New product launches and new openings of Four Seasons Hotels in 2012

Four Seasons Hotels has recently introduced at its hotels worldwide the new 15-Minute Room Service. Each Four Seasons has created its own gourmet menu based on local tastes and ingredients. Menu choices are creative and flavourful, and designed for top speed delivery to one’s room in just 15 minutes.* Some hotels suggest full meal options, and others offer à la carte choices to mix and match. Many choices are available “to go,” are airline security-friendly, and can even be delivered to the front drive as guests jump in a car on the way to catch a flight.

Four Seasons Hotels is launching January 2012 its European Capitals of Culture

The new Four Seasons program offers behind the scenes, rare, insider opportunities to explore and engage with a local cultural scene. Hungary has a rich wine making tradition, with the small country boasting 23 wine regions. At Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, take an exclusive tour of the Etyek-Buda wine region, just west of the city. With a guided tour of the Haraszthy Vallejo Winery, guests get an overview of the complete winemaking process, from labeling a bottle and tasting the winery’s best selections from the barrel, paired with antipasti, to educating the nose with a session of fragrance matching. 

Literature lovers may already know that Dublin is home to Trinity College, whose alumni include Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Four Seasons Hotel Dublin has access to a resident college professor, who delights in sharing unique insights, a private tour of the Old Library, home to 200,000 of the collection’s oldest books. The highlight is a personal introduction to the Book of Kells – an illuminated manuscript of the Bible’s four gospels created by Celtic monks in the 9th century.

Car aficionados can gain exclusive access to the Ferrari factory in Maranello, with Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, on a private tour of the usually off-limit manufacturing area. See how a Ferrari is constructed and fine-tuned, and learn from the experts about the latest trends in vehicle design and operation. Those looking to indulge in the higher culture of Opera can take a preview of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino opening in late 2012. Be collected by an Opera Connoisseur for a detailed explanation of the upcoming performance, before being escorted to the theatre to take prime seats.

Switzerland is famed for chocolates, and the signature chocolate of Geneva is Favarger. Take a workshop at the factory and learn the artistry of making your own chocolate, creating whatever flavour combinations you desire. When you return to Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva, the chef will prepare a Favarger-inspired meal – complete with a chocolate fondue dessert. Children will also love the rare opportunity to turn on the iconic Jet d’Eau. One of the world’s largest fountains, this majestic column of water in the centre of Lake Geneva is visible from the hotel.

The Portuguese bullfight is a defining part of the local culture, but few locals have the chance to spend the afternoon with one of Portugal’s most respected cavaleiros (horseback bullfighters), António Ribeiro Telles. As a private guest at his magnificent Torrinha Estate in southern Ribatejo, not far from Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, guests will meet the extraordinary Ribeiro Telles horses, and go horseback riding. Following a traditional Portuguese lunch with the family, the climax of the day is a private bullfight, performed by António and his team. From the elegant art of the cavaleiros to the courageous insanity of the forcados, the aim is to demonstrate classic traditions, not hurt the animals. 

The flagship Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane takes guests behind the velvet ropes with exclusive access to the Tower of London when it is closed to the public. Request a Rolls Royce for a royal arrival, greeted by a Yeoman Warder.  The Jewel House Exhibitor will then supervise the private tour of the Crown Jewels, getting guests up close to the royal scepters, orbs, rings, bracelets and the First Star of Africa, the largest flawless cut diamond in the world. After light refreshments in the New Armouries, explore the Tower of London crowd-free. Those with an interest in arts and antiques can get exclusive, behind the scenes access at the legendary London auction house, Sotheby’s. Here, guests can arrange to have a private tour of the galleries, offices and storage areas, having a sneak preview of future sale items and an inside track on the subtleties of the auction process from a former employee. 

Since Milan is the undisputed capital of fashion and design, there’s no better place to gain insight on the latest trends from leaders in the design world. Begin at the Domus Academy, to learn the fundaments of your chosen subject from a professor, from architecture and interior design, to furniture or fashion. Guests of Four Seasons Hotel Milano then explore Milan’s design showrooms, shops or buildings with noteworthy architecture with the professor, offering both a professional and local viewpoint, before ending the day at the Triennale Design Museum, a dynamic showplace of avant-garde design.

Prague’s exquisite theatres are world renowned for being dramatic and beautiful, just like the city itself. Take in The Estates Theatre, The National Theatre, and The Municipal House, Prague’s most spectacular art nouveau building in a four-hour walking tour. Designed by Four Seasons Hotel Prague for lovers of theatre, music and history, an expert guide will get behind the scenes at each theatre, offering an insight into the architecture, design and history of each superlative venue, before a limousine whisks guests to an evening performance of opera, ballet, drama or the symphony.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest launches the "Twilight Tour", a Vampire themed tour. Guests can recline in the back of a limo as they enjoy a half day tour of this romantic gothic city, travelling through the cobblestone streets and up a winding hill to Visegrad Castle, where the sadistic Vlad the Impaler — the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula — was kept prisoner for more than ten years. The Twilight in Budapest tour also includes a glass of the red Hungarian wine Egri Bikavér – meaning bull’s blood – the Hotel’s Bar, plus a book or dvd with vampire theme as a keepsake gift. Twilight in Budapest is available till the end of July 2012.

Four Seasons Hotel Baku, in Azerbaijan is scheduled to open February 2012. Housed in an elegant Beaux Arts building the hotel features spacious luxury rooms, a penthouse spa and atrium pool, and four exquisit new dining venues in the heart of the city on the waterfront promenade. Nearly all rooms open to balconies with views of the Old City or Caspian Sea. The sumptuous Khazar and Liman Presidential Suites are each approximately 285 square metres (3000 square feet), with private elevator access.

Four Seasons Hotel, Doha has recently completed the refurbishment of all its rooms and suites. In keeping with the original classic style, with the new refurbishment, some contemporary elements have been elements, the result being a very warm, cozy and plush environment. The soft leather chair at the business desk, the velvet couch and the tall while marble base lamps are among the new decor highlights.