Fragrant Notes

Nishrat Nazeen, Founder and Curator of Aromas Fiji The pandemic has inspired people all around the world to focus more on being clean, hygienic and healthy and this vision has led many around the world to invest in inspiring projects and products that focus on keeping everyone around cleaner and safer. Aromas Fiji was initiated…

Home away from Home: Huus Gstaad

By Shereen Shabnam In search of Alpine experiences with a touch of comfort, we recently had the most memorable holiday at HUUS Gstaad, a warm homely hotel nestled among the rolling peaks of the Bernese Alps with the best views in all of Gstaad. Unpretentious, the friendly and down to earth staff went above and…

Sandbank Picnics to Sunset Escapades

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa By Shereen Shabnam After a period of not travelling for nearly a year, heading to Maldives was indeed a treat and a few days at the award-winning Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa brought so many memorable moments. The resort is home to an exquisite collection of…

The Lion City: Singapore

By Shereen Shabnam Singapore was my favorite cosmopolitan city for weekend visits during my nine years in Kuala Lumpur.  As students took the overnight train and ventured the streets for culinary experiences trying hawker food, Indian food, seafood, scrumptious Chinese cuisine and strolled through the lovely hiking trails or enjoy the beaches in the South….

Perfect Portugal

By Shereen Shabnam When I look back at my time in Portugal, what comes to mind is the medieval castles, palaces, hilltop castles, picturesque cobblestone villages, bustling towns and great food. My favourite time was sitting in the open-air cafes, watching the locals while enjoying freshly baked bread, delicious fried sardines served with sauces of…

Pearl of the Orient: Penang Malaysia

By Shereen Shabnam During my nine years in Malaysia, Penang was the most popular local exotic holiday destination we used to head to for a dose of cultural sights and natural scenery. Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its many soft sandy beaches and viewed as the food capital of…

The Enchanting Land of Wonders: Bali Indonesia

By Shereen Shabnam Bali is always a good idea – Living in Asia for nearly a decade was an adventure and being mainly in Malaysia meant that we lived and learned a lot about nearby countries such as Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore where similar languages were spoken. Indonesia held a lot of fascination for many…

Building a Culture of Trust

By Shereen Shabnam Over the last two decades in UAE, every project I took was built on a culture of trust. For years I have not written a CV for myself or done a pitch document because in this part of the world, word of mouth takes you a long way if you do meaningful…

Make Room for more Adventure: The New Mini Countryman

By Shereen Shabnam   My adventure with the highly versatile MINI Countryman began on a weekend and driving with friends, we found it spacious and more comfortable than ever as we went on a leisure drive down Beach Road in Dubai and later cruised up in the mountains near Fujairah. The powerful engine and optional…

Tranquility with Sun, Sea and Sand: Grand Park Kodhipparu

By Shereen Shabnam As one of the few countries currently open to tourists, Maldives has become the best place to be for GCC travellers with no quarantine, well-coordinated safety measures and in-resort PCR testing. We travelled to two different Islands to and find that Maldives as a travel destination is doing all it can keep…