Back to the source
You’re encouraged to drink the merlot responsibly, but there’s no such limit to how much vinotherapy you can enjoy. We would never have believed that grape seeds could be so good for you... until we had a revelation at Sources de Caudalie. Set in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards, you can unpack your luggage at Smith Haut Lafitte Chateau in Martillac and then savour exquisite treatments in the spa, delicious meals in Nicolas Masse’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, and tonic laps of the indoor pool.
Saint-Émilion is about more than just the nectar of the gods. It’s also a spa, comfortably at home in the Grand Barrail hotel. The jacuzzi looks out onto the vineyards, making it the perfect spot to switch off and relax. If you can tear yourself away, you can visit the owners of the surrounding winemaking chateaus. They will be more than happy to let you taste a few of their vintages.
Unwind in the Nuxe - Les Bains de Léa Spa at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bordeaux. Leave your toga at the entrance and slip into the turquoise waters of the antique baths. Swim countercurrent between the imposing pillars and lavish wall-hangings. Give in to the intoxicating aroma of the divinely fragrant steam in the hammam. Finish up with a prodigious massage from a prodigious masseur.
It’s said that when one sense is muted, the others experience sensations more keenly. And it’s true! Come this way for the Spa Dans le noir in Bordeaux. Exfoliation, body or facial massages... Exactly what you’d expect, apart from the fact that all of these treatments are administered in absolute pitch darkness, by blind or visually impaired practitioners. Rediscover the senses!
Caviar and diamonds
If you’re visiting Bordeaux, find an excuse to slip away to the Hôtel de Sèze. When you’re there, ask for the Queen’s Necklace. Precious stones, diamonds, and caviar are the main ingredients in this luxurious 90 minute face treatment that will turn you into a true beauty queen...
Places to go
• Les sources Caudalie
• Grand Barrail Chateau
• Nuxe - Les Bains de Léa Spa
• Spa Dans le noir
• Hôtel de Sèze
• Les Eaux Paradis Spa