Well-being and vineyard
Since the discovery of the healing properties of the polyphenols found in grape seeds, and the success of Caudalie’sVino-therapy spa near Bordeaux, the concept of a vino-spa has become more and more popular. A little tour of these special well-being centres in the heart of France’s vineyards, to be consumed without moderation!
The benefits of vines and grapes
- The Original
Les Sources de Caudalie Spa. It was on the Château Smith Haut Lafitte estate, in the Graves "Great Wine" appellation, that the Caudalie cosmetic brand, which harnesses vine and grape extracts, was born. A first in France, the Caudalie Vino-therapy®Spa opened in 1999, and brought together the natural hot springs collected 540m under ground, with vine and grape extracts. This 150m2 spa area offers exclusive treatments like the famous Crushed Cabernet Scrub, the Gironde Honey and Wine Yeast Wrap, the Barrel Bath or the Wine-Maker’s Massage. Since then, another Caudalie Vino-therapy® Spa has opened in France, between the ponds and the forest of Avray, 5 minutes from Versailles, and 20 minutes from Paris.
Les Sources de Caudalie – Chemin de Smith Haut Lafitte– 33650 Bordeaux-Martillac.Tel: +33 5 57 83 83 83
- Well-being through Alsace’s vines
Located amongst the Bergheim vines, the Cour du Bailli Hotel is a former wine-producer’s residence which now offers, as well as its boutique rooms and restaurant, a spa paved with traditional Alsatian tiles in an original 16th century wine cellar. This VitisSpa® brings you the best of the vine’s healing properties: Grape Seed Oil Indian Massage, Bentonite Clay powder, and crushed grape seed and grape juice scrub.
La Cour du Bailli – 57, Grand’Rue – 68750 Bergheim.Tel: +33 (0)3 89 73 73 46
- Relaxation and pleasure in Beaune, Burgundy
The traditional capital of Burgundy’s greatest wines is home to a magical place – the Burgundy Vines & Well-Being Spa. As soon as you step inside the old town house, a stone’s throw from the famous Hospices de Beaune, you enter the magnificent interior courtyard garden which leads on to the different treatment and relaxation rooms. Red-Grape Bath in an authentic wine tub (used as a bath tub, they were once used to crush grapes bare foot during the harvest), organic Grape Oil Massages, and facial treatments will bring you a moment of pure relaxation.
Spa Bourgogne Cosmétiques – 5 rue du château 21200 Beaune.Tel: +33 (0)3 80 21 19 91
- Grape treatment in Moissac, in the South West
In the Grand Site of the town of Moissac, in the Midi-Pyrenees region, stay in a B&B in a former fruit farm and try the Chasselas grape-based personalised treatments. The white grape, which has played a role in Moissac’s history since the beginning of 18th century, was the first fresh fruit to receive the Protected Designation of Origin, in 1971. A dietary initiation will help you to experience the benefits of the Cure Uvale (from the Latin uva, meaning grape – the treatment harnesses the special properties of the grape) which became famous in the 30s. Apart from the grape pulp treatments, you can visit a Chasselas production site, and don’t forget to drop into the Moissac Abbey, listed as a Unesco World Heritage
Get into shape in the vines
Pass’Escapades Well-being in Saint-Emilion
Thought up by the Tourist office, the "relaxation and wine" package lets you combine a visit to Saint-Emilion, with tasting visits to wine-making estates (including one Grand Cru, or Great Wine area) and a trip to the Grand Barrail Spa. The 4* Château Grand Barrail Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 3 hectares of land, has 41 rooms and 5 suites, and a spa area entirely devoted to wellbeing, relaxation and beauty (massage room, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna, and a Scottish Bath). In the kitchen, chef cooks up a local menu, inspired by the roots of this area of Aquitaine.
Tel: +33 (0)5 57 55 28 28
Charm and relaxation in Provence
10 km from Thoronet Abbey, a path through the ancestral vines leads you to the Château de Berne estate. Here, you will find the 4* Relais & Châteaux Hotel, a haven of peace, and its 19 rooms with forest, vine or garden views. Between cooking and oenology lessons or a vineyard visit, take a relaxing break in the Temps Spa, which reopens in April 2012. It will have a new minimalist and Zen atmosphere: you will find a Turkish bath, sauna, tea room, solarium and three treatment rooms.
Tel: +33 (0)4 94 60 48 88