Saturday, 29 June 2019

A Weekend of Royal Fun

Time for Royal Ascot!

We were very excited to be invited by our friend Sarah to join her in the prestigious Royal Enclosure at the Ascot event in England  this year. We met Sarah through our company Red City PR when she wanted our help to design a logo, create a website with e-com and develop the social media strategy for her new fashion brand Sarritta and we soon became great friends. We have already spent a lot of time together in both Morocco and Italy but now it was time to meet up in London for a weekend of Royal fun and festivities.

We stayed on the stunning Monkey Island Estate, located on an island in the river Thames

We are getting ready to meet the Queen, in the very posh village Bray in Windsor just outside London, where Sarah lives.

You arrive in style to the Royal Ascot and the parking spaces in the iconic Car Park #1 are practically impossible to come by and kept by the owners for generations. There is always a lot of lavish lunch parties, complete with servants and musicians, going on at car park number one.

We were lucky to get invited to the most prestigious part of Ascot, the Royal enclosure.

Let’s get this party started!

The Queen arrives to the Royal enclosure

The Queen attends every day of the Royal Ascot and wears a different colour each day. This day it was hot pink,

Good times greeting the queen with our pals Sunny and Sarah

So much fun with these guys.

And then there were the horse races of course!

After a day of horse races, royalties and champagne we went back to Sarahs home and relaxed in a more casual style.

Our dear friend Sarah had planned such an amazing weekend for us and after two days of food, fun and Royal events in Windsor we moved on and checked into the private members club Soho House in Shoreditch, where Sarah is a member, and we enjoyed some London vibes in a very cool setting.

Soho House 

London days

What happens in Soho House, stays in Soho House

Thank you Sarah for planning such an amazing experience for us, we love you!

Now it is time to head back to Sweden as well as to return to the Red City and check on some projects. Oh, and we should also find time to hang out in our house in Italy. 

Wishing all of you an amazing summer!

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Good Times in Marrakech

Eternal summer in paradise

There are always good reasons to return to Marrakech: interesting Red City PR projects, fun parties, fabulous friends and great weather as well as beautiful surroundings, just to mention a few. After a month in Italy we were eager to get back to our home on the edge of the desert to wrap up some projects before summer and to hang out with our friends. Not to mention that we were very excited about the party of the season, the lavish 60th birthday bash for our friend Vanessa Branson.

Selman Palace, a very chic luxury hotel

This time we had been invited by the owner to stay at the very chic five-star resort Selman Palace and this was of course the perfect start to a weekend of fun, friends and parties. We have visited Selman many times before since they have great restaurants and an excellent spa but this was the first time we were spending the night at this stunning property.

Welcome to Selman

The owners of Selman have a strong passion for purebred Arabian horses. These beautiful animals live in palatial stables that are accessible for the guests of Selman and there are daily performances as well as the opportunity to ride them. You can read more about the horses at Selman in our previous blog post HERE.

Stunning horses and beautiful stables

We were not checked into the stables but into a stylish 140 sqm suite with 2 terraces. We loved our stay in this beautiful suite and enjoyed to try the different restaurants as well as the amazing spa by Chenot.

Our beautiful suite at Selman

140 sqm of pure luxury

The spa is by Chenot and is a fountain of youth

The Spa

The international restaurant at Selman, a true foodie destination

Our favorite restaurant at Selman is the terrace restaurant right by the stables where you can watch the horses exercising.

After being pampered and spoiled by the Selman team we were more than ready to take on some major parties. We checked out and went back home to our riad in the medina, not too bad that either.

Thanks Selman, it was fab!

Now it was time to attend the fabulous birthday party of Vanessa Branson, celebrating her 60th birthday with an amazing crowd of international guests. We had the best of times partying the night away at Vanessas chic boutique hotel El Fenn.

Here we are with dear friends Vanessa Branson and Marisa Berenson 

Such a cool crowd

A few days later we met up with Marisa Berenson again for a long lunch in her beautiful villa. It is always so much fun to hang out with her and we also discussed some projects since our communications agency Red City PR works with some of her projects.

Marisa's Beautiful villa

A healthy lunch with an iconic actress and supermodel (and a dear friend)

Marrakech nights are for partying in style.

After some days of friends and fun it was back to work and we are now totally focused on getting all our Red City PR projects ready before the summer.

Ah, Marrakech - you sure know how to show us a good time!

Monday, 20 May 2019

Lake Como & Lake Garda

Spring season and time to visit some Italian lakes!

After a few busy weeks in Arpino filled with work, friends visiting and local festivities we felt it was time for a little break so we closed the Red City PR Italian office for a few days and decided to head up north to the Italian lake district around Milano and Verona. After three hours on the express train from Rome we arrived to Verona, picked up a Mini Cooper cab and were all set for our lake tour.

Ready for another road trip in this blue beauty!

Iconic Grand Hotel Fasano by Lake Garda

After a one-hour drive we reached Lake Garda and checked into the iconic 5-star hotel Grand Hotel Fasano with spectacular views over the lake. We used this hotel as our main base during our stay and made day-trips to the surrounding towns and lakes by car since there are not really any big distances.

Our chic base-camp

Breathtaking views from our lake-side suite

We stayed in a beautiful suite featuring an amazing private terrace with breathtaking views of Lake Garda. Grand Hotel Fasano is an stunning property with a lush oceanfront park as well as several acclaimed restaurant so we were excited to spend four days here.

Our private terrace by the lake

Healthy breakfasts with a view

And also cocktails with a view here in the bar

We went swimming in the (very cold) lake...

... as well as in the heated pool

Grand hotel Fasano is very pet-friendly and the staff were all very sweet to Cicero and provided this stylish bed and bowl.

One day we visited the charming medieval town Sirmione where we strolled the old streets and enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Guide Michelin restaurant La Sperazina.


A lakeside lunch at La Speranzina.

Another day we explored Lake Garda in a beautiful mahogany boat with a skilled captain. Lake Garda is massive, it feels like more like an ocean than a lake, and we were lucky to have good weather for our tour. At the Isola de Garda or "Rabbit Island" we stopped to admire the beautiful villa and enjoy a cocktail in the boat.

Exploring Lake Garda by boat

The stunning private villa at Isola de Garda

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Cocktail hour on the lake

Another day we headed to Lake Como. The day was a bit grey and misty but we could still enjoy a private boat tour of the lake and admire all the stunning villas and beautiful nature that surrounds the lake. Lake Como is very posh and a lot of fashion designers and celebrities own homes here. We enjoyed a nice lunch in Varenna and admired the picturesque town of Belagio.

Time to explore Lake Como

Amazing gardens (this one was seen in the film Star Wars Episode III)

A beautiful lakeside monastery 

Lake Como

The guides claimed that this is the villa of Sir Richard Branson. It is not though according to Richard Branson... (See THIS funny article all about it!) 

The lakes are best explored by a private boat!

Another beautiful home (featured in the James Bond movie Casino Royal)


After Lake Como we stopped in Bergamo to admire the architecture.

When we travel it´s always a lot of focus on food and wine. After enjoying a spectacular lunch at La Speranzina in Siriminoe we tried out the more casual beach club restaurant La Darsena that offered some amazing pasta and fish dishes in a laid back environment and with very friendly service.

La Darsena Shore Club

La Darsena

One evening we had dinner in the seafood restaurant of Grand Hotel Fasano called Il Pescatore. Very easy going and fun with great food served in a chic setting.

Il Pescatore

Our table for the night at Il Pescatore

And then it was finally time for us to try the fine dining Guide Michelin restaurant of Grand Hotel Fasano: Il Fagiano. It was a divine dining experience and we enjoyed a world class tasting menu accompanied by some excellent wines and champagnes.

Dining in style at Il Fagiano

We had a great time exploring the lakes and surrounding areas up north. It is a very beautiful and tranquil environment featuring some amazing restaurants and breathtaking nature. We can really recommend to check into one of the iconic five-star hotels like Grand Hotel Fasano by Lake Garda or Villa d'Este by Lake Como and enjoy the jet-setting lifestyle of the Italian lake district.

Thank you Lake Garda and Lake Como, time to head back to Arpino!

Keep Exploring!