Whether you've been 100 times before or this is your first trip, there's something about the French capital that's made for newlyweds. So chic! So stylish! So romantic! These adjectives can just as easily be ascribed to Le Meurice, an exquisite 160-room hotel on rue de Rivoli, in the chi-chi 1st arrondissement.

Perfectly situated (the Louvre is a short walk away), the hotel exudes an air of discreet chic. The service is exemplary, as is the decor (public areas are furnished with a mix of antiques and modern furniture - some with a Salvador Dalí twist), the food (from three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno) and the ambience (laid-back elegance).

Make sure you try a treatment in the small but perfectly formed Spa Valmont, order a glass of champagne in cosy Bar 228 and spend an hour or two chilling in Restaurant le Dalí, sipping thick hot chocolate and watching the fabulously dressed world pass by.

Wow factor: The chic public areas designed by Philippe Starck.

Flight time: One hour 15 minutes; two hours 15 minutes by Eurostar.

Go: Doubles from £576 (lemeurice.com). Eurostar (08432 186186; eurostar.com) from £69 return.