Puttin’ on the Ritz: The Story Behind the Legendary Paris Hotel

It has a history as rich and famous as some of its star guests and residents, yet it has also fallen on hard times, and well within living memory. The announcement in early 2012 that the Ritz Paris...
Lounge at Relais 12 Bis Paris

Relais 12bis: A New Luxury Bed & Breakfast Concept in Paris

For savvy travellers who wish to have a real Parisian experience, it doesn’t get more authentic than this. More exclusive than a bed & breakfast but more personalised than a luxury hotel there is...
Baumanière in the spring

Hotel Reviews: Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence

It all began in a remote valley at the foot of the fortified hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence, long ago forgotten and nicknamed “Le Val d’Enfer" (Hell’s Valley). Visionary Raymond Thuilier fell in love with...

Riviera Sightseeing: 12 Must-See Historic Places on the Côte d’Azur

The Alpes-Maritimes is the second most-visited region of France. Its ritzy backstory renders it awash with cultural sights, several of them once the private villas of the ostentatiously loaded. Even Nice, France’s fifth-largest city, hosts more...

Little Black Book: My France Favourites by Martha Sessums

France Today ambassador Martha Sessums shares her favourite addresses in France A PLACE TO STAY There’s a hotel in downtown Beaune that makes you feel like you’re living there. Winery owners remodelled this ex-home/stable into a hotel with elegant rooms, breakfast and...

Valentine’s Day in Paris: 5 of the Most Romantic Hotels

Le Meurice Spend Valentine's Day in absolute luxury at one of the most elegant hotels in the world, Le Meurice, situated in the heart of the City of Love. This historic palace hotel has been...
Le Mas de Castel

Le Mas de Castel: A Charming Hotel Near Sarlat

Sarlat is tourist central in the lush, picturesque and historic part of Périgord Noir. So although there’s no shortage of places to stay, it does get busy and the city centre can be thronged...
Chartreuse du Bignac

Where to Stay and Eat in the Dordogne

TOP RESTAURANT SELECTION Charbonnel, Brantôme Getting rave reviews and giving the nearby Moulin de l’Abbaye a run for its money. L’Imaginaire, Terrasson The French are flocking to eat the new menus prepared by rising star chef Julien Dayre. La Tour des Vents, Monbazillac Sumptuous...
Hotel Duo in the Marais

Hotel Duo in the Marais: A Very Unique Private Boutique

First things first. The location of the Hotel Duo is unbeatable. It’s diagonally across from the BHV shopping emporium next to City Hall, two blocks from the Pompidou, Notre Dame, and a short walk to the Musée Picasso amid...

Bordeaux: Le Saint James Hotel and Restaurant

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the reputation of Bordeaux wine blossomed and the wealth of the vineyard owners, winemakers and merchants grew in equal measure. In the humid heat of a Bordeaux summer you can...