That the most famous hotel in Paris also has the most exclusive private pool may not come as a surprise to many. But the sheer opulence of its neo-classical setting – the huge painted ceiling above, chic mezzanine bar, the mosaics and frescoes which compliment the colonnade framing each side of the pool – combined with the relaxing turquoise tones of the water make this a decadent place to spend an afternoon.

UJ’s Insider Tips

If you’re not staying overnight, blag your way in by getting on the guestlist for a Paris Fashion Week party – there’s always something happening here mainly because there’s a bar at the pool. Stock up on champagne and steer clear of the water’s edge.

The Ritz, 15 Place Vendome, 75001 Paris, France | +33 01 43 16 30 30 |