Ohlala Bahrain December 2021

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BAHRAIN

Shiny Gems Journey of

Eye-Catching Watches and Necklaces

Flavours Exploring a Renovated Culinary Destination

THE FESTIVE ISSUE Gifts, Fashion, Beauty and Much More WWW.OHLALA-MAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2021 | ISSUE 199 BAHRAIN BD2 | KSA SR20

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CONTENTS Ohlala

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40 Smack Your Lips Look Into My Eyes Glowing Season

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Editor’s Letter Style Focus Dancing Letters

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The Most Wonderful Time Luxury Meets Nature Chic Eats – Holding Out For A Hero

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Safety has a home at Mercedes-Benz. At Mercedes-Benz, your safety is our priority, and we’re committed to keeping you informed about any applicable update that may include your vehicle. Kindly scan the below QR Code and enter your unique 17 digit chassis number to check if the update is applicable to your Mercedes-Benz. For more information please call us on 17785999.

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JOHANNA LIHIORTIZ HOD

Editor’s Letter And in the blink of an eye, 2021 is ending faster than we could ever have imagined. A year when vaccines were the topic of every chat and billionaires decided to take over space. After a 2020 without much social interaction due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 saw us going back to face-to-face meetings. And this month, parties are filling our calendars, which means you will probably celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. To help you out with your Christmas shopping list, we put together a gift guide that lets you please all the different ladies in your life (pg56) – you’re welcome! Our Style Focus pages bring the best picks for the festive period and accessories to wear on the cooler days (pg14). We also love all that sparkles, coloured watches and Arabic-inspired jewellery are this month’s picks (pg34). And what is fashion’s BFF? Beauty! We are all about new make-up palettes and lipsticks (pg38). However, embarking on pampering and beautifying treatments are our favourite things. We visited a beauty haven for the perfect end-of-the-year look (pg48) and waved goodbye to all the stress and muscle knots in a well-deserved massage session (pg52). We end our December issue dining at a revamped eatery that offers a journey into Italian flavours (pg84). And for our monthly test drive, we had the pleasure of driving an impressive SUV (pg94). We wish wish you a Happy National Day, a magical Christmas and a New Year filled with happy days!

Fernanda Langhammer

editor@ohlala-magazine.com @ohlalamagazine

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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO HOLIDAY 2021

Ready, Set, Party! End-of-year celebrations require key accessories and striking looks – we are all about looking stunning! 14

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STYLE

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STELLA MCCARTNEY

MOSCHINO

THE ATTICO AT HARVEY NICHOLS RENE CAOVILLA

DOLCE & GABBANA AT FARFETCH TORY BURCH

TORY BURCH

COS

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

#ClassyAndSassy

POMELLATO AT FARFETCH

JENNY PACKHAM AT HARVEY NICHOLS

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A LUXURY CONTRAST

Black and gold represent the epitome of glamour. Whether you are looking for something elegant and jaw-dropping or want to step up your casual game, this combo is always the right choice and will deliver a spot-on look.


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STYLE

LACOSTE

#ShesOnFire

CH CAROLINA HERRERA

NOON BY NOOR

MAX&CO.

MARINA RINALDI

Focus

POWER COLOUR

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IINDACO

JENNY PACKHAM X 007 AT HARVEY NICHOLS

MAX MARA

KARL LAGERFELD

ISABEL MARANT AT MATCHESFASHION

Red is a dominant shade; it brings a pop of colour that the human eye is unable to resist, so expect all eyes on you. Red is also the perfect hue to paint your Christmas outfit and end-of-year party-gowns to kick-start the new year with confidence and energy.


CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF GIVING AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN Experience the wonder and delight of the year’s most jolly season with a series of memorable events for the whole family including the return of your favourite Winter Chalet, a Grand Christmas Brunch and New Year’s Eve celebration in each of our award-winning restaurants. WINTER CHALET

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE MASTERCLASS December 11, 18 and 26, 10 am - 12 pm Ritz Kids Club BHD 22

CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH December 25, 12:30 pm - 4 pm Croquet Lawn BHD 40

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

December 31, 8 pm - 1 am Seabreeze, between Thai Lounge and La Plage BHD 60

NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH January 1, 12:30 pm - 4 pm La Med BHD 39

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January 1 - 15, 8 am - 11 pm Ritz Gourmet Lounge BHD 16

ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS January 6, 7 pm - 12 mn Plums BHD 39

HOLIDAY STAYCATION FOR 2 Christmas Package: BHD 215 New Year’s Eve Package: BHD 245

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STYLE

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MAX&CO.

D&G

BURBERRY AT THEOUTNET

Patterns are a style statement. They can be discreet or in your face, painted in bold colours or pale tones. The shapes can vary from floral and paisley to geometrical and abstract – it is a matter of picking the one that catches your attention. And if you feel adventurous enough, mix and match prints for out-of-the-box looks.

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PURIFICACION GARCIA

MAX MARA

FENDI BY VERSACE

#PrintOnPrint

KENZO

VICTORIA BECKHAM AT HARVEY NICHOLS

TORY BURCH

PRINT PERFECT


SALERO CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER Friday, 24th December 2021 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Traditional Spanish Christmas set menu with live entertainment until 1:00am. BHD 28 net including soft beverages BHD 36 net including selected beverages

SCAN THIS TO REVEAL OUR BROCHURE

Salero Restaurant, The Westin City Centre Bahrain Book a table by calling +973 1717 1441 or WhatsApp +973 3320 4175 *Salero Restaurant is a +21 venue; children below 21 years old are not permitted.

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PAUL SMITH

REJINA PYO AT FARFETCH

IINDACO

CELINE

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Boots are the chosen footwear in cold weather. Even though our winters are pretty mild in this part of the world, we still love them very dearly. The chilly breeze is starting to blow, so dust them off or purchase new designs to hit the road – team your boots with skirts and tailored trousers for the best looks of the season.

KENZO AT HARVEY NICHOLS

MADE FOR WALKIN'

ANDREA WAZEN

#OneStepAtATime

KARL LAGERFELD

Focus

STELLA MCCARTNEY

STYLE


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VALENTINO GARAVANI AT MATCHESFASHION CH CAROLINA HERRERA

STELLA MCCARTNEY

#MeAndMyClutch

MAX&CO.

AWAKE MODE AT HARVEY NICHOLS

Focus

KENZO

STYLE

BAG ALERT!

MAX MARA

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MCM

History shows that handbags have been in use for more than 5,000 years, and there is no sign of them going anywhere. This season, there are bags for all tastes and needs (size-wise). However, we’ve noticed that they are more structured and tones of green, brown and the all-time favourite, black, are in the spotlight.

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THE SEASON’S

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GREATEST GIFTS OFF-WHITE Shoulder Bag. BD495.

SAINT LAURENT Shoulder Bag. BD485.

AMINA MUADDI Earrings. BD165.

GIFTS FOR

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CHLOÉ X MOON BOOT Boots. BD290.

Whether she keeps it classic or loves a logo, presents that play to her personality are guarenteed to surprise and delight.

MACH & MACH Mules. BD434. 26

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JIMMY CHOO Sneakers. BD250.

VALENTINO GARAVANI Handbag. BD1110.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Card Holder. BD81.


GIFTS FOR

HIM

For dad, brother, husband or son, there’s a special pick for every guy in your life. FENDI Fendi Wallet BD182, Card Holder BD125.

S A K S \ H O L I D AY 2 0 2 1

DIOR Belt. BD295.

GIVENCHY Sweater. BD440.

TOD'S Wallet BD159, Key Holder BD75.

TATEOSSIAN Bracelet. BD83.

City Centre Bahrain CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Sneakers. BD370.

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OHLALA ICYMI

Film partnerships and solutions to make this world a nicer place are the focus of our roundup this month. Let's finish 2021 with good vibes.

Fashion for All

IMAGES: LIAM LESLIE

The fashion world is aware of its importance in backing new talents and Alexander McQueen has just announced its support to the A Team Arts Education in London's East End. The organisation assists young people that aspire to enter arts and design careers. "It feels especially important for us to be able to take part in supporting young people from the East End of London, where Lee Alexander McQueen grew up. At this house, we all know that talent comes from everywhere, irrespective of their background," says Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen's Creative Director. Over the coming year, the brand will support A Team Arts Education financially and further extend the workshops and classes with the young people and teachers it began as a pilot during 2020.

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The ideal spot for your festive gatherings

Enjoy a variety of tasty flavours at our food stalls while you shop for your Christmas goodies from multiple vendors in collaboration with American Women Association December Thursday Weekend Friday Saturday

2-3-4 9-10-11 16-17-18

The Diplomat Gardens 05:00pm to10:00pm

For more information, please contact +973 39945208

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OHLALA ICYMI Bond, James Bond

For the first time, MICHAEL Michael Kors is partnering with the 007 film franchise. The collaboration brings a capsule of limited-edition, co-branded products and a 360° marketing campaign. The MMK x 007 line features an all-new black and gold signature logo print to showcase the glamour and adventures synonymous with the Bond enterprise and the Michael Kors brand. The collection brings 11 pieces, from handbags and luggage to swimwear and footwear. Starring Bella Hadid and model Cindy Bruna, the campaign video conjures an air of intrigue and Bond-themed irresistibility. Shot on location at The Ocean Club, Bahamas – the same destination seen in the 007 Casino Royale film – it shows Bella Hadid enjoying a luxury solo getaway. Of course, in the world of James Bond, nothing is ever as it seems.

Royal Status

The brand Mouawad has revealed its partnership as the exclusive jewellery sponsor of Spencer, a film about the life of Princess Diana. The movie stars Kristen Stewart in the role of Diana and takes place in a pivotal, life-changing weekend for the princess over the Christmas holidays in the early 1990s. The jewellery items include a 7.25-carat blue sapphire and 1.82-carat diamond engagement ring, reminiscent of Diana's iconic engagement ring. The Mouawad Co-Guardians, Fred, Alain and Pascal Mouawad, commented: "Mouawad has an illustrious heritage in jewellery and watchmaking. And it has been a pleasure to work on Spencer, providing the jewellery for the role of an iconic princess known for her style and powerful impact on the world."

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OHLALA ICYMI Better World

The accessory brand Tyler Ellis introduces the AppleVogue collection using leather made from apples. In collaboration with an Italian ecological textile developer, these handbags are handcrafted in Florence using a new versatile plant-based material – apple leather. They are produced using the fibres derived from the industrial processing of the fruit through a technique patented by a company called Frumat. Comprised of Tyler's unique silhouettes and designs, the capsule expands the brand’s core values while being inspired by numerous vegan clients and renewable sources demands. This one-of-a-kind collection is not only environmentally friendly but also sustainable.

Holiday Vibes

It's that period of the year when families and friends get together to create memorable moments. Boucheron brings its stunning collections to the centre of this celebration. The luxury jewellery house celebrates the festive season with its 'Together As One' campaign. The visuals bring Alexa Chung, Nour Arida, Dogyu Zhou, Lu Han, Hannah Quinlivan, Youn-Jung and Rola, the brand's faces, as the main characters. The three-part campaign is a joyful invitation to experience precious moments together. The emotions that flourish during this time are captured in a series of photographs showcasing Boucheron's special collections, each episode celebrates the joy of togetherness. The jewellery brand creations allow everyone to reveal their style and enjoy this time of year according to their desires.

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JEWELLERY

Edit

Dancing Letters Inspired by Arab culture, Chopard is adding delicate necklaces to its Happy Diamonds collection.

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hopard’s iconic Happy Diamonds collection is expanding; a new series of rose gold pendants combining dancing diamonds with 11 letters of the Arabic alphabet is now part of the dangling diamond family. The Happy Diamonds – Happy Me capsule is a tribute to one of the richest written languages in the world. Arab culture has influenced Chopard to present

its Happy Diamonds pendant in an exclusive line honouring the Arabic writing system. Letters symbolise interpersonal communication and the development of modern civilisations. With this capsule, Chopard recalls its bond to this ancient culture, synonymous with knowledge, enlightenment and openness to the world. The designs bring a pendant in ethical 18-carat rose gold graced with a perfectly round shape symbolising wisdom, also made of ethical

18-carat rose gold and topped with a diamond. At the heart of the circle, two sapphire crystals set the stage for the three dancing diamonds, and a letter-charm in ethical 18-carat rose gold completes the jewellery pieces. The symbols correspond to the first letters of the most popular Arabic female names: Alif, Shīn, Sīn, Dāl, Khā, Fā, Hā, Nūn, Mīm, Lâm and Yā’. Together they twirl in a dance of joy, imparting a resolutely feminine style.

Chopard collections are available at Chopard Boutique, Moda Mall. For more information, please call 1752 0088. @chopard @bahrainjewellerycentre

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Horology

Elegant Timepieces New colours and gemstone combinations are joining Audemars Piguet's iconic Royal Oak Selfwinding family. 36

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he Swiss watch manufacturer is expanding its 15452 series with two new Royal Oak Selfwinding models in 37mm. The iterations are crafted in white or pink gold and meticulously set with diamonds and colourful gemstones, while the guilloche dial incorporates new grey or beige hues. Two new matching, satin-finished, calfskin leather straps give the final touch to the watches' original aesthetic – beige for the pink gold version and light grey for the white gold. The gold bezel is adorned with 40 brilliant-cut gemstones for a smooth and harmonious gradation. The stones have been individually cut and polished to present clear and sharp angles before being set by hand on the bezel. They reflect light to create unique optical effects, ranging from red and orange tints to pink hues, depending on the model.

The case of the 18-carat pink gold model is paved with 124 brilliant-cut diamonds down to the bracelet connecting studs. The new beige hue of the Grande Tapisserie dial echoes the pink gold case for contemporary flair. The two pink gold applied hour markers at 12 o'clock are also set with brilliant-cut diamonds. For its part, the pink gold bezel is embellished with 40 yellow sapphires, red garnets and orange spessartite garnets. This vivid gradation – a first for Royal Oak – adds a warm and bright touch. The 18-carat white gold case and connecting studs of the second reference are also set with 124 brilliant-cut diamonds. The rhodium-toned dial is enhanced by a Grande Tapisserie pattern and applied 18-carat white gold hour markers and hands. The white gold bezel is set with 40 brilliant-cut pink sapphires and rubies, offering a refined and subtle gradation to contrast with the watch's monochromatic aesthetic.

For more information, please visit Audemars Piguet Boutique in Moda Mall or call 1713 1100. www.asiajewellers.com @audemarspiguet @asiajewellers

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LANCÔME L’ABSOLU ROUGE DRAMA INK

IT’S PARTY TIME! The end of the year is here. It’s time to review your best moments, put on your fancy frocks and invest in beautiful make-up to embrace the festive month in style. Don’t forget to get your tresses done and pamper your body with relaxing treatments. Gear up for a brand-new year!

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BEAUTY Focus

Smack

Your Lips The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio brings new shades to its Rouge Allure collection – the Rouge Allure Laque and Rouge Allure Ink Fusion.

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t’s lipstick’s time to shine, and CHANEL has introduced a collection of intense shades to its cult-favourite lip colours, Rouge Allure Laque and Rouge Allure Ink Fusion. A total of 12 unique new hues are added to the line. In a single stroke, the long-wearing tinting tool hugs the curves of the lips, delivering a perfect colour and intensity. The water-resistant formulas stand up to the rubbing and smudging of daily wear. A blend of finely ground pigments coated in oils allows the lipstick to reveal its full strength, displaying an

extremely pure glow. The shades vary from pinks and red tones moving to brown tints. Our favourite picks are Beige Confidentiel with its burnt coral shade and Brun Mystérieux in a chocolate brown finish. Rouge Allure Laque is the first CHANEL liquid lip hue with a satin shine finish, while Rouge Allure Ink Fusion delivers an intense matte look. With these two options, women can adapt their make-up to their own style and paint their lips in the way that pleases them the most.

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BEAUTY Focus

Look into My Eyes

Fans of the House of Gucci can now celebrate the brand's first eyeshadow palette – the Palette Beauté Des Yeux Floral.

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esigned for year-round wear, the Palette Beauté Des Yeux Floral brings 12 satin, matte and metallic shades to create endless looks for your eyes. Each hue symbolises love, sympathy, joy and happiness to reflect the feelings flowers bring into our lives. The highly pigmented palette is easy to apply and blend. The eyeshadows are soft to the touch and include three different textures. The three metallic shades are silk-soft and offer a fabric-like, chrome finish that brightens the appearance of the eyes and creates a radiant effect. When applied to the eyelids, the two satin shades transform into an ultra-thin, coloured film and deliver a sophisticated silky result with a velvety finish. The seven matte shades glide on smoothly for a flawless and densely pigmented finish.

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The case is designed with a gold trim featuring a vintage-inspired floral pattern on a black background, reflecting the palette's name. Encased in square pockets, all shades and their names are inspired by flowers, from a matte light blue aster to a metallic purple iris. As different flowers bloom in different seasons, the palette reflects their colours, from autumnal reds and rich browns to the bright and bold shades that signal the beginning of spring. The palette's removable tray means that the case can be transformed into a standout piece, such as a jewellery box, once the eyeshadows are finished. Or you can replace them with a refill tray that will be launched soon. @guccibeauty


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BEAUTY Focus

Gold Touch

Guerlain’s make-up collection is covered in golden sparkles to light up the year-end festivities.

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o celebrate the festive season, Guerlain’s new beauty tools appear to be pollinated with gold in brand-new joyful shades to enhance eyes, complexions and smiles. The Mad Eyes Shadow Duo stick reveals two new iridescent and sophisticated eyeshadow palettes: a plum and gold pairing to give the eyes a subtle touch of warmth; and a luminous icy grey and silver duo for a dazzling look. The Mad Eyes Brow Framer is an eyebrow gel pen that adorns brows in a tinted shade suitable for all skin tones. It has been infused with fine golden pearls to open the eyes and offer brows a bright finish. Conveying all the magic of Christmas, Guerlain’s iconic Météorites brings giant pink and golden holographic pearls to transform your complexion with exceptional radiance. The legendary terracotta powder commemorates its bestselling 03 shade in a new glimmering festive design. As if sculped with gold sequins, the skin is boosted with a sunny glow even during winter.

Painting the lips, the two new shades, Gold Red and Gold Brick add a golden twist to the brand’s Rouge G famous reds. Delicately infused into the lipstick, gold pigments add vibrancy to the line’s intense and brick red. Once applied to the lips, the marbled lipstick bullet adds subtle sparkle to the smile. The cases are adorned in a decorative sequined trim with two exclusive sets – golden and red and silver and gold duets. However, the jewel of the 2021 festive collection is a limited edition of the Rouge G lipstick. The case has been crafted by the Atelier Baqué Molinié and brings a bee woven entirely from gold thread, embroidered with glittering beads and sewn onto a delicate, padded velvet fishnet backdrop. This bespoke creation pays homage to the emblem of the house and the virtuosic talent of all those who have been crafting luxury at Guerlain ever since its creation. A jewellery masterpiece, the case is presented in a prestige gift set, accompanied by the bestselling n°214 shade – a flamboyant, satiny red.

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BEAUTY Focus

Kiss Kiss Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink dresses lips in an ultra-pigmented and ultra-thin film with a low-transfer finish that seals in colour with a single stroke.

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ancôme has reinvented its matte lipstick with a new formula, new pack, and new shades – welcome the L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink. Promising a unique matte experience with a long-lasting, second skin semi-matte that instantly becomes one with your lips, L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink represents the next saga in the brand’s mission to recreate matte. The innovative lip ink comes in 17 new and existing shades, from intense reds to subtle nudes. It is made with water-in-oil emulsion, a four-times thinner film than a traditional lipstick with a two times more pigmented effect. In defiance of matte convention, the ultrathin texture gives you a bare lip feeling for all-day comfortable wear. The inks create a dramatic impact without the usually uncomfortable feeling that these products tend to leave on the lips. The line brings highly pigmented colours with a weightless sensation and a foolproof application in one stroke. The new formulation meets luxury packaging. A distinctly, feminine frosted bottle with a black satin top is set on a golden pedestal portraying its membership of the L’Absolu Rouge family. Accompanying the design, a petal applicator delivers the right dose of product for perfectly defined lips. To complete the revamped pack, the Lancôme rose emblazons the cap in a new, curved motif.

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BEAUTY Boutique

GLOWING SEASON

December is a month full of social gatherings culminating with end-of-year parties. OHLALA’s editor headed to Dessange Paris Bahrain for a stunning look for the holidays.

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he Christmas lights are on, and the end-of-year gatherings are marked on the calendar – all you need to do is get ready for the season’s celebrations. Apart from sorting your outfits, beautiful hair and nails are mandatory add-ons for the perfect final touch to your looks. And there is no better place to get different hairstyles and eye-catching nails than Dessange Paris Bahrain – the go-to haven for all your beauty needs. My monthly visit is always one that brings me happiness. This is a place where I feel well cared for and where I know I will leave feeling fabulous every time (either for a look transformation or relaxation reasons). Eva, the lovely salon manager, asked me to let my nails grow as long as possible for incredible fingertips. Due to a lot of hand washing, sanitising and lack of discipline, I must confess, my nails weren’t in their best shape. To make them look less damaged and help them grow longer, I made sure I was applying the solar oil Amy, Dessange’s senior nail artist, had recommended on a previous visit. To embrace the festive period, the team at Dessange worked on my hair and nails for a red-carpet look. We started with a hair treatment before moving forward to the styling part. At Dessange, your hair and scalp are treated seriously. Joanne, my hair therapist that day, checked my tresses’ state before opting for the PhytoDess treatment for hair damage. The line offers professional hair and scalp care using formulas primarily made from natural ingredients. Joanne looked like an alchemist mixing and matching products to suit my normal scalp and parched, bleached tresses. The treatment started with the application of the Huile Précieuse Or essential oil to my scalp, followed by Terre Précieuse Or clay, which brings a delicate balance between gold extract, specially chosen essential oils and yellow clay to help stabilise and cleanse scalp and hair. It also helps to moisturise, regenerate, retexture and strengthen the hair fibre. The treatment stayed in place for 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile, she applied the Crème Au Miel Et à L’Immortelle mask on the length, perfect for dry hair. This pre-shampoo care is a sensory delight enriched with honey, everlasting flower and babassu oil. The product works like cement on the hair fibre, leaving it soft and strong with regained body. Applied lock by lock to the length and ends; it also stayed in my hair for about 15 minutes. At this point, a delightful head massage was performed to relieve stress, reduce tension, improve circulation and promote hair growth. Time was up, and we moved to the washing area. I know I have mentioned this before, but it is always good to remember that the hair basin chair has a massage system imbued, and all you have to do is sit back and relax. The Shampooing à L’Edelweiss is a delicate shampoo enriched with edelweiss extract that gently washes the hair leaving it hydrated – it had an incredible smell that I could sense even under my mask. The Tiger Nut Oil Mask followed the perfumed wash to condition my distressed and unruly hair. I was then ready for Khoutar, the stylist’s, final touch. It was amazing to see the difference in my hair texture. I have very curly hair, and blow-dries don’t always look so good, but having it done after this ultra-restorative treatment for significantly damaged hair, looked fantastic. It was bouncy and soft, and I felt like I could easily be featured in one of those fancy shampoo advertising campaigns.

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To finalise the diva look, Jeany started treating my nails; cutting, filing, and polishing. The quick hand massage touched a few points that were quite sore. The constant act of holding my mobile phone and typing at my computer affects not only my arms and shoulders but also my hands. Jeany told me to put some pressure on the aching points from time to time to help release the tension. It’s celebration time! And to embrace the season, my nails were painted in

bright, vivid red with some white artistic touches done by Amy. In December, we have Bahrain National Day and Christmas, so there’s nothing better than having these colours painted on your fingertips to complement your looks. The feeling of looking our best is one we always expect when leaving a beauty salon. And every time I say goodbye to the ladies at Dessange and step outside their splendid villa, I feel more confident, with higher selfesteem and consequently, happier!

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Professionalism Guaranteed Liz O’Reilly found a light touch of life-changing relief with a simple massage that worked wonders.

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SPA Spotlight Unusually, on this occasion I had requested special attention to my ankles and lower legs which were feeling incredibly tight (thanks puppy). Having warmed and cleaned my feet with a moist heated towel, Sara got down to business. Using a generous helping of Heavenly Spa’s own special signature oil – for December there are treatment offers using a seasonal, apple-scented mix – my ankles were turned and manipulated, Sara’s fingers digging into the tendons and releasing a lot of built-up tension. Moving onto my calves, I was expecting pain but the therapist continually checked with me that the pressure level was not causing discomfort and, using incredibly gentle strokes, she managed, once again, to significantly loosen my muscles to such an extent that I no longer felt pain in an area that had been troubling for some weeks. My back and neck were the next targets which, to be honest, I was not looking forward to. But with long, even strokes and fairly strong but measured pressure, I could feel the earlier tensions easing. Sara’s agile fingers and years of training came into play to find knots in my neck that

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even I didn’t know were there, leaving me with an unfamiliar, but very welcome, feeling of lightness. At the end of my massage, I can honestly say I felt like a different person to the one who originally walked through the door at Heavenly Spa. My aching joints and seriously stressed muscles now felt light and my movements were so much easier that I actually had a spring in my step as I headed for the relaxation room to enjoy herbal tea and sweet cookies. So, a big thank you to The Westin City Centre Bahrain and also to lovely Sara. You really made my day. For more information or to book an appointment, please call Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin City Centre Bahrain on 1717 1122. @heavenlyspabahrain


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THE OHLALA SPA & WELLNESS AWARDS HAVE BEEN CREATED TO CELEBRATE AND RECOGNISE THE BEST IN THE BEAUTY AND WELLNESS INDUSTRY IN BAHRAIN. OHLALA HAS BECOME A REFERENCE IN HIGHLIGHTING THE OUTSTANDING SERVICES OFFERED ON THE ISLAND IN AN ARRAY OF DISTINCT CATEGORIES. WELCOME TO THE 5TH EDITION OF OHLALA SPA & WELLNESS AWARDS 2021!

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HOW IT WORKS Through a mix of print, social, web and direct media channels, we announced the nominees and voting is now live at the online voting page. Check it out now on: www. ohlala-magazine.com or scan the QR code.

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OHLALA Insights

The Most

Wonderful Time December is a month full of celebrations, but Christmas is by far the most anticipated one – there are gifts involved. To help you sort your Christmas shopping expedition, we at OHLALA put together some ideas, according to preferences and style. Happy present hunting season!

BOSS JUMPER BOSS WHITE HANDBAG

Boss Lady Women in the corporate world embrace a classic yet stylish look. A new suit jacket, high-heeled loafers or even a structured white handbag might do the trick and bring a smile to her face. These are practical and useful gifts that she can easily incorporate into her busy, business-driven daily life. However, if you want to pick something casual, a sweater with golden sequin details can be worn in the relaxed moments of her life.

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI BLAZER PRADA OVERSIZED OPTICALS

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MAX MARA

MAX MARA HIGH-HEELED LOAFERS


GIVENCHY BEAUTY PRISME LIBRE BLUSH NO. 2 TAFFETAS ROSE DOLCE & GABBANA MILLENNIAL SKIN TINTED MOISTURISER

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Is the lady in your life a beauty fan? She might be a teenager entering the adult world and starting her beauty collection or an expert on the subject and avid consumer of all the new tools in the market. No matter who she is, if make-up is her thing, we’ve selected the season's musthave items to create the most jaw-dropping looks. From powders to lipstick, we've got you covered!

YSL EYESHADOW DAZZLING TAUPE

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO F HEEL LEATHER PUMPS AT FARFETCH

IINDACO BOOTS WITH EMBELLISHED HEELS

Artistic Fashionista

ETRO OPEN KAFTAN

She is different and sometimes a bit over the top, but this woman has an eye for unique fashion pieces. Your mission here is to find something with striking details or a very particular, maybe eccentric clothing item, from funky shoes and their one-of-a-kind heels to painted kimonos and blouses. She knows how to mix and match everything in her wardrobe, and each time she steps out of the house, her looks match her creative personality.

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On The Move

GARMIN FORERUNNER 245 MUSIC GPS WATCH

The pandemic transformed many ladies into fitness enthusiasts. Working out at home became a practical way to keep fit and use the free time to acquire a healthier routine. Following instructors on YouTube or downloading fitness apps became a thing. For them, trainers, leggings, tops and the latest sports watches are a way of showing your support for their lifestyle. These are also good picks for those that wear workout clothes because they are comfortable and look good.

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LA MARQUISE NECKLACE

The Minimalist Someone that embraces this style likes simple pieces with a contemporary twist. Geometrical forms and different structures are a plus, and that's exactly how this woman makes her looks interesting and swanky. She is not a big fan of bold prints and colours. However, if she chooses an intense hue, it will be painting one piece or one accessory. She follows the ‘less is more’ concept every time she chooses her outfits.

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BURBERRY ASYMMETRIC PURIFICACION GARCIA CAMEL SHOES

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DSQUARED2 SPARKLY ANIMAL PRINT FLATS

ETRO DANGLING EARRINGS

Bling it On! She is glamourous and likes everything that sparkles. It could be a piece of jewellery, an eye-catching top or a pair of shoes. She loves to shine and all the attention that she gets. This season she will seek a selection of shimmering dresses as they are a trendy pick – many brands chose to add this glittering element to their collections. No matter if you are not this kind of girl, gift yourself and add a bit of glitz to your end-of-year celebrations to make the festive season extra special.

MANOLO BLAHNIK DIABLICA 105MM SANDALS AT FARFETCH

JENNY PACKHAM SPARKLY MINI DRESS AT HARVEY NICHOLS

SWAROVSKI STELLA BRACELET

BERLUTI MARBLE BOOK END AURA LIVING ROVE FRAME

About Home

ANTHROPOLOGIE DELANEY TAPERS CANDLE HOLDER

The trend of changing your home décor according to the seasons of the year or specific festivities is a real one. Some ladies prefer to embellish their homes more than themselves, and new decorative pieces are always welcome. A sculptured candle holder, ethnic vase or ambience scent will help interior design lovers (with enough storage space) embrace their passion. Get to know her taste and take on the quest of finding that rare object that she will cherish. RITUALS SERENDIPITY HOME LINE 62

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Tech Girl

COURANT WIRELESS PHONE CHARGING LEATHER TRAY

Technology is part of our lives more than ever. Companies are aware of our savviness for practical and sometimes just cool items, and many new products are hitting the market to make our lives easier or more interesting. From useful beautifying tools to curious clocks, we want it all. Who doesn't like an exciting new 'toy'? DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIR DRYER CLUTCH THIN PORTABLE CHARGER

EMBER HEATED COFFEE MUG ARTCOME JAPANESE MATCHA TEA SET

ANTHROPOLOGIE THE JOY OF WRITING THINGS DOWN

Twinkle Trinkets

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Little treats and funky gifts are versatile options to add to your shopping list. They serve as an excellent present for anyone, no matter their style. From books to coffee table games, they are an easy to please choice. They are also good to have under the Christmas tree for that lastminute person you forgot to add to your list or a friend or family member that decides to visit unexpectedly around this time of the year. APPLE AIRTAG HERMES BAG CHARM


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On the

Scholastic Path We end 2021 speaking to Professor Yusra Mouzughi, President of the Royal University for Women (RUW), about education and women’s empowerment.

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OHLALA Voices “Work with passion, believe in the education cause and, most importantly, be humble enough to believe that we are all still learning.” – Professor Yusra Mouzughi OHLALA - You have been building your career in the academic sector for over 20 years, focusing on higher education. Can you tell us how this exciting journey started and how it has been unfolding? Professor Yusra Mouzughi - In fact, this is my second career. I worked in the insurance industry in the UK for a period, and this was the catalyst for starting my PhD where I looked into the critical success factors for Knowledge Management in the Financial Services sector. From there, I started doing some teaching and progressed my career into programme management, programme development and academic leadership. Having grown up and lived in the UK for over 34 years and more recently moved to the Gulf in the last five years, I feel that my journey has been enriched with an understanding and appreciation of two very different cultures and educational ecosystems. I must say, though, I ‘fell’ into the education field; however, it is the thing I have enjoyed the most throughout my life and being able to see the impact of your work on individuals and broader societies is so rewarding. OHLALA - What was the biggest challenge you faced during your career? Professor Yusra - When I was finishing my PhD and working full-time in teaching, I was involved in a major road traffic accident that took me out of work for more than a year. I was in a wheelchair for over four months and on crutches for another two. With a very young family and husband who worked in London while I lived in Liverpool, the logistics of daily life became very challenging and simple day-to-day activities took meticulous planning and preparation. Being away from the work scene for so long obviously impacted my progression at the time. Despite the challenges, I felt this gave me a new and different perspective on the importance of support mechanisms – especially for working mothers – as well as an opportunity to reflect on my priorities in life. Thankfully, I went on to make a full recovery but the learnings gained during that time have stayed with me.They have made a lasting impression on how I relate to challenges, particularly those facing working mothers. OHLALA - And what were the most significant successes? Professor Yusra - I feel blessed to have had a number of highlights in my life. When I was in the UK higher education sector, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to set up and lead the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) programme at the university where I worked. This was a brand-new programme in an emerging area of education. With a dedicated team and a clearly differentiated vision, the programme went on to be a great success and, to this day, I am still in touch with many of the students who participated in it. More recently, when I was in Oman, I am honoured to say that I was the first (and remain the only) female Vice-Chancellor/President of a university. This was a great accolade and one that I will always be very proud of. I am also very conscious of the responsibility that goes with this accomplishment in terms of role modelling for other women in academia, but I hope that it will inspire others to believe in themselves and aim for the top.

OHLALA - You joined the RUW in May 2021; it is a relatively new role. What is it like being part of the RUW family? What are the highlights of the university for you? Professor Yusra - RUW is a truly special place because it has a unique mission dedicated to the advancement of women, supported by the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), with whom we have a strong and strategic partnership. This is a global agenda recognised internationally with a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG #5) dedicated to Gender Equality. Therefore, we feel we are not simply serving RUW but serving a much bigger cause. This common cause creates an exceptional feel and atmosphere among RUW staff and students, and this is one of the things I picked up as soon as I arrived – there is a real sense of loyalty and commitment to the university. Our quality drive is translated into successful daily stories when we see our graduates and alumnae lead exciting, rewarding and inspiring careers in all walks of life. This makes me really happy and is a constant reminder of how blessed I am to be in a job I love. OHLALA - You were in Oman before moving to Bahrain, which means that you haven’t been living in the Kingdom for too long. However, what are your favourite things here so far? Professor Yusra - I came to Bahrain in mid-May, so still relatively new but, luckily, I arrived at a period when we were going back into a sense of normality with many activities and events being re-launched after the Covid-19 lockdowns. What has really caught my attention is the vast range of activities in the Kingdom at any given time. This is especially the case now that the weather is getting cooler. I always feel that there is lots to do and many cultural and entertainment activities to suit all tastes – my favourite so far has been the Pearling Path in Muharraq because it really sheds light on the rich history of Bahraini trade and international relations. I must admit that I am a great coffee lover, and I have been impressed by the number of really nice and trendy coffee shops in Bahrain. I am slowly making my way around these and creating my list of favourite spots! OHLALA - What would be your words of advice to those looking to grow their careers in the academic field? Professor Yusra - Academic life is a rewarding and fulfilling journey of self-discovery, contribution and growth. Being around students in an environment where knowledge is being created, shared and disseminated is thrilling and a great way of ensuring that you maintain a lifelonglearning approach to everything. My experience has taught me that to succeed in academia, you have to seek opportunities and really ‘own’ them like many other industries. Work with passion, believe in the education cause and, most importantly, be humble enough to believe that we are all still learning. Working together, we can make a better tomorrow for the next generations.

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Future is Now

The Turkish brand Tuvanam has been taking the world by storm with its dazzling and singular designs. Tuvanam’s AW2021 collection is a reinterpretation of modernism with a technology twist. By combining new trends with minimalist details, the founder and creative director, Tuvana Demir, creates designs that express self-confidence and a strong attitude. The collection brings functional pieces that work for every hour of the day. The structures allow the feminine body to be free of standard forms portraying vibrant and unique looks. From shimmering textiles to black velvet, the collection embraces a futuristic expression. Other elements are 3D hologram and gradient transitional sequins, lurex, satin, tulle and taffeta fabrics coupled with minimalist embroidery details. The pieces can be paired for a stunning, festive end-of-year look or as an eye-catching detail for more casual looks. Tuvana opened her first store, A46, in 1999. In 2005 the desire for creating fashion staples gave life to Tunavam. With this brand, the designer explored the international market and participated in fashion fairs in Paris, London, New York and Milan.

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OHLALA Spotlight

Vida Hotel’s

Bahrain Debut

Designed for the inspired, Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain will be a hub for the next generation of entrepreneurial minds to stay, play and connect when it opens its doors this month.

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ida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain is set to launch this month bringing with it a cool new hospitality concept like no other in the Kingdom. Offering a hub for the next generation of entrepreneurial minds to stay, play and connect, the new beach resort takes its inspiration from art, design, entrepreneurship and fashion. The first Vida property outside of UAE, and its second beach resort, will offer chic meeting rooms, funky dining outlets and comfortably designed contemporary rooms for the young and on the move, making Vida Bahrain the go-to destination this season. A metropolitan space for those who are tech savvy, enjoy modern art or those who simply want to kick back and relax; whatever your needs, Vida Bahrain will take care of them. Situated on the southern island shores of Marassi, with immediate beach access and in close proximity to the soon-to-open Marassi Galleria Shopping Mall, the 157-room and 141-serviced-residences resort will be home to your next great escape. Foodies will love the dining concepts, which include Origins, a quirky easygoing restaurant for guests to work from or spend the day relaxing in. For al fresco lovers, there is a trendy sea-facing pool bar with a temperature-controlled rooftop infinity pool boasting Instagramable views of the sea. The Bistro by Origins will offer a more upscale dining experience with amazing sea views and unique gastronomic offerings that are sure to leave you impressed. As the property is perfectly positioned adjacent to the waterfront most rooms, the gym and dining outlets have a contemporary aesthetic appeal with a beachside atmosphere. Whether strolling along the sandy beach, chilling by the pool, enjoying the finest gastronomy or soaking up the endless sea views from your private balcony, Vida Bahrain is destined to become the most exciting destination designed to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect. Part of the Emaar Hospitality Group, Vida Hotels and Resorts is a refreshingly different, upscale, lifestyle hotel and residences brand for the new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers. Vida, meaning ‘life’ in Spanish, embraces warmth, simplicity and creativity in design-led spaces. Positioned as a lively and vibrant hub where inspiring minds can create, connect and come alive, Vida hotels offer a stimulating environment where style meets convenience and interactivity. Vida Hotels and Resorts has four properties in Dubai – Vida Downtown, Manzil Downtown, Vida Emirates Hills and Vida Creek Harbour – and extends its service competencies to Vida Residences. The company recently opened its first beach resort in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain in 2021 and operates hotels and serviced residences in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and now Bahrain. For more information, please visit www.vidahotels.com @vidabahrain

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Luxury Meets Nature

Travelling is once again part of our lives, and OHLALA’s Layal El-Mahmoud embarked on a trip to paradise – aka Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences – to fully embrace a relaxing mode.

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TRAVEL Escapes once-in-a-lifetime trip began at the new state-of-the-art Bahrain International Airport. With an impressive space turned into a labyrinth of duty-free stores, dining choices and comfortable waiting areas, our trip began at the Gulf Air counter with a surprise upgrade to business class; a treat from the national carrier. With warm, welcoming smiles, Gulf Air staff swiftly finished our boarding process despite the many procedures related to Covid-19. After four and a half hours of deluxe flying, we landed at Velana International Airport in Malé to meet Adam. He’s a kind and helpful young Maldivian who assisted us with our transfer. A short drive later, we arrived at the seaplane lounge, and waited to board the tiny plane with a hot cup of jasmine tea in hand. A summer rain shower passed by and we boarded the seaplane, which is not ideal for claustrophobic travellers – but is incredibly safe and comfortable. Forty minutes of ocean views and we were landing in the middle of the water. A floating platform was our next step, moving from plane to boat. As we disembarked on the jetty at Amilla Maldives Resort & Residence on Baa Atoll, we finally breathed in the beautiful air and ambience. We were greeted by the sound of local drums mixed with the crashing of waves and the smiles of hospitable faces. With no check-in required, Elena, our amazing butler, escorted us to our new temporary home. A spacious, newlyrenovated and luxurious over-water villa adorned in white and blue decor. Two bicycles were parked by the door. Inside we cast our eyes over a giant counter that held everything you need, from a coffee machine to a minibar. As you walk through the living area, your eyes meet a blanket of blue, from your private infinity pool to the shallow sapphire water and the deeper azure ocean that looks as though it’s kissing the cloudy sky. There was an urge to jump right in, and everywhere we turned felt like a scene from a dream. Back inside, behind the bed, which was utterly comfortable, there was a big space with a dresser on one side and a wide floor-to-ceiling cabinet that can accommodate a whole family’s luggage. Two smooth white seats offered comfort while getting dressed. A bathtub sat at the far end, hidden away in the corner, with a rain shower ready to wash the sand away. A narrow path connected this side of the villa to the entrance. To the left side, a bathroom. To the right, another cabinet.

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You’ll want to take it all in and store it in your memory. Once you’ve done that, it’s easier to relax. We took a seat at the desk and listened to Elena while she explained our well-planned itinerary. First things first, two gentlemen from the clinic arrived to perform Covid-19 tests via swabs. We stayed in our room for an hour until the results were confirmed negative (and we didn’t mind the down time). With a confirmed negative result, we rushed out to EBC (Emperor Beach Club) Restaurant. Here, the delicious Sri-Lankan Chilli Crab satisfied our palates in a way that we feel we’ll never experience again. The halloumi brown rice salad was light and delicious, making lunch a success. The dining options at Amilla are widely diverse with a deep understanding and commitment to the concepts of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Amilla plans for more vegetables to be grown on the island soil for maximum freshness.The garden currently produces basil and mint. Eggs also come from the resort’s chickens. All drinking water is purified in a special facility, and a special non-alcoholic Kombucha is prepared in the resort’s kitchen, using fruit leftovers and local herbs. The resort is also committed to the minimum use of plastic. Throughout our three-night stay, every meal was as satiating as its predecessor, if not better. For breakfast, a buffet offered a great range of bread and pastries, and yoghurt and jams that are prepared in house. There was fruit, porridge, cold cuts and cheese, and an extensive hot food offering (sausages and hash browns, pancakes, waffles and more). You can get made-to-order eggs and anything off

the à la carte menu. We ordered our favourite Maldivian tuna dish, Massuni, which is canned tuna prepared with freshly ground coconut, chilli, onion, and lime juice… so, so good! If you wish to try the Instagram-worthy floating breakfast in the privacy of your pool, all you need to do is book it the day before. The Japanese restaurant, WOK (taste of Asia), was exceptional. Amazing octopus salad, sushi, and catch of the day fish fillet all passed the taste bud test, coated in mouth-watering sweet peanut sauce. In the evening, you can chill out and enjoy a shisha if you wish, all surrounded by beach vibes with your toes in the sand. Rainy days put a halt to our water activity plans, but unwinding by the pool was just perfect. Youngsters also have plenty of activities to choose from at the kids’ club. We tried recycled paper making at the Art Studio, which was fun! Entertainment was alive in the evenings. The resort organises culture-inspired shows as often as possible, and we had the pleasure of watching the talented fire show on our third night. Javvu Spa offered us a long-anticipated treatment, a 60-minute aromatherapy body massage. From a variety of essential oils, we chose coconut; it smelled divine and was deeply moisturising! We felt completely Zen afterwards. Visiting the Maldives was a dream come true, and Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences certainly made it the picturesque and memorable escape that you imagine. As far as safety, seclusion, and luxury goes – this is the destination where you’ll find it all.

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HOLDING OUT

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After 18 months of closure, Primavera Osteria Contemporanea is back at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and better than ever.

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he interiors have been given an upgrade. The open kitchen offers a great view of the chefs as they go about creating their fabulous dishes. There is a long table directly in front of the kitchen where special-event cooking demonstrations can be held as well as a private dining room. The interiors are warm and welcoming and, during the current cooler weather, there’s the option to eat on the terrace overlooking the pool and the pretty gardens. That’s what we did and I highly recommend it. It was a pleasure to meet the property’s new Executive Sous Chef, Heros de Agostinis from Rome, who is currently working to train Primavera’s staff on the new menu he has created. We were lucky enough to have him join us at our table to explain the dishes we were about to try and make his own personal recommendations. Since autumn is truffle season, and I am slightly obsessed with the flavoursome fungi, it would not have been good if I didn’t try some dishes from the truffle tasting menu. I started with Carpaccio di Manzo Croccante – crispy beef carpaccio with dry-aged parmesan, rocket leaves and Umbria black truffle. The thinly sliced, seasoned beef lies on a flat disc of crunchy baked parmesan. Add in a generous topping of shaved truffles and both myself and my dining companion were in taste-sensory heaven! She had grilled scallops with cucumber gazpacho which, in a pleasing show, was poured at the table. A dedicated foodie, she declared the scallops to be some of the best she’s ever tasted on the island. I tried a mouthful and was seriously impressed with both the texture – soft and yielding – and the flavour – delicate and sweet. For this dish, the gazpacho was the perfect accompaniment to avoid drowning out the seafood.

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CHIC Eats Next came Spaghetti di Gragnano Cacio e Pepe with raw Sicilian red prawns and Amalfi lemon. The prawns are served raw, about which I was slightly concerned, but Chef Heros explained the process by which they are harvested in southern Italian waters and immediately frozen on board the boats as they need to be eaten really fresh. The fishermen only sell the unfrozen ones to local restaurants as they can become tainted really quickly. Immediate freezing means the exquisite flavour is retained. They are juicy and slightly sweet, making a flavoursome addition to the cheesy, chunky pasta. My dining companion had Bottoni di Pappa al Pomodoro – tomato ravioli with baked herb ricotta. It sounds like such a simple dish but ended up being one of the standouts of the night. The warm tomato sauce with sprigs of Italian thyme perfectly complemented the al dente pasta packets of softly melting cheese – I think I ate almost as much of her dish as I did my own. We followed with pumpkin risotto and both opted for a generous topping of Alba truffles, grated at our table. As you would expect, this the perfect comfort food dish. The rich scent and taste of the cheese welcomed the pumpkin to form a perfect flavour combination and the topping of truffles, deep and slightly gamey in taste, along with a hint of star anise, presented the ideal foil adding a touch of flamboyance. Last up for the savouries was Filleto di Manzo Black Angus with aubergine parmigiana and basil oil for me. And lamb chops with stuffed baby artichokes alla Romana for my friend. Both were fabulous. The beef was perfectly cooked, lightly charred on the outside and temptingly yielding and deep red inside. The aubergine and parmesan combination added the exact level of carby comfort required but without being overblown. The lamb chops were expertly rendered. Pink on the inside, tender rather than chewy and with a delightful piquancy.

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For dessert, I tried the Tiramisu which has a rich coffee taste and perfectly creamy texture. My dining companion went for the chef ’s special, the Heros’ Sunday Cake, which was the second outright triumph of the evening and comes with its own story of when his grandmother would collect him from school in his native Italy and would make something similar as a snack that clearly left a big impression. A combination of sweet flakey pastry with milk ice cream and chocolate sauce, this dish is a great indication of the childhood that inspired Chef Heros. It’s sweet but not overly so and the homemade ice cream is fabulously creamy. Granny sure knew what she was doing. At the end of the evening, we were convinced that everyone should try out the new menu at Primavera. Do it, it’s yummy!

For more information or to make a reservation, please call Primavera at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain on 1758 6499.

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KEEPING

FOCUSED This month, Victoria Kruse shares her tips on maintaining a new healthy diet and shares a Christmas treat recipe with us.

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hen you are following a specific diet, it is easy to fall off the wagon during the festive season. However, you don’t have to. Victoria brings some tips to keep you motivated to follow your chosen eating style, even when it seems too hard. - When possible, make the change in your diet together with a significant other. It will be easier to keep the focus when the difficult times come. Having someone in the same condition as you will keep you on your toes. - Clear out your kitchen of anything you don’t want in your eating lifestyle and try to remove any temptations from cabinets and fridge. - Make sure you have the right food available. You might want to try a food box subscription service or visit a regular store that you know has the right food choices to satiate your appetite. - Try to take some time each week to prepare basic food, particularly go-to ready meals or snacks and keep them in your fridge or freezer. So, if you get snowed under or distracted, you can grab things that still fulfil your hunger. You can still enjoy the Christmas flavours if you follow a low carb diet. Learn with Victoria how to make an Italian staple in a revamped, lighter version during the holiday season.

Victoria Kruse is a sustainability and wellness mentor. She was born and raised in a small town in New Zealand, surrounded by nature and rich biodiversity, and has always eaten homegrown and seasonal food. She is a chameleon with many talents and much knowledge to share. She worked in numerous fields before reinventing herself through learning and experience to become a sustainability and wellness mentor in the Maldives resort industry. As the creator of the ‘Wellness Your Way’ initiative, Victoria has developed recipes and shared with guests her philosophy of eating well for health and a more sustainable Planet Earth.

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Low Carb Panforte – Italian Christmas Cake Ingredients: 4 pasture-raised eggs 100g butter melted 60g coconut milk 45g coconut treacle (or coconut syrup) 220g ground almond 40g tapioca starch 50g cassava flour 30g erythritol 64g dried cranberry 40g golden raisins

40g dark chocolate 85% buttons or cut into pieces 20g activated almond 20g activated pistachio 20g activated pecan nuts 40g activated walnut ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground nutmeg zest of one orange

Method:

Step one – activate your nuts Nuts and seeds contain phytic acid, a substance that they produce to stop predators from eating them. However, when humans consume phytic acid, it inhibits our ability to absorb essential minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Activating also removes the bitter flavour that nuts can have. Place the nuts in a bowl, cover with water, and add one tsp of raw apple cider vinegar. Leave it for five to six hours and then drain and place them in the oven to dry for 12 hours at 60° Celsius then chop. Step two – make the Panforte Beat the eggs until they become fluffy; slowly add the melted butter, coconut milk and coconut treacle. Add the salt, cinnamon, ginger, ground nutmeg and orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix the ground almond, cassava flour, tapioca starch and erythritol. Combine the liquid ingredients to the dry mixture and add the dried cranberry, golden raisins, chopped chocolate and all chopped nuts. Pour the mix into a 20cm cake ring and bake in the oven for approximately 40 minutes at 165° Celsius. Enjoy! @victoria_maldiveswellness

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Christmas FEASTS

Enjoy the festive season to catch up with friends and family – a great excuse to explore the special holiday dining deals in Bahrain.

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

La Mosaique Gather friends and family around the table on December 24 and celebrate. Partake in a traditional three-course Christmas carvery feast that will be manna from heaven, even Santa would approve! Priced at BD20 net with three glasses of house grape. From 12pm to 4pm or 6pm to 11pm. Call or WhatsApp 3841 1272 for more information or to make a reservation.

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The Backyard @Harvesters Pub & Terrace and La Mosaique This is the time to stay jolly and share Christmas Day with the ones you love. Take time to reunite with family and friends and spread happiness and joy. A special brunch with live music and even a visit from Santa will happen on December 25 from 12pm to 4pm. Celebrate Christmas with plenty of cheer at BD30 net with free-flowing white and red grape, BD12 net for children under 10. Call or WhatsApp 3841 1272 for more information or to make a reservation.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

Fusions by Tala If you have been waiting for Christmas to try out Fusions by Tala, the time is now! Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner from 7pm to 11pm with a meal plated by the MBC TOP Chef-famed and patron Chef – Tala Bashmi. The festive tasting menu is priced at BD32 plus taxes per person and BD55 plus taxes per person with grape pairing. On Christmas day, December 25, experience an à la carte brunch menu, inclusive of freeflowing cocktails and live music. Priced at BD45 net per person. Call 1774 6425 or 3655 1222 for more information.

GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

CUT by Wolfgang Puck Join in the party at Four Seasons this festive season. Great music, fun people and some of the best representations of traditional Christmas specialities everyone looks forward to each year await at CUT by Wolfgang Puck. The Christmas Eve Brunch will happen on December 24 from 12pm to 3.30pm and is priced at BD34 net, including soft beverages, and BD48 net, with the extended beverage package. Call 1711 5044 for more information or to make a reservation.

Gulf Convention Centre Savour a Grand Christmas Brunch on December 25 that has it all, a place filled with cheer, live stations, live band, a jolly Santa Claus with gifts for kids and children’s activities. The big brunch runs from 12.30pm to 4pm and is priced at BD35 net per person inclusive of free-flowing beverages. Children from six to 12 years get 50% discount and under fives dine for free. Tickets can be purchased at the lobby box office from December 6. Limited seats available. Call 1774 6425 or 3655 1222 for more information or to make a reservation.

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INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN

Bahrain Bay Kitchen On Christmas Day, savour a traditional roast turkey complete with all the trimmings, international gastronomic delights, festive desserts by the pastry elves and more. Live music and a special visit from Santa Claus set the scene for the ultimate festive experience. The holiday brunch happens on December 25 from 1pm to 4pm and is priced at BD49 net with soft drinks and BD60 net for the extended beverage package. Call 1711 5500 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Al Rifaa Ballroom Bring the family together and celebrate the spirit of the season on Christmas Day with an assisted buffet at the InterContinental’s grand ballroom. Embrace the simple pleasure of a Christmas meal with your family this year. The special lunch runs from 12.30pm to 4pm and is priced at BD29 net with soft drinks, BD38 net, with selected enhanced beverages, and BD16 net for the kids’ package for six- to 12-year-olds. Call 1722 7777 or WhatsApp 3696 7701 for more information or to make a reservation.


MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN

Silk’s Restaurant and Gallery Lobby Lounge Celebrate Christmas Day with your favourite people and share the joy of a celebratory brunch. Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a delicious festive feast for a memorable occasion. The Christmas Grand Brunch runs from 12.30pm to 4pm and is priced at BD43 net per person, including unlimited selected beverages, (BD39 net per person for bookings before December 9). Call 1746 0017 or WhatsApp 3364 0032 for more information or to make a reservation.

ROYAL GOLF CLUB

Christmas Brunch Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas Day at the Royal Golf Club. Celebrate with an array of delicious dishes and unlimited selected enhanced drinks and soft beverages from 12.30pm to 3.30pm with live music, a photo booth and, for the very first time, camel rides. Priced at BD30 per adult or BD42 with enhanced beverages, and BD12 for kids under 12. You can also continue the festivities with the after-brunch beverage package that runs from 3.30pm to 6pm for BD15. Call 1775 1262 for more information or to make a reservation.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

Garden Lawn Santa Claus is coming to town for Le Garden Grand Festive Christmas Eve Friday Brunch. Treat your loved ones to an absolute Christmas joy at this special and legendary festive brunch infused with traditional Christmas delicacies and carollers to lift your spirits and jingle your cravings accompanied by live entertainment for kids. From 7pm to 11pm, priced at BD30 net per person with live station of set menu with soft drinks and selected beverages. Booking in advance is required. Call or WhatsApp 3888 5789 for more information or to make a reservation

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

Saraya, Fiamma, and Rivaaj Experience the true meaning of Art de Noël with a legendary Grand Christmas Day Brunch presented across a spread of exceptional buffets featuring international and traditional favourites. Sing along with carollers while the children mingle with jolly ol’ Santa Claus and receive special gifts. Relish a complete family affair spanning both indoors and out in the special marquee, with live entertainment. From 12.30pm to 4pm, priced BD49 net per person, inclusive of selected beverages, BD24.5 for children from six to 12 years and children under six dine for free. Call or WhatsApp 3888 5789 for more information or to make a reservation.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

Winter Chalet From December 5 to January 15 enjoy an Alpine culinary adventure at this new Nikmati pop-up concept, the Winter Chalet, located on the beach. Whether a fun afternoon with family or a picture-perfect evening with friends, the Winter Chalet exudes the warm and cosy atmosphere of a traditional Alpine cottage in winter, complete with crackling fire, the decadent smell of roasted chestnuts, mouth-watering Raclette, sumptuous Schnitzel and a variety of fondues. A magical experience awaits every day from 4pm to 10.30pm, whisking you on a well-deserved winter holiday without leaving the city. Remember to wear your cold weather clothing! Blankets will be provided to keep you warm. Call 1758 6499 or email rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com for more information or to make a reservation.

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Croquet Lawn On December 25, indulge in a festive celebration of culinary delights highlighted by the chefs’ splendid creations - from a lavish spread of live stations inspired by Christmas traditions around the world, a sumptuous seafood and prime rib corner to a decadent selection of heavenly desserts. Elevate your celebrations with live entertainment, festive activities, a special visit from Santa Claus and everything magical you envisioned the eve before. The Christmas brunch runs from 12pm to 4pm and is priced at BD40 with soft beverages, BD49 with selected beverages and BD25 for children from four to twelve years. In the event of adverse weather, the joyous festivities will happen in the Grand Foyer. Call 1758 6499 or email rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com for more information or to make a reservation.

THE WESTIN AND LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

Christmas Day Brunch Enjoy a Christmas Brunch at Salero from 12.30pm to 4pm. Priced at BD28 net, including soft beverages, and BD36 net including selected beverages. Please note that Salero Restaurant is a +21 venue. At Baharat Restaurant, the brunch runs from 12.30pm to 4pm and has live entertainment. Priced at BD28 net, including soft drinks, and BD36 net, including selected beverages. Kids are welcome and children from six to 12 years pay 50% and under fives dine free. Limited seats available, seats are pre-sold. Call 1717 1441 or WhatsApp 3320 4175 for more information or to make a reservation.

THE ART HOTEL & RESORT AMWAJ ISLANDS

Choices Tuck into a Christmas feast unlike any other at Choices restaurant and terrace, with stunning views of the garden and live music entertainment. You can also enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet with an extensive menu and indulge in festive specialities such as stuffed turkey, turkey gravy, Christmas pudding and much more. Bring the kids along for fun Christmas-themed activities and a surprise visit from Santa. The festive lunch happens on December 25 and runs from 12.30pm to 5pm. Priced at BD38 net per person and BD48 net per person inclusive of selected beverages. Call 1600 0111 or 3307 1844 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Welcome 2022 IN STYLE

A New Year is just around the corner, celebrate it at your favourite dining spots and enjoy their special events.

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

Bahrain Conference Centre This New Year’s Eve Her Majesty’s Secret Service requests your presence at a not-so-secret high stakes assignment at the 2022 Licence to Party. You will have the option of enjoying your special drink shaken or stirred while indulging in a lavish meal. The lively entertainment will ensure your presence on the dance floor until the mission is completed. Priced at BD70 net (tickets only) or BD190 net with room package for two people. Early bird offer of 10% off if booked before December 15. The party will happen from 8pm to 2am. Call or WhatsApp 3841 1272 for more information or to make a reservation.

DOWNTOWN ROTANA

Teatro Downtown Is there any better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than being in a premiere culinary venue designed with contemporary flair while overlooking the amazing city views of Manama? Say goodbye to 2021 at Teatro Downtown’s five-course dinner bash that promises an electrifying experience with plenty of drinks, delicious food offerings from around the world and hefty beats by a renowned DJ. Priced at BD25 net, with soft drinks, and BD35 net, with the enhanced drinks package. Call 1311 9999 or 3360 5070 or email fb.downtown@rotana.com for more information or to make a reservation.

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Bahrain Bay Kitchen Ring in the New Year with live jazz music and a fabulous international feast by Executive Chef Leonardo that includes live cooking stations from various corners of the Earth. A sensational countdown into 2022 awaits with live entertainment throughout the night. The New Year’s Eve party happens on December 31 from 8pm to 2am and is priced at BD55 net, including soft drinks, and BD65 net, for the extended beverage package until midnight. Call 1711 5500 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Re/ASIAN Cuisine Head up to the 50th floor for a New Year’s Eve celebration like no other. An enhanced à la carte menu including Uni (sea urchin) and Cantonese duck is on offer along with live entertainment and the best views in town. The celebration is from 7pm onwards and prices start from BD40 net minimum spend per person. Call 1711 5500 for more information or to make a reservation. 92

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck Dine in style with front row seats to Manama’s sparkling skyline on December 31 from 7pm onwards. Wolfgang Puck’s chefs are preparing an imaginative menu that includes Italian beluga caviar and chestnut agnolotti. The best part? Guests get to craft their own dining experience with an à la carte menu of their choosing starting from BD40 net minimum spend per person. Call 1711 5044 for more information or to make a reservation.

GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

Al Waha Restaurant & Lobby Ring in the New Year in true Latin spirit with this Lobby Party. Mark the end of the year in true style with the trio band that will entertain you throughout the night and bring in the countdown welcoming 2022. Chef Carlo Cirone and the culinary brigade are prepping up an extravagant spread of dishes with live stations and carvings to make it a night to remember. The party happens from 7pm to 1am and is priced at BD40 net per person, inclusive of free-flowing beverages. Children from six to 12 years get 50% discount and under fives dine for free. Limited to 150 seats only. Call 1774 6425 or 3655 1222 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Elements For a memorable evening, celebrate the start of 2022 with a New Year’s Eve outdoor/indoor party at Elements. Welcome the New Year with selected drinks and different cuisines from their street food alley while enjoying DJ Kristina V’s vibes. The outdoor party runs from 9pm to 12am and the indoor celebration goes from 9.30pm to 2am (limited spaces). The price is BD36 net, with selected enhanced beverages. Call 1722 7777 or WhatsApp 3696 7701 for more information or to make a reservation.


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Al Nakheel Ballroom Brace yourselves for the extravagant and dazzling 1001 Nights New Year Eve’s festivities, featuring fireworks, one-of-a-kind live entertainment by a renowned Arabic singer and Robert the ‘One Man Show’ complemented by a mesmerising belly dance performance. Join in the countdown to the New Year and, as the clock strikes midnight, enjoy the Kingdom’s most spectacular fireworks by the sea. The magic evening runs from 9.30pm to 2am and prices start from BD90 per person, inclusive of beverages. Call or WhatsApp 3888 5789 for more information or to make a reservation.

THE ART HOTEL & RESORT AMWAJ ISLANDS

Al Thuraya Ballroom It’s show-time! There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than to have a party that pays tribute to times gone by. Celebrate by dressing up in outfits from your favourite decade and enjoy the live performances throughout the night along with a stunning gala dinner. NYE show-time runs from 7.30pm to 12.30pm and is priced at BD75 net per person. Call 1600 0111 or 3307 1844 for more information or to make a reservation.

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MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN

Silk’s Restaurant and Gallery Lobby Lounge Celebrate New Year’s Eve and the start of 2022 with a spectacular All Godfather Party worthy of the Don himself, Vito Corleone, and enjoy movie-inspired dishes and impressive decorations. Experience interesting moments and elegant costumes as you dive into the world of speak softly love music. For a true movie-like experience, waste no time and book your table. Doors open from 8pm until 2am. Priced at BD59 inclusive of arrival drinks reception, unlimited selected beverages and dinner (menu service until 12am, while the party continues until 2am). Call 1746 0017 or WhatsApp 3364 0032 for more information or to make a reservation.

RAMADA HOTEL & SUITES AMWAJ ISLANDS BY WYNDHAM

Ya Hala Roof-Top Lounge Ring in the New Year and celebrate new beginnings with your loved ones. Join in for a fantastic celebration at Ya Hala Roof-Top Lounge including an unlimited lavish international dinner buffet and free-flowing selected beverages. The New Year’s Eve celebration runs from 7.30pm to 12am and is priced at BD39 net per person including unlimited dinner buffet and bubbly, BD19 net for children from six to 11 years and children below five dine for free. Reserve your table and pay in advance before December 24, and get 20% discount. Call 1360 0111 or email fnb@ramada-manama-amwaj.com for more information or to make a reservation.

ROYAL GOLF CLUB

NYE All White Party Indulge in a four-course set menu dinner overlooking the pristine golf course and ring in the New Year with a live DJ and a countdown toast. The dress code is all white and the party runs from 8pm onwards. The celebration is priced at BD42. Call 1775 1262 for more information or to make a reservation.

Thai Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style and welcome 2022 with an exciting yet sophisticated evening full of fun-filled music and entertainment by the resident DJ, complemented by a delicious hearty epicurean spread of extraordinary culinary presentations. The Seabreeze New Year’s Eve Celebration runs from 8pm to 1am and is priced at BD60 inclusive of live stations and two beverages. Call 1758 6499 or email rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com for more information or to make a reservation.

THE WESTIN AND LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

New Year’s Eve Dinner Enjoy the last day of the year at Bizarre from 9pm to 2am with live DJ entertainment. Priced at BD40 net per person including one bottle of house beverage and light bites. A selected beverages package is available from BD60 net per person. At Bahrat Restaurant, the dinner runs from 7pm to 2am with live entertainment. Priced at BD30 net, including soft beverages, and BD40 net including selected beverages. Children from six to 12 years pay 50% and under sixes dine free. The same package is available at Salero, however, under 21s are not allowed at this venue. Limited seats available, seats are pre-sold. Call 1717 1441 or WhatsApp 3320 4175 for more information or to make a reservation.

WYNDHAM GARDEN MANAMA

Mosaic and Via Brasil A New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner awaits at Mosaic and Via Brasil. The restaurants will bring an exquisite buffet, live stations, a diverse assortment of treats from the Churrascaria Grill, bubbly and deluxe canapés on arrival on December 31 from 8pm onwards. Families and friends can later head to the rooftop party, where the resident DJ will be spinning popular party tracks to welcome the New Year, and look forward to singing and dancing the night away to Auld Lang Syne until 2am. From BD42 net, inclusive of premium beverages, and BD55 net inclusive of premium beverages during the meal and free entrance to the rooftop New Year’s party with free flow of house beverages. Call 6639 8787 or email jashan@wyndhamgardenmanama.com for more information or to make a reservation. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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eep is celebrating 80 years of 4x4 leadership and innovation with the launch of their all-new Grand Cherokee L. This reimagining of the most awarded SUV of all time is sure to put a smile on the faces of SUV lovers and off-road enthusiasts alike. Thanks to the outstanding team at Behbehani Brothers, OHLALA Magazine received the opportunity to carefully inspect and test-drive this latest model, an experience we won’t soon forget. First up, the exterior. Jeep have taken inspiration from their first full-sized luxury SUV, the original Wagoneer. Despite the 3,091mm wheelbase of this vehicle, the L’s profile is slender in nature, emphasised by its elongated hood and cab. The forward tipping grille further highlights the length of the bonnet and is complemented by a full suite of LED lighting.

This lighting setup is fitted as standard on all trim levels and includes ultra slim headlamps, slim horizontal fog lamps with unique signature lighting, as well as ultra slim tail lamps. The roof has been both lowered and tapered to ensure maximum aerodynamic performance and fuel efficiency, without sacrificing any important cargo space. Upon entering the vehicle, we were greeted by a next-generation interior, boasting opulent colours, handcrafted materials and modern amenities. We found all features in the cabin to be most impressive including the 16way adjustable seating with lumbar support as well as the multifunction steering wheel that feels just right in hand. All control features have been perfectly placed for optimum performance and convenience, whilst the design and quality of the dashboard is truly outstanding.

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DIVA Drives The centre stack has been realigned to ensure accessibility for the driver, with an illuminated element framing the 10.1-inch display for the Unconnect 5 system. Additionally, a 10.25-inch frameless digital gauge cluster has also been included in the setup, allowing the user easy access to driver-assist technologies and other vehicle information. Despite this system including nearly two dozen different menus, we found it easy to navigate, intuitive and most informative. This system has a fully customisable home screen and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Grand Cherokee L is the first three-row vehicle produced by Jeep. This spacious SUV is a genuine seven-seater, able to comfortably fit up to seven adults. The second-row door openings are larger than previous models, with the doors themselves able to open to 64-degrees. An ingress/ egress exterior side step has also been fitted for your convenience. The third row features a 50/50 split and can be folded via an electronic remote

release in the rear cargo area. The volume of the boot is 1,328 litres, which can be increased up to 2,396 litres with all seating folded flat. Although both the exterior and interior design of the L are impressive, its performance capabilities are what truly set this car apart from the rest of the pack. Upon first inspection one may think this SUV is a little on the large side, a factor that could affect performance. This, however, could not be further from the truth. This all-new model is equipped with the all-aluminium, 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine. With 293 horsepower and 353Nm of torque, this engine produces more than enough power for all terrain, whilst continuously aiding fuel consumption. The powertrain combined with a class-exclusive Quadra-Lift Air Suspension, a highly effective braking system and advanced traction control, ensure this model is an absolute joy to drive and we always felt in complete control of the experience.

“This spacious SUV is a genuine seven-seater, able to comfortably fit up to seven adults.”

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Upon venturing off-road, we found the Grand Cherokee L’s class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system to be extremely useful, allowing us to smoothly switch between five terrain modes including Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow and Mud/Sand. No matter the terrain, the L made short work of any and all geographical challenges we put in its way. Jeep have incorporated more than 110 safety and security features in the all-new L. These include innovative applications of technologies that refine the connection between the driver, the vehicle and the road. These features include Full-Speed Collision Warning, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Night Vision Camera, Rear Cross Path detection, Active Lane Management, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Brake Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, ParkSense rear park assist sensors, Tyrepressure monitoring, a Drowsy Driver Detection system as well as Traffic Sign Recognition amongst many others. So, what else can we say? If you are looking to purchase a superior 4x4 seven-seater SUV that not only looks great and drives well, but keeps you and your loved ones safe, this is the car for you.

For more information and to book a test drive of your own, please call Behbehani Brothers on 1745 9999.

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New Year’s resolutions, here we go! Regardless of what you commit to, the idea is to make your life in the coming year a better one.

LAURA JAMES ON PEXELS

It’s time to say goodbye to 2021, a year that started full of hope and that we can say is ending on a better note than when it began. With Covid-19 vaccines out there, our fight against the latest pandemic is showing signs that we might be on the winning team. We still have a long way to go, but when we look back, we can say that we are on the right track. Every new year is packed with lots of hope and resolutions; it’s that period when we put our lives into perspective and decide that we need to make changes. According to the Discover Happy Habits website, the most popular resolutions for 2020 were to exercise more (50%), save money (49%) and eat healthier (43%). They later found that 35% kept all their resolutions, 49% continued with some of their promises, and only 16% failed at keeping any of them. After the scary year we had in 2020, people were more determined to modify or leave behind bad habits, mainly when it came to their health. Statistics specialist Statista showed that America’s top resolutions for 2021 were to exercise more (44%) and eat healthier (42%). Some of the other common resolutions are quitting smoking, spending more time with family and friends and living to the fullest. Whatever change you wish to make, now is the best moment. What about putting a list together of the things you’ve done this year that you are very proud of and also something that you can improve? Try to make it a positive one, with lots of minor or significant achievements – they are all relevant. And regarding the changes, make them about things you can see yourself doing, such as donating blood or starting recycling. Just don’t forget to be nice to yourself when it comes to expectations.

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BEAT THE INCREASE. THE 8 GRAN COUPÉ.

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