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Michelin Star for ‘Les Fresques’, gastronomic restaurant of the Royal Evian



The restaurant ‘Les Fresques’ has been rewarded with a Star by this year’s Michelin Guide. A new distinction which comes further to the Royal Evian receiving the Palace status in November 2016.

Chef Patrice Vander, Chef at Les Fresques, is pleased to share this reward with his loyal kitchen brigade whose commitment and enthusiasm is unrelenting. After completing his training at restaurants as prestigious as the Plaza Athenée, alongside two-star chef Eric Briffard and Meilleur Ouvrier de France Gérard Cagna, who provided him with inspiration, today Patrice Vander is a Chef who manages and cooks each day with passion, offering an exceptional menu which is the fruit of high-precision gastronomy.

My cuisine is contemporary and creative with no added frills, which brings out the flavours of the ingredients, be they simple or fine. Patrice Vander has chosen to focus his menu on regional produce. The Chef works with the finest local producers, Eric Jacquier for fish from Lake Geneva, the Ferme du Noyer for his cheese selection, Au Chapon Bressan for his Bresse poultry, as well as many others, not forgetting the kitchen garden located in the grounds of the Royal overlooking Lake Geneva.

Signature dishes can be sampled à la carte and include crayfish from Lake Geneva on a Royal foie gras, chanterelles, verbena froth or Perch served on a warm pebble. Not to mention the essentials reinvented by Patrice Vander, for instance sweetbread with burnt leeks, Roscoff onions, walnuts, Abondance cheese crust or Scallops, glazed salsify and Jerusalem artichoke, scallop juices with Chambéry vermouth. Patrice Vander’s cuisine is a blend of simplicity, his love or the ingredients and the terroir revisited. Unexpected culinary pleasures are to be discovered in the Fresques’ majestic dining room which affords breathtaking views of Lake Geneva. The panoramic terrace and magnificent frescoes by Gustave Jaulmes add to the pleasure of discovering and sampling the dishes.

”Being awarded this star is for us a confirmation of our obligations and commitments in terms of excellence, creativity and quality. This star provides recognition of the work accomplished so far as well as the road that lies ahead.”
Patrice Vander


About the Hôtel Royal
The 5-star Hôtel Royal Palace is considered one of the most luxurious and singular hotels in the world. As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Hôtel Royal is an exceptional place with 150 rooms including 32 exclusive suites. Totally refurbished in 2015, it subtly blends stylish contemporary design with Belle Epoque architecture from the start of the 20th century. The «crème de la crème» of this transformation is to be found on the 6th floor with the creation of 7 luxurious suites, which all interconnect, and from where the views of Lake Geneva are stunning.

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Autumn Indulgence on Offer with ‘Golf & Taste’ at Argentario Golf Resort & Spa



For golfers with a love of gastronomy, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa (www.argentarioresort.comin south west Tuscany is offering a ‘Golf & Taste’ experience this autumn as the region celebrates the grape and olive harvests with a series of food festivals.

After a round of golf over Argentario’s stunning layout overlooking the Orbetello Lagoon, foodies canindulge themselves in culinary delights created by chef Riccardo Cappelli in the Resort’s stylish Dama Dama Restaurant, named after the fallow deer that occasionally roam the resort.

Based on the flavours and colours of the local terrain, Cappelli’s cuisine is prepared using authentic produce from small, carefully-selected local farms and, at this time of the year, with some ingredients coming directly from the hotel’s organic vegetable garden and orchard.

During October, for example, Argentario will be harvesting its own olives from the ancient groves that border the back nine of the golf course. The olive oil produced from the crop will be used in the preparation of the Tuscan specialties in the Restaurant and can also be sampled by guests in its pure form, simply with bread.

Argentario Golf Course Olive collection in the Maremma (Frantoio Franci)

The back nine of the Argentario golf course meanders between ancient olive groves; the olive harvest at Frantoio Franci


The design hotel near Porto Ercole on the Monte Argentario peninsula has also teamed up with a number of wineries and olive oil mills in the Maremma and runs tasting tours to the Le Mortelle Winery, for example, which is owned by the historic wine family of Antinori.  Guests can visit the winery, complete with wine tasting, as part of the ‘Golf & Taste’ package or as an independent excursion during a stay in this stunning part of Tuscany.


Another interesting foodie option is a visit to Frantoio Franci, a charming olive oil mill in the idyllic landscape of Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Frantoio Franci produces a range of top quality extra virgin olive oils which can be tasted during a visit alongside a small aperitif of honey, cheese and red wine. It’s just a pleasant one-hour drive from coastal Monte Argentario, across the Tuscan countryside and to the medieval hamlet of Montenero d’Orcia.


Whilst Tuscan cuisine is delicious year-round, for many visitors there is something special about theseasonal dishes that are produced in the autumn. Added to which, at this time of the year, many of the nearby villages honour the harvest with festivals where visitors can taste seasonal produce such as chestnuts and savour local wines. For the foodie foragers, there are also opportunities to go hunting for mushrooms and truffles.


Between late October and early November, a host of festivals take place around the Argentario Promontory like the unique Gustatus Wine & Food Festival (31 October to 4 November) in the nearby town of Orbetello which features food and wine tastings, cultural events, street artists and live music. Other events on nearby in the autumn include:


Ø  Grape Festival on Giglio Island – 27, 28 & 29 September 2018. Open wineries and tastings from 8pm in the village of Castello.

Ø  Bruschetta and Olio Nuovo Festival in Montegiovi – 29 & 30 September 2018.

Ø  Grape Festival in Scansano – 29 & 30 September 2018. Open wineries to pay homage to the DOCG red wine, Morellino di Scansano.

Ø  Grape Festival in Cinigiano – 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 October 2018. In addition to wine tastings, there is also a float parade.

Ø  Amiantino Mushroom Festival in Bagnolo – 6, 7, 13 & 14 October 2018.

Ø  Chestnut Festival in Monticello Amiata – 12, 13 & 14 October 2018.

Ø  Chestnut Festival in Arcidosso – 19, 20 &21 October 2018.

Ø  Wine Festival “Gustatus” in Orbetello – from 31 October to 4 November 2018. Tastings, cultural events, street artists and live music in the streets of the pretty lagoon town.


Event Source: Dates may change & more information can be found at the local tourist office.

Added to this, the autumn colours in Tuscany at this time of the year are simply mesmerizing whilst the weather is cooler yet often sunny, and there are far few tourists around than in the busy summer season.


The ‘Golf & Taste’ package includes:

·         One green fee per person at Argentario Golf Club

·         Welcome drink

·         Buffet breakfast

·         One welcome dinner with Tasting Menu and Argentario wine selection included

·         On the second day, a visit of your choice between:

Le Mortelle Winery with lunch and wine tasting included (transfer not included; the winery is in Castiglione della Pescaia, about 1 hour from the Resort)


“Frantoio Franci” mill with olive oil tasting (3 samples) and a small aperitif with honey, cheese and a glass of red wine (transfer is not included, the olive oil mill is in Montenero d’Orcia, about 1 hour from the Resort)

·         Spa access with use of pools, gym, fitness courses, sauna, Kneipp circuit, Turkish bath, thalassotherapy

·         Use of driving range

·         Use of padel and tennis courts, jogging paths and small football pitch

·         Garage Parking

·         Wi-fi internet

The 3-night package from Euros 595.50 per person, in a double room sharing – BOOK 3 NIGHTS

For stays of 7 nights or more, the package includes 3 green fees per person and 2 dinners with Tasting menu and Argentario wine selection, from Euros 1,372 per person, in a double room sharing – BOOK 7 NIGHTS


Contact us for more information and to book your Tuscan vacation:
Tel: +39 0564 810292  |  Email:


Payment Terms:
– To guarantee and confirm this booking, you will need to send your credit card information: type, number, expiry date and cardholder’s name.
– Depending on low/high season, 30% or 50% of the total amount of the booking must be paid at check-in; while the balance will be cleared at check-out (cheques and bank transfers are not accepted as a form of payment during check-out).

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New bistrology concept heads Praia d’El Rey’s 2018 culinary menu



Guests can indulge in a new array of five-star dining experiences at Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort from this spring following an upgrade of the restaurant facilities at the luxury Lisbon resort.

A new ‘bistrology’ concept at the rebranded Emprata restaurant – one of five restaurants at the award-winning resort – heads the mouth-watering choice of culinary options available over the coming months.

Overlooking the hotel gardens with the Atlantic Ocean providing the backdrop, Emprata’s new ‘bistrology’ menu is inspired by food offering authentic local flavours and dishes that have been designed to be shared in a unique and casual dining experience.

Guests can feast on an array of regional and seasonal products on a menu that is updated several times a year, with a selection of dishes featuring locally-sourced meat and fish among the options available.

Lavish cuisine is also on offer in abundance at the recently-renovated Oceano restaurant, while visitors can indulge their love of seafood at Mare, accompanied by the best wines and breath-taking views of the Atlantic.

With two 18-hole championship layouts including the stunning West Cliffs Golf Links – named ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the 2017 World Golf Awards and one of the new stars of European golf – there’s also plenty to whet the appetites of golfers.

Featuring spectacular views of the Atlantic from every hole, the Cynthia Dye-designed layout only opened last summer but is already predicted to be the new number one in Portugal.

Both West Cliffs and Praia D’El Rey are ranked among the top courses in Europe, while players of all abilities can also improve their skills at the resort’s recently-upgraded golf academy.

As well as golf, Praia D’El Rey boasts an extensive array of world-class sports, leisure and accommodation facilities including a Marriott hotel, a wide selection of villas, a tennis academy and wide range of watersports, and a luxury spa and health club, while the comprehensive range of therapies and treatments on offer at the Kalyan Spa promise to restore energy and balance to the body after a day at the beach.

For more information on Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort and to book, go to

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