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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.

Ring in the New Year at the Kempinski Hotel Ajman in Dubai

December 7, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

Hotel Ajman The luxury Hotel Ajman in Dubai is offering a 5-night package for you and a guest to ring in the New Year in style. The package includes a Deluxe room, breakfast at the Cafe Kranzler, and dinner and drinks for two on New Year's Eve at one of three delectable on-site, award-winning restaurants. The New Year's bash will include a glass of premium champagne, and a fireworks display for the ages over Hotel Ajman's private beach. The package runs from December 29, 2009 – January 5, 2010, so book today for your luxury New Year's celebration.


Dream Trips: Enter the Big Prize Draw from One Aldwych and Campbell Gray Hotels

December 2, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One AldwychYou could win a dream vacay to London, the Caribbean, or Beirut when you enter the new prize drawing offered by Campbell Gray Hotels. To celebrate the launch of their new website, Campbell Gray is giving you the opportunity to win a prize worth GBP 10,000 at their hotels: five nights' accommodation for four people in a top suite with fabulous meals, bespoke excursions and money-can't-buy-experiences. Here's the list of prizes:

One Aldwych, London

The definitive contemporary luxury hotel in buzzing Covent Garden offers a 'Moët Grand Vintage Collection' Dinner in a suite, a tailor-made day out with chauffeured car, theatre tickets, dinner at Cecconi's…

Carlisle BayDukes, London

The much loved English classic set in the heart of St. James's offers a wine tasting at Berry Bros. & Rudd, dinner at Le Caprice, a Cristal Champagne dinner in the Penthouse Suite…

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Caribbean barefoot luxury set on a secluded beach with a backdrop of lush rainforest offers a day on a racing yacht, dinner on the hotel's jetty, a private cookery class…

Le Gray, Beirut

The newly opened Le Gray with stunning views of the city, Mediterranean and mountains offers wine tasting in the Bekaa Valley, exquisite dinners and spa treatments...

Enter the drawing before December 31, 2009 for your chance to win!


Abu Dhabi on the Map: Book Your Stay at Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers

November 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beach Rotana Hotel and TowersMove over, Dubai. The UAE's capital city of Abu Dhabi is making headlines as both a cultural mecca and an environmentally-friendly metropolis. The dramatic Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum is slated for the Saadiyat Island development which also includes the first branch of the Louvre outside of Paris. And Abu Dhabi has ambitions to create the world's first carbon neutral city. Currently under construction, Masdar City will run entirely on renewable energy, and boast car-free streets. The two Emirates cities couldn't be any more different; one is a symbol of glitzy development and excess, the other, of culture and intellectualized projects. Eager to check out Abu Dhabi? Check into the Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers, right on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Venture out from your luxurious, sea-facing room and you'll find 10 (count em, 10!) restaurants and a private beach. Home to the Abu Dhabi Trade Center complex, the Beach Rotana - Abu Dhabi is directly linked to the 1 million square foot Abu Dhabi Mall, the most prestigious mall in the capital, via an exclusive passageway.


Live the Suite Life: Get Upgrades with Jumeirah’s Hotel in Dubai, London, New York

November 5, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Essex House, New YorkHere's an offer you can't refuse. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts has announced a promotion called "Live the Suite Life" at properties across the globe. Book your suite in London at Jumeirah Carlton Tower or Jumeirah Lowndes Hotels in the heart of Knightsbridge and they'll trim up to £100 off the best available rate. Across the pond, at the beautifully-renovated Jumeirah Essex House, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city in a Junior Suite from just $337. The Suite Life with Jumeirah Essex House is valid until February 15, 2010, for new bookings only, minimum three-night stay required.

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert ResortWhile in Dubai, you can get all sorts of upgrades and amenities with "The Suite Life." At the seven-star Burj Al Arab, you can enjoy a host of personalized services for only 500 Dirhams extra: take fresh breakfast every day of your stay, indulge in a delicious buffet dinner for one of your nights, relax with a spa treatment on the house, get pampered with an in-suite Aroma Therapy Bath menu for two guests, get airport transfers in a signature Burj Al Arab white Rolls Royce. Other possibilities in the glitzy city of Dubai: Get complimentary breakfast and a dinner for two under the starry Arabian night sky at the open-air restaurant, Al Hadheerah, when you book a suite at Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Get an upgrade from a Club Executive Room to a one bedroom Ocean Suite for only 800 Dirhams more at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Get the second night free when you book a suite at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, or score a suite upgrade in one of the three enchanting hotels at Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort (Mina A' Salam, Al Qasr, and Dar Al Masyaf).


By the Sea in Tel Aviv at the Dan Hotel

November 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dan Hotel Tel AvivLooking for accommodations in Tel Aviv? Why not choose a picture-perfect location on the lively seafront promenade? The Dan Tel Aviv, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, overlooks the soft sandy beaches and the Mediterranean blue, within walking distance to the city's attractions like picturesque Old Jaffa and the trendy Tel Aviv Port area. Also nearby: the Camel Market and pedestrian streets of Nahalat Binyamin. Whether on business or looking for some beach time, the Dan Tel Aviv has got a superb location in this exciting metropolis. Facilities include several fine dining options, kids club, spa, outdoor sea water pool, indoor freshwater pool, sun deck overlooking the beachfront, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness center.


Four Seasons Beirut: Hot Hotel Openings of the Year

October 21, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons BeirutThe cool Lebanese capital is getting another luxury hotel addition. (We've been excitedly anticipating the opening of Le Gray, from the hotelier behind London's One Aldwych and Carlisle Bay in Antigua). The other hotel that's crossed our radar? Four Seasons Beirut which is slated to open in December 2009. HotelChatter says that "all you Four Seasons loyalists out there... will have a new reason to visit Beirut." The city's known for its vibrant social scene and Four Seasons is planning to attract the crowds to a sky-high, "see-and-be-seen" rooftop pool lounge. Soaring above Beirut's Corniche, the glass-and-steel landmark building has views of the Mediterranean from private terraces adorning each and every room. Noted designer Pierre-Yves Rochon created the French-inspired interiors, showcasing polished maple, bronzed wallpaper and chinoiserie lamps. With a prime location in "the Paris of the Middle East," the Mediterranean gateway that links Europe to the Middle East, Four Seasons Beirut will feature a full-service spa, meeting and event spaces (including a grand ballroom), and two restaurants and three bars.


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

October 15, 2009
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

October 15, 2009
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

October 12, 2009
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

September 23, 2009
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 http://twitter.com/rafflesdubai and start following the hotel now.