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November 2012

Travel News

Béatrice Delamotte

Salvatore Ferragamo, new Ambassador Relais & Châteaux

Salvatore Ferragamo,
new Ambassador
Relais & Châteaux.

The grand-son of the famous shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo runs Il Borro, a magnificent hotel in Tuscany, just few minutes from Florence, which has recently entered into the Relais & Châteaux portfolio.
He was also chosen as an ambassador for the association of luxury hotels around the world.
In a role that fits him like a glove, his natural charm and kindness should enable him to represent Relais & Châteaux with ease in 2013.

A temporary high-altitude terrace at the Park Hyatt Vendôme

A temporary high-altitude terrace at the Park Hyatt Vendôme.
From the 1st of December, guests of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme will be able to discover an enchanting and magical world on the terrace in the intimate and cosy setting of their indoor courtyard. With snow, frosted trees, multitudes of fireflies, and a little mountain chalet, everything has been put together to recreate the atmosphere of a mountain chalet close to the Place Vendome. Inside the small chalet located on the temporary terrace, you can find a collection of gifts and typical Christmas objects, perfect to start off your holiday shopping. As for food, pastry chef Pier-Marie le Moigno has worked on a special menu to taste a wide selection of hot chocolates (with orange zest or cassia cinnamon), mulled wine, brioches, almond and blueberry pie, alongside many other comforting delicacies (note: reservations are required!).

The Peninsula Bangkok is offering tuk-tuk rides

The Peninsula Bangkok
is offering tuk-tuk rides.

It already boasts ten BMW 730 Lds and two luxurious Rolls Royce Silver Spurs, but guests of the Peninsula Bangkok now also have the opportunity to board a Peninsula stamped tuk-tuk. It is the unique sound of its engine – tuk tuk tuk – that earned it its name.
This three-wheeled taxi, characteristic of the Thai capital, is made in all-leather and offers its passengers bottled water, cold towels and free WiFi access. In addition to this beautiful collection of three and four wheeled cars, guests can also enjoy the helipad on the roof of the hotel and a fleet of fast boats to visit the opposite bank of the Chao Praya River.

La Chenaudière is named « best hotel in France»

La Chenaudière is named « best hotel in France ».
At the 11th conference of directors of 4 and 5 star hotels, La Chenaudière received the coveted “best hotel in France” award, elected by an international clientele of luxury hotels. This is the second consecutive year the hotel has been honoured with this title. In addition, the Colroy la Roche hotel in Alsace also received the award for “best reception”. Located between Strasbourg and Colmar, at a 500m altitude, this charming hotel, a member of the Relais & Châteaux group, has 32 rooms, junior suites and suites as well as a beautiful heated swimming pool, which lies open to the surrounding nature.

The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon, a new Tokyo address

The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon,
a new Tokyo address.

The Hulic hotel group has recently opened a new location in Tokyo, the Gate Hotel Kaminarimon. Located at the junction of old Tokyo and the modern city, in Asakusa, the address was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Uchida who transformed a former office building into a contemporary sanctuary. Each of the 137 rooms has a breathtaking view of the historical part of the city which lies at the foot of the tower and the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest building in the city. In this new establishment from the Design Hotel collection, all the details are designed to contribute to absolute comfort: the fabrics created by designer Marimekko, the artist Katsuhito Hibino and local artisans express Japanese expertise with materials.

An accolade for Le Bristol

An accolade
for Le Bristol.

After being elected “luxury family hotel” of the year at the World Luxury Awards 2012, Le Bristol Paris was on a real winning streak during the annual ceremony of the European Hospitality Awards held in London. As the quintessential symbol of luxury and French refinement, the five-star hotel has been rewarded with triple distinctions including the coveted “Best Hotel Restaurant” for its gourmet restaurant, Epicure, which has three Michelin stars and is run by chef Eric Fréchon, the “Spa of the Year” for the new La Prairie spa and “Best Hotel of the Year” out of all the European candidates.

New "Prêt-à-Portea" collection at the Berkeley in London.

New “Prêt-à-Portea” collection at the Berkeley
in London.

Moist cakes, ginger cookies and macaroons from the new “Prêt-à-Portea” collection at the Berkeley hotel were inspired this year by great fashion designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Prada and Lanvin. A must-stop spot for any fashionist, Prêt-à-Portea is a traditional English tea ceremony with a creative twist by offering cakes and pastries that evoke the latest haute couture.
The Berkeley pastry chef is inspired by the colours and materials of the new collections from London fashion week to echo the trends of the season: powder pink, festive sparkle and patterns galore.
On the menu of this new collection: the Yves Saint Laurent “chic bag”, a Giambattista Valli red dress, an oversized Marc Jacobs blazer, Fendi boots, Diane Von Furstenberg mousse and a Burberry trench all served on Paul Smith print dishes.

240 chefs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Louix XV - Alain Ducasse.

240 chefs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Louix XV – Alain Ducasse.
To celebrate a quarter century of culinary arts at Le Louis XV in Monaco, Alain Ducasse and Monte-Carlo SBM are bringing the greatest chefs in the world together for three days. And so, 240 chefs from 25 countries representing five continents and 300 Michelin stars will gather in Monaco for a never before seen encounter. Three exceptional days of sharing knowledge, discoveries, and creative events between professionals with a gala dinner on Saturday, November 17th to close. This anniversary is also a great time for the celebration of hundreds of the most beautiful produce from the region, presented on Saturday at a temporary market place in the prestigious salle des Etoiles du Sporting Monte-Carlo. Ten of the 240 chefs will be given an ingredient, each one different, that they must treat in their own style in a “live cooking” exercise for the market. From 16 to 18 November.

« Indigo »

« Indigo ».

Stylist Catherine Legrand is offering, with this book,
a veritable textile travel book travel to the world of blue.
A universal colour, we find it on the blue shirt and the faded Bermudas of the Americans of New England like the Chinese peasant tunic worn to pick rice in the mountains of Guizhou. In this very well illustrated, beautiful book, the author gives many explanations of the colour blue (from pastel to indigo), its techniques and its uses.
And she also discusses the identity of the colour by exploring the worlds of blues from Europe to China, Laos to Africa. Editions La Martinière,
288 pages,
39.90 euros


New Spa Vidhun at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

New Spa Vidhun
at Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

Nestled in the heart of the atoll of Gaafu Alifu, in the extreme south of the Maldives archipelago, the Park Hyatt Hadahaa has recently unveiled its new Spa Vidhun. Guests can enjoy the traditional Maldivian practices of Dhivehibey with Ayurvedic roots and Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Dhivehibey uses the same Buddhist principles as Ayurveda due to the influence of the first Indian settlers in the Maldives, but it is more deeply rooted in the creations of nature: sun, sea, and sand representing the varying moods of hot, cold and dry.
The ingredients include the plants and fresh herbs of the Maldives such as coconut, national fruit, and the rose,
the emblematic flower of the archipelago.

Seven new Relais & Châteaux in France.

Seven new Relais & Châteaux in France.
The Relais & Châteaux family has grown with the arrival of seven new members. Passage 53 (Paris), L’Oxalys (Val Thorens), Le Chabichou Restaurants & Spa (Courchevel), Le Savoie & Spa (Val d’Isere), Java Hill Park Hotel (Crozet), and the Mirazur (Menton) are joining the association to share the influence of our lifestyle due to their commitment to excellence, respect for legacy and the passion of their chefs and owners..

Pin City, a mural map to prolong your trip.

Pin City, a mural map to prolong your trip.
Who has not pinned a map of your most recent destination to the wall and pointed out the places you visited to extend the trip? With Pin City and Pin World, the pleasure is tenfold. These mural maps can indicate with coloured pins, visited areas, add personal notes, drawings, photographs and memories. Whether it helps to prepare your trip or to remember the good times, Pin City and Pin World are also graphic accessories to decorate an office or bedroom, and an original way to share memories with family and friends.
Maps of Amsterdam, Berlin, London,
New York and Paris are already available
as well as a map of the world for relentless travellers.

A cultural escapade at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly

A cultural escapade
at the Auberge
du Jeu de Paume
in Chantilly.

The newly opened Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly is offering its guests the opportunity to discover the exhibition “Delacroix and the dawn of Orientalism, from Decamps to Fromentin” at the Musée Condé.
Located in the heart of the royal city, the hotel is only a few steps from the museum and provides access to the entire of Chantilly and the different events that take place there.
Check it out before disappearing to enjoy the spa treatments and the turn of the century style, cosy rooms.
Until January 7, 2013

The Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna, best island resort in Europe

The Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna, best island resort in Europe.
The World Travel Awards 2012 have awarded the Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna the coveted title of “Europe’s Leading Island Resort” for the third consecutive year, during their most recent edition. Distinguished by its exceptional quality and unparalleled service, the hotel located on the Southeastern coast of Sardinia occupies a unique position between the Mediterranean scrubland, the crystalline Noteri Lake and its vast sandy beach. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna offers many leisure activities: Thalassotherapy, water sports and three restaurants, to be able to choose between light dishes, Sardinian specialties and international cuisine.

First Michelin guide devoted to parks and French gardens

First Michelin guide devoted to parks and French gardens.
A few months from the fourth centenary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, the celebrated gardener of Louis XIV, Michelin is publishing its new guide dedicated to the most beautiful parks and French gardens. This unusual book presents a selection of green locations from intimate settings, to majestic parks that are pleasant to walk around with the family, as well as contemporary gardens and vegetable patches that are experimenting with new ways to revive botany and the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. In total, 207 parks and gardens have been selected for their originality, rarity or their exoticism. A lavishly illustrated book of 350 photos. 352 pages, 17.90 euros

New route Paris Orly - New York JFK with OpenSkies.

New route Paris Orly – New York JFK with OpenSkies.
OpenSkies, a subsidiary of British Airways, has opened a new route to New York JFK, in addition to the two daily direct flights from Orly to Newark. The new daily flight will depart at 14h55 from Paris Orly and arrive in New York JFK at 21h. Passengers travelling on this new flight will be able to appreciate the services that are the hallmark of the company across all three classes: the Biz Bed bed with its perfectly horizontal chair offers the best night’s sleep between New York and Paris; Prem Plus, an entirely separate class and the most comfortable of its kind; and Eco, an economy class that is also defined by personalized service.

Krug en Capital moves to La Samaritane.

Krug en Capital moves
to La Samaritane.

For its second edition, Krug en Capital is establishing a unique perspective and point of view in an unusual place, La Samaritane. For this memorable meeting, fourteen guests (per session of lunches or dinners) can access a temporary restaurant on the 5th floor of the “under construction” building. At the stove, three-star chef Emmanuel Renaut (Le Flocon de Sel in Megève) is proposing an exceptional menu marrying the multiple facets of Krug with the finest dishes. For this operation, designer Mathias Kiss, working around the constraints of a building under construction, has created a warm and welcoming style of décor. Entering through a door on the Seine side, those who have booked in advance will cross the desert plain of the ground floor before taking a lift. After being welcomed into the Krug Lounge, seated under the glass roof, the architectural heart of La Samaritane, they will be able to enjoy a glass of champagne before passing through a mysterious forest of fir trees to finally discover the restaurant temporary Krug en Capital.
From 3 to 12 December

117 days around the world on the trail of a gentleman traveller

117 days around the world on the trail
of a gentleman traveller.

From the 15th of November, the topical channel Voyage is taking us on a unique and exceptional world tour: 117 days of adventures alongside Simon Alix, gentleman traveller. A hundred and seventeen days of discovery between sky and sea on one of the most beautiful ships in the world, the Queen Elizabeth. Starting in January of last year, the gentleman traveller has – through navigation, stopovers discovering amazing cities and diving in the most inaccessible regions of the planet – put together an exceptional journey. A voyage within a voyage, Simon Allix invites us to share the lives of the passengers and to open the doors leading down the corridors of life on-board.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts launch ‘Couleur Locale’ excursions.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts launch ‘Couleur Locale’ excursions.
Learn to cook Thai with a local chef in Phuket, explore the cultural landmarks and discover the traditions of the United Arab Emirates, play the lute in Vietnam with a Hanoian musician or visit a vineyard in Jordan…These are only some of the ‘Couleur Locale’ excursion ideas that have been dreamt up by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, in order to give travellers a unique holiday experience far removed from any traditional tourist attractions. The ‘Couleur Locale’ experiences prove to be just as memorable as the destinations themselves.

Uma by Como Hotels & Resorts opens its doors in Bhutan.

Uma by Como Hotels & Resorts opens its doors
in Bhutan.

The latest address by Como Hotels & Resorts, the Uma by Como Punakha has opened its doors in Bhutan. The eleven room establishment is situated on a hill in the lush valley of Punakha, about five hours drive from Paro and its international airport. Access to the pavilion is difficult for vehicles but is rewarded with splendid views over the descending fields, overlooking the Mo Chu river whose transparent waters lead to Punkah Dzong, an important religious centre, where the young King of Bhutan was recently married. Uma Punakha was designed by Cheong Yew Kwan, a Malaysian architect based in Bali. His style emphasizes simplicity, with interiors in a natural and light architecture. To mark the opening, Como has put forward some new trips to highlight the best aspects of this extraordinary destination with their “Himalayan Explorer” package. Two rooms (for five or seven nights) with a tour including the Bumdra Monastery, which belongs to the institution and is found in the Himalayan hills.

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