Paris, France is synonymous with fashion. As the hub of many of the world’s major designers and the home of the famous Paris Fashion Week, this vibrant city is the ultimate vacation destination for lovers of couture.
A Fashion-Filled Vacation
One must-see experience for fashionistas is Triangle d’Or or The Golden Triangle. Comprised by Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Triangle d’Or has some of the best known Haute Couture boutiques in the world. Here, shop top labels like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and countless others as you meander through the streets of Paris.
And when time has come to rest, look no further than Hôtel Plaza Athénée.
The Prestigious Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Located right in the heart of the Triangle d’Or, Hôtel Plaza Athénée oozes decadence. In fact, many consider this Paris establishment as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. A part of The Dorchester Collection, the exclusive getaway offers a wealth of amenities and unparalleled hospitality. And it’s just steps away from many of the most chic boutiques like Valentino and Louis Vuitton.
While there are other hotels within the Golden Triangle, none have a reputation that compares to that of Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Aside from its high degree of luxury, this five-star hotel is somewhat of a landmark in the fashion industry. In 1947, Christian Dior introduced his inaugural collection there. Moreover, many of his looks were inspired by the hotel itself. In fact, his iconic Bar Suit takes its name from Le Bar, the hotel’s sophisticated hot spot.
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Over the years, the hotel continued to serve as muse to the designer. And while Christian Dior himself has passed away, the connection between his couture house and the luxury hotel continues.
Luxurious Guest Accommodations
All of the guest quarters at this exclusive getaway are stunning. But, of course, a stay in a signature suite would be the highlight of a Paris vacation. However, though there are six to choose from, a couple are quite beyond compare.
First, the Haute Couture Suite is an exceptional choice for fashion lovers. Styled in homage to the influence of Parisian Haute Couture, this decadent suite is awash in light grey and pinks. Rich fabrics and high ceilings, in addition to delicate accents, create a stunning, dramatic feel. But the focal point of the suite is its incredible view of the Eiffel Tower. Seen through an oversized, gilded window, it’s as though you are looking at a perfect picture.
Or if you are in need of space, end your search with the Royal Suite. Indeed, at 4,850 square feet, this luxurious accommodation is the largest suite in the city. Antique furnishings fill the 4 bedrooms, 2 drawing rooms and office. The suite also has a full kitchen, state-of-the-art technology and a security system. And best yet, multiple balconies and a fifth floor location provide excellent views of Avenue Montaigne and the Eiffel Tower.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée has quite a few decadent dining choices. Most famous is Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. With three Michelin star, the restaurant offers a healthy take on Haute Cuisine by finding inspiration in the humble flavor of fresh produce. Ranked as one of “The World’s Best Restaurants,” both the food and the elegant atmosphere are unforgettable.
The other restaurants at this five-star hotel are more relaxed but still quite the experience! Le Relais Plaza is a light and airy brasserie serving classic French fare. La Galerie offers all day dining. Music from the resident harpist cascades through the calm space making it the perfect place for afternoon teas. And the pastries! So sumptuous that they lured Alain Ducasse to the hotel!
Should you be lucky enough to vacation in Paris from May to September, be sure to take a meal or two at La Cour Jardin. Secreted away in a private oasis of climbing ivy and red awnings, this al fresco restaurant has a simple seasonal menu. And, of course, don’t forget La Terrasse Montaigne. With its Beverly Hills vibe right on Avenue Montaigne, it is the place to be and be seen!
Wellness and Rejuvenation
As Christian Dior found a muse in this exclusive getaway, today, the luxury hotel pays tribute to him through its spa, Dior Institute au Plaza Athénée. Each treatment at the spa seeks to rejuvenate and restore youthfulness with treatments individually tailored to the guest. Enjoy facials, Dior microabrasion, body treatments, hand and foot treatments and treatments especially designed for men. And don’t skip the Couture treatment of the month!
The spa, like Christian Dior, also has a special interest in the Rose de Granville. The designer was fascinated by the flower; that despite the harsh climate of his childhood home of Normandy, it continually bloomed. Now, science has found the extracts and oils from the flower are quite potent and capable of restoring skin’s health.
Against the backdrop of Paris, it’s not surprising that Hôtel Plaza Athénée is an outstanding choice for a romantic wedding. Le Salon Haute Couture ballroom is the utmost luxury. The dramatic decor with crystal chandeliers and a the private entrance combine to make an exclusive setting for any event. For more intimate affairs or a gathering annex to the ballroom, Le Salon Organza is perfect.
Or plan an unforgettable winter wedding experience. Have an outdoor wedding complete with blankets and hot drinks. And instead of the dance floor, take a spin around the ice rink for your first dance!
In addition, the in-house florist makes planning any celebration easier. And the staff at the hotel can provide easy access to any type of entertainment. Do keep in mind, the experts at Hôtel Plaza Athénée throw Paris Fashion Week’s most iconic fashion parties!
So if you have an interest in couture and a love of luxury, look no further than the fabulous Hôtel Plaza Athénée to make your next Paris vacation incredible.