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October 2013
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Les Sources de Caudalie

From left to right and top to bottom, Photo 1, 4 and 5: The Caudalie Sources , 2 : Entrance "Chartreuse" of the Thil Caslte , 3: Thermal Bath and 6: Suite "Le vent du Large" / Room on "L'Ile aux Oiseaux" by Maxime Simoens,

Seemingly just another hotel nestled in the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan, but Les Sources de Caudalie is not just any old venue because it is here that “vinothérapie” was invented, a range of treatments based on the benefits of the polyphenols found in grape seeds. Nestled amongst lush greenery and vineyards – the hotel is in the Smith Haut-Lafitte area, the Grand Cru of Graves – a few minutes from the center of Bordeaux. Les Sources de Caudalie forms a real village, designed by architect Yves Collet. Alice Tourbier-Cathiards – daughter of the owners of Smith Haut-Lafitte – and her husband, Jérôme Tourbier have designed their hotel around the concept of stationary travel, an escape close to home. The 40 rooms and 9 suites are decorated to take guests on a trip to the heart of the region. Everything here evokes Aquitaine, between the ocean and basin, land and country. The five houses are presented as variations on regional themes. Paintings, antiques, and warm fabrics create veritable tableaus in the rooms, just like so many small histories that have shaped the grand. But it is the Île aux Oiseaux that is at the heart of the hotel. An exact replica of a hut on stilts in the Arcachon basin (the region is famous for it’s huts on stilts), the suite was decorated by Maxime Simoëns. Its décor includes all codes of a decorator: white and black, of course, the contrast of matt and gloss and the creation of prints within its own structured universe, and always, his trademark watermark – the bar code, as a symbol of our time. This is a place that combines luxury with comfort, high quality care and gourmet dining. In the kitchen, chef Nicolas Masse offers a cuisine made with local produce, that he magnifies at the mercy of arrivals and seasons. His balanced and healthful cooking serves to further the benefits of the sumptuous Caudalie spa. www.sources-caudalie.com

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