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November 2014

Travel News

Every week, the PLUME VOYAGE Travel News Flash team keeps you up to date with all the luxury resorts, charming hotels and the world of modern travel. To end this November, PLUME VOYAGE takes you to Paris, Dubai and Geneva. Four Seasons moved to Dubai, while Evok, a new independent French hotel group, announced the opening of two Paris hotels and a restaurant in 2016 … As for the Reserve, its puts on its winter attire while the George V unveils its new menu from chef Christian Le Squer. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?

  • Work in progress.

    Whilst palaces have all found their place, these are the little bundles of charm that continue to develop the Parisian hotel scene. In the ‘Ones to Watch’ series, the brand new EVOK group announces the openings of three hotels by the end of 2016. And each designer has their district: the formidable Jean-Louis Deniau in the 1st arrondissement, for example, and Philippe Stark in the 16th, who shall rejuvenate the enormous post-office structure on the rue de la pome. Breathtaking? It is far more than that…500m2 worth of rooftop gardens, a henhouse, the largest pool in Paris and a kid’s club open to all residents in the area, and a local table with the choice of matured meats, accompanied by vegetables cultivated from just above. What’s next? New York, London…any and every capital.

  • A new king in the realm at George V

    One month after his arrival at the George V, Christian Le Squer can pride himself on having successfully and naturally imposed his sense of style. Just like at Ledoyen, which he meticulously managed for 12 years (boasting 3 stars over twelve consecutive years), his kitchen can do no wrong. And it does not just demonstrate a precise gesture of high-flying cuisine…no no: it warms hearts, of all those who are concentrate first and foremost upon exercising style. The spitting image of the chef, the kitchen is equally cheerful and welcoming. With glimpses of childhood favourites (spaghetti with ham and Alba truffles!) and sincere generosity. Here, we do things differently. Here, it is all about the surprises. And then, there is the “intermission”, which is full of (great) surprises. Finally, expect only conviviality in this magical setting, a sense of warmth that is so often missing in kitchens of this level. And this is exactly what it wishes to maintain. All this makes us want to come back before you can say ‘I’ve already been’.

  • The Four Seasons sets up in Dubai.

    Legendary for its service, this timeless chain of luxury hotels now has a foothold in Jumeirah Beach. On the delightful menu: a Hispanic-Mediterranean style resort covering 5.6 hectares, personalised beds, marble floors, eleven imperial suites, three pools, a rooftop bar for surveying a view of the Burj Khalifa tower, five restaurants and the Provocateur Nightclub (originally from New-York), which plays host to the some of the biggest DJs. But the top spot has to be the Pearl Spa, which is worth a visit alone! Every avant-garde therapy is on offer, notably the Swiss concept Doctor Burgerner treatments…

  • Winter Palace.

    From 22nd November, the Réserve de la Genève moves into the winter spirit with its 3rd edition of Lodge d’Hiver. Above the outdoor swimming pool, 150 square metres of ice emerge to create a skating rink (you can even have lessons) and in the outdoor salons (where you can try tapas, sushi and grilled fish all summer long) a chalet atmosphere rules, accentuated by animal hides…what about on Sunday? Brunch takes pride of place in a heated tent, with a view of the lake. Until 8th February.

  • Here, there and everywhere…

    To complete a year of birthday celebrations – 80 years in the sky – Air France puts together a collection of the best stories published initially in the Air France Magazine every month. Tales of inspired passengers, including more or less famous faces – Marie Nimier, Joy Sorman, Marie Modiano, Daniel Picouly, David Foenkinos and you and me, of course…- take us from Notre-Dame to Alabama, from Miller’s Greece to the coffee regions of South America.
    Ici et là, ou bien ailleurs at Gallimard, €17.

  • Here comes the weekend!

    Never one to be stingy with his time, Megève’s 3-star chef – Emmanuel Renaut – has decided this year to share an extraordinary experience with his guests: to awake at sunrise and set off into the mountains to see the chamoix. A chance to follow, along hiking paths only known to insiders, to observe these wild animals in their natural habitat…before returning home to lounge in the pool or the open-air jacuzzi and sit down for a game-inspired supper. Two days to escape before the grand slam of parties.
    Until December! €1300 per night with breakfast, including the hike, two massages at the spa and dinner for two at the gastronomic restaurant.

  • Major Trend: ayurvedic travel.

    For some time, these new age remedies have been flourishing…From Asia to the South of France! For those who love to travel and immerse themselves in a completely consacrated environment, Plume Voyage shares this in situ coup de coeur with you: the wellness and rejuvenating treatment of the Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort in the middle of Kerala. South of Kovalam, at the heart of a coconut plantation and overlooking the spectacular Chowara beach, this backdrop has recently been recognised by the region as the top ayurvedic centre in Kerala, equipped with 10 doctors and 60 therapists. In such an enchanting setting and amongst traditional bungalows constructed with the environment in mind, let nature do the rest…
    Holiday from 9 days/7 nights with flights and transfers : starting from 1295 €/person with Amplitudes.

  • Let’s go to England by boat!

    As we all know, when travelling from London to Paris, the channel tunnel is unbeatable with its linking the capitals in just two and a half hours…But for those non-Parisians who wish to land in England by boat, by means of a mini-cruise, there is the ferry.Brittany Ferries, as the name may not suggest, is a French (or rather Breton!) ferry company that has nine boats at its disposal, operating ten maritime routes. When heading for England, you can embark at le Havre, Ouistreham or Saint-Malo to arrive at Portsmouth for fast ferries (3 hours 45 minutes) or longer overnight voyages (9 hours) during which you can make the most of the sleeper cabins. From Portsmouth, London is no more than two hours away. Another mode of travelling to the United Kingdom that does not lack in charm…

  • French special: from the farm to the plate.

    Camille de Boissieu and Arnaud Billon are on their way to fulfilling their ‘Parisian’ dream; that is, to offer a seamless link from the farm and the plate and especially top-quality meat, sourced from a biological or sustainable cultivated. Establishing themselves in le Perche – making the family home their own – , who share this same positive and respectful philosophy (towards both creatures/animals and men). And what about us? We can make the most of a ‘couture’ meat delivery in Paris and the Paris region every Wednesday.

  • Behind the scenes of English luxury.

    The famous Connaught makes an impact, offering visitors a fantastic insight scheduled every last Thursday of the month in partnership with historic guide agency Fox and Squirrel. Guests of the classiest hotels in Mayfair will be granted backstage passes of the biggest luxury houses and have access to the archives of tailors, milliners, perfumers and other suppliers from over the centuries, which now hold the honour of Royal Warrants of Appointment. God save luxury !
    Two hour visit: €157.
    Reservations at concierge@the-connaught.co.uk

  • A new Strasbourg hot spot.

    If you do not wish to tear away from the Christmas market ritual in Alsace, this year you can at least renew this family experience, by reserving a place at a new charming address amidst the canals. Hotel D**** has been decorated by top interior designer: Sybille de Margerie. The result: contemporary, as you might suspect, but as warm and elegant as you could wish for.

  • Dinner party story.

    Opening to a great fanfare and high expectations, the Louis Vuitton Foundation had no choice but to welcome a top chef to their table. And it is Jean-Louis Nomicos who steps up to the challenge, supported in his kitchen by the talented Franck Gehry two nights a week. On the menu: culinary creations that find a particular resonance here, and themes that vary according to the artist…definitely one to watch!

  • New Wijet destinations, the taxi-jet.

    The famous French taxi-jet company, who revolutionised the private jet market with a very low flight price, is expanding its range of destinations. No longer content with covering just France, it now sets its sights on Brussels, Luxembourg and now Geneva. With rates fixed at 40% less that its competitors, the company attracts followers who seek a swift journey, all for a reasonable price.

  • The newest addresses of Istanbul.

    Istanbul confirms its reputation as the ‘new Barcelona’ with the arrival of the brand new Vuitton Guide, dedicated to this bubbling capital. In just a few short years, the face of this wonderful city has been transformed, attracting the attention of keen amateurs on the arts scene, from cuisine, to design and art. The guest of the guide is the multi-talented Serdar Gülgün, interior designer, historian, collector and expert on Ottoman art. Among the authors, our brilliant writer-collaborator-globetrotter Marie Lefort. Photos taken by Thierry Ardouin.

  • A new chef at the Shangri-la in Paris.

    A new arrival, a new menu…From January 2015, Christophe Moret succeeds Philippe Labbé as head of the kitchen at the Avenue d’Iéna luxury hotel. Having worked behind the most esteemed stoves – from the Louis XV in Monaco to the Nice Theatre, Jacques Maximin, then the Plaza Athénée and finally Lasserre…- this protégé of Alan Ducasse is said to be ‘writing a new chapter in his life story” by joining this leading luxury Asian Pacific group…and secondly one of the most beautiful hotels in Paris.

  • An apartment in Brussels.

    It is thought of as the 21st arrondissement, and many chose to make their home in the city of Brussels, living a ‘local’ life, without becoming rustic. Take the chance to reserve one of the 26 apartments belonging to architect and decorator firm Charles’Home, with its oak floors, Lesage carpets, ethanol fireplaces, even a garden or a terrace…and just stone’s throw from the strategic quarters. Forget hotels, and make yourself at home.

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