Our today’s desired escape from the drabness and the hustle and bustle of city life is brought to you by Oetker Collection. We just have a flair for such places. And if all else fails, we are going to indulge in them in our dreams.
There are plenty of emblematic hotels around the world. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, however, could easily be called a true legend. Everybody knows about it and its rooms are booked for a year ahead. But it was not this one that attracted our attention so much. Rather, it was another location from the boutique destinations of Oetker Collection – Château Saint-Martin & Spa. The 5-star gem in chain’s the list of hotels of is not merely an incarnation of first-class ambience, but it is historical architectural heritage with breathtaking views over the French Riviera.
Château Saint-Martin & Spa is a part of the atmosphere of the commune of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, which is one of the oldest towns on the French Riviera. The place is saturated with the characteristic Provençal spirit – flower pattern upholstery, pastel colours and an abundance of pictures on the walls of the restaurant. At the moment, Jean-Luc Lefrançois is in charge of the menu, as he counts on pairing the meals with some of the most exquisite wines of the region. The uniqueness of the place is highlighted by the fact that its wine cellar stores nearly 13 thousand bottles, selected in a way so as to please any taste.
The vicinity of the town offers a variety of historical and architectural landmarks such as Chapelle du Rosaire, one of the most popular sites for sacred art. Created by Matisse when he was 77 years old, according to his own words, the chapel is his masterpiece. In the surrounding area, you could also visit the mediaeval town of Biot. Its streets are filled with astonishing examples of the different crafts. Antoine Pierini’s studio, for instance.
The hotel itself also offers really astonishing opportunities for your holiday. The meandering paths through its gardens lead to an infinity pool, surrounded by olive trees. We find it particularly enticing to indulge in the experience of having outside spa procedures under a wisteria pergola with the fresh breeze. You remember all those tens of thousands of bottles of wine which we mentioned at the beginning, don’t you? With the presence of such a rich collection, you cannot possibly miss the wine-tasting events which are organised about the guests of the hotel.
Text: Ivayla Vlahova