Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2019

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Each of the splendid rooms and suites at Relais Christine projects an inimitably chic and intimate Left Bank ambience: antiques, plush velvet, burnished woodwork and warm color schemes create an unforced and wholly indigenous atmosphere of luxury and comfort that can only exist in an historic old-world environment. With Toile de Jouy print in one room, canopy beds in another, and Carrera marble bathrooms throughout, it is clear that no expense or effort has been spared in providing the highest possible level of accommodations. After a quick rinse and change of clothing, Jen and I headed out into the street for coffee and croissants at Joséphine Bakery, a 10-minute walk away on Rue Jacob. From there, a stroll down Boulevard Saint-Germain led us to the Palais du Luxembourg, where we spent a chilly half hour people-watching in the gardens before finding a small bistro for a traditional prix fixe lunch, a kir and a bottle of our favorite Provençale rosé, Whispering Angel from Château d'Esclans. Venturing out again into the soft afternoon light beneath gunmetal skies, we walked off lunch along the river before heading back to the hotel to get ready for a late supper, followed by an evening of champagne and cabaret at the Moulin Rouge. Having thus set the tone for our sojourn on the Rive Gauche, Jen and I spent most of the next two days soaking up the local atmosphere, not to mention food and drink, at a variety of restaurants around the area. A trip to the Catacombs was memorable, if a touch unsettling, and we spent many hours strolling the bustling streets of the cultural melting pot that is Montparnasse. In the mornings, the impeccable breakfast buffet at Relais Christine set us up well for our outings, and after lunch and a busy afternoon of sightseeing on our second and third days, we availed ourselves of the luxurious spa located in the 13th-century vaults beneath the hotel. Here, in unique surroundings, guests are invited to energize and relax with a jacuzzi, sauna and exercise room. Exceptional treatments employing products from the world-renowned Maison Guerlain are administered in two spacious private rooms. Spa Guerlain at Relais Christine is the perfect spot for an upscale treatment slmag.net 87

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