Also known by his moniker DJ Karrouhat, Basil Alhadi is well-versed in Dubai’s legendary social scene. Whether he’s spinning floor-filling tunes at the city’s hottest parties or simply relaxing in the sun, Alhadi makes W Dubai – Mina Seyahi his home away from home. “Dubai is the city where I feel most like myself,” Alhadi says. “It makes me feel present and connected to now.” Located on the picturesque waterfront overlooking Palm Jumeirah, the hotel captures the essence of Dubai’s unique cultural fusion. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he has worked across the music, fashion and film industries, resulting in a global network of friends and collaborators. With numerous hangout spots, including the WET Deck pool and rooftop sushi bar, Attiko, W Dubai is ideal for social butterflies like Alhadi and all lovers of good food, music and conversation.
Perfect hotel: W Dubai – Mina Seyahi, Dubai
Emma Hoareau: the Soulful Explorer
For Emma Hoareau, a photographer and beauty writer with her finger firmly on the pulse, a getaway to Greece’s Ionian coast is an ultimate treat. Offering not only golden-hour light but a golden opportunity to reconnect with herself and explore a new culture, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino, provides a total escape from the daily grind. From soaking up the serenity on her private seafront terrace to hiking clifftop trails to secluded beaches and learning to cook traditional local delicacies, Hoareau managed to pack a wealth of new cultural experiences into her 24-hour stay. As well as putting her skincare expertise into practice at the Anazoe Spa, Hoareau was able to focus on nourishing her mind, body and soul. “It can be hard for me to wind down when I’m in London,” she says, “but this holiday proved that anything is possible.”
Perfect hotel: The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino, Greece