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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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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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