Not only is Istanbul a city of magic and mystery from a historical, cultural and architectural point of view, but for a tourist, especially those who wish to immerse themselves fully in what life is like for the local Turkish people, food plays a pivotal role. And when we say food, we don’t just mean restaurants which feature high on Zomato and Tripadvisor, restaurants where you are more than likely to run into other tourists, may even be someone you met and conversed with at breakfast at your hotel in the morning. No! We are talking about hidden spots, which serve the most authentic, the most delicious and the most diverse array of local foods, any foodie will enjoy.
October 8: Aman announces the launch of a skincare collection, made bespoke for the brand, which not only embodies and celebrates, but is also inspired by its constellation of hotels and resorts. Introducing a collection of 30 products on the occasion of the brands 30th anniversary, Aman Skincare has been formulated using an exotic roll-call of natural, rare and precious ingredients, many of which have been wild-harvested in various Aman destinations.
Promising discreet luxury, the Mandarin Oriental, located in the heart of Geneva, takes place of pride, perched on the banks of the River Rhône and is within walking distance to the financial district and tourist spots. Offering world-class hospitality, the Mandarin is in a class of its own within the Geneva Hotel circuit.
Early December, during a long weekend holiday, Laveena and I packed for a safari and travelled to Ranthambore in Rajasthan, India, in search of the majestic Bengal Tiger. We were greeted at the Airport by our chauffeur Jagdish, from the Aman-I-Khas. Our 3-hour long drive from Jaipur airport, was peppered with interesting conversation with Jagdish, who was bursting with enthusiasm, and showed a keen desire to share with us, his knowledge about the National Park, which he said was formerly a hunting ground for the royals of Jaipur. He also talked about the Ranthambore fort, the local Marwar culture and just as we were getting further engrossed in his detailed description about the Indian Government’s Project Tiger, he suddenly slowed the vehicle down and stopped by a local village belle selling guavas, which he promised would be the tastiest, we had ever tried. We couldn’t resist and with his help, we handpicked a bunch of freshly plucked fruit, which Jagdish cut with a kitchen knife he borrowed from the young village girl. He sprinkled some chilly powder and salt on the guavas and we feasted on this delicious snack. Less than 30-minutes later, we drove in through the gates of Aman-I -Khas, a luxurious camp, located at the foot of the Aravalli hills, a short 15-minute drive from the National Park.
Lebanon has long been known as a fantastic holiday destination, from the nightlife of Beirut to the ancient wonders of Baalbek and beyond. However, Lebanon is less well known as an international skiing destination. With a number of well established ski resorts, the country mixes Mediterranean style, wonderful hospitality, and pristine slopes just 30 to 60 minutes from Four Seasons Hotel Beirut on the sea.
Lebanon’s six resorts are all within a couple of hours drive from Beirut, making them immediately accessible and well worth a visit on the weekend. Skiing is popular with the locals and the ski season sees slopes replete with locals and tourists alike. Each resort has something to offer and it seems that every skier has a personal favourite.