September 14, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
With the bustle of autumn upon us, kids back to school and the summertime lull over, I catch myself daydreaming about getting away to a place where I am treated like royalty. With the Fall Escape at Villa d’Este, overlooking the ethereal Lake Como just north of the historic city of Milan, that fantasy can become a reality. Built in 1568, the Villa D’Este has been the destination spot for noble families ever since, including the Queen of England herself. And it’s no wonder; its 25 acres of gardens and majestic view over the lake have been painted and photographed for centuries. If you saw it hanging in a museum, you wouldn’t believe it was real.
Maintained to preserve its original elegance, each of the Villa D’Este’s unique rooms offers a variation on classical renaissance décor befitting of its status as one of the best in the world. So if you need a place to escape to this fall, don your purple bathrobe and look no further than the Villa D’Este, and prepare to be treated like a King (or Queen!).
The Fall Escape deal includes
• Breakfast at the restaurant or continental served in your room
• Free access to the Villa’s state-of-the-art sporting facilities.
• Free breakfast and bedding for children under seven years of age.
• A substantial discount on room price over a variety of world-class options
September 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Pop the cork, fashion season is upon us! To fete the occasion in Europe, The Dorchester Collection has unveiled some lovely libations- inspired by the five designers who have been shortlisted for the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. These sexy drinks are available exclusively from September 15- October 5, 2011 at The Dorchester Collection’s hotels in the leading fashion capitals: 45 Park Lane and The Dorchester in London, Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, and Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. We're keen to try the “Anndra Neen Ruby,” created by Hôtel Plaza Athénée's bar manager Thierry Hernandez: a red mescal-based drink inspired by the Mexican heritage of Phoebe and Annette Stephens, the sisterly duo behind Anndra Neen.
May 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Take a jaunt to Europe this summer and reap the rewards with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Whether shopping your way across the City of Light (with a little help from InterContinental Paris Le Grand's customizable Paris Authentic 2CV tour), experiencing the "Veranos de la Villa" festival while bedding down in Madrid, or photographing London's diverse neighborhoods (with tips from the EYE Photographic Workshop at InterContinental London Park Lane), you're guaranteed a memorable European vacation. InterContinental's "Insider" concierge teams are known for doling out all kinds of local wisdom on where to go and what to do in each destination. The "Summer Package"is available from July 14- September 11, 2011. For every five consecutive nights book at an InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Europe, guests receive one night free, as well as a EUR 100 Food & Beverage voucher to use at that property. Participating properties also include the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden and InterContinental Hamburg in Germany, Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel in Athens, InterContinental Bucharest, and properties in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.