Top Travel Destinations for 2015: City Escape

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“Paris is THE place to go in 2015.” – Victoire Spoerry, Virtuoso advisor

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By Aaron Gulley
 
“Paris is the place to go in 2015,” says Virtuoso advisor Victoire Spoerry of her hometown, which is experiencing a slew of hotel and restaurant rebirths. “This year, both The Ritz and the
 Hôtel de Crillon will reopen after major renovations. And the new Peninsula Paris is absolutely fabulous. Its top-floor restaurant, L’Oiseau Blanc, has some of the best views in town, with tables overlooking the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Take note, though: There’s a three-month waiting list unless you stay at the hotel.”
 
The other big food news on the tip of locals’ tongues is renowned chef Christian Le Squer’s move from Pavillon Ledoyen to the Four Seasons Hotel George V. “People think he may get a 
third Michelin star in just four months,” Spoerry says, “which would be a first in history.” Of course, you can’t eat and sleep away your entire time in the City of Light. Good thing the Musée Picasso Paris just reopened
after a five-year renovation, and the city’s newest landmark, the striking Fondation Louis Vuitton, opened in October.

Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2015:
  1. Europe for Less: The Balkans
  2. Honeymoons: French Polynesia or Maldives
  3. Culture: Milan
  4. Safari: South Africa
  5. The Emerging Destination: Myanmar
  6. City Escape: Paris (You are here!)
  7. Supernatural Nature: The Galapgos
  8. Family Travel: Costa Rica
  9. Close to Home: Napa Valley
  10. Adventure Travel: New Zealand
 
Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, January 2015.

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