As someone with a penchant for Cabernet Sauvignon by the bucketload, I have a serious amount of time for anyone who lives by this mantra, which is why I now consider Les Source de Caudalie a Mecca.
For years, the French have been applauded as chic, youthful and poised – all achieved seemingly without effort. Along with their effortless sartorial choices and pharmacy skincare arsenal, the secret behind our continental neighbour’s ‘je ne sais quoi’, is a somewhat surprising one.
French women maintain that a staple of their wellness and beauty regime is, in fact, red wine.
The luxury French hotel, which is just a 20-minute drive from Bordeaux, pays homage to wine in every sense. You can find it in bottles, barrels and in your beauty treatments.
Les Sources de Caudalie is inspired by the ‘French Paradox’, discovered over 20 years ago via a study proving that the French diet and lifestyle, particularly in Southwest France, is conducive to good health. Indeed, statistics and reports by cardiologists showed the positive effects of wine consumption with regard to fighting cardiovascular disease. In the name of research, we decided to live the French Paradox for a weekend. Cheers to that.
As we pull up to the delightfully rustic hotel, Les Source de Caudalie’s ode to wine quickly becomes apparent. The hotel is set within the sprawling Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards so you can literally stumble back to your bedroom across the vines after a few too many glasses of red. The spa, which sits in pride of place at the hotel’s entrance and was our first port of call, is named the Vinothérapie Spa and is the birthplace of the Caudalie brand.
Here at GLAMOUR HQ, we’ve been staunch fans of Caudalie and its purse-friendly yet effective skincare offering for years – and we’re not alone. Formulated without chemical nasties and made instead with ingredients from their vineyard, this is the French skincare brand glowy-skinned celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley simply can’t live without.