When the Mandarin Oriental established itself among the fashionable elite of Rue Saint-Honoré in the world's most romantic city, sexy sparks were bound to fly.

As you walk through the door and glance up at the exquisite glass butterfly chandelier, your heart flutters: you know this is going to be amazing. While this 138-room hotel isn't small, the service (prompt, discreet and knowledgeable) and decor (modern, opulent and sexy) give it an intimate feel.

Hitting up the boutiques is almost too easy, as is refuelling - ask the hotel to book you a street table at Le Castiglione for boeuf tartare, frites and apple tatin that'll make you wish you'd bought those Maje jeans in a bigger size.


The Louvre is close by, so skip the queues with a pre-booked private tour by Paris Muse (www.parismuse.com), then soothe weary feet and rebalance your senses back at the hotel's Le Spa, a Zenned-out space with a 14-metre-long pool and seven private spa suites.

Using trad Chinese methods and aromatherapy, the two-hour-plus Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy is a must. Post treatment, you're served homemade pastries in your suite. We're not complaining!

WOW FACTOR: In 2010, the hotel was awarded an official 'Palace Distinction', an award given only to five-star hotels that 'embody French standards of excellence'.


GO: Doubles from £734 per night, B&B (www.mandarinoriental.com/paris). Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) operates up to 18 daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord, from £69 return. Connecting fares from more than 300 stations in the UK are available.

TRAVEL TIME: 2 hours by Eurostar