LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
November 10, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance
The unique setting of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, facing the bay of Rapallo to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, inspire a return to the elegance of the early 1900's. Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo is devoted to its guests' relaxation, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, gym, and an indoor pool with a sea view.
This aura of relaxation extends to the guest rooms. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. Attractive and comfortable, the Classic Double Rooms are ideal for those who desire comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Superior Rooms may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some also offer a balcony. The Exclusive Rooms all feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view and some can be connected with Superior Rooms. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Starting from the Junior Suites and on up to the top-floor Presidential Suite, they are furnished with antique furniture and offer an open bar and a terrace.
The Excelsior Palace Hotel has two restaurants, able to satisfy the most demanding palates. The Lord Byron restaurant, open year round, is a blend of refinement, tradition, and creative culinary skill. The Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant, the hotel's summer restaurant, offers light, refined dishes and aperitifs.
The Yachting Bar is an elegant setting for the pleasure of a cocktail and the cheerful cordiality of an after-dinner drink. In summer guests can enjoy the sea air and the glow of a romantic sunset from the terrace.
Open year round, the Beauty Spa Health & Fitness Club offers a range of services. In addition to the treatment rooms, there is an indoor heated pool and a gym with Technogym machines. During the summer massages and spinning classes are available on the terraces of the Beach Club.
The Beach Club features two outdoor infinity pools, equipped with 6 whirlpool loungers. There are also two Jacuzzi's and a gazebo for massages. Guests can also use of the roomy cabanas. The Sporting Bar offers snacks pool-side. On request and with for an additional fee, small size pets accepted at the Beach Club in reserved and equipped area.
The hotel also has a jetty so that guests can travel by boat to Portofino, S. Fruttuoso, and the Cinque Terre.
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November 9, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance
Brussels boasts thousands of places to eat, many of which are consistently voted as the best in the Europe. Le Chatelain Hotel's aptly named La Maison du Chatelain offers elegance, refined taste, and a touch of exclusiveness.
During the warmer days, the beautiful garden terrace inspired by the Florentine inner courtyards, invites you to relax and dream away whilst enjoying your tea with pastry, an afternoon drink, and even a full meal from the La Maison du Chatelain Restaurant.
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November 7, 2015
By: K. Clare Johnson
A staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long.
Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:
The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary
Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.
2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish
Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish
Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.
The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.
1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.
If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here
By: K. Clare Johnson