Category: France

French Alps welcomes Le Cheval Blanc

Dior’s owner is to launch a new luxury ski hotel in Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps’ Three Valleys.   Le Cheval Blanc  will be a boutique hotel with 34 suites, a Givenchy spa, Louis Vitton and Christian Dior shops, John Nollet hair salon  and a restaurant.   It is expected to open next month.
Paris' Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière opens soon

Paris' Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière opens soon

In the next few days  the Lucien Barrière Group will open the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière  in Paris, France. Situated right at the heart of the Triangle d’or, at the corner of the avenue des Champs-Elysées and Avenue George V, next to Fouquet’s, the legendary restaurant, the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière is an integral part of the
Portable mini-hotel art project

Portable mini-hotel art project

An intriguing art project is making a few heads turn in both Leipzig and Paris.  Designed by Swiss artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, this self-contained, portable mini-hotel used to sit on the rooftop of the the four-star  Hotel Everland  in Leipzig but has  more recently  moved to  its new home at the  Palais de
See Paris in style

See Paris in style

The French capital is without a doubt one of the most enchanting on earth.   And what better way to experience the magic of the city  than by a luxury chauffeur driven tour around the capital?   Paris Luxury Tours offer a range of itineraries to suit, including their world famous ‘Chronological Tour’ which charts
Hôtel du Petit Moulin, Paris

Hôtel du Petit Moulin, Paris

The super-chic Hôtel du Petit Moulin is Paris’ fashionable Le Marais district  has been designed by Christian Lacroix. The new 17-room, 4-star hotel mixes classic French style with little touches from Lacroix himself. Each bedroom has  a unique design but all are well lit with white bedding.   The bathrooms have large baths and are
T+L's World's Best Small Hotels

T+L's World's Best Small Hotels

A couple of days ago, I unveiled that Travel + Leisure had announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   I couldn’t possibly do justice to all the lists with one blog post, and so ended up omitting the top 15 small hotels.   For those that don’t want to stay in one of the

Paris Luxe Apartments and the Da Vinci Code

Whether visitors want to embrace or escape Da Vinci Code mania in Paris, they can book in advance and reap the rewards of incentives with this  ultimate hotel alternative. The new ParisLuxeApt.com website lets visitors experience Paris their way. The photos, lifestyle property descriptions, objective reviews, mapped locations, and other essential information will make visitors
A year of island hopping: September

A year of island hopping: September

This is post  nine of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For September, the following are recommended: Cook Islands: Rarotonga Beach Bungalows and Pacific Resort Aitutaki Corsica, France: Hôtel Corniche (website unknown) Cumberland Island,
Bordeaux with Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays

Bordeaux with Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays

Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays have unveiled one of their most exciting and luxurious experiences yet. Be flown to Bordeaux by private jet before enjoying exclusive tasting sessions at some of the French region’s most well-known vineyards. Take lunch at the Michelin-starred Cordeillian-Bages restaurant, sampling some of the finest foods Europe has to offer before either
Celebrities descend on Paris

Celebrities descend on Paris

Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake have been spotted in the French capital, at the exclusive Faubourg Sofitel Demeure hotel. The three were seen leaving the hotel and enjoying an excursion on the River Seine on a bateau-mouche, the name given to cruise boats on the river.
Uma Thurman and other celebrities choose St. Tropez in the South of France

Uma Thurman and other celebrities choose St. Tropez in the South of France

Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman has been re-kindling her on-off romance with boyfriend  Andre Balazs, owner of  the exclusive Chateau Marmont hotel in LA, in St. Tropez, despite a separation having been announced back in March. Also lapping up the French  Riviera this week have been Pamela Anderson and Tommy Hilfiger… not together, I might
Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

It must be 20 years or more since I last visited Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France, so I was interested to learn from an article on the BBC website that the build-up of silt was resulting in a loss of the landmark’s identiy as an island. A five year project costing an estimated 150 million
Harrods heading for Dubai?

Harrods heading for Dubai?

According to Al Fayed, Dubai could soon be welcoming a Harrods 102 convenience store. These are a new addition to the well-known Harrods brand, getting their name from the first outlet which opened at 102 Brompton Road in London. The shops sell signature Harrods products, including a range of delicatessen goods. Paris, Berlin and New
La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge by La Compagnie des Comptoirs, 10 kilometres outside of Marrakech in Morocco, is a new restaurant from the Pourcel brothers of Le Jardin des Sens (in Montpellier, France) fame.  In addition to the  food and the restaurant’s party and club atmosphere is an 80m x 40m swimming pool, surrounded by sand  to
New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

New Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Europe

Three new Hilton Worldwide Resorts are due to open in Europe shortly. The first to open its doors will be the Hilton Evian Resort & Spa in France next month. This spectacular resort is situated on the shores of Lake Leman in the Western Alps, close to the French-Swiss border. Hilton Portorosa Sicily and Hilton
DuVine Adventures enjoys 10th year

DuVine Adventures enjoys 10th year

Luxury holidays aren’t always about reclining beside a beautiful pool and being waited on hand and foot.   They can be more active affairs as exemplified by DuVine Adventures. Enjoying its 10th year of trading, this Somerville, MA based operator’s mission on their superb bike tours is “to engage your senses, nurture your curiosity and