LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
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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By: Rachael Weir
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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By: Rachael Weir
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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