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An award-winning hotel and spa situated in the peaceful surroundings of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards.
This country estate is made up of wonderful guest rooms and suites distributed between five quaint cottages, all of which are quintessentially French in décor with plush furnishings, antique collectibles and crisp fresh linen. Many of the rooms open out on to terraces which over look the beauties of either the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte's vineyards or lake. Most recently, however, has seen the creation of the Village des Pecheurs (Fishermen's village), which is a cluster of 12 suites on stilts. The interior design echoes that of seaside properties with light colours and whitewashed panels. The walls are speckled with mirrors and an array of photos - giving the suites a real family feel.
The spa and hotel are surrounded by vast areas of vineyard, while the beautiful city of Bordeaux is only fifteen minutes away. There are two restaurants, one of which - La Table du Lavoir - is one of the finest in the region. Chef Franck Salein also gives French cooking courses on request. Their other fabulous restuarnt La Grand'Vigne is set in a former orangery and is perfect for dining al fresco on their terrace. The mouth watering menu in either will no doubt not disappoint, with fresh seafood delicacies and infamous French deserts. Lastly their wine bar Rouge is great for hearty traditional French cuisine in the style of tapas to be accompanied by the wide Bordeaux wine selection.
Les Sources de Caudalie boasts a 15,000 bottle wine cellar, and wine tastings with the sommelier offer an excellent introduction to some of the region's best vintages.
Grapes have proven antioxidant and protective properties, and the Vinotherapy spa combines the use of Caudalie beauty care products with unique therapies such as a Merlot wrap, a Sauvignon massage or a crushed Cabernet scrub. Treatments are on hand to combat ageing, provide total relaxation or even promote weight loss.
The hotel also has a cigar room, outdoor swimming pool, gym, and tennis court.
Why we love it
The treatments used in the spa are unique in using by-products of the wine-making process and include therapies such as a Merlot wrap, a Sauvignon massage or a crushed Cabernet scrub.
Harriet, Original Traveller