Another Encounter at a French Spa


In keeping with my newfound tradition in Provence of getting a massage while my husband bikes Ventoux or elsewhere, I made an appointment at the new spa at la Coquillade resort. Now, please note that I don’t stay in these places but just indulge in a little treat now and then by getting a massage and enjoying a glass of wine on an amazing terrace at these luxury resorts.


That being said, I made my reservation and was confirmed to have a massage at 4:00 p.m. with Gilles. All sounded great. Well, when I arrived for my massage, “Gilles” was a handsome, 6’2 Frenchman. Um, awkward!

You see, while that may be the norm for the French, we folks from the United States are still a bit on the reserved side. Hmm. What to do? Well, I told myself, ‘It’s just like a medical treatment.’

That treatment was in a beautiful room—thankfully dark—and extremely thorough. By the time I left, I was so relaxed it didn’t matter if it was Jill, Gilles, or whom it was. La Coquillade is a five-star resort. A wonderful place for a spa treatment, a meal, or just an apéritif on a terrace.


À bientôt!