Hôtel Les Hortensias du Lac, Hossegor, France
This superb waterfront property on the west shore of Lake Hossegor is an elegant, relaxed combination of Basque-Landes style and the surfing spirit of a seaside resort. The rooms’ terraces and balconies offer views of the marine lake and a majestic pine forest, beckoning you to simply contemplate life’s pleasures. Or experience those pleasures first-hand in the palette of water sports available: the ocean is your playground for surfing, windsurfing, boating and more.
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Domaine de Fontenille, Provence, France
The Domaine de Fontenille, a magnificent bastide just outside Aix-en-Provence, at the gateway to the Luberon Regional Natural Park and the Durance Valley, brings back the spirit of an authentic Provençal family home in exquisite luxury. The venerable, 18th-century residence sheltered by century-old cedars stands proudly in the midst of an exceptional, certified-organic wine estate. From the restaurant – home to Michelin-starred Chef Jérôme Faure – to the old winemaking cellars converted into a contemporary art centre, from the vineyard’s walking trails to the immense permaculture vegetable garden, every aspect of this property is designed to enchant the senses.
Torre Vella & Santa Ponsa, Menorca, Spain
Each of these two Relais & Châteaux properties, Torre Vella & Santa Ponsa, possesses a style all its own, offering guests two complementary and equally superb experiences. The first, a former 15th-century farm, has an irresistible, elegant simplicity, an appeal rivalled only by its cliff-edge location along the coast. The second is a 17th-century palace surrounded by lush, terraced grounds and boasting a spa and gourmet restaurant, all forming an exquisite resort. The two properties, just a few kilometres apart, have been beautifully renovated in the Menorcan architectural style. Torre Vella & Santa Ponsa embody the very best of Menorca: the allure of traditional fincas, the tranquillity of pristine nature, generous farmland and a deep azure sky. Amidst 300 permaculture hectares, in a land of vineyards, olive and citrus trees and aromatic plants, guests can linger in comfort and savour the moment.
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