Aman Announces Upcoming Dubai Hotel Opening

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Aman Dubai

Aman has announced the forthcoming launch of its first Dubai hotel, primely situated in the ocean-facing Jumeirah 2 building. The all-suite Aman Dubai marks a key opening for both the brand and the city, with Aman promising to deliver its signature level of service and amenities in the bucketloads.

As of yet, construction timelines and opening dates remain under wraps, but the Aman brand has promised updates in due course. Owned by real estate investment company Bright Start, the new Aman Dubai hotel will sit directly on the waterfront with its own private stretch of Jumeirah Beach and unobstructed ocean views.

Dubai stands as a global city, leading the charge in dynamic evolution, offering an array of experiences for both visitors and residents alike,” says Aman CEO and chairman, Vlad Doronin. 

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Aman Dubai swimming pool
The hotel’s design features neutral, earthy tones and textures / ©Aman

“Responding to the requests from Aman guests for our presence in Dubai has long been part of my growth vision. Securing the optimal site was paramount to ensure the delivery of our unparalleled service and authentic experiences, for which we are world-renowned.”

Brought to life by Kerry Hill Architects (KHA), Aman Dubai will comprise an expansive hotel offering as well as a limited number of branded residences, an Aman Club, several dining outlets and a 21,525-sq-ft-plus spa. 

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Embodying Aman’s hallmark take on minimalist luxury, the hotel’s design features neutral, earthy tones and textures. Its nine acres of verdant outdoor spa

The Best Spas in New York

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With the nickname of the city that never sleeps, it's no wonder that a 2022 study found New York to be the most stressful city in the US – and 30th in the world. But if there’s one positive thing to come from the fried nerves of New Yorkers, it is that the city is home to some of the world’s best spas – each with an important role to play in helping soothe the aches and pains of living in the bustling metropolis. (Because even tourists who spend their days exploring the city’s best restaurants, hotels or galleries will know this city can be as exhausting as it is exciting.) 

And just as you never know what to expect in New York, this selection of spas and their wellness treatments are as diverse as the city they call home. Whether it's treating high blood pressure caused by delays on the subway, or the city's fog, smog and pollution dulling the skin's glow, you will find there are plenty of ways to get your rest and relaxation within the concrete jungle. 

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La Prairie Spa at Ritz-Carlton Central Park

La Prairie Spa Ritz-Carlton Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is one of the two La Praire Spas in the US / ©The Ritz-Carlton

In its only location on the East Coast, the Swiss luxury skincare brand La Prairie has created a serene retreat within The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Luxury in its most classical definition, the spa is decorated wi

Waldmann Offers Fragment of Literary History with New Pen

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Waldmann pen set

There is just something about a handwritten note — the intimacy, the elegance, the precision. It’s why fountain pens have stood the test of time, even in the digital age.

Many great works of literature were penned the old-fashioned way, and this fountain pen set — the result of a collaboration between two German manufacturers — includes hand-written notes from two great authors.

Waldmann has been crafting writing instruments for over 100 years; the company was founded in 1918 in Pforzheim, the traditional German jewelry metropolis in the Black Forest, as a production site for gold and silver mechanical pencils.

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The set contains a piece of correspondence from Agatha Christie / ©Christian Eppelt

The production of fountain pens followed and, to this day, Waldmann still manufactures all of its instruments in Germany.

The company has partnered with Sekrè, a German luxury handbag company that creates ‘handbags with a secret.’ The not-so-guarded secret is that each bag contains fragments of original handwritten documents by notable historical figures such as Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens.

There was some outcry about these documents being used in this way; however, many of the bags (which cost up to $7,500) have already sold.

Waldmann and Sekrè have combined their expertise to create a limited-edition fountain pen set. The Dame of Swan Court edition holds an original piece of writing by Agatha Christie; the set is limited to just 38 pieces. Private Eye of Baker Street includes a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, and is limited to only 23 pieces.

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A Travel Guide to Yuma, the Sunniest Place on Earth

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While recognized as the sunniest place on earth by Guinness World Records — averaging about 91% annual sunshine — Yuma, Arizona, offers much more than a good tan as this travel guide proves.

A thriving cultural scene, a vast desert and plenty of historical monuments, such as Fort Yuma — erected in 1850 on the banks of the Colorado River to protect against attacks by the Yuma Indians — are part of its rugged charm.

It eventually became the historical Yuma Quartermaster Depot, a 19th-century ammunition storage facility for the US Army that has taken on new life as a state park. And nearby is Yuma’s Marine Corps Air Station, an elite training base specializing in air-to-ground instruction for US and NATO forces.

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Yuma from above
Yuma from above / ©Shutterstock

Downtown Yuma is a jewel of the American West; visit the beautifully restored, 643-seat Historic Yuma Theatre, which dates back to 1912. The nearby city center boasts a lively hub with quaint shops and bustling restaurants, such as the aviary eatery Garden Café, and one-of-a-kind watering holes such as the Old Town Wine Cellar, which offers an impressive selection of international vintages.

Both business and leisure travelers can enjoy the gaming options at Quechan Casino Resort, a fully stocked gambling den that boasts 1,000 of the latest slot machines and a live poker room.

Adrenaline junkies need look no further than the Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area, more than 40 miles of inland sand dunes, which extends along the eastern edge of Imperial Valley in California; every year, over a million visitors come to race four-wheelers across the dunes, paying homage to Star Wars, part of which was filmed here.

Where to sleep

The 166-room hotel at Quechan Casino Resort is an oasis right in the heart of the desert. Eight 800-sq-ft suites, accented with fitting ocher palettes, face the heated full-size pool. Stop to enjoy a juicy sirloin steak at Ironwood Steakhouse before taking in a live show at the 20,000-sq-ft, 2,300-seat Pipa Event C

The Omni Homestead: The Great American Encore

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Omni Homestead exterior

Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains lies The Omni Homestead Resort, a destination with historical significance and character that’s only bested by its wellness credentials — just ask the 23 US presidents who have visited America’s first resort over the decades.

While this destination’s historic aura is palpable, it’s far from dated. In fact, the resort has just undergone a faithful $150m renovation — both preserving its cultural charm while bringing the property to the modern standards expected of a luxury resort. The designers followed five guiding principles: traditional, residential, lightness, sophistication and iconic. In doing so they have rejuvenated the property with signature homestead touches and nods to the flora and fauna of the local area.

From the Great Hall, to all 483 guest rooms and the iconic bathhouses at the Warm Springs Pools, this timeless spot has been reborn.

The Great Hall
The Great Hall / ©The Omni Homestead
The Omni Homestead
The Washington Library / ©The Omni Homestead

It was these springs that initially led to the hotel’s popularity. In 1764, Captain Bullitt and the Lewis brothers paid 30 shillings for 300 acres in these beautiful Virginia mountains. That land included seven natural mineral springs and, after two years of work, the area was cleared and an 18-room wooden hotel had been constructed.

Since these early homestead days, the resort has changed quite a bit. A fire in 1901 would prove the catalyst for major expansion. Yet wellness has always remained an integral part of The Omni Homestead’s offering. Focusing on five pillars — social, physical, nutritional, intellectual and emotional — this resort stretches far deeper than just spa and fitness.

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