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Paris is a Feast Activities and decorations of the luxury hotels

The cult description coined by Hemingway, a regular at the Ritz bar, has never rung so true as now at year’s end when Paris blazes with a thousand lights. Paris Capitale is always in search of the unexpected, so prepare for a fascinating road trip introducing the activities and decorations of the City of Light’s luxury hotels. By France Haussemberg

At Le Meurice, resplendent with green boughs and shining strings of lights, the festive season is gathering pace with a magical Christmas tree hung with white and silver orbs. And the culinary delights here make our heads spin! It is so hard to choose between the Christmas and New Year brunches, lunches and dinners! Among the star attractions are caviar, oysters, foie gras and poultry from Southwest France, not to mention Cédric Grolet’s specialties served at Le Dali. Then the gastronomic menu at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant, featuring truffles and other mouthwatering produce from the Southwest, will enchant gourmets.

Le Meurice – 228, rue de Rivoli, 75001

At Mandarin Oriental, Paris, from December 16 to 23, chef Thierry Marx will be presenting the food producers who work with him. They will be delighted to supply you with their fare. At Le Camélia, the festive menu available from December 11 to 30 will enrapture connoisseurs. And those with a sweet tooth will love Adrien Bozzolo’s delicacies, served at Christmas Tea Time throughout December. Finally, 2017 brings a new attraction: the Louboutin Nail Bar, open at the spa from December 11 to 30.

Mandarin Oriental –  251, rue Saint-Honoré 75001, Paris

 

Ritz Paris has been festooned in gold for the season and is surprising visitors with its oyster chalet on the terrace of the Vendôme bar. This attraction is a prelude to the Christmas Eve dinner at La Table de l’Espadon, presided over by the brilliant Nicolas Sale. Then on December 31, after an extraordinary meal at a New Year’s Eve price (€2,018), guests will be dancing long into the night.

Ritz Paris – 15, place Vendôme, 75001, Paris

Le Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme has set up a chalet among the fir trees of its indoor terrace. The chalet is a genuine winter jewel, created in exclusive partnership with the great Swiss watchmaking firm IWC Schaffhausen. In this shelter, Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Rouquette offers his innovative, gourmet take on raclette, adding truffles… On December 25, brunch at Les Orchidées – including a glass of champagne – will be the perfect way to celebrate Christmas. Then on New Year’s Eve, dinner – including a remarkable oyster buffet – will be served from 7 to 10.30pm in a musical ambience. Nighthawks can continue their festivities at the bar, enjoying drinks to the sound of a live band.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme – 5, rue de la Paix, 75002, Paris

 

Near the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées, all eyes are on the holiday lights of La Réserve. After admiring the huge, beribboned tree that stands on the patio, patrons move on to the lounges where candles and flowers arranged by artist Julian provide a delightful prelude to the seasonal culinary offerings of Michelin-starred chef Jérôme Banctel. Among the delights, a wonderful brunch served at Le Gabriel on January 1 will begin the year in style.

La Réserve – 42, avenue Gabriel, 75008, Paris

 

At the Plaza Athénée, next to avenue Montaigne’s haute Couture houses, no effort has been spared to enchant visitors. In the lobby stands a huge fir tree decorated in red and surrounded by replicas of Gustave – the hotel’s bear mascot – which brighten up the entire ground floor as far as the Galerie, a special location with its view of the garden courtyard converted into a skating rink, where children can glide across the ice, watched over by qualified instructors. On the evening of December 31, there will be a very memorable atmosphere at Le Relais Plaza where iconic manager Werner Kuchler will be singing at the great New Year’s Eve dinner. On January 1, brunch will be served in Monsieur Ducasse’s dining room.

Plaza Athénée – 25, avenue Montaigne, 75008, Paris

 

In the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel George V stands a spectacular red and silver Christmas tree made of mirrors, created by Jeff Leatham. In the background, planted in the Cour de Marbre, is a real fir tree 12 meters high. Then there is another surprise in the Galerie: a vast cube of mirrors reflecting red roses to infinity. The New Year’s Eve dinners at Le Cinq, Le George and La Galerie promise music and a festival of flavors, culminating in a huge Yule log in the form of a Christmas tree (60 centimeters high).

Four Seasons Hotel George V – 31, avenue George-V, 75008, Paris

 

At the Prince de Galles Hotel, an art-deco jewel, a contemporary installation combining wrapped presents and glowing globes attracts the eyes of visitors as soon as they enter the lobby, and attracts them irresistibly. Approaching, they see the towering, illuminated Christmas tree on the patio. But enough about the decorations. Michelin-starred chef Stéphanie Le Quellec’s culinary creations exalt the taste buds. For the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners at the gastronomic restaurant La Scène and the Bar Les Heures, she focuses on caviar, foie gras, truffles and game. Banquets fit for a king!

Prince de Galles Hotel – 33, avenue George-V, 75008, Paris

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Just a step away, the recently renovated Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris is celebrating the winter by bringing Courchevel to Paris. On the terrace of Le Joy, the very exclusive Chalet Les Neiges 1850 can seat eight persons. Snug in furs among the Christmas decorations, patrons can enjoy Xavier Thuret’s remarkable raclette, served at both lunch and dinner time.

Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris – 99, avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008, Paris

 

A stone’s throw from the place de l’Étoile, Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris with its Christmas tree in the form of a giant snowball is exploring new territory, transforming its terrace into a Val Monceau ski resort equipped with cable cars. It is a very special location where customers can savor truffle hot-dogs or salmon waffles whilst tasting the new vintage from champagne producer Veuve Clicquot: Extra Brut Extra Old. In addition to these delights, there are very original seasonal menus: the Christmas one at the Michelin-starred restaurant II Carpaccio and the New Year dinner at the Matsuhisa Japanese restaurant, where diners can choose the ingredients of their sushi themselves. Finally, moving on from food and drink, at the spa, Clarins’s mixed body care treatment, My Royal Cocooning, is set to be a star attraction!

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris – 37, avenue Hoche, 75008, Paris

 

Until December 25, The Peninsula Paris has turned its Kléber terrace into a delightful winter village with five chalets among the fir trees. They include a Baccarat chalet where jewels and crystal blaze in splendor, while others are dedicated to toys, gloves and home decorations. Visitors can browse there with a hot chocolate and waffle. From 7pm on Christmas Eve, there will be live music at L’Oiseau Blanc and LiLi, and in the huge Lobby. On Christmas day, a pianist and singer will turn one of the best brunches around (served with a glass of champagne) into an unforgettable occasion!

The Peninsula Paris – 19, avenue Kleber, 75016, Paris

 

At the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, the holiday season promises to be magical! In the rotunda stands a fabulous Christmas tree and gourmets will be celebrating at La Bauhinia, L’Abeille and the Shang Palace, where a pianist and singer, and a jazz quartet will be adding music to the Christmas Eve and New Year’s dinners. Note the special brunches at La Bauhinia on December 25 and New Year’s Day. Then, at Le Bar Botaniste, head bartender Clément Emery will be serving up fine dishes to friends sharing a bottle of champagne on December 24, 25 and 31, and January 1. Finally, a visit to the gourmet boutique installed in the hotel’s boudoir from December 14 to 31 is a must. It will serve creations from brilliant pastry chef Michael Bartocetti, including his famous truffles, panettone and candied chestnuts…

Shangri-La – 10, avenue d’Iéna, 75016, Paris

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