June, 2009

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Luxury weekend in Saint Paul de Vence, Provence

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


Relax in the hills of the Arrière Pays and get rid of your weekly stress in the stunning surroundings of Saint Paul de Vence. With its unique architecture, its arty feeling and a fabulous culinary tradition, Saint Paul de Vence is the ideal location to recharge your batteries.

Your Hotel:
On the hills of Provence is La Grande Bastide, a beautiful 18th bastide, an old and charming house renovated in a superb hotel overlooking Saint Paul de Vence. La Grande Bastide is the ideal location to start your driving expedition of Provence and the Riviera. The hotel has a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, two terraces and a solarium. Breakfast is enjoyed on the terrace with a fantastic view of Saint Paul. La Grande Bastide is the perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend.

Your room:
Each of the 14 rooms is decorated with style and according to colours of Provence. Pastel gives the tone and each room is spacious and benefits from modern amenities, such as Satellite TV, mini bar, safe, etc.

Leisure on site:
Swimming pool

Things to see and to do in the area:
Golf and horse riding nearby
Visit the beautiful village of Saint Paul de Vence with its narrow streets, craft shops and traditional restaurants
The beaches and the Riviera with Nice and Monaco

Dates :
The hotel is closed from 25th November to the 20th December

Location and Access:
Saint Paul de Vence, PACA, France

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Luxury weekend in Marseille

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


Spend the weekend in Marseille, an incredible city, capital of Provence. Its old harbor, the singing accents, the bouillabaisse, Marseille is a very attractive city with sun, the sea and good nightlife. Your hotel is the Petit Nice Passedat, a very exclusive hotel affiliated Relais & Chateaux, on a promontory overlooking the sea, which also benefits from the talent of Gerald Passedat, 3 michelin stars.

Your weekend in Marseille includes :

1 night in a Suite for 2 people
2 breakfasts « à la française”

Your hotel in Marseille :

Le Petit Nice Passedat is a 4 star hotel affiliated Relais & Chateaux. This 19th century villa delivers an intimate atmosphere with refinement. Isolated on a promontory overlooking the sea, Le Petit Nice is one of the most exclusive hotels in Marseille. The kitchen is simply fabulous awarded with 3 Michelin stars. The favourite dish is the bouillabaisse, an institution in Marseille.

Other information :

13 bedrooms and 3 apartments
1 gastronomic restaurant
Outdoor Swimming pool
Open all year round

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Hot air ballooning in the French Alps

Monday, June 15th, 2009


Take a hot air balloon trip and enjoy the stunning Alps landscape and most particularly the Mont Blanc from a bird’s eye view.

Discover from above the breathtaking and unique Mont Blanc Country. Drift along with the wind through exceptional angles, and admire the stunning Avaris range dressed with a bright orange veil as the sun rises and succumb to the majestic Mont Blanc and its beautiful snow coat.

Live a truly magical and peaceful moment. Feel nature’s strength and splendour. During winters as summers, this experience is wonderful and unforgettable.

Course of the experience :

Balloon trip duration:  one hour. Experience full duration:  4 to 5 hours.

Balloon trips are organised early in the morning, one to two hours after sunrise. Summer hours – mornings 7h30/8h00; Winter – mornings 8h30/9h00.

From the rendez-vous site, you will be driven in a 4×4 to the most convenient takeoff site according to weather conditions (wind is the main element). After inflating the balloon, the pilot will instruct you with security measures. Then take off for a splendid one-hour balloon trip. Once back on the ground you will help to put back all the equipments and share your memories with a glass of champagne before going back to the original rendez-vous site.

Participants and guests :
The nacelle can take from 4 to 7 people.

Conditions and restrictions :
If you suffer from vertigo, you will not feel dizzy in a balloon.
If you suffer from heart diseases, please check with your doctor what altitude you can fly up to. The average altitude is approx. 2000m.
Please note that passengers stand during the balloon trip.

Weather :
This experience takes place in suitable weather conditions. Rescheduling due to bad weather conditions can happen. We invite you to contact the supplier 72 to 48 hours before take off day to check weather conditions. If conditions are not good enough, you will reschedule for another time. If they are good, you will contact the supplier the day before taking off day to confirm time and location of rendez-vous.

Dates :
The experience takes place from 15 December to 31 October.

Praz-sur-Arley/Megève, Haute Savoie, France.
Access: Megève

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Wine tasting in Marseille

Monday, June 15th, 2009


Learn all there is to know about wine tasting in the beautiful city of Marseille. The wine tasting session focuses on developing your senses to better appreciate the wine tasting itself. Your will be taught how to read, smell and taste wine. These wine tasting courses take place each Saturday with a professional oenologist.

Course of the wine tasting experience in Marseille :
Acquire and « master » the specific vocabulary of wine tasting.
Develop your senses to improve and enhance your wine tasting abilities: sight, smell, taste and learn how to determine their role in the tasting process.
Smelling game
Then taste: you will taste 6 different wines with the comments of the oenologist and discuss vines, assemblage as well as know more about keeping wines.

Participants :
This wine tasting experience takes place in small groups.

Dates :
This wine tasting experience is available all year around on saturdays.

Location :
Marseille, France.

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Gastronomic weekend near Versailles at Les Etangs de Corot

Monday, June 8th, 2009


You need a break? Enjoy a gastronomic weekend at the Etangs de Corot! Situated at only 5 mn from Versailles and 20mn from Paris, The Etangs de Corot has managed to protect the history of this charming place which has a human scale and offers a picturesque, elegant and harmonious setting. In this special place, a delicious dinner will be suggested at the restaurant “Le Corot”. In a baroque atmosphere with the twinkling chandeliers and woodwork, you could discover the creative cuisine of the Chef.

The price includes for 2 people :
1 night in a double room.
1 gastronomic dinner at the Restaurant “Le Corot” (pre-dinner drink, starter, plate, desert, mineral water, wine chosen by the wine waiter, cafe)

Hotel near Paris:
The charming 4-star Etangs de Corot Hotel offers you a different world, peace and comfort, surrounded by ponds and gardens. This picturesque hotel has soul and character: every area exudes elegance; every room is decorated in warm. Surrounded by gardens and houses, inspiring a sense of well-being, the architecture displays a subtle pattern of levels, forms and light. Like a Corot painting, the decor adopts warm or pastels colors and elegant furniture makes this peaceful harmony complete. No space, no room is alike: each one has its own character, its own color. 3 restaurants will be suggested to you.

Your room at the Etangs de Corot:
You will sleep in one of the 43 double rooms of the Etangs de Corot, spited in 4 houses. All rooms are with every comfort and a view over the forest or ponds. All personalized, and furnished in a contemporary style. Rooms are equipped with an individual safe, two phone lines, internet access, a fax line, a mini-bar, satellite television and air-conditioning.

Leisure on site:
Gastronomic restaurant Le Corot.
Restaurant brasserie “Les Paillottes”.
The “café des artistes”.
From November 2008, the Spa Caudalie.

This gastronomic weekend at the Etangs de Corot is available all year round (except Monday, and Tuesday, the restaurant le Corot is closed).

Location :
Ville d’Avray, Hauts-de-Seine, Ile de France, France

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Unusual stay in a treehouse in Brittany

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Enjoy an unusual night in a treehouse. See the surrounding landscape from above, enjoy the height and the view. You can be up to 4 people in this hut, named HEOL.

The price includes for 4 person :
1 night in the treehouse “Heol”.

Your house in the trees in Brittany:

The house Heol is perched at 20 feet and can welcome 4 people (1 double bed and 2 single beds). To get there you will just take a ladder and will discover inside, a simple but well groomed decoration. Dry toilets and a Mongol wash basin are in the hut, and a shower is available in a nearby guesthouse. Nature close to its best!

Leisure on site:
Horse riding.

(with additional costs)

Things to do and to see in the area :
Prehistory museum of Carnac.
coast of  Quiberon.
Auray and its little harbor named Saint Goustan.
Vannes and its museums.
The beautiful Morbihan’s bay.
La Trinité sur mer.
Saint Anne d’Auray, famous for its Catholics’ pilgrimage.

This night in a hut in the trees in Brittany is available from March to November included, excluded the month of July and August.

Location :
Ploëmel, Bretagne, France

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