We all know and love Paris for what it represents culturally. But sometimes — just sometimes — too much of a good thing can become a tiny bit boring. Therefore it’s good to keep in mind that travelling from the French capital is often a piece of cake. The getaway options are numerous and so are the 1, 2, 3, 4, or in this case, 5 luxurious stays. And if you happen to know a little bit about the hexagon, you won’t be surprised by just how much fun and rest you can enjoy if you get away from the city, if only for a few days.
And with summer drawing near, the outdoors are calling. French regions are most famous for their terroir, landscape diversity and endless culinary traditions. Whether you’re in need of a bucolic break an hour away, an in-depth dive into the capital of gastronomy or just a good old sunbath by the Mediterranean sea, we’ve got you covered.
Below is a list — from the closest to the furthest — of the 5 luxurious five-star stays. Are you ready to press “reset” and just focus on the now?
Château Mont Royal Chantilly – about 35 min outside of Paris by car
Let’s start local! Château Mont Royal Chantilly is located in the rural side of Oise, in a city called La Chappelle en Serval. The early-twentieth-century castle is surrounded by greenery, which makes it a remarkable and healthy break scene, right next to the City of Lights. The chateau’s reputation speaks for itself: contemporary luxury with an accent on elegance, delicious cuisine and a soft spot for your wellness. Did we forget to mention the indoor pool with chandeliers?
Allée des Marronniers, 60520 La Chapelle-en-Serval
Pillows Grand Hotel – Brussels – 1 hour 30 minute train ride
Brussels is one of those peculiar destinations that are so close to Paris that you wouldn’t really believe it. The cultural wealth and differences of the Wallonia region will awaken your curiosity. Pillows Grand Hotel, the neoclassical staple of the Brussels, is within 10 minutes of Central Station or Gare du Midi, on the historical Place Rouppe. Right in the heart of the Belgian and European capital, the institution is a perfect combination of hedonism and cultural exploration. So grab your suitcase and make sure to have a bite of the selfless Wallonian hospitality at Pillows!
Place Rouppe 17, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Villa Maïa Lyon – Lyon – 1 hour 45 min train ride
Parisians are one hell of a proud crowd. But even they, will recognize that there is (and can only be) one gastronomy capital in France: Lyon. The venue is perched on the hill of La Croix-Rousse, with an amazing view on the city’s roofs and lights and world class dining options by chef Christian Têtedoie. “I have designed Villa Maïa to be a cocoon” Jacques Grange, the designer of the place, famously said “a chic, friendly and comfortable with rooms for snuggling”. Lie and tell us that this doesn’t make you want to spend a weekend there…
8, Rue Pierre Marion, 69005 Lyon
Hotel les Roches Rouges – 5* – 3 hours 30 min by train
Chances are, if you think of Provence, the seaside, the beautiful landscapes, an unreasonable sense of tranquility will instantly pop in your mind. You’d be right! It also is everything that Hotel des Roches Rouges stands for, with its 1950s traditional architecture and vintage pieces of furniture, the timeless feel will be all over you. Just like the tan you’ll effortlessly be working on in one of the two pools, on the beach or during your sailing expedition in the waters of l’île d’Or. If you would like to have your breath taken away, staring at the scenery a few hundred metres away from the horizon, will do that for you.
90 Boulevard de la 36ème division du Texas, 83530 Saint-Raphaël
Boutique Hotel des Quinconces – Bordeaux – 2 hours by train
Here is another French capital! If you’re a wine enthusiast, you are in for the best of treats. Hotel des Quinconces in Bordeaux has the charm of every chic, traditional houses built in the first half of the nineteenth century, but with a twist! The small, left bank boutique hotel focuses on comfort for its selected guests. Throughout its discreet, classy lounge and its 9 rooms available, the maison has put an emphasis on artists from the region: from hyper figurative or abstract paintings to sculptures. A relaxing take on cocooning, that comes with an invitation to discover the bar of the house, Xanadu.
22 Cours du Maréchal Foch, 33000 Bordeaux