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Holidaying in France: 5 Wellbeing Break ideas in Provence

Colouring books, meditation apps or an easy-going weekly jog… Everyone has their favourite zen routine these days. So how about a relaxing break in Provence dedicated to opening your chakras, recharging your batteries and getting off the grid?

Yoga classes in Beaucaire

In the soothing atmosphere of Domaine des Clos

If you’re hankering after a zen break in the South of France, this charming old Provencal country house promises a delightful home-from-home welcome, plus yoga and pilates classes every morning in July and August. You can also opt for a choice of wellbeing day programmes throughout summer. Ranging from introductions to essential oils to Ayurvedic cooking and massages, they are perfect for recharging your batteries. And after a healthy lunch, prolong the pleasure at the poolside lined with soothing olive trees, or pore over a book in the library…


Youth & Vitality break in Bayons

A relaxing cure at the foot of the Southern Alps

Florence and Christian have been the proud owners of this house dedicated to fasting therapy, walking and wellbeing treatments since 1994. The must-do? The 7-day detox walking and yoga break alternating talks and treatments such as posture rebalancing and Ayurvedic massages. This rejuvenating holiday haven also offers various relaxation areas, including a spa, sauna and accessories designed to relieve tension. Drinks are at your disposal at all times during the day and the package includes two meals to ease you out of the fasting period. The philosophy behind the fasting cure is based in particular on the book Quand le ventre se prend (pour) la tête by Christian Boniteau, exploring how psychological wellbeing is intrinsically linked to our gut health.

A stroll in the garden of Château Val Joanis in Pertuis

The magic of plants

Nestling at the heart of a vineyard, this magnificent garden inspired by 17th-century designs was created in 1978 with the collaboration of landscape artist Tobbie Loup de Viane. Awarded the “Remarkable Garden” label in 2005 and elected Garden of the Year in 2008, the terraced site is adorned with an old-fashioned vegetable garden, a perennials collection, roses galore and a plethora of Mediterranean plant varieties. An idyllic escape during your wellbeing break in Provence. Get a new angle on the plant world in Marseille, with the “tisane marseillaise” herbal tea – an exclusive creation concocted by the Tourist Office in partnership with the Herboristerie du Père Blaize, a genuine local institution. Excellent for the digestion, this magical tea is instilled with subtle aromas of fennel, rosemary thyme and liquorice. You can buy 100g sachets at the Marseille Tourist Office boutique or directly from the Herboristerie du Père Blaize.

Whaling in Hyères

Venture into the Big Blue with Vertical Horizon

Climb aboard an 8.5-metre semi-rigid boat for an unforgettable adventure off the coast of the Golden Islands of Hyères, between Porquerolles island, Port-Cros island and Giens Peninsula. An official eco-guide and partner to Port-Cros National Park, Cédric offers an exciting range of boat trips aimed at raising awareness and preserving the marine environment. Keep your eyes peeled: this extraordinary ecosystem is a playground for whales, sperm whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds. Enjoy discovering their lifestyles, habitats and how to cherish them while you’re holidaying in the South of France.

A hike in Vaucluse

The secrets of dry stone

You’re sure to come across them during your holiday in Provence: dry stone is everywhere here, standing witness to the ancient history of our land and mankind’s hand in forging its landscapes. Over the years, the inhabitants of Provence built many dry stone walls designed to “break the slope” and channel water. They also built stone enclosures locally referred to as “bories“, used as barns and stables. If you’re keen to get back on top of the world in the countryside, you’ll find a great choice of hiking trails in Vaucluse, winding their way through the Mounts of Vaucluse between pine and oak forests, near Saumane. Breathe in the pure air redolent with perfumes of thyme and broom. The “Sentier de la Pierre Sèche“(dry stone walk) in Mazan consists of two loops measuring 6.5 and 2.5 km crossing dry stone huts built using the corbelling technique, tucked away between Mazan and Blauvac.


Yoga at the water’s edge in Marseille

Disconnect at the heart of the fjords…

How about a hiking and yoga excursion on the shores of Marseille? Suitable for all levels, this stunning hike crosses the rocky foothills of the Calanques National Park fjords and includes a guided commentary on local flora and fauna, to help participants get a better understanding of our precious coastal ecosystem. Promoting ultimate rejuvenation, the Yantra Yoga session gently awakens the joints and body and invites heightened awareness of the exceptional surrounding environment. Admire, breathe deeply and enjoy. What’s more, the excursion winds up with delicious Ayurvedic pastries and tea…

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