Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg, Russia
The turbulent beauty of St Petersburg’s Tsarist history is perhaps best recounted in the pages of Leo Tolstoy’s epic 19th-century masterpiece War and Peace. His words brought alive the baroque architectural grandiose of the Romanov dynasty, the lyricism of ballet and the bleakness of the French invasion of Russia. But starting 2016, BBC’s six-part adaptation of the novel has been imprinting our screens and minds with images of the splendour of Catherine Palace’s Amber Room and the countless treasures in the oldest and largest museum, the Hermitage. Quench your wanderlust for the Venice of the North by booking the luxurious Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg’s War and Peace package, which includes a guided tour of Catherine Palace and the Hermitage museum. Situated in the shopping street of Nevsky Prospekt, the hotel is a hop away from the Anichkov Bridge and the neoclassical Kazan cathedral. But for postcard-perfect moments head to the jewel-encrusted, onion-shaped domes of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Built on the ground Tsar Alexander II was killed on, it’s a fitting end to your War and Peace trail.
From 65,000 roubles (about Dh3,525) for three nights including airport transfers and breakfast. Visit www.corinthia.com/stpetersburg.
Taste the sweet life even after Easter with the Shangri-La Dubai’s Suite Indulgence package. The sumptuous suites will cocoon you from the cacophony of neighbouring Shaikh Zayed Road all weekend. Sugar-coating this sweet deal further are buffet breakfasts, evening canapés, snacks and beverages through the day, access to the Club Lounge service and more. From Dh1,550, until April 10. Call 800 0600 0201.
Loews Regency Hotel, New York
If you’re a Broadway buff, then New York is your world and Loews Regency Hotel’s wicked Broadway Baby package for two will fill you with glee. Stay two nights during Spring Theatre Season and the luxe Manhattan hotel will contribute $200 (about Dh735) towards Broadway show tickets of your choice, arrange a live performance by Jumaane Smith (showtunes maestro Michael Buble’s trumpeter) at Regency Bar and Grill, and invite you to dine at cool Broadway supper club Sardi’s. Rooms from Dh2,567. Visit www.loewshotels.com.
Book of the week
Petersburg Tales by Nikolai Gogol
A collection of 19th-century short stories, this is a humorous portrait of the city’s aristocratic past and is filled with eccentric characters and familiar landmarks that you can draw comparisons with during your trip to the city. Dh33 at uae.kinokuniya.com
Style on the go
QUICK CLICKS On your next safari or city bus tour, carry Sony’s magnesium-alloy α6300 camera along. It locks subjects in 0.05 seconds, so your on-the-move clicks of sprinting lions or the Empire State Building will be more than motion trails. Dh4,099, major electronic stores.
JET-BAGGED Perfect for chronic globetrotters, this nylon holdall has space for all your escapade essentials: slippers, camera, sunglasses, phone, a book and notepad. It’s beach-safe (water- and sand-proof) with a tongue-in-cheek slogan to boot. Tote-tally amazing! Dh249, Scotch and Soda
SHOE AWAY These Steve Madden loafers will walk you from meetings to beach brunches on your next trip. A perfect blend of comfy and suave with a scratched finish, they’ll work as Oxfords when paired with socks and slip-ons with chinos. Dh299