Festive Season at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

If you’re planning a trip to France over the Festive Season, Baroque Travel finds out what is on offer at the magnificent Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris.

 

Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris recently unveiled a selection of new, exciting experiences for their holiday program. The highlight is sure to be Val Monceau, the hotel’s depiction of a luxury ski resort on its patio, reminiscent of the likes of Gstaad, Courchevel and Val d’Isere. Enjoy a mountain setting without leaving the city, covered with a cosy fur throw, enjoying French champagne paired with three unique signature cocktails. Snacks include truffle hotdogs, smoked salmon waffles and savory macarons from Pierre Hermé Paris, flavoured with foie gras, caviar or white truffle.

Other exciting offerings include a special Christmas log, ‘Bûche de Noël Cristal’ created by Pierre Hermé. There’s a brand new Clarins spa package on offer, too, entitled ‘My Royal Cocooning’, which includes a yoga lesson, massage and tasty snacks and drinks at Bar Long. There’s also a delectable Royal Afternoon Tea by Pierre Hermé.

Let’s not forget the magical décor everywhere you look in this palatial French establishment. This includes exquisite floral pieces created by master floral craftsman Baptiste Pitou on the façade and in the public areas. There is a spectacular tree shaped like a giant snowball in the lobby with bronze details, fashioned by acclaimed lighting expert and sculptor Sylvie Maréchal.

If you need to purchase some gorgeous gifts, head for the hotel’s Art Bookstore for an exclusive selection of products, from scented candles and Parisian cashmere berets to all sorts of other luxury goods.

 Of course, a stay at this luxury hotel is a fabulous experience any time of the year. The luxury five star hotel was recently refurbished by world-acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, and its location is ideal, 500m from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees as well as all the designer stores, from Chanel and Burberry to Gucci and Hermes. Accommodation is in exquisite, spacious guest rooms and suites, all with flat screen TV, en suite bathroom with Clarins toiletries and a living area. There’s also a swimming pool, excellent spa with pool, personal trainers, yoga and Pilates classes, hammam and treatment rooms. For entertainment, there’s a private cinema for up to 99 people.

But what sets this hotel apart is its cuisine. The Royal Monseau – Raffles Paris is really a gastronomic experience, from choosing from several different breakfast menus every morning (including gluten-free, buffet, Continental and vegetarian options) to contemporary Japanese cuisine at Matsuhisa, gourmet fare at the Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio Italian restaurant and desserts by world-renowned pastry chef, Pierre Hermé. In addition, art lovers can enjoy a customized tour of the hotel’s private art collection.

 

One thing is certain – a stay at this iconic French establishment is an experience in its own right. If you would like Baroque Travel to book a stay at Le Royal Monseau – Raffles Paris, mail us right away, especially if you’re interested in staying there over the Festive Season, info@baroquetravel.com. If you’re planning to visit Paris in 2018, let us make a booking for you now. And if you require any other travel arrangements, such as flights, transfers and sightseeing, we can arrange those for you as well.

Winter wonders at The Knightsbridge hotel

Heading for London this winter? Baroque Travel has found the perfect place to stay – The Knightsbridge

 

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Located in a quiet street in the heart of upmarket Knightsbridge in London, The Knightsbridge is a five star boutique hotel that offers every possible luxury. And it’s also beautiful, with contemporary, colourful design by renowned decorator Kit Kemp, known for her fresh, modern English style.

 

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Each of the 44 exquisite guest rooms is individually decorated, with luxurious en suite bathrooms complete with bathrobes and slippers. The rooms also feature a flat-screen TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. The hotel itself features a beautifully decorated library and a stunning drawing room where afternoon tea is served. In addition to the hotel’s 24-hour room service serving meals, the concierge will happily book your table at one of the many excellent restaurants and bars that are just five minutes’ walk from the hotel.

 

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Ideally located close to Hyde Park, Harrods and Sloane Street with its international designer stores, The Knightsbridge is also near many famous sights, including The Royal Albert Hall, the National History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. London in winter never loses its charm. There are plenty of sights to see, and the city’s post-Christmas sales are as legendary as those we have back home, so make sure you have plenty of room in your suitcase for those extra purchases.

 

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A highlight of a stay at The Knightsbridge is Afternoon Tea, served all day long either in the beautiful drawing room or in the library. There is a choice of different menus, featuring both savory and sweet delicacies, including Traditional Afternoon Tea with classic scones with clotted cram, traditional cakes and tea sandwiches. There is a ‘Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea’ for kids, as well as Gluten Free Afternoon Tea for the health-conscious.

 

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Spending time at The Knightsbridge Hotel over the Festive Season is a delightful experience, with cosy bedrooms to relax in, delicious food and drink, warm hospitality, fires in the library and drawing room and a great festive atmosphere.

 

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For those wishing the ultimate spoil, we recommend The Knightsbridge Suite with its huge raised bed, wrought iron chandelier and fireplace. There’s nowhere cosier to spend a winter getaway in absolute luxury.

 

If you are planning a trip to London soon for business or pleasure, The Knightsbridge is an ideal choice. Let Baroque Travel make your reservation for you in this charming luxury boutique hotel. Mail us now, info@baroquetravel.com, and we can make all your travel arrangements for you, including flights, transfers and sightseeing.

Enjoy an Olympic ski experience in St Moritz

Enjoy a unique Olympic skiing experience on the outskirts of St Moritz at plush Suvretta House. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Just 2 km west of St Moritz in Switzerland one finds a luxurious fairytale castle called Suvretta House, which nestles in the middle of the Suvretta-Corviglia winter sports and hiking region, famous for its easy access to the Engadine Valley, where sports enthusiasts enjoy 217 miles of piste for skiing, 136 miles of cross-country ski trails and 93 miles of winter walking trails. Known for its stunning setting and luxury facilities, Suvretta House has its own private ski lift that takes ski enthusiasts directly to the base station of the Suvretta chairlift.

Created in 1911 by Anton Sebastian Bon as a magnificent grand hotel in the mountains where guests would be pampered and enjoy a stunning setting, Suvretta House is everything one would expect from a five-star establishment. Here, tradition still reigns supreme and people dress up for four-course dinners in the Grand Restaurant. The hotel offers 181 guest rooms and suites.

The luxury hotel’s Olympic Experience includes five nights sumptuous accommodation at Suvretta House, with dinner and breakfast daily. Guests also enjoy four days of ski lessons with Suvretta Snowsports School. Of course, use of the hotel’s ski lift makes life much easier when you go skiing, and as a guest of the hotel, you have unlimited use of rail transport, aerial cableways and ski lifts. The Olympic Experience also includes two 20-mintue curling lessons and two one-hour ice-skating lessons. You also have full use of the hotel’s excellent spa and health club facilities, which include an outdoor whirlpool, fitness and sauna areas, and an indoor pool. If you wish, you can enjoy 75 seconds of pure adrenalin-pumping action on a four-man bob sleigh at an extra cost.

Suvretta House has created the special Olympic Experience to celebrate its Olympic Heritage and the forthcoming Winter Games in South Korea in February 2018. The package launches at the start of the winter season, this December. Of course, St Moritz is a world-famous Swiss ski resort, particularly for its superb weather, stunning scenery and excellent ski resorts. It’s also the only town in Switzerland to have hosted the Winter Games. In fact, it hosted them twice – first in 1928 and then 20 years later in 1948.

 


If you would like to book a vacation at this exceptional Swiss ski resort, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away by emailing info@baroquetravel.com and we will provide you with all the information you need on this exceptional hotel and its exclusive Olympic Experience. We can also assist you with any travel arrangements, flights and car rentals.

The grandest hotel opening in London in 2017

In early November, the prestigious Hyde Park hotel Royal Lancaster London reopened its doors after a major redesign costing in the region of $106 million. Baroque Travel takes a look at the new incarnation

 

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This magnificent Hyde Park hotel has been completely transformed inside and out, a two-year renovation that cost around £80 million, or $106 million. From the moment you enter its opulent entrance, you know you’re in regal territory. Designed by London-based Studio Proof, the brand new iteration of this landmark hotel is magnificent. The entire 26-foot front façade has been completely remodelled and now features a dramatic double-height reception area. The highlight of the lobby is the palatial marble staircase that reaches to the first floor. Another new feature is the all-marble Hyde Lobby Bar that offers a selection of drinks, including champagne, cocktails and coffee plus light snacks served throughout the day.

 

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This iconic hotel has a rich and celebrated history. It opened in 1967 and was one of the city’s chicest establishments. Half a century later, it’s even more stylish than ever.

The first part of the renovation, in 2015, was the redesign of the hotel’s award-winning restaurant Nipa Thai. Still to be completed by May 2018 are the Lounge Bar and The Park Room on the first floor.

 

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Accommodation in the entire 18-floor hotel has all been refurbished – that is 411 guest rooms and suites, which feature panoramic London views and contemporary design. Guests can choose from various room categories, and all accommodation offers bathrobes, slippers, en suite waterfall showers, under floor heating in the bathrooms, TVs with more than 138 international channels and 33 radio stations.

 

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Other amenities on offer at the hotel include various restaurants and bars, a gym and in-room spa treatments. The range of restaurants available suit different culinary tastes. Whether you’re looking for a chic dinner experience, special occasion meal, leisurely lunch, fine high tea or simply a coffee and croissant in the morning, you’ll find a spot to enjoy it at the Royal Lancaster.

 

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The Royal Lancaster has had many famous people over its threshold, including actor Michael Caine who was filmed there for the movie The Italian Job. Famous guests include Princess Diana, Mohammed Ali and The Beatles, who attended the after-party for their Yellow Submarine film premiere at the Yellow Submarine Nightclub. The hotel is also renowned as one of Europe’s largest banqueting venues – it can accommodate up to 3,000 guests in various spaces including the well-known Nine Kings and Westbourne Suites, each of which accommodates up to 2,400 guests for a seated dinner.

 

To find out more about this exceptional hotel, or to book a memorable stay in Hyde Park’s newest grand establishment, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us right away with dates and details, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your reservations for you. If you require assistance with other travel arrangements, such as flights, transfers and sightseeing, we can organize these for you as well.

Putting on the Ritz this festive season

There is nothing more luxurious than celebrating the Festive Season at the Ritz Hotel Paris. Baroque Travel finds out what’s on throughout December 2017 and January 2018

 

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From December the first onwards, you can order the legendary Ritz Paris Christmas Log. This delectable masterpiece is the creation of Ritz Paris Pastry Chef François Perret. Handcrafted by Perret, it revisits a joyful Christmas wonderland using made-to-measure molds. There is marble cake, vanilla mousse and a caramel heart with chocolate chops, something Perret explains as bringing together the “complementary scents that recall the flavors and gourmandize of magical childhood Christmases”.

 

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First option for an unforgettable Christmas or New Year’s Day is the brunch served on 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018 at Salon d’Été from 12pm to 2.30pm. Brunch at the Ritz is a Paris tradition, made even more special when celebrated during the Festive Season. The Salon d’Été at the hotel opens onto the Grand Jardin. For brunch, it’s at its most charming, offering a selection of creative and mini-dishes, both sweet and savory, hot and cold. For the Festive Season, the kitchen goes that extra mile and the results are quite unique, and definitely unforgettable. They include everything you’ve ever wanted to sample all in one spot, including a variety of salads and specialties, a generous array of cheeses and mouth-watering mini pastries.

 

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Dinner at L’Espadon is a delightful experience, made even more special in December and January. Guests here enjoy a gastronomic experience designed to surprise and delight with a menu created by Chef Nicolas Sale that includes the most creative, refined and elegant dishes. Special dinners are being prepared on Christmas Eve, 24 December (the meal is called Christmas Tale) and New Years Eve, 31 December. Christmas Eve dinner is paired with fine French champagne and wines, and includes Foie Gras, Saint-Jacques Scallops, John Dory, Venison, Cheese and Christmas Desserts including Madagascar vanilla ice cream, floating island and caramel sauce and a Chocolate Christmas Tree.

 

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On New Year’s Eve patrons will enjoy a selection of prestige wines and champagne to accompany Saint-Jacques Scallops, caviar, Sea Bass, Lobster, Bresse hen, Cheese and New Year’s Dessert, a concoction that includes chocolate, meringue and Granny Smith apples.

One can also enjoy dinner at Bar Vendome where oysters, duck foie gras and lobster in aspic feature as canapés, scallops are a course on their own, served with butternut risotto, and there’s also sole fillet, Bresse hen and Black Forest Cake for dessert. The piece de resistance is the Grand Buffet served here on New Year’s Eve, with dishes from all over the world on offers, from the Med, Nordic Countries, Asia, France, the garden, a raw bar, charcuterie and an unbeatable selection of cheese and desserts.

 

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Bar Vendome is also famous for its high teas, that will be served from 11 December to 7 January every day from 3 to 6pm. This meal includes a wide selection of unsurpassed pastries, scones and finger sandwiches, washed down with a hot drink of your choice as well as a glass of Ritz Réserve Brut - Barons de Rothschild champagne.

On New Year’s Eve you can celebrate in the Ritz Bar, which is being extended to ensure an unforgettable evening. This fashionable, elegant venue will be open late for a nightcap. The Hall Cambon will be transformed into a dance floor with a live DJ and champagne cocktails to welcome in the New Year.

 

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We presume, as you’re from out of town and don’t live in Paris, you will be staying in this exemplary institution. While you’re there, why not take a class at the hotel’s Ecole? Learn to make scallops, foie gras, lobster, festive Christmas meals, the hotel’s famous Christmas Log 2017 collection, or if your child wants to learn how to cook, there are lessons in festive fare and My First Christmas Log and a Twelfth Night Cake.

 

For more information on all of the festivities available at the iconic Ritz Paris, contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com. If you are planning to stay at the Ritz Paris over the Festive Season, we can make all your travel arrangements for you as well.

The scariest hotel in London

With Halloween upon us, Baroque Travel thought it would be fun to introduce you to London’s scariest hotel, the Langham, which also just happens to be one of the city’s most luxurious establishments

 

The Langham is actually the first purpose-built luxury hotel in London, a hotel that has hosted numerous famous writers such as Mark Twain, Oscar Wylde and Arthur Conan Doyle whose hero, Sherlock Holmes, visited The Langham on numerous occasions in various novels. But Mr Holmes wasn’t the only visitor to this esteemed establishment. Word has it that some guests had seen the ghost of Napoleon the Third, who spent his last days at the hotel whilst in exile before he died in 1873. Other ghosts include a butler who wanders along the corridors without shoes, a footman complete with powdered wig and a man who has a nasty wound on his face.

Of course, this exquisite hotel has been refurbished numerous times, but some of the spirits still remain. If that’s not reason enough to visit this beautiful hotel, here are some more reasons: It’s located on Regent Street in the West End, one of London’s premier locations. It boasts 380 beautiful rooms, all of which have been meticulously refurbished to their former glory. And most interesting of all, father and son gourmet chefs Albert and Michael Roux Junior are at the helm in the kitchens, looking after all the hotel’s restaurants and bars.

The restaurants include Roux at the Laundau, an establishment that delights guests with its classical dishes that are a combination of French cuisine with a British twist. Artesian serves exotic Oriental dishes with a touch of classic and contemporary flavors, and one can also enjoy a delectable afternoon tea in the legendary Palm Court. Finally there’s the newly opened Wigmore, a modern British tavern serving a selection of delightful dishes.

The Langham is also home to Chuan Body + Soul, a state-of-the-art spa that offers holistic treatments, a fully equipped fitness center and a 16-meter indoor pool.

With more than one and a half centuries of history, this historic hotel, which opened its doors in 1865, continues to captivate its guests. A London icon, it was known for its unique indulgences such as electric lighting, hydraulic lifts, air-conditioning and other modern innovations that set the standard for a luxury hotel experience. No wonder royalty, artists, musicians, celebrities and the like all chose to stay there whenever they visited London.

On the hotel’s 150th birthday in 2015, the hotel celebrated by opening the exclusive Regent Wing as well as a superlative 6-bedroom suite, The Sterling Suite, and the exclusive Langham Club Lounge. After being restored in 2016, it reopened this year with the new luxury tavern, The Wigmore, and its spa.

 

If you would like to stay at this esteemed establishment on your next visit to London, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away by mailing us, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make a reservation for you. If you require assistance with any other travel arrangements such as flights, transfers, sightseeing, etc, we can organize this for you as well.

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.