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Of course, what re­ally sets Les Sources de Cau­dalíe in a class of its own would have to be the ab­so­lutely breathtaking Cau­dalíe Vinothérapie Spa. De­signed by French ar­chi­tect Yves Col­let, the ex­pan­sive wood and stone build­ing is the per­fect syn­the­sis of moder­nity and tra­di­tion. In­spired by its en­vi­ron­ment, the ar­chi­tec­ture is rem­i­nis­cent of a to­bacco-cur­ing barn and yet is light and airy in terms of its in­te­rior de­sign.

The 1,500-square-me­tre spa of­fers a host of treat­ments based on – what else? – Cau­dalíe prod­ucts, and as such are vine and grape seed re­lated, not to men­tion en­riched by warm min­eral springs. Mari­nades such as the Crushed Caber­net Scrub, Honey and Wine Wrap, as well as Bar­rel Bath await the novice epi­curean. The Wine­mak­ers’ Mas­sage lives up to its ex­otic name and a smooth wooden stick (usu­ally used for crush­ing grapes) is rolled over pres­sure points to smooth out knots and ten­sion.

Mak­ing your way to the spa from the ho­tel is a treat in it­self as you wind through charm­ing cor­ri­dors, be­fore emerg­ing through to a pas­sage­way that leads to the main area of the spa – over­look­ing the swimming pool and a panoramic view of the Smith Haut Lafitte vine­yards. Re­lax as you sip calm­ing tea, read­ing and en­joy­ing the vista be­fore your pre­ferred treat­ment, or take a dip in ei­ther the warm in­door or out­door pool pend­ing mood and sun quo­tient.

De­spite only hav­ing started in 1999, the Cau­dalíe Vinothérapie Spa, through the ef­forts of its co-founder Mathilde Thomas, opened its doors in 2008 in such es­teemed es­tab­lish­ments as New York’s Plaza Ho­tel, where after emerg­ing from rosepink chang­ing rooms, clients en­joy a com­pli­men­tary glass of wine in the ex­quis­ite wine lounge. Yet another spa may be found in the ter­ri­bly ex­otic Les Ot­tomans in Istanbul, Turkey. Then there is the stun­ning Cau­dalíe Vinothérapie Spa in the Frank Gh­ery de­signed Ho­tel Mar­ques de Ris­cal, a jewel in the Cau­dalíe crown even Thomas ad­mits the first will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in her heart: “Bordeaux is my fam­ily wine es­tate, after all, and where Cau­dalíe was born.” Get the Cau­dalíe ex­pe­ri­ence at the newly-minted Cau­dalíe Bou­tique Spa, S127, Level 2, Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Ber­trand and Mathilde Thomas

Let’s talk about Cau­dalíe’s new Polyphe­nol [C15] range. Which of the line is your ab­so­lute must-have? “Oh, I can­not live with­out my Polyphe­nol [C15] SPF20 daily. I love ev­ery­thing about it! The an­tiox­i­dant ef­fect, the SPF 20, the light oil-free tex­ture, the scent, the tube. It goes with­out say­ing that I am very proud of my new Polyphe­nol [C15] range, not only

be­cause it is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant and anti-wrin­kle reg­i­men but be­cause my team has worked on de­vel­op­ing it with Pro­fes­sor Ver­cauteren for the long­est time. For the first time, it com­bines th­ese polyphe­nols ex­clu­sive to Cau­dalíe re­search with a top-per­form­ing sta­bilised vi­ta­min C to pro­duce an in­tensely pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant youth con­cen­trate,

which blocks 100% of free rad­i­cals. You must ex­per­i­ment with new ideas for prod­uct lines con­stantly. What’s

on your radar right now? A top-notch anti-age­ing mol­e­cule that could en­hance the life span of cells even more. And make your skin look younger for longer.

Travel fea­tures heav­ily in your sched­ule. The se­cret to ar­riv­ing at a business meet­ing in a dif­fer­ent time

zone with one’s game face on? Mois­turise heav­ily be­fore get­ting on the plane – from head to toe. I re­place daily mois­turiser with a thin layer of my mois­tur­is­ing mask. Drink a lot of wa­ter and try to ab­stain from al­co­hol and food – you’ll feel so much bet­ter. Sleep as much as you can, curl­ing eye­lashes nat­u­rally with a sleep­ing mask – it works!

Mar­qués de Ris­cal Spa, in Bil­bao, France is an award-win­ning Cau­dalíe Vinothérapie Spa

Pure bliss at Les Sources de Cau­dalíe, where lux­ury is de­fined

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