Every week, the PLUME VOYAGE Travel News Flash team keeps you up to date with all the luxury resorts, charming hotels and the world of modern travel. Continuing this month of December with a hint of elegance, as a special one-off, PLUME VOYAGE takes you on a unique journey… following a major trend: the renewal of uniforms. Get rid of the gloominess, and embrace creativity, seduction and excellence. Because chic style is a part of travel and not just on arrival, but from the start: for take-off or at the station whistle… we want to embark upon a new journey with elegance. After Virign Atlantic and Xiamen Airlines, it is now up to Etihad, SNCF and Transavia to reinvent its essentials. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
Having clinched multiple awards including “The Best Company in the world”, airline company Golfe Etihad has perfected the definition of excellence on board… this time raising glamour to the skies in the cabins of its Airbus A280 and Boeing 787-9. And it is Italian couturier Ettore Bilotta who is selected for the job, inspired by the haute couture runways of the 60s. The look is ultra feminine for stewardesses, whilst men embody the perfect gentleman in a trench coat or, to the contrary, a maître d’hôtel look in full tails. Made of 100% Italian wool, the “collection” will be worn by cabin crew from 27th December and, for the time being, has been captured by celebrity photographer Norman Jean Roy. There is nothing quite like it.
SNCF staff also put on their own fashion show. These new uniforms will be in stations from 18th December, replacing those designed seven years ago by Christian Lacroix. And the look remains fervently French, as it is King of the stripes – Armor Lux – who creates this new inspiration, with a slight change of course: a return to the classics, scarcely phased by a typically sporty dress code, edged in red. The women take on the Sahara, whilst men wear blazers, channelling chic English university students. And whatever happens, the style is the same for all, making each role more distinctive, so that all 31,000 staff members are recognisable at a glance.
They have been in action since September but have not yet made headlines: the Virgin Atlantic uniforms are an example to all. Devised by ‘the terrible child of fashion’ – the eccentric and awesome Vivienne Westwood – these uniforms are unique, having been designed in recycled materials. Not easy to spot when you encounter such elegance of a fleet in its totality. Three-piece suits for the men, belted or red lipstick suits for the women, a sophisticated white blouse… with masterful insight: the ‘drape coat’. The detail that makes the difference is the nano-finish, preserving colour and improving the life span of these 22 pieces.
Alongside the arrival of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner last September, the Chinese company decided to renew its hostesses’ uniforms – to match the blue cabins – before offering a new look to its pilots as the year draws to a close. To contrast with the bright blue of the dresses, the style team played with the sophistication of the tailored, ornate cut with several black buttons and a large belt to emphasise the waist. And the charming twist? Little lady’s bags, which give these pretty hostesses a retro air.
To mark twenty years in the Myanmar region, the Belmond group has chosen to call upon famous naturalist photographer Sue Blood, who introduces hotels to professional photography. On board luxurious, quaint colonial boats Belmond Road to Mandalay and Belmond Orcaella, which navigate their way along the River Chindwin, the documentary maker (ex-BBC and winner of Travel Photographer of the Year award) animates workshops and conferences before setting out on these three voyages through the most beautiful Burmese landscapes, compiling a book on the beauty of Myanmar. Make a reservation quickly, it’s happening now!
Starting at 970 euros for 4 days/3 nights and accommodation plus domestic flights.
A date for your diaries: 20th March 2015 at 9:46am, the moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun and there will be a quasi-total eclipse in the West of Iceland, with a 98% alignment of the stars! This is a chance to organise a extraordinary journey between geyers, the Joküsarlon icebergs, the desert of volcanic ash and the Gullfoss waterfalls…on arrival: the ritual hotspring bath in the milky waters of Blue Lagoon. And for the piece de resistance, depending on weather conditions, head for the Fjadragljufur canyon, for the best view of the eclipse. And why not bring the family along?
For 6 nights, starting at 1857 euros per person. Book early!
Who wouldn’t want a pied-à-terre in the sun when all the hotels look the same…why not buy an island? Like Johnny Depp, now you can live the Robinson Crusoe life. Miriandhoo, 300 hectares over 1 kilometre long, is the dream location to build a beach hut. Private access by jet only (you would need to build a runway). Surrounded by a coral reef, this is a haven for amateur divers. Going rate: 5, 2 million euros. Not so stratospheric after all…
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As the year draws to a close, the Aman chain opens an entirely urban ‘retreat’ for the first time in its history. Perched on the six top floors of the Otemachi tower, newly built in the Roppongi district, this Aman hotel offers guests a choice of 84 rooms, all with a stunning view of the city and notably the Imperial Palace. Giving a hint of zen is its indoor garden, its 30m swimming pool that ‘floats’ over the city and its yoga and pilates studios. The spectacular architecture diesnged by Kerry Hill Architects give prominence to ight, an enormous atrium and typical materials such as camphor wood, washi paper and stone. And for dinner? Inspirational, mediterranean cuisine…
Forget those “family” animations! Club Med Sensations 4 tidents in Val Thorens sees the dawn of a new era: no kids club or rallying games but complete and utter luxury. Complete with Junior Suites and exclusive service suites, an elaborate menu compiled by starred chef Edouard Loubet, a spectacular fine cellar and gourmet shop that organises taster evenings, plus a Carita spa et even an app to find a ski companion…in short, a change from the usual Club papa. And the cherry on top: it is right at the foot of the ski pistes of the year, crowned the world’s top resort for the second year running.
The small chain of Nira Hotels unveils its latest setting on 5th December in La Thuile, Italy: the Nira Montana, a hotel on a human scale, housing 55 rooms and a spectacular spa by Comfort Zone. Already well established with the Shanti Maurice and Nira Alpina in Saint Mortiz, the hotel group has creates the perfect combo, blending the region’s legendary gastronomy and the chance to ski the Franco-Italian areas of La Rosière and San Bernardo. In total, 160km of pistes and free passes for under 8s. Next step: Scotland(!) with an opening in Edinburgh scheduled for January 2015.
The Sibuet family never fails to transform all it sees in a charming haven…the latest addition to the family, the mythical Hotel des Dromonts, in the centre of Avoriaz. The chicest hotel in the resort, a tad understated despite its audacious architecture, brings together all the legtiminate luxury of its niche. But just like the Altapura in Val Thorens, this hotel has the edge over the others with a contemporary, pop art décor, far from the pompous backdrops synonymous with this resort. Looking for some pampering? Each of the groups establishments offers expert Pure Altitude spa treatments.
The Bouitte is one of the favourite addresses shared amongst insiders. But who are these insiders? Hedonists and expert gourmets – two Michelin stars for the Meilleur family- , amateurs in chic and authentic charm. The spitting image of these little dolls’ houses in the centre of this postcard village, and with this newcomer, the adventure continues this year with 6 new suites, one of which has a panoramic view of 75m2. Two enviable pleasures: the ‘free reign’ menu and the spa, with baths of milk and honey and the ‘solant’ (a steam bath in mountain grass/hay).
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Looking for an unusual Christmas? On Laucala Island, in Fiji, you can at last test the Deep Flight Super Falcon delivered last July. Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of Red Bull and owner of this spectacular hotel (part of the Leading Hotels of the World), has made his dream a reality by gearing up this funny engine, allowing all a 2-hour 360-degree exploration experience of the deep sea depths. Comfortably installed, you can navigate your way through coral, fish and sharks…
What if an offering does not resemble the succession of hotels? This year, Travellers of the World offers a different angle on a trip to Asia, one that is more intimate and far from the irritating tourist trail. In a private villa, live like a local but feel like a traveller. From Siem Reap to Quinhon, take a villa for 5 nights, with a private pool available, in the heart of luscious vegetation or facing the China Sea… perfect for families.
We all know that the Danish capital attracts all the leading gourmets from around the world, who do not hesitate to jet over for lunch at René Redzepi’s famous Noma restaurant. The exception being that in Copenhagen, there are also the locavores markets, the Host, the Grod and all the little Scandinavian bistros that turn sandwiches into culinary masterpieces…And the second triumph of this city? Design. And they go well together as food fanatics are rarely unaware of Danish fashions, another reason to reunite the entire family around this consensual adventure. And why not embrace the wintery atmosphere and make the most of the Christmas markets with the kids…
Travel from 11th to 14th December « Nordic cuisine and Danish design » with Terres de charme.
Reserve at 01 55 42 74 14.
After Nantes and Grenoble, this small chain of hotels, which has renewed the definition 4-star with its all-inclusive rates (including the price of rooms, breakfast, aperitivo, VOD and fitness area) opens its third establishment in the heart of Lyon, right on the banks of the Rhône. Spanning 300m2, with designer Patrick Norguet mixes the new with the traditional, this time OKKO introduces the Club. Open 24/7, clients of the hotel shall be able to rejuvenate here, relax in the library and make the most of the business corner. As for the Lyon locals, they will be able to have a spot of brunch at the weekend and indulge in an aperitivo in the evening.