Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 80
He'll Always Have Paris
François Delahaye likes to scope out resorts in the Maldives, but his heart belongs to the City of Light.
My job: General manager,
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris (1)
and COO, Dorchester Collection.
The hallmark of a great
hotel? Location. It needs to be
where everybody wants to be.
And time: You can't open a new
hotel and become number one
in the city overnight. You need
to build soul. Once you become
a point of rendezvous for locals,
that's when travelers will come,
because they want to be in the
heart of everything.
The last vacation you took?
I just came back from the Maldives, where I stayed at Cheval
Blanc Randheli and One&Only
Reethi Rah. I loved it. Guests using our city hotels visit those resorts. It's important for me to see
the level of luxury that [Dorchester Collection's] competitors are
setting up on the resort side.
If you could go anywhere in
the world this weekend, where
would it be? Back to Paris (2)
to see my 2-year-old grandson.
With my extensive traveling to
visit Dorchester Collection's
hotels around the world, I often
miss my family.
I see a little girl learning how to
skate at the hotel, my hope is
that she may come back one day
on her honeymoon. It's a longterm investment.
The restaurant reservation
in Paris right now? Le Jules
Verne (3) on top of the Eiffel
Tower - it's a Michelin-starred
restaurant from Athénée's chef,
The best meal you've ever
had? That's a tough question.
I love food, and I think the best
meal I'll ever have is the one I
will have tonight.
One must-do winter activity in Paris? Ice-skating at our
rink at the Plaza Athénée. When
How about your favorite
French vintage? I'm a
Bordeaux (4) man.
"In Paris, it's easy to walk from one place to another. It's quite nice
to go for a stroll, sit down in a little café, and watch life go by."
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(FRANÇOIS DELAHAYE) KEVIN J. MIYAZAKI/GROOMING BY SONG LOPEZ,
(LE JULES VERNE) PIERRE MONETTA