Straddling the river Cher, the Chateau de Chenonceau is one of the highlights of the Loire Valley, a fairytale castle complete with turrets, towers, moat and drawbridge. This 16th century chateau— inhabited by famous figures like Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici— is also incredibly popular on the tourist trail, drawing visitors to gawk at the period furniture and beautifully landscaped gardens.
But now the Hotel de Crillon in Paris has rolled out an exclusive offer which would make the Chateau de Chenonceau yours for the evening. Billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime adventure,” the experience starts with a helicopter ride from Paris so you arrive just in time for a sunset tour of the property. Then the evening kicks off with a performance by the Opéra de Paris ballet in the Grande Galerie. Then you’ll be ushered to your seats for a Renaissance-inspired meal created by Christopher Hache, the Michelin-starred Executive Chef at Hotel de Crillon. The feast will be paired with rare Burgundy wines by the Domaine de la Romanée Conti, poured by the palace hotel’s Head Sommelier Xavier Thuizat.
You’ll sleep off your food coma in a suite at the Chancellerie facing the chateau; these are bespoke luxury accommodations created especially by the Hotel de Crillon for the night, and attended by a personal butler. Following a bountiful breakfast, you’ll board the helicopter back to Paris for a night in the Crillon’s Marie-Antoinette Suite, where the former French Queen used to have her piano lessons. Measuring 398 square foot, this pleasure pad is designed with 18th-century décor and has a large terrace terrace overlooking Place de la Concorde. Price tag for this exclusive experience? Starting from 150,000 euros, valid through December 31, 2019.