Paris is famous for being the city for lovers. Whether youre whisking your loved one away to pop the question, or just to ignite the flames of passion in the ultimate couples paradise, you will be certain to have come to the right place. Whilst most city breaks are a great way to get away with your partner, Paris has that certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to creating the right atmosphere. However, there is a chance youre not familiar with the city, and could do with a few pointers as to how to plan your romantic break. Dont just turn up in Paris, go up the Eiffel Tower and wander around. Have some places in mind.
When you first arrive into Charles de Gaulle airport, you need to have a decent transfer to your accommodation booked. Dont do what I once did and lug your baggage around looking for a cab. Parisiennes are not well-known for their friendliness towards the British, so you could end up overcharged or stranded. Ideally, book a private transfer from the airport (or even a limo!) and steal a few sweet nothings on the way. On the way to where, though? Where are you going to stay? Well, Paris is full of gorgeous little boutique hotels perfectly suited to couples. If your budget can stretch to it, the ultimate, ultimate couples accommodation can be found at The One by The Five on the Rye Flatters. Set on a quiet street near the Port Royale, The One is a five room apartment suite over the road from The Five hotel. The suite is designed for seduction. Aside from all the red velour, in the bedroom you will find a bed suspended from the wall, in a room lit with twinkling starlight and clouds. It is, quite simply, breathtaking.
If you ever make it out of the suite, there are a few places to go. The Eiffel Tower is, of course, the obvious sight to see. This is best enjoyed by night, when the Tower is lit with hundreds of bulbs. The view, all over the city, is stunning at any time of day, but especially romantic by night. Before you take the trip up le Tour Eiffel, head to Flûte champagne bar at the Place de lEtoile. The best time to come is a Wednesday night, when there is live jazz playing, and if you come between five and eight pm, Happy Hour will give you two champagne cocktails for the price of one. Having said that, Flûte is pretty reasonably priced anyway. If youre coming to Paris in autumn or winter, take a seat on the banquette by the fireplace whilst you enjoy the jazz, the bubbly and the chilled, romantic atmosphere.
There is little doubt that the next morning youll be enjoying a long, luxurious lie-in with your lover in your starlit suite. However, when you do finally emerge, take in one of the obligatory tourist traps such as Le Louvre art museum before heading for high tea at The Ritz. Nothing says haute Paree than tea at the Ritz, and a nice idea might be to make it the first stop on your trip. Whisk your sweetheart straight from the airport to the Ritz in a classy private transfer and get him/her swooning from the off! Relax amongst the priceless antiques, polished silverware and piles of delicious cakes and tiny sandwiches whilst enjoying gourmet tea, or exquisite thick hot chocolate. The surroundings themselves are sure to ignite your senses, and you should feel free to indulge in a few PDAs over tea… amorous expression is de rigeur in Paris!
And along those lines, for the more adventurous couple, a trip to Moon City Sauna is a rather exotic way to spend an evening. Come here for the couples-only Wednesday nights, mingling with beautiful, mostly-naked fellow couples in the warmly-lit haven of the saunas, steam baths, Jacuzzi soaks and, um, private rooms… There is, in case you were wondering, a buffet, so whatever you choose to do at the sauna, you can be guaranteed a full stomach. This may not be for everyone, so if youd rather keep your clothes on for the evening, why not book a table at Guy Savoy, the 3 Michelin star restaurant with outstanding reviews and even better food.
From food and drink to sights and saucy attractions, there is plenty for the amorous couple in the city of Paris. Though one of the more expensive European cities, you certainly get what you pay for in Paris. The class and good taste of the city is visible around every corner, and even if youre slumming it on a budget, you can claim bohemian status on the romance-o-metre. Even the most budget travellers will enjoy a baguette and some cheese from the local market in the gardens under the Eiffel Tower. Whichever way you plan to enjoy Paris, you are guaranteed a holiday full of fabulous memories.