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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.
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Grunewald: Berlin’s fairy-tale forest
Home to a long and colourful tradition of folklore, Germany has birthed many of the world’s most celebrated fairy tales. Exploring the country’s brooding forests, rolling pastures and majestic hills, it’s easy to identify the inspiration behind Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and the iconic fables of the Brothers Grimm. To inspire your little ones to imagine their own enchanting stories, however, there’s little need to venture far from Berlin’s centre.
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How personalised experiential travel is reshaping the industry
Experiential itineraries are at the leading edge of the travel industry, with clients seeking bespoke, curated experiences over one-size-fits-all, generic tours. Travel is no longer about ticking monuments off a checklist, it is about delving deeply and personally into a destination, developing an intimate sense of place and animated dinner party storytelling.
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Exquisite Europe: An opera lover’s adventure in Berlin
Germany is truly an unparalleled destination for opera lovers, and Berlin is home to some of the country’s most renowned concert venues and orchestras. Komische Oper stages a variety of performances and the Deutsche Oper offers the largest auditorium, but Staatsoper Berlin is both the most beautiful and the oldest. Home to the Berlin State Opera for over 250 years, a visit to this historic venue is an unforgettable experience.
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New Adventures
From a British murder mystery in Mayfair to cutting-edge art in Berlin’s Mitte district, unlock unforgettable group experiences with Rocco Forte Hotels. Entertaining and informative, your clients will be talking about these adventures for years to come.
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Amazing Experiences: Fabulous Food
There’s nothing like great food to bring people together and get them talking. From indulgent Belgian chocolate tastings to Russian caviar classes, Rocco Forte Hotels have created a fabulous range of foodie experiences to give your clients a trip to remember.
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Why wellness is the new watchword in travel
Throughout history, different cultures have had different interests in ‘wellness’. To some, it was the antithesis of illness and the warding off of disease. To others, it was the tenet that would help define their approach to life, from Hippocrates and the Ancient Greeks to the 5,000-year old tradition of Ayurveda.
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Amazing early summer experiences
Early summer is the perfect time for a European break. Increasingly warm yet without the searing heat of late summer, the climate lends itself to new, engaging al fresco experiences. Delight your clients with fascinating and exclusive insights into local history and culture.
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Why Putting Children First Makes the Perfect Family Holiday
Oliver James, one of Britain’s leading experts on child psychology, has really understood the effect that travel has on children, and why it is so important to their development. Adults have long regarded holidays as not only a way to relax and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, but as a way to learn, build bonds and create life-long memories. Children are no different in this respect, but what stimulates them is distinctive from their parents.
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Irene Forte Skincare: The Sicilian Secret to Glowing Skin
Inspired by Sicily and with ingredients handpicked from Verdura Resort’s organic farm, Irene Forte Skincare has been painstakingly developed over three years. Named after its founder, Rocco Forte Hotels Wellness Director Irene Forte, Irene Forte Skincare is a multi-benefit, natural and sustainable skincare brand that is the Mediterranean diet for your skin. Here, Irene Forte introduces the brand, and her secret to glowing skin.
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Mozart for Millennials: How German Opera Found a New Audience
Radical, charismatic, and committed to taking a “fresh, challenging and courageous artistic approach”, Artistic Director Matthias Schulz is responsible for the major renovation of Berlin’s Staatsoper. Having relaunched this iconic landmark, he’s now on a mission to make younger generations fall in love with opera. Here he explains to Gordon Debus, the General Manager of our nearby Hotel de Rome how…
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Meet the Makers: Germany's Finest Artisanal Brands
The marriage of tradition and modernity lies right at the heart of Rocco Forte Hotels’ design philosophy. As a brand, we’re committed to building on the illustrious history of of our properties, whilst creating a destination that dazzles the modern traveller.
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Berlin's Alternative Christmas Markets
Steaming mugs of Glühwein, sizzling Bratwurst sausages and traditional wooden stalls, Germany is famous for its atmospheric (and aromatic) Christmas markets
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Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style
From romantic European escapes to spellbinding family adventures, whatever type of celebration you’re seeking this New Year’s Eve, welcome 2019 in style with these unforgettable festivities.
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A Clubber’s Guide to Berlin
Berlin’s legendary nightlife scene needs no introduction. Whether you’re dancing to house music on a floating terrace or sipping cocktails in a former swimming pool, go behind the velvet rope with our clubber’s guide to Berlin.
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