The Russian Ball in Biarritz: Extravagant, elegant and a highlight of the European social calendar
It only seems a moment ago that I was excitedly searching high and low for a new ball dress and packing my bags ahead of a rather glamorous trip to Biarritz. The Russian Ball in Casino Municipal is one of the highlights of the European high society calendar and I had been invited to fly down and cover the event for The Sloaney.
I was intrigued by the glamour and also wanted to experience something a little bit different on a Saturday evening. This was an invitation I definitely could not resist!
The Russian Ball has previously been hosted in Hofburg Palace in Vienna and the National Opera House in Kiev. The Biarritz version was billed to be more sensational than any of the previous affairs.
So, two weekends ago I managed to squeeze my ball gown, hair straighteners and the Sloaney TV filming equipment into my hand luggage and head off to the airport to board a plane from London to France.
I was greeted by blustery winds when we touched down on the runway but was quickly whisked off to the serenity of Hotel du Palais. This luxurious hotel is part of the Orient Express Group and boasts beautiful sea views, where the winds were whipping up some serious waves!
Tucked safely away from the hostile weather, I prepared for the evening event and styled myself for a social gathering that proved to be a highlight of the autumn party season.
The Russian Ball is just as lavish as you would expect and it is held in the style of the Russian Tsars. The glamourous soiree is a tribute to the very best of Russian culture and aside from a host of notable guests; the event presented some spectacular entertainment. The founder and CEO, Elizabeth Smagin-Melloni certainly pulled out all the stops and made all guests feel extremely welcome.
Aside from the stunning décor and delicious food – which included traditional Russian cuisine and the very best vodka – there were spectacular displays from some of the country’s elite performers.
Dancers and musicians took to the stage, including Veronika Dzhioeva, who is a soprano soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as well as Evgenia Obraztsova, a prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre. Anna Sveshnikova mesmerized the audience with her dancing and demonstrated why she is the Russian Champion in Ballroom Dance.
The event is one of the grandest in Europe and I was particularly impressed with how it combined a sense of extravagance with a healthy mix of culture, leaving visitors enchanted by the whole concept of the Russian Ball. This is an occasion when you can enjoy all the usual formalities of a traditional ball but also take away a host of memories by watching a selection of spectacular insights into Russian grandeur.
For those of you who want to experience it for yourselves, the next Russian Ball is scheduled to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the start of December. The entertainment will certainly be a treat and bespoke international food and drink group Rhubarb will be providing the cuisine.
I can’t think of a better way to begin the build up to Christmas.
Watch my highlights from The Russian Ball in Biarritz on Sloaney TV…
Presenter: Katie Ann Lamb; Filming Assistant: Laura Cox
For more information and to book your ticket to The Russian Ball at the Royal Albert Hall in London, visit the website here.