Gleneagles- Family Luxury in the Scottish Highlands!

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Inspired by Gleneagles’ roaring twenties heritage, the quintessentially British hotel is reaffirming its position as a leading luxury destination after a multi-million pound
investment project by new owner Ennismore.
Since opening its doors in June 1924, Gleneagles has been one of Scotland’s
most iconic hotels and sporting estates. Set beneath the Ochil Hills, in the heart of
Perthshire, it has been the must-go destination for travellers for nearly a century.
Beginning its life in the glamorous age of travel when guests arrived in great style
at Gleneagles’ very own train station, the 850-acre estate epitomises the natural
beauty for which Scotland is famed. With its glorious playground of country
pursuits and activities, the hotel is reclaiming its position on the social calendar.

The Glorious Playground
Gleneagles is an authentically Scottish experience, a destination for unparalleled fun
and adventure in one of the most luxurious and beautiful settings imaginable. There
are few places in the world that offer the same breadth of opportunities and activities
as Gleneagles. Beginning its life in the glamorous age of travel when guests arrived
in great style at Gleneagles’ very own train station, the 850-acre estate epitomises the
natural beauty for which Scotland is famed.
Three distinct and challenging championship courses have established Gleneagles’
world-class reputation in golf but it is the glorious playground of other sports, country
pursuits, culinary experiences and luxury hospitality that truly sets Gleneagles apart.
Whether you come to play 18 holes, fly a Harris Hawk, ride horses, play tennis, go
off-roading, train gundogs, shoot game, fish, enjoy Michelin-starred dining, or relax in
an award-winning spa, Gleneagles is a golf experience, sporting estate and five-star
country hotel like no other.
A new modern country style
To realise this vision, Gleneagles has enlisted the skills and expertise of some of the
UK’s most acclaimed designers including David Collins Studio, Timorous Beasties,
Macaulay Sinclair, Goddard Littlefair and Ennismore’s own in-house design studio –
with the aim to create designs and spaces that celebrate the rich, glamorous heritage
and beautiful architecture for which the hotel is famed.
Bedrooms and suites
The hotel comprises 232 luxury bedrooms and suites. The bedrooms are being
enhanced with beautiful detailing, fabrics and craftsmanship to create the feel of
a warm country estate by Goddard Littlefair. The team has also created intimate
corridors to link the hotel spaces together – with antique Persian patterns and special
herringbone wall coverings with bespoke lanterns highlighting room numbers. The
rooms and suites celebrate the stories of Gleneagles’ past through specially-curated
furnishings, antiques and art.
The new design of The Royal Lochnagar, the hotel’s royal suite, was completed by the
Ennismore Design Studio and exudes the grandeur and elegance one expects, but
without the stiff formality often associated with the highest tier of hotel suites. The
designers’ vision for the 170m2 space was to create an opulent, charming and relaxing
space, which would feel at once glamourous and homely – reflecting the atmosphere
of the public spaces within the hotel, as well as the warm Scottish hospitality for which
Gleneagles is renowned.
Other suite categories include Estate Suites, Whisky Suites and Spirit Suites. Signature
suites include the stately Royal Lochnagar Suite and the more contemporary Blue
Tower Suite – both of which have been refurbished.
To Drink and Dine
Gleneagles is a social hotel, a place where people dream of going to have some
fun. The new design means there’s even more spaces where guests can mingle, relax
and better enjoy the dramatic views of the Perthshire countryside whilst creating a
welcoming environment that feels more akin to a home or a private club than a hotel.
There is nowhere that exemplifies the hotel’s style better than in its restaurants and
bars. There is something for everyone – from relaxed Clubhouse lunches to Michelinstarred fine dining.

A World of Pursuits
Gleneagles offers the perfect retreat for those looking for authentic relaxation, fun and
adventure. It has an unrivalled range of pursuits including over 50 outdoor activities,
led by a passionate team of experts who are truly the leaders in their field. Guests
can try their hand at falconry with Harris Hawks; horse riding in the state-of-the-art
equestrian centre; indoor and outdoor tennis; off-roading; cycling; gundog training;
extensive clay pigeon, game shooting and archery; ferret racing; fly fishing; and an
award-winning spa. Located just one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and
with its own railway station serviced by trains from London and around the UK, the
hotel is ideally suited for a weekend break or extended stay.
With gratitude, T.

Hotel de Crillon, a Rosewood hotel-The revamp!

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Entering the most elite hotel in Paris you have the feeling of being at a private palace. There are few places in the world where you can wake up feeling like royalty — but the famed Hotel de Crillon in Paris certainly qualifies.

Located in the famous Place de la Concorde, the historic hotel was designed by the architect of the Palace of Versailles. In 2017, after a $200 million renovation, the Parisian landmark was reborn.

Every room in the 3,000-square-foot residence offers stunning views of the Paris skyline.

“I like the idea of a slightly theatrical arrival,” says Chahan Minassian, one of the three interior designers working alongside artistic director Aline d’Amman and architect Richard Martinet for the three-and-a-half-year renovation.

For $38,000 per night, guests can awake in a mega-suite designed by Karl Lagerfeld called “Les Grands Appartements.” The fashion icon’s vision of chic French decor blends old and new; from the original marble sink from the Palace of Versailles, to the ultra-modern bookcase that opens with a push of a button to reveal a secret dressing room.The suite also features a room inspired by Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, Choupette!

Crillon counts celebrities including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Madonna and Taylor Swift, Sophia Loren, Peggy Guggenheim, Orson Welles among its guests. Now, the hotel’s A-list visitors can also enjoy a wealth of new VIP perks, such as an in-house barber shop, custom fitted with chairs made from 1960s Aston Martin leather interiors, and a brand-new subterranean pool with gleaming gold tiles.

Or, they can head to the lavish bar-with easy access for outside guests, where they can sip more than 213 kinds of Champagne. Inside, the original chandeliers have been lowered for intimacy, while the original pastel frescoed ceiling has been given new life by warmly lit clouds meant to resemble the Parisian sky after the rain.

Below foot, a newly designed spa gives way to a hotel guest–only skylighted pool, with ceramic art  by American artist Peter Lane.

For the 124 newly redesigned guest rooms, three restaurants (one featuring Michelin-star chef Christopher Hache), gilded bar, and discrete spa, it is evident that all of the owners of the hotel wanted to preserve the 18th-century spirit of the hotel that has been a constant throughout the hotel’s history.

 

The Ritz Carlton, St. Moritz : Captivating luxury!

 

 

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This luxury hotel built in 1913 and revamped by Carlo Rampazzi represents a new dimension of self-assured luxury and boasts breathtaking views of the st Moritz lake and the Engadin mountains from all its 60 suites and junior suites.
A proud member of the Leading Hotels of the world and Swiss Deluxe Hotels it has its own limousine and helicopter service, babysitting,butler, ski shop and the famous Carlton ski school.
Its restaurant Da Vittorio holds a Michelin star and memorable italian haute cuisine while one should not miss the Carlton bar at the sun terrace overlooking the captivating lake.
Awarded as Leading Spa, this 1200 square meters Luxury Wellness World affords view of the mountains, six treatment rooms, adventure showers, ice fountain, large indoors sports pool and heated outdoor pool with panoramic views.
Its location above the lake of St.Moritz underscores the unique and enduring spirit of the Carlton. The timeless and the contemporary finest materials create the perfect setting for a memorable stay.

With gratitude, T.

The Ned : London’s hottest new venue!

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London’s hottest arrival by Soho house is set in the former Midland Bank building in the City of London, just steps from Bank Station. The Ned hosts 252 bedrooms, nine restaurants, a range of men’s and women’s grooming services and ‘Ned’s Club’, where guests have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hammam and late night lounge bar.

In a few short days its arrival transformed the nightlife around Bank station and is now the place to be seen.
The  building was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Each bedroom at The Ned features elements of design specific to the 1920’s and 1930’s and includes vintage pieces, richly patterned furnishings and rainforest showers.
The former Grand Banking Hall is host to eight restaurants which serve a wide range of cuisines, from Britain to Northern Italy, North America to Asia.
Six private hire rooms and two terraces are at guests’ disposal and are among the building’s most elegant spaces.
Ned’s Club, available to members and adult hotel guests for the duration of their stay, offers a range of rooms and facilities. Ned’s Club Upstairs features a rooftop with a spectacular 360-degree view of London, a pool and Canopy Bar & Restaurant.

Its heated rooftop pool became one of the most instagrammed locations since its opening.
Guests have access to Ned’s Club Relax with a 20 m indoor pool, a sauna, steam room and Moroccan hammam, along with Ned’s Club Active’s 620 square metre gym, three exercise studios and boxing gym!

With gratitude, T.

 

Branco: New beach-kissed hotel in Mykonos

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Located literally on Platis Gialos beach, Branco Mykonos is a dazzling new hotel in the

most lively island of the Mediterranean!

Set down your bags and unwind in one of the stunning sea view rooms and suites.

Rainfall showers and pillow menus are all there to pamper you in one of the most

cosmopolitan travel destinations of the world!

Sip a cocktail at the beach bar by the awarded  bartender Vassilis Kyritsis, book a private

massage at the palmier  and enjoy the sun and the crystal clear sea of the Aegean.

Branco Mykonos hosts one of the most famous shopping brands of the island

SOHO-SOHO, as well as a boutique with various objects and souvenirs while you should

also take advantage of their Shopping Escort service!

Bikinis from Heidi Klein, Delfina Delettrez fine jewelry, Solange sandals, kaftans from

March II, Dior sunglasses, Creed Perfumes are only a few of the names which are hosted

in the boutique.

End your day with a visit to the Branco restaurant for dinner and drinks , try the

signature quinoa salad  and rediscover the greek cuisine

indulging into a unique dining experience with local ingredients by renowned Greek

chef Athinagoras Kostakos.

Save some space for dessert because the awarded pastry-chef Spiros Artelaris loves to

combine modern taste with traditional flavors and to play with the sweets’ texture.

His creations will surprise you!

Luxurious loungers and sunbeds, stimulating music and tasteful cocktails by the pool

and palmier create an authentic Mykonos hotel experience.

Ongoing events , live performances and beach yoga sessions are not to be missed at the

Branco.

 

With  gratitude, T.

 

Dancing with dolphins at Atlantis the Palm? Always a good idea!

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Initially, I had my reservations about staying at Atlantis the Palm at Dubai. I am not a fan of large resorts especially when inhabited by hundreds of small kids. However, its best selling points which are The Dolphin Bay, the Lost Champers Aquarium and the numerous culinary experiences it offers convinced me otherwise. That, as well as the fact that my kids would not appreciate nor enjoy my secluded boutique hotel option to the least.

Atlantis Hotel is located in The Palm (the known man-made island) and it is one of the most luxurious resorts of the area. It is a themed resort, as it is named after the mythical Atlantis. This 5-star hotel opened its doors in 2008, offering genuine luxurious hospitality and as its website suggests, Atlantis is an “aquatic wonderland by the sea”.

Families can entertain themselves in the most exciting marine attractions such as The Lost Chambers Aquarium, where an Atlantis theme park is created allowing families to take interesting hourly tours exploring the ancient ruins of the so-called lost city of Atlantis have finally been uncovered. Snorkeling tours for the whole family, where everyone can learn about the species you will encounter and of course the snorkel techniques to ensure you get the most out of your experience. All sessions are conducted in English by experienced professional.

Another very exciting experience is a visit to The Dolphin Bay, one of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the whole world. What a better thing to do than swimming among the dolphins for 30 minutes. This is definitely the most memorable experience for the whole family, where one can swim, play and dance alongside these amazing creatures. You are also invited to join the fun, interact and even kiss dolphins if you are non-swimmer in shallow waters up to your waist.  As far as children are concerned, security measures are very important so all children under 12 years old are always accompanied by a professional as they are connecting with those incredible aquatic mammals.

Last but not least, there is the Aquaventure WaterPark literally the No. 1 Waterpark in the Middle East and Europe! Another great venture for the whole family where everyone can enjoy exploring the Waterpark’s interconnected waterways and discover the adventures that await throughout the whole waterpark. Exciting river rides, wave generators capable of creating tidal swells are some of the activities for families and children over 12 years old!

 

As for the younger children are concerned do not miss the Splashers Childrens Play Area. A real water fun area where children and parents can enjoy playing with the slides designed for two and huge buckets of splashing water offer a true experience of laughter and fun!

 

But fun does not end in the morning! The Atlantis Hotel has created a Kid’s Club where children can be entertained with designed daily programmes ( morning or evening) designed for children (3 to 12 years old) that included a complimentary pizza dinner too!!! Some of the exciting programmes designed for every day of the week such as the Mad Scientists Tuesdays, the Willy Wonka Wednesdays, the Candy Olympics and many more! Play zones, underwater theatre zone, pirate’s playground and other areas are created for endless fun!

 

Another aspect of the Atlantis Hotel is the culinary experience you can gain within the hotel. High end restaurants such as the world known Nobu and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar among others, offer a great selection from the world’s cuisines but as far as the families are concerned what a better choice than the Kaleidoscope restaurant where an international breakfast buffet offers a great selection even for the pickiest children.

 

Don’t forget to pay visit at the awarded spa ShuiQi of the hotel with incredible scented underwater yoga and massage therapies. If you need a nanny service for the kids while you are at the spa or the restaurants you need to book at least three days in advance. You will be positively impressed by the level and quality of service especially considering its 1500 rooms!

 

After all this information, are you ready for a 5-star luxury experience for your whole family?

 

Some tips for families with kids at Dubai!

 

·         Book a desert safari experience with Platinum Heritage. The most authentic and luxury safari in Dubai. Choose the Heritage Collection which boasts vintage Land Rover vehicles, a Bedouin camp nestled inside the privacy of a Royal desert retreat and Emirati food recipes, demonstrations of heritage entertainment and conservation of the natural habitat.

·         Don’t miss the Kidzania experience at the Dubai Mall. Kids can choose their preferred profession in order to ‘work’ and ‘earn’ like adults in this city for kids. With more than 80 role-playing activities, kids are able to build essential real life skills. Plan your visit in advance by buying tickets online at www.kidzania.ae . With a small difference in price you can buy the ‘business plus’ ticket and have priority access to the popular establishments which are pilot training, fire station and hospital emergencies!

·         If you visit the Dubai Mall choose the Rainforest Café for lunch with the kids. This casual restaurant recreates a tropical rainforest with tropical vegetation, waterfalls and robotic animals. No reservation needed and the kids love it.

·         Don’t worry about visiting all the shops in the Dubai Mall. They say it takes 5 whole days to see everything in the Mall. With kids you will probably have time to visit 5-7 shops…But if you can, check the Dubai Ice Rink which is open to skaters of all ages with instructors on hand to help you get into the groove.

·         If you have more days in Dubai and older kids try the I Fly experience. The first indoor Skydiving Experience!

 

Have fun and enjoy!

With gratitude, T.

 

The Peninsula -An Iconic hotel in Paris

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Everyone dreams of staying at the one and only Peninsula Paris one of the most iconic hotels in Paris, overlooking the Eiffel Tower , on Avenue Kléber , just a few minutes away from the Arc de Triomphe!

It is one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe, located in the most historic quarter of Paris, a 19th century Haussmanian building that hosted various important events during Europe’s history.  The Peninsula Paris, formerly known as the Hotel Majestic, opened its doors to the public in 1908 as a hotel and in 1937 became a governmental conference center.  In the mid- 20th century, it became the Nazi headquarters in Paris, during the city’s occupation in the World War II. Later on, during the early 70s, all discussions on the Vietnam War peace treaty were held there.

Numerous significant personalities have stayed there such as George Gershwin, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce and Marcel Proust. It has been said that Gershwin finished his famous  “An American in Paris” whilst staying there.

A couple of years ago, the Peninsula reinvented itself with a super makeover that cost over than half billion dollars! The result was astonishing, 200 rooms and 34 suites where contemporary luxury meets the latest technology!

Staying in one of the rooms or suites at the Peninsula gives a full understanding of true Parisian living!  All suites are equipped with cutting-edge features and the room service is legendary with a choice of drinks and delectable dishes, right from the fully-customized interactive digital control tablet.  Parisian glamour, high ceilings, eclectic furniture and fine French craftsmanship result a unique luxurious environment.

As far the restaurants are concerned the Peninsula Paris is a true gastronomic paradise with six restaurants. Each and every one,  a  homage to Gastronomy!  One of the most notorious restaurants in the city, Lily Restaurant is located within its premises offering exceptional Cantonese cuisine, aiming to please all residents but more particularly the Asians that seem to be the main target group of the hotel.  Apart from that, there is a wide selection for any taste, L’ Oiseau Blanc on the rooftop of the hotel, with a stunning view over Paris! L’ Oiseau Blanc serves the typical French specialties with only the best seasonal ingredients, usually picked by the head chef himself from the local market.

There is also The Lobby a more international restaurant where one can enjoy  delicious brunch or high tea or even a regular lunch or dinner of a more smart casual character. La Terrasse Kléber is also an option for those who desire to sit on the terrace right in front of the hotel enjoying international specialties.  A bar, a cigar lounge and the exceptional in-room service are also great option for those who wish the maximum of comfort and hospitality!

Since its last renovation a high quality spa and wellness center was created within the hotel. The fitness center, an indoor pool and the Peninsula Spa are there to provide the maximum of luxury!  The eastern decorative elements along with the wooden and marble details help the visitor to find harmony and live an ultimate relaxation experience.

Overall, the Peninsula Paris is definitely one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe.  It is no wonder that it is considered to be one of the few “Palace hotels” in the French capital . It combines luxury, elegance , glamour , comfort  ,high technology & impeccable service thus exceeding all of its customer’s expectations.

With gratitude, T.