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38 Forever Together OMEGA’s new Show Me Love Collection

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Editor's Letter OHLALA Fashion Picks In Case You Missed It Jewellery Edit - New York, New York OHLALA Beauty Picks

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OHLALA Homes - When the Day is Done... Travel Escapes - The Land of Highs and Lows Chic Eats - See, Eat, Hear Diva Drives Miss OHLALA

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MAX MARA

Editor’s Letter The month of love is also when we celebrate the concept of beauty. We bring an array of new products, but we also discuss the beauty of love, stunning places to visit and the pleasure of sharing delightful meals with friends and family. It’s all part of the ‘beauty of life’, enjoying every minute of it and making the most of every situation. It’s always possible to see positive aspects – if we look for them. Our fashion pages bring a classic winter trend, a colour combo to paint your romantic Valentine date dinner, and lots of vibrant hues to enlighten our not so gloomy cold season (pg14). Stunning jewellery and desirable watches are embellishing our pages. Contemporary collections reflect refreshing and sharp designs – embrace the art of fine jewellery and watches with us (pg36). New beauty products and scents entice our senses (pg44). For our pampering session, we bring a full beautification day at Dessange. Body pump at the health club, facial treatment at the spa, hair and make-up in the salon, what else could we ask for? (pg52) Scotland is our destination this month, and we have a genuine description of all the must-visit and hidden spots in Edinburgh and the Highlands – the words are from an insider (pg78). We head to a brand-new brunch in town at the newly open Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain (pg82). Our culinary journey also brings an afternoon tea experience at Royal Saray Resort Managed by Accor (pg86). And driving a beautifully designed car (pg94) is all we need to end this issue dedicated to all the good things in town at our fingertips! Happy Valentine's Day!

Fernanda Langhammer

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Fashion Picks Fashionable net bag with hearts to celebrate the month of love. This item is from Julia Daviy.

A bright yellow coat to keep you warm. Marina Rinaldi embraces the sunny shade in this piece.

SUNNY SKY

We love colour blocking! Two or more bold and bright solid shades paired together create a daring look. We opted for royal blue and canary yellow – walking on sunshine!

The perfect yellow and blue look for a sophisticated casual errand. Purificacion Garcia got it right!

Maxi dresses are a statement by themselves, paint them in bright shades for the ultimate jaw-dropping look. This number is from Stella McCartney.

Brighten your day and your outfit with this Tory Burch top. 14

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STYLE

FEELING ROMANTIC

Trends

HUGO ETRO

CHOPARD ETRO

STELLA MCCARTNEY

KARL LAGERFELD

MCM

MAX MARA

#PaintTheTown

CAROLINA HERRERA AT HARVEY NICHOLS

The month of romance is here, and the colours that speak the love language are pink and red. As fans of everything super stylish, we suggest putting them together for a powerful and energetic look. Embrace Valentine’s month and paint your wardrobe in these shades.


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CELINE

#PlaidForDays

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THOM BROWNE RESORT

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PAUL SMITH

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PURIFICACION GARCIA

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TOMMY HILFIGER COLLECTION

NOON BY NOOR

PLAID PERFECT

KARL LAGERFELD

Checks are winter’s most popular pattern and the one that takes you to cold and gloomy days in the UK. As our cold season is brief and by far not as sombre, we keep the plaids! Wear from head to toe or as separate pieces for a stylish outfit.


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CH CAROLINA HERRERA

CELINE

JOHANNA ORTIZ

THOM BROWNE RESORT 2022

PURIFICACION GARCIA

BLANKET EFFECT

MAX & CO.

TORY BURCH

TORY BURCH

LOEWE

Enjoy the last days of cold weather to keep warm with all sorts of cover-ups. You can opt for ponchos, capes, scarves, shawls and even wraps that do actually look like blankets to seize the season in style.

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ELECTRIC GIRL

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STELLA MCCARTNEY MOSCHINO

LOEWE

BOTTEGA VENETA

Bright shades are the way to stand out in the crowd and spice up your looks. Opt for one solid colour or mix them up for a unique aesthetic.

THE ATTICO AT HARVEY NICHOLS

KENZO

DSQUARED2

SPORTMAX RESORT 2022

ETRO

#YouveGotThePower

ALBERTA FERRETTI SPRING 2022

COACH

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WITH: CHUNKY BOOTS CELINE

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Wintertime and boots walk hand-in-hand, or should we say foot-in-foot? To keep your fashionista wardrobe updated, opt for chunky ones. They can be a casual pick and a bit difficult to style, but we come to your rescue! Here are some ideas. 1. Chunky boots don’t all come in black. You can explore different colours to achieve the perfect composition for your look. These red ones are from Coach. 2. Play with contrasts. Wear a flowy floral maxi dress or long and lightweight skirt with your chunky footwear for a sweet rebel aesthetic. This piece is from the Tory Burch AW2021 collection. 3. Culottes are a comfy and stylish bottom that pairs well with chunkier footwear. You can add some tights to make it a wintery outfit or flaunt some skin – both options work well. These are from Paul Smith. 4. Are you looking for a more stylish way of wearing them? Choose a denim jumpsuit to team up with your thick shoes. Stella McCartney has various jeans options that perfectly match this style. 5. Wear your boots with a long coat. You can opt for sweatpants or jeans and a cotton T-shirt to wear under your overcoat. We were inspired by Hailey Bieber’s always refreshing style. 24

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The world is becoming broader and simultaneously more individualised, and Kurt Geiger is embracing sophisticated Middle Eastern style in an exclusive line.

he Middle East is a region with precious values. With this aspect in mind, brands are looking to this part of the world and understanding its needs and high-end taste by creating special products and collections. Kurt Geiger London has just launched a unique capsule for the Middle East as part of their Spring/Summer 2022 collection. The brand has re-imagined the region’s best-selling footwear designs and has adapted the classic Kensington bag to suit the preference of Middle Eastern women. Dark emerald and rich burgundy are the chosen colours. The footwear styles include a kitten heel mule and a flat mule sandal, both crafted with quilted

leather uppers and embossed with the Kurt Geiger eagle-head emblem. The small Kensington handbags in matching colours are crafted with leather, a fold-over flap, traditional quilting, internal compartments, and a pull-through shoulder strap. The brand is a London-based footwear and accessories retailer creating highquality products for over 50 years. The designs embolden the English capital’s vibrance and authenticity. Their mission is to create a kind, diverse and inclusive fashion community through regular kindness-driven initiatives supporting people, charities and global movements.

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Luxury Athleisure The sportswear brand adidas and Italian fashion house Prada have joined hands once again to produce a brand-new collection – the adidas for Prada Re-Nylon Collection.

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orld-famous brands adidas and Prada have collaborated on a new collection dubbed the adidas for Prada ReNylon Collection. The creations blend Prada’s expert craftsmanship with adidas’ lineage of sportswear innovation to champion timeless design and sustainability. The collection introduces a new level of luxury sportswear with a special focus on environmental care. For the first time in the partnership’s history, this collection includes ready-to-wear accessories and bags, as well as elevated takes on the adidas Forum High and Low designs. Each piece has been made by Prada in Italy, composed of the brand’s signature, the infinitely recyclable Re-Nylon fabric. First launched in 2019, Prada Re-Nylon is a groundbreaking textile created through the recycling of plastic waste collected from oceans and textile fibre waste – it can be purified and recycled indefinitely, with no loss of quality. A fundamental reflection of Prada’s environmentally conscious outlook and commitment to sustainable practices. The celebration of Prada Re-Nylon through this

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collection highlights a milestone for the brand – the shift of the entire Prada production from virgin nylon to Re-Nylon, achieved in 2021.

Prada also transformed the legendary adidas Originals Forum silhouettes balancing luxury artisanal craftsmanship and sporting excellence. The function and aesthetic identity of the adidas Originals Forum is playfully reinterpreted, with the addition of removable Prada mini-pouch attachments featuring the brand’s signature enamelled metal triangle. The reimagined design also features the luxurious leather three stripes detail and forefoot overlays, highlighting Prada’s famed leather-working expertise. Made with exquisite finesse and style, each piece of the collection is available in a duo of colour iterations: black with white stripes and white with black stripes, detailed with Prada’s historic enamelled triangle logo. The two brands are set to celebrate their latest collection with a unique digital activation on metaverse, in which fans are invited to participate through open-source co-creation. The adidas for Prada Re-Nylon Collection is available at prada.com and adidas.com/prada.


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ICYMI

Brand partnerships embrace environment-friendly initiatives while unique labels join hands to create fashionable products. It’s all about exciting concepts.

Happy Birthday, Michael Kors!

The American brand Michael Kors is approaching its 40th anniversary and is celebrating the milestone by supporting the fashion industry’s future. The designer decided to provide a unique opportunity to ASHYA, an emerging brand that creates stylish accessories, to have a global reach through Michael Kors’ platform. The aim is to take the brand to a larger audience. They are launching two exclusive, limited-edition bags: The Multi Bag and The Bolo Bag. Designed in ASHYA’s signature silhouettes, the gender-neutral, leather ASHYA X Michael Kors bags feature a custom print incorporating the MK Signature logo print in a new pattern inspired by West African weaving techniques. ASHYA’s vision, since its inception, is rooted in travel, cultural awareness and the act of unifying style and utility.

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ICYMI Eye of the Tiger

Renowned Italian brand Moschino celebrates The Year of the Tiger with a capsule collection featuring Tony the Tiger, an advertising cartoon mascot for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal. The Creative Director, Jeremy Scott, has transformed this childhood breakfast icon into a 16-item collection, including a graphic silkscreen print and embroidered renditions of the character adorned with a Moschino logo gold chain and peace sign pendant. It includes oversized and fitted tees, a hoodie sweat pant set, hooded dress, a sweatshirt-athletic short set, knits and a bold tiger-stripe denim jacket, shorts and jeans. The most prized pieces of the collection are a FrostedFlakes-blue hoodie dress sporting Tony the Tiger’s face, a full orange-and-black striped suit, an orange-and-black cropped jacket with shorts, and a cereal-box clutch. They’re Gr-r-reat!

Stylish Workout

The luxury fashion house Dior has partnered with gym equipment brand Technogym to create an exclusive limited-edition series of fitness products. The home fitness items include a treadmill, a multifunction bench and a wellness ball. All the products follow the Dior codes to become symbols of excellence and attention to detail, embodying the values and culture shared by both brands. Produced in Italy, these creations reflect a mutual commitment to inspiring a lifestyle that combines physical exercise and style to motivate people to live happier and healthier lives. “This shared goal of excellence gives life to a limited series of innovative Technogym products interpreted with the Maison Dior’s unique allure. Created to inspire the concept of wellness with new generations, it also offers people the opportunity to live a unique and irresistible experience,” comments Nerio Alessandri, Founder of Technogym.

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ICYMI

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

The E.L.V. DENIM (East London Vintage Denim) brand was founded by designer Anna Foster and follows the concept of a zero-waste brand. The label’s trademark is its contrasting denim trousers and jackets made with upcycled denim. The brand makes unwanted material viable again and, unlike traditional designers who create a piece and then find the material, E.L.V. DENIM finds the perfect material first, then decides what can be made from it. The denim is sourced from warehouses around the UK, washed by a launderette in London and dropped off at the E.L.V. DENIM studio in an electric car. All parts of the jeans are either used to make new products, given to a local artist or donated to art schools around the UK for sustainability projects. Being a seasonless brand, E.L.V. DENIM favours new design developments over creating whole new collections. The brand is available in leading online stores such as NET-A-PORTER and MATCHESFASHION.

Virtual Wardrobe Tommy Hilfiger has partnered with eight user-generated content designers from the Roblox community to create and promote a Tommy X Roblox Creators collection. Roblox is a popular global online platform and storefront where users play games and share interactive online experiences. The collection brings 30 digital fashion items that people can use to dress their avatars within Roblox. “I love how the brand has already been unofficially adopted into the Roblox platform, with users creating their own Tommy Hilfiger styles,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “We couldn’t pass the chance of partnering with some of these fans to take this selfexpression one step further, empowering them to bring their creative twist to official brand styles.” The creators were given the freedom to re-interpret some of the brand’s iconic pieces, with their individual twist, in both 2D and 3D digital items. The virtual Tommy X Roblox Creators digital collection is available for purchase in the Roblox Avatar Marketplace.

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New York, New York Tiffany & Co. launches the new Tiffany Knot collection. The line brings a fresh look in celebration of its famous hometown.

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he jewellery brand has introduced its latest collection to the international market: Tiffany Knot. A salute to the Big Apple, with designs inspired by the chain-link – seen frequently around the city's streets. The familiar and rugged shape has been turned into an item of glamour and finesse, incorporating the city's heart into the collection. The Tiffany Knot is characterised by the strong sense of self and a particular state of mind that New Yorkers embrace. They thrive on both individualism and a sense of collective identity, which is the spirit behind the jewellery pieces. The collection brings many items that can be worn as both a statement of rebellion and a talisman of connection.

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The designs showcase a mirage of smooth shapes and jagged forms with a selection of bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants and earrings. All items feature the signature graphic knot motif using various metals, including 18-carat yellow gold, rose gold and pavé diamond iterations. The 18-carat gold knot on bracelets conceals the clasp, appearing as one long continuous design. However, the most prized piece in the collection is the double-wrap choker hand set with over 300 diamonds. Tiffany & Co. was founded in New York in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and has since become an international luxury jeweller acclaimed for its elegance and fine craftsmanship. With around 5,000 skilled artisans, the company is dedicated to superlative quality and exquisite design, which is particularly apparent in the latest collection.

Tiffany & Co. collections are available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre (BJC). @tiffanyandco @bahrainjewellerycentre

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Together Forever OMEGA’s new Show Me Love collection features an exquisite set of watches centred around the theme of love.

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MEGA is spreading passion and cheer with its new Show Me Love collection of elegant watches for him and her this Valentine’s season. Celebrating our most prized human emotion, the brand is introducing the 18-carat Sedna Gold and stainless-steel watch, in 41mm and 29mm, honouring themes of affection, unity, inclusivity and self-respect. The larger size features the famous Constellation design unique to OMEGA, including polished claws that grip the black ceramic bezel and the Constellation Star, which hovers above the date window on the silk rhodium-grey dial. This piece is adorned with a similarly dark silver leather strap and powered with a Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8900. It serves as the perfect commemoration of love. The 29mm similarly comes at the forefront of watches to mark the love season. Dubbed The Constellation Aventurine, due to the use of natural aventurine gemstones, it comes in various shades and ensures that no timepiece in this Constellation collection is ever the same. This piece flaunts a bright red dial paired with a leather strap of the same hue and is embellished with diamonds around the bezel mounted on an 18-carat Sedna Gold and stainless-steel case. Supported by a Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8700, it serves as the ultimate accessory for a memorable time ahead of this romantic period.

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Flying High Vhernier revisits one of its most recognisable pieces of jewellery – the Palloncino design.

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hen it was launched in 1995, the Palloncino single ear clip became one of Vhernier’s most loved items. The design has evolved over the years, and earrings and rings carry the iconic balloon shape in different materials. The new collection is made in full pavé diamonds, and the new pieces include a ring and ear clip, available in white or black full pavé set in gold. The two Palloncino black and white rings, when paired together, result in a stunning look. Their ergonomic shape allows them to be worn on the same finger in opposite directions. The ear clip can be paired with a model made with diamonds the same colour, but it can also be worn with the black and white aesthetic. Exclusively made with strictly natural stones, the pavé of the Palloncino is a demonstration of Vhernier’s artisanal expertise. Each diamond is set with precision and supported by two prongs, limiting the amount of visible metal. This procedure takes countless hours of work, but it creates an endless stream of diamonds.

The Milanese brand does not adhere to conventional codes of jewellery design. Instead, it chooses to create its own rules characterised by simple shapes, soft curves, bold dimensions, and ergonomic construction. Vhernier’s style reflects its love for sculpture, architecture and contemporary art. Materials such as rose gold with a mirror finish, non-rhodium plated white, gemstones in different nuanced colours and brilliant diamonds are part of Vhernier’s portfolio. However, they also use less traditional materials like ebony, kogolong and titanium, to create innovative jewellery. The pieces are handmade in Italy, where the brand was founded in 1984.

Vhernier collections are available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre (BJC). @vhernier @bahrainjewellerycentre

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Alluring

Magnetism

Messika Paris has a new face – Kendall Jenner. The model brings unparalleled energy and radiance to the new campaign and collections. 42

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alérie Messika is the creative mind behind this dynamic and contemporary brand. She has always loved the fashion world and finds lots of inspiration in this universe. Her jewels revolve around the timeless, easy-to-wear diamond, which is ever more modern and innovative. Valérie is always faithful to her instinct to find a personality and figure that best represents the Messika woman. “I wanted to illustrate a subtle alliance between grace and strength and capture an image of an alpha woman with a mysterious and hypnotic aura; Kendall perfectly embodied that for me,” says Valérie. The model is one of the most sought after faces across the most cuttingedge catwalks. Dubbed as the ‘fashion icon of the decade’ in 2017, Kendall remains in demand by all the leading fashion houses. In her element with Messika jewellery, which she wears both for runway shows as well as in her private life, the model embodies the Messika woman through her effortless sensibilities, her unadulterated freedom, and her modernity. “I am very happy to have been chosen by Messika for its new campaign. Its jewellery has always reminded me of Paris, one of my favourite cities. During the shoot, I was able to see so many beautiful pieces, which gave me a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship of the house that goes into even the smallest earring,” affirms Kendall. The campaign was shot by the Australian photographer Chris Colls, who combines the aesthetics of a fashion photograph with moving elements for a multi-degree approach. Multiple jewels stacked across the fingers, wrists, decolletage and neck dance in sunlight reflections and give rhythm to the looks. The photographs merge Kendall with the natural infinity effect of the landscape, and it captures the immensity of the sea joining the sky – a manifesto of freedom. Whatever her choice, her attitude reflects her brilliance. Through this campaign, the maison reconfirms its bond with women. Messika creations are easy to wear and combine and through every piece, a sole ambition is shared: to encourage confidence in feeling ever free.

@messikajewelry

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Beauty Picks

Power Luxe Hydropeptide Hydra-Rich Infusion Cream.

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Looking Graceful

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Floret Essence Camellia was Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite flower, and this has inspired the brand to use it as the main ingredient in the new collection – N° 1 de CHANEL.

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he name of this new collection is a nod to the iconic N° 5 de CHANEL, which was launched in 1921. The distinctive red camellia has unique skin regenerative properties that power the N° 1 de CHANEL’s collection of nine products, including skincare, make-up and a fragrance mist. Chosen for its microclimate and its fertile and balanced soil, CHANEL designated Gaujacq (in the South-West of France) as the place to establish its camellia fields and its research laboratory. In the hands of renowned and committed experts, CHANEL develops customised technologies to analyse, extract, filter and concentrate plant molecules. This concentration of nutritive and beneficial molecules is transformed into an oil that has been incorporated in the formula of this beauty line. Absorbed by the skin, these molecules will help reinforce skin defences and slow down dehydration to strengthen the vitality of the epidermis while keeping a youthful look. Naturally rich in antioxidants, it also helps protect the complexion from the consequences of stress and helps improve skin quality. The skincare collection is composed of: Red Camellia Revitalizing Serum

that prevents and corrects the appearance of the five signs of ageing; Red Camellia Revitalizing Cream, which smooths and plumps the eye area; Red Camellia Revitalizing Eye Cream to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness; Red Camellia Powder-To-Foam Cleanser that cleanses, purifies and illuminates; Red Camellia Revitalizing Lotion that energises, refines and plumps the complexion; and Red Camellia Revitalising Serum-In-Mist that counters pollution, refreshes and boosts radiance. The make-up line brings the Red Camellia Revitalizing Foundation and Red Camellia Revitalizing Lip and Cheek Balm. To complete the collection, the N°1 de CHANEL - L’EAU ROUGE, a revitalising fragrance mist. N°1 de CHANEL has been created with a sustainability mindset. Organic inks have been introduced, wrapping and paper leaflets removed, and 80% of the containers in the collection are made of recycled glass. At the same time, the formulas themselves are made from predominantly natural ingredients. Even the camellia seed shells were used to create the lids of the glass jars. An exciting launch for all beauty and nature lovers out there.

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Good Things Come in Threes The fashion label Tom Ford is adding three more options to its vast collection of memorable scents. Explore the Private Rose Garden for a journey into this universe.

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om Ford expands its olfactory collection with a provocative scent trilogy evoking three significant destinations. The fashion label invites you into its Private Rose Garden, in which each scent is crafted with an exclusive rose-on-rose distillation inspired by the rare flowers in the designer’s own garden. The collection of fragrances is composed by Rose D’Amalfi, Rose De Chine and Rose de Russie. Rose D’Amalfi is infused with Italian bergamot and mandarin and spiced by baies roses, eliciting a wave of captivating, softly sensuous feelings, which recollects the Amalfi Coast atmosphere. Rose De Chine brings a rich, unadulterated rose contrasting with Chinese golden peony notes, while cistus absolute and myrrh add a smoky tone to the bouquet. Rose De Russie blends the essence of Russian black leather with intense florals for an opulent and dramatic fragrance. This sumptuous, darkly mesmerising rose merges with the vibrancy of spicy white pepper oil and woods for an intense experience. Enjoy the trio of scents and wear them according to your mood.

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Enhanced Eye-Con Looking for a luminous eye contour? Lancôme has launched its ultimate treatment for the area – the new Advanced Génifique Yeux. 50

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he focus on the eyes is more evident than ever. The constant use of masks makes eyes the only visible feature on the face. Strong and emotive, the eye contour is also delicate and fragile. The atmosphere under the mask is warmer and wetter and generates condensation that rises towards the eye contour. This can affect the skin barrier function and possibly unbalance the microbiome in the area, which is particularly sensitive to temperature and humidity variations. In 2019, Lancôme unveiled its Advanced Génifique Serum, and this product pioneered a new era in effective skincare using microbiome science. The brand is now launching a new formula in its Advanced Génifique Yeux that cares for the sensitive eye contour area. Lancôme Research Centre has revealed that the skin around the eyes has a specific microbiome. It is also, on average, three times thinner than the rest of the face and can easily dehydrate, resulting in faster and earlier ageing signs. The product is enriched with a unique complex of seven pre and probiotic fractions for its complementary action on the skin microbiome and its environment. It also contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin CG (a derivative of vitamin C that boosts collagen production) and a blend of active ingredients dedicated to the delicate eye contour. It allows the area to recover faster from external aggressions. After using one jar, it promises to diminish the appearance of dark circles and promote plumper and radiant eyes with fewer lines. The improved Advanced Génifique Yeux has an iridescent pearly white colour and is made with a rich, silky gel-cream texture that feels velvety to the touch with rapid absorption. It envelops the skin with a weightless film that protects and hydrates without leaving a sticky sensation.

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OHLALA’s Fernanda Langhammer spent a day at Dessange Paris Bahrain for an ultimate beautification experience – one to be forever remembered.

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an you imagine having an entire day just for yourself ? Even when you are in one of your busiest weeks (press week in my case) and you tell the world to stop just because you deserve it! Well, I did it, and I regret nothing. And where did I go for my special day? To Dessange – of course! My visit started at the parking lot. For your convenience, Dessange has helpful valet parking. You won’t be late for your appointments or classes; they will take care of your car for a fast and hassle-free arrival. I then walked to the reception area, where the girls are always attentive and friendly, making sure you know your schedule for the day. They checked my green shield and gave me my locker key. As I would spend the day enjoying a unique experience, having a locker with all the necessary amenities was great. Inside you’ll find a super-comfy robe, soft slippers, a big towel, shower cap, and more inside the private cupboards. I put all my belongings in there and took my water bottle to the Health Club, where I joined a Body Pump class with Jacklyn. You don’t actually need to take anything apart from disposition. There is a tray with a sanitiser, tissue box and water. That day the class had the teacher and four ladies. Each of us had our own station with our step platform, weights and mat. The training was intense, to say the least. It follows the original Barbell workout to tone all the muscle groups. Jacklyn is full of energy, and she motivated us in every movement. I have to confess that I am not very athletic, and it was pretty hard for me. However, despite finding it difficult at times, the other ladies were great and followed every command. I, on the other hand, started pretty pumped, but by the end of the 45-minute workout, I was not able to keep up. Jacklyn was the nicest, saying that I did well; however, I know I didn’t – but thanks Jackie!

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One of the factors that kept me moving was knowing that after the exercising part, I would be pampered in the spa area – sweet! I took a shower to remove the sweat and headed to the spa. Lovely Joie, the Spa Manager, greeted me and told me to use the facilities before my facial treatment appointment. My muscles were tired, so I decided to spend some time in the steam room – what a good choice! I felt all the toxins leaving my pores with all the sweating. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the experience. After some steam time, I took another shower and entered the warm Jacuzzi. The water was really hot, and I remembered Joie telling me the benefits of shifting from the hot water to the cold pool right in front of the Jacuzzi. I decided to do that. Wow! Wow! The temperature shock seems to wake up every cell in your body. I can only say that it was one of the best feelings I have ever had. It is proven that alternating between hot and

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cold water strengthens your vasculature (veins and arteries), improving the cardiovascular system. I highly recommend it, mainly after exercising. It was time for the Ultimate Glow facial treatment. I felt very lucky because Joie was my therapist for the day; she is a master of knowledge in the field. The primary purpose of this treatment is to promote hydration. What I learned that day with Joie is that even when your skin is oily, it is a sign that it is de-hydrated. She analysed my complexion and said it was dry and sensitised (a skin condition triggered by external factors and lifestyle). The therapy started with my feet being cleaned with a warm towel. She then moved to cleanse my face in a rhythmic process that felt like a touch dance on my face, then applied an exfoliating enzyme that had its effect intensified by a steaming machine making the extraction part easier.


My skin was ready to be soaked in nourishing nutrients. A moisturising mask followed by a serum application accompanied by an incredible facial massage. And while the mask’s goodness was penetrating my complexion, Joie gave me a meticulous shoulder and scalp massage to improve circulation in the area. I have to say that all services at Dessange are incredible, but I adore the spa treatments and they always offer therapies that go beyond my expectations. I have to highlight that all products used were from the Dessange brand, and I ended up purchasing them for my home care. My day was not finished; I headed to the salon area to get my roots retouched and finalised with Kaoutar’s fantastic styling skills. While waiting for the dye to re-act, I sipped a yummy smoothie called Love Potion, made with banana, strawberry, orange and yoghurt. Before giving my hair a final touch, she worked on my make-up. I don’t remember ever getting

professional make-up done before, maybe years ago for a wedding or special occasion, but definitely not as specialised and complete as that done by Kaoutar. She transformed my face! I looked like me but in an improved version - perfect skin and beautiful purple and shiny eyeshadow to match my complexion tone. I looked like a stunning model, those you see on magazine covers. I loved it! I’ve seen those before and after transformations and was aware of how well-done make-up can change you. However, when it is done on you, it is mind-blowing. I went home, and my family could barely believe it was the same person they waved goodbye to in the morning. I had to register this beautiful result with an Insta post that was followed by an array of compliments. So good for my self-esteem. Thank you again, Dessange, for another amazing relaxation and embellishing session. See you soon!

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

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VOTE NOW!

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

Voting decides the FAVOURITE winners in their categories. A panel of beauty professionals, mystery shoppers and our OHLALA team decide the BEST winners in their categories.

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Spotlight

The Path to WELLNESS Find the best spa treatments and exercises for a healthy lifestyle. This month, you also find offers to be enjoyed with your significant other.

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

Bfit Health Club Stay fit and active with special Zumba Fitness and Zumba Classes available for all ages. Join Crowne Plaza’s Bfit Health Club and dance your way into your best shape. Zumba Fitness happens every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, whereas Zumba Classes are available every Sunday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Both are priced at BD7 per person per class, or BD35 net per person for a monthly package. Call 1752 5812 for more information or to book an appointment.

DESSANGE PARIS BAHRAIN

The beauty haven offers a Dermalogica Facial treatment with LED light therapy that works with different colours to reach different levels of the skin. It stimulates cellular activity, blood circulation and collagen production whilst creating ATP synthesis and normalising the cells to treat any existing conditions that concern you. The treatment duration is 60 minutes and is priced at BD28 inclusive if booked with OHLALADESS22 code. Call 1771 3999 for more information or to book an appointment.

DESSANGE PARIS BAHRAIN

Relax with the Dessange Cocooning Massage with Warm Candle. The treatment with a warm candle envelops you in softness and exquisite warmth. In a matter of minutes, you feel ready to let go and enjoy the moment. The treatment duration is 60 minutes and is priced at BD28 inclusive if booked with OHLALADESS22 code. Call 1771 3999 for more information or to book an appointment.

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN

Spa InterContinental Revive your body, mind and soul at Spa InterContinental. Soothe away tension with a session in a private treatment room, relax in the steam bath, or try out a range of soothing skincare treatments. Call 1720 8355 or email spa.icbahrain@ihg.com for more information or to book an appointment. 58

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INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN

Spa InterContinental Keep healthy and fit at InterContinental Regency Health Club with a wellequipped fitness centre including high-tech machines and free weights to get your heart pumping, whether you prefer a gentle warm-up or a fullblown workout. Call 1720 8355 or email spa.icbahrain@ihg.com for more information or to book an appointment.

MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN

Rimal Spa Steer cupid’s arrow your way this Valentine’s Day by treating your loved one to a Romantic Couple Treatment package ‘Be Spa Valentine’ at Rimal Spa including a 60-minute couple’s massage and a 30-minute facial. Rekindle the flame of love and melt away in romance as you enjoy the spa treatment. The offer is available throughout the month of February and is priced at BD75 per couple. Call 1746 0017 or WhatsApp 33640032 for more information or to book an appointment.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

Thalassa Spa Enjoy a Thalassa Couple’s Escape with your loved one, including a 30-minute body scrub, 60-minute couple’s Swedish massage and a 30-minute couple’s mini-facial treatment, totalling 120 minutes. The offer is priced at BD160 and includes free access to Thalassa’s indoor facilities. Call 1763 6391 for more information or to book an appointment.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

Thalassa Spa Enjoy a ‘Le Salon Lovers’ at Thalassa Spa, including a 60-minute couple’s manicure and pedicure, a 45-minute couple Paraffin therapy treatment and a 30-minute couple’s foot massage, totalling 120 minutes. The offer is priced at BD115, including free access to Thalassa’s indoor facilities. Call 1763 6391 for more information or to book an appointment.


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OHLALA

Voices

A Recipe For

SUCCESS

OHLALA sat with Neyran Canatan, General Manager of Zallaq Resort Company, to talk about her 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

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“ My ethos is that learning, innovation, organisation and communication are the keys to success.” – Neyran Canatan

OHLALA - How did you start your career in hospitality? What have been the most significant accomplishments and challenges you faced during this period? Neyran Canatan - I studied in Marmaris in Turkey – a big tourism destination. I believe this fact has played an important role in my career and made me pursue a career in hotel management. Each hotel comes with its own journey – leading five openings and one closing was a challenge, but it was an extraordinary experience where plenty of opportunities presented themselves that helped me improve and analyse what I can achieve. Opening a hotel is like conducting an orchestra – all the instruments must play correctly at the same time to produce the right music. My ethos is that learning, innovation, organisation and communication are the keys to success. Now I am GM of Zallaq Resort Company, which owns Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa and Zallaq Laundry. I am also the owners’ representative for Mercure Grand Hotel Seef. OHLALA - The hospitality sector is an essential mechanism in the tourism field. What do you think are the critical aspects that a hotel/resort must have to succeed in the market? Neyran - The right and dynamic team is the first essential part of the success of any hotel. The product plays a crucial role – harmony between the owners of the hotel and the management plays a vital role in triumphing. Another essential element is a place where you can continually innovate and create by presenting new experiences that you can market alongside a creative team ready to elevate guest experiences with unique offerings. OHLALA - What main features specific to Sofitel Bahrain make it such a beloved destination in Bahrain for both residents and visitors? Neyran - The property caters to all demographic segments – families, adults, couples and kids by taking care of and anticipating their needs to ensure they are happy during their stay. Being a destination that attracts families, Sofitel truly understands the meaning of a family-oriented

destination by investing and developing activities for kids along with their parents. There is something for every guest, mainly for our GCC clients, ranging from dining experiences, spa, health club and a pristine beach. Sofitel is well known for the quality and variety of our cuisine which help to define the destination and make us a favourite in catering for local and international weddings and MICE events. As a hotel, we are continuously innovating on all services, the owners’ aim is to be the leaders in innovation in the market. OHLALA - Women have proved that they are good leaders and thrive in management positions. In your opinion, what are the unique qualities that women have that make them stand out? Neyran - Women are detail-oriented and perfectionists in what they do. They have the ability to see details and the whole picture – allowing us to master the skill of leading a team with precision and being organised. The knack of planning in advance with clear know-how of the journey and not relying on last-minute decision-making is also a women’s characteristic that helps them be good leaders. OHLALA - If you could choose a second career, what would it be? Neyran - I would say that my second career would be in construction or restoration. I love taking something old and giving it new life by maintaining its original identity. OHLALA - For how long has Bahrain been your home? What do you like most about the Kingdom? Neyran - This is my second time in Bahrain – I have been here for 11 years in total, and I have honestly loved every moment here. What makes Bahrain unique is its people – well educated, humble, warm and tolerant to all religions and cultures. There was not one moment I felt that I wasn’t welcome. Bahrain feels like my second home – one of the safest countries in the GCC, which is a big comfort for my family, especially my daughter. Bahrain is a small world with many nationalities, just like a cultural mosaic, and I honestly love being a part of a harmonious nation.

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AN ITALIAN

Affair Feminine flair and expert tailoring are the main elements in Barbara Rizzi’s collection. An ode to the feminine form and strength.

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The Milanese ready to wear brand, Barbara Rizzi, is launching in the Middle East. Dedicated to the modern and sophisticated woman, it follows the motto: ‘to fight is your power’. The founder and creative director, and the brand’s name, is also a successful entrepreneur CEO of her family business in the air compressors field. The designer’s love and passion for fashion come from her grandmothers, who sewed, knitted and crocheted fine clothes when she was a little girl. This childhood experience gave her an insight into different techniques to create exquisite pieces and accessories. In 2003, she received her diploma in Stylism and Fashion Design from Carlo Secoli fashion school in Milan, perfecting her skills and expertise. Barbara Rizzi pays particular attention to the perfect fit to exalt the female form while offering comfortable yet beautiful designs. The brand’s collection, called Sophia, embodies the irresistible force of women with elegant suits and jumpsuits. The pieces have unique features like bespoke 3D embroideries, linings, detachable collars and cuts that enhance the female power. Made in Italy, each creation is crafted with artisanal techniques and hand-sewn intricate and delicate detailing, which is at the core of each piece. She uses unexpected details and daring colours, making her designs an armour to the modern self-reliant woman. It is a collection of Italian sartorial elegance that celebrates the vibrancy of the feminine figure.

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WHEN THE

DORIANA SPADARO INTERIOR DESIGNER FOR THE TASTE OF ITALIAN INTERIORS

DAY IS DONE…

It is time to take a better look at the most prized room in our humble abode – the bedroom.

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he centrepiece of a home, a bedroom is not merely a place to sleep; it is a place of rest and relaxation, a place we use to care for ourselves. Our personal haven. A space that is truly your own and only your own. And with an ongoing pandemic and a continued sense of social isolation, it is imperative we give serious thought to this single room. The Bed Let’s begin with the main feature of this space: the bed. Often, the trouble with this huge piece of furniture is figuring out the optimal area to place it. Doriana Spadaro, an interior designer and decorator interviewed by OHLALA, suggests keeping it away from openings such as doors and windows. She highly recommends this, in line with the feng-shui style. “In a bedroom, the position of the bed is crucial for the enjoyment of a restful sleep. According to feng-shui, it is not recommended to place it near a door or window. This is because whilst we are unconscious, we do not feel safe when we stay next to an opening. Therefore, the best solution is to place the bed against a wall which also allows us to enjoy a beautiful view of the outside ambience,” she complements. Personal Touch The question that beguiles people the most is how to make a bedroom personal. Doriana suggests we look at two key factors: comfort and balance. “A good rest before facing the day is vital, and hence, so is comfort. But a bedroom is not necessarily only for sleep, there are other functions, such as dressing up, relaxing, reading, watching television and many other things. Do not overdo it with trying to incorporate too many functions into one room. They key word is ‘balance’,” she adds. The Luminosity Light is an important aspect of any room and is especially significant when it comes to the bedroom. When designing a bedroom, one has to take both natural light and electric light into account. Bigger windows give the room a brighter and fresher look, while smaller windows give the room a cosier feel. It all depends on personal taste, but Doriana recommends larger windows to “put us in contact with natural elements such as the sky and trees that are good for our mood”. For the evening, she advises soft light, bright enough to be able to see things such as clothes and accessories, as well as personal items on our bedside tables, but dim enough to induce a calm atmosphere for a good night’s sleep. The designer also suggests “lamps to illuminate desks and bedside tables to be able to read and write.”

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Perfect Shade Light and colour are intertwined, according to Doriana. With lighter coloured walls comes the reduced need for larger windows, but for anyone going for darker shades, such as red or navy, more natural light is needed to make sure one does not get depressed, especially in the winter when sunlight hours are reduced. Colour is also very important for sleep, “as more aggressive or exciting hues can compromise our ability to rest”, says the designer. She recommends subdued greens and calming blues. Leafy Friends Houseplants are an essential ingredient of the bedroom, according to Doriana, “plants are not only decorative, but also important for our well-being, a key antidote to stress, an aide to a calming sleep and a natural air-purifier. Even the simple fact of being in contact with nature helps improve our mood.” Despite this, she warns those considering welcoming this leafy friend into their bedrooms that “flowering plants in the bedroom could make one’s sleep last longer than they would like or wake them up in the middle of the night, especially for those who are allergic”. For those not sensitive to plants and flowers, the designer vouches for lavender, which can have a soothing effect. And for those who are sensitive, she suggests white roses or – for those who would prefer plants – snake plants, bamboo palms or flamingo plants.

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OHLALA Couples’ Quarrels One thing that can cause a bit of a tiff is catering to a partner as well as yourself. But a disagreement can always be avoided with a good attitude and a willingness to compromise. “We must listen to the needs of each other and find a middle ground,” says Doriana. “Once I was furnishing a couple’s room, the room was very large, and he absolutely wanted to put his exercise bike in; his wife disagreed. In the end I created an effective “room in the room” to host the exercise bike and the two were very happy.” Things to Avoid As we all know, designing a bedroom can prove to be a bit tricky, as it is a permanent space that you will have to live in for a long while. So, thinking ahead is crucial, and there are some things that you should absolutely avoid. Doriana stresses the importance of storage in this case, “your wardrobes must be organised very well with a planned space for bags and accessories. Opt for containers to compartmentalise your belongings and have everything tidy. This will improve your quality of sleep in a significant manner. When you open your eyes for the first time in the morning, you will feel ready for the day instead of feeling anxious and frustrated.” Another no-no, according to the designer, is overstuffing the room. “The primary function of your room is providing a space for sleep. Do not put overly big sofas, large desks, or make too much room for secondary activities.”

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HOMES

Spotlight

Where there is Fragrance, There is Finesse Bath & Body Works sets the scene with its newly designed candles, perfect for every home.

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ath & Body Works has introduced a new candle collection for every taste, incorporating the new White Barn design. The three-wick candles with sophisticated fragrances are the go-to for a host of reasons: they are made with essential oils and a patented soy blend wax with lead-free wicks that won’t burn out. They additionally deliver up to 45 hours of fragrance and fill the room with a lasting scent. Another reason you might love the candles is that they come in many different designs and colours, so you can match a good fit for your space, whether it’s an office, home, or event, such as an outdoor dinner. For a finishing touch, you can get the luxurious, super-chic candle holder to add that extra spark. The beauty company also offers other things to keep your home smelling its best, including the Bath & Body Works Wallflowers plug, a scented oil spray that will keep your home fresh for weeks with non-stop fragrance. When you’re having last-minute guests, this prized item could be your saviour. In just two quick bursts, the room will be instantly revitalised and refreshed. Pair this with their magnificent hand soaps and you will have a complete set. The gentle foaming hand soaps come in every fragrance you’d ever want, from floral and spicy to subdued scents, and are all blended with nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E, shea extract and aloe vera, to soften and clean the hands.

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For the love of meat This is the mantra that has guided Günaydın, from our humble beginnings in 1965, as a small artisan butcher shop in Instanbul’s historic ‘Bostanci’ district to Turkey’s leading Steak and Kebab House today! Passionate about the highest-grade, exclusive meat cuts, secret recipes and cooking techniques of Turkish Masters. Designed for Meat Lovers the world over. Visit our all-Turkish kitchen and opulent dining rooms. Everyday from 12pm till late. Bookings essential.

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TRAVEL

Escapes

The Land of

Highs and Lows Scotland is famous around the world for its noisy bagpipes, incomprehensible accents and eerie legends, not to mention being the back-garden of England. However, a trip to this beautiful country proves to be so much more – as uncovered by Amal Sarhan.

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n axis of history, philosophy and art, Scotland is a country saturated with culture and heritage, with famous writers and thinkers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Burns, David Hume and Adam Smith. Home of a host of native languages, including Gaelic and Scots, as well as traditional ceilidh dances and tartan clothing, Scotland is imbued with a unique identity and culture. Its national flower is the thistle, an unusual thorny flower characteristic of Scottish resilience and beauty. We start at Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, and by far one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Known for its gusty winds and hilly slopes, this layered city is a perfect brew of urban and rural. Home to magnificent architectural buildings and a cultural hub of art and music, you can also find serene and luscious greenery around every corner, as vast green spaces freckle even the innermost parts of the city. It is affectionately called ‘Auld Reekie’ by locals, coined due to the persistent smoke that once hung over the city caused by open coal and peat fires. It would be a great injustice to begin without the momentous national gem housed within the city: Edinburgh Castle. Towering above the metropolis with an air of command and unwavering strength, this 900-year-old stronghold can be admired from anywhere in the city and from every angle. Situated on top of Castle Rock and accessible through a steep walk up the Royal Mile and High Street, it offers a breathtaking view of the city below. The Royal Mile is the main street of Edinburgh’s Old Town, lined with local shops and buzzing with the sound of bagpipes.

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Directly below the castle lies the well-known Princes Street Gardens, an extensive verdant park at the heart of the city where you can picnic and relax. It is also home to numerous sights, such as the famous Scott Monument (built in tribute to the writer, Sir Walter Scott and the secondlargest monument dedicated to a writer in the world). As well as the Parish Church of St. Cuthbert, the embellished flower clock, and the glistening Ross Fountain, a bright 19th-century turquoise structure garnished with streaks of gold, a marvellous spectacle with the castle high above in the background. If you are lucky, you might have a squirrel or two approaching to say hello. Edinburgh’s weaving Water of Leith is a sight to behold. Lacing through the city, a walk by this meandering river offers a sense of serenity amidst the bustle of the streets. It will also eventually lead you to a petite retreat named the Dean Village, also known as ‘Water of Leith Village’, a centuries-old grain mill village with historical buildings and houses, the most notable of which is the Well Court, due to its quaint charm. Situated nearby are the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art, lavish estates which store expansive collections of contemporary artworks.

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The Meadows is a great green expanse not far from the main university of Edinburgh and frequented by students. Entwined with bike lanes and lined with beautiful trees, it is the perfect spot for a picnic, a fun day of frisbee or a casual bike ride. The most beautiful part of this park is unmistakably the cherry blossoms that line Coronation Walk. Full-bloom in spring, this pink canopy is magical to stroll through. Arguably one of the most prominent sights in Edinburgh is Calton Hill, home to the city’s collection of historical monuments, including the incomplete National Monument – inspired by the Parthenon in Athens – the Nelson Monument, the City Observatory and the Dugald Stewart Monument. A five-minute hike from Regent’s Street, it offers an impeccable panoramic view of the city and its great landmarks such as the Royal Mile, the Scottish Parliament and Waverley Train Station. Another major Edinburgh favourite that can be viewed from Calton Hill is Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano and another popular hiking destination offering the most outstanding view of the city below. Close by is the Crags, a jagged rock and popular spot for students and youngsters to watch fireworks on Hogmanay or Bonfire Night.


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Right below is Holyrood Park, the biggest green space in the centre of the city. It is home to Holyrood Palace, founded in 1128 and the official residence of the Queen in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots, a prominent figure in Scottish history and a symbol of feminine power in the country and worldwide, lived most of her life in the palace. Enclosed is The Queen’s Gallery, featuring works from the Royal Collection. Just opposite Greyfriars Kirk is one of Scotland’s most prized gems, the National Museum. From history to fashion to the animal kingdom and technology, this national landmark is a cornerstone of Scottish intellectualism and academic excellence. Current exhibitions include ‘The Typewriter Revolution’, ‘Inspiring Walter Scott’ and ‘Audubon’s Birds of America’. Head down here for a fun day of learning with the family. For a most memorable and special afternoon delight, visit the Scotsman’s century-old Grand Café for some High Tea with friends or family. And for some traditional pies, head down to South Bridge’s Piemaker, established in 1995, where you will find an assortment of cup-sized pastries. The Scottish Highlands is a famous destination, with a host of castles from ancient times, boundless national parks and preserved land, dotted with hairy coos (cows), furry wildcats, red deer and endearing little puffins almost everywhere you look. Seamed with deep lochs and heavenly mountains, this northern area is the ultimate escape into nature.

The most famous lochs include Loch Ness, which is 230m deep, familiar due to the myth of the Loch Ness monster (affectionately referred to as Nessie by Scots), and Loch Lomond, a subject of the eminent Scottish tune The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond. Directly adjacent to Loch Ness is the town of Inverness, located on River Ness, whence its name is derived, along with the loch. A long-established centre of the Highlands, the quaint town is home to medieval ruins and prehistoric sites, including Urquhart Castle. Walking through the cobbled streets of Inverness, you will hear the sound of traditional folk songs, the beat of a quivering tambourine, the strumming of an old guitar and the stomping of feet as people dance the night away. If you are lucky, you might hear the Scottish favourite, Auld Lang Syne, a sentimental and heartfelt tune which is sung the world over on New Year’s Eve. Before you leave this beautiful town, make sure to take a stroll on Ness Walk, which runs along the river, and visit the Ness Islands that dot it. The Isle of Skye, in particular, is known for its otherworldly scenery and natural wonder. Just off the west coast of the mainland and easily accessible via the Skye Bridge, this isle is definitely a must-visit. Head towards Portree, its main city, where you can walk through narrow streets, visit local shops and enjoy traditional seafood dishes at a restaurant by the Portree harbour.

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THE V VIBE

Discovering a brand-new spot is always a reason for excitement; Layal El Mahmoud put Origins’ Vida Friday Brunch at Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain to the test. Read further, if you care for the details. 82

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inimally elegant was the first thing that came to my mind as the car approached the entrance of the refreshingly simple structure, which actually adopts the look of a residence building. As we received the friendliest welcome from the valet, a smile was drawn to our lips and refused to fade even after we left. On the other side of the revolving door, the natural light warmed the space and the colour palette of cream and indigo blue with white-washed wood, were pleasant to the eye. A brilliant choice of colours that perfectly complemented the green of the olive trees that bring the space to life. And a beautiful contradiction to the dried flowers used to decorate the tables. From this moment on, the five-star treatment is all you get. At Origins restaurant, I found the staff very attentive and hospitable. I cannot but mention the classy choice of outfit that matches the colour scheme of the restaurant. A very fresh look ready to be at your service. I was impressed when the lovely waiter offered me a small spoon for my tabbouleh jar without me asking… Well done team V! The buffet follows the ‘beautiful inside out’ concept. None of the dishes we tried failed to meet my expectations. Attractive plating, quality ingredients and perfect execution, all leading to tasty, well-balanced flavours across the board. An open kitchen makes the perfect backdrop to the creatively laid out counters. Our appetites were revived and our taste buds alert.

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Whatever your personal taste, you will find your fix among the different stations – from the cold seafood and freshly sliced sashimi station to the extensive salad station to the warm appetisers, namely a tangy spinach fatayer, cheese samosa and meat Kibbeh. Take my word for it and make a long stop in front of the chicken satay plate with that deep orange, spicy sauce… Big like! Whether you start your meal with it or save it to the end, don’t forget to visit the cheese counter and bread stand! We fell more than a little in love. The main course options are fairly diverse. While my daughter and partner enjoyed the flavorful beef roast with earthy mushroom sauce and potatoes, as well as the delicious short ribs, I savoured every single mouthful of the beef biryani and butter chicken. These are familiar, comforting dishes and were done so very well. Fish is also on the menu and the beef stew sounds just right with the chill in the weather. Pair it all with the right beverage, and you will find yourself mesmerised at the best culinary party ever. This is my kind of Friday! With a cup of coffee or tea, treat yourself and your companions to a wide selection of sweet creations all perfectly executed. Crème Brûlée, cheesecake, Pâte à Choux, mille-feuille, Galette du Roi, fruit tart… so many delicious little sweet temptations. The chosen live entertainment is an absolute success; you know it when you start singing along or dancing in your seat. It is not too loud, yet you cannot ignore it. We loved the atmosphere! And with floor to ceiling windows, your eyes meet the sea for a perfect chillout afternoon. Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain will undoubtedly be the talk of the town for months to come. We bet you this Friday brunch will have regulars; I will return over and over again. Go ahead and try for yourself, call your friends, or surprise your family; book your table for next Friday right now.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call Origins at Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain on 7748 8100. @vidabahrain

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Italy is the birthplace of love & romance

Two things Italians are famous for, passion & creativity – the essential ingredients for romance. Chef Fabrizio’s Tuscan-style menu at the newly opened ‘Meisei Italia’ reflects his passion for pizza, pasta and also Fabrizio's great love for fish. A graduate of The Academia in Florence, Fabrizio has been a Chef for many years. Meisei Italia is designed for lovers of authentic, rustic, Italian cuisine. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opprtunity to try Meisei Italia. Reservations: +973 1700 7770

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hen stepping into the lobby of Royal Saray Resort Managed by Accor, the impression is that you are entering a palace – a royaltyworthy ambience. The décor brings a combination of marble and Arabic designs in expansive spaces. Cool off-white marble flooring is a reference to the pearl colour, an homage to Bahrain’s pearling heritage, and crystal chandeliers add a feminine touch and a sophisticated feel. The reception lobby invites you into an Arabesque courtyard inspired by the traditions of a royal Bahraini summer house. To our joy, the high-tea afternoon was going to happen in this area at The Palm Lounge. We were greeted by Aby Mathew, the Food and Beverage Manager, who explained the experience we were about to embark on. We sat on a comfortable sofa with stupendous views of the Arabian Sea, which created the perfect atmosphere for an enjoyable time. The afternoon tea is composed of sweet treats, savoury bites and freshly-baked scones, accompanied by tea or coffee. I ordered my favourite hot drink, an Americano, while my companion opted for a pot of Earl Grey tea. My coffee was spot on! With this kind of drink, you can’t really hide flavours, and the roast was just right at the correct temperature. There were no teabags; the tea was made with leaves placed in a special container to deliver a precious warm liquid.

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In no time, a beautiful stand with trays layered in different levels showcased all the amazing bites we were about to devour. It is frequently said that people eat with their eyes first, and that’s exactly what we did. We took some time to appreciate the beauty of the carefully constructed treats. The small delights looked flawless and were painted in different colours with distinct textures, showing great attention to detail. We started with the scones that were served with homemade preserve and clotted cream. Saying that they were dreamy and delicious is an understatement. They had a thin crust with the softest interior and were also warm, which made our gluttony even better (and more sinful). In my opinion, they were best eaten plain, and nothing was necessary to improve their flavour or texture. A sip of coffee and I needed nothing else for a perfect mouthful. We moved to the savoury options. The Creamy Mushroom Vol Au Vent was a small hollow case of puff pastry filled with delicate mushroom pieces in a smooth sauce; the pastry was thin and flaky, as expected, and melted in our mouths. The Brie Cheese Walnut Bread & Fig is a classic combination of sweet and savoury that leaves no room for mistakes, and it delivered the desired dance of flavours on our palates. The Beef Bresaola Grissini Breadstick showcased a crispy breadstick encapsulated by an authentic lean Bresaola (fine dry-cured meat) slice. However, the star of the savoury dishes was the Cranberry Tarfile Chicken Sandwich that reminded my companion of a perfect Christmas bite and brought back warm memories that few foods tend to give us. A Smoked Salmon Mille Feuille completed the savoury bites selection. If the amuse-gueules kick-started our palates, the sweets ended the experience on a decidedly high note. The selection offers Tiramisu, Mango Tart, Coffee Opera, Vanilla Mille Feuille, Pistachio Religieuse and Raspberry Macaron. The aspect that caught our attention most was that all the pastries were delicate and had the ideal texture. They were also all very different; from the flaky layers of the Mille Feuille to the perfection of the choux pastry in the Pistachio Religieuse. The Tiramisu had a balanced hint of coffee, and the Raspberry Macaron was crunchy on the outside and soft and luscious on the inside. It had a pleasant almond flavour and, unlike most macarons, it was not overly sweet. Our food journey was reaching an end, and Aby came to see us once again. While talking to him, we discovered why the pastry dough was the afternoon’s highlight – the pastry chef has years of experience and is passionate about French desserts. And instead of overcompensating the sweets with sugar, he relies on his ability to produce impeccable delights with delicate textures. If you are looking for an enjoyable afternoon with stunning views, delectable treats, and the sound of a lovely pianist, the Afternoon Tea at Royal Saray is the right place for you.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call The Palm Lounge at Royal Saray Resort Managed by Accor on 6672 0026.

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BREAKFAST TO BEDTIME For Valentine’s month, Victoria Kruse, our contributor and wellness mentor, shares her thoughts on the relationship between love and food while giving us sweet recipes.

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OHLALA - There is a saying that you can make someone fall in love with you through their stomach. Do you agree? Victoria - I believe that this saying comes from a couple of different things. Sharing a meal with someone is time spent connecting. It is an opportunity to have a one-on-one with someone, put down electronic devices, talk and explore the other person and, with traditional seating arrangements, to gaze into someone’s eyes without feeling awkward. Secondly, for me, the act of spending time cooking for another person is a way to show care and love for them. It is also a way to provide them nourishment and nurture, a deep-seated and primal urge for us as humans. Many animal species bring food to their loved ones to show care and even ‘court’. OHLALA - What do you think would be a perfect meal to be shared with a loved one? Victoria - For me, brunch is a meal that I believe can make you connect. For most people leading busy lives, a normal day’s breakfast is a hurried affair with little thought put into it. However, having brunch together, especially on an island resort like the one I live in, is an opportunity to spend time on a meal, talk about life and savour different flavours. OHLALA - What are the elements that can’t be missed? Victoria – A combination of elements. A place that is not connected by work that can detract from the focus on each other. Somewhere with nature and fresh air will also nourish your body. Walking to the venue – walking with your partner is a way to talk without confrontation. Walking side by side removes any barrier that eye contact can bring. Leaving your electronic devices at home – we are so conditioned that we must answer messages, emails and calls these days. Keeping our devices at home is one of the biggest commitments we can make to having quality time with our loved ones. You might miss out on a photo opportunity, but memories are more lasting than another photo stored in the cloud that you might not even look at again. OHLALA - Is it possible to make an unforgettable meal even with some food restrictions? Victoria - Absolutely. Eating lifestyles should not, these days, be thought of as restrictions as there are so many ingredients in supermarkets, recipes online and even ready-made food freely available. When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease more than 30 years ago, you couldn’t even buy rice flour in the supermarket! Anyone who embraces an eating lifestyle must also embrace creative thinking about food, throwing out our old conventions and welcoming innovation. For example, the recipe for my macadamia chocolate truffles is an old family recipe containing dairy and sugar. By simply substituting coconut cream, dark chocolate and erythritol, it is now both keto and vegan!


Hearty, healthy ingredients are used to create wellness recipes to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

Raspberry Coconut Muffins Ingredients: 1 ½ cup almond flour 1 cup ground almond 1 tbsp psyllium husk 1 ½ tsp baking powder ½ cup erythritol (or sugar if not low carb/keto) 1 cup fresh organic raspberries 1 cup coconut flakes 1 cup coconut milk or cream 3 grass-fed eggs (or three flax eggs for a vegan option) 1 vanilla pod, scraped ¹⁄₃ cup coconut oil Method: Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add raspberries and coconut flakes and gently mix and set aside. Lightly beat eggs and add coconut cream, oil and vanilla. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Gently fold together, then place in reusable silicone muffin cups — bake for 25 mins at 180° Celsius.

Chocolate Macadamia Truffles Ingredients:

200ml coconut cream ¼ cup erythritol 1 vanilla bean 250g dark chocolate buttons (84% ) 100g macadamia crumbs Method: Scrape the vanilla bean and place it in a small saucepan with coconut cream and erythritol. Heat slowly until bubbles form, stirring occasionally. Roughly cut the chocolate and place it in a heatproof bowl. Pour the heated coconut cream mixture over and allow to sit for five minutes. Stir together and allow to cool completely. Form balls with your hands, then roll in the macadamia crumb. Refrigerate until firm.

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Time TOGETHER The love month asks for memorable meals. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals in Bahrain for you to try.

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

Spices Restaurant Add spice to your Valentine’s Day with ‘The Spice of Love’ celebration by treating your special someone to a romantic dinner in an Indian ambiance because nothing expresses love more eloquently than a five-course set menu and homemade sweets. The offer runs on Monday, February 14, from 6pm to 11pm and is priced at BD15 net and BD25 net inclusive of selected beverages. Call 1753 1122 or 3924 2391 for more information or to make a reservation.

GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

Rasoi by Vineet This Valentine’s Day, bring your special person and enjoy an incredible evening of Indian cuisine with our Valentine’s Day special set menu, plus live instrumental tunes to set the mood. The offer runs on Monday, February 14, and is priced at BD29 per person for regular guests and BD26 for prestige club members. Call 1774 6461 for more information or to make a reservation.

GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA

Al Waha Restaurant Enjoy a Butcher’s Night with a selection of fine quality steaks and marinated kebabs prepared to your taste from a live cooking station complemented with a set appetiser and dessert. The offer runs every Wednesday from 7pm to 10.30pm and is priced at BD18 per person. Call 1774 6425 for more information or to make a reservation.

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN

Legendz Steakhouse Make Valentine’s Day the perfect occasion with a romantic time at Legendz and experience the culinary delights with a relaxed romantic atmosphere and welcome bubbly followed by a four-course dinner, as well as two hours of live piano and singing. The offer runs on Monday, February 14 from 7pm to 10.30 pm and is priced at BD64 net for two people, inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. Call 1722 7777 for more information or to make a reservation. 92

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Rigani If you are looking for a different dine-out experience, try the Traditional Greek Kusina at Rigani, a shared buffet with family-style food served at Selections terrace listening to Greek tunes. You will experience traditional Greek cuisine with wide use of vegetables, grains, fish and meat. The offer runs on February 4 and is priced at BD22 net, inclusive of soft beverages, and BD28 net, inclusive of selected beverages. Children aged six to 12 are charged with a 50% discount and children under six eat for free. Call 1720 8308 or 3880 8533 for more information or to make a reservation.

LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

Baharat Restaurant Enjoy a Surf and Turf Night with your choice from a selection of prime beef cuts and fresh seafood flame-grilled to order. Garnish the grill experience with fresh salads, starters and locally grown grilled vegetables. End your dinner with one of the largest awarded selections of desserts. The offer runs every Thursday night from 7pm to 11pm and is priced at BD17 net including soft beverages and BD28 net including selected beverages. Call 1717 1441 for more information or to make a reservation.

MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN

Silk’s Restaurant Impress your loved one this year with a Valentine’s Dinner, an evening of true romance and great food, delicious drinks and live violin performance. You will be served with a Love at First Sip welcome cocktail on arrival, followed by a fresh seafood buffet, mouth-watering cuisine for meat-lovers, and an array of sweet treats. Enjoy four hours of unlimited soft drinks and selected beverages, as well as a live performance by a violinist and DJ. It’s a date with a difference and is guaranteed to impress your significant other. The offer runs on Monday, February 14 from 7pm to 11pm and is priced at BD52 per couple. Call 1746 0017 or 3364 0032 for more information or to make a reservation.


ROYAL GOLF CLUB BAHRAIN

Links Enjoy Curry Fusion night with an array of mouth-watering curry dishes that will leave a mesmerising imprint, leaving your taste buds tingling in delight. You’ll get unlimited Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, and Indonesian curries while enjoying the stunning view of the Championship course with live cooking stations. The offer runs every Tuesday, 6pm onwards, and is priced at BD17 for adults, BD8 for children under 12 and no charge for children under six. Call 1775 1262 for more information or to make a reservation.

ROYAL GOLF CLUB BAHRAIN

Slice Enjoy a Picnic on the Lawn and receive a blanket on arrival along with an amazing gourmet picnic basket packed with a delectable selection of sandwiches, cold cuts, fruits, sweet treats, ice-cold drinks, and much more for those peckish moments on the greens. With live entertainment and kids’ activities. The offer runs on February 10 from 5.30 to 9.30 pm and is priced at BD19 for adults, BD8 for children under 12 and no charge for children under six. Call 1775 1262 for more information or to make a reservation.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

Fiamma Restaurant Celebrate Valentine’s Day lavishly with your loved one in Fiamma. Have a unique fine-dining Italian experience featuring a tempting selection of culinary delights curated on a set menu for two along with a selected beverage. Live up and rejoice in love in a romantic ambiance. This ultimate Valentine’s rendezvous experience is in accordance with heightened ALL SAFE measures and Ministry of Health protocols. The offer runs on Monday, February 14, and is priced at BD90 net per person. Call 3888 5789 for more information or to make a reservation.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

Maison Sushi Experience the bento culture at Maison Sushi with a Bento Meal Combo Deal. Enjoy some gratifying delicious bites all on one plate, from pickled vegetables to soup, to your main, to dessert, all well aesthetically curated to satisfy your Japanese cravings. Revel in this Japanese-French fusional cuisine along with a breathtaking panorama view of the Arabian Sea and get more than what you bargained for all in one meal. The offer runs daily except for Monday for lunch and dinner and is priced at BD25 net for a Japanese bento box with unlimited green tea. With a 25% discount if four meals are ordered. Call 3888 5789 for more information or to make a reservation.

THE ART HOTEL & RESORT AMWAJ ISLANDS

Rosso Restaurant and Terrace Enjoy a night of Amore Mio, an Italian candle-lit dinner with your sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day dinner set menu filled with delectable Italian dishes to share, along with live musical entertainment by the in-house band, The Angels. The offer runs on Monday, February 14 from 7pm to 1am and is priced at BD44 net per couple and BD54 net inclusive of selected beverages. Call 1600 0111 for more information or to make a reservation.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

Primavera Osteria Contemporanea What better way to spend your Tuesday than an evening with a friend or a loved one for a culinary journey? Enjoy Couples’ Day Tuesday with a fourcourse menu comprised of seabass carpaccio with Amalfi lemon, Sorento vinaigrette, basil pesto, Angel hair pasta with salmon in a creamy tomato sauce, Risotto with mushroom and chicken and Tiramisu on the trolley to end a perfect evening. The offer runs every Tuesday from 4pm to 10pm and is priced at BD22 per person. Call 1758 6499 for more information or to make a reservation.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN

Nirvana Immerse your senses with The Great Indian Vegan Thali where a culinary journey awaits and our authentic Indian cuisine transports your palate to new heavens. The offer runs on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11.30pm and is priced at BD20 per person, inclusive of one beverage. Call 1758 6499 for more information or to make a reservation.

THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN

Furn Bistro Enjoy a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea with a glass of bubbly to celebrate a day of love and happiness with your special someone. The offer runs from February 10 to 14 and is priced at BD12 without bubbly and BD15 with the sparkling drink. Call 1717 1000 for more information or to make a reservation.

VIDA BEACH RESORT MARASSI AL BAHRAIN

The Bistro by Origins Valentine’s evening just got more interesting at Vida Bahrain. In partnership with Maserati Bahrain, they are offering an exclusive limited dining package Valentine’s Dinner Date with Maserati at Vida. Impress your date with a chauffeur-driven Maserati, where they pick up the special couple and drive them to the fabulous St. Valentine’s dinner featuring live entertainment and a delectable set menu at The Bistro by Origins. After the love-themed eve comes to an end, they drop off the love birds back home in their personal, chauffeurdriven Maserati. The offer runs on the eve of February 14 from 7pm to 10pm and is priced at BD99 net per couple. Call 7748 8100 for more information or to make a reservation.

VIDA BEACH RESORT MARASSI AL BAHRAIN

Origins Restaurant Feet up and sip away at the hottest new beachside brunch in town! Join Origins Restaurant for a special Kuwait National Day Vida Friday Brunch with your brunch buddies for some mouth-watering bites, special Kuwaiti themed dishes, unlimited drinks and epic tunes. The offer runs on February 25 from 1pm to 4pm and is priced at BD28 net inclusive of soft beverages, BD34 net inclusive of selected beverages and BD14 for kids aged six to 12. Call 7748 8100 for more information or to make a reservation. www.ohlala-magazine.com

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ince the 1940s, Ferrari have produced some of the most exclusive and sought-after road sports cars on the planet. Few other motorcar manufacturers have been able to match the popularity and success of this highly celebrated brand, a truth that becomes obvious the moment you stand in front of one of their glorious creations. OHLALA was recently invited to test drive the latest Ferrari Roma, thanks to the exceptional team at Ferrari Middle East, and to be honest, we can’t stop talking about it! As soon as the 2021 Roma came into view, we knew we were in for a treat. This new Ferrari with its signature Italian styling is characterised by its clean design, elegant volumes and harmonious proportions. The master designers

at Ferrari have removed any and all unnecessary detailing, leaving behind a classic looking sports car, reminiscent of the carefree lifestyle of 1950s and ‘60s Rome, thus the name, ‘Roma’. At the front end, a new radiator concept takes centre stage, complemented by the full-LED adaptive headlights that are harmoniously traversed by a horizontal light strip, leading the eye to the subtle prancing horse badge, set like a jewel at the front of the vehicle. Long, ultra-sleek lines sweeping from bonnet to boot highlight the shapely flanks as well as the compact, set-back cabin. At the back end, the wraparound screen incorporates an active aero device, while the twin taillight assembly and dual twin exhaust system finish off the impressive exterior design with a flourish.

“Ferrari, as expected, has spared no expense in ensuring the new Roma has one of the most beguiling interiors available on the market.”

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Slipping into the comfy and supportive, multi-adjustable front sport seats, we were immediately taken by Ferrari’s dual cockpit concept, consisting of two separate cells, one for the driver and one for the passenger. As we sat in silence, taking in all the luxurious detailing, we could see that Ferrari, as expected, has spared no expense in ensuring the new Roma has one of the most beguiling interiors available on the market. All materials, trimmings and finishes are of a superior quality and the layout itself couldn’t have been designed better. Boot wise, the new Roma has a capacity of 345 litres, not bad for a two-seater coupé. The development of the interior took its lead from the complete redesign of the Human Machine Interface (HMI). The state-of-the-art steering wheel houses all of the car’s main commands, actioned by touch-sensitive controls. This design follows Ferrari’s philosophy of ‘Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel’. All of the new Roma’s necessary information can be accessed through the impressive, 16-inch digital instrument cluster. Additionally, we found the 8.4-inch vertical screen housed in the central display, along with the new passenger display, to be highly intuitive and easy to navigate.

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As satisfying as both the exterior and interior inspections were, the highlight of our day was engaging the ignition. The sound of the V8 - 90° turbo engine reverberated across the parking area and turned the heads of all those within earshot. This beast of an engine boasts a displacement of 3,855cc, a maximum power output of 456kW at 5,750 – 7,500rpm and a maximum torque of 760Nm at 3,000 – 5,750rpm. Furthermore, the new and improved Roma can bullet from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds, from 0-200km/h in just 9.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of no less than 320wkm/h! With all of this power on offer, Ferrari have included a cutting-edge vehicle dynamics system to ensure the driver is in complete control at all times. This system includes the Side Slip Control 6.0 with five-position manettino and Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer which controls yaw angle by hydraulically adjusting brake pressure at the callipers. The suspension, handling and overall drivability of the Roma is amongst the very best we have experienced and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire journey. The fact that the designers have included a wide array of safety features throughout the vehicle only adds to the comfortability factor and allows you to relax and enjoy the phenomenal driving experience all the more.

For more information or to book a luxury test drive of your very own, please contact Euro Motors Ferrari on 1773 4734. @ferraribahrain

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of All Our Tasks “ -Rilke

Though love may not be as it seems, it still holds as the highest form of beauty.

KAROLINA GRABOWSKA ON PEXELS

Love is often portrayed as a fantastical whirlwind romance, with butterflies and roses and ice cream on noses. We see it everywhere: in movies, songs, and the stories we tell one another. It’s the highest romantic ideal — the lofty picture of togetherness and happiness. But submerging oneself into the most admired of human emotions will yield a paradox of unfamiliar and strange feelings. We start to think to ourselves, “but love was supposed to be nicer”. The rosey images of love shatter as, all around us, relationships break down, couples married for decades divorce, and a once happy pair of smiles turns into two not-so-happy ones. A host of philosophers and respected writers have written about this emotion throughout history. They can offer great insight into the meandering and labyrinthine paths of love, with an emphasis on its more troubling and not-so-rosey sides as an ode to its everlasting beauty and power. Thinkers such as Khalil Gibran, Jalal Ad-Din Rumi, Leo Tolstoy, Rainer Maria Rilke and Susan Sontag purport that suffering and hardship are essential ingredients of love. People assume the start of a relationship means an end to pain, loneliness and isolation, but many will beg to differ. All these things remain part of the experience of living and are especially characteristic of love, the most tormenting emotion we can feel for another person. Love is fated to be imperfect, incomplete and flawed because the human condition is essentially imperfect, too. Anyone who has trod the difficult path of love is familiar with its agonising challenges, its cavernous afflictions, its lip-biting regrets. But it is precisely because of its defects and hardships that it is such a prized sentiment. Therein lies the beauty and honour of love.

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Take romance to new heights with irresistible experiences on offer on a private island. Wonderful dining, side-by-side spa treatments and more await at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay this Valentine's Day. ROMANCE WITH US (+973) 1711 5000 | fourseasons.com/bahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com

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