Conde Nast Traveler 2021 Hot List

May 12th, 2021

Alice Marshall Public Relations is proud to have two properties selected in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Hot List; White Elephant Palm Beach in Florida and Paradero Todos Santos in Mexico. The editors at Conde Nast Traveler have handpicked their favorite new hotel openings of the past year to feature in the prestigious awards.

The 32-room White Elephant Palm Beach opened on November 4, 2020 and is housed in the former Bradley Park Hotel – originally constructed in 1924 as one of the first resorts on Palm Beach’s Main Street. The design captures the spirit of a grand home while maintaining the ambiance of a landmarked boutique hotel. Breaking from the bright pinks and greens that dominate the Palm Beach aesthetic, the White Elephant Palm Beach features a neutral color palette with sleek metal accents and vibrant pops of color. The hardwood floors, Carrara marble, elegant tiles and woven rugs are all interpreted with contemporary style. Guests are welcomed onto the property by a seven-foot white elephant statue by Santa Fe-based artist Fredrick Prescott. (A “sister” elephant statue, Trunket, is on the grounds of White Elephant in Nantucket.)

Paradero Todos Santos, a 35-suite property, opened on February 1, 2021. Less than 50 miles from San Jose del Cabo Airport, Todos Santos has 355 days of sunshine per year and has become increasingly popular as a relaxed surf town and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Paradero is spread across five acres of untouched land that is situated within the last unspoiled Mesa farming community – an agricultural area comprising 160 acres of family-owned farms. Due to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer, the immediate landscape offers five distinct ecosystems: the desert with 200-year-old Cardon Cacti, the Sierra La Laguna Mountain range, miles of virgin beaches along the Pacific coast, an oasis with 5,000 palm trees, and farmland as far as the eye can see. Because of this diversity, UNESCO has designated Todos Santos as a Biosphere Reserve – one of only two such sites in Baja.

Switzerland’s La Réserve Eden au Lac also got a special recognition in the ‘Where to Travel Next’ category of the awards following its recognition on the 2020 Hot List. The French Empire-style building dates back to 1909 and houses the only luxury hotel located on Lac Zurich.

NEWS from Scotland: Stories and Offers from the Fife Arms

April 29th, 2021

We are very excited to now be working with The Fife Arms. There are many stories to tell about this former hunting lodge in Braemar, Scotland. Here are a few ideas as we continue to peel back the layers of the onion.

Purity, innocence and power are at the core of Scotland, and these very words also decode the Celtic meaning behind the unicorn being the national animal. It is one of the most progressive nations in the world: Europe’s first modern literate society; the first country to include LGBT issues in school curricula; the national team of the first black footballer 140 years ago. We also owe a big thank you to Scottish innovators for the telephone, television, raincoat, anesthesia, and pedal bicycle. And the nearly $2 trillion global retail market would be at a loss if it was not for tartan, with a colorful history dating back to third century AD.

The Fife Arms is much more than the hardware; it is an all-encompassing experience that seeps through each thoughtfully-curated detail indoors: Sustainable house tartan designed by Scottish designer Araminta Campbell; “Sharp the Dog” room dedicated to Queen Victoria’s beloved pet; The Flying Stag public pub with a James Prosek-created flying stag; an original Picasso reigning over the drawing room; Glencraft mattresses fit for the royal family.

This Spring, the hotel will lift the veil on a new bar, Bertie’s, inspired by Queen Victoria’s extravagant and hedonistic heir. The bar will offer 365 whiskies from Scotland and around the world and will launch two of its own exclusive whiskies this summer. On-the-ground experiences will include flights, tastings, and tours of local distilleries and there will also be virtual tastings for fans from far away.

Until we can travel to Scotland, we can bring a piece of the destination home. Thanks to the Fife Arms’ online shop, guests and fans can find a custom tartan or tweed design gift box, afternoon tea set, and the Fife Arms coffee table book from Phaidon. The latest addition is perhaps the most exciting. The new collection for dogs includes a coat, bone, collar and leash, all made with the hotel’s house tweed. What better gift for dog lovers or man’s best friend?!

2021 is the year for investing in physical and mental wellness, and the great outdoors are just what travelers want – and need. The Cairngorms National Park, named one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by National Geographic Traveller, and the diversity of nearby options make the Fife Arms the perfect recipe: Fly fishing on The Dee River; touring the historic house that Robert Louis Stevenson occupied while writing Treasure Island; Ghillie-guided hill walking to one of 40 Munros accessible from Braemar; to name a few.

Art is not just a part of the Fife Arms; it is the heart. The reputation of Hauser & Wirth takes the “art hotel” concept to another level. Not only are there 16,000 pieces from around the world, different centuries and genres on display qualify the property as an exhibition in itself. Where else can you see a Louise Bourgeois spider sculpture in the same space as a watercolor by Queen Victoria and a chandelier made from stainless steel utensils?!

The property also upholds the values that its parent company, Artfarm, espouses. Staying at the Fife Arms means being in the company of like-minded, curious and talented individuals. Located in the heart of the village, guests are part of the community. There is a mutual regard for the preservation of Scottish heritage, craft and design. All of these principles are demonstrated through ownership’s collaboration with historians, artists and locals who make up the Ghillie team.

There is a lot more to share and additional news in the pipeline. The property is looking to reopen in May (and we will need to stay nimble, of course) but we will continue to tell the many wonderful stories of this gem of a property.

Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino Opens May 1, 2021

April 29th, 2021

Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino Opens May 1, 2021

Marking a new era of timeless glamour on the Italian Riviera


April 29, 2021 – Set against the cinematic backdrop of the Italian Riviera, the 14-room Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, reopens on May 1, 2021 following a complete renovation overseen by Festen Architecture. Embraced within a charming guesthouse in the heart of the harbor, the opening of ‘The Mare’ will revive the timeless allure of Portofino with a refreshed design, a new restaurant and curated experiences. Every detail has been carefully crafted to reflect the heritage of the fishing village, the natural beauty of the Ligurian Coast and the glamour of La Dolce Vitae. Rooms start at $665 plus taxes per night.

While marking a new era for Splendido Mare, references to the harbor’s nautical history can be found throughout with mid-century modern furnishings, celebrating the iconic 1950s era that defined Portofino’s glamorous past. With all materials locally sourced and handcrafted, each of the 14 rooms are individually designed with colors inspired by traditional Ligurian buildings – a palette of amber, terracotta and sea green – and furnishings are layered with soft Italian fabrics by Loro Piana and Rubelli. The art collection features 100 pieces curated by art consultancy ARTIQ, including specially commissioned items by Italian painter Gabriele Cappelli as well as cinematic photography and abstract pieces by local artists. Passionate about crafting timeless pieces that pay homage to the destination, emerging fashion designer Arthur Arbesser was also tapped to design the uniforms, featuring nautical detailing and botanical references from the Portofino National Park.

Combining Belmond’s hospitality excellence with the Cerea family’s culinary expertise, the new restaurant, DaV Mare, brings a new level of gastronomic excellence to the Ligurian coast, focused on seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Signature items from Da Vittorio’s restaurants, including the Paccheri alla Vittorio, a classic pasta dish with a tomato sauce that was created by founder Vittorio Cerea, will be available alongside new recipes such as a Risotto with Pesto and Santa Margherita Ligure shrimps. DaV Mare is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as 24-hour room service. Aperitivos are also available to enjoy on the open-air terrace as the sun goes down over the Portofino harbor, and make sure to stop by for a scoop at the property’s gelateria.

One of the new experiences is a trip along the Italian Riviera aboard a gozzo, a traditional Ligurian fishing boat, sailing along the coastline up to San Fruttuoso Bay. Stop for a swim to view the submerged bronze statue of Christ the Abyss, or dive into the crystal-clear waters of Punta Chiappa, a remote promontory that inspired Lord Byron’s poetry in the early 1800s. Guests can opt for a picnic lunch prepared by DaV Mare or to stop for fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. The season will also kick off with the Regate di Primavera – Splendido Mare Cup May 6-9. Returning to Portofino for the first time in 29 years, a fleet of 60-foot racing yachts will compete for the title.

Guests can also set off on foot along the 7.5-mile ‘Path of the Kiss’ that stretches from San Rocco, passes through Camogli and out to San Fruttuoso. Featuring steep paths with uninterrupted views over the region, it is named after a fabled Italian romance where two young lovers who were separated by their families took their last embrace. Half-day excursions to the countless hiking trails of Monte di Portofino are also available, led by a botanist guide who can share insider tips on the mountain’s flora and fauna.

“Our teams have been working tirelessly to create a new standard in Italian relaxed sophistication – and now, the true Belmond magic begins. Together with our guests, we can look ahead to the return of La Dolce Vita by the sea with friends and family enjoying days out on the water, slow afternoons on the beach and joyful evenings on the terrace at the new restaurant, DaV Mare,” comments Roeland Vos, CEO & President, Belmond.

In addition to Splendido Mare, Belmond’s entire Italian collection will reopen for the season throughout May.

  • Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino: May 1
  • Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino: May 1
  • Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice:  May 13
  • Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Sicily: May 13
  • Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence: May 13
  • Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany: May 27
  • Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Sicily: May 27
  • Caruso, A Belmond Hotel, Ravello: May 27

To book or for more information, visit www.belmond.com.

 

ABOUT BELMOND

Belmond has been a pioneer of luxury travel for over 45 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring destinations.

Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to perpetuate the legendary art of travel, taking discerning global travellers on breathtaking journeys. Its portfolio extends across 24 countries with 46 remarkable properties that include the illustrious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, remote beach retreats like Cap Juluca in Anguilla, Italian hideaways such as Splendido in Portofino, or unrivalled gateways to world natural wonders such as Hotel das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguazu National Park. From trains to river barges, safari lodges to hotels, each unique property offers an incomparable experience with its own story to tell. The essence of the Belmond brand is built upon its heritage, craftsmanship and genuine, authentic service. Belmond sees its role as custodians of timeless heritage, dedicated to preserving its assets through sensitive ongoing restoration plans. Belmond is part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  Belmond.com

PONANT Expands Health Protocol with Vaccination Requirement

April 28th, 2021

PONANT Announces Updated Health Protocol

Vaccinations will be required for all passengers and crew


April 28, 2021 – PONANT, the leader in luxury small ship expeditions, announces a vaccination requirement for all guests and crew members. The new policy will complement its already comprehensive hygiene and sanitary measures in place as PONANT prepares for the resumption of sailing. PONANT’s latest protocol will require all passengers and crew members over 16 years old to be vaccinated before the cruise. Guests and crew will also need to show proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of boarding the ship.

PONANT’s newest measures will expand on the company’s double protection principle onboard all ships. This includes screening and decontamination measures when boarding, ensuring those who board do not carry the virus, followed by on-board sanitary protocols throughout the cruise. PONANT has combined small-capacity ships, eco-design, health protocols and partnerships with local organizations, ensuring the company is well-equipped to roll out protocols quickly and efficiently. The company has also invested in state-of-the-art medical facilities on board each of its ships, including ultrasound and radiography equipment, onsite testing, and more. A medical team comprising at least one doctor and nurse are also available 24/7. The company’s complete ‘PONANT Health Protocol’ can be found here.

PONANT has also revised its booking policy to allow for greater flexibility and assurance. New bookings made before June 30, 2021 for a cruise scheduled before March 31, 2023 will only require a deposit of 25 percent. The remaining balance is due 30 days before departure, and passengers can cancel the trip up until 30 days before with the full amount being credited toward another reservation within two years of the initial departure date. In the event of a positive COVID test within 30 days of the sailing, passengers will receive a full refund at the time of cancellation. For more information, please find PONANT’s Ultra Serenity booking policy linked here.

ABOUT PONANT

Created in 1988, by officers of the French Merchant Navy, PONANT has created a new style of cruising, under the French flag, through a unique conception of sea travel and a commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism. Accessing exceptional territories aboard yachts featuring refined design, on which the art of living and excellent cuisine takes pride of place: such is the promise of a unique and authentic PONANT voyage.

In collaboration with the IHU (Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire) Méditerranée Infection of Marseilles, one of the world’s leading centres in the field of infectious diseases, PONANT has developed a comprehensive protocol based on health standards that exceed international regulations.

For more information, visit us.ponant.com.

Europe Reopening

April 27th, 2021

Over the weekend, the president of the European Commission announced that fully vaccinated Americans will be able to travel to the 27 EU member states this summer, spurring excitement among U.S. travelers eager to visit the Continent. This enthusiasm comes as no surprise as the following countries are among the top 10 places luxury travel agency network Virtuoso is seeing summer hotel bookings: Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Ireland. While a timeline isn’t yet clear, travelers can continue to dream and even begin to plan. Here are even more reasons to visit your favorite European destinations.

ITALY

The small, crescent-shaped town of Portofino stretches along San Fruttuoso Bay, offering picture-perfect Instagram shots with brightly colored houses dotting the shoreline of the clear blue waters. Belmond will unveil the 14-room Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino on May 1 following a major restoration led by Paris-based designers FESTEN Architecture. Located down the hill from the iconic Hotel Splendido, the renovation of Splendido Mare will reinvigorate this hot spot on the Italian Riviera. Inspired by its history in a fishing village, the design will reflect the cultivated casual atmosphere with natural woods, ropes and brass accents along with traditional Ligurian colors of sea green, terracotta and amber. The hotel will also debut a new dining destination, DaV Mare, in collaboration with the famed Cerea family’s Da Vittorio Group (known for their three Michelin-starred Da Vittorio restaurant in Bergamo). Explore the Italian Riviera by sea on a traditional Lingurian boat or spend the afternoon under the sun with complimentary, reserved sunbeds at Bagni Fiore in Paraggi, largely considered the most exclusive beach in northern Italy. Make sure to stop by for a scoop at the gelateria and indulge in a tailored tasting session. Rates starting at $670 plus taxes per night.

Ideally situated on Guidecca Island, the iconic Hotel Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice is a private hideaway with exclusive before- and after-hours access to favorite sites and private excursions to under-the-radar towns. A welcome respite, arrive via the hotel’s private dock before weaving through the property’s gardens and stepping onto the floating terrace at Cip’s Club – a favorite among guests and locals alike for an apertivo and traditional Venetian fare. Make sure to have a Bellini (or two), Venice’s signature cocktail comprised of peach juice and prosecco, that was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Belmond Hotel Cipriani, in 1948. For a fine-dining affair, the canal-side Michelin-starred Oro Restaurant offers just 41 seats serving an inventive Italian cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients from the hotel’s own farm and nearby islands. Relax by the nearly Olympic-sized swimming pool – the only one of its size in Venice. Build out a fulsome itinerary with private experiences including exploring the lagoon aboard Belmond’s Edipo Re, a meticulously restored, 16-meter vintage 1960s sailboat, or breakfast in the tower of Palazzo Contarini de Bovolo as the sun rises over the city. Hotel Cipriani will re-open for the season on May 13. Rates starting at $820 plus taxes per night.

In addition to Portofino and Venice, Belmond has train and hotel options across the EU: in Sicily, Florence, and Tuscany, Italy; Mallorca, Spain; Madeira, Portugal; and the legendary Art Deco sleeper train, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

While we are still waiting on specific Covid-19 entry requirements for Italy, American Airlines and Delta are currently offering quarantine-free flights into Rome and Milan. Nonstop flights into Venice and Milan are available from major U.S. cities, while layovers are also available in France (with a new route to Catania launching in July), Amsterdam, and Zurich.

FRANCE

Rosé, sunshine and joie de vivre. What’s not to love? One thing is for sure – the South of France knows how to do summer right. Just 15 minutes outside St. Tropez, La Réserve Ramatuelle will emerge from a renovation on May 12 helmed by interior design maestro Jacques Garcia. Garcia is overseeing the refresh of the lobby, patio bar and two Michelin-starred La Voile restaurant, taking inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s when Cocteau, Picasso and Picault brought their creativity to the French Riviera. A special touch are the sculpted lights designed by Julien Capron, grandson of the famous Vallauris ceramic artist Roger Capron. Julien also designed the handmade jars and artwork in the library comprised of blue and green ceramic tiles. Originally designed by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, whose other projects include Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art, the 28-room/14-villa property is a study in relaxed, coastal design. Think interiors that seamlessly blend with the outdoors thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that open to expansive gardens with majestic views over the Côte d’Azur. Guests shouldn’t miss La Réserve à la Plage, the hotel’s beach club which opened in 2019 on the famous Pampelonne Beach. Designed by Philippe Starck, the open-air setting and wood and rattan décor create a bohemian atmosphere that perfectly fits the coastal Mediterranean locale. Guests of La Réserve Ramatuelle have the advantage of a complimentary shuttle from the resort to the beach (a less than 10 minute ride) and have priority when booking the restaurant and beach chairs. Rates starting at $1,090 per night.

Clearly Bogey didn’t foresee what was to come when he said, “We’ll always have Paris.” Those missing the City of Light can stop over for a stay at La Réserve Paris, the Haussmann-style mansion in the city’s 8th arrondissement. Views from the 40 rooms (26 of which are suites) include the sites that never get old, including the Eiffel Tower, spires of Notre Dame and the neighboring Grand Palais. Rates starting at $1,330 per night.

All-business-class boutique airline La Compagnie offers direct flights from Newark to Nice, a one-and-a-half-hour drive to the property. Delta and Air France fly to Nice via Paris from major U.S. cities including New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and LA. Travelers can also take the TGV high speed train from Paris to Les Arcs Draguignan train station, less than one hour from the property.

GREECE

No wait required! Greece is now welcoming international tourists. Perfect timing for booking a stay at the new Kalesma Mykonos, opening May 20. Kalesma brought together two Greek designers to create its authentically Cycladic look with a sleek, modern take: Studio Bonarchi and K-Studio (known for the new Mykonos airport and Scorpios Beach Club). Design details include Rick Owens furniture in the lobby, custom artwork in the 25 indoor/outdoor suites and two villas featuring pieces by Serbian artist Aleksander Vac and horsehair sconces, a nod to the mythical history of the area (Apollo was said to keep his horses here). The land has been in the owners’ family for over a century and the hotel will offer genuine insider knowledge of off-the-beaten-path sites while introducing a luxury experience that balances fun and privacy. Suite rates starting at $1,450 and villas at $4,230 per night.

There are flights to Athens from several U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, D.C., and Philadelphia and from Canada there are direct flights from both Montreal and Toronto. From Athens you can take a quick 40-minute flight to Mykonos or hop on a 2.5-hour high speed ferry. Travelers will need to show either proof of vaccine, proof of having antibodies or a negative PCR test.

IRELAND

Dromoland Castle’s sprawling 450-acres in County Clare will certainly beckon American tourists. The newest offering – in addition to the popular mainstays like falconry, golf, and horseback riding – is foraging with local expert Oonagh O’Dwyer. Oonagh will take guests down forgotten country lanes and get their hands dirty learning about edible types of roots, herbs, flowers, fruits, and nuts (such as St. John’s Wort, Elderflower and pig nuts) followed by a feast of a wild food picnic in a wildflower meadow. Next is a trip to the beach for a seaweed walk and a hands-on lesson in harvesting seaweed in the traditional way along with rock samphire and pepper dulse (called the truffle of the sea), among a backdrop of seals and sea birds. Back at the Castle, Oonagh leads a cooking class showing how to prepare and preserve wild food and seaweed (along with tips on how to identify and use wild food at home and recipes to bring back). Rates starting at $725 per night.

There are direct flights seasonally to Shannon from New York and Boston (a 10-minute drive from the hotel) and direct flights to Dublin (a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the hotel) year-round from several U.S. cities including New York, D.C., Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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