If you’re planning a trip to France over the Festive Season, Baroque Travel finds out what is on offer at the magnificent Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris.
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris recently unveiled a selection of new, exciting experiences for their holiday program. The highlight is sure to be Val Monceau, the hotel’s depiction of a luxury ski resort on its patio, reminiscent of the likes of Gstaad, Courchevel and Val d’Isere. Enjoy a mountain setting without leaving the city, covered with a cosy fur throw, enjoying French champagne paired with three unique signature cocktails. Snacks include truffle hotdogs, smoked salmon waffles and savory macarons from Pierre Hermé Paris, flavoured with foie gras, caviar or white truffle.
Other exciting offerings include a special Christmas log, ‘Bûche de Noël Cristal’ created by Pierre Hermé. There’s a brand new Clarins spa package on offer, too, entitled ‘My Royal Cocooning’, which includes a yoga lesson, massage and tasty snacks and drinks at Bar Long. There’s also a delectable Royal Afternoon Tea by Pierre Hermé.
Let’s not forget the magical décor everywhere you look in this palatial French establishment. This includes exquisite floral pieces created by master floral craftsman Baptiste Pitou on the façade and in the public areas. There is a spectacular tree shaped like a giant snowball in the lobby with bronze details, fashioned by acclaimed lighting expert and sculptor Sylvie Maréchal.
If you need to purchase some gorgeous gifts, head for the hotel’s Art Bookstore for an exclusive selection of products, from scented candles and Parisian cashmere berets to all sorts of other luxury goods.
Of course, a stay at this luxury hotel is a fabulous experience any time of the year. The luxury five star hotel was recently refurbished by world-acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, and its location is ideal, 500m from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees as well as all the designer stores, from Chanel and Burberry to Gucci and Hermes. Accommodation is in exquisite, spacious guest rooms and suites, all with flat screen TV, en suite bathroom with Clarins toiletries and a living area. There’s also a swimming pool, excellent spa with pool, personal trainers, yoga and Pilates classes, hammam and treatment rooms. For entertainment, there’s a private cinema for up to 99 people.
But what sets this hotel apart is its cuisine. The Royal Monseau – Raffles Paris is really a gastronomic experience, from choosing from several different breakfast menus every morning (including gluten-free, buffet, Continental and vegetarian options) to contemporary Japanese cuisine at Matsuhisa, gourmet fare at the Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio Italian restaurant and desserts by world-renowned pastry chef, Pierre Hermé. In addition, art lovers can enjoy a customized tour of the hotel’s private art collection.