23 May 2012
Pampering in Provence
From short pit-stops to all out spa days, Provence offers every ingredient we could possibly need for a touch of well-earned pampering. So, don your fluffiest robe, put on your softest slippers and join us for a spot of Provence-style indulgence.
Le Couvent des Minimes Hotel & Spa by L’OCCITANE
Home to one of our best loved beauty brands, Le Couvent des Minimes is the perfect place to kick off your Spa pilgrimage. Housed in a converted nunnery dating back to 1613, the traditional setting here perfectly complements the natural, local ingredients that L’OCCITANE products are famous for. Making use of the honey, verbena, lemon and lavender grown on-site in the picturesque gardens, the treatment menu offers an authentic Provençal approach to health and relaxation. Opt for a soothing Hot and Cold Lemon-Verbena Massage, or try one of the signature facials, Immortelle Secret to Youth, for a firming massage designed to relax muscular tension and smooth out fine lines for fresher younger looking skin…here’s hoping.
La Bastide des Bains
Hidden away behind heavy Art Deco doors in central Marseille, La Bastide des Bains is the last place you might expect to encounter a traditional Hammam. Reminiscent of ancient Roman baths, the two stone and mosaic rooms are set to medium and high temperatures and are infused with the scent of eucalyptus. Purify your skin with a traditional scrub followed by a nourishing body mask of Moroccan clay blended with rose water or orange blossom. After your treatments take the time to wind down in the candlelit comfort of the relaxation room before heading out onto the busy city streets.
Thalazur Thalassotherapy & Spa Hotel Ile Rousee
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Rènecros Bay, this little corner of Provence coastline boasts one of the best locations we could find for a Thalassotherapy Spa. Harnessing the restorative properties of seawater, the specialist spa here offers up a heated outdoor infinity pool (seawater of course), a solarium, two private beaches for post treatment tanning, and an extensive list of wellbeing and beauty therapies. Experience a romantic couples treatment in the spacious DUO suite complete with private Hamman and Jacuzzi, or take advantage of some “me time” and indulge in an organic seaweed wrap. And best of all, this is not the kind of Spa that only serves carrot juice, so you’re free to follow up treatments at the beachside bar with a glass or two of local Provençal wine.
Words by Katie Manning