Terre Blanche Tourrettes
Tucked in the Côte d’Azur countryside, Terre Blanche is surrounded by medieval villages enclosing forested mountains. Nevertheless this 750-acre hotel is merely a 35-minute drive from Cannes’ La Croisette and also a 45-minute drive from Nice International Airport.
Design & personality
From a French aristocrat into Bond-actor Sean Connery, this resort has passed several illustrious hands. The present owner Dietmar Hopp has adorned the immaculately landscaped grounds with contemporary sculptures from his personal collection. The inside décor is Provence-meets-designer-chic having an ochre palette and striking architectural features like the pillar-lined spa pool. The mini-villa lodging brings boutique-hotel closeness, yet the hotel is surprisingly big with 115 suites and suites.
Service & centers
A wisteria-entwined archway opens onto an infinity pool lapping from the forested panorama, while the 35,000 square foot spa offers everything from Carita facials to bubble beds and a spa salon. Golf is high on the agenda with two 18-hole golf courses along with a David Leadbetter golf-training academy using a dizzyingly high tech Biomecaswing centre. There is also tennis and pétanque.
With numerous onsite facilities, you do not need to step foot away from the hotel. Should you choose to learn more about the area, the concierge staff can organise endless actions from Nordic walking into scenic helicopter flights. Repeat guests always rave about the serene and useful service — even though the spa reception team is especially frosty.
The accommodation within this all-suite resort is sprinkled throughout the grounds in private patios. Garden-view Deluxe Suites are spacious; there is another living area with a sofa bed, a large dressing room and private patio. An update to a Premier Suite provides you with a hilltop opinion, but you might too spend the extra cash on a spa therapy. Villas are for bigger family parties or for the ones who don’t examine the purchase price tag. Whatever you pick, you will discover luxurious touches like Espresso machines, DVD players and marbled bathrooms with heated floors and natural lighting.
Food & beverage
With four exceptional on site restaurants, this countryside hotel outscores even city-centre competitions. Le Faventia gastronomic restaurant has recovered its missing Michelin star after the recurrence of fighter Philippe Jourdin — do not overlook the natural Pays d’Oc lamb. Provençal-flavoured Le Gaudina includes a brand new outdoor spit-roast kitchen plus piano-playing champagne brunches on Sundays during holidays.
Buffet-style Tours can also be served with homemade fermented pastries in the resort’s own bread toaster and honey from the beehives. Les Caroubiers is for lazy lunches overlooking the golf course, whilst poolside Le Tousco is created for fast, grilled-meat and salad dressings.
Value for cash
Suites from $330 (#280) in low season; and out of $790 (#670) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Four accommodated Premier Suites. Step-free, lift or lift access to all public places.
Tailor-made for households, with free accommodation for 2 children up to 12 decades old sharing parents’ package, a kids’ club and even a fresh kids-only restaurant.
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