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France is known for its quality of life and diversity and is one of the most frequently visited countries in the world. Its reputation is based on fine food, heritage and landscape and it attracts nature lovers and anyone with an interest in architecture from the past.
Geographically, France occupies an unusual position in the European jigsaw. Its pivotal position as being both continental and Mediterranean, maritime and Alpine, allows it to attract large numbers of visitors. Its political and religious history has bequeathed it a multitude of treasures: Mont Saint-Michel, the Châteaux of the Loire, Versailles, cathedrals… Paris, the capital of luxury, enjoys a worldwide reputation, with the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées as leading attractions. France boasts a varied and bounteous countryside. The perched villages of Provence are very different from the wild Breton coasts, as are the Burgundy vineyards from the Basque mountains, the Alpine peaks from the plains of Alsace. And yet one common denominator links all these varied regions: gastronomy, the cutting edge of the art of living French-style.
Hotel and restaurant in a park. With a lake and a botanical garden, the grounds of this 12th century Cistercian abbey are marked by a long tradition of humility, peace and hospitality and exude tranquillity. Magnificently restored by the Cummings family, the subtle architecture of the exterior of the Abbaye de la Bussière contrasts with the spectacular interior design, which incorporates ancient frescoes discovered during the renovation of the building. Antique furniture and silken fabrics create an ambiance of subtle sophistication and pure elegance. Dine in a cathedral-like setting and enjoy a wine list that offers the very best of Burgundy. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. By taking the lead at Pavillon Ledoyen, Yannick Alléno has made this historical property move another step forward on its way to modernity. Located at the lower end of the Champs Elysées, the property dates back to 1779, but the dishes shine through the creative energy of Yannick Alléno. The highly acclaimed chef has worked on sauces, the emblems of French cuisine, by providing them with depth and delicacy through his work on “Extractions”. His creations are marked by surprising subtlety, like the Bouchot mussels with cod Extraction and potatoes under a veil or the tender Wagyu beef with crispy ravioli, olives and green tomato jam. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel on the seafront. On the sand dunes, facing the charming port of La Gravette, Anne de Bretagne is a contemporary villa, perfectly placed to enjoy the best of Brittany. There are breath-taking views over the ocean from the suites and the Italian-style terraces. In the excellent restaurant, Mathieu Guibert’s cuisine is inventive with a touch of the sea, in perfect harmony with the wines selected by Michèle Vételé, a highly-recognised sommelier. In season, you can try wild clams with shredded leek. Fish and shellfish create a perfect match: “slow-cooked” line-caught sea bass is served with a sardine concassé, a string of winkles and a sea lettuce emulsion. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. The art of Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef of Restaurant Apicius, draws its inspiration from traditional “bourgeois” cuisine, dishes left to simmer on the stove and the very best of market produce. This means that blue Brittany lobster, white truffle, John Dory and game will be accompanied by the simplest of vegetables, in dishes that showcase the creativity and love of cuisine that this self-taught Chef has inherited from his mother and grandmother. This superb 19th century private mansion on the ground floor of the former Hôtel de Talhouët-Roy boasts a welcoming atmosphere and in the summer, it opens onto a delightful garden, right in the heart of Paris. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. Appearances are sometimes deceptive! The walls of this beautiful mansion hide a contemporary interior based on straight lines, trendy furnishings and design furniture. Founded nearly 40 years ago by their parents, the Assiette Champenoise is run today by Arnaud Lallement in the kitchen, his wife Magali in the dining room and his sister Mélanie, who are very keen to continue the family tradition of hospitality. Deeply rooted in the region, the property invites you to discover the best champagnes in the cosy bar or the highly acclaimed cuisine of the young Chef, who celebrates the quality of the products. Park, terrace and pool are a harmonious complement to this fine property. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Au Crocodile has rediscovered its lustre. At the heart of this historic restaurant, chef Franck Pelux honours the reputation of a gourmet institution originally recognised with three Michelin stars in 1989, when chef Emile Jung was at its helm. Backed by Cédric Moulot, chef Franck Pelux draws on the fundamentals of Alsatian cuisine to develop rich and concentrated flavours. As for the decor, his partner, Sarah Benahmed, has brought warmth and intimacy to the large salon lit by a 19th-century skylight and adorned with a large painting depicting traditional French festivities. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The beauty of the alpine surroundings of the Aravis ski slopes, the creativity of its cuisine and the way every guest’s expectations are listened to turn this chalet with its elegant design into an exceptional destination in the heart of the village of La Clusaz. After a vigorous day on the slopes, relax in the superb Cristal Spa where, in addition to the fantastic treatments, guests can enjoy the hammam, sauna and pool. Gourmets will adore Le 5 restaurant, which offers dishes made from responsibly sourced local and regional products. After dinner, cap the night off with a cigar in the English-style smoking room before retiring to a rustic but refined guest room. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. On the banks of the river Saône sits île Barbe, an enchanting, magical paradise that is listed among France’s historical monuments. In 1977, the eccentric writer Félix Benoît proclaimed the island independent and declared himself the governor of this new territory. Benoît was a gourmet through and through and would have been delighted with the cuisine of Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex, who has turned this restaurant into one of the best in Lyon with delicious recipes, such as cold foie gras brioche and quince ketchup with grenadine or morel mushroom velouté served like a cappuccino. The new governor of the island, that would be Chef Ansanay-Alex. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. It began as a blacksmith’s forge, then an inn stocked by the adjoining farm where workers and villagers met. Today, it is where Olivier Bellin, who took over from his grandmother and mother, interprets his “modern” version of a “land and sea” cuisine steeped in history. The fish are wild varieties, the vegetables are organic and the meat comes from small producers. Magnified in dishes boasting intense flavours, they continually seduce local Bretons and attract travellers who enjoy staying in the rooms adorned in highly contemporary decor. On sunny days, the magnificent view over the Bay of Douarnenez adds the final touch. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Back in 1954 the Dépée family turned this former post house into one of the first Relais & Châteaux properties. Charming and tranquil, this top culinary destination is surrounded by Loire châteaux and the vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly. Experience the rare pleasure of sleeping under a thatched roof, and allow yourself to be seduced by the cuisine of Chef Yoshi Miura in the restaurant, looking out on century-old oak trees. On the menu is a magical ravioli of wild mushrooms and velouté with a truffle jus, and John Dory in a La Ratte potato crust and sweet red onion sauce. This delicious food is complemented by wine from the highly acclaimed cellar. ... Learn moreless