|29th August 2013 – The Savoy was announced winner of the Virtuoso Best of the Best Award for Sustainable Tourism Leadership – Hotel at the prestigious Hotels & Resorts dinner held as part of the 25th annual Virtuoso Travel Week, currently taking place in Las Vegas.
The Savoy was shortlisted as the only city hotel nominated in its category, competing against renowned resort destinations, which included Frigate Island Resort, Seychelles; AndBeyond Phinda, South Africa; Inkaterra Machu Picchu Peublo Hotel, Peru; and Soneva Fushi, Maldives.
Since 2005, The Savoy’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment has continued to remain a focus through a comprehensive programme of environmental best practices throughout its operations, focusing on energy and water conservation, waste management, innovative recycling initiatives and community projects. Sustainability is a core value and is involved in all business decision-making. Integrating the principles and practices of the ‘Sustainability Partnership Programme’ of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, The Savoy is able to encompass environmental, social and economic priorities equally, with accountability and integrity.
The Savoy includes carbon management in design, materials, products and operations to help maximise its commitment to evolving, upgrading and measuring sustainable performance long-term. Numerous innovative projects help the hotel to reduce its operational impact, improve community well-being and ecosystems, inform and engage guests, and also educate and empower employees, in both a meaningful and collaborative manner.
Kiaran MacDonald, Managing Director of The Savoy, attended the dinner and upon receiving the award commented, “I am greatly honoured to accept this prestigious award, which recognises our hotel as a leading sustainable tourism provider, on behalf of my Savoy colleagues.
THE SAVOY AND THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The Savoy and the Royal Opera House have both played host to stars of stage and screen since the last century. Historically, legendary performers such as Nellie Melba and Maria Callas have chosen The Savoy as their home from home while gracing the stage of the Royal Opera House.
In celebration of the long-standing relationship between two such iconic London landmarks, The Savoy and the Royal Opera House introduce a series of inspiring experiences for guests looking to combine an evening at the ballet or opera with a stay in one of London’s finest hotels.
A Stay at The Savoy and the World Premiere of Elizabeth presented by The Royal Ballet
Guests can combine a stay in a River View Suite with the unique opportunity to attend The Royal Ballet’s world premiere of Elizabeth on 27th November 2013. The Silver Darling, a luxury river yacht moored at Savoy Pier, will transport guests to the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich for the performance, followed by a special dinner with the cast and artistic team in attendance.
The intimate evening of song, dance, drama and music, follows the life of Elizabeth through the lens of the men she loved and that loved her, supported and betrayed her. Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky and the award-winning actress Lindsay Duncan both star as Elizabeth, with Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta dancing the roles of her lovers, accompanied on stage by Raphael Wallfisch on cello and the voice of rising opera star baritone Duncan Rock.
Priced from £4900 including VAT and based on two people sharing a Junior River View Suite. Subject to availability up to 1st October 2013.
From Royal Suite to Royal Box
To coincide with the Royal Opera House’s winter season performances of The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker, The Savoy has announced a two-night stay in the Royal Suite with the chance to host a private cocktail reception for friends before heading off to an evening at the ballet enjoyed from the Royal Box. This exclusive package includes:
Priced from £28,050 and available on the following dates up to 31st October 2013:
Tuesday 3rd December: The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet / Friday 6th December: The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker / Saturday 14th December: The Nutcracker
Festive Stay at The Savoy and Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House
The Savoy introduces a unique opportunity for parties of four to celebrate the festive season, with a one-night stay and tickets to The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker or Jewels, or The Royal Opera’s Carmen at the Royal Opera House. Guests will have the chance to go behind the scenes with a pre-performance backstage tour and will enjoy the performance from a private Grand Tier Box.
Priced from £5,095 for four and available on the following dates up to 30th November 2013:
Thursday 12th December: The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker / Saturday 21st December: The Royal Opera’s Carmen / Tuesday 7th January: The Royal Ballet’s Jewels
For more information on the Royal Opera House please visit www.roh.org.uk
LITERARY LUNCHES AT KASPAR’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL
Following on from the success of the first Literary Lunch with acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo, The Savoy will welcome author Neil Gaiman on 11th October to host the second in the series, taking place in Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill. Lunch will begin at 12:30pm, and tickets will be priced at £47, including a three-course meal with wine. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Neil Gaiman after the lunch, who will welcome questions and sign copies both old and new.
Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults and is the first author to have won both the Carnegie and Newbery Medals for the same work – The Graveyard Book. Many of his books, including Coraline and Stardust, have been made into films. He has also written two episodes of Doctor Who (one of which won a Hugo Award) and appeared as himself in The Simpsons.
Neil will read from his new book, Fortunately, the Milk and will talk about the inspiration behind his writing. Aimed at adults, Neil’s Literary Lunch will highlight the importance of children’s books having a place not only for children but for adults too.
Further Literary Lunches will take place throughout 2013 and 2014, with the next hosted on 3rd December by Fay Weldon (CBE), the award-winning author, essayist and playwright. Weldon, who is a former writer-in-residence at The Savoy, has written over 30 novels, including the Love & Inheritance Trilogy and Kehua!, and is famed for her works that frequently focus on contemporary women and their position in society.
For bookings and further information on future Literary Lunches call Kaspar’s direct on
+ 44 (0) 20 7420 2111 or visit http://www.kaspars.co.uk/
For more information or reservations, please call 00 800 0441 1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.
ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of more than 65 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand’s distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. Fairmont balances the company’s economic, environmental and social priorities and provides the framework for responsible hotel operations through the Sustainability Partnership programme. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.
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