L’HOTEL, PARIS, FRANCE
Tucked away in Rue Des Beaux Arts, l’Hotel, in the Left bank’s St Germain is one of the city’s best kept secrets.
The cosy, unassuming hotel is elegant, chic and has plenty of stories to tell. Originally a ‘pavillon d’amour’ or love nest, the Palladian style building’s trademark is its six-floor rounded dome.
Today it’s Johnny Depp’s home from home in the City of Light, but in the past it was Oscar Wilde’s stomping ground. In fact, he never checked out. His room, a vision in shimmering greens is all stunning peacock frescoes and memorabilia with a gorgeous little terrace. Each room has its own identity with antiques galore signed by design guru Jacques Garcia. Book the Mistinguett bedroom to sleep in the queen of cabaret’s very own Art Deco mirrored bed.
Another must is the gourmet restaurant which has recently been awarded its first Michelin star, and don’t miss the pool for two!
CHATEAU DE FOURCES, GASCONY, FRANCE
Set in one of France’s most beautiful villages, in the depths of the Midi Pyrenees’ gourmet heart, the impressive 15th Century renaissance castle remains faithful to its medieval soul. The village is the country’s only round-shaped fortification with the odd antique shop and an auberge, but its real star is the chateau.
Bedrooms ooze ‘noblesse’, while outside, a stunning pool awaits in the gorgeous gardens. The real magic happens in the restaurant where you can indulge in local duck dishes. Don’t miss the daringly tasty foie gras crème brulee, an innovative twist on the traditional recipe, or the succulent prune- stuffed ‘magret’ (duck breast). To finish off, opt for the local ‘croustade,’ a crunchy sweet apple pie topped off with local Armagnac. Simply delicious.
GRAND HOTEL CALA ROSSA, CORSICA, FRANCE
France’s very own Caribbean style paradise, Corsica is set just off Italy with beaches aplenty, glorious turquoise waters and 600 miles of unspoilt coastline. Head to Porto Vecchio, the place celebrities like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes like to cruise by, and make a beeline for one of the island’s chicest addresses: the Grand Hotel Cala Rossa.
The swish hideaway is reminiscent of old fashioned family holidays, like something out of a 30’s catalogue, a place where glamorous couples and picture perfect children look beautifully color coordinated and ooze French style.
With its beautiful deck jutting out into the crystal clear waters, a gourmet restaurant and plush rooms with views over the twinkling Mediterranean, it’s got everything you could possibly need. What’s more the hotel even has a cutting edge spa for pampering, and a gorgeous spa tree house for a massage with a view.
PLAS EFENCHTYD, WALES, UK
In the depths of Wales, a lost farmhouse turned Bed & Breakfast offers the luxury of time and space. Located in the sloping green vale of Clwyd, just 2 miles from Ruthin, it feels utterly remote.
Driving up the tiny country lanes is like getting lost in a rabbit warren. The 200 year old Plas Efenechtyd Cottage, once part of a larger Welsh Hall has just three rooms, all comfortably furnished with views stretching over the garden, farmlands and the Clwyd mountains. Outside is the domain of the shy black and white cat and his duck friends.