HASSLER HOTELS & RESORTS

INTRODUCING:
HASSLER HOTELS & RESORTS

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Roberto Wirth, owner and General Manager of the venerable Hotel Hassler Roma, signed an agreement last week with renowned hotelier Moreno Occhiolini to create a new international luxury hotel chain, Hassler Hotels & Resorts.

The new company will have Wirth as Chairman and Occhiolini as CEO. The original Hotel Hassler Roma will continue to be owned and managed by Wirth, who holds almost 30 years at its helm.

Destinations for Hassler Hotels & Resorts may include business and leisure cities such as New York, Washington DC, Chicago, London, Zurich, Doha and Jeddah. The new properties will be housed in historic buildings similar to that of the Hassler Roma, or those in development that mirror the Hassler Roma’s unique location, service standards, personality and refinement.

In celebration of this new venture,

Wirth and Occhiolini held an economic round-table seminar last week titled “The luxury hotel industry: finance and future.” Guests included top hotel industry leaders, as well as Italian visionaries in business, finance, journalism and tourism.

“Today the Hassler Roma is recognized all over the world for its unparalleled service, rich tradition and exclusive location. The next step is for the Hassler to grow and expand its own brand; I have known Moreno Occhiolini for many years and recognize in him the right qualities and vision for this ambitious endeavor. He believes, as I do, in the utmost in quality and service when it comes to hospitality,” says Wirth.

“I see this project as an intriguing challenge between tradition and modernity, simplicity and sophistication, attention to detail and profit. A commitment that I am proud to share with such a traditionally forward-looking hotelier,” says Occhiolini.

For more information, please visit: www.hotelhassler.com.

About Hotel Hassler Roma:
Set atop the Spanish Steps and featuring a panoramic view of the entire city, the Hassler Roma has been Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite for more than a century. Each of the 82 rooms and 13 suites are individually designed and adorned in authentic Italian accents. Highlights include the Michelin-starred panoramic rooftop restaurant, Imàgo, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, and the neighboring, Hassler-owned Il Palazzetto Restaurant & Wine Bar with an exclusive terrace overlooking the Spanish Steps (within Il Palazzetto is housed the International Wine Academy of Roma which offers wine classes from world-renowned sommeliers).

BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL GETS 50 MILLION SWISS FRANC UPGRADE

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50 MILLION SWISS FRANC UPGRADE BRINGS MORE WELLBEING TO BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL

The first phase of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s wellness renovation will be completed by August 2009. The enhancement of the wellness area is part of a three-stage upgrade for Badrutt’s Palace Hotel from 2008 to 2010 with a total investment of close to 50 million Swiss Francs.

Following an upgrade to the oval pool in summer 2008, the Wet Zone now offers guests an ice room and a mist room, in addition to two saunas of different temperatures and a tropical rainforest shower. The renovated wellness area promises relaxation for mind, body and soul.

The next phases will see a new restaurant in the spa, treatment rooms, fitness centre, changing rooms and the Kids’ Club renovated by summer 2010.

In charge of the wellness area’s renovation is wellness advisor Martha Wiedemann. “It is important to me that the beautiful surroundings of the Engadine valley flow into every part of the wellness area. Local purchases, plenty of natural light and local building materials characterize the look of the renovation,” says Martha Wiedemann. In this vein the hotel has returned to using white spruce, a local Grisons evergreen, for the wood panelling. The granite used originates from the quarry on the San Bernadino Pass located not far from St. Moritz.

During the summer season massages, fitness, changing rooms and the Kids’ Club are offered in alternative spaces, until the wellness renovation work is complete. The outdoor and indoor pools plus the tennis courts are highlights for guests, and will be open throughout the summer.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a celebration of style, sports, cuisine and fashion, with discreet service and traditional elegance evoking an atmosphere of pampered luxury for all. An ideal destination in both winter and summer, the hotel is located in one of the most challenging ski areas in the world and offers a host of summer alpine activities. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel offers 159 guestrooms and 38 suites with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. The hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Swiss Historic Hotels. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel welcomes its guests for the summer season from 19th June to 9th September 2009.

HASSLER HOTELS & RESORTS

INTRODUCING:
HASSLER HOTELS & RESORTS

hassler

Roberto Wirth, owner and General Manager of the venerable Hotel Hassler Roma, signed an agreement last week with renowned hotelier Moreno Occhiolini to create a new international luxury hotel chain, Hassler Hotels & Resorts.

The new company will have Wirth as Chairman and Occhiolini as CEO. The original Hotel Hassler Roma will continue to be owned and managed by Wirth, who holds almost 30 years at its helm.

Destinations for Hassler Hotels & Resorts may include business and leisure cities such as New York, Washington DC, Chicago, London, Zurich, Doha and Jeddah. The new properties will be housed in historic buildings similar to that of the Hassler Roma, or those in development that mirror the Hassler Roma’s unique location, service standards, personality and refinement.

In celebration of this new venture,

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BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL GETS 50 MILLION SWISS FRANC UPGRADE

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50 MILLION SWISS FRANC UPGRADE BRINGS MORE WELLBEING TO BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL

The first phase of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s wellness renovation will be completed by August 2009. The enhancement of the wellness area is part of a three-stage upgrade for Badrutt’s Palace Hotel from 2008 to 2010 with a total investment of close to 50 million Swiss Francs.

Following an upgrade to the oval pool in summer 2008, the Wet Zone now offers guests an ice room and a mist room, in addition to two saunas of different temperatures and a tropical rainforest shower. The renovated wellness area promises relaxation for mind, body and soul.

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5-star luxurious hotel for 4 nights, including breakfasts and private airport transfers, for just USD $99!

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Victoria Falls Add-on $890!** (See Below)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to fly to Cape Town, South Africa, so inexpensively, AND purchase accommodation at a 5-star luxurious hotel for 4 nights, including breakfasts and private airport transfers, for just USD $99!

Web: www.redcarnation.com

CAPE TOWN ON SALE!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to fly to Cape Town, South Africa, so inexpensively, AND purchase accommodation at a 5-star luxurious hotel for 4 nights, including breakfasts and private airport transfers, for just USD $99! You did not read that wrong, and that is not $99 per night, it’s USD $99 total, per person sharing for 4 nights of accommodation! If you travel to South Africa between August 16th – 31st, 2009, you can book through SAA Vacations, round-trip, economy-class airfare on SAA from New York (JFK) or Washington DC (Dulles) for the very low fare of just USD $1,240 (plus taxes), and then for just USD $99 you can buy the following package:

Meet & Greet at Cape Town Airport by a South African Airways Vacations representative. Private return transfers from Cape Town Airport to your hotel 4 nights of accommodation in Cape Town at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, including breakfasts. In addition to this spectacular offer, SAA Vacations also offers special reduced rate add-on airfares from many cities to get to/from New York or Washington DC.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa The luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa lies where earth, sea and sky meet, poised above Atlantic rollers and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and her Twelve Apostles mountain range in glorious Cape Town. This intimate 5-star hotel fully lives up to its stunning location, with exceptional standards of service and relaxed Cape hospitality providing the perfect counterpoint to its dramatic backdrop. Deluxe guest rooms and spacious suites, two breathtaking pool gardens magically perched above the ocean, the glorious Azure Restaurant accompanying exquisite cuisine, wonderful friendly service with endlessly seductive sea views. All barely ten minutes from the bustling heart of the city, with nearby attractions including prime diving spots, nature trails, and seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Twelve Apostles are also extremely proud to have been awarded the prestigious honor of being named Southern Africa’s only ‘Leading Spa 2005′ by The Leading Hotels of the World for providing guests with a truly luxurious and exceptional spa experience!

**Victoria Falls Add-on $890!

Add on a trip to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. SAA Vacations has a package for just USD $890 per person, which includes one night at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg, round-trip flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on South African Airways, two nights at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, three breakfasts, two dinners, a guided tour of Victoria Falls, and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. This is a very good price for a three-night package with air, breakfasts, dinners and activities! Click on the picture of the Falls to go to our web site to see the full itinerary for this extension package.

Victoria Falls Add-on $890!

For more information call South African Airways Vacations Toll free: 1-888-722-4872 or visit www.flysaavacations.com.

SAN JUAN WATER & BEACH CLUB NAMES RENOWNED CULINARY VETERAN,

ISRAEL CALDERÓN, AS ITS EXECUTIVE CHEF

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–Award-winning chef and star of Iron Chef Puerto Rico takes the helm of San Juan’s sexy beachfront hotel–

Israel Calderon was named executive chef for the 78-room hotel, situated on Puerto Rico’s famed Isla Verde, just steps from the white sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The announcement was made by the hotel’s General Manager, David Lopez.

As Executive Chef, Mr. Calderon will be responsible for overseeing the property’s culinary outlets which include its signature unique dining restaurant Tangerine, the super chic Wet Lounge & Sushi Bar, situated on the roof of the property overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The tapas fare will be decidedly international with emphasis on indigenous ingredients of local produce, seafood and meats. Chef Calderon will pay homage to the rich and diverse culture that is synonymous with Puerto Rico, inherited from ancestry such as the Taino Indians.

One of Chef Calderon’s favorite tapas dish is the Beef Madagascar, which is a delicious blend of shallots, garlic, white wine, beef stock, green peppercorn, heavy cream that is carefully poured on top of the finest tender beef top sirloin and served for two. Another must on the menu is the Tandoori Chicken, composed of more than 15 ingredients with highlights such has ginger root, garlic, onions, cumin seeds, lemon juice, paprika, coriander and much more to ensure the hot spices are pleasing to the palate. The menu would not be complete without the infamous El Pescador Seafood Paella with its delicious, multi-colored bell peppers, saffron, shrimps, muscles, scallops, cilantro and carefully cooked rice married with special brandy.

A native of Puerto Rico, Chef Calderon has more than 15 years experience in culinary arts. Recently, he was executive chef at the prestigious, five diamond, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort in Cancun, Mexico where he was responsible for the five diamond restaurant, La Joya.

Prior to Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort, Chef Calderon held several executive chef positions including Executive Sous Chef for the Chicago Hilton and Towers where he implemented the widely successful motivational program increasing productivity and quality for the food and beverage operations totaling more than 5,000 people. He was also executive chef at Buckingham Restaurant in Chicago, creating dishes for high-profile personalities and political figures such as former President Bill Clinton. Chef Calderon has also held positions at Café Rumba in Chicago, establishing a new concept of Latin cuisine which was presented nationally and chronicled by ABC Network. Other positions include The Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, Mundo Imperial, an 800-room resort where developed and executed culinary concepts for the property’s eight restaurants and opening A’Roma Restaurant, and Executive Chef at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Chef Israel Calderon

Chef Calderon studied at the “Instituto de Educación Universal” in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico. Professional studies include the prestigious Ecole en Lausana School in Switzerland. Teaching credentials include Professor of International Kitchen in the Institute of Universal Education in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

His work has been recognized locally and internationally with awards such as: People’s Show and Supervisor of the Year by the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, Award for Best Presentation from the American Heart Association, six gold medals and Junior Chef of the Year by the American Federation of Culinary Arts; led the Puerto Rican team in the International Jack Daniel’s Bar-B-Cue Competition earning the gold medal, and the prestigious Toque de Oro (Touch of Gold) Lyon, France in 2003. He was also captain of the Puerto Rico Restaurant Show Competition in 2006 winning the Gold Medal for Best Culinary Team.

As Puerto Rico’s first beachfront boutique hotel, The San Juan Water & Beach Club offers casual chic but comfortable accommodations. Each of the spacious guestrooms and suites offer either full or partial ocean views or features custom-designed bedding allowing guests to take in the spectacular views. In-room amenities include H20 Aquafina bath products, a swivel entertainment center with TV, MP3 alarm/radio, “Munchie Basket” and a well-stocked mini bar featuring premium brands. During their stay guests are invited to enjoy the hotel’s two on-site restaurants including Tangerine, which is open for breakfast and dinner featuring traditional Puerto Rican fare. The ultra-cool Wet Lounge & Sushi Bar is situated on the roof and overlooks the coastline of San Juan. Decadent white-cushioned day beds, wood furnishings carved from local materials and inspired by the rich history of Taino Indians provides a uniquely exotic atmosphere for lounging and entertainment. The Wet Lounge & Sushi Bar, open for lunch and dinner, features a sizeable sushi bar in addition to its international tapas menu.

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Standard Rates available May – June 2009 (All rates include Continental breakfast daily) range from $179 through $199 per room, per night. Rates are subject to availability and not inclusive of taxes. For more information and reservations, please contact The San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel at 888-265-6699 or 787-728-3666 or log onto www.waterbeachclubhotel.com.

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Located in the heart of Isla Verde, a short drive from Marin International Airport, The San Juan Water & Beach Club is situated across from an expansive white sand beach. The hotel is just minutes from the historic sites of Old San Juan, Condado shopping district and upscale neighborhoods featuring world-class cuisine. Guests may also choose to enjoy authentic Puerto Rican culture at the numerous outdoor entertainment venues a short drive from the hotel. Natural wonders such as the Bio-luminescent Bay and the neighboring unadulterated islands of Vieques and Culebra are within easy access. The San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel, located at 2 Tartak Street, Isla Verde Carolina PR 00979 is managed by Desires Hotels, the boutique division of Tecton Hospitality.

About Desires Hotels: From the neon lights of Ocean Drive in South Beach to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, from the iconic Delmar Loop in St. Louis to the cobbled adoquine streets of Old San Juan, or right in the heart of Times Square, Desires Hotels is a unique collection of independently created modern boutique hotels. High in style, distinct and creative, each of these lifestyle hotels has one-of-a-kind architecture and interior design, allowing guests to expect just as much from their hotel as they do from their destination. Savvy travelers seeking a lifestyle-oriented experience will appreciate the “Your Desires” program that tailors a unique experience to every guest. Desires Hotels deliver unexpected amenities in stylish settings. For more information about Desires Hotels, and their locations, call 866-593-4330 or visit www.desireshotels.com.

5-star luxurious hotel for 4 nights, including breakfasts and private airport transfers, for just USD $99!

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Victoria Falls Add-on $890!** (See Below)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to fly to Cape Town, South Africa, so inexpensively, AND purchase accommodation at a 5-star luxurious hotel for 4 nights, including breakfasts and private airport transfers, for just USD $99!

Web: www.redcarnation.com

CAPE TOWN ON SALE!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to fly to Cape Town, South Africa, so inexpensively, AND purchase accommodation at a 5-star luxurious hotel for 4 nights, including breakfasts and private airport transfers, for just USD $99! You did not read that wrong, and that is not $99 per night, it’s USD $99 total, per person sharing for 4 nights of accommodation! If you travel to South Africa between August 16th – 31st, 2009, you can book through SAA Vacations, round-trip, economy-class airfare on SAA from New York (JFK) or Washington DC (Dulles) for the very low fare of just USD $1,240 (plus taxes), and then for just USD $99 you can buy the following package:

Meet & Greet at Cape Town Airport by a South African Airways Vacations representative. Private return transfers from Cape Town Airport to your hotel 4 nights of accommodation in Cape Town at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, including breakfasts. In addition to this spectacular offer, SAA Vacations also offers special reduced rate add-on airfares from many cities to get to/from New York or Washington DC.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa The luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa lies where earth, sea and sky meet, poised above Atlantic rollers and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and her Twelve Apostles mountain range in glorious Cape Town. This intimate 5-star hotel fully lives up to its stunning location, with exceptional standards of service and relaxed Cape hospitality providing the perfect counterpoint to its dramatic backdrop. Deluxe guest rooms and spacious suites, two breathtaking pool gardens magically perched above the ocean, the glorious Azure Restaurant accompanying exquisite cuisine, wonderful friendly service with endlessly seductive sea views. All barely ten minutes from the bustling heart of the city, with nearby attractions including prime diving spots, nature trails, and seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Twelve Apostles are also extremely proud to have been awarded the prestigious honor of being named Southern Africa’s only ‘Leading Spa 2005’ by The Leading Hotels of the World for providing guests with a truly luxurious and exceptional spa experience!

**Victoria Falls Add-on $890!

Add on a trip to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. SAA Vacations has a package for just USD $890 per person, which includes one night at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg, round-trip flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on South African Airways, two nights at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, three breakfasts, two dinners, a guided tour of Victoria Falls, and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. This is a very good price for a three-night package with air, breakfasts, dinners and activities! Click on the picture of the Falls to go to our web site to see the full itinerary for this extension package.

Victoria Falls Add-on $890!

For more information call South African Airways Vacations Toll free: 1-888-722-4872 or visit www.flysaavacations.com.

SAN JUAN WATER & BEACH CLUB NAMES RENOWNED CULINARY VETERAN,

ISRAEL CALDERÓN, AS ITS EXECUTIVE CHEF

san-juan

–Award-winning chef and star of Iron Chef Puerto Rico takes the helm of San Juan’s sexy beachfront hotel–

Israel Calderon was named executive chef for the 78-room hotel, situated on Puerto Rico’s famed Isla Verde, just steps from the white sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The announcement was made by the hotel’s General Manager, David Lopez.

As Executive Chef, Mr. Calderon will be responsible for overseeing the property’s culinary outlets which include its signature unique dining restaurant Tangerine, the super chic Wet Lounge & Sushi Bar, situated on the roof of the property overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The tapas fare will be decidedly international with emphasis on indigenous ingredients of local produce, seafood and meats. Chef Calderon will pay homage to the rich and diverse culture that is synonymous with Puerto Rico, inherited from ancestry such as the Taino Indians.

One of Chef Calderon’s favorite tapas dish is the Beef Madagascar, which is a delicious blend of shallots, garlic, white wine, beef stock, green peppercorn, heavy cream that is carefully poured on top of the finest tender beef top sirloin and served for two. Another must on the menu is the Tandoori Chicken, composed of more than 15 ingredients with highlights such has ginger root, garlic, onions, cumin seeds, lemon juice, paprika, coriander and much more to ensure the hot spices are pleasing to the palate. The menu would not be complete without the infamous El Pescador Seafood Paella with its delicious, multi-colored bell peppers, saffron, shrimps, muscles, scallops, cilantro and carefully cooked rice married with special brandy.

A native of Puerto Rico, Chef Calderon has more than 15 years experience in culinary arts. Recently, he was executive chef at the prestigious, five diamond, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort in Cancun, Mexico where he was responsible for the five diamond restaurant, La Joya.

Prior to Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort, Chef Calderon held several executive chef positions including Executive Sous Chef for the Chicago Hilton and Towers where he implemented the widely successful motivational program increasing productivity and quality for the food and beverage operations totaling more than 5,000 people. He was also executive chef at Buckingham Restaurant in Chicago, creating dishes for high-profile personalities and political figures such as former President Bill Clinton. Chef Calderon has also held positions at Café Rumba in Chicago, establishing a new concept of Latin cuisine which was presented nationally and chronicled by ABC Network. Other positions include The Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, Mundo Imperial, an 800-room resort where developed and executed culinary concepts for the property’s eight restaurants and opening A’Roma Restaurant, and Executive Chef at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Chef Israel Calderon

Chef Calderon studied at the “Instituto de Educación Universal” in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico. Professional studies include the prestigious Ecole en Lausana School in Switzerland. Teaching credentials include Professor of International Kitchen in the Institute of Universal Education in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

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