The facade of Armani Hotel's crown jewel in Dubai.
The fashion designer expands his empire to hospitality with the brand's first-ever hotel in Dubai.
Dubai, the glittery flagship of the United Arab Emirates is hardly known for its restraint. And yet, Giorgio Armani, king of understatement, luxury and elegance, might very well be the perfect match for a place that defines itself by opulence. The fashion designer and lifestyle impresario's first hotel is a mini-Armani universe and a study in luxury in Dubai.
A hallway en route to Armani Lounge.
Located in Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, the 160-room hotel offers the high-end spartan look that Mr. Armani has come to be known for. Details like stone floors, fabric-covered walls and zebra-wood flooring? Check. A sexy, low-lit vibe? Check. Rooms entirely decked out in furniture from the designer's Armani Casa line? Check. All the signature touches that you'd expect abound in the space which occupies the first eight floors as well as number 38 and 39 of the skyscraper.
The lobby of the Armani Hotel.
But there's much, much more. The Armani touch can also be seen in the hotel's eight restaurants, including Peck Deli, a Milanese institution, as well as others, all bearing the Armani name and specializing cuisines as varied as Mediterranean, Indian and Japanese. And of course, there's the shopping! An Armani Galleria shop featuring couture accessories from the Privé line is the first of its kind.
The Ambassador's Suite -- luxury digs, indeed!
Sleeping Armani, eating Armani and shopping Armani... what else is there? Well for one, you can also stop into Armani Dolci for chocolates and sweets, or pick up some flowers at Armani Fiori designed by -- you guessed it -- Armani! And if all the revelry and shopping leaves you tired, there's always time for a breather at Armani Spa. You've got to hand it to Mr. Armani for thinking of it all.
Though this particular brand of luxury doesn't exactly come cheap -- rooms begin at about $750. Too far to travel? A second Armani Hotel is set to open in Milan next year and next up -- locations in Marrakech, Tokyo, New York, Shanghai and London. Perfect for the Armani aficionado. For now, I think I'll settle for an Armani chocolate-covered almond.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The facade of Armani Hotel's crown jewel in Dubai.
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Friday, July 24, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.
The Most Beautiful Rainbow
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back. Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Got this award from Cyramiles Thank you very much Cyramiles I really appreciate this award although I'm still in grade 1 learning how to grab award from fellow blogger's "LOL".
Here's the rules:
Put the award logo in your blog
Add the link of the person who gave you this award
Nominate at least five blogs
Add the links of the nominees
Leave a message to the nominees
I will pass this award to my fellow blogger: Richel&Micheal,Merce,Chel and allen's wife.
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Friday, December 5, 2008
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Courtesy of Proposal Rock Inn
Visitors often walk to Proposal Rock at low tide
Wednesday December 03, 2008, 9:31 PM
The couple walked hand-in-hand toward Proposal Rock, ankle-deep in water Saturday afternoon.
The tide had receded around the iconic -- and aptly named -- rock formation near Neskowin Beach, and 45-year-old Scott Napper of Silverton hoped to use the opportunity to formally ask 22-year-old Leafil Alforque to marry him.
When Alforque suggested they climb the rock itself, Napper said Wednesday, he thought it was "perfect, because that's exactly what I wanted to do."
The couple met through an Internet dating site in 2005 and had set a wedding date for Dec. 6. But Napper said Proposal Rock was the spot he wanted to ask for Alforque's hand in marriage ceremonially and give her the ring that waited in his pocket.
Alforque had arrived in Silverton just three days earlier on a fiancee visa from the Philippines. It was her first visit to the Oregon coast.
At some point during the walk to the rock, the two let go of each other's hands. From the angle they took walking toward the formation, Napper said, "you can't see the waves coming in."
About 10 feet from the rock, a wave 2- to 3-feet high suddenly came toward them.
"I turned into it to keep from getting pulled under it," he said. The water receded in a few seconds, and he turned to look for the diminutive Alforque, 4-foot-11 and 93 pounds. By then, he said, "She was about 30 feet away, getting swept away."
Leafil AlforqueHe said he immediately tore off his jacket to get rid of any extra weight, and when he looked up again she was gone.
"That's the last I saw of her," he said Wednesday, breaking into tears.
He said he felt panicked and ran up on the rocks nearby for a better view.
"I yelled for her," he said. "I was praying to God."
He said emergency personnel called by a someone on the beach arrived within minutes. His own phone no longer worked after being exposed to the water.
Along with rescuers, he searched for any sign of Alforque. At one point, he saw someone wearing red -- the color of her jacket -- on the shore signaling for him. For a moment, he said, he thought the nightmare was over. But as he got closer he realized it was a rescuer.
"It wasn't her," he said softly.
Thick fog and dangerous water conditions hampered the rescue efforts as darkness encroached.
After another day, the search was officially suspended Monday. That was also the day 25-year-old Nova Alforque, back in the Philippines, learned of her sister's disappearance.
"She's missing five days now," Nova Alforque said on Wednesday. "My mother is always crying, day and night. She wants my sister back. Even if she is dead, she wants her body to bury."
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office is routinely checking the beach and looking for possible witnesses, said Sheriff Todd Anderson. Police don't suspect foul play, he said.
Napper said that he and Leafil Alforque had been dating online for two years, and that they met in person for the first time in January when he spent three weeks in the Philippines.
"We got along so well, she was such a kind loving girl," he said. "She would say things like, 'Thank you for loving me.'"
Napper said he plans to go to the lower north falls near Silverton on Saturday -- the couple's planned wedding day -- to say a prayer and put on his ring.
"I still close my eyes and see her reaching out to me," he said.
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Monday, December 1, 2008
I got this tag from SHY and I think this is so fun and cool tag. I just finish eating dinner when I took this picture, I did not fix my self. To be a little cute I smile and give a peace sign so here it is.. Thanks for the tag FE, this is really fun tag I ever received.
I am passing this to my fellow bloggers: Richelmichael, Merce,Chel, Umma.
RULES FOR THIS TAG:
1. Take a picture right NOW!!!
2. DON'T change your clothes, DON'T fix your hair... Just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instruction with your picture.
5. Tag to your friends.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am very happy when i recieved my appointment letter Interview for permanent residence from uscis yesterday, It'll be next year January 2009 (huh) feel anxious. any way i have all supporting documents that i needed for my appointment, hopefully i can passed. :-)
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Monday, November 17, 2008
I really appreciated it.Thank you for always believing me, for always supporting me, for always helping me through this blogging phenomenon.Laugh, yes , i am addicted now here. I love doing this kind of stuff. It's not all about the money now but its about of having and finding true friendship online.I hope you feel the same way too. Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you.Thank you.
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