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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.
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A sun-kissed paradise on Sicily's southern coast - @Verdura_Resort is our Mediterranean escape. #Sicily #Sicilia… https://t.co/MyQ638s6Of
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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.
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European events worth travelling for this summer
Whatever your passion, you’ll find it in Europe this summer. From unforgettable art exhibitions to dramatic sporting competitions and family-friendly festivals, there’s an abundance of exceptional experiences to discover across our destinations.
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Events worth travelling for this summer
Whatever your passion, you’ll find it in Italy this summer. From unforgettable art exhibitions to dramatic sporting competitions and family-friendly festivals, there’s an abundance of exceptional experiences to discover across our destinations.
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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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Frankfurt’s New Old Town
Frankfurt presents the most important project the city has seen in decades. A groundbreaking development, Frankfurt’s new Old Town, otherwise known as the DomRömer district, has completely transformed the medieval centre of the city, with dazzling results.
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Palina Kozyrava on fashion and Frankfurt
The brains behind one of Germany’s leading fashion blogs, Palina Kozyrava is an authority on the latest trends and best places to shop. Here, she shares her guide to Frankfurt’s most fashionable addresses.
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Frankfurt’s most immersive museums
With an entire riverbank dedicated to art and culture, Frankfurt is a fantastic city to explore on a family holiday. But instead of dragging the kids around grand, stuffy museums, why not try something a little more interactive? From science shows to painting classes and fun, hands-on exhibitions, these immersive museums in Frankfurt will keep them entertained for hours.
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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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Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea
Villa Kennedy’s perfect scones a teatime favourite, there’s nothing quite so delicious mid-afternoon as a warm scone, fresh from the oven and slathered in clotted cream and jam. Homemade scones are a mainstay of Villa Kennedy’s much-loved Afternoon Tea service, and this February the hotel will be hosting a very special Afternoon Tea inspired by Lewis Carroll’s enchanting story Alice In Wonderland.
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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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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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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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Why You Should Plan Your Next Event in Frankfurt
Many people simply see Frankfurt as Germany’s financial heart. But this does a disservice to the city’s rich artistic and cultural heritage, pioneering design projects, superb local beers and award-winning wines from nearby Mosel. Villa Kennedy is the perfect base from which to develop the most extraordinary event in Frankfurt.
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