Category Archives: France


JW Marriott’s Dark Room by Belvedere will wow celebs attending the 65th Cannes Film Festival

In honour of the 65th Cannes Film Festival taking up quarters at JW Marriott, an after party named “Dark Room” will be taking place, unveiling an area as a Studio Shoot, a terrace bar concept and a gallery lounge during the period May 16-27, 2012. The event dubbed “Dark Room by Belvedere” taking place in JW Marriott, one of the premier luxury suite hotels in Cannes will have a Studio Shoot made available to personalities and leaders in Cannes by photographer Eric Mercier. The opulent JW Marriott La Croisette Cannes hotel will also host Belvedere Vodka’s Terrace Bar Concept dedicated to cocktail tasting comprising of five mixes aptly named, “The Dark Room”, “The Master”, “The Argentique”, “The Flash” and “The Negative”, all of which will add special charm to the event.
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Christie’s to open Art Exhibition at JW Marriott Cannes ahead of its big auction

If you are in Cannes to witness the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival, then do make some time for checking out some rare art by famous artists such Picasso, Warhol, Kandinsky, and Basquiat to be at the JW Marriott Hotel Cannes. The exhibit will put up works of Impressionist and Modern Art alongside Post-War and Contemporary Art. This will be followed by Christie’s major London auctions schedule to be held in June.
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Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam becomes the first Sofitel Legend in Europe

After two years of extensive renovations, The Grand, Sofitel’s historic and iconic Amsterdam hotel, is now officially the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. This is Sofitel’s second Legend property in the world and first in Europe. The Legend locations are properties housed in registered buildings with at least 100 years of history. The newly opened five-star luxury hotel features 177 rooms including 52 suites, an award-winning seafood restaurant and an urban So SPA. Continue reading

The Mandarin Oriental Paris is now open

After much anticipation, the Mandarin Oriental Paris opens its grand designer doors today. Located at 251 rue Saint-Honoré; in the city’s first arrondissement, the hotel has been one of the most anticipated hotel openings this year. Sitting in the heart of the city, the building’s original Art Deco façade has been conserved and restored by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Inside, designer Sybille de Margerie has created some glamorous, yet contemporary interiors across its 138 lush rooms. The design combines Parisian sophistication, with art deco details and a few subtle oriental touches, true to the Mandarin Oriental spirit. Some lesser subtle ones include the hotel’s vast indoor garden of ‘oriental inspiration’ created by Wilmotte & Associés, in association with the landscape artists François Neveux and Bernard Rouyer. The property also houses a 900 sq m of pure indulgence MO Spa, offering holistic experiences including some exclusive Mandarin Oriental signature therapies in the seven private suites, which are all equipped for hydrotherapy and heat treatments. There is also a large indoor pool and a fitness centre. Foodies can rejoice as the Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx restaurant is clearly the jewel in the hotel’s gourmet crown, seating 44 diners in a Patrick Jouen designed space. Open all day, Camelia serves bistro cuisine with specialities prepared while you watch. The hotel will also have a bar and a cake shop!

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A Barbie-perfect room for the little princess in you

We wouldn’t expect anything but the best from Barbie. Even after 50 years, faithful Ken does not disappoint when it comes to keeping his lady happy, from the Dream House to the Corvette, to the Mattel-inspired designer clothes, shoes, jewellry and handbags. And now, the stunner has added another feather to her cap with the Barbie suite at the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris. The Plaza Athenee which opened in 1911 is known for its decadence, with endless crystal chandeliers, tall vases of blooming flowers, and ornate artwork and furnishings is located on Avenue Montaigne. This August, the hotel will unveil their Barbie suite, allowing Barbie fanatics to live out their Barbie-dream, which by the way is very very very pink! The hotel will have two types of Barbie rooms – one for the young Barbie fan (ages 3-8) and one for the more mature Barbie fan (ages 8-13). The “Modern Princess” or “Fashion Icon” rooms will both offer Barbie accessories. The Modern Princess rooms comes complete with a princess dress and pet-grooming table, while the Fashion Icon room will appeal to more mature fashionistas, where guests will get Barbie t-shirts and the room will be complete with a computer and designer furniture. There are plenty of Barbie-goodies you can take home from bath amenities, hair accessories, lip gloss and hand lotion. Check out our pictures for the pinky-details.

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Mandarin Oriental, Paris set to open doors on June 28

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group adds another luxury resort to its portfolio of properties with the highly anticipated opening of the Mandarin Oriental, Paris on June 28, located at the posh 25, rue Saint-Honoré, in the city’s first arrondissement. Celebrating this joyous occasion, the hotel is offering its guests, the “J’aime Paris” opening offer, for stays between July 17 and August 28, 2011, with special rates from €765 ($1,097) a night inclusive of a €300 ($430) credit per room and €500 ($717) credit per suite that can also be redeemed at the hotel’s spa or restaurants. A minimum stay may be required over certain dates. Mandarin Oriental, Paris boasts of one of the most prestigious address in the heart of this fashion capital, with the Garnier Opera, the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens in short distance. The property has preserved its original, magnificent Art Deco façade, complemented by chic, contemporary interiors; giving guests the best of Parisian experience in the city. Its 138 luxurious rooms are some of the largest in Paris and offers elegance, comfort, space and light designed in Parisian sophistication, with art deco details and oriental touches. The architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte supervised renovation of the building, facade and patio, Sybille de Margerie overlooked the interior design and decoration of the rooms, spa and public spaces, while Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku lent their talent to the bar and restaurants. The hotel’s lush indoor gardens were created with some oriental inspiration by Wilmotte & Associés. Continue reading

Cheval Blanc hotel takes over luxury store La Samatitaine’s space in Paris

The La Samaritaine used to be a famous place in Paris, popular among local Parisians and tourists alike. The store shut down in 2005 for need of major renovation to make it safe for shoppers. But now, building owners LVMH (owner of Louis Vuitton and more) has received permission from the city officials to transform the iconic building into a luxury hotel. When complete, it will feature a Cheval Blanc hotel, a Louis Vuitton retail boutique, a daycare center and 95 units of affordable housing. The ambitious project is expected to go on the floor next year and aims to open doors in three years. Continue reading