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Ritzy Therapy, the best remedy for blue monday in January !

Posted in Bar, hotel, hotels and restaurants, Lifestyle curator, luxury, Paris, places on January 7, 2017 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

How to avoid this usual january blues, especially  after fabulous december’s holidays and great new year’s eve party, looking like a vague memory today…;-)

Ritzy Therapy is my prescription ! How about to start with a massage in Coco Chanel spa, the most refined and stylish spa in the capital ? Among the many sophisticated details you’ll enjoy during your session , please note Colin Field-the legendary Hemingway Bar’s MC- had developed some magic healthy mix just for you, according to the cares you will receive.  Spices, essential oils, plants infusion…will prepare your body deeply meanwhile you will listening to jazz or classic. Heaven on earth !!

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Then a nap by the gorgeous swimming pool where you can also lunch or sip delicious smoothies :

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When hotels guests will arrive around 5 pm, it’s the perfect moment to leave this enchanted place for a lovely and delicious high tea in salon Proust …Just memorable…

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Then it ‘s already  7.30 pm, time to move to mythic Hemingway Bar. Let the charm and …cocktails act !

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With this Rizty prescription, you will simply love january and its blue monday ! 😉

 

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A lovely fast getaway when stuck in Paris in august ? Versailles !

Posted in Art, art and culture, hotel, hotels and restaurants, monuments, museums, private guide in Paris, restaurants, trips, Versailles on August 17, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Tired to see all the trendiest bistrots and boutiques- without speaking of yummy bakeries and small groceries- closed until the end of the month, and too hot in town to enjoy  Tuileries or Luxembourg garden ? Then it’s the perfect timing to go green ! The ideal summer retreat 20 minutes far from Paris is … Versailles !  Did you know it Well,  Trianon Palace hotel is so sure about this  that they propose during summer a free shuttle service from the Arch of Triumph to the Hotel in Versailles, located just next to the legendary park.

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The hotel has also his own pleasant garden with nice terrasses, a great swimming pool and the restaurant is run by Gordon Ramsay (the gastronomic restaurant is closed for holidays now but delicious Veranda restaurant is open). All of these give you excellent reasons to take 3 days off for    visiting, at your own rythm, the castle, the gardens, the estate of Marie-Antoinette like we did last week and to relax in fabulous surroundings 😉

 

I loved our room (number 126) with nice views on the greenery, even on the bathroom !

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I would suggest to arrive on friday  and start with a walk in the Domaine (real estate) of Marie-Antoinette including first Petit Trianon, commissioned originally by Louis XIV  for his famous mistress Madame de Pompadour,  built in neoclassical style by the architect Gabriel and achieved in 1768. Then you can reach from there my favorite part of Versailles gardens : the Hamlet of Marie-Antoinette commissioned in 1783.  It looks like a small french village from Normandy with rustic style country houses for the queen and her personal selected guests. It’s a little bit Marie- Antoinette Simple Life mood but soooo picturesque !

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There is also a lake with swans and carp fishes, and a small tower of observation called Malborough tower from a popular song at this time. The perfect postcard as you can see below !

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You can walk after to the farm and see the rabbits, peacocks, chickens, goats, aries and pigs , without forgetting the cute donkeys :

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Then you can go back to the hotel and enjoy sunbathing by the pool 🙂

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I would suggest a romantic diner on the Veranda terrasse in the evening to admire the sun set and they have a fabulous diet menu with these exquisite pasta as main course :

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On saturday you can visit early in the morning the castle.  Don’t miss Olafur Eliasson’s fantastic and dazzling installations :

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At 11 am rush in the gardens to admire the magical spectacle of Great Waters (Grandes Eaux). Versailles gardens with fountains working and baroque music in the background  is a unique experience in summer, just memorable !

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I do recommend to hire golf cars to explore the bushes and coppices, full of surprises and visual delights,  you will enjoy then totally  the pure beauty of the french style gardens, created by Le Nôtre,  THE garden designer  of the famous sunking,  Louis XIV.

After a light  lunch by the Grand Canal a boat ride can be fun, or hire bicycle if you want to go to Grand Trianon, located just next to Petit Trianon visited the first day.

Check before you go to Versailles, if  there is any night spectacle on saturday evening  and book if so ! You’ll have sparkles in your eyes, like a  kid,  for the final with the fireworks around midnight next to Grand Canal 😉

On sunday you can take advantage of the hotel pool and relax in the spa or go back to the park to see some spots you didn’t have time to explore the days before !  You can even book a driver to go to Giverny and visit Monet house, 1 hour far from Versailles 😉

We can also go to Versailles together, just for the day (and no waiting line there with    me !) I will give you a private tour of the castle and gardens 😉 Send me a request by mail to know my fees (amuraro@sfr.fr) if you’re interested.

I invite you now to visit my Instagram account (parisdeluxearty) to see more images of Versailles if you wish  !

4 memorable days in Montecarlo, Monaco !

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, Art Fair, contemporary art, event, hotel, hotels and restaurants, luxury, Montecarlo, museums, restaurants, trips on May 3, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

We just come back from Montecarlo and that was a memorable and  delicious stay ! We went there for the new Art Fair called ArtMontecarlo that took place in Grimaldi forum, very well located. 39 galleries participated,  the major part were french, belgium, german, italian, among the best ones like Galleria Continua, Almine Rech Gallery, Tornabuoni, Laurent Godin, Eva Meyer, Nathalie Seroussi,  In Situ…The selection was excellent, I invite you to see more pics on my Insta account : parisedeluxearty.

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When I booked the hotel I didn’t hesitate : Hotel Metropole was my first and unique choice and I was so right ! The best atmosphere in Monaco thanks to Jacques Garcia signature : cosy, elegant, refined, stylish, arty without being too trendy, with an excellent good taste that unifies the ensemble. Actually you feel like living in a marvelous private mansion with a soul. A kind of  best kept secret in Monaco ! I loved the warm library-bar for a drink with friends. The spa is very pleasant, relaxing, and the pool side a dream, moreover  the lunch there was great with the best Pissaladiere I ever had ( french mediterranean specialty, kind of tart with glazed and roasted onions), without speaking of the  xxl tiramisu to share for dessert (see pic below) !

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The chef of the 2 hotel stared- restaurants is the famous and celebrated french big boss of  haute cuisine : Joel Robuchon . His family name himself looks like a recipe or a french cheese 😉

We tried his amazing japanese restaurant called Yoshi , the first truly  japanese restaurant launched by a french chef. Actually we were very lucky to have a table as this is not huge and always over booked, and I do understand why : this was just beyond ! many people in travel and  luxury business are talking about experience but really, I can tell the difference between a promise and the reality and … you won’t be disappointed by the promise : this place is a true space and time capsule ! Everything was absolutely divine  : the sushis (see 3rd pic below) were perfect, the king crab california rolls were the best I’ve ever had , the lacquered chicken was great…The decor is just breathtaking, totally mingei ( japonese minimalist, very aesthetic and functional) with an amazing chandelier floating above the table ( second pic below) overlooking a contemporary japonese garden (cf just below) . You’re just eating in an artwork !

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The first evening after the opening of the Art Fair we had a dinner with art dealers and curators at Nobu in Fairmont hotel that I do recommend also. The flavors , the textures are another tasty experience. Great place for happy dinner with friends. sorry I don’ t have pics…

Among the mythical place to party the Jimmy’s is on the top list and we went there ! The famous auctioneer Simon de Pury,  warmed up the house with his 80’s mix. IMG_6948.jpg

Many people think Monaco is artificial, superficial, all centered on real estate, cars, casino and diamonds…nobody thinks immediately about …museums or contemporary art centers and that’s a big mistake ! I tell you : The Rock- as we say in France- is becoming a place of interest for art lovers, thanks to the great personality of Marie-Claude Beaud,  director of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco ( NMNM), i.e the New National Museum of Monaco, including  Villa Sauber (pic 1 below) – a magnificent villa from Belle Epoque time- showing a global artistic project by Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli called Villa Marlene, tribute to the divine Marlene Dietrich (2nd pic) , meanwhile Villa Paloma from 1013, located on the heights and offering a breathtaking view on the sea, houses  hyper-realist sculptures by Duane Hanson- very freaky ones !- and Thomas Demand tricky images (4th pic). Do not miss also the video by Oscar Murillo called Meet me Mr Superman presented there.

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So, no need to be a billionaire with a huge Yacht to enjoy Monaco as you can see.  Art lovers will be more than satisfied by their stay 😉 and I already want to come back in this very Deluxe&Arty place !

 

A romantic week-end in Bruges (Belgium)

Posted in Art, art and culture, Bruges, contemporary art, hotel, hotels and restaurants, luxury, monuments, museums, places, restaurants, Valentine's day on January 28, 2016 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Last week  we went to Bruges 2 days. That was our 4th stay there but I never had the time to write about it and we enjoyed it so much I thought I should do something about the Venice-of-the-north as people nicknamed it. This city is enchanting, filled with infinite charm that’s why I recommend a hotel the same level : Tuilerieen Hotel, a 4 star charm- hotel , very well located , facing a canal and not far from the historical Grand Place (Great square). We had such a lovely and romantic bed chamber , very cosy, overlooking the canal, offering a great view on mediaeval architecture, with an amazing atmosphere by night :

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The Spa was just refurbished and we enjoyed the pool after a cold day outside  :

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We loved so much the buffet-breakfast with its chocolate fountain 😉

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As this is our 4th stay we are used to do a kind of pilgrimage to see the only sculpture by Michel-Angelo in Belgium : it’s the Madonna of Our-Lady church (Notre-Dame), early 16th century, which left Italy from the lifetime of the artist, acquired by wealthy fabric merchants.

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We like to stroll in the rooms of Groeningemuseum to admire the splendid flemish primitive artists like Memling or Van Eyck who challenged the imitation of reality with amazing minute details that the use of oil painting allowed.

We always have a lot of fun to rediscover the impressive and extravagant details of Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgment :

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Bruges is not only a city turned towards the past, you have also contemporary artists exhibited in museums like this month ,and until february 21st, Robert De Vriendt‘s fabulous hyper realist small scale paintings evoking fragmented pieces of tv drama -or web voyeurism- with very seductive colors and appealing manner.

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Food is also an arty contemporary topic today sometimes ! You won’ t be disappointed in Bruges then, from top gastronomic to friendly neo-bistrot or cosy traditional flemish style restaurants, you’ll find what will fit your taste bud and eyes. Here is my top list :

  1. De Reften  : top level Bistrot revisiting traditional belgium classic in a contemporary neo70’s like decor. Excellent lunches, always !

2. Poule-Moule : among the best mussels in Bruges, very friendly place, simple and                                    rustic decor

3. Breydel de Conync : The best lobster ! Mussels are very good too. Friendly atmosphere.

4. Lizzie waffles : Simply The best waffles in town !

5. Marcolini chocolates : My favorite high-end chocolate maker ever in Belgium (and also in Paris, in my top 5) !! The best quality , don’t hesitate on more second 😉

Bonus : Aux Merveilleux. Would you like to experience Heaven under you palate ?  A miracle of vaporous cream and aerial meringue, this little dome of pleasure is called Merveilleux, with french/ flemish origins… My favorite is the white one called Incroyable (Uncredible !), tribute to french youngsters who after the Revolution, as a sign of reaction against dark Terror period,  used to parade around Palais Royal area. They wanted to introduce extravagant taste in fashion and original lifestyle, they were nicknamed Incroyables et Merveilleuses and refused to pronounced r letters !

The Boutique is a fairy tale !

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Bruges is the perfect trip for lovers, so why not going there for february 14th, Valentine’s day ?! But prepare well your stay as the city is small, the hotels and restaurants will be quickly full booked.

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A lovely boutique hotel for Valentine’s day near Tuileries Garden : Le PRADEY

Posted in hotel, luxury, Paris on February 9, 2012 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Im a huge fan of first district, that’ s why I live there : Tuileries gardens and the Louvre on one hand, Palais Royal, covered passageways and the Opera House on the other hand, without forgetting Saint Honoré street and Vendôme square…That’s why I recommend my clients to choose a hotel in this very convenient area. I had recenlty a crush for this new boutique hotel that opened last fall and asked a private tour for you. Immediatly I uderstood why I loved it : the architect is Vincent Bastie who made the Burgundy (one of my most read post) and Petit Moulin in le Marais, among 60 other  charming hotels in the city light ! There are only 28 rooms, the fifth floor is devoted to Suites with balconies and view on Tuileries garden.

         

“Opera” and “Cabaret” are decorated by our french icone of glamorous lingerie : Chantal Thomass. Want to feel like a ballerina or would you prefer to be for one night a dancer from Moulin Rouge  ? These two suites are perfect for a Valentine’s escapade for sure…

          

My other favorite suite is called “Collectionneur”(Collector), inspired by original furnitures designed by Jean-Michel Franck, re-edited today  by Hermes. By the way, in all the suites the furnitures, wall paper and  fabrics are from Hermes best collections. I’m crazy of the spectacular folding screen made of straw marquetry (on the left), fitting with the small round table with the same material, as soft as satin or women’s legs…

The breakfast is served in a vaulted room , it looks so delicious,  with fresh products only, from french countryside, as the decor !

The atmosphere is warm, cosy, refined, elegant, very ParisDeluxe&Arty you understood ! and the welcome is friendly. You’ll feel like beeing in a family private mansion more than a hotel.

Thanks to Vanessa, the gouvernante, who showed me the hotel and  thanks to S2HCommunication for images made by photographer Pierre Soissons.  www.lepradey.com  

A dinner in Mandarin Oriental, Paris, at Thierry Marx’s restaurant “Sur Mesure”, rue Saint Honoré.

Posted in hotel, Paris, restaurants on December 12, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I love Palace hotels in winter, they welcome you so well and especially during Christmas time : you feel like beeing in a fairy tale !

Last week was my birthday and Edwart invited me in Madarin Oriental, at Thierry Marx’s restaurant “Sur Mesure”. It was quite an experience ! The restaurant itself first, looks like a spaceship, all white and minimalist, almost a surgical atmosphere, but I like it too, very conceptual indeed, as the food. If you like fusion between asian-japonese- and french high gastronomy, then this is the place to eat ! I did really enjoy the duck and the fish and langoustine (1st pic). Look at the design, the shapes, colors and textures, it’s Art whith a japonism trend  !

          

I will have to write 2 other posts about Madarin Oriental in Paris to tell you which are my favorite places right now in the  city :

1° the Camelia restaurant with pastry corner  (the other restaurant, more unformal and very fashionable)

2° the  Bar 8, my prefered bar in town right now with “my” winter coktail : Madarule (tarragon, ginger beer, gin !!!!)

The swimming pool at the RITZ : a day dream !!

Posted in beauty, hotel, Paris on July 28, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I’ve been this morning around 1pm at my favorite spa :  the one in the Ritz and I was alone  !! I had a the pool, the steam room and jacuzzi just for me, what a delight !! It is said they are going to close it next year to refurbish it…so I take advantage of it the more I can and I do recommend the place, the biggest swimming pool in Parisian hotel with lounge chairs around and a bar that serves fantastic healthy juices. You can even eat at the pool. Moreover all the staff is lovely and you will spend unforgettable relaxing moments.