Located in the heart of the Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, is the only hotel which offers private access to cordoned-off areas of the palace and grounds. To further enhance this exclusive experience, the hotel is now offering a selection of immersive interactions. With the option of a Versailles-themed costume-fitting, guests can step into Marie Antoinette’s shoes for the day and be pampered with her wake-up ritual, her favourite foods and strolls in her beloved garden. History buffs will revel in a visit to the Versailles’ Central Library, where the Treaty of Paris 1783 was negotiated. Equestrian enthusiasts can enjoy a two-hour guided horse ride, through the palace grounds.
Budding perfumers will welcome the opportunity to partake in a fragrance workshop using roses from the Versailles gardens. At nearby Aéroclub, guests can board a light aircraft – with the option to co-pilot under expert guidance – for a dawn or sunset flight offering views of the countryside. Le Grand Contrôle’s chauffeur-driven 1960s Jaguar MK2, gives guests an opportunity to explore the surrounding Chevreuse Valley. Other available experiences include a private performance at the Royal Opera, personal in-room shopping, private dining with a string quartet in the former apartment of Louis XV’s daughters, and a gourmet picnic within the palace grounds.
WHAT: Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
WHERE: Versailles, France