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Fire and Ice Opening at Soneva Fushi

Acclaimed Danish chef and restaurateur, Mads Refslund, has launched a new 12-month pop-up restaurant at Soneva Fushi, the award-winning luxury eco-resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Located at Fresh in the Garden, a treetop dining destination that overlooks the private island resort’s extensive organic gardens, the pop-up is based on Chef Refslund’s signature concept of “Fire” and “Ice.”

One of the original founders of Copenhagen’s vaunted Noma, named the world’s best restaurant five times over, Chef Refslund is an advocate for the New Nordic cuisine and a terroir-based kitchen. His cooking has also pioneered the principle of “bonding rawness,” whereby raw ingredients are combined together based on their intrinsic values and flavors, with the aim of seeking the highest expression nature can provide.

“I always find inspiration in nature, so to have the opportunity to cook among the treetops of Soneva Fushi is very inspiring,” says Chef Refslund. “The key focus of the pop-up concept at Fresh in the Garden is ‘Fire’ and ‘Ice’, showcasing our natural instinct for how to work with nature’s bounty. The menu is evenly split: in ‘Ice’ items are untouched by heat, allowing them to reveal their pure beauty that nature has provided in the contrasting ‘Fire,’ cooking over live flame is used to enhance the ingredients. Together, the two sides create harmony and balance.”

Chef Refslund’s menu at Fresh in the Garden celebrates nature’s purity, with a focus on vegetables and seafood indigenous to the region. “Ice” dishes include a tartare of sustainably caught Maldivian tuna with salted plum and hibiscus, and watermelon crudo, dragon fruit and red basil. In “Fire,” prawns are cooked in lemongrass with velvet tamarind, while garden egg is served with aromatic herbs and black truffle. For sharing, guests can try a whole fish, roasted in coconut husks, or the plant-based braised hearts of palm with white truffle and sunchokes. And for dessert, choices include: sour banana parfait with pine nut miso praline, pandan, and dragon fruit with kiwi and yogurt.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Refslund to Soneva Fushi,” says Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and Co-founder of Soneva. “Soneva has a long history of collaborating with world-renowned chefs to offer an exceptional gastronomic experience to our guests, whether through pop-ups such as this or our ongoing Soneva Stars calendar of visiting chefs and other experts from around the world.”

About Soneva

Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class resorts to outstanding natural locations.  Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand rebuke the traditional concept of luxury and instead promise the luxury of time, purity and solitude. Every day, guests are encouraged to discover sandy feet, inspired minds and full hearts. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests.

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In Villas Veritas Appoints WEILL for PR

WEILL has been appointed public relations counsel to In Villas Veritas (IVV), arguably the most exclusive villa rental agency in America – so exclusive, in fact, that its existence has been known only to a select few.

Marking its 25th anniversary in 2022, In Villas Veritas was founded by Laura Blair at the urging of her high-net-worth friends, who had long been relying on her expertise in finding the perfect villa or hideaway in America, Europe, the Caribbean, or Asia. 360 Magazine is excited to see how two huge companies work together. 

An American born in Paris and raised internationally, Blair specializes in securing private access to villas, houses, castles, schlosses, and hideaways not listed on the plethora of standard vacation-rental websites. “My goal is to find the ideal location and property for my clients, as opposed to shoehorning them into a villa that just might happen to be available,” says Blair. “This is why we vet all of our properties personally because knowing the property and region is the only way to ensure guests’ total delight.”

IVV lists villas and exclusive homes throughout the Caribbean, the United States, Central America and Europe, and also specializes in making private islands in Europe, the Caribbean and the Maldives available to its clients.

“Finding the ideal destination for our travelers is an art,” says Blair, “because one must take into account the client’s home environment, expectations, taste levels, security requirements, activity levels, and staffing needs. The breathtaking beachfront villa with mediocre staff is just not something I am prepared to countenance.” IVV’s niche is one that seeks to service only the most discriminating and demanding clients.

“We are thrilled to have been asked to represent In Villas Veritas,” says Geoffrey Weill, WEILL founder, and president, “because, especially since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more families are seeking divine vacation locations, where they can bask in both luxury, safety and utter privacy.”

For more information, visit www.invillas.com.

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Soneva Jani Unveils New Spa Unlimited Offering

Soneva Jani, the award-winning luxury resort in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, has unveiled a brand-new Spa Unlimited offer for guests staying in one of its original “Chapter One” overwater or island villas.

Priced at US$500 per day, the new Spa Unlimited offer includes limitless massage therapies from around the globe, healing Ayurvedic rituals, all-natural Sodashi facial treatments and targeted wellness programs, as well as private yoga and meditation sessions, personal training and consultations with the resident Ayurvedic doctor.

With expansive pool terraces, light-filled living spaces and uninterrupted ocean views, Soneva Jani’s Chapter One villas have set the standard for overwater luxury. Ranging from a 4,425-square-foot One Bedroom Water Retreat to a palatial 13,200-square-foot Four Bedroom Water Retreat, each is designed in harmony with the natural surroundings. Known for its impeccable service, Soneva Jani’s villas come with dedicated Barefoot Butlers, while guests also have unlimited complimentary access to the resort’s chocolate, cheese and ice cream parlors and the kids’ club at The Den.

For the ultimate indulgence, guests staying in any Chapter Two Water Reserve or Island Reserve will experience Soneva Unlimited – an exceptional offering that enables guests to enjoy everything at the resort, with no limits. This includes unlimited dining across all Soneva Jani restaurants (including with visiting chefs), unlimited wellness therapies, massages and spa treatments, unlimited experiences (including diving) and complimentary shared seaplane transfers between Soneva Jani and Malé.

Stays at Soneva Jani are priced from US$1,840 per night in a Chapter One villa, and from US$3,550 per night in a Chapter Two villa, excluding fees and taxes.

For more information about Soneva, visit here. Please see link for the Soneva Jani Spa Menu.

About Soneva

Soneva is a pioneering family of award-winning resorts in outstanding natural locations. At Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives, and Soneva Kiri in Thailand, true ‘luxury’ is defined by peace, time and space. Each day, guests are encouraged to discover the SLOW LIFE, reconnecting with themselves and the natural world through rare experiences that inspire and enthrall. Soneva has led the way for responsible tourism, combining a conscientious, proactive approach to sustainability with exquisite luxury and intuitive personalized service.

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Schloss Elmau: The Destination Spa

Schloss Elmau, the destination spa, resort and cultural retreat in the Bavarian Alps, was featured in the most recent episode of “Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby,” a series on BBC’s documentary streaming channel, BBC Select. In the most recent episode, the show’s hosts (chef Monica Galetti and food critic Giles Coren) explore Schloss Elmau’s sublime setting, visiting the hotel’s six lavish spas and taking in the alpine scenery from the comfort of infinity pools, saunas and saltwater pools. Giles Coren even braved the 15-degree plunge pool.

Schloss Elmau’s owner, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau, was featured in the episode discussing his vision for the resort’s wellness experience: “I tried to build a spa that I might be tempted to use myself. I like privacy; I like a sense of calm. So I need lots of space, lots of privacy, many different pools. I still haven’t used [the spa] though, because I think that the imagination of using it is better than the reality.”

Schloss Elmau is in good company among the hotels featured in the BBC series. These include the timeless Claridge’s in London, The Silo, Cape Town’s most stylish mainstay, and the beloved Ashford Castle in Ireland.

The full episode is available on AmazonPrime and AppleTV (more information here). Watch the episode preview on YouTube

For more information on Schloss Elmau, visit their website.

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Medjet COVID-19 Air Medical Transport Benefits

Medjet, the industry leading air medical transport and travel security membership program, announced today that it has expanded its transport benefits for COVID-19. Effective today, Medjet members who fall ill from COVID-19, and become hospitalized while traveling globally, may now be transported to a home hospital of their choice. In October of 2020, Medjet was the first program of its kind to add COVID-19 transport benefits, but previously had limited transport services to travel within the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

“As more and more countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America have opened their borders to travelers, we have increased our COVID-19 transport capabilities. Our members’ safety is always our top priority, and we continually evolve our services based on member needs,” said Mike Hallman, CEO of Medjet.

The expansion of global benefits will not increase Medjet membership prices, and benefits are applicable to both existing and new MedjetAssist and MedjetHorizon memberships as of July 12, 2021.

“While COVID is still a top concern for travelers, our own internal polling (in May) also showed that members were still very concerned with all the other accidents and illnesses that kept us busy pre-COVID. I think there’s now a heightened awareness of vulnerability, overall, while away from home. We hope that being able to get members back from more destinations, even for COVID, gives them the confidence to enjoy traveling again,” said Hallman.

Despite the increased cost of providing transport for a COVID-19 positive member, Medjet will continue to absorb 100% of all costs associated with the transport, and maintain its “no cost caps on transports” policy. A regular air ambulance transport can cost up to $30,000 domestically, and up to $180,000 internationally. Medjet memberships start at $99.

Updates and restrictions surrounding COVID-19 transport benefits can be found here. Full Medjet rules and regulations can be found here.

ABOUT MEDJET

Medjet was the first company in the U.S. to implement the air-medical transport membership concept. Since 1991, Medjet has forged a global network of air medical transport and security response providers to meet traveler health and safety needs. At any given time, Medjet has access to hundreds of air ambulances, commercial medical escorts, and highly trained security and crisis response personnel, ready to launch from both domestic and international locations. The company most notably differentiates from other players in the market through its commitment to arrange air medical transfer, regardless of medical necessity, to the member’s hospital of choice in their home country. It is the preferred program for virtually every major luxury travel consortia (Virtuoso, Signature, Westa), and thousands of organizations including AARP, Morgan Stanley, and the NFL.

Medjet memberships are available to residents of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and protect members while traveling 150 miles or more from their primary residence (domestic and international travel benefits).

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Hotel D’Angleterre Opens to Americans

“Copenhagen Is open to Americans!” said a thrilled Lucas Johannson, General Manager of the city’s grande dame Hotel d’Angleterre, this morning on a phone call to New York. Johansson’s message confirmed the Danish government’s decision to open Denmark to American travelers who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks against Covid-19.

For the city’s 266-year-old d’Angleterre, the opportunity to welcome back its traditional number-one source of guests is a major event. Set in the heart of Copenhagen, overlooking King’s Square, and home to the Michelin-starred Marchal Restaurant, the d’Angleterre is not merely the hotel’s most prestigious hotel, but a city landmark, with beautiful views of the city of Copenhagen.

“Welcome to your Danish home!” added Johansson, “we can’t wait to spoil you with our warmth, elegance and deliciousness.”

About Hotel D’Angleterre

Located on Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv (The King’s Square), Hotel d’Angleterre has long been the city’s address of choice for royalty, statesmen and the illustrious. The d’Angleterre has had an extremely colorful history, from its origins as a restaurant opened in 1755 by Jean Marchal, to its transformation into the d’Angleterre in 1795, to the opening of the current building in 1875 and its rebuilding just before World War I. The hotel reopened in May 2013, revealing the results of a two-year remodeling and re-imagining: a lighter and more elegant color palette; 90 spacious rooms & suites (created from the existing 123 rooms) plus several amenities including restaurant Marchal helmed by Jakob de Neergaard, Amazing Space Scandinavian spa, and Balthazar, Denmark’s first Champagne bar.

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French Affaires Offering New Fall 2021 Programs

French Affaires, a specialty trip planning company promoting French travel and culture, is hosting several one-of-a-kind journeys to southwest France this fall and beyond. Regarded as one of the country’s best kept secrets, the region offers a taste of France at its most authentic, boasting cliffside villages, majestic fortress castles, bucolic countryside, ancient cave paintings and excellent food and wine.  

Following France’s reopening to international travelers in the summer of 2021, French Affaires will host two trips to southwest France this fall, taking advantage of the region’s postcard-perfect autumn weather. The first trip, Southwest France Photography Tour, is a week-long photography immersion from September 30 through October 7, 2021, featuring celebrated French photographer Eric Sander. He will lead the small group through the landscapes, gardens, and architecture of his home territory, the Périgord region, offering photography instruction and coaching sessions along the way. The group will stay at Le Vieux Logis, a historic Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the quaint village of Trémolat.

The second trip, Fall in Southwest France (October 6-15, 2021), will be a tour through the charming towns of Sarlat, Beynac, Trémolat, Rocamadour, St. Emilion and the city of Bordeaux. The itinerary includes vineyard visits and tastings; outdoor markets; visits to chateaux led by their owners; tours of renowned gardens with experts; and special viewings of prehistoric cave art with a local archeologist.

Beyond southwest France, French Affaires is planning trips to Normandy, Burgundy and Lyon this fall, as well as a trip to Paris over the holidays. 2022 tours will include Corsica, the Basque country, the Loire Valley and Brittany. Especially remarkable will be the Provence trip (May 6-21, 2022), which offers guests a chance to experience life as a local with language classes at the local institute and stays in apartments.

About French Affaires

Founded by Elizabeth New Seitz, a PhD and former university French professor, French Affaires offers highly curated trips to France that celebrate French culture, language, and “l’art de vivre.” These small group journeys, led by Elizabeth Seitz herself, offer travelers authentic and perfectly cadenced experiences throughout the country, including expert-guided wine tastings in Bordeaux, eating through Corsica, photographing in southwest France, and antique shopping in Provence. To keep the spirit of France alive while at home, French Affaires also offers both virtual and in-person experiences, including French language courses, wine tastings, cooking classes, history lessons, guest speakers and even shopping tips.

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Soneva Fushi Resort Announces Summer 2021 Programming

Soneva has announced its Summer 2021 programming at the award-winning Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, featuring one-of-a-kind experiences, exceptional cuisine with Michelin-starred chefs, and acclaimed visiting experts through the ongoing Soneva Stars calendar. Americans visiting the Maldives need to show negative results of a Covid test taken within 96 hours of departure. Soneva has developed an unprecedented program of testing visitors on arrival, and every five days during their stay, to ensure a Covid-free vacation. Soneva has also developed a unique and eco-friendly process to eliminate 90% of mosquitos at Soneva Fushi.

This summer, diners can enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine from a line-up of acclaimed guest chefs at Soneva Fushi over the summer months, including Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec from the 2-Michelin-starred La Scene in Paris, Chef Heiko Nieder from the Dolder Grand’s 2-Michelin-starred The Restaurant, and Chef Paco Morales, the 2-Michelin-starred chef at the forefront of Andalusian cuisine.

Other experts in residence include glass artists Cheyenne Malcolm and Ben Sharp, who will be in residence at Soneva Art & Glass, the Maldives’ only hot glass studio, until August 26. In the realm of wellness, Tathata Kobayashi, a renowned Tai Chi Chuan teacher, will be sharing his extensive knowledge from August 20-September 10.

Those who want to reconnect with nature can join one of Soneva‘s new “Conscious Experiences.” Experiences include a journey around the resort’s organic gardens and waste-to-wealth recycling center, as well as learning about sustainable hook-and-line fishing with a family of local fishermen. Guests can also swim with majestic Manta Rays in the nearby Hanifaru Bay, home to one of the world’s largest manta populations.

Younger guests will be entertained with enriching summer camps for children and teens, and mentoring activities from Oppidan Education. Children can take part in treasure hunts, get active in a mini-Olympics, learn how to identify turtles, sail to the sandbank and much more. Teens are invited to learn about conservation and the environment, take a trip to a local island, discover how to cook tasty Maldivian snacks, and end their stay with a disco at The Den.

The new Soneva Academy enables older children to learn during their summer stay. The modular courses take children and teens aged 12+ from ‘junior’ to ‘expert’, and cover a range of fascinating topics, including the “Night Skies,” “Zero Waste and Plastic Pollution,” “Marine Life of the Maldives,” “Mosquitoes and Disease,” and “The Adventure of the Corbin,” a quest across the seas in the wake of an ancient galleon.

About Soneva

Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class resorts to outstanding natural locations.  Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand rebuke the traditional concept of luxury and instead promise the luxury of time, purity and solitude. Every day, guests are encouraged to discover sandy feet, inspired minds and full hearts. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests.

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THE BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE REOPENS

The iconic, Swiss countryside resort in Lausanne reopens for the second time following COVID-19 lockdowns.

Located on the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Swiss Alps, the Beau-Rivage Palace announced it is reopening its doors today­­–just in time for spring.

As the property marks its 160th anniversary, the hotel has taken advantage of the temporary closure and is debuting several upgrades. The Beau-Rivage wing is undergoing a glorious renovation, and the new Cinq Mondes Spa boasts a fresh space and innovative wellness concepts.

With its ten acres of lakeside private gardens and five restaurants and bars, the Beau-Rivage Palace is committed to the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene measures throughout every touch point of the guest experience. This protocol guarantees the safety and well-being of guests and staff members, ensuring a successful summer for the Swiss destination hotel. The property is planning enhanced programming for the coming months, starting with a festive Easter weekend.

For more information on the Beau-Rivage Palace, visit their website.

ABOUT THE BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE:

The Beau-Rivage Palace is situated on ten acres of private gardens, adjacent to Lake Geneva with spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. The property’s two Michelin starred restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau-Rivage Palace, features France’s only female chef with three Michelin stars. Other amenities include two bars and terraces, two tennis courts and a special program for children.

5-Star Hotel Hassler Roma Reopens

Rome’s legendary Hotel Hassler Roma reopens on September 1, the last continental European hotel represented by WEILL to reopen in the wake of Covid-19 closings.

Founded in 1893 at the top of the city’s landmark Spanish Steps, the Hassler has been owned and run by the Wirth family for five generations. Roberto Wirth has run the hotel since 1982, and his twin children Robertino and Veruschka are now being groomed to be part of the management team. The Hassler opened Europe’s first-hotel-rooftop restaurant in 1955, and its Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant reopened to Romans and visitors in June 2020. Il Palazzetto, the Hassler’s adjacent boutique hotel whose terrace fronts the Spanish Steps, reopened on the first of June.

WEILL CLIENTS’ (EUROPE, AFRICA, ISRAEL) OPENING STATUS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

COVID-19 PROCEDURES

Each and every hotel has instituted sweeping safety, hygiene and social-distancing protocols in keeping with or surpassing those required by local health authorities.
For more specific procedures regarding Covid-19, click HERE.

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