Rejuvenating and inspiring, the natural beauty of Provence shines even brighter in the hands of our prestigious wellbeing experts! Embodying the spirit of Provence and in perfect harmony with its natural and historic heritage, here is our selection of wellness magicians tucked away in the four corners of the region.
Luxury, calm and Luberon
A corner of paradise where time stands still
In the quest for ultimate wellbeing, every new discovery is the start of a voyage. Set in the heart of the Luberon, Coquillade Village is a five-star refuge basking amid grapes and lavender fields. Even the jacuzzi nestles among the vines… In Joucas, the subtle, contemporary decor of Le Mas des Herbes Blanches Hôtel & Spa – Relais & Château strikes a perfect contrast with the ancient charm of dry stone walls. The house spa offers sweeping views over the hills of Provence and you can enjoy on-site yoga classes too. Slightly further South, La Bastide de Gordes***** has set up home inside an ancient, 16th-century lord’s residence. Although the site is steeped in prestige, you still feel perfectly at home in the 40 welcoming rooms bursting with charm, while the Sisley spa lends a whole new meaning to the word wellbeing. Last but not least, head to Château de Massilan in the Vaucluse area: this ancient hunting lodge owned by Henry II and Diane of Poitiers harbours a brand-new, 600m2 organic spa offering vegan treatments made with all-natural ingredients.
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Harmony of body and mind: 100% replenishing
It’s hard to make a choice with so many havens of peace and wellness on offer, but here goes. In Aix-en-Provence, the Thermes Sextius offers a benchmark balneotherapy experience with natural spring water already coveted by the Romans. On Ile des Embiez, between Marseille and Toulon, HélioSpa boasts a truly magnificent setting. Next, head to the Hôtel & Spa du Castellet*****, named one of “Europe’s Finest Luxury Spas”. With massages, tennis and a gastronomic dinner at the Michelin three-star restaurant headed up by Christophe Bacquié on the menu, get ready for the pampering of a lifetime. Located near Fréjus, Domaines de Saint-Endréol**** offers a delicious cocktail of spa and golf in an exceptional setting. Set on the heights of La Cadière-d’Azur, you will love the typical Provencal atmosphere of the Bérard AromaSpa. Authenticity abounds at the Bastide des Bains in Marseille too, where you can enjoy a traditional argan body wrap followed by a steaming cup of mint tea. Alternatively, opt for a range of special treatments at the Spa By Sarome Cosmétique in Grimaud. Lastly, try a yoga class at the Clos des Roses in Fréjus. On the programme: wine tasting preceded by an Ashtanga Yoga class, perfect for opening your chakras!
Feet on the ground, eyes on the Med
Vineyard wanderings or chilling on the beach: the perfect place to switch off
Olive groves and forest lanes leading to a charming old vineyard in the Var… Château de Berne***** promises a moment of pure poetry! Treat yourself to a peaceful morning walk in the Château’s 1,235-acre grounds before revelling in total tranquillity at the Cinq Mondes Spa. What’s more, the 353 acres of vines are currently converting to all-organic growing. If the sea is your scene, book a room at the Hôtel Les Roches Blanches***** in Cassis or Grand Hôtel des Sablettes**** in La Seyne-sur-Mer, flaunting a bewitching Nuxe spa and prodigious oils. Seafarers will also love the Thermes Marins Promicea, on the Marseille Corniche coast road. Finally, La Réserve in Ramatuelle is a bubble of peace and relaxation redolent with scents of the South. You simply won’t want to leave, but there is a solution… Come back soon.