Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Our fabulous Select Road Show

On the Road - and a success in every way. In this blog we publish images from our Road Show, when over 30 of our luxury hotels travelled with us to celebrate the launch of our new Select Collection brochure, and mingle with our special invited customers. All this helped to raise money for charity in four Nordic centres.

An auction of fabulous holidays brought in 406000 SEK in Stockholm, 40100 EUR in Helsinki and 367500 NOK in Oslo. In Stavanger, where we have our newest office, a lottery prize draw raised 11000 NOK. All of the money has gone to charity.

 At the auction

Our CEO Leija and  her fiance Åke arriving at The Grand
 Hotel Stockholm for the brochure launch
An appropriate travel welcome at the door for our customers 
Leija at the Grand Hotel in Oslo with
Eivind Reiten guest of honour and
Solfrid Flateby from
Kronprinsparets fond in Norway
Newspaper report of our event in Helsinki
Poster depicting our brochure cover image 


More details below about our guests of honour and the charities to receive the money. Along with the names of the performers and some nice snapshots of the four evening celebrations...

Stockholm

Fantastic evening at Grand Hotel with host Måns Zelmerlöw who both presented the evening and performed some songs. Guest of honor Percy Barnevik from Hand in Hand – charity auction for this organization raised 406 000 SEK. Niclas Forsman CEO of Stockholms Auktionsverk held the auction.

Bird's eye view of tables in the Winter Garden at
The Grand Hotel in Stockholm - for over 300 guests

Måns Zelmerlöw, presenter and entertainer

The new Select Collection arriving on silver trays


Seeking out Rosewood properties in the brochure 

The auctioneer 

Helsinki

Very busy workshop for our approx. 30 hoteliers, airlines and cruise lines. Lovely 3 course dinner at legendary venue space in Helsinki, Hilton Kalastajatorppa. Host was Heikki Paasonen, known in Finland for hosting TV-show Finnish Idol and more. Performing artist Riki Sorsa who has been popular for many many years in Finland and is now releasing a new album. Guest of honor Ms Anne Berner who represented New Children’s Hospital 2017 Foundation and Association. Charity auction which Heikki performed himself raised 40100 EUR for the organization. 
 

As in Stockholm, Top40Lounge Ensemble performed during workshop.


Preparing the scene in Helsinki

The legendary venue was Hilton Kalastajatorppa

Stavanger

Standing buffet and mingle with around 100 of our new potential clients in this lovely town. Venue was Breitorget (open space galleria) with catered food from Restaurant Renaa. We filled the whole space and also made use of the café space in connection with the open galleria space, to fit our entourage of suppliers. Our host was Stavanger based comedian Rune Bjerga and we had a lottery prize draw that raised 11 000 NOK to Kronprinsparets fond.

Laila and Petra from our Stavanger office
checking the guest list
Cafe mingle

The entertainer Rune Bjerga

The workshop - our hotels meet the
Stavanger guests

Finger food

Food station in Stavanger

Oslo

Grand Hotel in Oslo for our approx. 300 guests. Host and performer actress/singer Ingrid Bjornov who just came back from a Select trip. Guest of honor Eivind Reiten from Kronprinsparets fond. Michael Getz from Christiania auktionsforetning performed the auction which gave 367,500 NOK to Kronprinsparets fond.
KPPF has shared below with us:




Dag-Åge country manager Norway with Leija and Åke

Terje Gruhe Lufthansa (left), Ada (Oslo office)
Lars Herrmann Four Seasons Maldives
and our Lars Johan from the Oslo office

Entertainment in Oslo with Ingrid Bjornov

Dining at The Grand Hotel Oslo

Leija with Guest of Honour Elvind Reiten

Workshop Oslo

The Lufthansa greeting for guests in Oslo

Ada and Lars from our Oslo office
greet their guests
Leija meeting her distinguished hotel repressentatives


All set for our distinguished dinner company

The workshop - getting to know our wonderful products

The workshop - we now have all the Dorchester Collection
in our Select Collection - definitely distinguished company


Mingle with champagne 

Auctioning a highly desirable stay at Four Seasons Marrakech


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HOTEL CHECK ITALY, Four Seasons Milano

One of our ceaseless weekend travellers, Ann Jurk, talks about an indulgent weekend at our hotel gem in Milan amidst the city's stunning cultural treasures...

Four Seasons Milano


Inner courtyard of the gorgeous hotel -
view from a superior room

Arrival in style - of course

Flying with SAS to Milano (Linate) takes around 2.5 hours from Stockholm, perfect for a short weekend holiday. We pre-booked the transfer and were picked up in a gorgeous Mercedes E.  The drive only took 15 minutes to The Four Seasons and with the Wi-Fi in the car the trip felt even faster.

Annalisa Corti and her lovely team welcomed me on arrival.

Rennaissance treasures, food and high fashion

Four Seasons Milano is a really old (15th century) charmer with a perfect location in the most fashionable shopping districts of Milano. You can also easily take a walk to the beautiful Dome or the famous Church of Santa Maria to see Leonardo Da Vinci's The last Supper.

The Duomo
In this area you have a lot of nice restaurants. If you book a table at Giacomo Arengario you have the best view over the Dome, just beautiful! 

Giacomo Arengario
I can also recommend Tredici Giugno, a traditional Italian restaurant with a touch of luxury.

Tredici Giugno

If you would like to eat at a very trendy place you should book a table at Ceresio 7, here you sit inside or outside on a roof terrace surrounded by pools and the food is fabulous. All these restaurants were recommended by lovely Leornardo Bruscagin, responsible for the concierge at Four Seasons Milano.

Calm in the city

We stayed in a superior room with a view over the garden; and you don’t feel that you are in the middle of a city. The room is really spacious which is very unusual for Milan. All the hotel rooms have the same spacious bathrooms with separate shower and bathtubs. The room had a large writing desk and you also had cosy sitting area.
Superior room with garden view
 
Sitting area

 Altogether the hotel has 118 rooms and suites all dressed to please.

The American buffet breakfast was delicious and the breakfast a l a carte was something extra; one could sit for hours eating a breakfast like that. I also need to mention their amazing orange juice.

Breakfast to delight

The lounge area and bar is elegant and has a luxurious feeling. Even if you don’t stay at Four Seasons I think you should consider a stop for a drink in the bar, Il Foyer.

Exciting drink in Il Foyer

The staff working at The Four Seasons Milano are all really friendly and helpful. 


Fun workout at the gym

After a morning in the gym and hours of shopping and walking it was lovely to take my book and a glass of rose champagne and go down to the new SPA. You don’t feel at you are in the middle of Milano. You are just embedded in peace and luxury at Four Seasons SPA Milano.

Spa in the 15th century cloister

I was also happy that Lars Herrmann, Sales Manager for Four Seasons Maldives and Langkawi was in Milano during my stay. We had a nice talk in Il Foyer.

With Lars Herrmann

A lovely surprise...

Before departure on Sunday I was invited to try the hotel's famous brunch. Please book a late flight home so you are able to have this experience. I don’t want to tell too much because this should be a surprise.                  

Fanciful desserts

...more dessert

A chocolate dress

A chocolate shoe

And now looking forwards...
Tip for the summer...when dining out in MIlan -
on the roof with pools