Archive | March, 2013

Savoy Hotel and Kaspar the Cat

Kaspar-s-Seafood-Bar-and-Grill_dnm_largeThe Savoy in London has a new casual seafood bar and grill restaurant named after a sculpture of a cat named Kaspar.

It sounds ridiculous but maybe not for any of you who are superstitious. The story has it that South African Diamond magnate Woolf Joel held a dinner at the Savoy back in 1898 for fourteen. At the last minute one person canceled. Another of his guests was quite taken back and announced that death would come to the first person to leave the table of thirteen. Host, Joel, didn’t want his dinner party ruined and happily announced he would be the first to leave. A few weeks later he was shot to death in Johannesburg.

Even without email news spread pretty fast in those days and the Savoy was determined not to lose any business so whenever there was a party of thirteen they had a member of the staff join the table. This didn’t sit well with too many as they didn’t want their often risqué conversations being shared with the help. In a stroke of genius, or not, The Savoy had a three foot cat sculpted to starve off bad luck. They named the cat Kaspar and set a place at the table for Kaspar whenever there was a party of thirteen. Winston Churchill, insisted that the cat join him with his “The Other Club” meetings, a political dining club Churchill founded in 1911, and to this date the hotel’s most famous four-legged resident has never missed a meeting.

Now Kaspar is back in the name of the Savoy’s new casual seafood bar and grill that promises to be a big hit on the London scene. Incidentally, in 2010 The Savoy completed the most ambitious hotel restoration in British history. Originally opened in 1889, The Savoy has played host to royalty, world leaders and legends of the stage and screen. The Savoy has always been an icon in London. Now, it’s that and the cat’s meow.

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Great Deal on New Luxury Hotel in St. Tropez!

The brand new Hotel de Paris in St Tropez has just opened!

Hotel de ParisDiscover the new luxury address in the heart of Saint-Tropez and take advantage of their amazing special opening rate. Beat the crowds and be the envy of all your friends – check out the new hottest hotel for a great price.

A classic room for 2 people is just $375 per night and this includes breakfast and all taxes.

Valid from March 23rd to May 7th, 2013

Save your money for shopping and champagne!

This beautiful and modern hotel has 52 rooms & 38 suites – and all of this to enjoy:

  • Suffren Café by Georges – a French brasserie orchestrated by the 3-star chef Georges Blanc
  • Rooftop terrace with clear-bottom pool suspended 15 meters above the atrium
  • Clarins Spa
  • “The Roof”, Lounge bar with caviar & Champagne
  • Lobby Bar & landscaped patio

Contact us to book this amazing deal.

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More Happy Clients – We love the Amanpuri in Thailand!

Some clients just got back form one of our favorite hotels – the Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand.  Here is what they had to say:Amanpuri2

“We really appreciate all of your help , we enjoyed our stay at Amanpuri very much. The breakfast was wonderful! We had dinner in the Italian restaurant and it was very delicious. And the Thai restaurant was even better than we expected (which was a lot!).  Everything was impressive. 

For our next trip we definitely want to try other Aman resort and will defintiely use your services again.”

For anyone watching the Bachelor – take note – the Amanpuri is the perfect place for you to have your next romantic getaway!!

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Zurich for Families

Zurich ..a great place for families!

Zurich ..a great place for families!

Chic, small, modern and thoroughly beautiful; Zurich is one city you’ll absolutely fall in love with and it’s great for families. Working at the Park Hyatt, my concierge team and I have often been confronted with families asking how they can spend their day here in Zurich, leading solely to the response: “Where to begin?” Located in the heart of Europe, the charming, optimistic city of Zurich holds endless possibilities for families with children to spend an exciting and fulfilling stay.
The Park Hyatt offers various family programs; such as the offering of an additional children’s room to a booking, for kids below the age of twelve for a fifty-percent discount, keeping our kids close. Another great program is the VIB (Very Important Baby), where children’s beds, chairs, bathrobe, cosmetics, cutlery and toys are provided for the little joys in our lives – making their stay as relaxing as your own. Furthermore our kids program, which includes amenities like our famous swiss hot chocolate and cookies, popcorn and sodas, a colorful painting set, children DVD’s, but also a complimentary Playstation and X-Box available during their stay. But this is just the preface of what Zurich has to offer…
To begin with, Zurich itself beholds wonderful sights; raging from the lavishly luxurious “bahnhofstrasse” to the old-fashioned and very romantic “niederdorf”, making one day in town enough to instill awe and excitement into the impressionable minds of children.

Tip for families with kids

Tip for families with kids

Surrounded by a large part of the city, the famous lake of Zurich is a great place to spend the day at, or in! Swimming possibilities are everywhere to be found around the lake to enjoy the fresh and clean water, and many places offer a great selection of watersports cut out for the entire family! Renting a pedal- or motorboat for three to five people, or simply hopping on one of Zurich’s signature lake boats to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the snowy “swiss alps” has always been a popular activity.
What better place for young children to visit than a Zoo? Just one tram ride up the hill will make you feel like you’re in another world. Overlooking the city and surrounded by nature, the “Zooh” of Zurich provides a large and open habitat for a wide variety of animals from around the world. Getting “in-touch” with smaller fauna is made easy at the other tip of the Zurich lake, in the Rapperswil Zoo, where stroking and feeding animals is not only allowed, but encouraged.
One of my personal favorites is the “Atzmännig Seilpark”, a leisure and recreational park in the mountains- perfect for the entire family. The park offers toboggan run slides, swiss-style chairlifts and a large rope adventure park, taking you all the way up to the treetops at 16 meters, a height that will thrill and excite kids and adults alike! I take my nephews there all the time, and we always have a blast!
If you want to experience Switzerland’s most traditional trade, “Bucherer” offers lessons where everyone can get a hands-on view at the craftsmanship of watches, supervised by a professional “horloger”. During the seminar, children and adults of all ages work with clocks that they can assemble and dismantle, or just generally experiment with.
Confiseries that are all around town will seduce your senses with their delicately hand made swiss chocolate. “The Maestrani” chocolate factory offers tailored tours through their timeless trade, making the savoring of swiss chocolate something that every visit to Switzerland must include!
Expanding on the culinary experience of Switzerland, the renowned “Zeughauskeller” features many old army halberds, cannons and armors – a theme that continues into the dishes themselves; where long sausages are served, wrapped around a blazing sword.
Having visited the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich has charmed the senses of every last guest my Concierge team and I have had the privilege of greeting. Its colorful variety of activities and the sheer beauty of the city will make it a place that is not easily forgotten. If you and your family would like to recapture the feeling of first love, you know where to go.
By: Frederik Kubierschky, Clefs d’Or Concierge, Park Hyatt Zurich

– Christina Gobil
Director of Sales , Park Hyatt Zurich

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