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Exquisite Europe: discover the riches of the Rheingau
A World Heritage Site, the Rheingau is considered one of the world’s most important wine regions and is renowned for its Riesling. The picturesque landscape has inspired countless works of art and literature, including poetry from both Byron and Goethe. Centuries later the region is still as mesmerising; the beauty of the river Rhine, forested hillsides, rustic villages and terraced vineyards remain unchanged. Discover this unspoilt countryside with its rich literary history, wonderful wines and delicious food as part of an unforgettable cultural break at Villa Kennedy.
Frankfurt
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Hotel Astoria’s Birch Spritz
An iconic landmark in St. Petersburg, for over a century the Hotel Astoria has embodied the sophistication and opulence of Imperial Russia and its proud history. 24 hours a day, the softly-lit Lichfield Bar offers a range of delectable drinks featuring typically Russian ingredients, the newest of them our signature cocktail, the Birch Spritz.
St Petersburg
Discover Spirit Yoga: An interview with founder Patricia Thielemann, on her classes on Hotel de Rome’s rooftop
Founder of one of Europe’s largest yoga schools, Spirit Yoga, Patricia Thielemann’s summer classes on Hotel de Rome’s picturesque rooftop are immensely popular amongst guests. We sat down with her to hear more about her yoga journey and how this practise benefits our guests.
Berlin
A culinary adventure on the North Sea with Hotel Amigo and Petit Bateau
Bask in the sunshine on the ship’s deck and savour the salty tang of the breeze as you glide across the North Sea, searching for one of Belgium’s most prized delicacies: grey shrimp. A quintessential element of local cuisine like both waffles and frites, for centuries they’ve been a key ingredient on Belgian seafood menus, usually in the form of classic kroketten (croquettes)or tomaat-garnalen (tomatoes stuffed with shrimp). Ideal for foodie families: hop aboard an authentic shrimping boat as part of this gastronomic getaway offered by Hotel Amigo and learn about this proud Belgian tradition.
Brussels
The Rocco Forte Hotels Architecture Prize 2019 winner is chosen
We are delighted to announce the winner of our Rocco Forte Hotels Architecture Prize for 2019, selected by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design and a member of the Summer Exhibition Judges’ Panel, Olga Polizzi.
London
Irene Forte shares her summertime tips and insights
Wellness Director at Rocco Forte Hotels and founder of Irene Forte Skincare, Irene shares her insights on finding (and keeping) that summer glow during and after the holiday season.
Edinburgh London
Hotel de la Ville: Rome’s Latest Gastronomic Destination
Breaking from the traditional trattoria menus that dominate so much of Rome’s restaurant scene, Hotel de la Ville stands out as something entirely different. We spoke to General Manager Francesco Roccato to hear more about the hotel’s six bars and restaurants, which offer a variety of experiences from contemporary Roman dishes to ambitious international fusion cuisine.
Rome
A chance for families to cycle with a champion: Mario Cipollini at Verdura Resort Cycling Academy
We're delighted to announce that taking a leading role in Verdura Resort's Cycling Academy for 2019 is one of Italy's most celebrated professional road cyclists, Mario Cipollini. Nicknamed the 'Lion King' during his illustrious career, which spanned almost two decades and saw him break several world records, he had 42 stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and 12 stage wins in the Tour de France.
Sicily
Lemon and ricotta tortellini with lime butter
A time-honoured Italian specialty, these pretty pasta parcels with their creamy filling and our signature citrus accents are a firm favourite at Villa Kennedy’s Gusto restaurant. Although commonly machine-made, the artisanal techniques we use to hand-craft our tortellini mean this recipe is simple enough to make together as a family.
Frankfurt
Five family-friendly activities in Puglia
With its beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches and temperate climate, the southern Italian region of Puglia is a wonderful destination for families. From snorkelling with the colourful marine life of the Adriatic to exploring one of Europe’s largest zoos and even go-kart racing in the countryside, there are plenty of al fresco adventures to be had together.
Puglia
Artistic family fun: summer workshops at The Royal Academy
Children see things differently. Naturally creative with everything from mud to macaroni, they’re always finding new and surprising ways to express themselves. Devote time to creativity as a family this summer with the Royal Academy of Arts’ family programme. Entertaining, inspiring and educational, there’s plenty to enjoy, from interactive tours to hands-on artistic activities and a very special Lego competition.
London
Why you should book a babymoon in Edinburgh
A romantic way to celebrate a special time together, a babymoon is the ideal opportunity for couples to relax and create lasting memories. It’s a chance to indulge shared passions, savouring beautiful landscapes, fine food, fascinating culture, and amazing events. And for a babymoon that encompasses all of these elements and more, there’s no better destination than Edinburgh.
Edinburgh
Rocco Forte Hotels & Sotheby’s – an historic partnership
As British hoteliers with a commitment to preserving and promoting heritage, we’re delighted to announce a new partnership with Sotheby’s. Later this year, the Forte family will be supporting this prestigious auction house in bringing some of Britain’s finest treasures across the Atlantic for the first time.
London
A guilt-free twist on classic caponata
A traditional, healthy Sicilian dish, caponata’s main ingredient is always aubergine, although the complementary vegetables and herbs vary from region to region. Sometimes used as a delicious accompaniment to meat or fish, it also makes an enticing and colourful main dish, suitable for vegetarians.
Sicily
A Scottish suite fit for a sovereign: Introducing the Balmoral’s Glamis Suite
The oft-used expression ‘fit for royalty’ couldn’t be more perfect in describing the Balmoral’s new Glamis Suite. Be amongst the first to call this spacious set of rooms home and experience the reimagined ambiance of Scotland’s most beautiful castle though the eyes of Rocco Forte Hotels Director of Design, Olga Polizzi.
Edinburgh