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March 2013

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Luxury Hotel La Mamounia Morocco, Marrakech: La Mamounia celebrates 90 years

La Mamounia
celebrates 90 years.

Since it’s opening in 1923, La Mamounia has seduced thousands of souls in search of luxury, calm and sensual pleasures.
This year, this establishment – a veritable Moroccan institution – is celebrating 90 years in business.
After several renovations and expansions, the palace now has 209 rooms and suites all decorated in traditional Arab-Moroccan style.
Tranquil and grandiose, La Mamounia has always deployed its splendours with discretion and grace and one hopes that it will continue to fly the flag for Moroccan refinement and luxury.

Airline company Bravofly: The world tour of unusual new museums

The world tour of unusual new museums.
Airline company Bravofly is offering a range of destinations to discover unusual museums.
From East Lansing in Michigan where the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum opened it’s doors last year to the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, an old power station converted into a museum of contemporary art, the world emerges in a new light, original and curious.

Luxury hotels : Luxury Dream Hotels, a journey to the heart of exceptional hotels

Luxury Dream Hotels, a journey to the heart of exceptional hotels.
Viewing videos online and thereby validating their selection of hotels and travel, this is the proposition of Luxury Dream Hotels. This new site presents a selection of 400 exceptional establishments using video content and original editorial, combined with a reservation system that ensures the best rates. Whether you’re looking for an eco-lodge at the end of the earth, a prestigious palace, a design hotel, a mountain chalet or a boutique hotel – every aspiration is accounted for.

Hotel The Quail Lodge & Golf Club California, Carmel : The Quail Lodge & Golf Club opens in Carmel

The Quail Lodge & Golf Club opens in Carmel.
A property from the Peninsula Hotel Group, the Quail Lodge & Golf Club is reopening its doors in the Carmel Valley after a facelift.
The decoration of the hotel and its 90 bedrooms was entrusted to Barry Design Associates, who realisations blend the design of a California Ranch and colonial Spanish to create a character with style.
Nestled in the heart of a vast park, the Quail Lodge & Golf Club also offers a magnificent 18-hole course, in the middle of lakes and rolling hills, under the Californian sun.

Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière Paris : Egg hunt at Fouquet's Barrière

Egg hunt
at Fouquet’s Barrière…

3,2,1…Go! On Easter Monday, the Fouquet Hotel’s Barrière is hosting the very best of egg hunt’s. Little hungry kids are left to discover the sweet treasures hidden in the garden inside the hotel, with or without the help of their parents.
The entertainment will continue with the workshop “The Children of Fouquet’s”.
Using sequins, velvet twists, coloured paper, feathers, sequins and paintings, each child can customize Easter trinkets to take home. Meanwhile, parents can relax at the U Spa…

Hotel Manoirs de Tourgéville, Deauville : large egg hunt for Easter weekend

…and at the Manoirs de Tourgéville.
On Sunday the 31st of March, the Manoirs de Tourgéville, Deauville, is organising a large egg hunt for Easter weekend.
The meeting place is at “1899”, the hotel restaurant where a pretty wicker basket will be given to each participant.
It only remains to find the hidden eggs.
After an hour of searching, the hunters will share their booty so that nobody is forgotten.
They can then all enjoy the harvest within the 7 peaceful hectares of the Manor.
Philippe, the great hunter of images, will then immortalise this moment with souvenir photos before guests set off to enjoy a brunch, devised by chef Emmanuel Andrieu using from local produce.

Hotel Villa San Michele Florence, Italy : A gourmet getaway at Villa San Michele

A gourmet getaway at Villa San Michele.
Overlooking the Arno Valley and Florence, the Villa San Michele is one of the most romantic getaways in Europe.
This former Franciscan monastery of the fifteenth century, whose façade is attributed to Michelangelo, is nestled amidst tall trees and fragrant terraced gardens.
Over Easter, the address transforms into a place of gourmand reverie.
For a week in spring, guests can soak up the beauty and magical atmosphere of Florence, the luxurious accommodation, a gourmet lunch and scents of citrus and roses for an elegant stay.

Hotel Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong : A taste of Jimmy Choo at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

A taste of Jimmy Choo at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong is offering a glamorous, sophisticated and 100% feminine opportunity to sample without moderation. From April 2nd to 7th, fashionistas will be able to enjoy an offer they cannot refuse: luxurious accommodation in the palace of Hong Kong, haute couture petits fours but above all, and most importantly, a pair of shoes from the famous 24/7 collection by the designer. And for those who are only passing by, the hotel is offering the chance to literally sample Jimmy Choo creations by providing a delicious teatime inspired by the Spring-Summer 2013 collection.

Boutique Hotel Design Paris Faubourg Saint Honoré : The Hôtel du Ministère celebrates art

The Hôtel du Ministère celebrates art.
The Hôtel du Ministère, only a stones throw from the Rue Royale, is going for a look of omnipresent art in its decoration.
David Lynch, Raymond Petitbon, Barthélémy Toguo, Jean-Michel Alberola and Sébastien Kito are among the artists present on all floors of the establishment, including the lobby lounge, but also in the rooms of this boutique hotel.
Each of the 24 rooms offers a vintage and cosy atmosphere, bathed in contemporary art. Perfect for a chic and arty mini-break.

Negresco hotel Nice, Journées des talents at Le Negresco

des talents»
at Le Negresco.

How does one forge the soul of a palace? By bringing together talent and expertise, rare crafts and creators, passionate people and young hopefuls. These are all the things Le Negresco will be highlighting as part of its centennial during ‘les Journées des Talents’ (the Days of Talents). For a week, the public and guests will be able to discover the behind the scenes action and trades that we never see, such as the maintenance of silverware, shoe shining and even the marble. For the occasion, the Ecole Boulle carpenters and the hotel upholsterers will present prototypes of new furniture specially conceived for Le Negresco by two designers: Stéphanie Marin and Marc Hertrich.
From March 21st to 28th

Val d'Isère : First ever yoga festival in Val d'Isère

First ever yoga festival
in Val d’Isère.

Val d’Isère has organized the first ever festival of yoga from the 5th to 7th of April. Born from Charlotte Saint-Jean’s passion for this discipline and the station where she has lived for nearly fifteen years, this festival is open to anyone wishing to get away in a privileged setting with a “wellness” objective in mind. All yoga styles will be represented throughout the three days under the guidance of teachers from around the world who will each bringing their experiences of practice and education with a personal and unique approach. Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga are on the program as well as Pilates and biodynamic dance.

Lufthansa welcomes French haute cuisine on-board

Lufthansa welcomes French haute cuisine on-board.
Until the end of April and then agaun in September and October, the First Class passengers of Lufthansa will have the privilege to enjoy many culinary creations from chef Marc Haeberlin. On international flights departing from Germany, they will be delighted with dishes prepared by the chef in his restaurant L’Auberge de l’Ill in Strasbourg. Skytrax recently recognised the excellence of Lufthansa by awarding their First Class the title of the best range of products and services in Europe.

Hotel Palmeraie Golf Palace Marrakech : The Morocco Rally stops at the Palmeraie Golf Palace

The Morocco Rally stops at the Palmeraie Golf Palace.

For the 20th edition of the Maroc Classic “The Road of the Heart”, a procession of precious collectible cars will ride between Casablanca and Marrakech from the 16th to the 23rd of March. The route is divided into 7 stages and 18 regularity tests throughout the magnificent scenery of southern Morocco before arriving in Marrakech. Between special tests and liaison stops, the 70 teams and their coaches will call in, on March 18th, at the Palmeraie de Marrakech for a gourmet lunch at the Palmeraie Golf Palace. In addition to the fun of this cross-country race, the event also supports humanitarian projects. This year, competitors and partners support L’Heure Joyeuse, an association which has reinvested more than 600,000 euros in donations in educational development, rural aid, the portability of water, and more.

The Hotel Cap Rocat is offering its guests the chance to cruise through the Mallorcan countryside © Juan Ignacio Bassos Sallles

Explore the Mallorcan wild in a collectable car.
The Hotel Cap Rocat is offering its guests the chance to cruise through the Mallorcan countryside in one of their vintage motors. Let yourself be tempted by an MGA, a Triumph TR6 or a Porsche 911 Targa and have the weekend of a lifetime.
The bays, the big blue, the streets of the old town and the more mountainous landscapes to the North…there are so many beautiful places to visit as a pair.
Hidden in the most preserved area of the Bay of Palma, the Cap Rocat is a former military fortress from the nineteenth century with a breathtaking view. Masterfully blended into the surrounding landscape, the hotel has been completely renovated by Antonio Obrador taking care to preserve its unique architecture and natural environment.

Radisson Blu Hotel opens in Maputo, Mozambique © DR

Radisson Blu Hotel opens in Maputo, Mozambique.

The Radisson Blu Hotel has opened its first facility in Maputo, Mozambique.
The hotel consists of 154 rooms, has a view overlooking the Indian Ocean and is located nearby the tourist attractions of the city, such as the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima, the Coconuts Entertainment Center and the Associaçao Nucleo de Arte which houses work from more than 100 artists and sculptors, including some on ceramics.

A taste of Spring at the Gravetye Manor in the Sussex © Ray Main

A taste of Spring at the Gravetye Manor.
After three years under renovation, the Gravetye Manor is reopening its doors to lovers of nature and authenticity. Set in the heart of Sussex, this Elizabethan country house built in 1598, now converted into a charming hotel, invites guests to take a stroll through the history of English gardens. These fourteen acres of tamed nature date back to William Robinson, one of the most innovative gardeners of his time, who lived from 1884 to 1935 in this house, during which time he made his masterpiece gardens. This fully restored treasure becomes enchanting from the first days of spring and reveals its magic throughout the seasons.

Les Jardins de la Medina win twice Marrakech Morocco © DR

Les Jardins de la Medina
win twice.

Les Jardins de la Medina was doubly rewarded in the “Hotels” and “Morocco” categories during the most recent Travellers’ Choice Awards, which reward the best hotels in the world.
This allows the Marrakech establishment to classify itself among the best hotels in Africa and confirm its uniqueness.
This true historical landmark, with the largest private garden in Marrakech, avoids being ostentatious, offering stylish and comfortable luxury to its guests.

La Ferme des Petits Frasses, a 5 stars chalet in Megève

La Ferme des Petites Frasses, a 5* chalet in Megève.
Luxurious, authentic, intimate, and warm, the Ferme des Petites Frasses is a refurbished chalet dating from 1736 that offers a 180° view over Mont-Blanc, the Mont d’Arbois, and Rochebrune with easy access thanks to its private helipad. Nestled in the heart of a park a few minutes from the centre of Megève, the chalet reinvents the savoir-vivre of the mountains. Wood worn by time envelopes each space, everything is clean, cosy hides scattered around the house invite relaxation, and the tawny tones flirt with the caramel. This is perfect for a vacation in complete privacy because the cottage only has 6 rooms, but with a bespoke concierge service available to guests.

Musambule, first mobile application for French museums in the Mediterranean

170 museums in your pocket with Musambule.

The first mobile application for French museums in the Mediterranean, Musambule is offering a unique and free service: a guide which brings together 170 museums from Provence, the Alps, Côte d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon with Marseille-Provence 2013, the European Capital of Culture. With this application, the user can choose and explore a museum, its history, its collections and temporary exhibitions, plan a visit and gain access to a range of useful information updated in real time. In addition, Musambule is accompanying the territory of Marseille-Provence 2013 with 400 cultural and artistic manifestations deployed over 97 municipalities.

Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel, The most personalised rooms

The most personalised rooms in the world at the Peninsula Hong Kong.
A new technological era is being invited into the guest rooms at the Peninsula Hong Kong.
Now, they are equipped with an all new kind of intuitive technology: customised and pre-programmed interactive tablets available in five languages (English, French, Simplified and Traditional Chinese and Japanese) which control all of the guest’s preferences and manage the information concerning the entire room, in addition to wifi and international calls via VOIP.
The objective is to introduce a new customised room experience, where guests can choose how they wish to access the services of the hotel.

Boutique hotel Indigo, Plaza Catalunya Barcelona-Catalan Modernism

A new Indigo Hotel in Barcelona.

Located in the city centre, in the Eixample district, which includes the most magnificent buildings of Barcelona, the Indigo Plaza Catalunya Hotel has recently opened its doors.
This boutique hotel reflects the specificities of the capital of Catalonia. The unique decoration of each of the 77 rooms is inspired by the atmosphere of the neighbourhood and reflects the breathtaking beauty of the architecture of Barcelona. A tribute to the artistic movement of “Catalan Modernism”, the hotel is also distinguished by its ornamental facade.

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