Enter the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa for the ultimate travel experience in France
The countdown to the return to European travel has begun – hip, hip hurray! – and there is no better place to celebrate than the birthplace of champagne in Champagne. The country will reopen its borders on June 9e, and EU governments have announced that vaccinated Americans will be able to travel without quarantine.
Just in time for the reopening of the border and in honor of the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, luxury wellness destination in Champagne Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa partners with Empress Joséphine’s official jewelry store, Maison Chaumet, to unlock exclusive access to a rare exhibition at the grand salon at 12 Vendôme in Paris, retracing life of legendary couple. The hotel located in the Champagne wine region pays homage to Napoleon in its design and decoration, with its 19e– the post office of the century where the kings of France traditionally stopped and Napoleon passed on several occasions.
For a limited time until July 18e, a stay in the Joséphine or Marie-Louise suites at the Royal Champagne will allow a private visit of the 150 rarely seen works of art, jewelry and fashion on display, as well as an exclusive in-room welcome kit from the prestigious Chaumet brand. Maison Chaumet, founded in 1780, is a high-end Paris-based jeweler owned by LVMH.
Nestled in the French countryside overlooking the vineyards just 45 minutes from Paris, the charming Royal Champagne complex offers Michelin-starred restaurants, an expansive spa in partnership with the cult Biologique Recherche, and a dedicated Champagne Concierge who can organize tastings. exclusive to the many nearby Champagne houses and more. But more than that, last year Conde Nast Travelera named the property the number one seaside resort in Europe. It doesn’t get any better than that. What are you waiting for?
The hotel’s general manager, Vincent Parinaud, called me from France to give me an exclusive interview for Forbes.com. He was as enthusiastic and effervescent as a good bottle of Dom Pérignon.
The lavish property is overflowing, like champagne, with a much sought-after commodity – square footage.
One of the most surprising things Mr. Parinaud told me is that the hotel actually has too much space! “It’s big enough,” he explained. “And the rooms start at 50 square meters – that’s 538 square feet and they’re very large.” Its famous spa takes up an entire floor, and the property has two swimming pools and, of course, two fitness centers! “We don’t have more than 50 rooms,” he added. “And we are working hard on the service. We are a small seaside resort in the countryside with all the amenities of a large seaside resort – and the hotel is in fact a Parisian palace, ”he explained.
The time has come to book either a Marie-Louise suite ($ 1,723 per night) or the Joséphine ($ 2,310 per night). The suites have spacious accommodation with separate living rooms and bedrooms, outdoor terraces with panoramic views of the vineyards and Hermès luxury products.
After your reservation, you will receive two free tickets, until July 18, for a private visit to the “Joséphine Napoléon” exhibition at Chaumet in Paris, at 12 Vendôme. But you’ll get a taste of it right at the hotel, as your hotel welcome gear includes a special candle developed for Chaumet, an Assouline book set, and more. When you go to the exhibition in Paris, “you will have a private tour of the exhibition with the director as your guide,” Mr. Parinaud said.
He further explained: “We are like champagne itself – we are sparkling, festive and modern. This is what we wanted to achieve. “
Of course, with this year the 200e anniversary of Napoleon’s death, there’s no better time to attend such an exhibition – or stay at a hotel. Royal Champagne claims its original 19e– century trading post where traditional French kings stopped on their way to their coronation – this is also where Napoleon passed several times on his return from the battlefields. The Royal Coach Stop was a merchandise counter as well as a place where horses were kept and could be hired or changed. In fact, the property’s logo – a horse and rider – refers to Napoleon and reflects the 19e-history of the building of the century.
No doubt about it – whether in the hotel or in Paris, your experience is sure to be sparkling.
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