Sana Safinaz’s Custom-Made Home Furnishings
On a more sophisticated level, there’s the team behind YOC’A, blending leathers with custom-made printed upholstery, polished wood with brass, bona fide gramophones with safer retail options like shelves, bucket-chairs and etched work-tables. In a matter of years, YOC’A has established itself to be a brand that is very fashion-savvy, even creating a theme-based furniture collection with designer HSY last year.
There are so many other options: Sana Safinaz’s custom-made home furnishings, Italian imports at Natuzzi and high-end established brands like Galleria Gultex. There are fiber-glass fountains and rockeries, wooden carvings, gilted baroque mirrors, wallpapers and an array of beautiful carpets at the longstanding Afghan Carpets.
They all cost a bomb and then some — a price that many are willing to pay for a home with its own distinctive style.Polo, scuba diving and hitting the highway on a Harley
A myriad sailboats and speedboats remain parked at Karachi’s Marina Club, primed to sail out to sea whenever the weather conditions are favourable or the owners are in the mood for a cruise. Also along the city’s shoreline, a modicum of water sport-based groups lead aficionados deep into the ocean, as they snorkel and scuba dive deep into the ocean. Boats from the sandy Mubarak Village travel to the Chota Talaar and Charna island — the city’s prime scuba diving locations — in select months when the water isn’t too choppy and diving is safe.
Deep within Pakistan’s recesses, niche sports activities exist, operating in limited, select numbers. Heavy bike enthusiasts travel from coastal Karachi to mountainous Nathiagali on their Harley Davidsons, groups of bicyclists traverse the cities, adventure societies organise mountain-climbing and skiing along the slopes of Fairy Meadows and Malamjabba and equestrian jockeys practice the princely sport of Polo in the extensive grounds of the Punjab. High in the Himalayan mountain range of Baltistan, regional Polo teams annually combat for winning glory in Shandur.Traversing the mountains
Mingling scenic beauty with extravagance, the Serena chain of hotels is located in some of the country’s most beautiful and historic locations: at Shigar it is situated right next to a roaring waterfall is a renovated 400-year-old palace that belonged to the royal family of Shigar; at Gilgit it nestles amidst the Karakoram mountains, in Hunza it overlooks the great valley; in Swat it is located at the foot of the Hindukush and Serena Khaplu Palace is again a restored royal residence converted into a boutique hotel. There are also, of course, the very popular Pearl Continental Hotels in Bhurban and Muzaffarabad which attract large crowds during vacations.
The five-star Buntoshopping facilities mean that room rentals are steep but for many, it is worth the expense. What better way, after all, can there be to enjoy the Pakistani high-life than by enjoying the untarnished beauty of the country’s majestic mountains while living luxuriously?