Category: France

Enjoy unlimited golf in French luxury

Enjoy unlimited golf in French luxury

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 [...]

Keep fit at Jiva Hill, France

Keep fit at Jiva Hill, France

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 [...]

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

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 brand is born: Franklyn Hotels and Resorts

A new brand is born: Franklyn Hotels and Resorts

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 only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

The only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

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 [...]

Centre Pompidou, Paris… as you’ve never seen it before

A visionary look at the futuristic Centre Pompidou in Paris courtesy of a fieldtrip conducted by the Manchester School of Architecture.

Dine on the Bateaux-Mouches

Dine on the Bateaux-Mouches

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.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Take a flight of fancy with Eastern Safaris The rustic-chic yoga resort of Amansala The finest chateau hotel in France?   Check out Bagnols! Find more… in Singapore

Hire a private Louvre guide

Hire a private Louvre guide

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 three nights in Provence

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 Nîmes, 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.

If you’ve been wondering why it’s been a little quiet…

If you’ve been wondering why it’s been a little bit quiet this past couple of weeks, it’s because I’m on  holiday in France.   I am on my way home now, so expect the posts to start flowing a little more freely again in September.

The world’s most expensive house is on the Côte d’Azur

The world’s most expensive house is on the Côte d’Azur

If you are looking for a holiday home on the French Riviera, the stock of available properties just got smaller. With grounds so grand that it takes a reputed 50 gardeners to tend them, the Villa Leopolda in Villefranche-sur-Mer has been snapped up by the Russian billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov, for some 500 million euros. The [...]

Europe’s top beach towns

Europe’s top beach towns

After a day at the beach, it’s nice to have a base where you can take an evening stroll, dine out, etc. According to an email that’s landed in my inbox from Tripadvisor, here’s the top 10 European beach towns: Monterosso al Mare, Italy Fira, Greece   Menton, France   Amalfi, Italy   Propriano, France [...]

Château de Villette, France

Home to a number of scenes from The Da Vinci Code, Château de Villette sits in 185 acres of private gardens just 40 minutes away from Paris.   You can rent the entire property for exclusive use, with its 18 bedrooms and professional gourmet kitchen.   Alternatively, it’s also a popular wedding venue, as well [...]

Tapestry, tapestry everywhere

Tapestry, tapestry everywhere

For B&B elegance in a French château try the Château de L’Isle-Marie in Normandy. Near Bayeux and Mont St Michel, each of the six rooms are lavishly and luxuriously adorned. Chosen by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of fifty romantic getaways, it doesn’t get much better than this. Bask in the château gardens, stroll [...]

Résidence Supérieur from Richard Nilsson

Résidence Supérieur from Richard Nilsson

Résidence Supérieur is an extreme luxury concept, designed by internationally known lifestyle designer Richard Nilsson, located on the French Riviera. The concept include super sports cars, private jets, yachts, butlers, chefs, bodyguards and any other service you may wish for. Résidence Supérieur is created for the extreme connoisseurs and is totally unique in the way [...]

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