BUTLERS, BLING AND HOTELS THAT ARE BIG ON SWANKY EXTRAS. WARNING: STRICTLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN HANDLE EXTREME LUXURY
AFTER NEARLY FOUR YEARS
And an estimated €400 million refurbishment, the grande dame of hotels is back: the gold swan taps in the bathrooms are shinier, the peach bathrobes are fluffier, the flat-screen TVs are hung in gilded frames and they’ll even monogram your new initials onto your pillowcases. Welcome back, The Ritz, Paris. It’s spectacularly extravagant – a bit like staying inside a lavish wedding cake – and the perfect spot for a little Parisian romance.
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The wining and dining options are outstanding: bag yourself an alcove in the Grand Jardin among the linden trees and magnolia, or people-watch in the new Les Jardins de L’Espadon with its retractable glass roof (perfect for balmy nights) and breathe in the jasmine as you sip your pre-dinner Martini. Speaking of drinks, Bar Hemingway – named after the great writer himself – is a must. The story goes that the night Paris was liberated in 1944, he holed up here and ran up a tab for 51 dry Martinis. These days, mixologist Colin Field whips up a wonderful Serendipity – calvados, apple juice and Champagne with fresh mint – which is guaranteed to please. Michele, the concierge, is pure magic and can arrange anything from a private cruise down the Seine to last-minute VIP tickets to art shows.
And when darkness falls, slink back to the Mansart suite and step onto your very own wraparound terrace with views across the Place Vendôme to the Eiffel Tower and beyond.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
Shrug off any lingering stress at the new spa, which features the world’s first and only Chanel treatments. And the best part? The Chanel facials are followed up with full make-up sessions, so you can roll off the couch looking groomed rather than groggy. GO A Superior Room costs from £850 per night; ritzparis.com
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