Concierge: Parisian Adventure


The Mandarin Oriental, Paris, is offering guests the chance to explore the City of Lights through the eyes and palate of Michelin- starred chef Thierry Marx.

Guests who book the Paris by Marx package will tour the Parisian's favourite boutique retailers, including an award-winning charcuterie, a historical kitchen utensils shop, an art gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Pres and to a "bouquiniste of Paris" who specialises in antiquarian gastronomy books. They will also enjoy a nine-course gourmet dinner at the chef's two-Michelin-starred restaurant Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx.

The Paris by Marx package is already available, subject to availability, and starts from €1,350 (S$2,025) a night, including accommodation and breakfast.

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Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is opening its first hotel in Vietnam in October. Formerly the Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, the 273-room, 56- serviced suite Pan Pacific Hanoi is located in the central West Lake location near the historic Old Quarter and business district.

It will be the Pan Pacific Hotels Group's second property in Vietnam after the award-winning Parkroyal Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Singapore-based hotel group SilverNeedle has opened a new Sage Hotel in West Perth. The centrepiece of the 101-room, A$35-million (S$35.1-million) development is a 1902 heritage-listed, black-and- white family residence which, for many years, has housed the city's famed Julio's Italian restaurant. Now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the iconic restaurant has been renovated and the building restored to highlight its historic design features.

The contemporary hotel, which has been built behind its historic facade, is offering special opening rates for Singaporean travellers. The Sagecation package includes welcome drinks, breakfast, one course at Julio's Italian restaurant, a hotspot device for wireless access on the go and a welcome gift showcasing the best of Western Australia's local products.

The package costs $215 a night for two with a minimum two-night stay. Families of two adults and two children under 12 can enjoy the extra amenities offered by the Sagecation package plus two rooms for $333 a night, with a minimum three-night stay in the Triple Family Value package.

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Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 03, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge'. Print Edition | Subscribe