Major wedding anniversaries and birthdays only come around once but how will you celebrate? Treat yourself (or somebody else) to a luxury break in Paris, staying in a glamorous hotel close to the major attractions. Or, if you prefer to keep it low-key (but memorable nonetheless) opt for a simpler hotel but splash out on a romantic night-time cruise along the Seine. Treat your best friend to afternoon tea at one of Paris's top hotels – or go on a wild shopping spree for that Chanel bag. Need some more help?
Here are a few suggestions on how to make your break that much more 'special'.
Paris is beautiful at night and what better place to enjoy it than on the River Seine? Enjoy a romantic dinner as you cruise past the beautifully-lit monuments along the banks of the river. Then, end the evening with champagne and some over-the-top glamour at the famous Le Moulin Rouge in Paris’s Pigalle district.
Stay at Hotel Carlton's Montmartre, and it's just a short walk home for you, so plenty of time for a nightcap on the hotel's panoramic terrace with stunning views over the city.
You’ll definitely need two sweet-toothed gourmands to tackle Carette’s glorious platter of petits fours. From glossy choux to a classic Mont Blanc and seasonal fruit tarts, the bite-sized pastries are a delight to share. Order a hot chocolate, snuggle up on the heated terrace and look out over Place des Vosges. It’s arguably one of Paris’s prettiest squares – and the setting for many a tumultuous romance.
Paris is the home of shopping, and the Galeries Lafayette department store is an experience no serious fashionista should miss. From the amazing choice of up-market brands to the stunning stained-glass dome that soars above the central hall, it's a shopper's delight.
You can even take a historical tour to learn about the store's founders as well as take the private elevators to the terrace.
You'll get some amazing views from the top of the Eiffel Tower and other tall buildings in Paris, but probably the best place for panoramic views combined with atmosphere, is the area of Montmartre. Topped by the Sacre Coeur Basilica, this hill to the north of Paris is a bit of a climb, but worth it.
Stay nearby at the Terrass Hotel, and you won't even need to go out to enjoy the views, just head up to the roof terrace, order yourself a drink and take in the breathtaking views of the city.
If you want to impress on a special occasion, there are few more premium experiences than dinner at Le Jules Verne, on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. For spectacular night-time views and fine dining, this Michelin Star restaurant will not disappoint. Reservations fill up fast though - so make sure you book months in advance.
For something less ostentatious, but still delicious, Poulette offers a decent alternative with its classic cocktails and steak frites in a stunning Belle Epoque setting.
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