Saint-Tropez sets sail

Destinations

There’ll be a party atmosphere in Saint-Tropez during the 23rd ‘Voiles de Saint-Tropez’ festival. For two weeks, the iconic village steps back in time to welcome 250 of the best sailors from around the world. It’s a unique event originally borne of two sailors challenging each other.

The story began in 1981 when Dick Jayson and his Swan 44 arrived at Saint Tropez’s port – a fashionable place welcoming celebrities from all over the world – and Jean Laurain challenged him to a race. The next day, they left from the foot of the Portalet Tower at Saint-Tropez.

From this, the Niourlague Race was born and ran for many years until, in 1999, it became the ‘Voiles de Saint-Tropez’ under the auspices of the Saint-Tropez Nautical Society.

Today it is considered a highlight of the sailing world and every year, this iconic meeting attracts some of the most beautiful boats in the world, with traditional boats and the most avant-garde sailors coming together for this (almost) fortnight-long event.

Airelles properties in Saint-Tropez are putting out the flags to welcome its guests during the festival. Set in the heart of the town close to the port, Pan Deï Palais is the ideal place to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Saint-Tropez. With 12 Rooms and Suites, Dolceva restaurant and a secret garden with an azur pool, Pan Deï Palais is a luxurious oasis where you can enjoy an indulgent breakfast, a sweet and savoury minibar, soft drinks by the pool and many other services.

“A highlight of the sailing world.”

“Château de La Messardière is in an exceptional location, a little higher in the Ramatuelle hills.”

Inside Airelles

Château de La Messardière is in an exceptional location, a little higher in the Ramatuelle hills, overlooking Pampelonne Bay. Surrounded by pine trees, ancient olive groves, vegetable gardens and swimming pools, the 12.5 hectare resort with 103 Rooms and Suites is the perfect place to reconnect with nature in a place renowned throughout the world.

As well as a generous breakfast, guests also enjoy access to the brand-new Valmont Spa and exclusive acces to Jardin Tropézina, the beach club of the hotel. With private transfers to the beach or town centre in a Mini Moke or a Rolls Royce Culliman, Château de La Messardière keeps the spirit of the upscale Riviera residences of time gone by alive.

Once again, ‘Les Voiles de Saint Tropez’, a colourful event which has remained popular throughout the years, brings together sailors from around the world. It starts on Saturday September 25.

Main photo credits : Jean-Louis Chaix for Saint-Tropez Tourisme

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Indian Summer in Provence

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The end of the season has arrived, and with it brings the Indian summer. As it settles in, join us as we explore the new flavours and ingredients that it has to offer. ​In Provence, soak up the last of the summer sun before winter creeps in, whilst in Gordes to Saint-Tropez via Les Baux-de-Provence, stretch out time spent on the terraces and plan those final dips in the pool.

Château d’Estoublon

Château d’Estoublon situated in the heart of the Alpilles is one of the great estates of Baux-de-Provence. The property is an 18 hectares vineyard where Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Roussane and Marsanne are cultivated, while 12O hectares of olive trees surround the Château.

The grapes and olives are cultivated using methods that respect organic agriculture, closely following a manual process free from chemicals. Alongside the impressive collection of wines and olive oils, you can discover La Table d’Estoublon, an exquisite restaurant hidden in the estate. Originally from Antwerp, the Chef Win Van Gorp blends local Provencal classics with flavours from further afield, resulting in irresistible recipes. Paired with an impressive selection of red, white and rosé wines, dining at La Table d’Estoublon is an experience not to be missed.

Jardin Tropezina, Pampelonne beach

Sandy sun-drenched beaches meet Mediterranean magic at Jardin Tropezina, a spot to escape from the bustle of the city. Easy to find and easy to access, you’ll discover Jardin Tropezina on a beautiful beach, framed by leafy woodlands. With pretty touches of pastel throughout, you’ll quickly feel at home. The all-day dining menu is centred around Mediterranean sharing dishes, with dishes and drinks for anytime of day. Your new favourite garden awaits…

“Château d’Estoublon is one of the great estates of Provence.”

Inside Airelles

Clover Gordes, Dessert Heaven, Gordes

One for those with a sweet tooth, chef Jean Francois has created a new seasonal menu of desserts for September. Inspired by the changing seasons and the abundance of aromatic herbs found on the terrace of Clover Gordes, you’re invited to try the new menu created with the finest Provence ingredients. Introducing the roasted fig, served with blackberries, and Cinnamon ice cream.

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A breath of fresh air in Saint-Tropez

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Bringing together both the chicness of the Riviera and the relaxing atmosphere of the Mediterranean are a range of travel experiences in the oldest fishing village on the Côte d’Azur. Sip a cocktail by the sea, have a romantic dinner in a secret garden, a shady lunch in the colourful village streets or spend an afternoon with your feet in the water… There are so many simple pleasures to be had. And to make the most of summer, Airelles is sharing its top Saint Tropez tips. What do you feel like doing ?

Wake up by the sea

The light of Saint-Tropez is particularly beautiful in the morning, and there is nowhere better to admire it than at the Chateau de la Messardiere. Take in the beautiful panorama while gazing out to the horizon and diving into the clear waters of the pool. Perfectly placed between the sky and sea, this family estate throws open its doors this summer, and is as lovely to look at as the prestigious residences of the Riviera were in the 1920s. Surrounded by greenery, this is the ideal spot to relax in.

Lunch in the heart of the village

As the heat of the sun intensifies, dry off from the pool and go to Italy. Well, almost. At Zetta, the new must-try restaurant of the summer, head chef Marco Garfagnini has created a sunshine-filled menu of pizzettas and salads, imbued with the flavours of the Mediterranean. In the heart of Saint-Tropez, Zetta exemplifies everything life by the sea has to offer. In this laid-back restaurant, the decor is chic yet relaxed, and the atmosphere is made for sharing both plates of food and great conversations.

“So many simple pleasures to share each day according to one’s desires, in complete freedom.”

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A spot of relaxion

When lunch is over, it’s time to unwind. Some will feel the allure of the blue water and head to the legendary Pampelonne beach. Designed to feel like a garden on the beach, Jardin Tropezina invites you to lie back and enjoy the exceptional setting and the sea breeze. This little slice of paradise is also only a few hundred meters from the Domaine de la Messardière. Those in need of pampering can also head off to the Valmont Spa. There, each guest can indulge in a sensory journey dedicated to care, well-being and beauty. Traditional massages are available in the tranquillity of the chateau, allowing guests to forget the stresses of everyday life and enjoy the peace of the moment.

Dinner under the olive trees

Once the sun sets, the promise of a magical summer evening awaits. Try one of the best-kept secrets in Saint Tropez: Dolceva, the restaurant at the Pan Deï Palais. Here, the cuisine recalls all the sweetness of global travel and memories made abroad, and offers a range of flavours to keep taste buds happy. In the restaurant’s garden, we take advantage of the scents of the Mediterranean air at the end of a beautiful summer’s day and set out our tables under the olive trees.

Happiness has never tasted sweeter.

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Amongst the vineyards and under the olive trees at the Château d’Estoublon

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Perched on the southern slopes of the Alpilles mountain range in the heart of Provence, sits the Château d’Estoublon. It is imbued with the heritage, and even some physical markers, of the Roman empire, which is the pride of the region. Halfway between Arles and Avignon, the Estoublon estate and its 18th century Chateau are nestled in this magnificent landscape, one that has inspired numerous painters and writers over the years. It is this rugged scenery that has been the backdrop to many of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings. And in the midst of all this history is Château d’Estoublon, which has been a working estate since 1731, making olive oils and exceptional wines.

A unique craftsmanship

Found between Provence’s Maussane and Fontvieille, and renowned for its outstanding wines and for its collection of olive oils, the Château d’Estoublon provides a masterclass in the Provencal art of living. Emblematic of the South of France, these two local products are made entirely organically. Grapes and olives are grown, cultivated and bottled on the estate, using a manual and mechanical manufacturing processes, without any chemical intervention. From the moment the fruit is picked, until the day the products go on sale, each step is overseen by the Estoublon team. Our technical prowess and reputation were solidified at the New York International Olive Oil Competition, where we won first prize.

“Rosé all day” – an experience guests from Gordes and Saint-Tropez will treasure

From this summer onwards, Airelles is offering an unforgettable experience at the Château d’Estoublon. Guests staying at La Bastide in Gordes or at the Château de la Messardiere in St Tropez will be offered privileged and exclusive access to the Chateau. Here, they can revel in the warmth of Provencal life and delight at the pleasures of the region, either alone, with a partner or the entire family, in the heart of a 200-hectare estate.

Designed as an exclusive country club, the Château d’Estoublon is now opening its doors to guests all day. Between visiting the estate, tasting the wines and olive oils, accessing the Château’s services and activities, and enjoying a lunch at the estate’s new restaurant – La Table d’Estoublon by Wim Van Gorp – there is much pleasure to be had. The “Rosé all day” experience offers visitors the chance to savour a wonderfully French summer’s day out, wandering amid the vines and sitting under the shade of the olive trees.

“A chance to savour a wonderfully French summer’s day out, wandering amid the vines and sitting under the shade of the olive trees.”

“On the menu are fresh, local and seasonal products.”

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La Table d'Estoublon  – a voyage through time and taste

In 2020, the estate’s restaurant will be unveiled after a major refurbishment, done to reflect all the glories of French cuisine. Located in the property’s former winery, the new restaurant brings together taste, talent and beauty, with an interior design that is as refined as the cuisine created by head-chef, Wim Van Gorp.

The vaulted room is lit up by pale stonework, and decorated with antique carpets and furniture, which now sit next to bold design touches – grand materials rubbing shoulders with olive trees in pots, creating an irresistible blend of influences, much like the cuisine itself.

On the menu are fresh, local and seasonal products, with Provence’s most renowned ingredients taking centre stage. Everything is sourced from the best producers: lamb from the Alpilles, pork from Ventoux, fish from the Mediterranean, rice from the Camargue region, citrus fruits from Menton, vegetables from the garden – and, of course, olives from the estate. The classics of Provence are shaken-up with a few exotic additions. These include vegetable ceviche in a lemon-ginger marinade; lamb samosas with a cumin and coriander yogurt sauce, and farm-roasted chicken with chickpea chips, topped with green olives and saffron. All delicious dishes, made even more delightful when accompanied by a glass of the estate’s famous red, white or rosé wine.

The keys to the chateau are yours!

Chic and glamorous – or rather rustic and relaxed – the Château d’Estoublon is yours to mould, making it a dream setting for most important moments in your life: weddings, birthdays, christenings and family celebrations. Whatever the occasion, it is always a good idea to meet in this exceptional place.

The entire estate can be taken over privately, ensuring you become the master or mistress of this 18th century chateau and the several hundred hectares of land that surround it.

For one, three, or even eight days – or for an entire month – the Château d’Estoublon could be all yours!

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Val d’Isère: grand ski destination

Destinations

Going to Airelles Val d’Isère, it also means to choose one of the most beautiful sky area of the world. It has to be stated that being linked to the Tignes resort within the espace Killy, the Val d’Isère has numerous arguments.

“First, it is a true four seasons resort, which is open from autumn to spring and furthermore we can enjoy summer on the Tignes glaciers” as said by Thomas Boulet, Bernard Orcel Technical Director, who is particularly fond of this area and is delighted with the opening of a Bernard Orcel ski room in Airelles Val d’Isère. Second asset of charm, and not the least: “Due to its location in the mountains massif, Val d’Isère benefits from a superb snowfall with lovely flurries of snow and sometimes those do not happen elsewhere.” So, a sure value.

Concerning ski, the resort has the reputation of its ski runs, which are favourable to a more sportive practice that will seduce the advanced skiers who are looking for strong and diversified thrills. More than 300 km of ski runs, doomed or less doomed, and among them the true myths as the Face de Bellevarde, 90 ski lifts or also two snow parks. The non-enthusiasts of ski runs will enjoy beautiful waypoints in woods or large virgin spaces facing the mountain (always equipped with Arva and with an ABS back bag, which are available in the ski room).

“Val d’Isère benefits from a superb snowfall with lovely flurries of snow.”

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The beginners will not be forgotten: in the resort, they can enjoy the tops of the mountains, “in contrast with numerous areas in the resort bottom where the green and blue ski runs are, here the altitude plateaux ski spaces are totally accessible. To avoid the most difficult ski runs, there is the option of climbing and returning to the resort using the chair lifts,” states Thomas Boulet.

Here at Val d’Isère, great feelings are waiting for old and young alike!

By Chloë Bergouts

Photo credits :
© Val D’Isère Tourisme

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A new winter at Les Airelles in Courchevel

Destinations

At the foot of the slopes and in the heart of Les Trois Vallées,Les Airelles in Courchevel materialises as if by magic from among the snow-covered pines. Once again this year, the House promises some great surprises and many moments of emotion.

Airelles Experiences

This unique Winter House is the ideal destination for a memorable family holiday, where guests can devour a programme of gourmet, educational, relaxing, but above all unforgettable activities that promise to delight young and old alike: partake in an escape game drive a snow groomer, dig into a picnic delivered to you on the slopes. Les Airelles has something to please the whole family, be it gastronomic, relaxing, or something a little more playful !

“This unique Winter House is the ideal destination for a memorable family holiday”

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Legendary evenings

Between dreamy meals and effervescent parties with constantly reinvented themes, Les Airelles invites its guests, once again this year, to experience the most unforgettable moments together.

At La Table des Airelles, on December 24th the spirit of Christmas will be celebrated around a gala dinner, a tradition of the Cranberries. And a few days later, to honour the New Year, characters and musicians will stroll around on December 31st in a fiery atmosphere where all codes are pushed back.

On 14 January, on the occasion of Russian Christmas Airelles brings to life the much adored Christmas ballet: The Nutcracker. With a nod towards the ballet’s heritage, a special dinner will be served accompanied by Russian decorations, entertainment and music.

For Mardi Gras, destination New Orleans and its famous colourful Carnival. Starting with fancy dress workshops over afternoon tea, the festivities will roll into the evening with a traditional dinner and Louisiana jazz.

Finally, on 8 March, Women will be in the spotlight. During a gourmet and bewitching evening, a magician will transport the spirit of the guests to a mysterious atmosphere, around a dinner where magic will operate.

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A perfect ski day in Courchevel

Destinations

7:30 am

Your morning begins with a hearty gluten-free breakfast, adapted to keep you going all day long. Perhaps a glass of lukewarm water and a lemon juice, some fruit, and to finish, a buckwheat and avocado crêpe.

8:00 am

Now your belly is full, a thirty-minute Pilates session is ideal to warm up and awaken your muscles.  Doing Pilates also allows you to work on your breathing, flexibility, and spinal mobility.

8:30 am

Visit the hotel’s Ski-Room with state-of-the-art equipment for a quality day.  Kitting yourself out with a pair of Les Airelles skis made by the expert hands of DENERIAZ is a must.  Through fine attention to detail, authenticity, and excellence, the Savoyard brand has teamed up with the House to create a unique experience ensuring incredible sensations.  Intricately handmade with the finest materials, DENERIAZ skis are a perfect match for the Airelles philosophy.

9:00 pm

Direction: the Jardin Alpin! The Courchevel ski resort is the ideal place to come and enjoy a memorable stay.  At every peak, at every slope-side pause, with every glance at the surrounding landscapes, the magnificent view is sure to take your breath away.

12:00 pm

Time for lunch! Head to Le Festin for an avalanche of tasty treats. As the sun comes out, this legendary and delicious and refined buffet is served on the terrace.  A perfect break to appreciate the gentle rays before setting off again to complete your adventure!

16:00 pm

After a good day’s skiing, muscle relaxation is recommended via an aquabike session or a swim to gently eliminate any minor injuries.  For further relaxation, indulge in a visit to osteopath Florence Degrave.  Once you’re feeling relaxed, unwind even further as you savour a magnesium-rich drink.

“Fall in love with the slopes at Courchevel. Les Airelles is letting you in on its best-kept secrets for a perfect day, to make your experience even more unforgettable.”

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19:00 pm

When the night comes, head to the Coin Savoyard to taste all the flavours the region has to offer. Throughout the evening, the jazzy atmosphere of the bar will add sparkle to a well-deserved moment of relaxation. Leave your worries behind as you bask in its sounds and flavours.

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Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle : a unique hotel in the world !

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A unique experience at a regal address : opening in 2021

Nestled within the grounds of the Château de Versailles and offering a spectacular view over the parterre of the Orangerie and the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses, Le Grand Contrôle hotel invites you on a unique journey through time to the Age of Enlightenment and the court of the Kingdom of France. The world looked on in awe as the emblematic Versailles estate shone like a beacon under the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. A stunning new house is soon to be unveiled in a setting steeped in history and situated just a stone’s throw from Versailles’ famous Hall of Mirrors and quintessentially French gardens.

Le Grand Contrôle Versailles : a hôtel particulier by Jules Hardouin-Mansart

This hôtel particulier was constructed in 1681 in the heyday of the Sun King and was initially intended for the Duke of Beauvilliers, Colbert’s son-in-law. It was designed by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, a 17th century benchmark in French classicism who made his mark as the creator of the Dôme des Invalides. In the 18th century, some modifications were carried out on Le Grand Contrôle hotel, which was joined to the Château de Versailles by Louis XV. Spanning three buildings, Le Grand Contrôle, Le Petit Contrôle, and the Pavillon des premières cent marches encircle a courtyard holding similarities to the iconic parterre of the nearby Orangerie.

History and power : 1788, France shines out across the world

Le Grand Contrôle became what we would now refer to as the ministry of finance, and being a fly on one of its walls would have meant observing some of the most powerful figures coming to meet Louis XVI’s ministers, such as Turgot or Necker. It was here, in the privacy of these stone walls that the building blocks of American independence were laid out thanks to the financial support of the King of France. The European cultural elite would regroup here amidst the elegant decor of Le Grand Contrôle, Necker’s wife holding court with the great names of the Age of Enlightenment. Their daughter, Madame de Staël, quickly took over. She was a brilliant intellectual and feminist who was considered one of the most intelligent women of her time. In 1788, Le Grand Contrôle held significant political, economic and cultural influence. More than two centuries later, it will finally regain its splendour within the estate of the Château de Versailles.

Regal precision : a restoration befitting the history ans spirit of Versailles

These buildings, which had previously been left abandoned for a number of decades, have been entrusted to the greatest craftspeople to bring them back to their former glory of 1788, all the while adapting them to 21st century expectations of luxury and comfort.

A dedicated scientific committee of experts has been set up to ensure a restoration that is both faithful to Louis XVI and respectful of the priceless historical heritage that Le Grand Contrôle represents. The attention to detail in terms of accuracy is second to none. The paintings, furniture, and even the staff’s 18th century-inspired outfits offer a true representation of the period. Guests will also appreciate the Concierge’s wealth of resources on the subject.

“Le Grand Contrôle is a true gem featuring 14 rooms and apartments, a signature Alain Ducasse restaurant…”

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Inside Airelles

Alain Ducasse, dine like royalty

An incomparable culinary experience awaits guests at Le Grand Contrôle’s restaurant. Chef Alain Ducasse draws his inspiration from recipes of times gone by to create a culinary offering that will delight the modern palate.

More information :
Le Grand Contrôle
Château de Versailles
info@airelles.com

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