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ne of the chef’s refined dishes, accompanied by a glass of Bordeaux on the 9th floor terrace of the renowned Bellevue restaurant. Before us the gilded domes of the churches and the sumptuous Winter Palace. It’s like a daydream. The opening is recent but the palace is historic, and the Kempinski Moika 22 recalls the former aristocratic atmosphere of the mansion designed by Basil von Witte during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I. The understated luxury of the ambience is embellished by unique details, such as authentic paintings or the perfect reproductions of antique pieces of furniture. Here we are immersed in history. It almost seems like taking part in the grand events of the pre-revolutionary Russian aristocracy. High Tea in the lovely Tea Room is a matchless cultural and culinary experience. The various blends of high-quality teas are served in the splendid Lomonosov imperial porcelains alongside mouthwatering temptations that combine Russian and English traditions. No less intriguing are the “wine story” tasting ceremonies held by the sommelier in the charming wine cellar. Yet, here in St Petersburg itself an icon of top-notch luxury - what matters most is the quality of life achieved only through absolutely perfect service. At Kempinski Moika 22 the guest is pampered and attended to with the utmost care and attention. In fact, this strategy of excellence explains why the number of guestrooms is limited: only in this way is it possible to maintain such high standards. The attention to renovation is also constant. In September four brand-new suites were created and we already hear talk of enlarging the spa. The personalized service, ideal position and the creative flair of the “kitchen tsar” (the very young Christophe Laplaza) are all responsible for making a stay at Kempinski Moika 22 one of the reasons for coming to St Petersburg.

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INFO HOTEL KEMPINSKI HOTEL MOIKA 22 St. Petersburg www.kempinski.com Rooms 197 - Suites 30 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain Kempinski Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 79 Environment 67 Design 80 Service 93 Cuisine 100 Health 67 Spa 68 Rooms 80

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W Hotel W as in … Wow!

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o d e r n i t y , innovation, and dynamism. These three words alone are sufficient to define the modern character of this hotel, unique in all of St Petersburg. In spite of its classical 19th century façade, the W Hotel is like the Fabergé egg: inside it always holds new and unexpected surprises. As you step in, you are projected into the future, in a dimension that will capture your senses. New, high-quality materials characterize Iacopo Foggini’s bold creations. In the lobby a huge aquarium with plexiglass fish and a bookcase embellished with original objects make a cozy living room. The interiors are designed like a matryoshka: laid out in layers, each one renamed in an unusual way. Thus every single space becomes a destination within the destination, starting from the 137 guestrooms and suites, where the modern décor created by Antonio Citterio mingles with cutting

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edge technology. Here everything is reinvented, reinterpreted in a personal way, since the underlying philosophy aims to set new trends and not simply follow fashion. That’s why the W Hotel has a language of its own. Animated by a vibrant energy, the W Hotel is the place where every wish comes true. It is not by chance that the service here emblematically referred to as “Whatever/Whenever” - becomes the motto for the very young staff who do their best to make guests live complete sensory experiences. That is how a sophisticated dinner in the chic “Mix-In” restaurant - inspired by Alain Ducasse - or the soothing treatments at the “Bliss Spa” become experiences for hedonists, especially for those who are forever young at heart. However, it’s when you reach the very last layer of this magical matryoshka and you get to the rooftop “Mix-Up Terrace” that the dream becomes reality. The eye beholds everything from the nearby St Isaac’s Cathedral to the lavish palaces and the thousands of charming canals of St. Petersburg. This is when you have the sensation of dominating, and, at the same time, being enveloped by the entire city. And all you can say is “Wow!”

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in Baroque, Haussmann, or Moresque style, like the Opera Theatre and the National Museum. This very well-kept boulevard is the city’s dynamic center with trendy shops, political buildings, numerous cafés where one can sip a dense coffee, and restaurants where one can taste the many specialities of the Georgian culinary tradition with a good glass of wine produced in the local vineyards and kept in the typical “qvevri” amphorae. In accordance with an interesting ritual, the picturesque figure of “Tamada” is entrusted with dressing up the “supra” or table, leading the toasts, and making all the diners happy. Tbilisi, however, also has an eye towards the future. We see this in its ultramodern constructions like the Bridge of Peace, which seems to unite a glorious past and a luminous future, getting over the most troubled and saddest moments in the RESORTS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2014

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The outdoor pool is a peaceful oasis surrounded by luxuriant vegetation in which floral and fruit scents enhance the feeling of relaxation, an appropriate conclusion to the wholesome training in the adjacent Fitness Center.

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history of the country. Among the modern creations by Fuksas and De Lucchi, in the very heart of the bustling commercial district of Tblisi, stands the Holiday Inn, one of the emblems of Georgian hospitality. From its twenty-one floors one can enjoy an astonishing view of the town. This modern glass edifice well represents the futuristic impulse of a town projected towards the future. Named Adjar Hotel in the Soviet era, but thoroughly renovated in 2011, the Holiday Inn can host throngs of visitors and provide all those services and amenities that today’s cosmopolitan travelers demand. The use of iroko woods from Africa, glass, and other fine materials gives the interiors a cozy and contemporary feel. The spacious lobby is like a boundless space, though in a secluded corner it is possible to use the computers with free Internet access in a peaceful environment isolated from the hustle and bustle around the nearby front-desk. The outdoor pool is a peaceful oasis surrounded by luxuriant vegetation in which floral and fruit scents enhance the feeling of relaxation, an appropriate conclusion to the wholesome training in the adjacent Fitness Center. Undoubtedly, one of the strong points of the Holiday Inn Tblisi is the rich and varied breakfast buffet, the ideal place to start off a busy day with the right amount of energy; and then, the menus, a wellbalanced synthesis of healthy ingredients and traditional flavors presented in an innovative way and accompanied by a wide selection of wines, produced in the local vineyards in the traditional kvevri earthenware amphorae. RESORTS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2014

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To follow the route of a trip to Switzerland not necessarily tied to the Alps, the theme of the lakes certainly provides a valid

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in search o f old w or ld c ha r m t ra ns m it t e d by l a nd s c a p e s an d g r a nd h ot e ls .

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LE RICHEMOND Genève

synonymous with luxury and comfort

At the edge of Lake Geneva you live in a place of elegance, discreet luxury and graceful beauty.

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o back in time to go into the future. And ‘ This is the path of The Richemond Geneva, legendary hotel founded in 1875, which revives, even in its new guise, all the refinement of an unforgettable era linked to the name of AdolpheRodolphe Armleder and his family. Today a stay at The Richemond, gem of the Dorchester Collection, means being part of a unique environment. The rez -de- chaussée, with a lobby, bar and lounge, testifies to the golden age of The Richemond. The food and wine are another aspect of the joys of the hotel. In the restaurant Le Jardin, Mediterranean cuisine is, in fact, a kaleidoscope of taste, celebrated by the careful selection of seasonal products and orchestrated by chef Sylvain Bailly. The soul of this hotel, synonymous with luxury and comfort, is definitely its rooms and suites. Contemporary environments. Technology. Noble materials. Carrara marble. Precious objects of art. Antique furniture. To these we add the view of the city of Geneva , its lake and the Alps. Concession to well-being, the Spa is an oasis of calm and serenity. Exotic scents and stylish décor, made with bamboo and mosaics. Hammam. Sauna. Relaxation area. Rooms for massages and beauty treatments. Staying at The Richemond, one feels the excitement offered by a chapter in the history of hospitality in Geneva and Europe. You live in a place of elegance, discreet luxury and graceful beauty. In a word, you will be fascinated by the unique Dorchester Collection style.

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LE RICHEMOND Genève, Switzerland www.lerichemond.com Rooms 87 - Suites 22 Villas 0 - Restaurants 1 Spa yes Children yes Chain Dorcester Collection Affiliation none Activities sightseeing Score 77 Environment 60 Design 80 Service 80 Cuisine 80 Health 71 Spa 77 Rooms 90

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BEAU-RIVAGE Palace, Lausanne

a truly great experience of hospitality A voyage in a high-class setting with a Belle Époque atmosphere, pampered by outstanding service and the best of everything today has to offer.

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limmering Lake Geneva provides the setting for a great experience of hospitality offered by the BeauRivage Palace in Lausanne-Ouch: a charming refuge where guests are pampered in great style and enjoy the beauty of the setting in the best possible way. The two prestigious buildings housing the hotel, Beau Rivage (1861) and Palace (1908), are joined by a sumptuous corridor and the beautiful frescoed dome of the Rotonde: refined architecture and vast spaces offering the best of art, history and contemporary design. This is the starting point for discovery of a high-class hotel where guests are pampered in a Belle Époque atmosphere with all the comforts of contemporary living and truly outstanding service. For the palate, there’s the award-winning cuisine of Anne-Sophie Pic, served by Beau-Rivage chef Guillaume Reineix. The great art of the table may also be found in the gastronomic specialties served in the hotel’s other restaurants, all of the same quality. The menu at the Café Beau-Rivage, a luxury brasserie, combines classic cuisine with

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BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE Lausanne, Switzerland www.brp.ch Rooms 137 - Suites 31 Villas 0 - Restaurants 4 Spa Cinq Mondes Children yes Chain none Affiliation LHW

innovation and fresh seasonal produce. For the health of body and spirit alike, there’s the Spa Cinq Mondes: an itinerary in an evocative space designed to relax and attract every one of the five senses. Historic greatness meets contemporary luxury in the hotel’s rooms, featuring not only precious upholstery, plasterwork and art but the latest new technologies. Pierre-Yves Rochon recently reinterpreted a series of rooms in the Palace, transforming them with his warm, gentle touch while preserving their original spirit. Fine transparencies let the landscape outside seep into the newly renovated rooms.

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The Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne is evolving in the spirit of its times, without betraying its history and its identity.

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EDEN ROC Ascona

customized relaxation

Pretty little Ascona is the perfect place to enjoy a short break in perfect serenity.

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n a splendid location overlooking the Swiss side of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by a well-caredfor garden, the Eden Roc in Ascona is the perfect place for a customised relaxing holiday. In an enchanting natural setting, the elegant Eden Roc offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and wellness - thanks to a large spa - plenty of sports activities and trekking excursions around the lake. The resort has perfect rooms and suites, exclusive places designed by Carlo Rampazzi, like the dĂŠcor, which brings the colours of nature right into the hotel. This is the perfect setting for the restaurants: places designed in different ways to suit different times of the day and the year, but all perfect for sampling dishes inspired by the Mediterranean tradition. A creative selection of Mediterranean dishes explored

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EDEN ROC Ascona, Switzerland www.edenroc.com Rooms 58 - Suites 37 Villas 0 - Restaurants 4 Spa yes Children yes

in new ways, demonstrating a great mastery of seasonal flavors and products, in the relaxed lounge atmosphere of Ristorante Marina, created by Carlo Rampazzi. Ristorante La Brezza perfectly suits the ĂŠlite setting of the Eden Roc Hotel: impeccable service, courtesy, painstaking care of the menu. Chef Rolf Krapf masterfully plans the selection, combining carefully chosen ingredients from land, sea and lake with experience and care to enhance their natural flavors, while leaving plenty of room for seasonal touches such as the perfect addition of white truffles from Alba in the autumn. Vast cheese selection. The Eden Roc, set in beautiful little Ascona, is the perfect place for a break in perfect serenity.

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PARK WEGGIS Weggis

sheltered by a Japanese garden

A comfo rtabl e, exclusi v e r e sor t pres enti n g an admi r a b l e b l e n d of es theti c val ue, hi stor i c h osp i t a l i t y, a n d a focus o n heal th an d t h e p a l a t e .

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he perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake of the Four Cantons, with the Alps and majestic Rigi reflected in it. This secluded place is Park Weggis: a comfortable, exclusive refuge in the shelter of a Japanese garden. Park Weggis is a prestigious resort built around a historic building dating back to 1875, with a newly restored art nouveau façade. The design is simple. The use of space is rational. The hospitality is perfect down to the tiniest detail. The rooms are embellished with use of precious natural materials, as is the large, elegant Adara suite. Anyone staying at the Park Weggis simply must sample the creativity of chef Renee Rischmeyer, harmoniously combining the French tradition with hints of Asia and the Mediterranean at the Gourmet-Restaurant Annex. Skfulful preparation and

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PARK WEGGIS Weggis, Switzerland www.parkweggis.ch Rooms 32 - Suites 20 Villas 0 - Restaurants 3 Spa yes Children yes

bold, well-balanced flavours characterise the gastronomic delights, abounding in expressive exploits inspired by seasonal produce, proposed by chef Florian Gilges in the art nouveau hall of Sparks Restaurant. But the Park Hotel is about more than good food and fine wines: it is also the Sparkling Wellness Centre, with six perfectly private spa cottages in Asian style. Solitude. Silence. Relaxation. Regeneration of body and spirit alike. Traditional Tibetan treatments for a relaxing stay at the top of the world. Park Weggis presents an admirable blend of esthetic value, historic hospitality, and a focus on wellness and the palate: a resort where visitors feel at home as soon as they arrive.

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VILLA CASTAGNOLA Lugano

refined intimacy

It is the qui et, ti n ged w i t h m od e r n nos ta lgi a, wh i ch mak e s your st a y i n t h i s cha rmi ng hi sto ri c h ot e l i n S w i t ze r l a n d on L a ke Lugan o .

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n perfect symbiosis with the lake of Lugano, the Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola is a space of class. A choice made of intimacy and refined serenity characterized by the intense history of the Grand Hotel in Lugano. Opened in 1885 by Charlotte Schnyder von Wartensee of Lucerne, who transformed into a hotel the existing villa originally built for a family of Russian nobles - the Von Ritters - the Grand Hotel is now a staple of hospitality for both Lugano and Switzerland. The original building, several times enlarged, has an original angular plan and is surrounded by a large park. Historically, the Oratory of Saints Peter and Andrew, dating from the fourteenth century, was the private chapel of the hotel. The chapel was restored for this function in 1888 and again in 1903 by the Schnyder family. Mediterranean flavors and seasonal ingredients characterize the gourmet restaurants Le Relais and ArtĂŠ. In the restaurant ArtĂŠ, Michelin-starred chef Frank Oerthle combines the fundamentals of quality food with imaginative menus, careful to enhance sea and lake fish. The spacious wellness center is dedicated to those pleasures that give the right tone to the resort on the Lake.

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VILLA CASTAGNOLA Lugano, Switzerland www.villacastagnola.com Rooms 75 - Suites 9 Villas 0 - Restaurants 2 Spa yes Children yes Chain none Affiliation none Activities excursions Score 79 Environment 80 Design 75 Service 82 Cuisine 92 Health 75 Spa 65 Rooms 81

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Caribbean yachting holidays are among Antigua’s main draws. At Carlisle Bay, guests can now learn to sail or improve their skills aboard a 40ft keelboat with three-day Royal Yachting Association courses, offered through On Deck Racing. Indeed boat charters are a popular way to explore Antigua’s 365 beaches, coves and historic harbors on sunset cruises, half-day picnic charters, picnic excursions and all-day cruises to the likes of Great Bird Island, which has some

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of the best hiking and snorkeling to be found. Trips might include visits to sister island Barbuda on a 82ft-long catamaran: Excellence, or Wadadli Cats. From 26 April to 6 May 2014, the island hosts Antigua Sailing Week, made up of several days of breathtaking races. This is one of the premier sailing events in the world – and a spectacle Carlisle Bay’s guests always enjoy. The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is another of the island’s main draws and ranks among the world’s premier classic yachting events. The regatta runs from 17-22 April 2014.

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HOTEL CALA DEL PORTO Punta Ala GM Luigi Magnani www.baglionihotels.com

Located in one of the most beautiful locations in the bay of Punta Ala off the Tuscan coast, Hotel Cala del Porto offers the best view from which to admire the islands of Elba, Montecristo and Corsica. The maritime pines dominate the landscape punctuated here and there with low edifices. The hotel arises on a hill which dominates the tourist port with a unique and enviable panoramic view. Traditional Tuscan decor in pastel tones adorn rooms and suites, most of which have private balconies with views of the Tuscan archipelago, the pool and the garden. The hotel boasts two restaurants ( Belvedere and The Beach ), whose cuisine borrows heavily from the Tuscan tradition, reinterpreting it in a lighter way.

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Maria Coscarelli

The Naturelle Cosmetique Bio Suisse has offered for several years products based on natural Active Germ Cells. The patent is based on the findings of U.S. researchers on the telomeres present in cells. On that basis the laboratories of the CBN has continued the research, applying the findings to cosmetics. The result is a line of products based on the innovative Bio Germinal Complex obtained from the pollen grains of plants grown in the laboratory. The complex acts on the skin cells to extend their replicative capacity. All products are paraben-free, hypoallergenic and have food-grade preservatives.

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