Even for the most astute of planners every year Valentines Day has a way of sneaking up on you. After the post-Christmas January slump many people are not really in the mood to plan something spectacular come the 14th February. Can LUXOS suggest something? Stick with tradition: go to Paris.
L'Hôtel du Collectioneur Valentine's Day experience
It's imperative that everything is taken care of on V-Day, so the full-day event at L'Hôtel du Collectioneur will see you covered from dawn till dusk. After starting the day with a romantic promenade through Parc Monceau, couples can sample treatments for two at the hotel's spa. Valentine's Tea is then served in the restaurant. Sample exotic new brews while tasting perfect pastries and heart shaped passion cake, signed by Fauchon, with a flute of fizz. At twilight as the champagne flows, cocktails and canapés will be served under the transparent flower filled 'bubble-bar'. This will be followed by dinner at Le Safran, Le Collectioneur's Art-Déco style restaurant.
51 – 57, rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, Tel +33 1 58 36 67 00 www.hotelducollectioneur.com
Love, love, love in a Parisian palace
Celebrating his first St. Valentine's dinner at L'Abeille, Paris' exclusive two Michelin starred restaurant, chef Christophe Moret, will host an elegant "All You Need is Love" event. Moret offers a seven-course banquet including caviar, pumpkin roasted scallops with black truffles and hearts of pink grapefruit with shaved chocolate, accompanied by bottles of the finest pink champagne. Located in Prince Roland Bonaparte's former residence, L'Abeille is an intimate setting for the perfect romantic evening.
10, avenue d'Iéna, Paris, 75116, France, Tel +33 (1) 5367 1998, www.shangri-la.com
The Magic Bus
Just when you thought all new sightseeing possibilities in Paris had been exhausted, enters the most original of them all. An authentic 'taste' of Paris awaits on board Bustronome, the sleek, high-tech, double decker bistro-bus, with a panoramic glass roof. The unique concept, marrying Paris sight-seeing with an unforgettable dining experience on a bus, with menus featuring Grand Veneur lamb, scallops carpaccio, and poultry stuffed foie gras. On the back of the menu is a map of the various stops, and diners are given an electronic pen to tap on each spot you pass, the history is dispensed through a speaker in the pointer. Locations include the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, the Opera Garnier and Notre Dame.
Tel: +33 (0) 954 444 555, www.bustronome.com
Pop Up Flower Store at The Four Seasons George V
On Valentine's Day, "everything's coming up fifty shades of roses" insists Jeff Leatham, Artistic Director at Four Seasons George V. Expect dreamy, romantic and elegant bouquets featuring red for passion and the exclusive white "George V" roses created especially for the occasion. Jeff's fragrant bouquets will be available in the lobby on February 13th and 14th and also by direct order from the Hotel's Flower Studio. Jeff's floral fans include Madonna, Oprah, Kylie and his holiness the Dalai Lama, and he has designed events for Windsor Castle and the Château of Versailles. For flower enthusiasts, Jeff will be available to sign copies of his recently published book Jeff Leatham: Visionary Floral Art and Design.
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris 31, avenue George V , 75008 Paris , Tel. +33 (1) 49 52 70 00+33 1 49 52 71 84, www.fourseasons.com/paris
Valentines Russian Style
Declare your love at Andrey Dellos' left-bank Café Pouchkine, with a menu almost as opulent as its decor. Home to pastry chef Damien Piscioneri; a must-try is his latest creation "Lyuba," especially for Valentine's Day, a delicate almond cake topped with a light chocolate glaze. If your prefer to enjoy your romantic evening in a private setting, take note of Pouchkine's take-out service for a late midnight snack.
64, boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, Ground floor of Printemps Mode, Tel: +33 1 42 82 43 31 www.cafe-pouchkine.fr