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8 Aug

Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Location, location, location. Steps away from Hyde Park, Harrods and trendy Sloane Street, the five star Jumeirah Carlton Tower is an elegant hideaway in Knightsbridge that is fit for a modern day princess. It's the first hotel that sprang to mind when I consulted the gorgeous UAE-based fashion designer and social media star Tamara Al Gabbani about her favourite hotel in London. Like her, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower is all about luxury, class and warmth. Sweet Suite That park view terrace really steals hearts. It's one of the reasons Tamara loves this city hotel. You can get the same view from your bedroom window if you book early enough to nab a park view room. The interiors are all cream and brown leather...
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3 Aug

Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal

Meet Luxembourg's Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal: a five star playground for design aficionados. Places like Greece and Spain have always been holiday hotspots during the summer months (hello, Mykonos and Ibiza!), but check out this hidden gem for a fresh taste of European flavour. What do you think of when you hear Luxembourg? I think money and castles - and a quick Google search shows that I'm right. I took it a step further to get the inside track from Lena Baraka, a beautiful British-Sudanese dentist who lived there for years with her husband and son. These idyllic surroundings helped inspire her to start the popular Creme de la Creme Facebook page about all things lifestyle for women. She recommends Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal as one of her...
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21 Jul

Hotel Boutique Balandret

There's something special about a boutique hotel that comes recommended by locals and fashion editors alike. This is the case with Hotel Boutique Balandret, a three star hotel located on Las Arenas Beach and its palm-tree lined promenade in Valencia, Spain. With a bright, warm decor, free WiFi and easy beach access, it's no wonder that it ranks highly on travel review sites including Booking.com (9.4/10 rating) and Tripadvisor.com (4.5/5 stars). This trendy beach hotel is reviewed for HolidaysInHeels.com by Anita Quade, editor of VIVA Magazine, one of the most popular fashion & lifestyle magazines in Dubai! Is this not the cutest reception area ever? #wallpaperenvy Sweet Suite The rooms are airy and while a handful do offer a sea view,...
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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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