TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2012) -
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According to popular saying, "things are usually better the second time around", and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts couldn't agree more. This November, the luxury brand and its collection of celebrated hotels will once again pay tribute to the grand tradition of "taking tea" with its Get Steeped with Fairmont program. Expanded from a one-day celebration to a full month of festivi'teas', the 2012 program is sure to impress with traditional afternoon tea services, sommelier-led tastings, fancy hat competitions, tea-infused cocktails, and even a new, special tea blend.
Get Steeped with Fairmont celebrations will get underway on Saturday, November 3, 2012 with official kick-off events at Fairmont locations around the globe. From specialty treats like Fairmont Le Château Frontenac's Maple Tea Cocktail made with Sortilège liquor (maple Whisky) and frosted with maple sugar to exclusive events like Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv's kids' tea parties and master classes, special activities and promotions will continue throughout the month. A full schedule of Get Steeped happenings is available at fairmont.com/getsteeped. In the hotels and online, guests will also be able to purchase Eclipse, the first in a new series of Fairmont select tea blends which will be offered annually. Available for a limited time, this unique-to-Fairmont black tea is flavorful and full-bodied, offering up a citrusy zest with hints of oak cask and caramel sweetness.
Here's a taste of what Fairmont hotels around the globe have planned for Get Steeped 2012:
The Fairmont Banff Springs is offering a special Ski-Tea featuring delectable treats from Banff National Park: a Crown Royal-infused Hot Toddy; bison, elk and trout sandwiches; and sweet Rocky Road bites dipped in the hotel's housemade chocolate fondue. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is asking patrons to sport their best tea gowns and other period attire for a tea party in Fairview Dining Room on Saturday, November 3. At Quebec's Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu the hotel's tea experience will include traditional maple tea served with mouthwatering thin maple crepes on the terrace. Also in Quebec, Fairmont Tremblant will host an onsite tea sommelier to help guests match favorite blends with tasty treats. At Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Afternoon Tea will be enjoyed by the large stone fireplace with special Montebello Apple Spice tea blend served alongside delights such as cranberry scones, finger sandwiches and fine pastries. Quebec City's iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is offering guests a variety of ways to celebrate tea, including the Maple Tea Cocktail, a selection of Fairmont teas, and a special tea plate featuring biscotti, scones and chocolate. Get Steeped plans at The Fairmont Winnipeg will take on a sweet note with a special Chocolate ChaiTEAni, while The Fairmont Chateau Whistler will be hosting a MarTEAni party on Saturday, November 10 from 2-4 pm with live music and alpine tea delicacies including scones and homemade jams, petit fours and finger sandwiches. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will be hosting an Afternoon Tea hat competition, where guests will be encouraged to wear their most fantastic afternoon tea chapeau. The Fairmont Waterfront's twist on traditional afternoon tea will include locally sourced loose leaf teas and smoldering local artisanal cheeses, carefully paired with a mouthwatering honey infused accompaniment. At Victoria's venerable The Fairmont Empress, which serves about 500,000 cups of tea per year, the hotel is inviting guests to partake in its famed Royal Tea service and will also offer Chai-infused goodies and tea-themed spa treatments at the hotel's Willow Stream Spa.
During the month of November, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park will be offering a variety of specialty tea cocktails, hot and chilled. Warm up with a Hum Toddy, made with Barenjager, Hum, and hot tea or try the Seasons Change made with tequila, hibiscus tea, pear puree, and topped with blueberries. Tea - Killa or not to Tea-Killa is the question at Fairmont Dallas, which is hosting a "Dressed to a Tea" Murder Mystery Party on Saturday, November 3 from 7 - 9 pm. Fairmont Pittsburgh will be serving a special Tea Time Cocktail - a refreshing spin on a classic Arnold Palmer. It's pinkies up and tea hats on at The Fairmont San Francisco with a free Champagne cocktail or mocktail for each guest donning an event-appropriate hat during their famed Laurel Court Restaurant afternoon tea experience. The Fairmont San Jose, known for its action-packed cocktail program, takes tea to another level with Mo-Tea-To's: fresh mojitos made with chilled Fairmont Tea, available as a flight or as a full size cocktail. The Argy Bargy cocktail in Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows' Lobby Lounge is a refreshing tea-infused beverage that earned its name from the 19th Century British term meaning noisy wrangling. At Boston's The Fairmont Copley Plaza, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, the hotel will once again serve afternoon tea in its recently renovated Lobby Lounge which features signed lithographs by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall.
Mexico, Caribbean & Bermuda
Steeped in English tradition and island charm, Bermuda is having plenty of fun with tea. The Fairmont Southampton presents "Tea by the Sea" - a 4-course tea pairing set on the Ocean Club terrace. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, famed for its Afternoon Tea, is complimenting its traditional service with a "Tipsy Tea" featuring infused cocktails. This year Mexico's Fairmont Mayakoba is celebrating with a Tea-quila infused cocktail along with a selection of snow cone Mar-tea-nis prepared with unique Fairmont tea blends. On the Pacific Coast, exclusive Get Steeped cocktails will be on the menu at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess and nearby sister hotel The Fairmont Pierre Marques throughout the month. Perfect for cooling down poolside or enjoying an evening tipple in the bar, the hotels' lineup of tea-infused refreshers includes the Mangolani, Acapulco Bull, and the Raspberry Princess. Down in Barbados, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is offering a traditional English-style Afternoon Tea served complimentary to all in-house guests that includes flavored ice teas, tea-based cocktails and desserts.
With an afternoon tea experience "steeped" in tradition, The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, is celebrating tea month with a tea inspired Champagne cocktail to complement the hotel's afternoon tea experience: The Pearl of the Thames, made from the hotel's exclusively sourced Jasmine Pearls Green Tea. Or, to experience the age old tradition of tea at one of Fairmont's newest hotels, try Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv. From kids' tea parties and master classes to special "Tea-ny" cocktails, Get Steeped festivities will be a hot addition to the social calendar in Ukraine's bustling capital. In Hamburg, Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten will debut a new "Winter Rosé Bubble Dreams" Tea Time featuring scrumptious scones, finger sandwiches and other tasty treats. Other "tea"rrific activities taking place in the month include a Teddy Bear Tea and entertaining craft workshops. Tea-infused cocktails and other treats can be had in Scotland and Monte Carlo with Fairmont St Andrews serving up cocktails like the Tea and Toast-tini, and Fairmont Monte Carlo is getting creative with sweet and salty tea-infused iced lollypops. Not to be outdone, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland will offer special Sunday Brunches and traditional afternoon service throughout the month.
Middle East & Africa
Traditional favorites, tasty tea pairings, and exclusive menu offerings are on tap throughout the Middle East and Africa. From November 3 - 10, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club will be offering a different tea each day to accompany their afternoon tea service, from iced lemon tea to mixed Kenyan tea. At Fairmont Mara Safari Club, also in Kenya, a special tea station with a selection of Fairmont teas, from Slender Oolong Tea to Tranquility Jasmine Rain, awaits guests on November 3. During the month of November guests at the Fairmont Dubai will be able to enjoy a special Get Steeped cocktail featuring chamomile tea-infused syrup, while in Abu Dhabi, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr invites patrons to The Chocolate Gallery on November 3 for an extravagant Golden Afternoon Tea delight. The hotel will be hosting its 2nd Annual Mad Hatter Affair and a croquet tournament on The Chocolate Gallery lawn. In South Africa, Fairmont Zimbali Resort will debut a new daily afternoon High Tea in the resort's lobby lounge, Dalchini. The menu will feature traditional favorites such as jam and scones with clotted cream along with authentic Indian and South African dishes such as melktert, koeksisters, coconut ice and samoosas.
With the first recorded drinking of tea taking place in China, it's only fitting that Fairmont's hotels in Asia will be in step to celebrate the most widely consumed beverage in the world. In India, Fairmont Jaipur's Get Steeped tea experience starts at the fort-like gates of this Mughal inspired hotel with a flower shower and a grand arrival announcement with gong - reminiscent of the Royal courts of yore. From there, guests are whisked away into the awe-inspiring Anjum, the Tea Lounge, for freshly baked raisin scones with Devonshire cream, smoked salmon, tarts, home-baked cookies, Indian delicacies and more. The hotel's resident tea sommelier is also on hand to help guide patrons through the finer intricacies of taking tea. At the iconic Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, the hotel is brewing up a month full of tea celebrations including themed overnight packages, etiquette events, and various restaurant and bar tea offerings. Fairmont Singapore will host interactive ceremonial tea tasting sessions with a kungfu Tea Master in the hotel's lobby, while also serving up delicious and fragrant tea cakes at the Executive Club Lounge.
Check out Fairmont's Pinterest board on Taking Tea for ongoing tea inspiration, and stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for Get Steeped updates throughout November.
ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which arrives in destinations as diverse as Jaipur, Kyiv and Manila in 2012, is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414, visit fairmont.com, or contact your local travel professional.
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