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    April’s – The Elevate Issue with Carrera


    by Amy Sessions
    2 hours ago

    Words & Creative Direction: Amy SessionsPhotographer: Greg AdamskiFashion Editor: Camille MacawiliMakeup & Hair: Melanie Meyer at MMGModel: Alexandra Papagianni at MMGAll styling with thanks to OUNASS
    Welcome to The Elevate Issue.
    In this issue we look at those operating at the top of their field, raising the bar and bringing their A-game to an industry they have become expert in. We also ask what it takes to get to the top and stay there. One thing many of these incredible individuals have in common is consistency, a reminder to never underestimate the power of the compounding effect of small daily habits.
    For the cover we have partnered with Carrera, a brand synonymous with pioneering design and outstanding quality since 1956.
    We deliver the best edit of cool, contemporary cuts to keep you covered this Ramadan in The Edit, we speak to Isabel May, Managing Director & Chief Customer Experience Officer at MyTheresa on operating with excellence at every touchpoint in the e-commerce game in A Curated Approach and we unveil the latest collection form UAE – based ODEEM in An Understated Summer.
    Beauty and lifestyle wise, we compile the best pieces to elevate your nighttime routine in Well Rested, we have an exclusive interview with Victoire de Taillac, Founder of Officine Universelle Buly in Art De Vivre and we elevate your hair game with the best hair mists in Crowning Glory.
    We also compile the best edit of short haul trips in Eid Escapes, so you can book your downtime in advance.

    Take this month to define reflect, reevaluate, and elevate. Welcome to the next level.
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    Happy Astrological New Year: Get ready to thrive

    Words by Kirstyn Lewis
    Happy New Zodiacal Year
    The new astrological year starts just past 8:00 pm Dubai time on 21 March,2023. The New Moon in Aries will be at 0º sidling right up to the Sun Aries, which is also at 0º in the house of long-term commitments. It looks like you are kick-starting your energy in a new direction, and Jupiter has already started to pave the way by opening up opportunities for you. What a perfect time for empowering new moon affirmations and intentional beginnings!
    The stars are asking, how and in what ways can you thrive? There is a deep focus on career, reputation and status and the determination to succeed is evident. It looks like you must take a risk by thinking outside the square, and learning from any mistakes you may have made in the past. All talk and no action will not unfortunately drive things forward.
    Those taking a more out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach to issues around work should be careful. Jealousy, criticism, and gossip are building. But wait, it looks like any hidden enemies will soon be flushed out. You’ve had plenty of time to think about a situation, can you contribute instead to a fresh perspective and approach?
    Those working in caring professions or recruitment, film and television, photography, writing, spiritual practices, or water-related industries including sport, and marine biology, should expect new projects they’ve been working on to take hold very soon.
    There is an opportunity for pioneering and competitive types amongst you to see your potential take off in a good way over the next few months. You are not seeking fanfare; you just want to feel more appreciated, preferably doing something you love or for yourself.
    Are you starting a new enterprise or thinking of going into partnership with a friend? The stars are shining brightly for you. Make sure over the next three years you bring to the market something useful around communications, for use at home or whilst travelling. It should be made to last and seems to be a great gift idea, it’s a winner!
    The biggest astrological news for the New Year is that Pluto is changing signs, albeit moving at a snail’s pace into Aquarius on 24 March. Pluto is an exceedingly powerful planet, he waited to make his move in Aries season so everyone would understand who’s the Boss. Since February 2008, he has systematically broken down seemingly more conventional ways of doing business, traditional leadership models, and corporate structures. He affects not only you personally but also entire generations as he uncovers what has been covered, affecting us for the rest of our lives.
    We will be given a preview from 24 March until mid-June 2023 when he slowly slips back into Capricorn. Pluto takes around two years to settle into his new role.
    Pluto is about to become more risk-taking in what he wants to destroy, reform or fuse together. He also rules phobias and obsessions, anonymity and regeneration. What calls your attention? Don’t be too self-assured, there is a strong possibility that you will have to solve complex problems alone and unaided. Expect some surprises you didn’t see coming.
    For some, Pluto brings risks around gambling, financially or emotionally. For others, we see an uptake of more online erotica or sexual manipulation, or the opposite looms; a life of celibacy.
    Pregnancies appear more troublesome, for no apparent reason. Pluto rules the eliminative and reproductive systems. Some women may take longer to fall pregnant or need to rely on scientific methods. Although fewer children appear to be born during this time, they will be Universally more spiritual, sensitive and ‘in touch’.
    Will secrets be exposed around children, relatives, or even romance? Will you be involved in forbidden or dangerous love affairs that make you feel “emotionally alive”?
    Until January 2044 and just beyond, we will all see great gains in technology, science, space travel and women’s health can be expected. What’s very interesting will be revelations or a sense of enlightenment around how we choose to pass over. Acceptance around death, rebirth, and reincarnation appears to gain traction as scientists discover that life is not quite how we think it is. Spiritualists, energy workers and astrologers will also become more commonplace in the workplace, or as more widely accepted professions.
    We also see that Mars is about to wrap up an extra, super-long transit through venturesome Gemini. He has been playing games and in some instances, not being honest, since August 2022. Thankfully we have had enough, so welcome his move into Cancer on 26 March.
    Highlighted around this energy, are still things to finish off related to foreign shores and in-laws. More difficult aspects point to a moral or ethical battle you may be having. Are you feeling combative? Are you involved in something controversial? Has someone been unwilling to compromise because they are sticking up for someone else?
    You may want to protect your energy and reputation; emotionally driven quarrels are indicated. All the pent-up frustration centres around someone you love deeply or someone close to your heart. They are directly related to your life’s journey.
    Alternatively, it could also relate to a scheming authority figure, so watch out for manipulation there and be prepared to stand your ground.
    That said, Mars in Cancer is not a comfortable placement for an action-oriented planet. He struggles to operate effectively and get outcomes. It’s all steam without an engine so expect a temperamental couple of months ahead. It’s likely you may not see a victory until after 21 May.
    Over the last three days of March and mid-way through its Aries transit, Mercury nestles right up to Jupiter in the house of commitment. They’re talking about your future.
    Perhaps you ‘feel’ that you are on the verge of something great; things are certainly looking up, particularly around work. Those with softer, feminine energy should watch out for deals and agreements as roles with more responsibility are on the table. However, it’s not the time to discuss your dreams. Position yourself instead as a futurist who can drive the groundswell of financially viable new-age concepts and directions, particularly when having important career conversations.
    Mars in Cancer who has just entered the house of fortune, fame and honours, will also be making a lovely aspect to Saturn in Pisces on 28 March putting you in the spotlight. Make sure you are looking your most graceful and ladylike best. If you have any doubts, Venus and Uranus will be working hard to unblock them and help you get out of your comfort zone with sparkle and an exciting allure. See! The stars are all working together to help you.
    The only downside you may wish to consider is a Venus-Uranus conjunction which can be tricky if you are seeking answers around love. Venus seeks love and harmony, and Uranus freedom, variety and an escape route. There can be some unexpected excitement in the air. For some, this aspect indicates multiple liaisons are at play, but you probably already had an inkling. Others may confuse friendship and love. There is no point in dreaming. Wait until 11 April onward and have the conversation, even if you may not get the answers you want. It could be time to put yourself in the driver’s seat and move on.
    How will you shine? It’s time to step into your dignified, idealistic self and know that karma is in play.
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    Embrace superlative design for your interiors with ONE 52


    by Amy Sessions
    53 mins ago

    We speak to Founder of ONE 52, Sasan Mostajeran, about the power of details and why investment pieces are the smart choice when it comes to interiors.

    What do the first 30 mins of your day look like, your morning routine?
    I do my best work at night, so I like to give myself enough time in the mornings to get the day started at a manageable pace and certainly always try to avoid feeling rushed. I will have a black tea without fail and often try to build in time for some mindfulness exercises, whether it be meditation, breathing exercises, or just some quiet reflection.
    How did you know it was the right time to launch ONE 52, and which steps previously led you to this path?
    I have been a lifetime design aficionado. This led me to art school and an early career in photography. After attending several international design fairs, I eventually started working with leading Italian furniture and lighting design manufacturers. However, I have always wanted to introduce something new to Middle East. This market is one of the most unique in the world and that heritage of design appreciation is exhibited on a grand scale. We see design everywhere here in Dubai and that is why I truly believe it is one of the best places in the world to live. When I visited USM’s headquarters and factory in Münsingen, Switzerland, and met the team behind the company, I thought it was a tremendous opportunity to partner with a world-class organization and bring its unique and innovative products to Dubai and the larger Middle Eastern market.

    What is the DNA of the brand?
    Our DNA is providing authentic, timeless design pieces with superior customer service. We are dedicated to providing our customers with furniture that looks great and is functional and timeless. From the moment a customer steps into our design studio, we aim to help them find the perfect furniture piece to meet their needs and tastes.
    How challenging was it to refine which brands you wanted to carry and was it easy to partner with them from the outset?
    When it comes to selecting brands to carry, it’s important to choose those that align with the vision of ONE 52 Furniture. I had to consider a number of factors such as brand reputation, design aesthetic, product quality, and market demand. Partnering with these brands was a multi-step process that required careful consideration and negotiations. I had to establish clear communication with the brands and build strong relationships with them to ensure that we were on the same page. In some cases, the partnership process was straightforward and easy, while in others it was more challenging. However, I believe that the time and effort put into building these relationships was well worth it, as it has allowed ONE 52 Furniture to offer a diverse and high-quality product lineup. Ultimately, my goal was to create a carefully curated selection of brands that would provide customers with the best possible shopping experience and enable ONE 52 Furniture to stand out as a leader in the furniture industry.
    There is an education piece needed around investment pieces that last a lifetime. Can you expand on this?
    Investment pieces stem from another era but has a timeless spirit. The creative expertise and innovation behind the product are what keeps products up to date. Having an original is a life-long companion and a cultural legacy – it doesn‘t lose value, and can be passed down through the family, adding to its own history. It represents longevity for generations. I believe that education is key when it comes to industrial design and investing in authentic pieces of furniture. “What is an original? Why should customers purchase an original when a copy is so much cheaper?” In industrial design, there are two conditions to being an original: the manufacturer must have production rights and there must be some form of collaboration between the designer. Yet there are frequent misunderstandings.
    What have been the most challenging or rewarding aspects since launching to date?
    As an Iranian national, opening a bank account can be a challenging and complicated process. Due to the international sanctions imposed on Iran, many banks have restricted their services for Iranian citizens. This has resulted in limited options to open a bank account, which can is a lengthy process and require significant documentation and verification.
    How do you approach scaling without compromising on quality?
    Scaling a business or organization can be a difficult task, and our top priority is maintaining quality. Our approach to this is to implement a system of checks and balances that can ensure that quality is maintained at each stage of growth. This can involve creating clear processes and guidelines for operations, providing regular training and development opportunities for employees, and incorporating regular quality control measures such as audits or customer feedback. Another important aspect is to prioritize investment in the right tools, technology and infrastructure that can support efficient and effective scaling. Furthermore, involving and empowering employees at all levels can help ensure that quality is maintained and that the organization remains adaptable and agile as it grows.
    Have you had any mentors and if so, what advice did they impart?
    My dad has been a constant source of inspiration and guidance in my life, serving as a mentor and role model for me. Throughout my journey, he has been there to offer wisdom and advice, always encouraging me to follow my dreams and pursue my passions. His unwavering support and belief in me have given me the confidence to take on new challenges and overcome obstacles. He has taught me the importance of hard work, perseverance, and integrity, and I am grateful for his example of what it means to be a successful and responsible individual. I am deeply thankful for his guidance and support, and I am proud to call him my mentor and my dad.

    What advice would you give your younger self?
    It’s important to always remind yourself that making mistakes is a natural part of growth and learning. Don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things, even if they may not always lead to immediate success. Embrace your mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow, and use them to improve yourself and your skills. Additionally, never stop learning and seeking new knowledge and experiences. Keep an open mind, be curious, and never stop pushing yourself to be better. And above all, never give up on your dreams. No matter what obstacles you may face, stay focused and persistent in pursuing your goals. Remember that success often comes from perseverance and hard work, and that the greatest achievements are often the result of overcoming challenges.

    If you were advising someone investing in a lifetime piece for the first time, which piece would you suggest and why?
    I would say the Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Vitra – a classic piece of mid-century modern furniture admired for its iconic design and unparalleled comfort for over 60 years. Its timeless design and excellent craftsmanship make it a worthwhile investment that can hold its value for years to come.
    In addition, I also suggest the Taccia Table Lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos and the USM Haller System. It is a timeless piece of Italian design that offers both functionality and aesthetic appeal. The lamp’s distinctive design, with its spun aluminum reflector and blown glass diffuser, creates a warm and inviting ambiance in any room. The USM Haller System is a modular furniture system that allows for endless configurations and customization options, making it a versatile and practical investment for any space.
    Do you have a favourite piece you bought and what is on your Wishlist?
    I have a very long list of items… On top of that wishlist is The Ball Chair designed by Eero Aarnio.
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    Lindsay Lohan shares her pregnancy news via a heartfelt post on Instagram


    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

    Lindsay Lohan is soon going to be a mother and we couldn’t be more excited.
    Taking the news to Instagram, the actress shared the news with her 12.5 million fans in a sweet post that read “coming soon.”

    The caption said, “We are blessed and excited! 🙏🤍👶🍼,” she captioned a photo of a white baby onesie with the words “coming soon…” laid out on a bed.
    Lohan is married to businessman Bader Shammas with this baby being their first child together. The couple, who met in Dubai, have been incredibly private about their relationship and Shammas is not in the public eye.
    When did they tie the knot?

    Lohan revealed she secretly wed Shammas back in July in an Instagram post to mark her 36th birthday, where she referred to the financier as her “husband”.
    Lohan shared a photo with her now-husband, saying she was the “luckiest woman in the world”. The star also appeared to be wearing a diamond wedding band paired with her engagement ring.
    “You found me and knew that I wanted to find happiness and grace, all at the same time,” she said in the caption. “I am stunned that you are my husband. My life and my everything. Every woman should feel like this everyday.”
    The couple had first made their red-carpet debut in New York City for the screening of her highly anticipated Netflix release Falling for Christmas in November, 2022.
    Congratulations to the lovely couple for this joyous news!
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    International Women’s Day 2023: 5 Netflix Shows Amplifying Women’s Voices


    by Camille Macawili
    31 mins ago

    International Women’s Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on where we are, and where we need to be.
    Seeing one show can have a powerful effect when you see yourself represented and reflected on screen, it gives power to your experience.
    Many of these are part of Netflix’s International Women’s Month Collection, which aims to highlight the voices of women behind and in front of the camera. Top tip: also look out for the “Strong Arab Women” and “Arab Women Behind the Camera” rows in the collection.
    Emirates Woman shares five Netflix shows made by Arab women that feature strong female leads that we recommend adding to your watch list.
    The Exchange

    Inspired by actual events, two women set out to pioneer the cutthroat stock market of 1980s Kuwait — and disrupt its corrupt boys’ club along the way. The Exchange brings to life the glorious 1980s when the stock market was booming and fashion was bigger and brighter than ever before. It brought on a unique and untold women-centric story of Farida and Munira to screens across the world with a star-studded cast of Kuwaiti talent.
    The Swimmers

    Based on real-life events, this inspiring and heartfelt movie tells the story of two young sisters, Yusra and Sara Mardini who embark on a risky voyage – from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, putting their heart and swimming skills to heroic use. Real-life sisters Nathalie and Manal Issa were cast in the roles of Yusra and Sara Mardini respectively, and the film is directed by Welsh-Egyptian Director Sally El Hosaini.
    Finding Ola

    Finding Ola tells the story of a divorced mom who embarks on a journey of self-discovery while dealing with the challenges of raising two children and making ends meet. The Eat Pray Love meets Raising Helen made it to the Top 10 after launch and with a season 2 in the pipeline.
    The show tackles the nuances of mother-daughter relationships, friendships, second chances and self-discovery, with Hend Sabry playing the role of Ola Abdelsabour and debuting as executive producer.

    Breaking the glass ceiling all the way is Whispers, a first-of-its-kind Saudi Arabian thriller series led by award-winning director, Hana Alomair. The eight-episode series is about a family facing the death of their patriarch, Hassan, just as his mysterious past begins to resurface days before the launch of a smart app owned by the family business. The fast-paced drama develops from different protagonists’ perspectives and features several unconventional women characters.
    Al Rawabi School for Girls

    A young adult drama that sheds light on the impact of bullying on young women, through the eyes of a group of Arab teens navigating friendships, morality and difficult life choices. The series, made by a majority female cast and crew, is a true example of a story made in the Arab world and loved globally.
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    Why it’s important to know what this astrological change has in store


    by Team Emirates Woman
    3 hours ago

    Words by Kirstyn Lewis – Founder of the Karmic Soul
    In essence, March marks the beginning of new energies and a new astrological year, and you will soon feel things are just getting started. As you move into 2023 with greater wisdom, some may embrace the enormity of change right on your doorstep, but others may struggle. Let’s dive deeper.
    Firstly, the Universe now ensures we have left the past well and truly behind as the stars have finished clearing away any debris from 2022.
    The enormous forces of Saturn and Pluto are now on the move, signalling the dawn of a new era. On 7 March, responsible Saturn will enter dreamy Pisces, where he will be until 2026 but the biggest news in astrology since 2008 is Pluto’s move into Aquarius on 23 March. He will reside in this house for the next 21 years!
    Pluto in Aquarius is charged with the total transformation of society. He is tearing down outdated ideologies, but it offers relief in many ways. Since January 2008, Pluto had previously been intent on wrecking financial and institutional havoc in Capricorn. You may want to look back and reflect. What had the power or control over you during that time? Your career or company? An authoritative parent? A long-term partner who told you what to do and how to act? Did your assets and commitments tie you up? What did you have to fight to overcome?
    When Pluto moves into Aquarius toward the end of March, he starts to leave behind his autocratic influence and will focus on transforming data, science, health and technology.Expect to see more tightening around cyber security and financial transactions. Protection of your online identity will also become more critical. Who has your information?
    We are being asked to change how we look at the world and ourselves deep down. Pluto will very likely bring shock value into your life to force change upon you. Look to the house topics that Pluto is sitting in and see how he will also affect you personally, so you have a contingency.
    Were you born between 1993 and 1996? You are about to begin your Saturn Return starting in Pisces. Over the next 28-30 years: discipline is key; slow down and work through things systematically. You will be tested based on lessons given to you over the first three decades. Karmic debt is at play. Those without a voice can now expect to shine. Some will experience issues around loss, isolation, hidden enemies, secret love affairs and matters of their self-undoing. Listen to your intuition but choose wisely, as Saturn will make you responsible for your actions. Pisces is famous for escapism, but Saturn may well hand down a lesson this time. Safely navigate choppy waters by listening to those who have been there before and who offer the most empathy in times of difficulty.

    Saturn in Pisces dives deeper into all our intentions. He is transiting through a mutable sign, so you won’t always know how to act or what to expect and he can be mentally manipulative in this transit. You may waiver this way and that. It could be that you need some techniques, tactics, or training. If you feel lost, don’t discount a life coach until early 2025 to help you get through in one piece. Saturn returns one last time in Capricorn from mid-June for six months to see if we have learnt our last lesson.
    This is so dramatic; I hear you say. But it needs to be heard. To stay focused, you need to know the long game: 2026 will be very telling.
    Saturn in Pisces will love how cool-headed Pluto operates with such totality so is eager to help by setting down non-negotiable terms and conditions for everyone to follow. Together, their energies shout, “respect me”.
    Together, they will freeze out resistance and anyone against inevitable change. You’d be wise to set down your own non-negotiable rules if you don’t want to remain stuck or worse, become irrelevant. You likely won’t get a second chance as big as this during your lifetime.
    Society will have to deal with rapid advancements in this age of digital age and that of artificial intelligence. A spotlight will also shine on companies and careers in mental health, and spiritual practices, as well as pharmaceutical companies and alternative medicines which come into their own. Expect more concern about those in confinement, are they being helped or hindered? It looks like more holistic, empathetic practices need to be looked at. Those with careers in water management, marine biology, aquaculture, and aquarists will be in the spotlight. Hydrologists will hold the key to a critical key to the future of society. How can we save our oceans and, life on earth?
    Artificial Intelligence will be the new control mechanism and we will no longer know whom to point the finger at. This pattern started to emerge over the past three years when Saturn transited through Aquarius when he forced us to look at the rapid advancement of science and technology and understand its enormous transformative powers.
    Watch for news around 17 March in relation to writing, music, cinema, or a deep emotional tie. You may be struggling behind closed doors, but the planets are trying to kickstart a new direction for you. Things, that said, are currently out of your hands.
    Venus in Aries is now knocking on lucky Jupiter’s doorstep so will help out. This is a fortuitous aspect. This energy should bring short-term pleasure, success, abundance, and even personal recognition! Out of the blue, something good has come or is coming your way. It offers you more freedom of expression. See, it’s this way and then that!
    Mercury in Pisces will soon be in Cazimi, you will know this Arabic word meaning ‘in the heart of the Sun’. It indicates a joyful announcement is soon upon you. Oh no, wait, Mercury still needs to talk to Jupiter in Aries before giving you the green light to announce something publicly. Can you wait until early or mid-May?
    Now get to work on your game plan. The Universe is waiting to help you.
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    Why a stay at Mandarin Oriental, New York should be added to your bucket list


    by David Roberts
    1 hour ago

    The property has been a part of New York City’s luxury hospitality setting since 2003. Two decades on, it shows no signs of having aged and instead manages to hold its own while several newer brands have flooded the market over the last few years.
    Where is it?
    It is located at one of the most coveted addresses in the city – more specifically on Manhattan’s Westside at Columbus Circle and at the southern entrance to the sprawling Central Park. The hotel is a part of the Deutsche Bank Centre – in fact, the third-floor lobby has an exclusive entrance to the retail floors of the centre.

    What’s it like?
    You’d be hard-pressed to find a better location than this. There may be only one dining option in the hotel itself, but there are plenty more among the wide selection of shops on the expansive retail floors. The lower lobby houses one of the largest Whole Foods shop that I’ve come across in New York and you are a hop, skip and a jump from Central Park. The staff are extremely welcoming and the MO Lounge offers breakfast, all-day dining and dinner with spectacular views.
    There are 244 rooms and suites in the hotel. We stayed in the spacious 75 sqm Hudson River View suite, whose shades of teal are a nod to the river. It features floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the room with light and there is a large desk to work, a sofa and a dining area for four, while the master bedroom has a king-size bed. If you’re looking for an ultra-luxurious experience at this hotel, there’s the 207 sqm Presidential suite that also features stunning 250-year-old parchment calligraphy.
    Food and Drink
    On the 35th floor is the MO Lounge whose contemporary furnishings and décor give it the feel of a by-invitation-only members club. However, all are welcome to this space which is open throughout the day. Its lunch and dinner menu is restricted to a page – but each item has been crafted to perfection. Hands down, the soup we ordered was the best soup we’ve tasted in all of NYC. The burrata, risotto, and salmon croque monsieur – with the option to add Golden Ossetra caviar – are all highly recommended.
    There are stunning events and meeting spaces on the property – perhaps the most impressive of them is the pillarless 550 sqm ballroom with commanding views over Central Park. There are three smaller rooms for board meetings, as well as The Gallery space where events are held amidst unique art pieces.
    A 1,350 sqm spa spans both the 34th and 35th floors. Rather than choosing a treatment type, you can opt for the Time Ritual wherein you specify a length of time and the therapist will offer a bespoke treatment to fit within that time slot. You can drop by the Technogym-fitted gym on the 36th floor, and you can also request a personal session with an on-call trainer. On the same floor is a 75ft lap pool with great views of the Hudson River.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and whatever requests we had including transportation, etc. were dealt with very efficiently. It may be a hangover from the bad old days of Covid, but when we checked in there were no coffee and tea amenities in our room which we discovered needed to be requested – and were promptly provided by room service. The same applied to our mini bar which, although fully stocked, was not unlocked until we contacted reception. Probably a good idea to organise that at check-in.
    Best for
    Sweeping views of Central Park, NYC’s skyline and the Hudson River
    Don’t miss
    A meal at MO Lounge
    Internet rates for a weeknight in December for a Hudson RiverView suite start at US$3,075 (Dhs1,124)
    80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, New York, New York 100023; +1 212-805-8800;
    This article was originally published on Business Traveller Middle East and has been repurposed here with permission.
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    Valentine’s Day 2023: The best short breaks to book ASAP


    by Amy Sessions
    2 hours ago

    Thinking of a short escape to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
    So, pack your bags and run away with your other half to these editor-approved romantic getaways.
    Habitas, AlUla – Saudi Arabia

    Habitas AlUla is an experience- led property with a wider focus on sustainable living. Committed to eliminating single-use plastics within all of their locations, they have been awarded the Oceanic Champion Badge for adopting The Oceanic Standard, meaning you can support the planet while you enjoy your stay.
    The Wellness
    Book in for a full-body massage beside the colossal rocks for a sense of calm, peace and perspective.
    The Must-Try
    All the ingredients are sourced from local farms in communities surrounding AlUla, with the intention of bringing seasonal, fresh flavours to the table, making each dinner you’ll spend under the stars unique and special.
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    Amanjena, Marrakech – Morocco

    Inspired by the rose-hued buildings of old Marrakech, palatial Amanjena is close to the fabled Red City, set in its own expanse of gardens and grand open spaces. Shaded courtyards with fountains lead to the central basin that nourishes the gardens in which spacious standalone guest pavilions and maisons rest, all with private gardens and many with private pools. Views stretch across the olive groves and palms of the oasis, extending to the High Atlas Mountains on the horizon,
    The Wellness
    Dedicated to personal wellness, Amanjena’s spa facilities are serene and timeless, designed to calm, soothe and rejuvenate while expert therapists work on restoring optimal well-being. Book in for the ‘Release, Rebalance & Restore’ – a three-day spa experience designed to transform you; promote change, release tension, and build confidence and calm.
    The Must-try
    Embark on the airborne adventure of a lifetime and discover all the beauty of Marrakech’s landscapes while gracefully cruising through the skies by hot air balloon.
    For more information visit
    Cheval Blanc, Randheli

    The Maldives are impossibly tranquil, undeniably divine. The ocean right on your doorstep and an unrivalled level of service that you would expect from Cheval Blanc make this the ultimate in long-week-end relaxation.
    The Wellness
    Salutations to the sun and breathing in tune with the sea, are the perfect way to welcome the day. Both Yoga and meditation are offered on the beach, in the jungled gardens or overwater pavilions around the Maisons.
    The must-try
    The interiors are exteriors, and the exteriors boast idyllic tropical views… The White serves island-inspired flavours from dawn to dusk in airy relaxation and is not to be missed during your stay.
    For more information visit
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