ADVERTORIAL • October 2020
Thirteen unique luxury hotels. Eleven exceptional locations around the world. From London to Rome, Sicily to Shanghai, Rocco Forte Hotels (with the talented Rocco Forte family at its helm) know a thing or two about exceptional holidays. Here, we take you through its latest series of curated experiences, introduce you to the group’s new recognition programme, and give Members the chance to win a three-night stay at any Rocco Forte Hotel…
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The much-anticipated reopening of Rocco Forte’s Hotel Savoy in Florence has finally arrived – and won’t disappoint. Check out the redesigned outdoor terrace by Pucci at bistro Irene, where you can sample rich, fragrant truffles just a few miles from where they were foraged. This year, guests can get in on the action and learn all about the art of truffle hunting at the local Savini Tartufi farm, before embarking on a truffle gathering expedition of their own. Under the guidance of local hunter Giulio Benuzzi, they’ll discover the secret truffle-rich hotspots and reap the rewards at their next meal.
Occupying the most prestigious address in Edinburgh, The Balmoral is a favourite pit stop for musical royalty, from the likes of Sir Paul McCartney to The Rolling Stones. Luckily, visitors need only check in to the newly upgraded Scone & Crombie suite to be treated like a rock star. A new cashmere butler service means guests can enjoy the super-soft delights of locally produced knitwear from the comfort of the room, complete with their very own ‘paintbox’ – a display of shades from the current season – delivered to their door. For die-hard cashmere enthusiasts, The Balmoral offers a one-to-one shopping experience at the renowned Hawico store, where the cashmere butler will hand-pick the garments that suit each client best.
Art lovers will delight in the recent redesign at Brown’s Hotel, led by Rocco Forte co-founder and director of design, Olga Polizzi. Unique antiques and artworks capture the essence of modern British luxury, while the Donovan Bar hosts an impressive collection of Terence Donovan’s fashion photography. That’s not to mention Brown’s prime location in the heart of Mayfair – the epicentre of London’s high-end art scene. Be sure to sign up for one of Brown’s bespoke walking tours, hosted by BBC art correspondent Maeve Doyle, who will lead guests on a noble expedition to unearth some of Mayfair’s hidden gallery gems, including a host of Emins and Dalís.
A short walk from Rome’s iconic Piazza del Popolo, Hotel de Russie owes its name to the countless Russian romantic painters and members of the Imperial court who frequented it throughout the 19th century. Experience a taste of days gone by in the immaculately preserved secret garden as it opens up for the season. An ode to esteemed architect Giuseppe Valadier, Le Jardin de Russie’s restoration was inspired by the designer’s notebooks and original pencil sketches, which reveal his plans for a garden bursting with flowing streams, fountains and waterfalls – an enchanting soundtrack to an afternoon tea or evening Aperol spritz.
As if a host of curated luxury experiences aren’t enough, Rocco Forte has launched a brand-new recognition programme for regular guests. Sign up to Rocco Forte Friends and benefit from lazy day late check-outs, exclusive discounts on all dining experiences and spa treatments, as well as a number of surprise perks to be revealed throughout your visit. To find out more, click here