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Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel


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    • Guaranteed upgrade for stays as from the BW Studio

    • American breakfast for two people daily

    • Choice of 100 USD spa or restaurant credit in the BLVD or CUT restaurants

    • Early check in and late check out upon availability


The palm-lined boulevards, lavish estates and high-end shops of Beverly Hills need no introduction. And nor does one of its most popular hotels, the Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons. 

Immortalized in movies like Pretty Woman, this classic hotel on Wilshire boulevard is a magnet for Hollywood’s cameras and the city’s in-the-know crowd. If you want to indulge in a Hollywood fantasy of your own, our exclusive member benefits for our Privilege members are just what you need for an unforgettable stay. 


For a hotel that hosted an endless list of celebrities and dignitaries, including U.S. President Barack Obama, the  Beverly Wilshire is more approachable than you’d think. Intimate, with an Italian Renaissance feel, it’s a luxurious home away from home and an extension of everything Four Seasons does well: elegance, and luxurious accommodations that are sure to elevate the glamour quotient of your LA stay.


The trump card of this hotel has always been its location by Rodeo Drive. Step out of the hotel to find world-famous fashion houses like Prada, Gucci and Dior along quaint walkways, interspersed with one-of-a-kind local boutiques. Shop till you drop, or until you hear the hotel’s Mediterranean–style pool beckon, offering an undiluted taste of Hollywood high life after a day on Rodeo Drive.

The relaxation continues at the spa- an oasis of calm and one of the hotel’s flagship amenities. In true Pretty Woman fashion, indulge in a manicure, pedicure and bubbly, or a facial with infused diamond-cut quartz for a red carpet–worthy makeover. This is the place to get pampered like a celebrity before heading to The Blvd or CUT for the most unforgettable dining experience.


The Rooms

Designed for travelers in search of a glamorous getaway,the  rooms and suites at the Beverly Wilshire offer a combination of residential comfort and quintessential luxuries, in keeping with the hotel’s unique brand of old Hollywood elegance.


The entry-level Signature Rooms, with soft cream tones and dark wood furniture, are perfect for short stays, while the Veranda Suite, on the hotel’s 10th floor, is something special with a luxurious tent on its private 2,140-square-foot terrace. Under a crystal chandelier and enveloped in a sumptuous world of fur rugs and marble lamps, this is camping the Beverly Hills way.



Villa La Massa

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    • Guaranteed upgrade until Aug 31st 2018 for stays up to the Suite category

    • American breakfast for two people daily

    • Food & Beverage credit of 85 EUR

    • Early check in and late check out upon availability

    • 2 complimentary cocktails at the Bar, once during the stay

    • VIP Welcome


Located just a few kilometres east of Florence, at the gateway of the enchanting Chianti wine region, the Villa la Massa is one of Italy’s most desirable holiday destinations.


Armed with our exclusive member benefits, embark on a delightful journey to uncover the treasures of Tuscany or to retreat to an environment  where slowing down and relaxing becomes almost instinctive.


Atmosphere and Amenities

Perched on the banks of river Arno and surrounded by acres of  lemon trees and olive groves, Villa La Massa looks almost like a Renaissance painting come to life, effortlessly achieving a brand of understated excellence that few other hotels come close to. It feels worlds away from Florence, even though it’s just a short drive upstream from the capital.


Splendidly secluded in a pastoral setting, every inch of the hotel tells tales of old-world splendour, from the frescoes on the ceilings to the antique furniture in the suites. 

The elegant Verrocchio restaurant is also the perfect place to sample some of Chef Andrea Quagliarella’s best creations. Ingredients are sourced from the hotel’s own kitchen garden and estate, including the olive oil you won’t be able to resist drizzling over your beef carpaccio with truffles. 


The Rooms


Villa La Massa only has 37 suites housed in three different buildings, offering an intimate ambiance with tranquil views over the surrounding landscape. Decorated in a mix of warm, autumn hues, the rooms here are seductively comfortable and spell Tuscan simplicity and old-fashioned luxury in every detail.

A notable highlight is the imposing four-poster bed in each room, with Renaissance-style canopies in classic Florentine fabrics. For a romantic getaway, the Presidential Suite with a private garden and dining gazebo cannot be surpassed. Book it for spectacular views over Arno and a fairy tale atmosphere guaranteed to melt your heart.



The Peninsula Paris


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    • Guaranteed upgrade for stays up to the Deluxe Room 

    • American breakfast for two people daily

    • 100 USD restaurant or spa credit

    • Roundtrip airport transfer for stays as from the superior suite

    • Flexible check-in and check out 

    • VIP Welcome


Paris is a city with more palace hotels than any other, but when The Peninsula hotel chain takes four years to restore a 1908 Haussmannian building on the landmark Avenue Kléber, you know it’s something special.


The hotel in question? The Peninsula Paris, an undisputed old-world grand-dame built in 1864 to rival the Château de Versailles. Whether you’ll find the hotel more gaspworthy than the residence of Louis XIV is up for debate, but there is no denying that a stay here is a trip back in time to La Belle Époque.


Atmosphere and Amenities

Perfectly positioned in the heart of Paris, just steps from Place Charles de Gaulle and the Arc de Triomphe, the location of The Peninsula Paris is as central as central gets. The scale of the hotel is Parisian palace- occupying a whole city block with a grand lobby and spacious marble hallways- but the functionalities are Peninsula with embossed headboards and one of the largest hotel spas in the city.


The thoughtful details of The Peninsula are really what makes it worth the splurge and a true epitome of timeless glamour and luxury. With your first step past the impeccably dressed doorman, you are transported into a world of handcrafted, hand-painted and hand-blown everything, from the magnificent installation of cascading crystal leaves in the lobby to the painstakingly restored gilding throughout a palace that is now, truly, flawless.


Contemporary additions to the hotel come in the form of spectacular rooftop terraces, with sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower, and the world-class Peninsula Spa. Subterranean and home to the longest hotel pool in Paris, this is a destination to soothe body and mind, whether you’re working off jet lag or indulging in some much-needed downtime.

The Rooms

With a total of 200 rooms and suites, The Peninsula is a large hotel, but it does not lack cossetted intimacy, helped by its haute couture-inspired interiors. The rooms are each different, decorated in beige and soft greys, with nods to the Hong Kong provenance of The Peninsula in their dim-lit 1930s setting and state-of-the-art technology that amp up the comfort level of the living spaces.

For a romantic trip or a particularly dreamy experience in Paris, upgrade to the Rooftop Garden Suite on the 6th floor for a private terrace with spectacular 360° views of the city and the Eiffel Tower. Cocooned in luxury, experience a brand of Parisian glamour fit for royalty.


The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong


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    • Guaranteed upgrade for stays until Sept 10th 2018 in Club Deluxe Room, Club Deluxe Seaview Room and Club Grand Seaview Room

    • Buffet breakfast for two people daily

    • Food & Beverage credit of 100 USD per stay


Once a stopover city, Hong Kong is now one of the most visited destinations in the world with more attractions and landmarks than you’ll probably have time to fit in one trip. The best thing to do visiting this city is to have a place to call home, away from the densely populated urban centre, but close enough so it’s easily accessible.


One hotel that checks these two boxes and many more, including the title of being the hotel with the highest bar and swimming pool in the world is The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. A stay here means having your head, quite literally, in the clouds, with sweeping views across Hong Kong;s skyscraper-studded skyline and Victoria Harbour.


Atmosphere and Amenities

80 seconds. That’s the time it takes for The Ritz-Carlton to transport you into another dimension, 102 floors up the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon. From the moment you enter the lobby, this hotel dazzles with soaring ceilings, glitzy surfaces, bold crystal chandeliers and a softly lit setting, providing a cool and charming contrast to panoramic city views just beyond.


The towering hotel feels intimate, almost like a snug fortress, making the dizzying heights outside all the more dramatic as every area of the hotel draws from its location at the top of the world. At Tosca or the Tin Lung Heen restaurant, sit down to indulge in a lineup of Michelin-starred Cantonese and Italian creations overlooking the harbour, and discover why The Ritz-Carlton is considered a feast for both the eyes and the palate by everyone who comes here.

Rising 1,607 feet above sea level, on the hotel’s 118th floor, is yet another world-class dining venue, which holds the title of being the world’s highest bar. At the futuristic, honeycomb-themed Ozone, order the signature HK Skyline cocktail and brace for its arrival for this is a drink served in a glass dome, not very different from the enchanted Beauty and the Beast bell jar. Shrouded in smoke, and topped with Dom Pérignon foam and chocolate stones, this Zacapa rum and grapefruit juice concoction alone is worth a journey up The Ritz-Carlton.


The Rooms

312 rooms and suites occupy the floors between the lobby and the Ozone bar, designed in soothing neutral tones with black lacquer accent pieces. Indulgent woven fabrics and fresh flowers in the rooms give The Ritz-Carlton a classic east-meets-west vibe, accented by an abundance of fluffy pillows and silky throws.

No matter what room you choose, spectacular city and harbour views await you, but for something extra special, we recommend the Deluxe Victoria Harbour Suite with breathtaking skyline views from a generous living space. A telescope adds to the wow factor of this room, while a tiny box of chocolates delivered every night is sure to make you feel spoiled.



Hotel d’Angleterre


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    • Guaranteed upgrade for stays until Sept 17th to Dec 31st 2018 Club 

    • American breakfast for two people daily

    • One afternoon tea for two, once during the stay

    • 2 complimentary cocktails at the Bar, once during the stay

As a city where some of the world’s finest watchmakers battle traditional Swiss chocolatiers for the attention of visitors, Geneva has an overload of luxury hotels, but one name stands out for its location directly in front of  Lake Geneva and its sheer commitment to meeting the needs and desires of guests.

The hotel we are talking about? Hotel d’Angleterre which, in 1995, reduced its number of rooms from 60 to 45 to offer a more intimate hotel experience. This is the kind of place where, should you head to the much-loved Windows Restaurant and your favorite food is not on the menu, they’ll make it for you, anytime. If this sounds like the kind of refined service you’re looking for in Geneva, you’ve found your Swiss home.

Atmosphere and Amenities

Nestled in the south-westernmost corner of Switzerland, Geneva is a city with a truly unique urban location. It’s flanked on one side by Lake Geneva and the Alps and bordered on the other three by France. This is Swiss beauty like you see in travel magazines, and Hotel d’Angleterre puts you at the heart of it all, sitting right on the shore of Lake Geneva with postcard-perfect views of the iconic Jet d’Eau and dramatic Mont Blanc.

A stay here means enjoying the best of everything the city has to offer, from historic sights to world-class boutiques, jewellers and restaurants located just nearby. Built in 1872, the hotel has the distinct feel of an old-school private club where dark-walled hallways lead to decadent rooms awash with ornate furnishings. Cigar lounge, fine-dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, Hotel d’Angleterre has all the markers of an old-world grand dame, including an unrivalled culinary prowess.

Afternoon tea at the quintessentially-British Windows Restaurant is a must and a ritual fit for a king, with generous servings of traditional finger sandwiches, homemade pastries, freshly baked scones and a choice of refreshing Betjeman and Barton teas.

Elsewhere, The Leopard Bar, with regular live music, provides the perfect backdrop for a fun night.  Dance the night away or sink back in one of the rich leather chairs and enjoy the spectacular list of cocktails and whiskeys.

The Rooms


With just 39 guest rooms and 6 suites, Hotel d’Angleterre has a wonderfully exclusive atmosphere, feeling more like a private home than a hotel. Every room here offers views of the lake or Jet d’Eau, but our favourite is the Bellevue Suite. With two bathrooms (one of which has an Italian shower and hammam), it is the ultimate retreat for a romantic getaway.

After a soak in the hammam to float away your worries and jet lag, head out to the private balcony for evening canapés and drinks with the most magnificent views over the lake.



About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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