We rediscover the beautiful Hotel de la Pinède in Saint-Tropez, the only one with a beach! In Pyla the opening of Ha (a) Itza designed by Philippe Starck is eagerly awaited, in Rome the sublime Hotel of Russia welcomes new suites and in Arcachon les Bains d’Arguin are celebrating some major news … 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 ?
Only 36 rooms and suites for the Residence de la Pinède, member of the Leading Hotels of the World: a haven of tranquility, away from the local frenzy. The only hotel in the French Riviera to benefit from its own beach, it was born in 1936 on the beach of Bouillabaisse. At the time, Saint-Tropez is a place of confidential vacation for a few authenticity and tranquility lovers. In the fifties, the Paris Rive Gauche invests the peninsula. Sagan takes his habits in the tower, a former oil mill transformed into a suite. The hotel also serves as a life-size setting to one of the most popular sagas of French cinema with the famous hero, the “gendarme de Saint-Tropez”. The Residence of the Pinède has two restaurants and a bar: the gourmet restaurant La Vague d’Or and La Terrasse for lunch by the sea. On the private beach, an attentive staff meets the refreshments and snacks desires as well as advises you on water activities. As for the swimming pool, it is always set on 30 degrees … What more? A. F.-M.
The Hotel of Russia in Rome from Rocco Forte Hotels group, is a luxury five star in the heart of the city, close to the main attractions: Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, couture houses and the via Condotti. Recently the two suites Popolo and Picasso, the two most beautiful of the hotel have been refurbished by Olga Polizzi, Artistic Director of Rocco Forte Hotels, in a “private apartments” style and decorated with original works of art as well as antique furniture. Located on the top floor, the Suite Popolo: 100 square meters with a private terrace of 45 square meters offers views of the iconic Piazza del Popolo.
Named after the famous painter who stayed at the hotel in 1917, the Picasso Suite: 80 square meters with a private terrace of 25 square meters, is proud of its stunning views of the beautiful garden of the hotel. Its refined design adopts a style reminiscent of Picasso, with prints, paintings and cushions. Guests staying in the new suites, enjoy certain privileges: private shopping sessions, cultural visits, wine tastings, running routes with a personal coach … A. F.-M.
The Hotel Haïtza ( “the rock” in Basque) was created in 1930. It has seen all the beautiful people during the interwar period: from Jeanne Lanvin to Charles Trenet, Yves Montand … and later all fans of the basin have stayed there. Closed in 2001, it is reopening in June thanks to William and Sophie Techouyeres, who called their accomplice, the inevitable Philippe Starck. The trio managed to give this hotel a great plume, by affixing the so-special designer signature. They added to it an “a”: Ha (a) Itza! From the outside, there are the beloved codes by Starck : checkered cement floor tiles, stained glass frieze above the windows … The lobby has an art gallery style with glass consoles containing baroque objects : divers helmets, sailing model boats … and clothing, accessories, design objects selected by Sophie Techouyeres Ha(a)ïtza has 37 rooms including 5 suites and 2 junior suites. Not to mention a rooftop apartment of 120 m 2, built around a living room benefiting from two terraces with incredible views of the Bay. As for the table, in addition to the Haïtza café, opened last year, with its room in light wood decor, old photos on the wall, the floor bricks and cement tiles, we can now add a top flight restaurant, just opened in the evening. We can find Stéphane Carrrade, the two-star chef at Ruffet, former Grand Hotel de Bordeaux … To conclude, we love the pool and the spa signed by REN with 4 treatment rooms. A. F.-M.
Between dune and ocean in the middle of the pine forest, les Bains d’Arguin, a 4 star opened in April 2015 is an oasis of calm. Located in the heart of the pine forest and 100 meters from the beautiful Pereire beach, this four-star member of the Thalazur group is a quiet haven. This winter, it continued his overhaul: 15 rooms and 15 suites have been built. The decor highlights the wood and taupe colors. ! The top? The exceptional suite of 60m2 which has a 80m2 terrace with a private jacuzzi. Chef Frédéric Monceyron, former at Château Lagrange and former at Anne-Sophie Pic, wants to be a “catalyst of ideas, provoking wishes”. The tone is set! He sustains his guests with experiences through surprising signature cuisine, both on the flavors and textures side. His motto: make every meal an exceptional moment, suspending time and taking us elsewhere. At the bar called the Sterne in honor of a migratory bird, the caugek Sterne, a protected species nesting at the Banc d’Arguin, the atmosphere is decidedly design with low tables, chairs and carpet for a 70s look ! Also new: the covered pool of the thalassotherapy center, another pool for aerobics and aqua bike and a new outdoor pool. A. F.-M.
At Gosier we have been admiring for a few months the new rooms with superb sea views of La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa. This property of the group Des Hôtels et Des Ìles is located in the heart of a tropical garden with palm trees, hibiscus and bougainvillea, along a white sand beach. The new rooms with simple and clean design are dressed in white with bright furniture, some turquoise touch for accessories and lighting in natural tone. They offer a unique view of the beach from the hotel. The bathrooms have also been completely redone and have a functional design. 9 rooms on the garden level have a private terrace to enjoy a moment of relaxation facing the sea. Finally on the restoration side, we sit down at the new terrace between sea and swimming pool to enjoy a breakfast or outdoor dinner at the restaurant “La route des épices”. This enlarged terrace is equipped with new furniture, colorful lighting and sofas in the beach. A.F.-M.
The very dynamic managers of Sources de Caudalie in Martillac have resolutely more than one asset in their game! Jérôme and Alice Tourbier indeed just inaugurated a sublime “cabin” feet in the water at the Canon not far from the village of Cap Ferret. The decor that we owe to Alice emphasizes a spirit resolutely “ferret-capien” translate by beautiful natural and raw materials, elegant colors … Covering an area of about 450 m2, on 3 levels on the garden side, and two on the Basin side, the villa has 6 double bedrooms, 4 with a sea view, and 2 dormitory children bedrooms, it hosts up to 15 people. There is also a landscaped garden of 1500 m2 and a huge terrace overlooking the beach. As for the large lounge: 100 m2, it is equipped with a fireplace for winter evenings. Bikes, sail boards, a stand-up paddle and an inflatable kayak are also made available to the happy guests of this exceptional place. Not to mention hotel service that provides household, services and, of course in the bathrooms welcome products signed by Caudalie! A.F.-M.
Member of Châteaux & Hôtels Collection, this is not a new kid! It is indeed celebrating its 230th anniversary soon and therefore just offered itself a facelift which lasted one year. Barely crossed the threshold we remain in front of the magnificent marble staircase of the nineteenth century, illuminated by a skylight. The 17 rooms and suites offer a unique and refined style with antique furniture, walls covered in soft colors, paintings and large mirrors … At the restaurant Le Petit Henri, the chef Olivier Bouzon highlights Provencal cuisine that follow seasons and when the beautiful weather arrives we sit down on the large terrace where stands a very Provençal fountain. The tearoom bar takes a jazzy atmosphere in the evening, you can sample a nice selection of champagne and cocktails. A.F.-M.
At the heart of a beautiful vineyard, the castle saint pierre de Serjac just opened after two years of renovations, 8 hotel rooms and 36 private homes and lofts installed in outbuildings. A new concept that wants to “propel luxury hotels in another dimension.” Two men behind the project Karl O’Hanlon, Irish lover of this region and Laurent Bonfils, from a family of winemakers, he wants to share his passion for wine. Rooms are large: the smallest measuring 30 m2 and furnished with an eclectic taste: the Empire style rubs Louis XVI style, the whole with Art Nouveau touches for a glamorous result. As for houses and lofts, their size varies from 80 to 220 m2, ideal to accommodate families. At the restaurant, two chefs play a partition with Mediterranean accents which is also inspired by their travels, Italy sun, catalognes coasts … Among the advantages of this timeless place, we include a super Cinq Mondes spa, whose expertise is known to all, hidden in the heart of an aromatic garden with 4 treatment rooms, an indoor heated pool with water-massage jets. A.F.-M.
Ideally located at the entrance of the village of Saint-Tropez, the Kube Hotel St. Tropez, is the first design hotel in the Gulf. Big news this summer: it is expanding and acquiring a new atmosphere, more intimate, the Klub. With 7 villas in Mediterranean colors, all boasting a balcony or terrace spreading around a new pool, it’s offering the Kube a new life: 27 additional rooms, a hefty villa, a second restaurant, a new bar. Starting this summer, the Parisian restaurant 1K is settling at the Klub and the chef, trained by Julien Burbaud at the 1K of Paris, offers to its guests the cuisine of the Andes, one of the healthiest in the world and decidedly very “trendy ” at the moment ! This fusion cuisine goes perfectly with the southern atmosphere of the Kube Hotel St. Tropez. A therapy area stamped by Carita over 300 m2 completes the offer of this place nestled in a park. A.F.-M.
From the 4th to 15th of September 2016, come aboard for an extraordinary cruise : Deutsche Grammophon, the oldest classical music publisher in the world associates with Rivages du Monde to bring along 500 enthusiasts to meet the masterpieces of Italian music from Genoa to Venise. This trip will be punctuated by three big concerts in exceptional locations: the theater of Taormina and in Ravenna in the famous basilica Sant’Appolinare and finally at the Fenice in Venice, nothing less! On board, every evening a concert is organized and lectures are taught by music specialists. The occasion also, during these 10 days, to (re) discover the high places of Italy and Sicily: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Lipari, Messina, Brindisi, Ravenna …: a full tour of the famous boot! A.F.-M.
On the southwest of the dream archipelago of Zanzibar, nestled amidst 32 hectares of tropical gardens, along a postcard beach, The Residence is the promise of a stay in paradise! Composed of 66 luxurious villas this five star wants to be in harmony with the environment and culture of the island, being there a sustainable development champion. With its crystal clear and fishy water , The Residence is a destination for diving fans, the hotel has its own jetty and a speed boat Miss Residence that takes divers (but qualified) to discover the Menai Bay sea bed. In Kizimkaki one of the most beautiful dive sites, divers can discover amid the coral gardens a fauna ranging from sting rays to crocodile fish … A.F.-M.
For a family weekend, escape between Senlis and Compiègne à Verberie, to settle in this beautiful house of the nineteenth century completely renovated: the Clos des Tilleuls. At the heart of a park: lime, pine and weeping willows on the banks of the Oise, is a haven of peace. Perfectly suited for large families or tribes of friends, the Clos des Tilleuls offers a family room on the ground floor, a mezzanine dorm with three vintage beds for children and a second adjoining room. Secure, fully equipped, the building has thought of everything and especially for parents: cot, cot, baby bath, bottle warmer, changing mat, high chairs, bed rails! There is even a trampoline for children. The decor, we like the brick walls decorated with old pubs in enameled plates, fifties and sixties revisited furniture and objects from the pop culture … Finally, note that La Mer de Sable, a theme park in the forest of Ermenonville, with more than 30 attractions, is close by … AF-M.
Built in 1914 on the model of the famous luxury hotels: Carlton, Negresco, it has received the entire planet! It was five years ago, Prince Nicolas of Greece, second son of Constantine the last king has celebrated his marriage to Tatiana Blatnik bringing together the European elite! On the island of Septses a paradise, without a car and without extravagant building, the hotel stands overlooking the Aegean Sea, on which we see in the distance the island of Hydra. Completely renovated a few years ago the Poseidonion kept its magnificent staircase and the beautiful floors multicolored cement tiles. It now offers 45 rooms and 7 suites plus a Royal Suite at the top of the main building. The rooms feature an understated elegance: wooden floors, white walls, curtains, discarded heads and almond green or gray bed. Our favorites: the 203 a corner room where the bathroom is equipped with a window and the 106 with its balcony on the water, framed flags. Meals are served on the large terrace facing the sea feast of local flavors is to:. Fish and fruits and vegetables from the organic farm of the hotel on the heights of the island. A.F.-M.
Beautifully located in the Holborn, where the city meets the Westend, 5 minutes walk from Covent Garden and Oxford Street, the Rosewood is a London hotel as we like it. Nothing has been forgotten to transform this elegant Edwardian building, housing an insurance company, in a 5-star of 262 rooms and 44 suites. But no question of altering the set: the wrought iron gate, the courtyard, the glass dome and marble grand staircase have been preserved. The originality of the designer, Tony Chi, can be noticed from the lobby: the space is partitioned by huge fully transparent windows from the floor to ceiling , like the curiosity cabinets containing many objects both precious that miscellaneous. The Rosewood is also a great place to feast. At Holborn dining room, opening onto the street, the atmosphere is very “brewery”. A more sophisticated atmosphere at the Mirror Room, where one remains amazed by walls covered with beveled mirrors, a Tony Chi’s signature. Each afternoon, the traditional English Tea is served. A.F.-M.
This 4 star hotel in the lap of the Barrière Group since 1991, has a long history: Dean of the Croisette hotels it was born in 1860 in the midst of a field of vines and fig trees! Obviously since then things have changed! Today, it is one of the most modern hotels of Cannes : it was given a major renovation last year and houses 200 rooms and suites that are dressed in shades of beige, from cream chocolate, white to sand on which tranche wenge furniture. We love the bathrooms that feature a design with transparency, the glass separating the room becomes opaque with a single tap! The Gray d’Albion has two restaurants: the living room 4 seasons and 38 The restaurant and also the Jane’s Bar for a quick recovery. Finally, we love the private beach, recognizable by the planted white giraffe that sits there, one seat and tuck it in the restaurant that displays flavors from the south. A.F.-M.
In the heart of the city and 2 minutes walk from the Palais des Festivals, the Five Seas, a five-star, opened 5 years ago, plays a discrete card. 45 rooms, half of which are suites (from 30 to 125 m2) for this boutique hotel under the theme of stationary journey. The decor is signed by Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet. They have accumulated winks to distant horizons as seen from the lobby punctuated by many parts mottled around the world. In the rooms and suites, closets have a trunk style with their leather handles, beds are dominated by white canopies and a Moroccan-inspired table slides to unveil the TV … The suite, Top of Five, on the last floor of the hotel, has a breathtaking view of the harbor and the old Cannes. On the terrace-roof the SeaSens restaurant offers a lounge bar and a gourmet restaurant. Besides, the long pool is the ideal spot for a moment of relaxation just like the spa stamped by Cinq Mondes and Carita that offers rejuvenating massages! A.F.-M.