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An extraordinary and varied range of cultural monuments and attractions have made Paris a leading luxury travel destination. Amid them, we've found four outstanding experiences for you to try when in the City of Lights.

Encapsulating the honour and quality of the Michelin Star bestowed, Le 39V, near the Champs-Élysées, is a roof-top haven of a restaurant, using top quality ingredients in dishes with distinct flavours, meticulously created by Chef Frédéric Vardon. Based around a classic repertoire, dishes include line-caught wild trout from Scotland with grilled stem lettuce and wild mushrooms. Situated in the heart of the famous Golden Triangle, the restaurant offers plush dining in a dynamic contemporary architectural setting. In summer, the terrace becomes a bucolic scene surrounded by a lush vegetable garden.

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Picture courtesy of Frédéric Vardon.

You can stay at Hotel Lutetia soon as it re-opens its fabled doors in July 2018, beginning a new chapter in the storied life of this iconic Parisian hotel. Acquired by The Set, known for sensitive and transformative restoration of historical properties, the hotel was closed four years ago for an ambitious period of restoration and refurbishment. The only Grand Hotel on the city’s left bank is a cultural landmark situated in vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Originally opened in 1910, the building’s design was a daring move from nouveau to the emerging art deco style. The hotel now features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and lounges including the Lutetia Brasserie, under the supervision of three Michelin starred Chef Gerald Passedat. Famous guests over the years have included Pablo Picasso, Charles de Gaulle, Marianne Oswald, André Gide, Peggy Guggenheim and Josephine Baker. James Joyce wrote part of Ulysses at the hotel.

Watch the renovation take shape here:

Drink champagne

In an 18th century formerly private mansion on rue Lauriston in the 16th arrondissement is an intimate candle-lit room that is Paris’s only champagne bar. Boasting a beautiful Haussmannian facade, Le Dokhan Hotel seats guests in velvet green armchairs to choose the between a variety of well-known champagnes including Dom Pérignon and Moët & Chandon as well as family estates champagnes little-known to the general public. The head sommelier brings back rare vintages whenever he goes to Champagne.

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Picture courtesy of Le Dokhan Hotel.

Spa My Blend by Clarins in Le Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel is striking in its Philippe Starke-designed simplicity. The highlight of the spa is the spectacular 23 metre swimming pool that is bathed in natural light from above – it’s the longest hotel pool in Paris.

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Picture courtesy of Clarins.

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