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4 Jul

Tips and Toes

When I used to work at ITP Publishing, me and a handful of other women who edited magazines would cross the street to this little slice of heaven to get mani pedis: Tips and Toes in Arjaan Tower remains one of my favorite place to get pampered in Dubai. Small, unassuming and with some of the best technicians in town, I often prefer it to the noisy nail spas in malls or the pricy ones in hotels. They have a row of chairs with purple pillows, dim lighting and spa music that helps you zone out the world. You feel zen as soon as you set foot inside.   When you walk in, there's a selection of colours to your right. I went...
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5 Mar

COMO Maalifushi

**A version of this travel piece appeared in Harper's Bazaar Interiors Magazine** Rub your eyes and open them wide. Sand made of sugar, swaying palm trees and a hundred shades of blue? This is the place where those cliches come alive: 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 doing research and asking friends, or you could save yourself time and choose the name that...
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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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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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