Lily of the Valley – French Riviera, South of France
Hotel Type: A family owned luxury 5* wellness hotel.
Location: On the French Riviera in La Croix Valmer. The hotel is just a few minutes’ drive away (or a 3 hour coastal walk) from the bustling town of Saint-Tropez, but surrounded by untouched landscape. The hotel boast panoramic views of the Mediterranean and overlooks Plage de Gigaro. From the hotel you can walk down to the three mile wild, sandy beach. It is half way between Nice and Marseilles airports (80 minute drive).
Style: Phillipe Starck designed simplicity and elegance.
Rooms: There are 38 rooms and 6 suites. All come with their own private terrace and range between 35 to 105 m².
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the Wellness Suite, it has a marble bathroom and a private terrace!
Ideal For: Short getaways and long breaks to detox, unwind and reset.
Swimming: There are 2 swimming pools to be enjoyed, one of which is in the wellness village and adult only.
Dining: Described as ‘from the garden to your plate’, the food here is local and authentic. Head to Le Vista to enjoy its Mediterranean menu with hints of Provence as you gaze at the sea, or bask in the warmth of the fire. Or go to the relaxed Club House for a light yet satisfying snack or meal. Perfect for those looking to not pile on the holiday pounds.
Activities: Spend time in the Wellness Village and join in one of the many complimentary or tailored wellness classes. Relax by one of the pools or laze at the hotel’s private beach club. Discover the local area whether it be Provence, St Tropez or some of the local pretty villages. Learn something on an artisan visit to experience the local culture and traditions. Go walking or running or just unwind with a book.
Spa: 2,000 m² devoted to wellness, weight loss and sport. Featuring a large fitness room, fitness class studios, a heated semi-Olympic pool, treatment and consultation rooms, saunas, a steam room, and a snow shower.
Children: Currently a family friendly hotel suitable for older children. However, there is a Kids Club coming soon which will make it perfect for the whole family whatever the age…watch this space!
Accessibility: The wellness Village, Fitness rooms and other facilities are all wheelchair accessible! The rooms which are best for wheelchair access are the Superior Rooms, The wellness suite is also wheelchair accessible via lift and is close to all of their facilities.
Low Season Price From: €550 per night for a Classic room and includes breakfast .
High Season Price From: €1,100 per night for a Classic room and includes breakfast.
Open: Open all year round for your wellness, sunshine and relaxation fix.
It was a family vision that saw the creation of Lily of the Valley. From the initial concept of a hotel where wellbeing is at its core, to the design by Phillipe Starck, artfully blending in with nature and the surrounds, this is a place to calm your senses and restore your balance. It is five star luxury dedicated to weight loss, diet, sport and healthy living, with its ecological ethos extending to how it sits in the landscape, employing local staff and sourcing produce from the immediate vicinity. Nestled into the slopes of the Gigaro hills above six kilometres of fine sandy beach, with its very own beach club at one end on the edge of the pine forest, this is gentle Mediterranean living at its best. A discreet and friendly team is available 24 hours a day to attend to your every need, and ensure your stay is a thoroughly personal experience whilst you achieve your dietary and fitness goals.
The design of the rooms and suites, filled with natural light, all helps to create the sense of wellbeing and calm. Spacious with large, stylishly furnished terraces and balconies, they look out over the Mediterranean or up over the Cap Lardier estate and the Gigaro hills. We especially love the bold marble bathrooms – a mini Spa all in themselves. The Classic Rooms, below the Wellness Village, are spacious with wonderful rural views, whilst the similar sized Superior Rooms look onto the Village itself. For a bit more privacy, the Deluxe Rooms are set in the grounds, with a glimpse of the Mediterranean from your terrace. For a full-blown view, book the Sea View Deluxe Room. The Suites come with a separate living area and two bathrooms, one with a large walk-in shower. The Classic Suites have views of the Gigaro Hills and Cap Lardier, with the Wellness Suites looking onto the pool and Wellness Village. What can we say about the Deluxe Sea View Suites, other than the view from the terrace is truly sublime. The Pool Suites all come with their own private pool, sleeping from two to six people. Sleek and spacious, with terraces or gardens, marble bathrooms, with the option to interconnect, they are just a pebble’s throw from the hotel’s own stretch of the Plage de Gigaro.
The Head Chef Vincent Maillard’s pedigree and skill make a stay here worth every cent. Trained in some of France’s most prestigious kitchens, he spent 15 years under Alain Ducasse, before joining Lily of the Valley at its inception. He manages to combine exquisite Provençal flavours and showcase the ‘terroirs’ of the Mediterranean, with the emphasis always on health and weight control. Produce is seasonal and local – from nearby farms, gardens and of course, the sea. The Vista Restaurant looks out over the Mediterranean, and breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all enjoyed with that glittering backdrop, whilst Le Village is a convivial and intimate place to dine amongst the pines and lush vegetation. There’s also the relaxed Club House, for juices, smoothies and light meals on comfortable sofas and a sunny terrace. Down at the beach club, there’s water’s edge dining at La Brigantine, bringing you the taste of every corner of Italy – it is utterly delicious. Whilst Restaurant Pépé is perfect for a quick snack, or a long, cool drink, looking out over the sparkling Med.
Lily of the Valley is more suited to older children (those under the age of 16 are unable to visit the wellness centre). It’s a very family friendly hotel with a kids’ club in the planning, and with plenty of interconnecting rooms and suites.
The ethos of Lily of the Valley is healthy living and weight control. The Lily method is based on what they call their “four pillars” – health, diet, sport and a variety of expert individual treatments – for guests to reach their personal goals. The hotel’s Wellness Village features a semi-Olympic pool heated all year round, treatment and consultation rooms, saunas, and a snow shower, and the wellness expertise is based on a combination of holistic medicine, ancient therapies and innovative techniques, under the watchful eye of a leading French doctor and nutritionist. After a personal evaluation and consultation, each guest has a bespoke programme designed, with private sessions with dieticians and coaches, and a choice of over 70 activities, from yoga to aquatic sports or from indoor cycling to mountain biking.
The surrounding countryside, beaches and town and villages beckon to be visited. This is a stunning part of the region, with unspoilt coastline and meandering roads and tracks to explore. Take a bike and cycle the hills; visit local vineyards for a tasting or try some truffle hunting – this area is famous for them. You’ll find plenty of charming restaurants and local markets, and definitely we recommend the coastal walk to St Tropez or taking a boat and a picnic across to L’Ile du Levant for the day.
Wherever possible, the hotel sources produce locally, choosing seasonal and organic suppliers. This extends to planet-friendly cleaning and bath products, and lightbulbs.