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Set Sail On The Belevari Catamaran Cruise And Escape To A Private Island

May 29, 2016

We arrived fashionably late, blame it on the long drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and an unforeseen road accident on Sheikh Zayed Road, but we made it on the Belevari Catamaran Island Cruise. By pure luck, they were kind enough to wait for us. We had made the reservation two weeks prior, so despite feeling completely under the weather that weekend, we went ahead and set sail. Fresh air and sunlight is naturally therapeutic, so in the end I was glad we didn’t cancel.

We climbed on board a 74 foot catamaran sail boat with a spacious trampoline deck that could accommodate up to 70 people. The cruise lasts for 4 hours in total, with 2 hours of sailing to and from a picturesque virgin island, the perfect docking station to swim, enjoy beach activities or just lay back and bathe in the sun.

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It was a splendid day to be out at sea, the pleasant breeze swept through my hair so I never broke a sweat, and the sunlight warmed my skin but didn’t burn, fortunately as I had forgotten to lather on sunscreen prior to embarking on the cruise. Good thing the Belevari Catamaran Cruise had it all covered, with a selection of sunscreen and tanning lotions for the taking. What’s more, you never go thirsty or hungry, with unlimited water, soft drinks and light snacks generously served to all guests by the cordial and attentive staff.

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It was worth the long drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to experience sailing across the Marina to a private island where we lazed about on the deck overflowing with cold drinks, snacks and music that kept everyone’s spirits high and bodies grooving.

There’s something very calming about staring at the vast blue ocean. It gives me a sense of inner peace, a feeling of freedom, being free from the everyday hustle on land. A girl can forget even if only for a day.

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After cruising down the Abu Dhabi Marina we anchored at a private island, prime location for soaking in the sun on the pristine ivory sand, and wading through the lukewarm crystal waters. And for everybody’s amusement, some guests took turns somersaulting off the boat making quite a splash!

The private island called Hijab Island is derived from the Arabic world ‘hijab’ which means ‘veil’. If you walk just a few meters down the coastline you feel like you have the whole island to yourself, beats a public beach any day!

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And with that, we bid adieu to the Hijab Island, a secluded paradise off the coast of the Abu Dhabi Marina. Our escapade comes to an end and we set sail yet again, back to the real world that awaits us…and the two hour drive back to Dubai. Book your Belevari Catamaran Experience today!

Belevari Marine
Phone: +971 2 643 1494
After Hours Mobile: +971 56 440 5380
Email: info@belevari.com

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Treehouse ‘Whispering Angels’ Ladies Night

May 27, 2016

I rarely go to bars, and if at all I do, I prefer a chilled out environment with soft music, rather than a club that beats you like a drum. One Tuesday evening, I decided to deviate from my usual routine and went out with my girlfriends for a good ol’ ladies night. With our busy, often conflicting schedules that involve work, kids, home, travel, literally just life in general…meeting up like this was golden!

So we clicked our heels, made our way to the Treehouse Lounge after work for a couple hours of girl time, charmed by the sunset and wowed by the view. Looking up at the Burj Khalifa in all its grandeur, the Treehouse Lounge definitely has one of the best views in the city! And being there at sunset meant that I could be home well before midnight to tuck my son into bed.

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For an intimate, laid back night out with the ladies, in a place that feels like home away from home, the Treehouse Lounge with its chic urban setting inspires conversation and promises an elegant atmosphere you’ll surely love.

Not only do they generously fill your glasses with ‘Whispering Angels’ Rosé, their food was a gastronomical delight that definitely piqued our appetites. We relished and devoured most of what was on the menu: lobster tempura, chicken BBQ skewers, sticky crispy beef, mini burgers, sweet potato wedges and truffle bread. And as a sweet ending to our night, they brought us sweet confections: cupcakes topped with unicorns. The Treehouse Lounge sure knows how to spoil the ladies!

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If you’re not really looking forward to having drinks outdoors in the height of Dubai summer, the Treehouse Lounge will transform into an air-conditioned greenhouse starting June 10. So what are you waiting for? 🙂

Treehouse Mediterranean Lounge & Bar
Taj Hotel, Business Bay
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +050 648 3083
Email: reservations@treehousedubai.com

Photographed by Samantha Malimban and Faith Rodriguez.

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Beauty At Your Fingertips: Win With Strawberry Nails Salon

May 22, 2016

All my lovely ladies, put your hands up! I know how busy you are, as you probably have a myriad of things to tick off your to-do list, but stop for a moment to get in on this beauty alert. 🙂

The Look Bureau and Strawberry Nails have a glamorous giveaway that you surely wouldn’t want to miss. What’s in it for you? Well, you get a chance to win your choice of a Gel Mani-Pedi, a French Overlay, or Acrylic Extensions.

Our friends at Strawberry Nails are giving away not one but two nail makeovers to one winner from Facebook and one winner from Instagram. To participate simply tell us ‘Where is the Strawberry Nails Salon located?‘ and follow the easy steps below. Need a hint? Read the review here. So, what are you waiting for? Get those fingers tapping! And tag your friends for more chances to win!

On Facebook
1. Like The Look Bureau and Strawberry Nails on Facebook.
2. Like and Share the ‘Beauty At Your Fingertips’ post on Facebook and tag 3 friends.
3. Comment on the ‘Beauty At Your Fingertips’ post with your answer.

On Instagram
1. Follow Faith Rodriguez and Strawberry Nails on Instagram.
2. Repost the ‘Beauty At Your Fingertips’ post on Instagram and tag 3 friends.
3. Comment on the ‘Beauty At Your Fingertips’ post with your answer.

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Terms & Conditions
– The competition will run from May 22 to June 5, 2016.
– Only UAE residents are eligible for the competition.
– The winner will be chosen through a lucky draw by Strawberry Nails and announced on The Look Bureau’s Facebook page and contacted by email.
– Participants who do not follow all the steps and do not meet the eligibility criteria will be disqualified.
The Look Bureau reserves the right to change the Terms & Conditions or cancel the competition at any time.

Photographed by Faith Rodriguez.

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French Tips At Strawberry Nails

May 20, 2016

After just getting back from a week long holiday in the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia I was in dire need of a mani-pedi. Considering that it had been almost a month since my last nail appointment, I literally had an unintentional upside-down French manicure from my overgrown gel polished nails. What’s more, my roots were also showing its true color…oh the woes of first world problems. 🙂

So with this girly predicament, my sister and I made it our mission to spend a day at the salon and headed over to Strawberry Nails, a brand new salon in Business Bay…and we weren’t disappointed. When we walked into the salon we were greeted by friendly faces and the sound of modern jazz, which was a definitely plus for me as music soothes the senses (and I really needed to relax). To top if off, we were instantly served strawberry mocktails in cute pink cocktail glasses, which was the perfect thirst-quencher after braving the Dubai summer heat outside.

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Strawberry Nails boasts of a wide range of services from styling to color to treatment for hair, mani-pedis to nail extensions to nail art, as well as eyebrow grooming and eyelash extensions. Visit their website at www.strawberrynailsdubai.com for the full list of services. Much could be said for their customer service, good things of course, as the staff were very attentive offering free advice on nail and hair care. And on weekends, not only can you enjoy strawberry mocktails while getting a good pampering, they also have sweet treats such as cupcakes and strawberries dipped in milk chocolate. My fave! 🙂

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And did you know? You can make private bookings for a full-blown beauty makeover, and they’ll close off the salon for the hours it takes to complete your desired services. Now that’s what I call VIP treatment! Book an appointment today.

Strawberry Nails
Business Bay Damac XL Tower G8
Tel: 04 2766160 Mob: 052 1742695

Photographed by Faith Rodriguez.

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Come Close To Nature With Himalaya Herbals

Apr 9, 2016

Whether you’re a mom who goes to the office 8 hours a day then home for the rest of 16, or a mom who stays at home 24/7, you always gotta ‘work work work work work’. There’s little opportunity for some ‘me’ time to go out and smell the roses. Sure, some of us are fortunate to have help in the house, but just because you have a second pair of hands, it doesn’t mean that you’re home free. You still need to spend quality time with your little one, cook up a hearty meal for the family, and run errands.

Sometimes beauty and leisure no longer becomes a priority after you have kids, but you must sneak in an hour or even a day to be the one who gets pampered for a change. Every mom deserves some time off to clear your mind, rejuvenate and remind yourself that you have a life too, outside of the responsibilities towards your family and your work. Even something as simple as a warm bubble bath, followed by a soothing at-home beauty treatment with the Himalaya Herbals skincare range. Just like Mother Nature needs some TLC, so do you! 

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Photographed by Faith Rodriguez.

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