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The man with a plan

British celebrity chef Tom Aikens is continuing to make carefully calculated inroads into the Middle Eastern market with the recent opening of a Tom’s Kitchen Deli in Dubai. Sudeshna Ghosh quizzes him on the new restaurant, and his plans for the region. It’s been two decades since Tom Aikens shot to fame as the youngest...  Read More »

Il numero uno

He’s crazy about modern art and is inspired by jazz music. He quotes Kandinsky and Picasso and isn’t afraid to give his dishes bizarre names. We interview Italian chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was elected to “the world’s best”. Food and Travel Arabia met him in his Italian home...  Read More »

Aria adventure

There are some experiences that never lose their allure. A night at the opera is one. For a musical break, travel by rail on a route that includes a trio of operas (think Verdi’s Don Carlo and Mozart’s Don Giovanni) in five countries. Eight nights from $2,215pp planetrail.co.uk Words by Lizzie Frainier. Photo by  viennaslide.com  Read More → Read More »

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

Oman is teeing up to be big this year. It’s more rugged and less brash than its Emirati neighbours and the country has seen a spate of high-end launches. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is the hottest of the lot. Situated 2,000m above sea level in the craggy Al Hajar Mountains, its location, which is only accessible...  Read More »

English classics

Sudeshna Ghosh catches up with Todd English to chat about his back-story, the impact of heightened airport security on food (yes, really!), and, well… Mozart. I’ve interviewed many chefs in my time, and through them all, I’ve never had one quoting Da Vinci and referencing...  Read More »


All the way from New York’s Meatpacking District, Catch Dubai is the latest foodie destination in Dubai to launch its Saturday Brunch; enjoy everything from freshly cooked lobster rolls to edamame and crispy Rock Shrimp. The new brunch offers a contemporary take on the classic American brunch, featuring all the classics...  Read More »

Arctic Treehouse

The Refuge restaurant offers a menu of small plates and a winter garden that’s great for cocktails. Winter wonderlands don’t get better than Arctic Treehouse arctictreehousehotel.com which sits in the heart of a forest near Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Picture-perfect panoramas are to be expected across the 32...  Read More »

Cheval Blanc Randheli The Maldives

Why not treat yourself to a little slice of paradise this Valentine’s Day? Visit Cheval Blanc’s Randheli in the Maldives; cosset yourself in luxury as you enjoy a relaxing St Valentine’s treatment in one of the dedicated Orchidée Villas for two on the dedicated Spa Island. In the evening try the ‘By the Light...  Read More »


Inside, Lappish heritage decor meets Scandi snug, with pine panelling, wood burners and faux furs. In Morocco, British-owned Surf Maroc surfmaroc.com has launched its first hotel. Amouage sits on the oceanfront in Taghazout, Agadir. A youthful, unstuffy vibe is found across the 20 bedrooms: polished concrete floors and...  Read More »

Animal Escapades

The Galápagos’s warm January weather makes it the ideal time for a cruise. On a Wild Planet Adventures tour, you’ll be joined by a wildlife expert and learn about the marine iguanas and 200-year-old tortoises that roam the islands. Eight days from $4,375pp. wildplanetadventures.com Words by Lizzie Frainier. Photo...  Read More »