Paris is known as the city of love, and for good reason. The beautiful sights and activities on offer here will no doubt add flame to the fire of any courtship! The close proximity of France’s capital to the UK makes this an ideal destination for an intimate weekend getaway. Take the stress out of travel and soak up picturesque views by taking trains in France. The Eurostar service runs from London to Paris, delivering couples at their destination in around two hours. Whilst in the city, be sure to check out the following sights for a truly loved-up experience:
Boutique hotels and snug lodgings abound in Paris, though for a romantic holiday make sure you check in at Hotel Amour. Opened in 2006, the décor of the 20 unique rooms is based upon the themes of love and eroticism. Contemporary artists and designers feature, with some of the rooms also housing impressive art installations. Two rooms even boast their own private bar, so you can enjoy cocktails with your loved one without having to step foot outside your boudoir.
Rich chocolate and a relaxing massage are two indulgences which are enjoyed by many couples, so how about combining the two!? The Four Seasons offers an All About Chocolate treatment, which begins with a mint choc body scrub, before a Swiss chocolate and toffee body wrap and finishing with a cocoa oil massage. The two and a half hour treatment is the perfect treat for chocaholic couples.
Oysters are famed for their aphrodisiacal qualities, so what better delicacy to sample with your loved one, whilst on holiday in Paris? The Bar à Huîtres has three locations across the city, so provides a convenient pre-dinner stop-off wherever your dining destination. The oyster bar offers perhaps the most extensive selection in the city, with a menu of 24 oyster varieties. Award-winning seafood specialists are on hand to recommend the ideal glass of fizz to accompany the most romantic of foods.
The view from the Eiffel Tower is certainly impressive, though the number of tourists at this busy attraction hardly offers the most romantic and relaxing of settings. Instead, impress your partner by providing a different view of Paris – in a hot air balloon. The Ballon Air de Paris is tethered at Andre Citroen park and, once guests are aboard, rises 150m in the air to allow for amazing 360 degree views of the city. This is the world’s biggest hot air balloon and with a gentle take off and landing provides a far more sedate and leisurely way to view the city than the crowds at Eiffel.
Forget the noisy children and snap-happy tourists aboard the usual Seine boat tours, and instead join your partner for dinner aboard an evening cruise. Companies like Bateaux Parisiens offer a number of dinner cruises, where you can sample a delectable menu whilst taking in the twinkling lights along the riverside.