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Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

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    • Guaranteed upgrade for stays as from the BW Studio

    • American breakfast for two people daily

    • Choice of 100 USD spa or restaurant credit in the BLVD or CUT restaurants

    • Early check in and late check out upon availability

The palm-lined boulevards, lavish estates and high-end shops of Beverly Hills need no introduction. And nor does one of its most popular hotels, the Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons. 

Immortalized in movies like Pretty Woman, this classic hotel on Wilshire boulevard is a magnet for Hollywood’s cameras and the city’s in-the-know crowd. If you want to indulge in a Hollywood fantasy of your own, our exclusive member benefits for our Privilege members are just what you need for an unforgettable stay. 

Atmosphere

For a hotel that hosted an endless list of celebrities and dignitaries, including U.S. President Barack Obama, the  Beverly Wilshire is more approachable than you’d think. Intimate, with an Italian Renaissance feel, it’s a luxurious home away from home and an extension of everything Four Seasons does well: elegance, and luxurious accommodations that are sure to elevate the glamour quotient of your LA stay.

The trump card of this hotel has always been its location by Rodeo Drive. Step out of the hotel to find world-famous fashion houses like Prada, Gucci and Dior along quaint walkways, interspersed with one-of-a-kind local boutiques. Shop till you drop, or until you hear the hotel’s Mediterranean–style pool beckon, offering an undiluted taste of Hollywood high life after a day on Rodeo Drive.

The relaxation continues at the spa- an oasis of calm and one of the hotel’s flagship amenities. In true Pretty Woman fashion, indulge in a manicure, pedicure and bubbly, or a facial with infused diamond-cut quartz for a red carpet–worthy makeover. This is the place to get pampered like a celebrity before heading to The Blvd or CUT for the most unforgettable dining experience.

The Rooms

Designed for travelers in search of a glamorous getaway,the  rooms and suites at the Beverly Wilshire offer a combination of residential comfort and quintessential luxuries, in keeping with the hotel’s unique brand of old Hollywood elegance.

The entry-level Signature Rooms, with soft cream tones and dark wood furniture, are perfect for short stays, while the Veranda Suite, on the hotel’s 10th floor, is something special with a luxurious tent on its private 2,140-square-foot terrace. Under a crystal chandelier and enveloped in a sumptuous world of fur rugs and marble lamps, this is camping the Beverly Hills way.

Villa La Massa

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    • Guaranteed upgrade until Aug 31st 2018 for stays up to the Suite category

    • American breakfast for two people daily

    • Food & Beverage credit of 85 EUR

    • Early check in and late check out upon availability

    • 2 complimentary cocktails at the Bar, once during the stay

    • VIP Welcome

Located just a few kilometres east of Florence, at the gateway of the enchanting Chianti wine region, the Villa la Massa is one of Italy’s most desirable holiday destinations.

Armed with our exclusive member benefits, embark on a delightful journey to uncover the treasures of Tuscany or to retreat to an environment  where slowing down and relaxing becomes almost instinctive.

Atmosphere and Amenities

Perched on the banks of river Arno and surrounded by acres of  lemon trees and olive groves, Villa La Massa looks almost like a Renaissance painting come to life, effortlessly achieving a brand of understated excellence that few other hotels come close to. It feels worlds away from Florence, even though it’s just a short drive upstream from the capital.

Splendidly secluded in a pastoral setting, every inch of the hotel tells tales of old-world splendour, from the frescoes on the ceilings to the antique furniture in the suites. 

The elegant Verrocchio restaurant is also the perfect place to sample some of Chef Andrea Quagliarella’s best creations. Ingredients are sourced from the hotel’s own kitchen garden and estate, including the olive oil you won’t be able to resist drizzling over your beef carpaccio with truffles. 

The Rooms

Villa La Massa only has 37 suites housed in three different buildings, offering an intimate ambiance with tranquil views over the surrounding landscape. Decorated in a mix of warm, autumn hues, the rooms here are seductively comfortable and spell Tuscan simplicity and old-fashioned luxury in every detail.

A notable highlight is the imposing four-poster bed in each room, with Renaissance-style canopies in classic Florentine fabrics. For a romantic getaway, the Presidential Suite with a private garden and dining gazebo cannot be surpassed. Book it for spectacular views over Arno and a fairy tale atmosphere guaranteed to melt your heart.

The Peninsula Paris

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    • Guaranteed upgrade for stays up to the Deluxe Room 

    • American breakfast for two people daily

    • 100 USD restaurant or spa credit

    • Roundtrip airport transfer for stays as from the superior suite

    • Flexible check-in and check out 

    • VIP Welcome

Paris is a city with more palace hotels than any other, but when The Peninsula hotel chain takes four years to restore a 1908 Haussmannian building on the landmark Avenue Kléber, you know it’s something special.

The hotel in question? The Peninsula Paris, an undisputed old-world grand-dame built in 1864 to rival the Château de Versailles. Whether you’ll find the hotel more gaspworthy than the residence of Louis XIV is up for debate, but there is no denying that a stay here is a trip back in time to La Belle Époque.

Atmosphere and Amenities

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Paris, just steps from Place Charles de Gaulle and the Arc de Triomphe, the location of The Peninsula Paris is as central as central gets. The scale of the hotel is Parisian palace- occupying a whole city block with a grand lobby and spacious marble hallways- but the functionalities are Peninsula with embossed headboards and one of the largest hotel spas in the city.

The thoughtful details of The Peninsula are really what makes it worth the splurge and a true epitome of timeless glamour and luxury. With your first step past the impeccably dressed doorman, you are transported into a world of handcrafted, hand-painted and hand-blown everything, from the magnificent installation of cascading crystal leaves in the lobby to the painstakingly restored gilding throughout a palace that is now, truly, flawless.

Contemporary additions to the hotel come in the form of spectacular rooftop terraces, with sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower, and the world-class Peninsula Spa. Subterranean and home to the longest hotel pool in Paris, this is a destination to soothe body and mind, whether you’re working off jet lag or indulging in some much-needed downtime.

The Rooms

With a total of 200 rooms and suites, The Peninsula is a large hotel, but it does not lack cossetted intimacy, helped by its haute couture-inspired interiors. The rooms are each different, decorated in beige and soft greys, with nods to the Hong Kong provenance of The Peninsula in their dim-lit 1930s setting and state-of-the-art technology that amp up the comfort level of the living spaces.

For a romantic trip or a particularly dreamy experience in Paris, upgrade to the Rooftop Garden Suite on the 6th floor for a private terrace with spectacular 360° views of the city and the Eiffel Tower. Cocooned in luxury, experience a brand of Parisian glamour fit for royalty.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

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    • Guaranteed upgrade for stays until Sept 10th 2018 in Club Deluxe Room, Club Deluxe Seaview Room and Club Grand Seaview Room

    • Buffet breakfast for two people daily

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Once a stopover city, Hong Kong is now one of the most visited destinations in the world with more attractions and landmarks than you’ll probably have time to fit in one trip. The best thing to do visiting this city is to have a place to call home, away from the densely populated urban centre, but close enough so it’s easily accessible.

One hotel that checks these two boxes and many more, including the title of being the hotel with the highest bar and swimming pool in the world is The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. A stay here means having your head, quite literally, in the clouds, with sweeping views across Hong Kong;s skyscraper-studded skyline and Victoria Harbour.

Atmosphere and Amenities

80 seconds. That’s the time it takes for The Ritz-Carlton to transport you into another dimension, 102 floors up the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon. From the moment you enter the lobby, this hotel dazzles with soaring ceilings, glitzy surfaces, bold crystal chandeliers and a softly lit setting, providing a cool and charming contrast to panoramic city views just beyond.

The towering hotel feels intimate, almost like a snug fortress, making the dizzying heights outside all the more dramatic as every area of the hotel draws from its location at the top of the world. At Tosca or the Tin Lung Heen restaurant, sit down to indulge in a lineup of Michelin-starred Cantonese and Italian creations overlooking the harbour, and discover why The Ritz-Carlton is considered a feast for both the eyes and the palate by everyone who comes here.

Rising 1,607 feet above sea level, on the hotel’s 118th floor, is yet another world-class dining venue, which holds the title of being the world’s highest bar. At the futuristic, honeycomb-themed Ozone, order the signature HK Skyline cocktail and brace for its arrival for this is a drink served in a glass dome, not very different from the enchanted Beauty and the Beast bell jar. Shrouded in smoke, and topped with Dom Pérignon foam and chocolate stones, this Zacapa rum and grapefruit juice concoction alone is worth a journey up The Ritz-Carlton.

The Rooms

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Struggling to choose your next getaway? Make your life easier and take your pick from our selection of the week. From a luxury golf resort on the coasts of Sicily, to a slow travel experience in the heart of Spain’s sleepy Sierra de Loja region ,every hotel you’ll find here is a temptation begging to be indulged. Did we mention they come with some unique perks too? 

Our Privilege and Connoisseur members can enjoy exclusive benefits including complimentary massages and lunches, room upgrades and more in the following hotels. So go ahead and book your next adventure with us. It’s the better way to travel. 

L’Albereta

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  1. Room upgrade subject to availability 

  2. Buffet breakfast for two people daily

  3. Complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room per stay

  4. Early check in and late check out upon availability

  5. Complimentary Internet

  6. VIP welcome

If there ever was a hotel made for gastronomes and spa aficionados in mind, L’Albereta, would be it.

This 19th century estate overlooking the Franciacorta vineyards in Lombardy, is known for the rejuvenating properties of its Espace Chenot Spa. Founded by French Naturopath Henri Chenot, the spa preaches a philosophy of Chinese medicine, fasting, and science to leave you feeling like a younger and fresher version of yourself.  If that’s not your cup of tea, you can always fall back on the resort’s other specialties, excellent locally produced wine and the flavorsome Italian cuisine served at its main restaurant, the Leone Felice. Add to that, the excellent service, and gorgeous countryside vistas, and you’ve got one of the best rural wellness retreats Italy has to offer. 

Atmosphere and activities

How gems like the L’Albereta exist only an hour’s drive from busy Milan is a mystery.

Once you drive through the hills of Franciacorta and arrive at the hotel’s ivy-covered facade, it’s another world. And, if you’d gladly swap designer stores and landmarks for a spa robe and soothing massages, it’s arguably a better one.

Waking up to these views is a balm for the soul

There’s a feel good factor to the place helped on by crackling firesides, and strategically placed corner sofas you’ll love to sink into with a good book in hand. Painstaking efforts have gone into preserving this 19th century family estate, and the surrounding pastoral landscapes give the L’Albereta an old world charm that’ll have you feeling at home within minutes.  

The real draw of the hotel, however, is its Spa and the dream team of therapists, beauticians, osteopaths, and doctors who work there. Whether you’re checking-in to turn back the years, relax or be cured, the Espace Chenot Spa is the pit stop you never knew you needed. Pair your rejuvenation sessions with daily walks on the wild tracks surrounding the area, and we guarantee you’ll return home feeling like a better version of yourself.

Rooms

The L’Albereta has only 38 rooms to call its own, ideal if you’re checking-in for some well needed quiet time. Each of the rooms is individually designed and offers something unique, whether it’s a view of the nearby Iseo Lake, the vineyard, or hydro-massage tubs in the bathroom. The ultimate indulgence is the Cabriolet Suite with its push-of-a-button sliding roof that lets you sleep under the stars, and the panoramic views of Lake Iseo from its balcony.

Heure Bleu Palais


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  2. Buffet breakfast for two people daily

  3. One complimentary lunch (2 courses, drinks not included) for a min. Stay of 2 nights

  4. Early check in and late check out upon availability 

  5. VIP welcome

Marrakech is the reason travellers come to Morocco, but beyond the obvious allure of the Red City, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, is the laid-back and almost mythical Essaouira. The relaxed atmosphere of this coastal town has captured the hearts of artists like Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Marley, and their port of call when in town was Heure Bleue Palais.  

A Riad built right into the wall of the medina, this hotel is one of the most beautiful in Morocco, close to the town’s souks and only a few minutes from the beach. There’s plenty here to tempt travellers to spend a few nights within the gorgeous walls of Heure Bleue Palais.  

Atmosphere and Amenities

Once the private residence of the Pasha of Mogador, the elegant and colonial Heure Bleue Palais is no ordinary Moroccan destination. Built in the 19th-century, and integrated into the town’s medina, it is an accommodation of palatial proportions, offering colonial grandeur and refined comforts in an artful balance.

A verdant courtyard lies at the heart of the hotel, weaving luxury in every detail, from the stone arches and palm trees around to the flower-filled fountain at the center. In the evening, the enclosed garden is lit up by candlelight, transforming it into a magical sight to behold.

This nostalgic charm carries through to the rooftop terrace and pool, overlooking the ancient fortress city. Standing here, listen to the whisper of serenity and let go of the cares of the world. The same blissful state of being awaits you at the hotel’s traditional spa and hammam, an oriental land of wellbeing.

A stay here at Heure Bleue Palais would be incomplete without a purifying wrap with rhassoul or a black soap and eucalyptus massage. After a relaxing trip to the spa, let Chef Ahmed Handour indulge you in a hearty Moroccan fare; the hotel proudly serves its own wine label, produced at the nearby Domaine du Val d’Argan vineyard.

A stay here would be incomplete without a purifying wrap with rhassoul or a black soap and eucalyptus massage. After a relaxing trip to the spa, let Chef Ahmed Handour indulge you in a hearty Moroccan fare; the hotel proudly serves its own wine label, produced at the nearby Domaine du Val d’Argan vineyard.

The Rooms

Guest rooms at Heure Bleue Palais are distributed on four levels and, like most authentic Oriental buildings, they open on the central courtyard. It’s here, amongst the palm trees, that you are served Moroccan sweet treats upon arrival.

Room categories work their way up from classic rooms to premium suites, each decorated in a mélange of Arabic, African and European styles. Upgrade to a suite on the hotel’s second and third floors for a fireplace in your room and a deep-soaking tub.

Verdura Resort

Our Privilege and Connoisseur members benefit from:

  1. Room upgrade subject to availability

  2. Buffet breakfast for two people daily

  3. Eur 150 incidentals credit for min. 4 nights stay until sept 15th, eur 85 otherwise

  4. Early check in and late check out upon availability

No hotel does alluring Sicilian escape quite like Verdura Resort. With endless pools, three link-style golf courses, a tennis academy and a choice of four restaurants, it’s every golfer’s dream and a destination for the hungriest holidaymakers.

The location could not be more seductive, just a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sicily, while the hotel itself occupies nearly two kilometers of private Mediterranean coastline.

Atmosphere and Amenities

Nestled in a valley of olive groves and lemon trees, and sprawled across 230 hectares of land, Verdura Resort is a luxury oasis that seems almost woven into the surrounding countryside landscape. It’s a place you’ll never want to leave, with an enticing Mediterranean atmosphere punctuated by contemporary nuances.

Wander across the Rocco Forte resort to find a long stretch of private coastline- a unique experience in southwest Sicily, or enjoy the hotel’s golf courses by Californian architect Kyle Phillips.

Verdura Resort is also an exceptionally family-friendly hotel with several facilities dedicated to young guests. As you sunbathe on the beach, a specialized team and hedgehog mascot are here to keep your little ones entertained with video games, arts and crafts and a heated pool.

With a choice of four restaurants, managed by Michelin Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, Verdura Resort is also an ideal accommodation for gourmet stays. Whether you choose an authentic Mediterranean food experience at La Zagra or a more informal alfresco meal at the beachfront Amare, you can’t go wrong.

Located in the heart of the resort, occupying four buildings, is the Verdura Spa, one of the best in Europe. Treat yourself to a holistic body treatment or take a dip in one of the Thalassotherapy pools before unwinding at the sauna or hammam for the ultimate wellness experience.

The Room

There are just over 200 rooms at Verdura Resort, all with terraces or balconies opening to breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Designed by Olga Polizzi in a contemporary Sicilian style, each room features a four-poster bed, a spacious bathroom and luxurious amenities for the ultimate indulgent experience.

From your room, walk to the wild sand beach and enjoy the private coastline with a sunbed, an umbrella and your favorite drink from the bar. Upgrade to a suite to enjoy complimentary breakfast and VIP amenities, while the Presidential Suite has a wraparound terrace with a private pool and jacuzzi.

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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  1. Room upgrade subject to availability 

  2. American breakfast for two people daily

  3. 100 USD food and beverage credit

Pulling up to a Four Seasons hotel anywhere in the world gives a great sense of arrival, but at their flagship property in Toronto, the brand exceeds expectations with an awe-inspiring glass tower looking over elegant Yorkville.

Modern, luxurious and chic, this is Four Seasons like you’ve never experienced it before- the place to be in the city.

Atmosphere and Amenities

A scene-stealing skyscraper in the heart of Toronto’s glamourous shopping and restaurant quarter, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto sets the tone for an incredible stay from the moment you arrive at the circular driveway. Instead of walking into a glitzy lobby, you enter what feels like the foyer of a private residence. The design of the hotel is timeless, set up in a way that, as you navigate the spaces, you make new discoveries around every corner, from cozy lounges to delicate flower arrangements and enormous dandelion sculptures. Throughout the hotel, there are artworks by Canadian artists, creating curated spaces with a particularly Canadian feel.

The sprawling spa, on the hotel’s 9th floor, is a destination in its own right. It is the largest in the city, and possibly the best, with 17 treatment rooms, a yoga studio, a panoramic outdoor deck and unique wellness offerings. While you’re there, take a dip in the skylit indoor relaxation pool, the perfect way to start or end a spa day.

Four Seasons Toronto also has two full-service restaurants- Chic Café Bouludheaded by Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud, and the more informal dbar at street level. If you can handle the calories, Café Boulud’s outrageous molten chocolate cake is unbelievable, while dbar, popular with businesspeople and local socialites, is known for its inventive cocktails and alfresco dining experience.

The Rooms

Rooms and suites at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, washed in soothing colors and spread over 21 floors, are beyond comfortable and among the largest in the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford city views and plenty of natural daylight, even on rainy days.

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In a destination where the world’s top luxury hotels battle it out for your custom, the Amanjena stands out from the pack with its bold minimalist designs, omniscient service, and an ability to make you feel the wonder and excitement of staying in a hotel only minutes from a 10,000-year-old city on the edge of the Sahara. If you are wondering whether it’s the hotel for you, we’ve jotted down five great reasons for you to pack your bags and book a stay.

1. It’s close to the Medina, but not too close…

Marrakech is, captivating, exciting and exotic. But, stay too long in its maze-like alleyways and bustling souks, and you can add “ exhausting” to that list too.

There are a ton of experiences to live here and you’ll struggle to do them all in one stay. Mostly because you won’t have the time nor the stamina to get through it all  so, it pays to approach Marrakech with a tactical mind where you can balance experience and comfort.

The Amanjena, located 12 kilometers away from the city, will happily get you there in air conditioned vehicles and when you get back, it’s guaranteed bliss.

2. It’s a golfers dream

Ever wondered what a golf session in the desert would be like? The Golf Amelkis club, adjacent to the Amanjena is the answer.  And, spoiler alert, it’s good, but tough. Designed by Cabell B. Robinson, the course pits you against multiple water hazards and bunkers which will definitely test your skills. If the going gets too rough, the ample sunshine, gorgeous Moroccan architecture and palm trees should do enough to soothe the soul and ego.

3. Its activity list is out of this world

For the adventurous souls, the resort offers activities which let you experience local geographical and cultural marvels. Tour the Majestic Atlas mountain ranges ( home to North Africa’s tallest peak ), visits of the Berber communities in the footholds of the Atlas and share a meal with them, go karting or quad biking in the Afgay desert… the Amanjena lets you do it all.

4. The spa is a true oasis

Exceptional spa’s are part of the Aman DNA and the Amanjena doesn’t disappoint with two impeccably designed Ottoman inspired hammams as part of the resort’s holistic spa and wellness centre.  Massages, shower sessions, skin cleansing treatments and relaxation courtyards all combine to induce the sense of bliss Aman Junkies have come to love.

5. The designs are exceptional

Ed Tuttle and the Aman hotels are a match made in heaven. Minimalist and elegant, Ed Tuttle’s designs help the Aman live up to their philosophy of peace and exclusivity before you’ve even been treated to the service (more on that later). If you’ve even wondered why this is one of the few hotel groups in the world with a dedicated fan base, the Amanjena’s looks should be a good enough indicator.

If you’d like to book the Amanjena on your next trip to Morocco, get in touch with us and we’ll not only book the hotel for you, but also assign you 24/7 concierge assistance during your stay.

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Worried about keeping the kids entertained on your next trip to London? These five kid-friendly hotels in London should have things running smoothly.

Brown’s Hotel

At first sight, the Brown’s Hotel doesn’t come across the most kid-friendly pick in our collection.

The dark wood paneling of the common areas and its legacy as London’s first hotel doesn’t scream pillow fights and blanket forts. But there’s more than meets the eye here.

For one, Rudyard Kipling penned his coming of age novel, the Jungle Book, within these walls, forever connecting the realm of fantasy with the hotel (there’s even a suite themed around the author.)

Younger guests of the hotel can expect surprises such as play tents in the room (who need blanket forts when you’ve got those?!) and the Brown’s staff will happily stock the room with toys and milk and cookies at turndown. Other perks include themed children parties, in-room books, games (yes consoles too), movies and a kids menu you wouldn’t mind picking from. When it’s time to head out and explore, a dedicated kids concierge is happy to show you the best activities in London you can do with the kids.

Ham Yard Hotel

The Ham Yard Hotel brims with the kind of charm that makes kids ( and adults of course) fall in love at first sight.

Other than the unique design which makes it the best thing to happen to traveling families since sliced bread, there’s plenty to do in, and around the hotel to keep the whole family entertained.

Located right at the heart of Picadilly circus, there’s a wealth of entertainment and historical landmarks around the area to explore. But you won’t even have to step out of the hotel to put a smile on the little one’s faces. Thanks to an authentic 1960’s bowling alley flown in from Texas, a private cinema the chances of you hearing the dreaded words ” I’m bored” is close to nill. The hotel also offers interconnecting rooms, a babysitting service, and cute extras such as kids bathrobes, milk, and cookies at turn down and a bevy of books and board games.

Claridge’s

Panache and classic elegance may be the Claridge’s forte, but that doesn’t mean they can’t put a massive smile on your child’s face.

The Claridge’s grandiose foyer (complete with chandeliers, chequered marble flooring, and soaring ceilings) gives the hotel a magical atmosphere, especially in December with the hotel’s commissioned Christmas trees.

Pair that with on-demand movies and popcorn, comic books with the morning mail, tote goodie bags, and original arts and crafts activities, and you can be sure this is a trip your kids will never forget.

The Connaught

Every kid at the Connaught is a VIP. Friendly smiles from the staff (who remember their names) and a dedicated Children’s Concierge make this Mayfair hotel one of the best places to stay in London with kids.

Gift packs with teddy bears, books, and board games, and comic books will help your child pass the time, but the real ace in the hole is the concierge, who’ll happily design your child’s stay and advice you on all the kid-friendly activities in and outside of the hotel. If you want some “me time” the hotel’s on-demand babysitting service is what you need.

If you would like to book a hotel in London for your next family vacation, just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help find the perfect place to stay in London with kids.

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If you like your travels to come with culture, sun, architecture, and credit card melting shopping, then Barcelona is hard to beat. While you’re there, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is one of the best places to stay without a doubt.

Located on the trendy Passeig de Gràcia, and flanked by Tiffany and Brioni, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona feels like an exclusive refuge for shoppers with deep pockets and a love for Gaudi architecture.  

The hotel’s location on Spain’s most luxurious thoroughfare makes it the best HQ from which to enjoy one of the country’s most vibrant areas. But If you’re looking for some more great reasons to book a stay, we’ve got five lined up here for you:

The Location

The first major drawcard to this area of Barcelona is its trendy shopping precinct; the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Square). The city has a variety of outlets from small local boutique stores to large international brand names. Each contains a diverse range of exclusive gift ware, clothing labels, decorative homewares, jewelry and marketplace wares. The hotel, from its position in the heart of the city, provides an intimate connection with its immediate surrounds, an appropriate complement of exclusivity.

The Cuisine

Spain is proud of its exceptional and distinctive cuisine and the Mandarin Oriental is a perfect ambassador. The hotel houses two restaurants with indoor and outdoor bars, providing a relaxed mixture of novelty cocktails, local beers and wines and an atmosphere typical of trendy Iberian bars. Of the restaurants; “Moments” specializes in local Catalan cuisine with a dinner menu delicately designed by Michelin-star awardee Carme Ruscalleda. Blanc offers patrons an all-day menu of a la carte breakfasts, canapés, morning teas and light refreshments, all established with locally acquired first-class produce.

The Spa

The hotel promotes healthy living and wellbeing by encouraging guests to take full advantage of the spa, health, and wellness center. The center, designed as a place sense of calm in what can be a bustling and sophisticated modern city, offers a wellness program based entirely on rejuvenation and “rebalance…(between)…mind, body and soul.” It features spa and relaxation sessions, massage, pedicures and skin treatments, all conducted in a private room with a professional staff member trained in the techniques mastered by renowned podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Access to this amenity is free to all hotel guests.

The rooms

The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s stylish rooms feature many comforts and accouterments to make the stay pleasurable and comfortable. Each accommodation is intricately developed by famed designer Patricia Urquiola, forming a contemporary reflection of modern Catalonian influences. A series of suite rooms cater to individual tastes with private terraces, gardens, views, spacious living and dining areas and all the technological mod-cons associated with a luxurious hotel. Further, the hotel offers highly trained professional butlers to wait on you while you’re there. 

The Gaudi Architecture

Barcelona is a town of unique architectural marvels and the central district of Eixample maintains some of the most iconic structures in Spain. The region has undergone many incarnations in its nearly two hundred years history, and the Passeig de Gràcia embraces this historical legacy by becoming a focal place for expressions of many of Spain’s most renowned modernist architects. A visitor will realise they are in unique surroundings as they stroll past the masterpieces of Gaudi, Cadafalch, Sagnier and Montaner. These local sights can be viewed from the spectacular panoramic views of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Terrat rooftop alfresco area. Further afield, more of Barcelona’s major attractions are within easy access from the hotel with the medieval quarter, beachfront, markets and galleries all within strolling distance.

Staying at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is one of the best things you can do while you’re in Catalan. If you’d like to book just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help. And, if you’d like to know how to get room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts and more while you’re there don’t hesitate to ask.

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Heading to Britain this month? Then this selection of the best things to do in London in the month of May is just what you need.

It’s Spring in the UK, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there’s a royal wedding on the way. That’s reason enough to pack your bags for the swinging city, but there’s plenty more happening in London, and we’ve listed the top picks here.

The Royal Wedding – St George Cathedral and main thoroughfares

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way. London’s hot-ticket item for 2018 is the forthcoming marriage between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Royal watchers and the romantically inclined will indulge in the pomp and ceremony that will envelop the city on that special day. The pair are due to tie the knot on the 19th with celebrations of the event dominating city venues and parade centers. If you want to be in London and soak in the atmosphere, make your pick from any of these excellent hotels. 

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show – Royal Hospital Chelsea

The wedding theme continues as the Chelsea area of South West London honors the nuptials by hosting its annual Flower Show. From the 21st-26th London’s garden comes alive with “Summer of Love” and “Health and Wellbeing” motifs. Artists and designers will exhibit their works with over five hundred dedicated displays accompanied by entertainment in the evenings.

Museums at Night – Multiple venues

Windsor Castle won’t be the only monument on display in May. The stunning architectural marvels of London’s sprawling city-scape are always a drawcard for the traveler. From the 16th-19th of May, some of London’s iconic museums will open their doors to evening events and give you a rare chance to go behind the scenes and see them in a different light. 

London Wine Week – Multiple venues

Not getting an invite to the wedding bringing you down? Don’t worry, London gives you plenty of delicious ways to numb the pain. From the 14th-20th of May, the city will host its annual wine festival with affiliated bars and businesses. They will provide the full-bodied experience of wine tastings and snack pairings across 125 establishments throughout the city. If you don’t mind watching the wedding on a big screen, head to Flat Iron Square on the 19th for a live screening and tasting.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier – The Design Museum

Fashion is all the rage in London at the moment with Meghan Markle’s wedding dress the subject of much intrigue and set to dazzle the fashionistas. But that’s not all London has to offer fashion lovers this month. An exhibit of acclaimed designer Azzedine Alaïa’s hand-picked garment collection is on display at the Design Museum in Kensington, open through to October.

If you’re planning on traveling over to London, make the most of your time there by booking a hotel that’s close to action. If you need some advice or would like some help to book one, just get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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Monument Hotel – Barcelona

Where is it:

Bang on the trendy Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona’s best shopping strip. Prada, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and other designer stores are shoulder to shoulder with Modernista architecture buildings. Landmarks like the Casa Mila, the Barri Gotic, and the Picasso Museum are only minutes away.

The rooms?

All come with balconies overlooking the street letting you catch all the glamor below. There are only two room classes here, suites and Deluxe rooms. Well sized and equipped with Egyptian cotton, ovoid bathtubs, and toiletries by Jo Malone, the hotel creates a sense of exclusivity down to the minute detail.

What’s to eat?

Foodies flock to the hotel’s three Michelin Starred Lastrante restaurant like moths to a flame. Chef Martín Berasategui serves fusion cuisine best described as sensory experiences on a plate within sleek interiors designed by Oscar Tusquets and Mercè Borrell. The Monument hotel’s other restaurants, the Restaurant Oria and Hall0 Cocktail Bar provide a more relaxed setting to settle down for a bite.

What to do there?

You can enjoy a rooftop terrace and pool overlooking the strip, a Valmont Spa, and live jazz on Friday nights. But the prime attraction remains the Passeig de Gracia. If you like your shopping experiences to come with a hefty dose of architecture gazing and sun, you’ll find no better in Barcelona.

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi – Santa Fe

Where is it:

Close to Santa Fe’s Plaza, the city’s epicenter of activity. From here you’re only minutes away from the Palace of Governors and the pop-up Indian and Spanish markets the Plaza holds regularly. Buzzing with activity from sun-up to sun-down, staying here is an experience that blends culture and luxury to perfection.

The Rooms?

Every room comes with a fireplace, antique navajo decoration, four poster beds and embody the Rosewood’s ” a sense of place” philosophy. They’ve got character, but aren’t over the top thanks to sleek contemporary design touches that’ll have you feeling 100% at home.

What’s to eat?

The Anasazi Restaurant offers a menu inspired by the seasonal fare of the America’s South West. One of the best dining experiences in Santa Fe, sitting down for a meal within the soothing lighting and Pueblo ruin styled stone walls of the interiors ought to be on your to-do-list while you’re there. If you’ve always wanted to discover the finer points of tequila or taste the best Silver Coin margaritas in town, the Anasazi Bar and Lounge is where you want to spend your early evenings.

What to do there?

A veritable melting pot of cultures, the area around the Rosewood is packed with artistic activities and things to do.

The nearby galleries on Canyon road (over a hundred of them), are your chance to buy works form the best artists in the city. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum are nearby too. Come the evenings, book yourself in for a  massage and aromatherapy sessions and get ready to do it all over again the next day.

The Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara

Where is it:

Two hours away from Los Angeles and lodged between the Pacific and the Santa Yez mountains. The Four Seasons is a quiet beachfront hotel that shows you the softer side of California.

The Rooms

The originally designed rooms are spacious and make the most of Santa Barbara’s weather by allowing for plenty of natural light. You have the choice to enjoy views over the ocean or the garden. The flagship, is the Anacapa Suite, a 900 sq.ft room with views over the Pacific Ocean and direct access to Butterfly Beach.

What’s to eat?

The two restaurants, the Bella Vista (Italian) and Tydes (local sea food) are among the best in the region. For something a little out of the ordinary, the Coral Reef Bar lets you sip cocktails on a 275-gallon salt water bar that’s home to over 450 life forms. Paired with the sunsets on Butterfly Beach, there’s simply no better place in Santa Barbara to spend your evenings.

What’s to do?

As with all Four Seasons, there are plenty of curated experiences including learning how to surf with champion Tom Curren or play volleyball with two-time Olympian Todd Rogers. The true ace in the hole though, is the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. Available to all guests booked into a Jungle room or higher category, (200 USD daily fee for anyone who isn’t) the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club is an exclusive social club once frequented by Hollywood’s elite.

Hotel Casa del Mar

Where is it:

Just opposite Santa Monica Pier and the boutiques of Main Street. If Downtown LA and Hollywood are on your to-do for the day, a quick train ride on the Santa Monica Train Station will get you there in no time.

The Rooms

Comfortable and spacious, the Casa del Mar’s Mediterranean style designs have that Goldilocks effect. The neutral colors and style are a soothing place to return to in the evenings and the gorgeous ovean views and large mirrors make them the perfect place to settle down for a nice long read.

What to eat?

The Terrazza Lounge is one of Santa Monica’s best Mediterranean style restaurants. Catch incredible 180 degree panoramas of the Pacific ocean while enjoying some of the best Pappardelle Pasta you’ve ever had.

What’s there to do?

A lot. Beach activities, long bike rides, hours long pool sessions… there’s  a lot to enjoy in the hotel itself. Hollywood and some of La’s best sights are only a short drive away.

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Business trips can be hard in London. There’s the jet lag to deal with depending on where you’re from, and of course, the commutes. In a country where the average driver loses 101 hours a year they’re downright soul crushing.

If you find yourself with a work assignment in the Swinging City, here are the best hotel locations in London to stay.

 The City of London

First, let’s get rid of the confusion. The City of London is different from the rest of the city it calls home.

The reasons why stretch back hundreds of years and merits a blog post of their own to explain it all, but for now, suffice to say that it’s an area with its own rules concerning finance and taxes.

Since special tax and legal privileges are conferred to banks and corporations within the City of London, it’s only natural that it’s now a thriving CBD and one of the most important banking sectors in the world. That also makes it one of the busiest.

Any hotel that can cut your commute time to its congested center is worth every penny. And, the best in class for that, is the Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square.

Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square

This brand new Four Seasons wasted no time making its way into our collections and with good reason.

First, there’s the location. Found at the heart of the thriving CBD the Four Seasons puts you within minutes from the HQ’s of Financial institutions and historical British landmarks such as the St Paul’s Cathedral.  And then, there’s the fact that it’s probably one of the most gorgeous business hotels we’ve had the chance to feast our eyes on.

The interiors designed by Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille, draw from Ten Trinity square’s history as the former Port of London Authority HQ. Memorabilia and antiques from the past dot this Grade- II heritage listed building, and the rooms have a business-travel like appeal you’ll love to return to after a day of work.

There’s more reasons than the plush rooms to tempt you to stay. The Four Seasons is home to a Michelin star restaurant from Anne Sophie Pic, a secluded private member’s club for those very important business deals, and a spa modeled on the bath houses of ancient Rome. There’s no better place to recharge before your next round of meetings.

High Holborn

When it comes to London districts, High Holborn is the odd one out.

How this area – wedged between uptown and downtown – flew under the radar of Londoners and tourists for so long is a mystery. Remarkably quiet by London standards, it sits in the sweet spot between the City of London and West End, two of the City’s busiest business areas, making it one of the best hotel locations in London for your business trip.

Dubbed “Midtown” by then Mayor Boris Johnson in a bid to boost the area’s appeal, High Holborn is slowly but surely, being considered as one of London’s best spots to stay in. The arrival of Rosewood London in 2016 is proof of that.

The Rosewood London

The Rosewood may not be as convenient as the Four Seasons if you’re working in the City of London exclusively, but it has plenty of arguments to tempt time – starved business travelers to book a stay.

From here, you’re always a 10 minute commute from two of the city’s busiest business hubs the City of London and West End. Holborn station, is a brisk three minute walk away.

Looks wise, it’s contemporary designs will get your pulse racing like the plush interior of a Jaguar. Set in the former HQ of a now defunct insurance company, the Rosewood’s looks blend quirky modern flair with the Heritage listed building’s classic interiors to perfection.

It’s exactly what a modern city hotel ought to be, trendy, luxurious and focused on providing excellent service and discretion to its guests.

Pick the one that’s right for you

No matter where you choose to stay, you can feel safe knowing that both the Rosewood and the Four Seasons are found in two of the best hotel locations in London for a business trip.

Prime postilions in High Holborn and the City of London mean that getting to wherever you need to be is a cinch. Once you’re back home in the evenings, you’re guaranteed the pinnacle of modern luxury in each. If you’d like more information about these hotels our would like to book a stay, please get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to help you plan the perfect trip… even if it’s for work.

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Family reunions are a great way to reconnect with your loved ones but, get ready for sleepless nights if you’re the head of the organizing committee.

Planning a trip that will keep the whole clan happy is pretty much a full time job.

There are many things to take into consideration, like activities for different age groups, the kids,  your vegan cousin’s dietary needs etc etc…

You’ll never be able to please everyone, but picking the right hotel to stay will make it much easier and even have you looking like a hero.

To help you along, we’re turning on one of  the best family reunion hotels in our collections, the Rosewood Mayakoba.

Rosewood Mayakoba

Whether you’re travelling with the young, the old, or the in between, everyone will find something to get excited about at the Rosewood Mayakoba.

The activities run the gamut from all out fun-filled extravaganza to curated tours of Mayan ruins which are off the radar for most tourists. If you never want to hear “I’m bored”, on your trip, the Rosewood Mayakoba is the one to pick.

Fun for the Kids

Kids will love the resort’s Rose Bud experience. A kids club packed with local flair thanks to Mayan storytelling sessions, eco tours of the area, Spanish and Mayan lessons and scavenger hunts. Educational and fun, it’s a great way to expose the little ones to different cultures while on vacation ( and keep them out of your hair when you’re at the spa.)

Golfing at the Rosewood Mayakoba

Adults get their fair share of fun too. The Rosewood Mayakoba is home to the El Cameleon, an 18 hole golf course designed by Greg Norman and the first course to host a PGA Tour event in Mexico. Credentials aside, the El Cameleon’s beachfront, jungle and mangrove setting makes it one of the most beautiful places you can go to spend an afternoon bonding with your family and sharing your passion.

Fun in the outdoors

The Rosewood’s landscape is one of the Mexico’s most idyllic vacation spots and the resort lets you make the most of it with its outdoor activities. For the outdoorsy types in your clan, the resort offers scuba diving and snorkeling sessions in the warm waters of the Caribbean, deep sea fishing, and the opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat.

There’s plenty to enjoy if you’d rather keep your feet on dry land too thanks to guided tours, horseback riding, and the nearby town of Playa del Carmen.

The best guided cultural tours are the ones that take you off the beaten path. So, even if the history buffs in your family will have Chichen Itza and Uxmal on their to-do list in Mexico, plenty of other tourists will too. To still get a full taste of the local history and not have to elbow your way throw a crowd of picture hungry cameramen, the Rosewood offers guided tours of the nearby Ek Balam instead. Still under restoration and relatively unknown by tourists, this isolated Mayan ruin is an adventure onto itself.

Rooms

It’s no use having a family reunion if you all can’t stay together. Though the Rosewood Mayakoba’s long activity list is guaranteed fun for the whole clan, the resort’s massive rooms let you all bond during downtime.

A suite and Villa resort only, it’s hard to make a bad decision when choosing where to stay at the Rosewood Mayakoba. However, if you’re planning on travelling in numbers, it’s worth keeping some things in mind. 

Most of the suites at the Rosewood Mayakoba can be connected to a similar room category, perfect if you’re travelling in a large group and don’t want to be separated.

If a complete “home away from home” feel is what you’re after you can always go ahead and book one of the hotel’s villas which can accommodate up to eight people and come with private butler service. 

Make the most of your family reunion with a trip to the Rosewood Mayakoba. If you’d like more information on this hotel, or would like to book, get in touch with us and we would be happy to be of assistance.

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Think Singapore and zen don’t fit in the same sentence? The Six Senses Duxton will change your mind. 

When the Six Senses announced a new hotel close to Singapore’s CBD, it was hard not to raise an eyebrow.

Known for building hotels in UNESCO heritage sites, a busy city of 6 million people is the last place you’d expect to find a Six Senses property.

Nevertheless, as from April this year, the group’s first urban projects the Six Senses Duxton, and the Six Senses Maxwell House, will be opening up to the world and ready to welcome guests.

Does the brand fit in the middle of a sprawling city?  Will the two hotels even feel like Six Senses at all? We decided to head down to the Six Senses Dutton, ahead of the opening and find out for ourselves.

Where is it?

Trust the Six Senses to find the one place in Singapore a writer can describe as quiet and not make it hyperbole.

Located in the Tanjong Pagar historical district,  Duxton Hill barely looks like modern day Singapore at all.

You’ll find no skyscrapers here, no crowds, and no shopping malls. Instead, swap the buildings of glass and steel for colonial-era shop houses, the malls for independently owned boutiques, and chain restaurants for quaint cafes selling anything from fresh French pastries to caviar, and you’ll get the picture.

The laid back Duxton Hill is the ideal location for the Six Senses Duxton 

Even Singapore’s omnipresent cabs are hard to find here. Instead, the bevvy of shops, cafes and green space create an exclusive “village-within-a-city” feel we couldn’t help but love.

It’s not exactly a rugged Omani village or the jungles of Yao Noi.  But, considering Duxton is within a noodle’s length from the CBD, the peaceful atmosphere is unexpected and most certainly welcome.

What to expect

Sleek interiors signed by Anoushka Hempel, 49 rooms with original designs, and an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re anywhere but five minutes from the Singaporean CBD.

Let’s be clear, the hotel was in the last stages of construction when we last visited. But, despite having to shimmy across the walls to make way for workmen in the narrow corridors and that the common areas were temporary staff working stations, there’s an undeniable aura of peace.

Sleek designs by Anoushka Hempel make for a cocooning atmosphere from the city outside. 

Hempel’s (former Bond Girl, and current designer extraordinaire) predominant choice of black for the interiors makes for a “hush hush” and cocooning atmosphere once you step in from the outside. Gold accents, yellowed wallpaper, and a liberal application of yellow pots and calligraphy brushes set the stage for a hotel that’s unlike any we’ve seen in Singapore.

The Six Senses Duxton’s Reception area. 

Looks wise, it’s a winner, but the appeal for a Six Senses hotel is more than skin deep. For fans of the chain, it’s the zen philosophy, commitment to sustainable luxury, and curated wellness activities which make a stay in one of these luxury hotels unforgettable. How does the Six Senses Duxton fare in those regards? Quite well indeed.

The Six Senses Yellow Bar, soon to be one of the hippest places to sip a drink in Singapore 

The Yellow Pot Restaurant 

The Six Senses Duxton looks set to connect its guests with Asia’s soulful and traditional side, and make them forget there’s a concrete jungle only minutes away.  For example, a Chinese traditional doctor is at hand for any health checkups and to introduce guests to herbal medicine, acupuncture massage, qigong and dietary therapy within the comfort of the hotel.  Complimentary yoga sessions with singing bowl meditation are available twice a week and held in a small green area behind the hotel. It’s the best way to discover Singapore’s softer side. 

The Rooms

We had the privilege of visiting 3 of the Six Sense’s rooms, the Opium Room, the Pearl Suite and the Duxton Duplex Suite. None of them look alike. When the Six Senses Duxton say their rooms are originally designed, they mean it.

The Opium Room for example, is a nod to Duxton Hill’s colorful past. A contemporary take on the opium dens of old,  its dark interiors ooze sexiness and challenge your conception of what a wellness hotel ought to look like. The Pearl Suite however, is the Yang to the Opium’s Yin. All dark is chased away for a light and airy room where natural light takes center stage along with two mother of pearl encrusted wardrobes which flank the bed like two very expensive guard dogs. For a little something that stands out from the norm in Singapore, the Duxton Duplex Suite impresses by offering two levels connected by a lacquered wood staircase. 

The Pearl Suite – Both of those cabinets come encrusted with mother of pearl. 

The Duxton Duplex Suite – One of the only two storey hotel rooms in Singapore 

The Opium Room – Sleek, Suave and Sexy, the Opium Room is unlike anything the Six Senses has done before.  

Our Thoughts

The Six Senses have done everything possible to keep their brand identity alive in their first urban hotel. From the quiet location to the comfortable and gorgeous designs, and integration of local traditional medicine doctors, the Six Senses Duxton isn’t the odd one out from this group’s excellent portfolio. We look forward to confirming our initial thoughts as soon as the hotel opens next week. Who knows, you might book it through our collections soon.

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