Waldorf Astoria and Conrad Hotels & Resorts Unveil Gourmet Experiences for Guests
As part of Hilton’s new innovative web platform that offers a range of new and exclusive experiences across its luxury brands, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotel & Resorts is pleased to announce a range of gourmet experiences for guests. From clam picking in the Algarve and exploring artisanal bakeries in Jerusalem, to private whiskey tastings in Dublin and bespoke Michelin starred menus in Versailles, guests can choose from an array of experiences guaranteed to satisfy any palate.
At Conrad Algarve, guests can embark on a clam picking excursion where they will be driven out to the Ria Formosa National Park and welcomed by local fishermen who will take them in a traditional ‘Saveiro’ Portuguese fishing boat to the razor clam beach.
Guests will be briefed on how to hunt for the shellfish and will be given all the necessary attire and equipment, including wellington boots, a basket with salt, and a shovel to dig through the sand. Once the buckets are filled with delicious razor clams, the experience will end on the oyster banks with an oyster and champagne tasting.
Alternatively, Conrad Algarve offers a wine making class where guests are driven to the Quinta dos Vales Wine State, an award-winning winery located just 45 minutes from the hotel. A local winemaker will take guests on a tour teaching them about the grape varieties, the terroir and every step of the wine production from growth to harvest, and extraction. Guests will then have the chance to create their own personal blend by combining three different wine varieties of their choice, which will be decanted into a bottle sealed with wax to take home.
Meanwhile, Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem offers an evening city tour through the Mahane Yehuda Market where guests will gain an insight into local culture and learn the traders’ ancient secrets of breadmaking passed down from generation to generation, whilst also tasting a multitude of dough-based specialties.
For a spoiling treat, guests at Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles can book to sit at the ‘Chef’s Table’ in Gordon Ramsay au Trianon restaurant. Here a bespoke, Michelin starred seven-course menu will be created exclusively for them according to their likes and dislikes, right before their eyes.
For whiskey aficionados, Conrad Dublin is offering a private tour to the award-winning Teeling Whiskey Distillery where participants will witness first-hand the whole craft of whiskey production including milling, mashing, fermenting and distilling. The insightful tour is completed with a private tasting of Teeling whiskeys and finally a drink at the distillery's Bang Bang Bar.
The experiences comes part of Hilton’s innovative new web platform, where experiences are filtered by the senses, giving guests unprecedented access to local tastes, sights and sounds.
Dominique Piquemal, Vice President Luxury Operations EMEA at Hilton says, “Now more than ever, luxury consumers are looking for unique experiences and unparalleled access. Our newly launched Luxury Experiences platform enables guests to browse the breadth of diverse experiences and undiscovered gems, available exclusively through our Waldorf Astoria and Conrad properties, offering exceptional experiences, every hotel, every guest, every time.”
A recent global survey of luxury travellers by Hilton found that 48 percent of UK travellers have planned most of their itinerary before travelling and that 20 percent use a loyalty app or digital concierge to do this. With the launch of the new Luxury Experiences platform (www.explore.hilton.com/luxury) guests will be able to book over 20 exclusive, authentic, local experiences in destinations all over Europe, Middle East and Africa.
To visit the platform and see the full list of experiences, please visit: www.explore.hilton.com/luxury
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. In addition to the brand’s renowned hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a best-in-class residential portfolio, including 15 properties either open or in development, that provide the comfort of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,900 properties with more than 939,000 rooms, in 114 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 94 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Spanning five continents with 35 properties, Conrad Hotels & Resorts has created a seamless connection between contemporary design, leading innovation and curated art to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of the globally connected traveler. Conrad is a place where guests can experience service and style on their own terms – all while connecting with local and global culture. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/conradhotels, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.