Hello autumn! Whilst the days turn darker and the evenings become colder, there’s still an abundance of fun activities to get you through the season. From wine and food festivals to autumn hikes around the Dolomite Mountains, truffle hunting to exploring some of Europe’s best cities… there’s truly something for everyone. So, fish out those coats, boots and snuggly jumpers, and discover some of these exciting HIP Hotel activities this autumn!
“It is a quarter to six, on a cool, misty morning and I’m in my garden in the hills above Florence, which is visible in the distance. The renaissance is right there before my eyes, and Brunelleschi’s Duomo appears to me in its hazy morning splendour through the crisp air. Dawn is arriving and Maga, my inseparable truffle dog, is already anxious for her coffee, a tiny vice that I grant her each morning - with two truffle shavings of course.”
To us this may sound like the beginning of a fairytale adventure, but for Giulio Benuzzi, this routine is all part of his long-standing passion for Florence’s national treasure, the truffle. This season, Hotel Savoy invites you to discover the art of truffle hunting in the magnificent countryside of Bagno a Ripoli, just 25-minutes from the hotel. Be guided by expert hunter, Giulio and his canine companions, and search for the fungi in the fertile soil. Within the experience, you will also enjoy a light picnic in the forest with some delicious truffle sandwiches and glasses of red wine. After seeking out the largest truffles, you will return to Guilio’s farmhouse (fondly known as ‘The Truffle House’), and you’ll indulge in a delicious truffle-based aperitivo, lunch or dinner prepared by the man himself. Suitable for both adults and children, this authentic once-in-a-lifetime Tuscan experience is not to be missed this autumn!
The Truffle Experience is bookable all year, upon availability - through the Hotel Savoy concierge at least 48 hours in advance. When booking the experience, please request the type of meal - aperitif, lunch or dinner that you would like to be arranged.
Like floating amongst the treetops, Eco Hotel Saltus gives you prime views of the soaring Dolomite Mountains. Providing a space for the mind, body and soul to be rejuvenated, this is a place where nature is at home and true relaxation begins. For three nights in November and December, this eco haven is hosting two incredible yoga retreats for guests to enjoy; a four-day vinyasa flow and restorative yoga retreat with Birgit Morper, and two intense daily yoga sessions with Kat Swenson to get familiar with the alignments of the Anusara principles. These retreats also include hiking trips and relaxation time at the hotel spa. Indulge in that true sense of regeneration, marvel at the forest and mountain peaks that surround you and allow your mind, body and spirit to completely relax through the movement of yoga here at Eco Hotel Saltus. We can already imagine the golden hues from the forests surrounding us!
Retreat offer with Kat Swenson available from 17.11.22 - 20.11.22
Retreat offer with Birgit Morper available from 01.12.22 - 04.12.22
For those with a love for food and wine, Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel has created the ultimate autumn experience. Make your way to Italy’s enchanting Trentino and get lost in the infinite mountain peaks, as you enjoy daily tastings through the best wines from the area. Discover an abundance of local specialties throughout the week; from Grappa tastings from the Mazardo distillery and “Madonna delle Vittorie” olive oil tastings, to chestnuts and mulled wine, and whisky tastings with Battista and Youssef…the list is endless! Running until 23rd October, this seasonal special offer is ready and waiting for you! Everything about Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel boasts a sense of freedom and tranquility. After a long day of exploring the surrounding landscapes or taking part in some of their indulged weekly programmes, leave your everyday worries at home as you discover this alpine paradise.
Autumn in London is nothing short of extraordinary; from its breathtaking seasonal palette of reds, yellows and oranges blanketing the parks, to its plethora of events taking over the city. Whilst some love the colder temperatures, others not so much… and what better way to relax and rejuvenate than by a nice hot bubble bath in Notting Hill’s finest boutique hotel? Perfectly located just moments away from the famous Portobello Market, this legendary residence is the ideal place to unwind in London this autumn. Portobello Hotel is sat within two converted neoclassical mansions, housing 21 decadent rooms that have had many a rockstar and celebrity since its opening in 1971. Check yourself into room 16 and soak in the magnificent freestanding bathtub where Kate Moss and Johnny Depp famously bathed in champagne, enjoy a cocktail or two at their 24 hour honesty bar, and feast on a full breakfast in the Drawing Room, whilst overlooking the beautiful Stanley Gardens. Whilst the hotel has no in-house spa, this season they are offering guests a fantastic Spa & Stay package which includes an overnight stay for two with breakfast, a 60-minute massage treatment at Cloud Twelve Spa (just a short walk from the hotel), and access to their Thermal Suite facilities. Valid from Sundays to Thursdays, there’s no better time to relax than now!
If you’re craving an escape in the heart of the Dolomites, then you’re about to discover something truly extraordinary. Santre Dolomythic Home is a new family-run hotel that not only encourages guests to get lost in its surroundings, but is also a magical place to fuel your wanderlust. Join Santre Dolomythic Home this autumn and celebrate the start of the Advent season with one of South Tyrol’s most beloved traditions: Törggelen. A time where locals and hotel guests get together to enjoy autumn hikes in the colourful landscapes, indulge in culinary delights and sample local wines. We can already smell the scent of roasted chestnuts! Running from the 15th - 29th October, stay seven nights in this mountain hideaway and you’ll have access to the Dolomythic Spa, accommodation with gourmet half board, guided excursions, all the advantages of the BrixenCard, and so much more. There’s no better place to enjoy those golden autumn hours than right here.
Close to the Royal Swedish Opera and Palace, you will discover one of Stockholm’s most exclusive stays. Still retaining its lavish atmosphere from its days as a Countess' quarters in 1764, Hotel Kungsträdgården - The King’s Garden is a place of pure luxury. This autumn they are offering guests the opportunity to indulge in everything this capital has to offer during one of the most spectacular seasons of the year. This includes an overnight stay in one of their romantic rooms, breakfast in the culinary excellence of Brasserie Makalös, access to their gym and saunas, plus some of the most exciting activities and excursions around the city that’ll be exclusively tailored to you. Whether you want to get your feet tapping at the Stockholm Jazz Festival, experience a nautical oasis on Djurgården, enjoy punk & glamour at the Millesgården, choose between 150 films from 60+ countries at the Stockholm Film Festival, or even go on a spooky ghost walk in Gamla Stan, the choice is yours! The concierge team are ready and waiting to make your stay as comfortable and as memorable as possible.
Are you a fan of art, culture and history? If so, the collection of Lisbon Heritage Hotels have something for you. Whilst Lisbon is a spectacular city to explore during the summer months, there’s something about its atmosphere during the autumn months that makes this place even more magical. It’s one of those cities where you could spend days upon end just wandering through the meandering streets, admiring the local street art, marvelling at its colourful architecture and stopping off at bars along the way to sample local beers and wines. Not to mention their museums are absolutely incredible. For a minimum of two nights at one of the Lisbon Heritage Hotels throughout 1st November - 27th December, you will be guaranteed free entry to over 20 museums around the city (yes, free!). From the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, to the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado and the Museu da Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
A classic alpine chalet tucked away in the Swiss Alps is ready and waiting for you this autumn. HUUS Gstaad immerses its guests in a fairytale-like setting and has everything you need for the quintessential cosy getaway. From its classic log cabin exterior to its rich and warming materials, the abundance of activities to enjoy are endless here. Throughout Thursday’s to Saturdays, HUUS Gstaad’s resident DJ, Besford (also known as KÖNI Musik), creates the perfect atmosphere for guests to enjoy. Entertaining the guests through sunshine, rain, hail and snow, indulge in some top quality cocktails made from only the finest ingredients and dance the night away in the middle of sprawling alpine forests.
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