The just-opened Salvador Dalí retrospective at Paris’ Centre Pompidou is the first one curated in the City of Light in nearly 35 years; for the mustachioed painter’s biggest fans, a pilgrimage to the Pompidou is in order. But why merely gaze at Dalí’s work when you can live it?
Book the Dalí Experience at Le Meurice and you’ll lay your head at the same luxury hotel that hosted the surrealist for one month every year from the 1960s to the 1980s. The package includes two tickets to the Pompidou exhibit, lunch for two at Restaurant Le Dalí, two “Gala & Dalí” cocktails at Bar 228, complimentary access to the hotel spa and daily breakfast. You’ll enjoy a prime location on the Jardin des Tuileries — halfway between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde — and walk away with his-and-hers Dalí-inspired fragrances and a book about the artist.
If your idea of walking in the artist’s footsteps is even more literal, inquire about Le Meurice’s Dalí apartment. The recently renovated space where he often stayed (and where a herd of sheep once roamed, at Dalí’s request) features Louis XVI-style furniture and Versailles parquet floors, along with newer touches, including flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
Like the Pompidou exhibit, the Dalí Experience is available through March 25. If the immersive vacation feels a bit surreal, Dalí would have approved.
Photos Courtesy of Library of Congress, Roger Higgins and Dorchester Collection