Paris on Ice
Here is a setting that offers a backdrop to Christmas that is hard to beat. Imagine staying in one of Paris's most elegant and splendid hotels and then imagine walking outside and within minutes seeing the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuilleries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysees. All these famous landmarks are now sparkling under Christmas lights and star lit nights, but, before you get too romantic, perhaps you might want to indulge your little ones in a slice of winter magic, too.
A child's fantasy:
The Plaza Athenee is offering children a Christmas Fantasy beyond their wildest dreams. The La Cour Jardin, one of Paris's most reputable dining courtyards in summer, is being transformed into a custom-made ice-rink available exclusively for the hotel guests. Fairy lit pines surround the rink while stars adorn the Parisian sky. This is an experience that will last a lifetime. Not just a Christmas.
A little shopping:
If desired, the hotel can organise a sitter for the children with all their favourite films to hand whilst you stroll the delights of this incredible city. There's always lashings of style in Paris but at Christmas they pull out the stops. Let's face it: you can't go to Paris without treating yourself to a little more than cuisine and fine wine because the shopping is so utterly irresistible.
Here are a few new and must do boutiques. I U N X at 48/50 Rue De L'Universite tel +33 14544504 is described as a universe dedicated entirely to fragrances. It is stupendously alluring. Cimarron a "dream time" boutique on 23 Rue des Coinettes on the left bank will guarantee the perfect jeans to fit your shape tel +33 155420574. If you have a hankering for vintage Chanel or Hermes then Les 3 Marches de Catherine B at I Rue Guisarde tel +33 143547418 will amaze you. Then, of course, there are so many other plastic card accidents around every corner and so many wonderful bars and bistros; but remember that back at your Hotel is one of the greatest restaurants in Paris. Designer Patrick Jouin, who ensured that the visual senses were embraced by the reflected glory from the Age of Enlightenment, decorated the Restaurant-Alain Ducasse. 3 Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse has fine-tuned his cuisine to embrace the senses dedicated to taste and palate.