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SUBAQUATIC ADVENTURES WITH CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI


If you’re into diving and snorkeling, you’ll love the place that I’m going to introduce today.

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Experience the mesmerizing underwater world with Cheval Blanc Randheli’s five star PADI Dive Centre by Dive Butler International, and its host of new dive experiences for winter 2014. Since opening in November 2013, the Maison’s dive team has been over-awed by the plethora of marine life teeming below the surface of the warm, azure waters of the Noonu Atoll.

 

Guests can enjoy underwater discovery at every level – from intrepid beginner to experienced diver – whether that is snorkelling amongst the Jackfish swirling in the shallows, spotting small Stingray in the sands under the Water Villas, or taking a journey further afield to the many nearby dive sites.

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The Maison’s location offers guests the chance to conveniently dive at multiple atolls – something rare in the Maldives. On Noonu Atoll alone, there are 30 known dive sites, all within a 40-minute boat ride from the beaches of Randheli, including the renowned Orimas Thila site (Shark Point in Dhivehi, the local language), where guests have been lucky enough to see four shark species in just one dive, including the endangered Guitar Shark and the Leopard Shark, rarely spotted in the Maldives.

 

Snorkelling excursions to Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll – a marine protected area which is one of the most reliable places in the world to see endangered species such as Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, between May and November each year – are also available to guests, whilst advanced divers may in turn experience the thrill of drift dives at nearby Lhaviyani Atoll.

 

Will it be your next travel destination? 

How to take care of your Pearls!


I have introduced in an early post my attraction to the world Pearls, today I’m gonna share with you tips and tricks to take care of your precious pearls and make them stand by you for a longer period.

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Why have I chosen to tackle this subject in particular?

Well, when I bought my pearls, nobody gave me instructions on how to take care of these beautiful and fragile gemstones, which I’m really curious about.

Second, going to the beach lately and watching some girls wearing their pearls under the sun and diving in salt water, made me even more curious.

Pearls come from the sea, but when out, is it healthy for it to get wet? What damages it and how to take care of it?

Here’s what I have found…

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Pearls are described as the unique gem that carries the gentleness and warmness of life. So it has more delicate features compared to diamonds and rubies.

They are a chemical and organic gem that require a more specialized care than most other gem materials. They deteriorate in contact with chemicals like household cleaners, perfumes, cosmetics, and hair care products of all kinds. Pearls, however if well-taken care, will maintain their lust for a very long time…

You must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition, here’s how:

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  • Sweat:

Pearls are vulnerable to acid. After wearing, clean the pearls with appropriate cloth. This is the most important care method, because acid contained in your sweat can erode the pearl layers so the luster will be reduced. Since the acid can damage the crystallized calcium, in case pearls are accidentally exposed to vinegar or fruit juice, or sprinkled with perfume, wash immediately and wipe off with dry cloth.

  • Water:

Do not wet! Water can erode the pearl surface. Fresher the water, the greater the erosion. When you leave them wet, water can also turn mildly acid. When you wash your hands, it will be wise to take off your pearl ring.

  • Store properly:

Keep your pearls in a separate compartment, away from other jewelry!

Store in a jewelry box or a special case. Pay attention not to hurt pearls with hard metals. Because pearls are softer than other metals and gemstones, keeping them together may result in blemishes of pearl surface. Since they can turn yellowish when exposed to strong ray of the sun for a long time, it is recommended to store them in a jewelry box or a specialized case.

Never store pearls in a plastic bag!!

  • Light and heat:

Be careful with strong light, high heat and dryness, Pearls are organic materials created by life. Be careful when exposed to strong light, high temperature and dryness.

It is not recommended, therefore, to wear pearls in the beach exposed to strong sunshine, additionally because sweat can erode them.
Also, pearls originally contain a minute amount of water, and when the water is lost, so is the luster.

  • Keep Pearls clean!

Caring for your precious pearls is easy.

Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you’ve applied your makeup and perfume. And be sure to take them off before you apply your creams.

Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.

Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents!!

 

I hope you found my post useful, and stay tuned for more posts around the wonderful world of gemstones!

Lebanon Water Festival 2014


Almost two weeks ago, I attended the Press Conference announcing the Lebanon Water Festival 2014 in the presence of his excellency the Minister of Tourism.

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This is the third season of the Lebanese Water Festival, and it’s gonna be an eight-week series of activities and seaside shows highlighting the country’s wealth of water sports.

“The water festival has become one of Lebanon’s recognized festivals after just a few years of success,” said Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon. We hope [the] 2014 festival will also bring together our main cities along the shore and enlighten our summer.”

Lebanon Water Festival offers a unified platform for promoting the county’s various recreational water activities by offering discounted group classes for sports like surfing and kite boarding throughout August and September. Weekly competitions, mostly among amateur athletes, also dot the schedule and have brought in crowds of spectators to an array of sports that organizers believe have until now gone on under the radar.

This summer’s lessons include water skiing, stand up paddle, kite boarding, apnea (or free-diving), training and underwater photography. Over the next eight weeks, the festival will also hold some semi-professional-level events, such as water ski shows, free-diving in the north, sailing regattas and an underwater photography competition, which has in the past attracted professionals from abroad.

Festivities will wrap up with four different encompassing water shows, two in Tyre and two in Dbayeh.

 

The first event of the festival will be in Jounieh. It will be an International Jet ski race at Hayali Bay in Jounieh on August 10th. The event starts at 3 p.m. and will be a  great way to spend a Sunday on the sea.

Will you be joining the festival?

J2 Vodka


I was invited a while ago to the pre-launching of Lebanon’s newest premium vodka “J2 Vodka“.

The event took place at the Lancaster Plaza Hotel Rooftop, Raouche, Beirut.

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J2 Vodka is a one-of-a-kind vodka that combines the experience of the finest producers and distilleries in Poland with the purity of Lebanon’s natural snowmelt spring water. Capturing an eclectic joie de vivre spirit and the taste of excellence in a bottle. 

The wheat and rye for which Poland is famed, combined with Lebanon’s crisp natural snowmelt spring water gives J2 its unique, clean taste with a light, smooth finish that is truly the best in the market.

The essence of J2 stems from its unquenchable party gene; the need to always live life to the fullest, constantly reminding you to never forget how to have fun.

J2 is more than a beverage. It’s the embodiment of a thriving club culture unique to the rest of the world. Simultaneously exceptional in quality, stylishly marketable, and culturally relevant; we invite you to embrace the party gene. Love life and live J2.
This distinctive blend creates an exclusive spirit and inimitable flavor: a gratifying celebration in every sip.

The venue was chosen very well, the view from the rooftop was incredibly amazing!

The set up was well done also, bottles of J2 vodka were placed in the fountain, nice band with amazing music and songs.

The J2 Vodka is really good, you have to try it!

Ariel 3 in 1 Pods!


 

I was invited a while ago, to the “When Fabric Care Meets Fashion” fashion show in Beirut Souks.

The fashion show featured Antoine Al Kareh’s latest fashion amongst Lebanese upcoming talented designers.

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During the spectacular exhibition & fashion show, Ariel unveiled its latest breakthrough innovation “Ariel PODs”, the most technologically advanced 3 compartments POD in the world that provides best cleaning results while taking care of fabric.

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After the fashion show, and hearing so much about the product, I had to try it at home.

I couldn’t believe it was so easy to use, you just open the washing machine, throw an Ariel pod, then your clothes and that’s it!

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Your clothes will be clean, smell nice and the fabric is soft!

About Ariel PODS Technology:

Years in development, Ariel PODS represents the work of more than 100 scientists and engineers from all around the globe, and provides breakthrough innovation in three key areas:

  • The three-chamber unit dose design allows the unique chemistry matrix to work synergistically in the wash for excellent result.
  • The pods use a new film that dissolves completely in the wash, even in cold water.
  • Innovative, easy-to-use tub packaging ensures that no “leftover” detergent is stuck at the bottom.

Ariel PODs, is the most technologically advanced laundry detergent, which provides 3x cleaning power through removing stains, cleaning, and brightening clothes. So simply Ariel PODs brings all the power and convenience that you expect together in one product which provides superior cleaning and superior comfort.

If you haven’t try the Ariel PODs yet, you DEFINITELY should!

Visiting: Steigenberger Strandhotel in Zingst


 

My visit to Germany last summer was for a special occasion, it was to see my sister and her family of course and to be there for the baptism of my cute niece 🙂

For the baptism lunch, my sister and brother and law had chosen a special and dear place for them, the “Steigenberger Strandhotel” in Zingst.

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Zingst is a touristic city in Germany, on the shore of the Baltic sea. Tourists visit it during summer to enjoy the sandy beach where you can find a lot of surfers and surfing schools!

The 18 km-long wonderful sandy beach with its virtually untouched landscape and healing climate of the Fischland- Darß-Zingst Peninsula make it one of the most beautiful destinations at the Baltic Sea.

The baptism was on a hot sunny Sunday, after the church ceremony, we headed to “Steigenberger Strandhotel”.

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The welcome drinks were on the terrace, waiting for everyone to be there, then we moved inside to their fancy “Nautica” restaurant, where we enjoyed a large selection of culinary delights.

Market-fresh products from the region inspire their chef de cuisine at the “Nautica” restaurant every day to offer exquisite creations.

After lunch, everyone took a break to enjoy the lovely weather outside, relaxing by the pool or having a walk on the lovely sandy beach. It is only a few minutes on foot from the hotel to the fine sandy beach or to the picturesque center of the town.

Then it was desert time, we enjoyed a wide selection of delicious cakes, croissants and drinks.

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If you’re planning to visit Zingst during your summer vacation, “Steigenberger Strandhotel” is a place that you have to pass by, with family or friends, and enjoy a relaxing time.

 

Miss you mousey and see you soon :*

 

Discover Beirut from Four Season’s Hotel Rooftop Pool!


There are few things that can beat a summer break in Beirut.
From great cuisine, to lounging by a pool in perfect weather, experience the city like never before with a special Pool Package at Four Seasons Hotel Beirut that brings together the best of Beirut in summer indulgences.

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The special package introduces guests to the Hotel’s favorite spots, with a daily full breakfast buffet at The Grill Room, with views out to the sparkling Mediterranean.
Guests can enjoy long days lounging by the highest rooftop pool in the city – a quintessential Beirut experience, offering a birds-eye view across the entire city. To make the most of their stay, guests can also avail of an early check-in at 10:00 am and a late check-out at 6.00 pm.
There are other perks in store such as a single for double room occupancy, an upgraded room amenity, a 25% discount on all spa treats and a complimentary room upgrade on availability.

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The Pool Package at Four Seasons Hotel Beirut is valid till September 30th. Bookings can be done directly through the Hotel’s reservation team or online.

Enjoy your summer 🙂

 

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