The Oasis Spa for an experience like no other!!!

Okay then, some of the finest things take time… Hence, this review is coming now- well, I was in Bangkok in February like many of you already know and a ritual of sorts for me is to pamper myself at the top quality and extremely rejuvenating spot- The Oasis Spa.

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Once you enter its surreal setting, you’re sure to leave behind all your worries and stress and trust me on this, I always feel when I am here that I am no longer in a city but truly in heaven.

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It truly is an Oasis of everything pleasant and positive! The tranquility develops as you pass through the gate into an exotic world of beauty, serenity and pleasure. Here you are in company of a place of lush foliage, wooden bridges and walkways, waterfalls, reflective ponds and private treatment villas encompassed in the arms of ancient venerable trees.

The manner in which you are greeted as if they were only waiting for you (even though they keep quite busy), the welcome with fruits, towel and a drink that follows, then the entire process of ensuring you get the most appropriate and effective therapy taking into consideration several factors- everything is dealt with utmost care and professionalism.

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I am not new to this spa at all as have been visiting it for years but this time around I wanted a loved one to try it for she is getting married soon. And with the wedding preparations comes enough anxiety and stress, so I thought this would be the most ideal spa date and gift for her! And while I shall take you through our treatments, I must share upfront itself that my lovely was blown away by the services and the experience and towards the close of our trip, said without a doubt that the visit to The Oasis Spa was the highlight of the entire trip for her!

While she opted for the King of Oasis Signature Massage which is a two hours massage and ensures utmost level of release, relief and contentment using a unique combination of “East meets West” massage techniques. It employs kneading, thumb pressure, stretching and compression combined with a warm aromatherapy oil massage and a Thai Herbal Hot Compress. Tired muscles are soothed to allow stretching that removes energy barriers and re-open all the body’s energy pathways. Eventually you find relief from stiff muscles and muscular discomfort, and gift yourself improved sleep and reduced stress.

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And I this time around went in for the Queen of Oasis Signature Massage which is also a two hours massage combining the best of Eastern and Western therapies to promote a woman’s health and sense of well-being. The ancient oriental massage integrated into this therapy concentrates on the Meridian Lines to detoxify, improve organ function and promote self-healing. The Swedish, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy massage further restores and enhances vitality. It realigns a woman’s life-energy, improves digestion and promotes inner harmony. And you know what? This treatment quite rightly has been compared to doing yoga without the effort while receiving acupressure treatments!

And let me make an honest confession here that the hot stone therapy is absolutely blissful. I also believe that a good spa experience always helps you get some relaxed sleep and guess what? We both woke up totally refreshed post our treatment, still wanting more.

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I always say this and shall say this again- when in Thailand, a visit to The Oasis Spa is a must!!! The Oasis Spa has over 10 branches in Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations of Bangkok, Chiangmai, Pattaya, and Phuket. This is a special year for the brand as it completes 15 years of excellence in 2018!

Happy Spa-ing you all!!!

xoxo,

Sonali

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Address Home: Ten Glorious Years

We reckon the transformation of a house to a home takes place with love in abundance… Hence, one lands up adding some special pieces with much love to one’s haven of love. And we all like being selective and exclusive as far as our preferences for home decor are concerned as this space speaks much about us and our loved ones as well as our personalities.

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A brand which has impressed us for many years, ten to be precise is Address Home for each time around we have encountered its offerings, we have only been impressed.

Address Home like most would know-creates and curates a world-class range of premium linen, dining, accessories, lighting & furniture; focusing on quality craftsmanship with an eclectic-chic design sensibility.

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And there never has been or nor there would be lack of quality options at Address Home for there is always something for everyone- affluent or aspirational, traditional or trendy. Rajat Singhi, Founder & Creative Director says, “Each customer, each guest in our store is unique, and we respect them for their decorating style. And change is constant in design, especially in India. Our stores are usually in very high footfall areas and we have about sixty percent of repeat customers, who step into our store once every month or two. They want to see newness all the time. So, we have to be on our toes all the time, to keep offering newness and the quirkiness that Address Home stands for.”

The brand takes pride in ensuring top quality and worthwhile creativity with each expansion step that it takes! The brand has grown to 13 exclusive stores in a decade covering 11 cities, and with their online foray they now cater to 300 cities PAN-India and have an international presence with worldwide shipping.

The brand has reached a commendable milestone of completing ten years and reflecting on its journey so far…It all started with converting a car mechanic’s shed into a hi-end retail store at Raghuvanshi Mills, Mumbai. From the look and feel of the store, to lay- outing and visual merchandising, every little detail was seen by Mr. Singhi in person. He reminisces by saying, “It was an amazing success. I remember my first few months when I was there personally, I used to attend to each and every customer and listen to their feedback. It was very enriching to hear them gasp in awe and delight that finally something like this had come to Mumbai or to India for that matter.”

Well, that is quite a success story and here’s wishing them the very best always and hoping to newer chapters of success being added to theirs for explosive growth is expected in the coming years!!!

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Also, log on to- www.addresshome.com

HIGH ON HOTELS: THE DYLAN

Amsterdam… what more do we say that we have not said in admiration of this city? Well, continuing with our public display of affection (P.D.A. you see) for this city, next in our High on Hotel series- we getting chatting with the representatives of another extremely credible and worthwhile hotel- The Dylan, so sit back and enjoy!

Q: Why a stay here would prove to be the most memorable one?
A: The Dylan consist of 40 rooms and suites. All the rooms are individually designed in different styles. The Dylan Amsterdam is located in the heart of the city center and in “de negen straatjes” district. In “de negen straatjes” you can discover different galleries, boutiques, bars and eateries. Personal attention and high-quality service isn’t something we have to explain to our staff –at the Dylan it comes naturally.  Our guests are always our priority. The guests can have a perfectly crafted coffee or one of our signature cocktails at Bar Brasserie OCCO, an exquisite dinner at our Michelin Star restaurant Vinkeles or they can relax in our lounge by the fireplace.

All in one, The Dylan offers a refined, modern decor along with unparalleled, personalized service and a five-star product.
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Q: What all facilities would you find in the room?
A: We have the following comfort in the rooms: Air-conditioning, Bose sound system with Bluetooth iPod connection, safe, minibar, telephone, television, work desk (incl. USA adapter), “Frette” bathrobes, linens and slippers, James Heeley bath amenities and a magnifying mirror. Also, there are tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi and 24 hours room service.

Q: Elaborate on the facilities in the hotel for in-house guests?
A: The Dylan Amsterdam has different facilities. Bar brasserie OCCO, Michelin restaurant Vinkeles, fitness room, a cozy lounge, garden, massages, bicycles, concierge service and free Wi-Fi.

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Q: A must try restaurant in the hotel and why?
A: We have two must try restaurants in The Dylan. One of them is Restaurant Vinkeles. The intimate and historic setting offers the perfect mood to enjoy the cooking of Chef Dennis Kuipers and his team. His modern French cuisine with its international twist, often described as “exciting, modest and refined”, has been awarded a Michelin star in 2009.

Bar Brasserie OCCO is a distinct cosmopolitan eatery with menus highlighting handcrafted cocktails and creative cuisine drawn from local Dutch influences and producers. A perfect, more casual alternative to Restaurant Vinkeles.

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Q: Please throw some light on the USP of the hotel?
A: One of the unique selling points of The Dylan Amsterdam is the location. The rooms have a view over the canals or our garden. The Dylan offers refined and modern décor along with personalized service. Another unique selling point is our the Michelin star restaurant and our beautiful secluded garden.
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Q: Could you share a little about the connectivity of the hotel?
A: The Dylan Amsterdam is perfectly reachable with public transportation. The tram station at the Keizersgracht or Elandsgracht is within walking distance (5 minutes).

Q: Further to the earlier question, what is the easiest way to get to the hotel from the airport?
A: The easiest way to get to the hotel from the airport is with a taxi but the hotel is easily reachable by public transportation.

Q: For all the prospective guests and shopping lovers, please tell us about the closest shopping hub to the hotel?
A: The Dylan Amsterdam is located in “de negen straatjes” (The nine streets).  These streets are the connection between the four main canals. Vintages stores, alternative fashion and specialized theme stores can be found there. The nine streets is also an excellent location for a good cup of coffee and to escape from the busier streets in Amsterdam.

Q: Lastly, if one got back at 2 am to the hotel, what is it that one would get to eat?
A: There are many things that you can eat when you get back to the hotel at 2 am. For example, for a big appetite-we offer pizza, roasted steak with fries, different kinds of wraps and more. Next to this, we have different options for a late night snack. Think of veal “bitterballen” or Dutch shrimp croquettes.

Pictures Curtesy: The Dylan Amsterdam

An Unforgettable Hotel Experience in Bangkok

Confucius asserted, “Wheresoever you go – go with all your heart”. It is quite a thought and advise to take and while I actually went with all my heart to this property- I even came out with my heart filled with beautiful experiences and memories which are going to stay with me forever! In short, this was not just any visit or stay in a hotel- it was one where I felt cherished and cared for throughout!

The property I am referring to is a sister hotel to the award winning 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, and is located on Sukhumvit Soi 39 in Bangkok called the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok. It enjoys a wonderful location as it is situated only a short distance from the upscale and fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium.

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The architects for the property are Palmer and Turner from Bangkok, with Interiors by P49 Design and Landscape by Wabi Sabi Studio. 34 exquisitely appointed suites opened their doors earlier in April this year. And lucky me, just late May- I got the opportunity of experiencing the magic at their Sukhothai Suites.

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The check-in procedure was extremely smooth and exclusive as my suite check-in happened at the Leonowens Club where we were even treated to a refreshing and colour-packed welcome drink.

In no time, we were guided to our suite and I have to admit it that I had a jaw-dropping moment- the minute I stepped into my suite and what made it even more special was a welcome note and platter filled with goodies.

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As I looked around, I unravelled all about my home for the next two nights! Some of its features included a private butler service, maxi bars with wine cellars, user friendly mood lighting, high ceilings, large walk-in wardrobes and stunning marble en-suite bathrooms with chic circular baths complete with built in TV.

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They even reckon that the sleep experience is of the highest standard and the spacious balcony was the ultimate chill zone, complete with the traditional 137 Pillars House signature rocking chair and an over-sized day-bed for two, with superb view of the Bangkok skyline. The balcony was a true blessing for a person like me who loves to sometimes just disconnect and relax!

​137 Pillars Suites features the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts signature Leonowens Club, the Jack Bain’s Bar and Cigar Divan, and the exquisite Nimitr specialty restaurant featuring Thai favourites with a molecular twist as well as Western delicacies created by their Group Executive Chef and Culinary Artist, Peter Marx from Sweden. A meal here is a must. We dined here once and not just enjoyed the true beauty of the restaurant but thoroughly loved every bit of our meal as well.  It was quite an experience I must say!

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Their Bangkok Trading Post Restaurant is an all-day dining bistro and deli appealing to local residents and guests, serving Western and Asian favourites as well as freshly baked breads, connoisseur coffee and specialty beverages. I was told that both the restaurants were designed and created by Bangkok’s chic design couple Sophie Beghin and Faun Israrena na Ayudhya of Santhaya Associates.

And this is not it, staying in the suite comes with even more added benefits. One need not use the common pool, instead I had an amazing time swimming in their rooftop infinity edged pool. Also, an exclusive gym facility is available for the suite guests! The 27th floor has chic late check-out and early check-in pods and separate shower facilities in the event that suites are fully booked.

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Trust me when I say that there wouldn’t be a dull moment when staying here. The NITRA spa and wellness center with a separate yoga and meditation sala offers activities including aerial flow yoga, tai chi, reiki and dance. Their Golf Studio seemed rather fun and interesting. Others services include 137 signature dining and picnics by design, a personal shopping service and guide, privately curated and customized tours, tennis and golf practice putting and chipping with personal trainers for both on request, kids’ corner and meeting space.

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In case you want to know how to get here, then here are the details… You could get to the Emquartier/Emporium shopping complex through the BTS Skytrain/MRT underground trains and then you could get a pick-up scheduled in their complimentary London Cab, affectionately known as Louie.

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Also, since the property name reflects residences, here is why- 137 Pillars Residences Bangkok houses 179 private residences offering bespoke facilities for leisure, business and long stay guests including the use of their stylish, customized London Cab.

Lastly, I can’t thank 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok enough for the most spectacular stay ever! The staff here was the most helpful, caring and accommodating… I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast each day and have to mention that one cannot afford to miss trying their waffles for breakfast at Leonowens Club!

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Wishing this property great success always as they deserve every bit of it!

Best,
Sonali

Summer of Valentine…

We love roses, we totally do… And we love fashion too, you know we do! However, not so often do we see a perfect marriage of both but you all get ready for a beautiful surprise as we both doll-up in outfits from the immensely talented designer Nitya Bajaj’s Valentine Collection where the red rose is truly the hero.

The cuts, fabrics, hues and designs truly reflect great modernity and chicness.

For both of us it was love at first sight as far as this collection was concerned as we totally fell for it the very first time we came across the stuff. Whether it was the gowns, dresses, jackets or the crop tops- we have been drooling over them all.

The post is even more special as after a very long time both of us have been captured together and that too in Germany’s cultural center- Berlin. Well, what makes it even more special is that the profound relationship of friendship too epitomizes love and we will always be each other’s Valentine. Hence, we reckon we are great ambassadors for this collection 😉

The wait is finally over, presenting to you Shagun Tomar and Sonali Vij in Label Nitya Bajaj’s Crop Top and Summer Jacket (respectively) from their splendid collection.

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Helipadonheels wishes you all lots of love and smiles!!! Here’s to the love of friendship!!!

Shop the collection @nityabajaj.com

 

 

 

 

Latin Quarters Spring Summer’16 Collection

Well, even writing this post is bringing a smile to my face and that truly highlights the fact that I really had a lot of fun at the Bloggers Meet hosted by the Latin Quarters at their store in DLF Mall of India, Noida.

That morning was bright and colourful both inside and out as on walking into the store, I witnessed their fabulous Spring Summer’16 #TheNewMe collection which was full of life. I have to admit that I personally loved so many of their pieces and could actually visualize them in my closet. The clothes looked very comfortable,  wearable and trendy.

In fact, what took the excitement level a notch higher was when we were asked to pick chits and dress-up basis the theme we received.  I was super happy to receive the theme-Folklore. I got thinking and instantly picked up the dress below which was super stylish but then glancing through even more, I picked up something which I loved even more.

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It is summer time so it is also time to wear a lot of white, what say?

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While you will see the final look right below, accessorizing wisely was the decision I made. I must add that the brand also offers a decent variety of accessories.

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So, here you will see me posing in white and to add a dash of a pretty colour, I opted for a Latin Quarters Tote Bag and not to miss mentioning about the pair of super elegant earrings  which I picked up. It was an amazing experience meeting all these lovely ladies and fellow bloggers 🙂

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I would even like to thank the team yet again for a wonderful morning and the lovely goodies which they presented us.

Lastly, would just like to add that Latin Quarters Spring Summer’16 range truly endeavours to recreate the modern woman’s look with #TheNewMe themed collection. The range promises to weave a psychedelic wardrobe of floral motifs, animal prints and digital graphics in spunky and pastel color contrasts.

So, now when are you playing dress-up next post your retail therapy at the Latin Quarters?  Do share!

Happy Shopping!
Sonali

Winter Fashion & more with Nitya Bajaj

So, finally Delhi Winters have arrived! We all have been waiting to wear those chic coats and stunning boots, haven’t we? And winter weddings are no fun if we aren’t able to show-off how well we brave the winters in those ultra glamorous blouses, don’t you agree?

Ladies, wait no more and step out in your fashionable best this winter! The combination of winters and fashion is conceived by many as an excuse to look rather boring but this interview post with a superlative fashion designer is sure to come handy and help you all dress up like never before this season. What is also a known fact is that almost everyone around us seems to be getting married, so our expert also lends some fashion advise for these months when love is ought to be in the air…

Let us confess straight up, we absolutely love her cozy boutique nestled in the locales of Shahpur Jat in New Delhi and what adds to the whole experience is how this designer takes time to warmly embrace each client and helps them make the best buy! No more guess work,  it is time to share about this label which has done umpteen spectacular shows, has been covered in leading glossies and has been worn by several Bollywood celebrities like Sonakshi Sinha, Kalki Koechlin, Prachi Desai, Gauhar Khan and many others.

Label NITYA BAJAJ celebrates WOMANHOOD…the femininity, the elegance and the power of being-SHE with distinction.  The brand is truly synonymous with ethereal luxury.

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Fashion Designer Nitya Bajaj

Now, let us hear what Nitya Bajaj has to say about winter fashion and more…

Q: Three things you reckon that girls must have in their closets this winter?
Nitya: A Neutral colored trench to cover-up, a woolen scarf and full sleeve warmers.

Q: Three fashion trends which are a complete no-no this winter?
Nitya: Drab and sloppy clothing are a big No-NO for any season. Be sharp, be bold, be you! 

Q: Tell us about your fashion icon?
Nitya: I admire Kangna Ranaut and Victoria Beckham for their innate sense of style.

Q: Love is in the air…  Just about everyone is getting married and next month is Valentine’s Day, your style tips for our readers please…
Nitya: Avoid RED! It is clichéd and overdone! February is a beautiful month; it is also my anniversary month. I suggest you experiment with colors. Red can be worn on other ceremonies too besides the wedding day!

 Q: What makes for the perfect look for a bride?
Nitya: Her confidence and smile!

Q: This Valentine’s Day opt for…
Nitya: Giving love to the needy! Help the underprivileged!

Q: Nitya Bajaj and spectacular gowns are almost synonymous… Your advice for to-be brides who are looking for gowns?
Nitya: Come to Label Nitya Bajaj!!!

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Lastly, let’s play rapid fire….

  • Gold or Silver
    Nitya: Silver
  • Gown or Sari
    Nitya: Both
  • Bold Colours or Pastels
    Nitya: Pastels
  • London or New York
    Nitya: London

We can’t thank Nitya enough for making this happen and ensuring the first blog post of 2016 is an ultra cool one! We hope you all enjoyed this post as much as we did putting it together for you! Wishing you all a wonderful 2016!

Love,
Team Helipadonheels

Pictures Courtesy: Label NITYA BAJAJ