Best Hotels in France For Foodies, Spa Lovers & Wine Buffs

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Whether you see wellness as a meander through a vineyard sipping Châteauneuf-du-Pape or with a Remodelage massage at a Tata Harper Spa… here are a selection of the best hotels in France that are sure to pique your interest this February…

Crillon Le Brave, Provence

For wine lovers…

Crillon Le Brave is nestled within a village eponymous of the Vaucluse region, and offers guests the chance to explore the picture-perfect Provencal countryside and quaint, historical nearby towns. The hotel offers guests 34 rooms and suites, comprising 16 rooms and 18 suites, which were refreshed in 2020 following a full refurbishment. The hotel reception area, public spaces and outdoor pool overlooking surrounding vineyards and picture-perfect Provençal countryside have also been exquisitely presented with the help of French designer and decorator Charles Zana. Crillon le Brave is a stone’s throw away from some of the most sought-after vineyards in France. A wine enthusiast can only imagine the phenomenal selection of wines chilling in the wine cellar, and rest assured, special vintages from neighbouring vineyard Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a firm favourite among guests. This timeless hideaway combines chic design, complete privacy and attentive but discreet service, offering the ultimate French getaway for those looking to enjoy a quieter pace of life.

Nightly rates at Hotel Crillon Le Brave start from 350 Euros on a bed & breakfast basis. 

Hôtel Lou Pinet Saint-Tropez

For spa seekers…

Hôtel Lou Pinet is positioned away from the hustle and bustle of Saint-Tropez, where guests are encouraged to wind down. Days can be spent lounging around the emerald swimming pool – the largest in Saint-Tropez, visiting the nearby beaches or winding down at the Tata Harper Spa. The lush Mediterranean gardens include a lavender field to enjoy beautiful walks around, a herb garden, as well as three new large outdoor art installations. Lou Pinet has introduced a new offering at Lou Pinet’s Tata Harper Spa – the highly sought-after Remodelage body treatment by Martine De Richeville.

Remodelage is often credited as the beau monde’s secret weapon to youthful and energized physique and is a treatment that women and men at all stages of their lives can benefit from. The non-invasive technique is used to release the body’s cellulite strongholds, freeing the body of toxins and reducing the rate at which skin ages, helping to restore the figure in a healthy way. In doing so, one’s silhouette is left looking younger, lighter and more energized. Lou Pinet is an intimate hideaway echoing the vintage Saint-Tropez spirit of the 60’s and 70’ where loved-up couples will dance the night away in the magical gardens, as the live music transports them to this vintage era.

Nightly rates at Hotel Lou Pinet start from 430 Euros on a bed & breakfast basis

Hotel Le Coucou, Méribel

For ski (and spa) enthusiasts…

Le Coucou, the elegant ski-in/ski-out hotel designed by Pierre Yovanovitch has two restaurants, including the world-renowned Beefbar by Riccardo Giraudi and one Italian restaurant, Biancaneve, a Tata Harper spa, two swimming pools, one indoor and one outdoor, a yeti-themed kid’s club and games room. Guests can anticipate traditional chalet styling, stunning panoramic views across the slopes and an ultra-luxe ski experience with unparalleled dining.

Upgrades for the season, including a revamp of the Biancaneve Restaurant along with refreshed menus, a new spa package and an enhanced Kid’s Club. Biancaneve has been renovated by widening the windows to showcase the incredible mountain views.

The Le Coucou Spa has introduced the Mother & Daughter and Father & Son treatments providing families a moment of absolute relaxation and bonding. The Tata Harper treatment includes a 20-minute facial followed by a 40-minute body treatment. Le Coucou’s Kid’s Club and Teens lab, designed by Sophie Jacquemin, a specialist in children’s enchantment, was entrusted to Petit VIP*, a 5-star reference in the design of edutainment activities. Here children will have daily activities to stimulate curiosity and participate in creative workshops such as shadow and light storytelling, mask creation, and many more.

More information here.

Discover Monaco’s Spas 

Take advantage of this summer on the French Riviera to discover one of Monaco’s unique spa venues. The Spa Métropole by Givenchy is one of the three unique creations in the world. Designed by the interior architect Didier Gomez, it reflects the sophistication and modernity of the House down to the smallest detail. Each treatment is a ‘Haute Couture’ creation offering a unique sensory signature.

Like an ode to the benefits of the sea and the Mediterranean climate, the Thermes Marins  Monte-Carlo is a haven of peace and luxury. Guests can enjoy sublime views of the sea from its heated pool, whilst the outdoor Jacuzzi faces the Port and the Rock. Elsewhere guests can enjoy the solarium, hammam, sauna and fitness room. A gourmet restaurant, l’Hirondelle, is also available with a menu focussing on healthy Mediterranean cuisine.

Treat yourself to a wellness and beauty interlude in Monaco with ancestral rituals at the Cinq Mondes spa at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, where tradition, beauty, quality and authenticity are its key values. Whether you are looking for haute couture treatments, anti-aging or ancestral rituals,  you are bound to find what you are looking for in the Principality.

Le Grand Mazarin – A New 5-Star Hotel in Le Marais, Paris

Opening September 2022

After Crillon le Brave in Provence, Lou Pinet in Saint-Tropez and Le Coucou in Méribel, Maisons Pariente has chosen the heart of Le Marais for its new 5* hotel. Le Grand Mazarin is located in the heart of the action in a buzzing district that’s bursting with creativity and constantly coming up with cutting-edge trends and avant-garde concepts. With its dream location on the corner of Rue des Archives and Rue de la Verrerie near Hotel de Ville, the collection’s first city centre hotel embodies Le Marais’ signature bold and cosmopolitan eclecticism. Le Grand Mazarin is a place to meet and get together in a sophisticated setting that puts a playful spin on styles and periods with myriad influences. 61 quirky rooms and suites, a spectacular restaurant with all-day service, a chic yet enigmatic underground bar, the largest private pool in Le Marais… Maisons Pariente has created an exciting, flamboyant, unexpected and spectacular experience inspired by the Paris that the Parisians know and love. Maisons Pariente’s new adventure showcases the brand’s core values in Paris for the first time: a unique hotel legacy true to an exceptional site, excellent service, unforgettable emotions worth their weight in gold.

Main image: Hôtel Lou Pinet Saint-Tropez


Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.

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