Being a life long lover of organic and plant-based beauty treatments, I was thrilled to be gifted a signature treatment at the spa of the world-renowned Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel, a jewel of the Côte d'Azur.
Secreted away within the lush, tropical gardens overlooking the azure Mediterranean sea, with an infinity and vitality pool, it's hard to imagine a more perfect setting pour se detendre. The spa aesthetic itself is reflective of its holistic values with natural light and an elegant aesthetic and is a testimony to the thoughtfulness and attention to detail which encapsulates the hotel. The spa also offers its treatments in the glorious outside gardens under the shade of the pine trees with the sound of the waves lapping the shore, the gentle bird call and the hum of the crickets. You can also choose to have your treatment in one of the outside Cabanas within the gardens, and the team even offer candlelight couples massages - I'm not sure that you can get any more perfect than that!
The spa treatment menu is extensive with a full range of bespoke treatments from facials and manicures, aromatherapy, herbalism and therapeutic treatments tailor-made to restore and re-align with an emphasis on natural integrity and the environment, employing the sublime scents of the region – cyprus, lavender and rose.
Maria, who leads the spa team, greeted me, and we began a consultation where she introduced me to the products. Le Gattilier is a range of organic aromatherapy oils and plant-based cosmeceuticals grown and manufactured in Grasse, the fragrance capital of the world. They are endorsed and certified as authentically 100 % organic and vegan, and it is easy to see why the House of Gattilier has such a revered reputation.
Marie talked me through the different oils for my bespoke treatment with a choice including Arnica, Lavender, Cyprus, Joboja and my all-time favourite, Rose Damask. I can only describe the scent of the oils as otherworldly and what followed was, without doubt, the most impressive and enjoyable experience I've had to date. Maria's knowledge, expertise and warmth, made this signature treatment exceptional, and the products, especially the Rose Damask, were sublime.
All that was left to do was to walk 2 minutes back to the beach and relax some more with a signature cocktail!
The Spa at Cap d'Antibes Beach hotel is a must; the quality, professionalism and sense of well-being was nothing short of five-star. In fact, they should create an extra star for this little corner of paradise. Whenever I am in Cannes, I will make it a priority to return. It really was exquisite.