Paris

Best City Secret

The Baccarat Museum

Housed in a mansion on Place des États-Unis, this museum has an incredible décor: there's a crystal chandelier sunk in an aquarium of water, “talking” Baccarat vases using holographs and a candelabra originally owned by Tsar Nicholas II. 11 Place des États-Unis; (33-1) 40-22-11-00.

Three Top Sights
Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame & the Louvre Museum
No trip to Paris is complete without visiting these iconic sites—even if you’ve been here a dozen times before.
Best Cultural Secret
The Seine
Traveling Paris’s famed waterway by private boat and viewing the city’s monuments along the way is a must for couples looking for a romantic evening when the French capital lives up to its moniker, City of Light.
Best Family Activity
Jardin d'Acclimation
The 49-acre (20 hectare) park is the perfect place to spend a nice family afternoon, thanks to its pony rides, puppet theater, miniature golf course, science museum and children’s art museum. (33-1) 40-67-90-85; www.jardindacclimatation.fr
Best One-Stop Shop
Colette
The original curated boutique, Colette sells everything from art and apparel to one-of-a-kind objets. DJs are often spinning during the day. 213 Rue Saint-Honoré; www.colette.fr.
What to Buy
Macarons from Ladurée
For the best macarons in town, head to the Rue Royal location of this iconic patisserie, where an astonishing array of flavors is on offer; chocolate is an all-time favorite. 16 Rue Royale; (33-1) 42-60-21-79; www.laduree.fr.
Museum Must-See
Musée d'Orsay
The recently renovated museum is best known for its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from such artists as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. www.musee-orsay.fr.
Best Activity/Excursion
École Lenôtre
Learn the art of pastry-making from the masters during non-professional cooking workshops run by the famed patisserie and fine foods shop; several are occasionally offered in English. www.lenotre.com

Hotels

Le Bristol Paris

Paris, France

Le Bristol Paris is a unique place for its exemplary service and refinement. Located on the elegant rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the heart of the city’s arts and fashion district, the hotel has welcomed guests since 1925 and features renovated rooms and suites that are decorated in 18th century French-style. Exceptional cuisine is created in the newly designed restaurant, Epicure, which overlooks the French gardens. The luxury brasserie, 114 Faubourg offers an inviting atmosphere. Le Jardin Français welcomes guests for afternoon tea, or less formal lunch and dinner. Le Bar du Bristol is the new place to be seen in Paris on evenings. The swimming pool has panoramic views of Paris’ rooftops. The new Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie completes this exceptional palace.

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Hôtel Lancaster

Paris, France

Hôtel Lancaster has housed many a grande dame over the years. In the 1930s, Marlene Dietrich lived in one of the apartments for three years, and today the suite named after her has a grand piano in the living room. Built as a private residence in 1889, the hotel still exudes the personal ambience of a stylish home. Legendary hotelier Emile Wolf hunted for antiques across Paris’ best auction houses, and the impressive collection creates a ravishing backdrop to this day. Further enhancing the home-away-from-home vibe is the interior garden whose lush plants come from five different continents. Given the serene setting in the heart of Paris, no wonder that such presentday grandes dames and gentlemen, like Jane Fonda, Emma Thompson and Pedro Almodóvar, have all stayed here.

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Hotel Raphael

Paris, France

Paris is full of hidden corners that offer calm oases, and one of the prettiest is found at Hotel Raphael. Raphael La Terrasse, the hotel's rooftop restaurant, is beautifully planted and overlooks the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Classic Paris is also present in the old-world interiors, which feature rich silks, tasteful antiques and damask wallpaper. Housed in a seven-story palace that was built in 1925, the hotel preserved such original details as six-foot-tall windows and large armoires (even if guests are no longer bringing along ball gowns). In walking distance to the Champs Elysées but feeling worlds away, the hotel fosters a serene, home-like vibe, thanks to its intimate size and discreet service.

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Leading Spa Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière

Paris, France

The massive transformation and expansion of Paris’ legendary Fouquet’s brasserie into a luxury hotel was overseen by architect Edouard François and interior designer Jacques Garcia. François merged seven classic Haussmann-style buildings and Garcia’s vivid style is seen in such details as oversized golden fauteuils in the lobby and walls covered in embroidered leather. Hotel Fouquets-Barrière is committed to Dignified Luxury©, which emphasizes that the environment need not be abandoned in the quest for luxury. The hotel’s lavish design, exquisite cuisine and hip location where the Champs-Élysées meets the Avenue George V, underscores its appeal to a fashionable and discerning clientele.

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Leading Spa Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris

Paris, France

Just steps from the Champs Elysees, Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris has been transformed into a modern Palace infused with the French spirit. The exquisite rooms and suites are spacious sanctuaries of modern comfort. Throughout the hotel, the ambiance is enlivened by art and culture with a private Art Gallery, an art bookstore and an exclusive service of an Art Concierge. A state of the art screening room and an astonishing photography collection complete the show-stopping, dynamic feel. From the contemporary authenticity of French dishes to the celebration of Italian regional food, dining at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris is truly memorable. Beating heart of the hotel, there is a colorful, chic and truly Parisian bar where one can enjoy great classics of luxury.

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Ritz Paris

Paris, France

The Ritz Paris is approaching its 2015 reopening after an unprecedented restoration. The legendary hotel will open its doors with 72 suites, including 15 historic one-of-a-kind prestige suites, and 71 rooms. Renowned interior architect Thierry W. Despont is overseeing the restoration which will unveil three restaurants, three bars, including famed Bar Hemingway, and gorgeous gardens and terraces with retractable roofs and floor heating to be enjoyed year-round. École Ritz Escoffier will benefit from a third demonstration kitchen and the historic Salon Proust with its wood-burning fireplace will offer Ritz afternoon tea. The hotel’s signature Spa will feature an indoor pool and a modern fitness center with private training rooms, while a discreet tunnel will be available for completely private guest arrivals and departures.

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