Your honeymoon calls for a holiday in the City of Lights.
Every trip is different, of course, but there is one certainty about a vacation in Paris: Views of the Eiffel Tower just never get old. That’s one of the many reasons booking a honeymoon at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris’ 16th arrondissement is a brilliant idea. Of the hotel’s 81 rooms (including 27 suites), 40 percent feature views of the Eiffel Tower. Whether it’s sunny or snowing or the nightly fireworks show is popping, marveling at the city’s most iconic landmark from the comfort of your room makes staying in pretty tempting.
Built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, grandnephew of Napoleon, the hotel’s design and architecture are also sights to behold. As you step through the original iron gates, you’ll begin to feel like royalty yourself. And reserving a table at on-site gourmet French restaurant L’Abeille will only enhance the feeling. The Michelin-starred restaurant is perfect for honeymooners, offering intimate seating for only 40 guests. No matter your choices from the seasonal menu, the presentation will be formal and very special indeed.
At this point, you will have probably already gotten used to being treated like a king and queen, so continue the trend by making an appointment at the hotel’s new spa. Featuring a menu of massages, facials, and other beauty treatments, the “wellness oasis” also boasts a gorgeous indoor pool with outdoor terrace. Try the Mythic Moment facial, schedule a pedicure, or take a dip in the pool. Or do what any self-respecting royal couple would do and make it all three.
But enough padding around your stately palace. It’s time to get out and explore. Start with the popular produce and flower market that sets up twice a week just steps from the hotel on Avenue du President Wilson. Locals cram the aisles of the market, which offers a variety of vegetables, meats, and fruits, as well as breads and cheeses perfect for snacking while you stroll. Depending on your mood, you can spend the rest of your day admiring Impressionist works at the Musee d’Orsay, browsing English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company (which makes an appearance in films such as Before Sunset and Midnight in Paris), or people-watching in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
If your journey brings you to Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood, try lunch or dinner at Jeanne B. The lobster sandwich is rich and delicious, and the casual eatery offers plenty of wines to pair with your meal. For a spot closer to the hotel, find a table at L’Ogre restaurant on Avenue de Versailles. The staff is friendly, the roasted potatoes are so good you’ll forget you were ever counting carbs, and the Beef for Two is enough for six.
Regardless of where your day takes you, you’ll want to finish it with a nightcap at Le Bar, the hotel’s dark, cozy lounge. You could opt for Champagne or a signature cocktail like the Pink Lady or the 1896. Or you could go the custom route: Tell the bartender what you like, and he’ll be happy to whip up a specialty drink just for you.
Then, before you draw the shades for the night, steal one last look at the Eiffel Tower.