Architectural Digest (UAE)

Royal Residence


Revered the world over for its magnificen­t gardens, the spellbindi­ng golden light of the Hall of Mirrors and tales of Marie Antoinette’s decadent parties, Château de Versailles is one of France’s most important contributi­ons to world architectu­re and art.

And now, thanks to the transforma­tion of a 1681 building in the palace grounds into a boutique hotel, Le Grand Contrôle, you can experience Versailles like never before. From strolls in its famous orangery and cosseting Valmont spa treatments to the gourmet

French classics served up in the Alain Ducasse restaurant, indulgent experience­s abound. And, of course, the spirit of Marie Antoinette is never far away: a private tour of Trianon, the ill-fated queen’s bucolic estate, can be arranged and guests can also play

dress up in the lavish costumes used in the production of the TV series, Versailles. Ooh la la! – P.S.

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