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Chinese New Year: All you need to know…

Chinese New Year: All you need to know..

It’s one of the most colourful events in the calendar, when people take to the streets both in China and across the globe.

Unlike western culture festivities, which always take place at midnight between December 31 and January 1, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration.

The 2017 Chinese New Year begins on January 28th. Celebrations will start on January 27th, New Year’s Eve, and continue for around two weeks – ending on February 2 – and the year will last until February 15, 2018.

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How to celebrate…

The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound -involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day.

Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day but with modern technology some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

The Chinese Zodiac

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month. This year it’s the Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Rooster will be in 2029.

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The Personality of the Rooster

People born in the Year of the Rooster are characterised as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident. But according to Chinese astrology, the year of your sign is believed to be one of the most unlucky years of your life.

The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented. In addition, their active, talkative and engaging ways make them popular with people. They are happiest when they are in company, enjoying the spotlight. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as being seen as vain and arrogant and a tendency to brag about their achievements.

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Strengths: healthy, sporty, self-assured

Weaknesses: a little sensitive, stressed, moody

What sign are you?

Your sign is derived from the year you were born in the Chinese lunar calendar. The years below are a rough guide, but if you were born in January or February it may be slightly different as the new year moves between 21 January and February 20.

Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

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Famous people born under the Rooster sign

Rudyard Kipling, Benjamin Franklin, Prince Philip, Nancy Reagan, Joan Collins, Dolly Parton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Beyonce, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono.

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Working out: On the go..

When it comes to getting in shape, most of us start with the best of intentions but soon struggle to stay motivated. Luckily nowadays help is just a click away, thanks to a wealth of new fitness apps to help you stay on track no matter what your fitness goal.

Today’s smartphones have the ability to be a personal trainer, nutrition coach, tracker, GPS and so much more, all within a frame so svelte you can wear it on an armband.

Whether you want to try yoga or want to get abs, pentahotels offer our guests complimentary use of our fully equipped penta gyms during their stay and in our latest blog we take a look at the best fitness apps you’ll want to download to help you keep active during your travels.

Yonder – free; iOS, Android

Whether you’re already an outdoor adventurer or someone who wants to travel more, Yonder helps you find and share outdoor excursions based on where you are and what interests you most. By tapping on categories ranging from backpacking and biking to skiing and swimming, you can check out local options and read up on what fellow “Yonderers” loved most about each experience. Yonder wants to keep you inspired to engage with nature, so it acts like a social platform, encouraging you to read what others have to say and share your own experiences and photos.

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Nike+ Training Club – Free; Android, iOS

The Nike+ Training Club app features workouts designed by professional athletes and celebrities. Workouts focus on strength, endurance, or mobility and offer three levels of difficulty. The app’s audio cues let you focus on the workout instead of the screen; Nike+ Training Club can also be streamed onto a television using Apple TV, Chromecast, or an HDMI cable. After completing a workout, users can share customized photos or posters with the Nike+ community. The app syncs with Nike+ Run Club to keep track of your runs; you can also manually enter activities such as basketball, gym training, or tennis.

7 Minute Superhero Workout – €3; iOS, Android

Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? Seriously? Well, now you can be, or at least you can train like one. This quick-hit work out app transforms your usual sit-up, push-up, jog, repeat sessions into something more entertaining. You’re the pilot of an Iron Man-inspired AEGIS One battlesuit and it’s time to train for the upcoming alien attack. Upper cuts become punches to deflect missiles and crunches become energy harvesting to power your suit. Motion-tracking checks your progress and calorie burn and achievements are rewarded as you work through the game to save the world, again.

My Fitness Pal- Free; Android, iOS

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Sure, no one likes to be a calorie counter. But with My Fitness Pal you don’t have to be—this app will do it for you. It will do it all for you. Simply create a profile (height, age, weight, gender), and then set weight loss and exercise goals. As you go through the day, enter what you eat and drink using the extensive database—yes, even the little bites you sampled at the street market and the app will calculate how many calories you have consumed: and how many you need to burn to meet your weight loss goals. It also simulates various nutrition charts so that you can track your progress. If you want to document your exercise, there’s an entire database for that, too. The app also balances calorie intake against exercise, making it the ultimate on-the-go fitness tracker.

FitStar Personal Trainer – Basic (free) or Premium (€9.99/month or €49.99year); Android and iOS

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FitStar’s Personal Trainer app emphasizes workouts you can do quickly and without a ton of expensive fitnessgear. The app breaks down training into four color-coded workoutstyles: “get lean,” which emphasize cardio; “get strong,” a balance of bodyweight strength-training moves; 10–15-minute “daily dose” workouts; and “freestyle.”

At the core of the app is a patented algorithm that customizes a user’s workouts, so an athlete can move at his own pace and advance as he gets stronger. Rather than solicit a trainer’s opinion, the app adjusts each routine depending on how difficult each exercise is according to how users rate it, from “too easy” to “way more brutal” than expected.

Sworkit- Free, pro £2.29 monthly, Android and iOS

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Circuit training is an appealing idea, but for many people compiling a list of exercises to ensure a comprehensive workout is too much like hard work. Fortunately, SWORKIT has oodles of bodyweight exercises built in to the app, with pre-set routines that let you choose whether you want to focus on strength, cardio, yoga or stretching, and which parts of the body, if not all of it, you want to target.

On-screen animations guide you through every step of your workout, which can be set to last from five minutes to an hour. And once you have become a circuit training buff, you can use the exercise bank to build your own session from scratch.

Now you have no excuses not to work out when you visit us at pentahotels: http://www.pentahotels.com

Trick or Treat? It’s Halloween…

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PentaBuzz: Trick or Treat?

Halloween is celebrated throughout the world, with different traditions, names and beliefs. While typical Halloween activities include trick-or-treating and costume parties, there are a few places around the world where Halloween is so much more than that. From the witch trials in Prague, to a transformed theme park near Wiesbadan in Germany, these Penta ‘hot spots’ around Europe are by far the coolest places to be when October 31st falls.

Some of the events will have you screaming in fear, others will have you partying with thousands of people and others will have you taking part in elaborate costume parades; whatever you decide though, pentahotels promise it will be unforgettable!

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Berlin, Germany
Head to Berlin for the Horror Night at Filmpark Babelsberg

Located just outside of Berlin, the Filmpark Babelsberg is an immense film set/theme park. During Halloween season, their special Horrornächte event will take you into an alternate reality with scenes of Halloween horror, props, actors and performances for the ultimate Halloween movie experience!

For the 7th time, Filmpark Babelsberg invites for its Horror Nights. People get shivered by all kinds of monsters and zombies. Experience your own horror movie. No admission for people under 16 years. Tickets from €19 and events run until 2nd November.

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Prague, Czech Republic
The Biggest Halloween Party in Europe

‘Bloody Sexy Halloween’ is the best Halloween celebration in Prague. Great electronic music, awesome staging and even more incredible fancy dress create the spookiest, naughtiest way to spend Halloween.
Right in the city centre, this exclusive party welcomes local and international DJs to their brand new venue, Prague’s Forum Karlín, as the night continues all the way until 5am in the morning.

Expect spectacular pyrotechnic entertainment, more amazing people than ever before and the most outrageous theming in town. However, if your looking for something less flamboyant Prague is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most Gothic cities. Here you can walk through the foggy, narrow streets of the Old Town, pay a visit to the Museum of Alchemy or take part in a late night Ghost Tour of the city for a Halloween experience to remember!

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Paris, France
Discover Ancient Life Beneath Paris

Located beneath the city of light, in the disused stone mines of the city, are the remains of more than 6 million Parisians, on display for all to see. At the Catacombs of Paris bones were placed there in the 18th century to clear out the fetid mess of the inner-city mass graves that had poisoned the air with their stench due to decades of overuse. The bones were stripped of any partially decayed matter, which was recycled as soap! Ooo-err! Visit http://www.catacombes.paris.fr for details.

Perhaps the catacombs are a little too macabre? For a more light-hearted adventure in Paris during Halloween, why not head over to Disneyland, and see some of your favourite cartoon characters dressed up in festive Halloween garb. Our hotel at Paris CDG Airport is within 10km of the Disneyland Paris resort.

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Inverness, Scotland
Fright Night in the Mystical Scottish Forrests

The history of Scotland’s woods are soaked in mystery, bloodshed and strange goings on. Where better to have a genuine fright night on All Hallow’s Eve! Time to put on your scariest costumes and explore the unmentionable Forest of Frights, stretching 1300 m across two isles in the middle of the River Ness. Watch out for the creepy ‘Wall of Hands’ and meet some well-known characters along the way, including Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood, as you’ve never seen them before.

Horror Nights at Europa Park, Rusk, Germany

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Fearless visitors can be the stars of their very own horror film during Horror Nights – as zombies, killer clowns, and vampires test their bravery and nerves! During the night visitors follow a trail through a darkened section of the theme park, where live actors, disguised and made to scare them, jump out on them! A choice of 5 haunted house form the main attractions plus an exclusive house based on the ‘Escape Room’ await you with all the attendant scary sounds, lighting, effects and visuals. Events run from 21st October- 5th November 2016 and check into our hotels in Wiedsbadan or Trier for nearest proximity to the theme park.

pentahotels have 28 hotel properties worldwide. Visit http://www.pentahotels.com for destinations and hotel room rates and remember when black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!

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Penta Buzz: The Alternative Oktoberfest…

Penta Buzz: The Alternative Oktoberfest

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When people across the world think of ‘beer festivals’ and ‘Germany’, generally they think of Oktoberfest. It’s the largest beer festival in the world, spans over three weeks and held annually in a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides, and for those who want to- dress up in traditional Bavarian gear!

But in a country where beer is king – about 5 billion litres are produced annually – it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of similar festivals across Germany devoted to beer and with 13 hotel properties in Germany alone we discover the best of where and when to celebrate throughout the year with pentahotels.

International Beer Festival, Berlin

For a city globally recognised as being trendy, hip and international, it’s not a shocker that its annual beer festival follows suit. Unlike Oktoberfest, who only showcase local beers, the Berliner Bierfest is far more diverse, offering 2,000 different beers from all over the world – from the mainstream to microbrews and craft beer.  The festival is known by many Berliners simply as the ‘Biermeile’ (or Beer Mile) as the beer flows continuously for more than 2 kilometres, who organisers say makes it the longest beer garden in the world. The International Berlin Beer Festival runs for only 3 days annually in August so make sure you book into either of our Berlin pentahotels in Potsdam or Kopenick to be part of it.

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Erlangen Bergkirchweih

Like Oktoberfest, the Erlangen Bergkirchweih, or ‘Berg’ to locals, is a traditional Bavarian beer festival but on a significantly smaller and more authentic scale. For two weeks in May, around one million people descend on the festival. It is the “more cozy” Oktoberfest set underneath the towns beautifully old chestnut trees, decorated with Chinese lanterns where guests can enjoy a cold Festmarzenbier, a beer traditionally brewed in March especially for the festival and served in stoneware tankards, regional specialities and international dishes. Carousels and other fun fair attractions, such as lottery booths and shooting galleries, provide a wide variety of entertainment. While Erlangen is a smaller town, it is very well located given its close proximity to Nuremberg and easy access to our hotel in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt.

Bremen Freimarkt

Moving north to Bremen, or about an hour south west from Hamburg, is the oldest fair in Germany: the Bremen Freimarkt. This annual festival prides itself on having more carnival rides than any other festival alongside its fantastic market where revellers can enjoy all things food, arts, and of course beer! Given its close proximity to the North Sea, fish is the main culinary offering with such delicacies as local herring and smoked eel. While not technically a beer festival, there is enough of an emphasis on German beer to be included here.The Bremen Freimarkt runs from October 14 to 30, 2016.

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A German Beer Tour…

1. Kulmbacher, Bavaria

Dedicated to beer and only beer, the Kulmbacher Bierfest showcases the town’s 4 brew houses in traditional pavilions in the heart of town, where brewery staff hawks their beer along with traditional Bavarian street food.

2. Gäubodenvolksfest, Danube Region

An agricultural festival that first began back in 1812, Gäubodenvolksfest is a 10-day festival in August that showcases beers from the Straubing-Bogen. It also features a Bavarian parade with traditional costumes, horse carriage rides, and of course, beer tastings!

3. Schützenfest, Hanover

The world’s largest celebration for marksman and beer (always a superb combination), runs every year in July. First celebrated in 1529, the fair welcomes 5,000 marksmen, a colorful collection of fair rides, a half dozen beer tents, and a Marksmen’s Parade, a 7.5-mile-long parade consisting of top marksmen, marching bands, floats, and 1.5 million spectators.

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With beer on tap at every pentahotel in Europe, celebrate your love for beer from Birmingham to Berlin in the comfort of the pentalounge. Visit http://www.pentahotels.com

PentaBuzz: Live Today, Love Tomorrowland

If you’re lucky enough to be attending Tomorrowland, it’s like taking a trip down the rabbit hole…in the sense that what exists on the other side is like nothing you’ve ever witnessed before.

Labelled the epicentre of electronic music, Tomorrowland is forever pushing the boundaries of innovation and rewriting the rules of how an electronic music festival should be…that’s why this year’s tickets sold out in a mind-boggling 40 minutes!

Enter the Musical Utopia, which is the Kingdom of Melodia…

So, if you’re going and it’s your first time, what should you expect?

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This musical masterpiece is situated in the Belgian countryside, in a small town, rather fittingly named Boom. Amongst the abundance of lakes and wooded areas, the Tomorrowland team conjures up an incredible setting that includes magical looking stages of all sizes and designs.

From Misty Mountains to Colourful Castles, the design team really go all out, so that every inch of the venue is engulfed in chic décor that demands attention from the human eye and camera lenses.

It’s a venue that nails crowd flow, so even though it’s the most populated music festival in the world you never have to endure the muggy feeling of overcrowding. Tomorrowland is an Adventure of a Lifetime, and we guarantee it’s not one you’ll want to return home from.

2016 Line Up

To put it simply, you’ll struggle to find as diverse and prevalent an electronic line up anywhere in the world…

Household names such as Oliver Heldens, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Angello and Alesso are joined by the likes of Alan Walker, The Chainsmokers and many more…Basically all the biggest electronic acts from across the globe cluster for this amazing event.

The Crowd

This summer, more nationalities will likely be represented at Tomorrowland than at the Rio Olympics, such is the diverse crowd that the festival attracts. At Tomorrowland, the primary language is music, and everyone gets together to embrace the audible chemistry that the musical scientists produce.

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The crowd make Tomorrowland all the more special with the atmosphere they create…

Spine Tingling sets send the crowds into a state of Euphoria, as the world’s finest electronic acts showcase their prestige to an amazingly receptive crowd that completely and utterly buy into the Tomorrowland vibe.

There’s no doubt for the duration of this festival, you’ll be partying dawn til dusk and indulging in an experience like no other.

Live Today, Love Tomorrowland…

Avoid an immediate return journey home and continue your holiday by checking out Brussels and checking in to our fantastic #pentahotel Belgium’s capital.

We offer the perfect balance of rest and play…but if it’s just rest you seek then enjoy relaxing within the #pentalounge as you reminisce about your Tomorrowland experience.

Visit www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates for your 2016 holiday destination.

Fly direct to Brussels from London Heathrow with British Airways for just £158, or fly from Berlin Schoenefeld with Ryanair for £67!

Visit www.skyscanner.net for routes and flight prices.

PentaBuzz: Sumptuous Summer

Summer is awesome- it’s packed with positivity and pentafun, whether you’re heading on holiday, going to a festival or simply soaking up the sun within your hometown. It’s a time when people make the most of every free second they get, ensuring they’re being either active, social or both. Time with friends and family is seen as sacred, especially when it’s time spent in the sun!

We were thinking, it’s amazing how much of this social activity revolves around food whether you’re enjoying a BBQ in your garden, or a picnic in the local park; what you eat during these social activities almost dictates whether it comes under ‘Summer Fun.’

So, we thought we’d look at your staple summer foods that seem to define the taste of summer; things you can’t go without and are a necessity when enjoying a sociable summer affair.

Ice-Cream

This just shouts summer...
This just shouts summer…

The Summer essential- whether you’re 8, 18 or 80, you’ll always appreciate a cold Ice-Cream on a hot summers day. There’s something comforting about hearing that extremely annoying jingle of an ice-cream van, it is a typical sound of summer. Nowadays there are so many flavours and types to choose from but on a scorching summers day, when beer gardens are packed and communal parks filled, can you really beat the classic 99 come- we don’t think so!

The Classic BBQ

The BBQ: the perfect opportunity for men across the world to show how butch they are, as they become the master of the meat. There aren’t many experiences more pleasant than walking through your local neighbourhood and picking up the scent of a BBQ in the air…it’s a typical smell of summer!

Of course, when you throw a BBQ, a half-hearted approach just won’t do. It’s all about going the distance…We’re talking beef burgers, steaks, corn on the cob, coleslaw etc. etc.

At pentahotels, food is a big thing!

The pentalounge plays host to some fabulous treats including an amazing selection of Burgers, Steaks and Pizza.So, if the summer weather should take a turn for the worst and you’re looking for some food under the cover of shelter, come feast with us!

We take pride in our amazing and hearty food offering, and one things for sure, you will not go hungry in the pentalounge. Whether you’re seeking replacement BBQ food in the form of the pentaburger or pentasteak, or fancy something a little different…perhaps a pentapizza? We have it covered!

Check out our menu below…

Availability vares across individual properties, talk to our staff for the best offerings at your hotel
Availability varies across individual properties, talk to our staff for the best available offer at your local pentahotel…

 

Fruit Salad

Healthy summer picnic with fresh colorful tropical fruit salad served in a bowl on a red and white checked cloth
Healthy summer picnic with fresh colorful tropical fruit salad served in a bowl on a red and white checked cloth

Whether it be in bobbing in the top of a Pimm’s jug, or acting as the centre piece of a picnic on the beach, the fruit salad is always invited to any summer festivities. We all know that summer produces fruit that contains a beautiful depth of flavour. Add a meringue, ice-cream or perhaps whipped cream in there and you have the perfect dessert…Juicy Strawberries submerged in clotted cream – it’s a Wimbledon essential, and who doesn’t associate Wimbledon with summer…?

We want to give a special shout out to : Watermelon, Mango & Pineapple…

Visit www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates as well as full drinks and food menu available across Europe in the pentalounge.

The Best Summer Cocktails…

Summer is all about chilled vibes, sand between the toes and a cold drink in hand…and what better drink than a summer infused cocktail.

Most of our hotels locations are located in the city but if you were on a white sand beach, with a beautiful sunset on the horizon, which cocktail would you choose?

Well, in our Paris pentahotel, Mojitos are known to be very popular. The citrus fruits, minty freshness and subtle sweetness all blend together to create a wonderful summery flavour.  If you’d be one to order this famous white rum based cocktail, then we’d say in the words of the Spice Girls, you’re seeking to spice up your life and let go with a mojito!

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For those who have endured a manic working week (and only reached Wednesday) The Cosmo is the cocktail for you. Not only does its name somewhat fit your current surroundings, but the intense citrus flavours, mixed with the freshness of the cranberry juice will provide you with the little kick you need to get through those last two days. It’s classy, it’s sophisticated and it’s summer in the city. Just watch out for those glasses if you have a couple…they’re designed for spillage!

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Yet, what if you want something with a little fizz and by fizz of course we mean champagne! The French 75 (Soixante Quinze to the French) is a wonderfully punchy, champagne based cocktail that really endorses familiar tastes of summer. Now, champagne is usually enjoyed during times of celebration and this cocktail certainly fits that bill. It was named the 75 due to it containing such a kick from the Gin, Champagne, Lemon Juice and sugar combo, that when you drink it, you feel like you’ve been shelled by the French 75mm field gun…we promise you the drinking experience is one of great pleasure, But there is an ooomph!

French 75

Last but not least, when you’re searching for a little sip of summer, you can never go wrong with a Peach Melba Mimosa…and no we’re not saying revert to a dessert.

This is another champagne infused cocktail, but what the heck, champagne is definitely back in this summer! This little gem, containing sweet berries, peaches and just enough bubbly for a sharp crisp taste, is perfect for a drink during sunset within a courtyard bar.

Why not get one of the pentalounge bar guys to make one of these fabulous champagne cocktails for you. Our partner Champagne, Papis Loveday Champagne, acts as a great foundation for cocktails!

At pentahotels we offer guests a vast range of cocktails and at a night out spent in one of our pentalounges you’ll be anything but bored…

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Visit www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates as well as full drinks and food menu available across Europe in the pentalounge.

 

PentaBuzz: World Bodypainting Festival

It’s official, the world bodypainting festival starts today…

You may be thinking, what on earth is that? Well good question; luckily we’re here to answer it!

Before 1998 Bodypainting wasn’t really a thing…yet Alex Barendregt believed in the concept so much that he established the World Bobdypainting Festival in 1998.

It’s a fantastic idea that challenges the notion of insecurities surrounding the body. During this festival, new body forms are created in a positive and imaginative way through art, and so instead of humans going to see art; humans are the art.

The vibrancy and brightness of the colours creates a mesmerising spectacle...
The vibrancy and brightness of the colours a mesmerising spectacle…

The first thing we can tell you is that this year’s theme is Bodies & Beats…it is hands down one of the most bizarre but brilliant art festivals in the world that seeks to celebrate the body as an art form!

The event is an art lover’s dream, and anyone seeking to add a little more colour to their lives should jump on a plane to Austira a.s.a.p. It sees practically nude models morph into canvases, as innovative and masters of art lay artistic siege to their model’s body, creating human masterpieces.

Around 30,000 visitors descended upon last years event to watch artists compete in various categories, such as brush, sponge, UV and special effects…If you’re into rather extreme branches of art, then this festival is for you!

This festival showcases all kinds of techniques, from brushes to sponges and UV...
This festival showcases all kinds of techniques, from brushes to sponges and UV…

What makes the event that little bit more special is that musical artists from around the globe are invited to showcase their ability to.

The incredible human exhibitions, model designs that are drawn from inspirations such as chameleons and birds of paradise…we don’t quite get it either but the art it produces is so amazing and contemporary!

It’s a festival that blends elements such as body art, art, music and lifestyle into one smooth formula…a formula that promotes positivity and happiness!

Of course, this looks like a rather rowdy affair…that’s for sure. So, if you feel like you need to recover before jetting off, why not join us in the gorgeous city of Vienna…our brilliant hotel provides the perfect balance of rest and play.

Visit www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates for your 2016 holiday destination.

PentaBuzz: Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week

From 28th June – 1st July, the global fashion spotlight is firmly fixed on Berlin…It’s a great platform for both major brands, designers and creatives, as well as young and aspiring designers, to showcase their innovation and ability, to the city’s fashion elite – it’s safe to say it’s one of the most glamorous occasions in Berlin.

Berlin's designers will be hoping to create something as slick and elegant as the Mercedes Benz...
Berlin’s designers will be hoping to create a collection as slick and elegant as the Mercedes Benz…

If you’ve got an interest in fashion, or an eye for the chic and spectacular then this may be the perfect time for you to visit this fantastic city. A trip on stylish foundations, requires a hotel with stylish blueprints…Luckily for you, we have 2 hotels within the centre of Germany’s capital; one based in Köpenick and one at Potsdam. Discover pentahotels and you’ll be anything but bored!

Throughout the 3-day event, many differing styles are focused on through the diverse and wide ranging trade fairs. For example the ‘Bright’ fair centres on street style, whilst ‘Premium,’ is a platform for advanced contemporary fashion. Another important field of focus when it comes to Berlin Fashion Week is the ‘green’ element…where attention turns to ecological and sustainable avenues of fashion…a topic that is becoming more and more relevant.

It's a special time for the fashion scene of Berlin and it produces some spectacular shows...
It’s a special time for the fashion scene of Berlin and it produces some spectacular shows…

It’s an event that is still in its infancy, having only been established in 2007 – however it was quick to gain global recognition as a brilliant opportunity for Berlin’s finest young designers to pitch to the world, their latest innovations.

Young designers can enter the competition, Designer for Tomorrow, which has a judging panel including fashion starlets such as Marc Jacobs, and offers the winner an immense opportunity to present their own collections at the next Winter series of shows…

As we said earlier, it’s an event that will attract many of the world’s leading names in fashion, whether they be models, designers, social media stars or influencers of a celebrity stature…for those 3 days, Berlin is the place to be!

Our pentalounge is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of drinks before heading for bed...
Our pentalounge is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of drinks before heading for bed…

As with most fashion weeks, there are many post show events and parties that always prove fantastic fun, plus provide the opportunity for spectators to understand more about the inspirations and notions behind certain collections…however some of the parties are exclusive, and others don’t go on too long, so if you have a craving to keep the party going, the pentalounge is open 24/7…it’s safe to say we offer the perfect balance of rest and play.

Visit www.pentahotels.com for hotel availability and room rates for your 2016 holiday destination.

Fly direct to Berlin from London Gatwick with EasyJet for just £95, or fly from Prague with Air Berlin for £105!

Visit www.skyscanner.net for routes and flight prices.

PentaBuzz: Where to go when the Sun sets in Shanghai

Once labelled the Paris of the East, Shanghai has definitely outgrown that nickname and now stands proudly on its own as one of the world leaders in fashion, culture and nightlife…Visit these awesome venues that epitomsie the Shanghainese revolution.

Check Out Shanghai before Checking In to our #pentahotel within the city…our #pentalounge is open 24/7, which means you can keep the party going as long as you want!

Glamour Bar:

You can sort of guess what kind of venue this place is…Inspired by an image of a shoe in a fashion magazine, this stylish and elegant bar often hosts many of Shanghai’s fashion elite. When it comes to this place it’s all about cocktails, cocktails, cocktails, and after 7 years of booming business, they seem to have just about nailed it. Perhaps not the ideal venue for everyone, but if you’re after a bit of celeb spotting, whilst sipping on a signature cocktail, this place is bae!

Glamour Bar
Elegant and chic…this place was built for the Gods of fashion…

Senator Saloon:

This unmarked bar, situated on a quiet tree-lined street, is extremely unassuming and will see many people walk straight past it without even realising. However, do so on your own poor judgement because this place is cool! The epitome of an American styled speakeasy, where the low tin ceilings and tiled walls create an extremely exclusive vibe! What’s more, they offer drinks traditionally found in American speakeasies, such as the refreshing Lemon-Limey. A hidden gem, just waiting to be found.

Shanghai Saloon
A hidden gem, just waiting to be found…

Flair:

Now, where the previous bar was understated with its exterior, this place couldn’t be more different. Flair by name and flair by nature – it has oodles of it in fact! It’s a venue that really possesses the WOW factor, and we think you’ll see why from the image. It’s the highest outdoor bar in Shanghai, looking over the iconic Bund…there can’t be many better locations in this city to enjoy a beautiful vodka based cocktail, of which they have plenty. What can we say but high-rise style…

flair bar shanghai
This is proper high-rise style…

Bar Rouge:

Now this is nightlife with the cherry on top…If you’re seeking to embrace a cocktail of Shanghainese nightlife, Bar Rouge will provide the key ingredient. The decor that mixes contemporary styles with ancient Chinese design, is striking. Once again, a fashion followers hotspot, this place offers its guests with the chance to admire the magnificent Shanghai skyline with a perfectly blended cocktail in hand…Shaken or stirred, this place would make James Bond’s hair stand on end.

Bar Rouge
Sumptuous cocktail with a skyline view? Yes Please!

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