It’s officially summer travel season which means that it’s time to pull out those calendars, block off a few days and book your next getaway! Now, when it comes to choosing where to spend the warm, sunny months, there’s really no better destination than Europe. Fancy taking in the sights of the Ponte Vecchio from the comfort of your dining room table or does meditating in the Swiss Alps sound right up your alley? Take a peek at Hawkins International’s European properties and start finalizing those summer travel plans!
Fun for All Ages, Dolder Grand
Commonly known as “Zurich’s paradise,” the hotel has recently unveiled unique programming for adults and children of all ages to enjoy. This summer the Dolder Grand will serve as the perfect backdrop for families as it is complete with rich history, expansive suites inspired by cultural icons, a dedicated Kid’s Room (ages 3 – 12), refreshingly natural green lawn, swimming pool and a 43,000 sq. ft. spa.
Wellness Week, Gstaad Palace
Long-known as a center for relaxation, wellness and exquisite service, the Gstaad Palace is cementing its position as a health destination with the launch of a new “Wellness Week.” The program, which will be held from August 27-September 3, 2017, is an opportunity for guests to meet with highly-acclaimed Dr. Steven Lamm, the medical director of NYU Langone’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health, and author of multiple books including No Guts, No Glory and Fighting Fat: Break the Dieting Cycle and Get Healthy for Life.
Travelers looking for a summer getaway can choose from an extensive variety of beautiful homes in a variety of European destinations, curated by Oasis. Lovely Marie located in Saint Germain, Paris is the perfect location for a Parisian getaway. The two-bedroom apartment oozes elegance and was designed by a world-famous architect. Travelers can enjoy the understated color palette and location a stone’s throw from Le Bon Marche, the oldest department store. People looking for relaxing sea-side escape can book a stay at Villa Blu an exquisite property in the Roca Llisa area of Ibiza. The hand-picked home offers an enclave of peace and tranquility for guests. With three different terraces with views to the sea and an open living room and kitchen this property is host to a picturesque getaway. Each Oasis experience is designed to provide the privacy and ease of staying in a hand-picked home, while offering the amenities and service level of a hotel. Services include in-person check-in, fresh linens, toiletries and professional cleaning. With its concierge service that helps travelers get VIP service at area clubs, make reservations at the top restaurants and provide recommendations for the best spa, sightseeing and area experiences, Oasis makes it easy to create a memorable European getaway.
Geneva Gems, Le Richemond
This summer Le Richemond, an iconic hotel in Geneva, and The House of Gübelin, known for its gemstone expertise, has created an exclusive partnership to offer guests an introduction to the colored gemstones of the Gübelin Academy. For one hour, guests will follow a Gübelin expert through a hands-on journey discovering the physical and spiritual characteristics of various gems, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. During the training, guests will enjoy a blue sapphire shot, a red ruby shot and a green emerald shot to enhance the experience. For the occasion, Le Richemond designed the “Geneva Gem” package which includes a one hour experience with a Gübelin expert, an exclusive Diamond Cocktail, one night in a luxury lake view room (double occupancy), breakfast for two and in-room pastry amenities.
La Cour Jardin, Hotel Plaza Athénée
After its recent renovation by decorator Bruno Moinard, Hotel Plaza Athénée’s La Cour Jardin is welcoming guests to discover delights by Executive Pastry Chef, Angelo Musa, created by alongside the menu’s essentials prepared by Chef Mathieu Emeraud. La Cour Jardin, is a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of Paris, and a perfect destination for an elegant summer lunch. Guests looking to relax can book a spa treatment in Hotel Plaza Athénée’s recently refreshed Dior Institut, whose relaxation and reception spaces have been updated in elegant shades of champagne with a mirrored ceiling paved with crystal and low-relief sculptures of the famous Dior rose. Ever attentive to the prestige of its guests, Hotel Plaza Athénée has recently partnered with Guerlain to introduce a full range of products in the bathrooms based on Eau de Cologne Impériale, the company’s flagship fragrance.
Rest and Relaxation, Le Meurice
Le Meurice, located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, embodies the perfect French palace hotel. This summer, guests will awaken their senses through the new Massage with Aromatic Thai Herb Bags from Spa Valmont pour Le Meurice. Stretch out and relax in the historic Parisian palace hotel as skilled therapists apply aromatic bags of lemongrass, mint, lemon balm and ginger to soothe and rejuvenate the skin, combining gentle pressure and heat to reinvigorate the balance between body and mind. For families looking for wellness and pampering, Spa Valmont pour Le Meurice also offers spa experiences for the littlest VIPs, from age six and older. Guests can also access the fitness center and, on selected dates, take advantage of Yog ‘n’ Dance, taught by fitness coach Julie Ferrez, one of the most sought-after fitness experts in France. This innovative class sculpts the figure and relaxes the mind using a combination of vinyasa yoga and classical dance, with the aid of a ballet barre.
Summer Stress Relief, Hotel Principe di Savoia
This summer the iconic luxury hotel in Milan, Hotel Principe di Savoia, will help active guests stay fit as well as relax from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Club 10 Spa & Fitness Center, the hotel’s signature spa, which includes an indoor heated swimming pool, has launched a new wellness program and spa treatments for men in partnership with Italian skincare brand, Comfort Zone. The new wellness program features five customizable treatments from Comfort Zone’s ‘Body Strategist’ line. The treatment menu ranges from an Aromatherapy Wrap to an Algae Peel and Bagni di Pisa, a treatment using thermal waters from the baths of Pisa. New male spa treatments include the Hydramemory Express facial offering hydration for stressed and dehydrated skin, while the Hydramemory Complete pampers with deep hydration to soothe skin and heighten physical and mental energy levels. Guests can minimize signs of aging with the Sublime Skin Express, ideal for oily skin. The Stress Recover Massage soothes tension, jet lag, and the physical repercussions of strenuous activity, and is designed to stimulate connective tissue and improve flexibility.
Hotel Lungarno, Florence
Part of the Ferragamo-family owned Lungarno Collection, Hotel Lungarno is a quintessential, classic Florentine hotel which just opened, June 1, after a six-month renovation and refurbishment. Designed by internationally renowned interior designer Michele Bonan, who has designed all Lungarno Collection properties, Hotel Lungarno is the closest hotel to the Arno River in Florence and will now feature 64 guest rooms, including 10 new family-friendly rooms and suites, a brand-new lobby lounge which will offer breathtaking views of the Ponte Vecchio and a renewed emphasis on culinary and art programming reflective of the destination. Hotel Lungarno was the first hotel designed by Michele Bonan, and this renovation project reflects his passion for this ‘Grand Dame’ hotel and its significance to the city of Florence.
JW Marriot, Venice
Located on its own private island, Isola delle Rose, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa invites travelers to experience its tranquil setting and luxurious services through a secluded Italian-inspired getaway. New for the 2017 season, the resort added the ‘Mediterranean Bliss’ spa treatment created specifically to showcase the benefits of olive oil for the skin, and the unique exfoliating treatment uses Isola delle Rose’s exclusively produced olive oil to nourish and soften skin, and aromatic herbs grown in the island’s own gardens. Additionally, JW Marriott will play host to celebrity guest chefs for a range of exclusive dinners at their Michelin-star restaurant, Dopolavoro.
Caesar Augustus, Capri
A family-owned hotel since the 1930s, and one of the only five-star resorts on the island of Capri, Caesar Augustus is perched 2,000 feet above the sea with panoramic views of the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi coast. While high above the sea, guests will enjoy views from every angle of the property, including the rooms, bathroom Jacuzzis and outdoor terrace restaurant. As the grand dame of Capri, Caesar Augustus offers guests an unforgettable stay, with the new addition of gourmet food and beverage experiences by La Terrazza di Lucullo’s Executive Chef Eduardo Vuolo.
Oasis, Italy Collection
Travelers looking for an Italian getaway can choose from an extensive variety of beautiful homes in Italian destinations like Rome and Milan, curated by Oasis. Located just in front of the Colosseum, travelers can live among one of the greatest Roman wonders when they stay at Unica Al Colosseo, a five-bedroom apartment that has breathtaking views showcasing the magnificent Colosseum right outside the windows. Travelers looking to book a stay in the city of Milan, can stay at Navigli Refuge, a two-bedroom apartment owned by internationally renowned artists, that boosts unique architecture and design elements that include contemporary accents. Each Oasis experience is designed to provide the privacy and ease of staying in a hand-picked home, while offering the amenities and service level of a hotel. Services include in-person check-in, fresh linens, toiletries and professional cleaning. With its concierge service that helps travelers get VIP service at area clubs, make reservations at the top restaurants and provide recommendations for the best spa, sightseeing and area experiences, Oasis makes it easy to create a memorable Italian getaway.
Hotel Eden, Rome
With the recent work on the Fontana di Trevi, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum, Rome is undergoing a major renaissance. To top it off, Hotel Eden, Dorchester Collection’s historic grande dame in Rome, has brought old-school glamour back into the 21st century after a 17-month long renovation. The 128-year-old Hotel Eden relaunched on April 1, 2017, with upgraded guest rooms, three new restaurants and bars and an urban spa. Formerly offering 121 rooms and suites, the hotel’s reduced room and suite count to 98 has created ultra-spacious, luxurious accommodations. The top suite, the Bellavista Penthouse Suite, looks out on Rome with floor-to-ceiling windows, which can be fully opened. Spearheaded by award-winning executive chef Fabio Ciervo, Hotel Eden’s food and beverage offerings have been carefully crafted to harmonize exceptional food with a healthy lifestyle. The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, La Terrazza, is located on the top floor and offers guests views across Rome with an innovative Mediterranean menu using high-quality fresh and seasonal produce. Offering all day dining, Il Giardino Ristorante & Bar offers an array of light, healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a selection of pasta, pizza and cicchetti. For guests wishing to enjoy mystery and romance, La Libreria plays hosts to a “secret bar” providing classic and innovative cocktails during aperitif time. New to the hotel is The Eden Spa, featuring three suites and a blow-dry bar, as well as a mani/pedi suite with a range of holistic wellness experiences and therapies from Sonya Dakar and Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.
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