The storied history of Champagne – one of the world’s great wine regions – will take on another dimension this summer with the launch of the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa. The hotel will make its debut as the destination’s first contemporary luxury hotel, which embraces the lush bounty of the wineries and the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will have exclusive access to private Champagne houses, harvesting sessions with local wine producers and tastings with Champagne producers, personally curated by the in-house concierge team.
The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa boasts an enviable location, situated right in the middle of the vineyards that stripe the hills of Epernay the capital of Champagne and the historic villages of Champillon and Hautvillers of Dom Perignon fame. Reimagining a wine-country retreat for all seasons, local Reims-based architect, Giovanni Pace has designed the property in the style of a contemporary amphitheatre, incorporating the original 19thCentury Post House, where it is said that King Charles X of France stopped over before heading to Reims for his coronation. Each of the 49 rooms and suites affords spectacular views of the Champagne valley, appointed with Hermès amenities and state-of-the-art comforts.
The original property has been closed since 2014 after it was acquired by Boston-based Champagne Hospitality collection, a group of boutique luxury hotels and spas that includes the award-winning Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa in St. Barths. The hotel will be led by Nicolas Béliard formerly General Manager of the Peninsula Paris.
The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa will unveil the region’s first world-class destination spa spanning 16,000ft2. In partnership with acclaimed French brand Biologique Recherche, the wellness centre comprises nine treatment rooms; state of the art fitness facilities; a wood lined yoga studio; eucalyptus-infused sauna; manicure and pedicure stations and a mosaic tiled Hammam. Completing the experience are two temperature-controlled, chaise-lounge-lined swimming pools – one indoor, one outdoor – along with dedicated staff who will deliver invigorating juice blends and guide guests to multiple relaxation lounges. Biologique Recherche will offer a highly personalised approach. Signature treatments include the ‘Soin seconde peau / Second skin treatment’, a regenerating and lifting facial treatment. All products are formulated using pure natural or biotechnological compounds and are fragrance free. Spa packages and retreats will be available throughout the year.
Two-star Michelin chef Jean-Denis Rieubland will be the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef, where he will lead the two gastronomic dining experiences – a gourmet dining room, Le Royal, and a more casual, all-day restaurant, Bellevue. Formerly Executive Chef of Le Chantecler at the Negresco Hotel in Nice, Chef Rieubland brings the highest level of gastronomy to Royal Champagne, where he intends to preserve French know-how while injecting a contemporary touch. “I feel very inspired by the local organic ingredients and wine of the Champagne region and plan to keep this sun-kissed freshness in my cuisine,” says Rieubland. Rieubland’s cuisine will be influenced by the local surroundings, working closely with farm producers of the region. He will also be developing a Chef’s garden on a large terrace overlooking the hills of Épernay.
“It is my great pleasure and privilege to introduce Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa,” said Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa General Manager Nicolas Béliard. “We are embarking upon something absolutely unique in this very special place, enveloping our guests in a sensory experience that is wholly restorative and as uplifting as the bubbles in a glass of champagne. The beauty of our surroundings will be matched only by the inner sanctuary we’re creating at Royal Champagne.”
The hotel is a mere 35 minute TGV train journey from Gare de L’Est Paris, a 30 minute flight from Charles De Gaulle airport and a 15 minute drive to the hotel from both the airport and Epernay train station.
Rates at the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa start at €485 with rooms available over four categories, including the 1150-sq ft Suite Joséphine, a luxurious suite offering a separate living room and sumptuous master bedroom with stunning views of the Champagne valley.