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    News bites – 6 November 2020

    Venetian Holiday dreams for 2023


    The Langham Venice. Image courtesy of The Langham Venice and TravMedia

    The Langham, Venice is set to open in 2023 and marks the first property in Italy for this luxury group. Located on the island of Murano, the 138-room hotel was once the Casino Mocenigo and has direct frontage to the Venetian lagoon.

    Milan-based architecture and design studio Matteo Thun & Partners are in charge of bringing the building out of the 1600s. One of the stand out features they will work on is the courtyard which will showcase the outdoor swimming pool and garden as well as inviting outdoor dining spaces.

    There will be two restaurants serving a selection of cuisines and a cooking school where guests can learn the art of fine Italian cuisine. Alfresco bars, one of which will be located on the rooftop, will set the scene for social celebrations, large and small.

    Also featured at the hotel will be the group’s signature Chuan Spa offering wellness therapies and treatments based on the ancient healing philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM,) a fully-equipped fitness centre, an elegant ballroom, and multifunction rooms.

    The Langham, Venice will be close to attractions including the  Basilica dei Santa Maria e San Donato, the Mueso del Vetro (glass museum) and renowned foundries that have existed for centuries and are still producing high quality artisanal pieces by glass maestros.

    The Langham, Venice is a significant breakthrough in the European expansion strategy of Langham Hospitality Group joining the flagship of The Langham, London and The Langham Nymphenburg Residence, Munich.  There are 30 prime future locations for The Langham brand in the pipeline including hotels and residences in Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, San Francisco, Jakarta, Gold Coast, and Chengdu.

    About The Langham Hotels & Resorts
    Combining modern sophistication and timeless glamour, The Langham Hotels & Resorts is globally recognised for its exceptional intuitive service, contemporary art collections, and award-winning culinary expertise. Drawing on the brand’s distinctive British heritage from the opening of the flagship hotel in London in 1865, The Langham continues the legacy through unwavering commitment in delivering exceptional experiences in London, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hefei, Haikou, Ningbo, Haining and Xiamen.

    Tweed Artisan Food Weekend – A 4-day Showcase of Headline Chefs, Iconic Eateries and Local Provenance


    Mavis’ Kitchen Tweed Valley. Image courtesy TravMedia and Destination Tweed

    The Tweed Artisan Food Weekend, on from 27 to 30 November 2020, is a flavour-filled long weekend of bespoke food and drink experiences celebrating the incredible people, place and produce of the Tweed.

    In stunning locations across the Tweed, from sunny coast to lush hinterland, the four-day showcase of artisan events will serve up outstanding culinary flavours, local culture and fresh tastes from the region’s chefs and producers.

    Celebrated local chefs, including Pipit’s Ben Devlin and Steven Snow, together with well-known chef Christine Manfield, who also now calls the Tweed home, will work hand-in-hand to create pop-up events that will hero the distinctive provenance of the region.

    Bespoke events will be held across the region in restaurants, at a coffee plantation, craft brewery and gin distillery, as well as on-site at a host of kitchen gardens.

    Cooking classes have been carefully curated to celebrate the Tweed’s natural food bowl.

    Tickets for the Tweed Artisan Food Weekend are available to pre-book.


    Tweed Valley Image. Courtesy TravMedia and Destination Tweed

    Tweed Artisan Food Weekend Event Highlights

    • Husk Barrel House Dinner is an intimate behind-the-scenes journey into the story of Husk Distillers with tastings, cocktails and a shared dinner feast between the barrels
    • Meet the Locals Lunch at award-winning Potager – A Kitchen Garden, featuring regional foods and drinks
    • Tasting the Gibbum Chefs Cruise presented by Tweed Eco Cruises – cruise the scenic Tweed River taking in stunning landscapes, learning Aboriginal stories and harvesting traditions from Currie Country while chefs from Pipit Restaurant create a new menu to match the produce stories
    • Take a seat at Mavis’s Kitchen Long Table Luncheon for a sumptuous lunch of shared platters with greens from the Mavis’s garden
    • Visit the Tweed’s only coffee plantation, award-wining Zeta’s Coffee at Origin House in Carool, to learn about coffee production from bean to cup and enjoy a fresh brew
    • Unwind at the Hotel Tropicana lawn party at Tropical Fruit World with seasonal food grown on-site as well as cocktails and smooth DJ tunes
    • Miss Lolita’s Mexican Feast with tastes by Chef Armando from northern Mexico and the Tweed’s own Dona Cholita serving totopos, tortilla tacos and more
    • Dreaming Culture Cruise with Tweed Escapes includes a welcome to country by traditional owners, smoking ceremony, local bush food flavours and live music.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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