ZAIREEN’S TRAVEL SE­CRETS

“I’m a no­mad. There’s noth­ing more ex­hil­a­rat­ing than dis­cov­er­ing a city, a town, an is­land. It’s all about cre­at­ing mem­o­ries that last a life­time.” – Zaireen Az­man

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Escape Bazaar -

Your favourite get­away? New York for a spot of shop­ping or people-watch­ing at a chic lit­tle café. I was just 12 when I first went to New York. Ever since then, I visit once a year. Most un­usual des­ti­na­tion? Kayakapi Pre­mium Caves, Cap­pado­cia. Favourite food stops? LA for Mat­suhisa, Koi, and Cut. Las Ve­gas for Joel Robu­chon, Bar Masa, and Prime. A place you fell head over heels for? Prague is stun­ningly pic­turesque, es­pe­cially Ponte Carlo (Charles Bridge). The im­por­tance of travel? The dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive gained from new people you meet is price­less. You learn a lot about yourself and the people you travel with. Hol­i­day es­sen­tials? Walk­ing shoes and a good cam­era. Best restaurants in the world? Petrus and Ot­tolenghi in Lon­don; Le Bernardin and Norma’s in New York; Yan­nick Al­léno in Paris. Favourite trav­el­ling pas­time? At­tend­ing con­certs. The best yet has to be Madonna live in Ve­gas! Most re­lax­ing es­cape? The Mal­dives. Dur­ing the win­ter, noth­ing beats Arosa, Switzer­land. Best-kept se­cret? Al­bayzín, a street I dis­cov­ered in Spain. It over­looks the ma­jes­tic Al­ham­bra and is ab­so­lutely breath­tak­ing. Three cities ev­ery­one has to visit at least once? New York, for its fab­u­lous eater­ies, de­light­ful desserts, and bril­liant shop­ping; Spain, for its awe-in­spir­ing ar­chi­tec­ture; the Mal­dives, for bliss­ful re­lax­ation.

Zaireen on the streets of Tokyo

Zaireen and Zahra in Cen­tral Park, New York

Zaireen takes to the slopes of Arosa

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