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August 2016

Travel News

Adine Fichot Marion

This week we head to Deauville Normandie to discover the new spa opened on July 1st, before flying to Saint Barth at the Cheval Blanc that has just been awarded the palace distinction. See you in Bordeaux in one of the magnificent apartments selected by a new site and in the coming weeks towards Hamburg and the Fontenay … Each week, PLUME VOYAGE Travel News inform you on luxury hotels, hotels charm and the world of modern travel. Is this giving you travel cravings?

  • Deauville: the new Diane Barrière spa

    Among the many advantages that the overhaul of Normandy, reopened in late April, brought to the prestigious institution, we can include the Diane Barrière spa opened on July st. This is different from other five-star spas by its decor. Upon arrival the tone is set: Fully encased wooden lobby and lounge overlooking it provide a warm and original touch strengthened by the immense stained glass decorated with the seals of the main cities of Normandy above the reception desk. The change of scenery is done by entering the corridor leading to treatment rooms: all white illuminated with changing light offers a downright futuristic atmosphere! We choose a moose care: bio energy care signed by Aerial exclusively for the Normandy. It is divided into two parts, it all starts with a 45 minute Neurosense care where we are in zero gravity position the position of the astronauts, equipped with headphones and special glasses we are in state of total relaxation. Bio energy follows a 50-minute massage on acupressure points. A dream resort : we feel totally relaxed! A. F.-M

  • Bordeaux: a smart site!

    For lodging in Bordeaux visit www.bordeauxlifeconcept.com. This well-crafted website offers apartments and houses rather upscale displaying a very contemporary decor and the icing on the cake, mostly located in the center. 100% of dwellings meet very strict quality criteria. The little extra ? The service throughout the stay. A team of professionals from Bordeaux knowing perfectly the city delivers its good addresses and is ready to respond to every request of organization: chauffeur, airport transfers or station, breakfast basket etc … A.F-M

  • St. Barth: the Palace distinction awarded to Cheval Blanc

    After Cheval Blanc Courchevel Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France joins the coveted circle of pride in this prestigious distinction hotels. LVMH Hotel Management is pleased to announce that it is the first institution outside of France to be well rewarded! This award recognizes the qualities of customized service and the unique experience offered by Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France to its guests: a skill, an art of French living, a journey where authenticity and personalization shed extra something much appreciated. Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is the third house to join the White Horse collection. Located on the Bay of Flemings – one of the finest beaches on the island, it offers 40 suites, bungalows and villas with spectacular views of the ocean or tropical gardens. La Case de l’Isle, a must restaurant of St. Bartholomew, the Cabane de L’Isle for lunches feet in the sand or the White Bar on the pool side, offering a diverse culinary offer that pays homage to French cuisine inspired by Caribbean flavors. Icing on the cake: the stamped Guerlain Spa offers exclusive treatments. A. F.-M

  • Hamburg: Inauguration of the Fontenay

    Ideally located on the banks of the Alster 10-minute walk from downtown, the Fontenay is the autumn event! This five-star of 114 rooms (not less than forty square meters) and 17 suites with contemporary decor combines design and respect for the environment. Behind its white curved front, there is a huge atrium of 27 meters high! The hotel offers a gastronomic top flight on the 7th floor and a bar on the 6th not to forget a terrace restaurant on the ground floor. The top? the spa of 1000 m2 on the 6th floor of the building which offers a spectacular view with a great pool of 20 meters long both indoor and outdoor. A. F.-M

  • Morocco: Sofitel Tamuda Bay

    Open a few weeks ago the newest Sofitel in Morocco is a new ambassador of French elegance. Ideally located on one of the most beautiful beaches of Morocco, in the Bay of Tamuda, with the hinterland peaks of the Rif, the hotel has an idyllic environment. This 5-star of 104 rooms including 9 suites dressed in bright blue and white shades combines refined Moroccan culture and modern architecture. It owes its architecture to the Lebanese Mahmoud Galal, the architect has cleverly blend contemporary, Mediterranean influences and Moroccan tradition. In restaurants, the mixture of Moroccan cuisine, French, Asian and Mediterranean is waiting for you. The spa, a veritable temple of well-being in warm colors, it engages in an authentic oriental hammam ritual … In short, the good life is indeed present at the Sofitel Bay Tamuda! A. F.-M

  • Amsterdam: Hotel Ink

    Hotel Ink member of the prestigious M Gallery by Sofitel has taken place, as all M Gallery hotels in a historic building. It is named after the former occupant Dutch newspaper “De Tijd”, he has seen much written ( “ink” in English)! This boutique hotel beautifully located close to Dam Square and a few minutes by tram, which passes right by the hotel, the main museums is a great place for a weekend in Amsterdam. It offers 149 rooms including 11 suites in the very contemporary decor, beautifully prepared and a 4 star its pediment. A very friendly restaurant, a cozy library and a gym open 24 hours on 24 complete the offer of this bohemian hotel, where traditional rules of hospitality are freely converted to modern life! A. F.-M

  • Wingen sur Moder: Inauguration of Castle Hochberg

    It is Friday, August 12, the Hochberg Castle opens its doors! A new life begins for this majestic building erected between 1863 and 1866 by Victor and Edouard Teutsch, last owners of glassmaking Hochberg. In keeping with the style of Napoleon III, the castle boasts impressive facades decorated with pink sandstone bands, large windows, small wrought iron balconies. Acquired in 2014 by Silvio Denz, CEO of Lalique, it just went through a total overhaul to become a four-star hotel and bistronomic restaurant. And now it includes 15 rooms and suites, divided into 4 categories according to their size and layout. The decor is declined in three moods in reference to the decorative panels, signed by Lalique, adorning them: Umbel, Venice and Dahlia. The restaurant up to a creative cuisine based on seasonal local products, prepared by Chef Eric Frieden, in the spirit of the cuisine of Jerome Schilling, the executive chef of the two stars restaurant of Villa René Lalique. Not surprisingly, the Alsatian terroir is honored in this menu created by the husband! Hochberg Castle and offers a complementary offer to the Villa René Lalique, five minutes away, the ultra-stylish hotel and gourmet restaurant opened a year ago. A. F.-M

  • Pont du Gard: animation rain

    This summer you can swim close to the Roman bridge, through the facilities named “Go to the river,” designed by the agency Nose Up (Paris-Plage). Wooden structures are used to enjoy the river and the sun for sunbathing enthusiasts who can use the simple wooden constructions or rafts installed at the water’s edge. There is also a raft little further back with roofs nicely shaded wicker. The children are not forgotten: a playground dedicated to them. And every evening from 10:30 PM until Sunday 21 August, the Pont du Gard is transformed into a giant screen through animated video mapping tables. Finally Friday evening, dance halls are furnished to dance to tunes of yesterday and today for inter-generational evenings. The festivities start at 7:30 PM and extend into the evening until the illumination of the bridge. A. F.-M

  • Miami Beach: Faena, a new neighborhood

    Located on 32th Street and Collins Avenue in the heart of Faena District, north of Miami Beach, the former Saxon hotel has been completely redesigned to become the reference in the spirit of Faena USA. This development project is initiated by Alan Faena (The designer behind Buenos Aires renovations). It provides, in addition to the hotel, which opened last October, residences designed by William Sofield, the Faena House, a complex of 18 floors designed by Foster + Partners and signed by Faena Forum Rem Koolhaas. As for the hotel itself, its decor displays airs of Art Deco. It has 169 rooms and suites and 13 penthouse residences on the top of two floors. In the rooms, the ubiquitous red Faena harmonizes beautifully with the Tropical Deco atmosphere of Miami Beach. Honors for beachfront suites with large balconies opening onto the ocean, cooking over a wood fire signed by Francis Mallmann Los Fuegos, the Tierra Santa House Healing spa over 2000m2. and cabaret shows at the beautiful Saxony Theater. the Faena Forum opening eagerly awaited in October in time for Art Basel Miami. A. F.-M

  • Italy: Sereno on Lake Como

    On the eastern shore of Lake Como, at the end of a headland near the village of Torno is celebrated the inauguration in early August of The Hotel Sereno, little brother of the famous Sereno St. Barth. Behind the pencil, we find Patricia Urquiola (named Designer of 2015 by Wallpaper magazine). She chose to stand out from other palaces to look very traditional, to adopt a modern decor with huge windows that allow to enjoy the sublime landscape. There are 30 spacious rooms, suites and a penthouse of 200 m2, and a gourmet restaurant run by the London chef of Little House and Il Baretto, Giuliano Lotto. The hotel is surrounded by a private beach, it is also equipped with a large infinity pool and gardens designed by Patrick Blanc. The top? Riva who commute between downtown Como and the hotel. A. F.-M

  • The Rocco Forte Hotels group: a smart program

    The group has launched an “Insiders” program, translate by personalities selecting their favorite places in the cities where group hotels are implanted to help the guests to live as “local” … Each “Insider” offers unique advice, up of the best places for coffee, through art galleries, small shops, restaurants up secrets. An excellent opportunity to discover some of the finest gems known only to connected people … Guests staying at the Rocco Forte Hotels find ten cards in their rooms, offering a range of different boards. They will have in their possession a city map and information about the hotel. There are three “Insiders” for each city and hotel, result: the creation of a thirty-page guide to ten European cities. And in London, Brown’s Hotel guests can enjoy breakfast in the preferred places of David Gandy and then go shopping in the boutiques of Mayfair streets, according to his recommendations. Then they can choose to see one of the plays recommended by Hugh Bonneville’s actor. Feel free to also explore museums advised by designer Paul Smith, before dining in his favorite restaurant in London. A. F.-M

  • Santorini Grace Hotel

    Reopened in May, this delightful Boutique Hotel 2 km from Fira, with terraces overlooking the Caldera Bay in the crater of the old volcano, offers twenty rooms and suites. Most suites have a small pool. The entire property has been reviewed, suites, public areas and bar are equipped with new furniture in a very contemporary style. The new gym session has been joined by a private yoga and Pilates course. We love above all the Champagne lounge. Placed on a large terrace, it offers an incredible view of the caldera. “The place to be” for a drink at sunset: unforgettable. Certainly one of the finest hotels in the Cyclades … A.-M F.

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