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A Glamorous Road Trip Around Lake Como

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Guests will leave Milan’s lively pace to explore Lake Como’s magnificent villas, ancient villages and stunning landscapes from behind the wheel of a 1961 Giulietta Spider or a Lancia Fulvia Coupè Rally, thanks to an exclusive collaboration of Four Seasons Hotel Milano with the car rental company Joey Rent.

The adventure begins at the Hotel, where guests will get their tailor made itinerary and the keys to one of the two vintage roadsters chosen to hit the open road. After putting down the convertible top, they will enjoy the day discovering the beautiful towns of the area such as Como and its surroundings with an unobstructed view just before having an outdoor lunch at one of the local restaurants in front of the lake. Then they will continue the drive along the lake’s mountain-rimmed shores and its villas.

Prior to heading back to the city, guests will enjoy a private cruise ship tour on the lake, without a doubt the most suggestive and exciting way to catch the romantic atmosphere of the panorama, unique in the world.

Here are our Concierges’ top 5 recommendations of must-stops for food lovers along the way:

  • Crotto dei Platani – Via Regina 73, Brienno (Como) – Italy – Close to Como, Crotto dei Platani is an historical restaurant opened in 1855. There is no better way to taste a delicious lunch “al fresco” with lake view.
  • Panificio Beretta – Via Pietro Boldoni 15, Como – Italy – The most important bakery in town since 1950. It has become the symbol of food excellence thanks to the fragrance and flavour of one of its specialties, la nuvola, a leavened cake, soft and rich with apricot jam.
  • Caffè Monti – Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 21, Como – Italy – It’s the iconic bar and pastry shop of Como, located in the most important square of the city, just in front of the lake. The perfect spot to sip a delicious cocktail during aperitivo time.
  • Gelateria Lariana – Viale Lungo Lario Trento 5, Como – Italy – Do not miss a visit to this amazing “gelateria” – ice cream shop – to indulge in the best gelato selection in the city while observing the magical panorama.
  • Visini – Via Francesco Ballarini 9, Como – Italy – On the way back, stop at this elegant traditional deli shop to discover the finest Italian and local products.

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Hilton Offers Travelers the Opportunity to Discover Washington, D.C. This Summer

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This summer, Hilton branded hotels in the Washington, D.C., metro area are offering a Capital Adventure Package to guests. Travelers looking to explore the nation’s capital like a local will have access to more than $200 in savings on 15 unique experiences, including winery and brewery tours and tastings, museum admission and sporting events.

Whether you’re looking to root for the home team at Nationals Park, see the Lincoln Memorial or Washington Monument via a Segway tour, the Capital Adventure Package has all that you need to plan your D.C. getaway.

Eat & Drink like a Local

Are you looking to discover your wine palette while basking in the eclectic tunes of local musicians? Enjoy an evening at the newly opened City Winery with a complimentary tour and tasting for two. City Winery is a landmark D.C. establishment, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, culinary classes and fine dining.

If a craft beer is more your style, take advantage of a 10% discount and grab yourself a pint at a D.C. area brewery with City Brew Tours, where you can try some regional beers from the renowned Port City Brewing Company, 3 Stars Brewing Company, DC Brau and more. Don’t want the day to end? Seize the warm summer night and head to the rooftop bar at The Graham Washington DC Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton to enjoy sweeping views of historic Georgetown and Washington, D.C. with an icy glass of their signature Frosé in your hand. A stylish boutique hotel, The Graham offers 57 spacious guest rooms and suites with anything-but-ordinary room features and upscale amenities to help you relax and unwind after a long day out on the town.

The Graham, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Experience American History

Washington, D.C. is tied to its role as the capitol of the United States and history. Visit the Newseum and enjoy $8.00 off admission to experience the story of news and the role that the free press has played in major events in history.

Want to experience life as a spy? Pull out your magnifying glass and trench coat and dive into the secrets of international espionage with $5.00 off full-priced admission at The International Spy Museum. The museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. All that touring can really work up an appetite! Stay in the center of it all and finish your day of museum hopping by heading back to The Darcy Washington D.C., Curio Collection by Hilton to enjoy dinner at Siren by Robert Wiedmaier. Set in the heart of downtown near Dupont Circle and the 14th street corridor, The Darcy is a one-of-a-kind hotel conveniently located just 6 blocks from the White House and offers guests a fully equipped fitness center, complimentary bike program and daily cocktail reception.

The Darcy, Curio Collection by Hilton

Root for the Home Team

D.C.  is a diehard sports town, so put your allegiances aside and get ready to rejoice in some revelry. Don your red, white and blue for an afternoon at the ballpark and enjoy 20% off regular season tickets to the next Washington Nationals home game. For soccer enthusiasts, grab tickets to a D.C. United game and get 20% off as well.

If you are training for your own athletic dreams, or just looking for a new way to increase your step count, stay at Capital Hilton and enjoy access to Mint Health Club. Capital Hilton is located just blocks from the capital’s best attractions including The White House, the National Mall and a multitude of museums. Celebrating 75 years young with a recent renovation, this iconic hotel has played host to a wealth of prominent gatherings, cementing its identity as one of Washington D.C.’s most notable hotel entities throughout history, and making its way onto the well-acclaimed Historic Hotels of America list.

The Mint Health Club offers premier fitness classes and equipment, along with five dedicated fitness studio areas, including cycle, yoga/barre, TRX, Power Playground, and group Pilates reformer. Access is complimentary for silver, gold and diamond Hilton Honors members, and $15 per day for hotel guests. And special this summer with the Capital Adventure Package, Hilton and FitReserve (the premiere multi-studio fitness membership) have teamed up on the FitReserve TravelPack to offer you significant discounts on the best classes in D.C., letting you experience the city’s most coveted workout classes while you’re in town with no monthly commitment.

Capital Hilton

Now that you know all that Washington, D.C. has to offer, you may want to stay for an extended visit! Discover a home away from home right in the heart of northwest D.C. in Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington. This extended-stay hotel is nearby many attractions including various museums, sport venues and the Washington Monument. Stay as long as you like in the spacious suites with full kitchens while enjoying value-added amenities such as a complimentary hot full breakfast and evening social* Monday through Thursday in the cozy Homewood Lodge.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Ready to book your Washington, D.C. adventure? A full list of Hilton branded hotels participating in this package can be found here.

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Discover the Emirates

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Luxury travellers can now discover one of the most exciting regions of the world with the expert knowledge and unrivalled service of Four Seasons United Arab Emirates Collection. The properties are some of the newest in the Four Seasons portfolio, and their striking design is enhanced by the characters in their staff who anticipate guests’ every need and ensure their visit is a memorable one.

Day One: Dubai

Guests will arrive at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, a lush green oceanfront oasis in a prestigious beachside community. They can take time to enjoy the abundance of amenities at the Resort including three stunning pools, watersports, a state-of-the-art gym and more, while still feeling a sense of place in the city with vast ocean views on one side and the striking skyline on the other.

At dusk, guests will embark on an “Arabian Romance” at The Pearl Spa, beginning the romantic journey with caviar, canapés and bubbly as they unwind in a deeply relaxing warm bath-soak. They will drift away side-by-side during this custom couples’ treatment in which every aspect of this indulgent ritual is tailored to emotional and physical needs.

Feeling refreshed and revitalised, they can experience the Resort’s glamorous dining destinations, for which it is renowned in the city. Start with drinks for two under the stars on the rooftop at Mercury Lounge, followed by a dinner at Sea Fu, which serves the best seafood in town in an elegant lantern-lit setting with dreamy pool and beach views. For a nightcap, the team of tastemakers at Hendricks Bar will mix a personalised concoction, infused with guests’ favourite flavours and the bartender’s creative touch.

Day Two: Dubai

After a leisurely buffet breakfast at SUQ Restaurant, guests can make their way to the vibrant DIFC area to check in to Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre. Just 15 minutes away from the Resort via a luxury private vehicle, it is a boutique-style sanctuary in the heart of dynamic Dubai.

Dubai is synonymous with shopping and during guests’ second day, they will take full advantage of the Hotel’s exclusive personal shopping package in partnership with Bloomingdales, Dubai Mall. A dedicated personal shopping consultant will meet them at the VIP entrance of Bloomingdale’s and escort them to a private fitting room where a pre-selected assortment of the latest fashion items will await. They may also enjoy pampering time with a choice of a manicure, pedicure or blow dry at the store’s Aveda salon; a transformative makeover from a professional makeup artist; a service of choice from the Experience Beauty area, which offers pioneering options such as Skin Analysis to LED Mask Therapy to leave one looking radiant; a selection of dreamy Magnolia Bakery cupcakes to boost energy levels while shopping; a one-on-one expert session with an interior designer at Bloomingdale’s Home, the region’s top resource for the best in home furnishings; and post-shopping afternoon tea for two at the Armani Dubai Caffé.

Right next door to the Mall is the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, where guests will take a trip to the stunning observatories on the 125th floor before retiring back to the Hotel to relax over sundowners at Luna Sky Bar. Later in the evening a delicious dining experience at MINA Brasserie awaits, including a Tasting Menu of Executive Chef Matt Dahlkemper’s favourites.

Day Three: Abu Dhabi

Next guests will travel to Abu Dhabi in refined style in a chauffeur-driven Bentley, with Four Seasons amenities for extra comfort.   With the capital just a short drive away, guests can quickly immerse themselves in a city boasting a wealth of cultural landmarks, while deepening their understanding of the United Arab Emirates.

Following a warm Four Seasons welcome and VIP check in at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, guests will enjoy a journey into Emirati culture, courtesy of a tailored-made experience with Abu Dhabi Cultural Ambassador Maitha Juma at Al Meylas Majilis Lounge.  A carefully crafted lunch spread of Emirati-inspired dishes will be served while guests enjoy an intimate private talk, unveiling little-known Emirati traditions and customs including unique insights into family life and culture.

A private tour of the Hotel’s impressive art collection follows, curated by an in-house Four Seasons Art Ambassador.  After an afternoon at leisure enjoying the range of Hotel facilities, pre-arranged transfers allow guests to be inspired by a modern architectural wonder in the form of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.  This visit at sunset allows guests to fully appreciate one of the World’s largest mosques, which as the resting place of the late Sheikh Zayed, acts as a spiritual beacon for the United Arab Emirates.

Upon returning to the Hotel, guests can reflect on their day over dinner in the authentic 1920’s surroundings of Butcher & Still.   An exclusive Chef’s Table experience with Chef Marshall Roth will provide an up close and personal dining experience that transports guests back to the bygone Prohibition era of 1920s Chicago, with a range of authentic dishes and speakeasy storytelling to match.

Day Four: Abu Dhabi

With Louvre Abu Dhabi just a few minutes away by road, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island provides the ideal stage for guests to indulge their appreciation of arts and culture with this exclusive, VIP morning tour of the museum.

Return to Hotel for an afternoon on the third floor Wellness Deck of the property that begins with a specially curated, healthy lunch menu to be enjoyed poolside at Eclipse Terrace Lounge.  After some relaxation time, Dahlia Spa invites guests to the luxury Couple Spa Suite for a three hour journey of treatments and rejuvenation time, including full access to Spa facilities, a two hour side by side massage and uplifting facial treatment.

Toast to the memories of exclusive Four Seasons experiences with an intimate evening of dining at Cafe Milano hosted by the Executive Head Chef.  Course by course, the full story of Washington DC-based Cafe Milano’s historical rise to the status of “political powerhouse eatery” is told, as a culinary journey of Italy of regional flavours unfolds.

Rates start from USD 2,150 per night for the package for a minimum of four nights across the three properties. Included in the experience:

Accommodations

  • Luxury suite for two including one night at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, one night at Four Seasons Hotel DIFC and two nights at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi
  • Half board dining experience at all properties
  • Luxury transfers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Experiences at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

  • Arabic Romance journey at The Pearl Spa (two hours)
  • Sunset drinks for two at Mercury Lounge
  • Dinner for two at Sea Fu
  • Nightcap of cocktails for two at Hendricks Bar

Experiences at Four Seasons Hotel DIFC

  • Personal shopping experience at Dubai Mall
  • At the top, Burj Khalifa
  • Sunset drinks at Luna Sky Bar
  • Four course tasting menu at MINA Brasserie

Experiences at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi

  • Lunch with Abu Dhabi Cultural Ambassador
  • Private tour of Hotel art collection
  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque at sunset (Hotel transfer included)
  • Chef’s Table experience at Butcher & Still
  • VIP tour of Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Poolside lunch at Eclipse Terrace Lounge
  • Relaxing together journey at Dahlia Spa
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Your Next Extraordinary Adventure: Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef

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Have you ever heard of Australia’s other reef? A place where the red and orange hues of Australia’s iconic outback meet white sand beaches and turquoise blue water, where you can walk off the shore and instantly experience pristine coral reef during a special drift snorkel, and where the best marine encounters in the world are part of everyday life. Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef, located along the stunning Coral Coast, is truly one of the region’s best-kept secrets and one of those stunning spots you must experience for yourself.

Jump on a two-hour flight from Perth or an extraordinary 750-mile road trip, pull on your snorkel gear and step into the bluest waters of the Indian Ocean. From here, you only need to swim a couple of meters before you’re floating over the UNESCO World Heritage-listed coral gardens of one of the largest wildlife-rich reefs on the planet. What sets the Ningaloo Reef apart is the fact that there’s nowhere else on Earth where you can access a large and beautiful coral reef as easily as this.

The abundance and variety of marine life indicates the health of the reef and at Oyster Stacks or Turquoise Bay — a few of the locals’ favorite spots — you can catch a ride on the gentle current to view some of the 200+ varieties of coral and more than 500 species of fish that call Ningaloo Reef home. On any given day you may come across schools of tropical fish, green turtles, dolphins and sting rays. Scuba divers can also visit the Exmouth Navy Pier, best described as an “aquarium without glass” and considered one of the best shore dives in the world. It’s an underwater photographer’s dream renowned for its quantity and array of quality marine life.

Swim with the biggest fish in the sea

Beyond the coral reefs, Ningaloo is one of the only places in the world where whale sharks appear annually, and from March through August charter companies take visitors to the back of the reef where they literally swim side-by-side with these majestic gentle giants. The region has the most consistent congregation of whale sharks, which makes for incredible swims. With no more than ten people in the open water at one time, these intimate and awe-inspiring tours are conducted in an eco-minded, sustainable manner to minimize disturbance as much as possible. During the day at sea, you may also spot manta rays, turtles, and dugongs feasting on the world’s largest seagrass meadows.

Not only can visitors dive with whale sharks, but between August and October they can swim with humpback whales, too. Previously endangered, humpback whale numbers have steadily recovered and now an estimated 30,000 migrate along the coast each year making Western Australia’s the largest population in the world.

Adventures above water

Along the shores and on land there’s plenty to do, taste and experience to make your escape exciting and unforgettable. A gentle one-hour cruise on the still waters of Yardie Creek in Cape Range National Park is the best way to see the striking colors and the many wild inhabitants of this ancient red limestone gorge, including rare black-footed wallabies, euros, red kangaroos and birds. Active travelers can also hike through the Cape Range National Park, taking in the rocky gorges carved by ancient flowing rivers.

For a truly secluded experience, spend a night or two glamping under the stars in luxury safari tents at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef where the outback meets the sea. Here, days are filled with guided gorge walks, fishing, kayaking, relaxing and snorkeling. The chef serves inspired gourmet meals, from seafood caught that day off the reef to local fare, all-inclusive with Margaret River wines and locally distilled spirits. It’s the only place to stay in the region where you can dive right into the reef simply from the shore. Alternatively, travelers can enjoy air-conditioned resort-style accommodations at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, offering comfortable suites with local artistry, a fantastic restaurant and refreshing swimming pool overlooking the stunning turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Plan your ultimate adventure

To make the most of your trip, don’t forget to stop at the other UNESCO World Heritage-listed area — Shark Bay — less than a day’s drive from Ningaloo. Shark Bay is another marine hotspot, best known for the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia, where they swim right up to the shore and play by your feet. Visitors can also take a walk and wonder at Shell Beach, one of only two beaches on Earth made of billions of tiny shells from just one species.

Western Australia’s Coral Coast is one of the rare places on the planet where you can easily access such an incredible diversity of marine life in its natural environment, so close to the shore. Discover what awaits and visit www.westernaustralia.com.

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