Contemplating a minimoon in the most romantic city in the world? Then you need to check out the opulent Le Bristol, standing proud and tall on the prestigious Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Fresh from a €100 million refit to refine the already outstanding facilities, there are plenty of new additions to explore.
It’s like stepping into another world when you enter this splendid hotel; a pianist fills the air with melodies in the plush bar where waiters serve glasses of Laurent Perrier Champagne for €30 a pop beneath glitzy chandeliers. The immaculate courtyard garden, filled with flowers, is an oasis in the heart of the city. No wonder the French elite are regular visitors for chic cocktails and revitalising spa treatments.
Live the high life
The hotel is keen to look after its newlywed customers, so keen in fact it has created a special Lune de Miel suite, which comes with seven scenic balconies, two walk-in wardrobes (squeal!) and a bed with views of the Eiffel Tower. The price of such decadence? Well, this is the catch. It’s €8880 per night. We know, it’s a lot, but if you’re tempted to blow all your honeymoon spends on one night of unadulterated luxury, this is the place to do it. If your budget is rather more realistic, try the terrace suites, which as the name suggests, have large terraces with sunloungers and fencing draped with fairy lights.
Pamper and preen
The new Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is a triumph. The chi chi beauty brand is exclusive to the spa so spiralling demand means the prices are pretty high. In the name of research Y&YW tried an amazing Swiss Cellular Anti-Aging Facial (€220 for 80 minutes), well worth splashing out on if you’re feeling tired post-wedding. If you’re looking for a treat for two, book a massage in the couples’ treatment room which boasts a Jacuzzi bath and private terrace. Beauty buffs will also be pleased to note that La Prairie products will also be on offer as in-room toiletries from February onwards (we know, exciting).
The other big change after the extensive refit is the opening of the new Epicure Restaurant, a three Michelin star extravaganza which is the talk of the town. It’s sensational stuff, from the Baccarat crystal glasses to the specially created china by Raynaud in Limoges. We drooled over caviar served with the smoothest mashed potato ever and eaten with a tiny mother of pearl spoon, jellied sweets which broke open to reveal liquid Earl Grey tea centres and a dessert trolley which included pastel macaroons and handmade sweets in jars.
Le Bristol Hotel offers one night’s bed and breakfast in a superior room from €850, visit lebristolparis.com for more information. Eurostar operates up to 18 daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris with return fares from £69. For ticket information visit eurostar.com
By Amanda Statham