All Aboard the Luxe Express: Venice Simplon-Orient Style!

All Aboard the Luxe Express: Venice Simplon-Orient Style!

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Published on October 17, 2023

Choosing the Right Route

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers a variety of routes, immersing passengers in the golden age of train travel. Each journey, with destinations like Paris, Istanbul, and Vienna, is unique and meticulously planned to provide an unparalleled experience of luxury and scenic beauty.

Dress Code: A Blend of Elegance and Comfort

There’s an air of sophistication on the train, with formal attire enhancing the experience. However, guests shouldn't stress – elegance can be simple. During the day, smart, casual attire is the norm, while evenings are an opportunity to immerse in the opulence of bygone eras.

Packing Essentials

Space is a premium, and the grandeur of the journey calls for thoughtful packing. An overnight bag and carry-on are your best friends, ensuring that essentials are at hand while basking in the art deco inspired grand suites or classic cabins.

The Grand Suites: A Closer Look

With meticulous designs reflecting iconic cities like Paris and Istanbul, the grand suites are a haven of luxury. Hand-beaded embroidery, plush fabrics, and an ambiance echoing the 1920s provide an intimate, exquisite retreat as landscapes roll by.

Digital Detox with a View

Unplugging is a treasured aspect of this journey. It’s a world where scenic vistas, opulent interiors, and fellow passengers' company take center stage. Yet, the picturesque settings and timeless elegance of the train inspire the capturing of memorable snapshots.

A Culinary Affair

Dining on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a gala of flavors. From afternoon teas to sumptuous dinners, every meal is a celebration. Passengers can choose their dining settings and timings, balancing the scenic journey with epicurean delights.

Night-Time Nuances

The evenings are a symphony of music, laughter, and camaraderie. The pianist’s melodies serenade guests until midnight, turning the bar car into a social hub where stories and smiles are exchanged under the soft glow of elegant lighting.

The Journey’s Pace

While the opulence of the train and the scenic routes are intoxicating, this is a journey of relaxation. Each moment is to be savored, from the intricate designs of the carriages to the changing landscapes that tell tales of regions and their histories.

Crossing Borders

As the train hums through diverse landscapes, crossing from Venice to Austria, the enchantment of nocturnal vistas and the camaraderie of fellow passengers turns every moment into a cherished memory. It’s a journey where every curve of the tracks unveils a new narrative.

Farewell, But Not Goodbye

The final leg of the journey, adorned with Champagne and the refined flavors of brunch, marks the culmination of an experience where time is suspended. Yet, every passenger disembarks as an ambassador of a world where travel is not just seen but profoundly felt.

In the Lap of Luxury: A Narrative of Moments and Memories

Every note of the pianist, every smile exchanged in the glowing bar car, and every landscape that whispers the secrets of regions crossed, stitches the tapestry of an unforgettable journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. It’s more than travel; it’s an elegant dance of moments and memories, forever cherished.


Everly Hotels Collection Launches First Property Near Brighton

Everly Hotels Collection Launches First Property Near Brighton

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on July 17, 2024

Everly Hotels Collection has opened its first property, The White Horses, in Rottingdean near Brighton. This boutique hotel marks a significant milestone for the brand, featuring 32 stylish guestrooms and a 290-seat restaurant with stunning sea views.

The White Horses offers a variety of room options, from classic doubles to superior balcony rooms and suites. Three of these rooms are dog-friendly, catering to guests traveling with pets. Each room has been thoughtfully designed with contemporary interiors, celebrating local landmarks and stories.

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The hotel's restaurant, seating 290 guests, includes outdoor terraces that offer beautiful sea views. The bar and restaurant focus on local and regional British produce, presenting an all-day menu with seasonal classics. The signature seafood platter, inspired by the coastal location, is a highlight. In-house chefs and mixologists prioritize fresh, quality ingredients, creating innovative dishes and drinks.

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At the reception, guests will find 'The Little Store,' which sells local produce, handcrafted art, and gifts like candles and toiletries. This initiative supports local businesses and provides guests with a taste of the region's craftsmanship and flavors.

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Vincent Madden, Managing Director of Everly Hotels Collection, expressed excitement about the opening: “The official opening of The White Horses hotel marks a pivotal occasion for Everly Hotels Collection as the first property in our repertoire, and we’re thrilled to finally be welcoming our guests through our doors. The hotel balances the timeless comfort guests can expect from an upscale boutique hotel, with experiences that are very much rooted in the local area – a meeting point for locals and guests alike.”

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The White Horses is the first in a series of planned locations across the UK. With a multi-million-pound investment, the hotel sets a high standard for future properties in the Everly Hotels Collection. The focus remains on providing upscale boutique experiences deeply rooted in their local communities.

Image Credit: thewhitehorseshotel-rottingdean.co.uk and their official social media handle.


India Opens New Visa Application Centers in Seattle and Bellevue

India Opens New Visa Application Centers in Seattle and Bellevue

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on July 17, 2024

The Indian Consulate in Seattle has launched new visa application centres in Seattle and Bellevue, providing full visa and passport services to individuals traveling to India. The inauguration was attended by notable figures, including Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, Port Commissioner Sam Cho, and State Representative Vandana Slatter.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, who handed out the first Indian passport and visa at the event, praised the Indian community's contributions to strengthening ties between India and the USA. Prakash Gupta, Consul General of India in Seattle, highlighted that the opening of these centres demonstrates the Indian government’s commitment to deepening relationships with the Pacific Northwest states.

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In addition to the Seattle centre, a drop-off facility in Bellevue has been established to make it easier for residents of the east side to access these services. Both centres are managed by VFS Global, the official visa services partner for the Indian government, ensuring efficient and streamlined processes for applicants.

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These centres will benefit the large Indian diaspora in the consular jurisdiction, covering nine Pacific Northwestern states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Consul General Gupta emphasized that these facilities aim to provide a convenient and efficient experience for all consular applicants.

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The Seattle centre is equipped with modern amenities to offer a superior application experience. VFS Global has been a trusted partner of the Indian government since 2008, handling services like visa applications, OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India), passport services, and more. Amit Kumar Sharma, Head of VFS Global, expressed excitement about expanding their partnership with the Indian government and enhancing customer experience.

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The opening of these centres follows the inauguration of the Indian Consulate in Seattle in November 2023. Consul General Gupta stated that providing smooth and efficient consular services is a top priority and welcomed feedback from applicants to further improve their operations.

With these new centres, the Indian Consulate aims to make the visa application process more accessible and convenient, thereby supporting the travel and consular needs of the Indian community in the greater Seattle area.

Image Credit: indiainseattle.gov.in


JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate Partner for a Sensorial Journey Rooted in Well-Being

JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate Partner for a Sensorial Journey Rooted in Well-Being

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 14, 2024

JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 hotel brands, and Flamingo Estate, a California-based lifestyle company, have announced a global brand partnership. This collaboration aims to elevate travelers' well-being by engaging two powerful senses: scent and sound. Grounded in a shared ethos of fostering holistic well-being through a deep connection with nature, the partnership will traverse several sensorial touchpoints, bridging the paths to mindfulness.

Serenity Through Scent

The collaboration introduces an exclusive co-branded scent named Expansion, inspired by the JW Garden at JW Marriott properties worldwide. This herbaceous and uplifting fragrance welcomes guests with notes of lush greenery, damp earth, and rich flowers, complemented by white lotus flower, rosemary, and Holy Basil, known for its adaptogenic qualities. This scent will be featured at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu and encapsulated in a signature candle hand-poured in Los Angeles.

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Harmonizing Wellness with Sound

JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate have created four exclusive playlists titled Aurora, Sun, Dusk, and Moon, each designed to correspond with different times of the day. These playlists, accessible on Flamingo Estate’s Spotify channel, will be integrated into the global sound strategy at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, creating a serene and mindful environment for guests from morning to night.

Bruce Rohr, Vice President and Global Brand Leader at JW Marriott, commented, “Together, JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate are reimagining luxury hospitality by cultivating a fusion of elegance and sensorial experiences that deeply resonate with travelers seeking to elevate their path of well-being.”

Richard Christiansen, Founder of Flamingo Estate, added, “We both believe in real hospitality, and it’s at the heart of what we do. The rare art of making someone feel loved and cared for is communicated through all the senses, but especially sound and smell.”

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio, offering properties and resort locations worldwide. With over 100 hotels in more than 30 countries, JW Marriott focuses on mindfulness, helping guests feel present, nourished, and revitalized through its programs and offerings. JW Marriott participates in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International, which provides members with exclusive experiences and benefits. For more information, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

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