Honoring St. Regis Hotels & Resorts‘ long-standing tradition of sabrage, the brand is delighted to announce the launch of private champagne sabrage masterclasses at all properties across North America. Launching this summer, guests and locals alike will have the opportunity to book a private champagne sabering masterclass led by an expertly trained St. Regis Butler at The St. Regis Atlanta, The St. Regis Aspen Resort, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, The St. Regis Deer Valley, The St. Regis Houston, The St. Regis New York, The St. Regis San Francisco, The St. Regis Toronto and The St. Regis Washington D.C..
“We are delighted to bring the art of sabrage front and center for both guests and visitors this summer at our hotels and resorts,” said George Fleck, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “There is no more glamorous way to celebrate a soiree, toast to a milestone or bond with friends than sabering a bottle of champage. We look forward to raising a glass to the time-honored tradition of sabrage with a new era of St. Regis guests.”
Able to be tailored to a variety of group sizes, the St. Regis Sabrage Masterclasses are open to both hotel guests and locals. From couples and bridal parties looking to learn a new skill to show off at an upcoming wedding to small corporate retreats to an unexpected night out with friends, the classes will take each participant through the history and technique before allowing them to try their hand at the cherished St. Regis ritual.
The art of sabrage has an illustrious history that stretches back more than 200 years. For St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, the ritual dates back to 1904 when hotel founder John Jacob Astor IV would nightly have a bottle sabered on-property to celebrate the transition from day to night. Astor was inspired by the glamour of sabrage, an act which had been made famous by Napoleon Bonaparte, who opened champagne with his saber and notably said, “Champagne: in victory, one deserves it; in defeat, one needs it.” Today, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts around the world continue the tradition with a nightly and celebratory sabering rituals performed regularly across the global portfolio.
For those looking to take the art of sabrage home with them, The St. Regis Atlanta, The St. Regis Aspen Resort, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, The St. Regis Deer Valley, The St. Regis New York, The St. Regis San Francisco, The St. Regis Toronto, and The St. Regis Washington D.C. will offer private sabrage masterclasses upon request. Available for groups up to four people, the experience will include a 30-minute masterclass, a bottle of champagne and canapés with additional add-ons that vary property to property.