Friday, August 4, 2017

Wisconsin Web Design Firm, Parr Interactive, Celebrated 20 Years

Award-winning web design and marketing firm Parr Interactive - online at - is celebrating their 20th year in Madison, Wisconsin.

Christopher Parr, CEO of Parr Interactive, has collaborated with many prominent brands over the last 20 years, including Adobe, Intel, Sub-Zero and Wolf, BMW, Marvel Studios, Disney, American Family Insurance, TDS, HGTV, Nest, Rayovac, Musicnotes, Insinkerator, and John Deere. In 2010, Parr founded the travel and leisure website Pursuitist - online at - and he is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today. 

 “Parr Interactive is delighted to have called Wisconsin home for two decades. We are proud to work with many fantastic Wisconsin brands, helping them grow,” Christopher Parr said.

The Wisconsin web design and marketing company has received numerous industry awards, including recognition from ADDYs, WebAwards, Wired, NetGuide’s Best of The Web, CNET, and MacWorld. Madison Magazine has named Christopher Parr as one of the ‘Top 20 Most Influential People In Madison’ — and USA Today has honored him as one of the ‘Top 10 Best Travel Bloggers.’ Michael Wolff’s NetGuide named Christopher's inaugural online magazine Cybermad as 'The Best Site of the Year' at MacWorld. He holds a MFA from Brandeis University, and a BA from Viterbo University. In 2001, Christopher was the recipient of the Viterbo University Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Development

“The medium of the web is not paper, it is not tv or the movies. The web is a unique medium, and Christopher Parr has shown us how to master it,” said Michael Larson, author of HTML Unleashed. 

“Parr creates delightfully rich and original work. Knows the solid groundwork in developing important content-rich websites,” added Roger Black, author of Web Sites That Work. 

In addition to web design and development, Parr Interactive provides social media marketing, content creation, user experience design and usability research, video production, events, and branding services. 

Watch below: Christopher Parr of Pursuitist and Parr Interactive presents at Social Media Breakfast Madison: Be A Chief Content Officer with Your Social Media. Pursuitist was created by award-winning Madison web design pioneer Christopher Parr.

Parr Interactive In The News:

NYTimes: Creating Social Buzz For Burberry, Coach, BMW, Gucci, Hermes, Chanel...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Parr Targets Luxury Audience, Advertisers...
Social Media Breakfast: Be A Chief Content Officer with Your Social Media...
Business Insider: Top 10 Secrets for Web Design Success...
AskMen: Parr Named “One of the 6 Coolest Men in Fashion…”...
LuxuryDaily: Engaging With Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Choo's Tamara Mellon...
AdWeek: 10 Secrets To Creating Your Brand's Facebook Presence...
WSJ: Parr and Family Featured in Disney's New Social Media Campaign...
Facebook: Social Media Marketing Strategy To Engage Luxury Consumers...
Discovery Channel's Treehugger: Parr's Campaign On Green Appliances and Kitchens...

Monday, June 14, 2010

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip Now Accepting Reservations

Encounter the colourful fusion of culture, tastes, sounds and textures in Macau, a thriving waterfront destination well on its way to establishing itself as the Las Vegas of the East. This fall, the perfect complement to this destination's blend of culture, entertainment, shopping and dining has arrived. The Hotel offers easy access to upscale shopping, dining and entertainment within a quiet haven. Stroll through the old part of town, taking in the street vendors, boutiques, incense-filled temples and 19th-century churches. Allow our Concierge to book tickets for you at thrilling Cirque du Soleil Macau, the first resident show in Asia, just a few minutes from the Hotel.

On arrival, treat yourself at the Spa with a Revive Jet Lag treatment to help you adjust to the new time zone. Bask in the sun at the lagoon pool while sipping a cocktail from the Pool Bar and Grill. Close out your day while savouring Portuguese and Macanese cuisine at Belcanção, featuring an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs masterfully at work

Zi Yat Heen
Zi Yat Heen serves authentic Cantonese cuisine and a creative dim sum menu in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. A selection of savoury dishes emphasise exquisite ingredients, fresh seafood and traditional favourites. Four private dining rooms offer the perfect setting for business entertaining or intimate family celebrations. Seats 150.

Traditional Cantonese cuisine with an emphasis on exquisite ingredients and fresh seafood, featuring traditional favourites such as supreme broth and creative dim sum dishes, is accompanied by a selection of the finest Chinese specialty teas.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Four Seasons spa tour of Egypt

After a rewarding but intense week soaking in Egypt's 5,000 years, I was in need of some serious down time and a very different kind of immersion. Some Four Seasons spa experiences seemed just what I needed!
First, to Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, a desert palace on the Red Sea, where I opted for the Cleopatra Treatment. Soon I was submerged in the milky warm waters of the big-enough-for-two, terrazzo-tiled bath, to which honey and the essential oil of rosemary had been added to soothe and soften my skin. Basking in the glow of flickering candles and the fragrance of fresh rose petals, I dreamily contemplated the pleasures of living like a queen.
Entering Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence, I was struck by its tranquil, unhurried feel, such a counterpoint to the city outside. The calm was reinforced as my Papyrus Wrap began. Following an ancient Egyptian purifying ritual, I was lightly covered from top to toe in a pleasurably warm, aromatic balm of mint and honey, then wrapped in papyrus. Body thus cosily cocooned, my mind drifted while I was given first a facial, then a head massage. After rinsing in soft water fragrant with lemon slices and rose petals, my therapist began a full-body massage. I floated away into reverie, the exotic essence of lotus capping all that had come before.

Across the Nile, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is a lively city hotel yet surprisingly resort-like, especially the fifth level, where spa and fitness merge with a rooftop terrace of heated pools and private cabanas. I had booked a Pharaonic massage – perfect after my return, laden with the bounty of a morning's excursion to the bazaar. My therapist dipped an aromatic poultice filled with fresh chamomile and mint into warm essential oils, then firmly applied it to my overworked muscles. Soon I was ready for my Swedish massage. Afterwards, I lazed on a soft cotton daybed and gazed out to the Nile.
For my next Egyptian voyage, I'm looking forward to visiting the two-storey spa in Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, which has recently opened. I've learned that the treatments there have been inspired by the Mediterranean and there are both sunlit and candlelit treatment rooms. Can a spa inspire an entire journey? In my case -- most definitely!
Four information or reservations:
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Near the manor born: eating "local" in the English countryside

"Eat local." It's a delicious idea and there's a bushel of reasons why: the food's fresher and more flavourful; you can give back to your community's economy; and you can be kind to the environment, since less energy is required to transport the food. But for on-the-go city dwellers, the reality of eating local often means grabbing a street dog between meetings or a pizza slice on the way home.

Imagine taking a holiday from processed food of unknown origin and truly living off the land. Now there is a place you could savour gooey cheeses, crisp salad leaves and tender pork sourced less than 50 miles from your plate. On the rolling estate of Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, just an hour from London, eating local is a culinary way of life.

In the village of Mapledurwell, just seven miles away, verdant watercress fills the fields — and eventually your bowl, in the Hotel's signature Watercress Soup. Double-cream butter is churned specially for Four Seasons a mere 46 miles away. And as for rich meats, beef and lamb are raised on the property itself; it doesn't get much more local than that.

The celebrated Seasons restaurant has even created a Farmers' Market Brunch to showcase the most delectable local produce. The meal's ingredients — from the eggs to the marmalade — have travelled a total of no more than 500 miles to reach the Hotel's kitchen, a short trip compared to the 35,000 miles logged by the average Sunday lunch in the UK.

So if you're salivating for a taste of what "home cooking" really means, take a peek at all that Seasons has to offer.

Seasons offers inspired menu selections and a thoughtfully chosen wine list of popular vintages. This elegant restaurant features a French/European menu, executed with contemporary style and complemented by outstanding service. The interior design takes full advantage of the abundant natural daylight cascading through the French windows, which frame the beautiful grounds of Dogmersfield Park. An outdoor terrace is also available seasonally for breakfast and lunch. Seats 100.

Seasons benefits from an adjacent private dining room. Seasons Salon Privé is an ideal location for groups or parties of up to 24. Menus can be individually catered for each event, and à la carte restaurant menus are also available.

Four new Four Season hotels invite you to explore the world

Four Seasons continues to bring you the world's most exceptional destinations with new hotels opening through 2008. These four new properties are now accepting reservations.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

One of the world's truly legendary destinations - wrapped in Polynesian myth and South Seas allure - Bora Bora is home to a new Four Seasons on its own private motu (sandbar). Exotic over-water bungalows and beach front villas with private pools are surrounded by an azure lagoon. Explore one of the world's top snorkelling spots. Surrender to a pineapple and coconut body treatment. Or simply stroll a beach of powdery white sand. From lagoon-side fire dances to dining under velvet starry skies, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora introduces the magical touches of Four Seasons to French Polynesia.

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Italy

In the historic heart of Florence, a Medici-era palazzo meets contemporary Italian spirit within Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. A few minutes walk from Michelangelo's David, this carefully restored Tuscan residence combines warmth and tradition with stylish comforts, wrapped in the quiet of a centuries-old walled private garden. Original frescoes grace many guest suites, so it feels like one is staying in a beautiful Renaissance museum. Four Seasons is the perfect haven for an Italian getaway, whether focused on the art and beauty of Florence or the scenic and culinary pleasures of the Tuscan countryside.

Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

On the European bank of the Bosphorus, the second Four Seasons hotel in Istanbul opens to refreshing sea breezes and ever-changing waterfront vistas. Within a reinvented 19th-century Ottoman Palace, the Hotel is airy and fresh. Resort-like amenities include a quayside pool and a spa that honours Near East tradition, drawing inspiration from the Turkish hammam. There are separate men's and women's hammams and a skylit indoor pool.

A convenient 15-minute shuttle, by boat and taxi, connects the new Bosphorus hotel to Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, which is surrounded by the main sights in the city's historic core.

Together, the two hotels offer the perfect combination to experience Istanbul, backed with the service and knowledge of Four Seasons at the ready.

Mauritius at Anahita
Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

A private natural sanctuary, blanketed in green and punctuated by mountains: that's the pristine island setting for Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. A stylish retreat beside an incandescent blue lagoon, every moment there will inspire a sense of connection with nature – from verandah living in expansive guest villas to the panoramic ocean-front finish on the Ernie Els signature golf course. Then there's the hedonistic seclusion you'll experience in the beautiful over-water spa. It's no wonder this island was once called the inspiration for heaven!

Four Seasons Hotels Now Open: St. Louis & Mumbai

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
On the banks of the Mississippi, the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis rises 19 storeys above one of the Midwest's most vibrant entertainment districts. Defined by a ribbon of light wrapped around the building, the strikingly modern Hotel is well located near the central business district.
From your room, you will enjoy 180-degree views of the iconic Gateway Arch, the skyline, and the Mississippi River. The Hotel's business centre offers 24-hour service and the spa is bright and large, with the city's most comprehensive menu of treatments.
For reservations or more information:
Call your travel consultant
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Call the Hotel directly at 1 (314) 881-5800
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Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
Four Seasons first in India, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai invites you to experience this Indian capital in a way not previously possible. From your extra-large guest room, you'll have a bird's-eye view of the Arabian Sea or the fascinating city skyline. Following a Bellini aperitif or glass of Prosecco at the bar, savour modern Italian dishes at Prato. Escape to the spa, where traditional Indian philosophies of wellness have been combined with Western rituals of healing and rejuvenation.
From the moment you are met at the airport by the sleek Four Seasons limousine, you can expect the exceptional comfort and thoughtful service of Four Seasons to elevate your Mumbai experience.
For reservations or more information:
Call your travel consultant
Contact Four Seasons
Call the Hotel directly at +91 (22) 2281 8000
Visit the Hotel's web site

Tee off by the Indian Ocean

Although Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita won't open until midyear, you can already hit the links at the new championship Four Seasons Golf Course on the Indian Ocean island.

Designed by Ernie Els, one of the world's top players, the 18-hole, par-72 course is set against green mountains and a crystal-clear turquoise lagoon, concluding with six oceanside holes. The finish is among the most beautiful of any course on the Indian Ocean.

"You have spectacular rocky outcroppings, large native trees and jaw-dropping views of the mountains and ocean," Els said.

The course's wide fairways and five sets of tees make it inviting to golfers of all skill levels.

Four Seasons Golf Academy, which is connected to the course, can help you improve all aspects of your game, and a studio makes detailed video and computer swing analysis possible.

You also can warm up in the practice areas which include a large driving range and chipping greens.

Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita
Designed by Ernie Els, Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita is a 7,580-yard, 18-hole, par-72 championship course with large fairways and five sets of tees. Six stunning oceanfront holes culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world.

Built to USGA standards, it is the first of its kind in Mauritius. Carefully woven into the tropical sanctuary, the course is set against lush mountains and fringed by the vast crystal-clear lagoon.

The Golf Academy offers instruction and private lessons, and the Clubhouse is equipped to enhance any golfer's game. The club also features a driving range, putting green and Pro Shop. Tee times are from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. One-hour golf clinics are offered daily on a complimentary basis to Resort guests.

Four Seasons Magic Macau

There's an intoxicating mix of colour, texture, and taste throughout Macau, the tiny former Portuguese colony, which has been a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China since 1999.

Along the noisy, narrow cobblestone streets of the old town, shop owners call out to you to sample their offerings of barbecued pork, peanut candy and flaky flour biscuits filled with bean paste. Street stalls hawk everything from clothes to fruits to local snacks. Modern boutiques and antique shops sit cheek by jowl with incense-filled temples and 19th-century churches.

In 2005, The Historic Centre of Macau was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Charming examples of colonial Macanese architecture, in fairytale colours of pink, blue, green and yellow, trimmed in white, can be found in many places. Portuguese street names, uttered in Cantonese accents, delight the ear.

The cuisine is a delicious blend of traditional Portuguese and Chinese, centering on fresh seafood. The legendary egg tarts are a must - crisp, custardy and warm from the oven - making it impossible to stop at just one.

Macau also has an up-to-date, stylish side. Reclaimed from the sea between the two islands of Colôane and Taipa, the Cotai Strip is quickly becoming the Las Vegas of the East. A kaleidoscope of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, it will be one of the world's great playgrounds in the future.

In the midst of this, forming the perfect complement, lies the intimate Four Seasons Hotel Macao at The Cotai Strip, set to open in mid-2008, dressed in discreet neoclassical elegance. The Hotel offers guests easy access to the best of the Cotai Strip: upscale shopping, gaming, dining and entertainment, yet quiet and removed. Once inside, you can unwind at the Hotel's spa or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Then, perhaps, visit Bar Azul for a glass of wine before dinner and an evening in your stylish room.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai

A sleek icon to the finest hospitality in India, Four Seasons is set in the emerging Worli district, central to all of Mumbai. Spacious quarters, many with views of the Arabian Sea, offer unrivalled comforts and service. Anticipate the most pressing demands of business – or pause for see-and-be-seen dining, poolside recreation or Ayurveda in the spa.

"The newest entrant to the luxury-hotel market in India is the Four Seasons in Mumbai, located in Worli, the city's financial center... All rooms have high-speed internet, of course. The hotel also boasts a fleet of BMW Series 7s metallic-gray sedans as part of their limousine" service.", November 16, 2007

Offering the city’s most luxurious accommodations, the Hotel’s 202 generously proportioned guest rooms and suites blend classical touches of India with contemporary high tech. Decorated with warm neutral tones and plush wool carpets accented by gleaming mahogany and rich fabrics, the rooms promote both comfort and productivity. Large windows overlook the Arabian Sea, the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, city panoramas and Mumbai’s skyline.

Escape from the city's bustle and begin a journey to total relaxation and ultimate indulgence within the eight luxuriously appointed treatment rooms of Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai. Spa treatments are inspired by traditional Indian philosophies of wellness combined with Western rituals of healing and rejuvenation. The steam room, whirlpools and ice fountains complete an all-round spa experience.


San-Qi (the three energies) pulsates with the spirit of new Asia, offering an energetic dining experience that takes guests on an eclectic culinary adventure through some of the most popular cuisines of the East – Japanese, Chinese and Indian. Sleek and contemporary, with accents of glass and natural woods, this food theatre/restaurant features the best of Asian dining, accompanied by a hip wine bar, trendy world music and new Indian jazz, mixed by the Hotel's resident DJ.

The restaurant's open concept features tandoor kitchens, a wok station and an eight-seat Chef's Table. The upper level is dedicated to Japanese cuisine and is complete with sushi bar, teppanyaki table and robata grill. Three private dining rooms are available for exclusive events.

Linking the two floors is a dramatic staircase lined with wine racks. A small but impressive wine list includes the best of the old and new world wineries, including a hand-picked selection of Bordeaux and some of the best blends from emerging wine producers in the Nashik region of India. The extensive wine-by-the-glass list offers classified clarets and a unique selection from boutique wineries. Guests are guided through the options by a young and passionate team of wine butlers eager to show off their knowledge.

Seats 180, including 28 in private dining rooms. San-Qi's entrance is next to the main entrance of the Hotel.

Lunch at San-Qi focuses on simplicity, with noodle dishes, curries and bento boxes. Dinner is a culinary adventure, where guests are encouraged to sample different regional favourites. A Sunday brunch featuring à la minute Asian dishes from these food stations promises to be an exciting family treat. A children's menu is available.

Sample chefs' favourites include the melt-in-your-mouth selection of temaki sushi, galawati kebab (Lucknow-style marinated lamb kebab) and deep-fried prawns wrapped in yellow egg noodle. The restaurant also offers a dine-around experience that allows guests to sample a wide selection of cuisines.

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Bringing new cachet to the downtown riverscape, Four Seasons rises just steps from the Laclede's Landing entertainment district. Enjoy unrivaled access to stadium sports and the Lumière Place Casino, right downstairs. Then escape into Four Seasons tranquility – where views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi are as big as the Midwestern sky.

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has 200 spacious guest rooms and suites that offer a variety of views of the city, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi. They are bright and airy, with a very contemporary look that incorporates light woods and soft, natural hues. Well-defined work areas allow focused productivity, and each room features high-speed wired and wireless Internet access.

Welcoming and tranquil, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is an urban oasis. A wide range of inspiring treatments is offered in 12 luxuriously appointed treatment rooms, including two suites for couples. Located on the seventh floor of the Hotel, the Spa occupies an expansive 12,000 square feet (1,115 square metres).

All the Spa’s treatment regimens have been carefully designed to promote a sense of pampering and wellness. To further enhance the experience, guests have full access to the relaxation lounges, steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools.


With magnificent views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River from its location on the eighth floor, Cielo offers indoor and – during clement weather – al fresco dining. The menu highlights fine contemporary Italian fare, accompanied by exceptional Italian wines. A children's menu is also available. Seats 80 indoors and 40 outdoors

Romantic magic graces your wedding celebrations in this chic St. Louis setting with contemporary cachet. Entertain in a grand ballroom with shimmering vistas of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi. Delight your guests with the city’s finest cuisine. Then unwind in intimate tranquillity, basking in a cabana by the pool or sharing a couple’s massage at the Spa. Four Seasons creates memories to treasure forever.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Reviews

“Stay here at least once in your life”
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

Upon our arrival to the four seasons we immediately fell at home, we were given a room on the second floor overlooking the street. The room was huge, and the bathroom incredible. Amenities were superbe with courtesy mineral water and fresh fruit every day refreshed. Hotel staff was over 5 stars, this is what I call luxury service, the most often pronounced words were “certainly” and each guests names. In fact, they made us feel as if they knew us from a long time. Just an example of what you can expect in this hotel as service… one night, the room service housekeeper , while he was servicing our room at night, saw me bare foot (I had just taken my shoes off) and he immediately came over and slipped on a pair of warm slippers for me to heat up my feet. It is these kind of details that truly make a distinction in one hotel.

If I could describe the feeling upon entering this hotel is that of happiness and well being, as soon as you enter the doorway and you see the incredible flower setup in the lobby you are set for a big smile.

Not everything was so perfect, we indeed had a problem with our room on the third day of our stay, there was a leak from the room upstairs. Yet the service once again was unbeatable! We were immediately upgraded to an executive four seasons room which was even bigger than our first room and overlooking the garden. Thousands apologies and the most rapid service that I have ever seen in my life.

Concierges were incredible, always ready to help in any way, and recommending outstanding restaurants (not necessarily touristy or luxurious)
Sunday brunch was just amazing – delicious!

Car service to the airport was pure luxury. A silver bmw sedan drove us to the airport, this included the kindest driver, some Turkish delights for us to eat and some refreshments. I wanted to stop by a shopping center to do some shopping and the driver graciously waited for us while we shopped.

All in all, I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough! It is an absolutely priviledge being able to spend just a day at this four seasons! so in conclusion, do stay here at least once in your life!

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Where Europe meets Asia on the banks of the Bosphorus, among the city's most prestigious settings, Four Seasons wraps the energy of today in the veil of a 19th-century Ottoman palace. Luxuriate in ever-changing panoramas of this most historic waterway, with pampering leisure and business care at every turn.

On the European bank of the Bosphorus – which flows through Istanbul’s history and heart – Four Seasons gives a 19th-century palace a fresh, eclectic spirit. Alluring facilities include a chic urban spa. Fine restaurants and pools by the quayside overlook the Asian shore. And all are awash in the light, space and excitement of this water’s-edge location.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus offers 141 guest rooms and 25 suites. Bright and airy, they open to balmy sea breezes and a variety of waterfront, garden and city views. A striking blend of Ottoman design and contemporary mahogany furnishings, their décor is a rich palette of deep blue or terra cotta, accented by shades of copper and burgundy. Ornate ceilings feature hand-painted traditional motifs, and lithographs representative of Turkish and Ottoman art adorn the walls. Nearly a quarter of the rooms offer views across the legendary Strait to the hills of Asia.

Spa services

The Spa takes inspiration from the enduring mystique and unique qualities of the hammam (Turkish bath), famous since Ottoman times. Serenity, purity and cleansing embody all facets of the guest experience. The 2,100-square-metre (22,605-square-foot) facility offers 10 luxurious treatment rooms (including a private spa suite for two), steam rooms, saunas, men’s and women’s hammams and a breathtaking skylit indoor pool. Nurturing and personal Four Seasons care ensures a relaxing, renewing journey that honours ancient Near Eastern tradition, while celebrating modern Western sophistication.