Charity Buzz, an online auction site with luxury and celebrity experiences has a large number of travel package auctions for every type of traveller with destinations all over the world. Not only will winners get an experience of a lifetime, but they will also help a good cause like Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research [...]
Jeni Matthews created Red Balloon Travel and Consulting with the goal in mind to provide spectacularly unique French holidays. After graduating from Northwestern University in Communications and International Studies, she headed straight to France, and has been living in the little known Rhone-Alpes region ever since. She uses her first-hand knowledge and [...]
The Evian Royal Palace hotel – which I reviewed on this blog back in 2006 – is enjoying its centenary celebrations and now has more cause to celebrate because it has gained a 5th star. Book a stay at the hotel for any dates in July 2009 and you can enjoy a 100 â‚¬ per [...]
To commemorate World Environmental Day, on 5th June 2009, Luxury Properties Europe – a specialist in both sales and long and short-term rentals – is launching environmental guidelines to stimulate their worldwide clientele’s awareness. In each and every one of their properties located in France, Italy, Switzerland or Greece, there is an Environmental Guide with [...]
Alain Ducasse has opened a new cookery school this month… where you are the chef. The Ecole de Cuisine in Paris is about learning, sharing and getting to know the universe of tastes of Alain Ducasse. Everything is mixed in a unique atmosphere in a school created by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Cooking, pastry-making and [...]
Luxury operator Sanctuary Retreats has added a luxury villa in St Tropez to its portfolio in time for the Cannes Film Festival, which this year takes place between 13th and 24th May 2009. Sanctuary Retreats has further announced that it still has availability at three of its properties in and around Cannes during the festival. [...]
Chateau des Vigiers Golf & Country Club has a reputation for excellence and the French resort has never been so accessible with the launch of an exciting new offer for 2009. Golfers are being given the opportunity to enjoy a four-night stay in the luxury resort, which is situated in the Dordogne region in the [...]
Basking stylishly within the grounds of a beautiful old farm, the ultra contemporary Jiva Hill Park Hotel, near Crozet, France enjoys 35 hectares of its own natural parkland with stunning vistas of both the Jura Mountains and Mont Blanc range. The hotel has taken full advantage of this space, equipping itself with a wide variety [...]
Catherine Leech has worked in luxury travel for more than 25 years. She started in PR before becoming European Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, then Managing Director of luxury tour operator, Caribtours. After the tsunami of 2004 she moved to Sri Lanka where she worked for two years, mostly as a volunteer, [...]
A new hotel brand – Franklyn Hotels and Resorts – has been launched. Formerly Stein Hotels and Resorts, Franklyn will build upon Stein’s fundamental strengths, but will seek a wider geographic platform with a portfolio that focuses on iconic, emblematic properties situated in areas of great natural or urban interest. So far they have city [...]
The Regent Berlin’s Fischer’s Fritz Restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars for the second year running. Led by Chef de Cuisine Christian Lohse, one of Germany’s most prestigious chefs, Fischer’s Fritz is a haute seafood restaurant featuring French culinary influences and fresh, locally sourced produce. And Lohse is no strange to top-rated Michelin restaurants [...]
A visionary look at the futuristic Centre Pompidou in Paris courtesy of a fieldtrip conducted by the Manchester School of Architecture.
Perhaps the best way to see the city of light is to drift past the Seine’s gems (including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre), while enjoying French classic dishes and stellar seasonal wines. Sound like fun? Then take a look at the Bateaux-Mouches offering dinner cruises starting from $130.
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As anyone who’s been to Paris’ La Louvre will testify, you could easily spend a whole day there. So why not call on the services of a guide to help you through the maze? Paris Muse offers such a service, with tours led by native English-speaking art historians. You can choose from [...]
Win a three-night stay in romantic Provence courtesy of boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith. Jardins Secrets is an intimate luxury retreat in historic NÃ®mes, offering breakfast on the terrace, morning dips in the emerald pool, lazy afternoons under olive trees and evening dinner washed down with Languedoc-Roussillon wine. Click here for more.