GQ Middle East Travels: Le Royal Moneeau Raffles Paris

17 November 2019
Travel & Eats, Le Royal Moneeau, Raffles, Paris
The last word on old-school Parisian luxury has a take on your present-day experience

Emerge yourself in Parisian highlife…
Opened in 1928 and set besides the iconic Champs-Élysées, high society made this their secret getaway for decades, and would regularly gather here to idly discuss the issues of the day. Famous past patrons include Coco Chanel, Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway and more. Even Ray Charles owned a suite here, which now bears his name.

From the city to the spa…
Pass through this completely white space slightly reminiscent of a utopian health clinic and discover Dr Courtin-Clarins’ concept retreat: My Blend by Clarins spa. Here you’ll find an award-winning assortment of treatments that can be tailored to your skincare needs. Feeling a little more active? Keep walking past the idyllic consultation space for the longest swimming pool in Paris – a spectacular 23-metres long.

It has its own art gallery!
Art District is a contemporary space found on the ground floor that showcases emerging, culturally conscious artists. Not enough? How about the unique service led by the art concierge (yep, art concierge)? When you check-in, speak with with cultural mediator Julie Eugène for a bespoke art itinerary.

From a Michelin-Starred spot to this legendary place…
Led by Chef Hidaki Endo and his team of sushi masters, Matsuhisa Paris is an elegant take on Peruvian-Japanese cuisine. It’s also Japanese culinary icon Nobu Matsuhisa’s first restaurant in France. Different location, same jaw-dropping quality. Don’t leave without trying their incredible hybrid dishes such as seaweed tacos with black truffles, crispy oysters with caviar and Wagyu with ravioli and foie gras. Let’s be honest, the whole menu is a game-changer.

The design is an ode to the roaring twenties…
After a two year transformation helmed by designer Philippe Starck, the Le Royal Monceau reopened in 2010 as the most exciting five-star hotel in Paris. Colourful, contemporary interiors encompass a glamorous, artistic, sensibility, recreating the vibrancy of les années folles (The Golden Twenties). This was an era of prosperity and wild youth, when people indulged in new styles of dancing and dressing, and rejected many traditional moral standards, following the economic boom France enjoyed after WWI.

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