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Raphaële Marchal



by Raphaële Marchal 

Every year it’s the same: we tell ourselves, hey, I’ve never been there, we should rent a cabin and explore the area, before we realise we are buried in work and have no time to plan a holiday, or by the time we get round to it, it’s too late and everything’s booked solid, or we have friends inviting us to their place for the summer, or we just feel like going all out this year and end up in Bali (admittedly not the most common outcome). But no excuses this year! Money is tight (and we’re saving the planet) (and flights have all been cancelled), so forget Machu Picchu. As for Paris in August, we love it… but we need to escape it too.

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+71% interest in 'Travelling in France'

There has been a 71% increase in the use of the search phrase "Travelling in France" - and more specifically "South of France" - in the month following lockdown.

The need for a change of scenery, to see the countryside, to discover new horizons... In this period of early summer, we all feel the need to travel, but uncertainty around current safety regulations means that we’re seeking to go on that longed-for trip without having to cross borders.

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Certainly the mood for summer trips this year is local and sustainable - where we travel, stay and what we eat too! Bike rides along the Loire in France, discovering the Abruzzo National Parc in Italy or the Broads National Park in the East of England… It is impossible not to find the perfect destination without leaving your country. In addition, green hotel designations can help you choose exactly where you will set your ‘green’ foot: follow the Green Globe, La Clef Verte, Green Key, the European Ecolabel... or go further with this sustainable adventure and clean up the French Mediterranean coast (Projet Azur).

What about tomorrow?

"We will travel less but better, with more support and services," says Jean-Pierre Nadir, founder of the Easyvoyage platform*. When Paris-Lisbon cost  €10, travelling changed from a thoughtful act motivated by an ambition of discovery to something easy, affordable and accessible on a whim. Nadir predicts that trend will be reversed: “We are going to change from an impulsive tourism, to a reflexive tourism”.

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JIVA HILL RESORT The Jiva Hill Resort is spread over a vast green area at the foot of the Jura. This 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel combines the joys of sport, wellbeing, gastronomy and culture in a protected landscape. The little extra? Twenty new rooms have opened recently.

BASTIDE DU CALALOU At the crossroads of vineyards and olive groves,the Bastide du Calalou has been welcoming guests for almost half a century to the magic of its historic spaces and the sparkling Provençal setting.

LE PIGONNET Paul Cézanne was a regular at this refined 18th-century hotel. A haven of peace bordered by hundred-year-old chestnut trees and a flowery rose garden in a park of more than one hectare, this hotel is a must in Aix-en-Provence.

HOTEL DE LA VILLEON Further north is the Hôtel de la Villeon, a mansion full of charm. With a perfect combination of authenticity and contemporaneity, this is a place to stop for its intimate terraced garden and enjoy a princely breakfast.

LA BENVENGUDO This hotel restaurant subtly combines the authentic charm of Provence with the comfort and modernity of a 4-star establishment.

DOMAINE DES CLOS An 18th-century stone farmhouse, Domaine des Clos is a dream environment for a wellness or gastronomic break. Something to discover, the new Objects of the Clos website featuring products created or selected by Sandrine and her daughter.

LA MAISON SUR LA SORGUE This 17th-century mansion, in the heart of Isle sur la Sorgue, combines the perfect balance between heritage, design and art.

CHÂTEAU DE LA FLOCELLIÈRE This enchanting site, surrounded by hills, forests and ponds, invites its guests to enjoy the elegance of this family residence, its table d'hôte, the swimming pool and the calm of its 15-hectare park planted with exceptional trees. 

LOIRE VALLEY LODGES Nestling in the heart of a 300-hectare private forest, nature and contemporary art are harmoniously showcased in 18 lodges built on stilts.

LES SOURCES DE CHEVERNY  *Opening in September, this revitalising destination with 45 hectares of forest offers a true bucolic break in a region steeped in history, just two hours from Paris

VILLA A Between Cognac and Angoulême, this typically Charentaise family home from 1830 is a place of discovery where each room is staged in a classic spirit with Directoire or Empire furniture.

CHÂTEAUX DE MAUMONT Maumont is a breakaway where art objects, books and musical instruments conjure reflections of the château’s history. The park planted with hundred-year-old trees makes this a peaceful, romantic and unique retreat.

CHÂTEAUX DE SAINT-PRIVAT-DES A hidden treasure of the ‘Green’ Périgord, four houses frame the main courtyard of this family property built in the 18th century., 

CHÂTEAU DE VOLLORE The terrace of the Château de Vollore is the perfect base to enjoy a unique view of the volcanoes and mountains of Auvergne. Each of the five atmospheric rooms and suites is named after a female figure of the Lafayette family.

CHÂTEAU DE SAINT TRYS The Château de Saint Trys, built in the 17th century, offers a magnificent setting with a panoramic view of the Saône. It is an ideal stopover to discover Lyon and its region. 

CHÂTEAU DE PIERRECLOS In the south of Burgundy and in the heart of the vineyard, stands the impressive medieval castle of Pierreclos. Tasting the estate's wines is an essential part of any stay.

CHÂTEAU DE COURBAN & SPA NUXE Wellbeing, romantic and gastronomic retreat in a sublime Burgundy landscape.

CHÂTEAU DE PICHENY Located at the gates of Champagne, the Château de Picheny, built in 1869 by Hyppolite Blanche, is a haven of peace surrounded by gardens.

AUBERGE DU JEU DE PAUME The Auberge du Jeu de Paume is the ideal destination for a getaway less than an hour from Paris. In addition to its idyllic setting, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume offers a full stay, with one goal: wellbeing and detox.

MAISONS DE CAMPAGNE This summer, the Maisons de Campagne (Countryside Houses) are the ideal place to put down your bags and hide away until the start of the new school year! The EVASION code offers you a 15% discount!



With social distancing still in place as the holiday season fast approaches, minivans seem like a perfect option to enjoy the summer. Here’s a selection of Instagram accounts worth checking out for inspiration, or simply to fuel your daydreams!!

WORKS IN PROGRESS | Customising is half the fun of owning a minivan. To get a feel for what that’s like, have a look at these accounts.

COLOURFUL CAMPERS | There’s no rulebook that says your minivan has to be white. These campers definitely got that message!

ZERO WASTE TRAVEL | To travel by minivan is to connect with nature, so it’s only natural to want to protect the world around us by going zero waste.

FAMILY STYLE | These campers have chosen to bring their kids along on their trips to create a memorable family experience for all.

PHOTOGRAPHERS IN MOTION | Photographing something is the best way to preserve the essence of a moment, and these campers capture their travels beautifully.

DESTINATION TRAVELLERS | Travelling in a minivan is like building a little home away from home, and there’s no limit to where you can settle down for a little while.

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LA GRENOUILLÈRE Nature, tradition and modernity are the key words describing La Grenouillère but the highlight is of course Chef Alexandre Gauthier’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

PIEUX Pieux is La Grenouillère’s sister Bed & Breakfast, just 30 minutes from the beach. 

CHÂTEAU D’URTUBIE We continue west towards a hotel chateau renowned for its charm, rich with six centuries of history. The Basque words engraved above the fireplace speak eloquently: "I gather, I warm up and I rejoice".

MAISON ALBAR L'IMPERATOR This urban resort with an array of spaces to relax and meet, promises you the most legendary stay in the South of France.


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  • Le Rock Noir - Serre Chevalier Le Rock Noir - Serre Chevalier



LA FOLIE DOUCE HÔTELS CHAMONIX - Ingredients? Music, artists, culinary delicacies, sports, a kids club and exceptional panoramic views.

HÔTEL LE MONÊTIER - People come here to make a stopover, discover local dishes at the Stabatio restaurant and contemplate the panoramic view of the glacier! On foot or by mountain bike, the watchword is delight!

LE ROCK NOIR - Spa, food and sport. Le Rock Noir is a 4-star, 32-room boutique-hotel. A warm, authentic and stylish atmosphere in the centre of the white haven of Serre Chevalier with unbeatable views of the summits




HOTEL DE LA PONCHE - Located in the heart of the Old Town of Saint-Tropez, the incomparable atmosphere of this mythical destination offers the sea on the horizon from its rooms and suites.

LES ROCHES BLANCHES - Swimming pools with panoramic views of Cap Canaille, Mediterranean menu, jazzy atmosphere at the Loup Bar, exceptional treatments at the Sisley Spa and direct access to the sea.

AIX&TERRA NICE GARE DU SUD - Enjoy lunch on the go in this large contemporary hall with a unique atmosphere.

LA VILLA D’EAUX - Slow tourism between land and sea