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Page 40 of 92 [ 38 ] • # dayspamagazine • september 2018 spa hopping Lounging in Luxury The Spa at Terre Blanche is offi cially palatial in terms of sheer size (a whopping 35,000 square feet), yet its interior is far from cavernous. Clever structural and architectural features like slanted ceilings, gently curving arches and natural stone accents make it feel intimate, as though you're inside a seashell. Upon entering, I immediately noticed the 65-foot heated pool sparkling in the sun, casting cool watery refl ections over white backdrops. Extending into the spa's gardens, it becomes a Vitality Pool with mist showers, waterfalls and "bubble beds," or underwater bubbling platforms on which guests can recline. The spa also boasts a sleek fi tness center, tearoom, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, sensory shower and laconium (dry sweat room). There are 12 treatment rooms upstairs (overlooking the pool), and two additional private treatment suites are located in the garden area. These spaces feature warm amber lighting and a soothing soundtrack of meditative melodies and birdsong. The spa even diff uses a bespoke fragrance with notes of local rosemary, myrtle, lavender and a hint of lemon to encourage relaxation. Of course, the locale itself has a long history of holistic wellness, as southern France's invigorating sunshine has been sought as a cure-all for centuries. At one point, it was even standard practice among English doctors to prescribe a health trip to the Riviera (roughly 35 minutes away from Terre Blanche). Provence boasts some of the region's warmest weather, and as such, the property takes advantage with plenty of windows to ensure it's thoroughly soaked in sun. Double Duty During services, all of this timeless Provençal beauty meets with modern smarts through the spa's recently debuted partnership with Swiss cosmetic brand Valmont. Terre Blanche selected the company because of its reputation for results, says assistant spa manager Maud Rousseau. "It's almost like surgery—after a facial, clients see immediate results because the products are very concentrated. They use collagen and RNA," she enthuses, referring to the brand's patented ingredients formulated to rebalance skin on an intercellular level. Such a cutting-edge approach isn't necessarily what you'd expect from a cossetting country spa in rural France— and that's what makes it so impressive. Diving face-fi rst (literally) into this results- driven mindset, I lay back for the Energy Ritual Facial (90 min./$300). The impressively lengthy duration of this "cell renewal booster" sets a serious tone: It's extra decadent with double cleansing, double massages and double masks. shell 1 . 8 0 0 . 5 6 2 . 5 3 7 7

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