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La Dolce Summer with Four Seasons Hotels Italy




Travellers are invited to experience the best of Italian culture, food, shopping and luxury for the perfect summer escape at Four Seasons Hotel Milano and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. Through a combined stay highlighting the best of both properties, guests can experience everything from fresh-off-the-runway fashion collections and world-class dining to awe-inspiring architecture and culture in one of Europe’s greatest summer destinations: the home of la dolce vita.

Located in a 15th century reborn convent near the city’s famous fashion quarter and a short walk from not-to-be-missed heritage sites, Four Seasons Hotel Milano offers instant access to the city’s vibrant culture and lifestyle. A stroll in the Hotel’s well-manicured garden makes for the perfect starting point before guests head out for sightseeing and shopping – from fashion, accessories and design stores to the famous and picturesque marble cathedral Duomo – all accessible by a 10-minute walk. The vibrant Navigli (canals) area with its gelato shops and the spacious Sempione Park by the Sforzesco castle offer plenty of exciting activities for a summer day with the family. For those looking to pamper themselves and relax, the Hotel’s Spa, transformed from an historical cellar, provides a serene respite with its luxurious offerings and indoor swimming pool.

After exploring Italy’s fashion and design capital, guests can embark on a journey to one of Italy’s oldest cities. Home to many treasures from the Italian Renaissance, Florence continues to thrive as an inspiring centre for arts, music and traditional crafts. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is home to its own pieces of history, including a 15th-century palazzo, Il Palazzo della Gherardesca, and a 16th-century former convent. La Villa spans an eleven-acre park, which is the largest private garden in Florence. Like its counterpart in Milano, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze occupies an enviable location and features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and Spa for relaxation and rejuvenation.

A resort-like vibe enhances the atmosphere in Florence, making it the perfect destination for families. Kids will enjoy the Hotel’s newly launched PIO Seasons Club offering activities for children rooted in Italian culture. The Hotel also offers samplings of Italy’s culinary delights prepared by Michelin starred Chef Vito Mollica, from fine dining at IL Palagio to the traditional trattoria-inspired Alfresco, perfect for a family meal.

Four Seasons Hotel Milano and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Concierges have highlighted ten covetable experiences just a short distance from Milan and Florence, making the cities must-visit destinations this summer, below:

Day Trip to Portofino – 2.5 hours’ drive from Milan – Just over two hours from Milan, guests can immerse themselves in the scenic village of Portofino and explore its surroundings including the historical abbey of San Fruttuoso.

Opera at Arena di Verona – 2-hours’ drive from Milan; just over 1 hour by train – For opera lovers, the stunning Arena di Verona provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a magical opera night outdoors. Concierges will create tailor-made itineraries to experience a romantic night in the city of Romeo and Juliet.

Franciacorta – just over 1-hour drive from Milan – Italy’s finest sparkling wines come from Franciacorta, which lies just over an hour east of Milan. Notable vineyards include Bellavista, Ca’ del Bosco and Contadi Castaldi, where guests can witness the winemaking process during a cellar tour before enjoying a wine tasting.

Lake Como – just over 1-hour drive from Milan – Guests are invited to get behind the wheel of a classic car en route to Lake Como to visit the surrounding colorful small towns and historical villas.

En Route to la Dolce Vita – available from Four Seasons Hotel Milano, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze and Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel – Ready to experience the ultimate road trip combining the glamour of the French Riviera with a twist of dolce vita?  Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Four Seasons Hotel Milano and Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel have partnered to offer guests the opportunity to cruise the scenic vistas connecting Italy and the south of France in true Four Seasons fashion with road assistance provided and picnic baskets prepared by the Hotel’s talented chefs.

Table to Farm – 30-minutes’ drive from Florence – Wonder how the best Italian products are grown? Guests can discover the new Table to Farm experience, where guests of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze will live the Tuscan country life, spending a day as guest farmhands in the Fattoria San Michele, a medieval barn estate in the Chianti region.

Forte dei Marmi – 1-hour drive from Florence – Guests in the mood for a seaside escape can visit the glamorous city of Forte dei Marmi on the Versilia Tuscan coast, offering family activities on the beach and within the city. Before coming back to the Hotel, guests shouldn’t miss the chance to enjoy an aperitif amid the sunset by the sea.

Appennini Mountains – 1.5-hours’ drive from Florence – Those who prefer the mountains can reach the Appennini in 90 minutes by car to enjoy small lakes and lush lawns, the perfect location for a picturesque afternoon with the family. At the end of the day, guests can taste a polenta dish as well as dessert made with blackberries picked onsite.

Day Trip to Siena – 1-hour drive from Florence – Siena is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Italy, famous for the Duomo, with its striped Baroque facade, as well as Piazza del Campo. Guests can get lost in its narrow streets, immersing themselves in the folkloristic traditions. Guest can also taste the delicious pici pasta served with cheese and peppers in the Piazza del Campo, where the historic Palio horse races still takes place each summer on July 2 and August 16.

Chianti Tour – 1-hour drive from Florence – The area between Florence and Siena is known around the world for its fine wines, magical countryside, medieval castles and ancient villages, and guests can take it all in behind the wheel of a luxury sports or classic car. Taking the Chiantigiana wine road, guests will wind their way through cypress lined hills and olive groves to the medieval towns of Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni, stopping to taste excellent local wines at one of the countless vineyards, many of which also produce their own olive oil.


Grand Hyatt Athens Opens in Greek Capital




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.


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.


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




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




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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