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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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30 Apr

Rixos The Palm

You’re going, still going, going some more… seems like the drive along the palm never ends as you pass a handful of nice resorts and wonder why you didn’t just book one of those - then bam, you’re at the end: Rixos The Palm. We couldn’t help feeling like The Palm Gods had somehow saved best for last with this little Turkish delight. The resort is operated by Rixos, a Turkish luxury hotel chain - so it really is a Turkish delight. Less messy, equally satisfying. The Welcome Sit in couches in the expansive lobby area, beneath evil eye emblems on the walls, and sip on freshly made strawberry drinks as you check in. The theme of sipping fruity drinks and being...
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