Wellness

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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PUGLIA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
The unspoilt Puglian coastline, bordering both the Adriatic and Ionian seas, is the perfect playground for families. There are a wealth of natural and manmade wonders to discover from caves, coves, cliffs and coral to ruins, nature reserves and scenic restaurants, all within easy reach of Masseria Torre Maizza. These are the beaches we love in Puglia.
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Flavia Mazzarini on why children love autumn at Verdura Resort
Our Sicilian resort is a favourite summer destination among families. From mornings playing by the pool to athletic afternoons at the Sports Academies, there’s plenty to inspire younger guests. But the fun doesn’t stop when summer ends. Verdura Resort’s Head of Guest Relations, Flavia Mazzarini, shares how children and families can make the most of the autumn half term in Sicily.
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The Royal Treatment – Babies at Brown’s
Owned by the Forte family for four generations, Brown’s Hotel prides itself on being a family-friendly destination that indulges each of our guests with the royal treatment. We’re constantly inventing new ways to delight our younger guests from their very first stay with us, starting with a check-in gift for every child of a personalised gingerbread biscuit and their very own Alby, Brown’s monkey mascot.
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Rocco Forte News: August 2019
While the opening of our two new hotels has held much of the limelight recently, there are plenty more exciting developments. From hotly anticipated appointments to prestigious global awards and events, here are the freshest updates to share with your clients.
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FRANCESCO ROCCATO – MY STORY
Meet the General Manager of Hotel de la Ville and find out more about the man leading our vibrant, new Roman destination into its exciting future, what he loves about Rome and more.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Exquisite Europe: Skydiving in Brussels
With its storied squares, historic bridges, ambient restaurants and lively bars, Brussels is a world-class destination for a city break. But for those seeking a more outdoorsy experience, it’s hard to beat the incredible natural beauty of Belgium’s vast forests, craggy peaks and meandering rivers. Enjoy the best of both worlds with an exceptional 3-night stay at Hotel Amigo, combining the luxuries of the big city with a life-changing experience in the Ardennes.
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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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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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Welcome to Masseria Torre Maizza
Set on the shores of the Adriatic and shrouded by ancient olive trees, Masseria Torre Maizza captures the heart and soul of Puglia. This 16th-century masseria has seen generations of farmers carefully tend the estate’s orchards, vineyards and groves, pressing the fragrant olive oil this region is famous for. Cicadas buzz in the bushes and the waves gently break on the beaches, the waters teeming with startlingly fresh fish and seafood.
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Brand New Hotel Openings in Italy
This spring, Rocco Forte Hotels is delighted to announce the opening of two new stunning Italian properties in Rome and Puglia.
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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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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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Exquisite Europe: the magic of Munich with Nymphenburg
From a bespoke 5-course dinner on your rooftop terrace to an indulgent Bavarian spa treatment and exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Nymphenburg Castle, The Charles Hotel is offering its guests an extraordinary opportunity to experience the beauty and history of Munich.
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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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The joys of summer in Sicily
The Ultimate Sicilian summer retreat, in addition to its spectacular natural beauty, Verdura Resort offers its guests an irresistible assortment of seasonal activities. From exclusive fine dining events with celebrated international chefs to a children’s sports academy led by superstar athletes, Verdura has all the ingredients for an unforgettable summer.
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Tommaso Ziffer on the design of Hotel de la Ville
Opening in May 2019, Hotel de la Ville combines the elegant traditions of the Grand Tour with a chic, contemporary aesthetic. Acclaimed architect and interior designer Tommaso Ziffer was born in Rome and has an innate understanding of Roman style, and together with Olga Polizzi he is responsible for the sophisticated renovation of this stunning 18th-century palazzo.
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Exquisite Europe: sky high adventures in Rome
Experience the beauty and majesty of the Roman countryside from above on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. In the peace and stillness of the morning light, glide silently above the beautiful, rolling landscape of Lazio, admiring its vineyards and historic villages as you go.
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Fantastic family adventures to have in Rome
Whether flying over the city in a helicopter, following ancient trails on horseback or picking up a sword for a gladiator battle, there are some incredible adventures waiting for you and your family in Rome with a stay at Hotel de la Ville.
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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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An unforgettable family Easter at Verdura Resort
Flooded with spring sunshine and filled with the delicate scent of orange blossom, the Sicilian countryside is in full bloom at Easter. This beautiful time of year is also a season of celebration at Verdura Resort, with a special programme of Easter activities available to guests of all ages.
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Fantastic New Experiences for Spring
From horse riding in London's Hyde Park to street art in Rome and a special ceramics masterclass in Sicily, your clients have a wealth of exciting new experiences to choose from. Take advantage of our latest experiences and adventures when booking an escape this spring.
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WHERE THE SEA MEETS THE SKY: EXPLORING THE EGADI ISLANDS BY YACHT
Located 10 miles off the coast of Sicily, the Egadi Islands sit within the sparkling, cerulean waters of the Mediterranean. The rocky, mountainous landscape hides a long history that dates to the Palaeolithic era, and the pace of life moves slowly here. The small population and unspoilt natural beauty are protected by the Egadi Islands Marine Reserve dedication.
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HOTEL DE LA VILLE’S 21ST CENTURY GRAND TOUR
Located at the top of Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps, our newest property, Hotel de la Ville, pays homage to the European Grand Tour. During the 18th and 19th centuries, young gentlemen were sent on a tour of Europe, intended to enlighten and educate. Rome was an essential stop on every tour, as the city’s long history reaching from the ancient to the Renaissance yielded a wealth of culture.
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Experience the Internazionali BNL d’Italia
One of the most anticipated spring sporting events in Italy, the Italian Open, or Internazionali BNL d’Italia, takes place each May in Rome. The Open is one of the most important clay tennis tournaments on the tour, second to the French Open. First played at the Foro Italico in 1935, a stadium inspired by the Roman forums of old, the tournament is still played at the same location on the banks of the Tiber.
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Exquisite Europe: An Extraordinary Experience in Tuscany
The home of Chianti, Brunello and Montepulciano, Tuscany is world-famous for its incredible wine. An unforgettable experience for oenophiles, Hotel Savoy is whisking its guests up above the rolling vineyards of this award-winning wine region on a spectacular Helicopter Wine Tour. Accompanied by acclaimed Italian sommelier Filippo Bartolotta, we can’t think of a better way to discover the legendary land of the Super Tuscans.
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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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How to Have Fun with the Kids in St Petersburg
From painting porcelain to treasure hunts and puppet shows, St Petersburg offers all kinds of fun ways for little visitors to experience Russian history and culture.
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The Magic of the Festive Season in Rome
Christmas in Rome is magical, and the Romans embrace it with both arms. Throughout the festive season, the city is filled with the scent of roasted chestnuts, the sound of choirs singing festive hymns and shop windows twinkling with illuminations.
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How to Spend a Five-Day Corporate Retreat or Incentive Trip at Verdura Resort
Dramatic seaside views. Fragrant orange and olive groves. Swaying palms and the scent of wild rosemary. Verdura Resort is a not your usual corporate retreat. Whether you’re planning a large group getaway or a more intimate event, our fully-equipped meeting rooms, superb facilities and stunning sea view rooms are guaranteed to keep clients happy.
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A Christmas to Remember with Brown’s Hotel and Boodles
Two brands that epitomise superlative British style, Brown’s Hotel has joined forces with Mayfair fine jeweller Boodles for a show-stopping Christmas season. More than just neighbours on Albemarle Street, both companies are family-run businesses with creativity and exceptional service at the heart of what they do.
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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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Five Incredible Half Term Activities for Your Family at Verdura Resort
Take advantage of the glorious Sicilian climate this autumn half term in the exquisite surroundings of Verdura Resort. With world-class facilities and mouth-watering dining, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy on an unforgettable break. From fencing lessons to coaching for budding golf pros, here are five family-friendly activities to dive into this half term at Verdura Resort.
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Top Things to do in Frankfurt During Half Term
With fantastic museums and gorgeous gardens, Germany’s financial capital has plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The perfect destination for a half term city break, these fun-fuelled things to do in Frankfurt will inspire and delight your kids.
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Five Exceptional Autumn Activities at Verdura Resort
With acres of glorious grounds to explore, the exquisite Verdura Resort is the perfect place to enjoy an autumn escape. You can soak up the warm Sicilian weather while sampling mouth-watering cuisine and world-class facilities, with plenty for both couples and families to enjoy. From coaching for budding golf pros to cooking masterclasses, here are five exceptional activities you can dive into this autumn at Verdura Resort.
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How to Become a Triathlete with Danilo Palmucci
Seasoned triathlete, Ironman and native Roman, Danilo Palmucci is Hotel de Russie’s much-loved Master Trainer. Having competed in over 300 races worldwide, Danilo is an expert in providing tailored training programmes and in depth fitness advice to guests. Here, he shares his triathlon story and top tips for those looking to try the sport themselves.
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How to Lower your Golf Handicap
With its two 18-hole championship courses set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, Verdura Resort is an idyllic place to work on your golf technique.
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Adventure Activities for Kids in London
The sound of the school bell is sounding again but London has plenty of exhilarating activities to keep little ones entertained and energised over the coming months. From mystery quests to delightful dragon hunts, here are the best adventure activities to have with your kids in the Capital.
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A Cultural Guide to Shanghai West Bund
Once a neglected former industrial area, Shanghai West Bund is now a vibrant arts and culture hub that has evolved into the city’s most dynamic, creative destination. Perched on the Xuhui waterfront, overlooking the Huangpu River, the collection of galleries, show spaces and restaurants has revolutionised this riverside corner of Shanghai. Join us for a cultural exploration along the West Bund.
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Concierge’s 10 Favourite Things to do in Shanghai
From legendary landmarks to prestigious shopping destinations, The Westbund Hotel’s concierge shares their favourite places to visit in Shanghai. For the definitive insider experience when visiting the Paris of the East, be inspired with these exceptional Shanghai highlights.
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The Regeneration of Shanghai West Bund
Shanghai West Bund is one of the dynamic city’s most compelling regeneration success stories. Who would have imagined a semi-abandoned, once industrial corner of the Huangpu River could be transformed into the cutting-edge arts and culture centre that it is today?
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