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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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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

"True" Queen of France's 16th Century Castle Listed for Sale at $38 Million

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

An important piece of French history in the form of a 16th Century castle once owned by the woman many considered to the the “true” Queen of France has been listed for sale at about $38 million by an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Château Saint-Elix near Toulouse was owned by the Marquise de Montespan, who had seven children by King Louis XIV and was considered to be the country’s “true” queen due to her influence in court at the time.... Read More

Where the Stars Stay For The Cannes Film Festival

May 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Whether in town for business or pleasure, celebs are more than happy to take time out of their busy schedules to jet off to the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival; and could we really blame them? It is one of the most celebrated and publicized film festivals in the world, which means they’ll be flocking toward the flashbulbs like a moth to a flame any second now.... Read More

Alfred Lord Tennyson's Historic Castle on Cote d'Azur Listed at $59 Million

May 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

A huge, historic castle built by famed Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson in the South of France has been listed for sale via Christie’s Real Estate affiliate Michael Zingraf for about $59 million. Situated on 40 lush acres, the 15-bedroom castle has more than 40,000 square feet of interior space, making it the largest such property on the Cote d’Azur.... Read More

Fairmont Baku, Azerbaijan Set to Open Spring '13 With Stunning Design

Apr 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Fairmont Baku, Azerbaijan is set to open later this spring but it has already drawn award-winning attention from its stunning design.... Read More

Where to Go Wine Tasting Right Outside Paris

Feb 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Although often overlooked in favor of France’s more prominent wine regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Loire Valley is fast gaining worldwide recognition for world-class wines and varietals; Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are attracting devoted followers around the world. Once the playground of the French monarchy, the area boasts imposing chateaux and quaint villages tucked among the rolling hills. Only a quick train ride from Paris, the region is a great place for a quick daytrip from the City of Lights or a leisurely jaunt in its own right.... Read More

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