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october 2016

Travel News

Adine Fichot Marion

This week, we think about our future holidays in the mountains, we “discovered” two novelties: the Taj-I-Mah at the Arcs and the 4YouLodge at the Angles in the Pyrenees, we decide to go to Japan with Voyageurs du Monde and we discover the Iberian gastronomy at the Park Hyatt in Mallorca … Each week, PLUME VOYAGE travel News inform you on luxury hotels, boutique hotels and the world of mordern travel. Is this giving you travel cravings?

  • Arc 2000 / Paradiski inauguration of the Taj Mah-I

    Located at the top of the station, at the arrival of the Cabriolet cable car with direct access to the ski slopes is the first 5-star hotel in Les Arcs / Paradiski. This boutique hotel enjoys an exceptional location with a magical view of the whole resort and the surrounding mountains. In this true light setting, this one is ubiquitous through architecture built in that purpose …. The 48 rooms and suites rooms offer large windows such as the public areas of the hotel. 2 restaurants run by Michelin-starred chef Eric Samson: the Diamant Noir and L’Atelier d’Éric, 1 swimming pool, a lounge bar, and a 400m2 spa complete the offer of this place to discover in the month of December 2016 AF-M

  • Eastern Pyrenees: a boutique hotel in Les Angles

    Cutting-edge design and ecological concept: a new 5-suites boutique hotel with light décor in Nordic style – 4 of which have terraces with views, 4YouLodge just got newly inaugurated at Les Angles. A funny novelty for the architectural universe of this station located at 1650 m altitude, that gives a serious blow up to the rather conventional hotel offers of the Eastern Pyrenees. The contemporary silhouette of the building made in wood and stone, far from the traditional architecture of mountain chalets, dominates the city, offering a breathtaking panorama of Lake Matemale. The good point? the 4YouLodge was designed under the latest environmental standards. Hot water is provided by solar panels and heating is provided by a stove with wood pellets, an efficient and “green” heating method . A. F.-M

  • On the way to Muscat!

    For the first time it is possible to fly straight from Paris to Muscat! Starting October 30th with Oman Air. The company of Oman now operates a daily flight with the beautiful Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It can carry 267 passengers in two classes, 18 in Business and 249 in Economy. The occasion or never to (re) discover the charm and serenity of the Sultanate of Oman.

  • Tokyo & Kyoto on low prices

    Discover Tokyo & Kyoto with Voyageurs du Monde and the ANA company who concocted a trip to Japan at reasonable prices. The flights are direct, hotels are well located with all Voyageurs du Monde services for you: french-speaking conciergerie to decode the destination, wifi router, best fooding addresses … On site, private transfers airport / hotel / airport are planned and link between Tokyo and Kyoto is by Shinkansen, Japan’s TGV. The little extra ? : A cultural experience to choose from calligraphy, tea ceremony and ikebana A comprehensive offer to book in October for a departure from November 1st, 2016 to June 30th, 2017. A.F-M

  • Majorca: gastronomy at the Park Hyatt

    Opened in June the first resort of the brand in Europe, imagined as a traditional Mallorcan village on the hillside, deals with art gastronomy with respect for local products with an offer including 4 restaurants. These ones frame the village square and offer a nice variety of typical dishes from the region: of course fish but also poultry farm, local organic vegetables olives … In the restaurant Baléaric, local specialties, Catalan and Spanish: traditional paella , fish of the day … Asia offering sublime views of the valley and a cuisine inspired by China and Thailand; the Café Seplaça is the ideal place to enjoy at any time baking and fresh fruit juices … Finally Tapas offers a menu designed by Spanish chef David Garcia with traditional tapas: tuna tartare, Iberian hams, chorizos and cheeses local. A. F.-M

  • Chaumont-sur-Loire: extraordinary flowers and vegetables

    To enjoy the last sunny days of autumn and their extraordinary colors, visit the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, during the Thanksgiving holiday. As part of the eighth edition of “Autumn Splendor” from October 20th, you can enjoy visits and magical walks. We discover, marking out the path that leads from the entrance area to the stables, as well as inside the courtyard of the building, extraordinary flowers, fruits and seasonal vegetables and multiple varieties of exceptional cucurbits rivaling of fantasy by their shapes and colors. A special floral created for the occasion by the gardeners of the estate. This is an excellent opportunity to (re) discover the contemporary art exhibits in the historic park and the Park Près du Goualoup, as well as inside the Castle. The International Garden Festival and the exhibition of Contemporary Art of the 2016 season, will definitely close on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd in the evening. A. F.-M

  • France: flavors and health train

    Dedicated to “eat to live better, » this train not like the others will tour France from Pau to Paris via Strasbourg and Nantes in particular cities or 15 steps from 5 to 23 October. The goal ? discover through a delicious and interactive exhibit the exceptional French gastronomic heritage and understand the basics of a balanced diet for better health. Not to mention a prior implementation of the food chain trades. In each city from 10:30 am to 19 pm, visitors attending conferences and workshops, meet with researchers, local artisans and participate in tastings. An event organized under the patronage of the Ministry in charge of Research, and in partnership with the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm). Train flavors and health is accompanied by a group of partners: the Michelin Guide, the Lehning, the French Society of Cardiology, the PiLeJe Foundation, the National Confederation of French bakery and bakery and Relay. A. F.-M

  • New York: a downtown Four Seasons!

    In late October we celebrate the inauguration of the second New York hotel of the Four Seasons group, located in a changing Downtown Manhattan. Located on Barclay Street in a new skyscraper of 82 floors overlooking the historic streets of Lower Manhattan. This new location offers 185 rooms including 28 suites, a spa, seven cabins, a 23m swimming pool, a restaurant signed by Wolfgang Puck and private residences. Tribeca, Soho … these districts are now highly sought after and most beautiful brands settled there close to fashion boutiques and near the trendy district of Meatpacking, the new Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is the place to be ! The very contemporary decor highlights works of art, precious wood, bronze tones with accents … for a bright and peaceful atmosphere. The area of the rooms varies between 37 m2 (standard room) and 223 m2 for the Royal Suite. The bathroom has a mini spa-like look with its elliptical bath, separated shower. We love the concept of steakhouse CUT by Wolfgang Puck, whose decor is signed by Jacques Garcia, himself! A. F.-M

  • Saint Lucia: Sandals Resorts in the new

    We appreciate the stunning renovation of Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia. They are characterized by the construction of new spacious and luxurious suites. Thus the beautiful suites for honeymooners with a private pool baptized precisely Honeymoon Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary (available now) and beachfront suites Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary (available from October 22) . These suites are for first in the heart of lush gardens and a swimming pool with waterfall. The second feature views of the ocean and sandy beach. They also have an infinity pool with waterfall. The decor highlights the contemporary furniture look “Caribbean”. The bathroom opens onto a space inspired spa that gives it a soothing atmosphere with a large walk-in shower. Finally, a personal butler and room service 24h / 24 are available to guests. A. F.-M


  • Provence: detox at the Domain of Mainville

    At the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles, at the foot of Les Baux de Provence, in a 100-hectare park, Le Domaine Manville is an old barn converted into a five star. The 30 rooms and suites are dressed in natural materials: stone walls, brick wood siding, woven reed and open onto a courtyard with plane trees and a huge swimming pool. The Estate also includes 9 houses very design of 220 m2. It is precisely in these villas that runs the new detox program from October on. For 1, 2 or 3 custom days, we forget the stress, fatigue and find a new energy. On the program: custom-made treatments, yoga, strength training, stretching, hiking, naturopathy … all framed by a professional team. Dates: 16/19 October. 20-23 November. 4-16 December. 27-30 January 2017. 24-27 February 2017 26-29 March 2017. F. A.-M

  • A spa at the Hotel du Castellet

    Two years of work were necessary to give the Hôtel du Castellet a new spa. This five star hotel ideally located between Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Toulon, enjoys a privileged location overlooking the sea and next to the vineyard of Bandol. The new space of 700 m2 with six treatment rooms including one exceptional suite, a sensory space consisting of a lively pond and a wetland hammam, sauna and ice fountain and a salt cave. It highlights natural materials (stone, slate) in a laudable eco-responsible approach … The treatments are done under the guidance of two prestigious brands Valmont and E Spa. The Spa at the Hotel du Castellet is true tribute to the well-being! A. F.-M


  • Belmond: Two new luxurious houseboats

    The Belmond group is announcing the arrival of Belmond Pivoine and Belmond Lilas, which will join the Belmond fleet in France during the summer of 2017. Belmond Pivoine and Belmond Lilas, have four cabins with bathrooms. They will sail along the canals and rivers of Alsace and Champagne. We do not get bored on a cruise of six nights on board: private tours of wineries, breweries and magnificent castles are in the program: the promise of non-ordinary getaway and discover the most beautiful landscapes of the French countryside. Belmond Pivoine will sail between Meaux and Chalons-en-Champagne along the Marne and the Canal Lateral to the Marne. Belmond Lilas will travel the Marne-Rhine Canal through Alsace. Along the canal, guests can visit small towns and villages before exploring Strasbourg, for a cruise pause. The two barges have open decks and a swimming pool surrounded by plants. The boats can welcome eight cruisers, Belmond Lilas and Belmond Pivoine will offer a unique experience enhanced by attentive service. A. F.-M


  • British Airways and Marks & Spencer team up!

    Finally we will be able to enjoy delicious sandwiches in the plane rather than bad trays and not necessarily healthy! To offer the best flight experience to passengers British Airways partners with another great British brand – Marks & Spencer. The latter, one of the most popular in Britain, is known for its wide selection of sandwiches, salads to take away. All the elements of the card are cheap – between € 1.15 and € 5.70, menu choices reflect the food preferences: vegetarian, gluten free … British Airways is the first airline to offer sandwiches of a great brand, let’s hope that the experience will be emulated! A. F.-M


  • Chantilly: heading to the Auberge du Jeu de Paume

    Only 40 kilometers north of Paris, the area of Chantilly thrones in its splendor. In 2012, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume has emerged, with a unique location in the heart of the Chantilly estate. The hotel is named after the tennis court, it is next to, built in the 18th century by Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé. This Relais & Chateaux, 5 star, has 67 rooms and 25 suites mainly oriented on the gardens. They offer large areas ranging from 28 m2 for the first room to 200m2 for the Presidential Arc de Triomphe Suite, towering Chantilly as a private apartment. Some suites open onto large terraces above the park: simply magical. Since this summer, we welcome the arrival of Clement Leroy, the new executive chef of the Table du Connétable, the gourmet restaurant of the hotel. Alumnus and right arm of Guy Savoy, aged 35, he signs here a very personal first menu in four starters, three fishes and three meats. As for the spa on an area of 600m2, it has 5 cabins, a swimming pool and highlights the brand Valmont. A. F.-M

  • Gordes: Le Petit Palaos d'Aglaé

    True oasis perched on the foothills of Gordes this delicious “palace”, originally an old farmhouse, opened last June. Nestled in the heart of a lush garden in a two-hectare park, it offers 16 rooms: standard ones of 18 m2 and luxury ones of 22 m2 that can be connected to form large family suites. One of them even has a terrace of 18 m2! As for the table led by the young chef Frédéric Trabuch, he goes for naturalness and proximity. The vegetables come from the garden or from local producers. The mixes are subtle, cooking is right, juices are concentrated for an healthy gourmet cuisine. Finally one can follow meditation and yoga sessions overlooking the valley and an introduction to the benefits of essential oils. A. F.-M


  • Maldives : a new resort signed by Soneva

    The Soneva Group who instigated the concept of “barefoot luxury” inaugurated a new resort the Soneva Jani, of 25 overwater villas with a fully privatized villa and an island villa in a virgin atoll. 18 villas have one bedroom, 5: 2 bedrooms, 1: 3 bedrooms and 4: 4 bedrooms. They are connected by a wooden deck and each has a swimming pool and direct access to the lagoon, some even have a toboggan to dive from the terrace! The sober decor highlights natural materials. The top? the retractable roof for observing the sky from our bed. 5 eating places are available to guests of this small 5 km2 paradise… A.F-M

  • Morocco: opening of the Banyan Tree

    This is in Tamouda Bay, decidedly we talk a lot about it at the moment! near Tanger on the longest beach of Morocco still preserved that the Banyan Tree has installed his hyper luxurious villas. On an area between 203 and 421 m2 the 92 villas offer architecture cleverly mixing Moroccan cultural heritage, Andalusian heritage and contemporary style and feature private pools. The Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay offers three restaurants. The Tingitana for lovers of fusion food, Mediterranean and Levant , thz Saffron restaurant for those who love the Thai flavors. And finally for a tasting of grilled fish and seafood served by the sea, toward the Azura Beach Club. Finally be aware that the hotel is located in an exceptional environment, still preserved near Tangier, with its souks and Art Deco treasures, Tetouan – a medieval city with a strong Andalusian influence and Chefchaouen called “the blue city”. A. F.-M


  • Paris: Labels Charter Quality Spa-A

    Reunited at the Bristol in Paris in early September, members of the Spa-A association, reunion of spa experts, has awarded its Charter Labels Quality Spa-A for the 7th consecutive year. 9 institutions have joined the family of certified Quality Spa-A Charter, which now has 57. “The Label Quality Spa-A Charter is a guarantee of safety for the consumer, a tool of progress and development for professionals.” The price of the 2016 Spa-A personality is awarded to Nathalie Poiroux, co-founder of the famous concept Cinq Mondes. Spa-A honors a woman who, as director of quality and training, talent and professionalism contributes to the development and positioning of the brand leader. Among the winners be mentioned Charme d’Orient, in the eleventh in Paris, the Hotel Mont Blanc Deep Nature Spa by Clarins in Chamonix, Hotel Aigle des Neiges Deep Nature Spa in Val d’Isere, Les Cures Marines, Thalassa sea ​​& Spa in Trouville-sur-mer … AF-M


  • Portugal: the Shiadu Boutique Guesthouses

    This summer, French people had a passion for Portugal! Never before the attendance by our compatriots in this delightful country had reached such a level … then head there to enjoy the 5 guesthouses in Lisbon and the 2 ones in Porto of the Shiadu group. The guests feel “at home” while enjoying a refined and impeccable service. The decoration of the premises are mixing modernity and tradition to please the eye and receives there a warm welcome to share friendly moments. Finally their position close to the main tourist areas make them the best addresses to discover on the spot! A. F.-M


  • Saint Jean de Luz: the Maria Christina, a second youth

    Beautifully located 300 meters from the beach and 10 minutes walk from downtown, this beautiful Basque house full of charm that was born 60 years ago just offered itself a superb renovation. In the quiet residential area of ​​the Lake District, the hotel of 14 different rooms offer an elegant decor and no frills: white walls or stone walls, parquet, striped curtains … with contemporary design furniture. As for the table it highlights regional cuisine with a special attention for Basque cuisine. The slogan is the enhancement of quality and fresh products and the traditional preparations techniques: piperade tuna, loin, duck confit … Meals are served according to the seasons in the dining room around the fireplace or in the patio under the lemon tree. This three stars hotel, very warm, makes us optimally discover the Basque country, an address to remember. A. F.-M

  • Saint Barth: Inauguration of the Barthelemy Hotel & Spa

    It’s time to book to discover the Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St Barts. This five stars dotted with Creole influence buildings along the Bay of “Grand Cul de Sac”, north of the island, looking at a long white sand beach. The hotel has 46 rooms and suites open onto the sea, some in duplex, with terrace, garden and private pool. Honors to the large pool overlooking the beach. We find behind the pen of this great achievement Sybille de Margerie, the well known designer to whom we owe many successes such as Cheval Blanc in Courchevel … Guy Martin takes care of gastronomy and spa treatments are done under the leadership of the brand La Mer with a team of qualified experts therapists using the healing properties of sea water. Here the watchwords are:. luxury, relaxation and excellent service! A. F.-M


  • St. Barts: let’s meet at the Gourmet Festival

    The 3rd edition of the St. Barts Gourmet Festival will be held from the 3rd to the 6th of November on the island of St. Barts. Christian Le Squer, the chef of the Four Seasons Georges V hotel in Paris, three Michelin stars and sponsor of this edition brought together the best chefs. From Arnaud Donckele to Guy Martin through Sylvestre Wahid, Jerome Banctel, Virginia Basselot, Fabien Lefebvre Christophe Saintagne and Gilles Marchal, they will all be there! These 8 chefs will honor French cuisine in each one of the prestigious hotels on the island for the duration of the Festival. Thus, we will find Guy Martin at the Barthelemy, Sylvestre Wahid at the Christopher, Jerome Banctel at the Sereno, Virginia Basselot at the Eden Rock – St Barths … Each chef will offer during the three dinners of the festival, a menu in 4 services (95 €) or 8 services (130 €) in order to make their signature creations. A. F.-M

  • Tahiti: Guy Martin in Tetiaroa

    Lover of Polynesia and in particular the island of Tetiaroa, the secret one, the Chef Guy Martin, elected Chef of the twenty-first century in Japan decided to turn the famous Brando hotel in Tetiaroa into a more than ever unique place. Not just for its aura and beauty of its private lagoon, but also for its gastronomy … Out of respect for this legendary land considered sacred by its first inhabitants, Chef Guy Martin has chosen to highlight the wealth of the Pacific and also organic orchard atoll … He works and revisits local products to offer a menu with tasty blend of flavors. We taste these wonders in the gourmet restaurant aptly named les Mutinés or at the beach restaurant specialized in fish and seafood.
    A. F-M

  • Tel Aviv: inauguration of the White Villa

    In the heart of Tel Aviv “the city that never sleeps” near the Habima Theatre, a new boutique hotel has just been updated. 5 years of work were necessary to transform this house, built in 1948 by Samuel Barkai and in the style of Le Corbusier, into an ultra neat hotel. Railings, paneling, fireplaces have been retained throughout the building that offers 16 rooms and 2 spacious lofts. The antique furniture blend perfectly with other more contemporary signed by the architect Stefano Dorata place. We like the rooms in ground garden with terraces and the roof top. A. F.-M


  • Thalys celebrates its 20 years

    In 20 years, Thalys has become more than a brand, an European symbol. In the red oars of this high speed trains, we cross Europe from Brussels to Amsterdam via Dusseldorf, Duisburg and Essen … Since 1996, Thalys is the only truly multicultural actor to have met the challenge of international long rail speed in four countries. Thalys helps bridge cultures and economies of 4 European countries with ultra fast travel time: 1:22 from Paris to Brussels, 3:14 to reach Cologne and 3:17 to reach Amsterdam. Laboratory for innovation, Thalys has created exceptional service, signed “Welcome home” : ergonomic comfort, warm welcome and multilingual quality food, service bouquet in Comfort 1. It is also possible to benefit from the loyalty program Thalys TheCard, which allows to accumulate miles. Finally, Thalys now offer free WiFi to all travelers in Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 F. A.-M


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