Les Sources de Caudalie is a spa destination set within one of France’s most prestigious wine producing regions, boasting a double Michelin starred restaurant and magnificent grounds. Nestled amongst the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, dating back 600 years, the hotel is a haven for wine buffs. In its highly acclaimed restaurant, La Grande’Vigne, chef Nicolas Masse celebrates the finest, locally sourced produce, while the bistrot-style La Table du Lavoir offers a relaxed dining experience in a charmingly rustic setting looking out to the gardens.
An experience not to be missed during a stay is sampling the benefits of ‘vinotherapy’ - a wellbeing concept championed by Les Sources de Caudalie - which harnesses the power of polyphenols found in grapes. Follow your treatment with generous amounts of relaxation time in the extensive spa complex, which also boasts a natural jacuzzi heated by thermal waters from the nearby hot springs.
Those seeking to return their attention to the fine wines of the region will find plenty to keep them occupied. The hotel's vineyard setting affords priority access to the tours and tastings on offer at historic Château Smith Haut Lafitte, and you may also wish to venture out to explore the wider region by bicycle - a blissful way to absorb the scenery at a leisurely pace and discover some of the neighbouring wine estates. Those seeking a dose of culture and history will enjoy the opportunity to spend the day in Bordeaux, dining in the city’s renowned eateries and exploring its medieval heart and baroque architecture. The local brocante markets are also well worth a browse, offering opportunities to acquire original antiques and unique gifts.
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take a cookery class with the hotel’s culinary team
Explore the estate by bicycle to discover the region at your own pace
Take a tour of Château Smith Haut Lafitte's historic vat room, wine cellars and cooperage
Relax with a grape-powered ‘vinotherapy’ treatment in the award-winning spa
Take a water yoga class at the indoor pool
Indulge in a forest bathing session followed by a plant-based lunch
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Spend the day in Bordeaux, absorbing its rich history and culinary scene
Set out on a bicycle ride through the idyllic vineyards of the region
Take a relaxing paddle-boarding expedition along the Garonne river
Explore the other wine producing regions of the area – nearby Sauternes for world class dessert wines; Saint Emilion for renowned reds; or Pauillac and the Médoc for some of the biggest names in wine making.
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