Nestled in the rolling hills of the Côte d’Azur, Terre Blanche is the sort of place that, after you experience it for the first time, you won’t hesitate to return to time and time again, whether with the family, partner or friends. Like an oh-so-chic countryside villa, but with all the perks and facilities of a five-star resort, Terre Blanche is beautifully designed and decorated, a stylish French retreat that looks out over the undulating Provencal landscape, all forests and far-away peaks – a truly enchanting place in the south of France.
Against this magical backdrop, Terre Blanche dazzles with its 750-acre estate of blossoming gardens (picture cypress trees and tumbling wisteria), sand-hued villas and wealth of first-class facilities. To start, the property is home to four heated swimming pools: the most outstanding of which is the expansive, infinity-edge haven that faces the forest. There are also two pools for children, an outdoor Jacuzzi and sumptuous indoor option, the latter found in Terre Blanche’s exquisite spa. Come for either traditional or cutting-edge treatments (maybe both), fitness classes or solo workouts in the gym, yoga or Pilates sessions outdoors and a cup of freshly brewed herbal tea on the lavender-lined terrace. Enveloped by the scents of rosemary, myrtle, cistus and other plants, there isn’t another spa quite like that at Terre Blanche.
Sport amenities come in the form of tennis courts, petanque and two 18-hole golf courses (as well as a David Leadbetter academy), and there are also watersports on Saint Cassien Lake nearby, boat trips, helicopter rides, and visits to beautiful lavender fields, markets and Medieval towns. The concierge team is more than helpful when it comes to arranging spontaneous outings for you, should you need them. Meanwhile, kids are spoiled with an activity program of their own, as well as children’s parties and meals in the summer months, ensuring that they get as much out of their holiday as you do.
Take advantage of Terre Blanche’s superlative dining haunts, whether that’s a post-match lunch at the golf clubhouse, Les Caroubiers, or family meal at Le Tousco by the pool. Le Patio is a versatile spot which goes from serving breakfast al fresco in the morning, to offering cocktails and live music in the evening (seasonal), and then there’s Le Gaudina, a charming brasserie with piano music, outdoor terrace and champagne brunches. Finally, be sure to reserve a table at Le Faventia, for Michelin-star fare by chef Philippe Jourdin that incorporates seasonal ingredients and recipes into its phenomenal menu.
Between all the fine meals, excursions, spa treatments and poolside lounging, the rooms at Terre Blanche are the cherry on top of it all. Entry-level Deluxe Suites start at a generous 60sq m floorplan, with bright and airy living rooms, outdoor terraces and views of the garden. Families may like to opt for the interconnecting Premier Suites, or a villa with plenty of space for the whole group. Some have large gardens, private pools, multiple bedrooms, hot tub and/or kitchens too, with the Terre Blanche Prestige Villa being the cream of the crop. Offering the privacy of a rural French villa, but with the resort’s first-class service at your fingertips, you won’t want to experience the south of France any other way after a stay at Terre Blanche.
Terre Blanche Facilities
115 suites and villas, each with a living room, dressing room, terrace, espresso machine, flat-screen TV and DVD player, king-size bed and bathtub. Prestige Villas possess a private pool and/or hot tub, and some have a dining area and kitchen.
Tourettes, on the Côte d’Azur of Provence, 45 minutes from Nice International Airport and just over half an hour from Cannes.