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GQ Pop-Up Bar Opens at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

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Condé Nast International Restaurants has partnered with Badrutt’s Palace Hotel St. Moritz to
open a GQ Bar pop-up, it was announced today. GQ Bar St. Moritz will debut on Saturday 27th
January, running until 1st April 2018

GQ Bar St. Moritz will be accessible via its own entrance, making it a standalone venue in
addition to being part of the hotel. This opening coincides with the 34th Snow Polo World
Cup, one of the highlights of the winter season, and follows the successful GQ Bar and Vogue
Café pop-ups in London in recent months. In addition, GQ Bar Berlin recently opened, the
first permanent outpost for a GQ Bar in Western Europe, located in Grunewald. Badrutt’s
Palace has partnered with Zurich-based Galerie Elle and artists Marianne and Nicolas Friolet
of Friolet Interiors to design the interiors of GQ Bar St. Moritz.

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The New Sacher Eck and Sacher Confiserie

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“At the Hotel Sacher, time never stands still. A fact that is impressively displayed in seven new suites on the bel étage, the new Sacher Eck and the new Sacher Confiserie.

There is a lot going on behind the imperial facades of the Sacher Hotel in Vienna. In 2017, the owner family embarks on an ambitious journey of carefully renovating seven suites on the bel étage, creating 150 additional seats at the new Sacher Eck – which now spreads over two floors – as well as presenting a completely new concept for the Sacher Confiserie. “Managing a hotel is a permanent process of renewal,” assert Reiner Heilmann and Armie-Angélique Lassiwe, the two hotel managers at the Sacher hotels in Vienna and Salzburg. “Our guests expect the best – not only from our employees but from the hotels themselves.

The new Sacher Eck spreads over two floors, allowing for even more space to enjoy a glass of wine or delicious Sacher treats. On the newly created first floor, guests enjoy cozy seats, welcoming séparées and a magnificent view to the Vienna State Opera.

The new Sacher Confiserie impresses with majestic white marble and the introduction of a new sales concept that focuses on visual and tactile experiences for the customers.”

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Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa Re-Opens in 2018

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Following the hotel’s recent closure due to Hurricane Irma, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa which opened last fall as this destination’s newest hotel, announces its plans to re-open as soon as possible in 2018.

“This time last year we were diligently preparing for the grand opening of Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, but damage to the hotel in the wake Hurricane Irma is unfortunately forcing the hotel to remain shuttered this winter season,” said Marc Dobbels, general manager, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa. “We are terribly disappointed but determined to bring our beloved hotel back for the 2018 season,” said Dobbels.

According to Dobbels, renovation plans for the award-winning hotel are well underway and while designers have been instructed to return the hotel to its original splendor, there may be a few surprises.

“Le Barthélemy captured the essence of St. Barths with its understated, chic style that made our guests feel so at home and we know they look forward to returning,” said Dobbels. “Irma has presented a challenge, but she did not damper our spirits nor our resilience. Our staff, family and friends are well and now we turn our attention to the work at hand: bringing Le Barthélemy back for the 2018 season better than ever.”

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Fete Imperiale and the City of Music

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Adam’s Austrian Fairytale

By Adam Szymanski

I have had the pleasure of working with Sacher Hotels for three years now. To be honest, I thought I knew these hotels in and out…but man was I wrong! I just returned from hosting the most incredible FAM trip to stay at each of the two hotels (Vienna and Salzburg), and amazement aside, it was one of the most informative trips of my life. As I said, I know Sacher Hotels in and out, but because of this trip…I now understand just how iconic they truly are.

Our trip began in the exquisite, historic city of Vienna. Our trip was co-sponsored with Austrian Airlines and they were kind enough to provide us with international business class tickets. They recently recreated their entire business class experience, and it was very impressive – definitely something to check out. I especially liked the fully-flat beds and amenity kit. Upon arrival, we were met and taken to the iconic Sacher Hotel. Greeted and effortlessly checked-in, we had the afternoon to spend touring the old city. Our tour didn’t last long, as we had Waltz Lessons planned for us! None of us had ever really waltzed (for the most part), so the lessons were mainly spent laughing and trying to do the basic four steps. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. The day ended perfectly with outdoor dining at the local restaurant “Heuriger”, specializing in Austrian Cuisine. After filling up on as much wiener schnitzel we could handle, we headed back to our palace for the night.

The next day, we had a fabulous breakfast, followed by an early morning factory tour to see how the world-famous Sacher Torte is made. It was great to see, and of course we stuffed our faces once again (this time before noon)! We headed back to the hotel to begin getting ready for the Fete Imperiale, or the Summer Ball. Each of the ladies on the trip were given a personal, private hair and makeup stylist to help them prepare for the night. All necessary of course when you’re going to a European Grand Ball!

The evening began with the most incredible surprise – the Sacher team arranged for horse-driven carriages to take us to the royal palace. Nope, not dreaming. Everything you read about in fairytales growing up was happening for us at that very moment. We arrived at the ball, where each of us were personally greeted by Mrs. Guertler (Hostess of the ball and Owner of Sacher) herself. We watched the ceremonies, then danced the night away until 5 a.m.! It was unforgettable to say the least.

How to follow-up on that?! The next day was pretty incredible as well. Mrs. Guertler invited our FAM group to have lunch with her at her private home. We were all still in the afterglow from the night before, but somehow, she still managed to impress us even more. Lunch was fabulous of course, like something out of Real Simple magazine. Afterward, we headed to the train station to board our train to Salzburg!

Upon arrival in Salzburg, we were transferred to the Hotel Sacher Salzburg, checked-in, and immediately headed out on an impromptu city tour. We stumbled upon a few of the filming locations from The Sound of Music which was very cool. The night only got better as we then attended a private performance of Mozart’s famous concertos at Mirabell Palace – A unique and unforgettable moment.

We ended the trip with another day touring the beautiful city of Salzburg, including visits to the von Trapp Mansion, the Palace (and lunch there, too!), Mozart’s Birthplace, and more! We ended the tour in the lakes region, at this breathtaking place called Salzkammergut…say that 5 times! It was the perfect ending to our Austrian fairy tale. All in all, it was one of the best moments of my life.

So many wonderful memories from our trip…it really was one of the best FAM’s I have ever been on!!!
From learning the secrets to baking the perfect Sacher Torte at the factory to our fantasy like horse & carriage ride to the ball, our stay in Vienna was truly memorable! Of course I won’t forget our waltz lessons which were so much fun and sure gave us a lot of laughs! The impeccable service, beautiful accommodations and sheer authenticity of this historic property truly define the Hotel Sacher…..and we can’t leave out the best wienerschnitzel ever!!

Judy SteinOvation Travel