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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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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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Reserve Your Spot at the Moët & Chandon Pop-Up Le & Restaurant With Michelin-Starred Chef Yannick Alléno in France

Jun 18, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Moët & Chandon recently announced their exciting new pop-up restaurant with the Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno. The restaurant, called Le &, is meant to celebrate Moët’s Grand Vintage 2006 vintage bottling and is now open in Moët & Chandon's historic L’Orangerie estate in Epernay, France.

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Once Home to Napoleon's Relative, Shangri-La Hotel Paris Remains a Symbol of Refinement and Class

Jun 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Formerly the home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew Roland, Shangri-La Hotel Paris is as elegant a hotel property as you’re likely to find in the City of Lights. From its tall, impressive black cast iron gateway on Avenue d’Ilena, domed entryway and giant Ming dynasty-inspired porcelain vases to the intricately-ornate ceiling of the grand ballroom and perfectly-proportioned staircase leading to it, the 101-room (including 36 suites) Shangri-La oozes class.

 

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The First Bikini Debuted Here in '46 & Today This Hotel Looks to Return to its Glory Days

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you lived in Paris during the late ‘20s and early ‘30s, you may remember the Art Deco Piscine Molitor hotel in the 16th arrondissement, one of the most popular properties in the city at that time. It was opened by Olympic swimming champion and actor Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan in the 1930s and 1940s. But the hotel made its name for itself for another reason; it was there that the first bikini designed by Louis Réard was debuted at the pool in 1946.

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Combines Oriental Serenity with Unmistakable Parisian Elegance

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Gazing out through my sixth floor window at the inner garden courtyard of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Paris, I was intrigued to see several beehives on a ledge, their flighty inhabitants innocently at play. I later learned that the hotel hosts around 50,000 bees, which thrive in the pesticide-free Parisian environment and help pollinate the sweet-smelling flowers in the garden terrace (where the Camélia restaurant is housed). They also provide more than 30 kilos of delicious honey for chefs’ use in desserts and other dishes.

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Air France Brings French Luxury to the Sky With La Premi?re First-Class Suites

May 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Air France is seriously upping their game with the unveiling of "La Première" first-class suites, which they're calling a "unique experience." Available on their Boeing 777-300 fleet starting September, the suites mark an exciting move towards really bringing that sense of luxury the French have on land to international travel. 

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Stop Dreaming & Let Black Tomato Finally Plan Out Your Bucket List Vacations

May 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Everyone has a bucket list, seriously, everyone. And somehow we’re always adding to them but rarely crossing things off…mostly because, who really has time to plan these things anyway? Well the good people at Black Tomato, a luxury lifestyle and travel service company, has made it easier to start checking off those boxes. Launching My Bucket List, the company has begun offering its clients a chance to fulfill their goals and finally take part in the experiences they’ve been dreaming about.

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