ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS INTRODUCES NEW CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AS ITALIAN HOTELS OPEN FOR THE SUMMER SEASON
29th April 2013 – To celebrate the upcoming film release of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s master piece, The Great Gatsby, 21 Club in New York, part of the Orient-Express Hotel Ltd collection, is adding a selection of bespoke cocktails inspired by this American classic to its menu. The iconic Manhattan restaurant and bar will be serving up delicious cocktails as a nod to the roaring twenties and prohibition era within which it was founded.
ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS INTRODUCES A MODERN-DAY CALIFORNIA CLASSIC AS EL ENCANTO OPENS IN SANTA BARBARA18th March 2013 – It is a recipe for a California Classic: Take one hotel with a star-studded Hollywood past, add stylish American Riviera décor with one knock-out ocean view, and combine with a sprinkling of art created with diamond dust, California coastal dining at its very best (with the help from one very pampered cow) and seven years dedicated restoration. The result? Orient-Express’ latest creation, and first hotel on the US West Coast, El Encanto which opens today in Santa Barbara.
15 March, 2013 - Don a kilt, pour a wee dram of whisky, and hit the rails aboard The Royal Scotsman, the UK’s only luxury sleeper train. This April, the train kicks off its 2013 season of rail journeys and introduces two NEW itineraries: Classic Whisky and Classic Golf, and back by popular demand reintroduces the Country Homes & Gardens itinerary.
THE VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS STARTS ITS 2013 SEASON WITH A BRAND NEW ROUTE AND LOVINGLY RESTORED CARRIAGES
VILLA SAN MICHELE LAUNCHES FLORENCE’S MOST EXTENSIVE FAMILY FACILITIES WITH INAUGURATION OF SMILE CLUB7th February 2013 - Set to position Villa San Michele as one of the very best hotels for families in and around Florence, this May will see the launch of the ‘Smile Club’, a boutique and tailored facility for children at the property. The children’s club will be a first for the hotel, an already a popular retreat for families, who are attracted by the extensive gardens offering unparalleled views over Florence, swimming pool, delicious cuisine and proximity to the city.
21st January, 2013 - This week sees the Company steaming ahead with the launch of a series of brand new product training films. The films, a creative educational tool for travel agents and tour operators worldwide, are intended to provide a 360-degree insight into the Company’s intricate rail and cruise experiences from check-in, the journey on-board, through to disembarkation.
EL ENCANTO NAMES EXECUTIVE CHEF PATRICE MARTINEAU - Highly Anticipated Opening Will Unveil a Culinary Icon on America’s RivieraJanuary 17th, 2013 – Orient-Express is delighted to announce the appointment of Patrice Martineau as Executive Chef for El Encanto, the iconic Santa Barbara property scheduled to re-open in March 2013 on the west coast of America. Originally from Troyes, France, Martineau brings international and national award-winning experience to the only West Coast hotel under the luxurious Orient-Express portfolio. Set to become a culinary destination, El Encanto will incorporate the produce and seafood of the Santa Barbara region into the wonderfully inventive French and Asian inspired “California Coastal Cuisine,” highlighting Chef Martineau’s experience in Tokyo, London and New York City and placing the hotel firmly on the gastronomic map of America’s Riviera.
January 8, 2013 – Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. www.orient-express.com, owners or part-owners and managers of 45 luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and river cruise properties operating in 22 countries, today launched the Orient-Express Associate Hotels programme. At the same time, Orient-Express announced that the founding member of the new programme is the iconic Hôtel du Palais, Biarritz, France, effective January 7, 2013.
7th January 2013 - This February, The British Pullman and Northern Belle trains have a selection of romantic rail experiences to share with a loved one. The 1920’s and 30’s carriages are the perfect setting for a steamy Art Deco journey, don the most glamorous outfit and let cupid take care of the rest.
4th January 2013 - Our historic manor house hotel in the bohemian village of Deia, Mallorca is celebrating the beginning of their 2013 season on February 14th with a special offering for guests who want to book a Valentine’s treat for their loved one. The Valentine’s Experience at La Residencia includes luxury accommodation for two people, a £40 spa credit per person, and a romantic four-course candle-lit gourmet dinner, sure to set the scene for a heady fairy-tale weekend away.
18th December 2012 – Orient-Express is pleased to announce that it has completed a substantial $20 million refurbishment of the main building of the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in time to see the New Year in with style. This phased programme commenced in 2011 and has seen meticulous enhancements made to the lobby, all 145 rooms and suites in the main building, and the Cipriani restaurant in preparation for what is set to be a very exciting few years for Rio. Careful attention was paid to maintain the hotel’s 90 year heritage and history, whilst infusing the décor with a contemporary style and design.
14 December 2012 – Located 90 minutes from Los Angeles on California’s American Riviera, the meticulously restored El Encanto will reopen in Santa Barbara in March 2013 as part of the luxurious and iconic Orient-Express portfolio. The early 20th-century property will recapture all the romance and glamour that made it the favoured getaway of Hollywood’s elite.
ENJOY A RAIL-Y DIFFERENT DAY OUT IN 2013 ABOARD THE BRITISH PULLMAN AND NORTHERN BELLE UK DAY TRAINS11 December, 2012 - In 2013, the British Pullman and Northern Belle, sister trains to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will be taking guests in style and comfort on a number of new exciting and interesting day trips across Great Britain, departing from a host of regional stations year-round.
8th November 2012 – Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. www.orient-express.com today announced that it has appointed John M. Scott III as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director. Mr. Scott, 47, is an experienced operator of luxury hotels who previously served as President and CEO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw a portfolio of 17 ultra-luxury hotels located in seven countries with combined revenues of more than US$500 million.
31st October 2012 – Those looking for the ultimate journey of a lifetime will find inspiration from Orient-Express, as it reveals new and exciting trips across its trains and cruises for 2013. New fascinating voyages and detailed itineraries are on offer aboard each train and cruise, from cruising along the stunning rivers in France and Myanmar, to travelling through the picturesque and lush scenery of South-East Asia or wending through the Alps to one of Europe’s great cities.
4th October 2012 – The iconic 21 Club has recently unveiled a brand new look in two of the private dining rooms in this former speak easy in the heart of Manhatten, making it the perfect choice for brides searching for their chic city wedding venue or families looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion in the Big Apple.
4th September, 2012 – Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. owners or part-owners and managers of 45 hotel, restaurant, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, has announced that it will launch a new river cruiser in Myanmar, to commence cruising in July 2013.
4th September 2012 – Throughout December, the British Pullman and Northern Belle trains offer a host of seasonal journeys that include trips to some of Britain’s finest Christmas markets, carols at historic cathedrals, unique and exclusive shopping events and delicious festive fare.
15th August, 2012 - The Royal Scotsman, the UK’s only luxury sleeper train, offers unique and explorative rail voyages right through the heart of the Scottish Highlands, bringing to life its magical and rugged landscape; a reminder that there is no need to travel across the world to find spectacular scenery, cultural inspiration and moments of tranquillity.
01 August 2012 – Feeling inspired by the sporty fever that has gripped the nation? From cycling through French vineyards to playing football on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Orient-Express’ hotels and luxury river cruises offer guests a selection of ideal escapes to improve their game and explore a new destination.
London (31 July 2012) - Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. announces the appointment of Laura McIver as General Manager, El Encanto, the iconic Santa Barbara luxury hotel due to reopen in March 2013. Beginning on August 6 as General Manager, McIver will oversee all day-to-day operations, ensuring optimal product quality and service standards.
GRAND HOTEL TIMEO AND VILLA SANT’ANDREA IN TAORMINA WELCOME LITTLE GUESTS FOR THE SUMMER 2012 SEASON19th July 2012 – Younger guests are now made to feel even more welcome at Orient-Express’ Sicilian properties Villa Sant’Andrea and Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina as the hotels launch their first ever children’s club. In time for the summer holidays, a jam packed summer programme and host of cultural activities awaits little ones to keep them entertained at the beautiful seaside town.
26th June 2012 – Fine dining at Orient-Express’ Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town has long been an event to remember. Now under the dedicated supervision of acclaimed Chef Rudi Liebenberg, the hotel’s award winning Planet Restaurant is strengthening its reputation for serving delicious high-end ‘green cuisine’ with the establishment of an extensive vegetable farm intended to provide the kitchen with over 40% of its vegetable ingredients.
19th June 2012 - Orient-Express’ luxurious Savute Elephant Camp and Khwai River Lodge in Northern Botswana are now wilder than ever before. New this month, each of the camp’s thatched tented residences has been transformed with the introduction of sliding glass doors, making it even easier to spot the abundant wildlife that roams nearby.
15th June 2012 – Today at 8:00am local time, Orient-Express will open the doors to Palacio Nazarenas, one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated openings, and the latest addition to its exclusive portfolio of hotels and trains in Peru.
17th May 2012 – Luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator, Orient-Express has launched its first app for the iPad. The brand new app, available now, complements the recent successful launch of Orient-Express' latest edition of its 'Traveller' magazine.
9th May 2012 – The iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) will embark on a series of exciting new scheduled rail voyages taking it up to Scandinavia in 2013 and visiting Stockholm for the first time in its history.
DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF MYANMAR’S NORTHERN GORGES ABOARD ORIENT-EXPRESS’ ROAD TO MANDALAY RIVER CRUISER17th April 2012 – The sparkling pagodas and saffron cloaked monks of Myanmar (Burma) can be viewed from the serenity of the Ayeyarwady River onboard the Road To Mandalay as it sails on a series of 12-day ‘Gorges of the Far North’ cruises in August and September this year.
3rd April 2012 - An iconic building of the St Petersburg landscape, Grand Hotel Europe and its elegant historic Lobby Bar has long been a fashionable meeting point. Now after an extensive two month renovation, the Lobby Bar has re-launched to reveal a fresh new contemporary decor, whilst retaining elements of its original historic charm that, over the years has entertained the likes of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, former US President Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II.
2nd April 2012 – Renowned for its style, opulence and elegance, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a byword in luxury travel, with every detail a delight. The start of the 2012 season has unveiled a brand new bespoke range of crockery, designed exclusively by leading porcelain manufacturer Villeroy & Boch that reflects the exquisite Art Deco interiors of this magnificent train, adding to the luxurious experience of those travelling onboard.
20th March 2012 - Situated on the soft white sandy beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Maroma Resort & Spa is an idyllic retreat for both adults and children alike. With younger guests in mind, this April will see the inauguration of a new family friendly programme. Available throughout the year, families with children of all ages will be welcomed as the carefully planned programme ensures that Maroma’s young guests are both entertained and made to feel special while preserving the tranquil and sophisticated environment for which the resort is famed.
14th February 2012 – At 8am on 15th June 2012, Orient-Express will open the doors to its sixth hotel in Peru, Palacio Nazarenas. A former 16th century convent, the all suite hotel will be a contemporary reflection of Cuzco’s culture, elements of which will be reflected in its restaurant. Senzo the new restaurant at Palacio Nazarenas will only serve carefully prepared locally sourced Andean cuisine, a first for the city. Orient-Express has instructed and recruited the talents of bright young Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez to oversee all food and beverage at Senzo. Virgilio will ensure that the menu will retain its Andean authenticity whilst featuring his signature avant garde twist, allowing for a delightful journey of gastronomic discovery for all guests.
11th January 2011 – Orient-Express prides itself on being able to offer its guests the most authentic experiences at each and every one of its properties around the world. This philosophy extends to their innovative spa treatments that feature on spa menus in hotels in Laos, Iguassu, and Cape Town, where the spa experience is much more than just a way to relax – it is a slice of local culture and provides an extension of guests’ cultural experience.
21st December 2011 – Casa de Sierra Nevada by Orient-Express is calling y’all to embrace the authentic culture of San Miguel de Allende with the brand-new “Cowboy & Cowgirl” package. While enjoying a three-night stay in luxurious accommodations as well as customised excursions, experiential travellers and adventurers alike will feel as though they have been transported to a time where man, horse and nature formed a divine trinity.
19th December 2011 - Orient-Express has announced that as of the 15th December 2011, Napasai, Koh Samui and Jimbaran Puri Bali have joined Leading Hotels of The World. Representing the finest hotels, resorts and spas, Leading Hotels of the World is the largest luxury hospitality organisation in the world, recognising properties that offer the very best in accommodation and an extraordinary level of service.
Orient-Express appoints Ali Kasikci as Regional Managing Director for North America, Mexico & the Caribbean12th December, 2011 – Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., owners or part owners and managers of 49 luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and river cruise properties in 24 countries, today announced that it has appointed Ali V. Kasikci as Regional Managing Director for North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, effective January 30, 2012. As part of his responsibilities, Kasikci will manage the renovation, reopening and relaunch of El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California.
6th December 2011 – Whether you are a serious gourmand or just enjoy discovering the local cuisine and culture, Orient-Express has a range of culinary experiences to suit every taste. From the vibrant and eclectic flavours of Burmese cuisine at The Governor’s Residence to the evolution of Peruvian dishes at Hotel Monasterio and the secrets of rice farming at La Résidence Phou Vao in Laos, Orient-Express is sharing its in-depth, insider’s gastronomic and cultural knowledge with guests.
14th November 2011- A newly launched programme, Maroma’s Mexican Immersion, aims to incorporate as much of the local culture into relaxed daily resort life as possible. From traditional spa treatments and time-honoured Mexican cuisine to staff that, when requested, will converse only in Spanish, Maroma Resort and Spa is an idyllic retreat where guests can indulge in a splash of Mexico’s enthralling ancient culture. Set among verdant jungle beside a white sandy beach, on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the Riviera Maya, Maroma Resort and Spa is pure escapism with a touch of Mayan magic.
12th October 2011 – La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, has created an indulgent experience for those who want to get away from it all, with the ‘Body, Mind, and Soul’ package. Incorporating meditation sessions to relieve the mind from the pressures of every day life, massages to relax the body, and a bike ride through the serene town of Luang Prabang, the three day experience has been designed to leave guests feeling refreshed, revitalised, and relaxed, in both body in mind.
Mesa 18 introduces new Peruvian – Japanese fusion menu further strengthening Lima’s vibrant gastronomic offering21st September 2011 Lima’s vibrant and growing gastronomic scene this month sees one of the city’s most fashionable restaurants, Mesa 18 at Orient-Express’ Miraflores Park Hotel (www.miraflorespark.com), inaugurate a new mouth-wateringly delicious menu. Created by Toshiro Konishi, Peru’s star Japanese chef, the new menu combines the cultural mix and diversity of Peruvian cuisine with a world favourite, Japanese.
Orient-Express to launch ‘A Journey Like No Other’ an eye-catching and original digital brand awareness campaign19th September 2011 - Orient-Express, the iconic name uniting a collection of 49 internationally renowned luxury hotel, river cruise and rail experiences across 24 countries, will be bringing its world to life in the United States from September 19th with a pilot digital awareness campaign.
Orient-Express’ luxury rail experiences sweep the board at this year’s Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards1st September 2011 – Orient-Express is thrilled to announce multiple wins at last night’s Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards. The luxury travel company that operates hotels, trains, and cruises across the globe dominated the category for Specialist Train Operators, with its Hiram Bingham train in Peru winning top honours in the revered category and the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express placing third.
31st August 2011 - ‘21’ Club, for over 80 years one of New York’s most iconic restaurants, is undergoing a bit of a makeover. This autumn, ‘21’ will unveil Bar ‘21’ (21 West 52nd Street, www.21club.com), a bar and lounge on the ground floor serving approachable yet refined bar food by Executive Chef, John Greeley. Bar ‘21’ will feature a brand new 10-seat bar that will open up onto the current lounge area, blending an already popular watering hole with a less formal, welcoming vibe. Spirited bartenders will be mixing classic and contemporary cocktails on a nightly basis, and for the first time, a patron can pull up a bar stool at the ‘21’ Club and order a beer on tap!
22nd August 2011 – Every year, illustrious members of the international film industry flock to Venice to showcase their latest projects at the world’s oldest film festival, the Venice Film Festival.
17th August 2011 – Snorkelling is an activity that everyone assumes is easy to pick up. However for some, it can prove to be a daunting experience. For those who have never snorkelled before but who want to master the basics of this relaxing and rewarding activity, Maroma Resort & Spa on the Mayan Riviera, Mexico has created a short course designed to introduce first-time snorkelers to the amazing wonders of the sea.
28th July 2011 – In today’s society, when time is a luxury, not only is it important to return home from a holiday relaxed and rejuvenated but adding a newly refined skill to your repertoire is a massive achievement. Orient-Express has introduced a range of learning experiences, from complimentary language lessons to tennis holidays and boat building, all designed to help guests discover the local destination and return home with a new talent under their belt.
15th July 2011 – Orient-Express prides itself on offering the best possible experience and service to all its guests – least not their pint sized ones. As such, they have created a series of authentic experiences, from kite making to ice-cream making, around the world that are designed to enhance children’s holidays and give parents some much needed R and R.
14th June 2011 - Getting the perfect picture on safari is something that everyone aspires to, making a camera an essential item to pack. But bulky lenses and tripods are not the most space friendly items, and the fear of expensive photographic equipment being lost or damaged in transit is always present. With this in mind, Orient-Express’ stunning safari camps now offer a fantastic range of top spec photographic equipment for guests to use during their stay.
Orient-Express launches the new ‘Tailored Group Experiences’ brochure for its worldwide trains & cruises7th June, 2011 - Orient-Express has launched its new ‘Tailored Group Experiences’ brochure designed to showcase its portfolio of authentic and exhilarating train and cruise products highlighting an array of interesting departures and experiences perfect for all types of meeting, incentive events and corporate occasions.
27th April 2011 – Set in 32 acres of flourishing gardens, in the charming coastal and mountain village of Deià, Mallorca, there can be nowhere more inspiring than Orient-Express’ La Residencia (www.hotel-laresidencia.com). New this season, the luxury hotel is inviting guests to explore their inner artist by welcoming Juan Waelder as ‘Sculptor in Residence’.
23rd March 2011 – La Residencia always strives to provide their guests with authentic and special experiences during their stay. Last year saw the hotel welcome three donkeys and a nature trail to the hotel’s offering and this summer the rustic manor house, set on the Deian mountainside of Mallorca, will be introducing a pair of brand new Vespas exclusively for guests to rent out to explore the island.
Orient-Express to create Koh Samui’s most sublime beach resort as Napasai undergoes more enhancements21st March 2011 – Napasai www.napasai.com, Orient-Express’ stylish and secluded beach resort and residences on Koh Samui, which already has the longest private sandy beach on the island, is set to become a swimmer’s paradise in a latest project to create a 28,000m² crystal clear lagoon and underwater nature reserve.
4th January 2011 – Orient-Express’ iconic hotel in Cape Town, the Mount Nelson Hotel www.mountnelson.co.za, has unveiled its glamorously restyled and renamed restaurant, Planet, following a four month stellar face-lift to mirror the cool style of the hotel’s neighbouring Planet Bar. The newly refurbished restaurant has been gutted and transformed into a true galaxy, which set to become the next hot spot on the gastronomic scene of Cape Town.
Orient-Express launches a quartet of new rail journeys across south-east Asia, marking the start of a new chapter for the Eastern & Oriental Express26th October 2010 - Luxury train operator Orient-Express has announced it will launch a series of new three and six night rail voyages through Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Singapore aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express (E&O), commencing in January 2011. The programme contains many elements brand new to E&O.
21st October 2010 - La Residencia www.laresidencia.com, on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, is a luxury hideaway surrounded by 32 acres of land historically farmed for olives, carobs, and oak. The hotel has just launched an exciting new project aimed at restoring the previously untended mountainside in which it is nestled to its former glory.
14th September 2010 – Perurail www.perurail.com, the operator of the southern and south-east railway in Peru, has introduced a new service, the Expedition, which is intended to replace its existing Backpacker service between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The service consists of refurbished and improved carriages from PeruRail’s Backpacker trains. Large panoramic windows have been installed to allow passengers to fully appreciate the impressive landscape of the Urubumba River and the Andes mountain range as they make their way to and from Machu Picchu.
8th September 2010 - Converting to the ways of a beach-bum can be great, but sooner or later, each sandy memory will become more indistinct than the last. Why not experience something exceptional, a voyage of discovery to a certain part of the world you’ve always dreamed of visiting? Orient-Express’ properties offer just that – from crabbing in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, to meditating with Monks in Cambodia, or even learning the art of seduction in Italy – each experience is as unique as the hotel that created it. So take some time away from the grind – and the beach – and connect with your holiday destination in a way you never thought possible. www.orient-express.com
10th August 2010 - Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE: OEH, www.orient-express.com), today celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Company’s Initial Public Offering by ringing the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.