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Altis Hotels named official hotels for Lisbon's Stopover Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012

Great Hotels of the World is pleased to announce that its member, Altis Hotels, has been made official residence of Lisbon's Stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, which takes place from May 31-June 10 2012. Altis Hotels will be present at the event with a space in the Sponsors Club and the Race Village. Altis Hotels has created unique programmes together with the organisers of the race. In addition to accommodation with breakfast at one of the Altis properties, the package offers guest’s access to the Sponsors Club with an open bar, a presentation of the race and teams as well as guided tours of the boats and team areas. Guests can also choose between two types of access to the race: the Earth Programme with lunch at the exclusive Sponsors Club or the Sea Programme which includes a light lunch aboard the corporate boat with virtual track racing.

For more information or to book one of the Altis Hotels, please visit http://www.ghotw.com or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Quintessentially British celebrations at The Capital

With the Queen’s Jubilee weekend ahead, The Capital in London’s Knightsbridge will offer guests a special Queen’s Jubilee menu during June in their restaurant and private rooms. The menu is a replica of the dishes enjoyed by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II on a previous visit to the Capital Restaurant. It includes seared scallops ceviche, deep fried crab and cucumber jelly, fillet of lamb in black olive crust and more. The menu is available for lunch and dinner, priced at £60 per person and includes a martini to start.

As a holder of the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence for Top London Afternoon Tea 2012, The Capital will also honour the summer’s Olympic events with a sporting themed afternoon tea, available from 25 June-9 September. Dumbbells (passion fruit ganache in Valhrona chocolate shell), Winners’ Podium (glazed lemon sponge), Medals (Valhrona chocolate button on a poppy seed and ginger sable biscuit), Flame (banana cream rippled through with a raspberry coulis and adorned with a white chocolate flame) and Basket Ball (glazed carrot cake) will all be served together with delicate sandwiches and homemade scones with clotted cream and jam.

For more information or to book this hotel, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/capital-london or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Extensive renovations at Hotel Brunelleschi

Hotel Brunelleschi, member of Great Hotels of the World's Luxury Collection, has recently completed extensive renovations. The works have brought to light the unique stylistic features of the hotel’s historic buildings which date back to the first century AD, including the remains of a Roman caldarium and a Byzantine tower. The rooms and common areas now have a more classic feel, using white and grey to better reflect the Florentine Renaissance. Florentine antiques and modern furniture - including the hotel’s new pietra serena fireplace - have been added to create a unique atmosphere.

Furthermore, the hall has been completely renovated. Still preserving the stone walls and coffered ceiling, a classic reception counter has been inserted that draws comparisons with a traditional studded black leather casket. Other furnishings include panelling with the shields of powerful Florentine families, large 18th century terracotta vases, new sofas and armchairs, and a Venetian mirror. Other rooms benefitting from the renovations include the hotel’s renowned Santa Elisabetta restaurant and the breakfast hall.

For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/Hotel-Brunelleschi or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Dunboyne Castle introduces IMAGE Skincare facial treatments

Great Hotels of the World member, Dunboyne Castle, has launched its new salon, becoming the first spa in Ireland to offer IMAGE Skincare facial peel treatments. IMAGE Skincare is the newest cosmeceutical line in Ireland, using highly effective facial peels to treat pigmentation, acne, dry and dehydrated skin, rosacea and ageing. Dunboyne Castle’s Seoid Spa is also the first in Ireland to carry the skincare line’s ‘I Care’ daily product range, which includes post-peel treatment kits and conceal foundation. The new purpose-built Salon at Seoid Spa will now also offer clients essential grooming treatments including spray tanning, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, eyebrow threading and waxing.

For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/dunboyne-castle-hotel-spa or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Old Swan and Minster Mill joins forces with Asthall Manor for their ''on form'' sculpture exhibition

Great Hotels of the World is pleased to announce that its member, Old Swan and Minster Mill in Oxfordshire has joined forces with the owner of Asthall Manor in Swinbrook for their 2012 biennial ''on form'' sculpture exhibition, which will take place from 17 June-15 July 2012. 28 artists will showcase their works and a full programme of events, including painting and drawing workshops, talks, artist demonstrations and theatre and music performances will occur. Asthall Manor has also installed some of the exhibits at the Old Swan and Minster Mill. A special ‘Best Things in Life’ package in conjunction with the exhibition has been created, including two night’s accommodation for two at the Old Swan and Minster Mill, afternoon tea on the river terrace, full English breakfast each morning, three-course dinner each evening and two tickets and catalogue to the ''on form'' exhibition, including a self-guided walk to Asthall.

For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/old-swan-minster-mill or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Bintan Lagoon Resort launches direct ferry service from Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry terminal to the resort

Great Hotels of the World is pleased to announce that its member, Bintan Lagoon Resort, has launched a direct ferry service from Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry terminal to the resort’s doorstep. The route will be serviced by two high-speed 266-passenger ferries which take approximately 70 minutes to travel to or from the Bintan Lagoon Terminal, a private immigration and ferry terminal, located directly on the resort's beachfront. The direct ferry will shorten the roundtrip by almost two hours and enables guests to spend more time at the resort by avoiding long queues at the busy Bintan terminal.

For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/bintan-lagoon or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Lakeside Hotel presents its Jubilee themed lawn art and afternoon tea

Great Hotels of the World member, Lakeside Hotel in Lake Windermere, recently unveiled its new Jubilee themed lawn art, designed by the hotel's garden consultant, Richard Lucas. Mown into the hotel's front lawn is the Queen's crown together with the number 60. The lawn art is visible from Lake Windermere and gives visitors who walk up the jetty side of the property a warm welcome. The Jubilee lawn art will be visible until the end of June 2012. In addition, Lakeside Hotel has also introduced a special Jubilee afternoon tea, including a summery chilled Gazpacho followed by a choice of sumptuous sandwiches, a selection of cakes, pastries, scones and a wide selection of freshly brewed teas.

For more information or to book this hotel, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/lakeside or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

City Hotel’s terrace restaurant opens for summer

Great Hotels of the World member, City Hotel in Ljubljana, has opened a terrace for its visitors. Guests can now enjoy sumptuous Slovenian and international cuisine on the terrace, which serves as a green oasis in the heart of the city. The terrace offers stunning views of the famous Ljubljana castle, as well as a respite from a busy day of touristy activities. Wi-Fi access is available on the terrace, making it an ideal location for meetings, cocktail parties, private receptions and tastings.

For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/city-hotel-ljubljana or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

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