2015 November

Destination Cannes

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I was fortunate to be invited on a trip last month to get to know Cannes, the hotels, dining experiences and activities.

Having arrived at Nice International Airport mid-morning after a 2 hour flight (there are plenty of flights from across the UK to Nice) we then took our transfer to the beautiful Majestic Barriere, Cannes.

The Majestic Barriere has 17 meeting rooms with private dining space for up to 520 people or cocktail receptions for up to 1000, there is also a private screening room for 35.  The hotel has 349 bedrooms including 2 amazing penthouses and 82 suites – 70% with sea views, a stunning spa, outdoor heated swimming pool, 2 fabulous restaurants in addition to the beach restaurant, a champagne bar and the Gallery bar.

After checking in to a very comfortable room it was time to visit the hotels private beach restaurant, which is the only beach restaurant open all year round and can hold up to 350 people for a private dinner.  The food was fantastic!

After lunch was a visit to the Hotel Gray d’Albion, another stunning hotel just a short walk away.  The two hotels work closely together so if your meeting is in the Majestic and you need additional bedrooms, accommodation can be shared with the Gray d’Albion.  The hotel has 199 bedrooms including 8 stunning suites, a fine-dining restaurant, private beach, pontoon and beach restaurant and a contemporary bar.  This hotel also has 8 meeting rooms the largest of which can hold 200 people for a seated dinner.

We did manage to prize ourselves away from the hotel once or twice.  Before dinner one evening we wandered along the water front to play Petanque with the locals, a fascinating game and a great icebreaker. 

We also took a beautiful sailing boat out to Ile Saint Honorat which is a peaceful island inhabited by a small group of Monks, there is a small shop and a fantastic restaurant which serves wine produced on the island.

And of course a trip to Cannes isn’t complete without a visit to the Casino!

All this was arranged through the wonderful team at the hotel with the help of a great event team. 

If you think this could work for an event for you please do let me know – Sue@nexusvenue.co.uk (00 44 1793 739283).

November Newsletter

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Clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in but it is a great time to think about your plans for next year – quarterly meetings, the AGM, staff incentives?  And if you book a lot of accommodation it would be worth having a chat with us to see if we can negotiate some rates at your favourite hotels.

New openings

There is to be a change of identity for the Thistle Marble Arch which is soon to become the Amba Hotel Marble Arch and along with the name change there has been a massive refurbishment which sees new Hypnos beds, Nespresso machines and a free mini-bar with snacks and soft drinks in all the hotel bedrooms.  The hotel offers room service without the tray charge and complimentary Wifi. 

We had an excellent visit from a representative for the Novotel Madrid which is due to open later in the month. The hotel is enormous with 790 bedrooms and 21 meeting rooms holding a maximum of 900 delegates.

There is also a new Restaurant, grand café, bar and terrace in London called the German Gymnasium.  They can offer semi private dining space for 32 or the mezzanine floor which can cater for 250 people.

Great Presentations

Carden Park in Cheshire is new to us, but we had a great presentation that really showed off the 1000 Acres, 18 meeting rooms (with a maximum capacity for 350 delegates) and they have full onsite team-building activities including Kong aerial ropes, quad bikes, segways, archery and jeep off-road driving.  They have 196 bedrooms and offer a fabulous spa and 2 golf courses.

Client Feedback

It’s always great to have really good feedback from events in venues that we have put forward and we have had some lovely feedback this month.

A client who booked an event at Heathrow Windsor Marriott said that the meeting ran smoothly due to the care and attention to detail given at the hotel, the staff were proactive and personable with excellent levels of service overall.  Meals were extremely good and breakout snacks amazing!

Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen proved a popular choice too “The event wouldn’t have been so successful without the help of the team, everyone was so helpful.”

And excellent feedback for Elvetham.  “Everyone who attended couldn’t praise the hotel and staff enough.  The hotel was lovely & catering really good.”

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