On our second night at JA Resorts, we had dinner at Phoenicia (JA Beach Hotel).
Headed by celebrity Australian-Lebanese Chef Greg Malouf who is widely credited for being the master of modern Middle Eastern cuisine, the restaurant is named after an ancient Mediterranean civilization which now forms a part of modern-day Lebanon.
On our first night at JA Lake View Hotel, we dined at Kinara by highly acclaimed celebrity Indian chef, author and Bollywood actor Vikas Khanna.
I had the pleasure of dining with Chef Khanna a couple of years ago at his award-winning restaurant Junoon. Handsome as he is charismatic, he has harnessed his talent at recreating Indian classics with much panache and ease, and I was therefore very excited to try his menu at Kinara.
Imagine going for just 2 nights away, and Instagram telling you that your Insta Stories can’t take any more uploads… that’s how click-happy I got throughout my weekend away at JA Resorts, Dubai’s largest experience resort!
Located in a quiet corner of Jebel Ali (Dubai) and minutes away from the Expo 2020 site, JA Resorts is a sprawling 128-acre resort boasting of three 5-star luxury hotels (JA Beach Hotel, JA Palm Tree Court and JA Lake View Hotel), an 800 meter private beach, a world-class golf course and tennis courts, 25 restaurants and bars, an equestrian center and so much more.
In the recent months since they’ve launched in the UAE, I’ve become pretty addicted to shopping on the lookfantastic.ae website. This online beauty store stocks everything from skincare, haircare, bath & body and more, and what makes this site more fascinating for me is the fact that they stock so many well-reputed brands that were previously unavailable in our region.
One of these brands happens to be REN Skincare. I’ve seen rave reviews about this brand, and was super excited to find them on lookfantastic.ae
Last week I treated myself to some much-needed me time at
Marriott Al Jaddaf. Located in a quiet, secluded spot in Downtown Dubai, this
5-star property is minutes away from the city’s main attractions including Burj
Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, and the bustling streets of Bur Dubai.
I made an appointment at Saray Spa. Located on the 7th floor of Marriott Al Jadaf, this health and wellness center caters to both men and women and has some amazing deals on offer for this festive season.
You already know it’s going to be a fine-dining experience when
the venue is Atlantis, The Palm Dubai and as a hard-core steak lover, Seafire
Steakhouse & Bar has been on my wish-list for a while. With moody lighting
and a carnivorous display of specialized cuts of meat in a stylized freezer
right at the reception, I knew I was in a meat eater’s paradise right from the
When it comes to an authentic Pakistani meal, Barbeque
Delights always comes up as a family restaurant I’d recommend. I’ve dined at
their Downtown Dubai branch a number of times and was recently invited to visit
their newest branch at The Walk, JBR.
It was a lazy Friday afternoon, and armed with two
girlfriends and two kiddies in tow, we ordered an entire table-full of divinely
I never knew beards were so high maintenance till I met my friend Falah Ud Din Sheryar. His meticulously shaped beard requires a weekly barber’s visit, and he’s honed some insightful skills on how to blow-dry it to perfection.
Sheryar (or Sheru as we like to call him) was kind enough to give me a demo on how its done, and talked me through some daily beard-care routines.
No, I’m not planning to grow a beard! But here it is, all caught on camera for my bearded followers. Hope you enjoy it, click below!
Last weekend was spent in the heart of the capital city, Abu
Dhabi. We booked a Junior Suite at 5-star hotel Millenium Al Wahda. The hotel
is located in the midst of the city, offering a great vantage point of urban
life. A large, modern structure with Arabesque detailing, the hotel is
conjoined with Al Wahda Mall and the residential side of Millenium Al Wahda.
Being an expert at getting lost with Google Maps, I drove
into the residential side of the hotel yet the valet was kind enough to accept
my car there. We dropped our luggage at the concierge, and headed to the hotel
lobby to check in.