09/26/2011 AT 10:00 AM EDT
After dating privately for just over a year, actor Liam Neeson
brought girlfriend Freya St. Johnston
to Paris for the opening of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which included flamenco dancing, gourmet food, Chinese acrobats and an encounter with French film star Alain Delon. The pair stuck together in the hotel's garden, sharing laughter and whispered conversation as they watched the entertainment. "She's been very good for him," an eyewitness says. "They're very comfortable, very natural now in each other's company."