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.
Burrowed in a tropical hillside on the remote island of Mahe’, is a dream resort. It is a sanctuary with poetic views of one of the finest unspoilt beaches we have ever set eyes on. Welcome to the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, a place where Laveena and I were blissfully castaway during our recent diwali holidays.
On a recent visit to London, Laveena and I chose to stay at one of the cities most celebrated and well located five-star hotels, the ever so elegant Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. We had heard about the property from friends who spoke about how the hotel was home to some of the world’s most famous restaurants and that it was located in Knightsbridge, just across the road from Harrods. As if this wasn’t enough, the Mandarin Oriental overlooked the iconic Hyde Park.
Laveena recently had a short break for Ganesh Chaturti. It is a Hindu festival, celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Given the auspiciousness of the holiday, Laveena was keen to travel to Varanasi, regarded as one of the seven holy cities of Hindus. The Sapta Puri are seven holy pilgrimage centres in India. While Varanasi also known as Benares or Kashi is one of the seven, the others are Mathura, Haridwar, Ayodhya, Kanchipuram, Dwarka and Ujjain.