A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Klaus Kabelitz, General Manager, Belmond Cadogan Hotel
Fresh from opening the new Belmond Cadogan Hotel earlier this year, today we Holiday with… General Manager Klaus Kabelitz who discusses downtime and dining spots – as well as the lightbulb moments they can spark…
Where did you holiday this year, and why?
I recently took some well-deserved time out since our opening earlier this year and headed to Greece to spend a week near Athens with friends. It was chance to switch off a bit and reconnect with loved ones, ready to come back and plan the last months of the year and 2020.
What is your ‘must-have’ item to pack in your suitcase?
Bose silent headphones – a must for long flights!
Where is your favourite al fresco drinking or dining spot?
Locally to Belmond Cadogan Hotel, I always try grab a sunny spot outside Colbert, the French brasserie on Sloane Square. It’s the perfect spot for a post-work drink and bite to eat and ideal for people spotting. Otherwise, Chelsea Physic Garden has a wonderful café in the conservatory and I often enjoy a glass of rosé in the garden – it’s a very peaceful and serene place and you can forget you’re in the midst of a busy city.
What is your holiday read this year?
Oscar: A Life by Matthew Sturgis, a gripping biography on Oscar Wilde who in fact used to reside at the Cadogan Hotel from time to time in the late 1800s.
Have you ever had a ‘lightbulb’ moment related to your business or career while taking some downtime?
Before Belmond Cadogan Hotel opened, I was travelling on business and desperate for a cup of tea first thing in the morning at a hotel I was staying at. As I was calling Room Service to order tea, an idea came to me to deliver a small bottle of milk to guest rooms… This is something we have made happen in Chelsea: each morning, a guest receives a newspaper with a bottle of their preferred milk in a leather holder placed over the door handle.