Tag Archives: art travel

Seja lá ou ser quadrado…

Buzios, Brazil - Hotel Insolito

Nestled in a rocky hillside in Buzios, Brazil, Jaunt Magazine is bringing our sassy friends some news about this swanky gem: The Insolito Boutique Hotel, a tranquil coastal boutique resort with a brand new restaurant, nine new guest rooms and a Parilla. That’s right… a barbeque straight from Rio Plata.

The property, as you can see to the left, encompasses 20 themed guest rooms based around Brazilian history and culture and include nine new spaces that reflect Brazilian Modernism.

A bit about… The Parilla
We hear that the new Parilla is fueled by a mixture of firewood and coal that gives ingredients it’s distinct flavor. The barbeque, situated in the popular beach lounge restaurant, is close to the sea to create an interactive dining experience for guests. The open barbeque ‘kitchen’ allows guests to get close to the action and learn tips from the parrilleiro (cook), including the origins and cuts of the meats and how best to cook them. Diners can choose from Argentinean, Uruguayan and Brazilian meats, seafood or vegetables, and enjoy them with a special dressing from the Plata River region. There is also a range of tapas and finger foods, and a choice of two menu options in which the cook prepares a range of starters and main courses that present the typical taste of a Parilla. Dishes include pork sausage with dried tomato and mint, roasted potatoes with roquefort cheese and baby beef medallions. Hungry yet?

The pool at dusk...

A bit about… The Restaurant
The new sophisticated restaurant area serves Franco-Brazilian cuisine and aims to delight the senses through a variety of Brazilian ingredients. The dishes, reflecting local traditions with a contemporary French touch, include delicacies like jabuticaba, a fruit similar to a cherry, used to complement meats in dishes such as ‘Beef filet in a jabuticaba sauce with a mandioquinha gratin’. The chef also grills crayfish and serves it with banana prata risotto. Other seafood dishes include Grilled Brazilian lobster with banana and Parma ham risotto and Provencal jumbo shrimp with Sicilian risotto. Buying my ticket just to eat that grub NOW.

Outside, guests can dine in a lounge area on the swimming pool deck and take in the sea views and fresh sea breeze, while inside there is a large room with a wall of blue tiles hand-painted by Laura Taves. Taves is founder and director of The Tile Workshop, a collective of artists and craftswomen in Rio de Janeiro. The kitchen area is framed by a unique vertical garden produced by São Paulo company Quadro Vivo and designed by architect Luis Fernando Grabowsky. The restaurant’s furnishings include items from the 1960s by designer Jorge Zalszupin, with lighting by Maneco Quinderé.  And you know how much we love – and live for – swanky design elements.

A bit about… The Rooms
The nine new spaces include two superior rooms, four luxury rooms and three master suites. Located in a new house connected to the main building, the rooms show off interiors related to Brazilian Modernism. This is achieved through books, objects, furniture, paintings and photographs. For instance, there are items of Brazilian furniture from Jorge Zalzupin and, on the walls, photographs by Almir Reis who portrays modernist architecture and the human body.

Insolito's Rooms

A bit about… The Hotel
Converted from her beachfront home, owner Emmanuelle de Clermont Tonnerre’s has created a personal, relaxed hotel, with a variety of inviting spaces for guests and locals. The focus point of the hotel is the 3,000m² beach lounge between the beach and the garden with a bar carved out of a 1,000-year-old tree root. Guests can choose from three pools, one with fresh water, one with heated water, and another with sea water. There are also saunas and Turkish baths, a jacuzzi, a gym, bicycles and a lounge decorated with designer objects. The hotel also owns two speedboats for taking guests to nearby beaches and for water sports like wakeboarding and skiing.

And where is this hot Brazilian hotel? 
Insólito Boutique Hotel is located in the Peninsula of Buzios. The hotel is approximately 2 hours by car from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport.

So be there or be square (and no one wants to be the square one in Brazil).


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Preservation Trust

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

We’re architect groupies. We’re not afraid to admit it. To that end, when we heard about The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust’s In Wright’s Drafting Room: Architecture Fantasy Camp at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio—a National Historic Landmark in Oak Park, IL, we began to dream in beams.

From June 12-15 and October 2-5, this adult workshop offers amateur design enthusiasts the chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to create unique designs with the assistance of a professional architect.

Within the awe-inspiring Drafting Room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio, where the famed architect created world-renowned structures such as Robie House and Unity Temple and created the Prairie style of architecture, guests from around the world receive great personal attention with an accomplished architect to plan and design a structure of their own as the Preservation Trust allows a maximum of only twelve participants.  The best part? No architecture experience is necessary, as the skilled designers will help participants create a new addition to their home, remodel part of their residence or design a picturesque dream home. Attendees also enjoy a private, in-depth tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House as well as a self-guided tour of Unity Temple. Past participants have used their Architecture Fantasy Camp designs to build actual homes.

Tickets for In Wright’s Drafting Room: Architecture Fantasy Camp are $500 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members and $550 for non-members. For more information please visit GoWright.org

Eyes Wide Shutter

We’re always looking out for an eye-catching, artistic good time so when we heard about the InterContinental London Park Lane‘s new unique Insider Experience offering guests an unforgettable photography experience around key London landmarks, we had to check into it.

The EYE Photographic Workshop has been created in collaboration with professional photographer and founder Michael Potter, offering guests of the hotel a one-day photography workshop with a digital SLR camera.

Canon 35mm digital camera equipment will be provided if clients do not have a digital SLR camera with them. The workshop not only gives guests access to London’s iconic sights and landmarks, but allows them to acquire a valuable new skill and a truly local and authentic experience to take back home.  The workshop is for all levels and for those looking for an intimate size class with real hands-on experience.  Be it knowledgeable amateurs or snap-happy novices, the workshops are tailored to all abilities and offer an unforgettable hotel stay in one of the world’s most famous cities.  Guests enjoying the experience will be offered the choice of four different packages:

Old and New

Contrasts the new buildings with the old, juxtaposing the historic aspects of London with the city’s modern pace of life.

Pro Studio Fashion Shoots

Guests learn how to shoot fashion on a model both in Shepherd’s Bush Market and at a studio.

Wildlife in Richmond Park

Guests learn the techniques of stalking and photographing birds, large game and the landscape of the park.

Petersham or Clifton Nurseries

An opportunity for guests to visit the greenhouses and plants exhibited at the nurseries and photograph the setting and local environment.

The photography experience kicks off with introductions and coffee in the Club InterContinental of InterContinental London Park Lane. After a brief on camera operation and basic digital photography techniques, it is onward-bound with a professional tutor for a day of shooting.  During a working lunch in the city, guests take an opportunity to review their own shots before spending the afternoon with individual photography tasks.  The day finally comes to a close back at the hotel where participants have the opportunity to edit their collective shots and compile their own slideshow on a DVD.

Prices start from approximately US $1,548 for two people (plus VAT) including one night’s accommodation at the prestigious InterContinental London Park Lane and a one-day tailored workshop for two with EYE Photography.

For reservations or additional information on unique Insider Experiences at InterContinental London Park Lane:

http://www.london.intercontinental.com or call 888 424 6835.

Paris, France: Le Meurice – A Landmark Hotel Reborn

Paris Hotels - Le Meurice LandmarkDepending on your views of life, some say, “You only live once,” but we here at Jaunt Magazine say, “You only live two or three (or maybe four) times.” How else could we pack it all in? We also say, if you’re only going to live once (or twice), your life really hasn’t been complete without a trip to Le Meurice, the grand dame of Parisian landmarks.

In 2007, Philippe Starck came on board to do it up. Modern Parisian at it’s best. He redesigned all common areas, including a complete transformation at Le Dali restaurant (formerly the Winter Garden), without losing the historic significance of this palace hotel. Stark’s new whimsical touches are reminiscent of the surrealist legacy left by the mustached man himself… Salvador Dali, who, over the course of 30 years, visited the famous hotel several times a year.

Paris Hotel Romantic Rooms - Le MeuriceFor the second consecutive year, Le Meurice also presents its Prize for Contemporary Art, highlighting its commitment to promoting young artists on the French scene. The winner of the Prix Meurice will be selected by a jury of arts professionals including the Chairman and Director of the Louvre, Director of the Musée du Jeu de Paume, Artistic Director of FIAC, among others, and announced October 1st, 2009. The Prize includes €10,000 awarded for the artist, and €10,000 for his or her gallery.  Not too shabby, eh? The jury just selected the seven finalists and Le Meurice has recently launched a website and blog around the prize where everyone can view them, their work, leave comments, and vote for their favorites.  If you ask us, we think this is pretty chic (see below).

If that’s not enough, listen to this chocolate extravaganza.  Yannick Alléno, the Head Chef of Le Meurice’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant, has brought about new meaning to breakfast in Paris.  Looking to create his own version of the French croissant after being inspired by the chocolate aromas and colors at Ladurée, the renowned Parisian café and pastry shop, Alléno researched different types and textures of cocoa bean and decided to re-interpret the French art of “viennoiserie.”

Chef Alleno Choc-allenoThe Choc’Alléno pain au chocolat and croissant is an all chocolate delight: the dough is made with chocolate and added cocoa beans to enhance the flavor. Complete that with a hot chocolate selected by Head Sommelier Nicolas Rebut, and of course, chocolate chip butter, and… Viola! Chocolat fantasy. Available in all Ladurée boutiques and breakfast at Le Meurice.  But wait… there’s more! For lunch, Chef Alléno has added a brand spankin’ new ‘Terroir Parisien’ lunch menu.  He’s lovingly re-envisioned a traditional Parisian menu using exceptional products from in and around the city, including honey from beehives set atop the Paris Opera.

At €78 for a 3-course meal, guests now have the option to experience the Michelin Three-Star chef’s menu at a much reduced price.

For those with kiddies, check out the new Happy Meurice Family Package timed to coincide with the opening of Musique en Jouets at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, the package includes entrée to the exhibition’s fascinating musical toys, one night in a guest room or suite at Le Meurice; VIP children’s welcome and goody bag; an adorable Nabaztag rabbit per child; and continental breakfast and children’s tea time menu. Families can also unwind while racing the hotel’s custom-made sailboats on the burbling waters of Jardin des Tuileries, located nearby. The exhibition and the Happy Family package runs through November 8, 2009… so get on it.

You only live once (or twice or three times)!

Package from €700 (savings up to 30%)