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europe onsitereview A P R I L 2 0 13 a french twosome with SLH lane nieset Although Paris and the South of France have completely different vibes—Paris offers a fast-paced, city life ambiance and numerous attractions, while the Riviera emits a quieter, laid-back lifestyle—we recommend you pair this handsome duo into a fabulous getaway, and for a truly immersive experience, throw in accommodations at Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) properties. le pavillon de la reine & spa Paris, much like many big cities, is defined by its neighborhoods, and the 17th century Le Pavillon de la Reine & Spa is tucked away behind the Place des Vosges in the uber-trendy Le Marais. This SLH hotel’s entrance is easy to miss...and that’s a good thing. Walking into and through the courtyard to the vine-covered property, the hotel seems like a secret hideaway you just happened upon. Despite its location near the busy square and trendy boutiques in Le Marais, the 56-room property is like an oasis with a tranquil garden, terrace and salon. Named after Anne of Austria, who stayed in the wing linking the hotel to the Place des Vosges, it’s no surprise the rooms seem fit for a queen. We called a jr. suite home for our weekend rendezvous in Paris, and considering the city is notorious for European-style hotel rooms (i.e. small), we were pleasantly surprised with the size of our suite. The room’s decor—think French countryside meets Louis XIV chic—features exposed beams, velvet curtains, plush linens, patterned wallpaper and a four-poster canopy bed, with plenty of closets and storage space (ladies, you will be very happy!). The sitting area is also perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing and shopping around town. Speaking of which, there is plenty to do in Le Marais alone. Stepping out of the hotel, your clients are in a prime location for visiting landmarks like the National Picasso Museum (closed for renovation until the end of 2013) or the contemporary art museum, the Centre Pompidou. Le Marais is also filled with chic boutiques and shops like Sandro, The Kooples and the concept store Merci, as well as cute cafes and restaurants. While the hotel itself doesn’t have a restaurant, it offers room service and a buffet breakfast in the salon (the full buffet breakfast is 34 euros, which translates to about $44 at press time), which features coffee, juices, pastries, fruit, meats, cheese and yogurt. BOOK IT: Add even more romance to a Parisian getaway with the hotel’s Romantic Break package, starting at 650 euros (about $834) per night. The package requires a minimum 2-night stay and includes accommodations in a jr. or duplex suite; buffet breakfast for two; a bottle of champagne and macaroons upon arrival; and a 1-hour treatment or massage pp per stay at the hotel’s Spa de la Reine by Carita. all-access paris Whether your clients are first-time visitors to Paris or well acquainted with the “City of Light,” the Paris Pass makes getting around town and hitting the sights a cinch. With the 2-, 4- or 6-day pass, your clients will have access to more than 60 attractions in Paris, as well as unlimited access to the metro, buses and RER; discounts on meals and shopping; and priority access, helping them skip the line at some of the busiest sites (this really comes in handy for tourist attractions!). We took a spin around town on a 2-day pass, visiting some of the top attractions like the Musee d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou and the Arc de Triomphe, loving the priority access to the museums and attractions. While we didn’t have enough time to visit all of our favorite sites, the pass makes it easy for travelers to pick and choose what they want to visit—and makes getting to the destinations even easier with the unlimited pass for the metro. The 2-day pass is $143 for adults, $83 for teens (ages 12 to 17) and $47 for children. The 4-day pass is $209 for adults, $112 for teens and $60 for children. Paris Pass is part of the Leisure Pass Group, which offers trade partnerships and competitive commissions. or 32 august 2013 32-35 EU France.indd 32 7/23/13 9:21 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2013

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Dan Hotels, Israel
Tour Talk: Jacada Travel
Avalon Expression
Cruising the Rivers of Southeast Asia
Girls & Guys Getaways in Las Vegas
Kimpton Takes Center Stage in San Francisco
South Africa: Bicycles, Horses & Wonderful Experiences
A French Twosome with SLH
Bogota, Colombia
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Westin Grand Cayman
Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin
Aruba Marriott Resort

Recommend August 2013