On my return from London, I received an email from the fabulously networked, dynamic and effortlessly debonair CEO and Editor-in-Chief of BBC GoodFood India, Mr Shafquat Ali, offering me a role as ‘Consulting Editor of BBC GoodFood India and their soon-to-launch hospitality magazine.
In February this year Laveena and I checked in at a luxury tented camp located in pristine wilderness, in India’s magnificent Thar desert in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Representing the very best in Indian hospitality, The Serai by Sujan luxury, impressed us both from the moment we arrived, effortlessly standing out as one of India’s finest luxury hotel resorts and helping re-affirm the word ‘incredible’, in Incredible India.
March is already here! The Colour of this month is Saffron and we have so much going on at the resorts: A sushi master, Michelin dining, a world renowned therapist, an athlete and many more are in store.
Aman is pleased to announce its third resort in Japan with the launch of Aman Kyoto, scheduled to open on 1 November, 2019. Situated in a hidden garden close to Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), the resort, with 24 rooms and two two-bedroom villas, draws on the country’s ryokan (traditional inn) and onsen (hot spring) concepts to provide an authentic yet contemporary Kyoto sanctuary surrounded by nature. Unlocking the secrets of Japan’s ancient Imperial capital, Aman Kyoto and its secret garden are just a stone’s throw from the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, yet feel a world away.
On Day 2 of 2019, we sat at a kitchen table, housed in a quiet soi in Ekkamai in Bangkok, Thailand. The director of this beef-heavy box office runaway hit, was the young and friendly Chef Mario Malvaez from Mexico, who handled all the dishes he served us , with ample ease and dexterity.