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Luxury travel tip: go with the flow

Didier Le Calvez and Ch Clarisse

Didier Le Calvez and Ch Clarisse

Wherever you are, be mindful of local customs and cultures.  The gal is always amazed by Mediterranean timings, which mean breakfasting when everyone else is lunching, starting afternoon tea at dinner time and finishing dinner as the sun comes up.

I would frankly rather share a bottle of wine at a decent, not too late hour, say something like Ch Clarisse 2012 St-Emilion, made by winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt on 15 acres of well-drained clay-limestone and clay-silicieous planted with Cabernet France and Merlot. This was the wine served at the most prestigious dinner in the South of France this last week – the Chairman’s Dinner, December 1st 2014, at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, an Oetker Collection jewel – the dinner was hosted by UltraTravel Collection and it had the who’s who of luxury travel there (including Girlahead, naturally).   Ch Clarisse is owned by Didier Le Calvez and his wife Olivia Mathé, and it is named for their elder daughter.  Didier Le Calvez also has time to run Hotel Le Bristol, Paris, and Olivia Mattré oversees hotels in Ile de Ré, and they actually have two daughters, which shows that a glass of that Chateau helps one’s organisational powers, perhaps.

But others tend to while the night away.  See a video on Bangkok night life on Michaela Guzy’s site, Michael’s map.

I can think of nothing worse than whiling a night away.  C’est la difference. Give me a hotel with total soundproofing and I am off…