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2 Sep

Dhigali Maldives

Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan Everything about Dhigali Resort feels magical; the moment you arrive all you feel is bliss. It’s a true escape from city life. You’ll feel engulfed in nature surrounded by pure shades of blue and green from the water, skies, and trees during the day, and diamonds of the sky at night. Everywhere you look feels like it could be a backdrop for a perfect photo, although you’ll probably be too distracted taking in all the beauty around you to be thinking of your phone… The Welcome Once we had landed in Male Airport, we were greeted by a hostess from Dhigali who provided us with a warm welcome, a big smile, and cold towels as she guided to the...
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15 May

St Regis Saadiyat Island

This stunning hotel is more like a small village than a typical luxury resort. Everything about it feels grand and yet, somehow, attentive staff and the busy common areas like the pool and restaurants will make you feel at home. We wanted a staycation with our toddler and this beautiful hotel exceeded our expectations! The Welcome Just over an hour drive from Dubai, we reached the hotel and all said: "Whoooa" at the grand driveway and entrance. There was a bit of a queue to check in, so we used the time to take photos and enjoy the welcome drink and cool towels given to us by attendants. When it was our turn, we found we had been upgraded to a suite because...
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16 Apr

The Oberoi Al Zorah

I've been to Fujeirah and Ras Al Khaimah a handful of times, but didn't know much about Ajman - only a half hour drive  from Dubai with a cleaner beach, I'm told. A lot of major five star hotel chains have opened here recently, including Fairmont, Saray Luxury Collection and Kempinski, so I was curious about what the hype was all about. We decided to try the recently opened, sleek Oberoi Al Zorah as a staycation and were blown away by its aesthetic - so modern and serene. It's like a Japanese zen garden on the beach...
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4 Apr

Valsana

Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by travel pros Laura Brown and Laura Snook of LawrenceTravel! Valsana Hotel and Apartments, Arosa, Switzerland On the edge of a forest line of pine trees, the newly opened Valsana Hotel and Apartments greets visitors with a young and inspiring vibe. The hotel has decided on a new hotel concept where healthy choices are at its helm. As soon as I walk into the sliding doors, the reception hands over my access card to just about everything – the card resembles an 80’s cassette tape, a hint to what comes next. The Welcome With this access card you become the resident in your own stylish, and eco-friendly I might add, abode on any of the five floors....
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22 Mar

Eden Roc

When the hotel is located on a crystal clear lake, with a backdrop of mountains and villages in the distance, waving palm trees on the coiffured lawn and not far from ancient stone houses and small alleyways, it is pretty much a given the place is called Eden. Eden Roc, to be completely correct and honestly, it surely fits all the anticipation, write travel pros Laura Brown and Laura Snook in this exclusive review of Switzerland's finest. The Welcome Situated along Lake Maggiore, the Swiss twin of Italian Lake Como – similar in style yet almost more picturesque and for sure less popular with the paparazzi, Eden Roc holds the fort with exquisite taste. Spread out over two large buildings the hotel...
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5 Mar

W Hotel Miami

*Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by a NY based jetsetter! There is nothing like that first drive in a new city after arriving in the airport. After landing in Florida, as the taxi expertly winded down roads and weaved through lanes on wide set bridges, I was soaking in every detail of the city I could manage. I knew we were close to the hotel once we reached the famous Ocean Drive on ‘SoBe’ i.e. South Beach Area – a strip of cafes and bars overlooking the ocean. Women walked around sporting fluorescent colored crop tops and high-waisted tiny jean shorts while the men walked with a lazy strut. Food trucks were on every corner, emanating the scents of a...
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8 Feb

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Reviewed for us by Australian blogger Claire Hastings! For those who aren’t in the blogger ‘line of business’ it’s sometimes difficult to comprehend that it’s not all just chill and relaxed sitting at the computer with the ideas just pouring like waterfalls. Even though it’s a fabulous job, one that I hardly consider a job given how strong my love for it is, it can be quite taxing. That is why, just like any other person in the world, every now and then, when I can take the time to catch my breath I am in desperate need of some quality alone time, far from everyone’s sight. I felt drained and truly needed to unwind and recharge my batteries, and I...
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28 Dec

La Prairie

Reviewed by luxury travel pro Laura Brown! Located on a picture perfect spot along the quay of Lake Geneva, known as the ‘Swiss Riviera’. Just off the promenade, a grey and white minimalist build looms  just off the road uphill, situated on a green lawn and situated with the serenest view a retreat can ask for, overlooking the calm of the lake nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps, this location in the classy town of Montreux is meant for a wellness resort and spa: Clinique La Prairie. The Welcome The resort is located in a beautifully coiffured garden, simplistic in shape and elegant in style. The building grasps your attention upon arrival, yet from inside the architecturally strong structure lets your senses...
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4 Dec

Skye Hotel Suites

Reviewed exclusively for us by Aussie blogger Claire Hastings! I love my hometown of Brisbane, but seeing Sydney is something I will never get tired of, so to say that I was ecstatic about us meeting there would be an understatement. I had a blogger conference to organize in Sydney and wanted to choose a hotel that is architecturally stunning, comfortable and with a luxurious feel, features interesting facilities, and last but not least, has an Instagrammable quality to it. It’s no wonder we unanimously agreed that our home for the weekend will be the SKYE Hotel, and I am super-excited to share my experience. The Welcome We all know how strong the power of good photography is; it simply makes everything better...
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29 Nov

Hotel Aurelio

A chauffeur picked us up at the station in Arlberg, Austria, and took us on a drive through quaint towns that wouldn’t look out of place in The Sound of Music until, finally, we reached it: Lech. Techno music spilled onto the streets from open-air bars. People sat in trendy ski outfits laughing over brimming mugs of beer or walking around holding skis and snowboards. It looked like a commercial, down to puppies in fuzzy sweaters and Swarovski collars. And all around us were jagged mountain peaks blanketed in thick snow, with people zigzagging down the slopes with skill – even young children. Despite our long journey to get here, we suddenly felt rejuvenated by the fresh air, vibrant music, and...
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