Archive | April, 2015

Tango indulgence by Faena Hotel!

Faena BACall it your lucky day! Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires is offering an incredible Virtuoso rate that not only includes a complimentary third night but also two tickets to their award-winning Tango show!!

This trendy boutique hotel that was originally a warehouse has now become a haven of luxury in Puerto Madero Este – an abandoned port area back in the day, and now the cultural heart of an up-and-coming neighborhood. Its eccentric design will have you enchanted through folds of red velvet, grand panoramas and pure elegance!

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However, you cannot call it a wholesome experience unless you get a taste of a significant element of the Argentinean culture – Tango! Lose yourself in a passionate night of Faena hotel‘s very own Rojo Tango at El Cabaret, which opens daily and features a dazzling live orchestra, dancers, and authentic cuisine.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
• Complimentary Wi-Fi for duration of stay
• Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• VIP Welcome Amenities and a welcome drink
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
• Two complimentary tickets for Rojo Tango OR
• Guests choice of 1 of the following*: $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit; $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit; Complimentary one-way private airport; 20% discount on our Boutique’s products


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Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a Legend

untitled2What becomes a legend? Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Italy on Lake Como has recently been chosen to be part of the new Legend Collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Preferred represents over 650 properties in 85 countries so choosing which ones deserve this new status could not have been an easy task. I’m honored to be on their advisory board and when I arrived there last October for our annual meeting, there was no doubt in my mind that this would be one of the chosen few. Grand Hotel Tremezzo; an hour from Milan’s Malpensa airport, sits directly on Lake Como with breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains not unlike the views of the Long Island Sound that I grew up with. NOT!

untitled8The hotel was first opened in 1910 and was on the circuit for the elite of Europe until the outbreak of World War I. Then it was quickly turned into a clinic for the army. After the war the hotel re-opened but not with the same cache until in the 30’s when it was purchased by the Sampietro family. They refurbished and soon it was chic once more. The film Grand Hotel (1932) with Greta Garbo was filmed there. There’s even a Greto Garbo suite today.

untitled9Fast forward to present and under the present ownership of the DeSantis family with Valentina De Santis at the helm it is once again one of “the” places to stay. Like the hotel, Valentina is charmingly grand but also like the hotel she is not the least bit stuffy. Her easy and approachable persona is attracting a younger generation of luxury travelers.

untitled6The rooms are all different and most have views of the lake with the others having lush green garden views with one of the swimming pools in the background. If you can’t snag a lake view room in season don’t be dissuaded as you’ll not be unhappy in these garden view rooms. I slept like a baby on eco-friendly linens that are created from processed wood. You would never know as they are soft and luxurious.

untitled3Dining at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an experience on its own. A meal here and you’ll lose desire to dine anywhere else in the area. There are three restaurants and all offer extensive menus that focus on local and original dishes from the Lombardy region. My personal favorite was La Terrazza. The first day I was there I had lunch preceded by the best “aperitivo” selection I have ever tasted. Of course, when in Italy, you have to have Pizza. The poolside T-Bar hosts candlelit pizza dining every Monday night that is so popular that even locals come. Always a good sign!!! For a very cool and more intimate setting L’Escale; their cave-like restaurant may actually be the finest Fondue & Wine Bar on Lake Como.

untitled7When to go? Anytime from May to October is perfect. Reserve early and naturally with a Virtuoso agency or right here at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a Preferred Legend Hotel and has what it takes to create sublime lifetime memories.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• 25 minutes of ESPA experience at our TSpa ( equivalent to 60 Euro SPA credit)
• Complimentary WiFi for entire stay
• Free entrance to Villa Carlotta and its Botanical Gardens
• Italian wine tasting at L’Escale Fondue & Wine Bar (3 flights of wine)
• With minimum of 5-nights stay 30 minutes Boat Tour on board the Water Limo RUY, the Grand Hotel’s very own period lancia boat to discover the Lake’s magic in exclusive style
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

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Our new addition to Florence…Hotel Brunelleschi!

Classic Travel is pleased to announce the addition of the exquisite Hotel Brunelleschi to our luxury collection! Hotel Brunelleschi is one of Florence’s top tier luxury hotels and is one of the best known hotels in town!


Hotel Brunelleschi is truly an Italian born hotel. The Pagliazza tower, which is part of the hotel, has been a part of the Florence cityscape since the Byzantine era. The rest of the hotel’s different architectural styles show the heritage of ancient Italy and the sophistication of contemporary times. The gorgeous wood flooring and some of the rooms’ featured stone walls serve to highlight the wonderful blend of Italian craftsmanship within the property3_Deluxe Room Direct View of Duomo and Campanile

The welcoming yet sophisticated atmosphere of Hotel Brunelleschi invites all guests to appreciate the ambience of this luxury hotel. The 96 rooms are made with superior relaxation and comfort in mind and the two suites are just divine. The pool suite, which features a four-poster bed and an outdoor hot tub on the terrace, is perfect for a romantic evening gazing across the center of Florence’s historical district. The Pagliazza Tower Suite has been prepared in the Byzantine style to recall the origins of the tower. All of the rooms are made to the delight of the guests who stay here.

Pagliazza Tower Suite_ bedroom

Hotel Brunelleschi, a staple in Florence’s historical center, is in a fantastic location in the heart of town. Only a few minutes away from the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and from the main museums and shopping area.

As part of Classic Travel Luxury Collection, Hotel Brunelleschi features exclusive Classic Travel rates and amenities, as seen on our website. Our Classic Travel rate for Hotel Brunelleschi includes the following:

  • Room upgrade if available upon arrival
  • $50 credit once during stay at F&B outlets
  • Full American breakfast buffet included
  • GM/Hotel Manager meets clients at check in to make sure that the clients are happy with the accommodations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check in / late check out subject to availability

For more information, please do not hesitate to click here at Hotel Brunelleschi or to contact one of our Luxury Travel advisors.

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