21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Belmond’s Arnaud Champenois

On the first day of (Walpole’s 21 Days of) Christmas, Arnaud Champenois, SVP of Brand & Marketing at Walpole’s 2018 Luxury Brand of the Year Belmond, gave to me… a recommendation on where to spend the festive season –  and how to survive it to a T. (Without a partridge in sight).

How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?
Drinking a margarita on the whitest beach of Mexico at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, then I will join my family in the French Alps in Megève. I promise to cover everything on Instagram 😉

What gift are you hoping to receive in your stocking?
An LP player and gifts from my fellow Walpole members…

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
Thirteen Provençal Desserts on Christmas Eve, but now I really enjoy the Christmas crackers from Fortnum & Mason (also shortlisted for Luxury Brand of the Year, which we were blown away to have won!)

Favourite festive film and song?
Always Dumbo, the original, but in second place Paddington 2 – featuring the Belmond British Pullman!

Best place to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere?
London, on Bond Street.

Top tip for surviving the festive season in style?
Champagne, of course!


From today until Friday 21st December, we are profiling Walpole member brands’ festive events, gift guides, and activities – as well as personal experiences and tips – to create an essential guide for all those looking to navigate the season of giving in style. Get involved by clicking here.

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