It’s officially summer travel season which means that it’s time to pull out those calendars, block off a few days and book your next getaway! Now, when it comes to choosing where to spend the warm, sunny months, there’s really no better destination than Europe. Fancy taking in the sights of the Ponte Vecchio from the comfort of your dining room table or does meditating in the Swiss Alps sound right up your alley? Take a peek at Hawkins International’s European properties and start finalizing those summer travel plans!
Fun for All Ages, Dolder Grand
Commonly known as “Zurich’s paradise,” the hotel has recently unveiled unique programming for adults and children of all ages to enjoy. This summer the Dolder Grand will serve as the perfect backdrop for families as it is complete with rich history, expansive suites inspired by cultural icons, a dedicated Kid’s Room (ages 3 – 12), refreshingly natural green lawn, swimming pool and a 43,000 sq. ft. spa.
Wellness Week, Gstaad Palace
Long-known as a center for relaxation, wellness and exquisite service, the Gstaad Palace is cementing its position as a health destination with the launch of a new “Wellness Week.” The program, which will be held from August 27-September 3, 2017, is an opportunity for guests to meet with highly-acclaimed Dr. Steven Lamm, the medical director of NYU Langone’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health, and author of multiple books including No Guts, No Glory and Fighting Fat: Break the Dieting Cycle and Get Healthy for Life.
Travelers looking for a summer getaway can choose from an extensive variety of beautiful homes in a variety of European destinations, curated by Oasis. Lovely Marie located in Saint Germain, Paris is the perfect location for a Parisian getaway. The two-bedroom apartment oozes elegance and was designed by a world-famous architect. Travelers can enjoy the understated color palette and location a stone’s throw from Le Bon Marche, the oldest department store. People looking for relaxing sea-side escape can book a stay at Villa Blu an exquisite property in the Roca Llisa area of Ibiza. The hand-picked home offers an enclave of peace and tranquility for guests. With three different terraces with views to the sea and an open living room and kitchen this property is host to a picturesque getaway. Each Oasis experience is designed to provide the privacy and ease of staying in a hand-picked home, while offering the amenities and service level of a hotel. Services include in-person check-in, fresh linens, toiletries and professional cleaning. With its concierge service that helps travelers get VIP service at area clubs, make reservations at the top restaurants and provide recommendations for the best spa, sightseeing and area experiences, Oasis makes it easy to create a memorable European getaway.
Geneva Gems, Le Richemond
This summer Le Richemond, an iconic hotel in Geneva, and The House of Gübelin, known for its gemstone expertise, has created an exclusive partnership to offer guests an introduction to the colored gemstones of the Gübelin Academy. For one hour, guests will follow a Gübelin expert through a hands-on journey discovering the physical and spiritual characteristics of various gems, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. During the training, guests will enjoy a blue sapphire shot, a red ruby shot and a green emerald shot to enhance the experience. For the occasion, Le Richemond designed the “Geneva Gem” package which includes a one hour experience with a Gübelin expert, an exclusive Diamond Cocktail, one night in a luxury lake view room (double occupancy), breakfast for two and in-room pastry amenities.
Hotel Lungarno, Florence
Part of the Ferragamo-family owned Lungarno Collection, Hotel Lungarno is a quintessential, classic Florentine hotel which just opened, June 1, after a six-month renovation and refurbishment. Designed by internationally renowned interior designer Michele Bonan, who has designed all Lungarno Collection properties, Hotel Lungarno is the closest hotel to the Arno River in Florence and will now feature 64 guest rooms, including 10 new family-friendly rooms and suites, a brand-new lobby lounge which will offer breathtaking views of the Ponte Vecchio and a renewed emphasis on culinary and art programming reflective of the destination. Hotel Lungarno was the first hotel designed by Michele Bonan, and this renovation project reflects his passion for this ‘Grand Dame’ hotel and its significance to the city of Florence.
JW Marriot, Venice
Located on its own private island, Isola delle Rose, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa invites travelers to experience its tranquil setting and luxurious services through a secluded Italian-inspired getaway. New for the 2017 season, the resort added the ‘Mediterranean Bliss’ spa treatment created specifically to showcase the benefits of olive oil for the skin, and the unique exfoliating treatment uses Isola delle Rose’s exclusively produced olive oil to nourish and soften skin, and aromatic herbs grown in the island’s own gardens. Additionally, JW Marriott will play host to celebrity guest chefs for a range of exclusive dinners at their Michelin-star restaurant, Dopolavoro.
Caesar Augustus, Capri
A family-owned hotel since the 1930s, and one of the only five-star resorts on the island of Capri, Caesar Augustus is perched 2,000 feet above the sea with panoramic views of the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi coast. While high above the sea, guests will enjoy views from every angle of the property, including the rooms, bathroom Jacuzzis and outdoor terrace restaurant. As the grand dame of Capri, Caesar Augustus offers guests an unforgettable stay, with the new addition of gourmet food and beverage experiences by La Terrazza di Lucullo’s Executive Chef Eduardo Vuolo.
Oasis, Italy Collection
Travelers looking for an Italian getaway can choose from an extensive variety of beautiful homes in Italian destinations like Rome and Milan, curated by Oasis. Located just in front of the Colosseum, travelers can live among one of the greatest Roman wonders when they stay at Unica Al Colosseo, a five-bedroom apartment that has breathtaking views showcasing the magnificent Colosseum right outside the windows. Travelers looking to book a stay in the city of Milan, can stay at Navigli Refuge, a two-bedroom apartment owned by internationally renowned artists, that boosts unique architecture and design elements that include contemporary accents. Each Oasis experience is designed to provide the privacy and ease of staying in a hand-picked home, while offering the amenities and service level of a hotel. Services include in-person check-in, fresh linens, toiletries and professional cleaning. With its concierge service that helps travelers get VIP service at area clubs, make reservations at the top restaurants and provide recommendations for the best spa, sightseeing and area experiences, Oasis makes it easy to create a memorable Italian getaway.