Best of the Best 2018 - 420
A U DR IEU , FR A N CE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Audrieu/Bayeux
The history of Normandy lies in its chalky cliffs, its D-day beaches and the walls of Chateau
d'Audrieu. This family-owned manor, set upon 62 acres of parkland, dates from the 1700s,
although its roots reach back to the 11th century. Its noble heritage is evidenced by the royal
coat of arms, along with plentiful antiques, gilded moldings and crystal chandeliers. A multiyear renovation ups the opulence factor with a Sothys spa and fresh appointments in the 29
guestrooms and Luxury Tree House. Le Séran restaurant has a new red hue and seasonal
menu focusing on local ingredients.
50-minute massage for two, once per stay;
and free entry to the Tapestry Museum in
Spend lazy days bicycling along the coast
and strolling the well-tended gardens. The
château makes a stately base for exploring
Distance from Carpiquet Airport (CFR): 6 miles/9 km
Size: 30 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Sophisticated
A VIGN ON , FR A N CE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Heart of Avignon, Provence
Lying just across from the Popes' Palace, La Mirande has gone through many reincarnations.
Ruins from the original 14th-century cardinal's residence were used in restoring the baroque
mansion, now reborn as a 26-room hotel in the style of the Age of Enlightenment. You'll be
fascinated by the rich tapestries, Indienne fabrics, silk-lined curtains, vintage wallpapers and
Carrera marble, as well as modern touches such as in-mirror televisions. Take a nightly gastronomic journey in the coffer-ceilinged restaurant; cooking classes teach Provençal secrets
with copper pots over the kitchen's wood-fire stove.
$100 value food and beverage credit per stay.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Chef Séverine
Sagnet prepares a private chef's table with
the day's market finds. Don't miss it!
Distance from Marseille Airport (MRS): 50 miles/80 km
Size: 26 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated
HÔTEL DU PALAIS
B IA R R ITZ, FR A N CE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Beach Direct Access
A stately mansion overlooking the ocean, Hôtel du Palais is a timeless retreat, well suited to
those seeking an utterly relaxing getaway (and is equally appealing to families with young children). Enjoy the solarium and the sea water swimming pool facing the Grande Plage, while
your little ones get active at the playground and swimming pool designed just for them. Dining
is not to be missed; Villa Eugénie celebrates the refined cuisine of Jean-Marie Gautier and
ranks amongst the coast's finest dining establishments.
$100 value spa services credit per stay.
The Imperial Spa offers coaching on an array
of unusual sports: stand-up paddleboarding,
indoor Aquafit training, boxing and even
Distance from Biarritz Airport (BIQ): 2 miles/3 km
Size: 147 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated