What to do
Lazing by the Olympic-sized pool admiring the spectacular views was a favourite pastime. If it’s relaxation you’re after, the state-of-the-art spa won’t disappoint. Pick from wellbeing programmes, a huge indoor pool, hammam, ice baths, an outdoor whirlpool, tea room and blissful treatments using natural skincare line Tata Harper and cosmeceutical brand Nescens.
The Private Spa Suite features a sauna, jacuzzi and double massage beds, making it the perfect space for couples.
While it’s truly tempting to spend your time on the estate, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to discover some of the regions surrounding villages. Less than a ten-minute drive from the hotel is the hilltop village of Roussillon, which is adjacent to Le Sentier des Ocre (The Ochre Trail). These historic quarries, etched into the hillside, are famed for their terracotta-hues, a quirk of nature which also lends a vivid tone to Rousillon’s medieval architecture. No wonder it has the nickname ‘The Orange City’. We enjoyed milling around these narrow cobblestone streets, immersing ourselves in another era.
A little further away, but no more than a 30-minute drive is Gordes, which is well worth a visit.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this ancient settlement sparkles and shines in a perched position on the Vaucluse mountains, thanks to its characteristic white stone.
Provence is also, of course, Tour de France country, with Mont Ventoux, one of the event’s most gruelling climbs visible from the Luberon.
We enjoyed a less ambitious, but truly memorable bike ride around the area surrounding Coquillade. Bike excursions can be arranged by the hotel’s Cycling Centre. Our friendly and knowledgeable guide, Romain, led us to the nearby Pont Julien – a beautiful Roman bridge built somewhere between 27 BC and 14 AD, with great historical significance. Built on the Via Domitia – the first Roman road constructed in France connecting Italy to Spain, cycling over this stonework monument gave us a vivid sense of the region’s heritage.
Besides cycling you can workout at the fitness centre, play some tennis or partake in a yoga class at the spacious fitness studio. There’s something for everyone.
Coquillade Provence is open year-round. Rooms from 750€ per room, per night including a welcome gift, a selection of the minibar, breakfast, access to the Spa, fitness classes, and access to the Aureto Winery throughout your stay.
www.coquillade.fr / +33 4 90 74 71 71