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Parister Hotel – Paris

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An office block may not sound like the ideal setting for a 5 star luxury hotel but that’s exactly how The Parister began life.Nestled in the centre of Paris the hotel is the creation of hotelier Nicolas Nonon, the entrepreneur created a luxurious 45 room hotel from a 1990s  office block and garden for Parisians and visitors alike.

Located in a narrow street the elegant façade houses a spaces lobby with elegant and stylish decor.  The 45 rooms feature feature suites and duplexes all Wirth large windows and some feature outdoor terraces. The higher priced suites feature  hammam, a sauna and a private terrace, a perfect escape from the busy city street.

On our visit we stayed in a Junior Suite, located at the rear of the building behind a large garden and dining space.  The room was elegantly decorated with a view over the courtyard and large windows, a highlight was the huge bathroom which features separate shower and bath tub and luxury bathroom toiletries by the brand ZENOLOGY.  Ceilings are high  with bespoke walnut headboard and brass wall sconces and bold wallpaper adorn the room.

If you want a workout during your stay then in the lower ground floor is the health and wellbeing space with a on site gym and a 20-metre pool bathed in natural light, a rarity in such a central location. Talking of location it is situated between  Folies Bergères and the Garnier Opera with loads of places to shop and eat, one of the most desirable locations in Paris.

If you face staying closer to home for a drink or bite to eat then on the ground floor you will find Les Passerelles, with extensive menu for both.  Offering plenty of sitting options either outdoors in the garden or indoors in the different library and lounge spaces.  The menu offers plenty of delicious food choices and the cocktail menu is extensive with spirits from around the globe, yuzu powder & Icelandic gin, goji berries & Jamaican rum, or timut pepper & South American pisco.
Our stay was bliss, with a truly boutique and bespoke experience.  Everything from the bedding and decor to the helpful staff made sure our stay was an enjoyable one, so it’s a must for your visit.

Prices for rooms start at €250, for full details and bookings visit hotelparister.com

PARISTER HÔTEL
19 rue Saulnier
75009
Paris

Enjoy 5-Star Hospitality in the French Alps with Consensio Chalet

Ever dreamed of 5-star hospitality in the middle of the French Alps? Consensio Chalet has truly defined what luxury stands for. Feel pampered at their award-winning Ski Chalets and luxurious serviced apartments right in the middle of the French Alps.

They bring the best of French Hospitality right to you with award-winning hospitality coupled with some of the best amenities you can enjoy. This hotel offers ski packages not only for bachelors but for families as well. The chalets provided boasts a unique interior design which is truly in harmony with the French Alps.

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That’s not all, the views of the mountains in the background are breathtaking – making Consensio Chalet one of the very best. It has a warm water pool, a London Restaurant, Ski package counter, etc. among a host of other award-winning amenities.

The hotel is packed to the brim during winter when the French Alps receive their magnificent snowfall. They also offer exciting packages during festive seasons and all throughout the year.

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One of the most highly regarded Ski Operators out there, Consensio Chalet will continue to provide its customers with the very best of experiences. If you are planning to visit the French Alps, you know where you must stay. Come visit Consensio Chalet and get blown away by the best in industry hospitality and of course, bask in the glory of the majestic French Alps.

 

Fasano Hotel – Rio de Janeiro

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Located smack bang in the middle of Ipaname beach Rio de Janeiro’s Fasano Hotel is the capital’s premiere destination for the young and happening crowd.

The luxury hotel has a boutique feel with a curated selection of 89 rooms (including 10 suites) but still offers the big facilities of any larger chain but with added warmth and character which makes Brazil so special. French designer Philippe Starck is responsible for the stylish decor of the hotel which uses wood, glass and marble  as its key materials, inspired by the golden age of 1960s Bossa Nova.

Fasano is not only popular with Brazilians but a global clientele which includes several A listers: Madonna, Lady GaGa, One Direction and David Beckham to name but a few, when we paid the hotel a visit Jared Leto was a guest, with fans of the Oscar winner and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman waiting outside for a glimpse of the star, in town for 2 nights at Rio’s  Fundição Progresso venue.

Gastronomy is also at the heart of the hotel which houses its own restaurant, Al Mare. The restaurant is regarded as one of the best in the city and offers guests breakfast, lunch and dinner dining options and a beautiful setting.  Its menu is inspired by Italian cuisine  with dishes like seared tuna with baked endive and a fish-based lasagne.

If its a drink you fancy then pay a visit to its bar Baretto Londra is named after the owner’s favourite city, London. As well as the signature Brazilian caipirinha a vast selection of drinks and cocktails are available in a setting decorated with leather chairs, aged Argentine red brick, low-lighting and Union Flags.

To keep you looking you best during your holiday then a fitness centre and spa, offering  guests personal trainers and a selection of facials and massages to make your stay even more special.

The highlight of the hotel is the heated marble infinity pool on the roof overlooking Ipanema Beach, the rooftop space also has a bar with staff there to look after your every need. Though the pool is on the smaller side it’s really the views that are the main draw, with sugarloaf mountain in sight it makes the perfect spot to watch the sunset.  Loungers surround the pool, the serene setting a great spot to top up your tan in-between swims. If you fancy beach action then the hotel has a designated private section of Ipanema for its guests.

Fasano is still family owned and operate 4 hotels, 3 in Brazil and a further one in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.

The Fasano is truly stunning, a beautifully designed space with top notch staff and what has to be the best view in the city from its rooftop. Unlike its neighbour Copacabana which can be a bit of a tourist trap and busy, Ipanema is the perfect setting for those wanting a relaxing break, filled with Rio’s best bars, restaurants and boutiques.  A definite must stay.

Current rates and availability are available on www.fasano.com.br

 

Row NYC

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Affordable accommodation in NYC? May sound like a fantasy but with the launch of the brand new Row NYC Hotel that dream may just have arrived to the capital.

Launched earlier this year the $140 million development took two years to complete and is located in a perfect location for visitors, a mere stone’s throw from the lights of Times Square (and across the road from Shake Shack),

The stylish new player to the competitive NY hotel scene comprises of 1,331 rooms, with each room offering high end and sleek specs without the over inflated price tag.

Row NYC turned to renowned New York based architectural and interior design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates to reinvent the property’s public spaces. Inspired by the refined grittiness of New York City, Gabellini Sheppard has delivered grandeur. “The bold aesthetic speaks to the area’s unbridled spirit and engages the excitement and energy that is Times Square,” said Michael Gabellini, Partner.

Upon entering the hotel, located at 700 8th Avenue, visitors are met with a grand 24-foot high crystalline glass façade along with an artistically crafted lobby with industrial and organic materials, including stainless steel drapery, concrete and multiple wood species.

Its reception area is flanked by two light sculptures on which groundbreaking New York-based vartist Yorgo Alexopoulos projects an abstract tableau of graphic animations timed throughout the course of a New York City day. The dynamic lobby also features Iconic M, a satellite location of the cult international news retailer Soho News, as well as an expansive state-of-the-art Internet lounge. Another innovative feature of Row NYC are its time saving elevators, simply type in your room number and the screen will direct you to the next available elevator going to your floor.

The hotel also comprises of its own bar, District M, and restaurant City Kitchen, offering guests a deslicious selection of dishes and drinks.

Rooms vary from standard to penthouses, with varying price points and amenities for each.
Standards rooms are compact, with a large bed, desk, drawers and an en-suite bathroom. Every room is high on tech specs with free high-speed wireless internet included, 32 inch LCD TV, cordless phone and lots of power outlets and iHome docking station. Though a bit on the small side standard room are ideal for those visiting the city for a few days who will be out seeing the plethora of sights he city has to offer.

The real highlight of the hotel is it’s location, every imaginable food and shopping destination is walking distance, and although right by Times Square it doesn’t face it, meaning you’re sheltered away from the hustle and bustle of the masses, the double glazed windows also keep out any unwanted noise from traffic below.

Staff are helpful, although do avoid making queries around check in time as desks can get very busy. If you arrive early or need to store luggage after checking out then the concierge can hold this for you.

Row NYC offers modern and stylish interiors but at an affordable price point, right in the centre of NYC’s famous and iconic sights.

Current prices start from $159 (+tax) and you can book online at rownyc.com

The Arch London – Hotel

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Nestled a few blocks away from London’s famed Oxford Street /Marble Arch is The Arch,  a beautiful  Georgian townhouse hotel.

The five star hotel houses 82 bedrooms (11 of which are suites) and is spread out over seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes, a perfectly English location for those taking a break in the capital.

Ideally located at 50 Great Cumberland Place it has the appeal of a residential setting but a mere walk to the city’s best shopping and fine dining locations, with Bond Street, Hyde Park and the West End all walking distance.

We recently visited the property for ourselves to check it out. Upon entering  guests are welcomed with  open-fireplace, perfect to nestle around in the freezing temperatures.  Interiors fuse together marble and glass with a specially selected selection of art and installation adorning the communal spaces. The Arch manages to seamlessly merge grand listed Georgian exterior but inside proves modern and stylish decor and facilities.

On our visit we stayed at the Sullivan Studio Suite, which is located on the base of the hotel.  The suite was truly beautiful offering with full height glass doors which open up to the private courtyard, a real rarity in central London hotels! The suite has a comfortable seating area which looks onto the courtyard, with photography from leading London photographer, Amy Murrell.  The king sized bed is handmade with duvets made from duck down for the perfect night’s sleep.  A stocked mini bar is supplied with a generous selection of soft drinks which come complimentary from the hotel.  A handpicked selection of classic novels can be found in the suites, while all rooms have a full Sky HD TV package, DVD Player and internet radio with over 19,000 channels for international guests.

The real highlight of the suite though is the vast en suite which comes with a walk in rain shower and a large bath, with a built in TV, a great touch.

The suite’s location means it’s sheltered from any outside noises and you are on the same floor as the hotel’s gym so perfect if you want to catch a workout during your stay.  The

The Arch also has its own restaurant, Hunter 486, the unusual name derived from the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone. The spacious restaurant is located on the ground floor and
offers a ‘Best of British’ inspired menu carefully curated by Head Chef Gary Durrant.  Light flows into the restaurants thanks to its large windows with table and booth seating available as well as an open plan kitchen so guests can see the skilled staff at work.  On our visit for lunch we opted for the Heritage beetroot and orange salad (£8), light and tasty, followed by their famous Hunter burger (£18), the generously sized burger comes served in a brioche bun with cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, homemade ketchup and hand cut chips.

If you space for dessert then I recommend the hazelnut and apple tart with cinnamon custard (£6.50) , a perfect comforting dish for these chilly months.  If you just fancy a drink then the bar offers a comprehensive selection of drinks and cocktails while sat in original designer chairs by designer Tom Dixon. Cocktails are priced at £12.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend you pay a visit. The Arch manages to combine a stylish boutique hotel feel but offering all the latest mod cons and facilities offered by much larger chains. Staff are helpful and friendly and rooms are beautifully decorated making them a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city centre.

Prices start from £350 for a Deluxe Room and from £420 for a Suite.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FDFor reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com

Hotel: Meliá Dubai

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Dubai is a city in constant transition, a city with constant new openings, be it restaurants, clubs, bars and indeed hotels. This sheer choice might be intimidation to visitors so we decided to visit one of the most established ones in a recent visit, Hotel Meliá Dubai.

The Melia name is a long established and respected one, synonymous with luxury and quality and it is this ethos that has carried over to their opening in Dubai.  Located in the heart of the city Meliá Dubai is the first five star Spanish hotel in the Middle East. Designed by a Milan based architect, the hotel has a fresh, modern air geared to make guests’ stays truly exceptional.  Located close to the World Trade Centre, Gold & Spice Souqs, historical Bastakiya, Dubai Museum and Dubai Creek, the hotel is perfectly situated within a short reach to Dubai’s main shopping and commercial districts like the iconic Burj Khalifa and only 10 km away from Dubai International Airport.

164 rooms and suites are housed in the hotel, each decorated in a contemporary and modern style. The 5 star hotel isalso home to the restaurant, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor.  The celebrity chef offers a delicious menu of authentic Indian fare but with a modern spin, a must.

If you plan to relax then the hotels also offers the Yhi Spa and the rooftop swimming pool, the spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments to you can have a lazy afternoon poolside with beautiful views over the whole of Dubai.

Room rates start at £68 and you certainly get a lot, with rooms big and spacious, floor to ceiling windows, a huge king bed and a double sink bathroom with freestanding bath to soak to and relax. Staff were warm and helpful and wifi is even thrown in for free, we highly recommend a stay.

 

 

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Belmond Copacabana Palace – Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro’s famed Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel has become the premier choice for those looking to get the Brazilian luxury experience during their stay. Since opening in 1923 the Art Deco inspired hotel has hosted A-listers including Tom Cruise,  Miley Cyrus and Madonna to Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Fred Astaire in the process making it not only one of the most luxurious hotels in the country but the world.

The vast white building is located on the world famous Copacabana beach and houses 139 Rooms, 93 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites as well as restaurants, bars, a pool, spa and gym. Its location makes it ideal to explore the nearby beaches of Ipanema and Leblon and landmarks including Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Botanical Gardens.

What has made the hotel so renowned and loved is its high standards of customer service which is evident as soon as you step you foot off your taxi, with a friendly porter helping you with your luggage and warm receptionist waiting to check you in.

Staying in a sea view suite will get you a spaces home away from home, with decor veering towards the more classic than modern though flat screen TVs and IPod docks do come as standard.  King or twin options are available with an ultra comfortable bed in crisp white bedding. The large en suite has both a shower and large bathtub in luxurious marble. A separate living room makes a great space to wind down or entertain guests with a fully stocked mini bar. All guests are given free  standard wifi access with higher speed connection available for an additional fee.

The most striking feature of the palace is its Half-Olympic size heated swimming pool, the perfect setting for an instagram snap. You can take a dip or just sit back and relax while topping up your tan while waiters are on hand for any request you may have with the bar offering a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, including the tasty watermelon juice.

The hotel also has its own designated section of the beach (a mere walk across the street away), providing complimentary loungers, towels and bottled water for all its guests.

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3 restaurants are available to guests, Pérgula which specialises in Brazilian and international cuisine, Cipriani which offers Northern Italian cuisine and finally the MEE with its Pan-Asian menu.

The MEE kitchen is lead by celebrity chef Ken Hom and recently one of the first restaurants in South America to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star. Launching in 2014 the 92 seater restaurant offers diners a exotic gastronomic journey through Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, China and Japan.

Under the direction of Hom, MEE’s chefs travelled to Bangkok to perfect their cooking techniques. The comprehensive menu features several sushi and sashimi options as well at hot mains.  As a starter the Kobe Beef Tataki cannot be beaten, the tender Japanese Wagyu beef comes in Ponzu sauce and Momiiji Oroshi and makes for a delicious yet light start to the meal. Mains include prawn, beef and duck dishes (as well as a vegetarian pad thai) but we opted for the Tonkatsu Onsen Tamagô, Japanese steamed pork belly and deep fried served with egg and bok choy which we teamed up with the tasty special fried rice. Those with a sweet tooth will be more than happy with the dessert option which include classic chocolate cake as well as more experimental options, including the Mango Yuzu Raviolli a Mango raviolli stuffed with Yuzu cream, crunchy Sembei and citric sorbet.

The MEE also has Rio’s only sake stewardess is on hand to pair each dish with over 25 varieties specially imported from Japan as well as 18 cocktail varieties

A stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace is truly a magical experience, a beautiful building with prestige interiors and top notch service with dedicated and warm staff on hand to make your stay memorable.

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Avenida Atlântica 1702
Rio de Janeiro
CEP 22021 001
Brazil

Prices for a stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace start from £248 per room, per night based on a stay  in a Superior  City View room  and includes breakfast. To book or for further information visit belmond.com or call 0845 077 2222.

Afternoon Tea at The Drawing Room – Flemings Mayfair

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Luxury hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room,  offering its visitors a luxurious setting for drinks and afternoon tea.

The new launch is part of the hotel’s £14 million refurbishment and is an ideal location to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape into a tranquil space that mirrors the design of a traditional Regency drawing room with high ceilings, opulent furnishings and an original fireplace from 1851, from when the hotel first opened. Exquisite de Gournay hand painted wall panels depict early images of India as well as artwork by painter Eileen Schaer and crockery by Bernardaud.

Designed as a space for afternoon tea it is served daily between 12.30pm to 5pm and serves a selection of varieties from traditional, chocolate indulgence through to  its signature is the Rose Royal Afternoon Tea, priced at £48 per person for a minimum of 2 people.  Tea offerings have been created in partnership with the world famous East India Company for a selection of delicious teas.

We were able to try Rose Royal Afternoon Tea for ourselves on a recent visit.  Beautifully presented on a tiered serving plate the experience kicks off with a selection of beautifully cut finger sandwiches – Egg and mayonnaise, Ham and Mustard, Salmon and dill sauce and the classic cucumber and cream cheese, my personal favourite of the four. All were tasty and delicately cut, a tasty way to begin the meal. Alongside the finger sandwiches we also opted for a glass of Jacquart Rose Mosaique before opting for The Flemings Breakfast Blend tea, which came recommended by our friendly and helpful waiter.  The robust flavoured tea was created especially for the hotel which combines teas from the misty hills of Ceylon, lush estates if Assam and the Kenyan highlands.

Nest was a selection of homemade plain and raisin scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, the most ‘classic’ component of afternoon tea did not disappoint with the flavoursome jam being a particular highlight.

To finish of we had a selection of petit fours, small sweet pastries and cakes – raspberry delice, opera cake, pineapple choux and strawberry macaroons – a delicious way to end the tea, small but full of flavour and looked beautiful on the plate.

Overall we had a wonderful visit, luxurious surroundings, delicious menu and ever so helpful staff – a must.

The Drawing Room at Flemings Mayfair
7-12 Half Moon Street
London
W1J 7BH

To make a booking please visit  www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

MONDRIAN LONDON AGUA BATHHOUSE & SPA

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Opening late last year in London’s Mondrian Hotel the agua Bathhouse & Spa is the capital’s latest must visit destination for your grooming and relaxation needs.

The spa was designed by the legendary Tom Dixon and DRS, agua’s Spa Playground concept fusing Roman spa culture but with added old Hollywood glitz and glamour. A dedicated menu of services had been devised for their specific needs, including the Signature Man Treatment, a facial with Soveral products, named after Alexandra Soveral the famed facialist.

The treatment as the name suggests has been specifically devised for men, the facial is available 50 minute (£80) and 80minute (£120) versions and perfect for the decongestion and balancing of the skin, also clearing sinuses and toning the neck and jaw line. Prior to the facial I had the 15 minute Mud Cure treatment, the full body treatment uses white mud rich in minerals to exfoliate the whole body and done in the steam room to improve circulation.

The facial begins with a short consultation to discuss your problem areas with the facialist. I found out that unlike most facials this one did not include and extraction part, as Soveral do not believe this aids the skin. Instead a process of cleaning the skin, cleansing, toning and moisturising follows in the charming treatment room with a calm and serene soundtrack. After the treatment the facialist will give you her notes on recommendations she has for your skincare routine and how often she suggests facials to keep you skin looking tip top.

Interiors at agua echo 970s influenced ’Glamrock’ and will play a seasonally developed soundtrack to represent the spa’s retro vibe. agua also offers guests a great menu, from a guilt-free raw menu created by the in-house Executive Chef to a more indulgent selection including organic chocolate fondues and gourmet ice-cream sundaes.
The design of the spa created by Design Research Studio under the creative direction of Tom Dixon, and features six spacious treatment suites and Spa & Glamour Lounges, as well as private rain shower steam baths.

The most eye catching part of the interiors is the floor-to-ceiling copper teardrop installation reflects Roman water vessels in the subterranean Spa Lounge, the sculpture dominates the relaxation louge were guests can unwind post treatment. Comfortable loungers and bedding is available and also an expansive, custom-designed sofa filling an entire corner of the room.
agua at Mondrian London will offer a core range of fully curated signature treatments, featuring exclusive collaborations with experts and niche wellness brands that include GLAMGLOW, SOVERAL, Dr. Jackson’s Natural Products, Estelle & Thild, Natura Bisse, CIATÉ, de mamiel, Billion Dollar Brows, Lola’s Apothecary, I Love My Muff and Lycon Waxing, each brand carefully selected by the spa’s team of experts.

Jacqueline Kneebone, Regional Director of Spa and Retail at Morgans Hotel Group says: “We’re so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with such a range of experts on this project, from design to brand collaborations, and we are really looking forward to the public reception of our spa playground concept.”

 

For more information on Mondrian London at Sea Containers, please visit: www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london