It’s weird how it seems ages ago I lived and worked (and studied) in the south of Sweden, but the fact is that it’s only 2 months ago to be exact. Still, when I got an invitation to a party at Renaissance Malmö Hotel, it was a very special experience for me as I got to be a, if not tourist, a visitor to the city I worked in for the past 5 years. I’ve always been somewhat ambivalent to Malmö as a city, but being there as both a guest to an event and a visitor made me think differently. It really opened my eyes to what a lovely place Malmö is and I will post more about that city later as the city is overshadowed by both Stockholm and Copenhagen, despite the fact that it has so much to offer. This post however is going to be about my stay at Renaissance Hotel Malmö and their Global Day of Discovery I was invited to on May 17th.
To begin with Renaissance Hotels is part of the Marriott group and is on the high end scale of their selection. That guarantees two things. Everything is thought through from the smallest detail the moment you enter the hotel, but also, the beds are large enough for Americans not to complain. I got a beautiful spacious room with a mix of contemporary chic and rustique, such as the details in the ceilings and pillars on the walls. There was also a cute welcome bag to prepare me for the events that evening and as a blogger I do get a lot of free stuff, even expensive such, which I don’t even always appreciate, but my favorites freebies like ever so far is the flight pillow as well as a sleeping mask with cat eyes on it which were in the lovely welcome greeting. I know, I’m weird like that, but I guess it goes to show that I enjoy the small things in life and the thought that the staff had put into welcoming me with personalized gifts.
While shooting you get hungry and Renaissance Hotel Malmö didn’t let me down there. As I was shooting in the room all day (only stayed for 17 hours) they were kind enough to toss in a meal for both me and my photographer Joanna and as a bonus sent up a cute butler to go with it. Thanks for all your help with the food if you read this, Mattias, haha.
As for the food itself this is not what I’m used to when it comes to room service. Not only was it good, healthy and really classy, it was a real high end restaurant meal and we got two different meals to see which would go best with the shoot. I’m not your regular hotel review guy and don’t want everything to look like a travel magazine article so I like sharing some behind the scenes as well and hence you get both plates served as eye candy.
As always, when on the run I still need to work. The room offered a perfect space for that and as you know I’m not a coffee drinker, I always bring along some herbal tea. Now this flavor from TEArs with licorice and peppermint might not be for everyone, but it’s a fave for me. Don’t worry as they’ve got plenty of other flavors too, but I do love the packaging however. And speaking of that, the packaging is made out of recycled materials, the tea bags are biodegradable and they’ve got ecological thinking in mind all through the manufacturing process which is reflected in the taste of it.
Another favorite of mine to bring along on trips is a scented candle. This one from Durance with a scent of Mango and passion fruit was really soothing, and fills the entire room with a lovely scent. The master perfumers at Durance employ all their expertise and creativity to design the delicate, elegant, and well-balanced scents. A rare palette of more than thirty fragrances that conjure up a world of scented memories and voyages. Their master chandlers worked for many years to create a unique mix of wax. Of very high quality, this ensures an even and complete burn, as well as optimal diffusion of the scent. The wicks of each of their candles are also selected specifically to achieve perfect diffusion. The perfect marriage of wax, scent, and wick. What also appeals to me is the minimum content of 95% natural ingredients in all of their products.
The reason why my bags are so freaking heavy is because I never give up on my skincare routine, even when I’m only away for 15 hours. Here are some of the essentials that I use right now. Let’s start off with the gorgeous La Nuit de l’Homme fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent. A veil of mystery and an explosive spicy accord reveal cardamom with sparkling freshness of bergamot, lavender and cedar, which stand for strength of men. Cumin and vetiver in a base ensure a sensual finish and an opulent, elegant closure. Sounds like me right?
Then we have the Verso Day Cream which in addition to Retinol 8, contains Vitamin B3 for enhanced skin luminosity. Sun filters and Turmeric extract help to protect the skin from premature aging. Turmeric also contains a potent anti-oxidant that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and promotes a fresh, translucent skin.
As I tend to have very dry elbows and heels I’ve found the Exuviance Heel & Elbow cream to be the perfect solution to that. Something you need to be extra vary of these days when you’re applying self tanning products.
What better way to set you in the mood than a gold mask? Feeling like an Egyptian god both while wearing the mask and after it is what I look for in a beauty product. Dr Kadir has an a Gold Matrix Mask which is rich in nourishing emollients such as shea butter, wheat germ oil and avocado oil. It contains also pomegranate juice and vitamin E. The mask has nourishing, moisturizing and lightening effect.
The event then? Why was I so anxious to go there? Well, Renaissance Hotel Malmö was kind of like my safe haven when I lived down there and their 6th annual Global Day of Discovery event was celebrated on May 17 in 35 countries around the world. The unforgettable evenings featured everything from show-stopping live performances, an exclusive party at the top of the Eiffel Tower, awe-inspiring acrobatic acts, and a secret speakeasy. Each hotel is asked to highlight what’s unique in their city and as Malmö is somewhat of a melting pot of nationalities (there are 179 nationalities represented in this city, unique of its kind in Sweden) the hotel had decided to make it a cocktail event taking you around the world. So you were met by these lovely flight attendants to check your passport and allowing you to enter the event.
After check in, you entered a culinary voyage through the continents with both drinks (mocktails in my case) and food to represent that continent. My favorite was North America, but then again, that’s not a surprise in any way as my love for that place is only contested by my love for my home town Stockholm and my second home town Paris. Jeez, this being a world citizen thingie is more confusing than I even thought about before.
Eddie Fischer and I go well together and this unofficial photo wall picture of us two reminds me how much I miss that girl, but we’re going to Copenhagen Fashion week together later in August and I’m already looking forward to that.
All in all it was a lovely event and I want to thank all of the staff at Renaissance Malmö Hotel for their genuine kindness, hospitality and immaculate service. If it weren’t for you guys I don’t know how I would have survived my last year in that city which I have an ambivalent relationship to as you guys are the beacon of light for me. I’m glad I got the opportunity to brighten up my views and opinions about Malmö a bit and discover it’s actually quite a lovely place to visit. Until next time!