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15 Jul

New Aegli Hotel

In Poros, a very green island just 20 minutes by boat from Athens, New Aegli hotel is a laid-back slice of heaven. The natural beauty of this island makes this simple, four star hotel an ideal spot for a great vacation. It's like a hotel out of the seventies, but really all you need to have a blast is a terrace, a beach steps away from your room, and an iced frappe coffee to enjoy come afternoon.   There's a 180 degree view of sea and green mountains from the main terrace in the hotel. It's a beautiful spot for breakfast and for dinner. I had one of the best dinners of my life here: sardines fresh from the...
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13 Jul

Kalm Spa

Nestled in Palm Jumeirah is a little known secret that the residents of the palm like to keep to themselves: Kalm Spa. I felt like I'd finally gotten a break from the treadmill of life for a while when I followed signs that read: "Beach Club" and came upon this beauty spa that has the sea to the right and green gardens to the left. It's always a good sign when you walk in on a random Tuesday at a random hour and the place is packed. I opted for a signature massage to relieve hours of sitting in front of a computer - although the real escapism seemed to be taking place at the mani-pedi stations. You can recline in business-class style armchairs that...
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11 Jul

Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walters In the opening paragraphs, a beautiful blonde woman in a boat approaches a secluded Italian beach with a simple hotel that is usually always empty. The hotelier, in his broken English, is excited to welcome what turns out to be an American actress who has a small role in the infamous film Cleopatra. The plot twists and turns, featuring quirky characters and even a cameo from Richard Burton, as it transports readers from Italy to the US and to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Beautiful Ruins is a beautiful beach read full of travel, suspense and a pretty moving story about holding out for love. Voted a Notable Book of the Year by NY Times Book Review, Best Novel of the...
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6 Jul

The Mark

Access to Bergdorf Goodman 24/7? In-room dining by Jean Georges? You can pinch yourself. This is not a dream after watching Breakfast At Tiffany's for the tenth time. This is what life is like at The Mark, a NYC institution of a hotel located on the Upper East Side that oozes grace. Traditional on the outside, snazzy on the inside. Lobby lines A quick Google search will showcase a red carpet of celebrities dressed in their finest en route to the Met Gala. This hotel has been reviewed for Holidays in Heels by Dubai's own star: Rosemin Manji @roseminsworld: a luxury & fashion entrepreneur, brand ambassador, and all-around sweetheart. A brand ambassador for Burberry's Art...
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4 Jul

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

This grand dame of a hotel sits prettily on the shores of Lake Como - yes, just 10 min away from where George Clooney has a summer home :) This luxury resort ranks very highly on Tripadvisor and has been around for more than 100 years! From the hotel's archives - 106 year old resort! The Welcome I've never seen anything like it - the car dropped us off at a mirrored tunnel leading to a glass elevator. I felt a bit like Alice in Wonderland, but instead of falling down a dark rabbit hole, I was ascending into the lap of luxury. Entrance to elevator - my outfit matched my surroundings a little too much by...
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25 Jun

The Help

By Kathryn Stockett Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan We’re warning you – once you pick this novel up for a cozy read, you will not be able to put it down. I read it in two days flat. Taking place in Mississippi in the 1960s, a Southern society girl with big dreams of becoming a writer defies the cultural norm by writing a book based on secret interviews with black housekeepers during the Anti-Civil Rights movement. Novelist Kathryn Stockett alternates the chapters between different perspectives, ranging from the hilarious and outspoken Minny Jackson, to college graduate and aspiring writer Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, and finally to well-mannered Aibileen Clark.  The best part is, you can enjoy a bowl of popcorn and watch Tate Taylor’s adapted movie of the...
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17 Jun

Viceroy Bali

So now you know. This is exactly what heaven looks like. My entire trip to Bali was inspired by seeing a friend post this exact photo on Facebook and I knew I had to visit. In this case, reality really did exceed expectations. Go now. Do it. The Welcome It was rainy when we arrived, which gave our welcome an otherworldly quality. It felt like we'd landed on the set of a dinosaur movie. Sounds of the jungle were all around us - birds, monkeys, cicadas, rainfall - creating a nature symphony completely opposite to the city sounds I was used to. Within minutes of checking in, I had a string of flowers around my neck, a fruity drink in my hand, and...
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9 Jun

Mrs Hemingway

Author: Naomi Wood Review: Lulu Hamdan For those who love a good fictionalised biography, this page turner - creatively told from the perspective of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives in turn - will have you thinking about it when you're not actively trying to finish it. It's a peek into the dynamic love life of the prolific writer, one that is drenched in alcohol, parties, affairs and tales of war. Through Wood’s descriptive writing, your imagination will travel to the 1920s, bringing to life decadent fashion and dazzling summer parties that take place at a summer house in Antibes, South of France and in Cuba. And that’s just the beginning!...
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