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Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi… On pinching toiletries, Aussie chefs and club life

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi… On pinching toiletries, Aussie chefs and club life

Hotel review – further details and rating follow the post. It’s got to that time of year when every resident of the UAE is dreaming about vacations. Some get them, some don’t. Just two weeks ago, the weather does that thing it does every year – it turned from beautiful-every-day-and-even-better-at-night […]

June 8, 2014 ×

Hotel Reviews, reviews

shisha tents on the beach

Traders Hotel, Qaryat al Beri

It seems I have to find somewhere to stay less and less in Abu Dhabi. The city is expanding at such a rate, becoming so exciting, infinitely more livable, and I find more and more of my friends are moving there, and kindly offering food and shelter for the night […]

March 9, 2014 ×

Hotel Reviews, reviews

Different colours

Hotel Stein, Salzburg

Salzburg has been the stage set for music and drama in real life and fantasy. The likes of the Von Trapps and young Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart are revered by residents and visitors alike. The city itself still appears to reside in a fantastical state. Too pretty to be real. I […]

March 2, 2014 ×

Attractions, Photo stories

HohenSalzburg – there is a castle above the clouds.

HohenSalzburg – there is a castle above the clouds.

In the middle of winter, there is a place in Salzburg to escape the cloud. A funicular breaks through the misty barrier every ten minutes and takes frozen revellers to a place where the sun shines, snowy mountains gleam in glorious light, and scarves and gloves can be shed, the […]

February 17, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants, reviews

Roberto’s – Simple Italian with complex additions

Roberto’s – Simple Italian with complex additions

Roberto’s restaurant is bathed in pink and purple light. It’s lines are lean and angular. Textures mingle subtly, only noticed when one is thrust betwixt them. The crowd is genteel and demure, effortlessly gulping Japanese oysters and flippantly smoking Cuban cigars. It’s so un-Italian, and yet, so very very Italian […]

January 30, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants

Zaroob: twisting roots, hurling rainbows and still coming up smelling of roses.

Zaroob: twisting roots, hurling rainbows and still coming up smelling of roses.

“It’s like an Andy Warhol take on a shawarma cafe.” was my tweet to Zaroob. Even now, I’m still trying to get over that little multi-colour cataclysm sitting strangely between the towers on Sheikh Zayed Rd. They’ve taken cans of “Zwan Big Franks” and made them an artistic feature. Nestle […]

January 18, 2014 ×

Hotel Reviews, Photo stories, reviews

Four Seasons Hotel, Doha

Four Seasons Hotel, Doha

Once upon a time, there was a girl who looked for the most incredible luxury she could find. She decided that if there was a Four Seasons in any city in the world, she would try and stay there before looking anywhere else. Photostory – review follows the gallery. Four […]

January 13, 2014 ×

Hotel Reviews, Photo stories, reviews

Bab al Shams – Doorway to the Sun

Bab al Shams – Doorway to the Sun

Over the dunes, in a kingdom far, far away, there is an oasis they call Bab al Shams, or doorway to the sun. Photostory – review follows the gallery.

December 29, 2013 ×

Activities, Photo stories, reviews

Seeking Djinn – Jazirat al Hamra

Seeking Djinn – Jazirat al Hamra

Ras Al Khaimah reserves its place as the most geograpically beautiful of the Emirates. It’s sands are redder, dotted more frequently with the magical ghaf tree. It’s hills are higher, tall enough even to be the only Emirate to ever get snow (the real kind that they don’t get in […]

December 7, 2013 ×