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4 Jul

Sailing Croatia

Reviewed for Holidays in Heels by luxury travel pros Mona and Rana of Pomalo Travel! Cruising Croatia I wake up to the sound of chatter from above and am reminded I am actually on board a boat, better said, a yacht. After arriving at Split airport in Croatia, we drive down to the harbour on the coast - passing picturesque villages and cruising through the jagged countryside in cool pursuit of the Mediterranean. It is here where the boat we have chartered for the week to come moors. Our yacht is nicely called ‘Adriatic Jazz’ - surely a hint of what is to come. Breakfast on board The cabin where I sleep is suitable for two and so are the others, a total...
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19 Jun

Hotel Caesar Augustus

The Welcome You know you can’t go wrong staying at any hotel in the world run by the Relais & Chateaux group - and no, they haven’t paid me to say that. Whether it’s the property tucked in the mountains of Glion, Switzerland, or the sprawling resort ideal for a long weekend in Sri Lanka, each experience is unique and luxurious. I personally love this chain. So when social media darling and fashion designer Tamara Al Gabbani told me the Hotel Caesar Augustus in Capri, Italy is one of her fave spots in the world, I wasn’t surprised to see that it’s under the golden umbrella of the Relais & Chateaux group.   When people say a hotel has the ‘best sea...
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28 May

Fujeirah Rotana Beach Resort & Spa

Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan! Weaving through curved roads bounded by high mountain peaks, I leaned forward in my passenger seat, taking in the surrounding sights in awe. A two hour drive from Dubai to Fujeirah exposed us to sights of blue seas, scarlet desert sands, lush green farms, and stone grey mountains. Work matters that were on my mind in the initial part of the ride were vanishing away as we became engulfed by the beauty of the mountains around us. Entrance, Reception, and Hotel Design As we pulled up to the entrance of Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa - Al Aqah Beach, the sounds of streaming fountains, children’s laughter, and a tennis ball struck by a racquet filled the air. I looked at...
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14 May

Cape Weligama

Note: A version of this travel story appeared in luxury travel and fashion magazine Villa 88! Take a seat at the breakfast table near the edge of a grassy clifftop overlooking the sea. Feel the sun warming your shoulders and the breeze playing with your hair. Peruse a menu with hundreds of varieties of tea, most of which come from tea plantations in the vicinity. You feel shy to go for a basic chamomile or English Breakfast, so you choose something that sounds local and exotic. Sit back in your seat and sip on coconut water until your order arrives, because a commanding view like this one demands respect. Welcome to Resplendent Ceylon: Cape Weligama.   Verandah with a...
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7 May

Rove Downtown

Reviewed for Holidays in Heels by Anita Quade, magazine editor extraordinaire! Meet the new artsy hotel on the block – Rove Downtown Dubai has been open just over a year and has already captured our creative hearts with its urban approach to hotel stays. Modern travelers, breathe a sigh of relief: this is the place to indulge your vagabond spirit at a value-orientated price tag. The hotel overlooks the towering Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall and is nestled right in the heartbeat of Downtown Dubai. It’s about modern meets minimal at this bolt hole, with the philosophy of “Exploring Without Borders”. Everything is set up for the busy modern traveler – there’s a 24-hour work space for busy execs, 24-hour gym and...
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25 Apr

Three Camel Lodge

Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by luxury travel pros - Rana Dababneh and Mona Khalil of Pomalo Travel! As travel is ingrained in my every day functioning nowadays, I find my bucket list does get longer, however I also tick of more places than I ever imagined.  There are a few places I would love to visit, some I have reserved for that ultimate travel bucket list, others are a given – I will visit, rather sooner than later, I just need to find the time in the next year to come. Mongolia is such a destination, the land of wild beauty and rugged terrains, where yaks roam the planes and time has stood still for centuries. Mongolia sure feels like...
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4 Apr

Hotel Saint Marc

This quirky Parisian hotel was reviewed for Holidays in Heels exclusively by interior design aficionado Dana Aljouder of ADANA Design (@adana.design) from Kuwait!   Tucked into Rue Saint Marc in the 2nd arrondissement, Hotel Saint Marc is a treasure trove of haute interiors and hospitality. Designed by Dimore Studio, the lobby echoes a glamorous 50’s era of brass, plaster pink, and colorful patterns. 11/04/2016, Paris, France: aménagement de l'hôtel Saint-Marc par le Studio milanais Dimore le centre de Paris.   Sweet Suite Each room is uniquely designed, and bathrooms and closets are hidden behind seamless mirror and brass doors. While the bathrooms are decked in classic black and white tiles, the rooms are emblazoned in an emerald, fuchsia, baby blue or...
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27 Mar

Grand Hotel du Lac

*Photo by Adrian Ehbrar Photography* Where do luxury travel PR pros like to go on holiday? Here's a review fit for a princess exclusive to Holidays in Heels from Laura Snook and Laura Brown of Lawrence Travel PR! Travel is always a happy time of year. You plan ahead, look at the best tickets, scroll through Instagram feeds to locate that wonderful sunset you can add onto your bucket-list and dream away of far away paradises. As ‘paradise’ can be found in many different formats, I decided to find mine. Just like that LBD which comes in many different cuts and creations. As long as it is little, black and well, a dress - it fits the criteria. I found that over the...
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12 Mar

Nile Ritz Carlton

Reviewed by lovely journalist Triska Hamid! Many hotels like to describe their property as a place of ‘tranquility’ or ‘bliss’, but there are few places where those two words have such poignancy. The Ritz-Carlton in Cairo is definitely one of these places. Amidst the chaos and noise of one of the oldest cities in the world stands the Ritz, opened late in 2015 to cater to the steadily rising number of tourists from the Middle East region. The hotel offers a much-needed haven after a day of sightseeing man’s many wonders in Cairo – notably the Pyramids and the city’s traffic.   Past security is a welcome respite in the lobby, tastefully decorated with the design routinely changed to reflect the season...
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