Month: May 2018

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THE COLOURS OF CAPPADOCIA

Plucked straight from a fairy-tale, the postcard countryside of Cappadocia is possibly one of the most visually striking sights I’ve had the privileging of witnessing – with its honeycombed hills and soaring boulders, the Anatolian landscape is quite literally out of this world. With a back-story like no other and a past that has carved itself out to be the most ‘instagramable’ spot of the 21stcentury; there is so much to see, explore, eat and do in this incredibly diverse region of central Turkey. Walking into Wednesday like.. 💥 A post shared by Doodle Diaries DXB (@doodlediariesdxb) on May 9, 2018 at 12:56am PDT Let’s start by setting the scene – millions of years ago, volcanoes spewed out ash and tufa over a wide part of central Turkey, creating an area full of borrows, odd rock formations (which over the centuries became known as the Fairy Chimneys), deep gorges and steep, soaring mountains. A few centuries later, locals moved to this region, taking refuge in the rocks and later turning them into houses, churches, stables, …

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SEAN CONNOLLY, DUBAI OPERA

Sitting in the shadows of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera – the hottest entertainment venue in town – now has the restaurant it deserves, Sean Connolly @ Dubai Opera. On Fridays, we brunch. Come on over  for unlimited bubbles and oysters. Book your spot: 04 362 7312 reservations@seanconnollydubai.com ——————————- #downtown #burjkhalifa #seanconnolly #oysterfreak #dubai #dubaiopera #downtown #MyDubai #dubaifoodies #goodtimes #instagood #dubaitag #dubaibrunch #oysters #brunch ——————————- A post shared by Sean Connolly Dubai Opera (@seanconnollydubai) on Apr 19, 2018 at 10:07pm PDT Sean has jetted into town after setting the foodie scenes in Australia and New Zealand on FIRE with his gastronomic delights.  Originally from the UK (he’s a Yorkshire lad in fact – the clue is in the accent), he has now opened in the glorious setting on the top floor of the Dubai Opera, in the world famous Downtown Dubai. After a swift valet, we hopped into the elevator and arrived to a warm welcome from the hostess.  With a classy open plan layout, centered around a main bar in the middle, seafood counter at one …

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EL CHIRINGUITO DUBAI

A beach club that has long hosted hordes of people in Ibiza, El Chiringuito Dubai has been on our radar for some time and we finally made the trip to try their notorious La Familia Saturday brunch last week. Providing the perfect escape from the city, the beach club has recently introduced their four-hour brunch, serving up Mediterranean vibes, an excellent selection of European dishes and some epic sunsets, all complete with pool and beach access – so when the heat gets too much to handle, the cool pool is never too far away. Longing for a vacation? Step into our little piece of paradise on the Palm and you’ll instantly feel like you’ve left Dubai. For reservations, call 054 449 6464 Cc @shimmering.sands #ElChiringuitoDubai #paradise #beachclub #dubairestaurant #mydubai #ThePalm A post shared by El Chiringuito Dubai (@elchiringuitodubai) on Apr 11, 2018 at 11:35pm PDT Set on the blue waters of the Palm Jumeirah at the Rixos, El Chiringuito, which replaced Eden back in 2017, is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of …

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AMANRUYA, BODRUM

When you think of rich blue lagoons, jaggered coastlines, fresh seafood and white sandy shores; where does your mind wander? Some might go straight to the paradise islands of the Maldives, whilst others drift to Greece but very few stray to the turquoise-blue water, with pine-fringed bays and white sand shores of ancient Bodrum, a city so pretty it should be added to almost every summer vacation list. #aman #amanruya #amanresorts #bodrum #turkishcoast #turkey #aegeansea #travel #history #temple #euromus #zeus #milas #karia #sunrise #luxury #travel #tailormade #roman #greek #beauty A post shared by Amanruya (@amanruya) on Jul 18, 2015 at 10:16am PDT There are definitely many places to stay when visiting Bodrum, but none are quite as picture perfect as Amanruya, a place so beautiful, it could almost be made up. The name, translating from Sanskrit to Turkish to mean ‘peaceful dream’, could not be more appropriate, and the entire resort embodies exactly that. Surrounded by pine forests and ancient olive groves, #Amanruya is a destination unto itself and overlooks the turquoise Aegean sea. Inspired …

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ROBERTO’S FRIDAY BRUNCH DUBAI

With summer round the corner, we all know that weekend options become a little more limited – whatever the time of year, you can always guarantee that a good brunch will ensure the weekend is full of fun and food, so with that in mind we checked out Roberto’s Friday brunch to see if their seafood tower lived up to expectations. Nestled in the shadows of the Burj Khalifa and in the heart of DIFC’s gate village, Roberto’s reputation of refined setting and quality cuisine promised an upmarket affair. Known for seamlessly drawing from old and new, classic and modern, traditional and contemporary, Roberto’s food has always been sought after – the question was, did the food, atmosphere and overall experience tick all our brunch boxes? Arriving a shade after 12, we were greeted warmly and led through the sleek and elegant venue, with shades of grey interspersed with pops of purple and orange, now synonymous with Roberto’s classy and chic style. Seated comfortably in the lounge with the French windows open, giving our table …

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MORIMOTO, THE RENAISSANCE BUSINESS BAY

One of the most anticipated openings of the year so far, Morimoto, Dubai’s newest Japanese restaurant has taken the city by storm and we now understand why. Under the leadership of Chef Masaharu Morimoto, the internationally acclaimed celebrity chef known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, Morimoto Dubai is his first venture in the UAE, following a procession of very successful international restaurants. Located on the 23rdand 24thfloor of the newly opened Renaissance Downtown Hotel, we were super excited to get stuck in and try Morimoto’s distinct culinary style – a mix between Western and Asian flavours combined with Japanese techniques. Start your week as FRESH as these Nigiri’s 🍣 📸 @eatshootdrive . . . #MorimotoDubai #IronChef #IronChefMorimoto #Morimoto #RenDXB #renhotels #mydubai #visitdubai #nowopen #dubaifoodie A post shared by Morimoto Dubai (@morimotodubai) on Apr 15, 2018 at 4:34am PDT Known for his trademark ponytail, Chef Morimoto whose eateries can be found in Tokyo, New York, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Bangkok, has opened a space full of experiences. Its expansive …

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AN AFTERNOON AT RAFFLES SPA

In a work hard, work-out hard and party hard city like Dubai, the importance of taking some ‘me time’ is something that we should all focus on incorporating more of into our lives. Where are you heading this #weekend? 📷: @leo.mazzotti @joyceh._ #weekendvibes #whileatraffles #visitdubai #mydubai #landmark #pyramid #iconic #10yearsofluxury #rafflesstories A post shared by Raffles Dubai (@rafflesdubai) on Apr 20, 2018 at 12:52am PDT Last week called for exactly that and I was thrilled to sample the ‘Raffles Indulgence’ package at Raffles Spa, a boutique-style spa experience with emphasis on expert therapists who truly embody the philosophy of living well. #TheWindsorCollection from Forever Rose bringing a bloom of romance to our Royal Suite. • Photo taken by @foreverroselondon #whileatraffles #royalsuite #ForeverRoseLondon A post shared by Raffles Dubai (@rafflesdubai) on Sep 12, 2017 at 5:16am PDT After a refreshing welcome drink and consultation with my therapist I was lead through for my signature full body massage, 60 minutes of indulgent stress relief and relaxation. I emerged feeling totally relaxed and reenergized, I can’t recommend this …

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NINIVE, EMIRATES TOWERS DUBAI

Brand new and sparking amongst the city skyscrapers, Ninive is Dubai’s newest Middle-East and North African inspired restaurant sat next to the infamous La Cantine du Faubourg between the iconic Emirates Towers. The first tip we will give you is assistance in finding the location. Not the easiest restaurant to find, our advice is to get dropped at the DIFC side of the building. From there, hang a right past Al Nafoorah, up the stairs et Voila, the hidden garden will appear before your eyes. Tip two is dress code. Seeing that it’s all ‘al fresco’, you would think that a smart shirt, tailored chino shorts and loafers would be acceptable – however, according to the MD, apparently not. That being said, ripped jeans and trainers are totally fine. Advice here? Stick with long trousers and prepare to sweat it out! After a tricky start, we finally sat at our table – the restaurant is actually gorgeous – a suspended garden in the heart of a sweltering city district, in the center of the world, …

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ZOCO DUBAI, AL HABTOOR CITY

If you’re craving modern Mexican fare, heaps of creamy guacamole and a side of delicious cocktails then look no further than Zoco. Located in the heart of Habtoor City, this vibrant eatery is perfect for weekday dinner dates or fun weekend frivolities. Serving up tacos in every size, shape and flavor combo…only at the #ArribaArriba brunch! #locoforzoco #locofortacos #fiesta #texmex #mexican #latinamerica #zocodubai #alhabtoorcity #favorite #celebrate #dubainight #dubainights #dubainightlife #friyay #dubaiweekend #weekend #arribaarriba A post shared by ZOCO, Al Habtoor City (@zoco_dubai) on Apr 13, 2018 at 1:51am PDT Zoco prides itself on simplicity, passion and authentic Latin American spice and soul, with the concept being born from a love of fresh, exciting, beautiful food and drink – and this shines through from the get go. Staff were warm and friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful in offering drink selections and talking us through the menu. We’ve got an EGG-cellent Friday brunch lined up for the whole family this Easter! What are you waiting for? Arriba, Arriba! #locoforzoco #locofortacos #fiesta #texmex #mexican #latinamerica #zocodubai …