I hope this finds you all well. My fiancé and I are getting married a year from now and are looking to take a 10-14 day honeymoon to France. She has hinted that this is where she would like to go - thus we will be going! However, I have never been to France and don't know what to expect.
I am a PP Marriott member and hope to be able to use points for air and hotel. I know we would want to stay a few nights in Paris and then be able to travel throughout the Country. Thoughts and suggestions on where to stay? What are some fun/cool romantic ideas?
I know France has multiple wine regions but I don't see any Marriott hotels in the Bordeaux region. Thoughts on where we should stay should we go that route? Other wine regions we should look at?
Ideally we would stay 7 nights in one location to take advantage of the mileage option to redeem points but I am really open to figuring out what is best and how we should allot our time.
Thanks for your help!
Aha, La belle France. Tres bon!
And an excellent place to burn your MR point stash, the central Paris hotels, The Ren Vendome, Champs Elysees, Arc De Triomphe Ren are all top picks, super central but with the price to match meaning it's a great value place to redeem. A honeymoon in France without the city of light is like Champagne and strawberries without the champagne. And without the strawberries either! If the points are low, or the budget more limited then the Rive Gauche Marriott is a good choice, esay to get to from CDG on the RER B and cheap rates. It's a half hour walk or simple metro ride from the next door station to Central Paris. The Courtyard Paris Boulogne is another well regarded slightly off centre choice.
Less than 90 miles north-west of Paris stands the historic city of Rouen. Even though over 40% of the historic city was lost during WW2 there's still plenty of fabulous history and of course the gaspingly gothic cathedral. And theres a Marriott too.
Marriott also has plenty of options on the Riviera, around Nice, Monaco and Cannes. The Porte Monaco is functional, and right on a marina. The JW in Cannes is well placed and the Nice Boscolo is pretty spectacular.
IM afraid that away from Paris and the Riviera Marriotts coverage is very poor, Lyons, Lille and Aix en Provence (north of Marseilles) is probably about it. But then again why not have 5 nights at Marriott in Paris, 5 on the Riviera and the remaining nights at more local establishments, say somewhere like Champagne? Whatever you decide, enjoy! France is beautiful in the Spring and early summer.
Congratulations on the wedding to come, checkheck!
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Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and a great choice for a romantic honeymoon. You could definitely spend 7 nights in Paris without the worry of reaching the boredom threshold, and making use of a travel package is definitely the best bang for your buck, unless you already have a ton of miles stacked up with AA, DL, or UA (the foreign carriers like BA and AF will kill you with fuel surcharges). If you already have a ton of miles, you then might want to opt for 5 nights in Paris, and then split the rest of your time elsewhere, with so many places to enjoy in France, but again you can't go wrong with a whole week in Paris.
For Paris, there are a number of nice Marriott properties that won't let you down in the memorable (in a good way, naturally ) department. To piggyback onto jerryl's recommendation for the renaissance-paris-arc-de-triomphe-hotel, I would like to also recommend the paris-marriott-champs-elysees-hotel or the paris-marriott-opera-ambassador-hotel, giving the edge to the Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, which I recently stayed at and is now my new Paris favorite (gorgeous property, great lobby and public spaces, nice restaurant, concierge lounge with view of ET, awesome executive room (one of my favorite Marriott rooms ever.) I'm sure that if you email them in advance of your stay, informing them that it is your honeymoon and asking them how they might assist you with making it special for your wife, they will create some nice surprises for you upon your arrival - they totally spoiled my mom when it somehow slipped that it was her birthday, suddenly her lobby wine was complimentary, then next she knew, the front desk came over and presented her with a 50% discount voucher in the restaurant, then goodies delivered to the room, it was really a nice gesture, especially considering that the hotel was obviously enjoying high occupancy. They just had the - best - most hospitable staff I've yet to experience in Paris (after 5 Paris stays and 5 Paris Marriotts.)
You can read about all the usual sightseeing suspects just about anywhere for when visiting Paris, but for some romantic options, here are my suggestions (and not knowing anything about you or what you and your fiancee enjoy doing)...
I think that's enough to keep a couple of love birds busy being love birds in the City of Light. For romantic options elsewhere in France, I can suggest the Loire Valley. There are a bunch of romantic castles (châteaux) to keep love in the air, 71 to be exact. These are the ones that I can recommend:
Not in Loire, but proximal to Paris:
Hope this all gets the wheels turning a little bit. Happy planning and happy honeymoon!
That has to be the best summary of Parisian options I have ever read, pluto77.
I thought I knew Paris well, but there's more than a few ideas for me there too!!
Gotta be a candidate for Post of the Year!
Thanks brightlybob. I love Paris. To a fault, I fear.
Something that I forgot, and can't actually recommend because I've never done it, is the shopping arcades in Paris, something I've always wanted to do, but has eluded me each time.
Has anyone done this? It looks old school and therefore cool, in a yesterday sort of way.
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You will find information on a most interesting day in The Champaign Region in France.
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Good luck with your plans!
Hi. I've traveled a bit in France and elsewhere. By far the most beautiful area of France is the Cote D'Azur. I'd suggest a train from Paris - you can travel through the night if you prefer. Its a lot less hassle than going through any of the Parisian airports which, quite honestly, are hell.
Suggest basing yourself in Nice, at least initially. You can do day trips to the all the place on your list - Cannes, St. Tropez, Antibes, Monaco etc. You could choose to stay overnight in any of these and there are plenty of hotels with the "wow" factor.
You can also easily visit Northern Italy. There's a great market there that's worth a visit - Ventimiglia (I can't remember what day of the week, but ask around).
For the "get-away" have a look at St. Paul de Vence. Its pure heaven.
The Cote D'Azur and Hawaii are easily my two favourite places. Do your research and I'm sure you'll love it.
I could be cruel and say give Paris a miss, but thats another story......
Having visited Paris maybe 50-75 times, some of my favorites are:
- best view of the city: Parc de Belleville (a bit tricky to find)
- most romantic walk: Canal St Martin (better than the Seine)
- if you're up for it, the Velo Libre bike system is the quickest way to get around, and you see a lot!
- Rue Mouffetard, and Place de la Contrescarpe are unforgettable
- 5th and 6th Arondissement are my favorites
- Try Place des Vosges for a picknick
Awesome list you've compiled here, teunbeun. I've never heard of the bike system there, but I will have to check it out next time I'm in Paris
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My wife and I honeymooned in France in Sept. 2014. Perfect time to tour wine country. We started in Paris and stayed at the Vacation Club near Disneyland. Took the metro into Paris (about 45 minutes). Beautiful countryside location with spacious, two-bedroom villa. Did a B&B in Beaune to tour Burgundy (with a day trip to Vonnas to eat at Georges Blanc's marvelous restaurant). Then a B&B in Annecy. Both beautiful towns that are too small for Marriott. Then the Marriott at Cap d'Ail (but you will go insane finding it on your own, even with GPS). Walk to Monaco. Many options. Have fun!
First, try to go to past posts on France! You may see something that you like. We can all help with information that may help your plans.
A couple of thoughts:
Possible "Day trip" to London on the Eurostar. You can see the attractions from the "Big Red Bus" and return at night.
If you really have time, take the Eurostar to Southern France and spend a day in Monte Carlo.
Whatever you decide, you will have a wonderful time. Congratulations!