Hotels, Lifestyle | October 2022

Bonjour France!

The Querido team and rockstars touched down in France and were ready to embrace the French Art de Vivre!

With the scenic coastline and landscape of the French Riviera and Provence’s picturesque villages and lush landscapes offer the perfect blend of outdoor activities, delicious food and wine, exceptional spa, and two fantastic hotels, Lily of the Valley, and Terre Blanche, for our Provence-Cote d’Azur itinerary.

Our team and rockstars began the trip at Lily of the Valley hotel located 20 minutes south of the village of Saint Tropez, in La Croix-Valmer, perched directly above Gigaro Beach. Designed by Philippe Starck, the hotel artfully blends in with nature, located just five minutes from the hotel’s beach club – the group was lucky enough to stay in a Pool Suite with a private garden and pool just steps from the beach!

Each morning began with a destination-inspired work-out, paddle yoga in the Mediterranean, and a hike through the untouched landscape of the Cap Lardier estate –the perfect way to start the day in the early October sun, connected with nature and the stunning beauty of the region.

We spent the afternoon at The Shape Club with highly customized facials utilizing Biologique Recherche techniques and products – a WOW experience!

The hotel’s al fresco dining reflects the beautiful region between land and sea, with Mediterranean flavors at Vista overlooking the breathtaking views of Gigaro Beach and La Brigantine at the beach club – Santé to exceptional food and even better views!

Lily of the Valley is a true haven for those seeking peace and tranquility without sacrificing any of the fun in the South of France!

Continuing our journey through the South of France, we stopped at Chateau d’Esclans, producer of Whispering Angel Rose. Terre Blanche, located just twenty minutes away, arranged a private tour of the estate, accompanied by a gourmet picnic paired with five wines to taste, each rosé better than the next! 

Nestled in a lush garden surrounded by pine trees, Terre Blanche is a serene, lavender-scented oasis and the perfect next stop for us to experience Provençal luxury without sacrificing serenity in the beautiful countryside. 

Hidden among the rolling hills, vineyards, and picturesque villages, Terre Blanche had arranged activities for us to capture the true essence of Provence. We went on a 15-mile bike ride (e-bike!) to explore the local market in Fayence and stopped for lunch in Seillans – Restaurant Deux Rocs was fantastique!

Terre Blanche has fostered unbelievable local partnerships and hosted an evening in Villa Terre Blanche, with a fabulous menu by chef Christophe Schmitt, inviting the master perfumer of Dior, the creator of all ceramics used at the hotel and a leading female sommelier for the region.

Lily of the Valley and Terre Blanche provide the perfect itinerary to combine the stunning beauty of the coast with the magnificent countryside of Provence.