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Corsica's La Signoria Hotel Retains its French Roots in Today's Modern World

Dec 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

La Signoria, a Relais & Châteaux hotel just outside the northwest Corsican town of Calvi, simply oozes old world charm—no surprise considering it was previously the 18th century Genoese estate of ‘La Paratella’ under Louis XV, later given to the Marquis Murat de la Serpriere. Taken over 25 years ago by Jean-Baptiste Ceccaldi and his wife, it has retained much of its authenticity while offering delightful touches of modern luxury.

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Hotel La Villa: Quiet Corsican Retreat Amid France's Rolling Hills

Nov 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Perched high amid rambling hills, the location of northwest Corsica’s La Villa Hotel could hardly be more picturesque as it overlooks the ochre-colored citadel of Calvi and the sparkling bay waters of the Mediterranean far below. Sensitive architectural design of terracotta roof-tiles, a beige and ochre color scheme, traditional-style dwellings and natural stone pathways enables La Villa to merge seamlessly into the verdant host environment.

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Hôtel Castel Brando: A 19th Century Mansion in Cap Corse

Nov 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

More a walled Mediterranean-style chateau complex than a classical medieval fortress, Hôtel Castel Brando near the picturesque Cap Corse harbor town of Erbalunga leaves one with the feeling of having stayed in the familiarity of someone’s home.

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Le Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa: An Elegant West Indies-Style Retreat on the Island of Corsica

Nov 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Such is the discreet nature of its location — screened behind thick foliage of yucca, cypress, bamboo and bougainvillea — that we bypassed the entrance to the Le Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa, located in Porto Vecchio in southern French Island of Corsica.

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Tips For Navigating the Mediterranean Isle of Corsica

Nov 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With lush vegetation, sheer rocky mountainsides and stunning land and seascapes around every heart-stopping, hairpin bend, Corsica — a French island off the coast of Italy — holds a special place in the Mediterranean. But navigating it effectively can get a little tricky. Instead of sending you out on your own, below are suggestions on activities, dining options and hidden gems discovered from my own travels.

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Escape to the Charmingly-Chic Terre Blanche in France's Southeastern Region

Nov 1, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, located in Eastern Provence, France and nearby Cannes and the French Riviera, provides European travelers with a premier European destination in Southeastern France. This five-star resort is consistently rated as one of the best getaways on the globe and offers beautiful scenery, luxurious comforts, and activities.Sitting atop rolling hills that overlook the valley around Provence, Terre Blanche has 750 acres of exclusive property brimming with things to see and do at every turn. As the resort itself is designed to appear as its own private Provençal village, the hotel is as pleasant as it is comfortable. Views from around the resort include verdant landscaping, majes... Read More

Casanera: Perfumer Marie Ceccaldi Creates Local Corsican Fragrances

Dec 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Dressed casually in jeans and a sleeveless white singlet under an open plaid shirt and wearing simple blue suede running shoes with pink laces, Marie Ceccaldi doesn’t seem like your average perfumer.

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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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From Villa to Seaside Hotel: Les Mouettes Has Blossomed Into a Four-Star Experience

Oct 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

One of the best things about Hotel Les Mouettes (translated: The Seagulls) on Corsica’s jagged western coast, is its wonderful outdoor terrace overlooking the glistening clear waters of the bay, the maquis-draped mountains and the picturesque town of Porticcio.

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Truffle Hunting in Provence: A Gourmand Weekend at Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Oct 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Melissa de Carteret

I am installed in understated and effortlessly chic Provençal style at the 6th century Relais & Château Hôtel Crillon le Brave, a sleepy cluster of seven elegantly rustic stone buildings in a tiny Roman hilltop hamlet overlook vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Rhône valley. In this stunning place I begin my truffle hunting for the earthy nuggets, the diamants noirs, so highly prized by gourmands. Leading the way is Provence's truffier extraordinaire Eric Jaumard and his exuberant, but expertly trained, truffle hound Mirette.

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Truffle Hunting in Provence: A Gourmand Weekend at Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Oct 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Melissa de Carteret

I am installed in understated and effortlessly chic Provençal style at the 6th century Relais & Château Hôtel Crillon le Brave, a sleepy cluster of seven elegantly rustic stone buildings in a tiny Roman hilltop hamlet overlook vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Rhône valley. In this stunning place I begin my truffle hunting for the earthy nuggets, the diamants noirs, so highly prized by gourmands. Leading the way is Provence's truffier extraordinaire Eric Jaumard and his exuberant, but expertly trained, truffle hound Mirette.

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Scenic Cruises Offers Only Chance to Take a Luxury River Cruise Down the Seine

Oct 8, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

In April we told you about the launch of Scenic CruisesScenic Jewel into their lineup of eight new ‘Space-Ships,’ and now Scenic Gem is getting ready to make her debut. From July to October 2014, the luxury liner will begin its 11-day itinerary focusing on the history, culture and natural beauty of Northern France.

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Chapman Freeborn and ONE Authentic Properties Partner on All-Inclusive Travel Service

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Chapman Freeborn, the world's leading aircraft charter specialist, has partnered with ONE Authentic Properties, owner of France’s most exclusive villa rentals, on a new all-inclusive luxury travel service. Established in the UK in 1973, Chapman Freeborn pioneered the field of private aircraft charters and now has 35 offices in 25 countries offering unrivaled global coverage.... Read More

Patrick Dempsey Takes the Driver's Seat at France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans

Jul 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The list of legendary actors-turned-racers is as short as it is iconic: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and James Garner. Patrick Dempsey became the latest to join this elite group when he tackled the world’s oldest — and most grueling — automotive endurance race, France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.... Read More

A Guide to Paris' Most Expensive Neighborhoods

Jun 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Aristocracy does not come cheap, but we wouldn’t want it to anyway. For those who’ve been afforded the luxury of living the grand life, the intimacy and exclusivity of such a status is part of the appeal. World-class prestige, however, is not content with average residences and so, with a love for the glamorous, worldwide addresses are born. As the eighth most expensive city in the world in 2013 according to CNN, Paris, France has shown that the wealthy and Expats alike continue to have a love affair with the extravagant city of lights.... Read More

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