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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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2 Jun

Astir Palace

Did you know Athens has a Riviera? Certainly not as touristy or as glitzy as its Western European counterparts (we're talking to you, St. Tropez), the Athenian Riviera has a relaxed, naturally beautiful, #iwokeuplikethis kind of vibe. Just 30 minutes away from the airport, the peninsula that houses Astir Palace proudly juts out into the Aegean Sea. Upon arrival at the fairytale that is this resort, you'll feel like you're being rewarded for all the good things you've done in your life. Get ready to mingle with Greek aristocrats, the random Hollywood celebrity, and well behaved families with all members dressed in matching outfits at the lunch table. The Welcome Roll your windows down and breath in the heady mix of salty sea...
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31 May

The Rosie Project

This funny, feel-good book is about a genetics professor who gets numbers but doesn't get emotion. In his scientifically guided quest to find a wife, he falls for someone who makes him realize that love is not about someone who is good on paper. A perfect summer read, this international sensation will have you laughing out loud at a crowded beach with no shame....
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25 May

JA Palm Tree Court

Want to leave the city behind? Get on Sheikh Zayed Road, past Dubai, past the industrial zones of Jebel Ali, take a right towards desert and sea - and you will arrive: a seaside oasis just 20 minutes away from Dubai. This laid-back hotel is popular year-round with couples and families seeking to unplug a little from life. What it offers in return is a sojourn filled with greenery, long stretches of sandy beach, and the ultimate swim-up pool bar.   The Welcome Follow the winding path and beware the peacocks! They're crossing roads, they're taking your parking spot, and you'll later find them chillin' next to you at the beach. They're not so good at playing hide-and-seek: Peacock peek-a-boo :D   [caption...
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18 May

Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

Staying at this resort is like staying at an upscale, adult version of Disneyland. You've got a world class gym around the corner (we've spotted Versace models and Miss Universe in zumba class), the bars of Madinat Jumeirah steps away, and some of the city's most popular restaurants right at your doorstep. Mina A'Salam is part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex that includes Al Qasr and Dar Al Masyaf.   Sweet Suite Book an ocean suite, just do it. Aside from containing two of our favourite words in the world (Suite. Ocean. Enough said), there's really no better way to embrace a vacation state of mind than sitting on your balcony and enjoying a private terrace with a killer view. And yes, that...
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