Incredible India: A sanctuary for wellness retreats

Shereen Shabnam India has always been an interesting destination with fascinating diversity but now it is on the top of the list for tour operators and others in the industry for short breaks and wellness retreats. Regional residents always look at India for medical tourism and wellness sector. It is a multi-faceted tourist destination for Luxury, Wildlife and Wellness. India is also poised to become the hub for medical tourism because of several factors. World class hospitals with latest technology, highly skilled Indian physicians and surgeons, low cost of treatment, excellent quality of care, nursing and Indian hospitality, comparatively less … Continue reading Incredible India: A sanctuary for wellness retreats

Top five places to visit in the UAE

Shereen Shabnam As a Lifestyle, Travel and Motoring journalist, I spend a substantial amount of time on the road and recently, I decided to do my test drives with a purpose and with the aim of getting to a new or attraction around the different Emirates. Below are some of my favourite places in the different Emirates. Al Khor Kayak – Al Rafisah Dam During a recent test drive with the Nissan Xterra, I stopped at the Al Rafisah Dam in Khor Fakkan with my daughter and enjoyed kayaking amidst stunning hilly landscapes complete with a mini waterfall followed by … Continue reading Top five places to visit in the UAE

Tranquility with Sun, Sea and Sand: Grand Park Kodhipparu

By Shereen Shabnam As one of the few countries currently open to tourists, Maldives has become the best place to be for GCC travellers with no quarantine, well-coordinated safety measures and in-resort PCR testing. We travelled to two different Islands to and find that Maldives as a travel destination is doing all it can keep the tourism industry alive safely during this pandemic. After a four-hour flight with Emirates taking all precautions, we arrived at the Grand Park Kodhipparu taking a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. The first view of the island left us breathless with pristine beaches and … Continue reading Tranquility with Sun, Sea and Sand: Grand Park Kodhipparu

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LULU World Food 2021 features themed global cuisine kiosks

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the region is launching its annual Food Food extravaganza, ‘Lulu World Food 2021’, a two-week festival until the 9th of March 2021 featuring new and timeless food concepts, contests and celebrities. Themed around cuisine from … Continue reading LULU World Food 2021 features themed global cuisine kiosks

Redefining Luxury Travel

Turkish Airlines’ state-of-the-art lounges Shereen Shabnam Using Istanbul as a stopover when I head over to my Spanish home is a lot more fun now as the stop in Istanbul breaks the journey and gives us an opportunity to experience the luxuriously revamped airport lounges that Turkish Airlines is famous for amongst seasoned travellers. The newly expanded airport lounges align with the Turkish Airlines’ brand of luxury and offer travellers a more rewarding airport experience. When flying with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul Airport, Business Class passengers and Economy passengers with Miles&Smiles membership can make use of one of the 2 … Continue reading Redefining Luxury Travel

Kitch, a hybrid delivery-focused cloud-kitchen and premium store-front operator, launches in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Walid Hajj, recognised food and beverage (F&B) industry leader, founder of Cravia and the driving force behind its success story, together with co-founder Fahad Alhokair, a Saudi entrepreneur and founder of Veda Holding, a company that focuses on start-ups in tech, retail, real estate, logistics and now F&B, has officially launched the region’s first hybrid, delivery-focused, cloud kitchen and premium store-front operator, Kitch, in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Kitch, a brand-name coined to represent two important aspects of the business – kitchen and technology, makes its foray into the F&B sector with privately raised capital of US$15 million. The tech-integrated, virtual … Continue reading Kitch, a hybrid delivery-focused cloud-kitchen and premium store-front operator, launches in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Culinary Sensation in St. Moritz: Second Star for the Cà d’Oro Restaurant in Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski

The joy in St. Moritz is enormous: The Michelin Guide has awarded the Cà d’Oro restaurant in Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski in St. Moritz a second star. With the creations of Executive Chef Matthias Schmidberger and Head Chef Reto Brändli, the Cà d’Oro was one of four restaurants in Switzerland to receive the second star in the Gourmet Bible this year.  “We are very proud to be awarded with a second star,” says Matthias Schmidberger, Executive Chef of the hotel. “Reto Brändli and I simply harmonise in the kitchen. Together we are working on new creations, trying out new … Continue reading Culinary Sensation in St. Moritz: Second Star for the Cà d’Oro Restaurant in Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski

A MASTERPIECE OF ART AND MARINE ENGINEERING: MAGELLANO 25 METRI FROM AZIMUT YACHTS

By Shereen Shabnam Azimut Yachts new Magellano 25 Metri is created in partnership with the internationally renowned artist and architect Vincenzo De Cotiis, who brings his unmistakable signature style to the interiors, while Ken Freivokh is behind the timeless elegance … Continue reading A MASTERPIECE OF ART AND MARINE ENGINEERING: MAGELLANO 25 METRI FROM AZIMUT YACHTS