Luxury Hotels

Shanghai – Julius Baer – Dubai

Luxury hotels that have bikes for guest use always get a big plus from Girlahead (above, an image at The Peninsula Shanghai). But this is an especially thoughtful hotel, anyway. Thanks to the creative talents of GM Jisoo Choon and his marketing support, Cecilia Lui, VIPs can have private dinners poolside, by the gorgeous indoor waters, or in suites overlooking The Bund, Huangpu river and across to Pudong. One of the hotel’s biggest upper terraces is also converted, annually, to a glass-walled squash court for the highly popular national championships.

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Shanghai is, by the way, currently the most expensive city if you want to live the luxury lifestyle, says Julius Baer – the bank’s head of markets and wealth-management solutions in Asia Pacific, Rajesh Manwani, says this is because, throughout Asia, the pandemic didn’t become an epidemic quite the same way it unfortunately became elsewhere, which meant they were able to function more normally. The Julius Baer list therefore has Tokyo is as #2, followed by Hong Kong (and then comes Monaco, which breaks that rule).

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Throughout much of the world, the start of Ramadan tomorrow will impact regular daily life through to Tuesday 11th May. During Ramadan day times are subdued, with activity coming to life at dusk.  This year the usual night-time tents, offering gargantuan post-sunset iftar and pre-sunrise suhoor buffets, are not allowed. Dubai-based Jetex is cleverly organising 90-minute trips, for maximum six, flying by private jet from and back to Dubai, with onboard catering by Bulgari. Girlahead is told that all flights are already sold out, many for only two people aboard, but it may be worth trying to get on the waitlist. This is service with STYLE.
Talking of Dubai, let us close this Sunday posting with a visit to a desert camp, 45 minutes’ drive from downtown: