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.
To end this March PLUME VOYAGE invites you to attend a wellness and detox session at the Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, to enjoy sleep in comfort aboard Etihad, to combine swimming and brunch at the Shangri-La Paris or discover the new boutique Les Fées Mélanc(h)olia, dedicated to vintage clothing from the 1950s to 1970s. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
The Royal Monceau Raffles Paris has brought together well-being and pleasure with its “My Royal Detox” program. Everything starts with a “royal” breakfast at the hotel’s starred restaurant La Cuisine. Here, guests can discover an array of alternative milks (soy, almond, coconut…), a selection of gluten-free breads and cakes and a collection of three new Royal Booster smoothies made from Chia seeds, fresh fruits and spices. At lunch, the Bar Long offers the salad My Blend by Dr Olivier Courtin-Clarins, created in collaboration with Chef Laurent André. Then head to the My Blend by Clarins spa with two proposed programs to choose from: Pilates and a wrap or yoga and a wrap, with unlimited access to the pool, sauna and hammam.
The Shangri-La Paris launches an exclusive formula for those who are searching for a bubble of warmth and security in the heart of Paris. Available on Saturday mornings until the 31st of May for a moment of relaxation and fun in a warm and refined atmosphere, “Swim & Brunch” begins with a moment in the beautiful swimming pool bathed in natural light before enjoying the fitness center or a relax in the hammam. Then, all that remains is to take settle in under the glass dome of La Bauhinia restaurant to enjoy the hotel’s signature brunch. Combining French and Asian flavors, a truly gastronomic occasion awaits the lucky guests.
Sylvie Aubry, the favorite florist of the Meurice and the Crillon (until its recent closure) and founder of the Fées d’herbe, the boutiques Les Fées in the Marais and Le Bazar des Fées in Mortagne-au-Perche has recently transformed Les Fées into Melanc(h)olia , a shop dedicated to objects, lighting and vintage furniture from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Passionate about objects and furniture from this period, the store showcases the findings and coups de coeur of the young woman. European designers and major Scandinavian brands can be found here in a setting that befits their standard. In a nod to the past of the Fées, there is also a wide selection of pottery from other workshops and dishes for which Sylvie Aubry has always had a particular passion.
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A key element of comfort, the sleep quality of passengers is a subject of attention for Etihad Airways, the airline of the United Arab Emirates. In collaboration with a group of sleep experts from the U.S. Department of Psychiatry and Neurology in Abu Dhabi, Etihad has found ways to improve in-flight sleep, thanks to the introduction of luxury bedding. Completely natural, it is available in Diamond First class which also offers fine cotton pajamas, a pillow spray, oil for stress points and a selection of 22 bergamot toilet items by New York brand Le Labo. And for optimal comfort, Etihad offers hearing protection headsets in all three classes.
In order to enhance the experience of its travelers, iDTGV has improved and expanded the range of content on its DigiTab, the tablet offered on board. More movies, more games and more series are now available in partnership with Warner Bros. and Magma Mobile. Two new films are to be added every two weeks, replacing the least watched. And the games selection has been fully stocked and will be regularly renewed with up to fifteen games per quarter.
Icelandic airline now connects Paris CDG to Edmonton, the capital of Alberta on Canada’s west coast. With up to five flights per week, Icelandair is also reinforcing its service to Canada by adding Halifax and Toronto to its roster flying from Iceland and Vancouver from May 13 onwards. With an almost immediate connection in Reykjavik, the flight time between Paris CDG and Edmonton is on average only 11 hours. The flights are operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
To combine luxury accommodation and artistic happening – this is the ambition of Villa No. 174. This new anti-conformist boutique hotel just opened on the hills of Santa Teresa, the bohemian neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Set in an old mansion in the heart of a tropical garden, the four studios each designed with an unclassifiable aesthetic are the fruit of the imagination of co-founder and Serbian fashion entrepreneur Srdjan Prodanovic. On the walls, the imposing contemporary tableaus of Bosnian artist Radmila Djapic Jovandic are the running theme of this constantly evolving hotel.
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The brand’s second address in the Chinese metropolis, the Pullman Shanghai South Hotel is also its fifteenth in the nation. Located south of the city in one of its most vibrant neighborhoods, the hotel has 338 ultra contemporary rooms and suites with an added local influence due to this exquisite fabrics used. The clear and soothing tones of each room allow each guest to immerse themselves in a timeless, alluring ambience. The Pullman Shanghai South also boasts a spa and a heated indoor pool.
The Belmond Group is taking part in a major fundraiser for the preservation of wild tigers, to raise awareness and eliminate the threat of extinction. On this occasion, the Eastern & Oriental Express is offering a trip designed to benefit this initiative that will leave Singapore in October and finish in Bangkok. For each ticket purchased, 30% will be donated to the Save Wild Tigers charity.
To mark the launch of its new C-Class sedan and its compact SUV GLA, Mercedes-Benz is setting up a temporary spot in the heart of the capital, and entrusting its restaurant to Jean-François Piège. After discovering the new models from the German car manufacturer, visitors can enjoy the creations devised specially for this occasion by Chef Piège. Set in a contemporary restaurant with forty seats, Jean-François Piège will be welcoming guests over a period of a few days, from March 24 to April 5.
The Nahm, run by Chef David Thompson, was voted number one in the list of the fifty best Asian restaurants by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. Located on the ground floor of the Metropolitan by Como in Bangkok, the restaurant has taken over Narisawa of Tokyo and Gaggan of Bangkok. As influenced by the street food of the Thai capital as by the books of centuries old recipes, David Thompson reinvents traditional Thai cuisine with flair.
The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser, is one of the most spacious and luxurious floating accommodations on the Nile. With twenty-five deluxe cabins and two suites with large bay windows, a theater, a library, a swimming pool and a gourmet restaurant, the ship is an ideal haven of luxury to fully discover the famous mythical river from Aswan to Luxor. The Oberoi Zahra is the only cruise boat on the Nile to offer a full spa service. For comfort, the ship has a private mooring service and each guest has, at their disposal, a small private boat with a driver and guide for individual excursions.
After twenty months of construction work, the third largest hotel in Switzerland has recently completed a full refurbishment. The Crowne Plaza Geneva appealed to the talents of architect Alain Carlier for the construction of two additional floors, and to Taiwanese designer Celia Chu for interior decoration. The new rooms on the 7th and 8th floors, with their steel and glass structure, are bathed in light and some suites are designed in a loft style that compartmentalizes the traditional spaces. For decoration, Celia Chu has created a soothing atmosphere, both modern and cozy, that reflects the surrounding environment.
Air France, in partnership with Bangkok Airways, is now serving Rangoon from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Six flights per week, made by a Boeing 777-300, enable travelers to reach the capital of Myanmar continuing on from Bangkok. With an optimized lay-over time in Bangkok-Suvamabhumi airport between two flights going in both directions, the “Pearl of Asia” has never been so accessible. From the Kandawgyi Lake to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon is finally revealing its many marvels to the world.
The Peninsula Hong Kong is offering a dream-like stay in one of their grand suites. With the “Love in Hong Kong” stay, guests can enjoy a beautifully designed suite overlooking the hotel’s new yacht marina. Transfers in a Rolls-Royce, a helicopter ride to discover Hong Kong’s stunning skyline, a private tour in the hotel’s chocolate kitchen, and an exclusive VIP shopping experience at the Peninsula Arcade…what a unique experience.
The prestigious skin care brand Crème de la Mer is now available at the spa at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. This beautiful range completes the precious and intimate luxury spa, where mahogany and stone of Paris are subtly mixed into a modern architecture devoted to the relaxation of body and mind. The quality of the cosmetic products of the brand who is a pioneer in the use of natural algae, combined with the friendly and personalized service offered by the palace, makes a visit to the spa a wholly restorative break.