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10 zen and design retreats

In France and all over the world, hotels invite you to let go, to take care of yourself and recharge your batteries, in a decor that is particularly conducive to well-being. Here is the proof, with ten incredible locations, from Alsace to Provence, from Portugal to Costa Rica.

48° North in Alsace
Facing the Vosges mountains, architect Reiulf Ramstad has adapted the principle of hyttes, the wooden chalets popular in his country, Norway, in a contemporary style The spa treatments, based on natural essences of local plants, are well thought out.

Coucoo Grands Cépages in the Vaucluse
An eco-domain of 20 wooden cabins, floating, on stilts or planted, the work of architect and designer Marco Lavit. As a bonus, an infinity pool in the middle of the vineyards.

The Florida in the Gers
In the heart of the Gascon countryside, a new generation inn imagined by the owner, Baptiste Ramounéda, a former interior decorator. The program? Yoga sessions, sophrology workshops, anti-stress massage, facials…

The Sources of Cheverny in Touraine
Between castle, vineyards, and forests, the architect Yves Collet and the Be-poles studio have created a country palace, bucolic and extremely soothing. The contemporary style of the Caudalie vinotherapy spa is a real highlight.

Ultimate Provence in the Var
At the gates of Saint-Tropez, the amazing transposition of the trendy boutique-hotel concept in the heart of a wine estate, by the duo Humbert & Poyet. With a swimming pool near the olive trees and a brand-new spa!

Quinta da Comporta in Portugal
South of Lisbon, an old farmhouse converted into a bohemian-chic resort by the owner and architect Miguel Câncio Martins. Swimming pool and spa with views over the rice fields.

Arctic Bath in Sweden
The architects Bertil Harström & Johan Kauppi have designed a strange floating hotel with swimming pool, ice bath, saunas, treatment rooms… Total disconnection in the immensity of Lapland.

Como Castello del Noro in Italy
All-rounder Paola Navone has brought lightness and modernity to this sumptuous Tuscan property steeped in history. On site, the first Asian-inspired spa in the region, with exclusive protocols.


Hoshinoya Bali in Indonesia
The spirit of Japan permeates the Balinese jungle with this 30-villa complex by architect Rie Azuma. The hillside spa and gazebos hanging in the air overlook a sacred river.


Kasiiya Papagayo in Costa Rica
Admire the ocean from the terrace of a luxury tent, watch the whales from the beach… This ecolodge, designed by the architecture studio AW2 in the north-west of Costa Rica, invites you to bask in the peace and contemplation of the wild nature.

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