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!
Sipping on an ice-cold drink while chilled music fills your ears and you gaze over the nearby swimming pool makes you feel like you’ve travelled far away from your busy city life to a relaxing island beach resort. However, this dream location can be found right on your doorstep – well, 47 storeys above your doorstep! Zephyr Rooftop lounge at Warwick Hotel Dubai is a hidden gem in the heart of the city, offering a relaxing oasis from the hectic lifestyle of the streets below.
Did you know that Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island plants a mangrove tree in commemoration of every visitor to the island? Dedicated to saving and protecting the environment, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island invites Abu Dhabi's tourists to contribute to the preservation of Abu Dhabi's natural resources while leaving a legacy at once.
Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah is set to host Iftar and Suhoor like no other in Dubai, at the preferred Layali Tent on a bigger, grander and more spectacular scale, which was previously recognized as the best Iftar and Suhoor in Dubai by Gulf Business 2015.
When you think about Japanese cuisine, ‘fun’ doesn’t automatically jump to mind, but when you mix it with some American Show Business, then things get really interesting. Having been to many Teppanyaki restaurants throughout Asia, I thought I knew what I was signing up for at Benihana – fresh fish and meat cooked on a grill in front of me. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This isn’t just a way of live-cooking your dinner; it is pure entertainment that will have you laughing all evening.
It’s very rare that you realise something is missing in Dubai, especially when it comes to food and beverage offerings. But, when you step through the doors at the newly opened JB’s in Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach, you feel like you’re stepping into a place you have been missing without even knowing it.
Dubai Snowfest 2015
Step into a magical winterland at Dubai Ice Rink this festive season where you can delight in an amazing variety of merchandise and gifts to purchase for your loved ones at the Village Market while the incredible Elementis Show by local and international skaters captivates your imagination. Continue the excitement with snow-filled skating sessions, a visit to Santa’s Grotto or have some fun at the Elves arts and crafts workshop.