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The Royal Feast at Fragrant Nature, Kochi

When cruising through the lackadaisical streets of the hippie-haven, Mattancherry, one is charmed by how it’s gracefully aging with antiquity. Only, however, until you spot a handsome colonial building, starkly in contrast to its neighbours. Five-star boutique hotel, Fragrant Nature, boasts of a scenic harbour view as well as its trove of historical stories and remnants of dusty charms of the East India Company. As the rustic doors are opened, you are welcomed into something that is breathtaking and luxuriant. For those who may have seen it, a photographic moment of the Trevi Fountain in Rome may come to mind. For everyone else, the hotel offers images of a castle with checkered marble floors and decadent sets of plush furniture. Turning Tables The All Day Dining multi-cuisine restaurant is a treat to an artist’s eyes. suggestion of English colonialism, and the eclectic mix that would be found in a port at the heart of a busy trading route. C’est la Vie In with the New

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UAE firm plans Gulf expansion for Kerala Golden Trio - PTI feed News Dubai, Dec 13 (PTI) A UAE-based hospitality and leisure firm has said it will strengthen its presence in the Gulf region by appointing more sale representatives and travel partners for promoting Kerala Golden Trio. A first-of-its-kind initiative Kerala Golden Trio by Fragrant Nature Resorts has been launched for the visitors from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. "The culturally discerning can experience old world charm at Fragrant Nature Fort Kochi, just off the commercial capital of Kerala, to start their journey. They can then head to Fragrant Nature Munnar, a prized jewel in the Western Ghats, for a hill resort experience with unmatched views of misty hills, valleys and tea plantations.The visitors will then head to Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa in Paravur, Kollam, to revel in the famed backwaters of the state," Anne Sajeev, Managing Director of Fragrant Nature, said.

Fragrant Nature Resort, Kollam – Experience Kollam as a seaport had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. It is also known for its natural beauty embraced with sea, forests, mountains, lakes, backwaters, plains, rivers, tropical crops and vast green fields. With its lush greenery and vivid natural surroundings, Kollam has become one of the favorite holiday destination. Fragrant Nature Resort Kollam Located far away from the hustle-bustle of the city life is Fragrant Nature Resort – the only SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) in South India.

Versace harks back to greatest hits with savvy New York show When Versace promised to take New York by storm this weekend, it probably didn’t mean it quite so literally. As rain and wind swept through Manhattan on Sunday evening, the brand staged its first ever show in the city at the Stock Exchange to celebrate its new status as an US-owned fashion house. Three months after Versace announced it had sold the company to Capri Holdings (formerly Michael Kors Holdings) for £1.64bn, Donatella Versace – who retained shares and creative control – was Stateside to “pay homage to this incredible city”. Speaking just before the show, she said she wanted to “take the sartorial heritage of Milan and [fuse] it with the energy of New York”. She delivered on her promise. Elsewhere, the “I heart NY” T-shirt was reimagined with a signature gold Medusa head transfer, and candy-coloured patent minidresses were worn with sneakers rather than sky-high heels.

Food photography: the tricks of the trade Last week, I met my new neighbour for the first time, at 7am, over the garden fence. He was getting on his bicycle; I was squatting, in my pyjamas, photographing an ice cream sundae. It wasn't until later I realised he probably thought me strange. Barbecuing jerk chicken on a grey and chilly Monday to get a shot before the rain sets in, or crouching over a lone scotch egg in the local park is all in a day's work for me. I never gave food photography much thought before joining the industry. My first food shoot, while on work experience with a BBC cookery magazine, was a shock.

ettore sottsass-designed maui retreat is memphis through and through a series of brightly colored, geometric volumes make up casa olabeunaga, a hawaiian residence designed by famed italian architect and designer, ettore sottsass. completed in 1997 the home is defined by its memphis style, with virtually everything in the home, from furniture and décor, to the dishes, flatware, glasses, and even the stationery, designed by sottsass. images via sotheby’s international realty the two-storey maui abode comprises rectilinear boxes of various colours contained within a black frame and punctuated by a red gabled tower. inside a mixture of oakwood floors and wool carpets are the base for interiors featuring totemic storage, accented with bright, saturated colors, a main characteristic of the memphis style. set over 2,748 square feet, the home features three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, decorated with colorful and unusual details including romanesque arched doorways and cartoonish furnishings. kieron marchese I designboom

2018 Photo Contest Thanks to everyone who submitted their favorite nature images during the 2018 Photo Contest. We’re pleased to announce this year’s winners by category. Want to see more images that inspired us? View this year’s Judges’ Favorites. Grand Prize Stallions Playing | Camargue, France Amazing grace: Michelle Obama and the second coming of a style icon Everybody loves Michelle Obama. That’s not my opinion, it is a fact. I know this because I have been reading her memoir, Becoming, and every time I take it out of my bag, someone tells me how much they love her – my hairdresser, who put his scissors down to stroke the glossy cover reverently, a lady next to me on the tube, almost everyone on Instagram. Two teenage girls in Starbucks, who were waiting for their toffee nut latte frappuccinos, waved at me, pointed to the book and made love-heart shapes with their hands.

Food Photography 101: How to Take Perfect Pictures of Your Food Checking your Instagram or Facebook feed, you’re almost certain to see a constant barrage of food pictures scrolling by like images in a slot machine. Everyone from world leaders to celebrities to your Aunt Mabel seems to be posting snapshots of the latest, most scrumptious treats they’re about to consume. While these decadent pics of juicy burgers and colorful cakes might seem frivolous to some—great food photography is essential for others. Businesses like restaurants, food trucks, bakeries, grocery stores and more thrive on the strength of their food photography. A photo that perfectly captures the essence of a dish can make or break a food business’s social media marketing strategy, blog post, or product photo—and that can mean the difference between massive sales and massive loss.

shed wraps london shop in ocean debris to spread the 'pass on plastic' message interior designer, shed, has designed the ‘pass on plastic shop‘ in soho, london, in an effort to raise awareness of the damage being caused to our marine environment and make it a little easier for everyone to help tackle the problem. single-use plastic is a major issue for our oceans and the ‘pass on plastic’ shop provides alternatives and invites visitors to become part of the growing movement. all images courtesy of shed shed’s brief was simple: create a temporary store to sell ‘pass on plastic’ products with maximum impact and a singular clear message. the resulting concept is based on ‘beautiful provocation’. they developed a wallpaper design using imagery of plastics found in the ocean. this was then used to wrap the entire space, inside and out. the custom pattern includes common ocean waste, such as bottle tops and plastic toothbrushes. the result is a backdrop that is beautifully impactful from a distance and provocative when the content is understood up close.

photography ramblings ​Do you want some tips, tricks and pointers to improve your motor sports photography? Well you ‘ve come to the right place as below are nine tips that will help you be a better motor sports photographer in 2017. 1. The way K-pop stars like BTS dress is shaping fashion trends worldwide To understand how influential K-pop is worldwide, look no further than social media. The 26th birthday of Jin, the singer-songwriter of Korea’s pop supergroup BTS, was by far the top Twitter trend globally Monday, garnering more than a million tweets. The Melon Music Awards, which honor Korea’s most popular musical acts, took place Saturday, and they too dominated Twitter as fans of groups like BTS, Blackpink, Mamamoo, and iKon gushed about the show.