Belmond has introduced a sequence of cultural, culinary and nature experiences throughout its European properties. The brand new affords span land, rail and river with unique entry to cultural establishments, non-public excursions and expert-led weekend retreats.
Highlighted experiences embrace:
Friends of the just lately renovated 14-room Splendido Mare, A Belmond Resort, Portofino can take to the seas with former Olympic and America’s Cup sailor and ambassador of One Ocean Basis Mauro Pelaschier. The 2-day provide (June 18-20) will embrace a three-hour crusing expertise with Pelaschier exploring native marine parks and studying about sustainable crusing practices earlier than returning to the lodge for a bespoke cookery class on the new restaurant, DaV Mare.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Specific, A Belmond Practice kicks off its 2021 season on June 21 with new one-night journeys to Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Rome and Florence. The sleeper prepare will even debut three further Grand Suites, every with non-public loos and showers, double beds and a dwelling space with underfloor heating. Further facilities embrace a private steward, free-flowing champagne, in-suite eating and personal transfers to and from the prepare.
Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Specific Budapest Grand Suite
June 24–27, former Spanish tennis star and winner of 13 singles titles, Nicolás Almagro, will lead a small-group retreat at La Residencia, A Belmond Resort, Mallorca. Following one-on-one classes, a tennis clinic and tickets to an exhibition sport with Almagro and a Lux Tennis skilled, vacationers may have the chance to dine with Almagro at a celebration dinner on the ultimate night time.
Take a tour in Villa San Michele, A Belmond Resort’s classic Fiat 1100 Musone for behind-the-scenes entry to the native ateliers and artisans spearheading Florence’s “New Renaissance.” From jewellery and footwear to crystalware and perfumery, every artisan will share how they protect conventional craftmanship with modern types and supplies. The expertise will finish with a “The Artwork of Packing” workshop at Louis Vuitton.
Aboard British Pullman, A Belmond Practice, company can take pleasure in an unique five-course dinner expertise hosted by Michelin-starred cooks. Starting on July 16 with Ollie Dabbous, the day prepare will journey roundtrip from London Victoria Station by way of the English countryside whereas company indulge within the seasonal tasting menu with chosen pairings from Mayfair wine emporium Hedonism Wines. The dinner sequence will even welcome Simon Rogan, proprietor of the Michelin-starred Umbel restaurant group, in August; Michel Roux Jr., a two-Michelin star chef on the helm of Le Gavroche in London, in September; and Raymond Blanc, founding father of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Resort, Oxfordshire, in October.
Pivoine, A Belmond Boat
Non-public charters of Afloat in France’s fleet of seven barges provide customized itineraries alongside the canals with stops for bicycle rides, wine tastings and scorching air balloon excursions. Accessible beginning August 28, a brand new classic champagne tour shall be accessible for six-night itineraries. With lodging on Pivoine, A Belmond Boat, households and pals will take pleasure in classic champagnes with unique entry to the area’s main vineyards, Maisons Ruinart, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot and Krug.
The third annual Artwork of Flavours gastronomy competition will happen September 9–12 at Reid’s Palace, A Belmond Resort, Madeira. Along with a sequence of eating experiences with seven fellow Michelin-star cooks and a gala dinner, chef Luis Pestana of the lodge’s Michelin-starred William Restaurant will lead company to Fajã dos Padres by cable automobile to share island secrets and techniques on cultivating candy vegatables and fruits earlier than sitting right down to an al fresco lunch with freshly caught fish.
Hop onboard the historic Circumetnea steam prepare to Mount Etna for personal winery excursions to style uncommon vintages and native delicacies—accessible solely to company of Villa Sant’Andrea, A Belmond Resort, Taormina. Lunch is ready by Le Mamme del Borgo members, a bunch of native ladies honoring conventional Sicilian recipes which were handed down by way of generations. For these in search of a extra intensive retreat, wine marketing consultant and grasp Tom Harrow will lead a three-day expertise on September 30 to October 3.
Caruso, A Belmond Resort, Amalfi Coast partnered with a neighborhood grasp jeweler for a goldsmith workshop the place vacationers will study concerning the historical Roman and Greek methods, comparable to granulation and lost-wax casting, earlier than making an attempt their hand at crafting their very own masterpiece. One other spotlight of the three-night retreat (October 14–17) is unique entry to the Oplontis archeological web site with a non-public viewing of the gathering of gold jewellery. All through the season, company of the lodge will take pleasure in unique entry to Oplontis, in addition to the brand new excavation websites at UNESCO World Heritage Pompeii and the two,000-year-old theater at Herculaneum.
A 3-day retreat (October 28–31) will happen at Splendido, A Belmond Resort, Portofino exploring the vacation spot’s lengthy historical past with denims, relationship again to the fifteenth century within the shipyards of Genoa. Following a tour of Museu Diocesano with the museum curator to view what is taken into account to be the ancestor of recent denims, a portray achieved on linen textile stained in indigo blue; designers-in-training will be part of a sequence of workshops again on the lodge to create their very own customized assortment.
Castello di Casole, A Belmond Resort, Tuscany
In partnership with Marchesi Antinori, considered one of Italy’s most famed wineries relationship again to 1385, Castello di Casole, A Belmond Resort, Tuscany will host a three-day escape within the countryside, led by wine knowledgeable Tom Harrow. Itinerary highlights embrace special-access excursions of Tenuta Tignanello property and Tenuta Guado al Tasso, tasting among the most sought-after wines within the midst of Tuscany’s vendemmia season.
Celebrating 1,600 years of Venetian historical past, Cipriani, A Belmond Resort, Venice will host a three-day course (November 11–14) exploring the traditional disciplines that traveled alongside the Silk Highway, comparable to a masterclass on Kintsugi, the artwork of fixing ceramics with gold, and conventional silk print workshops. Friends of the lodge will even have entry to behind-the-scenes excursions of town’s libraries and archives all through the season. Throughout excursions of the Fondazione Cini Library and the Thirteenth-century Library San Francesco della Vigna, uncommon books and preserved manuscripts shall be on show solely for Belmond company.
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