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14 Nov

Al Bait

a version of this article appeared in Travel + Leisure You don’t usually go to the desert looking for rain. But Sharjah, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, is full of surprises. For years, visitors were hard-pressed to find a decent place to stay. That’s changing with the new Al Bait Sharjah (doubles from $460), a member of Leading Hotels of the World, which has views of gently rocking dhows docked on Sharjah Creek. The 53 guest rooms — spread across four historic houses once owned by prominent local families — come with four-poster beds, goblets brimming with Arabian dates, and access to a custom Mercedes available for chauffeured outings. Follow the alleyways between the interconnected residences to the on-site library and museum of...
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27 May

Kindle World

Kindle + Books = Best of both worlds When I go on vacation, I'm guilty of taking like 3 books with me because I don't know what I'll be in the mood to read. Enter Kindle!  Ahead of the long Eid break coming up, here are some Kindle pros that this die-hard book lover has discovered: 1. Fits into my purse2. Can sample chapters before purchase3. My eyes don't get tired after reading like I expected4. Easy to read during the daytime in the sun as well as at night so I don't have to turn on extra lights I think it will be a nice complement to my usual reading style because giving up books completely ain't gonna happen (would feel like cheating...
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13 Jan

Beau Rivage

Exclusively reviewed for Holidays in Heels by travel pros Lawrence Travel! The Welcome Set on the quay of the pristine Lake Geneva, this exquisite belle epoque palace hotel oozes history, charm and Swiss sophistication. The setting is serene with the lake on its doorstep and the Alps functioning as a robust backdrop.  Entering the Beau Rivage Palace is like entering a time warp: the revolving door with doormen on either side guides you to the three story lobby decorated with balustrate floors looking up. The marble on the floor hints to former days, as well the wooden panelling on the walls. A fresh flower decoration reflects the time of year with seasonal colours and ornamental shrubs. The glass elevator is elegant, yet...
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20 Nov

Lausanne Palace

Hotel review by travel pros Lawrence Travel Destination: Lausanne, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland In the land of the three suns - the one shining bright at the blue sky, the so-called second sun reflecting on Lake Geneva, or Lac Leman to the locals, and the third reflecting from the snow on the mountain peaks in the background – beautiful belle epoque builds stand the test of time through the Vaud region. Most of these establishments have been renovated, maintaining their whimsical charm of the olden days with exquisite ballrooms – close your eyes and you can imagine the cronilines twirling the lacquered parquet floors underneath the twinkling of crystal chandeliers- wide corridors and hand-painted walls and ceilings, lake view rooms and graceful...
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20 May

An Absolute Deception

An Absolute Deception is like a well-written (albeit long) soap opera spanning generations and continents. Anneliese has a fashion empire and a deep, dark secret that she's kept from her family. Favourite scene? When Anneliese hosts a dinner for Karl Lagerfeld and her family at her beautiful designed home and she gets an unexpected phone call....
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30 Apr

Four Seasons Jumeirah

Doesn't this make you want to take a deep breath and smile? The @fourseasons #Dubai in #Jumeirah is such a short drive from some of the busiest parts of town - Dubai Mall, for one - and yet creates an atmosphere that is its own, calm universe….   The Welcome Winding up a green hill in line for the valet behind Bentleys and Lambos, we enter a world of luxury before stepping foot in the Four Seasons Jumeirah. Once out of the car, we see beautiful arches to the right and left. This beautiful symmetry of arches continues again inside the hotel lobby, before we are greeted with a grand winding staircase leading down to the gardens and the beach. The only thing...
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