Published on : Friday, July 25, 2014
Catering to the travel trend for creative event facilities in inspiring destinations, Belmond is updating business amenities and offering special group rates across its curated collection of luxury hotels and travel experiences.
Highlights include a new event conservatory at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and a Highland Games experience on board luxury sleeper train, Belmond Royal Scotsman.
The traditional conference room meeting is now a thing of the past, with companies increasingly seeking inspiring venues where employees can enjoy luxury services. Located in some of the world’s most celebrated locations, Belmond’s collection offers outstanding venues and unrivalled expertise for every gathering, from grand conferences to intimate retreats.
Belmond is committed to helping guests discover their chosen destination. In line with this philosophy, each hotel and train offers a range of authentic experiences that can easily be worked into a business trip itinerary, from team cookery classes to helicopter rides over spectacular landscapes.
Below is a selection of Belmond’s updated event facilities and latest group offers:
New Event Conservatory at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has held two Michelin stars since 1985 and is one of the country’s most intimate and original hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms. Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, the 15th-century manor house boasts a range of event spaces and an acclaimed cookery school, making it the ultimate venue for an innovative corporate function.
Event hire at the hotel includes use of the Provençal-style reception room, secluded walled garden, dining room and brand new La Belle Époque Conservatory. Raymond Blanc was involved in the design of this bright, open space overlooking the walled garden – a great spot for a game of croquet. Hosting 15 to 50 guests, the conservatory is ideal for aperitifs and post-dinner drinks with its own private entrance, a bar and glass doors opening onto the lawn and terrace.
A dedicated events team can assist with bespoke furniture hire, music, lighting and entertainment, while Raymond and his Michelin starred chefs have created seasonal dishes, many using fresh produce from the hotel’s vegetable gardens. Complimentary canapés, coffee and petits fours are provided and guests can select Champagne and wine from the extensive cellar with the Chief Sommelier.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is offering groups a special rate in November 2014 from £495 per room, per night including breakfast. Offer is subject to availability and valid for bookings of 10 rooms only.
Restored Ballroom at Hotel du Palais, A Belmond Associate Hotel
Positioned on a headland between two pristine beaches, Hotel du Palais, A Belmond Associate Hotel in Biarritz, France was originally built as the private residence of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie. The hotel’s timeless blend of glamour and Basque Country warmth makes it a popular choice for corporate events.
Formerly Napoleon III’s ballroom, the magnificent Salon Impérial was recently restored to its original appearance as part of a six-month, €3.3 million refurbishment. Works include the re-creation of a glass roof to flood the main room with light, a redesigned adjoining space for break-out groups and cocktails, and a beautiful winter garden.
The private 300m2 space holds up to 230 people and is ideal for banquets, conferences and corporate events. State-of-the-art amenities such as an audio system, built-in screen and air-conditioning are complemented by intricate wall paintings, period mouldings and Hungarian point pattern parquet flooring. Smaller meetings can be held in the hotel’s intimate Salon Windsor.
Hotel du Palais, A Belmond Associate Hotel is offering groups a special rate in September 2014 from €335 (approx. £268) per room, per night including taxes and breakfast. Offer is subject to availability and valid for 10 – 100 rooms.
Brand New Corporate ‘Club Level’ at Belmond Miraflores Park
Belmond Miraflores Park in Lima, Peru recently reopened following an extensive four-month refurbishment. The renovations include the creation of a dedicated Club Suite level with Executive Lounge, remodelling of the hotel’s seven conference rooms and the launch of a stylish new restaurant and bar.
Spanning the 8th – 10th floors of the hotel, the Club Suite level is designed with corporate guests in mind. Offering superior sound technology, motorised curtains and television, computer and music connectivity to the same device, Club Suites enjoy complimentary access to a new, 24-hour Executive Lounge with modern conference facilities and a terrace, as well as sleek new meeting rooms and state-of-the-art business technology. Guests also receive complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, plus non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day.
The hotel’s seven conference rooms have also been remodelled with updated décor and equipment. Offering the latest communication technology, many have spectacular ocean views and are ideal for large functions, meetings, banquets and receptions for 45 – 400 guests.
Guests booking three nights at Belmond Miraflores Park can enjoy a complimentary night at a sister hotel in Peru, choosing from Belmond Hotel Monasterio and Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco; Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley; and Belmond Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu. ‘Discover Peru with Belmond’ is subject to availability and valid on stays until 30th September 2014.
Traditional Highland Games aboard Belmond Royal Scotsman
For those looking for a venue with a difference, the elegant Edwardian style carriages of Belmond Royal Scotsman may be just the ticket. The UK’s only luxury sleeper train accommodates just 36 guests and journeys across the Highlands of Scotland, offering two- to seven-night itineraries between March and November.
Onboard, guests are treated to culinary delights using local ingredients, traditional Scottish entertainment and sleep in comfortable cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Each itinerary includes visits to distilleries, family-run estates and castles, while visits to some of Scotland’s famous golf courses can also be arranged.
Inspired by the Commonwealth Games taking place in Scotland this summer, a Highland Games experience can be arranged for groups or entire charter at a private estate nestled amongst a pine forest, or on the white sands of the Western coast. Typical games include tossing the caber and Scottish hammer, welly-throwing and a sack race to keep competitive spirits high.
Belmond Royal Scotsman is offering a special group rate for two- or four-night itineraries departing Edinburgh on selected departures throughout April and May 2015. Prices start from £1,140 per person, with two guests sharing a twin cabin. Prices are based on 10 or more cabins booked on each journey and on an all-inclusive basis.