Kempinski Travelling in Style magazine, issue 51

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NO. 51 - 2021



V I E N N A · E N G E L B E R G · E U R O P E ' S C U L I N A R Y H E R I TA G E · O M A N


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CONTRIBUTORS Travelling in Style is published by HMI-ARTO 7 Avenue Villebois Mareuil 06000 Nice France, in association with the issuer Kempinski Hotels S.A. 10, rue de Hollande 1204 Geneva, Switzerland Jaclyn Thomas DESIGN – EDITING ARTO SAS Antoine Gauvin Editor-in-Chief: Elaine Swift Artistic Director: Aïcha Bouckaert Production Manager: Marie Thurneyssen Publication Manager: Aurélie Garnier COPYWRITING – CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Elaine Swift, Antoine Gauvin, Franck Charton PHOTOGRAPHY - SOURCES Cover - Claes Bech Poulsen Table of contents - Filipe Wiens, Franck Charton, Kempinski, Claes Bech Poulsen Editorial - Elisabeth Fransdonk What's new? - Kempinski, Filipe Wiens, Resense Culinary heritage - Kempinski Vienna - photo reportage: Claes Bech Poulsen illustration: Mayeul Gauvin Hotel: Elisabeth Fransdonk, Kempinski Discover more - Alamy, Dreamstime, Istock, Kempinski Road trip Oman - Franck Charton, Adobe stock, AGE, Alamy, Shutterstock Kempinski hotel images: Kempinski, Adrian Houston Digital nomads - Kempinski, Adobe stock Hot destinations - Claes Bech Poulsen, Kempinski ADVERTISING LES ÉDITIONS COTE Claude Henri Menu Phone: + 33 (0)6 07 29 20 80 PRINTED BY NAVA Press, Milan


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COVER image: Trumpet from 1598 - Kunst Historisches Museum, Vienna. This gilded silver trumpet was made by Anton Schnitzer a renowned brass instrument maker in the 16th century. It is reminiscent of the fantastically curved instrument played by the herald of Emperor Maximilian I's triumphal procession.



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Child's violins created by Bärbel Bellinghausen, violin maker in Vienna.


A message from our CEO ad interim This issue of Travelling in Style is packed with news - and not just about new properties - although we do have one or two to unveil. The theme running throughout the magazine is the outdoors and discovering what’s around you, whether you’re staying in a vibrant, busy city or surrounded by tranquil nature. Known as ‘The City of Music’, there’s plenty to explore outdoors in Vienna and everywhere you look you’re reminded of its illustrious musical connections. Waltz over to our feature on page 27 to discover what this delightful city has to offer, with help from three of its musical citizens. For outdoor activities with fresh air and stunning mountain scenery - head to the Alps. Located in the heart of Switzerland, Engelberg-Titlis has a wide range of all year-round outdoor activities, and it’s where you’ll find one of our newest properties - Kempinski Palace Engelberg. Find out more on page 9. What better way to make the most of the great outdoors than taking a road trip? On page 55 we take you on a fascinating journey of contrasts, starting out from the buzz of Dubai on to the tranquillity of Muscat. Getting out of the office to work is becoming more and more prevalent, and today’s technology means you can do your job from just about anywhere in the world. So, what if Kempinski became your home for a week or more? Imagine being inspired by a stunning view while you work? We hope our feature on page 67 convinces you! Our European heritage shines through in everything we do – not least of all in our cuisine. On page 17 we showcase four of our talented chefs. Each born in Europe, they now work in different parts of the world but still celebrate their roots through their cooking. We hope this issue inspires you to get out and explore, and when you do, we’ll be waiting to welcome you.

Bernold Schroeder Chairman of the Management Board Chief Executive Officer ad interim

Looking out onto the magnificent mountain landscape, the Wintergarden at Kempinski Palace Engelberg is the perfect place to relax.

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WHAT’S NEW? The world is waiting to be explored and we're here to help with news about destinations in Europe, the Far East, and the Caribbean. Find relaxation and adventure at our Alpine havens. Discover peace and privacy in a Caribbean paradise or by the Aegean Sea. Mix business with leisure in Guangzhou and discover new treats at our Munich and Venice hotels. And in Istanbul we’re celebrating 30 years at the Palace.


Kempinski Palace Engelberg: Embrace Swissness. NOW OPEN


At the foot of Mount Titlis, in the heart of Switzerland, stands Kempinski Palace Engelberg - a contemporary revival of five-star luxury hospitality. Close to Lucerne, and easily accessible by air, rail and road, Engelberg-Titlis is central Switzerland’s largest holiday resort, and has a wide range of outdoor activities. In summer, the pure air and mild climate are ideal for nature lovers. There are mountain bike trails and hiking tours or you can spend a leisurely afternoon on the 18-hole golf course. Alternatively, discover local history at the nearby Benedictine monastery, founded in 1120 and still inhabited by local monks. Higher up, the year-round glacier at 3,239 metres is great for snow adventures. You can navigate the 500 metre-high cliff walk and explore the magical Titlis Glacier

Cave. And in winter, 82 kilometres of glistening slopes captivate ski and snowboard enthusiasts of all levels. After a day of activity, unwind in the hotel’s superb spa. Float in the infinity pool and enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, then cosy up in front of the fire in the relaxation rooms. Unwind over dinner and drinks in one of the hotel’s bars and restaurants which include The Palace Bar, the lightflooded Cattani Restaurant, and the enchanting Wintergarden. However you spend your day, you’ll sleep well! The 129 rooms and suites radiate contemporary Swiss charm, and most have a balcony overlooking the mountains. A symphony of nature, history and signature ‘Swissness’, it’s perfect for a luxurious mountain escape.

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Kempinski Palace Engelberg is the first five-star hotel in this famous mountain village. Combining classic elegance and modernity; tradition and innovation, it revives the Grand Swiss Hotel. The 129 comfortable contemporary rooms are infused with Swiss flair and most have a mountain view.


Kempinski Residences Guangzhou: Your home away from home.

Kempinski Residences Guangzhou has everything you need for a luxurious and reviving city escape. Located in the vibrant social and historical district of YueXiu, it’s the perfect base whether you’re here for business or leisure.


The bustling city of Guangzhou is renowned for its cuisine and for being a busy transport and trading hub with strong links to nearby Hong Kong and Macao. Culture is never far away with YueXiu Park and ZhuJiang New Town close by.


With eight categories from which to choose, it's easy to find your perfect home from home. Each of the elegantly furnished rooms and suites has a contemporary style which artfully blends Chinese and European details. Complete with fully equipped kitchenettes, they are great for short trips or longer stays. The residences

have been designed with consideration for the environment, from the air filtration to the in-house water treatment system. At the heart of this residential community is The Living Room - exclusively for the use of in-house guests and members. Here you can enjoy formal or casual dining, or simply get a drink at the bar. There are regular events, including wine tastings and cooking masterclasses, and the space can be hired exclusively for parties of up to 50 people. After a busy day working or sightseeing, check in at The Motion, the in-house wellness centre, to try out the latest fitness equipment, relax in the steam room, or swim in the 25-metre lap pool. We can’t wait to give you the warmest of welcomes in the heart of this lively city!

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The latest technology makes the Residences perfect for informal meetings and there's a boardroom for larger groups. And when you want to unwind, check in at The Motion, the in-house wellness centre.



Celebrating a decade of alpine luxury For ten years, Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol has been the alpine haven of choice for those seeking the perfect balance between quiet relaxation and more active pursuits. To celebrate this milestone in true Kempinski style, every month until the end of the year, guests will be entered into a draw when they book. The lucky winner will receive a fabulous treat: a complimentary upgrade to the luxurious five-bedroom, 520 sq m Penthouse Suite – the largest among Austria’s hotels. An escape to the mountains has never been so tempting. Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol Jochberg, Kitzbühel Alps

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Venice Presenting… Buddha-Bar Beach Club Venice Long synonymous with luxurious seclusion, San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice has a new surprise to delight its discerning guests. From summer 2021, you can relax by the heated outdoor pool in your own private cabana screened by exotic palm trees, and enjoy the signature Buddha-Bar ambience. With its perfect mix of gastronomy, hospitality, wellness and music, it brings a surprising new aspect to Venice. Throughout the day and into the evening, local Italian and Mediterranean flavours fuse with Buddha-Bar’s signature Asian dishes in a unique culinary experience. San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

Munich Luxuriously private fine dining Michelin Star Schwarzreiter Restaurant, at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, offers a fine dining experience based on ‘Young Bavarian Cuisine’. And now you can enjoy the dishes in the comfort of the hotel’s luxurious suites and conference rooms. Indulge in a leisurely three-course dinner in ultimate privacy or make planning all-day meetings stress-free and memorable for attendees, with the Michelin Star Package. Built by King Maximilian II in 1858, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich is one of the city’s famous landmarks. His son, King Ludwig II, was a renowned gourmand and Schwarzreiter Restaurant is named after his favourite fish. Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Istanbul Celebrating 30 years on the Bosphorus The undeniable splendour and fascinating history of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul have created an enduring and iconic destination for travel enthusiasts around the world. To mark the year in which we celebrate three decades of Kempinski at the Palace, you will be able to choose from a range of bespoke packages and unforgettable experiences. Each one is designed to give you a taste of what life was like for previous occupants of the only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus. This is your invitation to live like royalty! Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul


Cayo Guillermo Relax in a Cuban paradise "Where a man feels at home, outside of where he’s born, is where he’s meant to go" – Ernest Hemingway Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is a unique, secluded hideaway nestled in the tranquillity of Cuba’s Cayo Guillermo. Away from Havana’s hustle and bustle, this serene, contemporary resort offers a refreshing and authentic Caribbean experience inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary love of the Cayos. Surrounded by breathtaking nature and the famous pristine white sands of Playa Pilar beach, this little piece of paradise takes relaxation to the next level. Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski Cuba


Luxury living by the Aegean sea

Located on the Turkish Riviera, Barbaros Reserve Residences Bodrum is a sanctuary by the sandy beaches of the Aegean Sea. A perfect blend of comfort and luxury, the residences are available all year round for private ownership as well as long or short-term rental. Each elegantly designed, light-filled unit gives unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea, as well as complete privacy. Guests can make use of the outstanding services of Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum, including its award-winning spa and excellent restaurants. Barbaros Reserve Residences Bodrum, managed by Kempinski

Singapore A feast of fire and ice Throughout this year, the team at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore will pay homage to the elements through their carefully crafted Fire & Ice High Tea, served in the hotel’s elegant Lobby Lounge. These two starkly contrasting elements bring to life the flavours of each dish, featuring ingredients which reflect the changing seasons. The flaming Rum Baba is complemented by the chill of a raspberry sorbet, followed by the hot tea or ice-cold champagne of your choice. Unique creations such as the pineapple scone, inspired by the hotel’s signature Plantation 1840 cocktail, add a delightful twist to the traditional high tea. The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Resense A new era of wellness and wellbeing Wellbeing has always been an integral and memorable feature of the guest experience at every Kempinski hotel. With our recent acquisition of leading wellness expert Resense Spa S.A., we are looking forward to bringing you something even more special, building on a portfolio of over 100 luxury spas including The Ishtar Spa by Resense in Jordan and the innovative Sindhorn Wellness by Resense in Bangkok. This acquisition will enable us to integrate wellness and wellbeing still further within our operations, and to take the next step towards creating truly unique experiences at Kempinski hotels worldwide. Image: Sindhorn Wellness by Resense in Bangkok

Kingfish typifies Matthias Schmidberger’s provocative European influenced style. This dish comprises imperial caviar, radish, cucumber and smoked lemon leaves.



EUROPE’S CULINARY HERITAGE Europe is renowned for its cuisine and each of its countries has a dish with which it is synonymous. In fact, it could be said that gastronomy was born in Europe. And gastronomy has been at our heart since the early days in Berlin, where Berthold and Helene Kempinski sold the finest European products and ingredients in their high-end delicatessen. Since then, we have embraced the rich and varied culinary traditions of the region, taking them with us as we have explored the world; introducing them to each of our destinations. Many of our talented chefs were born and raised in Europe and their cuisine is inspired by their birthplace. We spoke to four of our chefs with strong European roots and asked them how this has informed their cooking style, and how they interpret and modernise traditional dishes of their childhood.



TREVOR PORTELLI - EXECUTIVE CHEF - KEMPINSKI HOTEL SAN LAWRENZ GOZO, MALTA. Born on the Maltese island of Gozo, Trevor is passionate about the culinary history of his birthplace. “My culinary senses are inspired by Europe and the Mediterranean - all my signature menus are based on Malta’s history and my childhood memories,” says Trevor. “Britain, France, Italy, and Spain, together with Middle Eastern countries, have ruled our islands and their heritage is reflected in our cuisine”. Trevor has researched and revamped original flavours of the recipes Malta inherited from its rulers. “My featured dish, Seared King Scallops, has a French influence with a Gozitan twist. Ingredients include celeriac puree, saffron vinaigrette, basil caviar, nasturtium leaves, with a light hay smoke”.


GIOVANNI SEU - EXECUTIVE CHEF - ROYAL MAXIM PALACE KEMPINSKI CAIRO. Giovanni was born on Sardinia, an island famous for its cuisine, wine and hospitality. “My mother was the main reason I became a chef - I loved helping her in the family restaurant. I learned about the importance of simplicity and authentic fresh products. My menus feature traditional dishes from all over Italy, including my hometown of Sassari which is famous for Culurgiones. I buy authentic Italian products and the best vegetables to make sure my dishes have the correct flavour. This is a recipe from my heart. The star ingredient is a Burrata I created with an Italian cheese producer here in Egypt. I top the Burrata with extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, organic rocket, and cherry tomatoes”.


MATTHIAS SCHMIDBERGER - EXECUTIVE CHEF - GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS KEMPINSKI ST. MORITZ. Matthias was born in Karlsruhe, on the French-German border, and is inspired by the rich culinary heritage of central Europe. Infused with his passion for European cuisine, his dishes feature products of the best possible origin, served with a sharp, unfussy presentation. “I consider my style to be provocative with influences from the cuisine of different countries such as Germany, France and Austria,” he says. For Matthias there is no better profession, "I work with the best ingredients in the world that appeal to all five senses, and delight our guests," he explains. “My featured dish is an elegant combination of buckwheat, sorrel, and pear, dressed with yogurt”.


ROLAND HOLZER - EXECUTIVE CHEF - KEMPINSKI HOTEL CORVINUS BUDAPEST. Born in Blindenmarkt, a small village in Lower Austria, Roland began his culinary journey, aged 15, as an apprentice at the restaurant of his friend’s father. His European roots have determined his culinary vision which acknowledges local dishes such as Mediterranean seafood, rich stews from the Balkans, and dumplings from Bohemia. “The dishes tell a story of the country’s history and people,” he says. “Understanding the way each dish is cooked inspires me to take this tradition and bring it forward with modern cooking technology. My featured dish is 'Herb Garden' - a mixture of classic French cuisine and a traditional Lebanese dish, made with hummus, dried black olives, vegetable crudites, and sprouts”.

Vienna has a long tradition of musical craftsmanship, including pianos and stringed instruments.


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VIENNA, CITY OF MUSIC Who could fail to feel the passion and joy of a city that has nurtured so many great composers? With its symphonies, waltzes and choirs, Vienna resounds to a thousand musical strands. Here, three musicians who have made Vienna their home, attracted like Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn before them, tell us why the city inspires them.


Collection of historic musical instruments of the Hofburg Palace museum / Frieze by Gustav Klimt, inspired by Beethoven's 9th symphony, at the Secession Building / Streicher pianos: period instruments in the Beethoven Room / Engraving showing the ‘hearing machine’ that was attached to Beethoven's piano to direct the sound towards him / Portrait of Nannette Streicher, piano maker and faithful friend to Beethoven / Bust of Beethoven at the Beethoven Museum Heiligenstadt / Nanette Streicher's piano salon.



Israeli opera singer, Hila Fahima Ruschin, has been a member of the Vienna State Opera since autumn 2013. Vienna is a constant source of inspiration for musicians and artists from all over the world. The city has music in its roots, not just in its concert halls, but also in the famous cafés where you can listen to a walz played on the piano as you tuck into an Apfelstrudel. It is one of the most elegant cities and it's full of tradition and culture. I still feel honoured to sing in the Vienna State Opera. It’s such a wonderful place, resonating with history of the biggest names like Mahler, Von Karajan and Lorin Maazel. I remember my first time on its stage. There is something magical about this place, the building, it almost feels like you go back in time to another century and I love it. The main story of music in Vienna starts in the second half of the 18th century. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and many others, produced their finest work here. The peak of its glory came under the reign of Joseph II - an enlightened monarch, music lover and patron of the arts. The Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace, has preserved a precious collection of old instruments bearing witness to this history of music loving. It is one of the world's finest collections of historic musical instruments, housed in a quiet wing of the palace, far from the busy world outside. The Beethoven room is sumptuous, with its display of Streicher pianofortes from the period. Nannette Streicher was a celebrated Viennese piano maker who also hosted concerts by top musicians in her home - Beethoven included. She and Beethoven became close friends. Born in Bonn, Beethoven arrived in Vienna at the age of 22 and stayed until his death 35 years later. Nannette Streicher supported him throughout that time, especially in the last, difficult years when his deafness had become a serious handicap.

The great composer's tragic life is thoroughly documented in the charming little Beethoven Museum in Heiligenstadt – a nice trip to a quiet part of town. Beethoven is one of the most elegant and beautiful composers of all time. I remember when I discovered Fidelio (the only opera he wrote) as a young soprano in the academy of music. After I moved to Vienna, I watched Fidelio for the first time, at the State Opera, and felt so honoured to sing in the same city where he was inspired and wrote his magnificent music.



Left: the grand staircase of the Kunst Historisches Museum. The horse seems to have escaped from the collections but didn't want to be interviewed! Above: Rosewood pedal piano with Egyptian Herm heads and bronze fittings, made by Joseph Brodmann in 1810. It is equipped with pedals like an organ and has a special soundboard underneath. A number of great 19th century musicians, including Beethoven, adopted the pedal piano but it later fell into disuse.


Mozart monument in the elegant Burggarten / The Sala Terrena: Vienna's oldest concert hall, in the historic city centre. Mozart played several concerts here for Archbishop Colloredo, an important patron of the Mozart family / Clavierist Peter Frisée playing the organ in the Jesuit Church, close to the University of Vienna (Universitätskirche) / The House of the Teutonic Order near St Stephen's cathedral, where Mozart lived in 1781 when he settled in Vienna.


Amadeus the wunderkind BY PETER FRISÉE, CLAVIERIST

Peter Frisée is a clavierist who plays the organ and harpsichord as a concert soloist and is also a chamber ensemble musician. He can be heard on television, radio, CD and online. Elizabeth Wolf, founder of Artissimi, creators of bespoke cultural tours in and around Vienna, interviewed him about his love of the city, Mozart, and his favourite musical instrument - the organ. Peter, what does Vienna mean to you, particularly as an organist? I’m naturally inspired by Vienna and it’s very important to me. It’s full of sublime places where art, architecture and music come together, such as churches that hold concerts and choral music. So as a clavierist, Vienna naturally inspires me. Do you have a favourite organ in Vienna? There are some superb examples in this city, but my favourite is the one at the Jesuit Church. It’s an amazing French concert organ and is situated in a unique, baroque environment. Mozart, of course, is everywhere in Vienna. What can be said about his relationship with the organ? He loved it and once wrote to his father, "To my eyes and ears, the organ is the king of all instruments." He is known to have been a fantastic organist and according to Brigitte Hartmann in her book, ‘Nichts als Musik im Kopf’, he impressed from an early age: “September 18th, 1762: Mozart started his very first trip to Vienna. During their trip, the family avoided unpacking the travel piano. At the Franziskaner Church in Ybbs the monks heard adorable music during their lunch and went to see who the player was. They could hardly believe their eyes…” But Mozart didn't compose even one piece for the organ. He composed many pieces in which the organ plays a supporting role, providing a continuo, rather than a solo role. This was very common in Mozart's time. However, Mozart did write a series of pieces specifically for the Orgelwalze - a mechanical pipe

organ. The story of how it was used is really strange. The music was commissioned by Count Joseph Deym von Stritetz for a funeral mass to be played on the Orgelwalze in the Müllersche Kunstgalerie, a wax art gallery. A different lament was played each time the clock struck the hour, one of which was Mozart’s Adagio and Allegro. Today this piece is usually performed on an organ, or on a piano by two people. And how do you define yourself as a musician? In Mozart’s time, musicians were expected play the organ as well as the piano or harpsichord but that’s not the case today. However, I choose to play all three which is why I call myself a 'clavierist'. What fascinates you about the organ as a musical instrument and what does playing it mean to you? The sound, technique, and aesthetics work differently on each one, so the same piece of music will sound different everywhere it’s played. To quote my favourite composer, Charles-Marie Widor, “Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity."


Above: The Church of St. Michael, one of Vienna's oldest churches. The baroque décor over the master altar was created by Jean Baptiste d'Avrange in 1782. According to an inscription at the church entrance, Mozart's last, unfinished requiem was played on the organ here after his death in 1791. Right: the Jesuit Church. In 1703 Emperor Leopold I commissioned the Jesuit Brother Andrea Pozzo to give the interior a sumptuous overhaul. It was Pozzo who created this strikingly realistic trompe-l'oeil dome in the Italian style.

Bärbel Bellinghausen's stringed instrument workshop. It takes her three months to make each violin. Each part of the violin is traditionally made from different types of wood: ebony for the fingerboard, maple for the bridge, and spruce for the sound post and the top of the instrument. Bärbel Bellinghausen also makes beautiful silk covers for her violins. / Top right: The Hofburg Palace museum's collection of historic musical instruments includes a room entirely devoted to Haydn.



Tristan Schulze is a composer, cellist, and conductor. He founded the string trio, Triology, in 1995. Whenever I return from touring, I feel suffused once again with the music that permeates Vienna. There's something light and joyful about it: a legacy from a time when people eagerly awaited new compositions from the great musicians of the day, such as Haydn. I love Haydn, especially for his string quartets: he was the master who taught both Mozart and Beethoven. One of my favourites is Op. 54, Nr. 1 in G Major. It is so fresh, witty and full of humour – listening to them is a real pleasure. His string quartets are musically important too, as when he was writing them, Haydn created the symphony form which is present in classical music all the way through to Shostakovich. As a composer, my cello is a precious companion. It's delicate and it’s alive - it can be happy or stressed. Once, while travelling to India, I couldn’t afford an extra seat and the sound post of my beloved cello was badly damaged. The sound post is called the ‘soul’ of the instrument in many languages, so it was a bit of a disaster. Luckily a Sitar builder brought the instrument back to life, but I'm quite glad no European cello maker saw how he did it! Instrument makers are so important for a musician and Vienna has a long tradition of stringed instrument crafts people. They are true artists who will often follow an instrument throughout its life. If you happen to pass by a discreet courtyard, and hear a few plucked notes, you might find a small workshop where sheets of maple and spruce wood are waiting to be turned into unique works of art. It takes 420g of wood to create a miracle of sound, capable of warming the hearts of all who listen. Bärbel Bellinghausen is one such artist. Bärbel pours her heart into building violins, violas and cellos. Each violin takes her three months to make and if you want one, you’ll have to add your name to her three-year waiting list! She tests the wood repeatedly,

knocking on it to catch the exact moment when the instrument’s top panel is ready. When asked about the secret of violin making, Bärbel explains that famous makers, like Stradivarius and Guarneri, found perfection. Their instruments can't be improved upon, and they still provide the basis for violin making today. Every new instrument is an interpretation of their work, but even so, a Bellinghausen sounds like no other.


MUSICAL VIENNA - A WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GREAT COMPOSERS. There are many ways to discover Vienna. We suggest a route that takes you to cafés such as the famous Café Central and through the old city centre with its elegant shops. But most of all you will find some real treasures of Viennese architecture and a selection of places that commemorate the city's musical history. You will need around two days to take in all the sights on this walk, some of which are shown on the opposite page.




Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna: Capturing the sounds of the city. Vienna and music are inextricably linked. More famous composers have lived here than in any other city and everywhere you go, you are reminded of its illustrious musical history. But while Vienna is renowned for its waltzes and operas, jazz, pop, and rock are as much at home on the stages of the city’s concert halls as classical scores. From its stately position on the famous Ringstrasse boulevard, Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna plays its part in the musicality of this beautiful city. For instance, we can help you discover a secret and fascinating Vienna by organising wonderful music inspired tours*. Concerts and live performances are regularly held in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge but if you really want to capture the essence of Vienna, and for a truly memorable stay, choose the spectacular Kempinski Waltz Time package. Your evening begins with a sumptuous dinner followed by limousine transfer to a local concert, before returning to the hotel’s luxurious 320 sq m Presidential Suite. Here you’ll have front row seats at the world premiere of… your very own waltz! Exclusively composed for you by the talented Tristan Schulze, the inaugural performance is captured on film - a unique memento and an enduring connection to the city of music. Designed by the renowned architect, Theophil Edvard Hansen, the hotel became part of the Kempinski constellation in 2013 following a complete renovation. Hansen’s passion for neoclassicism and history can still be felt in the high ceilings and timeless design, enriched by distinctive pieces of walnut furniture and eye-catching paintings depicting ballet and musical scenes.

Viennese flair is present in every detail, from the traditional horsedrawn ‘fiaker’ carriage waiting at the front of the hotel, to the doorman’s cheery greeting. But the past blends perfectly with the present as you’ll discover in the swift check-in procedures, inroom tablets and bedside coffee machines. Although Vienna’s main sights and hidden gems are only a few minutes away on foot, there are many reasons to linger a little longer at the Palais itself. At Michelin-starred EDVARD, a tribute to the hotel’s beloved architect, you can sample modern Alpine-Mediterranean cuisine in a refined setting. The all-day dining restaurant, Die Küche Wien, has a more laid-back atmosphere with live cooking stations where you can watch talented chefs cook classic Austrian dishes. For local speciality coffee and tea, served with sweet treats such as freshly baked apple strudel, find a cosy spot in the Lobby Lounge to while away an afternoon, before heading to the bar or cigar lounge in the evening. The hotel’s historic charm and striking design continues throughout Kempinski The Spa, where colours and patterns from the Ottoman Empire reflect Vienna’s strategic location on the border between Western and Eastern Europe. Work out in the fitness area then relax and indulge yourself with the luxurious treatments on offer at the spa, which are influenced by the four European seasons. And if you want an inspirational setting for a meeting, celebration, or event, the ballroom and six function rooms can be transformed for occasions big or small.

(*) In partnership with Elisabeth Wolf, founder of Artissimi. Elisabeth crafts professionally tailored cultural tours and programmes. She loves creating unique experiences for her discerning clientele from around the world.



Capture the magic of your stay in the City of Music with your own exquisite waltz, composed by Tristan Schulze, when you choose the Kempinski Waltz Time package.


As much a part of Vienna as St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Giant Ferris Wheel, these traditional horse-drawn carriages are a fabulous way to see all the delights this city has to offer. Between 1860 and 1900 there were over 1,000 fiakers in Vienna, and perhaps not unusually for this city of music, their drivers often performed as singers!


Built in the old courtyard of the original building, the serene and beautifully-designed Kempinski Lobby lounge is the ideal meeting place for guests.




DISCOVER MORE With a little exploration, each of our destinations reveal fresh and fascinating perspectives. For example, there’s action and adventure in Ghana and serene fishing trips in Croatia. In Lebanon be sure to visit the famous wine production areas, and in China explore Zhongshan’s breathtaking Purple Mountain Scenic Area. While in Cairo, you can discover how the Pharaohs lived. You’ll experience so much more when you go out to explore!


A spectacular Ghanaian adventure KEMPINSKI HOTEL GOLD COAST CITY ACCRA

Ghana is known for its friendly people, diverse wildlife, and secluded beaches. But step away from the lively streets of its capital, Accra, and you’ll discover a stark contrast to this busy modern city. This spectacular experience combines physical activity and delicious food with an authentic insight into local life. Your guide for this exhilarating journey is Jay Jay, an explorer who is passionate about inspiring people to experience the beauty of his homeland’s natural landscape. The first stop is Lake Volta, one of the world’s largest manmade lakes, set in the heart of the Ghanaian countryside, surrounded by mountains and lush farmland. You’ll have time to enjoy the stunning views before leaving Akosombo Gorge to take to the waters. This is where the fun truly begins! Your kayaking adventure will take you on an energetic five-mile trek across Lake Volta - fully equipped with safety gear and flanked by a team of experts throughout. Meanwhile, on the calm shores, Ghanaian life unfolds as locals collect water, catch fish, and prepare meals over open fires. If you want a further adrenaline rush, you’ll have the opportunity to take a break from kayaking to abseil down a dramatic 20-metre waterfall! After working up an appetite, it’s time for lunch. Watch as Jay Jay and the team reel in some fresh tilapia fish from the lake before teaching you how to cook it to perfection on a traditional campfire grill. This incredible experience guarantees lasting memories of a truly captivating nation.

Fishing and serenity on the Adriatic Sea K E M P I N S K I H O T E L A D R I AT I C I S T R I A , C R O AT I A

Breathe in the salty air and take in the peacefulness of the open seas as you embark upon a fishing adventure that is destined to make your Croatian getaway even more memorable. An experienced local fisherman will be your guide for a perfect day spent floating and fishing on the deep blue of the northern Adriatic Sea. It’s a superb experience for adventurous spirits who are open to new discoveries.

Tour the history of Lebanese winemaking KEMPINSKI SUMMERLAND HOTEL & RESORT BEIRUT

Lebanon is one of the world’s oldest wine production areas, and in ancient times the coast-dwelling Phoenicians expanded wine and viticulture throughout the Mediterranean. This chauffeur-driven journey takes you from Beirut to the Bekaa valley, home to generations of winemakers. After sampling wines at family-run Château St Thomas, you’ll continue to Domaine des Tourelles, finishing your tour at Lebanon’s oldest winery - Château Ksara, with its large underground Roman cellars.

Step into the lives of the Pharaohs R O YA L M A X I M PA L A C E K E M P I N S K I C A I R O

Ever wished you could travel back in time and get an insight into the lives of the Pharaohs? Then join this fascinating journey of exploration through the extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities on display at The Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Accompanied by a specialist tour guide, you’ll navigate the home of the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts and discover the stories and secrets behind each piece.

Explore the Purple Mountain Scenic Area KEMPINSKI HOTEL NANJING, CHINA

Travel east of Nanjing and you will find yourself enveloped by the serene beauty of Zhongshan, famous for its natural features. This guided tour includes a trip to the top of one of the area’s best-known landmarks - Purple Mountain, named for the purple clouds which often form there. The tour mixes history with nature and you’ll discover other attractions, such as Houhu Lake and the historic Linggu Temple.

Your barbecue with a view F R U T T M O U N T A I N R E S O R T, S W I T Z E R L A N D

How can you perfect the view from high up in the Alps? By accompanying it with a delicious meal! After a morning exploring the area, collect the barbecue handcart that our culinary team has prepared for you. You’ll find a selection of fresh seasonal ingredients, with a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian options, plus drinks. Cutlery and grilling accessories are included too. Then head to the lake for a barbecue experience like no other!


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UNCOVERING THE BEAUTY OF OMAN What greater contrast can there be than to leave Dubai's modern tower blocks, travel back in time, and contemplate eternally unchanging landscapes from the top of a majestic mountain? A few hours' drive, and you cross the border into Oman where you’ll discover sensational fjords and canyons, and villages where the ancient traditions of hospitality and kindness live on. It's an unmissable journey into beauty.



Between action and contemplation a journey into beauty BY FRANCK CHARTON*

We left Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates an hour and a half ago, and after crossing the small Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, we arrive at the Sultanate of Oman border. Dubai’s 21st century skyline is already a far-away mirage in the rear-view mirror of our Land Cruiser. The desert has given way to a tangle of rocky mountains, hemmed by fjords, fishing villages and heavenly lagoons. The Musandam Peninsula, a little-known pearl of the Sultanate of Oman, remains a sanctuary of peace on the edge of the Strait of Hormuz. It is a concentrate of raw beauty in one of the most strategic areas on the planet, through which much of the world's oil passes. At the port of Khasab, we board a traditional wooden boat known as a dhow and set out for a day of exploring. As we pass by sparkling creeks, to the faint roar of the boat’s engine, we have no other agenda than to admire the atmospheric landscape. Suddenly, three dolphins leap towards the boat. Small and bluish grey, they play happily alongside the hull – they look as though they are showing off. We join the crew and greet them with whistles and applause! As we anchor in a wild cove of Sibi Bay, our programme for the rest of the day is swimming, climbing the golden rocks, and snorkelling. We spend hours there, diving from the stern, searching for unusual and colourful fish, and exploring nearby coves. Surrounded by inaccessible peaks and cliffs streaked with scarlet veins, and with cathedral-like silence, the rest of the world seems far away. From Khasab we decide to take a plane to Muscat, the sprawling cosmopolitan capital of the Sultanate. Not far from the city, in the small coastal town of Al Mouj, sumptuous Kempinski Hotel

Muscat, which encompasses over six kilometres of stunning coastline, is the perfect stopover before the next stage of our adventure. Here we experience the true taste of Arabia, before taking to the road again. Our destination: the Hajar. Crossing the entire north of the country, this mountain range is its secret heart. A kaleidoscope of harsh reliefs, it cuts into canyons where oasis villages cling to their quiet way of life and where adobe forts bear witness to bygone eras. Everywhere, behind cliffs, are secret wadis which reveal translucent pools and intricate networks of traditional irrigation channels called the aflaj. Dating back more than 1,500 years, the aflaj network has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The winding road first climbs the Jebel Shams, the highest point of the Hajar at 3,048m. From the plateau, a chasm, known as the Omani Grand Canyon, opens up 1,500m below. Further on, we stop at Nizwa, several times Oman’s capital, and stronghold of the hill tribes. Nowadays it’s famous for its cattle fair which takes place in the sprawling souk under a huge fort crowned with a circular tower. Our last adventure on Jebel Akhdar is the ‘green mountain’ where terraced fields tumble down its sides, houses huddle against each other and the light seems coppery, almost unreal. In April, the slopes are tinged with pink and the air fills with the delicate but highly concentrated fragrance of Damascus roses. They are gathered then distilled to extract their precious essential oil which, as it has been for centuries, will be used in perfumes, cosmetics and jams. All too soon, it's time to leave these small, traditional villages and the legendary kindness of their inhabitants, and return to Muscat and modernity.

Left: Separated from Oman and the United Arab Emirates by the 2,087m high mountains of Jebel Harim, the small peninsula of Musandam has just 50km of sea between it and Iran. You might think the fjords were created by glacial history but this geology is the result of tectonic activity between the Arabian plate sinking under the Eurasian plate. The valleys of the peninsula have been gradually engulfed by the sea, creating a jagged coastline. *An all-terrain photojournalist for 25 years, Franck Charton specialises in ethno, adventure and travel photography.


Dhow make daily trips in the Musandam peninsula fjords, anchoring in remote coves. Swimming, sea kayaking, snorkelling, and dolphin spotting are part of the daily programme, amongst landscapes reminiscent of Japanese watercolours. In Khasab, the 17th century Portuguese fort still stands with its high walls and period cannons. Today it is a charming museum. The city is the coastal outlet of a large wadi where the waterfront palm groves had become prosperous due to the accumulation of sediments deposited by floods.


Not long ago, it took a six-hour trek to reach the Jebel Akhdar. Today, the road remains so steep that only 4x4s can tackle it. Bahia Fortress is surrounded by mystery and legend. At 3,000 years old, it is also the oldest building in Oman, and a registered UNESCO World Heritage site. April is the favourite month to pick rose flowers on the high terraces of the Sayq plateau. The concentration of fragrance has been celebrated since antiquity and local villagers still extract the essential oil through an elaborate distillation system. It is estimated that 10 to 12 tons of flowers are needed to produce 1kg of essential oil. On the cliffside, the delightful ‘Trail of the Roses’ wanders from village to village. Perched at an altitude of 2,000m are the terraced orchards where thousands of Damascus rosebushes and pomegranate trees grow. Rose water, called ‘attar’ in Arabic, is widely used in Oman to perfume houses, pour on the hands of guests, and to flavour coffee, lemonade, rice and halwa. It is also an important source of income for this isolated region.


All the wadis of Oman have an ingenious watering scheme called the aflaj. One of the world’s oldest irrigation systems, it draws water from underground sources and channels it through a network of gutters and locks. It is circulated by gravity to houses and cultivated land, sometimes far from the source, under the control of the wakil. The old village of Birkat al Mawz, which translates as the ‘banana pool’, clings to the foothills of Jebel Akhdar. In the palm groves, the date palm (phoenix dactylafera) produces up to 120kg of dates, which are exported or consumed on site.

Your 5* Road Trip with Kempinski

The journey from Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Dubai to Kempinki Hotel Muscat is one of contrasts. It takes you from Dubai’s golden beaches and towering skyscrapers across the border to Oman’s red cliffs, green-tinged mountains and picturesque vistas. Here you can sail around the breathtaking Musandam desert fjords and swim with dolphins. After a stopover in Muscat, explore Oman’s most spectacular area, the Djebel Akhdar, where you’ll find panoramic mountain views, desert canyons, small traditional villages and rose water distilleries. Our hotels provide the anchors for this adventure by road or air, as well as a restful night’s sleep. SEE MOR E ON K EMP INSK I.COM/ EN/ HOTELS/ YOUR -FIVE-STAR -R OAD- TR IP /

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai Located in the heart of Dubai and connected to Mall of the Emirates, the hotel offers spectacular views over Dubai's towering skyline. It's the perfect base to discover everything this vibrant city has to offer, including golden beaches, golf courses, and Dubai’s beautiful parks. Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa are also close by. The hotel has several restaurants and bars serving a range of cuisine from authentic Lebanese food to Spanish tapas. S H E I K H Z AY E D R O A D , 1 2 0 6 7 9 D U B A I , U N I T E D A R A B E M I R AT E S KEMPINSKI.COM/DUBAI +971 4 341 0000

Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Sultanate of Oman In the modern community of Al Mouj, the hotel is an unparalleled luxury beach resort with over six kilometres of stunning coastline. Its eleven world-class restaurants and bars cater for every taste. The captivating ancient walled city of Muscat has a range of natural and cultural sites for visitors to explore. Its more relaxed pace is the perfect contrast to the constant buzz at the start of your road trip journey in Dubai. P. O . B O X 5 7 , 1 3 8 M U S C A T, O M A N K E M P I N S K I . C O M / M U S C AT +968 24 98 5000

Right: Jebel Shams, known as the ‘mountain of the sun’ is the highest point of the Hajar at 3,048m, and is famous for the view from its summit into the deep canyon that lies alongside it. A panorama of tapering ridges, gorges and eroded tables are outlined against a deep-blue sky. A few shepherd families live here, offering their craft work to visitors.


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DIGITAL NOMADS A laptop. A mobile. A broadband connection. That's all it takes to be a digital nomad. And you’ll join many other people who have decided to change the way they work, encouraged by the increasingly connected network that links us to each other across the globe. At Kempinski, we are crafting new ways to stay with us, complete with a secure, protected working environment every day.



Stay, work and play – hotels are embracing a new way of life BY ANTOINE GAUVIN

Leaving the office and home behind to broaden the mind, activate creativity and spark new ideas is such a simple idea – it’s a wonder it didn't emerge earlier. Co-working, co-living and now the ‘workcation’ are new words for the different ways of working that are springing up throughout the world. Hotels are rivalling each other to come up with fresh ideas to embrace this quiet revolution. The biggest advantage, the one that should persuade you to pack your bags, is the possibility of working while taking care of yourself. Concentrate on your business plan and then clear your mind while swimming lengths in the pool. Join a Zoom meeting then go snorkelling or relax in the spa. No need to wait for a holiday: take one whenever and wherever you like. Neither work nor leisure but both at once - it's a way to organise your life without boundaries, schedules or routines. The growth of the internet in the 1990s launched these new behaviours, but it wasn’t the only catalyst. The pioneers of this radical change were hyper-connected young millennials - a new type of couch worker who showed us how to be more creative, open-minded and productive by abandoning classic office hours and routines. They invented the ‘third place’ – a space that rolled home, office, café, meeting room, and hotel into one. The first of these ventures, now called co-working spaces, appeared in Berlin in the 90s. It was the now famous ‘c-base’ hackerspace - a home from home for Berlin's digital developers. Today, there are thought to be 40 million digital nomads around the world. These are people in professions who can operate anywhere, any time, as long as they have internet access. Companies have found it's not only possible, but also advantageous to release their talented executives into the wild. In fact, studies have shown that being away from the office environment can improve relations up and down the hierarchy (source: Harvard Business Review August 2020). So, a win-win revolution was already under way before being unexpectedly tested full-scale by the recent intermittent lockdowns and restrictions. Zoom mania

was born and improvised home offices are the new normal. It's more than a trend: it's a paradigm shift. The current situation has highlighted places that are well-suited for working in a safe, secure and particularly efficient environment: hotels of course. Gone is the traditional division between leisure stays and business seminars. Gone is the traditional business traveller. Now is the era of the ‘daycation’ and the ‘workcation’. The daycation allows you to get away without going away. It’s a 24-hour break from home and office during which you’ll be able to work in peace and luxury. Often the daycation includes an upgrade to a superior room with a large desk, special amenities, and a discount on meals and refreshments. That said, the growing trend is to stay away from home a little longer. With innovative packages that include significant reductions, workcations extend the traditional hotel stay and are a new way of fusing office and home. As well as the change of scene to stimulate your grey cells, they offer special services to help you work to the best of your ability, including a multitude of small, thoughtful touches prepared by the hotel team. In short – it’s the ideal solution! Even better, some countries are already offering new types of visa which allow professionals to work there without a permit. Recalling Berlin’s innovative role in finding new ways of working in the 90s, Germany was the first European country to create this type of permit, known as the ‘freiberufler’ visa. Thailand’s new ‘smart visa’, specifically designed for digital nomads, is also aimed at attracting new kinds of travellers. In January this year Croatia, too, introduced a special visa which allows you to stay and work there for up to 12 months without paying taxes. It’s a clever response from a small country to the acceleration of global transformation. Without doubt, we are witnessing a complete change in the way we live and work. Welcome to the digital world and Hospitality 2.0!



Switch your home office to Dominica and work remotely with superb sea views. Cabrits

Resort & Spa Kempinski, on the heavenly island of Dominica, offers a 30-day package that allows you to work at your desk beside the Caribbean shore. Included in this half-board ‘work and stay’ package is a spacious executive junior suite with separate working area, high-speed Wi-Fi, and of course all the benefits of a fabulous resort with a luxury spa.


Join us for 30 nights or settle in for up to 12 months

Home comforts meet five-star Kempinski service when you choose a long-term stay. Whether you want a larger or separate living space with a fully equipped kitchenette and some or all of your meals prepared, we’ll cater for your needs. You'll get 15% off food and beverages, laundry, and spa treatments. SIAM KEMPINSKI HOTEL BANGKOK Stay longer, discover more

Mix work and leisure and discover so much more about Bangkok when you stay with us

for 14 days or more. You’ll save 15% on your booking which includes a premium Wi-Fi

connection, as well as breakfast and a complimentary minibar. For your ultimate comfort, there's a further 25% off food and beverages and 20% off laundry. KEMPINSKI HOTEL ADRIATIC ISTRIA, CROATIA

Mix work and leisure on the shore of the Adriatic Sea

In the north-western part of the country, the combination of sea air and golf at this spa resort will perfectly complement your working day. Surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, this secluded paradise offers the ultimate in comfort and privacy to

help you focus and find inspiration. And when you want to relax, head to the golf course or spa.


Imagine working in a beautiful natural setting, enjoying delicious Alpine cuisine, unwinding on a hike in the breathtaking mountains or relaxing in a luxurious spa. Achieve all this and be at your most productive while recharging your batteries in St Moritz. MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI THE PEARL, DOHA Indulge in a luxury staycation

Step beyond your door and enjoy a luxury staycation at the magnificent Marsa Malaz

Kempinski The Pearl, Doha. You'll have a super-spacious room in which to work, together with all the amenities of a luxurious resort for your leisure time, including private beach,

outdoor pools, a tennis court, and a fitness centre equipped with the very latest machines. For further information and to book your stay, visit

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica

Guests are greeted with a traditional welcome dance at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara



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HOT DESTINATIONS Elegance and style are qualities shared by all these Hot Destinations – even under canvas in the remote Masai Mara! You’ll find them in the old-world charm of Havana, and in the other cities we’ve chosen, whether they’re steeped in history and romance or they’re vibrant modern metropolises. And of course, elegance and style are abundant by the Dead Sea – a place of mysterious beauty. Whether you choose wilderness or city, outdoor adventures await.

Berlin: a city of contrasts HOTEL ADLON KEMPINSKI BERLIN

This iconic hotel is a much-loved landmark at the heart of Germany’s capital. It’s ideally placed to explore this city of contrasts where ultra-modern buildings mingle harmoniously with the reconstructed baroque-style facades of historic Berlin. A short stroll will take you to Museum Island and the recently opened Humboldt Forum: Berlin’s new museum of art, culture and science. When you’ve finished exploring you can relax in beautiful Tiergarten Park – a lush green oasis bordering the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz.


Elegance meets untamed wilderness at our luxurious tented camp in a private conservancy. Overlooking the home to a herd of hippos, each of the 12 tents has a private deck and outdoor shower. You’ll discover more wildlife, and enjoy close up encounters with the Big Five in our ultramodern Land Cruisers which are fitted with padded camera mounts. Numbers are limited on game drives, allowing you to relax and concentrate on taking in every moment of this unforgettable experience.



Havana is rich in charm and history, and with its unrivalled location, the hotel is close to most of the city’s main attractions. And from the rooftop terrace, the views over Old Havana are magnificent. The building has its own fascinating history - it was Cuba’s first European-style shopping arcade and a popular hub for fashionable locals and tourists. With its warm climate, Havana is the perfect destination for city breaks and winter escapes.

A place like no other K E M P I N S K I H O T E L I S H TA R , DEAD SEA JORDAN

At 434 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea is a magical, mysterious place. Its natural minerals, pure air and therapeutic waters, make it the world’s largest natural spa. And in this spectacular landscape is where you’ll find Kempinksi Hotel Ishtar. An affectionate tribute to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the graceful collection of gardens, lagoons, waterfalls, and serene pools complement the spacious rooms, suites, and villas. The Ishtar Spa by Resense, is the perfect place to enjoy the Dead Sea's healing benefits.



An iconic, heritage landmark, this stylish hotel is renowned for its excellent location. Within walking distance of the city’s most famous sights, it is a superb choice for business and leisure travellers alike. Stroll along bustling Sudirman Street and Thamrin Road, and be sure to visit the high-end shopping malls, Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia. A cultural visit to the National Monument of Jakarta is a must and after a day of sight-seeing, the hotel is a haven of peace.

Classically contemporary H O T E L TA S C H E N B E R G PA L A I S KEMPINSKI DRESDEN

Located in Dresden’s centre, the hotel perfectly combines historic glory with contemporary elegance. The beautiful inner courtyard is the ideal place to relax over drinks and you’ll discover culinary excellence in its restaurants. With its romantic ambience, Dresden is a wonderful mix of world-famous historic sights, museums, galleries, and theatres. Summer is the perfect time to visit when the city comes alive with events such as the open-air cinema and concert festival in the meadows alongside the Elbe River.


St Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital, and the hotel is perfectly positioned at its centre. This is a city of many treasures – there are thousands of UNESCO World Heritage listed monuments, hundreds of museums, theatres and art galleries. And throughout the famous White Nights season, from May to mid-July, during which the sun never fully sets, St Petersburg is even more enchanting. The city is alive 24/7, its streets teeming with people at night, enjoying longer opening hours and various festivities.

Where yesterday meets tomorrow K E M P I N S K I H O T E L TA I Y U A N , CHINA

Perfect for business and leisure, the hotel is close to Taiyuan’s southern commercial hub. The city’s most popular shopping centres Shanxi International Expo Centre and Shanxi Sports Centre – are nearby. A mix of modernity and history, Taiyuan’s status and history as Shanxi province’s capital is showcased in its many museums. Don’t miss the city’s temples, including the Yogzuo Temple - a beautiful, rare set of twin pagodas dating from the Ming dynasty. And be sure to check out the vibrant nightlife.

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