The latest news from our collection around the world.
Book now for vintage fun in Madeira
29 November 2013
Lovers of classic cars—or indeed anyone who enjoys a vibrant spectacle—should book now to secure your place at the Reid’s Palace Classic Auto Show, May 2014. At the 2013 event, nearly half of the island’s 800 vintage motors turned out to take part, as did a fantastic array of motorbikes and scooters. And with the show fast gaining momentum even more are expected to participate next year. Enjoy racing and touring competitions on May 10; the following day you have the chance to admire the highly polished and cherished vehicles, from Rolls-Royces to Ford Model-Ts, as they line up in front of Reid’s Palace. This is not the only event with oomph: around this time, Madeira really springs to life. Also in April and May are the annual film festival, the Funchal book fair and the famous flower festival, when for two weeks after Easter the streets fill with exuberant parades and displays.
Dive into Hotel Rio Sagrado's new pool
20 November 2013
Grand Hotel Europe top 5 favourite in prestigious poll
13 November 2013
Nearly 80,000 discerning travellers have voted Grand Hotel Europe one of the top 5 hotels in Eastern Europe. The accolade was a result of the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, in which the leading magazine’s globetrotting readers rate their favourite hotels and resorts around the world. Grand Hotel Europe was the only St Petersburg winner in a category that embraced Estonia, Finland, Romania and Russia. An architectural gem at the heart of the city, the hotel is famed for its magnificent suites overlooking Nevsky Prospekt or Arts Square; its opulent art nouveau restaurant, Europe, and its decadent Caviar Bar. It was one of 23 Orient-Express Hotels honoured in the Awards.
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30 October 2013
Grand Hotel Timeo triumphs in top hotel poll
17 October 2013
Scoring full marks in just one category would be a coup, but in the latest Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, Grand Hotel Timeo gained three perfect 100s - for Rooms, Location and Design. Declared the best hotel in Italy and the fifth best in the world, the Sicilian retreat was described by one appreciative voter as "the place to fall in love again".
Hot on its heels was Villa San Michele, near Florence, which bagged the number two slot in Italy. "You cannot beat the ambience", said one reader of the former hillside monastery.
No fewer than 23 Orient-Express hotels were honoured in the poll, including The Inn at Perry Cabin, St Michaels, which was ranked top in the Mid-Atlantic category and praised for its "beautiful, relaxed setting", and Maroma Resort & Spa, voted third in Cancun and the Yucatan, with one reader declaring "The service rates a 15 on a scale of one to 10".
For the full list - and to give yourself serious wanderlust - click here.
Velázquez Exhibition comes to the Prado
30 September 2013
Madrid is set to host a blockbuster exhibition combining two of the greatest names in art: the Prado Museum and Diego Velázquez. The show will explore the development of some of Velázquez's greatest 17th-century court portraits, including Las Meninas. Guests of Hotel Ritz, Madrid, will be perfectly positioned to visit as the Prado is just across the road from its door. The hotel is also offering a special Mad for Art package, which features a visit to the Prado and other artistic pursuits.
Velázquez and the family of Philip IV, at the Prado Museum, from 8 October 2013 - 9 February 2014.
George Clooney brings his tequila to Hotel Cipriani
30 August 2013
Hollywood actor George Clooney personally hand-delivered cases of his own brand of award-winning tequila, Casamigos, to Hotel Cipriani while in Venice for the Film Festival, making the hotel the first in Europe to stock the spirit. Casamigos, meaning "house of friends", is the brainchild of Clooney and his close pal, bar/lounge mogul Rande Gerber, who together wanted to create "the best-tasting, smoothest tequila, whose taste didn't have to be covered up with salt or lime". The result can be savoured at the Cipriani, where head barman Walter Bolzonella has developed a new twist on Clooney's existing cocktail, the Buonatte. The Goodnight Amigos features the original ingredients of lime, ginger and cucumber peel but with two drops of Angostura and, naturally, Casamigos Tequila. Salud!
Photo: Tyson Sadlo.
Explore Southern Africa with Cape Discovery
23 August 2013
Thinking of visiting Cape Town and Southern Africa? Then let Cape Discovery magazine and app for iPad help you to plan and get the most from your trip. The magazine features highlights of Cape Town and the surrounding area. The editorial-style app includes all the magazine’s features, plus additional content including 360-degree panoramas of selected sights.
Both are specially curated by experts at Mount Nelson Hotel and include fabulous photography, inspirational travel features and insider tips. For a printed copy of the magazine please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or download the free app for iPad here >
Miraflores Park Hotel takes top spot
2 August 2013
Miraflores Park Hotel has just scooped the title "South America's Leading City Hotel" in the prestigious World Travel Awards. Located in Lima, Peru, it beat off competition from top properties in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. And no wonder: how many other hotels overlook the Pacific Ocean, yet are a stone's throw from superb shops and galleries? And it’s not just the fabulous location. Other feathers in the hotel's cap are the stunning top-floor Observatory breakfast restaurant with its sweeping sea views and heated rooftop pool, and the restaurant everyone’s talking about - Toshiro Konishi’s Mesa18, which serves up an enticing blend of Peruvian ingredients and Japanese flair.
Book now for the greatest show on earth!
31 July 2013
Each November Botswana is the stage for an astonishing spectacle. The start of the migratory season sees a host of exotic birds - Lesser Spotted Eagles, European Bee Eaters, Woolly-Necked Storks - swoop in, where they feast on the smorgasbord of juicy bugs and frogs that have turned out to enjoy the lush savannah, reinvigorated by the rains. December meanwhile heralds the second biggest migration of zebra in the world, with more than 25,000 beasts dwelling in the Savute area for several weeks. Hot on their tail are hungry predators… Guests at our three safari camps are ideally placed to catch all the action, zooming in with state-of-the-art Zeiss binoculars.
Reserve your Journey in Africa now and guarantee a ringside seat.
Cruise into Hidden Myanmar
22 July 2013
As Myanmar emerges as a hot new travel destination, now's the time to discover its delights. And with 18 years' experience of the country, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. are the experts to escort you there.
Our new river cruiser, Orcaella, launches today on Myanmar's greatest waterways, bound for distant places where visitors have rarely been. It joins sister ship Road To Mandalay and our Yangon hotel, The Governor's Residence, to give you Myanmar like no one else.
Super Service in Ravello
21 June 2013
Where in the world do you go if you want to be ultra-pampered? The answer, according to votes just in from Travel+Leisure magazine's readers, is Italy's Amalfi Coast. That's the spectacular setting for four of Europe's top resorts for service, including our own Hotel Caruso, rated number two. So why not treat yourself to an indulgent break by the infinity pool, on a sunlit terrace or aboard our boat. Relax and let us spoil you.
National Potato Day, Peru
26 May 2013
If you're in Peru on May 30 you can expect to enjoy festivals, exhibitions, tastings and workshops themed around Peru's most popular ingredient, the potato. More than 4,000 varieties - both cultivated and wild - exist in the country that has been passionate about potatoes since Inca times. Discover more on our cooking classes at Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco (pictured). And make a point of sampling the popular dish, Papa a la Huancaína - potatoes in a hot pepper and cheese sauce.
St Petersburg's sleek new landmark
21 May 2013
The wait is finally over: the Mariinsky II opera house has opened its doors, marking a new era for St Petersburg's legendary theatre. The state-of-the-art building, designed by Canadian architects Diamond Schmitt, boasts a horseshoe-shaped main auditorium with superb acoustics and sightlines, as well as a 200-seat rooftop amphitheatre. Theatregoers can also soak up fabulous views from its dramatic glass facades and bay windows. Enjoy performances of the White Nights Festival here from May 24-July 28 or, for a more intimate experience, book a table at one of Grand Hotel Europe’s famous Tchaikovsky nights, where you dine on L'Europe Restaurant’s sumptuous cuisine while watching stars of the Mariinsky Ballet in action.
Gatsby's cocktails come to New York's '21'
17 May 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. Tom and Daisy. Even The Great Gatsby himself. There's a cocktail for each of them on the new Prohibition-style drinks menu at Manhattan's '21' restaurant. So put on those pearls and feathers and mosey on down to the bar. Our master mixologist is ready to shake up a scene with Lavender Lime Rickey (a twist on Fitzgerald's favourite tipple), Mint Julep, Beautiful Fool and many more. Welcome to Swing Street, circa 1929!
Behind the scenes at the Museums in St Petersburg and Madrid
17 April 2013
Discover the Prado Museum
Hotel Ritz sits opposite the Prado, making it the perfect base for viewing this great collection of art. The hotel offers a special package, Madrid Masterpieces, that features tours of the displays. Expert guides can be arranged to help guests discover more. For those who prefer to explore independently, the Prado has devised three special routes around its highlights. In addition, this summer there's a special exhibition - Hidden Beauty: Fra Angelico to Fortuny, 250 "cabinet" works.
Exclusive tours of Russian Art in St Petersburg
Grand Hotel Europe has a fantastic location on Arts Square, facing St Petersburg's Russian Museum. Housed in the Mikhailovsky Palace, this gallery is home to the world's largest collection of Russian art. The hotel offers two exclusive, tours under the banner 'One step to Malevich'. One focuses on Russian Avant-Garde and the other on icons, portraits and mosaics. Grand Hotel Europe guests enjoy the privilege of stepping in through the main entrance, which is usually closed to visitors. Group tours take place on Saturdays at 11:00.
El Encanto, Santa Barbara: Open Now
18 March 2013
The moment we've all been waiting for is here at last! After years of meticulous restoration it's time to pour a glass of Santa Barbara Chardonnay and raise it to El Encanto - now welcoming its first guests. Ever since this celebrated American Riviera retreat was established nearly 100 years ago, it has revelled in a hilltop setting worthy of a movie romance. So take a seat on a terrace or in the lush gardens and enjoy the dramatic ocean views.
You can feast on California Coastal cuisine with a dash of French and Japanese flair courtesy of chef Patrice Martineau. There's a destination spa where you can be massaged with treatments based on products from nearby vineyards. Or simply watch the sun set from your California-style bungalow, knowing that you are among the first to experience this exceptional place.
Smile! You're off to Italy this summer...
21 February 2013
Parents rejoice, for there’s a compelling new reason to take your brood to Florence. Villa San Michele, located in the Fiesole hills just outside the city, is set to become the perfect family destination with the launch of its new Smile Club.
Housed in a former chapel in the grounds, with its own terrace, the club will offer four to 12-year-olds a programme of activities that inject extra fun and fizz into Italian culture—jewellery making classes, pizza and cookie baking, lessons in la lingua italiana, treasure hunts and nature trails. Some of the activities take place on site; others involve trips into Florence to explore its world-famous museums, chocolate shops and ice-cream factories (parents are also welcome!) The club caters for up to 10 children at a time, so little ones can be sure of ample attention from the friendly staff.
Complementing the club is the new Kid’s Concierge service, dedicated to helping families plan fabulous days out, including child-friendly restaurants and top shops for treats or toys. Mini guests also receive their own slippers, bathrobe, puzzles and Rory The Lion soft toy in their room, heralding the start of a fun-filled stay.
The Smile Club will open from May to September, Monday to Saturday, 10.30am-5pm.
Tchaikovsky Nights are a Travel Tip
25 January 2013
Grand Hotel Europe's fabulous Tchaikovsky Nights were recently highlighted as an "Insider Tip" in Travel+Leisure Magazine's annual 500 Best Hotels awards. The St Petersburg hotel was given a special commendation for these evenings of fine dining and ballet in its art nouveau L'Europe restaurant. Held every Friday, Tchaikovsky Nights feature compositions by the great maestro, a former Grand Hotel Europe guest, played by leading musicians. As guests dine on a special menu, two dancers from one of St Petersburg's celebrated ballet companies evoke the magic of Swan Lake and other famous works.
Enjoy new wonders close up
18 January 2013
Following a worldwide poll, which attracted over 100 million votes, Cape Town’s Table Mountain and Brazil’s Iguassu Falls have been voted two of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”. Located at the foot of the South Africa’s iconic landmark, the Mount Nelson Hotel affords glorious views of Table Mountain and offers guests a variety of tailor-made excursions to explore it. You can learn about its abundant flora and fauna on guided hikes, enjoy picnics while soaking up the panoramas, or even abseil off its summit.
Overlooking magnificent Iguassu Falls is Hotel das Cataratas, the only hotel within the Iguassu National Park. Many of the rooms enjoy breathtaking vistas of the falls, while a wide range of exclusive activities includes moonlit jungle treks, water rafting and high-speed boat rides.