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La Bastide de Marie: A Dreamy French Countryside Retreat in Menerbes

Mar 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Sitting down to breakfast at a flagstone terrace bathed in sunshine next to rows of succulent grapes is just one of the delights of a stay at the 15-room La Bastide de Marie in Luberon Regional Park. Located in the foothills of Ménerbes, this elegant 18th century residence is nestled among 57 acres of vines. It was also three miles away from here that Peter Mayle, wrote his best-selling memoir A Year in Provence.

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Who Wouldn't Want to Stay in a French Estate on Their Saint-Tropez Vacation?

Mar 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Once a countryside estate involved in winemaking and silkworm farming, Mas de Chastelas a few miles outside Saint-Tropez, has been transformed into a five-star property attracting a diverse international clientele. It was here that the eyes of Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve met hypnotically on-screen in the movie Je Vous Aime.

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5 Resorts Perfectly Primed for Your Late Season Ski Holiday

Feb 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Spring is officially less than a month away and soon these dreary, bone-chilling days will be a thing of the past (even though East Coasters may beg to differ). But before we say goodbye to winter, there’s still plenty of time to hit the slopes for to enjoy late season skiing. With extended daylight hours, warmer weather, fewer crowds and longer lift opening times, this is one of the best times to pack up your gear and head to the mountains. Here are five ski resorts for March and April ski holidays:

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Terre Blanche is a Golfer's Dream & a Spa-Lover's Haven in the South of France

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort isn’t just an award-winning, five-star property in the South of France (although that would certainly be enough to lure in many a discerning traveler); it is practically a Provençal village unto itself. The 750-acre resort contains 115 luxurious suites and villas, tennis courts, four restaurants, two pools, a full-service spa and fitness center and two 18-hole golf courses.

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Experience Burgundy Through the Eyes of a French Chef With a 7-Day Cooking Program

Jan 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

When traveling abroad, I tend to visit familiar destinations, such as Italy, my former home. But when the opportunity arose to experience France through the eyes of a chef, I could not resist. Nothing on this trip felt touristy, it was authentic France. I shopped at the market for dinner ingredients, prepared gourmet meals alongside Frelon, visited with family winemakers and enjoyed leisurely afternoons in the village.

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Pump Up Your Bridal Couture Know-How at the Parisian Moda e Arte Workshop

Jan 9, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When it comes to getting wedding inspiration for photographers, designers, and planners, Pinterest is a pretty good source. But when you're ready to step it up and be the source, you should look into Moda e Arte, an all-inclusive luxury destination workshop that brings internationally-recognized talents to teach attendants the tricks of the trade.

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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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