SPEND A NIGHT OR MORE IN A LOIRE VALLEY ABBEY
The royal Abbey de Fontevraud now features a four star hotel.
The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud nestles in the heart of the Loire Valley between Touraine and Anjou. A few kilometres from the towns of Saumur and Chinon, Fontevraud Abbey is a major historical monument amongst the Loire Valley Châteaux. Founded in the 12th century, it was a monastery for over 700 years until it was transformed into a prison. Today, Fontevraud is home to an ambitious arts and cultural program around the theme of a contemporary « ideal » city.
The Hotel :
Elegant spaces and noble materials contribute to a sense of peace in the heart of Fontevraud. Made to order for the hotel, our natural bedding combines softness with a firm foundation to provide a deep and reviving sleep. Surrounded by calm and comfort, your stay at Fontevraud will be an exciting and moving experience.
Discover and experience Fontevraud’s cuisine in a unique setting around the cloister. In a creative and contemporary take on French culinary traditions, local products are transformed and magnified to titillate the senses showing due respect for the craft of the wine makers, farmers, market gardeners, fishermen and artisan food makers that surround Fontevraud.
OVERNIGHT IN A STUD FARM IN THE HEART OF STRASBOURG
Experience a mix between traditions of Alsace and a contemporary hotel.
Rediscover the unique charm of the National Stud Farm set in a rare setting in the heart of Strasbourg on the edge of the Petite France historical quarter
A prestige hotel, with a contemporary flair, a Brasserie restaurant managed by Marc Haeberlin, both a fair representation of the former National Stud Farm, decorated by the famous duet of designer-architect Jouin-Manku, a mesmerizing and secret place built in the middle of the 18th century along the medieval ramparts of the town, nestled in Strasbourg’s former National Stud Farm, classified as a historical monument since 1922.
The Hotel Les Haras is located within the former compounds of Strasbourg’s National Stud Farm, which has been classified as a historical monument. It contains 55 rooms with a freshly modern design. Leather and wood are put forward in reminiscence of the world of horseback riding, and to create a cozy and modern atmosphere.
A MYTHICAL PLACE IS REBORN : MOLITOR PARIS BY MGALLERY
Will the Molitor become again the place to be in Paris ?
It has inspired all of Paris since the 1930s, encouraging those it welcome to swim, sunbathe, love and dance. In 2014, MOLITOR will be reborn in three words: POOL, ART, LIFE*. Three words that it will interpret for everyone throughout its facilities and even more particularly for the members of its private Club. Spa rooms, pools in the restaurant, terraces outside rooms for private hire, MOLITOR is reinventing itself and becoming MLTR, an extraordinary place of life whose history is still being written.
The restaurant will offer a double interpretation of the Chef's dishes and the Best Staff in France in culinary duels. Yannick Alleno has dreamt up this partnership with the idea of shaking up the codes of French cuisine while keeping what's best.
In summer, the barbecue on the rooftop terrace will offer a simple but fresh menu, which is perfect on beautiful days with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower.
Operated by MGallery know-how, this set of high-end Accor Group hotels, will offer 5 star cocoons with tasteful, unfussy, top-of-the-range decor. Hotel guests will have access to the summer pool, which is heated all year, to the winter pool, to a dedicated fitness room and, of course, to the spa, restaurant and bar.
DINE IN A LEGENDARY BELLE EPOQUE RESTAURANT
The mythical Train Bleu just reopened after a 2 month facelift.
Legendary Train Bleu, mythical restaurant inside Gare de Lyon was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. It was named so in honour of the legendary Paris-Ventimiglia train which transported Paris’ fashionable to the French Riviera. Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Colette were regular guests and it's been used as the backdrop of many movies. A perfect choice if you are arriving in Paris by train from the French Riviera or Burgundy or if you love a Belle Epoque atmosphere.
The restaurant :
The project involved restoration of stucco work and gilding, the cleaning of historic frescos and paintings, renovation of the flooring, an upgrade of the cloakrooms and the introduction of updated furniture and crockery. The restoration is said to combine Belle Epoque elegance with the original Mediterranean themes of the restaurant, preserving all elements of the restaurant’s history.
A new menu has been developed by head chef Jean-Pierre Hocquet, Eric Léautey (consultant and trainer at culinary school Lenôtre), and Christophe Adam, former pastry chef at Fauchon and founder of pioneering high street brands Adam’s and Éclair de génie. It features Train Bleu favourites including roast leg of lamb carved and served from the trolley, and the restaurant’s renowned Rum Baba.
A GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY THROUGHOUT PARIS
Discover Paris most beautiful places and historical monuments on a gourmet escapade
Here is a delightful way to discover food and wine of a cultural capital while visiting the City of Light.
The Bustronome is a high-end double decker bus that stands out in particular for its panoramic glass roof. It drives its passengers into the Parisian atmosphere in the best conditions whatever the season. From the panoramic terrace, passengers can enjoy amazing views of Paris, including its squares, avenues and monuments sheltered from the weather and the pollution.
A musical program is offered on board to discover eclectic French music and emphasis the feeling of well-being.
Two of the menus are ‘all inclusive’ with a selection of wine served by the glass to accompany each dish.
Non-intrusive audioguide on demand. The Audiopen heralds a totally new, innovative concept of the guided tour. It comprises both an audio player and an interactive document.
New venues, new escape ideas in France
GUY SAVOY MOVES TO MONNAIE DE PARIS - THE FRENCH MINT
Fine food in a great location and stunning architecture.
For 28 years, one of this city’s most famous restaurants operated in the 17th Arrondissement close to the Arc de Triomphe. Now diners at Restaurant Guy Savoy will enter a grand 4,300-square-foot top-floor space on the site of both the oldest institution in France and the oldest factory in Paris: the Monnaie de Paris — the French mint. Chef Savoy officially moves his signature restaurant on May 19.
Once the move is complete, diners will enter by climbing a "red-carpeted stone staircase decorated with medallions and laurel wreaths. A series of dining rooms in shades of anthracite and brown are set along windows 10 feet high that offer a view of the Seine." Savoy’s 35 chefs and kitchen staff are most excited about a kitchen nearly three times as large as the original as well as new equipment. Guy Savoy is truly an artist. He scrupulously selects his French fine-dining ingredients according to their origins and pays them the utmost respect : orchestrating extraordinary variations on flavors and textures that have earned him his golden reputation. The end result is some of the finest fare in the world : classics reinterpreted with cutting-edge culinary techniques. Its splendid dining-room is a showplace for modern art.
And if you can't afford a 3 star menu, try Guy Savoy's cuisine at Les Bouquinistes !