Terre Blanche – Provence, South of France
Hotel Type: A 5* Mediterranean oasis with two 18-holes golf courses and world class spa.
Location: Terre Blanche is set on a tranquil 750-acre estate, located in Provence, in the heart of lush nature and boasts breathtaking views over the local villages. The hotel is a 35-minute drive from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice International Airport. We love that it is close to some of Provence’s most picturesque towns and the sparkling Cote d’Azur.
Style: Relaxed Provençal chic.
Rooms: There are 90 spacious suites and 21 villas here all of which feature a living room, separate bedroom and a private terrace.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is The Premier Suite, with private terrace – its absolutely great for a little family!
Ideal For: Families, romantic getaways and long weekends.
Swimming: There are plenty of places to take a dip here. Head to the heated outdoor infinity pool, or the outdoor vitality pool or even the indoor swimming pool in the spa. There is a specific children’s pool as well as a pool at the Kids Club. Some rooms also come with their own private pool or Jacuzzi.
Dining: There are 4 restaurants to try when you stay here as well as a seasonal restaurant for children, all are overseen by chef Philippe Jourin. Head to Le Faventia their one Michelin Star restaurant to delight in locally sourced delicious southern France cuisine whilst admiring the view, for a more casual affair head to the Le Gaudina or the Tousco Grill by the pool. For a light seasonal menu head to Les Caroubiers restaurant that enjoys panoramic views over the golf club. We particular love their ‘Rendezvous’ events where local suppliers treat guests to a different, seasonal dining experience.
Activities: There are endless activities and experiences to enjoy both at the hotel and in the surrounding area. Play golf on their two 18-holes golf courses, or just head to one of the practice mats, perfect your swing at the Bimoecaswing Center, play tennis, head to the spa, take part in one of the 40 different complementary classes, go swimming, relax sunbathing, discover the local area by car, foot or bike, head to the beach for the day, wander at the local pretty villages, explore the Gorge du Verdon or Plateau of Valensole, go wine tasting, horse riding or try one of the hotels recommended excursions.
Spa: The Terre Blanche Spa is 3200 m2 dedicated to well-being: 33 feet long indoor pool, outdoor vitality pool, 12 treatment rooms, 2 spa suites, manicure and pedicure studio, fitness centre, sauna, hammam, hair salon, spa boutique and tea room.
Children: A kid’s club, family pools, treasure hunts and lots of space. Need we say more?
Low Season Price From: €410 per night for a Deluxe Suite King.
High Season Price From: €810 per night for a Deluxe Suite King
Open: All year round!
The South of France has drawn us to its hills and shores for centuries, and Provence continues to lure with its beauty and laid back charm. Tucked away in 750 acres, Terre Blanche is its own little village, nestled in terraced grounds looking south towards the coast, with the scent of pines and lavender hanging evocatively in the air. The gardens hide sculpures by Miro and Gormley, and the suites and villas sink into the landscape, giving guests a sense of freedom and total privacy. Close enough to the coast and the foothills of the Alps for day trips, it’s also a place for settling in and winding down – there’s no better spot than by the infinity pool with its views over the hills of the Pays de Fayence. Foodies and golfers alike are spoilt for choice; couples can hide away, and families will easily fill their days.
With terracotta and limestone villas and suites dotted around the grounds, there’s a real sense of space at Terre Blance. You’ll certainly never feel cramped here – the smallest suites measure a roomy 60 m², with each one having its own private terrace. The Deluxe Suites, with their large, separate living areas, dressing rooms and luxurious marble bathrooms are easily big enough for a family with two children. They are equally perfect as a romantic hideaway. For a larger terrace, the Premier Suites are the ones to go for. Designed for a couple or a family of four with children sharing the sofa bed, they can interconnect with another or with a Premier Villa. The Premier Villas are incredibly generous in size – two dressing rooms, a bathroom you could get lost in and a fabulously large terrace. With a sofa bed and an extra bed, these Villas can sleep a family of five, but if you need a bit more space, they can interconnect with an adjacent suite. Set apart from the other villas is the Méditerranée Prestige Villa – where you’ll have total privacy with your own garden and a very good-sized counter current flow pool. The very private two bedroom Villa Provence and Villa Estérel are the perfect havens for larger families, with everything you could possibly need, together with a spacious terrace and the largest Jacuzzi you have ever seen. They also have a small kitchen, which gives you a little more flexibility. You can’t help but be seduced by the sprawling Terre Blanche Prestige Villa – a very healthy 300 m², it promises perfect South of France villa living. A sunny terrace steps down into its own infinity pool, and inside, there’s a cinema room, separate kitchen, a master bedroom and two further suites – space for two or three families.
From Michelin star cuisine to convivial brasserie style dining, the four restaurants at Terre Blanche are all bursting with fresh Mediterranean flavour. Relax on the terrace with views across Provence at Le Faventia, with its one star, where the food of the South of France is elevated to exceptional levels, and sip on rosé from a vineyard not too far away. Local and seasonal produce is championed and traditional local dishes are given a modern twist. Relaxed brunches at Le Gaudina can spill over to late afternoon, whilst the freshly grilled fish and salads by the pool restaurant, Le Tousco are a tasty draw. It even has an adjoining restaurant, Le Pitchoun for children up to 12, with a specially designed menu.
Terre Blanche is a truly family friendly resort. And whatever age your children, they will certainly not be bored. For children between the age of 3 and 12, the brilliantly run kids’ club has a daily programme of activities, where there’s a real focus on the environment. Your children will become adventurers around the estate, learning about local flora and fauna from gardening to a beekeeping experience, and generally spending as much time outside as possible. There are two pools for children and golf and tennis lessons can be taken by older ones. A constant source of amusement are the golf buggies that take you round the resort, and food is complimentary for children up to the age of eight.
Few resorts can boast two championship 18 hole golf courses that are frequently used for major tournaments and are consistently ranked amongst some of the top courses in Europe. Take a lesson with a pro at the Academy or sign up for a two to five day training camp – you can even have your swing computer analysed. The Spa at Terre Blanche is the largest in France, boasting an extensive list of therapies and treatments, with has its own fitness club with yoga, pilates, circuit training classes. Treat yourself to a session in the laconium, followed by a sauna, then a dip in the serene indoor pool. We would definitely recommend exploring further afield too. In midsummer, the lavender fields are at their best, and you shouldn’t miss a vineyard tour or two. With Whispering Angel just up the road, what are you waiting for? Create your own perfume in the scent capital of the world, Grasse, under the expert eye of the creator of Dior perfumes, or visit Monaco for a day. The concierge team at Terre Blanche can help create a bespoke itinerary for you, with one of our favourite activities being a bike tour visiting local artisans or restaurants en route. You’re spoilt for choice here for scenery, but head for the Gorges du Verdon for some truly spectacular vistas – it’s the deepest gorge in France, and a must for a kayak adventure.