Where better to kick back and relax than in 'la douce France'? With a wide range of picture perfect backdrops and totally different atmospheres, you can spend your spa weekend break in France in the hills beyond St Tropez, with a view of the Med or on the famous beaches of Trouville...
Terre Blanche, Tourettes
More of a temple to relaxation than your usual bijou spa, Terre Blanche’s 3200m pampering house is set in a two floor Provencal villa surrounded by luxurious greenery. One of ‘The Leading Spas of The World’, it has 12 treatment rooms and 2 couple suites with all the treatments you could dream of from anti aging facials by Carita or Ivo Pitanguy to ‘body sculpting’ classes, aqua fitness, aquabiking, yoga and pilates. Hunger pang? Stop by the Infusion Tea-room.
Fancy a dip? There’s a 20 metre indoor swimming pool kept at 28° C, and an outdoor vitality pool at a warm 35º C with invigorating water jets and air beds. You will also find a steam room, a laconium, a hamam and a mani/pedi station as well as a steam shower and vast fitness room, not to mention a relaxation room with tropical shower and ice fountain. Aside from that, it’s also worth mentioning the resort’s truly amazing breakfast buffet. One of the finest I’ve ever seen. www.terre-blanche.com
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Domaine de Baumaniere, Les Baux de Provence
Spa Baumaniere, Virginie Ovessian
Tucked away in the valley below the famous ‘Baux de Provence’, this charming hideaway blends quaint, Provencal rustic chic and Relais & Chateau high-end luxury beautifully. Although the place is best known for its gastronomic restaurant, earning chef and owner Jean Andre Charial 2 Michelin stars, it’s hard to tell what the best part of this exclusive bolthole is. It might be the cosy 60 odd rooms set amidst the lavender, olive trees and fragrant thyme – all spacious, featuring the local terracotta tiles ‘tomettes’ and individual décor, made unique thanks to whimsical touches added under Mrs Charial’s expert eye, as well as original artwork and a relaxing colour scheme, and plenty of authentic antiques.
Or, it might be the beautiful pool (one of 3), the tennis courts, the views over the rocky ‘Baux’ outcrops or, it might just be, the spa, bathed in natural light, with its large windows, wooden décor scheme and delicious aromas wafting throughout. Pick a relaxing ‘Oustau’ special with its local olive oil lotions and potions, care of ‘une olive en Provence’ or go for the high end Sisley, a brand new partnership for the spa. Either way you’ll feel all your troubles slip away and be left refreshed, and deliciously zoned out! www.oustaudebaumaniere.com
Cures Marines Trouville Hotel Thalasso & Spa-MGallery Collection
Cures Marines Trouville Hotel
Tucked around the back of the Barriere Casino, facing the sea, the glorious Cures Marines hotel, only opened last year after a major revamp and is one of the ‘cote fleurie’s must-visit spas. The impressive neoclassical building harks back to the Grande Epoque, back in 1912. Inside the style is smooth, with a distinct nod to the coast’s glory days, all stripes, period photography and blues inspired by the sea. All about the sea water treatments (pumped and filtered straight into the basement ‘bassins’), the hotel offers different formulas covering everything from backache to weightloss, coaching and pampering! In the rooms, the crisp white linens, white padded leather headboards nicely offset the black and white photography feature walls.
Hop into your dressing gown and shuffle down to the spa where three floors of cabins and treatments by Gemology, Aquascience and Filorga await. Everything is sleek, shiny and at the cutting edge of technology and the list of treatments is so long it warrants its own book. Even better, for those who wish to escape, the hotel is a stone’s throw away from the promenade Flaubert and Duras used to stroll along, and walking distance to town, and to Deauville, which is adjacent to Trouville. www.sofitel.com
Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa , Theoule Sur Mer
Perched on a Cliffside between Cannes and St Raphael, the family friendly Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, and offers exactly what it says on the tin: a beach (albeit stone!), a spa and plenty of cosy luxury. In addition to uninterrupted sea views, contemporary rooms and a beautiful restaurant set in the rock face, there’s a gym, outdoor pool (with a view) and a fabulous spa.
Spread over two floors, the Sothy spa is a vision in copper tones, rugged stone and mocha mosaics. Natural minerals and soothing fragrances give the spa’s four rooms a calming atmosphere. Pick a tailor-made treatment or choose from the menu, or simply make the most of the sauna and steam room. www.miramar-beachspa.tiara-hotels.com
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La Reserve, Ramatuelle
La Reserve, Ramatuelle
The glorious La Reserve set just outside St Tropez, in glamorous Ramatuelle is ideally located right near the famous Pampelonne beaches, and, fear not, there is even a shuttle into town, should you need to escape. But, chances are you will want to stay put in this hillside hideaway overlooking the sparkling Med. There is a sense of the James Bond villain’s retreat here, because everything looks so perfect: the manicured gardens, slick staff in golf buggies and a gorgeous pool, all with fantastic coastline views.
The spa is spectacular: an all white extravaganza, featuring Crème de La Mer products. Book a signature massage for sleep inducing bliss, take a dip in the indoor pool, or head to the hammam. Whether you want to indulge in some pampering, or get down to the business of fitness, la Reserve caters to both those in search of R’n’ R or those who seek a serious detox regime, to get back into shape thanks to personal trainers, diets and step by step programs. I know which I’d rather do... www.lareserve-ramatuelle.com