Celebrating in style
L’Hôtel Marrakech really feels like a home. This riad in the medina owned by British designer Jasper Conran contains just five suites, all flooded with light. The courtyard of the 19th-century palace, filled with scents of orange blossom and honeysuckle, features an outdoor pool (a rarity) and a babbling fountain. An ideal place to bring together friends and familyand the menu of local specialties will only enhance the happy memories.
l’hôtel Marrakech41 Derb Sidi Lahcen ou Ali, Bab Doukkala. Tél. +212 524 38 78 80. www.l-hotelmarrakech.com
Domaine de Châteauneuf
Running, swimming, having fun: at the Domaine de Châteauneuf in Provence children can be themselves, as at all the Maisons de Katy et Jacques establishments. Everything here is geared for adults and young people to feel right at home. There’s golf and tennis, swimming pool, and bikes are available, iconic sites can be visited nearby, staff take care of children whenever parents want, and the chef concocts meals using local products according to guests’ desires and needs. The mansion has 40 rooms including 10 adjoining ones, big enough for the entire family plus friendsperfect for celebrating junior’s birthday without having to worry about organizing it and disturbing other holidaymakers. Total conviviality, easy as one-two-three.
Domaine de ChâteauneufRoute nationale 560, Nans-les-Pins. Tél. +41 79 939 09 53. www.les-maisons-de-katy-et-jacques.com
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
A city dotted with bridges, where two rivers come together to form a third (the Ohio), must have something welcoming about it, an energy centered on exchange. This is something cheerfully cultivated by this hotel occupying a historic YMCA building, bolstered by all kinds of events: themed meals, screenings, concerts, games evenings. There is a distinctly festive vibe, something the vintage decor does nothing to dispel. The ballroom with its 1920s high ceilings and the 400 m2 former gym are dream venues for birthdays, marathon meals and evenings with dancing.
A comme Afrique. Impressions d’Afrique Avec un peu d’imagination, avec quelques accessoires aussi, avec une allée et des palmes, la Sicile, c’est aussi l’Afrique. Il ne s’agit pas d’arpenter la ville. Ailleurs est ce qui arrive.
A as in Africa: Impressions of Africa With a bit of imagination and a few accessories, such as a path and some palms, Sicily can also be Africa. You don’t have to amble all over the city. Afar is what appears.
Ace hotel pittsburgh120 South Whitfield Street. Tél. +1 412 361 3300. www.acehotel.com
Some events really deserve to be celebrated in style. With its 26 floors and three wings, the Ilikai is equipped to accommodate even the splashiest of celebrations, while providing intimacy for guests. A huge edifice located on an exceptional site, it looks out over the city, harbor, mountain and Waikiki Beach. Hiking enthusiasts will be as thrilled as those who love swimming, shopping or cultural expeditions. For bringing the entire family together while satisfying each and every one: what better gift than that?
Ilikai1777 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu. Tél. +1 808 949 3811. www.ilikaihotel.com
Palais Coburg Residenz
Fittingly for Vienna, this Neoclassical palace commissioned by Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg has been frequented by royalty. After a turbulent life and a careful restoration, it was converted into a hotel in 2003. Beneath the garden, 34 suites and 5 opulent salons are hidden 450 m2 of historical casemates, with a sound and lighting system as swish as the silks on the main floor. Spectacular and intimate, historic and high-tech, the spaces are dream locations for festivities. The Clementine im Glashaus and Silvio Nickol restaurants, as well as the spa and pool, all add beautifully to the pleasure.
Palais Coburg ResidenzCoburgbastei 4. Tél. +43 1 518 18 170. www.palais-coburg.com
The best gatherings may be those that take place out of sight. In this former private mansion in Vieux-Lille (5 stars and 19 rooms), even the banquets are discreet, whether they are held in the garden or amid the white wood paneling of the private dining rooms, graced by the breathtaking cuisine of Nicolas Pourcheresse, who was recently awarded a star.
clarance hôtelhôtel 32, rue de la Barre, Lille. Tél. +33 (0)3 59 36 35 59. www.clarancehotel.com
Quinta Nova Luxury Winery House
In the Douro Valley carpeted in golden and emerald vineyards, the endless working of the soil seems to have sculpted the banks of the river that leads to Porto. A wine estate complete with port, railway station and heliport, this 18th-century manor house turned hotel (11 rooms) has conserved its elegant pocket chapel, where you can exchange vows before witnesses. The fruits of the earth appear on your table in jams and juice at breakfast time, or can be picked from the orchard before a bike ride or cruise on the Douro.
Quinta Nova luxury Winery houseCovas do Douro. Tél. +351 254 730 430. www.quintanova.com
The long, long lane immaculately edged with maritime pines and cypresses sets the tone: at the end of the path, in this former summer palace of the Grand Duke Leopold II, everything will be harmonious, a peaceful interchange with the landscapes of vines and scrubland reclaimed from the Maremma marshes. Although the reception rooms can accommodate up to 300 guests, it is mostly outdoors that Italian-style marriages are celebrated here, with tables and chairs set out in the 500 hectares of gardens surrounding the Renaissance chapel. The dishes prepared by the in-house trattoria bring an extra dose of sunshine.
L’andanaTenuta La Badiola, Località Badiola. Tél. +39 05 64 944 800. www.andana.it
Anahita Golf & Spa Resort
With its stunning lagoons, Mauritius is the obvious spot for celebrating a wedding or for honeymooning. So why not do something a bit different and go there with a few friends? The Anahita’s suites and villas offer up to five bedrooms and some have a private poolideal for groups feting a new decade of friendship. Alternate quiet moments at the golf course, the newly designed spa (done in tandem with the Thémaé tea brand) or one of the hotel’s two beaches, with a more dynamic pace on the tennis courts or at the treetop adventure park on the island just opposite, or discovering the island’s sanctuaries just minutes from the complex. Three of the resort’s five restaurants book private gatherings, making the big day an exclusive, unforgettable experience.