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Rajasthan: Premier Landmark Trails

After-hours with a curator at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur: Let our curator take you on an after-hours tour of Mehrangarh Fort – to experience the beauty of Mehrangarh that and give you a deep and personal insight into the architecture and anecdotal history of this magnificent fortress that has played such an important role in Jodhpur’s history.

Premium Entry at Udaipur’s City Palace: As spectacular as Udaipur’s City Palace is by day, it is much more interesting during twilight hours, after the crowds have dispersed. A premium entry sets the stage for an intimate, unique encounter with history, as you listen to the four-hundred-year-old legacy of the Mewar dynasty.

Private viewing of City Palace’s royal residences, Jaipur: As Jaipur’s City Palace is still inhabited by the current royal family, certain residential sections are closed to the general public. For a select few, a private viewing of the royal residences can be organized, where the history of the Kachwawa Rajputs is preserved in artifacts.

For more information or to inquire about sample itineraries contact contact@travelscopeindia.com

What is W.A.T.C.H?

W.A.T.C.H is an endeavor to focus on every aspect of the Indian forests including wildlife and people, their crafts and traditions, their day to day living, conservation perspectives both traditional, sustaining and inclusive; besides everything aligned with and inspired by nature and the jungles around them.

What was the inspiration behind W.A.T.C.H?

W.A.T.C.H was created based on a journey taken by the Managing Director of Travel Scope Mohan Narayanaswamy in the Indian forests and in the large preserves of nature ferociously guarded by our friends at their private homes and estates.  It was as much an adventure out as a journey within, driving to remote locations, scaling high mountain passes, seeking people in harmony with their surroundings and animals of the wild around them.

How W.A.T.C.H evolved to what is it today?

A slow evolving labor of discovery, W.A.T.C.H has taken its time to unfold simply because, Travel Scopes team took time behind the four-by-four, to discover, assimilate and fall in love with nature. Through their travels, they have realized that to love the wild one has to love the outdoors and have the infinite ability to wait and WATCH. What then unfurls are amazing moments of courage and survival and nature in glorious presentation!

What is the meaning of W.A.T.C.H?

W.A.T.C.H. is supporting a conservation action, initiative by WWF India to provide renewable and non-polluting solar lighting to village homes in the Sunderbans delta. This initiative by WWF India has illuminated lives of the communities in the Sunderbans and helps them to keep a WATCH on the predators such as Tigers. According to WWF India this innovative method helps in preventing their movement into villages and tackle human-animal conflict.

As we set out on this path to explore and discover India’s beautiful landscape, wildlife, people and support these initiatives, we invite you to join us on these journeys and become part of W.A.T.C.H. and a community of travelers that we aim to create and build along the way.

The Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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I recently had the great honor and pleasure of attending a gorgeous event in celebration of our very chic sophisticated Grand Hotel du Palais Royal’s 5th Anniversary! I crossed the Atlantic on La Compagnie, the all-business-class boutique airline from New York to Orly – which I loved. The value is amazing and I met some lovely people too!

I arrived at Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal, located across the street from the Palais Royal garden, minutes from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and close to the upscale boutiques and galleries on both Rue Saint-Honoré and St. Germain-des-Pres, a few minutes away, across the Seine, just in time for the July “Les Soldes! The biannual sales in the city of lights is a tradition for locals and tourists and I admit, I was able to support the French economy in a small way and found the perfect dress for the occasion that brought me to one of my favorite cities.

The Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal attracts sophisticated and low-key-chic international travelers but today the intimate Place de Valois seemed to be sparking in anticipation of the big occasion as I arrived. The festivities began with a 10-piece New Orleans-style band playing just outside the entrance, where hotel guests and locals stopped by to join the festivities. The lobby of the hotel was filled with gorgeous white flowers, their scent wafting up the staircase greeting guests joining the anniversary festivities. The owners, as well as, Lena Le Goff, General Manager, Severine Greault our Director of Sales and Marketing and the entire team were dressed in white.

The weather was perfect and at dusk, the city lights began to twinkle over the picturesque Paris rooftops and we could see the Eiffel Tower to the left, from the rooftop terrace. I was joined by Filip Boyen, CEO, Small Luxury Hotels of the World as well as invited guests from across the region and the globe – as we raised a glass to toast this “true gem” at a glittering anniversary party!

I was sad to leave but will look forward to my next trip to Paris to visit when their Grand Power in the 8th Arrondisement will open in December!

Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal is one of the most recent properties to be accepted into the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program, the prestigious and exclusive luxury travel agency network. The property was accepted into Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Traveller Made and Signature Travel Network in 2017 and was the recipient of Conde Nast Travelers 2017 and 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. For the third year in a row, the luxury property received four stars from the Forbes Travel Guide.

If arriving by plane, it takes 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), and 30 -45 minutes from Orly Airport (ORY). If traveling by Eurostar, the hotel can be reach in 15 – 20 minutes by taxi from the Gard du Nord or by Metro (lines 1 and 7; Palais Royal –Musee de Louvre). From Gare de Lyon, it is about a 10 – 15 minute taxi ride. The Palais Royal Metro is around the corner from the hotel.

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Travel + Leisure features Le Barthelemy in Top Caribbean Hotels Reopening Video

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At the end of summer 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive destruction in the Caribbean, striking islands like the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Barbuda, St. Martin, Puerto Rico, Dominica, and St. Barth’s.  Le Barthelemy was severely damaged during the hurricanes but has big plans of reopening this October.  Le Barthelemy has been featured in the Travel + Leisure video and article with coverage that spotlights the recovery of St. Barths. The article also includes information on beaches, restaurants, bars and other main attractions to visit during your stay at Le Barthelemy!  Click here to see the featured video and read more about Le Barthelemy’s reopening!

 

 

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The Dolder Grand’s Culinary Masterclass

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Do you love good food and have you always wanted to learn some cooking secrets from your favorite chefs?  If so, this Masterclass hosted by The Dolder Grand is the perfect event for you.  On Saturday, September 15, 2018 The Dolder Grand will be showcasing an array of different culinary delights throughout the Hotel.  At the Masterclass you will have the opportunity to sample a range of dishes while having the chance to chat with professionals and compare notes with those who love the culinary arts just as much as you!

 

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Santa Elisabetta Restaurant at the Hotel Brunelleschi

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2018 was a great year for the Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence as we have been crowned by the Michelin Guide, which is a symbol of quality, elegance and exclusivity associated with the quality of the food. It acts as a point of reference for travellers, authorized personnel and cooking lovers alike.

The gourmet Santa Elisabetta Restaurant has been chosen and recommended for its exclusive location, refined ambience and the new Chef Rocco De Santis, who had obtained a Michelin star for past experience. To be part of the Michelin Guide is considered an important recognition of value. It combines the best restaurants and hotels from all over the world. It is not just a simple guide but a real icon.

The Santa Elisabetta Restaurant has also obtained a recognition in the L’Espresso gourmet guide, one of the most authoritative and followed in Italy.