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Les Sources de Caudalie is a charming wellness retreat in Southwest France, surrounded by vineyards and forests, only 20 minutes from Bordeaux. The retreat has been created in mind with the French Paradox that French diet and lifestyle lead to good health, and built with recycled local materials, complimenting the surroundings. Choose one of 40 rooms, one of 7 suites, or one of 6 private cottages, named after regional heritage, and complete with unique antique designs and terraces facing the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte’s vineyard. For a unique experience, stay in “Le Village des Pêcheurs” (Fishermen’s village) - where each of 12 suites are on stilts around a small lake. One of the main attractions of the hotel is the Vinothérapie® Spa. Treatments combine natural hot spring water from 540 meters beneath the earth, as well as grape and grapevine extractions. Take advantage of the steam room, relaxation rooms and the jet-stream. Try Crushed Cabernet scrub, Honey and Wine Wrap, Barrel Bath, or Winemaker's Massage for an unforgettable experience.
Eat at the hotel’s two-star Michelin restaurant La Grand' Vigne. Partake in Chef Nicolas Masse’s private cooking lesson. Learn about Bordeaux’s finest at Rouge wine bar. Taste fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs from the onsite bee garden. Try Cadiot-Badie - Bordeaux’s best chocolates.
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Babylonstoren, originally a Cape Dutch farm, dating back to 1692, is a boutique hotel with an organic garden, a vineyard, and a well known farm-to-table restaurant today. The accommodation choices include one bedroom suites, one or two bedroom cottages and the newest addition - the Farmhouse suites. Enjoy cozy fireplaces, white walls and open design. Cool off in the pool during the summer or take a nap in one of the hammocks hidden in the trees. Visit the salt room or the sauna in the Spa during the cooler months. Enjoy an authentic farm experience.
Organic food from the garden. Wine from 13 different grape varieties. Visit the Babel restaurant for contemporary, seasonal dishes. Take a piece of Babylonstoren home with you with something from their Cheese and Bread Shop.
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The Cliff House Hotel, as you can guess from the name, is built into a cliff, with all the rooms, overlooking the navy blue sea of the beautiful Ardmore bay. The six floors flow down to the sea, with no interruption of the view. Ardmore Bay is an old-world fishing village and called Ireland's "gourmet heartland." The Cliff House has existed since the thirties and is the only five-star seaside hotel in Ireland. Here you will find a lot of history, rustic charm as well as contemporary Irish luxury. Enjoy modern, yet warm design of moss-covered roofs and limestone floors. Choose between 39 sea view rooms and suites, with a naturally inspired colour palette and design elements. You will see marine blue and sea green everywhere. Enjoy this dramatic coast from a private balcony.
One Michelin-star hotel restaurant - The House Restaurant. Try the Bantry Bay Organic Salmon. Make sure to visit Dungarvan Farmers Market, a local farmers market held every Thursday, where you can taste Knockalara cheese.
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"The future begins here " - The Times. Aire de Bardenas is set at the edge of a desert in the northern province of Navarre. Each room combines comfort and well being with simplicity and naturalness. The hotel offers special bungalows with views of Bardenas Reales. Other rooms have a private garden and/or a large outdoor bath. Aire de Bardenas has its own patio full of trees and a vegetable garden.
The hotel restaurant offers fresh vegetables from Tudela and the hotel’s own garden. Also try courgette strips fried with garlic (a Victoria Beckham favourite) followed by brioche bread toast caramelized with ice cream - the signature dessert in Aire de Bardenas. After the meal it is recommended to drink Patxaran the traditional digestive drink.
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L'AND Vineyards is a luxury boutique resort, set inside a vineyard in the heart of Alentejo. Enjoy views of a vine garden, a tranquil indigo lake and the Medieval castle of Montemor. The building houses the L'AND winery, as well as 22 modern suites, beautifully integrating design and nature, built with natural stone, slate and wood. Choose between Sky-View or L'and Suites. Both suites have a large outdoor terrace with fireplace and a private patio, creating a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. The Sky-View suites allow the full opening of the bedroom ceiling, and include a private courtyard garden with a plunge pool. Sleep under the Alentejo night sky and take advantage of one the least polluted areas in Europe.
L'AND Restaurant is a one Michelin Star restaurant - so every dish is expected to be rich, indulgent and mind-blowing. Enjoy modern organic Portuguese cuisine. Drink grenadine coloured wine with hints of blackberry, mint, and spice.