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.
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