Fresh Picks: Vive la France!

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

“Fresh Picks” features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, in honor of French (albeit silent) film The Artist, which walked away with five Oscars this past weekend, we feature three très jolie French hotels we’d give Angelina’s right leg to stay at.

Saint James Paris
This historic Parisian property and the Academy Awards share an admiration of pomp and opulence. From the grand black and white staircase in the lobby (complete with red carpet) to a room clad in crimson and leopard print, it’s also in the running for Best Dressed. Add a library bar stocked with 12,000 books (in addition to liquors), spa and private gardens to its list of charms.

Farm life isn’t known for its luxuriousness, but at this picturesque hotel in Basque Country’s Bidarray, guests get the rest without having done any hard labor. You’ll find five red-shuttered stone houses with 22 rooms between them on the property’s rolling hills where no cars, just golf carts and your own two feet are allowed to get you from point A to B. It’s just the sort of place an Oscar winner would book out to escape the flash bulbs associated with fame.

L’Ermitage Mont Saint Michel
With just seven suites—precisely the same number of rooms George Valentin’s swanky first home had in The Artist—this hotel is as boutique as boutique can be. It sits beside the Couesnon River in Beauvoir, and rooms feature a private balcony or terrace for taking it all in. Four kilometers away sits the grand UNESCO World Heritage site in the Bay.

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