Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Undeniably one of the most beautiful hotels in Paris, your luxury experience begins from the entrance of Shangri-La, its elegant façade a beautiful welcome. The previous home of Napoleon’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, the hotel is suitably fit for royalty. Service is perfect from check-in and won’t disappoint for the rest of your stay. You’ll enjoy romantic Eiffel Tower views from an elegant room of the past, with Empire-style interiors designed by the renowned Pierre-Yves Rochon – a colour palette of powder blue, white and ecru, fresh and classically European – and luxury furnishings you’ll find hard to leave behind. If you manage to leave your bedroom and its invitingly heated marble bathroom floors and bathtub, La Bauhinia offers an exceptional breakfast inspired by Shangri-La’s Asian roots. For dinner, savour the Cantonese cuisine at the renowned first Shang Palace in Europe, the food worthy of its Michelin star, or embark on a culinary journey you’ll never want to end at L’Abeille, the two-Michelin star French gastronomic restaurant. Pass by the cosy and atmospheric Le Bar Botaniste for a night cap, the signature Pink Lady cocktail a delicious creation, before heading back for the best night’s sleep you’ll have. Tomorrow, a day of shopping awaits on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V, just around the corner.
Shangri La, from Dhs5,000 per night; Shangri-la.com
The Imperiale suite at Shagri-La Hotel, Paris
Le Royal Monceau Raffles, Paris
Attracting a plethora of artists, intellectuals and a new generation of discerning travellers, Le Royal Monceau takes great pride in its support of the arts, with visitors enthralled by the unique literary items and its one-of-a-kind art collection displayed throughout the hotel. The rooms are spacious, boasting a lounge area, large bathroom and closet with double doors that open to an internal courtyard. Mirrors are a key design feature within the rooms and the modern, yet glamorous, decor adds to the five star luxury of the hotel’s breathtaking architecture. Highlights include exceptional service around the clock, the atmospheric cocktail bar and the lavish breakfast – one of the best in Paris (think Pierre Hermé pastries) including a gluten free corner for health conscious guests. The outstanding restaurants include the Japanese fine dining experience Matsuhisa by celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, known for his empire of Nobu restaurants around the world, and Il Carpaccio, which boasts a Michelin Star and mouth-watering traditional italian recipes. Be wined and dined without leaving your hotel for the duration of your stay, or, from its convenient location on Avenue Hoche, take in the Arc de Triomphe and adjacent Champs Élysées. For more cultural pursuits, the Nissim de Caimondo museum of decorative arts and the Salle Pleyel recital hall are both within walking distance. At the end of the street is the fairy tale Parc Monceau, which, with its weeping willows, crumbling pyramid and classical collonade is utterly picturesque on a summer’s day.
Le Royal Monceau Raffles, from Dhs4,320 per night; Leroyalmonceau.com
The Ray Charles suite at Le Royal Monceau Raffles, Paris