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CUBA · ENGELBERG · YOUR HAVEN · 125 YEARS
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BEIJING · DUBAI · GENEVA · KUALA LUMPUR · LAS VEGAS · LONDON · MACAU · MADRID MUNICH · NEW YORK · PARIS · SEOUL · SHANGHAI · SHENZHEN · SINGAPORE · TAIPEI · TOKYO · ZURICH
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PARTNERS IN LUXURY Weekend breaks. Trips to neighbouring countries. Epic cross-country adventures. Wherever you go, with Kempinski and SIXT you will have the perfect travel experience.
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Majestic mountains in Engelberg, Switzerland.
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A message from our CEO No matter how much of the world you’ve seen, there’s always more to discover – even in those places you think you know inside out. As we mark our 125th anniversary this year, ‘discovery’ seems a fitting word to describe our journey to this point. Since 1897, we’ve explored the world, discovering new places and seeking out new flavours, while never losing sight of our European roots. Although our heritage continues to inspire us, so do new possibilities, and we will continue to delight in discovering new destinations, creating innovative concepts and developing imaginative ideas. ‘125 Years of Culinary Art' on page 15 showcases some of our talented chefs who embrace the spirit of our culinary origins through inventive new approaches to cuisine and contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes. While flavour and the best local produce available are paramount, so too is presentation. With flair and imagination, they create works of art on a plate. On page 35 we unveil how recent renovations have written a new chapter in the history of a stunning Belle Epoque property. Encircled by majestic Swiss mountains, Kempinski Palace Engelberg celebrates the past while embracing the future. Engelberg-Titlis is Central Switzerland’s largest all-season holiday resort and like the hotel, the town blends the traditional with the new. It brings together two magical worlds in one destination creating a charming Alpine getaway. Andrea Hurschler, a native of the town, shares her inside knowledge of everything there is to see and do in the mountains and in the valley below on page 25. And speaking of getaways, 'Kempinski - Your Haven' is designed for anyone seeking a completely unique experience and ultimate exclusivity in safe, secure surroundings. In selected Kempinski properties around the world, you can take over a floor or even the entire hotel or resort, with every aspect personalised to your wishes to create a relaxing home from home. Find out more on page 41. On page 47 we discover a different side to Cuba. Usually when we think of this vibrant, colourful Caribbean country, images of Havana spring to mind. But as we discover on our road trip, there’s so much more to Cuba. We start out from Havana, taking in the sights of the countryside and meeting local people along the way to our destination – the stunning resort of Cayo Guillermo with its pristine white beaches. Wherever your adventures take you, whether to favourite old spots or completely new destinations, head to page 69 to find out how to always make the most of your travels. Our relaunched loyalty programme will help you to really immerse yourself in your surroundings, even when you're at home. Bon voyage! Bernold Schroeder Chairman of the Management Board Chief Executive Officer
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Titan Tikes There’s a new superhero in town
Kids’ clubs make sure our youngest guests feel at home and valued, while giving the adults time to relax in the spa or go further afield on excursions. Created in partnership with an international childcare company to give parents complete peace of mind, our new Titan Tikes concept is already operating in several Kempinski hotels around the world. The superhero theme celebrates our little guests and conveys positive values of strength and heroism through fun and adventure. With age-appropriate activities led by highly trained staff, along with healthy menus, Titan Tikes creates memorable experiences for the whole family.
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Portorož Picnic in the park
Could there be a more perfect spot to relax with a luxurious Istrian picnic, than the historic private park surrounding Kempinski Palace Portorož? Lush greenery, vibrant perfumed roses, majestic shady trees, and a view of the Adriatic Sea, provide a beautiful stage for you to enjoy a hamper full of local specialities as well as European fare. The hotel team will set up your picnic, complete with blanket, cushions, and table. Your hamper will contain all your crockery and cutlery together with Istrian wine, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. kempinski.com/portoroz
Opening of Berthold Delikatessen
As you walk through the lobby of Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and tempting pastries heralds a new addition. Berthold Delikatessen pays homage to the founder of Kempinski, celebrating the shop in Berlin where it all began in 1897, and from where he delighted in presenting his customers with delicious food. Look out for the iconic moustache logo and discover a range of seasonal specialities including German bread and bite-sized take away treats. You can also find Berthold Delikatessen in Singapore, Hangzhou and Munich. kempinski.com/sindhorn
Opening of Ristorante Da Adriano In 2006, Adriano Feraco brought the unique flavours of Calabria, southern Italy, to Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski St. Moritz and our incomparable Maître d’hôtel has charmed guests with his exquisite service ever since. Now proudly bearing the name of its renowned host, Ristorante Da Adriano immerses diners in an authentic Mediterranean ambience, pairing the finest Italian flavours with live music and dishes prepared at the table. Adriano’s signature touch? Olive oil produced by his family from trees that are over 300 years old. kempinski.com/stmoritz
A buoyant breakfast A good day starts with a good breakfast… made all the more special when it’s served at the side of your private swimming pool. Dip your toes in the water and savour one of three packages at Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, with a choice of perfectly cooked eggs, traditional mezze, or delicious guilt-free alternatives. This exclusive in-suite experience is served on a wicker tray with a platter of seasonal fruit, freshly-squeezed juice and a selection of teas and coffees. And when breakfast is over, lie back in your sunlounger and soak up the Dubai sun. kempinski.com/palmjumeirah
Kempinski Boutique Luxury at home
For many travellers, fresh white sheets and sumptuous bathrobes are a highlight of their hotel experience. Now you can bring these luxurious touches to your own home with the launch of Kempinski Boutique. Choose from a selection of high-quality cotton sateen pillows wrapped in crisp linens. Transform your bathroom with soft fluffy towels, plush slippers and the fresh citrus scent of the Convivio Tuscan Creations by Ferragamo bath and body collection. And a chic throw, signature umbrella or children's bathrobe could be the perfect gift you’ve been searching for. kempinskiboutique.com
Nanjing New dining experiences
Jin Kai Lou captures the elegance of pre-1949 China. The talented chefs delicately combine ingredients from the north and south of China to create the restaurant’s unique dishes. For special occasions, get-togethers with family and friends, or business meetings, you can enjoy your meal in one of the eleven private dining rooms. The furnishings and artwork in these delightful spaces reflect the building’s history as a former pilots’ club. Frieda restaurant completes the revamped culinary offering at Kempinski Hotel Nanjing with a range of authentic German dishes. kempinski.com/nanjing
Seychelles Paradise with a new look
Inspired by the island’s natural beauty, Kempinski Seychelles Resort has recently unveiled a fresh look and even better facilities. A new dedicated arrivals and departures lounge in the main building guarantees a luxurious welcome and helps to make leaving paradise a little easier. The fully renovated Café Lazare now features an international buffet where local flavours sit alongside dishes from around the world. Even exercise is relaxing, as the relocated gym looks out over peaceful views of the beach, the calm lagoon and the lush, green surroundings. kempinski.com/seychelles
The David Kempinski Tel Aviv: between sea and city NOW OPEN
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Sophisticated yet laid back, Tel Aviv is a harmonious mix of contemporary and classic. Located in the heart of the beachfront promenade, The David Kempinski Tel Aviv is the perfect base from which to explore this global non-stop city of contrasts. This stunning new hotel strikes a perfect balance between city and Mediterranean beach life. The floor to ceiling windows of each of the 250 rooms and suites maximise its spectacular setting with breathtaking views over the vibrant city or sparkling sea. The 56 sumptuous suites include the triplex David Penthouse Suite. At more than 380 sq m, it is the largest of its kind in Tel Aviv, complete with a 110 sq m rooftop terrace with an infinity pool. Exquisite cuisine and memorable dining experiences are at the heart of Kempinski, and the hotel's chefs take inspiration from diverse heritages, combining the best of Israeli and Mediterranean influences. When it’s time to unwind, enjoy a quiet drink in the peaceful surroundings of
the Rooftop or Horizon Lounges on the 34th and 22nd floors, with a backdrop of magnificent views. For some real ‘me time’, head to the luxurious spa with its eleven treatment rooms, male and female saunas, and fully equipped gym. The main pool on the fifth floor is ideal for families, while guests staying in the suites have exclusive access to the rooftop pool. The hotel’s sophisticated, contemporary meeting facilities are adaptable for a variety of occasions from corporate events to social gatherings. Whether you’re staying for business or leisure, make the most of all this chic urban retreat has to offer. Take a local tour or enjoy a wonderful sunset cycle ride along the promenade. Relax with a rooftop yoga session or learn to surf. Whatever you choose to do, the concierge team and Ladies in Red will help to make it happen, ensuring you leave the hotel feeling refreshed and inspired.
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Located at the centre of the Tel Aviv promenade, the David Kempinski is in the perfect spot to combine the best of city and Mediterranean beach life. Each of the 250 elegant rooms and suites has expansive views of either the lively city or glistening sea.
Kempinski Hotel Jinan: where the city and nature meet NOW OPEN
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From its lofty position at the top of the 339 sq m high landmark Yunding Building, the hotel overlooks the businesses of the city’s prosperous new financial centre and Hanyu Financial Valley. Kempinski Hotel Jinan is just a 30-minute drive from Yaoqiang International Airport and if you’re flying with Shandong Airlines, you can check in at the dedicated terminal building next to the hotel. Other airlines will offer this convenient service very soon. The capital of Shandong province, Jinan is both an economic hub and a cultural centre. Known as The City of Springs, its natural beauty and rich history make it a popular destination. These surroundings inspired the hotel’s design as reflected in the colour palette of stone, emerald greens, and gold accents. Woven throughout, elements of the ‘Six Arts’, including calligraphy, arithmetic, and music, illustrate the area’s traditions, history, and culture. Each of the 314 guest rooms and suites, located on floors 55–70, is elegantly decorated to bring a sense of comfort and serenity. From the wide French windows, the views of the city’s impressive skyline are magnificent.
The hotel’s six restaurants and bars present a diverse range of locally inspired cuisine, from authentic Qi-Lu and Shandong dishes, to European and international cuisine. Traditional afternoon tea is served in the Lobby Lounge, accompanied by speciality cocktails. And if you want to grab a snack on the way to the office, or when you head out for a day of sightseeing, the European-style café Deli sells freshly baked bread, sandwiches, and cakes. With seven banquet rooms, multifunctional conference rooms and independent wing buildings which can be accessed from the main hotel, it is ideal for events, conferences, and special celebrations. Additionally, the 1,600 sq m roof garden is a wonderful space for a variety of largescale outdoor events. After a day of meetings or exploring the local area, escape to Kempinski The Spa. Unwind with a refreshing swim in the infinity pool or restore harmony in the yoga room. The wellness centre also includes a fully-equipped gym. Jinan is a perfect mix of business and leisure, and Kempinski is the ideal base from which to enjoy both.
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Situated on floor 52, the Lobby Lounge overlooks the impressive city skyline, framed by the surrounding mountains. The 314 guest rooms and suites are on floors 55 to 70, where you can relax in comfort and enjoy your own personal view through the floor to ceiling windows.
Eating should be a memorable, multi-sensory experience. At Kempinski, the plate becomes a canvas upon which its talented chefs create works of culinary art to be enjoyed visually as well as by the tastebuds, taking gastronomy to another level.
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125 YEARS OF CULINARY ART This year, as we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we take time to reflect on our journey which began in a small Berlin Delicatessen and wine store. Throughout our long, rich history, we have stayed true to our European roots and nowhere is our heritage more strikingly apparent than in our restaurants and cuisine. Our founder, Berthold Kempinski, took pleasure in delighting his loyal clientele with new and inventive approaches to food and drink. Today, our talented chefs throughout the world continue this tradition, serving innovative dishes that skilfully combine European influences with local flavours and ingredients.
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As well as imaginative produce and ingredients, M. Kempinski & Co. served its loyal clientele with the finest wines. Today, Hans-Martin Konrad, sommelier at two Michelin star restaurant, Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer at Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, takes inspiration from Berthold’s legacy when selecting wines. “I always try to think about what Berthold would have chosen,” he says. “I truly believe he would have approved of these excellent local labels which represent the current gold standard of German wine".
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Unatama Don: chargrilled freshwater eel, sansho and onsen egg sauce, spring onions. This stunning dish beautifully showcases local flavours and ingredients. For example, the eel is farmed in Bedugul, Bali. Chef Budi takes the dish to another level with his exquisite presentation which exudes a beauty and modernity reminiscent of the precision and simplicity of Japanese art. Restaurant: Izakaya by OKU at The Apurva Kempinski Bali · Chef Budi
Risotto with chervil pesto, mushrooms, and goat's cheese. Chef Maike Menzel has given this traditional Italian dish a truly local flavour using ingredients from regional suppliers – including the nearby forest! The rice is Bavarian and the flavourful, tangy goat's cheese is from Munich cheese shop, Tölzer Kasladen. Bringing a real taste of nature, different varieties of mushrooms come from regional producer, Zoller. The herbs are also from local greengrocers and suppliers. Restaurant: Schwarzreiter Tagesbar at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich · Chef Maike Menzel
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Dominican mahi mahi ceviche: mahi mahi fish, avocado (from the chef’s own garden), chili pepper, lemon, lime, lemongrass, chadon Beni, plantain, coconut, and lettuce. Embracing local character and culture, Chef Selvaraj’s recipe is an explosion of mouth-watering flavours and riotous colour, synonymous with the relaxed free spirit that typifies the Caribbean. Chef Selvaraj completes his creation with a presentation that resembles a work of art on a plate. Restaurant: Kweyol Beach Bar at Cabrits resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica · Chef Sasikumar Selvaraj
The history of Engelberg began with the founding of the monastery in 1120. Even without its original level of importance, its majestic presence still radiates a very special appeal and attraction.
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ENGELBERG: ONE PLACE, TWO WORLDS. Down in the Engelberg valley, in central Switzerland, we discover green pastures, gentle landscapes and the hustle and bustle of village life with its culture and handicrafts. While in the mountains, nature, spectacular wilderness and tranquillity dominate. Engelberg brings these two worlds together in a wonderful setting that can be explored in many different ways, making it a particularly attractive holiday destination – in summer or winter.
Wild or tamed – Engelberg combines the best of both worlds BY ANDREA HURSCHLER*
Engelberg is a high valley in the midst of Switzerland’s most beautiful mountains. This panorama can be overwhelming at first, but seemingly isolated from the rest of the world, it’s surprising how we quickly relax and begin to explore. M A J E S T I C M O U N TA I N S A N D I M P R E S S I V E TRADITIONS
Standing in the hollow of the valley since 1120, the Benedictine monastery is a very special, tranquil place, and has helped to put Engelberg on the map. According to legend, the monastery was built here thanks to an ox! Zurich nobleman, Konrad von Sellenbüren, believed the creature would show him the optimum spot and it eventually chose Engelberg. Behind the thick walls, the impressive interior reveals a place for us to reflect. However, although it is the village’s defining feature, our gaze always turns to the mountains. Titlis, Hahnen and Gross Spannort are the three best-known and most distinctive peaks. Hahnen was formerly known as ‘Engelberg’ because legend claims angels flew around it. Hahnen and Spannort can be explored only on foot and with appropriate climbing gear. Rarely does a person feel as small and yet as grand as they do up here. Titlis has been accessible by cable car since 1967 and so is easier to get to. The ‘Rotair’ – the world’s first revolving cable car – takes us on the final section. Arriving at the top, at 3,020 metres above sea level, we alight in a different world: one of snow and glacier, 365 days a year. A ride on the Ice Flyer chairlift over impressive crevasses, a journey across the windy ‘Cliff Walk’ suspension bridge, and a tour of the glacier grotto make this visit unforgettable. A C T I V E LY E X P E R I E N C E N A T U R E
Other cable cars take you quickly and easily from the bottom of the valley to the mountains where you can enjoy many activities such as hiking, biking, climbing, and of course winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. On the Titlis side is the extraordinarily beautiful Trübsee mountain lake. It’s a good spot to pause and enjoy the view of the mountains reflected in the lake or take out a rowing boat. The Fürenalp is just as impressive. You might not relish the idea of a ride on the small train from the end of the valley up to 1,850 metres above sea level, but it’s worth it. The mountains seem close enough to touch! There are countless small cable cars known as ‘Buiräbähnli’ in the Engelberg Valley which were once used by mountain farmers. They are now part of the unique Buiraebähnlisafari, a hiking tour
incorporating several rides on different, sometimes spectacular Buiräbähnli. Fun fact: the Brändlen Cable Car is also used to transport the stocky Dexter cattle! On the Alpkäsetrail, a similar hiking tour, we visit seven Alpine cheesemakers. We enjoy the view, while sampling the finest Alpine cheese. It’s difficult to choose a favourite, but we can reveal that Rosmarie Hurschler from Hüttismatt and Sälmi Töngi from Gerschnialp have won various prizes. Experiencing first-hand the exhausting life on summer farms, we get fascinating insights into cheese production. It quickly becomes clear why Alpine cheese tastes so good. The herbs growing on the unfertilised, species-rich pastures are particularly aromatic which is reflected in the milk, and therefore in the cheese itself. Some of these cheesemakers are located on the sunny Brunni side of Engelberg. People from the misty lowlands are especially drawn to this area, made popular because of its high levels of sunshine and varied, family-friendly activities. For a spot of natural wellbeing, we take a tour around the Härzlisee, next to the Brunnihütte, and walk barefoot along a ‘tickle path’ encircling the small lake. One of the most beautiful high-altitude hiking trails starts here at 1,860 metres above sea level. The Walenpfad leads into the Bannalp area and offers unobstructed views of the Mittelland. C U LT U R E A N D C U I S I N E
The valley is also full of traditions and experiences waiting to be discovered. The Tal Museum, an old Engelberg farmhouse, is a house of stories. It’s striking before you even step inside because of the coats of arms emblazoned on its façade. Alongside that of the municipality, 17 other coats of arms represent distinguished Engelberg families. Inside the museum, the historic living quarters reflect everyday life in the 18th century and we learn fascinating things about the distinctive local dialect, and the history of the valley. The traditional crafts, still practised in the valley, are one of its many delights. In Wolfenschiessen, Beat Mathis artistically embroiders cowbell straps. In the Blatter Holzkunst souvenir shop, next door to Kempinksi Palace Engelberg, Werni Blatter creates impressive wooden figures. The valley also has a variety of restaurants and it’s worth leaving the village centre to discover local eateries serving traditional Swiss cuisine. Look out for Ende der Welt, Schwand, and Gasthaus Gerschnialp. It’s this combination of modern and traditional; mountain and valley; being active and relaxing, that makes Engelberg truly unique!
* F reelance journalist, Andrea Hurschler, grew up in Engelberg and still lives there with her family. She contributes to various publications and has written several articles about Engelberg.
Engelberg is a place where the beauty of nature is closely connected with traditions. On various mountainsides, farmers make cheese from fresh Alpine milk. When the cows return from the mountain to the valley in autumn, they wear bells with wonderful, elaborately hand-decorated straps. Only the monastery is older than these Alpine traditions: it has been the centre of the village since 1120 and its architecture still amazes visitors.
The ‘Rotair’, the world’s first revolving cable car, takes you to Titlis at 3,020 metres above sea level where there is snow even in summer. In the glacier grotto - accessible all year round - you can experience and feel the ever-present ice.
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Amidst the magic of the mountains Embraced by the majestic Swiss mountains that attract visitors to Engelberg-Titlis, Kempinski Palace Engelberg is the first international five-star hotel in Central Switzerland’s largest allseason holiday destination. With a history rooted in the Belle Epoque, this beautiful property has a genuine sense of place at the centre of the village. The two are intertwined and have grown together to create a truly magical location. Successful Engelberg hotelier, Eduard Cattani, commissioned his brother Arnold, a renowned architect, to design the property. The first building in the country with central heating, it opened its doors in 1904 as Grandhotel Winterhaus, and became known far beyond Switzerland’s borders. Recent renovations have continued its story with the addition of a second building which interconnects seamlessly with the original hotel. Now heritage-listed, this architectural masterpiece houses one of Switzerland’s best preserved Belle Epoque ballrooms – a much treasured feature. Historical elements have been sensitively preserved throughout the hotel. Tile mosaics and marble, hexagonal motifs, coffered ceilings, chandeliers, and the niches in the bedrooms of the Belle Epoque wing, are a reminder of a golden age. Yet while Kempinski Palace Engelberg embraces its elegance and history, this beautiful property has been carefully reinterpreted for today’s travellers. Taking inspiration from its stunning Alpine surroundings, the interiors mirror the subtle textures and restful colours of nature. Local materials such as wood and stone are featured in contemporary details crafted using traditional techniques. The 129 spacious rooms and suites each look out onto spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and guarantee a good night’s rest. Their décor blends historical details with
contemporary furnishings in sumptuous materials such as brushed oak and leather, while gentle hues of green and blue echo the fresh Alpine air. Infused with Swiss flair and charm, this luxurious, peaceful haven is set next to the spa gardens, within easy access to the many attractions and activities the area has to offer. The famous Engelberg monastery is a ten-minute stroll away and golfers can spend a leisurely afternoon on the nearby 18-hole course. For the more energetic, a wide range of year-round outdoor activities await. And of course, there are lots of winter sports to enjoy with 82 km of glistening slopes for every level of skier, along with tobogganing, snowboarding, and bracing winter hikes. However you choose to spend your day, the hotel’s superb spa is the perfect place to unwind, floating in the infinity pool with its panoramic mountain view. If you are travelling with children, you can still grab some ‘me time’ as younger guests are catered for too. In fact, the hotel is one of the first Kempinski properties to implement our new kids’ club concept – Titan Tikes. No Alpine haven would be complete without a roaring log fire. Relaxing in front of it with drinks is the ideal prelude to dinner at Cattani Restaurant, with its backdrop of spectacular landscapes. On the menu, you’ll find Swiss culinary specialities and seasonal delicacies prepared by executive chef Michéle Müller - one of just a few female chefs to lead the team of a Swiss five-star hotel. A traditional afternoon tea in the enchanting Wintergarden, with its own terrace, is a must, while The Palace Bar and Cigar Lounge, inspired by the Roaring Twenties, are perfect places to unwind. Close to Lucerne, and easily accessible by air, rail, and road, Kempinski Palace Engelberg is the perfect base from which to explore this magical wonderland at any time of year.
Nestled amongst some of Switzerland’s most beautiful mountains, this stunning historic property is the perfect luxurious Alpine hideaway at any time of year. Close to the area’s many and varied attractions, Kempinski Palace Engelberg is an ideal base from which to explore the many delights of Engelberg valley or enjoy more energetic all year-round activities in the mountains.
Kempinski offers two ways to experience the splendour of the Swiss mountains - whatever time of year you visit. Recapture the glamour and elegance of the Belle Epoque, reimagined for 21st century guests, at Kempinski Palace Engelberg, or enjoy a family-friendly break at our nearby partner hotel, Frutt Mountain Resort with its access to many sporting activities. Both properties radiate Swiss charm and you'll be assured of a very warm welcome.
Kempinski Palace Engelberg, Titlis Swiss Alps At the foot of the Titlis mountain, Kempinski Palace Engelberg radiates contemporary Swiss flair and offers sweeping views of the beautiful surroundings. It's the perfect base from which to experience the magic of the mountains, all year round. DORFSTRASSE 40 6390 ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND KEMPINSKI.COM/ENGELBERG +41 41 639 7575
Frutt Mountain Resort Tucked away in the pretty village of Melchsee-Frutt, on the shores of the Melchsee mountain lake, our partner hotel, Frutt Mountain Resort, is the perfect escape from busy modern life. This family-friendly resort is an Alpine paradise. 6 0 6 8 M E L C H S E E - F R U T T, S W I T Z E R L A N D F R U T T M O U N T A I N R E S O R T. C O M +41 41 669 7979
One of the luxurious villas at The Apurva Kempinski Bali could be your exclusive hideaway.
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KEMPINSKI – YOUR HAVEN In today’s increasingly homogenised world, truly unique experiences are rare. So, imagine having a Kempinski villa or residence, or even an entire property, all to yourself to share with your loved ones, with surroundings and service completely personalised to your needs. Picture a carefree getaway with blissful privacy, access to a host of luxurious facilities and unlimited space, amidst peace and tranquillity. That’s the essence of ‘Kempinski – Your Haven’.
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Work demands. Family responsibilities. The pressure to be constantly available. It’s increasingly difficult to completely switch off and relax these days. Our digital world makes it easier to stay in touch, but it has its drawbacks too. It’s little wonder that more and more people crave total solitude and freedom from distractions. Kempinski – Your Haven has been created for those seeking a truly unique experience. It’s perfect for anyone seeking ultimate exclusivity and privacy in safe, secure surroundings. Whenever you stay with Kempinski you know you can expect luxurious surroundings in sought-after destinations, with the highest standards of service guaranteed. But what if you could share your own exclusive space at a Kempinski property with family and friends or even have it all to yourself? Personalised service from our dedicated housekeeping and spa teams, talented private chefs and butlers, will make this unique experience even more memorable. Whatever kind of haven you choose to create, you’ll have exclusive access to the hotel’s facilities, all within the safe environment ensured by Kempinski White Glove Services. Maybe a villa and residence private stay is your idea of perfection. Everything is tailored to suit your needs and lifestyle with a private stay. The variety of accommodation choices, which include private pools, spacious living areas, and modern facilities, will make you feel even more at home when you’re away. All have fully equipped kitchens too, so you can rekindle your culinary skills or enjoy the services of a private chef and service team. There are few better ways to immerse yourself in Venice than with a private stay in the San Clemente Palazzo suite at San Clemente Palace Kempinski. The magic begins as you are whisked across the lagoon by private boat to the hotel’s own secluded island, encapsulating the mystery and enchantment of this ethereal city. The Palazzo with the Lido Residence will give you the space to create an enchanting private haven for six to ten people in this most aristocratic of properties. Perhaps exclusive use of a hotel floor or wing is your dream hideaway. Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown could be your perfect home from home – a luxurious retreat from which to experience this vibrant city whether you’re there for business or leisure. We’ll reserve a floor of the hotel just for you with 12 spacious studios and suites, complete with kitchenettes and separate work and living spaces, to be arranged as you please. There’s plenty of space for you and your guests to be together, grab precious down time, or work in privacy.
Or you could have one of our luxurious spas all to yourself. If you’ve ever dreamed of having a secluded hideaway where you can relax and unwind with friends, then you could take over one of our spas for a day. It makes a wonderful exclusive ladies’ day out or pre-wedding pamper party, with tailored itineraries and signature treatments. You can enjoy everything at your own pace without the usual timing constraints, making your spa experience even more relaxing. A personal team will look after you to guarantee your complete comfort and exquisite privacy. Picture yourself with exclusive use of Kempinski The Spa at Kempinski Hotel Muscat, a heavenly retreat where the fusion of modern therapies and traditional treatments is inspired by the European cycle of the seasons. We can customise every aspect for you, leaving you thoroughly revived and rejuvenated, and with memories of a truly personalised experience. You can even take over an entire hotel or resort. This is an experience like no other in which every aspect can be customised or themed. Perfect for weddings or other special events, as well as the ultimate friends and family holiday, the space is yours so unleash your imagination and let us bring your ideas to life to create your dream hideaway. An exclusive take-over is great as a business retreat too. Ideas will flow, and decisions will be made, when your people are freed from distractions and have an array of tailored services to help them relax as well as work. And what an impressive way to launch an important new product to your top clients and journalists. With the entire property or resort at your disposal, we can dress the space with your brand colours and create a lasting impression. Situated on Mount Eckerbichl - one of the most stunning areas of the Bavarian Alps - Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden makes a magical private getaway. There's nothing quite like a majestic mountain landscape to inspire tranquillity and wellbeing. The horseshoe design of the hotel, with glass facades, offers panoramic mountain views throughout the building. Your Alpine haven comprises 138 rooms and suites which can be personalised to your tastes, exclusive use of Kempinski The Spa, and a choice of two excellent dining options - including gourmet restaurant PUR. This is what dreams are made of! To make your stay even more memorable, perhaps you’d like to arrange an intimate concert or a screening of your favourite film. Or maybe you’d enjoy a culinary lesson with one of our talented chefs. Whatever your wishes, our teams are on hand to help you create a truly personalised retreat. After all, this is your haven.
Feeling inspired? Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich Complete privacy is guaranteed in the heart of the city when you take over the entire Royal Wing, which comprises the luxurious Maximilian Suite, two additional suites, and four rooms. Your personal butler will be on hand to take care of every detail.
Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Unrivalled exclusivity awaits with Palace Suites that include the worldrenowned Sultan Suite. Spread over two floors, this palatial suite includes special amenities and a dedicated team who will craft moments to cherish.
Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok A luxurious wellness sanctuary in the middle of a busy city, the hotel is committed to providing an outstanding guest experience and the guilt-free good life. Stays in the Presidential Suite and Royal Suite, each with three bedrooms, are completely stress-free, with your own dedicated lift and a prearrival wellness consultation to ensure you get the most out of your break. [opposite page]
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan In the cradle of civilisation, at the Earth’s lowest elevation point, you will find the sumptuous Ishtar Royal Villas. Looking out to your private infinity-edge pool, just steps away from the Dead Sea beach, personalised services will add the finishing touch to this most exclusive of stays.
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A 1956 Dodge convertible on El Malecón, Havana's seaside promenade.
05 | TRAVELLING IN STYLE
CUBA: BEYOND HAVANA Though best known for its rum and its wonderful 1950s motor cars, Cuba has many other treasures in store. But to find them, you need to take your time and stray off the beaten track. Nothing could be better than a road trip to discover the country's captivating Spanish-influenced architecture, its beaches of fine sand, and places of historical importance, meeting cheerful, welcoming people along the way. Come with us as we make our carefree way around the largest island in the Caribbean.
From vibrant Havana to the mellow coral islands, a trip to uncover Cuba's soul. BY ANTOINE GAUVIN
The sun is sinking, setting ablaze the cheerful façades of Old Havana. The sign of Floridita lights up to greet passers-by. This legendary bar where Hemingway had his own table still serves the best daiquiris in Cuba. Candy-coloured 1950s Dodge sedans with gleaming chrome trims are parked in front. Opposite, the restored façade of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski is brightly lit. This is where we start our road trip across the fascinating land of mambo and salsa. The island, with its mix of cultures and its gentle lifestyle, is 1,200 km long. We're heading for Cayo Guillermo, a small coral island north of the mainland where there's a new Kempinski hotel, a relaxed resort amid white sand beaches, turquoise sea and pink flamingoes. B AY O F P I G S
Our first stop, on the way to the Bay of Pigs, is Ciénaga de Zapata, the island's largest nature park. This gigantic maze of mangroves between land and sea is a paradise for tropical birds. The landscape has probably not changed since Christopher Columbus landed not far away in 1494. There's mystery beauty, and adventure too: the park is home to Cuba's impressive nine feet long crocodiles, which stare at you with yellow eyes. The Bay of Pigs is not just a landmark of Cuban history, it's also sheer heaven for snorkelling and diving. The seabed here is magnificent, with thousands of fish darting around the corals in an endless ballet of phosphorescent colours. We pick one of the many spots along the bay to pause our journey long enough to explore beneath the waves of the Caribbean. Deep blue sky, music, cocktails – bliss! This is Cuba, gentle and full of joy, calm yet buzzing. CIENFUEGOS
Further along we find Cienfuegos, the 'pearl of the south', tucked away in a tranquil bay, replete with opulent mansions that tell the rich tale of Cuba's sugar trade. One of the most iconic is the astonishing Palacio de Valle, a 19th-century architectural folly mixing Gothic, Venetian and Moorish styles. If you take the small hidden staircase behind the Neo-Moorish arcade, a surprise awaits: a splendid terrace café serving welcome refreshments. Cienfuegos's historic centre, with its Neo-Classical colonnades, has UNESCO
World Heritage status. Next morning, before leaving, we visit the botanical garden, one of the largest in Latin America. It is home to nearly 200 species of palm and cactus, and banyan trees with their aerial roots encroaching on the surrounding space. TRINIDAD
Our second overnight stop is Trinidad, our favourite Cuban town and the third UNESCO World Heritage site in Cuba after Havana and Cienfuegos. Time travelling again! Cuba's decades of isolation have enabled it to preserve its old-time style. The streets are still paved with river cobbles and the large central porches of the townhouses still lead straight into living rooms. Here, there's no strict boundary between indoors and out; people exchange greetings between home and street and the two tall windows typical of Trinidad's houses are wide open day and night. When evening falls, lively conversation takes place by the light through the windows and the old street lamps. In this soft and gentle atmosphere, we head for a 16th-century palace that's now a restaurant. The owner has kept all the decor intact, with family portraits and even the precious china and silver cutlery. There's a trio playing 'Son Cubano', music with an African tempo and Spanish influences. A rare and delicious moment. In the early morning, as a cart rattles by, it's time for us to leave and head north. Inland, the countryside is fertile, with the best land still producing the sugar cane that in recent centuries forged the country's history and identity. Crossing the island to the other side we discover the Jardines del Rey islands, a sanctuary for pink flamingos and royal palms. These coral islands are said to have been the lair of pirates. Thoughts of pirates vanish at the sight of endless white sand beaches, turquoise sea and white egrets perched on old seableached tree trunks. Palm groves add a touch of soft green to the monochrome of sea and sky. Welcome to Cayo Guillermo, the small unspoilt island where at last we find our final stop, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski. Named after Hemmingway's boat, Playa Pilar is one of Cuba's finest beaches and is right beside the hotel. After this colourful 700 km tour it's time to enjoy the clear, warm water, the music and the authentic kindness of the Cubans. Grilled lobster, glassbottomed boats and idle hours lie ahead.
Left: Cuban dancing on the patio of the Quince-Catorce restaurant-museum in Trinidad, a fine example of the country's 16th century colonial architecture.
No one comes to Havana without taking a ride in a Cadillac convertible (top left). Cuba's 1950s American cars have been granted ‘national monument’ status. Incredibly well maintained, they are now one of Cuba's landmarks. The Neo-Classical Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes dating from 1913 (above) and the 1915 Neo-Baroque Gran Teatro de La Habana (top centre) are two of Havana's most emblematic buildings. They embody the capital's past wealth and cultural life. Floridita bar (top right), famous for its daiquiris, has preserved its 1950’s decor, when it was Hemingway's favourite haunt.
Gentle living on the south coast. The Palacio de Valle (above) is typical of Cienfuegos's early 20th-century architecture. An astonishing mix of Moorish, Spanish, Venetian and Gothic elements, it’s been a private home, a casino and a restaurant. All the building materials – marble, alabaster, ceramics, ironwork and forgings – were shipped from Europe. The Bay of Pigs (right), a famous site in the Cuban revolution, is now a peaceful place for swimming, fishing and enjoying life. Snorkelling places like this one, Caleta Buena, with its fine natural swimming pool, are very popular.
In Trinidad, time has stopped. This delightful town halfway along the south coast has retained all its 18th-century elegance. In the town's central square, Plaza Mayor (top left), the 19th-century street lighting still works. Bands play everywhere in the evening, and sitting on the steps of the main square is a good place to enjoy a cocktail. The Santisima Trinidad parish church (bottom right) houses an 18th-century wooden statue made in Barcelona. It was originally intended for a church in Mexico, but the ship that carried it was driven onto the shore here by a gale. Local people saw this as a sign from heaven and the statue is greatly revered.
Cayo Guillermo is one of a string of unspoilt islands off the north coast of Cuba. It can be reached by a 27 km causeway built in 1988. Wooden huts under the palm trees serve delicious grilled lobster. The seabed of the coral reef offers a magnificent sight for snorkellers or from a glassbottomed boat. Pink flamingoes, their feathers tinted by the quantities of shrimp they eat, are among the many species of bird that inhabit the untamed mangrove swamp.
Your 5* Road Trip with Kempinski
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski and Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski are 550 km apart by the shortest route. But by adding an extra 100 km you can take a detour by the south coast and spend three or four days discovering a wonderful array of Cuba's natural and cultural assets. For nature, there's a wealth of Caribbean fauna and flora in the Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata with its crocodiles, and the Bay of Pigs with its spectacular seabed. For culture, the town centres of Cienfuegos and Trinidad are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Accommodation is generally modest but clean and comfortable, while the roads are well maintained. SEE MOR E ON K EMP INSK I.COM/ R OAD-TR IP
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana Ideally located in the heart of Old Havana, surrounded by the city's main UNESCO World Heritage buildings, this is Cuba's first luxury hotel. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the rooftop pool while sipping a delicious cocktail, and be pampered in Spa Albear by Resense. C A L L E S A N R A FA E L L A H A B A N A V I E J A 1 0 1 0 0 H AVA N A , C U B A K E M P I N S K I . C O M / H AVA N A +53 786 99100
Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski Cuba Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is a unique resort on the tranquil coral island of Cayo Guillermo, Cuba. This serene, contemporary hideaway offers a refreshing and authentic Caribbean experience. Surrounded by turquoise waters and virgin white-sand beaches, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is designed for an unforgettable experience of peace and relaxation. C RTA . C AY O G U I L L E R M O K M 5 6 ( F I N A L ) 6 9 4 0 0 C AY O G U I L L E R M O , C U B A K E M P I N S K I . C O M / C AY O - G U I L L E R M O +53 3331 0500
CAYO GUILLERMO RESORT KEMPINSKI
Barefoot Caribbean luxury The location for our new Cuban paradise was inspired by Ernest Hemingway and his love for the Cayes coral islands. Situated in a vast tropical garden between mangroves, wild palms and beach, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski comprises 222 rooms and 23 suites positioned between huge swimming pools and the ocean. Most of the rooms look out over the water. But it’s the resort’s private access to Playa Pilar that makes it a true Caribbean dream. With 500 metres of fine white sand fringed with palm trees, and calm water in myriad shades of turquoise, it’s little wonder that Playa Pilar has been voted one of world’s top 25 best beaches. There are so many ways to relax here. Go snorkelling, or sip a margarita at Nuevo Floridita - the hotel's beach bar. Take out a glass-bottomed boat and marvel at the fish and corals on the reefs, or tuck into grilled lobster on the little island opposite. If you've chosen one of the resort's seven water villas, resting on the sea in the hidden Punta El Morro bay, you can slip straight from your private jetty into the warm, crystal-clear water. Or maybe you'd rather dive into your private pool with its unobstructed view of the Caribbean Sea. The most impressive of these water villas is the Presidential Suite. Built from exotic wood, it has an infinity pool and a vast bathroom open to the terrace and the horizon. Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is an unparalleled experience of barefoot luxury for families, groups of friends, or couples alike. Its host of activities include water sports and shoreline yoga, as well as sommelier masterclasses on Cuba’s famous cigars and rum. And
make sure you take a jeep safari through the Loma de Cunagua and the Jardines Del Rey - an archipelago of a dozen interconnected islands where ibis and pink flamingoes thrive. The resort's spa, tucked away in a secret garden bursting with exotic flowers, is a village within a village. Relax beside the whirlpool or one of the two outdoor pools. Enjoy a massage in the open air, caressed by a warm breeze. Or you can opt for the comfort and luxury of one of the four massage booths. The resort makes a perfect setting for a romantic wedding, or other celebrations and events, offering indoor and outdoor spaces - including the beach - and a private dining room with stunning views. A dedicated events team will look after all your needs. Lively or laid-back cool; beside the pool or by the beach, the resort’s three restaurants and five bars provide lots of dining options. Of course you’re guaranteed the Kempinski signature of excellent international cuisine that showcases fresh local produce. Gourmet seafood restaurant El Emperador serves uniquely Cuban dishes à la carte, to be enjoyed indoors or outside in the balmy evening. After dinner, head to Las Dunas Lobby Bar or the Hemmingway Cigar Bar & Lounge to enjoy a glass of 20-year-old rum or a Cuba libre to the sound of live salsa - irresistible Cuban ambience guaranteed. Far from the hustle and bustle of lively Havana, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is a secluded retreat where the staff, like Cuba itself, are always friendly and smiling.
Cuban luxury reaches new heights with a stay in one of the resort's seven water villas.
Top: The lobby opens out onto the tropical garden. At sundown, golden light floods the room to the delight of guests. Bottom: all rooms look out either to sea or the swimming pools and each villa has its own private pool. Right: the terrace of a water villa, with infinity pool and private jetty.
Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski has private access to Playa Pilar, one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Top right: the terrace of the hotel's Nuevo Floridita, a beach bar and restaurant looking out over beach and sea to the far horizon. Bottom right: the large pool in the resort's tropical garden.
The water villas at sunset. Peace and quiet in the private bay of Punta El Morro, at the tip of Cayo Guillermo island.
06 | BEYOND THE HOTEL
PERPETUAL ENGAGEMENT From personalised content to innovative loyalty programmes, luxury hotel companies are on a never-ending quest to earn customer loyalty. But exclusive destination experiences, and unique local offers that encourage us to interact with hotels even when we’re not travelling, mark the dawn of a new era in the age of perpetual engagement.
An intimate private performance on the Rooftop at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.
Creating a sense of place with unique experiences and encounters BY JOE MORTIMER*
Customer loyalty is priceless. That’s why companies go to such lengths to keep our attention. From fashion houses and perfumiers to automobile manufacturers and watchmakers, luxury brands have embraced the notion of ‘perpetual engagement’: the idea that communication with customers shouldn’t end when we complete a purchase. We are constantly interacting with our favourite brands, even if we don’t realise it. In-house magazines and online content reinforce the values of the companies we choose to engage with. Personalised newsletters and invitations to events whet our appetite to consume, even when we’re not actively shopping. And social media provides a means for the travel brands we follow to tempt us back with dreamy pictures of idyllic beaches and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In the world of luxury travel, loyalty programmes have existed for decades. Today, they provide one of the most effective means for us to stay in touch with the companies we love. For hotel companies, it’s also the perfect opportunity to practise perpetual engagement and interact with us even when we’re not travelling. What started out as simple points-based loyalty programmes decades ago have evolved into more sophisticated models complemented by experience-based rewards, as hoteliers acknowledge that guests want more than just a place to rest their heads. After all, hotels are gateways to new destinations - conduits to cultural encounters, gourmet experiences and transformative encounters - and also serve as a source of local intelligence for visitors. As customer loyalty continues to evolve, companies that reward their loyal guests with generous and flexible incentives will stand out from the crowd. And those that adopt the philosophy of perpetual engagement, and maintain a year-round dialogue with their customers, will be able to anticipate the needs of their community and provide a service that is truly bespoke. In keeping with these ever-evolving trends, Kempinski and Global Hotel Alliance have taken the KEMPINSKI DISCOVERY loyalty programme to the next level with several game-changing upgrades, starting with Live Local, a collection of ‘Local Offers’, one-of-a-kind ‘Experiences’ and invitationonly events designed to help members discover Kempinski hotels and the neighbourhoods around them, even when they’re not spending the night.
Members can choose from a collection of Experiences - private visits to cultural institutions; one-on-one encounters with celebrated chefs and artists; or private tours of spectacular places via helicopter, to name a few - and Local Offers that might include a complimentary glass of bubbles, access to beaches or wellness facilities, or exclusive savings at restaurants. This experiential addition to the programme positions Kempinski as a purveyor not only of luxurious places to stay, but of rare experiences that will immerse travellers and locals in encounters that create a powerful sense of place. The second new feature is the introduction of DISCOVERY Dollars (D$), the first digital rewards currency in the hospitality industry. D$ are earned as a percentage of the money spent on property and can be redeemed against the cost of future bookings, room upgrades or a romantic dinner for two, for example. Members can keep track of their earnings and D$ balance in a digital wallet on the Kempinski app and use it whenever and however they wish, offering more flexibility and choice than traditional loyalty programmes. Ultimately, members will be able to earn or redeem D$ without an overnight stay, so dinner with friends at a Kempinski hotel can be paid for with D$, even if you don’t spend the night. Members will also be able to gift D$ to each other or donate them to charitable causes that support local communities. This is the essence of perpetual engagement: a 360-degree hospitality ecosystem that you can interact with and benefit from, even when you’re not actually travelling. And this goes beyond Kempinski hotels. The programme is native to all members of the Global Hotel Alliance - the largest collection of independent luxury hotels in the world - so D$ can be earned and redeemed at many like-minded brands. With so many companies clamouring for our attention, this innovative new loyalty programme taps into our human longing for new and memorable experiences, giving us more reasons than ever to remain perpetually engaged with Europe’s oldest luxury hotel company.
* Joe Mortimer is a UK-based writer and editor who specialises in luxury travel. He works with a collection of magazines and publishers stretching from New York to Hong Kong.
Feeling inspired? Live Local and step into our beautiful world, even when you’re not travelling, with immersive Experiences and rewarding Local Offers.
Explore Germany’s oldest museum Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Gravenbruch. Immerse yourself in 700 years of European art history at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum, the oldest museum foundation in Germany. Accompanied by an art historian, you and a companion will take a private tour showcasing the most important works in the collection.
Reach for the stars in Egypt Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay Red Sea. Delve deep into the vast expanse of the Egyptian desert on a private 4x4 adventure safari and watch the sun sink behind the sand dunes with a loved one, before enjoying a private candlelit dinner beneath the stars.
Strum the harp like an angel Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. Guided by renowned musician Tong Juan Wang, you and a partner will enjoy a harp lesson in one of the signature suites at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, followed by a private performance as you enjoy high tea paired with Champagne or premium tea.
Staying closer to home? Check out our app for membersonly Local Offers at our restaurants, bars, spas and more. KEMPINSKI.COM/LOYALTY
07 | LUXE
PERFUME INSPIRED BY SILK Have you ever wondered how a fragrance is created and what defines its individuality? Who are the people behind the perfumes we wear and what special qualities do they need? We spoke to Alienor Massenet and Emilie Coppermann, two ‘noses’. Together they have created Storie di Seta - a line of fragrances for Ferragamo, inspired by the exquisite, beautifully designed silk collections of this iconic fashion house.
Born and raised in Paris by Bohemian parents, EMILIE COPPERMANN describes her perfume style as unconventional, playful and full of surprises. A Master Perfumer since 2016, she still feels proud and emotional when a brand announces that a perfume she has created will receive their label. Mother of four, Emilie lives life to the full, balancing a busy work and home life, and she still finds time to play the piano!
Meet the Ferragamo noses BY ELAINE SWIFT
What was the starting point for the Storie di Seta fragrance collection and which natural ingredients did you choose?
How you get your inspiration? Do you have a particular method?
Alienor Massenet: Over the years, Ferragamo has created a stunning range of silk patterns which are still very popular today. Silk has a specific touch and sound. Like perfume, it’s very sensorial. We took our inspiration from the brightness of the colours, the magic of the motifs, and from a vision of the ancient Silk Road.
AM: My inspiration comes from many things: reading books, watching a show, visiting an exhibition, seeing a TV report, talking with different artists, walking around the streets where I live, and yoga too. I often think of my scents in terms of shapes, colours and materials - like architecture or a painting. When I’m creating, I like having my feet level with my hips. So, either I sit on the floor in lotus position, or I put my legs up on a chair. I find it relaxing. I’d love to have a Japanese-style office with a floor-level table!
We then created a ‘Silk Thread’ - an exclusive accord that unites all four fragrances in the collection and creates a powerful multisensory impact. An accord is made of different notes, blended together so they lose their individual identity and create a new, unified scent. Among the elements that compose the Storie di Seta fragrances are notes of iris with a hint of lily of the valley, along with Lilybelle® a new eco-sustainable molecule from perfume manufacturer, Symrise - created from orange peel. Next, we added the softness of leather and a touch of ethically extracted Timut Pepper. Emilie Coppermann: We had carte blanche on the choice of ingredients. Both Ferragamo and Symrise are committed to sustainability, as well as respecting natural resources, and supporting the communities that produce the ingredients, so this was front of mind. For example, the Filo di Seta accord uses ingredients that are 62% renewable and 99% biodegradable. With Giungle di Seta, we focused on mandarin, peony and an original crisp note of green pea. Savane di Seta features bitter orange, an essential oil of carrot seeds, and ginger - the result of a cooperation with farmers in Madagascar.
EC: I get inspiration from everyone and everything around me. When I’m creating, I’m open to all ideas, and to criticism as well - it’s always interesting whether I choose to listen or not. I have infinite sources of inspiration - travel, literature, art and also people! I like to get people around me to smell my creations and exchange ideas with them. I really like successes that are the result of teamwork. I’m especially happy when I succeed in my constant quest to create something that has never been done before - something disruptive and unexpected, yet harmonious of course. Please can you explain the term ‘olfactory pyramid’ and give us an example? AM & EC: The olfactory pyramid is a perfume’s structure which is composed of the top, middle and bottom notes. The three levels of the olfactory pyramid correspond to a perfume’s different scents, from the most evanescent to the most persistent. The ingredients don’t all have the same importance or the same longevity. This composition, which varies from one perfume to another, explains why the scent evolves throughout the day.
INSPIRED BY FERRAGAMO'S ICONIC SILK CREATIONS, STORIE DI SETA IS THE NEW LINE OF UNIVERSAL FRAGRANCES TO LAYER AND BLEND
We’d love to hear a little about you both…
Does your personality influence the creation of a perfume?
AM: People often describe me as chic and eccentric! I grew up in a family rooted in tradition with a taste for luxury, and respect for age-old rituals. While I’m proud of my background, I’m a liberated and iconoclastic perfumer. I have no trouble expressing my creativity and I give free rein to my instincts and to the emotions I detect in other people. I love contrasting natural raw materials with molecules and captives, and teaming them with the latest discoveries in neuroscience.
AM: Of course! Every perfumer has a style and expresses their creativity in different ways. My perfumes are very direct with a readable signature, but they are also facetted with colourful accents to make them come alive. I’d say my style is still evolving each day. For Storie di Seta, we wanted to create a signature that could both reflect our personalities, and at the same time be authentic and true to Ferragamo. The collection reflects the spirit of the House, by using the very best quality, most innovative ingredients to create fragrances that are combinable.
EC: “I’ll be where I’m least expected.” This could easily be my mantra given that my creations cultivate a signature that is both delicate and full of surprises – a harmony of opposites and counterintuitive choices of ingredients. I grew up in Paris, raised by hippie parents, and my grandmother. I have a boundless love for my native city and a passion for travelling. I became Master Perfumer at Symrise in 2016 and I’m part of a team that’s one big happy family. On top of this I’m a mother to four children and somehow find time to play the piano. I’m living life at full throttle, and I couldn’t be happier!
EC: I would define my style as unconventional and playful: I like to create surprising concepts and unexpected associations. However, creating for a fashion house such as Ferragamo means acknowledging and working with its heritage. We are like actors who have to get to the essence of their character. For example, all Ferragamo perfumes have a certain roundness, a caressing smell, and convey a certain joy. We had to bring that across into this collection too. I like how the contrast and duality create a unique story and give the perfume another dimension, a deeper identity.
ALIENOR MASSENET is often described by those who know her as chic and eccentric. Alienor’s creative and instinctive approach, together with a passion for each of her creations down to the smallest details, ensures the highest-quality and perfectly reflects the spirit of the client’s brand. Her most satisfying moments come when she finally reaches the perfect balance for a perfume after thousands of trials.
0 8 | T R A V E L I N S P I R AT I O N S
HOT DESTINATIONS Join us on a journey taking in two of Eastern Europe’s blossoming foodie destinations. We travel back in time to the ancient world where you can explore one of its great wonders, and discover long-ago civilisations inside a modern design classic. On every journey you need time to relax. What better way to unwind than with a tailor-made Ayurveda programme or by sampling the rich cultural diversity of one of the world’s most peaceful countries? And there’s one lively, non-stop destination that offers complete relaxation too… come with us to discover where. Be inspired!
A wine lover’s paradise VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Although untapped by mass tourism, Lithuania’s vibrant, contrasting capital city has gained a reputation as a cultural and culinary destination. It’s a foodie heaven with modern interpretations of traditional dishes and multicultural influences. To complement your culinary adventure, Atelier Wine Boutique & Tasting Bar at Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius, has over 300 exclusive wines and one of the world’s top five sommeliers - Martynas Pravilionis. He’ll help you select the best picks, including some that feature on the prestigious Best Wine List in Lithuania. Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius
H O T D E S T I N AT I O N S
Expo 2020 - the legacy D U B A I , U N I T E D A R A B E M I R AT E S
As well as showcasing the uniqueness of each participating country, the recent Expo 2020 demonstrated Dubai’s well-organised infrastructure and safety as a destination. And it’s now attracting a different type of visitor. As more people are able to work from home, many are choosing long-term stays around the world. With the incredible amount of things to see and do, it's little wonder people are choosing Dubai. Our two properties cater for every type of stay, whether you want to explore the city, or relax on the beach. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Unity in diversity BALI, INDONESIA
Indonesia is incredibly diverse and comprises seven main regions: Sumatra, Java, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua. Throughout 2022, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is celebrating each of them through its Unity in Diversity programme. This immersive guest experience includes mystical stories, holistic spa treatments, traditional cuisine, and craftsmanship from each region. Exhibitions and displays by highly acclaimed artisans will allow you to experience local culture first hand and there are even timehonoured culturally-themed family games to enjoy. The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Walk one of the world’s wonders BEIJING, CHINA
Built in the early Ming Dynasty, The Great Wall connects Juyongguan in the west and Gubeikou in the east. Dating from 1504, the Mutianyu section was restored in 1983, and was awarded UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status in 1987. On the shores of Yanqi Lake, just 30 km from the Mutianyu Great Wall, the peaceful resort of Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing & Yanqi Island is the ideal place from which to explore one of the Great Wall’s most famous stretches. Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Beijing & Yanqi Island
Ayurveda just for you G O Z O , M A LTA
Originating in India, this ancient holistic wellness system focuses on physical, mental and spiritual balance, giving you a chance to take time out for complete relaxation and rejuvenation. At Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, resident Ayurveda consultant Dr Renjith Raveendran Pillai, will recommend a programme tailormade for your needs. Your treatments will take place in one of seven comfortable, traditional rooms, each equipped with specially shaped wooden beds called 'taila droni', imported directly from India. Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz Gozo, Malta
Work up an appetite for Budapest B U D A P E S T, H U N G A R Y
As well as old-world charm, Budapest is also renowned for its eclectic culinary scene - a mix of markets, street food, traditional inns, and Michelin-starred restaurants. Located in one of the city’s most vibrant areas, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is a short stroll away from the best restaurants and night-life, including the famous ‘ruin pubs.’ But you don’t need to go far to discover the best of Budapest’s cuisine. The hotel’s own Gastronomic Quarter, which includes a range of dining options and bars, is a culinary destination on its own. Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Discover Qatar’s treasures D O H A , Q ATA R
With a design inspired by desert rose crystal formations, the National Museum of Qatar is built around a carefully restored former palace. Opened in 2019, it brings Qatar’s story to life across 11 galleries through immersive elements, oral histories, and images. Embroidered with over 1.5 million Gulf pearls, the Pearl Carpet of Baroda is a must-see exhibit. Make the most of your visit with a relaxing stay in one of our two properties. Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl, Doha Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha