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DANI GARCÍA’S NEW RESTAURANT

Chef Dani García has opened a new restaurant in Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella this summer; El Patio Dani Garcia, a unique and different venue, wrapped in a magical atmosphere, for guests to enjoy the most memorable nights of the Costa del Sol . . more

Leonardo Hotels opens two new hotels in Madrid

Leonardo Hotels are adding two further hotels in Spain’s capital and cultural centre. The new additions to the portfolio: the Leonardo Hotel Madrid City Center with 153 rooms and the Leonardo Boutique Hotel Madrid with 75 rooms. Located right at the heart of Madrid’s city centre, the hotels are perfect for business travellers as well as tourists. Short routes to all major attractions, direct transport connections and underground stations within walking distance make the hotel locations particularly attractive.

London’s The Berkeley’s New Suites

London luxury hotel The Berkeley now offers 10 new suites as part of its extensive renovation. The Terrace Suites opened in August, and the Gallery, Park and Apartment suites will open late September. All suites feature glass terraces, contemporary urban decor and original art pieces whilst many interconnect, to appeal to family and multi-generational guests. The establishment has completed a new facade and entrance and a redesigned Blue Bar.

Classic Ibiza hotel renovated

After extensive renovation the Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza has reopened as a member of Hilton’s Curio Collection.
The establishment, which dates back to 1933 and was the island’s first purpose-built hotel, has been declared by Unesco as “an asset of cultural interest.”

Rome’s Spanish Steps renovated by Bvlgari

The iconic Spanish Steps in Italy’s capital have been officially reopened to the public after a thorough restoration financed by luxury jewellery brand Bulgari.

Bulgari suggested a fence to protect the Roman landmark, after many recent incidents where tourists disrespected the city’s famous heritage sites, but Rome’s mayor has rejected this idea. “It’s fundamental to let people use cultural heritage sites,” she said, adding that visitors and Romans alike must be educated to use them responsibly.

The restoration of the Spanish Steps is one of several around the city sponsored by famous designer brands such as Tod’s for the Colosseum and Fendi for the Trevi Fountain.

DIEGO CABRERA’S LATEST VENTURE

Fans of mixology (the art of creating cocktails) in Madrid can tell you about Diego Cabrera, Argentinian barmen who has managed to conquer the Madrid audience with his natural charm and an amazing ability to create and innovate.

He rose to prominence in the bar Sergi Arola Gastro, then had his own bar Le Cabrera (now closed) and created the firm Twist de Naranja from where he runs a catering service and advises on mixology for the NH Collection.

Now Cabrera has opened cocktail/gastro-bar Salmón Gurú, which he proudly considers his flagship . . more

What’s Up

Shopping

Even if you can’t travel all the time, Europe’s best food and wine products can now come to you thanks to Gastronomic Cargo, a new online fine food and wine market.

www.gastrocargo.com

Every year, from late August to mid October, France hosts ‘La Foire aux Vins’, the great rendez-vous for wine lovers.

The Rues Basses are two streets down near the lake and Geneva’s most prestigious shopping area . .

Le Forum des Halles, the gold capped ‘new’ temple of commerce, but also culture and lifestyle, in the heart of Paris.

Eat & Drink

The best kind of experiences are the ones that follow you through life, that can be re-lived in another place, at another time. Two of our favorite places in France are the Colombe d’Or and the Club 55 who both serve the Panier de Crudités with French Vinaigrette. One of those mystical ingredients that helps create these magical moments, is the sauce served with this basket of vegetables.

Paris Hotel Le Bristol’s Restaurant Epicure: An Epicurean and Joyous Feast

Madrid’s exciting and flavourful food is a major attraction for visitors to Spain’s capital, for many varied reasons.

Noma, many times named ‘The World’s Best Restaurant’, is changing location and style..

Star restaurant Frantzén has closed this summer. The last menu of award-winning Frantzén in Stockholm’s Old Town was served on 9 July.

Popular Destinations

Paris

PARIS’ TOP TERRACES . . It may not be easy to find a place on the terrace in the French capital on a fine summer’s day, but with some planning ahead it is absolutely possible to spend a balmy day in comfort and inspiring surroundings. Here follow six of the best terraces in Paris . . more

One of the essential pleasures of summer, the Caesar salad, just like the Waldorf and the Niçoise, is a famous dish and appreciated by salad lovers worldwide. We have sought out the best specimens of this emblematic American and one of our own favourite lunch meals in the French capital.

The Ritz Paris finally reopened its gilded doors . . Source: New York Times

In Paris and in dire need of a hair cut, but worried how to explain exactly which ‘coupe‘ you want in French?

Swiss Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and Paris Biennale Unveil “Mastery of Time” Watch Exhibition. Source: Forbes

Madrid

COOL IN THE CITY . . Part of the charm of Spain’s illustrious capital is the sunny climate, but sometimes the city can get a little too hot. Here follow some of our choices to take a cool break . . more

The creative director of Loewe and his own eponymous label guides Avril Groom around the elegant and delightfully eccentric Spanish capital. Source: How to spend it

Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art combines culture and lifestyle in the heart of the Spanish capital.

In the footsteps of Cervantes. Source: Telegraph

The history of one of Europe’s most iconic hotels in Madrid began at the hippodrome in upscale seaside village Deauville, France.

A rising star of Madrid night life with a prime address, The Principal is in a prime location in Chueca overlooking the beautiful and bustling Gran Via. Source: New York Times

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