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.
Nestled cozily on a quiet street called Via Gesu’, just off Milan’s most fashionable and sleekest shopping district, is a 15th century convent that has been magically transformed into The Four Seasons Hotel. We arrived early at this luxurious sanctuary of warmth and comfort where a smartly dressed doorman welcomed us to our home in Milan for the next 5 days. We were delighted to see our friend Martina Beretta, the Sales manager at the Four Seasons Hotel, Milan, waiting for us. Laveena mentioned to her that this was our first ever visit to the city. Martina said that we were going to fall deeply in love with the world’s most fashionable capital.
With Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud’ playing on the Harman Kardon sound bar, Laveena and I looked out of the 4th floor glass window of our recently refurbished Garden suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok at the busy Chao Phraya river. Tastefully designed, the 860 Sq ft suite exudes elegance as it fuses colonial-inspired interiors with chic contemporary touches. The blend of colour shades, fabric hues and wooden polishes work in perfect harmony to highlight luxury. As our private butler poured us a glass of Louis Roederer champagne, we talked about the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, a hotel with a fascinating history, which dates back to the 1860s.Continue reading →