Reopening in Paris in 2018 – Hotel Lutetia

Since 1910 this historic Paris hotel has hosted celebrities, artists and politicians. And now, after a massive refurbishment, it’s set to open its doors next year. Baroque Travel checks out Hotel Lutetia

 

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Come March 2018, the iconic Hotel Lutetia, opened in 1910 by the Boucicaut family who made their millions by opening the first modern department store in the city, will reopen its doors. The new iteration of this historic hotel will feature 184 plush guest rooms and suites, a state-of-the-art spa, excellent fitness facilities, not to mention a jazz and a cigar bar.

 

The hotel’s fascinating history includes being taken over the Taittinger family (of champagne fame) in 1955. In the late 1980s, fashion designer Sonia Rykiel opened a boutique in the building and supervised a major redesign to recreate its original unique style. Then Taittinger’s Groupe de Louvre sold the hotel to Starwood Capital in 2005, who sold it to the Israeli Alroy group five years later for US$177.3. For the past three years, Hotel Lutetia has been closed for a US$118 million renovation. It will reopen in 2018 as part of the Set Group.

Initially created as a palace-inspired luxury hotel on the Left Bank and given the city of Paris’ Roman name, Lutetia, this establishment was one of the finest luxury hotels in the city, filled with the likes of Christofle silver and Baccarat crystal. A mixture of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the hotel was home to numerous Left Bank luminaries such as Andre Gide, James Joyce, who wrote Ulysses while staying there, and Ernest Hemingway, who assisted Joyce in editing his masterpiece. Picasso and Matisse both stayed at this iconic hotel and Josephine Baker was a regular visitor. More recently, filmmaker David Lynch designed his own suite and celebrated French-born American sculptor and artist Arman Fernandez used the hotel as his pied-a-terre for two months of every year.

 

Once more, when it reopens, the Lutetia will be a venue for artistic collaboration, as it has been over the decades. Accommodation will include seven one-of-a-kind individually designed signature suites plus a penthouse and a dramatic internal courtyard next to Salon St German, which will offer dining for up to 40 guests. The Jazz Bar has been designed by Jean Michel Wilmotte with both traditional and futuristic touches and the exclusive Cigar Bar will feature a private club atmosphere and its own private courtyard. In addition, the Salon President Ballroom is being fully restored to its former glory.

 

A highlight of the newly refurbished hotel will be the reopening of the gourmet Lutetia Brasserie, offering capacity for up to 180 guests on two levels. On the ground floor there will be a dining area, bar, terrace and show kitchen, whilst the upper level will feature a mezzanine dining area, separate private dining room and open terrace with a second private dining room.

 

If you would like to be one of the first people to stay at this iconic hotel when it reopens its doors come Spring 2018, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make your reservation for you and provide you with all the information you require. If you need further travel assistance regarding flights, transfers, sightseeing and dining in Paris, we can organize all of that for you as well.

Stay in a London couture hotel

Let Baroque Travel introduce you to the legendary London hotel, Blakes, created by acclaimed interior designer Anouska Hempel

 

Secluded, sumptuous, private and luxurious, Blakes in the center of London was designed by former Bond movie star Anouska Hempel, who is now internationally renowned for her striking interiors. The hotel, which is located in the upmarket Kensington/Chelsea area of London, has just been extensively refurbished to a cost of millions of Pounds. The final result is a grand, exotic establishment that is both luxurious and over-the-top. Well worth spending time in when you’re next in this exciting cosmopolitan city.

Don’t be deceived by the black Victorian façade. Inside is a tantalizing fusion of décor styles both Eastern and Western. There’s a sense of drama and decadence in the sumptuous lobby, and the hotel’s bold new Blakes Restauraunt and Blakes Below are favored by some of the most famous celebrities in the world, including actors, stars and designers.

The restaurant’s fine Mediterranean menu is served to a maximum of just 57 diners at a time who enjoy divine dishes created from the freshest ingredients. Designed by Hempel to resemble a magnificent old-fashioned steamer sailing up the Bosphorus, it’s a delightful place to enjoy an unforgettable meal. Next to the restaurant, the Chinese Room and Bar offers cocktails and fine wines in relaxed surroundings. The second restaurant, Blakes Below, offers a selection of Asian dishes in an exclusive and private setting. In addition there’s the beautiful courtyard area, created by British designer Matthew Williamson to resemble a birdcage. Here, cocktails are served amidst an explosion of greenery.

Each of the refurbished 45 guest rooms are individually decorated, inspired by far-off lands and furnished with an opulent blend of Eastern tones and textures. Sometimes daring, sometimes dramatic, the décor is very much part of the unique experience of staying at this exceptional hotel.

The hotel, which originally opened 40 years ago, has retained its elegance while adding a more contemporary style. Here guests enjoy lavish design, swift service and complete privacy, all of which encompass the ultimate luxe.

To this day, Blakes remains a place to see and be seen, a unique lifestyle hotel that has transformed the notion of what a small luxury hotel should be. Stylishly located, decorated in an eclectic style, it’s sophisticated and special, with a cachet that is unquestionable.

Recently affiliated to the South Kensington Club, Blakes Hotel now offers the finest fitness and spa facilities as well as gourmet dining and a delightful setting. It’s also ideally located close to many of London’s famous attractions, stylish bars and vibrant nightlife.

 

If you would like to book a stay at the most luxurious boutique hotel in London, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make a reservation for you. If you require any travel assistance, we can help with this as well, from flights and transfers to sightseeing and restaurant bookings.

Historic Venice palace reopens

If you’re planning a Venice vacation, make sure it’s an exceptional experience, with a stay at the luxurious, historic Palazzo Venart, which opened to the public in August this year after an extensive two-year renovation. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

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The stunning Palazzo Venart was closed for half a century and has just reopened, welcoming guests into its 16th century portal. Boasting a stunning central location right on the famous Grand Canal, this magnificent palace boasts 18 meticulously restored and decorated luxury guest rooms and suites, each with a minibar, TV and en suite marble bathroom. Each of the rooms and suites is based on a different part of Venetian history and culture. Many of the Palazzo’s original Renaissance features still remain, including exquisite frescoes and magnificent marble fireplaces, offering guests an insight into the style and design of the Venetian mansions and palaces of yore.

 

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Decorated with exclusive antiques and custom furnishings, the Palazzo displays its noble past proudly, each piece a magnificent memory of a time gone by. To add to the luxury of this exceptional establishment, the Palazzo boasts an award-winning chef, Enrico Bartolini, who has two Michelin stars to his name and serves exclusive menus to privileged guests in the GLAM Restaurant.

 

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Another unique experience at the Palazzo Venart is an opportunity to enjoy a morning cappuccino in its lush private garden that overlooks the Grand Canal. This is indeed a rare find in Venice; as most of the historic buildings in this city of canals are located right on the water’s edge, there are few gardens here.

 

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Guests also enjoy the use of the hotel’s private water taxi straight from the exclusive property’s mooring to explore Venice’s legendary canals. Alternatively, many of the sites, including San Marco Square, are just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

 

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Palazzo Venart is itself a unique find: a five-star hotel that was originally built in the 16th century that has been lovingly restored with minute attention to every detail by specialists in their fields. This is the reason that the hotel has been asked to join The Leading Hotels of the World, a curated collection of independently-owned and distinctly luxurious hotels.

According to Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President of Membership of The Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel’s “attention to personalization and ability to curate uncommon experiences for curious travellers makes it a perfect addition to The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio”.

 

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The hotel was also acclaimed by Conde Nast Traveler, who named it one of the selected winners of its 2017 Hot List in 2016 in the category ‘Best New Hotels 2016’. This legendary list is an accurate predictor of hotels that will make history.

 

If you would like to book a reservation at this exceptional Palazzo, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away info@baroquetravel.com and we will make your reservations for you. If you require any assistance with other travel arrangements, such as flights, transfers and sightseeing, we can also arrange that for you.

Book this new exclusive Four Seasons resort in France

Megève is one of the most famous ski resorts in the French Alps – and this December it welcomes a brand new hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Megève. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

The only hotel located directly on the famous slopes of Mont d’Arbois, Four Seasons Hotel Megève opens on 15 December through to 15 April for the coming winter season, and from 1 June to 30 September for summer vacations. This is Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts’ first mountain destination in Europe – and it’s quite spectacular.

Designed to resemble a modern Alpine chalet, the hotel is small by Four Seasons standards – there are just 55 spacious rooms including 14 suites. Most accommodation boasts a fireplace and a balcony overlooking the mountains. Other facilities include a spacious, state-of-the-art spa and a choice of winter resort activities on the ski slopes and stunning hiking and golf opportunities in the summer months.

Megève has an excellent reputation for its superb restaurants and the new hotel will add to visitors’ choices of great places to eat, with a choice of five indoor-outdoor options for both dining and drinking including the restaurant Le 1920, which boasts two Michelin Stars. The restaurant, which has relocated to the hotel, offers breakfast, a sushi bar, fireplace and an elegant outdoor terrace. There’s also Bar Edmund, a sophisticated setting for savoring fine wines and creatively crafted cocktails, and a Cigar Room with an all-glass enclosure and fireplace where guests can enjoy the finest cigars, cognacs, brandies and whiskies with breathtaking mountain views. Then there’s the Wine Cellar, available for private wine-tasting experiences and dinners.

As anyone who has enjoyed a ski vacation knows, there’s more than one highlight. Sure, the skiing and snowboarding is superb, but the Apres Ski life is just as fabulous and the hotel offers numerous indulgent offerings as well as an in-house Ski Concierge and Ski Valet service. The resort’s vast ski region is divided into several skiing areas, including Mont D’Arbois, Rochebrune and Le Jaillet. The new hotel is located at the foot of the Mont D’Arbois mountain, and offers access to 136 groomed runs, a total of 445km. That’s not counting another 30km of groomed cross-country trails.

Hotel guests enjoy a privileged existence during ski season, thanks to the Ski Concierge and Ski Valet. Before going skiing, guests head to the hotel lobby where the Ski Concierge has all their gear ready – boots are warmed and skis expertly waxed and tuned to the day’s specific conditions and guests’ personal preferences. Before hitting the slopes, they are offered complimentary muffins and hot chocolate, tea or coffee. The Ski Valet then carries their skis to the lifts so that they can embark on their skiing adventure.

Of course, those who want to do more than just ski and snowboard can also enjoy glacier snowshoeing, paragliding, hot air balloon rides, heli-skiing and dog sledding. In addition, beginners can learn to ski and more advanced skiers can brush up on their skills through lessons arranged by the hotel at the Ecole Ski Francais.

 

If you would like to book the ultimate luxury ski holiday at the brand new Four Seasons Hotel Megève, let Baroque Travel make all your arrangements for you. Mail us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make reservations for you for the winter season, as well as book flights, transfers and anything else you may require.

Unique experiences at Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Here’s an opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary adventure, sleeping in an ice sculpture in the iconic Ice Hotel

 

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They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and if that is true, it explains why there are so many imitations of the iconic Swedish Ice Hotel, which has copies throughout Scandinavia as well as one in Canada. But there’s nothing like the original experience, the one that created all the hype in the first place. A night or two at this extraordinary hotel that is made of ice not only includes staying in a freshly built guest room, but also includes a number of exciting activities such as a ride by dog sled, hunting for the Northern Lights by snowmobile and encountering reindeer.

The hotel, which is located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, was originally an art gallery of sorts, a place where local art was displayed. Then somebody asked if it was possible to sleep over… and the rest is history.

 

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This year marks the 28th birthday of the Ice Hotel, and like every year, different artists from around the world are invited to create brand new art suites for guests to stay in. For 2017 there are 28 artists from 11 different countries around the globe, whose task it is to make their designs come to life as guest suites, or ‘art suites’. In some cases, when the artist’s work is very popular, the same artist will be asked to come back and design another masterpiece. Every winter the results are breathtaking and unique, and this year will be no exception.

 

Of course, ice sculpture is an art form on its own, created from ice and snow, a far cry from sculpture, which is usually created using different metals. To give you an idea of the complexity of each project, the ‘art suite’ is created using enough snow and ice to make 700 million snowballs.

This year, the artists have pulled out all the stops to create some exquisite and very exciting experiences for guests. Guests can sleep right next to King Kong, be part of Alice in Wonderland, take a virtual trip to space… and that’s just a taste. There are 15 exciting, mind-altering design created, each one more extraordinary than the next.

 

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To give you an idea, you can ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ thanks to artist Anna Sofia Mååg Niklas Byman, reside with the Queen of the North, thanks to Emilie Steele Sebastian Dell’Uva, sleep on a Wandering Cloud (courtesy of Lisa Lindqvist, who designed an ‘art suite’ last year), fall asleep next to a giant ice Faberge Egg (a creation by Tomasz Czajkowski Eryk Marks) or explore the White Desert, courtesy of Timsam Harding Fabián Jacquet Casado. Of course, there’s more… A Rich Seam, Ground Rules (giant snails, apparently), Space Room, Cumulus and King Kong are all waiting for you.

Of course, booking in advance is essential for the rooms, which open on 15 December. So if you’d like to book a stay at this exciting hotel, make sure to make a reservation early.

 

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So what does an Ice Hotel experience entail? Let us take a look… You have to get to Stockholm first, and then fly to Kiruna, from where you’re transported to the Ice Hotel. If your adventure to start the moment you arrive, make sure to book a sled ride pulled by husky dogs. When you get there, you’re given thermal clothing to keep you warm (so there’s no need to pack designer gear). After exploring the hotel you enjoy a cocktail at the Ice Bar, followed by a traditional Scandinavian feast at the restaurant, which offers views of the night sky just in case the Northern Lights appear. Then it’s off to bed to sleep in your choice of ice sculpture in this iconic hotel, tucked up in a thermal sleeping bag.

 

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The following two days are spent on exciting outdoor adventures. You wake up to hot lingonberry juice, followed by a sauna and a hearty breakfast. Then you can choose from numerous activities, including those mentioned above, as well as a dinner in the wilderness, a chance to learn how to sculpt ice using traditional tools, horse-riding at night, or skiing in the Poikkijarvi Woods.

 

If you would like to enjoy this surreal experience, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements and reservations for you.

Stay in a palace in Budapest

On our radar right now – the five star luxury Boscolo Budapest, which offers a regal and historic experience that combines art, history, luxury and sophistication

 

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Hungary’s capital city has a rich history dating back at least 10 centuries. The country had numerous leaders and was often involved in tempestuous wars, resulting in numerous fortifications and palaces. The grand New York Palace, which was built in the late 19th Century as the headquarters of the New York Life Insurance Company, is a remnant of those times, although it was since been magically transformed into a contemporary retreat with every possible luxury. Renovations went on for five years. The result is an Art Nouveau fairy tale, a combination of Baroque and Renaissance, Latin and Greek styles.

 

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Part of the Autograph Collection of hotels and resorts, this exquisite establishment features quality marble, Murano chandeliers and silk wallpaper, which gives you an idea of the extravagant interiors.

 

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The heart of the hotel is the legendary New York Café, built in a colourful, eclectic Italian Renaissance style. It originally opened to much acclaim in October, 1894, and was a popular haunt of writers, intellectuals and artists at the start of the 20th Century. Once lauded as ‘the most beautiful café in the world’, the New York Café is intrinsically part of Hungary as well as the hotel, and with a history dating back 120 years, it’s one of the oldest and grandest cafes in Budapest. With its sculptures, ornate lighting, extraordinary ceiling frescoes and paintings, there’s no doubt that a visit to this turn of the Century café is a royal affair.

 

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Of course, the café is not the only dining option in this magnificent hotel; there’s also the Salon Restaurant, recently voted the best in Budapest, the Deepwater Restaurant, where breakfast is a feast, not a meal, and the plush, velvet-encased Nyugat Bar which begs images of clandestine meetings and intimate conversations.

 

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Continuing the royal theme, the lobby is massive, with inlaid marble floors and a five-storey atrium with a glass-paneled ceiling. Behind the reception desk is a gold-leaf inlaid wall, and everywhere you look one finds Romanesque archways.

One level below the lobby is a grotto-like thermal pool designed by architect Simone Micheli, inspired by the natural elements of water, rock and wind. Just outside the pool is a spa with a wide range of treatments plus a hair salon featuring Paul Mitchell products. There is also a well-equipped fitness area.

 

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The accommodation is equally regal. Each of the 185 lavish guest rooms and suites feature over-sized Carrera marble bathrooms, precious antique furniture, plush bedding and every facility. Those lucky enough to have a balcony enjoy a view of the busy side street below.

 

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The hotel’s location is ideal for visitors, with numerous sightseeing options within walking distance and an excellent transportation system close by, although walking and exploring should be the order of your days.

 

If you would like to book a stay at this extraordinary establishment, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we make your reservation for you. We can also assist you with all of your travel needs, from flights and transfers to sightseeing and restaurant bookings.

Exclusive Parisian vacation on the Champs Elysees

Baroque Travel has tracked down a hidden gem, an ultra-luxurious Paris hotel and spa that is the only establishment in the city to offer each guest their own personal butler

 

The ultimate exclusive hotel, La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa features 26 luxury suites and just 14 magnificent bedrooms. It’s also the smallest hotel in Paris to be awarded the prestigious Palace status. Located just a short walk from the Champs Elysees, the hotel is also famous for its exceptional spa facilities. In fact, its spa is the first in the country to offer Nescens, a scientific anti-aging brand from Switzerland.

The state-of-the-art spa, which is located on the ground floor, is a tranquil respite from the busy city and offers a selection of health and beauty treatments for men and women as well as a lovely 16-meter indoor swimming pool.

The hotel’s excellent location makes it the ideal base from which to explore the city and its many fascinating sights, many of which can be seen from the hotel itself. Located in an intimate 19th Century mansion, it’s a chic, exclusive establishment, offering the privileged few a glimpse into the fine art of French living. The hotel has the atmosphere of a private club, and guests enjoy exclusive access to a fine library, a Smoking Parlour, and, of course, the spa.

All of the accommodation is designed with the focus on refined simplicity. The luxury is in the unpretentious, uncluttered style, in the discreet, attentive staff, and the comfort expected by those who have an appreciation for the finer things in life.

The hotel is set in the heart of the city, in a peaceful, tree-lined location overlooking the exquisite Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon and the Concorde obelisk. It offers all the elegance of a private apartment, where discretion reigns supreme, and its design features immense spaces bathed in light. Scattered throughout are marble fireplaces, surrounded by generous fabrics that exude a spirit of luxe. The hotel also features an exquisite inner courtyard filled with lush greenery where guests can relax.

Aside from a VIP welcome and a private butler, guests can also enjoy cocktails and taps at the hotel bar or on their private terrace, breakfasts and other meals at the gourmet restaurant La Pagode de Cos, or in the privacy of their own terrace and every possible service and facility. With spectacular views and every possible type of pampering imaginable, this is a luxury getaway that has it all, and then some.

 

If you would like to book a stay at this exclusive Parisian hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make your reservations for you. If you require assistance with any other travel arrangements, including flights, transfers, sightseeing and restaurant reservations, we will be happy to assist with these as well.

Copenhagen’s latest luxury boutique hotel

Famous for its Royal castles, contemporary design, fashion and art, Copenhagen has a new addition, a beautiful luxury boutique hotel, the Sanders Hotel. Baroque Travel finds out all about it

 

Created by famous Danish ballet dancer, Alexander Kølpin and his father, the Sanders Hotel, which opens this coming October, is a masterpiece of fine design and aesthetic delight. Located on a quiet street in Copenhagen’s historic center, directly behind the famous Royal Danish Theater, the hotel features 54 luxurious rooms, each individually decorated and designed, including Single Coupé rooms, inspired by glamorous old train cabins. There are numerous other equally exquisite rooms, right up to a selection of exquisite apartments offering total privacy, beautiful lounges and open fireplaces.

 

Throughout the hotel one finds hand-picked, bespoke pieces of furniture that evoke the glamorous age of travel as well as the drama of the theater. The result is a mixture of Parisian sophistication and old world English eccentricity with plenty of simplistic Danish design thrown in to keep it down to earth and real.

The building itself is an iconic restoration in a district full of history and heritage and the hotel offers excellent service to make guests feel right at home. With Alexander Kølpin’s passion for creative spaces and storytelling, the intimate boutique hotel offers understated luxury and sensibility across five storeys.

 

In the lobby of the hotel one finds The Living Room, brimming with books and featuring an inviting fireplace where guests can relax and enjoy a coffee or cocktail. Dining is enjoyed at the all-day dining restaurant Sanders Kitchen on dishes prepared using fresh, organic produce. The carefully curated wine selection that accompanies the menu was created from a list of fine winemakers and vineyards. There’s also the Courtyard, an inner sanctuary that is a green oasis in the center of the property where guests can order drinks and food. The Tata Bar is an intimate bar, specializing in classic cocktails in a charming setting. And then there’s the Conservatory, on the fifth floor, where guests can enjoy stunning views of Copenhagen by night.

 

This splendid hotel is the hotelier’s third Scandinavian property – the others are Helenekilde Badehotel and Tisvildeleje Strandhotel. Its location, in an area filled with quaint cobbled lanes, is ideal for exploring the city, with lots of great restaurants, art galleries, museums and world class shopping all in the vicinity.

 

If you would like to find out more about this brand new Copenhagen hotel, or would like us to book a reservation for you, contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com. We can also make all your travel arrangements to Copenhagen if you wish.

Fairmont opens its first hotel in Turkey

Adding a dash of luxe to the city on the Bosphorus, the new Fairmont Quasar in Istanbul is the first of the Canadian brand’s establishment to open in Turkey. Baroque Travel visits the city’s latest five star hotel

 

Built by Canadian luxury hotel brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, the Fairmont Quasar is a beautiful addition to the Istanbul skyline. Its design was inspired by the city’s blend of rich heritage and modern sophistication and the hotel itself is located at a crossroads in the city, where East meets West and modern Western lifestyles come together with centuries of ancient history.

The result is a very beautiful building, its 209 guest rooms including 25 suites are decorated with blue leather-tufted headboards reminiscent of the Bosphorus, and leather-bound and studded mini bars that bring to mind vintage travel trunks. To add a touch of Turkish culture, the showers in the en suite facilities resemble traditional Turkish hammams. All accommodation is designed to maximize comfort and technology.

The most luxurious accommodation of all is the Royal Suite, and there are also 40 exclusive Fairmont Gold guest rooms that offer the brand’s unparalleled service and exclusive facilities. All of the accommodation offers panoramic views of Istanbul, including the Bosphorus and the city’s iconic skyline. In addition to the hotel accommodation, there are also 64 residences.

The hotel is situated on the site of the 1930’s Robert Mallet Stevens-designed Art Deco liquor factory, in two modern, newly built 40-story towers. These towers are part of a complex situated on a four-story podium offering numerous luxury shops and other amenities.

Fairmont Quasar offers a choice of dining opportunities with a selection of restaurants and bars, including one that boasts a live mezze kitchen and a spice library. Pampering is paramount at this exemplary hotel, and guests are offered every possible indulgent treatment available at the Willow Stream Spa, which offers nine different treatment rooms, a traditional Turkish hammam, an indoor swimming pool, yoga studio and high-tech gym.

The Fairmont brand’s first Turkish hotel brings its distinction and style to the country’s capital, which has become one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. This unique hotel provides a startling new landmark for the city’s vibrant Mecidiyeköy district, known for its eclectic bazaars, colorful side streets and modern contemporary shopping malls.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional Istanbul hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will assist you in every way possible. We can not only make hotel reservations for you; we can also assist with all your travel arrangements.

Vintage experience in Lake Como

This summer you can experience the ultimate in vintage luxe at one of Milan’s plushest hotels. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Enjoy the Lake Como Luxury Vintage Experience at the magnificent Mandarin Oriental hotel in Milan this summer, which includes accommodation at this superlative hotel as well as a decadent experience in a vintage Ferrari, exploring Lake Como and its surrounds in style.

 

Lake Como is located just an hour’s drive north of Milan, and is renowned for being one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Italy. Stars such as George and Amal Clooney and others have retreats here because this exclusive location is so breathtaking. Add the Mandarin Oriental Milan to the mix, and you’re promised a truly extraordinary and lush getaway.

This experience has been created especially for privileged guests staying in Milan at the Mandarin Oriental. Aside from staying at this prestigious establishment and being treated like royalty, guests get to drive a vintage Ferrari Dino 246 GT Gallettoni for a maximum of 150km around the stunning resort region incorporating Lake Como, a destination popular with those who can afford to vacation here.

 

Your 90-minute self-drive Ferrari journey is personalized by the hotel’s concierge team, who will work out an itinerary to suit you. In addition, while you’re exploring the Lake Como region, a personal driving assistant will be on hand via handheld radio to assist you. Of course, if you stop en route, there’s valet parking, a car wash and technical support should you need it to ensure that your driving experience is the glamorous experience it should be.

 

Of course, that’s not all. You will also enjoy an intimate three-hour boat ride on board an exquisite Riva Aquarama speedboat on Lake Como, enjoying champagne and canapés. If you like, the hotel’s concierge can assist with a list of restaurants in the area that you could visit en route. In addition, you are transferred to the hotel.

Your glam Luxury Vintage Experience is completely bespoke, from the choice of vintage car and the route you choose to the region you visit on your boat tour, and anything else you decide to do during your stay at the Mandarin Oriental Milan.

 

This exclusive package which must be at least 2 nights in duration not only includes breakfast every day, in your luxury hotel room or at the excellent Mandarin Bar & Bistrot but if you have the urge to enjoy some of the excellent, rejuvenating treatments at The Spa, you get a discount, too.

 

The Mandarin Oriental Milan is located in the fashionable heart of Milan, steps from famous opera house La Scala, in four elegant 18th Century buildings that have been beautifully restored to their former glory. It’s a stylish, luxurious hotel offering 72 elegant rooms and 32 spacious suites, a fine dining restaurant serving Italian cuisine and a relaxed bar, the Mandarin Bar. You can also dine al fresco on a lovely outdoor courtyard.

 

 

If you would like to book yourself on this prestigious Luxury Vintage Package, which expires at the end of September, don’t hesitate. Contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com. We will make all your travel arrangements for you, as well as advise you on the perfect length for a luxury vacation like this.

London’s LaLit Hotel sets new standards of luxury

Located in a meticulously restored Grade II listed building near London Bridge, this ultra-luxurious hotel has just been accepted into the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

On the London scene since February 2017, The LaLit Hotel is owned by New Delhi-based hotel company, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. Now it’s been heralded as one of the most luxurious small hotels in the world, a collection of exceptional small, independently owned luxury hotels. The 70 beautifully designed rooms are each decorated with custom-made art, combining the best of Indian culture with a quintessential British charm.

This plush boutique hotel, which is located within walking distance of Tower Bride and London’s vibrant Southbank area is discreetly tucked away in the heart of the city, close to many of London’s superb attractions. It was restored to its former glory over a five-year period, and the result is quite exceptional – a magnificent structure that combines original Victorian features with custom-made, colorful Indian interiors and absolutely modern technology.

In its former incarnation this 180-year-old Neo-Baroque building was St Olave’s Grammar School and there are reminiscences of this past history in the new hotel, including the strikingly paneled Great Hall, as well as two bars that are located in what was once the Teachers’ Room and the Headmaster’s Room. The latter is as opulent and sophisticated and features premium cognacs and champagnes, while the Teachers’ Room offers an upmarket setting for enjoying cocktails and evening drinks.

In the dramatically refurbished Great Hall one finds the hotel’s pan-Indian restaurant, Baluchi, which offers a selection of dishes from all over India including Bengal, Goa, Kashmir and Kerala. In the restaurant, there’s a Naanery, a place for guests to pair wines with superb artisanal breads prepared in a tandoor as well as in an outdoor shisha terrace. In the afternoons, guests are given the opportunity to enjoy the best of two worlds – British and Indian – with a stunning High Chai Afternoon tea that features a variety of sweet and savory fare as well as two bespoke teas.

Some of the exquisite guest rooms also boast exceptionally high ceilings – 30 feet of spaciousness! In every guest room, guests will find a mobile phone that has been localized to assist them in exploring the city and makes sure they are connected throughout their stay. In addition, the hotel offers an excellent spa, Rejuve, which features one of a very few Ayurvedic treatment tables in the city and offers a selection of extremely specialized treatments that take the mind, body and soul on a journey of relaxation. One of these is Shirodhara, that apparently improves memory, assists with sleep and normalizes blood pressure.

The LaLit is the ninth hotel in London to achieve the honor of being one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). It was awarded this special honor because of its extraordinary attention to detail, as well as the craftsmanship involved in its restructure and the excellent fine dining Indian restaurant on the premises.

A unique welcome for guests is the majestic statue of Ganpati at the entrance of the hotel, which is how Indian tradition invokes Lord Ganesha, the God of prosperity, fortune and success. According to Hindu mythology, a prayer is offered to Ganapati before a new beginning, to achieve fruitful results.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional hotel, or wish to make a reservation next time you’re in London, don’t hesitate. Contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Let’s make it Mallorca

Yes, Ibiza gets a lot of attention. But this year, let’s make it all about Mallorca, another magnificent Balearic island that offers the ultimate luxury Mediterranean vacation. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

The largest island in the Balearics, Mallorca boasts exquisite stretches of coastline fringing the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. One of the best beaches in Mallorca is Cala Tuent, located on the island’s north west coast, reached by a long winding road surrounded by pine forests. Stretching through the entire island, from the north east to the south west, one finds the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Exploring the many passes is a delight, with dry-stone constructions on the steep slopes.

 

Where should you stay, you ask? That’s simple. We choose the ultra-luxurious and historic Cap Rocat, located close to Palma. This completely restored 19th Century military fortress even has its own drawbridge and offers spectacular views of the island and the sea. Every room and suite in the hotel offers private patios with breathtaking panoramic views and the hotel also offers a stunning infinity pool on the fortress walls that looks out over the bay.

 

The five-star hotel is adults-only – no children under 15 permitted and is set in 88 acres. It stretches along the coastline for 2km and offers guests every possible luxury, including a private rock cliff beach with direct access to the sea, a choice of excellent dining opportunities, a jetty and a saltwater pool.

 

All 29 rooms in this luxury hideaway on its own peninsula are located in former shooting buttresses of the fortress, offering an extremely romantic and historic setting. Rooms are decorated with a blend of contemporary and classic furnishings and facilities are numerous, including clay tennis courts, mountain biking, hiking, horse riding and numerous water sports such as fishing, jet skiing, scuba diving and sailing.

 

Guests also have access to a gym, library and a choice of two excellent restaurants – guests can also enjoy dining a deux in their suites, including breakfast served in a picnic hamper. Food is organic and locally sourced – in fact, all fruit and vegetables are grown on the property. In addition, everything at the hotel is eco-friendly.

 

This idyllic hotel is open until the end of October, so if you’d like to book an exclusive vacation here this summer, don’t hesitate. Contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make the reservations for you. We can also provide you with all your travel arrangements, such as flights, transfers, car hire etc. So mail us now to avoid disappointment.

Historic Hôtel de Crillon Paris reopens

This month, Rosewood Hotel group recently reopened their prestigious luxury hotel, Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

The iconic Hôtel de Crillon was first opened in the 18th Century at 10 Place de la Concorde in Paris. Now a famous city landmark, this historic treasure house has been reopened after an intensive four-year renovation to preserve its historic interior but offer a luxury travel experience for 21st Century travellers. During the renovation, artisans, master craftsmen and designers collaborated together to find a delicate balance between meticulously preserving the historic building and transforming it into a modern palace.

 

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The result in a super-stylish, chic enclave that perfectly reflects its history and culture. History has been brought to life but with a modern twist and the combination of ancient and contemporary is a delight to behold. Visitors here will still find de Crillon’s famous golden interiors, amethyst chandeliers and crystal Baccarat decanters.

 

Architect Richard Martinent was the driving force behind the entire refurbishment and was responsible for the transformation of the building’s façade as well as its exquisite reception rooms on the second floor, all of which are classified as heritage landmarks. He was assisted by Artistic Director Aline Asmar d’Amman, and four Paris-based interior designers. In addition, iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld decorated two of the exceptional suites in the hotel. Caleld ‘Les Grands Aparrtments’, they portray Lagerfeld’s personal vision of French chic and modernity. The magical courtyards in the hotel are the masterpieces of landscape architect Louis Benech.

 

In all, the hotel features 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites, including the two Lagerfeld-designed suites mentioned above. All accommodation is elegant and features bespoke furniture, exquisite antiques and carefully picked objets d’art. However, the 10 signature suites are the hotel’s pride and joy, and are already being touted as the finest accommodation in the city.

 

The Louis XV Suite features a private terrace overlooking Place de la Concorde and offers breathtaking views of the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower. The Marie-Antoinette Suite is more feminine, with pearl-grey décor and touches of rose pink. It offers a private indoor terrace with stunning views of the Cour d’Honneur as well as a private balcony overlooking the Place de la Concorde. Amongst the other suites are the three Ateliers d’Artistes suites, which pay tribute to the bohemian painters and poets who lived a creative Paris life.

 

Of course, the hotel restaurants and bars are exceptional. They include L’Ecrin, a gourmet restaurant, Salon de Citronniers that seats just 22 guests and is run by Michelin-starred chef Christopher Hache, who spent two years studying abroad whilst the hotel was being transformed. There’s also the inviting Brasserie d’Aumont with its eclectic Parisian personality. For high tea and superb delicacies, guests can visit Jardin d’Hiver.

 

Let’s not forget the bar, Les Ambassadeurs, which seats up to 60 people and offers meticulously crafted cocktails and exceptional champagnes which guests enjoy along with live music. The cellar, La Cave, is where you’ll find the hotel’s exceptional wine collection.

 

Hôtel de Crillon also features a new swimming pool area, spa, hair salon, barber and fitness center.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional Parisian establishment, or would like to make a reservation this summer, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Finding magic in Mykonos

Baroque Travel finds a hidden gem on the island of Mykonos, a magical hotel that not only offers the quintessential Greek island escape, but a place where music becomes a ritual

 

With its signature whitewashed little houses sparkling against the azure Aegean Sea, Mykonos is a paradise summer getaway. Add music to the equation and you’ve got yourself an incomparable vacation, full of dance parties, afternoon concerts and experimental sound.

 

The exquisite hotel San Giorgio and its Scorpios Beach Club is visited every year by a number of international musicians, artists and DJs. The hotel has created a ritual that ensures that it’s filled music all summer long. San Giorgio calls it The Magic Movement, and explains it as: “more than music… it’s a way of life”.

 

This original experience is just part of San Giorgio’s special cachet. Located in one of the island’s most scenic areas, this exquisite beach property shimmers white in the sun. It features an open-plan kitchen and al fresco lounge and deck that overlook the sea. Its design is inspired by origin and craftsmanship, simplistic, with only a few chosen accessories – raw wooden chairs, traditional Greek-style woven stools, cotton quilts. That’s all that’s required to add a touch of warmth to this open, inviting space.

 

Scorpios beach club is a mere 10-minute’s walk from the hotel. Featuring a cool, spacious clubhouse and bar overlooking two separate beaches, Paradise and Paranga, this is the central hub of the San Giorgio lifestyle, where concerts and parties take center stage. Close to the hotel, just 300m away, one finds the world-renowned Paradise Club, the hub of the island’s vibrant nightlife. Just another addition to the music magic, and a reason to dance.

 

Accommodation at San Giorgio is simply beautiful, with a ‘less is more’ approach; all rooms and suites feature this stunning design aesthetic created by designer Annabell Kutucu, as well as every possible amenity, from air-conditioning and mini bar to satellite TV and breathtaking views. There are 32 rooms in all: Basico rooms are located on the garden level, then there are double rooms with verandahs or balconies called Mare, overlooking the beach and the sea. The Veranda and Grande suites offer the most scenic views of the bay. All feature spacious bathrooms with a range of organic bathing products.

 

Life at San Giorgia is – literally – a beach. From the moment guests are transported here in their complimentary shuttle and treated to a welcome drink, the party starts. With a preferred reservation at Scorpios, which reopened in May, every day is a dream, with music the added ingredient.

 

Dining is an adventure, with fresh salads, pizza, slow-cooked meats, homemade breads, flavorful pastas and other delicacies on offer. Breakfast is served daily, or you can have yours packed up to enjoy on the beach or wherever you go exploring.

 

When you can tear yourself away from this beautiful location, the rest of Mykonos beckons, with quaint alleyways filled with stores and restaurants, a choice of beaches and other delights.

 

If you’d like to book a stay at this exquisite establishment this summer, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Hot Paris hotel opens its doors

Les Bains is back, blazing a trial for this century’s trendsetters in the historic Marais district in Paris. Baroque Travel explores this bathhouse turned boutique hotel with its ghosts of revelers past

 

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"What happened in Les Bains stays in Les Bains.” – Lenny Krawitz

This one’s not for the faint-hearted. The famous Les Bains is back in Paris’s bohemian Le Marais neighborhood. In its new incarnation, it’s a luxury boutique hotel. Opened as a private bathhouse in 1885, it was a hotspot for bohemians of the Belle Epoque including Marcel Proust. It was then transformed into a famous nightclub where Yves St Laurent, Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss and David Bowie used to party. Created by then-unknown designer Philippe Starck, and home to resident DJ David Guetta, the club was a celebrity-filled haven, full of beauties with spiked heels, red lips and oh so glam attire.

 

The new iteration honors the establishment’s glorious past and offers a bold new take on Parisian hospitality. Completely refurbished and redesigned by acclaimed architects and designers Tristan Auer, Vincent Bastie and Denis Montel, the new property has a sense of entitlement and a certain cachet, a spirit picked up from its glamorous past that still lingers, while offering a modern, chic hotel and club of international standard.

 

Featuring a restaurant, bar, private lounge, the club and 39 guest rooms and suites, Le Bains is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to cool. Located at Rue du Bourg L’Abbe in the historic third arrondisement, it sits shoulder to shoulder with other aristocratic buildings, many architectural masterpieces in their own right.

 

Les Baines epitomizes the creative lifestyles of those who visited here before, offering the new generation of rebels and revelers, a lifestyle more than just a place to stay, to eat and to party. A blend of home-from-home, hotel and club, Les Bains has been reborn with the same creative energy, beckoning to those who know they are entitled.

 

The building’s public spaces each create a different mood. While the guest rooms are sleek and comfortable, inviting and intensely personal, the public areas inspire bonhomie and rousing conversation. The bar, the heart of the hotel, is as much a place to gather as it is a daringly beautiful architectural creation. The ceilings curve, walls disappear into darkness and lights reflect off surfaces creating an almost hallucinatory experience. And when you savor the creative cocktails imagined, mixed and produced for you at the bar, using fresh herbs, house wines and spirits.

 

The restaurant Les Bains - La Salle-à-Manger, was inspired by the original legendary restaurant that was located here. The regal purple décor offsets the rich mahogany tables, on which guests enjoy seasonal French dishes made from fresh local ingredients. For private parties of up to 12 people, there’s Le Reservoir, located in a 15-meter water tank previously used to supply the spa at Les Bains.

 

An integral part of the hotel, The Club Les Bains conjures up memories and new emotions, an on-trend, eclectic establishment specializing in great music. Home to a swimming pool, black and white tiles and checkerboard, it sets the scene for live shows, concerts and events that rock the building from midnight to dawn, Thursdays to Saturdays.

 

If you would like to book a room at Les Bains while you’re enjoying summer in Paris, or would like to visit its legendary club, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Moor your yacht at your Ibiza hotel

You don’t have to stay on your yacht when you get to Ibiza this summer – there’s a stunning new hotel next to a super yacht marina that will make you want to go ashore and have the time of your life. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

These days, more and more yacht owners are choosing to stay in their destinations when they reach them, despite the posh amenities onboard their luxury yachts. There is a whole new range of luxury hotels catering for super yacht owners, either with their own marinas, or with one close by. Once you reach your dream destination, you head off to spend a few days in spacious luxury for a while, with a choice of exclusive facilities available to make your stay a pampering one.

 

Now, if we’re talking Ibiza, let’s face it – all the action is on land, so it makes sense to take a few days off from sailing to enjoy some pampering amenities, such as gourmet restaurants, bars, spas, private beaches and the like.

 

New to Ibiza whether you’re traveling on land or sea is the stunning Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, which has every possible facility for a luxury vacation, including a marina right next door. The hotel, which is located just off Talamanca Bay, offers guests complimentary access to its superb Six Senses Spa, two gorgeous swimming pools and a rooftop terrace with stunning sea views. Located just 3km from Ibiza Town, this new hotel offers spacious luxury rooms with marble bathrooms, rainfall showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces. Suites are also available, with lounge areas and separate dressing rooms. Some even offer private plunge pools.

 

Each room is decorated with luxurious details and equipped with free WiFi. All offer marble bathrooms with rainfall showers, floor to ceiling windows and open terraces with sea or garden views. The suites are spacious and come with a plush lounge area and separate dressing room. Some include a kitchenette and private plunge pool. Of course, the hotel boasts a fabulous Nobu restaurant offering Japanese-Nikkei fusion food, as well as three other restaurants including a beachfront seafood restaurant and a health café called Celicioso that prepares gluten-free cuisine, nourishing juices and superfood salads. And did we mention there are mixologists on call to mix you drinks on your terrace?

 

Décor is inspired by the colors and textures of the island itself, and each of the 152 guest rooms is a haven to escape to, to relax and unwind.

 

Let’s not forget the marina where you’ll be mooring your yacht. It offers 428 berths for vessels up to 30m long, as well as power and water facilities, WiFi, service and maintenance. So, while your yacht is cared for, you can enjoy this stunning boutique beach resort on Cala Talamanca beach.

 

Whether you choose to stay at this exceptional hotel, or moor in the marina and enjoy its myriad facilities, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us now for more information on a vacation in Ibiza, info@baroquetravel.com. We can also make your hotel and/or marina reservations for you.

Stylish hotel opens in Amsterdam

Always ready to find the new and extraordinary, Baroque Travel offers this unique gem, the stylish, imaginative Kimpton De Witt Hotel in Amsterdam

 

Whether you’re passing through this summer en route to a coastal destination or spending time in Amsterdam for business or pleasure, there’s a new hotel worth considering as your base. The Kimpton De Witt Hotel was once home to famous 17th Century poet and playwright P.C. Hooft, and has since been meticulously restored, keeping some of its old world magic and adding chic modern elements that make it quite unique. Decorated with exquisite art pieces created by local artists, and featuring plush accommodation as well as a trendy gastro pub and bar, this stunning establishment is located in the heart of the city, just 300m from Central Station.

 

We know we said this used to be a poet’s residence, but the hotel is actually enormous, covering a number of buildings including some that date back to the Renaissance era. There are 274 guest rooms in total, including rooms, suites and villas, some with city views and others secluded to offer peace and quiet. The choice is wide, with fireplaces in some rooms, private balcony or terrace in others and exquisite specialty penthouse suites as another option. Fifteen of the rooms in the hotel are located in original buildings that date back to the Renaissance era.

 

Guest facilities in the rooms are luxurious and plentiful and include iPads and MacBooks on loan, 24-hour in-room dining, gourmet local treats in the mini bar, plush Frette robes, Gaiam yoga mats, a Nespresso machine, complimentary WiFi, Smart TVs and Marie-Stella-Maris toiletries in the bathrooms.

To ensure that guests can live like a local, they also have the use of complimentary Van Moof bicycles to explore the city. Oh – and you can bring your pet if you wish.

 

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The hotel décor is Dutch-inspired, fresh, modern and refined, with plenty of imaginative spaces to reflect in, including a leafy garden conservatory and the cozy House Bar. This is an intimate luxury boutique hotel, despite its size, where guests can be pampered in luxury while enjoying the local culture.

The hotel offers three excellent restaurants in all, as well as a Fitness Center that is open 24/7 and a concierge.

 

The ultimate luxury

For the ultimate luxury, there is a completely private exclusive suite for those who wish to enjoy a secluded stay away from prying eyes and cameras. Located inside this new hotel is Little House, an exquisitely decorated three-story suite in a historic section of the hotel, where one can enjoy a special occasion, wedding, party or any other celebration. The suite offers one king-sized guest room, a twin guest room and a spacious lounge area.

 

If you would like to book a stay in this iconic Amsterdam hotel, whether it’s the exclusive Little House, or a room, villa or suite, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make your reservations for you. We can also assist with any other travel arrangements you may require.

The most luxurious boutique hotel in the world

The exquisite Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence recently won the acclaim as the ‘Top Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide in the prestigious 'Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence'. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Every year, Luxury Travel Advisor magazine awards accolades to the best establishments in the travel industry. One of the recipients of this year’s prestigious awards is the beautiful Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence, which has been named the ‘Top Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide’.

This charming hotel is situated in two historic buildings – one was previously a Byzantine tower built in the 6th Century and the other was built as a Medieval Church that dates all the way back to the 15th Century. Both have been meticulously restored to their former glory. This unique hotel is located in the historic centre of the city, close to numerous popular attractions and monuments and within walking distance of the centrally located square Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio. Located in a pedestrian area, the hotel is surrounded by popular shops and café’s and is just a five-minute walk to the famous Uffizi Gallery.

The entire area where the hotel is located was once the property of Filippo Brunelleschi, hence the hotel’s name. The hotel, which features an upscale Italian restaurant as well as a traditional trattoria, offers unparalleled views of the city and the dome of the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the magnificent cathedral that was designed by Brunelleschi himself. The tower, Torre La Pagliazza, was once a prison. It towers above the block where it was built as it has done for around 1,500 years. It’s part of the hotel, and is home to one of the most luxurious hotel suites.

All of this luxurious hotel’s 96 guest rooms and suites are exceptional, individually decorated in a contemporary in style with vintage touches, parquet floors, opulent furnishings, air-conditioning, iPod docking stations and 42-inch LCD TVs. The private bathrooms offer toiletries by elegant Florence fragrance house, Maison Dr Vranjes. The most exclusive accommodation is the Pool Suite, which offers a four-poster bed and hot tub.

The restaurant, Osteria della Pagliazza, is located on the first floor of the hotel, and offers an exceptional selection of Tuscan fare. There’s also the luxurious Santa Elisabetta Restaurant, located in the Byzantine tower on its first floor; it features only seven tables for up to 24 people. Guests also enjoy a choice of drinks and cocktails at the Tower Bar.

The hotel also offers a fitness center, three meeting rooms and a private museum as well as a stunning terrace that looks out over the Basilica.

 

If you are interested in booking a stay in this exceptional establishment, let Baroque Travel assist you with your bookings. We can also make all your other travel arrangements, including flights, transfers, sightseeing and anything else you may require. Just contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will take care of everything for you.

New Four Seasons Hotel opens in London

The city of London has a brand new hotel, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Baroque Travel finds out all about the Four Seasons group’s latest London establishment

 

Located in an historic Grade 2-listed building in the center of the city of London, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square comprises a brand new luxury hotel as well as a prestigious private members club, the Ten Trinity Square Private Club, as well as 41 exquisite private residences. In its heyday, Ten Trinity Square was home to the London Port Authority and also hosted the United Nations. And it’s been featured in a James Bond Film. Now this exquisite building has been transformed into a luxury hotel by the Four Seasons group.

 

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Located right next to the Tower of London and close to Tower Bridge, the hotel is close to some of London’s best markets as well as a plethora of arts and cultural sites. It’s also become a great new dining and drinking destination with a selection of excellent restaurants and bars including the Rotunda, which features a spectacular setting and an impressive bar. Then there’s La Dame de Pic, which offers exceptional haute cuisine prepared by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, whose skills have awarded her three Michelin stars. A third restaurant, an Asian establishment, is due to open shortly, featuring both Chinese and Japanese dishes as well as a sushi bar.

 

The hotel also offers an exceptional spa, with eight treatment rooms and a team of expert therapists who are trained in advanced technologies as well as traditional practices. The spa complex features a vitality pool, steam and sauna rooms, a 14-meter indoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center that is open 24 hours a day.

 

There are 100 spacious guestrooms in all, decorated in a classical style and featuring en suite private bathrooms and spectacular city views. Facilities in the rooms include 24-hour in-room dining, a flat-screen TV and iPad access to the hotel’s various leisure and business services.

The 41 elegant residences range in size from one to five-bedroom units and are designed in the 1920s style when the building was first built. These are available for sale.

 

The opening of this hotel marks the first time in two decades that this exceptional building will be open to the public. It is the third British establishment to be opened by the Four Seasons Group. The Four Seasons group of hotels and resorts also owns the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and a stunning country establishment, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.
 

If you are interested in finding out more about the hotel, and would like to make a reservation to stay there, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we can make all your travel arrangements for you, including flights, transfers as well as hotel reservations at this brand new hotel.

Iconic Hotel Eden reopens in Rome

After more than a year and a half, Rome’s iconic Hotel Eden has reopened its doors. The new iteration is even more luxurious and classically elegant than its predecessor. Baroque Travel finds out more

 

A stay at the Hotel Eden in Rome has always been a legendary experience. The hotel, which originally opened in 1889, has hosted a long list of royalty, heads of state and celebrities from all over the world, including many Hollywood actors and actresses.

 

The hotel was bought by the renowned Dorchester Collection in 2013, which also owns The Beverly Hills in LA and the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. Since then, it has been completely revamped, meticulously recreating its historic opulence and adding a modern sensitivity. With its ideal location between the Spanish Steps and the Villa Borghese in Rome, the hotel is everything that one would expect of a modern luxury establishment.

 

You can’t possibly go wrong if your designers were responsible for revamping the exquisite Hôtel Plaza Athénée and redesigning Karl Lagerfeld’s apartment. And the dartists certainly did not disappoint. From the moment you enter the lobby which is festooned with gold and marble to the time spent relaxing in La Libreria, the sumptuous bar where the walls are decorated with frescoes, the floors boast geometric marble patterns and there’s a secret bar, you know you’ve landed in paradise.

 

The 98 private guest rooms and suites are light, bright, airy and spacious, with high ceilings and large windows. Decorated in neutral shades, they are comfortable and welcoming. Plush, too – lamps are from Murano, closets have antique mirrors, curtains are made from exquisite Italian textiles and the bathrooms are marble, and offer Bottega Veneta toiletries.

 

The hotel’s four signature suites are quite exceptional, with elegant interiors and breathtaking views. The largest and most exclusive is the Bellavista Penthouse Suite, which offers a study, living room, dining room, bedroom and a telescope for stargazing. Located on the hotel rooftop, it features unmatched views of Rome. Accessible only by private elevator, it’s decorated in 1930s-style.

 

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The hotel’s two restaurants are headed by Fabio Ciervo, an award-winning chef who is passionate about healthy eating (he originally trained with Michel Roux at the Waterside Inn). The gourmet restaurant La Terraza at Hotel Eden features nutritious gastronomic fare that focuses on wellness. A special event is the chef’s table where up to eight guests can watch 30 chefs at work in the kitchen that Ciervo designed. The second restaurant, Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar, features a small outdoor terrace. It’s perfect for breakfast or evening cocktails, as well as casual lunches and dinners.

A new addition is the hotel spa, a small, intimate space with just four treatment suites. It offers various treatments including facials and massages using exclusive products from the US and Italy.

 

If you would like to book a stay at the Hotel Eden this summer, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.