This summer, 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 conclude this month of September, PLUME VOYAGE encourages you to join the fight against breast cancer at the Pensinsula Hotel Paris, to discover the new rooms and suites at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, by taking advantage of the Kimpton Hotels with your animal companion or even rejuvenate yourself in the new Etihad arrivals lounge in Abu Dhabi. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
Pursuing the latest initiative of the Peninsula Hotel group in support of the fight against breast cancer, the Peninsula Paris offers a range of promotions throughout October. From the 1st of the month, we kick off with a pink projection of the façade of this Parisian palace, an illumination that will be reproduced at the start of every evening in October. For his role, Patisserie chef Julien Alvarez reinterprets the ‘madeleine’, subtly flavouring it with rose. This pastry will be available as a “Pink Afternoon Tea” special. The Kléber bar also plays its part, concocting a new pink cocktail christened “The 19”. And finally, the Peninsula Spa offers a treatment dedicated to the battle against breast cancer, “Rose of the Senses”. A portion of the proceeds raised by these various actions shall be donated to the fight against breast cancer.
The jewel in the Catalan hotel crown offers guests a chance to experience one of its 17 new suites or five bedrooms. Here is the perfect spot for discovering the charms of Barcelona in the autumn. Situated in a contemporary style structure adjacent to the hotel on one of the most prestigious avenues in the city, all the rooms can be accessed from the main building. On the suite side, it was Patricia Urquiola who took charge of decoration. She aligns avant-garde European inspirations and a traditional oriental style. This Spanish designer also has also introduced new interpretations of Catalan modernism with hydraulic mosaics and works of art created exclusively for the Mandarin Oriental.
Because Bill Kimpton, founder of this chain of eponymous hotels, used to take his dog Chianti everywhere with him, he decided that the hotels and restaurants of the group should also open its doors to pets. Amenities and fun services are now also available to these cute companions, including specific menus, baskets and toys. Activities for pets and their masters are also on offer. And for those guests who aren’t lucky enough to possess an animal companion, they can have a goldfish in their bedroom…
The national airline of the United Arab Emirates has opened its first arrivals lounge, simultaneously reinforcing its premium service. A worldwide first, the luxurious installation – located directly behind customs – offers various services to passengers that wish to freshen up before leaving the airport. Ten shower cubicles and a free express ironing service are available, as well as a refreshing wet shave dispensed by qualified barbers.
The Park Hyatt New York welcomes new levels of luxury in the heart of Midtown, Manhattan. Perfectly situated, between 6th and 7th Avenue, facing Carnegie Hall and several minutes from Central Park, the group’s new address is the definition of luxury. Designed by Christian de Portzamparc, skyscraper One57 is made up on 90 floors, 25 of which are dedicated to the Park Hyatt New York. All 210 bedrooms and suites boast large bay windows. Decorated by Yabu Pushelberg, the interiors were inspired by rich dwellings of the Upper East Side. The hotel collaborated with Carnegie Hall, MoMA, the Central Park Conservancy and Sotheby’s, offering visitors a personal and authentic cultural experience of New York.
Swiss economy magazine Bilanz has decided that the Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne should be twice rewarded. As well as being voted ‘the best city hotel in Switzerland’, Marcel Bernard was elected ‘the best concierge in Switzerland’. Nestled in a park of 4-hectares on the edge of Lake Léman, the Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne has played host to illustrious guests over the centuries; from Victor Hugo to Nelson Mandela or Tina Turner, who held her wedding here. The renovation of bedrooms and suites of the Palace wing, project-managed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, played a key role in cinching this nomination.
As part of fashion week, the Parisian hotel installs a temporary bar in the colours of the Chopard house. A chic hot spot named after the famous watch and jewellery maker, perfect for tasting a cocktail between fashion shows. As for the chef, Josselin Marie, he proposes an exclusive selection of ‘couture nibbles’. An absolute must for fans of true luxury, open from 25th September to 1st October only.
Editions de la Martinière has published a simply wonderful book all about Australia. Green, waterlogged tropical forests, red sand deserts, sandstone monoliths, burning dryness at the centre of a continent dotted with oasis and turquoise lagoons; climatic diversity is visible in these landscapes, beautifully photographed by Olivier Grunewald, 4-time winner of a World Press award. A breath taking setting that cannot forget the harsh threats of global warming. Geomorphologist Bernardette Gilbertas brings into focus the severity of the environmental situation of this island continent, home to unique species flora and fauna.
Former residence of Bernard Buffet, the Domaine de la Baume in Tourtout flung open its doors a few months ago. A charming spot and one of the best addresses in Provence, it is a tranquil haven at the heart of 40 hectares abundant in olive trees, waterfalls and gardens, home to one of the most beautiful properties in the region. This majestic 18th century house offers bedrooms and suites, all of which bear the name of a painting by Bernard Buffet himself. On sunny days, the therapeutic cabins of Spa Pure Altitude install themselves at the foot of waterfalls or in the trees, for an experience of wellbeing, whilst also in perfect harmony with nature.
The French label sets itself up in Suite 601 of the Parisian palace and opens its first beauty salon solely dedicated to nails. Here, clients are able to pamper their nails, feet and other main nail treatments in exceptional surroundings. A true oasis of softness and relaxation, Suite 601 offers an experience like no other: an extensive range of remedies/treatments, tailor-made service and the singular atmosphere of a palace. Kure Bazaar entrusts designer Aurélien Deleuze and a trio of Autenta’s young Franco-Japonese architects from with the beauty enhancement offered by this Nail Suite by Kure Bazaar.
This chain of 4-star hotels presents objects and furniture designed especially for Okko Hotels, which are now available to buy online. The young brand also introduces a hint of sophistication proposed by Okko establishments. The website offers a selection of objects and chic furnishings chosen by Patrick Norguet, the in-house designer of Okko Hotels. These stylish pieces bring a touch of elegance and modernity to any interior.
In partnership with Ethiad Airways and Tourism Victoria, a certain food-truck will roam the streets of Paris from 12th September to 4th October, presenting you with a range of Australian gastronomic delicacies. Tourism Victoria bank on the quality of its cuisine and wines to inspire travellers to come and discover what their territories to offer. Franco-Australian chef Alexis Braconnier shall be at the kiln, offering you a variety of sweet and savoury specialities. Throughout the operation, foodies will be able to share their gustative experience live on social networks via the hashtag: #FoodAustralie.
As part of the centenary of the Pavillon Eden-Roc and its famous seawater pool, eight Oetker Collection chefs and three of the best sommeliers in the world unite to host a unique dining experience. Eric Frechon and Laurent Jeannin (of the Bristol in Paris), Paul Stradner (of Brenners Park Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden), Franck Ferigutti and Florent Margaillan (of the Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Vence), Antoine Perray (of the Mamaskar Palace in Marrakesh) and Arnaud Poëtte and Lilian Bonnefoi (of the Cap-Eden-Roc Hotel) shall create a gourmand dining experience complimented by wines selected by Serge Dubs, Markus Del Monego and Andreas Larsson. Be warned, it is one night only: 5th September.
For the 27th edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires, held beneath the glass dome of the Grand Palais, the Biennale’s pop-up gastronomic restaurant plays host, from 11th to 21st September, to ten chefs from Relais & Château. There, they shall demonstrate their art of haute gastronomy and celebrate the 60th birthday of the association in a setting designed by Jacques Grange, exemplifying the gardens of Versailles. At midday and every evening, one of the chefs shall devise an exclusive menu. An elegant chance to (re)discovering the gastronomic culinary skills of Guy Martin, Mauro Collagreco, Philippe Mille, Jean-Michel Lorain, Michel Roth and even Régis Marcon, Emmanuel Renaut, Jean-André Charial…
The Mandarin Oriental gets into the party spirit by unveiling its new gourmand creations over the course of a unique soirée. Once again, Vogue Fashion Night Out establishes itself in the districts of rue Saint-Honoré, faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Royale and Madeleine. For the occasion, executive chef Thierry Marx has created a tapas menu, devised in fashion colours and available exclusively at the Vogue Fashion Night Out event. Bar 8 also offers you its new selection of « It Cocktails » for fashionistas, including a Cosmopolitan with a twist and two new creations: Purple Race and Organic Red Lipstick.
The Namaskar Palace as been awarded the « Green Key » label in honour of its fight to protect the environment. Since its opening, the Marrakesh hotel has not ceased to promote and advocate respect for the environment at every opportunity, loyal to the precepts of Feng Shui, which are at the heart of its construction. This engagement has also been rewarded and given the Green Key seal by the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection. This label is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme and the OMT. The Palace has clinched its 14th award just two years after opening…