Luxury Hotels

Madrid – France – Virtuoso

The long-famous Ritz Madrid is open, now as the 153-room Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid.  Originally designed and built under supervision of legendary hotelier César Ritz, it first opened its doors in 1910. Over the last three years, it has been carefully restored, enhancing its facilities and services while preserving the unique Belle Époque character of the original building – this has all been achieved thanks to such partners as Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz, and French designers, Gilles & Boissier. Key to the ongoing success of the hotel as an anchor for Madrid’s discerning elite is its dining scene, led by experienced culinary director Quique Dacosta, above: the three Michelin-starred chef oversees local-produce Deesa, al fresco El Jardin del Ritz and other eating, and drinking, venues. Wellness is a partnership with The Beauty Concept, one of Spain’s leading wellness experts (there is also a heated indoor swimming pool). The hotel is jointly owned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Olayan, and GM is Greg Liddell.

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Elsewhere, President Macron optimistically hopes to re-open France, especially to vaccinated Americans and Europeans. He seems to be talking about progressive steps: as he told CBS News “We will organise for French, European and American citizens”.
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Virtuoso asked consumers if the pandemic has made them want to travel more responsibly in the future – and 82% said yes, with a total of 50% feeling it is very important to choose a hotel, cruise line, or travel company that has a strong sustainability policy. And to help curb overtourism, 76% would visit a popular destination during an off-peak time of year (70% also say they believe that travelling sustainably enhances my vacation experience).  
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And so, on sustainability, let us close today, says Girlahead, with a reminder of sustainability guru Costas Christ talking on Podcast: