Dream Home- Goa Vacation Home by Shabnam Gupta

The client wanted a home that exuded a serene vibe with warm engaging spaces but also has its share of quirky elements. The concept envisioned for this two-story structure was modern eclectic with hints of traditional elements. The intent in this project was to infuse pockets of greens within the interior spaces to break away from the concrete jungle like feel in cities.

Living Room2

Living Room1

Upon entry, the round green seating with wooden angel wings is a striking visual. It is abstracted in two different shades emphasizing on the good and the evil. The living room breathes with a double height form-finish concrete ceiling and exposed white-painted brick walls. The dining area in the living is accentuated by the printed black and white floor and the concave dimpled ceiling, developed by placing ‘taslas’ within the slab before casting. On the other side the living room opens to the pool area framing the concrete faceted wall, bringing in diffused light through the slits.

Dinning area  Stairwell- seating nook

The stairwell volume is encased in a MS frame glazing which extends into a skylight above, overlooking the courtyard outside. It provides a constant flood of sunlight into the adjoining spaces throughout the day. The seating nook below the staircase acts a focal point with a pop of colour and letters. The home comprises of five bedrooms, each with its own character that is different from the rest.

Master bedroom 1 Kids bedroom 1

The master bedroom emphasizes the seasmless floor, walls and ceiling all in an egg white colour. There are leaf inserts in the wall to go along with brass inlay in the in-situ flooring and the vibrant hand painted hibiscus flowers on the walls. The kids’ bedroom houses the bed within the floor and reflects a sense of playfulness having been painted in a bright blue with a herringbone hardwood floor and white cane ceiling. All in all this is a home that adds the right bit of tranquility one wishes for in a vacation home.

Shangri-la Dubai’s 10th anniversary celebrations

I know this is a little short notice but for all of my UAE readers it is a steal, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Shangri-la Dubai is selling ten rooms for only Dhs 10, valid for bookings on 10th July only.The Dhs 10 rate is limited to the first ten bookings made for the night of 10th July 2013 via the website booking engine at www.shangri-la.com/dubai. Guests may start bookings on 8th July 2013 at 9 a.m. using the special rate code SLDB10ANN. Furthermore, children born on 8th July 2003, the hotel’s official opening date, and residing in Dubai may enjoy a complimentary birthday lunch or dinner for a maximum of ten guests at Dunes Café.

Shangri-La Dubai, www.stylecity.in

Shangri-La Dubai, www.stylecity.in

So spread the word and make it a special anniversary, birthday or general night out with friends for your loved ones. It is a perfect gift, so wish I was in Dubai to avail this offer.

5 Best Tourist cities in the World

MariaTravel is still on everyone’s mind. Well it is constantly on mine. Those of you who did not get to travel during the holiday season will get another opportunity during spring, here we have guest writer Maria who gives us some tips for the 5 best tourist cities around the world.Maria is from Manchester,a passionate writer and a blogger.She writes about travel, technology, business, how to make money online and currently writing  on PPI Claims. Follow her at financeport and check out her site  http://www.instant-ppiclaims.co.uk to learn more about insurance claims and how to help you with other insurance matters.

A tourist city is a place of interest where tourists visit, for its inherent ethical values, historical significance, natural or built beauty, or amusement opportunities. Some examples include historical places, monuments, zoos, aquariums, museums and art galleries, botanical gardens, buildings and structures, national parks and forests, theme parks and carnivals, living history museums, ethnic enclave communities, historic trains and cultural events. Many tourist attractions are also landmarks.
There are many tourist cities in the world; some of them are given below:

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, stylecity.in

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is also called as city of romance. It is situated on the river Seine. Its metropolitan area is one of the largest centers in Europe, with 12 million on population. Today, Paris is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers. Every year it welcomes almost 1.51 million of sightseers.

Attractions in Paris

  • Notre-Dame, Eiffel tower sacre-coeur and the world-class Louvre and Musée d’Orsay museums offer a healthy dose of culture.
  • Famous French creamy cheeses, rich sauces and aromatic wines are served at any restaurant.
  • Add to this the spectacular scenery which is unforgettable; A simple stroll along the River Seine will lead to some memorable photo-ops.

London, UK

London. stylecity.in
London is the capital city of England and United Kingdom. It is located on the river Thames. London is a leading global city in the world, with strengths in arts, science, education, entertainment, fashion, media, health etc. it has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries.

Attractions of London:

  • Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of river Thames.
  • Buckingham Palace is the principal work place of British monarch located in city of west minister.
  • Piccadilly Circus and Camden Town appeal to those looking for an edgier experience. Check out the original Madam Tussaud’s, along with various museums.
  • It has variety of restaurants which serves different varieties from Indian to Italian cuisine.

New York City, USA

New York skyline. stylecity.inNew York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States with 8.1 million of population in United States. It is America’s cultural hub. It is known for its status as a center for finance and culture and for its status as the largest gateway for immigration to the United States.

Attractions of New York:

  • Metropolitan museum of art is the largest museum, with significant art collections with more than 2 million works.Other tourist must visit are Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Centre,Brooklyn bridge and statue of Liberty to name some.
  • New York has prestigious shopping districts like Fifth Avenue and SoHo and is consistently ranked among the most expensive shopping streets in the world.
  • It has variety of gourmet restaurants and night clubs to enjoy. From Greenwich village food, to sophisticated bar at Four Seasons to the casual Old town bar and grill all is found in New York.

Singapore city, Singapore

singapore. www.stylecity.in
Singapore is located on an island at the southern tip of Malay Peninsula. It is an island country made up of 63 islands. According to analysis 9.2 millions of people visited Singapore every year.

Attractions of Singapore:

  • It has stunning architecture, food and traditions, the various temples and museums are a must visit, like Sri Mariamman temple, Chang museum.
  • It has leafy forests with wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, flora etc. People often visit Singapore to mingle with its wild life sanctuary, like the Botanical gardens, Singapore zoo and Night Safari.
  • Sentosa Island, Universal Studios and Escape Theme Park

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, www.stylecity.in
Sydney is state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and is located on Australia’s south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. It has 4.6 millions of population.

Attractions of Sydney:

  • Sydney Opera House is largely built by Danish architect; it is a multi-venue art center.
  • Manly Beach is located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Australia, with in walkable distance from there you can find shops, clubs, night dives etc. There are also a lot of other beaches like Cronula beach, Palm beach and Shelly beach to visit.
  • Sydney has a lot of museums to visit like Hyde Park Barrack museum which is a historical site, Sydney cricket ground and Sydney wildlife Sanctuary are other places to visit.

Travel: Bangkok, Thailand

So from Pattaya it was 5 nights in Bangkok, which consisted of lots of shopping and eating, some more eating and shopping. Oh, and also a visit to the newly opened Madam Tussauds in Bangkok, Ocean world and Safari world. Here check out the photo essay.

My Hotel Plaza Athenee- Royal Meredian; the main Lobby

 

Travelling around in bangkok, funky coloured cabs and Tuk-Tuks

 

Ocean World just so pretty in Siam Paragon

Safari world: Safari and close up with tigers plus Dolophin show super cute

 

Madam Tussauds Bangkok, newly opened at Siam Discovery

   

The various clubs I visited Levels, Club Mixx and Q Bar

Patpong street or Bangkok night market

Enjoy this summer in Wales

In a previous post I had written about the Olympics in London and how you can check into some lovely properties which are giving away great deals around that time. Now since we have already figured you will be around the UK, I did a bit of research and came up with things for you to do at Wales as well, starting end of this month. So plan your holiday accordingly. Wales is a picturesque location that is a part of the United Kingdom and is situated to the west of England having a varied and dramatic landscape. It is also quite accessible from London or cities such as Birmingham and Manchester. A vibrant population fuels a cosmopolitan city atmosphere.Cardiff Castle stands at the heart of downtown and Edwardian shopping arcades (Britain’s first malls) house charming one-of-a-kind shops. Wales is home to 641 castles, more than any other country in Europe. You are encouraged to visit them: climb towers, walk ancient walls and explore dungeons. It’s rare to find three national parks in a country the size of Massachusetts. But in the Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons national parks you’ll discover unique landscapes and a world of outdoor adventure.  Royal connections abound and everyone can be spoiled by staying in hotels formerly owned by kings and queens.

Pembrokeshire Fish Week – 23 June – 1 July 2012
The events and activities feature around fish and shell-fish, eating out, fish cookery and preparation demonstrations, angling competitions and coaching, on water adventure and outdoor activities, waterway travel, environmental and educational activities, arts, craft and culture and for all ages!
Llangollen International Eisteddfod – 3-8 July 2012
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year over 4,000 performers from across the globe head to the beautiful little Welsh town to take part in a unique event combining competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. Around 25 different competitions celebrate song, music and dance, climaxing with the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’ where winning choirs compete for the Pavarotti Trophy.
Wakestock – 6-8 July 2012
Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival takes place on the stunning Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. Wakestock 2012 has so much to offer in terms of a full fun packed weekend by the sea. The unique event also sees the world’s best wakeboarders take to the water. Wakestock UK are stoked to have some of the biggest names in the sport confirmed. They will be travelling to the Llyn Peninsula to compete for the title of Wakestock champion.

Extreme Sailing, Cardiff Bay – 30th August – 2nd September 2012
The UK round of the award-winning Extreme Sailing Series will be staged in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The Extreme 40s fleet will race in the heart of the Bay, with the race village based in the inner harbour where spectators will be able to watch the racing unfold amongst the buzzing atmosphere with shops and restaurants surrounding the harbour in abundance.
World Alternative Games 17 Aug – 2 Sept
This is the essence of the first ever World Alternative Games which is to be held in Llanwrtyd Wells. Llanwrtyd is now set to host a variety of different and alternative events, from Worm Charming to Chariot Racing, from the Bathtubbing Championship to the Wife Carrying Championships. There will be a day designed purely for the youngsters, with child-friendly events such as Pooh Sticks and Rock, Paper, Scissors. Our international friends from France and the Czech Republic are due to join the festivities as we celebrate our links with a French-themed day (including a French cockerel throwing competition and French cheese rolling) and a Czech-themed day.

 

Trend: Country Charm

So if you recall, last week I had been cribbing about my wanting to go on a vacation and hating the heat etc etc. Well obviously someone heard my plea’s and on Saturday morning I was out for a two-day trip to a hill-station near Mumbai. Ok usually hill-stations are not my choice of destination, I would choose a beach but I needed a break and it’s getting too humid to go to beaches here. So glad to have gone there, cause I had no network or connectivity hence was disconnected from the world. Which meant I could actually sleep without being disturbed (view from my room).
Anyway my two-day trip actually inspired me to some up with the idea of having a rustic/country look in the house. I mean relaxed living has also been quite a trend past few years, while some people like to go in for the whole country look with the stone walls, terracotta tiles along with furnishing, for the rest one room or some pieces in the house work equally well. Here is my selection for the trend Country charm.

1. Monet parasol, Amazon.com 2. Limited edition Perfume, Burberry 3. Box, House of Ishatvam 4. St. Bernard mural, Sicis 5. Water Jug, House of Ishatvam 6. Picnic Basket, Debenhams 7. Chester one, Poltrona Frau 8. Cushion, The Bombay Store 9. S-chair, Cappellini

Hotel Guide to Romance

When one is in love, they want every moment to perfect, from the first official date to the first official kiss to the first official vacation. I am saying official cause while you are dating it is nice and all but nothing like when you fall in love and you realise you actually want to spend time planning each special moment. (Sigh! I don’t even know why I talk about all this, I think I am just too romantic and optimistic and a wee bit dramatic). Anyway back to planning those special moments, the most taxing among all has to be the vacation. I mean come on, you don’t want to end up in a place where both of you have nothing to do and hence are fighting the whole time. So well, coming to our rescue is SLH (Small Luxury hotels of the World) to plan your vacations for each of those moments. Even if you are single like me, it is a great start to plan those trips with your lovely ladies, who knows who you meet and what that might lead to (told you I am optimistic). Plus with summer vacation coming up you could do with some help there as well.So here is a bit about few of their properties. See if they catch your fancy or suit your purpose, else go through their site and chose out of the 520 other properties. Let me know how your vacation went.

Hotelde Tuilerieën, Belgium– www.slh.com/tuilerieen 
The Hotel de Tuilerieënin the picture-perfect city of Bruges in Belgium exudes old-school romance with period décor, four-poster beds and daily champagne breakfasts. Walk hand in hand down cobbled alley ways, enjoy candlelit dinners at the hotel’s legendary Le Menu Belge restaurant or a relaxing couples’ massage to end the day. So what better way to show to the world that you have found that someone special?
Night rates at Hotel de Tuilerieën from USD 259* per room based on double occupancy.

Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort, Greece– www.slh.com/mykonos 
GREECE! I mean if you have not read my earlier post about my desire to visit here or how hot the Greek men are please do, and really there is no argument here that this is the ultimate destination to declare your love against a crystal blue backdrop of sea and sky. Enjoy proposal perfect settings on the white sand beach at sunset, in the privacy of a candlelit suite at Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort or on the nearby temple island of Delos. And to my lovely single ladies, really aren’t you sold?
Night rates at Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort from USD 228* per room based on double occupancy.

The Fortress Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka– www.slh.com/fortress
This is an ideal place for a destination wedding. Buck the white wedding trend with a truly unique celebration at the entrancing Fortress Resort & Spa.Enclosed within landscaped gardens, this ultra stylish 53-room resort offers the perfect party paradise with drummers,dancers and elephants as wedding regulars! Newly weds and guests alike will delight in the 24-hour butler service, private plunge pools and renowned SriLankan cuisine to make it a wedding day that everyone will remember for a lifetime.Night rates at The Fortress Resort & Spa from USD 257* per room based on double occupancy.

Velassaru,Maldives – www.slh.com/velassaru
When deciding where to go for the most important and most romantic holiday of your life, whether is the proposal or the honeymoon it doesn’t get much better than the unsurpassable beauty and luxury at the Velassaru hotel in the Maldives. After the stress and strain leading upto the big day, newly weds can spend their days lazing within the sanctuary oftheir water villa with nothing but ocean as far as the eye can see.Night rates at Velassaru from USD 282* per room based on double occupancy.

Hotel Punta Tragara, Italy– www.slh.com/puntatragara
This celebration is for when you have crossed a few years and real life has begun to be just that “Real Life”. Celebrate your years together with all its ups and downs and rekindle that honeymoon romance with a stay at the irresistible Hotel Punta Tragara perched on the cliffs of Capri, overlooking the rocks of Faraglioni and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Full of charming Italian character and charisma, couples will delight in the stylish décor,decadent cuisine and intimate ambience of one of Italy’s finest hotels. Night rates at Hotel Punta Tragara from USD 475* per room based on double occupancy.

Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel, Dominican Republic – www.slh.com/sivory
If not Sri Lanka for your wedding day then there’s always the option of the beautiful tropical paradise getaway, Dominican Republic. So have a beautiful destination wedding here or renew those all important, life-long vows. Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel is what dreams are made of with exquisite gourmet food, suites with private plunge pools and an incredible holistic spa – the perfectsetting to say “I do”. Night rate at Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel from USD 369* per room based on double occupancy.

The Betsy, Florida– www.slh.com/betsyhotel
And finally for all my lovely single ladies the iconic Betsy hotel on Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive is the answer to all those holiday dilemmas. If you’re newly single, or single since the last decade, there’s no better place to enjoy a day of selfish pampering followed by dinner at the hotel’s famous BLT steakhouse restaurant and then a night out in Miami’s fantastic Art Deco District.Night rates at The Betsy USD 400* per room based on double occupancy.

*These rates are approximate rates and could vary.Reservationsfor any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property can be made by calling 000800 650 1456 (India), online at www.slh.com or via the SLH iPhone app. Travel agents need only remember the GDS code LX for LuXury.  To receivespecial benefits including a complimentary breakfast, upgrade (subject to availability)and late check-out, join The Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World at www.slh.com/club  Membership is offered on acomplimentary basis