Love, Love, Love

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My Concierge Told Me

Any ideas how to spent a perfect Valentine's Day in Paris?

Is there a better place than Paris to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Not really. I mean, nothing against a romantic trip to Venice or a snowy weekend in mountains of Colorado spending the night on a bearskin in front of the open fire. But Paris, come on, the name alone sounds like a love song, doesn’t it?

You still have one week left to get your beloved to Paris. And then? Numerous possibilities await you. Whether you go to the Pont des Arts, fix a padlock on the railing, throw the key into the Seine and swear eternal love or you publish your personal love message on the official displays of the city of Paris. But hurry up, you’ve got only until the 8th of February to record your message.

“Do not disturb”

But let’s start with where to stay. For Valentine’s Day a lot of hotels have prepared special offers. Here is just one, because the Royal Monceau offer sounds really tempting. I like this luxurious, though very young, place and their special  “Do not disturb” formula: a bottle of Champagne on your arrival, a special tête-à-tête dinner in your room (or suite) arranged by chef de cuisine Laurent André, desserts come from Pierre Hermé, a spa treatment in one of the nicest spas in Paris, a present from Clarins cosmetics for her, a breakfast buffet the day after. Rates start at 980 Euros for two. Ok, that’s the price of a small diamond ring, you might object. And I agree. Just decide what will impress her more. (For reservations call +33(0)1 42 99 88 00.

Most of the restaurants have special formulas for Valentine’s Day. Many are preparing a special menu – with a special price that goes without saying. One of my favourite places is the mythic Laperouse with its private salons and its old mirrors full of scratches (they say the courtesans tested  the diamonds offered by their lovers on them to be sure they weren’t fakes). The Valentine’s menu costs 155 Euros per person (200 Euros with a bottle of wine).

Dinner cruise on the Don Juan

If you’re among those who don’t have to worry about money at all, well, than I would head to L’Abeille, the restaurant of chef Philippe Labbé in the new Shangri La Hotel.

Looking for something really unusual? Here comes my favourite proposition: a dinner cruise on a yacht, the Don Juan II. While cruising on the Seine and admiring the most beautiful sights of Paris by night, you’ll have a special tasting menu with Lobster and Co arranged by Guy Krenzer, a “meilleur ouvrier de France”. But that’s not all: before boarding the yacht, you will be able to get the moment immortalized in an ephemeral photo booth of the famous Studio Harcourt. They have done signature portraits of the greatest figures and most beautiful actresses of the 20th century with their unmistakable lighting. You’ll probably look like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton on this memory-photo. Ok, 345 € per person for the dinner and the photo is not what , you’d call a trifle. But I bet this is something you will not forget quickly.

Want to look like Anna Mouglalis et Samuel Benchetrit? With Studio Harcourt you will!

Complete dark

Looking for an experience off the beaten-love-track? Try the Manoir de Paris where you’ll spend the night in complete darkness. What’s this all about? The Manoir is a haunted museum that explains the history of Paris in a unique and scary indoor tour. In other words: you’ll be among the legends of Paris coming to life. Just make sure your beloved doesn’t suffer from a heart condition…

If so, you’d better head to the Aquarium de Paris, which exceptionally opens its doors on Valentine’s Day evening. You can choose the coup de coeur formula allowing you to visit the aquarium, champagne in hand, for 25 €. Or, why not, have dinner in front of one of the huge aquariums and eat the fish you just admired. Just kidding. Be my valentine-you look so good I could eat you!  (60€ for one person without wine).

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