Jazz concerts in the parks, outdoor cinema, the famous pop-up beach on the banks of the Seine… There’s a host of fun events going on in Paris this summer. If you’re taking the kids to the City of Light, take note of the new family program at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris. The adults' suite is adjoined by a children’s guest room-- stocked with kid-approved amenities: a popcorn machine, chocolate lollipops, mini bathrobes and slippers. (The accommodations package is priced from 1,490 euros per night.)
To get a dose of French culture and see the city like the locals, the hotel concierge can arrange a day-long family outing called “J’aime Paris en Famille." You’ll get a customized Paris excursion guided by a local specialist in French language and culture. While exploring the beautiful sites, you’ll also learn language skills and the kids will be entertained with fun stories. Return to the hotel for an afternoon snack (called a goûter, and usually enjoyed by French children at 4 pm). The Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental has a delicious range of pastries, and parents can imbibe a glass of Bollinger Champagne. The day-long experience costs 500 euros for a family of four.
The Mandarin Oriental, Paris is located in the heart of the first arrondissement at 251 rue Saint-Honoré. For more information, read our first-hand account and also visit www.mandarinoriental.com/paris.