Les Bories & Spa Hidden in Gordes

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Secluded in a 20-acre aromatic park of olive and cypress trees, lavender, rosemary, and thyme is a hidden little retreat called les Bories, which is located on a quiet road across from Gordes. Les Bories is a five-star luxury hotel with a beautiful spa that offers extensive treatments.

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So in keeping with my tradition of getting a massage while my husband is biking away in a cyclist’s paradise, I just can’t get enough of les Bories! Being able to wander around Gordes afterward is a plus.

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Funny story though. My first time to les Bories, I felt a little out of place since I wasn’t use to luxury resorts and had never even had a massage before. In fact, in our early travels, we use to travel on $30 a day for two people. Now on $30 a day, you can still eat like a king in France—the outdoor markets, the bread, the cheese, the everything!

So I am dropped off at les Bories, planning to meet up with my husband later in Gordes. My plan was to walk the hotel’s gentle fitness trail that takes you from the resort right into the village. Graciously, the five-star resort offered to drive me to the village after the treatment, but I didn’t want to inconvenience anyone since I already felt out of place. So I said: “That’s okay. I can just walk the trail down. No problem.”

Problem! With my inherent lack of sense of direction, somehow I got off the short trail and was completely lost. Perhaps it had to do with my not understanding French signs. So after just enjoying the most relaxing massage of a lifetime, I am now wandering around in the intense heat of Provence completely lost in the garrigue on a very secluded dirt road. On top of that, bees are swarming me as I am covered in honey and other concoctions from my massage. I walked and walked in the blazing sun, occasionally passing gated mansions and thinking that sooner or later I would have to ring someone’s intercom for help. Somehow I kept going. After quite some time, I made it out onto a main road. At this point I sensed I was well above the village and started to make my way down the road, relieved that at least I had made it to a main road. Long behold, a happy biker goes whipping by with delight. Yes, my husband is having a grand old time while I am now a disheveled mess of sweat and dehydration and terror!

Yet, none of that has stopped me from returning to les Bories—a beautiful, secluded retreat with treatments such as the Egyptian Beauty Therapy, the Greco-Roman Therapy, and the Coeur de Provence Therapy that will keep you coming back again and again.

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A Grueling Ride up Mont Ventoux or Relaxing at a Spa?

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Though my husband and I enjoy spending our time together meandering villages while in Provence, he feels a constant tug at his heartstrings luring him away toward something else. Being a cyclist and being in France, a cyclist’s dream, he is constantly enticed by the sight of Mont Ventoux towering in the distance beckoning him to conquer.

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Ventoux towering from the streets of Venasque

Though it’s hard for me to compete with the “Giant,” we’ve come up with quite an interesting arrangement on how we both can enjoy ourselves while apart. He drops me off in a gorgeous village, where I explore and enjoy a spa treatment at a five-star resort while he tortures himself with a grueling ride to the top of Ventoux. A lovely arrangement! Wouldn’t you agree?

We meet afterward, bubbling over with excitement as we tell of our adventures. Back home I would never waste money on luxurious spa treatments—money that could be used for more important things, like a trip to France. But this newfound arrangement, just in Provence, is quite a treat. And if you’re going to indulge in a spa treatment, what better place than in a vaulted stone room surrounded by lavender in Provence!

I can highly recommend the spa at Hôtel Les Bories in Gordes as well as the Spa des Écuries at Hôtel Crillon le Brave, both gorgeous resorts. I was pleasantly surprised that the Spa des Écuries was giving a 20 percent discount to those who were not staying at the hotel. Extra money for me to enjoy a cappuccino and a glass of wine on the hotel terrace overlooking the beautiful countryside while waiting for my “Tour de France” cyclist to return.

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This is actually from another time in Menerbes, but you get the picture

And if one has to wait, I can think of worse ways to pass the time than at this spot below.

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Le Renaissance, Gordes

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Happy cyclist meeting up in Gordes

Until next time Ventoux. I look forward to watching you from a distance while relaxing.

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À bientôt!