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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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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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2014 Cannes Film Festival Announces 15 Female-Directed Titles

Apr 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) finally released this year's line-up and while there are literally tons of films we're excited to see (The Rover, David Michôd's anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, definitely comes to mind), we are even more thrilled to see so many female filmmakers represented!

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Take a Last-Minute Family Trip to The French Alps Before Ski Season Ends

Apr 14, 2014  |   Contributor: AJ Jordan

The end of the ski season is fast approaching, and Club Med Valmorel is one of the last resorts in the French Alps to remain open in April. If you caught the ski bug this year and haven’t had the opportunity to break out the equipment, why not gather up the passports for a family trip to the French Alps?

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A Quick Guide to 6 Of the Best Cities Along the French Riviera

Jan 22, 2014  |   Contributor: AJ Jordan

During the middle ages, the French built their settlements on the Mediterranean hills for optimal protection against their foreign enemies. Today, their foresight makes the colorful, elevated villages both scenic and awe-inspiring for visitors to the French Riviera. From absinthe-tasting in 9th century cellars to viewing original work by Chagall or Picasso in unlikely places and luxury hotels, there are unexpected delights in every village. Here are some tips to navigate the diverse towns in this charming destination.

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Benneton Grauver: The Stationer To Celebs & Royals for Over 130 Years

Dec 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Nicholas

Some of the world’s most beautiful stationary sits stacked on shelves in a discreet shop in Paris’ haute 8th Arrondissment. With clients like Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and a host of French nobility, Benneton Gravuer has been turning out exquisite paper products and other engraving for over 130 years.

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