Where to take chère maman this coming Sunday, 28 May? Why Paree, of course! And LUXE has some fab ideas to keep her feeling super-spoiled and special while you’re there…
Crank up the pamper factor at chic retreat The Peninsula Spa, chokka with mum-pleasing therapies, such as the 120-minute Parisian Perfection spa journey. It includes an indulgent full body massage combining deep muscle techniques and fragrant aromatherapy oils, followed by a radiance-restoring intensive facial. Go with the glow!
For a dreamy day trip, whisk momager to Giverny, the pretty home village of French Impressionist Claude Monet. An 80-km drive north-west of Paris, the vibrant house and its famous flower-dotted garden inspired many Monet paintings. Don’t miss his weeping willow-filled, Japanese-influenced water garden over the road for romantic reflections. Book ahead online. Also pop to nearby Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, including art exhibitions, tearoom and gardens.
Savour a sweet time treating your ma to delicious afternoon tea. You’ll discover a dainty Impressionist palette of pastel-coloured macarons at Ladurée, which has a lovely tea salon serving tea, pastries and savoury delicacies at its heritage rue Royale flagship. Lady-like macaron flavours include rose petal, pistachio, vanilla, lemon, and raspberry.
Enjoy the ‘mother’ of all shopping trips at Palais Royal, surrounded by graceful colonnades and garden squares. Pick up luxury accessories and antiques, or just admire the alluring architecture of Cardinal Richelieu’s former palace. Great gifts include fragrances from Serge Lutens (142 Galerie de Valois), and vintage fashion finds from Didier Ludot (125 Galerie de Valois / 24 Galerie Montpensier). Finish with coffee at Café Kitsuné (51 Galerie Montpensier). A Saturday visit suits boutique opening times.
28 May, 2017.
The Peninsula Spa / 19 ave Kléber, 16th / +33 1 58 12 66 82 / 9am-9pm daily / peninsula.com
Claude Monet’s House and Gardens / 84 rue Claude Monet / Giverny / +33 2 32 51 28 21 / book tickets online / 9.30am-6pm daily / fondation-monet.com
Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny / 99 rue Claude Monet / Giverny / +33 2 32 51 94 65 / 10am-6pm daily / giverny.org
Ladurée / 18 rue Royale, 8th / +33 1 42 60 21 79 / 8am-8pm daily / laduree.com
Palais Royal / 8 rue de Montpensier, 1st / +33 1 47 03 92 16 / 7am-11pm daily