This summer, 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.
As the summer season draws to a close, PLUME VOYAGE invites you to chance upon the pop-up Dom Pérignon suite at the Royale Monceau-Raffles Paris, to experience the latest Etihad connection linking Abu Dhabi and Perth in Australia, to fly off to Mauritius and discover the new Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa or even the fresh decorations of the Hôtel Vernet in Paris, imagined by François Champsaur. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
For the launch of the Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003, a sublime vintage, this Parisian hotel sets up a temporary suite dedicated to Dom Pérignon from 1st September to 12th October. Established in one of its most luxurious signature suites designed by Philippe Starck, guests will have the privilege of immersing themselves in the world of this world-famous champagne house and be the first to try this vintage in total tranquillity, as well as the ‘Rosé Paradox’ menu created by Laurent André, executive chef of the Royal-Monceau Raffles Paris.
The United Arab Emirates’ leading national airline has launched a direct daily service between Perth and Abu Dhabi. The capital of Western Australia is now Etihad’s fourth destination on the continent, after Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. These new daily flights make a total of 35 weekly flights between Australia and Abu Dhabi. Plus, due to a partnership with Virgin Australia, passengers can now connect to international Etihad flights from numerous cities around Australia.
Nestled in Balaclava’s Turtle Bay, by the natural marine park on the north-west coast of Mauritius and at the heart of a ten hectare tropical area, the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa opens its doors to the public. The most recent creation by the hotel group stretches out across a spectacular white sandy beach, boarding the Indian Ocean. A modern definition of holiday is established through a relaxed chic atmosphere and a simultaneously understated and elegant décor, mixing teak wood and volcanic rock. This contemporary spirit pervades the 190 rooms, 38 of which are suites, five restaurants, the Heavenly Spa and two pools, one of which is an infinity design.
On the eve of its 100th anniversary, the Hôtel Vernet entrusts François Champsaur with its renovations. Truly a secret garden, the Vernet also revives the traditions of great Parisian establishments by paying homage to elegance and French savoir-faire. From the entrance hall to the bedrooms, the accuracy and precision of the design converses with the spirit of the hotel and its history. This contrast between two different eras is a cause for dynamic and light discussion. François Champsaur, as a passionate collector of contemporary art, has chosen an amalgamation of paintings, original watercolours and sculpture, both establishing an aura of an art collector’s home and reinforcing the private and intimate side of the collection.
A Parisian palace, the Bristol now has two little gardiens who watch over the hotel. The feline spirit of the establishment, Fa-Raon, has a new companion Cleopatra, a charming Burmese pussycat who has no difficulty in making friends. Shrewd and friendly, the cat even plays along with little ones and, purring contentedly, welcomes strokes from everybody. Her arrival marks the growth of the Bristol family and shows the importance of family values generated by this special palace. And to celebrate her entry into this great family, Cleopatra received an Oscar style bowtie collar, adorned with a silver medal, a personalised gift from the Goyard house.
Meribel and l’Occitane organise the 5th edition of the Meribel Golf Show, which unites both professional and amateur players on one of the most beautiful high altitude greens in Europe. Considered to be one of the most important golfing competitions of its kind in France, this latest meeting will see nearly 70 professionals and 120 amateurs compete on the 18 hole course, situated at the foot of the imposing Saulire mountain, beneath the Loze pass. A perfect round for golf lovers everywhere.
From 22nd to 27th August.
For its second consecutive edition, the Trophée Sénéquier honours this most popular, sociable sport and flavour of the moment: boules. Professional players, tourists and Tropeziens become rivals in the place des Lices, dressed in red, a colour that symbolises Sénéquier, the iconic Saint-Tropez hot spot. An authentic and friendly sporting fixture to be enjoyed without reserve.
At the heart of one of Harper’s Bazaar’s fifteen most beautiful safari experiences in South Africa, the Samara Private Game Reserve allows you to discover the wonders of wild African fauna in a dream setting. Created in 1997 by Mark and Sarah Tompkins, the Samara Private Game Reserve organises photo safaris in partnership with Africa Geographic, animated by guide and photographer Mark Drysdale. An exceptional opportunity to observe the animals up-close and capture on camera some of the world’s most rare species in the wild.
The airline company is the first to offer films with audio description for partially sighted passengers, with its ‘Ice’ entertainment system. Having already received multiple awards for its initiative, Emirates now offers a vast selection of films available to partially sighted clients. In 2007, the company collaborated with Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures, in order to introduce subtitles for the visually impaired, a world first for in-flight entertainment. Today, Ice offers more than 50 subtitled films.
British Airways unveils the top 10 toys for children during flights. It is not always easy to find distractions for children whilst in the air. In the wake of a sociological study carried out by Dr. Robert Winston, you no longer need invest in expensive playthings: small plasticine figures and elastic bracelets are just two activities that kept those children aged 2 – 10 who took part in the study entertained for hours. And don’t forget hardwearing Lego or Top Trump and Uno playing cards. “Suggesting a different game at regular intervals will guarantee to keep them calm for more than 90 minutes” urges Dr Winston.
The national airline for the Republic of the Seychelles announced important consolidations to its international flight schedule. From 1st December, weekly flight between the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi will increase from 14 to 18 per week. Ethihad Airways will continue to operate three weekly return flights on the same route, offering clients the choice of 24 flights every week between the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. Parallel to this, the number of flights to Mauritius will also increase. In addition, schedules for flights towards Johannesburg, Mauritius and Paris will also improve.
Like every Peninsula group hotel, the Bangkok establishment honours of the opening of the brand-new Peninsula Paris in August with a massive range of French experiences. Branded “All Things French”, this operation takes inspiration from the French culture, offering numerous gourmet experiences, French specialities and fashion and beauty events in the Thai capital. Until the end of the year, hosts of the Peninsula Bangkok will be able to take full advantage of ‘La Vie en Rose’, a French beauty treaty, in the hotel spa.
To celebrate the summer, the Casinos Barrière organises exclusive parties with the dress code: pure white. Whether you are mingling in Bénodet, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Cannes, Dax, Dinard, Le Touquet, Menton, Ribeauvillé or Trouville, the Casinos Barrière all host another white night. A chance for everyone to let their hair down and dress entirely in white, taking part in chic animations and extravagant donations. And with five free chips, it is the perfect opportunity to initiate oneself in the gambling scene.
The Hôtel de Vendôme offers its guests the chance to explore France from the sky in a hot-air balloon, taking you on a unique and magical voyage. Following a private, chaffeur-driven transfer, clients will take off on an hour-long flight from Maintenon, in the Eure-et Loir. And to complete the magic, aerostiers will also be able to enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper prepared by chef Josselin Marie at suppertime. A true adventure that this hotel is the first to pioneer, ahead of all other grand Parisian establishments.
For its first permanent route in France, Etihad Regional connects Geneva to Toulouse from its hub in Switzerland. The company already operates in and out of Biarritz and Calvi during the summer months and links Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille throughout the year. The organisation, which aims to offer three weekly flights between the Swiss capital and Toulouse, provides passengers with an easy connection, via Geneva, towards Abu Dhabi and various other cities around the globe.
Hôtels Chéris is an upmarket hotel booking website dedicated to couples. This new platform guarantees to find an establishment that is resolutely glamorous, calm and intimate for any couple in search romantic getaway. The site has compiled a selection of charming hotels, boutique hotels, suites and hotel lofts, all tried and selected by luxury hotelier specialists from all over the world. A bespoke service that offers advice and a concierge service that guarantees you a very personal sojourn.
The Sources de Caudalie hotel unveils its twelve brand-new suites. Built like cabins on stilts, reminiscent of the oyster- farming fishing villages of Cap Ferret, these villas all have a terrace at their disposal. An echo of the Bird Island suite, a pigeon house stands in the middle of the pond and houses a spectacular duplex suite. Inside, the ‘pastoral-chic’ atmosphere acts as a trademark of the palace of vines. Upon the walls, luxuriant wallpaper in coral print appears in various shades, mixed with whitewash wood panelling. The furniture honours collector pieces and revisited 50s designs. Tables, eccentric mirrors and butterfly collections haphazardly decorate the walls and bring a homely atmosphere to every suite.
The InterContinental Hotel Group launches its brand of boutique-hotels in Russia, opening its first establishment in St. Petersburg. Situated amidst the extraordinary architecture and prestigious heritage of the cultural capital of Russia, the Indigo Hotel St.Petersburg-Tchaikovskogo is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Nevski Prospect and the Neva pier. Designed to reflect the area in which it is located, the hotel benefits from unique decoration and a breath-taking view of the city. The warm interior expresses the city’s iconic cultural themes: Tchaikovsky, the Summer Garden and the Foundry metal works.
For those of you who want to make the most of the Parisian summer and the capital’s long, beautiful days, the Burgundy Paris offers a chic, gastronomic picnic. With a menu compiled entirely by Pierre Rigothier, Michelin-star chef at the Beaudelaire and Stéphane Tranchet, his patisserie chef, the hamper is brimming with delicious fresh products. A picnic basket, champagne flutes, jars and tartan rugs, the hotel promises to provide a truly rustic and Michelin-starred experience. In order to provide an optimal level of comfort, staff initially set up and pack-up the picnic one lunch is over. And for those who prefer long strolls, the Burgundy offers its guests designer bicycles to make the most of this sublime city.
Barbour and Land Rover, two great British icons, launch a clothing and accessories line for Autumn Winter 2014. Inspired by the contemporary design of the car manufacturer, the collection is a modern interpretation of the traditions established by these two brands but bringing with it a countryside spirit. From this collaboration springs a full range of coats, jackets, knit wear and travel bags. The line, which targets demanding clients, corresponds to the new modern look adapted for the traditional Barbour jacket, with a hint of luxury.