Sapa’s timeless charm revived in stunning Hotel de la Coupole

15:54 | 16/04/2019
At the end of 2018, Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery opened its doors, restoring a once-forgotten mountain retreat to the glorious splendour of its heyday.
sapas timeless charm revived in stunning hotel de la coupole
Hotel de la Coupole has brought back the tantalising mixture of colonial French grandeur and native culture Sapa was adored for

A must-see destination

Since the turn of the 21st century, the tourism industry in Sapa, Northern Vietnam had been on the ascent. With each passing year, the standard grade of hotels had been climbing slowly.

However, at the end of 2018, images of a newly-opened resort in this heavenly mountain retreat went viral across the globe. On seeing the magnificent Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery, luxury travellers from all over the world started making arrangements to visit North Vietnam.

With the precipitous slopes of the awe-inspiring Hoang Lien Mountains in the background, the hotel is a true spectacle, one that seems to belong to the realm of fantasy.

Backed by the project’s main investor, Sun Group, architect Bill Bensley – described as ‘the king of exotic luxury resorts’ by Time Magazine – pulled out all the stops when conjuring up the design for this outstanding international five-star accommodation, which is already being lauded as an inimitable creation and a masterpiece of architecture.

sapas timeless charm revived in stunning hotel de la coupole
Architect Bill Benseley dreamed Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery as the "Versailles in the clouds"

Versailles in the clouds

A true visionary with an eye for the spectacular, Bensley has turned Sapa into a “Versailles in the clouds” with Hotel de la Coupole, which is also a homage to the halcyon days of old Indochina, one that will have guests feeling as though they have been spirited away to a bygone era.

Stepping into the lobby, guests will soon see how Bensley has infused the interiors of Hotel de la Coupole with lush haute couture textures and the vibrant colours of the ethnic hill tribes that have populated the Hoang Lien Mountains for many centuries. The result is a fabulous blend of styles that will captivate each guest from the moment they check in at the reception.

Guests will be treated to the height of luxury in each and every one of the 249 modern and spacious rooms basking in the fabulous attention to detail of the décor throughout the hotel, with gorgeous artwork, tribal patterns, state-of-the-art facilities, lavish furnishings, and vintage collectibles, all artfully and elegantly arranged throughout the accommodations.

sapas timeless charm revived in stunning hotel de la coupole
Sapa market offers a wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs created by local hill tribes

Outside each window, they will also find panoramic views of the north-western mountains and when they step out on the balconies, they will be able to drink in the crisp, cool mountain air. Just a short walk from the hotel, guests can easily immerse themselves in the local culture at the bustling Sapa market, where H’Mong, Thai, Red Dzao, and other hill tribes sell various handicrafts and souvenirs.

Superlative, five-star services

The indoor, heated swimming pool Le Grand Bassin boasts spectacular arched columns and an elaborate ceiling composed of marble and mosaic. After a day on the slopes, guests will be able to have a refreshing swim beneath the crystal chandeliers before heading to the fitness centre or Nuage – the in-house spa which offers various rejuvenating packages that will have guests feeling as though they are walking on air.

For large events, the resort offers a 435sq.m ballroom that can host up to 570 guests. Besides the spacious auditorium, there are six fully-equipped meeting rooms and four board rooms for executive meetings.

The superlative, five-star, international standard services also extend to the restaurants at Hotel de la Coupole. At Chic guests can expect a dining experience on a par with the Michelin-star restaurants of Paris. The chef and his team have crafted a menu featuring sublime haute cuisine with classical French dishes as well as traditional Sapa staples, all of which are elevated by fresh local ingredients.

sapas timeless charm revived in stunning hotel de la coupole
A range of delectable French and local cuisine as well as special artisanal Marou chocolate stand ready to transport guests into a world of exquisite tastes

When sojourning in Sapa at the top of Hotel de la Coupole, guests will adore Absinthe bar – the jewel in this five-star accommodation’s crown. While sipping on a perfect cocktail and sharing delicious plates of tapas, guests can kick back and relax, while admiring stunning views of the mountains in a cosy setting with an open fireplace.

Guests can also indulge in all kinds of delectable desserts and pastries at Cacao café. The chocolate-based treats are all made with the single origin, artisanal Marou, described as “the best chocolate you have never tasted” by the New York Times. Whichever decadent treat you choose, it can be complemented with a hot chocolate or a perfect cappuccino made by the baristas at Cacao.

sapas timeless charm revived in stunning hotel de la coupole
The cable car station to the top of Fansipan is right next to Hotel de la Coupole Sapa – MGallery

Conquer Fansipan in style

Naturally, Fansipan – also known as the ‘rooftop of Indochina’ – is one of Sapa’s greatest attractions and it is now more accessible than ever before thanks to Fansipan Cable Car. Also developed by Sun Group, this project took several years of back-breaking work as engineers and labourers achieved what some said was impossible – building a three-cable car system that could conquer the peak of Fansipan.

Fully operational since February 2016, the cable car offers breath-taking views on the ride to the top. Hotel de la Coupole is conveniently located right next to Fansipan cable car station.

Riding in the cabin, passengers can feast their eyes not only on the heavenly mountainous landscapes but also the stunning terraced rice fields – voted as one of the seven most beautiful and impressive such sights in Asia and the world by readers of US magazine Travel and Leisure. They will also see rural villages and carpets of wild azalea flowers, and so much more in a part of the world that has truly been blessed with an abundance of natural beauty.

Upon reaching the peak of Mount Fansipan, travellers can admire the newly built complex of spiritual architecture, all of which has been developed by Sun Group to honour Vietnam’s highest peak. A trip to this inspirational destination can now also include a visit to Sun World Fansipan Legend, where visitors can be introduced to some of the traditional dances and musical instruments that are unique to the hill tribes of Vietnam’s northwest.

sapas timeless charm revived in stunning hotel de la coupole
Hotel de la Coupole Sapa – MGallery welcomes visitors looking for a lavish getaway

There is no shortage of magical experiences awaiting guests who choose to stay at Hotel de la Coupole Sapa – MGallery, and why would you choose to stay anywhere else when in Sapa? If you are going to travel to Heaven on Earth, why settle for anything less than the very best five-star experience?

By Tuan Khanh

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