Category: Middle East

A new beach club on its own castaway Turkish island

Neilson is opening its new Beachplus club in Turkey on its very own island in Marmaris Bay in May this year. The club is an addition to Neilson’s existing resorts in Ortakent, Teos and Foca. Club Adakoy will boast of all inclusive waterskiing, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and mountain biking and is […]

Refurbished grandeur in Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel

Refurbished grandeur in Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel

Since 1st September 2010 and after several years of painstaking restorations, the Pera Palace, Istanbul’s most emblematic hotel, has opened its doors again to welcome discerning travelers who appreciate the ultimate in luxury and modern ammenities combined with an unequaled flair of art and history. Pera Palace, Orient Express and Agatha Christie are un inseparable […]

Luxe lodging in Beirut, Lebanon

Luxe lodging in Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon has long been known as the “Paris of the Middle East”. Certainly, the bloody civil war that raged there from 1975 until 1989 took a toll on the city, but the residents and leaders are taking an aggressive approach to not only rebuilding, but also making it better than it was before. Beirut […]

Top 15 romantic Valentines hotels

Top 15 romantic Valentines hotels

Looking to go somewhere special this Valentines?  Then take a look at this list of the top 15 romantic Valentines hotels, as decreed by Tripadvisor. Bar a token entry for Bodrum in Turkey, they’re all in Europe, which seems a little odd, but perhaps subscribers from other parts of the world, are given a different […]

The world's most expensively dressed Christmas tree

The world’s most expensively dressed Christmas tree

Each year Emirates Palace dazzles its guests and visitors and this fifth year anniversary for Emirates Palace ends on an exceptional high as the only address to celebrate in unique world record breaking style. Aiming for its second published Guinness World Record. Emirates Palace invites you to marvel at the world’s most expensively dressed Christmas tree, […]

3 alternative Christmas markets

3 alternative Christmas markets

Forget unwanted knickknacks and presents that get re-wrapped next year – this Christmas, treat yourself to a shopping trip to an alternative festive market with Black Tomato. The Road to Original Presents For the most original Christmas presents with an Arabian twist, you should fly to Damascus. Although only a small percentage of the Syrian […]

Abu Dhabi to become an international cruise hub?

Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become an international cruise hub has received a significant boost following the signing of a landmark co-operation agreement between Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and MSC Cruises that will see the world’s fastest growing cruise operators deploy one of its top vessels to the UAE capital on a homeport basis from […]

Dazzling Dubai deal with Royal Caribbean

Dazzling Dubai deal with Royal Caribbean

Join Royal Caribbean International‘s Brilliance of the Seas next year on an eight-night Dubai fly/cruise from just £919.00 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin).  Price includes return flights from London Heathrow, transfers and a seven-night cruise departing Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and calling at Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Muscat (Oman), Abu […]

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Did you know that there are now more than 900 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? According to Tripadvisor, the top 10 – as rated by their users, I assume – are: 1. Taj Mahal, India 2. Petra / Wasi Muda, Jordan 3. Palmyra, Syria 4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA 5. Abu Simbel, Egypt 6. Prambanan Temples, Indonesia […]

Top 10 island escapes

Top 10 island escapes

There’s something magical about islands.  The isolation… the privacy… wonderful beaches and complete solitude.  According to Tripadvisor, the world’s top 10 island escapes are: 1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 2. Cook Islands 3. Mykonos, Greece 4. Maldives 5. Cyprus 6. Boracay, Philippines 7. Ko Lanta, Thailand 8. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam 9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia […]

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Formerly an actor with the RSC, Grant Thatcher began the series of LUXE City Guides back in 2002. There are now more than 30 guides, including the best of the best from 20 in-the-know residents in each location. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m Editor in Chief which encompasses everything from designing the […]

World's first gold vending machine

World’s first gold vending machine

The world’s first gold vending machine is now enticing tourists in Abu  Dhabi where the Gold to go has found a home in the uber-luxurious setting  of Emirates Palace – one of the world’s most opulent hotels. Gold to go  dispenses ten specially-designed 24 carat gold bars in various  designs, such as the Kangaroo, Maple […]

Armani Hotel Dubai now open

Armani Hotel Dubai now open

The world’s first Armani Hotel, designed by fashion guru Giorgio Armani, is now open for business in Dubai after various delays to the project. The 160 room hotel, which oozes style, is located in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. Although this is Dubai’s newest five star hotel, the Armani Hotel will soon have […]

Swissôtel offers access to the most exlusive clubs in Berlin, Istanbul and Shanghai

Swissôtel offers access to the most exlusive clubs in Berlin, Istanbul and Shanghai

Guests taking advantage of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts Finest Clubs Package can now gain admission to top clubs. The first hotels in the international hotel chain to offer this exclusive package are Swissôtel Berlin, Swissôtel The Bosphorus in Istanbul and Swissôtel Grand Shanghai; other hotels are to follow shortly. The package was created especially for […]

Expansion of The Rocco Forte Collection

Expansion of The Rocco Forte Collection

The Rocco Forte Collection – which currently has 13 luxury hotels in major cities across Europe –  has revealed that its first property in the Middle East will open in Abu Dhabi this Autumn. It will be followed by a 146-bedroom property opening in Jeddah in 2011, a 90 All-suite Golf, Spa & Villa Resort […]

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways, the 5-star airline, offers a private premium terminal for its First and Business class passengers at its hub at Doha International Airport. Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal offers fine dining with specially selected wines and champagnes, some exclusive to Qatar Airways. Business travelers may utilize free wireless internet as well as meeting rooms that […]