Rocco Forte Hotels has launched Exquisite Europe, a new series of experiences available in all 12 hotels to provide guests with the “ultimate” travel indulgences, from landing on Mount Etna in a private helicopter to winery-hopping in a chauffeured Bentley through the vineyards of Rheingau.
Guests who stay at Hotel Savoy can take a private helicopter over the Tuscan countryside with award-winning sommelier, Filippo Bartolotta to an acclaimed vineyard for wine tasting and lunch. For a more thrilling helicopter flight, guests of Verdura Golf & Spa Resort can pass over the ancient towns and villages of Sicily on their way to Mount Etna where they will land on the summit and be shown hidden caves and volcanic craters by a local guide. When in Rome at Hotel de Russie, guests can escape the busy city streets and instead see the sights of the Roman landscape from the sky in a private hot air balloon.
Guests of Hotel de Rome in Berlin will have an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Staatsoper Opera House, followed by VIP seats at a performance and private introduction to the maestro, Daniel Barenboim. For the wine connoisseur, Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt will take guests in an all-terrain Bentley Bentayga to the vineyard-studded hills of the Rheingau region to explore the private grounds and taste the wine grown on the estates. Guests of The Charles Hotel in Munich will visit the Nymphenburg Palace for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the porcelain-making enterprise, followed by a meet and greet with the local artisans.
Guests of Brown’s Hotel will learn about the political intrigues of kings and queens dating back to 1066 from a Beefeater when taking a private, after-hours tour of the Tower of London, followed by a front-row seat to the “Ceremony of Keys.” In Scotland, the birthplace of golf, guests of Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel can perfect their swing with a PGA professional at the members-only Archerfield Links Club.
Other Rocco Forte European experiences include skydiving over the Belgium countryside when staying at Hotel Amigo, or in Russia at Hotel Astoria, a private viewing of the Imperial Faberge eggs, followed by a champagne and caviar reception while watching a traditional Russian ballet performance.