La Réserve Paris, Paris, France

Beginning life as a home for the half-brother of Napoleon III, the Duke of Morny, La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is still fit for a royal with Belle Époque styling: Think plush velvet, oak parquet floors, marbles, silk brocade, antiques and contemporary art. There’s a divine spa with a large indoor pool, an unusual find in Parisian hotels. We’re particularly enamoured with the library — available exclusively for guests, it’s an elegant spot to read or work in peace, or have a wine tasting from the hotel’s selection of vintage bottles.

If you’d rather sample from your room, book the Grand Palais Suite. It has its own wine cellar with Grand Cru vintages, and views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais.

Top suite: Grand Palais Suite from $13,600 per night

Turn back time: The spa focuses on anti-aging, using products developed at the Center for the Prevention of Aging by professor Jacques Proust. Body and facial treatments are completely customized.

Contact: Jean-Luc Naret, CEO,, +33 158 366 060,

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