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EDITOR’S LETTER Everyone expresses themselves through colour. From the moment we pick out our clothes in the morning, to the shade of lipstick or manicure that we decide on, to the time we put on our pyjamas at night, colour factors into how we convey emotion, identity and meaning. SS18 has been witness to a flourish of rainbow colours, the coveted yummy pastels and some pretty powerful 80s power dressing. Not to forget the OTT texture and fringing that has dominated this seasons catwalk. Designers definitely raided the Pantone colour chart for the explosion of primary colours and we are all for the uplifting style at Ohlala Headquarters. Fear not if you shy away from such bold colours as you can take a more subtle stance embellishing a pastel shade or accessory to ease you into this season. Cascade your eyes over our Style Focus pages for some inspiration to your wardrobe. After all, it’ll be Summer before we know it and, yes, we are already trialling the best hair serums in preparation of the humidity. Don’t worry, we’ve got you! Never a one to turn on their heels, especially when it comes to an exclusive we have secured an interview with the brainchild of Amato Couture, Furne One, alongside unleashing his new lookbook Amato Luxe Spring/Summer Collection onto the world, which we just know that you’re going to love. Remember...all things bright and beautiful!
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HEIGHTS Founder and Creative Director Rem D Koolhaas exclusively talks to Jayne Green about the launch of his footwear brand, United Nude and why he doesn’t see himself as a shoe designer.
hat inspired you to create your eponymous shoe label? I wasn’t necessarily inspired to start a brand. The only reason we started United Nude was because it was the only way to get the shoes made. Back then I would have been happy for somebody else to produce my designs, but everyone, including Miuccia Prada, was saying that my designs matched nobody else’s signature and that therefore I needed to start a new brand for it. I started designing shoes because I was looking for love while being heartbroken over a girl and scaled down architecture to the its vulnerable scale, that of a women’s foot. Since the launch of United Nude’s first shoe named Möbius how have your architectural designs evolved in your SS18 collection? I’ve always considered myself an architect, and not a shoe designer. I’ve learned a lot about shoes over the years but I would not introduce myself as a shoe designer. Growing up in an architectural family, my uncle and father are both architects - I learned how to look at architecture from a very young age. When we traveled we always visited architectural sites. My designs are mostly about structure, materials and other spacious and architectural concepts. So it is hard to say how it continues to influence or evolve in my work. So how have they evolved? Well, we are making more comfortable shoes than on day one as I have learned more and more about shoes, but it is still architecture for the foot. You have already collaborated with a whole accolade of renowned designers such as Issey Miyake, Zaha Hadid and Iris Van Herpen. Is there anyone else you would love to collaborate with? There are many people I would like to collaborate with, but I could not name one person in particular right now. As a designer, I am interested in working with people that are among the best at what they do, and that are doing something very different from what we are doing. Here we can join forces and make something cool and new together. Since moving to LA, I have become more interested in other creative fields: film, music and art. So I could see myself, or UN as a company, collaborating with people different from where we come from. We have collaborated with fashion designers and architects, but crossing over into other creative fields is the next logical step. Do you feel a certain level of pressure to maintain such forwardthinking designs, especially since Möbius initiated the union of industrial design and fashion? No, I don’t feel the pressure in creating forward-thinking design, but I do feel the pressure in creating good and useful design. I think that it is one thing to create something that is very special and beautiful and quite another to create something useful and comfortable - while at the same time still remains interesting. I think there is a much bigger challenge in smaller margins than extremities. It is the task of us as designers to make the world a better place and a more beautiful place. If we can combine the beauty and better in one, mission accomplished! Where do you gain your inspiration for your innovative designs? Pretty much anywhere. It usually comes to me when I’m in an inbetween space like when I am traveling. I always bring a notebook or
â€œMy designs are mostly about structure, materials and other spacious and architectural concepts.â€?
sketchbook. Mostly when I am by myself, it’s like looking into a mirror of my own brain and which has functioned as a sponge of everything around me, and it is at this self-time of quiet that I squeeze the sponge and ideas pour out. The more critical and difficult part is how to figure out which is a good idea and which is not worthwhile and this is not always easy. Sometimes I cancel ideas which then later someone else coming up with the same or similar idea becomes a big success. This type of self curating doesn’t always lead to the biggest successes. Your initial designs were praised by Miuccia Prada and Sergio Rossi before you met Galahad Clark, a seventh-generation shoemaker and member of the Clarks dynasty, and launched United Nude in 2003. If we were a fly-on-the-wall what would we overhear at said meetings? There were so many different meetings, but some in particular: Miuccia Prada had invited me to meet their creative director Fabio Zambernardi in Milan. At that meeting he was very positive about my designs, but also said again that I would need to start a new brand for them. They had actually discussed whether they would help me start a brand, but they were very busy, as they had just taken over several companies including Jill Sander and Helmut Lang, so they didn’t do it. Two years after that in 2001 while visiting Sergio Rossi at his Milan Showroom he had asked for a foot model to try on the Mobiüs prototype shoes. He spoke to his son Gianvito Rossi, who was also present in our meeting, in Italian: “my father really likes the concept of your shoe and he wants to help you guys in whatever way you want.” At this point they offered us two options, which were to work with their factory, or to meet with a shoe expert he worked with. We then drove for three hours and met their expert, the great Maurizio Martignago, that same day. Galahad and I had many conversations, mostly on how to start a brand: how to do and not do things.
You are currently showcasing a Vegan Collection. What made you formulate such an ethical addition to your portfolio? Though leather is a very beautiful material that has a certain characteristics that no other materials have, I’ve always had difficulties with using leather. For instance, I have never owned a leather jacket, as I don’t feel comfortable putting my body in someone else’s skin. While manmade materials are improving, I’m happy and as soon as possible, to one day become an entirely vegan brand. With my background in architecture – I’ve always grappled with and been cognizant of sustainable, and ethical issues in the design, and making of things. Wherever possible we try to incorporate elements of the sustainable and ethical in all levels of the design process. What is your plan for the near future, and where do you hope to take United Nude in the next five to ten years? Besides being a global brand UNITED NUDE is also really a lab for experimentation. I would like to see it further mature since we are in my eyes a very experimental and young company. I would like to make better products that people can enjoy while we can inspire where we can. We have always been considered an inspiring brand. In design schools we are often used as an example of how boundaries are pushed and crossed between different creative disciplines. Tell us about your biggest challenge that you have faced with United Nude and how you have overcome such difficulties We started the company as a global brand, which I think was a mistake. It was always difficult to represent the true core of the brand in so many places, at the same time, while we were also experimenting and finding out who we are and what the brand is. External forces such as the economic climate have been turbulent, especially with the fall and rise of the Euro has very much affected us. Also, the digitalization of retail has been a huge challenge, which would have been easier to adapt to the challenges if we were a newer brand. We constantly have to reconfigure how we operate due to the digital revolution of this age and time. How would you describe someone who wears United Nude shoes? Our Customers are in general strong individuals with clear individual taste and a clear appreciation for design. They can see further than trends, hype and fashion with an open mind. Our goal is to create the best design we can, and not be about trend, and our wearers can appreciate this. Your shoe designs are very futuristic and unique, with such an artistic flair being present would one find them practical? Something that may not look practical on first glance may be more practical than it appears, through the functionality. Our designs can be futuristic and unique but comfort, wear-ability, and the longevity of the footwear are very important to us - so we try to balance the two, always! If our shoes cannot be worn, it is not really a shoe but an art piece, which we also sometimes make in collaboration, or as a special project. The biggest challenge lies for us and I think for any designer, to create original meaningful products that are useful, sustainable and comfortable. United Nude is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, City Centre Bahrain. www.ohlala-magazine.com
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F R E S H FA C E D ZERO Makeup, a newly launched innovative make-up brand, introduces its all-inclusive face perfecting palette, a first-ofits-kind system that is designed to enhance and refine a flawless look, allowing women to achieve a fresh, radiant make-up routine within a minute. At the heart of the brand, ZERO Makeup is a perfect balance between cosmetics and science. The palette has a micro cache foundation which is created with the finest pigments that layer the skin with an exceptionally light cover.
H O L LY W O O D G L A M O U R Born from Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic and best-selling Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Charlotte introduces her new and exclusive Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow. The product combines the wonder sculpt shade with bronze tones to shape facial framework with a perfectly pink blush, containing finely crushed pearls for a limitless glow. In addition, an exclusive Mini Artistry Blush Brush accompanies the Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow palette, making application anywhere even easier.
T H E N E W FA B R I C Created 10 years ago, Giorgio Armani’s skin-perfector Face Fabric is back in the limelight as the go-to product for women, all day, every day. Discovering it afresh, to try Face Fabric is akin to trying on the perfect jeans: a signature fit, a ‘second skin effect’ – the casual, extra matte finish ensures that instantly, the icon becomes an essential accessory to empower your daily life. Infinitely wearable wherever you go, the Face Fabric formula is lightweight, neither greasy nor powdery, just a fresh, melting texture, so comfortable it’s just like slipping on your favorite pair of jeans.
SPRING GARDEN Inspired by a springtime garden in Sicily, the new Dolce Garden Make up collection leads us to admire the innate beauty of fresh roses in full bloom. The Dolce Garden palette blooms on cheeks with this season’s star product – the blush Rosa Duchessa in Provocative, a limited-edition revealing a rose printed on powder with colorful and gradient pink tones that lends a fresh glow to the skin. From the vivid coral tint of Dolce Ibiscus to Dolce Orchid vibrant fuchsia with a metallic finish and the pearly tender nude of Dolce Peony; Dolce Matte Lipstick takes on a fresh, rosy palette.
FRAGRANCE REINVENTED In 2018, Coco Mademoiselle is reclaiming its territory. Remaining true to its oriental origins, the famous Eau de Parfum Intense is for all those who wholeheartedly embrace their folly, their passion and their excessiveness with an open smile. A captivating fragrance that makes a strong impact, with no intention of being forgotten. A creation for women who always want more.
GOOD GENES Created in 2009, Génifique is the result of 14 years of research and 197 formula trials by the Lancôme laboratories. Patented until 2029, Advanced Génifique has received over 170 awards and prizes, and has changed the lives of millions of women, with one bottle sold every ten seconds around the world. Its unique, innovative formula draws on discoveries from the pioneering fields of genomics and proteomics, which are helping to identify the mechanisms that keep skin youthful. Each bottle of Advanced Génifique contains millions of extracts from probiotics, single-celled organisms with well-known benefits for the skin. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Drop of Magic PLATINUM RARE CELLULAR NIGHT ELIXIR IS SIMPLY THE MOST POWERFUL REJUVENATING POTION YET TO EMERGE FROM THE LA PRAIRIE LABORATORIES. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE FOUR FUNCTIONS ESSENTIAL TO THE SKIN’S COMPLETE REGENERATION PROCESS ARE ADDRESSED IN A SINGLE FORMULA: NUTRITION, RESPIRATION, DETOXIFICATION AND IMMUNITY. THE SKIN’S NATURAL DETOXIFYING PROCESS IS THEREFORE ENHANCED, CELLULAR RESPIRATION IS IMPROVED, SKIN IS INFUSED WITH LIFE-GIVING NUTRIENTS AND ITS SELF-DEFENCE CAPACITIES ARE BOOSTED. IT WORKS OVERNIGHT TO REAWAKEN AND TRANSFORM SKIN BY MORNING.NOW THAT’S BEAUTY SLEEP REDEFINED.
A new season is the perfect excuse to shake up your beauty look and try something fresh. SS18 beauty and make-up trends all pack a real punch so its time to get on board and standout from the crowd. Angela Beitz explains JOIN THE GLITTERATI
If there is one major trend that truly dominated for all four fashion weeks, it was all things that sparkle, shimmer and glow. Full on glittery eyelids were on show along with stick-on gems, tiny sequins, jewels and even rhinestones. If this is all a bit much for you but you’d still like to dip your toe in the glitter trend then I’d recommend the new glitter highlighters from brands such as Cover FX which will give you a gorgeous glow without being too over the top. For the rest of you that are game to try this trend go ahead and unleash the inner child in you.
HAIR ACCESSORY REVIVAL
One of our favourite trends for this season was the return of glamorous hair accessories. They were huge on the catwalks for SS18, with everything from logo scarves wrapped around ponytails at Lanvin to Sixties-style headbands at Miu Miu and there were even prim and proper hair clips worn above each ear, school style. Gucci’s bow headband is on our musthave list along with D&G’s embellished numbers.
SHORT AND SWEET
Been considering a chop? Well now is the time. Moschino and Giorgio Armani created faux crops with some clever clipping and pinning and short styles were more popular on the catwalk than ever. The casting of short-haired models were used to really create an impact that short is back and this androgynous style is sure to be seen everywhere this season.
THE NEW RED LIP
Red lips never go out of style but this season they’ve taken on a fresh new approach with modern applications and fresh finishes. Matte geranium coloured mouths with soft edges are what to go for with a slick of gloss over the top.
THE GRAPHIC CAT EYE
While cat eye eyeliner is normally reserved for AW, it was a super strong trend across most shows including bold graphic looks, exaggerated blue flicks and feline flicks. Lanvin really stole the show with graphic shapes on the outer eyes.
NAIL ART IS BACK
Hair and make-up often take the focus backstage, but nail art was back in full force for the new season. There were logo manicures, crystal embellishments and ombre glitter talons at Tom Ford. This is definitely one of the more time consuming trends to get on board with but certainly one of the most fun.
NO MORE CONTOURING
I personally could not be happier to see this ridiculous, Kardashian led trend leave with its tail between its legs. Make-up artists gave it the boot and instead opted for blush applied to the apples of the cheeks. Softly blushed beauties were seen walking the catwalk at Simone Rocha while Pat McGrath introduces classic blush draping at Valentino in shimmering pink while over at Chanel a bold red hue was used.
HELLO BRIGHT EYES
It wouldn’t be summer without something bright and electro-pop eye make-up in orange, pink and blue will be seen everywhere this season. Look for highly-pigmented pastels in blues, greens and fuchsia. The bolder, brighter and more eye-popping, the better. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Always on trend, Dessange Paris Bahrain, nestled in the heart of Adliya, showcases an impressive range of heartstopping nail colours that we couldn’t wait to peacock across the Kingdom, in celebration of the paintbox brights that we have seen all over the Spring Summer 2018 runways.
veryone keeps talking about the new trend in nails and most are still trying to understand what a gel manicure is really all about. If you haven’t tried this type of manicure and are debating whether or not you should, then you definitely need to visit one of Dessange’s leading nail technicians - pronto! You should know that a CND Shellac manicure is the only non-gel manicure on the market. I’ve heard a lot of conversations and concerns over the years with my girlfriends surrounding the illusion that it is difficult to remove or indeed the misconception that it has ruined nails, leaving them cracked, thin, and frail. This is all in the hands of your local nail salon and it should never be anything short of a wonderful experience. I for one always feel on top of the world when a new flash of colour adorns my nails and I feel somewhat more confident when meeting people, so-muchso that my whole persona changes when I am armed with a fresh manicure and I feel that I’m ready to take on the world. Results of a CND Shellac manicure should last for about two weeks or longer - no chipping or fading (or excuses!). There are over 30 shades of lacquer, and they can be layered for endless possibilities. That’s a key statement here because I keep hearing “they don’t have any good colours” as a way to justify the burden of previous visits to other salons where chipped polish seems to be a regular occurrence. Alas, with professionalism like this at your fingertips Dessange are your new best friend and those cringeworthy manicures are now short-lived. They even know how to pair the colours together to create new ones that satisfy your
style, and that’s just the beginning, nail art is an option too no matter how simple or radical. The process goes like this: after a dry manicure—pushing back cuticles, shaping nails etc, one of their technician prepares the nail surface. They then layer on a base coat and you have to place your hands under a CND (UV) lamp. Next comes two (or sometimes three) layers of colour, after each you “cure” your nails in the lamp and then comes the final layer of top coat, which is cured once again. Nails are dry at this point, which becomes more apparent when the technician wipes the tops of them with alcohol to remove the sticky layer on stop. Some may argue that receiving this type of manicure isn’t good for your overall nail health, but I would argue that the cost, convenience and time that it saves me is 100% worth it. Being a true “girl on the go” in my editorial position I’m frequently in front of my clients and I need to keep my nails properly maintained. This type of manicure keeps me from having to squeeze in a weekly nail appointment and, more importantly, gives me more time to show them off at every opportunity! For more information please call: 1771 3999 @dessangebahrain
“With professionalism like this at your fingertips Dessange are your new best friend and those cringeworthy manicures are now short-lived”
GLAMOUR AT GATSBY Every girl needs some me-time and pampering now and again, right? There’s a new place in town that’s ready to take care of all your beauty services. Enter Gatsby Beauty Lounge at The Walk, Riffa.
nlike many other franchised names, Gatsby Beauty Lounge is the love affair of one Bahrain-based mama who has a passion for providing ladies with the best in beauty care. From hair to nails, face and body treatments, Gatsby has it all and you’ll need a whole afternoon to really experience its offerings –
girly treat anyone? We went along for a haircut, mani-pedi, massage and threading – all professional services made to help you wind down and relax. Gatsby Beauty Lounge is the first Med Beauty Spa in the Kingdom of Bahrain and it provides all aesthetic enhancement including Body Contouring and Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Hair Removal and Hair and Beauty services. There’s a whole side dedicated to being a luxury nail salon with all certified staff. On our visit, it’s the friendliness of the staff and the efficiency of the services that really stand out. One chat with the hairdresser and she gets to work; what is really awesome is that unlike many other places we’ve visited, this lady actually LISTENS to what you want and does just that. And we all know how hard it is to find a good hairdresser – Gatsby has just introduced us to ours! Moving onto the massage, the room is beautiful and the therapist really knows her stuff. The pressure is just right and the knots in the back (a result of everyday stress) were worked out with deep strokes for total relaxation. One small downfall is that you still get a tiny bit of noise from the other side of the door – but is it enough to stop you from enjoying the massage? Definitely not! Next up were the nails. In particular, it’s the pedicure that has us in total bliss. The therapist rids our soles of dead skin, followed by a mini scrub and lotion, all whilst cleaning, shaping and polishing the nails to leave you with envious tootsies. For the manicure, we chose a neutral shade which was applied meticulously once the nails had been groomed – our hands felt fresher and lighter than when we’d walked in. To finish off, the face threading – a service that can in some instances be very painful if done without the right skill and expertise. However, at Gatsby, threading was fast and precise with the aid of rose water to cool the skin afterwards. You’ll be offered a plate of yummy biscuits and a choice of hot or cold beverage during your time there – a gesture that really made us feel at home! And when you’re not eyes closed and cosy, you can admire the beautiful 1920’s inspired décor with glitzy chandeliers, funky mirrors, black and white tiling and a party-esque interior that will make you feel enveloped in pure luxury from start to finish. Ladies, it’s time to book your next day of indulgence and Gatsby Beauty Lounge is ready to welcome you! 44
“We all know how hard it is to find a good hairdresser – Gatsby has just introduced us to ours!”
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OHLALA Awards BEST NEW SPA GATSBY BEAUTY LOUNGE At Gatsby they offer a new class of unique and high-end beauty services. Clientele are instantly transformed to the world of glitz and glamour, the roaring 20’s, where anything can happen. This is a must visit for all beauty regimes.
BROW STATION They say that brows frame your face for every occasion and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to the Brow Station in Riffa who are ‘All About The Brows’ specialising in microblading and shading.
BEST HOTEL SPA FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY The Spa at the Four Seasons is a dream space. It provides the most complete experience you could want from a hotel spa – with stunning ornate features, a glorious THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN indoor pool and more indulgent treatments CONVENTION & SPA than you could imagine. The entrance alone This has been a great addition to the Gulf Hotel’s elicits a big wow. leisure facilities. Right bang in the heart of the city, this is a true escape to serenity and calm. It’s the perfect place for indulgence, relaxation ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS The Beach Club is the perfect luxury meets fitness and rejuvenation. It’s been the talk of town since and wellness destination. Boasting stunning design its opening and it deserves every positive word coming its way. elements across the club, it is fully equipped to meet the needs of gym-goers, sun worshippers and kids. There are plenty of activities that you BODYLINES FITNESS & WELLNESS CLUB, can get involved with, too. DOWNTOWN ROTANA Located on the 9th floor of this capital city property, this spa benefits from its unassuming THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN location as it is the only luxury spa in the One of the most classic hotel spas, The Ritzimmediate Bab Al Bahrain vicinity. It is the very Carlton provides a chic and dreamy space for definition of what it means to escape the bustle of anyone who wants to indulge in some selfurban life. It’s the perfect place to wind down. care. From the elegant changing room area to the wood-panelled treatment rooms to the Thalassotherapy pool, you get a proper nurturing experience. BEST RESORT SPA
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA
For a spa founded on the benefits of the sea, the Sofitel spa experience is truly indulgent. The spa offers a vast array of seawater-based treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage and wellness which aim to restore vitality and balance. With its location combined with its soul-soothing treatments, this is your go-to zen place. 46
ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Amwaj has been the go-to destination for recreational activities in Bahrain for over a decade. With ART Rotana being the ultimate resort hotel in the area, the spa provides an escape like no other. It’s the kind of spa you could while away in for hours on end and come out of it feeling fantastic.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY The Spa has so many levels that it is its own entity within The Four Seasons. The sheer labyrinth of the premises is a world away from the outside hustle and provides much- needed tranquillity. Every corner you turn, you nd more luxury and reason to indulge.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN
We like to think of this spa as one of the original resort spas on the island – everyone thinks it, we’re saying it. The Ritz-Carlton have always been synonymous with luxury, resort and excellence. The grounds are pristine, the spa is a haven, you can’t get more resort than this.
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA This sprawling property earns its resort status purely for its size and for being a wellness sanctuary like no other. What we love about this spa is how deep you go into the building and how many spaces there are to relax in. We could happily spend the rest of our lives there!
NOVOTEL BAHRAIN AL DANA RESORT The Thalasso & Spa retreat at this property is cited as one of the best places to find your balance and recharge your batteries. You can get both an invigorating or relaxing break while watching the Dhows float by.
off by getting into shape with their fitness centre and catalogue of classes, followed by a juice bar stop for a thirst quencher and then you can unwind and get fully pampered with lots of body massages and treatments. Their plunge pool is also something to talk about!
MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN There’s something so warm and reassuring about the Movenpick. There’s a great balance of cosmopolitan chic with colourful vitality. The fitness centre overlooking the pool and lush grounds give a feeling of paradise while the treatments lock you away in another zen world to make you feel completely relaxed and at one with your mind, body and soul.
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AL AREEN PALACE & SPA Amidst an ambience of seclusion and luxury, the multi-award- winning Al Areen Spa offers a unique and exquisite haven for busy lives. Drawn from the Chinese element’s philosophy and other Asian traditions practiced centuries ago, our intimate retreat blends romance and serenity with exotic sensuality.
BEST DAY SPA THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Heavenly Spa is just that. Located at The Westin, with a link to City Centre Bahrain mall, this spa encompasses all that it means to feel and be well. You can have the complete wellness experience at Heavenly Spa by enjoying soothing spa treatments designed to help you reclaim your relaxation and feel your best self by taking advantage of their unique fitness programmes. In short, if you go to Heavenly Spa in the morning, you’ll come out a new person by night.
This spa has been the topic of conversation for months now. Specialising in the wellness of all women and mothers, they offer bespoke services for mums-to-be, first time mums and mums who handle five kids at a time and mums that are grandmothers. Treatments are conducted by highly qualified therapists that seek to restore your sense of self, wellbeing and happiness. It’s all about inspiring women to better health. From manicures, pedicures to pregnancy massages to tummy sculpting treatments to rehydrating hair oil treatments, all your needs are met in one go here.
SASH SPA When it first opened, everyone was up in arms about how amazing Sash is. Tucked away in Riffa, you really get a sense of their ‘White Paradise’ that is second to none in Bahrain. The facilities are designed to relax, to renew and to re-energise guests. Every treatment is transformed into a unique and personal occasion to make it a moment created especially for you. The luxury Sash experience combines professionalism and aesthetic expertise. It’s beautiful, trust us.
BEST CITY SPA
If you ever feel like you need an express treatment while on-the-go, Downtown Rotana’s spa is a great pick-me-up. There’s a no frills, no fuss element to this spa where you get exactly what you need and when you need it at the drop of a hat. Bodylines offers a selection of massage treatments, including traditional Thai massage, Swedish massage, body masks and scrubs, as well as signature treatments – it’s as if you are in a parallel universe, when you’re really in the thick of the capital. Perfect.
THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA
There’s so much to love about this city spa. Not only is it THE best spa in the Diplomatic Area, it’s such great value for money. From a Himalayan salt stone sauna to an infinity pool to their Four Sense relaxation lounge, your mind and body are completely replenished after a day at this spa.
INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN
Spa InterContinental is a destination where every element is customised to your healthy time. It’s a space which bridges expert skincare and total wellness for your body and mind with treatments using natural products such as fruit, seeds, chocolate and yoghurt.
THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA The Zen-inspired spa features treatments ranging from massages to facials. Offering four elegant pools including a luxurious spa and wellness centre you’re able to drift away into a relaxing state from the hustle and bustle of the working week.
DESSANGE PARIS Established by Jacques Dessange in Paris in 1947, the elegance of Dessange is what makes it one of the ultimate day spas in Bahrain. You can get all your necessities done here – starting www.ohlala-magazine.com
OHLALA Awards a few years ago. Being in the elite area of Riffa, you’ll find some real haute ladies who attend. There’s a real exclusive vibe at this spa as the premises are totally closed off from the outside world, making you feel like you are in a white sanctuary. Everything about it, is elegant.
MOMMY WELLNESS DAY SPA
The very essence of this spa is to celebrate women and all the amazing things we do – and to pamper us hard working women. The core values of the spa sit so well with how we feel women should be pampered, indulged and treated. At a time when women are their most beautiful, vulnerable and strong, pregnant women and new mothers can rest assured that this spa is a unique and safe space to feel free and enjoy to the max.
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BEST SPA SIGNATURE TREATMENT VIE VITALITY, THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA When you enter VIE Spa, you leave your troubles outside, especially if you indulge in VIE VITALITY. It’s an aromatic and exhilarating journey inspired by oriental rituals of South East Asia. The body is enveloped in deep relaxation, the spirit soothes, leaving the skin hydrated, soft and luminous with the use of black pillows filled with hot sand.
THE ULTIMATE AROMATHERAPY EXPERIENCE, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Here you can experience the ultimate customised aromatherapy experience using carefully applied pressures and techniques to encourage a healthy well-being for body and mind. There are several signature oils to choose from, formulated with natural plant and flower oils with wonderful exotic scents and powerful therapeutic benefits. This treatment works from your head to your toes, it will dissolve away all of your stress and tension held in every part of your body.
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA The essential art of massage as part of a relaxing treatment to eliminate tension for a relaxed body. A complete body massage performed using luxuriously textured product concentrate with benefits from seawater.
INVIGORATING OUD MASSAGE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY As part of their Bahrain signature treatments, nothing is as unique as the Invigorating Oud Massage. It’s a deep-tissue massage using slow strokes and rm pressure to ease stress, this treatment uses Sodashi’s luxurious oud oil, rich with rose and frankincense, to melt your tension away. It’s then complemented by an exclusive facial massage using ancient Australian mineral stones that balance and harmonise the body and mind.
Practiced for many years, this ancient art of healing promotes emotional and physical wellbeing. Warm Thai herbal compresses provide antiinflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties to relieve stress and fatigue. One word: luxury.
TRESORS DES MERS RELAXATION MASSAGE,
This spa has been the talk of town since it opened
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN Minerals from the Dead Sea, thalassotherapy and plunge pools are among the waterinspired elements at this luxury spa in Bahrain. Treatments, from the Herbal Poultice Massage to the Secrets of Argan journey, also draw on rituals from Arabian history. Complementing the Bahrian hotel’s spa menu, which includes facials, massages and body treatments, is a setting that inspires the mind to calm with a traditional hammam, atrium pool and relaxation areas.
BEST FEMALE SPA
Whenever someone asks us where to go for a female-only experience, we can’t help but recommend Dessange. It’s practically an institution in Bahrain and the favourite among ladies who love to leisure and indulge in the nicer things in life. There’s a real finesse about this spa where you feel totally taken care of and in good hands.
HERBAL POULTICE MASSAGE, THE RITZCARLTON, BAHRAIN
Impressive on an international scale, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design filled with natural light, reflecting modern Moroccan and Turkish influences.The Spa treatments, including a signature Bahrain massage, are inspired with traditional healing therapies from Asia, India and the Middle East, using only ethnically sourced ingredients.
BEST MALE SPA THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN The spa here is an absolute haven for men who want to take some much-needed R&R. Treatments vary widely and include a stress reliever massage, a muscle recovery massage, an activity recover and a men’s facial.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
If you’ve been lucky enough to indulge in the women’s spa, rest assured that the men’s spa is a
mirror image of fabulousness and repose. The plunge pools in particular are something to talk about - and the lighting throughout the spa is akin to peace and happiness.
MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Rimal Spa ensures that all their treatment rooms are designed to the highest standards and have private showers. To ensure privacy, the wellness facility offers segregated male and female wings with relaxation waiting areas where organic herbal infusions and fruit water are served. Offering up to 43 a la carte treatments and massages Rimal Spa will never disappoint.
THE DOMAIN HOTEL & SPA VIE Lifestyle lab is an urban wellness spa focusing not only on relaxation and rejuvenation, but also offers you a revitalisation program with an assortment of Welcome Rituals to optimise the beginning of each spa experience.
scrub with black olive soap to remove dead skin cells, followed by a massage in a cloud of foam, resulting in total relaxation. Utter bliss.
THE PURIFYING HAMMAM RITUAL, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY The purifying hammam treatment begins with the traditional hammam, which includes steam, black soap and a Kessa glove scrub. An argan seed scrub and rhassoul clay are then applied over the whole body and allowed time to absorb before a soothing rose milk is poured onto the skin for nourishment.
HAMMAM QUEEN, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA
TIME TOGETHER,THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Time together begins with a 15-minute steam treatment followed by a 30-minute body cleansing scrub. Next an invigorating 60-minute signature massage soothes your senses, followed by a 45-minute wrap. Your ultimate experience is concluded with a 30-minute rejuvenating Jacuzzi in the luxurious couple’s spa suite.
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This is an amazing 330-minute treatment that includes a steam, body scrub, green clay detox mask exotic moisture dew facial, a Balinese massage and a manicure and pedicure followed by a blow dry.
HEAVENLY SPA, THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN
BEST COUPLE’S TREATMENT
THALASSA SEA & SPA, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA
Akin with the ultimate wellness, Heavenly Spa is true to its word. This spa brand embodies a wellness philosophy where you can surrender to a healing touch and immerse yourself in relaxing scents, inspiring melodies and invigorating massages.
The Bahrain Pearl’s thalassotherapy complex offers RITUALS OF ROMANCE, AL AREEN PALACE & SPA a vast array of seawater-based treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage and wellness. There’s also a This 120 minute escape allows you to leave the beach club with fittness facility So FIT, steam rooms, limits of time and share the experience with a friend tennis and squash courts, and a pool. or a loved one. Refresh and re-energise your mind SPECIAL MOMENTS HAMMAM, THE WESTIN and soul with their special package which includes: CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN rainmist, rose exfoliating salt and a scrub-rain shower. Special Moments Hammam treatment at DESSANGE PARIS This luxury brand dedicated to women’s beauty Heavenly Spa is unique in that it is the biggest hammam chamber/treatment room in Bahrain care is best at combining skin, body and hair care I LOVE SHARING,SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ and is a sight to behold, really. You’ll get your all under one roof. The house of Dessange, as THALASSA SEA & SPA proper Turkish hammam experience here, with established by Jacques Dessange in Paris 1947, is This is a gentle relaxation for two that involves 1 experienced therapists who help you escape the elegance recognised internationally and is one of couples hammam session, a marine body wrap overstimulation of the world outside and unwind the most trusted spa brands in Bahrain. and then a massage of your choice. in true tranquillity - all that exfoliation is worth it.
BEST HAMMAM TREATMENT
TRADITIONAL ROSE HAMMAM, THE GULF SPA, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Enjoy this traditional hammam from Arabia. Relax and let the scented black olive soap purify your body and clear your senses. Glow with vitality as a vigorous exfoliation with your personal hammam mitt. A healing rose clay body mask is applied to nourish and regenerate your skin. To nish, and rich oil with a blend of Arabian aromatherapy is massaged into the skin to soften.
TURKISH BATH CEREMONY, MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN The 90-minute Turkish Bath Ceremony is a serious invitation to explore the Ottoman era, of fulfilment and serenity; the Turkish bath and its unique ritual involves a soft steam and a traditional Kessa glove www.ohlala-magazine.com
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It’s beautifully urban and luxurious with unending corridors and treatment rooms. It feels like a maze that doesn’t end but keeps going on and on. And, what’s NATURA BISSE, THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN From refining acids to natural botanicals, Natura Bisse more, the entire spa goes over three glorious floors. offers exclusive anti-aging formulas to deliver radiant skin. These products specifically target the effects FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY of premature aging while personalising serums and Impressive on an international scale, The Spa at other products to meet the needs of various skin types. Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay encompasses Discover a brand that defines luxury. four interconnected buildings woven together with pathways and gardens with modern design lled with natural light, reflecting modern Moroccan ELEMIS, ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS and Turkish influences. Specialising in targeted skin and body care, Elemis use natural active ingredients combined with cutting-edge science to create leading, luxury spaSOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA driven beauty products. Producing some of the This spa space is nothing short of incredible. The most influential anti-ageing. soft lighting, ornate marbling and intricate mosaic patterns make this spa a joy to be in. The design has the ability to naturally re energise you even 111SKIN, DESSANGE PARIS before you step into your treatment. Developed by leading Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, 111SKIN offers the most advanced, sophisticated healing and anti-aging. Based THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN The spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the very on ingredients tested for effectiveness in extreme definition of a private sanctuary - it feels like an conditions in space, this pioneering range repairs and open plan museum with historical looking columns protects for a youthful, radiant appearance. and beautiful sculptures throughout.
GREEN BAR INC, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA
Green Bar is a small company based in Bahrain reflecting a modern take on the region’s age-old Middle Eastern beauty rituals. They specialise in beauty oils because they believe in anointing your body like it’s a sacred temple. The underlying theme of the products is a natural extravagance.
ILA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
BEST HEALTH CLUB
Intense, aromatic blends of 100% pure plant and essential oils restore your natural moisture balance providing radiant, glowing and healthy skin. Scented with precious blends of pure essential oils there is no need to wear perfume as you’re enveloped in the most indulgent aromas all day.
BEST SPA DESIGN THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA 50
CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN This health club is perfect for the on-the-go traveller who needs to take some time for themselves. This is a great club to recharge your batteries, feel good and take the world by storm again.
SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL This property provides one of the best and fully equipped health and recreation centers in Bahrain with its top of the line gymnasium, swimming pool and recreation facilities. They offer an exclusive membership that allows you to keep fit by providing you with strength and cardio equipments along with extensive recreational facilities.
BEST FITNESS CENTRE FITNESS FIRST As we said before, this is a premier fitness nirvana equipped with the best in modern facilities. You can benefit from specialist personal trainers who will help you up your cardio, weight management, introduce bodybuilding programs, group exercise, boxing classes, aerobics classes and nutrition plans.
As the fitness leaders in Bahrain, their mission is to make the world (and the island) a fitter place. They do this by combining innovation in their classes and gym environment, with experienced, friendly and knowledgeable personal trainers. Overall, Fitness First is about having fun while exercising.
Head over to their website and the rst thing you’ll think is: this is hardcore. And it is but the results are so worth it! This strength and conditioning centre is suitable for use by all individuals of any level of fitness. The gym is equipped with a 20 meter stretch of astroturf, TRX, olympic rings, battle ropes, tyres, kettlebells, landmines and sleds.
Aiming to bring purity, energy and balance into everyday life, ILA, a beyond organic luxury skincare brand from England has once again designed four new exclusive spa treatments for The MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Nothing says health better than a club that overlooks lush greenery and a pool, right? This is what you get at the Movenpick Health Club and it makes you AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES OILS, DOWNTOWN
want to pound the treadmill even harder.
TRAINING FOR WARRIORS The TFW system began as a fitness program originally created for some of the best combat athletes in the world more than 18 years ago. What
infrared light energy to heat the dermis deep beneath your skin’s surface with the goal of tightening facial laxity and stimulating collagen growth – without surgery, recovery time, or injections, Titan is an ideal solution for your face lift and abdomen, arms skin tightening. Since the Titan procedure heats tissue under the skin’s surface, patients of any skin type or age can be treated.
separates the TFW system from other training programs is its holistic approach to training.
OXYGEN GYM This gym is dedicated to helping you get healthy, breathe better, decrease stress, increase body strength and achieve your overall fitness goals. Over 1000 square meters in size, Oxygen Gym is one of the largest co-ed fitness centres in Bahrain and is equipped with the most hi-tech weight training machines and cardio fitness equipment.
MARAFIE CLINIC Dr. Hanann A.Wahed Marafie is considered to be one of the leading dermatologist and cosmetic dermatologists in the Kingdom of Bahrain. With over 20 years of experience within the industry she is well known for introducing many of the latest and most advanced technologies to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
LA SANTÉ, THE WOMEN WELLNESS CENTER Catering for women of all ages La Santé offers exclusive services in the fields of women health, wellbeing and lifestyle including clinics, rehabilitation, rejuvenation, fitness and lifestyle services.
BEST MEDICAL SPA HOSPITALIA BY YARA This is where medical meets luxury. With an impressive array of treatments for your complete wellness, this spa houses the best specialists, most cutting edge technology and is a beautiful sanctuary. Departments in this medical spa include: Dermatology, Dental, Cryotherapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen.
ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL RBH delivers state-of-the-art-medical care.With a professional team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and administrators with high-end facilities and equipment from countries such as Germany and the USA. The main attribute of quality comes from the KIMS group. As Royal Bahrain Hospital is the fth healthcare institution of the KIMS group in the gulf region, patients can expect a high level of quality care and expertise to be provided within RBH.
DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL
Dr. Tariq Saeed is the renowned Bahraini, Plastic, Aesthetic and Laser surgeon who has been in plastic surgery since 1983 and trained in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Dermoplasty at Dr.Tariq hospital recognises that its clients are the center of its universe. It embraces and adopts the highest standards and most contemporary science in delivering plastic surgery, laser dermatology and allied services to these clients in a caring and compassionate environment.
BEST NON INVASIVE SURGICAL TREATMENT CARBON FACIAL, HOSPITALIA BY YARA Carbon Facial is a new non invasive and pain- free laser treatment that is great for treating minor skin imperfections. This includes reducing fine lines and wrinkles, tightening dilated pores, reducing acne, scars and post acne discoloration, restoring skin integrity and radiance, stimulating collagen growth and clearing pores to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads.
MESOTHERAPY, ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL
Mesotherapy treatment is a non surgical cosmetic solution aimed at diminishing problem areas in your body such as cellulite, excess weight, body contouring, and face/neck rejuvenation, just to name a few. Mesotherapy can also assist in reducing pain, and in replenishing hair loss in both men and women.
MICRODERMABRASION, DR. TARIQ HOSPITAL
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. It mechanically exfoliates the outermost layer of dead skin cells (the stratum corneum) and vacuums them away, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother and if done well, looking younger and more vibrant.
SKIN TIGHTENING, MARAFIE CLINIC Skin Tightening with Cutera Titan® uses a safe
BEST DENTAL SPA SEEF DENTAL The year 2005 marked the birth of Seef Dental, when Dr. Azza Fityani, Dr. Sameh Shaheen, Dr. Roger El Bassit and Dr. Sami El Bassit joined ventures to address the growing demand for professional dental services in Bahrain. The rich background of technical knowledge and academic exposure of the founders, as well as their wide spectrum of knowledge that encompassed different disciplines in dentistry, made service at Seef Dental unique and professional.
DENTAL SPECIALIST CENTRE At Dental Specialist Center, they offer a range of different services that are all carried out using the latest methods and modern techniques. From root canal treatments to dental implants to braces, their consultants are experts in their fields and you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.
ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL The Royal Dental Studio houses their dental department, with a full roster of dentists, orthodontists and endodontists. Our doctors use expert dexterity and a mix of advanced techniques to ensure healthy gums and teeth. We offer comprehensive evaluation of oral health based on which preventive and conservative measures and treatments are advised to meet client needs to ensure good oral hygiene.
CERAM DENTAL Dedicated to a total comprehensive dental care approach that focuses on treating people, not only teeth. The enhance their patient’s experience by providing them the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
SMILE DENTAL CLINIC Situated in the heart of Zinj is Smile Dental Clinic in which their services include smile makeovers, veneers, laser whitening alongside cleaning to provide you with something to truly smile about. www.ohlala-magazine.com
OHLALA Awards BEST BEAUTY SALON GLOSS SALON AND SPA At Gloss Salon and Spa you can expect modern chic hair cuts, vibrant color, highlights, special occasion styling as well as waxing and hair removal, pedicure, nails, facials and make-up. The experienced team will help you determine the best services and will assist you to tailor them for your specific needs.. Their quirky and chic salon is designed to offer you an exciting experience and make you feel glamorous.
TONI & GUY
The word pamper goes a long way at Sash Spa. Every treatment is transformed into a personal and unique experience where the glamour of beauty gives you an impeccable feel and look. There are always surprise touches throughout.
Toni & Guy is the most powerful hairdressing brand in the world. From the cool to the quirky to the classic, all the stylists and directors have expert knowledge of hair and can literally do anything you want them to do.
JOZ SALON AND SPA
Whatever style you want, Gloss can do it for you. Whether that is platinum highlights or lowlights, roots, blow dry, up-dos or a Keratin straightening treatment, you’ll be able to get exactly what you want.
Every last beauty want and need is met at Dessange Paris with the utmost knowledge, care and attention. We’ve had many a manicure and pedicure here and have come away from it super happy - especially with the long-lasting results!
Celebrating over 75 years in the beauty business, Joz Salon and Spa has continually met the challenge of their mission, providing beauty and spa treatments in a friendly, relaxing environment while using the best quality products. With locations throughout Bahrain, this salon has always been the firm favourite for always being a trusty option for any woman who wants a pick-me-up.
LUEUR BEAUTY SALON
YARA BEAUTY LOUNGE
Conveniently located on the 3rd floor of The Westin & Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre lies Lueur Beauty Salon offering an enticing array of services for hair, nails and beauty. They always deliver the highest quality service and value with the utmost professionalism - always a pleasure to visit!
As women we all need a little R&R along the way. You can groom yourself to perfection via a host of treatments including eyebrow tinting and shaping, waxing, tanning, gelish/shellac manicures and pedicures. Yara Beauty Lounge offers a true five star experience for women of all ages.
BEAUTOPIA BEAUTY LOUNGE A family owned business originally founded in 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain offers a unique concept bursting with new technologies, products, and services following updated trends. They’ve combined creative ideas such as themed spa rooms.
GLOSS SALON AND SPA
JOZ SALON AND SPA At Joz, unprecedented customer service is focused on to ensure that every guest has an experience unlike any other - and that very much includes hair care. For your run of the mill colour job or trim, it’s always done right here.
HEADS UP SALON Located in Moda Mall, Janabiya, the Sofitel and Hamala, this salon has grown exponentially over the years and has become the go-to for women who want that extra special updo.
JOHNNY & CO. This salon has a calm, fresh friendly feel to it, as you walk through the doors and are greeted by the friendly, talented sta of stylists and assistants. They offer a comprehensive range of hair and beauty treatments using Schwarzkopf and L’oreal products.
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NSTYLE BEAUTY LOUNGE
We like to think of this nail studio as luxury at an affordable price. NStyle Beauty Lounge provides SASH SPA today’s modern women with the ultimate in Hair care by Philip Kingsley takes centre stage at beauty lavishness set in a trendy and highly Sash Spa which aims to transform dull hair into luxurious store environment offering the highest lustrous glossy locks. You can do conditioning quality services and stringent hygiene standards. treatments, dry scalp packages and hair loss treatments.
LUEUR BEAUTY SALON To see the mixture of healthy and beautiful hair in action you need to sashay your way to this acclaimed Kerastase and L’Oreal Professional salon in Bahrain. Accelerate your inner goddess at the prestigious Lueur Beauty Salon and bask in ultimate luxury 52
The first nail spa and boutique of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain offers the most comprehensive menu of nail care services and exclusive nail care products, by the best brands in nail revolution such as Essie, Cuccio, Creative nail design and OPI. N.Spa provides today’s modern women with an elegant and indulgent range of
Manicure and Pedicure experiences that will turn hands and feet into the epitome of taste and style, in a unique and luxurious setting.
GLOSS SALON AND SPA From shellac to mani-pedi packages, Gloss can give you the best nail makeover in town. You get the complete treatment at Gloss with lovely hand and feet massages as your nails are bu ed and polished. Your visit to Gloss becomes a memorable occasion and one that you will always look forward to.
BEAUTY SPOT SALON Based in Hamala, Beauty Spot has been a trusty go-to for a long time now. You get high quality products for your nails alongside Internationally trained specialists to ensure you get only the best.
YARA BEAUTY LOUNGE If nail art is your kryptonite then Yara Beauty Lounge situated in Zawia 1, Amwaj is where you need to go to get your fix. They have an Italian specialist nail artist who paints your nail like the canvas that it is. Acrylics are also common place with an array of lengths available, dependent upon your preference.
BEST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM VLCC BAHRAIN At VLCC, they endeavor to turn a desire to lose weight into an achievable state of healthy living, by offering a harmonious blend of the latest scientific technologies along with nutritional and lifestyle counseling in leading a happy, stress free life.
DIET MEALZ “Health is wealth” as much as “time is precious”. At Diet Mealz, they aim to hit two birds at once. Diet Mealz is a solution to this problem. Diet Mealz is a unique F&B outlet promoting healthy living. All meals are freshly prepared daily to ensure the food quality. Meals are individually portioned and packed in heatable containers for easy, healthy on the go meals.
HEALTH WATCHERS BAHRAIN This program is simple. Call to book an appointment, get your consultation where the dietitians will give you a custom-made
diet plan in order for your to reach your goal set, whether it’s weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain or weight maintenance. Get your diverse meals delivered to your door - you can get: Khaleeji, Oriental, Occidental and European dishes.
CARLTON NUTRITION CENTER Carlton Nutrition center has multinational professional team hired for a specific combination of education, skills and expertise working in a high spirit of successful performance and dedication to ensure customer satisfaction. Through its wide variety of dishes inspired by a myriad of cuisines, CNC culinary artists bring delicacies of the world right into the meal. Their professional dietitians help you lose, gain, or maintain your weight and improve your athletic performance.
to be the primary center for medical tourism in the area.
AMERICAN MISSION HOSPITAL American Mission Hospital has been providing healthcare for the people of Bahrain for over a hundred years in a non-profit setting. The ideals by which AMH was rst established have remained unchanged in over a century of service.
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BEST HOSPITAL ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL RBH delivers state-of-the-art-medical care. With a professional team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and administrators with high- end facilities and equipment from countries such as Germany and the USA. The main attribute of quality comes from the KIMS group. As Royal Bahrain Hospital is the fifth healthcare institution of the KIMS group in the gulf region, patients can expect a high level of quality care and expertise to be provided within RBH.
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MIDDLE EAST HOSPITAL The hospital is considered among the most advanced in equipment, and staffed with the best qualified in the area, to generate a service that is highly demanded by the populous in Bahrain and beyond. Moreover, while it is the most equipped and staffed, it provides its services at a ordable cost to individuals, corporates and insurance companies alike – thanks to modern management systems that emphasize efficiency and quality of care.
BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL
The vision of Bahrain Specialist Hospital is to be always the top provider of the highest standards of healthcare by expanding the scope of services at the current location and at other sites in Bahrain and the region, and www.ohlala-magazine.com
CITY CENTREPIECE Neighbouring the fashionable shopping destination lies The Westin City Centre Bahrain, showcasing itself as the cityâ€™s most prestigious address, with an array of opulent treats around every corner allowing for a mesmerising staycation. he interior of The Westin
T City Centre Bahrain is sumptuous and modern with lavish crushed velvet fabrics adorning cushions and an array of carefully crafted furniture. Throughout the hotel different levels and styles of illumination create an air of extravagance in the entertaining spaces and tranquillity and intimacy in the lounge areas. The dĂŠcor is a clever blend of polished woods, tiles, panelling and ornate chandeliers. The cutting edge contemporary design is executed perfectly to create a sense of luxuriant escapism. This sense of splendour struck me immediately as my car was whisked away by valet, as I entered and was offered a refreshingly fruity trio of welcome drinks which resembled a heavenly elixir to kick start my detox experience. The hotel takes a holistic, bespoke approach towards guest wellbeing which was evident as I checked in painlessly and sashayed to my executive room. The platter of treats presented to me reflected the attention to detail and personal knowledge of every guest. This ensures that no two stays are alike but are customised to indulge the cravings, style and eccentricities of guests from arrival to departure. The highlight of any visit to The Westin is the Heavenly Bed which has a reputation which proceeds it. Aside from this the ambient lighting, crisp tiled edges in the heavenly bathroom and thoughtfully selected accessories from the signature White Tea range are designed to create a sense of mindfulness and bodhi whilst ensuring that all necessary links with the outside world are at hand should you require them. The team at The Westin make a conscious effort to create a home away from home. Despite my reluctance to leave such a haven I was keen to sample High Tea on offer at Mezzanine Lounge. The setting is a spectacle itself with floor to ceiling windows giving expansive views from the velveteen, wing backed arm chairs. Hourglass tables supported the 54
â€œThis ensures that no two stays are alike but are customised to indulge the cravings, style and eccentricities of guests from arrival to departure.â€? 56
TRAVEL Escapes delicate array of pastries and sandwiches. All of the menus at The Westin are impregnated with superfoods which create vitality and wellbeing through their philosophy of food synergy – pairing certain foods to increase their health giving benefits. Should you wish for a more intimate setting for your group or perhaps a family gathering then private pods can be created with the addition of lavish drapes within this same space. The hotel services and ethos also extend to business clientele through the state of the art meeting and function rooms. Whether it be a board meeting or large catered event the team are able to offer the same bespoke service as they would in any other area of the hotel and can guarantee ‘clutter free’ meetings with state-of-the-art audio visual support. Following a meander by the outdoor pool , taking in the sun deck, comfy sofas and pristine white towels on offer to all guests I eagerly made my way to the Heavenly Spa for a facial and Heavenly Spa Signature Massage. Once inside the soothing aromas and soft lighting immediately had a calming effect as I changed into a warm fluffy robe and arranged myself on a lounger in the relaxation zone. My treatment began here with a cleansing detox water. My facial involving cleansing and exfoliating treatments preseeded my signature massage. The masseuse expertly sought out every knotted fibre and stress point with no direction from myself. Her techniques had the effect of a car journey on a small baby, lulling me into a meditative sleep. My overall two hour experience passed by sickeningly quickly. As I emerged from my dosing state disappointment at my Spa experience ending gave way to excitement at the prospect of dining in the renowned Furn Bistro that evening. It is refreshing to have a flagship restaurant within such an auspicious venue serving high end Khaleeji cuisine as opposed to favouring the flavours of other nations. The bakery churns out expertly crafted Sambusak and Manakish whilst also paying homage to pastry staples such as croissants and strudel. Wishing to stretch my culinary boundaries I decided to try the salmon recommended by my knowledgeable and welcoming host. The platter was returned to kitchen almost as clean as it had been before service – not a single morsel left. I have since struggled to think of a fish dish which has impressed me as much throughout my various dining experiences. Praise indeed. I am sure there is no need to comment upon how well I slept however to coin a phrase, it was ‘Heavenly’! As technology speeds up the pace of life and each of us has unique stresses and strains dictated by individual circumstances, we all search for a means of escaping and space to ‘re-boot’. The ‘heavenly’ sanctuary created within The Westin City Centre Bahrain alleviates any negativity and elevates every mood. Whether you are seeking a business hub, a sumptuous family lodging or a luxurious space in which to mix and mingle with friends The Westin will cater to your every need and you will leave walking a little taller, smiling a little wider, skin glowing a little brighter and ready to take on the world once again. For more information, please call: +973 17 171 000 www.ohlala-magazine.com
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I N F U L L B L O O M AMATO LUXE’S LATEST SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE IN FAIRYTALES. INSPIRED BY TALES OF FANTASY, ROMANCE AND ROYALTY, AMATO LUXE’S FEMININE FROCKS EMBODY THE GRACE AND BEAUTY OF A TRUE PRINCESS. EACH PASTEL PIECE EMBELLISHED WITH GLASS BEADS, FLOWER APPLIQUÉ, SEQUIN EMBROIDERY AND A HINT OF FAIRY DUST.
CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHER: Oliver Doran STYLING: Furne One HEAD HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST: Jojo Dantespadua ASSISTANT: Ivy Kep Peralta MODELS: Ada, Nicole and Joanna of MMG Models www.ohlala-magazine.com
THE ‘ONE’ WHO STOLE OUR HEART! FURNE ONE has touched a chord with the region’s fashion elite with his Avant Garde label ‘Amato’ and continues to be humble in his approach to life. JAYNE GREEN sits down with Furne One and talks everything from style to his dog Duchess, and everything in between. 66
ood Morning Mr One! We’re firm favourites of Amato here at Ohlala Headquarters, with many a front cover being adorned with your eccentric and awe inspiring designs. Tell us about the process from when you initially think of a design to then allowing it to come to fruition? I find the entire creative process very fulfilling as it is exciting. From conceptualizing ideas and sketching the design, to the sewing and finishing, it still amazes me how a simple imagination can come to life. Being able to create a dress that people appreciate the most rewarding experience for any designer. Moreover, what matters is that you create something that speaks to your audience and make them see your vision. The beginning is always a good place to start... do you remember when you first became aware of fashion, or at least when “style” became something you gravitated towards? When I was a young boy I would watch my mother and grandmother get all dressed up. I would watch them put on makeup and fix their hair. I was fascinated with how their dresses, shoes and accessories transformed them into glamorous queens. Tell us about the recently launched SS18 collection Amato Luxe. Amato Luxe’s SS18 collection is inspired by the beauty and grace of ballet masterpieces such as Swan Lake and Nutcracker. The Middle East market is very fashion-driven. How does it differ in comparison to other fashion cultures around the world? I think the fashion industry in other parts of the world move a little too fast. I find that the audience in the Middle East don’t fall for fads and trends that easily. They still go for the classic and timeless styles with only hints of what’s trending in fashion. What is the ultimate trend for you that will always be timeless? Individuality. How do you relax? I like to relax in bed watching movies and tv shows with dog, Duchess. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to the fashion industry and how do you overcome some of the challenges this industry brings? People who chase fashion trends just to fit in with the hype. You have gained international recognition as a creative director. How do you feel that you have achieved this? It never fails to surprise me when a famous celebrity wears Amato. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and J.Lo (to name a few) are huge names and they have tons of other designers to choose from right at their fingertips - but instead they chose to wear Amato by Furne One. It makes me proud and honoured, of course.
FAVOURITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? BLACK SCARF MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? AMATO COUTURE FAVOURITE DESIGNER? THE OLD MASTERS. FAVOURITE SCENT? AMATO ORO FAVOURITE SONG? ANYTHING BY MADONNA FAVOURITE FOOD? SOUL FOOD
Tell us what the Amato woman stands for. My collections aren’t for the faint hearted woman, but one who is comfortable in her skin; her ensembles are but a foil to reflect her inner persona. Amato’s signature collections are seen as timeless modern classics that are collector’s items. Meshing cultures, using the region’s rare arts, layering it with eastern and western elements, I create unique pieces for my urbane and globalized clients, reflecting their personal and cultural identities. How do you define your unique creative flair amidst the fashion world and how do you stay relevant? Dubai has definitely changed in the last couple of years since I came. The women have embraced a brand new style - and as a designer, it is important that you know how to look outside of your own comfort zone. The challenge is to learn to adapt to the changes of the fashion world but still remain true to your aesthetic. It is essential to create a balance between the designer’s artistry and creativity with the business side of it all. You’ve previously stated that the achievement that you are most proud of is providing employment for your staff. How do you remain so humble amidst your success? I’m fortunate enough to be given this amazing platform where I can influence, inspire and be a good role model to the people who look up to me. My mother also taught me to value peoples’ trust and respect by keeping your feet on the ground. 68
Indulge your senses on the ninth floor of Ramada Manama City Centre at Taqah Spa, offering a hedonistic selection of massages, skin treatments, and healthy remedies.
rom hydrating facials and body wraps to romantic couple massages and perfectly tailored weekend getaways Taqah Spa ensures you will experience a layered approach to wellness that invites you to do as much or as little as you like. Taqah Spa has highly trained spa technicians that attend to your specific needs and desires to deliver a level of personalised service that is unmatched. Allow their staff to guide you on a private path to finding harmony and balance from the core of your being, while catering to your exact needs and wellness goals. Spoil yourself with massages, facials and other therapies that are more than just a treatment. At Taqah, they take care of details that make all the difference. Their spa is set up to ensure relaxation, privacy and wellness. Prior to recommending treatments, they listen to their guest’s needs. Your treatment will be a sensory experience with soft lighting, ambient music and aromatherapy to put your mind at ease. By identifying what your body needs, their skilled staff will give you a spa day to remember.
Taqah Spa is introducing one of 2018’s trendiest spa treatments to their array of luxurious therapies. Starting March, Taqah Spa is introducing its newest treatment, the Exotic Glow Body Scrub. As we begin to enter the spring season, one of the trendiest spa treatments is the Body Scrub. An exotic exfoliation ritual to invigorate and revive the body. This luxurious scrub melts on contact with skin to leave it strikingly soft and nourished. Mineral rich Salts and Hibiscus cleanse and exfoliate, whilst an infusion of exotic Argan oil and Exotic Island flowers seal in moisture. This treatment leaves the skin lustrously glowing and vibrant, rejuvenated and flawless. Book their 45-minute Exotic Glow Body Scrub before this June and pamper yourself with a free 30-minute massage of your choice. Taqah Spa will also offer a free light snack-buffet to all our guests visiting Taqah Spa this Mother’s Day on Wednesday, March 21, when they book any treatment at Taqah spa. For reservations, please call +973 17104000
WITH A CONSCIENCE Fashion Show Event to Benefit Underprivileged Children WHEN: 30 March 2018 at 11:30 Am. WHERE: Novotel Hotel, Ballroom, Zaytoun Restaurant WHAT: Fashion Show Under Chandelier WHO: Sponsored by Dr. “Emmi” Orawan Boonyathada, President of Morality Edutainment (M.E.) Contact Information: +973 3888 2985 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: • “Fashion Show Under Chandelier” will feature the latest designs from popular high-end international designers and brands. Come see the latest trends and see amazing new styles before they are available in stores! • The latest trends in fashion will be showcased by the most beautiful professional models in Bahrain. • Members of the Bahrain Royal Family and special VIP Guests will also be in attendance showing their support for the Morality Edutainment (M.E.) and the underprivileged children who will benefit from this event. • After the “Fashion Show Under Chandelier” there will be an after party for you to enjoy! TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE! • For 55BD, VIP “Fashion Show Under Chandelier” event and complimentary Friday brunch with a welcome drink at the fashion show event. Premium drinks are available for an extra charge. • For 29BD “Fashion Show Under Chandelier” charity event and the ticket will also include complimentary Friday brunch. Keep your ticket for drawing as you might be a lucky winner of an unannounced surprise! 72
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CHIC Eats Four Seasons
Bahrain Bay Kitchen is now transforming your Friday afternoons by introducing the new Friday Art Gallery Brunch in cooperation with ArtDivano concept gallery and art boutique. Creativity will surround you. Compelling, vibrant artworks, by local artists, are displayed throughout the restaurant. Take your time to browse and absorb the engaging vibes every Friday until March 23rd from 1pm to 4pm. Call 17 11 55 00
Get spoiled by their new Italian chef every Monday night at Rosso restaurant. Chef Enrico will prepare over twelve different types of freshly made pastas with his family secret recipes, which were passed down to him from his great-great-grandparents. With over four generations of authentic Italian pastas with your choice of welcoming drinks. Treat yourself with a night full of Italian love. Call 16 000 111
The award winning all-day dining restaurant Flavours on 2 offers international flavours from around the world serving breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet in addition to à la carte menu. The open-style kitchen and the live cooking stations bring a lively atmosphere into the restaurant. Call 13 119 999
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
The signature Italian restaurant Primavera offers a two-course business set lunch by two Michelin starred chef Oliver Glowig. Diners can choose either one starter with one main course or one main course with one dessert and enjoy a relaxing lunch with beautiful views over the landscaped gardens and the poolside. Call 17 586 499
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We know how much you love sushi and you need to indulge yourself at Waikiki where you can enjoy the unlimited Japanese Sushi with your choice of House beverages.Every Saturday from 6pm till 10.30pm Call 66 666 360
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain
Your mother deserves to be Queen, so let the Mövenpick give her the treatment she deserves on 21 March 2018. Spoil your mum with special bubbly high tea and delicious pastries, sandwiches and cakes. Mother’s Day celebration starts at 3.00 pm and ends at 6.00 pm at the Gallery lobby, priced including a complimentary 30-minute massage voucher at their state of the art Rimal Spa and pool access for you and your mother. Call 17 460 017
Le Meridian Bahrain City Centre
Mothers Day themed BBQ night where you can enjoy a stylish yet rustic BBQ experience on the terrace of the Baharat and showcase their BBQ ribs and wagyu prime rib steak. Live music from their vibrant South African Duo, The Deux Song. Call 17 171 144
The Westin City Centre Bahrain
On Wednesday, 21st March 2018 from 3pm – 7pm treat your mothers to sheer indulgence at Mezzanine Lounge. Further tribute to all mothers by indulging them for half the price of Afternoon tea. Choice of two types of tea or other hot beverages with delicious bites and a choice of bubbly. Call 17 171 441
Asia De Cuba
Every Wednesday ladies can enjoy Chica Bonita where they can enjoy three complimentary drinks in the vibrant surroundings of Asia de Cuba, its Cigar Lounge and Rooftop Bar plus 50% off on a selected food menu at Asia de Cuba or 25% off for a mixed group. Call 17 711 600
The Crowne Plaza Bahrain
La Mosaique at The Crowne Plaza Bahrain is an international inspired restaurant, hosting a large selection of theme nights, mostly every evening of the week. Situated in the heart of Manam it is ideally located where you can enjoy lunch and breakfast daily. Call 17 531 122
Unlike any other Friday Brunch in town, Bushido takes the brunch game up a notch with fresh food, tasty flavours and a huge array of Japanese favourites. Bushido specialises in live-cooking stations and freshly-prepared dishes ranging from modern Japanese to more authentic options too. Even the thirst-quenching cocktails come with a blend of Eastern and Western influences. Diners can truly elevate their Friday afternoons! Call: 1758 3555
“I don’t chase rainbows - I eat them” - Anonymous
Indulge yourself at Al Safir Restaurant housing a delectable offer of buy-oneget-one-free at their Chocoholic Friday Brunch. With live cooking stations, seafood items, cold cuts, International main courses, plus an extravagant selection of desserts and a crepe station you will be sure to walk out with a smile! Call 17 533 533
Step into Gallery Café and enjoy the Afternoon Tea Experience that awaits you, taken inspiration from the celebrated British pastime Chef Marwan has created a double tiered Afternoon Tea box that includes a selection of both sweet and savoury handmade treats to delight the senses, alongside a selection of herbal and classic teas Available from Sunday to Friday from 3.00pm to 6.00pm Call 17 711 600
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
The Gulf Hotel has firmly positioned itself as a gastronomic and entertainment paradise in Bahrain. Discover one of their ten exclusive restaurants. Call 17 713 000
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa
Enjoy the Grand Friday Brunch at Sofitel Bahrain. Sink your hearts in deliciously prepared dishes with live cooking stations and intertwine your appetite to a selection of international flavour from the award-winning Saraya, Fiamma and Wok Restaurants. Call 17 636 363.
The Royal Golf Club
Enjoy the Grand Friday Brunch at Sofitel Bahrain. Sink your hearts in deliciously prepared dishes with live cooking stations and intertwine your appetite to a selection of international flavour from the award-winning Saraya, Fiamma and Wok Restaurants. Call 17 751262. www.ohlala-magazine.com
BEST of the BRUNCH The Rotana brand is eponymous for their internationally-renowned outlets. Ones that blaze a culinary trail in their wake, each Rotana outlet leaves an indelible mark, whilst their brunches serve up everlasting memories in abundance with their array of delicacies acting as the perfect accompaniment to any occasion.
ART ROTANA FRIDAY BRUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA
s we approached the ART Rotana Hotel the weblike exterior of woven steel is breathtaking and makes a bold statement regarding your experience here. Whether a staying guest, a casual diner or visitor to the Friday Brunch, as I was, you can not fail to stand for a moment in awe as modern art meets engineering at it’s best. The hotel boasts impressive views of the Arabian Gulf combined with state of the art facilities and a veritable Louvre of design pieces throughout. Had I not been eager to sample the buffet I could have idled away the afternoon meandering through the various lounges and public spaces. Choices restaurant plays host to the Friday Brunch Extravaganza where those with a voracious appetite and love of multiplicity will find great satisfaction. The setting is contemporary and modish with dashing grey and black furniture punctuated with explosions of citrus greens and oranges which are refreshing and vivid. The views afforded by the floor to ceiling windows and the option of outdoor dining make it the perfect brunch base. The atmosphere is relaxed and the Cuban vibes of Soneando, the resident band, compliment this perfectly. The vast selection of soups, handcrafted baked goods and crisp salads cater for those wishing for something lighter, healthier or simply something 78
to whet their appetite. I followed the familiar aroma of masala spices to the corner dedicated to all things Asian. It boasted pots of creamy curries and delicately spiced meats and fish. The restaurant boasts a ‘children’s zone’ where younger diners can work up an appetite and expand their minds before being tempted to try the freshly baked pizzas and global delicacies. The carnivorous carnival of meat drawing you towards the roast station is without a doubt the most spectacular centerpiece. My amiable host explained that the chefs are happy to prepare many cuts to your own exacting standards before serving you at your table. The fresh fish and crustacea is plentiful and can also be grilled to order. In addition there is a live cooking station and a variety of freshly prepared, sumptuous roasts loaded onto white platters for you to devour at your leisure . The plethora of styles of cuisine is also extended to the choice of desserts, mocktails and fruity artisanal elixirs served to compliment every dish. The brunch experience at the ART Rotana is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the appetite. No limits apply at Choices whether it be the age or range of clientele or the vast array of exquisite fare. Friday Brunch is served between 12.30 and 4pm in Choices Restaurant, ART Rotana , Amwaj Island.
FRIDAY BRUNCH AT DOWNTOWN ROTANA
midst the hustle and bustle of the vibrant downtown area lies the peaceful sanctum of the Downtown Rotana. The brand has become synonymous with understated elegance and cutting edge design blended to create a refuge for those of all ages and agendas. The Friday Brunch offered at Flavours on 2 will set the standard for 2018. Walking into the restaurant you are met with what appears to be a piece of contemporary art but on closer inspection is more likely a bold statement about your experience here. It reads ‘Eat Well’ and I was in no doubt that this is exactly what I would do. The stunning backdrop for this brunch is filled with luxuriant fabrics and clean white lines. The boxy chandeliers suspended above diners pay homage to the tassels of the 20’s Flappers and add another injection of colour. The promise of Fresh Crabs and Juicy Oysters would doubtless be enough to draw anyone in to Flavours each Friday. Needless to say the grandiose station, awash with the finest claws and crustacea nestling in a sea of crushed ice makes a resplendent centre piece. Each item is thoughtfully labelled with its source and or origin. Condiments and fresh produce, perfect for adorning the seafood dishes punctuate the
baskets and barrels reminiscent of the finest of Breton seafront stalls selling their ‘Fruit de Mer’. The brunch has a phenomenal main act but just as impressive in terms of quality is the melange of brunch staples available at the other stations. As many of us are not seafood connoisseurs the team at Flavours has taken great time to hand pick dishes from around the globe which will tantalise and delight. Thirst quenching fruit concoctions and zesty elixirs are served alongside more familiar brunch refreshments . The dessert stations are a colourful cornucopia of fruity, creamy cups of deliciousness and delectable dainty pastries. The Downtown Rotana hopes that your visit will be extended beyond Brunch to take time to enjoy full pool access and supervised children’s activities. Perfect for a long overdue catch up amongst friends or family, an intimate afternoon with your better half or a chic setting in which to mull over business, Flavours will rise to any occasion under the umbrella of their ethos that ultimately you will all ‘Eat Well’ ! Flavours Friday Brunch is served from 12 – 4pm on the second floor of Downtown Rotana, Manama. www.ohlala-magazine.com
TRAIN DIFFERENT After years of denial regarding exercising I decided to switch up my regime and discover what UFC Gym situated on the 3rd floor of Al Raya Mall, Juffair had to offer, and, I’m pleased to say I’m unexpectedly feeling motivated to train like a beast to look like a beauty.
hen choosing a health club, there are a plethora of components to think about. From equipment to classes to first impressions, it can be exhausting trying to provide clarity with oneself on the journey you’re about to embark on - or at least, trying to regain any ounce of motivation. However, when I walked through the entrance of UFC Gym as a potential member and scoured the gym for enlightenment as to why I should stay the welcoming aura wrapped me up instantaneously. The will from within was there, yes, but, after an eternity of allowing oneself to overindulge without exercising, time had most definitely taken its toll - mentally and physically. My muffin-top protrudes as an almost gluttonous trophy, yet has now transitioned into somewhat of a constant reminder that complacency is not an option anymore and this is what provoked my first steps into UFC. Even the most minute details can influence a membership decision and I’m forever over analysing everything and anything in life therefore I wasn’t going to take this decision lightly. I’ve been one of those people who’ve purchased a gym membership and allowed it to only drain my bank balance. Thoughts passed through my cluttered mind; can members find parking or do they have to roam around the parking lot for 10 minutes? Are the windows and glass glistening or covered in dust and fingerprints? Are the floors in the lobby clean or covered in dirt? Are front desk staff welcoming or do they seem preoccupied? These are just a few of the things people might notice when making such a decision and I was happy that all these commodities were executed perfectly - no excuses for turning back now!
On arrival, as I scoured the venue, my eyes fell upon their Arm Bar Café . Full of pre/post workout meals alongside smoothies and energy drinks. This seemed ideal for a novice such as myself who doesn’t understand what all these fitness models are referring to when they refer to their ‘macro’ intakes. I must have been looking like a lost puppy when a familiar face popped up, Ashwathy, (@askthestylecouncil), who is a self-proclaimed convert to UFC Gym, who kindly offered me a quick tour and I was truly grateful for her assistance. As we walked around, I was in awe of how many ‘normal’ people were working out. My biggest concern was that I was going to walk in and be faced with a barrage of people pumping iron, as if there lives depended on it. All shapes and sizes took centre stage on the advanced equipment and I could feel the pull of excitement as I allowed myself to fantasise that this was day one of the journey to becoming a healthier version of myself. I’m a bridesmaid this year (and a bride next year), so, overwhelmed with the anxiety of not looking, and most importantly, not feeling good, has gave me some long overdue inspiration. I’m in that inaugural state where I feel that if I don’t do something now about achieving the body I want then I will never do anything. I really want to push the boundaries when it comes to my body and I want to be part of the development that is coining the phrase ‘strong not skinny’. Hey, I just want to feel confident in a bikini - is that too big of an ask?
“My muffin-top protrudes as an almost gluttonous trophy, yet has now transitioned into somewhat of a constant reminder that complacency is not an option anymore and this is what provoked my first steps into UFC.” Since debuting in 2009, UFC GYM has opened more than 135 locations throughout the US, Australia, Canada, Oman, Philippines, South America, Taiwan, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates and now Bahrain. You’re certainly in experienced hands! UFC Gym is renowned for helping men, women and children of all ages and training levels realise their fitness and wellness goals. Equipped with state of the art fitness equipment and a variety of innovative fitness classes, there is a point of appeal for every individual. There dedication is evident to fitness and wellbeing as UFC aims to provide the community with the first of its kind, intense and personalised fitness training. I was amused that in one corner there was a mixed group taking a class, not that there was anything particularly funny about such a scene, but, rather that everyone was enjoying themselves which came as somewhat of a shock. I later found out that this was Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) one of the fastest growing combat sports in the world. This martial art focuses on ground fighting and submission. There is something to whet every individuals appetite, from their mixed or ladies only ‘Bag and Skills’ schedule (Boxing, MMA skills, MMA Conditioning and Kickboxing), Group Exercise Studio (Power Yoga, Body Pump, Body Conditioning, RPM and LBT), Daily Ultimate Training or indeed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The atmosphere is truly electric and there is a real sense of comradery at every level. Every trainer I passed by smiled and said hello. I was introduced to one of their friendly female personal trainers, Nicola, who I was instantly in awe of. I spoke candidly about my body issues and what I would like to achieve from future visits to UFC. She didn’t laugh, she didn’t mock my goals and honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting, but, she truly instilled the confidence that I was lacking in myself that I can absolutely achieve my targets through their support and guidance. Look in the mirror… that’s your competition. UFC GYM Bahrain - 17000044 Sun - Thur: 6am - 11pm Fri - Sat: 7am - 9pm @ufcgymbh 82
THE FERRARI PORTOFINO IS IN A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE TO TRULY UNDERSTAND HOW GREAT THIS VEHICLE IS UNTIL THEY ARE BEHIND THE WHEEL. 84
s there anything better than driving around in a brand new Ferrari Portofino? Yes, getting to drive a brand new Ferrari Portofino in its home country. We at Ohlala got the opportunity to fly all the way to Bari in Italy to put what some are calling one of the very best Ferraris ever created, through its paces. After our arrival in the capital of southern Italyâ€™s Puglia region, we were treated to a classic Italian lunch and one too many espressos, before being whisked away to our awaiting experience. We soon found ourselves standing, in awe, in front of what can only be described as a magnificent mechanical marvel. The very first element of the vehicle to catch our attention was the colour. The launch colour, Rosso Portofino, was developed especially for this model and was named after the charming Italian town of the same name. The second element, was everything else we laid our eyes on. Every contour and line of this magnificent sports car has been designed with aerodynamics, performance and dazzling beauty in mind. It does
not matter which angle the body is viewed from, it is a true work of art. This carâ€™s aggressive style is perfectly complemented by its exquisite features and one does not need to drive it to know that it is fast. It tells you with its very presence what its capabilities are. It boasts a two-box fastback configuration never before seen in a coupĂŠ-convertible with a retractable hard top. Two side air intakes sit at the edges of the large central grille and the shapely bonnet comes complete with two vents to evacuate heat from the engine compartment. A crease line runs from the edge of the bonnet along the front wheel arch and across the door. A new headlight assembly has been handsomely designed to follow the crest line of the front wheel arches, whilst muscular flanks sit perfectly to break up the solid look of the vehicle. The positioning of the tail lights allow for an extended spoiler that has been optimised to cut the overall drag. In truth, we could have stood all day admiring and discussing the flawless presence of this Ferrari, but before long, we just had to get inside. www.ohlala-magazine.com
“This car’s aggressive style is perfectly complemented by its exquisite features and one does not need to drive it to know that it is fast.”
As the hardtop was folded back in an admirably precise fashion, taking 14 seconds from start to finish, the interior was revealed to us in all of its glory. We were told the luggage compartment can hold three decent sized cabin trolleys with the roof up and two when it is down. The rear seats are also surprisingly spacious providing any passengers with a comfortable experience. This car has been carefully designed for everyday use and the designers have ensured its practicality. Only the finest materials have been used throughout the interior and the design is flawless with the handcrafted finishes accentuating the class of this vehicle. 18-way adjustable electric and heated seats ensure one is comfortable at all times. The Portofino’s Human-MachineInterface (HMF) includes an instrument panel and dual TFT displays. The infotainment system can be operated via the 10.25” touchscreen located at the centre of the dash and is very easy to navigate. The front passenger has been gifted with a capacitive display that is directly linked to the main screen and provides all car speed, gear engaged and rpm related information. A truly immaculate layout. What we really wanted to know however was, how does she drive? As we engaged the ignition, the soul shaking sound of the V8 turbo engine reverberated down our spines as we turned onto the maze-like roads of Bari. With 441 kW of power and 760 Nm of torque, we had more muscle available then we could have used in ten test drives. With a top speed of 320km/h and a 0 – 100 km/h time of only 3.5 seconds, we did our best to keep a cool demeanour. We needn’t have worried though as this car has handling, braking and grip second to none. We always felt in complete control and even managed to catch a few of the city sights along the way. The 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola was one of the most beautiful blurs we have ever seen. By the end of the experience we had to agree with what some had already said. This sports car, in our experience, is one of very best every created by Ferrari or any other car manufacturer for that matter. www.ohlala-magazine.com
Elite Hospitality wins
“WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS” Elite Hospitality Group, a luxury four-star hotels group in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has recently won ten prestigious awards at the World Luxury Hotel Awards which were presented in December 2017 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
he Elite Hospitality Group has been honoured with the “World Luxury Hotel Awards” through voting by guests and travellers from across the globe. The Group won in three categories; “Luxury Collection Group” award & “Luxury Management Group” award - Bahrain. In addition, Elite Hospitality Group won the “Luxury Brand” award – Middle East. Further, Elite Resort and Spa - Muharraq, won the “Luxury Spa Resort” – Bahrain and “Luxury Family Beach Resort” – Middle East. The “Luxury Design Hotel” and “Luxury Contemporary Hotel” – Bahrain awards were won by Elite Crystal Hotel in Juffair. While Elite Grande Hotel in Seef District received excellence awards in three categories in Bahrain: “Luxury Business Hotel”, “Luxury All Suite Hotel” and “Luxury City Hotel”. The World Luxury Hotel Awards’ represent the pinnacle recognition in hospitality, since these are awarded to hotels and spas championing the best in their respective fields and excelling in the industry in their regions. “We are indeed delighted to receive ten World Luxury Hotel Awards; it
is a great recognition of our commitment to excellence, demonstrated by Elite Hospitality Group. “Under the guidance of our MD Mr. Shabeer Dadabhai, our three winning hotels have succeeded in maintaining high standards of service and continuously offering guests from the entire world pleasant and exceptional experiences”. Says Mr. Sarosh Aibara; Chief Operating Officer of Elite Hospitality Group. Elite Hospitality Group is famous for the comprehensive and personal service provided by its highly qualified staff across all its hotels and residences. Elite Hospitality Group welcomes both business and leisure guests to a customised experience. They offer a range of accommodation, from one to three bedrooms fully equipped suites in multiple locations to suit individuals. From the vibrant streets of Juffair and Muharraq to the prime shopping and business hub of Seef district, each of their unique locations is tailored to cater to their guests’ every need with an array of facilities such as speciality restaurants, nightclubs, executive lounges and bars, modern conference and banquet facilities, health clubs and wellness spas.
Lueur Beauty Salon KÉRASTASE 100% DIAGNOSIS EVENT HELD ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE WESTIN & LE MÉRIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN
Cucina Italiana ITALIAN MASTER CHEF GRAND FINAL AT THE AWARD WINNING RESTAURANT LOCATED IN JUFFAIR
Porsche Cayenne Launch at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Hublot Press Conference at Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Kuwait National Day Festival at Saar Mall
A Dream of Fragranceâ€™ Launch at Trousseau, Al Aali Mall
Lâ€™Occitane Opening, The Avenues, Bahrain
Al Hawaj Friendship & Business Society Gathering
Spring of Culture 2018 Press Conference
F1 Press Conference at Bahrain International Circuit
Rotana Hotels 2018 GCC Roadshow, ART Rotana Hotel & Resort
House of Samsonite Al Hawaj Official Opening
Basant Bazaar Festival, Al Areen Palace & Spa
MINDFULNESS OR MINDLESSNESS? MISS OHLALA EXPLORES THE “M” WORD WHILST TRYING TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND. First let me admit that I am a self-confessed cynic. Buzz words like mindfulness continually popping up in my social media feed just make me want to practice *mindlessness. As for those mindfulness adult colouring books sold at every train station and airport, aren’t they just colouring-in books for adults who have zero art skills and have tired of Suduko? According to some experts, active meditation (“M” word alert) focuses attention on simple tasks that require repetitive motion. Isn’t doing the washing up or watching Netflix just as therapeutic and arguably a better use of time? If you want to colour, knock yourself out, but please don’t call it meditation or therapy in front of me. I realise that I may come across as hypocritical given the majority of my hobbies involve creating things such as painting and sewing. I acknowledge that some form of artistic or creative outlet is good for lowering stress and anxiety levels. But can mindfulness colouring books really lead to psychological nirvana? I decided to put aside my cynicism for one moment. According to Wikipedia (the font of all knowledge), mindfulness is “the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation (oh dear, that “M” word again) and other training”. Leaving the “M” word aside, it follows that paying more attention to the present moment, to ones own thoughts and to the world around us, could improve one’s mental wellbeing. Would I pay money for a mindfulness therapist however? Definitely not. Possibly because I expect they would make me sit cross legged to meditate and I haven’t time, and she had assigned herself the role of Elsa from Frozen, and I was Anna). She was been able to sit like that comfortably since I was four. entirely right. I was zoning out when playing, possibly in order to deal with Let It Go being sung Also perhaps because of a deep-seated scepticism for out of tune for the hundredth time. I realised then that it is my responsibility to be more present in such therapies. Although if I am willing to pay for the moment if I want to be a good role model for my children. Now I try to put my mobile phone yoga and Pilates sessions, why should meditation or in a different room and really get involved when we are playing together. mindfulness be different? As an adult, I always think that I need to be doing something to make good use of my time. Then I read that mindfulness is simply about If I’m not at work, then I am taking care of the children or the house or answering emails. “being present in the moment”. When put like This month I’m going to make a concerted effort to take time out to just enjoy the sunshine, that, I can associate with it. Case in point, my the park, and sitting outside with friends and family. three year old recently pointed out to me that Unlike me, children don’t automatically think the worst when presented with a new situation, I’m going I wasn’t concentrating properly on being to try to be less of a jaded cynic and try to keep an open, positive mindset. This resolution will however Princess Anna (we were play-acting at the likely last less than one day. 98
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Published on Mar 5, 2018