Go there for: Perfumeries
A travel experience to Grasse is measured in scents, and not in sunshine. Light scents of Rose fill the springtime air each year, before it transits subtly to Lavender in Summer, Jasmine in Autumn and Mimosa in Winter.
With Grasse being the centre of the world’s perfume industry, here you’ll discover the process and history of perfume making at any of the free tours and workshops held by various perfumeries, including the oldest, Galimard. You could even create your own perfume!
And if you’re up for a challenge, you could bring your scent-sory experience to a whole new level and put your nosing abilities to the test at the International Perfume Museum. Stroll through the perfume gardens and see how many scents notes (citrus, floral, woody, spicy, fruity and musky) you’re able to identify.
Fun fact: Festival for the scents
Celebrate the scent of Jasmine with the locals at the annual festival, Fête du Jasmin or La Jasminade, which happens in the beginning of August over an extravagant parade of floats and musical entertainment.
How to get there: Take the hourly train rides from Nice, just slightly over an hour away. Book via SNCF here.
Starting from Paris
No visit to France would be complete without a chic little stopover in Paris to shake off the jet lag. Start your french rendezvous here: say mais oui to some of the world’s most famous galleries and museums, listen to the bells of the Notre-Dame de Paris and steal a kiss with a loved one from atop the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, lose your heart to traditional Parisian street cafes of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, where the coffee is strong and the croissants are the lightest you’ll ever taste.
To truly immerse yourself in the heart of the city, book a stay at award-winning Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Èlysées, Paris. The 114 luxury serviced apartments are housed in an early 1900s heritage building, steps from the Arc de Triomphe. Solo travellers or executives on business will find the fully-furnished studio suites perfect for their needs. These come with living, dining and study areas, fully equipped kitchen, modern bathroom, and a private balcony with great views.
Or check in at the five-star Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Défense, minutes from the River Seine in the centre of the city’s business district. Close to many of Paris’ top corporate offices, Fraser Suites Harmonie is home to 134 luxurious fully furnished residences and a wide selection of facilities to make any stay hassle-free. Keep updated on events around town with our interactive e-concierge system, or make restaurant reservations and pinpoint local attractions via our handy smartphone provided. After a long day of meetings, simply unwind at the Lobby Bar for cocktails or beer.
Adapted from Fraser Cachet Issue #30 © Frasers Hospitality and SPH Magazines