My Blend with Clarins

Le-Royal-Monceau-Raffles-Paris-Outside-2From Paris with Love: Le Royal Monceau-Raffles

When it comes to elite beauty products and treatments there is a brand that always pops up as a symbol of quality: Clarins. I was working ten years for this amazing brand, it’s a love that never will fade away.

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Jacques Courtin-Clarins

The French brand (distributed in 150 countries around the world), has built a reputation along the years not only by doing innovative R&D and being at the forefront, but also by interacting closely with all those women that have trusted Clarins since the beginning. This synergic collaboration has proven to be correct: by listening to women’s needs, Clarins has enriched their lives and developed one of the most successful and admired company.

Nowadays Clarins has grown into a multinational company whose motto “With Clarins, life is more beautiful” gives us the essence of what actually this company is. It was founded in 1954 by Jacques Courtin-Clarins who had a holistic vision for the business of beauty. Along 60 years, the so many products and treatments have crystallized in a new adventure for the brand: the Spa My Blend.

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These spa’s are exclusive not because there are few of them in the world but because of their dedicated, tailored treatments and products only found in these luxurious yet calm and relaxing temples of beauty and well being. In Paris, where the firm was born, there are a couple: one in the recently opened Molitor, and the other one, designed by Philippe Starck, is located in the Royal Monceau-Raffles, a ‘total Starck’ facility where even the glasses have the sign of the most prolific French designer ever.

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Mr. Starck had in mind a place with no gravity, a site where one can wander into the lightness in order to purify oneself upon achieving the spa experience. This white paradise was born over a surface of 1,500 m², a realm of white walls, a lot of (my favorite) Venetian mirrors, veils and stainless steel structures whose purpose is no other but relaxation. The complex has a pristine pool of 23 m –the longest of any Parisian palace–, a Watsu pool, a lounge with cozy coaches, a detoxy bar with seasonal products and a lot of charm. There is a humid area, one for men and one for women, comprising a hamman, sauna, laconium and a surprising sensorial shower where you can bath emulating a tropical storm, for instance.

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If you should judge a hotel by its spa, then the Royal Monceau-Raffles in Paris deserves its five stars, and its recently acquired Palace rating (only six other Paris hotels have the highly-coveted badge of distinction). 

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Featuring the longest pool in a Paris luxury hotel, the spa at Le Royal Monceau is run by My Blend by Clarins. It also includes a Jacuzzi, hammam, laconium room and sauna over an impressive 1,500 square meter space, all decorated in the purest white from floor to ceilings…  A real haven of relaxation and well-being, where dedicated fitness coaches make sure your personal needs are addressed. 

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Through the looking glass, paraphrasing Lewis Carroll, would be a suitable analogy to describe Spa My Blend at Royal Monceau-Raffles. Specially while in the pool whose middle part has a transparent ceiling ruffled by water, or while in the dressing room whose lockers are made of mirrors replicating ad infinitum any image. For those wanting to exercise the body, there is also a rather well furnished high-tech fitness area, a pilates studio and a series of individual coaching rooms.

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Now, in any spa a key feature is the proposed treatments. And here is the reason why the Royal Monceau-Raffles chose Clarins to run its outstanding spa. The vision of Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, son of the founder, was that every skin is different, like every genetic code is; so, treatments ought to respond to every skin needs according to age and lifestyle. The line My Blend created by Dr. Courtin-Clarins has over 100 mixtures and 400 night/day personalized combinations created by a Beauty Therapist in situ. At the core of My Blend products there is the so called Cell Synergy anti–ageing complex, a blend of 3 unique peptides that facilitate skin inter–cellular communication, enhance its natural defense and convey skin regeneration.

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To tune up the right skin approach Clarins has developed My Skin Diag, a Clarins’ software to determine your skin’s biological age, algorithm combined with information such as lifestyle and habits, helps the Beauty Therapist to create the most precise blend for the client. Another privilege of the Spa My Blend is the technique for the treatment.

It ensures the facial that ensues is personally tailored to your needs: the ritual includes a gentle cleaning, deep exfoliating, two masks (mine were a clarifying mask followed by a hydrating one), targeted face and eye creams application. Since my main concern was the eye area, my therapist insisted on that zone with  cryo-aesthetic, a healing technique that uses the benefits of cold to relieve congestion and enable the microcirculation.

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All Clarins classics are availble at theSpa My Blend  

The methods are 100% manual, with precise, ancient movements that are appropriate so the skin can better absorb the products applied on it. Including three steps, its aim is to relax, revitalize and regenerate the body. This protocol can last either 90 or 60 minutes, though there are also programmes lasting from 2 to 4 hours that incorporate several treatments. It is worth to mention that among the formulas used there are unexpected substances as the (Clarins famous) blue orchid essence dispersed in oil, celosia extract and even cherry tree leaves extract.

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My Blend uses an in-depth diagnosis based on a questionnaire on your skin and lifestyle to give a personalized recommendation, blending an essential day and night Formula (may your skin be oily, dry and dehydrated, more mature, etc); a Booster (pure active ingredient concentrates) to be added to the essential Formula to answer immediate and urgent beauty needs; and a line of complementary skin care products to enhance the benefits of each Essential Formula and Booster.

Virtuoso, the leading international luxury travel agency network, voted the Spa My Blend at Royal Monceau-Raffles as Best Spa in 2012 in the ‘Best of the Best‘ Awards. The jury justified its choice by quoting that “the hotel spa offers the most alluring environment for rest and rejuvenation, creative and therapeutic treatments, and highly skilled and knowledgeable therapists”. By visiting the place one can feels that in three years since this verdict was issued, the Spa My Blend has maintained the standards by which it was elected ‘Best City Spa 2015′ in Europe by SENSES.

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Luxury is all about personalization. And at the Royal Monceau-Raffles Spa, My Blend by Clarins takes personalization to a new level, bringing a revolutionary concept to the customers. Created by the son of the founder of the world-famous French luxury skincare brand Clarins, My Blend by Clarins offers a unique line of products that can be customized and designed for everyone’s specific skin-care needs.

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From Paris with Love

Le Royal Monceau-Raffles willalways be one of my most favorite Parisian Hotels. Not only a lunch, a high tea, or a night at the Royal Monceau-Raffles,  but definitely, an afternoon at the My Blend Royal Monceau Raffles Spa in Paris is quite an experience. From a relaxing pool session, to a deep facial treatment, with a quite pause in the immaculate lounge area, you will be longing to come back soon enough once your privileged time is over!

My Blend Royal Monceau Raffles Spa
Opening hours:
  • Monday-Saturday: 6:30–22:00; treatments and coaching: 9:00–21:00.
  • Sundays: 7:30–20:30; treatments and coaching: 8:30–20:00.
  • The pool  and fitness area close 15 minutes before the hour.
More of Le Royal Monceau-Raffles soon here on Yakymour

 

Hotel d’Angleterre’s Spa

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Established in 1755, the d’Angleterre is an icon and a historic landmark in Copenhagen, celebrated for its elegance, luxury and style.

For more than 250 years, the d’Angleterre has been located on Kongens Nytorv in the heart of Copenhagen. The hotel has been the site for legendary political, royal and national events throughout Denmark’s history.

Hotel d’Angleterre is one of the first deluxe hotels in the world. Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, the hotel re-opened in May 2013 following extensive restorations. For the wellness area, Amazing Space d’Angleterre, Pietra Mediterranea, with Bianco and Grigio colors, has been chosen to decorate this space on floor and wall with ceramic tiles and glass mosaics.

This urban spa, offers an expansive menu of signature treatments, a  lounge for relaxation and revitalization, a fully equipped fitness studio. Expert technicians perform personalized treatments, including massage and beauty care. The swimming pool area consists of a 10×12 meter heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

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Amazing Space d’Angleterre is a true oasis with focus on escaping from the busy everyday chores. A visit to Amazing Space d’Angleterre is a beautiful experience for body and soul with healthy drinks, aromatherapy scents, relaxing music and exotic flowers in the hands of one of our more than 15 specially selected spa therapists, providing nourishing and healing treatments, ranging from beautifying facials based on the latest technology, to Nordic spa treatments, sports massages, reflexology, acupuncture and the so-called body-balance studies and dietary advice. Amazing Space also offers a wide variety of luxurious manicures and pedicures as well as hair styling and makeup sessions.

Hotel d’Angleterre,
Kongens Nytorv 34,
1050 København K. Denmark+45 3333 8233

T: +45 33 12 00 95 E: info@dangleterre.com

Amazing Space, d’Angleterre,
Hovedvagtsgade 3,
1103 København K. Denmark +45 3333 8233

Looking for a winter escape? Hotel d’Angleterre and its Spa are the ultimate place to give your body and soul everything (and more) it needs. Every member of staff affectionately carry on the tradition of passion for service that has earned the hotel its 5-star deluxe rating. I talked here before about Hotel d’Angleterre. It’s my favorite hotel! When there is Paradise, ….its at Kongens Nytorv 34, Copenhagen.

http://www.dangleterre.com/

 

Restore & Refresh at Spa Montage Beverly Hills with L.Raphael Geneve

 

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Located in the vibrant epicenter of Los Angeles, Montage Beverly Hills is ideally situated for shopping and dining among Rodeo Drive’s collection of shops, restaurants and galleries. The hotel features 201 guestrooms, including 55 suites as well as 20 private Residences. Montage Beverly Hills begins the New Year with an exclusive partnership between the hotel’s award winning Spa Montage and Swiss premiere skincare brand, L.Raphael Geneve.

We look forward to building upon the continued success of Spa Montage with the addition of L.Raphael’s world class skincare programming, Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.Raphael will offer highly effective, completely personalized facial and body treatments designed to accommodate the nuanced needs of our discerning international clientele. Together, we will provide memorable, uniquely designed spa experiences crafted to deliver visible results and revive optimal wellbeing for each guest.

Todd Orlich, General Manager of Montage Beverly Hills.

Spa Montage Beverly Hills is now the first and only West Coast destination for L.Raphael’s state-of-the-art facial and body treatments along with their high-performance products. This collaboration also establishes Spa Montage Beverly Hills as one of only two L.Raphael hotel spa locations in the United States. Together, the two renowned luxury brands have launched Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.Raphael.

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As the only Forbes Five Star spa in Beverly Hills, Spa Montage is designed to enhance personal wellbeing and will be further elevated with L.Raphael’s comprehensive range of revitalizing and restorative treatments. Spa Montage will complement the L.Raphael experience with its 20,000 square foot urban sanctuary that features resort-style amenities, a mosaic-tiled mineral pool and 17 tranquil treatment rooms.

Spa Montage Beverly Hills is an urban oasis with a private relaxation space, a mosaic-tiled mineral pool and 17 tranquil treatment rooms.

Beverly Hills serves as the ideal location to join L.Raphael’s exquisite portfolio of existing beauty institutes in premiere global destinations such as New York, Cannes and Geneva. In collaboration, Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.Raphael will be the destination of choice on the West Coast for those seeking the most scientifically advanced wellness, beauty and anti-aging treatments available.

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L.Raphael founder, Ronit Raphael, is a global leader in the beauty industry who, in collaboration with Professor Peir Shinitzky and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Raphael Gumener, brings more than 25 years of pioneering scientific research and experience. This dynamic team has developed L.Raphael’s ultra-luxury, unparalleled beauty and anti-aging therapies through the development and use of their premium products and technologically advanced devices that cater to the world’s most discerning clientele.

L.Raphael is very proud to partner with a prestigious hotel like Montage Beverly Hills and looks forward to opening its second hotel spa location in the United States. We first discovered Spa Montage Beverly Hills through our partnership with Chopard during the 2014 Academy Awards and are delighted that it will be our exclusive West Coast destination moving forward. We are very happy be able to provide our beauty spa treatments and famous skincare brand to our West Coast clientele on an ongoing basis.

Ronit Raphael, founder of L.Raphael Genève

The proprietary Oxygen, Ultrasound and Anti-gravity breakthrough technologies, coupled with exclusive superior product formulations, create the optimal L.Raphael treatment that penetrates beneath the surface of the skin and recapture a youthful glow.

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Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.Raphael has unveiled a series of scientifically advanced facial and body treatments just in time for Los Angeles’ biggest awards shows from The Golden Globes to The Academy Awards.

L.Raphael’s revolutionary beauty regiment will result in fresh-looking, radiant skin for those attending the season’s most glamorous parties and red carpet events. Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.Raphael offers effective signature treatments including: the Oxy Star Anti-Pigmentation Treatment, the Perfection Anti-Aging Facial treatment, the Beauty Diamond Treatment, and the Secrets of the Dead Sea’ Tightening and Toning Body Treatment.

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L.Raphael Oxy Star Anti-Pigmentation Treatment

The premiere oxygen facial is designed to even the skin tone and provide superior anti-aging benefits. White truffles disperse the melanin beneath the surface of the skin to fade existing sun and age spots. A specialty mask enhances collagen production to firm the skin and diminish lines and wrinkles. The result is younger looking, smoother skin. 60 Minutes, $1,100.

L.Raphael Beauty Diamond Treatment

A sophisticated device featuring diamond technology is used in combination with L.Raphael’s LEC-40 lipid complex and lecithin, omega proteins and vitamins to dramatically improve the appearance of the skin. The device’s dual action of diamond polish and the non-invasive diamond vacuum stimulates blood flow and exfoliates the skin for deeper penetration. This treatment promotes glowing skin and delivers significant anti-aging results. 60 minutes, $690.

L.Raphael Perfection Anti-Aging Facial with Vitamins and Anti-Oxidants

This highly effective anti-aging facial uses L.Raphael’s Perfection line featuring pure lecithin, omega 3 and vitamins A, C, and E. The active ingredients work in synergy to revive skin and reverse visible signs of aging. Skin looks and feels younger resulting in renewed radiance and elasticity. 60 Minutes, $345 / 90 Minutes, $425 / 120 Minutes, $505.

L.Raphael ‘Secrets of the Dead Sea’ Tightening and Toning Body Treatment

Begin with a full body resurfacing with the exclusive cherry blossom exfoliating scrub featuring a powerful blend of mineral-rich Dead Sea salts. Following the exfoliation, relax in the warmth of a slimming iso-thermal blanket. The treatment concludes with a 30-minute massage with the brand’s signature perfect body toning oil to stimulate detoxification, tightening and toning of the skin. 120 Minutes, $680.

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In addition, Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L.Raphael also provides more targeted remedies such as the Oxy Emergency Eye, the Ultra-Lifting Face & Neck and the Ultra-Lifting Eyes therapies that incorporate proprietary technology and scientific formulas to deliver a visibly brighter, more youthful looking complexion. Traditional facials and body treatments will also be available in addition to L.Raphael’s series of device assisted, revolutionary facial and body therapies. Don’t forget to ask for the Perfect 10 Spa Package. Consisting of 10 treatments all in one day, the Perfect 10 Spa Package makes for the ultimate red-carpet-ready experience.

Discover the best in wellness and advanced skincare at Spa Montage Beverly Hills, the exclusive West Coast destination for world-renowned L.Raphael. Come into the wonderful world of Montage Beverly Hills, and the beautiful world of L.Raphael.

Daily 9:00am – 9:00pm
Treatments Available 9:00am – 8:00pm
Fitness Center 24 Hours Per Day

Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills – CA 90210
USA

 

 

 

Fendi-Furnished Penthouse At Portals Hills Boutique Hotel

A penthouse dressed up by Fendi is all that a stylish traveler can settle in for a luxurious holiday in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods on the paradise island of Mallorca, Spain. On a hillside above the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, in the the prestigious new Portals Hills Boutique Hotel, is where the Fendi-furnished penthouse has nestled.

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Portals Hills Boutique Hotel (Click photo to enlarge).

The highlight of the island’s most glamorous address property are the two prestigious penthouses suite furnished by Fendi Casa which deliver timeless elegance to rival some of the world’s finest homes.

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Portals Hills Boutique Hotel (Click photo to enlarge).

Put together by interior designer Luc van Acker, each of the island’s most spectacular penthouse room is over 100m² in size. It opens up to feature two en-suite bedrooms and ample living spaces. The high spec kitchen is fitted with Dornbracht appliances and the essential Nespresso machine. Boasting of  premium entertainment systems too, the penthouse which is furnished by designer Italian furniture from Fendi, guarantees a timeless elegance.

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Portals Hills Boutique Hotel (Click photo to enlarge).

And it doesn’t stop there, as a private lift takes the guests to the 100m² roof terrace where they can admire unobstructed sea views from the comfort of the sunlounger. This space screams stylish luxury too with a dreamy Fendi-furnished poolside cabana.

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Portals Hills Boutique Hotel (Click photo to enlarge).

Whether entertaining guests or privately enjoying the extraordinary setting, with the latest in technology, the most stylish interiors of the penthouse styled by Fendi guarantees a ‘wow’ factor.

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Portals Hills Boutique Hotel (Click photos to enlarge).

The Miami-inspired boutique hotel is one of the most glamorous and fashionable on the island. With only 29 sumptuously appointed residential-style suites plus two incomparable high-end Fendi Casa furnished Penthouses, the Portals Hills Boutique Hotel is the epitome of comfort, elegance and cutting-edge design.

by Jean Amr

Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam Offers Van Gogh Package

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This great Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is located in the famous building of the previous Sweelinck conservatorium. It’s building was originally constructed in tate 19th-century.

Located deep in the heart of Amsterdam’s museum district, the musical past of the Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is still audible, and visible. First designed by revered Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel at the turn of the 19th-century, the Conservatorium’s well-known structure housed a major bank for 77 years before becoming the city’s premier music conservatory from 1983 to 2003.Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

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Intrigued by its architecture and history, Milan-based star architect Piero Lissoni created a hybrid of modern heritage for the hotel, boasting an intriguing contrast of Neo-Gothic Dutch architecture and Italian design. The original lofty ceilings have been left intact in almost half of the 129 rooms, and transformed into stunning duplexes with large windows and exposed structural beams. A particularly spectacular element is the courtyard covered entirely in glass, creating a wonderful contrast between the old and the new, the classic and the modern.

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The property, which is part of the Design Hotels portfolio, pays aural tribute to the Amsterdam Conservatorium’s legacy, as soothing classical music selections echo through its vaulted ceilings. In fact, the Concerto Suite even boasts a Steinway Baby Grand piano.

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Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam (Click photo to enlarge).

Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam is offering guests a special stay package to celebrate one of the Netherlands’ most revered artists: Van Gogh.

The Van Gogh package includes a two-night stay in the hotel with continental breakfast for two, plus two tickets to the Van Gogh Museum, located just opposite the hotel. Additionally, two media tour tickets will also be offered to the museum and guests are gifted a book of Van Gogh masterpieces that comes in a list of preferred languages.

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Marking the 125th anniversary of the death of Van Gogh, the Van Gogh Europe Foundation is also seizing the opportunity to honour the Dutch artist with programmes such as exhibitions, cycle routes and art events. The activities will take place in the various locations where Van Gogh lived and worked during his life, and also in museums where his works are preserved, examined and displayed. The common theme that has been chosen is ‘125 years of inspiration’ and the idea behind this is that the artist continues to inspire many people up till today.

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Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam (Click photo to enlarge).

The Van Gogh Europe Foundation, or ‘Stichting Van Gogh Europe’, was established in January 2013 by the Van Gogh Museum, the Kröller-Müller Museum and Van Gogh Brabant with the aim of making Van Gogh’s heritage jointly accessible to everyone. These organisations, together with Mons 2015, form a collaboration under the name Van Gogh Europe comprising around 30 institutions that actively preserve Van Gogh’s heritage in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England.

Axel Rüger, general director of Van Gogh Museum, said: “Van Gogh enthusiasts around the world are interested in his art, but also in his life. By working together with the various Van Gogh locations, we can make his life tangible. This cooperation creates a valuable extra dimension.”

Conservatorium’s Van Gogh package is available until 31 December 2015, subject to availability. For more information or reservations, please call +31 (0)20 570 0000 or email: reservations@conservatoriumhotel.com

 

Come into the beautiful world of Conservatorium Hotel

Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen

Renowned luxury publication Robb Report has curated a list of the most luxurious suites in Europe alone. These fabulous living arrangements have the best interiors, views or amenities or a perfect mix of all. They also come at a heavy price though almost everything with that standard of extravagance does. Also the Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite is on their list.

Established in 1755, the d’Angleterre is an icon and a historic landmark in Copenhagen, celebrated for its elegance, luxury and style. Inspired by its rich heritage the hotel has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and has reopened as a revitalized grand palace. Balancing legacy and style with intuitive and tailored services, the d’Angleterre will complement the desires of today’s refined travelers.

The d’Angleterre is the result of a love affair between two young people. In the middle of the 1700’s Jean Marchal, a servant in the royal court, and Maria Coppy, daughter to the royal chef, fell in love. Maria was known for her cooking talent and Jean knew everything about serving the privileged. Together Mr. and Mrs. Marchal established a restaurant on Kongens Nytorv in 1755. This is where the d’Angleterre story begins.

The founder, Jean Marchal and his successors’ talent and sense for providing exceptional service, hospitality and comfort has carried the identity of the d’Angleterre throughout more than 250 years. This tradition is the foundation of the d’Angleterre legacy.

Today, the owners and every member of staff affectionately carry on the tradition of passion for service that has earned the hotel its 5-star deluxe rating.

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Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen, Denmark (Click photo to enlarge).

The 260-year old suite holds a lot of history through the years and a lot of it remains the same as it was when it first opened. Grand chandeliers hang from the cherub decorated ceilings and antique furniture, including a WWII desk used by German occupiers, decorates the room. Local Danish Bang & Olufsen electronics give the suite an elegant balance of old and new. The room has an attached private balcony from where guests can view the Kongens Nytorv or The King’s Square, the Nyhavn Canal, the Royal Theatre and the pedestrian shopping street Strøget, which are all also walking distance from the hotel.

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Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen, Denmark (Click photo to enlarge).

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Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen, Denmark (Click photo to enlarge).

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Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen, Denmark (Click photo to enlarge).

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Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen, Denmark (Click photo to enlarge).

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Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen, Denmark (Click photo to enlarge).

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Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen, Denmark (Click photo to enlarge).

Some standard features for the d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite

  • From 150 to 250 m of legendary luxury,
  • Dux King Size bed,
  • Large bathroom in marble with douche toilet and heated seat, bathtub in most rooms and separate shower,
  • Complimentary wireless internet (wired internet available),
  • Individual in-room climate control system,
  • Media hub for easy connectivity of your own music, videos or games,
  • 42″ B&O LED TV with international channels and films on demand,
  • Telephone / voicemail,
  • Mini bar with Nespresso machine,
  • Safe with charger,
  • Hair dryer (2,200 watt),
  • Bathrobe and slippers,
  • Airport transfer,
  • Complimentary fruit & chocolate on arrival,
  • Flowers,
  • Complimentary Champagne on arrival,

For more info:

Hotel d’Angleterre’s Royal Suite, Copenhagen

Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 Copenhagen, Denmark

info@dangleterre.com

Telefone: +45 33 12 00 95

http://www.dangleterre.com

by Jean Amr

Sevilla, Palacio de Villapanés

We visited Sevilla… Three days to re-discover the timeless, enchanting, magnificent wonder that is Sevilla!! We chose not to go in the “crazy” days of ‘Semana Santa’, when the city just bursts with people from all over the world. We wanted to experience a more tranquil Sevilla, as beautiful if not more, as ever!! I’m posting and sharing images we loved!! Hope you enjoy them as well!!

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The street is quiet, and unassuming, so it’s a surprise to find such a grandiose entrance….. We arrived in Sevilla two hours later and went straight to the beautiful Alma Hotel Sevilla. Originally built as a private mansion for the Marques of Villapanes in the 18th century, the property has been restored into a modern boutique hotel with 50 guest rooms. Palacio de Villapanés…

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Palacio de Villapanés, marble hotel entrance, The restoration of this majestic building is, without doubt, superb. The potential pitfalls have been masterfully sidestepped offering up a seamless blend of the modern and the antique 

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Our home for three days in Sevilla!! What a wonder!! What a majestic, elegant, beauty of a place!! We made the right choice in booking this 18th century palace, remodeled, but with all Sevilla’s charm as we imagined it to be originally… Originally built as a private mansion for the Marques of Villapanés in the 18th century, it is now (my home) a luxury hotel. A set of rose-colored marble steps lead to the stunning arched entrance, with a surround of elaborately filigreed ironwork.

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Sevilla, Palacio de Villapanés, Alma Hotel

Sevilla, Palacio de Villapanés, Alma Hotel

There’s no question that upon arriving at Hotel Palacio de Villapanes you feel a sense of awe and smugness in equal measure. Awe at the magnificent wrought-iron archway through which you get your first glimpse of the splendid interior within. Smugness in the knowledge that you are one of a privileged few who can step in from the cobbled street and have this be your home (for a few days at least).

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The palace is built around a light-filled, marble-floored, balconied courtyard…. The archways led into a beautiful open air courtyard with black and white marble floors (check out the awesome chevron pattern on the top floor) , a soothing fountain and lush greenery. High, high ceilings… lovely original woodwork!! Every corner a new discovery!!

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Sevilla, Palacio de Villapanés, Alma Hotel Mini Courtyard (Click photo’s to enlarge).

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The hotel’s restaurant had an eclectic and unexpected asthetic. Black walls, Wrought iron chairs, brocade upholstered banquets and simple white cloth place settings adorned with colorful bud vase. Beyond the restaurant was a cozy library featuring backlit Moroccan style tiles and modern leather seating

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My room was reached by walking through another interior courtyard, filled with fragrant orange trees… You can’t think of a Sevilla palace without a beautiful interior courtyard.. or two, or three.. just can’t!!! (Soooo lovely by night as well!!) Love the mix of traditional and modern (design) ….

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The facilities include the cellar breakfast room, gym and spa, roof terrace, restaurant and courtyard bar. It was here that we would catch our first scent of orange blossom, the most delightful surprise of all, and one that will forever remind me of this days in Sevilla.

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And finally, our room! The crisp white duvets (his and hers why not his and his?? lol) and moody purple velvet wingback bed was exactly what I needed after a long day of traveling and the Spanish heat. The deep purple and gray color scheme was both rich and soothing, and the clean, dark furniture was a great contrast to the gossimar curtains where sunlight streamed through until 11pm!

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I loved this room with its beautiful fresh red roses that smelled!! And the ultimate breakfast in bed! Pure Bliss! One of the most delightful parts of my room was the mini bar, stocked with free delicious, mini Spanish juices! I had my fair share of tomato, pineapple and apple each day of our stay

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The stunning marble bathroom, featured an incredible 360 degree shower, adjacent bathtub, and moroccan mosaic in deep jewel tones was a bonus (Click photo’s to enlarge).

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…..and mint tea after our wonderful massages after our great Spa visit (Click photo’s to enlarge).

Many people think about London, Paris, Vienna, Rome or mayby Madrid when we are talking about city trips. But did you ever thought about Sevilla? Sevilla is great. There is something for everyone. There are so may wonderful shops, beautiful musea, and everything else other great cities have. Not only in the daytime but also the Sevilla evenings are great. Beautiful streets, amazing old buildings, and many, many great and cosy restaurants. And tired of walking its Always a great feeling that your bed is waiting for you….

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Sevilla, Palacio de Villapanés, Alma Hotel

………a beautiful summer night at the Palacio de Villapanés Alma Hotel.

Sevilla, Palacio de Villapanés, Alma Hotel

Sevilla, Palacio de Villapanés, Alma Hotel

On the whole, we really enjoyed our stay here! I’m extremely glad we chose it on this occasion and I savoured every second soaking up the old world glamour.

They will surprise you with  the best personalized service and all of the information you might need so that you may enjoy the most fabulous experience and unforgettable stay in Sevilla best luxury hotel.

Contact details:

Address: Calle Santiago, 31, 41003 Sevilla

Phone: +34 954 50 20 63

info@palaciovillapanes.com

http://palaciovillapanes.com/en

by  Jean Amr

What is your holiday destinaton?


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Sun is shinning, summer is started for real now. But still, many of us like to go on a holiday. Lucky we don’t all like the same ‘thing’. What do you like, and is your holiday destination? Do you like suprises, just like ‘Anne’? Do you have special wishes for the future? And what do you àlways take with you on your holiday, do you have a special checklist? What is your favorite suncream, and why?

Please tell me….

by Jean Amr

 

 

 

Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez Collection 73 La Croisette

Opened in the late 1920s, the Hôtel Martinez embodies the light-heartedness of the Côte d’Azur and the Mediterranean lifestyle. Known for its warm and friendly atmosphere full of zest for life, this is and was the place to see and be seen on the Croisette. Inspired by the Art Deco style of the landmark and the colors of the Côte d’Azur, interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon breathes new life into this Green Globe-certified luxury hotel in Cannes.

The status of an iconic hotel is measured too by its ability to develop products that reflect its identity. Which is exactly what the 5-star Cannes hotel has achieved with its recently launched 73 La Croisette brand of hospitality products – bath cream, shower gel, shampoo and hair conditioner – whose fragrance is the work of perfume creator Isabelle Burdel. The collection is completed by fashion accessories, ties and scarves, manufactured by an Italian firm reputed for its exclusive knowhow.

Come into the beautiful world of Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez.

Louis Vuitton x BMW i8

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French Maison Louis Vuitton, pioneer in the art of travel, has partnered with BMW i to create a tailor-made set of luggage crafted in carbon fibre for BMW i8.

Launching at the New Bond Street store, Louis Vuitton has partnered with BMW to create an ergonomically designed luggage collection to fit with the cars design. When it comes to fashion and cars, Not that I have an i8, but I couldn’t be happier, particularly when it is two brands I am very passionate about, also when Vuitton is the pioneer of the art of travel, and BMW dedicated to the excellence of both its comfort and style. The stunning Damier pattern has been used for this carbon fibre collection but whilst the innovation of the two weekender bags, garment bag and business case is a first for the house, they have not compromised on their heritage of craftsmanship.

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Crafted in carbon fiber. The Weekender GM i8, large and soft travel bag, designed to be handheld or carried on the shoulder, is a perfect fit for the boot of the BMW i8’. With a Louis Vuitton logo laser engraved onto the Damier fabric, it reinterprets one of the house’s iconic shapes.

Whilst retaining soft, the leather detailing and exceptionally sleek body of the pieces have also been designed to rest on top of each other, as well as within particular spaces in the BMW’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle. For example, The Garment Bag i8 sits perfectly on the parcel shelf, whilst the bigger The Weekender GM i8 fits seamlessly in the boot. With each piece incredibly light, the charcoal grey fabric with microfiber perforated lining has a slight tinge of electric blue on its body that will subtly match in with the car. Whilst I can not attend tonight’s launch, I will be taking a look in store very soon to experience this feat of engineering and craftsmanship.

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Crafted in carbon fiber. The Weekender PM i8 is designed to lie snugly on the flat surface of the business case on the back seat of the BMW i8. Like the other pieces of the set, it features a specially designed handle, a natural leather address tag and the famous Louis Vuitton padlock that has become one of the Maison’s best known emblems.

The set of exclusive suitcases and bags have been carefully designed to follow the sleek lines of the most progressive sports car: the BMW i8. Each piece calls on Louis Vuitton’s heritage of craftsmanship and innovation, bringing together leading edge design and materials with exacting, careful construction.

Soft, flexible bags and semi-rigid thermoformed cases have been cleverly calibrated, down to the last millimetre. They stack and fit together in an ingenious way in order to allow the driver to carry their most treasured possessions in style and security, without compromising the comfort and elegance of luxury travel.

Come into the wonderful world of Louis Vuitton.