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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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Pierre Marcolini: where chocolate meets design
Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini combines heritage with a love of fine ingredients and a passion for ground-breaking design. An award-winning chocolatier, Marcolini is renowned for his delicious and design-forward creations, which frequently feature collaborations with notable names from the worlds of fashion and art—including the likes of Victoria Beckham and Tom Dixon. Here, he discusses his creative process, sources of inspiration and the parallels between chocolate and fashion.
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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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The Rocco Forte Christmas Gift Guide for Boys and Girls
Add a little extra sparkle to your Christmas shopping this year with our gift guide for boys and girls. Whether you choose an exciting experience or a toy that will be treasured for years to come, each gift will remind them of your family holiday in our host cities.
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Bringing the Smurfs to Life
Belgium is famous for its comics, but few characters can compete with the beloved blue Smurfs. First brought to life in the 1950s, the franchise celebrates its 60th birthday this year (the same birthday that Hotel Amigo is celebrating) and to mark the occasion, the Smurfs are jumping off the page and into real life at Brussels Expo’s sensational Smurf Experience.
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An Italian Christmas Panettone with a Flemish Twist
For Italians, nothing quite says Christmas like panettone. Baked until golden, deliciously sweet and fragrant with spices, it has all the festive flavours one could wish for.
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Five Unforgettable Group Experiences in Brussels
Organizing a successful event is about both creating spaces to network and learn as well as memories that linger long in the consciousness. One of the reasons we love Brussels is because of the eclectic range of experiences on offer across the city, from the vibrant arts scene and wealth of beautiful architecture to its reputation for gourmet excellence and proximity to Belgium’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are five incredible group experiences that will make your event truly memorable.
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Traditional Seasonal Treats to Try at Europe’s Christmas Markets
Steeped in folklore and myth, these timeless traditional treats have been present at Europe’s Christmas markets for years. When you’re exploring the snow-sprinkled streets this winter, look out for these delectable seasonal delicacies.
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The Most Beautiful Art Nouveau Architecture in Brussels
Brussels is commonly considered the capital of Art Nouveau. A walk through the city centre offers a history lesson in architecture as beautifully preserved Art Nouveau buildings from the late 19th to early 20th centuries stand shoulder-to-shoulder with historical Gothic structures. Explore the incredible Art Nouveau buildings in Brussels and discover the works of Victor Horta, the Belgian patron of Art Nouveau, as well as the homes of notable talents such as Paul Cauchie and Paul Saintenoy.
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Sole with Asparagus and Green Peas
Exclusively from Hotel Amigo’s Ristorante Bocconi, this sensational sole recipe is fresh, fragrant and simple to prepare at home. It makes the ultimate summer dish and is best eaten al fresco with friends alongside ice-cold rosé.
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Olga Polizzi’s Five Interior Design Tips
“Nowadays hotels are more like homes and homes are often more like hotels,” explains Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design, Olga Polizzi. “When I’m designing, I always think about things personally – what would I want in a room?” If you’re looking to transform your home, here, the interior design expert shares her simple tips on how to recreate the elegant atmosphere in her own home.
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A Day Trip to Bruges
With medieval architecture, winding canals, Michelin-starred dining, and world-class art, Bruges is an enchanting Belgian city. Just a 40-minute drive from Hotel Amigo in Brussels, it’s the perfect day trip destination. Be inspired with our Bruges itinerary.
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