Stay in The Ultimate Luxury at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Unparalleled hospitality and luxury beyond comparison set the tone for Mandarin Oriental’s debut property in the Middle East, thus paving the way for its entry into Abu Dhabi, having taken over The Emirates Palace in 2023 and the arrival of the group’s second hotel in Dubai over at Wasl Tower, which is rumoured to open towards the end of 2024.

Opened back in 2019, Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira occupies a coveted beachfront location along the city’s glitzy Jumeirah Beach Road and is comprised of 251 rooms, many of which benefit from private balconies enjoying uninterrupted views of either the blue seas of the Arabian Gulf or of Dubai’s glittering skyline with prime of views of the Burj Khalifa.

Designed by Jeffrey A Wilkes (notably behind Mandarin’s sleek Bangkok property) the resort oozes the understated elegance synonymous with the group’s portfolio and is the epitome of an urban sanctuary.

By day, sun-seekers flock to the resort’s main pool, which is primely positioned in a way that allows Dubai’s sunshine rays to hit it effortlessly. Dedicated pool butlers that carry the charm of Mandarin’s renowned hospitality will ensure you have everything you could possibly want as chilled-out house music fills the air and the day goes by, all with a cocktail in hand if you so wish.

The pool also has direct access to Mandarin’s sandy private beach, complete with sunloungers and service exclusively for in-house guests, and small touches such as ice cream and water served throughout the day emphasise the high level of service at the core of everything the resort does.

If you find yourself wanting to whisk away from the hedonism of the beach, the Spa at The Mandarin Oriental Dubai, Jumeira, is equally as much of a haven offering a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city.

Awash with shades of sea blue and pure whites, treatments are performed with the panache one would expect, and the nine treatment rooms echo the modern-day luxury at the pinnacle of the resort.

A luxurious VIP suite and a Hammam-style suite sit alongside separate men’s and women’s changing facilities, each equipped with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, making them almost a spa in themselves.

Spanning over 2000 sqm, the spa offers signature treatments, one or two-day retreats and specialised rituals aimed at today’s traveller, such as its Digital Wellness Escape targeted towards relieving the strains caused by using tech devices.

Dining-wise, the hotel’s six restaurants have quickly put the Mandarin on the radar as a go-to destination on Dubai’s thriving culinary scene. You can expect to savour caviar at Beluga, the resort’s in-house caviar restaurant and lounge, devour the most delectable of cakes from the Cake Shop and in the stylish Noor lounge and enjoy poolside snacks at Sun Vibe during the day.

By night, the two flagship restaurants, the rooftop eatery by chef José Avillez, earned a Michelin star in the inaugural Dubai edition in 2022. Serving up ceviches and contemporary Portuguese cuisine, some of the favourite flavours on the menu include the ever-popular Crab Torricado topped with a dollop of caviar and the Moqueca de Carabineiro, a Brazillian dish of shrimps and scallops. Be sure to dedicate some time by the adults-only infinity pool during the day, too – it’s a must.

Also noteworthy is Netsu, Ross Shonhan’s Japanese steakhouse, which resides at the resort and is centred around the Warayaki technique, a spectacle from the open kitchen of straw fire cooking with some of the finest Wagyu in the city.

Having experienced the world-class dining, hospitality that is second-to-none and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, it’s clear to see why the resort already holds so many accolades against its name; it has everything to make your stay a memorable one.

Text By Jaz Grewal.

www.mandarinoriental.com

Experience Magical Marrakech at La Sultana

 

Comprised of five riads, La Sultana Marrakech is a marvel of a luxury boutique hotel set in the heart of Marrakech’s magical Medina and home to 28 uniquely designed brimming with the character of the hotel’s historical origins.

Taking a privileged location a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace in what is notably known as the Golden Triangle, you descend from what can often be one of the busier streets in the area to a hidden oasis as doormen usher you into this private sanctuary.

The palatial surroundings are a nod to the past in which the building was once home to royalty before eventually being gifted to Caid Azzi Boujemma, a devoted palace worker whose son restored many of its original features, thus putting it on the map for glamorous soirees and balls in the height of its former glory.

Fast-forward to 2001 and following an extensive renovation and today, it counts an extensive spa, outdoor heated pool and the largest rooftop in the Medina as it pays homage to the past and continues to enchant guests looking for a spot of downtime away from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced surroundings.

By day, the hotel is an exploration of the senses; La Sultana oozes the Morrocan flair, which is evoked through the different riads, a whirlwind of stucco and marble. The décor is awash with exotic artefacts; there is a play on African influence at matrimony with the zellige tiling and intricately detailed wood that all form part of the eternal elegance of the hotel.

Rooms carry the same majestic opulence that is subtly whispered throughout the hotel’s grounds; there is a sense of nonchalance to the relaxed vibes, while raised ceilings and ornate detailing add an element of high drama.

Marble-clad bathrooms and elegant copper finishes set the scene for the rooms, most of which overlook the central patio of its riad. Furnished with traditional pieces reminiscent of Marrakech’s vibrancy, plush beds and hidden chambers add to the heightened luxury and privacy La Sultana is built on.

Positioned almost as a centrepiece of the hotel, the outdoor pool takes pride of place, offering a daytime retreat with blue waters and sumptuous beds at either end. The collection is also adjacent to La Table de La Sultana, the hotel’s signature restaurant serving as a destination for external guests, a culinary voyage through seasonal menus showcasing Morrocan and French cuisine flavours by night.

Also worthy of a sojourn during your stay, La Sultana is home to an enviable rooftop terrace, notably overlooking the UNESCO-listed Medina and the Moulay El Yazid Mosque and perfect for a spot of lunch at La Table du Souk serving Morrocan street food or for evening cocktails into the early hours at The Odette, a rooftop bar and Mezze serving signature cocktails and small plates.

The hotel also hosts daily cooking classes every morning on the rooftop in a specially kitted-out kitchen looking out to the Atlas Mountains. Try the tagine spices and Morrocan cuisine secrets to master your culinary skills with a pit stop to the food market to source local produce before a two-hour cooking class and the chance to enjoy your tagine atop the luscious terrace.

Be sure to save some time for an indulgent visit to the spa; lit by ornamental lanterns, it houses a hammam and dedicated treatment rooms with Darphin facials at the helm, the hero treatment, La Sultana’s Signature Ritual encompasses a Royal Hammam (a purifying exfoliation using a kessa glove and black soap) and a body massage using argan oil.

There is so much to see within this vibrant hotel that you’d be forgiven for not actually leaving to venture and explore the magic of Marrakech, but if you do, rest assured the hotel has a whole array of enticing experiences to make doing so even more memorable.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

www.lasultana.com

 

A Lake District Retreat at The Forest Side

 

Cumbria has always been a destination for avid adventurers and (weather permitting) sun-seekers looking to escape to the Lake District’s scenic national parks and peaks.

Perhaps lesser known of this rural haven is its abundance of fine restaurants. More notably, following the 2023 edition of the UK’s Michelin Guide, it now counts some thirteen Starred eateries– the most in the country outside of London.

Of those, The Forest Side takes pride in place as the crown jewel and is set against the rural backdrop of Ambleside.

Surrounded by 43 acres of luscious woodland, this gem was once the home of English poet William Wordsworth and today offers the perfect spot for a sojourn amongst the fells of the Lake District alongside a destination restaurant with renowned chef Paul Leonard at the helm.

No stranger to fine dining, Paul’s track record is impressive, with stints previously working under Marcus Wareing and retaining the Isle of Eriska’s Michelin Star.

Always one to champion local produce, it’s no surprise the majority of The Forest Side’s dishes are created using Cumbrian suppliers alongside ingredients from the restaurant’s garden.

Paul and his team typically centre the seasonal menus around the nutrients grown onsite. Everything from microgreens to herbs, fruits and vegetables is within arm’s length and ethically produced before being picked daily and used in the kitchen.

The Farm to Fork concept is echoed throughout the innovative menu, showcasing British flavours and the local tastes of the region.

Served as either four or eight courses over dinner (or four and six courses for lunch), Paul’s flair for cooking is embodied through flavoursome dishes of Poached North Sea Code in a sauce made from Solway Brown Shrimp and tasty snacks to start – think Cured Ham Fat Broth and Aged lakeland Dexter with a serving of Caviar.

The menu itself is printed on a card depicting the forestry of the region, which elevates the whole experience – the array of cutlery (and its snazzy presentation in a leather roll) is of particular note, too….it all adds to a subtle sense of theatre – one amplified by the faultless service and glimpses into the kitchen which is within eye’s reach.

Dishes devoted to the garden include the Beetroots, cooked all day to perfection in their own juice and then plated up. The cheese is bought over on one of those fancy trolleys in a very Instagrammable fashion. It comes courtesy of The Courtyard Dairy – a supplement, but if you do have the space (which, granted with eight courses, is a big ask), its worth savouring the unique creaminess they offer.

Not to mention, if you do decide to go ahead with the full wine flight, you can expect to enjoy another glass of wine – and with such an expertly paired choice of fine wines (and commentary on all the history behind each one), what more excuse do you need?

Make the most of your visit to this hidden oasis by staying the night too – not far from the neighbouring villages and a stone’s throw away from the magical sights of the lakes, the rooms are situated within the building, which formerly served as a private home.

Designed by James Mackie, the twenty guest rooms here are contemporary and range in size from cosy, superb, and spacious masters. Comfy beds, tiled bathrooms (some with freestanding bathtubs) and shelves stocked with Bramley products set the tone for the homely rooms, many of which overlook the grounds. Six of the rooms are also dog-friendly, allowing canine friends to enjoy the fun too.

Perfect for avid walkers and those just seeking a countryside escape, The Forest Side offers the ultimate staycation easily reached by train from London and exceptional dining that is second to none.

www.theforestside.com

Text by Jaz Grewal.

 

AMAN New York

 

Taking a privileged position in the historic Crown Building, Aman New York is the latest addition to Aman’s ever-growing portfolio of ultra-luxe properties in urban locations and is set to become a prime addition to Manhattan’s skyline.

A key moment for the hotel group under its leadership of Vlad Doronin, this magnificent hotel, members’ club and private residences have been designed under the direction of Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects and offer the ultimate escape in the Big Apple.

Home to 83 exquisite suites, each is designed with subtle nods to Aman’s Asian heritage and offers a wealth of splendour and lavishly appointed amenities. As well as being amongst the largest in the city, the suites here are fully soundproofed, offering a sense of escapism from your private sanctuary and touches including functioning fireplaces and marble rain showers echo Aman’s properties across the East.

Adding to the unique offering of Aman New York is the first Aman Club to be located within a hotel, giving members and guests the opportunity to access two incredible club lounges, an expansive private garden terrace, cigar lounge and wine room.

The centrepiece of the hotel is undoubtedly its vast spa spanning over three floors and comprising a 20-metre indoor pool, two spa houses and the latest in fitness equipment.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

 

A Moroccan Dream at La Maison Arabe

Prominently positioned in the heart of Marrakech’s iconic medina and full of storied heritage, La Maison Arabe stands as one of the city’s greatest hotels dating back as far as 1946.

 

A jewel in the ever-growing portfolio of Cenizaro Hotel & Resorts, this charming boutique hotel is one of two properties owned by the group in Marrakech alongside its other properties around the world across Mauritius and Maldives to name a few.

As Marrakech’s first riad hotel, the opulent and unmistakably Moroccan property is discreetly accessed via a small passageway just off the legendary Jemma el Fna square which leads to reveal the picturesque and intimate hotel, restaurant, spa and cooking school.

Set across just 45 rooms, La Maison Arabe evokes the grandeur of a majestic riad and has the outstanding hospitality one would expect of such a hotel but without the sense of being overcrowded, synonymous with some of the other properties in the area.

The rooms and suites are brimming with character, refined elegance and the décor Morocco is so well known for. Spaciously designed, most come with a fireplace and a private outdoor space, be it a terrace, private balcony or patio area. Some also offer private jacuzzis – perfect for basking in the sun and overlooking the city at night.

Luxuriously appointed, the rooms, many of which overlook the perfectly-manicured gardens are equipped with everything needed to create the perfect home-away-from-home, think Nespresso machines, satellite television and cosy king-size beds wrapped in sumptuous linens to set the tone.

As you explore the rest of the magical grounds of the hotel, you’ll want to also indulge in the gastronomic delights at the heart of La Maison Arabe’s origins when it originally opened as the medina’s first restaurant open to tourists and visitors before its revival in the 90’s as it transitioned to become the hotel it is today.

With a choice of two restaurants, the hotel has also become a go-to nightspot for outside visitors who come to discover the flavours of Le Restaurant, which specialises in traditional Moroccan Fare and the very instagrammable poolside restaurant, Les Troise Saveurs serving breakfast daily and an international menu in the evenings.

Entertainment is a daily occurrence over dinner, so make a night of it as you savour the exquisitely prepared French, Moroccan and Asian dishes as you take in the beats of traditional Arab-Andalusian music next overlooking the main pool.

Perhaps the highlight of this magical place is its offering of exclusive resident access to the hotel’s very own Country Club, just a fifteen-minute drive by complimentary shuttle over to the Palmeraie; the club is an oasis away from the bustle of the main city. Be sure to include a day spent at the club as part of your itinerary and make the most of some downtime next to the large pool, followed by a spot of lunch and a walk around the luscious gardens.

As well as its tranquil country club, La Maison Arabe’s cooking school is also a must-do, a first for Marrakech; you can try your hand at preparing authentic Moroccan cuisine either at the country club amongst the gardens or at the hotel, all led under the direction at expert dadas – you’ll be mastering tagine in no time.

Finish your stay in this marvel of a hideaway with a much-needed retreat to the spa at La Maison Arabe. Evoking the same traditional aesthetic as the rest of the hotel, the spa is a relaxing haven down in the basement offering an array of age-old treatments and what is amongst the best hammam ritual in the city; prepare to leave feeling revived and rejuvenated.

 

https://www.cenizaro.com/lamaisonarabe/

Text by Jaz Grewal.

Jazz Nights at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel

 

Making Fridays a glamorous affair with live music and a delicious menu, the Chelsea Harbour Hotel has launched a weekly Jazz Night in its fabulous Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Harbour Bar & Terrace.

Running from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday nights, guests can enjoy the sounds of some of London’s finest performers in the intimate setting of the brasserie with its enviable terrace views and stylish interiors.

With a weekly schedule of events, the Jazz Nights have already become a weekly date in the Chelsea set’s diary. The hotel has designed a delicious three-course menu of British fare (the sea bass is a must-try) to accompany the nights, alongside an extensive drinks menu and cocktails to die for.

Make the most of a night well spent by seeing the weekend off in style and staying the night at the luxuriously appointed hotel, all in 5-star splendour.

As well as its extensive food and drink offering, the hotel has 158 suites and penthouses, each offering gorgeous furnishings and some with panoramic views of the Thames and the marina.

If you do decide to stay the night, we recommend making a pit stop at the state-of-the-art spa for some much-needed ‘me time’.

The upcoming schedule of performances can be viewed online here, and bookings are recommended as the nights can quickly become booked, given their popularity.

Text by Jaz Grewal

 

Hotel Arts Barcelona

 

Uniquely positioned overlooking Barcelona’s picturesque waterfront, Hotel Arts is amongst the city’s most iconic skyline landmarks and spans 44 floors of exposed glass and steel, encompassing a collection of 455 elegant rooms and 28 modernly designed penthouses.

Designed by renowned architect Bruce Graham, this stylish retreat which stands proudly as one of Barcelona’s two tallest buildings, is characterised by Frank Gehry’s Fish Sculpture and is also home to two Michelin-starred Enoteca, two pools and a flagship spa with treatments by Spanish favourite Natura Bisse 43 floors above ground.

Rooms here are airy and spacious with marble-clad bathrooms and luxurious fine cotton bedding, creating a sense of muted luxe throughout. Designed with comfort and modern flair, other touches range from in-room control panels to tailor lighting, blinds and temperature at the touch of the button, powerful hydro-showers and Bang & Olufsen stereos as standard.

Guests choosing to stay on the Club Level can also enjoy privileged access to the exclusive Club Lounge situated up on the 33rd floor of the hotel and boasting panoramic sea views.

Available to those staying in the suites, club rooms and penthouses, the club level brings the intimacy of a boutique hotel to the grand setting of the landmark five-star hotel and one can expect to enjoy complimentary culinary delights in the lounge daily, dedicated concierge services and a VIP shopping experience at the Bicester Village Collection’s La Roca Village.

For the ultimate stay – the Penthouses at Hotel Arts are worthy of a sojourn, ranging from an impressive 1600 sq ft and above; the collection of duplex suites offers a personalised service and amenities that are second to none. With skyline views, an on-call butler and dedicated check-in, these homes away from home provide the ultimate experience in the Catalonian capital.

www.hotelartsbarcelona.com

Words by Jaz Grewal.

Take a Countryside Retreat to The Langley

 

Set in the gorgeously idyllic surroundings of Buckinghamshire, The Langley is a marvel of a country retreat complete with a restaurant, outdoor pool, tennis courts and one of Europe’s largest spas.

Once serving as the Third Duke of Marlborough’s Manor and hunting grounds, this stately-home-come-hotel takes pride of place amongst 150 acres of luscious gardens and parklands and offers the perfect backdrop for a spot of rural downtime.

Having undergone an extensive six-year revamp, The Langley is somewhat of a newcomer to the Home Counties, having only opened in 2019 (before having to close shortly thereafter in light of the pandemic) and is now home to 41 rooms.

Guests staying here have the choice to stay in either the grandeur of the Main House with its old-school splendour or the equally as fabulous yet modestly muted down Brew House (notably with dog-friendly terrace rooms), which feels reminiscent of a woodlands country lodge.

There’s no shortage of things to do around the estate, which makes for a few days well spent; the hotel offers guests the chance to borrow Aigle wellies so you can leave yours at home in the knowledge you can peruse the wonders of the vast grounds without ruining your red-soled shoes.

Take the time to explore the expansive foot trails and discover the incredible nature of the surroundings, along with the oasis of gardens and greenery that makes Langley such a gorgeous destination.

 

If country walks aren’t quite your thing, then rest assured you’ll find sanctuary relaxing by the hotel’s impressive outdoor pool or taking the time to unwind in its spa, which spans a huge 1600m2.

By far the most enviable spa in the area, The Spa at The Langley is discreetly tucked underground and offers everything from an indoor pool, hydrotherapy, crystal steam room and a Himalayan sauna. Be sure to indulge in one of the hammam rituals – performed in a lavish treatment room; this signature of the spa will leave you feeling revived and refreshed.

Foodwise, the hotel’s Cedar restaurant has you covered for all-day dining and serves modern fare for lunch and dinner, the neighbouring drawing room also serves a very majestic afternoon tea, and for drinks, the hotel has a speakeasy-styled bar, namely The Churchill, which also boasts a rare selection of cigars and terrace to enjoy them.

Open all year; The Langley is somewhat of a gem just a short drive from London; taking a break here means you can make the most of its private screening room, kids offering, and soon-to-be cooking classes, which are rumoured to be launching very soon.

 

Words by Jaz Grewal.

www.thelangley.com

 

Ten minutes with Sahir Erozan on Maçakizi Bodrum

 

Maçakizi takes a privileged location overlooking the gorgeous blue seas of the Aegean north of Bodrum and evokes the free-spirited hedonism of the 70s. Founded initially by Ayla Emiroğlu, the concept of the hotel, originally a retreat frequented by artists, is echoed throughout its current location in the ultra-fashionable Türkbükü, for which it has resided since 2000 under the direction of Emiroğlu’s son, Sahir Erozan. Today, Maçakizi is synonymous with simple yet unparalleled luxury centred around its exquisite hillside pavilion and collection of fifty-one rooms, twenty-two suites, incredible spa and the recent addition of Villa Maçakizi.

We took the time to speak with Sahir Erozan on Maçakizi’s evolution under his direction, how he has continued his mother’s legacy and what to expect from Villa Maçakizi.

 

Sahir, your mother Ayla Emiroğlu is considered an icon for her flair for combining art, gastronomy and beachy vibes to make Maçakizi the legend it is; how does it feel taking the reign?

I have been incredibly inspired by my mother and what she achieved with Maçakizi, and I am honoured to have taken the reigns.

I think I have my mother’s genes for the hospitality business, and that, paired with my hospitality and restaurant experience, means I hope to continue the hotel’s success.

It comes to me like spending any other day in my house with friends.

You brought women of gastronomy, fashion and art together for International Women’s Day; why is showcasing creative women so synonymous with the ethos of Maçakizi?

Of course, Maçakizi was created by my mother – a very special, creative and artistic woman, so it only seems right to continue her legacy in this way.

What do you love about Bodrum, and what makes Maçakizi such a special place?

Since the very beginning, Maçakizi has exuded authenticity, beauty, and peace—all attributes that are shared with the surrounding region. Alongside the exquisite location, food is a true highlight and the heart of the hotel – some people even describe us as a restaurant with rooms. Our indoor-outdoor hillside dining pavilion is headed up by the incredible Chef Aret Sahakyan, who uses the freshest, organic, seasonal produce, some of which is grown especially for us on local farms. Our wine list is also one of the finest in the country.

Maçakizi has around 70% repeat clientele; what is it that makes your guests return year after year?

There are many reasons, but I would say the personalised service. Every guest is a VIP at Maçakizi, and we do everything to ensure their stay is memorable. Every part of their stay is bespoke from addressing everyone by name to remembering their favourite dish or cocktail.

Türkbükü is often regarded as the St Tropez of Turkey. What is it about the village that has made it so fashionable over the years, and how does this tie in with the location of Maçakizi?

Bodrum was the bohemian capital of Turkey, and all the cool people — the writers, the poets, the musicians like Mick Jagger — dropped by.

It’s like a hub. We are on the southwest point of Turkey, which means all the people who cruise around on their boats and yachts in the Mediterranean stop by in Bodrum. During the summer months, the hottest clubs in Istanbul bring pop-up locations to the town, billionaires dock their yachts here or in the nearby Yalikavak marina, and the lazy village becomes as exclusive as St. Tropez.

 

How has the resort evolved since moving to its current home back in 2001, and how does it still echo the flair of the original hotel from back in the 70’s?

 I ensure that despite changes and updates, Maçakizi still exudes the same cool, effortless, and chic vibe that has been there from the start.

With various partnerships and collaborations, we continue to harness and honour creativity in all forms at Maçakizi. These include our exciting guest chef programme, where we host renowned chefs from all over the world as well as hosting art exhibitions on property. We are currently hosting a group exhibition called ‘Between Humankind and Nature’, which features paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations and digital works by national and international artists, inspired by our incredible surroundings.

The recent addition of Villa Maçakizi is a big part of the resort’s evolution and helps elevates our offering to another level of bespoke luxury.

 What flavours has Aret Sahakyan bought to Maçakizi, and what is your favourite dish at the resort and why?

 Chef Aret makes sure the gastronomy experience stays up to date with global trends and produces a regularly changing, seasonal and creative menu. It is hard to choose one favourite, but signature dishes include our famous Seafood Lahmacun (Turkish pizza), Calamari Carbonara, local Spiny Lobster with Orzo Risotto, Hot Smoked Mackerel with Fava Bean Mousse and Braised Short Rib with Charred Aubergine.

Tell us about the addition of Villa Maçakizi and what guests can expect?

Villa Maçakizi is a 5-minute boat ride from Maçakizi’s jetty and is perfectly positioned on the hillside overlooking Paradise Bay. It brings the concept of a personalised hotel experience to a whole new level for families or groups of friends celebrating or simply spending time together.

The hotel’s signature bohemian style is instilled into the property, and the Mediterranean Riviera inspires the custom interiors.

Villa Maçakizi comes with 24-hour service, 10 beautiful sea-view suites, its own spa complete with Turkish baths, a fitness centre and expansive indoor-outdoor living areas with terraces leading to an infinity pool. Grounds planted with lavender, freesia and olive trees run down to a private beachfront with cabanas on oceanfront decking, and two pontoons ready to moor arriving yachts.

Gastronomy is of course, a key part of the overall villa experience, and Chef Carlo Bernardini leads the culinary offering at the villa. The villa’s new farm-to-table culinary concept results in tailored Mediterranean family-style and fine dining feasts highlighting the best of the local produce, freshly caught seafood, including the local lobster Böcek and herbs grown in the villa’s gardens. Meals are accompanied by wines specially selected for Villa Maçakizi, which can be seen in the villa’s well-stocked wine room.

What is your fondest memory of the hotel and why?

So many sunny and happy days with friends make it difficult to pinpoint just one

 If you could give one bit of advice to a guest staying at the hotel, what would it be?

Don’t plan too much… Maçakızı days have their own rhythm… Relax & Enjoy…!

What’s your favourite hotspot in Bodrum, and why?

Recently, Several International restaurant brands have opened in Bodrum. Each brings their own global cuisine style, adding to the rich tapestry of Bodrum dining and entertainment.

As you can imagine having so many friends in the restaurant business, it is hard to separate.

Words By Jaz Grewal

Elevated Luxe in Paphos at Cap St Georges

 

Unparalleled luxury, refined living and a natural yet design-led aesthetic set the tone for Cap St Georges, taking a scenic location towards the east of Paphos.

With a charming collection of rooms and suites, there is nothing short of breathtaking about this Mediterranean newcomer, which is the latest property in the portfolio of George Ioannou and encompasses everything from a private beach cove to ten different bar and restaurant concepts and an impressive spa.

Designed by London-based architect George Andraos, the hotel and resort have a modern flair which is mid-balanced by typically Cypriot accents throughout. From the moment you enter this magnificent hotel through the lobby overlooked by a piano, the team here greets you with a glass of bubbles as you admire the expansive chandelier adorning the ceiling and suddenly realise Cap St Georges is something special.

The rooms and suites here air a breadth of contemporary elegance, muted neutrals complement the sleek furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the natural daylight of the island. Crisp white linens are draped over the cosy king beds, and added touches include clever sofa beds and chic artwork tastefully placed on the walls.

The bathrooms are just as much a spectacle; inviting freestanding baths are paired with double sinks and relaxing shower rooms, all with Lalique toiletries as one would expect.

 

As you begin navigating this dreamy destination’s many marvels, you’ll want to spend some time at the Olympic-sized pool, which acts almost as a centrepiece for the hotel, complete with cocktail-to-lounger service, of course. Open exclusively to hotel guests; the main pool is dressed in stylish Marazzi Piedra tiles with waters that glimmer during the day as they bask in the sun.

For little ones, there are also dedicated pools, a Fun Pool for families and another pool for more minor children to enjoy a spot of splash time. If the beach is more your thing, then the resort has a beach cove spanning 130m with loungers and beach beds also fully serviced so you can enjoy a tipple as you watch the world go by and take in the dip in the glistening sea as your heart desires.

Make time to check out the Cleopatra Spa too; using Swiss favourite, Valmont, the spa has an extensive menu of holistic rituals (including its signature Rasul mud treatment) and is fully decked out with an indoor pool, hydrotherapy area and a hammam suite.

Expect to eat exceptionally well at Cap St George’s with a food offering second to none, catering to even the fussiest of palettes. The resort has eateries serving everything from local Cypriot cuisine to Italian and a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant. Finish the ultimate retreat by taking a meal beachside over at Mesoyios. Go around 8pm and take in the magical sunset over some of the finest authentic dishes on the island, along with a glass of expertly paired wine.

www.capstgeorges.com

Words by Jaz Grewal