The Towns of the Drôme Provençale

The Drôme Provençale’s extraordinary wealth is in its authentic, unspoiled natural beauty, from breathtaking peaks, rivers and gorges to gentle, rolling countryside, all interspersed with charming villages. This is a place to relax, sample the local...

A Weekend’s Punting and Pampering in Brière

Vast, ominous clouds linger stubbornly in the sky, but Valentin, the hulking, tattooed captain aboard our chaland (a flat-bottomed, wooden boat) keeps his sunglasses on as he guides us through the picturesque Brière wetlands. Exploring a labyrinth of sprawling marshes...

Maison des Bois: Marc Veyrat’s New Restaurant in the Savoyard Mountains

The legendary Michelin-starred chef Marc Veyrat has opened a new restaurant and hotel, Maison des Bois, in the heart of the Aravis Alpine mountain range. This is a unique new project for Veyrat, as...

The History and Benefits of a French Thalassotherapy Break

Thalassotherapy: The medical use of the beneficial properties of the sea (which includes coastal climate, seawater, marine mud, seaweed, sand, and other substances extracted from the sea) in a preventative and remedial aim Dotted around...

Flex in the City

The most stylish yoga class the author's ever attended.

So Spaah!

Edelweiss and grapes play a starring role in original spa treatments.

Healing Vichy

Formerly associated with WWII more than with well-being, Vichy is enjoying booming tourism and a bright future.

Spa Life: Elegant Domain

Les Prés d'Eugénie, Michel and Christine Guérard's four-hotel, three-restaurant, two-spa domain set in a beautifully landscaped 40-acre park in Eugénie-les-Bains, is unique and totally enchanting. Eugénie-les-Bains, in the Landes countryside north of Pau, has been...

Cool Spas on the Côte d’Azur

It may be gilding the lily to create splendid spas on the deep blue Mediterranean coast, but the sybaritic south offers a wealth of wonderful places where you can relax, renew and restore your...

Through the Grapevine: Vinothérapie

Where else but in France would beauty and health be discovered in the fruit of the vine?