Get­away Girl Zaireen Az­man’s hot list

From Mi­ami to Tokyo, Arosa to Cap­pado­cia, Zaireen Az­man’s wan­der­lust takes her to the fur­thest cor­ners of the world, chas­ing blue skies and that per­fect get­away. By Sharmita Summugam.

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The fast-paced life of Zaireen Az­man ri­vals the un­bri­dled ex­cite­ment of be­ing front row at Chanel in Paris. The bub­bly en­tre­pre­neur be­hind Ola, a trea­sure trove in Bangsar Vil­lage II filled with vin­tage pieces as well as unique ac­ces­sories and home­ware, has thrilling tales of celebrity cit­ings, gallery ex­plo­rations, Miche­lin-starred restaurants, and dis­cov­er­ies of se­cret streets rich with amaz­ing trin­kets. 30-some­thing-year-old Zaireen em­barks on won­drous ad­ven­tures around the globe at least six or seven times a year and she hardly ever re­peats a des­ti­na­tion, other than yearly New York-Mi­ami stopovers, which are a must.

“Travel hum­bles you, in­tro­duces you to new people and cul­tures, and cul­ti­vates a sense of won­der,” she muses. Equa­nim­ity is key when jet-set­ting to ex­otic cities, vast con­ti­nents, and re­mote des­ti­na­tions, es­pe­cially with a two-year-old in tow. Zahra Aleya, Zaireen’s lit­tle girl, caught the travel bug early on and now trav­els with Mum and Dad all around the world. “Trav­el­ling with a child has slowed down my pace a lit­tle. I used to walk 50 to 60 blocks a day around New York. That was be­fore Leya (as Zahra is af­fec­tion­ately known); we now tread to match her tod­dler pace.”

With an un­quench­able thirst to ex­plore the un­known, see the un­seen, and taste new flavours, Zaireen and her fam­ily tra­verse from one city to an­other stay­ing at the finest ho­tels; from Le Meurice in Paris to the Taj Ex­ot­ica in the Mal­dives, to Aria in Las Ve­gas, and the Ma­jes­tic in Rome. Says Zaireen, “Travel speaks to a pas­sion to re­lax, recharge, and re­new. Pick a city and just go! Life goes on, it waits around for no one.”

Zaireen Az­man and Zahra Aleya soak up the sun on South Beach, Mi­ami

Zaireen loung­ing at The Tides South Beach ho­tel in Mi­ami

Zaireen and Zahra, kisses from Paris

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