The Sybaritic Single is very skeptical about any sort of major conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The luxury Grandhotel Belvédère is probably the best thing about WEF Davos.
Well, the best thing about the Arabian Travel Market is not a particular hotel but the annual Condé Nast Traveller party, hosted by its founding and ever so glamorous Editor-in-Chief, Rhea Saran. Apart from being a great “feather” and one of the most successful editors in the Middle East, she is also a wonderful hostess. This year, she made it more fun for her 500+ guests than anything else – thanks to the clever choice of the venue, rooftop of the Dubai Opera, right next to Burj Khalifa. To ensure on-time arrival of most guests, the first fifty received complimentary stays at any of the Roseate luxury hotels. Speeches were to the point, short and sharp.
Everyone who is anyone was at the soirée and thankfully there was no Champagne at the main bar. Whenever one wanted a chilled flûte, they descended to the sparkling foyer one floor below with its own Champagne bar, to lead important conversations in semi-privacy and away from the hardworking band. Careful zoning – indoors or alfresco, on plush couches or at the bar, smoking or non-smoking – was yet another element that made the evening such a success.
The Sybaritic Single loved the party. It exuded much more luxury and style than the usual conference tack.