3 Reasons Why This Paris Hotel Is A Traveller’s Dream

Steeped in history, The Peninsula Paris’ ideal location in the Golden Triangle makes it the perfect spot to stay in the French capital


Exemplifying Paris’ heritage and élan in every aspect, The Peninsula Paris commands an ideal location at the heart of the city’s Triangle d’Or, with the iconic Arc de Triomphe mere minutes away, and surrounded by the metropolis’ chicest eateries, famous museums and high-end shopping districts.

The Peninsula Paris, located in a beautiful 19th-Century Haussmanian building that once hosted a Belle Époque hotel, is replete with reconstructed period décor, Art Deco furniture and Art Nouveau-inspired furnishings – all combined with the latest in contemporary offerings. Housing 200 rooms and 86 sumptuous suites styled in cream and grey, the classy hotel combines the timeless and the modern to offer the best comfort in the lap of luxury.


It’s so Parisian

This spectacular hotel is also home to no less than six elegant restaurants, promising to satiate the most discerning palate. Le Lobby – a fixture at every Peninsula hotel in the world – is the place to go for luxe international dining, and the classic Afternoon Tea, accompanied by a jazz trio, is not to be missed. La Terrasse Kléber represents the crème-de-la-crème of café society, offering the best of Cantonese cuisine – all of it featured on Paris’ largest enclosed terrace.


For the ultimate in Chinese gastronomy, head to LiLi, helmed by Chef Ma Wing Tak and featuring a selection of authentic Chinese tea as well. L’Oiseau Blanc, meanwhile, is The Peninsula Paris’ crowning glory. Helmed by Executive Chef Christophe Raoux, the restaurant offers up the best Parisian fare and boasts 360-degree views of the city and its most iconic monuments from its perch on the sixth floor.

It houses the city’s largest luxury hotel spa

Another key attraction at the hotel is the stunning Peninsula Spa – the largest of its kind in Paris. Spanning 1,800 square meters, this oasis of relaxation brings together the best of both cultures that the hotel embodies, combining ancestral Asian practices and knowledge with the celebrated French art of beauty.


Boasting six individual treatment booths, two private suites, a 20-meter indoor pool, two vitality pools, and saunas, hammams and experience showers, the spa’s décor and furnishings take inspiration from the East, featuring a blend of wood, granite and marble. Created in partnership with French-Chinese luxury body care brand Cha Ling, the Peninsula Spa also offers traditional Chinese Qi Gong exercises and meditation lessons.

It has the suite of dreams 

This upscale Parisian landmark also has the last word when it comes to staying in comfort. Designer Henry Leung of Hong-Kong-based Chhada Siembieda Leung and the design team of The Peninsula Hotel Group joined hands to craft meticulously designed and restored theme suites at The Peninsula Paris.


The Peninsula Suite is the hotel’s largest suite. Paying homage to the Haussmanian building the hotel is housed in, this 318-square-meter suite’s high ceilings and large windows ensure the space is bathed in light, while the creamy beige and gold tones, complemented by lush silks and brocades, Tai Ping carpets and Baccarat chandeliers, mean this is truly one deluxe accommodation amidst a plethora of similarly elegant options.



Here’s The ‘It’ Bag Of The Season


Meet Marie Jane from Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection

While much of the spotlight is often reserved for the trademark red soles and generally extravagant footwear from Christian Louboutin, the brand has expanded its focus and diversified its offering of fashion-forward wardrobe complements – particularly when it comes to oh-so-essential, statement-making arm candy.

For next season, the Maison’s repertoire sees the introduction of a new handbag icon – the Marie Jane. Unlike its sharp-lined predecessors, the Marie Jane displays a new design direction for the brand, while still maintaining its most significant creative signatures.


Flexible and fierce, this new addition combines the elegance of a handbag with the comfort of a cross-body. Bucket-like and embellished, the Marie Jane is offered in three sizes. It is most notably adorned with designer Christian Louboutin’s unmistakable signature – assembled in either colored strass, or sewn into a fluid mark, mimicking the uncurling of a ribbon.

With branding being a continuing fashion trend, the Marie Jane is immediately elevated to icon status. Red is never far from Louboutin, and each variation of this fabulous new must-have is lined with gleaming red leather on the interior. A chain link and leather strap completes the Marie Jane’s swinging sophistication. @louboutinworld

Monaco’s “Place Du Casino” Turns Into Wonderland This Holiday Season

Themed “Fete des Etoiles by Monte Carlo”, Monter- Carlo Societe Des Bains de Mer, transforms into a wonderland of festivities this month, as it gets ready to host an unforgettable holiday season.

© Stéphane Danna/Realis

Up until the 6th of January, the resort will undergo a parkling makeover, as a “shower of stars” illuminates every establishment within the resort. Hotel De Paris, has begun the season, by unveiling its new lobby. At the heart of it, an eight meter long christmas tree stands tall, masterfully decorated by Chopard, with a 100% ethical golden beads.


“Winter Parties” will take place at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, as le Blue Gin transforms into a mountain chalet, where visitors enjoy the cosy weather on a fully heated terrace, overlooking the Mediterranean.

© Stéphane Danna/Realis

On Square Beaumarchair, specifically at Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, Guests will be welcomed by transparent bubbles imitating snow globes, as they enter the christmas garden, centered around a traditional carousel.

Casino de Monte-Carlo - Evenement spécial - Noël

As the festivities continue, guests will be able to further enjoy their stay, by shopping at near by wooden chalets, where they’ll find christmas baubles, blankets, traditional scents, tableware, crystal and porcelain items, jewellery and more.

Place du Casino - Evénment Spécial - Décorations de Noël 2017


Dive Into Arts During the Holiday Season at Tashkeel

If you’re an art enthusiast/creative who is planning on staying in Dubai for the holidays, here are some fun workshops to keep you occupied:

Drop in + Draw

Katie Venner-Woodbridge

December 6, 6 – 8 PM

Location: Tashkeel

Drop in & Draw is an on-going monthly session for artists, designers, and creatives to share their work and join together as a community. In this session, Artist Katie Venner-Woodbridge will focus on ways of developing geometric patterns and share her formula of ‘add, subtract, repeat’.



Palestinian Embroidery (Tatreez)

Joanna Barakat

December 8, 10 AM – 3 PM

Location: Tashkeel

Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is very meaningful to Palestinians: visually, culturally, and politically. The workshop will incorporate a discussion on its history, significance, and use by various artists.There will also be an introduction to basic cross-stitch, followed by participants stitching a Palestinian motif. By the end of the workshop, everyone will have an in-depth understanding of the background of Palestinian embroidery and hands-on experience cross-stitching motifs.



Moku Hanga

Andrew Parry

December 8, 15; 10 AM – 4 PM

Location: Tashkeel

Attend and explore Moku Hanga, the oldest form of printmaking! Experience its continuing creative importance and the distinctive aesthetics that the art of Japanese Woodblock Printing offers.

This 2 day workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about the use of traditional tools, materials, and inks used in the production of a Japanese woodblock print.

Participants will discover how the medium can be used to produce imagery in a number of different ways – with rich viscous inks, hand-carved blocks and experimenting with the tactile nature of the traditional print process. The happy accidents and unintended results are vital in the cultivation of creativity and new ideas.



Arabic Calligraphy

Ibraheem Khamayseh

December 9, 5 – 8 PM

Location: Youth Hub

In this workshop participants will learn the basics of the craft of Arabic calligraphy, including how to make the fluid forms which are a feature of this art using the tools provided.



Introduction to Digital Photography

John Marsland

December 15,10 AM – 2 PM

Location: Tashkeel

This workshop is intended for people who love photography but want to get out of the Auto setting and be more in control of their image making.

During this workshop, John Marsland will support participants in understanding how the ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture is a balancing act and once mastered can open up a new world of photography. Starting with the basics, participants will learn the ‘Sunny 16’ rule, Aperture and how to use specific settings to explore variables. Throughout this workshop there will be live examples and experimentation that will support participants in understanding how to get the most out of their digital cameras.


Luxury Jewelry Brand Damiani, Reinvents Brad Pitt’s One of a Kind Wedding Ring

Italian luxury jewelry brand, Damiani, has expanded its D.side collection, originally inspired by Brad Pitt’s 2001 wedding rings which he co-designed for then-fiance Jennifer Aniston.                                             AED16390 D.Side - Earrings - Rose gold, mother of pearl and diamonds

Influenced by the circle, a universal symbol of eternity and geometric purity, the new, more playful pieces feature white mother-of-pearl, green malachite, deep blue lapis lazuli and jet black onyx, all in combination with gold and diamonds.

If you’re interested in buying a piece for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, prices range from AED 8,890- AED 45,900.

AED 10990 D.Side - Bangle - Yellow Gold, malachite and diamonds

Established in 1924, Damiani is the only company in the world to have received 18 Diamonds International Awards, essentially the Oscars of the jewelry world, and is well known for its masterful craftsmanship.

AED45900 D.Side - Sautoir - Rose gold, onyx and diamonds

Damiani has most recently set its sights in Asia and the Middle East, with stores opening all over China, and a boutique, launched in 2017, in the Dubai Mall.

Escape to Maldives in Winter

Azure lagoons, white sandy shores, al fresco venues with spectacular views – the Maldives promise a truly unforgettable festive season. Offering a packed schedule of events, including a visit from Santa and New Year’s parties with a spectacular fireworks show, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Private Islands are sure to delight guests, both kids and adults alike. Niyama Private Islands also offers a visit with Santa, with a twist, six meters below the ocean’s surface. Other events at Niyama Private Islands include festive markets, a traditional feast at the beach, and a huge New Year’s show with performers flying in from all over the world.

Here are the other facilities the resorts have to offer:

Anantara Veli

Anantara Veli

Relax in the comfort of these over water bungalows with puffer fish swimming right beneath you. Discover blissful Ayurvedic treatments at Balance Wellness by Anantara. Cruise into the sunset on a luxury dhoni, or dine under the stars. Indulge in the serenity of this adults-only retreat.

Naladhu Private Islands


Voted best resort in the Maldives for two consecutive years by Conde Nast Traveler, this secluded island, with only 20 houses, offers a perfect getaway. Each of the villas come with their own private pool and butler.

Niyama Private Islands


With twin islands, Play and Chill, visitors have the choice of what kind of holiday they want. Activities at Play include a private snorkelling tour, swimming with dolphins, and a range of water sports. Chill features the Drift Spa and a range of culinary options.

Etihad wins for Flying Nannies

Congratulations to Etihad Airways on its commendable win of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Motherhood & Childhood in the category of ‘Best Initiative in the Support of Mother and Child’s Healthy Lifestyle’ for its Flying Nanny program. The Airline’s victory was announced last night at Emirates Palace, during an awards ceremony held in line with International Children’s day.

Flying Nannies were introduced by Etihad Airways in September 2013, and are on-board on long haul flights to provide an extra pair of hands and to make flying less daunting for parents. The nannies are all trained at the same college as Prince George’s nanny, Maria Borrallo. With a mix of practical skills and creativity (including face painting), travelling with Flying Nannies is a fun and helpful experience for both parents and children alike.

Design dominates at O Concept Store

On November 14th, O Concept store, renowned for its unique curation of art, fashion and interior design, hosted a celebration of established and up-and-coming talent for Dubai Design Week. The objective was to bring in the right target audience who will be interested in what ‘A Journey with O’ event had to offer and also to promote each artist and designer.


The selection in-store included the works of Alessandro Padovan, Ayesha Bin Khediya, By Kal Design, Cecilia Setterdahl, Monika Blaszkowska, Nada Oweidat, Nimer Hussein, Roberto Bartolomucci, Stephan Boltz & Valentin Hartmann, Alina Cristaldi, Earthy Panache, Label.9, Lobster Claw, Moi Multiple, Rainstone and Roxx.


Additionally, MALPH designer, Luca Gregorio, was in attendance to draw inspiration for his new collection from the Dubai Design Week event, as well as from the atmosphere at O concept store by doing his artistic piece LIVE in action where some media and guests participated by sewing their own T-shirts, or sketching out an idea they found interesting at the event. Other GCC and International designers also showcased new products, technology and services that have set a trend for the upcoming year.


A combination of fashion and art, O Concept store is the brainchild of Emirati Entrepreneur Omar Bin Khediya, and aims to attract young and passionate designers, artists and collectors from all over the world.

The store features some quirky items, including 2D bags from the famous Taipei brand ‘Jump from paper,’ which literally look like they have just jumped off a page. Other interesting items include a cassette tape shaped coffee table, retro telephones, and a selfie capturing robot.



Our Picks from Moda Operandi’s 2018 gift guide

Curating coveted luxury items is certainly one of online retailer, Moda Operandi’s strong suits. The site recently revealed its enticing curation of gifts for the festive season, and we wasted no time in choosing our top five…

1. A comfy looking Alpaca and Wool-Blend Cardigan Coat from Martin Grant – ideal for winter travels

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2. This luxurious ‘Jetpack’ travel sleep set from Ralph Lauren with an eye-mask and blanket that will make even long-haul flights feel more cozy


3. A perfect addition to any child’s room, this TiiPii bed is suspended along a masterfully knotted rope, and will stay firm and secure as your child plays


4. ‘Women Changing the World’, a set of three books, is a wonderful and inspirational addition to any coffee table


5. When it comes to entertainment, don’t limit yourself to board games. This Teckell’s ’90 Minuto’ foosball table, crafted in Italy from walnut and ash woods with a tempered glass border and polished steel accents, is sure to be a hit with guests


Megan Hess Illustrates AW18 at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island

Building on the success of its award-winning SS18 campaign, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s luxury shopping and dining destination, has once again collaborated with acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess, renowned for her work with several high fashion brands and publications. The latest AW18 campaign features two new distinctive illustrations and animations, which accentuate the experience of shopping at the Galleria, serving as a perfect background for guests to capture special memories and Instagrammable moments.

Zainab Talati, Marketing Director of Gulf Related comments, “Building on the success of our award-winning spring/summer campaign, Megan Hess has once again captured The Galleria’s perfect synergy of luxury fashion and incredible dining options in her new artwork, which illustrates the truly memorable experiences visitors can enjoy with family and friends at our unique location.”