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Planning for Paris: Spoiled by Luxury Services in the City of Light

by Erica Berman

Haven in Paris Victor Hugo Luxe

Haven in Paris, Julien Hausherr

I’ve just booked my Haven in Paris apartment for a week in the City of Love. Sigh… Going to Paris has always been a dream of mine, and I want it to be just perfect. I am working with Haven in Paris to fill my days with the luxury service discounts they are offering during this winter’s low season. While my activities aren’t fully booked, I have already started daydreaming about how I will spend my days. 

Luxe, Paris Wine Company

Luxe, Montage, Palmyre - Les Deux Stations, Le Bon Georges

Champagne from Paris Wine Company; Les Deux Stations/Le Bon Georges, Palmyre Roigt

Le rêve? Of course, perfection starts with a seamless transfer from the airport, so I will most definitely book a trip with a recommended private driver

Luxe, Palmyre, Le Tournesol

Luxe, O Chateau, Charcuterie

Le Tournesol, Palmyre Roigt;  O Chateau

After the long flight I’d have the bubbly waiting with a delivery of Paris Wine Company’s Welcome Kit, and I’ll naturally be wanting a massage, either acupressure with Australian Desbina Collins or aromatherapy with Beatrice Marzana.

Luxe, Ariel Kocourek, Champagne

Champagne, Ariel Kocourek

Girls Guide to Paris GO card for discounts across the city? Check! A chat with Complete Paris Concierge service to reserve a few fine tables? Check!

Luxe, O Chateau, Couple

Luxe, Emma Stencil - Eiffel Tower and Seine

O Chateau;  Eiffel Tower sunset, Emma Stencil

To really see Paris from a local’s perspective, I’ll have to book a tour with Context Travel. I wonder what they can fit around our cooking classes at La Cuisine and Cook’n With Class? We’ll polish off that day with a wine tasting at O Chateau. And now that I’ve had a taste of some fabulous champagne, we’ll need time for a little side trip to Reims with Tasty Side to Life tours. 

Luxe, Palmyre, La Table de Cybele

La Table de Cybele, Palmyre Roigt

There is just so much to see! I may just have to call Haven in Paris to extend our trip to fit it all in! Guess that means I won’t have any more excuses for ignoring my French, and may just sign up for Progressio’s private language classes. 

Luxe, Montage, Palmyre - Le Bon George

Le Bon Georges, Palmyre Roigt

No idea how am I supposed to choose between a shopping day with the Antiques Diva, a day with Gail Radeau, or a CJ shopping tour… But once my wardrobe is perfect, I’ll be ready for our close up with One & Only Paris photography. Or maybe I’ll just use it as an excuse to renew our wedding vows. Hmmm…. I am sure we can arrange that.

Luxe, Emma Stencil - Eiffel Tower

Emma Stencil

Written for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table (https://veggiestotable.org). In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

4 comments on “Planning for Paris: Spoiled by Luxury Services in the City of Light

Wow, wow, wow!
Amazing places and fantastic ideas.

I’d love to go to Paris, someday.

Loved the pictures, thanks for sharing!

If you only have a week in Paris you will not see much of Paris with those indoor activities. The best one you have highlighted is Wine tasting at O’Chateau – not to be missed nor a Charcuterie board after the wine tasting. Brilliant place to visit, extremely knowledgeable Sommeluers. A day trip to Reims is mostly spent in a bus looking at countryside & a cooking lesson won’t get you too much sightseeing. Put your walking shoes on or hit the Metro to see the real Paris.

Now I want/need a Winter getaway in París! Thanks for all the recommendations and tips!
xx,
E.
http://www.theslowpace.com

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