Last December, to celebrate my mother Razia’s birthday, the family traveled to Dubai. While dad and mum stayed at my brother Aiyaz’s beautiful home, located on the trunk of the man-made Palm, Laveena and I checked into Fairmont The Palm.
To celebrate the recent opening of our brand new office in Istanbul, Turkey, Laveena and I chose to treat ourselves to a grand stay at the monumental Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. Located on the magnificent Bosphorus, this legendary property offers a glorious ode to the the bygone days of the powerful Ottoman Empire and guests checking into the opulent palace, are made to feel like royalty, from the moment they walk underneath the ornate arches and into the regal lobby of what is known to be Istanbul’s finest five-star property.
Paris, 14th December 2018 – As of mid-December, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, will unveil SÒNG, its new pop-up bar nestled in a Suite with a terrace facing the Eiffel Tower and overlooking the City of Light.
Last evening we walked through the large wooden doors of a Haveli and into the colourful home of Ms Mohini Singh. It was like stepping into an enchanting, Indian culinary storybook and even though the fairytale had only just begun, it had all of our attention, as Ms Singh, mistress of the mansion, grand-daughter of a Bollywood actress, well-travelled, young and beautiful, welcomed us into her home.
We celebrated Diwali this year in Budapest, Hungary. The decision to be in Europe during the Autumn season was very deliberate on our part, as both Laveena and I enjoy the cool temperatures of November and the wonderful autumn colours. While in Budapest, we chose to stay at the music-themed Aria hotel, part of the Library hotel collection.