FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Magna Pars-L’Hotel à Parfum Review

by Elyse Glickman

Jan 26, 2022

© Elyse Glickman

eFlyer Reviews

Navigli is Milan’s current “it” neighborhood, a quick tram or train ride from the Duomo, the oft-photographed Quadrilatero della Moda shopping, museums, chain stores and throngs of tourists. While it has the youthful vibe and artist-chic found in formerly industrial neighborhoods in major cities around the globe, it’s not every day you’ll find such a district that has reinvented itself as a Venice that’s wholly defined by the stylish and tech-savvy locals who live, work and play there. It is both photogenic and approachable, while also tapping into the current sustainability zeitgeist.

Magna Pars-L’Hotel à Parfum, a six-minute walk from Porta Genova subway stop and tram hub serving as the neighborhood’s gateway, sparkles as its anchor. Unlike other 5-star hotels which have adapted their properties to fit the buildings they’ve taken over, the Martone family — one of the most important names in fashion and lifestyle not everybody knows, but should — has done the opposite by developing a hotel (part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World) that’s not only inspirational but also aspirational on so many levels.

The structure is strikingly modern, and it’s probably no accident it looks a little bit like a high-tech greenhouse. It has several sexy, sustainable bells and whistles worked into it — from movement-driven lighting to water filtering, an art curation program and boundary-pushing cuisine at Restaurant DA NOI IN and cocktails at LIQUIDAMBAR. However, it also celebrates the building’s past as a perfume factory, with LabSolue as one of its marquee attractions along with the restaurant, working herb garden and rooftop event space.

Magna Pars-L’Hotel à Parfum

© Elyse Glickman

Inside the hotel, LabSolue is the latest chapter in the storied history of the Società per l’Industria Farmaceutica e Cosmetica Istituto Farmaco-Biologo, founded in 1945 by Vincenzo Martone, who would later win an Academy Award for his innovations in the industry. Future generations of Martones would expand the company to include Marvin, which launched in 1970 and established itself as a formidable contender to France’s one-time monopoly of the fragrance industry. Through the decades, fragrances for Gucci, Blugirl, Blumarine, Dsquared2, Gianfranco Ferré, Laura Biagiotti, Pomellato and Trussard, as well as its own Marvin line, were produced in the building.

Under the watch of Giorgia and Ambra Martone (third generation in the dynasty), the factory moved outside of Milan so the original building could be repurposed into the ambitious hotel around 2013, which in turn, was revitalized and re-opened in 2021. The building’s legacy is gorgeously maintained in the LabSolue space, where individuals, families and corporate groups can have custom fragrances developed with an assist from the on-site perfumer. LabSolue’s alluring candles, reed diffusers and lush toiletries, meanwhile, are on full-sensory display in each of the rooms and suites. This is also testament to the Martone’s aptitude for brilliant marketing.

Other exclusive features include a garden courtyard flanking plots where several botanicals used in the perfumes are cultivated; a gym equipped with the latest Technogym machines; fitness classes; and the spa, all exclusively for the use of the guests. As the various lush, covetable fragrances would suggest, the 60 guestrooms and suites are inspired by botanical plants. They are open, airy and modern, either overlooking the fragrance garden or the Navigli neighborhood’s lively expanse of cafés and shops. The furnishings are both functional and fashionable to the point where you could stay inside the whole time and feel like you’ve experienced Milan as a local would. While there are some large, easily adaptable spaces, there’s also the Biblioteca, which holds some of the hotel’s most interesting artwork and serves as a living room for guests visiting with friends or hosting informal gatherings.

Magna Pars-L’Hotel à Parfum

Via Vincenzo Forcella
20144 Milano MI, Italy
tel 39 02 833 8371

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
May 26, 2022

New Golden Rock Resort, Sint Eustatius

Golden Rock Resort, the upscale, contemporary lifestyle property, opened in 2021 on the remote Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius. Compared to many other Caribbean islands, Sint Eustatius (aka Statia) is not known for mass tourism.

TAP Air Portugal’s Porto

When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.

Daily
May 25, 2022

Princess Cruises Launches All-Inclusive Premier Add-On

Princess Premier, a new add-on recently launched by Princess Cruises, offers cruise-goers unlimited WiFi, premium/top-shelf beverages, photos and more. The new offer builds off the popular Princess Plus add-on to bring guests a more comprehensive bundle and savings of more than 50 percent when all the amenities are purchased separately.

Daily
May 25, 2022

NoMo SoHo Hotel Launches Nation’s First NFT with Hotel Stay Experience

Recently, NoMo SoHo and its ownership, real estate and investment firm Sapir Corp Ltd., launched a curated NFT program, making NoMo SoHO the first hotel in the United States to offer guests an innovative way to book stays using blockchain technology.

TAP Air Portugal: 77 Years Young

TAP Air Portugal, or rather Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, was founded 77 years ago, March 14, 1945, and flew its first commercial flight September 19, 1946, inaugurating service from Lisbon to Madrid, Spain, aboard a Douglas DC-3.

Daily
May 25, 2022

Celebrate the King During Memphis Elvis Week

From Aug. 9 to 17, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, will vibrate to the sound of the world’s favorite Elvis Presley tunes as Elvis Week 2022 gets underway. This year’s event will be a fun-filled mashup of tributes, concerts, special events and celebrity appearances, including actress Barbara Eden, who starred with Elvis in the 1960 film Flaming Star and became a household name for her lead role in the long-running television series I Dream of Jeannie.

eFlyer Lead
May 24, 2022

Travel Edge Releases Travel Trends for 2022

With a network of more than 450 independent luxury advisors, Travel Edge, the North American leader in luxury travel, released a report on its findings for travel trends in 2022. No doubt the pandemic can be blamed as the main culprit behind many of these changing trends in travel, with travelers attempting to regain moments lost over the last two years.

Celebrity is celebrating Spring with 25% off Cruise Fares!

There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*

Daily
May 24, 2022

Nobu Barbuda to Offer One-of-a-Kind Island Experience

Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.