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Abbaye de Talloires welcomes new head chef, Georges Ringeisen

Abbaye de Talloires, member of Great Hotels of the World in the French Alps, has recently appointed Georges Ringeisen as the property’s new head chef. Ringeisen was born in Alsace into a farming family. His cooking reflects a real love for nature and the changing of seasons, embracing locally sourced products. Ringeisen will implement a new concept for the property’s recently opened brasserie La Table de Cézanne, serving traditional French lunches prepared with local ingredients. From mid-June guests can also enjoy dishes on the terrace next to the lake, prepared in the hotel’s outdoor kitchen. For dinner, the more formal restaurant Aux Jardins des Délices serves simple yet inventive dishes that are combined with an exotic touch.

Using aromatic herbs from the Abbaye’s herb garden and local plants, Ringiesen gives guests a unique gourmet experience. Accompanying him is knowledgeable sommelier Charly who will suggest wines from the historical wine cellar of Abbaye. The menu will be changed according to the seasons and the brasserie menu will change every 14 days. Highlights from the spring menu include, pan-seared scallops in a hazelnut crumble with lime emulsion, and fillet of Charolais beef. Cooking courses with Ringeisen will also be made available as well as wine tasting sessions with the sommelier.

Abbaye de Talloires is a member of Great Hotels Luxury Collection. For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/abbaye-talloires or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Gloria Hotels & Resorts welcomes Michelin-starred chefs

From May to September 2013, Great Hotels of the World members Gloria Hotels & Resorts will be running a ‘Stars Closer than Ever’ event. Gloria Serenity Resort will host renowned worldwide chefs at Le Jardin au Printemps á la carte restaurant. Stefan Hartmann from Hartmanns Restaurant* will be the first chef to welcome guests from 1-12 May, followed by Bruno Oger from La Bastide Bruno Oger** (3-7 July), Mathias Diether from First Floor* (17-27 July), Steffen Mezger from Atelier-Hotel Bayerischer Hof* (28 August-1 September), Oliver Glowig from Ristorante Oliver Glowig** (11-15 September) and Onno Kokmeijer from Ciel Bleu Restaurant** (25-29 September).

Gloria Hotels & Resorts are members of Great Hotels of the World Luxury Collection. For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/gloria-serenity-resort or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Londa Hotel appoints new Executive Chef at its Caprice Restaurant

Great Hotels of the World’s member property Londa Hotel in Cyprus has recently welcomed new Executive Chef Giovanni Caracciolo to its Caprice Restaurant. Caracciolo has previous experience at La Scala Opera House in Milan, and will bring a renewed and refreshed menu that remains traditionally and authentically Italian. New additions include dishes such as aubergine soufflé with caprino cheese fondue and sautéed langoustine in basil, ravioli with bufala, butter and marjoram on a cream of pistachio, and chicken breast in a sweet and sour sauce with pine kernels, raisins and fresh spinach. Pasta and risotto favourites are not forgotten – the risotto a la Milanese is just an example of one of the classics on offer.

Jochen Niemann, General Manager at Londa, comments: “Our Caprice guests are very happy with the new menu; Giovanni’s natural flair and creativity in the kitchen has already made a remarkable impact.” Giovanni has perfectly captured the chic ambience of Londa with his on trend contemporary menu: “For me, creating food is like creating a great painting.” With the perfect backdrop of the alluring Mediterranean, the restaurant in this boutique property will serve as the ideal setting for a delectable meal.

Londa Hotel is a member of Great Hotels Luxury Collection. For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/londa or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Columbia Beachotel introduces ‘Bay Club’ all-inclusive offering

Great Hotels of the World is pleased to announce that member hotel, Columbia Beachotel in Cyprus, has introduced a new ‘Bay Club’ package offering for its guests. The Bay Club will provide an all-inclusive offering for the first time, as well as more personalised services. Alongside buffet style breakfast, the hotel will offer late breakfast for those that prefer to lie-in, as well as delicious lunch, appetising snacks, afternoon tea and dinner. Drinks will be offered at the Cape Aspro Pool Bar or 7Cs Bar and will include different types of wine, all soft drinks and juices, draft local beers, selected alcoholic drinks, an array of coffee and cocktails. Guests of the Bay Club will also have unlimited access to the sauna, fully equipped gym, steam bath, tennis courts, sunbeds and umbrellas at the pool and the beach as well as use of canoes, pedal boats and snorkelling equipment.

Columbia Beachotel is a member of Great Hotels Luxury Collection. The all-inclusive Bay Club is available from just £160 per room. For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/columbia-beachotel or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa introduces all-inclusive services

Great Hotels of the World member Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa in Spain has recently introduced an all-inclusive package for guests for the very first time. Responding to guests’ demands, the hotel will be the first five-star property in the Costa del Sol to start this service. The All Inclusive Prestige Service includes buffet breakfast, the choice of a three-course lunch and dinner or buffet lunch and dinner, a wide selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, a selection of sandwiches and pastries for morning snacks and tea-time, cocktails and coffee at the hotel’s bar as well as unlimited access to the hotel’s Thalasso Spa.

Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa is a member of Great Hotels Luxury Collection. Double deluxe sea view rooms on an all-inclusive basis from £226. For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/gran-elba-estepona or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

Pentelikon Hotel & Suites opens new Argentinean restaurant

Great Hotels of the World is pleased to announce that member property Pentelikon Hotel & Suites in Greece has recently opened Buenos Aires restaurant, focusing on sumptuous Argentinean cuisine. The restaurant has taken the place of the property’s renowned Vardis Restaurant, which was the only restaurant in Greece to be awarded a Michelin star for seven consecutive years. Harry Vardis and chef Ilias Skoulas have created the new restaurant to offer an authentic Argentinean environment with flavoursome, high-quality dishes. All the cuts are grilled on an Argentinean grill and salted with Maldon sea salt flakes. Chef Ilias only prepares his dishes with the finest ingredients, each carefully chosen. Dishes on the menu include the renowned Black Angus beef from Argentina, patatas del Delmonico (roasted potatoes in milk, parmesan and herbs), and the ‘plato del Chef’, which will be announced by chef Skoulas each day.

Pentelikon Hotel & Suites is a member of Great Hotels Premium Collection. For more information or to book, please visit http://www.ghotw.com/pentelikon-hotel-suites or call +44 (0) 20 7380 3658.

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