La Croix-Valmer, France
Lily Of The Valley
What it is
A Mediterranean spa retreat that’s as effective as it is beautiful, with on-site experts, locavore menus and a motivating perch over the French Riviera.
What it isn't
Cramped. The more than 21,000-square-foot spa includes a semi-Olympic pool, saunas, steam room, and even a snow shower.
What we think
When we die, we want to check in at this Philippe Starck-designed hotel—because it’s arguably one of the closest things to heaven. Let’s start with the service: Les Clefs d’Or concierges await to attend to your every whim 24/7, whether you want to explore surrounding vineyards on a wine tasting or get the hottest restaurant reservation in the region. Guest rooms and suites feel more like private houses, with barrel vaulted ceilings on the terraces, walk-in marble showers and soaking tubs, and cinematic vistas over the leafy hills of Cap Lardier estate. Of course, the best part of staying here is that every member of the staff is there to help you live your best life, with wellness programming ranging from intensive weight loss regimes (including surprisingly fabulous tactics, like algae slimming detox massages) to personal serenity boosts, pre-breakfast workouts included.
You're here because
The place has its own consulting nutritionist, Dr. Jacques Fricker, and the menus are expectedly healthful aaand delicious (this is France, after all). Expect dishes like king crab mimosa salad with mixed herb and even guiltless desserts, like figs poached in citrus wine with shortbread and walnut oil ice cream.
In your waterfront seat on the al fresco terrace at Le Vista restaurant, a gentle breeze kisses your neck as twilight turns the Mediterranean a Provincial shade of lavender. It may be just another day, but it’s another day in paradise—so you opt to celebrate. “Waiter, another order of Petrossian caviar, blinis and French cream, S'il vous plaît .”
Restaurants & Bars
Restaurant Vista - Mediterranean menu with Provencal touches facing the sea or by the fireside.
Restaurant du Village - Casual, all-day dining with the option to sit in the lounge or on the terrace.
A 24 minute drive from Saint-Tropez, overlooking the glimmering Mediterranean. Just down the hill? Plage de Gigaro, a beach cove with crystal clear waters that could have very well appeared in The Talented Mr. Ripley.