CHECK OUT – VENICE SIMPLONORIENT- EXPRESS
NEW GRAND SUITES ON THIS LUXURY TRAIN SERVICE
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.