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or most brides, picking out a wedding dress isn’t done on a whim. It can take months of planning/ perusing Pinterest and trying on gowns before finding the one you love. To narrow down that search, it helps to have a list of the up-and-coming bridal styles. That way, you know what to try on first! For 2018 brides especially, you will be pleased to find a range of options from floral appliqué tulle dresses to highneck Victorian-inspired designs. If you are the type who shuns tradition, an array of colourful hues are having a moment. Should you decide to follow the trends here or not, the dresses we showcase this month will definitely keep you on track for finding a winner for your big day. We give you an exclusive interview with Italian Wedding Designer Peter Langner taking you behind-the-scenes of the curation of such masterpieces. Being a Bride-to-be myself I have loved compiling this Bridal Issue and it has provided an abundance of inspiration from all aspects - some of which I hadn’t initially thought of, including catering! As an added bonus we have you covered for all the skin prep that you require to ensure that you are camera ready - whatever the weather! Wherever you decide to host your celebration, and whatever you decide to wear all I ask is that you be true to yourself as your confidence will exude when you are feeling comfortable, whether that be in a physical or mental capacity. Here’s to everlasting memories and the ultimate celebration of love.
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Y O U ’ L L C E R TA I N LY W O W O N YO U R W E D D I N G D AY I F YO U G I V E T H E T I E R T R E N D A T R Y. VOLUMINOUS BALL GOWN SKIRTS WERE A GIVEN, BUT DESIGNERS A L S O L AY E R E D U P S L I M A - L I N E WEDDING DRESSES AND TRUMPETS, PROVING LESS ISN’T A LWAY S M O R E .
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Van Cleef & Arpels have celebrated the coming of spring with a bloom of graphic flowers. Nine brand new creations in yellow gold seem to quiver in the breeze, enriching the Frivole™ collection with their combination of miniature motifs and generous Fowers, mirror polishing and dazzling paved surfaces. THE FLORAL WORLD OF VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
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One of Van Cleef & Arpels’ key sources of inspiration, nature endows its creations with poetry and vitality. From the diamond clips of the 1920s to contemporary jewellery pieces, ﬂoral motifs have always been at the heart of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creativity. Enthralled by the constant metamorphoses of ﬂora, the Maison transposes its myriad nuances and forms, crystallising the lightness of clover or a peony’s generous bloom. In an eternal and bejewelled spring, poppies join daisies, sprigs of lily-of-thevalley and cherry blossom, all transformed into jewels by the Mains d’Or™ at the workshops in Place Vendôme. Enriching Van Cleef & Arpels’ poetic garden, the Frivole collectionperpetuates a creative tradition dedicated to beauty.
In a brand new format, the Frivole motif lends itself to a play of metamorphosis to become a clip or a pendant. The generous dimensions of this clip pendant emphasize the petals’ mirror polishing, and enable three diamonds to nestle at the heart of this blossoming ﬂower.
A GLITTERING NATURE Created in 2017, the Frivole mini model creations are this year adorned with diamonds, blending with yellow gold in a precious sparkle. Magnifying the graphic quality of the corollas, the diamonds are selected by the Maison’s experts according to the most stringent criteria (D to F, IF to VVS): their purity offers a dazzling accompaniment to the delicacy of the miniature motifs. The brilliance of the creations is also accentuated using openwork, whereby the jeweller pierces the gold structure to enable light to pass through the diamonds. Different jewellery techniques combine with extreme attention to detail to embellishthe Frivole creations.
THREE DELICATE FLOWERS This year, the Frivole collection takes on a new feminine aesthetic, with an association of three miniature motifs. Recognisable for their heart-shaped petals, the ﬂoral bouquets adorn the neck and face with delicate overtones. These new creations pay tribute to the vitality of nature and its random character, here reﬂected in the composition of the designs. Inspired by the central motif of the 8-ﬂower Frivole ring, the 3-ﬂower aesthetic creates an impression of delicacy and lightness, magniﬁed by characteristic attention to detail. From a heart-shaped ear clip system to setting that highlights the sparkle of diamonds, the art of jewellers and stone-setters ﬁnds elegant expression within the Frivole collection. 24
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With fashion month, over, what have you most enjoyed about the SS18 season shows? The silhouettes from the latest fashion shows to FW18, as Jayne Green talks (referring SS18 shows were last exclusively to the General June) are feminine, fresh, Manager of Saks Fifth and fun. The shows promoted diversity Avenue Bahrain, Sharmila through political messages on t-shirts Murat, discussing their (Valentino, Dior), latest SS18 fashion show, models wearing hijab trends, and why it is (Maxmara), millennials and Gabbana), the ultimate shopping (Dolce and more mature people destination for all things modeling (Balenciaga). fashion. Fashion became more than just clothing - it’s a statement. Of the thousands of looks that have come down the runways in New York, Milan, and Paris, here are a few favorites that are in store for SS18: Which have been the best-received pieces from the SS18 collections? Why? SS18 has been undoubtedly the season of the return of logos in fashion. We haven’t seen logomania on such a scale since the early to mid-90’s and almost brandless labels like Celine and Maison Margiela took over. From Balenciaga printed on scarves to Saint Laurent’s YSL shaped heels and Chloe’s name on sweatshirts, brands are literally spelling their names out. These pieces have been extremely well received in Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain and with the hottest fashion bloggers due to the importance of logos in the region. If you had to incorporate one trend from SS18 trend into your wardrobe, what would it be? Why? Without a doubt, the 80’s. SS18 Trends: Logomania, pastel colors, 80s, Denim, trench coats, belt bags, vintage flowers, nautical… Which Fashion Week designer have you admired and why? Saint Laurent was the show of the season. Taking place in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the looks were as amazing as the venue. The magic of Anthony Vaccarello continues to impact Saint Laurent collections season after season. He has also brought freshness in accessories, which is good news for Saks shoppers. His signature on dresses is now iconic. How much does sustainability govern the designs in Saks Fifth Avenue? What would you say is the best way to achieve it in fashion? Sustainable fashion is no longer just a trend. It is becoming a must for our industry and our planet, and we expect to see more sustainable designs and brands in the coming seasons. Stella McCartney is one of the strongest examples of sustainability in
fashion for both women and men, and is also a coveted brand at Saks Bahrain. Tell us about a typical day in the life of a Saks Fifth Avenue General Manager. I rise early to spend time with my daughters before they go to school, catch up on emails and then spend time with my work teams discussing our plans for the business. Unfortunately my day is not as glamorous as our team on the shop floor who spend their entire day with our loyal customers and gorgeous product or our buyers who travel to Paris, Milan, and New York. I am very lucky to work with talented and hardworking people and in an industry with lovely brands and product. Outside of work, I try to spend time with family, work out (running or gym class), and not spend too much time on social media. What are the core values of Saks Fifth Avenue and why is it eponymous in Bahrain? Saks Bahrain is a unique concept offering luxury fashion and beauty brands. Since opening in 2008, the department store has amassed an important collection of the best global and regional brands with the most sought after styles. Our loyal guest is at the center of everything we do and we are wholly focused on delivering an experience that makes our guests love Saks and continue to call it their own. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, and we promise our guests to continue delivering memorable moments. Tell us about the process of organizing your SPRING/SUMMER 2018 Fashion Show. The show preparation begins months in advance. We select a theme that cascades down to artwork, music, and every other aspect of the show. The product looks are built around the key
“Sustainable fashion is no longer just a trend. It is becoming a must for our industry and our planet, and we expect to see more sustainable designs and brands in the coming seasons.” trends of the season and include a variety of exclusive and worldrenowned luxury brands as well as some local designers. The styling is a long and carefully curated process ensuring a fashion forward and relevant show combining an international feel with local adaptation. Each year, we aim to create a bit of glamour and thank our Saks Bahrain community. For someone who has never visited Saks Fifth Avenue, how would you describe the brand as a whole? Since it opened its doors in New York nearly one hundred years ago, Saks Fifth Avenue has been revolutionary in launching and marrying iconic designers with exceptional services. Saks is more than just a department store, it’s a luxury environment with merchandise that is not just displayed but ‘dramatized,’ with exclusive products, incredible events, and where Experience is Everything. Saks Bahrain has been delivering that experience in the region since 2008 adding to it a local touch. Saks Bahrain is the go-to department store for anyone looking to be fashionable and upto-date on the latest trends. The store is warm and inviting with a wide offer, distinctive services, and a unique experience. Tell us an interesting fact about Saks Fifth Avenue, Bahrain. Saks Bahrain is the only Saks Fifth Avenue in the Middle East and the only luxury department store in Bahrain. Kim Kardashian, Manish Arora, Christian Louboutin, Hussein Fahmy and Assala are amongst many of the celebrities that have made an appearance at Saks Bahrain over the years. Saksfifthavenue.com
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THE REVIVAL TROUSSEAU is an ancient concept from around the world, a personal dowry of things a woman would bring to her marriage.We have our own keepsake situated on the first floor of Al Aâ€™ali Complex gracing us with one of Englandâ€™s oldest perfume houses, GROSSMITH.
ow did you become a perfumer, and did you always knew you would become one? It may sound odd but I am not a perfumer! I discovered my perfume heritage in about 2006 through research into my family history as no-one in my family had ever mentioned the business. Having made this discovery in my fifties time was too short for me to learn to become a perfumer. We had to use the existing business experience and skills that my wife Amanda and I already had to revive the business and call on experts where necessary such as the team of perfumers at fragrance house Robertet, who specialise in the highest quality natural materials. Please tell us more about GROSSMITH and your collaboration with TROUSSEAU. We have learnt it was an idea on the side with friends. We had met Nancy Al Zain, founder and owner of Trousseau, as a retail customer at Fortnum & Mason in London. She had discovered our fragrances there and loved them as well as our story and asked us if we would consider working with her as our retail partner in Bahrain. 30
“Nancy is a good friend and a smart businesswoman and we felt that Grossmith and Trousseau would make a great partnership. Three years on we know we all made a good decision! At a personal level our friendship has developed too - Nancy has spent time with our family when she has been in London and she has looked after us so very kindly when we have been in Bahrain.”- Simon, Grossmith What’s the story behind GROSSMITH and how did this perfume house develop? Grossmith was founded in the City of London in 1835 by my great great grandfather John Grossmith. He farmed herbs such as peppermint and lavender and supplied perfume oils to other houses, as well as finding time to support the Reform movement and writing a book on the subject, ‘Government Upon First Principles’. His son John Lipscomb Grossmith who was trained as a perfumer in Grasse, in the south of France, created a range of fragrances evoking travel to exotic places, three of which, Hasu-no-Hana, Phul-Nana and Shem-el-Nessim, we have recreated in our Classic Collection. These fragrances established Grossmith as a titan in the world of perfume in the early 1900s with sales all over the world and warrants from a Queen of England, a King of Spain and the Royal Court of Greece. The second and third generation of family perfumers died in the 1920s and after 50 years without family members being actively involved in the business the company’s fortunes failed in the 1970s. The company was sold and became dormant in 1980. I discovered the dormant company in 2006 and with my family decided to buy the company back and revive it and, as they say, the rest is history! Every year there are so many new fragrances coming out, isn’t it difficult to let your fragrance to be noticed amidst this vast selection of fragrances? How do you promote your fragrance? We rely on our perfumes speaking for themselves – their exceptional quality and authenticity mean that we now have a loyal customer base. Brands in the niche and ‘haute parfumerie’ sectors tend not to advertise but
rely on word of mouth and social media as well as editorial. We post news of our activities and pieces about our fragrances on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and our ‘fans’ and customers, as well as bloggers and other influencers, support and spread this news. It looks like you have to be creative not only in the craft of perfume making but the things around it as well, like the promoting of your perfumes. Did you create the labels of the fragrances by yourself as well? And how about the filling of the bottles and samples, is that all being done by your own hands? We have a wealth of heritage designs to inspire all aspects of our modern design and presentation. The form of our modern bottles and packaging makes reference to Grossmith’s Baccarat crystal, originally commissioned in the early 1900s, as well as to its beautiful Victorian presentations. A horizontal section cut through our Baccarat flacons makes a square shape with chamfered corners – a shape which you will see in our labels, the lozenges on our caps and for our blotters. You will also note the oval shape of our Victorian bottles echoed in the shapes of our elegant, reeded, modern bottles. Our perfumes are bottled and packed by hand by a wonderful team in a studio in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. Your fragrance BETROTHAL is one of our favourite scents, can you tell us about the story behind it and was it difficult to create? This fragrance was inspired by Grossmith’s ‘The Betrothal’ created to celebrate the engagement and marriage in 1893 of Princess May to the Duke of York. They later became King George V and Queen Mary. We had been working on a modern version when the engagement of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton was announced so we worked hard to enable a launch of the fragrance on the afternoon of their wedding. The voluptuous floral bouquet featuring rare and consequently expensive rose de mai and jasmine from Grasse dries down to a wonderfully silky, sensuous base of vanilla and woods. What do you find the most frustrating about the craft of perfume making? Genuine creativity takes time and the market is constantly demanding newness. Back in 1897 my ancestor John Lipscomb Grossmith said of a new fragrance ‘A new perfume is a rarity, and the perfumer who produces it may be likened to the astronomer “when a new planet sweeps into his [view]”’. We still share his opinion today and resist pressure to produce new fragrances every few months. Each new fragrance we launch has to be very special indeed.
“Selling the Grossmith perfumes at Trousseau is just another way for us as a brand to express and share what is unique in the market with our clients. We love products with quality and a story, and the Grossmith perfumes do just that.” Nancy, Trousseau
GROSSMITH collections are exclusively retailed at TROUSSEAU. For more information please call Trousseau on +973 17541041 Grossmithlondon.com / @GrossmithLondon Trousseauco.com / @TrousseauBahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com
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COLOUR TRIP YSL Beauty presents Pop Illusion - their Spring Beauty campaign. You’ll find a mirage of blues with accents of pink, like a modern artwork with shades that contrast, clash or complement according to how they’re played out. Solar gold becomes a highlighter, a pop of acid brightness to shock and awaken the senses; the blues, both light and dark, add a daring touch to this clash of colours; while the rose-pink is a gentle nod to sensuality. Not for the faint-hearted.
ALL EYES ON ME The experts over at Caudalie have created a new must-have skincare product - The Eye Cream. This ultra-effective and luxurious eye cream tackles all signs of ageing, whilst soft focus pigments instantly brightens and smoothes around the eye. The light, fragrance-free formula leaves skin feeling hydrated, smoothed and firmer whilst respecting the delicate eye area. Dark circles and puffiness fade away to reveal an eye area that is brightened with renewed youth. 36
WELL PREPPED M.A.C. has introduced a new version of their popular Prep + Prime Fix. A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. This fabulous product gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. You can spritz your brushes with it before applying shimmery eyeshadows or highlighter to amp up the illumination or spray it all over your face once you’re finished with your makeup to lock everything in place.
5 CRÈME DE LA CRÈME White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire from La Prairie is a lavish cream infused with Lumidose, the extraordinary molecule of light. It helps skin reach new levels of luminosity and evenness — measurable in two weeks, visible in four, extraordinary in eight. Recapture the luminosity of younger-looking, healthy skin with the White Caviar ritual. Leaves skin feeling firmer and refines its texture. Skin feels smoother, its elasticity and moisture levels are improved.
A B S O L U T E LY F L AW L E S S Charlotte Tilbury has introduced her latest magic-tech innovation, Hollywood Flawless Filter, for a superstar youth glow. Hollywood FlawlessFilter is a customisable, hybrid complexion booster that creates an instant flawless filter across the skin and is uniquely buildable and blendable, so that you can choose your level of glow filter. It has the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter and the perfecting properties of your favourite filter digital filter.
6 TOP OF THE MORNING Aveda have tapped into advanced science and Ayurvedic wisdom to formulate their new skincare range - Tulasāra. Tulasāra Renew Morning Crème inspired by Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India, this high-performance preparation promotes a youthful look (radiant, less lined, and well hydrated skin). The cream has a licorice root extract in addition to molasses extract, which help reduce visible discoloration and dark spots to promote a more even looking skin tone over time.
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HydroPeptide’s skin care formulations are unique in that they include clinical levels of more than sixty different peptides. Peptides are short chains of amino acids or “protein fragments” capable of cellular communication – they strengthen and feed skin in many different ways, resulting in a complexion that behaves and looks younger. HydroPeptide formulations not only feature peptides with wrinkle-reducing properties, they also contain peptide varieties shown to combat sagging, discoloration and all signs of skin aging. These peptide combinations are blended with a variety of proven, skin-enhancing ingredients that include hyaluronic acid, botanical stem cells and antioxidants to stabilise the delivery of the peptides and activate epidermal stem cells which ultimately restores and preserves skin’s youthfulness.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BRAND: First and foremost, HydroPeptide is about results however they also strive to provide a luxurious experience. The goal is to make skin care less of a chore and more of a pampering daily ritual. The products combine the best of science and nature to produce maximum results without causing irritation or downtime and they have proven that you don’t have to injure the skin to improve it.
MOST POPULAR PRODUCTS AND BEST SELLERS: The brand’s hero products are Anti-Wrinkle Polish and Plump Peel, Power Serum: Line Lifting Transformation and Eye Authority: Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines. These products are loved by celebrities, their makeup artists, Spa Directors and dermatologists. The Peel is a two-step zero down-time peel featuring Vitamin C-infused professional microdermabrasion crystals and moisturebinding peptides. It is a favourite of Spa Directors and celebrity makeup artists who want to get their client’s skin smooth and glowing on the day of a special event. Eye Authority works to diminish dark circles by day and boost collagen as a night repair eye cream. This eye cream features 13 peptides to do it all, from minimising dark circles and puffiness to optimising collagen and illuminating the eye area. Eye Authority is often used to put the post-facial finishing touch on a client’s skin and recommended as a home care product.
It is a favourite of Spa Directors and celebrity makeup artists who want to get their client’s skin smooth and glowing on the day of a special event
healthy cells leading to lines, wrinkles, dullness, photo damage and uneven texture. The entire HydroPeptide collection incorporates over 70 antioxidant rich botanicals that provide broad spectrum protection against the numerous environmental and internal aggressors we’re exposed to every day.
HYDROPEPTIDE AND ACNE: HydroPeptide’s Even Out Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector is ideal for fading all types of hyperpigmentation including post-acne scarring. Even Out has replaced hydroquinone with a blend of drug-free alternatives shown to create a more even skin tone. In particular, Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, has been shown to produce a more even skin tone and to mitigate acne and the red marks it leaves behind. The Beta White peptide is included to inhibit enzyme reactions that cause uneven pigmentation. Lactic acid is a milk-derived alpha hydroxy acid that helps fade post-acne pigmentation by sloughing off the top surface of the skin. This product helps fade and smooth the appearance of acne scarring by preventing the scar from darkening, gently exfoliating and lightening any remaining pigmentation.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS IN SKIN CARE: Antioxidants offer up numerous health benefits but are best known for their ability to neutralise free radicals. Free radicals and inflammation play a part in ageing. They are unstable oxygen molecules created both internally and externally from the sun, pollution and smoke that are missing an electron and look to take one from healthy cells which results in cellular damage.They initiate the inflammatory process which breaks down collagen, elastin and the functionality of
HydroPeptide has recently introduced Nimni Cream that includes a patented collagen support complex that offers targeted solutions for ‘problem’ areas. Nimni cream combines his revolutionary research combined with a time-release retinol that helps to optimise collagen production through an exclusive amino acid complex. Nimni Cream is perfect for those skin types that are not overly sensitive, and have expression lines and concerns with wrinkles and/or loss of facial volume. Use by applying a small amount to a clean face and neck at night twice a week to start and then increasing frequency as tolerated. www.hydropeptide.com www.ohlala-magazine.com
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This is the time to get your skincare regime into full gear. You should be cleansing you skin twice a day (no excuses) and exfoliating three times a week with a low irritant exfoliator. Invest in the highest quality anti-aging day and night creams you can afford and don’t forget that serums are your new best friend (you can even layer different ones for best results). You should also be wearing SPF everyday under your make-up and anywhere that the sun hits your skin. Chest, ears, neck, back of hands etc.
Regular facials will also boost your skin, have your skin looking luminous and glowy by the time the big day comes around and will address any areas of concern. Book one around every four to six weeks in the six months leading up to your wedding. Start with deep cleansing facials and ones that include light microdermabrasion and lead up to super hydrating and calming facials. If you aren’t used to having facials go for ones aimed at sensitive skin that will nourish and hydrate your skin. If you suffer from any major skin issues, think about seeing a dermatologist so you can identify any problems to rectify early. After all, it is a process!
Take your time to book your hair and make-up artist as this is a very key aspect of your look for the big day. Make sure you do a practice run of your hair and beauty look so that if you don’t like it, you still have time to change it. Be sure to speak up if you are unhappy about something, they want you to be happy as much as you do. Look for inspiration in magazines, Pinterest and Instagram but stick to styles that suit you and don’t go for anything drastic that you haven’t tried before.
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If you’re happy with your hair’s length get a trim so that it’s in in tip top shape come the big day. If you’re brave enough, do get an extra centimetre off so that when you reach the wedding date your tresses still look refreshed. If you can bear it, lay off the styling tools to give your hair a break and nourish your hair with a hair mask twice a week. Book your colour about two weeks before the wedding so that the colour has settled.
UP YOUR FITNESS REGIME & TAKE TIME OUT
Putting pressure on yourself and your body can be one of the biggest obstacles when preparing for such a big moment like your wedding day. Stress harms your body at a time when it needs to be nourished. Treat yourself to Epsom salt baths, body scrubs, meditation and yoga to keep your mind and body healthy while in planning mode. Similarly, nourish yourself from the inside out with healthy, organic whole foods. Coconut oil, green tea and omega-3 are the supermodel tools to fasttrack your way to ultimate radiance.
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NEW IN TOWN GATSBY BEAUTY LOUNGE At Gatsby they offer a new class of unique and high-end beauty services. Clientele are instantly transformed to the world of glitz and glamour, the roaring 20’s, where anything can happen. This is a must visit for all beauty regimes.
BROW STATION They say that brows frame your face for every occasion and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to the Brow Station in Riffa who are ‘All About The Brows’ specialising in microblading and shading.
REEF AQUA SPA, REEF RESORT An oasis of serenity awaits you as holistic therapies from around the world exude exotic aromas through their male and female spa’s enchanting interiors. Designed to restore and revitalise, these chic and elegant spas energise the body and replenish the mind.
THE URBANION WELLNESS CENTER Helping bring your body, mind and soul into balance. Endowed with natural resources, professional staff and a variety of traditional and modern techniques to ensure optimum relaxation, rejuvenation and detoxification every visit.
BEAUTIFUL EDGE This is a multi-faceted salon providing quality customer care and service to its clientele. They provide a whole host of cuts and style for women as well as a variety of spa services for you to pamper yourself.
for business or pleasure, there’s always time to invest in you! Enjoy a breathtaking view of the ocean and Amwaj Marina from their rooftop pool and enjoy the additional fitness and leisure facilities.
BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, DOWNTOWN ROTANA Located on the 9th floor of this capital city property, this spa benefits from its unassuming location as it is the only luxury spa in the immediate Bab Al Bahrain vicinity. It is the very definition of what it means to escape the bustle of urban life. It’s the perfect place to wind down.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY The Spa at the Four Seasons is a dream space. It provides the most complete experience you could want from a hotel spa – with stunning ornate features, a glorious indoor pool and more indulgent treatments than you could imagine. The entrance alone elicits a big wow.
ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS The Beach Club is the perfect luxury meets fitness and wellness destination. Boasting stunning design elements across the club, it is fully equipped to meet the needs of gym-goers, sun worshippers and kids. There are plenty of activities that you can get involved with, too.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN One of the most classic hotel spas, The RitzCarlton provides a chic and dreamy space for anyone who wants to indulge in some self-care. From the elegant changing room area to the wood-panelled treatment rooms to the Thalassotherapy pool, you get a proper nurturing experience.
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ BODY & MIND SPA, WYNDHAM GARDEN MANAMA THALASSA SEA & SPA Nestled in the heart of Juffair you can head to the health club for the fitness centre, sauna, massage therapy, and aerobics programs, or relax in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub for overall rejuvenation.
UFC GYM The UFC GYM footprint of locations continues to expand around the globe and has firmly marked its footprint in Bahrain. Situated on the 3rd floor of Al Raya Mall, Juffair, UFC GYM features a full-range of functional fitness classes, group and private MMA training, group fitness, personal and group dynamic performance-based training, plus MMA youth programming.
HEALTH CLUB, THE GROVE HOTEL BAHRAIN, AMWAJ Whether you’re visiting The Grove Hotel Bahrain
For a spa founded on the benefits of the sea, the Sofitel spa experience is truly indulgent. The spa offers a vast array of seawater-based treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage and wellness which aim to restore vitality and balance. With its location combined with its soul-soothing treatments, this is your go-to zen place.
THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA This has been a great addition to the Gulf Hotel’s leisure facilities. Right bang in the heart of the city, this is a true escape to serenity and calm. It’s the perfect place for indulgence, relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s been the talk of town since its opening and it deserves every positive word coming its way. www.ohlala-magazine.com
OHLALA Awards RESORT SPA ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Amwaj has been the go-to destination for recreational activities in Bahrain for over a decade. With ART Rotana being the ultimate resort hotel in the area, the spa provides an escape like no other. It’s the kind of spa you could while away in for hours on end and come out of it feeling fantastic.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY The Spa has so many levels that it is its own entity within Four Seasons Hotel. The sheer labyrinth of the premises is a world away from the outside hustle and provides much- needed tranquillity. Every corner you turn, you find more luxury and reason to indulge.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN We like to think of this spa as one of the original resort spas on the island – everyone thinks it, we’re saying it. The Ritz-Carlton have always been synonymous with luxury, resort and excellence. The grounds are pristine, the spa is a haven, you can’t get more resort than this. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa This sprawling property earns its resort status purely for its size and for being a wellness sanctuary like no other. What we love about this spa is how deep you go into the building and how many spaces there are to relax in. We could happily spend the rest of our lives there!
spa encompasses all that it means to feel and be well. You can have the complete wellness experience at Heavenly Spa by enjoying soothing spa treatments designed to help you reclaim your relaxation and feel your best self by taking advantage of their unique fitness programmes. In short, if you go to heavenly spa in the morning, you’ll come out a new person by night.
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The Thalasso & Spa retreat at this property is cited as one of the best places to find your balance and recharge your batteries. You can get both an invigorating or relaxing break while watching the Dhows float by.
Established by Jacques Dessange in Paris in 1947, the elegance of Dessange is what makes it one of the ultimate day spas in bahrain. You can get all your necessities done here – starting off by getting into shape with their fitness centre and catalogue of classes, followed by a juice bar stop for a thirst quencher and then you can unwind and get fully pampered with lots of body massages and treatments. Their plunge pool is also something to talk about!
AL AREEN PALACE & SPA Amidst an ambience of seclusion and luxury, the multi-award- winning Al Areen Spa offers a unique and exquisite haven for busy lives. Drawn from the Chinese element’s philosophy and other Asian traditions practiced centuries ago, our intimate retreat blends romance and serenity with exotic sensuality.
DAY SPA THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Heavenly Spa is just that. Located at The Westin, with a link to City Centre Bahrain Mall, this 46
MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN There’s something so warm and reassuring about the Mövenpick. There’s a great balance of cosmopolitan chic with colourful vitality. The fitness centre overlooking the pool and lush grounds give a feeling of paradise while the treatments lock you away in another zen world to make you feel completely relaxed and at one with your mind, body and soul.
MOMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA This spa has been the topic of conversation for
a while now. Specialising in the wellness of all women and mothers, they offer bespoke services for mums-to-be, first time mums and mums who handle five kids at a time and mums that are grandmothers. Treatments are conducted by highly qualified therapists that seek to restore your sense of self, wellbeing and happiness. It’s all about inspiring women to better health. From manicures, pedicures to pregnancy massages to tummy sculpting treatments to rehydrating hair oil treatments, all your needs are met in one go here.
SASH SPA When it first opened, everyone was up in arms about how amazing Sash is. Tucked away in Riffa, you really get a sense of their ‘white paradise’ that is second to none in Bahrain. The facilities are designed to relax, to renew and to re-energise guests. Every treatment is transformed into a unique and personal occasion to make it a moment created especially for you. The luxury Sash experience combines professionalism and aesthetic expertise. It’s beautiful, trust us.
THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA Rebalance your body and mind with the perfect mix of fitness and wellness. From getting centered with intense yoga classes to blowing off some steam in the sauna, they help you find your balance. Invaluable to your spa and wellness experience are the various treatments offered
a space which bridges expert skincare and total wellness for your body and mind with treatments using natural products such as fruit, seeds, chocolate and yoghurt.
THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA The zen-inspired spa features treatments ranging from massages to facials. Offering four elegant pools including a luxurious spa and wellness centre you’re able to drift away into a relaxing state from the hustle and bustle of the working week.
TAQAH SPA, RAMADA MANAMA CITY CENTRE Indulge at Taqah Spa at the Ramada Manama City Centre. Located on the ninth floor, Taqah Spa is available to all guests and offers a complete menu of massages, skin treatments, and healthy therapies. Rejuvenate as you enjoy a wonderful ocean view and allow yourself to truly unwind.
by their expert therapists. They offer everything from facials to deep tissue, full body massages, all tailored to your specific needs and wants.
CITY SPA DOWNTOWN ROTANA If you ever feel like you need an express treatment while on-the-go, Downtown Rotana’s spa is a great pick-me-up. there’s a no frills, no fuss element to this spa where you get exactly what you need and when you need it at the drop of a hat. Bodylines offers a selection of massage treatments, including traditional thai massage, swedish massage, body masks and scrubs, as well as signature treatments – it’s as if you are in a parallel universe, when you’re really in the thick of the capital. Perfect.
SPA SIGNATURE TREATMENT VIE VITALITY, THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA When you enter Vie Spa, you leave your troubles outside, especially if you indulge in Vie Vitality. It’s an aromatic and exhilarating journey inspired by oriental rituals of South-East Asia. The body is enveloped in deep relaxation, the spirit soothes, leaving the skin hydrated, soft and luminous with the use of black pillows filled with hot sand.
THE ULTIMATE AROMATHERAPY EXPERIENCE, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Here you can experience the ultimate customised
aromatherapy experience using carefully applied pressures and techniques to encourage a healthy well-being for body and mind. There are several signature oils to choose from, formulated with natural plant and flower oils with wonderful exotic scents and powerful therapeutic benefits. This treatment works from your head to your toes, it will dissolve away all of your stress and tension held in every part of your body.
HERBAL POULTICE MASSAGE, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN Practiced for many years, this ancient art of healing promotes emotional and physical wellbeing. Warm Thai herbal compresses provide anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties to relieve stress and fatigue. One word: luxury.
TRESORS DES MERS RELAXATION MASSAGE, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA The essential art of massage as part of a relaxing treatment to eliminate tension for a relaxed body. A complete body massage performed using luxuriously textured product concentrate with benefits from seawater.
INVIGORATING OUD MASSAGE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY As part of their Bahrain signature treatments, nothing is as unique as the invigorating oud massage. It’s a deep-tissue massage using slow strokes and rm pressure to ease stress, this treatment uses sodashi luxurious oud oil, rich with rose and frankincense, to melt your tension away. It’s then complemented by an exclusive facial massage using ancient australian mineral stones that balance and harmonise the body and mind.
THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA There’s so much to love about this city spa. Not only is it the best spa in the diplomatic area, it’s such great value for money. From a himalayan salt stone sauna to an infinity pool to their four sense relaxation lounge, your mind and body are completely replenished after a day at this spa.
INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN Spa Intercontinental is a destination where every element is customised to your healthy time. It’s www.ohlala-magazine.com
OHLALA Awards MALE SPA THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN The spa here is an absolute haven for men who want to take some much-needed r&r. Treatments vary widely and include a stress reliever massage, a muscle recovery massage, an activity recover and a men’s facial.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY If you’ve been lucky enough to indulge in the women’s spa, rest assured that the men’s spa is a mirror image of fabulousness and repose. The plunge pools in particular are something to talk about – and the lighting throughout the spa is akin to peace and happiness.
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Whenever someone asks us where to go for a female-only experience, we can’t help but recommend dessange. It’s practically an institution in bahrain and the favourite among ladies who love to leisure and indulge in the nicer things in life. There’s a real finesse about this spa where you feel totally taken care of and in good hands.
Impressive on an international scale, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design filled with natural light, reflecting modern Moroccan and Turkish influences. The Spa treatments, including a signature Bahrain massage, are inspired with traditional healing therapies from Asia, India and the Middle East, using only ethically sourced ingredients.
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This spa has been the talk of town since it opened a few years ago. Being in the elite area of riffa, you’ll find some real haute ladies who attend. There’s a real exclusive vibe at this spa as the premises are totally closed off from the outside world, making you feel like you are in a white sanctuary. Everything about it, is elegant.
Minerals from the Dead Sea, thalassotherapy and plunge pools are among the waterinspired elements at this luxury spa in Bahrain. Treatments, from the Herbal Poultice Massage to the Secrets of Argan journey, also draw on rituals from Arabian history. Complementing the Bahrain hotel spa menu, which includes facials, massages and body treatments, is a setting that inspires the mind to calm with a traditional hammam, atrium pool and relaxation areas.
MOMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA The very essence of this spa is to celebrate women and all the amazing things we do – and to pamper us hard working women. The core values of the spa sit so well with how we feel women should be pampered, indulged and treated. At a time when women are their most beautiful, vulnerable and strong, pregnant women and new mothers can rest assured that this spa is a unique and safe space to feel free and enjoy to the max. 48
Rimal spa ensures that all their treatment rooms are designed to the highest standards and have private showers. to ensure privacy, the wellness facility offers segregated male and female wings with relaxation waiting areas where organic herbal infusions and fruit water are served. Offering up to 43 a la carte treatments and massages Rimal Spa will never disappoint.
THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA Vie Lifestyle Lab is an urban wellness spa focusing not only on relaxation and rejuvenation, but also offers you a revitalisation program with an assortment of welcome rituals to optimise the beginning of each spa experience.
THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Escape to a serene oasis in the heart of the city. The perfect place for indulgence, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Three floors of pure bliss and ultimate luxury where each detail has been meticulously taken care of to guarantee a memorable and unique experience.
SPECIAL MOMENTS HAMMAM, THE WESTIN CITY THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA CENTRE BAHRAIN Experience deep rejuvenation and calm on your terms. They help you design your own health and wellness regime tailored to fit your individual needs. Whether you need to relax your mind, heal your ailments or just enjoy some rest and relaxation, you can’t go wrong with this idyllic spa resort.
Special Moments Hammam Treatment at Heavenly Spa is unique in that it is the biggest hammam chamber/treatment room in Bahrain and is a sight to behold, really. You’ll get your proper Turkish hammam experience here, with experienced therapists who help you escape the
overstimulation of the world outside and unwind in true tranquillity – all that exfoliation is worth it.
TRADITIONAL ROSE HAMMAM, THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Enjoy this Traditional Hammam from Arabia. Relax and let the scented black olive soap purify your body and clear your senses. Glow with vitality as a vigorous exfoliation with your personal hammam mitt. A healing rose clay body mask is applied to nourish and regenerate your skin. Rich oil with a blend of Arabian aromatherapy is massaged into the skin to soften.
TURKISH BATH CEREMONY, MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN The 90-minute Turkish Bath Ceremony is a serious invitation to explore the ottoman era, of fulfilment and serenity; the turkish bath and its unique ritual involves a soft steam and a traditional kessa glove scrub with black olive soap to remove dead skin cells, followed by a massage in a cloud of foam, resulting in total relaxation. Utter bliss.
THE PURIFYING HAMMAM RITUAL, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY The Purifying Hammam Treatment begins with the traditional hammam, which includes steam, black soap and a kessa glove scrub. An argan seed scrub and rhassoul clay are then applied over the whole body and allowed time to absorb before a soothing rose milk is poured onto the skin for nourishment.
HAMMAM QUEEN, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA This is an amazing 330-minute treatment that includes a steam, body scrub, green clay detox mask exotic moisture dew facial, a balinese massage and a manicure and pedicure followed by a blow dry.
COUPLE’S TREATMENT RITUALS OF ROMANCE, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA This 120 minute escape allows you to leave the limits of time and share the experience with a friend or a loved one. refresh and re-energise your mind and soul with their special package which includes: rainmist, rose exfoliating salt and a scrub-rain shower.
I LOVE SHARING, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA This is a gentle relaxation for two that involves 1
couples hammam session, a marine body wrap and then a massage of your choice. As if you really needed an excuse to pamper yourselves.
recognised internationally and is one of the most trusted spa brands in Bahrain.
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Indulge in the next evolution of the Spa experience at The Ritz-Carlton. Every one of their spas around the globe combine world-class expertise with local flavours to deliver a bespoke experience that is undeniably unique for every guest.
For the couple who want it all, you can choose from 1001 roses milk or a deep relaxation bath inclusive of an essential vitamin c facial for her and a gentleman’s facial for him. Top that off with a final crescendo of an aromatherapy massage paired with melodic singing bowls proving itself as its namesake.
TIME TOGETHER, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Time Together begins with a 15-minute steam treatment followed by a 30-minute body cleansing scrub. next an invigorating 60-minute signature massage soothes your senses, followed by a 45-minute wrap. Your ultimate experience is concluded with a 30-minute rejuvenating jacuzzi in the luxurious couple’s suite.
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THE SPA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Impressive on an international scale, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design filled with natural light, reflecting modern Moroccan and Turkish influences.
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Indulge in a total surrender as you enjoy a pampering Spa experience from head to toe. This ultimate spa escape for couples include a relaxing 2.5 hours Spa Couples Ritual, 2-course lunch or snacks including non-alcoholic beverages and complimentary day use of the Spa facilities, Fitness, Indoor Pool and Outdoor pools.
It’s beautifully urban and luxurious with unending corridors and treatment rooms. It feels like a maze that doesn’t end but keeps going on and on. And, what’s more, the entire spa goes over three glorious floors.
SPA BRAND Heavenly Spa, The Westin City Centre Bahrain Akin with the ultimate wellness, Heavenly Spa is true to its word. This spa brand embodies a wellness philosophy where you can surrender to a healing touch and immerse yourself in relaxing scents, inspiring melodies and invigorating massages.
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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Impressive on an international scale, the spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design lled with natural light, reflecting modern moroccan and turkish influences.
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA This spa space is nothing short of incredible. The soft lighting, ornate marbling and intricate mosaic patterns make this spa a joy to be in. The design has the ability to naturally re-energise you even before you step into your treatment.
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The Bahrain pearl’s thalassotherapy complex offers a vast array of seawater-based treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage and wellness. There’s also a beach club with fitness facilities, steam rooms, tennis and squash courts, and a pool.
The spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the very definition of a private sanctuary – it feels like an open plan museum with historical looking columns and beautiful sculptures throughout.
Uncover rewarding physical and mental renewal at the Heavenly Spa by Westin in Bahrain. Spa facilities include 10 treatment rooms with designated male & female zones that are intricately designed to promote optimum zen alongside an opulent couples’ spa suite.
This luxury brand dedicated to women’s beauty care is best at combining skin, body and hair care all under one roof. The house of Dessange, as established by Jacques Dessange in Paris 1947, is elegance
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OHLALA Awards SPA PRODUCTS NATURA BISSE, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN From refining acids to natural botanicals, natura bisse offers exclusive anti-aging formulas to deliver radiant skin. These products specifically target the effects of premature aging while personalising serums and other products to meet the needs of various skin types. Discover a brand that defines luxury.
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various high-performance treatment protocols such as cryotherapy and anti-gravity techniques, your Anne Sémonin treatment guarantees exceptional results leaving your skin fresh and radiant.
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Specialising in targeted skin and body care, Elemis use natural active ingredients combined with cutting-edge science to create leading, luxury spa-driven beauty products. Producing some of the most influential anti-ageing.
As the fitness leaders in Bahrain, their mission is to make the world (and the island) a fitter place. They do this by combining innovation in their classes and gym environment, with experienced, friendly and knowledgeable personal trainers. overall, fitness first is about having fun while exercising.
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Developed by leading Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, 111SKIN offers the most advanced, sophisticated healing and anti-aging. Based on ingredients tested for effectiveness in extreme conditions in space, this pioneering range repairs and protects for a youthful, radiant appearance.
Nothing says health better than a club that overlooks lush greenery and a pool, right? This is what you get at the Mövenpick health club and it makes you want to pound the treadmill even harder.
GREEN BAR INC, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Green Bar is a small company based in Bahrain reflecting a modern take on the region’s age-old middle eastern beauty rituals. They specialise in beauty oils because they believe in anointing your body like it’s a sacred temple. The underlying theme of the products is a natural extravagance.
ILA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Aiming to bring purity, energy and balance into everyday life, Ila, a beyond organic luxury skincare brand from England has once again designed four new exclusive spa treatments for The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.
AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES OILS, DOWNTOWN ROTANA Intense, aromatic blends of 100% pure plant and essential oils restore your natural moisture balance providing radiant, glowing and healthy skin. Scented with precious blends of pure essential oils there is no need to wear perfume as you’re enveloped in the most indulgent aromas all day.
ANNE SÉMONIN PARIS, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA Because everyone’s skin is unique, your beauty specialist uses the Anne Sémonin Experience to personalise treatments that are best suited to you. By combining exclusive energetic drainage with 50
benefit from specialist personal trainers who will help you up your cardio, weight management, introduce bodybuilding programs, group exercise, boxing classes, aerobics classes and nutrition plans.
CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN This health club is perfect for the on-the-go traveller who needs to take some time for themselves. This is a great club to recharge your batteries, feel good and take the world by storm again.
SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL This property provides one of the best and fully equipped health and recreation centers in Bahrain with its top of the line gymnasium, swimming pool and recreation facilities. They offer an exclusive membership that allows you to keep fit by providing you with strength and cardio equipments along with extensive recreational facilities.
DOWNTOWN ROTANA Keep fit & relax with their state-of-the-art facilities at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club located on the 9th floor of the Downtown Rotana, it offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city below. The gym is equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines from Technogym and there is a stretching room for pre and post workout exercises. The rooftop swimming pool offers views over the city and is the perfect place to wind down.
FITNESS CENTRE FITNESS FIRST As we said before, this is a premier fitness nirvana equipped with the best in modern facilities. You can
Head over to their website and the first thing you’ll think is: this is hardcore. And it is but the results are so worth it! This strength and conditioning centre is suitable for use by all individuals of any level of fitness. The gym is equipped with a 20 meter stretch of astroturf, trx, olympic rings, battle ropes, tyres, kettlebells, landmines and sleds.
TRAINING FOR WARRIORS The TFW system began as a fitness program originally created for some of the best combat athletes in the world more than 18 years ago. What separates the TFW system from other training programs is its holistic approach to training.
OXYGEN GYM This gym is dedicated to helping you get healthy, breathe better, decrease stress, increase body strength and achieve your overall fitness goals. Over 1000 square meters in size, Oxygen Gym is one of the largest co-ed fitness centres in Bahrain and is equipped with the most hi-tech weight training machines and cardio fitness equipment.
UFC GYM Beat the routine. Train at the caliber of world champions and get in the best shape of your life. Defy your doubts and shatter your goals with programs, training, and a community shaped to push you forward, no matter your age or athletic ability. UFC GYM features a full-range of functional fitness classes, group and private MMA training, group fitness, personal and group dynamic performance-based training, plus MMA youth programming.
MEDICAL SPA HOSPITALIA BY YARA This is where medical meets luxury. With an impressive array of treatments for your complete wellness, this medical spa houses the best specialists, most cutting edge technology and is a beautiful sanctuary. Departments in this medical spa include: Dermatology, Dental, Cryotherapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen.
ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL RBH delivers state-of-the-art-medical care. With a
patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. HydraFacial super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow that promises you the best skin of your life.
DENTAL SPA SEEF DENTAL
professional team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and administrators with high-end facilities and equipment from countries such as Germany and the USA. The main attribute of quality comes from the Kims group. as Royal Bahrain Hospital is the fifth healthcare institution of the Kims group in the Gulf region, patients can expect a high level of quality care and expertise to be provided within RBH.
free laser treatment that is great for treating minor skin imperfections. This includes reducing fine lines and wrinkles, tightening dilated pores, reducing acne, scars and post acne discoloration, restoring skin integrity and radiance, stimulating collagen growth and clearing pores to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads.
The year 2005 marked the birth of Seef Dental, when Dr. Azza Fityani, Dr. Sameh Shaheen, Dr. Roger El Bassit and Dr. Sami El Bassit joined ventures to address the growing demand for professional dental services in Bahrain. The rich background of technical knowledge and academic exposure of the founders, as well as their wide spectrum of knowledge that encompassed different disciplines in dentistry, made service at Seef Dental unique and professional.
DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL
MESOTHERAPY, ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL
DENTAL SPECIALIST CENTRE
Mesotherapy treatment is a non surgical cosmetic solution aimed at diminishing problem areas in your body such as cellulite, excess weight, body contouring, and face/neck rejuvenation, just to name a few. Mesotherapy can also assist in reducing pain, and in replenishing hair loss in both men and women.
At Dental Specialist Center, they offer a range of different services that are all carried out using the latest methods and modern techniques. from root canal treatments to dental implants to braces, their consultants are experts in their fields and you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.
MICRODERMABRASION, DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL
The royal dental studio houses their dental department, with a full roster of dentists, orthodontists and endodontists. Their doctors use expert dexterity and a mix of advanced techniques to ensure healthy gums and teeth. They offer comprehensive evaluation of oral health based on which preventive and conservative measures and treatments are advised to meet client needs to ensure good oral hygiene.
Dr. Tariq Saeed is the renowned Bahraini, plastic, aesthetic and laser surgeon who has been in plastic surgery since 1983 and trained in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Dermoplasty at Dr.Tariq Hospital recognises that its clients are the center of its universe. It embraces and adopts the highest standards and most contemporary science in delivering plastic surgery, laser dermatology and allied services to these clients in a caring and compassionate environment.
MARAFIE CLINIC Dr. Hanann A.Wahed Marafie is considered to be one of the leading dermatologist and cosmetic dermatologists in the Kingdom of Bahrain. With over 20 years of experience within the industry she is well known for introducing many of the latest and most advanced technologies to the Kingdom Of Bahrain.
LA SANTÉ, THE WOMEN WELLNESS CENTER Catering for women of all ages La Santé offers exclusive services in the fields of women health, wellbeing and lifestyle including clinics, rehabilitation, rejuvenation, fitness and lifestyle services.
NON INVASIVE SURGICAL TREATMENT CARBON FACIAL, HOSPITALIA BY YARA Carbon Facial is a new non invasive and pain-
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. it mechanically exfoliates the outermost layer of dead skin cells (the stratum corneum) and vacuums them away, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother and if done well, looking younger and more vibrant.
SKIN TIGHTENING, MARAFIE CLINIC Skin Tightening with Cutera Titan® uses a safe infrared light energy to heat the dermis deep beneath your skin’s surface with the goal of tightening facial laxity and stimulating collagen growth – without surgery, recovery time, or injections, titan is an ideal solution for your face lift and abdomen, arms skin tightening. Since the titan procedure heats tissue under the skin’s surface, patients of any skin type or age can be treated.
HYDRA FACIAL, GERMAN MEDICAL CENTRE German Medical Centre – Bahrain (GMC) operates across the Kingdom. HydraFacial uses
ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL
CERAM DENTAL Dedicated to a total comprehensive dental care approach that focuses on treating people, not only teeth. The enhance their patient’s experience by providing them the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
SMILE DENTAL CLINIC Situated in the heart of Zinj is Smile Dental Clinic in which their services include smile makeovers, veneers, laser whitening alongside cleaning to provide you with something to truly smile about. www.ohlala-magazine.com
OHLALA Awards BEAUTY SALON GLOSS SALON AND SPA At Gloss Salon And Spa you can expect modern chic hair cuts, vibrant colour, highlights, special occasion styling as well as waxing and hair removal, pedicure, nails, facials and makeup. The experienced team will help you determine the best services and will assist you to tailor them for your specific needs. Their quirky and chic salon is designed to offer you an exciting experience and make you feel glamorous.
DESSANGE PARIS Every last beauty want and need is met at Dessange Paris with the utmost knowledge, care and attention. we’ve had many a manicure and pedicure here and have come away from it super happy – especially with the long-lasting results!
LUEUR BEAUTY SALON Conveniently located on the 3rd floor of The Westin & Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain lies Lueur Beauty Salon offering an enticing array of services for hair, nails and beauty. They always deliver the highest quality service and value with the utmost professionalism – always a pleasure to visit!
SASH SPA The word pamper goes a long way at Sash Spa. Every treatment is transformed into a personal and unique experience where the glamour of beauty gives you an impeccable feel and look. there are always surprise touches throughout.
JOZ SALON AND SPA Celebrating over 75 years in the beauty business, Joz Salon and Spa has continually met the challenge of their mission, providing beauty and spa treatments in a friendly, relaxing environment while using the best quality products. With locations throughout Bahrain, this salon has always been the firm favourite for always being a trusty option for any woman who wants a pickme-up.
YARA BEAUTY LOUNGE As women we all need a little r&r along the way. You can groom yourself to perfection via a host of treatments including eyebrow tinting and shaping, waxing, tanning, gelish/shellac manicures and pedicures. Yara Beauty Lounge offers a true five star experience for women of all ages.
in action you need to sashay your way to this acclaimed Kérastase and L’Oréal professional salon in Bahrain. Accelerate your inner goddess at the prestigious Lueur Beauty Salon and basque in ultimate luxury.
TONI & GUY Toni & Guy is the most powerful hairdressing brand in the world. From the cool to the quirky to the classic, all the stylists and directors have expert knowledge of hair and can literally do anything you want them to do.
GLOSS SALON AND SPA Whatever style you want, gloss can do it for you. Whether that is platinum highlights or lowlights, roots, blow dry, updos or a keratin straightening treatment, you’ll be able to get exactly what you want.
JOZ SALON AND SPA At Joz, unprecedented customer service is focused on to ensure that every guest has an experience unlike any other – and that very much includes hair care. For your run of the mill colour job or trim, it’s always done right here.
BEAUTOPIA BEAUTY LOUNGE
HEADS UP SALON
A family owned business originally founded in 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain offers a unique concept bursting with new technologies, products, and services following updated trends. They’ve combined creative ideas such as themed spa rooms.
Located In Moda Mall, Janabiya, The Sofitel and Hamala, this salon has grown exponentially over the years and has become the go-to for women who want that extra special updo.
LAFEMME BELLE SALON, SAAR MALL A friendly, contemporary and welcoming salon providing a wide range of beauty treatments and therapies to help you feel pampered and relaxed. It also offers unique solutions and the latest trends in haircuts, hair colour, care and styling for a total look.
JOHNNY & CO. This salon has a calm, fresh friendly feel to it, as you walk through the doors and are greeted by the friendly, talented staff of stylists and assistants. They offer a comprehensive range of hair and beauty treatments using Schwarzkopf and L’Oréal products.
NAIL STUDIO HAIR SALON SASH SPA Hair Care By Philip Kingsley takes centre stage at sash spa which aims to transform dull hair into lustrous glossy locks. You can do conditioning treatments, dry scalp packages and hair loss treatments.
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NSTYLE BEAUTY LOUNGE We like to think of this nail studio as luxury at an affordable price. Nstyle Beauty Lounge provides today’s modern women with the ultimate in beauty lavishness set in a trendy and highly luxurious store environment offering the highest quality services and stringent hygiene standards.
N.SPA The first nail spa and boutique of its kind in the Kingdom Of Bahrain offers the most
comprehensive menu of nail care services and exclusive nail care products, by the best brands in nail revolution such as essie, cuccio, creative nail design and opi. N.spa provides today’s modern women with an elegant and indulgent range of manicure and pedicure experiences that will turn hands and feet into the epitome of taste and style, in a unique and luxurious setting.
GLOSS SALON AND SPA From shellac to mani-pedi packages, gloss can give you the best nail makeover in town. You get the complete treatment at gloss with lovely hand and feet massages as your nails are buffed and polished. Your visit to gloss becomes a memorable occasion and one that you will always look forward to.
BEAUTY SPOT SALON Based in Hamala, Beauty Spot has been a trusty go-to for a long time now. You get high quality products for your nails alongside internationally trained specialists to ensure you get only the best.
YARA BEAUTY LOUNGE If nail art is your kryptonite then Yara Beauty Lounge situated in Zawia 1, Amwaj is where you need to go to get your fix. They have an Italian specialist nail artist who paints your nail like the canvas that it is. Acrylics are also common place with an array of lengths available, dependent upon your preference.
WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM VLCC BAHRAIN At vlcc, they endeavor to turn a desire to lose weight into an achievable state of healthy living, by offering a harmonious blend of the latest scientific technologies along with nutritional and lifestyle counseling in leading a happy, stress free life.
DIET MEALZ “Health is wealth” as much as “Time is precious”. At Diet Mealz, they aim to hit two birds at once. Diet Mealz is a solution to this problem as it is a unique f&b outlet promoting healthy living. All meals are freshly prepared daily to ensure the food quality and meals are individually portioned and packed in heatable containers for easy, healthy on the go meals.
HEALTH WATCHERS BAHRAIN This program is simple. Call to book an appointment, get your consultation where the dietitians will give you a custom-made diet plan in order for your to reach your goal set, whether it’s weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain or weight maintenance. Get your diverse meals delivered to your door – you can get: Khaleeji, Oriental, Occidental and European dishes.
CARLTON NUTRITION CENTER Carlton Nutrition Center has multinational professional team hired for a specific combination of education, skills and expertise working in a high spirit of successful performance and dedication to ensure customer satisfaction. Through its wide variety of dishes inspired by a myriad of cuisines, CNC culinary artists bring delicacies of the world right into the meal. Their professional dietitians help you lose, gain, or maintain your weight and improve your athletic performance.
corporates and insurance companies alike – thanks to modern management systems that emphasize efficiency and quality of care.
BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL The vision of Bahrain Specialist Hospital is to be always the top provider of the highest standards of healthcare by expanding the scope of services at the current location and at other sites in Bahrain and the region, and to be the primary center for medical tourism in the area.
AMERICAN MISSION HOSPITAL American Mission Hospital has been providing healthcare for the people of bahrain for over a hundred years in a non-profit setting. the ideals by which amh was rst established have remained unchanged in over a century of service.
INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL OF BAHRAIN
CAMBRIDGE WEIGHT PLAN
If you have not visited the International Hospital of Bahrain lately, and if you are looking for the most suitable or convenient healthcare facility for you and for your loved ones, then why don’t you drop in for a coffee, and let them show you round? They invite you to do so.
Cambridge Weight Plan provides flexible weight loss programmes to both women and men through Cambridge Weight Plan Consultants, who will give you one-to-one support on your weight loss journey.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA
THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN
ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL
RBH delivers state-of-the-art-medical care. With a professional team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and administrators with high- end facilities and equipment from countries such as Germany and the USA. The main attribute of quality comes from the Kims Group. As RBH is the fifth healthcare institution of the Kims Group in the gulf region, patients can expect a high level of quality care and expertise to be provided within RBH.
MUMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
MIDDLE EAST HOSPITAL The hospital is considered among the most advanced in equipment, and staffed with the best qualified in the area, to generate a service that is highly demanded by the populous in bahrain and beyond. Moreover, while it is the most equipped and staffed, it provides its services at a ordable cost to individuals, www.ohlala-magazine.com
THE I GREAT ESCAPE GATSBY Beauty Lounge opened up their opulent doors to our dull locks yet we left with instagrammable waves. It’s official we are in love.
t’s time to step away from the blow dryer, drop the flat iron and chat about hair restoration since all women at one stage of their lives report some level of damage. Heat styling, chemicals, over-processing, the environment, poor care and other factors can lead to dry, brittle hair, splitends and a lacklustre finish. Although all women crave a gorgeous, flowing mane, many of us are unwilling to sacrifice our styling methods so at this point you need to be introduced to Gatsby Beauty Lounge who’ll wave their magical wand over your dull locks. After recently giving birth my friend’s hair strands were feeling the aftermath of raging hormones and although she usually ‘suffers’ from thick tresses, her hair had seemed to all but given up. Alas, she was prescribed L’Oréal’s infamous scientific breakthrough that can help strengthen your stressed strands for shiny salon quality results in just 6 weeks! First let’s get the science part of out the way and break it down so you understand how the Pro Fiber formula is different from any other on the market. L’Oréal has developed a molecular complex called APTYL 100 which deeply penetrates and anchors within the hair fiber for long-lasting results. When this nifty little molecule locks into your follicles it fortifies from within and instantly resurfaces to smooth, soften and protect. After treatment hair is revived as it begins to recover and become stronger and more resilient. Now here is the best and most intriguing aspect of the new system; unlike many treatments that wash out when you shampoo this fortifying molecule stays within the hair fiber for up to
four shampoos! You can simply reactivate the molecule for another cycle using the hairdresser prescribed shampoo and auto-regenerate recharge product. This process yields fabulous results that last and in just six weeks of treatment hair fibers may be renewed from root to tip so that hair looks as if it was never damaged! There are 3 levels of damage and each formula in the collection responds accordingly. As the stylist was shampooing her hair (which she assures me felt divine) the calming, warm aroma smelled amazing and she couldn’t resist sniffing her hair throughout the day! In the back of my mind is always my impending wedding and with years of battling with keeping up with the latest hair trends my strands have admitted defeat. Yes, they may have won the battle but they have not won the war thanks to the caviar hair treatment that I was prescribed. My hair is the polar opposite of my friends - thin and extremely damaged. Now, going for a caviar hair treatment sounds like one of those things only the diva-iest of the divas do ,like demanding that someone separate their M&Ms by colour or bathing in water bottled in Fiji, therefore, I just had to try it out and I’m quite frankly obsessed with the results. The treatment started with a shampoo, during which I managed to stay awake despite a lovely scalp massage. Then I was brought over to the chair where my single-serving packet of caviar awaited. Now, to be clear, these aren’t actual fish eggs. The sealed packages house little beads that look like caviar or big pearls, but are filled with a “high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins.” My stylist towel-dried my hair then mixed a creamy substance (a conditioner-like product
“Now here is the best and most intriguing aspect of the new system; unlike many treatments that wash out when you shampoo this fortifying molecule stays within the hair fiber for up to four shampoos!” that further nourishes strands) into the beads. My hairdresser, April, applied the mixture to my hair, massaging it into my scalp and right down to my (split) ends. She then allowed a steamer to penetrate my hair for 20 mins whilst I enjoyed complimentary tea & biscuits then I rinsed out my “cav” and had my hair blowdried into their signature gatsby waves style. I stepped outside the salon and ran my fingers through my hair. It felt soft. Like, really soft. And when I carefully examined my reflection in a window I noticed that my split ends were less offensive than when I’d walked into the salon. That night my partner even told me that my hair looked really shiny and felt really soft. In all frankness, I had prefaced that with, “Feel my hair. Doesn’t it look really shiny and feel really soft?” and it did - and not just until my next shampoo. After more than a dozen shampoos, it’s still got that postcaviar look and feel. For reservations please call Gatsby Beauty Lounge: +973 3430 2020 www.ohlala-magazine.com
THE BRIDAL GLOW
WITH THE STRESS IN THE BUILD-UP TO OUR WEDDING DAYS, WE OFTEN NEGLECT OUR BEAUTY AND SKIN CARE UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE AND DESSANGE PARIS INVITES YOU TO UNWIND IN THE ULTIMATE INTERVENTION OF THE ENDERMO - GLOW FACIAL FOR OPTIMUM RADIANCE. 56
essange Paris sits elegantly in the heart of Adliya and comprises a Salon, Spa and Health Club, perfect for ladies from all walks of life. The brand was conceived by Jacques Dessange in Paris in 1947 and is notorious for its exceptional range of high quality products and cutting edge beauty treatments. In addition patrons can also enjoy personal training sessions, fitness classes , a bar dedicated to all manner of fruity , health giving juices and of course hair, nail and beauty treatments. The Endermo - Glow Facial is recommended as part of the salonâ€™s Bridal Package and is designed to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed whilst stimulating substances found in the skin which promote healthy, youthful skin. Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic are responsible for a vigorous complexion but our hectic lifestyles, sun damage , pollution and diet can diminish their effects and ageing begins. The Endermolift Treatment Machine focuses on reinvigorating these natural chemicals within the skin as opposed to replacing them with synthetic products. Thoughtful attention to detail is a thread which runs throughout all aspects of Dessange Spa. Valet parking is a rare treat in the
beauty world and made me feel cared for from the outset. Staff provide a very warm welcome and look pristine and extremely professional. The Spa boasts state of the art changing facilities which stock Elemis products and lockers operated using digital wrist bands. I donned my fluffy robe and slippers in preparation for the Endermo – Glow Facial. My therapist was very thorough when asking questions and carefully and perceptively examining my skin in order to ascertain the levels of sensitivity that she would need to take into account during the facial. I was heartened by this as I am wary that new treatments and products may be too harsh if they are applied universally to all clients. This is not the case at Dessange where each facial treatment is bespoke. The 111SKIN products which were used to cleanse my skin have been developed in Harley Street, London. Following an initial cleansing treatment an exfoliating cleanser was applied and left to work it’s magic for three purifying minutes whilst their head massage stimulates blood flow and wellbeing. Prior to the massage a toning product was applied and the pulses were set to match my specific level of sensitivity. My therapist had described the sensation as a combination of tiny pinches and soothing pressure and this was exactly the experience I had. The machine tightens, firms and lifts the skin whilst generating a general sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Perfect for the Bride-to-be as she begins to wilt under pressure prior to her big day. The Bio Cellulose Mask which followed was designed to target maximum hydration using gel like fibres which allow the product to penetrate the skin more deeply. It felt incredible, especially after the pinching sensation of the massage machine. Alongside the sumptuous mask the therapist administered a relaxing arm massage . I could feel stress being drawn from my body with every stroke. The remaining serum is absorbed through gentle stimulation magnifying the benefits of the mask. Once again 111SKIN products were employed to great effect to compliment the qualities of the machine massage and Bio Cellulose Mask. The Bright Eye Lift Gel and Day Cream brought the facial to a close leaving me feeling invigorated , revitalised and my skin very visibly rejuvenated. The absence of steaming and extraction during the treatment reduces the chance of outbreaks or negative reactions which would be extremely unwelcome for any Bride to be. Dessange recommends partaking of the treatment 3 days before the big day in order to maximise the results. Malika E Nura stated that ‘ Beauty arises when the soul is satisfied ‘. Through it’s thoughtful attention to detail, luxuriant products and avant garde approach to beauty Dessange certainly left my soul feeling quenched , life force energised and skin vivified. I would recommend the Endermo – Glow Facial without reservation as part of any pre- nuptial preparation.
“The machine tightens, firms and lifts the skin whilst generating a general sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Perfect for the Bride-to-be as she begins to wilt under pressure prior to her big day.“
For more information please call: 1771 3999 @dessangebahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com
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An ideal spot for a fairytale wedding is on an exclusive island in an urban resort at the heart of a kingdom, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is just the right combination to make all your nuptial dreams come true. Jayne Green talks to Director of Catering, Mohamed Emam, about how is attention to detail and personalised service make for unforgettable experiences. www.ohlala-magazine.com
hey say food is the way to anyone’s heart. With this in mind, why should someone choose The Four Seasons as their wedding destination? We have a diverse team of culinary staff who have the experience and expertise in cuisine that helps us to consistently provide the renowned standard that is The Four Seasons. I’ve been in the hospitality industry for more than 23 years and I’ve organised everything from top Bahraini society affairs to arranging high-powered meetings for global businesses and of course, weddings! As Director of Catering do you specialise in certain types of food, such as organic, locally sourced, ethnic or gluten-free? Do you work with fresh, not frozen, food? Absolutely! In Four Seasons we ensure that all of our food is fresh. We are very fortunate in Bahrain that we have a vast selection of fresh food sourced from local agriculture and also an unparalleled fish market. It is truly wonderful that we have all of this available on our doorstep as Bahrain is very rich in diverse ingredients. What is your signature fare? We offer an array of packages tailored to each individual and their party. Every wedding or event that we cater for is bespoke and we ensure that we have a selection of stations housed by chefs who specialise in such signature fare. For
“In this part of the world they love big weddings and we have a 600 seating capacity in our ballroom, but, we always ensure that our service, warmness and product itself is unparalleled compared to other venues.” example our Italian station is manned by our executive Italian Chef to allow for optimum authenticity. Do you work off a preset menu or can you create a custom menu for any event? We provide a wide selection of options and we always invite the organisers to come and experience the menu prior to the event or wedding. This way we can meet and surpass their expectations to provide them with a vision of how it will be introduced, as no-one likes unnecessary surprises, especially on their wedding day! Does a catered meal come as full service? Here at Four Seasons we will look after you from beginning-to-end from everything from food tasting to an in-depth tour of the venue. This level of care is synonymous with the Four Seasons’ brand as we ensure that every intricate detail is cared for. After all, the less you’re worrying about cutlery the more time you have to basque in the celebrations. Do you also provide wedding cakes? Tell us how you arrange the aesthetic of such an iconic centrepiece. That is the main topic of conversation for most weddings here. Our Executive Pastry Chef Imad Boukli invites the Bride and Groom 60
to discuss the theme of the wedding so he can embody this within the cake. Again, they will be invited back for food tasting. We offer a selection of different flavours to suit a whole host of taste-buds and the decoration of the cake can even have your floral arrangements entwined to continue your theme or colour scheme. Food is a core aspect of any wedding day. How do you ensure that you cater to a range of appetites? Last year we were hosting an Indian Wedding that had booked the whole of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. With over 550 employees coming from 55 different countries we ensure that cultural traditions are met seamlessly, from having the right chef to supporting the bride or groom to adhere to tradition. Our catering service is truly integral to the Four Seasons experience and we offer both indoor and outdoor options. You need to visit our ballroom! Do the Four Seasons partake in any charitable organisations regarding any waste that may be left over after a catered event? We organise pick-up on a daily basis to take any remaining turnover of produce to be delivered to families in cooperation with the local charitable organisation, Bahrain Food Bank, which is truly commendable as we all play a part in corporate social responsibility.
“With over 550 employees coming from 55 different countries we ensure that cultural traditions are met seamlessly, from having the right chef to supporting the bride or groom to adhere to tradition.” Tell us about the logistics of a wedding day and how your role as Director of Catering is integral. Starting from the beginning of the day we make sure that the wedding planner hands over the ballroom on the day of the event, if not the day beforehand, to allow us enough time for the set-up and to ensure every department is taken care of alongside every detail being meticulously reviewed. My role is to make sure that each event is memorable and in-line with their vision. Operations will brief staff regarding the sequence of service
and distribute accordingly to complement the catering aspect of the day. In this part of the world they love big weddings and we have a 600 seating capacity in our ballroom, but, we always ensure that our service, warmness and product itself is unparalleled compared to other venues. This is why many people decide to host their wedding here even if that means sacrificing the guest-list. To be honest, I have a brilliant team working beside me and we work amazing together, which makes coming to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay a pleasure, it truly doesn’t feel like work and I’m thankful that it is a very healthy working environment. What has been your biggest challenge to date and how did you overcome any issues that arose? You do find yourself imagining that every couple is getting married for the first time which truly is the biggest challenge, as it is such a momentous occasion. I cannot help but see myself as a Father and although I do not have a daughter I feel like a Father to our Brides-to-be and I will do everything in my power to ensure that that they are taken care whilst in our care and that everything is nothing short of perfection, especially with my fingerprint being associated with said wedding - everything is very personalised and it is very gratifying being part of something so precious. We are looking forward to having more mixed weddings as we have many ladies-only bridal parties, but, we do cater to everyone’s preference. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. I like fishing. This is my passion. I go every other week with my oldest son to Reef Island. My biggest catch was over 1.5 kilos and it was amazing to cook this ultimately combining my two passions in life. I always bring in an interesting lunch that isn’t conventional and it always draws comments, but, I love unexpected fusion. I surprised myself recently when I quickly boiled sweet potatoes and sprinkled with coconut and organic honey - it was truly delicious and the team wholeheartedly agreed.
For more information please call +973 1711 5000 www.fourseasons.com/bahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com
UNVEILED JAYNE GREEN exclusively talks to PETER LANGNER who has been synonymous with excellence, imagination, and refinement about his Bridal Collection 2018 to jam and marmalade.
hat’s your favourite style from your latest collection? I love Sylvia as it is so unique and uncommon, but also Eva, which has become so popular because of ts fitting. We have experimented new cuts which have been very successful. How do you decide on the names of your collections? Every gown is dedicated to a woman. I choose only female names. The sound of the name or the face of a woman I’ve met in my career that inspires me allows me to choose that name and give it to a particular gown. How many Peter Langner brides are there every year? I meet many in my atelier in Milan, usually not during the first appointment as I do not want to influence the choice of the gown, however, I do like to be present during the fitting as I want to be sure the gown is perfectly made and fits perfectly. I love details. All my gowns are intricately detailed, and perfectly finished. The seams and hems of couture gowns are hand-finished, smooth, invisible and comfortable against the skin. Can you give a little overview of how you came to be a bridal designer? I graduated at L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de Paris, worked for Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, and Christian Lacroix. When I moved to Rome I felt it was the right time for me to start creating my own collections. It was due to my love of all things which are of the best quality. Fine fabrics, fine art, fine food, fine sculptures and so on. It is a natural outgrowth of who I am. Everything in my life is about fine quality and beauty so it was simply natural. 64
When you start to design a new collection, what is the process? Do you start with an overview of what you want to collection to be or a mood board with the elements you want to include? My team and I come up with the concept, and the next step is experimenting with materials in our workroom in Milan. Once the performance of the materials have been verified, what follows is the design and execution of the garments, in a continuous dialogue between all parties involved. This teamwork is essential and includes various intermediate stages: illustrating the idea on paper, iconographic research, making swatches of embroidery and other materials, having the fabric produced in our artisanal workroom and finally constructing the garment on the form, into an ideal synthesis of Peter Langner‘s femininity. It’s intense work on a daily basis, lasting for three or four months, until I give its approval. What part of the design process do you enjoy most? I love sourcing for new fabrics! We used over 170 different fabrics in the last collection. We do a lot of research and have different people creating our fabrics so that they are exclusive to us. What are your design influences right now? There is no specific inspiration to get started. I usually try to have a clear head, a focused mind, free from distractions
“My team and I come up with the concept, and the next step is experimenting with materials in our workroom in Milan. Once the performance of the materials have been verified, what follows is the design and execution of the garments, in a continuous dialogue between all parties involved.”
when I begin with a new collection.I’m a lover of great architecture and it translates into my bridal creations. Where do you look to spot ‘trends’ and keep abreast with what brides are looking for? I follow my inspiration and I work hard with my team on new techniques. We continuously reinvent materials. This is a very big part of the work: research and experimenting but always with an eye to the woman we want to dress and to her needs, which change from country to country and generation to generation. That’s why I try to travel as much as I can and meet my brides. I need a dialogue with them to understand what they want. What are your favourite materials/embellishments to work with? Most of our fabrics are Italian, even though I always look for something different and new. So, my eyes are always open for new fresh ideas. A fabric is very important to give the gown the right shape and body. You choose the wrong fabric and the most amazing idea is lost. Every 66
collection is different: last year we used porcelain petals, fringed raffia, small chiffon square fabrics folded in little cubes and then sewn on tulle fabrics. We invent new solutions every season. What, in your opinion, sets your brand apart? What are your core values? Our gowns are couture gowns. They are really done one by one and the hand work really shows in the final result. Our trims are silk satin or silk organza and not just an applied ribbon. The laces are all placed by hand and are ensured that they fall the right way. The gowns are cut and made in a way that they follow the movement of the woman. Very often brides tell me “I don’t want a gown which stands whilst I move”. Tell us what do you do to relax? How do you escape from the wedding world? My pets first of all: my dog Aladino and my cat Luna and then cooking – the art of being relaxed whilst enjoying genuine food directly from my countryside’s garden. What are the most important things brides should keep in mind whilst choosing their gown? Listen carefully but choose with your heart. Less is more. Simplicity is the essence of elegance. If you weren’t designing wedding dresses, what do you think you would be doing? I would be making jam and marmalade in my countryside’s house. What should we expect next from your label? We are now working on the 2019 Collection which will be showcased next month in Milan, New York and Barcelona. I’m so proud of it! It is the full expression of my creativity combined with the expertise of my seamstresses and unusual experiments and combinations of new materials and techniques. I will surprise you! Peter Langner Collections are available at Per Lei Couture. Peterlangner.com
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Plan your dream wedding for a memorable ceremony at Al Rifaa ballroom and receive special fairy-tale package with following benefits; • Men Majlis served with tea & water • Overnight stay for the couple in Bridal suite including breakfast • Early check-in at 10:00 am - late check-out at 6:00 pm • Free access at the health club • Invitation for 1 year anniversary in one of their award winning restaurants Ask about the discounted decoration packages This offer is valid for wedding bookings between March and April, 2018 and must be held before 31st December, 2018. To make a booking or for more information, please contact +973 3940 6169 or +973 17 208 313 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Gulf Hotel Bahrain showcases itself as the perfect venue for your wedding checklist and The Gulf Spa will guarantee that youâ€™re absoluting ravishing ready for your big day.
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain is one of the most fascinating resorts I have had the pleasure of visiting as it a spectacular series of structures and levels which house an array of microcosms showcasing the very best in cuisine and entertainment from Asia, the Middle East and beyond. Vast lobbies and lounges adorned with sculpted marble and glistening chandeliers lead on to lush tropical gardens punctuated by the Sala Thai style lodges which host some of the 16 restaurants the Hotel is able to boast. It offers thoughtfully crafted experiences whether that be lodgings, dining or corporate hospitality and of course, wedding packages. This is the ultimate wedding venue which family , friends and your friendsâ€™ friends will be talking about for weeks , months and years to come. The intuitive and highly experienced wedding team can ensure that you are able to opt for an intimate gathering to celebrate your nuptials or for those with larger aspirations they will ensure that every one of your 1,000 guests feel important and cared for. The Al Dana Ballroom (newly refurbished for Oct 2018) and Awal Ballroom offer exquisite, slightly more formal and traditional settings indoors whilst the expansive outdoor terrace area offers views of the tropical gardens and lagoon inspired pool. The packages are best explored in person but include a choice of suites, bespoke services such as Arabic Majlis with a superb selection of beverages, first anniversary celebrations and indulgent Spa treatments and therapies. The Gulf Spa ensures that the keystone of any wedding celebration, the Bride , will arrive refreshed, nourished and invigorated to greet her groom and guests. The 1001 Roses Luxury Milk Bath and Heavenly Rose Ritual focus on balancing the nervous system
“The rose petals strewn across the surface of the water and the essence of the Shiffa scents will dissipate any pre-wedding jitters. “ and relieving any sources of anxiety as well as adorning you with an enviable ‘ glow’ for your special day. The expertise of Shiffa Dubai is central to the treatments and their therapeutic aromas and infusions play an important part throughout. The 1001 Roses Luxury Milk Bath is complimentary for Brides to be indulging in the Heavenly Rose Ritual which is part of the holistic approach to wedding preparations at The Gulf Hotel. The muted earth tones running throughout the décor of the Spa instil a sense of tranquility and sophistication. As clichéd as it may sound I began to unwind from the moment I entered the Spa due to the calm demeanour of the informed and highly professional staff. As the bath was drawn I was furnished with disposable underwear to retain my modesty. On many occasions small details such as ill fitting disposable items detract from the qualities of the treatment because they are uncomfortable or revealing. However I was very pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and ‘concealed’ I felt in them. The pulsating vibrations of the bath are designed to prepare muscles and mind for the forthcoming massage and facial. The rose petals strewn across the surface of the water and the essence of the Shiffa scents will dissipate any prewedding jitters. After 30 minutes I showered and wrapped in a fluffy robe was settled in my treatment room where I embarked upon my heavenly ritual with my therapist Thiangi. The initial Sweetness Body Polish and gentle facial polish are designed to soften and smooth the skin whilst the Aromatic Rose Clay Body Mask has rejuvenating properties which are designed to revive and heal especially if you are flagging as a result of months of preparation! A mood enhancing scalp massage will promote blood flow and energise before the treatment reaches a climax with a bliss balm massage and gem oil facial. In order to guarantee you leave feeling like a million dollars the oils used during the facial are infused with precious gem stones ranging from Purifying Diamond to Healing Ruby or Calming Sapphire. The facial felt spectacular and my skin, as a bride to be, would dazzle on the big day following the treatments but the essential oils and extracts were used to such great effect leaving me feeling refreshed and my ‘ Chi’ thoroughly centred. The Gulf Hotel truly has an holistic approach to delivering the best possible experience for any wedding celebration regardless of style or size. They promise to offer the best service for a memorable stay in the Kingdom of Bahrain and my experiences wholeheartedly confirmed this. Their vision will ensure that your wedding day will surpass all dreams and expectations. For more information please contact, +973 17713000 www.ohlala-magazine.com
DINING Our round up of the best chic eats venues
Four Seasons Best Of Wolfgang Pre F1 Party is back! Enjoy their Saturday BBQ With Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck on April 7th. Join them for an Asian fusion BBQ party with the celebrity chef himself. Savor an array of special Asian BBQ and street food, while you enjoy the twinkling lights of the Manama skyline and a live DJ in the background. Call 17 11 55 00 Art Rotana
Join them at WU on the terrace for an amazing Friday Experience. From 4 pm they will be hosting the beach front party with tunes from DJ Katrin Love plus a wide host of special guests each week to keep things fresh. Amazing drinks offers are available including 3 free cocktails for the ladies. Call 16 000 111
Enjoy the new Slow Roast Themed Friday Brunch during the month of April until mid May at the award- winning restaurant Flavours on 2. The new themed brunch has a wide variety and fine selection to please all taste buds for only BD 18++* with soft drinks or BD 26++* with selected beverages. The live cooking station is beyond imagination featuring elite selection of your favourite slow roasted dishes. Call 13 119 999 80
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Start the summer celebration minus the warm weather at Cantina Kahlo and Kahlo Club. Enjoy a delicious assortment of Mexican classics, select beverages and heavenly desserts and sway to the synthesized beats of a Latino band on Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Call 17 586 499
Elite Grande Hotel
Every Wednesday @ H20 enjoy their Seafood Night with live cooking stations of grilled seafood and a wide variety of seafood for 12BHD/++. All the ladies can enjoy free selected unlimited beverages with live entertainment Call 17 565 888
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain
Experience fine dining and sample creative menus prepared by their seasoned and culinary experts in the softly lit and intimate ambience of Silk’s Restaurant. The unique show-kitchen/live-cooking concept provides an exciting and lively setting for a relaxing lunch, a gourmet dinner or one of their exciting theme nights, such as Monday Seafood Night,Thursday Night Out or Friday Brunch. Additionally, Silk’s serves Asian menu during non theme and an international daily lunch and dinner buffet. Call 17 460 017
“Because the stomach and the heart aren’t too far apart.” Anonymous Gallery Café
Step into Gallery Café and enjoy the Afternoon Tea Experience that awaits you, taken inspiration from the celebrated British pastime Chef Marwan has created a double tiered Afternoon Tea box that includes a selection of both sweet and savoury handmade treats to delight the senses, alongside a selection of herbal and classic teas Available from Sunday to Friday from 3.00pm to 6.00pm Call 17 711 600
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
“The Sweetest Brunch” awarded best brunch by popular vote by Citi FACT Awards.Discover it for yourself and be prepared to indulge in a sensorial and savoury experience BD 26 net including soft drinks and water, or BD 38 net including selected free flow beverages. Live music from their vibrant duo, Deux Sons. Book for 10 + people and receive 20% discount. Call 17 171 144
The Gulf Hotel has firmly positioned itself as a gastronomic and entertainment paradise in Bahrain. Discover one of their ten exclusive restaurants. The Dim Sum is BACK at China Garden! –Featuring on the special menu are vegetable wanton soup, steamed beef sui mai, beef chao pao,crispy salmon dumpling, pan seared duck dumpling, chicken sui mai, chicken chao lung pao, shrimp sui mai, chicken dim sum, vegetable dumpling and vegetable noodles for BD 14 net. Call 17 713 000
The Westin City Centre Bahrain
Le Meridian Bahrain City Centre
Bakers Bring along your little ones to FURN every Saturday from 9am to 10am, where they get a complimentary session of a hands-on baking experience, and uncovering their hidden talents with their Master Bakers. We will supervise them whilst you unwind or do your thing. They will have fun breaking eggs, making dough, rolling out and shaping, to ﬁnally enjoy eating what they just baked! Optional Kids Breakfast Menu at BD 2++ for any bakery items and water/juice Age: 3 to 12 years old. Call 17 171 441
The Crowne Plaza Bahrain
Unlike any other Friday Brunch in town, Bushido takes the brunch game up a notch with fresh food, tasty flavours and a huge array of Japanese favourites. Bushido specialises in live-cooking stations and freshlyprepared dishes ranging from modern Japanese to more authentic options too. Even the thirst-quenching cocktails come with a blend of Eastern and Western influences. Diners can truly elevate their Friday afternoons! Call: 1758 3555
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa
La Mosaique at The Crowne Plaza Bahrain is an international inspired restaurant, hosting a large selection of theme nights, mostly every evening of the week. Situated in the heart of Manama it is ideally located where you can enjoy lunch and breakfast daily. Call 17 531 122
To celebrate the season of spring and rebirth, all Sofitel Bahrain awardwinning restaurants are offering all the ladies a staggering 50% off every Monday throughout the month of April. Call your girlfriends and put on your evening wear to entertain your spirit with a night full of flavorsome fare, excitement andrefreshment. Call 17 636 363
The Royal Golf Club
Indulge yourself at Al Safir Restaurant housing a delectable offer of buyone-get-one-free at their Chocoholic Friday Brunch. With live cooking stations, seafood items, cold cuts, International main courses, plus an extravagant selection of desserts and a crepe station you will be sure to walk out with a smile! Call 17 533 533
The Royal Golf Club have launched their Thursday night Brunch. Diners can enjoy a fabulous array of tasty dishes delivered freshly cooked to their table while enjoying spectacular golf course views and a live entertainment by Thu Le. Thursday Night brunch is available in the award-winning Links restaurant every Thursday from 7pm to 11pm Call 17 751262. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Here are the latest unparalleled offerings from the recently refurbished La Vinoteca Barcelona, nestled on the outer-edge of Block 338, providing you with bountiful amounts of entertainment and the most delicious gastronomic delicacies. CHEEKY CHICAS!
Calling out all the ladies to head down to La Vinoteca Barcelona for specially crafted sparkling cocktails and enjoy your first drink on them at their weekly ladies night. As if you really needed an excuse to catch up the girls! Every Thursday from 6pm to 10pm.
Swirl and sip your way into becoming a wine expert with their Restaurant Manager & Sommelier, Marina Diaz. Every Monday, Marina will guide you on a journey through the world of wine. She’ll teach you how to navigate your way through white grapes, red grapes and everything in between. Whilst we can’t guarantee you’ll be a certified connoisseur at the end of the course, we can guarantee that you’ll have a lot of fun, meet new friends and learn to appreciate the beauty, as well as the allure, of some truly magnificent wines.
THE PERFECT PAIR A night of wine and cheese is a culinary match made in heaven, indulge in unlimited cheese and wine pairing for the ultimate night out. Every Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm for BD15++.
PINCHOS NIGHT Sample your way through their selection of Spanish bites & enjoy a refreshing glass of Tinta de Verano, or their renowned signature Sangria, every Wednesday, from 7pm to 11pm for BD 10++. 82
Places are limited for Wine 101, so please ensure you reserve in advance on email@example.com For more information please contact La Vinoteca Barcelona on +973 17007808 www.vinotecabcn.com
EVENING FLAIR We started our weekend on a high-note indulging ourselves in gastronomical heaven at the Thursday Night Out Brunch at Silks Restaurant, located within The Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, and we recommend you follow suit. The Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain stands resplendent overlooking the vast
Arad Bay Lagoon. Those who carefully designed the menus and themed evenings must have been driven by the ethos that ‘All good things are the fruits of originality’ as they were the first to usurp the trend of the Friday Brunch with ‘Thursday Night Out’ as their flagship event. Silk’s Restaurant plays host to this culinary extravaganza. The restaurant is a perfect blend of contemporary shapes and shades which also pay homage to the retro, Art Deco chic of the Manhattan behemoths in their hay-day. The circular backed, high armed chairs and crisp white table cloths are inviting and encourage you to linger and enjoy the live music. The brand name was inspired by the feeding action of gulls (Mowe in German) and the efficiency and simplicity of it’s movements in completing the task swiftly. The founder hoped that the service in ‘Mövenpick’ would mirror this efficiency, simplicity and swiftness, needless to say, our experience confirmed this wholeheartedly. Walking in to Silk’s after a fractious, frantic end to the working week was just what we all had hoped it would be. A vast array of stations, brimming with produce and a riot of aromas enticing us to explore different regions around the globe. We stood, motionless for just a moment before embarking upon our gastronomic repast. The stations are designed to mimic the courses one would expect at ‘dinner’ as opposed to the slightly more informal style of the Friday Brunch. The appetisers ranged from vast ceramic platters of vibrant, crisp salads (which also doubled as side dishes) to steaming bamboo baskets loaded with Asian Bonne Bouche. Ideal for the health conscious and those incapable of making up their minds. All were regularly replenished with produce freshly prepared by the skilled team of chefs assigned to each station. When striving for originality Silk’s employs the very best of every style of cuisine. The Asian station chefs sent out planks containing sumptuous Thai curries , creamy and decadent and the very best southern Indian staples each with thoughtfully presented www.ohlala-magazine.com
CHIC Eats sundries. Many of the dishes were freshly prepared and levels of heat and spice flattered every palate. For many this would suffice but the mermaid like calls of the seafood station lured me on to the steel platters brimming with fresh shrimp and king crab legs which nestled amidst a mountain of crushed ice. Beautiful cuts of fresh salmon could also be prepared to your own exacting standards and delivered to your table. Quality and Quantity combined. I stopped to admire the grilled meats presented , as ‘kebabs’ should be , on sword like skewers. ‘Kebab’ literally means cooked over fire and it is believed that soldiers would use their swords to skewer and suspend the meat over the flames. Hence, the relevance of the clever presentation of the perfectly charred offerings of meat and vegetables , suspended for ease of service. I finally made it to The Butcher’s Shop Corner which , given the title, needs little explanation. Tender U.S. prime cuts grilled and roasted and expertly carved. Succulent, juicy, flavoursome, delectable … I could go on and on but won’t. I am sure your mouth is already watering , as mine was. Any one of an abundance of side dishes would compliment each dish and diner’s preference. Such ‘Ambrosia’ should always be accompanied by equally special ‘Nectar’
“The Asian station chefs sent out planks containing sumptuous Thai curries , creamy and decadent and the very best southern Indian staples each with thoughtfully presented sundries.” which at Silk’s has a whole station manned by mixologists poised to ‘shake up’ or ‘stir-up’ a storm. The offerings were daring, fruity, fizzy and full of zest and zing. Classic favourites and evening staples were also available in generous amounts throughout. I often dine with a good friend who is vegetarian and who mocks my self-proclaimed status as a dessertarian - one who could survive on dessert alone. This would be a totally achievable task here. Delicate pastries, mousse and roulades ranging from vividly fruity to decadently chocolatey were portioned to allow the assembly of personalised assiettes. In addition hand crafted cakes pierced with shards of chocolate and decorated with sugar art invited you to indulge as much or as little as you felt able to. All manner of fromage, queso, kaas and formaggio formed one of the finest European Cheese tables I have seen , offering a savoury addition or alternative to end of the meal. If you strive to be average then mimic others but in order to be outstanding and novel you must do what no one else does and be original. This is the vision which inspired The Mövenpick who were the first, the original and arguably are the most outstanding Thursday night dining event in Bahrain. Let your weekend begin at Silk’s Restaurant in The Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain where the buffet begins at 7pm. For reservations please call: +973 1746 0017 86
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QUATTROPORTE MASERATI CONTINUES TO DAZZLE WITH EVERY NEW DESIGN THEY UNVEIL.
aserati have a well-established legacy. Producing luxury vehicles since 1914, these master sports car designers have had over a century to perfect their trade and perfection they certainly have achieved. Being the lucky professionals we are at Ohlala, we were given the opportunity to take the new Maserati Quattroporte for a spin and to experience the high level of craftsmanship achieved by these supreme vehicle architects. The Quattroporte model itself has a 55 year history. Since 1965 its elegant appearance and high-quality performance has been refined to near flawlessness, something that was obvious from the first moment we laid eyes on her beautiful curves. The first feature to stand out was the Alfieri-shaped three-dimensional grille. Pointier and more imposing than previous models, it also boasts new vertical chrome rib elements that contrast with the depth of the ‘sharknose‘ effect. The restyled bumper design features a matt black front profile, rear extractor and side skirts. Adaptive full LED headlights are fitted as standard and feature Static Bending Lights and automatic height regulation. The headlights also include a front camera that automatically lower the beams to reduce the light shining on vehicles travelling towards you. Six aluminium rims in five different designs ranging from 19-21 inches are available in the MY18 Quattroporte range. The Quattroporte also continuously monitors its own tyre pressures using a sensor mounted inside the rim as part of the valve. Instant pressures can be read off the dashboard display. As we continued our exterior inspection, the entire vehicle flowed from front to rear and back again. Every feature from the exhausts to the front Trident emblem was perfectly placed for performance and visual beauty. Shifting our attention to the interior of the vehicle, we were greeted with no less than a dazzling layout. No expense has been spared when selecting the quality materials and intricate design of this business lounge like environment. The dashboard features a full-width surface in a variety of exclusive, precious woods, underlining the refined character of the Quattroporte and rounded out by decorative inserts on the front and rear door panels. Coloured stitching contrasts with the leather colour on the upper dashboard, doors, seats, headrests, and in many other optional areas. Due to the long wheelbase this
“No expense has been spared when selecting the quality materials and intricate design of this business lounge like environment.”
Quattroporte is extremely roomy in both the front and rear whilst the first-class surroundings ensure all occupants feel instantly comfortable. A 530 litre luggage compartment completes the spacious layout, making this car not only luxurious but practical for everyday use. The user-friendly infotainment system is based on a high-resolution 8.4” capacitive touch screen, compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions. The central, lower console features a rotary knob, a high-quality component made of forged aluminium that offers intuitive control of audio volume as well as the infotainment system’s other functions. All-inall, the interior and its feature could not have been better placed or designed and we could not wait to see how all of this translated to on-road performance. As we pulled out of the parking are and onto the tarmac, we knew we were in for a real treat. The thundering sound of the Petrol 600 V6, twin-turbo - direct injection GDI engine reverberated through our bodies and filled us with genuine excitement. As weight was applied to the accelerator, the 2979 cc’s of displacement and 4500 nM of torque were immediately at our disposal. Able to shoot from 0 – 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, this car was not playing around. Boasting a top speed of 270km/h, we had to settle for a lot less than her full capabilities on public roads. Complete with a ZF eight-speed automatic AT8 - HP70 gearbox, this car effortlessly shifted through the gears, allowing for a smooth and easy ride. Along with great handling and plenty of surface grip, we always felt in complete control of the experience. Monitoring our immediate environment, we noticed how the car’s presence turned heads at every corner and it was obvious to us and everyone else that we had the finest ride on the island. Pulling back into the parking area, we agreed this was amongst the very best experiences we had had in a sports car and would highly recommend anyone we spoke with to take a test drive of their own. www.ohlala-magazine.com
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El Jimador Series 2018 Competition at Hazel Rooftop Lounge
Brasa De Brazil Restaurant and Lounge Grand Opening, Park Regis Lotus Hotel, Juffair
I’M NOT A BRIDEZILLA Never a one to follow the norm, Miss Ohlala bucks the stereotypical trend of a woman who is planning her own wedding in an erratic fashion. Last Winter some lovely self-preserving impulse came over my blushing partner, and one golden afternoon in Scotland he got down on one knee and proposed to the woman he loves...me. Yeah, that could have been awkward. He says I’m matter-of-fact, funny and strong - the kind of person you can trust to rescue you from your usual daily spiral of pettiness and self-loathing. Like I said: self-preservation. I can remember every detail of the proposal - what he said, or attempted to say; what the light looked like all around and the celebration of food and drink that we enjoyed together in a daze afterwards. The question arose as to whether he had asked my Father’s ‘permission’ to be able to offer me his hand in marriage. He did. My Father accepting such a renouncing of ownership rather frivolously if you ask me. Now, I don’t know about you but this gesture of goodwill sounds rather archaic, but, alas, I’m still waiting for such a loving display of self-mutilation and/or affection - will a high-five do? One of my friends has previously called me up to have an actual melt down because her so-called-friend got engaged as well and was planning to get married in the same year as she was. Apparently it was her special year and not just a day. She threw a huge fit that this girl was only getting married to “steal her thunder”. May I add that there weddings weren’t even being held in the same season never mind the same month. Brides sometimes don’t think rationally and I for one don’t need the excuse of a wedding to be referenced as such. 98
Don’t even get me started on the altercations of asking friends to be bridesmaids. It opens up a whole can of worms to those friends who haven’t been selected, with a barrage of questions as to why and a level of self-questioning as to why they didn’t make the final cut. Once when I was a bridesmaid I was told to go to the hairdressers to ‘dye my hair’ and the bride would cover the cost. Of course I questioned said outlandish command, the brides response? My hair was quite ‘attention-grabbing’ and wouldn’t fit with the cohesiveness of the group. Okay then. Moving back to the hubby-to-be, I started calling him the bride and this began as a joke between us. My joke. I’ve since realised that I’ve been trying to tell him something that he had yet to hear, which is that I have no intention on performing whatever role the woman is usually forced to perform in this situation. He gets it. It’s something he likes about me (a possible first) and the way I go through life - skepticism, independence in abundance and my ongoing distrust of authority. I think he’s marrying me precisely because I’m not the type of girl who’s super into weddings. I do love cake though...
For the Modern Middle Eastern Woman