An infinity pool with endless views of Champagne vineyards is yours for the taking if you book a room at the newly-minted Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa. Located near Epernay, France, in the heart of the Champagne region, this tastefully modern five-star property is arguably the region’s finest lodging and wellness experience.
The plush guest rooms showcase a classically French sense of style with custom furnishings, soothing tones, and the latest in technology. Every room has a view, but consider booking one of the Panoramic Suites, which are situated on the corner of the hotel and feature sweeping vistas and abundant natural light.
Le Royal, led by Executive Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland, is the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Here, the artfully arranged dishes (which is served on custom Maison Fragile plates) are locally sourced. A more casual meal can be enjoyed at Le Bellevue, which is situated underneath a canopy of 1,000 crystal pendants.
A 16,000-square-foot wellness center and spa takes pampering to a new level of decadence. The full-service holistic spa offers everything from makeup and hair to custom facials and couples' experiences. All of the indulgence can be offset at with a private or group class in the property’s yoga studio. Alternatively, arrange for personal training and finish with a stop in the sauna or hammam.
You are not required to leave — and, frankly, it might be hard — but just outside the doors of the hotel you’ll find some of the world’s finest Champagne houses. Consider a tour of the chalk caves (aka crayères) that make Champagne so unique. Ruinart is home to some of the most beautiful examples of these ancient chalk quarries. Their guided tours last two hours and is followed by a tasting; reservations are required. Closer to the hotel, reserve a visit at Leclerc Briant for an exquisite single-vineyard biodynamic Champagne experience that includes a vineyard visit. For a smaller, independent grower experience, pop into Champagne Autréau, just be sure to call ahead.