Getting Through Lockdown With The HIP Hotels Collection

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It’s safe to say that there is a lot to be learnt from travelling — from experiencing the unfamiliar and acquiring new skills and knowledge that enable you to reflect on different cultures to bringing fresh perspectives to your own. During all of this down time, we’re having the freedom to appreciate the small things that enhance our day-to-day lives.

Since we’ve had to put a momentary pin in these travel experiences, it’s time we turned to other sources to fulfil our desires. We’re amazed at the efforts of the hotels in our collection to continue to bring all of us immersive and engaging experiences, from cooking lessons and recipes you can try at home, to yoga classes and knowledge-filled posts on the amazing locations that we’re never going to take for granted again! We wanted to shine a light on the hotels that are going above and beyond to keep our lockdown days filled with rewarding encounters as they eagerly await your arrival.

Lake House At Home

You might not be able to go to Lake House yourself, but these hoteliers are certainly bringing the magnificence of their award-winning treasure to you!

Not letting the produce of their 38 acre Dairy Flat farm go to waste, Lake House has introduced their At Home service, so you can enjoy their freshly prepared goods and dishes from the comfort of your own home. First up is their delicious babka, an irresistibly sweet brioche dough swirled with chocolate hazelnut praline and made with the love and care that goes into every one of their recipes. These babkas are baked to order and are available on a first-come-first-serve pre-order basis, beribboned and wrapped in cellophane, making them a perfect sweet treat or even a great gift for a loved one.

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Well we're absolutely missing the buzz of Friday & Saturday night service at our house on the lake and can't wait to return.... But for now, we offer a hearty at-home alternative for you to enjoy. For a 'date night' of sorts perhaps? Complete with cocktails to start and wine throughout.... take a peek at the weekly menu and pre-order online for pick up either this Friday or Saturday from @wombathillhouse . It might even be a nice Mother's Day 'weekend' treat! . Full Menu: ✦ Negronis for two ✦ Jellied smoked trout, creme fraiche ‘rillette’ ✦ Dairy Flat farm pickles ✦ Slow-fermented sourdough baguette from our Dairy Flat bake house ✦ Spent Bird (Milking Yard farm) ‘pot pie’ – slow-cooked chicken, Dairy Flat farm tomatoes, olives & capers, under a golden glazed mantle of local Dutch Cream potatoes ✦ Dairy Flat farm salad greens & dressing ✦ Harcourt pears, poached in red wine, sticky gingerbread cake & cream ✦ A bottle of 2015 Shiraz Cabernet made for Lake House by Redesdale Estate (Heathcote) ✦ A bag of our house-made, very moreish salted popcorn.

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For something a bit more hearty, perhaps something along the lines of an all-singing-all-dancing three-course meal, Lake House’s At Home Dinner For Two is an absolute feast! Included in the mix are negronis for two, jellied smoked trout and a sourdough baguette, a spent bird pot pie, gingerbread cake and cream, salted popcorn, as well as all the trimmings of course. And to top it all of, a bottle of 2015 Shiraz Cabernet made exclusively for Lake House by Redesdale Estate. All orders are available for pre-order and pick-up and come complete with instructions for heating, so all you’ll have left to do is indulge to your heart’s content.

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IGTV & Live Events with Casa Las Tortugas

In an ideal world, we would all be experiencing lockdown on our own remote island, the air whistling through the palm leaves and the sound of waterbird song serenading us throughout the day. That’s the setting on the island of Holbox where Casa Las Tortugas has the pleasure of residing, and they are bringing the spirit of the island to all of us at home. To encourage us to stay home, each week they are hosting live events and guest IGTVs over on their Instagram page, @casalastortugas. #StayHomeWithTortugas brings a dose of vitality to your week, allowing you to ground yourself to the Earth, with yoga sessions, astral news and even a lesson on how to draw your very own surfer flamingo — the team at Casa Tortugas are keeping us all occupied, learning and attuned to ourselves and our bodies, reminding us that better times are on the horizon. Check out their Instagram highlights for what to expect each week.


Together We Can with The LaLiT London

Where tasteful Indian style meets quintessential British essence, The LaLiT London shines like a beacon of hope. Whilst you cannot discover its opulence just yet, you can discover some of their secrets over on their Instagram page, @thelalitlondon. So far, they have ‘Tips for soothing skin’ with Rejuve The Spa team, with some insider knowledge on how to ensure your skin stays glowing during this period, as well as some inspiring views of London to keep your passion for travelling alive.


Bvlgari Stories

Bulgari Hotels, renowned for their sophisticated elegance are keeping us all entertained and inspired through their #BvlgariStories hashtag on Instagram. Each day, they are posting a welcome slice of knowledge or history about one of their locations, as well as masterclasses and cooking lessons with their revered selection of chefs. Everything from Tai Chi basics to cocktail and hot chocolate masterclasses, these weekly gems are a delight to behold, reinstating the passion and positivity Bulgari maintains for its hotels and the people who love them. Shining a light on the ADI Design museum, one of their posts draws attention to Milan’s origins as the design capital of the world — just one of their long-form posts that makes for an invigorating daily read, as well as making us very excited to revisit Bulgari Hotel Milan once again.

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Did you know the Premio Compasso d’Oro ADI, was created in 1954 from an original idea of Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli? When you say Milan, you say Design. There is a date that marks the start of an acceleration of creativity in the city. It is 28 August 1954 when the tenth Triennial is inaugurated, the expo where art mixes with daily life and the need for functionality - it is here that modern design was born. The war had ended only a short while before and an Italian miracle is about to start. Milan is the nerve centre of a new trend which encourages industry to embrace a functional aesthetic. This brings about the birth of the legendary objects of the era - from the collaboration of Ettore Sottsass with Olivetti, of Gio Ponti with Cassina and Venini, of Munari and Mari with Danese… And in 1954, the Premio Compasso d’Oro ADI, the most important prize in the field of Design worldwide is set up by la Rinascente. It was Ponti who proposed, shining a light on the quality of the Made in Italy label in a competition. #BvlgariStories #milan #bulgarihotels 📷 The New ADI Design Museum | Photo: © 2020 Roberto De Riccardis / Fondazione ADI Associazione per il Disegno Industriale - Collezione Compasso d’Oro

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If you want to leave lockdown more knowledgeable than when you entered, then check out @bulgarihotels.

Wake Up To Breakfast with Casa Angelina

Wake up to the sweet smell of breakfast with Casa Angelina. Well, it’s not quite that simple — you will have to prepare it yourself — but, you’ll have the expert guidance of Chef Peppe to allow you to make the breakfast of champions. In Volume I, you’ll learn how to make delicious light and fluffy scrambled eggs and Volume II brings you uovo al tegamino, an Amalfi Coast specialty which is simply eggs over tomato sauce, a sure Casa Angelina favourite. These breakfast volumes are sure to improve your morning culinary skills, so make sure you stay tuned over at @casaangelinalifestyle for more instalments.


Rocco Forte At Home

If you cannot enjoy the majestic elegance of Hotel Savoy in Florence, then they will definitely bring it to you instead. Enjoy a specially curated playlist by Marco Solforetti for Rocco Forte Hotels, featuring the likes of Sophia Loren and seeking to take you on a journey of warmth and comfort through a mix of modern sounds and beautiful Italian music of the past.

Alongside the director of wellness, Irene Forte, you’ll also be shown a beneficial deep cleanse routine as well as how to make a sumptuous Basil Gin Sour with Head Bartender, Denis Giuliani, so you’ll be equipped the skills to whip up something delicious for your next video call with friends or family. That's all over on @hotelsavoyflorence.

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#RoccoForteAtHome 🌶Spice up your day with our recipe for Whiskey Daisy by @denisgiuliani ! 👉You'll need: - 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey - 1 oz Organic Orange Jam - 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice Instructions: Pour all ingredients in a shaker, combined with ice. Shake well and strain over ice. Cheers! ------------------------------------------------------------------- 🌶Ravviva il weekend con un cocktail davvero speciale: il Whiskey Daisy. 👉Ecco cosa ti serve: - 56 gr di Bourbon Whiskey - 28 gr di marmellata biologica d'arancia - 28 gr di succo di limone fresco Preparazione: metti tutti gli ingredienti in uno shaker, insieme al ghiaccio. Shakera per bene e versa tenendo da parte il ghiaccio. Salute!

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Casa Chameleon

Casa Chameleon is ensuring that your passion for the beautiful Guanacaste Coast in Costa Rica does not falter. Looking back at guests’ photos with their #CasaTimeCapsule hashtag is reminding us all that we will soon be able to experience this for ourselves and make unforgettable memories with the people we love once more. There are also some delicious recipes to try your hand at, brought to you by Chef Jose, from lobster ceviche and lobster salad to a myriad of other dishes, and he’ll even let you in on some of the secrets of what makes Costa Rican cuisine so sumptuously unique and flavourful, all to try from your own home.


Viceroy At Home

As the newest member of the Viceroy Hotels collection, the Los Cabos edition has made quite the impact, inviting guests into its ethereal world of waterways and dramatic, reflective pools. Boasting five areas to enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine and endless, uninterrupted views of the Pacific, it’s no wonder they’ve bought their culinary passion to the forefront of their social presence during this time. Join Chef César Pita as he shares insider tips and recipes from the comfort of his own home. From fresh guacamole to a family recipe for fresh ceviche, these videos will have you feeling like you're sat indulging on a Mexican beach in no time!

We are just as excited as you are for the welcome reopening of the hotels in our collection but for now, enjoy the excitement of delving into the goings-on and into the minds of the exquisite individuals behind them. You’ll soon discover, there is much to learn!

recommended HIP Hotels

Explore Casa Angelina Amalfi Coast
Explore Hotel Savoy Florence
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Explore The LaLiT London London
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Explore Hotel Casa Las Tortugas Holbox
Explore Lake House Daylesford
Explore Viceroy Los Cabos San José del Cabo