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If the seasons were people, Fall would be the attractive, clean-cut, sophisticated one. Winter is the coldhearted one that everyone just wants to go away. Spring is cute and playful and can be pretty fun. But, summer? Summer is an absolute party animal. Everyone loves summer. People are so much happier when summer comes around. It’s the season completely devoted to leisure and good times with the people you love. Summer is so much more laid back and you can get away with stuff you just can’t during the colder months. Ice lollies for dinner? Yes please! Being outside, running around, swimming. I for one love when I’m picked up in the pool to see how weightless I am. You literally drop like a hundred pounds instantly. And you know what else? Cellulite looks way less like cottage cheese when it’s tan. Everyone looks better with some colour. You don’t even need to wear make-up. I figure I’m about one or two more beach days away from the point that my freckles have actually meshed together and I could pass for being bronzed. And what’s better than a day at the beach? Everybody loves the beach. Summer (like our round-up of fashion and travel escapes) is certainly heating up. Everything is just… SO. HOT. RIGHT. NOW! Oh, and before I go… this will be my last feature as ‘Miss Green’ as the marital nuptials are well under way for July! On that note, I wish you all a fantastic time making lots of memories and make sure that you are having plenty of fun surrounded by the people you love,
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layful street style, avant-garde experimentation, and high-end luxe with a vengeance — these creations from Leem open a door on modest sensibilities that are as up-to-theminute as mainstream fashion. Just not as hourglass. Or as bare. Now THIS is what we’ve been waiting for. After all, ‘Modesty is the highest elegance’. The brand, which specialises in fashion-forward modest wear, has taken over the Gulf region over the past year, opening stores in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai and Bahrain. Ohlala is all about ‘The Modern Middle Eastern Woman’ and the ‘Essence of Style’ and since Leem’s high-end yet moderately-priced collections target the region’s fashion conscious women - that seek conservative or modest wear with global appeal - it’s now become a firm favourite in our fashion archives. When you step in-store to witness Leem firsthand you cannot help but drink in and unearth the wide selection of fashionable, modern and affordable clothing; one that is unparalleled in its design ethos and concept. The rotation of the collection’s adhere to Middle Eastern tradition as Leem’s Ramadan collection featured a colourful assortment of beautifully designed outfits inspired by traditional women wear, such as the Jalabiya, but with a modern twist that left the garments in a striking plethora of style. In addition to that, the collection also features a Mommy & Me line, allowing mothers and daughters to dress up in matching dresses for the most celebrated occasions. Move over Kim Kardashian and North. Now, taking into account the particular season we are in, Leem’s Eid collection pays as much attention to this factor as to the design itself. The brand has truly thought of all eventualities. It has considered that the outfits featured in this collection would be worn in the summer, and would therefore have to be light and airy. The Eid capsule also features practical and casual pieces for everyday wear that are perfect for travel, in addition to exquisite accessories and scarfs. Talk about luxury on the go! These particular times of year are abundant with family gatherings and societal integration and can prove a struggle to find the perfect ensemble. It is the ideal occasion for every woman to look her best in modern outfits that adhere to customs and traditions which Leem caters to in bountiful amounts. Now, we cannot talk about Leem and not talk about THAT recently launched flagship capsule Spring/ Summer 2019 collection… showcasing Leem at its best, offering both bold and striking colours as well as calm and neutral ones, allowing for seamless and stylish integration of the hijab as a fashion statement as part of the overall look. The collection also features more creative outfits, integrating African print inspiration as well as colour
contrast pieces which are showcased across the fashion scene. As a brand, they are not only switched-on with their execution of design but they exude a savvy prowess. Leem is without-a-doubt modest fashion redefined. With continuous contemporary collections releasing every few months, made up of a wide selection of outfits and accessories, including turbans and earrings, Leem is the long-awaited answer to the modern, conservative womanâ€™s wishes. Louder for the women in the back!
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When MESSIKA the Maison of Jewellery and High Jewellery chooses the city of Manama for its new boutique in the Middle East with ASIA JEWELLERS, you cannot help but get excited.
THE NEW MOVE UNO COLLECTION
he love story between Messika and the Middle East began in 2009 when Valérie Messika chose to establish herself at the heart of civilizations by opening three points of sale across The Middle East. After an impressive increase, Messika now has 15 points of sale. Just as refined as its first Parisian brand, the universe of this new boutique promises a unique diamond experience in Bahrain. All Messika’s diamond iconic collections are on show. To delight her loyal customers, the designer also unveils exceptional Haute-Joaillerie diamond creations. 24
The iconic Move Collection will never stop inspiring Valérie Messika. This year again, the designer has recreated the famous diamond in motion in an ‘easy to wear’ version, the Move Uno. These new pieces have been created in a golden motif, each combined with a unique moving diamond. Between timeless and audacious, these novelties can be worn alone for a more classic look or stacked for a personalised look. Fun, playful pieces for every day on the move… The new go-to in your jewellery box
Messika’s collections are exclusively available at Messika Boutique in Moda Mall. For more information please call 17131144 /38990430 @messikajewelry / @asiajewellers
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PROCLAIMING POWER If the most beautiful women in the world nurture a gourmand passion for jewellery created by de GRISOGONO, it is because they know that this incredible concentration of elegance and opulence will make them shine with unmistakable refinement and taste. They love the playful nods, the impertinence and the unfailingly playful spirit of these creations, as do we. Introducing ALLEGRA TOI & MOI...
ewellery that is all about feelings, the quintessential symbol of connection, it expresses unconditional attachment. ALLEGRA TOI&MOI, endowed with a strong personality proclaiming the power of the links between every woman and her loves, her friendships and her desires. Jewellery weaving ties that bind for a moment or forever. ALLEGRA TOI&MOI, designed for unwinding, exuding the same carefree attitude as the free-spirited woman it embraces. Naturally, in each and every circumstance, solo or stacked, it radiates its easy-wear and easygoing, eminently contemporary and truly universal style. 26
de GRISOGANO collections are available at Asia Jewellers boutiques located in Moda Mall, Seef Mall, Al Aali Mall and City Centre Bahrain. For more information, please contact them on 17535344 / @asiajewellers
ABOUT DE GRISOGONO DE GRISOGONO EMBODIES A CHARACTERISTICALLY AUDACIOUS, DARING AND IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZABLE STYLE EXPRESSED THROUGH ITS HIGH JEWELLERY, JEWELLERY AND WATCH COLLECTIONS. EACH CREATION IS UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE, WHILE BEARING WITHIN IT THE DISTINCTIVE SIGNATURES THAT REFLECT THAT SPIRIT OF THE MAISON. DEGRISOGONO WAS FOUNDED IN 1993 BY FAWAZ GRUOSI, BASED ON A PASSION FOR JEWELLERY, CRAFTSMANSHIP AND THE DESIRE TO BREAK AWAY FROM ESTABLISHED TRADITIONS AND CONVENTIONS. SINCE THEN, THE COMPANY HAS EXPANDED ITS HORIZONS, INCREASING OCCASIONS TO WEAR AND ADDING DAYWEAR INTO ITS
COLLECTIONS. OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, DE GRISOGONOâ€™ COLLECTIONS HAVE BECOME ICONS AND SOURCES OF INSPIRATION, REPRESENTING AN ART THAT AT FIRST GLANCE APPEARS ASTONISHING SIMPLE, YET WHICH TAKES GREAT SKILL TO MASTER. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AFTER PROPELLING THE BLACK DIAMOND FROM OBSCURITY TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY SCENE, THE BRAND IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND DYNAMIC CREATIVE FORCES OF THE SECTOR. ITS ICONIC, DARING DESIGNS AND STRIKING GEM COMBINATIONS HAVE ENABLED DE GRISOGONO TO TAKE ITS PLACE AMONG THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS NAMES IN CONTEMPORARY LUXURY.
LOVES ME, ME, LOVES ME NOT?
M’AMA NON M’AMA’s gemstone kaleidoscope leaves no doubt. With Byzantine inspiration, Pomellato introduces a mosaic of rose gold M’AMA NON M’AMA rings, bangles and earrings, featuring mineral gems for the first time ever.
he M’AMA NON M’AMA collection, Italian for “loves me, loves me not,” embodies the unpredictable nature of love with a gem for every emotion. Like every love story, the M’AMA NON M’AMA collection is in constant evolution: Pomellato’s new tale evokes Byzantine colors in the unprecedented use of mineral gems. Set between pavé gems of similar hues, the jeweled result is a mosaic of monochromatic shimmer. For 2019, Pomellato crafts a new ring, bangles and earrings into four precious shades: onyx and black diamonds, mother-of-pearl and icy diamonds, lapis lazuli and blue sapphires, or turquoise with zircons. Each M’AMA NON M’AMA jewel is a colourful symbol of love to be mixed and matched together, per the complexity of amore. A gemstone’s colour is striking and symbolic: with each M’AMA NON M’AMA jewel, every love story finds its own colours. Pomellato’s collections are exclusively available at Asia Jewellers boutique in Moda Mall For more information please contact them on +973 17535544 @asiajewellers
ABOUT POMELLATO THE FIRST GLOBAL LUXURY ITALIAN FASHION FINE JEWELLERY, UNCONVENTIONAL, COLOURFUL. THE NEW PRECIOUS. WORKING TOWARDS A MORE ECO-CONSCIOUS FUTURE, POMELLATO HAS NOW ACHIEVED 100% RESPONSIBLE GOLD PURCHASING. ESTABLISHED IN MILAN IN 1967, POMELLATO WAS THE FIRST BRAND TO INTRODUCE THE PRÊT-À-PORTER VISION INTO THE WORLD OF JEWELLERY. CRAFTED BY THE HANDS OF EXPERT GOLDSMITHS, POMELLATO STANDS OUT FOR ITS UNIQUE DESIGN AND COLOURFUL GEMS WHICH THROUGH INNOVATIVE STONE CUTTING AND SETTING TECHNIQUES HAVE COME TO DEFINE AN UNMISTAKABLE AND ICONIC STYLE. POMELLATO IS PART OF KERING, A WORLD LEADER IN APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES WHICH DEVELOPS AN ENSEMBLE OF POWERFUL LUXURY AND SPORT & LIFESTYLE BRANDS. POMELLATO, AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONSCIOUS APPROACH TO JEWEL-CREATION. POMELLATO HAS INCREASED FAIRMINED GOLD PURCHASES AS WELL TO CREATE A SPECIAL COLLECTION AND CONTINUES TO INVEST IN THE TRACEABILITY OF COLOURED STONES AND DIAMONDS WHILE EXPLORING NEW MATERIALS AND RECYCLING SOLUTIONS. MEANWHILE, IT COLLABORATES WITH A MILAN-BASED GOLDSMITH SCHOOL TO SAFEGUARD CONSISTENCY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP. THROUGH INITIATIVES AND ADVOCACY, POMELLATO CONTINUES TO REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY, AN EARTH-CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY, FEMALE EDUCATION AND CAREER GROWTH, AND A GLOBAL WELL-BEING THAT PROMOTES A HEALTHIER WORK-LIFE BALANCE.
CHOPARD, the Big-hearted Maison serves a significant cause in Bahrain as “Little Diamonds do Great Things”
hopard, in collaboration with partner Bahrain Jewellery Centre, held an exclusive event at Chopard Boutique in Moda Mall Bahrain, on the 12th June to support The Dreams Society Foundation helping realise the dreams of children who suffer from terminal illnesses and debilitating diseases. Co-president and Artistic Director of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele, has fully understood that Chopard’s role, as a family Maison passed on from generation to generation, should not be confined to selling the exceptional creations of watches and jewellery – but that its duty also lies in dedicating the family success and corporate influence to serving philanthropic commitments. “When you’re lucky enough to lead a charmed life, it is only right to help those for whom life is a trial”, she says. The importance of the values that have forged the shining reputation of the Geneva-based Maison: humanity, generosity and kindness are the essential qualities governing the vibrant creativity and the taste for aesthetic wonderment cultivated in the atelier of this family-run Maison. Beyond its stature as the symbol of lovers, it evokes the heart as a giver of life. Through creations worn like a visible crest of love and happiness, Chopard dedicates its Happy Hearts collection to every woman with a Big Heart. The choice of a Chopard jewellery creation is that of the Chopard woman, who sees in the Maison’s commitments an echo of her own generosity, of her own high ethical standards. Big-hearted women find in Happy Hearts designs the transparency of their origins and sense of genuine consistency with their own value system, inextricably interwoven with a desire for self-giving. @bahrainjewellerycentre / @chopard / @dreamssociety 30
CHOPARD – THE ARTISAN OF EMOTIONS SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1860, CHOPARD HAS PERPETUATED A HERITAGE OF ARTISANAL SKILLS AND TRADITIONAL CRAFTS BY SHAPING CONTEMPORARY CREATIONS SYNONYMOUS WITH EMOTIONS. GUIDED BY A RESOLUTELY POSITIVE VISION OF LIFE, THE MAISON CELEBRATES THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS OF ACCOMPLISHED MEN AND WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD FOR WHOM WATCHES AND JEWELLERY ARE A PERPETUAL EXTENSION OF THEIR OWN JOIE DE VIVRE.
ABOUT BAHRAIN JEWELLERY CENTRE ESTABLISHED IN 1978, BAHRAIN JEWELLERY CENTRE HAS GROWN FROM A SMALL UNIT IN THE SUQ TO AN EXCLUSIVE DEALER FOR THE WORLD’S MOST RENOWNED WATCHES, JEWELLERY, LEATHER GOODS, GIFT ITEMS AND FASHION WARE. THE COMPANY’S LONG HISTORY, LOYAL CUSTOMER BASE AND EXCELLENT AFTER SALES SERVICE HAVE PROPELLED THEM TO THEIR POSITION AS LEADERS IN THE MARKET.
ABOUT THE DREAMS SOCIETY THE DREAMS SOCIETY WAS FORMED IN 2011 WITH THE GOAL OF BRINGING JOY TO CHILDREN AFFECTED BY ILLNESS OR BY A DEBILITATING DISEASE, BY MAKING THEIR TREASURED DREAMS COME TRUE. THERE ARE MANY PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT DEAL WITH WHAT THESE CHILDREN “NEED”; THE SOCIETY FOCUSES ON WHAT THESE CHILDREN “WANT”. UP TO TODAY, DREAMS SOCIETY HAS FULFILLED DREAMS FOR OVER 50 CHILDREN. THESE DREAMS WOULD NOT BE A REALITY WITHOUT THE HELP OF GENEROUS DONORS AND SPONSORS. WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, THEY CONTINUE TO GRANT AS MANY DREAMS AS THEY CAN.
BY ICONS DEVJI AURUM launches an Iconic Art Series in Collaboration with Bahraini Renowned Artist KHALIL AL HASHIMI
evji Aurum Design House & Studio, one of the leading jewellery designers and manufacturers in the Kingdom of Bahrain is proud to launch an iconic series entitled “The Art Collection”. A series of conceptual collections that will be designed to bear the signature of a featured visionary artist and masterfully crafted by Devji Aurum, inspired by icons for those who seek to be iconic. The soft launch took place on Sunday 16th June 2019, at Devji Aurum boutique at Seef Mall. Devji Aurum was pleased to have art enthusiasts and jewellery collectors discovering the new collection through this special occasion. The first edition of the Art Collection “Rafrafa” is a concept that emerged from a monumental collaborative effort to achieve an ambitious dream 32
with renowned Bahraini sculpture artist Khalil Al Hashimi. The entire collection was designed by Devji Aurum artisans, careful precision was taken to maintain the purity of the original form of the artist’s concepts, pushing the boundaries aesthetically, functionally and innovatively. The result is a dialogue between the colossal world of sculpture and the delicate world of jewellery. Mr. Mahesh Devji, Managing Director of Devji Aurum commented on the occasion: “With an exceptional journey of research and development, Devji Aurum Design House and Studio is proud to introduce the first edition of the Art Collection ‘Rafrafa’. The Devji family have been patrons and connoisseurs of various forms of art for seven decades, introducing intricate forms of designs through jewellery. The Art Collection is a fruition of Devji Aurum Design House and Studio’s vision to bring fine arts and master craftsmanship under one roof ”. Mr. Khalil Al Hashimi, Bahraini Sculpture Artist commented: “As a child, living by the shores of Manama, I always admired the seagulls that walked in the sands and leapt into flight with the winds; creatures that danced between two worlds. As an artist, I longed to celebrate that spirit of eternal freedom in my sculptures. I am thrilled that this celebration through the efforts of Devji Aurum has been transformed into a wearable token. I hope these birds find a nest in your hearts, as they have found their way into mine”. Dev Devji, Devji Aurum Design Studio Director added: “Rafrafa Collection captures the aspiration of free spirits towards enlightenment. “Rafrafa” is the Arabic word for “flutter” which is represented by the delicate elegance of the birds that adorn this collection. To the wearer, these birds symbolise the serenity and inner peace of one’s soul chosen moments of inaction and repose”.
He stressed the brand’s dedication to innovation, affirming that Devji Aurum has narrated spellbinding stories since its inception in 1950. “Devji enhances the spirit of visual artistry, indulging client’s senses and capturing their imagination,”. For the past seven decades, Devji Aurum has been a trendsetter in crafting innovative ways to fulfil the aspirations of its discerning clients. Stemming from its commitment to the highest standards of quality and customer’s ease. Devji Aurum is located in A’ali Complex, Seef Mall and Bahrain City Centre @devjiaurum
DEVJI AURUM DEVJI AURUM IS ONE OF BAHRAIN’S FOREMOST NAMES FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOLD ALONG WITH JEWELRY DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING. THE COMPANY HAS A PROUD TRADITION IN OFFERING THE BEST TO ITS CUSTOMERS IN QUALITY AND VALUE.
KHALIL ALHASHIMI KHALIL ALHASHIMI, BORN 1949, HOLDS A MASTER DEGREE IN SCULPTURE FROM THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, LENINGRAD, RUSSIA. A BAHRAINI PIONEER, HIS WORK HAS BEEN EXHIBITED INTERNATIONALLY AND ACROSS THE GULF. HIS SIGNATURE BIRD SCULPTURES ARE A RECURRING MOTIF IN HIS CAREER CONSTANTLY DECONSTRUCTING THE MATERIAL TO REVEAL THE ETHEREAL.
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This year, Dior achieves the genuine technical feat of adding a spectacular, lash-by-lash high definition makeup result to iconic XXL volume with Diorshow Pump â€˜Nâ€™ Volume HD, the new mascara imagined by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup. This iconic technique is now available for brows, with the first squeezeable Dior Brow Mascara providing buildable results, ranging from natural to very dense. The iconic Dior Oblique handbag collection inspired Peter Philips to create the limited-edition Tri(0)blique Palette, containing a trio of multiple eye shadow effects, and available in four colour harmonies.
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TREAT YOUR SKIN
If looking after your skin is your main goal than booking a facial before you fly is the way to go. Book your facial in a couple of days before your trip in order to deep cleanse your pores and provide hydrating to your skin and that way your skin is in its best condition before you even set foot in an airport. On the day of your flight be sure to double cleanse your skin and exfoliate it then layer on a hydrating toner and serum to top up on hydration. This goes for your body as well so be sure to buff your skin and then mositurise with a nice body oil.
HYDRATION IS KEY
It’s no secret that flying can wreak havoc on your hydration levels and it will help hugely to drink a glass of water every hour you’re in the air to prevent dehydration. Avoid any beverages that will dehydrate you and instead sip on water or herbal teas. Your skin will thank you for it.
LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN INFLIGHT
JET-SET ANGELA BEITZ EXPLAINS THE KEY TO KEEPING YOUR SKIN FRESH AND ARRIVING TO YOUR DESTINATION LOOKING FABULOUS
Pack your hydrating mists and Hyaluronic Acid products to top up on moisturiser during the flight. Hand cream is a must too and if you suffer from dry eyes then be sure to take some eye drops. Lip balm is also very important to keep your lips from drying out. If you want to take your skincare regime to the next level, apply a sheet mask to leave skin soft and drenched with hydration.
Be sure to fly in warm, cozy clothing and take a proper pillow along with noise cancelling earphones and a silk eyemask will help to make you feel comfortable. If you are a troubled sleeper than a lavender spray or sleep spray is a good idea to bring along with you as is a relaxing massage oil to put on your neck and shoulders. Getting proper sleep will also help your skin to look its best.
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hy did Marc Jacobs Beauty decide to step into skincare? Marc Jacobs Beauty believes that skincare is synonymous with beauty and that beautiful makeup starts with great skin. We understand that they work together so moving into skincare has been a natural progression. Tell us more about the new Youthquake Gel Crème The Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème is a multi-tasking moisturizer that provides hydration while retexturizing the skin, leaving behind a glowing canvas. It can be used both as a moisturizer as well as a makeup primer, while doing what’s best for your skin - it’s hard not to fall in love with this one! What are the key ingredients in Youthquake that really makes it work so well? Does it work well in the summer and winter? Pineapple water enzymes help resurface the skin promoting fresher smoother looking skin and encapsulated hyaluronic acid provides hydration. Youthquake is designed to be used year-round for all skin types, and it works very well in a hot or humid region like the Middle East because it absorbs quickly while leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated. What does Marc Jacobs skincare offer that is different from other skincare brands in the market? Marc Jacobs Beauty skincare offers new to market ingredients at efficacious levels that are designed to improve the overall quality of the skin. The idea is to give you plump moisturized skin that you will love, with or without makeup. What is your 3-step skincare routine? Cleanse, treat, hydrate - repeat. What are some essentials you could never leave home without?
Definitely SPF, as the UV rays can cause so much damage to your skin that you don’t see. Lip Balm to keep my lips hydrated at all times and in all weather conditions, and my mini Youthquake moisturizer, of course. What would you say are the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to their skincare routine? The biggest mistake you can make is sleeping with your makeup on. Makeup can clog your pores and cause so much harm to your skin. However late it is or however sleepy you are, it’s extremely important to take off your makeup, clean your face, and moisturize it before you go to bed. As an international makeup artist, you must travel regularly. Does this take a toll on your skin? What are your tips for women who are constantly on the go? Yes it definitely does take a toll on my skin. Always travel with makeup removing wipes, travel size hydrating sprays, hydrating masks and lip balms to keep hydrated. And of course, always drink lots of water to keep hydrated from within.
“Youthquake is designed to be used year-round for all skin types, and it works verywell in a hot or humid region like the Middle East because it absorbs quickly while leavingthe skin feeling fresh and hydrated.”
The Ultimate RESCUE When you have to look and feel your best with a beauty overhaul, it really is a no brainer. Welcome to GLOSS SALON & SPA… Walking into Gloss Salon is like finding your own little secret – it’s hidden enough to be enjoyed with a feeling of exclusivity, yet it’s such a great find that you want to boast about everything it offers in the hopes of gaining some real bragging rights amongst your nearest and dearest girlfriends. The whole vibe of the hair and beauty salon-cum-spa is a very welcoming one. Varied tones and textures are used to make the venue homely and inviting. From the tables to the shelves, comfy cushioned couches and even the cabinets, all are hand-chosen by the owner themselves, adding a very contemporary drift between the different rooms. We particularly like the plant pots, mismatched shelving and quirky signage around the interiors. Lights are adorned in thick beige rope, giving a maritime illusion where simplicity takes centre stage at their nail section. There are books to choose and sink into as you get your hair done or how about the best playlist we’ve heard in a long time, where chart hits and contemporary song covers bring acoustic serenity to the surroundings. First and foremost, the staff at Gloss Salon are really of a special class. They’re friendly and very accommodating – offering up warm smiles, hellos and numerous hot and cold drinks’ choices throughout our
afternoon spent there, not to forget that they exclusively stock NOMAD Urban Eatery’s coffee blend. Now, Gloss Salon & Spa would be best described as a one-stop shop for ALL your beauty and relaxation needs. We’re not exaggerating; this place has the most gorgeous nail therapies, innovative hair treatments, and all the expected spa wonders that you would easily pay through the roof for, at a 5-star hotel. If there’s one thing that Gloss has really nailed, it’s the concept of bringing women together for a purely blissful time where grooming is at the forefront. Imagine our excitement when we’re told to get comfy for a fresh manicure. Our nail technician is a warm soul. We get a professional yet attentive attitude from her. Her technique was nothing short of magic and she was very thorough which is something we find difficult to find in a manicure nowadays. Natural, clean and neat nails… finally! Next up, we were treated to one of the most down-right brilliant hair experiences. My stylist for the afternoon was Stefan. Warm, charismatic and with enough cheeky banter to keep me from falling into a relaxation induced coma, he set about transforming our frazzled barnet into creamy glossy locks with an attentiveness unmatched by any other salon we’ve been to. Our hair had previously been dip-dyed and was looking tired to say the least. After careful questioning about our hair rituals, likes, and dislikes we settled on a root ‘touch-up’ where lashings of grey strands had started to form. Stefan is undoubtedly a magician as he started to employ a series of techniques to allow for optimum coverage. Once washed off, and a beautiful blow dry later, our locks are the most luscious they have been in a very long time. These are the kind of tresses we’d give an arm for – proof that the team at Gloss knows exactly how to execute their services well and deliver the desired results. Perfection. What we loved most about all the treatments and interaction with the staff was that there were no moments of pressure – you felt like you were part of their family. What makes Gloss Salon & Spa stand out? It’s the fact that there’s no gimmicks. What you see is what you get: a place to go for your nails, hair, body treatments, a catch-up with your girlies and, most importantly, impeccable service. It’s not a 5-star hotel – but it isn’t trying to be. It has a unique and believable charm with a genuine sense of luxury, where therapists and staff are evidently hired based on their skills and manners – something that many big wellness venues should take note of. After all, there’s nothing better than finding your very own neighbourhood beauty spot that REALLY does it all, and does it so, so well.
LOCATION GLOSS SALON & SPA LOCATED AT MARRIOTT EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS TEL: 17826030 www.glossbahrain.com / @glossbahrain
MARKETING MOGUL We delve into a day in the life of CRISTALYN PASTRANA, Cluster Director of Marketing for Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, The Westin and Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain, and this woman is truly is unstoppable.
I start my day... Our household usually wakes up as early as 5am during weekdays. Our daughter Salma goes to school, so my husband and I need to also prepare for the day ahead. We are usually out of the house by 6.15am to avoid traffic and I arrive at work before 8am. My role is… I am the Cluster Director of Marketing for three hotels in Bahrain; Sheraton Bahrain Hotel and the complex The Westin & Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain. I have a fantastic Marketing and PR team that I have worked closely with to build fantastic marketing strategies for these three brands and execute PR events. A Day in the Life of Cristalyn… My life is always hectic (as you can imagine!), the day at the office usually starts on my second cup of coffee of the day. My morning consists of reading the newspaper and going through emails. Not to forget the daily morning brief with my team to review what has been done the previous day and the tasks to fulfill for the current day. As I switch days on both hotels it is very important that I go over a list of things to do for both of my teams on a daily basis. If I am at the Sheraton I ensure that my team at The Westin & Le Méridien are updated on things to do as well through our WhatsApp group. Oh, the power of technology! At 9am we have our meeting with other heads of departments and our General Manager to go over hotel operations and information collated from the previous day and provide an overview of the day ahead e.g VIP arrivals, special events, company updates and other business related communication that needs to be shared with the team. The day will continue with strategy meetings, meetings with media and suppliers, going through social media strategy, checking creative with our Graphic Designer and checking communication updates as per brand. After work it is back to my mother and wife duties at home. How I got into the hospitality industry… My hospitality career started in Jordan at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea back in 2006 as their PR Coordinator. I’ve always loved being around people, so, working with the media gave a true synergy to this ethos. Plus, I really love the I have lived in Bahrain for… feeling of doing strategies that allow us greater Bahrain has been my home since 2009 and it is my second home. I love the people here publicity and revenue. and everything about Bahrain. It is a true community. I attend a lot of brainstorming sessions with My most memorable work moment was… our hotel teams, testing promotions to see their There are so many memorable moments at work, but I’d have to say that my charitable work potential. The good thing about my job is that is the closest to my heart. Last year we had a partnership with Smile Charity for Children both General Managers that I report to enable with Cancer where we had completed lots of fundraising activities. This year we’ve partnered me to feel empowered allowing me to decide with Al Sanabel Orphanage together with our Marriott Business Council Team (Sheraton and work on projects alongside running the Bahrain Hotel, The Westin & Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain, Marriott Executive marketing department in my own style. I’ve Apartment and Residence Inn by Marriott) for all of our 2019 charity works. Not to forget always been a one for detail and I always like to that we also work closely with other non-profit organisations such as Feed the Need. have descriptive reports on the results of every Here’s what i’m looking forward to this year… programme and marketing activity that we do. We have lots of exciting events lined up for 2019! We will be launching Gelato soon for I evidently live by the ‘If You Can’t Measure Le Méridien, also we are launching our summer programme Le Méridien Au Soleil It, You Can’t Improve It’ mantra at work. It is 2.0. We have an exciting partnership with Women Power Summit in October. As for very important for every marketer to show their Westin, our Heavenly Spa by Westin is launching some exciting summer offers this July return on investment. Our business is always until August and the Sheraton re-branding continues. competitive which is why we need to always be updated on new things and be creative enough @sheratonbahrain / @westinbahrain / @lemeridienbahrain to start something new in our field.
“I’ve always loved being around people, so, working with the media gave a true synergy to this ethos.”
Iâ€™ve always loved being around people, so, working with the media gave a true synergy to this ethos.â€? www.ohlala-magazine.com
Personalised PERFECTION We sit down with Ms. Ayca Civgin, Senior Catering Sales Manager at Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain, to talk about how this luxurious resort ticks all the boxes as the ultimate wedding venue. Do you have a portfolio of weddings that you’ve recently done that Bridesto-be can browse? We launched our event space in March 2019 but we have already hosted several weddings and engagement parties outdoor and in the Al Sarra Ballroom since then. We always offer brides to be the opportunity to look through a selection of photographs from past events to inspire them or help them picture the various options available. As the main contact for wedding planning in the property I also love to share stories and ideas from previous couples, my aim is to make sure our guests have a wedding that looks like them. How would you describe your design style? (e.g. traditional, modern, rustic, organic) We have a beautiful indoor venue that offers timeless elegance with a hint of traditional Bahraini design, however it is also a chameleon ballroom that can be turned into exactly what the couple is looking for. The event area offers many set-up options, guests can play with the various spaces whether it is the terrace, the majlis or the dining hall to create dedicated space for each activity and to ease the logistics. Our outdoor space is also gorgeous just by the pool and the Arabian sea. It is a perfect choice for a winter wedding in Bahrain. It has a unique Mediterranean feel to it with the ancient olive trees surrounding the pristine pool. The luxurious pool cabanas can be used as live food stations to enhance the dining experience. Tell us about a time you had to deal with a last-minute change or unexpected situation when planning an event. Unexpected situations are an inevitable part of wedding planning and a wedding day without a few surprises does not exist. My role is to be always ready to solve any problem and lessen their consequences from arranging a last minute pick-up at the airport for one of the wedding guests to coordinating between various suppliers. The wedding couple and their guests must be able to live a perfect day without the pressure of event logistics and everything has to go as smoothly as possible. What are some of the ways you measure event success? I’m always striving to improve and become a more efficient event planner. My main concern is guests’ satisfaction so my first step is to gather feedback from the couple and their relatives. Then I collect surveys from the attendees.Feedback from my team is also important as they will determine whether the event flow and logistic were properly organised from an operational standpoint.
WEDDING FEATURES AT A GLANCE • UP TO 300 GUESTS • FULL-SERVICE CATERING • ONE NIGHT STAY IN ONE OF THE HOTEL’S LUXURIOUS SUITES • PREPARATION ROOMS FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM • SPA TREATMENTS • WEDDING BUTLER SERVICE For more information please call +973 77 707070 to get in touch with Jumeirah Royal Saray‘s Event Team. @jumeirahroyalsaray
TEXTURES Inspired by the international woman’s versatile vie quotidienne, the Autumn/Winter 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection presents luxurious comfort with an elegant edge. Tapered silhouettes, sharp lines and captivating textures intersperse the collection as sport-luxe separates, plonge leather mini dresses, and directional outerwear deliver adaptable and innovative sophistication. Earth-encompassing tones are punctuated with bold fuchsia, whilst metallic silver bustiers and jet black, crystal embellished dresses playfully encompass sparkling city lights. The ‘City’ print debuts this season, animating both the Ready-to-Wear and accessories. The introduction of the Cupsole sneakers, crossbody, and belt bags unify Autumn/Winter’s urban offering with the same attention to detail and impeccable allure. @ralphandrusso 56
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LUXURY IN SALALAH
Oman’s Southern Dhofar region is the place to be this summer, as Khareef season blooms through September with the most breathtaking scenes in the Middle East. Ohlala caught up with Victoria Benz, Director of Marketing Communications, at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, an awardwinning 5-star luxury resort with every indulgence you could ask for.
What makes Khareef in Salalah a special time of year to visit, in your opinion? It’s the unexpectedness of such a unique weather phenomenon and how it’s famous throughout the Middle East. I’m always amazed at how the landscape changes with the rain. You can look out over a cliff and see blankets of clouds and mist hovering over the crashing waves of the sea below. There’s lush green foliage and rolling emerald mountains as far as the eye can see. You feel like you’re in the Scottish Highlands – until you see a group of desert camels stroll by. It’s quite surreal. Also, the spirit of the locals and visitors changes. The weather brings an energy. People are out in nature hiking, picnicking or just driving through the mountains for those perfect photo ops. The city is bustling with people visiting the street-side stalls selling fresh fruit and refreshing coconut drinks. Tell us about some activities or excursions provided by Anantara that guests should book to experience during Khareef season in Salalah? When coming for Khareef, you’ll want to get out and see the sights. Guests can book tours through the hotel or enlist our Salalah Guru, who’s lived here his whole life, to provide a tailored excursion. From hiking to a scenic cliffside or discovering a secret swimming hole to taking an adventure 4x4 ride and snapping photos of a spectacular waterfall, the Salalah Guru can take guests to the best, most undercover, Khareef spots. Since the temperature is nice and refreshing and the scenery so stunning, our gourmet Khareef picnics are very popular. We can provide the entire set-up including a large selection of food and drinks stored in hot or cool boxes as well as dishware and cutlery. Carpets, chairs and shades are also available to comfortably dine in your favourite spectacular setting. For a family of four, what would be the most luxurious and comfortable accommodation to book at the resort and why? Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is the only luxury resort in the region with private pool villas which are by far our most popular accommodation for families. We have 88 spacious private pool villas in one- and two-bedroom layouts. GCC families especially love staying in these villas for the privacy and the exclusiveness of having a dedicated Villa Host. For an even more luxurious experience, we have www.ohlala-magazine.com
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KHAREEF SPECIAL ESCAPE THE SUMMER HEAT FOR A LUXURIOUS KHAREEF AT AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH BY ANANTARA WITH 25% SAVINGS ON PRIVATE POOL VILLAS AND SPA TREATMENTS. DINE ON LAVISH BUFFET BREAKFASTS AND DAILY BUFFET OR A LA CARTE DINNER AT ONE OF THE RESTAURANTS OF YOUR CHOICE DURING YOUR STAY. LOUNGE IN YOUR SPACIOUS PRIVATE POOL VILLA. EXPERIENCE PURE RELAXATION IN OUR ANANTARA SPA COMPLETE WITH LUXURY HAMMAM. MARVEL AT THE MAGNIFICENT SCENERY OF LUSH, GREEN MOUNTAINS AND CASCADING WATERFALLS IN SALALAH – THE ULTIMATE SUMMER DESTINATION. PACKAGE INCLUDES: 25% SAVINGS ON VILLA ACCOMMODATION DAILY BUFFET BREAKFAST FOR TWO PERSONS DAILY BUFFET OR À LA CARTE FOR DINNER FOR TWO PERSONS AT THE RESTAURANT OF YOUR CHOICE 25% SAVINGS ON SPA TREATMENTS
Call +968 2322 8222 or visit www.anantara.com/en/al-baleed-salalah/ for reservations and more information.
one three-bedroom Royal Beach Pool Villa. It’s huge with plenty of both indoor and outdoor space along with a large private pool. It overlooks the beach and the lagoon. Aside from enjoying all that Khareef has to offer, what other facilities does the resort boast that would cater to GCC travellers’ needs? In addition to the private pool villas, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has fantastic dining options. We offer lavish buffets in allday dining restaurant Sakalan as well as Southeastern Asian food in the award-winning Mekong. During Khareef our outdoor beachside restaurant, Al Mina, serves a special Arabic-packed menu. It’s a great place to sit outside for a coffee and shisha overlooking the mesmerising Khareef-size waves. Of course, in-room dining is also popular and we have an extensive menu of Arabic and international favourites. Families love to dine on their spacious villa terrace around their private pool. We offer a do-it-yourself style In-Villa BBQ where we provide delicious food and all of the equipment to grill in the privacy of your villa. We can even prepare the BBQ for guests with a private chef and/or waiter. Many of our guests fall in love with our food, so we offer Spice Spoons cooking classes in which the guests work with one of our chefs to make various dishes of their choosing and then enjoy their creations for lunch. Asian or Arabic options are available along with a trip to the market with the chef to find the freshest ingredients. We also have a world-renowned Anantara Spa with the region’s only luxury hammam. With the weather as it is, the spa is quite popular during Khareef with a full range of treatments, many using indigenous like coconut, pomegranate and frankincense. 66
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THE HEART OF
MELEK YILDIRIMTEKIN sashayed down to 34 MAYFAIR’S revered Weekend Brunch with its seasonal menu and international influences, and left longing to return.
rom the moment we arrived, we knew we were going to be in for a treat. We were met with colour popping florals, which is always a good sign and it truly set the scene for our gastronomic affair. 34 Mayfair Restaurant exterior aligned and complemented its lush interior which showcases itself as being influenced by the Art Deco period. Contemporary elegance and sophistication was intertwined in the furnishings in bucket loads as was the evident pride that projected from their humble and down-to-earth staff. Now, this is what Londoners want. Once greeted by our host, their staff politely cabined away our shopping bags and coats which immediately allowed us to relax and take in the grandeur of the surroundings. As we were shown to our table by the Grand Piano, we couldn’t help but peer over at the full restaurant guests plates! It all smelled heavenly and was presented beautifully! A simple and not overwhelming brunch menu - served Saturday and Sunday between 11:30am to 5pm - with a decor to make one feel like they’ve just stepped into an award winning piece of art. Quality meats, fresh fish and seafood adorned the menu in an understated yet elegant fashion. The Ceviche caught my eye as did my favourite ingredient; truffle. We were after brunch and my word, they certainly delivered. For starters we opted for the Mixed Sashimi, Cornish Crab with pink grapefruit, spiced avocado and pistachio, The Salmon and Avocado Poke with rainbow radish sesame and macadamia, and last but by ‘no-means68
least’ a Steak Tartare. After shopping in Mayfair it’s evident that it makes one extremely hungry! When our starters arrived, we paused as it all looked so beautiful and delicately put together, but that notion of complacency shortly ended. One word… ‘scoffed’, within seconds may I add. Everything down to the edible flowers carefully placed on our dishes were gobbled up. 34 Mayfair certainly packed a punch with their plethora starters as we found ourselves peering around other tables to see what mains might entice us. Prime Beef from Argentina, the Japanese Wagyu and Chateaubriand for two hand us salivating at the thought, but as we looked back-and-forth at the menu and the other diners plates we were only able to execute any decision with the welcoming help of our waiter. We decided to opt for one meat dish - Chateaubriand for two, one Fish dish - The Dover Sole and one other dish that you would never see at other restaurants, The Lobster Macaroni with Black Truffle! The quality ingredients and execution of each of our dishes were second-to-none; perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned and, of course, perfectly placed. They source the very best cuts of beef from breeders around the world for taste, texture and quality, from pure heritage breed in the Yorkshire Dales to A5 Japanese Wagyu, all cooked on their bespoke Argentinian parrilla grill. Our waiter greeted us with our dover sole and carefully deboned it in front of us - the Chateaubriand was sliced and cooked to perfection, and that lobster macaroni with beautifully cooked lobster and large shaved Black Truffle? Well, I definitely need more of that in my life!
“34 Mayfair certainly packed a punch with their plethora starters as we found ourselves peering around other tables to see what mains might entice us.” Next round, dessert. My eyes darted straight towards the signature 34 Donuts with three different dipping sauces; chocolate, lemon meringue and raspberry. Not to shy away from our sweet tooth we allowed ourselves The Honeycomb Parfait with raspberries and zabaglione. It truly was one of those ‘if this could be my last meal, I’ve ended with a high note’ moments and we admonish you to truly visit this establishment of perfection at once. 34 Mayfair Restaurant, you’ve stole our hearts and well and truly tantalised out taste buds. Everything from the staff, the actual execution of the team, the quality of not just the food itself, but the whole entity was an utter dream and we will certainly be returning. Our final words of advice? Escape the hecticness of your world and relax in amongst 34’s world of indulgence and embrace it, because you (and your hunger pangs) deserve it. @34restaurant / www.34-restaurant.co.uk
PSST! ALSO, CHECK OUT 34 MAYFAIR’S SISTER BERKELEY SQUARE RESTAURANT & BAR ‘SEXY FISH’ AND ITS REVERED AFTERNOON TEA. THIS SUMMER, SEXY FISH HAVE LAUNCHED A UNIQUE AND INDULGENT NEW AFTERNOON TEA MENU. CHEF DIRECTOR, BJOERN WEISSGERBER, HAS CREATED THE ALL-NEW OFFERING FOR LONDON; INFUSING THIS CLASSIC BRITISH MEAL WITH UNEXPECTED TWISTS AND SEASONAL JAPANESE INGREDIENTS. @sexyfishlondon
A MONSOON MEDLEY When we think of far-eastern cuisine, what comes to mind is a colossal mix of tastes, textures and ingredients. From delicately delicious dim sums and spicy fried rice to tangy orange chicken and some oh-so delicious Pad Thai; Asian food is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cuisines the world has to offer. AANCHAL DUGGAL went to discover the array of dishes that MONSOON restaurant has to offer…
aking authentic far-eastern cuisine to a whole new level, Monsoon has been serving Bahrain’s discerning diners with decadently delicious food for almost two decades now. Entrenched in tradition and innovation, the restaurant is a tribute to the palaces of Bali and temples of The Orient. Ohlala’s go-to destination for bona fide cuisine from the Far East, Monsoon serves Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese food in a traditional Asian setting. As their ever-so friendly staff ushered us in, the majestic doors and breathtaking interiors enticed us for what was to come. We started our culinary expedition with a scrumptious platter featuring some of the best Thai delicacies; Wang Ruam. A mouthwatering medley of Kanom Pang Na Kung (crunchy shrimp toast), Toon Tong (golden prawn money bags), Gai Hor Bai Teur (pandan chicken bites) and Poh Pia Tod (crispy spring rolls) all made up this beautifully-presented platter and each component tasted just as delicious as it sounds. The shrimp toasts are perfectly golden and packed with flavour, while the pandan chicken bites are like little nuggets of heaven. So good! If you’re a poke enthusiast, our next dish will be right up your alley. A bowl of freshly diced tuna akami with tangy chuka wakame, spicy mayo, pickled cucumber, fried shallots and edamame beans; the refreshing and tantalising blend of textures and flavours had us oohing and aahing from the very first bite. The fish was super fresh and flawlessly seasoned, while the spicy mayo provided just the right amount of kick. Definitely one of our favourites of the meal! As we (not so) patiently waited for our next dish of Edo (mixed sushi and sashimi platter), we were informed that Monsoon imports ingredients from all over the globe to serve up the freshest, flavourful and most authentic dishes. Our next plate was a true testament to their philosophy. A treat for our senses, the gorgeously decked sushi and sashimi platter had our cameras and chopsticks at the ready. Featuring everything from Sashimi (maguro, shake, samachi, suzuki) and Makisushi (California) to Nigiri (hamachi,
ebi, shake, unagi, suzuki, hotate, tako, tuna), we were in sushi heaven! Bringing our love for this Japanese gem to the very fore, the decadent Makirolls, to-die-for Tuna Nigiri as well as the luscious Hamachi Sashimi, all transported us to the streets of Japan itself. With a newly renovated sushi bar featuring some of the most creative delicacies, from Soft Shell Crab Tempura Maki to Bluefin Tuna Nigiri with a truffle and ponzu jelly you cannot help but be impressed. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we were introduced to our first main of the day - Soy Braised Short Rib. This was no ordinary short rib; it came with truffle dashi foam and pickled shiitake mushrooms for an added oomph! The ribs are juicy and tender, and richly flavoured, while the creamy truffle foam and mushrooms truly bring the earthy nature of the dish together. Apart from the serene ambiance and some of the most amazing staff we’ve had the pleasure of being served by, what makes Monsoon one of our favourite restaurants in Bahrain is its immense attention to detail and quality. As our next dish of Khao Pad Sapparod was presented to us in an actual pineapple shell, we knew that the culinary team at Monsoon takes their food and its presentation seriously. Pineapple rice with prawns, calamari, sea bass and aromatic curry powder and onion, this dish is unlike anything we have ever had before. Oozing with delicate flavour, the rice is sweet without being too overwhelming, while the onion and curry powder add a spicy twist to the mix. Satiating all our curry cravings, Gaeng Kiew Waan is a must-try for all curry lovers out there. It’s a light, vibrant Thai green curry of fresh green chillies, garlic and sweet basil. Juicy tender chicken swims in creamy, flavourful curry - we had to go back for seconds! As we were on the verge of diving deep into a very fulfilling food coma, our dessert of Khao Niew Mamoung was brought out. Needless to say, we did not say no! Thai sweet mango sticky rice served with coconut ice cream, the dessert is an explosion of tastes and textures. From the rich and creamy ice cream to the super fresh mango slices, this is what dessert dreams are made of ! Apart from some tasty culinary masterpieces, Monsoon also serves
“With a newly renovated sushi bar featuring some of the most creative delicacies, from Soft Shell Crab Tempura Maki to Bluefin Tuna Nigiri with a truffle and ponzu jelly you cannot help but be impressed.”
some really unique and refreshing beverages. We highly recommend the Coco Lychee Slush as well as the Tropical Delight. Mastering the art of preparing, presenting and pioneering authentic far-eastern cuisine, Monsoon does the cuisines of Asia complete justice. We already know where we’ll be headed when our next exotic food craving strikes! For reservations and more information please call 1774 9222 @monsoonbahrain www.ohlala-magazine.com
The Merchant House
The hotel’s glistening rooftop pool is set to be one of the city’s most coveted spots this summer. Guests can cool off with refreshing dips in between breakfasts, lunches, dinners, drinks or light bites at popular rooftop restaurant, Indigo. Helmed by Executive Chef Robert Shipman, the eclectic menu has been inspired by the chef ’s travels across the globe and diners can look forward to being both surprised and delighted. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1667 1000
Jumeirah Royal Saray
Every Friday, it’s daycation time at Brunch @ Brasserie Royale located atJumeirah Royal Saray! Treat your family and friends to a delicious brunch before stepping into the refreshing water of the pool until sunset. The brunch offers an array of delectable options from seafood and sushi to carving stations and delicious pastries, The DJ will keep the beat flowing all afternoon while guests make their way through the many cuisine options. The little guests will love their dedicated buffet providing a child-friendly selection and the special activities organised by the Bulbul Kids Club team exclusively for them! Every Friday, 1pm to 5pm. For reservations or more information, please call +973 7770 7070
DINING Our round up of the best chic eats venues
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
Until August 31, The Gulf Hotel is offering special incentives for diners to come and enjoy their favourite restaurants. The Summer Cash Back Programme will entitle all patrons to earn 20% of their Subtotal bill and receive a cash back voucher that can be redeemed on their next visit at any of the 16 award-winning gourmet destinations. To participate, guests will be given a card sized voucher booklet that can easily be tucked into their purse or wallet upon settling the total bill in the restaurant. The 20% value amount will be logged in the voucher book and the guest can redeem this amount on theirnext visit. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1771 3000
CHIC Eats Sheraton
Enjoy the live music at An Nada Lounge by their new band “Five Motion Band” that are performing daily except Saturdays at An Nada Lounge from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM during weekdays and from 8:30PM to 1:30 AM during weekends. For reservations or more information, please call +973 17533533
The Westin City Centre Bahrain
Indulge in their selection of signature milkshakes all day and every day at Furn Bakery. Enjoy the unique ambience of the Rotunda and specials from the Furn Bakery display amongst their delicious cakes crafted by skilled culinary hands. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1717 1441
Award-winning Sweetest Brunch in Bahrain. Indulge in a sensorial and savoury Friday Brunch experience for just BHD 28 net including soft drinks and water, or BHD 40 net including selected free flow beverages with live entertainment. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1717 1000
“People who love to eat are always the best people.” - Julia Child
The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain
Your passport to summer dining excellence has officially arrived. This season gather with friends and family for a culinary journey through 12 award-winning restaurants where delicacies abound and tastes of the world excite. With each bite, discover bountiful flavours from the Mediterranean, Italy, Mexico, India, France, Thailand, and more, including our newest restaurant La Table Krug by Y. For leisurely dining or afternoon tea, our Lobby Lounge and Ritz Gourmet Lounge offer you à la carte options, while Burlington Club and Bar de La Plage entertain a more sophisticated ambiance perfect for modern beverage menus and light bites. Savour and be awarded by collecting all six stickers and receive BD20 off your 6th dining experience. Terms and conditions apply. Pick up your Savour Passport card at any of the 12 dining outlets or restaurant reservation’s desk. For reservations or more information, please call 1758 0000
Reef Resort & Spa
Try out our uniquely offbeat treats at Chocolaterie and experience luxurious evenings at Reef Resort! With an afternoon of relaxation and pampering, you can find the most stunning views of the sea and city that makes Chocolaterie a perfect place for your Signature High Tea. Every Saturday to Wednesday, 4pm to 7pm. Priced at BD6+++. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1311 0110
Intercontinental Regency Bahrain
At Legendz, an award-winning steakhouse, they share your passion for prime meat cuts, fine vino and the art of cooking. Family friendly and professional service complements the stylish, contemporary setting. Indulge in an impressive array of premium cuts, grills and signature dishes cooked to perfection! All you need to do is show up and they will take care of the rest. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon lunch with your family with an unlimited a la carte menu at your table for BD19. Every Saturday, 11:30am to 4pm. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1722 7777
Art Rotana Amwaj Islands
Ladies, take some time for yourself in the morning and indulge in an amazing breakfast at Choices Restaurant during weekdays with a phenomenal 50% discount offered for the buffet. We guarantee you that you will love their Live Juice Bar where you can customise your own juice with fresh fruits and vegetables, the different live stations for pancakes, waffles and omelettes are simply amazing, their extended bakery section is basically carb heaven, all of that and much more. BD6.6 for all Ladies served from 6:30 am to 10:30am every weekday. Kids aged below six dine for free. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1600 0111
The new Natak experience, a theatrical culinary journey through the tastes and textures of India, is a multi-course menu which will immerse you in exciting Indian flavours from all over the region presented in a unique and different way. Every dish from the six-course Natak menu will tell you a story about the culinary features of India. Spoil yourself with an exciting Natak experience and tempt your senses while chilling with live entertainment and the mesmerising tunes of our lovely Saxophonist for only BD16 net. Every Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm at Teatro, Downtown Rotana. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1311 9999
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Vietnam is renowned for its street food and the chefs at re/ Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck are creating a street vibe and all the delicious snacks and dishes that come with it. Naturally beef pho will be central to the menu, there will be rice noodles, and the Vietnamese summer roll will get an indulgent makeover being filled with black tiger prawns. BD32 net including soft drinks and BD44 net including premium beverages. Saturday 13th July between 12:30pm to 3:30pm. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1711 5046.
Mercure Grand Hotel Seef, Bahrain
Take a break from all the work stress and enjoy one of the best business lunches with a comforting ambience. Mercure Grand Hotel Seef hosts a grand Turkish Business Lunch Buffet, featuring traditional Turkish delicacies ranging from Turkish grills to everyoneâ€™s favourites, Baklava and Kanafeh to name a few. Join in daily for only BD5.5net. Surprise your business partners or colleagues and book a table today. Served Sunday to Wednesday 12:30pm to 3:30pm. For reservations or more information, please call +973 3200 0621 78
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LADIES night 6pm - 9pm
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“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer
Movenpick Hotel Bahrain
Experience a unique medley of extremely succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch during this legendary Seafood Night! Indulge in the best selection of popular and traditional seafood dishes. On the buffet table is a vast range of aquatic delicacies, from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum, tempura, oysters, slipper lobster and tiger prawns to popular fish such as grouper and red snapper. The talented team of chefs will prepare your favourite catch, just the way you like it. BD24 net per person including soft drinks and water, and BD29 net per person, including unlimited selected vino, ales and soft drinks. Every Monday 7pm to 11pm at Al Murjan Ballroom. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1746 0000
The Crowne Plaza Bahrain
Join in at this fun and fabulous weekend brunch and enjoy access to the temperature-controlled pool area. It’s going 80
to be a family affair and the little ones have so much to look forward to at the kid’s corner where the young guests are kept occupied with fun activities like pool slide, kid’s menu, and special amenities. There are also special cocktails, mocktails and fun activities for adults by the pool side. BD31 net inclusive of alcoholic beverages. Every Friday in July from 12.30pm to 4pm at La Mosaique and Harvesters. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1753 1122
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
The 5-star resort will kick off July with a homage to the land of the free with a star-spangled Summer Independence Day Brunch at its iconic 5-star restaurants. This grand affair will feature gourmet international cuisines with a hint of local flavours and the tastiest desserts. This special afternoon will also feature electrifying live performances by the hotel’s brand-new Cuban band. Children can also indulge in many fun activities at the dedicated kids’ corner throughout the celebrations. The lineup of brunches does not end there as they will host a spectacular Summer Bastille Day Brunch on July 14 in honor of “la Fête nationale”. Delight your palate with a wide range of French culinary delights while their live entertainment acts will keep you and your family amused throughout this fabulous event. For reservations or more information, please call +973 1763 6363
REDEFINES LUXURY WITH THE 2019 S90 THE VOLVO S90 CONTINUES ITS IMPRESSIVE RUN WITH THE 2019 T5 82
hen one thinks of well-known and highly respected automobile brands, Volvo has to be considered amongst the very best. They have achieved this feat through their unwavering dedication to improving ingenuity as well as their impeccable safety standards. Thanks to the team at Motor City, we had the chance to discover what the masterminds at Volvo have been up to, by test-driving the 2019 S90. The S90 is classed as a premium sedan and marks a huge leap forward for Volvo Cars as it has allowed the brand to plant a firm foothold in the executive class sedan segment. On first inspection, it was plain to see that only minor changes have been made to the exterior of the vehicle. It seems that the brand has adopted the attitude of, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” This is very understandable considering just how perfect the S90 has been since its conception in 2017. Having created such a beautiful motor vehicle, its designers have merely been fine tuning specific features of the vehicle to keep it a step or two ahead of most other car manufacturers. The slightly increased length of the 2019 model is a little larger than its predecessors. Its refined design is complemented by its neat lines, one of which flows along the full length of the car, emphasising its enhanced size. The license plate has been situated on the bumper,
“It is clear that time and effort has gone into all aspects of the design, with luxury to found in every corner of the S90’s interior.” which accentuates the wider stance of the S90. A great feature of the exterior is the elongated hood that suggests there is plenty of power on offer. The classically styled front grille is reminiscent of the Volvo P1800 from the 1960’s and 70’s and certainly adds a further touch of class to the already impressive exterior design. The “Thor’s Hammer” Led headlights are a yet another novel feature whilst the side mirrors are attached to the doors, not the A-Pillar as is usually the case with most vehicles. This assists in the reduction of wind resistance and blind spots. As we were handed the key-fob for the S90, we were informed that the device will always be colour coordinated with one’s vehicle, a lovely little touch indeed. An open and airy feeling is what greeted us as we entered the very Scandinavian feel interior with its cool and refreshing colour palate. The beautifully designed leather seats are soft and comfortable as well as perfectly designed to hug and support your body. It is clear that time and effort has gone into all aspects of the design, with luxury to found in every corner of the S90’s interior. Plenty of leg, shoulder and head room is on offer in the back seats, with a further 500-litres of luggage space being available thanks to the boot space, ensuring this sedan is practical for everyday use. New Volvo models such as the 2019 S90 all house the Sensus connectivity and infotainment system. This intuitive touch screen interface combines various car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment applications. This enables fast and easy
access to a variety of the vehicle’s features and functions. Smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also available. A truly user-friendly system to say the least. Starting her up, the smooth feel and sound of the 2.0, 4-cylinder, petrol turbocharged engine was immediately obvious. The T5 has a maximum power output of 250 hp at 5500 rpm, can power from 0-100 km/h in a respectable 6.8 seconds and holds a top speed of 230 km/h. The vehicle seems to float along the roads with the eight-speed Geartronic™ transmission ensuring the smoothest of rides. The handling and grip on offer are simply superb and we always felt in complete control, even on the trickiest of corners. Being able to view the head-up display through polaroid sunglasses was yet another useful upgrade. The S90 would not be a Volvo if it didn’t house all of the latest and greatest safety features on the market. Complete with Distance Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-Off Road Mitigation, Driver Alert Control, Run-Off Road Protection, a reinforced passenger compartment, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), dual-stage airbags, head restraints, Parking Assist and so much more. There is still no doubt that Volvo is THE brand when it comes to ensuring the safety of all vehicle occupants. For more information or to book a test drive at Motorcity Bahrain please contact 177 36 222 @motorcitybh www.ohlala-magazine.com
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MISS Ohlala In years gone by the moment I spread-eagled my suitcase on the spare bed , removed flyers and a dusting of sand from my last trip and the out of date airline labels, I knew that departure was imminent. It was a joy to load my newly purchased dresses, flip-flops and various linen items and carefully select shoes which would complement three or four outfits. Weight limits were not an issue back then. Every ounce did not have to be purchased. Aaahhhh, the halcyon days of vacationing. Jump forward 15 years, and several frown lines and wrinkles later. Preparing for a trip is no longer a joy to be anticipated but rather the epitome of stress. The main issue is generally my travelling companions’ expectations versus reality. Their need for three outfits per day versus their refusal to pay for more than 22kg of hold luggage. Their inability to refrain from wearing their favourite jeans the day before we travel yet the expectation that they will be laundered and packed the next morning. The need to cram in un-ironed and unfolded items at the last moment by opening the zip just a fraction and forcing them in whilst disturbing everything else that was expertly packed. Then comes the debate over departure time. Rush, hurry, late and hectic are words that I actively choose to omit from my holiday experiences; at least those in the golden age before family. I would rather wake up an hour earlier and park, check -in and pass through security in a leisurely fashion. The rest of the clan are not believers of this philosophy. They would rather drive in a kamikaze fashion, abandon the car as opposed to parking it and beg to jump the queue at security because the flight is minutes away from closing. Entering the plane after sauntering through duty free, making a few purchases along the way versus jamming your foot in the aircraft door to prevent the Air Stewards from closing it and finding every overhead locker already packed full. All for the sake of another hour in bed? I despair. Despite this plethora of panic, the memories made, cultures absorbed and vast amounts of seafood devoured make the pre-flight turmoil worth it. Precious time with loved ones versus calm, tranquillity and hours of soaking up the sun with your head buried in a book, it’s a no- brainer, right? Only 10 more years until I am no longer legally responsible for them … Happy holidays!
HAPPY HOLIDAY MISS OHLALA DELVES INTO THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF TRAVEL AND WHY SHE MOST DEFINITELY IS IN NEED OF ANOTHER VACATION.
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