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Velaa Private Island to celebrate its 5th Anniversary in spectacular style

This December Velaa Private Island will celebrate 5 years of delivering private highly-personalised moments for its discerning guests with a series of festivities and complimentary experiences designed to delight guests with the wonders of the island, as the most exclusive private island hideaway in the Maldives marks this milestone anniversary.

To begin the Anniversary celebrations, the Velaa Recreation team will be organising golf, tennis, squash and table tennis tournaments as well as a friendly beach volleyball match for guests with the chance for them to win unique prizes, such as a tasting dinner at the signature, gastronomic restaurant Aragu, thrilling watersports activities, and relaxing spa treatments.

As night falls on the 20th December, General Manager, Michal Smejc and senior management team will host a complimentary cocktail party at Aragu. Guests will be greeted by the talented Czech violincellist, Tereza Kovalova, followed by a special surprise announcement that will be unveiled exclusively on the night. The island’s award-winning Chef Gaushan de Silva (whose previous roles include working at Noma and as the private chef to the royal family of Jordan) will then invite guests to enjoy a gourmet food journey, accompanied by the lively and sultry sounds of Los Angeles-based, Nova Jazz ensemble.

After dinner, Velaa’s exciting entertainment will continue with an astonishing Water and Laser Show, followed by the dynamic Italian 4-piece band, the Swingrowers, taking to the stage who will keep guests dancing under the stars until the early hours.

Commenting on this anniversary, Michal Smejc, General Manager of Velaa Private Island, said “This is truly a celebration of our family’s dream becoming a reality. We are so proud of what we have achieved in five years and to have welcomed guests to our island hideaway from all over the world, who return year after year.  We have a true passion for the Maldives, the Maldivian culture and people, and the spectacular marine life here, which we are committed to protecting. We will strive to keep delivering exceptional experiences and look forward to unveiling some exciting announcements in the New Year!

To Book: Velaa Private Island’s Beach Pool Villas start from $4,700++ (AED 17,261++) per night inclusive of daily breakfast. (Rates are subject to 10% service charge, 12% government tax (TGST) and government green tax US$ 6 per person per night.)

To book, email reservations@velaaisland.com  or call +960.6565.000

About Velaa Private Island:

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the remote northern Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and services that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”.

Velaa Private Island is the realisation of the Owner’s dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock here to nest and hatch. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body.

The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.

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Top Wedding Venues at The Palm Dubai

Now that you’re engaged it is time to find the perfect wedding venue for your perfect day.

Getting married in Dubai means endless options for your wedding venue; from hotels, to wedding halls, beaches, beach clubs, the desert, and lots more.

The tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah island is known for its glamorous hotels, lavish apartment towers and upmarket global restaurants. At the wedding, it is always the food that is devoured and remembered, with the best chefs serving all types of cuisines you can be rest assured  that your guests will have a memorable time at your wedding.

The Palm Jumeirah is also popular for its amazing views of the Dubai coastline and Burj Al Arab hotel.

To help you pick the most beautiful and perfect wedding venue at The Palm Jumeirah island Arabia Weddings have chosen  the top wedding venues in hotels on the Palm Jumeirah island.

Read more here

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Romantic getaway to Velaa Private Island Maldives

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the remote northern Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and services that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”.

Velaa Private Island is the realisation of the Owner’s dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock here to nest and hatch. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body.

The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.

To Book: Velaa Private Island’s Beach Pool Villas start from $1,815USD per night inclusive of daily breakfast. (Rates are subject to 10% service charge, 12% government tax (TGST) and government green tax US$ 6 per person per night.)

For more information or to book, visit www.velaaprivateisland.com or call +960.6565.000

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Royal Mansour Marrakech Launch Family Escape Offers for Eid & Summer 2018

Ahead of the summer holidays, Royal Mansour Marrakech, a haven of luxury and privacy in the heart of Marrakech, has launched a ‘Family Escape’ package. The offer includes a range of activities that caters to both young children, who can enjoy the newly launched kids club, and adults, who can experience utmost relaxation at the award-winning spa and more.

Family Escape Package

Kids can enjoy unlimited free access to the newly opened Kid’s Club, which is set within the hotel’s beautifully landscaped and recently extended gardens, and run by highly qualified nursery staff. Children from 4 years and older can relax in the colourful Kids Club chill-out lounge, and enjoy sports activities in the tropical gardens, as well as art and theatre lessons, children’s chocolate workshops, and treasure hunts around Royal Mansour’s Medina. The Concierge can also plan exciting family-friendly activities in and around Marrakech such as camel rides, a horse and carriage ride around the Old City culminating in a luxury picnic, or sand-duning in the desert, for an unforgettable holiday for all ages.

 

While the children are in the trusted watch of the Kid Club’s staff, parents can treat themselves to some well-deserved pampering at The Spa, which offers a well-being experience like no other, in an enchanting setting with its impressive fairy-tale white wrought iron atrium evoking an elaborate bird’s cage. Bespoke head-to-toe beauty treatments are offered, including Mani Pedis by Podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez, bespoke traditional hammams and a selection of Royal Mansour’s signature massages.

 

The Family package is inclusive of a three-night stay in a Privilege two-bedroom Riad (430m²/ 4,600 sqft), daily breakfast served at La Table restaurant or at the guest‘s private Riad, free access to the kids club, kids amenities and give-aways, one Hamman or massage (60 mins) for adults in private spa suite, one dinner at La Table restaurant for the whole family, fast track service upon arrival and departure at Marrakech airport, and private transfers to and from Marrakech airport. The offer is valid until 27th December 2018 upon availability and the price starts from 65,700 MAD (26,323 AED) per stay for two adults and two children under the age of 18.

 Prestige Riad Offer

For larger families, Royal Mansour have also launched a special Prestige Riad Offer for those who wish to stay in the three bedroom riad (850m2/ 9,149 sq. ft.). The exquisite Riad architecture spans across three different floors of the utmost secured privacy and enables an exclusive escape into another world. The offer includes complimentary use of the Private Poolside Pavilion in Le Jardin where familiaes can feel like nomads for the day and relax in the sort of atmosphere you’d expect if you invited friends for lunch. Seven poolside pavilions, from 45sq/m to 80sq/m, each boasting an air-conditioned main sitting room opening onto the poolside terrace decorated in a resolutely contemporary Moroccan style. This offer is valid from May 22nd – August 31st, 2018.

 

For more information or to book, visit www.royalmansour.com or call +212 529 80 80 80

About Royal Mansour Marrakech

The Royal Mansour Marrakech was born out of a vision to create a spectacular masterpiece exceeding the demands of today’s discerning traveller, while reflecting the true essence of Moroccan tradition.  The owners of the Royal Mansour Marrakech wanted to celebrate architecture, ancestral knowledge and culinary arts as well as an innate sense of beauty, which is part of the country’s heritage.

The hotel comprises of 53 luxurious private riads, all connected by an intricate series of underground tunnels accessed only by staff to guarantee the utmost privacy. Royal Mansour boasts a magnificent lobby reception, as well as four renowned restaurants under the supervision of three star Michelin Chef Yannick Alleno, an award-winning Spa and recently unveiled new gardens designed by Spanish Landscape Designer Luis Vallejo.

Inspired by North Africa, Spain as well as Portugal’s traditional Moorish architecture, the Royal Mansour Marrakech hotel design showcases symmetry entwined with classical forms. As for the interior, it is a pure celebration of the diversity and virtuosity of master craftsmen from the Kingdom of Morocco, with lace embedded plaster, carved ceilings, floors and walls, where Tadelakt and Zelliges take turns in the spotlight.

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Velaa Private Island launch new bespoke culinary concept for award-winning gastronomic restaurant Aragu

Velaa Private Island, the most exclusive private island hideaway in the Maldives, has launched a new concept for their signature restaurant, Aragu. Discerning diners will now be able to design their own personalized menu either with 3 or 5 courses, as well as enjoy a bespoke six-course tasting menu designed by the Executive Chef, Gaushan de Silva.

Award-winning Chef Gaushan de Silva has over 18 years of culinary experience having trained under Michelin Star chefs all over the world and worked at the Royal Palace in Jordan. He has received major awards in numerous culinary competitions including, most recently, winning the region’s most prestigious international culinary competition, FHA Culinary Challenge 2018, where he lead Velaa’s talented culinary team to bring home no less than 12 medals.

Chef Gaushan

Aragu, which means “Essence” in the local Maldivian language Dhiveni, presents a contemporary European cuisine with an Asian twist. Combining passion for the culinary art with sustainability, Chef Gaushan carefully selects his ingredients daily which include organic produce from over 20 different countries around the world, promising a fresh and lavishing experience. The new menu includes a mouthwatering selection of unique and exquisite products including Maldivian Lobster, Japanese Blue Fin Tuna, and New Zealand Lamb to name but a few.

This thrilling expression of gastronomy plays out in the most elegant and serene over-water setting, where guests are surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean teeming with marine life, mirrored on the ceiling of Aragu with hundreds of porcelain fish hanging above them, creating an immersive and unforgettable dining experience.

To Book: Velaa Private Island’s Beach Pool Villas start from $1,815USD per night inclusive of daily breakfast. (Rates are subject to 10% service charge, 12% government tax (TGST) and government green tax US$ 6 per person per night.)

 For more information or to book, visit www.velaaprivateisland.com or call +960.6565.000

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Cre8designlife R3 Retreat in Jaipur

After my retreat in Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman, I am headed to Jaipur with Akshatha Bala for 2 days of Fun, Relaxation & Restoration in Self-Love & Living in Luxurious Natural Surroundings!

Join us in Jaipur at Rajasthali Resort & Spa for our R3 Retreat – Rest, Relax and Restore !

Enjoy the luxury of a 5 star property, a resort and spa which is one of the top wedding destination of India…  the Rajasthani hospitality and food with an opportunity to enjoy the open and natural surroundings of the Aravalli range around the resort.

Nestled among the Aravallis –Rajasthali Resort & Spa represents the amazing conjunction of kingly Rajasthan and quaint Aravallis. The magnificent history-clad Aravalli hills form the backdrop of our resort, allowing our participants to soak up the glory of the valiant land.

Replete with all modern amenities and services, Rajasthali recreates the aura of royalty for our valuable participants and maintain the ideal Rajasthani welcome and feel at the resort.  The high-end facilities at Rajasthali pamper our the guests with a swimming pool, spa, banquet hall serving scrumptious food and beverage options !

So what is your take away from the retreat apart from a royal experience ? A rested, relaxed and restored YOU , priceless !!

Learn to consciously achieve your desires, Importance of rest & relaxation, Power of words (Mind your language), The 6 pillars of Self-love & Restoration, De-stress with Art, Stargazing & more !

Self love is about being kind and compassionate to yourself. It’s about self trust. It also is about accepting yourself just the way you are.
This powerful retreat will help you to just that. Kind, compassionate, and accepting of yourself.
It is said that if you become your own friend you’d never be lonely. And that’s what this retreat will do. Find a friend in yourself and thus live an inspired life where you’re connected to your best self.
In this retreat there will be powerful lessons, guided meditations, exercises to help you realize love, acceptance and appreciation for yourself which will in turn create ripples of love in your surroundings.
You will be guided through to remove fear-based thoughts, so you can fall in love with life. You will be connecting with your passion, finding your true purpose.
This program will help you remove self-doubt and limiting beliefs so you can fall in love with yourself and live an awe-inspired life.
You will release old patterns of negative and self sabotaging self talk, remove self doubt.
You will learn and practice The 6 Pillars of Self Love.
You’ll finally know and truly understand  self love isn’t selfish.
So, invest in yourself and let yourself make some amazing experiences for your self with new friends , new destination and a NEW YOU !

Dates: 27 JULY (FRI) – 29 JULY 2018 (SUN) • 2 PM CHECK IN • 12 NOON CHECK OUT • RAJASTHALI RESORT & SPA, JAIPUR – RAJASTHAN

**Participants will be staying on a twin sharing basis, 2 Nights Package includes stay and all meals included, with reference material, Art material for the destress session **

Open to all to participate, Young Kids are welcome (discounted rates for them)

**If you are suffering from any phobias, fears or anxiety, please mention in your email, as it will help us to help you better! **

Bookings can be made with 50% Advance by 21 June 2018 and balance 50% by 12 July 2018.

For information write to Barkha on barkhamahesh@gmail.com
UAE: +971557711606 (Barkha) | +971503435463 (Akshatha)
INDIA: +91750 640 3538

About Akshatha :
Akshatha Bala, with a post graduate in Psychology, is a spirituality and mindset coach who works to help find yourself, put life on track, to live your best, kickass version of yourself !

For 17 years Akshatha has worked with anxieties, phobias, anger, sadness, hatred, jealousy, limiting beliefs and so on. An ardent believer and advocate of self love has helped people as yourself find that love within.

Akshatha has trained with the world’s best trainers such as Dr Brian Weiss in New York in past life regression, Richard Bandler in London in Neuro Linguistic Programming alongside training in Hypnosis and Silva method. Besides Akshatha is also an intuitive tarot reader.

Akshatha truly loves what she does and continues to transform lives across countries.

 About Barkha :

Living in the UAE,  I am a business woman and consultant with experience in various industries in the field of marketing, business development, startup acceleration and retail operations.

With my personal need to be in good health in body, mind and spirit, I learnt through practice, trials and errors to bringing change in my lifestyle in a holistic manner. It all starts with our thoughts, changing our lives we need change from within !

I am championing the importance of Self-care, Rest, Relaxation, Restoration among individuals through retreats, workshops and trainings for the past 6 years and more through my community events for women and children.

I am a Kids Yoga Instructor, Certified Reiki Healer and Access Bar Practitioner, as a channel of healing I help people heal through prayers and connect the Diving Source to them. I consul those around me on the power of their mind and words ! I have put God first place in all my healing sessions and my daily life which has shown me only miracles every moment!

I believe that we are more alive when we are learning everyday and live in humility.

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A feeling of Royalty, Rajasthali Resorts

“We were treated as Queens, a feeling of Royalty” – Manushi Chillar, Miss India World 2017

It was a memorable time for all to be able to host the Finalists of FBB Colors Femina Mis India 2017 and also to welcome Miss India World 2017, Ms. Manushi Chillar again at the Rajasthali Resorts and Spa.

Here is what the Beauty Queen had to say about the resort !

 

To visit Rajasthali Resorts, connect with me – barkhamahesh@gmail.com

Check out our HIGHLIGHTS section to know all that I have been upto !

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Beauty adds magic to beauty

An amazing experience and honor for the Agarwal family, Mr. Girish Agarwal and Mr. Akash Agarwal, to host the 30 beauties and Finalists of the FBB Colors Femina Miss India 2017 at the Rajasthali Resorts & Spa.

What would one expect when you have the most beautiful women across 30 states in India, all coming together … well it just adds magic to the beauty of Rajasthali !

From an amazing and colorful welcome with the traditional pagdi, to puppet dolls, bangles and the beats of drums …. the finalists were welcomed and treated like Queens. Enjoying the resort stay at the rooms and the luxury tents, they have taken and given everyone at Rajasthali a memorable experience to be cherished !

Watch the video below to see the beauty queens …literally !!

Here are a few pictures of Manushi Chillar, Miss India World 2017 at the Resort

Join us at Rajasthali Resorts !

For information, tour and bookings contact me on +97155 77 11 606 (UAE) / +91750 640 3538 (India)

Or drop an email – barkhamahesh@gmail.com

 

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Wedding vows amidst luxury in nature

Marriages are made in heaven, the rituals are completed on Earth

Yes, and what more a beautiful place than one amidst nature, with the grand majestic mountains surrounding you and the starry night sky covering your dreams and manifesting your new love and binding them with the rituals adorned in luxury ! Heaven isn’t it ?

Wedding season seems far away or rather the wedding date is too far away for the couple getting married… but their excitement seems to only get the better of them when they have to find their dream wedding location !!

And Viola ! Here we come to the rescue … so we headed down with our lovely couple (all set to be married in November 2018) from Jaipur, Rajasthan (for those of you who haven’t been to India yet, it is a state known for its rich and princely cultural heritage) to the most heard about wedding destination in recent times and a hidden gem in the foothills of the grand Aravali mountains: the Rajasthali Resorts & Spa.

Located in Kukas, North of Jaipur, as we entered through the majestic gates of Rajasthali Resorts & Spa, we were welcomed by the green landscaped gardens spread across the expanse of the property.

Entrance Driveway to the main building

Entering the main palatial structure, Rajasthali’s beauty enveloped us into its tranquility and gave us the feel of a peaceful solace as we settled in after the warm and traditional Rajasthani welcome – Ram Ram Sa !

Rajasthali Resorts, as we found in our conversation with the Agarwal Family, is inspired by the grandeur and classic Rajput Royalty, where the family is aiming to give the leisure seeking traveler a taste of culture blended in natural surroundings.

From those of you who know me and my craze of nature and greenery would understand how I felt seeing nature’s beauty enveloping the resort which provided a perfect mix of Rajasthani hospitality with international service.

Entrance to the palatial building

As we toured the property, we totally fell in love with the exquisitely crafted luxury rooms in the main building and what took our breathe away were the luxury tents allowing you to experience the century old methods of the Royalty traveling across the vast desert and using tents for resting !

Rajasthali gives you a choice to spoil yourself whether you are an indoor or an outdoor person, it doesn’t matter , they have just the right room for you !

Now here was a little tussle between the to-be-bride and groom … one wanted to have their honeymoon suite indoor and the other outdoor … you can take a wild guess you wanted to stay outdoor !! LOL … I did not hear how that decision ended …left the love birds to sort it out !!

The luxurious rooms had beautiful long windows giving a feel of openess to the setting and decor ! Embedding the touch of gold finish to the furniture and decor gave it a rich and royal feel … I loved the way the room’s height was more than normal … reminded me of the typical arabian desert mansions with high ceilings … keeps the temperature cool !

My personal preference was the outdoor tents as I felt it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful mornings and the glittering starry sky just above ! How beautifully romantic is that ! I would have actually spent the night on the lounge chair by the pool as well and slept watching the stars above !

Luxury Tents with all the amenities

Coming from the event industry I have done the rounds with couples and families to see different venues in UAE and India, but trust me I loved the concept of the luxury tents … for a moment I got a glimpse of the movie Padmavat run like a flash through my mind !

Truly we found Rajasthali a very inviting and a beautifully perfect setting in between the mountains for weddings and special celebrations. Due to the stretch of area the property covers it has the capacity to accommodate large gatherings and also allowing the family to enjoy Royal luxury and hertiage. The grounds are huge enough for a lovely mandap …covered in a cozy tent or just under the open sky … and even having your sangeet there is an amazing idea … the band baaja baaraat style !!

And our dear couple were worried about one major reason of discussion among wedding guests (specially an Indian wedding) – THE FOOD ! We rested assured after tasting their amazingly rich Rajasthani cuisine that their guests are going to love the venue and the menu !!! Well for me … I think I was waiting for the crane to come lift me… LOL , I am just kidding ! I love food in Jaipur … OMG the hospitality of people there is par excellence … be ready to loosen your belts and keep that extra lining in your dresses or cholis … to breathe easy after the food !!

Dining Area

After the amazing lunch we toured the most relaxing part of the property – The Pavitra Wellness Spa !

I guess the best part of having the wedding here will be enjoying the spa and the pool the next day after the end of all the wedding ceremonies … relax and restore your tranquility with their Pavitra Wellness Spa ! We were all joking,  looks like the guests will not leave even after the wedding is over !! LOL !! To be seen …..

If you planning to take your wedding vows this year or wanting to celebrate your Union ? Or your years of togetherness … we totally recommend Rajasthali Resorts & Spa in Jaipur , Rajasthan.

Here’s a few shots of the pool and the tents at sunset !! I don’t know about you, but I booked myself for the summer holidays already … from the heat of Dubai to the cool rainy unpredictable weather of Jaipur …oh I love their untimely showers !! A blessing for us desert kids !!

Pool Side

 

Luxury Tents at Sunset

As we are gearing for our next wedding experience … a few images of the last wedding we had at Rajasthali Resorts & Spa …. check them below.

 

 

Oh and this trip doesn’t end here …. you have to know about the Miss World Pageant Contestants at the Rajasthali Resorts & Spa … got your attention …. that’s coming soon … oh you will love Manushi Chhillar , Miss India World 2017 ! Stay hooked to this space people !

For bookings connect with me on +97155 7711606 | +917506403538

Email – barkhamahesh@gmail.com

Visit Rajasthali Resorts & Spa Website – www.rajasthaliresort.com

 

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Decorate your home with quirky furniture

Decorate Your Home with Quirky & Unique Furniture


Allure Collectives invites you to join us for an interactive talk by Deepika Saboo on Quirky Furniture & cost-effective solutions. Allure CollectivesShailaja Khan, Architectural Color Consultant at ColorsWorth will share her expertise on Creating dynamic color schemes with quirky furniture.Healthy Bites by Thermomix

Wednesday, April 11
10:00am – 12:00noon
Location : Behind GMC Showroom, Johnson Controls Warehouse,
Opp. Trolley Trading, Al Quoz 3

ENGAGE IN A THOUGHT PROVOKING SESSION. PARTICIPATION IS FREE

RSVP Deepika : 055 769 4905 | deepika@allurecollectives.com

Morning is supported by Cre8designlife Red Orange Events Management