In the heart of the Luberon, Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa is a space entirely dedicated to well-being, sport and relaxation. The hotel also offers prestige bicycles for exploring the region. Its magnificent spa is complemented by an excellent team of therapists. It has just been voted best resort in France by the prestigious international magazine Travel & Leisure, and you’ll understand why when you read about Pascal Languillon’s wonderful stay below.
A resort that looks like the perfect Provencal village
Luxe Wellness Club’s mission is to unearth the best luxury hotels for wellness vacations, and it was a no-brainer for us to include Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa in our selection. What a joy to discover that Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa has just been awarded the title of 1st Resort Hotel in France in 2022 by the readers of Travel & Leisure! I set off to explore the hotel and its region during a Provencal getaway in May.
Right in the heart of the Luberon, the resort is set in a superb landscape of vineyards, olive groves, lavender and cypress trees covering almost 42 hectares. From the moment you arrive, the tone is set. A long cypress-lined driveway leads to the hotel porch. With its pink-tiled roofs and ochre facades, the hotel has remained true to the soul of the villages in this corner of Provence. The hotel takes the form of a small restored XIth century hamlet, and it’s a sort of dream village in fact, as everything here is exactly in keeping with the image we have of Provence .
Stone walls and beautiful materials, olive trees, fountains and the sound of cicadas. I was blown away by the resort site. Perched high up, the hotel dominates the landscape, offering bucolic views on all sides. It’s both restful and charming.
I found that another undeniable highlight was the presence of two superb outdoor pools (including a 20-meter-long family pool and a heated semi-Olympic one). The Luberon is true to its reputation for sunny weather, and I found it remarkable to be able to swim in the hotel pool without shivering, so early in the season.
You’d almost have to force yourself to leave this refuge, but it would be a shame not to discover the region. To make it easy, Coquillade Resort offers a cycling center with top-of-the-range, ultra-light bikes in its BMC Cycling Center, a showroom that is the showcase for this iconic Tour de France brand. So I had the pleasure of renting a top-quality electric mountain bike to take on the roads of the Luberon.
Several cycle paths are easily accessible from the resort. At the end of a long two-hour walk through lavender fields, I discovered the village of Roussillon and its ochre landscapes. This bike ride was a real highlight!
For those who prefer to stay on site, the resort also has tennis courts and petanque courts.
Spacious rooms with a happy sobriety
I was lucky enough to stay in a large Junior Suite of around fifty square meters, with a sun-drenched terrace and XXL bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. The whole place seemed very spacious, and almost uncluttered, with its floor-to-ceiling shades of gray. They may not be the most Instagrammable rooms of the moment, but this deliberate sobriety has one important virtue: it calms and soothes.
Rooms are decorated with paintings by famous artists. I loved the large walk-in showers with soap dispensers from Rose et Marius. The charm of the 63 rooms and suites on the estate also lies in the view, and the chance to be lulled to sleep by the cicadas at night…
For pillow lovers, Coquillade offers an original menu, including a lavender pillow. Most unusual of all, however, is the fact that guests are invited to take their pillows home with them at the end of their stay (or donate them to charity)! If I’m sleeping soundly today, I probably have Coquillade to thank… in any case, this seduction operation is unprecedented and deserves to be highlighted.
Certainly the most beautiful spa in Provence
Another highlight at Coquillade, in my opinion, is its magnificent 2,000 m² spa, which has recently been renovated and offers a Provencal and almost Japanese ambiance. The reception room is one of the most original I’ve seen to date, with large, comfortable sofas, trees planted in pots, honeycomb-shaped walls… A sort of successful mix and match.
The spa features two outdoor Jacuzzis, a beautiful heated indoor pool, and a steam room – sauna – ice fountain – sensory shower. The eleven treatment cabins offer body and face treatments by Tata Harper and Biologique Recherche. Everything here invites absolute relaxation. After a treatment in a subdued atmosphere, it’s pleasant to recover in a brightly lit relaxation room.
If one thing in particular sticks in my mind, it’s the exceptional quality of the treatments provided at Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa. For this I must thank Alison, the therapist who looked after me throughout my stay.
First, I was treated to an oriental bath ceremony lasting over two hours: a black soap scrub in a traditional hammam straight from Morocco, followed by a body wrap, then a relaxing massage. The glove scrub was more than invigorating, almost painful, but terribly effective!
The Tata Harper facial was called “Dermal Optimization facial”,using five different small machines to exfoliate the skin, cleanse it and make it more beautiful and luminous. This technology, coupled with exceptional cosmetics, produces beautiful results. See for yourself in the video above!
Finally, I tested a Coquillade signature ritual, a massage where I was able to let myself go completely, with its alternation of manual massage with the use of heated ceramic pouches.
Coquillade offers free group classes. These include yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi in the Zen area, as well as fitness, cardio training and abdo-buttocks in a large room or outdoors.
I also like the fact that Coquillade Spa doesn’t offer pre-established cures, but rather tailor-made packages and programs that can be created according to the customer’s needs.
Fresh cuisine featuring local produce
A fine hotel is nothing without fine dining, and Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa understands this perfectly. The culinary experience at Les Vignes & son Jardin was of the highest quality during my stay. I’ve made a point of choosing only local dishes with Provencal flavors. First nice surprise: “Petits Légumes Farçis à la Provençale, veal stuffing with fresh herbs”. The next day, the starter of my choice was “Tomato and Basil Tart, Roasted Prawns with Espelette Pepper”. Delicious too.
As a main course, I loved the “rack of pork cooked over charcoal, mustard and honey from the estate, fine carrot purée with orange”, the restaurant’s best-seller, I hear. I also tried a cocotte of raw and cooked vegetables, toasted sesame and black truffle” to go back to something more detox… For lunch, the bar serves a range of Thai-inspired dishes.
Buffet breakfasts are also served in the Les Vignes restaurant, both indoors and on the terrace. The choice is wide and varied, including many healthy options, and I spent a good while daydreaming over my cup of coffee and contemplating the vines.
Provence in all its splendor! Set in idyllic surroundings, this human-scale resort has everything to please. Its 2,000 m² spa is undoubtedly one of the finest in France, and offers truly exceptional treatments. A rare address that we recommend without hesitation.Luxe Wellness Club
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