Hotel de Crillon, a Rosewood hotel-The revamp!

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Entering the most elite hotel in Paris you have the feeling of being at a private palace. There are few places in the world where you can wake up feeling like royalty — but the famed Hotel de Crillon in Paris certainly qualifies.

Located in the famous Place de la Concorde, the historic hotel was designed by the architect of the Palace of Versailles. In 2017, after a $200 million renovation, the Parisian landmark was reborn.

Every room in the 3,000-square-foot residence offers stunning views of the Paris skyline.

“I like the idea of a slightly theatrical arrival,” says Chahan Minassian, one of the three interior designers working alongside artistic director Aline d’Amman and architect Richard Martinet for the three-and-a-half-year renovation.

For $38,000 per night, guests can awake in a mega-suite designed by Karl Lagerfeld called “Les Grands Appartements.” The fashion icon’s vision of chic French decor blends old and new; from the original marble sink from the Palace of Versailles, to the ultra-modern bookcase that opens with a push of a button to reveal a secret dressing room.The suite also features a room inspired by Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, Choupette!

Crillon counts celebrities including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Madonna and Taylor Swift, Sophia Loren, Peggy Guggenheim, Orson Welles among its guests. Now, the hotel’s A-list visitors can also enjoy a wealth of new VIP perks, such as an in-house barber shop, custom fitted with chairs made from 1960s Aston Martin leather interiors, and a brand-new subterranean pool with gleaming gold tiles.

Or, they can head to the lavish bar-with easy access for outside guests, where they can sip more than 213 kinds of Champagne. Inside, the original chandeliers have been lowered for intimacy, while the original pastel frescoed ceiling has been given new life by warmly lit clouds meant to resemble the Parisian sky after the rain.

Below foot, a newly designed spa gives way to a hotel guest–only skylighted pool, with ceramic art  by American artist Peter Lane.

For the 124 newly redesigned guest rooms, three restaurants (one featuring Michelin-star chef Christopher Hache), gilded bar, and discrete spa, it is evident that all of the owners of the hotel wanted to preserve the 18th-century spirit of the hotel that has been a constant throughout the hotel’s history.

 

The Ritz Carlton, St. Moritz : Captivating luxury!

 

 

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This luxury hotel built in 1913 and revamped by Carlo Rampazzi represents a new dimension of self-assured luxury and boasts breathtaking views of the st Moritz lake and the Engadin mountains from all its 60 suites and junior suites.
A proud member of the Leading Hotels of the world and Swiss Deluxe Hotels it has its own limousine and helicopter service, babysitting,butler, ski shop and the famous Carlton ski school.
Its restaurant Da Vittorio holds a Michelin star and memorable italian haute cuisine while one should not miss the Carlton bar at the sun terrace overlooking the captivating lake.
Awarded as Leading Spa, this 1200 square meters Luxury Wellness World affords view of the mountains, six treatment rooms, adventure showers, ice fountain, large indoors sports pool and heated outdoor pool with panoramic views.
Its location above the lake of St.Moritz underscores the unique and enduring spirit of the Carlton. The timeless and the contemporary finest materials create the perfect setting for a memorable stay.

 

Suite Home Escape London Book presentation speech!

London, November 2017 Suite Home Escape Book presentation speech :

‘Dearest friends, thank you very much for being here today.

Before I touch on how this book will help a very important segment of society, I would first like to talk about how travel can be inspirational and enlightening.

In parallel, escaping our daily lives and traveling to amazing places always touches something within us. Beyond leisure and relaxation, it can lead to new ideas and to life-changing decisions.  I find that travel gives us all a global view on our lives: it frees us from the fussy details of everyday and lets us experience the bigger picture.

Yet there’s much more to travel than personal gain. I’ve always embraced the idea that luxury hospitality can be an important channel for giving back to the community people and environment.

In this vein, the objective of Suite Home Escape is to take us to wondrous places and to transform every visit into a journey of both personal growth and social responsibility. The book features hotels that distinguish themselves not only by documenting beautiful and very special destinations, but also by highlighting their authenticity, sustainability and cultural heritage.

From tree houses in Africa and waterside properties in Asia to the boutique hotels of Europe, every hotel in this eclectic collection has inspired me in one way or another. After every trip, I used to write down everything new that I had seen, heard, learned or thought.

Each description is accompanied by short phrases, which I have called “room for thought” and which invite the visitor to escape – if only mentally – from the routine of everyday life. It helps every discerning traveler to become a true citizen of the world and to develop his or her own philosophy that continues to grow even after their return, in particular by giving each person more room to think.

The word room in English doesn’t only imply a physical space but also an opportunity to escape from the ordinary and the usual. We give ourselves room to relax, strategize, philosophize or cultivate new habits.

In this sense a hotel room can be both a space to enjoy but also a new starting point as a space to grow, whether emotionally, mentally or spiritually. With more room to think we can strengthen personal goals, cultivate relationships, spur creativity and build experiences. My “rooms for thought” are all about that.

For years, the rooms of my family’s hotel in Athens, the St. George Lycabettus, have very much been a source of inspiration for me. As hospitality evolved and CSR became an indispensable part of the industry, the property has literally and figuratively given me room to think about how the travel industry can and must give back to society.

We took pride in converting this long-standing Athenian landmark into an artistic, cultural, gastronomic and luxury-led property that also espouses a philosophy of sustainability and environmental awareness. Today, and in honor of our hotel’s 40th anniversary, we’re donating all the proceeds of Suite Home Escape to Elpida Youth, one of Greece’s most notable charities that supports children with cancer.

I chose Elpida Youth to be part of our Corporate Social Responsibility because it excels in providing emotional support and psychological wellbeing to help children and their families better manage the disease and its treatment. Elpida Youth’s activities in Greece include therapeutic summer camps for the children and operation of the Elpida Guesthouse whose purpose is to help and host children with cancer and their families. By the way, over the last 20 years, Elpida has strongly contributed to developing cancer treatments, achieving a success rate of 80%!

These initiatives are indeed excellent examples of standing behind vulnerable groups in Greece.

As you all know Greece is currently going through many challenges, yet its economic crisis is proving to be an opportunity that is opening new doors. The tourism sector and its ongoing support for society is a vehicle that can lead us out of the crisis. This requires a vision, long-term plan, hard work, consistency and ethics. Above all it requires synergies.

Social support and volunteering have both proven to be noteworthy antidotes to the crisis. I have seen my fellow Greeks work fervently and effectively in supporting the less fortunate.

I hope that Suite Home Escape will do small its part in offering support to those who need it during these times. I hope you travel to many of the wonderful places in Suite Home Escape and that they will enlighten you as they did me.’

With gratitude, T.

The Ned : London’s hottest new venue!

 

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London’s hottest arrival by Soho house is set in the former Midland Bank building in the City of London, just steps from Bank Station. The Ned hosts 252 bedrooms, nine restaurants, a range of men’s and women’s grooming services and ‘Ned’s Club’, where guests have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hammam and late night lounge bar.

In a few short days its arrival transformed the nightlife around Bank station and is now the place to be seen.
The  building was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Each bedroom at The Ned features elements of design specific to the 1920’s and 1930’s and includes vintage pieces, richly patterned furnishings and rainforest showers.
The former Grand Banking Hall is host to eight restaurants which serve a wide range of cuisines, from Britain to Northern Italy, North America to Asia.
Six private hire rooms and two terraces are at guests’ disposal and are among the building’s most elegant spaces.
Ned’s Club, available to members and adult hotel guests for the duration of their stay, offers a range of rooms and facilities. Ned’s Club Upstairs features a rooftop with a spectacular 360-degree view of London, a pool and Canopy Bar & Restaurant.

Its heated rooftop pool became one of the most instagrammed locations since its opening.
Guests have access to Ned’s Club Relax with a 20 m indoor pool, a sauna, steam room and Moroccan hammam, along with Ned’s Club Active’s 620 square metre gym, three exercise studios and boxing gym!

 

 

Branco: New beach-kissed hotel in Mykonos

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Located literally on Platis Gialos beach, Branco Mykonos is a dazzling new hotel in the

most lively island of the Mediterranean!

Set down your bags and unwind in one of the stunning sea view rooms and suites.

Rainfall showers and pillow menus are all there to pamper you in one of the most

cosmopolitan travel destinations of the world!

Sip a cocktail at the beach bar by the awarded  bartender Vassilis Kyritsis, book a private

massage at the palmier  and enjoy the sun and the crystal clear sea of the Aegean.

Branco Mykonos hosts one of the most famous shopping brands of the island

SOHO-SOHO, as well as a boutique with various objects and souvenirs while you should

also take advantage of their Shopping Escort service!

Bikinis from Heidi Klein, Delfina Delettrez fine jewelry, Solange sandals, kaftans from

March II, Dior sunglasses, Creed Perfumes are only a few of the names which are hosted

in the boutique.

End your day with a visit to the Branco restaurant for dinner and drinks , try the

signature quinoa salad  and rediscover the greek cuisine

indulging into a unique dining experience with local ingredients by renowned Greek

chef Athinagoras Kostakos.

Save some space for dessert because the awarded pastry-chef Spiros Artelaris loves to

combine modern taste with traditional flavors and to play with the sweets’ texture.

His creations will surprise you!

Luxurious loungers and sunbeds, stimulating music and tasteful cocktails by the pool

and palmier create an authentic Mykonos hotel experience.

Ongoing events , live performances and beach yoga sessions are not to be missed at the

Branco.

 

With  gratitude, T.