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Classic Paris

Our capital is the envy of the world. With districts tucked away in the heart of the city, narrow passageways, gallery owner spots, seasoned Paris has a secretive side.

Occasionally, time seems to stop, as an organ player hums tunes from last century whilst not far away the Quai Branly Museum offers a different perspective. Overlooking the Seine, the Eiffel Tower observes with amusement the passers-by from all corners of the world determined to discover the capital's secrets.

From Notre-Dame to the Arc de Triomphe and the Pompidou Centre, not forgetting the Sacré Cœur, Paris' treasures are there to be shared. The main boulevards are lined with gourmet restaurants and haute couture window displays whilst the exceptional collections in the museums rival the theatres and concert halls.

Each district resembles a small village with a good-natured atmosphere, shop keepers call out to passers-by, checked table cloths adorn the pavement café tables, regional produce is on offer, this is the real Paris, cultivating the French way of life.

From big to small, from trendy to classical chic, accommodation options are as varied as the wine menu at the Tour d'Argent. We can advise you about which district matches your preferences and which hotel will welcome you as a favoured guest.

 

In the heart of the French Alps

Discover this 5-star hotel located in Courchevel, at the foot of the slopes. In the heart of the 3 Valleys Ski Area, the hotel offers luxury rooms and suites, a restaurant, bars and a terrace, a spa, a ski-room and a nursery.

Its rooms and suites will completely transport you to eastern lands and their sweet fragrances. The Asian touches give the interiors and Indian feel.
The suites and rooms hold the keys to other journeys, to the Canadian Rockies and the snow-capped peaks of neighbouring Switzerland.

Depending on the weather, the terrace is an ideal spot for lunch. In the evening, the cuisine aspires to be more inventive in the hotel's gourmet restaurant. The chef offers dishes influenced by both the land and the sea, made from seasonal produce.

At the hotel bar, the crackling fire and the piano music provide a relaxing environment. Around the snooker table, watching the match or smoking a Havana cigar, the atmosphere is more festive. Relax in the spa, a setting given over to well-being, helping to revive your body gently.
In a Zen atmosphere, take advantage of the heated indoor pool, the sauna and the steam room. The CINQ MONDES treatments and massages take you on a real sensory journey and help you unwind after a day on the slopes.

 

Barge hotels : discovering french vineyards

The barge hotels will take you on a journey combining culinary delights, activities and unique excursions, offering you an exclusive trip. With a capacity of four to twelve passengers, the luxurious barge hotels offer all-inclusive itineraries.

Similarly, each barge can be privately rented on demand, transforming it into a real, cosy, floating home for the duration of your holiday. Throughout your stay in the heart of France, you will discover the vineyards, private gardens, antique dealers, markets and the beauty of local landscapes. Those interested in exploring the region independently can use the bicycles available on board. You can also opt for a family route, including activities for all the family throughout the stay.

The "Grand Cru" cruise will be leaving on 14th July 2013. Throughout this trip focusing on the wine world guests will sample 33 vintage Burgundy wines, meet reputed wine growers and have access to private family vineyards.

Once back on board, delicious dishes will be served to accompany the various wines. The heated swimming pool is ideal for relaxing, adding a finishing touch to your trip on board the Amaryllis, one of only two barges to boast this luxury on the French canals.

 

Romantic Paris

A boutique Hotel in Paris: a hymn to famous lovers.

In the heart of Paris, a stone's throw from the Sacré Coeur, this boutique hotel is the ideal setting for saying "I love you"...Each room is its own world, exploring every aspect of love, whether it be eternal, sincere, passionate, free, protective... In a unique place and for a memorable stay, discover this trendy Parisian 4-star hotel's rooms and boudoirs: a real hymn to famous lovers and secret declarations...

 

Diving in Corsica, the gulf of Porto

The Gulf of Porto is a masterpiece of nature, with its cliffs of red porphyry rock plunging into the intense blue. The magic continues underwater. 
 
At the far end of the gulf is the Scandola Reserve with its abundant fauna. Punta Mucchilina, one of the loveliest dive sites in Corsica, is on the edge of the reserve. There’s a small sand bar about 100 metres from the coast, and nearby is the wreck of a coal ship whose magnificent propeller makes for great photographs. 
 
Capo Rosso, facing out to the open sea, where leerfish and barracuda swim by, is another not-to-be-missed site. 
 

 

The Glenan Archipelago, Finistère headland

Off the coast of Concarneau, the Glénan archipelago is a favourite spot for divers. Its isolated location, exposure to the currents, tides and swell make it a unique place.
 
The clarity and colour of the water, veering towards jade or turquoise, give it the appearance of a tropical lagoon. All the diving sites have an abundance of fauna, in particular crustaceans and corynactis (highly coloured invertebrates). Oarweed, the long, ribbon-shaped brown algae, create a magical atmosphere. For divers who love wrecks there is the Pietro Orsoleo, a 140-metre-long monster that sank in 1942 to depths of between 17 and 30 metres. 
 

 

Montpellier, luxury destination that's right on trend

The city of Montpellier still bears the marks of its past and proudly displays the symbols of each different era. A walk through the old town is a journey through a thousand years of history, from the creation of the city in 985 to the signs of the future that it is creating for itself. Walking around the ‘circulades’ from the Place de la Comédie to the Place de la Canourgue, you’ll discover medieval streets typical of Southern France. 
 
It’s one sensation after another in Montpellier with its hidden, unique places that are utterly charming and absolutely refined: residences and accommodation of distinction will make your stay sublime and unforgettable. There’s a large selection of designer accommodation worthy of the tales in a thousand and one nights as well as Michelin-starred restaurants and all the big names in shopping.  
 

 

Val Thorens, trendy ski resort

Val Thorens is a family-friendly winter holiday destination. The biggest ski area in the world has 600km of runs at over 2000 metres above sea level.

Welcome to this winter sports paradise, reputed for its great snow and cutting edge ski lifts. Carving, off-piste, ski touring, snowpark, boardercross, telemark – there’s something for everyone. There’s also a new luxury hotel in town offering upmarket services and food cooked by a Michelin-starred chef.

This winter, ski in VAL THORENS, it’s the trendy destination! 

 

Toulouse, the city of Royal Parks

  

Toulouse, or the pink city, is very French, very cosmopolitan and very lively. Take a weekend to explore it. 
 
The city’s architecture is stunning and the 240-km long Canal du Midi is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Toulouse is proud of its ancient vines that have been cultivated in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the city ever since the Romans invaded Gaul. 
 
The culinary speciality of Toulouse is, of course, cassoulet. As you stroll around the city, you’ll see it being served on the many sunny terraces during the lunch break. 
 

 

A day shopping in Paris

Paris is THE European shopping capital, so make the most of it!
 
Much of the floor space in “Printemps” and the “Galeries Lafayette” is given over to the big luxury brands. “Le Bon Marché” and many of the Parisian quartiers are synonymous with haute couture and jewellery: Place Vendôme, Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré…  
 
Paris is also the well-being and gastronomy capital. Finish off your day’s shopping in a typical brasserie or at a restaurant run by a big name chef. 
 

 

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