If there's one thing Paris does well, it's a courtyard. Hidden behind Haussmann's famous facades and the city’s hustle and bustle, they exist as little pockets of calm. With this in mind, it's a treat to find one at the heart of a hotel. At the Mandarin Oriental, on boutique-packed rue Saint-Honoré, the courtyard acts as a central hub, a space in which guests drink and dine al fresco, surrounded by camellia trees, flowers and fountains. This zen-like quality is echoed throughout the property, with lots natural light and walls of fresh orchids and plants. Below ground is the spa, where guests can book in for Aromatherapy Associates treatments in private suites with their own vitality pools and steam rooms.
Upstairs, the bedrooms are similarly Asian-inspired, with silk curtains, rain showers, king-size beds and goose-down duvets. Serious soundproofing ensures an uninterrupted slumber. Many of the rooms face the courtyard; some have their own terrace. State-of-the-art technology keeps everyone connected and entertained while Diptique toiletries add a distinctly Parisian touch. The pièce de resistance, however, has to be the fabulous Sur Mesure restaurant, where two-Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx whips up French-Asian creations, such as his signature soy and oyster risotto, and roasted lobster with sichuan pepper. The waiting list for a table speaks for itself.
Best room: Make like Rihanna and book the 1930s-feel, split-level Royale Mandarin Suite
Dress code: Effortlessly polished
251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris
+33 1 70 98 78 88
Doubles from £675