The Notebook

At Rocco Forte Hotels

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Up close and personal with our Forte Suites
Each of our hotels is meticulously designed to accentuate the culture, history and aesthetic ethos of our host cities. In particular, our Forte Suites—the largest and most glamorous of our personalised suites—have been designed to give guests a rich sense of place, creating a timeless elegance that seamlessly blends the old and the new, the contemporary and the antique. But sometimes, look and feel is not enough. In order to enhance our guests’ understanding and enjoyment of our destinations, we’ve developed a series of intimate insider experiences, available when booking our exclusive Forte Suites.
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Getting to Know Chef Alain Roux
Part of the esteemed Roux cooking dynasty, Alain Roux is a man who needs little introduction. Son of Michel Roux OBE and cousin of Michel Jr, the master chef has been responsible for some of the UK’s most respected eateries.
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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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The Edinburgh Festival for kids An interview with Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man
An exciting, fun-filled occasion, the Edinburgh Festival is the perfect excuse to plan a family escape to the Scottish capital. Perfect for kids of all ages, Louis Pearl’s weird and wonderful bubble show has been delighting festival audiences for over a decade. As he prepares for another summer of shows, he shares his top tips for enjoying the Edinburgh Festival with kids.
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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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Scotland v Italy: A Sporting Legacy
On Saturday 2nd February at 2.15pm the whistle will blow, signalling the start of another titanic battle between Scotland and Italy on the hallowed turf of Murrayfield. Over the course of the last decade the clashes between these two countries, one an established nation of the old order and the other an upstart recently promoted to the cream of northern hemisphere rugby, have been tense, passionate and close encounters.
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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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Exploring the Islands of the Firth of Forth
A group of islands that includes spectacular nature reserves, a spooky 15th-century prison and even the rumour of hidden ancient Egyptian treasure, the Firth of Forth is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a fascinating history. Located within driving distance of The Balmoral and best explored by boat, here’s what to look out for on a sailing trip around the islands.
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Five Reasons to Visit Edinburgh This Autumn
If its iconic castle and atmospheric medieval lanes weren’t enough, there’s plenty Edinburgh has to offer, especially in autumn. From surrealist Scottish painting to ghostly theatre productions, join us for an exploration of the historic city’s cultural highlights this coming season.
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Fitness Expert Joanna Hall on her Revolutionary WalkActive Method
A leading authority on movement and nutrition in the UK, fitness expert Joanna Hall is the woman behind the revolutionary WalkActive method. Author of twelve fitness books and presenter of several fitness DVDs, Joanna’s WalkActive programme is scientifically proven to turbocharge walking speed, alleviate joint stress and transform both posture and body shape. This autumn, Joanna is bringing her 25 years of expertise to Rocco Forte Hotels to offer an exclusive WalkActive package that will allow guests to master the technique in fabulous surroundings. Here, Joanna shares her fitness secrets as well as what guests can expect from the weekend.
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A Harry Potter Adventure in Edinburgh
J.K. Rowling famously penned many of her iconic Harry Potter books in Edinburgh. In fact, her final book was completed at The Balmoral. Join us as we explore the atmospheric locations that inspired the characters and settings in her books, and visit some of the places where she wrote her much-loved stories.
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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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The Balmoral’s Scottish Shortbread
Soft, crumbly and sweet: there’s nothing quite like traditional Scottish shortbread. This simple recipe, exclusively from The Balmoral, is easy for little chefs to get stuck into, and the delicious end result is something the whole family can enjoy together. Serve alongside a quintessentially British cup of tea.
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Irresistible Wedding Gift Ideas
Wedding season is well and truly underway, and with countless occasions in your calendar, choosing what to buy the happy couple is never easy. Be inspired with our wedding gift ideas—experiences that will make a lasting impression and create memories to treasure for a lifetime.
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