Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa

I ♥ NY! Spa Relaxation

My Valentine’s gift this year… a visit to Caudalie Vinothérapieâ„¢ Spa, the New York City outpost of my dream spa and wine destination, Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux, France. You can find this paradise on the fourth floor of The Plaza Hotel combining blissful spa treatments AND a luxurious wine lounge. Opened in 2008, this is a must visit for any spa and wine lover as Caudalie combines the best of what it makes from the grape… wine and its skin healing products.

Your greeted at the spa by the wonderful scents of Caudalie’s signature products and surrounded throughout by materials of a French Château like warm woods, stone, vines, fabulous grape photography. The spa offers a full range of treatments including many of their signatures. I enjoyed the Wine Maker’s Massage with Doug. It “recreates the timeless ritualistic steps of the wine-making process: Bare-hand massage techniques alternate with a rolling massage using a wine maker’s stick over the body, and gentle finger-tip pressure applications along the body’s vital energy paths. This massage, like fine wine, offers balance and brilliance.” 50 heavenly minutes!

Doug then escorted me to the lovely “French Paradox” Wine Lounge featuring the only Spa Sommelier in the world! Clifford Rames, the Caudalie Sommelier, is the best! (As is all of the staff!) He’s very approachable and will tell you all about the wines he pours. Relax for as long as you want (we were there for several hours) in the burgundy Bordeaux leather chairs and sofas surrounded by bottles of wine and French music playing in the background. Poured during our afternoon, Cliff served us glasses of Smith Haut Lafitte‘s Les Hauts De Smith White (95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris) and Red (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 105% Cabernet Franc), part of Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux. Both wines are delicious!

It was the perfect Valentine’s afternoon!

For more details on Caudalie, the original Vinothérapie Spa and Château Smith Haut Lafitte Winery, check out posts on our Bordeaux visit.

I ♥ NY!

Just back from a fantastic ♥Valentine’s♥ trip to New York City! Its been five years since my last visit… so much has changed yet so much has stayed the same. That’s one of the many reasons its such a fabulous place to visit! We walked, ate, shopped and wined our way up, down and across town.

Our home for five days…Trump SoHo New York…the tallest structure in SoHo with AMAZING views of the city! (No looking out your window at a wall here.) Everything about the hotel is Trump big…in a good way. You’re greeted by lovely door men, who thankfully open the two-story heavy as lead doors, welcoming you into the SoHo stylish two-story lobby complete with water features and fire pits. The staff and service here are the BEST from bartenders to housekeepers. Guest rooms are enormous by NYC standards, as is the bathroom… no wonder celebrities love to stay here (apparently Fergie & Josh, Chris Brown, Nicole Richie were guests during our visit…I only saw a few ‘C’ celebs in the bar). Our room on the 31st floor overlooked the Hudson River with spectacular sunsets. Quattro, their Northern Italian restaurant, has a small but fun bar. You can also enjoy cocktails in the Library or in Kastel, the ‘cocktail ultra lounge,’ which was hopping Friday night when we went in late night for a drink.

My MUST GO’s from this adventure in NYC…

* Walk the City: We did over 20 miles…on foot is the best way to see it all (but the Subway is there when you get tired). Start at the bottom and work your way up. Cool to see the Financial District even on a sleepy Saturday (and if you’re interested the World Trade Center area offers tours of the site). Then up through Tribeca, into SoHo for great boutique shopping, across into Chinatown and up into Little Italy (yum!). Nolita (stands for North of Little Italy…that was a new one for me), just above SoHo, is an up-and-coming section with cute restaurants and more boutiques. Cross over to Greenwich Village for the Meatpacking District. Boy has this area changed! Lots of designer shops, boutiques, restaurants and the super cool Standard hotel are here. On up to Union Square, Flatiron District (what a cool building and across the street from Eataly, my new favorite place!), Times Square (very cool they’ve made it very pedestrian friendly), pass all the show homes in the Theater District and into Midtown for Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center until you reach The Plaza and Central Park. This trip we went as high as the Upper West Side for some yummy eats! Pick up a map or guidebook like The Little Black Book of New York to help (I used their new edition this trip).

* Shop till you drop: On a mission this weekend to find a wedding dress, but not your typical pouffy dress, I went the boutique/department store route (only to find my favorite dress I’ve found here in DC too :)).

  • Boutiques: This is the city for boutique shopping…SoHo, Nolita and Meatpacking District offer the best and most concentration.
  • Department Stores: Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor for the best selection no matter what you’re looking for (and most affordable). Saks and Bergdorf’s are lovely to browse (but a little pricey for me).
  • Flagships abound on Fifth, Park and Madison like BCBG, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, you name it.
  • Eataly: New favorite restaurant & grocery store. Yum! More on that tomorrow.
  • Stationers: Kate’s Paper was always my favorite in New York but sadly they’ve closed down every location but the one in SoHo. Still lots of great paper to chose from! We stumbled upon some great spots on West 18th Street like Paper Presentation and Print Icon.
  • Books: Books of Wonder, also on West 18th Street, is an awesome kid’s book store with a selection you won’t find anywhere else. NYU’s bookstore has a fun little kid’s section.

* Fabulous Eats: 3 square meals a day plus snacks 🙂 check out the next post for all the details.

* Spa Relaxation: What’s a weekend away without a spa visit?! This trip I visited Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa and Wine Lounge at The Plaza (you may remember their ‘mother location’ is my DREAM spa and wine destination in Bordeaux). Trump SoHo’s Spa has the only hammam in the city and looks lovely with Turkish influence but I didn’t get to partake this trip.

The gallery has some photos from the trip. And be sure to share any of your favorites herefor other readers and for my next trip! 🙂

Grape Occasions Gift Ideas: Spa

In the spirit of holiday giving and of Grape Occasions theme, this week we’re sharing great gift ideas for wine, spa, travel and you.  Today is SPA… always the perfect gift that fits any size!

Miraval

“You won’t find you anywhere else” … its so true! This continues to rank as one of my favorite spas in the world and I’ve been lucky enough to visit them twice in the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, on their 400 acres of idyllic land. This a real splurge gift but worth the money. The visits helped me make two major life decisions…the clarity and inspiration 4 days here can bring you is amazing!

Their website sums it up … “Miraval is a place dedicated to opening eyes, minds, and hearts. Our focus is on healthy and sustainable living. The Miraval experience is:Fresh locally sourced ingredients to make gorgeously flavorful food; Growth and development activities that make the heart-pump and the head re-think; Fabulous spa resources that make the senses ignite and; An unrivaled team of wellbeing Specialists to help you make positive and lasting change in your life.”

Mindfulness is their philosophy… Be Here Now, Be Present.  And its brought to life in their fabulous meals, the incredible classes offered daily (includes photography, exercise, meditation, yoga and the amazing Equine Experience with Wyatt Web) and the spa experiences / 1on1 sessions you can have with Specialists (life coaches, fitness experts, energy specialists).

Miraval has all inclusive pricing (around $500 / night) which includes a $130 resort credit per person, per night to apply toward spa services, private consultations, or a round of golf.

Spa Finder

The Global Spa Resource’s mission is to empower people to find their perfect well-being experiences. Its a great website to find spas all over the world with over 5,000 in their network. The site offers SpaFinder Gift Certificates which are a great gift! They feature local spas, amazing nationally recognized and awarded spas like Miraval and Canyon Ranch, and even international experiences like two great ones in Italy I’ve been to, Grotta Giusti and Terme di Saturnia. I’ve received and given many of their gift cards… get it on line or also in local stores that carry that giant gift card assortment.

My Vinothérapie Spa Escape by Caudalie

If you can’t visit one of Caudalie’s Vinotherapie® Spas (my dream spa & wine combination), bring Caudalie home. This set brings the exclusive treatments of the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spas together in a canvas zipper travel pouch featuring six deluxe Vinothérapie® products..Cabarnet Scrub, Vinopure Purifying Mask, Nourishing Body Lotion, Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel and Hand and Nail Cream.

Spa Magazine

Enjoy a little spa at home every month with the delivery of Spa Magazine.  Focused on travel, beauty and living, this is a great gift that keeps giving throughout the year!

New Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa Opens at Yeatman in Portugal

Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spas have added to their spa family opening their fifth spa in the beautiful new Yeatman Hotel in Oporto, Portugal. While I haven’t yet experienced it (the spa opened last week, hotel opened 26 September), reading their website, brochure and looking at the pictures has me wanting to pack my bags for my first trip to Portugal!

The Yeatman, a 5 star luxury wine hotel, aims to provide guests with the very best authentic experience of the Oporto city, Port wine and Portuguese wines. Because not only is the hotel located in the historic heart of Vila Nova de Gaia next to the ancient ‘lodges’ where Port houses have aged their wines for over three centuries but the Yeatman family has been in the Port trade since 1838 and owns 3 of the most famous Port companies.

This little known destination is the place to go if you want to explore Port wine. The city of Oporto is a UNESCO World Heritage City and the main center of northern Portugal sitting on the River Duoro only seven kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches. You can take a river cruise 100 kilometers down the river to the Port Wine Region and catch a historic 1870 train back.

The Yeatman takes wine, food and relaxation very seriously. Wine Director, Beatriz Machado, oversees a 20,000 bottle cellar focused on Portuguese wine and leading Portugal chef Ricardo Costa is executive of the two kitchens. Both come together in a great list of wine and food events. And many of the partner wineries have even sponsored suites.

“To create an oasis of serenity and wellbeing on their seven acre property, welcome The Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa at The Yeatman. Its tranquil setting, evocative of the elemental spirit of wine, includes ten therapy rooms where guests can relax and enjoy Caudalie’s unique Vinothérapie® care and treatment programmes, including barrel bath immersions, relaxing Merlot Wrap massage and other signature body and facial treatments. The products are based on natural ingredients drawn from the vineyard environment and valued for their anti-oxidant properties and contribution to beauty, wellness and vitality.” There are also pools, Roman bath, sauna, shower experience and hammam.

Check out their website if you’d like to take a break or plan your trip to Oporto (September looks like a good month as its harvest time). Also see my posts on Les Sources de Caudalie, the original Vinothérapie® Spa in Bordeaux.

Les Sources de Caudalie: THE Dream Wine & Spa Destination, part 3

The Hotel

In ’99 to share this beautiful property and all its offerings with the world the family opened the hotel, Les Source de Caudalie. Run by the Cathiard’s other daughter Alice Tourbier, it has 40 rooms and 9 suites built around a picturesque lake.  The rooms and hotel are rustic charming with lots of wood and French country character.  Our room was homey and spacious with headboards made from wine crates, a huge bathroom with tub & shower (with Caudalie products) and a cute little balcony for enjoying wine in the sun.

The hotel has 2 great restaurants. The upscale La Grand’Vigne run by Chef Nicolas Masse, an ’07 Michelin Star, looks out over the lake and offers a ‘new adventure in cooking.’ Our Easter dinner was delicious from start to finish with the type of incredible service you dream of having every time you’re out.  Le Table du Lavoir is the country inn offering lighter fare and a splendid ambiance looking out on the Chateaux and vineyards.  They also have The Cave, their 16,000 bottle wine cellar, and Le French Paradox bar for drinks and snacks.  All staff were amazing beginning with Emmanuelle there to greet us on arrival.

If you aren’t heading to Bordeaux but are in Paris you can visit Alice and her husband Jerome’s new hotel Les Etangs de Corot, 15 from the city near Versailles. They also have plans for more.

Now you can see why… from Chateaux & Wine to Spa & Skincare to Hotel…Les Sources de Caudalie is worth the splurge!

See more photos in the gallery.

*source Les Sources de Caudalie Magazine