ST. REGIS HOTELS & RESORTS AND ARQUISTE PARFUMEUR INTRODUCE THE SCENT OF ST. REGIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The St. Regis Dubai hosts scent dinner curated by Chandler Burr to showcase ‘Caroline’s Four Hundred’
DUBAI – December 20, 2015 – St. Regis Hotels & Resorts unveiled Caroline’s Four Hundred, the brand’s first-ever bespoke scent, in the Middle East with an exclusive scent dinner at the newly opened St. Regis Dubai in Al Habtoor City. Hosted by St. Regis together with Carlos Huber, the creator of Caroline’s Four Hundred, the gastronomic experience was curated by acclaimed scent critic, Chandler Burr.
“Scent has the rare ability to transport us to another time and place in the most intimate way,” said Carlos Huber, who is a world-renowned scent designer and founder of ARQUISTE. “It has been an honour working with St. Regis to capture the brand’s rich history and its modern sophistication in one olfactory experience.”
Chef Stephane Buchholzer, Culinary Director of Al Habtoor City worked with Burr to combine the crème de la crème of fine dining with the olfactory arts in a seven-course feast. During the interactive dinner with 40 VIP guests, Burr introduced the respective perfumes that inspired each of the gastronomic creations.
The indelible evening commenced with a cocktail reception at the St. Regis Bar where the top ARQUISTE perfumes were interpreted as canapes featuring key ingredients from them. This was followed by a sensory dinner in the Astor Ballroom where guests enjoyed delectable creations including parmesan cassonade amuse bouche, smoked Scottish sea trout and slow-roasted Wagyu beef tenderloin. Each item was prepared with raw gourmand materials used in the making of Caroline’s Four Hundred such as mandarin peel oil, peach essence, rose absolute, clove absolute and sweet date essence.
For a grand finale, guests were treated to an impressive selection of 12 deserts made from all 21 edible materials found in the scent. The sumptuous spread included mandarin espuma, cherry consommé, quince almond pie, peach and rose water macaron, cloves spaghetti with jasmine crème Anglaise, black tea shortbread and rose water.
“We are delighted to work with ARQUISTE to reimagine the elegance and glamour of Caroline Astor’s celebrated balls and create a signature modern scent that reflects St. Regis’ enduring legacy and timeless allure,” said Willemijn Jol, Brand Director for St. Regis, Middle East Division. “As we continue to grow the St. Regis brand in the Middle East, we are pleased to offer this exquisite scent to our guests in this dynamic region, where there is a strong demand and appreciation for fragrance.”
The St. Regis Dubai Scent Dinner marks the launch of Caroline’s Four Hundred across all four St. Regis properties in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The St. Regis fragrance will be featured at all of the luxury brand’s hotels and resorts around the world and will be retailed as a candle beginning today, followed by a room spray in spring of 2016.
Caroline’s Four Hundred
Caroline Astor was the matriarch of the founding family of the original St. Regis hotel in New York and doyenne of the city’s Gilded Age society. Inspired by one of the most splendid of “The” Mrs. Astor’s famous balls, Caroline’s Four Hundred takes its name from the 400 notable guests that represented the highest echelons of New York society.
The bespoke scent captures at once the exotic woods of the ballroom; the potted palms and apple blossoms that lined the hallways; and the light crisp essence of champagne wafting through the crowds. With notes of rich American Beauty roses – her favorite flower – green stems, white lilies and the delicate sweetness of quince, apple and cherry blossom, Caroline’s Four Hundred, embraces all of the blooms that adorned her home on that unforgettable evening in 1900.
About The St. Regis Dubai – The New World Address in the Heart of Dubai
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts recently made its debut in Dubai with the opening of The St. Regis Dubai featuring 234 guestrooms with 52 suites, including a two-storey Royal Suite, located in the central dome of the building, and the Middle East’s first-event Bentley Suite, inspired by the bespoke craftsmanship of the Bentley Mulsanne. The hotel also offers culinary excellence across eight dining outlets, features an Iridium® Spa and offers the best address for special occasions with the prestigious 800-square-meter Astor Ballroom, six meeting rooms and beautiful landscaped gardens perfect for al fresco events.
About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at 35 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. Starwood’s ultra-luxury brand is set to expand its legacy to 50 hotels by 2020. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
A scent is a time capsule. A single fragrance can transport us across time, evoking our most intimate memories and opening doors to distant worlds. Curated by Carlos Huber, an architect specializing in historic preservation, the ARQUISTE fragrance collection captures pivotal moments in time, transporting the wearer to evocative moments in history. Each fragrance is meticulously researched using authentic sources, and uses only the rarest of ingredients to perfectly capture the olfactory experience of a particular time and place. The complete ARQUISTE collection offers beautiful, complex creations that honor history and embrace modernity, and allows both men and women to unlock personal revelations and experience history in a most intimate way.
About Chandler Burr
Chandler Burr is the former New York Times scent critic and curator of olfactory art at The Museum of Arts and Design. Burr is a professional explorer of both the sense of smell—the most ancient and powerful of our senses—and the creation of perfumes as a form of art. He creates experiences, fascinating and surprising, that connect parallel and seemingly distinct sensory worlds.