Lily of the Valley
What a beautiful task: geting used to live in Lily of the Valley.
After the quarantine period ended in Paris, I headed to the South of France to discover one of the destinations I had longed to visit. Just opened in 2019, Lily of the Valley was designed head to toe by Philippe Starck in a very lucky location: the top of Gigaro hill overlooking the blue Mediterranean sea, and the natural reserve of Cap Lardier surrounding it.
The food by chef Vincent Maillard was thought for a harmonious living, with products that really characterize the region, so he creates delicious plates at all times, with all locally sourced ingredients. Many of the vegetables are actually grown within the hotel.
What did I do in a day here?
I started an early morning with some Vipassana meditation in my room terrace, a small yoga session, and having a fresh breakfast with my room that overlooked the sea.
I then took advantage of some unique treatments the hotel has at its disposition: one day it was a total face and body massage, another day it was a facial treatment by Biologique Recherche, a third one where I tested the INDIBA slimming treatment, and my lastly my favorite that was an hydrofacial treatment.
And yet, the relaxation became stronger even afterwards, where I took a café in their Wellness village, and some good minutes of swimming, sunbathing and reading.
We then would take some time off before heading to have lunch at Vista: their meeting point for lunch and dinner with the best view I have seen in many trips in French seaside.
Afternoon: some computer work and and resting, followed by a walk to the beach (and other days hiking and mountain cycling), to finally arrive to my favorite chapter of the day: aperitif while watching the sunset before heading to dinner with all the team taking care of me, that above all, made my stay so joyful.
The day finished by walking back to my suite and stopping to hear the animal sounds of the night and the smell of all nature. What a routine.
One of the observations that really made me relate to who I am, is the importance of feeling in a place that is going back to human values, to kindness, relaxation, nature, and even locally source products and food. Most of the decorations in the rooms and common areas where created by artisans from the region, and the whole team made you feel in a very familiar ambiance all of the time. For me, this also makes you more aware of our responsibility to support everything we do in a more ethical way, with better values, and just creating a better environment anywhere we go.
Thanks to Lily of the Valley, can’t wait to go back!