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 July, Travel News invites you to discover the new rooms and suites at Le Bristol, the art collection of Gunther Sachs in his suite at the Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden, a new MGallery establishment in Bali and a new Garden Wing at the Shangri-La Paris. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
The Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, of the Rocco Forte Hotels group in Sicily, is joining with Juventus Football Club to launch its summer training session. The coaches of the prestigious series A club – the main Italian league – twice winners of the Champions League will reside at the Verdura hosting a master-class session, offering young guests of the resort the opportunity to improve their football skills. The future champions, from 5 to 16 years of age, will be able to meet some of the best coaches in the world for two and a half hours per day of training followed by a 30 minute game on the sublime football field at the Verdura, surrounded by mountains and orange trees.
Until September 15th
After embellishing their famous French garden, Le Bristol is unveiling twenty-nine rooms and suites that have been entirely renovated. Decorated by Madame Oetker, the owner of the hotel, they provide an experience of unique refinement. In addition, the Royal Suite, located on the 5th floor of the hotel, with stunning views over the garden, offers a setting worthy of the mansions of the eighteenth century as a result of the Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture. This suite completes the eight suites that are testament to the great prestige of Le Bristol that allow it to accommodate the most select and demanding clientele in the world.
The Radisson Blu group is launching a competition to win a trip around the world for two people. The stays will be in hotels of their choice as well as certain places selected for the occasion. To participate in “Turn your world Blu”, participants are invited to enter the places and activities they wish to pursue. From “Blu skies: sun and beaches” to “Blu period: art museums” through “New Blu you: learning new experiences”, many activities can be carried out in the Radisson Blu. Participants must also answer two questions about the brand and the destination of their dreams. The lucky winner will be chosen from the candidates who have been the most creative in describing the choice of their dream destination. The winner will win a dream trip for two people (38 nights in the group’s hotels around the world). You have until August 15th to try your luck!
The “La Grand Imagerie” collection has been enriched with a new title, to discover a more youthful side of the Big Apple. Ideal for planning a trip to New York with little ones (from 7 years old), this little book leads to the discovery of this unique and fascinating city. The Statue of Liberty will have no more secrets for the budding travelers, and neither will Madame Tussaud’s wax museum or the best shopping addresses in the city.
Previous owner of the Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden, photographer and art collector Gunther Sachs has transformed his suite into a gallery dedicated to art. Designed by two graffiti artists, Dare (Sigi von Koeding) and Toast (Bozaci Ata), this suite displays exceptional works combining aesthetics with a strong visual impact. A veritable ode to pleasure, this spectacular suite has three large bedrooms and a spacious dining room that seats six. And if you want to relax the eyes, a large balcony offers a unique perspective over Lake Wörthersee.
There is no age to start familiarizing oneself with horses and learn the first elements that make a good rider. Le Club de la Forêt de Moulière offers workshops for baby riders for children of 12 months to 4 years. Under the watchful eyes of parents, these sessions are carried out with music in time with the rhythm of each child, on gentle, well-trained ponies, that are adapted to their size. For toddlers, practicing on ponies has many benefits. It helps develop confidence, balance, as well as also mental and physical abilities.
The MGallery hotels collection is opening a second location in Bali: the Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua. Located on the southern coast of the island, this 5-star hotel is only composed of villas, all scattered in the heart of landscaped gardens. Inspired by the Majapahit kingdom of the thirteenth century, at which time Javanese culture had a strong influence on Bali, the hotel offers a breathtaking atmosphere on arrival. The 39 villas have a traditional and refined décor due to the exotic furnishings that combine with colorful finishes. Designed like a tropical garden, the hotel restaurant and bar, Terra Terrace, serves Indonesian gourmet cuisine with modern influences.
One euro more for each night and each reserved activity on the site of Morocco Origins. A symbolic sum, yet one that finances the actions of Moroccan charities thanks to the solidarity of partners who also add a euro and the online reservation website that supplements an extra euro. Designed by Stéphane Franco, a Frenchman based in Marrakech, Morocco Origins has nearly 300 hotels across the country, from simple to luxurious, classified into five categories. In parallel, the site also offers plenty of activities, from cooking to hammam spas, as well as a range of more unique excursions. This concept attracted support from other countries and will soon be launched in Thailand, Burma and Tunisia.
It is to the two-starred chef Raymond Blanc that Eurostar has entrusted the creation of the new Business Premier menus. Renowned for his local cooking, dedicated to showcasing the best products from the UK, the French chef of Manoir Quat’Saisons, near Oxford, has concocted a series of main courses and plates worthy of a great restaurant. Passengers riding in Business Premier can benefit from the return of these delicate preparations that highlight the best products from Burgundy, Sussex and Brussels through the partnership of three family businesses.
In the extension of the mansion built by Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Garden Wing at the Shangri-La Paris offers eleven rooms and nine suites. Spread over five floors, they can be joined together to make up large private apartments. The wing reveals a beautiful French garden where you can admire the Eiffel Tower in the background. Pierre-Yves Rochon, architect and designer, has tapped into the imperial legacy of the old mansion to recreate the atmosphere of an elegant Parisian residence. The decoration is a subtle blend of precious woods, of Asian art collections as well as bespoke prints and fabrics made by the French house Lelièvre.
Traveling with young children is not easy. To facilitate the stay of families, the Hotel des Arts Bastille in Paris is offering to put their hands in their pockets…well, almost.
Cot, baby bath, changing mat, high chair, stroller and breakfast, everything is designed for the comfort of little ones and their parents.
A new arty address in the Charonne district, the Hotel des Arts Bastille is the ideal base to visit the city without the hassle of bringing all the equipment needed for your baby’s comfort.
Emirates has won the coveted award for “World’s Best Airline” presented by Skytrax. In addition to this prize, Emirates also won two other awards: “Best Airline in the Middle East” for the ninth consecutive year, a record, and “Best In-Flight Entertainment”. Since its launch in 1985, the company has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in the world, making Dubai a new hub for international air transport.
Only opened a few weeks ago, the Laguna Lang Cô is surrounded by three kilometers of beach and surrounded by lush vegetation. The property is spread over 280 acres on the Lang Cô Bay, facing towards the South China Sea. The complex includes a Baynan Tree hotel with 49 villas and an Angsana establishment with 229 suites, of which 100 have a private pool, two spas, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf champion Sir Nick Faldo, as well as private residences for sale. A historic site of Vietnamese royalty, Lang Cô Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the world, with its preserved white sand beaches and turquoise waters, amid rolling hills and mountains, just an hour away by car from Da Nang and Hué airports.
A historic symbol of St. Petersburg, the Hotel Astoria has unveiled its new 325m² Tsar Suite. Designated by Olga Polizzi, this elegant suite boasts an unbeatable view over St. Isaac’s Square and its magnificent cathedral. For this renovation, the artistic director of Rocco Forte Hotels chose to create a “contemporary Russian atmosphere in connection with the fascinating heritage of the city, using an eclectic mix of art and authentic Russian antiques, with more modern elements such as rugs with geometric patterns, silk painted wallpapers and classical contemporary works.” In the process of the renovation of the hotel, Olga Polizzi also updated the restaurant and bar of the Hotel Astoria.
The first establishment of The Oberoi Group in Dubai, ths luxury contemporary hotel is a beacon of height, light and space. Overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa, each of the 252 rooms and suites has huge windows, offering spectacular views of the skyline of the city. The hotel also has a system of in-room check-in, butlers available 24 hours a day, and Clefs d’Or concierges. As for dining options, The Oberoi Dubai offers various sensory experiences: Umai, a contemporary pan-Asian restaurant, NINE7ONE, offering the best of international cuisine, and Ananta, which favors Indian specialties.
Navibag, the transportation and door to door baggage delivery service, is launching the English version of its website and therefore opening up the business to European customers. Established in 2011, Navibag generated a small revolution in the tourism sector and the service has become indispensable as evidence. It is for the mother, the business traveler, the biker, the golfer who dared dream: sending your baggage to your location of choice, as you travel peacefully by plane, car or by train. All in a few clicks. No more luggage constraints: weight limit and additional costs imposed by airlines and taxis, queues at check-in and baggage carousels, stuffed car boots, not to mention fatigue, risk of loss etc. From booking to delivery, the system is simple and personalized: the bags are collected from your office or home, 24 hours before departure in France, 48 hours for the rest of Europe. Delivery is guaranteed in the location specified by the customer and its progression can be followed in real time and updated by SMS and e-mail.