Luminescence lured Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and a host of other artists to the French Riviera, the beau monde followed, and so have many lucky American travelers. Sean Connery purchased his "Domaine" overlooking an ancient village in the non-developed eastern part of Provence, called the arrière pays (backcountry) and also known as the Pays de Fayence.
In recent years, that land has been developed into the ultra-hospitable Terre Blanche, which sprawls amidst a vast oak, cypress and Mediterranean pine-studded hillside less than an hour from the Nice/Cote d’Azur airport (making it a perfect pre- or postlude to a cruise from Nice or a meeting in Cannes). A 34,446 square-foot stand-alone spa facility has been built overlooking the resort’s golf course.
Surrounded by terraces and gardens, the stunning facility includes a state-of-the-art gym, an indoor pool extended by the vitality pool, relaxation room, an indoor dry-heat room known as a Laconeum and a steam room, referred to by its traditional Turkish name, hammam.
Of the 14 treatment rooms — all equipped with showers, hydraulic beds and heated blankets — there are two VIP or couples suites, which feature double whirlpool baths, steam showers and private terraces with outdoor cabanas (for services in temperate weather). In France, where beauty is paramount, skin care is a cherished tradition; accordingly, guests enjoy a vast menu of skin care services and two marvelous brand choices: Ivo Pitanguy and Carita. Of course, there’s a hair salon and mani-pedi suite for the finishing touches. To satisfy your appetite after a workout or treatment, go to the Infusion team room where chef Philippe Jourdin creates true cuisine minceur, an alternative light fare that enhances any wellness program.