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February 22 2013

Going away with…Thierry Gardinier

Béatrice Delamotte

His name is not well known, but in the world of the french lifestyle, he is one of the major players. Probably because of the group he runs with his brothers Laurent and Stéphane, which manages both the Domaine des Crayères in Reims, the prestigious Chateau Phélan-Ségur in Saint-Estèphe and the Maison Taillevent. He understands the world of luxury perfectly, and he promotes and practices it during his many travels around the world 

When you go away, are you more of a globetrotter or a stationary traveller?
I would say in between…I like travelling all across the world, experiencing different cultures, and meeting amazing people as much as getting lost in my thoughts as I walk through the vineyards of Phélan-Ségur

Are you more flip-flops or moccasins? Beach or bitumen?
In this instance I’m going to be more categorical: definitively moccasins and bitumen. I don’t like being idle on holiday, even though I know its important to take the time to decompress and switch off my phone

Hotels, destinations, places, what are your favorite spots?
For hotels, I especially like the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong for its location and the amazing view of the harbour. Le Bristol in Paris for its quiet, elegant, and timeless luxury and the quality of service. Other than that, I like to be pretty naturalistic. I like to find myself in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park, California, in a completely deserted atmosphere, just as I love the Alpilles in Provence and their soft landscapes. Or the island of Hvar, Croatia, and its small wild coves, and the timeless beauty of Venice…

How would you define the ideal holiday?
A little boy’s dream: to circumnavigate the world in a private jet with as many stops as I desire 

What is your favourite holiday memory?
All the ones that I have made with my wife and my children 

Your last trip?
During the holiday season, in Provence with the family

Thierry Gardinier

Clever Tips

A lover of golf, I never leave without my clubs.
I take advantage of long flights to catch up on books magazines on iPad, watch a movie or two.
On each trip, I try to discover new wine growers, their products 


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