Provence Travel

Weekend Winter Escape to Glam Paris

November 25, 2014

Now that our Provence weather is starting to really cool, what about flitting off for a romantic winter weekend away in Paris? With a host of new cultural openings, like the Foundation Louis Vuitton or the Picasso Museum reopening, staying indoors to keep the chill off is not such bad idea?

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Or for a more, luxe option, why not opt for a private tour of Paris? Our friends over at Panache Tours are offering some truly unique winter Paris private tours and special holiday events from an elegant NYE Dinner at the Paris Opera, to a wide variety of special interest tour around art, shopping, fashion and more. Drop them a line, if you are looking for a special way to see the city of light, and they can tailor up a special private tour, just for you.



And speaking of the Opera, there’s been a ton of buzz around several new luxe Paris hotel openings. So to help you round out your Paris weekend planning, Julie Mautner, travel writer, planner and blogger extraordinaire of the Provence Post, fills us in on the latest and greatest lower price winter deals on luxury hotel openings in Paris that are just opening up. Take me away…

Latest Luxe Hotel Openings in Paris

“The big Paris hotel news lately has been the recent opening of the Peninsula and re-opening of the Plaza Athénée, both of them on August 1, 2014. There’s also big buzz about the renovation of the super-luxe Crillon (reopening in late 2015) and the three-year, €300-million redo of the Ritz (reopening fall/winter 2015). But for those of us who need a more approachable (love that euphemism!) address in the City of Light, here are seven stylish new Paris hotels to consider…all of them new this year or just getting set to open soon.”

Hotel Indigo, Paris Opera

*The four-star, 48-room Villa Saxe Eiffel opened in February, in the 7th arrondisement. The goal, the owners say, was to create a soothing atmosphere, with rooms that are “beautiful, simple, and above all, inviting and comfortable.” The minimalist décor is graced by amenities such as linens by Garnier-Thiebaut, Italian lighting, Fragonard bath products and lots of nice tech such as HD TV, iPhone 5 docks, connections for other devices and international satellite TV. There’s a fitness area, with sauna and massage chair, and a restaurant, called La Verriere, open all day. Rates from 165€. , +33 (0)1 47 83 86 90,

*Le Lapin Blanc opened in June. It’s a boutique hotel in the city center, close to close to the Sorbonne, the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Latin Quarter. It has 27 rooms including three suites….and serves breakfast but otherwise has no restaurant. The artist and architect who collaborated on the design chose an Alice in Wonderland theme, with soft colors and whimsical patterns. Le Lapin Blanc (and the two hotels that follow) all belong to the Châteaux & Hôtels Collection, which celebrates reasonably priced, independently owned hotels with unique personalities. Rates from 150€., +33 (0) 1 53 10 27 77,

– Read full article on the Provence Post from Julie…

Julie Mautner is an American journalist, blogger and travel planner based in St. Remy de Provence. Learn more about Julie and her travel planning services at: and

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