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June 2007 - Newsletter - Seven Stars and Stripes
Seven Stars And Stripes Award Gazette
The Portal for Those who Deserve the Ultimate Award, Daring to Demand... June 2007
In this issue
Forte Village, Sardinia - Italy
Park-Hotel Sonnenhof, Vaduz - Liechtenstein
Restaurant Belvedere, Sardinia - Italy
Restaurant Sonnenhof, Vaduz - Liechtenstein
Boulevard Magazine
Next: INDIA: "The Oberoi" & "Kairali"
Forte Village
Forte Village - Logo
Villa del Parco & Spa
Sardinia, Itlay
6 Stars and 7 Stripes
6 Stars and 7 Stripes
We entered the 'Garden of Dreams' resort through a solid secured stone gate surrounded by palm trees and exotic blooming plants, reminding us of an entrance to a luscious oasis. Soon we were welcomed at the 'Villa del Parco' from where we where escorted to our final destination 'The Cala del Forte', and my elegant suite: # 2010. Most soothing were the earthy colors and feel of my traditionally decorated domicile and my personal butler Fabrizio Usala, who was in two words: "a gem". Fabrizio welcomed me with a delicious glass of Vino Spumante - Torbato and lots of fresh fruits.
Forte Village Suite
The views or my exquisite accommodations where of a tropical strip (a mile!) of a private sandy, white beach, evergreen palms, old growth trees and colorful plants, surrounded by turquoise crystal clear, warm water and sunsets to get lost in. ... Later that day after we had the pleasure of meeting Managing Director Lorenzo Giannuzzi, the patron, an interesting well-travelled gentleman who has lived and worked all over the world. Giannuzzi's exceptional management skills have made Forte Village to an incessant, international success. ...
Soon we were on the way to the Thalasso spa where six seawater thermal baths of varied temperatures replenish the body with essential minerals. Through the relatively high natural sea salt concentration, I kept on floating in the impressive large tubs.
2007 Forte Village - Award-Hand-Out
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Restaurant Belvedere
Restaurant Belvedere
Sardinia, Itlay
Chef de Cuisine: Antonello Arrus
5 Stars and 4 Stripes
5 Stars and 4 Stripes
Chef Antonello was decidedly in charge of our dining experience as most of the menu items featured on the tasting menu are his own individual creations, influenced by his cultural apprenticeship as a youth growing up in Sardinia. Our delightful tasting menu presented some outstanding selections from deep within the inspired mind of Chef Antonello. Of particular interest to us was the Citrus Tuna Tartar with "Cifraxiu" Bread Croutons and Ginger Chips, made with a typical bread of bran baked in very old ovens and tempered with the sharp flavor of ginger both adding character to the soft tender texture of tuna tartar. An appropriate bottle of Sardinian vermentino varietal in the form of Tuvaoes Cherchi 2006 featured surprising ...
Belvedere - Cuisine
Another standout was the Toasted Fregola Pasta with Aspargina and Lobster Cassoletta essentially made with Sardinia's version of cous cous, which clearly illustrates the Arab influence on Sardinian cusine. The wine of choice was Santa Maria La Palma Chardonnay displaying an elegant velvety texture with straw-yellow color and soft bouquet reminiscent of golden apples and fresh mint. A fillet of fish offering proved unequaled as Chef Antonello presented the little known but tasty John Dory in Lemon Sauce over a 'Sfogliata' of sliced Potatoes and 'Calamaretti Croccanti'. ...
2007 Restaurant Belvedere - Award-Hand-Out
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In Next Gazette:
* The Oberoi, Mumbai - India
* Kairali Resort Palakkad, Kerala - India
In The Press:
* Boulevard Magazine:
Dear Friends Thorsten Buehrmann (Piosczyk)
happy June - many schools all over the world are soon closing their doors for a few weeks of well-deserved summer vacation and you might still be able to catch a couple of weekends before the real busy time begins. Early June Sardinia celebrates their 'Republic Day', commemorating the establishment of the Italian Repbulic and then of course Father's Day is celebrated in many countries throughout the world, though on different days. We may always find a reason to travel and if not for a holiday but for wanting to discover new countries, meet new people, taste a different cuisine - to then finally come home again. Our Seven Stars and Stripes teams travel all over the world and we have wonderful news and ratings for two truly deserving, spectacular resorts in Europe. One is the charming Park Hotel Sonnenhof located in one of the smallest countries of the world, 'Liechtenstein'. The other is 'The Forte Village Resort' on the island of Sardinia, a charming romantic get-a-way in a relatively unexplored corner of the world. No matter if you are dreaming of breathtaking mountain and valley views or turquoise, sparkling ocean and white sandy beaches, we experienced these resorts already for you and will love to tell you about it. One of our teams will be traveling to India soon and will be reviewing and reporting from that part of the world for the next gazette. Until then,
I am yours truly
Thorsten Buehrmann
Thorsten Buehrmann
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Parkhotel Sonnenhof
Park Hotel Sonnenhof
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
5 Stars and 6 Stripes
5 Stars and 6 Stripes
Getting to the Lilliputian nation in this idyllic setting is a mere one hour drive from Zurich on the autobahn, which tantalizes your senses through a series of close encounters with alpine lakes, villages and mountains before arrival at the seamless border across the Rhine. Our experience at check-in was like wayfarer discovering a hidden gem, both welcoming and relaxing while professional and efficient. Personnel at Sonnenhof seem to have a glowing tranquility while going about their work as if part of an extended family. A family it is of course, who are the proprietors of the Park Hotel Sonnenhof since 1952, when the elder statesman Emil Real and his wife Jutta fell in love with the then private residence and turned it into a guesthouse.
Parkhotel Sonnenhof - Suite
A quick glance around the front desk immediately focuses the eye to a photo wall of fame depicting various famous heads of state, royalty, stage and screen celebs and other notables posing with members of the family. It is a testimonial of sorts although more like a silent certification of the benefits of staying at Sonnenhof. A walk to the suites led us through spotless corridors decorated with fresh floral arrangements taken from the abundant selection on the grounds. As a member of the Relais e Chateaux association, Park Hotel Sonnenhof has maintained a level of quality and creativity that has attracted guests from all parts of the globe.
2007 Parkhotel Sonnenhof - Award-Hand-Out
Restaurant Sonnenhof
Restaurant Sonnenhof
Vaduz - Liechtenstein
Chef de Cuisine: Hubertus Real
6 Stars and 6 Stripes
6 Stars and 6 Stripes
A refreshing fluted glass of champagne flavored with a locally harvested and produced elderberry syrup reminded me of the benefits of using mostly seasonally available products. While sitting in the fireplace anteroom before dining, it all seemed to make sense now. One should slow down and enjoy the simple things in life; let the enjoyment penetrated the very fabric of your being and appreciate all the talents that are before you. Chef Hubertus was ready for us now and had prepared a special menu of some of the latest creations in his repertoire.
Restaurant Sonnenhof - Cuisine
A third mention should be the Duet of Pata-Negra, with caramelized artichokes, Physalis (ground cherries) and chive potatoes. The Pata Negra pork is raised on a strict diet of acorns thus imparting a unique flavor profile of a delicate nutlike taste. Tender morsels of artichokes, sweetened during the cooking process were arranged next to asparagus tips and citrus-like Physalis going 360 degrees from salty, nutty, citrus to sweet and back to salty again with every bite. A bottle of Chateau Gloria, St. Juliens Cru Bourgeois 1997 with an elegant dark fruit nose and lovely texture did the right thing with the entrée at hand.
2007 Award: Restaurant Sonnenhof
Boulevard Magazine