Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier resort town. This area has captured hearts and imaginations since the first Maori came in search of pounamu (greenstone) and the giant Moa bird. More recently, gold miners adventurers, filmmakers, wine enthusiasts, Hollywood stars and US Presidents have been drawn to this magical region especially the stunning Millbrook Golf Resort and its intense alpine energy.
Mention your travels encompass Bordeaux & friends envision lavish chateaux, fine wine & Michelin-starred dinners, however, this region of France is that & more.
Wandering the French city’s cobblestone streets, you encounter the striking neo-classical façade typical of the Grand Théâtre & passing pâtisseries, it’s difficult to not stop & ogle stacks of burnished caramel canelés, the tempting two-bite treat that’s a specialty in the region.
In the countryside, we take up residency in Lalique’s 13-room Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey. With private use for our group, Peyraguey overlooks vineyards of their famed sauterne & is home to the salivating cuisine of their resident 2-Michelin starred chef, Jerome Schilling.
Whilst people associate this corner of southwest France with an aspirational lifestyle, the region of Loire Valley is renowned as ‘The Garden of France’. European architecture doesn’t get richer than the grand chateaux of the Loire. Reflecting the decadent beauty of theRenaissance, more than fifty 15th & 16th-century extravagant mansions pepper the region. From Chateau de Chambord & Chenonceau to the stunning gardens of Chateau Villandry, this diverse region is as famous for it’s Troglodyte history as it is for the beautiful town of Blois & Tours’ medieval centre, Place Plumereau.
A journey to France would not be complete without a trip to Paris with the world’s most beautiful hotel, Four Seasons George V, our chosen home.