The Top 17 Hotels For 2019 - Feature Story

Dear Readers,

Some hotel stays are truly memorable – gorgeous locations, outstanding layouts, delicious food, soft Egyptian cotton sheets, and much more. These you will remember for the rest of your life. The list in this issue, are ranked the Top 17 Hotels in the world for 2019. From a clutch of chic properties in Dubai to the frenetic streets of Tokyo, Japan, these 17 picks have it all: inimitable style, discreet, sharp service and more. So read our Feature Story — and get ready to book your next holiday in style.

On our Cover, we have the effervescent and charismatic Sara Ali Khan, who always dreamt of becoming an actor. Granddaughter of an ace cricketer, the late Nawab of Pataudi and the renowned Sharmila Tagore and daughter of the spunky Amrita Singh and the suave Saif Ali Khan, Sara’s gene pool is full of talent. Flip through to our Cover Story to find out more about her.

In People in Focus, we clue you into the lives of Kalpana Shukla and Viral Doshi. While Kalpana is the Managing director of KW Publishers that has around 500 titles and represents many international publishers from the UK and US for marketing in India, Viral is India’s topmost consultant in his field based out of Mumbai. Today, his firm Viral Doshi Associates is billed as one of the top educational consultants, preparing around 150 students every year to secure seats in the right universities.

Yes, there are half a dozen convenient spas in your vicinity that offer massages and facials. But are the massages so relaxing that your shoulders are gloriously un-hunched from around your ears, or do the facials leave your skin smoother like a baby’s? From baths filled with wine to sub-zero temperature treatments, there are lots of new trends in the spa world. Here’s a rundown on some treatments that will surely push your boundaries, but they’re definitely worth trying. Check them out in our Mind & Body!

It’s not wrong to assume that Thailand is a favourite travel destination. There’s so much colour and culture in this country. Thai, Indian and Chinese origin people make up most of the population., which is evident in the architecture, food, and traditions. The Southeast Asian country dazzles with its azure waters, deserted-island paradises, golden temples, and buzzing cities.  That’s travel at its finest. But if you want to know more about the joys of Thailand, read our Grand Getaways section.

Wedding Moments covers the big day of Shivaangi Sharma and Danny, which was a beautiful destination wedding celebrated with great gusto at a Thai resort, attended by many of their friends and family from India and elsewhere.

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Best Wishes,

Huma Bilgrami Latif