After starting 2016 with a bang by skiing in Verbier, tanning in the Seychelles, enjoying the three-star restaurant La Bouitte and by having discovered the unique decor at the Sources de Caudalie and the new Four Seasons in Marrakech, let’s book Valentine’s Day in St. Tropez and anti-Valentine’s Day in London! And let’s not forget to book a cruise … .. Each month, PLUME VOYAGE Travel News inform you on luxury hotels, boutique hotels and the world of modern travel. Is this giving you travel cravings?
Good news in the world of cruising: the Ponant company having ultra-refined cruise ships that make us sail on all the oceans of the world has chosen to partner with Ducasse Conseil, the expert pole in restoration by Alain Ducasse Entreprise. This brilliant duo has plans to develop the culinary offer, to train all managers of the company, with a homogeneity pattern and the regularity of services within the group of the ten restaurants. “This collaboration promises to raise the Ponant culinary standards to better meet the high demand of our French and international passengers,” said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of the company. Let’s recall that Ponant was founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and ten officers of the merchant navy. The company now sets standards for a new luxury cruise style through a unique design of sea journey combining exceptional hotel services and 5 stars itineraries, aboard luxurious ships. A. F.-M.
It’s now or never to book a cruise for spring! Rivages du Monde offers an exotic cruise, full of charm: from Ireland to Ulster, from Scotland to England, 11 days over the most beautiful landscapes and most beautiful cities in Europe! The planned route will take the happy cruisers from Honfleur to Portsmouth in England before reaching Dublin in Ireland after a day of sailing. Let’s then discover the Northern region of Ireland and Belfast, before heading to Scotland. First Scottish stopover at Greenock, Glasgow entrance, then Stornoway, main city of the beautiful island of Lewis. The 8th day of the cruise towards Edinburgh, its legends and mysteries before returning to England in Tilbury after a final day of sailing. The little extra? The 3 conference aboard animated by specialist Olivier Mignon. Departure on May 19th, 2016.
Neither reluctantly or complex for single people on Valentine’s Day’s evening. This year no way to stay home or to hide: we head to the Brown’s, the London flagship of the Rocco Forte group. Proud to be single, go get pampered while enjoying a unique selection of treatments to be the most beautiful in the heart of February. It starts with a 50-minutes manicure called “no man », continues with a pedicure “Lonely Legs” then by a facial treatment of 50 minutes “Too Pretty To Be Single” etc. This “anti Valentine » cares are available from the 1st to the 14 th of February, 2016. But this does not prevent you from checking out the Brown’s ultra cozy bar or dining at the restaurant with a friend, who knows …. A. F.-M.
Gem of the French Riviera, this emblematic place but too overcrowded during the summer is to (re) discover during the off-season: an ideal destination for Valentine’s Day. It is in this spirit that the Paris Saint-Tropez Hotel offers lovers, during a weekend, the time to relax in this magical place. Romantic walks in Saint-Tropez with serenity: from the fishing port to the Place des Lices, from the citadel that dominates the city to Our Lady of the Assumption and its famous bell tower … and shopping in stores where we will listen to you! Two packages are created especially for the occasion: “Romantic Escape” including one night in a classic room, a surprise in the room, champagne at breakfast. “Escapade in love” with upgrades and VIP welcome, champagne aperitif, dinner for lovers consisting of five dishes …. The whole thing at ultra competitive prices. Offer valid on the 12th, 13th and 14th of February, 2016. AF-M.
After the 12 suites built on the model of the oyster huts on the Bassin, the cellar-bar called the Rouge, the sublime indoor pool unveiled during the summer of 2014, the second Michelin star obtained in 2015, Alice and Jérôme Tourbier innovate and transform their mythical suite, l’Ile aux Oiseaux. Alice Tourbier who wanted a female perspective has entrusted the design of the iconic aqua suite to the designer Delphine Manivet, known for her ultra feminine and clean lines of wedding and evening dresses. Inaugurated on February 4th, the new decor includes all the brand’s signature codes: noble materials, precious details and white dominance. We love the silhouettes imagined by the designer: true ideal of femininity and softness. A radical change in the decor of the suite previously entrusted to two very contemporary designers: Maison Martin Margiela and Maxime Simoens …! A. F.-M.
Locaboat is the specialist for boat rental and river cruising without a license since 1977. Inventor of the Pénichette, this company offers a quality fleet of 380 boats at the start of a wide range of destinations in Europe. Good point: 95% of customers who rent a boat in 2015 are fully satisfied with their cruise and 98% of them are willing to recommend their relatives Locaboat! These scores, steadily rising for 3 seasons, reinforce the premium positioning strategy of the company. Finally, customers can enjoy ” all inclusive packages” and specific themes. That is why Locaboat in collaboration with the tour operator Tours et Détours in Burgundy, has selected a range of activities (cultural, wine or gastronomic-oriented visits) around the journey in Pénichette. ! A. F.-M.
Second institution of the group in Morocco, after Marrakech, the new Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, enjoys a privileged location on the Corniche of the White City in the upscale neighborhood of Anfa. It has large terraces, including the restaurant, and large windows opening onto the Atlantic. The hotel has collaborated with architects and renowned international designers to create a welcoming environment that reflects a destination full of history. The building was designed by Foster + Partners. Lively meeting place for local and international clients, the 186-rooms hotel features three restaurants and bars, a spa, the most luxurious of Casablanca and a large heated pool in order to swim all year long! Some original works by contemporary artists are also displayed such as the famous Moroccan ceramist Myriam Mourabit, who created beaded vases especially for the hotel. Ceramic murals were designed by Spanish studio Terra Lume in the courtyard of the hotel and the spa. Paintings and engravings by Carlos Regalado, Diego Vallejo, Gaby Selby, Fátima Conesa … are also present in the public areas and bedrooms. A. F.-M.
They are discreet and yet the best father and son do not lie about their name! René and Maxime have over the time, in their famous restaurant, La Bouitte, in St. Martin de Belleville, 1500 m away from the the gates of the Three Valleys, forged a table, a true ode to Savoy. Each ingredient has its place: vegetables cooked in their own juice, double cream tart, lemon caviar, Crayfish, pike dumplings, spices, whitefish from Lake Geneva, wild natural blueberries, Beauforts cheese crozets “risotto-style”. .. Not to mention the duck cutlet foie gras, fresh corn pancake, honey from St Marcel, old vinegar (the only dish that has been accompanying the entire history of La Bouitte, from the 1st to the 3rd Michelin star). The Michelin Guide awarded them in February 2015 with the supreme reward: 3 stars! making La Bouitte the highest three-star restaurant in Europe. Since two years it is now possible to rest from these feasts at the 16-bedrooms cabin cottage built in the prolongation of La Bouitte. The 6 new rooms, clad in wood and stone offer accommodation respecting the quality of the restaurant. A. F.-M.
Verbier and Val de Bagnes in the mountains of Valais, is the harmony between man and nature. During the winter there are over 400km of ski slopes waiting the most experienced skiers. The area is also a paradise for freeride and hiking. In summer, numerous hiking and mountain bike trails tailored to individual desires go through typical villages and pastures. At the heart of Châble, the A Lârze hotel with a very family atmosphere: lounge with fireplace, small TV room … opened its doors in December 2015. The three-star hotel is pretty well located two minutes away from shops, restaurants, public transport and lifts. Designed by craftsmen from the region, it is largely made in Larch hence explaining its name “A Lârze” meaning larch in the dialect of the region. The 10 double rooms are dressed in warm shades, providing beams and wood floor for a decidedly mountain style. Some have balconies with views of Mont Rogneux. All are equipped with TV and free WiFi. On the ground floor, in the bright breakfast room guests can enjoy local products: cheese, milk, butter, just laid fresh eggs. Depending on the season, there are even homemade jams. By the late afternoon a small stop at the sanarium is ideal for true relaxation and chase aches! A. F.-M.
The Portuguese airline company that invests 11 million Euros in the modernization of its fleet, is thus the first in Europe to change its medium-haul fleet to improve efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. TAP Portugal has also begun a DE12 A320 airbus family modification program which began on December 7th, 2015 and will end in 2017. The national company has also decided to acquire 53 new aircraft – to improve its product and offer its customers the best quality of market service. Well done Tap! A. F.-M.
Two beautiful Parisian houses: Caviar Kaspia and the Arc combine and chose to establish themselves … guess where? but in Courchevel, of course. More precisely on the location of Caves Courchevel. Since December 17th this is a new meeting place of the mythical Three Valleys resort. It is now possible to (re) discover the great classics like the famous Kaspia potato with caviar or divine smoked fish in an elegant and cozy atmosphere from 8 pm to 1 am. While the party is in full swing from 23 pm to 5 am at the club Arc where the walls are covered with a”black ebony boa style” fabric that gives the effect of sensual snake skin … What a program! A. F.-M.
25 minutes away from the capital, Victoria, the Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, reopened in February 2015 after a wonderful facelift, enjoys a direct access to the Barbarons Beach on the west coast of Mahe, near the beaches of Grand Anse and Port Launay. The decor of this 4 star hotel is characterized by a contemporary style with lots of bright colors such as this blue palette declined in the rooms for a result as casual as luxury. There is a choice here between enjoying oneself at the golden sand beach, the pool or spa or indulging in a variety of activities ranging from excursions under water and on the island to the discovery of nature. The 124 rooms and suites divided into five categories, each with a balcony or a terrace with views on the lush gardens or the ocean. The beach lovers can benefit from rooms in direct contact with the sand and there are also rooms near the spa. The hotel has restaurants offering a wide choice from the poolside restaurant to the Asian restaurant through the romantic dinner on the beach …. A. F.-M.