Paris Honeymoon Travel Guide
Few cities can match the magical atmosphere of Paris: its ability to awe, charm and enchant lovers is endless.
For centuries, ‘The City of Light’ has claimed the hearts of lovers with its bountiful cosy, intimate and romantically renowned locations, which is probably why Paris is so favoured by newlywed couples as the perfect honeymoon destination.
Cuddle up over a glass of beaujolais in an aromatic bistro or enjoy a cafe au lait in a tiny street-side café on the left-bank. Stroll hand-in-hand along grand tree-lined avenues or on the cobblestone riverside quay beside the Seine.
Along the way, enjoy a passionate moment on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, and admire the stunningly beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame.
Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower to watch the sun set over the city, then head to a gourmet restaurant for a romantic candlelit dinner, then later swing with the beat in one of Paris’ famous jazz clubs (try Le Caveau de la Huchette).
Don’t forget to window shop along the ritzy Champs Elysees, view the classic masterpieces at the Louvre, cruise the Seine and spend a romantic evening people-watching and drinking French champagne in Montmartre’s Place du Terte – the perfect spot for honeymoon couples.
Paris offers a huge range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
Location: 31, Avenue George V, 8th arr., Paris
Ave nightly price: AUD2038 per room
Description: Just steps from the Champs-Elysées, including private terraces with commanding Paris city views, signature lavish flower displays, top-of-the-line spa treatments and Michelin-awarded dining, the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris redefines luxury in the City of Light. The palatial rooms and suites, many with private terraces overlooking the city of Paris, are fitted with an interactive TV, a CD/DVD player, a library and Wi-Fi access. An espresso coffee machine with complimentary coffee pods, a safe, a minibar, and an in-room bread toasting service are standard. Classic French cuisine and lighter menus have earned Le Cinq restaurant two Michelin stars. The chic La Galerie is a favorite spot among fashionable Parisians for a drink or light bite. Le Bar offers cocktails and light meals and its large windows open on to the famous Avenue George V. The hotel’s spa offers saunas, whirlpools, an indoor pool and a menu of body treatments. Just just over 1.6 km from the Eiffel Tower and 3.2 km from Musée d'Orsay, the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris has an ideal location in the Golden Triangle, famous for high-fashion boutiques. It is also 3.2 km from the trendy shops and cafes of the St. Germain-des-Prés.
Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris
Location: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 8th arr., Paris
Ave nightly price: AUD1980 per room
Description: On the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, this luxury 5-star hotel features a Dior Institute spa, 5 restaurants and a cocktail bar. It offers elegant rooms with marble bathrooms, a 5-minute walk from Avenue Champs Elysées. A plasma TV with over 200 on-demand movies is featured in all rooms and suites at Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris. Guests can choose from 80 drinks for the personalized minibar and 5 pillow types for a good night’s sleep. Dining options at Hôtel Plaza include breakfast, gourmet French dishes, Japanese specialties and a summer menu. The hotel's restaurant's are supervised by the Michelin Star chef Alain Ducasse. Wi-Fi, a shoe shine service and twice-a-day housekeeping are just some of the facilities offered at Athénée Paris. Alma Marceau Metro Station is 305 m away and the Eiffel Tower is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Location: 251 rue Saint-Honoré, 1st arr., Paris
Ave nightly price: AUD1870 per room
Description: Located in Paris city centre, Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a 1930s palace hotel located in a historic building from the 30s. It offers an indoor landscaped garden, a 900 m² spa area and a gourmet restaurant awarded with 2 Michelin stars. It boasts a minimalist décor inspired by haute couture and renowned fashion houses. Parisian elegance joins Oriental refinement in the rooms and suites, which each have a unique décor. Tea and coffee making facilities, hair straighteners and a spacious bathroom feature in each accommodation and some of the suites also have a terrace and a panoramic view over Paris. The hotel offers a bar with a terrace and 2 restaurants, firstly the Camélia, where you can sample simple dishes prepared with fresh produce all day long and secondly the Sur Mésure Restaurant by Thierry Marx serving 5 to 9-course gourmet meals in a design atmosphere. A counter selling patisserie cakes is available on site. Several types of breakfast are available each morning including Chinese and Japanese options. Set on 2 levels, the spa and wellness centre is complete with an indoor pool, a steam room and spa suites with private steam shower and changing room. In this peaceful setting, a wide range of Mandarin Oriental Signature Guerlain® facial and body treatments can also be enjoyed. Other facilities include a fitness centre, valet and concierge service. Mandarin Oriental, Paris is ideally located 150 m from the elegant Place Vendome, 250 m from the Tuileries Garden and just a 10-minute walk from the famous Champs Elysées.
Hôtel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
Location: 37 Avenue Hoche, 8th arr., Paris
Ave nightly price: AUD1642 per room
Description: Hôtel Raffles Royal Monceau Paris is in Paris’s 8th district, just over a quarter mile from the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe and is only a 40-minute drive from the airport. This luxury hotel spa in Paris features a cinema room, an indoor swimming pool and a library of contemporary art books. Featuring hand-crafted furniture designed by Philippe Starck, the spacious, air-conditioned rooms and suites come equipped with a desk, flat-screen TV and a refrigerated private bar with a choice of French products. A walk-in shower, bathrobes and Clarins toiletries are featured in the bathroom. A living area with executive work desk is included in all rooms. In a 16,200 ft² space, the Spa My Blend by Clarins includes 23 m infinity pool, the largest ever built in a Paris luxury hotel. Exclusive treatments, a fitness center, relaxation rooms including a hammam and sauna, and dedicated fitness coaches are available. The spa can be accessed directly from every floor. There are 2 restaurants at the hotel, which serve both French and Italian gourmet-style cuisine. Royal brunch is served on Sunday afternoons at La Cuisine, and at Il Carpaccio, the only Michelin-star Italian restaurant in Paris, you can sample Italian pastries prepared by superstar pastry chef Pierre Hermé. The Charles de Gaulle – Étoile Metro (lines 1, 2 and 6) is a 3-minute walk from the hotel, making it easy to explore Paris.
Saint James Paris
Location: 43 Avenue Bugeaud, 16th arr., Paris
Ave nightly price: AUD620 per room
Description: Located a 20-minute walk from the Champs Elysées, the Saint-James Paris is an elegant 19th-century building with its own private garden. Spa facilities, in partnership with Guerlain, are available on site. All the air-conditioned rooms and suites have a refined decor and provide free Wi-Fi internet access. A flat-screen TV and minibar are available in each. Breakfast can be enjoyed in guests' rooms every morning. Guests are invited to relax in the hotel's library bar or enjoy a meal in the gourmet restaurant with a terrace. Guests can relax in the hotel's spa with a massage or hammam treatment. Additional services available include luggage storage and an airport shuttle, for a fee.
Location: 33, Rue Dauphine, 6th arr., Paris
Ave nightly price: AUD543 per room
Description: This 17th-century private mansion is in the Latin Quarter, just under a quarter of a kilometer from Odéon Metro Station. The luxurious hotel provides a jazz bar and an interior courtyard with a fountain. Guest rooms feature original beams, antique furniture and a monumental fireplace made of Burgundy stone. Some suites feature a four-poster bed and a view of the courtyard with its marble statues. Each room at Hotel D'Aubusson has a marble bathroom and free Wi-Fi access. A full English breakfast is served every morning in the elegant breakfast room. The jazz bar, Café Laurent, is in the same building as the Hotel D'Aubusson. With a 24-hour front desk, additional facilities include an airport shuttle and a ticket service. Massages are available upon request. The hotel also provides private parking on site. The Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral are both a 10-minute walk away.
Location: 10 rue de Bruxelles, 9th arr., Paris
Ave nightly price: AUD499 per room
Description: In the Montmartre district, Hôtel Maison Souquet is in an exclusive Parisian townhouse and is decorated in a Belle Époque theme. Guests can have cocktails in the lounge, walk around the atrium or enjoy the indoor swimming pool and hammam, which is available upon prior reservation. With a unique décor, each room and suite has a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Bathrooms are fitted with a bathtub or shower and a hairdryer. The suites also come with a sitting area. Breakfast is served each morning in the communal lounge or in the comfort of your room, with an additional fee. The property’s central staircase and study has intricate paneling and cordova leather furnishings based on a 19th-century Oriental style. The hotel provides free private access to the pool and the spa for 1 hour. Additional features include massages treatments, available for an additional fee. The hotel is located 119 m from Blanche Metro Station (Line 2), which gives you direct access to the Champs Elysées and the Pigalle area.
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Anytime. Summer (July and August) has an average temperature of 20°C with a high of 25°C. Winter’s average is 3°C. Rain can fall at any time.
Spring and early summer (May and June) and autumn (September and October) provide the best weather, while prices are best between November to February.
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Paris – capital and largest city in France and the most visited city in the world – is located on the River Seine at the heart of the Ile-de-France region of northern France.
From overseas, the most convenient is by air. However, Paris is also well serviced by train from every capital city in Europe.
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Latest update Paris honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017