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Nov 11, 2011 Orient-Express Bellini Club Maroma Resort and Spa - Riviera Maya, Mexico
New Food and Fun at Maroma Resort and Spa
Maroma Resort and Spa, the paradise on the Yucatan Peninsula, now has even more to offer its guests with the opening of the new La Cantina restaurant and the introduction of Snorkelling 101 for beginners.
Offering a genuine taste of Mexico, La Cantina is the newest culinary addition to Maroma. Serving homebrewed beers, a range of tequilas and delicious Botanas (home-style tapas dishes), guests are able to indulge in a traditional Mexican feast making the trip even more authentic. The concept behind La Cantina is to bring the true character of traditional Mexican cantinas to Maroma. For over 200 years, cantinas have been known as meeting places where friends can eat, drink, listen to music and enjoy a merry and social atmosphere. La Cantina retains all of these fantastic qualities. Click here to read more about La Cantina and see a sample menu. Also new to Maroma is Snorkelling 101. While many may think that snorkelling is easy to pick up, to some it can be a daunting experience. Over the course of three sessions, students are taught the fundamentals of snorkelling and taken on two open water excursions to test out their newly learned skills. Guests should not miss the opportunity to view the dazzling marine life of the Pacific!
Nov 11, 2011 Orient-Express Bellini Club Hotel Caruso Belvedere - Ravello, Italy
T+L World’s Best
We are delighted to share with you the Orient-Express Hotels that were included in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2011. This will appear in the August print edition of the magazine. Congratulations to the Hotel Caruso, Ravello, for being the #1 resort hotel in Europe and to La Residence Phou Vao and Hotel Splendido for joining the Hotel Caruso in the Top 100 Hotels Overall.
In Travel + Leisure’s 16th annual poll, readers select their favorite hotels, spas, airlines, cruise lines, outfitters, cities, and islands around the globe. TOP 100 HOTELS OVERALL #16 - La Résidence Phou Vao - Laos – 95.20 #21 – Hotel Caruso – Italy - 94.75 #46 – Hotel Splendido – Italy - 93.33 CONTINENTAL US AND CANADA #26 - Charleston Place – Charleston - 89.87 ( Large City Hotels) MEXICO #8 – Maroma Resort and Spa – Riviera Maya - 90.22 (Top Resorts) #2 – Casa de Sierra Nevada – San Miguel de Allende - 90.13 (Top City Hotels) CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA #3 - Hotel Monasterio – Cuzco - 91.78 (Top 10 City Hotels) ASIA #5 – La Résidence Phou Vao – Luang Prabanag - 95.20 (Top Resorts) EUROPE #1 – Hotel Caruso – Ravello - 94.75 (Top Resorts) #3 - Hotel Splendido - Portofino - 93.33 (Top Resorts) #9 - Hotel Cipriani – Venice - 89.88 (Top Small City Hotels) AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST #16 - Eagle Island Camp – Botswana - 91.40 ( Top Lodges and Resorts) #6 - Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town - 91.12 (Top City Hotels) #12 - The Westcliff – Johannesburg - 88.00 (Top City Hotels)
Nov 11, 2011 Orient-Express Bellini Club Villa San Michele - Florence, Italy
Rose Experience
“The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem for that sweet odour, which doth in it live.” - William Shakespeare The gardens of Villa San Michele are alive with this perfume as a portion of the Villa’s magical Italian Garden was transformed into a rose garden. Our gardeners worked hard on the project, and along the wall that forms the background of the garden were planted seven varieties of roses. This year, these magnificent specimens fill the Villa with new colors and intense aromas.
From May, the month for roses, and until they stop blooming, Villa San Michele is taking the opportunity to propose the unforgettable Rose Experience where, beyond discovering all of the different types of roses guests can also taste them… in the truest sense of the word. To start, they propose an Afternoon Tea with an iced tea perfumed with rosebuds and petals accompanied by delicious rose scented petits fours. At the cocktail hour, while guests enjoy the enchanting sunset from the garden, they can sip drinks prepared by the Villa’s bartenders, Marco and Fabio, accompanied by unique fried rose petals. They can try the Rose Scented Martini (vodka, rose purée, essence of rose), a strong and decisive cocktail with the delicate perfume and flavor of roses, and the Sparkling Love (prosecco, rose purée, essence of rose) that is like drinking a rose. The Executive Chef, Attilio di Fabrizio, will astound guests with three very fresh and spring like dishes that are light and tasty. As an appetizer there is a Field Green Salad with Rose Petals and Vignola Cherries, Balsamic Vinegar Dressing, followed by a Rose Petal and Wild Strawberry Risotto and, finally, for those with a sweet tooth, Rose Scented Cooked Cream with Wild Berry Gelatin and Green Apple Sherbet.
Nov 11, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Hotel Ritz Madrid - Madrid, Spain
Festive Events at the Ritz Madrid
Once again, the Hotel Ritz Madrid invites your guests to celebrate an unforgettable holiday season full of emotions and sensations. A whole range of events are organized for the festive season and can be booked with a stay at Madrid's landmark.
Relax and let us take care of Christmas this year, with our range of Festive Events: 18 and 22 December, 2011 Coro Infantil de Navidad Children’s Chorale Christmas Concert 24 December, 2011 Christmas Eve Gala Dinner 25 December, 2011 Christmas Day Brunch 28 December, 2011 Christmas Gourmet Dinner 31 December, 2011 New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner 1 January, 2012 New Year’s Welcome Party 1 January, 2012 New Year’s Day Brunch 5 January, 2012 Epiphany Eve Gala Dinner Dance 6 January, 2012 Epiphany Buffet Lunch
Oct 10, 2011 Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
Baltschug fall revival
Opening! Discover our new restaurants luxurious Baltschug Grill, refined Cafe Kranzler, cozy Lobby Bar!
More great offers at Kempinski: Royal Shaving We are the first to offer you shaving treatment from Trueffit & Hill - privileged barbers of the English court. Book your appointment at the Baltschug Beauty Center and enjoy royal shaving! New Training Equipment New state-of-the-art Technogym training equipment at the Baltschug Healthclub! Shape your star body while watching TV, browsing the Internet or listening to your favourite music! Brunch is back! Our lavish Sunday brunch is back! Soon to come - brunch with Magnum Champagne!
Oct 10, 2011 THE RITZ LONDON The Ritz London
The Ritz London Newsletter
The change of season brings a host of new delights for you to enjoy. Experience our new Rivoli Bar programme to celebrate the bar's 10th anniversary next month, celebrate Thanksgiving with a memorable stay with us on our Stars and Stripes programme, or take your seats to watch The Lady Killers at the Gielgud Theatre after dining with us. We look forward to Christmas, which is approaching fast, so why not plan to celebrate at The Ritz this year or give a special Ritz Gift to a loved one? We have a magical Festive season planned and are pleased to present our programme of events to you!
Stay at The Ritz and Celebrate Ten Years of Revelry at The Rivoli Opened to great acclaim in 2001, The Rivoli Bar was a stunning 'jewel box' created to mirror the original bar of 1906, with a gilded Art Deco twist. A decade later, the bar continues to radiate glitz and glamour, serving as a fashionable haunt and celebrated meeting place with an impressive list of over 80 cocktails and a new Caviar Menu showcasing a selection of the 'Kings' of caviar paired with superior vodkas from around the world. To mark the bar's tenth birthday, we are delighted to launch an exclusive accommodation programme showcasing the very best of The Rivoli at ten.The Rivoli at 10 programme is available from 1st November to 30th November 2011. Priced from £475 (excluding VAT), the programme includes: One night's accommodation in an opulent guestroom with English breakfast the following morning Fruit, flowers and a bottle of Champagne in-room on arrival Caviar and Vodka for two in The Rivoli Bar Two signature Rivoli Bar Birthday Cocktails A commemorative Rivoli Bar Cocktail Book The London Restaurant Festival From Monday 3rd until Monday 17th October, 2011, restaurants across the city of London are offering very special menus at very special prices. From your favourite local bistro to Michelin Star restaurants, the London Restaurant Festival has something for everyone! The London Restaurant Festival is designed to raise the profile of establishments involved and acknowledge the pleasure and sustenance given to all by London's extraordinarily diverse range of restaurants. Join us in this citywide celebration of eating out by visiting our Rivoli Bar for a very special two course menu for £25. Stars and Stripes Thanksgiving Programme Whether vacationing in London or visiting family and friends, celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the sublime surroundings of The Ritz, where memories are made and remembered for a lifetime. This year, we look forward to making Thanksgiving celebrations effortless and enjoyable for families residing in London over the holiday season. Hang up the apron, put away the pots and pans and prepare to indulge in a feast at The Ritz Restaurant, all in the blissful knowledge that when ready to retire, full stomachs and sleepy children have only moments to travel to reach their sumptuous guestroom upstairs. For over one hundred years, we have been the home away from home for Americans abroad: Britain's most quintessentially English hotel and the last bastion of traditional fine dining, nestled in the heart of London with unparalleled views across the verdant expanse of Green Park and with nearby activities to whet the appetite of even the most frequent traveller. Throughout November, guests visiting from the other side of the pond are invited to enjoy a very special Stars and Stripes American programme, priced from £375 (excluding VAT) and including: One night's accommodation in an opulent guestroom with English breakfast the following morning Fruit, flowers and a bottle of Champagne in-room on arrival Pre-dinner cocktails inspired by the Stars and Stripes A four course dinner in The Ritz Restaurant Take Your Seats Enjoy a three course pre theatre dinner served in The Ritz Restaurant, a glass of Champagne and a top price ticket to see The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre from £95 per person. The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing... The celebrated Ealing comedy- THE LADYKILLERS comes to life on stage this Autumn in a hilarious and thrilling new adaption by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote). Featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest stage and screen comedy actors including BAFTA winner Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as Professor Marcus alongside James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Stephen Wight (Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer) and Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe, with Marcia Warren as the sweetly innocent Mrs Wilberforce. Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?
Oct 10, 2011 Oetker Hotel Management Company Le Bristol Hotel Paris
This was an exciting summer at Le Bristol!
After becoming the first hotel in Paris to receive the official “Palace” distinction, our brasserie, the 114 Faubourg, received the award for the “Best Culinary Experience” at the Virtuoso Travelmart Best of the Best ceremony in Las Vegas.
We were also named “France’s Leading Hotel” and “Europe’s Leading Hotel” at the World Travel Awards. Le Bristol Paris also received the “Luxury City Hotel” award at the World Luxury Hotel Awards in Croatia. The opening of our new Spa, the unveiling of our newest suites, the new location & decor of our gastronomic restaurant by Eric Frechon are sure to keep Le Bristol in the headlines!
Sep 09, 2011 Oetker Hotel Management Company Le Bristol Hotel Paris
Le Bristol Paris Obtains the Palace Distinction
On 5th May 2011, the French government announced Le Bristol as the first hotel in the country to receive the "Palace distinction". The first "Palace" plate was personally presented to Didier Le Calvez, Chairman and General Manager of Le Bristol by Frédéric Lefebvre, Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, Small Businesses, Tourism, Services, Liberal Professions and Consumption.
According to Didier Le Calvez, "In a highly competitive environment, this distinction will valorise exceptional hotels like Le Bristol on the international scene. This award wouldn’t have been possible without the confidence and the regular investments made by the Oetker Group since 1978, and Le Bristol’s staff, who work hard to be the best, every day". Thanks to the quality of its services and facilities, and the stability of its family owners, Le Bristol has always been considered one of Paris’ finest luxury hotels. Its consistent superiority has been recognized through various awards and accolades over the year. Last year Le Bristol Paris was awarded its 5th star; in 2009 the gastronomic restaurant and its Chef Eric Frechon received three Michelin stars.
Sep 09, 2011 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Summer draws to a close... at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Autumn is on its way and, following a hectic summer of events to celebrate its 110 year history, Cortina's jewel closes its doors on 7th September for a well-earned rest. However, preparations are already well underway for the winter season, with the perennial favourites and some new surprises
It has been a summer season packed with events at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf. One of the most important moments this year, was undoubtedly the receiving of the prestigious Seven Stars and Stripes Award 2011 that rewarded not merely the excellence of the accommodation, but also the Cristallo Ultimate Spa. The entire month of August was crammed full of celebrations for a double anniversary - the 110 year history of successes of Cortina's jewel and the 10 years since the Gualandi family took over the running of the resort. Leaving behind the sparkling successes of the summer season, everyone is now hard at work preparing for the new winter season, scheduled to start on 2nd December 2011. The hotel will be greeting its guests with beautifully prepared Christmas decorations and on Christmas Eve the rooms of the hotel will be buzzing with anticipation for the imminent arrival of Father Christmas, much to the delight of the children. Then there is New Year in Cortina. The most popular place to spend the craziest night of 2011 and the Cristallo too will be staging its New Year’s Grand Gala evening on 31st December with its not-to-be-missed dinner in the Hotel’s restaurants and dance music in the Bar and Living areas. Our younger guests can have fun just like their mums and dads, thanks to an entertainer, they can get involved in so many games, following the buffet dinner and invent things to do in the company of the baby sitter in the refurbished Squirrel Kids Club. The ancient Romans used to say that going crazy once a year is permissible - the Cristallo does this but without giving up on its style. Following the New Year’s Eve fireworks, the festivities just go on and on. There is the sweetest, most romantic Saint Valentine’s on 14th February, a day for lovers. Taking advantage of its unique location, breathtaking views of the Tofane Mountains, and magenta coloured sunsets over the snow capped peaks; the Cristallo will be offering its guests an enchanted atmosphere. The Hotel’s chef will prepare a theme dinner to enchant even the most demanding of palates and between one serving and a sigh, guests can look into each other’s eyes to the company of violin music . Venetian style masques will reappear during Carnival time at the Cristallo on the evening of 18th February 2012. It is a theme evening that promises to be above all tasteful. The Chef will be delighting guests with a traditional dinner and surprising the palate with an abundant buffet of traditional desserts. Christmas with your loved ones and Easter with… the Cristallo. It is first and foremost an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the winter snows as they melt into spring. An unmissable opportunity for one last ski on Cortina's snow through the stunning scenery of the Queen of the Dolomites before the onset of the summer season. Chef Badalucci is already hard at work preparing a very special menu for 8th April that will include the traditional serving of a celebratory lamb. Sticking with the culinary theme, SaportItaliani returns once again. This is the food and wine event that endeavours to introduce the delicacies of our beautiful country as prepared by the creative genius of Chef, Marco Badalucci.
Sep 09, 2011 Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Bulgari Hotel Milano
The Hotel Bulgari in Milan and Dom Pérignon present an absolute original to champagne connoisseurs for the Spring/Summer season: the Dom Pérignon Lounge Bar, located in the unique setting of the Hotel’s Italian-style garden.
The Dom Pérignon Lounge Bar features an informal, sophisticated atmosphere where patrons can savour the collection of Dom Pérignon Blanc and Dom Pérignon Rosé champagne, offered together with refined dishes prepared by Andrea Ferrero, Chef of the Bulgari Hotel Restaurant. Unique in the world of high-end Milan meeting spots, the Dom Pérignon Lounge Bar will be open until September 30° 2011.
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Maroma Resort and Spa - Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Very Best Spa
Conde Nast Traveler just announced its 250 Best Spas and Maroma’s Kinan Spa scored #1 in Mexico and Central America! The list, featured in the June issue, is a roundup of the best spas in the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and Canada developed by Conde Nast Traveler’s readers.
Maroma Resort and Spa is one of the Yucatan’s hidden gems, a haven of well-being where guests can start the day with yoga and end with a session in a traditional temazcal sauna. With an overall, near perfect score of 96.6, Kinan Spa scored 94.9 for treatments, 97.4 for staff and a 97.4 for facilities. Kinan is the Mayan word for the healing energy of the sun. Each building, spa treatment room and waterfall has been aligned to the stars to ensure positive energy flow so the body, mind and spirit are in harmony. The treatment rooms point directly east to west representing the balance of the day and night. The massage beds are placed so guests’ heads are at the west looking towards the east - representing new beginnings; and the relaxation room is pointing north - representing earth and grounding. Many of the treatments offered at Kinan are based on ancient Mayan healing. Some of the services will not be found any where else in this world.
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. La Residencia - Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca's Charming North
UNESCO declared the Tramuntana Mountains, on Mallorca's Northern Coast, a World Natural Heritage Site. Situated in the heart of the Tramuntana area, La Residencia combines unique luxury with pride in its rural roots. Its twin manor houses sit in lush gardens among citrus groves on the edge of the artists’ village of Deia: La Residencia is a true Mediterranean dream.
A balance between elite tourism and conservation of the environment is to be pursued by controlling access to the natural areas, promoting ecological farming, supporting local cooperatives and encouraging the use of local produce in hotels and restaurants. La Residencia is giving a valuable example by protecting ancient olive groves and implementing the production of the indigenous empeltre olive, which is pressed to produce the hotel’s own extra virgin olive oil. Millennia of agriculture in Mallorca's dry Mediterranean environment have transformed the terrain into a landscape marked by terraces and inter-connected water works - including water mills - as well as dry stone constructions and farms. The skyline begins at sea level and rises to 1.445 metres and the area is home to the most important botanical reserve of the Balearics. The Balearic holm oak and the wild olive are highlighted but there are another 300 species of flora and the area is the last island refuge of the black vulture. Likewise there are Prehistoric, Roman, and Arab remains for many civilizations have left their mark in the area. The dry stone wall routes and hill wals will be further developed and are a great attraction for those choosing a trekking holiday. In Spring 2011, Leading Hotels of the World has admitted La Residencia Spa into its list of Leading Spas of the World. It is the only Leading Spa in Mallorca and one of just two in Spain to be featured on the list. La Residencia Spa has panoramic views towards the Tramuntana mountains, the village of Deià and the sea, offering a complete range of treatments. Several signature treatments use ingredients produced on the finca, such as lemons, oranges, almonds and the extra virgin olive oil from the hotel's own olive groves.
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Maroma Resort and Spa - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Maroma and Casa de Sierra Nevada introduce new chefs
Two Mexican jewels, Maroma Resort and Spa and Casa de Sierra Nevada, introduce new chefs and a fresh gastronomic philosophy. Maroma Resort and Spa, luxury beach resort on Mexico's historic Riviera Maya, has announced the appointment of Juan Pablo Loza as Executive Chef. In this role, Chef Loza will oversee the culinary operations for the award-winning resort, including the resort’s fine-dining restaurant El Sol.
Chef Loza blends a passion for traditional and local flavors with a desire to preserve the rich traditions of the Mexican culture. He plans to bring that philosophy to the resort’s culinary offering, working with the area’s finest local suppliers to integrate the freshest local flavors and ingredients. “Food is an important part of Mexican culture with family recipes being passed on from generation to generation,” said Loza. Signature dishes include braised short ribs with tamarind and smoked sweet potato purée, lobster enchilada with homemade mole sauce and local Yucatan inspired dish soft shell crab Tikin Xic with achiote, habanero, avocado and citrus salad. Our clients will get a great opportunity to discover these Mexican delicacies while enjoying Maroma’s stunning natural beauty with our Special Resort Credit Offer: • $250 credit for stays of three nights or more • $500 credit for stays of seven nights or more While Chef Loza unleashes his creativity on the Riviera Maya, our boutique retreat in the beautiful colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Casa de Sierra Nevada, welcomes Felipe Ramirez Gorosica as Executive Chef. Overseeing the hotel’s restaurants, Andanza and Parque as well as its celebrated cooking school, Sazon, Chef Ramirez brings his pioneering vision and artistic approach to traditional Mexican cuisine. Ramirez’s inspiration comes from his ancestors who passed on the knowledge of variant techniques of traditional Mexican cuisine. Of his family’s inspiration, Ramirez says, “the history and culture of my ancestors is what drives me to excel in the culinary world providing unique and savory experiences of authentic Mexican flavors, highlighting avant-garde molecular gastronomy." Casa de Sierra Nevada stimulates all senses, from the beauty of the area located high in the Sierra Madre Mountains, to Chef Ramirez’s flavorsome gourmet creations, to intimate and cozy guest accommodations. In such a unique romantic retreat, the Love Serenata package is just the perfect indulgence for a loved up couple. The package includes: • Luxury Accommodation • Full daily breakfast in either the Andanza or the Casa del Parque Restaurant • Five course dinner including a bottle of house wine • A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival • A special turndown with flowers and candles. Rates From: 3,835 Mexican pesos (around 293.782 USD) for a minimum of a two night stay.
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Maroma Resort and Spa - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Ocean Suite Escape
Enjoy the Mayan Riviera’s cobalt blue waters from the grandeur of our indulgent suites at 25% off the best available rate. Wrap yourself in Maroma’s authentic Mexican allure and personal service. Each spacious suite offers heroic ocean views, hand-loomed bedding and rugs, authentic stucco and carved niches.
This package includes: Luxurious accommodations Lavish à la carte breakfast daily One snorkeling trip per person, per stay Wake up coffee service in room each morning Welcome drink on arrival In-room high speed internet Access to the fitness center Dates: Travel between June 01 and December 18, 2011
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Copacabana Palace - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Year in Rio
The Copacabana Palace has a privileged location right in the heart of Rio, making it the perfect place to enjoy one of the world's most exciting New Year's Eve parties. Looking out from the balcony of the Copacabana Palace you will see crowds of revelers’ celebrating the arrival of 2012. And when the clock strikes 12 feast your eyes on the magnificent fireworks display, which takes place in front of the hotel.
Package includes: Luxury accommodation Daily Brazilian buffet breakfast served in the Pérgula Restaurant Round trip airport transfers for guests staying in Beach or Ocean View accommodation Rates from: US$ 1,220 per room, per night Please note our terms and conditions: Requires a minimum stay of 5 nights in the City View Rooms and 6 nights in the Ocean View Rooms Rate subject to 10% of service tax, 5% of city tax and a tourism tax of R$ 9,00 per night A 20% non-refundable deposit is required within 7 days of booking confirmation Full balance must be paid by November 7th 2011 Rates are subject to change without prior notice
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin - Venice, Italy
Hotel Cipriani, Best Virtuoso Hotel of the Year
Venice is an extraordinary city, an island apart, a unique way of life. A glorious, theatrical experience that touches all the senses. And if Venice is a theatre, Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box.
Hotel Cipriani, an institution that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, is the winner of the 2011 edition of the Virtuoso® Guide to the World's Best. Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, this iconic Orient-Express hotel commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace. Steeped in Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artefacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city.
Aug 08, 2011 2011 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow
Alexey Pirogov-Sitnikov, the New Chef of the Caviarterra Restaurant
MOSCOW – August 10, 2011 - As of August 2011, the Caviarterra restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow has a new chef, Alexey Pirogov-Sitnikov. At thirty-eight years old, Alexey is a graduate of the Moscow Cooking College "Tsarytsino". He also studied economics at the Academy of Labor and Social Relations. A multifaceted professional with various experiences, Alexey is the ideal chef for the Caviarterra restaurant that offers Russian, European and American recipes on the menu.
In his previous positions he mastered the cuisines of Italy, France, the Mediterranean region, Asia and Latin America. He has excellent teaching skills acquired during his work at the "Gastronom" cooking classes and he also created the recipes for the line of microwave and convections ovens by Samsung. Born in Moscow, Alexey often visited his grandmother living in the countryside near Voronezh. There he learnt how to cook the delights of traditional Russian cuisine as well as the skills he uses still today. In his new role as Caviaterra's Chef, Alexey will introduce a few new items on the menu and modify the existing ones. For instance, his first endeavor will be baked sterlet with mashed potatos. The sterlet will be baked in its skin to ensure that the juices stay inside the fish and don't evaporate. The delicious dish will be accompanied by mashed potatos prepared with butter brewed with white mushrooms. This and many more Russian and international dishes from Alexey Pirogov-Sitnikov as of August 2011 at the Caviarterra restaurant. About The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow is on the central street Tverskaya, located just off Red Square, next to the Kremlin, in the heart of the cultural and business center of Russia’s capital. The hotel enjoys the largest guest rooms and suites in the city, all fully equipped with cutting-edge technological amenities. The O2 Lounge on the 12th floor offers magnificent views of the Kremlin and Red Square, while the pan-Asian restaurant Ginkgo by acclaimed Chef Seiji and the full-service spa by ESPA are among the hotel’s premium amenities. For more information and reservations, contact your travel professional
Aug 08, 2011 The St. Regis Florence St Regis Florence
The St. Regis Florence
After a complete renovation The Grand Hotel of Florence re-opened as The St. Regis Florence in May 2011.
Aug 08, 2011 Lungarno Collection Hotel Lungarno Firenze, Florence
Journey in style with Lungarno Collection. Situated in the most beautiful locations in Florence, Rome and Tuscany, the Ferragamo Family owned collection of luxury and design hotels, retreats and villas are a unique way to experience Italy.
The collection includes the following properties: Florence Hotel Lungarno, Lungarno Suites, Gallery Hotel Art, Continentale, Lungarno Apartments, Villa Le Rose Rome Portrait Suites Tuscany Marina di Scarlino Yacht Club & Residences, Swan Sailing Yachts VILLA LE ROSE Just minutes away from the heart of Florence, the most beautifully restored 16th century villa awaits you for a tuscan renaissance holiday to remember. Villa Le Rose stands at the end of a great pathway of ancient cypresses and is surrounded by a most impressive centenarian park with its olive groves. Celebrate the most important events of your life in this one of a kind historic residence indulged in picturesque nature with relaxing gardens, delightful pool, frescoed salons, and six splendid private suites with stunning black marble bathrooms. This luxury villa in Florence is available for exclusive rental.
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin - Venice, Italy
By seaplane over the lagoon
The new frontier in Venice tourism is aboard a seaplane: a new luxury service that allows you to admire the city and its magical Lagoon from up in the sky, taking off and landing on the water.
Our guests will be collected by a guided private boat from the dock of the hotel to board a Cessna Caravan 208 seaplane, accommodating up to nine passengers with window seats. It is also possible to customize the tour for a small group or a special event. This service runs daily and flights last approximately 30 minutes, covering the entire Venice Lagoon and the islands of San Servolo, San Giorgio Maggiore, Giudecca, Sant’Elena, Lido, Murano, Burano and Torcello. From up in the wild blue you will discover the marvels of the Lagoon micro-system! Flights over the Venetian Lagoon aboard a seaplane date back to 1930, although the history of these suggestive aircrafts began in 1911 when the Royal Navy inaugurated the Venice Seaplane Station with a dedicated pilot school on the island of Vignole. In 1915, concurrent with the breakout of World Word I, the flight school was moved to Taranto and, finally, in 2011, the seaplane is back in the Lagoon again for the pleasure of those who will fly over the unique palette of Venetian colours. An absolutely special tour reserved to just a few.
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Villa Sant'Andrea - Sicily, Italy
Swimming Pool
Guests at Villa Sant'Andrea can now enjoy the new heated swimming pool, located directly on the sea on the right side of the hotel.
The swimming pool is equippped with sun loungers and beach umbrellas, and can be reached from the Villa and from its private beach. Our pool staff is at disposal to cater any needs, from Evian vaporizers, fresh fruit and drinks, magazines or suggestion for strolls around Taormina.
Aug 08, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Hotel Splendido - Portofino, Italy
Kids at Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare
We want to ensure that our younger guests feel thoroughly comfortable and cared for and offer an array of amenities and activities designed to enhance their stay. Children welcome…
…in our Rooms & Suites We provide a special children's Welcome Kit, a variety of children’s DVDs, sleepers and bathrobes, disposable bottles, cribs and high chairs. All are available at the Front Office Desk the Wellness Centre Our Splendido Wellness Centre features a great array of treatments for children, from Vanilla & Sugar Pedicure and Honey & Milk Manicure to a Lavender & Chamomile Massage. And what about learning Teen Make Up tricks? Ever thought about relaxing with a Family Yoga Class for parents and children altogether or let your kids enjoy Kids’ Yoga on their own? …in our Restaurant For kids wanting to become chef, learning the art of making and baking pizza and focaccia is the way to go. At our Pool Restaurant, our Pizzaiolo Andrea will be happy to show you his skills! A Children’s Menu is available through Room Service and in our restaurants. Drawing and colouring sets can be provided to occupy little ones at the table. …in the gardens For fun-loving children, between a dive in the pool and an ice-cream, we can arrange Drawing, Water-colour or even COMIC DESIGN classes with a local artist. The classes will be run by a professional with experience in art teaching for kids. Also available in the hotel and around Portofino: - taste a "Paciugo", a ligurian typical ice-cream, at the Gelateria San Giorgio in the Piazzetta - go fishing in the deep blue sea with the entire family and then eat the catch on board - visit Europe's largest Aquarium in Genoa and marvel at the view of sharks, dolphins and penguins - learn essential Italian language with our professional teacher in the hotel - Laundry and dry cleaning services for children's garments - Professional babysitting service upon request
Jul 07, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Hotel Caruso Belvedere - Ravello, Italy
Grand Tour of Italy
There’s no time like the present for you to explore the wonders of the great boot. Let’s celebrate Mediterranean summer season with six exquisite properties across the country…and do not forget that they can be best enjoyed with our Grand Tour of Italy package! A very appealing flat rate, available at all Orient-Express Hotels in Italy and enjoyable when purchasing in advance a minimum of seven nights.
Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily Grand Hotel Timeo boasts renovations to 80% of the rooms, with added suites and junior suites. A new spa offers Sicilian-inspired treatments, the restaurant by the pool has been enlarged and the lobby has been renovated to welcome guests to Taormina in style. Villa Sant’Andrea, Sicily Villa Sant’Andrea re-opened with more spacious rooms, each with a balcony overlooking the Bay of Mazzarò. A new heated infinity pool offers panoramic views of the sea. The hotel gardens have been expertly remodeled, and a spa has been added to welcome guests to the serenity of Sicily. Hotel Splendido, Portofino Hotel Splendido is more relaxing than ever with a new indoor Wellness Center. Inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape, the center offers a variety of treatments to calm the mind, relax the body and nourish the skin. Hotel Caruso, Ravello Hotel Caruso has been awarded two ‘forks’ from the Gambero Rosso restaurant guide. Executive Chef Mimmo de Raffaele continues to excel in food, creativity, tastefulness and quality ingredients. Hotel Cipriani, Venice Hotel Cipriani invites guests to indulge at their new shopping arcade, housing a collection of stylish shops featuring a range of Venetian products. Relax after a long day of shopping in the new treatment room, boasting traditional Thai, Hawaiian and Balinese massages. Villa San Michele, Florence Villa San Michele has transformed the beautiful Limonaia Suite into three private suites connected by the hotel’s Italian gardens. A new kid’s program provides on-property activities as well as cultural excursions and restaurant and shopping recommendations just for kids.
Jul 07, 2011 Hassler Hotel Hotel Hassler
From your home in the heart of Rome! The Hotel Hassler Roma presents a brand new luxury experience!
Located on the 7th floor, the Penthouse suite has recently undergone a complete renovation, featuring a completely new style which is very modern but with some classical accents. The breathtaking view from its private 160 sqm terrace continues to offer a unique location where to relax and enjoy the view of the city with a late afternoon cocktail, a private dinner or for private events. Inside a sliding door separates the dining area from the master bedroom, decorated in elegant grey, beige and white tones with accents of red provided by the bed’s base and the suspended overhead canopy, as well as the bed-side tables and sofa. *From 3,800.00 Euro per night.
Jul 07, 2011 BAGLIONI HOTELS Baglioni Hotel London
Baglioni Hotel London, situated in one of the most elegant districts of London, will be the perfect starting point for summer stays in the English capital. From the hotel you can enjoy Hyde Park’s tranquility and an enchanting view over Kensington Gardens and Palace, while the Royal Albert Hall, Harrods and Knightsbridge are just a stone’s throw away. Tips from Baglioni Hotel London to enjoy English art and romanticism.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF KATE & WILLIAM On the traces of Kate & William: Offer validity: from 26/04/2011 to 31/12/2011 Minimum stay: 2 nights Exclusive package – just for lovers! The London for lover's package is bookable for two nights until the end of this year. Following specials are included: Return transfer with the limousine Welcome champagne with strawberries For him: Shave & haircut by Barbor For her: Wash & Dry by Richard Ward Romantic Candle-Light dinner with wine company for two people Breakfast buffet Wake-up service with coffee / tea and newspaper in the suite Costs including Specials: 2 nights in a Junior Suite from £ 1810 (subject to 20% VAT) 2 nights in a Deluxe room from £ 1512 (subject to 20% VAT) Added amenities upon request: Extra service: picnic in the Hyde park with lusciousness of the Brunello Restaurant from £85 for 2 people Special rates and priority access: London Eye, Madame Tussauds, afternoon tea at the orangery (Kensington Palace), entry to the Boujis On the traces of Kate Middleton: Offer validity: from 27/04/2011 to 31/12/2011 Minimum stay: 2 nights Ideal for women and best girl friends! Following specials are included: A return transfer with limousine Wash & Dry by hairdresser Richard Ward Manicure or pedicure at the Baglioni JPC SPA A dinner with wine for two people in the Brunello restaurant Breakfast buffet Wake-up service with coffee / tea and newspaper in the suite Costs including Specials: 2 nights in a junior suite from £ 1680 (subject to 20% VAT) 2 nights in a Deluxe room from £ 1382 (subject to 20% VAT) Added amenities upon request: Extra service to choose: Personal trainer / personal shopper £60/hour Special rates and priority access: London Eye, orangery Kensington Palace, Madame Tussauds, exhibition Enchanted Palace, entrance in Boujis On the traces of Prince William: Offer validity: from 27/04/2011 to 31/12/2011 Minimum stay: 2 nights Men by themselves in the metropolis London Following specials are included: A return transfer with the limousine Shave & haircut by Barbor 1 dinner with wine for two people in the Brunello Restaurant Breakfast buffet Wake-up service with coffee / tea and newspaper in the suite Costs including Specials: 2 nights in a junior suite from £ 1646 (subject to 20% VAT) 2 nights in a Deluxe room from £ 1348 (subject to 20% VAT) Added amenities upon request: Extra service to choose: personal trainer & personal shopper £60/hour Special rates and priority entrance to: London Eye, Madame Tussauds, MINI- polo tournament, entry in the Boujis REGENT'S PARK - OPEN AIR THEATRE A traditional appointment of London summers since 1932. The permanent structure of the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a big amphitheatre where every night people can enjoy a charming atmosphere. It will be also possible to dine al fresco or relax with an aperitif during one of the shows in the programme. THE CULT OF BEAUTY: THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT IN BRITAIN The V&A Museum of London hosts the Exhibition The Cult of Beauty, until 17th July. Displaying the Aesthetic Movement in late nineteenth century, the exhibition gathers nearly 250 works by artists such as William Morris, James McNeill Whistler, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Oscar Wilde and the ceramics by Edward Willliam Godwin. ROYAL ACADEMY'S SUMMER EXHIBITION The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the largest open exhibition of contemporary art in the world. It is attended by prominent, promising and unknown artists bringing their new and unedited works.
Jul 07, 2011 Mandarin Oriental Prague Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Summer in Prague
With the summer officially here, our thoughts naturally turn to fun in the sun - or relaxing weekends in the city. To enjoy a truly leisurely experience in Prague, take advantage of our special offer valid through 5 September: for each two consecutive nights booked at Mandarin Oriental, Prague, a third night comes with our compliments. For ideas on how to fill those three – or more – days in Prague, please peruse the articles in this newsletter. And, as it is never too soon to start planning for autumn, our leisure highlights list extends into October.
Stay at Mandarin Oriental, Prague This Summer - Win a Diamond-and-Gold Necklace by Roberto Coin. Guests staying at Mandarin Oriental, Prague this summer have a unique chance to win a fabulous prize: a diamond-and-gold necklace from Roberto Coin’s Capri Plus collection. Guests in each room receive a special card with a secret code that, if they are lucky, will open a padlock on a safe in the Roberto Coin boutique on Parizska Street (the only one in Europe outside of Italy) and make them the happy owners of a stunning necklace. For those less lucky, a consolation prize of a 10% off the price of any other chosen piece will apply. Explore Prague with Classic Flair and Style The perfect introduction to Prague: an hour-long scenic ride in a classic open-top car. Faster, sexier and more stylish than horse-drawn carriages, open-top cars with English-speaking driver-guides are a brilliant introduction to Prague. An hour-long drive covers all the major highlights including Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and Prague Castle, even allowing time for pictures! Infinitely more comfortable than walking and much more fun. Baroque Operas Performed in a Historic Garden until 3 October 2011 Prague is justly known for its love of music, and an exciting new music experience is available to visitors this year: a series of Baroque opera performances set in the charming environment of the Ledebour Garden, a restored Baroque terraced garden in Malá Strana just below Prague Castle. The operas range from works by Vivaldi to newly created pieces that utilise historical scores by Baroque composers, with period libretti, instruments, and costumes. Performances are held daily at 8 pm until 3 October, regardless of weather (mobile roofing is available in case of rain). Fairytale Houses Reveal Their Secrets The Golden Lane is among the most charming parts of the Prague Castle complex. Originally called Goldsmiths’ Lane, it is a picturesque street of tiny, colourful houses perched along the castle fortifications above the castle moat, once the homes of poor craftsmen and servants working at the Castle. After a recent renovation, the 11 historic houses have been reopened and reveal their charming interiors meticulously reconstructed according to historical records and depictions. Thus, one can visit the house of a fortune-teller, an herbalist, a mediaeval tavern and kitchen, as well as a handful of shops selling high-quality handmade items. The Golden Lane is part of the paid-admission-only area of the Prague Castle; tickets cost CZK 250 or 350 depending on the choice of inclusions and are valid for two days. Italian Diva Visits Prague in October with Castrati Repertoire in “Sacrificium” 16 October 2011 Cecilia Bartoli is not only one of the world’s most dazzling vocal artists but also one of the most interesting, with a repertoire that’s unique and often pioneering. Following her triumphant Prague premiere in June 2011, Bartoli returns to Prague on 16 October to perform “Sacrificium", a programme of virtuosic Baroque arias written for the unique vocal abilities the of Italian castrati, accompanied by the illustrious Il Giardino Armonico ensemble. For Train-Lovers Big and Small What child doesn’t like trains? If you are visiting Prague with your young offspring, you might consider several train-focussed experiences. One, the Railroad Kingdom, is a spectacular three-floor emporium of model railways, the largest such establishment in Central Europe. Located a short taxi ride from the hotel, the Kingdom features a realistic model of the Czech Republic including its many tourist attractions, crisscrossed by hundreds of little trains. (Note: As there is only limited interactivity, the Railway Kingdom is better suited to older preschool and school-age children than the very young.) Open daily 9am to 7 pm If real trains are your child’s (or your) passion, we recommend taking one of the beautiful historical steam trains that depart Prague’s stations each summer and autumn weekend for various scenic destinations near Prague, such as castles. Securing a seat reservation is a must, as is bringing a picnic lunch as offerings on board are usually very limited – however, both the trains and the landscape are spectacular.
Jul 07, 2011 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts The Fairmont Chateau, Whistler
"Into The Wild" with Nat Geo Wild TV host Casey Anderson
Nicknamed the "animal magnet" as a kid, Casey Anderson grew up in Montana surrounded by wilderness and animals. Today, Casey and his best friend Brutus, a 9-year-old grizzly in his prime, educate the public on grizzly conservation as well as star in educational videos, television shows and feature films. Now you can hear their remarkable story and participate in a Whistler bear guided excursion as The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and National Geographic present "Into the Wild".
PACKAGE INCLUDES: • Two night's accommodation at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler • Welcome amenity • Welcome reception • Buffet breakfast for two on both mornings • Presentation and Q&A by speaker Casey Anderson • Whistler Bear guided excursion • Closing dinner
Jun 06, 2011 E-News InnSider Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
A Note from Charles
As days get warmer, but always with that refreshing ocean breeze that keeps our Tofino summers just the right temperature, I've been cycling like so many Tofitians on the Tofino bike path (officially called the Multi-Use Path) with my vintage Beach Cruiser. This is a quintessential Tofino experience we like to offer guests with a complimentary selection of these sleek bikes. If you really want to get that local feel, try pedaling a couple of kilometres with an eight-foot surfboard tucked under your arm – after surfing on Chesterman Beach!
Call it a segue, but I love topping off a day of outdoor exploration and admiration of Clayoquot Sound with some time at our On the Rocks Lounge, right off The Pointe Restaurant. Dad used to enjoy his Single Malt Scotch, inspiring our collection of over 100 Scotch Whiskies, and I have to say that I've inherited this affinity – quite happily so! André McGillivray, who you will meet in this E News, has worked his magic in creating a new cocktail list, and inspiring some tempting new Lounge menu items for a casual but always delicious bite. Or two. After meeting with fellow Relais & Châteaux innkeepers this past Spring, I've been thinking how we bring the Inn – and the West Coast – experience to you, our guests. Aside from getting insight from our team, some of whom have been Tofino "locals" for over ten years, I truly enjoy discovering the Inn's art collection. Displayed everywhere from our lobbies to the entrance of the Canopy Suite, this is an exceptional way of discovering what inspires us artists and (ahem) less artistic types on Vancouver Island. We've found ourselves parting with some beautiful pieces, as many of you appreciate our local talent and bring it home for some permanent admiration. I'm off for a quick jaunt to admire sunny Chesterman Beach, but always appreciate your kind words and feedback as we endeavour to provide you a magical Wickaninnish Inn experience, whether you're with us on a family getaway, are enjoying a couples' massage at our Ancient Cedars Spa, or a mid-afternoon bite on the Driftwood Lounge beach patio. It is an honour to have you as our guests. Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
Jun 06, 2011 Orient-Express Grand Hotel Europe - St Petersburg, Russia
Very Important Kids
Every child who arrives at Grand Hotel Europe automatically becomes a member of the hotel’s VIK programme – or, in other words – a Very Important Kid. What is it? Well, just imagine you were a child for a while…
As a VIK, you'll be welcome from the moment you arrive with services and amenities designed just for you – and your parents too! You'll enjoy a host of gifts, while they relax and enjoy the opulence of the hotel or embark on cultural activities around St Petersburg (such as a visit to the Hermitage Museum or a ballet at the Mariinski Theatre). When you enter your room, the first thing you see is a range of presents from the hotel – a cute teddy-bear wearing the blue hotel uniform, cap with the hotel logo and a sweet promise for treats – a gift certificate to use at our cozy Mezzanine café, where you will get a huge portion of ice cream or a big slice of our delicious cakes topped with your choice of syrups. Each of the seven restaurants and cafés at Grand Hotel Europe (along with the in-room dining service) will be glad to provide you with a special kids’ menu. And if you visit our Sunday brunch you will not only have a chance to taste our special kids’ champagne, but also the opportunity to make a thrilling behind-the-scene visit to our own chocolate factory, including a master class where you’ll learn how to make chocolate… You can order to your room a Play Station with plenty of games, kids’ movies in different languages, or even a kids’ pillow! But no sense to stay inside all the time – with the help of our Concierge you can choose from a large variety of children-friendly excursions out and about in St Petersburg. What could be more fun than taking a motor-boat trip around the canals with your parents, siblings and grandparents? Known as the Venice of the North, this great city is best viewed from the water. And how better to do so than from Grand Hotel Europe’s classic boat, the Katarina, available from May to October for up to 10 people. To make sure you are comfortably and safely seated at all times you will be glad to know that we have kids’ chairs in the restaurants, in the BMW cars, children’s beds and a babysitter is at your disposal to help! Mom and Dad will also be glad to know that our best available rates are available throughout the year and start from prices as low as RUB 7,900.00 (approx. USD285) for a Classic Room. Children Policy Children under 12 can be accommodated at no additional charge in their parents' room or suite in a crib or rollaway bed, available upon request, space permitting. Breakfast for children under 6 is free of charge; breakfast for children from 6 to 12 is 50% of adult rate. Other meals will be charged on consumption. Children 12 years of age and above will be charged the third person rate (extra bed adult) and all other meals charged at adult rate.
Jun 06, 2011 InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam Amstel InterContinental Amsterdam
Summer Escapes
Dear Friends of the Amstel Hotel, Finally we have conquered winter, meaning that we can once again welcome you to our sunny terraces. We have refurbished extensively and our gardeners have done a great job with the flowers. The terraces are now in full bloom and hopefully they will be so for a long, warm and sunny season. New this year is the West Terrace, where you can enjoy all sorts of drinks and snacks from our generous and inviting menu.
Since his promotion last April from Chef de Cuisine of the La Rive restaurant to Executive Chef for the entire hotel, Rogér Rassin has created a new food concept for the Brasserie and the South Terrace. We have reduced portion sizes, allowing us to reduce prices also, resulting in an attractive menu full of truly delicious dishes. The idea is that you eat and enjoy as much and as long as you like in an informal setting. For more formal occasions La Rive, which has its own terrace on the banks of the Amstel river, is still available. For private dining the Wine room is our venue of choice. Please contact the La Rive team to create your bespoke experience together with our knowledgeable staff. It is a great privilege for me to be able to enjoy the view of the Amstel river every day, a pleasure I am more than happy to share with you. There will be plenty of room for all of us at the Amstel Hotel this summer. The Lady and I look forward to welcoming you again soon. With warmest regards, Nils Axing General Manager
Jun 06, 2011 Cli Album del Cristallo News Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Lighting up the summer in Cortina d’Ampezzo
On June 30 the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf will start lighting up the summer in Cortina d’Ampezzo again with the exclusive new “Via Ferrata Experience” package for a high altitude and, above all, high quality vacation to celebrate the hotel’s anniversary. The Hotel now operates the Club House Restaurant at Cortina Golf Club and offers a dream setting for weddings, allowing the bride and groom to enjoy the pampering of Transvital Swiss Beauty Center experts and go to the altar perfectly relaxed and in fine form.
Preparations are well underway for the summer season. On Thursday, June 30 the Cristallo will usher in the summer, ready to welcome guests wanting to enjoy the impeccable service that Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf has reserved for the holidaymakers who choose it for generations. 2011 promises to be an even more unforgettable year as the hotel celebrates a very special anniversary. Opened in 1901, the Cristallo is 110 years old this year! 110 summer seasons of holidays with a glamorous international crowd. The hotel is preparing to celebrate this important anniversary in style all summer long, magically transporting guests into the charming, enchanting atmospheres that have helped make Cortina one of the world’s most famous, elegant holiday destinations. Numerous special events will be held to celebrate more than a century of great successes, culminating in an exclusive party in perfect Dolce Vita style on Saturday, August 27. One of the greatest thrills an expert hiker can get is to walk a Via Ferrata. Few areas can compare with the Dolomites in terms of number, variety and sheer beauty of its “iron paths”. To help you discover these breathtaking routes, the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf has created a unique 3 night stay package that includes: 3 night stay for 2 persons in a Superior Double Room at a discounted price, Fruit and Sweet Delights upon arrival, Grand Buffet Breakfast, access to the indoor heated swimming pool and Fitwell Club, Shuttle bus to and from the centre of Cortina, a unique excursion on a Via Ferrata with an alpine guide (including technical equipment). Prices starting from 424,00 Euro per night (3 nights minimum stay) for 2 persons. The Cristallo takes the excellence of its cuisine beyond the Hotel grounds. At the Club House, Cortina Golf's new attractive mountain chalet, all guests can get in touch again with nature in the peacefulness of the informal surroundings, without renouncing the quality of the ingredients, the gastronomy and the great service that are characteristic of the Hotel's culinary experience.
Jun 06, 2011 THE BAGLIONI HOTELS COLLECTION Luna Hotel Baglioni
The Redentore is one of the Venetians’ most treasured festivities, and is a tourist attraction thanks to the spectacular fireworks display in the evening. It falls on the third Sunday in July, when Holy Mass is held in the presence of the Patriarch, followed by a religious procession. But the special moment of the festivity takes place on Saturday night: with the unbeatable backdrop of Saint Mark’s Basin, a play of lights and reflections produce a kaleidoscope of colors with the silhouetted spires, domes and bell towers of the city behind.
Saturday 16th July 2011: Redeemer Feast party at the Luna Hotel Baglioni Experience unique moments in a unique private terrace facing directly the Lagoon of Venice, where you and your Friends can savour a refine al fresco dinner and appreciate one of the most unforgettable shows all over the world: the famous fireworks of the Redeemer Feast in Venice… Limited seats… Book now!! Accommodation not requested to attend the party. Redeemer Feast Package Valid from 14th until 18th July 2011 For a minimum stay of 3 nights the package includes: · Welcome drink upon arrival · Fresh fruit in room upon arrival · Exclusive Redeemer Feast party for 2 persons on Saturday 16th July 2011: welcome cocktail, al fresco dinner served at our private Lagoon View Terrace and spectacular fireworks show · Daily American breakfast served in the magic atmosphere of the magnificently frescoed Marco Polo Ballroom · Entrance for 2 persons to the famous Casino of Venice on the Grand Canal, to test your luck!
Jun 06, 2011 2011 Le Sirenuse Le Sirenuse Hotel, Positano
• Our Renovated Champagne and Oyster Bar has Opened • Comfortable wicker chairs and low set tables on our 4th floor terrace provide a place to unwind over drinks before or after dinner. Our DJ Alfonso enhances the mood with the perfect audio accompaniment starting at 7 pm every evening. At Le Sirenuse, we've framed the stunning Positano views with a great variety of roses and—new this season—fragrant Frangipani flowers. Our Oyster Bar offers seafood delicacies, and, if you prefer, we have a select Neapolitan menu of fried appetizers and fresh salads to chose from. For more substantial fare, you'll want to visit our award winning restaurant, La Sponda.
• The Sirenuse Riva and Sant'Antonio • Take a trip back in time on our fabulous Riva Aquarama Special, a vintage speedboat from 1973. For our guests who stay longer than 3 nights in one of our Junior Suites, the Riva is at their disposal with a captain for an afternoon at sea! If you are looking for a slightly more leisurely seafaring adventure, every morning, except for Mondays, from June 1st to the end of September the Sant’Antonio, our glorious old wooden fishing boat, leaves from the beach's central dock to explore the coast with 12 of our guests. The trip is free and it is repeated every afternoon, weather permitting. Reservations required. Our concierges can organize rentals of any other type of boat for private excursions. Cars with English speaking drivers can also be arranged to visit many nearby sites including, Pompeii, Paestum, Ravello, and Amalfi. • Other Free of Charge Weekly Activities • Sunset cruises with champagne on the Sant’Antonio Monday evenings. Wine and oil tastings. Visits to the local fish market with our chef Matteo Temperini. Boat excursions to the world-renowned coastal village of Nerano. Just thirty minutes away, we're partial to Nerano's superb pasta and zucchini, (meals are not included). Climbs to the village of Nocelle (1800 steps), where you'll find yourself out of breath, both for the effort, and as a result of the truly breathtaking views! Morning stretching sessions in our gym with Silvia.
May 05, 2011 Newsletter Kempinski Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza
Have you ever heard about Kempinski breakfast?
Sicily has so much to tempt, it's hard to decide where to start... We suggest you the best way to commence your day in Sicily.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that's why we never get tired of improving our each day. Experience the breakfast at the Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza and try our large variety of fresh pastries, desserts, sweets, ice creams and also fresh fruits, yoghurts, cereals, a choice of artisan breads, cheesees, ham and salami, fresh vegetables, squeezed orange juice, pineapple juice, coffee, cappuccino, chocolate, milk and more... We have added unique regional products to your meal menu so that your breakfast will be part of your unforgettable experience. And what about the nice atmosphere? An outdoor terrace overlooking pools and fountains...vineyards and olive trees beyond the line. Have a wonderful morning with us!
May 05, 2011 Newsletter Kempinski Grand Hotel Timeo- Sicily, Italy
Sicily by bike
We believe the best way to see the world is by bike. Going from city to village, ancient ruin to old church, learning secrets from local craftsman, farmers or artists.
Sicily has an extensive network of trails that allows visitors to enjoy a leisurely tour to a nature reserve, olive groves, rolling farmland and vineyards. Our Concierge can suggest you some impressive cycle tours to experience the best Sicilian itinerary. Mountain bikes and tandem bike are available for all our guests. Come and experience a bike tour in Sicily! You'll never forget it!
May 05, 2011 Orient-Express Sales Office (Italian Hotels) Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin - Venice, Italy
New season, New look
At HOTEL CIPRIANI in Venice, we have inaugurated three completely renovated Guinness Suites, as well as beautiful new Pool Suites. The achievement of these two goals forms just a small part of the large renovation plan that has seen almost the 70% of the hotel’s rooms and outdoor facilities upgraded.
May 05, 2011 Orient-Express Sales Office (Italian Hotels) Villa San Michele - Florence, Italy
New season, New look
Playing an important role in making the Limonaia Suite of VILLA SAN MICHELE really unique, a new heated plunge pool with views of Florence has been created in its private garden, which - thanks to the improvements - consists today of three elegant suites that can be linked together to provide the experience of staying in a private “villa within the Villa”.
May 05, 2011 Orient-Express Sales Office (Italian Hotels) Villa Sant'Andrea - Sicily, Italy
New season, New look
New brighter and more spacious rooms and suites have been created at GRAND HOTEL TIMEO and VILLA SANT'ANDREA, our recently acquired jewels, to give you the chance to enjoy even more the sparkling Sicilian atmosphere and the breathtaking views of Taormina. Moreover, a new infinity pool, located directly on the sea, has been inaugurated at Villa Sant’Andrea to make sure that your stay will be truly unforgettable.
May 05, 2011 Orient-Express Sales Office (Italian Hotels) Hotel Caruso Belvedere - Ravello, Italy
Service, Service, Service
This year we really want to exceed your expectations and surpass ourselves! In addition to all the improvements that we have made to the structures, we are pleased to offer you a range of special services that will help you feel even more comfortable during your stay in all our hotels: Free Wi-Fi internet connection covering all areas; Free soft drinks from the mini-bars in all junior suites and suites; Complimentary Italian lessons for all clients who desire to steep themselves in local culture (twice a week).
To make sure that your visit will be stress free and to serve all the needs you may have, two special programs have been designed to make your sojourn really unique: SWEET SUITES: a personal housekeeper to welcome you and to help unpack and press the most necessary garments. Your favourite cocktail served at the bar every night. Beautiful fresh flowers in your suite. And, finally, a number of personalized IPADs at your disposal from reception with all the information of the property and the destination: have fun planning your days in our hotels! PRESIDENTIAL SUITE* TREATMENT: in addition to all the services guaranteed to guests occupying suites, for guests in our Presidential Suites, we will also provide private transfers on arrival/departure from/to the nearest airport or railway station. And what about the kids? It’s child’s play in Italy, as they enjoy the many activities we have for them, as small guests are of the greatest importance to us! At the Smile Club at Hotel Cipriani they will learn how to decorate a Venetian mask, at Hotel Caruso how to bake a real Neapolitan pizza, while Fairy Alice will conjure spellbinding tales and tricks for the little ones in the gardens of Villa San Michele… no time to get bored! * Palladio Suite at Hotel Cipriani, Suite Limonaia at Villa San Michele, Exclusive Suite at Hotel Caruso, Presidential Suite at Hotel Splendido, Presidential Suite at Grand Hotel Timeo and Mazzarò Suite at Villa Sant'Andrea.
May 05, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Hotel Caruso Belvedere - Ravello, Italy
Art of Romance
Asking someone to marry you is one of the most important questions of your life. You’ll always remember where you were when you decided to share a life together, so finding the right location is important. It should be memorably beautiful but also intimate enough to make the moment truly your own. And where better to learn about the Art of Romance than at Hotel Caruso, set high above enchanting Ravello on the lemon-scented Amalfi Coast?
It’s here you can discover how to win a lady’s heart — and it’s not simply with flowers, chocolates and a candlelit dinner. For Dr Michele Fiorentino, known in Ravello as “the most charming man around town”, matters of amore take time. His “Art of Romance” classes, lasting one or two days, offer personal tuition on everything from the right body language to how to pay a compliment. Never hunch your shoulders or stare at your feet, advises Michele, a sun-tanned medical doctor with a reputation for loving the finer things in life. And when kissing a lady’s hand, never touch it with your lips but caress it delicately with your breath. And no romantic overture in Italy would be complete without a serenade, so Michele’s lessons include the art of Neapolitan love songs with celebrated local singer and musician Piero Flauto. How could anyone resist as you sing to your beloved underneath her balcony or beside the hotel’s open-air infinity pool with evocative medieval ruins on one side and a breathtaking horizon of blue ocean on the other? Michele’s classes (book through the hotel, subject to availability) are huge fun and Hotel Caruso’s 17th-century Belvedere garden, with its scent of roses, orange blossom and jasmine, is the perfect classroom for romance. You can’t help but be inspired by the views of the coast and charming Ravello with its winding streets, romantic cloisters and striking villas. No wonder so many couples have not only married or honeymooned here but also renewed their vows. After Michele has schooled you in his seductive arts, and you’ve experienced Ravello with the one you love — Caruso’s concierge can easily arrange a sunset cruise or a helicopter trip to add to the occasion — you’ll agree with Dean Martin that “when the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore!”
May 05, 2011 Hyatt Corporation Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme named "Palace" !
We are thrilled to announce that Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome was recently given the official “Palace” distinction. It has been named one of eight official Palace Hotels in France. Parisian hotels have adopted the distinction of “Palace” over the years as a self-appointed and unofficial title. Last year the government of France decided to make it an official category and laid out specific criteria for five-star properties to compete for the prized rating of Distinction Palace, stating that this new “tourism version of the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ … will be awarded by a most unusual and prestigious jury”. A special jury made up of 10 respected personalities from the worlds of hospitality, architecture, design, literature, film, television, science and business spent months reviewing business cases and inspecting the different properties.
We have long felt that our hotel is symbolic of true five-star hospitality and we are proud that the French Government has acknowledged the dedication of our hotel. This achievement is a tribute to the entire Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome team who in these ten years of activity, has worked effortlessly to provide sincere hospitality, never neglecting the essence of real luxury. Since the hotel opened in 2002, we have challenged long-standing perceptions of what makes a five-star property truly stellar with a contemporary yet timeless product. In addition to checking all the customary boxes – with our exceptional location, world-class spa, Michelin starred restaurant and 40 stunning Ed Tuttle -designed suites – we strive to bring to this city a refined and contemporary interpretation of warmth and openness that is quintessential of the Park Hyatt brand worldwide. I am personally flattered to share this success with you and thank you again for your tremendous support which highly contributed to the international awareness of our property. We look forward to welcoming you at the hotel in the near future! Michel Jauslin Area Vice President & General Manager
May 05, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Villa San Michele - Florence, Italy
Buono Buonissimo! Cookery School
In just a short time, our Cookery School has established a reputation for excellence among gourmets all over the world. Internationally renowned chefs come to teach here, while regular guests of the Villa have discovered yet another reason to return time and again.
The lessons are all “hands-on”. You can expect to work, play and taste—but the main thrill is that you are cooking alongside the chefs, handling ladles, pans, lids and ovens. The number of participants is restricted to ensure that each guest enjoys individual attention and obtains maximum benefit from the course. Cookery Courses In response to great demand, we continue to offer our classic Morning with the Chef courses, essentials such as pasta and classes focused on the Seasonal Tastes of Tuscany. There are also courses created in collaboration with international gastronomic holiday specialists. These courses combine the discovery of local cuisine with trips to the Chianti hills, wine tastings and visits to Florence for shopping and culture. Browse our selection of cookery courses available for all skill levels! Monday, Thursday and Saturday: Learning with the Chef Short but comprehensive, this course will immerse you in Tuscan gastronomy courtesy of our chef, Attilio Di Fabrizio. If you are in Florence for a few days or just passing through, take advantage of this opportunity: all you need do is book one day in advance. Following demand, this year we are offering courses on three days to ensure you get the best out of your stay: - Monday, use your time constructively on the day the shops and museums of Florence are closed - Thursday and Saturday, start your holiday weekend with a lesson on Florentine cuisine. The cookery course is held from 10.00 to 12.30 and is followed by lunch together with the Chef. The main themes are the preparation of pastas, risottos and soups, with a particular emphasis on Tuscan culinary traditions. Seasonal Tastes of Tuscany Villa San Michele celebrates the changing seasons with a quartet of new cookery courses focused on the finest local produce. Join us in discovering the region's most distinctive flavours as they arrive fresh from the fields. Nature has given each season a basketful of produce. It is only during the natural growing period that the bounty of the land is at its most tasty and healthy. The School of Cookery at Villa San Michele focuses on nature’s gifts when they are at their best. May - Spring Sensations Asparagus, artichokes, peas, broad beans and salads are just a few of the delights of spring. Raw, boiled, fried, oven-cooked—all are bursting with freshness and taste. dates: 14 May, 28 May July - Cool and Tasty Warm summer days call for light dishes served alfresco in the shade. Savour a chilled glass of wine with a light panzanella (Florentine salad), tomato soup or eggplant parmigiana. dates: 9 July, 23 July September - Umbrellas of Autumn Mushrooms wait for the first rains to wake them from their summer sleep, putting up tiny ‘umbrellas’ to shield themselves from the damp. The many varieties found in the Chianti woods add rich flavours to risottos and other local dishes. dates: 10 September, 24 September October – Natural treasure The truffle is one of nature’s wonders. No leaves, no roots, no hint of where they are hidden. These ‘gems of the earth’ are rich with powerful flavours: just a few slivers turn an ordinary dish such as scrambled eggs into a rare delicacy. dates: 15 October, 22 October A Symphony of Pasta Florence, Portofino, Ravello, Venice…five great chefs from Northern, Southern and Central Italy interpret Italy’s classic dish in their own, creative way. With the participation of : Renato Piccolotto (Chef of Hotel Cipriani in Venice), Attilio Di Fabrizio (Executive Chef at Villa San Michele), Mimmo di Raffaele (Chef of Hotel Caruso in Ravello), Corrado Corti (Chef at Hotel Splendido in Portofino) and Roberto Villa (Chef of Splendido Mare in Portofino). Discover the secrets of pasta, a true art in Italy, and learn how to accompany it with a wide variety of condiments and the tastiest ingredients. Get to know many of the varieties of pasta and learn traditional recipes, as well curious and surprising variations. Three masters of haute cuisine introduce the secrets of their kitchens. Upon arrival there will be a welcome cocktail reception and dinner with regional wines to allow participants to get to know one another. Itinerary Day 1: Welcome cocktail followed by dinner in the hotel's restaurant, with the other participants. Day 2: Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio will interpret and prepare pasta in the Tuscan tradition, after which lunch is served. Later, there is free time to relax in the hotel or visit Florence. Day 3 and 4: You will be taught by two other participating hotel chefs, according to the list below, followed by the same daily programme. Depart either in the afternoon, or after breakfast on the following morning should you wish to stay an extra night (supplement applicable). Rates per person* € 1.965 in a Superior Double Room € 2.430 in a Double Room for single use € 1.465 for a non-participating partner *price subject to 10% VAT 2011 Dates: 28 April - 1 May 16-19 June 15-18 September 6-9 October Package includes: The price is inclusive of 3 nights (half-board), regional wines, 3 lessons, and all materials and necessary ingredients. Please note: The courses are reserved for guests staying at Villa San Michele. The lessons are held in English and Italian; other languages are available upon request. The courses are for a maximum of 10 participants and the approach is highly personalized. The lessons are held in the morning (from 10.00 to 12.30) Hours not taken up by lessons and all the evenings are free. At the end of every lesson, the dishes prepared will be served for a lunch to be enjoyed in the company of the Chef. The complete list of the dishes taught during the lessons with recipes will be handed over upon arrival.
May 05, 2011 Orient-Express Hotels Ltd Hotel Ritz Madrid - Madrid, Spain
The Riojas of Madrid, Spain
Madrid is surrounded by vineyards of celebrated rioja wines, so it’s appropriate that the hotel has an award-wining Premier Sommelier, Gemma Vela, to introduce them to guests.
The hotel offers a special wine programme, with visits by chauffeur driven limousine, to top wineries just outside the city, such as Bodegas Qubel, Marques de Riscal and Ribera del Duero. Explore the cellars, learn about the wines and then return to the hotel and let Gemma suggest the perfect pairing as you dine in the hotel’s Goya restaurant.
May 05, 2011 Hotel Le Bristol Paris Le Bristol Hotel Paris
Le Bristol receives the "Palace Distinction"!
May 5th it was announced by the French government that Hotel Le Bristol is the first hotel in the country to have officially received the “Palace Distinction”.
This recognition is the first ever awarded in the French hotel industry. The commemorative plaque was presented to Didier Le Calvez, by Frédéric Lefebvre, Secretary of Commerce.
May 05, 2011 Waterstone Marketing La Posta Vecchia
La Posta Vecchia: Perfect location
J. Paul Getty sure knew how to pick prime real estate. When he decided to move to Europe Mr. Getty purchased La Posta Vecchia, a very historic site facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 35 minutes to Rome, 25 minutes to the international airport and 25 minutes to Civitavecchia Port. He set about to transform this former “postal station” into one of the great villas of Europe. When Getty decided to move back to the US in the late 70’s the current owner, Mr. Roberto Scio, purchased the villa and made it his own home.
Evenutally Mr. Scio decided to turn this magnificent villa into a 19 room hotel (although "room" doesn't seem a fitting word to describe the incredible accommodations). Each room at La Posta Vecchia is very special indeed and guests are made to feel that they are staying in the private home of an aristocrat; which is very much how the villa is managed. From the moment guests are welcomed in the front hall there is very little hint that one is staying in a “hotel.” Service is highly personalized and delivered graciously, very much in keeping with a stay at a fine country estate. Today La Posta Vecchia features antiques, artwork and tapestries that could fill a small museum. In fact, La Posta Vecchia actually has its own Roman museum unearthed during excavations for a swimming pool. Besides the lovely all-year swimming pool and tennis court, the villa now has a brand new spa showcasing products from Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. La Posta Vecchia’s Cesar restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star and has become very popular with Romans wishing to dine romantically by the sea. Perhaps one of the highlights of this exquisite little gem of a property is its convenient location. Certainly La Posta Vecchia is the ideal location for travelers' pre or post cruise accommodations. Similarly, travelers wishing to begin or end their trip to Italy close to Fiumicino Airport will find La Posta Vecchia a great welcome or a fantastic way to say ‘arrivederci” to Italy. But beyond these uses, I find La Posta Vecchia a lovely place to spend a couple of days relaxing, taking spa treatments, fine dining, exploring the fantastic lakes nearby, visiting the largest concentration of Etruscan ruins (30 minutes away) and simply strolling the gardens, book in hand and finding a quiet pergola overlooking the sea. If I need to go into Rome for a bit of sightseeing or shopping I’ll take a taxi to town for a few hours and return to the freshness of the countryside. La Posta Vecchia as a one night stop over on the way in and out of Italy is a ‘no-brainer”..staying a few days, ensconcing yourself in this sumptuous aristocratic villa and simply relaxing is true luxury. Marcelo D. Vazquez
May 05, 2011 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf_Cortina Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Delving back into the past
Next summer season will be like delving back into Cortina’s most magical past: from the early nineteen hundreds when, at a time of high-society and great class, the hotel’s large halls were to launch a tradition in tourism that was to become timeless and unequalled. The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf will be celebrating its 110th anniversary with masses of appointments and initiatives on offer to all its guests. In addition to this, there will be a number of wellness offers available such as Pressure Therapy, in addition to those provided by Cortina Golf with exclusive 3 to 7 night stay packages.
Between the past and future, the Cristallo will be ensuring its guests enjoy a very special stay, with everything taken care of, down to the smallest detail so that the Hotel and its guests can experience together the past and the present of one of Cortina’s most historic and illustrious hotels. Over a century of history: the five-star luxury hotel raises a glass with its guests. Celebrating the Cristallo Hotel’s 110 years during the next summer season, which starts on July 1, will mean reliving the atmosphere of those times gone by. Its large function rooms will be adorned with paintings and period pieces, inspired, for example, by the works of art nouveau chosen by the maestro Gustavo Ghiretti who was commissioned to design the hotel in 1901 by its first owners, Emilia and Giuseppe Menardi. Every day at five o’clock in the afternoon, all through the summer, will be tea time, when everything, right down to the most minute detail, will be prepared in the Hotel’s large function room overlooking the Tofane Mountains, in order to make this afternoon ritual a stylish and much looked forward to event, just as it once was - an appointment not to miss out on in Cort ina. The celebrations will be rendered even more magical on August 17 with the “5 o’clock Tea Dance”, just as it was in the twenties, when the Cristallo Hotel was one of the Italian and international high nobility’s favourite destinations. A grand party at which to toast the celebrations, planned for August 20, will look back at the splendours of the past. A truly exclusive occasion at which to raise a glass to the successes of Cortina’s five-star luxury hotel on the occasion of its 110th anniversary. This summer season, the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf is once again offering some unmissable holiday offers for those who enjoy the good life and are passionate about golf. The Dolomites’ most stylish five-star hotel has prepared a new special offer, working in partnership with Cortina Golf Club. Golf & Relaxation, that is to say weekend or week long holidays which, in addition to the stay at the Cristallo Hotel, offers the ultimate relaxation experience in the form of Transvital treatments and massages in the Cristallo Ultimate Spa, alongside some unforgettable sporting moments at the Cortina Golf Club, the exclusive golfing venue for which the Cristallo Hotel arranges preferential rates for its guests. Golf & Relaxation - week-end The package includes stay for 2 persons in a superior double room, for 3 nights, Grand Buffet Breakfast, access to the Cortina Golf for 1 person, for 2 days and Spa package for her and for him. Starting from Euro 1.376 Golf & Relaxation - week The package includes stay for 2 persons in a superior double room, for 7 nights, Grand Buffet Breakfast, access to the Cortina Golf for 1 person, for 4 days and Spa package for her and for him. Starting from Euro 2.720 Ursula Chioma has done it again! The bar lady at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina won first prize at the Acqua21 Coctail Competition with her Mille861 coctail. 30 highly select top Italian barmen and barmaids went head to head in the competition, to create a coctail in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, at the Vinitaly wine fair. The prize was awarded on April 7 in Verona, during a gala dinner where 5 finalists competed, preparing their coctails in front of a live audience, judged by a jury of experts composed of journalists, entrepreneurs, renowned Italian sports figures and of course the patron of Acqua21: Master distiller Roberto Castagner from Treviso, producer of the revolutionary distilled grape spirit, grappa, at just 21 degrees. Cristallo Ultimate Spa has extended its portfolio of services with a new medical and aesthetic treatment: pressotherapy. This massage, performed using a special machine, is effective in reducing blemishes such as cellulite but also for the treatment of circulatory diseases, like lymphostatis, that usually require manual lymphatic draining massages. Because of its intensive action, pressotherapy enables to obtain more immediate and long-term results as compared to ordinary aesthetic massages. At the end of the treatment, which is performed with a special machine, the affected body parts are treated more intensively, either with an aesthetic bandaging using bandages soaked in substances with a strong reducing and anti-cellulite effect or with natural muds that enhance the draining effect of pressotherapy. The final result is a firmer and more elastic skin, a remodelled silhouette and immediately visible results in the treated areas.
May 05, 2011 Hotel Le Bristol Le Bristol Hotel Paris
Spring & Summer time at Hotel Le Bristol Paris!
26 million Euros of investments planned for 2011 will add even more luster to The Grande Dame of French elegance & subtle luxury.
New suites, a much larger SPA with a brand new international cosmetic brand, a new gym, a fabulous new décor for the 3 star guide Michelin restaurant by chef Eric Frechon, overlooking the stunning 13 000 square feet inner garden, completely refurbished meeting rooms… The long tradition of kind & efficient service coupled with these massive investments are making the hotel the rising star of all high end luxury hotels in Paris: keep an eye on the forthcoming ratings, you are in for a spectacular change.
Apr 04, 2011 Wickaninnish Inn Newsletter Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
Your InnSider Offer to Slip Away
A Note from Charles I've always thought that one of the best things about Tofino is the abundance of fresh seafood available right at our door – On any given day, local fishermen will come to the Inn with their ocean-fresh catch, let alone foragers with fresh berries and mushrooms... It's just a dream for Chef Nick and the kitchen brigade – and an even better reality for our guests at The Pointe Restaurant!
Because Tofino and Ucluelet benefit from local, high-quality food resources and terrific talent, we're all excited to share our boat-to-table practices in the first Feast! Tofino – Ucluelet culinary celebration; it's a joyful mix of what I call our local "stars" Salmon, Dungeness Crab and Spot Prawns, showcased in unique dining concepts with our local chefs and activity providers – and some engaging visiting chefs. We'll be joined for a host of intimate events at and around the Inn by renowned chefs including Michael Noble of NOtaBLE Restaurant Works in Calgary, as well as Peter Zambri, of one Victoria's favorite dining spots, Zambri's and last but certainly not least, Chef Duncan Ly, of Calgary's Hotel Arts Group. This award-winning Executive Chef started his culinary career in 1996 alongside our very first Chef de Cuisine Rod Butters at The Pointe Restaurant – washing dishes. Tofino may be at the end of the road, but you never know where that road will lead... Inn and Around the Wick Pastry Chef Matt Wilson (a.k.a. our Master of Innovation) was on hand to accept our 5th consecutive Best Resort Dining in BC honour at the influential Vancouver Magazine Awards earlier this month. Congratulations to The Pointe Restaurant team, from the stewards to the bartenders, the managers to the servers! On another Pointe, it's a pleasure to announce the promotions of two long-term team members: Ike Seaman, most recently our Wine Manager, is our new Director of Food and Beverage, lending his polished touch to Special Events and The Pointe Restaurant. Chef Nick Nutting joined the kitchen brigade in 2005, and is the new Chef de Cuisine at The Pointe Restaurant. Congratulations to both. Those who prefer another kind of surfing will find that the view from each guest room is now even better - with the addition of flat screen televisions with high-definition channels! Whether you love to drive or to come along for the ride, our Lexus Canada Inn guest program is the perfect opportunity to experience the 2011 Lexus hybrid RX 450h for a two hour jaunt to the nearby Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, or to explore Tofino's seaside charms... Spring has sprung, nature is in full bloom — and there's so much of it to explore. The naturalists at Long Beach Nature Tours, started by the ever-knowledgeable and charismatic Bill McIntyre over ten years ago, can guide you in the right direction.
Apr 04, 2011 2011 Global Black Book The Ritz London
Savile Row suit, John Lobb shoes and Hermès tie…
Every major city in the world has an iconic hotel. These include among others, The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, and of course, The Ritz in London. Being iconic usually means they have been around for a long time. While that doesn't always mean they are any good, all of the properties mentioned have been meticulously cared for over the years, and offer experiences that are second to none in all of the cities in which they are located. The Ritz was built in 1905 in the style of a French chateau, and César Ritz made sure that his London property offered the most up to date features including bathrooms for every guestroom, double glazing, and a sophisticated ventilation system!
Purchased by the Barclay brothers in the mid-nineties, the hotel has undergone a complete restoration and today offers the very best accommodation in London together with a style and formality that the world of travel and living well has been missing for many years. This is not a hotel where you will feel comfortable without a jacket and tie, and in fact you need one to be able to enjoy The Ritz Restaurant, Rivoli Bar and Palm Court. So leave your jeans at home, put on your smartest clothes, and enjoy serious luxury and flawless personal service in a unique environment that only survives in a handful of very special properties around the world. GBB says: Did you know that underneath the hotel in the original ballroom there is a private gaming club called The Ritz Club. It's open every day from 2pm until 6am and the restaurant is open from 7pm until 3am. If you are looking for an exclusive, luxurious and decadent location to hang out or entertain guests, then this is it. Here you will find the rich and famous, gambling, eating well, and sitting at the bar being served their favorite drinks with exactly the number of ice-cubes they prefer.
Apr 04, 2011 2011 Luxury Travel Media Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris
Suite Dreams: Paris' Hotel Plaza Athenee Offers Aston Martins to Suite Guests
Paris' Hôtel Plaza Athénée is now using two new Aston Martins for guests in its Signature Suites. The Dorchester Collection hotel on Avenue Montaigne recently secured a four-door, four-seater Rapide and a two-seater Cygnet designed to explore Paris for availability with unlimited access to occupants of the Royal Suite, the duplex Art Deco Suite or one of three Eiffel Suites looking out onto the iconic iron lady.
The new Rapide is all about power and prestige, with a V12 under the hood, six-speed automatic transmission, and four "swan song" doors that will leave passers-by breathless. Meanwhile, at just three meters long, the four-cylinder, 1.3-liter Cygnet is sized just right for exploring the City of Light, with a handcrafted interior comparable to the most exclusive Aston Martin sports cars. Starting rates in a Signature Suite at Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris with unlimited access to one of two new Aston Martins begins at 8,000 euros ($11,642). Guest room rates begin from 750 euros ($1,092) for a superior room per room per night.
Apr 04, 2011 The Stafford London by Kempinski The Stafford London
The Stafford London Reopening
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, We are proud to present to you the updated Stafford London by Kempinski! A transformation that began in December 2010 is almost complete. On May 3rd, The Stafford will open its doors to reveal a refreshed look after spending £6 million on renovation works without loosing its trademark – the unique Stafford character.
We have re-designed the whole ground floor of the Main House, removed a couple of walls to make the lobby and lounge even more spacious and welcoming. 24 rooms and suites in the Main House have been completely renovated however still preserving their typical traditionally English charm and all rooms of the hotel have received new entertainment systems. Our pride is on our new restaurant ‘The Lyttelton’. The name pays homage to Lord and Lady Lyttelton, who owned the property in the 19th Century. The restaurant will move away from traditional fine dining to offer a casually elegant, welcoming atmosphere. Menus will feature the recently appointed Executive Chef Brendan Fyldes’ rustic British cuisine, focusing on seasonal offerings sourced mainly from British suppliers. We would like your guests the opportunity to sample ‘The Lyttelton’ and offer them a 3 for 2 course special on our business lunch at ‘The Lyttelton’ during their stay this August. Please reserve a table when booking to be eligible for this offer. We are looking forward to welcoming your guests at The Stafford London by Kempinski! Kind regards, Leon Baum and the team
Apr 04, 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Hotel Imperial Vienna
The Imperial in New Splendour
The renovation of 17 major suites and rooms, including the famous Royal Suite on the bel étage will be completed by end of April.
With an investment of 870,000 Euros, the international designers from Hirsch Bedner Associates are adding new splendor to the palatial rooms. As a special highlight, the Royal Suite’s famous parquet floors on 180 sqm are restored according to historic plans. Virtuoso Suite amenities include Butler Service, an exclusive treat in Vienna.
Apr 04, 2011 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Hotel Bristol Vienna
Your Private Box of the Opera
Musical Vistas: The Vienna State Opera opposite Hotel Bristol broadcasts selected Operas and Ballets on a 560 square feet screen in May, June, September and October 2011.
From our rooms and suites overlooking the opera guests can enjoy these live performances casually and accompanied by a delicious meal, providing they don’t mind the acoustics being intermingled with the hustle and bustle of the Ringstrasse Boulevard. For the authentic experience our Concierge will be pleased to arrange tickets.
Apr 04, 2011 Hotel Adlon Kempinski Team Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
Our terrace season has opened!
The Restaurant Quarré has opened the terrace season! Enjoy the warm sun rays with refreshing drinks and light French dishes...
Berlin is a great place for dining out. In the city’s dining establishments old and new traditions, east and west unite. To get an idea of how different haute cuisine can taste you don’t have to roam about tout Berlin. At the Hotel Adlon Kempinski you can embark on a journey of endless culinary possibilities including a Michelin-starred fine dining temple:Gourmet Restaurant Lorenz Adlon. More taste-bud tantalizing experiences are waiting for you at Restaurant Quarré, Lobby Lounge & Bar, uma Restaurant or Shochu Bar. If your mood is set on a pinch of clubbing, the place to go is Felix ClubRestaurant, one of Berlin’s hotspots.
Apr 04, 2011 Kempinski The Stafford London
Update on the Renovations
During the last few months we have been busy with the restoration of the Main House of The Stafford including the lobby, lounge and restaurant. With the end in sight we look forward to unveiling our elegant new look in early May.
As our elegant renovation draws to an end we are pleased to give you a brief overview of what to expect from the hotel this summer. The lobby, lounge and restaurant retain the feel of a classic English home, however we have updated the fabric and furnishings; including a beautiful new parquet floor throughout. The lounge and restaurant have been opened up to create a large airy space and our new Culinary Director Brendan Fyldes looks forward to offering his fresh seasonal 'Best of British' fare in the new restaurant 'The Lyttleton'.
Apr 04, 2011 Kempinski Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Moscow
In honour of the royal wedding on the 29th of April in London the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow is offering its guests a princely treat – a stay in one of the luxurious Design Suites that are not just fit for royalty, they're designed by royalty.
Princess Suite designed by HRH Princess Michael of Kent offers feminine luxury with traditional English floral designs. In the Princess Suite it seems as if you only have to look out of the windows of your English stately home, and you will view an ancient park with emerald grass, the turquoise smoothness of a pond, and a scene filled with aristocratic figures. This quintessentially English vision makes the view of the capital of Russia even more unexpected and stunning: the Kremlin and Red Square, the Moscow River and Moskvoretsky Bridge - all the unique architecture that so attracts guests to the Baltschug. Linley Suite designed by David, Viscount Linley, nephew of Her Majesty the Queen, exemplifies a restrained classical English elegance, and the unexpected excitement of bold patterns, giving this superb suite its very distinctive style and relaxed understatement. While the celebration takes place in London, guests of the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow will have a chance to spend a truly Royal weekend in Moscow. Romantic Royal Weekend is valid from April 22 to May 9, 2011. Rates for Princess Suite or Linley Suite start from 90,000 Roubles including airport BMW transfer, sumptuous breakfast, daily laundry and dry cleaning services. Prices do not include VAT and are available upon request.
Apr 04, 2011 Gli Album del Cristallo News Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Wellness and summer offers and exclusive recipes at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
As the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf ended its busy winter season on March 27th, it was already working on some new ideas in preparation for the summer season in July when there will be lots of new surprises in store. In the meantime, the hotel will continue to welcome its most loyal guests to the SPA that will remain open until April 16th. The forthcoming Easter festivities will see the Cristallo’s Executive Chef unveiling his very own recipe for one of the holiday’s most traditional dishes - the Easter lamb. This will allow you to reproduce the ambience of “La Veranda Restaurant“ even at home. Lastly congratulations to Emanuele Callari, the chef of the Golf Club House Restaurant (managed by the Hotel Cristallo) who has won the first prize as "Cook of Year 2011".
All is wellness this spring at the Cristallo Hotel. The luxury five-star hotel ends it busy winter on March 27th but will continue to welcome its most loyal guests to the SPA until April 16th. This not to be missed invitation is an opportunity to take a short break in the SPA well away from the hustle and bustle of holiday time. On offer are such exclusive Transvital treatments as the facial Regenerating Experience or the body Firming Experience. The most recent additions to what is on offer are the Oxygen and Pressure therapies. A visit to the Cristallo Ultimate Spa is also an opportunity to try out one of our relaxing massages such as Tranquillity, Shiatzu or Ayurveda or simply take a swim in our magnificent pool with its views overlooking the Tofane Mountains. This is the place, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites, where it is possible to take a relaxing break in the Hotel’s wet area, in the Thermarium, the Solarium, and the Jacuzzi corner. It is ideal for grabbing just one more five-star moment of relaxation ahead of the busy summer season. At last there are now some five-star luxury holidays also available in Cortina for those sporting lovers of cycling and trekking. The Cristallo Hotel has become a member of the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’ Bike Hotel circuit. Guests will now be able to take advantage of special total sport holiday package deals and also enjoy a summer amidst the beauty of the Ampezzo valley either on their bikes or on foot. Exploring the paths of the World Heritage listed Dolomites is perfect for athletic types as well as amateurs and children who want to experience the delights that are to be found in these enchanting panoramic locations. Offer validity : for 1-21 July 2011 and from 28 August to 3 September 2011 Cortina Vertical, Cortina Nature e Cortina Bike packages starting from Euro 660,00 for 4 nights & Trekking/Bike pass in bed & breakfast starting from Euro 1.140,00 for 7 nights. Cortina Road Bike starting from Euro 1.150,00 for 7 nights in bed & breakfast with energy bars and isotonic drinks, 1 sports massage and a free laundry service for your riding gear. Marco Badalucci, the chef of the Veranda del Cristallo Restaurant unveils one of his most cherished secrets: his Easter lamb recipe. A recipe that you can copy to surprise your relatives and friends on Easter day and pamper yourself by enjoying a special day in a merry and family atmosphere, with a dish that embodies the elegance of the most sought after five-star luxury hotel of the Dolomites. Ingredients for 8 people: 2 bunches of fresh small onions, 10 cl of oil, 250g of green olives , 50g of parsley, 70 cl of Fermentino wine , 8 artichokes, 1kg of potatoes, 1 lamb weighing approximately 4 kg, 200g of Carasau bread, Pepper as needed, Salt as needed, 20g of garlic. The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina receives yet another prestigious award. Emanuele Callari from Rome, the chef at the Cortina Golf Club House - a prestigious meeting place for golfers that is managed in partnership by our five-star luxury hotel - took first place in the finals of the “Cook of the Year 2011” competition, an international event held as part of RistorExpo, a professional trade fair dedicated to the world of catering. Callari’s entry was a delicious tart containing a combination of “Garfagnana emmer wheat, prawns, spinach and Tuscan sheep’s milk cheese”. A delicate combination of tastes that is a trademark of all of the chef’s cuisine: healthy, wholesome and designed to satisfy the needs of sports enthusiasts and in particular those golfers who frequent this excellent club in Ampezzo. Plain cooking and quality epitomise everything that chef Emanuele Callari does. Unlike many others, he does not allow himself to be lead astray by modern trends, preferring to stick with authentic flavours of times-gone by. The menu at the Cortina Golf Club House includes Ampezzo's traditional dishes such as the ‘casunzei’ (beet-filled pasta parcels) as well as international and Italian recipes, all prepared with that touch of simplicity and the utmost attention to the quality of the basic ingredients.
Mar 03, 2011 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has been recognized as a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion, one of just 40 companies in the US to have earned the distinction this year. To qualify for inclusion on this elite list, companies must not only excel within their own industries, but also must stand out among leading brands in 20 major industries evaluated by J.D. Power and Associates. Four Seasons excelled in all five key customer “touch points” measured, including people, presentation, process, product and price, and stood out particularly in the categories of people, presentation and process.
“This is a proud moment for our company, and for the 35,000 men and women who serve our guests in 34 countries around the world every day,” says Jim FitzGibbon, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations. “We place priority on hiring and nurturing the very best people, and this honour is a testament to their efforts. As we celebrate our 50th birthday this year and look ahead to the future, we look forward to continuing to exceed our guests’ expectations.” To identify the J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champions, J.D. Power evaluated more than 800 brands. Companies were identified based on customer feedback, opinions, and perceptions gathered primarily from J.D. Power’s syndicated research as well as additional, supplemental research. This group of 40 represents the highest-performing companies that deliver service excellence to US customers - both within their respective industries and across all industries measured. This honour is the latest in a series of awards and accolades earned by the brand in recent months. A favourite choice of business and leisure travelers around the world, Four Seasons consistently ranks high in reader surveys, and counts numerous AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star properties in its growing portfolio, as well as 16 Michelin stars among its restaurants. Most recently, the company was proud to be named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, for the 14th consecutive year.
Mar 03, 2011 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
Four Seasons Residence Rentals – Perfect for Families
Ideal for families or groups of friends, residence rentals promise an unforgettable vacation, combining the privacy and independence of a self-contained home (including kitchen and laundry) with total access to Four Seasons services and amenities. “Renting a Private Residence is a great alternative to booking multiple guest rooms or suites,” says Todd Nishimura, Four Seasons Marketing Manager - Residential. “Our private residence rentals include multiple bedrooms and a greater amount of space. Because everyone is under the same roof, there’s a greater feeling of intimacy and focus with the people who are important to you.”
As Nishimura explains, “Everyone can relax together in the living room or outdoors beside the private swimming pool. Everyone’s enjoying the same experiences and creating the same memories they’ll share for years to come.” Being part of a Four Seasons Resort also gives guests greater flexibility to custom-design their stay – balancing quiet time at home with the excitement of discovering the Resort’s restaurants, Spa, fitness centre and pools, as well as beaches, golf, skiing and snowboarding, depending on the destination. Superior to regular vacation-home rentals, these residences offer the reassuring confidence of Four Seasons care, including twice-daily housekeeping, grocery delivery, In-Residence Dining, personal chefs and 24-hour concierge assistance. Residence rentals are available at nine Four Seasons Resorts in beach and mountain locations around the world. Now these properties have been highlighted on the Preferred Partners website – helping to keep them top of mind. Properties that have Private Residence Rentals include Costa Rica, Punta Mita, Jackson Hole, Whistler, Vail, Nevis, Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Mauritius and Aviara.
Mar 03, 2011 Bellini Club Grand Hotel Europe - St Petersburg, Russia
Escape to the city of the Tzars
A historical, cultural and culinary landmark, the Grand Hotel Europe has played an important role in the life of St Petersburg since 1875. It was here that Tchaikovsky spent his honeymoon and George Bernard Shaw dined with Maxim Gorky. Discerning travelers are charmed by the hotel's warm Russian hospitality, impressive architecture and exceptional service.
Positioned on Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg's most splendid avenue, Grand Hotel Europe is surrounded by some of the world's greatest cultural treasures, including the Russian Museum and Mikhailovsky Theatre. St Petersburg, with its ballet and music, offers a most unforgettable winter experience – Dr Zhivago-style – during the White Days when it is carpeted in snow. The charm of troika rides and romantic evenings near a steaming samovar, visits to the Hermitage, ballet and opera performances at the Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky Theatres...suggest to your clients to treat themselves to a luxury stay at Grand Hotel Europe to find the regal comfort of Russia’s superlative host.
Mar 03, 2011 Bellini Club Hotel Ritz Madrid - Madrid, Spain
Centenary celebrations in Madrid
In October 1910 Spain’s King Alfonso XIII presided over a sumptuous gala ceremony to inaugurate the Hotel Ritz Madrid. This great occasion was the realisation of his dream to establish a grand hotel in his capital city. A century later, this dream lives on. The hotel was created by César Ritz, the genius behind the three ‘city palaces’ that still bear his name in Paris, London and Madrid. To mark 100 years of unsurpassed hospitality and style, a year of Centenary Celebrations was inaugurated in October 2010 and will continue until October 2011.
The hotel management have designed an array of special events to mark this special anniversary. The hotel’s history and gastronomy, music and arts, will be placed centre stage. The hotel has created a unique exhibition of old pictures, rare photographs, illustrations, vintage menus, registration books, shots of illustrious guests. These and many other unusual items, carefully preserved in their archives and store rooms, will be displayed throughout the hotel to bring its fascinating history to life. The exhibition will take place in the hotel and its gardens and will remain on permanent display until October 2011. Every Sunday, Hotel Ritz will offer guided visits of the hotel and the Ritz Centenary Exhibition. Over the past 100 years, the Hotel Ritz has been at the forefront of innovations in fine dining and to pay homage to his predecessors, executive chef Jorge Gonzales, will recreate a selection of dishes from the Goya Restaurant that reflect the evolution of cooking styles throughout the century. Iconic dishes, such as the Beef Tenderloin Centre Périgueux that was served for New Year’s Dinner on 1936, will take guests on a gastronomic journey from 1910 to the present day. Celebrations will continue well into 2011, with the hotel hosting a 1920’s themed flapper carnival party in February and also sponsoring the Madrid Masters Golf Championship in May 2011.
Mar 03, 2011 BAGLIONI HOTELS S.p.A. Luna Hotel Baglioni
Art & Culture in Venice: Museum of Fabric and Costumes
Enjoy Easter visiting the Museum of Fabric and Costumes in Venice, where a selection of costumes and particulary rare fabrics will leave you breathless. There is also a library specialising in the history of fabric and costumes, counting more than six thousand volumes and including a collection of more than 13,000 figurines from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Palazzo Mocenigo, in San Stae, was once the residence of one of Venice’s most prestigious families. It still contains valuable eighteenth century furniture and paintings and has housed the Study Centre for the History of Fabric and Costumes since 1985. The Museum exhibits a selection of particularly rare and precious costumes and fabrics, selected from among the rich Study Centre collections. There is also a well-stocked library specialising in the history of fabric and costumes, counting more than six thousand volumes and including a collection of more than 13,000 figurines from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The costumes and accessories exhibited in the mezzanine and in the large attic are mostly Venetian, made from fabrics that were often embellished with embroidery and lace, clearly documenting the talent of the various weavers, tailors, lace-makers, and embroiderers who contributed to the creation of that refined and luxurious elegance that Venetians of that period were famous for. Museo del Tessuto e del Costume Palazzo Mocenigo Santa Croce 1992 30135 Venice Italy
Mar 03, 2011 Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Welcome Summer with Relaxing Poolside Spa Tapas and After-Sun Treatments at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.
Poolside massages performed with chilled scoops of fragrant body butters. This spring, experience the relaxation of The Spa at Four Seasons without ever leaving the comfort of a poolside chaise.
Beginning April 1, 2011, the acclaimed spa known as an oasis from the bustling Las Vegas Strip will again offer its popular Spa Tapas, a unique way to pamper guests while highlighting the individualised service and luxurious amenities for which Four Seasons is known. The Hand and Foot Royal Treatment features 15-, 30- and 45-minute hand and foot massages while the Neck and Shoulder Relief Massage features 15-, 30- and 45-minute massages concentrating on the neck and shoulders. Spa Tapas are USD 40.00, USD 70.00 and USD 100.00 respectively. These poolside massages are performed by The Spa’s team of veteran massage therapists and will incorporate chilled scoops of fragrant body butters. The Spa Tapas are in addition to Four Seasons’ signature services offered poolside, which include chilled Evian mist, cold towels and ice water as well as regularly passed cucumber slices for the eyes, freshly sliced fruit and popsicles. Also offered at The Spa this spring is are two new uniquely conceived after-sun treatments, designed to repair and hydrate skin following prolonged sun exposure. These treatments are performed within the intimacy of The Spa at Four Seasons. The Spa’s after-sun treatments are as follows: After Sun Facial - Nourish skin and counteract the drying effects of the dry Las Vegas climate with this specially designed hydrating facial. 50-minutes, USD 155.00; 80-minutes, USD 225.00. After Sun Body Treatment - Encourage skin’s recovery from excessive sun with an essential oil-infused seawater gel that rebalances sluggish cells, leaving skin hydrated, supple and re-energised. 50-minutes, USD 155.00; 80-minutes, USD 225.00. The Spa at Four Seasons offers an array of fully customised, signature and seasonal treatments uniquely conceived to hydrate skin, promote anti-aging and increase relaxation. The Spa also features aromatherapy and therapeutic treatments, advanced skin care for men and women, waxing services and customised packages tailored to meet each guest’s individual needs. This 12,000 square foot oasis features 16 elegantly appointed treatment rooms, a Relaxation Room and large steam room. Men’s and women’s locker rooms reflect a club-like setting, while The Spa’s Zen Lounge offers a serene oasis for relaxation.
Mar 03, 2011 Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Four Seasons Hotel George V
Four Seasons Hotel George V Spa Voted Best Hotel Spa in Europe, Asia Minor and Russia by Condé Nast Traveller UK.
Annual awards rate decor, service, location and value. For the first time, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V has been ranked Best Hotel Spa in Europe, Asia Minor and Russia by the UK edition of Condé Nast Traveller. The Spa received a 95.44 ranking in the 9th annual readers’ poll, which is published in the March edition of the magazine.
The magazine’s readers are invited to vote for their favourite spa hotels using the following criteria: ambience/décor, service, location and value. The results are then analysed by an outside auditing firm to ensure complete impartiality. Decorated in the style of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V impresses with its classic French style and its constantly evolving treatment menu. “Spa culture has gained significant importance over the last few years. It all started with a simple fitness activity and evolved into a sanctuary of well-being and dedication to beauty. Our clients seek a moment of relaxation. But moreover, they want to see results. We made the conscious decision not to limit ourselves to one brand, giving us a great range of treatment options in line with the latest innovations,” says Christopher Norton, regional vice president, general manager of the Hotel and leader for spa development of Four Seasons worldwide. In addition to Carita and Sodashi products, the Spa recently introduced L.Raphael from Switzerland, renowned for its investment in cellular development research. Guests at the Spa can experience the ultimate in non-invasive anti-ageing skin care treatments. Another addition available at the Spa are hair extensions, thanks to the brand Great Lengths and the expertise of two in-house hair dressers. The Spa offers seven treatment rooms decorated with Toile de Jouy. Two rooms are set up as hair salons while two others are dedicated to manicure and pedicure. The Spa also hosts a fitness centre with a personal trainer and an indoor swimming pool surrounded by trompe-l’oeil paintings of the Versailles gardens. The Spa menu offers a large selection of facials, body treatments, massages and body wraps. Treatments are also offered to outside guests who can enjoy prompt or extensive relaxation moments, while the pool and the fitness centre remain exclusively dedicated to Hotel guests.
Mar 03, 2011 Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Allegro at Four Seasons Hotel Prague Listed in 2011 Michelin Main Cities of Europe Guide for Fourth Consecutive Year.
Italian restaurant was the first in Central and Eastern Europe to be awarded a Michelin star. In 2008 Allegro at Four Seasons Hotel Prague became the first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin-star rating in Central and Eastern Europe. In the new 2011 Main Cities of Europe Guide, it has received the honour for the fourth year in a row and remains the only Michelin-awarded restaurant in the Czech Republic. One-star status signifies a very good restaurant in its category, and an establishment offering cuisine prepared to consistently high standards, according the Michelin classification system.
“Achieving a fourth listing shows the consistency of product and service quality that Allegro offers,” says Rene Beauchamp, general manager of the Hotel. “Throughout the last three years, Allegro has drawn attention from international gourmets. Prague is a unique destination with rich history and culture, and our Michelin award has contributed to the development of our gastronomic market and helped to attract new visitors with high culinary and service expectations. It is important to highlight our main goal is to focus on guest satisfaction - with or without a star.” “We can also see a significant increase of local guests appreciating and demanding fine dining and attentive service. More than 60 percent of our clients are local, which is quite unusual for a hotel restaurant. Czechs are travelling a lot, and they expect the same or even more unique experiences when coming back to Prague,” adds Beauchamp. Guests of Allegro experience the finest Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in Prague. The menu reflects the flavours of Italy in a superb, yet simple approach. Executive Chef Andrea Accordi personally recommends his favourite dishes, which can be savoured indoors or alfresco on the restaurant’s terrace overlooking the Vltava River and Prague Castle. Supported by a team of 27 cooks, Accordi affirms his true style in each and every dish he produces. “We have implemented a lot of fresh ideas, learned new cooking techniques and we are continuously using more and more local products. We are very happy to see the recognition again this year,” says Chef Accordi. “The philosophy of my cuisine is to work with fresh seasonal products, recipes that are based on Italian tradition and presented in a creative, modern and light way.”
Mar 03, 2011 Gli Album del Cristallo News Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Festival and Fun in March at Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Festivals, fun, new stay packages and theme menus, specially created for guests wanting to celebrate Carnival time and the anniversary of Italy’s unification at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf. There is also a new anti-ageing treatment available from the Transvital Swiss Beauty Center. The Cristallo Hotel will also be a partner in the Cortinametraggio Film Festival, an event being staged to take place in Cortina, towards the end of March.
Carnival celebrations in the Cristallo Hotel will last a whole week. Decorated for the craziest festival of the year, the five-star luxury hotel has prepared unforgettable surprises for its guests. The party on Saturday 5th March will be a theme dinner in the evening, ending with a buffet of mouth-watering Carnival cakes and sweets from every region in Italy. It will continue with dance music in the disco of the Monkey Club for the rest of the night. And Carnival has even more surprises in store. The Cristallo Hotel in Cortina has put together an unmissable holiday package with no fewer than seven days of total relaxation, packed full of surprises for young and old alike. The package includes two free nights as well as the Kids Club that will run from the 1st to the 7th of March. A truly magic-filled week in which the grown-ups can relax by taking advantage of all the 5-Star luxury amenities that the hotel has to offer – from the Wet Area with the covered pool that overlooks the Tofane mountains, to the Fitwell Club and even a whirlpool jacuzzi, whilst the children can run riot with games arranged by the entertainment officers. And there's one extra treat in store! All those guests who book the “During Carnival every joke is a funny joke...” package with the Cristallo Hotel will receive a free party mask. The package can be booked from February 27th to March 12th 2011, upon availability. Starting from Euro 670, per room, in B&B, for 5 days. Last two nights are free. The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina would like to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification by offering its guests truly special deals at attractive prices. Every service will cost only €150, the same number as the number of years since Italy’s unification. This has got to be a truly unmissable opportunity for anyone wanting to spend the weekend of the 17th to the 20th March reliving the magic of a historical location, a destination favoured by great thinkers and men of culture since the early nineteen hundreds. 150 Euro per person, per night, in a Double Room 150 Euro for a Dinner for two at the Veranda del Cristallo Restaurant 150 Euro for a Tranquillity massage for two at the Transvital Swiss Beauty Center 15:00 Late check-out Spend 150 Euro at the Veranda Bar and receive a free bottle of Italian sparkling wine A lifting treatment that gives intensive and immediate results without the need for any surgical incisions or stitches. Once again the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf stands at the cutting edge of anti-ageing beauty treatments. Known as Oxygenating Experience for face, it is the latest process available to clients of the Transvital Swiss Beauty Center. A totally innovative facial treatment that combines the intense regenerating effect of Regenerating Experience for face – a regenerative facial massage which uses the Regenerating Line, the latest and most advanced product range from Transvital that counters the signs of ageing on the skin – with hyperbaric oxygenation sessions. It is a new generation of non-invasive lifting treatments that has already found popularity amongs t some very famous names. The first of these to praise its benefits was none other than the queen of pop herself.... Madonna. The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf will be partnering one of the great events that will once more place Cortina d’Ampezzo and all its excellent qualities under the international spotlight - the Cortinametraggio Film Festival. The 23rd to the 26th of March will see screenings, meetings, discussions as well as – and it goes without saying – the social events in the evenings. Cortina will play host to some famous names of the silver screen as well as some of its newest rising stars. The Cristallo Hotel will play a leading role throughout the entire festival and will be offering a magical five-star luxury holiday to the recipient of the Best Actor Award at the prestigious Nastri D'Argento (Silver Ribbon) evening at the Audi Palace. This will consist of a two-night stay, during which the winner will be able to enjoy all of the many relaxing delights that Cortina’s most resplendent hotel has on offer.
Mar 03, 2011 Mandarin Oriental Prague Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Springtime in Prague.
With spring breezes already in the air (never mind the occasional stray snowflake), Prague will soon enter the year’s most beautiful season. At Mandarin Oriental, Prague we are looking forward to - and getting ready for - the busy days ahead.
Prague Gardens Open From 1 April 1 April marks the opening of many of Prague’s lovely parks and gardens, many within easy walking distance of the hotel. Of special note are the Baroque Palace Gardens below Prague Castle, the terraced Vrtbovská Garden, and the Wallenstein Garden. Be sure to bring a camera for the gardens themselves and the views they offer. MO Tip:For a quintessential Prague experience, nothing compares to a picnic amidst blooming trees on the slope of Petřín hill. With our special picnic map, expert directions from our Concierge, a blanket and basket filled to the brim with delectables, you are set for an unforgettable afternoon. Picnic baskets for two (including a bottle of bubbly) start at CZK 1,500 (approx. EUR 62) Prague Easter Markets 9 April to 1 May The Czechs love Easter, which might be one reason that the Easter markets in Old Town Square start early and run late. In addition to colourful hand-decorated eggshells, visitors can purchase local delicacies, crafts and seasonal items such as the traditional pomlázka, or braided, beribboned willow whip believed to increase the vigour and youthfulness of whoever gets whipped with it on Easter Monday. MO Tip:Visit Essensia for our chef’s special Easter menu full of fresh, seasonal flavours in dishes like sorrel soup with soft goat cheese, rabbit ragoût with spring carrot and asparagus salad, or spring lamb with green peas purée and potato gnocchi with morel sauce. Prague Writers’ Festival 16 to 20 April The Prague Writers’ Festival is an annual event attended by some of the world’s most inspiring and celebrated authors. This year’s edition features readings, discussions and lectures by such diverse writers as the Dominican-American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, Caribbean poet and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, and South Korean poet Ko Un. Tickets to individual events can be arranged via our Concierge. MO Tip:For a wide selection of English-language books by Czech authors, as well as Prague-themed books by international ones, visit The Globe bookstore and café at Pštrossova 6, Prague 1, near the National Theatre. Not-to-be-missed Czech authors include Bohumil Hrabal, Milan Kundera, Josef Škvorecký, and the poet and Nobel laureate Jaroslav Seifert. Prague International Marathon 2 April: Hervis Prague Half Marathon; 8 May: Volkswagen Marathon Weekend Quickly becoming one of the world’s most popular marathons, Prague International Marathon boasts a beautiful course running through the historical centre of Prague. There are a number of associated events (corporate marathon – relay and team, VW Family MiniMarathon, Allianz Eco Walk), providing ample opportunity for runners to compete and/or support several worthwhile causes. Register online at MO Tip:To keep in top shape for your next marathon, the fitness centre at Mandarin Oriental, Prague offers state-of-the-art treadmills and stationary bikes. For those preferring a natural setting, the nearby Petřín park is ideal not only for endurance training but its hilly terrain will give you a terrific cardio workout. A map of the neighbourhood parks and gardens is available from the Concierge. The 66th Prague Spring International Music Festival 12 May to 4 June The annual Prague Spring International Music Festival is the country’s premier classical music event. This year, Mahler’s centennial is celebrated by a performance of his “unperformable” Symphony No. 8, also known as Symphony of A Thousand, which requires two full orchestras and several choirs. The festival’s exceptionally ambitious programme features performances by such celebrated orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw will perform a song recital featuring music by the Czech-Jewish composer Viktor Ullmann; and actor John Malkovich will star in crime-melodrama “Infernal Comedy”, MO TIP:As a partner of the Prague Spring, we have access to some of the festival’s most sought-after performances, including the Dawn Upshaw recital. Let us know when booking a room what concert/s you are interested in so we can secure the tickets in time. Prague Food Festival 27 to 29 May Without question, the Prague Food Festival is the city’s No. 1 food event as the festival aims to present the very best in contemporary Czech gastronomy to a wide audience. This year’s edition is held in the splendid setting of the Royal Garden and Ballgame Hall of the Prague Castle. Prague’s finest restaurants will showcase their artistry of flavour, texture and presentation; there will also be cooking shows and tasting events. A must for any dedicated gourmet. MO TIP:Essensia, our signature restaurant, and Executive chef Jiří Štift will of course be featured in this year’s festival programme; other worthwhile restaurants include Aromi/La Finestra, La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise, Bellevue, and the Ambiente group. Tickets will go on sale in late April; our Concierge will be pleased to arrange them for interested guests. 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1 to 9 July The Karlovy Vary film festival has an excellent international reputation, both for its focus on films rather than celebrities and for its organizers’ ability to identify and showcase the most original works originating in Central and Eastern Europe. Over 180 feature-length films will be shown, with a special spotlight on films by Sam Fuller, Dennis Villeneuve, and young Greek directors. MO Tip:Since the festival is extremely popular with film fans as well as filmmakers, quality accommodations in Karlovy Vary are scarce during the event. A more elegant solution is a transfer back to Mandarin Oriental, Prague after the event of your choice; a Mercedes S-class one-way transfer is CZK 10,000 (approx. EUR 411).
Mar 03, 2011 Kempinski Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
Maslenitsa – 28th February to March 6th
Maslenitsa or Butter Week is the happiest and brightest of old Slav holidays, which symbolizes the end of winter and the expectation of the awakening of nature in springtime. Butter Week, above all, is about an abundance of hearty food.
Pancakes are the traditional fare of Maslenitsa. According to an old belief, the more pancakes one eats during Butter Week, the more successful and the more satisfactory the year will be. Every year the Maslenitsa village will be set up on Vasilyevskiy Descent, no more than fifty metres away from the Baltschug, and the main events of Butter Week will take place there. Take part in the traditional hustle and bustle, take a look at the holiday offerings; learn about the carnival rites of Maslenitsa, the games and the amusements. The ideal way to celebrate the holiday will be to come into the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Restaurant Baltschug, where our guests can enjoy some of the finest classical dishes of Maslenitsa.
Feb 02, 2011 Copyright Wandermelon Mandarin Oriental, Prague
5 Best Places To Kiss In Prague
In honor of St. Valentine’s Day – and Prague’s reputation as a hopeless romantic – wandermelon is happy to present to you the five perfect places for public displays of affection.
If you’re well traveled in Europe, it’s probably no secret to you that Prague is one of the Continent’s most evocative capitals. Gorgeous examples of architecture spanning the centuries from Gothic to Art Deco; intimate cafes; world-class hotels; inviting public squares; and the stately Charles Bridge spanning the broad Vltava River all combine to make Prague an eternally romantic destination. With such a magnificent backdrop, what better place to share an intimate moment with your significant other, especially now with St. Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away. So whether you will be lucky enough to be in Prague for Valentine’s Day, or just want to plan ahead, following is a list of Prague’s five best places to share a kiss, compiled by one of the city’s most gracious hotels, the Mandarin Oriental Prague. Petrin Hill Part overgrown park, part orchard, Petrin offers a green escape from the bustle of the city. Winding paths snake among the trees, offering breathtaking vistas of the city at every turn. Charles Bridge at Dawn During the day, this stately, beautiful bridge bustles with tourists; in the morning mists though, it acquires an almost mystical atmosphere. Prague Castle at Night The onetime seat of Czech Kings is a must-see on every visitor’s list, so it is normally crowded, but its atmosphere changes dramatically as the day progresses. At 6pm, the guided tours cease and visitors begin to leave. Few visitors know, however, that the Castle remains open until late in the evening, allowing for moonlit strolls through the vast, peaceful courtyards. Novy Svet This winding little lane running along the bottom of the shallow valley below the Loretto Church near Prague Castle is one of those magical spots apparently forgotten by time. This fairytale, otherworldly atmosphere is especially inviting in the evening and at daybreak. Vysehrad Fortress Situated on a rocky precipice overlooking the Vltava, Prague’s earliest royal seat is now home to a neo-Gothic church, Baroque fortifications, a small park dotted with statues, and a remarkable cemetery, where many of the finest Czech writers, poets, artists and composers are buried. The views are spectacular, particularly on the northern side, which offers a vista of Nusle Valley with Prague Castle looming in the distance.
Feb 02, 2011 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Love is in the air at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
February in the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf is likely to be a very romantic month, with special dinners for couples and the St Valentine's package, strictly reserved for two people. There will be surprises in the La Veranda Restaurant, where new culinary paths, prepared by the Executive Chef, will allow guests to enjoy new and unexpected tastes. Guests should think of their bodies as well, so exclusive body treatments are always available in the Transvital Swiss Beauty Center. Do not miss the opportunity to give an original gift - a customised Cristallo Gift voucher. An unmissable event will be organised in the evening in the Monkey Club.
In the week before Valentine's Day the atmosphere of the Cristallo Hotel will become romantic. The Executive Chef Marco Badalucci has created an intriguing menu for couples (served between 7th and 13th February). Ladies will be offered dishes specially made for female palates and gentlemen will be served dishes with stronger tastes (although there will be enough of every dish to serve both). The separate culinary journey will end with the combined dessert, which couples will sweetly share. Here is an original idea to spend an evening in the company of your loved one in the warm and elegant atmosphere of the La Veranda Restaurant. Here are specially designed Valentine's Day offers for couples. They include two days' relaxation, exclusively for couples who can unwind in the magical atmosphere of Cortina under a blanket of snow. There will be a wellness path with the best Transvital Swiss Beauty Center treatments, which couples can enjoy together in an intimate and romantic cabin reserved for them, the Serendipity Spa Room. Next, couples will be treated to a gourmand dinner in the Gazebo Restaurant that will be specially set up for the occasion. The final touch is a dessert created for the occasion - the Baci & Abbracci (kiss and cuddle) with chocolate and passion fruit. -Starting from 595.00 Euros per person for 2 nights, on February 13th-14th, with an upgrade to a Superior double room, one Tranquillity treatment for couples and a romantic Valentine's Day dinner in the scenic Gazebo Restaurant. Moreover some more special offers: 7x5 and 3x2 packages and 3 nights stay in HB basis with one dinner offered in the Cortina Golf Club restaurant. "Being a cook means being creative," said the Chef Marco Badalucci. "I feel like a perfumer or a pianist, combining my ingredients like scent notes or musical notes, in order to obtain different compositions, which are always unexpected." The young Chef from Procida will prove this during the new gourmet dinners in the La Veranda Restaurant. The "visiting card" of the event will be the "taste evening", followed by the "fumé" evening. This culinary event is based on meat and includes smoked meats. It will be followed by cheese, which focuses mainly on cheeses produced in the mountains. Next come beans, which Marco Badalucci will serve with fish in unusual dishes, followed by the bittersweet evening, in which the Chef will enhance the taste of vegetables by working on the balance between sweet and bitter tastes - a true explosion of tastes. Let yourself be pampered at the Transvital Swiss Beauty Center with this exclusive body treatment formulated to ensure maximum effectiveness in remodelling and redefining body contour. Expert hands will make you relax and dedicate one hour to yourselves while products resulting from the very highest technology will act synergically on every imperfection. Tonicity and compactness are restored to the body and the main functions of the cells are re-established. The result is renewed vitality and a younger appearance. Many guests will find that the Cristallo Hotel's new initiative - a gift for Valentine's Day, Women's Day or other special occasions (such as birthdays and anniversaries) - will be greatly appreciated. Gift vouchers are delivered directly to the recipient and can be completely customised according to the requests of those who choose this exclusive gift. When choosing a Cristallo Gift Voucher one can decide in detail what kind of holiday or hotel service to offer. An original gift idea would be to offer someone a unique weekend holiday at the Cristallo Hotel or a romantic dinner in the "Stube" on anniversary occasion, a Transvital treatment for people who need to unwind on their birthday, an entry to the Fitwell Club for a day of sport with a view of the Dolomites or an aperitif in the Hotel's elegant Cocktail Bar. Once again the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf will be one of the main actors in the Cortina Winter Polo Audi Gold Cup, a world-famous polo tournament played on the frozen Misurina Lake from February 20th to February 26th. It has become a tradition for the luxury five-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo to be the venue of the exclusive cocktail event on the eve of the final match (25th February). It will be an elegant evening in Cortina's most magical atmosphere, a rendez-vous for the main characters in the tournament. The Audi Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 26th February. After the dinner, the Horo Polo Night will be organised in the Monkey Club of the Cristallo Hotel. This exclusive evening event features international guests, music, dancing and customised gifts. Do not miss it!
Feb 02, 2011 A Note from Charles Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
A Note from Charles
People often ask me about the most romantic time of year in Tofino. My thought is that the singular beauty and remote nature of this place is a timeless inspiration for making -or rekindling- personal connections. However, February is only two weeks away, and the extremes of this dramatic season, from sunny moments at low tide to giant, rolling, wind-pummelled surf, will always hold a special place in my heart... Some of our guests talk about pausing in the midst of towering old-growth trees on the Rainforest Beach Loop Trail or on a long beach walk, equipped head to toe in our bright raingear. Other guests, well, don't venture much out of the haven of their accommodations. With picture windows bringing the outside right inn to every room and suite, custom furnishings, local art and the warmth of a gas fireplace, not to mention the availability of room service, I have to admit that even after almost fifteen years at the Inn, just sitting down in one of our comfortable armchairs looking out at the view is always a palpable temptation.
You've heard me talk about our commitment to continuous improvement throughout the Inn, and its technical aspects were carried out during this particularly productive early January closure period. I'm truly excited to share with you that in conjunction with the expertise and creative minds at BBA Design Consultants, we have completely remodeled two sample rooms in the original Wickaninnish At-the-Pointe building, for you to discover... Maybe you've been following our Extreme Inn Makeover album on Facebook, where we've been happy to share the entire transformation from A to Z . On your next stay, if you're feeling curious about what we are planning for the rest of the Pointe guest rooms, our team would love to show you what we have in mind and hear your valued thoughts and suggestions. While we are pretty sure to be on the right track, we will not be satisfied unless every detail is perfect for you, setting the stage for a romantic, relaxing getaway in your future. Once we know that everything has been anticipated, we will proceed with upgrading all the rooms during our next January closure. Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to stay inn a little more on your next visit... Signing off from a stormy Chesterman Beach, Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
Feb 02, 2011 Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2011 Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano
San Cassiano: a ski race to the feast
Duncan Gardham gives his body and his palate a winter workout in the ski resort of San Cassiano in the Italian Dolomites. It was not the most auspicious start to a week of gourmet skiing. The Friday night before departure I ventured out to meet a friend for a quiet drink and stopped at one of Holloway Road's finest eating establishments on the way home for one of north London's best kebabs – just for old time's sake. Perhaps it was the shish kebab, or maybe I picked the bug up elsewhere, but at any rate the last thing I felt like on arriving at San Cassiano in the Italian Dolomites for a week of skiing and eating was eating.
As I arrived, pale and shaking at Rosa Alpina, Simona behind the reception desk took one look and sent out to the chemist for remedies. This would not do – they may be used to people with a little indigestion after overindulging in the restaurant, but upset stomachs do not go down well in this part of Italy. After all, San Cassiano is the epicentre of epicurean skiing. Sometime in the late Fifties, Engelbert Pizzini built a ski lift behind his hotel in the village. "There was just the hotel, the church, the school and a couple of houses," his grandson, Hugo, said. Fifty years later the Alta Badia ski slopes boast a World Cup giant slalom course, Unesco natural world heritage status and four Michelin stars in three villages. If skiing means getting away from it all, then this is the place to do it. The rocky peak of Santa Croce rises in front of the hotel and the village of San Cassiano is only slightly larger than Engelbert left it. After a night's sleep and a gulp of stomach-settling powder, the best cure for the diseases of a British city seemed to be the fresh air of the ski slopes. A hotel minibus ferries you the few hundred yards to the bottom of the slopes and from there a cabin takes you up to the Alta Badia ski area. The Dolomites are a strikingly beautiful area in which to ski, the sheer pale rock faces of the limestone mountains rising from the snow-covered slopes beneath. The peaks seem to have been sliced off, leaving jagged horizontal lines that are wreathed in pink cloud as the sun rises. To see the real beauty of the area, hit the slopes early and follow a route around the Sella mountains that offers breathtaking views from the top and long runs down into wooded valleys. The area also saw what must have been among the most outrageously sacrificial fighting in the First World War. High in the Dolomites, Austrian and Italian soldiers died in trenches cut from the ice and rock in an act of unbelievable pointlessness. You might, as I did, want to build up to the "Sella Ronda", as the route around the mountains is called, since it can take six hours, especially if you stop for lunch at one of the refuges. In any case, do not attempt it after an evening at the two Michelin-starred St Hubertus restaurant at Rosa Alpina. The chef, Nobert Niederkofler, has spent the past 15 years transforming the restaurant into one of the finest in the world. He now runs an annual "Chef's Cup" in which he invites 250 chefs from across Europe to compete on the slopes and in the kitchens. If that sounds like a combustible mixture, you can be sure that Nobert will come out on top thanks to a misspent youth as a downhill skier. The other restaurants contribute too – Manuel Dellago, the Maître d' at the one Michelin-starred La Stüa de Michil, is an excellent Telemark skier, complete with historic costume, and Stefan Vieser, owner of the one-starred La Siriola, is one of the area's best slalom skiers. Nobert claims he only does cross-country skiing these days, but we caught him – all grey beard, flowing locks and mirrored sunglasses – out on the slopes on his day off, practising perhaps. His culinary talent has brought an infectious desire for the best cooking across Alta Badia where Michelin-starred chefs from South Tirol have taught a dish each to 16 refuges. But don't spoil your appetite for an evening meal because Nobert's tasting menu and the local wines that go with it require a bit of a run up. Millefeuille of rabbit rillette and the crayfish on porcini mushroom royale, dashi fond and black truffles, stood out, along with pine needle risotto and smoked guinea fowl. The wines that we tried were also excellent, a 2008 Kofererhof riesling, 2008 Kellerei Schreckbichl sauvignon blanc and a 2007 Bruno Gottardi pinot noir, among them. And save space, if you can, for the chocolate millefeuille and stracciatella ice cream. It was the beginning of a three-day culinary journey along the valley, taking in four Michelin stars. The unenviable job of following Nobert fell to Arturo Spicocchi at the atmospheric La Stüa de Michil restaurant in Corvara. His finest moments came with two different dumplings – chervil root dumplings with kid ragout, a0rtichokes and black truffles in the second course and lubuchen dumplings with white chocolate soup for dessert – all served up with Manuel's guidance. Then to La Siriola, run by Hugo's cousin in Armentarola, where Claudio Melis, originally from Sicily, cooked oxtail-filled tortellini in a wasabi and parsley source and what may seem strange, but was actually tasty – a deer hamburger with foie gras escalope, red onions and mustard ice cream. The thing about Alta Badia is that you are welcomed by a succession of hosts whose families own the restaurants where you are eating – Hugo and his father Paolo at Rosa Alpina, Michil Costa at La Stüa, where a picture of his father Ernesto hangs on the wall, and Stefan at La Siriola. You really feel like you are being welcomed into a family, were it not for the outstanding cooking.
Jan 01, 2011 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Gli Album del Cristallo News
2011 has begun with lots of innovation for the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf. First of all, we have a new General Manager whose declared immediate goal will be to focus on customer satisfaction, by improving the choice of available products and services. With this in mind, the Diamond Collection was created to reward and consolidate our loyal customer base. By collecting points, customers will be able to win precious prizes and the Cristallo Diamond Cards, which will entitle users to enjoy special benefits in the Hotel. Last but not least, the new Snow and Relaxation package and the exclusive hairstylist at the Cristallo Ultimate Spa are not to be missed.
There is a big change in the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf as it opens this year - Giorgio Borgonovo is the new general manager of the five-star luxury hotel who returns to Cortina after having worked in some of the world’s most famous hotels. “My aim is to persevere to maintain excellence standards,” said the newly appointed manager. “In this way the Cristallo Hotel will remain the landmark of luxury tourism in the Dolomites, keeping the town’s profile high.” The hotel’s owners, the Gualandi family, gave the new manager a warm welcome as they look forward to a mutually profitable collaboration. The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina d’Ampezzo is offering its guests more and more. The lovers of bien vivre and true luxury will be rewarded with dream prizes, as shiny as diamonds. The Cristallo Hotel will reward its most loyal guests, the lovers of elegance and good taste, with the new “Cristallo Diamond Collection”, a free, customised card. The card will be given on arrival or can be requested from the hotel’s website ( Users will collect “diamonds” (points) when they request the hotel’s exclusive services during a truly unforgettable holiday in perfect Cristallo style. Guests that collect 40,000 and 80,000 Diamonds will be offered “Gold” and “Black” cards respectively (which can also be bought for 500 and 2000 euro). These cards can be used to collect points as well as giving the right to discounts on all the hotel's services (such as the Restaurant, the Transvital Swiss Beauty Center, the Cocktail Bar and even Luxury Yachting). They also entitle cardholders to special privileges such as entry to the elegant Cortina Golf, booking priority or upgrading to Superior rooms if they are available when checking in. The Black Card entitles cardholders to larger discounts on a number of services, as well as special free gifts, such as free accommodation for children under the age of two and a Sport or Deluxe manicure treatment in the exclusive Transvital Swiss Beauty Center. A whole week in Cortina's five-star luxury hotel – a perfect holiday with sports and wellness treatments; this is the perfect formula for the most chic of holidays. The latest offer from the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, is the Neve e relax [snow and relaxation] offer. This seven-day package holiday includes five Ski Passes and two of the best Transvital wellness treatments. It is a dream come true - a holiday fit for a king, with every modern comfort, which will allow guests to fully enjoy the winter season in the enchanting Dolomites. Moreover some more special offers: 7x5 and 3x2 packages and 3 nights stay in HB basis with one dinner offered in the Cortina Golf Club restaurant. To have the full range of beauty and wellness treatments, the Cristallo is offering a hairdressing service in the Hotel's wellness centre. Hair-styling experts, who know all about the latest trends, will be able to offer advice on cuts and perms to customers wishing to look perfect when they go out to enjoy Cortina’s lively night life. After a day’s skiing, is there anything better than a quick swim in the pool, a relaxing massage and some quality time in the most glamorous hairdresser’s salon in Cortina?
Jan 01, 2011 The Ritz enewsletter The Ritz London
The January issue of The Ritz enewsletter
After the fabulous Christmas decorations, The Ritz starts with a whole host of new programmes and unique experiences for you. In The Ritz Restaurant, sample our Chef's delights with a selection of dishes using black truffle or you can dine with us before visiting the Royal Albert Hall to see the world famous Madam Butterfly. We also look forward to the romance of St Valentine's Day and have a delightful Suite Dreams programme to tempt you into staying with us; we promise that if you do, you will have a magical and memorable experience!
Chef's Table Executive Chef John Williams presents a delectable winter harvest of black truffles in The Ritz Restaurant from 14th January to 13th February, featuring the fabled Perigord Truffle. Unquestionably the most hedonistic taste on earth, black winter truffles have been relished by Kings since the 15th Century and have long been considered the food of the Gods because of their unique rich flavour and heavenly perfumed pungency. The most valued truffle in French cookery is the Perigord truffle, also known as Black Diamonds due to their high price and rarity. They grow in South West France and are at their best between November and March. Highlights of the Perigord Truffle Menu include: Ravioli of Pumpkin with Ceps and New Season Truffle ~ Egg Aphrodite with Truffled Croque Monsieur ~ Medallion of Venison with Truffled Chestnuts ~ Creme Brulee with Truffle ~ Truffle Souffle with Kirsch Cassonade of Truffle Suite Dreams To stay at The Ritz is to enjoy the ultimate in style, service and sophistication. We offer five different types of suites, all with beautiful, fully restored period interiors. Most suites have the facility to connect further rooms to them. Whichever sumptuous suite you choose, you can expect a level of service second to none, afforded by a ratio of over two staff to each room, and the most relaxing, rewarding experience possible, ensuring that all your dreams, whilst staying with us are indeed, sweet ones. Prices from Superior Suite: £675 Executive Suite: £720 Deluxe Suite: £995 The Trafalgar Suite: £995 Two Bedroom Suite: £1,215 The Berkeley Suite: £1,800 The Royal Suite: £3,500 The Prince of Wales Suite: £3,750 Rates exclude Value Added Tax and are subject to availability Take Your Seats Enjoy a three course pre theatre dinner served in The Ritz Restaurant, a glass of Champagne and a top price ticket to see Madam Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall from £92 per person. By huge popular demand, Madam Butterfly returns to London. Once more the floor of the Royal Albert Hall will be flooded with water to create David Roger's stunning design where Madam Butterfly's house is perched on stilts above the shimmering surface of a traditional Japanese water garden. 'Not to be missed' Evening Standard 'Beautiful' Sunday Times 'The envy of any opera house anywhere' Sunday Telegraph No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini's Madam Butterfly. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, this tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music. Easter Celebrations Celebrate Easter in style this year with a spring break at The Ritz. The perfect excuse for a short stay in our capital. These prices include overnight accommodation with English breakfast the following morning. Superior Room from £300 Executive Room from £350 Deluxe King Room from £400 Junior Suite from £495 Superior Suite from £675 Deluxe Suite from £995 Afternoon Tea Indulge this Easter with our Special Easter Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April. The cost of £62 per adult includes Traditional English Afternoon Tea with a glass of Ritz Champagne per person and a gift of a box of Ritz Top Hat Chocolates.
Nov 11, 2010 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Gli Album del Cristallo News
The opening of the winter season of the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf is close: on December 3rd, in fact, the Hotel will open with many exclusive events planned, such as the return of “Vacanze di Natale” in Cortina. Showman Jerry Calà will entertain the Cristallo’s and the Monkey’s guests during the next Christmas holidays. Also new are special packages for families focused on our young guests for whom Father Christmas will arrive on December 24th. And for a special gift to put under the tree the Cristallo suggests exclusive Gift Vouchers that can be customized.
During the most loved festival of the year, the hotel beautifully decorated for the occasion will offer magical moments to its younger guests and unique holidays to older guests. No detail has been neglected and the joy of children and of their parents as well. From 20th December there will be an amusing Kid’s Club. Qualified entertainers will organise games and other activities for younger guests, making their Christmas real fun. But the real surprise for them will be on Christmas night, when Father Christmas will stop at the Cristallo Hotel to give them special presents. This will make the magic of the most loved day of the year perfect. The greatest joy for parents will be seeing their happy children smile. There are tempting offers for parents as well, such as a family lunch (or dinner) on December 25th, to enjoy in a spectacularly decorated Gazebo with a view of the Tofane Mountains. The Christmas menu in the “La Veranda del Cristallo” restaurant is exclusive. Many guests will find that the Cristallo Hotel's new initiative - a gift for Christmas or other special occasions (such as birthdays and anniversaries) - will be greatly appreciated. Gift vouchers are delivered directly to the recipient and can be completely customised according to the requests of those who choose this exclusive gift. When choosing a Cristallo Gift Voucher one can decide in detail what kind of holiday or hotel service to offer. An original gift idea would be to offer someone a unique Christmas holiday at the Cristallo Hotel, or Christmas lunch (or dinner) in the magical Veranda restaurant or a holiday package, such as “Coccole e delizie” [pampering and delicacies] and “Neve & Relax” [snow and relaxation]. Gifts with even a tiny “Cristallo touch”, such as a romantic dinner in the “Stube” on anniversary occasion, a Transvital treatment for people who need to unwind on their birthday, an entry to the Fitwell Club for a day of sport with a view of the Dolomites or an aperitif in the hotel’s elegant Cocktail Bar, are truly unforgettable. Jerry Calà is back in Cortina and, as happened in 1983, the star of the first and most famous Christmas comedy “Vacanze di Natale” [Christmas Holidays] (which this year will be participating in the Venice Film Festival) will bring laughter and music to one of the most chic hotels in the Dolomites. He will hold an unmissable series of “LIFE Shows”, starting on 26th December, in the Monkey Lounge & Wine bar in the Cristallo Hotel, one of the historical venues of movida in Cortina – the destination of VIPs and of the international jet set, customers of the famous club during birthday parties, happy hours, theatre shows and cabaret shows. A special edition on New Year’s Eve - Jerry Calà will entertain the guests with Comedy and good music first in the hotel’s scenic marquee and later in the Monkey club There is family-size luxury at the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina d’Ampezzo, for even the largest families. The most chic hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo has a new offer which will be greatly appreciated by adults and children and that will make holidays even better. To enjoy a holiday with added luxury, families will be offered a connecting room for their children. A 20% discount will be applied to the second room. (excluding new Years period). The Family Offer package is yet another example of how the Cristallo Hotel satisfies the needs of visitors who are looking for stress-free holidays and privacy. The hotel provides exclusive services for children and does not neglect any detail, to make holidays truly unforgettable for younger guests. To begin with, there will be a small gift for them in their room. Even if they are near their parents, children will feel free during their holidays, with a room of their own to watch television and play in, after long days out in the snow, enjoying the ski runs, walks on the mountain peaks and the charm of Cortina. The new offer of the Cristallo Ultimate Spa is tailored for mums, especially mums-to-be. The “Mum-to-be” package is a gentle pampering treatment for expectant mothers, who will be welcomed in the wellness centre of the five-star luxury hotel for a whole day or for a five-day wellness path. Here are special surprises for mums-to-be, to relax with the sweetest wellness treatments and enjoy the best days to the full, as they wait for the most exciting day of their life. 1 day package: Euro 190 5 days package: Euro 540 Possibility to stay at the hotel starting from Euro 170, per person, in double room in B&B, including free access to the Swimming pool, Thermarium, relaxarium and Fitwell Club.
Oct 10, 2010 FITSCAPE 2009 Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano
Fitscape Ski
Designed to get you fitter and healthier, have a fantastic time, and experience a magical ski holiday in the spectacular Italian Dolomites. Our destination is the Hotel Rosa Alpina, a beautiful Relais & Chateaux family run hotel in the charming village of San Cassiano (at 1,535m).
You will be surrounded by one of the world’s greatest ski areas: the Dolomiti Superski. It consists of 12 valleys, 460 lifts and 760 miles of ski runs and all are accessible under one ski pass. The skiing is, quite simply, amazing. For our two fitscape ski weeks, this luxurious hotel, recently voted the best hotel spa in Europe by Conde Nast Traveller, is exclusively for the enjoyment of our guests and it’s the perfect haven to return to after a day on the slopes. With roaring fires, excellent service and exceptionally spacious, comfortable bedrooms, Rosa Alpina is a magical place to stay and experience a fitscape ski holiday.
Oct 10, 2010 The Prague Post Mandarin Oriental, Prague
2010 Czech Bar Awards
6,584 votes were cast between June and September for the best bars and cafes in the Czech Republic… and the winners for the third annual Czech Bar Awards are…
BEST CAFE AND LOUNGE For the cafe and lounge award: Café Lounge, located at Plaská 615/8. This Cafe features a fantastic menu with all sorts of coffee drinks, wines and cocktails, as well as a scrumptious food menu for really reasonable prices. For example, for breakfast one of the choices is 2 poached eggs with basil and tomato pesto served with white toast and a small salad for just 70 Kc, or even more exciting for a former New Yorker, they have a lox plate for 105 Kc. They also have a selection of wines, including local wines and those from across Europe. Also be sure to check out their event listings on the site – coming up they have a wine tasting on the Oct 27. In second place was the historic Café Louvre at Národní 22 in Prague, and in third was Cafe Savoy at Vítězná 5 in Prague. BEST COCKTAIL BAR The award for best cocktail bar went to Hemingway Bar,a classy set located at Karolíny Světlé 26 up mostly dedicated to the best absinthe, rum and champagne, apparently the favorite drinks of Mr. Hemingway himself. The bar features more than 200 different types of rum, which customers can sample with the “Tasting Experience,” which features samples of rum with chocolate, nuts and dried fruit. In second place was Bugsy’s Bar at Pařížská 10 in Prague, and in third was Žlutá Ponorka located at Chelčického 4. BEST BAR DESIGN The Best Bar Design award went to Siddhartha Cafe, located at Jakubská 8, which features beautiful colorful chandeliers and multi-colored lights in the walls, as well as a menu featuring delectable selections, like lobster ravioli and rabbit leg with truffle noodles. The bar has only the best labels in liquors, wines and champagnes. In second place was Cafe Bar Perla at Perlová 1 in Prague, and in third was Jack Daniels Pub at Staré náměstí 34, in Sokolov. BEST HOTEL BAR Best Hotel Bar went to Cloud 9 at the Hilton located at Pobřežní 1 in Prague. This bar features a great cocktail menu with signature drinks like the Charisma. I wrote about this bar before – it’s got a great trendy atmosphere along with the comfort you might seek in a less classy joint. And of course, the cocktails and food are amazing… In second place was Tom’s Bar at The Augustine Hotel, located at Letenská 12 in Prague. In third place was Barego at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel located at Nebovidska 1. BEST CLUB The Best Club award went to Klub Phenomen located at Nádražní 43, which is a new club that has live music and three floors that can fit around 700 people. They also serve all sort of food until 2 in the morning. They also have live DJs almost every night of the week – (the schedule can be found on their website.) n second place was Žumberská stodola at Bezručova 14 in Plzen, and in third was Two Faces at Biskupská 1 in Brno.
Oct 10, 2010 Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
Inn and Around the Wick
The Clayoquot Oyster Festival is coming up, November 19th to 21st! Don some gumboots (we have loaners!) and slurp, chew and sip your way through the week-end with events like oyster farm tours, the Oyster Gala and our own The Oysterman Returns.
We’re thrilled to be nominated for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s National Award of Tourism Excellence as Business of the Year. Our congratulations go to fellow nominees, Toronto’s CN Tower and Estrimont Suites & Spa in Orford, Quebec. The big announcement is November 2nd at the Tourism Summit in Ottawa/Gatineau. Two elegant (and mouth-watering) hardcover cookbooks share recipes from all chefs across the Relais & Châteaux North America group. 85 Inspirational Chefs ($60CAD) showcases regional specialties with a custom Wickaninnish Inn cover, while Chefs at Home ($30CAD) will coax even the most hesitant cooks to follow tips from the pros. Purchase these beauties for yourself and loved ones by contacting us here or calling 001.250.725.3100. The Tofino Film Festival returns to the cozy Clayoquot Community Theatre from October 28th to 31st with an entertaining mix of shorts, features, and documentaries. This year’s picks include Reel Injun, God Went Surfing with the Devil, and The Perfect Oyster featuring the Oysterman, Brent Petkau, the guest host of our Oyster Festival evening, The Oysterman Returns!
Oct 10, 2010 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Four Seasons Hotel London
Introducing the New Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Set to Open This Winter
Rooftop spa and lounge crowns all-new rooms, meeting spaces, and a sensational restaurant in a hotel experience only Four Seasons can provide.
In just a few months, Four Seasons returns to Mayfair with the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. With its greenery-filled interiors and sweeping views of Hyde Park and Westminster, the new Hotel will be a breath of fresh air that ushers in a new era as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts celebrates fifty years of hospitality in 2011. "In many ways, London is where the Four Seasons philosophy was born, and where the idea that guests should feel as welcome as they do in someone's home originated," says John Stauss, Regional Vice President and General Manager, who will lead a team of 435 staff. "This Hotel represents all that Four Seasons has learned, all we've observed, and all that we anticipate will be important to our guests in the future." A Great Idea That’s Time Has Come The experience begins as the sun rises, when guests who arrive early are whisked to the 10th Floor Lounge. There, they can relax and have breakfast, take a shower, plug back in to the rest of the world, and take in panoramic views of one of the world’s most exciting cities. "This unique space has essentially been created by our guests – we've all experienced it, arriving after a long flight and having nowhere to go while waiting for rooms to be ready," says Stauss. "Now, there's an oasis atop the city that welcomes, soothes and refreshes weary travellers." London's Best Views – From a Spa and Fitness Centre The Hotel's Spa is also on the 10th floor. "At last, spa-savvy travellers and Londoners won't have to descend into a basement for treatments," says Stauss. "With its sky-lit vitality pools, steam rooms, saunas and treatment rooms all bathed in natural light, 'celestial' might best describe the spa experience that awaits." Each of the nine rooms has its own post-treatment relaxation pod, and thanks to a custom-designed curtain system, each room offers both Hyde Park views and complete privacy. The double-size Sky Suite boasts 180-degree views for couples or friends to enjoy together. Another surprise: the Fitness Centre is also on the 10th floor, with incredible views of Westminster to motivate guests while they work out. Amaranto: One Destination, Three Dining Venues The new Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is also destined to be a favourite meeting place for Londoners. A new restaurant, Amaranto, is uniquely designed as a series of rooms that transition seamlessly from lounge to bar to restaurant, allowing guests to choose their own setting. Entered directly through the Hotel or through its own street entrance in Hamilton Place, it features an outdoor terrace on one side leading into a conservatory and dining room, then an impressive wine wall highlighting the club-like bar in the middle, and a light-filled atrium lounge at the other end with direct access to the Hotel lobby. With modern menus inspired by Italian cuisine, Amaranto will be a destination for power breakfasts, chic lunches, English afternoon tea and cocktails. Rooms of Distinction When it's time for bed, Four Seasons has thought of everything. Each of the 192 rooms and suites is furnished in a residential style, but with a decidedly modern twist. "Guests will find that rooms, and the entire Hotel, accommodate today's technological needs," says Stauss. "And, it's a green Hotel, literally and functionally. There will be an abundance of living green plants in the public areas because they improve air quality and connect us with the outdoors. Controls for room lighting and temperature are designed for optimal energy efficiency and guest comfort." Dressing room closets have space for luggage and, in some suites, the dressing room even has its own discreet door so that housekeeping staff can put away laundry without disturbing guests. The Hotel will also have many options for connecting rooms, allowing families and other larger parties to stay together at Four Seasons. Continuing to Write Company History Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is built on the site of the original Four Seasons Inn on the Park, opened in 1970 and a favourite of world travellers and Londoners for close to 40 years. "Years of flying back and forth as he created that Hotel inspired our founder, Isadore Sharp, to focus on managing medium-sized luxury hotels where the guest experience is the number-one priority," recalls Kathleen Taylor, President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts worldwide. "It was here in London that Four Seasons employees began living by the golden rule, 'treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.' Today, as we come back to Park Lane on the eve of our 50th anniversary, this philosophy remains at the very heart of what we do around the world, every day." Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane will begin accepting reservations on November 1, 2010 for arrivals from December 15, 2010. Preferred Partner amenities include: • Daily full English breakfast for two through In-Room Dining or in the Resort restaurant (including buffets) • £60 Spa credit for use once per stay (excluding spa products) • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas) • Welcome note acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended • Complimentary high-speed Internet access for all suite bookings
Oct 10, 2010 Concierge © 2009 Condé Nast Digital Il San Pietro di Positano
Condé Nast Traveler: Il San Pietro di Positano is #9 in 2010 Readers' Choice Awards
The most striking thing about the San Pietro is its invisibility. No magic rings here: It's just that the hotel seems to merge with the vertiginous cliffs to which it clings. From the sea, this engineering feat is further disguised by the verdant screen of bougainvillea, hibiscus, and grapevines that seem to cascade from terrace to terrace. The 1971 creation of one man, the late Carlo Cinque, the 62-room tumble is now run by his niece, Virginia Attanasio Cinque, and her two sons. About a mile outside Positano on the Amalfi Drive, the hotel is so secluded that it's easy to drive straight past. The only clue that it's there is a discreet sign by an ancient chapel, which turns out to conceal the elevator that whisks guests down to the lobby. A second elevator continues down to the stone sundeck, small private beach, tennis court, and the hotel's new excursion boat. Back "upstairs," there's a new spa and a small semicircular pool lined with Bisazza mosaic tiles, as well as a much-lauded restaurant where Belgian chef Alois Vanlangenaeker works his mojo. Book one of the "special" rooms if you can: They all have features that set them apart, whether it be the largest windows, the most sumptuous decor, or the most expansive bathroom. From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler: "Chiseled into a cliff overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean"—a perfect-scoring location—this "crown jewel" has flower gardens and a private beach accessible via "an elevator inside the cliff." Rooms have unique decor and "an atmosphere of home, with roomy balconies and amazing views." Il San Pietro serves dishes that "live up to the virtuoso level you'd expect." 2010 Gold List OVERALL SCORE: 97.0 DESIGN: 98.9 ROOMS: 95.7 SERVICE: 93.5 FOOD: 96.7 LOCATION: 100.0
The 1971 creation of one man, the late Carlo Cinque, the 62-room tumble is now run by his niece, Virginia Attanasio Cinque, and her two sons. About a mile outside Positano on the Amalfi Drive, the hotel is so secluded that it's easy to drive straight past. The only clue that it's there is a discreet sign by an ancient chapel, which turns out to conceal the elevator that whisks guests down to the lobby. A second elevator continues down to the stone sundeck, small private beach, tennis court, and the hotel's new excursion boat. Back "upstairs," there's a new spa and a small semicircular pool lined with Bisazza mosaic tiles, as well as a much-lauded restaurant where Belgian chef Alois Vanlangenaeker works his mojo. Book one of the "special" rooms if you can: They all have features that set them apart, whether it be the largest windows, the most sumptuous decor, or the most expansive bathroom. From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler: "Chiseled into a cliff overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean"—a perfect-scoring location—this "crown jewel" has flower gardens and a private beach accessible via "an elevator inside the cliff." Rooms have unique decor and "an atmosphere of home, with roomy balconies and amazing views." Il San Pietro serves dishes that "live up to the virtuoso level you'd expect." 2010 Gold List OVERALL SCORE: 97.0 DESIGN: 98.9 ROOMS: 95.7 SERVICE: 93.5 FOOD: 96.7 LOCATION: 100.0
Oct 10, 2010 Mandarin Oriental Prague Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Jiří Štift presents new Seasonal Menu
Essensia is delighted to announce the new season menu. Starting in October Essensia restaurant presents a new seasonal menu menu featuring Asian and European specialities
Jiří Štift and his team have created dishes certain to warm the soul and bring cheer during the chilly days of autumn. The menu is complemented with a selection of favourite game delicacies such as “Wild Boar Ragout with Rosehip Sauce” and “Fillet of Fallow Deer with Topinambur Puree”.
Oct 10, 2010 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Four Seasons Hotel Prague Invites Guests to Become Kings and Queens of the Castle.
Four Seasons Hotel Prague Invites Guests to Become Kings and Queens of the Castle. Guided off-hours private tour of Karlstejn Castle includes areas usually closed to the public. Ever wandered through a famous castle, wishing that all the tourists were gone and you could have the place to yourself? Four Seasons Hotel Prague makes fantasies come true with a unique opportunity for a private, after-hours tour of historic Karlstejn Castle.
The gothic castle of Karlstejn was built in 1348 and named after the Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV. Charles IV was a great influence on the imperial capital of Prague, and today the city bears many reminders of his vision, including Charles University, Charles Square and the majestic Charles Bridge, just to name a few. It was at Karlstejn Castle that he stowed his royal treasures for safekeeping, including his collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. Exclusive to Four Seasons Hotel Prague, guests can now experience a private tour of Karlstejn Castle in the evening or at night after closing hours. A private guide will take guests through the castle and relate stories and myths related to this magical place and the people who lived there. On a mystic journey lit by a flamed torch, both residential and social areas are visited, including the rarely seen Chapel of the Holy Cross, normally closed to the public. The castle is located an hour’s drive from Prague, overlooking the Berounka River, where she stands in silence as a respectful and gracious witness to some of the greatest and most charming history in the Crown Lands of Bohemia. The half-day Karlstejn Castle tour includes a limousine and driver, a private guide and the entrance fee for CZK 20,000 for two persons.
Oct 10, 2010 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Four Seasons Hotel Florence
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Launches New Spa Treatment in Collaboration with Legendary Florentine Perfumer.
A partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Firenze that began a little more than two years ago is the latest chapter in the storied history of Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the world's oldest pharmacies.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is celebrating this special symbiosis with an invitation to experience its latest collaboration: the Relaxing Treatment with Organic Lavender. This exclusive treatment will unwind the body and mind to a state of absolute harmony and balance. "This is a wonderful partnership," says Lucia Papalini, manager of The Spa. "The guidelines created by our expert therapists helped their professional team of aroma therapists and herbalists to introduce a complete line of exclusive products necessary for a modern and successful spa offering a wide collection of treatments." The Relaxing Treatment With Organic Lavender, which uses scented oil purposely made for Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, plus the Draining and Shaping Treatments, as well as the Candle Massage, are examples of such cooperation: specific massage techniques are therefore enhanced by special herbs, serums and ingredients, wisely combined and prepared. "The Spa team at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has found in the secular expertise and bespoke abilities of the Officina-Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella's team the perfect partner to pursue a continuous evolution, from which we both can derive the highest benefits, today and in the future.," says Papalini. Thanks to the exclusive collaboration with Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, The Spa, a secluded heaven located under the ancient trees of Florence’s largest private garden, offers guests a truly unique experience. The Spa also offers an exclusive selection of products for purchase. Officina-Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella was founded in Florence in the 13th century by Dominican monks. Today, it remains one of Italy's most exceptional names in perfumes and skincare products.
Oct 10, 2010 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Four Seasons Hotel Florence
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Partners with FLORENS 2010 to Showcase Culture in the City.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Partners with FLORENS 2010 to Showcase Culture in the City. More than 100 events include exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films, tours and workshops November 12 to 20, 2010. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has partnered with other organizations in the city to present FLORENS 2010, an International Week of Cultural Heritage and Language, November 12 to 20, 2010. It is the inaugural event in a planned series to take place every two years.
“More than 100 cultural events are planned around the city, with most accessible to the public. Our expert concierge team can help guests plan their FLORENS 2010 experience while staying in one of the city’s most culturally significant locations, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze,” notes Thomas Citterio, director of marketing at the Hotel, which is a member of FDE (Florence Discovery Experience) and official partner of FLORENS 2010. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is the ideal base from which to explore FLORENS 2010, being a living museum of art history, set within the walled tranquility of Florence’s largest private garden. Behind its classical but unassuming façade, the Hotel offers its guests the rare opportunity to view 15th to 19th century artworks in their original context. Frescoes, bas-reliefs, stuccoes and silk wallpapers have been carefully restored to reveal vivid details dating back more than five centuries. The property comprises two Renaissance palaces, whose previous residents include a Pope, an order of nuns, Italy’s first railway company, five centuries of Florentine nobility and a Viceroy of Egypt (who sold it when his harem was barred from moving in). About FLORENS 2010 FLORENS 2010 aims to create a Florence-based, permanent international lab where key players and decision makers can debate on cultural heritage and landscape as important drivers of economic development and social wealth. It promotes a new model for the celebration of cultural heritage and landscape, and a holistic vision for culture, environment, technology and economy. The first International Week of Cultural Heritage and Landscape includes a Forum where prominent personalities, major players in the international cultural, architecture and artistic scenes will gather in Florence for the first time ever to design the future of those fields and create a "new vision" about Cultural Heritage and Landscape. Other events include a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta on Thursday November 18 at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre. More than 100 additional cultural events, meetings, exhibitions of Italian crafts, special events at the Uffizi Gallery, concerts, lectures, films and special tours covering the history and cultural heritage of Florence are on the calendar, with special artistic and musical performances being featured in the neighbouring cities of Fiesole, Scandicci and Bagno a Ripoli.
Oct 10, 2010 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Four Seasons Hotel Milano Welcomes Travellers to Eat, Pray and Love with Complimentary Personal Concierge.
Four Seasons Hotel Milano Welcomes Travellers to Eat, Pray and Love with Complimentary Personal Concierge. Tie-in with new Julia Roberts movie a draw for guests hungry to experience lesser-known gems of Milan in Four Seasons style.
All the world is on the silver screen this summer as Julia Roberts travels in search of good food, spirituality and amore in Eat, Pray, Love. With Italy playing a starring role, Four Seasons Hotel Milano is taking guests along for the ride with an opportunity to experience the fashion capital through the complimentary services of a personal concierge. The offer is a special addition to the Bali, Pray, Love package from Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, which is being rolled out with the film’s debut on August 13. Guests booking Bali, Pray, Love can continue on to Four Seasons Hotel Milano to connect with a “guru” who will provide one day of tailor-made concierge service with a customised itinerary full of lesser-known yet still-wondrous sites in the city. While Italian cuisine is central to Eat, Pray, Love – which is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of divorce, discovery and renewal – there is plenty more to inspire travelers in Milan: Eat throughout the city at relaxed trattorias, renowned gourmet restaurants and everything in between. Leave room for La Veranda, Four Seasons Hotel Milano’s hotspot of inventive Mediterranean and local cuisine created by celebrated Executive Chef Sergio Mei. Pray at some of more than 50 churches in Milan. The “guru” can arrange private tours of Sant’Ambrogio, the Duomo, Santa Maria delle Grazie and others. Fall in love with Milan through pleasurable walks, shopping, art galleries, museums, architecture – or all of the above. Four Seasons Hotel Milano is an inviting cocoon for worldly travelers. Though surrounded by the sparkling energy of Milan’s fashion district, the Hotel is hushed and peaceful, arrayed through three buildings of a 15th century convent in a beautiful part of the city.
Oct 10, 2010 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
The Winter season is starting earlier at Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
This winter the lovers of five-star luxury holidays will not have to wait long because the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf is opening earlier than usual, on December 3rd. Guests will be able to have a luxury five-star holiday during the long week-ends before Christmas, i.e. those including the day of Sant’Ambrogio (7thDecember) and the day of the Immaculate Conception (8th December). They will be able to enjoy the magic of the first snowfall without the chaos of the high season.
Bookings are open – do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the majestic Dolomites from an exceptional point of view during the first half of December. There are plenty of pleasant surprises for the guests who choose to stay in the Cristallo Hotel. From December 3rd to Christmas there are unique opportunities for couples, families or groups of friends to relax together, as well as unmissable opportunities for exclusive company meetings.
Oct 10, 2010 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
The Cristallo Hotel is the best Italian Leading Ski Resort
Excellence has been appreciated again. The Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina d’Ampezzo has just won the Leading Ski Resort award in the 2010 edition of the World Travel Awards.
This is yet another brilliant achievement of Cortina’s luxury five-star hotel, which has once again proven to be one of the most exclusive, luxury hotels in the world. There were not many other Italian candidates competing for the World Travel Awards, the most prestigious awards in the sector of international luxury tourism. Despite the increase in the number of candidates compared to last year, the Cristallo Hotel won the Leading Ski Resort award. The hotel was once again one of the winners that received an award in the prestigious ceremony that was held last Friday (Oct 1st) in the Rixos Premium Belek Resort, in Antalya, Turkey.This award in itself is proof of the excellent standards of Italian tourism and of the perfect elegance of the tourist resorts in Veneto. They impressed the world’s tourism experts who assigned the coveted prize, according to the votes given by globetrotters from all over the world.
Oct 10, 2010 Mandarin Oriental Prague Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Mandarin Oriental ́s acc laimed collection of luxurious hotels and resorts grace the world ́s most prestigious locations. Renowned for award-winning excellence, our hotels will delight you with inspired, individual style, sophisticated facilities and legendary service. Mandarin Oriental, Prague is an intimate, luxurious hotel in the very heart of historical Prague. Housed in an exceptionally beautiful building that began life as a monastery in the 14th Century, it exudes local history as well as contemporary sophistication with subtle Asian touches. Incorporated into the public areas are displays of the original foundations of the building and numerous historic artifacts found on the site during construction.
Location Superbly located in the Malá Strana district, the picturesque „Little Quarter“ in the heart of Prague’s historic centre, Mandarin Oriental, Prague is within easy walking distance of the city’s major tourist attractions including Prague Castle, the ancient seat of Czech kings and the President of the Czech Republic; the beautiful 14th-Century Charles Bridge, just five minutes from the hotel; and many museums and theatres for which Prague is famous. From the hotel, you can stroll through the city and marvel at the breathtaking Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, as well as enjoy Prague’s riverside promenades and café-lined squares. SPA The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Prague is located in the unique environment of a former Renaissance chapel and offers seven tranquil private treatment suites. Expertly trained therapists provide a variety of holistic treatments from around the world. Some of the spa suites feature private heat and water-based facilities such as a Rasul, steam showers, and Vitality Pool. Spa news at Mandarin Oriental Prague VLTAVA TREAT (120 MIN) Visit our luxuriously serene suite and enjoy The Spa’s Vltava Treat (120 min). Based on Czech spa traditions and complemented with “Vltava by Bedrich Smetana” musical background, this experience will re-mineralise your body with a freshwater mud wrap and a relaxing bath that uses unique Karlovy Vary salts. The treatment continues with therapeutic massage that helps to alleviate muscle stress. MO WELLNESS CLUB The best way to relax in autumn is with an exclusive MO Wellness membership. Sign up for an exclusive 12-month membership programme combining unlimited use of our Fitness Centre, extra spa therapies along with special hotel discounts at the spa, restaurant and bar. The number of memberships available is limited. JANE IREDALE 1ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS Join us in celebrating the 1st anniversary of the launch of jane iredale’ s mineral cosmetics. Throughout October on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm in our spa lobby, all guests will have an opportunity to experience the line’s newly collection – Pure Impact. There has never been a better reason to fall for jane iredale. Dining news at Mandarin Oriental, Prague New Menu at Essensia Starting in October Essensia restaurant presents a new seasonal menu featuring Asian and European specialities. Jiří Štift and his team have created dishes certain to warm the soul and bring cheer during the chilly days of autumn. The menu is complemented with a selection of favourite game delicacies such as “Wild Boar Ragout with Rosehip Sauce” and “Fillet of Fallow Deer with Topinambur Puree”. Traditional Dim Sum Essensia’s Dim Sum Lunch is a perfect choice for family gatherings. The menu features delicious steamed and fried Chinese starters, favourite Asian soups and main dishes complemented with a selection of fruit salads and desserts. Served every Sunday from noon to 3.30 pm, the four-course Dim Sum Lunch is priced at CZK 980 per person and includes an unlimited pour of fine jasmine tea. BAREGO’S COCKTAILS FANTASYBAREGOCOCKTAILS Almond Martini Finlandia Vodka, Fresh Apple & Lemon Juice, Almond Syrup & Peach Bitter Cumquatina Bombay Sapphire Gin, Rose‘s Lime Juice, Sugar & Fresh Cumquats Mandarin Oriental Cosmopolitan Finlandia Vodka, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, Lime, Pomegranate Juice & Orange Twist Mandrin Passion Absolut Mandrin Vodka, Rose‘s Lime Juice, Orange Bitter, Passion Fruit Monastery smoky Martini Bombay Sapphire Gin, Noilly Prat, Laphroig Mandarin Oriental, Prague is a FAN of Modern Art The TINA B. Festival is a unique artistic event organised in Prague each year by Vernon Gallery and Mandarin Oriental, Prague is the partner of the festival for year 2010. In October 2010 Prague will again become the mecca of contemporary art. Like every year artists and art works from central and Eastern Europe and other countries around the world will come together in the Czech Republic’s capital city. TINA B. is an acronym for the English ‘This Is Not Another Biennial’. The name TINA B. also evokes notions of a sensual being – the patron of the festival, a mysterious woman with an ever/changing visage, who lures thousands of visitors to the Prague festival. Festival has been held repeatedly under the auspices and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the City of Prague. Insider Tips Prague Christmas Markets 2010 Chistmas is a special time of the year in Prague and the Christmas markets go hand in hand with it. Prague Christmas markets, which have a long tradition, bring people together to share the holiday spirit. It is really worth a visit. The markets start every year four Saturdays before December 24, which is the Christmas Eve, and run until the beginning of January. They are open every day of the week and still they are always busy despite the weather! Why? Prague Christmas markets are not mainly about the shopping. It is all about the special Christmas atmosphere that is there. The markets offer you not only a great opportunity to buy some unique gifts, but especially the experience of nice traditions that are still alive. They bring the true meaning of Christmas to life. The most popular markets are on the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square where Christmas items are sold in 70 to 80 stands. Smaller ones are located on Namesti Republiky, Havelske Trziste and Namesti Miru. They are all easily accessible by subway. The markets themselves consist of traditional wooden chalets that line the market squares and are nicely decorated. You will find there traditional Christmas decorations, holiday items and hand-crafted gifts together with fresh food and drinks. They are usually open from 9am to 7pm. New Year's Eve Fireworks As midnight approaches, crowds gather around the city to watch one of several firework displays. Broadly, there are two options for where to go to enjoy the midnight fireworks. The first is to be anywhere on or overlooking the river. This means somewhere near to Charles Bridge, Prague Castle or on Petrin Hill. As well as on the streets, people gather on the terraces at the river restaurants and on the top decks of the river boats, which congregate around Charles Bridge. The atmosphere by the river is fun and relaxed, as people take in the beauty of fireworks over the water, with a backdrop of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Old Town. The second option for the midnight fireworks is the Old Town Square. As the atmosphere builds, large crowds gather in the square. Christmas Concerts Prague is a musical city year round, but with the magic of Christmas these melodies sound all the better. Christmas concerts take place in the churches and palaces, here are some suggestions: Church of Sts. Simon and Jude, Dušní street Spanish Hall – Prague Castle Church of Assumption and Charles the Great - Ke Karlovu 1/453 Klementinum Chapel of Mirrors - Mariánské náměsti
Sep 09, 2010, Inc. Claridge's
The Top Ten Fashion Designer Hotels in the World
These days, if you're a world famous designer, dominating the runways is just not enough. From Moschino to Missoni, below is a list of the top ten fashion designer hotels.
MOSCHINO - MAISON MOSCHINO, MILAN For dress lovers, fairytale dreamers and those who just appreciate stylish design, the Maison Moschino is a whimsical boutique hotel housed in an 1840's neoclassical railway station. MISSONI - HOTEL MISSONI, SCOTLAND Each room is filled with vibrant and bold patterns that embody Rosita Missoni's colorful and creative vision. ARMANI - THE ARMANI DUBAI, UAE Where else would you find the tallest building in the world? The Armani Dubai rooms are sleek, ultra-modern, and designed with high quality fabrics and leather accents. VERSACE - PALAZZO VERSACE, AUSTRALIA Lots of gold, bold and royal designs decorate this hotel, screaming Donatella Versace's signature style. BULGARI - BULGARI HOTELS & RESORTS, BALI 59 villas perched on a cliffside with the beautiful waters of Indian Ocean below, this hotel is a luxurious gem. The rooms have natural lava walls and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG - CLARIDGE'S, LONDON An Art Deco hotel situated in the heart of London, this hotel has twenty rooms designed by DVF. KARL LAGERFIELD - SCHLOSSHOTEL IM GRUNEWALD, BERLIN Each of one of the rooms of this mini-palace are unique, and designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself. RALPH LAUREN - ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS, JAMAICA A Jamaican beach resort with interiors designed with the signature classic, clean lines and understated luxuriousness of Ralph Lauren. SALVATORE FERRAGAMO - CONTINENTALE, FLORENCE As Kiwi Collection said it best, the "50s-inspired Continentale would make the perfect spot for Holly Golightly should she spring from the pages of fiction and land in Florence." Bubble-gum pink accents provide a nice contrast against over-sized black and white fashion portraiture decorating the hallways. OSCAR DE LA RENTA - TORTUGA BAY VILLAS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Long time resident of the beach town of Punta Cana, Oscar de la Renta, designed 15 of the luxury villas with his signature classic, yet extravagant style. The suites are designed with crisp whites, yellows and warm beiges, providing a comfortable, soothing contrast to the vibrant blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. By Amy Chan
Sep 09, 2010 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Concert by Chiara Opalio
The concert – an unmissable event held every summer in Cortina – is greatly appreciated by the public and by music critics. On the evening of August 22nd, Chiara Opalio, one of the youngest and most popular Italian musicians, performed in the fin de siècle halls of the Cristallo Hotel.
In 1999, at the age of 9, this pianist – an enfant prodige – received a Mention of Honour as the most talented participant in the Carl Czerny International Piano Competition in Prague. Chiara Opalio was asked to perform in the halls of the “gem" of Cortina during a private party. This particular traditional summer event in Cortina will always be remembered by the hotel’s staff and the guests who were able to attend a unique performance reserved for a lucky few. Chiara Opalio’s performance, which included pieces of classical music composed by exceptional composers such as Chopin, Litz and Prokofiev, was greatly appreciated.
Sep 09, 2010 Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf
Capelli d'Angelo Viola: new creation by Cristallo Hotels' Chef
The chef Marco Badalucci is once again determined to delight customers in the “La Veranda” restaurant. He has created a very special dish that combines healthy traditional ingredients, the best of modern cooking techniques and his own personal style.
This new dish, called Capelli d’Angelo Viola, is inspired by an event that has taken place twice in the past two years – the “summer retreat” of the Fiorentina soccer team [the team of the town of Florence]. According to the chef Marco Badalucci, this new creation is a “global dish” because there are so many territories and elements. “It includes sea and land, as well as the air because there are seeds of star aniseed”, explained the chef. The main ingredients chosen by the chef are the healthiest of foods, which include purple cabbage, in honour of the team with a lily on a purple background.
Sep 09, 2010 Associated Newspapers Ltd Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano
A glorious ascent in Italy's Dolomites reveals the Great War's history Read more:
By SANDY GALL One glorious sunny morning we took the cable car (or gondola, as they call it here) from the foot of Lagazuoi, the most historic mountain in the Dolomites, and were hoisted with Ferrari-like acceleration over the pines and up the rock face. At the top, more than 9,000ft above sea level, the wind was icy, but the view superb.
Filippo, our fresh-faced guide, pointed across the valley to a vast mountain, clad in greenish ice, benignly beautiful. 'Marmolada', said Filippo, 'the highest mountain in the Dolomites, 3,342 metres'. As a non-metric Briton, I did a quick calculation. 'About 11,000 ft,' I said. To be precise, Marmolada is 10,964 ft above sea level and the name, incidentally, has nothing to do with the great British breakfast preserve. 'A week ago,' Fillipo continued, 'someone saw a boot sticking out of the ice at the bottom of Marmolada. When he tried to pull it out he found it was attached to a leg ... and the leg to a whole skeleton.' 'Poor man,' my wife Eleanor said, sympathetically. 'Who was he?' 'An Austrian soldier,' said Filippo. He must have died between 1915 and 1917, during the Great War. The trenches along the foot of Marmolada were the Austrian front line, Filippo explained. Although, during those two years, the Italians lost large numbers of soldiers in their war against the Austrians and Germans, they ended up on the winning side with Britain, France and the U.S.. As a result, under the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1919, Italy was awarded the whole of the South Tyrol up to the Brenner Pass and including Cortina d'Ampezzo, where the Winter Olympics were held in 1956. Following Filippo, we walked across the top of Lagazuoi along a fortified trench to an outpost which once dominated the Austrian positions. The stone ceiling was so low that — being over six feet tall — I found it difficult to avoid bumping my head on the wooden cross beams. The whole top of the mountain, we discovered, is honeycombed with tunnels sunk into the living rock and with steps leading from one level to another. Despite months of trench warfare, neither side could gain a real advantage. Then one day, a dashing Italian officer named Martini and a contingent of Alpine troops captured a strategic ledge half way up Lagazuoi, giving the Austrians a nasty surprise and enabling the Italians to fire down on their fort, called Tre Sassi. In an attempt to end the stalemate, both sides started tunnelling and mining the mountain which became the battlefield itself. Conditions in winter were appalling - they had 30f t of snow in 1916 - and the museum at Tre Sassi has some fascinating examples of cold weather clothing, including a pair of hand-made outer boots which must have measured 18 in by six. The Italians, brilliant engineers, have wrought a small miracle restoring the trenches at Cinque Torri [Five Towers], which was our last stop. Over the ages, the Dolomites have splintered into hundreds of perpendicular cliffs and needles which are not only extremely picturesque, but an irresistible magnet to climbers who enjoy pulling thems elves up sheer rock faces by their finger tips. A lot of this was going on at the time of our visit, with tiny figures visible at the top of the largest Torri. Descent, I'm told, is relatively easy, once you master the mysteries of piton, belay and rappel. As you walk along the reconstituted trenches and peer over the sights of a 100-year-old, but still lethal-looking, Vickers Maxim machine-gun, you need to watch your step. Maxim machine-gun, you need to watch your step. But once out of the trench we trod carefully for other reasons: the whole meadow was a carpet of pale mauve autumn crocuses and tiny, lapis lazuli-blue gentians, that wonderful jewel-like flower which seems to grow on every mountain top in the world, from the Dolomites to the Hindu Kush. But lunch called at the Rosa Alpina, which has grown from a simple, Alpine-style chalet into a comfortable hostelry with warm brown pine woodwork in the local style and bright red geraniums in every window box. Founded and run by three generations of the Pizzinini family, of whom the present padrone is Hugo Pizzinini, the Rosa Alpina is in the style of the great winter sports hotels, comparable in the warmth of its welcome and its tradition of being family-run to Badrutt's Palace in St Moritz. It has four restaurants, one with a wood-oven for pizzas, one a Tyrolean stube, and one the mouth-wateringly Michelin two-starred St. Hubertus. There, one evening, we ate a superb seven or eight-course dinner and tasted ten or 12 wines, all Italian, all from the region. We started with a glass of sparkling Franciacorta Cavalleri, methode champenoise, in the gleaming, stainless-steel kitchen, watching Norbert Niederkofler's 16 chefs calmly creating, without an F-word to turn the air blue. The great man, an enthusiastic cyclist and mountain walker, as well as champion cook, came to meet us, friendly and relaxed and showing no sign of star-nerves, although the restaurant was, as always, full. The main course, in tribute to St Hubert, patron saint of hunting, consisted of two perfect cylinders of tender venison, pink and delicious, the ideal pick-me-up after a hard day on the mountain, or in our case, in the cable car. Another day, we played golf on the hilly nine-hole course near Corvara, altitude just over 5,000 ft. They say the ball goes further at altitude, the air being thinner, although I must admit it did not seem to make much difference to me, despite the luxury of having a golf cart. The last time that I played at altitude, on Lord Curzon's course near Shimla, 7,000ft up in the Himalayas, I walked and it nearly killed me. On our last day, with the sun blazing, we took the chair lift from Badia over the pines to the foot of the mountain which towers over the church of Santa Croce, built in 1484. In the spirit of pilgrimage, we walked up the last steep, stony bit of the road, flanked by the last half-dozen of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Santa Croce is known locally as Il Voto, the Wish, from an ancient belief that the petitions the devout hang on the walls - usually for the birth of a child, or the cure of some ailment - will be answered. Miraculous responses -here were several silver legs on the wall - are also recorded. One, written in the local Tyrolean patois, tells the story of a seven-year-old boy, Dominik Faber, who swallowed a sewing needle. Five days later, with the local doctor at a loss and the family in despair, the prayed-for miracle occurred: the needle safely transited Dominik's insides without piercing him and re-emerged to general jubilation.
Sep 09, 2010 Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Enjoy a Leisurely Autumn with Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Summer days are over and mother nature is slowly getting ready for a colourful autumn. Enjoy the season at its best with special leisure tips by Mandarin Oriental, Prague. The City of One Hundred Spires invites you to enjoy a superb experience.
MONET — WARHOL / Masterpieces from the Albertina Museum and The Barliner Collection The exhibition takes place in Veletrzni Palace from 13 October 2010 to 8 January 2011 and will present one of the world’s most prestigious collections of modern art. The collection comprises 88 works by distinguished masters including Henry Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wassily Kandinski in addition to the works of prominent artists from the latter half of the 20th century including Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol and Anselm Kiefer, among others. Classical Prague Indulgence Opera Season Begins 1 September 2010 to June 2011 The National Theatre is the Czech Republic’s representative stage. It is one of the symbols of Czech national identity and a part of the European cultural arena. The site serves as a bearer of national cultural heritage and at the same time provides an arena for free artistic creativity. Experience the upcoming opera season featuring premieres such as L'elisir d'amore, Parsifal and Les enfants terribles. Modern Strains Sting - Symphonicity Tour 22 September 2010 Appearing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be Sting at Prague’s O2 Arena, where he’ll present his favourite songs specially adapted for the symphonic setting. Maestro Steven Mercurio (Pavarotti, Bocelli) will conduct the orchestra. Carlos Santana 15 October 2010 Carlos Santana is coming back to Prague after six years to fill Prague’s O2 Arena with splashes of colour and a fount of music. One of the world’s most famous guitar players performs during his “Universal Tone Tour” promoting the reissue of his album Supernatural released 11 years ago. Lady Gaga 17 November 2010 American singer Lady Gaga has confirmed a concert in the Czech Republic as part of her European tour. The princess of pop will perform in O2 Arena as part of her “The Monster Ball” tour. NHL Premiere Prague 9 to 10 October 2010 Book your tickets for Boston Bruins – Phoenix Coyotes match in advance. Tickets can be ordered 30 days prior to the event at the latest. In addition to entry to the auditorium, VIP tickets give holders access to an exclusive area of Lokomotivka restaurant with VIP service. Apassionata 4 December 2010 One of the most successful European family shows, the two-hour “Road to the Stars” features more than 40 horses and the best European riders along with beautiful music and eye-catching special effects. The event takes place at O2 Arena.
Aug 08, 2010 Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Dinner By Heston Blumenthal To Open At Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London In December 2010
Hong Kong, 24 August 2010 -- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and The Fat Duck Group have joined forces to create Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Chef Heston Blumenthal’s first London restaurant which will open at the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London in December 2010.
Blumenthal, of the three Michelin starred The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire and The Hinds Head pub of the same village, has won international acclaim for his unique and multi-sensory approach to cooking. This first restaurant to open outside of the village of Bray will feature the chef’s inimitable style of culinary alchemy with a menu heavily influenced by his ongoing research and discovery of historic British gastronomy. Focusing on the revival and modernization of traditional British recipes, the menu at this highly anticipated new restaurant will feature simple contemporary dishes inspired by Britain’s historic gastronomic past and recipes dating as far back as the 16th century, such as Scallops with Cucumber Ketchup and Peas, Bergamot cured Mackerel Salad and Slow Cooked Short Rib of Beef. Mandarin Oriental and Heston Blumenthal are working with the internationally renowned designer, Adam D. Tihany, to create the restaurant interior. Inspired by Chef Blumenthal’s deep interest and knowledge of 16th century cookery and his use of local ingredients, the design is a contemporary British Brasserie concept; an innovative illustration which influences the senses, yet remains true to British culinary and design traditions. Tihany plans to highlight rich, natural materials such as wood, leather and iron – historical elements at the root of 16th century British style – incorporating them in contemporary ways to reinforce Heston’s revival and modernization of traditional British recipes. With uninterrupted views over Hyde Park, the restaurant will also feature floor to ceiling glass walls providing a glimpse into the open kitchen and an unusual one-of-a-kind large scale pulley mechanism. This contemporary chrome and steel contraption has been modelled after the 16th century pulley system originally designed for the Royal British Court’s kitchens. A selection of 16th century British recipes sourced from rare antique cookbooks will be on display behind a one-way mirror in the bar area, and a private dining room will be available for up to 12 guests as well as a chef’s table for six located within the kitchen. During the summer months, a terrace overlooking Hyde Park will provide guests with one of London’s finest al fresco dining locations. Seating 140 guests, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will serve lunch and dinner and from March 2011, afternoon tea. The kitchen will be headed by Ashley Palmer-Watts, group executive chef of the Fat Duck, who has worked with Blumenthal for ten years. The etymology of the word ‘dinner’ gave rise to the name of the restaurant. In Britain, ‘dinner’ still means the main formal meal of the day, and it is usually served either in the middle of the day, or in the evening, depending on where you are in the British Isles. Originating from the 13th century French word disner (pronounced dee-nay), dinner was in fact originally eaten at breakfast time. The rise of social and economic changes, including technical innovations such as gaslight and electricity, allowed for the timing of this main meal of the day to be eaten later in the day. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will be open from 12 noon to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Aug 08, 2010 Wickaninnish Inn Newsletter Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
A Note from Charles
Summer is still in full swing on the West Coast. After living here for years, I'm always thrilled to see Tofino's morning mists give way to sunrise mornings as the marine layer of early summer makes way for the best of weather in late August and September. These days, Chesterman Beach is home to surf lessons, long walks, picnics, some weddings, and if the conditions are right, colourful kite flying. This sounds like a lot of activity, and it is, yet this 2.5 km (or 1.5 mile) of fine sand still reigns peaceful. I like to walk the Frank Island tombolo or sandspit at low tide, and view the beach, Lennard lighthouse and the Inn against the backdrop of the Vancouver Island Mountain Range. It's a wonderful panorama and allows quiet moments steps away from the quicker pace of the Inns day to day activity.
Just a couple of weeks ago on August 9th, we celebrated the Inn's fourteenth anniversary, but I remember our beginnings so clearly. From the initial family talks of, "How can we?" to the evolving discussions of "How will we?", fit the Inn into the natural landscape, arrange for views directly from the bathrooms, properly share this region with our visitors while also living our commitment to showcasing local products and artisans and then finally sitting in the On-the-Rocks Bar overlooking The Pointe Restaurant on opening day and marveling that we had done it, seems like only yesterday. It's true that time does fly when you're doing what you love. Over these last fourteen years, we've been fortunate to work with so many outstanding individuals committed to providing an exceptional guest experience. As is the nature of the hospitality industry, staff do come and go and sometimes come back again, but all have left an indelible mark on the level of service that has become a source of much pride - and appreciation. This August, the esteemed Travel + Leisure Magazine released the results of its yearly World's Best Awards, based on reader surveys, with the Inn ranking as the top resort in Canada, and fourth best in North America - Wow! While it always feels good to be recognized we also know we are only as good as your last experience here at the Inn and we always appreciate and learn from every comment card, suggestion and email. Constant improvement is part of our DNA and today we are doing more than ever to improve and fine tune every aspect of our business to provide an even better value and more compelling experience. Sooner than we'll know, August will run into September, and the kids on Chesterman Beach will be replaced by the cry of gulls on the feed just off shore. Far from showing any signs of autumn, September in Tofino is a gem of a time with sunny mornings, warm weather and show-stopping sunsets. Signing off from sandy Chesterman Beach, I'm looking forward to welcoming you to the Inn for your first or an encore visit.
Aug 08, 2010 Four Seasons Magazine Four Seasons Hotel Prague
The Fashion Scene in Prague
Klara Nademlynska is a name Czechs know. Her shop and those by names of other local fashion designers can be found at Czech Fashion Centre.
Klara Nademlynska, a designer popular with Czechs and savvy Four Seasons guests alike, creates fashions with clean lines, high-quality materials and elegantly seductive cuts. Her shop is part of Czech Fashion Centre, which promotes seven other designers located around Old Town Square in the fashion-forward Stare Mesto neighbourhood. Find international labels on nearby Parizska Street.
Aug 08, 2010 Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano
South Tyrol: a hot spot for fine dining
By Daniel Metcalfe In the Alpine region of Tyrol, there’s a saying – “Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are” – which dates back to the days when feuding barons savoured speck and dumplings, leaving their peasantry to chew on rough Schüttelbrot (crispbread). Times have changed. South Tyrol, the predominantly German-speaking region of northern Italy, is now one of the continent’s prime fine dining spots. It boasts 18 Michelin stars, more than any other Italian province. By way of comparison, the Los Angeles area, with a population 15 times greater, can manage only 24.
Tyrol formed the Alpine flank of the Habsburg empire until 1918, when Italy annexed its southern half. It was renamed Alto Adige, raised to “autonomous region” level, and its capital, Bolzano, given a robustly Italo-Fascist makeover. It is here in Südtirol – as the German-speaking locals still call it – that the food really sparkles, a region that combines an Alpine love of starch (watch out for Knödeln, or dumplings) with the fruit strudels of the Viennese drawing room, and all the spices of the local Lagrein and Gewürtztraminer grapes. South Tyroleans are serious about cheese too. My first stop was at one of the region’s leading lights, Degust, a small independent cheese affinatore in the village of Varna in Val d’Isarco. Since 1995, Edith and Hansi Baumgartner have been working out of a Mussolini-era bunker that provides perfect refining conditions, often adding figs, cherries, and even seaweed for flavour. Edith appeared, half-obscured by ribboned boxes of cheeses with blueberry chutney and mandarin mustard. “South Tyrol has wonderful cows and milk but the cheese was a disaster, so we started this micro-refinery. There was really nothing else around,” she explained, once I was happily nibbling on some Gruyère with a glass of dark muscatel. Edith handed me one of her favourites, a bittersweet blue cheese called Golden Gel, made at an altitude of 1,800m. “It was matured for six months in the bunker,” she confided, “another month in basins of sweet grapes, and then wrapped in hay for a further month.” Edith’s brother-in-law Karl Baumgartner is head chef at the Michelin-starred Schöneck restaurant and shares her almost obsessive passion for quality ingredients. Winding up to the tiny village of Falzes, I passed lonely hayricks that stood on snow-covered meadows, before finally reaching Schöneck. It was more than worth the drive. After a round of delectable starters – steak tartare with white truffle shavings and some succulent gnocchi, I had capretto (milk-fed goat) and winter vegetables in a herb sauce, with a punchy Pinot Nero Burgum Novum Castelfeder 2006. Then Baumgartner arrived with a glint in his eye and an oozy chocolate tart with a shapely clod of beige ice-cream. It slipped down like a dream before I felt a sudden kick in the larynx. “You like it?” beamed the chef, before revealing that it was derived from vanilla-flavoured pipe tobacco. Fine dining was all very well but I still wanted to know what constituted Tyrolean home cooking. And what about the speakers of Ladin, a minority language not so different from Swiss Romansh, spoken by 40,000 in the Gherdëina and Badia valleys of the south-east of the region? What did they eat? Refreshed by Baumgartner’s mountain flowers herbal tea, I headed to the skiing heartland of Badia to find out. In the winding mountain roads outside Pedraces, a modest wooden farmhouse finally appeared from the darkness. With no English-speaking staff, and a fixed-course menu written entirely in Ladin, the family-run Maso Runch makes few overtures to its customers. I was surprised to discover that it is, however, one of the region’s most popular restaurants, often booked for weeks in advance. It was as homely as it got: waitresses in faux-peasant outfits swished around with spinach Knödeln, great pink sides of pork, bowls full of juniper-flavoured sauerkraut, and carafes of Lagrein – a dark local red – all served in such a hurry there was no time for a humble Ladin bun apetit. The food was hearty and delicious. Restored by the Hotel Fanes spa in the nearby mountain village of San Cassiano, I prepared for my fourth and final sample of Tyrolean cuisine. This was at the upmarket Rosa Alpina hotel, frequented by the likes of George Clooney and Prince Albert of Monaco, and home to St Hubertus, a double Michelin-starred restaurant run by renowned chef Norbert Niederkofler. St Hubertus is the Mont Blanc of South Tyrolean fine dining, though eating there sometimes feels like scaling the mountain. Settled behind a starched tablecloth in a wood panelled dining room, I paced myself through course after wine-paired course (not to mention several amuse-bouches), all twiddled, twisted and twined to perfection. Each offering dazzled, arriving like the perfect little present you’d always wanted but never thought to ask for: pork belly with smoked potato purée, Kaluga Amur caviar and champagne sauce; buckwheat ravioli of buffalo milk ricotta with squid and cream of green beans. My head swam, my taste buds danced. But by the time the chocolate millefeuille arrived eight courses later, the sommelier ever present, the maître-d’ always watchful, and everything so relentlessly excellent, I wished for a brief moment that I was back in the Maso Runch being largely ignored. Ah well, perhaps that old proverb was right ...
Aug 08, 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano
Norbert Niederkofler's insider tips
Two-Michelin-starred chef Norbert Niederkofler is a vital member of the team at award-winning Hotel Rosa Alpina in the Italian Dolomites (which won the Hotel Spas: Europe, Asia Minor & the Russian Federation award at the Readers' Spa Awards 2010) and runs its St Hubertus restaurant. These are his insider's tips to the beautiful Alta Badia region in Italy:
Which destination do you know best? The most beautiful destination in Alta Badia is San Cassiano - a small village with very little traffic, great for skiing in winter and hiking in the summer. What's the first piece of advice you'd give to anyone visiting? To come up and forget about all the stress; sample the silence and the beauty of the Dolomites, and to live with nature. If you only had one night to stay in any hotel, which would it be? At the Rosa Alpina - or in the Baita by Hotel Rosa Alpina. If you only had one day in Alta Badia, where would you go to eat? I'd have lunch at a rifugio like Scotoni Riufgio Col Alto in La Villa (00 39 0471 847330; Dinner would be at the very traditional Restaurant Maso Runch (also in La Villa; 00 39 0471 83 97 96), or at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants: La Siriola at Hotel Ciasa Salares in San Cassanio (00 39 0471 849445; has one star, while my own St Hubertus (00 39 0471 849 500; has two. Of the famous tourist sites in the Dolomites, which would you try not to miss? In winter, I'd go shopping in Cortina (28 km from San Cassiano) and then skiing in the Sella Ronda - Lagazoi and Marmolada are a must. In summer, there's hiking the Dolomites: in the Fanes Natural Park, the Cinque Torri and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. What's your best insider tip? Just to enjoy the stay, and breathe great air, during both summer and winter.
Aug 08, 2010 Four Seasons Magazine Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Concierge recommends
We asked Petr Zezula, Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Prague, to gather the savviest sightseeing suggestions he could find—not just his own but also those of the local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Hotel. In the very heart of Europe, Prague is one of the continent’s loveliest capitals thanks to its architecture, which ranges from a medieval cathedral and castle district to the Gehry-era leading edge, by way of beautiful baroque lanes and outstanding 20th-century Modernism.
Coffee: Historic Cafés Czech coffee culture dates back to its days as a Habsburg capital, so perhaps it’s not surprising that one of its finest coffeehouses is Café Imperial, which was restored two years ago to its 19th-century splendour. Older still is Café & Restaurant Slavia. The restaurant sits on the embankment of the Vltava River, where the Czech painter Jan Zrzavy and writer Jaroslav Seifert used to frequent, and where the writer and former president Vaclav Havel can occasionally be spotted. The café maintains its original look and can be described as shabby chic. Art: Best Galleries The Veletrzní Palác, the city’s fabulous functionalist modern art gallery, once was considered the best gallery in Prague. But it now has a rival in the Lobkowicz Palace, just below Prague Castle, which houses one of the world’s most extraordinary private art collections: works by Bruegel, Canaletto, Cranach and Velasquez, whose portrait of the Infanta Margarita Teresa is its jewel. In addition to its collection of paintings, the museum has decorative arts, books, musical instruments and autograph manuscripts by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Shopping: Gifts and Homewares If a visit to the House of Black Madonna and the Czech Cubist paintings, furniture and ceramics it contains have inspired in you a love of such design, then make for Modernista, a remarkable furniture and homewares store that deals in first-rate reproductions of pieces by the likes of Adolf Loos, Pavel Janak and Vlastislav Hoffman. Inspired by the design of same era, Kubista—on the ground floor of the House of the Black Madonna—is another good place for local gifts. For contemporary Czech design, try Designshop at the new contemporary art centre DOX in Prague 7. Opera: Command Performances To see Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the exquisitely compact, 18th-century Estates Theatre—the opera house that premiered it—gives it another dimension. The theatre itself is a riot of rococo gilt against a powder-blue ground; the acoustic is warm; and the standard of performance exemplary. Only the sightlines in the narrow horseshoe auditorium are a problem, so insist on centre stalls. If jazz is more your bag, then check out JazzDock in Prague 5 right on the river. Beer: Pubs and Breweries Lokal is an excellent Czech pub, simple, easy-going and with a good line in traditional Czech draft beers. It’s also an exercise in nostalgia, for its retro restaurant is redolent of the dark days before the Velvet Revolution, right down to the fake graffiti, surly service and a menu that’s only in Czech. For something more historic, try Klásterní Pivovar in the Strahov Monastery at Prague Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. For something new, check out Novomestsky Pivovar—400 metres from Wenceslas Square—the first brewery to open in the New Town, where it was founded as recently as 1993. Food: Best Italian We’re not bragging when we say that Allegro is the best Italian restaurant in town. Indeed it was the first in Central/Eastern Europe to win a Michelin Star. It has marvellous river views, a great wine list, and, yes, there are some Bohemian influences on the menu. Gnocchi are only a variation on dumplings, after all. Aromi is an inexpensive alternative, a neighbourhood Italian restaurant well off the tourist track in Prague, that’s well regarded for its great home cooking. Itinerary: A Perfect Prague Day Prague Castle may be on most tourist itineraries, but for a different spin on it walk through the old area of Novy Svet, just beyond it. You’ll find very few people in the narrow cobblestone streets, and the gas streetlights give you a feel of how Prague was 200 years ago. Weather permitting, have lunch on the terrace of the Lvi Dvur restaurant, which faces the castle and cathedral. Then walk through Upper Deer Moat, a natural ravine below the castle with beautiful views to Mala Strana to Lesser Town. The Southern Castle Gardens are always worth a look, as are the 17th-century Wallenstein Gardens, another essay in baroque splendour, with dancing fountains, a loggia, ornamental carp pond, box parterres, peacocks and astonishing curved grotto wall made of artificial dripstone, carved with stalactites, petrified (and petrifying) snakes, frogs and monsters. And round off the day with a night at the opera or a recital at the Rudolfinum Concert Hall.
Aug 08, 2010 Four Seasons Magazine Four Seasons Hotel London
London at Park Lane: Establishing the Vision for a One-of-a-Kind Hotel
What is involved in the creation of a landmark hotel? Go behind the scenes at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, set to open in late 2010, to see an icon in the making.
With more than 80 hotels and resorts in 35 countries, Four Seasons is renowned as the world’s leading creator of luxury hotels. But there’s a great mystique about how such landmarks are conceived—from designing the building to providing personalised care for every guest. It’s an art that Four Seasons has evolved over nearly 50 years, based on feedback from guests as well as input from top experts around the world. The company’s Founder and Chairman, Isadore Sharp, opened the first Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto in March 1961, and others soon opened across Canada. The company’s launch onto the international stage was in London in January 1970 with the debut of the Inn on the Park, later renamed Four Seasons Hotel London. From the first day, the new Hotel was a huge success, and it set the template for what would become the Four Seasons signature: midsized, luxury hotels with consistently attentive care for guests. Park Lane: Home to an Important Flagship The London Hotel has always remained an important flagship for the company, and it proudly held the status as the longest-serving Four Seasons. (Some older hotels have since been decommissioned, and other newer hotels are located within centuries-old buildings.) “Five years ago, discussions began about transforming the Hotel,” says John Stauss, Four Seasons Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel London for 16 years. “We knew we wanted to remain in this prime Park Lane location—in Mayfair, right at the edge of Hyde Park. The question posed was: ‘How would Four Seasons respond to this location today?’ Our objective was to create the most exceptional experience for our guests by incorporating the most current thinking about luxury hotels.” Responding to the needs of the modern traveller is the Four Seasons specialty, and the company always considers the comments of existing guests. In the case of London, some had stayed in the original Hotel more than 400 times. As Stauss notes, “Our guests tend to be especially vocal about their preferences, because they know we actually listen to what they suggest.” Mayfair: Respecting the Architectural Context Today’s Four Seasons hotels are custom-designed to reflect the local character of the destination. There’s never a cookie-cutter approach to architecture. In London, an early point of discussion was whether to tear down the original building and start again from scratch. But it was apparent that the 10-storey structure was consistent in form with its neighbours on Park Lane in Mayfair. The exterior of creamy Portland stone was still in fine condition. The decision was made to strip the interior down to its bare steel structure and completely re-conceive the Hotel’s layout, while replacing all of the mechanical systems. Though remaining largely the same on the outside, the profile of the transformed building appears remarkably different. Stauss explains: “When we were walking around the site, we noticed that many neighbouring buildings have an attic structure as an architectural feature. So on top of our original rather boxy building, we’ve added a new rooftop floor: a glass-walled space with a semi-spherical zinc dome. This new addition is our Spa and fitness centre and it’s certain to be one of the most noteworthy aspects of the Hotel.” Reworking the interior layout allowed great freedom for creativity, such as rethinking the Hotel’s restaurants into a single destination on street level, and grouping all the event spaces onto one floor to provide added convenience, privacy and security. Hyde Park: Capturing a Unique Sense of Place The Four Seasons focus on reflecting regional culture carries through to the interior of every hotel. The intention is to embody the local lifestyle and traditions, while showcasing indigenous materials as frequently as possible. The vision was to create a Hotel that was unique in London, yet still true to the city. The location beside Hyde Park was the biggest influence—giving the inspiration to bring nature inside the building. For example, the new tenth-floor Spa features floor-to-ceiling windows, making spa-goers feel they’re nestled in the treetops. Materials include stressed oak planks representing the trees in the park, and tiles of natural grey stone correlating with the colour of boulders. These elements are softened by sensually curving walls and gently diffused lighting. The Hotel has its own private garden—highly unusual in central London—and the new restaurant includes a glass conservatory and outdoor tables that take advantage of the parkside greenery. Lobby windows are lined with black marble planter boxes, and second-floor guest rooms include their own garden terraces. These natural connections provide a one-of-a-kind London experience. The décor also captures a distinctive London character. Pierre-Yves Rochon—interior designer of Four Seasons hotels in Paris, Florence and Washington, DC, among others—has created bright, airy spaces with a “clubby contemporary” ambience. Traditional warmth exudes from dark walnut panelling, Scottish tartans, as well as 32 fireplaces throughout the public areas and suites. The Luxury Hotel: Looking to the Future The original Four Seasons Hotel London was hugely influential in the hotel industry, introducing the “entertainment armoire” (a TV hidden inside a wardrobe cabinet—now largely replaced by flat-screen televisions) and the importance of comfortable hotel beds. Many of today’s revolutionary ideas in London focus on technology, including energy-saving features such as a proximity reader that turns off lights when you depart the room, then resets them when you return, exactly as you’d left them. Among the small, thoughtful touches: the guest-room doorbells cannot be sounded when the room is designated Do Not Disturb; and the in-room safes include an internal power outlet so you can charge your laptop while it’s locked away. To accommodate guests who arrive early in the day, the 10th Floor Lounge includes private showers and rest areas. Personalisation has always been the cornerstone of Four Seasons service. Stauss gives an example of how this custom-designed approach is evolving in the new restaurant concept. “We don’t have a designated venue that serves afternoon tea. Depending on their mood, guests can choose the lounge, the conservatory in the restaurant, the cosiness of the bar, or even sit outside in the garden on a warm, sunny afternoon. We’ll cater to whatever they wish.” According to Sharp: “Our London Hotel was always a leader in this very competitive city, based on the efforts of the people who worked there. It didn’t have all the latest bells and whistles. It succeeded because of excellent service. Now it will reopen with all the physical facilities of the next generation of five-star hotels. We expect the new Four Seasons Hotel London will further enhance our international reputation, just as it did when it first opened in 1970.”
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