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. As October draws to a close, PLUME VOYAGE invites you to take part in the Books and Wine evening at the Bristol, to experience a sporty sanctuary at the Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor or even to savour the gastronomic specialities of Saint Bart’s at the Eden Rock. And don’t forgot that this year’s Claridge’s Christmas Tree is being designed by Dolce & Gabbana. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
The Bristol celebrates the benefits of literature, the table and friendship by launching a series of soirées revolving around books and wine. Every month, a different writer is invited to share a high-quality dinner concocted by the 3-Star chef Eric Frechon, accompanied by a new wine to discover, in the company of the proprietor. All the proceeds from these evenings will be donated by the Bristol to the American Hospital of Paris, in order to help fund the purchasing of medical equipment and the construction of new facilities. Over the course of these soirées, the author of honour will share a private reading of their work dedicated to guests, whilst the wine-grower proposes a tasting of a particular wine.
The Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor Hotel, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, proposes a sporty, cleansing retreat in a luxurious setting. For the first time, between 30th November and 7th December, guests will have the unique opportunity to participate in training at the heart of ancient temples and perfect their yoga positions before running the 18th Angkor Wat international half-marathon. In active support of the community, Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor also invites its guests to take part in specific local projects and discover the secular methods of silk making in the only silk farm in Angkor.
For its debut edition, the St Barts international food festival takes place in a selection of the most luxurious establishments the island has to offer. And each of them plays host to an international chef. Amongst the numerous Michelin starred chefs invited to take part, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, head chef of the Eden Rock’s own On the Rocks and Sand Bar restaurants, is the sponsor of this culinary concept. The Eden Rock’s two restaurants propose menus devised exclusively for the occasion by this triple star chef.
For the second consecutive year, the legendary London hotel has trusted Domenico Dolce and Steafno Gabbana with the decoration of its Christmas Tree. This year, an enchanted forest surrounds the tree, which will be adorned with foxes, stags and squirrels, positioned close to the fireplace. On the tree, hundreds of frosted glass baubles represent iconic monuments from the world’s most emblematic cities and different Christmas traditions. This is the 5th year that the decoration of the Claridge’s Christmas Tree has been placed in the hands of a famous couturier. This special tree will be unveiled next month on 19th November.
World-renowned Il Pellicano hotel, a member of the Leading Hotel of the World, has designed an “Il Pellicano Travel Guide” application. Available to download on you iPhone, iPad and Android, it presents a selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and culture events in the world’s most beautiful cities. It is owner Marie Louis Sciò who dreamed up and produced this project, thanks to the complicity of her clients. Over the seasons, they have also contributed to creating a very selective guide in terms of sharing its top addresses around the globe. Thirty contributors – including Margherita Missoni, Angelika Taschen and Olympia Le Tan – have chosen places that correspond to their personality, their special research and a certain sense of luxury.
New collection “Lifelines of a People” enriches itself with an original title. Dreamed-up by Henry Dougier, founder of Editions Autrement, this collection strives to highlight, with more than 120 titles over ten years, the real life of a race that so often go unnoticed – the country, its regions, its diaspora. Under this new title, Marie Naudascher, a freelance journalist who has lived in Brazil for many years, dive head-first into this truly superlatives country and this unique insight, which represents the Brazilians far from their clichés. An exhilarating and rhythmic journey.
The Peninsula Hong Kong is now the happy owner of fourteen new Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantom signed by Peninsula Green. This fleet of prestigious cars, tailor-made for this luxury hotel, is the result of a partnership between the engineers and designers of Rolls-Royce, Sir Michael Kadoorie, President of the Peninsula Hotel Group, and Martin Oxley, director of the Peninsula car fleet. These automobile gems represent the most important order of the Phantom today. www.peninsula.com
For its 5th occasion, the Aberlour Hunting Club and its pop-up restaurant select the spectacular Parisian Polo club as a backdrop. To celebrate the wild game gastronomy and Saint-Hubert, patron of hunters, three dinners shall be arranged by Emmanuel Renaut, 3-star chef of the Flocon de Sel in Megève. Guests to this temporary restaurant will have the privilege of tasting an exclusive menu created by the chef, a keen amateur huntsman himself. Only forty visitors per night will have the chance to taste the culinary delights and the charm of the Polo Club Paris, transformed into a hunting lodge for the occasion. From 4th to 6th November.
Following the success of “Braque” and “Josephine” ARTea Time, the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris dedicates its latest edition to the Paul Durand Ruel exhibition currently showing at the Musée du Luxembourg. For the occasion, the hotel’s pastry chef François Perret has dreamed-up a dessert, taking inspiration from a paint pot. The brush, made entirely of milk chocolate enhanced by a blackberry glaze, poised atop a delicate stand, surrounded by white chocolate that is simultaneously crisp and gooey. The centre is light and airy, comprising of a dark chocolate ganache teamed with a delectable creamy creation of blackberries and almonds. And to prolong this heavenly moment, an individual no-queue ticket will be handed to one lucky diner, offering the chance to discover the 80 masterpieces by the impressionist artist.
The Koh-I-Nor Hotel in Val Thorens has just entrusted its kitchen to Eric Samson.
Finnair recruits four Finnish chefs to create its business class menus. The top Finnish airline has asked four chefs to devise the new business class menus for its long-haul flights. From the end of January 2015, each of these will be given the chance to present a menu for a period of three months. This collaboration will also be available on other flights operated by Finnair: in economy class on long-haul flights as well as on European flights in business class.
After “Bonjour Paris” and “Bonjour New York”, Marin Montagut takes us on a tour around London. It is for this city that this globetrotter compiles a new selection of particularly ‘British’ addresses. This treasury of 83 gems arrives in a delightful box, introducing you to a confidential London, leading you to places untouched by tourists. What is more, it comes with a folding map, illustrated in watercolour, making it is impossible to get lost!
Available at Colette, Merci, Bookmarc by Marc Jacobs and Bon Marché.
The ‘Perricone Room’, a new exclusive treatment space, offers a three-step ritual devised by doctor to the American starlets. This large-scale programme, on the MajesticSpa menu, unites booth treatments, diet and nutritional compliments. The care treatments emerge alongside the first home cosmetics line, Perricone MD. Created in order to control the ageing process, this protocol proposes an enhancement on an organic and aesthetic level. The booth treatment, the diets (between 3 to 28 days) and even the new generation of cosmetics can be done together or separately.
On the anniversary of the 150th birthday of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express organises an exclusive voyage, starting in Vienna and concluding in Paris. After a few hours in the imperial city, where passengers may admire the most significant exhibition dedicated to the artist in all of Austria, set off on a journey through time. A gastronomic feast organised by French chef Christian Bodiguel, a glass of something in the bar-car, before arriving into Paris as the sun begins to rise. This journey is unique and departs from 25th October.
Following four years of renovation work, the Balthazar Hotel and Spa has finally reopened. Equipped with a Nuxe spa and a restaurant, with a menu drawn up by Rostang father and daughters, it gives the Breton capital its first five star establishment. Built as a private home, the hotel offers a cosy atmosphere, with a fireplace that induces a relaxed ambiance. The Balthazar opts for décor where modernity, style and functionality unite in the fifty six rooms.
Designed like a family home in a former hotel, the Meyerhold acts an refuge in the heart of Paris. Reviving the 30s, focusing on Constructivism and Bauhaus, artistic director Anne Gelbard extols comforting characteristics. The 29 rooms, including two suites, each posses an individual atmosphère with contemporary furniture and several flecked pieces from Brussels to Paris. The décor is dominated by colour, the doors, silk curtains and velvet armchairs gently heckling marquetry.
Design duo Gilles & Boissier, in collaboration with Compagnie hôtelière de Bagatelle, have designed a new parisian address. Fifty rooms produced a “synthesis of their arts”. Charlotte Perriand is never far away…From the light-fittings to the beds, from curtains to work stations, the furnishings are all created by the couple.
Tested in the salt marshes of Guérande and Nantes, the new trimmed down, widened, compacted, lighter and connected Twingo reinvents an original design and a coupe-inspired style. An urban yet roadway model with the steering-wheel turned to 45° (meaning that it can complete a full rotation on an 8 metre diameter and successfully parallel parks with just two turns of the wheel), the car offers stability on motorways and a nimbleness when driving in town. With a choice of two engines (in collaboration with Daimler) installed at the rear like the “Dauphine”, after five years of work, deemed the little sister of the original model, the Twingo N°3 opens a new chapter of a tale that started twenty years ago.
Our made-to-measure model: a white Twingo with black edging, an R’Link that connects to your mobile phone, light grey leather interiors, a panoramic roof, smooth whitewash dashboard, with the option of a “Flexicase®” textile bag in the glove compartment, but we have high hopes for the automatic model, which comes out in a few months.
Banyan Tree launches a special initiative: Stay for Good – Feeding Communities Together as part of World Food Day. From 13th to 16th October, Banyan Tree and Angsana establishments will support and take responsibility/raise awareness for feeding communities around the world. During this period, guests will be offered the chance to prepare and service food to local people in Thailand, China, the Indian Ocean, in the Middle East and Mexico. Interactive cooking lessons will give customers the opportunity to learn more about these regions, their inhabitants, their cuisine and their culture.
India’s number one international airline has just been awarded “Silver Laurier”, in the category, “Airline of the Year”. The company now operates two daily flights from Paris-CDG to Mumbai, as part of a codeshare with Air France. In addition, the airline also offers links to Delhi, Mumbai, Toronto and New York via Brussels in partnership with Thalys, departing from Paris Gare du Nord.
The Spa at Brown’s Hotel in London offers you a new range of care treatments, based on coffee, milk or even marmalade. Whether it be an invigorating exfoliation of melted coffee beans, or a pedicure with Ciate’s intense brown and delicious nail varnish, “Mines a Macha’, or even an “English Breakfast Body Wrap” for a touch of softness this autumn, Brown’s proposes a wide range of truly English detox treatments.
Who ever said budget hotels don’t go hand-in-hand with original décor? The Prizeotel hotel chain proves precisely the opposite once again, with the opening of its latest establishment in Hambourg. The decoration by Karim Rashid preserves the typical shapes and motifs of the brand, but boasts a new palette of flashy colours: blue, green and silver. The 216 rooms also offer a colourful, comfortable and Digipop ambiance.