From high-end fashion houses to everyday home décor, French style is a genre all its own.

The art of living—or l’Art de Vivre—is seen as a way of celebrating the simplicity of life in the most stylish way possible—from a rustic meal served in a Michelin-starred restaurant to a glass of wine enjoyed with a skyline view. Through its hotels and resorts, Sofitel has brought this distinctive brand of French style to cities around the world while artfully blending the local essence into it.

You can even bring the Sofitel experience home with you, thanks to the Sofitel Boutique. Inspired by the hotel’s effortlessly chic approach to living, the online boutique offers a five star–caliber mattress and base from the luxurious Sofitel MyBedTM collection, as well as goose feather, down, and microfiber pillows and fine linens; and don’t forget the luscious Essence de Sofitel candles and room fragrance.

To try before you buy, here’s a look at destinations where you can stay at a Sofitel and experience l’Art de Vivre.

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

The French have a graceful way of turning even a simple picnic of crusty baguettes, cheese, and wine into an elegant meal. With all the elements for enjoying these unfussy pleasures—including nearby wine country and excellent local markets—Auckland has become a hotspot for adventurous food and wine lovers. Savor a Champagne or traditional afternoon tea at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and its three distinctive eateries: Lava, Sabrage Bar, and 21 Viaduct Café. Or take a day trip to Waiheke Island, known for producing world-class Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet blends. Inspired by Waitemata Harbour, this beautiful hotel is an architectural landmark, featuring contemporary Maori and Pacific art and nods to New Zealand’s maritime history.

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Sofitel Brussels Le Louise

On the streets of Brussels, the Belgian French spoken is nearly identical to Parisian French, and you’ll often hear longtime residents parting ways with a kindly “a tantôt” or “see you soon.” At this crossroads of Belgian traditions and French elegance, Sofitel Brussels Le Louise showcases the glamorous interior design work of Belgium-based designer Antoine Pinto, with trademark touches like ruby-pink crystal chandeliers, lacy patterns, soft lavender lighting, and Fornasetti cushions. Steps from Avenue Louise in the Sablon Quarter, the hotel’s Crystal Lounge is a fashionable place to sample award-winning chef Adwin Fontein’s culinary musings, pair an upmarket burger and Belgian beer, or settle in for a laid-back Sunday brunch. 

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Leafy beer gardens, cool small restaurants, and river surf breaks like the Eisbach Wave make the landlocked city of Munich an all-around pleasant place to explore. Whether you want to spend an afternoon sipping Bavarian-style Hefeweizen out of a giant stein, view the grand architecture of Marienplatz, or relax in the stylish spa, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offers a haven of French indulgence and contemporary design. Inside the neoclassical façade of the former Bavarian Royal Post Office, wake up to fresh croissants and authentic Weisswurst at Schwarz & Weiz, have a cocktail at Isarbar, and indulge in German and French fusion cuisine at Delica La Brasserie.