Spa des Écuries at Hôtel Crillon le Brave

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In keeping with our yearly tradition and being a supportive wife while my  husband does the challenging climb up Mont Ventoux, I needed to find a place to pass the time. Thus the Spa des Écuries was my “sacrifice” for a few hours. Well, what choice did I have?

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This 18th-century former stables has been converted into three unique treatment rooms with honey-colored stone walls and archways and bouquets of lavender. After a treatment, it’s nice to venture to the upper terrace of the hotel, find a comfortable sofa, order a glass of wine—which comes with a generous serving of nuts and olives—and just soak in the view.

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But I can’t sit still for long because it’s also fun to wander all the little stone walkways of the hotel and hike way down below the village to enjoy a steep hike back up in order to work off all those croissants and such. Ah! Waiting is such drudgery!

Until we escape again. À bientôt!

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!