Lily of the Valley

Escape to Lily of the Valley

Tired of the UK weather? Missing some vitamin D and craving that positive, healthy vibe to prep for summer? Lily of the Valley has you covered

Debrah Dhugga

Luxe columnist


As per its namesake flower, The Lily of the Valley hotel is a symbol of purity, joy, love and happiness. Close to Saint-Tropez, this year-round retreat is perfect for anyone looking to achieve optimum health and wellbeing – the French way.

Created to embrace the great joy of health, without the medical approaches and intimidating need to fast, the hotel features an expansive 2,000 sqm spa and fitness space and specialises in expertly curated programmes for long-term, healthy weight loss.

The hotel was developed by international nutritionist Dr Jacques Fricker.

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The Rooms

Designed by renowned French architect Philippe Starck, the hotel rooms adapt to every season in the French Riviera. I love the use of earthy tones, exposed concrete, polished marble, local exotic woods and natural leathers; they all come together beautifully to create a special atmosphere that exudes the Medi.

It is so peaceful like a sanctuary where the surroundings of light, colour and the turning seasons of nature flow beautifully from the outside in.

The Loft Pool Suite

Designed to resemble a converted loft, this totally indulgent suite sleeps up to three guests and offers a unique space with a large living room and spacious double bedroom.

The marble bathroom opens up onto a private patio, which bathes it in light and freshness. There are twin washbasin, a bathtub, and a walk-in shower. The Loft Pool Suite extends onto a private terrace and Mediterranean garden, complete with a pool.

Ideally located below Lily of the Valley, this suite will feel like your very own beach house. It’s just a few steps away from the fine sands of the Plage de Gigaro.

The Shape Club offers three programmes available on 4, 7, 10 or 14 day retreats – each thoughtfully designed to set you onto a realistic path, where you’ll leave feeling genuinely healthier than when you first arrived.

The spa uses Biologiques Recherche products, known for their amazing treatments to suit male and female guests. Its astounding effectiveness, based on clinical pure and raw active ingredients are amazing.

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A fabulous wellness menu is available including a great choice of yoga which of course I could not miss Yin (a slow practice focusing on relaxation) and Vinyasa (a faster flow practice focusing on toning).

On the daily wellness programme, there is even a tipple on the mocktail list with the name ‘YOGA’!

Throughout the stay, you sink into the beautiful Mediterranean surroundings with a range of outdoor fitness sessions that include aqua boxing, sea wading, Nordic walking, sunset yoga and many other activities, all whilst enjoying a stylish setting that boasts panoramic sea views.

Food and beverage

An exciting range of culinary concepts, offering an array of dishes made with produce from local farms, mills and vegetable gardens, the Lily of the Valley restaurants will delight gourmets eager to sample the flavours of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as those who want to eat carefully, without giving up the pleasure of good food.

Enjoy light yet flavorful meals any time of day. By the pool, on a sea-view terrace, or under the Riviera’s starry skies.

The hotel offers a great choice when it comes to dining – you certainly won’t need to leave site.

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Local and grounds

Philippe Starck’s design for the hotel draws inspiration from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Provençal abbey cloisters, and Californian villas.

Perched on the sunny hilltops within a lush and natural environment, Starck’s refined and harmonious scheme results in a peaceful sanctuary where the surroundings of light, colour and the turning seasons of nature flow beautifully from the outside in.

Highly recommend this haven for self-care and escape. The private beach at Plage de Gigaro is a perfect retreat.

In addition to keeping active, there’s opportunity to indulge in a range of expert, technology- based and customised treatments, from hydra facials and targeted cryotherapy, to sion-masque exfoliants and sebum balancing, Lily of the Valley’s steady glow treatments will leave you feeling fully detoxified.

Access

From the UK, Lily of the Valley is best accessed from Nice International Airport with a 90-minute car/taxi transfer. Direct flights to Nice from most UK airports.

Accommodation at Lily of the Valley starts from £465 per night. Rates for the four-day programme start from £2,200.

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