Orient-Express announces refurb of Hotel Splendido, Portofino
It has now become even more soothing thanks to the addition of a new Wellness Centre. Inspired by the beauty of the landscape, the special couples’ massage room is a highlight. Here a certified therapist can teach guests massage techniques to be used at home, advising on the most suitable oils to release tension, calm the mind and relax the body. A wide range of facials, treatments and massages using the finest products from Aromatherapy Associates, Sothys and Les sens de Marrakech is also available, as well as Yoga, Pilates and refreshing outdoor massages. Facilities include a sauna and steam room for guests to unwind.
Authentic Ligurian Fishing Experience – The Liguria region of north-west Italy, where Hotel Splendido is situated, prides itself on the fresh tasty fish that is caught off its shores. For a day trip with a difference, guests can set sail with local fishermen on a traditional Ligurian fishing boat to source the catch of the day. There are several itineraries guests can choose from depending on their level of fishing experience however all ensure total immersion into the local culture. Prices vary for a full day excursion for 12 people and two crew members. This includes a full day of fishing and a delicious meal cooked by the fishermen with the catch of the day and served on board.
Kempinski goes to Azerbaijan
Located within the all-new Badamdar Complex, in the heart of Badamdar district in Baku, Kempinski Hotel Badamdar has its Grand Opening planned for September 2011. Kempinski Hotel Badamdar is the hotel group’s second signed management agreement in the Azerbaijani capital, with the opening for Kempinski Hotel Crescent Baku planned for 2015.
“Kempinski Hotel Badamdar Baku is an important addition to Kempinski’s fast-growing portfolio of city hotels in Eastern Europe, and further emphasizes our strategy in the region,” said Reto Wittwer, Kempinski Hotels President and CEO. “The new hotel will combine the best of Kempinski’s renowned European flair and highest standards of service, with a keen respect for Azerbaijani culture and traditions. The hotel will offer outstanding facilities, which will certainly please both business and leisure travellers,” he added.
Just a short drive from Baku international airport, the 14-storie hotel features 283 beautifully designed rooms and suites, boasting spectacular panoramic views of the city. Hotel guests will also be spoiled for choice with three restaurants offering a wide range of international and local cuisine, and two bars.
A world-class conference centre has been designed to offer international and local corporations an ideal setting for conferences and presentations, which is sure to add value to Azerbaijan’s steadily growing business community. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 600 people, ready to welcome guests for gala events, family reunions or weddings, in addition to 14 meeting rooms in different sizes and 36 boardroom-style offices equipped with cutting edge technology, and an auditorium seating up to 450 people.
In addition to its conference and banqueting facilities, Kempinski Hotel Badamdar’s true highlight is its 3,500 m2 spa and wellness centre. Unique in Azerbaijan, the spa and wellness centre offers exclusive beauty treatments and massages, and featuring a large indoor swimming pool and pool bar, sauna and hammam, relaxation area, and fitness studio
For guests who prefer a secluded stay in the utmost privacy, the Kempinski Hotel Badamdar Baku also has 37 luxurious serviced apartments. The fully-furnished residences vary in size from 80 to 200 m2, with either two or three bedrooms, completed with elegantly designed interiors, new-century amenities, and superbly equipped top-of-the-range kitchens.
Another attractive feature of the Badamdar Complex is its 5,000 m2 entertainment and retail centre, with three levels of shopping space and one level dedicated to leisure facilities, such as bowling, billiards and an ice-skating rink, as well as a wide range of restaurants and bars.
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Hotel Gresham Palace Pampering
Centuries ago the people of Budapest began unlocking the secrets of beauty in the city's famous spas and baths. Now, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace offers its signature Pava Facial Treatment as part of a new Spa Package that also includes overnight accommodations and breakfast for two through October 31, 2011. Rates begin at EUR 340.00, and include one Páva Facial per booking.
The Páva Deep Cleansing and Pore Refining Facial utilises the luxury Hungarian cosmetic Omorovicza, which is based on qualities of mineral-rich thermal waters. The facial begins with a thermal cleansing balm, followed by an exfoliation using rosemary and pineapple extract to treat sensitive skin and reduce pore size. A mineral-rich fragrant mud mask draws out impurities while providing essential nutrients to the skin, and a classic facial massage stimulates collagen and elastin production to accelerate the delivery of oxygen and restore skin suppleness. The final result is a clear, balanced and fresh complexion. The ninety-minute treatment also includes a detoxifying and stimulating back treatment.
The English translation of páva is peacock, a timeless symbol of grace and elegance. The peacock motif is often used in Art Nouveau architecture, which is characteristic in the city of Budapest, including the iron gates and décorative motifs at Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest has recently launched a new menu of eleven spa treatments using Omorovicza products, including three new signature experiences exclusive to the Hotel.