• New Owners Aim to Turn Capri’s Oldest Hotel Into Celebrity Hotspot – WWD

    DOLCE VITA: A-listers will have a new hotspot to flock to when the coronavirus pandemic eases its stranglehold on travel: Capri’s oldest hotel is being renovated into a boutique property with amenities including a rooftop restaurant and bar, its own beach club and a spa.

    The Hotel La Palma is set to reopen in April 2022, 200 years after it was founded, marking the first partnership between its owners, real estate billionaires the Reuben Brothers, and German hotel management company Oetker Collection, whose portfolio also includes Le Bristol Paris and Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.

    The room count of the hotel, located near the Piazzetta, Capri’s most famous square, is being decreased from 80 to 50 rooms, including 18 suites, each featuring its own private balcony or terrace. 

    “I simply cannot think of anything more exciting than the outlook of opening a true masterpiece hotel in one of the most beautiful and glamorous destinations in the world, the island of Capri,” said Timo Gruenert, chief executive officer of Oetker Collection.

    “It will be an homage to La Dolce Vita and the legacy of this legendary location — the first hotel in Capri — while reinventing Hotel La Palma to once again be at the epicenter of the island’s vibrant social scene,” he added. 

    David and Simon Reuben acquired the hotel in January 2020 alongside the adjoining La Taverna Anema e Core nightclub, popular with celebrities and fashion industry figures including Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Valentino Garavani and Naomi Campbell.

    The renovation is being conducted by Francesco Delogu of Rome-based Delogu Architecture for the rooms and lobby, and New York-based hospitality designer Tihany Design for the restaurant, pool, spa and beach club.

    Gennaro’s restaurant, bar and terrace, and the newly created rooftop restaurant and bar, Bianca, will both be run by Michelin-starred chef Gennaro Esposito, with the aim of recapturing the mood of laid-back glamour of Capri in the ’50s, when it was the playground of jet set figures such as Jackie Kennedy and Gianni Agnelli. 

    A short drive away on the coast, La Palma Beach Club will be open to non-hotel guests. The hotel will also feature three boutiques, with tenants currently being negotiated.

    See also:

    How to Visit Capri Without Leaving Your Armchair

    Rocco Forte Hotels to Open Milan Unit in 2023

    Bulgari to Open Hotel in Rome in 2022

     

  • Scotland to continue ten–day hotel quarantine on arrival

    Published on : Friday, February 12, 2021

    Scottish transport secretary, Michael Matheson, made it official that travellers will be staying at a designated hotel for ten days on arrival from Monday. The government has selected six hotels for quarantine purpose which are close to airports Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow having a combined capacity of 1,300 rooms will be used to implement the quarantine.

    The cost of the stay, set at £1,750 per person, and this has to be paid in advance by travellers. Final costs of quarantine for those travelling in groups are yet to be finalised and also expenses for those who cannot afford to pay for isolation is under planning with the welfare fund that will be introduced shortly.

    All arrivals will be tested twice for the virus – once on day two and once on day eight after arrival. Visitors from the Common Travel Area, which includes Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Ireland, will be exempt from the rules. The rules for Scotland go further than those for England, announced yesterday, which only require hotel stays for arrival from designated ‘red list’ countries. These currently include much of South America, South Africa, Portugal and elsewhere.

    Matheson also said existing travel exemptions will be strengthened, including limiting overseas training for elite sportspeople to athletes and coaches preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics. A small number of arrivals will not be required to isolate, such as those involved in essential supply chains for goods coming into Scotland.


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  • Scotland mandates 10-day hotel quarantine for arriving travellersTravel And Tour World

    Published on : Thursday, February 11, 2021

    Scotland has decided to quarantine all visitors to the country in a designated hotel for ten days on arrival starting Monday, February 15. The latest decision was recently announced by Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson. Six hotels with a combined capacity of 1,300 rooms near to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports will be used to accommodate the travellers for quarantine.

    The cost of the stay, set at £1,750 per person, will have to be paid in advance by the travellers. Secretary Matheson mentioned that final costs for visitors travelling with others have not been decided yet and are currently being worked on. The details for a managed isolation welfare fund which will be launched for those who cannot afford the charge will also be given out soon.

    All arrivals will be tested twice for the virus once on day two and once on day eight after arrival. Visitors from the Common Travel Area, which includes Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Ireland, will be exempted from the present rules. Matheson also mentioned that existing travel exemptions will be strengthened, including limiting overseas training for elite sportspeople to athletes and coaches preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics.

    A small number of arrivals will not be required to isolate, such as those involved in essential supply chains for goods coming into Scotland. Matheson also said that further limits on international travel are being placed to manage the risk of importing new variants, and to give vaccine deployment the best chance of bringing the citizens closer to normality in Scotland.

    He also stated that the U.K. government has only committed to adopting the method for travellers returning from ‘red list’ countries but Scotland has decided to go further as clinical advice maintains that a comprehensive system of managed quarantine is essential to minimise the impact of new COVID-19 variants.


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