Travel Journal
Dec 2021 Issue
Explore curated stories on luxury travel, from new hotel openings to exquisite chalets, villas and wellness experiences

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Istanbul
| Turkey
Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul pairs spectacular service with contemporary design
Positioned along the glimmering shoreline where East and West collide, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul captures the magic of the world's pan-continental city.
Dubai
| United Arab Emirates
The St Regis Dubai, The Palm opens on Palm Jumeirah
The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm offers bespoke service, celebrated rituals and exquisite culinary offerings from its world-famous Dubai address.
Mirbat
| Oman
Alila Hinu Bay is set to welcome first guests in Oman
At Alila Hinu Bay guests can explore the many surprising sides from Mirbat, immersing in the local culture, traditions, and lifestyle.
Bodrum
| Turkey
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offers the perfect retreat at Cennet Koyu
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum’s location, design and service standards set it apart, re-defining the luxury holiday concept in this region.
by Ecem Yücel
AlUla
| Saudi Arabia
Jean Nouvel’s hidden ‘masterpiece’ resort in AlUla, Northwest Arabia set to debut in 2024
Concept design showcases elements of the resort built into the mountains of the Sharaan Nature Reserve, AlUla.
Bahrain Marina
| Bahrain
Shangri-La Hotel, Bahrain To Open In Landmark ‘Bahrain Marina’ In 2022
The 310,000-square-metre "Bahrain Marina" stretches along a pristine coastline in the heart of the city.
Cairo
| Egypt
Indulge in modern Egyptian glamour at the new St. Regis Cairo 
A new beacon of luxury on the Nile, the hotel brings exquisite design and signature service to the bustling Metropolis.
Jebel Akhdar
| Oman
Experience a majestic wellness retreat at Anantara’s Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman
An awe-inspiring trip to the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort enriches the mind and purifies the body in the fresh mountain air.
Istanbul
| Turkey
Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul: An urban resort where Asia meets Europe
The extensive and beautifully-landscaped surrounds enjoy significant elevation to enable far-reaching views over the Bosphorus as it begins its last curve toward the Black Sea.
Lusail
| Qatar
Rosewood Doha to open in Lusail City in Qatar in 2022
This latest jewel in the collection’s crown will bring Rosewood’s signature contemporary ultra-luxury hospitality to the dynamic Middle Eastern powerhouse of Qatar.
Al Ruwais
| Qatar
Zulal Wellness Resort: an infusion of modernity and tradition set within the stunning Qatari landscape
Bordering the pure aquamarine shoreline of its private coastal setting, Zulal Wellness Resort achieves a harmonious synchronisation of tradition and innovation.
by Ellie Loxton
Ras Al Khaimah
| United Arab Emirates
Anantara Hotel to open overwater eco-resort in 2020
Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas announce that the longingly awaited Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort will be opening in late 2020.
by Chantelle Billson
Negev Desert
| Israel
A biblical hotel: Six Senses Shaharut Israel, opening in Spring 2020
For out-of-the-ordinary experiences in a setting of biblical proportions, Six Senses Shaharut will be opening south of the Negev Desert in the Arava Valley and featuring just 58 suites and villas with one Retreat Villa.
Alacati
| Turkey
Alavya Otel, Alacati, Turkey — A magical settlement
Alavya is a magical settlement of six unique houses with 25 rooms, some face a large courtyard, others small patios enhanced with white mulberry, olive, mastic and a wide array of fruit trees.
Dubai
| United Arab Emirates
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Opens In First Quarter of 2019
The first Mandarin Oriental resort in the Middle East, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, opened its doors in the first quarter of 2019.
Dubai
| United Arab Emirates
Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai – The grandeur of 18th century Europe on the sands of Palm Jumeirah
A new gem on the Dubai archipelago recognised for its incessant commitment to luxury hospitality.
by Kseniya Shrimpton
Sharm El-Sheikh
| Egypt
The Season Of Love With Four Seasons Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
This Valentine’s Day, couples who are looking to indulge in some cherished time together will find everything they need for an unforgettable celebration at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh.
Riyadh
| Saudi Arabia
Nobu Hotel Riyadh, ​an Urban Oasis Awaits
Thoughtful design and state-of-the-art technology characterize Robert De Niro and Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa's new Nobu Hotel Riyadh.
Istanbul
| Turkey
Five of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music. – Christian Louboutin
Abu Dhabi
| United Arab Emirates
Escape to a world of Middle Eastern opulence with the Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi
As one of the most luxurious hotels in Abu Dhabi, It is the best place to relax between trips to the incredible attractions the Middle Eastern city has to offer.
by Aleezeh Hasan
Abu Dhabi
| United Arab Emirates
A Visionary Destination, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
The award-winning St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is the city’s true beachfront leisure address located just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 10 minutes from the city’s bustling downtown.
by Aleezeh Hasan
Abu Dhabi
| United Arab Emirates
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The St. Regis hotel in Abu Dhabi regularly exceeds guest's expectations and is one of our highest-ranking luxury hotels in the city.
Istanbul
| Turkey
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey
Experience an enchanting retreat in the Capital of Empires.
Abu Dhabi
| United Arab Emirates
The Magnificent Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
An ethereal experience, Emirates Palace is truly one of the most inspiring hotels in Abu Dhabi.

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