Victoria Douglas, our worldwide travel specialist recently visited the south of France and the stunning Terre Blanche Golf and Spa Resort.
This was my second visit to the region and the property itself. However, Terre Blanche has only, just in the Fall of last year, become an independently managed hotel after a long term partnership with the Four Seasons management group.
I know a few of my repeat guests were concerned about this change of management, so I spent the day at the hotel to see what has changed. Happily I can report that not a great deal has changed and in fact it appears that there is now a slightly more intimate and personal atmosphere.
A pretty house in the hilltop medieval town of Fayence
The location here never disappoints; the tranquility of the rolling hills and countryside of Provence is simply stunning. The south of France immediately conjures up glitzy images of St Tropez and super yachts, however this could not be further from what awaits at Terre Blanche.
This is rustic, provincial sophistication at its best. The suites and villas are all low level, set within winding pathways and surrounded by olive trees. The interiors, very understated luxury and wonderfully spacious so suitable for families too.
Much of my time was spent at the fabulous spa during my visit. It is my favorite hotel spa to date. With a brilliant indoor pool which is just the right temperature to cool off after relaxing in the outside areas and sunbathing, as well as an outside Jacuzzi. I experienced the Ivo Pitanguy facial, wonderfully relaxing and then the surprise of oxygen being pumped into my skin to maximize the benefits of the products! I left feeling a few years younger! Being an expectant mum, the spa was really appealing as you have the option to dip in and out of the sunshine and top up on wellness at the same time.
Main pool at Terre Blanche
The main pool here is also divine. Beautifully orchestrated to accentuate the views of the area and the sumptuous white linen canopy areas can be rented for ultimate privacy. It is never too busy in as the resort is such a vast space and guests could be playing golf, tennis, enjoying the spa or out exploring the French countryside.
I visited the children’s club and again was wowed. My 3 year old daughter would be very jealous of the array of toys, heated children’s pool where lessons are conducted, Mac computers and messy arts and craft area. This is a complimentary service for all guests for children over the age of 2 years and I would highly recommend it, as the nannies are well trained and the service is personalized and attentive.
The children’s club at Terre Blanche
As a golf widow, I was reluctant to have a look around the golf course and training center; however this was possibly the most jaw dropping facility I have seen in my 13 years in travel! But shhh we won’t tell my husband that or I may never see him again! The training center has every modern technology golf offers including bio-mechanic swing technology, posture realignment machines and a number of pros to assist with improving your game.
New for this year is complimentary WiFi at the resort, a new semi open dining terrace for families and high hopes to reclaim that Michelin star at the main restaurant. As well as an extended activity program to focus on the region and its offering, be that cycling, hiking and dining.
We hired a car during our time here and I highly recommend this so that you can explore the nearby medieval, hilltop towns of Fayence, Seillans, Callian and Mons with their winding narrow streets, medieval churches, local markets, cafes or gourmet restaurants. The food on offer at both Terre Blanche and the surrounding area is fabulous with such fresh ingredients and wonderful seafood from the nearby coast. In summary, wonderful wine and food, French hospitality and a sophisticated hidden gem of a resort. This is THE place to visit this summer!
The Medieval town of Fayence