Each week, the Travel News section in PLUME VOYAGE will inform you of news concerning luxury and boutique hotels and the travel world in general.
To continue this month of October, Travel News invites you to discover the “Carlton de Lyon” Hotel, the opening of the Amarterra Villlas Bali Nusa Dua, a “deep sleep” solution at the MGallery Vie Hotel in Bangkok and the opening of the Hôtel Fabric. Doesn’t it make you want to get away?
Located in the heart of Lyon city, the Carlton Hotel has been beautifully renovated in the spirit of its Art Deco origins. Before even entering the establishment, the facade and wrought iron balconies give way to a beautiful setting designed by the Lecoadic–Scotto firm: «rouge Carlton» and its various declinations abound, wide hallways and high ceilings, within this imposing architecture that was conceived like a theater…It is unsurprising that this is the preferred meeting place of artists in the city, and the hotel also hosts many film premieres and cultural events. Of the 80 rooms, six suites sport the signature style of the artists who habitually frequent them, such as room 103, which has long since been the chamber of Laurent Terzieff. And something that will be of particular interest to women, the hotel now has a nail bar that offers beauty treatments for hands as well as nail painting. In partnership with beauty brand Kure Bazaar, the hotel created its own nail varnish – the “Rouge Carlton” of course.
MGallery has just opened a second address in Bali. Located on the southern coast of the island, this hotel consists only of villas scattered amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, combining the traditional elements of Balinese culture with excellent service. Inspired by the Majapahit kingdom of the thirteenth century – a time when Javanese culture had a strong influence on Bali – the Bali Nusa Dua Amarterra Villas offers 39 villas with traditional and elegant décor with exotic furniture in colorful finishes. Each is equipped with a terrace, a dining room, a bathroom for guests and each villa overlooks a private pool. The spa offers a unique experience thanks to Dharma Bali therapy that can rejuvenate the body and mind. The treatments are based on natural products, mainly made from coconuts.
Nestled in the heart of 200 acres of nature, the golf course of the Medoc Resort is situated in the heart of two courses that are recognized among the most beautiful in France. Perfectly integrated into the landscape, the architecture emphasizes the authenticity and simplicity of natural materials such as wood and glass. The building opens onto the outside as if the environment was one with the structure. Wherever you may be, the view is lost to the horizon of the two golf courses. And now, for tired players, the resort’s spa is offering a unique «Birdie» massage. For this, warm essential oils are combined with two golf balls, and this original concept was born out of a therapist playing around with some golf balls in her hands. A very sensory experience, the treatment is soft, enveloping, powerful and firm to best relax tight muscles. At the end of the massage, the two golf balls are offered to the client as a keepsake of this amazing experience.
Situated at the top of the hotel, the VIE Spa is offering a new revitalizing treatment in the form of its «deep sleep» holistic method. Because sleep produces a revitalizing effect on the body and mind, MGallery VIE Hotel is offering the services of a personal coach who can introduce guests to the virtues of aromatherapy, which are beneficial for emotional balance and biological rhythm. The spa also offers a range of treatments designed to promote relaxation and improve general well-being. Guests will be lulled by the virtues of the Thai oils and herbs used in the massages, body scrubs, wraps, facials, bathing and beauty rituals.
For its fourth edition, the Aberlour Hunting Club is setting up shop for three exceptional evenings in the heart of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Overlooking the garden, the Le Pavillon du Lac restaurant welcomes guests for a series of private dinners and is also being transformed into a cabinet of curiosities unveiling a collection of carefully selected rare and surprising objects. In addition, for the first time ever, the Aberlour Hunting Club is to become a temporary bar in the late afternoon, in addition to the restaurant. To celebrate Saint-Hubert, the patron saint of hunters, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy an array of delicious delights created especially for the event by Chef Eric Pras, the three-starred chef of the Maison Lameloise and the recipient of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France award in 2004. Over the course of these three magical evenings, Chef Pras will be imparting some of his special savoir-faire and expertise of gastronomy, in accompaniment to a delicious pairings game of Aberlour single malts.
5th, 6th and 7th of November
Ascott, the world’s largest operator of serviced residences, has opened its first location in Paris with a chic and contemporary flair. Located in one of the most elegant districts of Paris, close to the Palais Royal, the Citadines Suites Louvre Paris looks set to be the perfect place to stay for those traveling to Paris on business or pleasure. Behind the Art Nouveau façade, the sophistication and charm of the interior, enhanced by the quality of the materials, lays the work of the British agency BuckleyGrayYeoman. For each of the 51 luxury suites, a personalized and attentive service is available to tend to the needs of customers 24 hours a day.
Craig Easton, travel photographer of the year in 2012, will offer a few lucky customers a master class session at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, followed by a private shoot in the capital. To experience this magic moment, customers must book a “Weekend Escape” stay at one hotel of the InterContinental Hotels Group in London, Paris or Düsseldorf.
2nd and 3rd November
Young Chef Thibaut Ruggeri, named the Bocuse d’Or 2013, has designed five dishes for the passengers of long-haul Air France Business class. Until the end of March, passengers can enjoy these exceptional dishes designed specially for their pleasure. The culinary creations of this young talent will be available on the menu for the four meals available on flights departing from Paris and renewed twice a month so that the pleasure of frequent travelers remains intact. What’s more – Olivier Poussier, world’s best sommelier in 2002, has expertly selected the wines to accompany these fabulous dishes
The latest address from Mme Shawn, one of the best places for Thai cuisine in Paris, has opened on rue Paul Bert, in the eleventh arrondissement. Charles Zana realized the decoration with the refined aesthetics he is so famously fond of. The choice of the naturally beautiful raw materials elevates the furniture and decorative elements to a pleasantly acidulous note. Far from the postcard image of Thailand, Mme Shawn welcomes guests into a cozy and softly luxurious setting with an element of Thai spirit.
Located between République and Bastille, in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, Hôtel Fabric is located in a former textile factory. Drawing on the working-class history of the area, the hotel was inspired by the industrial architecture of the building to turn it into a chic design location, without abandoning any of its original charm. Metal structures, large paned windows, brick walls, exposed columns and raw materials evoke the trades once practiced on rue Folie-Méricourt in a modern light. The 33 rooms combine graphic forms and industrial factory furniture with precious and colored fabrics, recalling the workers’ allotment gardens of the Ménilmontant quartier.
The real star of the Hôtel Bristol, Fa-Raon has received a sumptuous present for his third birthday: a range of custom accessories, tailor made by the Maison Goyard. The sacred Cat of Burma is now sporting a new collar with a butterfly knot in canvas and black leather. As for his bowl, it is now made of poplar wood covered with the famous painting of the grounds and upholstered in leather trim, all personalized with his name in green letters shaded in fuchsia, the colors of everything Bristol. Fa-Raon is without a doubt the smartest cat in the capital!
Presented exclusively in all Peninsula hotels, a new collection of beauty products created by the designer Oscar de la Renta has recently been launched. The luxurious range also includes a bespoke fragrance. This is a first for the designer, who is collaborating with another brand for the first time to launch a line of products. It is also the perfect opportunity to prescribe to Oscar’s personal motto – “elegance is a way of life”.
In 1883, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express revolutionized the world of railways by making its first trip. Today, it continues to perpetuate the essence of travel. Thanks to the unique style of its cars from the 1920s and 1930s, which are all beautifully restored, guests have the opportunity to enjoy an incomparable travel experience. Luxury cabins decorated with rare woods, refined cuisine exclusively created with the best fresh produce embedded throughout the trip, a car bar designed by Gérard Gallet, soft piano melodies – every detail contributes to the excellence of the moment for a timeless trip.
Ideal for going to a business meeting, dinner or a shopping spree, the city car Twizy is being lent for free by Suite Novotel to its clients. In eleven of the nineteen French establishments of the chain, this solution to urban mobility is dedicated as much to women as it is to men, and as much to young people as it is to professionals. This new service has also taken environmental issues into account since this Renault city car is entirely electric.
On the occasion of the Braque exhibition at the Grand Palais, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris presents a tea-time that combines art with indulgence. The hotel’s pastry chef, François Perret has created an original pastry, inspired by the exhibited works. Served in the glass bowl of the La Bauhinia restaurant, this delicate gourmand moment is accompanied by a ticket per person to discover the retrospective dedicated to the artist, the founder of Cubism and inventor of collages. The exhibition offers a new perspective on the work of Georges Braque and a perspective of his work with painting, literature and the music of his time.