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The Bellini Cocktail was created in 1948 in Venice by Giuseppe Cipriani, the Harry's bar's owner. He used prosecco, the town sparkling wine and combined it cleverly with white-peach puree. Cipriani named it after a Venetian artist who painted a picture of a pink-shirted saint, which turned out to be about the same color as the drink. The taste of this delicious cocktail will make Collectionists want to go in Venice for their next gateway.

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1 - The Sheesh Mahal, India

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The Sheesh Mahal, the Udaipur Leela Palace’s restaurant on the shores of the lake Pichola is the perfect place for a gastronomic romantic dinner with a legendary view on the majestic Avaralli ranges and the well-known Jag Mandir, also named the « Lake Garden Palace ». Collectionists looking for a unique experience will order a bespoke dinner to delight connoisseurs’ palate.

Tips from your private concierge: Discover the Diwali, or the Feast of Lights, a spectacular event starting on October 23th and lasting five days. where thousands of lights illuminate streets and homes in order to guide the king Rama’s return in Ayodhya.

2 - Cip's Club, Venice

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Venice, the city of all possible loves: those of Georges Sand and Alfred de Musset, or the more provocative and sensual ones of Giacomo Casanova. The city of the Doges houses the Cip’s club, Hotel Cipriani’s restaurant (whose the ancestor was the inventor of the Bellini, a Venitian cocktail) that gives the opportunity to have dinner on the dark Venetian waters where the city lights reflect faintly and where one can still hear the old serenades spreading across the Grand Canal, in a passionate whisper. Collectionists will love the catch of the day, after some delicious antipasti, while admiring the unique sight that offers St Mark’s square.

Tips from your private concierge:Films lovers and novices, both have to discover the 71st Venice Film Festival from August 27th to September 6th 2014.

3- The Grotto, Thailand

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On the edge of Phranang beach, on the southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, the Grotto restaurant offers gourmet food, in a romantic setting, surrounded by fine sand, at the soothing rythm of warm dancing lights on the pale rock walls. Time seems to stand still for the guests in front this sunset on the azure-colored sea and this delicious meal to share, protected by these rocks that exists certainly since the dawn of time.

Tips from your private concierge: the Phuket Vegetarian Festival from September 24th to October 2nd to purify the body and mind. Some local people even walk on embers, skewering their own cheeks and body with sabres, knifes and others pointed objects !

Check out our marvelous villas in Thailand !

4 - One if by Land Two if by Sea, New York

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Situated in the West Village, the 'One if by Land Two if by Sea' restaurant is an idyllic place for a romantic rendez-vous in New York. All is gathered for a warm and cosy atmosphere: the soft shimmering candelights, piano melodies, rose fragrance and interior decoration from another time. Our tips : book a table in the Constitution room, nicely decorated with two fireplaces, the crackling of fire being a call to softness and relaxation, and taste the pan-fried scallops with asparagus, apple and thyme, by Chef Colt Taylor.

Tips from your private concierge: before September 15th, visit the exhibition about Paris in the forties and fifties from the point of view Robert Doisneau at the Rox Gallery in New York.

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5 - Bushman Kloof, South Africa

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Bushman Kloof is a private wilderness reserve and wellness retreat in South Africa offering only on request exclusive and unforgettable dinners, on a sparkling riverbank at the sunset or in an isolated chalet with a stunning view on the Cedernerg Moutains. Dinner under the stars, at the heart of the wildlife, is an unrivaled romantic experience, worthy of the Collectionists in search of an unusual adventure and raw beauty.

Tips from your private concierge: visit Cape Town, chosen as the world capital of design in 2014, to discover its subtil artistic mark.

In order to keep increasing our level of quality in each stay with Le Collectionist and thanks to our last partnership with the London brand Mr Porter from the Net à Porter group & Orlebar Brown, we offered to each client in Saint-Tropez a unique luxury beach bag with many great luxury accessories. This indispensable beach kit contains chic swimwear essentials and a gift card for guests’ next purchase at MR PORTER.com.

Please find below, a few pictures of our partnership with Mr Porter this summer in Saint-Tropez.

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Well-known Normandy seaside destination, Deauville used to seduce a large number of travelers and celebrities with its Barriere casinos, its horse races and its wonderful marina. Deauville is also famous for its prestigious American Movie Festival. This unique experience presents to movie-lovers the opportunity to discover some North American cinema’s treasures, far from the non-sense and usually repetitive block-busters.

Created in 1975 thanks to the mayor Michel d’Ornano and Louis Barrière’s support, this internationally known annual event enjoys the visit of cinema’s emblematic figures such as Cate Blanchett and Clint Eastwood or even the talented Woody Allen.

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This year, the American actress and Saint Laurent muse Jessica Chastain will be honored, especially because of her apparent eclecticism. Moving in the film The Help and the suspenseful Zero Dark Thirty, movie-lovers will re-discover her in ‘Interstellar’, the next film of Christopher Nolan, playing with the mythical Mattew McConaughey.

The small norman town with its prestige-tinged typical charm, will live from 5th to 14th September at the American time, at the pace of premieres, competitions and different delivered tributes such as the one for Robin Williams who twice in 1988 and 1999 made the festival thrilled with his hilarious eccentricity.

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Tips from our concierge in Deauville : between two full-length feature films, discover the Essentiel restaurant’s Wagyu beef and then enjoy a smoothing stroll along the famous Deauville’s Planches.

Discover here our marvelous villas in Deauville

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Born from a simple challenge between the Pride, the American Swan of Dick Jackson and Ikra, the 12 M JI of Jean Lorrain, during a night of September 1981, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez are became a major event, a perfect union of sport, passion and estheticism. This friendly gathering will celebrate its 15th anniversary in September and promises an enjoyable experience.

Sailing enthusiasts as well as novices will have the pleasure to admire about 300 of the most beautiful boats worldwide, mythical boats as well as more modern ones with an uncluttered style like the SuperYacht Nomad IV and its stunning 41-meters high main sail.

Traditional sailboats will be the key attractions during the event and some will compete in several races, for instance the Centenary Trophy created by the Gstaad Yacht Club, which, as its name suggests is an elegant way to celebrate these centenarian exceptional sailing boats.

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Collectionists will enjoy the Moonbeam IV, also named Deo Juvante II, a one-hundred-year-old legendary boat that welcomed on board the Prince Rainier and the georgous Grace Kelly during their honeymoon.

From September 27th to October 5th, Saint-Tropez will be a welcoming place for aesthetes keen on grandeur and fantastic sights. As the wind unfolds, ones will take the opportunity to stroll along the village’s paved streets or taste the marvelous Sénéquier’s ice creams, between two regattas.

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