French haute couture meets colourful Vietnamese textures at Hotel de la Coupole in Vietnam’s luscious Sapa region

//by: José Berrocoso//

Designed by renowned luxury resort designer Bill Bensley with sweeping views of Sapa Valley and serene rice paddy fields, MGallery Hotel de la Coupole 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.

Featuring 249 modern rooms with six room types that overlook the legendary Sapa valley and mountain views, the names and design of each room category represents a French style icon inspired by the local minority tribes surrounding Sapa.

Food and beverage is the heart and soul of MGallery Hotel de la Coupole. The resort boasts three restaurants and a bar. The all-day dining restaurant Chic serves a range of authentic Vietnamese and international cuisine. Featuring a cozy fireplace with views of the mountains, Absinthe lounge offers a selection of high tea favourites, tapas, delicious desserts, wines and locally inspired cocktails while Cacao café features a variety of freshly baked breads, handmade macaroons and specialty coffees, teas and smoothies.

Leisure facilities include a heated pool, fitness centre, spa and a kids club where the young ones are kept entertained with a range of kids program. As the only luxury hotel in Sapa, the resort offers a 435 sqm ballroom that can host up to 570 guests in theater style, six meeting rooms and four 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 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.

For the ultimate in relaxation, find peace of mind at the hotel’s restorative wellness facilities designed to nourish mind, body and soul. Take a dip in the hotel’s breath-taking heated indoor pool, sweat it out in the well-appointed fitness centre, and drift away with some pampering in the Nuages Spa.

Delicious food is central to the guest experience at Hotel de la Coupole. The hotel boasts a restaurant, a bar and a patisserie, each with a unique yet synchronous design, united by a dedication to dining and service excellence. From refined Haute-cuisine French dishes carefully created using fresh, seasonal local ingredients in our restaurant, Chic, to indulgent macarons and hot chocolate in our French-style patisserie, Cacao, to classic and bespoke cocktails in our stunning Absinthe bar, guests will be taken on a gastronomic adventure.

Le Grand Bassin must be seen to be believed. With emerald green marble columns, bronze statues and pink chandeliers over the vast swimming pool, Le Grand Bassin provides the ultimate indulgent swimming experience. The luxury indoor pool is flanked on each side by floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views across the Sapa valley. Relax with a good book on the velvet-covered pool-side loungers and while away a blissful afternoon.

Located in close proximity to several tourist attractions, the hotel offers direct access to Fansipan cable car station. Recognized by the Guinness World Records Organisation as the longest non-stop three-rope cable car, guests taking the Fansipan Legend Cable Car can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape, iconic rice paddies and forest treks.
The most impressive feature of Sapa Market is its unique brocade products in vibrant colours, and subtle patterns of the H’Mong, Dao Do, and Giay. On the other hand, such products as fruits, vegetables, and spices are also well liked by tourists.

Though Sapa has long been familiar with tourists, Ta Phin Village is still a new name. Ta Phin is a village of Red Dao’s people possessing a rich culture that has not been damaged by modern life. Since 1998, Ta Phin has officially become the “brocade village”, where tourists can find the distinctively hand-made brocades made by ethnic people.

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