Too cool to pass

While no one has a crystal ball as to which destination will open over the winter, we pick out five of our dream destinations this winter, hoping they will turn into reality for your clients.

The Langham Nymphenburg Residence, Munich has opened its exclusive doors after two years of restoration and border guards permitting, we see ourselves in this exclusive address this winter season. Overlooking the 490-acre imperial estate of Nymphenburg Palace, The Langham Nymphenburg Residence, Munich is steeped in royal Bavarian history and set in the grounds of the world-renowned Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.

“The Langham Nymphenburg Residence, Munich exemplifies the ideal asset to expand our footprint in Europe and build the presence of our luxury brand,” says Stefan Leser, chief executive officer of Langham Hospitality Group. “The residence will provide the services and amenities of a luxury hotel stay with the personalised touches of a private home.  Our guests will have ample space, privacy and exclusivity, alongside the full complement of The Langham signature services in a beautiful regal setting.”

For over two years, the 18th century manor was meticulously restored and revived as a bespoke private residence for guests. Inhabiting a spacious 9,000 square feet, The Langham features seven bathrooms, four bedrooms, three living rooms, an airy dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, fitness centre, conference suite, home cinema and wine cellar. The private sun-dappled terrace allows guests to relax in the middle of a beautifully landscaped garden and further offers enough space to seat 100 guests, if it is desired to organise an exclusive outdoor event.

Befitting this palatial setting, specially curated pieces from the Nymphenburg workshop, renowned for exquisite avant-garde and tailor-made designs for four centuries, have been selected and custom-tailored specifically for the Langham Nymphenburg Residence, Munich. The Nymphenburg porcelain is not only featured in the exquisite dinnerware and tableware collection, but also in each bathroom, as well as in the decorative art pieces that are showcased in all the guestrooms, each of which highlights a distinctive design scheme.

The region’s latest luxury offering, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk opens doors this month to French art de vivre and ancient Egyptian heritage, with the essence and culture of the UAE. Adorned with a gold pyramidion and in the shape of an obelisk representative of the Luxor Obelisk currently in Paris, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk mixes iconic Egyptian symbols with Art Deco style. The entrance, which is designed like a grand Pylon - the colossal gateway of an Egyptian temple – is reminiscent of ancient Egypt as are pillars, of The Valley of the Kings and Queens in Luxor. Throughout the property, little thoughtful touches take you back to Egypt such as reliefs and symbols of the Egyptian lotus or hieroglyphs.

Located on the 47th, 48th and 49th floors, the Imperial Suite and two Presidential Suites are the most outstanding and largest suites of the property designed by award-winning Italian firm Duccio Grassi Architects. The property features 498 luxury guestrooms and suites in all as well as 97 furnished and serviced apartments, perfect for short city breaks as well as long stays.

Culinary delights such as Brasserie Boulud - designed by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, the first international outpost of Taiko outside of Amsterdam, an urban British gastropub, Bijou Patisserie and a spa partnership with L’Occitane mean that you are well covered.

Connected to Wafi, a premium shopping and leisure destination, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk is just 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, the World Trade Centre (WTC) and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as well as major cultural and tourist attractions including Burj Khalifa and La Mer beach.

Starting this month, Rixos Sharm El Sheikh is transforming into an adult-only hotel. The luxurious property provides ideal accommodation across elegantly decorated rooms and suites. Delight in the well-appointed rooms with scenery of garden setting or water appreciation of pool, Side Sea, or full sea landscapes.

Get up for an energising jog or head to the morning yoga, Pilates or open-air gym. Take advantage of Rixos Sharm El Sheikh’s Sports Fests of yoga, zumba, beach volley, or tennis or opt for kite surf and scuba diving. Loosen up and bed down on rejuvenating spa treatments, massages and baths to relax and destress.

Relish the ‘Stay at One, Enjoy at Two’ package, featuring an exquisite collaboration between Rixos Sharm El Sheikh and Rixos Premium Seagate’s combination of 16 A La Carte Restaurants. Satiate your palate with a flavoursome selection of international cuisines ranging from Turkish, Brazilian, French, Italian, Asian, and up to the Far East with options of Gourmet Steaks, Seafood, and Organics.

A special place to party and endless entertainment await guests at Rixos Sharm El Sheikh with the signature of festivities from blowouts at the fine sands of the beach, wet bashes at the pool, monotone fete on the white party, a bright celebration of colours, and the lively beats at the DJ party.

Enjoy an aqua retreat, offering seven pools to dip in from different locations of the hotel. Rixos Egypt Hotels offer guests free transfer and access to the whole other aqua paradise at the Rixos Aquaventure Park in the opulent vicinity of Rixos Premium Seagate. Hop in with your loved one to a complimentary shuttle bus taking you to a water haven offering 23 amusing slides, five dry games, and a Go-Kart at the 20,000 square metres prolific premise.

*Rixos Premium Seagate continues to welcome families with children.

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech opens this month with Lead With Care, an enhanced global health and safety programme that is being implemented at Four Seasons properties worldwide. A key part of this service experience will be the Four Seasons App and Chat. As one of the only industry platforms powered by employees on property, not chatbots, this award-winning service will further allow guests to control how they engage with employees. This reopening arrives just in time to enjoy the cooler Moroccan temperatures with plenty of sunshine. At the resort, guests can treat themselves with the new seasonal creations of Executive Chef Thierry Papillier at the alfresco restaurant Azzera, enjoy a refreshing cocktail on the terrace of Inara, or travel around Italy for dinner at the iconic Quattro restaurant. Upon reopening, facilities such as the Fitness Center and the Spa will operate with adjusted hours and new procedures in place to comply with Lead With Care. To celebrate the re-opening of the Resort, the team has created unique experiences for hotel guests and the local community.

The Grand Hotel et de Milan reopened its doors last month with a special package for those staying in one of the suites dedicated to the hotel’s legendary guests ranging from Verdi to Hemingway, Maria Callas to Vittoria De Sica. The offering will include a personal tour of the special rooms each full of history.

During the tour, guests will be regaled with tales of Verdi’s arias being sung from balconies, love letters between poet and painter, romantic dalliances and more. Opened in 1863, this famous hotel is steeped in history, having hosted so many luminaries throughout the years. Considered to be the best hotel in Milan, The Grand Hotel et de Milan offers elegant rooms furnished with antiques and works of art in an enviable location. It is situated in the heart of the city, close to the financial district, the Scala Opera House, the fashion district and the Duomo.

The hotel’s restyling, keeping with its traditional flair includes the discreet and refined Gerry’s Bar. A rich palette of pinks, greens and golden hues compliment the precious velvets, silks and jacquards between the hall and bar. New life is infused into the hotel’s marble surfaces, works of art and the 19th-century fireplace. Throughout the property, decadent furniture, luxurious fabrics, embroidery and floral patterns flourish, highlighted by the soft and welcoming lighting.

A new ‘Dehors’ the Caruso Fuori restaurant has been introduced serving breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco in partnership with Tearose Group responsible for the iconic decoration and healthy bio food offerings.

Grand Hotel et de Milan guests will exclusively have the opportunity to book the new spa at sister hotel STRAF for private use.