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June 2013

Travel News

Each week, the Travel News section in PLUME VOYAGE will inform you of news concerning luxury, boutique hotels, luxury hotels, charming places and the travel world and light journey in general.

To continue this month of June, Travel News invites you to discover the new suites at the Salviatino, the new InterContinental in Osaka, MGallery inaugurating its first hotel in Hungary and a safari experience with Leading Hotels. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?

  • «Pied sublime» treatment in Florence.

    Salvatore Ferragamo, shoemaker to the stars, believed that “the feet tell a story.” The exclusive “Pied sublime” treatment put together by Daniela Steiner for the White Iris Beauty Spa at the Hotel Continentale in Florance has been created in honor of him. Walking the narrow streets of Florence, marveling at the Michelangelo’s in the Accademia, wandering endlessly in the Boboli Gardens…In the Tuscan capital, there is so much to walk and see! And so to repair the feet jeopardized by these walks, Daniela Steiner has created a special kind of treatment: gentle exfoliation, nourishing mask, massage of the feet and legs, and a sublime pedicure – everything is done so that the feet are immersed in pleasure, relaxation and well-being. Located only a few meters from the Ponte Vecchio, the Hotel Continentale was designed by famous Florentine architect and designer Michele Bönan in a 1950s style with white and pastel tones. Its sleek design reflects the values of the Ferragamo family. A symbol of luxury and high fashion.

  • New suites at the Salviatino.

    The Hotel Salviatino, located on the hills of Florence, is offering the opportunity to savor the sweetness of Tuscany in its new Greenhouse suites. Housed in the outbuildings, added to the villa in the early twentieth century by the famous architect Michelucci Giovannni, they offer a wonderful setting that is both authentic and contemporary. Decorated with large windows, they have plenty of natural light.
    With their direct access to the park and the villas Tuscan gardens, they captivate those seeking tranquility and privacy. The ideal starting point to discover the wonders of the region and the pleasantness of Florence, away from the crowds.

  • Three awards for Turkish Airlines.

    During the last Skytrax Awards Airlines, Turkish Airlines was named “Best Airline in Europe”, “Best Airline in Southern Europe” and won the award for “Best in-flight Business Class catering”. Six years ago, in 2007, Turkish Airlines was classified as a four-star airline by Skytrax. While retaining their title as a four-star airline, the Turkish national airline has consolidated its position as one of the leading airlines in the world. Evaluating over 238 airlines and 148 airports based on feedback from passengers, Skytrax publishes and classes the suppliers of aviation on the basis of these observations.

  • A new InterContinental in Osaka.

    The InterContinental Hotels & Resort Group has opened a facility in Osaka, in the heart of Grand Front, a leading district of the city. With sublime panoramic views of the city and the surrounding area in western Japan, the hotel offers 215 rooms and 57 residential suites that symbolize the harmony of Japanese culture. The decor consists of units of natural stone, wood and glass creating a relaxing atmosphere, away from the frenzy that occurs on its doorstep. To eat or drink in the lap of luxury, customers have the choice between Pierre, the modern French restaurant par excellence or Noka its brasserie; Adee, the lounge bar offers a selection of cocktails and international wines, and guests can also grab a snack or a selection of pastries in the foyer of the hotel lobby.

  • Myboutiquehotel.com joins Air France/KLM to help you earn miles.

    The loyalty program of Air France/KLM Flying Blue welcomes new non-airline partner Myboutiquehotel.com. Each member of Flying Blue earns one bonus mile for every euro spent at each reservation in one of the 1400 design hotels in over 30 countries. In addition, gaining bonus miles is unlimited: the more you make reservations, the more you earn miles. Myboutiquehotel.com can reserve a selection of boutique hotels and luxury design hotels worldwide, with no booking fees.
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  • MGallery inaugurates its first hotel in Hungary.

    With the reopening of Nemzeti in Budapest, MGallery is inaugurating its first establishment in Hungary. For over a century, the hotel has prided itself on its unique history and its relationship with many celebrities. The 80 rooms at the Nemzeti brilliantly combine classic and modern styles. The hotel also intends to play an active role in the cultural and artistic scene in Budapest: by endorsing the patronage of young artists, visual identity and interior design, cultural and gastronomic events and exhibitions. To encourage young talent, the hotel has created the National Club of Artists and involved several promising artists to reconnect with its story.

  • Safari experience with Leading Hotels.

    Thanks to a partnership between The Leading Hotels of the World and The Shackleton & Selous Society, the members of the Leaders Club can now experience some of the wildest places in the world. Accompanied by one of the expert guides from the Shackleton & Selous Society and specially trained teams, members will have access to nature reserves as well as protected areas that are usually inaccessible to the public. To celebrate this unique partnership, a safari holiday in South Africa has been planned for the 22nd to 29th of November. Participants will have the opportunity to be accompanied by the famous guide Michael Lorentz, known for his passion for Africa as well as his commitment to protecting the land.

  • Kura Design Villas, endorsed on Pacific Voyageurs du Monde.

    The experts at Costa Rica Voyageurs du Monde have given the seal of approval the Kura Design Villas, a collection of six perched above the Pacific suites. The decor is chic and natural, in perfect accord with the surrounding nature. In harmony with its surroundings, the place has a strong responsible approach. A Spa & Yoga for relaxation, an elegant sea water swimming pool with a 180° horizon, fresh fusion cooking inspired by the local cuisine in the restaurants, the “Sky Lounge” for a romantic drink in the company of stars, everything is done to ensure an elegant living stay, safely away from the bustle.

  • New Baccarat boutique on Madison Avenue in New York.

    On the eve of its 250th anniversary, the house renowned for the unsurpassed quality of its crystal, Baccarat has opened its new flagship store in New York. Designed as a sensory experience by architect and designer Rafael de Cardenas, the new space is a real destination to discover.
    Several spaces are dedicated to each universe: jewellery, decorative objects and lighting. All reflect the richness of the Baccarat lifestyle and emphasise its expertise and creativity.
    In 2014, fans of the house will also have the opportunity to experience the Baccarat Hotel & Residence in New York. This establishment will combine sophistication, creativity and quality with the excellent service that has always characterized the house’s art of living.

  • Getaway to the time of the Impressionists.

    The Hotel du Lac (4 stars) in Enghien-les-Bains is presenting the opportunity to take a walk through Auvers-sur-Oise, in the heart of an exceptional site that inspired Van Gogh, Cezanne, Daubigny and Pissarro. Within this walking-discovery trip, several tours are available: the Auberge of Ravoux, the last home of Vincent Van Gogh in Room n°5 immortalized by the famous painting; the home and studio of Daubigny and its garden, the first artistic centre in Auvers; the Château d’Auvers built in the seventeenth century which houses a museum that recreates the atmosphere of the impressionist period.

  • Discover St. Bartholomew as a family.

    The Sereno Hotel (5 stars), located in St. Bartholomew and designed by designer Christian Liaigre, is one of the most elegant establishments on the island. Pastel colours, punchy cocktail and only the gentle sea breeze for music, the Sereno is there to serve parents who are in need of a recharge. Located on the beach of the Grand Cul de Sac, the site is a paradise for water sports and families. An introduction lesson to swimming in the pool for the little ones, and kayaks and paddles for the big kids allow children to benefit from the warm sea. And for parents, the spa cabins exclusively offer all-natural coconut treatments to encourage total relaxation.

  • Emile, a hotel of variable geometry in the Marais.

    Located in the Marais in Paris, the brand new Emile hotel is an intimate and friendly place.
    Stylish, simple and elegant, black and white sublimate all.
    Accompanied by simple patterns and strict lines, this chic duo create a geometric effect, served by shocking graphic patterns of timeless charm.
    Completely decorated by Alfred Klopper (designer most notably of the Amour Hotel and the Thoumieux), the South African now Parisian by adoption, the 29 rooms and suites play on the contrast between the colours and geometric shapes, with flat to bold colours and a choice of luxury materials.

  • New suites, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, at the Beau-Rivage Palace of Lausanne.

    A contemporary wind is blowing on the tradition of the Beau-Rivage Palace. Opened in 1861 on the banks of Ouchy, the hotel benefits from a long and fascinating history, punctuated by adaptations to the uncertainties of time passing.
    True to its signature, “tradition in motion”, the institution has asked Pierre-Yves Rochon to lend his talent to the renovation of the rooms of the Palace wing.
    Emphasizing quality materials, attention to detail and an eco-conscious approach, the designer has optimized the dimensions of the rooms and suites and spaces have been equipped with soothing warm tones inspired by the natural palette of the surrounding landscape.
    By a game of mirrors, lace and light enter the room to illuminate the space.

  • Roland Garros in Paris airports.

    Following the latest rounds of international tennis tournament Roland Garros, the Aéroports de Paris are providing spaces to broadcast games.
    To experience true moments of sporty relaxation at the heart of Roissy and Orly terminals, seven free broadcast spaces are to be set up.
    And so that customers can experience the tennis adventure until the end, Roland Garros memorabilia is also available in the Buy Paris Collection stores at both Paris airports.

  • Rome Cavalieri celebrates 50 years.

    Since its opening in 1963, the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resort has been an international icon of luxury.
    Its impressive private collection of works of art, worthy of the greatest museums, the famous spa awarded several times, its spectacular wine cellar inventory of over 53,000 bottles and three-star restaurant makes it one of the most fascinating and mythical hotels in the world.
    Located a few kilometers from the Vatican and the center of Rome, on the green hill of Monte Mario, Rome Cavalieri has, over the years, welcomed heads of state and movie stars.
    From Fred Astaire to Marcello Mastroianni, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts, they have all walked the coridoors.
    To celebrate its first “half-century”, many festivities are being held throughout the year, including several picture exhibitions and a care program concocted especially for the occasion.

  • Gourmet cruises aboard Star Clippers.

    The two four masts and the five masts of the Star Clippers fleet invite you to embark on a selection of cruises with renowned chefs and sommeliers for a gourmet cruise experience.
    These beautiful boats have retained the charm and authenticity of the tall ships of the nineteenth century.
    Life on board is animated with water sports – passengers are invited to participate in games in a friendly atmosphere – the hosts share the table of the officers and the size of the vessels allows one to make the acquaintance of all the other passengers.
    As per the gastronomy, it will take the cruises circling between Athens and Rome around the specialities of Liguria, and from Monaco to Barcelona, on the discovery olives and oils.
    Unless, that is, you prefer the delicacies of the Baltic Sea.

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