Looking for the perfect luxury getaway in the French countryside? Look no further.
Located 100 miles east of Paris is the province of Champagne, where the rolling hills (and the sparkling wine) took its name from the Latin word Campania, because the similarities between the French province and the Italian countryside of Campania were near unmistakable.
Divided into three main parts: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs, Champagne is the perfect weekend road trip from Paris, so we followed in the luxurious tire-tracks of Rolls-Royce for a few days of unbridled luxury in the French countryside in celebration of their new design object, the Champagne chest (which follows a series of previous ultra-luxe pieces like their picnic hamper, leather Phantom luggage and a host of other items).
If you’re looking for somewhere to visit that’s not far from Paris, but doused in panoramic views of the rural hillside and delicious food then look no further.
A stay at L’Assiette Champenoise is a must. Situated in the heart of the region, this 33-suite five-star hotel comes complete with sprawling bathrooms, rainforest showers, dive-in bathtubs and six-layer-thick duvets that you will not want to leave. But do. Take a moment to indulge in a spa treatment in the hotel’s spa suite, and take a dip in the hotel’s heated pool. You won’t regret it.
When it comes to visiting surrounding vineyards, a visit to Jay-Z’s own Armand de Brignac (or Ace of Spades as it’s known to any and every rapper) is worth a visit – however, these are closed off to the public, so a drive-by should suffice for any fan.
Ordinarily, we wouldn’t recommend eating hotel food, but when it comes to L’Assiette Champenoise, it’s a gastronomical dream. The property is first and foremost helmed by visionary French chef Arnaud Lallement, who acquired his first Michelin star at the tender age of 26, gained his second star at 30 and his third shortly after. With a menu that evolves with the seasons, Lallement’s menu is a culinary tour of the region. With contemporary twists on timeless classics like celery with Albufera sauce and périgord black truffle and Brittany John Dory with mouth-watering cabbage ravioli, this is every foodie’s dream.