For tourists and local residents alike, there's many an unsuspected pleasure to be found close by, from the sea to the summits of the Pre-Alps. Among bays, peninsulas and sun-drenched countryside, luxury hotels, beaches, golf courses and jaunts, we'll take you to some amazing places.

August 2014

Château de Berne

  • Let grapes do you good

Well known by connoisseurs for its delicate fine wines, this place has for the last 20 years also been pioneering the Var's new form of tourism combining the love of wine with the Provençal art of living. To wind down completely, head to the 200m² Provence Vigne et Bien-Etre spa installed in what was once the cellars, with three luxurious cubicles, a relaxation area, a sauna, a hammam, a jacuzzi, a luminotherapy shower and a panoramic terrace looking out over the vines and infinity pool. This haven of peace (open to non-residents) focuses on the benefits of grapes via natural treatments with enticing names such as Sémillon, Viognier and Savannah. Luxury at its simplest. Gourmets take note: catering to your every mood or desire, the estate has three restaurants (L’Orangeraie, Bouscarelle and Bistrot) where you can savour chef Jérémy Czaplicki's colourful creative cuisine. Twenty-five newly renovated guestrooms, subtly decorated in a chic country style, invite you to relax and pamper yourself against a backdrop of vines.
Lorgues, Route de Salernes - Tél. 04 94 60 43 60

20 years of wine tourism!

To celebrate this special anniversary, Château de Berne has lots of festivities planned including the launch of its new Nuit Blanche, Esprit Méditerranée and Emma bottlings, a jazz picnic party every Sunday in August, and a one-off concert by Barbara Hendricks and her Blues Band on 13 August at 9.30pm.

Par Marjorie Modi