Bienvenue, welcome to Provence. As you walk through the large, arched wooden doorway, the scent of lavender wafts over to greet you. The natural stone floors and rustic wood desk are reminiscent of a French country chateau.
Plaster walls are painted in lavenders, earthy greens, rich burgundies, and warm golds evoking the lavender, olives, wine grapes, and grains that grow in the Provence region. Windows and doorways are arched. Light streams through harlequin stained glass into the changing rooms, providing privacy and a playful feel. Shutters adorn other windows to block out the light in treatment rooms.
Soothing music, like Beethoven’s Lavender Fields and Moonlight Sonata are piped in.
Cold stone, carved in soft swirls and arches, complements the warm stucco. Outdoor terraces overlook the organic herb gardens where the sage, rosemary, lavender, and other herbs used in the spa treatments and delicious authentic country French cuisine are grown. In the evening sit by the stone fire pit under twinkling lights suspended from trees in pastel lanterns.
Treatments use scents and ingredients native to the Provence region. Mineral rich spring water with grape extract–a byproduct of winemaking–is chock full of polyphenols for anti-aging. Local honey mixed with winemakers yeast and crushed cabernet seeds are a fantastic full body scrub. And lavender and rosemary provide soothing aromatherapy for massage treatments using hot stones from a French quarry.
Like the treatment menu, the spa restaurant takes its cues from the bounty of the Provence region. Meals are light and feature fresh, organic, and local ingredients. Crusty whole great bread with olive tapenade or Saville orange marmalade and fresh goat cheese is a light snack. Nicoise salads use responsibly sourced tuna and fresh eggs from local farmers. For something hardier, braised baby artichokes with tomato coulis, a traditional omelette with truffles, or braised chicken with herbs de provence and fresh olive oil.
Wicker and wood. Terra cotta and stone. Glass and light. Nature and color. Provence is about the rustic, colorful, beautiful natural worlds. What better place to relax!