LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
September 17, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Across from the Colosseum in Rome, Palazzo Manfredi is set within the archaeological remains of a gladiator arena, the luxury boutique hotel occupies a historic Italian villa. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant, Aroma, with a rooftop terrace featuring exquisite views of the Colosseum and Rome.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily continental breakfast for two, and tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill.
Currently, the property has 14 opulent guest accommodations with incomparable city views. The Relais & Chateaux property is planning an expansion. Read more about it along with details about the hotel's suites below, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Sharri Whiting De Masi. Continue reading below the photo.
For those who love all things Roman and want to stay in proximity to the great historic sites, the Palazzo Manfredi offers not only the most sublime and surreal view of the Colosseum, but the Michelin-starred Aroma restaurant from which to enjoy it. The 18th-century townhouse, which is adjacent to the ruins of the old Roman gladiator school, will be enlarged with several additional rooms and suites in a more modern building behind the palazzo. At present there are 14 rooms and two suites in this Relais & Chateaux property. Continue reading below the image.
The Colosseum Suite on the first floor contains a large whirlpool bath and small private gym separated from the bedroom and the living room by glass walls, but the real focal point is the ever-present view of the Colosseum from four windows. There is a living room decorated in tones of silver and black, with parquet floors. The suite is about 650 square feet.
The ground-floor Ludus Magnus Suite is about 550 square feet, and has two full baths with walk-in showers, a large king bedroom and a living room with parquet floors. Again, there is the ever-fascinating view of the Colosseum.
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September 15, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Nestled within an 800-year-old estate, in Val d'Oro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a wine-lover's paradise. Featuring the Brunello di Montalcino winery, cooking school, and a spa with wine-focused treatments, the property is an ideal getaway, especially during harvest season. Learn more about the special festivities happening on the property in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine, $100 resort credit, and VIP status. Continue reading below the photo.
Winos, rejoice! Vineyards across Tuscany are preparing for the most exciting time of the year – harvest season. Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo's bucolic resort Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is offering guests a series of one-of-a-kind activities to capture the best of Italian wine country and to celebrate the autumnal harvest.
From September 26-30 guests can participate in every step of the annual harvest, from grapevine to glass. Start with a tour of the property's vineyard with local Enologist Cecilia Leoneschi. Then, head to the vines for an immersive grape-picking session where you'll collect Sangiovese grapes with your own personal scissors, gloves and boots.
Once you're done picking, enjoy a Tuscan Grigliata in the vineyards in the rolling hills of Val d'Orica. The resort's catering team is offering a private, rustic and fire-roasted BBQ in the on-site vineyards, complete with a live musical accompaniment. Continue reading below the photo.
If adventure is more your style, explore Bolgheri by helicopter. Hop on an aerial vineyard tour, stopping at Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell'Ornellaia to sample local wines and then enjoy lunch at Ristorante La Pineta, a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
If you need to relax, try the resorts holistic wine ritual. Combine grapes, pomace and vino for a three-hour treatment at the Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco to relax the body and cleanse your skin.
Of course, on-site winery tours and wine tastings are always available. As one of the region's leading producers of Brunello di Montalcino, the historic winery offers guests a comprehensive selection of activities catering to both the wine novice and aficionado alike.
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September 15, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Close to Buckingham Palace and Mayfair, the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is an all-suite property set within three Victorian townhouses with private gardens and one-of-a-kind styling. There are three well-respected restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Quilon, and the new Western European Restaurant Kona. The Wellness Centre has two treatment rooms, along with a fitness center, saunas, and steam rooms. Just a short stroll from many of London's top destinations such as Westminster Abbey, St. James's Park, theaters, and historic sites.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance get a full English breakfast daily, 50 GBP food and beverage credit, complimentary WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Based on availabilty, a room upgrade, early check-in or late checkout. Guests staying four or more nights also receive a one-way airport transfer.
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September 13, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Featuring classic French decor on Paris' Left Bank, the Victoria Palace Hotel has been a landmark location since 1913. Set within a residential neighborhood, the hotel combines luxurious decor and amenities, with an understated elegance. Offering a prime location within the historic Cherche-Midi neighborhood, the property offers concierge services, marble bathrooms, and a quintessential Parisian atmosphere.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive full breakfast for two daily, 40 Euro bar credit, welcome chocolates, and VIP status. In addition, based on availabilty, room upgrade from a Junior Suite to a One Bedroom Suite and late check-out.
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September 10, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Combining English Edwardian style with Art Deco glamour, The Savoy London has been an iconic locale in the city since 1889. The luxury hotel offers nine personality suites, classic River Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay's Savoy Grill, and views of the Thames. There's the legendary American Bar for chic cocktail hours, and the hotel is steps away from theaters, museums, and opera houses. The hotel recently unveiled the renovated Royal Suite complete with The Entourage - Savoy Butler, London concierge, chef and bartender, personal stylist, hairdresser, makeup artist, and therapist.
Read more below the photo about The Savoy's New Royal Suite, from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Live like royalty in The Savoy’s new Royal Suite. The top-tier accommodation comprises an open-plan procession of rooms spanning the entire riverside of the hotels fifth floor, designed at bringing new royal standards to today’s living.
When The Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, first reopened in 2010, a Royal Suite was introduced as the pinnacle of luxury offering a traditional London experience. Now, the updated Royal Suite responds to expectations of a modern luxury traveler, offering a more residential-style accommodation, meeting desires to “live in spaces as if living at home.” Guests of the Royal Suite, which previously include industry heads, world leaders and visiting royalty, can now enjoy an apartment-like space designed to represent luxury in the style of home they would choose to reside in themselves.
Don’t forget: Guests of The Royal Suite will have 24-hour access to their own dedicated Savoy Royal Entourage, ensuring all needs are catered for prior to and during their stay at The Savoy. The Entourage includes a Savoy Butler, London concierge, chef and bartender, therapist, personal stylist and shopper, hairdresser and make-up artist.
In addition to the Savoy Royal Entourage, guests of The Royal Suite can expect round-trip airport transfers and a Savoy Butler greeting at the airport, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce at their disposal during the stay (pending availability) and exclusive used of the private Royal Circle in the American Bar.
Designed by award-winning designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and ReardonSmith Architects, The Royal Suite at The Savoy has been remodeled to enhance the center of the space and encourage a harmonious flow between the rooms. Living spaces, while still luxurious, reflect a more comfortable and informal experience. In the living room guests will find a new, private bar with a rippled glass façade and floor to ceiling windows, providing views of the River Thames and other iconic landmarks.
The launch of the Royal Suite comes soon after the introduction of the brand new luxury Savoy Suite, which can be configured as one-or two-bedroom accommodations that offers the same views as the Royal Suite, so bring your entourage for a suites-of-Savoy take over.
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September 3, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Spend the night in a work of art at the Beaumont Hotel in London. ROOM, the first-ever hospitality project by award-winning sculptor Antony Gormley, is a modern suite featuring a double bed floating within a dark, wood-panelled, cave-like space, which is the artist's rendition of darkness. Designed to create a cocoon-like environment for guests to enter a different state of consciousness and withdraw from daily stresses, the unique suite offers a meditative environment. There's also a sleek bathroom white bathroom hidden behind black curtains, sitting area, and large hallway in a soft Art Deco-inspired style in-line with the rest of the hotel.
Situated in London's upscale Mayfair neighborhood, the Beaumont Hotel is luxury boutique hotel located in a historic 1926 building overlooking the Brown Hart gardens. Offering 50 guest rooms, 13 studios, and 10 suites, the upscale hotel feature an eclectic mix of art, and Art Deco styling. Nestled along a quiet, landscaped square, the property is within walking distance of boutiques and restaurants along Mount, South Audley, and Bond Streets.
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August 31, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Next to the famous Vieux Port, the InterContinental Marseille is set within the former Hotel Dieux, an 18th century building in the city's historic center. Perched atop the Panier Hill, the luxury hotel offers panoramic views of the Marseille and the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. There are 194 rooms, along with an indoor swimming pool, Spa by Clarins, two gourmet restaurants, and a magnificent terrace for meetings and special events. Continue reading below the photo for a Five Star Alliance Perk.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance get a 50 Euro credit for Brasserie Les Fenetres & Alcyone, a cocktail at Bar Capian, upgrade to a seaview room, access to the Spa by Clarins, and VIP status. Plus, guests staying for three or more nights receive a complimentary in-room bottle of champagne.
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August 20, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
About 30 minutes from Cannes, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is popular with celebrities and Hollywood elite, especially during the annual film festival. Since opening in 1870 as the Villa Soleil—a writer’s retreat in paradise, the historic hotel has been an inspirational retreat for creative and writers for decades, including serving as the setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender Is The Night.” Read more below.
Today, the luxurious Hotel du Cap Eden Roc offers an exclusive location, with a chic Champagne lounge, historic seawater pool, children’s activities, five clay tennis courts, and a spa. The upscale guest rooms, suites, and villas feature French décor infused with Mediterranean accents. For unparalleled Riviera views, the hotel’s Eden Roc Suite has a private 200-meter teak terrace with a Jacuzzi and a panoramic view of the Lérins Islands and Mediterranean. Read more below.
For those seeking the ultimate in privacy, the luxury hotel’s Villa Eleana is set on the grounds of the property, but tucked away in a secluded setting with a private outdoor pool, and exclusive experiences such as private pastry making lessons with the resort’s chef. It’s welcomed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise and the Jolie-Pitts. Continue below.
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August 19, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
When visiting Rome, you can spend the night above Fendi's flagship boutique, in the Fendi Private Suites. Featuring seven elegant suites, all accommodations meld chic and creative design with Italian elegance and innovation, plus Fendi-infused touches. Set within the former palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Princely family, guests can dine at Zuma, situated on the rooftop, then shop at the store below (or vice versa). Read more about the Fendi Suites from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Sharri Whiting De Masi.
What can we say about the Fendi Private Suites, other than to emphasize that couture is couture and style is style. Living over a store has never been so sumptuous. Enter through the silvery elevator doors and come out to find Fendi’s innovative design translated into sleek leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature room dividers made from woven metallic wire sandwiched between glass. Palazzo Fendi, at Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, is right at the end of Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street. Continue reading below.
The largest of the seven suites, all of which are located on the third floor, is the Corner Suite No. 7. Six windows flood the 650-square-foot suite with light. Wine-velvet chairs and a colorful Fendi fur-wall mosaic provide contrast to the neutral velvets and taupe leather used throughout the suite. Levanto marble lines the walls of the bathrooms in the suites, with distinctive chocolate and cream swirls. There is a deep tub and a double shower. Note: There are bathtubs in five of the seven suites, along with separate showers.
Suites 4 and 5 have adjacent doors and, though separate, can be taken together for a group stay. Suite 4 is about 550 square feet, with two tall windows overlooking Via Tomacelli. The wide-screen TV swivels to face the bedroom or the living room and there is a walk-in wardrobe.
We also visited Palazzo Suite 2, which is 550 square feet and overlooks a small piazza. There are two large windows to bring in the Roman light. This suite can connect with Palazzo Suite 1, which looks out toward the skyline above the Spanish Steps.
We loved Fendi’s use of iPads in the suites to display clever apps for navigating Rome and providing hotel info to guests, who are also offered private tours of Fendi’s amazing new flagship store. Karl Lagerfeld photos of Rome decorate the walls in every suite, providing inspiration for the visit downstairs to see his couture collection for the design house.The hip Zuma Ristorante shares the Palazzo Fendi, offering hotel guests breakfast, as well as contemporary Japanese cuisine at lunch and dinner. The rooftop terrace at Zuma is a favorite spot for sunset cocktails.
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August 11, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Just off Berkeley Square in an exclusive neighborhood close to the Bond Street designer boutiques, The Chesterfield Mayfair offers regency style and an elegant setting. For a limited time, the hotel's Butlers Restaurant is offering the "Charlie and the Afternoon Tea" service, which features a whimsical and sweet twist to traditional afternoon tea. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Candy lovers are in for a sweet treat at The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel thanks to the launch of their new afternoon tea, inspired by the Roald Dahl beloved classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Piled high with Wonka Bars, Everlasting Gobstoppers and even golden tickets, Charlie and the Afternoon Tea transports guests from London to Wonka’s very own Chocolate Factory.
Other indulgences guests can snack on include Oompa Loompa cupcakes, Golden Eggs, blueberry macaroons, Fizzy Lifting cake, chocolate chip scones and fruit scones served with clotted cream and jam.
Along with the treats come savory finger sandwiches and a golden ticket, granting each guest the opportunity to win prizes ranging anywhere from a two-night weekend stay in a Junior Sweet to complimentary magnums of Champagne. Every ticket is a guaranteed win, but keeping with the mystery and tradition of the Factory, tickets may only be opened on the guests’ next trip to the hotel.
And if you and your sweetie are still craving more after your time at the Chesterfield, we suggest a trip to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the stage musical, now playing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, having opened this June.
The tea, held at Butlers Restaurant, is available through September.
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