Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux

Bordeaux is one of the most renowned winemaking regions in France and, at Les Sources de Caudalie, wine-lovers can not only immerse themselves in the winemaking process, but can also treat their subsequent "wine face" at a spa founded by the creators of "vinotherapy" (the beauty treatment in which the residue of winemaking is rubbed into the skin).

The key to the hotel's character is its commitment to the French Paradox, a lifestyle based on the suggested benefits of French living, including a study on the positive effects of wine consumption in fighting cardiovascular disease. The atmosphere is consequently one of simultaneous revelry and relaxation; it's likely to be a rare opportunity to eat, drink and be pampered with the tranquil beauty of a vineyard as an inviting backdrop.

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Vinotherapy doesn’t just mean the art of relaxing with a glass of good quality wine – though there is plenty of that to be had – it’s to be found at the hotel’s spa too, where any overindulging in the vineyard can be solved with skin-reviving Caudalie products and treatments.

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What makes the spa experience particularly special is that the story of Caudalie as a brand is entwined with the hotel’s vineyards. In fact, it’s a family affair, seeing as Mathilde Thomas, the founder of Caudalie, is the sister of Alice Tourbier, who owns the hotel with her husband, and it was the discovery of the potency of grapeseed, a waste product of the winemaking process, that was the catalyst for the brand’s creation.

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Banish any thoughts of nepotism though; the brand is an authentic addition to the spa, where antioxidant products and natural spring water make the vines visible outside your treatment-room’s window feel integral to your relaxation. Even more importantly, dare I say, the treatments are exactly what your face, body and mind need after having one too many glasses of the hotel’s award-winning wine.

For a truly special experience, try the Barrel Bath or Winemaker’s Massage – though your skin will thank you even more for the ResvératrolLift facial; you’ll emerge with a glowing complexion, that even if you’re prone to redness, will mean you can go make-up-free for the rest of the day.

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