The new suites offer added luxury with designs inspired by European landscapes as seen through the train's windows
Today, Belmond unveils a new cabin category aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Eight new suites will join the rake from June 2023, bringing elevated heights of luxury and comfort to the "legend of the rails" that is the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe.
Joining the two pre-existing cabin categories, the suites will occupy two original carriages, restored by French craftsmen who have reimagined the spaces while maintaining the look and feel of the golden era of travel.
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Plush fabrics and furnishings will channel famed Art Deco designers, such as Majorelle, Dufrene, Leleu, Rousseau, Prou and Lalique, while the new suites have the added benefit of a private marble ensuite bathroom and double or twin beds that can be adapted to form a lounging area by day.
The Grand Suite comes with a private en-suite bathroom and shower, double beds that can convert into twin beds, and a living area where guests can enjoy private dining experiences, 24-hour cabin service and free-flowing champagne.
"Authentic craftsmanship and historical references are infused in the rich layering of the interiors, celebrating the journey itself and creating a haven for our guests to savour quiet moments," said Belmond's representative.
In addition to its iconic annual journey from Paris to Istanbul, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express regularly travels through Europe via Czech Republic (Prague), France (Paris and Cannes), Italy (Florence, Venice, Rome and Verona) Austria (Vienna and Innsbruck), Hungary (Budapest), Romania (Bucharest), Switzerland (Geneva), Belgium (Brussels) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam) between March and November.
The dramatic landscapes seen through the train’s picture-windows were the starting point for the design, with interiors influenced by four different settings: La Campagne (the countryside), Les Montagnes (the mountains), Les Lacs (the lakes) and La Forêt (the forest).
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La Forêt Suites echo Germany's Black Forest, as seen when travelling from Prague to Paris.
From wilderness to countryside, La Campagne Suites are adorned with vivid green velvet and intricate flower marquetry, echoing the pastures and vineyards of Northern Italy and the South of France.
Austria’s Arlberg massif, seen on the train’s classic route to Venice, is mirrored in the Les Montagnes Suite design.
From land to water, the Les Lacs Suite motif honours the many lakes passed, from Zurgersee in Switzerland to Lake Como in Italy.
Lead in rate for suites is US$6,656 per night, including a personal 24-hour cabin steward, marble en-suite bathrooms, bespoke amenities, and a complimentary kimono and slippers. For more information, visit belmond.com