Valentine’s Day at La Tremoille Hotel
30 January 2017
Revel in the romance of Paris this Valentine’s Day and make your stay with a loved one unforgettable, as the City of Love is host to a plethora of special events and fine-dining experiences.
What to Do
The Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II on the Île de la Cité is the perfect destination for those wishing to hand-pick a beautiful bouquet for their loved one. Opened in 1808, this historic market – the oldest in Paris – offers the chance to browse thousands of native and exotic flowers, shrubs and plants under six large pavilions. Located a mere 15 minute drive from our five-star hotel, it’s also ideal for a hand-in-hand afternoon stroll, taking in the sweet scents and brightly coloured petals, before deciding on the perfect arrangement.
For floral fragrances that linger a little longer, Parisian perfume house Guerlain boasts over 100 different bottles in its luxury boutique at 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées; just an eight minute stroll from our hotel. If the selection seems a little daunting, customers can opt for a one-hour personalised scent test, which involves a multisensory experience that narrows the choice down to three options to try on the skin, before revealing your final match. While, those seeking a more bespoke scent can request a customised fragrance for around €30,000, which involves a two hour consultation and is presented in a Baccarat crystal bottle.
Nothing captures the romance of the city more than a cruise down the Seine, where you can marvel at the splendour of Paris’ most iconic attractions as they light up the night sky. You will board the boat on the Île de la Cité in the centre of Paris, where you will be greeted with a glass of complimentary Champagne, before embarking on the hour-long cruise, which sails past the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Pont Alexandre III, the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, Hôtel de Ville and Pont-Neuf. There are a number of departures to choose from: 7:15pm / 8:15pm / 9:15pm / 9:45pm / 10:45pm – with tickets starting from €16 per person.
In the words of Virginia Woolf, "one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well"… and Valentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse to dine very well indeed. Situated within the five-star surroundings of our hotel, the elegant Le Louis² Restaurant will be serving a gourmet three-course menu on February the 14th. Created by Head Chef Fabrice Debois, each dish will showcase his renowned skills at balancing inventiveness with finesse, the classic with the modern; resulting in delicate flavour combinations.
The evening will begin with the sweet taste of crab meat, served with mashed cauliflower infused with mace, followed by one of two choices; the lighter option of steamed cod loin, served with carrots flavoured with orange and a cinnamon crumble; or rich roasted veal fillet, paired with creamy polenta, olives and Parmesan cheese. Dessert will be a refreshing combination of heart grapefruit and fragrant lychee, before ending the experience with a tempting selection of petit fours and coffee. An experienced Michelin Star standard chef, Debois is well-versed in delivering outstanding gourmet dining experiences and his Valentine’s menu will offer the opportunity to sample some of the finest French cuisine in the capital.
Look forward to this outstanding culinary experience for €69 per person, with the option to indulge a little further by adding half a bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut (€99 per person) or half a bottle of Deutz Love (€139 per person). Reserve your table today by calling +33 1 56 52 14 14.
Once you’ve explored the city and indulged in the culinary delights from Fabrice Debois, it’s time to don your evening attire and take in a show in one of Paris’ many esteemed venues. For opera fans, Palais Garnier is home to Mozart’s Così fan tutte; the final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, which has been revitalised by stage director, renowned Belgian choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; and conductor, Philippe Jordan. Celebrated for its nuanced depiction of love and glorious music; Così fan tutte explores the complex relationships between men and women through the six dancers and six singers of the cast in an enthralling lesson of lost innocence.
Palais Garnier is also host to an exciting ballet production, as the critically acclaimed Tree of Codes plays several dates throughout February (including the 14th). Inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same name, the eclectic collaboration of Jamie XX’s scintillating score, Olafur Eliasson’s intrepid designs and Wayne McGregor’s faultless choreography – danced by members of the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet – has caused a stir amongst the arts scene. Lauded by The Independent, who said of the ballet, “Sometimes, five stars is not enough”… needless to say it’s definitely worth a watch.
Nothing says romance quite like an evening at the opera or ballet; and nowhere more so than in the majestic surroundings of Palais Garnier… but for something a bit racier, experience one of Paris’ famed cabaret performances at Lido De Paris; located just minutes from our hotel on the Champs-Élysées. Cabaret has long been a stronghold of Parisian entertainment, and the show at Lido De Paris is bursting with life, as the upbeat choreographies, led by the famous Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys, are enhanced by breathtaking sets and outlandish outfits. If you’ve never seen a burlesque show, Valentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse to enjoy this age-old tradition, which guarantees to inject excitement into any evening!
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