After landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport take a private car and driver to Le Bristol Paris, an elegant hotel swathed in grand Parisian style with a magnificent wrought-iron elevator, works of art and splendid Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture. Le Bristol was the first hotel in France to receive the title of Palace and you will feel rather regal after checking in to your luxurious, spacious (and aptly named) Suite Paris.
After freshening up, it’s time to fuel up with coffee and a Parisian pastime: people watching. Pause at La Belle Ferronnière (53 Rue Pierre Charron; +33 1 42 25 03 82), a typical Parisian café with a large terrace in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Take a stroll down to the Champs-Élysées and through the Tuileries gardens, before stopping for a hot chocolate made from African cocoa from Niger, Ghana or Côte d’Ivoire at Angelina (226 Rue de Rivoli; +33 1 42 60 82 00), an elegant tea room favoured by Parisian aristocracy since 1903 (Proust and Coco Chanel were regulars). Afterwards, make your way to the Louvre (Musée du Louvre; +33 1 40 20 53 17).
After your cultural immersion, it’s time to discover somewhere for lunch. You will find an excellent selection of restaurants a short walk from the Eiffel Tower on Rue Saint-Dominique including the modern one-Michelin-starred bistro, Violon D’Ingres (135 Rue Saint-Dominique; +33 1 45 55 15 05); the traditional Parisian bistro, Fontaine de Mars (129 Rue Saint-Dominique; +33 1 47 05 46 44); and Thoumieux (79 Rue Saint-Dominique; +33 1 47 05 79 00), a trendy, modish brasserie run by Thierry Costes with modern cuisine overseen by Sylvestre Wahid (who has his newly rated two-Michelin-star restaurant upstairs).
If the weather is fine, take a private river tour with River Limousine (+33 6 86 07 87 37; www.river-limousine.com) or spend the afternoon indulging in some luxury shopping while strolling along Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré to Avenue Montaigne, where Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino and Ralph Lauren have their flagship boutiques. Give your shopping bags to the driver to mind, allowing you to take a private tour with Mon Petit Paris (+33 1 79 75 80 00) to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views of the city.
Head back to the hotel and relax with a treatment at Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie. The Swiss Bliss is an immersive therapy that combines a body scrub and synergetic styles of massages with La Prairie’s Caviar Lift treatment used from scalp to toes.
For a quintessentially French experience, dine at the hotel’s elegant Epicure, where three-Michelin-starred chef Eric Frechon’s signature style celebrates terroir. Blue lobster, roasted in its shell with salted butter, creamy polenta with green asparagus and black truffle, saddle of milk-fed lamb with roasted nori crust, gnocchi and cabbage purée, and fine cheeses and wine spell a magnifique dining experience in an equally beautiful setting; the restaurant’s dining room overlooks the garden terrace, where in summer, the tables are set for a romantic, al fresco culinary experience.
Enjoy a post-dinner drink at Le Bar du Bristol with a live DJ and signature cocktails designed by the resident alchemist, head barman Maxime Hoerth. The night is young, so spend a midnight in Paris dancing with the beautiful people at L’Arc (12 Rue de Presbourg; +33 6 59 21 32 44) an upscale nightclub situated just across the street from the famed Arc de Triomphe, where the young and fabulous party until dawn.