Oetker Collection, is buzzing with summertime cheer. From the new Pasta Atelier and the unique opportunity to dine with an original Picasso in the privacy of one’s Suite, to the chicest curated shopping experience at La Boutique du Bristol, that welcomes a special selection from Oetker Collection sister property, Eden Rock - St Barths in a jovial celebration of summer, Le Bristol Paris ensures a timelessly memorable stay for those visiting this season. The hotel has continually worked to perfect its already acclaimed design sensibilities, launching new collaborations with American luxury textile house, Schumacher and French ceramicist, Agnés Sandahl. Expanding its luxury spa offerings, KOS PARIS has crafted a delicious body cream inspired by the floral sensation that is Le Jardin Français. As temperatures in the city rise, here’s what else is hot from Paris’s first Palace Hotel…
LE BRISTOL PARIS INTRODUCES PASTA MAKING TO ITS ATELIER LINE-UP WITH IL PASTIFICIO
Expanding its artisanal expertise, Le Bristol Paris has launched an in-house pasta lab to complement its existing ateliers, showcasing once again how simple products created with authentic craftsmanship deliver unparalleled flavors. After the successful introduction of a traditional mill and bakery, a chocolate factory, a cheese cave and a wine cellar, Michelin-starred Executive Chef Eric Frechon has now introduced a pasta laboratory named Il Pastificio, as his fifth atelier of the hotel. Reinforcing his commitment to excellence, Eric Frechon appointed Cristina Ternullo, who originally hails from Rome and who has a true dedication to the craft. Each day, Ternullo produces handmade pasta in an array of eight traditional sizes and shapes. Ternnullo works solely with ancient heritage wheats that are blended and milled into the perfect texture of flour by the bakery team in Le Bristol’s own flour mill. Khorasan, soft wheat, einkorn, and marguerite are carefully selected for the texture and flavors they create, as well as for their high levels of selenium, making them suitable for those with gluten intolerance. Foodies visiting this summer can sample the homemade pasta in signature dishes in the hotel’s restaurants: Epicure, 114 Faubourg and Café Antonia.
A BRAND-NEW, REIMAGINED SIGNATURE AZUR TERRACE SUITE IN COLLABORATION WITH AGNES SANDAHL
Completing a top-to-toe redesign of its Signature Suites, Le Bristol Paris is delighted to reveal the latest project to come to completion: the new Azur Terrace Suite. One of the most exceptional hotel accommodations in Paris, thanks to its 115m2 tree-lined terrace, the Azur Terrace Suite has been transformed to showcase the creative universe of Agnès Sandahl, a remarkable and vibrant French artist and ceramicist, against a backdrop of elegant interiors by two of the hotel’s owners, Narcisa and Elvira Oetker. Located on the hotel’s 5th floor and bathed in natural light, inside, three Agnès Sandahl paintings join a beautifully imposing fresco, also by the artist, using Chinese ink and gold leaf. A step outside of the 100m2 suite’s doors takes one to the majestic terrace, hidden from view, but acting as an elevated extension of the hotel’s beloved Le Jardin Français below. Many of the plants and flowers that adorn Le Bristol’s courtyard garden are featured, including Lily of the Nile, roses, jasmine, and wisteria. For this exclusive terrace, Agnès Sandahl has also created a custom ceramic fountain and ceramic tabletop that comfortably accommodates up to six, for al fresco entertaining.
HOW: Nightly rates in the Azur Terrace Suite start from €9,000 (currently approx. $9,888). www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/le-bristol-paris/rooms-suites/azur-terrace-suite
ENJOY BREAKFAST WITH A PICASSO MASTERPIECE, MAISON À JUAN-LES-PINS…
In partnership with Opera Gallery, Le Bristol Paris further deepens its connection to the art world with a new private Picasso viewing to be enjoyed in-suite with a specially crafted breakfast. To mark the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death this year with a creative tribute, the hotel’s ‘Breakfast with Picasso’ experience includes a one-night stay in a Deluxe Junior Suite, with a bountiful breakfast created for the occasion by Chef Eric Frechon the next morning, featuring the hotel’s beloved soft-boiled eggs with maple syrup and caviar, smoked salmon blinis, an abundant basket of fresh pastries, and a picture-perfect seasonal fruit salad — all served in-suite facing the Picasso masterpiece, accompanied by a glass of chilled Champagne. The artwork chosen for this exclusive viewing is Picasso’s 1931 oil painting, Maison à Juan-Les-Pins, which was created during a summer holiday spent in Juan-Les-Pins on the French Riviera. The painting depicts the historic Villa Chêne Roc, built in 1880, where Picasso once lived. An extraordinary experience to cherish in the heart of Paris, this private viewing holds special significance for Oetker Collection because Picasso was a regular guest at sister hotel, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, where he produced 23 paintings and 44 drawings.
HOW: Rates for ‘Breakfast with Picasso’ upon request. www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/le-bristol-paris/the-hotel/breakfast-with-picasso
Pablo Picasso, Maison à Juan les Pins, 1931. Oil, 22,5 x 35,5 cm / 8.9” x 14”.
SCHUMACHER INJECTS NEW LIFE INTO LE JARDIN FRANÇAIS WITH NEW COLORS AND TEXTURES
In celebration of the refined ritual that is Parisian al fresco dining and drinking, Le Bristol Paris has collaborated with American heritage textile house, Schumacher, and award-winning designer Marie-Caroline Willms, founder of Marbella-based EMCI Design Studio. Willms has sought to embrace Le Bristol Paris’s timeless identity by creating an immersive atmosphere that brings to life the spirit of carefree summers, complemented by the understated and elegant simplicity of Schumacher textiles. By reimagining the sunlit corridor leading to the garden, a tent adorned with plush floral prints is a prelude of what is to be discovered just steps away. The choice of colors and prints are a delightful ode to the hotel’s house colors and have taken inspiration from the essence of Le Bristol Paris, paying homage to the Palace’s legendary heritage and the unique history of Schumacher. The seat cushions at the garden tables are adorned in the hotel’s signature pale green, in a check print with geometric motifs that reflect the green trellises lining the courtyard. Decorative pillows feature soft red stripes in a nod to Le Bristol Paris’s iconic awnings, as well as an elegant red floral pattern that will also feature on the new uniforms for the Café Antonia team. Infusing the interior corridor and garden with new details to echo the lush plant life surrounding the tables, the design incorporates a vibrant selection of Schumacher’s most exquisite fabrics.
HOW: Le Jardin Français by Schumacher, to discover every day of fine weather from 12pm. www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/le-bristol-paris/the-hotel/le-bristol-paris-x-schumacher
A POP-UP SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT LA BOUTIQUE DU BRISTOL DEDICATED TO SISTER PROPERTY, EDEN ROCK - ST BARTHS
La Boutique du Bristol welcomes its first pop-up dedicated to sister property, Eden Rock - St Barths, in a jovial celebration of summer, the iconic Eden Rock, and the effervescent French Caribbean lifestyle. The stylish lobby boutique has been reimagined with solid oak displays and linen paneling, creating a spacious and contemporary atmosphere for the prestigious selection. A custom-made Pinton rug adorns the center of the boutique for a flawless finishing touch. Designed to present an ever-evolving collection of both timeless treasures and creative keepsakes, La Boutique du Bristol is now showcasing a special curation of items that are also featured in its St Barths counterpart, the Eden Rock Boutique. Women’s dresses and beachwear by Zimmermann sit alongside sandals and accessories by De Siena; summer hats by Maison Michel join ready-to-wear essentials for men by Orlebar Brown, including limited-edition ‘ode to Paris’ swim shorts exclusively created for Le Bristol Paris and sold only at the Palace and in Orlebar Brown’s Parisian boutiques. There is also a selection of Eden Rock - St Barths lifestyle products including body care by local island brand, Ligne St Barths, and a limited-edition Diptyque candle and diffuser in a scent created just for the iconic island hotel.
LUXURY CLEAN BEAUTY BRAND, KOS PARIS CREATES A HEAVENLY BODY CREAM INSPIRED BY THE CITY ALWAYS IN BLOOM
Le Bristol Paris and KOS PARIS, two houses closely linked together with their distinctly Parisian roots, have joined hands once more to create a body cream inspired by the hotel’s blooming Le Jardin Français. Formulated with a mix of plant-based ingredients and enriching botanical essences, the new Le Jardin Français body cream joins the existing collection of beauty oils and pillow mists by KOS PARIS exclusively for the hotel, to capture the sensorial experience of a leisurely promenade through the Palace hotel’s iconic courtyard garden. The body cream is light, yet deeply hydrating, and also features in a new spa treatment at Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie. A new full body massage incorporating a Le Jardin Français beauty oil is followed by a targeted massage of the hands, feet, and shoulder blades, enhanced by the delicate Le Jardin Français body cream. This treatment is designed to energize and destress both the body and the mind, as tension slowly melts away with the hypnotic scent of peony and white musk.
HOW: Le Jardin Français body cream, available exclusively at Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, €89 (approx. $98). Le Jardin Français spa treatment, 55 minutes (€235 / $258) and 85 minutes (€295 / $324). www.oetkercollection.com/hotels/le-bristol-paris/spa-wellness
YU TANAKA IS PROMOTED TO HEAD PASTRY CHEF AT WORLD-FAMOUS EPICURE
Young Chef Yu Tanaka has been promoted to Head Pastry Chef at Le Bristol Paris’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Epicure. Stepping into the role after a few years at Epicure, the young Chef realizes his long-held dream of leading the pastry kitchen for the Parisian Palace. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Tanaka attributes his passion for French gastronomy to his father, a skilled chef and devoted epicurean who trained at Restaurant Paul Bocuse in Lyon and went on to work for a French restaurant in Tokyo. At the age of 15, Tanaka decided to follow in his father’s footsteps towards a career steeped in the culinary traditions of France by training for three years in the arts of patisserie and boulangerie. At 18 years old, driven by a strong desire to deepen his knowledge, he moved to France in search of opportunity. The ambitious young Chef joined the team at Sadaharu Aoki in 2009, a Franco-Japanese patisserie in Paris 7th arrondissement, where he spent a year learning the art of fusion creation. After three years honing his skills as Pastry Chef of Il Vino Italian restaurant, Tanaka joined Hotel La Réserve as Chef De Partie. In 2016, he became the Sous-Chef at Epicure, where he further developed his knowledge under Executive Chef Eric Frechon. It was Frechon who nurtured and trained Tanaka, awarding him the opportunity to grow his talent for pastry making by promoting him to Head of Pastry for Epicure. Now, after two years in the role at Epicure, Yu Tanaka will lead the pastry program as Head Pastry Chef for Le Bristol Paris, a dream role he has steadfastly worked towards for many years.