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.
Continuing on with this summery theme, PLUME VOYAGE invites you to discover the Air France first-class lounge ‘La Première’, which has been honoured twice by SkyTrax, or Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza’s latest charming venue, or to taste an exquisite dinner in the dining-cart of the Orient-Express or even fantasise about your next holiday spot with “60 Unique Destinations”. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
The French airline has been awarded two of the highest distinctions for its ‘La Première’ Lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. It has been recognised as the world’s best first class lounge and its restaurant and dining menu, signed by Alain Ducasse, have also won the prize for the best gastronomical offerings of any first class lounge during the ‘World Airline Awards’ organised by SkyTrax. Designed by architect Dider Lefort, the ‘La Première’ salon provides passengers with more than 1000m2 of space to rejuvenate, relax, work or rest. A ‘biological research’ spa also offers personalised treatments.
Having opened this spring, Hacienda Na Xamena is a piece of paradise nestled in the centre of a preserved area of 7.5 hectares, between the sky and the sea. In the enchanting natural countryside where the sea stretches as far as the eye can see, the Hacienda is perched upon a cliff top 180 metres above sea level on the island of Es Vedra. The perfect spot for dream holidays where all you want to do is lounge by the pool, to recharge your batteries or to discover the surrounding landscape of the Formentera beach, with its crystal waters and white sands.
As part of the exhibition-event “Once upon a time the Orient Express” at the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Orient-Express and Yannick Alléno offer the chance to reserve a table on board in the Anatolie dining-cart. Until 31st August, the Michelin Star-studded chef has created a temporary restaurant in the middle of the historic carriage. He reproduces this on the plate, in the setting and the legendary dining experience of the age by following the codes of French gastronomy.
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Nestled on the Turkish Riviera, the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum has just opened its doors to the public. Planted in a site made up of 60 hectares in Cennet Koyu (Paradise Bay), the hotel benefits from a panoramic view of the Egean Sea. Basking natural light, most rooms have a refitted private terrace with an outdoor salon whilst suites profit from an outdoor pool in the centre of a private garden, plus a spectacular sea view.
Travel + Leisure magazine have named Kyoto “the best city in the world”, usurping the title from Bangkok after four years on top. The former Japanese capital also becomes one of the most liveable cities on the planet. Travel + Leisure noted that the appeal of Kyoto surpasses the weather, gardens and cherry blossom. From now on, you can roam the city and spend a night in a ryokan or a traditional inn, a large number of which have been renovated and redecorated to induct tourists into modern comfort and pure Japanese heritage.
Viewers of the Paris Première television channel have chosen the Bristol as “the most beautiful hotel in the world”. TV Programme “Hotels of the World” gave viewers the chance to discover a variety of resorts from around the globe. In celebration of its tenth season, “Hotels of the World” set out to select “the world’s most beautiful hotel” from 650 establishments presented since the programme’s inception.
An unusual and unique hotel, the K2 in Courchevel 1850 has now been added to the very select group of French palaces. Just three seasons after opening, the K Collection flagship hotel has reaches the dizzying heights of luxury hospitality. With 5-stars from the start, the K2 continues to prove its mentality and original philosophies. It joins the extremely exclusive club of thirteen French establishments that have obtained this distinction.
Less than four years after its opening, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris has clinched the highly coveted Palais distinction award, joining a prestigious circle of the most beautiful Parisian hotels. Jury members of the Atout France were won over by the spirit, history and character of one of the most magnificent and typically Parisian hotels, built in 1886 by Prince Roland Bonaparte. Over the years, it has become one of the great residences on the Parisian scene, but also on an international scale. www.shangri-la.com
The most recent creation in luxury Parisian hotels also receives the Palace Distinction, just three years after its inauguration. Since its opening in June 2011, the Mandarin Oriental Paris has been awarded numerous prizes both in France and internationally confirming its haute couture vocation where Parisian elegance rubs shoulders with the sophistication of the East. To honour this distinction, the team of Bar 8 dreamed up a special concoction for the occasion, a ‘Palace’ cocktail : pink Bollinger champagne, golden flake vodka, rose petal jam and lime.
At the heart of a protected natural park comprising of 25-hectares, along a magnificent beach, this hotel offers dynamic holidays to parents and their children. Besides a vast range of sporting activities (including mountain biking, surfing, golf and trekking), the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel devises complete programmes that focus on health and well-being. Spa treatments, yoga and gastronomy also allows you to take care of yourself in the natural, reinvigorating setting of the Algarve. From the creche (6-month olds upwards) to the kids club, children are fully cosseted. The elder ones have the chance to ride scooters, learn how to surf in localn spots and swim with dolphins…
To celebrate the summer and make us fall in love (again) with Saint Tropez, the Pan Deï Palais offers a unique experience that traces the life of Brigitte Bardot. As a tribute to Saint Tropez’s sulphurous, emblematic muse, guests can explore the streets astride a Vespa before relaxing in the hotel spa with a ‘Beautiful like BB’ treatment, especially created in honour of the beautiful star. And for die-hard fans and lovers of the legend, a seaside stroll will allow you to explore the Baie des Canebiers and become better acquainted with the famous Madrague.