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Le Bristol – Paris

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.



Royal Experience

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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.

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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.


Photos: Oetker Collection

Le Royal Monceau – Paris

Closed for renovation between the years 2008 and 2010, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is again reigning in the city of light.



French Monarchy

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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.


Photos: Courtesy Le Royal Monceau

Chateau St Martin

Convenient and splendorous, the chateau st. martin breathes history and elegance, like all the good locations in France. the scenario of the french riviera makes the experience more charming.



Heaven is a Place on Earth

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Part of the Oetker Collection group since 1994, the Chateau St. Martin was the fortress of the Knights Templar in the 12th century and then was in ruins until 1900, when it was acquired by a Polish earl. But it was in 1954 that he found his true calling when, after being bought by the French industrialist Fernand Genève, it was transformed into a hotel. Impeccable of the Oetker Collection group, coupled with the hotel’s mountain climate with lower temperatures and pleasant surroundings, they bring a cozy aura, typical of the countryside. Its decoration lives up to the place that is, and it brings all the welcome and the softness of the peasant atmosphere together with the typical French elegance. Small details, pieces of furniture, and furniture that blend contemporary style with Provencal complete the ambiance.

All this atmosphere inevitably sends us to the pleasures of high gastronomy. Headed by chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois, the award-winning Chateau St. Martin’s restaurant uses some excellent local ingredients such as the olive oils that are produced in the vicinity of the property. And if the gastronomic spectacle happens at the table, the look is not far behind.

The view of Le Saint-Martin brings excitement, especially at sunset, of a thousand and one colors – an unforgettable experience. In addition to the restaurants, as a sister hotel to Le Bristol in Paris, the Chateau has a bar very similar to the Parisian. In terms of service, the Chateau St. Martin deserves praise. An extremely efficient team of employees maintains uninterrupted communication and makes every effort to understand and meet all guests’ needs. Therefore, when you wake up and leave the room, all the attention will be offered so that you are constantly graced with great experiences.

Tips By Claur

Style & Concept: With a Provencal style, the hotel breathes the local history and atmosphere since It has been a hotel since 1954 and has been part of the Oetker Collection since 1994.

On the map: The location in the region of Vence offers the opportunity to visit this small town, with good museums, historical aspects, and an 11th-century church.

Rooms: All rooms are very comfortable and extremely welcoming, and offer views of the Cote d’Azur.

Pool / Gym: The place has a fitness center, two tennis courts, and an infinity pool for enjoying the view.

Restaurant / Bar: Under the command of chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois, the starred main restaurant, Le Saint-Marin still has a panoramic terrace.

Amenities: The La Praire Spa is a must visit – not optional but essential.


Photos: Courtesy Chateau St. Martin

Matthew Kenney & Elizabeth Holder

Ladurée bringing ecological responsibility, healthy eating, and professional cooking all together, Ladurée delivers customer satisfaction in a completely innovative way.

The Visionary Kitchen

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The whole concept is to improve customer satisfaction by combining healthy ingredients in ways that are functional and tasty. Being greener in our business is not just a matter of producing vegetarian and vegan options. It also means reintroducing the concept of slow food, reducing the use of flour, and using environmentally friendly packaging, among many other things. We still have a lot of work to do, and this is deeply thrilling to us”

In our current era of climate change and ecological transformation, there has never been less of a doubt that environmental awareness and sustainability practices are indispensable to the survival of our species. This reality is as much a part of our individual lives as it is a part of the business environment.

In addition to this sense of urgency to take measures that will guarantee the survival of our race, there is a steadily developing consensus around new values that aim at a more harmonious and natural life. To this end, thinking about what refinement has come to represent in the recent past serves as a perfect example of this new mindset.

There’s little doubt that refinement today has more to do with free time and quality of life than with unbridled consumption. A reexamination of the actual benefits of lifestyles linked to material consumption has led to new consumption patterns and has affected a number of traditional brands that have long been regarded as symbols of exclusivity and excellence.

“It’s much easier to start a business with sustainable practices than to remodel a 150-year-old company. We’ve had to reprogram and rearrange everything. We first developed the concept and then spent about five months planning it all out. But this was something that had become part of our lives on a personal level, because there’s no turning back the clock. My children will live in whatever the future of this planet looks like, and I want them to be proud of what we have accomplished”

Elisabeth Holder

The cafe French Ladurée, led by brothers David and Elisabeth Holder, has participated wholeheartedly in this reimagination of what consumption should look like. Known for its famous macarons, this iconic brand has found a new frontier, simultaneously celebrating plant-based cuisine and rethinking its entire production chain.

As chief of the company’s operations in the United States, Elisabeth Holder brought celebrated chef Matthew Kenney – one of the original minds behind “green” cuisine – to head a program they have termed “green evolution.” Their new line of comestibles is 100% vegan and feature dishes both savory and sweet that have a vegetable base. Still and all, macarons continue to be the great symbol of Ladurée.

Today, the brand has as much interest in its restaurants as it does in its event organizing. Their newly developed “green wave” will soon expand throughout the chain’s establishments. At the Beverly Hills Ladurée Tea Saloon, for example, Matthew Kenney plans to manage the space and feature a vegan menu. The restaurant will be a kind of laboratory for new food experiments of all kinds.

At other Ladurée locations around the world, the transition will be more gradual, with select vegan dishes complementing the normal menu. “We never intended to redefine Ladurée, only to make it accessible to a new audience while maintaining the high quality that has made the brand iconic for so long says, Kenney. “With Elisabeth and David inspiring our direction, we are committed to maintaining Ladurée’s spirit while identifying new techniques and methods. The process has led to a welcome acceptance of our globally healthy and forward-thinking products”.

The whole concept is to improve customer satisfaction by combining healthy ingredients in ways that are functional and tasty. Unsurprisingly, the company will use eco-friendly packaging made from natural materials and will forego the addition of glue or plastic. Some of the new products in this line will be juices produced exclusively by the ‘By Jardin’ brand, made from cold-pressed organic fruits and vegetables.

A new blend of coffee developed with Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee beans will accompany the new macaron flavors, such as L’or Vert, made from Green Tea and Moringa, and L’Éternel, comprised of baobab and mango.


Photos: Courtesy Ladurée