I travelled to France in October 2018 with a group of travel agents and stayed at two beautiful Oetker Collection properties.
HOTEL LE BRISTOL, PARIS
Le Bristol is located at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore and about 100 – 150m from the President’s Residence. The Opera, Galeries Lafayette and Eiffel Tower are about a 20 minute walk away. The Champs Elysee is close by and a 5-10 minute walk.
The hotel opened in April 1925, when the Roaring Twenties were in full swing. It was acquired by Rudolf Oetker in 1978.
Le Bristol Paris is a palace hotel of peerless elegance where guests immediately feel at home. Behind the precious fabrics, works of art and splendid Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, you will find a harmonious retreat with a unique atmosphere. Spacious and chic, rooms display a multitude of refined details.
The hotel hosts Fashion Week every two weeks in Salon Castillon as well as Movie Star Lunches.
The L’Epicure restaurant is 3 Michelin Star and there’s a 2 week waiting list for dinner. It was voted Best Breakfast in the World. We ate breakfast here during our stay. On the first morning I ordered Eggs Benedict with Shaved Truffle (EUR54) and on second I had the Boiled Eggs with Caviar and Gold Leaf (EUR45).
Le 114 Faubourg is 1 Michelin Star restaurant where we had dinner. The entrée was superb – seam bream marinated with citrus fruits, coriander and Espelette pepper – and was my favourite dish during entire famil (along with the fish at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc).
On the afternoon of 8 October, we attended the Atelier des Lumieres. It was brilliant and words can’t describe! This inaugural artistic program invites visitors to immerse themselves in the colourful and luminous works of Gustav Klimt, works by his contemporaries, and those whom he inspired. The exhibition is accompanied by music.
CHATEAU SAINT-MARTIN AND SPA, VENCE
We took the TVG Train from Paris to Nice, departing 9.21am and arriving Nice at 3.06pm, attaining speeds of up to 290km per hr. We then transferred to the Chateau Saint-Martin which is located in Vence, about 30 minutes from Nice. It began as a strategically placed fortified building in Roman times. It was home to Sain Martin, then Bishop of Tours in 350AD. The Oetker family became its owners in 1994.
The Château is a 5-star luxury sanctuary where historic Provence charm has been restyled for the most elegant contemporary lifestyle. Set amid picturesque rocky hills and olive groves, this inspirational hotel is distinguished by spectacular panoramic views.
There are 40 rooms and 6 villas (1 x 3 bdrm, 1 x 1 bdrm and 4 x 2 bdrm) which were located on the hill overlooking the Chateau. All rooms and villas have been renovated authentically and with a modern touch.
My room was a Superior Junior Suite overlooking the old town of Vence. We inspected the Honeymoon Suite and a 2 bedroom villa.
The Terrace Restaurant is a 1 Michelin Star with beautiful views of Nice and Cap d’Antibes. You can also enjoy BBQs and Mediterranean food under century old olive trees in the garden.
The Chateau has a 200sqm spa and during summer massages can be had outside in a tent. A Kids Club is available for families during July and August. Wine tasting is also offered in the Cave Cellar starting at EUR48. The Chateau is closed from mid October to mid April.