Spring is the most wonderful time to visit Paris, and that welcome sunshine can be enjoyed to the full in the lush, green courtyard garden of Mandarin Oriental, Paris. Here you can savour dishes from Bar 8, the hotel’s chic bar, or from Camélia, the all-day restaurant. From the latter, try Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx’s new, seasonal menu, with dishes such as crab ravioli with green peas cream and tantalising desserts such as chocolate finger biscuit with passion fruit. Come evening, the garden transforms into a rendezvous for smart Parisians and is the perfect time to sample a summer cocktail like the gin and Chartreuse-based High Garden with refreshing flavours of cucumber, lemon and mint. And if you want a little alfresco privacy, reserve La Table du Jardin, enclosed in a pretty birdcage frame and secluded by greenery, which seats up to six. The hotel’s suites with generous terraces are ideal for outdoor dining, too, while the pièce de resistance is the Royale Orientale Suite – 75 square metres of spectacular terrace overlooking the rooftops and landmarks of Paris, replete with a lounge, dining area and pergola.