Spring Cleaning at Versailles…


Photos (l-r): (1) Southern Hospitality: Justin Timberlake brings back the bib; (2) Scottsdale’s Four Seasons gets new masseuse; (3) Joseph DeBach’s walking art.


See: Royal clean up in Paris
The ongoing restoration of Versailles, Louis XIV’s blingtastic baroque palace near Paris, marks a watershed when the glittering Hall of Mirrors — all 357 of them — re-opens in May following a three-year, $15.6 million refurbishment (somebody’s been busy with the Windex). The painstaking work included re-gilding 850 bronze mountings, polishing over 1000 square meters of marble, and restoring Charles le Brun’s painted ceiling, the largest in Europe, to its original vibrancy.

Eat: Southern-fried Timberlake in New York
Justin Timberlake is reportedly opening his second New York restaurant, Southern Hospitality (Second Avenue at 77th Street), in April on the not-exactly down-home Upper East Side, where it joins his Italian-themed Destino. Although the menu is inspired by the Tennessee home cooking of his childhood, the snake-hipped singer will probably not be found manning the barbecue pit. It’s more likely he’ll be choosing the live bands and the tunes on the jukebox. Hopefully the venture will prove more successful than NYLA, the ill-fated restaurant launched by old flame Britney.

Stay: Marley mecca in Nassau
Reggae legend Bob Marley’s family has converted their summer residence on Nassau into the Marley Resort and Spa, opening in June. The onetime Governor’s mansion has 16 themed suites, each named after a Marley song and equipped with luxuries like tropical rain showers and flat-screen TVs. The Natural Mystic spa will offer treatments based on African, Asian, and Caribbean healing traditions. Yoko, take notes.

Relax: Hot balls in Scottsdale
Hot stones and stinky candles no longer make the grade in Spaville, we’ve learned. Exhausted types are now flopping down on massage tables to get rubbed with warm golf balls. We’re not kidding. The “Golf Specialty Massage” at the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North, in Scottsdale, involves a “therapist” who rolls warm golf balls along the large muscles of the spine and neck. Massages are $150 for 50 minutes, $205 for 80 minutes. Golf balls are included.

Drink: Las Vegas blues
Las Vegas nightlife will get a much-needed shot of inspiration when a branch of Los Angeles’s Canyon Club opens next month in the Four Queens Hotel and Casino, offering four-star dining, a show, and dancing. Sharing management with the House of Blues, the club is expected to feature a similar line-up of musicians, with acts ranging from 1980s stadium fillers like Pat Benatar to funkier favorites such as Los Lobos, De La Soul, and Etta James.

Made to Order: Rome’s artful cobbler
Joseph DeBach’s small studio in Rome’s Trastevere is as much gallery as shoe store, filled with handmade boots, sandals, wedges and mules, each individually signed and dated. Sturdy rather than delicate, DeBach’s creations are informed by a fizzing creativity that nods to Futurism. The one-of-a-kind shoes are made primarily from wood and leather, with the latter stamped with anything from swirling metallics to fumetti. Open after 7:30 p.m. only.

Ellin Stein

Photo Credits (l-r): (1) © Jive Records; (2) © Istockphoto/ Silvia Biratti and Dan Thornberg; (3) Courtesy of Joseph DeBach.