Private Visit of King Louis XV and XVI’s private Apartment at Chateau Versailles

Private Visit of King Louis XV and XVI's private Apartment at Chateau VersaillesPrivate Visit of King Louis XV and XVI’s private Apartment at Chateau Versailles  |  Versailles, France  |  Many of us have been to Chateau Versailles countless times, at least I have, but how many of you have had the chance, to separate from the crowd, to visit the former private quarters of King Louis XV and XVI. During my recent visit, I was able to do so, on a private tour. Below are all my photos of my visit, plus some more of the Chateau Versailles itself. Read my previous posts on Chateau Versailles and Ville Versailles. Contact me if you would like to book this exclusive tour, same as my experience at Cathedral of Notre Dame. Hope you enjoy this post. Continue reading Private Visit of King Louis XV and XVI’s private Apartment at Chateau Versailles

My overnight experience of Versailles

My overnight experience of Versailles  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  My weekly article on Luxury Gay Travel for 429 Magazine and dot429 Network is OUT and ONLINE. Check it out. This week on my Overnight Experience of Versailles. Till next week in full luxury. Cheers CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Trianon Palace by Waldorf Astoria

Trianon Palace by Waldorf Astoria   |  Versailles, France  |  One of the choices I made on this trip, that I feel most proud about, was to visit Versailles and stay overnight, unlike most tourists that rush back to Paris, after visiting the Palace and the gardens. And my home during this experience, was the beautiful Trianon Palace by Waldorf Astoria. Walking along the lakes and gardens of the palace, once everyone is gone, was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had on my time in France so far. A journey that connected me back to the times of Louis XIV. Versailles is a suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital.

The hotel is located right next to one of the main entry gates to the gardens of the Palace. So how about being the neighbor of the Palace of Versailles and all is tradition for at least a night.? To me it sounded fabulous, and that is why I did it.
Trianon Palace Versailles – an exceptional woodland retreat nestled on the edge of the tranquil Royal Domain. Steeped in tradition yet thoroughly contemporary, this high-design hotel features gourmet dining and an exclusive spa. I must admit that I was expecting a bit more sumptuosity, and a different type of crowd at the hotel, but yet the experience was beyond expected.

Witness the splendour of France’s leading luxury retreat. Situated less than a mile from the world famous Chateau de Versailles, and only 20 kilometres outside Paris, this fashionable Chateau de Versailles hotel recently benefitted from an artful, full-scale redesign, adding an air of tasteful, modern elegance to our atmosphere of regal luxury. Find solitude among centuries-old trees and lush, vivid gardens, newly updated by famous landscape designer Louis Benech. Experience a splendid reflection of our palatial surroundings within the sumptuous style and decor.
Relax with friends or simply unwind with a drink at Bar Gallery, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Warm and casual, bathed in the soft glow of antique chandeliers. So we did, we enjoyed some cocktails at the bar of the Trianon Palace, before heading to our VIP Tours of the Versailles Palace, together with my friend and colleague Nathan Fong, renown Canadian Food Stylist and TV Host.
Gordon Ramsay at the Trianon. 2-Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay au Trianon, where exquisite French cuisine is enjoyed against the stirring backdrop of the Parc de Versailles. It was not my choice of the night though. I mean, being always in between New York and London, I can have Gordon Ramsay anytime. Instead I took the expert advise of the Les Clefs d’Or Concierges and had a lovely Versailles gourmet experience at a small French Bistro, only 10 minutes walk from the hotel – Le Boeuf à La Mode Restaurant Versailles.

The spa of the hotel by Guerlain, features a Spa Treatments, and heated Indoors Pool and a State of the Art Fitness Center. Experience a blissful re-awakening of body and spirit at the exquisite Spa Guerlain. Your transformation begins amid our sanctuary of luxury and relaxation, where powerful healing treatments unite with contemporary, modern design. Although I strongly recommend to go out for a run along the gardens of the Palace of Versailles before breakfast at La Veranda Restaurant, instead of running in the treadmill, does that sound like a nice plan to you?
 So now you know. Why not having your own Palatial experience of Versailles, spending a night at a true Trianon, just steps away from the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Get the Queen (or King) out of you and visit the Trianon Palace Hotel by Waldorf Astoria, at least for a night, you wont regret it. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Le Boeuf à La Mode Restaurant Versailles

Le Boeuf à La Mode Restaurant Versailles  |  Versailles, France  |  Dinner time at Versailles. Great choice suggested by my Les Clefs d’Or Concierge at the Trianon Palace. Such a lovely small trendy and chic French Bistro in the heart of the market of Versailles. Very quiet, two floors and indoors/outdoors seating. I would risk to say the best local dinner experience in Versailles.  Continue reading Le Boeuf à La Mode Restaurant Versailles

Joana Vasconcelos at the Chateau de Versailles

Joana Vasconcelos at the Chateau de Versailles   |  Versailles, France  |  Vasconcelos is the first contemporary female artist to invade the baroque halls of the Palace. Here are my two favorite pieces seen today during my visit to the Chateau de Versailles. Marilyn (PA) 2011 by Joana Vasconcelos Continue reading Joana Vasconcelos at the Chateau de Versailles

My day at the Chateau de Versailles

My day at the Chateau de Versailles  |  Versailles, France  |  What a brilliant day exploring and walking along the gardens of Chateau de Versailles and inside the Chateau itself. So happy I decided to stay overnight in Versailles, at the fabulous Trianon Palace by Waldorf Astoria right next to the Palace sharing the gardens with them. The rest you can read and see it all in images and videos below.


I left this morning from Paris at 12 noon from Gare Saint Lazare, and arrived 40 minutes and 4 EUROS later to Versailles. Checked IN at my hotel, and just strolled a few blocks away to the Palace itself. See how civilized our train ride was.

Me reporting LIVE from the Palace after spending almost two hours touring along all the halls, rooms and ballrooms. Such a stunning experience.

Chateux de Versailles and its gardens, form one of the most famous world heritage monuments and stand out as the finest French art in the 17th Century. The old brick and stone palace of Louis XIII, was transformed and greatly enlarged by his son Louis XIV.

The town that was built around the Palace offers many examples of their rich past. Churches, towns houses, old squares and streets. Unfortunately I did not have enough time to visit the Trianon and the Maire-Atoiniette’s Estate, and Mondays the Palace is closed. So in a way, a great excuse to come back.

My absolute favorite room was the Hall of Mirrors. There are dozens of chandeliers, beautiful golden statues, huge arched windows, well no need to say more, just watch the video.

And after an amazing day walking around, ready to head back to my lovely hotel, the Trianon Palace Versailles. Shower, spa, hamam and off to the small French Bistro that the Les Clef’s Dor Concierges have chosen for me. Cheers CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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