Who doesn’t adore at least one aspect of France? Take the sophisticated beach resorts on the glitzy Cote d’Azur, the latest inspirational looks hot off the Paris catwalks, gastronomic journeys that never fail to impress, Michelin-starred dining with vintage Champagne or the regional delights of the countryside… What’s not to love? In true French style with a hint of romance, a sense of très chic prevails over any luxury stay here.
Ever since Coco Chanel revolutionised the world of fashion, Paris has been dishing out sartorial advice that the savvy shopper can rely on wholeheartedly. Couture or the best in prêt-à-porter, a Cartier watch or a bottle of Dior’s latest scent; you’ll find every imaginable luxury. Oozing glitz and glamour, the ‘city of love’ is great for a romantic weekend in a five-star hotel, cossetted by the pleasures of superb cuisine, French ‘savoir faire’ and sumptuous spa treatments.
Seeking to catch some rays? Nice, Cannes and St Tropez all promise sun-kissed sands, inviting blue waters and exclusive beach clubs that beautifully sum up the essence of the South of France. There are quiet moments to be had in old town areas, or party with the in-crowd in VIP club rooms if you prefer, whilst the Cannes Film Festival brings an extra special buzz to the coast.
Slow down a few gears and go rural. Take a wine tour in Bordeaux and try mouth-watering full bodied reds, or visit the Dordogne for classic French countryside and dishes created with freshly-hunted truffles. Admire row upon row of lavender, sunflower and poppy fields in Provence that have inspired artists including Cézanne. Or meander sleepy medieval hilltop towns and stand in awe of stunning chateâux with perfectly manicured gardens. Just like a well-deserved glass of a special French vintage, this is a destination with plenty of depth, flavour and colour.
Tempted by what you’ve read? Need a few more ideas about where to go, what to see and how to go about it? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’re always happy to chat through your “wish list” and help you formulate your dream holiday.