Taj Dubai

Taj hotels house travelers seeking authentic experiences given that luxury is a way of life to which they are accustomed. Spanning world-renowned landmarks, modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts, authentic Rajput palaces and rustic safari lodges, each Taj hotel reinterprets the tradition of hospitality in a refreshingly modern way to create unique experiences and lifelong memories.

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The Taj Dubai is a new 5 star luxury hotel located in Business Bay.
With marble floors & mirrored walls throughout the lobby to the chandelier dangling from the ceiling above an array of fresh flowers.  The design, the amenities and the service are impeccable.
The rooms are spacious, the beds are comfy and the robes and towels are super soft. For the light packers the walk in wardrobe will be useless BUT if you’r anything like me and love to have a neat wardrobe all your shoes laid out and your clothes all hung up, then you’d love it and take full use of it the moment you walk in the room and realise it’s there. I love cupboard space when I’m to be at one hotel for a few days. Makes me feel less like I’m away from home living out of a suitcase.

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To and from the hotel tips: Taj Dubai is Central to plenty of must see while visiting Dubai, the hotel is only a 5 minute cab ride to places such as The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo & the Fountains.

Be sure to carry money on you for taxi’s they don’t accept cards – Thank You to one of the lovely staff at the hotel who kindly covered one of my taxi’s because I forgot about this!

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Most of our tours were only half an hour from the hotel and we arranged transfers each time. I caught a taxi to The Mall of Emirates to check out Ski Dubai and eat Shake Shak (again) and without traffic it was around 20 minutes. By the time I was heading back, the afternoon traffic had began to build up so I jumped on the train from within the Mall. Not usually a fan of trains or public transport of any kind, It was totally fine, not packed or yuk like Sydney trains and was only 8 dirhum!!!  That’s equivalent to roughly AU $3.00 .. So cheap! It took less than 10 minutes, 3 stops roughly + a 5-10 minute walk back to the hotel ( depending on your pace of course) I was too busy taking photos of the pretty sky and this Rose gold coloured building I found and almost got lost!
Tesoro – The Peruvian restaurant located on the 3rd floor of the hotel is where you’d dine for breakfast, lunch & dinner ( all optional, breakfast may be included) it has a great unrestricted view of the Burj Khalifa. So nice to sit out on the deck early in the morning just after sunrise and have a coffee.
Order pancakes with Strawberries OR banana with fresh cream from the breakfast buffet so delicious!
The shrimp were amazing and make sure you leave room for the Churros with dipping chocolate! Drool!

To book your stay head to www.tajhotels.com
Luxury rooms from $320 a night

For any other info or tips please email or comment below

Safe travels

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An inspiring blend of sophisticated luxury, authentic Indian heritage and contemporary style – Taj Dubai is a world-class destination. Experience great Indian hospitality at the shores of modern Arabia.

Images taken with my PEN E-PL7 by Olympus

some of the best

I’ve put together a list in my opinion of what I consider to be a few of the best day clubs & pool party spots around the world.
In my own experience and highly rated see below..

Located within the MGM Hotel & Casino, Wet Republic consists of large saltwater pools, intimate dipping pools, daybeds, banquets, tricked-out bungalows and party cabanas. Be sure to hire an area here as it get’s packed during Spring-Summer. 1) Because of how good it is and 2) It’s Vegas.
The cabanas are positioned around the heart of it by the main pool. Deluxe Cabanas feature HDTV’s, fridges, L-shaped oversized couches and a personal security safe for storing your valuables ( love this ) With some of the worlds biggest and best name DJ’s entertaining weekly on the big sun deck that transforms into a stage, this is a must-see destination for premier entertainment in Vegas.
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Eden Beach Club Dubai

An oasis of cabanas by the pool and the beach. Eden has a swim up bar & paddle boards for hire. Equally as cool by day as it is by night the venue transforms into one of the best nightlife spots to visit while in Dubai. You can transition from day to night and watch some of the world’s most celebrated artists and acts. The food menu is amazing too. Try the California rolls and the pasta.
This is a place where you can either lay around or party with friends. I was there on a Tuesday so as you can imagine there wasn’t many people. Being there between Thursday to Sunday is a different story apparently. Be sure to book an area if you’re going over the weekend and want a guaranteed good spot.

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I’m sure if you’ve been to Bali before there’s a good chance you’ve been here. If you haven’t, then visiting next time is a must!
Weather you’re on one of the very hard to get day beds or sitting around one of two bars, dining at one of two restaurants, swimming in the infinity pool or down at the beach you’re sure to have a good time.  Don’t go anywhere before sunset. Home to some big name dj’s it’s seen many come and go since opening and I suspect it will see many more for years to come.
Love it here.
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This club has two floors with swimming pools and trampolines as well as a large stage area which comes alive at night time. Referred to as one of, if not the best day club in Europe and some say the world.  The music and overall vibe are sweet. The service some say is a little sketchy toward tourists so try not to act too much like one. Big name DJ’s like Calvin Harris frequent Noa.
You can access the club by boat if coming to and from that way.
According to a few reviews it can be hard to get a drink so if you’re not the sassy type to talk your way out of things and can’t skip lines well, I suggest getting a VIP area if you can afford to.
Added to my ‘Europe to-do list’
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A streamlined Art Deco landmark built in 1941, this South Beach hotel was named by Forbes as having ‘One of the 12 Over the Top pools’  because of it’s “wow factor”. The pool and it’s vintage style diving board along with the striped umbrellas and lounge chairs give off a classic vibe that everyone just loves. The pool area has been used countless times for fashion shows and magazines and has been the talk of the town for years. Love the old school vibes here!  It’s right on the beach too!
Considering staying here for Miami swim week next year
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Having undergone nearly no changes since the early days of guests to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin, the Roosevelt Hotel and it’s legendary Tropicana Pool is still one of Hollywoods most cherished destinations to visit. You may have seen it used in many films and TV shows. Try and get a room with a pool view but up a little higher incase of noise. The hotel has an exclusive cocktail lounge, a game parlor with 2 vintage bowling lanes, a celebrity-haunt nightclub and a 24-hour burger joint. There’s been a recent surge in popularity with young Hollywood in the last few years with trendy nightclub Teddy’s located in the main lobby of the hotel. The hotel is central to numerous attractions. I’d definitely recommend staying here if you’re in Hollywood. It’s such a great spot to stay & play in LA.
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Last but definitely not least…
Located at the beautiful Dubai Marina – a place I’d love to stay next trip back.
Zero Gravity is said to be the day-to-night beach bar setting the beat in Dubai
The club offers a unique and exclusive space to relax and hang out and party with friends or just eat dinner and take in the surroundings. The club is at the site of SkyDive Dubai so you’ll often see people leaping out of planes descending above you.
Opening from 8am (beach from 10am) it can be the perfect spot for breakfast and/or an early-morning dip. They do Friday Brunch here too.
Tip: Lost Angels Ladies Night’ is apparently awesome and for approx only AU$37 you get unlimited cocktails and food between 8pm- midnight. Somewhere I’ll definitely be going next time I’m in Dubai. Learn more here
To those with kids, they can be on the premises till 9pm
I’ve heard this place even offers ‘sunglasses cleaning’ …..Only in dubai I guess!!!!
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Please note all of the above is my own opinion and experience.
When traveling and planning your travels I suggest you read reviews yourself and form your own opinions from your own experiences.

Happy partying.

kx

The camera I used  PEN E-PL7 by Olympus

Italy with Zonin

What started as a group of bloggers, chef’s and photographers unfamiliar with one another, turned into a group of friends laughing and exploring Italy together. Camera in one hand. Glass of Prosecco in the other. We touched down in Milan for a full on and unforgettable week.

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From the busy streets surrounding Duomo Cathedral to a rooftop bar by sunset in Chinatown, we concluded Milano with a visit to the Expo 2015. Go to a restaurant called ‘ 10 Corso Como ‘ order the Mozzarella dish. Also eat at a place called ‘Terrazza Apperol’ which looks over the Duomo Cathedral. If you’re feeling jet lagged, the Espresso Martini’s at the Hyatt in Milan are delicous.
We stayed at the Westin Palace Milan I had the old style room. I preferred it over the modern style rooms some of the others had.. Felt more like I was where I was, if that makes sense..?

The next stop was Venice. I fell in serious love with it. I’d live there just to explore by boat rides through the canals and have the joy of no cars or traffic. We met with Zonin for a beautiful rooftop dinner & Prosecco gathering on sunset at the Hilton Molino Stuckey Venice – a highlight for me with 360 degrees of amazing views. We then set out for Gambellara, a province of Vicenza. Established back in 1821, this is where the heart of Zonin lies. The family heads the largest private vine growing and wine making company in the business. They also own the largest prosecco vineyard in Italy. Their passion for what they do, their land and the history behind seven generations was evident within the first minute of meeting each of them.
Following our delightful tour of the Rocca Di Montemassi & lunch we headed back into Vicenza where an exclusive invite to a secret bar awaited us in our rooms. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.. Not being open to the public, you can only gain entry via invite.

From Vicenza to Florence: Be sure to have dinner at the Four Seasons everything here was amazing.
and go into an Eataly – We did a cooking class here which was pretty cool
From Firenze to Rome: Have dinner and/or drinks on the roof of the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotel I’m pretty sure this is the highest point in Rome. It has THE best views. Head there an hour or so before sunset!

The Wine. The pizza. The pasta. The culture. I seriously loved every minute of Italy.

A huge thank you to the Zonin family for inviting me into your world and love of wine & what you do
I actually wasn’t a big fan of wine before my trip to Italy… I don’t know weather to thank or blame you!!

My camera: Olympus PEN E-PL7  25mm f1.8 Prime Lens

Comment here or email me for any questions will be happy to answer them
info@kateboissett.com

Happy & Safe Travels

Kx

Friday Brunch

The St Regis Dubai

Food is a big deal to me. It just so happens for those residing in Dubai, Friday Brunch is a big deal.
A ritual in the Am on the best day of the week to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. If only every country took their Friday’s and weekend’s more seriously the world would be a better place.
Friday brunch is a multi-hour banquet of eating, drinking and simply celebrating life. Generally celebrated by Expats and tourists, most brunch venues that do the ‘Friday brunch’ thing are all-inclusive and/or buffets. Some may offer a set menu or share plate options. Some brunch venues tend to get rowdier than others with Music and the noise of the crowd. 
I quite enjoy eating so attending such tradition was right up my alley no matter the background noise.
We were invited to the brand new St Regis Hotel for a guided tour around the immaculate luxury suites, bars and restaurants. The hotel offers 8 distinctive dining venues.; J&G Steakhouse, Brasserie Quartier, St. Regis Bar, Sidra, Champagne Lounge, Le Patio, Cafe Fleuri & the Roof Gardens/ Pool.
We ate at the Brasserie Quartier which is a combination of French cuisine interpretations with some traditional flair. I’m personally not a fan of uncooked (raw) food so I skipped the Steak Tartare & Salmon that everyone raved about for the Lamb and a bucket load of delicious pastries and sweet treats from the Patisserie. My favourite would have had to have been their infamous and ridiculously-delicious Raspberry Croissant.
Pair this with an Espresso Martini if you’re a fan..One of the best I’ve ever had.

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Other highly rated brunching spots in Dubai:

Yalumba @ Le Méridien
Beachcombers @ Jumeirah Beach hotel
Bubbalicuous @ The Westin
A La Turca @ Rixos The Palm
Saffron @ Atlantis the Palm
Al Qasr @ Madinat Jumeirah

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St Regis Brasserie Quartier
Al Habtoor City
Sheikh Zayed Road,
DUBAI, UAE
Lunch/Brunch – 12pm – 3pm

Camera: PEN E-PL7 by Olympus

Happy Brunching

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Bared Footwear

Sydney girls!!! Bared Footwear have launched a concept store in Sydney at Koskela Kitchen.
They’ve transformed Megan Morton’s ‘The Studio’ into an oasis of loose leaf plants hanging from the ceiling, Byron Bay hanging chairs, sweet treats and cool beats. Stop by and try on this seasons latest styles. They’ll be there from 10 −8pm until Dec 2nd @ 2/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery.

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Thanks for having me girls

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