30th July 2013 – A round up of the latest news stories from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts:
Art & the LED
Stunning art displays have come to a number of Fairmont hotels in recent months – from Warhols in Bermuda to new commissions at The Savoy, but one of the newest trends lighting up hotels is the installation of innovative LED displays. The illuminations of The Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan have been dubbed the biggest media façade application in the world and Fairmont Baku is one of three towers that will feature the cutting edge display. For lighting designer Francis Krahe it’s the culmination of three years of complex planning and cutting edge design. Working with high grade LED has allowed for a smoother, more fluid animation and this higher degree of quality will enable the complex to use any sort of media – photographs, animations or even video, to be transferred into the projection system. Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park has also unveiled a new art installation, titled “A City Alive,” at its main entrance. The stainless steel sculpture features LED displays on each side of the piece, adding animation to the space and displaying images that celebrate the rich architectural elements of the city, as well as the seasons of Chicago. The installation measures 4.5 metres (15 feet) tall and four metres (13 feet) wide and was designed by Lou Tortola.
Need a Ride? We’ll Get The Chopper Ready
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club knows that time is money for luxury travellers, and to make the best use of this precious resource while on holiday the resort has partnered with a helicopter company to not only provide transfers from international flights, but to also offer unforgettable bespoke activities to remote or inaccessible locations. Packed meals and ‘sun-downer’ drinks are provided by the hotel for experiences such as flying north across the Laikipia plateau – over the high point of the great rift valley, or flying south to the Aberdare Forest and Kenya’s highest waterfalls. Trout fishing, hiking glacial lakes, exploring the shores of Lake Turkana – all are possible for guests looking to take to the air.
A Suite Tribute to a Racing Legend
Monaco and car racing go together like a straightaway and an Italian engine, which is why Fairmont Monte Carlo is honouring French-Italian racing legend Jean Alesi by designating Grand Prix Suite number 4002-04, 4 being the number he used in his first Monaco race, in his honour. Alesi has taken a number of runs at the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, which always features the turn on the famed Fairmont Hairpin bend, which can be seen from one of the balconies of the suite. The suite features special pieces that pay tribute to Alesi’s driving skills, a best lap trophy, and a number of photos and books about him. Today, Alesi dedicates himself to his role of captain of the French FFSA team where he supports French drivers on the F1 circuit, and in other sports such as rally and endurance racing.
At Fairmont Chateau Whistler Pastry Chef Laurent Bernard is a certified Chocolatier, receiving his training in France over 20 years ago. To show off his talents the resort recently launched a “Chocolate Bar” featuring three single origin chocolates from different plantations around the world. Chef Bedard joins a number of Fairmont chefs with a taste for cacao. Chef Anurag Bali at Fairmont Jaipur celebrates Fairmont’s afternoon tea tradition with a chocolate gallery offering a treasure trove of edible jewels and gems, commemorating the Rajput Royalty’s penchant for ostentatious jewellery. At Fairmont Singapore, Executive Pastry Chef Thierry Delourneaux will be presenting his exclusive chocolate blend recipe named “KaruKera 70%” this autumn. The chocolate comprises aromatic cocoa beans grown in exotic destinations like the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Madagascar and Ghana. Fairmont Palliser’s Chocolate Artist, Karthikeyan “Karthi” Sengottaian, wows guests with his incredible food art – making sculptures from just chocolate, sugar and dough using only a chopstick and the back of a small knife. As Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth‘s Chocolatière in Montreal, Carole Proulx has a passion for Valrhona Grand Cru chocolate and continuously strives to create the finest truffles with lasting taste and intense and aromatic flavours.
Learning to Cocktail
Guests looking to bring out their inner mixologist have a number of opportunities to learn how to craft the perfect cocktail this year at Fairmont. Texas Fairmont Dallas is now offering cocktail-making demonstrations in their 279 square metre (3,000-square-foot) rooftop herb and vegetable garden. Guests can enjoy refreshing mojitos with fresh mint, or blackberry mojitos with fresh-picked fruit from the garden. In London, The Savoy is offering a series of cocktail master classes taught by the hotel’s talented bartenders this autumn, focusing on topics like Fashion Week Cocktails and James Bond Cocktails. As part of Fairmont Pittsburgh’s cooking class schedule, spirited workshops will include Bourbon and BBQ, International Beer and Food Pairings and Holiday Party Planning, where guests will learn to make a variety of seasonal cocktails.
Cigar Sommelier Highlights World-Class Tobacco
At the new Fairmont The Palm in Dubai, Habanos Sommelier Luis Garcia Urrea features over 18 different brands of cigars at The Cigar Room. Highlighted by a walk-in humidor, rare items like trophy cigars and limited edition pieces are available, including Punch Robusto UAE and Montecristo Grand Edmundo. The lounge is great for the connoisseur as well as the budding enthusiast as Luis guides guests through some of the finer points of cigar and beverage pairings, including his favourite combination: a single malt Speyside with a Cohiba Siglo VI. Celebrating the lineage and bespoke ancestry of the Cuban cigar, Luis took up the mantle of representing Mexico in the 2012 Festival del Habano in Cuba, where he took home the first place prize as World Best Habanos Sommelier. Since then he has collaborated with renowned bartenders, mixologists and chefs, including Rene Redzepi, executive chef of two Michelin star Noma (Denmark), Paul Bentley, sous chef of Danielle Restaurant (2 Michelin stars) in New York City and Erik Lorincz, the 2010 Best World Bartender and head bartender at the American Bar (The Savoy, London).
Niche Sports Take the Field
Tennis and golf are popular holiday activities around the world for good reason, but every once in a while travellers are looking for an activity that’s a bit more unique to the local destination. In the Italian North End of Boston, Fairmont Battery Wharf lends Bocce Ball games to guests so they can take advantage of neighbourhood courts when they visit. At Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello in Quebec, guests can practise sliding stones on the resort’s curling ice, a favourite local pastime in winter. If modern golf requires too much high-tech equipment, Heritage Golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs offers nine holes with redesigned hickory-shafted clubs and re-pressed golf balls for an authentic experience that takes players back to the early days of the game.
Willow Stream Spas Come to Maui
Coming in December, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is getting ready for the addition of a luxurious new Willow Stream Spa. Joining 16 award-winning spas within Fairmont Hotels and Resorts worldwide, the indulgent new Willow Stream Spa will be inspired by the unique ingredients, traditions and calming energy only found on Maui. In addition to the existing three outdoor spa cabanas, the new spa will double in size, encompassing over 836 square metres (9,000 square feet) of retail space, manicure and pedicure stations, treatment rooms with state-of-the-art treatment tables and experience showers, including the Pālolo (Mud) Bar.
Slow Food on the Menu
Not one to be rushed, Executive Chef Dean Uren at Fairmont Zimbali Resort in South Africa is offering a 30-hour braised beef short rib at OSA restaurant. Taking 16 hours to marinate, six hours to cook, six hours to rest and then 25 additional minutes under a sous-vide process, the dish is given plenty of time to achieve a superior taste and texture. “Beef short rib has multiple layers of different textured meat, muscle, fats and fibres that all need to be tender and juicy in order to produce a great taste,” said Chef. “This process is how we achieve the perfect balance of flavour and texture for guests.”
Tea & a Layover
Fairmont hotels from London to Victoria to Shanghai are known for their storied Afternoon Tea experiences, so when Fairmont Vancouver Airport decided to bring the civilised tradition to the International Arrivals terminal at Vancouver Airport, it quickly became the perfect respite for harried travellers. Available at Gate D53 and coordinated with departure times between 2pm and 4pm, this post-security indulgence will calm frayed nerves and provide a welcome retreat from the hassles of international air travel.
Wish they all Could be California Braids
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows knows that a chic braid – messy, fishtail, French or side – is a necessity for a day in sunny Southern California. To keep both haute and cool this summer, the resort now offers a complimentary braid bar poolside on Saturday afternoons. This talented team of Santa Monica stylists gives guests and their luscious beach tresses a twist, including the option of the popular mermaid-inspired or “fishtail” style, and can also incorporate hints of colour with hair chalk.
A “Virtually” Perfect Tour
Fairmont Château Laurier recently added a new technology feature to the hotel experience – a smartphone app that allows guests to take a narrated self-guided tour of Ottawa’s famed castle. A free download on any Apple or Android device, iPads are also available to be signed out at the Front Desk for guests wishing to take the tour. Created to help share the rich history with guests who are looking for not just a hotel, but an experience, the tour is interactive, allowing visitors to move through the different spaces of the hotel or simply enjoy the historical highlights, images and videos from the comfort of the lobby, guestroom or even their home in preparation for a future visit. In Boston, The Fairmont Copley Plaza and Fairmont Battery Wharf have partnered with Fodor’s to offer guests custom designed neighbourhood walking tours. At The Copley, guests learn a little about the architectural history of the Back Bay, including the hotel itself and at Battery Wharf, they get immersed in the city’s waterfront history. iPods with the walking tours are available at the front desk at each hotel.
Ice Cream Week
At Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown guests can beat the summer heat with “The Big Chill” Ice Cream week from 8th – 12th July. Creative flavours will include honey from the rooftop hives, carrot, rice krispie and other sustainable, healthy choices from the culinary team. A percentage of the proceeds will go directly to Best Buddies, a non-profit organisation dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
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