Caroline Patek

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Caroline Patek is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. The Georgetown University graduate worked in the editorial departments at National Geographic Kids and Washington Life Magazine and in digital media at Discovery Channel. Patek has traveled around the globe, and her favorite spots are Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

  • On January 22, 2014
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    What are the best jewelry stores in New York City?

    It’s no secret that New York City is a capital of world-class shopping, so it only makes sense that Graff Diamonds has an outpost here. Designed by famed architect Peter Marino, a frequent Graff store collaborator, Graff Diamonds’ flagship New York store is located on the corner of Madison Avenue and 61st Street. To celebrate the opening of the striking 4,000-square-foot space, Graff Diamonds cut and polished the massive 100.57-carat Star of America diamond, making it the largest D flawless octagonal step cut diamond in the world. The store’s central location also puts you within easy reach of the area’s other luxury stores and boutiques, as well as the city’s most famous green space, Central Park.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    What are the best fine jewelry stores in London?

    If you find yourself in London looking for a special piece of jewelry, you’re in the perfect location: Graff Diamonds’ flagship store is located on the city’s historic Bond Street. Originally opened in 1993, the store underwent an extensive renovation and reopened in 2012. The result? Floor-to-ceiling windows, Italian marble floors and lacquered walnut panels create the ultimate atmosphere for the purchase of the very finest jewels.

    Graff Diamonds also has an outpost on Sloane Street near Hyde Park, and a third store located within The Fine Jewellery Room at Harrods will open in spring 2014.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    What kinds of jewelry pieces does Graff Diamonds create?

    Modern and classic, graceful and feminine, Graff Diamonds’ jewelry pieces are available in an array of beautiful designs. Graff collections, each with a unique and distinct style, include Graff Icon, Bombé, Chandelier, classic Butterfly and its modern reworked Butterfly Motif, Diamonds on Diamonds, Lotus, Infinity and Sautoir. As with all Graff jewelry, these collections are designed in house, and set by hand in Graff’s London workshop by master craftsmen, every stone linked together with invisibly set platinum wires to truly showcase the gemstones.

    Available in various sizes and shapes, including rings, bracelets, cluster and drop earrings, necklaces and pendants, each collection comes in a range of gemstone versions, from white, yellow or pink diamonds, to richly colored red rubies, blue and pink sapphires, and green emeralds.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    Where is Graff Diamonds opening new stores?

    As an expanding global company with more than 40 stores worldwide, Graff Diamonds plans to open a selection of new stores in the near future. In London, where the company holds its global headquarters, a third store will open in the city at Harrods in spring 2014. Designed by Graff’s in-house interior design team, the Harrods store is based on a concept by edgy architect Peter Marino — who also created Graff’s San Francisco and Wynn Macau stores — and is outfitted with a gold exterior, striped marble floors and a Bohemia crystal chandelier. Look for it in Harrods’ Fine Jewellery Room. Another store slated to open in spring 2014 is a second outpost in Osaka, Japan, and stores in Riyadh, St. Petersburg, Zurich and Hong Kong are also slated for this year.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    Where can I find Graff Diamonds exhibitions?

    Graff Diamonds is known to showcase its impressive collection of jewels and diamonds around the world at exclusive exhibitions, and there are plenty of events on the horizon in 2014 worth noting. While a St. Barts exhibition recently wrapped up in December 2013, the next events will be held in Doha, Qatar, and St. Moritz, Switzerland, in February 2014, followed by the TEFAF Maastricht art fair in the Netherlands and the BaselWorld watch and jewelry show in Basel, Switzerland, in March 2014. After that, Graff will head to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia for an exhibition in April 2014, and to Monaco from July through August 2014.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    Where can I buy Graff Diamonds’ unique jewelry?

    One of the things Graff Diamonds is best known for is its superb collection of unique pieces of fine jewelry. Grabbing sources of inspiration from around the world, Graff’s assortment of distinctive, one-of-a-kind items include a 16.93-carat emerald cut emerald ring, a multi-shape yellow and white diamond tiara, and a butterfly brooch made up of more than 500 diamonds. Graff Diamonds stores can be found all around the world, in more than 40 locations, including in hotels such as Forbes Travel Guide Five-Stars The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and Wynn Macau, as well as at stand-alone shops in Europe, the U.S., Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The brand debuts new stores often — 2014 will see openings in Hong Kong, Osaka, Fukuoka, Zurich, Saint Petersburg and Riyadh — and the complete list can be found on Graff’s website.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    Where can I find Graff Diamonds stores?

    Graff Diamonds is truly a global company, with more than 40 stores around the world and corporate offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Geneva and Japan. While quite a few of Graff’s stores are located within luxury hotels, such as Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Peninsula Hong Kong and Four-Star Wynn Las Vegas, stunning stand-alone stores can also be found in many countries.

    North America is home to shops in New York City, Chicago, Florida (Bal Harbour and Palm Beach) and San Francisco, as well as boutiques within Saks Fifth Avenue department stores in Virginia (Tysons Corner), New York City (Fifth Avenue), Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) and Florida (Naples).

    Besides a hotel location inside Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, the Middle East is home to two other Graff Diamonds stores, in The Dubai Mall and in Abu Dhabi. Europe, home base for the English company, possesses its fair share of stores as well, including two London locations (on New Bond and Sloane streets) and shops in Courchevel, France; Geneva and Gstaad, Switzerland; Kiev, Ukraine; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Moscow, where Graff has three locations.

    Asia boasts an impressive selection of stores, too, including China outposts in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Hong Kong and Macau. Graff Diamonds also operates stores in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Taipei.

    In the past three years alone, Graff stores have opened in Tokyo’s prestigious Isetan Shinjuku department store, Hangzhou, Macau, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and at Delaire Graff Estate in South Africa. The year 2012 saw the opening of a newly renovated and extended flagship store on London’s Bond Street, and 2014 will see new stores across Europe, Asia and the Middle East including locations in Hong Kong, Osaka, Fukuoka, Zurich, Saint Petersburg and Riyadh.
  • On January 22, 2014
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    In which hotels can I find Graff Diamonds?

    Providing travelers the ultimate convenience, many of Graff Diamonds’ stores around the world are located within luxury hotels. The only U.S. hotel store is inside Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wynn Las Vegas, but you’ll find plenty more in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    In Europe, Gstaad, Switzerland, boasts two hotel outposts — in the Grand Hotel Park and The Alpina Hotel. In Monte Carlo, there’s the Hôtel de Paris. Asia is the destination with the largest number of Graff Diamonds stores within hotels, featuring two in Beijing (inside Four-Stars China World Hotel, Beijing and The Peninsula Beijing) and two in Hong Kong (at Five-Stars The Peninsula Hong Kong and The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong). Other hotel locations across Asia include Five-Star Wynn Macau; Five-Star The Peninsula Shanghai; The Peninsula Tokyo; and The Shilla Hotel in Seoul.

    Dubai’s Burj Al Arab is home to Graff Diamonds’ only Middle East hotel store, and the Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa, boasts the company’s only hotel shop in Africa.

    A complete list of Graff locations can be found on the company’s website.
  • On January 20, 2014
    Caroline Patek answered the question: Caroline Patek

    What are the best hotels for wine tasting near Portland, Oregon?

    Situated in Oregon’s wine country, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Allison Inn & Spa is a charming respite in Willamette Valley. You can spot rows of pinot noir vines that dot the hillside from your guest room, and the luxury hotel’s location provides easy access to the area’s slew of wineries (more than 200 are within a 20-minute drive from the inn), too. Visit the iconic Adelsheim Vineyard or Cameron Winery, and then retreat back to The Allison Inn & Spa for a delightful meal served at the onsite Four-Star JORY at The Allison Inn. The 100-seat restaurant serves farm-to-table cuisine and boasts a massive 800-label wine list that’s sure to impress the most seasoned oenophile. Don’t forget to book a spa treatment, either, where the vino trend continues with options such as a wine facial, grape seed scrub or pinot pedicure.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Fifty 8° Grill?

    Serving both lunch and dinner, planning an outfit for a meal at Fifty 8° Grill will vary depending on the time of day. If you stop in around lunchtime, the vibe will undoubtedly feel a little more relaxed. Remembering you’re still dining within a luxury hotel, however, you should probably avoid strutting in for a meal in ultra casual attire such as flip-flops and tattered jeans. When the dinner hours roll around, you’ll notice a more sophisticated ambiance that directly correlates with how people are dressed. A stylish outfit for women (a trendy dress or slacks with heels and a blouse) and a button-down shirt for men seems the most appropriate, especially as you’re dining on dishes from famed chef Richard Ekkebus. It’s important to keep in mind that Shanghai is a relatively stylish city in and of itself, so you’d be remiss not to dress to impress.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    What is the menu like at Fifty 8° Grill?

    With Dutchman Richard Ekkebus at the helm, the menu at Fifty 8° Grill is French, modern and meant for sharing — a winning conglomeration in our opinion. Starters on the dinner menu run the gamut from tomato salad with molasses and sherry vinaigrette to hand-carved charcuterie selections or caviar. When it comes time for a main course, choose from a variety of beef that’s grilled over a wood fire such as flank steak or pork belly, and you can choose from tasty toppings such as caramelized garlic or pan-fried foie gras. If you’re not in the mood for meat, you can also order plates such as turbot with porcini and green peas or whole Boston lobster with seaweed butter. But be sure to save room for dessert — there’s a sweet selection of treats including poached peach in Lillet Blanc syrup, chocolate soufflé or hibiscus sorbet.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    Where is Fifty 8° Grill located?

    You’ll find Fifty 8° Grill inside luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai in the city’s Lujiazui district. One of the great things about the restaurant’s location is its close proximity to the Huangpu River thanks to the hotel’s waterfront locale. Seemingly removed from the hustle and bustle of busier parts of Shanghai, the restaurant’s location within the Harbour City development means you’ll get an oasis feel without losing your convenient position in the city. Located on the lobby level of the hotel’s Executive Apartments building, the space also overlooks Mandarin Oriental’s tranquil green space, a rarity in the city. Between the lush landscape, convenient water location (sunset cruise, perhaps?) and modern backdrop of the Mandarin Oriental, Fifty 8° Grill holds a prime spot of real estate.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    Does The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai have a fitness center I can use?

    After you’ve spent enough time relaxing and being pampered, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai also offers access to the hotel’s fitness center that’s jam-packed with useful equipment and cool technology. Open 24 hours a day, the fitness center is an airy space swathed in wood and large windows, making burning a sweat all the more tolerable. Hop on one of the Technogym cardio machines such as a treadmill or elliptical for a fast-paced workout, or opt for one of the fitness classes such as yoga, martial arts or kickboxing. One of the most unique aspects of the spa’s fitness center is the MayaFit Training Station — the first of its kind in a spa in China. Using a virtual trainer and Wii technology you can pick from more than 500 exercises as you’re guided through the various steps. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a Kinesis Wall, too.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    What massages are offered at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai?

    Similar to other spas within Mandarin Oriental, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai offers a tailored list of massages that range from signature treatments to offerings unique to its Chinese destination. If you’ve just hopped off a plane, book the Oriental Essence massage — a Mandarin Oriental classic — that’s intended to aid weary travelers with the use of Quintessence oil (ginger, mandarin and frankincense) and by targeting stressful points throughout the body. The Therapeutic Massage is conducted via the masseur’s elbows and forearms, while the Aroma Stone and Aromatherapy massages are a bit more self-explanatory. Of course, given your destination in Shanghai, the spa menu also offers a Chinese Meridian Massage (acupressure and balancing your Qi) and a Chinese Foot Reflexology Massage, too.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    What should I wear to a treatment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai?

    Like most spas, you should wear whatever you’re most comfortable in to your treatment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai. As soon as you walk in for your service, you’ll be asked to exchange your shoes for a pair of rubber (but comfortable) sandals to use during your visit. Your treatment suite will provide a cozy robe, and the all-suite design means you can easily change out of your regular clothes in privacy. Plus, every spa suite comes equipped with a large closet filled with hangers, drawers and even a box just for your jewelry. Of course, comfortable clothing that can easily be taken off and put back on is the ideal spa-going outfit.