Monday, February 16, 2009

Hotel Quintessence was recently included in an editorial feature for Tyloo Magazine.

Tyloo is a Chinese lifestyle magazine that provides successful people with ideas on how to live a rich and quality life.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

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«We went to Mont-Tremblant with our 6 year old son for a ski trip. We went with high expectations and I must say that this hotel far exceeded every one of them. We were greeted in our suite with jazz music, wine chilling, chocolates, a fire in the fireplace, and most important our son’s bed was complete with his own small robe and slippers. The hotel staff was very attentive to our every need. We absolutely loved this hotel and already are planning a return trip. Very Romantic and accomodating for our son!!!!»

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Boutique-hotels can teach everyone about customer service

In recent years, the term “boutique” provider has been coined as the highest standard of personalized customer care in many industries. So how do those high-end boutique hotels do it so well, effortlessly and seamlessly? It’s all in the details, they would casually tell you, but you can’t “buy” the right attitude or the enthusiasm of their carefully appointed personnel. As you walk in, you are practically greeted by name, as staff recall a note or two from a previous conversation they had with you. The welcoming atmosphere most likely includes many added-values to each stay, such as treats and soft music waiting in your suite, or cocktails in the lounge to thank you for joining this pampered clique.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Three ways to melt hearts in the snow

Mont Tremblant's Hôtel Quintessence sets the standard for classic luxury and casual elegance in the Quebec countryside, thanks to its gorgeous suites, creative cuisine, lakefront setting and slopeside convenience.

"Quintessence is romantic at any time, not only on Valentine's Day," said managing partner Sean O'Donnell. "Our Clagett's Cabin, an exquisite hideaway, is the ultimate in privacy."

Indulgences in all Quintessence suites include a long soak in a two-person bathtub that overlooks Lac Tremblant, followed by a couple's massage in front of the fireplace. The day ends on a four-poster bed with custom-made mattress, fine Egyptian cotton sheets and a duvet so heavy that it takes three housekeepers to fluff it.

"All of our menus are meant to stir your passions, but we have added a few love potions for the occasion," said Quintessence executive chef Lindsay Petit, who is planning a Valentine's dinner for Feb. 12, 13 and 14 that will include a spa gift and homemade truffles. "And the cuisine is light enough to dance or make romance after dinner."

The menu includes bisque of Acadian oysters laced with Labrador tea, tuna with wild cranberries from Natashquan, sweetbreads with pine mushrooms from James Bay, Nova Scotia lobster saffron risotto or filet mignon with truffles. The dessert, a tartlet of raspberry, essence of wild rose and white chocolate, will make you swoon, Petit said.

Even breakfast at Quintessence is sumptuous. The tiny vials of ginseng served with fruit salad should provide a libidinous Valentine's rush.

Quintessence is an oasis of tranquility adjacent to Mont Tremblant's bustling skiers' village. The hotel also spoils its guests with a spa, top-drawer gym, wine cellar, valet parking, concierge service and a Land Rover shuttle.

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Quebec story by Sian Lloyd

Q Restaurant in Hotel Quintessence was a treat after a long day's hiking in Parc National du Mont Tremblant. And what a treat - Quebec forest mushrooms, foie gras terrine with vanilla ice cider jelly, Canadian elk, local wild trout, saute of fresh strawberries and red pepper, wild raspberry souffle and, best of all, apricot pastries in linden flower tea....Read the article


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