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February 2016

Travel News

Adine Fichot Marion

Latecomers can still register to royally celebrate Valentine’s Day at the 5 Codet in Paris, lovers of Art Deco can fly to Miami to stay at the Biltmore, the others can discover spring on the French Riviera at the Mimozas Hotel and celebrate the star of the last Michelin edition received in Terres Blanches, still in the South … Every month, the PLUME VOYAGE Travel News inform you on luxury hotels, charming hotels and the world of modern travel. Is this giving you travel cravings?

  • Côte d'Azur: On the track of mimosas

    This is now or never to take a little sunshine and enjoy mimosas flowers in the south of France! The well appointed Mimozas Resort hotel is the one to experience! Member of Irish group Splash Hospitality, known to pay a great attention to the location of its hotels and the quality of its services, the hotel is ideally located in Mandelieu, in the heart of a 6 hectares domain, along the legendary golf course, the Old Course created by the Duke Michel of Russia. The resort also offers 200 apartments of 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, each of them with a balcony and a beautiful view on the golf course or the lake. A bar with a terrace overlooking the lake proud of its abundantly supplied menu, the Mediterranean restaurant, where, since February 1st, the chef Alexander Licakis and his team offer a seasonal cuisine, a spa signed by Yon -Ka, fitted with whirlpools, sauna, steam room and a sumptuous pool not to forget the club dedicated to 4-12 years-old kids wonderfully completele this perfect place for a well-deserved relaxation … AF-M.

  • Miami: the unaltered charm of the Biltmore

    Opened in 1926, the Biltmore Hotel, is beautifully located in the exclusive Coral Gables neighborhood, close to shops, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Coral Gables International Art Center. This is one of the most emblematic Miami address. In spite of renovations to put it to date and on the cutting edge of technology like any top-flight hotel, it managed to keep its elegance and timeless charm. Oasis of tranquility in the heart of the frenzy of Miami, the Biltmore has multiple strengths in its game: various restaurants, a spa and a golf course in the heart of a tropical garden. As for the pool – one of the biggest in the United States, one of its swimming teachers was once the famous Johnny Weissmuller, the actor who played the role of Tarzan. The hotel has also been used as the decor for the Bad Boys movie, but also for TV shows CSI: Miami and Miami Vice. It is offering an other experience of Miami. What else !!!??? A. F.-M. www.biltmorehotel.com/fr

  • Paris: The Cinq Codet is celebrating Love

    To celebrate Valentine’s Day, this five star in the heart of Paris is launching a ” Valentine’s Day Offer” package, in order to spend unforgettable moments in the heart of this Paris, known worldwide as being the capital of Love. Couples can enjoy VIP welcoming: rose petals and candles give a nice shot of excitation to the beautiful duplex room where a bottle of champagne and a gift will be waiting for them. The extra touch? “Unexpected Instant “a massage to experience together. This relaxing moment, with hot oil candle, is a precious moment in a soft and subdued atmosphere. To sublimate this weekend, the Five Codet offers you a dinner menu especially created for this event. Icing on the cake: this package is valid until February 21st ! A. F.-M.

  • Tourettes: a star in the sky of Terre Blanche!

    Only 35 minutes away from Cannes and 45 minutes away from Nice, this sublime 300 ha station, designed in the spirit of the old Provencal villages, is the idealistic destination for exploring Provence, its hilltop villages, and the French Riviera coast. Member of the prestigious chain The Leading Hotels of the World, Terre Blanche offers 115 suites and luxurious villas, with spacious terraces offering panoramic views of the woody hills of Haut-Var. This five stars hotel rightly prides itself, since February 1st, of a star at the restaurant la Faventia. A year after his come back in Terre Blanche, the chef Philippe Jourdin, already “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, won this nice distinction and it’s a good reason to visit Terre Blanche more often! He sets on his menu some well prepared cuisine and traditional Provencal dishes such as Beef tenderloin, with olive oil soy sauce and a crunchy cannelloni with vegetables and the traditional Panisse, Mediterranean, stuffed and bouillabaisse with saffron or even langoustines, ratatouille and light aioli with fresh vegetable juices … Get your forks ready! A. F.-M.

  • The hotel of the Echiquier: rich in history

    The latest in the M Gallery collection which highlights hotels that have a real historical past, this place was in 1593 the Henri IV hunting lodge and a convent, this 4-star hotel offers 88 rooms with an area of ​​20 to 25 m 2. The interior architect Yann Le Coadic and Alessandro Scotto have completely redesigned the area over which hung the charm of the Roaring Twenties, reinterpreting in a very contemporary way the vestiges of Art Nouveau. The decor evokes the refined atmosphere of a Parisian apartment through subtle details such as the ceiling frieze, purified to the max, or the 30’s glass chandelier reinterpreted in a contemporary way. Dressed wallpapers pasted in real linen, walls smoothly blend into the gray tone of the carpet. The design furniture emphasizes the contemporary style of the place. We like the bright blond wood headboards, evoking 1920 and 1930 lacquers. We love the large living brewery where the original mosaic floor has been completely restored and dark oak woodwork redone identically inspired by Art Deco plant patterns. The key element of this space illuminated by a magnificent glass roof, remains the circular bar in white mosaic and gold leaf that seems to have always been there!
    A. F.-M.

  • Hotel Bradford Elysées: the charm of a mansion

    Beautifully located between the Champs Elysees and the Faubourg St-Honoré, this Haussmann authentic mansion that belonged to the Bradford family, whose portraits still adorn the walls, now offers 50 rooms, some of them sheltering fireplaces. They possess a rare luxury in Paris: space. Sophie Hanniet, which began the decoration of this 4 stars with his former partner Aurélie Sahuqué has endeavored to express the soul of the former owners. Furnished in a classic style, they display modern touches: taffeta, velvet, moldings and antique furniture alongside contemporary designed sofas and armchairs . They are served by a beautiful antique elevator that strengthens the “Parisian chic »mind. Our favorite: room number 57 with a wide balcony … We like the Lady B bar wearing a beautiful glass roof where the luminaires are housed in bird cages. The library filled with various objects reminds us of a curiosity cabinet. As for the living room, with its warm pastel colors, classic furniture and large bay window, it is ideal for a coffee or tea! A. F.-M.

  • Le Saint: resolutely Rive Gauche

    Opened in late January Le Saint, as Saint-Germain-des-Prés, has a “family home » side. Ideally located walking distance from antique shops of Carré Rive Gauche, Orsay museum … it offers 54 rooms spread over 5 floors, including a penthouse suite, 10 junior suites. Among floors, the hotel is divided in six different moods and is combining Asian influences, English evocations and neo-classical style. We love the photos scattered throughout with scenes of streets and views of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés. As for the restaurant, the Kult, mind Parisian bistro: wooden floors, moldings, Napoleon III small chairs in black wood, it displays a changing menu every two months, designed in collaboration with the chef Guillaume Monnet. It revisits the classics of bourgeois cuisine, sometimes mixing them with Asian influences. Good point: it is open continuously from 7 am to 1 am, and multiplying the services: breakfast, lunch, snacks, tea, cocktail bar, dinner. The bartender who made his classes at Fouquet’s offers, in addition to the classics, a map of 10 signature cocktails created for Le Saint. A. F.-M.

  • The 34B: a tribute to French lifestyle

    Last renovation of Astotel signed by Philippe Maidenberg, this hotel features 128 rooms, on the border of the 9th and 2nd district. The ground floor has regained its original walls, made of brick and stone, combined with contemporary furnishings, successfully working all together. In the lobby, we like the library of books dedicated to France and antiques which are all nods to our culture and way of life: a model of the Concorde, a Parisian pavement and a bottle of a famous wine . The contemporary rooms are bright and clean, all in blue and white, recalling the color of the sky. In the rooms, three headboards emphasize French features: the sailor, berets and old Parisian lanterns. The board’s office is a wink showcasing country roads, with a fake grass displaying a cyclist and a miniature DS tribute to the films of Claude Sautet or nightcap in the 70’s. On the fourth and sixth floor the 34B hotel offers two duplex rooms with a wide view on the colorful décor of the interior façade. A. F.-M.

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