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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.

Image of the Day: Dusit Thani Dubai


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Dusit Thani Dubai is known for capturing the essence of Thailand in the vibrant center of Dubai's Business District. 

Dusit Thani Dubai

 

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The Summer Houses of Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah


By: Five Star Alliance

Dar Al Masyaf is one of the three properties of Madinat Jumeirah Resort. Literally translated, Dar Al Masyaf means summer houses and the property features 29 summer houses comprising 283 rooms and suites with private balconies or terrace areas.

Beautifully appointed, all 283 rooms and suites portray an Arabian theme in keeping with the overall style of the resort. An integrated design means that guests can take either one room or even an entire summer house. Designed for the guest who seeks added privacy within intimate enclaves yet with easy access to all Madinat Jumeirah resort facilities,  the summer houses of Dar Al Masyaf are an ideal refuge. Offering two house types (Gulf and Arabian), each with luxurious guest rooms and suites, the Gulf summer houses offer superb access to the beach and all houses benefit from privileged locations within the resort.

Dar Al Masayaf Arabian Summer Houses

View more photos, read more, or check rates and availability at Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah >>


The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #3 Dubai


By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!
 

As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 64 luxury resorts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. One of the seven Arab emirates, Dubai is one of the richest places in the world. 

What makes our guests love Dubai?

-Seemingly endless clean beaches, amazing accommodations, gourmet dining, and tons of nightlife make Dubai desirable.

-Unusual spectator sports like Camel racing. Sports are big in Dubai, visitors can enjoy world-class tennis, horse racing, rally car racing, power boatting, rugby and sailing.

-Shopping is big business in Dubai. The very popular Dubai Shopping Festival takes place from January to February.

-October to April is the peak tourist season in Dubai.  Temperatures tend to be from the upper 70s to the low 90s during this time period.

Where to Stay?

-For a Valentine's Day getaway, Dusit Thani Dubai has nightly rates from 676AED. Nightly rates from 1360AED are available at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. For a real splurge, try Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah  (pictured) with nightly rates starting at 1920AED.

 

Did you know?

-In 1991 there was 1 high rise in Dubai.  Now there are more than 400. 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #28 Burj Al Arab


By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #28 spot is Burj Al Arab which is located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach strip. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Considered to be Dubai’s most recognizable landmark and stands 280 meters offshore on a man-made island, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway.

- One of the most photographed structures in the world.

- Consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel.

- Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab is an all-suite luxury hotel.

- Features a discreet check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers.

- Has a private beachfront and two indoor pools, one mixed and one for women only.

- Each room has private fax, printer and copier perfect for business travelers.

- Features special suites that are handicap accessible.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Burj Al Arab here >>


2 Bedroom Apartment Option in Dubai


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We are a family of 5 persons, 2 adults and three children, ages 3, 6, and 8. We would love to make a reservation at the Dar Al Masyaf in Dubai. We are traveling December 22nd – January 5th, 2013. Is it possible to book a 2 bedroom superior apartment?

Answer: Dar Al Masyaf does not have availability for your dates of travel, but Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence does have 2 bedroom Duplex Club Apartment which includes Breakfast. The advance purchase rate for this option is 2805 AED per night, which is approximately $764 USD plus tax. Please be advised that this is a non-cancellable, non-changeable rate, and any changes or a cancellation would result in a 100% penalty of the full stay.

This hotel also has this same room option available for 3300 AED per night, which is approximately $899 USD plus tax. This rate has a cancellation policy which states you can cancel up until 2 days prior to arrival and be charged a 1 night penalty. If you cancel within 2 days of arrival, you would be charged 100% of the full stay as penalty. To clarify, cancelling this reservation would always result in at least a 1 night penalty fee.

To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please fill in the Special Request field stating that you'll be traveling with kids and provide their ages so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type for 3 Adults Traveling to Dubai


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We are traveling to Dubai and hoping to stay at Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeriah. There will be 3 adults; what room type can accommodate all of us?

Answer: The Arabian Executive room at Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeriah would be able to accommodate 3 adults, and the rate of this room currently is 4500 AED plus 1300 AED in extra person charges, so 5800 AED per night plus tax. This room can either have 1 king bed and a rollaway bed added or 3 single beds. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


QE2 to Become Dubai’s First Floating Luxury Hotel


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Queen Elizabeth 2, an ocean liner previously operating as a cruise ship is in development to become Dubai’s first floating hotel. Although the design of the hotel will differ from its original plan, we certainly have high hopes that it will be nothing short of fabulous. The cruiser made its last trip from New York City to Dubai in 2008, and it has been docked in Port Rashid harbor since. The Telegraph reports that the original plan was to have the QE2 feature 1,000 lavish and luxurious rooms, but now the plan is to have 300 rooms which will maintain many of its original features. We certainly can’t wait to see this floating luxury hotel’s development as it progresses. If you get seasick or like a little more room for exploration, then check out the 61 luxury hotels that are fully grounded and stationary in Dubai!


The Brand New Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach opening in 2014


By: Five Star Alliance

InterContinental Dubai Festival CityFour Seasons has announced its first property in the United Arab Emirates within Dubai Festival City. Located at the northern end of Jumeirah Beach Road, away from the city’s other resorts clustered in the Palm Jumeirah area, the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has broken ground on a 11-acre (4.45 hectare) natural waterfront site. Expected to open by mid 2014 the Four Seasons in Dubai features the following:

- At least 3 restaurants and poolside dining

- World class Spa

- Indoor and outdoor pools

- Tennis Courts

- Private Beach Club with exclusive access to 270 metres (886 feet) of beach fronting the Arabian Gulf

- Ultra-exclusive residential apartments

- 140,000sqm of floor area across a 33 storey hotel tower and garden suites, a 41 storey residential tower and garden villas, recreation facilities, and a range of food and beverage options

- With 237 rooms, including 49 suites, the Resort will target an almost equal mix of leisure and business guests

- A distinct leaning towards a residential style product while offering business guests the famous Four Seasons personalized support and service

- Function spaces with beachfront access including a 600 square metre ballroom and five meeting rooms.

- Design and achitecture by WATG, with interior design by San Fransisco based BAMO

Dubai Festival City currently features 4 hotels, the 316 room Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, 3 InterContinental hotels and residences, as well as the future 330 room W Dubai Festival City.

Pictured is the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.


Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2012: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray


By: Christopher Roney

Conde Nast Traveler, purveyor of fine hotel reviews and travel advice, has just released its 2012 edition of the Hot List, a list of hotels that are setting the hotel world aflame with fresh designs and new concepts, or maybe just a solid new look at classic luxury. 41 reporters embedded themselves anonymously in hotels across the globe to review their targets. What results is a list of 121 hotels around the world that are so on fire they should be put on your watch list, just in case they end up burning down.

 The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a 405-room beach hotel built to look like an imperial palace, and it's very much exactly what you imagine when you think of the opulent luxury of Dubai. In most other places, a luxury palace hotel would be converted from an old royal residence, but at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, it was built just to evoke that measure of royalty. It's covered in silks and gilted furnishings, and its marble tubs are the size of a room in some smaller hotels. It has spared no expense and very much wants you to know that. The Talise Ottoman Spa and numerous fine dining establishments ensure that you never have to leave the premises unless you'd like to. The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is one of the first in a flurry of constructed resorts on its man-made island, and it's doing its best to establish itself as the favorite before the others encroach on its territory.


New Dubai Hotel Announced to be Under the Sea


By: Oksana Balytsky

Sebastian certainly sang it best, and we’re taking it from him that ‘under the sea, darling it’s better down where it’s wetter.’ It has been announced that an underwater hotel is to be built off the coast of Dubai. This extremely unique hotel concept has not yet been confirmed, but we’re crossing our fingers that it’ll get built. Designed by Deep Ocean Technology, the ‘Water Discus Hotel’ would have 2 discs comprising the main part of the hotel, and it would be connected by 3 vertical shafts and another shaft that would hold the elevator and stairs. One disc would rise above the water while the other would be fully submerged. The disc above water would have the lobby, restaurant, spa, and pools, and the disc below water would have 21 luxurious rooms and a bar. We’ll certainly keep you updated on any development on this new hotel concept, but in the meantime, be sure to check out the various 5 star properties located in Dubai!

Photo courtesy of HotelChatter