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The grand Palace of Versailles draws visitors from around the world to gape at the spectacular former living quarters of French royalty. Synonymous with Louis XIV – the Sun King – and later Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Versailles is a haven for history buffs and admirers of luxury looking for something to do beyond Paris. Manicured gardens and opulent architecture abound at this Unesco World Heritage site; we’ve found you some other little palaces to try on your trip.
The captivating, modern design of Le Louis attracts dozens of visitors each year, and the elegance exuded by its exterior gives guests a flavour of what life was like in bygone days. The renowned restaurant serves an array of traditional French dishes in a cosy, contemporary environment and lays on a popular brunch on Sundays. With its gym, fitness centre and sauna – as well as direct access to Paris – this is a top choice for a refreshing, relaxing and easy stay in beautiful Versailles.
Mischa Smith contributed additional reporting to this article.