The Milanese restaurant Carlo e Camilla in Sigheria boasts of a dramatic décor, somewhere between a dream and reality. The contemporary menu was elaborated by the Italian Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco that joined the art director Tanja Solci and created the restaurant and cocktail bar in the global capital of fashion and design. The unique atmosphere of the space an old post-industrial sawmill acquired by Tanja’s grandparents in the 30s is full of contrasts. The exposed walls, high ceilings, and minimal style furnishings designed by Di Tanja Solci Studio are mixed with the incredible Richard Ginori’s porcelain and crystal chandeliers.
Luca Pedata is the Neapolitan chef responsible for the dishes that celebrate and interprets the traditional Spanish cuisine in a very unique way. Filippo Sisti innovates the cocktails, as they say, ‘the liquid cuisine’, joining ingredients and technics from the cuisine to the bar. The menu changes four times a year, with options of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, which makes the experience even greater.
Welcoming guests from all over the world is the easiest task of Le Bistrol, which along in decades of operation, eventually entrusted the mission of being the symbol of culture, wealth and local history.
Guardian of the five-star hotel Le Bristol in Paris, Didier Le Calvez is the type that never runs away from a fight and accepts the challenges of a profession with security and maturity that only years of experience could have given him. After collecting visits through some of the most famous hotels in the world, Le Calvez learned to face his own difficulties as a chance of growth and learning, failing to avoid obstacles of the route to actually involve him in it and become a better leader. It was this same thinking, for example, that granted him a CEO position of the hotel in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, one of the most wanted addresses in the French capital. The same Palace that ensures him a privileged view of the city also gives him a better view of any obstacles of the profession, as the constant harassment of the competition. “Particularly, I think this dispute between big hotels is something very good for the market. Honestly, I recognize the lack of high standard accommodations in Paris – which explains the openings and investments in this area.
When all works get done and the hotels open their doors, we will have strong competition, and I find it quite inspiring. I think my team is prepared and I trust in the talent of everyone who works with me. In addition, we have differentiated gastronomy at the Le Bristol says Le Calvez. His speech does not leave any room for mistakes and hesitations, which make us think he always knew their destination and only worked to make it become true. “In fact, I’ve always been in love with good food and the art of good service. So when I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted a career that would take me to this side and could provide me this feeling of accomplishment: The hotel management seemed to be a perfect choice – and I went through all possible hierarchies, working as a clerk, Night manager and a lot more. Thus, in fact, I could experience all processes and positions that a five-star hotel requests, then when I got to the office director, I knew exactly what to do” says the current chairman of the Union des Metier et des Industries de l’Hotellerie.
Distracted by its own beauty, reflected on the surface of the Seine River, which crosses and divides Paris, Le Bristol forgot to battle against time and for that, it was pardoned: it is a living Narcissus, of undeniable beauty. With a history to count in decades, but without wrinkles, the hotel retains its royal essence in its details. This palace has about 90 accommodations, all with a Hollywood view of the City of Light and its unique architecture. All rooms are decorated with Persian rugs, crystal chandeliers, silk curtains and more. To avoid the same fate of the mythological character who languished in contemplating such beauty, the hotel offers a different cuisine, able to steal attention to the idyllic surrounding countryside. In the Epicure restaurant, for example, guests enjoy the most sophisticated recipes of traditional French cuisine, interpreted by chef Eric Frechon. The excellence of the restaurant is such that he was given the highest honor in the world of gastronomy, three Michelin stars. For those seeking romance, the ideal place is the Le Jardin Français, perfect for sunny days when you can make the most of the bounties of an establishment outdoors, immersed in a garden.
As an alternative to fine dining, guests can also enjoy brasserie 114 Faubourg, recipient of a Michelin star. Also, It is there that during the first Monday of the month, the sommelier Fabien Guillemot gets a visit from a guest winemaker. During the night, guests have the chance to discover more about a particular wine and can taste bottles in harmony with a menu of four courses, set by chef Jean-Charles Cauquil. Meanwhile, in Cafe Antonia, patrons can enjoy a great atmosphere for informal and leisurely meetings. The menu follows the premise of the spontaneity of the house and offers more casual options — but not less tasty. Aside from the varied and hearty menus of its bars and restaurants, Le Bristol in its entirely remains a delectable feast for all of the senses. From the pool, surrounded by glass walls, we can admire the always infallible Eiffel Tower, and the charming Montmartre: it is the ideal place for those who like (or need) to slow down life and enjoy the best the City of Light has to offer.
For those who have some energy, the journey continues in the fitness center, equipped with Kinesis machines – a market benchmark. Bathed in natural light, the gym is open throughout the day and personal trainers are on hand to prepare a series of unique exercises, specially designed to meet every guest’s needs. Prepared for weddings and tailored events, the hotel unfolds in endless possibilities, just do not interfere with the Zen atmosphere of the Spa by La Prairie and its eight treatment rooms – including a Russian Banïya one. Regardless of the service, visitors are always accommodated in a slightly heated bed, so they can relax from the first moment. Treatments begin with the sauna, to release tension and calm the members – especially those susceptible to stress points. To complete the experience, the best possible way, a ginger infusion is offered with lemon and honey to all guests and visitors so that they come out of the spa feeling refreshed and serene. Parents on duty can stay carefree: the spa offers everyone properly trained staff to entertain the kids at the Kids Club so that parents can enjoy the most of the experience without any distractions. Fro those still looking for “something more,” Le Bisrol offers hairstyling services for those “finishing touches.” Speaking of beauty, it is worth mentioning that while Narcissus lived and died because of his vanity, the Parisian hotel wrote itself a happier story — one with a better ending. The difference, in this case, is that beauty is all the way inside out.
Those who were born to be a king will never lose their royalty, even if it means to deal with the weight of the crown: to break with all that was once known and launch itself into a new era. Thus, from its own French Revolution, the Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris returned to the throne of the French capital. Everything began in 2010 when guests, friends, and the media were able to closely check the radical metamorphosis that cost two years and 800 million Euros. The extreme makeover of the palace was led by French designer Philippe Starck, who made the premises of Le Royal Monceau a sweet and creative metaphor of Paris and of life itself.
Therefore, art, hospitality, fashion, warmth and haute cuisine get together at number 37 of the distinct Avenue Hoche – of which still can be seen, just around the corner, the imposing Arc de Triomphe. But in order to stay grounded in front of so much beauty, Starck brings us subtlety back to earth when purposely introducing a bit of chaos in the hotel’s facilities: a scruffy carpet, a crooked lampshade, a slightly out of place table – all to remind us that life is not straight; it is full of small idiosyncrasies that make our human experience even more amazing. It was not for the lack of notice or attempt: French designer Phillippe Starck did everything in his power to keep us in balance with reality, but it is impossible not to return to the clouds when we taste the wonders that make Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris a five-star hotel with praise.
The Parisian fairytale starts early, at breakfast, served at La Cuisine, Chef Laurent Andre. There, the day begins in the most organic way possible, with natural juices and freshly made pastry options. Democratic in every possible way, La Cuisine follows the routine of their guests and, on weekends, allows mornings to drag on until later in a generous brunch. Another temptation in the hotel to which we must surrender ourselves is the Il Carpaccio Italian restaurant, awarded a Michelin star. Led by chef Roberto Rispoli, a native of Tuscany, the restaurant has a menu guided by the seasons, since it only admits fresh produce. To celebrate 30 years of the place, Rispoli went personally to Sicily to create the house olive oil. As if it wasn’t enough with its hearty and well-prepared dishes, Il Carpaccio has a bonus of typical Italian desserts, but with a special touch that only one chef patissier Pierre Hermé’s caliber could do. Relaxing moments deserve equal attention – and, in this case, the best option would be the tables of Le Bar Long, a more casual and friendly atmosphere, and more flexible hours as well.
To make sure you take in the most you can from this “palace,” save some time to visit the Terrace. A restaurant that, as the name suggests, is in a more open environment – the official description, it is even called “garden restaurant.” Although this is not the most formal restaurant in the hotel, it is probably the one that best describes it, since it changes with the seasons, and never fails to bloom. The tables are arranged around a glass dome, which reveals the ever-restless waters of the spa pool, located on the ground floor.
The passion for culture that runs through the veins of Paris also circulates through the halls of Le Royal Monceau, the only hotel in the world to make an Art Concierge available to guests – a professional expert in cultural trends, able to close the Pompidou for private visits for some hours. Although the golden keys of the concierges of the palace can open any door, there is no need to go too far to find the best of the cultural life of Paris. This very inn houses a gallery dedicated to modern art and a bookstore meticulously curated, bringing together the best books, magazines and tangible objects in the universe of fashion, film, and art.
When the options are many and the mind asks for rest, a visit to the Spa My Blend by Clarins can be the solution to every dilemma. Also known as “white paradise,” the center and relaxation of Le Royal Monceau is home to one of the largest indoor pools in Paris, 24 meters long and 8 wide. Voted Best Hotel Spa in 2012 by Virtuoso Award, the My Blend by Clarins is guided by the uniqueness of its customers, already adapting their treatments to the profile of its users. After relaxing in a totally white environment, a burst of color waiting for guests on the screens of Le Cinéma de Lumières, with a capacity for 99 spectators. Equipped with the latest machines, the cinema of Le Royal Monceau is able to play 3D movies, which puts it in the crosshairs of the most exclusive premieres of France and beyond.
As might be expected, the 149 suites at the palace hotel are equipped with all of the comfort items you can imagine: a king size bed, pressurized shower, walk in closet, plasma television and more. All accommodations, from the simple studio room to the majestic Presidential Suite 241, summarize the whole philosophy of the inn. And each, in its own way, balances this unique blend of chaos, colors, culture, tastes, technology, and urban havens – and constantly reminds that it is not necessary to be asleep in order to dream.
It seems that in recent years, the world has discovered Portugal. In fact, this is not a real discovery, but we can almost call it an apology for having such a rich country in a lower category compared to other European nations. And despite the late recognition it is more than deserved. In addition to an immense cultural heritage, whether in the field of literature, the arts, or gastronomy, and a very important historical legacy, Portuguese landscapes please even the most experienced traveler. Its beaches on the Portuguese coast that have attracted tourists from all over the world, especially those from the Algarve region.
Much closer to the South of the country, the edge of the Algarve has a characteristic feature in the form of carved profiles and slopes of rocks that add to the beauty of the landscape. Right on top of one of these cliffs stands Pine Cliffs Resort, a member hotel complex of The Luxury Collection with all the attributes required for an excellent stay. On a 72-hectare site, in addition to the hotel’s headquarters and apartment villas, Pine Cliffs feature tennis and golf courses, a beach club, seven swimming pools, and a fantastic 1,000-square-foot spa, Serenity – The Art of Well Being, which alone is worth the visit. So if your plan is relaxing, book at least a couple of hours daily for the personal care that Serenity offers.
With 13 treatment rooms, including one of Japanese inspiration called Sakura, where you can make Thai, Ayurvedic, and Shiatsu massages. The sanctuary of relaxation also has an ice fountain, thermal baths, and hydrotherapy, and a space reserved for couples or groups of friends with a private jacuzzi and relaxation area. And for the experience of pure delight to be completed- 12 options of high gastronomy, among restaurants, bars, and cafes, bring the best of Portuguese cuisine. The proximity to the sea increases the choice of fresh fish and other seafood served in perfect combination with Portuguese wines.
Created with the aim of honoring the old fishmongers that were disappearing from Lisbon over the years, Sea Me mixes modernity and tradition by bringing together the traditional market, the Japanese restaurant, the brewery, and the seafood restaurant all in one place. Located in the traditional Chiado neighborhood, guests can choose the seafood that they will savor at a counter in the back of the restaurant before preparation as if it were in a local fish market, and then be surprised by beautifully presented and very tasty dishes.
Among the highlights are the sardine niguiris, the grouper tartar, the sting salad and the tagliatelle of scallops and shrimp. Do not forget to try the tuna nail, a typical Portuguese sandwich, originally made with beef, but popularized in the version with fish. During dinner, the place becomes more charming with soft tunes in pleasing volume presented by a resident DJ.
As the first brand of soaps and fragrances in the Iberian Peninsula, Claus Porto spent more than a century without its own shop. Its hand-drawn labels and its rich portfolio of handmade crafts make it unique in a beauty market increasingly saturated with industrialized products. This differential guaranteed the secular success of Claus Porto, who, after getting Oprah Winfrey’s appreciation, won the world and went on to be sold in luxury boutiques in more than 60 countries. However, on the celebration of its 130th anniversary in 2017, its first concept store was inaugurated in Porto.
Located in Rua das Rosas, in the charming historical center of the Portuguese city, the store occupies the three floors of an old bourgeois house designed to provide an intense experience in the universe of the brand stimulating our five senses. This experience is exclusive of the now considered headquarters of Claus Porto, but anyone who is in Lisbon or New York can have a taste of it all in the other two stores of the label.
Respect to the land, culture, and traditions- these are the foundations that drive the family group Torre de Canyamel. Under the command of the descendants of the Font del Olors clan, the organization owns properties from cattle ranching to hotels and restaurants in the region of Mallorca, Spain. The hotels of the group stand out for their identity since they do not belong to a large network but rather to a family with deep roots in the region. This characteristic can be found both in the care for the ingredients used in their kitchens and in the selection of the meats used in the dishes from the farms of the group, as well as in the concern with the preservation of the local culture, present in all their enterprises.
However, each hotel has its unique features, which make them different from the others. Can Simoneta boast restored buildings of about 140 years and a splendid view of the north coast of the Island. Being high up on a hillside, it offers a horizon of multiple landscapes and access to the private beach via a beautiful staircase. A very special place where you can see the touch of history and even have a feeling of getting to another era. FontSanta is in the southern part of Mallorca and offers a more rural landscape. As a Spa hotel, it seeks to bring tranquility and relaxation, providing moments of reflection and self-care. Silence is present in various environments, decorated with sculptures, drawings, and paintings by contemporary artists. The works seem to dialogue with the place and adorn every corner of the main house, which has been the residence of the family for three generations. It is essential to spend hours relaxing in thermal baths. Finishing the experience in Mallorca, Pleta de Mar, the newest hotel in the Torre de Canyamel group, is just 200 meters from Can Simoneta. Luxurious and modern, we can say this is the most exuberant of the three experiences. In an immense terrain, it unites the tranquility of the field with the dazzling look of the ocean. It has a golf course and a cellar to give envy to the most demanding winemakers. All this deserves a visit to this little corner of Spain.
Summer 2018, and with its unexpected name and equally unlikely site, Girafe assumes a position at the heart of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, (Museum of French Architecture and Heritage) Place du Trocadéro in Paris.
There is a new place conquering the hearts of seafood lovers in Paris since the early European summer. It is the Girafe restaurant, very well located in the Trocadero. The privileged view on the Eiffel Tower and the splendid 1930s-inspired decoration, created by the architect Joseph Dirand, with cream benches, marble bar, original pilasters, and tropical plants, are attractive on their own for those looking for a place to savor the climate, Parisian. Joining this look to the sumptuous menu, full of fresh fish options, presented both cooked and raw, Girafe ended up becoming one of the most talked about places among the French. One of the most precious requests of the seasonal menu, orchestrated by chef Benoît Dargère, is the ceviche of lobster, sole, and turbot, subject to availability. The convenience of the service goes beyond cold nights when blankets are offered to those who sit under heat lamps on the terrace watching the main postcard of the city.
The menu at Girafe is imagined as joyful, supple, seasonal and relevant but above all we wanted it to be readable. And with a sea-based cuisine, simplicity and sophistication have no problem sharing the table with opulence and decadence. Simple starters with international flavors, like langoustine ravioli and curried broth, gamberoni rossi and fish cakes. The dishes revolve, according to the month and the haul, around seven main staples of the sea (lobster, red mullet, sole, turbot, sea bass, Atlantic Bluefin tuna, sea-bream), prepared as the mood dictates, whether irreverent, chic, classic, exotic, raw or cooked. The dishes at Girafe present a mirror to the surroundings, occupying space between traditional cooking and modern cuisine, a sole meunière or a fried whiting, whole fish depending on the season to be shared roasted, grilled or salt-crust baked. In the timeless glow of the brasserie, seafood as you like it on plates and platters in the dining room and at the bar.
This space, which was formerly a chic bar, today takes the concept of Personal Shopping to a whole new level of intimacy. The Salons Particuliers offers 5-star tailoring service I’m for anyone that needs to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Le Bon Marché has been around since the 19th century being one of the first department stores, or brands magasins, a remarkable achievement has given the Parisian fashion industry. Since then, the brand has been dedicated to being a symbol of style and diversity that its customers could always count on.
But we want to focus on the unique experience that awaits third-floor visitors. The Salons Particuliers is a 3,200 square foot private apartment meticulously decorated by renowned artists, striking the perfect balance between creativity and modernity without losing Le Bon Marché’s sophisticated and high-end touch.
Along with this space were introduced two new services:
Personal Shopping Here, a team of stylists will guide the customers through the store floors and select the items that caught their eyes. These are free fashion advice sessions that last as long as needed for the customers to find their perfect pieces.
Private Styling Anyone interested in more specific advice needs to prepare their pockets for a 150 Euro fee. This service features 2 hours of advice from a personal stylist. It is a highly personalized service where the client can speak directly to the professional to determine the particularities and make an appointment.
No wonder Le Bon Marché is one of Paris’s most exclusive and renowned brands magasins. This level of personalization, sophistication, authenticity, and modernity is not a veneer but is rooted in every aspect of the brand. The experience the client is in for is evident from the names available on the shelves – Dior, Balenciaga, Celine, Gucci, Chloé, etc. – even the environment is thought out to the smallest detail by brilliant artists. All of this combined with Les Salons Particuliers’ personalized and private experience.
The Salons Particuliers consist of three rooms that open up into a comfortable and spacious dressing room, the Aristide, La Biblothèque and the Grand Salon. Together they create a gigantic and sophisticated environment that makes all the difference to the customer shopping experience. This is, in fact, the best shopping experience available in Paris! And surely it’s a must when you’re in the French capital – a moment of undiluted pleasure, as Le Bon Marché itself states. One tip: be sure to pay attention to library titles and chandeliers, they are amazing!