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6 Aug

The Lanesborough

*A version of this story appears in Harper's Bazaar Interiors Fall 2017 Issue Proudly placed between two royal parks facing Buckingham Palace and London’s fashionable arts district, The Lanesborough Hotel is a modern tribute to British elegance. Walking into the stately Lanesborough Hotel is akin to taking a step back in time… with a high tech twist. Gone are the crowded streets of central London; here is a place where butlers suited in grey bespoke suits open doors in a well rehearsed choreography of smiles and bows, where original artwork that rivals London’s galleries decorate the walls. Before you brush the hotel off as a traditional, buttoned up experience, it’s worthwhile to get to know why The Lanesborough continues to be a...
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4 Jul

Sailing Croatia

Reviewed for Holidays in Heels by luxury travel pros Mona and Rana of Pomalo Travel! Cruising Croatia I wake up to the sound of chatter from above and am reminded I am actually on board a boat, better said, a yacht. After arriving at Split airport in Croatia, we drive down to the harbour on the coast - passing picturesque villages and cruising through the jagged countryside in cool pursuit of the Mediterranean. It is here where the boat we have chartered for the week to come moors. Our yacht is nicely called ‘Adriatic Jazz’ - surely a hint of what is to come. Breakfast on board The cabin where I sleep is suitable for two and so are the others, a total...
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4 Jul

Tips & Toes

When I used to work at ITP Publishing, me and a handful of other women who edited magazines would cross the street to this little slice of heaven to get mani-pedis: Tips & Toes in Arjaan Tower remains one of my favorite place to get pampered in Dubai. Small, unassuming and with some of the best technicians in town, I often prefer it to the noisy nail spas in malls or the pricy ones in hotels. They have a row of chairs with purple pillows, dim lighting and spa music that helps you zone out the world. You feel zen as soon as you set foot inside.   When you walk in, there's a selection of colours to your right. I went with...
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19 Jun

Hotel Caesar Augustus

The Welcome You know you can’t go wrong staying at any hotel in the world run by the Relais & Chateaux group - and no, they haven’t paid me to say that. Whether it’s the property tucked in the mountains of Glion, Switzerland, or the sprawling resort ideal for a long weekend in Sri Lanka, each experience is unique and luxurious. I personally love this chain. So when social media darling and fashion designer Tamara Al Gabbani told me the Hotel Caesar Augustus in Capri, Italy is one of her fave spots in the world, I wasn’t surprised to see that it’s under the golden umbrella of the Relais & Chateaux group.   When people say a hotel has the ‘best sea...
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28 May

Fujeirah Rotana Beach Resort & Spa

Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan! Weaving through curved roads bounded by high mountain peaks, I leaned forward in my passenger seat, taking in the surrounding sights in awe. A two hour drive from Dubai to Fujeirah exposed us to sights of blue seas, scarlet desert sands, lush green farms, and stone grey mountains. Work matters that were on my mind in the initial part of the ride were vanishing away as we became engulfed by the beauty of the mountains around us. Entrance, Reception, and Hotel Design As we pulled up to the entrance of Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa - Al Aqah Beach, the sounds of streaming fountains, children’s laughter, and a tennis ball struck by a racquet filled the air. I looked at...
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25 May

QT Gold Coast

Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by writer Claire Hastings in Australia! The last time I and two of my friends went to Gold Coast, we decided to have some fun and create unforgettable memories! To all of you who are suckers for a cultural and artistic boost (just like I am), this is one of the best experiences you can treat yourself to. It’s a heavenly place if you wish to see what a real cultural melting pot looks like and if you want to enjoy art at its finest. Following, apart from all-things-art at this wonderful destination, there is a multitude of other, more dynamic things to do, too! That last time, we went for a surfing weekend, and...
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22 May

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan It’s 1999. The hype of the Y2K bug is in the air, and lonely Lincoln O’Neil reluctantly accepts a night-shift job as an internet security officer of a newsroom company to make sure employees are using the internet for work purposes only. Monitoring emails, Lincoln comes across a daily exchange between work besties Jennifer and Beth, who are aware of the company policy yet rebelliously chat online about their romances, baby fevers, and break-ups. Lincoln doesn’t flag the emails, but can’t fight the temptation of reading them either, finding himself falling in love with one of them before even meeting her. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and warm at heart. You grow to love the main...
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14 May

Cape Weligama

Note: A version of this travel story appeared in luxury travel and fashion magazine Villa 88! Take a seat at the breakfast table near the edge of a grassy clifftop overlooking the sea. Feel the sun warming your shoulders and the breeze playing with your hair. Peruse a menu with hundreds of varieties of tea, most of which come from tea plantations in the vicinity. You feel shy to go for a basic chamomile or English Breakfast, so you choose something that sounds local and exotic. Sit back in your seat and sip on coconut water until your order arrives, because a commanding view like this one demands respect. Welcome to Resplendent Ceylon: Cape Weligama.   Verandah with a...
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7 May

Rove Downtown

Reviewed for Holidays in Heels by Anita Quade, magazine editor extraordinaire! Meet the new artsy hotel on the block – Rove Downtown Dubai has been open just over a year and has already captured our creative hearts with its urban approach to hotel stays. Modern travelers, breathe a sigh of relief: this is the place to indulge your vagabond spirit at a value-orientated price tag. The hotel overlooks the towering Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall and is nestled right in the heartbeat of Downtown Dubai. It’s about modern meets minimal at this bolt hole, with the philosophy of “Exploring Without Borders”. Everything is set up for the busy modern traveler – there’s a 24-hour work space for busy execs, 24-hour gym and...
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25 Apr

Three Camel Lodge

Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by luxury travel pros - Rana Dababneh and Mona Khalil of Pomalo Travel! As travel is ingrained in my every day functioning nowadays, I find my bucket list does get longer, however I also tick of more places than I ever imagined.  There are a few places I would love to visit, some I have reserved for that ultimate travel bucket list, others are a given – I will visit, rather sooner than later, I just need to find the time in the next year to come. Mongolia is such a destination, the land of wild beauty and rugged terrains, where yaks roam the planes and time has stood still for centuries. Mongolia sure feels like...
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