In December last year, we visited Hanoi in Vietnam. Hanoi, the capital, is known to be the cultural centre of Vietnam and over a 1000 years of history is seen well preserved in its Presidential Palace, The Grand Opera House, The Cathedral St. Joseph, The Temple of Literature, The One Pillar Pagoda and the historic Sofitel Metropole hotel, where Laveena and I were guests for a short stay ahead of a planned river cruise along Halong Bay. Continue reading →
On a recent visit to Abu Dhabi, a friend from the hospitality industry recommended we try the Four Seasons Hotel. Located on Al Maryah Island, the striking new 34 storey tower, offers guests, views of the Arabian Gulf and of the city skyline and enjoys a unique and stunning location right on the waterfront. A charming 5.4 kilometre long promenade with a host of cafes, a high end shopping mall and the Cleveland Clinic all contribute to making this hotel property a unique and an ideal choice for many travellers seeking the best in luxury.
Laveena and I were once asked by someone who knew our penchant for travel, whether we were Aman Junkies. Since neither of us were familiar with the term, we inquired as to what an Aman Junkie was? We were told that the luxurious Aman had a dedicated fan base, travelers who were loyal to the brand and who were devoted to the treasures offered by this super hospitality group to all who chose to experience the magic of Aman. “In fact, a true Aman junkie is known to plan his vacation according to the 32 resort locations around the world”, we were told. When asked what about the Aman made the experience so different from the other top of the line hotel brands like the Four Seasons, The Oberoi or the Taj, we were told that the Aman promised to help guests ‘lock away cherished memories for life’. This simple response was enough to raise our curiosity and we immediately began scouting around for an Aman property in India given that Laveena had a short weekend break in December.
After a memorable 5 day stay at the Four Seasons Seychelles, Laveena and I routed our return home via the UAE. Air Seychelles has a code share with Etihad Airlines so our entry point was through the capital, Abu Dhabi. A comfortable limousine ride brought us to Dubai in under an hour and we had a warm and welcome check in at the Taj Dubai, fabulously located in a city, we so dearly love.