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Time to check-in at Chapel Down – It’s harvest time with Jamie Oliver

Friday, September 30th, 2011
It’s great when local businesses have a great story to tell, especially when the business in question ‘manufactures’ fantastic products. Frazer Thompson, Managing Directory of Chapel Down gives us an update on their year, Jamie Oliver and harvests.

Blue skies, gentle breezes, the smell of Ambre Solaire – it must be the middle of summer in the Mediterranean. But it’s Kent in very late September, where Tesco have already put Christmas features up and signs and e-mails everywhere are urging me to book my turkey dinner before its too late…

It always amazes me that 5 days of warm weather merits such media airtime and newsprint. It’s a heatwave (it isn’t), it’s an Indian summer (it isn’t), it’s a sign of Global warming (it isn’t).  But it is undeniably gorgeous when the sun shines in late September – the light is better, there’s dew and mist and the leaves are starting to turn, we get the best sunrises and sunsets….and we get our first people running around vineyards carrying scissors. In spite of the weather, Mums would not be happy.

We started picking on 19th September – 6 days earlier than we have in the past ten years. The fruit is ripening well and sugars are rising and acids starting to fall in the grapes. Timing is crucial. Whilst the quality of this year’s harvest looks to be verging on the spectacular, and we’ve got a great team in the vineyards and a great team at the winery, we’ve only just started picking and much can happen. Despite the weather and the fruit coming to us so far, there is a long way to go. Its this time of year when even the Tigger in me goes all Eeyore. Everything that can be crossed, is crossed…

We welcomed the most enthusiastic, but unproductive pickers we have ever had to the vineyard on Tuesday 27th. Our vine lease holders looked gorgeous, and full of energy as they picked their grapes from 11 am to 1pm. And then they enjoyed a fabulous meal at great prices. No-one did any picking after lunch… I think they had a great time! We sent our pickers in afterwards to “finish off”…

For those of you with an interest in business and finance, you might want to look at our half-year results. Martin Johnson the England coach referred to ‘rugby players drinking beer shock’ after the Mike Tindall incident. This ‘English wine company makes profit shock’ is perhaps one of the great strides forward for the industry - although for you, and others better informed I am sure it will have come as no shock at all. One of the many highlights of our first six months has been the growing relationship we have developed with many of England’s top chefs.

Union Jacks with Jamie Oliver
We were delighted to be able to announce that we are going to be the sole suppliers of wine and supplier of beer to Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant concept, Union Jacks. Jamie came to visit the vineyard and have a look round and taste. He is exactly as you hoped he would be. Charming, enthusiastic, energetic, funny and very very quick and smart. And he has huge hands. He’s a perfect match with our brand and we’re thrilled to be working so closely with him.


Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Congratulations to Morukuru Family Lodge for their fantastic achievement of Best Luxury Bush Lodge. The World Luxury Hotel Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. This Award was established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering. It is about congratulating hotels that have taken the extra step & such differentiated themselves from “good hotels” to “exceptional hotels”.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards accounts for all categories in the Luxury Hotel industry. Award winners set the benchmark for luxury hotels in achieving recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence.

If you’d like to experience the Morukuru Family Lodge for yourself, take a look at their site and book yourself in as their guest. You won’t be disappointed.


Luxury Hotel, Fearrington House receives top award

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Fearrington House Country Inn has received the 2010 Forbes Five Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide. This is the 12th consecutive year that Fearrington House Country Inn has been awarded their Forbes five star rating.

“We’re so thrilled to receive Forbes’ top award again this year. It’s the result of a team effort; everyone is dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our guests. It’s great to receive this affirmation,” said Theresa Chiettini, General Manager of the Fearrington House Country Inn.

President and CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, Shane O’Flaherty said: “As in years past, the 2011 Five-Star properties share an uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of guest service”

The Fearrington House Country Inn and Restaurant is a member of Relais & Chateaux, an association of the finest restaurants and hotels in the world. The Fearrington House Restaurant is recognized for its sophisticated, European influenced regional cuisine. This celebrated farmhouse restaurant is also a Green Certified Restaurant™. Adjacent to the restaurant is the 32-room Fearrington House Country Inn, which was voted the second best small hotel in the U.S. by the  readers of Conde Nast Traveler in its 2010 readers survey. Rooms are individually decorated and enjoy views of extensive gardens and pastures. Guests also enjoy restaurants, boutique shops and, as of October 2010, a 4,000 square foot spa overlooking the Village Center.

Mount Cinnamon Grenada awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Congratulations to Mount Cinnamon Hotel in Grenada for being recognised and awarded with a Certificate Of Excellence from the online review website TripAdvisor. Of the current 68 traveller reviews, 57 travellers rated the hotel as Excellent.

Combe House Wins Gold Devon Hotel Of The Year Award

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Combe House Devon, near Exeter has won the 2010 Devon Hotel of the Year category at the Devon Tourism Awards, which were presented on Thursday, 30th September at a glittering ceremony at the Thurlestone Hotel, South Devon.

As the gold winner, Combe House has been automatically fast-tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in November, and then possibly on to the national Enjoy England awards in spring 2011.

The seven award categories celebrate the cream of Devon’s tourism industry and are designed to raise the profile of the county’s high performing tourism providers. Sponsored by Clockwork Marketing & Direct Mail, the Hotel of the Year category is for town, country house and metro hotels of excellent quality.

Combe House Devon is a wildly romantic Grade I Elizabethan manor hidden on a 3,500 acre wooded estate in the thatched village of Gittisham. The stunning country hotel and restaurant has been run privately by Ruth and Ken Hunt for the past twelve years. During this time, the Hunts and their team have transformed the house and its gardens into a truly memorable place to stay.

Thrilled with the award proprietor Ken Hunt said: “This unexpected honour for our small, country house hotel reflects back on our wonderful, welcoming, happy and hard working team. We are fortunate to be in a stunning location with a wealth of the West Country’s quality food producers on our doorstep”, concludes Ken.

Combe’s two resident Master Chefs of Great Britain, Hadleigh Barrett and Stuart Brown, are ardent about sourcing the freshest and best quality local ingredients. Around 70% of the fruit and vegetables in season is also provided by Combe’s own kitchen gardens – the chefs talk food metres, not miles.

Sheraton Seattle Earns Four Green Leaf Rating from Audubon International

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Seattle’s Largest Hotel Becomes Washington’s First Eco-Rated Lodging Facility

The Sheraton Seattle, the Northwest’s largest hotel, is pleased to announce it received an eco-rating of four Green Leafs by Audubon International in 2010, making it the first eco-rated lodging facility in Washington. The rating demonstrates the hotel’s environmental commitment through a corporate environmental ethic and innovative programs designed to involve staff, guests and vendors.

“We are proud of the Sheraton Seattle’s commitment to environmental excellence and we continuously strive to improve upon our existing efforts to go green,” said Matthieu Van Der Peet, general manager of the Sheraton Seattle. “The Audubon Green Leaf™ Eco-Rating Program allows us to identify the success of those green efforts and to communicate the results to our guests.”

The Sheraton Seattle has a long-standing environmental ethic.  In 2008, the Sheraton Seattle renewed its commitment to the environment with a comprehensive Green Strategy that focused on building three major areas:  infrastructure and physical enhancements, guest participation and associate awareness and involvement.   In addition to numerous initiatives for water conservation, energy efficiency and waste management, the Sheraton Seattle has excelled at reaching out to and educating hotel guests, staff and vendors to further enhance not only a corporate environmental ethic, but an environmental message that everyone can take home.

“As one of only a handful of lodging facilities to achieve four leafs, the staff and management of the Sheraton Seattle should feel proud of what they have accomplished,” said Kevin Fletcher, Ph.D., executive director of Audubon International.  “We look forward to working with them to continue to improve and find new ways to become more sustainable.”

Pueblo Bonito get two of their hotels in the top 20 resorts in Mexico

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Conde Nast and Travel + Leisure Magazine have recognised two Two of Pueblo Bonito’s Oceanfront Resorts and Spas – Pacifica and Sunset Beach as among the top 20 resorts in Mexico.

This is the debut year for Pueblo Bonito Pacificawhich ranked #6 in the top 20; Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach continues to be afavorite on the list.  

“As always, we are honored to receive such special recognition from the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine,” said Enrique Gandara, corporate director of sales and marketing, Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas.  “It is heart-warming that the readers – our guests – have shown their appreciation for our Pacifica Resort & Spa, adding it to the world’s best hotels in Mexico. Equally gratifying is that guests return often to Pacifica to relax, renew and rejuvenate in our adults-only retreat overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Our goal is to continually provide the highest level of service to our guests.”

Other recent respected and sought-after awards accorded Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas include: Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Award to Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica and Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay; the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List to Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach (2007-2009) and Pueblo Bonito Pacifica (2007-2009); Spa Magazine’s Silver Sage Award (2008-2009); and the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award 2010 to Pacific Bonito’s Pacifica and Sunset Beach resorts, and to several of Pueblo Bonito’s restaurants including Fellini’s at Pueblo Bonito Rosé, two consecutive years, and the renowned LaFrida at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach.

Bardessono Hotel is named One of the Best New Hotels

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Travel & Leisure Magazine have again published their list of the Best New Hotels. Out of the 45 hotels named is Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa. BARDESSONO restaurant, hotel and spa in Yountville. The only LEED certified luxury hotel in the world, was named one of the best new hotels by Travel & Leisure’s It List. Says Travel & Leisure, “This 62-room newcomer is upping the ante on green design… it delivers a breath of fresh air amid Yountville’s faux French and Tuscan styles.”

The hand of the artist and the soul of the activist are evident in the Bardessono aesthetic. All buildings are sculpted from salvaged wood found within a one hundred mile radius of the hotel. Redwood wine barrels have been repurposed to create ceilings; wood from reclaimed Claro walnut and Bay laurel trees form desks and doors.

Bardessono runs 50% more efficiently than other hotels. State of the art solar panels line the roof and provide a large portion of the hotel’s electricity. Expansive glass windows in guest rooms minimize the need for overheard lighting and motion sensors conserve electricity by turning off lights and electrical devices while guests are away.

The Bardessono received its Platinum LEED certification in April (perfectly timed for Earth Day). It is only the second hotel in the world to receive this lofty status.

Diva voted Maldives’ most romantic hotel in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

Friday, March 26th, 2010

TripAdvisor reviewers have voted Diva, Naïade’s luxury resort in the Maldives, third in the ‘Romantic Hotels in Asia’ category of the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travellers’ Choice® Awards. With Indonesian and Thai resorts occupying first and second place, Diva is rated the best resort for romance in the Maldives; a destination renowned for its serenity and beauty and beloved of honeymooners.

Described as ‘heavenly’, ‘a paradise’, ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and ‘a true treat’, Diva received rave reviews from those sharing their travel experiences on TripAdvisor. With its unique design,  seven sublime restaurants and bars, five exclusive room categories, and the Infinity Spa offering sensual treatments on land and over water, Diva embodies a new definition of unparalleled  comfort and luxury.

Now in its eighth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards honour the world’s best hotels, as chosen by those who know them best: the travellers themselves.  Unlike any other hotel awards programmes in the world, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on the millions of real, unbiased reviews and opinions on™ and content from across the web.

Johnny Mathis, general manager of Diva, commented on the prestigious recognition, “It is a fine achievement for the entire team after only one year in operation. This is indeed good news and will further boost our position as a prime destination for romance and honeymoons.”

“Inspired by the millions of trusted traveller reviews and opinions on, the Travellers’ Choice Awards have once again highlighted the finest hotels in the world,” said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “From remarkable bargains to the trendiest hotels, travellers worldwide are recognising more than 700 hotels for their outstanding service, value and quality.”

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award is the third international award for Diva, since opening in 2008. It follows Diva being named the best hotel in the Indian Ocean in Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2009; and ‘Hideaway of the Year Award 2008’ by prestigious German magazine, Hideaway.

Cyprus resort ‘up for World Travel Awards’

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

A top beach resort in Cyprus has been nominated for two awards, it announced yesterday.


Columbia Beach, a five star luxury hotel located on the island’s Pissouri Bay, is up for the Cyprus’ Leading Resort and Cyprus’ Leading Spa gongs at the World Travel Awards.


Voted for by around 160,000 travel agents from 200 different countries, the awards are well-regarded within the industry.


The Columbia Beach resort is arranged around an 80 metre lagoon pool – with suites located in luxury villas.


“Sloping roofs furnished with reclaimed terracotta tiles and shutters on the windows and abundance of natural wood give the hotel a discreetly aged and traditional look, created so that old and new blend together,” the resort operator said in a statement.


It added: “The atmosphere is calm, luxurious, away from every day life.”


The World Travel Awards are held in Crete this October.