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The Most Romantic Places to Propose in Europe
A proposal is an unforgettable moment in a couple’s life together, so make it extra special by whisking your loved one away for a destination engagement. Whether you prefer iconic landmarks, historic sights or breathtaking vistas, Europe is full of locations that offer an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Follow our guide to the most romantic places in Europe to to get down on one knee.
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Five Family Friendly Activities in Jeddah
With its incredible new waterfront set to be a dazzling entertainment hub, Jeddah is a fantastic family destination. From adrenaline-fuelled theme parks to outer space adventures, follow us as we bring you some Jeddah‘s finest family friendly activities.
Jeddah
Alpine Adventures: A Guide to Kitzbühel
A picturesque Austrian town and world-class ski resort, Kitzbühel is all candy-coloured medieval buildings, stylish boutiques and alpine glamour. Just a couple of hours’ drive from Munich, Kitzbühel is the perfect winter destination for an excursion.
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Fulvio Pierangelini’s Sabayon
An indulgent Italian custard dessert enriched with sweet masala wine, sabayon is the ultimate ending to any meal. Here, Creative Director of Food for Rocco Forte Hotels, Fulvio Pierangelini shares his exclusive sabayon recipe, along with his treasured early memories of this delicious dessert.
Brussels
Six Up-and-Coming Designers to Watch this London Fashion Week
Each season, tastemakers look to London Fashion Week to discover the latest cutting-edge designs. A hotbed of emerging talent, London Fashion Week is where the finest new trends are set. As the glittering biannual event approaches, here are six up-and-coming designers to watch out for.
London
Who Will Win The 2018 Six Nations?
As January moves into February, the excitement levels in the world of rugby begin to increase as a new 6 Nations Championship comes into view. Spread over two months, the championship is a festival of power, speed and aggression, as some of the world’s best rugby players are pitted against each other. The question is, who will win this year’s 6 Nations?
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From Nature to Nurture: The Perfect Golf and Spa Breaks for Couples
Set on acres of stunning coastline overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean, Verdura Resort is a mesmerising Sicilian destination. With three championship golf courses and an indulgent spa, it’s the perfect place for an enchanting couples break.
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H.R.H. Prince Luitpold von Bayern’s Cultural Highlights of Munich
His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold von Bayern offers personal insight into a city steeped in grand history, and intimately tied to his own grand family.
Munich
Winter Roast Goose Recipe
Rich, sweet and earthy, roast goose makes an indulgent alternative to turkey at Christmas. If you’ve not yet planned your festive menu, these sumptuous recipes from Villa Kennedy’s Gusto restaurant will delight your family around the dinner table.
Frankfurt
What to See at St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum this Winter
While St Petersburg’s Winter Palace no longer houses royal Tsars, it does host some of the greatest works of art ever created, as well as an abundance of historical relics. Today, The State Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious galleries. From unmissable temporary exhibitions to iconic works that form part of the permanent collection, here’s what to see when visiting the Hermitage Museum this winter.
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The Ultimate Shopping Weekend in London
With world-class department stores and stylish independent boutiques, London is one of the world’s premiere shopping destinations. In the heart of glamorous Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Bond Street, Regent Street and Dover Street. From chauffeured store trips to indulgent pampering treatments, our shopping weekend in London is brimming with luxurious treats to make your experience extra special.
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Our Concierges’ Christmas Gift List for Children
Be inspired with our concierges’ fantastic pick of delightful gifts for children, found across our European cities. Each one is intrinsically linked to its location, and is certain to be cherished for years to come.
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Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits
In Germany, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread biscuits. Sweet, spicy and fun to decorate, they’re the perfect seasonal family treat and can be found in homes across the country. Delight young ones with this tempting recipe from The Charles Hotel, and let their imaginations run wild with festive toppings. Remember to leave one for Santa…if there are any left!
Treat Your Children to a Spectacular Christmas at Villa Kennedy
Walking through Villa Kennedy’s grand gates this Christmas Eve your family will be transported to a winter wonderland. With thousands of twinkling lights illuminating the entrance. an enchanting home-made gingerbread house awaits inside, stuffed with Christmas cookies, gingerbread and sweets, little guests will be captivated immediately.
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An Unforgettable Christmas for Children at Hotel Amigo
With its spectacular Winter Wonders event and seasonal markets, Brussels is a magical place to explore with your family at Christmas. Located on the historic Grand Place, Hotel Amigo is a captivating destination for guests of all ages, and perfectly positioned to explore on foot. One young guest, Justine, was captivated by her stay last Christmas. Here, she tells us all about her festive adventure in Brussels.
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2018 Travel Experiences for Under Tens
From outdoor adventures to fun cerebral activities, inspire their imaginations with these exciting European travel experiences for under tens. Our expert concierge can curate the perfect day out for your whole family.
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A Gentleman’s Guide to Golf at Verdura Resort
When playing the gentleman’s sport of golf, it’s vital to look the part, act like a pro and follow the rules, especially when frequenting world-class courses like the East and West courses at Verdura Resort. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the first step to playing a successful game of golf is to master the etiquette. Follow this quintessential gentleman’s guide to golf and you’ll never put a foot out of place.
Sicily
The Best Champagnes for Christmas
Nothing adds sparkle to Christmas celebrations like an elegant flute of fizz. Selected by our expert sommeliers at The Charles Hotel in Munich and Brown’s Hotel in London, these excellent Champagnes are the best way to toast the season in style.
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Glittering Italian Takeover at Brown's Hotel this Christmas
This winter, you can drink and dine La Dolce Vita at Brown’s Hotel with its incredible Italian takeover. Celebrate the season with mixologist, Salvatore Calabrese, who is taking up residence in the elegant Donovan Bar. His extraordinary Martini and Negroni menu includes some of his own greatest hits, as well as exclusive bespoke creations.
London
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 2018 in style with these unforgettable festivities.
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The Art of Ora: Chef Heinz Beck on His New Pop-Up at Brown's Hotel
With three Michelin stars at his esteemed Rome restaurant, La Pergola, distinguished chef Heinz Beck needs little introduction. His exquisite, artfully presented dishes have captivated everyone from Michelle Obama to Julia Roberts. This winter Heinz arrives at Brown’s Hotel for a sensational six-week Italian takeover. Here, Heinz shares the concept behind his exciting new pop-up restaurant, Ora, as well as the processes that make his incredible cuisine is so internationally revered.
London
A Seriously Special Scottish Salmon
If there’s one dish that will add that wow factor to your Christmas celebrations, it’s The Balmoral’s bespoke smoked Scottish salmon. Partnering with local smokehouse, Belhaven, The Balmoral’s Number One restaurant masterfully cure their salmon with a precise balance of sweet-saltiness and a soft, silky texture.
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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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48 Hours in Rome: A Christmas Shopping Itinerary
With endless luxury stores and beautiful independent boutiques, there are few better locations for a Christmas shopping spree than stylish Rome. Why not combine your Christmas shopping with an alluring escape to the Eternal City, staying at the enchanting Hotel de Russie?
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Lydia Forte's Ultimate Christmas Hamper
Elegantly filled with all manner of delights, nothing beats a gourmet hamper as the ultimate Christmas gift. It’s easy to buy great hampers, but it’s just not the same as putting one together yourself. Here are a few of my tips on how to create an exceptional hamper this Christmas.
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Perfect Party Dressing with Victoria Beckham
In the heart of fashionable Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is perfectly positioned to access London’s most glamorous boutiques. From Christian Dior to Cartier, you’ll discover the finest clothing, jewellery, art and antiques in this exquisite corner of the capital. White-hot fashion label, Victoria Beckham has a boutique neighbouring Brown’s. Follow the brand’s style and beauty highlights for the winter season below, so you can truly dress to impress this Christmas.
London
What to Buy the Discerning Gentleman this Christmas
Whatever the interests of the gentleman in your life, we’ve curated an exceptional Christmas gift guide from the best European boutiques. From stylish, covetable accessories to exhilarating experiences, we’ve got Christmas wrapped.
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Sophia's Spiced Glühwein and Christmas Cocktail
From Sophia’s Bar at the Charles Hotel in Munich, this recipe for glühwein (mulled wine) is a Christmas classic. Warm, aromatic and with a spicy kick, it’ll suitably warm your Yuletide guests this season. If you’re hosting a party, the delicious Christmas Cocktail with rum and mulled wine will be sure to add some sparkle to the proceedings.
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Kodomo’s Cass Chapman on Travelling with a Baby
After having her daughter in 2011, luxury lifestyle journalist Cass Chapman launched Kodomo; a travel authority for parents travelling with babies and children. A seasoned globetrotter herself, Cass clocked up plenty of air miles with her two newborns in tow. Here, she reveals the joys of journeying with a baby.
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Little Yogis: How Yoga Can Help Your Child
Whether they’re permanently attached to their favourite device or studying hard for exams, there’s no denying that children today lead busy lives. As adults, embracing conscious living by practicing yoga is a lifestyle choice that many of us make to calm the frenetic pace of life – and it can benefit children, too. As the fastest growing fitness activity, it’s little wonder yoga has picked up a burgeoning group of young followers.