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.

New London hotel causing waves

The world-renowned firm of interior designers, the Experimental Group, famous for their hotels, bars and restaurants around the world, has just completed a new project, their first hotel in London: Henrietta Hotel. Baroque Travel investigates

 

French interior design group, the Experimental Group, is known for providing places for people to have a good time, enjoy good food, wine and company. Their latest project, the Henrietta Hotel, which has just opened in Covent Garden in London, is tucked behind a discreet black door, revealing a series of beautiful guest rooms and a two-tiered restaurant headed by Michelin Star super-chef Ollie Dabbous that is already booked out for months to come.

 

The Experimental Group rose to fame when it debuted its Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris. Two years later the Prescription Cocktail Club in London’s Soho was born and this was followed by another bar of the same name, which opened in China Town in London. Today there are 17 Experimental Group hotels and restaurants, in Paris, London, New York and Ibiza. All are known as much for their elegance and exquisite design as they are famous for their innovative cocktail menu.

 

The London hotel, built on the street of the same name, is, like the group that designed it, experimental when it comes to design. Each of the 18 guest rooms is individually decorated, with practicality and spaciousness a main concern. Color choices are sumptuous and the bed heads, all hand-crafted, resemble door frames with their combination of materials such as mirrors, fabric and hand-painted designs. All of this is offset by Carrara marble skirting and Terrazzo-shaped carpets.

 

The Henrietta is located in Covent Garden; its location has also inspired the interior, which includes leopard-skin and other surprising secret touches. The restaurant includes magnificent classic Vico Magistretti Carimate chairs and handcrafted light fittings as well as furniture designed by Experimental Group’s owner, Dorothée Meilichzon. And the bathrooms are quirkily painted pink. Meilichzon’s attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel, from a giant mural of a tiger on a wall of the restaurant to many unexpected surprizes, such as the embroidery on the towels in the bathroom.

 

Located in the heart of London on Henrietta Street, which is famous as an area for art, literature and music, the hotel comprises two separate townhouses (numbers 14 and 15) – the former used to be a publishing house famous for publishing the likes of John Le Carre, George Orwell and Kingsley Amis. Together these two townhouses form the hotel, restaurant and bar; it sits proudly in an area famous for being the home of some of the city’s best restaurants, theaters, bars and museums.

 

The Michelin-starred restaurant features a menu that is simple, seasonal and with a subtle French style. The cocktail menu was created by aficionados Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller and is a historic look at Covent Garden’s chequered history.

 

If you would like to find out more about this iconic hotel, which opened its doors in April, let Baroque Travel assist. We can also book accommodation there for you, and a table at the restaurant. So contact us immediately, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Penthouses at Hotel Arts Barcelona offer supreme luxe

If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury travel experience this summer, head for Spain and stay at the magnificent Hotel Arts Barcelona in one of their penthouses, says Baroque Travel

 

The luxurious Hotel Arts Barcelona already offers a legendary experience. But if you would like to enjoy the ultimate in luxe, make sure you stay in one of the hotel’s exquisite Penthouses, which occupy the hotel’s top floors. This modern hotel has been designed so that it is flooded with natural light, and the rooms of the penthouses seem as if they are floating above the city and the sea. They offer guests the ultimate in refined luxury, with personalized service a given.

So what do you get when you stay in one of the exquisite penthouses? Aside from superb, plush, comfortable accommodation, you also enjoy a butler on hand to offer any assistance you might require, not to mention your own Mini Cabriolet to use so that you can explore this magnificent city (four hours daily use is nothing to frown about!), exclusive bath amenities and superb breakfast daily.

Each of these exquisite penthouses is a duplex, featuring a spacious living room, dining area and kitchen as well as one or more bedroom suites. All boast wrap-around windows offering breathtaking city and ocean views. There are 10 penthouses featuring one bedroom suites, another 10 with two-bedroom suites, and four offering three-bedroom suites. In addition, there’s the Arts Penthouse and the Barcelona Penthouse on the 40th floor, both offering spacious outdoor terraces, as well as the Royal Penthouse and a Presidential Penthouse, both on the hotel’s top floors, featuring two bedrooms, an outdoor terrace, private gym and personal trainer.

All of these beautiful penthouses have been designed by acclaimed Catalan designer Jaime Tressera to capture the essence of this spectacular Spanish city. The hotel itself is known for offering guests a luxury resort experience, where art inspires and senses are awakened. There are six restaurants at the hotel, including the Enoteca, which boasts two Michelin stars and the Mediterranean-inspired Arola, with a terrace and nightly DJ. The hotel’s state-of-the-art spa, 43 The Spa, offers a selection of treatments including color therapy, steam rooms, luxury skincare products and a fully equipped fitness center.

The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, terraced gardens and easy access to a long stretch of white sand beach which is just steps away.

 

If you would like to spend the summer in Spain this year, and enjoy some time in beautiful Barcelona, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us now while there’s still time to get last-minute summer reservations, info@baroquetravel.com and let us arrange everything for you.

The luxury hotel with a secret identity

During the Second World War, this luxury London establishment had a secret identity – not only was it a popular, centrally located hotel, but St Ermin’s Hotel was also a base for secret British spies. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Luxurious and historic, the magnificent St Ermin’s Hotel in London was the hub of British secret intelligence from the 1930s onwards. In fact, throughout the Second World War, guests at this luxurious London hotel had no idea that they were sleeping beneath a floor full of explosives. The hotel was originally a series of private residences built in 1889. Then, in 1899, these sumptuous mansions were connected and transformed into the elegant hotel that exists to this day.

 

Interestingly enough, St Ermin’s was strategically positioned to become the center of British intelligence. Not only was it close to the Houses of Parliament, it was also located amongst a large selection of wartime intelligence offices. When the British government was looking for a home for its wartime operations, it chose St Ermin’s Hotel as the meeting place for British spies, a place they could visit to discuss wartime operations and intelligence information. The hotel became the place where job interviews took place, new agents were trained and information was passed from one person to another.

 

In 1938, the British Secret Intelligence Service Section D moved into the hotel and took over its top floors. Unbeknownst to fellow guests, the men and women eating and drinking at the hotel were actually spies plotting against Germany during the Second World War. These people kept a stock of explosives in the hotel itself, above the rooms where the guests were staying.

As the base of Operations for British Intelligence, St Ermin’s Hotel became the center of covert activities from the Second World War onwards. Word has it that there is a secret tunnel underneath the hotel that was used by the spies to gain access without being seen.

 

Today, guests staying at St Ermin’s can enjoy a covert spy experience in the form of a tour of the hotel’s more historic areas. Guests are able to see some of the hotel’s historic treasures, including a silk scarf printed with radio codes, an original hotel rug from the spy era, the Division Bell, which connected the Houses of Parliament and alerted members of Parliament to any vote being cast. Interestingly enough, the Division Bell is still connected to this day! Children enjoy a spy game when they stay here; they are given a top-secret spy packet when they check in, with ‘ultra-secret code red’ clearance, and enjoy an historic tour of the hotel that includes a trivia game.

 

Those guests staying on the top two floors of the hotel, which used to be occupied by MI6 (Military Intelligence) are informed of the story of the members of British Intelligence who used those rooms as their base. There were even double agents, such as Guy Burgess and Kim Philby, who worked for British Intelligence but were in fact Russian spies.

 

Of course, this elegant hotel is no longer a home for spies. Nestling at the end of a tree-lined courtyard in the heart of London’s Westminster, this deluxe establishment offers guests a relaxing environment and an old-world experience. It’s the perfect base from which to explore many of London’s historic attractions, and is an ideal destination for either business or pleasure.

 

St Ermin’s Hotel is part of the Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio on upmarket, independent hotels run by Marriott. If you would like to stay at this historic, plush hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us now, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange all your travel requirements for you, including flights, transfers and reservations to stay at this iconic, quintessentially British hotel.

Stay in a palace in Portugal’s best-kept secret

A well-kept secret for decades, Porto is the place to stay on a summer vacation in Portugal. Baroque Travel finds out about a luxurious boutique hotel in a palace in this idyllic location

 

The historic city of Porto has been discovered by those in the know, and is quickly becoming the ideal location for a summer vacation. And with the opening of its latest establishment, a luxurious boutique hotel located in an historic palace, Porto is soon to be the destination of choice for the rich and famous. The latest hotel in this scenic coastal city is Palácio Fenizia, an elegant guesthouse in the lively Bonfim area, close to a number of city landmarks, including the Baroque Porto Cathedral and the magnificent neo-classical Mercado do Bolhão, the city’s famous marketplace where farmers come to sell their fresh fruit and vegetables.

Palácio Fenizia opened its doors this past February 2017. This beautiful building, which was erected in the late 19th Century, has been exquisitely refurbished by Italian architect Gianfranco Fenizia, who also owns the hotel. The architect has retained the building’s eye-catching Portuguese-style façade, which is covered with exquisite blue and white ceramic tiles. The hotel’s interiors are extremely sumptuous. The structure’s main staircase, skylight and wooden floors have all been restored to their former glory and paired with bespoke furniture, precious fabrics, wallpaper, antiques and other glorious vintage pieces. The refurbishment highlights this romantic building’s many assets.

The hotel, which is located in Porto’s historic center, offers just five spacious suites for guests that are exquisitely furnished, full of light with very high ceilings. There’s also an art gallery, a comfortable living room with a charming fireplace, a courtyard where guests can enjoy sunset cocktails and a peaceful summer garden, an oasis from the bustle of this vibrant city.

Each of the suites have en suite bathrooms, they have been individually decorated to retain their personal character and charm. Suite Grey and Suite Black are both located on the ground floor at the back of the building. They offer a large French window with direct access to a small private terrace and tranquil inner courtyard garden. On the first floor there’s Suite Azul and Suite Verde, both of which have direct access to the hotel’s south-facing balcony and overlook the inner courtyard. Suite Amarelo is also on the first floor; it overlooks Rua Fernandes Tomas.

 

If you would like to find out more about this sumptuous Porto palace, let Baroque Travel assist. We can give you all the information you require on this brand new Portuguese hotel, and make a reservation for you over the summer. In addition, we can also make all your other travel arrangements for you, including flights, transfers, sightseeing, restaurant reservations and anything else you may require. So contact us right away while there’s still time to book a summer vacation of a lifetime, info@baroquetravel.com.

Luxury in Paris at the Shangri-La

Glamorous and historic, the magnificent Shangri-La Hotel Paris is the place to stay when visiting the romantic City of Lights. Baroque Travel stops over to find out what makes it so special

 

Yes, Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew, Prince Roland, lived there – and it’s listed in the French ‘Monuments Historiques’. And guests who visit this sumptuous establishment are given the Royal treatment, too. The exquisite Shangri-La Paris Hotel offers breathtaking views of the city of Paris, including its landmarks, the impressive Eiffel Tower and the stunning River Seine. Decorated in the style of old-world elegance, this plush hotel is a fine retreat from the bustle of the city, offering an opportunity to be pampered while savoring its many sights and delights.

 

Located in the heart of the city, across the Seine, facing the Eiffel Tower and around the corner from the Champs Elysees and exclusive fashion designer stores on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V, this luxury hotel offers a choice of 101 spacious rooms including 36 suites, all recently renovated to create an interior style that is both luxurious and minimalist. Aside from the hotel’s signature suites, which are individually decorated, the rest of the accommodation is in hues of blue, white and ecru in a perfect blend of textures and colors including wallpaper that is threaded with silk, textured wall panels and refined crystal hardware.

 

Rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with in-house movie channels, iPod dock and Bulgari White Tea toiletry products. Furniture is all custom-made with crystal finishes. En suite marble bathrooms all boast heated floors, a separate bathtub and rainfall shower, double sinks and a flat-screen TV. Some of the rooms offer spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower from the bathtub.

 

The hotel features three restaurants, two of which – the French gastronomic restaurant, L’Abeille and Chinese restaurant Le Shang Palace – both boasting Michelin Stars (two for L’Abeille, one for Le Shang Palace). These are overseen by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Moret and provide either French or Asian cuisine. The third, La Bauhinia, features a stunning glass cupola and Murano chandelier and offers a menu full of elegant dishes. Le Bar Botaniste offers rare botanical spirits as well as a wide selection of cocktails and liquors including its signature cocktail, the Pink Lady. There’s also an indoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art spa with hammam, a fitness room and a billiard room.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional Parisian hotel, or would like to book yourself into the Shangri-La Paris Hotel over the coming summer months, contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make your reservation for you, as well as organize any other travel arrangements you may require.

Nobu Hotel to open in London this summer

Opening in June 2017, located in the heart of London’s artistic quarter, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is the first European hotel from the internationally renowned Nobu Hotels brand. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

Nobu Hospitality Group, which is owned by actor Robert De Niro, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and businessman Meir Teper is expanding into Europe. It’s first establishment will be located on Willow Street in London’s Shoreditch, and will feature 150 bedrooms, a fine Nobu restaurant and a cocktail lounge.

The design is quite unique, inspired by Shoreditch’s dynamic, raw creative energy combined with Nobu’s values of simple luxury. The five-storey building’s façade is quite unusual, fragmenting at one end. With a backdrop of the warehouses of Great Eastern Street to the North and The Bryant Building’s apartments and offices, the building fits into the Shoreditch environment perfectly.

Originally Ron Arad Architects were commissioned to design the hotel in 2011 but they left the project in 2013 and Ben Adams Architects took over. The result is a striking modern building of bronze, concrete, timber and glass that offers 142 guest rooms and 7 suites, all with bright white en suite bathrooms featuring walk-in rain showers and bespoke gold washbasins. The hotel, which offers a tranquil respite from the bustle of one of London’s most important districts, also features an innovative ‘East meets West’ culinary dining experience in its restaurant, London’s third Nobu eaterie.

World-renowned Nobu cuisine is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovative interpretation of Japanese, Peruvian and other South American elements, influenced by his extensive travels and years of studying Japanese cuisine in Tokyo. The Nobu Shoreditch menu will feature many of Nobu’s timeless dishes, such as Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, as well as plates inspired by the creativity and vibrancy of the local area. Reached via a grand staircase, the restaurant, which seats 240 guests, also features its own bar, boasts 16-feet (5 meters) high glass doors leading out to an open terrace.

There’s also an exclusive spa on the property, that features a wellness area, 24-hour fitness center, a lobby bar that also features Nobu-inspired dishes and award-winning cocktails, extensive meeting areas and 24-hour in room dining. The hotel features contemporary, very distinctive interior design and a stunning little garden, a public space in Shoreditch that offers an oasis of quiet in this busy district.

The hotel’s 7 exclusive suites overlook the hotel courtyard and garden from private balconies. Each of these spacious accommodations offer Japanese aesthetic subtleties and the largest, the Nobu Suite, features two private balconies, a dining area, lounge and bathroom with bathtub.

 

If you are interested in booking a room in the latest Nobu hotel in London this summer, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com so that we can give you all the information you require, plus make a reservation for you at Nobu Shoreditch for a unique Japanese-inspired experience.

Private luxury awaits in iconic Santorini

Opening in July 2017, Erosantorini is about to change the way visitors enjoy a vacation on the Cycladic island of Santorini. Baroque Villas finds out more about bespoke getaways at this the private luxury estate

 

Santorini has always been the quintessential Greek island, with its magnificent white-washed architecture hugging the cliffs overlooking the azure sea. But now a new luxury private estate that opens in July 2017 will offer the most exclusive experience on this exquisite Cycladic island. For the first time ever, guests will be able to enjoy the ultimate luxury and privacy on a beautifully designed private estate perched at the edge of Santorini’s majestic caldera overlooking the island and the Aegean Sea.

Guests staying at Erosantorini will enjoy an intimate, completely personalized break on what is unquestionably the most breathtaking island in the world. Santorini is renowned for its dramatic scenery, a volcanic landscape that is quite unique and quite spectacular, the result of a massive volcanic eruption more than 3,600 years ago.

On this breathtaking little island, donkeys still transport visitors from the Old Port to the capital, Fira, above, as they have done for centuries. The carefully tended vineyards here are infused with lava, producing quite unique, crisp and delicate wines that are famous worldwide.

Erosantorini offers every possible indulgence to lucky guests. Surrounded by two acres of private land, it features just four suites and a fully detached private bungalow that were created by Athens architectural firm x2 Architecture. Together these accommodate up to 10 adults and four children. The suites include marble bathrooms, private heated Jacuzzis, underfloor heating and cozy areas with fireplaces for relaxation.

The public areas on the estate are just as tasteful, the epitome of contemporary Mediterranean sophistication designed by acclaimed designer Paola Navone to offer every possible luxury in every setting. There’s a fully equipped spa, open-air home cinema, communal dining area, outdoor cooking and dining area, pool cave and a terrace specifically designed for yoga and pilates. And let’s not forget the jogging and walking track that runs around the perimeter of the estate.

In keeping with the picture-perfect setting, nature plays a starring role. Tiered terraces lead down to a huge infinity pool (the largest on the island), and even the concrete floor outside has been painted with carpet designs to suggest a cozy home-from-home feel. Greek hospitality is at its best here, and guests enjoy an almost limitless selection of services provided by a professional staff that includes an executive host and a concierge.

While the view and the service are both all-encompassing, the food is just as important and the chef and his team prepare exquisite meals using only fresh produce from the estate’s own vegetable garden and from the sea. While you’re staying on the estate, you can visit the chef in the kitchen and learn about Greek cooking, or accompany him to the fish market to purchase the daily catch.

The concierge is on hand to make any further arrangements for guests should they wish to explore the island and its many delights. Whilst every holiday here is completely bespoke, some of the services include private massage sessions at the spa, personal trainer for yoga and pilates, private tastings in the wine cellar, cooking classes with the chef, cinema under the stars around an open fire pit, romantic candlelit dinners with unsurpassed views, yacht and sailing cruises, sightseeing by helicopter, on foot, by private car or with a driver, excursions on foot or on donkey treks, bespoke fishing, kayaking and swimming trips.

 

If you are interested in enjoying a bespoke vacation at Erosantorini this summer or any time of the year if you’re planning a special celebration or wedding (there’s a private chapel on the estate), why not contact Baroque Villas and we will assist in every way possible. Call now to find out more, info@baroquevillas.com.