As we first reported last year, the Terre Blanche Resort in Provence recently ended its contract with Four Seasons, and is now independently managed. We haven't yet visited the property since the change took place, but we just received an update. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the spa and golf resort seeks to provide a restful refuge for both families and jetsetters (who may also be hitting up the nearby French Riviera). Here's what we noted:
*A new partnership with Fragonard, the famous French perfume company based in Provence, means the 115 suites and villas now come with Fragonard amenities.
*The four restaurants were upgraded over the winter, and Executive Chef Franck Ferigutti (Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2000) unveiled his new menu this spring- focusing on the best seasonal products from the Provence region.
*At the sprawling spa, guests can now get al fresco massages at the “spa cabana.” Other new offerings include one of the world’s first chemical-free, antiaging facials by Ivo Pitanguy; massages for children of all ages; and special services for pregnant women.
*The Terre Blanche boutique offers items to take home like honey made on the property by the local bee-keeper, and candles created with the resort's own fragrance.
For more information about Terre Blanche-- located on a 750-acre estate about 35 minutes from Cannes-- visit en.terre-blanche.com/