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Wednesday 28 December 2022

Pushing the boat out in Champagne country

So you feel like a luxury cruise through the vineyards of Champagne? 

There are six of your wanting to sit back and relax on a brand new barge exploring some of the most picturesque waterways in France.

Oh, and money is no object.

Let me introduce you to Coquelicot, a new vessel from Belmond (formerly Orient-Express Hotels) to be launched in May next year.

This ultra-luxe barge is part of the Bateaux Belmond fleet and has just three cabins. It offers a selection of exclusive experiences in the Champagne region.

The Coquelicot is being launched in partnership with the world’s oldest Champagne house - Maison Ruinart - and guests will be treated to a private five-course tasting lunch matched with Champagnes.

They will also enjoy access to the 18th-century Taissy vineyard and learn all about Maison Ruinart.

Fully crewed Coquelicot will have just three glam cabins, all with marble en suite bathrooms. The interiors are designed by rockstar duo Humbert and Poyet.

The newly refurbished craft will also feature an indoor salon, a large deck, and a Champagne bar.

Guests can craft their own itinerary. Perhaps whether they want an art-focused tour of Champagne, an active adventure, or a series of epicurean visits.

And, of course, the boat has its own private chef, as well as a sommelier.

The cost to charter the barge for a week is an eye-watering  82,000 ($129,500). 

See if your numbers come up.   

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