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August 11, 2014

The Four Seasons Paris Perks

By Shivani Vora | Hotels

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

The Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris may be one of the most luxurious—and priciest—in the world, but at least those who shell out the minimum $1,240 for a night’s stay are treated to a few exclusive perks, including flower-arranging classes, a market tour with a cooking lesson and a cultural jog.

“We want our guests to have a visit to Paris that’s not your standard ‘see the big sights and leave,’?” says Caroline Mennetrier, the head of public relations. “And these amenities especially highlight what makes us unique as a hotel.”

That includes the legendary arrangements adorning the lobby and other public spaces, which employ 9,000 flowers a week. In new hour-long workshops held throughout the year, head decorator Jeff Leatham shares his secrets on how to replicate his understated, chic designs at home.

Another freebie is a three-hour market tour and cooking lesson with Eric Briffard, the chef of the property’s Michelin two-star boîte Le Cinq. The session begins with a morning walk to the nearby market, where Briffard introduces students to his favorite food purveyors. Once back in the kitchen, the small group helps prepare an entrée and dessert, like grilled salmon with verbena-infused olive oil and strawberry layer cake. The grand finale, naturally, is getting to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Fitness-focused guests, meanwhile, can enjoy the Tuesday-morning hour-long runs, which are far from standard. Two coaches lead exercisers through a journey around the city—from the Eiffel Tower, along the Seine River, through the scenic Tuileries Gardens and past the Louvre before ending with a sprint up the Champs-Élysées. Rooms start at $1,240; 31 Av. George V; 33-1/49-52-70-00; fourseasons.com/paris.