Category: Middle East

Beyond five stars

From last Sunday’s Observer newspaper: The Shangri-La hotel and resort chain claims to have now opened its first six-star hotel, the Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat. The One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius made the same claim when it reopened after a £32m renovation in 2002, while the Burj Al Arab in Dubai […]

What's next for Dubai?

What’s next for Dubai?

It seems Dubai has gone from strength to strength in recent years and Mobissimo Blog has a good summary of why  this lavish location  currently offers the best of the best when it comes to luxury travel. Let’s take a quick look: the world’s only 7-star (yes, S-E-V-E-N star!) hotel,  Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab, complete […]

Top 10: Travelers' Choice luxury hotel winners

Top 10: Travelers’ Choice luxury hotel winners

No need to take a chance on your next vacation. Pamper yourself at the 10 most luxurious hotels, as chosen by TripAdvisor travelers. 1.   Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong 2.   Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 3.   Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai 4.   Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest […]

Qasr al Sharq - Hilton's first palace hotel about to open

Qasr al Sharq – Hilton’s first palace hotel about to open

Qasr al Sharq – Hilton‘s first palace hotel – is set to open in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,  next month. Opulent details adorn every corner of the hotel and a highly personalised butler service will enhance  the feeling of pure indulgence and a true sense of luxury. Handpicked crystal and porcelain china, intricate mosaics, upholstery of […]

Jumeirah restaurants

Jumeirah restaurants

Jumeirah – luxury hotel group and  operator of the famous  Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai – is looking to franchice its restaurant brands in order to expand internationally. Plans are expected to focus on pizza and pasta outlet Toscana, which currently has one outlet, and wine bar The Agency. Its Noodle House chain also […]

New luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE

New luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Three new luxury hotels are to be built in Abu Dhabi on the Gulf within the next two years. The  Al-Gurm Resort, scheduled to open in 2007,  will be created on an offshore island and  will have 161 suites and 59 luxury apartments, along with three restaurants, a lounge bar and several swimming pools. Secondly, […]

Qatar Airways notches up another award

Qatar Airways notches up another award

Qatar Airways has picked up yet another award: the Inflight Service Consistency Excellence Award  from Skytrax, the world’s leading air transport research organisation. Qatar Airways is growing at great speed and is one of only four airlines in the world ranked Five Star for service and excellence. The airline’s cabin crew have been voted the […]

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Carnival Freedom, will debut the line’s first-ever itinerary to the Greek Isles and Turkey as well as spectacular Mediterranean voyages. The luxury 110,000-ton vessel will commence its first season in March 2007 with a series of seven 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises. Carnival Freedom will also sail a total […]

Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Laguna Tower Dubai

Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Laguna Tower Dubai

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts  and IFA Hotels & Resorts have agreed to  bring a 5-star branded hotel residence  to Dubai, U.A.E. It  will be the  first independent hotel investment project in the Middle East. The Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Laguna Tower Dubai is  expected to open in 2008 and will offer a total of 120 […]

Giorgio Armani hotels in Dubai

Giorgio Armani hotels in Dubai

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has agreed to build as many as 30 luxury hotels with Dubai’s Emaar Properties, rather than the ten originally planned. The increase is said to be due to unexpected demand from investors. The Burj Dubai Tower, expected to be completed by 2008, will be the first hotel under the agreement, […]

King David Hotel, Jerusalem

King David Hotel, Jerusalem

Overlooking the ancient walls of the Old City, the King David Hotel has earned its place in history as the meeting locale for diplomats, dignitaries and international travellers. The hotel is located in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel, and provides easy access to cultural and historical places of interest. It combines centuries-old traditions and the […]

Boost for Dubai Cruise Terminal

Boost for Dubai Cruise Terminal

Costa Crociere SpA, the leading cruise operator in Europe, will be offering cruises with departures from Dubai Cruise Terminal  starting from December 2006. The move by the  Italian group which operates the brands AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere followed a series of official meetings in Dubai. The new cruises will be offered through the 2006/2007 […]

The Four Seasons Damascus, Syria

The Four Seasons Damascus, Syria

The first 5-star hotel in Damascus for over 25 years has just opened. The Four Seasons Damascus overlooks the ancient city and serves as a symbol of Syria’s growing prosperity.  It  is situated  alongside the Barada River and offers  stunning views of the historic Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh and Farouche Shah Mosque; it has a total of […]

Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort in Bahrain

Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort in Bahrain

Looking for Wi-Fi and yoga in Bahrain? Then check in to the Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort, Al Areen, an all-villa property scheduled to open in June near Al Areen wildlife sanctuary, home to the endangered Arabian oryx. For $1,375 a night for two, you’ll get an open-air villa complete with a stone-tiled pool, […]

Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman

Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman

Opened in 1985, the Al Bustan Palace Intercontinental Muscat hotel has built a reputation as the best hotel in the Middle East and one of the finest hotels in the world. The hotel is identified as the Jewel of the Sultanate of Oman and the Middle East. Situated eight kilometres from the downtown business district […]

New underwater hotel

New underwater hotel

The construction of  a $500 million underwater hotel in Dubai will start in the first quarter of this year. According to Uwe Hohmann of the Crescent Hydropolis Group, the financing of the development is almost finalised. Hotel prices are rumoured to reach some $3,000 per night but  have not yet been announced by the group. […]