Anchors aweigh — Inspired by the boats sailing along the Adriatic coast, Alexandre Benjamin Navel has transformed the terrace of Hôtel de Crillon into a yacht club with a Dolce Vita spirit. A dash of decadence isn’t something we would call altogether un-Parisian. But to open a yacht club on the magnificent Place de la Concorde seems just a little over the top. And frankly brilliant!
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negroni Cocktail
Set up in the heart of the Cour Gabriel, this summer, to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Negroni, the hotel has raised the glamour stakes with one of the most dreamy al fresco spots. The reason? To simply pay homage to the most iconic of Italian cocktails. No surprise there! Hôtel de Crillon understands better than anyone that a good dose of tradition and history, mixed with fantasy, are crucial when it comes to creating a legendary cocktail bar scene. The five-star property, part of Rosewood Hotels, is now home to a vibrantly coloured yacht that makes for the perfect backdrop as guests indulge in Executive Chef Boris Campanella’s authentic Italian cuisine. On the menu? Plates of spaghetti with creamy ricotta, grilled octopus and heavenly wisps of freshly-sliced Culatello di Zibello ham. And of course homemade pistachio gelato. All executed to perfection by the hotel’s chef.
The artist inspired by the Amalfi coast
With a stunning nautical design masterminded by artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet — recipient of Van Cleef & Arpel’s 2017 Design Parade Grand Prize — you’ll now find a yacht moored in front of the hotel’s courtyard. When asked to lend a helping hand, Navet was immediately on board. He designed a space full of dreamlike references that takes you straight to the Amalfi coast. A whole world away from busy Paris. Here, it’s all about practicing la dolce far niente, the sweet art of doing nothing, over long, lingering lunches on the terrace with Negronis, naturally. Come nightfall, a languorous magic takes over Hôtel de Crillon’s yacht club terrace. Romantically lit by flickering lanterns, with white-jacketed bartenders waltzing around the banquettes with trays of the signature spritzes. As this is fast becoming the city’s most glamorous hotspot for Negronis and osterie, make sure you book in advance.
Hôtel de Crillon’s yacht club terrace is open daily and will run through till 4 October. It’s a little less formal than an actual yacht club, but by all means, don’t hold back the nautical outfit!