In a city as hot as Dubai, we are expected to be ‘Bikini Body Ready’ all year round, something that can feel unachievable most of the time. However, with the help of the luxurious Ahasees Spa and Club at Grand Hyatt Dubai, guests can feel good both on the inside and the outside. Meaning ‘feelings and sensations’ in Arabic, Ahasees Spa is completely dedicated to transforming your mood from the moment you step inside the door. Each guest fills out a personalised questionnaire of what they are expecting to feel like when they leave, and can even choose their own spa music and order their herbal tea to be waiting for them in the relaxation room after their treatment.
When it comes to luxurious guest experiences, this is something that the Westin brand has down to a tee. Guests eagerly anticipated the opening of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City to see what it would reveal and were definitely not disappointed. Oozing classic, light interiors and the unparalleled sophistication you would expect from such as brand, the Westin Al Habtoor City provides the ideal urban escape, perfect for guests wanting to get away from the bustling world outside.
For a hotel with such varied food and beverage options, thirteen outlets to be exact, Grand Hyatt Dubai was sure to excite with their latest restaurant refurbishment. Many people say that an Italian restaurant is the easiest to start, but the hardest to master. A cuisine that is very well recognized and loved around the world, creating a unique take on Italian food can be a challenge, but at Andiamo this challenge has been surpassed.
When most people think of Japanese cuisine, sushi automatically comes to mind. At Hyatt Regency Dubai’s Miyako, the menu is ready to take you on a full culinary journey through Japan, proving that a good Japanese meal gives more than just Sashimi and Maki. The oldest Japanese restaurant in Dubai, having opened in 1987, Miyako has recently been blessed with a full refurbishment, providing stunning interiors that show off the best of Japanese design.
Imagine a place that allows you to close your eyes and feel you are in a far away paradise, surrounded by lapping waves and natural, flowered scents. This is exactly how you feel the minute you walk into Taj Dubai’s Jiva Spa. With the busy Business Bay as its backdrop, Taj Dubai is known for its outstanding luxury and guest experience, with the stunning Jiva Spa adding to their strong reputation even further.
The chic all-dining restaurant Olea presents a contemporary Arabic cuisine with a modern flair. It evokes a truly regional theme that is especially evident in the regal arches and wooden trellis. The setting is of vibrant Arabia making Olea the perfect venue for a traditional Oriental experience, accentuated by chic orange, beige and green décor twist, flamboyant accessories and scattered pouches full of spices.
As you walk through the doors of the newly opened Kyo Restaurant & Lounge on Palm Jumeirah you know you are in for a full dining experience. Instantly feeling like you have been transported out of Dubai as you look around at the selection of Japanese art that adorns the walls, the super professional manner of the team even has you believing you are in a five-star resort, rather than alongside the Golden Mile mall.
Bali is a tropical Indonesian island that up to now had no direct access from Dubai. Not any more, now Emirates flies direct on a convenient day flight making the paradise (and it is still a bit like paradise) island of Bali a mere 9 hours away.
Nairobi loves it’s food. There are a number of good restaurants and cafes in Nairobi, just ensure you know how long your journey will take you before you so you arrive on time as the traffic in Nairobi can be very heavy. For an upmarket, authentic Thai meal, I recommend Soi at the Dusit D2 Design hotel in Riverside Drive. Tasty, Thai food cooked well and presented very professionally. They have a good choice of beverages here with a skilled mixologist. I liked the fact they offered drinks that incorporated local, easy to access ingredients like passion fruit in their mocktails and juice selection.
It’s possible to fly direct to either Los Angeles or San Francisco from Dubai or Abu Dhabi but we chose to go via Virgin Atlantic as that way we got to stop over in London for free and the premium economy cabin fares on Virgin were actually quite reasonable.
Borrowed lyrics from the classic Dean Martin song I know but despite being written 70 years ago, the sentiment was very applicable on a cold, December afternoon in London’s Knightsbridge! After a tour of the Saatchi Gallery in the Duke of York’s square, a wintery walk down Sloane Street and a whirlwind shop at Harrods we were more than ready for our afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental opposite Harvey Nichols!
I was really quite skeptical about having lunch at Al Dawaar at the Hyatt Regency Dubai in Deira, a long way from my usual stomping ground. The Hyatt Regency Dubai together with the restaurant have both been around for over 30 years. All my skepticism vanished when I walked into the restaurant!
Afternoon tea has always been associated with a welcome break between lunch and dinner and this very British institution has taken on local flavours and nuances, wherever it’s become a tradition. So coming from an Asian background I’m very used to having masala tea flavoured with cardamoms along with crispy samosas filled with softly spiced potatoes and peas overlooking lawns in Nairobi or Delhi while on holiday from London. But afternoon tea in London has taken on a new lease of life and has evolved into a whole meal in itself, a long way from simple Assam and scones with a blob of jam!