If there’s one Bollywood beauty who knows how to relax in style, it is Malaika Arora. While we’re still gushing over her last heavenly holiday, Malla and her girl gang jetted off to Dubai to celebrate her October 23 birthday. Wishes for what was apparently Malaika’s 44thbirthday started to come in two months earlier (because her date of birth is wrongly listed online as August 23, 1973), but going by the pictures she is posting from this birthday getaway, one wonders if they’ve got her year of birth wrong as well — can she really be this hot at 44?

With a handful of equally gorgeous friends for company (including Delnaz Daruwala, fashion choreographer Vahbiz Mehta and former model Aditi Govitrikar), Malaika partied up a storm at the barely-a-year-old Jumeirah Al Naseem luxury beach resort. Unwinding was the order of the day all weekend long, with Malaika making her intention to “soak in the sun” during “birthday week” very clear — a bagful of stunning swimsuits packed and ready in advance for her birthday getaway (here’s more on this trend). Wearing a blue and white one-piece that matched Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab, Malla and bestie Aditi Govitrikar had us wondering which view was more spectacular as they enjoyed the sand and surf, between hearty meals and slowly savoured drinks at their hotel. With its own beach club and over 10 other restaurants and bars on the property, Malaika and her BFFs didn’t have far to go for fun or food — both of which they savoured in style.

“Cherish the past, live the present, nurture the future,” is Malaika’s mantra,

and she certainly seems to be living it. From fitness goals to holiday envy, this self-confessed “proud Scorpio” can teach us all a thing or two about romancing the pause!