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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Marks 10 Years with Three-Day Anniversary Celebration

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Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is celebrating its 10th birthday. The Hotel opened its doors on June 15, 2008, after a meticulous seven-year renovation of the historical 15th century Palazzo built in 1473 by the Chancellor of the Florentine Republic Bartolomeo Scala, and the 17th century La Villa, built by the Del Nero family. Now the Hotel, with its 4.5 hectare (11 acre) secular garden, Spa, scenic outdoor pool and historical suites, has established itself as one of the best hotels in the world and an iconic destination for those looking for a location in the heart of Florence with all the best resort-style facilities. Its Michelin-starred restaurant Il Palagio, seasonal trattoria Al Fresco, Atrium Cocktail Bar and Pool Tree bar are favourite spots for foodies and Florentines wishing to taste the best regional specialties and the most innovative cocktails.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the Hotel will host a three-day birthday celebration punctuated by a series of exclusive events and activities open to guests and locals upon reservation:

Hot Air Balloon

From Thursday, June 14, 2018, a customised golden hot-air balloon will land in the Hotel’s Della Gherardesca garden, ready to take Hotel guests up in the sky, where they will enjoy the best view ever of the city of Florence.

Anniversary Dinner Party

On June 14, 2018, a dinner show with live entertainment will take place with an exclusive performance by Nu’Art dancers and acrobats, themed after “Brilliant Celebrations,” recalling the time when the Hotel was a Palazzo inhabited by nobles and popes. The evening will include an aperitif in the Hotel’s garden, and a buffet dinner by the Hotel’s Michelin-starred Chef Vito Mollica and a dessert buffet by Executive Pastry Chef Domenico di Clemente. EUR 180 per person, wines included.

Birthday Photo Booth

On Friday, June 15, 2018, the actual day of the Hotel’s anniversary, guests checking in will have the opportunity to capture the moment with a photo booth and special background imagined by Artistic Designer Vincenzo Dascanio.

In the afternoon, 5,000 gold balloons will be released in the sky from the Hotel garden, and the celebrations will end with a stunning fireworks display.

“I’ve been managing Four Seasons Hotel Firenze since the pre-opening, and I remember clearly the very first time I was brought to see the Palazzo and La Villa by one of our clients in Milan: as soon as I entered the building I realised that this would have become one of the most beautiful hotels of the world. I was amazed by this unique building and his secular garden,” comments Patrizio Cipollini, General Manager of the Hotel. “I have so many great memories of these first 10 years: our first Open Day, when we were expecting no more than 600 people and had 7,000 people visiting; our restaurant Il Palagio gaining its first Michelin star; and I have to say thank you to our Chef Vito Mollica and his team for it. But my biggest source of pride is having become a point of reference for our clients who come back visiting us year after year. I’m delighted to say that Four Seasons Hotel Firenze has become a real Florentine home for many of our guests, as well as a favourite spot for local clients.”

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Grand Hyatt Athens Opens in Greek Capital

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Athens, marking the first Hyatt hotel in the Greek capital and the first Grand Hyatt branded hotel in Greece. The luxury property is located on Syngrou Avenue next to the Onassis Cultural Centre and combines dramatic architecture with innovative design, easily accessible to historic sites and best-in-class restaurants.

The vibrant city of Athens offers countless activities for all types of visitors. At the same time, it is also known as the historic capital of Europe – an ancient city with rich culture, iconic sites and attractions.

“Athens is fast becoming the destination of choice where ancient history sits alongside modern coffee shops and rooftop bars,” said Nikos Trikourakis, general manager of Grand Hyatt Athens. “Our hotel will offer guests who seek first-class hospitality unforgettable experiences and a luxurious place to stay.”

Celebrating iconic Greek culture, the 309-room hotel incorporates curated art reminiscent of ancient Athens. Alongside original pieces from the Museum of Cycladic Art, the hotel also showcases a glamorous lobby with an extraordinary art installation called The Coin, which is made from replicated, ancient Athenian coins representing the Greek economic supremacy in the fifth century BC. The property’s rooftop also offers the spectacular Penthouse Restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool with impressive views of the Acropolis.

Grand Hyatt is situated within walking distance of the beautiful old town of Plaka and the infamous Acropolis site, while golf courses, the passenger port terminal of Piraeus and the golden beaches of the Athens southern suburbs are just a short car ride away.

The hotel will be managed by Kokari Limited and has been developed by the international real estate investment companies Henderson Park and Hines. It will be the second Hyatt property in Greece, joining Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki.

Accommodations

Designed with bold and vibrant features, the hotel has 309 beautifully decorated guestrooms, 38 of which are suites, including the Presidential Suite, Royal Suite and four Grand Executive Suites with terraces. The rooms feature spectacular views of either the Acropolis, the cityscape or the inner landscaped garden, and offer a spacious and luxurious stay. Additionally, suite and club room guests have exclusive access to the Grand Club Lounge, which provides lavish surroundings, personal concierge services and culinary highlights throughout the day.

Dining

The impressive rooftop restaurant is set on the hotel’s top floor overlooking the brightly lit Acropolis neighborhood of Athens through transparent glass surfaces and offers guests the extraordinary experience of fresh, seasonally-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. For a more relaxed environment, guests can also dine in the Aphrodite lobby lounge & bar, a modern and comfortable lounge-style restaurant offering patisserie selections, salads and deluxe sandwiches.

Wellbeing and Fitness

Grand Hyatt Athens has a stunning rooftop outdoor swimming pool with breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The wellness center features four private treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, relaxation lounges, a sauna and a Turkish bath, known as a Hammam (to open in early 2019) – offering a destination of serene luxury and relaxation.

Meetings and Events

Grand Hyatt Athens offers the perfect venue for every type of event with almost 21,500 square feet of flexible event space and seven flexible multi-functional meeting spaces accommodating up to 1,000 guests. Conference facilities are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology paired with dedicated personal assistance at all times to ensure that events and meetings run smoothly.

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Ultimate Eid Getaway at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

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This Eid escape the ordinary to the clear blue skies, turquoise waters and golden sands at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, a haven of tranquillity in the heart of lush gardens and among authentic architectural style.

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is the ideal choice for a perfect Eid escape or summer getaway this season. Guests can choose to do as much or as little as they like, from an adventurous dive in the marine life that thrives just beyond the Resort’s shoreline to a friendly tennis match on the Resort courts or simply relaxing on a beautiful beach with an amazing location by the Red Sea, or enjoying ancient-inspired spa treatments.

The Resort is second to none when contemplating an unforgettable retreat with family or loved ones. For this special occasion, the culinary team has prepared their finest creations across the Resort’s various dining venues, offering different themed nights from the best of Italian cuisine at Il Frantoio restaurant to oriental specialities at Arabesque restaurant, Reef Grill‘s Land and Sea Market, Waha’s specialities by the pool, in addition to live entertainment and creative cocktails at Nafoura Lounge. It is going to be difficult to make just one choice this Eid!

Younger guests are invited on August 23, 2018 to a fun-filled Eid family party.  The Kids for all Seasons Club has prepared themed activities for children throughout Eid celebrations including hand puppets, fun beach games, Red Sea shells collection, water polo, movie nights, swimming races, Eid card making and much more entertainment during the day.

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Mandarin Oriental To Manage Luxury Resort On Lake Como, Italy

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced today that it has taken over management of CastaDiva Resort & Spa, an existing resort on Lake Como, Italy. The property will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como in spring 2019 following a refurbishment of facilities. This will be Mandarin Oriental’s first resort in western Europe and will complement the Group’s Milan hotel.

Located on the shores of Lake Como, and surrounded by lush botanic parkland, the resort is a landmark of historic importance, comprising 76 spacious rooms and suites housed in nine villas, dating from the 19th Century. Two of the villas will be bookable in their entirety giving guests their own private retreat. Almost all accommodation has lake views that can be enjoyed from either a balcony or terrace. The resort features four restaurants and bars, including a lakeside terrace for al fresco dining, a large spa with an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor floating pool on the lake. There is also a variety of social and meeting facilities in the resort’s grounds.

“We are delighted to be extending the Mandarin Oriental brand to the shores of Lake Como which has long been a destination of choice for luxury travellers. We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service to the resort and to working with our partners to create one of Italy’s most exclusive properties,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Lake Como has been a popular travel destination for centuries, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful resort areas in northern Italy. The lake is surrounded by villas, gardens and villages and offers visitors a wealth of scenic views, hiking trails, boating and other water activities. It is easily accessed from Milan Malpensa airport.

CastaDiva Resort & Spa was acquired in 2017 by funds managed by Attestor Capital LLP.

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