The five-star Hôtel Royal in Évian-les-Bains, France, has closed its doors in preparation for a complete refurbishment. The property is due to be reopen in July next year.

Interior designer, François Champsaur, and head architect of historic monuments, François Châtillon, will take the lead in the refurbishment, which will include the bars, restaurants, shops and lounges, as well as 150 rooms and suites that will be completed in 2015.

A range of specialised craftspeople will also be called upon to ensure that the property’s history and heritage are respected. The palace dates back to the early 20th century, and will remain intact thanks to the restoration of its frescoes and collection of period furniture.