Located only about thirty minutes from the center of Paris, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume is undeniably among the most delightful luxury hotels. Situated in the heart of Chantilly, it’s the perfect getaway for a romantic weekend! Here are some photo highlights from this idyllic escapade, where the expression “the French art of living” finds new meaning!
A Slice of Heaven Only 30 Minutes from Paris
The Auberge du Jeu de Paume opened its doors in a breathtakingly beautiful environment merely five years ago, but you’d think it had always existed. This certainly has something to do with its location in the heart of Chantilly, surrounded by centuries-old historic monuments.
To one side, there’s a castle, an exceptional estate complete with gardens and fountains, while on the other side there’s a racetrack known worldwide for the famous Grand Prix de Diane and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, key events for horse racing fans as well as Parisians. For horseback riding veterans and newcomers alike, there’s also the Horse Museum featuring large stables, an exhibition, and several equestrian shows. I can tell you that this is the visit I liked best, being as I was at the time a regular rider, before I began traveling full-time (to know more about my lifestyle changes, read my blogpost, “Change of Plans in 2017: The Nomadic Life”).
Exploring the Location
The journey there is already gorgeous, in the midst of a pastoral environment that looks spectacular on this sunny September day. I would never have thought that I could find such a pleasant atmosphere so close to central Paris. As soon as we arrive in the lobby, we’re welcomed to the establishment and complete our check-in. We make the acquaintance of the head concierge, Dimitri, who knows the area like the back of his hand. He recommends a few activities and places to visit before we head up to explore our superb Deluxe suite.
As soon as we walk through the door, we discover an elegant room with the kind of refinement you’d expect from bourgeois mansions of days gone by. The living room, with its luxurious building materials and historical accents, overlooks a balcony with a fabulous view of the Domaine de Chantilly gardens. It’ll be too chilly in the morning to enjoy breakfast outside, but I can imagine how lovely it would be to eat on the balcony in mid-summer.
The bedroom, featuring toile de Jouy patterns and Louis XV armchairs, is spacious and very comfortable, as is the marble bathroom. Of the 92 rooms and suites, the suites category is of course more luxurious, but the smaller rooms are also remarkably charming, with comfort worthy of a five-star hotel. Don’t forget, we’re in an establishment under the famous Relais & Châteaux brand name!
Time for a Trip to the Spa
It’s time to discover the Spa Valmont: this 600 m² (6460 ft²) space dedicated to relaxation and well-being includes a pool, hot tub, hammam, and sauna, as well as five rooms where various massages and treatments are on offer, using products from the famous cosmetics brand Valmont.
Among the signature massages are the ”Horse Rider Treatment,” perfect for relieving tension after a horseback riding session, and the “Thousand & One Chantilly” which offers, as its name suggests, a sweet and relaxing sensory experience! We had the pleasure of testing the “Ayurvedic” massage (for me) and the “Deep Tissue” massage (for my husband), for an hour of pure bliss in the couple’s treatment room.
And What about the Food?
In terms of restaurants, there are two options available to guests of the Auberge du Jeu de Paume: there’s the gourmet restaurant La Table du Connétable, awarded a Michelin star, as well as the Jardin d’Hiver, a stylish bistro which offers simpler yet highly refined cuisine.
We dine at the latter, and after enjoying a pre-dinner glass of champagne, we try the 39 € set menu of the week. Special attention is paid to seasonal products in the cuisine and the set menus, and the dishes are of excellent quality. We like our meal so much that we decide to renew the experience the following day for lunch!
Breakfast to Start the Day off Right
After several hours of sleep, we awaken to a birdsong alarm and head to a wonderful breakfast! The high-quality buffet offers a large choice of sweet and savory options. What’s more, several dishes are prepared on-the-spot, including my husband’s omelet and my soft-boiled eggs.
It’s hard to resist trying all of these delicious foods, but we have to be on our way and explore the surrounding region. The day before, we’ve visited the château grounds in a golf cart (rented at the castle’s entrance), and this morning we plan to continue with the Horse Museum and a tour of the château’s interior.
Our weekend stay at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume is over in a flash. This fantastic couple’s escapade combines a number of elements: an upscale establishment with luxurious facilities, a relaxing space and a spa, a cultural aspect for those who’d like to discover the nearby area… not to mention a touch of haute cuisine with the two restaurants. It’s impossible to get bored; I’d even recommend a second night!
- The top-notch personnel and service, in particular at the bistro
- The exceptional environment
- The establishment’s location close to Paris, perfect for a lovers’ weekend!
I didn’t like:
- The spa was a bit small, and I imagine it could become quite crowded during the tourist season when all 92 rooms are occupied.
- Rooms available from 265 €, Deluxe suites from 535 €
- For more information, check out their website. Several special offers are available.
- To get there, it’s easiest to go by car, or to take the train as we did (only 24 minutes from the Gare du Nord in Paris).
Thank you to the Auberge du Jeu de Paume for the invitation to explore their establishment. Of course, the content of this blogpost was left entirely up to me!