Our stay of the week – Le Couvent des Minimes Hotel & Spa L’Occitane, Provence

A haven of tranquility and relaxation near the quaint French village of Mane, Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa L’Occitane ticks all boxes for the sun-soaked, carefully-curated, spa-loving stay you’ve been dreaming of in the heart of Provence. Founded in 1613, turned into a hospice in 1862 and recently reinvented as a spa hotel in 2008, this superb, award-winning Relais & Châteaux property combines its welcoming spirit and state-of-the-art wellness facilities with irresistibly lush country surrounds.

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From its guest rooms and suites through to its three drinking and dining areas, homeliness mingles with eclecticism in the form of up-to-date design touches, splashes of greenery, flourishes of floral bouquets and quirky statement furnishings (think Asian-inspired lampshades in the main restaurant, lime and bubblegum-pink chairs in the communal lounge, boldly patterned wallpapers and curtains, and life-size sheep statues in reception). From room to room, individual styles and bursts of colour perfectly complement the hotel’s soft yet eccentric vibe. It is only in La Cornue, a stony cellar where wine-tasters and cheese connoisseurs can tickle their taste buds, that the traditional Provençal aesthetic appears wholly untouched.

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The definite highlight, a shimmering spa, encapsulates the tranquil atmosphere for which the hotel prides itself. Using the brilliance of beauty and skincare brand L’Occitane, as well as environmentally-friendly practices and Fairtrade ingredients, treatments here range from essential oil massages to nourishing and illuminating facials – each aiming to deliver a journey of the senses whilst remaining authentic and respectful. Facilities throughout the spa include an indoor swimming pool with massage jets and colour-changing water, a relaxation area, a sauna and a steam room, all designed in rich, warming and calming tones. As the cherry on the gâteau, a sublime outdoor pool lined with loungers offers up quite the space for al fresco unwinding – could there be anywhere more heavenly?

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We’re offering a stay in a Deluxe Restanque room at Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa L’Occitane from £171, with breakfast.

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