Hotel De La Coupole - A Magical Experience
Updated: Jan 17
Sapa is magical through its interpretation of a cool hangout place; as a deliberate escapade for the folks in Hanoi, but more importantly as a venue with numerous ancient tribes, padiscapes, harvest, cool to cold temperate climate, forgotten customs, traditions and culture, marketplaces, waterfalls and treks, flora and fauna, and a top tourist destination culminating in all these natural and tribal attractions.
Amongst all these hidden gemstones, is an attractive abode, a precision luxury hotel right in the heart of Sapa city, at the entrance steps to Fansipan, an amazing mountaintop with mystique and magical charm, it's called...
Hotel De La Coupole Sapa
With an air of prime distinction from the French Indochine era, Hotel de la Coupole invites guests to a bygone world, fusing high-fashion glamour and colorful hill tribe style in an immaculate world.
Sa Pa’s first international five-star hotel, this architectural masterpiece provides 249 luxurious uniquely decorated rooms and suites, signature Chic restaurant, rooftop Absinthe bar, Cacao patisserie, serene wellness services, and banqueting venues for bespoke meetings & events, year-end parties and family gatherings.
Sophisticated yet modern, Hotel de la Coupole is a destination for romantic breaks, special family vacations and exclusive events, all framed by the picturesque surroundings and authentic experiences of the majestic Northwest of Vietnam.
Amid the enchantingly misty mountain range of Hoang Lien Son with 3,143m-high Fansipan peak, Sapa accentuates a mythical beauty with colorful ethnic culture and majestic natural landscapes.
4-hour driving from Noi Bai Airport
5-hour driving from Hanoi by car
8 hours from Hanoi by train to Lao Cai
1 hour by shuttle bus from Lao Cai
Right adjunction to Sun Plaza funicular station
Opposite to Sapa Church
20 minutes by cable car to Fansipan
15-minute driving to tourist destinations
All the various room types feature various standard colour redolent of the French Indochine era and dependent on the room type and style. Hotel de la Coupole has 6 different room types, ranging from Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Deluxe Suite, Executive Suite and Presidential Suite, and their standard in-room amenities feature the following:-
High-speed internet & Wi-Fi
Extra bed available upon request & with surcharge
The Deluxe King Room feature a jade green color inspired by the hills and valleys of Sapa Location on the 8th, 9th floor of the property, it comprise of an area expanse of 33 sqm, with the balcony overlooking either Sapa city or the misty magic of the surrounding mountains, equipped with a King Bed, the Bathrooms are extra special, with oversized free-standing tubs situated in open plan marble bathrooms and walk-in rainfall shower. The rooms are generously proportioned and sumptuously appointed with unique features and fine linens.
Food and Beverage Facilities
Located on the 10th floor, the Chic Restaurant is open daily from 6am – 10pm and serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. Chic is a French Haute Brasserie with a luxury runway inspiration where customers can dine in a grand yet intimate setting. The French fare dedicatedly prepared with some local ingredients, and a carefully-curated wine list, comprising specially procured French labels
I was blown away by the awesome and diverse breakfast ranging from International to Vietnamese and Sapa fare, with quality, authenticity and taste fulfiling my morning hunger.. I had the fortune to have lunch here previously and was amazed by the brilliant quality and taste - their chef and servers team is superb, impeccable with wonderful Accor-inspired service.
Located on the 10th floor, the Absinthe Bar opens daily from 11am – 11pm; it is a rooftop bar and lounge featuring the finest combination of wine, cocktails, and tapas in a grand and glitzy yet subdued setting at the rooftop overlooking the Sapa valley. Absinthe has a lavish domed ceiling and takes inspiration from the glamour and sophistication from the heyday of Paris in 1920s – Les Annees Folles. With an external fireplace for guests to enjoy the night sky and mountain range, Absinthe is the place where effortless luxury and unspoiled natural surrounding meet to create a sense of place like no other.
I taste a decent cocktail, a nice French wine and some awesome bar bites, that again is a testament to their brilliant F&B team, to come up with savvy names that match the luxe of the Bill Bensley property, along with a delightful french colonial period nomenclature.
The "Chanel your Inner Coco" aptly describes the combination of Grey Goose l'Orange, Lillet Blanc Rose whilst being melangé with a mix of Sparking wine, red wine and Pearls, providing for a beverage finesse. Refreshing, bubbly with pearly drops fill the taste buds as we consume this tasty beverage.
The "Katsu Sando", inspired by the Japanese-French painter and printmaker, Tsuguharu Foujita, traditionally features pork, but Absinthe realises this delightful fish using a composition of a lovely strip of Wagyu beef A5++ striploin, milk toast, katsu sauce and panko bread- the result is astounding and our media rating gives top marks for this brilliant innovation.
The "Gambas Al Ajillo"- driven by the memory of Salvador Dali, uncovers a spread of prawns, paprika, white wine, butter and garlic - the outcome is marvelous, delivering an amazing tasty feel, with umami and sour blend, given the prawns an "oomph" taste - our media rating rates this 10/10 - kudos to the chef!
Le Grand Bassin is a gorgeous indoor swimming pool and it is placed on the 7th floor, and it is open daily from 6am – 9pm. Le Grand Bassin features emerald green marble columns, bronze statues and pink chandeliers over the vast swimming pool and it provides the ultimate indulgent swimming experience in chilly Sapa during the winter month, such a nice warm dip. The luxury indoor pool is flanked on each side by floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views, and assumes a dominant feature within the hotel environs, one of our favourite Indoor Pools in Asia.
The Athleticum is a fitness center, well equipped to match your fitness regime while away from home such as treadmills, exercise bike, dumbbells. Sited on the 7th floor of the hotel, it is open daily from 6am – 9pm, and assumes a striking deep blue décor and refined period features. The gym also has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the stunning natural scenery of Sapa, great when doing your workout.
The Cacao Patisserie is situated on the lobby floor of the hotel and open to walk-in guests, Cacao brings the authentic tastes of a French patisserie to Sapa. Featuring a menu of master crafted Marou chocolates, afternoon tea, cakes and macarons alongside Cacao’s signature luxury hot chocolate, Cacao is the perfect place for a spot of indulgence. It is open daily from 7am – 7pm.
The Bobbins children’s club is a fully-supervised creche for children. Located on the 10th floor, the club runs creative sessions for children to create their own tribal- inspired items, colouring books and stuffed animals. It is open daily from 9am – 6pm. Majestically settled in the Tonkinese Alps where the earth and the sky blend their beauty to create “Les Nuages”, Hotel de la Coupole boasts Haute Couture cares with traditional Red Dao wisdom to heal explorers and mesmerize the appetite for luxury à la française at the Nuages Spa, it opens daily from 9am - 9pm.
Meeting Rooms - Hotel de la Coupole MGallery combines Sapa’s hill tribe inspired colours and French heritage into memorable meetings at the versatile Salon des Grands Couturiers Ballroom which is the crowning glory of the meetings and events space at Hotel de la Coupole. The 435 sqm art-deco style ballroom with a ceiling height of 8 meters can comfortably host up to 570 guests, and we have seen good year end parties with groups like local vietnamese banks, ushering the new year with year-end parties.
The Roof of Indochina - SAPA - Fansipan
Fansipan (Vietnamese: Phan Xi Păng) is a mountain in Sapa, Vietnam with a height of 3,147.3 metres (10,326 ft). It is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula (comprising Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), hence its nickname "the Roof of Indochina". It is located in the Lào Cai Province of the Northwest region of Vietnam, 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of Sa Pa in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range
Media Rating : Highly Recommended!
Hotel de la Coupole – MGallery No. 1 Hoang Lien Street Sapa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam Tel. +84 (0) 214 362 9999
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