Gurgeaon Central Park, the first Pullman in India Opened just in the last few weeks, the Gurgeaon Central Park, in the New Delhi region, is the Pullman Group’s first address in India. Intended for a clientele of great travelers, the hotel offers 285 rooms including 22 suites, amongst the signature services of the brand. Three restaurants and two bars complete the offering, each with their own unique and original atmosphere.
Plan your trip with TravelAvenue A site centralizing information on travel, TravelAvenue has been enriched with new features. Whilst planning a trip, you’ll often look for information on different sites. TravelAvenue enables you to bring them together in one “travel diary” online. So, in addition to the selection of the most popular addresses suggested by the site, you can remember (with one simple click) those collected in the course of your research. Simple and effective. www.travelavenue.com
The “British Season” with Executive Leisure Breaks Specializing in upscale business travel, One Berkeley Street, in collaboration with the travel agency Evasions & Prestige, has created a remarkable new type of stay which allows guests to participate in the most popular events of British high society. Because London, in 2012, it is not only about the Olympics, Executive Leisure Breaks offers clients the opportunity to tread the grass at the International Polo Day (22 and 23 July) unless you prefer the ‘picnic chic’ atmosphere of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Gold Cup (July 15). The “British Season” awaits you! www.executive-leisure-breaks.com
New Spa by Cinq Mondes at the Five Hotel in Cannes If you have decided to make the summer a period of indulgence for yourself, the Five Hotel in Cannes suggests that you discover their brand new Spa by Cinq Mondes. It is a haven of wellness and serenity which incorporates four treatment rooms, including a double room, two saunas, a steam room and a fitness centre. You can choose the destination of your massage from India and Japan, to Morocco and Bali… € 455 a night, breakfast and an hour massage included. www.five-hotel-cannes.com
The Spa at Le Bristol crowned “best new luxury spa in the world” The Spa at Le Bristol by La Prairie won the coveted “best new luxury spa in the world” during the most recent World Luxury Spa Awards. Opened in October 2011, this spa designed by Maja Oetker and the architect Pierre-Yves Rochon is undoubtedly an ‘haute couture’ location, which opens onto an interior garden, in a refined atmosphere. With eight cabins, some with their own private terrace, a children’s space, it’s “Russian Room” which is unique to Paris, a hair salon and a swimming pool with a splendid panoramic view of Paris, Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is the epitome of French luxury and reflects the Bristol lifestyle. www.lebristolparis.com
Families honored at Shanti Maurice Enjoy the charms of Mauritius as a family? This is what the Shanti Maurice provides: with their “Kids stay for free” offer, parents that have booked a junior suite and are travelling with up to three children under the age of 12, get a second junior suite free. For a stay in the best conditions, half board is available. Not to mention a weekly program of comprehensive and diverse activities. In the evening, settle down for a family dinner at Grandma’s Kitchen, the house where the grandmother of one of the employees of the hotel receives guests twice a week, for a relaxed, authentic evening. 2195 euros per adult and 894 euros per child under 12 years (including AR flights). www.directours.com
The Se-Sto on Arno, the new spot in Florence The Westin Excelsior Florence has unveiled the panoramic restaurant Se-Sto on Arno, located on the roof. Here, one can discover a fascinating view of the city, taking in everything from it’s rooftops, bell towers, from Ponte Vecchio to the rolling Tuscan hills. Almost entirely made of glass, Se-Sto on Arno features a bar dedicated to the ritual of the aperitivo and a restaurant, both surrounded by spacious terraces. Once a Thirteenth-century manor house, the hotel combines eight centuries of Florentine history with modern hotel facilities. www.westinflorence.com
Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville Reopens The historic Seville Alfonso XIII has just reopened after several months of work. Located in the historic Calle San Fernando, in the heart of Seville, the hotel is considered one of the grandest in Europe. The Alfonso XIII has 151 rooms and suites, including three exclusive personalised suites. Reflecting the rich heritage of Seville, all rooms illustrate one of three architectural concepts – Moorish, Andalusian or Castilian – with different colour palettes, custom furniture and sumptuous interiors. The hotel is one of the four establishments from the Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts to be restored. www.luxurycollection.com/alfonsoxiii
An introduction to Indian cuisine with Oberoi Hotels A benchmark for fine dining, India invites you to a festival of flavours with a surge of aroma and tastes. The Oberoi Hotels, located in the heart of the most beautiful regions of India, offer food lovers the chance to experience the local cuisine through unique experiences. Cooking classes at the Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, an introduction to baking for the children in Vanyavilas, discover the Spice Market in New Dheli…so many initiatory experiences that can complement a barbecue facing the Ocean in Mumbai, a dinner in the middle of giant cedars in Shimla or a private dinner facing the Taj Mahal. www.oberoihotels.com
Le Nouveau monde, the latest address in Saint-Malo The most recent address from the Thermes Marins group in Saint Malo, the four-star Le Nouveau Monde is situated on the seafront, right on the beach. An ideal location for the 83 rooms, spa, bar and restaurant. Here everything has been done to transport those who stay there to another time, another place, along the spice route, the counters of India or the coffee road by drawing on the history of Saint-Malo. On the top floor, the spa offers a wide range of treatments using the cosmetic benefits of the Thermal baths of Saint-Malo. www.hotel-le-nouveau-monde.fr
New Zealand rewarded for its starry sky The Third International Conference of the Starry Sky has named the New Zealand reservoir of Mackenzie an “International Starry Sky Reserve.” This distinction rewards the work of a local association of environmental protection. Covering over 4300 km2, the International Starry Sky Reserve of Aoraki-Mackenzie is the largest reserve of night sky in the world and the first in the southern hemisphere. Each year thousands of visitors can enjoy, in particular, terrestrial and celestial activities, day and night, proposed by the Mount John Observatory, the main destination for astro-tourism in New Zealand. It has five telescopes, including the largest in New Zealand which measures 1.8 meters in diameter and can observe up to 50 million stars. www.newzealand.com
“Basse-Californie, la perle du Mexique” Between the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez lies Baja California, Mexico, which is considered to be a Mecca for the observation of gray and humpback whales, blue whales, whale sharks and an array of other marvels such as manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, elephant seals and other myriads of multicoloured fish. But the Baja California is also a 1,300km long Peninsula located along the northwest coast of Mexico. With a ubiquitous desert and a floral wildlife unique in the world, curiosities and sights to see are not lacking in this region that has been attracting more and more tourists. Before you leave, or to finally make up your mind, please consult the book “Basse-Californie, la perle du Mexique”. (Editions Privat) on www.basse-californie.org. www.basse-californie.org
Chef Jordi Cruz moves to Barcelona Le Ten, the new establishment of the famous Spanish chef Jordi Cruz, has recently opened its doors in the Park Hotel Barcelona. Falling somewhere between tradition and modernity, the restaurant offers an outstanding selection of “tapas platillos”. Thanks to the talent of its chef, Jordi Cruz, discover a range of flavours and exceptional products, perfectly cooked by the talented Argentinean chef Fernando Silva. A new resource for gourmet chic. www.parkhotelbarcelona.com
Karawan settles in the heart of Lyon Conceived as a 30 square meter haven, the first flagship Karawan store has opened in the heart of Lyon, a stone’s throw from place Belcourt. A veritable invitation to experience a world of senses, the sober and refined concept allows the materials and the interbreeding born from the exceptional expertise of the Silk Roads to shine. In addition to their timeless range of Oriental soaps (Aleppo, black, ayurvedic soaps), the Karawan boutique invites ephemeral appointments too. Exclusive designs in luxurious and natural fabrics, all woven by hand, jewellery, textiles, travel kits made from spun nettle, evening stoles, “foutas” woven in organic cotton, felt house slippers…these are only some of the delights that can be found in this treasure trove. 23, rue Auguste Comte – 69002 Lyon.
Cruises of France wins a trophy for innovation The Innovation Awards from Echo touristique recognises the spirit of enterprise, innovation and creation of the profession. It is in this context that Croisières de France has received the trophy for “On-board service.” It is thanks to the concept of “100 all inclusive French cruises ” that the third player in the French market has been rewarded. www.cdfcroisieresdefrance.com
Tripayo, the first social network for travellers New social platform, Tripayo allows travellers to meet around the world. The members on the site give advice, favourite spots and recommendations from their last visit, in order to help other members to better prepare for their next trip. In addition to on-site meetings, with the geolocation of its members, Tripayo allows its members to establish a travel plan taking into account the opinions and advice of other members. 24 hours before departure, a summary sheet of the journey is sent to the traveller. For a true backpacker, a neo-adventurer or a simple holiday maker, Tripayo offers a real look at the scenes, sites and things worth doing. www.tripayo.com
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