LIFESTYLE

Madrid’s exciting and flavourful food is a major attraction for visitors to Spain’s capital, for many varied reasons. We want to give you a short history of the evolution of the city’s current ‘cuisine’.

In the 11th century Spain was known as Al-Andalus, also Muslim Spain or Islamic Iberia, and was Muslim territory. Until then the typical cuisine in Madrid was much the same as the rest of Al Andalus, but this changed when King Alfonso VI of Castile seized Toledo, a city in central Spain, known as the ‘Imperial City’ where Charles I held court.

With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, there’s more to discover than just the latest trends. I rounded up the coolest spots to grab a bite in between shows, try some of the latest Parisian food trends, and witness the best fashion off the runway in the City of Lights. Source: Forbes

Florence may be its birthplace, but Romans are truly consumed with gelato. That’s why across Italy’s 
capital a new generation of artisans is upping the ante with unusual techniques (liquid nitrogen) and unexpected 
flavors (tobacco, Gorgonzola, celery). Source: Food&Wine

.. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa at His New Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel Restaurant in Paris. “I am happy to open a restaurant in Paris because it’s such an elegant city with many people who travel a lot and who are knowledgeable about food. In fact, I see a lot of my regular customers in Paris.” Source: Forbes

LIFESTYLE ARCHIVE

San Sebastian, European Capital of Culture

Seaside beauty San Sebastian, The star of the Spanish Basque Country, has been designated European Capital of Culture for 2016. The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. Cue, San Sebastian: […]

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English Speaking Hairdresser in Paris

Talented Australian David Mallett is widely considered to be the one of the best hairdressers in Paris, with an easygoing manner so typical of those from Down Under. Over the course of his career, David Mallett has been on call to some of the world’s most famous photographers, supermodels, stylists, and designers. The David Mallett salon […]

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Les Bains Douche Reopened

Les Bains Douche was the most famous nightclub in Paris during its heyday in the 80s and 90s. Closed in 2010 it has recently been reopened as Les Bains Paris after being completely renovated and reinvented, whilst maintaining its bohemian spirit, as a chic hotel with a restaurant, nightclub, bar and boutique by its current owner Jean-Pierre […]

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Festimad Festival

The Festimad Festival has been held in Madrid since 1995 and returns to the Spanish capital this year from April 19 to May 7 to wow music fans with its showcase of new musical talents, video screenings and debates. Year after year, big names from the world of independent music perform at the event. New talent […]

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Top Marques Monaco 2017

This year Top Marques Monaco launches its 14th edition of the world’s most exclusive and electrifying super car show from 20 to 23 April. The countdown is officially on until the start of the 14th edition of Top Marques, Monaco’s premier auto show and the only event in the world where potential clients get to try out the […]

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A Different Weekend in London

Got 24 hours to spend in the UK capital? Experience London’s most fashionable districts’ groovy spots. SHOREDITCH Good & Proper Tea Swap your coffee to go for a tea to go. Recently installed in this mini-shop, Good & Proper Tea tends to reintroduce the legendary tea culture in Britain – or at least in London […]

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Why and when should you decanter your wine?

Seems like serving a wine should be easy enough: Just open and pour. But anyone who has ever struggled with a crumbling cork, or listened to a debate over whether the Cabernet they’re drinking needs to “breathe” more, knows that sometimes it’s not quite so simple. Decanting is one of those elements of wine service that […]

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Alain Ducasse Loves Paris

Alain Ducasse needs no introduction for those who love food. This French chef, arguably the most famous of his generation, has written a book dedicated to his preferred gastronomic addresses in the French capital: J’aime Paris by Alain Ducasse. In his book he shares with us his passion for food and love for Paris, and […]

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The Best Coffee in Rome

Coffee is so much a part of Italian culture that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a café, lounge or coffee bar that serves perfectly foamy aromatic coffee in the country’s capital. There are many different types of coffees in Italy, but the benchmark is the espresso – so called because it […]

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Terrass Hotel for the Paris-hipster

Terrass Hotel  is located at just a 12 minute walk from the Sacré-Cœur in Paris’ colourful district Montmartre and near the famed Moulin Rouge.  Montmartre is a 130 metres high in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. The historic district is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district with the Moulin Rouge, birthplace of the can-can, as its […]

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Hotel Le Six for the Paris-intellectual

 Le Six is a smart four star boutique hotel on Paris’ Left bank in the district of Saint Germain des Prés, famous for its artistic and literary legacy with  several famous cafés, including Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, and the Brasserie Lipp, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the acclaimed school of fine arts, between the very chic Luxemburg Garden and lively Montparnasse. Saint […]

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Virtual-Reality Theatre Opens in Amsterdam

The VR Cinema is located on one of the Dutch capital’s picturesque canals and is the first theatre in the world to show only virtual-reality movies. Although VR Cinema is located in the heart of Amsterdam, you will imagine yourself in distant lands, animated worlds and places you could never go before. A bonus is that in this cinema you […]

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The Titanic Takes to the Seas Again

 An historic event will take place in 2018: The launch of the Titanic II which is set to be built as a nearly exact modern-day replica of the famous but doomed RMS Titanic. The RMS Titanic is history’s most famous ship, a luxury passenger liner that at its launch, in 1912, was the largest ship afloat. It […]

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Mainau, the World’s Most Intelligent Island

The island of Mainau, located in the German state of Bavaria, is known as the Island of Intelligence. Once a year, about 30 or 40 Nobel prize winners, the cream of science and knowledge, flock to this piece of land located in Badensee – Lake Constance – to discuss, socialize, interact and ultimately, exchange views with […]

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Platea Madrid

 Platea: ‘Welcome to the biggest gastronomic & leisure centre in Europe .. the only place where a huge stage meets the best Spanish and international gastronomy made by Michelin-star chefs. An amazing 6000sqm design space that holds up to 12 restaurants that will take your breath away.’ Platea Madrid is a gourmet food hall housed […]

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F*** Me I’m Famous

F*** Me I’m Famous, David Guetta’s quintessential Ibiza party at hyper party venue Pacha. Ah, the Guettas, they ooze sex and ‘EDM’ and are back for yet another year at Pacha. This incredibly popular night regularly sees nights selling out much in advance, packing the club wall-to-wall with fans from all over the world, eager to see […]

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Tivoli Festival

One of Scandinavia’s largest classical music festivals, the five-month long Tivoli Festival is one of the highlights of the summer social scene in Copenhagen, held from May until late September. This music event hosts around 50 concerts, all of which are held in the fabulous historic amusement park Tivoli Gardens in central Copenhagen. Attendees can […]

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Spa Discovery Day Hotel Allodis, Méribel

From French Alps: Special Spa offer – Spa Discovery Day by Clarins 1 lunch (starter, main and dessert)* 1 personalised massage (25 minutes) and access to well-being and fitness areas 79€ * menu, does not include drinks and will be stipulated by the Chef according to seasonal produce ingredients. See offer Spa information: After a fun-filled […]

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Flims Ski Resort

 There are wonderful ski resorts all over the world, with many particularly well-known places in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The latter is home to Flims, a name maybe not associated with the big shots such as Gstaad or St Moritz, however this charming village resort attracts many visitors every year. Traditional Swiss chalets line […]

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Mini-Guide to Gstaad

We list your essential visits in Gstaad, über-chic ski-resort in Switzerland. WHERE TO STAY Gstaad Palace***** Over the years, the Gstaad Palace has established an excellent reputation for discretion and hospitality, and has always welcomed the most discerning international guests. Situated on a hill above Gstaad, it offers breathtaking views of the majestic Swiss Alps. www.palace.ch […]

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Grand Hotel des Alpes, Mountain Views

Grand Hotel des Alpes in French Alps Ski-resort Chamonix is a luxury hotel dating back to 1840 whose rooms offer panoramic views of either the Mont Blanc or Brevent. Situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world and Grand Hotel des Alpes is the […]

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Hotel Artemide, Refined & Friendly

 Hotel Artemide is an elegant and comfortable hotel, whose staff is extra friendly, breakfast buffet abundant and complementary, and rooms distinguished and relaxing with a mini-bar that’s free and restocked daily! Hotel Artemide is housed in a grand 19th century Art Nouveau building on Via Nazionale, originally constructed as the private quarters of then Italy’s new capital Rome’s State officials. […]

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Hotel Atlantico, Prime Position

 The Hotel Atlantico is a four star hotel with a great location on Gran Vía, Madrid’s lively and upscale shopping street – nick-named Spanish Broadway, lending it close proximity to , movie theatres, landmark buildings, shopping centres, museums, cafes and restaurants. Its neoclassical building is almost 100 years old and one of the architectural landmarks on the Gran Vía itself, with an […]

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Hotel Skeppsholmen, Urban Oasis

 Four star Hotel Skeppsholmen is situated on a peaceful and lush island in the middle of Stockholm in a 17th century government listed historic building with modern interior; combining a national landmark in a natural setting with the very best of contemporary Swedish cuisine, art, design, fashion and leisure. Långa Raden, meaning The Long Row, are the […]

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A Top Performance: Teatergrillen

One of Stockholm’s best, most unique and enduring restaurants is Teatergrillen, a theater-inspired cosy and elegant venue visited over the years by actors, writers, artists and intellectuals, media and culture personalities, and all lovers of the artistic ambiance combined with excellent food and service. Upscale restaurant Teatergrillen is named after the nearby Royal Dramatic Theatre and is part […]

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Hotel Keppler for the Paris-aesthete

We love four star boutique hotel Keppler in Paris’ classy 16th arrondissement (district) with its stylish black&white based interior, superb service and, most importantly, Hermès products in the bathroom! With a perfect location (for a Paris-snob) in the 16th arrondissement (district), Hotel Keppler is close to the Champs Elysées and the Triangle d’Or, the three streets enclosing Paris’ […]

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Aix & Terra, France

Situated in the heart of Aix-en-Provence in Southern France, Aix & terra celebrates and reinvents the recipes from traditional Provencal cuisine. The joy of trying the flavours of Provencal fruits and vegetables, the pleasure of enjoying the wonders of this sun-flooded province, full of colour and seductive scents, the desire to share simple beautiful and […]

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Mini-guide to Courchevel, French Alps

Chic and glamorous, Courchevel in the heart of  Les Trois Vallées beside Méribel and Val Thorens, is one of the best ski resorts in France. Here you can enjoy access to one of the most exciting and extensive ski areas in the world, suited to both families of varying levels and advanced skiers. Hotels Les Airelles  […]

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Mini-guide to Val d’Isère, France

Val d’Isère, delightful mountain village in the French Alps, a skier’s delight, great family resort, excellent hotels and restaurants, what more do you want from your ski holiday? Some tips perhaps.. Where to stay? Le Brussels This 4 star Hotel has an exceptional location in the heart of the village of Val d’Isere and is […]

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Chateau Bernadotte, France

Chateau Bernadotte is a charming French residence built in 1860, and vineyard, named in honour of Germaine Bernadotte, the ancestress of Sweden’s king Charles XIV John. Germaine married Joandou of Pouey in the year 1615. Their son, Jean, retained the name of Bernadotte. He was the ancestor of marshal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who, four generations later, was appointed sovereign […]

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Tips for a Trip to the French Bakery

Fresh baguette with a crunchy crust, soft inside . . flaky croissant, warm from the oven, dripping in butter . . toasted brioche with foie gras, course salt and a teaspoon of fig jam . . mouth-melting creamy macarons . . hmmm – just musing aloud about the wonders of French baking. Bread is a […]

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Opening of Six Senses Residences Courchevel

Six Senses Residences Courchevel is opening in December, featuring fifty-three beautifully appointed apartments, a Six Senses Spa, an exclusive private ski-in-ski-out concierge service and all of the services that Six Senses brings to its guests. Located in the heart of the world-famous ski resort, owners and guests at Six Senses Residences Courchevel will have access to unique amenities in the centre of this […]

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New Hotels In The French Alps

This winter there are several excellent new hotels opening in the French Alps. We picked our favourites for you. Le Totem, Flaine Maisons & Hotels Sibuet who are responsible for many top-class hotels in France will open hotel Le Totem in Flaine in December. The establishment is located in front of the Picasso sculpture and […]

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Milan Shopping Mecca

Italy’s shopping mecca Milan offers an amazing array of department stores, galleries and boutiques. Great for shopping lovers, but where to start? We help you out with some tips. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II This is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. Housed within a four-story double arcade in […]

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Ines de la Fressange, French Icon

Ines de la Fressange, French Icon Ines de la Fressange is a national icon in France, she is the embodiment of French chic. With an aristocratic background (her father was a Marquis) and her 6 foot mannequin looks inherited from her mother who was an Argentine model, Ines was  perfect to represent the brand of Chanel […]

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Calendar Stockholm June – December 2015

JUNE ♦ Stockholm Marathon Saturday in early June Few cities can match the beauty of this marathon route, which takes runners along waterside Strandvägen, Norrmälarstränd and Skeppsbron. Head for Lidingövägen to watch the runners take off, or if you want to be ready to glimpse the winner at the finish line, position yourself at Stockholms […]

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Peixe em Lisboa

Peixe em Lisboa is Lisbon’s popular Fish & Flavours food festival held from 9 to 19 April, celebrating one of the main culinary specialities of the city – fish – which is skilfully prepared in a mouth-watering number of combinations and flavours.

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Piscine Molitor Re-opened

After twenty-five years of closure, Paris’ Molitor swimming pool complex has opened its doors again, however for VIP swimmers only, yet another metamorphosis for this avant-garde and trendy place where the first bikini was seen..

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Madrid Fusion 2015

Early February, Spain’s capital will be host to a gastronomic feast attended by internationally renowned chefs, with its new programme theme ‘Tasting Spain’ -a dedication to traditional Spanish cooking- and the urban cuisine trend.

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Renovation and Reopening of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has reopened after a 10-year renovation, with the media hailing it “a triumph” and “profoundly transformed”. Orange fireworks were accompanied by a huge fanfare as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the building. The renovation, which cost 375m Euros (£320m), had been delayed by flooding, asbestos and a cycle access dispute. But the museum’s directors […]

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Choosing a good bottle of wine in France

Whether in your supermarket or your cellar, there are simple rules to make the right choice when buying wine in France. First, there is no need to buy wines that are very old. If they are still on the shelves  they have perhaps not been sold because they are just not from a very good […]

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Ferrari World

Ferrari World is a Ferrari themed amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The central park is situated under a 200,000 m2 roof making it the largest indoor amusement park in the world. Ferrari World officially opened on 4 November 2010. The theme park is home to Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster. Among its attractions: […]

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Al Forsan International Sports Resort

On the track, on the water or on horseback – however you like your fun  at Al Forsan you’ll find a wide range of exceptional sports facilities to make every day one of challenge and performance. Al Forsan offers motor sports, paintball, shooting, equestrian, water sports and fitness and leisure. To recover from an envigorating […]

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world. For the mosque’s design and construction artisans and materials were brought in from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, Iran, China, United Kingdom, and more. Natural materials were chosen, such as marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, […]

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Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island is a large island close to Abu Dhabi’s shore and is a mixed commercial, residential, and leisure project, expected to become Abu Dhabi’s cultural centre. Saadiyat Island, which literally translates into “island of happiness”, probably represents the most significant and ambitious initiative within the Emirate’s cultural policy. Developed by the Tourism Development and Investment Company, […]

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Madinat Zayed Gold & Shopping Centre

This souk (market) and shopping mall sells all things gold and is a wonder to visit. With more than 70 jewelry stores that offer traditional and contemporary gold, diamond and pearl jewelry from across the globe, the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre is a true jewel in the cityscape. It also showcases the Madinat Zayed Gold […]

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Marina Mall

Marina Mall is an Abu Dhabi shopping mall and entertainment venue which opened in March 2001. One of the biggest in Abu Dhabi, the Mall is located along the breakwater on Corniche road, close to the Emirates Palace hotel. Geographically located in one of the city’s most prominent districts, it comprises 122,000 sqm of retail space […]

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Abu Dhabi Mall

One of Abu Dhabi’s largest and most exclusive malls with over 200 shops. Cafes and restaurants: Zaatar w Zeit, Alfredo, Moka, Mugg & Bean, Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery, Cinnabon, Biella, Fuddruckers. Clothes shops: Next, BHS, Anotah, Massimo Dutti, Ann Klein, Betty Barclay, Mango, Kenneth Cole, G2000, H&M. Furniture shops: The One, Marina, 2 XL, […]

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The Galleria

Experience it all at The Galleria – Abu Dhabi’s foremost lifestyle destination on Al Maryah Island. The Galleria is Abu Dhabi’s premier fashion and dining destination offering a wide collection of Luxury Brands. Day and night The Galleria bursts with activity as shoppers explore the wide selection of fashion, jewelry and watches. Restaurants serve up every conceivable cuisine to […]

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Belgian Café

A clear favourite to unwind after a busy working day or start your well deserved weekend, the Belgian Café terrace serves up for any occasion. Add to that a marina view that never disappoints. The Belgian Café is a little piece of old Brussels right in the heart of Abu Dhabi.Since its opening in 2009, […]

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SAX Club

Experience high-end club culture in Abu Dhabi: SAX Club at Le Royal Meridien continues to be a leader of UAE capital’s nightlife. SAX Cub provides fusion of local & international entertainment with a lively program that grants you the variety in nightlife.With focus on quality, they guarantee you an unforgettable night. Open from Monday to Friday 9 […]

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Cinnabar

Cinnabar, night club, is the place for party lovers to dance late into the night to the most up to the minute international DJs beats and sounds. Cinnabar offers an exclusive selection of creative cocktails and drinks to complete the finest night out. Every Tuesday night Lebanese singer Rosario will be performing live at Cinnabar. […]

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The Yacht Club Bar & Galley

The Yacht Club Bar & Galley is the hottest nightclub and restaurant in Abu Dhabi, located at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Dance to the best international music played by renowned international DJs and resident music guru. Choose a drink from our bar right in the center, which stocks a variety of alcohol including Wine and the […]

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Monte-Carlo Beach Club

Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat is the first private beach club on Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. The cosmopolitan venue is designed for the connoisseur who celebrates the culture of fine living and wellbeing. Monte-Carlo Beach Club is a celebration of fine living, culture, wellbeing and health set at the heart of the UAE’s thriving capital city and […]

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Pearls Bar

Lounge in a chic ambience: Pearls Bar is a new trendsetter, boasting an unforgettable rooftop venue with striking mosaic tiles and white contemporary furniture. A DJ provides live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pearls Bar is located above the Pearls & Caviar restaurant, next to The Villas by Shangri-La. www.shangri-la.com 00 971 2 509 8777  

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The Circus Dinner Show Monte-Carlo

The Circus Dinner Show Monte-Carlo from 1st to 24th August 2014: True entertainment for the whole family! In summer 2014, the International Circus Festival presents for the third year the Circus Dinner Show Monte-Carlo. Enjoy a fantastic new show with world famous circus artists, a big band and a delicious gourmet dinner in Monaco. A magic location, […]

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Li Beirut

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining This exquisite restaurant takes fine Lebanese dining to a whole new level. The décor is chic yet warm, the staff are knowledgeable and attentive. But what really sets Li Beirut apart is the passion of its chef and his team. Li Beirut’s vision is to revolutionise Arabic cuisine in Abu […]

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Marakesh

Type of Cuisine: International Among all its fine hotel restaurants, Abu Dhabi has few as outstanding as Marakesh. Picture all the richness of Morocco with its opulence and celebrated elegance, with exotic entertainment and revel in the enchanting experiences of this restaurant in Abu Dhabi. The Moroccan cuisine at Marakesh presents distinguished diners scrumptious culinary […]

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Pearls & Caviar

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining A superb dining and lounging destination, Pearls & Caviar is a stylish and eclectic Mediterranean seafood restaurant with an exquisite waterfront setting offering stunning views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. With a new take on presentation, the restaurant uses fresh seafood combined with Mediterranean tastes for a unique culinary experience. […]

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Etoiles

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining Elegant and the perfect place for a quiet and sophisticated dinner with friends or business associates, Etoiles restaurant is a gourmet adventure that satisfies the most discerning of palates. Etoiles becomes a night club after dinner time. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the bar or relax on the outdoor terrace […]

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse

Award winning celebrity Chef Marco Pierre White brings his culinary expertise for the first time to Abu Dhabi in five star hotel Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. Set apart with its dramatic interior design, including a back lit ‘flame’ wall, guests will experience an eclectic combination of innovative grill cuisine and classic English fare, accompanied by an […]

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Hakkasan

Type of Cuisine: International Hakkasan, a world-renowned restaurant, offers a unique take on modern Chinese cuisine in the luxurious Emirates Palace. In possession of instant glamour, Hakkasan combines opulent design, Asian contemporary ambience, ambitious cooking and accomplished service. Guests have a choice of two entrances by which to arrive at Hakkasan, either via the main Palace lobby’s […]

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Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa*****

Majestically set on the waterfront, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is a natural haven on the cusp of urban life. Forming part of an integrated hotel, marina, retail and residential destination, its unique location offers guests an exceptional Abu Dhabi experience. The exotic beauty of the region’s precious mangroves provides the perfect backdrop for […]

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Centro Yas Island***

Centro is a modern, stylish and charming three-star hotel which is set in a prime location and where guests can enjoy the deluxe, top-quality amenities. Developed by one of the most successful and applauded hotel groups in the region, Centro is a contemporary concept that is young and fresh in its approach, original in its […]

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Cristal Hotel****

Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s business district. The hotel is home to 192 rooms and suites with views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline, two food and beverage outlets, seven dynamic and spacious meeting rooms and business centre. There is also a luxurious spa offering signature treatments, state-of-the-art gymnasium, indoor […]

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Shangri-La Hotel*****

The enchantment is immediate at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. While the hotel is conveniently located near the airport, golf course and city centre, its lush garden landscapes place it in a serene, faraway world of its own. Magnificent views enthrall as you enter. The grand golden-white main building reflects in the swimming […]

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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers*****

Rising majestically from its beachside setting, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ dramatic sculptural form and spectacular design set a new standard for luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. The complex is made up of five towers – three residential towers, one office tower, and the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel. This multi-award winning luxury hotel in Abu […]

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Emirates Palace*****

Every guest deserves the ultimate Emirates Palace service, going beyond 5 star luxury, unique and tailored to your individual needs. Located at the heart of Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Palace is the preferred destination for business and leisure travelers, as well as a glamorous venue for international events, conferences and exhibitions. Emirates Palace is centrally […]

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Park Hyatt Dubai*****

Among palm trees and next to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club sits the Park Hyatt Dubai, whose white architecture  combines Mediterranean and Moorish influences. This hotel is number one in Condé Nast Traveler ‘Readers Choice Awards’ survey of ‘Top 10 Hotels in the Middle East’, testament to guest satisfaction. Green pathways and water elements connect […]

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Burj Al Arab*****

The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai. Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab so extraordinary. Repeatedly voted the […]

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The Atlantis Hotel*****

Atlantis, The Palm is the majestic hotel in Dubai situated on the Palm, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury of this awe-inspiring 5 star Dubai hotel. The Atlantis beach […]

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Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek****

Hotel in Dubai features breathtaking views of Deira Creek. Nestled on the banks of Deira Creek and built in 1975, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek is well known for its superior hospitality and convenient location. Enjoy easy access to the traditional splendour of Old Dubai and to exciting attractions like the Spice Market and […]

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La Petite Maison

Type of Cuisine: International Arguably the city’s most popular restaurant, La Petite Maison is the home of Cuisine Nicoise, hailing from the old town of Nice in France, where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with the influences of Ligurian Italy across the border. Local produce, notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers and […]

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Nobu

Type of Cuisine: International World-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa continues to redefine Japanese cuisine in a contemporary space that mixes traditional and modern Japanese elements. At Atlantis, Nobu infuses his cutting edge style with Arabian influences to create a distinctly urban experience. Incorporating Nobu’s signature dishes as well as new surprises, the menu is complemented by […]

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Zuma

Type of Cuisine: International One of Dubai’s most successful restaurants, worldwide known chain Zuma attracts the beautiful and well-heeled, with its branch in Dubai’s centre. Downstairs is a bright restaurant that follows the japanese izakaya style of dining, where food is served to share. The dishes are steadily brought to the table creating an informal yet […]

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Shabestan

Type of Cuisine: International One of the best Iranian restaurants in Dubai, Shabestan takes you on a journey to ancient Persia with its award-winning, authentic Iranian cuisine. Splendid panoramic city views, exotic flavours and lively music combine to create a memorable dining experience. Persian cuisine successfully blends fruits and nuts into the main course of a meal, […]

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Table 9

Table 9 is a unique concept restaurant in Dubai that has become a platform for talented chefs to create their own bespoke dining experience. Located in the Hilton Dubai Creek, table 9 has earned a reputation for high-quality, original menus and a personalized dining experience. Started in 2011 by Gordon Ramsay protégés, Nick Alvis & […]

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Indego by Vineet

Type of Cuisine: International Michelin Star winner and chef Patron Vineet Bhatia brings modern Indian cuisine into Indego’s contemporary setting and adds his own special ingredient – passion. Amid minimalist opulence, at award-winning Indego by Vineet, the textures, flavours and expressive range of Indian cuisine are sumptuously brought alive. Guided by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, […]

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Amal

Type of Cuisine: International Fresh and innovative regional Indian cuisine is on the menu at Armani/Amal, along with an exciting beverage list and selected teas. Exotic curries and other specialities are prepared tableside, showcasing time-honoured traditional cooking methods and ingredients. Enjoy a memorable dining experience with stunning views over the Downtown Dubai neighbourhood and The […]

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Rhodes Twenty10

Type of Cuisine: Fine dining Chef Gary Rhodes describes his Dubai restaurant Rhodes Twenty10 as ‘A New Generation Of Culinary Grill With A Twist’. As the name suggests, this culinary steakhouse is headed up by highly acclaimed Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes, and sets a glamorous and intimate scene with its opulent chandeliers, black chic […]

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One&Only The Palm*****

One&Only The Palm is a jewel of stylish energy, emotions and senses. Discover this refined Dubai resort surrounded by immaculate gardens, intricate fountains and sparkling pools. The award-winning One&Only The Palm Dubai welcomes guests to a serene residential environment with exquisitely styled rooms, mansions, and villas. Guests may indulge in an array of spectacular local and […]

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French Riviera Mini-Guide Luxe

The French Riviera, the epitome of glamour; a beautiful coastline covered with luxurious hotels, yachts on an azure blue sea, the dark green of pines and swaying palms, sports cars on the Corniche roads, the Cannes film festival … this is de Côte d’Azur. When you visit the French Riviera, do it in style! We […]

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Aquaventure Waterpark

A superior water park, certainly one of – if not the best in the Middle East and Europe with thrilling slides, never ending rapid river adventures and a private beach which is surrounded by lush tropical landscapes. Experience adrenaline pumping waterslides that catapult you through shark filled lagoons, scream through the planet’s largest slide or race […]

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Dubai Golf

Dubai Golf, with its world-class golf courses and luxurious clubhouses, harbours some of the most spectacular locations for golf, events and entertainment in the region with the two leading golf clubs in Dubai: Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The Emirates Golf Club is host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega […]

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Palm Islands

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago created and one of three planned islands called the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira) in Dubai. Unique to Dubai, you must at least visit the artificially created Palm Islands once. The Palm Islands are made out of only sand and rocks to make […]

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Cirque Le Soir

Located in The Fairmont Hotel, Cirque Le Soir Dubai is the sister venue to Cirque Le Soir London and has been attracting celebrities and socialites through its secret entrance since its opening in 2011. It was also awarded the World Finest Club Award and Best Club 2012 at the M.I.C.S Night-life Awards in Monaco from Fashion […]

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Cavalli Club

Bringing a whole new lifestyle concept to the city, Cavalli Club lives true to every element of Roberto Cavalli’s style. From the Swarovski crystal adorned walls to the shiny black quartz flooring, the opulent space exudes luxury, sophistication and glamour. Located in the Fairmont Hotel, Cavalli Club draws in a clientele just as prestigious and […]

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Armani Privé

Armani Privé Lounge at the Armani Hotel in the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, is an exclusive nightclub by the celebrated Italian couturier. Giorgio Armani’s stylish club captures the essence of luxury seemingly effortlessly with a minimalist design, geometric themes and simple Armani Casa furnishings. This VIP lounge hosts some of the most exciting nights […]

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Armani Hotel*****

Soaring high above Downtown Dubai in the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Armani Hotel Dubai is the world’s first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani. Reflecting the pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort that define Armani’s signature style, the hotel is the realisation of the designer’s long-held dream to bring his sophisticated […]

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Antique Museum

A museum indeed for this place is spread over four warehouses, all filled to the brim with millions of uniquely beautiful items from Dubai, Africa, Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Nepal, and other countries, but with one difference; everything here is for sale. The Antique Museum is truly Aladdin’s cave with all kinds of antiques, Pakistani swords, Omani […]

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Wafi Gourmet

One of Dubai’s best Arabian delicatessen where you literally find barrels of traditional delights and truly authentic Lebanese cuisine. Wafi Gourmet has everything from pickles, olives, peppers, cheeses, sweet dates, perfect petit fours and traditional Arabic sweets as well as prepared dishes like hummus and tabouleh. Also available is a variety of nuts, herbs, jams, rose waters, fresh fruit, […]

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Gold Souk

Dubai’s Gold Souk is a traditional market located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira with over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewellery. Retailers in the souk include both well established stores like Damas, ARY Jewellery, Shyam Jewellery and Joy Alukkas as well as smaller stores that operate mainly in the gold souk. By […]

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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall with 1,200 shops, a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafés, an Aquarium and Discovery Centre, even an ice rink. The mall has won five awards for best shopping experience, best design etc. Dubai Mall continues to hold title of world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, […]

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Talise Ottoman Spa

Within the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel lies the palatial Talise Ottoman Spa; winner of multiple awards including The World Travel Awards ‘UAE’s Leading Spa Resort’ in 2011 and 2012 and the ‘Best Spa‘ category in the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards 2013. Talise Ottoman Spa is an experience like no other: […]

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Talise Spa

Perched 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf in Dubai’s iconic hotel building Burj Al Arab, Talise Spa is the ultimate destination to luxuriate, relax and rejuvenate. Each experience has been carefully crafted and exclusively developed using the world’s most luxurious products to leave you utterly pampered. Bathed in natural light, this groundbreaking spa offers a sanctuary […]

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Al Manzil Downtown Dubai****

Al Manzil Downtown Dubai is a contemporary business hotel with a warm and inviting ambience – making it the ideal home away from home for the modern business traveller. Discover the spice of life; as you explore the area and make a discovery of your own. Just a five-minute walk from, Burj Khalifa the immense […]

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Posh Salon

The elegant Posh salon lives up to its name with high standards of beauty treatment in a beautiful environment. Posh Salon offers hair styling, colouring, straightening and extensions, manicures and pedicures, eyelash extensions and waxing and hair removal. Also gentlemen’s hair. The salon is found at two locations in Dubai; at the Address Hotel Downtown and […]

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Al Mahara

Delicious seafood at the impressive Al Mahara, ‘The Oyster Shell‘ in Arabic, in a stunning setting with a floor to ceiling aquarium inside the restaurant. Sink into the soft seats and be mesmerised by the world of colourful sea life swimming beside your table, while the team of award-winning chefs prepare you something very special. […]

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Madinat Jumeirah Resort*****

Set across its own private beach, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam, 29 traditional summer houses in Dar Al Masyaf, 7 Malakiya Villas, over 40 restaurants and bars, conference and banqueting […]

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Ravi, Dubai

Ravi is hands-down Dubai’s most popular place for a great Pakistani curry. Established in Dubai for a long time, this restaurant is usually full with diners inside and out, a mix of nationalities and ages, until late in the evening. It is not fancy but the staff is friendly and the food divine, with dishes […]

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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with the fastest lift in the world, so visiting this building is quite an exhilarating experience. The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a world-class destination and the magnificent centerpiece of Downtown Dubai, Dubai’s new urban masterpiece. There is an exhibit on the building’s history and the world’s tallest building is […]

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Ski Dubai

This is the ultimate indoor snow resort at Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle EastSkiing at the Mall of the Emirates. With an amazing mountain-themed wintery setting, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. Plus you can now meet and play with Ski Dubai’s newest residents; the Snow […]

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Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is the main museum in its city and is located in the Al Fahidi Fort built in 1787, the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. It includes local antiquities […]

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah

This is a luxury souk, located inside the luxurious Madinat Jumeirah Hotel Resort, where you are safe from the heat, but can still enjoy all the sights, scents, and true spirit of the real traditional Arabian souk. Take your time as you wander along the meandering avenues; past towers, lantern-lit hallways and narrow waterways.  Discover the treasures hidden along […]

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Mall of the Emirates

The impressive Mall of the Emirates, self-proclaimed ‘shopping resort‘, is a multi-level shopping centre featuring more than 560 international brands including department stores, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing outlets, cinemas and even an indoor ski resort. This beautiful mall is a feast for the eyes with polished marble floors, spacious avenues, and a stunning […]

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Zheng He’s

Type of Cuisine: International Zheng He’s restaurant is a five star Chinese restaurant whose award-winning chefs create modern and Chinese fusion dishes that are extraordinarily good. China’s most modern cuisine is expressed in beautifully prepared and presented dishes which simultaneously combine Western presentation with Chinese flavours – a style which is designed to constantly surprise. […]

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Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire

Type of Cuisine: Haute cuisine Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire is a worldclass fine dining restaurant offering Michelin starred French cuisine at the InterContinental Dubai Hotel. Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire combines exciting decor and outstanding service with memorable cuisine prepared by one of the worlds most famous chefs, Pierre Gagnaire. Avant-garde contemporary French cuisine by the superstar chef’s talented […]

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Skyview Bar

Located in Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s most famous landmark hotel, Sky View sits at a soaring 200 metres above sea level, on the 27th floor offering breathtaking views and is one of Dubai’s most sought after venues. From modern day classics to innovative cocktails, Skyview’s master mixologists go to great lengths to seek out inspiration, […]

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The Rooftop

Atop Arabian Court, and part of the exclusive One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel, The Rooftop & Sports Lounge is the resort’s most dramatic outdoor evening venue, where the sky is the ceiling. Within, a circular bar sparkles with activity, showing live sporting events. The mood is chilled out, a laid back atmosphere that continues as […]

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Neos

One of the most glamorous bars in Dubai, this striking sky lounge is definitely a destination venue and a ‘must see’ for those looking for a heightened experience. Located on the 63rd floor of the Adress Hotel, Neos offers stunning city views in an art deco yet contemporary setting. Watch the radiant lights of The […]

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One&Only Spa

Within the elegant entrance courtyard of Hotel One & Only Royal Mirage’s Residence & Spa lies the Health & Beauty Institute, comprising a spa, beauty centre, hammam and fitness centre. Architecturally impressive and reminiscent of the region’s great buildings, its towering domes, carved arches and intricate design capture the values of the land and ensures each […]

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Yas Beauty Spa

Yas Beauty Spa offers a holistic range of services for both men and women with hair and beauty, pedicure and manicure, spa and hammam. Combining the latest international skin and hair care products and contemporary beauty techniques, with more traditional practices like aromatherapy, shiatsu and reflexology, Yas Beauty Spa successfully encapsulates the complete spa experience. […]

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Salon Ink

The elegant and modern Salon Ink prides itself on their professional approach to your hair so that they are able to give a style that is fashion forward and also accommodates you and your lifestyle. Salon Ink was established by 2 Australian stylists, Kelly Cyndrowski and Sharon Anderson. Kelly and Sharon have known each other for […]

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Corp Executive Al Khoory Hotel dubai***

Conveniently located in the heart of Dubai, Corp Executive Hotel Al Khoory – Al Wasl is one of the finest new hotels to open on Al Wasl Road and next to Iranian Hospital. Just 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport and few minutes from Dubai International Convention and Exhibition centre. Blending contemporary amenities with personalized […]

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Stockholm Calendar 2014

June Stockholm Early Music Festival. Stockholm Early Music Festival is the largest international event for historical music in the Nordic countries, and alone in Sweden in presenting repertoire from baroque, renaissance, and medieval times in one festival. The festival is an annual event in the historical setting of Stockholm’s Old Town since 2002. The programme includes lunch, […]

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Calendar French Riviera

June Soirées Estivales (Summer evenings) Nice June – September soirees-estivales Cannes Jumping International (Equestrian) 12 – 14 June jumpingcannes.com International Young Soloists Festival, Antibes 18 – 26 June antibesgenerationvirtuoses.fr Monte-Carlo Jumping International (Equestrian) 26 – 28 June jumping-monaco.com/jumping-international de monte-carlo International Triathlon  – Nice 29 June eu.ironman.com/triathlon July Fireworks Festival Cannes July – August festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com Jazz Festival “Jazz à Juan”, Antibes 11 – 20 July jazzajuan.com […]

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ILA Berlin Air Show, Berlin

  From the 20th to the 25th of May 2014 Berlin hosts the ILA Berlin Air Show, a trade show for professionals of the aerospace industry. Located right next to Berlin Schönefeld Airport at one of the most popular exhibition venues in Europe, the ILA Berlin Air Show provides an insight into the international aerospace industry.   Like […]

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Wine: Mas Belles Eaux

Winery Mas Belles Eaux is situated in the Languedoc region in the South of France where the climate is perfect and the variety of soils excellent for producing expressive and pure wines. Drawn to this region by the huge potential of its terroir and climate, the owners of Quinta do Noval and Chateau Pichon-Baron began rehabilitating […]

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Paris Insider

Our insider guide to Paris offers a selection of the best, most special and inspiring places in Paris as well as the favourite haunts of some well-known Paris visitors. La Pâtisserie des rêves: Philippe Conticini is one of Paris’ best patissiers and one of the greatest pastry chefs of his generation. His great classics are the Paris-Brest –  a dessert […]

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Cinco Jotas, Spain’s National Treasure

Spain is famous for its top quality ham, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, and Cinco Jotas (5J)  is one of those hams which is unrivalled for aroma, texture and taste. Cinco Jotas is based in the famous jamón town of Jabugo, a word synonymous with the very best ham in the world. Here pure-bred Ibérico pigs are raised in ideal […]

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Videos

Barcelona: FERRAN ADRIÀ AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW WORLD-RENOWNED CHEF FERRAN ADRIÀ, CHEF AND OWNER OF ELBULLI, USES SURPRISE INGREDIENTS TO CREATE FRESH NEW IDEAS. AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW WORLD-RENOWNED CHEF FERRAN ADRIÀ, CHEF AND OWNER OF ELBULLI, USES SURPRISE INGREDIENTS TO CREATE FRESH NEW IDEAS. Produced and directed by Lost & Found Films. <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/35150932?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0″ […]

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Calendar Val d’Isère – autumn/winter 2013-2014

VAL D’ISERE Criterium de la Premiere Neige (‘the first races of the new snow’), 13th December 2013 to 22nd December 2013 at 12:00am Val d’Isere has long been host to the Criterium de la Premiere Neige (‘the first races of the new snow’). This year Val d’Isère celebrates its 57th year of hosting the competition which brings the […]

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Calendar Chamonix – autumn/winter 2013-2014

CHAMONIX Nordic Monster test, Saturday 7 December 2013 10:00 A celebration of cross-country skiing, including tests of equipment made by leading brands, skating training by professionals, sale of ski passes, enrolment in the Sports Club section, etc… Location : Piste de ski de fond , Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Further information : Club des Sports 00 33 4 50 53 11 57 www.chamonixsport.com […]

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Calendar Méribel – autumn/winter 2013-2014

MERIBEL Ibiza Rocks, 14th December 2013 to 4th April 2014 from 12:00am From the pool to the piste the world famous Ibiza Rocks is coming to the Alps with live sets from the freshest breakthrough bands around. Get ready for the hottest breakthrough live acts and electronic artists plus daily apres ski events hosted by the […]

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Calendar Courchevel – autumn/winter 2013-2014

COURCHEVEL New Year Ski Show, from 2 Jan 2013 to 2 Jan 2014 The instructors form the Ecole du Ski Français will be putting on a show – all lit by flaming torches and projectors. The highlight of the show will be the fireworks display, lighting up the sky as you are served with mulled wine! Sound, smoke, light […]

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Calendar Megève – Autumn/Winter 2013-2014

MEGEVE Megève wind band vocal concert, Sunday 1 and 14 December 2013 Come and spend a memorable evening on Sunday 1 December with the wind band choir. Free entry, donations in aid of the Restos du Coeur Children’s Christmas event. And on 14 December the Megève wind band, directed by Yannick Vandini, will be playing a wide […]

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Calendar Paris – Exhibitions autumn/winter 2013

Roy Lichtenstein, exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, from Wednesday 03 July 2013 to Monday 04 November 2013 Pop art express. American artist Roy Lichtenstein is chiefly known for his Pop Art works made in the 60s, his instantly recognisable comic book prints blown up to a massive scale. “Look Mickey”, “Whaam” and “Drowning Girl” are some […]

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Calendar Paris – Concerts autumn/winter 2013

Roger Waters, The Wall Live, concert at the Stade de France – from Saturday 21 September 2013 to Saturday 21 September 2013 Rocking on. Roger Waters began at the heart of the group Pink Floyd. In fact, he was the principal author of the album Dark Side Of The Moon, for which he created an explosive […]

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Calendar Paris – Fairs & Trade Shows autumn/winter 2013

Paris Fashion Week, Spring-Summer, from 24 September to 02 October 2013 Calling the fash pack. “Fashion Week” was launched in 1943, in order to help American designers to get their latest creations in the spotlight. Since then Fashion Week has become a golden opportunity for international fashion designers to present their collections in New York, but […]

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Cartoon: The Cat Came Back

The Cat Came Back is a 1988 animated film by Canadian director Cordell Barker, produced by fellow award-winning Winnipeg animator Richard Condie. Based on the children’s song The Cat Came Back, it concerns the increasingly desperate Mr. Johnson, an old man who attempts to rid himself of a small, yet extremely destructive, yellow cat that will not leave his home. The attempts to get rid of […]

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Space Dive

Only one man knows what it’s like to step off the edge of space and plummet towards earth, and his name is Felix Baumgartner. This incredible documentary tells the story of the moment in October he did just that – a record-breaking freefall through the sound barrier, having jumped from 24 miles up – literally […]

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Holiday Reading for Dog Lovers

For all of us dog lovers who have to face this summer leaving our beloved pets behind when we go on holiday, here is something that you can take with you as a small but precious consolation: ‘The Divinity of Dogs, true stories of miracles inspired by man’s best friend‘. The Divinity of Dogs will […]

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The Sea Grill, Marbella

We have always loved to immerse ourselves in the timeless charm and passion of Spain, the rich culture and its genuine cuisine. And after our Easter visit to Spain and Hotel Puente Romano’s new chic beachfront restaurant, the Sea Grill, we are sure that we have seen the start of a new era in Spain, […]

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The best Club Sandwich in Paris

One of the world’s most ordered dishes by travellers, at just about any hour of the day or night, is the always satisfying club sandwich. As French newspaper magazine Le Figaro put it in a recent story on the best club sandwiches in Paris, (the winner was the one served at Le Meurice hotel, price €25), the […]

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Romantic Swiss hotels

For travellers in search of authentic Swiss hotels, with all that cultural and historic charm, we have compiled a small list of true gems in very different locations in Switzerland.. Golf Hotel Rene Capt**** Montreux Here the elegance of the Belle Epoque is celebrated with a special pleasure. With a perfectly central location, the Golf […]

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René Redzepi on the Story of Noma

René Redzepi on the Story of Noma from Phaidon on Vimeo. Phaidon.com was given exclusive and unrestricted access to film René Redzepi and the kitchens at Noma – the Nordic sensation voted the number one restaurant in the world at the awards for the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We followed Redzepi foraging for […]

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