Hard as it may be to believe, the winter holidays are almost upon us. And with festive season comes thoughts of good times spent with family and friends, celebratory gatherings and, of course, gifts aplenty—both for giving and receiving. That’s why we’re devoting this month’s missive to memorable gifts that go well beyond the tangible and start touching upon the experiential. Romantic candle-light dinners for two at One&Only The Palm to soothing spa sojourns in the hammam at One&Only Royal Mirage, underwater adventures with the marine biologist at One&Only Reethi Rah, exclusive new jewellery designs from Zoja at One&Only Palmilla, and a recipe for classic French meringues from One&Only Cape Town’s Chef Reubel Riffel. We also present the latest sensational seasonal happenings at our resorts around the world, and, for those of you getting engaged over the festive season, or just thinking about it, visit our honeymoon registry and plan for the experience of a lifetime.Reservations at One&Only resorts can be made online at oneandonlyresorts.com.
|A romantic registry |
|Say "I Do" to the One&Only Honeymoon and Wedding Gift Registry|
Festive season is often pop-the-question time, so we've got our own question for all you impending brides and grooms out there. Do you really want to receive a toaster oven to commemorate your special day? (And, for all you potential wedding guests out there, do you really want to give one?)
When it comes to getting married and before you begin playing house, there's the matter of the honeymoon to consider. To assist newlyweds and their gift-giving guests, we've created the One&Only Honeymoon and Wedding Gift Registry, a choice offering that easily allows couples to create their ideal post-nuptial festive escapes and also allows their invited loved ones to help them make those plans a reality.
This unique offering lets couples pick their favorite One&Only destination and then select their accommodations (room, suite or villa), activities (spa, golf, scuba, etc.), meals (from Michelin-starred tasting menus to barefoot chic seaside snacks) and much, much more. The bride- and groom-to-be then share this wish list with their guests, allowing friends and family to give them, say, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival or a blissful couples massage, to name just two of the enticing possibilities. Guests could even give a room night, or an upgrade to a suite. What could be more romantic?
So toss that toaster and start getting—and giving—the gift of magical memories you'll remember for a lifetime.
|Tables for two|
|Give the gift of the ultimate candlelight dinner at One&Only The Palm, Dubai|
We've managed to find several special ways to make your stay at our luxurious One&Only resorts even more romantic. Take, for example, an intimate dinner for two on a private balcony or in a private poolside cabana suite at One&Only The Palm, Dubai. It makes a perfect—and perfectly unexpected gift—for a husband or wife, a boyfriend or girlfriend, any of whom are sure to be swept off their feet by the experience (and your thoughtfulness).
The evening begins with a lovely walk, down a path bordered with candles, to your stylishly set table. There, you'll find gentle music and members of our stellar staff, ready to anticipate your every need. As for the three-course menu you'll be treated to, that comes with the inspiration of Michelin-starred French chef Yannick Alléno, who oversees all the cuisine at One&Only The Palm. Known for his innovative reimagining of classic dishes, Alléno's ideas never cease to amaze. Here, your meal may include such divine delights as pan-seared foie gras with cherry confit, a grilled lamb chop with zucchini and coriander salad and a raspberry mille-feuille with vanilla cream—all of which can, of course, be paired with top-flight wines from our carefully curated cellars. Champagne anyone?
To reserve a private dinner during your next stay at One&Only The Palm, call +971 4 440 1030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Say Hammaaahhhm |
|Soothe yourself—and your loved one—with a signature hammam treatment at the One&Only Royal Mirage|
A rejuvenating treatment ritual at the seductive Oriental steam bath—or Hammam—at Dubai's One&Only Royal Mirage makes the perfect present for the health, wellness and cosmetic connoisseur in your life. The beautifully designed space, all marble, mosaic tiles and muted lighting, takes guests on an authentic journey of deep relaxation, as they wind their way through its different water- and steam-based thermal therapies.
The Hammam's nearly two-hour-long signature Complete Oriental Treatment begins with a cleansing, the virtues and therapeutic quality of bathing having been praised by ancient Greek, Roman and Islamic cultures alike. Next follows by a body scrub, a vigorous exfoliation to rejuvenate every inch of the body, leaving the skin feeling soft and silken, like new. From there, guests enjoy a honey mask and a body wrap with a special kind of clay mud called 'ghassoul,' whose mineral properties serve to detoxify the skin. An extended relaxing massage in a private room completes the experience, attending to the body's every need and invigorating tired muscles. Hailing from Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, One&Only Royal Mirage's masseurs, known locally as Tayels or Tellaks, are absolute masters, and under their gentle guidance soreness simply melts away, releasing all the tensions of everyday life.
|Under the Sea|
|Explore the enchantment of the Maldives' underwater world with One&Only Reethi Rah's resident marine biologist|
Is there a budding oceanographer or marine biologist in your life? If so, surprise him or her with an unforgettable hands-on underwater experience at One&Only Reethi Rah. There, our resident marine biologist, Zoe, takes guests on a variety of aquatic adventures, as well as custom-designed private excursions, in the Maldivian reefs—one of the richest marine ecosystems on earth. This amazing underwater world, home to an array of beautifully colourful fish, coral and countless other creatures, is just waiting to be explored.
Zoe has been passionate about the oceans since an early age, spending time diving in her younger days and eventually completing degrees in marine biology and marine environmental protection. She comes to One&Only Reethi Rah after extensive time spent in American Somoa, the Philippines, Madagascar and Australia, and here at the resort she works to preserve and protect the local reefs as well as to interpret them for guests.
Exploring with Zoe, you'll have the opportunity to swim with the (harmless) sharks on a Shark Safari, or visit her two favorite reefs with Secrets of the Thila. As its name suggests, Zoe's Turtle Adventure takes guests to these shelled creatures' natural habitat, sailing to their home reef on a traditional dhoni boat. Finally, the Dolphin Cruise brings you up close and personal with some of the 20 different dolphin species that call the Maldives home. It's an experience you won't soon forget.
If you won't be travelling to the Maldives any time this season, you can also give the gift of coral, by making a donation in a loved one's name to help us regenerate areas where the islands' reefs are threatened. Our Reethi Reefs Coral Propogation Project launched in September, allowing you to buy and donate a frame of coral in one of three different sizes. We'll then make and transplant the frame for you—or, if you will be staying with us, you can do so yourself—thereby contributing to the health and longevity of this vibrant and vital environment.
To learn more about underwater excursions, call + 960 664 8800 or email email@example.com.
|All that glitters |
|Dazzle her with Zoja jewels, available during an exclusive One&Only Palmilla trunk show|
Beloved South African jewellery designer Zoja Mihic brings her sophisticated style to Los Cabos’s One&Only Palmilla, from 22-24 November, for a special showing of and shopping event for her Spring and Summer 2013 collections.
A frequent collaborator with some of South Africa’s most coveted fashion designers, Zoja finds inspiration for her pieces in a trio of locales: her native country, her second home in Paris and her extensive travels through the East. In her work, she synthesizes these evolving, diverse, and cosmopolitan cultures, creating jewellery that creatively plays with contrasts, embellishing hand-worked metals with colourful gems and subtly toned diamonds. The baubles ingeniously juxtapose various colours and textures, smartly combining aesthetics both magnificent and modest.
Celestial bodies and the various combinations of colour in the nature world have inspired Zoja’s latest range, whose unusual pairings of semi-precious stones create a kaleidoscopic feeling. As ever, Zoja intends these pieces to be layered on the wrist, fingers and neck, and for the first time she’s introduced silk thread into her line, enhancing the possibilities for wrapping and decorating.
Zoja jewellery captures all that is ancient and modern, rustic yet refined, unusual but also intimately familiar—a unique gift for a unique woman.
|Celebrate the festive season with special events at One&Only resorts around the world|
One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
As ever at One&Only Palmilla, during the festive season the resort's azure waters greet the mountainous desert and the Pacific Ocean merges with the Sea of Cortez. From exquisite culinary treats to fun-filled family adventures, the delectable programme of activities promises to engage all of your senses, and to thrill both young and old alike.
One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
This Indian Ocean hideaway, nestled in the silver sands of its own private peninsula, proves the perfect place to spend private, quality time with loved ones during the holidays. An extensive programme of activities will deliver days of fun and nights of notable pleasure for the whole family. Guests residing at the resort between 23 December 2012 and 7 January 2013 can look forward to the following festive delights:
One&Only Reethi Rah
- A range of culinary treats by Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia
- Delicious "Festive Treats in a Glass" cocktails at our Pool Bar
- Rejuvenating activities with our Fitness team, including Yoga and a traditional 10k run on New Year's Eve
- Relaxation at the tranquil One&Only Spa—a cooling Cold Stone Hand Massage on the beach, say, pure bliss after time spent in the sun
- Regattas and water sports in our lagoon
Surrounded by the wonders of the crystal-blue Indian Ocean, this all-villa resort is perfect for family getaways over the festive season. Our Duplex Beach Villas with Pool become pleasure playgrounds for those with children, while the romantic Water Villas make couples swoon. An array of activities, adventures and experiences—culinary, sporting and otherwise—awaits each and every guest staying with us over the holidays. These exciting offerings include:
One&Only Cape Town
- Culinary Classes by the resort's Master Chefs
- Wine and Champagne tasting hosted by our Chief Sommelier
- "Jazz" Brunch at Tapasake
- Maldivian Journey at One&Only Spa—a truly unique spa experience
- Turtle Adventure with our Resident Marine Biologist
And, for the kids:
• Lively beach games
• KidsOnly Fashion Show
• Family Fitness Challenges
As festive season approaches, One&Only Cape Town offers a wide range of relaxing and pampering ways to celebrate the holidays and ease into 2013, from luxuriously pampering treatments in the One&Only Spa to exhilarating workouts with personal trainers and from epicurean experiences in the urban resort's two stellar restaurants (Nobu and Reuben's) to the vintages held in our wine cellar—one of the most balanced and diverse collections on the continent.
One&Only Ocean Club
During the holidays at this Bahamian beachfront hideaway, you'll be able to reconnect and spend quality time with loved ones, all the while creating magical moments. Unwind under the glorious Caribbean sky and relaxing on our glamorous colonial estate, surrounded by white sands and the turquoise sea.
Nothing says “thinking of you” quite like a homemade treat. This winning recipe is a quick and simple version of the beloved French meringue. Like all true meringues, it’s gluten free—so you can enjoy it (almost) guilt-free. Though during the holidays, we know all dieting bets are off anyway…
|One&Only Recipe of the Month|
Spread the sweets around, whipping up a batch of One&Only Cape Town chef Reuben Riffel’s classic meringues.
Chef Reuben Riffel’s Meringues
• 100 grams Egg Whites
• 100 grams Castor / Super Fine Sugar
• 100 grams Icing / Confectioners Sugar
• 1 tablespoon Cornflour
• 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Serves 6-8 • Preparation Time: 15 minutes • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
1. Preheat the oven to 100°C/ 212°F
2. Separate the egg whites and discard the yolks
3. Whisk the eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed for 20 seconds
4. Add the caster sugar and icing sugar one spoonful at a time until the mixture begins to thicken
5. When the mixture forms soft peaks, add the cornflour and vanilla extract
6. Whisk for another 8 minutes reducing the speed as you go
7. Transfer the meringue mixture into an icing bag
8. Pipe into moulds a baking tray covered with baking paper
9. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes
10. Remove from oven and cool at room temperature
Tips for making meringues:
- Egg whites are easier to separate when they are cold. Once separated, leave for 30 minutes to reach room temperature.
- For the egg whites to form stiff peaks after beating, the must be clean of all yolk.
- Copper's acidity stabilizes egg whites, so use a deep copper bowl with a rounded bottom or beat in a glass or stainless steel bowl. Do not use wood, aluminium or plastic.
- Add a pinch of cream of tartar for every two egg whites just as the whites get frothy.
- Never add salt as it decreases stability and increases beating time.
- Over-beaten whites turn grainy and will collapse. In order to revive them, beat 1 egg white until frothy, then gently fold into over-beaten whites until they're shiny and moist again.
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