CHECK OUT – VENICE SIMPLONORIENT- EX­PRESS

NEW GRAND SUITES ON THIS LUX­URY TRAIN SER­VICE

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See the new and grand suites on this his­toric lux­ury train ser­vice.

You may be more fa­mil­iar with New York’s ver­sion of the Roar­ing Twen­ties, but Paris, Venice and Is­tan­bul em­bod­ied the glam­our of the pe­riod’s new­found op­u­lence just as stylishly, too. You’ll get a glimpse of this when you travel from Lon­don to Europe aboard the re­vamped grand suites on Venice SimplonOrient-Ex­press (VSOE), a lux­ury trav­el­ling ac­com­mo­da­tion owned by ho­tel and leisure com­pany Belmond.

The new look, by in­te­rior de­sign firm Wim­berly Interiors, evokes an el­e­gant and nos­tal­gic at­mos­phere. While the VSOE’s sig­na­ture Art Deco-style re­mains un­changed, the grand suites now “fo­cus on mo­ments within each city, in­spir­ing vis­ual cues and the over­all Belmond guest ex­pe­ri­ence”, says Rachel John­son of Wim­berly Interiors.

Hand­carved tim­ber and em­bossed leather tell the story of an op­u­lent Is­tan­bul, while the romance and haute cou­ture of Paris is char­ac­terised by shades of sage green, lace pil­lows and an en­chant­ing pea­cock­mo­tif fea­ture wall. In the Venice suite, the grandeur of the Ital­ian city shines through the hand­crafted Vene­tian glass and baroque-style fur­nish­ings.

Each grand suite fea­tures a spa­cious living area, and pam­pered guests will be treated to a ded­i­cated per­sonal cabin stew­ard, for all on-board ser­vices like free-flow cham­pagne and pri­vate in­suite din­ing, be­spoke ameni­ties, and a com­pli­men­tary Art Deco-style bathrobe, too. You wouldn’t ex­pect any­thing less, for a ticket priced at £5,500 (S$9,798) per per­son!

TOP The Ori­ent Ex­press, which de­buted in 1883, was so iconic that it was the set­ting of Agatha Christie’s de­tec­tive novel, Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press.

ABOVE VSOE con­tin­ues to use the orig­i­nal car­riages from the 1900s, with heating in cab­ins still pow­ered by a coal stove at the end of each car­riage.

RIGHT The new re­vamp in­cludes an en-suite bath­room – a first for the VSOE.

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