Emilie Persijn

France Travel Expert

With a timeless taste of je ne sais quoi, a luxury holiday in France will unveil the art of fine living in a place where everything is done with the easygoing elegance we know and love. Be it city or countryside, haute cuisine or local fare, grand chateaux or coastal villas, France does it all with effortless flair. Bon voyage. We recommend ambling beautiful, medieval Beaune, before heading into the mysterious forests to hunt for truffles.

Emilie Persijn

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France Highlights

France is just a skip across the channel but its gastronomy and gorgeous lifestyle make you feel a whole world away from home. The French are experts in the art of the fine life – flaunting fine food, fine wine, fine weather and fine views. But we promise you, your stay here will be far more than fine.

MORE ABOUT FRANCE

‘How can anyone completely experience a nation that has 246 varieties of cheese?’ to creatively paraphrase late French leader Charles de Gaulle. You might think you have France figured, but it boasts such a depth and breadth of flavors – both culture and cuisine – it takes a truly complete visit to appreciate them all. From the rich foie gras at La Bourse et la Vie to the historic and postcard-worthy Saint Émilion in rural Bordeaux, get to know France with us. Truly.

THE VINEYARDS OF BORDEAUX

Appreciate the distinct contrasts found within the Bordeaux region’s renowned grapes, and amble between the rich vines as you journey towards creating your own Malbec, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon. We can organize a car so you can walk the charming cobbled streets of Saint Émilion, about an hour from Bordeaux city, and you can marvel at the extraordinary Dordogne valley as you indulge in freshly baked macarons and world-celebrated wines as selected by your own, local sommelier.

The Paris of the east

PARIS

Live well in Paris. Visit the boutique fashion houses that adorn the Champs-Élysées, the neighboring Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and beyond. Or try timeless style: take in the city’s striking architecture from above by private hot air balloon. As the evening draws in, gain exclusive night-time access to the Louvre before enjoying the exquisite flavors of Paris at the hands of a local chef.

Countryside retreat

PROVENCE

In the south-east corner of France, pushed up against Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, the Provence region boasts a diverse topology, with everything from alpine mountainscapes to beautifully charming lavender fields at the Abbaye de Sénanque. Indoors, consider the unique works of Pablo Picasso aside a private guide at the Carrieres de Lumières. Or learn the romantic art of bottling your own signature scent with local experts at Artemisia Museum.

TOURS OF CHATEAUX AND GATEAUX

Whether it’s a getaway for the foodies, fashion lovers, culture chasers, history followers or wine enthusiasts, France has a number of exclusive tours entirely at your disposal. Indulge in a private gourmet tour in Paris, visiting the city’s best patisseries, bakeries and chocolatiers, tasting traditional macaroons, the ‘best ham in the world’ and Provence olive oil. Break from Paris and join the family business, Champagne Le Gallais, in the Marne Valley to blend your own champagne, or create your signature scent at Artemesia Museum in the world’s perfume capital, Grasse.

France

THE MOST ELEGANT HONEYMOON

A luxury honeymoon to Paris ‘The City of Love’ is likely to feature on the list of many newly-weds and there’s no surprise as to why. Start your special trip with a journey up the Eiffel Tower to the 2 Michelin-star restaurant, Le Jules Verne, admiring the spectacular views of the Seine and Notre-Dame.

Walk through the Louvre, the world’s largest collection of art and history, on a VIP tour away from the crowds with the gallery’s curator. Immerse yourself in the story of each piece and enjoy an experience beyond the norm, expertly guided through the exhibitions. Appreciate the work up close, and take your time wandering the crypts, making your way between celebrated sculptures and paintings, including the damning ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, revolutionary ‘Liberty Leading the People’, and of course Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’.

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Bottle your own champagne in the home of fine wine

Indulge in the Champagne region of Northern France. Work alongside our local contact to prepare and blend your own batch of luxury champagne, adding your personal touch to the mix. Understand the process behind the area’s renowned sparkling wine, from grape picking to aging, and even come back five years later to collect your custom vintage case.

South France

Set sail and meander along the Riviera in style

Where better to while away the summer days than aboard a private yacht meandering the beautiful French Riviera? Set sail from Nice to explore the enchanting islands dotted beyond the mainland, the historic villages perched on hilltops, and the pristine white bobbing boats along the coastline. Enjoy complete tranquility aboard your private vessel: take a dip in the warm waters, feel the sun on your skin as you sip champagne, and ready yourself for a freshly caught lunch prepared by an onboard chef. 

France Highlights

France is just a skip across the channel but its gastronomy and gorgeous lifestyle make you feel a whole world away from home. The French are experts in the art of the fine life – flaunting fine food, fine wine, fine weather and fine views. But we promise you, your stay here will be far more than fine.

LUXURY HOTELS IN FRANCE

From boutique hotels in the heart of Paris and palatial properties in Monaco to chic farmhouses in the French Riviera and white-washed villas in Provence, there is no shortage of luxury hotels in France. It’s a tough decision to choose from our list of hand-picked properties as each is unique in historic charm and lashings of Gallic style, boasting a range of jaw-dropping views from the comfort of your bedroom or the side of your infinity pool.

PASSION IN PARIS

Paris is the world’s romantic capital, second only to Bratislava. It’s also home to a plethora of glamorous hotels, bursting with elegance and character, from the renowned Ritz to the enchanting Hotel De Crillon, and everything in between. Whether you’re chasing France’s history, gourmet excellence, culture or romance, you’ll never be far from the cobbled streets and world-famous attractions in Paris while resting your head in these luxurious hotels.

SOLITUDE IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Secluded on its own promontory of the French Riviera with the glistening water below, Cap Estel is the perfect honeymoon hideaway. Tucked away from the crowds, the five-acre estate boasts unimaginable views of the Mediterranean and beyond, an infinity pool and beautiful terraced gardens. Cap Estel is the ideal bolthole for exploring the castle ruins and golden beaches of Eze, the extravagant city of Monaco and the port of Nice.

A COUNTRYSIDE HIDEAWAY IN PROVENCE

Explore Provence and the perfectly purple lavender fields at Abbaye de Senanque, while staying in the hilltop hotel of Crillon Le Brave. Surrounded by spectacular views of rugged mountains, vineyards and olive groves, together with the hotel’s stone building dating back to the 16th century, this is the ultimate rural retreat. We love the authenticity at Crillon Le Brave’s two on-site restaurants, where they use local produce from a 40-kilometre radius in all their dishes.

  • Population Population 60,742,000
  • Capital Capital Paris
  • Language Language French
  • Currency Currency Euro
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT+1 | ET+6
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Uncover the identity of the South of France with a visit to Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, and mix your own signature scent."

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