This week we sailed on the renovated Queen Mary II, we discover the discreet charm of the Médoc at the Château Cordeillan-Bages, one falls for a friendly rally between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic and we party in Marseille at the R2. Each month, PLUME VOYAGE Travel News inform you on luxury hotels, boutique hotels and the travel industry. Is this giving travel cravings ?
Perched between sea and sky, above the harbor terraces, the R2 is both a hype restaurant : the Refectoire and a fabulous rooftop. At the Refectoire, the name of the restaurant, the decor displays an industrial heartfelt look: polished concrete, copper countertops, vintage furniture … and the menu includes seasonal and local products; well done: tapas with regional flavors. As for the rooftop, it extends over 1250 m2 offering a 360 ° view over the city and the Mediterranean. We can brunch there, enjoy cocktails and tapas, dance by the Mediterranean. The right plan? playing foosball, pinball or various gaming that Laurent de Gourcuff, head of the Refectoire has put everywhere, not to mention the bowling set on a terrace extending thorugh the restaurant. A. F.-M.
On the Castle Road, near Bordeaux and leaning against the Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac grand cru, this confidential chartreuse from the seventeenth century just renovated 7 rooms of 32 m 2. Articulated around the garden, on the 1st floor, their decoration provides a comfortable atmosphere with modern and clean lines, with noble materials: linen, leather, wood, marble stone and blond. In the salons we like contemporary art works by recognized artists – Pierre Alechinsky, Emilio Perez, Gérard Titus-Carmel, TAN Swie Hian or even Antoni Tapies … At the restaurant, the talented and friendly chef Jean-Luc Rocha, Meilleur Ouvrier of France and two stars, sublimes southwestern products and provides the unique dialogue between tasty contemporary cuisine and wines of Bordeaux. One can laze around the pool after visiting surrounding castles, a tasting course, a stroll in the village or a ride i electric bicycle in the vineyards … A. F.-M.
The Cunard company, which celebrated its 175 years in 2015, is celebrating 2016 with a major renovation of the Queen Mary 2, its flagship. Designed as a true transatlantic liner, tapered and majestic, it can navigate the seas in all weathers. The new facilities were inaugurated on June 2st1 after a dry docking of 25 days. This major renovation focuses on indoor public spaces, the creation of new places, particularly in catering, and in thirty new cabins, spacious enjoying a wide balcony. Art and culture live together on this ship with the Planetarium, the bookstore and the largest library on the sea. Gastronomy has an important role, with a choice of refined menus and many options for gourmet meetings. In the tradition of great liners of yesteryear, every stateroom categorie is a restaurant overlooking the sea. Since its inception, Cunard has always been at the forefront of innovation : from the launch of a regular transatlantic line between Europe and America to the first light bulbs or bathrooms looking like floating palaces that were Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. A. F.-M.
It’s time to register for the rally to be held from October 4th to 8th between Saint-Tropez and Biarritz. Concocted by Cyril Neveu, this first edition of a rally between east and west, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean, offers 1,200 km to discover beautiful regions. Open to classic cars (cars produced until 1985), this rally is divided into 4 stage and about 300 km a day … Only 40 teams will have the privilege to participate in this event that will take competitors from Provence to the Basque Country through Arles, Andorra, Pau … competitors will taste every evening a well deserved rest in prestigious institutions like the castle of the Messardière in Saint-Tropez, the Jules Cesar in Arles, the hotel du Plais in Biarritz … Last good point: all the logistics: car and luggage transportation, mechanical assistance … are supported by the rally. A. F.-M.
Built in 1946, it has long been considered the most luxurious hotel in Bogota. Casa Medina is the work of artist and architect Santiago Medina Mejia, born in Medellin and raised in Paris in the early twentieth century. In 1984, Casa Medina becomes architectural heritage and in 1988 the building was restored and converted into a hotel. Came in the lap of the Four Seasons Hotel group in the summer of 2015, Casa Medina Bogota has become the place to be in Bogota. It has some wonders saved from the demolition of the convents of Saint Augustine and Saint Domingue, such as stone columns and wooden doors carved by hand. This stately building offers 62 rooms and suites, a Spanish restaurant and a tapas bar with a terrace. As for the spa we can enjoy personalized cares. A. F.-M.
Sixth Disney resort in the world and first in China, the Shanghai Disney has just opened its doors in the new town of Chuansha, near the Chinese megalopolis. Started in 2011, the pharaonic works just ended. This is one of the largest foreign investment projects in China and the largest investment of Disney outside the United States. It contains everything that made the success of other “worlds” dedicated to Mickey and friends: the enchanted castle, rollercoaster of all kinds, the enchanted world of toys …. All divided into six theme parks and water attractions. There is even the Lion King played in Mandarin in a theater of 1,200 seats. A. F.-M.
Located on the northwest coast of Morocco, in the Bay of Tamouda, the Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay resort, offers spectacular views of the sea and the mountains of the large Rif. The city of Tetouan is only 20 minutes away and the lively Tangier only an hour away. It offers a series of 92 villas ranging in size from 203 m2 to 421 m2. The architecture is a mix of Andalusian-Moorish heritage and Moroccan heritage, with a bit severe exteriors an richly crafted interiors. In the villas, each with its own pool, it will be possible to enjoy spa rituals. The hotel offers three restaurants: the Tingitana that displays a Mediterranean-influenced fusion menu, Saffron to enjoy Thai cuisine in a contemporary setting, the Azura Beach Club with grilled fish and seafood, served near the water. Finally at Volubilis bar, whiskey and Brandy lovers can enjoy the selection of this chic lounge bar. Nearby Cabo Negro golf course, Royal Golf Club and Royal Golf Club Tangier available to small white ball enthusiasts. A. F.-M.
The company that is booming is opening from Nice and Toulon crossings to Porto Vecchio and Sardinia on a revamped ship: Mega Andrea, twelfth ship of the Corsica Ferries fleet. 171 meters long and 28 meters wide, this large capacity vessel was completely renovated and can accommodate 2,000 passengers and 550 vehicles. On the side of on-board services: catering concepts were redesigned and new spaces were created (spa, lounge area and children). Offering high quality services, the Mega Andrea offers its passengers an experience similar to that of ships cruises, mixing comfort and safety. Good news ! Corsica Ferries will extend the Nice line – Porto Vecchio during the off season, with 2 rotations per week, which will be added to the one provided from Toulon. A. F.-M.
Stretching along the 2 km white sandy beach of Poste de Flacq, in the heart of a 15-hectare park planted with tropical species, the Constance Belle Mare Plage is closed from 1 June to 15 July. Indeed, the first property, the group’s birthplace, Constance Hotels and Resorts, created 40 years ago, offers significant renovations. Result: we will celebrate the opening of a new beach bar, an extraordinary wine cellar of over 1300 references, a gourmet and modernized restaurant as the reorganization of the practice of the famous golf course “Legend Golf Courses “. The hotel has 104 rooms, 149 junior suites, 6 luxury suites, 18 villas with swimming pool and a sumptuous presidential villa. For meals, guests can choose from 7 restaurants! Not to forget a spa, a kids and a fitness club… A. F.-M.
Member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, this sublime property of Oetker Collection opens the doors of its magnificent cellar with exposed rocks, for unique moments of sharing and discovery under the leadership of Gerald Tournier, head sommelier and catering manager of the establishment . He animates tastings with the chef, Jean-Luc Lefrançois, who develops food and wine mixes for the delight of lovers of gastronomy. Next dates: Friday, June 24 to discover Domaine Les Aurelles Languedoc, Friday, July 22 Castello di Ama in Tuscany, Friday, September 9 Champagne Veuve Clicquot … The opportunity to enjoy some relaxing days in this stylish venue in the heart of a fourteen-hectare park, which has 39 junior suites and 6 private villas and two restaurants not to mention a 500 m 2 spa bearing the colors of the prestigious Sisley house. A. F.-M.
In Rochefort-sur-Mer on the edge of the Charente and a few miles away from the ocean and Fort Boyard, this 4-star houses 50 rooms and suites. It is the ideal starting point for a stay under the sign of gastronomy and cultural tourism. We find indeed close to the Corderie Royale its history, the Maritime Museum, the Naval Medical Museum and its high places wanted by Louis XIV and produced by Colbert. At the restaurant, where the large window offers a beautiful glimpse of the Charente, and on sunny days a terrace in the heart of the inner garden, we can savor the inventive cuisine of the chef. He highlights the best products of the region: foie gras with Pineau des Charentes, salt crusted sea bass or strewn swamp and all kinds of seafood A. F.-M.
The first resort of the brand in Europe has just been opened on the largest Balearic Island. Located on the northeast coast, still very wild, this new facility is overlooking the picturesque valley of Canyamel. It was designed as a traditional Mallorcan village, built around a village square, on hillsides. The hotel offers 142 rooms and 16 suites with elegant design that has small Majorcan authentic style tunes. Covering an area from 50 m2 to 150 m2, they were designed with terraces with stunning views over the green valley of Canyamel or the Mediterranean sea. Four restaurants : of local, Catalan cuisine, tapas bar, bistro and an Asian restaurant, meet the exigeances of gourmets through their varied dining experience. All installed around the “village square”, they surround the Plaza de la Torre, in the heart of the resort. A large terrace of three pools, two are heated and a special one for children, a Serenitas spa with seven treatment rooms, including two duo ones, each with its own terrace, a fitness center open 24/24 hours, four superb golf courses and a nearby 18-hole complete the offer of this top-flight resort. A. F.-M.
Tumi, the brand that creates since 1975, travel essentials and accessories launched today its new Tegra-Lite X Frame that combines functionality and ingenuity. Always at the forefront of technology, we appreciate the new locking system X-Frame in this new range of Tegris suitcase. Triggered by a closing 3 points, no zip, this system allows easy opening and offers a foolproof safety device. Another benefit of the new Tegra-Lite Frame bag is that it is waterproof. The focus on the details values the enhanced appearance of the bag, accented by colorful multilayer Tegris and cutting of this model.
Ideally located in the lively area of Sablon, among antique shops and art galleries, this boutique hotel rated 4 stars opened on March 21st, 2016. This is the latest of the 9 Hotel Collection , true to contemporary and timeless design. From the lobby, the visitor is immersed in a place of modern and stylish living in purified spaces with colorful, custom, or mottled furnishings. The works arranged here and there animate this large bright room. A co-working space and a business corner are offered to guests with a nice table and breakfast in open space and free high-speed and unlimited WIFI. As for the 34 rooms, all different, their decor reveals that the same state of mind in the lobby: the colorful and mismatched furniture was mottled or made to measure. They are stitched with beige buttons and strong colors. The headboards are painted in a matte beige, and a red carpet, a black or bright purple. The bedside tables are mismatched and design, like the lamps. In the basement, there is the breakfast room and a wellness area with a sauna and a pool with hot tub, in black stone and wood. To discover urgently! A.F.-M.
Agatha Christie declared that travel by train, was “seeing life.” Frequent travelers have always liked the trains that used to (re) discover a country and propose a mode of travel that could be described as “slow travel” very in tune with the times! Train is a fabulous way to discover and contemplate distant lands, unknown and difficult to access. The trains we’re talking about offer comfort, cuisine and service that have nothing to envy those palaces. Kuoni has selected 39 rare trips, lasting an average of 10 nights, through fabulous destinations: South Africa, Australia, China, Scotland, Spain, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Russia, Tanzania, Thailand … then whisked away to discover the “Seven Stars in Kyushu” in Japan, one of the most exclusive trains in the world with only 14 cabins. From restaurant to suites, through the lounge, everything exudes refinement and serenity. Not to mention the legendary Trans-Siberian who turns 100 this year. “The Gold of the Tsars aboard the Trans-Siberian,” traveling from one capital to another, from Moscow to Beijing, in order to discover the infinite landscapes of Russia, Mongolia and China. A. F.-M
Member of Châteaux & Hôtels Collection, this large area has the distinction of being perched 400 meters above sea level in the crater of the only volcano in Provence. Dating back to 1576, it is both a renowned winery and a hotel, the proven charm. Close to Rognes, a few kilometers from Aix, it produces red and white wines produced traditionally. Villa Baulieu has 11 rooms and suites, all different with a refined decor evoking different eras: Louis XIV furniture, eighteenth and Napoleon III … They all bear the name of characters relating the history of the castle. Time passes peacefully at the Villa Baulieu between walks in the park or mountain biking, tennis, or lazing by the pool and wine tasting of the property with the winemaker of the house. A. F.-M