13 November 2013…// Situated by the mighty Urubamba River between Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru, Hotel Rio Sagrado is a tranquil setting for the Sacred Valley’s first ever solar heated swimming pool. Unveiled as part of a host of refurbishments at the hotel, including two new treatment rooms in the spa and upgraded accommodation, the outdoor pool further enhances the hotel’s position as a refuge of relaxation.
6 November 2013 - On Wednesday 13th November 2013, after 25 years, 70 episodes, 84 hours of television and a ‘Murder on the Orient-Express’, ITV’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, starring David Suchet, is to be broadcast for the last time. To celebrate the end of this much loved TV adaptation, those booking a journey on the luxury UK day trains, the British Pullman or Northern Belle, before 31st March 2014, will receive ‘The Definitive Collection of Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ on DVD to commemorate 25 years of David Suchet as Poirot.
28 October 2013 – Guests at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, can discover the city’s incredible natural bounty during the hotel’s urban foraging experience, gathering wild ingredients from the surrounding landscape before they are transformed into a gourmet meal back at the prestigious Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. property.
15 October 2013 - New for the 2014 season, The Royal Scotsman is set to journey between the iconic cities of Edinburgh and London on an itinerary exploring the very best of England and its famous cities and sights, including Sandringham House, Alnwick Castle and the scholarly city of Cambridge.
9 October 2013 - A host of Christmas journeys on board the British Pullman and Northern Belle are now available to book at www.orient-express.com/uktrains. Throughout December, the festive journeys feature visits to the UK’s finest Cathedral Cities and Christmas Markets such as the historic city of Bath and Carols at Kings College, Canterbury.
4 October 2013 - Napasai on Koh Samui, Thailand, has unveiled a range of authentic touches designed to give guests a true taste of Southern Thailand’s enchanting culture. From home-produced honey to a Thai boxing ring, visitors can immerse themselves in the local way of life during their stay.
23 September 2013 – Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. has announced the opening of a new restaurant at Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, fronted by celebrity chef Ken Hom. Work on the 88-seat pan-Asian eatery, which has not yet been named, began last month as the world-famous hotel celebrated its 90th anniversary.
23 September 2013 – The iconic Copacabana Palace marked its 90th anniversary this summer, transporting guests back to its glamorous heyday with a series of exciting celebrations from 18th July – 4th September. Rio de Janiero’s most luxurious hotel, Copacabana Palace opened in August 1923 on the legendary Copacabana Beach. Over the years, the art-deco landmark has welcomed royalty, celebrities and politicians through its doors and today it is considered an icon of Brazil’s historical heritage.
28 August 2013- For Mma Ramotswe aficionados, it can’t get much better than this. This November, immerse yourself in Mma Ramotswe's Botswana in the company of her creator, one of the world's best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith. Their beloved Botswana is one of the world's last great unspoilt wildernesses, with parched sands and lush savannah. In its midst, the mighty Okavango River flows into the sands of the Kalahari Desert to form the magnificent Okavango Delta, a tranquil and serene haven for a myriad of flora and fauna - and wildlife stories of every kind.
28 August 2013 - Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is dedicated to creating unique experiences, and this ethos extends to the spa treatments offered at each property, which are regularly updated to ensure guests enjoy a truly unforgettable visit. This autumn, innovative new treatments are available on spa menus in hotels in Mallorca, Sicily, Cape Town and California, using nourishing ingredients to leave guests feeling relaxed and revitalised. Guests staying at La Residencia in Mallorca can enjoy the new Almond Delight Facial, a sensory experience that relaxes the neck, face and scalp. The signature treatment begins with a soothing massage using a softening blend of warm sweet almond and lavender oil. Next, a nutrient-enriched mask infuses the skin with vitamins A and E before a hydrating lip balm completes the facial.
15 August 2013 - This November, Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur, Raymond Blanc, will host a dinner for 100 guests on board luxury UK day train, the Northern Belle, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the British Pullman. This event is part of a series of ‘pop-up’ dinners on board the British Pullman and Northern Belle throughout 2013 and 2014, hosted by some of the UK’s most celebrated chefs. On 2 November 2013, after a champagne reception on the platform, the Northern Belle will depart from Manchester’s Victoria Station. The train, with its décor evoking the opulent ‘Belle’ trains of the 1930s, will travel through beautiful countryside whilst guests are served a specially created seven course menu, accompanied by the sommelier’s choice of fine wines. Raymond will be joined in the kitchen by his onetime apprentice, Robbie Gleeson, Executive Head Chef for the UK Day Trains, as well as the Northern Belle’s Head Chef, Alex Dobson.
23 July 2013 - Orient-Express Hotels Ltd’s. new river cruiser, Orcaella, sets sail on the maiden voyage this week. Following a traditional Buddhist blessing in Myanmar’s cultural capital, Mandalay, Orcaella sets sail on its inaugural 11 night cruise along the foothills of the Himalayas on the Chindwin River. As Myanmar emerges as one the hottest new travel destinations, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. leads the way in expertly guiding guests through hidden Myanmar.
ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD. LAUNCHES WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THE LUXURY GROUP, WEDDING & CELEBRATION MARKET22 July 2013 - Designed specifically with group and event travel in mind, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (OEH) has launched orient-express.com/events, an easy to navigate website that offers in depth yet easy to find information and technical content on each of the 45 hotel, train, cruise and restaurant businesses within the luxury travel company’s portfolio. It is a first for the Company and is aimed at those who are searching for inspiration in creating authentic one-of-a-kind experiences and who are keen to discover the latest news, group offers and the unique event spaces OEH has to offer.
17 June 2013 – To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Eastern & Oriental Express train (E&O) has created a special four-night ‘rail and relaxation’ experience with La Residence Phou Vao hotel in Luang Prabang, discovering the very best of Laos and beguiling South-East Asia.
5 June 2013…// Combining head-to-toe indulgence with results-driven treatments and professional health advice, The Imperial Spa at Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France offers a tailored approached to wellbeing. The hotel’s spa menu features a full range of treatments from signature facials, massages and body treatments by Guerlain, to custom-made wellness programmes, dedicated sports therapies and personalised hair and scalp remedies in the hotel’s own hair-care institute.
3 June 2013 - Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. reveals the first images of the brand new luxury river cruiser, Orcaella, ahead of the inaugural cruise on in Myanmar on 22 July 2013. Departing from Mandalay, the 11 night maiden voyage sets sail up The Chindwin River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Orcaella’s combination of draft and length means she can reach lesser visited destinations providing guests with the opportunity to engage with fascinating and remote communities.
DINNER IN THE SKY AT HOTEL CIPRIANI - A unique dining experience suspended 50 metres into the Venetian Sky - 19th - 23th June 201323rd May 2013 …/ Next month will see Orient-Express’ Hotel Cipriani yet again pushing boundaries when it comes to guest experiences, with a pulse racing Dinner in the Sky experience. The legendary hotel, set on the island of Giudecca, is offering guests a brief ‘flight’ over the waters of Venice with a series of one-off events, which have been organised in collaboration with 5th Events. Taking place from 19th to 23rd June, the events will allow adventure seekers to enjoy the hotel’s renowned gastronomic offering whilst taking in incredible 360 degree views of the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.