Les Sources de Caudalie Hotel, Martillac
This luxurious spa resort of village character is located right next to the vineyards of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Architect Yves Collet drew his inspiration from fishermen's cottages on the Cap Ferret peninsula on the nearby Atlantic coast, making copious use of antique wood and limiting himself to natural materials. The best way to explore the sprawling estate, the surrounding vineyards and the picturesque landscape with grape vines extending far as the eye can see is probably by riding one of the hotel's bicycles. Wine is the underlying theme everywhere you go, even in the spa area. It is a great place for slowing down – by submitting to the famous vinotherapy of the hotel's own Caudalie brand of cosmetics. The skin-toning effect of grape seeds (rich in polyphenols and resveratrol) in combination with warm spring water extracted from a depth of 540 metres will boost your skin, and their rejuvenating effect on your skin cells borders on the miraculous. Whilst enjoying a wine compress or a bath in a wine tub you may as well treat yourself to a glass of the Smith Haut Lafitte's house wine. After all, red wine in itself is rich in antioxidants.
Hotel Price range
One night for two in a double of the lowest category during the off-season will cost approx.:
- Below € 250
- Below € 400
- Above € 400
Living the French paradox: The staff share their love for wine with the guests and live up to the belief that it has medicinal properties – ask any Frenchman and he'll tell you it is true. After all, the French have the highest per-capita wine consumption in the world and one of the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease – blame it on the red wine or specifically on the polyphenols the grapes contain.
Sadly, there is never enough time to discover all of the hotel's nooks and crannies, nor to sample all the wine treatments at the spa.
Location, ambience, room, service, and wine list:
6 = one of a kind
5 = excellent
4 = good
3 = satisfactory
2 = imperfect
1 = poor
6 = superior culinary art (normally 3 Michelin stars)
5 = extraordinarily creative culinary performance – often awarded one or two Michelin stars
4 = excellent cuisine, high quality, and consistency
3 = great cuisine, out of the ordinary
2 = unambitious cuisine
1 = best not to dine here
6 = unique resort or restaurant that satisfies (nearly) every need and desire
5 = top-of-the-lot in its category, as-new infrastructure, with lavish attention to detail
4 = swank restaurant or thrilling hotel with restaurant, bar, indoor or outdoor pool, gym, and spa
3 = elegant restaurant with patio, or small-but-refined hotel with restaurant
2 = harmonious restaurant without terrace or a luxurious B&B with swimming pool
1 = simple restaurant or charming B&B without swimming pool
Idyllic, right next to the prestigious vineyard of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte and a mere 20 km away from Bordeaux and the city's airport.
Cosy, charming and relaxed – the atmosphere is defined by the lavish use of antique wood and a discrete sense of luxury.
2 restaurants, 2 bars, outdoor pool, large spa on 1,500 sqm including indoor pool and 24 treatment rooms, gym, bicycles and a proprietary vineyard - Château Smith Haut Lafitte.
The "La Grand Vigne" gourmet restaurant, commended by two Michelin stars, and the bistro-type restaurant "La Table du Lavoir" both use natural ingredients, prepared with great care and plenty of imagination.
The 40 tasteful rooms and 21 lovingly decorated suites are spread across 8 buildings: Each building picks up one of the well-known aspect of the Aquitaine region, with themes ranging from famous vineyards to the Bay of Archachon, to local crafts. The new suites, which rest on pilings, are inspired by the fishermen's cottages on the Cape Ferret peninsula nearby.
Friendly, attentive, sophisticated, and efficient.
Location: Martillac | Bordeaux
Les Sources de Caudalie
Chemin du Bourran · 33650 Martillac
Phone +33 5 57 83 83 83