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CITY WALK – Event Review – “It’s MySpace” at IDdesign via MOMSOUQ.

CITY WALK – Event Review – “It’s MySpace” at IDdesign via MOMSOUQ.

‘It’s MySpace’ held at IDdesign showroom, in collaboration with MOMSOUQ.”

It was thrilling to be a part of “It’s My Space” Organized by ID Design in collaboration with Mom Souq. Mom Souq is my favorite family community and I love their awareness events, hence I happily accepted the invite and was all set to visit one of the most happening and new hotspot shopping destination Dalma Mall in AbuDhabi.

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Event started on time and all the participants along with IDdesign experts were been introduced. We get to learn a lot of tips and techniques where you can actually learn some quick and easy fixes to change the mood of any room. Also I get to learn about the latest trends in interior design styles and home furnishings.

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Then comes the most important part of being creative, 3 teams were made and were asked to show their decorating skills via creating a mood board.  It was such an interactive, fun and team building activity and  de-clustered so many concepts for me regarding interior settings. Winning team get the prizes, and IDdesign Goodie bags were provided to all participants at the event.

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The tips shared by designers Mei and Nataliya on the importance of a moodboard; whether you’re looking to de-clutter your home or having to bargain color palettes & approach with other members of your family, provided some stimulation for our home. They were so generous and open about listening to your home staying queries and provide some useful info.

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To relax and unwind we sat back, and enjoyed some healthy and yummy refreshments and sweet bite size treats. I took a good roam around in their store, as they were offering 25-75% sale in their store. To stay informed of future events, as well as in store promotions and IDdesign’s latest furniture & accessories collections in our Abu Dhabi or Dubai showrooms, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

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Special Thanks to Mona Tavassoli, Founder & CEO of Mom Souq for pulling off yet another successful and well organized event, Lovely Designers at IDdesign and the management of the store been extra courteous and responsive to participants need and for the preview of their special promotion items at Sale. I am certainly returning back to store for good bargains.

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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in City Walk, Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES

 

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It’s Bar-B-Q party time! – Urban’s Barbecue at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

It’s Bar-B-Q party time! – Urban’s Barbecue at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

It’s Bar-B-Q party time!

As committing to its promotion that “DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI BRINGS A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS AUTUMN”. The Thai hospitality once again hit the mark bringing best of the tastes from different cuisines under one roof. Although what’s to be notably commended is their effort to gain the diners attention by bringing the “best quality with reasonable price” this autumn, reflecting specially in this particular theme offering we have reviewed.

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We were privileged to be invited to the exclusive preview of their very first Urban’s Barbecue last Monday, at Urban Kitchen. Experiencing the event first hand was indeed a pleasure as we found this package a complete steal in this value.

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It brought together the finest taste and the flavors of Middle Eastern, Turkish and Tandoori BBQ specialties, you can actually taste all that in just AED 129/- net per person including soft beverage, every Monday and Wednesday from 19:00 to 22:30hrs.

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Chef Aiham, Chef Bulent and Chef Bede have introduced the authentic flavors from each region with their very own recipes that have been passed down over generations. The set-up and spread of dishes was dynamic. We loved their tandoori BBQ items, Adana Kebabs, Paneer Tikka and Vegetable Tandoori. Hariyali Kabab with green marinade was also a must-try item.

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We loved the aroma and tenderness of tandoori items and how they were prepared fresh over live counters. Middle Eastern menu items gained a lot of my attention that day. We have tasted Fish Magli with Harissa sauce and Tikka Marinated Sea bass wrapped in spinach leaf and it was delicious. Ispanakli Yumurta (Eggs with spinach and onion) and Couscous Bil Khudar (Marrakesh classic taste) were made with full dedication and was deliciously tasty.

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In desserts it was a grand affair and we tasted vast variety and sweetness, from Muhalabyia to Halawa Bil jiben and from Znood Alsitt, Baloryia Pista to Katayef. Opera cake was another great find in their desserts menu. You may conclude on assorted Indian Sweets or warm Umm Ali.

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All and all it was a great value treat that every individual should try. Don’t forget to bring along your friends and family as the fun are always doubled when shared with the close ones.

Do comment below on what you think of Urban’s Barbecue themed buffet at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi.

For reservations or more information on Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi’s food and beverage promotions, please contact +971 (2) 698 8137 or email: reservation.table@dusit.com.

 
 

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Wellness & Massage – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana + 60 Min Massage #Giveaway

Wellness & Massage – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana + 60 Min Massage #Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS:

Winner is Zainub Naeem . Please send email with your full name and contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to claim your voucher within 2 days, incase of failure another winner will be chosen.

Are you ready to experience the new Wellness and Massage facility at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana ?

Ladies and gentlemen, this newly opened spa at the hotel goes above and beyond our expectations! Since we thoroughly loved our aromatherapy session, hence (courtesy to our client) giving one reader a chance to experience the same at Wellness and MassageKhalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. Please find details at the end of this review.

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Massage Treatment:

We experienced serenity in a wonderful Couple Massage session. It was an exclusive pampering and unforgettable time we had in their haven of tranquil. We were also impressed to know about the extensive range of restorative and invigorating treatments they offer.

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Located on the 2nd floor at the Beach Club, the new Wellness and Massage facility features 6 treatment suites and 2 luxurious relaxation rooms the area is quite spacious. I loved the long alley where you make your way into the Wellness and Massage facility. They kept the lights effect dimmer and the ambiance with wall hangings so serene that you will start getting into the mood of relaxation.  You will indulge in revitalizing treatment thanks to their dedicated team of specialists who will encourage a hale and hearty well-being for both your body and mind, using only premium quality natural products by Aromatherapy Associates London (the leading experts within aromatherapy for over 30 years of experience).

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Staff & Therapist:

The staff was so welcoming and supportive and will make you feel immediately comfortable. Upon arrival we were seated in a relaxing area and get to have refreshment and detox juices, plus a warm smile by all the staff!

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The masseuses gave the impression that they have a good knowledge and know what they are doing. We have been handed over an information form along with consent where all the required info by therapist has been generated via questionnaire and has been reconcile with us where ever it’s been not clear by our therapist as we conclude and handed over the form.

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Then we had been asked to choose the therapy Oil which later used in your treatment and as per them basically you body and mind works together in deciding the aroma connected to the kind of relaxation is required, deep tissue, revive, rejuvenate, anti-stress etc.

Our therapist has guided us to the changing room, well fitted with lockers to keep your essentials while you will change and be prepared for the massage. Changing area is also fitted with the shower and a mirror to dress up after you leave the area. Bath robe and slippers were provided. Afterwards we went to a couple’s therapy treatment room which has been beautifully lit with dimmed yellow soothing effect and is smelling amazing. Beds were cleanly lined and it’s a comfortable head resting you get there.

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Throughout the massage time at different intervals, therapist had a check on the level of pressure been applied on different areas. The massage was so relaxing that I even snooze out for some good plenty minutes. This treatment surely altered my mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.

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Use of Aromatic Oil in Massage:

The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties. For massage they are been infused creating blends that enhance its inherent properties, turning them into rich beautifully scented products that deliver fantastic results.

WOW Factor:

  • DSC_0178Soothing Skin Cooler package that soothe and re-hydrate over-exposed treatment skin with this cooling and refreshing treatment, it is one of the unique treatments we had discovered.
  • Personalized programs for the benefit of esteemed guests.
  • De-Stress sports Massage which is deep restorative treatment specially designed for key muscles.
  • Nurturing therapy for mothers to be is a full body treatment will leave you feeling lifting and at peace.
  • Try Balinese Massage & reach the ultimate state of relaxation or go for Thai Massage in case you need the most energizing and rigorous rub.

 

All in all we have experienced the perfect Wellness and Massage experience that suits our individual needs and make our visit at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi even more treasured. With a range of signature invigorating massage treatments, cleansing scrubs, renewing wraps and facials with customized aromatherapy experiences, it offers a relaxing environment. My aromatherapy massage was firm and relaxing and the oil made skin soft and smell so good. I went back home with serenity and tranquility.

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Opened daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

For more information please call 02 657 0188, Email: wellness.khalidiya@rotana.com

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Faten Hammad Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Tel: 00971 2 6570220 E-mail: faten.hammad@rotana.com

For More information on Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana click these pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (1 WINNER)

Mahi Blog and Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana have teamed up to offer one lucky Mahi Blog reader “60 minutes massage session

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

21- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the treatments /service at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana? (Hint here)

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Marketing Team & Management & our ever smiling and humble host Faten & staff/therapists at Wellness & Massage. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in hotels, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Retreat, Spa, STAYCATIONS, TRIPS

 

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City Walk – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND- GALA DINNER 2015 @Westin Abudhabi

City Walk – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND- GALA DINNER 2015 @Westin Abudhabi

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND- GALA DINNER 2015

The 2015 Gala Dinner themed ‘Shine bright like a diamond ’ in association with “Ladies Who Lunch ” held on September 4th was indeed a glam affair along with a noble cause, the attendees were individuals, groups including corporate businesses and executives throughout Abu Dhabi, local council and Government officials supporting the event through attendance and/or sponsorship.

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Some highlights of the evening were

• Entertainment and Music

• Silent Auction and Raffles with exciting prizes to be won

•Red carpet and photography opportunities

•Entrée and welcome address

•Main course and ongoing Entertainment – live performances

•Live charity auction

•DJ until late

UNICEF in Action with WASH Project:

PROVIDING CLEAN DRINKING WATER AND PROPER SANITATION FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACROSS AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

As we are aware that dirty water, poor sanitation, and unhygienic practices cause millions of children to suffer needlessly from disease. Despite being preventable, water and sanitation related diseases remain one of the most significant child health problems worldwide. Almost 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and an estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation facilities.

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UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. In emergency situations, UNICEF also provides urgent relief to communities and nations threatened by disrupted water supplies and disease.

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In line to the great initiative this Charity Gala Dinner supported “Road To Awareness”, which is a worldwide fundraising initiative taken by Starwood Hotels & Resorts to support the underprivileged children by means of UNICEF. This year, the money raised will also support with much-needed fund to UNICEF Wash project across Middle East and Africa providing clean drinking water. The Middle East and North Africa is the most water-scarce region in the world, and two out of five people without access to safe drinking water live in Africa.

Venue:

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The Grand Ballroom of The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa was decked up all as per the Diamond theme, decor was indeed stunning.

A total of AED 164,000 was raised from the charity dinner last year. The event this year hopefully will manager to contribute even more.

Food:

Four course all UK Cold fish n’ chips menu with drinks was offered to the guests.

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DSC_0234What comes to the table indeed has marked the first finest impression on the guests it was Scottish Salmon halibut smoked with soft radish jelly, and mushy peas form. Where the dish kept all its softness it did not disappoint us in it’s crunchy element. It was served with Vegetable Chip and made a perfect entrée’.

Then arrive the Roast Irish beef , the main along with yorkshire pudding with ‘bangers’ onion gravy and root veggies.

We thoroughly enjoyed the dessert which is sticky toffee pudding, with stilton crumble and apple cider sorbet, its divine and was the highlight of whole menu.

Last but not the least was assorted cheese platter with crackers and jams, it came late where all guests were busy in bidding and auction however we were so full that we dint opt for it.

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The Charity Gala Dinner turned our to be a memorable night for all those attended being one of a kind event. The night surely has a lot of surprises and wow moments. Funds raised by guests and employees at Starwood Hotels & Resorts will be used to help children wherever the need is greatest.

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There was also an exclusive Gala Dinner and room package including Breakfast at a great price to facilitate the participation by the venue host.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Events, hotels, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES

 

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Carluccio’s at YAS Mall – Win Meal Voucher worth 200 dhs #ItalianCuisineCelebrationonMahiBlog

Carluccio’s at YAS Mall – Win Meal Voucher worth 200 dhs #ItalianCuisineCelebrationonMahiBlog


Congratulations, And the winner is:

1) OMAR SAMI

– Thanks for sharing a lot – Please send us your full name and contact details on mahiblog.ae@gmail.com within 2 days to claim your prize. Incase of failure another winner will be chose.

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Carluccio’s at Yas Mall:

Those who are following my blog are already aware of my love for this brand. I once read an interview of Founder “ANTONIO CARLUCCIO” where he has mentioned that Olive oil, flour, tomatoes and basil are the ingredients you can’t live without; yes we are talking about 78-year-old Italian chef and restaurateur himself who was in Abu Dhabi last year to open Carluccio’s in Yas Mall – his third restaurant in the capital. Having about 100 restaurants around the world, he shows no signs of slowing down, and his great concept of love for Italian Cuisine is beautifully cascaded to the recipes at Carluccio’s restaurant menu.

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Super Gorgeous and our Ultimate Favorite Antipasti Mixed Board, it has each element of our liking ranging from home-baked Focaccia bread to roasted bell pepper with basil pesto.

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Well, apart from covering their FESTA DELLA PIZZA offerings and tasting from the best pizza festival in town, we did taste their main menu items too, and this time in a different location i-e @ YAS Mall. It is quite a big and spacious venue. In the evening, Carluccio’s welcomes those who are looking for a more relaxed dining experience. Carluccio’s deli here is unrivalled – offering a scrumptious selection of fresh meats, cheese, salads, olives, tarts and baked food items, in addition to a range of take-away dishes, they even sell these handy gadget so you can make similar dishes at home! In short YAS Mall Carluccio’s is not just a food outlet but it is a food shop that offers a range of specially imported products from Italy to give it the authentic taste of Italy to this region.

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I must say we had found our spot for comfort food that goes to our very heart. Our visit was memorable; we have been well greeted by the branch supervisor. Kids were well entertained with a customized kid’s pack they offer having a number of fun activities for kids aside from coloring too, I found myself well engross while they were solving the puzzle mysteries.

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Starters were best to name few were Tomato, Pesto & Garlic Breads. We tried on our host’s recommendation their Ravioli and it is just divine, so full of flavors and the tiny pouches will do the magic mix in your mouth where sauce is so carefully coordinated with soft home-made ravioli which is filled with tender spinach and cheese giving the classic breakdown of each ingredients, it’s just absolute harmony. Being served in a traditional way with butter it kept it’s true essence.

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LAGAGNA is also up there in this same category, baked at its perfection simply must-try item on the menu. My kids have thoroughly enjoyed the dish.DSC_0067

Hubby ordered Lamb Shank which is basically slowly braised lamb shank with herbs and vegetable, served with rosemary and mashed potatoes. Meat was well done and juicy at the same time the aroma of braised lamp just satisfies your taste buds and you will fall in love with this dish.  Uncomplicated ingredients, basic taste! It can even cater to my craving for lamb roast incase I am up for big challenges next time.

Kids enjoyed the very simple and basic Penne Pasta with pink sauce, which is too good and accurate to the taste and liking for the kids. The fact that the staff gave extra attention while taking your order you can actually customize your dish by requesting to add on or reduce the selected ingredients.

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As for the Desserts, they have a lovely selection. We tried 3 in total, 2 from the new range and one regular.

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CASSATA which is Semifreddo Sicilian Dessert with Chocolate pieces (I hardly felt any in mine), pistaccio ice-cream and candied fruits (as it’s comparatively hard to chew dint give me much of my dreamtime while enjoying this dessert.)

 

CHERRY SUNDAE: Being a die-hard fan of cherries I had no reasons not to fall in love with this awesome treat, very well proportionate dessert made by simple amalgamation of Italian Amarena Cherries and Vanilla Ice-cream and the syrup was there to balance the sweet ratio too. Love it! DSC_0068

Last but not the least Chocolate Fondente a warm chocolate pudding served with Ice cream. It was a chocolate lovers dream. Thick, chocolaty goodness all over with a layer of ice-cream. If you want a drinking chocolate version, try the Ciccoletta fiorentina.

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WOW Factor:

  • On weekend they are serving new Nutella e Banana so go for it!
  • If you looking for real taste of Italy at home their colorful cornucopia of fantastic fresh food, Keep sake & store cupboard items and gifts you should definitely pass by their deli.
  • Their fondants are mind blowing – pure choco lovers, welcome.

Buon Appetito!

I loved the romantic ambiance and an extended space where you can enjoy with your loved ones or close group of friends for a special dine-outs. There is even possibility to get variety without giving up on your Italian cravings. Categorically worth next visit, maybe even after to try some more Gnocchi next time 😉 I would rate my overall liking for Carluccio’s 4.6 on 5. And it can take mouth-watering 5 for just deli itself as it’s too good to ignore.

Find more info on their FB page here or go to their Website.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Carluccio’s have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Gift meal Voucher worth AED 200” to be used at any Carluccio’s outlet across UAE

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For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the PIZZA offering at Carluccio’s during FESTA DELLA PIZZA?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to CARLUCCIO’S Management, Andjelka Pavlovic and our host staff at restaurant. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Pictures are owned by Mahi Blog. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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“Festa Della Pizza” Celebration at Eastern Mangroves Carluccio’s – Reviewed

“Festa Della Pizza” Celebration at Eastern Mangroves Carluccio’s – Reviewed

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Carluccio’s is the highly praised Italian cafe renowned for bringing authentic and conventional Italian cooking and ingredients to families in a comforting and friendly environment. Carluccio’s open kitchens are operated by qualified chefs who create all the food in-house including pastas and breads. It offers great worth for cash with the whole lot from scrumptious morning breakfasts and exclusive blends of coffees through to light meals and lunches. Carluccio’s deli is the food shop offers a range of specially imported products from Italy to give the authentic taste of Italy to this region. It is well-known for its pastas, pizzas, classic Italian desserts, fresh salads, and antipasti to name a few.

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Festa Della Pizza Celebration at Carluccio’s

Festa Della Pizza Festival 

Nothing says Italy quite like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pizza. Sharing its passion and expertise for the Italian speciality; Carluccio’s is hosting a two-month long celebration of all things pizza. Started from 26th July and it will go till end of September, Festa Della Pizza will showcase an array of limited edition sweet and savory pizzas alongside interactive kids’ pizza making classes. In addition, Carluccio’s food shops will feature a special display of chilli oils and chilli based products, the ideal accompaniment for pizza at home. You can choose from Sweet or Savoury Choices.

Coverage of Festa Della Pizza at Eatern Mangroves Carluccio’s

DSC_0306To cover the grand festival we have been invited via PRCo and been warmly hosted and greeted by the generous staff at Eastern Mangroves Outlet of Carluccio’s. Venue is cozy and has an amazing view of mangroves and stretched out sea full of boats, Eastern Mangroves is also home to other water sports activities hence attract a lot of goers and Italian food lovers which simple can’t miss this branch of Carluccio’s due to aroma of baked pasta and pizza & smell coming from their kitchen. Restaurant has fining area covered inside and outside on terrace as well, in good weather you can sit outside and enjoy the breezy atmosphere, however we preferred inside in the prevailing temperatures in Capital and were guided via staff to a warm corner with a glass window for an outside view.

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Bowl of Olives

I am a big fan of Carluccio’s and have visited so many branches by now and a big lover of their bread and Olives hence it was must to try the same before we roll on to festival tasting and we enjoyed BOWL OF OLIVES this time. Being a thin crust pizza lover, it’s a treat to find they are serving authentic Roman-style pizzas with perfectly charred crusts, We tried Anatra e Fichi, Calzone Ortolana and Granchio e Gamberi.

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First one consist of tomato, mozzarella, shredded duck confit (You may ask staff to replace with chicken), fresh figs, rocket salad, parmesan shavings and aged balsamic vinegar which has very empowering taste in a good way and the figs added that extra citrus taste to this highly recommended pizza from the festival offerings.

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Granchio e Gamberi was a treat for seafood lover

The second one Calzone Ortolana was basically a folded pizza will balsamic roasted vegetables, goats’ cheese, mozzarella and black olives and has this incredible softness of combination cheese they topped it with and the balsamic roasted veggies give you a great crunch and taste at the same time.

Meanwhile, seafood fans will appreciate the Granchio e Gamberi, topped with crab meat, shrimps, mozzarella, grated zucchini, red chilli, basil and lemon oil, though we are not huge fan of seafood but this pizza is very flavoursome and did gain few interest point on our tastemeter.

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Porcini e Tartufo is one unique in range too

It you have Sweet tooth you may indulge in one of the unique dessert pizzas been offered at FESTA DELLA PIZZA Treat; served on a crispy golden base, they are the perfect way to finish a meal. You can try the fruity Passione e Amarena topped with mascarpone passion fruit cream and Italian Amarena “Fabbri” cherries or the classic Nutella e Banana with Italian Nutella and sliced banana. My kids thoroughly enjoyed their nutella banana edition and it actually made them charged to even run for a small walk around mangroves.

Nutella e Banana Passione e Amarena

Apart from Festival Offerings we even tried our all time favorite antipasti mixed board. There is nothing to complaint about this extra gorgeous complete board which has each element of our liking ranging from home-baked Focaccia bread to roasted bell pepper with basil pesto.

I also ordered Beef Gnocchi, which truly impressed us this time with slowly cooked pulled beef and potatoes dumpling, rosemary flavor added to its taste.

I tried Cheese cake with Latte Coffee and finished off my meal in a delightful way.

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Oils and other products range at Deli:

Well if you would love to carry what you tasted in the offerings for number of months, here is a charm, as this festival is running for a certain time however you may purchase the hot stuff which goes into taste over these pizza.

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Yes we are talking about sauces and special infused oils. If you are looking to add a little heat to your menu can head to Carluccio’s famous deli, which will be showcasing a selection of chilli oils and chilli based products throughout the festival. Made from quality Italian olives and infused with chillies dried under the Calabrian sun, chilli oil is endlessly useful in the kitchen and perfectly complements pizza as well as pasta, salads and any other dishes that require a kick. Choose between the traditional chilli oil and chilli and garlic oil, whilst the Tre Oli set makes a lovely gift for any keen cook. In keeping with the fiery theme, a selection of chilli salsa, pesto and pasta will also be available for rustling up impressive suppers for friends and family at home. They are also been offered at much reasonable price and in some cases bundle offer.

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Pizza Master Classes for Kids

In case If you have mini chefs in the making like mine 2, Carluccio’s also offers fun and hands-on pizza master classes for kids, I can recall the memories when my kids had attended the same few months back and guess what they have same been offered throughput the festival; Led by an expert chef, little ones can get messy whilst kneading, baking and decorating before sitting down to enjoy their creations. You may contact your nearest Carluccio’s for dates and timings.pizza class

Follow Carluccio’s on Facebook and Twitter for more information on Festa Della Pizza.

Indeed it’s a great chance where pizza lovers will discover a range of inspired flavor combinations throughout the festival, visit with friends to enjoy a variety in the menu without managing to dilute the running italian theme too.  This festival is available at restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Mahi Blog loved exploring the festival at Carluccio’s and rate the Fiesta offering 4.5 out of 5 on our tastemeter.

KEEP CALM AND EAT ITALIAN – ITALIAN TO GO…

Carluccio's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Hotel Review & Win ‘Wok with Me’ Friday Brunch for 2 at Urban Kitchen.

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Hotel Review & Win ‘Wok with Me’ Friday Brunch for 2 at Urban Kitchen.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Congratulations “link2reema” you are a winner for Friday Brunch for 2 at DUSIT THANI ABUDHABI – Urban Kitchen themed brunch “Wok with Me”. Send an email with your full name & contact details at mahiblog.ae@gmail.com within 2 days to claim you prize.

Enjoy the Brunch and lovely Friday !! 🙂

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Location:

Centrally located close to the city’s Eastern Mangroves habitat and a short drive from the Corniche, near to new business and government district, adjacent to the CERT Technology Park. The hotel is also an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers. It had perfect location from where you can explore the graceful capital of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is close-by while Abu Dhabi International Airport is a mere 20 minutes drive from here. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle bus service to key points of interest / entertainment and shopping malls in Abu Dhabi.

Theme and Decor Inspiration:

Blending the best of both cultures, the hotel exudes Arabian opulence instill with strokes of Thai warmth with a well-known stature and unique architecture design. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Hotel has 402 rooms and suites combined. Each room has a wonderful mix of Thai influences and modern lifestyle and has been beautifully designed with the savvy traveller in mind, hotel is daunting with Skydome spanning extensive pre-function areas that can host up to 1,000 guests and is already a preferred location and home for many educational and Industrial seminars and Company hosted Events.

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Arrival and Check-in:

23773844You will reach the venue easily via markings of Muroor Street (4th Street), opposite the Mohammed Bin Zayed football stadium. The area is nested with business and government buildings, and there’s a convenient footbridge from infront of the stadium. If by car and coming from Bus Station toward stadium you will take a U-turn from signal and then 2nd exit will go on Ramp to arrive right infront of the Hotel’s main lobby entrance. The valet staff (I must mention very humble and greet you with smile) will take your car and luggage as you arrive in the beautiful lobby (which is impressive and by some means homely) from glass-fronted hotel tower, you can’t miss the soaring atrium which is indeed one of the best elevations (Art Structure) in UAE . To the left is the reception desk and to the right is Orchid lounge with a grand piano and a coffee bar.

F&B:

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi offers an array of exquisite restaurants including Benjarong – award-wining Thai cuisine, The Capital Grill – offering steaks and Mediterranean specialties and Urban Kitchen – international all-day dining. The hotel’s signature restaurant is the Thai Benjarong.

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During our stay, we enjoyed our breakfast in Urban Kitchen and had attended “Wok With Me” theme based Friday brunch at the same venue. Aside from the all-day dining restaurant, the hotel also has The Capital Grill, a sophisticated New York-style steakhouse and bar.

Wok with Me Brunch :

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I totally love the idea and concept of this food extravaganza. No need to book a flight ticket to indulge in Asia’s unsurpassed gastronomy. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi has got his guest at Urban Kitchen covered with an exclusive Asian Wok with Me Brunch in Capital! Guests can create their own favourite Thai curry made-to-order, which we thoroughly loved, Mahi Blog Instagram Fans can enjoy the video HERE.

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In this month’s promotion you will find delight in a wide spread of Asian specialties from Thailand, Japan, China and India.  Live cooking stations include French raclette with an Asian twist (what a fine concept), tandoori, seafood bar, wok noodles, Pandan and coconut flavored crepes.

While doing brunch during our stay we even enjoyed at the Cheese counter and our drooling Instagram video has been featured on #SimplyAbuDhabi page too.. Have a look here, it might make you hungry! You can make it a cheese platter the way you like on the display where fruits and dry fruits as well to be accompanied by melted cheese.

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Staff & Services :

Majority of the staff we noticed in Hotel are from Thailand, always meet you with warm gesture and smile and carry themselves in a delicate, heartening and distinguished manner and will greet you in their traditional thai style by greeting “Sawasdee”. Check-in and check-out were fuss-free and prompt.

Stay:

Though I notice this hotel has more business than leisure guests in weekdays however the trend is totally mix during weekends and especially holidays and vacation breaks season. This is one of the best Staycation and is liked immensely amongst the families. I found the lobby and lounge areas filled largely by very elegantly-dressed Emiratis conducting meetings, while there is Salon and Gym being very famous in locally & near-by areas residing people and hotel guests.

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Rooms

dtad_accommodation_deluxe-room_1088x648My room, a one-bedroom suite, has an excellent view while floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful views of the Capital, but don’t forget to close them at night else the flashing airline warning lights attached to corner of the building might bother you. The large marble bathroom was an extravagance. The rooms and hanging art pieces in them and on floors alley are theme co-ordinate with carpets and furniture.

Other facilities:

A host of facilities and services, including Namm Spa and DFiT Fitness Centre, allow guests to cultivate their minds and bodies, they can enjoy a workout at the fully equipped state-of-the art gym, enjoy swimming in the outdoor swimming pool, relax in the Jacuzzi or indulge in a signature massage treatment in spa, where we had enjoyed our amazing treatment, see complete review of Namm Spa HERE.

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi is an exciting and exclusive addition to a sophisticated global group where we had a complete Thai experience with luxury and astonishing eye-soothing designs. Standing at 37 storey’s, boasting the third highest hotel atrium in the world, it is well on its way to achieving landmark status. In short it is one of the best locations we stayed and reviewed. Mahi Blog will rate this stay 4.7 over 5 on likeness & comfort.

Find more info on there FB page here or go to their Website.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Wok with Me – Friday Brunch for 2 at Urban Kitchen”

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Management, Gehan & Rami and our host staff at restaurant. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Pictures are owned by Mahi Blog except few which are provided by the Hotel itself. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Namm Spa Review – Dusit Thani Abudhabi

Namm Spa Review – Dusit Thani Abudhabi

Melt Away that weekly stress in an hour!

Namm, pronounced “nahm”, is a Thai word that signifies “water” – the most essential element of life that offers many healing applications both inside out and outside in. It is this concept of healing through water that inspired them at Namm Spa, where the skilful touch of the well-trained therapists will erase the stress of modern life and rejuvenate your body and senses.

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The treatment at Namm Spa is to relax, revitalize and enhance our well-being. Each specialized treatment is designed to pamper your senses and redefine your inner balance and outer beauty.

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Namm Spa has most calming and professional staff, which makes you feel welcome from the instance you will enter the facility. The aura of the venue itself leave you in trance as the wall colors, the wooden separators and the ceiling to flow long white glossy linen curtains trail gave this Zen concept and Soothing effect to eyes and soul.

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Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by the staff and was taken to the rest area which had an amazing ambiance and light giving you the feel of Zen and comfort. We are presented with cold face towel and a very refreshing drink to restore our body minerals and get revitalize. We were then requested to look upon the consent form which one of the staff explained to us.

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Then been escorted to our couple\s treatment room which is so spacious and been fitted with bath tub to soak in along your partner and separate in-room shower at one corner of the room, with separate big closets and towels being provided with hangers to put in your clothes and slip in to your robes and disposables to enjoy a comforting massage.

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In the Aromatherapy massage they used exclusive aromatic oil which is combining together with ingredients according to Thai apothecary formula and it’s effective on relaxation, muscle tension and detoxification. The therapy concentrates with a pressure-point massage all over the body, and a bath in end leaving body and mind in balance. Our hour-long massage was so relaxing that I felt like I was cocooned from the hustle bustle of day to day life in that amiably palate, soft & cozy, yellow padded treatment beds, I took a snooze in between somewhere and was softly awaken by the courteous staff for assisting in sitting and stepping outside the bed.

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We were given a refreshing tea with honey when we concluded, and been well advised by what-can-be-felt in after hours and been advised to drink a lot of water to flush out a lot of those acids which they melt down during therapy to give us a stress free start for next few days.

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For more information go to their websitehttp://www.dusit.com/dusitthani/abudhabi/ or call +971 2 698 8888

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in hotels, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Retreat, Spa, STAYCATIONS

 

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Westin AD ‘Super Camp’ Review – Time well spent for Kids.

Westin AD ‘Super Camp’ Review – Time well spent for Kids.

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THE WESTIN SUPER CAMP

In the past many expat families used the long summer break to escape the heat and spend two months in cooler climes visiting friends and family.  However, today more and more families have both parents working like my case, which limits the amount of time we can spend away from UAE to back home in our countries. But on other hand summer in the sand and dunes emirates can be fairly tricky at times; how do I entertain my full of life & handful (mashaAllah) kids, that are storming the house as not much of street / outdoor activities due to hot climate in UAE!

Well, perhaps a summer camp will be an unlikely break for both of them communally and emotionally. As a trend here in UAE, majority of children in Dubai soon after saying goodbye to exams say hello to summer holidays! Likewise I wanted to Plan my family’s best summer yet with impressive summer camps for kids in and near our very own residence!

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The Westin Super Camp for Kids is a great venture from the 19th July to 27th August, and designed to promote the pillars of Westin: Eat Well, Move Well and Play Well. Indeed my kids really had an amazing time over the weeks enjoying the camp, they did a lot of fun activities and had completely enjoyed the fun-filled week. They loved their swimming sessions especially which was supervised by professional staff Sofia and her team. She an amazing trainer and really helped strengthening the breath exercises and swim coaching in kids.

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All of the activities have been selected carefully with the ultimate focus of Feel Well, allowing kids that come to the camp to be nurtured both physically and emotionally, as well as with greater awareness of self and of well-being. It’s lovely to see them enjoying their swimming hours, golf talents as well as making their fort and camps in the free play hours, what I love personally is how my boy (Wisam) mingled with the group of kids, interacted well and been an active candidate in all the activities, who is generally appear to be a reserved one when and being along with the masses.

On another note it’s great to know how well my daughter Misha is holding on to her breath while exercising her control activities in swimming classes.

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WOW Factors:

  • I love the fact how the instructor and supervisors are giving individual attention to each kid and trying to focus on their fear and capabilities bringing out the best in them.

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  • To expand the range of activities they have made partnerships with the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the Fit’n’Flex Gym.
  • What made it extra special for my daughter is her Birthday celebration at the camp, where they have made special arrangements along with big piñata and a delicious birthday cake. She loved the birthday surprise along with colorful balloons and a very fancy birthday candle flower.

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  • Interaction and bonding between Camp Coach“Ana Rita” and kids is indeed remarkable, She is a professional staff who takes care of kids making sure to nourish their intellectual and physical training and bring so much diversity to the schedule of the camp to make it interesting and fun-loving for the kids. It in indeed a great source on interest for kids when they can well explained and enjoy their summer camp activities at their fullest and I strongly believe for that the credit goes to Rita and her team for pulling such a successful Super Camp at Westin Abu Dhabi, which we will definitely recommend to all parents out there.
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Ever-smiling & devoted coach ‘Ano Rita’ with Misha ❤

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Timings are from Sunday to Thursday (9am to 2pm, Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up available) .

The fun and memories are as to cherish for the life time for my kids. My daughter has taken the best of birthday and playdate memories from Westin and talks about it each day. All in all it was great experience. My 2 munchkins simply loved escaping to Westin cool super camp, where they learnt everything from how to decorate their own perfect desserts to swimming and diving. So whether your child’s passion is in the sports or arts there will be the opportunity (lessons of Golf, Swimming, Dance and Yoga, Cooking as SuperChefs etc) for them to be busy and entertained throughout the whole summer holidays here in UAE at Westin Super Camp.

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Cupcakes / Muffins decor was one of the favorite activity for kids in Super Camp

The reflection of wellness and Food quality is also visible in their Spa facility and F&B related to property. Click to see our review of ” Heavenly Spa”  “SACCI” & “FAIRWAYS”.

unnamedPrice: Weekly package is AED 750 and for a Daily package AED 170, lunch included

Early Drop Off (AED 30) and Late Pick Up (AED 20) of 30 min available

Dates: 19th July to 27th August 2015

Mahi Blog would rate it 4.8 out of 5 !

You may directly land onto their direct page for Super CAMP here.

For more details on ‘Westin Abu Dhabi’ or any other packages, please visit their website

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to The Westin Abu Dhabi Management, Ana Rita and all the instructors in different activities at Super Camp . Please note that above thoughts and review, and opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission. We used the content with prior permission from Westin Abu Dhabi.

 

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HEAVENLY SPA REVIEW – Westin Abu Dhabi

HEAVENLY SPA REVIEW – Westin Abu Dhabi

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                                  A Day at Spa

I have enjoyed the August Specials at Heavenly spa.

It was indeed very rejuvenating and revitalizing not just for my body but also for my mind. I have experienced this special Heavenly Spa offer, where you may choose any two of the below treatments for AED380 or three treatments for AED480

  1. 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage
  2. 30 minute rehydrating booster facial
  3. 30 minute silky smooth scrub
  4. 30 minute body waxing
  5. 1 pool day pass

I have chosen from 1-3.

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This was my very first visit to the Heavenly Spa at WESTIN Abu Dhabi. The Heavenly Spa, nestling within the lush gardens of the resort’s expansive grounds, brings together refined, natural materials and sleek modern textures to create an organic, luxurious and stylish setting for sublime serenity. While entering the deluxe alley instantly alleviate my thoughts about wellness.

The wooden inspired brown and pallid walls & interiors feels very soothing.

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Staff at the reception warmly greeted and are very hospitable throughout my session.

All my treatments are taken care of very well by a well qualified and professional therapist ‘Anna”, from Poland, who has thoroughly discussed my consent form and information which I have provided with in, to know best about my skin and what I am looking for particularly. She has given me some great advice over how to keep my body and skin hydrated and some smart and quick fix-ups for me face freshness and replenish.

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Lovely Wall Art in each treatment room is a treat to an eye !

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Anna has guided me towards my treatment room and explained me whole procedure, she ensure that those few hours I have spent at the Heavenly Spa is all about me. My treatment started off with smooth scrub followed by a back, neck and shoulder massage i-e one good break down of lactic acids and the flushing out process which continued for a day or 2.

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Cleanliness and Hygiene wise Westin standards are at peak. They take care of your well-being and comfort so well that you will just leave the venue in completely good spirit. They have a separate ladies and men area where you may get freshen up and has steam room facility too with showers conveniently locate at both sides of it. Accessibility to lockers and towels in much easier while you may get all basic requirements ranging from toiletries to hair dryer and straighten Iron fitted in the area in front of full-sized mirror.

You can enjoy the invigorating power of their signature techniques in one of six treatment rooms.

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Treatment rooms are wide and open with proper lighting and in-room showers with all the complimentary toiletries are available, along with a bath robe and disposable . I have been asked to choose an inspiration stone to be placed under my head rest from HOPE, LOVE & GRATITUDE. I stick to the last one and felt the same vibes throughout.  She then asked me which massage oil I would like. Three special blends have been created for Westin Experience. They are to renew, rejuvenate and to refresh.

It was indeed a refreshing treatment and later I spent some time in relaxing area with ample of natural light and refreshment, powered by SuperFood Fx program, another well-being area and touch by Westin. To re-gain your energy they provide you with best sources food of Iron, Potassium and Vitamin along with Vitamin C infused water to refresh you ever after a long treatment.

The reflection of wellness and Food quality is always visible in F&B related to property. Click to see our review of “SACCI” & “FAIRWAYS”.

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All in all it was great sense of relaxation full of well-being along with professional services and tranquil environment. I would recommend all my friends to experience them, after all in such a busy day-to-day experience we should give other body and soul that extra pampering and care which it indeed deserve, Go on you will surely love it as I do.

Mahi Blog would rate it 4.6 out of 5 !

For more details on ‘The Heavenly Spa’ or any other packages, please visit their website

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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Retreat

 

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