Nothing is wrong with wellness followed by a little bit of bubbly, we say. If you agree, The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa should be on your radar. This week, director of sales and marketing Jennifer DeLord and director of operations Vincent Parinaud came by to talk about the hotel’s upcoming summer opening.
The hotel, located in the Champagne region in France, will open July 15, offering visitors an opportunity to relax and explore the region’s many vineyards. A member of Relais & Châteaux, will also offer a wealth of wellness options, including a spa, sauna and hammam.
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is surrounded by vineyards, with the closest just feet away. Located in Champillon, just a 45-minute train trip or two-hour car ride from Paris, the area lives and breathes champagne. Guests will be able to visit all the large vineyards (many of the region's oldest vineyards such as Gosset, Ruinart, Chanoine Frères, Taittinger, Moët et Chandon and Veuve Clicquot are all located within 30 minutes driving); but Parinaud tells us that no visit is complete without visiting the smaller, more intimate ones. The hotel can organize private tours with the winemakers where guests can help with harvesting, cycling (or e-bike) tours and more.
Where the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa now stands, an older hotel once operated. A point of pride for the community, the hotel went out of business, only employing five people by the end of its run. Royal Champagne tore down much of the old establishment and built a new hotel in its place. With plans to employ 105 people, the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa gives new life to an old institution.
The new management designed the hotel to put the Champagne Valley front and center. From the spa, dining venues and most of the rooms, views of the vineyards are a focal point. According to Parinaud, the rooms, spa, restaurants and common areas were also laid out so none got in the way of the other (potentially obstructing the view).
Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa has a number of wellness options, including its nine-room spa, a wet area with a hammam, sauna and jacuzzis, a fitness area, yoga studio and two heated pools (one indoor, one outdoor). Each treatment room will also have its own shower and changing room. Travelers can expect Biologique Recherche (meaning Biological Research) products. We're told the brand has an organic, results-oriented approach to their cosmetics, meaning lasting effects.
There will be two dining options at the hotel. Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa has a partnership with the son of a champagne maker who longer wished to work at the vineyard; now, he uses his family's land to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs for the hotel. Should guests want, they can head to the farm to pick out their own produce and enjoy a lunch on the property.
Other activities at the hotel include horseback riding, golfing, fishing, biking boat trips on the Marne, and hot air ballooning. Kids are welcome at the hotel, although families would require adjacent rooms.