Imagine a spa day to recover after a long cycle up Mont Ventoux. Or a beauty treatment before exploring the vineyards of this glorious region. Maybe even a week-long detox programme to soak up the Provencal sun.
All of this is on offer at the most exclusive spas in Provence. Here are our top five picks.
La Bastide de Gordes
The Bastide de Gordes Hotel & Spa is nestled in the heart of Gordes and offers one of the most stunning views in Provence. An ancient castle built on the edge of a cliff, time stands still here as you overlook the magical landscape of the Luberon. The luxurious setting of the old castle, the terraced gardens and the sumptuous decor make this the perfect location for that special spa retreat. The Sisley Spa offers an entire space dedicated to the serenity and well-being of your body and soul. The and beautiful terraced garden mean you can enjoy reading a book by the pool and combine the old Provencal-style living with the up-to-date products of Sisley Paris and the individual treatments available.
Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa
Located just outside of one of the famous perched villages of Tourrettes, in the Var region, the Terre Blanche Hotel & Spa will take your breath away. Set in a typical Provencal-style garden, the spa offers a soothing and intimate atmosphere and includes two private suites that provide even more privacy and tranquillity during your stay. This beautiful countryside resort also gives you the chance to combine sport and relaxation by improving your game of golf. It has two 18-hole golf courses and a training centre to help you better your techniques. With your choice of suites, villas and prestige villas, you really can make this the holiday of your dreams and combine good food, a beautiful setting, relaxation, sport and luxury all in one.
Hotel Crillon le Brave
The peaceful village of Crillon le Brave, located in the Rhone Valley with views of the 'Giant of Provence', Mont Ventoux, offers an authentic oasis in central Provence. The Crillon le Brave Luxury Hotel is a collection of historical country houses that have been acquired over time, starting in 1989, to form a stunning boutique hotel that resembles a village hamlet with 18 suites and 15 rooms. Their very special Spa des Ecuries is located in the former stables. The restored 18th-century rooms create a warm and atmospheric setting for your treatments, with their outdoor swimming pool being heated to a wonderful 29ºC so that you can enjoy the Provencal sunshine year round in complete comfort. For a very special romantic treat, they also have a stunning stone-vaulted double treatment room.
Hotel b Design & Spa
From the old to the modern, this family-run spa retreat, the five-star Hotel b Design & Spa, is a touch of luxury just below Baux-de-Provence. From the outside, Hotel B Design & Spa is every bit the typical country residence. Shrouded by sun-dappled olive trees and overlooking fields of heady purple lavender, it is as much a part of the landscape as the limestone karsts it sits in front of. But the interior has a modern and understated comfort and simple design. Sleep, eat and wellness are the main focus of the hotel, combining a great setting, good food and a spa to revitalise and rejuvenate. It's time to take care of yourself and let go.
Les Bories & Spa Hotel
A five-star luxury hotel, Les Bories & Spa sits in eight hectares of gardens and grounds and is close to the famous village of Gordes. Focusing essentially on calming treatments, the philosophy of the hotel's spa “La Maison d’Ennea” focuses on two main areas: aromatherapy and albutherapy. Aromatherapy uses the aromatic properties of essential essences and plant oils which offer therapeutic, preventive and curative virtues while albutherapy is based on the colour white, perfect for calming and stimulating the spirit. This wonderful hotel also offers a sporting side with several outdoor swimming pools, golf and tennis right on your doorstep. All this, plus stunning views over the Provence countryside. Who can say no?