- France Luxury holidays
The UK's near neighbour of France is easily accessible via flights, ferry or the Channel Tunnel, making it a hugely popular destination for trips of all durations. From its cultural centres and major cities, to its relatively untouched inland areas, vineyards and beaches, France is a diverse landscape and a nation rich in history, with a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites beaten only by Italy and Spain within Europe, and providing more than enough sightseeing opportunities during a luxury holiday in the country.
The freedom of the French
France's motto is famously 'Liberte, egalite, fraternite', emphasising the nation's commitments to freedom, fairness and community, and the first of the three may also be the source of the country's name itself. The early inhabitants, the Franks, were so named because they were not taxed by Gaul - 'frank' at the time meaning 'free'. Today all three principles remain apparent in French culture, with the country's population sharing a strong national bond, while also welcoming visitors from beyond its borders and of all cultural backgrounds.
Fine French food
It's impossible to talk about France without at least mentioning its cuisine, which incorporates gastronomy of the very highest order. The country is home to the Michelin Guide, which awards the star rating coveted by the world's greatest restaurants. French restaurants, perhaps unsurprisingly, hold more Michelin stars than any other country, but are also inspected in greater numbers by the judges. Chocolate, cheese, wine and bread are among the more basic delicacies found in France, with a wide variety of different baked goods from croissants to pain au chocolat, must-try taste experiences like foie gras, strongly flavoured onion soups, and crowd-pleasing crepes and steak frites.
When should I visit France?
The south of France is perhaps the most famous of the country's regions for holidays, and this is thanks to its Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and temperatures staying fairly high even very late in the year. The mountainous areas are cool in summer and very cold in winter, and this climate - appropriately referred to as alpine - makes resorts in these parts ideal for winter sports enthusiasts. The north-east has hot summers too, but without the warmth in the winter months, while in the north-west the climate is temperate all year round, with slightly cooler summers and slightly warmer winters.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in France are about you – and nothing else. If you want to enjoy a glass of the finest French wine by the pool, your luxury hotel will provide it, and if you want a room with a view of the spectacular countryside France is famous for, they’ll arrange that, too. You will be provided with everything you need to ensure that you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Paying a small amount extra for a luxury package is a good move in France, where the level of pampering you receive is completely up to you. France offers world-class luxury, and while you may not have an equatorial climate, you will have miles of stunning scenery to explore, as well as legendary cuisine and fine wines to sample, all delivered with that typically French attention to detail and flair.