Designed by renowned luxury resort designer Bill Bensley, with sweeping views of Sapa Valley and serene rice paddy fields, the newly opened MGallery Hotel de la Coupole has opened in Vietnam.
The destination integrates the vibrant colours, patterns and textures of the region’s minority tribes with the sophistication of haute couture in the 1920s and 1930s French Indochine era.
The hotel features 249 modern rooms and suites with six room types that overlook the legendary Sapa valley, mountain views and town square.
“This year marks the 27th anniversary celebration of AccorHotels’ presence in Vietnam and the launch of Hotel de la Coupole, an ideal hideaway with design and style inspired by the French Indochine era of the 1920s and 1930s, is our latest addition in the luxury and upscale segment.
“Our first MGallery hotel in Vietnam opened in 2009 and this new opening adds to our existing portfolio of six MGallery properties in Vietnam, which signifies our continuous growth in the country,” said Patrick Basset, chief operating officer for AccorHotels Upper south-east and north-east Asia.
MGallery is a collection of storied boutique hotels offering guests unique experiences inspired by the destination.
Each MGallery hotel stands as a gateway into another world – be it a bygone era, a hidden haven or a spectacular natural landscape.
The collection is comprised of historic luxury hotels, many of which have hosted historic figures or iconic poets and authors.
Others are stunningly modern design hotels inspired by the cities they are located in but in every case, MGallery hotels are each inspired by their own stories echoed by their artful design.
Food and beverage is the heart and soul of MGallery Hotel de la Coupole.
The resort boasts one restaurant, a bar and a patisserie.
Chic, a French restaurant with Haute Couture inspiration where customers can dine in a grand yet intimate setting, with refined French dishes infused with local ingredients and a carefully-curated wine list, comprising specially procured French labels.
Featuring a cosy rooftop fireplace with views of the mountains, Absinthe offers a selection of tapas, wines and locally inspired cocktails while Cacao features a variety of freshly baked patisseries, handmade macaroons and specialty coffees, teas and signature hot chocolate.
Leisure facilities include a heated pool named Le Grand Bassin, fitness centre, Nuages Spa and Bobbins kids club where the young ones are kept entertained with a range of kid’s program.
As the only international luxury hotel in Sapa, the resort offers a 435 sqm ballroom that can host up to 570 guests in theatre style, four meeting rooms and two board rooms for small meetings and conferences.
For a glimpse into the local way of life, the hustle and bustle of Sapa market offers a range of handicrafts and souvenirs for guest to shop for locally made goods while the Sapa Love Market is where the Mong and Dao ethnic groups meet for dates on Saturdays as the distance between both villages do not allow for frequent interaction thus the Love Market provides a space for people from both ethnic groups to meet one another.
The ladies will don their colourful dresses and decorative ornaments and the gents dress in traditional costumes to interact, sing and play games with each other.
Visitors are welcome to join in the long-standing tradition of merry-making.
“I am excited to launch the first international luxury hotel in Sapa that fuses high-fashion glamour with colourful hill tribe style.
“Renowned for its picturesque beauty, Sapa is famous for its fine rugged scenery and rich cultural diversity.
“Guests staying at the hotel can bask in the picturesque Fansipan mountain with a ride up the Fansipan cable car which offers enthralling sceneries of Muong Hoa Valley and the Hoang Lien Son Mountain range,” said Jean-Pierre Joncas, general manager of MGallery Hotel de la Coupole.
Located near several tourist attractions, the hotel offers direct access to Fansipan cable car station.