From great classics to the latest trends, from haute couture to exciting new fashion designers, luxury is universal in Paris. Luxury hotels offer increasingly personalized services in sumptuous surroundings. A new five-star classification came into effect in 2009 to allow Paris hotels to align with international standards and introduce a new category of luxury hotel: the palace. For gourmet luxury, there are Michelin-starred establishments, the latest culinary trends and fabulously unusual restaurants: a delight for the taste buds and the eyes. For relaxation and well-being, the capital boasts ultra-chic addresses. French couturiers, craftspeople and artists display clothing and accessories ranging from the ultra-traditional to the cutting-edge – and their artistic and culinary skills – in increasingly opulent settings. What’s more, a custom-made stay or upscale event can be organized in some of the French capital’s most prestigious and unforgettable venues by specialist agencies.