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April 2013

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Luxury hotel, Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux: the Grand Hôtel & Spa has created a Wine Concierge Service

Wine Concierge at the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa.

Anxious to open the doors of the most prestigious vineyards of Bordeaux to its customers, the Grand Hôtel & Spa has created a Wine Concierge Service.
Five concierges, including four “Clefs d’Or” have designed tailor-made programs to allow customers to discover and access the world of Bordeaux wines, traditionally closed to the general public.
In addition to these tailor-made programs, the hotel is offering ‘Wine Journeys’, original and exciting getaways designed by these true wine professionals.

Luxury hotel Parrot Cay by Como in the Turks & Caïcos: Three new villas at the Parrot Cay

Three new villas at the Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos.

Designed by the architect Chris Davis of Coast Architects, the Parrot Cay by Como has acquired three new two-bedroom villas.
Nestled between sand dunes with uninterrupted ocean views, each villa has a large terrace, a private pool and direct access to the white sandy beach. The interiors, recalling the style of the Hamptons with sun-bleached neutrals are perfect for relaxing and welcoming friends and family.
The service of each villa includes a butler service.

Luxury hotel The Burgundy, Paris: the chef of Beaudelaire, has put together the ultimate chic, gourmet picnic

A chic picnic with The Burgundy.

For sunny days, the chef of Beaudelaire, the restaurant at the Hôtel Burgundy has put together the ultimate chic, gourmet picnic. Composed of gourmet and refined dishes, Pierre Rigothier has delicately combined exquisite produce from the prestigious maison Petrossian (caviar, smoked salmon) and the best of the season (foie gras, summer truffles).
For a successful rural getaway in the heart of the capital, it is with a Le Burgundy labelled bicycle that nature lovers seek out their haven. The basket is placed at the location of their choice by a staff member from the hotel.

Luxury Hotel Relais & Châteaux, Domaine de Rochevilaine, Bretagne: Life is a novel at the Domaine de Rochevilaine

Life is a novel at the Domaine de Rochevilaine.

To combine relaxing and working with a professional writer and biographer, this is what the Relais & Chateaux is offering, perched on the edge of Pen Lan, Brittany.
For those who wish to leave a trace or tell the story of their family, Guillaume Moingeon – who made nearly 400 works as a family biographer and writer of fiction – offers various sessions, based on listening and exchange, in order to realize a book that will be a great legacy for the family.
A long-term stay will also give visitors the chance to enjoy the seafood dishes of Chef Patrice Caillault, a Master Chef of France, and the beautiful marine spa.

Asia by private jet, Himalayas, Korea and Turkmenistan: Safrans du Monde has created a cruise on a private jet

«Inaccessible Asia by private jet», a luxury aerial cruise.

In line with its luxurious world tours, Safrans du Monde has created a cruise on a private jet aboard an Airbus A319 CJ fitted with 29 first class seats.
The aim is to connect passengers to the most inaccessible and mythical sites in Asia with ease.
From the historic site of Samarkand to Shangri-La, grandiose on the border of the Himalayas and Korea, unimaginable to Turkmenistan, this cruise will take you between privileged areas in elegance and comfort.
From September 21st to 30th

Luxury Hotel Le Prince de Galles, Paris: A legendary flagship of Parisian Art Deco, the hotel will reopen on May 16th

Le Prince de Galles reopens its doors.

A legendary flagship of Parisian Art Deco, the hotel will reopen on May 16th having been restored by two internationally renowned designers: Pierre-Yves Rochon and Bruno Borrione. For this revival, the attention to detail has characterized the work of Pierre-Yves Rochon who redesigned the 115 rooms and 44 suites, the lobby and the wellness centre. Uncompromising in the quality of execution, the interior designer has carefully selected the big names in craftsmanship and savoir-faire to sublimate demanding materials such as Black Saint-Laurent marble and Macassar ebony. The room decor, designed to look like rooms in a private home, reconnects the hotel with the Art Deco style. For his part, in close collaboration with the Chef Stéphanie Quellec, Bruno Borrione put his contemporary and dream-like stamp on the dining areas. A vibrant gourmet scene throughout the day and around the mosaic of the patio.

Luxury hotel Beijing, China: Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of Conrad Beijing

Opening of the Conrad Beijing.

Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of Conrad Beijing, a special facility for travelers seeking elegance and sophistication in a luxurious setting.
In perfect harmony with the culture and vibrancy of Beijing, the Beijing Conrad wants to be a point reference in the world of luxury hotels with 289 rooms including 17 suites.
The room decor is inspired by oriental influences with bay windows offering a breathtaking view of the Tuanjie Lake Park, the iconic CCTV building and the entirety of the city.

Malaysia Airlines: Amandine Chaignot will design the new menus for the airline's daily route

Gourmet menus on Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysia Airlines has called upon the services of Chef Amandine Chaignot to develop menus for its First and Business Class on the A380 between Paris and Kuala Lumpur.
A rising star of French cuisine and the chef of Le Raphael Paris, Amandine Chaignot will design the new menus for the airline’s daily route from Paris from now on.
Chaignot’s menu will consist of a choice of five starters, five choices of hot dishes and two desserts, representing the true and essential flavors of French gastronomy.
The creations will be renewed every two months for the pleasure of frequent travelers.


Boutique Hotel Alila, Rajasthan: A Rajasthan fortress transformed into boutique hotel

A Rajasthan fortress transformed into boutique hotel.

Alila Hotels & Resorts will open its first historic hotel in India in late 2013. Housed within the walls of a magnificent 230 year-old fortress in Rajasthan, this boutique hotel will consist of 59 suites. Perched on a hill in the Aravalli mountain range, offering a spectacular 360° panorama view, the fortress is the property of the reigning Maharaja. It is an outstanding example of Jaipur Gharana architecture, influenced by the Mughals and the British. Within the fortress, an Alila Spa, two specialty restaurants, a bar and a cigar bar, a wine cellar and a library will allow guests to enjoy the timeless luxury of this special place.

Luxury hotel in Santa Barbara: El Encanto opens in Santa Barbara

El Encanto opens in Santa Barbara.

The El Encanto hotel has reopened. Located 90 minutes from Los Angeles on the California Riviera, this early twentieth century property has rediscovered all the romance and glamor that once made it the getaway destination of choice for Hollywood’s elite.
Nestled on seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, El Encanto offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
This haven consists of 92 bungalows, a spa and a restaurant, and a sumptuous outdoor infinity pool.

Luxury hotel in Paris: Japan honored at the Mandarin Oriental Paris

Japan honored at the Mandarin Oriental Paris.

On April 17th, chef Thierry Marx and the Japanese team at the Mandarin Oriental Paris will celebrate the return of spring and the season of Sakura (cherry blossom) with a sake party, otherwise known as a Kagami Biraki. That evening, they will share a taste of Japanese culture by offering an exclusive menu at the Camellia restaurant. In the traditional Japanese Kagami Biraki ceremony, the lid of a barrel of sake (komodaru) is usually broken with a wooden hammer to share among the participants. An eternal lover of Japan and a connoisseur of culture and gastronomy, Thierry Marx is proud to be honoring this custom with this exceptional dinner, in collaboration with his second-in-command, Tamaki Yoshida.

Luxury hotel in the Arachon Bay: Maxime Simoens designs the Ile aux Oiseaux suite at the Sources Caudalies

Maxime Simoens designs the Ile aux Oiseaux suite at the Sources Caudalies.

The iconic Ile aux Oiseaux suite at the Sources Caudalies is putting on a new outfit, designed by the current darling of fashion editors, Maxime Simoëns. After a collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela, the spa hotel nestled in the heart of the vineyards of Graves has called upon the talents of the young man. Designed as the perfect replica of the cabanes tchanquées, the houses on stilts in the Arachon Bay, the Ile aux Oiseaux suite has inspired Maxime Simoëns to create a décor that punctuates the bucolic surroundings with modern materials and colors. With a predominantly black and white scheme, dotted with green and blue to echo the vines and lake of the property, the new décor recalls the stripes of a bar code with a hounds tooth motif which is highlighted by the bespoke furniture and exclusive prints.

Hotel Savoy in Florence, Italy : The Savoy in Florence revives Pinocchio

The Savoy in Florence revives Pinocchio.

Born in Florence, the author of Pinocchio sees his character come back to life in workshops for children at the Savoy. Under the leadership of Barbara Lersellini, a famous restaurateur and a member of the Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzino cultural association, children can learn from the story of the puppet and the city of Florence to decorate a piece of wood, using the typical savoir-faire of the local artisanal culture. Whether the participants choose to draw “Il Grillo Parlante” (Jminy Cricket) on a pencil box, capture the Blue Fairy on a jewelry box or carve a wooden figurine of Figaro, the dashing cat, each will receive their creation delivered to your room the next day.

Hotel in Marseille: Hotel 96 at the bottom of the creek

Hotel 96 at the bottom of the creek.

At the foot of the National Park creeks, this boutique hotel invites you to relax and discover an unusual place. Originally the family home of the two owners, Alice and William Racine, Hotel 96 offers twelve rooms and a suite in the image of what they are and what they like. With a passion for food, travel and Provence, brother and sister have dedicated this new space to sharing their daily joys and their Marseillais ways. The ambience comes in six declinations: Haute Couture, White Room, Retro Colors, Marenostrum, Wood & Iron and Marseilles.

Hotel Relais & Châteaux Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur: Follow the Road of the Epicureans with Relais & Châteaux

Follow the Road of the Epicureans with Relais & Châteaux.

On the 12th and 13th of April, the Relais & Châteaux chefs of Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur are inviting you into a gourmet and gastronomic circuit. Over the two days, guests will travel “the Road of the Epicureans by Relais & Châteaux” to enjoy creations from the seven houses of the French Riviera and six houses in Provence. At each step, all your taste buds will be sensationalised: each tasting dish will be accompanied by a wine that has been carefully selected by the chef. And to travel from one house to another, customers will be transferred aboard a Mercedes, to fully benefit from these pleasurable two days.

Hotel Sofitel Tour Blanche Morocco: Sofitel Tour Blanche, a new 5* luxury address in Casablanca

Sofitel Tour Blanche, a new 5* luxury address in Casablanca.

Built in the heart of the economic capital of Morocco, the Sofitel Tour Blanche stands tall like a glass sculpture. The interior architecture and decoration were entrusted to Studio Hertrich & Adnet who drew their inspiration from the common fundamental values in Morocco and France: the art of hospitality, a concept that combines French elegance with local refinement. The clean lines blend with Moorish ornaments and Art Deco style, a harmonious blend which is found in every space. This thread helps create a very warm atmosphere and the special feeling of being in a contemporary Moroccan riad.

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