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24 Nov

The Storfjord Hotel, Norway

*Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by luxury travel pros Mona Khalil and Rana Dababneh of Pomalo Travel It is with a little hesitation that I am trying to pronounce the destination where I am holidaying this winter month – Skodje, the Storfjord Hotel to be exact. The more I say it, the more it becomes a rhythmic sound and I am looking for excuses to repeat myself. Not so much to hear the twang in my voice, but more so to repeat where my journey will take me this time: Norway, to the fjords on the west coast. The Setting Amongst a scenery of pine trees covered in snow, a near perfect white countryside; only the little houses with smoke escaping...
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6 Nov

Qualia Hotel

Guest review of Qualia Hotel in Hamilton Island by Aussie blogger Claire Hastings! No matter how wonderful your life is, sometimes you simply need to get away. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I had this irrational feeling that I was losing touch with myself, and that I needed to reconnect. Being both an introvert and an extrovert is taxing on a person. I genuinely enjoy the company of my friends, and love cooperating with people in my line of work, but every so often I come to feel drained and in need of alone time. Yes, being at home, all by my lonesome usually recharges my batteries. Still, I had been working too much without a break...
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17 Oct

Ayana Resort Bali

*These excerpts are taken from a travel review written for Gulf Business Magazine After adventurous rice paddy and volcano treks and playing with wild animals in Bali, we sank into the luxurious lap of the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran. The resort is a destination in itself, covering acres of land. It is also a parallel universe where you can rely on your butler to book a massage at the spa while you enjoy raspberry sorbet at a cabana near the saltwater infinity pool. This is a resort with a capital R. The Ayana has 12 swimming pools and 19 places to dine. It's set on 90 hectares of tropical gardens up on a clifftop, so the views are just astounding. This is...
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8 Oct

Warwick Hotel NYC

I was lucky enough to live in New York once, and one thing I learned is that each neighborhood has its own charm. There's the trendy West Village/Meatpacking/Soho district for the fashion crowd, the East Village for the music lovers, Upper East Side for museum junkies or those who love their Louboutins. But Midtown is the heart of the city, making it easiest to explore all the different parts of Manhattan. That's why when we visited years later for a friend's wedding, my husband and I chose to stay central. I chose the Warwick because it was affordable, had massive rooms, close to subway stations and views of central park from your bed if you're lucky. It's also a stone's throw...
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27 Sep

Como Cocoa Island Maldives

A version of this travel piece appeared in Harper's Bazaar Interiors 2017 Rub your eyes and open them wide. Sand made of sugar, swaying palm trees and a hundred shades of blue? 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 researching...
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18 Sep

St Regis Moscow

You know what can really make or break your first experience in a new city?  It's all about choosing the right hotel. The St Regis Moscow Nikolskaya made my first taste of Russia something out of a fairytale. When you think of five star luxury, it's easy to find a hotel that will have nice rooms and great food. The St. Regis Moscow takes it up a level, however. From a concierge who was able to scour tickets to a sold out Swan Lake show at the Bolshoi Ballet the day before the show (without paying a month's rent on ticket prices!) to a hammam-like experience at the spa, staying at this hotel made me feel like a princess. Or...
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11 Sep

Dwarika Hotel

Guest reviewed by luxury travel experts Mona Khalil and Rana Dababneh of Pomalo Travel! Nepal - Roof of the World As we descend into Kathmandu, there comes an urge over me to seek endless photo opportunities to catch a glimpse of the famous peaks of the Himalayas, the so-called roof of the world. Yet, I decide to let my eyes follow the curated landscape underneath, the red brick buildings and the rugged paths crossing villages and grasslands. The mountains only seem like the tip of the iceberg of this graceful land, almost literally, as there is so much more to discover and I, for one, really know my time of endless photo moments will come. Women Only Hosted Trip I am here on Pomalo...
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31 Aug

Villa D’Este

This is a jewel in Lake Como's hotel scene and frankly quite out of my budget, but I couldn't resist popping in for lunch to explore. I'm so glad I did because it's a destination in and of itself.  It's an absolute must-see! The Welcome Sitting prettily like precious stones on a necklace, grand hotels dotted along Lake Como take us back in time. Many are renovated private villas with sprawling, manicured gardens. Villa D’Este is a grand estate in Cernobbio that served as a female convent in the 15th century and summer palace to the British Queen Caroline of Brunswick in the 1800’s. It can’t simply be described as a hotel: it’s a destination in and of itself. The former queen’s...
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6 Aug

The Lanesborough

*A version of this story appears in Harper's Bazaar Interiors Fall 2017 Issue Proudly placed between two royal parks facing Buckingham Palace and London’s fashionable arts district, The Lanesborough Hotel is a modern tribute to British elegance. Walking into the stately Lanesborough Hotel is akin to taking a step back in time… with a high tech twist. Gone are the crowded streets of central London; here is a place where butlers suited in grey bespoke suits open doors in a well rehearsed choreography of smiles and bows, where original artwork that rivals London’s galleries decorate the walls. Before you brush the hotel off as a traditional, buttoned up experience, it’s worthwhile to get to know why The Lanesborough continues to be a...
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