What do you love most about your hotel?
I love the friendly and relaxed ambience of Le Meurice, especially at Restaurant Le Dalí where all our guests feel like part of the family. Everyone can be comfortable and at ease here, whilst surrounded by great beauty and splendour.
What’s your recommendation for first time visitors to Paris?
Choose three areas to explore, such as Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Le Marais and the first arrondissement then walk around to get a real sense of Paris. Saint Germain offers dining gems like Café de Flore, Les deux Magots and Brasserie Lipp, a favourite with writers and artists including Sartre, de Beauvoir, Gainsbourg and Miles Davis. Enjoy a croque-monsieur with a glass of good wine and you’ll soon feel like a local.
Le Marais is a historical place with a contemporary approach, featuring an array of pop-up stores, galleries and hip restaurants. When it comes to the first arrondissement, this represents the beating heart of Paris with the famous Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme and the Louvre. What’s more, all of these are just a short walk from Le Meurice.
Favourite dish at the hotel?
I love the new dish in our fine-dining Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse. It’s an inspired creation of Roscoff crab, yellow celeriac, egg yolk and caviar, paired with a wonderful Condrieu wine. Trust me, it’s delicious.
If you were to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Bon vivant, determined and curious – a good mix I like to think.
What’s your favourite hobby, book or film?
I have been in love with France from a very young age and I’m particularly passionate about French movies by Claude Sautet, François Truffaut and Claude Lelouch. This country has produced so many wonderful actors, including the great Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, Karin Viard and Jean Dujardin. One of my favourite movies is Un Homme Idéal, a gripping thriller starring the talented Pierre Niney.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
It depends on the day but what makes every morning special for me is not having a routine. Every day is different, from new adventures with my team at work, to taking a long stroll and getting lost in Paris, seeing the latest exhibition or preparing Sunday lunch for my family – no two days are ever the same.
NEWS at Le Meurice
La Maison Valmont Spa at Le Meurice was designed by Valmont Group’s president, Didier Guillon, and features the traditional white and gold décor of La Maison Valmont, which includes a personalized selection of artworks signed by prominent international artists such as Christy Lee Rogers and David Tremlett.
“Like a prestigious family house, we call it ‘La Maison Valmont’ in French,” says Guillon. “This new flagship store will bring together the existing elements of our Swiss heritage, outstanding service, cosmetic expertise, and fine fragrances…and will blend them with the elegance and artistic flair of Paris.”
The Valmont boutique has its own entrance that will guide guests directly to Spa Valmont Pour Le Meurice, and customers will be warmly greeted and offered expert guidance throughout their visit. The space will also feature will feature the group’s cosmetics and fine fragrances created by Sophie Vann-Guillon.
With La Maison Valmont, Le Meurice adds a second Valmont beauty laboratory to its portfolio, as the boutique directly connects with its renowned and highly praised Spa Valmont. For the past 30+ years, the Valmont Group has built a reputation for their luxurious Swiss skin care and anti-aging products. Valmont’s brand pillars include Valmont skin care, l’Elixir des Glaciers skin care, and Storie Veneziane fragrances, and art is the overarching pillar of the company, playing a role in every intuitive.
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