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July / August 2011 - Newsletter - Seven Stars and Stripes
Seven Stars And Stripes Award Gazette
The Portal for Those who Deserve the Ultimate Award, Daring to Demand... July / August 2011
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Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, Cortina Italy
Criatallo Ultimate SPA, Cortina – Italy
Monarch Hotel, Dubai - UAE
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Cristallo Hotel
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Cortina D'Ampezzo – Italy
6 Stars and 5 Stripes
6 Stars and 5 Stripes
... We embraced the feel and look of the dark wood, the cozy-luxurious design of our accommodations and the most imaginative fresh flower creations. The fabrics and bedding were exquisite with hypoallergenic mattresses and armchairs and beds covered with fragrant cotton and silk, a deserving addition to our breathtaking views of Tofane, the spectacular expressive mountain group of the ancient Dolomites just outside our picture window. We especially liked the Cristallo Ultimate Spas own bath and spa amenities by Swiss Transvital and the flower discretely floating in the toilette. The laundry service was great, returned shirts not only timely and impeccably ironed but with a little lavender sachet tucked in the wrapper. ... (CLICK HERE for more)
Cristallo - View
... "Views to die for!" Guests can indulge in these amazing views everywhere but especially from The Veranda del Cristallo, the restaurant serving traditional Ampezzano dishes. We ate at La Stube, an original, rustic wooden room heated by a large Majolica stove, where we tasted the wonderful local cuisine and wine. We feel that General Manager Borgonovo is very fortunate to have F&B Manager Ms. Ursula Chioma as part of his team. Her knowledge and ease in the international world of spirits, and food, as well as her service, was extraordinaire. The hotel has a spacious spa and fitness center 'The Cristallo Ultimate Spa, which features The Transvital Swiss Beauty Center and The FitWell Club with a decent seized pool. Spa treatment rooms include Hammam, Thermarium, Relaxarium facilities and additional private facilities. I recommend experiencing the Swiss Transvital technique. ... (CLICK HERE for more)
Cristallo Suite
... We were honored to present the world's ultimate Seven Stars and Stripes award to Ms. Paola Gualandi, representing the family who owns the hotel, and GM Giorgio Borgonovo and congratulate all of them to this dedicated team and their 110th anniversary. On July 4th, on the terrace of Cortinas Jewel, overlooking the Tofane mountains, the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, the only five-star luxury establishment in the Alpine range, received another important and most prestigious recognition, the Seven Stars and Stripes Award. This is an award that is given, following an inspection by the awarding judges, to hotels, resorts, spas and travel guides that have distinguished themselves through their excellence. Recent winners include the Eden Roc Hotel in Ascona, Switzerland. The Grand Spa Thermal Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, the Forte Village in Sardinia, New Yorks Waldorf Astoria and the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. ... (CLICK HERE for more)
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The Monarch Dubai Hotel
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Dubai - UAE
5 Stars and 4 Stripes
5 Stars and 4 Stripes
The Monarch Dubai Hotel, located in the heart of Dubai’s business district and within close proximity to Dubai’s International Finance Centre and the World Trade Center, features one of Dubai's most prestigious addresses ‘One Sheikh Zayed Road’. The views from this towering hotel display the City of Dubai, the Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf, which are striking and fascinating especially by night. With several meeting venues directly linked to an office tower, The Monarch Dubai Hotel clearly caters to the needs of the affluent international business traveler. Several different restaurants present interesting cuisine from around the world, including European, Indian and Japanese. Sample Cuisine we experienced: Okko Restaurant:
Okku Restaurant Cuisine
The Mandara Spa at The Monarch Dubai is said to ‘provide a sanctuary of serenity, beauty and personal indulgence’, which on this visit we didn’t have the time to experience and we were not able to confirm the “24-hour professional butler service upon request”.
Facts: The 236-room property comprises of a 33-storey hotel linked to a 37- floor office tower with panoramic views of Dubai. The hotels rooms and suites, include 141 Executive rooms, 38 Executive suites, two Presidential Suites, a Sky Suite on the 29th and 30th floor suspended between the hotel and office towers. The Monarch Suite on the 32nd and 33rd floor features an outdoor terrace pool, steam room and sauna, a cinema and an array of executive amenities. All rooms and suites are spacious and feature contemporary designs influenced with traditional Arabic elements.
Monarch Dubai Suite
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* Arrival: Cristallo Hotel
Dear Friends, Thorsten Buehrmann
Summer will soon be coming to an end in the northern hemisphere and ski as well as après ski enthusiasts are making plans for their winter vacations. We discovered the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf of Cortina D’Ampezzo high in the Dolomites of Northern Italy, said to be the only luxury ski resort in this part of the Alpine region “where one can wear heels”. The Cristallo Ultimate Spa’, which features ‘The Transvital Swiss Beauty Center’ and ‘The FitWell Club’ is the perfect hangout after a long day on the slopes, definitely a bonus, even for a luxury hotel located in one of the most beautiful ski areas of the world. The hotel was the set for numerous movies, including the famous Pink Panther, which brought actor Peter Sellers to Cortina, as Inspector Clouseau. The most famous scenes in the film remain the comings and goings of lovers from Capucine’s room, Clouseau’s exits and returns, the communicating doors, the characters hiding under the bed, in the bathtub, in the wardrobe and outside on the balcony, were all filmed here. Cristallo welcomed Dame Shirley Bassey, Brigitte Bardot, Infamous Klaus Kinsky and America's Frank Sinatra, to name just a few. The Cortina hotel celebrated its 110th anniversary all summer long, which culminated in an exclusive party in perfect Dolce Vita style on Saturday, August 27th! For our film festival enthusiasts, the annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival (founded in 2007) takes place October 13-22, 2011 residing at the Emirates Palace is a must. Much has changed since our last visit in 2007, new buildings and skyscrapers have gone up along the way or are in the works; what hasn’t changed is that Abu Dhabi is still positioned as the wealthiest of the Emirates states and that the golden Emirates Palace with it’s night-lit water fountains takes your breath away long before you pass the entry gate. The Emirates Palace is without a doubt a destination resort for pleasure and business alike, but more and more families are deciding to spend their quality vacations here as well, after all the weather is always good and there is so much to do. The resort offers fun programs that are specifically designed to entertain children of all ages.
I remain yours truly
Signature Thorsten Buehrmann
Thorsten Buehrmann
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Cristallo Ultimate Spa
Cortina D'Ampezzo – Italy
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'Of Global Distinction'
... The term that best describes the feeling when one enters The Cristallo Ultimate Spa is magical. Literarily from the breathtaking views of the Dolomites, to the unique setting of the glass enclosed Jacuzzi at the very head of the sparkling blue, light filled swimming pool, to the service of the expertly trained professional staff, the Transvital Swiss Beauty Centre excells. My signature massage was excellent and after relaxing tense upper body muscles my therapist put me right to sleep. The spa must be the perfect hangout after along day on the slopes in the winter, definitely a big bonus for a luxury hotel located in one of the most beautiful ski areas of the world. ... (CLICK HERE for more)
Cristallo SPA Treatment
... The Cristallo Ultimate Spa, with its Transvital Swiss Beauty Centre and FitWell Club is a magical and attractive place featuring a splendid hammam, thermarium, and relaxarium, and a semi-circular covered pool overlooking the Tofane Mountains, a true temple to beauty and to the joy of living, a place where you can discover all the secrets of total well-being. It occupies two floors and over 1,600 m² of space with direct views of the Dolomites, where charm, comfort, professionalism, care, scientific research, technology and a selection of world-class wellness services combine to provide an enchanting experience. ... (CLICK HERE for more)
Cristallo SPA - Award
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