1.09.2010

Four Seasons - Florence, Italy

Four Seasons Hotel, Firenze
Borgo Pinti, 99
50121 Florence
Tuscany, Italy

Contact: +39 (055) 2626 1

A 15 minute walk away from Galleria Dell Accademia and the Duomo, and a 10 minute walk away from the Uffizi Gallery, the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is an enchanted city sanctuary in the midst of Florence, where an art-filled Renaissance palazzo and conventino frame a centuries-old private park.

Dining

Il Palagio (left): Italian cuisine, vaulted ceilings, elegant decor and lovely views of the inner gardens. Large French doors open to a patio.
Winery (right): seperate space located in the centre of Il Palagio, it features open displays of close to 400 bottles of wine. Vintage wines can be tasted by the glass.

Atrium Bar: an elegant setting to enjoy light meals, coffee specialties, cocktails and afternoon tea. Live piano music in the evenings.


La Magnolia (left): available for breakfast

Al Fresco (right): located beside the swimming pool and spa, this outdoor terrace is open from June to September. It is the perfect place for relaxed dining, refreshing drinks and ice cream.
Spa
The 8500 sq. foot spa offers a wide range of treatments in 10 luxurious treatment rooms. In between treatments, guests have full access to relaxation lounges and the outdoor pool and whirlpools to further enhance their spa experience. It is the only spa in the world to use the products from Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. One of the world's oldest pharmacies, it continues to use ingredients and follow the traditional recipes of monks from the 13th century.

Rooms & Suites
116 Rooms & Suites in total - many feature original frescoes, friezes and hand-painted sculptured reliefs. Prices range from $450-$1600USD per night.


Premier Room: these bright rooms overlook the Hotel park or neighbouring gardens and residences. They combine the elegance of a Renaissance building with modern-day comfort.

Superior Room: these rooms offer streetscapes of the charming Gino Capponi or Borgo Pinti, or views of the internal courtyard of the Palazzo.

Gallery Suite: located in the Palazzo della Gherardesca, with street views of Borgo Pinti and Giardino del Borgo. The suites preserve individual features of the original architecture, such as panelled ceilings and frescoes in the bedroom.

Noble Suite: located on the first floor of the Palazzo della Gherardesca and features a bedroom and living area separated by a solid wood door. The frescoed vaulted ceiling in the bedroom and the panelled and gold-decorated ceiling in the living room gives the suite an authentic Renaissance feel.

Presidential Suite (Conventino): offers breathtaking views of the park. The living room features a frescoed vaulted ceiling and is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a meeting or simple relaxation. The bedroom is decorated with a hand-painted antique wood-panelled ceiling. Large windows open onto a small terrace. Suite consists of two marble bathrooms.


Royal Suite (della Gherardesca): this 2500 sq. foot suite is located in the nobles' quarters of the Palazzo della Gherardesca. The suite captures the very essence of living as a noble Florentine family. Every room boasts art on the vaulted ceilings, beautiful frescoes and stuccos, and an original ceramic floor in the gallery. The combination of restored art and modern convenience makes this the most desired accomodation in the city.
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1.03.2010

Baccarat House & Cristal Room - Moscow, Russia

Baccarat House Moscow
19-21 Nikolskaya Street

Moscow 109012
Russia

Contact: +7 (495) 933-33-89


Moscow's Baccarat House opened in February 2008, five years after its first location in Paris. Located by Lubyanka metro station, the building was a former pharmacy, designed by Adolf Erichson in 1895. It features Neo-Renaissance/Baroque style exteriors. It stands out on the street thanks to its tall and pointed chimney adorned with a huge clock.

The Baccarat company's links to Russia can be traced back to 1860, when Tsar Nicholas II is said to have been one of the most passionate fans of the Baccarat crystal. A custom-made candelabrum, with 79 candles and more than 3 metres high, was created for him by Baccarat artisans.

Philippe Starck is the designer for the mansion's interiors. The contrast of shining crystals against naked light walls was his main concept. The complete Baccarat collections, from lighting pieces to watches, are on display on the ground floor.


Cristal Room
Located on the second floor of the mansion is the Cristal Room. The Cristal Room Baccarat serves lunch and dinner, consisting of fine French cuisine inspired by Russian flavours. Seafood is shipped in daily from France and served on the world's finest dishware. Meat is spit roasted (according to Lyon tradition). Chefs David Desseaux and David Hemmerle work with a team of 20 employees to offer a range of dishes, from the simplest to the most sophisticated.


My perfect future home would consist of Baccarat furnishings, also preferably custom-designed by Philippe Starck. The Paris location of Baccarat House is also amazing. It looks like something I've always pictured in my mind to be my dream home.
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1.01.2010

Banyan Tree - Bangkok, Thailand

Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok
21/100 South Sathon Road
Sathon
Bangkok 10120
Thailand


Contact
Phone: (+66-2) 679-1200
Email: bangkok@banyantree.com

The Banyan Tree hotel in Bangkok is a 5-star luxury hotel located in the heart of the city's central business and embassy district. The designs in its 327 rooms and suites are sleek and sophisticated, all offering fantastic views of the city and ranging from $300-2000USD per night. The panoramic views overlook the Chao Phraya River. The hotel consists of numerous restaurants, including:

Pier 59 (59th floor) - seafood restaurant and wine bar.

Taihei (53rd-54th floors) - Japanese; sake & teppanyaki restaurant.

Latitudes Lounge (51st floor) - cocktail lounge.

Vertigo (61st floor/rooftop) - open-air restaurant.

Moon Bar (61st floor/rooftop) - open-air lounge and bar with 360-degree views of the city.

Features
- 12 meeting rooms
- ballroom with 400 capacity
- wireless internet access in all guest rooms and public areas
- health club and indoor swimming pool
- complimentary shuttle service to nearby office buildings and areas

View of Bangkok from the top

Previous Awards

2006
- Best Luxury Hotel, Best Spa Resort by China Hotel Starlight Awards.
- Top 100 of the World by Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
- Gold List: World's Best Places to Stay by Conde Nast Traveler US Gold List

2007
- Favourite Asia Hotel Spa by Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Spa Awards
- Best Eco-Friendly Resort by Luxury Travel Reader Award
- Best Luxury Hotel by Hospitality Design Awards
- 101 Most Exquisite Hotel Suites & Villas by Elite Traveler Pure Decadence List
- Most Exclusive Hotel Worldwide by VIP International Traveller Magazine Reader's Poll

I would come to Bangkok simply to stay at this hotel. As soon as I saw their rooftop restaurant + lounge, I immediately added it to my list of hotels to visit in the future.
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