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Coco Chanel lived there, Hem­ing­way lib­er­ated its bar from the Nazis and Sophia Loren de­clared it “the most ro­man­tic ho­tel in the world.” Such a sto­ried ad­dress is the Paris Ritz that when its owner, Mo­hamed Al-fayed, closed it’s doors in 2012 for a full ren­o­va­tion, many feared too much change. In fact, the US$450 mil­lion, four-year re­design has main­tained all the ho­tel’s former tra­di­tion and glory, while mod­ernising for the 21st cen­tury. Guests can un­wind in the fab­u­lous new Chanel spa, en­joy the chic gar­dens year-round due to a newly re­tractable roof, and even en­joy pa­parazzi-free ac­cess thanks to a new se­cret tun­nel. Its days as a high-life haven of in­dul­gence and in­trigue may well, it seems, live on. ritz­paris.com Steeped in rich his­tory, Cham­pagne is not only famous for its sparkling name­sake but is home to the his­toric city of Reims and the Château de Vaux-le-vi­comte, famous for its gar­dens. Cruis­ing on Bel­mond Pivoine be­tween Meaux and Châlon­sen-cham­pagne along the Marne and Canal láteral à la Marne, you’ll pass un­du­lat­ing hills filled with vines and pretty canal-side vil­lages.

Bel­mond Pivoine

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