Sunil Metcalfe

France Travel Expert
With a timeless taste of je ne sais quoi, a luxury vacation 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.

Sunil Metcalfe

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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

As one of the largest countries in Europe, and home to everything from a very famous cathedral (you know which one) to a library shaped like a giant head (look it up), France is among our Travel Experts’ favorite destinations around which to create an utterly bespoke trip. From gourmet dining in the romantic environs of Paris, wine tasting in the vineyards of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to cruising the French Riviera’s azure waters while aboard your own private yacht. Others like to wander the purple cloaked lavender fields of Provence, even if it’s not great for your hayfever. France caters for any and every occasion.

THE VINEYARDS OF BORDEAUX

Bordeaux’s UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription in 2007 has fueled a lot of (often boozy) visits to this fantastic wine-growing region. Gain an insight into the history of this ruby-red drink with a Bordeaux wine tour, visiting world-famous vineyards and learning the winemaking process from harvesting and pressing, through to bottling (and, uh, whatever comes next). Unique wine tasting experiences await your arrival, with a variety of Bordeaux’s grapes including merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon. Although this port city is the gateway to many wineries, Bordeaux also boasts pristine lakes, elegant architecture, old cobbled streets and stunning views of the Dordogne Valley. You won’t get bored in Bordeaux.

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.

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. Feel like a royal, gaining exclusive night-time access to the renowned Louvre Museum with a private tour, locking eyes with Mona Lisa and the other great masterpieces of The Louvre. I.M. Pei’s lovely glass pyramid is the real masterpiece here, however.

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-kilometer 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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