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Visit the Architecture and History of 11 of the World's Most Stunning Opera Houses

Jun 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Whether you're an opera fan, an avid admirer of historical architecture, or just someone who appreciates beauty, there are few buildings more lovely than the opera houses found all over the world. Sure, many are incredibly well known (like the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Sydney Opera House in Australia), but others tend to be quieter — though their stories are no less amazing. 

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Ski the French Alps at the Private Chalet Princesse in Megeve, France

Oct 30, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Tucked away in the French Alps in the charming town of Megeve, Chalet Princesse is a historic villa dating back to 1897. Designed as a ski lodge, the chalet boasts a perfect snowy holiday destination or a relaxing summertime retreat.

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Sofitel Marseille Vieux: The Mediterranean's Nautically-Chic Hotel With a Provençal Palette

Oct 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

An upside-down metallic stag out front represents a most unexpected introduction to the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, but its relevance in terms of perspective, becomes clearer upon entering the five-star property. Located beside the Palais du Pharo, a 19th century imperial residence with widespread gardens, and the city’s 2,600-year-old horseshoe harbor a five-minute walk away, the Sofitel certainly offers visual and historical perspectives in abundance.

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Autumn in Provence: 7 Destinations to Take in the Best of the French Region

Oct 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Harvest time in Provence, France means a cornucopia of epicurean delights; so there’s strong reason to visit now to see its famed vineyards become a hive of colorful activity, avoid heavy summer tourist traffic and long lines at museums and restaurants.

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Hyatt Hotel Brings Updated Looks to the Classic Hôtel Martinez Under New Ownership

Oct 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Already a legend within hospitality circles along the glamorous Côtes d’Azur since it opened in 1929, the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez  is set to rise even more as room renovations get underway. New owner, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which took over the property within the last year, has already refurbished some rooms, with the entire hotel to be re-done over the next few years and plans being considered to have less, yet bigger ones and more suites.

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Exploring Cognac, France: Where to Play, Eat & Learn About the French Brandy

Sep 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

You don't have to be a cognac lover to love spending a few days in Cognac, France, though it's quite probable you will become one by the end of your stay. From the breathtaking views of more than 170,000 acres of vineyards to the local cuisine to the historically rich cognac houses, this French city is a hidden gem in the countryside that delivers a much-needed break from the country’s overcrowded tourist attractions.

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Boutique Airline La Compagnie Aims to Bring the Style Back to Business Class

Sep 19, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If you find yourself flying between Paris and New York fairly often, you should definitely check out La Compagnie. The business class-only boutique airline is fairly new still, having just been officially launched back in July by L’Avion Founder Frantz Yvelin (with the help of Former Swissair and JetAirways COO Peter Luethi), and wants to bring business class service "back to where it belongs."

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Have You Eaten at One of the World's Most Expensive Restaurants? Find Out!

Sep 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Considering we already told you all about the world's most expensive foods (does $1,000 for an omelet ring a bell?), we figured we'd move on to the priciest restaurants out there today. Thankfully, Pennywell already put together this handy infographic that showcases eight of the best dining spots in the world. From Masa in New York (where the tasting menu costs around $450 and cancelling a reservation could get you a $200 per person fine) to Ithaa in the Maldives (where you dine on the $300 23-course meal from within a transparent acrylic tunnel under the sea), here are some of the fanciest restaurants you should make reservations for right now. 

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Domaine de Rochevilaine Offers Gourmet Dishes in Picturesque Coastal France

Sep 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Not to mix spirituality with gourmet cuisine, but Domaine de Rochevilaine in Brittany, France granted us the only opportunity we’ve ever had to share a "sole" with someone. And what an uplifting experience it was too. Deboned, drizzled with a savory butter sauce and served tableside, the fish was without doubt one of the largest sole we have ever seen.

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Michelin-Starred Chef Brings Siphon Emulsion to France's Restaurant Thierry Drapeau

Aug 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

You'll find Restaurant Thierry Drapeau nestled among flowering fields, old stone, chateau-like outbuildings and a small lake with water lilies in the Vendée region of Pays de la Loire in France. As if the location wasn't enough to get bookings, the establishment also boasts a pretty great esthetic—with whitewashed walls, bare rafters and wood windowpanes contrasting with the shiny chrome lamps hanging above every table—and just so happens to be run by two-star Michelin chef Thierry Drapeau.

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A Hideaway for Foodies: Hotel Thierry Drapeau Has Boutique Charm and Michelin-Star Prestige

Jul 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

If Hotel Thierry Drapeau is anything to go by, all hotels should be run by chefs. Stylish, spacious and airy, this four-star, 14-room boutique property, opened just last year in rural Vendée. It is located a half-hour drive from Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region of southwest France, and is a cross between a fine art gallery and contemporary accommodation par excellence.

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Moulin Rouge and Le Crazy Horse Provide Sizzling Parisian Entertainment

Jul 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

After feasting on tasty patisseries, fine wines and French gourmet food, fancy something different in the City of Light? An evening’s entertainment at the Le Crazy Horse or Le Moulin Rouge in Paris might just be the ticket. The Féerie show at Le Moulin Rouge involves between around 40 male and female dancers on stage (often altogether) dressed (sometimes not so dressed) in costumes ranging from flamboyant ostrich feathers to transparent silk to colorful military uniforms. The performances make for a wonderful experience, transporting one back to the days of the late 19th century La Belle Époque and Henri... Read More

The Quaint Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal Combines Modern-Chic with Historical Distinction

Jul 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Location, location, location — if what the property experts say is true, then the Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal on Rue Saint-Honoré in central Paris couldn’t be more well-placed. Standing on our narrow fifth-floor balcony, a delightful view of La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre can be seen to the right, and to the left, the Louvre. A short, three-minute walk brings one to the famed museum's glass pyramid, Comédie-Française and the banks of the Siene, and right into the heart of the fashion district.

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Experience La Bauhinia Restaurant in Paris for East Meets West Cuisine

Jul 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

When Prince Roland Bonaparte—explorer, geographer, botanist and grand-nephew of the famed French emperor—made this present-day hotel his home, he probably didn’t imagine his passion for travel would live on through the exotic flavors now emanating from the kitchen of La Bauhinia restaurant.

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Peninsula Hotels Makes the Leap Into European Properties With New Paris Location

Jun 30, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Peninsula Hotels has crossed the pond with its first hotel in Europe, the newly opened Peninsula Paris, just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées. Located in the heart of the elegant 16th arrondissement, the property took over what was once the famous 1908 Hotel Majestic. Known for its rich and famous guests, the French-style building will now be home to the Peninsula hotel and will hopefully boast just as an exciting list of clientele.

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