During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world will spend their days fasting to honour the first time Muhammad was visited by the archangel Gabriel and shown the Quran for the first time. From sunrise to sunset, followers must practice self-discipline and abstain from food and drink during certain hours and only dine before dawn, during suhur, or after dusk, at iftar.
Social feasts are a common occurrence of iftar; as it is a great time for friends and family to come together and enjoy delicious foods as one. If you are planning an iftar celebration, be sure to consider the following menus, each sourced from a distinct corner of the Islamic world.
There is nothing more romantic than a retreat to the mountains, and options are plentiful for guests of Kempinski. Wake up every morning to breath-taking views of striking mountains, snow topped trees, and your loved one, sleeping close by your side. Take a look at some of our favourite locations below, each of which makes for the perfect romantic getaway.
St Moritz, Switzerland
An alpine haven found deep in the Engadin valley, a visit to the famous resort of St Moritz is the perfect way to enjoy privacy in style. Located in the Albula Alps, the Swiss resort overlooks Lake St Moritz. With tranquil waters, and magnificent mountains surrounding the resort, guests of Kempinski Grand Hôtel de ...
Along the deep blue shores of the horn of Africa is small nation that's full of undiscovered experiences: Djibouti.
Located between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, this destination might not be one you had thought to visit, but thanks to strong French and US ties, the country is a place of calm in the middle of a somewhat turbulent region. Here you can safely get to know this one-of-a-kind location.
Relatively limited in terms of tourist trade and international investment, Djibouti does not see huge amounts of foreigners visiting its shores, which is a shame, given the beautiful, yet magnificently alien sights and landscapes located throughout.
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Divine inspiration has had an influence on some of humanity's greatest, most beautiful monuments. These towering temples serve as places of worship, ritual and quiet contemplation – and their magnificence still stands as a testament to the power of belief.
The Temple of Heaven, Beijing
This huge temple complex in central Beijing began construction in the early 15th century. Today it is considered a Taoist structure, but the circular central hall – built entirely from wood, without a single nail – was originally built simply as a place for people to come together and pray for a good harvest.
Nearly everything about the Temple of Heaven's design tells us something about the cosmology of ...
From time to time, a little green space can be wonderful for your mood. The fresh air, relaxed countryside atmosphere and nothing to see but beautiful, green nature can be the perfect antidote for all the stresses associated with modern life.
While traditional city breaks can offer their own version of relaxation and beauty, there is something about a green escape that offers instant relaxation. But what if you are looking for the best of both? Here we explore popular city break destinations that offer a little green space too.
While Vienna is known for its cultural offerings - visitors to the city can always find plenty to see, do and experience – it is also home to a lot of ...
With the cool air of winter migrating south for another year, in April and May, Asia opens its arms and welcomes in the dawn of a fresh new spring. As well as heralding bright blossoms and rising temperatures, for many countries, this time of year is extra special, with New Year's festivals occurring in several countries throughout the continent.
From Vietnam to Japan, spring echoes a feeling of hope, thanks and excitement – which makes it the perfect time for any traveller to head to the east and experience something new.
As the sun rises high and the winter frost thaws, every year, millions of people enjoy the traditional Japanese custom of Hanami. Translated into English, Hanami ...
If there is one universal thing to love about travelling - whether it is for business or pleasure – it is the tastes and flavours that are provided by visiting somewhere new. From fine dining to fast food, there are so many different ways to experience the delicacies of a new country. One of the most authentic ways of trying something new is with the growing movement of street food.
From road-side sellers to tiny shops tucked away, the kinds of street food that are most indicative of the culture you are in are the ones that are clearly made with love - and there are some real treats to be had from vendors that take their food seriously. Here, you will find our five favourite destinations ...
Whether you are heading to the snowy mountains or windy coastlines this season, there is no escaping the fact that packing for a trip during the winter is quite difficult. Suddenly, the luggage that suited your needs well for your summer holiday is no longer big enough as you struggle to squeeze in all those jumpers!
Travelling during the winter months means that you have to consider coats, jumpers, footwear and fluffy socks, and successfully packing all those chunky items is most certainly a difficult skill to master.
Here, we have some tips to make that suitcase a little more manageable before you jet off on your winter vacation. We hope they help - and let us know if you have any more ...
Whether you like placing your bags in the hold, or prefer to keep them close to hand, there is no escaping the fact that luggage and travel go hand-in-hand. To experience all the amazing places the world has to offer, you have got to have the right equipment to take everything you need from place to place.
With the festive season fast approaching, (and gift ideas already being requested by friends and family) we have taken a look at the luggage trends for 2015/16 – you will be fashionably prepared for all kinds of travel in no time at all!
…the fashion conscious
Vogue demonstrated it best in their handbag style guide for the season - oversized bags are out, and more ...
Travelling is a competitive field - especially when you are focused on getting the ideal trip for the best price. From flights to hotels, there are many companies fighting for your business - and it is not just between brands. Third party booking agents have joined the contest, and while many offer the best price for your trip, it might be that these offers are not always what they claim to be.
We have taken a look at the benefits of booking directly with your chosen hotel, so next time you are planning a trip, you can do so armed with all the best information. Happy travelling!
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