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August 16, 2017

Dorchester Collection Rolls Out Luxury MICE Offerings


The Dorchester Collection has announced a new lineup of luxury MICE offerings. Here’s a look at what’s available. 

The Dorchester, London

Planners can throw a private Kitchen Party at The Dorchester for up to 100 guests with a front-row perspective on one of the most highly regarded culinary operations in London, including canapés from the famous restaurants of The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane. Additional options include masterclasses with bar manager Giuliano Morandin, truffle masterclasses with executive chef Henry Brosi and personalized aprons for cooking challenges. (From £22,500 for a minimum of 50 guests.) 

45 Park Lane, London

45 Park Lane’s Media Room, with room for up to 12 participants, can host creative meetings such as cocktail parties, meetings and screenings on Bang & Olufsen equipment, including a 3-D television. Alongside personalized menus by executive chef of CUT at 45 Park Lane, David McIntyre, the hotel also offers wine tasting masterclasses of American wines with head sommelier Matteo Ramazzina. Groups can also get special access to studios and personal tours of the hotel’s art exhibitions. (Price upon application.)

Coworth Park, Ascot

At Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s 70-room country house hotel in Ascot, guests can engage in a variety of outdoor experiences. Duck herding is offered for groups of all sizes, where guests are given an introduction to the sport then paired with Welsh collies to guide gangs of Indian runner ducks through an obstacle course. During a masterclass at Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park, polo manager Ebe Sievwright instructs guests starting on wooden horses and culminating in a final chukka on one of the two polo pitches. Additional group activities include laser clay shooting, archery, falconry, football, croquet, exercise classes and Segway treasure hunts around the Berkshire countryside. (Duck Herding for groups of 10 guests from £80 per person; Half Day Polo Master Class for three hours for individual £400 and for groups up to six people £340 per person; Full Day Polo Master Class for six hours for individual £800 and group £700 per person.)

Le Meurice, Paris

Le Meurice, the historic 180-year-old Parisian palace hotel with 160 rooms, can create a customized buffet in the Salon Pompadour that aims to invoke the spirit of the 18th century. A period banquet menu highlights classic dishes and musical entertainment, with each course accompanied by operatic performances and served by dancers and entertainers dressed in authentic period attire. (Price based on customized event.) 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s ballroom is outfitted with A/V technology, function spaces and two breakout event rooms. Creative breaks at the hotel include a customizable “Once Upon A Time” experience for groups to explore Paris with dining and cocktails at the hotel restaurants, strolling on avenue Montaigne, relaxing at the Dior Institut, and more. The hotel also has a Dîner Secret (Secret Dinner) on the first Saturday of every month. It is a dinner in the Haute Couture Room featuring magician Stefan Leyshon. He creates a 3D experience appealing to all five senses using modern magic combined with mind reading and new technologies. The show includes a dinner prepared by Chef Alain Ducasse’s team for tables of two to ten people (€295/person including a cocktail and dinner, with entertainment; duration: 7pm to 11pm; private events can be arranged.) Additionally, groups of up to 12 can enjoy wine tastings led by Master Sommelier Gerard Margeon at La Cave du Plaza Athénée, the hotel’s wine cellar. (Price based on customized event.) 

Le Richemond, Geneva

The 140-year-old luxury lakeside hotel Le Richemond offers 109 guest rooms and customized excursions for groups. Activities in Geneva can be adapted to include watchmaking workshops, electric bike tours of the countryside, luxury picnics prepared by chef Philippe Bourrel, Swiss knife assembly classes, tours of local chocolate factories, lake activities including stand up paddle boarding, and more. (Price based on customized event.) 

Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Guests can combine a stay at Milan’s 301-room Hotel Principe di Savoia with two food-focused experiences. For the Truffle Hunting Adventure, participants unearth white truffles with the help of trained truffle-hunting dogs near the village of Alba in Piedmont, explore the medieval castle of Roddi, have a three-course truffle-themed lunch at Osteria dell ’Arco, tour the Alba Truffle Fair and take a truffle cooking class back at the hotel. An exclusive Wine Tasting Tour of wineries in northern Italy includes two options: a two-hour private visit to the Ca’ del Bosco winery in Franciacorta with tastings of its Cuvée Prestige Rosé and Cuvée Annamaria Clementi Rosé, or a two-hour guided tour of Coppo in Asti winery in Piedmont and the UNESCO World Heritage site underground cellar with tastings including its chardonnay and barbera wines. (Truffle: €750 per person in addition to room cost, for groups of six, Oct – Nov; Winery: starting from €380 per person in addition to room cost, Sept – April.)

Hotel Eden, Rome

Following a major restoration, the newly reopened Hotel Eden offers guests the opportunity to explore the Eternal City with a Retro Car Tour of Rome. Guests can be chauffeured along scenic routes including an ancient Roman road to lakeside Castelli with a view of Roman aqueducts and a stop at the catacombs along the way in vintage classic cars such as Fiat 500, Fiat 600 and Volkswagen Beetle from the ‘60s and ‘70s. (From €500/ per car up to 20 guests; Self-drive options also available from €300.) The 98-room hotel’s three function rooms include Sala Borghese, Sala Ludovisi and Sala Colonna, all of which have been completely refurbished and enhanced. Sala Borghese is the largest meeting room at over 1,000 square feet (94 square meters) and can host small boardroom style meetings, standing cocktail events for over 100 people and private dinners for up to 60.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Hotel offers guests a customized visit to Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards, a luxury estate and winery with steeply terraced grounds that have played backdrop for popular television programs and films. The 208-room property offers an outing for up to 40 guests including helicopter landings, private tours and tastings for lunch or dinner which can be personalized according to the participants or the group. (From $7,000 to $50,000, depending on client preference.) 

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Spread across 12 acres in the Bel-Air Estates of Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air has 103 guest rooms with 10,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor function space, including the Garden Ballroom, the Palm Room, the Front Lawn and Swan Lake. Hotel Bel-Air also offers groups the opportunity to take advantage of the Californian lifestyle and culture. Creative break offerings include surfing lessons for all skill levels, which are available year round at the most popular beaches, as well as guided tours through the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles for European art and the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu for arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. (Surfing: ten people costs $600 and $1,000 for up to 20 people, including all necessary equipment and wetsuits; Getty: price available upon request.)
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