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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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11 Apr

Eligible

A Modern Retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan Whether or not you’ve read Jane Austin’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, Curtis Sittenfeld’s modern day version, Eligible, will have you hooked. It’s told in third person from the perspective of Liz Bennet, a journalist for a prestigious New York magazine and the second oldest of five Bennet sisters, who returns home to Cincinnati with her elder sister Jane after their father suffers a heart scare. The two arrive in time to meet the star of ‘Eligible’, a play-off of ‘The Bachelor’, Chip Bingley – who to the mother’s delight – falls for Jane at first sight. Liz’s own love life is in for a rollercoaster of a...
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4 Apr

Hotel Saint Marc

This quirky Parisian hotel was reviewed for Holidays in Heels exclusively by interior design aficionado Dana Aljouder of ADANA Design (@adana.design) from Kuwait!   Tucked into Rue Saint Marc in the 2nd arrondissement, Hotel Saint Marc is a treasure trove of haute interiors and hospitality. Designed by Dimore Studio, the lobby echoes a glamorous 50’s era of brass, plaster pink, and colorful patterns. 11/04/2016, Paris, France: aménagement de l'hôtel Saint-Marc par le Studio milanais Dimore le centre de Paris.   Sweet Suite Each room is uniquely designed, and bathrooms and closets are hidden behind seamless mirror and brass doors. While the bathrooms are decked in classic black and white tiles, the rooms are emblazoned in an emerald, fuchsia, baby blue or...
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27 Mar

Grand Hotel du Lac

*Photo by Adrian Ehbrar Photography* Where do luxury travel PR pros like to go on holiday? Here's a review fit for a princess exclusive to Holidays in Heels from Laura Snook and Laura Brown of Lawrence Travel PR! Travel is always a happy time of year. You plan ahead, look at the best tickets, scroll through Instagram feeds to locate that wonderful sunset you can add onto your bucket-list and dream away of far away paradises. As ‘paradise’ can be found in many different formats, I decided to find mine. Just like that LBD which comes in many different cuts and creations. As long as it is little, black and well, a dress - it fits the criteria. I found that over the...
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12 Mar

Nile Ritz Carlton

Reviewed by lovely journalist Triska Hamid! Many hotels like to describe their property as a place of ‘tranquility’ or ‘bliss’, but there are few places where those two words have such poignancy. The Ritz-Carlton in Cairo is definitely one of these places. Amidst the chaos and noise of one of the oldest cities in the world stands the Ritz, opened late in 2015 to cater to the steadily rising number of tourists from the Middle East region. The hotel offers a much-needed haven after a day of sightseeing man’s many wonders in Cairo – notably the Pyramids and the city’s traffic.   Past security is a welcome respite in the lobby, tastefully decorated with the design routinely changed to reflect the season...
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5 Mar

COMO Maalifushi

**A version of this travel piece appeared in Harper's Bazaar Interiors Magazine** Rub your eyes and open them wide. Sand made of sugar, swaying palm trees and a hundred shades of blue? This is the place where those cliches come alive: welcome to the Maldives. True, the colors are so vibrant that it looks like an Instagram filter has been applied directly to real life (Juno, to be specific). But with so many beautiful hotels and beaches around the world, what exactly is it that lures people to the islands? And how do you decide where to stay when every hotel looks postcard-perfect? You could spend hours doing research and asking friends, or you could save yourself time and choose the name that...
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