CELIA SAWYER


Luxury Recommendations

The Four Seasons, Park Lane, London

The Four Seasons on Park Lane, the hotel has certainly become one of my favourites. Loving luxurious things as I do, and working in the luxury market, I can sometimes be hard to please when it comes to attention to detail and the finer points of not only interiors, but also service. My recent experience at the Four Seasons fitted all the criteria and more, for an excellent stay.
On arrival, the staff were attentive, welcoming and charming, not to mention extremely professional. The hotel’s interior immediately grabbed my attention. It is spectacular, with layers of texture and fantastic detailing throughout. I was shown to my room which was a newly-designed Westminster Suite; one of only seven which were launched in March of this year. It was light and contemporary, featuring walnut-veneer panels, powder-blue walls and Savile Row check. The bedroom with its king-size bed led to a separate dressing area, a spacious bathroom and Juliet balcony, with the design being a modern-take on Art Deco which I love. The suite feels very much like your own stylish apartment, with all modern comforts to hand, balancing eclectic sophistication with Mayfair’s fashionable history. There were two impressively-large TVs in both the living room and the bedroom, in addition to the bathroom incorporating a small flat screen TV in the mirror!
During my stay I found time to enjoy the bar; an iconic social hub within the heart of London. Its décor is a mix of strong, deep red fabrics combined with dark-wood and leather creating a relaxing yet intimate feel. Dinner was superb, with a menu offering a vast variation of dishes. I have to give top mark’s to the restaurant Chef Eliano Crespi who completely looked after me. I particularly liked looking out onto the terrace, and although I knew I was in central London, this has been well-thought out and designed for privacy with its terracing.
After a great night’s sleep, I enjoyed a superlative breakfast. The staff can remember their guest’s names which is very admirable and was noted by me, something that just adds that extra touch of respectability, and as I was about to vacate the hotel, they offered help with my transport.  I was very happily chauffeured off into a Rolls Royce Ghost – now that is what I call luxury!

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Celia with General Manager Ben Truesdale, and Rebecca Mofford

The Old Bank and Old Parsonage, Oxford, UK

If you’re looking to stay in the great city of Oxford, the Old Bank and Old Parsonage hotels are full of charm, charisma and history. The attention to detail is superb at these hotels, with all the finer points taken care of and it really shows. The bedrooms offer all the luxury toiletries that you’d expect at a top hotel anywhere in the world; they have even thought about supplying a tube of toothpaste in the rooms – just in case you forget yours! The beds are fantastic and extremely comfortable. As an interior designer I always admire great bedding and luxurious towels, which is what both hotels offered. One of the things that I love the most is the art work they have used to decorate the rooms. Each wall has a fantastic mix of styles and artists; some photography, other oil and water colours. I love the vibrancy and story each piece tells and being a collector myself I felt really at home! Nothing was too much trouble at these hotels. The staff are extremely professional and offer a fantastic service, whatever the request, and were particularly great with the children.  The hotel group owns its own collection of restaurants. All the restaurants are excellent but I particularly love the Quod Brasserie and Bar; a great space with a lively, social atmosphere. I highly recommend visiting these hotels and enjoying a little bit of luxury in a historic city; I can’t wait to go back already!

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Celia with Operations Manager Silvio Vettorello

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Dating back to 1910, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the oldest luxury hotels on Lake Como. The family owned hotel commands one of the most enchanting positions on the lake, with exquisite panoramic views of the town of Bellagio, the Riviera delle Azalle and the stunning Grigne Mountains. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an absolute favourite of mine; the hotel is architecturally beautiful throughout as it is Art Nouveau in style, with rooms offering guests breath-taking views of the glistening lake. Every luxury that you can imagine is included. It has superb restaurants to choose from, and I was completely spoilt for choice. This visit to Lake Como was for a family stay and the hotel superseded any expectations of my children. It really is perfect for couples or family luxury. The variety of swimming pools meant a different, exciting experience each day and my children were in their element choosing whether to go to the floating pool just in front of the private beach, or the more serene pool in the beautiful landscaped gardens.  At  the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, nothing is too much trouble, with the customer service bypassing exceptional. I highly recommend taking the hotels’ private Venetian motor boat to get around and see other parts of the lake. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is magnificent luxury at its very best!

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