Paris never goes out of fashion, and with a handful of new properties about to open their doors, there’s never been a better time to see the City of Lights.
Cheval Blanc Paris
A brand synonymous with uber luxe style, with outposts in Courchevel, the Maldives and St Barts will open this spring on the banks of the Seine, just five minutes’ walk from the Louvre. Cheval Blanc will be housed in the old Art Deco La Samaritaine building, and the garden terrace and restaurant overseen by three-Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Donckele will undoubtably draw in a cool crowd. Word is you won’t even have to leave your suite to go sightseeing, with the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame visible from your room.
Bulgari Hotel Paris
Designed by Parisian architects Valode & Pistre (the team behind the redesign of the Gare du Nord), the eighth Bulgari outpost will join the Four Seasons George V in the exclusive Triangle d’Or that runs alongside the Champs Elysees and Avenue Montaigne. In keeping with brand Bulgari, the hotel will have superlative spa facilities, a 25-metre pool and a peaceful, leafy courtyard ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
Less than an hour outside Paris, Versailles has long been the palace against which all others are judged. Opening this spring, Le Grand Contrôle will be the first hotel ever within the palace grounds. Its 14 luxurious rooms and suites, filled with original 18th century furniture, will offer direct access to the Orangerie and the Lake of the Swiss Guard. The Alain Ducasse restaurant, Valmont spa and exclusive tours offered only to hotel guests are set to dazzle.
Our guide to insider experiences guaranteed to impress
Many of us return again and again to Paris for its seductive mix of French cuisine, fashionable boutiques and artistic treasures. For a deeper experience, consider one of our expert-led tours. Whether you’re interested in fashion, gastronomy or jewellery these excursions will give you an insider glimpse to a Paris you thought you knew.
A History of Jewellery Around Place Vendome
An ancient royal square, Place Vendome is widely considered to be the epitome of Parisian chic, not only as it’s home to The Ritz, but because it also houses many of the world’s most luxurious jewellery designers. On this thoughtfully curated experience, you’ll uncover the history of prestigious houses such as Boucheron, Cartier, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels and more through their standout designs.
Hear the stories of how famous clients including Marcel Proust, Princess Diana and Ernest Hemingway walked through their hallowed doors. Finish with an exclusive reception in a surprise luxury jewellery house, surrounded by sparkling diamonds.
The Secrets of Parisian Fashion
Have you ever longed for a private tête-à-tête with a Parisian fashion designer, watching the process of fashion and learning the tricks of the trade? With this exclusive behind-closed-doors access to one of Paris’ finest designers, you could have all your questions answered and even come away with a hand sketch of the dress of your dreams. Start the experience in style with a smooth journey in a 1952 Rolls Royce Silver Wrait before arriving at the studio, where you will enjoy a culturally rich conversation peppered with stories of millinery, corset-making and snippets from inside the house of Hermes.
Moving on to the production of fashion garments you will see the process of creation from sketches, design, materials, worktable and mannequins. Finally, have an opportunity to bring your fashion imaginings to life with a hand drawn sketch for you to take home. Or for the ultimate treat, have your dress bespokely tailored for you in Paris.
The Scent of Paris
It was here in Paris that some of the world’s most iconic perfumes were created. You only have to walk along the chic boulevards of the Champs-Elysées to catch the scent of Chanel No. 5, or ‘Un jardin en méditerannée’ by Hermès. To gain a deeper understand of how perfume is made and its cultural significance, you will go on an exclusive journey through the French perfume houses including a centuries-old perfume maison and an avant-garde creator of the new generation. Pick up fascinating anecdotes about France’s most famous perfumes, before taking the opportunity to create your own scent with perfume consultations. Come away with a one-of-a-kind perfume that will be a wonderful reminder of your trip to Paris.
Michelin-starred cooking in a Parisian Palace
Have you ever wondered what goes in the kitchens of five-star hotels? Well, wonder no more as this behind-the-scenes experience will take you into an award-winning kitchen of a Michelin-starred chef in a historic Parisian palace which also happens to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris. Under the careful tutelage of the chef you will first hear the stories of this famed establishment before cooking fine French cuisine alongside the ambitious team.
Afterwards, spend time with the resident sommelier who will talk you through the intricacies of the vast wine list while providing tastings of the palace’s preferred wines. For the rest of your evening, sit back and be served in the restaurant – this memorable event will ensure you never take for granted fine dining again.