Sir Rocco Forte and His Hotel Empire
We love these interviews where the writer so clearly has a crush. Sure, he's an international hotelier with an impressive list of luxury hotels in cities like Brussels and Rome, but oh, those Italian eyes. "The first thing that I noticed about Sir Rocco Forte was the extraordinary range of colours constituting his dark Italian eyes," notes the intrepid interviewer. She goes on to remark about the fine suit "encasing his athletic physique" before finally starting to question him about his burgeoning hotel empire. Sir Rocco's legacy, the Forte hotels empire founded by his father, got taken over in 1996, leaving Sir Rocco to form his own new luxury hotel mini-empire. The hotels are quietly luxurious such as the St. David in Cardiff or the Hotel de Russie in Rome shown here. Sir Rocco's plans for the future, include a golf resort in Sicily, a new hotel in Berlin and plenty of triathlons to help maintain that figure of his.