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Elizabeth Taylor suite at The Royal Barrière, Deauville

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Deauville is one of France‘s most glamorous coastal towns in Normandy. Its appeal undimmed since the 1860s, when the Duke de Morny, half brother of Napoleon III and man about town, decided to create a seaside resort, with an exclusive enclave of villas, plus a racecourse and a train link to Paris.

Eugène Cornuché, the owner of the Parisian restaurant “Maxim’s” built the prestigious Hotels Normandy and The Royal Barrière.

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The 253-room Royal Barrière was built in 1913, and so many of its rooms are decorated in a post-French revolution ‘directoire’ style’. When the hotel joined ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, Kirei Studio was engaged to completely review the hotel’s image and find a warm contemporary approach that also respected its heritage.

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The designers unveiled various suites including the Elizabeth Taylor suite. In a sapphire blue and grey colour theme, this stylish room instantly transports one to the luxurious world of the inimitable Elizabeth Taylor, with lavish touches such as the Baldaquin velvet bed and chandelier adorned with blue pendants that recall Taylor’s legendary sapphire earrings.

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A selection of iconic portraits of the actress are placed around the room, produced on canvas in black and white to give them an authentic old Hollywood glamour feel.

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Beautiful walk-in wardrobes, a bathroom made in slightly iridescent white ceramic with a dressing table in a grey and white palette complete this suite fit for a star.

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The luxury Deauville hotel is a version of an English country house and boasts a heated pool, fitness centre including a hamman and hair salon. There are two restaurants and a bar that sets the scene for an elegant evening in Deauville.

Hôtel Royal Barrière, Boulevard Cornuché, BP 74400, 14804 Deauville, France, lucienbarriere.com

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 24, 2015 | Deauville Europe France Travel | View comments

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