France: The Passion of Paris

Paris, the city of love, has a mystical relationship with romance that dates back centuries and this graceful and alluring destination continues to be a magical source of inspiration and a magnet for global travellers.

Unsurpassed in its choice of art galleries, museums, historical plazas, churches and palaces that sit alongside designer shopping and an unrivalled culinary heritage, Paris remains the number one global city destination. With excellent public transport and an array of magnificent historical walkways, exploring is easy.

Hôtel Le Bristol Paris
For couples seeking an indulgent and sophisticated Parisian base look no further than the Hôtel Le Bristol Paris, a luxurious Palace-designated 5-star hotel where guests are invited to bask in the majesty of the opulent spaces, immerse themselves in Michelin-starred dining, marvel at the art and relish the outstanding facilities.

With a choice of elegant accommodation, Le Bristol Paris is situated in the heart of Paris on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, a street lined with designer boutiques, bistros and bars. For the explorer, it’s within easy reach of landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

The rooms and suites have garden or street views and feature sumptuous Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, period décor, luxurious marble bathrooms and sitting areas. For something really special, there are nine lavish Signatures Suites, including the Honeymoon Suite with its 180 degree view over the capital’s most iconic monuments, including the Eiffel Tower. The Panoramic Suite, meanwhile, is the perfect place for a romantic tête-à-tête under the Parisian sky from the delightful terrace immortalised by Woody Allen in the movie Midnight in Paris.

With the elegant Le Bar du Bristol bar, the airy and sophisticated Café Antonia and two Michelin-starred restaurants overseen by triple Michelin-starred Chef Éric Frechon, Le Bristol Paris is a bastion of gastronomic excellence. Romantic, graceful and sophisticated, the three-starred Epicure Restaurant is found on the ground floor overlooking the French gardens, where with its marble floors, bespoke tableware, period art, chandeliers and elegantly dressed tables, guests are promised an exquisite and exclusive dining experience. 

Naturally Chef Frechon uses only the very best seasonal produce, like black truffles from Périgord, caviar from Sologne, line-caught whiting from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie and the richest Normandy butter to craft dishes often inspired by a fragrance, a story or a chance encounter, but always inspired by the culture of terroir and French culinary heritage. The menu is full of exceptional dishes like his signature Macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichoke and duck foie gras and gratinéed with aged Parmesan, and deserts like the Black Truffle by Pastry Chef Julien Alvarez.

Set over two floors connected a wide sweeping staircase, the hotel’s second Michelin-awarded restaurant is the one-starred 114 Faubourg brasserie. Here, Chef Frechon offers inspired traditional Parisian cuisine like duck pâté en croûte with pickled vegetables, artichoke soup with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle emulsion and the legendary Vanilla Bourbon mille-feuille with salted butter caramel.

As one would expect, the facilities are impressive and include a superb solarium and pool on the sixth floor and an exceptional spa. An oasis of stylish calm and luxury, the pool opens onto a broad terrace and is framed both sides by floor-to-ceiling windows and two trompe l’oeil frescos by painter Pierre-Marie Rudelle fore and aft. Designed to resemble the deck of a sailboat, this creates the impression of sailing towards the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.

Just like the pool, the Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie combines tranquillity and refinement. Featuring six treatment rooms, guests can experience an exclusive collection of face and body treatments, massages and beauty rituals using the finest La Prairie products. For something extraordinary, select a treatment inspired by the Russian Baniya delivered in the Russian Room with its steam room and heated marble table designed to combine intense heat and cold to fortify the body’s natural resistance.

Hôtel Le Bristol Paris
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris, France
T: (+33) 153434300

Paris Essentials
Paris is an exceptional destination with a huge and diverse choice of things to do and see. Here are a few romantic ideas that might whet your appetite.

  • Captivating views from the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • A romantic sunset dinner cruise
  • A riverside stroll
  • Exploring Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • The olde-worlde charm of Galerie Vivienne near the Louvre
  • The Palace of Versailles and its spectacular open gardens, once the seat of power and now the Museum of France
  • Theatre, opera, cabaret and Broadway shows