Rio de Janeiro
The good life is a whole new ball game when you’re in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city and the Southern Hemisphere’s party capital. No wonder it was the perfect backdrop for crazy supercars, hanging out of airplanes, and the megahit track Danza Kuduro – Rio makes you want to crawl out of your dull, everyday life and samba until sunrise.
But if you’re a culture vulture and a shutterbug determined to capture Rio’s spectacular seaside vistas, there’s enough activity in store to keep you on your toes – quite literally. From staring in awe at the art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain and marvelling at the twinkling expanse of the city below, to riding in a cute cable car to the peak of the instantly recognisable Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio has some of the world’s most amazing beauty spots. Hit up the Maracanã Stadium, akin to a must-see site for any football fan, and roll your hips all night long to samba and bossa nova at one of the city’s flamboyant clubs.
And if you happen to visit during the fiery Rio Carnival, where days and nights blur into one, you’ll have truly lived it up like a passionate Latino.
Go for Condor Travel’s five-day Rio package from Dh3,725 for two. Visit www.condortravel.com.
The Oberoi Dubai
Deals are coming in thick and fast this DSF, but the Oberoi’s Shop Till You Drop package is what every shopaholic needs. Dh1,400 per night gets you transfers to The Dubai Mall, a shopping bag collection service, and shopping concierge. Then unwind your shopped-out selves in luxurious deluxe rooms, where a personal butler awaits. You also get Dh200 hotel credit and breakfast for two. Until February 2. Call 04 444 1444.
Kandui Villas, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
A few miles off Sumatra, 70-odd islets comprise the beautiful archipelago of Mentawai, set in an abundance of sunshine with perfect barrel waves cresting over its golden coast. For pros chasing the famous Kandui left and right waves or families pursuing beach bliss, Kandui resorts’ eco-friendly traditional umas (houses) stocked with mod cons are the ideal sanctuary. Call 001 805 222 4150, email email@example.com.
Travel app of the week
I.C.E – In Case of Emergency
This app has your back during emergencies abroad. Translating life-saving data on medical history, contact and insurance info in 10 languages, it can be accessed even on a locked phone. Dh3.69, iOS.
Style on go
Petal pack Spring is months away, but you can channel some floral fever into your journeys right now with this blooming beautiful Paprika pouch. It’s a stylish reticule for phones, make-up, loose change and travel documents. Dh235, S*uce stores
Give us the slipper Kick off those killer heels and slip into these cutesy knitted slippers from Gap for your next long-haul flight. They’re padded in faux suede and velvety sherpa lining that feel like hugs and kisses to wandering feet. Dh150, Gap stores
All about the bass These Beyerdynamic T51i headphones’ memory foam-filled earcups ensure music free of ambient noise. The 90-degree swivelling cans pack easily, are flexible enough to fall asleep in and come with in-line remote and microphone. Dh1,200, MmaasMedia in JLT