Food & Wine Luxury Hotels


We all admire winners – and want to be among them. Private Luxury Dubai announced its 2024 winners at the sensationa event gala at Aura, rooftop of St Regis on The Palm. Best buyer award went to Houying Tang, Wonder Golander (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore, and best exhibitor award was given to Katya Bauval, Vila Vita Park Hotel & Vila Vita Collection Villas, Algarve. Both won two-night stays at Banyan Tree in AlUla. After that literally-golden event (oh the spangled frocks!) Girlahead went to the new One Central complex in the Za’abeel area of Dubai.

Above is the complex hospitality boss, Jan Tibaldi, on the left, with his colleague, a real fitness guy, Des Cawley, who’s Hotel Manager of SIRO Dubai. The complex has two Kerstner-managed hotels. One&Only Za’abeel deserves a prize for its superb food – see part of the breakfast buffet, below. And SIRO will be acknowledged again and again for its innovative product. Where else is there an all-purpose reception that includes a tiered mini-auditorium at one end that can be used for talks, symposia, reciting Edward Lear’s cautionary poem about going to sea in a boat with plenty of honey, or simply singin’n’dancin’? And since Siro shares all outlets with One&Only it can muscle in on those honours as well.

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