24 hours at the Royal Champagne Hotel – sparkling in the vineyards

  • The Royal Champagne hotel, a completely renovated former coaching inn, is a haven of peace in Champillon, near Epernay.

    The Royal Champagne hotel, a completely renovated former coaching inn, is a haven of peace in Champillon, near Epernay. - © Mr Tripper

    The Royal Champagne hotel, a completely renovated former coaching inn, is a haven of peace in Champillon, near Epernay.

    The Royal Champagne hotel, a completely renovated former coaching inn, is a haven of peace in Champillon, near Epernay. - © Mr Tripper

  • The Royal Champagne has a 10,000m² extension

    The Royal Champagne has a 10,000m² extension - © Mr Tripper

    The Royal Champagne has a 10,000m² extension

    The Royal Champagne has a 10,000m² extension - © Mr Tripper

  • At the Royal Champagne, you sleep in the heart of the Champagne vineyards.

    At the Royal Champagne, you sleep in the heart of the Champagne vineyards. - © Mr Tripper

    At the Royal Champagne, you sleep in the heart of the Champagne vineyards.

    At the Royal Champagne, you sleep in the heart of the Champagne vineyards. - © Mr Tripper

  • Rooms inspired by shades of Champagne.

    Rooms inspired by shades of Champagne. - © Mr Tripper

    Rooms inspired by shades of Champagne.

    Rooms inspired by shades of Champagne. - © Mr Tripper

  • At the restaurant Le Bellevue, a feast for your eyes... and your taste buds!

    At the restaurant Le Bellevue, a feast for your eyes... and your taste buds! - © Mr Tripper

    At the restaurant Le Bellevue, a feast for your eyes... and your taste buds!

    At the restaurant Le Bellevue, a feast for your eyes... and your taste buds! - © Mr Tripper

  • Head for the cellars, in a car with a difference.

    Head for the cellars, in a car with a difference. - © Mr Tripper

    Head for the cellars, in a car with a difference.

    Head for the cellars, in a car with a difference. - © Mr Tripper

  • Take a relaxing break at the spa, a 1,500m² well-being cocoon.

    Take a relaxing break at the spa, a 1,500m² well-being cocoon. - © Mr Tripper

    Take a relaxing break at the spa, a 1,500m² well-being cocoon.

    Take a relaxing break at the spa, a 1,500m² well-being cocoon. - © Mr Tripper

  • Celebrate Champagne at the elegant and sophisticated Salon Fines Bulles.

    Celebrate Champagne at the elegant and sophisticated Salon Fines Bulles. - © Mr Tripper

    Celebrate Champagne at the elegant and sophisticated Salon Fines Bulles.

    Celebrate Champagne at the elegant and sophisticated Salon Fines Bulles. - © Mr Tripper

  • The Royal restaurant is located in the historic part of the coaching inn

    The Royal restaurant is located in the historic part of the coaching inn - © Mr Tripper

    The Royal restaurant is located in the historic part of the coaching inn

    The Royal restaurant is located in the historic part of the coaching inn - © Mr Tripper

  • Don’t leave the hotel without a swim in the pool overlooking the vineyards

    Don’t leave the hotel without a swim in the pool overlooking the vineyards - © Mr Tripper

    Don’t leave the hotel without a swim in the pool overlooking the vineyards

    Don’t leave the hotel without a swim in the pool overlooking the vineyards - © Mr Tripper

24 hours at the Royal Champagne Hotel – sparkling in the vineyards Bellevue 51160 Champillon fr

In the heart of Champagne, the Royal Champagne, once a former relay coaching inn, now a Relais & Châteaux hotel, is reborn. Transformed into an exceptional address, it is majestic, luxurious, a gourmet destination - and of course Champagne is the star!

9 am: Dive straight into the heart of the vineyards

On a hillside in the Marne valley, a long, pale stone building stretches out in the centre of a sea of vines. Faced with this XXL UNESCO classified vista, the building matches its surroundings with generous proportions. Built like an amphitheatre, the new wing offers 10,000m² of space including a truly impressive 1,500m² of terraces – the perfect place for bubbles in the sun.

9.15 am: Coffee with a view

As you enter your room, you’re presented with a picture postcard window on the world of Champagne. Everything in this hotel has been designed to embrace nature. Bathed in natural light, the 49 rooms and suites invite you to plunge into the landscape. It’s an irresistible setting for coffee with a view... sublime and majestic.

10 am: Plant inspired rooms

"Champagne brings life to the scale of dreams", so said the writer Paul Guth. Champagne has certainly inspired the elegant decoration of rooms and suites here. Soft tones influenced by the wine of kings, floral motifs with the colours of vines through the seasons, natural materials such as light oak and limestone... Here you’ll encounter a world as enticing as one of the famous mellow pink biscuits of Reims.

1 pm: Take a mouth-watering break at Le Bellevue

It's time for something sweet. At Le Bellevue, the setting is glorious: thousands of crystal pendants hang from the ceiling and wine-coloured frescoes adorn the walls - a tribute to the royal armies of the Ancien Régime. You’ll discover delectable dishes filled with the flavours of Champagne such as delicious locally grown lentils and piquant Argonne goats cheese...

3 pm: Sparkling voyage

You simply can’t stay in the area and not visit some cellars, there’s such a fabulous choice. Take a trek in an iconic Citroën E-Mehari, an evolutionary electric vehicle, and cross the vineyards before heading to the village of Aÿ, stronghold of Bollinger and other prestigious houses. It is also where famous glass maker/artist René Lalique, pillar of the Art Nouveau movement, was born.

6 pm: Chill out in the spa

The sensation of space is tangible at this spa with its dazzling dimensions: an incredible 1,500m². However, the cosy cabins are like intimate cocoons where you can disconnect and chill out; there’s also an excellent option to enjoy a personalized sensory sanctuary session. Enjoy fabulous treatments from the 30 minute "Cépage de soin" (a grape treatment) to a two-hour "voyage" treatment with Biologique Recherche, exquisitely effervescent…

7.30 pm: Savour the fizz at the Fine Bulles Salon

.Enjoy a Champagne tasting at the Fines Bulles Salon with its view of a glass Champagne cellar. From the finest bottles to new names, celebrate Champagne - a quintessentially French way of life.

8.30 pm: Gilded gastronomy at The Royal

At this historical former coaching Inn, Kings of France would stop on the way to their coronation ceremony. But the strongest memory is of Napoleon who is honoured at The Royal. Between portraits of the women in his life and the gilded ceiling, the Emperor watches over the gastronomic restaurant. Chef Jean-Denis Rieuband dishes are a brilliant interpretation of the flavours of the local terroir.

10 am: Fountain of Youth

Before leaving, why not bathe in the fountain of youth AKA the rejuvenating hotel pool… The outdoor oasis has pure lines which mirror the pattern of vine rows and blends into the blue sky of Champagne. The indoor 25 metre pool offers wonderful views over the whole of the valley of the Marne from its huge windows.

 


BY ANNE-CLAIRE DELORMEGlobetrotting journalist

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