeirah Group's flagship property – Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The hotel sits in the downtown business district next to Dubai Investor Group building and it is less than a mile from the nearly complete world's tallest building. The facility was five star all the way, service was exceptional, and food was unlike hotel food I've had elsewhere. Staff knew your name within a day, they stood by elevators to punch your floor as you walked up, the drivers of "white cars" were readily available for side trips and at the large swimming pool with multiple lifeguards cold, not hot, hand towels were provided at the pool to cool you off in the October 100 Degree heat.
The rooms on the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Club Floors were large, marbled, quiet and had staff servicing the room multiple times a day! The view of downtown Dubai from the 42nd floor Executive Club – with its 24 hours of staff support, was stimulating. The entire skyline is dotted with building cranes and sunshine. ("When did it last rain? Oh, last winter sometime!".) The shopping mall and restaurants attached to the hotel office Towers provided diversion from the days work and the soaring hotel lobby provided a window on the constant flow of investors and Middle Eastern dressed executives.
This is a business person's hotel - few families, almost no children at the pool and restaurants, but the pools did have 3 life guards on duty. Jumeirah Emirates Towers even has a floor (The Chopard Ladies Floor) for women travelers only on the 40th floor. This is the first I have seen which supports traveling women executives. I can see why this property has earned accolades over the years since it opened in 2000. I plan to go back to Dubai to see their progress over the years and I would will look forward to staying in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers again.
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By: Guest Writer
The first hotel in the Middle East for Six Senses is visually stunning, with service to match. And talk about innovative modes of arrival: You can even arrive by paraglider, soaring over breathtaking fjords before landing on the beach next to the resort, modeled after an indigenous village. (Never fear--you'll be accompanied by a professional.) Situated on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, sandwiched between dramatic mountains and a sandy beach, the resort has been getting rave reviews since its opening in January. As Forbes recently described in "New Chicdom:"
There's no need to leave your cushy quarters: A chef is on call to cook dinner, a masseuse can knead you chez vous, and your butler (every villa has one) can serve as your go-between with the rest of the hotel. The only bit of the outside world that may intrude is one of the charming wild goats who saunter around the property with the air of having been there first.
The Six Senses Hideaway landed a spot on Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Hot List, which praises the "exemplary service" and the beach where "colorful coral patches shelter sea turtles and stingrays, and impressive snorkeling and dive sites are a short kayak or dhow ride away." Another reason to love this place? Six Senses is all about minimizing environmental impact.
This just in: A new loyalty partnership between Langham Hotels and Emirates Airlines means you can rack up the points with hotel stays. You'll get 600 miles per qualifying stay at any Langham Hotel worldwide. Emirates' frequent flier program- Skywards- has 3.8 million members.
October 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Some 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.