Relax during your European vacation by visiting one of these four spas in the heart of wine country
Located in the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalíe was started in 1999. The spa offers vinotherapy treatments at their finest (including a red wine bath, a Crushed Cabernet Scrub, a grape blossom wrap and more), all using the renowned Caudalíe products; half-day, full-day and multi-day packages are available. When you aren’t at the spa, consider an onsite cooking class or wine tasting. Forty rooms and nine suites offer luxurious accommodations, and a Michelin-starred restaurant, La Grand’Vigne, is on site, as well as a second restaurant and a wine bar.
Architecture buffs will no doubt love checking out this Rioja hotel, designed by Frank O. Gehry and located at the renowned Marqués de Riscal winery. Forty-three rooms plus two restaurants (and a Michelin starred chef) offer fine choices for eating and sleeping, while the on-site Spa Vinothérapie Caudalíe offers spa treatments with professional “vinotherapists” and Caudalíe products from France. Don’t miss the barrel baths; you can literally sit in a tub created from an oak wine barrel. Half-day, full-day and multi-day packages are available.
This former castle’s classically decorated rooms feature original artwork and antique furniture, as well as all the expected modern high-end hotel amenities. On the grounds, a former stable and hunting lodge have been converted into outstanding private suites. You can take cooking classes at the on-site restaurants, or you can, of course, go to the spa, which offers everything from massage to a Finnish sauna and pools. Treatments use Wald and Schlosshotel-Friedrichsruhe’s own line of vinotherapy products, SanVino, created from grapes grown in the region’s vineyards. Located near Baden-Württemberg, about 70 kilometres from Stuttgart, the resort also has an adjacent golf course.
Created out of an ancient monastery in Langhe, Relais San Maurizio offers 30 rooms, all updated with modern amenities. Ten rooms have private gardens, and every room is decorated completely differently. The spa is located in 1,000 square metres of underground salt caves — the former monastery’s original cellars, and there’s also a Turkish hammam (steam bath). The property offers a Michelin-starred restaurant, a bistro and a wine bar and, a short drive away, you’ll find four golf courses, too.
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