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Jay Z stayed right here for the launch of his personal cognac model (Image: Solene...
This swanky hotel in Cognac, France is a dream spot for drink connoisseurs
Jay Z stayed right here for the launch of his personal cognac model (Image: Solene Guillaud)

The person displaying me across the high suite on the Hotel Chais Monnet and Spa is way too Gallic and discreet to answer after I ask excitedly, ‘So, did Beyoncé keep right here too?’

He’s already one way or the other let slip that Jay-Z himself graced the lodge whereas visiting Cognac to launch the distillery that produces his personal model of the spirit.

It’s no secret that previously few years, cognac has discovered favour with sure members of the rap world who seemingly determined champagne wasn’t fairly unique sufficient.

Mr Z’s label is named D’Ussé, and the D’Ussé 1969 Anniversaire – created to have fun his 50th birthday – prices a whopping $5,000 (that’s £4,000) per bottle.

Hotel Chais Monnet and Spa
Inside is the epitome of rustic stylish (Image: Albane de Roffignac)
Hotel Chais Monnet and Spa
There’s loads of cognac round, naturally (Image: Chais Monnet)
Hotel Chais Monnet and Spa
Head to the fashionable Jazz Bar to strive some (Image: Solen Guillaud)

To not be outdone, 50 Cent has launched his personal, referred to as Branson Cognac, and has additionally been noticed on this in any other case sleepy little city (I can solely think about what the locals – most of whom appear like extras in a 1950s movie: all berets, baguettes and bicycles – product of this).

At the least there’s now someplace fabulous for rap royalty to remain. Till just lately, there have been no posh motels within the space however Chais Monnet was unveiled with a lot fanfare, costing £50 million.

Jay Z
If it’s ok for Beyoncé’s husband… (Image: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Hotel Chais Monnet and Spa
An enormous metal and glass annexe connects the historic buildings (Image: Chais Monnet)

It was – what else? – a cognac distillery and cellar but it surely’s been expertly transformed into a powerful 92-room, 13-suite property that includes a spa, a pool, two eating places and a classy bar named Jazz Bar 1838 (after the yr the distillery opened).

The unique low-slung, honey-hued stone buildings now distinction with two huge glass-and-steel annexes, which surprisingly work superbly collectively.

The rooms

Half are within the unique constructing and the remainder are within the new constructions however the design is identical all through, with soothing cream and beige tones.

My lavatory has attractive, pistachio-coloured tiles I’d like to prise off and take house, and a bathe that places new oomph into the facility component.

The massive mattress lulls me to sleep virtually immediately (this can be because of the glasses of pineau, an area aperitif made with wine and cognac, I had at dinner).

Hotel Chais Monnet and Spa
Sleep responsibly (Image: Chais Monnet)
Hotel Chais Monnet and Spa
Take a look at the attractive spa (Image: Anthony Florio)

The tribe

Locals flock to the extra casual restaurant, La Distillerie, for informal lunches, dinners and all- you-can-eat Sunday brunches (it’s also possible to fine-dine at Les Foudres, set within the huge, cathedral-like former cellar).

Loads of {couples} and household teams have come to pattern their approach around the cognac homes – no rappers have been sighted throughout my keep.

The native vibe

Hennessy, Martell and Rémy Martin are all inside strolling distance if you wish to discover extra mainstream cognacs.

E-book in for a tasting tour of the ancient distillery that produces Jay-Z’s (from £15pp).

Absorb the city’s ambiance with a stroll by the Charente river or head to the coated meals market at Rue Berthe.

Drop into cocktail king Tony Conigliaro’s cognac bar Luciole.

If you happen to’re driving, you possibly can go for a pootle spherical close by villages or as much as La Rochelle.

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British Airways flies to nearest airport, Bordeaux, from about £30 a method; rooms from £245pn, chaismonnethotel.com.

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