Fresh Picks: Les Prés d’Eugénie

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

“Fresh Picks” features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. Last week it was the six-month-young Public Chicago, this week it’s the 32-year-old (although technically it’s 150) Les Prés d’Eugénie.

Where: In the village of Eugénie-les-Bains (so named for the wife of Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie) within the Landes countryside, approximately 100 miles south of Bordeaux, France.

What: Four hotels, three restaurants and two spas nestled on 40 acres of gorgeously gardened grounds. The oasis is owned by French chef Michel Guérard and his wife Christine, chief decorator with a spa lineage (her father founded Biotherm and a hotel and spa chain), so it’s a marriage of fine dining, fine furnishings and more-than-fine pampering. Activities here include golf, tennis, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, canoeing, oh, and of course eating, sleeping and spa-ing.

Who: Foodies who want the added benefit of a “Slenderizing Needle Shower” or “Aroma Sveltness Ritual” immediately after they overindulge.

Why: We’re pretty sure this is the French version of heaven. And if you needn’t cross over into the afterlife to experience it then why wait.

For more painstaking detail on Les Prés d’Eugénie, check out the France Today article “Spa Life: Elegant Domain”

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