Luxury hotels are supposed to look luxe and act luxe - but this one even smells luxe.

As you step off Avenue d'Iéna in the refined 16th arrondissement (just across the Seine river from the Eiffel Tower), through the courtyard entrance, a luxurious scent wraps itself around you.

This is the Essence of Shangri-La, a blend of 25 ingredients - mainly musk and white tea - that sets the tone for what will no doubt be one of the most luxurious experiences of your life.

The Shangri-La combines all that is chic about Paris with the discreet, high-end service for which Asia is renowned.

It's the sort of hotel that will notice you've missed something off your usual room-service breakfast - and rectify it before you realise. Stay in La Suite Chaillot to enjoy a wraparound terrace with views of the Eiffel Tower.

If the budget doesn't stretch to the £5,620 per night rate, don't worry: around half the rooms and suites have views of the city's famous landmark.

The food is not to be missed. Choose from: Shang Palace for Michelin-starred Chinese, the two-Michelin-starred L'Abeille for classic French, or La Bauhinia for Western and Oriental favourites - it's worth a visit for the petit fours alone!

WOW FACTOR: Perch yourself alongside the impeccably dressed locals at Le Bar and order the signature Pink Lady cocktail.

TRAVEL TIME: 2 hours by Eurostar

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer

GO: Doubles from £535 per night, B&B (www.shangri-la.com). Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) from £69 return.