Now that France is welcoming fully vaccinated Indian travellers and has recognised Covishield in its list of approved vaccines, you can celebrate by booking this truly decadent, once-in-a-lifetime stay at the Airelles Château de Versailles.
The Financial Times dubbed it ‘one of the most anticipated hotel openings in the world’. A chance to stay inside the grounds of one of the world’s most well-known and historic palaces, the splendid Château de Versailles, is certainly a unique travel experience and on that has been possible since only last month. The Le Grand Contrôle, where the 14 restored suites of the Airelles Château de Versailles are located, was built in 1681 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, King Louis XIV’s favourite architect. Now open to bookings by the bourgeoisie, these rooms once hosted members of Europe’s political and cultural elite – ambassadors, artists, musicians, writers, and scientists.
A variety of rooms and suites are on offer, each named for the illustrious figure that once made it his or her own during the reign of Louis XIV. Updated with 21st century technology for safety, sustainability and reliability, the rooms boast carefully restored fittings and period décor. Pick from simple attic rooms with exposed wooden beams and authentically restored floor tiles, to sprawling suites with floral accents, canopied four-poster beds, original chevron parquet floors, freestanding bathtubs and glorious views of the Orangery and other palace gardens.
For the epitome of pampering, check in to Le Grand Appartement, which combines a few suites into a 300 square metres area offering some of the most breath-taking views of the palace, the 100-step staircase, the Swiss Lake and the courtyard of Le Grand Contrôle. And then there are the added advantages of savouring a complimentary champagne aperitif in the apartment every evening, and the opportunity to welcome up to 10 guests to a private dinner in the library.
Whether you’ve visited Versailles before or are a first-time guest, staying inside the palace gives you access to a lot of privileges that the day trippers don’t have. Of course, no matter which category of room you book, you can stroll through those world-famous gardens. But a highlight they also offer is the chance to explore a different part of the Palace ‘after hours’ every evening on a complimentary exclusive tour. Along with access to the main areas of the Palace of Versailles, your guide will also reveal previously unseen spaces. And an exclusive tour of the Domaine de Trianon every morning allows you to discover a new room and garden each time.
A sumptuous breakfast created by the famed Alain Ducasse is included in the stay, along with complimentary minibar and daily afternoon tea. And you may not have a royal coach at your disposal, but electric golf carts and boats are on call to ferry you around the palace grounds.
Private yoga and fitness classes and the gorgeous Valmont Spa (with its ornate hammam and indoor swimming pool) give you a chance to feel royally relaxed. You’ll also be assigned a dedicated butler, at your service 24/7.
No, we won’t send you to the guillotine if you start to feel like modern-day royalty.