48. Parisian Hotels (Paris, France)
Not without reason have Paris and particularly Paris hotels long been Europe’s favoured choice for whirlwind affairs and marriage proposals. The stunning views from the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre prove these monuments are just stage props in a world of amour. The city is small and perfectly formed for leafy walks through the Jardin de Luxembourg park and hand-holding along the Seine. The fabulous jewellery shops and designer boutiques, Louvre museum and Pompidou centre keep window-shoppers and culture vultures happy by day, and the countless excellent restaurants tempt into sensual evenings indulging in French cuisine. Who could resist gazing into their lover’s eyes whilst pecking at brie cheese, foie gras or macarons; tasting the typical French frogs’ legs, snails and a shared nutella-filled crêpe from a street stall on the way home. When the sun has set, what better than to return to an utterly stylish romantic hotel and enjoy the ambience of sensual tones and warm decor, turn up the music of love and fall into a Parisian dream together.