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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!

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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.

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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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A Change in the Winds in Aspen

aspenKick off the Holiday Season in Style at The St. Regis Aspen Resort with the 1st Annual Tree Lighting Ritual and Celebratory Holiday Festivities and Menus.

Join The St. Regis Aspen Resort, the iconic mountain retreat nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, for a memorable Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends over gourmet meals and the resort’s 1st Annual Tree Lighting Ritual. On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, The Restaurant at the St. Regis Aspen Resort celebrates the holiday with a grand, buffet-style menu. Guests will enjoy dishes like Organic Carrot-Curry Soup with fried leeks & avalanche goat cheese; New York Strip Roasted in Salt Crust with wild mushroom demi-glace and Duck Fat Cooked Potato Wedges with herbs. The Restaurant will offer their Thanksgiving menu between 11 am and 4 pm for $95.00 per adult, which includes a celebratory glass of Champagne, and $39.00 per child, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

For guests looking to enjoy the holiday meal at home without spending the day cooking, The St. Regis will offer beautifully prepared meals available for pick-up. With a minimum of 72 hour notice, Chef Thomas Riordan will create holiday classics like Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with caramelized apples chestnuts and cinnamon whipped cream; Brioche-Rosemary Stuffing and Maple Glazed Organic Whole Turkey with traditional turkey gravy. Dinner for 6-8 people starts at $465.00.

For a rare epicurean experience, consider Thanksgiving dinner at the innovative Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE. With a captivating four course prix fixe that features mouthwatering offerings such as King Crab, Local Rabbit Crepinettes, & Pecan Cake, it is an evening of culinary delights not to miss. Just $75 per person.

On Saturday, November 24, The St. Regis Aspen Resort celebrates their 1st Annual Tree Lighting Ritual from 4 pm—6 pm in the Fountain Courtyard. Open to everyone, the holiday affair will feature visits from Santa Claus, holiday carolers and festive refreshments. Events include Aspen Middle and High School carolers, a visit from Santa Claus, Champagne sobering and toast by General Manager Heather Steenge-Hart and live music by BooCoo. The Ritual will be complimentary and all guests will be invited to enjoy holiday cookies, hot chocolate and Glühwein spiced wine.

There is no better destination to experience the spirit of the season than The St. Regis Aspen Resort. The celebration begins with the “12 Days of Christmas,” holiday countdown and finishes with a festive Christmas Day Brunch.

The “12 Days of Christmas” begins Friday, December 14th and continues for the following 12 days. Each afternoon, The St. Regis Aspen Resort will host a different event, open to guests and the public alike. The festive happenings include, storytelling by local authors, Teddy Bear Teas to benefit The Shining Stars Foundation, Après Tea specials and buffets, gingerbread cookie decoration and house design with Pastry Chef Michael Kotacka, Holiday ornament making with The Aspen Art Museum and more!

On December 15th, a new menu launches at Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE. Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE handpicks four of FOOD & WINE Magazine’s Best New Chefs bi-annually to highlight their individual styles in the restaurant’s menu. It is our pleasure to welcome Matt Lightner of Atera in New York City; Jonathon Sawyer of The Greenhouse Tavern & Noodlecat in Cleveland, Ohio; Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus in Saint Louis, Mo.; & Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant & Sunshine Tavern in Portland, Ore. for the winter of 2012/2013.

On December 25th, join The St. Regis for Christmas Day Brunch in The Restaurant, along with a special appearance by Santa Claus. Sip freshly made Bloody Marys, Spiced Wine and Hot Chocolate and select savory items from chef-attended stations including Omelet, Risotto and Chilled Seafood. Children will enjoy a Sundae Station and favorites such as Mac & Cheese and freshly baked Pizza. Brunch will be served 11am—4pm. Reservations are highly recommended; please call 970.429.7373. Adults $95/Children $39.

Need a respite from the holiday festivities? Align your senses and relax your mind at Remède Spa with the signature Farm-to-Massage-Table treatment. Enjoy the aromas of peppermint and sugar plum along with perfectly paired seasonal bites from our Chef.

For more information on the holiday festivities and dining options, or to make an appointment at Remède Spa, please call 970.920.3300 or visit www.stregisaspen.com.

– Elizabeth Winn
Marketing Coordinator, The St. Regis Aspen Resort

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There’s Just Something About Whistler

Four Seasons Resort Whistler
– Tiffany Whelan, Sales Manager…this is her story

As I sit at my desk early on Friday morning, I look out the window and remind myself that it was just two months ago that I stared in awe at a beautiful blanket of white.  I remember why I moved here 18 years ago. Fresh out of university on the West Coast of British Columbia, I moved to Whistler for a year, just enough time to save some money to travel to Australia. Eighteen years later, I’m Married with 2 kids, a dog and a mortgage.  My window view is much the same. There is something truly magical about this place.  There’s just something about Whistler…

This season has been without a doubt the most amazing on record. The snow fell early this year, which made for some great local skiing and undoubtably the best opening on record. The stars were aligned- Great snow, great rates, and the largest amount of skiable terrain in North America.  Whistler’s snowfall in March alone was over 405cm, close to 159 inches and the snow continued to fall in to late April.

So why am I blogging about my Whistler story you may ask? Because there is something to it. This is one destination that will truly change your life forever…It is the vacation that your family will remember for years to come. Whistler has something for everyone in both winter and summer. From skiing and snowboarding, to snowshoeing, ziplines and World class golf, mountain biking and river rafting. For those outdoor enthusiasts, try the Whistler Olympic Park in the spectacular Callaghan Valley for some amazing cross country skiing and biathlon lessons. Or in the summer months, relax by Lost lake or take a swing at Nicklaus North Golf Course.  For those thrill seekers, how about brushing off that leotard you’ve kept in your closet all these years, pop on a helmet and fly down the Whistler sliding center track at 92 km an hour? Come on, you know you want to…

For those with kids, this is Canada’s Year Round Playground. Endless family activities. My Daughter Georgia turned 3 last year and started the Blackcomb ski school Valley Kids program. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the Whistler Blackcomb Ski School. The staff, the instructors, unbelievable. I knew she would be the life of the party at the Blackcomb base but I never expected her to cry at the end of the day because she didn’t want to go home. It’s by far, the best money a parent could ever spend.

For those looking to experience Whistler in style, try the Four Seasons Resort Whistler on for size. I am proud and humbled to say I work for Canada’s only Five Diamond Resort , nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Not only is the hotel absolutely stunning, but it’s the intuitive care that the staff provide to our guests. When we welcome you to Whistler, we invite you into our family. Over festive week, I had the opportunity to speak with many guests from all parts of the world, at the ski concierge, in the restaurant, and in the lobby. Guests are always astonished by the level of attentiveness and the lasting relationships they make at the resort.

Taking a sip of my Blenz coffee (a Canadian Company), I can’t be sure what life path my family will take from here, maybe another 18 years in resort, but one thing is for certain. I know that my heart will forever belong to this spectacular mountain Destination. There’s just something about Whistler… What are you waiting for? Hurry up and get up here!

 

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Concierge at Acqualina

Tatiana Echeverrie, Concierge
Acqualina Resort & Spa

I fell in love with Acqualina from the moment I saw it being built. It is a gorgeous, tall, timeless building situated on Miami’s ever-so-famous Collins Avenue directly located on the beach.

I joined the Acqualina staff team five years ago and am still just as in love with my job today as I was then. Acqualina has something very unique about it and that is the genuinely warm and friendly staff. The staff sincerely enjoys working here and it is made obvious to everyone that enters this building. There is no other greater satisfaction than to see a guest’s face light up when we greet them by name after not seeing them for a full year, or when we welcome their little ones with smiles, love, cookies and milk, or make their vacation truly unforgettable by providing them with the royal treatment.

Guests fly in from all over the world and it is an honor when they say that Acqualina has a special place in their heart and is their home away from home.

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