Lifestyle Travel Briefcase the April 2018 issue

Luxury Locations in Europe

Posted on April 1, 2018



Air France has debuted phase one of its new business class lounge in Hall L in Terminal 2 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Wellness is the focus. You can relax on a lounger underneath a ceiling inspired by the aurora borealis or in one of the mini-suites, enjoy a fresh juice at the detox bar, detox in one of two saunas, or bask in a complimentary 20-minute facial by a Clarins beautician. The sleek modern club also has a Parisian brasserie, where you can sip a glass of wine from a list curated by Paolo Basso—the world’s best sommelier in 2013, according to Paris-based Association de la Sommellerie Internationale—while dining on a hot meal. Access is complimentary for business class passengers and Flying Blue Elite Plus members and about $50 for Flying Blue members traveling on long-haul flights.



With seven Nobu Hotels on three continents, actor Robert De Niro now has collected more hotels than his combined Oscar haul of two wins and four nominations. In 2018, he is slated to add five more of his laid-back luxury properties to his hotel empire: Nobu Hotel Chicago, on the west loop; Nobu Hotel Marbella, an adults-only resort in Spain; Nobu Hotel Riyadh, built in a skyscraper in Saudi Arabia; Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, on the beach in Mexico; and Nobu Hotel Barcelona, where 360-degree views are served with the Black Cod Miso. Future openings include Atlanta, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Bahrain.



Fashion house Gucci has just opened Gucci Garden, a restaurant, store and museum, inside the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence. Creative director Alessandro Michele conceived the concept, which includes a newly designed space that features a boutique with one-of-a-kind items, a restaurant by the three-Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura and the Gucci Garden Galleria. Divided into a series of themed rooms on two floors, the galleria, according to its website, “narrates the House’s new vision while celebrating the archives including old advertising campaigns, artisans’ images, retro objects.”

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