Monday, February 15, 2010
A sophisticated bolt hole in the centre of Taipei, San Want Residences is a tranquil alternative to staying in a bustling city hotel. An impressive collection of artworks and sculptures by contemporary Taiwanese artists adds a special element to your experience and is perfectly suited to both business and leisure travellers.
Distinctly neo-classical touches, such as ornate gold decoration, blend seamlessly with contemporary art and a stunning modern chandelier hanging from the immensely high ceiling in the lobby. The rooms and suites have restful colour tones with an emphasis on creams, browns and shades of white.
Start your day with the daily newspaper over breakfast in the dining lounge with views over the city and park. After a busy day, return for relaxing pre-dinner drink and light snack before wandering out to experience one of the many excellent restaurants nearby.
1km from Taiwan High Speed Rail, 47kms (50 minutes by car)from Taoyuan International Airport.
Things to enjoy
All-day coffee in lounge, contemporary works of art, fitness centre, meeting lounge, conference rooms, lounge bar.
Near San Want Residences Taipei
Boutique shopping, MRT Station, night market, National Palace Museum, National Theatre, Taipei101, World Trade Center, Hot Springs, Chiao Hsi Cold Spring.
Classic Bauhaus architecture on Budapest’s most fashionable boulevard. Mamaison Hotel Andrássy Budapest is an elegant art-deco inspired retreat on smart, chic Andrássy Avenue, close to the embassies, with a gourmet restaurant and bar, a summer terrace and a selection of business meeting rooms.
The ambience is unfussy yet warm and welcoming. The look is streamlined simplicity at its best with clean lines and bold colours to lift the mood. Rooms and suites continue the modern look and feel, with some overlooking Andrássy Avenue.
Dine in Baraka where the gourmet dishes show youthful creativity and the master sommelier will enthusiastically introduce you to the wines of Hungary. Jog around the nearby City Park or visit the art galleries in Heroes Square.
Andrássy Avenue, Budapest. Close to luxury shops, Széchenyi Thermal Baths and the Opera House.
Things to enjoy
Gourmet restaurant, bar, Summer terrace.
Near Mamaison Hotel Andrássy Budapest
Golf, tennis, horse riding, hot spring spas, National Opera House, Heroes’ Square, Chain Bridge, Gellert Hill, Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Castle District, Museum District.
Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka is a chic city retreat in a lively part of Moscow. It has spacious suites, a luxurious Spa by Algotherm, an indoor pool, a trendy tequila bar and a sophisticated restaurant, Numbers, with creative cuisine.
The façade is functional and sleek, however, the interiors are artistic, creative and super stylish, with a modern take on 1930s’ simplicity. The only designer hotel in Moscow; this is the place to stay for eye-catching murals, quirky lighting, imaginative colours and one-off furnishings.
Outside, the Kremlin, Red Square and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art are within walking distance. Back at the hotel, dine in Numbers restaurant, where you can enjoy European and Russian haute cuisine in dazzling surrounds. Both the restaurant and bar are open to locals and attract a bright crowd of hip Muscovites. Indulge in luxury with Spa by Algotherm, the best choice for thalassotherapy, relaxation and wellbeing.
Pokrovka Street, Moscow, quiet historical centre with chic cafés, restaurants and boutiques.
Things to enjoy
Spa, swimming pool, fitness studio, gourmet restaurant.
Near Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka
The Kremlin & Red Square, The Bolshoi Theatre, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Novodevichy Monastery, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Tretyakov Gallery, Arbat street.
A delightful Victorian townhouse in exclusive Gramercy Park. Built in 1834, The Inn at Irving Place comprises two restored Manhattan brown stones, which manage to retain their historic legacy whilst championing 21st century sophistication.
Rooms, junior suites and apartment-style residences are filled with antiques, rugs, ornate mirrors and rich fabrics in keeping with the period architecture. It is all tucked away behind a modest front door that looks like the entrance to a family house, which perfectly reflects the cosy, homely ambience inside.
Stroll around Gramercy Park, Manhattan’s last remaining private park, orwander around nearby Greenwich Village where you will find buzzing cafés and wonderful shops. Having worked up an appetite, return to the hotel for the renowned five-course Afternoon Tea. In the evening, enjoy an enticing range of tapas and then retire to the Cibar Lounge for martinis.
New York City, New York. Within walking distance of Union Square Park, Greenwich Village and Soho.
Things to enjoy
Afternoon tea room, Martini Lounge.
Near The Inn at Irving Place
Broadway, Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue shopping, Wall Street. NYU, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Times Square, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, Union Square, Soho.
A neo-Renaissance villa in a quiet yet very central corner of Baden-Baden, Belle Epoque is a sophisticated and secluded retreat set in an expansive park with manicured gardens, a selection of pretty rooms and suites, a delightful banqueting salon and daily afternoon tea, all within easy access to the city’s attractions.
It is peaceful and relaxing here, with an understated air of 19th century grandeur downstairs, where a spacious salon makes the perfect setting for afternoon tea and breakfast. Upstairs, rooms are individually furnished reflecting different periods in history with suites in Empirical, Louis XV and Art Deco styles. All the suites have Jacuzzis.
Step outside the hotel and the heart of Baden-Baden is just down the road. Do not miss the Caracalla Thermal Springs or the Roman-Irish baths that made the city famous, both are only five minutes away.
Near Der Kleine Prinz for French-inspired regional cuisine. Nearby, the Bernhard Langer golf course is affiliated to the hotel.
Things to enjoy
Park and gardens.
Near Belle Epoque
Golf, tennis, Caracalla Spa and Roman-Irish Thermal Spa, Festival and Opera House, Burda Museum, Historic Casino, Black Forest, Horse Racetrack, castle ruins, Heidelberg Castle, Mercedes and Porsche Museum Stuttgart.
A cosmopolitan theme sets the tone for Alexander House, a delightful boutique hotel with just 19 rooms all named, and appropriately decorated, after world cities. This early 19th century property has been imaginatively renovated and provides picturesque views over the Kryukov Canal. A great restaurant, open 24 hours a day, a relaxing library and a courtyard garden add to its appeal.
This is a real home-from-home with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The rooms are charming and retain many original features, including exposed brick and wood beams; while carefully chosen fabrics and works of art reflect the city each room represents. Many have views of the canal and Trinity Cathedral.
When you step outside the hotel you are within walking distance of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Winter Palace, the Hermitage and Nevsky Prospekt. Be sure to book a night of opera or ballet at the nearby Mariinsky Theatre before returning for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
Historic bohemian district of central St. Petersburg.
Things to enjoy
Themed rooms, 24-hour restaurant, bar, library, lounge with fireplace, courtyard garden, Russian banya sauna, variety of concierge services.
Near Alexander House Boutique Hotel
Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre, St. Nicholas’ Cathedral and St. Isaac’s Cathedral, The Hermitage (Winter Palace), Peter and Paul Fortress, historic architecture, numerous boutiques and art galleries in Nevsky Prospekt.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
After a construction phase lasting four years, Zurich celebrates the return of one of its most prominent landmarks. The original "Curhaus" (health spa), built in 1899, has been transformed into a luxury-class city resort. In the process, the hotel's glittering past and vibrant future have been fused together, as reflected in the architecture by Foster and Partners, the interior design by United Designers and the spa concept by Sylvia Sepielli. This is obvious the moment you see the bold lines of the extension and conversion carried out by the well-known architects Foster and Partners. They have restored the facade of the historic Main Building to its original state of 1899 and added two spectacular, sweeping wings: 173 luxurious rooms and suites, a spa covering some 4,000 square metres, first-class cuisine and generously proportioned banqueting and seminar facilities.
Try The Restaurant and savour the fabulous creations conjuted up by our chefs in exquisite surroundings. For small parties the private dining room can be offered. The Garden Restaurant also offers on its terrace an unrestrictive view of Zurich, the lake and the Alps.
Recreation and Health
Leave your cares behind you and discover the oasis that is the Dolder Grand Spa. Here, over a spacious 4,000 square metres, the American spa designer Sylvia Sepielli has created an inspirational temple dedicated to your well-being. It contains separate Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s spas as well as a mixed aqua zone. Further workout, mind-body and movement studios, hairstyling, spa café, library, whirlpools on the terrace, medical wellness, a spacious pool looking out onto natural surroundings and 21 treatment rooms. If you wish relax in your own private, exclusive space, be sure to reserve one of our spa suites.
* Spa admission is restricted to children over 12 years of age. *
The Dolder Grand's showcase piece, the Ballroom, opens up new dimensions in luxury and offers first-class acoustics with a spectacular cupola roof. For guests wishing to enjoy the fresh air, the terrace is directly adjacent. The multipurpose design and the wide glazed facade of the Gallery make it particularly ideal for exhibitions and large-scale events. Garden Salons, Breakout Rooms and Libraries complete the facilities available for seminars and banquets.
Discover the Dolder Grand Spa, a 4,000SqM inspirational temple dedicated to your well-being.