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Aug 08, 2007 Brunello Ristorante Baglioni Hotel London
VERDICT: WINNER A WHINER, DINNER A WINNER
The unemployed film director Michael Winner (“Death Wish 3”) somehow repositioned himself a restaurant critic, inexplicably garnering a column on the back page of the London Sunday Times, a weekly event which has become a kind of national spectator sport, tracking the posturings of a negative energy field who could easily have stepped out of a novel by Dickens. An especially poor hatchet job by him appeared on August 19, 2007, taking to task the Brunello Ristorante at the Baglioni Hotel London. A follow-up visit to Brunello for a reality check reveals that Mr. Winner occupies a parallel universe where nothing ever goes right, while Brunello continues to deliver a top-quality fine dining experience in a marvelous setting.
The room itself successfully combines elements of both classic and modern design with an Italian flair, rendered in golden hues, accented by soft lighting, plush fabrics and elegant black Murano crystal chandeliers. The noise level is subdued- a polite ambient murmur, thus the room is appropriate for leisurely dining, romantic trysts or business meetings. There’s not a bad table in the house. A high ergonomic consciousness prevails, meaning one comfortably settles into any banquette or seat, happy to linger as long as the mood strikes. Tables comfortably spaced allow the very efficient service team to move about efficiently, invisibly. Cutlery and flatware appear and disappear magically, the water glass is always full. The peppery Sicilian olive oil in a shallow dish pairs perfectly with home-made foccacio accented by cherry tomatoes. One peruses the menu, a flute of Moet & Chandon rosé champagne in hand, engaged by an embarrassment of choice. When asked to recommend a red wine from Sardinia, the charming young sommelier named Simon, fresh from the Continent, recommended a 2004 Korem Isola di Noraghi Cannonau blend. This entertaining reversal of practice meant first selecting the wine, then choosing the meal to accompany it. (Mr. Winner would never dream of such adventure in his inflexible universe.) The meal began with a beautiful preparation of scallops –perfect temperature, balsamic glaze, puree of peas. Next, succulent foie gras, gelatinous, and today a rarity in London, as some restaurants have removed the delicacy from their menus. On to the pasta course, a fine variation of the classic tagliatelli Bolognese, with knife-cut chunks of veal as opposed to the traditional ground meat, noodles cooked to perfection, the sauce hearty and robust with generous chunks of pomidoro. Also sampled a linguini with shrimp in a cream sauce, delicate, a bit too subtle for the red wine, but ideally balanced with a glass of sauvignon blanc from the Alto Adige, as suggested by the ever-attentive Simon. Finally to the main course, Sella d’agnello, a rack of Scottish lamb done pink and piping, with lovely fennel, scallion, haricot vert and carrot. And an impulsive request for some mashed potatoes, which arrived from the kitchen in moments, hinting of garlic and butter. When finally the table cleared, a last course of goat cheese, Tallegio, a Pecorino Romano, and a creamy Gorgonzola accompanied by Mostarda di Cremona, grapes and walnut. Only a small taste of Amaro Montenegro could complete the experience, and did so with a whisper of sweet adieu. This was a meal to be remembered. Criticism, when done well, speaks with authority and eloquence, free of bombast and pomposity. Brunello operates in a friendly, familial way, at once formal and informal. The only criticism that might be leveled: one eats too well, lingers too long, and feels too welcome to ever want to say goodnight. Brunello Ristorante At the Baglioni Hotel London
Aug 08, 2007 Andrew Calvo Hotel de Crillon
Starwood Capital Keeps Growing
I read a lot, I get two newspapers delivered to my door every morning, I have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal online, and I frequently read the NYTimes.com throughout the day - that’s in addition to the 170-odd feeds that I'm subscribed too in Google Reader (usually averaging about 150 posts a day).. So I love the weekends when I can catch up on everything I didn't finish reading during the week. Today I was going through Wednesday's NY Post which was still in the wrapper next to my bed, and they had a small article on Starwood Capital's purchase of the Steinway Building on 57th St in New York City.
It's speculated that they are going to purchase the building and combine it with the Ritz building (not the hotel) next door and convert it into either a Baccarat or Crillon hotel. If anyone remembers - last year Starwood purchased the Ritz building, and it was expected that they would demolish it and build a Crillon. Since that time, nothing has happened to the site, and Starwood has announced plans for yet another hotel brand Baccarat Hotels and Resorts, it's possible that combined location can be a Baccarat as well. I can't see it becoming a 1 Hotel because they already have one being built near Bryant Park and I'm sure they would want to open their other brands in Manhattan before opening another 1 Hotel. Personally, I think that location will become a Crillon, because Baccarat seems to be positioning themselves as a Resort brand - look at their location in Hawaii, Baccarat Wailea, whereas Crillon - which only has one hotel - Le Crillon in France is more of a luxurious, high end, urban hotel brand. Then again, I may be wrong, since there isn't much - if any information around about the Le Crillon brand, and trust me, I've looked, Concord Hotel's development website merely states it's expanding throughout the world, and contact them for more information, and Le Crillon's website has absolutely no information as to where the brand is going. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of Starwood's purchase of both the 57th St property as well as where the Crillon brand is going. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Starwood Capital & Barry Sternlicht is the team to watch out for and it's still my #1 goal to be a part of that team.
Aug 08, 2007 Brian Berkman St. Regis Grand Hotel Rome
City dining matches the best in Europe
This is being penned from Rome, Italy. After three weeks in Europe's great hotels and dining at some of its best restaurants, I continue to feel proud that South Africa delivers hospitality and cuisine that matches Europe's best.
Consider this: an espresso and pastry enjoyed standing up at a side-street bar in Rome cost R16 while one espresso at the fabulous St Regis Grand Hotel Rome where I'm staying costs the equivalent of R50. The comparison is intended to show the vast difference in price for a similar product that obviously doesn't take into account the simple charm of the former or the opulent grandeur of the latter. I can't think of where to get coffee for less than R6 in Cape Town while at the top end it is around R15. Here's the point: five star luxury venues provide good value when compared with their European counterparts. However, we are being ripped off by those at the "affordable" end of the market where the gap between what is offered (product and environment) and the money asked for is a yawning chasm. Before leaving, we had a wonderful time at the Cape Colony's (021 483 1737) Wine and Dine evening. I've always loved the room, and the combination of Vergelegen's wines (most not yet released) and the reality-TV shtick (TV monitors show kitchen goings-on) made for a delightful evening. Mike Perry on piano and the band provided a delicious between-course break. I was impressed with the Assiette of Salmon (done three ways as ceviche, sashimi and smoked). The free-flowing wine and bawdy jokes by both chef and winemaker spread the convivial spirit. Meerlust Estate is next on September 27 and then Waterford on October 30, at R295 per person. We had such a good time, I hope they'll invite us back. The meal at Aubergine (021 465 4909) was superb and comparable to anything I've tasted in Europe thus far. I loved the salmon soup (R52) - a pink-tinged soothing bath with foam and springroll garnish to use as a mini neck pillow. The ox tongue with oxtail sauce (R118) is a perfect dish - simple ingredients prepared honestly but with care and expertise to balance flavours. The Spinach Bhajiya (offered as a vegetable side order with a green curry sauce) is a good example of Harald Bresselschmid's cuisine - local roots, global influences and meticulously considered. Our bill came to about R400 a head but we had two courses, a bottle of wine each and a few rounds of Amaretto to end. While in Europe, the most sublime evening was at Vila San Michele high up in Florence's hills. As we watched the sunset from the loggia of the former 15th century monastery, whose layout and façade is attributed to Michelangelo, the cuisine delivered as much as the view did. I started with a warm octopus salad - the sea scent accentuated by the summer truffle - and followed with a lentil-flour pasta with prawns and a frozen ricotta cake for desert. The bill came to around R1 000 per person. We enjoyed an equally grand view, but over Rome this time, at the Hassler Hotel's Imago restaurant - formal, elegant and a wonderful place to enjoy contemporary Roman cuisine with views over the Vittorio Emanuele, St Peter's and much else from its position high above the Spanish Steps. We feasted on duck foie gras terrine on a fig-flavoured brioche served with salted cod; an outstanding fusilloni (corkscrew) pasta with quail mince carbonara style (a softly poached quail egg ready to release its dressing); celery and gorgonzola tortellini; baked rabbit loin with almonds and peaches in a wine sauce; and finally a tart rhubarb and wine compote served with nut-encrusted banana and macaroon ice cream. We dined as their guests with matching wine per course. Menu alone would cost R1 300 a head.
Aug 08, 2007 Julie Hibbard Hotel Sacher Vienna
Vienna, Austria
We left Budapest around 8:30 and arrived in Vienna just about noon. (Just a slight hold up at the Austria border.) We immediately went to the "heart" of Vienna seeing the Opera House, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the World Famous (and on the "1000 things to see before you die" list) Sacher Hotel.
Allison and I decided to have lunch at the Restaurant in the Sacher and--of course!-- it was outstanding! I had a Salmon Salad and Allison had lightly fried chicken with German potato salad. The atmosphere was just charming! After lunch we wandered some of the streets and shops (we actually came across THREE "H & M" Stores and Allison bought a cute dress.) Then we came across a MOST beautiful site --STARBUCKS-- Allison treated me to a Banana Java something or other and we sat on this warm day and watched the people of Vienna go by. We are now in our cool hotel room with our down comforters and wireless Internet. Allison is already sleeping...we have about 2 hours before we leave for dinner and the Mozart concert at the Viennese Palace. Just want to remind you that we are with a group of 37 other people. Besides one 10 year old girl, Allison is the youngest in the group. I am the next youngest. The next youngest is probably 60 and off buying dolls and souvenirs for the grandchildren. They are all REALLY nice, talk loud and, most of them KNOW everything. We have come up with "nicknames" for all of them. Some nicer than others. Allison makes me laugh so hard...I am so glad she is along for the trip! Gonna catch a bit of a nap here and then get dressed up for the Palace! We'll take some pictures tonight and blog when we get home... Life is OH so good.
Aug 08, 2007 William Reed Publishing Ltd The Dorchester Hotel London
Drinks Retailing Awards 2008: ENTER NOW
5th February 2008, The Dorchester Hotel, London
The Drinks Retailing Awards is the most widely anticipated and rigorously judged competition in the trade's calendar. Culminating with a five-star ceremony at London's famous Dorchester Hotel, the competition attracted unprecedented interest from retailers last year and looks set to break all records this time. The competition has categories covering all aspects of drinks retailing and is the most respected competition for supermarkets, wine merchants, independent specialists, convenience stores and wholesalers. There is always fierce competition in each of our categories and huge interest in the judges' decision. Winners celebrate with a frenzy of marketing material - while the runners-up start working on how they can go one better next year. We are now calling for entries. The entry deadline is 12th October 2007.
Aug 08, 2007 Leisa Barnett, Vogue Claridge's
TIME FOR TEA
CLARIDGE'S has announced its own stylish tribute to the eagerly-anticipated V&A exhibition, The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957, which opens next month: Claridge's Couture Afternoon Tea.
Harking back to the traditions of the period, the tea will be served "layer upon delectable layer, like a couture gown," a spokesperson for the luxury hotel explains. It begins with a light round of sandwiches served with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée, followed by organic scrambled eggs and Sevruga caviar - with scones, French pastries and, of course, a glass of Dom Pérignon (1999) to finish. It can't get much more indulgent: this will be the way for fashionistas to escape the Fashion Week madness come September. Claridge's Couture Afternoon Tea will be served from September 10 until November 24, costing £95. The price includes entry into the V&A exhibition, which opens on September 10 and features work by the world's greatest couturiers, including Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. (August 24 2007, AM)
Aug 08, 2007 Carol Pucci, Seattle Times The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Experiencing 4-star Vancouver on a 2-star budget
The piano bar is dark, quiet and classy in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The hotel offers free appetizers weekdays, 5-6:30 p.m.
...Drinks and hors d'oeuvres "When most Americans come up here and look at a wine list, they can't believe it," says Kasey Wilson, food editor of Canada's Wine Access Magazine. Liquor laws restrict happy hours, and high taxes can push the price of a beer to more than $6 and a glass of wine to $8-$10, but doesn't mean you can't sip in style — or even for free. How: The shops selling Gucci bags and Louis Vuitton luggage inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Georgia Street (www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver) aren't in the budget. Head instead to the hotel's 900 West Lounge where the appetizers and piano jazz are free Monday-Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. Time things right and also catch the free Thursday and Sunday wine tastings at Taylorwood Wines (www.taylorwoodwines.com) in the hip warehouse district of Yaletown. What to expect: You'll pay $12 Canadian ($11.40) to sip a pomegranate-and-cucumber mojito among the mirrors and marble at the Fairmont, but the snacks are free. New executive sous chef Karen Gin tempts the cocktail crowd with creations such as crab cannoli and mushroom-tofu won tons. Taylorwood sells only B.C. wines, and the twice-weekly tastings (Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3-5 p.m.) are generous and informative. I sipped my way through several varieties of chilled Sauvignon Blanc, then browsed the shop, surprised to find many bottles in the $15-$20 Canadian range. Tip: Some restaurants offer 3-ounce pours of wine instead of the regular 5 ounces. Just ask...
Aug 08, 2007 The Wall Street Journal Le Bristol Hotel Paris
Cold Fusion in the Kitchen
THE CHEF: Allen Susser is chef-proprietor of Chef Allen's in Miami, open since 1986. Brooklyn-born Mr. Susser, who won the James Beard regional best-chef award in 1994, has studied in the kitchens of Hotel Le Bristol, in Paris, and Le Cirque, in New York. In Miami, he worked at the Turnberry Isle Resort experimenting with local fruit, spices and seafood before opening Chef Allen's...
Aug 08, 2007 Julie Hibbard Hotel Imperial Vienna
One more fabulous day in Vienna
We began our day on a site-seeing tour of the city... This is Belvedere Palace Allison sang the theme song to "Mr. Belvedere" for us. ...Tonight we decided to treat ourselves to that magnificent dinner in Vienna. We took the subway into the city and dined at the Imperial Hotel. It, too, is a former palace.
It is an incredibly gorgeous place! Our table... There must have been at least four waiters taking care of us...one brought the menus, one brought the wine (Allison had a Coke of course!), one moved over a little table for me to put my purse on and one brought out our appetizer shown here. He said, "With compliments from the chef this is a peach soup with lobster puffed pastry." Delicious. The bread basket had four or five different kinds of bakery items in it AND yet another waiter came with a fancy plate offering us flower shaped butter. We ordered Lobster Bisque and it was brought out in a silver chaffer and ladled out for us. It was quite possibly the best soup I have ever tasted! The bisque and bread was really all we could eat...but then they brought out this little tray of pastries with my coffee. (PS--the coffee ALL OVER Europe is so incredibly good. It is hot and strong and thick AND it is ALWAYS served with HOT milk!) I asked the waiter (#7) if there was a "lighter" dessert I might order and he suggested this one below. I could not read the name, but it was a thin layer of jam with a cheesecake-like filling with fruit and a cookie crust--but really light...more like a pudding/jello than cheesecake. The white fringe is sugar! We asked him if we could take the little pastries home with us and he wrapped them all very nicely for us. The entire dining experience was out of this world! We came back to the hotel and found several members of our group sitting in the lobby talking. Allison and I offered them the pastries we had brought back...and they were thrilled! As they delighted in the mini-napoleon and fruit tart and chocolate truffles, we all shared tales of our travel adventures...which always seem to include memories of good food. Earlier tonight, as we walked back to the subway station admiring the moon shining bright in the Vienna sky, I told Allison that I truly have never been happier in my life. I have tears in my eyes as I write this...I am so very grateful for these experiences... I soak it all in and it fills up my heart with joy. This is exactly where I want to be.
Aug 08, 2007 jetsettersblog Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Treasures at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Prague
Mandarin Oriental, Prague has launched an exclusive two-day Treasures of Prague package, priced at EUR 579 per room per night. Featuring a guided tour of the newly revealed cultural riches of Prague Castle, with private limousine transfers, a champagne lunch at a palace, a memorable keepsake and a soothing Oriental foot massage. Accompanied by an expert private guide, guests are taken on a day-long exploration of what once truly was a city within a city. After visiting the Castle’s most spectacular buildings such as the Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral and the Old Royal Palace, a champagne welcome and private catered lunch await on the terrace of the Lobkowicz Palace on the Castle’s eastern side, affording panoramic views of the city; this is followed by a tour of the Palace’s spectacular collections. The Palace, the only privately-owned building within the Castle walls, is the ancient domain of the Lobkowicz noble family whose history is closely tied to that of Prague and indeed, the Czech lands. In an exclusive partnership with Mandarin Oriental, Prague, visitors who book the Treasures of Prague package will receive a special keepsake accompanied by a card personally signed by Prince William Lobkowicz, providing a lasting memento of their visit. The day will stylishly conclude with a Mercedes S-class limousine transfer back to the hotel and a refreshing Oriental foot massage at the Spa to soothe away any lingering signs of ‘cobblestone fatigue’. For seven centuries, the Lobkowicz Princes were important political figures and equally significant patrons of art and music, amassing valuable collections of old master paintings, decorative arts, original musical scores and instruments and rare arms and armour. Presented in their ancestral home for the first time, the newly-opened exhibition (entitled the Princely Collections) includes masterpieces such as the magnificent Haymaking by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, two world-renowned paintings by Canaletto, and a number of portraits by Velázquez. An installation focusing on music features the manuscripts of several of Beethoven’s symphonies dedicated to the 7th Prince Lobkowicz, as well as Mozart’s own re-orchestration of Haendel’s Messiah. The Princely Collections revives an important cultural site in the heart of Europe by increasing public access to some of the world’s greatest works of art. Prague Castle is the city’s premier landmark and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering above the city and within walking distance of Mandarin Oriental, Prague, it has served for centuries as the imposing seat of Czech kings and presidents. This unique architectural complex dating back as far as the 10th Century and consisting of multiple churches, palaces, burgers’ houses, medieval towers, courtyards and splendid gardens was the site of several dramatic events with a profound effect on European history. Rates for the two-day Treasures of Prague package start at EUR 579 per room per night based on double occupancy; the rate includes breakfast but excludes 5% VAT. Additional nights are available. Mandarin Oriental, Prague Mandarin Oriental, Prague is situated in a former Dominican monastery with origins dating back to the 14th Century. To this day, the building carries the features of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. The hotel’s 99 spacious guest rooms and suites offer refined residential ambience enhanced by original architectural detail. Equipped with the latest technology, the guest rooms’ design combines restrained elegance with subtle Asian touches. The hotel also includes a holistic Spa located in a former Renaissance chapel, the Essensia restaurant, and Barego bar.
Aug 08, 2007 cruise critic Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Lisbon Restaurants?
We are two nights post-cruise (Crystal Serenity) in Lisbon. One night we are planning dinner at the Varanda Restaurant (#1 for food in Zagat) at our hotel, the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel. We are looking for a restaurant the other night. We want great food, nice ambience, and good service. I have been considering between 3 restaurants: 1) Casa da Comida, 2) Gambrinus and 3) A Travessa. Does anyone have experience with these restaurants? Are there others that I should consider instead? Please advise. This will be the last night of a wonderful vacation, and we want to make it special. There will be 4 of us dining. Price is not so much a factor if the experience is fabulous, although we would like to be able to afford another cruise soon! All advice is appreciated. Thanks... read all thread on source link
Aug 08, 2007 teletext The Landmark London
Jimmy Page is a Legend
Jimmy Page will receive the Living Legend prize at Classic Rock Awards on November 5 at London Landmark Hotel. Album Of The Year at the magazine's awards is between Buckcherry, Porcupine Tree, Ian Hunter, Rush, The Who and Velvet Revolver. Voting is at classicrockmagazine.com. Best New Band is from Damone, Rose Hill Drive, The Trews, Priestess and Black Stone Cherry.
Aug 08, 2007 east lothian courier The Landmark London
Landmark hotel set to re-open
COMMUNITY leaders have welcomed plans to restore Haddington’s historic George Hotel to its former glory as a major step towards improving the town centre’s appeal to shoppers and tourists. The Courier can reveal that Cheshire-based Mako Property Ltd has completed the purchase of the 16th century former coaching inn with a view to re-opening the premises as a hotel later this year. The imposing 19-bedroom High Street hotel has been boarded up since previous owners London and Edinburgh Swallow Group went into liquidation last year. There had been growing concern among traders that the disused building, next to the vacant former Jackson’s jewellers shop next door, was damaging the town’s appeal. But all that is now set to change. Mako Property Ltd owns a number of smaller hotels around the UK, and director Tony McElvogue said the company had high hopes for its new acquisition. “We were attracted by the George because it’s a pretty impressive building,” he said. “ The view is that Haddington is a place that is on the up, so this is a valuable addition to our portfolio. “The idea is to get it up and running again as a hotel. We have already appointed a licensee and we will be submitting a licensing application with East Lothian Council as soon as possible.” Haddington councillor, Provost Sheena Richardson, believes the return of the George will kick-start a mini-revival in the town. She said: “It would be great if we could have the building back in viable use again. It is an important part of Haddington’s heritage and occupies a significant position. “ I would like to know more about what is going to happen to it under the new owners, but if indeed they are going to restore it to a hotel it would be very welcome. “There could be problems there because the building may not easily lend itself to a modern hotel operation, but I wish the new owners well. I hope that whatever they do with it benefits the whole community. “But, in general terms, I think the council would be supportive of any proposals to re-open it as a hotel.” Jan Wilson, chairman of Haddington and District Community Council, added: “I’m delighted that it’s got new owners, and even more so that they’re going to run it as a hotel. “No-one likes seeing boarded up windows in a town centre.”
Aug 08, 2007 bath.co.uk Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
HEAD CHEF MAKES THE SHORTLIST FOR A 'CATEY'
The head chef of one of the most exclusive hotels in the west is in the running for a culinary award.When Hywel Jones joined Lucknam Park at Colerne in 2004, he vowed he would win the hotel a Michelin star. Two years later, he had done that and now he is on the shortlist for the 2007 Hotel Catey Awards. The accolades have been launched this year to complement the main Cateys - which recognise the highest fliers and strongest performers in the rest of the hospitality industry. Mr Jones is up for the title of Chef of the Year, for a hotel with fewer than 250 covers - the number of people it can cater for. The awards are designed for hoteliers to celebrate the achievements of their staff and give them industry-wide recognition. They will be presented at an awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Tuesday, November 13. Hotel managing director Harry Murray said: "We are delighted that Hywel has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. He is a talented young man who has worked extremely hard to establish himself as one of the UK's leading chefs." Lucknam bills itself as one of the UK's leading country house hotels, and is set in 500 acres of parkland. Mr Jones started his career as chef de partie in two three-star Michelin establishments - the Chez Nico at 90 hotel and Marco Pierre White in London. He then developed his skills as junior sous chef at the Michelin-starred Le Souffle, also in London. From there he went on to earn his first Michelin star working at Foliage restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, where he was head chef for five years. Before moving to Lucknam Park, he was executive chef at the Pharmacy Restaurant in Notting Hill.
Aug 08, 2007 WISH YOU WERE HERE TRAVEL Park Hyatt Milano
Tables for Two: The World Tour
For a special occasion, you want a special meal, yes? Sure. And part of what makes an occasion special is getting a great table when you're dining out. This is especially true for a couple, who may be celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, a fun holiday like Valentine's Day or just looking for a romantic night out. You might want a secluded table for privacy's sake. Or you may prefer to be in the heart of the action without feeling you've just been shoehorned in at a restaurant that's merely tolerating you. With all that in mind, I've crafted a menu of places that are expert at welcoming couples - not just with fancy decor or the strategically placed flickering candle but with the kind of table you want to spend some time at, the better to enjoy good food. This baker's dozen of special restaurants is drawn from seven nations on three continents. Most are "occasion'' restaurants and are priced accordingly. I have dined at all of them, some within the past year. Of course, restaurants can morph abruptly, changing chefs almost as often as they change the silverware, revamping their designs or jettisoning old offerings for new fare. So, do check ahead.
...The Park, Park Hyatt Hotel, Milan, Italy Sleek, elegant and very Continental, the fine-dining restaurant in this gorgeous boutique hotel steps from the Galleria and La Scala is romantic enough for a honeymoon meal, which is just what my bride and I had there. Seasonal ingredients and regional Italian fare is showcased at the Park. Stylish black banquettes flank one side of the room and crisp white linen tops the tables, with enough all-important spacing so that a couple can sup there without being part of a group encounter. Located at 1 via Tommaso Grossi, Milan...
Aug 08, 2007 brettsblackbook Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Top Pick's Milan
Four Seaons Milano Via Gesu 6/8 Milan (39) 2-7708-8 I like most Four Seasons Hotels. Occasionally there is one that is eh and sometimes there is one that surpasses your expectations. Well, the Four Seasons Milan does just that. They have done everything right at this hotel. The location is perfect, the rooms are tastefully done and even the hallways to get to your room get you in the mood to have a great experience. This is my first choice in Milan. Park Hyatt Milano 1, Via Tommaso Grossi Milan (39) 2-8821-1234 Ok, so even though I haven't stayed at this property I have had drinks in the lobby which is very cool. I would make this my second choice because every Park Hyatt that I have been to (outside the US) has been great. Always sophisticated and not what you would expect from a Hyatt. Just remember that the Park line is the Hyatt's luxury product. The next time I am in Milan I am definitely going to try it. Take a look at the rooms on their website and you can get an idea of how well its been done. Bulgari Hotel Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7B Milan (39) 2-805-805-1 Haven't stayed here either but hey, they do make great jewelry. Have heard from others that I trust who say that its a very nice property, although some of the complaints have been that the rooms are a touch small. I would still definitely try this hotel as the brand (as we all know) is world superior. Plus, its in a great location and the toiletries are terrific! Principe di Savoia Piazza della Repubblica, 17 Milan (39) 2-6230-1 Even though for shopping its a bit out of the way, this classic, Part of the Dorchester Collection (Beverly Hills Hotel, Plaza Atheene etc.) is top notch. Compared to the other hotels listed above its more old school in design. One really feels that they are stepping back in time and experiencing Milan as it used to be. This doesn't mean that its run down, quite the contrary its really well maintained. Every time I have stayed here I have enjoyed it even with the taxi trips to get around. Also, it just completed a renovation of its pool making it the only hotel listed with one. Restaurants: Joia - Vegetarian Via Panfilo Castaldi 18 Milan (39) 2-2952-2124 Da Giacomo - Seafood / Tuscan Via Pasquale Sotto Corno 6 Milan (39) 2-7602-3313 Always a memorable meal at this Milan seafood classic. I have been recommending this place for years and everyone always loves it. I am not a big seafood lover in general but at this place I just can't get enough of it. Great classic ambiance with a knowledgeable staff. They just do it right! Definitely go to this place. (Semi Formal) Cracco-Peck - Italian Via Victor Hugo 4 Milan (39) 2-876-774 Maybe its who I was with but this was one of the more memorable dining experiences I have ever had; definitely makes it into the top ten list for me. You enter into a small lobby and can either take a very cool elevator down or walk the sleek steps to the waiting area where you are seated and offered a drink and some small appetizers. After, you walk down (or take the elevator again to the main floor where dinner is served. The setting is sleek and the food is even sleeker. These guys know how to serve. A huge wine list and an inventive menu make this meal a real culinary experience. (High End Formal) Don Li Sande - Milanese Via Alessandro Manzoni 12A Milan (39) 2-7602-0130 When you walk in through their small garden and enter the restaurant you feel as if you are leaving the city and entering the countryside. Make sure to order the artichokes (yum). Writing this I wish I was sitting there now. Great food and an awesome wine list. Located right next to the shopping district and around the corner from the Four Seasons, you can go for lunch or dinner. I prefer it for dinner but it doesn't really matter. (Semi Formal) Trattoria Bagutta - Tuscan Via Bagutta 14 Milan (39) 2-7600-2767 I prefer this place for lunch and I have to tell say try and do all your shopping first as you won't want to move after this 2 - 3 hour lunch. It can be quick if you want it to but I have a feeling you will want to savior the moment at this high end family restaurant where all the locals and plenty of in the know visitors go for lunch and dinner since 1924. As you walk past the anti pasta and photo adorned walls on your way in you will start to salivate. Ask for a table in the back so you can see or dine in their garden. A must for lunch after or during shopping. (Casual)
Aug 08, 2007 Forbes Traveler Hotel Imperial Vienna
Top 10 Expensive Dessert In The World: # 8 King-size Imperial Torte
The King-size Imperial Torte is selling for US$57 at the Hotel Imperial, Vienna.
Legend has it that this chocolate-glazed cake was first created in honor of Emperor Franz Josef I to coincide with the hotel’s opening in 1873. Comprised of almond, marzipan and cocoa crème under a milk-chocolate glaze, this handmade cake (which comes in a sugar-free version, too) is presented in a fanciful wooden box and shipped to Ottoman lovers all over the world.
Aug 08, 2007 sportsmongrel The Landmark London
NFL Chooses Landmark London Hotel for Wembley Game Stay
The Landmark Hotel will also host members of the world’s media and stage press conferences to help the NFL publicise the event. The five-star deluxe Landmark London Hotel has been announced as the National Football League’s (NFL) official Headquarters Hotel, when the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants come head-to-head at Wembley Stadium.
The NFL will arrive in London on Wednesday 17 October 2007, with the big football game taking place on Sunday 28 October 2007 at 5pm. In the Dolphins-Giants clash, 90,000 fans will be able to see two of the NFL’s most famous football teams play on British soil. In true all-American style, the NFL will host an invitation-only “tailgate party” on the grounds of Wembley Stadium prior to the game for approximately 6,000 people. The NFL organisation will be accommodated by The Landmark Hotel during its stay in London, where they will prepare for the first competitive game the NFL has ever staged outside of America. The Landmark Hotel will also host members of the world’s media and stage press conferences to help the NFL publicise the event. Frank Supovitz, NFL Senior Vice-President of Events, said: “The Landmark Hotel has a reputation as one of the premier hotels in London and will provide a perfect headquarters for the NFL as we stage our historic London game. We know that the NFL, and our guests, will be offered outstanding levels of service and hospitality and we look forward to The Landmark Hotel playing an important role in the success of the event.” The Landmark London Hotel, which is the closest five-star Grande Dame hotel to Wembley Stadium, was an obvious choice for the National Football League organisation. It is one of the most prestigious places to stay in the Capital when attending a match or concert held at Wembley Stadium. In celebration of the upcoming game, The Landmark London will launch a range of NFL cocktails in the hotel’s Mirror Bar during the month of October. Guests can expect to sample an East Coast Dirty Martini, a Florida Sling and, in a tribute to one of NFL’s most successful coaches, The Lombardi Double. Room rates at The Landmark London Hotel are from £265 plus VAT during the week. Weekend rates start at £248, includes breakfast, a welcome bottle of Champagne and VAT.
Aug 08, 2007 Geoff Barton The Landmark London
Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page is to be honoured as the Living Legend at this year’s Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, Classic Rock magazine’s third annual award show, which this year takes place on Monday, November 5 at London’s prestigious Landmark Hotel.
...“The list of stars attending last year’s ceremony was unsurpassed and with the awards taking place in the über-exclusive surroundings of the Landmark Hotel, plus the fantastic news that Classic Rock magazine continues to be the UK’s fastest-growing music magazine, means this year’s awards will again be the event of the year.” Classic Rock has continued to be the UK’s fastest growing UK music magazine, increasing its circulation by another 20 per cent year-on-year to a total of 67,241 readers a month – its highest-ever circulation.
Aug 08, 2007 Vancouver Sun The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Fairmont names new regional executive
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has appointed Mark Andrew as the new regional vice-president of the Pacific Northwest and general manager of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, effective Aug. 28. Andrew replaces former regional vice-president Phil Barnes, who left to take up a new Fairmont Hotels posting in Dubai. As regional vice-president, Andrew will oversee the operations of six Fairmont properties -- the Hotel Vancouver, Waterfront, Vancouver Airport, Chateau Whistler, Empress in Victoria and Olympic in Seattle. A seventh regional Fairmont property -- the Fairmont Pacific Rim -- will open in Vancouver in 2009. Andrew has extensive experience in the hospitality industry -- including six years as general manager of the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina. A long career with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts included general manager positions at Hyatt hotels in Seattle, Charlotte and Vancouver. He was also chief operating officer at Great Canadian Railtour Co. and interim president of Dallas-based Meeting Professionals International.
Aug 08, 2007 Conde Nast Traveler Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris
The Travies: The Year's Top 41 Travel Films
...Avenue Montaigne (Paris) Much as her grandmother did decades before, Jessica (Cécile de France), a plucky gamine from the provinces, heads to Paris hoping to make a place for herself. She finds work in a neighborhood café (where the lack of pretension is remarkable, given that its neighbors are some of the city's pricier boutiques and cultural institutions) and at 25 avenue Montaigne: the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Jessica's customers include a man preparing to sell his collection of modern art at the Drouot-Montaigne auction house. There's also a soap opera actress appearing at the Comédie des Champs-Élysées and a depressed classical pianist performing at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées—both part of the sleek Art Nouveau venue made famous in 1912 when Stravinsky's revolutionary Rite of Spring premiered there....
Aug 08, 2007 SFO Media LLC Intercontinental Carlton, Cannes
Movie Set Hotel: The Carlton Cannes in Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief'
We were in the mood for a Hitchcock movie the other night, and the only one we could nab at the local Blockbuster was To Catch a Thief. We'd forgotten was a prominent role the Carlton Hotel in Cannes played in this 1955 thriller starring Cary Grant as a former jewel thief and Grace Kelly as an American heiress on holiday in the Riviera with her mother. The Carlton, now an InterContinental hotel, hosted the production crew during 1954. The film was released the following year. During the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier for the first time at the Carlton, at the prince's request. Kelly married Prince Rainier the following year. MORE The Carlton has long been connected to the Cannes Film Festival. With its views of the bay of Cannes and opulant suites, the 338-room, 36-suite hotel is perhaps the hospitality epicenter of the festival. Built in 1909, it's a French National Historic Building. The Carlton merits its own Wikipedia entry. As for the movie, Grant plays a reformed jewel thief named John Robie. Grace Kelly plays American heiress Francie Stevens. Kelly is vacationing in the Riviera with her mother, who's on the prowl for a husband for her twenty-something daughter. Grant is an ex-pat who's lived in France for years. There's been a recent spate of jewel thefts. They bear the mark of Grant, who was dubbed The Cat for his ability to slip in and out of apartments and hotel rooms on upper levels without leaving a trace. (He was a trapeze artist before he became a jewel thief.) Not surprisingly, Grant is the prime suspect. Grant and Kelly cross paths for the first time on the hotel's beach. Grant has just swum to shore after fleeing the police by boat. The two don't speak, but Kelly notices Grant and they run into each other that evening in the hotel casino. Kelly and her mother have just had dinner in the hotel restaurant with a Lloyd's insurer who, unbeknownst to them, has elicited Grant's assistance in apprehending the thief. At the end of the evening, Grant escorts Kelly and her mother to their separate hotel rooms. Kelly gives Grant an impetuous kiss at her door. The next day, they swim at the hotel beach. Even though they only met the night before, Kelly gets quite jealous when Grant speaks to a young French woman he knows. That evening, Grant comes to Kelly's suite for drinks and to watch the fireworks display. Kelly thinks Grant is the thief, and offers to become his accomplice. In a hysterically symbolic scene, Kelly entices Grant with her diamond necklace as fireworks explode outside the suite's window. The camera cuts back and forth between the two of them on the couch and the fireworks detonating through the window. Later that evening, Kelly's mother's jewels are stolen, and she realizes that Grant is not the thief, and she sets out to help him exculpate himself. Alas, after a scene with Grant, Kelly and her mother discussing the stolen jewels, there are no more Carlton scenes, interior or exterior. Of course, Grant catches the thief. No spoiler in this writeup -- except that girl (Kelly) gets boy (Grant). To Catch a Thief may not be Hitchcock at his apex, but it's immensely entertaining and a real treat for movie buffs with a hotel bent.
Aug 08, 2007 brettsblackbook Four Seasons Hotel Milano
BBB's Top Ten Hotel List
2. Four Seasons Hotel George V - Paris 4. Four Season Hotel - Milan 8. Hotel Plaza Athenee - Paris Full list:
1. The Mandarin Oriental - Bangkok 2. Four Seasons Hotel George V - Paris 3. The Berkeley Hotel - London 4. Four Season Hotel - Milan 5. The Park Hyatt - Tokyo 6. The Island Shangri-La - Hong Kong 7. The Peninsula - Beverly Hills 8. Hotel Plaza Athenee - Paris 9. Mandarin Oriental - Hong Kong 10. The Carlyle - New York
Aug 08, 2007 propertyhighlights King Pacific Lodge, Princess Royal Island
No Space To Build More Hotels? Float It
There’s the King Pacific Lodge in Canada which is built from native pine, fir, cedar and stone on a barge.
First, a floating stage for NDP. Next, a floating hotel? WE’RE open to the idea of a floating hotel, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Will it be based on a converted cruise liner or built out of lightweight material? Floating hotels can take many forms. It has 17 guest rooms and suites, a wrap-around deck with spa, Jacuzzi and plunge pool. It’s accessible only by air from Vancouver....
Aug 08, 2007 luxurious-style Ritz Paris
Tradition, prestige, and a legendary past set the Ritz Paris apart from other palace hotels. In 1898, Cesar Ritz created an exclusive luxury hotel where comfort, gastronomy, and service were accorded the highest priority.
Located on the beautiful Place Vendome, the Ritz is in the heart of Paris, within walking distance to many historical monuments and fashionable shopping areas. Among the elegantly appointed rooms and suites are ten renowned specialty suites, including the Coco Chanel, Windsor, and Imperial. Address :Ritz Hotel Paris 15 Place Vendome Paris 75001 France Location :Ritz Hotel Paris is located in the heart of the city, a place where you can be at peace and yet close to everything. You can discover Paris and its surroundings, indulge in jogging or shopping.
Aug 08, 2007 Union-Tribune Publishing Co. Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Cannes Film Festival
View of the Cannes beachfront from the terrace of the Martinez Hotel, Tuesday May 10, 2005 in Cannes, southern France. The 58th International Film Festival festival runs through May 11 - 22.
Aug 08, 2007 caribbeancruise5 Villa San Michele - Florence, Italy
I Love Touring Italy - The Isle of Capri
If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the Isle of Capri in the Bay of Naples. This tourist attraction popular with jet setters and many others lies in the Campania region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Frankly, Capri is the opposite of undiscovered; it ranks with Rome, Florence, and Venice at the top of Italian tourist destinations...
...Take the Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Stairway), steps cut out of rock, from Marina Grande to the Rock of Capodimonte at the city gate of the medieval city of Anacapri described below. The view is really great, but you will have quite a climb. On the way you will pass the Byzantine Castello Barbarossa (Barbarossa Castle) named for the Saracen pirate who devastated the island. The Villa San Michele and its spectacular grounds mark Anacapri s ancient entrance. In the summer months Friday means evening concerts. Swedish citizens engaged in cultural work or research are really in luck, they can stay at the guesthouse. The villa once belonged to the expatriate...
Aug 08, 2007 123enter Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Travel - The World's Most Expensive Desserts
4. What: The Sultan’s Golden Cake Where: Ciragan Palace Kempinski; Istanbul Price: $1,000
Aug 08, 2007 Canoe Inc. Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
Whistler for pampered pooches
Resort goes all out for four-legged guests
...The new centre, which opened last Christmas, already has an association with the Four Seasons resort, says manager Kelly Nylander, meaning that the hotel includes the doggie daycare service in its weekend package rate. Dogs have their own festival at Whistler too. Each April, a special two-day Dog Fest -- which is tacked onto the World Ski and Snowboard Festival -- gives pooches a chance to participate in a variety of events including a costume contest and parade, with all proceeds going to the Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), a Whistler-based-no-kill animal shelter for dogs....
Aug 08, 2007 Purvis-Gisborne Photography The Lanesborough London
Angelika and Elise, The Lanesborough Hotel, London
We’ve been looking forward to today’s civil partnership for a while! Angelika and Elise had their civil partnership ceremony at the exclusive Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner in central London. It was a lovely intimate affair with close friends and family. The photography of the day started with the arrival and preparations of the guests. Here are Angelika’s mum and sister sorting out button holes for the men...
Aug 08, 2007 Canadian Mountain Holidays Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
Whistler Vacation - Reasons To Visit Whistler
If there was ever a place to go for a mountain holiday that has something for everyone, Whistler is it!
Whether your FAMILY consists of one adult and one child, the traditional 2 adults and 2 kids, an extended or blended family, or a family reunion, Whistler has the ideal places to stay and the right activities to keep everyone occupied! In the main village area, within 10 minutes’ walk of the lift bases and all the shopping and restaurants, is a huge variety of hotels, lodges and self-catering condominiums for you to stay in. There are also townhomes on the outskirts of the village and up on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain (some of which are ski in/out) that are on a free shuttle bus route … these options are often more reasonably priced than village area units. The FREE SHUTTLE runs year round, although is most used during winter (in summer, most people drive themselves up to the resort, so the summer schedule is limited). The shuttle runs about 15 minutes from about 8am to around 11pm, 7 days a week, during winter. The route runs around the main village and village north area, beside the Chateau Whistler Golf Course and up onto the Blackcomb Benchlands. There are so many THINGS TO DO in Whistler, the choices can get quote overwhelming! You’ll never be bored! In winter, there’s the downhill skiing and snowboarding on North America’s premier slopes, along with daycare services for the little ones and ski/snowboard school from everyone from tots to seniors. Then there’s cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, ice skating, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, heli-sightseeing, and snowshoeing! In summer, besides golf on five championship tracks and three municipal courses, there’s top-notch mountain biking both in a purpose-built downhill park on Whistler Mountain, and single tracks all over the surrounding ranges. There’s lake swimming, kayaking and canoeing, white water rafting, sailing, hiking, horse riding, and flight-seeing by helicopter and floatplane. All year round, there are spas, a rec centre with fully equipped gym, indoor pools and an ice rink, several varieties of yoga, restaurants, zip trekking, shopping, a museum, a library, movies - there’s even a cooking school and language lessons! And the people-watching in Whistler is world-class! Looking for ROMANCE? Whistler is perfect for those Valentine’s getaways, unique engagement locations, weddings, honeymoons, and “just because you’re special” escapes! Imagine a wedding with the glorious Coast Mountains as the backdrop … all green and blue in summer, sparkling and crisp in winter! There are several favourite places to stay during these unforgettable occasions: Larger hotels include the Four Seasons Whistler Resort, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Westin Resort & Spa Whistler, and the Hilton Whistler Resort. Then there are the boutique lodges, like the Summit Lodge & Spa, for those who prefer a more intimate experience! If you’re want as much ACTION AT NIGHT as you enjoy on the slopes and fairways during the day, then Whistler’s the place for you! The apres-ski and patio scenes can’t be topped, and the pubs and clubs will keep you rocking until the wee hours! Whistler’s DINING choices couldn’t be more varied! The village abounds with fantastic restaurants to suit every taste, offering every conceivable type of cuisine - flavours from both North and South America, Europe and the Far East, too.
Aug 08, 2007 luxurieshotels King Pacific Lodge, Princess Royal Island
Lovely Honeymoon Hotels Canada
Making your honeymoon memorable could be the best reward you can give to you as a newlywed after a long preparation and hectic scheduled before and during your wedding. And there is no better way to do it than going to honeymoon hotels and spending time together as a couple. Canada is a famous destination for a honeymoon hotel. This destination located many luxuries and Cheap Hotel there. Canada weather is also attracting the honeymoon couple.
King Pacific Lodge British Columbia: If spending private moment with each other and away from many people that could cause distraction, the King Pacific Lodge should be your choice. Located at British Columbia, Canada, this honeymoon hotel is secluded from the masses that will surely bring total privacy for both of you. This 4-star luxury hotel features a one of a kind mixture of notch service, flawless comfort, and gastronomic delights to tickle the senses of every guest. This 18th century structure has been a premiere landmark of Greenwich Connecticut and serves as one of the places to host a good honeymoon experience. If you want a superior service coupled with great amenities, breathtaking sites, and luxurious comfort, the Palms Turks & Caicos will certainly answer all these. Amenities include: luxurious suites, magnificent garden, gourmet meals, ocean views of the Grace Bay Beach, marble floors, exclusive spa, serpentine infinity pool, and Messel Ballroom.
Aug 08, 2007 jetsettersblog Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria St.Petersburg
Rocco Forte Russia Hotels Kids Program
Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria in St Petersburg and its sister property the Angleterre Hotel have launched the world’s first loyalty scheme for young guests.
The Double ‘A’ Club is an exclusive children’s loyalty club, open to all kids under the age of 12 who have visited either hotel. Loyalty is rewarded throughout the year with surprise gifts and events. To gain entry to the Double ‘A’ Club, children need to fill out an application form with their details, including a signature from their parents. On completion of the application form, kids receive their own bronze club card which is stamped every time they use the hotel facilities. Once five stamps have been collected, club members receive a surprise gift (such as a small fluffy toy and LEGO pieces) along with an upgrade to a silver and then to a gold membership card.
Aug 08, 2007 jetsettersblog Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
Canadian Four Seasons Wellness Programs
The new Wellness program at Four Seasons properties in Toronto, Vancouver and Whistler is coordinated through the services of a dedicated wellness concierge. The wellness program features virtual fitness trainers, in-room or poolside spa services and healthy food options for eating on the run.
Fitness enthusiasts will be treated to a customized training session via IPOD/MP3 player that contain virtual workouts for either treadmills or elliptical machines. Designed by Toronto firm, Total Wellness Consulting, the virtual Four Seasons workout is complimentary to all hotel guests and can also be purchased upon check-out. Mini bar and in-room dining menus will now point to healthy options such as fruit/vegetable bowls, organic selections, snack mixes and energy bars, helping guests to eat healthy on the go. Additionally, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler offers an exclusive Path to Wellness package. The three-night package features a welcome amenity of aromatherapy products, meditation and yoga mat; daily choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner; three luxurious spa treatments including the Marine Body Balance, Customized Spa Facial and Meditative Massage; personal trainer consultation and fitness plan and an outdoor guide to direct guests on all of the exciting mountain adventures...
Aug 08, 2007 farayas Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
The Season of Winter
Winter.. It's cold.. It's dreary.. It's wet.. But there'll always be a ray of sunshine peeking through the clouds that will show you a wonderful day ahead..
You've been T A G G E D ! ! ! - "List out 5 people whom you would like to bring along with you to Istanbul, Turkey; where you will spend with them a week- long stay at the luxuriously furnished Grand Sultan Suite at the ever majestic Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel. Owh and do tell us why these 5 lucky people deserve to be there with you…" And to that 5 lucky people listed in the entry, C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! ! You've just been T A G G E D ! !
Aug 08, 2007 topspeed Hotel Ritz Madrid - Madrid, Spain
Bugatti Veyron Stays at Madrid Ritz Hotel
Check out this recently released video of the Bugatii Veyron at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in Madrid , Spain. This Bugatii gets VIP treatment from Ritz Carleton staff in Madrid Spain. This is a very rare vehicle and the Ritz workers realize so by taking care of it and keeping it parked out front. With the Bugatti being such a rare vehicle- footage of it is very enjoyable.
Aug 08, 2007 Multimedia Nova Corporation Bulgari Hotel Milano
Minimalist materialism
Milan’s Citterio emphasizes form and quality materials in respected work
...Also in Milan is Citterio’s recent design for the Bulgari luxury hotel. The key characteristic here is opulence, with details such as black Zimbabwe marble for the public areas, Vicenza stone for a spa, and oak and teak elements in the individual suites. Citterio followed up this work with another design for Bulgari’s new hotel in Bali, Indonesia...
Aug 08, 2007 Times Colinist The Fairmont Empress, Victoria
Splash Sunday
More than 40,000 people are expected to turn out for the city's largest summer event this Sunday. Bayview Residences Symphony Splash showcases the Victoria Symphony on a barge in the Inner Harbour. This year, the live concert, dubbed a Celebration of our Youth, will feature three up-and-coming soloists as well as orchestral hits from the film and classical music canon -- complete with cannon and fireworks for Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Navigating the crowd to have a good time at Splash can be tricky, so here are some tips on the best ways to watch.
...There is a reserved area in front of the Fairmont Empress Hotel for wheelchair watchers... ...An upper balcony at The Empress hotel is one of the most coveted spots from which to watch Symphony Splash. This year, the lucky folks who climbed aboard Eric Charman's Symphony fundraising dinner will fill the sweet space. The dinner sold out weeks ago at $200 a plate. There's always next year...
Aug 08, 2007 meetings-industry Ritz Paris
Treat your CEO with the world's most expensive suite: Ritz Paris is not so expensive as it should be!
what to do with the money? Forbes has the solution for you: They run an interesting feature on the world’s most expensive hotel suites, featuring geographically widespread hotels and resorts, from Mexico to the Maldives. To make their top 10, you’ve got to be charging at least $10,000 a night. Here is an abbreviated summary of the incredible suites that they list: * Two Story Sky Villa, The Palms Fantasy Suites, Las Vegas, USA Cost per night: $25,000 * Bridge Suite at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas Cost per night: $25,000 * Royal Penthouse, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland Cost per night: $23,000 * Hans Badrutt Suite, Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland Cost per night: $16,700 * Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental, New York City, USA Cost per night: $15,000 * Grand Suite, Grand Wailea Resort, Hawaii, USA Cost per night: $15,000 * Coral Suite, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico Cost per night: $15,000 * Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Cost per night: From $13,600 * The Imperial Suite, Ritz Paris, Paris, France Cost per night: $13,500 * Private Reserve, Soneva Gili Resort & Spa, Maldives Cost per night: $10,000 The only thing missing in this list is the Emirates Palace in Abud Dhabi, UAE. A Suite costs there up to $30,000 per night!
Aug 08, 2007 studiorouge Four Seasons Hotel London
Album of the year 2006
Sahar and Julian's were married at The Four Seasons Hotel, London and their Album was designed in house by Studio Rouge.
This album won the overall title SWPP album of the year 2006 competition, sponsored by Graphistudio.
Aug 08, 2007 BYMNews.com La Residencia - Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca. Mountain suites open in La Residencia
Luxury accommodation at La Residencia in Mallorca was taken to new heights on 1 August 2007 when eight mountain suites opened in a spectacular location at the highest point of the hotel, on the hillside above the spa. Named the Tramuntana suites after the mountain range that hugs Deià, each individual room is named after a peak on the range – Tomir, Massanella, Puig Major, Tossals, L’Ofre, Alfabia, Teix and Galatzó. Accessed by two new lifts, each one bedroom suite has been furnished in traditional Mallorcan style with a four poster wooden bed and lounge area with fireplace. All have a private terrace with magnificent vistas, planted with local Tramuntana flora chosen in collaboration with the Sóller Botanic Garden, which is home to an unrivalled collection of Balearic plants. Some suites additionally have plunge pools. “The construction of the suites on these elevated terraces has been something of a challenge, but the reward comes when you see the panoramic views of the mountains and the sea,” commented John Rogers, general manager of La Residencia. “The Tramuntana suites have been designed as year round accommodation, with private terraces where guests can cool off during the summer months and open fireplaces to relax in front of during winter.”
Aug 08, 2007 BY::marxz22 Ritz Paris
THE LEGEND OF RITZ HOTEL
When Cesar Ritz, a man with a vision to make Paris a beautiful place to live in encountered one of of the loveliest squares in Paris, the result that emerged in 1898 was a luxury hotel like no other in the world. Ritz succesfully created an ideal haven. This haven is a synoym for elegance and perfection that was to win the heart of all who stayed there.
Proust took his inspiration from it. Chanel made it her home. Royalty, business magnates and celebrities from around the globe. This palce is truly magnificent...
Aug 08, 2007 chicinparis Le Bristol Hotel Paris
Paris Haute Couture, July 2007
Bristol Hotel, my home in Paris
...And last but not least, I must mention the Bristol Hotel, my home in Paris. The Bristol has an understated chic quality and the staff is superlative. They have a fabulous pool on the terrace where you can relax and take in the views or swim as I do. In late Fall, the hotel will open with 48 new suites and new restaurant – a desperately needed addition to the 8th arrondissement. I look forward to returning to the Bristol for the pret-a-porter in October...
Aug 08, 2007 The Independent The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
Heads on Beds: Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
Opened in 2001, this sleek black tower dominates the cityscape around the old Dolmebache Palace and gives nothing away to passers-by. Inside, the entire hotel is dedicated to making the life of a traveller as easy as possible, but it is on the three Club Lounge levels that the Ritz truly excels. Here food and drink is available all day long (7am-10pm) and absolutely nothing is too much trouble in the eyes of the dedicated multilingual staff. The best Turkish wines (Doluca and Sarafin) are available on request, five different buffets are provided during the day, and top international newspapers are all available. The staff take a special delight in preparing in-room treats while you are out, usually irresistible arrangements of chocolate and Turkish sweets. The only problem is that once you put your feet up you'll be loath to set out again. Track It Down The hotel is next to Besiktas Football Stadium and a 30-minute drive away from Ataturk International Airport. An airport taxi costs 35-40 lire. Alternatively, the hotel will provide BMW airport transfers for €106. You can even make use of the hotel's helipad if you wish. Contact the concierge (00 90 212 334 4444; rc.istrz.concierge@ ritzcarlton.com) to arrange. Check-in check The multilingual staff is available around the clock at the reception desk in the Lobby. The Club Lounge has its own concierge service for check-in on the 12th floor between 7am-10pm. Room to manoeuvre There are 244 rooms across 14 floors, 57 of which are in the Club Lounge, which takes up the top three floors of the hotel. All rooms combine English club-land sofas and tables with Turkish fabrics and décor. Marble bathrooms are spacious and decorated with Iznik tiles. Bathrobes are generously sized (not always the case in Turkey) and toiletries are Bulgari. All rooms have a good-size desk with telephone and internet connection. There are nine meeting rooms in the hotel and a boardroom. Get connected Free wireless access is provided in public areas both at Club Level and throughout the hotel. In-room broadband internet access is priced at €21 for 24 hours. The Lounge's business centre offers internet access at a rate of €20 per hour but without a doubt the best deal is to prop up your laptop in the Club Lounge, where you'll be brought a free glass of wine to aid concentration. Bedrooms have satellite and pay TV. Fitness regime There is an underground swimming pool in the basement Laveda Spa and an outdoor pool on the second-floor terrace. The spa also offers an authentic Turkish bath, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, a 24-hour fitness centre with advanced kinesis technology and nine treatment rooms. There are two more Jacuzzis on the second floor with views of the Bosphorus. Raid the minibar As well as the usual expensive miniatures the minibar also features a Nespresso machine which makes excellent cups of coffee (it should; each sachet costs about £3 each). There are two restaurants and a bar on the lobby level. Cintemani Restaurant presents contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and Guney Park Terrace Turkish-inspired grilled dishes. The RC Bar claims to have the most extensive collection of single malts and premium cigars in Istanbul.
Aug 08, 2007 chicinparis Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
From Paris to Istanbul
Quick culture change - after Paris I made my way for a quick but exciting trip to Istanbul with my daughter. I explored the frenetic city with it’s wide array of wealth, culture, history and nightlife. Since we were short on time, I wanted to concentrate only on the chicest and most famous sites so that I could pack it all in and really feel like I understood a piece of Turkish history. The Tokapi palace, the Blue Mosque, the Haghia Sofia, Hippodrome, and of course, no trip would be complete without shopping at the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. We stayed at the magnificent Ciragan Palace Kempinski. It is a five-star luxury hotel with an immense swimming pool and excellent spa. For the first time, my daughter and I experienced a Turkish bath. Restaurants of note are Reina, 360 Istanbul, and Ulus 29. In between sightseeing, I managed to sneak in some fashion. Jewelry designer, Zeyne Perol, has some beautiful pieces - I visited with her in her shop. After the heat and the holiday crowds of Istanbul, I am off to St. Tropez for my annual summer holiday.
Aug 08, 2007 the b5media blog network Ritz Paris
Cooking Classes in Ritz Paris
Everyone who comes to Paris loves the food, so why not take a few classes and share what you’ve learned once you return home? The choices are endless! Of course everyone automatically thinks of the Cordon Bleu and they do have some interesting workshops and demonstrations, ranging from private to group classes for amateurs and also professionals. A 4-day program teaching regional French cooking or Mediterranean flavors run from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon with a demonstration, then hands on experience, and a tasting afterwards; all for 889 €. Another well-known culinary school is The Ritz Escoffier School named after the first head chef at the Ritz Hotel, Auguste Escoffier. His most famous creation is the Peach Melba. There are a variety of classes offered throughout the year. A 3-day workshop runs about 530 €.
Aug 08, 2007 caribbeancruise5 Villa San Michele - Florence, Italy
I Love Touring Italy - The Isle of Capri
...Take the Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Stairway), steps cut out of rock, from Marina Grande to the Rock of Capodimonte at the city gate of the medieval city of Anacapri described below. The view is really great, but you will have quite a climb. On the way you will pass the Byzantine Castello Barbarossa (Barbarossa Castle) named for the Saracen pirate who devastated the island. The Villa San Michele and its spectacular grounds mark Anacapri s ancient entrance. In the summer months Friday means evening concerts. Swedish citizens engaged in cultural work or research are really in luck, they can stay at the guesthouse. The villa once belonged to the expatriate Swede Axel Munthe who served as physician to the Swedish Royal Family and to Queen Victoria when she resided on Capri...
Aug 08, 2007 Maison de la France Hotel du Louvre
With the upcoming release of the film based on the best-selling book, what better place to stay in Paris than in a room looking onto the Louvre Museum itself?
Concorde’s charming boutique Hôtel du Louvre, located right next to the museum, is offering a special “Da Vinci” package, including accommodations in one of the junior suites with a view of the Louvre, breakfast each morning (choice of an in-room continental breakfast or full buffet breakfast at the hotel’s brasserie-restaurant), two Louvre Museum Passes and a special Da Vinci Code map for $545 per room, per night; that's a 35% savings over the usual room rate, not including the extras. This offer is good anytime through December 31, 2006 (subject to availability) and requires a two-night stay. Normally, a junior suite overlooking the museum (not including breakfast or the museum passes) is priced at 700 Euros per night. Popular with North American visitors, the historic Hôtel du Louvre was built in 1855 and favored by Sherlock Holmes, Sigmund Freud and Pissarro, who painted the Paris Opéra from the room now named the Pissarro Suite. All 177 guestrooms were completely renovated and redecorated at the end of 2002 to provide a warm, intimate atmosphere...
Aug 08, 2007 fashionfling Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
The Fortress Aquamarine: The World’s Most Expensive Dessert
Forbes Traveler has recently compiled a list of the most expensive desserts in the world. The Fortress Aquamarine, served at the Fortress restaurant in Sri Lanka, is topping the list. Inspired by another gem-studded treat, the Bombay Sapphire Martini, the dessert consists of an 80-carat aquamarine gem that sits on a sliver of chocolate shaped to look like the resort’s logo. For a mere $14,500 (not including the handmade glass utensils), diners can keep the gemstone after finishing their treat. Since its March introduction, not even a single piece has been sold. The Brownie Extraordinaire served at The Dessert Experience in Atlantic City (NJ), the world’s most expensive sundae from Serendipity in New York City and the Sultan’s Golden Cake made at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski (Istanbul) are the following three most expensive desserts and are priced at $1,000 each. Quite inexpensive compared to the Fortress Aquamarine! The Dome’s Truffle Ice (Mezzaluna, Bankok), the Madeleine Truffle (Knipschildt Chocolatier, Connecticut), “Entre” (Pierre Hermé Patisserie, Paris), the King-size Imperial Torte (Hotel Imperial, Vienna), the Valrhona Chocolate Sphere (Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai) and the Warm Golden Plum Soufflé (The Waterside Inn, England) are the following desserts featured in Forbes Traveler list.
Aug 08, 2007 My Travel Blog Four Seasons Hotel London
Four Seasons Hotels and Visiting London
Four Seasons Hotel is one of my all time favorite hotels. Firstly, it’s a 5 stars hotel so I can expect some great services and facilities besides the tip-top super clean room. Yes, I can be a hygienic freak when it comes to staying in a hotel room. if there are a lot of other Hotels in London. This is just my personal preference. If you think the Four Seasons is too expensive, there are a few affordable hotels too such as those found in Bayswater , Victoria or Paddington. This site has a complete directory of almost all the Hotels in Manchester and Hotels in Birmingham as well. There are a lot of nice places to be visited in London. Check out what did the real Londoners say about their favorite London landmarks:...
Aug 08, 2007 Dear Miss Griffis The Goring Hotel London
France, Dec 6, 1917
Dear Emma;- I have not had a letter from you for a couple of days but feel sure one or two must be on the road. My leave warrant arrived to day. It is made out from Dec. 9 to Dec. 23 and if all goes well I shall arrive in London sometime Sunday afternoon. I shall go to the Goring Hotel near Victoria Station and letters addressed there will get me even if I do not get a room in the house. I am writing Col. Hewgill to night and shall try to get down Bramshott way on Monday. We can then discuss the situation and come to a decision regarding our immediate future. I may receive some news from you to morrow that will influence my movements somewhat. I shall leave the unit here before the mail is delivered on Dec 8. Yours lovingly Harold W McGill
Aug 08, 2007 whatiate2day Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano
The Empire Hotel & Country Club plays host to The Hotel Principe di Savoia Food Festival
The Empire Hotel & Country Club will be hosting an Italian inspired food festival in August 2007 in association with the world famous Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan. The food festival, taking part from 9 to 23 August, will see The Empire Hotel & Country Club along with Chef Mario Ghezzi serve up a nightly A La Carte menu in the Spaghettini restaurant featuring specially created dishes based on classic Italian recipes and traditional style cooking. The A La Carte Menu has been specially designed for this Italian Food Festival promotion to showcase some of Italy’s best loved traditional family inspired recipes and ingredients and will include dishes such as “Purpitielli” octopus with potato salad, Risotto with herbs, prawns and courgette blossoms, Spaghetti with Clams and Pizza dell’ Ortolana, eggplants, courgettes, tomatoes and sweet pepper. The Hotel Principe di Savoia, overlooking Piazza della Repubblica in the centre of Milan was originally opened in 1927 and has recently launched an innovative new veranda and restaurant, the Acanto. To coincide with the Italian food festival being held at The Empire Hotel and Country Club, The Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan is offering guests who dine at the Spaghettini restaurant the chance to win a 4 night stay in Milan to experience the new restaurant first hand. The Empire Hotel and Country Clubs Spaghettini restaurant is a traditional Italian tratorria serving authentic provincial cuisine from the streets of Rome, winding alleys of Naples and waterways of Venice. The restaurant also provides an exquisite private room for special occasions.
Aug 08, 2007 fashionfling Byblos Hotel, Saint-Tropez
EVEN A-LISTERS GET TURNED AWAY SOMETIMES
Katie Holmes' return to Los Angeles warranted much fanfare; paparazzi were around every corner of LAX on August 6 as Katie slowly made her way to her car, seeming relaxed and protectively holding her jacket closed with her left hand the entire time. Wearing ultra wide-leg denim (check out Pierce Jeans' Bleu Theresa Wide Leg Jean in Midnight Blue or Parameter's Pleated Denim Pant in Midnight for a similar look) with a black button-up and blazer and brown shades (like Nour's Kiara Sunglasses in Manner Mania), Katie also carried along a grey bag- set to be the hottest color for fall. Katie was in Saint Tropez recently with hubby Tom Cruise, and experience what many of us have gone through in our lifetime: being denied entry to a club! I find it hilarious that when one of Hollywood's most famous couples is turned away from a club in front of tons of onlookers it's newsworthy- but still, how can I not write about it? The couple tried to go into Caves Du Roi club in the exclusive Byblos Hotel, but the club was at capacity, and even when Tom's security team alerted the bouncers to his identity, they still refused him and Katie entry. A source at the club said that "the VIP area was full and the management weren't willing to move the guests already there to make room for Tom. It wouldn't have been fair." Wow, how different Saint Tropez is from Los Angeles! In LA, it doesn't matter who you are… if Tom Cruise is outside waiting, you will be shuffled around so that he can get in. Without question!
Aug 08, 2007 El Sarten Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Hotel Martinez
I found out that my next stop on this long road to becoming a chef will be the Hotel Martinez on the boulevard de La Croisette in Cannes, where I will be working from November this year...
...Extravagent, elegant, and located in extraordinary premises, this hotel is well-known for being one of the best in Europe. It offers its clients luxurious service and comfort, as well as three excellent restaurants: 'La Palme d'Or', a 2-star Michelin restaurant headed by Chefs Christian Willer and Christian Sinicropi; 'Le Relais Martinez' and the 'Zplage Beach Restaurant'. Although I know it will be hard work, it will be a pleasure to be part of such an enterprise. Part of becoming a successful chef is learning how to handle tough schedules and working under pressure, and I am determined to do my very best to succeed in this next stage on my journey.
Aug 08, 2007 Scotsman.com The Landmark London
Best of both worlds
...After checking out of the K-West, we headed to our traditional hotel - The Landmark London, built in 1899. This magnificent five-star hotel is steeped in history and is conveniently situated right opposite Marylebone Tube station. Constructed during the golden age of steam, it was once a Victorian railway terminus hotel. It is as opulent as it gets, and is especially famous for its Winter Garden, a huge eight-storey, glass-roofed atrium complete with colonial-style palm trees, where they serve a cream tea to rival the Ritz...
Aug 08, 2007 jetsettersblog Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin - Venice, Italy
TASTE THE MEDITERRANEAN FOR FOOD AND WINE LOVERS
ITALY - Starwood Hotels & Resorts of Italy, Malta and Croatia is pleased to announce the launch of its interactive web campaign, Taste the Mediterranean. Designed to promote the distinct and unique flavors of this popular region, Taste the Mediterranean is a web-only travel package for food and wine lovers available at www.starwoodeurope.com/med/. Reservations for the Taste the Mediterranean package must be secured by the campaign end date of August 31, 2007. Also part of the web campaign are interactive video games that involve recipes of classic Mediterranean cuisine. The Taste the Mediterranean package includes hotel accommodations, a three-course lunch OR dinner for two in one of Starwood’s legendary restaurants, regional gastronomic delights in the hotel room and a daily buffet breakfast for two. Double Starpoints will also be extended during this special offer. The Taste the Mediterranean package requires a minimum two-night stay and priced from 126.00 euros per room per night. It is only available July 15 through December 31 and must be booked by August 31, 2007. For reservations online, click the Book Now button beside the hotel of your choice. To book by phone, call reservations and ask for therate plan Flavors.
The participating hotels of the Taste the Mediterranean package include: The Westin Excelsior & Grand Hotel in Florence; Le Meridien Gallia, The Westin Palace & Sheraton Diana Majestic in Milan; Le Meridien Rimini; St. Regis Grand Hotel, The Westin Excelsior Rome & Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center in Rome; Le Meridien Lingotto in Turin; Hotel Danieli, The Westin Europa & Regina & Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice; Hotel Villa Cipriani in Asolo; The Westin Dragonara Resort, Le Meridien St. Julians & Le Meridien Phoenicia in Malta and Le Meridien Lav in Split. The web campaign also includes an interactive video game that engages visitors in an exciting challenge on the site. When entering the site, visitors are welcomed with “Guess the dish!” and are invited to match images and recipes to complete an entire menu. Recipes are also available to download. “We’re trying to engage consumers with an experience that goes beyond one-way communication so they have a reason to visit our sites and discover our properties under different perspectives,” said Jacques Rossignaud, Regional Online Marketing, Italy & Central Mediterranean.
Aug 08, 2007 AME Info FZ LLC Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome
Paris looks forward to strong number of Middle East travellers for Bastille Day
...Every year cities throughout France hold parades and picnics during the day followed by night time fireworks along with many dancing parties and social gatherings. Standing in a league of its own, the 178-room Park Hyatt Paris - Vendome is ideally located in the heart of Paris, on the famous Rue de la Paix, a short stroll from Place Vendome, the Opera House and the exclusive shops on Faubourg St. Honore. Additionally, the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay, as well as other major Paris landmarks are all in close proximity to the hotel. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is honoured to be voted second best hotel in Paris and in Europe in the "Readers' Choice Awards 2006" held by American magazine 'Conde Nast Traveler'. The Hotel's prestigious awards received in 2006 include: The best hotel in Paris and Europe and second best in the world by the 'Institutional Investor', best hotels in the world list by 'Travel + Leisure', and best places to stay in the world (hotels, resorts and cruises) by Conde Nast Traveler'. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, unequivocally contemporary with its residential atmosphere, its unique location and its commitment to impeccable service, ranks more than ever among the best luxury hotels in the City of Lights.
Aug 08, 2007 Travels with a gourmet Hotel de Crillon
Ratatouille
No, this isn't a recipe for that French vegetable dish. We went to see Ratatouille with our 5-year old today and I have to say that we really enjoyed it. What's not to like? A novice chef, a lovable gourmet rat and a three-star restaurant in Paris, our favorite city in the world...
...In one of the scenes, Linguini and Colette shell a large bowl of peas and I couldn't help but laugh at this since I had to do the same thing when I was a stagiaire (intern) in the kitchen of the Hotel de Crillon. After half an hour of shelling a large bucket of peas, I remember eating a few handfuls to make the work go faster. Cartoons may not be your thing but this feel-good family film is perfect for those who love food and Paris. The animation, the characters and how things work in an haute-cuisine kitchen are so true-to-life and accurate. Go and see it soon.
Aug 08, 2007 Turkish Digest Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul chosen “Europe’s Best Hotel”!
What makes this prize so special is that the choice is made from votes cast by readers of the magazine. The criteria on which the votes are based include physical characteristics, the quality of service and food and drink and location"
Aug 08, 2007 ding dong Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano
Carb loading
Last night we were treated to an Italian feast by The Empire Hotel in association with the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan. Chef Marco Ghezzi from the Hotel's Acanto Milano served up a traditional Italian spread featuring some of the most lusciously mouth watering risotto and desserts known to man...
Before dinner, we had a tour of the kitchens. While the boys did their thing with their cameras I decided to stalk them instead of the food. Photographers must be the least photographed people in the world! Our appetite was whetted with the gazpacho with a side of eggplant, single olive and cream cheese drizzled with tomato-ey (correct me if I'm wrong) sauce. The shot glass was too tempting and the serving spoon too small...I downed it... MUST SEE! Click "source" link!
Aug 08, 2007 Daily Mail The Ritz London
Party Princes plan a bash for the Queen - but no Mr Diddy
Two venues are being considered – Highgrove and The Ritz. "The Princes prefer Highgrove as the event would be seen as private and unofficial – meaning that there would be no problem for their girlfriends, Kate Middleton and Chelsy Davy, to attend," said the source. "The Ritz is one of the Queen's favourite places in London, but a high-profile outing at such a public place would be seen as a formal, official event – and Royal protocol would dictate that the Princes ought not to be accompanied by girlfriends with whom they seem to have such relaxed relationships." The party is being overseen by Prince Charles's factotum Michael Fawcett. To mark their diamond anniversary year, the Queen and Duke will also travel to Malta for a private visit before heading to Uganda for a state visit and heads of government meeting.
Aug 08, 2007 TravelVideo.TV The Fairmont Chateau, Whistler
NEWS FROM FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
... Many Fairmont properties also offer innovative guest experiences such as winemaker’s dinners, Shop with the Chef excursions, and even trips to the local farms themselves. One upcoming highlight is The Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Feast of Fields package, offered on August 18, which includes entrance to a local, interactive harvest festival at North Arms Farm, as well as a 5-course, sustainable feast with wine pairings, and accommodation at the hotel....
Aug 08, 2007 Reed Business Information Claridge's
Restaurants: Pricing for profit
..."It is interesting to note how Gordon Ramsay prices his menus, pitching them at a reasonable level initially to build a clientele and then gradually increasing them. It is very smart. I think his restaurant at Royal Hospital Road opened with a menu priced at £65 per head for three courses, with his restaurant at Claridge's opening at £32.50. The New York restaurant opened at $80 (£39), it is now $90 (£44) and I expect it will hit $100 (£49) by Christmas...
Aug 08, 2007 blogspot Ritz Paris
Memories of an Empire
Shortly before I was sent to cover France for Kemsley Newspapers by Ian Fleming, then foreign editor of this powerful empire, one of its segments managed to lose a major libel action – all because the owner’s wife was sickened by the sight of a bull’s penis. Lady Kemsley, with whom I was to become closely acquainted, was in the habit of visiting ‘her’ newspaper offices at 200 Grays Inn Road on Saturdays, when the Sundays – Sunday Times, Empire News and Sunday Graphic – were being busily put to bed. As she passed by the Graphic’s picture desk, her eyes pounced on that of a magnificent bull. ‘What is zees?’ she demanded, pointing at the bull’s superb protuberance. ‘It’s a prize bull, m’lady,’ the flunky at the desk informed her. ‘It won first prize at the Smithfield Show today, ma’am.’ ‘And you intend zees to go into my newspepper? Jamais! Jamais!’ Lady K, who hailed from Mauritius and spoke with a thick French accent (her otherwise excellent French miraculously had distinct traces of an English accent) expressed her shock-horror at the prospect of such a picture finding its way into the pepper at all. Her reaction was immediately transmitted to the editor, who was not to be ordered about by the proprietor’s silly wife. Instead of spiking the bull, he ordered it to be ‘slightly adjusted’. Out came the paintbrush and with a gentle stroke, the beast was, well, emasculated. When on the following day the ‘prize bull’ made its appearance, the picture became a red rag to its owner. The farmer, who had been expecting thousands of pounds for his animal, sued – and won more than £40,000 – a fortune in the mid-Fifties. Gomer Berry – the first Viscount Kemsley – who had built up his newspaper empire from scratch, was not a happy man but he loved his wife deeply and would not have a word said against her. Instead, he took her to Paris where he booked a suitable suite at the Ritz Hotel in the Place Vendôme – which is where I got to know her. I shared an office with Stephen Coulter, who was the Sunday Times man in Paris while I looked after the rest of the Kemsley empire, ranging from the Sunday Graphic and the Sunday Empire News to the scores of provincials that served so many towns and cities throughout the UK. The office was immediately opposite the Ritz, which, to my misfortune, was found to be ‘handy’. ‘Ah, Izbicki, glad to find you in…’ one of my very first telephone calls greeted me. The gruff Welsh lilt continued: ‘Lord Kemsley here. Come over will you? You’re new so I’d better get to know you.’ He hung up, leaving me totally perplexed. I was young and at that time didn’t know whether to stand to attention (I had done my National Service just before starting in newspapers) or panic. Come over? Where’s ‘over’? I had no idea. Luckily, Steve came to the rescue and pointed out the Ritz. He thought the whole episode amusing and wished me luck. Kemsley was an elderly highly imposing figure of a man. During my first brief interview, Edith Kemsley lounged on a sofa in the background and said nothing. My employer sat behind a small table, drinking tea. I was not invited to sit but received my instructions standing almost to attention. ‘Now listen,’ the Welsh lilt said. ‘Each morning when you get to the office, I want you to bring the day’s papers over here, addressed to Lady Kemsley, so she can read them. All right? That’s all the English daily papers, Telegraph, Times, Mail and so on – oh, even the Manchester Guardian. Right? Also some of the French papers – Figaro, Le Monde, France Soir etc. Then, before you leave the office in the evening I want you to telephone and ask Lady Kemsley if there’s anything she needs. Right? Good. Well, goodbye…’ I was somewhat dumbstruck but managed to think sufficiently to say: ‘Yes, Sir, thank you, Sir – but what if I happen to be away from the office?’ ‘Away from the office?’ The Welsh lilt had taken on a kind of Lady Bracknell rasp. ‘Well, Sir, I am supposed to be reporting for the Group…’ ‘Ah, yes, quite forgot. You’re quite right to mention it young man. Well, in that case, of course, you can’t phone from your office. But the papers. These you’ll have to make arrangements to have them delivered here to Lady Kemsley. Right? Good. Well, goodbye again.’ I was dismissed. But, just as I had reached the door, he called out: ‘Oh, Izbicki, one more thing. The bill for the papers. You’ll pay that and put it on your expenses. Right?’ Much later, Lady K became ill. During her travels, she had started to suffer from severe headaches. In Switzerland she was operated on and a nerve was severed. I never knew which particular nerve but it was obviously the wrong one, as the operation had left her face partially paralysed and still painful. She used to call me over for a chat and a drink when I was not too busy and I found her a charming old woman. She would always offer me a dry martini (shaken, not stirred, as my boss’s character, James Bond, would have said). It was the only drink she knew. But she was clearly in pain and once asked me to find someone to help her. ‘Please, Monsieur Eesbeekee, please try to find this man for me,’ she said and handed me a slip of paper with a scribbled message: ‘Jean-Louis Bonsard – Magnetiseur’. It did not take me long to locate Monsieur Bonsard and to explain his task to him. He was only too delighted to come to the Ritz and help Her Ladyship regain her strength with his little magnet. The visit turned into something akin to a Georges Feydeau farce. As Bonsard sat on Lady K’s bed, gently swinging his magnet from side to side across her face, her Austrian maid Riesa, stormed into the room. ‘M’lady, Professor Lévy has arrived for his appointment. He is in the next room.’ There was no way out for Monsieur Bonsard. But, being French and used to every possible embarrassment, he calmly put his magnet in his pocket, looked round the room and opened the door of an inbuilt wardrobe. He entered, waving Edith Kemsley a fond farewell, and closed the door. Professor Lévy, one of France’s most eminent neurologists, was able to enter and entertain Her Ladyship to his well known bedside manner for some 20 minutes, give her a piqûre, and depart. Monsieur Bonsard, sweating profusely, exited, stumbled back to Lady K’s bedside and, with a weak smile, resumed his magnetism. I often felt sorry for Gomer, Lord Kemsley, for his wife (she was his second; his first, Mary Holmes, died in 1928) did not altogether treat him well or return his profound love. Often, when he entered the suite at the Ritz, she would pretend to be fast asleep and he would eventually leave the room on tiptoe as not to disturb her. Once he was in London lunching with his great friend, Max Beaverbrook, owner of the Express group. Lord Beaverbrook told Gomer that he was anxious to get rid of his Bermuda villa. ‘I’ll buy it from you,’ said Gomer and took out his chequebook. ‘How much d’you want?’ I do not recall the price but one was rapidly agreed and after lunch both men drove to Max’s solicitor who drew up the relevant papers. When Lord K returned to Paris and the Ritz, he gently awakened his wife. ‘Edith…Edith, my love,’ he said gently. ‘I have a little present for you.’ And he drew the Beaverbrook deeds from his pocket and handed them to her. When they visited the villa for the first time, he immediately executed one vital change. He went to a carpenter and had a special board made. The name of the villa was altered to: Kemsley House. Sad, for the many other Kemsley House signs around Britain were soon to be destroyed following the sale of Gomer’s empire to Roy Thomson in 1959. But before that sale was completed and to show his gratitude for my help over the past three-plus years, Kemsley phoned me. ‘Ah, Izbicki. Come and join Lady Kemsley and me for lunch. Book us a table at Maxim’s – and ask them to give us one that’s private. You understand?’ Of course. Edith didn’t want people to see her looking the way she did. After all, she was born Edith de Plessis, one of the nobler families of Mauritius. She was a proud woman. The lunch was a good one, even though everything I wanted to order I had to abandon. ‘Twenty-five minutes waiting for that dish,’ the waiter would whisper each time and I ended up with poulet à la crème, a course I could have eaten at any little bistro. At the end of that enjoyable ‘thank you’ session, M’Lord turned to me and said: ‘You’ll take care of the bill, won’t you dear boy? If you’ve not got the cash, I’ll lend it to you. But I want this to go on your expenses…’ Ah, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose… # John Izbicki started in journalism at the Manchester Evening Chronicle as a graduate trainee on the day he was demobbed from National Service. He was sent to France for Kemsleys for three months but stayed three years. He later worked for the Daily Telegraph for 23 years -- three as deputy industrial correspondent, 17 as its education editor and three as head of its Paris office. He wrote a column on education for the Independent and still writes columns for Education Journal.
Aug 08, 2007 Couture Central Ritz Paris
Celebs Favorite “Normal” Things To-Do
...When celebrities really want to get away, sometimes they feel luxury hotels are not the answer; just ask Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Angelina said in an interview that her and Brad love driving on dirt roads and finding a Motel 6. Well, you would never expect one of Hollywood’s most beautiful couples to stay in a flea bag such as Motel 6, when they could be resting comfortably at Ritz-Carlton. Many other celebrities do this as well, but of course they haven’t talked so openly or else it would not be such an adventurous vacation if everyone knows all of the secrets....
Aug 08, 2007 Kiwi Collection Inc Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie Rome
Hotels should have a sense of fun
I want the hotels in my Collection to have a sense of fun. In Rome, summer-time guests at the Hotel de Russie can take hotel golf buggies to move around the city. In the Hotel de Rome, Berlin built in 1889 as the headquarters of the Dresdner Bank, the first thing you see as you enter the stately lobby (once the bank's banking hall) are four black velvet corner sofas. Each is about 240° of a circle, about six feet central diameter, and the gold-studded backs soar to a high of about eight feet in the center. But the whole thing about the luxury hotel business in any city is that it all comes down to the people. The first thing I always notice going into anyone else's hotel for the first time is the reactions of the staff. Are they lively and interested, do they act in a passionate and empowered way? (Another bugbear, on the hardware side, is not enough bathroom storage, especially around the basins.) The next Rocco Forte Hotel will be in Prague hotel, an adaptation of the 15th century St Thomas Monastery: the 101-room property opens February 2008. After that comes Sicily's Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, which will be Europe's first true luxury golf destination, which means no wait to tee off, and one Kyle Phillips course will be for two-balls, one for four-balls, and of course golf concierges and pre-ordered room service will be a matter of course. The 800 acres include nearly two miles of seashore, and as well as 200 rooms there will be 55 plots for sale and we already a waitlist of 50 before even putting them on the market. There is no reason why Rocco Forte Hotels will not do more resorts as it leverages its credibility and its brand, but I am determined not to get deflected from the task of doing a hotel in every major city in Europe. I want Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Moscow and Paris. Each will be different, showcasing the best of design and the boutique sector with full-service luxury. The more properties we have the more loyal guests there are and now we have reached critical mass I am looking more at marketing to harness the product. The market today is so varied. There are pop stars and serious businessmen and the industry must adapt. THE AUTHOR Sir Rocco Forte is CEO of The Rocco Forte Collection - The Art of Simple Luxury. He spends the week in London and at weekends he and his family move to their 2,000-acre country farm, where he practises for triathlons (he has an American Serotta customized bike plus a carbon fibre bike by Ernesto Colnago that weighs less than 15 lbs).
Aug 08, 2007 Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. Luna Hotel Baglioni
I'll be travelling on the Emerald Princess from Venice toROme on Aug 21. I'll be pre cruising in Venice staying at the Luna Baglioni. Any suggestions on how to get from the hotel to the Pier for the least expensive option. Also once onboard does anyone know if Princess has shuttle service back and forth as they are in overnight. THanks for any info you could provide.
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Aug 08, 2007 123jump.com La Residencia - Mallorca, Spain
Orient Express Hotels Second Quarter Earnings Call
...The renovations at La Residencia in Mallorca, which will increase the suite count by a further eight suites will be completed this month....
Aug 08, 2007 123jump.com Grand Hotel Europe - St Petersburg, Russia
Orient Express Hotels Second Quarter Earnings Call
...The second phase of refurbishment in the Grand Hotel in St Petersburg was completed in May. The company has now refurbished 200 of 301 rooms at the Grand Hotel and its expected $40 premium on a refurbished room has been quite easily achieved and under-pinned the results that the Grand has shown this quarter....
Aug 08, 2007 123jump.com Reid's Palace - Madeira, Portugal
Orient Express Hotels Second Quarter Earnings Call
...In Portugal, same-store RevPar in local currency grew 19%, due in the main to the recovery of Reid’s Hotel in Madeira. The hotel was closed in the first quarter of 2006 for major renovations, which included the building of a new spa, the rebuild of the pools and some room and public area work. The results of this work, has showed immediate return with occupancy 10% up in the second quarter this year....
Aug 08, 2007 Dogan Daily News Inc. The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
Countdown to the newest five-star hotel – Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia
It's just a matter of days before Istanbul will have another five-star, international hotel—only this one will have a twist. The Istanbul Marriott International Asia is located on the Anatolian side of the city. Part of one of the world's largest hotel chains, the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia this month will be the first five-star international hotel on that side of the city. The hotel has 238 rooms –168 deluxe guest rooms, 51 executive rooms, 18 executive suites and one King's apartment. What particularly draws attention is a design that marries high-tech equipment with comfort and aesthetics. All the rooms have been organized around the concept of “business hotel” and business people. The top five floors are known as the Executive Floors providing businesspeople special services that will organize their lives and business life in the best way possible for the duration of their stay. In addition to the 238 rooms there are two ballrooms, eight meeting rooms and the larger ballroom holds 700 people. The fitness and SPA club and two outdoor and one indoor pool are open to companies and private members. There is a garage that can hold 500 cars. According to Marriott standards, security is the highest priority. General Manager Elmar Derkitsch points out that it is the first Marriott Hotel in Istanbul. He thanks the Polat Renaissance and the Ritz Carlton – they belong to the same overall holding company - for helping with the preparations for opening the hotel. In fact it means that the company has a hotel in three magnificent places in Istanbul – near Ataturk Airport, in the center of town and now on the Anatolian shore. “The hotel has been designed for guests who feel they need service at international standards,” Derkitsch says. “And make it easier to carry out one's business in the rapidly developing area (the city's Anatolian side).” Equipped with maximum comfort and advanced technology, the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia sees to it that you savor its wonderful atmosphere. The Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia is a candidate to becoming the new meeting center on Istanbul's Anatolian shore, offering the business world a new alternative in meeting rooms. If you're interested, then you'll want to be part of the opening specials. All guests will be offered free breakfast with their room and free cocktails will be offered for every meeting booked.
Aug 08, 2007 albawaba Intercontinental Le Grand Hotel Paris
intercontinental hotels & resorts expands its french portfolio with new hotel in marseilles
intercontinental hotels & resorts expands its french portfolio with new hotel in marseilles InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the owner of the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand, has announced an agreement with one of the leading European investment funds and real estate developers, AXA REIM, to open the first InterContinental hotel in Marseilles, France. The hotel will open in early 2011 after an extensive renovation and restoration. This will be the third property for the InterContinental brand in France adding to the iconic hotels – the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hôtel and the InterContinental Carlton Cannes. The InterContinental Marseilles will be situated in the heart of the historical centre with easy access to the historic Old Port and marina with its many restaurants and bars. It will be located on the site of the original Hôtel-Dieu, a building dating back to the 18th Century, listed in ‘Marseilles’ Inventory of Additional National Heritage Sites’ and an integral part of the city’s rich history and heritage. Positioned as the gateway to the world-renowned region of Provence and the magical Mediterranean, the InterContinental Marseilles will be the first luxury hotel in the city. The hotel will feature 191 rooms, spa and fitness centre, two restaurants, fully-equipped conference space and a Club InterContinental Lounge. The building will also include 70 – 80 residential apartments. IHG will collaborate with AXA REIM to transform the existing building into one of Europe’s finest hotels and to further establish the InterContinental Brand as a benchmark of quality and luxury in Europe and around the world. Jennifer Fox, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Europe, commented: “This is an iconic, brand defining project for us; France is an extremely important destination for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and we are absolutely delighted we have managed to secure such a great location to further our brand presence in the country. This is an opportunity that rarely emerges and we are absolutely committed to creating and establishing a fabulous, high-end urban resort.”
Aug 08, 2007 The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. King Pacific Lodge, Princess Royal Island
King Pacific Lodge offers wild luxury
PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND, B.C.--On a June day, my wife, Helen, and I wandered along spongy trails in the Great Bear Rainforest, getting a hands-on botany lesson and playing hide-and-seek with a motherly black bear and her curious cub. Not far away, in the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean, Murray Zedeck was hauling in a 29-pound chinook salmon, which would later be filleted, vacuum-packed and frozen for his trip home. Back at home base, Patricia Kreisler and her daughter were unwinding with hot stone massages after kayaking and hiking. And a few miles to the north, Beaky Allesch and Sally Evetts were fly fishing for trout after being flown there by helicopter. "Absolutely one of the best 10 days of my life," said Allesch, who was visiting from London. lost in luxury That is the essence of King Pacific Lodge, a luxury resort/wildlife outpost on a barge on the west coast of British Columbia, about 680 miles north of Vancouver. From May through September, the lodge is tucked away in an island harbor in the 4.4 million-acre Great Bear Rainforest. In the off-season, the barge is towed to Prince Rupert, a coastal city about 75 miles to the north. The lodge is rustic and cozy--guests sleep with windows open and wander downstairs in bathrobes for coffee in the morning. It is a wonderfully remote place, reachable only by seaplane or boat. The number of bars on your cell phone? Zero. Cable television stations? None. Also missing are talk radio, rush-hour traffic and dirty air. It's life unplugged. fishing for salmon If that's not enough reason to go, here's more: Beginning in mid-June, the waters that surround Princess Royal Island are home to chinook salmon, big healthy fish that draw bunches of anglers. With many of the fishing outfitters in the region, it's about catching and taking home as many fish as possible. But at King Pacific Lodge, the emphasis is on catching and releasing, keeping only one or two. Many of the guests on this trip caught chinook and took them home. Two halibut (30 and 47 pounds) were also reeled in. I wanted to bring home a 20- to 25-pound chinook. Badly. And on the final day of fishing, I was close. Under the stare of a bald eagle, a 20-pound chinook took the bait from my line and ran. I brought it closer to the boat. The guide slowly moved the net under the fish, and then like a bar of soap slipping out of my hand the salmon was off the hook. Call it my catch and unintentional release. bear encounter Wildlife is abundant around Royal Princess Island. Bald eagles. Porpoises. Seals. Sea lions. Minks. Wolves. But no creatures are more popular than the orca and humpback whales that live in the coastal waters. Marlene Berg digs bears, which explains why she was almost giddy as we got out of our kayaks to begin our hike. About 300 yards in front of us, a black bear and her cub were playing. We watched as they rolled around in the high grass. Then we stumbled upon the bears again, twice. It was extraordinary--but then, that's the kind of thing that happens at King Pacific Lodge. WHAT: King Pacific Lodge sits on a barge on Banard Harbour, Princess Royal Island on the west coast of British Columbia, about 680 miles northwest of Vancouver. GETTING THERE: Guests are expected to get to Vancouver on their own. STAFF SIZE: During our three-night stay, there were 22 guests and 32 staff members. PACKAGES: There are packages for three nights, four nights and seven nights (starting at $4,200 per person for three nights.) Packages include the charter flights to and from the lodge; all meals, including beverages; open bar; and a variety of guided activities (fishing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing).
Aug 08, 2007 Kiwi Collection Inc. Hotel Ritz Madrid - Madrid, Spain
Stephen White’s Style Report
The Global Director for Food By Design shares his personal style... There is no point in beating around the bush. As Cabin Services Director for NetJets Europe, I was responsible for putting decent food on private jets.... Suddenly, instead of ad hoc arrangements, passengers could order their meals beforehand, from such luxury hotels as Four Seasons or restaurants and suppliers of the likes of, say out of London, Fortnum & Mason, Hakkasan/Yauatcha, Ubon by Nobu, Vama, Baker and Spice, or Absolute Taste. From Madrid, as of July 31st this year, you can order ahead for dishes from The Ritz Madrid or the urban Hotel or from Kabuki, the nouvelle Japanese restaurant that is packed out with ultra-glamorous locals hungry for Ricardo Santz's Ibero-sashimi. Yes, you can now order from local restaurants in 13 cities in Europe, with another seven locations to come. And then we will start the same for up to 30 cities in the USA. Wherever, private jets passengers want food they eat everyday, from their favorite places. Style to me is feeling at home, comfortable....
Aug 08, 2007 West Seattle Herald Hotel Gritti Palace
Gordon Woodside, West Seattle native and leading art dealer, dies
Gordon Woodside, a longtime West Seattle resident and neighborhood native, died July 16 at Virginia Mason Medical Center after a stroke... ...With Woodside's sharp and witty personality, celebrities visiting Seattle flocked to his gallery to buy art and partake of his engaging and caustic repartee. They include David Rockefeller, Senator Henry Jackson, President Vigbisdottir of Iceland, novelist Philip Roth, actress Claire Bloom, and many others. Actor Vincent Price begged to pull weeds in Woodside's garden at his Washington Park home. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti tended bar at a party of Woodside's in 1964. In later years, prominent musicians like Robert Plante, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain and Susan Silver patronized the gallery....
A collector of English antiques and folk art of Haiti, Mexico, Tahiti, Africa and Northwest Coast Native American and First Nations of Canada art, Woodside and Teichman traveled extensively with trips to New York five times a year, as well as to Europe, Russia, Australia, Africa, Indonesia and the Middle East. He was a familiar guest at the Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice and at Essex House in New York (where he backed the successful Broadway play, "Art.")...
Aug 08, 2007 Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul
What Top Travelers Seek: truly perceptive travelers want the best of the best, especially when it comes to service
...Let us see what other top travelers cite when asked which are their favourite hotels, from a service viewpoint: First, Lyn Middlehurst, owner-editor of the monthly Gallivanter's Guide: Idyllic Places for Dedicated Travellers, immediately applauds the Four Seasons group. 'But which is best? Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul springs to mind, as we get consistently rave reviews from readers. Everyone is always amazed how staff at this luxury hotel remember their name from day one, and how caring and thoughtful they all are. Outstanding staff always comes from an outstanding General Manager, and of course, Marcos Bekhit is one of the greats. The staff loves him. So, the simple answer is - Outstanding GM = Outstanding staff'.'...
Aug 08, 2007 poetic & chic The Westin Europa & Regina
The World is Your Hotel
The World is Your Hotel: It’s true, I’ve been in and out of hotel rooms this year, and while it’s fun to be a hotel name-dropper from time to time - “oh, I’ve stayed there…” – there is still a long list of hotels I’d love to stay in someday, somehow… Maybe I read too much Vanity Fair or watch too many movies, but these hotels seem to come up again and again as some of the chic-est places to lay one’s head.
...If the Hotel du Cap were full, I suppose I’d have to stay at the Hotel Carlton in Cannes with everyone else who’s there during the film festival. Not that I’m complaining about this, but if I were to stay here I’d want Grace Kelly’s little roadster waiting at the door for afternoon drives – just like in To Catch a Thief.... ...I can think of nothing more romantic than visiting Venice, Italy. Nothing, unless it’s the prospect of waking up in the morning, tumbling out of 1000-thread count Frette sheets, opening the shutters and finding a front-row view of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Apparently this can be yours at the Hotel Europa & Regina. Now, when does my morning coffee get here? (To be fair, I did want to mention the Hotel des Bains on the Lido as another spot that I’d like to stay in, but I decided that I wanted my canal-view more than the beach…)... ...Ah, Paris. My home away from home. I love it there, but it isn’t much of a hotel town the way New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are these days. It’s true the Hotel Costes is unabashedly “trendy” (so quoted from their own website copy,) thereby cornering the market in boutique hotels in Paris, but who needs to put up with their snotty velvet-rope service? No. For my money I’d much rather go all-out and stay where Madonna stays: Hôtel de Crillon. Right on the Place de la Concorde and just down the street from the Buddha Bar, this place is still the best place to stay in Paris. Some say it’s the Ritz, but again, let’s stay away from the cameras, and who needs the temptation of all those jewelry stores on the Place Vendôme?...
Aug 08, 2007 BruneiDirect Hotel Principe di Savoia Milano
Italian Food Festival At The Empire Hotel
Bandar Seri Begawan - The Empire Hotel & Country Club will be hosting an Italian inspired food festival this month in association with the world famous Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan. inspired food festival this month in association with the world famous Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan. The festival, to be held from August 9 to 23, will see The Empire Hotel & Country Club, along with Chef Mario Ghezzi, serve up a nightly a la carte menu in the Spaghettini restaurant featuring specially created dishes based on classic Italian recipes and traditional-style cooking. The a la carte menu has been specially designed for this Italian food festival promotion to showcase some of Italy's best loved traditional family inspired recipes and ingredients, which will include dishes such as "Purpitielli" octopus with potato salad, Risotto with herbs, prawns and courgette blossoms, spaghetti with clams and Pizza dell’ Ortolana, eggplants, courgettes, tomatoes and sweet pepper. To coincide with the Italian food festival, the Hotel Principe di Savoia is offering guests who dine at the Spaghettini restaurant the chance to win a four-night stay in Milan to experience first hand its newly launched veranda and restaurant, the Acanto. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin.
Aug 08, 2007 The Lanesborough London
Selection Services Acquires Hotspot Solutions to Boost Wi-Fi Services and Support
London, United Kingdom, August 04, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Selection Services today announces that it has acquired Hotspot Solutions, a specialist provider of complete wireless access installations to public venues, commercial and educational premises and to private homes. The acquisition sees Selection expand its already comprehensive portfolio of IT services to include the wireless environment, with a proven and reputable service, technology and team.... The Hotspot service will run as an autonomous business division within Selection and will be headed up by Hotspot managing director of five years, Jamie Hind. The majority of Hotspot’s existing customers are in the sports and leisure industry, including many notable hotels, hotel chains, and cricket and golf clubs, such as Holiday Inn, Best Western, Blenheim Palace, The Lanesborough and Carnoustie Hotel and Golf Club. Selection plans to capitalise on the success in this market, while broadening the scope of the offering to other vertical sectors...
Aug 08, 2007 The Age Company Ltd. Claridge's
David Lynch made his name with dark characters and twisted plots. But underneath it all lies the search for light, writes Simon Hattenstone.
...I've always wanted to meet Lynch. I suppose I wanted to know what kind of sicko could dream up such a circus of psychopaths, sadists, dwarves, rape victims and not-long-for-this-world naifs. He is sitting in a suite at Claridge's hotel in London, looking immaculate. ..
Aug 08, 2007 Mimi & Ian’s UK blog Park Hyatt Milano
Milan Weekend
On the weekend 23-24th June, we caught an early 6:10am flight from Stansted airport to Bergamo airport. We were going to Milan - one of the fashion capitals of the world! Ian was quite excited with anticipation, he even thought our hand-carry bag might not be big enough. I assured him that everything would be too expensive so he didn’t need to worry. From the Bergamo airport, we took an hour bus ride (pre-booked through Terravision) to Centrale train station. Once we got off the bus, you guessed it, we headed straight to Buenos Aires Avenue, Milan’s local shopping district. This was indeed a shopping paradise. This road is really long, 1.7km to be exact and it stretches from Loreto to Lima then Porta Venezia intersection (all of which are connected by the metro). Luckily we had anticipated the amount of exercise we were doing that day so both of us had walking shoes on We even walked as far as Via Della Spiga and Via Monte Napoleone Street, where all the expensive designer labels have their main shops. By the time we wandered to Duomo Square, we were absolutely exhausted! Thanks to Ian’s complimentary voucher at any Hyatt hotels, we stayed for free at the Milan Park Hyatt which was conveniently close to Duomo Square. We were literally minute away from the beautiful Milan Cathedral, second biggest church in the world (after Saint Peter’s Basilica) and also second biggest Gothic cathedral in the world (after Cathedral of Seville). Going up to the roof is a must! It costs 6 EUR. You can either catch a lift from the back of the cathedral or walk 240 steps up. The view of the Gothic architecture from the rooftop is absolutely magnificent! Needless to say we had tasty Italian pasta on both days and gelato for dessert. Our flight back was delayed, it was supposed to take off at 8pm but we didn’t leave till 9:30pm, which meant we didn’t get back to London till 10:30pm, waited an hour and a half at the immigration counters then had to take a bus and finally got back around 2am. This was when Ian had a hectic morning trying to book taxi at 3am for his flight to Amsterdam the every same morning. And I had to work at 8!
Aug 08, 2007 visitingeuropa The Marmara Bodrum Hotel
Hotel Bets in Bodrum Turkey: The Marmara Oteli
Deluxe, sleek, and breathtakingly situated — the Marmara sometimes feels more like an art gallery than a hotel, though infinitely more inviting. From your perch above Bodrum on a grassy lawn, you can mull over what Philippe Starck would think of the hotel. In your spare time, slink an hour in the hotel spa’s saltwater flotation tank.Source:frommers.com
Aug 08, 2007 Rebecca Bogle La Residencia - Mallorca, Spain
Citrus Siesta and Luxurious Treatments at La Residencia Spa, Mallorca
A few short weeks ago, I visted the Spa at La-Residencia Hotel. The spa is nestled on a hillside in Mallorca, away from the crowds of Palma, amidst olive and citrus trees. It has attracted celebrities such as Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford and Goldie Hawn. The spa offers cutting edge treatments such as Aura-Som, a color-based consultation where colors are used to delve into your personality and who you are. And the spa’s signature treatment, "Citrus Siesta" was a gentle salt scrub followed by hydrating massage. This treatment uses local produce: olive oil body scrub and an almond, lemon and orange moisturizer. It was delightful. To finish, a delicious sweet citrus tea…(ah, bliss) Must see photos!
Aug 08, 2007 Passport Newsletter Travelog Hotel Ritz Madrid - Madrid, Spain
The Spanish Orange Cake in Ritz Madrid
Dessert freaks are easy to spot. In restaurants, we're the ones who immediately flip to the back of the 12-page menu. Instead of pettifogging enquiries about herbs or the provenance of the fish, we home in on the essentials. Is the mousse made with dark or light chocolate? Are the profiteroles filled with creme or ice cream? Is the torte layered? With what? It's a harmless indulgence and it certainly never occurred to me that it might one day result in my being assaulted, robbed and carted off to hospital. It started with a food magazine which had featured what appeared to be the last word in orange cakes, a multi-layered affair interspersed with pastry cream and other fillings, topped with glaze. The so-called "Spanish Orange Cake" had been dreamed up by chef Buret at Madrid's Ritz Hotel. Orange is not my favorite dessert flavor. I prefer chocolate. However, it's best to keep an open mind on these matters and since my wife and I were about to leave for Spain, we decided to try Buret's recipe. It was a disaster. Instead of rising, the cake sank. The glaze refused to set and formed puddles around the base. With all the problems, though, there was sufficient potential to justify a detour to the Ritz for a full monty. We drove into Madrid on an exquisite spring morning. A couple of hours later, I was in the Emergency Department of the General Hospital, clutching a shattered left arm. A gang armed with knives had attacked us as we strolled the Rastro flea market. In the operating room, a surgeon inserted steel rods in my elbow. The care and attention was excellent as was the hospital's food. But it came up short in one respect. There was no 5-star orange cake.
On the day the hospital discharged me, I phoned the Ritz to reserve a table for that evening. On medical advice, I was returning to Canada the next day. I asked about the orange cake. There was silence while enquiries were made. Finally, a voice said, "Chef Buret is away from Madrid for a few days. I'm sorry but we're not able to offer his cake at the moment." We decided to dine at the Ritz anyway. The hotel did its best to make amends. The maître d' came to our table. "We were sorry to hear of your misfortune," he said. "Please accept a cognac with our compliments." The following morning, we were at the airport early. I had been four days in Madrid, three of them in hospital. I'd not even had a glass of sherry. While I was remedying the omission at the bar, a stranger walked over to me. "You must be the Canadian," he said, pointing to my cast. "I wasn't on duty last night, but I heard all about you. My name is Jean-Marc Santini. I'm the Food and Beverage Manager at the Ritz." Jean-Marc told me that Chef Buret was on assignment at one of the group's London properties, but would be back in Madrid shortly. "I'm glad to hear it," I told Jean-Marc, "because I'm coming back soon and if his orange cake isn't available, I'm going to tear your hotel apart, brick by brick." He laughed. "Write to me a couple of weeks before you plan to arrive," he said. "I'll warn Buret." That Christmas, we received a card signed by Jean-Marc and other executives. In May, I wrote to him, reminding him of our conversation and telling him the day on which we intended to come for dinner, three weeks later. Our flight arrived on a Saturday morning. Two hours afterwards, I phoned the Ritz. Jean-Marc was not on duty and the person at the other end gave no clue that he had ever heard of me. Ignoring an increasing sense of disquiet, I made our reservation. I couldn't bring myself to ask about the cake. In the dining room that evening, we were given the red-carpet treatment. Caviar appeared. "With the compliments of the hotel," murmured the waiter, as he served it. We relished the food, the ambiance, the ebb and flow of movement around the table as the professionals produced their dishes and removed them, without fuss. Finally, our waiter glided to the table again, his manner conspiratorial, almost coy, as he enquired, "And would M'sieu and Madame care for dessert?" "Is there something you recommend?" I asked, innocently. He stepped aside, smiling, arms outstretched. Approaching us was a trolley, wheeled by a young man wearing a chef's hat. On it was a single platter with his creation, the ultimate orange cake. We climbed to our feet, laughing, applauding, shaking hands. Then, after a few words, the maestro served us two massive portions and with a final, "Bon appetit," retired to his kitchen. As I gazed at my plate, I was suddenly overcome by a fleeting but profound perception of the sheer incongruity, the irrelevance of it all. A year before, thousands of miles away on another continent, I had started out with a simple notion. It had resulted in a frightening confrontation. I had been attacked, robbed, injured, undergone months of often painful therapy. My world-line had shifted irrevocably in ways I could not even begin to imagine. And all this for...what? A slice of orange cake? I didn't meet Jean-Marc again, but after we had finished dinner that night, the waiter offered us cognac and liqueurs "with the personal compliments of M'sieu Santini." The following morning, I hand-delivered my thank you notes to him and Chef Buret. And the cake? It exceeded expectations. It was incomparable.
Aug 08, 2007 beaniecat Ritz Paris
Ritz Paris
Nicolas Cage and son Kal-El leave the Ritz Hotel in Paris for shooting his new movie "Benjamin Gates 2".
Aug 08, 2007 HuffingtonPost.com, Inc. Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
A Carbon-Neutral Vacation in King Pacific Lodge Means Getting Used To Hearing "No"
"No" is a word seldom heard by the guests of King Pacific Lodge, a deluxe floating inn on the remote British Columbia coast. A three-night stay starts at about $5,000 per head, including the float-plane flights to and from the front door but not the spa treatments or the Cuban cigars. But "no" is the answer California investment-banking executive Aaron Gurewitz got one Saturday this month when he requested three of the lodge's twin-engine boats to ferry seven people in his corporate party out for an afternoon of salmon fishing. A lodge staffer refused, explaining three boats would represent too much horsepower per person. When Mr. Gurewitz offered to pay extra for the fuel, he was informed the issue wasn't money. It was global warming. This spring, King Pacific Lodge pledged it will halve its emissions of carbon dioxide over the next five years, a decision that has begun to affect the lodge in ways big and small. The chef no longer makes his own cooking stock, as that might require extra flights to bring the organic produce up from Vancouver, about 380 miles to the southeast. The fishing boats have been fitted with governors limiting their engine speeds, meaning it takes guests more time to get where the salmon swim. And in a deluxe version of carpooling, Mr. Gurewitz and his colleagues had to crowd onto two fishing boats instead of three.
Aug 08, 2007 Cornwall & Devon Media Ltd The Goring Hotel London
GORING HOTEL PUSHES BOAT OUT TO FIND BEST FOOD
Two men on a mission to source the very best produce from across the country for a top London hotel have descended on the Westcountry.Their visit is part of a grand tour of the British Isles which has so far included fishing for elvers in the River Severn and digging for asparagus in Sussex. But now their trip has brought them to the far west of the country where they have quite literally pushed the boat out. For Jeremy Goring, chief executive of the Goring Hotel, and his chef Derek Quelch, joined Port Isaac's lobster fisherman Jeremy Brown on his boat to find the very best of Cornwall's shellfish. The Goring Hotel has become a beacon of excellence for the capital's foodies who flock there for its total dedication to all British cuisine. Mr Goring said: "British cooking has undergone a renaissance and the British public are much more demanding now and want to know where their food is sourced. We have some of the best produce in the world on our tiny island and yet we bring food in from abroad. "And because we want to be able to offer our diners the very best of British produce we are touring the country to identify the best suppliers. Our cheese board at the hotel only features British cheeses and on this trip we are looking at possible new suppliers to add to that." He added: "We were really taken to find that even tea is being grown in Cornwall at the Tregothnan estate near Truro. So we are off to sample that, it would be great to be able to serve a cup of British grown tea. But while we are here in Port Isaac we have been on a mission to find the best lobsters and crabs and have been out with local fisherman Jeremy Brown on his boat."
Aug 08, 2007 Holiday News Direct Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie Rome
Re-branding for luxury hotel group
Rocco Forte Hotels, the luxury hotel chain has re-branded as the Rocco Forte Luxury Collection. The new company strapline is “The Art of Simple Luxury”. The chain currently has nine hotels in major European cities, with advanced plans for five more and wants the new branding to reflect the company’s brand values (”design and attentive personalised service”) and the fact that all their hotels are individual in design and style. The current Rocco Forte Collection luxury hotels are;- Hotel de Russie, Rome Hotel Savoy, Florence The Balmoral, Edinburgh The Lowry, Manchester Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg Hotel Amigo, Brussels Browns, London Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt Hotel de Rome, Berlin Le Richemond in Geneva and The Charles Hotel in Munich will re-open this Autumn. The company also has plans for hotels in Prague, Marrakech and Sicily.
Aug 08, 2007 Musicmatch® Byblos Hotel, Saint-Tropez
Byblos Hotel new CD release
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Aug 08, 2007 The Times The Stafford London
Summer in the City: London's Mr Fix-it
Meet Frank Laino, the best concierge in the world and someone who knows everyone who matters
...Frank Laino at the Stafford Hotel in St James’s has twice been voted best concierge in the world by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report for his ability to reassure, charm and pull off the impossible. He has the task of keeping this clubby hotel’s well-heeled, high-spending and demanding guests happy. (And we’re talking 24-carat powerful: Rupert Murdoch and his son James are both regulars.)...
Aug 08, 2007 Easier Media Ltd. Marbella Club
Prince or Pauper? – a Costa del Golf Holiday for every budget
...Golfing like a Prince – Let BA Business Class and a chauffeur pick-up transport you to the Hotel Puente Romano on Marbella’s Golden Mile. This five star grand luxe hotel is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and has a wonderful beach club, restaurants, tournament-standard tennis courts and 293 rooms arranged across award-winning subtropical gardens. The logical golfing venue is Marbella Club Golf Resort, 18-holes of Dave Thomas design nestled into Andalusian countryside a 20-minute courtesy shuttle service away from the Hotel. Reserved for the exclusive use of the Marbella Club and Puente Romano Hotels, and their guests, tee times are guaranteed and the views of the Mediterranean and North African coastline from the course are quite breathtaking. Finca Cortesín, a little further down the coast near Casares, only opened in October 2006 but is already rated as one of the best courses on the coast and set to be a star of the future. The resort features a championship standard 18-hole Cabell Robinson designed golf course together with a Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy with driving range, practice greens and state-of-the-art golf simulator. The golf Clubhouse is itself noteworthy, a 1,200m² mansion with five metre high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and Travertine marble floors. Or perhaps you’d like to languish on the fairways of the Robert Trent Jones designed course of Valderrama, consistently voted Europe’s top course for the past ten years and in 1997, the chosen venue for the Ryder Cup Championship. The final tournament in the European Circuit, the Volvo Masters, was first played at Valderrama in 1988 and in 2007 tour officials announced that at Valderrama it would remain for at least the next three years until 2010. This is truly the cream of the crop...
Aug 08, 2007 Khaleej Times Hotel de Crillon
No rats in Paris palace kitchens
PARIS - Two chefs per diner, stringent hygiene and an almost military-style hierarchy and discipline -- such is life in the kitchens of Paris’ top-end restaurants, the subject of Hollywood’s just-released blockbuster animation ”Ratatouille”. Take the Crillon, the luxury hotel a stone’s throw from the Seine where the cheapest room is 615 euros (839 dollars) a night with suites up to 8,000. Deep in its under-belly down flights of steps, chef Jean-Francois Piege lords over “a brigade” of 72 cooks whipping up gourmet platters for the hotel and its restaurant.
Not far away, at the equally legendary and expensive Le Meurice overlooking the Tuileries gardens, chef Yannick Alleno has “a brigade”, as it is known, of 74 -- not to mention the squad of 20 dish-washers and a dozen patissiers. Yet both the exclusive Le Meurice and the Crillon’s Les Ambassadeurs restaurants cater for only 35 to 40 diners per meal. But with the bill at a couple of hundred euros a head -- at least -- and a reputation to maintain, food excellence and novelty come at a price. In the Crillon’s recently-refurbished kitchens -- to the tune of five million euros (6.8 million dollars) -- a handful of apprentice cooks were busily swabbing down the floor ahead of the evening meal during a visit this month by AFP. As at Le Meurice, the actual kitchen with its ergonomically-built ovens and work-benches, is carefuly separated from the store-rooms -- one for fish, one for meat, and one for vegetables, excluding bacteria-carrying potatoes, which are kept in isolation.
Aug 08, 2007 Le Meurice Paris
Creates Travel Video Library, Adding 'Insider Guides' with the Best in Hotels, Nightlife, Dining and Activities
Concierge.com's Library of Online Video Tours for Travelers to Include New York City, London, Miami, Paris and Rio De Janeiro, with San Francisco, Tokyo, Italy's Amalfi Coast and Barcelona to Follow NEW YORK, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Concierge.com, the online destination for inspired travel, today introduces 57 new online video "Insider Guides," offering users free tours of top hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shops and attractions in New York City, Paris, London, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This fall, Concierge.com will introduce "Insider Guide" videos of Tokyo, San Francisco, Italy's Amalfi Coast and Barcelona, Spain, as part of an ongoing effort to create virtual video tours of top cities and destinations across the globe. The fast-paced "Insider Guide" videos capture some of Concierge.com's top hotel, restaurant, nightlife, shopping and activity recommendations in about 30 seconds. The videos are shot in the first-person perspective, allowing users to virtually experience the place, whether it's Paris's glamorous Le Meurice hotel, New York's iconic Museum of Modern Art, or Tokyo's frenetic Tsukiji fish market. Music accompanies users on their journey and captures the essence of the destination.
Aug 08, 2007 USA TODAY Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
Larry's rankings rant, part two
Earlier this week I looked at the flawed methodology that produced the crazy results in this year’s “Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America, The Caribbean and The Atlantic, Ireland and Scotland” in the June issue of Conde Nest Traveler.
...I love the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele in Hawaii, but the best golf resort in North America or the British Isles? Come on. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a perfectly nice place, but it is neither a standout luxury hotel nor a standout golf course, and somehow gets a 97.7 rating for golf, better than Pebble Beach (currently rated top ten in the world by anyone with any sense), better than the superlative Troon North, the epitome of desert golf, better than TPC Sawgrass and so on and so on. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler beat out the American Club, which remarkably scored a perfect 100 in course quality across not one but four courses, is a Major venue, and has better food, lodging, spa and facilities than the Chateau Whistler. The Chateau Whistler beat the American Club in such all-important areas as speed of play and pro staff (yes, I'm being sarcastic), and somehow got a higher score in accommodations. Considering that every room at the small American Club is spectacular, this leads me to think that the responses included the other lodging properties at the resort, Destination Kohler, despite rating just the flagship American Club, which CNT would have no control over given the way it does its poll. You show me a golf traveler who would take a free vacation to the Chateau Whistler over one to the American Club and I’ll show you someone in the market for a bridge. Wynn Las Vegas takes 13th place with its just okay course that costs $500 to play. Using the same criteria, why not list the over the top lodgings associated with the far better Shadow Creek? I don’t see the Mansions at MGM or Skylofts on the list, though no one could make a sane argument that both the lodging and golf don’t easily surpass Wynn’s...
Aug 08, 2007 Blogspot The Ritz London
...Ms. Kelly is warmly regarded by members of the Royal Family and was invited to join the Royal Family on a private cruise and also to attend The Queen's intimate 80th birthday dinner at The Ritz in London...
Peter Phillips to Marry a Canadian I appeared on Canada's CTV News yesterday afternoon to discuss the engagement of The Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips (the son of HRH The Princess Royal), to Canadian Autumn Kelly. Peter Phillips met his fiance at the Montreal Grand Prix in 2003. Ms. Kelly is an attractive and intelligent young woman who leads a successful career as a management consultant. She graduated from McGill University in 2002 and her skills caught the attention of CSIS (the Canadian Security Intelligence Service), who unsuccessfully asked her to work for them. Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips live together on a cottage at Gatcombe Park, the estate of HRH The Princess Royal. Ms. Kelly is warmly regarded by members of the Royal Family and was invited to join the Royal Family on a private cruise and also to attend The Queen's intimate 80th birthday dinner at The Ritz in London. The date and location of the wedding have yet to be announced. This marriage is certain to delight Canadian monarchists and will serve to strengthen the bond between Her Majesty's largest realm and the Crown.
Aug 08, 2007 The Oban Times Ltd. The Westin Palace Madrid
LEADING figures in the international aquaculture industry are due to address delegates at the Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership (GOAL) 2007 conference in The Westin Palace Madrid this autumn.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance event will consist of brief, focused sessions which will deliver summarised data for top shrimp-and fish-producing regions, concise reviews of major global markets, pricing trends, and important discussions on industry issues and solutions... The event is due to be held from October 30 to November 2 at the Westin Palace Conference Hotel in Madrid, Spain...
Aug 08, 2007 Reed Business Information Four Seasons Hotel London
Hotelier of the Year 2007 - deadline nears.
The closing date for this year’s Caterer and Hotelkeeper Hotelier of the Year award is now upon us.
Entries for the prestigious accord, which has seen past winners such as John Stauss at the Four Seasons in London, Patrick Elsmie of Gleneagles and Hotel du Vin’s Robin Hutson, need to be with us by close of play on Friday 10 August...
Aug 08, 2007 DIY WEEK The Goring Hotel London
New leisure exhibition to challenge Glee
Lofa has announced the launch of its own trade show in Goring Hotel to be held in 2008.
The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association held a press conference at the Goring Hotel, London, to unveil plans for Solex (Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition), which will take place July 6-8th, next year at the International Centre, Telford. The organisation said Solex is a member-driven show and that it has developed the event to fit more effectively with buying cycles. Chairman John Smye explained: "We've found that the big groups tend to do their ordering around June/July time so we've tried to accommodate this. Our members have been asking us to put on this show, it's not something we just dreamed up." The announcement has no doubt affected Lofa's long-standing relationship with Glee, as Solex looks set to rival the well-established gardening and leisure event. However, Lofa secretary Richard Plowman was keen to stress that its affiliation with Glee and the show's organisers Emap TPS was still strong.
Aug 08, 2007 WordPress King Pacific Lodge, Princess Royal Island
I was somewhat surprised to learn that the King Pacific Lodge, a resort that charges $5,000 for a three night stay — per-person, mind you, not per-room — would say ‘no’ to one of its guests because of global warming concerns...
In a similar vein, hotels across the country are preventing people from wearing their plush bathrobes to the restaurants, bars, and other social spaces where such attire is seen by many as inappropriate. Perhaps we are finally coming to the end of the ‘entitlement era’, a time in which people truly believed that if they could afford it, or if they paid for it, it is okay to do whatever they please. Perhaps even the most wealthy will being to realize that their actions do have consequences that extend beyond their immediate perception, that they are - all of us — tied in a dense and multi-layered web of life that must be respected, cultivated, and nourished by our actions...
Aug 08, 2007 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer King Pacific Lodge, Princess Royal Island
B.C.'s King Pacific Lodge. You're getting greener, and greener...
...The response to greening-up luxury travel was a mixed bag, according to the WSJ. The story focused on the floating King Pacific Lodge on the shores of the stunning Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Robert Penman, the lodge's general manager, instituted carpooling requirements: "The lodge's twin-engine boats must have at least three guests plus a guide before leaving the dock, and its single-engine boats must have at least two guests plus a guide." ...
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