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Enjoy an opulent journey through one of France’s most historic regions. Belmond’s new luxury barge Coquelicot sets sail on the Canal de Champagne in May 2023, offering an opulent way to explore the UNESCO-listed region. Belmond, which also operates Belmond British Pullman and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, has long been associated with luxury travel experiences.
The Coquelicot follows in this tradition, offering passengers a chance to enjoy the region’s famous Champagne in style. In addition, the slow-paced sailing will allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the area’s history, culture and cuisine.
Belmond has considerable experience operating luxury barges, and the Coquelicot is sure to provide an unforgettable experience for its guests. With its emphasis on luxury and relaxation, the Coquelicot will be a welcome addition to Belmond’s fleet.
Belmond’s luxury barge allows travellers to explore the region’s treasures at their own pace, top-deck lifestyle with ever-changing views. The fun of slow travel is Belmond’s new mantra as they launched their luxury barge in Champagne. The vessel meanders through calm waterways, providing an intimate sanctuary on the water and a unique vantage point from which to marvel at the region’s treasures.
Relaxing pursuits and exquisite views create an opulent experience for all lucky enough to book a cabin. Belmond promises days of discoveries followed by memorable nights aboard their new barge. Belmond’s slow travel option is the perfect way to experience a region in all its glory and create lasting memories.
Find your own private paradise with Coquelicot
This glamorous vessel will feature three luxurious cabins with marble ensuite facilities and decadent interiors, paying homage to Champagne’s glorious presence. The Coquelicot will also boast an indoor salon with an exceptional champagne bar, making it the perfect vessel for Belmond’s discerning guests.
The barge includes an extensive outdoor deck that includes two seating lounges, an open kitchen and a shaded dining area. The lounge’s sensational skylight celebrates Champagne’s water mapping legacy.
The Coquelicot provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for guests to enjoy the luxurious lifestyle of the French countryside. In partnership with Maison Ruinart, the world’s oldest champagne house, The Coquelicot offers an exclusive private tasting lunch by Maison Ruinart’s Chef In Residence, Valérie Radou. This is a rare opportunity to savour a true lesson in French art de vivre.
The Coquelicot will offer a range of unique experiences for those looking to explore France in a luxurious setting. From an art-focused tour of Champagne to a historic voyage through the mighty castles, Coquelicot will have something for everyone. For those looking for an active adventure, The Coquelicot will also offer a series of epicurean visits to some of Europe’s most celebrated and secret wine producers.
Cruise through France’s most celebrated regions in style
With its luxurious appointments and commitment to gastronomic excellence, Belmond’s new barge promises an unforgettable journey through one of France’s most celebrated regions.
Coquelicot, A Belmond Boat, Champagne, is part of Les Bateaux Belmond, the brand’s unrivalled collection of boats in France. The fleet includes Alouette, A Belmond Boat, Canal Du Midi; Pivoine, A Belmond Boat, Camargue; Napoléon, A Belmond Boat, Provence; Amaryllis, A Belmond Boat, Burgundy; Fleur De Lys, A Belmond Boat, Burgundy; Lilas, A Belmond Boat, Burgundy. ◼
© This article was first published online in Dec 2022 – World Travel Magazine.