We went on a trip to France for a few days to The Loire where we stayed at the beautiful Le Fleuray hotel, near Cangey and Dame-Marie-Les-Bois. It’s the perfect spot for visiting surrounding chateaux such as those in Amboise and Chenonceau.
The rooms are really prettily decorated as the names would suggest – each being a flower – with views over the gardens and countryside. They are very comfortable indeed with large queen size beds in the doubles, sizeable en-suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs. For families there are larger rooms with extra beds and suites can be adjoined with neighbouring rooms.
Downstairs there is an Colonial Lounge (very on trend) full of interesting artefacts where one can relax with coffee and the papers during the day and unwind with drinks in the evening. Following the colonial theme, the white, light and airy restaurant is adorned with leafy palms - making it a chic setting for the enjoying the tantalising michelin star level food. (The restaurant is worthy of more words – another entry to follow).
Other bonuses include the heated swimming pool, tennis court and jacuzzi as well as an elegant terrace area. And if that’s not enough for the tech-generation, there is also a computer, wifi access and a play station available.
When are you planning your visit?
Le Fleuray address is: Fleuray – N°32 Route D74, 37530 CANGEY – AMBOISE – FRANCE
Two of the things I love doing are eating and drinking good wine. 28-50 manages to combine the two in what master sommelier Xavier Rousset and top chef Agnar Sverrisson term a wine workshop and kitchen.
The latest outpost (there are three) is in Mayfair a stone’s throw from my office. So it didn’t take long for me to visit. When my Mother’s birthday approached, she opted for this restaurant, no doubt on account of it’s great selection of Scotch.
With so much good wine to choose from it can be overwhelming however, the sommeliers are on hand to give recommendations to match the food. Although with over 30 wines available by glass, carafe or bottle, you’re spoilt for choice and may as well try a couple at least!
The food was exceptional. We had the most flavoursome aubergine starter which is a hot favourite of mine and really tasty salt beef. The tiger prawns with garlic butter also come high highly recommended from the seafood counter.
Ice Rink Canary Wharf in association with Tresor Paris has returned to Canada Square Park this year. I went for a skate already since I so often say I’ll go and never manage to schedule it in! It’s open right up until 16 February 2014 every day except Christmas Day so there’s plenty of time to make it down!
It features London’s only skate path with the rink leading off around designer Ron Arad’s iconic Big Blue sculpture, making it easy to escape beginners and slow skaters. And if you’re less confident you can grab a polar bear to help guide you around the ice or to practice arabesques, like I attempted!
Tresor Paris is showcasing their collection in an on-site pop-up shop where you can browse and buy gifts or simply treat yourself, plus there is a display of the latest HD TVs from Samsung – even I wanted one of these!
Unwind with drinks in rink-side Jukebox Bar by Boisdale that offers hard-shakes (meaning they contain alcohol!) and retro-themed hot-dogs to snack on. Plus there is a dedicated VIP area for special occasions. (The venue caters for groups of 10 to 250.)
Tresor Paris is hosting the ‘#Longa Conga’ on 12 November to try break the Guinness Book of Records for the longest conga on ice in aid of BBC Children in Need if you’re keen to get involved. Plus these shimmering crystal ice skating boots and other items will be auctioned and raffled off for the charity too! Need any more excuses not to go?
Ice Rink Canary Wharf in association with Tresor Paris is in Canada Square, E14 5AB
London is not short of five star hotels. That said, there is always room for more, so Marriott decided to open up an outpost of their posher Edition Hotel range on Berners St jostling for clientele from nearby The Sanderson.
We went for birthday drinks in the lobby bar which is interesting as you get to see everyone entering the hotel. And who does’t like to people watch?! It’s designed by Davide Segat whose sharply chosen pieces mingle with grand original marble columns and wonky cornicing and ceilings. It’s also unique in that it’s home to a pool table as well as warming fire. But there is also a designated bar – the Punch Room.
The Punch Room
Drinks are spectacularly well done. My Champagne cocktail came in a beautiful old fashioned coupe with white petals sprinkled on top for the final flourish. There’s a plethora of delicious cocktails and spirits to choose from so you can’t be disappointed – unless you have to wait too long!
Snacks are available too if you get peckish or if you’re lucky there might be room at the inviting and lauded Berners Tavern.