French haute couture meets colourful Vietnamese textures at the newly opened MGallery Hotel de la Coupole in Vietnam’s luscious Sapa region. The hotel offers a gateway to a bygone era in Vietnam, harkening back to the unmistakable French Indochine era of the 1920s and 1930s. The lobby itself stands as a work of art: bold geometric architecture and colourful mosaics harmonise with traditional design sensibilities to create a distinctly bohemian vibe.
The hotel overlooks Vietnam’s famed Sapa region, with its rolling hills and cool, crisp air, and its 249 modern, well-appointed rooms representing different French style icons if they were influenced by the local minority tribes surrounding Sapa.
Drawing from its French roots, the hotel offers numerous gourmet options, all set in unbelievably gorgeous dining rooms and lounges.
Chic is the hotel’s grandiose, intimate restaurant that serves up refined French cuisine, elevated by fresh local ingredients and paired wonderfully with a specially curated wine list that features rare French wines. Indulge in tea like a Parisian would at the Cacao café, which offers a variety of freshly baked breads, handmade macaroons and a unique range of speciality coffees, teas and smoothies.
The jewel in the Hotel de la Coupole’s crown is undoubtedly Absinthe, the hotel’s decadent cocktail bar that overlooks the nearby mountains. A crackling fire welcomes guests, while an inspired menu of cocktails and tapas will keep any connoisseur satisfied.
La Grand Bassin is the resort’s sprawling heated pool that’s any weary traveller’s dream come true, while the NUAGE spa offers a comprehensive list of treatments for any ailments.
Hotel de la Coupole was designed by one of the most prolific creatives in the industry; having designed over 200 hotels in dozens of countries around the globe, Bill Bensley brings his keen eye for pleasing aesthetics and clever design to the inimitable Hotel de la Coupole. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Jan 2019 – World Travel Magazine.