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July 2016

Travel News

Adine Fichot Marion

This week we flip the pages of the latest Petit Futé guides, we discover the Mercure Nantes restored by a big name in design, we take a breath of fresh air in Mérible and Harry Potter fans are having breakfast at Warner Bros Studio in London! 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?

  • Méribel: a week of well-being

    Need a change of scenery? Just take a good whiff of sun and oxygen in Méribel! The summer season opened on Wednesday July 6th, to escape the gloom it’s time to slip on the heights to clear our head and re-oxygenate! Summer in Méribel, the snow gives way to large expanses of greenery transforming the mountain into vast playground: hiking, biking, trail riding, climbing, golf, outdoor yoga, fishing, swimming, nights refuge, flight baptisms …. There’s something for everyone! In addition, from July 11th to 15th the Wellness week is taking place: a relaxation week with yoga sessions, workshops of Indian and Thai traditional massage, shiatsu workshops, conferences on controlling our emotions through gentle medicine, relaxation therapy or quantique approach. There is even a yoga session ” little body, big heart ” dedicated to children from 6 to 10 years. Finally be aware that the lifts are open daily from July 6th to August 26th from 9:30 a.m to 4:45 p.m.. A. F.-M
    www.meribel.net

  • Nantes: ultra design decoration at the Mercure!

    Here is a Mercure hotel that will debunk misconceptions about hotel chains. Featuring a very serious upgrading, this hotel beautifully located next to the train station (it even has a direct entrance from the bar) just offered itself a total makeover. Led by Marcelo Joulia, the architect whose brilliant achievements in the world are legion, the hotel now has a stylish and innovative design. From the lobby, the style is given: the cement tiles share the land with lovely wooden floors. The lounges and restaurant are bodywork of custom-made blond wood libraries like all besides furniture, signed by Cantreau, a manufacturer from Cholet and filled with books and magazines just like at a friend’s house. The 31 rooms have the distinction of having very large bathrooms, treated like real rooms with large walk-in showers. A part of the walls are dressed in modern colors: blue, yellow, ocher and gray agreeing to the 50s furniture. At the brasserie restaurant, we enjoy a delicious locavore cuisine, . A. F.-M
    www.mercure.com

  • Petit Futé: new guides

    Here is summer … Finally, vacation, relaxation, travel, fun, getting together with family or friends. The Petit Futé invites you to discover its new publications to help you choose the holiday destination or just help you in your final preparations. From Milan to Uzbekistan through the Italian Lakes and Macedonia, these well-crafted books open the doors of hotels, restaurants and places not to be missed! Remember now, with www.mypetitfute.com, you can compose your customized guide (digital version and / or hard copy) in just a few clicks. A. F.-M

    www.mypetitfute.com

  • England: breakfast at Hogwarts

    From the 21st to the 28th of August, let’s meet for a magical Sunday at Warner Bros Studio Tour London on the occasion of the “Breakfast at Hogwarts.” While contemplating the famous castle made in seven months with a team of 40 people, Harry Potter fans savor a serious breakfast. After this one, a visit of the Studios is taking place. The Great Hall will be specially set up for breakfast as it is in the saga of the 8 films: visitors can see packs of Pixie Puffs and Cheeri Owls on the tables! They are accompanied by members of the studio staff, dressed in the uniform of Hogwarts for a souvenir photo at the table for breakfast. Before the opening of the studios to the public, guests can visit the authentic scenery and discover the secrets behind the scenes of the movies. Thus, we go through the Great Hall, scene of many famous movie scenes and discover the treasures contained in Dumbledore’s office, the Weasley kitchen and the iconic 93/4 Quai starting point of the Hogwarts Express. A. F.-M

    www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/fr

  • Marseille: immediate boarding!

    The InterContinental Marseille – Hôtel Dieu, The grandest of 5 stars in Marseille launched a one night package including a chic and gourmet cruise in a private yacht off of Marseille. Docked just opposite the historic building in the wharf of honor of the city, the Fjord 36 chartered by the hotel promises a dream ride, with its double berth, its own bathroom with shower and vast space for 12 people. In the program, excursion with discovery of the most beautiful sights of the Mediterranean shore, and also gourmet picnic concocted by the chef Lionel Levy with local, seasonal products. We enjoy, by facing the magnificent spectacle of the Creeks, prawn salad, tray local meats, regional cheeses and strawberry or raspberry crumbles. A. F.-M
    www.marseille.intercontinental.com

  • Monaco: the Pantone café

    For its return to Monaco on the esplanade of the Grimaldi Forum from the 20th of June to the 9th of September, the most colorful and original café of Monaco, the Pantone Café celebrates the Principality. It is wearing red just like the flag and for the occasion, the “Monte Carlo Red 17-1763 » color has been created! The best products were selected, without forgetting that these dishes and colorful drinks promote good mood! Thus we find pizzas prepared by the pizza chef, salads prepared with seasonal ingredients, a wide choice of classic snacks: pastries, macaroons and homemade eclairs. In this desire for quality, the Pantone Café has partnered with iconic brands in each field such as Vergnano, Italian reference coffee and also Yumi, a brand that produces fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Pantone gives the opportunity to taste what we see: a Chocolate Brown 19-1625 ice cream, a 18-1660 Tomato pizza …. Every product Pantone Cafe refers to a true color Pantone, taken from pantonier established in 1960 by Lawrence Herbert. How creative! A. F.-M
    www.pantone.com

  • Tuscany: let’s meet at Castel Monastero

    To discover Tuscany and its wine treasures, let’s visit Caste Monastero. This original hotel, member of The Leading Hotels of the World is nestled in the heart of the vineyards of Chianti, about twenty kilometers from Siena. In fact it is an ancient village of the eleventh century converted into a luxury resort. We spend our days touring around beautiful equipped caves – From Chianti to Brunello di Montalcino, through the Vernaccia di San Gimignano with wine tasting in Chianti, in the middle of one of the best preserved landscapes of Italy: Crete Senesi. A stop in Greve in Chianti, where is held every Saturday one of the oldest markets of Italy, is a must … And at the hotel we indulge in spa treatments, lazing around one of the pools, or in wine tasting and other wonders! A. F.-M
    www.castelmonastero.com/fr

  • Avignon: a new chef at La Mirande

    There is not only the festival or the Palais des Papes in Avignon! There is also this true historic site, La Mirande, converted 26 years ago, in a hotel with bewitching charm. This house has had various owners since the seventeenth century, the Stein family, originally from the Ruhr area, inveterate travelers who acquired this house. Today, Martin Stein is at the helm of this five-star with 26 different rooms and suites, few steps from the Palais des Papes. “La Mirande exudes beauty and elegance of French decorative arts of the eighteenth century.” The new and young chef, he is 28 years old, Florent Pietravalle has already worked among the greatest: in Paris at Joël Robuchon for a year, as sous chef then at Rabanel in Arles, then 4 years as sous chef at Pierre Gagnaire rue Balzac. If every chef says “the product is central to my work, » he puts this claim into practice: three mornings a week, we can meet him between the market stalls of St. Etienne-du-Grès. He treats us with simple and seasonal products: anchovies of the Basque Country, marinated with Espelette pepper, peas and broad beans from the garden, Mediterranean red mullet, Galician beef … to test immediately! A. F.-M
    www.la-mirande.fr


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