Record-breaking, 1,140-meter-long waterslide to open in Malaysia – KAVU
Record-breaking, 1,140-meter-long waterslide to open in Malaysia – KAVU
The downside to waterslides? The effort usually always exceeds the reward, at least where time’s concerned.
You climb dozens of steps to reach the slide’s entry point, huffing and puffing your way to the top, only to find yourself floundering about in the exit pool mere seconds later.
This won’t be the case with a new waterslide being built in Malaysia right now.
Stretching a whopping 1,140 meters (3,740 feet) long, the ride is now under construction at Penang’s ESCAPE theme park and looks set to smash the record for “world’s longest waterslide.”
Due for completion at the end of July, it will open to the public sometime in mid-August, staff tell CNN Travel .
A four-minute jungle ride
The current holder of the Guinness World Records longest waterslide certificate is in Action Park, a theme park in Vernon, New Jersey. It measures 601 meters in length.
But unlike the New Jersey version, which is inflatable, ESCAPE’s new slide is made of fiber-reinforced polymer and will be a permanent structure attached to steel poles.
“Breaking the world record was never our intention,” said Sim Choo Kheng, CEO of ESCAPE operator Sim Leisure Group, in a statement. “I’m always baffled by how rides are made so short and quick. I wanted to build rides that last a good few minutes.”
Once open, the slide will offer a four-minute ride that snakes its way down a 70-meter slope, passing through jungle scenery.
Huffing and puffing won’t be part of the experience either. Visitors will access the slide via a cable car chairlift.
Bringing the global spotlight to Penang
The island of Penang, off the western coast of Malaysia, is more famous for culture and cuisine than thrills.
George Town, the island’s main city, is its top draw thanks to a colorful mix of cultures that includes Hindu and Buddhist temples, street art, Islamic mosques, British colonial architecture and ornate Chinese manor houses.
Penang is also considered one of the world’s top food destinations, thanks to the presence of delicious Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine that includes dishes like Hokkien mee (fried prawn noodles) and Penang laksa.
ESCAPE is about 30 minutes from George Town and offers a variety of adventure activities including waterslides, ziplines and obstacle courses.
One of the best vacation spot I've ever been to
I have just returned from my 14 days stay at Sultan Sands hotel, and I must say it was one of the best holiday spot I’ve ever been to. Starting with very obvious thing – it’s situated by the most beautiful beach, so the views are stunning. Hotel itself is a quiet one, which i absolutely prefer comparing to the big and loud ones. I didn’t miss any animation program, as it simply is not needed. There is always and evening show that can get you closer to the african culture, but it’s not too long, and everyone e enjoyed watching it. You need to be ready to live by “pole pole” rule, everything is running slowly, but in this place, there is simply no need to rush! The hotel is also very clean, room is being maintained at least two times a day, first before late afternoon, when it’s cleaned and the bed is made, than in the evening, when your bed is being prepared ready for you to sleep in it. Now I must mention food. To me, it was absolutely spot on. Everyone could find something that they would enjoy. I personally loved all of it, starting with fantastic morning omlettes, live cooking pasta, that was just perfect, lots of sea food and meets. Big influence of Indian and Asian cuisine, buty twisted a little in an african way – perfect use of spices, which Zanzibar is famous of. The staff is always happy and smiling, happy to make small conversation. Now the cherry on the cake is the hotel manager – Dass. I’m working a lot with hotel managers, and I must say – everyone should learn from him! He meets and greets eery single guests personally, he is always around and visible, always happy to attend any issues that guests could have. Always smiling and always with a solution. I’ve never experienced such personalised attitude anywhere in the world. Thanks to him everyone feels very special, and he will always walk this extra mile to make sure his guests are happy. nSultan Sands is definitely a location I’d come back to, and the sooner the better! I highly recommend it!
Exclusive Global Barbeque Buffet restaurant Ministry of Barbeque launched in Pune
Exclusive Global Barbeque Buffet restaurant Ministry of Barbeque launched in Pune: Renowned hospitality brand Billio n Smiles Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. recently launched Ministry of Barbeque , an exclusive Global Barbeque Buffet restaurant in Pune.
The restaurant boasts of a Live Kitchen Atmosphere combined with unlimitedBarbequeservings to choose at Customer table. With a unique concept of India’s Longest Lava Stone Barbeque on each table, the restaurant serves extensive cuisines from Indian, Asian &World Fusion .
With unlimited global starters, hundreds of veg and non-veg dishes ,the restaurant serves delicious delectable amuse-bouche, refreshing beverages and irresistible desserts. “ Fitness Lovers ” can choose from a range of authentic healthy salads from the menu.
With a unique Live Barbeque counter and a Live Chef’s Special Zone , the place serves alfresco and indoor seating along with conference and party room
Commenting on the launch, Kumar Gaurav, Vice President, Billion Smiles Hospitality Pvt Ltd. says, “Wakadis a potential area for hospitality due to the close proximity to the Mumbai-Pune Highway along with the huge surplus of young IT & other reputed professionals. It gives us an advantage to target the right audience in terms of Global Barbeque Buffet offerings. We plan to upscale the food culture with a defined environment, lip-smacking food taste and reliable food quality”.
Corporate Executive Chef – Manu R. Nair, continues “Weplan to redefine the experience of unlimited buffet serving beyond barbeque and tandoor. We bring World, Asian and Indian cuisinesin a modern format with an upbeat and contemporary touch. With a focus on keeping it modern with a variety of fusion dishes, we have traditional options too to make sure we serve everyone’s palate. ”
Truly great value for money combined with supreme quality, the average spends per person ranges from Rs.599 onwards.!
You can reserve your table+91-7798602000 / 7888049898.
So what are you waiting for? Feast like a king with a royal treat at Ministry of Barbeques ”.
Address: Datta Mandir Road, Shankar Kalat Nagar, Wakad, Pune
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Ministry of Barbequehas exciting expansion plans through a franchise relationship, where the brand will be creating its presence in major cosmopolitan areas of Pune and other metros very soon.
Beyond Pune, the brand is also looking forward with many more outlets being set up in the Mumbai and Navi Mumbai in comings months. A differential franchising model of Ministry of Barbeque gives a great opportunity for company and franchisee to explore India and International market.
26 awesome Vancouver food events to check out this July
If you like to make food and drink the focal point of fun, we’ve got 26 (and counting!) delicious food events happening in and around Vancouver this July.
Check back during the month to see what events we’ve added to the delicious line-up.
If you have a tip for a food or drink event for July, or any other month, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. ONGOING Sunday Porchetta Dinners at The Flying Pig
The Flying Pig has launched a new Sunday Porchetta Dinner feature, available for $21 per person at all three Vancouver locations. Sourced from family-run Geldermans Farm in the Fraser Valley, the premium porchetta is slow roasted on site for four hours to create succulent pork meat with a crispy, crackling skin. Stuffed porchetta will be hand carved and served alongside crackling mashed potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and house-made gravy for a true farm-to-table feast. Available in limited quantities.
When : Sunday nights Where : All three Flying Pig locations in Vancouver (Yaletown, Gastown, Olympic Village) Hip Hop Trivia Night at Juke Fried Chicken
Teams of up to six are invited to take part in five rounds of questions on all things Hova, Dre and Wu-Tang with food and drink specials and prizes up for grabs at Juke’s new Hip Hop Trivia Night. Sign up as an individual or a team of up to six via email (email@example.com), Instagram (@jukefriedchicken) or Facebook (/jukefriedchicken) to guarantee a spot. Walk-ins are also welcome.
When : Third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Where : Juke Fried Chicken (Chinatown) – 182 Keefer St, Vancouver Shipyards Night Market
The Shipyards Night Market will once again liven up Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver’s lower Lonsdale with over 100 vendors, including food trucks, and a 19+ beer garden. With a “hot food alley” stacked with dozens of food trucks, the Shipyards Night Market is one of the summer’s most delicious pop-up weekend eats destinations. Plus you can sip on craft beer and cider in the beer garden, shop from the many vendor stalls, and enjoy live entertainment.
When: Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., May 3 to September 27, 2019 Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver Richmond Night Market Photo Richmond Night Market
Midway games, vendor booths, live entertainment, and an insane amount of food will once again draw crowds at this popular event. The market consistently offers an impressive quantity of options for shopping and eating–they have over 100 food stalls and 200 vendors. But the food is always one of the most exciting parts of the Night Market, so you can expect to find everything from those iconic “tornado potatoes” to grilled meats, bubble waffles, “large” fried chicken, wild beverage concoctions, epic treats, and who knows what else is in store for this year.
When : May 10 to Oct. 14, 2019. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (May 10-Sept. 2): 7 p.m. to midnight; Sundays (After Sep 2) and Stat holidays: 7 to 11 p.m. Where : 8351 River Road, Richmond Cost : General admission $4.75; kids 8-under free; seniors 60+ free 80th Anniversary Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Launched May 2 and running through September 1, the 80th Anniversary Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver pays homage to the hotel’s storied past and the culinary treats of its founding era. Classic English scones and raisin-studded scones anchor the tiered tea towers, complete with clotted cream and jam. Contemporary takes on traditional sandwiches hit the savoury mark, while an epic case of desserts hit the sweet spot.
When : Now through Sept. 1. Sittings are held at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. daily Where : Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia St. Cost : Adults are $59, and children 12 and under are $29.50. Call 604-662-1900 for reservations. West Coast Culinary Experience at PICA
The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) recently launched this immersive exploration of B.C.’s vibrant culinary landscape. Take a guided tour of Granville Island with food and wine experts, then enjoy some delicious food. The experience takes about three hours.
When : Daily from now-Oct. 13. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Where : PICA – 1505 W 2nd Ave #101, Vancouver Cost : $167 per person before tax. For more information or booking, please call: 604-734-4488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org JULY EVENTS Lobster Fest at Provence Marinaside
For the entire month of July , you can indulge your crustacean passion as Provence Marinaside presents its annual Lobster Fest Menu. A collaboration between Executive Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff; this special three-course dinner is a bargain at $69. Wine Director Joshua has thoughtfully selected French rosés to complement each dish. This optional wine pairing is available for an additional $31 or as a petit pour for $21.
When : All of July Where : Provence Marinaside – 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver Cost : $69 Tacofino x BETA5 Evening Summer Social Photo courtesy Tacofino
Beloved B.C. brands Tacofino and BETA5 will mark a special summer ice cream collaboration by co-hosting an Evening Summer Social at BETA5. Each guest will receive a Tacofino taco, beer from Strange Fellows Brewing and a Tacofino-inspired Lime-Mint Freshie-Inspired sundae featuring lime and mint shaved ice with avocado ice cream, fresh pineapple, Tajín-spiced churros and condensed milk Chantilly.
When : Thursday, July 4 from 6-9 p.m. Where : BETA5 – 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver Cost : Tickets are $29 per person and available online Greek Summerfest on Boundary
Enjoy authentic Greek food and live a day the Greek way. Greek Summerfest on Boundary showcases local music and dance groups on their outdoor stage while attendees enjoy the beautiful Vancouver summer season with Greek food and Greek hospitality. Live bands will play nightly, and there will be tons to eat. The full schedule is online here .
When : July 4-14, 2019 Where : 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver Cost : Admission is free
Enjoy Indian Tacos, Bannock Dogs, BBQ and more at this fun afternoon of eats hosted by West Coast Bannock. Please note this is cash or e-transfer payment only. Menu items range from $2-9.
When : Friday, July 5 from noon until supplies run out Where : 1555 Templeton Drive, Vancouver Half-price Fried Chicken Sandwiches at Juke Photo courtesy Juke Fried Chickecn
To mark National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, Juke Fried Chicken will have their signature fried chicken sandwiches available for half-price – that’s just $3.25 a pop. Juke builds their epic sandwich around their buttermilk marinated and deep-fried chicken (in a gluten-free batter!) topped with slaw and house-made BBQ sauce. Since this deal is pretty hefty, Juke has capped the per-person sandwich limit at at respectable 10.
When : Saturday, July 6 while supplies last Where : Juke Chinatown (182 Keefer Street) and Little Juke (1074 Davie Street) La Grotta del Formaggio 40th Anniversary
Opened in 1979 in Vancouver’s Little Italy, La Grotta del Formaggio is celebrating their milestone 40th anniversary with a weekend of specials and discounts, and on Car Free Day (July 7) the chance to mingle and sample in their shop.
When : July 6-7, 2019
This vibrant weekend-long celebration of Latin culture in Vancouver will not only be a feast for the eyes, but a feast for the tastebuds. Enjoy a variety of Latin eats and treats while enjoying this colourful summertime fest.
When : July 6-7, 2019 Where : Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver Cost : $2-15. Info and tickets available online
The two-day outdoor multicultural festival features cultures and exchanges between East and West on the world’s famed historic trade routes through arts, food, travel and technology. Eat, learn, and enjoy.
When : July 6-7, 2019 Where : Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk – 850 West Georgia Street, Vancouver Cost : Admission is free Sunday Seafood Boil Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Photo courtesy Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
The award-winning downtown seafood restaurant continues its popular al fresco Sunday Seafood Boil Series for a fifth consecutive year throughout the summer. Guests are invited to pull up a chair and tuck into a true, East Coast-inspired communal seafood feast of fresh-caught lobster, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels and Dungeness crab piled high on butcher’s paper and served with all the fixings.
When : Sunday July 7, 14, 21, 28 (+ Sunday August 4, 11, 18, 25) Where : Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver Cost : $68 per person (plus gratuity, taxes and service fees); tickets available online via Eventbrite SO5 – Steel & Oak 5th birthday party
It’s been five years and over four million glasses of beer since Steel & Oak opened its doors on Third Avenue and Stewardson Way in New Westminster. Steel & Oak will be celebrating with a big party on Sunday, July 7 in the parking lot behind the brewery, from 1 to 6 p.m., with Big Day BBQ, the Down Low Chicken Shack, Big Shucker Oyster Bar and Earnest Ice Cream on site. There will also be kids’ activities, lemonade and a pop-up merch/bottle shop with some Steel & Oak rarities.
When : Sunday, July 7 from 1-6 p.m. Where : Steel & Oak – 1319 Third Avenue, New Westminster 13th Annual Toast to the Coast
Toast to the Coast is the annual fundraising gala for Ocean Wise® at the Vancouver Aquarium®. It’s an event where ocean lovers mix and mingle over delicious food and drinks in the company of the fascinating aquatic creatures they are determined to help protect. Guests will relish food prepared by some of B.C.’s best chefs and drinks in plentiful supply as they catch up with colleagues and friends, take part in a raffle and a silent auction, meet some of the Aquarium’s best-loved residents, including the Steller sea lions and the sea otters, and wind down the night dancing up a rainstorm at the after-party with DJ NAT.
When : Friday, July 12 from 7 p.m.-midnight Where : Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver Cost : $150 Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl Craft beer flight/Shutterstock
The Eastside Culture Crawl is proud to announce that their Fourth Annual Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl fundraiser & tour will be held on Sunday, July 14. The Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl takes art lovers on a cycling or walking tour of the Eastside community making tasting stops at four breweries, most of which are exhibiting art as well. This tour is an amazing and incredibly fun opportunity for attendees to really take in all of the amazing elements of our great neighbourhood from art to beer! Ticket-holders tour 3 of 9 breweries, then the event wraps up at Strange Fellows at 4 p.m. where participants will enjoy a full art exhibit and light food. A tasting flight or pint is included at all 4 stops.
When : Sunday, July 14 from 1-5 p.m. (rain or shine) Where : Participating breweries in East Vancouver Cost : Tickets are $60 each or 2 for $100 and are available on Eventbrite here Community Backyard BBQ at Ubuntu Canteen
Organic, family focused café and counter-service restaurant Ubuntu Canteen will host a Community Backyard BBQ on Sunday, July 14 that underscore its mission to cultivate a sense of community in the heart of Vancouver’s Fraserhood and beyond. Ubuntu will fire up the grill, and will feature cocktails, local craft beer and A Sunday in August wine, while local DJs provide the perfect summer soundtrack.
When : Sunday, July 14 from 3-9 p.m. Where : Ubuntu Canteen – 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver Cost : Admission is free, with food and drink tickets available for purchase on site. Origo Club One-Year Anniversary Dinner Menu Photo courtesy Origo Club
Origo Club is celebrating one-year anniversary by offering a signature French-inspired table d’hôte menu by Chefs David Pan and Tony Hua, wine pairings by Sommelier Melanie Gravel. This menu is available from July 16-20 for dinner only. Reservations are highly recommended.
When : July 16-20, dinner only Where : Origo Club – 110-6888 River Road, Richmond Cost : $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity UBC’s 6th Annual Chef Challenge
UBC’s most exciting culinary showdown is back, and they need you to decide which team will bring home this year’s trophy. Featuring UBC’s very own culinary and musical talents, come fill up on delicious tasting plates and craft brews before dancing the night away to some samba, bossa nova, and more. Your 2019 competitors are: Bao Down, Nest Catering, Sage Bistro, UBC Food Services Apprentice Team, and Virtuous Pie. Tickets include entry, local food, craft beer samples, and live music. Children’s tickets include entry and a healthy kids meal.
When : Thursday, July 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. Where : Outdoor amphitheatre on Main Mall and Thunderbird Boulevard Cost : $10-45; purchase online 11th annual Deighton Cup
In what has become a Vancouver summertime tradition, the 11th Annual Deighton Cup, presented by the Parade Agency and The Social Concierge, will delight and inspire guests with an array of new attractions as well as a host of time-honoured traditions for a full day of fun, fashion, and derby-style excitement – plus delicious food and drink. Toast to the good life!
When : Saturday, July 20 from noon-6 p.m. Where : Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver Cost : $65-$85; Tickets are available online Railtown Tailgate BBQ Photo by Jelger + Tanja Photographers/courtesy Railtown
Get your appetites ready, because the Tailgate Barbecue Series is making a comeback at the original Railtown location one Sunday a month throughout the summer. Railtown chefs and co-owners Dan Olson and Tyler Day will once again roll out a custom-built, 12-foot barbecue barrel for the highly anticipated food events, where barbecue-lovers will be able to chow down on perfectly smoked meats and flavourful sides.
When : Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Where : Railtown – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver Cost : Tickets ($27 per person plus tax, $17 vegetarian plus tax) can be purchased online and in-person. All tickets purchased online include a complimentary drink voucher (up to $6 value). Tacofino x Four Winds Brewing Dinner
Tacofino will host the final event in its 2019 Beer Dinner Series at its Hastings location by collaborating with Delta’s Four Winds Brewing Company on Thursday, July 25 at either 6 or 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a custom, five-course menu paired with a range of unique and exclusive beer from the notable local brewery.
When : Thursday, July 25. Seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Where : Tacofino Hastings – 2327 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver Cost : $55 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity and ticketing fees; tickets are available via Eventbrite Columbia StrEAT Food Festival Downtown New Westminster/Facebook
Billed as “the largest one-day food truck festival on the continent,” the Downtown New West BIA is urging attendees of the free community event to put on their stretchy pants and head down on July 27, 2019 for an afternoon and evening of eating fun.
When : Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 4-10 p.m. Where : Columbia Street, Downtown New Westminster Cost : Admission is free Vancouver Vegan Festival
A joint effort from The Vegan Project, Peace People Project, Peaces, and Earthsave Canada, the first-ever Vancouver Vegan Festival will be free and all-ages. The waterfront venue will be packed with over 70 vendors showcasing plant-based food and lifestyle items and apparel, and the day will include live music, speakers, and free yoga.
When : Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where : Creekside Park – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver Cost : Admission is free
Review: Park Hyatt Chennai (Park Executive Suite)
4 Comments The Park Hyatt Chennai turned out to be my favorite Hyatt property we visited in India. Not only did I enjoy a wonderful suite upgrade, but great food and great service.
We arrived from Goa in the evening and took a taxi to the hotel, located about 20 minutes away. Check-in was a breeze and an associate informed me that I had been upgraded to a Park Executive Suite .
I loved the spacious, open lobby and common areas. Park Hyatt Chennai Suite
Our suite had a large living room witch couch, desk, bookcase, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The bedroom included a king bed and chair and the oversized bathroom featured a jacuzzi tub and best of all, a heated toilet seat with bidet.
Since I still kept U.S. working hours, the living room became particular valuable to ensure I did not disturb Heidi while she was sleeping.
Coffee/tea service in the suite’s living room:
View from the room: Park Hyatt Chennai Dining
I especially enjoyed the dining experience at this hotel, which centered on two great meals in particular. Dinner in The Flying Elephant Bar
After getting settled, it was already after 8:00 PM and Heidi wasn’t hungry, so I just ate in the hotel bar the first evening. The Flying Elephant has a mix of food, including North Indian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and Italian. How’s that for a mix of cuisine? I had a beef kabob…it hit the spot. Sunday Brunch in The Flying Elephant
The next morning we got up early to do some sightseeing, but returned for Sunday Brunch, which seems to attract many locals. The brunch offers a taste of everything, but you know wha turned out best? The stone oven pizza. The fish was also very tasty…and the desserts were decadent. Beyond Madras in The Dining Room
The following evening, we tried the Beyond Madras menu at the Dining Room. You can see the menu below. Once again, another tasty menu. Breakfast
The morning breakfast buffet was super not just for its quantity, but its quality. I appreciated the fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies and almond-covered French Toast. Park Hyatt Chennai Spa + Fitness
We splurged a bit for massages, which were masterfully done. I am rarely willing to pay up for a massage at a luxury hotel, but it was a nice treat on a warm afternoon.
The fitness center offers great views and late-model equipment. CONCLUSION
For this review in particular, I think the pictures mostly speak for themselves, hence the more limited dialogue. I appreciated the warm service, great food, and comfortable accommodations at this hotel. It is rare that I do not offer at least some constructive criticism about a property, but this was about as close to a perfect stay as possible.
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AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH
Skip the summer heat and head directly to Khareef
Vacations are about doing something new, and switching up your routine. This year we’re up for something completely different than our annual summer beach vacation. While we love chilling on white sandy beaches and enjoying the sound of lapping waves we are always ready to get out of our comfort zone to avoid the dreaded holiday ennui, so we’re skipping summer and heading for our favorite season, fall.
Every year from late June to the end of September, the Dhofar Province in Oman undergoes an amazing transformation known locally as “Khareef.” A colloquial term meaning ‘fall’ in Arabic, Khareef refers to a fascinating weather pattern in which the coastal fringe of Dhofar experiences a run-in with the Indian Ocean’s monsoon season.
The weather is much cooler with temperatures rarely rising above 27°C. But it’s not just about escaping the heat, the vibe changes, and the locals consider it to be the best time of the year. Salalah Camels – Photo courtesy of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
This is true, especially for tourists like us, who stepped onto the plane in Kuwait where the sun is scorching. Once at Salalah, the air is balmy, and the weather will surprise you with periods of drizzling and rain along with mist and fog. The Dhofar Province makes up almost a third of Oman’s land area and boasts an impressive and diverse biosphere. Hundreds of kilometers of coastline seamlessly blend into mountains and deserts.
With mountains reaching up to 1,500 meters and an abundance of rain in Khareef, you will be amazed by the waterfalls cascading down and forming giant pools of turquoise water.
You will marvel at the thick, lush, vibrant green vegetation blanketing the landscape as far as the eye can see. It is no surprise then that the city of Salalah has been named the 2019 Capital of Arab Summer resorts by The Arab Tourism Organisation.
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara matches nature’s gift of beauty with luxury and class for an unforgettable stay. The architecture was inspired by ancient coastal villages and reflects Oman’s heritage and history. Carved wooden doors, white-washed buildings and traditional flat roofs are just some of the elements that pay homage to the rich culture. Shaat – Photo by Arjun S Unnithan
Guests will love staying in one of the 88 private pool villas featuring one or two bedrooms. The resort even has a Royal Beach Villa offering three bedrooms, prime ocean views, a large terrace and a 40 sqm private pool.
Travelling with young children can be challenging but the resort takes care of the little ones for you. A dedicated kids club provides a safe and creative environment for imaginations to run wild. Engaging activities such as movie nights, treasure hunts and cookery classes will keep them occupied and happy. The teens club is the perfect space for young adults to socialize whilst playing the latest game consoles, table tennis, air hockey and billiards.
Chilling at the resort all day is tempting, but Khareef in Salalah is the perfect time to visit the verdant mountains. The wildlife is diverse and interesting, the scenery is spectacular and the adventure is unending. For visitors who want more, the annual Khareef Festival, which runs from mid-July to August, celebrates the monsoon season with an array of concerts, traditional performances and cultural displays. Dine in style at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
To catch the best sites, book a tour at the hotel or with the Salalah Guru for a private, tailored excursion. As lifetime locals, these guides know where all the action is and are ready to impart their knowledge with genuine passion and expert flair.
After you have tired yourself out with all the fun outdoor activities head to the Anantara Spa. Along with five treatment rooms and separate male and female wet areas, the spa features the only luxury hammam in Salalah. The Frankincense Ritual is a must-try, proven to rejuvenate skin, the region’s most famous ingredient is used in a unique massage experience. Two therapists perform four, hand-synchronized, massage techniques over the entire body.
A vacation isn’t complete without experiencing local cuisine and Oman’s history as a trading nation has helped shape its eclectic approach to food. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is home to three restaurants which offer guests the very best of local and international cuisine served with the warm Omani hospitality.
Sakalan, or ‘The Land of Frankincense’ is an all-day dining restaurant, with open kitchens and theme night buffets serving an array of cuisines from near and far. Enjoy global dishes from authentic Arabic to fiery Indian and contemporary Western, all set by the infinity pool. The resort’s signature restaurant, Mekong specializes in South East Asian cuisine. The Anantara spa, the only luxury hammam in Salalah
The relaxed beachside dining restaurant Al Mina, ‘The Port’ in Arabic, is a wonderful journey into the Mediterranean’s zesty flavors. Whether you are looking for a romantic spot or a more relaxed terrace dinner with shisha, there is a restaurant and experience for you.
Alternatively, for a fully immersive experience try the Khareef picnics. The resort offers a fantastic picnic menu, which includes dishes that can be packed and taken away when you go on excursions. The staff will pack all of your needs including a cool box, utensils and rugs to make your meal as comfortable as possible.
There are so many scenic locations in parks, wadis and near the waterfalls that would make a perfect backdrop for an outdoor lunch. You can even rent chairs, shades and other equipment if you want to go all out.
If you desire extra privacy, then order in from the extensive in-room dining menu and enjoy your meal in your villa’s large family majlis or al fresco on your villa’s private pool terrace. Anantara’s signature Dining by Design is another option offering connoisseur menus and butler service. Two Bedroom Garden View Pool Villa – Photo courtesy of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
After falling in love with the resorts expertly created meals, sign up for the ‘Spice Spoons’ experience where you can discover the secrets of cooking Thai or Arabic cuisine so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home.
It’s now easier and faster to get to Salalah, starting July 3rd, Salam Air is offering a direct flight from Kuwait. Perfect timing since right now, the resort is offering vacationers 25% savings on their stay in a villa as part of their “Let it Rain Khareef Package” which includes a daily buffet breakfast and daily buffet or à la carte for dinner for two at the restaurant of your choice.
Guests will also receive 25% savings on spa treatments. The package is valid for stays between the 26th of July and the 7th September 2019 and rates start from KWD 142.
Escape summer this year at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. To book a reservation visit the website or call +968 23228222. For a sneak peek on what your vacation will look like and updates follow them on Instagram @anantarasalalah . You might also like
Travelling suitcase: Best food forward
Facebook sees its salvation with its cryptocurrency Libra Eatymology: Grilled whole prawns; (top) a spice souq. (Source: Romain Maitra)
A trip to Dubai, the city with a surfeit of attractions, is never devoid of sensory delights. Its skyline studded with high-rises and architectural marvels, including the world’s tallest structure, the intricate network of flyovers, luxury hotels, expansive state-of-the-art malls, beaches, traditional souqs, surfs and a vibrant nightlife make the city a haven for sightseers, shopaholics and vacationers. Another facet that draws many to the largest and most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is food. Advertising
The richness and variety of the cuisines on offer in Dubai owes itself to expatriates of over a hundred nationalities that comprise nearly 80 per cent of the UAE’s population, with most of them living in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This means that you can find cuisine from almost every part of the world in Dubai. It is precisely this singular aspect that Dubai now wishes to highlight, projecting the city to its visitors and tourists as a gastronomical melting pot. During a recent trip to Dubai, it was this aspect that I explored in all earnest.
I wanted to experience the city through its delicacies and fares. And, luckily, Dubai Food Festival, held between February 21 and March 9, coincided with my trip. During my previous trip to Dubai several years ago, I was part of a group of visitors invited to experience a phenomenal three-hour-long lecture-cum-tasting tour on the Arab and Iranian cuisines by Arva Ahmed and Farida Ahmed, sisters and co-founders of Frying Pan Adventures, a food and culture tourism venture. The trail took us through different streets and lanes in the oldest part of the city, and included a visit to Meena Bazar, Dubai’s “little India” known for Indian cuisines. Another delectable experience I had on that occasion was a presentation on, and my devouring of, Arab dishes. It was organised by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
No encounter with gastronomy could be complete in Dubai without a visit to the spice souq (market). Located in the old district of Deira, the souq area consists of a main passage and several narrow lanes, which were all lined with stores on both sides, displaying neatly arranged rows of colourful and aromatic spices for sale. I could identify sesame, saffron, turmeric, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, cumin, caraway, allspice, black pepper, sumac, aniseed, dried chilies and so on, as well as prepared varieties of ras el hanout (mixture of spices, like garam masala in India), sumac (dried and powdered sumac plants) and za’atar (mixed condiment of savory dried herbs like thyme, oregano, sumac and several others). Along with these, there were dry fruits, tea, medicinal herbs, and all kinds of incense. The area being a tourist hub, the stores there were also stacked with souvenir items, like densely decorated plates and pots, textiles, rugs, footwear, and so on. Advertising
The food festival’s flagship event at the al fresco Swyp Beach Canteen on the Sunset Beach was ideal for a family day out. The free-to-the-public enclosure featured new food concepts through live cooking sessions with local and regional chefs while food trucks offered a multinational array of street-style dining and beverages. From one of these trucks, I ordered the Mediterranean quinoa, mixed with feta, red grapes, basil, olives, cucumber, tomato and lettuce with lemon oil dressing. In dessert, I munched freshly-baked, crispy pistachio baqlawa, layered with syrup stirred in mixed orange and lemon juice.
Following a tour through the fish hospital at Atlantis, The Palm, I visited the bar and restaurant at the hotel and relished moules marinières with garlic and parsley cream, grilled whole prawns with parsley and garlic butter and ‘nutty professor’, a concocted milkshake containing Toblerone milk chocolate, Nutella, almond milk, honey, cream, and ice cream.
Nightjar, the official roastery for some of the city’s top indie coffee spots, has a full-fledged eatery in the heart of Dubai’s creative hub, Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz. I went to a neighbouing coffee shop, and tried a “limited edition” vegan latte which had almond milk in nutty flavour.
These encounters and experiences were suffused with the joviality of people from different races and regions. I came back, satiated, and enriched, having picked up droll alimentary phrases like “I scream”, “Donut judge me”, and “See you spoon. Have a spice day!”
(Romain Maitra is an academic, art critic and travel writer)
Modi, Trump discuss India-US collaboration in 5G technology
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Modi, who is in Osaka, Japan to attend the G20 Summit, outlined that India is going to be a billion users of this technology and in that sense India is the second largest market in the world.
During the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, the two leaders discussed the technical and business opportunities that 5G provides for cooperation between India and the US.
“The way India moves or the way whatever choices India makes will essentially determine the way the global trend will go. And therefore the Prime Minister said it is important that we collaborate. India and the US in this regard to see how we can leverage this, the billion Indian users, India’s capacity in technological development in start-up and design and silicon valley and its role in developing 5G technology for mutual benefit,” Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefing media after the talks.
President Trump welcomed the idea and spoke about the work that American companies are now doing in 5G, Foreign Secretary said.
Trump specifically referred to Silicon Valley and said that since he had taken over as the President of US he has focused on this area, on developing America’s capabilities in technology, he said.
“President Trump said that he look forward to working with us and it was again decided to continue the conversation through meetings at technical level as well as at the level of the Secretaries of State and External Affairs Minister on our side and the technical ministers on both side,” Gokhale said.
“So, essentially the Prime Minister’s real focus was on Make in India and the potential that this huge technology has in that goal or objective,” he said.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday speaking at India Policy’ speech in New Delhi suggested that Japan, America and India can collaborate on 5G, the fifth generation cellular network technology that provides broadband access.
The US has banned Huawei, the world’s leader in telecom equipment and the number two smartphone producer, over concerns of security and Washington has been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of the Chinese telecom firm.
India, however, is yet to take a call on whether it intends to place curbs on Huawei or allow the Chinese telecom giant to participate in the upcoming 5G trials, that are scheduled to commence in 100 days.
The US has been pressurising India to ban the Chinese company from its 5G development and deployment on the back of security concerns of Chinese surveillance on these networks.
The US had banned Huawei’s products on May 21 and also barred US companies from supplying software and components to the Chinese company. Meanwhile, Australia and New Zealand have also banned Huawei from participating in their 5G trials.
Huawei has urged India to make an “informed and independent decision” on permitting its 5G trials in the country as the Chinese telecom giant reeled under pressure following the US ban.
Huawei Monday said it is ready to sign “no back door” agreement with the Indian government to discourage espionage, and other companies should also follow suit.
Huawei’s business engagement in India is under scrutiny by the government after the US restricted hardware as well as software supplies to it.
The telecom department had come up with security guidelines in 2011 that mandated telecom operators to install certified equipment and devices in their network to ensure they are free from malicious softwares or bug. PTI
Immerse Yourself in the Splendours of India on a Holiday of a Lifetime
India is a deep-dive destination, where the cultural experience has the potential to overwhelm you. But with that intensity comes a vibrancy that can’t be matched anywhere else in the world. Furthermore, India is one of the world’s great cultural destinations. It is one of the cradles of civilization, with ancient landmarks and historical wonders dating back thousands of years. It’s the birthplace of four of the world’s greatest religions and home to some of the most impressive temples in the world. It has massive cities, gorgeous landscapes, deep jungles, and some of the best food in the world. For Globetrotters, the ultimate way to experience India’s culture is on Goway’s exclusive Holiday of a Lifetime, Splendours of India.
Suggested Itinerary: 17-Day Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime World-Class Landmarks on an Exclusive Holiday of a Lifetime
You don’t need to be familiar with the Goway brand to know that a Holiday of a Lifetime is a special experience. These high-end journeys take travellers on small-group vacations to some of the world’s most popular destinations. They feature first-class or deluxe accommodations and guided tours that include both local experiences and visits to popular landmarks. Each tour group is led by a handpicked tour guide that handles all the little details like vehicle transfers and tipping restaurant and hotel staff, while also ensuring your needs are met throughout your journey. Every Holiday of a Lifetime comes with Goway’s “Promise of Something Special,” which is what it sounds like: a guarantee that this will truly be a vacation you remember for the rest of your life.
The 17-day Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime begins in Mumbai , the largest city in the country, where you’ll deep-dive into the hustle of modern India. There’ll be a bit of culture shock at the size of the crowds and the pace at which life moves here, but you’ll adjust quickly, especially as you take in highlights around the city. A full-day tour will showcase both the new and old parts of the city with stops at the University of Mumbai, the open-air laundromat of Dhobi Ghats, Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed while in town, and the Gateway of India, the massive stone arch on the waterfront. Gateway of India and boats as seen from Mumbai Harbour in Mumbai
Fly into Rajasthan and connect to Udaipur , often considered the loveliest city in India . Tour the City Palace, the lavish home of the Maharajah and which is the largest palace in the state. You’ll then experience the city’s gorgeous lake culture with a boat ride across Lake Pichola. Drive northwest to Jodhpur, located in the Thar Desert. Admire the 1,440 marble pillars of the Ranakpur Jain Temple, visit the massive fort of Mehrangarh, and see the white marble memorial of Jaswant Thada. You’ll then venture into the desert for a jeep safari and visit the Bishnoi villages, where you’ll meet the Bishnoi, who practice a strict form of Hinduism that forgoes meat and alcohol and protects the environment at all costs. For the Bishnoi, even cutting down trees is forbidden. City Palace and Pichola Lake in Udaipur
From Jodhpur, head to Jaipur , the Pink City, where you’ll explore the gorgeous Amber Fort. A city tour will also take you to the Palace of Winds, with its many-windowed façade, the City Palace, and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Leave the city behind and head into Ranthambore National Park to go on safari for a couple of days. Each day, you’ll head on dawn and dusk game drives in the jungle to spot the colourful birds and search for tigers in the wild.
Board the Shatabdi Express and ride to Agra , stopping off at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri along the way. In Agra, you’ll visit India’s most famous icon, the Taj Mahal, the marble mausoleum that beguiles all who see it in person. Cap off your time in the city with a trip to Agra Fort as well as the orphanage that used to be run by Mother Teresa.
Fly to Delhi and connect to Varanasi , the country’s most sacred city. Sitting on the banks of the River Ganges , Varanasi is the spiritual heart of India. Start with an excursion to nearby Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. Then visit a local museum and cap off the day with an evening rickshaw ride to see the ghats and witness the Aarti Ceremony that lights up the banks of the river with light offerings. The following morning, board a river vessel to cruise along the river and visit the cremation ghats, where devout followers cremate their loved ones in the river. Boats on the Ganges River along a shoreline of ghats, Varanasi
The final stop on your Splendours of India tour is Delhi, which consists of Old Delhi and New Delhi, the capital of India . Start with a tour of Old Delhi where you’ll see the Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, ride a rickshaw through the marketplace of Chandni Chowk, and stop by Raj Ghat, where Ghandi was cremated following his assassination. Then venture into New Delhi to see India Gate, the Presidential Palace, the Mughal masterpiece of Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutub Minar, a towering minaret that’s the symbol of the city. You’ll then return home with memories to last a lifetime.
Suggested Itinerary: 17-Day Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime India’s Unbeatable Culinary Legacy
It may be impossible to pick any one thing as a highlight of a trip to India , but you’d be forgiven for thinking the food trumps everything else. As a result of the country’s cultural diversity, Indian cuisine is as varied as any in the world. A Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime reflects this diversity by including varied culinary experiences that showcase both the high-end dining scene as well as humble home cooking. Each region has its own specialties, so as you journey across the country, you’ll experience new flavours and ways of cooking food. Tandoori chicken
In Mumbai, you kick things off with a welcome dinner at Khyber Restaurant, which is popular with locals and visitors alike. Located in the heritage district and frequented by celebrities like Paul McCartney and Richard Gere when they’re in town, Khyber is a gorgeous place to experience the cuisine of the northwest frontier province. The Tandoori Raan, which is a leg of lamb cooked in a tandoor, is especially recommended. You’ll also experience world-class restaurants in Udaipur and Varanasi. In Udaipur, visit the Ambrai Restaurant at the Hotel Amet Haveli, which overlooks Lake Pichola and offers tandoor dishes in as romantic an atmosphere as possible. In Varanasi, you’ll dine at the Great Kabab Factory, which showcases kebab styles from all over the world.
Of course, part of the appeal of India is connecting with the locals, who maintain a celebrated heritage of culinary traditions. In Jaipur, you’ll visit Sankotra Haveli, the mansion of a local noble family, where you’ll enjoy a set menu and get to interact with your hosts, experiencing an authentic Indian welcome. Similarly, in Agra you’ll enjoy high tea with a local family, where you can chat with your hosts over snacks and drinks and gain insight into the local way of life. Women can even enjoy some Henna painting after tea. The combination of local encounters and dinners at world-class restaurants is a part of what makes the Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime so special. Henna (mehndi) painting A Bright Burst of Indian Culture
It’s impossible to overstate how unique Indian culture is. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. And due to the sheer number of ethnic and regional heritages that play into Indian culture, it’s impossible to define it as one unchanging thing. Part of the appeal of an Indian vacation is experiencing a taste of this diverse nation and the profound cultural traditions that define it.
Few things have more sway over Indian life than religious festivals. Luckily, the Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime has departure dates that coincide with two of the biggest festivals in the country: Holi and Diwali. In 2020, Holi falls on March 10th, when travellers are in Jaipur on their holiday of a lifetime. They’ll experience the bright bursts of colour that define Holi in one of India’s loveliest cities. Similarly, Diwali falls on November 14th, also when the tour is in Jaipur. This festival of lights is arguably the biggest festival in the country, and seeing the Pink City transformed into a glowing sea of lights is breathtaking. Two painted elephants during the festival of Holi, Jaipur
Even if you don’t visit during these festival periods, you’ll experience a taste of India’s intense culture. For instance, a rickshaw ride through Varanasi takes you alongside the ghats that are the centre of the city’s famous funerary rites. Also in Varanasi, you’ll visit a local khusti or pehlwani school to witness the unique art of Indian wrestling. Visit an akhara or wrestling gym to watch the students practice their martial arts and learn about the life of discipline and celibacy undertaken by khusti students.
Combine this kind of unique cultural insight with classical experiences like a train journey from Jodhpur to Jaipur, which transports you back to a bygone era of travel, and the aforementioned visits to the Bishnoi Villages, and you have an unforgettable cultural experience that gives you a taste of India’s stunning diversity. Decorated gateway at Amber Fort, Jaipur
The Splendours of India: Holiday of a Lifetime is the ultimate way to experience this most colourful of nations. Whether seeing breathtaking landmarks like the Taj Mahal, dining on sumptuous tandoori lamb in a lakeside restaurant, or watching the funerary rights in the waters of the Ganges in Varanasi, you’ll experience a taste of India ’s profound power.