Saber and savour

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts unveils champagne sabrage masterclasses.

18 August 2022


Honouring St. Regis Hotels & Resorts’ longstanding tradition of sabrage, the brand will launch 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.

The St. Regis sabrage masterclasses, which can be tailored to a variety of group sizes, are open to both hotel guests and locals.

From couples and bridal parties to small corporate retreats or an unexpected night out with friends, the classes 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 have a bottle sabered on property daily 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 ritual performed regularly across the global portfolio.

Available for groups of 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.

Participating hotels include 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..



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