Champagne: For Bubbly Romance & Opulence
Many people planning a honeymoon in France overlook Champagne, the region that’s, of course, world-famous for its sparkling white wines, but offers so much more, from natural beauty to centuries-old culture.
Let’s begin with the obvious (but not unremarkable): touring the area’s most prestigious champagne houses, from Taittinger, Krug, Bollinger to Moet & Chandon (who produce Dom Perignon), Veuve-Cliquot and Ruinart, is inevitably a magical experience. Not only will you and your cheri/e taste some of the world’ most prized champagnes: you’ll also get to explore an intriguing, and uniquely romantic, underground world of centuries-old cellars carved into the chalk landscapes. Make sure to avoid the massive group tours, however, and hire a private guide: this will guarantee that you encounter cellars and champagne makers that are generally difficult for the general public to access.
Champagne is also magical for its local culture, architecture and gastronomy. A honeymoon in the region should include a stay in the medieval city of Reims, famous for its breathtaking cathedral, Gallo-Roman ruins, and extensive crayeres, or chalk quarry tunnels, occupied in part by prestigious champagne makers.
For a romantic stay that includes wine and fantastic local cuisine, we particularly recommend the Domaine Jacques Selosse: its onsite guest house is situated amid local vines, and its gastronomic restaurant is the perfect place to sample exceptional regional wines and cuisine. For unforgettable high French gastronomy, also make sure to reserve a table at L’Assiette Champenoise, a three-star Michelin restaurant near Reims headed by Chef Arnaud Lallement.
Meanwhile, the opulent Domaine and Hôtel Les Crayères in Reims is an essential destination for anyone wishing to experience Champagne at its most luxurious: with its sumptuous suites, 2-starred Michelin restaurant, Le Parc, and elegant grounds, it’s no wonder discerning travellers choose to stay here time and again.
Spas are always tres romantique, and one of the best in Champagne, the Château de Fère Hôtel & Spa is situated on the grounds of a 13th-century chateau: what could be more decadent and relaxing? You might consider a stay here as you explore Reims, Epernay and other destinations in the region. The onsite pool, sauna and Turkish steamrooms, and treatments offer indulgence and relaxation, while the hotel’s gourmet restaurant offers additional opportunities to sample regional specialities and wines.
Finally, for those in search of ultra-exclusive evenings and events in the region, talk to us about the possibility of organising entirely private events: imagine a romantic candlelight dinner or private reception in a renowned champagne house that has been entirely reserved for you. Private sommeliers, musicians and even fireworks might make your evening one that you’ll never be able to forget.
Only an hour or so from Paris, the region can make an ideal secondary leg of a high-end honeymoon that begins in the French capital. See our complete guide to 24 Hours of Luxury in Champagne for more in-depth ideas and suggestions on what to see and do and where to stay.