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EDITOR’S LETTER The holidays have snuck up on us again, and now we find ourselves right in the middle of party season. Time flies when you’re having fun, huh? Like charity, the festive period starts at home. For all the Insta-quotes online, there is one that resonates with me – don’t just buy presents, be present. Partly because you can be so busy getting the roast potatoes perfect that you miss out the fun of dinner itself. Especially because in this day-and-age, with everyone attached to their smartphones, it can be a struggle to get anyone to listen. So, what I’d really like, is just a day where everyone is fully present. As 2017 draws to a close, and 2018 looms around the corner, take a moment to reflect on what you can do to bring a smile to someone else each day. We’re surrounded by too much negativity, stress and pressure. Let’s not let that define and mould us when we can be so much better and make things so much better for others around us. Finally, and most importantly, bring on the sparkle and shine, dress to impress, put on your party shoes and unleash the party animal in you. And when you are busy making the heads turn by putting on your best look, don’t forget to flaunt the right attitude and flash your best smile. Happy Holidays!
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Price* Adults Early Bird BHD 60++ (Until December 10) Adults BHD 80++ (Includes gala buffet dinner, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a glass of bubbly before midnight; after 11:30 pm a cash bar applies.)
RITZ GOURMET TAKEAWAYS December 1-31 The Ritz Gourmet Lounge Turkey to-go Meals Pricing BHD 99++
GRAND CHRISTMAS BRUNCH December 25, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm Grand Foyer Price* Adults BHD 45++ (including selected alcoholic beverages) Children BHD 25++ (ages 4-12)
NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH January 1, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm La Med Price* Adults BHD 30 net (buffet and soft beverages) Adults BHD 35 net (buffet and selected alcoholic beverages) Children BHD 18 net (ages 4-12)
FESTIVE ROOM PACKAGES Christmas package starts from BHD 175++ per night; December 24-25 New Year’s Eve package starts from BHD 220++ per night; December 31
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Mark your dates for the coming festive season at ART Rotana, where we have pulled out all the stops to bring you a full month of joy and cheer. With the best in traditional festivities and choice menus full of familiar festive flavours, you can rest assured of a fabulous Christmas and New Year Celebration like no other. please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 16000111.
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KATE SPADE IS OFFERING UP WINTERY LANDSCAPES IN HER AW17 COLLECTION WITH WHIMSICAL OWLS IN THE FORM OF ACCESSORIES, BAGS AND JEWELLERY. THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS HOLIDAY COLLECTION WAS THE BEAUTIFUL SNOWY OWL WHERE THIS MAJESTIC CREATURE IS INCORPORATED IN SOFT, PASTEL SHADES AND EMBELLISHMENTS. THE SNOWY OWL IS ALSO THE LARGEST SPECIES OF OWLS IN THE WORLD WITH WINGSPAN OF 54-65 INCHES AND GORGEOUS PLUMAGE. WEâ€™RE OFFICIALLY OBSESSED! 28
A CRAZY, COLOURFUL TRANSFORMATION. VIBRANT FLORAL AND GEOMETRIC PRINTS, QUIRKY CURIOUS ANGLES AND A METEOR SHOWER OF EXPLOSIVE COLOUR IS WHAT WILL GREET FATHER CHRISTMAS WHEN HE STOPS BY JO MALONE LONDON’S TOWNHOUSE THIS FESTIVE SEASON. WHILE EVERY CHRISTMAS AT JO MALONE LONDON IS A DEPARTURE FROM THE ONE BEFORE, THIS YEAR MARKS THEIR FIRST COLLABORATION WITH A FASHION DESIGNER – THE INIMITABLE JONATHAN SAUNDERS. Jomalone.com 30
Festive Season at Downtown Rotana The season is here and we want to celebrate with you. Join us for an amazing festive lineup at Downtown Rotana.
Christmas Day Brunch at Flavours on 2 Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones! Enjoy your time with live entertainment and many other surprises starting from only BD 24*. New Yearâ€™s Eve dinner at Teatro Welcome the new year in style with a 5 cuisine gala dinner set menu at Teatro Downtown starting from BD 26* while enjoying the tunes of our saxophonist and guest DJ. New Yearâ€™s Day Brunch at Flavours on 2 Celebrate the start of 2018 with your family and friends at Flavours on 2. Tempt your senses with a colourful and flavourful brunch starting from only BD 18*. For reservations, please call +973 1311 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. *Price is subject to 10% service charge and 10% government levy.
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Attention-Demanding E L E G A N C E MAISON RABIH KAYROUZâ€™S COLLECTIONS ARE IMAGINED, DRAWN AND DEVELOPED WITH PASSION AND HIS SS18 COLLECTION PROVES TO BE NO EXCEPTION. JUST LIKE A THREAD THAT ASSEMBLES A GARMENT, THE BRAND SEWS ITS STORY LOADED WITH GENEROSITY, CREATIVITY AND INTEGRITY. THE MOST NOBLE FABRICS, AT TIMES ARCHAIC AND AT TIMES PIONEERING, ARE MOULDED BY TALENTED AND ARTISANAL HANDS IN THE MANUFACTURES IN FRANCE AND ELSEWHERE, WITH THE CONSTANT CONCERN FOR EXCELLENCE AND DAINTINESS.
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Holiday 2017 Gift Guide
For THE TRENDSETTER
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ANGELA BEITZ SOURCES THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR SKIN
LOVE & HAPPINESS This year, Charlotte Tilbury is determined to keep spreading love around the world, by making it easy-to-gift from the heart with the new ‘Love & Happiness Gift Shop’. Discover Charlotte’s new and limited-edition collections, including the Instant Eye Palette; the Naughty and Nice Magic Box; Cities Lipsticks; Mini Hot Lips Lipstick Charms; Lip Archive; Charlottes Beauty Icons; and the Magical Mini Brush Set.
4 FESTIVE FEELS Nothing says Christmas quite like Jo Malone. We love the new redcurrant and green almond collection including a fragrance and candle with colourful packaging. The tart juiciness of redcurrants, the nuttiness of green almond and the zing of citrus are perfect for the holidays. You’ll love the warming base of cedarwood and Tonka with the delicious bite of redcurrant. 44
I SEE RED Chanel presents their Libre Collection offering in a choice of four red lipsticks. Gabrielle Chanel was never without her own red lipstick; it was seen as very much part of her personal signature and this collection affirms its status as a glamorous classic and the ultimate red lipstick. Meanwhile, makeup for eyes, cheeks and nails act as something of a “supporting cast” in the collection and also utilise red tones in many cases.
MASTER CLASS This limited-edition collection Master Class Colour Essentials Collection from Laura Mercier is perfect for party season. The collection has twelve eye colours, three cheek colours, two tightline cake eyeliners, a longwere crème eye pencil and two travel eye brushes. It’s also the perfect set for people on the go and for travelling.
PURE PERFECTION Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15 from La Prairie is a luxurious emulsion that offers full, natural-looking coverage paired with a compact concealer that effectively camouflages under-eye darkness. Infused with caviar extract, both formulas provide the legendary firming and lifting benefits of the Skin Caviar Collection.
BRING ON THE NIGHT Get your game face on with YSL’s new long-lasting complexion foundation: All Hours. The three steps to a flawless complexion that stays put no matter what. With no compromises on finish – no mask-like effect or caking. All Hours is a diverse range of shades including a primer, foundation and concealer that create a flawless look and these will be your go-to products for party season.
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LIFE OFTHE PARTY
It’s that time of year again and as the festive season rolls round late nights coupled with over indulging become a common theme and instead of looking rested and perky all that fun starts to take its toll on our bodies and skin. Angela Beitz shares her best beauty tips for surviving the next month
MAKE FRIENDS WITH H2O
During the day of and during your event drink lots of water to restore all of your fluids. It also helps to limit your intake of salt which will add to your dehydration and in some cases can lead to swelling. Hydrating yourself with help you feel better but will also get your skin glowing and your complexion will thank you for it the next day.
PERFECT YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN
This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your skin. It can be the last thing you feel like doing after a long night out but make every effort to remove your festive make-up before you go to sleep. Leaving eye make-up on your skin might cause it to darken as the deeper pigments can penetrate your skin. . If you do fall asleep with your make-up on, make sure you do a proper job of cleansing your skin the next morning including exfoliation and a hydrating mask to help your skin recover from being mistreated.
MASTER YOUR ROUTINE
Decide on your make up and hair looks prior to your events to save time. If doing your own make-up and hair isn’t your thing that outsourcing it is your best option. Some salons offer both hair and make-up services and we love the ones that will come to your home that will save you time and stress trying to find a park or getting stuck in traffic. Gel nails are also a good option for party season (opt for a colour that will suit any outfit).
INVEST IN FACE MASKS
There is never a better time to use face masks then party season. They will help to plump and hydrate your skin before an event and help to sooth and heal your skin post event. Sheet masks are becoming increasingly popular and we love the ones with Hyaluronic Acid to really recharge and plump your skin. Pop one in the fridge the night before an event to use the next morning - you’ll love the cooling effect and it will help those pesky puffy eyes.
Those late nights and lots of make- up will really start to take its toll on our complexion so ensure you ramp up on the exfoliating. This includes full body scrubs and exfoliating mask for your face. and follow it up with lots of moisture. It help your products to settle into your skin better and make your make-up glow.
USE CLEVER PRODUCTS
Make up wipes, illuminating concealer, longwear foundation, dry shampoo and anything hydrating and glowing are your best friends for party season. 48
This also goes for any type of product that doubles as something else, like a lip tint that can also be used as blush etc so that you can take it with you in your clutch without taking up too much space.
ORGANISATION IS KEY
Book all your pampering appointments in now. Being orgnaisined is so important and will save you from lots of stress and give you more time for partying. Time slots fill up super quickly towards the end of the year so book all your hair appointments, mani/pedis, spray tans and blow-dries no. It pays to book now right up until New Years.
EMBRACE THE SMOKY EYE
I love bright and bold lipsticks but you don’t want to spend half the night in the bathroom reapplying your lippy when you could be enjoying the party. A smoky eye is also the perfect way to transform your daytime look into an evening one by simply applying darker and shimmery toned eyeshadows with a slick of eyeliner.
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RELAXATION REDEFINED If the city of Alexandria is the jewel of the Mediterranean sea, Four Seasons San Stefano is the pearl of this great city and after celebrating its tenth birthday in 2017 we decided to play homage and pay Alexandria a visit.
TRAVEL Escapes A jewel on the crown of
Mediterranean hospitality we reached the hotel at night, and despite the darkness, we sensed the beauty of the city touching our hearts, through the sounds of the waves breaking the bustling noise of the sleepless streets. We pierced through the prestigious doors to the classy lobby to be welcomed with the colours of beige and cream, as they spread a calm and graceful vibe that matched perfectly with the golden frames that adorned the huge paintings scattered on every wall. A swift check-in accompanied by a warm greeting from the welcoming lady at the front desk and then we were escorted up to our room with the attentive concierge. This exemplary property comprises 118 luxury rooms including 31 suites. Great amenities, exceptional comfort, and outstanding service... qualities that can only be described as a Four Seasons standard. I was so happy when we entered the room because of the powerful presence of yellow since it is my favourite colour and the added bonus that everything is meticulously in place made for the idyllic ambience. The high ceiling gives a feeling of grandeur, a large fitted wardrobe to fit all my dresses in, an elegant desk with two chairs, a bed that defines the meaning of true comfort and offers a great sleeping experience. One comfy lazy chair with foot-rest, TV, internet, mini bar and thoughtful amenities. The bathroom is quite large and well equipped with the luxury L’Occitane bath products. A back a douche, a bath tub, and a closed toilet area. In a floor dedicated to the gastric art, you find most of the ten food destinations offered by the hotel. At “Kala” the main restaurant that holds a Greek name means “good”, the atmosphere is extra fresh with bamboo and white wood furnishing and white and blue fabric that extends to the curtains, to blend so artistically with the large window overlooking the gorgeous private beach. We regret not having enough time to visit the Lebanese restaurant ‘Byblos’, but, we definitely enjoyed an intimate night at Stefano’s the Italian restaurant offering southern Italian cuisine with seafood specialty. The restaurant is basically a cozy circle centered with a huge pole and
decorated so simply with four large vases recessed in the walls all around. If you are a dedicated or passionate swimmer, the icy cold days will not stop you from visiting the indoor heated swimming pool that lays under a glass dome that let in the warm rays of the shy winter sun. The beautiful private sandy beach is only open in summer so we were lucky enough to visit during this season where we were welcomed alongside other hotel guests where you can easily access the crystal Mediterranean waters right opposite the hotel through a beautifully designed underpass. And you need to go no further than Fish Restaurant and Lounge to enjoy delicious food and exquisite drinks without having to go back to the hotel floor. Shisha smokers have the share of options inside the hotel as many outlets offer shisha such as Bleu Terrace, Fresca Cafe and shisha lounge. Join in on the fun and spend a day in the privacy of a spacious beach cabana, right on the shores of the Mediterranean. Capture the essence of the glamorous Alexandrian summer and the continued warmth of early fall in one of the Hotel’s private cabanas, where world-renowned Four Seasons hospitality and perfect Alexandrian weather meet to offer unforgettable memories with friends and family. Kids are not to be forgotten as well. A kids club offers many options for child care and entertainment throughout the day. The presence of a commercial shopping mall attached and easily accessed from inside the hotel gives the option of a lively play area for the kids and a great shopping experience for mothers at the same time. Ladies and gents can both enjoy fitness and exercise in separate fitness centers located in the SPA. To me a brilliant, luxurious stay at Four Seasons must end with a lavish visit to the SPA! And of course our treatment must be inspired by the ancient methods of pampering royalty. We were lucky to try “Cleopatra”; we started with a bath in warm milk followed by fifty minutes of deep massaging with the silky almond oil. What a great way to end a long day touring the historically charged city. I actually would highly recommend booking a half day or full day tour with the hotel’s experienced guides especially for those who are visiting the captivating city for the first time. Don’t forget to end the tour with a plate of “rez bel haleeb” which is similar to rice pudding. A great snack especially when smothered with milk ice-cream and covered by nuts! If you needed an added incentive to visit then there is a room offer with 15% off or receive your third night three. Escape to where sea, sun and sand meet! Discover a fresh and fashionable resort-style enclave where Mediterranean breezes mingle with stunning views. Admire the deep-blue waters and enjoy 15% savings on their room rates and on spa treatments with their Alexandria vacation package or spend another night in a spacious suite at their resort-style enclave where the third night is on them. Now THAT is hospitality.
T O C R E AT E Nicole Bischofer, Head of Womenswear Design at COS shares the visionary behind their AW17 collection How did you come to realise that fashion was your calling? I could not find what I was looking for in the shops and so began making my own garments to fill the gap of the pieces I could not buy. My mother would help me with the pattern cutting, she would work free hand and this is how I began. Later my interest in design progressed and I went on to join pattern cutting courses, this lead to a tailoring course followed later by fashion studies. What’s your process when you come up with new ideas for COS? We create seasonal directions together as a team. We take time to research Art, Architecture, Design and Lifestyle, creating a ‘world’ where the ideas are conceptualised. Together with the designers we try to make this world come alive, interpreted as new shapes, fabrics, details. Do you have any part in the making of the clothes or do you leave it to your team to do it? I have a very good relationship with the team. We take time to discuss and plan each collection. Once we have a final idea in mind and we all understand the inspiration and what we expect from the pieces, the team proceeds with designs, keeping me in the loop at all times. Your womenswear collection caters for the modern woman. In short, what defines a woman in the Middle East? Individual Culturally aware Sophisticated 54
The AW17 collection explores new proportions and soft tailoring. How do you want women to feel when they wear them? We hope the collection makes women feel elegant, confident and stylish whilst being functional and working with their lifestyle. Pieces should feel modern and easy to wear, for moving from one occasion to the next. What influenced the direction of this collection? We looked a lot at architecture and especially an Austrian fire station which had these beautiful shades of red and used a new type of concrete material that is very light. This influenced our choice of material as well as parts of our colour palette. We also looked at geometry within art and that led to geometric drapes and outlines in the silhouettes. What’s your favourite, go-to item from the collection and why? One of my favourite pieces is a reinvented black poplin shirt with a polo neck collar. it’s a piece which I will continue to wear through the seasons. What pressures do you face being the Head of Womenswear Design at COS? I take each day as it comes, every day is different. We work hard to make sure that we are staying true to our brand philosophy whist giving the customer what they want. Each season we will work to find new ways to reinvent classic pieces and offer exciting new fabrics and style.
The GCC is home to some exquisite and eclectic fashion. Which other part of the world do you think has great statement fashion? Many places in the world have great statement fashion and we are continuing to learn from different areas. We have a strong connection with Asian countries such as Japan when it comes to a more minimal, timeless design style however we search everywhere for inspiration. What can we look forward to with future collections? As I previously touched on, we take inspiration from Art and Design and our research helps us to decide on new colour palettes and directions. In the future, we will continue to design with Innovative drapes and will always search for interesting fabrications to mix with and reinvent our timeless staple pieces. COS is situated on Level 1, City Centre Bahrain
We hope the collection makes women feel elegant, confident and stylish
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NYE BREAKS From insanely amazing fireworks on the Sydney Harbour
to the jaw-dropping Northern Lights in Iceland, Ohlala
presents the worldâ€™s most exciting hotspots to ring in the New Year! So, get your tickets booked, your party shoes packed, and jet off for a memorable start to 2018â€Ś
Forget the fireworks (although thereare plenty of places in Reykjavik to see spectacular displays!) celebrate 2018 with an impressive experience of nature’s own pyrotechnic extravaganza - the Northern Lights. Some of the world’s best viewsof the awe-inspiring aurora borealis arejust a quick chopper ride from the rich social scene in Reykjavik. Hop on a heli to Southern Iceland, touching down to take in the lights and sip some bubbly as the clock strikes midnight, then spend the first few days of the new year exploring Icelandic volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs. Fly with Finnair via Helsinki.
Rio De Janeiro
The world’s biggest beachfront bash on New Year’s Eve takes place on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach with two million plus revellers partying below, and the jaw-dropping fireworks exploding above! Samba to the rhythm of bossa nova, a popular style of Brazilian music, or stop at one of the many food vendors to enjoy culinary delights reflecting the city’s diverse gastronomic influences - the party continues into the early a.m. and once the sun rises, it might be a good idea to tick a few tourist stops off your list too. Fly direct with Emirates.
Bursting with endless destinations to celebrate NYE, Croatia May be the most underrated NYE destination on the list, but one where a good time is guaranteed! Start your 2018 with a medieval spark and takea trip to Dubrovnik’s Old Town where the sound of local bands, and traditional folklore and carolling fill the night! For more lively festivities, the beautiful baroque city of Zagreb with its cool clubs, and a stunning fireworks display in Jan Balacic Squarewill fulfil your party needs. There’s also the spectacular city of Split, where NYE can be enjoyed on the main promenade Riva, orif you’re an architecture fan, check out the Roman-era city of Zadar! Fly with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
New Year’s Eve doesn’t get any mightier than besides the gigantic Niagara Falls, Ontario. Clifton Hill is where all the fun by the falls is happening; get stuck in with the 40,000+ crowd at the annual free New Year’s concert in Queen Victoria Park where an exciting roster of musical talent takes to the stage, as attendees tuck into delicious food and beverages from street vendors, whilst gazing at the, not one, but two, dazzling fireworks displays! Alongside this The Winter Festival of Lights, special dinner dos, and a huge dance party at the Convention Centre all make NYE at the Niagara Falls a spectacular choice. Fly direct with Emirates. 58
Often dubbed as ‘the capital of New Year’s Eve’ Sydney’s main attraction here is the spellbindingly awesome 8-minute-long fireworks that barge from different points around Sydney Harbour, pumping up the hype of this Australia city which is often one of the first in the world to welcome the New Year. Get yourself to one of the best vantage points such as Gladesville, Cockatoo Island or Pont Piper for the most powerful and colourful fireworks experience, followed by the extravagant ‘Light of Parade’ - 50 vessels illuminate and decorated with lights taking to the water! All areas are decked out with cool restaurants as well as bathroom facilities and first aid service too. Fly direct with Emirates.
Get yourself a Times Square Official NYE Party Pass to be in the centre of where it’s all happening, including the excitement of the iconic ‘BallDrop’, multiple admission to parties in various restaurants, lounges and nightclubs throughout Times Square and the surrounding area, as well as free food and drinks at selected places. Amongst our favourite events are the magic of Planet Hollywood, the smokin’ hot BB King Blues Club, and the six floors of unforgettable fun at AMC 42nd Street! Expect nothing short of intense excitement in NYC. Fly direct with Emirates.
For a more culture-infused new year travel to Tokyo where the Japanese people gather for the all-important ritual of Hatsumode - the year’s first visit to a shrine or temple. Head to Meiji Shrine and experience the festive atmosphere with food stands, fortune-tellers and shops selling lucky charms, but that’s all after the big NYE countdown. The best places for this in Tokyo include Joypolis amusement park, ageHa nightclub and Shibuya Scramble crossing, which turns into a writhing mass of humanity as the time hits midnight! Public transport runs all night long so make the most of different happenings around this fascinating city. Fly direct with Emirates. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Not Just a BUSINESS Director of Marketing at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, CRISTALYN PASTRANA, tells us why she loves her job and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Hello Cristalyn! You’ve lived in Bahrain since 2009. What are your impressions of the island? Bahrain has been a very good place for me and my family to settle. It is definitely our home-away-from-home! It is very family orientated and people are extremely friendly. How did you get into the hospitality industry? It is a long story, but, to cut it short, it is probably my destiny! I am an accountant by profession, but, I love meeting people and interacting, so, that’s probably why I’ve ended up doing what I love to do in my current role. Tell us about the recent awards and accolades that the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel has received? We’ve won “Bahrain’s Leading Business Hotel 2017” on World Travel Awards Middle East during a glittering redcarpet ceremony Gala Ceremony at the Armani Hotel in Dubai on October 29, 2017. This title has been awarded to Sheraton Bahrain Hotel for five consecutive years since 2013. World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. Why should people stay at the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel? Sheraton Bahrain is part of Bahrain history, we pride ourselves on providing guests the hospitality experiences that they deserve. Our location is probably the most unique selling point of the hotel as it is located centrally in Manama and it’s also connected to the iconic Bahrain World Trade Centre. Where were you based before coming to Bahrain and what was your experience like? 62
Initially I was based in Jordan and then Kuwait before I settled in Bahrain. I love Bahrain so much! How does marketing in Bahrain compare to your previous posts outside of the Kingdom? Bahrain has impacted greatly in my career, I have been able to challenge myself more and I’ve been provided great opportunities to show my potential in the hospitality industry The region is very focused on hospitality, it’s the hallmark of the Middle Eastern experience for locals and visitors alike. What do you feel is done differently here than elsewhere in the world? Locals are warm and involved, you get to interact with them everywhere and their hospitality is genuine. I think most expatriates would agree to that. What would you say best describes the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel’s experience that guests can expect? A Bahraini hospitality with a touch of history on it. What kind of challenges have you faced so far? Marketing is a big world with all the digital updates and new trends. I think the biggest challenge is to know it all and ensure that you’re updated, but at some point it all goes to one equation in the hospitality industry, take care of your employees and guests then everything else will be okay. Do you have any exciting projects in the pipeline that you can share with us? We have just reopened Al Layali where we’ve launched our newest Friday Pop-Up Brunch, I personally love this outlet. The new Pop-Up Brunch concept is focused on a whole of host of eclectic dishes including, curry, carvery and chocolates, but, of course you’re still able to enjoy your seafood corner, sushi station and more. For more information please call: 1753 3533
SYMPHONY OF SERENITY Imagine laying on a massage table, letting your stress and anxieties melt away as your muscles are therapeutically manipulated with comfortably hot stones. Dessange is the perfect anecdote for all your relaxation requirements, after all, we all deserve it.
I am a firm believer that massages are a necessity in life. I don’t get them as often as I would like, so I made a point to schedule a massage in after a stressful week, and, of course, I needed to book with Dessange. I was warmly greeted upon arrival and instantly taken to the tastefully decorated changing area where I could exchange my clothes for a cosy robe. While waiting for my therapist, I was kindly offered some water and filled out my pre-consultation form. As soon as I opened the door to the spa, I felt a sigh of relief as I knew it was all about pampering from this moment on. This was my first hot stone massage and I was a little hesitant because I prefer deep tissue massages over relaxing ones and I wasn’t sure which one to expect. It turns out this massage is a little of both. My knowledgable Balinese therapist, Keitut has been resident at Dessange for fourteen years, and her expertise is evident as she explained the process of the Elemis Aroma Stone Massage to allow for optimum results and a greater understanding. The Thermodynamic basalt stones are massaged over the body as the therapeutic heat releases slowly into the belly of the muscle for a complete new body experience and maximum relaxation. Whilst the stones are placed on key energy points, you are able to unwind as signature massage techniques are combined with luxuriously warmed oils to deeply relax and rebalance the mind and body. Now, you may be cautious of the heat-factor, but, alas, no need to fret as the hot basalt stones are heated to 38-40c to match our body temperature. The oil is chosen based upon the client’s preference, this can be from anything from a concern surrounding cellulite to aching muscles. After our discussion I was advised to use Elemis Musclease Active Body Oil due to the built-up tension that my lifestyle inevitably causes. One of the first things the therapist did was strategically place warm stones on my back while I lay facing up on the table. Once I was comfortable, she began the massage at my neck and worked her way down. Each body 64
part was first warmed up with the hot stones and then finished off with a nice deep tissue massage. Prior to the stones being placed, I was body-brushed from head-to-toe. Brushing is very important as it stimulates blood and your lymphatic system - the added luxury of this brush is that it’s bristles derive from a cactus tree, and no, there is no nasty spines to catch you off-guard. It is important to add that everything is sanitised with Tea-Tree SOS Spray beforehand due to its antiseptic properties. Afterwards, I was offered some delicious ginger tea (my favourite) in their calming relaxation room and I could have easily fallen asleep on their comfortable loungers. Trust me this deliciously melted away all my body tension. Hot stone massage performed by a certified therapist can help relax the body’s muscles and soft tissues, alleviate pain, improve circulation and help rid the body of toxins. This type of massage treatment can also reduce stress, promote calmness and increase relaxation. Many hot stone massage enthusiasts even claim they experience a sense of enlightenment, inner peace and renewed spirituality after a hot stone massage session. Dessange offers a wide range of services and treatments, from haircuts and colouring to a variety of beauty salon services. A fitness center allows patrons to work off the extra pounds earned in the lead up to the festive period and they even have their own private spa area that I came to take full advantage of. It all sounds very enticing and enjoyable, which is what it’s designed to be and luckily that’s exactly the outcome of my visit. Not everyone is convinced of the benefits of stone massage therapy, but it has been used by ancient cultures around the world for centuries. There are historical accounts confirming that the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Similarly there are records of stones used in folklore and religious ceremonies, with the intention to heal ailments in regions as diverse as the Americas, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India. I now believe that massages are a necessity in life. I don’t get them as often as I would like, so I made a point to schedule a massage into our relaxing trip to There we met our masseuse (for Michelle) and masseur (for me), who led us down a tranquil winding hallway to our dimly-lit, but colorful private room where two massage tables awaited us. After settling in, we were each tended to individually, though side-by-side throughout the ordeal that followed. we were ready for some serious relaxation. And it started pleasantly enough, inviting us to change into comfortable robes and sit down in the “relaxation room” until it was time for our massage. Afterwards, I was offered some delicious ginger tea (my favourite) in their calming relaxation room.
DO GET WHAT YOU WISH FOR Look to the stars this winter, as PANDORA reveals a new collection of jewellery imbued with the wonder of the night sky. Jewellery’s also having a precious moment with traditional gemstone hues on a sophisticated mix of metals. Hand- finished from ethically sourced materials, the sky’s the limit for a season of cool and colourful style. Do drop hints to get what you wish for.
FACETS OF WINTER
Moving away from summer’s emotive,
earthy tones, winter is coloured with rich and regal jewel hues that infuse confidence-boosting colour to classic jewellery designs. Luxurious shades of sapphire blue, ruby red and emerald green inject a sense of drama to sterling silver designs with glittering details, making the prized colours of the world’s most beautiful natural gemstones accessible to all women. For more information please visit Pandora.net Available at Bahrain City Centre: 17 405 400 / Muharraq Seef Mall: 17 420 707 / Enma Mall: 13 105 985
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ART OF INVENTION
As the latest addition to the family of Greubel Forsey timepieces, the “Balancier” perfectly embodies the watchmakers’ fundamental principles. It is a timepiece that crystallises all the unique qualities of Greubel Forsey with remarkable understatement. Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have been pushing
the limits of fine watchmaking for many years now, tackling the challenges of complexity every day. And yet, after the Double Tourbillon 30°,the Quadruple Tourbillon, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes and many other bold complications like the Grande Sonnerie, the “Balancier” was self-evident. Greubel Forsey was bound one day to create a timepiece of great purity, featuring a unique and original balance wheel. Their creativity is immediately evident in the asymmetry of its case, which has almost become a constant of Greubel Forsey’s universe. Every detail of the “Balancier” carries the unmistakable stamp of a true Greubel Forsey timepiece – the watchmaking Maison’s values are manifest in the refinement and purity of its lines and dial, the inventive architecture of its balance wheel, the sharp profile of its hands, and the engraving on the reverse of the timepiece. The watchmakers’ inventiveness is strongly in evidence in the new
balance wheel. It was entirely Developed and made at the Atelier, with its six gold mean-time screws, and it boasts remarkable aerodynamic qualities. The technical nature of this balance wheel generates exceptional regulating power, a mark of great chronometric stability. Outstanding workmanship is very dear to Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, and it shines through in the wholly hand-executed barrel-polishing, bevelling and finishing of the balance wheel bridge. Such operations require prodigious expertise and know-how, particularly for the hand decoration of all the parts. The hand-countersunk and polished centres of the flame-blued steel hands offer another example of mastery in the craft, while the engraved gold plates on the back of the timepiece are also a pure masterpiece of hand-finishing skills. The “Balancier” is available in a limited edition of 33 pieces in its white gold version.
Audacious, rich and expressive designs are always applied to the precious stone and supple metals that compose this jeweller, designer and artisan’s creations. All for the metamorphosis into a unique and exclusive object thanks to Ara Vartanian. As a result, unconventional and unexpected jewellery is born.
Born into a family
of jewelers in São Paulo, Brazil, Ara Vartanian grew up surrounded by precious stones, learning techniques and gaining experience that would later inspire his own collections. Ara graduated from Boston University with a degree in Economics and previously worked as a trader at NASDAQ, in New York. In 2000, he left the financial market to dedicate himself to his vocation: designing jewellery. Ara Vartanian imprints his unmistakable style into bold and challenging designs, creating jewellery collections that are highly committed to symmetry and comfort. He is responsible for many innovative jewellery techniques, including the use of inverted diamonds and the creation of two and three-finger rings, and his pieces are all one-of-a-kind and hand-made. Ara takes in the singularities of a gem, using the stone as his main inspiration, and designs unpredictable structures surrounding it. In his workshop that is integrated into his atelier, Ara supervises the assembly of each of his creations, leading a team of skilled artisans. As well as the main showroom in São Paulo, Ara Vartanian’s designs are stocked globally at a variety of boutiques . His collections are now known worldwide, with clients including Naomi Campbell, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Kate Moss and Alessandra Ambrósio.
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Al Hawaj and Dali Haute Parfumerie Paris launch the latest fragrance from Salvador Dali, the Daligramme Collection at the Jewellery Arabia 2017 event in Bahrain International Exhibition Centre.
I love Gala more than I love my mother, my father, Picasso, and even more than I love money. - Salvador Dali
The Daligramme Collection is a set of fragrances that were created by four perfumers as an olfactory interpretation of the passionate love between Salvador Dali and his wife, Gala. The bottle designs were extracted from Dali’s “Daligrams” which is said to be the lovers’ secret alphabet code which he created and dedicated to Gala. The Daligrams are composed of eight enigmatic and stylized characters the great artist made from their initials. Four perfumers: Mathilde Bijaoui, Amélie Bourgeois, Alexandra Carlin, and Véronique Nyberg, imagined the Daligrams as mysterious and intimate letters, and five secret messages from Dali to Gala. The five fragrances were: Ma Muse, Ma Flamme, Ma Vie, Ma Reine, and Ma Force. The Daligramme’s Collection is a celebration of the life and love of the master artist with his Muse through special fragrances. Available at Al Hawaj outlets all over Bahrain. www.ohlala-magazine.com
HEIGHTENED HOROLOGY A new case, faithfully inspired by the lines of the classic Luminor of the 1950s but subtly redesigned, makes its entrance into the history of Officine Panerai.
Once again, Italian design and Swiss watchmaking technical expertise have joined together to renew the history of a unique brand in the panorama of international high quality sports watchmaking. The case of the Luminor Due, inspired by the Luminor case of the 1950s but elegantly redesigned, is the thinnest and most versatile of those created by Panerai. First presented in 2016, it is the result of a successful interaction between the companyâ€™s designers and the engineers of the Panerai Manufacture: it has been subtly remodelled while remaining true to the original, an icon of the history of watchmaking. This has accentuated the versatility of a watch which has become a perfect embodiment of the sporting spirit while being suitable for every occasion, with its combination of distinctive design and sophisticated technical watchmaking. Four new models enhance this collection which represents the most contemporary interpretation of the unmistakable Panerai design, using a wide range of materials, sizes,colours and technical solutions for watches which are appropriate for every situation. Available at Asia Jewellers, Various Locations Asiajewellers.com 72
THROUGHOUT CIRCLES AND TIME Buccellati is one of the world’s most renowned high jewellery houses, celebrated for its craftsmanship, design, and one-of-a-kind masterpieces. The Hawaii collection was conceived by a spark of inspiration in the 1930s by Buccellatifounder Mario Buccellati, and proved an immediate success thanks to its enthralling modernity. Unaltered in time, the design remains a best-seller at Buccellati – tiny gold circles formed of threads, hand-twisted one-by-one and then intertwined, in a perfect work of engineering to become bracelets, long and short necklaces, and pendant earrings of rare beauty. Available in white, yellow, and pink gold, as well as an elegant combination of all three golds.The collection also offers tiny white, yellow and pink gold rings that can be worn alone or stacked, combining colour and position in an exercise of creativity. Oversize pendant earrings fall lightly down the sides of a woman’s face. For a brand built on a foundation of timeless beauty, the Hawaii collection is the purest example of everlasting youth and elegance.
HAWAII DIAMONDS The Hawaii Diamonds collection highlights Buccellati’s design innovation and experimentation in the greatest form. The collection pushes boundaries of creation – sourcing inspiration from historic and modern day practice and influence. Pendant earrings and long necklaces are adorned with small chain circles in white gold, set with diamonds, modernising a design dating back to the 1930s – an elegant, refined and precious interpretation. Diamonds dot the weave of the circles creating moments of exquisite elegance, thus expressing the stylistic concepts of high jewellery. Hawaii Diamonds offerings are rigorous and enlightened – the perfect match to tell a story of encounter and passion.
HAWAII COLOR The ‘Hawaii Color’ Collection evokes a strong desire for innovation, always maintaining the traditional characteristics of this line, designed in the ‘30s.The distinctive original design of the pendant earrings has been enhanced with small circles in jade, lapis or onyx, which stand out in the rigorous yet apparently casual geometry of the design, thus becoming captivating, unusual and eccentric. Added in 2017, chalcedony and cornelian for the earrings, while bracelets and long necklaces are being offered with onyx, cornelian and chalcedony. The colour splashes become essential elements of a timeless design, full of history and totally future-oriented, which blows a soft wind of magnificent creativity.
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Spicing Up Bahrain Galleria Mall welcomes the latest Indian Gourmanderie in town, Mewar, offering a regal tradition with modernity influences providing an overall sensory experience for all the family to enjoy.
When you first think of Indian food one’s mind can fill with mysterious intrigue; with its mind-boggling and bewildering array of sensory provocations, in a myriad bouquet of colours, tastes, flavours, fragrances. Mewar restaurant guarantees that your senses are evoked with a variety of spices, herbs and ingredients that are infused into every single dish to present a veritable gastronomic delight to your palate. Their robust cuisine is one soaked in tradition yet is developed to the discerning tastebuds of us clientele here in Bahrain. The Mewar Indian Restaurant is being launched with support from Elite Hospitality which has in itself a rich experience of running successful food and beverage operations in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mewar offers you an unmatched culinary selection to authentically compliment the diverse menu that derives across the subcontinent. At pocketfriendly prices, you can enjoy the experience with all the family as it’s open for lunch and dinner, offering tradition in a trendy fashion with modern interpretations of the traditional menu’s to food presentations without sacrificing said authenticity. It will feature an action station with trendy display copper tandoors that will be dishing out famed authentic tandoori creations in view of the patrons, alongside a fine selection of breads freshly baked from the tandoor. As the name of the Restaurant goes; the menu will feature a dedicated section of the royal “Rajwada” dishes from the “Rajputana” region, along with well known food that has derived its connotations from around the region, with the various influences acquired with association with its princely exchanges among the royalty that ruled the area. Along with the food offered; Mood will be subtly but definitely enhanced with discerning elegance and understated ambiance, selected contemporary tableware - with exclusively designed crockery patterns, elegant cutlery, glasswares, seatings & furnishing. You can be sure that this is definitely going to be the new haunt for patrons to not only return to but to renew their experiences. The Mewar will also feature a takeaway/delivery option for patrons to enjoy at their own choosing. One thing is for sure, whether it be a social or a business exchange, make sure it is at the relaxed and inviting ambiance of Mewar. For more information please call: 17 502 000 / 36 819 000 74
DIAMOND IN THE KITCHEN La Vinoteca Barcelona has had a makeover and we are officially in love with their recent renovation, alongside their unique culinary and oenological experience that they have introduced to the Kingdom. Nestled on the outer-edge of Block 338 lies the recently refurbished La Vinoteca Barcelona, waiting to showcase its sleek new look prior to the official opening that will be held on 6th December. I must say when we were exclusively invited prior to this date I let out a genuine squeal of excitement, La Vinoteca Barcelona is part of Bayader which hosts other luxurious brands under its belt such as Alto, Cafe Amsterdam and Delilah’s. This restaurant is already acclaimed, yet, as any strong woman will tell you, constructive criticism is key to evolving. This is where renowned architect George Karam has clearly worked his magic alongside the Torres brand, to come up with their new concept ready for the festive season and we are extremely grateful. As we walked into the premises we were greeted by a contemporary setting of earthy embellishments that draw you into the atmospheric blend of mediterranean undertones. The bar is showcases a more industrialised vibe with an option of eating at the bar, however, this only heightens the unassuming guests eating preference with no sign of pretentiousness in the air. There are royal blue wooden slats that adorn the ceiling overhead and grand wooden booths, that play homage to the barrels that wine is aged in, where you can enjoy a level of intimacy that is unparalleled in such a location.
The presentation on this particular dish was one of cute, but, oh-so-kitsch design, perfect for that instagram upload.
Their menu is designed to offer authentic Mediterranean gastronomy with a heavy Spanish influence that stimulates the senses and Executive Chef Joan Gomez executes this perfectly. He orchestrates a sensory journey encompassing local ingredients, unique flavours and contemporary techniques, whilst still remaining true to their traditional origins and this is paramount throughout all of their dishes. Gomez’s passion for all things food is utterly infectious and it’s a pleasure to be in his company. We were on tenterhooks as we listened to his roadmap of culinary creations and understandably we were mindlessly salivating, eager to explore the exemplary presented food. Celebrating their partnership with Bodegas Torres, their beverage menu features a large range of the finest Torres wines including a pocket-friendly range of “wine flights”, perfect for those who wish to sample different grapes to accompany your dishes. We had the privilege of our knowledgeable venezuelan host providing us with an informative drinking overview, which proved to be extremely interesting. The overall experience allowed our tastebuds to welcome the acceleration of flavours and provide a further appreciation of the recipes before us. Straight from the kitchen we were presented with freshly baked bread that came with a trio of sauces, including my personal favourite romesco sauce, consisting of a blend of roasted pepper, garlic,roasted tomato and bread crumbs.
Our journey commenced with a selection of cold starters, the Manchego and Cegina Pillows were a welcome start! These nuggets of happiness came in the form of bread pockets stuffed with manchego cheese and wrapped in smoked Spanish cured beef cecina. The presentation on this particular dish was one of cute, but, oh-so-kitsch design, perfect for that instagram upload. Trust me, you will find it hard to narrow down your snapshots on account of the impeccable presentation of each dish that leaves the kitchen, which is nothing short of impressive in this particular day-and-age. The House Smoked Salmon was thinly sliced and came with an accompaniment of pickles, red onion and homemade red fruits caviar, whereas, the Octopus Terrine pleasantly surprised everyone at the table with its melt-inyour-mouth properties leaving a subtle taste of Spanish paprika behind. My partner isn’t usually a big fan of seafood, but, he lapped up all that was put in front of us making audible sounds of appreciation along the way. My new craving in life, without a shadow of a doubt, is the phenomenal vermicelli paella called fideuá that was infused with wild mushrooms and green asparagus. This crowd pleasing favourite showcases the flavours of the raw and fresh haute-cuisine ingredient that is truffle, flown in from Alba, Italy. A little fact that Joan Gomez shared with us is that truffle is a kind of mushroom that grows at approximately half a meter under the surface and is found by dogs specifically trained to do so - one of the main reasons that the price is so high, apart from its unique flavour of course! The resounding agreement of it’s grandeur taste was evident from the swift timeframe it took to demolish such beauty. For all you chocoholics I admonish you to soak up the gooeyness of their multi-layered dessert laced with toffee sauce and orange jelly, the Chocolate Hazelnut Indulgence will not disappoint. Regardless of the occasion or excuse you’ve manifested to be wined and dined, you owe it to yourself to indulge your palate and enjoy affordable luxury in these intimate surroundings. Muchas gracias La Vinoteca Barcelona! For Reservations please call: 3200 0171 www.ohlala-magazine.com
NESPRESSO NESPRESSO REVEALS COLOURFUL, CANDY-INSPIRED LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON
Coffee lovers are set to be full of joy this holiday season as Nespresso has revealed its Limited Edition Festive Collection in collaboration with renowned artists Craig & Karl. Spreading the colour and fun of the season, the exclusive collection has been inspired by traditional candies that evoke nostalgic childhood memories. Craig Redman and Karl Maier are transatlanticbased university friends turned creative collaborators who have a love for simple shapes paired with wildly colourful patterns and a wry sense of humour. The duo have injected their signature colours and patterns into both the Nespresso Limited Edition Variations coffees and a selection of unique accessories that make the perfect gifts for design and coffee aficionados. Craig and Karl explained: â€œWe were inspired by the Nespresso Variations flavours and the notion they were all based around old-style confectionery. We were also mindful that the design had to feel modern and relevant to now, so in our initial development we honed in on candy cane style stripes, which were prevalent in the past. In it, we saw a classic motif that can evoke nostalgia for the customer, but one that equally feels current owing to its bold and graphic form. We also loved that the stripes once applied to dome-shaped capsules gave them the appearance of candy themselves.â€?
NESPRESSO LIMITED EDITION VARIATIONS CONFETTO
The holiday period is a time for unique experiences and the range of Nespresso Limited Edition Variations Confetto coffees do not disappoint with their surprising candy flavoured aromas combined with the highest quality Pure Arabica. There are three Original [and three Vertuo] Variations to try, each with a Craig & Karl designed capsule. Each of the Nespresso Limited Edition Variations have been based on the Nespresso Livanto coffee blend which consists of Pure Arabica from Southern and Central America. It is well balanced with a roasted caramelised note providing roundness and balance in the finished coffees: 80
VARIATIONS CONFETTO SNOWBALL
a delicious espresso pairing sweet coconut notes with a touch of vanilla INTENSITY: 6 SERVING SIZE: Espresso (40ml)
VARIATIONS CONFETTO ORANGETTE
the bittersweet flavour of orange peel and a hint of chocolate are vibrant in this flavoured espresso INTENSITY: 6 SERVING SIZE: Espresso (40ml)
VARIATIONS CONFETTO LIQUORICE
a tasty combination of spices and liquorice candy notes INTENSITY: 6 SERVING SIZE: Espresso (40ml)
The exclusive Nespresso Festive Collection is available at Nespresso Boutique Level 1, Bahrain City Center and Nespresso Booth, Gate 5, Seef Mall, Soj Bahrain W.L.L (Nespresso Exclusive Distributor) Tel: 17 723171, www.nestle-nespresso.com.
Discover festive menus that celebrate the best of the seasonâ€™s offerings. Top chefs from a whole host of award-winning restaurants have pulled out all the stops to make your festive dining one memorable experience after another
CHIC Eats All Christmas Brunches will be on December 25th, Christmas Eve refers to December 24th, New Year’s Eve refers to December 31st and New Year’s refers to January 1st, unless otherwise specified.
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER BY THE SEA
festive day of the year! Special festive dishes include marinated salmon, roast turkey with trimmings, brussels sprouts, chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, seafood bar on ice with freshly chuckled rock oyster from UK, Omani lobster, marinated calamari, mussels from New Zealand, Yule log, Christmas pudding, panettone, Stollen, and mince pie. There’s live band entertainment and special festive décor!BD 35++ with soft beverages and BD45++ with full beverage package; from 1pm to 4pm.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CUT
A sumptuous five-course meal awaits all those venturing to La Mer Restaurant at Sofitel Bahrain this Christmas Eve. Indulge in not only a wonderland of exquisite cuisinedesigned to spike your Christmas spirits and dive you into wonderful flavours and unforgettable, heart-warming memories, but also in the picturesque seaside views on offer. All members of the family are most welcome to join in the festivities from 7pm to 11pm. The price is BD45 net per person and is inclusive of the all-important bubblies.
Celebrate like a Hollywood celebrity at CUT this New Year’s Eve with an optional four-course menu while enjoying striking panorama views of the city skyline from 7 pm to 1 am. Four-course set menu priced at BD45++; terrace tables minimum spend BD60; window tables minimum spend BD50; all other tables minimum spend BD40. Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.
MAGNIFIQUE CHRISTMAS BRUNCH
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
A scrumptious international style feast is available at Saraya on Christmas Day. Complete with live entertainment courtesy of the inhouse Cuban band, the atmosphere is sure to be a joyful one. There is a dedicated kid’s corner, filled with fun activities to keep the little ones occupied. Keep an eye out for Santa Clause who will be arriving to distribute gifts to all of the children. Visit Saraya on December 25 from 12.30pm until 4pm to join in. BD46 net per person, inclusive of selected beverages.
NYE 20’S JAZZ BALL Add some glitz and glam to the last hours of 2017 and step into the world of the 20’s Jazz Ball with a shimmering one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve gala dinner. Sofitel Bahrain is channeling the 20’s era and inviting you to dazzle in your pearls and suit up for a retro look in their Art Deco inspired ball. Twist and strut to the groovy jazz tunes of the worldwide sensation, Electric Swing Circus and ready your appetite for a sumptuous dinner experience. Sparkle by being the first 30 to book a Luxury Room with sea view for BD199net inclusive of a breakfast buffet and New Year’s Eve 20’s Jazz Ball tickets for two. After the first 30 early party-goers, the rooms’ package will be BD229net per room. Call for timings. Call 1763 6363 for reservations and more information.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay FOUR COURSE CHRISTMAS DINNER Head on down to CUT at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay to be a part of a special culinary experience this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The renowned American-Austrian Chef, Wolfgang Puck, has been tasked with delivering a scrumptious holiday themed, four-course dinner, for this festive occasion. Treat yourselves on day from 7pm to 11pm. Priced at BD45++ per person.
CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH AT BAHRAIN BAY KITCHEN Get ready to say (and eat) all of these delicious dishes on the most
Christmas Eve Festive Feast This Christmas Eve promises to be a memorable one at Al Waha. A lavish buffet awaits all those in attendance, comprising of a wide variety of scrumptious dishes including hamachi sashimi, zucchini carpaccio and the well-loved stuffed turkey roulade. The feast does not end there with a delectable dessert spread of mince pies, panettone, stollen, Dundee cake and traditional Christmas cookies on offer. Contact the hotel for prices and times.
EXOTIC CHRISTMAS BRUNCH The Gulf Convention Centre will be the location to visit this Christmas Day, with a lavish Christmas brunch on offer for all ages. Available at 10 of their award winning outlets, you are sure not to miss out. Featuring exotic festive dishes including rock lobster, red snapper, Moroccan style hammour fish, an assorted Iranian mixed grill, balsamic braised lamb shank with shallots amongst many others, your family will be spoilt for choice. Only BD32 net per person.
BEAUTY AND THE BEATS The end of the year is upon us. Why not bring in the New Year in style at the beautiful Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention Centre. An allfemale, internationally renowned group will keep you dancing until the wee hours of the morning with hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s as well as house, deep house and pop music. The evening includes a lavish buffet spread of heavenly desserts to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth from 8 pm to 2 am. Try delectable dessert with apple and cranberry lattice tart, chocolate hazelnut, cream cheese puffs, ricotta tart with chocolate and kumquats and almond macaroon galette for the finishing. Featuring jazz saxophone player Miss S, to the throbbing beats of Percussionist Ms. Dee and the soulful voice of Ms. Lady S! This in addition to the vibrant and gorgeous DJ (DJANE – NC), who will be spinning her groove mix-compilations till the wee hours of the party! BD55 per person. Call 17713000 for reservations and more information. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Art Rotana Amwaj Islands SANTA &SANTARINA CHRISTMAS Whether you were naughty or nice this year, join everyone at Cellar 59 to welcome Santa and celebrate the occasion with festive vibes and delightful drinks. DJ Amm&Katrin will be performing their top tunes to spice up the night. Get ready at midnight for the exciting raffle draw and a sizzling dance from Santa and his lady helpers. All ladies can enjoy a complimentary Christmas beverage or a glass of bubbly before midnight. On December 22 from 9.30pm to 2am. Free entry for all guests.
CHRISTMAS DAY GARDEN BRUNCH The Christmas Day Brunch at Choices Terrace will have an extraordinary setup in their indoor garden. They are offering all the bells and whistles of a traditional festive feast along with many enticing live cooking stations. The in-house band and choir will perform popular songs and carols of the festive season while the kids enjoy their time in the children’s games area. December 25 from 12.30pm to 5pm. BD27++ per person, including soft drinks and BD35++ per person including unlimited beverages. BD16 net per child aged between 6 and 12, whilst children under 6 dine for free.
HOLLYWOOD GLITZ AND GLAMOUR Welcome 2018 with full on Hollywood Glitz and Glamour. Ring in the New Year at Cellar 59 with Fashion TV and the best DJs in B-Town. A special performance by the dancers and singers will take place on the catwalk while the highly specialised paparazzi team will take photos of guests during the night from 9:30 pm to 4 am. BD20 net for ladies andgents with one complimentary drink. Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.
Downtown Rotana CHRISTMAS DINNER AND BRUNCH Spoil yourself with a lavish buffet at Flavours on 2 and enjoy the live entertainment as well as the many awaiting surprises. The festive feast for Christmas Eve Dinner is BD16++ per person, including soft drinks and juices or BD24++ per person, including selected beverages. Celebrate Christmas Day Brunch for BD24++ per person, including soft drinks and juices or BD29++ per person, including selected beverages. Christmas brunch from 12pm to 4pm and Christmas Dinner from 6.30pm to 11pm.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING This is the season to be jolly and to enjoy the tastiest treats, yummiest snacks, traditional favourites and a wide assortment of Christmas goodies your kids will love. Come join in with decorating your own gingerbread houses at City Lobby Lounge. All this for only BD10++ per child from December 3 to 31. Free Valet parking available.
NEW YEAR’S DINNER & DANCE Welcome the New Year in style at Teatro Downtown. Indulge your senses whilst celebrating New Year’s Eve with a five cuisine, gala dinner set menu from 6 pm to 1 am. Enjoy the live entertainment comprising of a talented Saxophonist and the guest DJ, for a night to remember. Many more surprises await all those in attendance. 84
BD26++ per person, including soft drinks and juices and BD36++ per person, including selected beverages. Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.
Crowne Plaza Bahrain A UNIQUE CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER A festive seafood feast is what awaits all those lucky enough to be spending Christmas Eve at Waves Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza this year. Select from a wide variety of your favourite marine dishes from the speciality seafood market whilst enjoying the joyful atmosphere. BD38 per adult and BD33 for children between 5 and 10-years-old. Book before December 7 and receive a generous discount. Open from 7pm until midnight on December 24.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH Christmas day is a day to be celebrated with friends and family. Bring everyone down to The Harvesters Pub to ensure a celebratory experience in comfortable surroundings. Relax and enjoy the wellloved menu whilst soaking up the Christmas cheer. Entry is only BD35 per adult and BD14 for children aged between 5 to 10-years-old. Book before December 7 to take advantage of the early bird discount offer. Served from 12.30pm until 4pm.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL Start the New Year with a big bang and say hello to another one of Crowne Plaza’s spectacular themed New Year’s Eve Ball. This year’s enthralling theme is a “glow in the dark” evening .A memorable evening with great excitement is in store for the guests starting the evening off with an exquisite gala dinner with free flowing beverages. Spectacular entertainment includes a live band, Frankie and friends alongside an international dance show to shake up the dance floor, which will be followed by a DJ who will without doubt take the night to extreme heights. All of this for just BD70 net per person. Call for timings. Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.
Sheraton Bahrain Hotel THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS The Sheraton always deliver on special occasions and this Christmas Eve will be no different. If delightful cuisine, friendly service and an inviting atmosphere sounds like your kind of environment, bring your family and friends to Al Safir Restaurant this Christmas Eve. This lovelymeal runs from 7.30pm to 11.30pm for BD13.9++ per person or BD21.9++ per person, inclusive of selected drinks. 50% discount for kids aged from 4 to 11 and free for kids 3 and under.
CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER If you prefer to stay in on Christmas Eve and to venture out on Christmas Day, Al Safir Restaurant also offers the option of a Christmas Day Feast at their inviting venue. Soak up the festive atmosphere whilst indulging in the array of culinary treats available to all lucky patrons. Available on t December 25, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm, at the low price of only BD12.9 per person. You simply cannot afford to miss out on this one! Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.
CHIC Eats The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain WINTER WONDERLAND Enjoy a variety of festive offerings at the Al Khayma Tent this holiday season including a sweet and savoury Christmas buffet, holiday movie classics, Ritz-Kids activities and much more. Santa Claus will be there to provide a warm and jolly welcome. On December 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 3pm to 6pm. Members and guests will pay BD18++ per adult and BD8++ per child aged 4 to 12. For non-members it will cost BD20++ per adult and BD10++ per child aged 4 to 12.
GRAND CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH Indulge in a festive celebration of culinary delights highlighted by the Ritz-Carlton chefs’ splendid creations at the Grand Ballroom. Live cooking and carving stations, a large seafood and prime rib corner and a delectable spread of heavenly desserts are amongst the delicious treats on offer. This grand occasion includes live musical entertainment, festive activities, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself. From 12.30am until 4.30pm. BD45++ per adult, including selected beverages and BD25++ per child aged 4 to 12.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION Countdown to 2018 whilst celebrating with a throwback to the 1970’s era of glamour, fashion and indulgence. Join the party as they transform their 9,000 square-foot Al Noor Ballroom into the famous Studio 54, complete with disco lights, party favours and an indulgent buffet as well as live entertainment and performances from 8 pm to 2 am. Dress is black tie or festive party dress..BD80++ per adult including gala dinner and selected beverages until 11.30pm.BD25++ per adult for cash bar. Call 1758 6612 for reservations and more information.
Elite Seef Residence & Hotel FESTIVE CHRISTMAS EVE Get on down to Il Giardino at the Elite Seef Residence & Hotel this Christmas Eve to enjoy a fun-filled occasion with the whole family. Take advantage of the succulent offerings from the grill and wide variety of refreshing beverages. Live performances will ensure you are thoroughly entertained throughout. 8pm to 12am on December 24. BD12++ per person. Call 1758 3388 for reservations and more information
Elite Resort & Spa CHRISTMAS PARTY TIME Put on your Christmas party hats and head for Shift 7 at Elite Resort & Spa. An evening of music, fun and laughter awaits all those who join in the festivities. A great way to celebrate Christmas with old friends and to meet new ones, Shift 7 always promises a magical evening to remember. The party starts at 7pm on December 25. Entrance fee is only BD5 per person. Call 1731 3333 for more information. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Elite Crystal Hotel CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET Eating in abundance is synonymous with Christmas day. If you, like many others, wish to make life easy on yourself, take a turn past Elite Crystal Hotel on December 25 to partake in a lavish multi-cuisine buffet with unlimited house beverages. In this scenario, the dirty dishes are taken care of. A wonderful day awaits complimented by live music and friendly service. Starting at 12.30pm, the packages include BD10++ for food with soft beverages and BD15++ for food and unlimited house beverages. Call 3336 0300 for reservations and more information.
Elite Grand Hotel SANTAS’S SOUND BEAT The holiday season is all about celebration and what better way to celebrate than by dancing your way into Christmas Day with all of your friends? Head for H2O at the Elite Grand Hotel on December 24 and enjoy live DJ performances, a delicious set menu and an abundance of soft beverages. The party starts at 8pm and goes on until midnight. Entry is BD10++ per person. Call 1756 5888 for reservations and more information.
Radisson Blu Get ready to party the night away with Radisson Blu’s spectacular New Year’s Eve Party! Make it a New Year’s Eve to remember as you revel in the nostalgia of the 80’s with their 80’s Mania Band. Experience a fantastic evening in their Grand Ambassador Ballroom from 8 pm onwards. Enjoy delectable cuisine and epic entertainment at just BD55 per person including buffet and selected drinks. Book before December 15th and get 10% off ! Call 3994 5208 for reservations and more information.
Gallery 21 NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA DINNER AND PARTY Join Gallery 21 as they ring in the New Year in style! Make your way to Gallery 21 and join in the fun as they transport you to a gallery of music from a different time and genre to get you in the right mood from 7 pm onwards. An epic line-up of incredible artists including DJ Manuel Baccano, Dos Mares Band, DJ Detour and more, is enough to set your mood right as you welcome 2018 in style. Call 1771 1600 for reservations and more information.
Bushido 1001 NIGHTS WITH FASHION TV- NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY This New Year’s Eve, transport yourself to the magical realm of folklore with Bushido’s 1001 Nights with Fashion TV New Year’s Eve Party! Bushido once again teams up with Fashion TV to create an unforgettable line up of entertainment as you party your way to 2018 with a theme as old and magnificent as any ancient tale. The fun starts from 9pm onwards! Call 1758 3555 for reservations and more information. 86
Trader Vic’s NEW YEAR’S EVE IN TIKI PARADISE Welcome 2018 in Tiki Paradise with Trader Vic’s exotic New Year’s Eve Bash! Enjoy their special NYE dinner set menu, welcome drink, unlimited Mai Tai and a glass of bubbly as you bid adieu to 2017. Dig into to die for food and dance to the tunes of the vibrant live entertainment from 7 pm onwards. Call 1758 6555 for reservations and more information.
Meisei HED KANDI Hed Kandi is back for another unforgettable night of beautiful music, fusion food and outstanding drinks with Skyy on Thursday December 7th at Meisei! Gorge on scrumptious food as you sway to the tunes of talented DJ, music curator and singer- Miss Scarlett Lapidus. You do not want to miss this!
CHRISTMAS DINNER ‘Tis the season! This festive season, celebrate in style with friends and family while enjoying warm, personalised service at Meisei. Make it a Meisei Christmas with all your favourite fusion delights including crispy aromatic duck! Get together with your friends and family and experience the joy of the season.
NEW YEAR’S EVE GLITTER BALL Celebrate New Year’s Eve like never before at Bahrain’s most elegant party venue! Enjoy a sumptuous dinner followed by an exclusive rooftop party with live entertainment from UK trio- Chez Taylor on sax, Sam Lubin on percussion and DJ Velocity leading from the decks with the latest dancing tunes. Call 1700 7770 for reservations and more information.
Cafe Amsterdam THE CHRISTMAS FEAST Eat, drink and be merry this season with Cafe Amsterdam! Spread the cheer and join the fun as you dig into a delicious 3 course sharing menu with your friends and family. Feast on traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings along with classic Christmas delicacies at just BD20. Available on December 24th from 6 pm and from 12 pm to 11 pm on December 25th. Call 1700 7404 for reservations and more information. 88
La Vinoteca Barcelona TRADITIONAL SPANISH CHRISTMAS Your Christmas just got a whole lot tastier with La Vinoteca Barcelona’s Traditional Spanish Christmas! Experience a traditional meal in a charming festive atmosphere in La Vinoteca Barcelona as you entice your taste buds with a holiday-themed four course menu featuring traditional Spanish Christmas delicacies. Get all this and lots more at just BD30++ or add a wine flight for BD42++. Available on December 24th from 6 pm and from 12 pm to 11 pm on December 25th. Call 3200 0171 for reservations and more information.
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he brand has always been synonymous with prestige and class, however, the designers at Lexus have decided to step out of their comfort zone to produce a new age offering, sure to have a major impact on the luxury sedan segment. The new Lexus LS is the company’s flagship vehicle and is the most luxurious sedan they have created thus far. Set to rival other beautiful mechanical creations such as the MercedesBenz S-Class, the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series, this car has been designed to impress on all levels of both appearance and performance. Approaching the vehicle it was immediately obvious we were dealing with a new type of animal. It is noticeably longer and lower than its predecessor and unashamedly displays its new aggressive design. The corporate spindle grille dominates the front end of the vehicle with the mesh detail providing a truly unique finish. The ‘L-shaped’ LED headlights are a novel feature, showcasing the designers’ attention to detail. The sleek shape of the body
is obvious from the sides, with smooth lines connecting the front to the rear. The roofline tapers towards the boot adding to the streamlined shape. The rear boasts an updated taillight design, with ‘L-Shaped’ sections to the inside portion of the lights. The dual exhausts finished off an impressive start to our day with the LS. To enter the vehicle, one merely has to touch the handle and the door unlocks. Slipping inside the LS, one immediately feels as if they have been upgraded to first class. The entire cabin has been constructed with a high level of craftsmanship and only the very best of materials have been used. The leather seating is extremely comfortable and the fact the driver’s seat raises up to give one a better driving position does not go unnoticed. The layout is similar to the Mercedes S-Class and let’s face it, if you are going to emulate a luxury interior, the S-Class is probably the way to go. The infotainment system has a more inviting graphic interface than the previous model and is controlled using the next generation of Lexus’Remote www.ohlala-magazine.com
Touch control system. This intuitive operation is designed to mirror the way a smartphone is used, also recognising ‘handwritten’ commands – outline letters traced using a finger on the touchpad. In addition to the 12.3” navigation display, the LS can be fitted with an optional 24” colour head-up display. This projects a variety of key vehicle information and performance data into the driver’s forward line of vision on the windscreen. An inspection of the back of the car revealed loads of leg and headroom, ensuring a comfortable ride for all passengers. Driving a Lexus, one expects a high-level of performance, however, even us seasoned test drivers were pleasantly surprised by what was on offer under the hood. We could immediately feel the power made available by the 3.5 litre V6 engine. Producing 311 hp and 380 Nm of torque, we always had plenty of muscle in reserve. One cannot help but feel superior when driving this vehicle and we received more than our fair share of admiring glances on our journey. The handling and breaks are more than a match for the size of the engine and the quality 19” tires make sure one always feels in complete control. A feature we are sure will prove to be popular in the region is the Lexus Climate Concierge. It is capable of intelligent automatic control by detecting the body temperatures of vehicle occupants. The new LS features infrared sensors that measure body surface temperatures in the front seats, to provide the most comfortable interior climate conditions for each vehicle occupant. The new LS employs the latest safety technologies including the brand’s innovative Lexus Safety System+, in addition to a comprehensive array of safety features to protect its occupants, such as 14 SRS airbags, Blind Spot Monitor, Vehicle Stability Control, Panoramic View Monitor, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist, among many others. You can be assured your family’s safety has been considered in this design. Handing the keys back to Ebrahim K. Kanoo, we felt we had just experienced a new age in Lexus design and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next. 92
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THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT YOU As we catapult into the festive season, we sometimes forget to take care of our body and souls. Miss Ohlala provides her suggestions to help rebalance and recenter your life. READ ON A SUN LOUNGER. Yoga and pilates are great for body and soul, but, in my opinion a morning spent lying on a sun lounger with a good book and no internet access is just as refreshing. We are truly spoilt for choice in the region. Pass me a cold towel if you please...
A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT. Nothing lifts your spirit like cocktails and tapas with your best girl friends. As the old saying goes, “a problem shared is a problem halved”.
A NEW HAIRCUT. I recently took the plunge and lopped off my tired locks into a “LOB” (or long bob). I instantly felt lighter, younger and reinvigorated. Check out some red carpet styles for inspiration. Emma Stone and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley both know how to carry off beautiful shoulder-length styles. Add a red lip and you are all set.
MOROCCAN HAMAM. Nothing feels better than smooth skin after a Moroccan Hamam and body scrub. Enough said.
NEW SHOES! It is hard to beat retail therapy. I never recommend buying on credit, but saving up for a designer bag or shoes gives me great pleasure. Forget Kit-Kats, Net-aPorter coffee breaks are the best.
BUY A 2018 AGENDA. Start the new year like you mean to carry on. I have a recent addiction to 98
magnetic “to do” lists and weekly organisers that you can stick on your fridge and then tear off pages. ASOS online stocks some great options, particularly for those of us who have embraced the recent unicorn craze.
SEND A LETTER OR A GIFT. Put your mobile devices down for a while and pick up a pen. There’s nothing I like more than to receive a card or parcel. So think of some faraway friends who might need a pick-me-up and send them a surprise card or a parcel. Perhaps your favourite book, a lipstick or some stationary. There’s nothing that beats the act of giving to put a smile on your face.
REPURPOSE JEWELLERY. Some of us are lucky enough to inherit a brooch or ring from a granny or great aunt that is very special to us, but, it’s not in a modern style that we would ordinarily wear. It seems a shame for such sentimental items to sit in a drawer indefinitely, so consider taking them to a jeweller to give them a new lease of life. Have the stones from a ring reset into a pendant for example.
“MANI PEDI”. There is nothing more depressing than untidy nails. Luckily having a regular manicure-pedicure is considered the norm here and there are a plethora of salons to choose from.
GIVE TO CHARITY. Make a donation to a charity that you support. Alternatively one of the most personal gifts you can give is to invite someone into your home to share a festive dinner. Identify someone who would otherwise be alone over the festive season, and invite them to be part of your family.
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