Lonny Magazine Explores Marrakech

The May issue of Lonny magazine was just released and I flipped as soon as I saw that it prominently featured Marrakech, Morroco — a city that’s high on my must get there someday list of places.

The issue delves into the Majorelle Garden; the souks; the exquisite carvings and architecture of the Ben Youssef Madrasa; the legendary La Maison Arabe hotel; Morroccan cuisine and Marrakech-inspired fashion. The pictures are gorgeous, go check out the issue!


Langham Place Hotel Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Langham Place in Kowloon ranks as one of my all-time most memorable hotel stays. I spent a week there with my parents and my sister in March 2011, and the property left me completely awestruck.

The hotel has 42 floors, offering quite the bird’s-eye view of Hong Kong. And across the street (accessible via an over-the-street walkway) is a 15-story shopping center, which is also part of the Langham Place complex.

My sister and I shared a room, and we could see into the mall from our window. It was an unusual sight, to see people riding up floor after floor after floor of escalators. And don’t even get me started on the shopping. Let’s just say it’s dangerous for one’s pocketbook to stay in a hotel that’s attached to a 15-story shopping mall …

The hotel’s architecture and interior design are very contemporary (see above), yet also manages to weave in distinctly Asian elements, such as in the restaurants (see below).

[The patio]

[The wine cellar]

[The view from the bar]

[The rooftop pool; the views were incredible]

[Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong]

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The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

I haven’t made it to India yet, but when I do, I’d love to see Mumbai, including the Gateway to India monument and the nearby historic Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, one of India’s grandest hotels.

At the end of 2010, the five-star Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, reopened after extensive renovations following the 2008 terrorist attacks, proving once again that it’s nothing if not resilient.

The first stone of the hotel’s foundation was laid in 1898, and its doors opened in 1903. In the more than 100 years which have passed since then, the property — nicknamed “the playground of princes” — has been the second home of maharajas and other royalty, international celebrities, world leaders and cultural icons, including, reportedly, Jacqueline Onassis, the Beatles, George Bernard Shaw, Douglas Fairbanks, Margaret Thatcher, Baz Luhrmann and Prince Charles.

The historic hotel features more than 550 elegant rooms, including 44 suites, and overlooks the iconic Gateway of India monument on the waterfront.

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The Gateway of India, which was completed in 1924, stands 85 feet tall. It was once the first thing that visitors to the city (then called Bombay) saw when arriving by boat.

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