For a fabulous fairytale getaway, few places compare to an enchanted stay in Verride Palácio de Santa Catarina, once an elegant 18th-century Portuguese palace in Lisbon. The transformation of this palatial townhouse into an extraordinary, aristocratic, 19-room boutique hotel, opened in December 2017, was a group effort by first-time hoteliers Kees Eijrond and Naush Kanji and their design team, architect Teresa Nunes da Ponte, interior designer Andrea Previ and Mr. Kanji.
A uniformed valet stands guard at the arched entry, opens the doors to a small, stylish, marble-floored lobby where a curved marble staircase with an ornamental wrought iron railing seemingly floats above a classic piece, the 1969 white Carrara marble “M Table” by Angelo Mangiarotti. From the lobby, doorways lead to a light-filled breakfast room, its adjacent sun deck terrace, a small swimming pool and the glass-walled elevator, through which the Tejo River and red-tile rooftops appear.
Up one flight, on the traditional high-ceilinged “noble” floor, two Royal Suites flank the elegant Yellow Lounge, with its mustard-colored Minotti leather sofa and hand-painted silk De Gournay wallpaper. The contemporary look is warmed by the owner’s collection of photographs, paintings and family treasures, including a Murano chandelier. The lounge can be privatized as part of the Royal Suite; at other times, the tasteful sitting room is open to all guests. The King Suite occupies the adjacent, original, wood-paneled library, decorated with modern-day furniture set under an extravagant, wooden-coffered ceiling.
The enticing Queen Suite, on the other side of the staircase, occupies the grand, former dining room. Its entry foyer is dominated by a free-standing, oval bathtub and decorated with original blue-and-white Azulejo tile murals that depict Count Verride in a hunting scene, circa 1910. The bed is centered in a room with Rococo-styled woodwork; high, sculptured ceilings; and decorative mirrors and faces the grand windows and the park and river view. The Arch Suite, yet another heritage room, showcases an original 18th-century exposed stone arch.
Each accommodation has its own unique configuration and they all repeat the joyful juxtaposition of contemporary and original details, such as arches, wood floors and grand windows, many with folding wood-paneled shutters. White plaster walls dominate, though in some places, guests can see the original walls, and the sleek décor with minimalist furniture, including multiple custom-made desks and chairs by J C Sampaio, brings the ambiance up to the minute. The predominantly neutral color palette extends to area rugs, made-in-Portugal sheets by Celso de Lemos and pops of color appear here (on a border of a rug) and there (on a chair cushion) and include blue and purple velvet fabrics (by Pedroso & Osório) and yellow glass orbs (by Claudio Buarque). Deluxe rooms face the red-tile roofs in the Bica district, while superior suites, such as the one we enjoyed, have expansive views of the Tejo River; some, like ours, also feature a riverfront balcony. Each of the pale grey marble bathrooms are sleek, have showers and sultry cream-colored Egyptian cotton towels by Abyss. Historic preservation rules restricted building a spa, but en suite spa services are provided by a top local facility.)
The casually chic Suba Restaurant and rooftop terrace — where food is served à la carte or by menu — provides amazing river views. For breakfast, traditional Portuguese fare is served at a communal table or by the pool with a selection of homemade breads, cakes, hams and cheeses; the cook prepares well-regarded to-order dishes, including scrambled eggs.
The boutique hotel stands alone, its stately façade — with tall windows on the Noble Floor — and overlooks a small park adjacent to the riverside promenade, alsoedged by the famous Pharmacy Museum. The two venues feel isolated from the capital city, yet it’s only one short, narrow block to the yellow trams and century-old cafés that line the cobblestone streets in the dynamic Bica district, which abuts the fabulous Lisbon destination neighborhood, Barrio Alto.
We’ve seen our fair share (and then some) of drama, trials and tribulations this year, so any reason to celebrate or plan a trip is an exciting opportunity. For the chocolate lovers and sweet aficionados in your crew, Zürich should be on your list this year or next — for many reasons, but specifically for the Lindt Home of Chocolate.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
You could say Osaka is a shapeshifter among cities. Japan’s third-largest city, running at a somewhat slower pace than Tokyo, is a patchwork of big business districts, pretty residential areas and beautiful parks. By night, several of its neighborhoods take on an alluring theme park ambiance. The most obvious is Dōtonbori, an upscale retail oasis that, after sunset, becomes a neon-lit maze of restaurants, bars, comedy clubs, arcades, department stores and massive souvenir emporiums.
If you are a lover of thrill rides and rollercoasters, you better start thinking about a future trip to test out some new ones in Orlando, Florida’s, theme parks. Throughout the next year, some theme parks are expecting a number of thrilling additions and experiences for willing guests. From two long-anticipated coasters slated to open next year in Walt Disney World to a yet-to-be-announced Jurassic Park roller coaster set to open in Universal Orlando, thrill-seekers and coaster fanatics will be in awe.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!