08 October 2014

BRUSSELS - HOTEL DES GALERIES


As you may know, one of my favourite base camp in Paris is the Hotel Arvor ( yes, I give the Fab address to all my friends visiting Paris ) … it seems that the business is prosperous and well appreciated because the hotel managers recently opened one more pied-à-terre in Brussels. The perfect city for a romantic and easy jaunt only 80 minutes from Paris ( with Thalys ). The boutique hotel is located at the corner of the Galerie du Roi and the touristy Rue des Bouchers … not very far from the Grand Place, the Manneken Pis and the Place du Grand Sablon. The 23 rooms and suites are bright and propose a contemporary decoration that reminds me the cosy, intimate and colourful atmosphere of the hotel Arvor. It's quite logical since they both have the same interior designer : Camille Flammarion.

If you were hungry and thirsty, do not loose time in the rue des Bouchers ( it's a tourist trap ) ... you better test the new hotel's Restaurant & Wine Bar ( Comptoir des Galeries ) directed by the chef Julien Burlat. The French guy is pretty well-known in Belgium !

HOTEL DES GALERIES
Rue des Bouchers 38
1000 Brussels - Belgium
Tel. + 32 2 213 74 70
Starting rates ≈ 160 Euro


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Photos © Hotel des Galeries

17 September 2014

SAINT TROPEZ - POLO CLUB


We had the chance to attend last Sunday to the final of the Saint-Tropez Polo Gold Cup tournament. It was just the perfect way to conclude an absolutely Fab weekend. Once seated in the lounge terrace, the first surprise is the wide size of the pitch ( 274 x 146 meters or 4 hectares or nearly 6 football soccer field ). The downside of such a huge field is that you may have sometimes difficulties to follow the white ball. The final match opposed the Sezz Team versus the F Polo Team. Each polo team consists of 4 players facing the opponent team during approximately 60 minutes. The full match is divided in time periods called chukkers ( a game normally allows 8 chukkers of 7 minutes each ). Since the games are exhausting for the horses, the players have to change ponies after each chukker. That's why you have numerous horses for a single player. Being a spectator is also exhausting in a way … so we had to sip some champagne and eat some savory appetizers. Definitely a Fab Day !!!

POLO CLUB SAINT TROPEZ
1999 route du Bourrian
83580 Gassin - France
Tel. + 33 4 94 55 22 12


16 September 2014

SAINT TROPEZ - LE CLUB 55


You may hear many things about Le Club 55 … it's show off … it costs an arm and a leg … you are ringed by many German customers … it's not a Michelin starred restaurant … These weak points are surely true, but they are quickly compensated by the quiet family atmosphere, the stylish clientele, the great legend about the restaurant, the myth of Saint Tropez, a few bottles of wine, the friendly service ( yes they have been very nice ) and the absolutely gorgeous sight. So forget about your hassles at the office and turn off your BlackBerry … from now on it's all about show time, friends, sunlight and pleasure !

Did you know that Le Club 55 was opened in 1955 by the parents of Véronique and Patrice de Colmont during the shooting of the movie " Et Dieu … créa la femme " directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot. At that time the film crew was looking for a place to eat and discovered a wooden hut on the beach. They asked Geneviève and Bertrand de Colmont if they could cook for the all crew during 3 weeks. Geneviève found that funny and immediately said yes. At the end of the shooting the technicians went back home but the actors and the directors came back. In the coming years the little hut grew up reaching sometimes 1,000 customers a day. Then you surely understand that you better book a table few days ahead !

LE CLUB 55
43 Boulevard Patch
83350 Ramatuelle - France
Tel. + 33 4 94 55 55 55
2 persons ≈ 120 Euro



12 September 2014

SAINT TROPEZ - L'ORANGERAIE


It might be the perfect spot for those of you who would like to organize their wedding in South of France. The hotel can be totally privatized !

HOTEL L'ORANGERAIE
545 Boulevard Georges Selliez
83420 La Croix Valmer
France

10 September 2014

PARIS - MOLITOR HOTEL


What is the common point I preciously share with Johnny Weissmuller, Aileen Riggin and Micheline Bernardini ? No, I do not wear a leopard swimsuit neither a pink bikini... but you are really getting warm. In fact we all swam sometime in the legendary Molitor swimming pool. The 13,000 m2 sport complex was opened in 1929 and designed by architect Lucien Pollet ( he also designed the swimming pool rue de Pontoise ). With a 46 meters summer pool and a 33 meters winter indoor pool, it was for nearly sixty years one of the most popular swimming bath and society venue in Paris. The Art Deco ocean liner was moored in the 16th arrondissement, next to the Roland Garros stadium. Unfortunately the swimming pools was closed in 1989 and became a huge spot for graffiti, squatters and offbeat concerts.

After two years of renovations and 80 million Euro of investments the mythic venue is finally re-opening its doors ... of course the new owners ( Colony Capital, Accor Hotels and Bouygues ) did not limit themselves to restoring the Art Deco swimming pools. They add a luxury 5 star hotel ( 124 rooms and suites ), a bar, a gourmet restaurant, a private member club, a Spa ( by Clarins ), a roof terrace and some meeting rooms. In case your are just slipping your bikini on ... please note that access to the pools is restricted to room guests and club members ! So you have two alternatives to dip a foot in the water ... book a room ( starting rates around 270 Euro ) ... or join the exclusive member club ( 1,200 Euro entry fee + 3,300 Euro yearly fee ) ... Oops ! In case your grumpy banker is against such investment ... the Rue de Pontoise swimming pool is a good back up ( it is the same architect and you would get at least 687 entries for the same annual budget ). Of course nothing can compare.


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MOLITOR HOTEL - MGALLERY
2 avenue de la porte Molitor
75016 - Paris - France
Tel. +33 1 56 07 08 50

Photo © Molitor Hotel