A wonderful Happy Birthday to our hard-working Travel team as they turn one this month! Over the last 12 months, our travel department has steadily grown with a whole host of exciting new clients coming on board. We thought a quick look back at their year was in order – and what a year it was!
Working with clients ranging from high end international hotel brands to travel tech platforms, the Sauce Travel team spreads the word about unique and exciting experiences for all types of travellers. From detox getaways in Ibiza and off-the-beaten-track adventures in Japan to swanky holidays in Provence and secret escapes to Italy, our travel gurus are up for any challenge!
Here’s to you Travel!
Relais & Châteaux
Established in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 540 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele. Relais & Châteaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It offers an introduction to a lifestyle inspired by local culture and a unique dip into human history. Relais & Châteaux members have a driving desire to protect and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality. They are committed to preserving local heritage and the environment, as encompassed in the Charter presented to UNESCO in November 2014.
Hotel Café Royal, London
True to its original glamorous spirit, Café Royal has reopened as a luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of central London. With elegant Mayfair to the west and creative Soho to the east, Hotel Café Royal is perfectly positioned within walking distance of London’s finest shopping streets, tourist attractions and theatreland. Paying homage to the history of the building, grand historic areas have been sensitively restored and a selection of restaurants, bars and events spaces are a tribute to the rich heritage of excellent hospitality and dining. In its reincarnation this iconic London landmark now features 160 contemporary guestrooms, including 49 suites and six signature suites.
The Conservatorium, Amsterdam
The Conservatorium Hotel is Amsterdam’s leading luxury lifestyle palace, evoking glamour and elegance for cosmopolitan, design-literate travellers. Located in Museum Square, the luxury centre and cultural heart of the city, the Conservatorium is an architectural masterpiece that combines a landmark heritage building with a graceful, contemporary design, offering guests a selection of restaurants, a bar, lounge and the 1,000 sq m Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Facility. A destination hotel with a real sense of place, the Conservatorium is known at home and abroad as ‘Amsterdam’s Living Room’.
The Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross, London
Designed by Lewis Cubitt, The Great Northern Hotel was the first of the new generation of Victoria railway hotels. First established in 1854, the hotel reopened to the public in July 2013, following a complete renovation to create an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of London’s King’s Cross St Pancras, just 25 metres from the Eurostar terminus. Ninety-one luxurious bedrooms feature three breath-taking departures in design, with beautifully handcrafted furniture and original décor set against Farrow and Ball shades, with stunning Lefroy-Brooks bathrooms and free high speed Wi-Fi. Old and new blended in perfect unison.
The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney
The Old Clare Hotel is located across two heritage-listed properties, the Clare Hotel and Carlton United Administration Building (CUB) in the heart of an emerging and vibrant neighbourhood, Chippendale. The Old Clare Hotel will provide detailed, personalised service within a contemporary and urban setting, across 62 guest bedrooms. The hotel offers a gym, meeting space and will play host to Unlisted Collection’s first day spa. There are three restaurant offerings each in stunning spaces, helmed by Jason Atherton, Samuel Miller and Clayton Wells. A tribute to the heritage of the buildings, The Old Clare Hotel houses two bars: one located within the original ‘pub’-area of the Clare Hotel; the other is located next to the stunning 14-metre pool on the rooftop.
Yeotown is an award-winning UK health retreat based in rural North Devon, one of the most picturesque areas of the UK. The philosophy at Yeotown is simple – that one can achieve a high level of wellbeing, energy and health by taking control of both mind and body. A tried and tested five day healthy detox and lifestyle programme, the Yeotown experience promises to leave guests stronger in body and clearer in mind, with a renewed sense of commitment to health and wellbeing, and the tools to maintain this balance once their busy lifestyles resume. The creation of highly inspiring husband and wife team, Mercedes Ngoh Sieff and Simon Sieff, Yeotown is the definitive home of wellbeing in the UK.
Walk Japan is the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track walking holidays in Japan. Established in 1992 by two Hong Kong University academics, Professor Dick Irving and Dr Tom Stanley, who originally set out running study trips to Japan for their students of Japanese history and social geography, Walk Japan offers truly authentic tours to discover the real Japan, its people, society and culture. By harnessing years of in-depth knowledge and on-the-ground experience, Walk Japan ensures its tours unveil the true essence of Japan, something that often remains inaccessible for most visitors.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome
An elegant, early 20th-century villa owned by an Italian aristocratic family, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is an intimate hideaway with just 15 bedrooms and suites, set within a beautiful garden and just steps from the Trevi Fountain. The family’s collection of antiques, original works of art and Flemish tapestries decorate the interior, and during the warm summer months the gardens provide a tranquil respite from Rome’s hustle and bustle. Sit on the sun terrace and enjoy the scent of fresh rosemary, read a book in the magnificent wood-panelled library, enjoy a stroll along nearby Via del Corso and Via Condotti or perhaps a spa treatment in the hotel’s wellness centre, before relaxing in the drawing room with a drink from the complimentary honesty bar. Hotel guests can also enjoy organic olive oil and wine made by the Spalletti Trivelli family on their Umbrian estate, Pomario.
Hilton London Bankside
Located in the heart of Bankside, a short distance from the Tate Modern, Hilton London Bankside is home to 292 stunning guest rooms including 25 bespoke suites which offer views of the city skyline. The contemporary design of the hotel will reflect the fascinating history and ambiance of the surrounding urban area. The brutalist architecture of the hotel combines raw industrial design and urban chic to create a luxurious setting that features 11 flexible meeting rooms, a Penthouse Suite with private terrace and the Bankside Ballroom, (an imposing 6-metre high ceiling, dramatic chandeliers, balcony and sweeping marble staircase). Also within the Hilton London Bankside is OXBO Bankside restaurant and The Distillery bar, serving high-end food and beverages, led by Executive Chef Paul Bates, formerly of The Beaumont and Intercontinental Park Lane hotels.
CALA Retreats is an exciting, hollistic retreat company offering chic accommodation in beautiful locations around the world where guests can relax, recharge and reset. The company is the creation of Carolyne Ji and Laurie Richards, wellbeing professionals with a combined 20 years of experience in nutrition, functional medicine, yoga, meditation, bodywork, and cleansing techniques for both mind and body. CALA Retreats currently run in Ibiza, Tuscany and Marrakech, with urban day retreats to come later this year.
Trip4real is a pioneering community-driven travel tech platform enabling locals to become tour-guides and travellers to have authentic, local experiences alongside them. Created in Barcelona, collaborative consumption start-up Trip4real was launched by founder Gloria Molins in 2013 and is quickly becoming a huge success, with social travellers and budding micro-entrepreneurs adopting the online platform as a new way to experience a city, and a new way to create activities and a source of income. Locations include London, Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam.
For any details on travel at Sauce, please contact:
Emma Powell, Director of Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Polly Dowson, Junior Account Executive at email@example.com