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Shop The Key Pieces The Slip Dress, Mules, Tiaras, Backpacks, Culottes + More

The ART OF Fashion The Extravagant World of Millinery Local Escapes Four seasons + Ferrari california T Plus F1 Fever


The SS16 Looks to love

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Fashion’s New Season Runway reports The SS16 Trends Haute Couture The Key Pieces To Shop Net-a-Porter Forecasts

The Art of Fashion The World of millinery Vivienne Morgan Lookbook: Krikor Jabotian





Ohlala Lifestyle In and around Bahrain Travel Escapes Ferrari California T & Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Formula One Fever Miss Ohlala Column


bEAUTY spRING FEVER tHE LATEST TRENDS Runway Recap Red Carpet Looks Chanel Focus Beauty Insight: Calvin Klein


March 2016

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Publisher & Chairman John Hughes Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes


Publishing Director Edward Smith

Country Director

Georgie Bradley


Creative DIrector

Regional Sales Director

Angela Beitz

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Graphic Designers

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elcome to the March issue of Ohlala which marks the start of the spring/ summer 2016 season where we’ve pinned the key looks to go for in a comprehensive runway report from Ready-To-Wear to Haute Couture. Having attended a number of shows back in September I recall many of the head-turning, jawChristian to-the-floor trends – we’ve selected our favourites and louboutin, Haute Couture given you the key items to stock up on in this issue too. Spring/Summer 2016 I’m never short of adjectives to describe the feeling you get after watching a show. It’s absolutely rejuvenating. As each season goes by, designers are piecing full-fledged productions together (Kenzo’s iridescent set blew me out the water a year ago), beyond a primitive showcase – cue the cellophane (choice prop, Loewe.) Each brand’s aesthetic has never been stronger and expressive; it seems the relationship between art and fashion is cause for deeper consideration and celebration. The connection can cultivate much critical conversation into the long-stemmed history that has inspired these overlapping elements. And with that we take a look into the fascinating world of Vivienne Morgan, a milliner whose designs are, essentially, the most elegant sculptures you’ve ever seen. The very British tradition of women’s hats is becoming more of a mainstay on the fashion scene in the Gulf, especially in high society events and we love it. Elsewhere in the magazine, Mother’s Day is highlighted in our boutiques pages with a gift-guide for you to think about treating your mums with, whether it’s a pair of new heels or some lovely body lotion, there’s always a reason to show some love. We also enjoyed a luxurious local escape at The Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay , with a Ferrari California T in tow. A weekend of living in the super fast lane is something we always recommend. And finally, with Formula One on the horizon be sure to read up on what to look forward to and how to piece the perfect pit stop outfit together. Remember: bold, beautiful and brave.

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Opt for some spring layering with a sheer dress or mix and match gingham with another print entirely



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Ah it’s good to have you back, classic print! There was plenty of gingham on the runway - notably Victoria Beckham’s stellar monochrome variation that had everyone talking. Notice how you can go all ‘borrowed-from-the-boys’ with some slouchy trousers and oversized coats courtesy of Céline or how you can be more severe with a boxy number (thank you, Chanel) with structure all over as well as going for a sexy wrap dress - just like Diane von Furstenberg wants you to. We love how richly diverse the trend has become over time, allowing for all sartorial forms to play nicely together.

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Style Notes

Over-the-shoulder ruffles is something of an erogenous zone in fashion. Want to charm even more? Sweep your hair to one side

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Lady Victoriana chic is here to stay, which is fabulous because ruffles are a detail we can easily get on board with – tea party, anyone? It’s as dramatic as it is elegant; it’s as iconic as it is versatile. This season you’ll find ruffles appearing along the hem, across the body (look at Marques’Almeida’s over-the-top bunching) and at the neck. Miu Miu, Michael Kors and Gucci have given us vintage romanticism while Jason Wu has gone for more minimal, structured tiers, Oscar de la Renta has channeled some girly and dreamy frills while Chanel are all about the bold, layered numbers.


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Would it be too obvious if we said, Go Big or Go Home? The solid stripe story is a clear favourite this season with most designers letting go of their inhibitions and showing some serious lines. But it’s all about the unabashedly circus-style stripe that stops traffic but also the humble stripe that is subtle, classic and will never tire of renewing itself. We adored Chanel’s arrow stripes (hinging on Aztec too), fell in love with Dolce & Gabbana’s monumentally bold coloured stripes, swooned over Salvatore Ferragamo’s rainbow bands and felt our inner gypsy girl come out with Gucci’s bohemian vibes.

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Style Notes

Don’t be afraid to go head-to-toe in a one-tone stripe or tuck a plain white shirt into some bold trousers

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Ralph Lauren


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Style Notes

If you feel like you’ve gone overboard, you haven’t. Embrace juxtaposing fabrics, vibrant hues and stark prints

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Christopher Kane

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We’ve been going outside the lines for a while now, meshing styles together, allowing individualism to flourish and blazing trails with the most unassuming pairings you can imagine. And there’s nothing more fun than doing that with buckets of colour. Christopher Kane led the way with bursts of solid colours assembled together in modern art influenced slashes in fabric, while Kenzo, always the purveyor of killer fashion, brought out cool cut-outs with a patchwork of primary pops. Alice + Olivia added a Sixties touch with kaleidoscopic circles and Roberto Cavalli honed the chaos of colour with an air of norm core.


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Dries Van Noten

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Christopher Raeburn

Carolina Herrera


Sheer beauty


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Sheer panels can really amp up opaque fabric while nude shoes will let your legs do all the walking and talking

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It only seems appropriate that this trend is in for the spring/summer collections – you can get away with a lot (even with just a little slither of skin) and still maintain modesty. All it takes is a classic maxi reworked with transparent chiffon for some dare to bare and you’re on the right track. Carolina Herrera are all about subtle peekaboo whether it’s in the sleeves or décolletage area while Christian Dior take it head-to-toe over a feminine top/shorts ensemble in the most tasteful and classy way. And Prada add a sheer element over layers of clashing trends for all to see.


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The slinky slip on. A classic piece from the Nineties and the SS16 shows. Every designer had their own version of it. From classic monochrome lace at Céline, see-through chiffon at Saint Laurent and layered over knit-wear at Emilio Pucci, the slip dress has made a huge comeback this season. It’s the perfect piece for all occasions, whatever the climes, so you can wear it alone or layer it. You can really elevate a simple slip with unexpected chain details and a silky scarf around the neck. What we know for sure is that it’s making SS16 look pretty sexy.

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Style Notes

Give your slip dress a sophisticated touch by putting a Kimono-style jacket over it or jazz up a minimal slip with a sequin silk top


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The Haute couture


A highlight of the stunning flows of fabric on the runway, from neoclassicism and history of art to sequined flapper dresses and preraphaelite muses


Valentino All hail the statuesque woman! For starters, the models walked on a gilded catwalk with scattered rose petals - very ethereal. The collection has a vertical and airy approach with tattered touches on velvets, pleats exclusively handmade as if ready to melt away, patchwork composed of opulent weaving and handpainted volutes.




Chanel Playing with inverted volumes, Mr Laegerfeld focuses on short tweed jackets, worn with long pencil skirts or fitted jackets coupled with full skirts or flared culottes all within a natural colour palette. The peacock pleats are a real standout in the collection as are the magnificent puffy sleeves.


Giorgio Armani PrivĂŠ One word: mauve. It reigned the runway. The collection is beautifully weightless in silks and delicate in ruffles giving a natural elegance. Flounces emerge from shorts under jackets, keeping movement across the ensembles - we especially love the flash of jewelled socks from the short boots.




AtelierVersace For women who move to the beat of their own drum, this collection has a sporty kick to it dominated with dresses caged by cut-outs. The gowns and tuxedos are fabulously explosive, held together with extravagant knots of Swarovski ropes. It’s all about the beauty of the female body.



The SS16 Essentials


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Now you know the trends, it’s time to shop the key pieces.We pick the bold, the beautiful and the downright brave to inspire your sense of style

Long Earrings


Make a statement with shoulder-grazing earrings. Go mismatched or live it up with a super bold pair a la Prada’s pompom numbers.

All That Glitters

Let your feet do the talking with gorgeous gem heels and sequincrusted footwear from the likes of Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.



Retro Reflecting

Go big or go home this season as eyewear takes on a fun and bright edginess with everything from aviators to jewel encrusted shades.

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Serious Stripes


Be it vertical, horizontal, banded or angled, you won’t be able to escape the bold striped from Dolce & Gabbana to Riviera tones from Ralph Lauren.


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Cool Mules

Slide on a pair of mules, pronto! You won’t be seen without these super chic yet super comfortable shoe this season. Gucci


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The handy backpack has made a comeback this season with the likes of Burberry and Chanel leading the way for the cool kids.

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The best bags this season have a powerful wow factor thanks to bold stripes that pack a punch. Wallflowers need not apply.





We sit down with Sarah Rutson, Net-APorter’s Vice President of Global Buying, to break down some of this season’s trends

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Expert eye

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Chains & Chokers

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Tiara Time

Channel your inner princess with the season’s hottest accessory. No look at Chanel or Dolce & Gabbana was complete on the runway without its crowning glory.


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The Fashion Eccentric

Florals seem like such an obvious trend for Spring but they are always a firm favourite for their tried and true staying power. This season, florals get a super charge with strong botanical prints.

Romantic Ruffles This new season trend is so easy to embrace with refined ruffles and perfect tiered frills that are fiercely feminine.

Minimalism has come into its own this season in many different guises, most evidently what we’re calling the Fashion Eccentric. There’s an extraordinary abundance of print, colour and very precious details. burberry

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Off the Shoulder

One of the single biggest design features that we saw coming down the runway and it’s one that I personally love. Shoulders don’t age, so this can be a go-to for all women.

This is a fundamental backbone and workhorse of any women’s wardrobe, mine included. Designers made this runwayready by playing with shapes and cut-out details that took this iconic garment from staple, to statement.


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The Slip Dress

Your most important key buy for the season is the slip dress, it’s back in a big way and it’s looking slinkier than ever.

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Bold Botanicals

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Chokers and chunky chains are a key accessory trend this season and the good news is that you can wear them every day while still making a statement.

Visual Optimism

Summer should be optimistic. From Chloé’s bohemian raver to Christopher Kane’s punchy colour blocks, the starting point for all this is kinetic movement. 90s

No one, single mood can sum-up this decade, so we’re dividing it into three distinct micro-trends: grown-up-grunge, sporty street style and of course, minimalism.




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A Head for hats

The world of millinery is as theatrical as it is elegant. We speak to Abu Dhabi based Tori Single from Vivienne Morgan Millinery about her artistic headpieces, her inspiration and Dubai World Cup


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“Being a milliner gives me the freedom to combine fashion styling with art and creativity. There are no limits on shape, style or materials when it comes to hats.�


Ohlala Spotlight “I buy silks and stamens for flower making from some local haberdashery shops in Abu Dhabi that resemble Aladdin’s Cave”


ow long have you been a milliner and what got you interested? I distinctly recall turning the pages of Vogue magazine in 1999 and seeing a photo taken by Herb Ritts in Death Valley of a model wearing a fish skeleton headdress by Stephen Jones. That image has stuck in my mind ever since. Years later, my mother gave me some millinery lessons with Rose Cory, milliner to the late Queen Mother. I then did an internship in London with the avant-garde designer Piers Atkinson. Being a milliner gives me the freedom to combine fashion styling with art and creativity. There are no limits on shape, style or materials when it comes to hats. How does millinery translate to the Middle East? Why do people look to the UK for millinery inspiration? London and the UK has been the centre of the fashion world in terms of millinery for such a long time. I think fashion in London is more extroverted and original and avant-garde compared to other fashion capitals and therefore people are more likely to wear a quirky hat, plus it’s also etiquette to wear millinery to a wedding in the UK. Since I’ve been living here, I’ve noticed people have been looking to the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Rania and admiring their fashion style and hats and observing that they too can wear hats here. People in the Middle East usually want to start off with something a little subtler such as a headband, but we also have Dubai World Cup once a year where there is a chance to go to the extreme. Anything goes. How would you describe the Vivienne Morgan Millinery style? It’s all about wearable pieces of art. Two things are key for me: firstly, that I create original hats or headpieces, which sometimes appear to defy gravity or challenge the traditional interpretation of a hat, and secondly, that such headpieces are designed to flatter the wearer and complement their beauty. All the designs are underpinned by traditional millinery techniques and hand-craftsmanship that is the very essence of Vivienne Morgan Millinery. Where do you find your inspiration for your designs? From books on fashion, photography and design. In particular, Tim Walker photography books never fail to inspire me. I also keep a scrapbook of ideas for designs or materials, and sometimes I’ll look back at a design I started a few years ago and a brainwave will suddenly come to me as to what materials I can use to create the desired shape. Which famous milliners and fashion designers do you admire and why? There are two collaborations that never fail to inspire me, being

McQueen’s collaboration with hat maker Philip Treacy, and Stephen Jones’ work with the brilliant John Galliano. Together these collaborations produced such powerful, original and fearless designs. They were, in my opinion, responsible for the most memorable catwalk moments of the last few decades. What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant about wearing hats? Lots of ladies who come to my studio have never worn a hat before, other than perhaps a sunhat. It’s crucial to find the hat shape and style that suits you, whether it’s a large brimmed hat, an asymmetric headpiece or a floral crown with veiling. I’ve not yet failed to find a headpiece to suit my clients. Where do you source your millinery materials from? Whenever I travel I am always on the lookout for haberdasheries and vintage shops. I buy silks and stamens for flower making from some local haberdashery shops in Abu Dhabi that resemble Aladdin’s Cave. The vintage feathers and veiling tends to come from Paris. And I source the millinery hardware from the UK. Sometimes I even scour children’s shops for kitsch ponies or dinosaurs. What styles to you think will be popular at the Dubai World Cup this year? Crowns and Tiaras. They are a key piece for 2016 and they are a strong feature in my SS16 collection. It makes millinery more accessible. Dress designs are more intricate now and detailed with sheer paneling and lace so you need a hat that doesn’t overpower your outfit.



&Play Lebanese designer, Krikor Jabotian’s SS16 collection is the stuff of a little girl’s dreams, where she imagines her grown up self flitting about in ballerina inspired dresses. Ever so youthful, ever so playful, ever so delicate, The Dahlia collection cuts a fine silhouette with voluminous skirts, gathered peplum waists and overflows, bringing to life some of the most chic babydoll dresses.









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Runway Report

In the Words of Valentino Invisible and impalpable, it delicately envelops the body in a romantic, passionate mist, making all that is sensuous and feminine, recognisable. The new fragrance lays a mysterious veil of ethereal notes upon the materiality of the senses.

This season is about embracing the ever-chic red lip, coloured mascara and clean foundation. Take a minimal approach with a smack of


je ne sais quoi Tilt, Urban Decay

Rouge Pour Le Mademoiselle

This beautiful rose red hue with a matte finish is set to stay in our beauty cabinets this season.

Nocciola contouring blush & eyeshadow, Diego dalla PalmA Brown Tones

For the Love of Pales

Pale skin is back. Keep your foundation at bay and simply powder the areas of need. Keep your inner glow and forgo highlighters.

Dolce & Gabbana


Ear Candy! It’s hard to say no to these ornate and sophisticated set of earrings.

Lydia Courteille,

Coralista Chic

Dries Van Noten

Leave out the blush and go for some subtle contouring. Enhance those cheeks bones with a shade darker than your skin.

My Teddy Bear, Sephora

Shimmery Moment

Play it fun and wild with colour-daring mascaras for an effortless look.

Both subtle and filled-in eyebrows are a go this spring. Keep ‘em light and keep ‘em clean.

Beauty Nail, polish, H&M I Pinky Swear

If nude nails are wrong, we don’t want to be right. Nude colours are making a return this spring.

If you’re still hesitant to go quasi nude, try these fabulous hues that will add a vibrant touch to your tips. Hawaii Kawai, Christian Louboutin

50 Shades of Purple

Eyebrow Control


Grandiose Violet, Lancome

Hair Spray strong hold, sanchajuan

Cat-eye sunglasses meowed on the runway. Pair your look with one of these sharp shades.

Giorgio Armani

Plump your hair by backcombing and teasing before styling. Hold and lock it with hairspray.


Feline Vision

Pack the eye shadow on the entire lid giving the rest of your makeup a lightweight feel.

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The Extravagant Updo

Brow Sculpting in Light, Tom Ford

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• A New ReAlm of RelAxAtioN •

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has kick-started the New Year with an exclusive event to launch its new and improved spa menu. Recognised as a haven of relaxation, the luxury spa is offering guests an unforgettable rejuvenating experience infused with the oils and scents of Arabia. Featuring ten treatment rooms, including one for couples, a ladies’ Thalassotherapy pool, spa boutique, sauna and steam rooms, The ritz-Carlton spa has revamped its menu and now includes an extensive selection of invigorating treatments to cleanse, nourish and revitalise the body. These include a selection of arabic rituals inspired from regional culture and local traditions, using a variety of natural oils such as argan oil, muscat oil rose and amber. some highlights of the new menu are the following signature treatments: Four Hands Royalty Massage - This unique experience involves two therapists performing a symphony of synchronised massage techniques using an opulent, arabic scent - rose, amber or muscat oil. Secrets of Argan - a selection of arabic ingredients will be used to deeply cleanse and gently remove impurities from the skin’s surface, whilst the strengthening benefit of warmed argan oil leaves the skin nourished and hydrated. 1


On The Banks of The Dead Sea - This treatment harnesses the highly remineralising and detoxifying ingredients of the therapeutic Dead sea to renew and soften skin. Whilst the massage helps to soothe tired muscles leaving both body and mind revitalised. Her Secret Sanctuary - exquisite series of age-old traditions help to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the body while easing the mind. Designed especially for her – it’s the perfect cleansing ritual leading up to any special occasion. The spa treatments can also be conducted in the comfort and privacy of the hotel suites or villas upon request. GO: Call 1758 6808 or email to experience a journey of renewal and transformation at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. 57

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A red carpet look They’re here; they’re gold –We love awards season! From eyes to nails,

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there’s no faulting these looks…

Quasi nude

Red alert

Romantic pink peach ombre, tom ford

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Cheeks Multicoloe blush, diego dalla palma les 4 ombres tisse beverly hills, chanel

morning freshness, sephora black jack, guerlain

Perfect rouge in fantasia, shiseido


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LIPS Greige, bobbi brown

Sweet heart, opi



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In full bloom

In light of spring, Ilias Ermenidis, perfumer and creator of Calvin Klein’s women fragrance, Eternity NOW, talks about his latest floral concoction and how a modern tale of love is enveloped in all the notes


hat were the sources of inspiration to create this fragrance? The optimistic, young, “fresh in love” concept of this brief was a great source of inspiration. That’s why the fragrance begins with such an explosive, joyful and sparkling luminosity. I was also inspired by the bliss and satisfaction of waking up to the love of my life, one that lasts through decades. This creative journey was pure joy. Does this fragrance have similarities with the existing Calvin Klein and CK fragrances? The fragrance carries the brand essence found in the original Eternity fragrance, which revolves around the authority of eternal love. Like the existing Calvin Klein fragrances, it is a balance between modernity and refinement, sensuality and intimacy. How would you describe this fragrance in your own words? Feel the undeniable spark of love’s beginning. Dazzling succulence opens the fragrance up into a glittering bouquet of dewy florals that unfold into an irresistible enveloping embrace of sensual warmth. The result is a modern tale of love that can be told from here… to eternity. Which family does it belong to? 62

Bright addictive floral. If you had to choose three words to describe the fragrance, what would they be? Sensual, optimistic and modern. What makes this fragrance unique – what gives it its identity? The signature is delivered from the unique combination of the nectarine, aqua lily, and quince that give the fragrance a refreshing point of view. What are some unusual raw materials in the fragrance? The unique combination of nectarine and quince gives the fragrance its exclusive framework by revealing a luminous and romantic heart of addiction. What makes this fragrance appealing to women? It is the undeniable allure of the luminous top notes of the fragrance that hook you into a luxurious olfactive journey of modern love. If you had to present this fragrance to a consumer in one sentence, what would you say? Live, love, smile. Love is beautiful! What type of woman uses Eternity NOW? A woman of all ages and shades, sensual, refined, and confidant; a woman who plans to fall in love, just fell in love or is in love.

Beauty Insight Know your notes Eternity NOW has a top, heart and base note of Nectarine, Peach Blossom and Ambrox.


Found in the hills and mountains of South America and South East Asia these trees produce succulent fruits which have a warm, pulpy sensation that captures the sparkle of sunlight. Peach Blossom

The bright, fragrant blossoms appear in early spring and are known to be irresistible to honeybees. Peach blossoms lend a delicate softness kissed by velvety sweetness to a fragrance. Ambrox

Ambrox, a Firmenich molecule, is precious and rich. Its texture is silky like cashmere. Its fragrance is quite delicate, yet long lasting. Ambrox lends an ambery, woody and very sensuous impression.

“I was also inspired by the bliss and satisfaction of waking up to the love of my life, one that lasts through decades�


Beauty Column

Tried & Tested

Ahead of the new make-up and hair trends for the season, Angela Beitz shares her beauty disasters and triumphs over the years


his month marks the start of SS16 which brings an array of new beauty trends, from the brazen dashes of blue eyeliner glitter at Dries Van Noten to the almost mask-like swathes of blue eyeshadow at Chanel. Graphic eyeliner is also a key trend for this season as seen on Fendi and Céline along with spider lashes seen at Marni. While I love seeing these almost theatrical trends play out on the catwalk, what exactly are we mere mortals supposed to take away from this? Especially someone like me where one wrong stroke of the makeup brush can end in tears. While I’m always up for trying a new trend, I’m much more into simple, classic beauty these days as over the years things have certainly gone awry when it comes to my beauty endeavors. I’ve pretty much had every beauty disaster possible starting from the innocent age of six where I wore my mum’s Estée Lauder foundation to school. Even at that young age, I was already selfconscious of my freckles so I thought it would be a great idea to put my mum’s (way too dark for me) make up all over my face. All I remember was my teacher laughing at me hysterically (the concept of blending failed me back then) but I was always on the lookout for beauty fixes and beauty trends. The next one I remember was my first experience using fake tan.


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“When I discovered dry-shampoo in 2007, it single-handedly changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic but I’ve never looked back”

Being very pale and growing up in Australia, I was constantly on a mission to make my skin look tanned. Back when I was 14, fake tan wasn’t as good as it is these days and I remember thinking I had done a great job of applying it (blending blunders all over again) only to find messy splotches around my ankles that rivaled a Monet painting. For as many failures as I’ve had, I’ve also had some triumphs. When I discovered dry-shampoo in 2007, it single-handedly changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic but I stumbled across it in a pharmacy one day (it was the medical type of dry-shampoo compared to the cool ones that are on the market today) and I’ve never looked back. Now, I’m not saying that hair shouldn’t be washed regularly but it’s just so helpful for those busy moments when you are short of time. I’d had many more revolutionary beauty moments over the years including developing an obsessive love for serums, the perfect natural looking false eyelashes to discovering great foundations and bronzers for fair skin. My best advice to tackle the runway beauty trends is to always keep it simple and to be realistic. I personally adored the sleek ponytails tied with a simple black grosgrain bow at Oscar de la Renta which can easily be mastered. I’m keen to try the blue eyeshadow trend for summer but I’ll be doing a more subtle version rather than colouring in my whole eye-socket. Whatever trend it is that appeals to you, my advice is to try it and have fun.


Chic Eats

Links Restaurant & Lounge In a unique a la carte set up, The Royal Golf Club-Bahrain has set the bar exceptionally high in what is truly a fantastic Friday brunch When you first arrive at The Royal Golf ClubBahrain’s Links Restaurant and Lounge, you can’t help but stare in awe of the view. The vibrant green golf course and body of cerulean blue water is both soothing and invigorating to the eye. We had the pleasure of enjoying their Friday brunch which, as it happens, takes on a different approach to the norm: it’s all about the a la Carte. Sitting down in front of the floor to ceiling view of the course ahead of us, we perused the menu – divided up into Breakfast, Cold Selection, Main Course, House Favourites and Dessert – where the mezze and desserts are set up buffet style, while the rest are ordered straight to the super prompt and attentive staff. We started off with some Bacon and Cheese Bites – oh my days were they melt-in-your-mouth gooey and sinfully good! The wrap-around bacon was crisp to a T and the cheese just oozed perfectly within it – amazing. The Poached Egg, English Muffins, Bacon, Tomato Relish and Bearnaise Sauce is everything you want it to be and absolutely satisfies your cravings. Onto the cold selections. Before we dive into the next round of fine foods however, it’s worth noting how successful an a la carte brunch is: you don’t have to get up all the time and therefore cut conversation in the middle (just when it starts to get good!) and the speed at which your food comes is reassuringly swift. Before you know it, the food is right in front of you. And there, in front of us was the Pan Fried Foie Gras, Toasted Brioche and Fig Chutney. The latter gave the entire experience a sweet kick while the brioche had the right amount of crunch – in all, a great mix of flavours. A personal favourite, Seared King Scallops, Wild Mushroom Crush and Roasted Pumpkin Purée graced the table next. There’s something so great about the texture of scallops, it’s very much a love it or hate it but we love it. The pumpkin purée is an 66

unexpectedly brilliant match-up with the scallops, tying in the salt and the sweet – the garnishing on top of each scallop is artistically delicate. Halfway through we had a moment of revelation. The Baked Oysters, Chorizo, Garlic Butter and Breadcrumbs silenced us. Not being the biggest fan of oysters, this dish was approached with a bit of skepticism but we cannot fault the flavours that come out of this bite. We think it’s courtesy of the garlic butter – thank you Chef Paul Gindra! (who kindly came out of the kitchen several times to make sure we were enjoying our brunch.) As for the main course it was all about the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Crispy Root Vegetables, Beetroot Purée, Truffle Oil (major bonus here!) and Beef Jus. We asked for it medium rare, it came medium rare and the internal happy dancing began. Among other great dishes were the Tempura Prawns, Avocado and Cilantro Smear Dip and the ever-so-cute Roasted Tomato & Sweet Pepper Soup, Basil Foam and Goats Cheese Straw (one word: Instagram) and for desserts, get your hands on the salted caramel tart because you will regret it. We love how spot on the portion sizes are, small enough so you can try more off the menu, big enough so that you feel you’ve had a hearty taste. A Friday brunch at Links is definitely well spent and, it should be noted, is open to everyone – not just members. And if you want a bit of peace and adult chat only, the Prego kids brunch operates simultaneously. What’s the best takeaway from this experience? You can expect new dishes on the menu every couple of weeks, so there’s always something new to try! For more information or reservations call: 1775 0777


M a rch D ining We All Eat, And It Would Be a Sad Waste of Opportunity To Eat Badly – Anna Thomas


Chic Eats Bushido Restaurant & Lounge

There’s lots of amazing new things on offer, one of which is a mouthwatering menu dedicated to venison. Highlights of this menu include: Venison Tataki Salad, Venison Skewers grilled with green Apple lime Togarashi, Venison Teppanyaki style with ginger sauce to Venison Tataki Salad. Venison has more vitamins and minerals per serving than beef does. It has advantages in iron, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin. And of course, this March 25 you can look forward to Hed Kandi, with DJ Eibhlín – it’s free for ladies and BD15 for gents. What we also love is their ongoing SmartMenu designed for business lunches. All 3 courses are designed to be served within 30 minutes from the moment you order. Call 1758 3555

Trader Vic’s Restaurant & Mai-Tai Lounge

Join everyone at Trader Vic’s every Saturday for their Hawaiian Brunch and enjoy innovative twists on Trader Vic’s classics. The Waikiki menu is all homemade from the many unique buffet stations to their Chefs’ made-toorder creations including Loco Moco, succulent Ahi Poké & the freshest island greens. Finish with a delicious island-influenced dessert, like the Bahia Crumble , or Hot Mai Tai pudding. Enjoy the great atmosphere as you indulge, every Saturday from 12noon until 3:30pm, priced at BD18.5++ and BD24.5++. And also for March, enjoy some Tahiti atmosphere with terrace entertainment and Tahitian menu – Tuesday 22nd until Friday 25th March , every evening from 8:30pm. The menu includes: Eia Ota Lime marinated Tuna & Salmon Tartar, Sea scallops in yellow curry and Vic’s Good Tahiian Salad. And Are you ready to experience one of the Hottest Salsa Nights in Bahrain? Join them on March 16 for a night full of sizzling dance demonstrations at Mai Tai Lounge, the evening will kick off at 10PM. Everyone is welcome to dance and practice salsa to the lead of the best YQ Art dancers. Trader Vic’s Bahrain are also delighted to present the glitz and glamour of modern dance performances for Formula One. Sizzling and sensual routines combined with catchy music tunes, will add a new element of sass to Trader Vic’s popular terrace entertainment. April 1st to April 3rd from 8:30 pm. Call 1758 6555

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

There’s lots to look forward to at this amazing property in March. For starters, treat your mothers to a dinner at Bahrain Bay Kitchen, with a menu including: pam seared scallops and slow cooked barbecue short ribs and chocolate specialties. It’s BD21++ with a red rose given to each mother. And of course there’s an Easter buffet brunch offering hot cross buns, roasted lamb rack on carving and a chocolate fountain – and an egg hunt and jumping castle for children. It’s BD26++ and BD34++ from March 25-27 from 12:3015:30. And if you like jazz, you can look forward to a Jazz Retro Night on March 4 with cool vintage melodies with a six piece jazz band, The Swing Revue. BD40 including a 3-course meal and beverages. Call 1711 5044

The Domain Bahrain Hotel

At Imari you can enjoy the Biru Garden on Saturdays with a free flow of Kirin draughts and red or white grapes including Chef Riichiro San’s favourite Izakaya style dishes at BD 17++ inc. soft beverages & BD 20++ inc. alcohol. And how does unlimited sushi and all you can eat and drink on Monday night sound? Drop and enjoy the best Japanese authentic maki rolls with stunning views at BD14++ and BD17++. Head to Le Sauvage for The


Chic Eats Fisherman’s Night on Thursdays to experience unlimited local fish from the display, cooked just how you like it with two side dishes & a glass of white wine at BD 15++. And of course the best place to be for a Ladies Night is definitely at Txoko – kick up your heels, girls! Call 1600 0000

The Royal Golf Club-Bahrain

Celebrate Easter in style in the award-winning Links Restaurant at the Royal Golf Club. With a massive range of delicious food stations as well as a giant Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt for the little ones, where else would you want to be for Good Friday? Easter Brunch will be held on March 25 from noon to 4:00pm and costs from just BD18 net per adult and BD 9.500 net per child aged 12 or under. Children aged 4 years or under are welcome to eat free of charge. And you don’t have to be Irish or a Club Member to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Royal Golf Club! Join them on March 17 for a fun 9 hole Night Golf competition, teeing off with a 6:30pm shotgun start, and followed by an Irish themed quiz night. Alternatively sign up for the more competitive 18-hole St Patrick’s Day four player scramble tournament on the morning of March 18. Both events are open to all! Call 1775 0777

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

Enjoy a lavish Easter Lunch spread on March 27 for BD 27 net، from 12.30pm onwards. Take part in the traditional egg hunt and relish vibrant entertainment and delicious food, including cooked white asparagus! And prepare for a warm, Swiss gourmet feast. Daily from their a la carte menu, sample the varied delights of classic Gruyere and Vacherin cheese melted in white wine. If cheese is not your forte, try their Fondue “Bourguignon” and dip your tender beef cubes into the hot oil and enjoy this juicy meat dish. Available in single and double pots, treat your taste buds for BD 15++ per portion at Silk’s restaurant. And finally, experience a unique medley of succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch every Monday at Silk’s restaurant for a seafood night. BD27 net. Call 1746 0017

Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef & The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef

From March 20-26, hop over to Longitude 50 and discover a selection of Easter themed treats and then indulge in Easter favourites such as roast lamb, scotch eggs, hot cross buns, and a special festive dessert selection at Baharat where there’s also a dedicated kids’ corner with egg painting, and an Easter egg hunt! “LM sparkling brunch” was awarded best brunch by popular vote in 2015’s Citi FACT Awards. Discover it for yourself, and be prepared to indulge in a sensorial and savoury experience. There will be live music from a Colombian Fire Soul Duo. Book for 10 + people, and receive 20% discount. Discounted access to swimming pool. Why not try Le Meridien’s “ClaWs” seafood buffet with succulent shellfish including lobster, crabs, shrimp and more, freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, seafood pasta, curry and paella, and much more every Thursday? And be sure to treat that special woman in your life on Mother’s Day to a high tea and she receives a complimentary red rose and a glass of sparkling from the Westin’s Mezzanine Lounge. BD 13.5++ for two. And you can also head back to the Mezzanine Lounge to indulge in an Easter themed high tea. Call 17171 1441 70

Elite Hospitality Group Hotels

Head to Elite Resort & Spa every Tuesday and Wednesday night for Tarab Nights Al Naseem poolside with live oud music and barbecue stations (Wednesay only) to have yourself a real Arabian nights. Call 36275 444. And then check out Elite Seef Residence & Hotel for a fantastic family buffet brunch at the Oasis gardens. Their very own Kids Club will be hosting a bunch of activities for your children to keep them fully entertained while your enjoy your food and entertainment. Prices range from BD10-18++. Call 1758 3388. Next up is Elite Grande Hotel where you can have an exquisite ladies night at Zodiac Lounge ever Monday, so celebrate the mid week with their bubbly nights, unlimited selected beverages for the Ladies. Choose your favourite main course ingredients and the chefs will take care of the rest. BD12++. And don’t forget to head to Jullio for Mother’s Day to share the loviest of moments. There’s a welcome drink & 4 course dinner. BD 10++. Call 1756 5888. And finally Elite Crystal Hotel has many offerings too. Awtar welcomes you to enjoy live Arabic music performances along with a scrumptious selection of Lebanese food and a variety of beverages. Awtar promises a great oriental night, every night. And Klub 360, Bahrain’s most sophisticated nightclub, is a dazzling combination of light, video and club mixes by celebrity DJs. Unique cocktails and irresistible beats to put you right in the mood, Be prepared for an unforgettable Clubbing experience. Call 1736 0360.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Don’t miss the fun at La Med this Easter Friday and Easter Sunday when we will be serving a special Easter brunch accompanied with an Easter Egg Hunt, games and prizes for kids of all ages. BD35 net. Celebrate Mother’s Day and enjoy the most sumptuous buffet in town. The international buffet will be highlighted with a live pasta station, fresh fish display and a live crepe station. All ladies will be given a little present from the restaurant. BD35 net. And indulge in a special menu throughout the month of March as the hotel brings South American food to the table at La Med. The Chef has created a unique menu showcasing delectable cuisines including Ceviche De Pescado, Causa de Pulpo and Acaraje de Camarao. Delicioso! Call 1758 6499

ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands

Celebrate Easter with family and friends and enjoy an extravagant brunch at Choices. Join the hotel for a selection of international cuisines for just BD 24 per person including selected beverages, BD 17 net including soft drinks and juices and kids between 6 and 12 years for only BD 8.5 net. Also, Join the hotel for their celebration of the 1st Anniversary of Cellar 59 on March 10 with a special guest DJ. Free anniversary cocktail and bubbly for all ladies from 8 pm onwards. And if you want to take wine and cheese night to the next level every Wednesday for BD12 net, you definitely can at Cellar 59. Sample a wide selection of wines and enjoy our hand selected pairing of fine cheeses from around the world. And don’t forget to treat yourself every Saturday night at Russo for the finest Italian brunch featuring fresh cuts and special imported cheeses, live pasta stations and made to order pizzas from their oven to your table all for BD 14 net. Finally, be early bird and book your corporate events in our Thuraya Ballroom for Iftar and Ghabgha starting from BD13 net. Get in touch with our Events department before the March 31 and receive the following as part of our early bird package. Call 1600 0111

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta� Federico Fellini


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Otherworldly Isles

There’s nothing more scenic than the Seychelles. And since we love being in far off places, where the seas are bluer than blue, the sunsets produce a riot of colour, the wildlife is in abundance and the food is perfectly exotic, this tropical destination is a classic that always needs to be rediscovered



Travel Escapes Different sources give you different answers when you

search for how many countries there are on planet earth. But there are more or less 189 independent countries – and as far as bucket lists go, the Seychelles should definitely make your top 10 destinations to visit before you die. Etihad Airways and Seychelles Tourism Board joined forces and took hospitality to a whole new level when Ohlala magazine accepted their generous offer to traipse the luscious islands. Admittedly we thought the Seychelles was purely a honeymoon destination where all there is to do is sun-bathe, drink colourful cocktails, sun-bathe some more and enjoy sprawling sunsets with your love. That may be so, but there’s so much more to the Seychelles than the postcard stereotype. Over the years the growing number of hotel resorts alongside the influx of tourism has put the Indian Ocean jewel at the heart of the to choose from, but if we had to pin down the best, the busy market of international travel map. Travellers from all walks of life – lovers, soulSir Selwyn-Clarke is ideal for a good bargain. searchers, botanists and families come to this enchanting destination. Tropical fruits, exotic vegetables, and lots of fresh fish are sold side We are positive that one of the 116 coral and granite islands will bring a by side with a local variety of spices such as cinnamon, bay-leafs, nutmeg, sense of peace and calm to your soul – that or the beauty will just blow vanilla, and their famous homemade curry sauce. From beachwear to your mind. handmade accessories and souvenirs, everything is inspired by the azure Situated in the western Indian Ocean near the equator, the climate in the archipelago is delightfully tropical; the perfect combination of “There’s heaps of luxury to be found everywhere you go – sun and rain that will not leave you too namely in those relaxing massages where you lie in wafts bored of either. You’ll find that June, July, and August have the least amount of lemongrass and ginger essences” of rain and is therefore the best time to visit – especially for a relaxing retreat after a school year – for the family waters and tropical treasures. There’s a plethora of items to choose from: holidayers among you. Yet, with temperatures ranging between 27 and corals, shark tooth necklaces, coconut shell bracelets, coconut oil, soap, 33 degrees Celsius, the Seychelles is never out of season. magnets and key chains, there are so many beautiful souvenirs to gift We took to the main island of Mahé - defined by its white-sand your family and friends. beaches and lush green nature. Victoria, the capital, is the epicenter of We were eager to see Le Coco Do Mer, the erotically-shaped fruit all that’s lively and touristy. The elegant replica of London’s Big Ben that represents the country’s trademark forbidden fruit. It once grew clock makes the heart of the city a must see. From there, walking down only on two tiny isles and is now protected by the government. It’s fairly the busy streets of Victoria is a pleasure, as long as you carry your trusted expensive and to take one back home, you require an export license. umbrella - provided by your hotel. There are plenty of shops and kiosks And when in the Seychelles, a fishing trip is in order. It’s super easy to arrange – either independently or through your hotel, it’s absolutely worth it –the taste of that fresh catch grilled on the shores of the nearby island is just heavenly. Be sure that your local companion knows his way around the spices! If you get the chance to visit Eden Island, the only man-made island in the country, you must try dining in one of its luxury restaurants. Foodies and the culinary curious, like us, will not be disappointed. Surprisingly we found the Seychelles’ curry to be very different from the Indian and Thai variety. The octopus curry is a traditional dish that you may want to try; but if you are not up to the challenge, you may want to ask the chef to go easy on the chili! But no worries, there’s always a hot mix of grill items for you to try if the aforementioned doesn’t work out. Whatever your reason for visiting the Seychelles – you’ve just gotten married, you want a mini break from city life, you want to top that tan, you want to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature or you want to indulge in a gastronomic journey of spice and more spice – there’s so much to love here. Not to mention, there’s heaps of luxury to


Travel Escapes be found everywhere you go – namely in those relaxing massages where you lie in wafts of lemongrass and ginger essences or when you sit under a full moon with a passion fruit cocktail in your hand. Perfection? We urge you to tick the Seychelles off your list. While we were lapping it up in the Seychelles we got to stay in two luxury resorts, lucky us. Readers, take note. The H Resort, Beau Vallon Beach – Seychelles This one’s got over 100 varieties of luxurious accommodations – suites and villas (with direct access to the beach or a private swimming pool) giving you total privacy amidst thick foliage. Walking through the narrow alleyways lacing the resort is a delightful exercise in transporting you to an otherworldly place – there’s a bridge that goes across the river and the entire scene is pure magic – taking in almost the entire grounds of the property. The grand staircase in the lobby area is majestic with a touch of local charm– all it takes is a few short minutes to check in and there you are – in your villa. What a treat. Enjoying food in The H Resort is not hard work at all, there are so many venues to choose from. Vasco’s is the main restaurant, serving international cuisine that is themed with Seychellois/local Creole offerings against simple lines of contemporary décor. 1502, so named in honour of the year Vasco da Gama first laid eyes on the Seychelles. This “Travellers from all walks of life – lobby lounge is the quintessential botanists and families come to this embodiment of relaxed island chic, you’ll get a cocktail screaming with flavour here. Ripples is the poolside restaurant, very laid back in concept, very high in comfort levels. Seychima is a sophisticated outlet offering exquisite Japanese cuisine while Eden, tucked away in the property’s lavish gardens, gathers all local flavours for authentic dishes and lastly, a personal favourite of ours, is Trader Vic’s – the ultimate franchise concept restaurant – coming soon! And of course, the resort has many extras to keep you pampered and entertained: they’ve got a state of the art spa, kids club and gym yoga classes, anyone? Invariably you’ll be Instagramming every second while you’re there – cue that holiday envy. Kempinski Seychelles Resort – Baie Lazare This one’s a massive chunk of luxury wrapped in a lively green crust! Nestled in a secret-like bay, the Kempinski Seychelles is all kinds of romantic and peaceful. There are plenty of dining options that will keep you stuffed and satisfied for days. Café Lazare is the main restaurant with daily varieties, Windsong Beach Restaurant offers the perfect dining experience by the beach – dining on the beach, the stuff of dreams – and enjoy a fantastic shisha with tempting cocktails at Planters Bar & Lounge, and experience fine dining at its best with Kempinski’s signature restaurant L’Indochine. The hotel gives you plenty of ways to take care of yourself with their opulent spa (it’s all about world class treatments here…in traditional bungalow houses no less!) and a fully equipped fitness centre. One word: luxury. The room has that local warmness, the atmosphere is so welcoming, the entire property oozes with hospitality – the staff ’s friendliness is unmatched, we could gush and gush but it’d be better for you to just go and try it yourself. 76

lovers, soul-searchers, enchanting destination”



Life in the Fast Lane

When you’ve got a Ferrari California T and a Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay at your disposal, you escape. How do spa treatments, fine dining with a car sound to you? You already know just how

weekend stay at the Four know you’re in for a luxury view and a ride in a super fabulous a time we had…



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In a country where five-star

“We took an evening drive around Manama in our gorgeous Ferrari California T. Zipping around in a car that exudes elegance and is a triumph of engineering is made even better when you’ve got the city’s twinkling lights dancing about as you push on that pedal and fly”

means the utmost luxury, a brand like the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay definitely has its work cut out to meet high expectations. Firstly, let us say, it’s the towering architectural façade that had us excited about this property from the beginning – it’s completely unique – there’s no other hotel that looks like it. On top of this, the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is set on its own exclusive island. Our stay began in the utmost lavish way – a signature spa experience. There are spas, and then there’s The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. For anyone who hasn’t been to the palatial spa grounds, we urge you to walk through it, just to smell those heady wafts of oils and calming aromas. Built around a concept of peace and tranquility, the spa is a labyrinth of calm and relaxation (can we live there, please?) encompassing four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design filled with natural light, reflecting Moroccan and Turkish influences. Our 90 minute treatment was, as you can imagine, pure indulgence. The deep-tissue strokes are ideal for anyone with a busy schedule needing some downtime. Don’t forget to make use of the hotel’s not one, but five, swimming experiences – we particularly enjoyed the indoor pool. With our batteries fully charged, we took an evening drive around Manama in our gorgeous Ferrari California T. Zipping around in a car that exudes elegance and is a triumph of engineering is made even better when you’ve got the city’s twinkling lights dancing about, as you push on that pedal and fly – a sight to behold, a beautiful spectacle. With its alluring Italian design and spacious interiors, it’s easy to fall prey to its brilliance. Back at the hotel, still having not done a formal check-in yet, we took to some dinner at Bahrain Bay Kitchen accompanied by fantastic drinks and music. Breakfast is served in this outlet with a sprawling selection of food too. The service is reassuringly prompt and the staff is always enthusiastic, meeting every one of our needs. One thing you won’t have to worry about during your stay at the here is food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, or in-room dining, no matter what time of day, the hotel has an impressive seven restaurants and bars that can cater to your cravings. After our meal at Bahrain Bay Kitchen, we had some downtime at the Cut by Wolfgang Puck lounge with again, expansive city views. We do love any excuse to enjoy a tipple and a view – a full-fledged view of Manama, no less. So many ticks in the chic department, here. The drinks are fabulously creative in presentation and taste even better. The service is light, by which we mean it’s quick, non-fussy and smooth and the extras are a welcomed bonus (think salty snacks, but the sophisticated kind.) And finally, to our palace, after a swift and pleasant check-in. Yes, we did not stay in a room, we practically stayed in a King’s quarters. Can we start off by loving the Ferrari California T inspired welcome treats? We totally had to Instagram it before tearing (elegantly mind) into it. Can we also say how much we loved the



“And after a very authentic Italian drive, we were treated to a very authentic Italian spread at the hotel’s Vento restaurant. Our light fare against the poolside made for a very social vibe and vibrant atmosphere”


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Hermès bath products? You know you’ve made it when you can lather yourself in the creaminess of Hermès. The bathroom(s), with their big marble makeup is simply the epitome of luxury – so easy to just idle your time exploring all the different features. One thing that we couldn’t get enough of, was how everything is so well thoughtout. Should you forget anything, low and behold, the hotel have it ready for you, in a logical place that instinct would take you to. The word hospitality is redefined at The Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, it really is. We were awestruck with the level of comfort and serenity in our opulent space. The floor to ceiling windows are beyond breathtaking, adding extra dimension and volume to the already supremely large space we were in. We later retired in one of the most luxurious beds in Bahrain quite frankly, before heading out the next day for the next part of our luxury staycation. If you like your duvets down and plump, you’ll be spending most of the morning rolling around and snuggling up, trust us! In the morning we got back into our beautiful Ferrari California T and headed back onto the roads for some dynamic driving. Wanting to make use of the novelty weather we’re having, we did what any big shot car owner would do and snaked around Amwaj Islands with the top down to catch those deliciously warm rays. We were of course adorned in appropriate apparel to meet the exceptionally high standards of the Ferrari California T – this means being runway ready with a fabulous heel to match. Honestly, you feel like gold driving this stunner. Beyond Amwaj Islands we felt a trip in and around the busy streets of Manama would be another great way to make use of the car where we stopped off for some lunch later on. But of course the best way to experience a Ferrari California T is on open road – between Riffa and Durrat to be specific. You can only imagine what force comes with this car and how it glides on the roads. Despite its turbo-charged power, it all feels effortless and weightless – a dream combination. And after a very authentic Italian drive, we were treated to a very authentic Italian spread at the hotel’s Vento restaurant. Our light fare against the poolside made for a very social vibe and vibrant atmosphere - the open kitchen and wood-burning pizza oven are great to watch between conversation. The food was exquisite, as it always the case. The next day we indulged in a morning swim in the 25 metre indoor pool followed by yet another expansive breakfast at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. Before checking out we took to the luscious grounds (which seem to never end) and enjoyed being at one with nature. Our stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay was pretty much perfect. The service throughout the hotel, from the housekeeping to the dining outlets, the spa staff and everyone else we encountered, was welcoming and attentive. This is the perfect staycation for anyone with a lust for the luxurious things in life. Of course our weekend wouldn’t be complete without a final spin of the Ferrari California T – what a car, what an experience. 84

“Can we also say how much we loved the Hermès bath products? You know you’ve made it when you can lather yourself in the creaminess of Hermès”


Formula One


Where To Be SeeN And it’s back again, in its twelfth year running: The Bahrain Grand Prix April 2016. Let the best weekend of the year begin…

It’s one of the most amazing periods of the year in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where people from all over the globe gather and meet in the heart of our small island to attend one of the most exciting events happening in the Gulf region, the 2016 Sakhir Grand Prix - set to top all the previous years. The start of April is going to be red hot. Going back to the beginning on April 4 2004, when Michael Schumacher was the first to the chequered flag to win the Grand Prix, the first leg of the FIA Formula One World Championship event in the Middle East. It was something new for the kingdom but the right choice of a brilliant future for our beloved Bahrain. As is always the case during F1 weekend, the calendar is jam packed with the most sought after events. Take note of the following and be sure to attend what is going to be a weekend everyone will be talking about for weeks.

“Shifting Gears” The Electronic Music Experience The Grand Prix weekend warm-up kicks off from 8PM on March 31 with “Shifting Gears, The Electronic Music Experience” as the official Grand Prix opening party that will feature a line-up of top notch local DJs, followed by a special guest DJ that is no stranger to Bahrain by his music, Ian Pooley (Pooled Music, Berlin) loaded with records to make sure he shakes the crowd like anywhere he goes. Local legends, Han Duo & Maz be opening and warming things up for a night of pure electronic dance music. Entry to the event is by invitation only; invites will be available from Coral Bay, JJ’s Irish Restaurant & Camelot Restaurant. Invite holders will grant a complimentary admission till midnight on the event’s date, BD10 per person will be charged afterward. For info & table bookings call: 3417 8814 86

Club Luxury Soirée April 1 will be a night where luxury, glamour & chicness (yes, please!) meet in one place under the stars and promises to feature the best of the best in Bahrain and the region with a glamorous international crowd with Club Luxury brand hitting Coral Bay’s shore for one night only with its superstar DJ, Jolyon Petch, accompanied by the talented Sian Evans (Kosheen’s singer) for a live sparkling singing and an astonishing Sax performance by Bahrain’s very own, Franky Flowerz. The night will be dazzled with a breathtaking dance show and an extraordinary opening set by resident DJ Miled to set the mood on the right track from 9PM. See and be seen.Tickets are BD10 for ladies and BD15 for gents, available from Coral Bay, JJ’s Irish Restaurant, Camelot Restaurant, Virgin Megastores and Show starts from 9pm onward. For info & table bookings call: 3695 0077, 1731 2700 or 3417 8814

The Official Grand Prix After Race Closing Party And the finale… the best for last. On Sunday night, the whole weekend culminates in a massive way. An industry heavy weight will be gracing the scene: the legendary DJ, Sasha, for the first time in Bahrain as a debut at Coral Bay, headlining the official Grand Prix after race closing party. The night will be mesmerised with a stunning performance of Rumours Entertainment dancers. Tickets are for BD30 general admission, available from Coral Bay, JJ’s Irish Restaurant, Camelot Restaurant, Virgin Megastores and Doors open from 9pm. For info & table bookings call: 3417 8814

The Grand Prix

António Soares

The Pit walk With the Kingdom of Bahrain’s 12th Grand Prix upon us next month, Miss Ohlala gives some sage advice on how to be in pole position from what bag to carry and why disco naps are key

All the people, So many people... yes, you guessed correctly, that’s the lyrics to Blur’s Parklife. F1 denotes the pinnacle of Bahrain’s social season, and it’s always invigorating to see the hoards of people descending upon Bahrain for F1. I have to admit that aside from Great Britain’s pride and joy, Lewis Hamilton, I wouldn’t recognise any of the other drivers even without their helmets on! Nonetheless, I love the Bahrain Grand Prix and all that it signifies. F1 week is akin to a year’s worth of entertainment all in one week: the Bahrain version of Freshers’ Week. It requires, however, serious preparation in terms of time and wardrobe planning. Here are my top tips: • Being into fashion, what to wear is unashamedly top of my priority list. Whilst there is no dress code for F1 (think St Tropez meets California), it’s tricky as you need an outfit that works during the day, but also at the concerts and on the dance floor. If you haven’t got a tan, steer clear of white and regardless of how good your tan is, please keep your hemlines respectable and apply suncream. I intend to wear a Mr Self Portrait black mesh dress which could have been designed with F1 in mind.

• I’m coveting Sophia Webster’s new Poppy sandals in a chequered flag pattern that would look so chic on the F1 finish line. But I warn you, do not be tempted to wear heels unless you can run

a marathon in them. There are some big distances to cover across the grounds and all the parties going on. And you will want to be still dancing at dawn, rather than limping at the end of the night. If you insist on wearing heels, make it a pair of wedges given that the concerts are on grass. • Whilst still on the subject of fashion, I find a bag with a shoulder chain or strap so much easier to handle at the gigs. And don’t forget your sunglasses: Fendi Paradeyes are on my wish list. • This is the one event of the year when ear plugs are cool. Use them, as the noise of the cars is intense. If you have D&G’s jewelencrusted headphones, that’s even better. • Plan your schedule well ahead of time. Trying to meet up with all your friends in the right place requires excellent coordination skills. There are some amazing events happening in the weeks surrounding the F1, when Bahrain’s weather is at its finest, so don’t miss out. • Be prepared for some sleep deprivation. You will need to take some serious disco naps if you intend to party all week. • Lastly, if someone offers you a tour of the pit lanes, say “yes”.


The maseRati

granTurismo Photogenic on the outside, oozing with luxury on the inside, Editor in Chief, Georgie Bradley takes to the roads in this exotic Italian beauty


llow me to get an embarrassing truth out the way: I got my license just two and a half years ago – five years later than my bosom buddies did. It had nothing to do with fear, but lack of time and urge to actually get it. But when I did come round to the idea (and not wanting to be a geriatric driver) my brotherin-law gave me one of the most prophetic pieces of advice re my delayed accession into motorhood: “do your lessons, pass the test and then learn to drive.” Pearls I tell you, pearls. I learnt to drive in London where the roads are choking with cars, maneuvers are tight squeezes and there’s very little mercy. Having a car in London is about as useful as not having a car in The Gulf. So effectively my driver’s license became just another form of identification, until I moved to this region and I started (one year after passing my test) to put my dormant driving skills to use. On an unassuming Sunday morning, I get a call asking me to test drive a Maserati GranTurismo. Casual. RSVPed in less than fives minutes, naturally. My history with cars is limited to my beloved, trusty and does88

”The lipstick red Poltrona Frau leather is super sleek and elegant, the surfaces are distinctly shiny and the dashboard features subtle chrome rings around the buttons” what-it-says-on-the-tin, Jeep Cherokee. So as far as luxury sports cars go, the Maserati GranTurismo is a choice drive. Being used to feeling high up in my car, it was a novelty stepping down into the two-door GranTurismo – the seat allows for all sizes (me being bird-like of limb) to accommodate. Let’s be honest here, it would not be a luxury Italian product if it didn’t have a lot of stitched leather - there’s ample amounts. The lipstick red Poltrona Frau leather is deliciously sleek and elegant, the surfaces are distinctly shiny and the dashboard features subtle chrome rings around the buttons – all of which are pictorial and user friendly.

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Key in the ignition, engine started and into sports mode – the boy button if you will. The aural qualities are exceptionally powerful and can silence everyone on the road as you blast past them. You are the centre of attention in a Maserati GranTurismo, trust me. I decided to go onto unending stretches of road in the desert so I could do some unabashed acceleration, hair cascading in the wind and everything – so naughty but nice. Now onto some technical bits and bobs: the larger 4.7-litre V8 of the GranTurismo Sport, which I drove, produces 460hp at 7000rpm and 520Nm of torque, peaking at 4750rpm. Its core is a 90-degree, 4691cc V8 engine that is fully balanced and uses five main bearings. The aluminium alloy engine contains a hardened and tempered steel crankshaft and its 32 valves are operated by chain-driven, double overhead camshafts. The steering and handling is so precise that the second you think about turning, the car turns. The super grippy wheel is beautifully light too. The Maserati GranTurismo is stunning in looks, fast beyond your wildest imagination and let’s everyone know you’ve made it. I could get used to this…


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Ohlala’s Spotlight We bring you all the news around the island from hospitality to business to leisure. Many notable industry members were recognised for their stellar contribution to the Kingdom in their respective fields.



The Royal Golf Club is delighted to welcome new Director of Agronomy William Evans to the management team. William comes from Ireland and boasts over 15 years experience in the agronomy and landscape industries. “I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead in Bahrain and to building upon the achievements of my predecessor,” commented Evans. “My team will continue on with the course improvement plans.”

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities said: ”Through the festival is a celebration that promotes the unique historical cultural assets which abound in Bahrain.” Culture enthusiasts can look forward to local, regional and international talents including the Caracella Dance Theatre, singer Halit Ergenc and the one and only, Seal.


Gulf Air & Google Expand Partnership

Following the success of the 8th Mini Marathon and the tremendous support and awareness it generated, Jawad Business Group intends to make this year’s Annual Mini-Marathon an even bigger success. Conducted under the patronage of the Governor of Northern Governorate, Ali Al Shaikh Abdul Hussein Al Asfoor, the Jawad Mini Marathon 2016 has been taglined, “Help the Cause, Run, Walk for Sickle Cell.” This year Jawad Business Group aims to use the event to spotlight the potentially fatal Sickle Cell disease which is prevalent in Bahrain. The marathon (March 4) will support the organisations that deal with this disease and help them achieve their goals. 94

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently partnered with Google to sponsor Google CSI: (Creative Skills for Innovation) Lab, during GITEX Technology Week - the largest Information Technology exhibition and conference in the Middle East. Speaking of the partnership, Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air Director Information Technology, said: “Gulf Air is always open to considering opportunities that can stimulate further innovation and improvement, especially from vendors as renowned and pioneering as Google.”


HUBLOT Geneva Days 2016 HUBLOT Geneva Days 2016 Novelties Exclusive Preview event was held last month at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain in the presence of Marco Tedeschi, Regional Director of Hublot Middle East and Africa as well as Bahrain’s media, VIPs and esteemed guests. Pioneers of the most innovative movements, HUBLOT is a timeless brand of exceptional quality and craftsmanship. 96

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Italian Festival Launch at Fiamma Restaurant The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa hosted a special night of Italian flair at the Fiamma Restaurant among the media, and esteemed guests. A special buffet and beverages from different Italian regions were served with an inspiring Opera performance of Italian Soprano and Tenor singers, Vincenzo Sanso and Carla Mazzarella.



Porsche Design Boutique Opening Members of the media and VIP guests were invited to the grand opening of Porsche Design Boutique in Al Aali Shopping Complex. Attendees discovered the new 911 Soundbar by Porsche Design at the event. All Porsche Design Stores feature a global retail concept. The store’s fixtures mirror the style and functionality of the highquality Porsche Design products


Asdal Gulf Inn Opening A night of glitz and glam occurred with the opening of Asdal Gulf Inn last month. The property was officially inaugurated under the patronage of His Excellency Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani and Sh. Abdulaziz Al Jammaz and Sh. Nasser Al Jammaz, owners of Asdal Group and Mr. Farouk Almoayyed, Chairman of Gulf Hotels Group. Bahrain’s media and other notable members of society were present. 100

The Meat Co Bahrain Revamp On a beautifully starry and chilly evening last month we went to the newly renovated rooftop at The Meat Co Bahrain to enjoy a night of delicious new dishes and classic drinks, presented by Head Executive Chef Chris and Regional Beverage Manager Luca. The atmosphere was fun, and relaxed as Bahrain’s Media and esteemed guests came together . 101

Thursday BBQ Night Launch at Sheraton Bahrain The Sheraton Bahrain Hotel launched its Thursday BBQ Night by the pool with a special media event. The brand new dining promotion takes place every Thursday from 7.30pm to midnight, where guests can enjoy the cool weather out by the pool and tuck into a selection of flame grilled marinated meats and seafood, followed by tempting desserts. BD25net inclusive of selected beverages, and BD18net inclusive of soft drinks.


The Rotary Club Raft Race 2016 The annual Raft Race is this Rotary Club’s major annual fund-raiser, designed for teams of 8 to compete against each other on the lagoon and in the open sea. This year it will be held at Al Bandar resort on April 15. This year’s winner will be the fight against Diabetes. Sponsorship is also available to both the corporate sector and private individuals, with the funds destined to be used for charity by the Rotary Club under their theme for the year of “Beat Diabetes”. 103

Bob Marley Tribute at Coral Bay Bringing the legend of reggae roots, Bahrain’s leading tribute band to Bob Marley played at Coral Bay last month, throwing in the best of smokin’ reggae classics. The event was a day of full entertainment with food, drinks and great company, celebrating Jah in full praise where spirits were lifted to the skies.


Love on the Island The Kingdom was awash in red roses across prominent hotels as they celebrated Valentine’s Day with fabulous fare, feel-good music and a romantic atmosphere. Here are the highlights of the evening last month

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Tilly’s Concept Launch We love a good concept store when we see one! Tilly’s Concept, having had a great launch in Seef Mall among Bahrain’s media and other on fleek guests, is home to hip and trendy fashion as well as lifestyle pieces. The store’s set up matches the concept perfectly, being urban and rustic at the same time, with racks of cool garments and killer shoes.


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Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority 2016 Roadshow Campaign Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority announced their 2016 top festivals and activities during their Roadshow Campaign at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay last month. Abu Dhabi is looking to be a top travel destination for all things cultural and fun with many headlining activities set to take place including the Red Bull Air Race and the Abu Dhabi Classics featuring world-leading musicians.

Viva Launches Partners’ Redemption for VIVA Rewards Customers In a major initiative to further enhance Bahrain’s first telecom loyalty rewards programme, VIVA Bahrain and Al-Shaya Group are now offering greater flexibility and increased benefits to its customers with an opportunity to redeem their earned points in VIVA Rewards in exchange for products and services. Brands include: MAC, Bath & Body Works, Debenhams, and Pottery Barn. 109

Chef Shigeki Limura Visits Bushido Restaurant & Lounge On the occasion of Buddha Bar’s 20th Anniversary Buddha Bar Japanese Executive, Chef Shigeki Limura treated members of Bahrain’s Media to a specially organised exclusive gastronomic tasting. Chef Iimura showcased his unique creations and we devoured every last piece of art with heaps of appetite and love. Chef Shigeki is one to watch.


Cucina Italiana’s Master Chef Final Season Three of Cucina Italiana’s Master Chef final was a great success filled with tension, triumphs and tasty food, Italian of course! The five remaining contestants had 45 minutes to prepare a dish of their choosing ready to be judged by three panelists including Radio Bahrain’s Marie Claire. We were the proud sponsors of the event and loved every minute. 111

re/Asian Celebrate Chinese New Year re/Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck rang in the Chinese New Year at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrian Bay with a one-nightonly special event last month that included a festive prix-fixe menu honouring the Year of the Monkey curated by Executive Chef Brian Becher. He created a three-course menu with cuminsoy marinated lamb chops with a five vegetable stir-fry and monkey bread sticky cake with tangerine ice cream.


Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover Experience EuroMotors,theexclusivedealerand distributorforluxuryautomotive manufacturerJaguarLandRoverinthe KingdomofBahrain,celebratedthe1styear anniversaryoftheLandRoverExperience CentreBahrain,withaspectaculartwo dayeventatthevenueitselfattheBahrain InternationalCircuitlastmonth.Theevent includedfreesessionsontheLandRover Experiencecourseforbothlocalandregional mediaonthefirstdayandforexisting customersandinvitedguestsonthesecond. 113

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Instagram is my guilty pleasure. It’s the first thing I check every morning when I wake up and it’s the last thing I check when I go to bed. Astounded at how many of my friends are not on Instagram, I’ve decided this month to extol the virtues of Instagram whilst also highlighting some common pitfalls to avoid. The advantage of Instagram over Facebook is that it is your personal, curated feed of beautiful photographs, with limited text. You choose exactly who you want to follow (you can unfollow people at any time). And you can search for hashtags that interest you; my current favourites being: #orangery #fashionillustration #flowershop #millinery #ss16 #wallpaper As much as I love Instagram, I also have some serious pet peeves. I am not interested in seeing any more pictures of people sitting in bed, under 100 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets in luxury 5 star hotels, with an immaculate breakfast tray on their lap, and with their tanned and toned pins sticking out from beneath them. Especially when it’s highly likely that the yummy croissants are going to go to waste as they are on a no-carb diet. Even if you are drop dead gorgeous, please don’t make every picture you post a #selfie. Even Cara Delevingne, who is beautiful, thinks of more interesting posts. The laid back videos of her dancing and singing with friends always make me laugh. Whilst on the subject of videos, it’s fine to post a video as long as it is interesting. Please don’t post a video where a mere photo would work just as well. Check out @lecollecteur for some fabulously quirky video posts. A video of you driving to work, albeit in the Bahrain rain, is never interesting and is also likely illegal. 114

The critics are divided when it comes to food pics. If you’re at a Michelin star restaurant and the dessert looks like a piece of art then yes, it’s probably acceptable to post a pic, although your date may well question your priorities in life. However, please don’t snapshot every meal that you make at home, especially if it consists of nothing more than a lettuce leaf and a few carrot sticks... blah blah, paleo, blah clean blah blah. I love some of the collage apps that are currently trending, but my advice would be to use these in moderation unless it is your trademark. Lastly, as a word of caution, buying followers is never cool. Just don’t go there.

Need inspiration on who to follow?... If you like to keep abreast of fashion trends, like the whimsical Haute Couture SS16 collections of Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Valentino and Ralph and Russo, follow the likes of @fashion_curator. I’m still dreaming of those snake headpieces by Harumi Klossowska for Valentino. My favourite trend spotters include @desertmannequin @streetstyledubai @welldressedfemme. If you like mood boards, and are interested in the interplay between fashion and art you will adore @whereiseefashion 115


Ohlala Bahrain March 2016  

For The Modern Middle Eastern Woman

Ohlala Bahrain March 2016  

For The Modern Middle Eastern Woman