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Six Ways Your Kids Can Have the Ultimate Summer Holiday at Verdura Resort
Set in acres of unspoilt Sicilian countryside overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean, Verdura Resort is an idyllic family destination. From golfing and tennis to the inspirational Verdùland, there’s a wonderful array of amenities to captivate children of all ages. Discover Verdura's summer activities for kids and teens. This summer, spoil them (and yourselves) with the holiday of a lifetime, and they’ll have plenty of stories to share with their classmates back home.
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Experience the Beauty of Florentine Artisans in the Presidential Suite
With commanding views of Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Hotel Savoy’s Presidential Suite is unmistakably Florentine. Freshly refurbished by Olga Polizzi, its interior is a love letter to local craftsmen and artisans, whose stunning works adorn the two-bedroom suite.
Unmissable Shows and Exhibitions to See in Florence this Summer
In summer, Florence’s grand galleries, historical palazzos and elegant concert halls come alive with an enthralling season of events. If you’re heading to the alluring Tuscan city this summer, be inspired with these mesmerising exhibitions and shows.
What’s Cooking at Irene Bistro with Fulvio Pierangelini
Irene is Florence’s ultimate destination to savour sublime Tuscan cuisine and tantalising cocktails infused with homegrown flavours. With a playful spirit and vibrant dishes, the stylish bistro makes the perfect spot to unwind with friends and family. Dining al fresco at Irene’s chic terrace on the Piazza della Repubblica surrounded by centuries of Renaissance architecture is a truly unforgettable experience.
Olga Polizzi and Laudomia Pucci on the New Hotel Savoy
The iconic Hotel Savoy. The esteemed house of Pucci. Two Florentine legends unite to reimagine a masterpiece. In an extraordinary creative partnership, Laudomia Pucci teamed up with Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi to bring the Tuscan hotel’s grand lobby to life. Marrying its elegant historical features with lively pops of Pucci print and colour, the elegant lobby creates quite the impression when guests step through the door. Here, Olga Polizzi and Laudomia Pucci share the secrets of their incredible creative alliance.
Olga Polizzi on Florentine Artisans
The home of the Renaissance, Florence has a centuries-long heritage of enchanting design and incredible craftsmanship. When designing the interiors for Hotel Savoy’s stylish new look, Olga Polizzi sought out the finest local artisans to handcraft beautiful bespoke pieces for the hotel.
Bavarian Delicacies You Must Try in Munich and Where to Find Them
Beer halls and bustling markets. Butchers and bakers. As the capital of Bavaria, Munich is the region’s culinary heartland, overflowing with places to sample tasty local delicacies. When visiting this vibrant German city, seek out these delicious regional delights on a gourmet adventure.
The Balmoral’s Refreshing Grand Dame Cocktail
Perfectly pink, The Balmoral’s sublime Grand Dame cocktail puts some sparkle into your Easter celebrations. With floral rose notes enriched by lively cherry and finished with Champagne, it’s a playful little number you can make yourself at home.
The Enduring Allure of Ballet in St Petersburg
The spiritual home of ballet, St Petersburg has had a centuries-long love affair with this poised and elegant dance. It was on St Petersburg’s grand stages that iconic ballets like Swan Lake first debuted, and today, the Russian city showcases the finest performances in the world.
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Olga Polizzi on Design
Finding that perfect alchemy of comfort, character and creativity is every interior designer’s greatest challenge. Deputy Chairman and Director of Design at Rocco Forte Hotels, Olga Polizzi keeps her finger firmly on the pulse of design trends while carefully considering the history and culture of each hotel’s location. Here, she shares a behind the scenes glimpse of the design process and her passion for interiors.
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Experience Fornasetti’s Palazzo Altemps Exhibition in Rome
Decorative arts design house, Fornasetti have brought their playful touch to an unmissable new exhibition, Practical Quotes, at Rome’s historic Palazzo Altemps. A 15th century palace housing exquisite Renaissance artworks and antiquities, Palazzo Altemps celebrates its 20th year open to the public with the showcase of over 800 pieces from the Fornasetti archive.
The Ultimate Easter at Verdura Resort
Set in acres of unspoilt Sicilian countryside overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean, Verdura Resort is an idyllic family destination. From golfing and tennis to the inspirational Verdùland, there’s a wonderful array of amenities to captivate children of all ages. This Easter, spoil them (and yourselves) with the holiday of a lifetime, and they’ll have plenty of stories to share with their classmates back home.
Lemon & Ricotta Tortellini with Lime Butter
Perfectly formed parcels of pasta, delicately stuffed with creamy ricotta and enlivened with a jolt of citrus. Exclusively from Villa Kennedy’s award-winning Gusto restaurant, this tempting tortellini recipe is simple to prepare but guaranteed to delight dinner guests. Serve with an ice-cold bottle of white and lashings of Parmesan.
The Most Romantic Places to Propose in Europe
A proposal is an unforgettable moment in a couple’s life together, so make it extra special by whisking your loved one away for a destination engagement. Whether you prefer iconic landmarks, historic sights or breathtaking vistas, Europe is full of locations that offer an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Follow our guide to the most romantic places in Europe to to get down on one knee.
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Five Family Friendly Activities in Jeddah
With its incredible new waterfront set to be a dazzling entertainment hub, Jeddah is a fantastic family destination. From adrenaline-fuelled theme parks to outer space adventures, follow us as we bring you some Jeddah‘s finest family friendly activities.
Alpine Adventures: A Guide to Kitzbühel
A picturesque Austrian town and world-class ski resort, Kitzbühel is all candy-coloured medieval buildings, stylish boutiques and alpine glamour. Just a couple of hours’ drive from Munich, Kitzbühel is the perfect winter destination for an excursion.
Fulvio Pierangelini’s Sabayon
An indulgent Italian custard dessert enriched with sweet masala wine, sabayon is the ultimate ending to any meal. Here, Creative Director of Food for Rocco Forte Hotels, Fulvio Pierangelini shares his exclusive sabayon recipe, along with his treasured early memories of this delicious dessert.
Six Up-and-Coming Designers to Watch this London Fashion Week
Each season, tastemakers look to London Fashion Week to discover the latest cutting-edge designs. A hotbed of emerging talent, London Fashion Week is where the finest new trends are set. As the glittering biannual event approaches, here are six up-and-coming designers to watch out for.
Who Will Win The 2018 Six Nations?
As January moves into February, the excitement levels in the world of rugby begin to increase as a new 6 Nations Championship comes into view. Spread over two months, the championship is a festival of power, speed and aggression, as some of the world’s best rugby players are pitted against each other. The question is, who will win this year’s 6 Nations?
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From Nature to Nurture: The Perfect Golf and Spa Breaks for Couples
Set on acres of stunning coastline overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean, Verdura Resort is a mesmerising Sicilian destination. With three championship golf courses and an indulgent spa, it’s the perfect place for an enchanting couples break.
H.R.H. Prince Luitpold von Bayern’s Cultural Highlights of Munich
His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold von Bayern offers personal insight into a city steeped in grand history, and intimately tied to his own grand family.
Winter Roast Goose Recipe
Rich, sweet and earthy, roast goose makes an indulgent alternative to turkey at Christmas. If you’ve not yet planned your festive menu, these sumptuous recipes from Villa Kennedy’s Gusto restaurant will delight your family around the dinner table.
What to See at St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum this Winter
While St Petersburg’s Winter Palace no longer houses royal Tsars, it does host some of the greatest works of art ever created, as well as an abundance of historical relics. Today, The State Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious galleries. From unmissable temporary exhibitions to iconic works that form part of the permanent collection, here’s what to see when visiting the Hermitage Museum this winter.
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The Ultimate Shopping Weekend in London
With world-class department stores and stylish independent boutiques, London is one of the world’s premiere shopping destinations. In the heart of glamorous Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Bond Street, Regent Street and Dover Street. From chauffeured store trips to indulgent pampering treatments, our shopping weekend in London is brimming with luxurious treats to make your experience extra special.
Our Concierges’ Christmas Gift List for Children
Be inspired with our concierges’ fantastic pick of delightful gifts for children, found across our European cities. Each one is intrinsically linked to its location, and is certain to be cherished for years to come.
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Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits
In Germany, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread biscuits. Sweet, spicy and fun to decorate, they’re the perfect seasonal family treat and can be found in homes across the country. Delight young ones with this tempting recipe from The Charles Hotel, and let their imaginations run wild with festive toppings. Remember to leave one for Santa…if there are any left!
Treat Your Children to a Spectacular Christmas at Villa Kennedy
Walking through Villa Kennedy’s grand gates this Christmas Eve your family will be transported to a winter wonderland. With thousands of twinkling lights illuminating the entrance. an enchanting home-made gingerbread house awaits inside, stuffed with Christmas cookies, gingerbread and sweets, little guests will be captivated immediately.
An Unforgettable Christmas for Children at Hotel Amigo
With its spectacular Winter Wonders event and seasonal markets, Brussels is a magical place to explore with your family at Christmas. Located on the historic Grand Place, Hotel Amigo is a captivating destination for guests of all ages, and perfectly positioned to explore on foot. One young guest, Justine, was captivated by her stay last Christmas. Here, she tells us all about her festive adventure in Brussels.
2018 Travel Experiences for Under Tens
From outdoor adventures to fun cerebral activities, inspire their imaginations with these exciting European travel experiences for under tens. Our expert concierge can curate the perfect day out for your whole family.
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A Gentleman’s Guide to Golf at Verdura Resort
When playing the gentleman’s sport of golf, it’s vital to look the part, act like a pro and follow the rules, especially when frequenting world-class courses like the East and West courses at Verdura Resort. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the first step to playing a successful game of golf is to master the etiquette. Follow this quintessential gentleman’s guide to golf and you’ll never put a foot out of place.