A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a European Tour destination, five-star Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort was named the ‘2013 Golf Resort of the Year – Europe’ by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (IAGTO). Nestled in the eastern side of Provence, facing the perched villages of Fayence and Tourrettes, this exceptional 750-acre resort is only 45 minutes from Nice and 35 minutes from Cannes. Terre Blanche is a perfect getaway from the city, a paradise for golfers, a Spa destination and a first choice for families.
Golfers will discover two championship courses, ‘Le Château’, and ‘Le Riou’, ranking among the most prestigious in Europe for players of all levels. Raphael Jacquelin, Terre Blanche’s touring pro, Bubba Watson, Thomas Bjorn, Matt Kuchar, Ian Woosnam and other big names have played here and given the thumbs up to this elite golf resort.
What turns them on about the immaculate Château? “They love the quality of the greens, and there is praise for the Dave Thomas design,” says golf director Jean-Marie Casella. “They find Le Château very challenging, with varied holes, fantastic greens and wonderful views over the wooded hills. You need to play strategically to avoid hazards.”
Le Riou course (meaning ‘little river’) is set high above the valley and has several dog-legs, tighter fairways, and large fast undulating greens. The wildlife includes black swans, a variety of birds and ducks and freshwater fish, and in keeping with the resort’s ecological approach, five donkeys may be seen keeping some of the scrub under control on the plots of land available for sale within the residential estate.
Terre Blanche also features the first training centre to be granted ‘European Tour Performance Institute’ status, enabling golfers – from beginners to the elite – to improve their swing and practice in optimum conditions. At the Leadbetter Golf Academy, Alain Alberti is the head pro and is also coach to Jacquelin and other Tour players while the Biomecaswing Performance Center is headed by Jean-Jacques Rivet, Biomecanics expert for European Tour.
The state-of-the-art facilities include 64 practice mats on two levels, repair and fitting TaylorMade pro shop, fitness and video room, trackman, outdoor and indoor putting greens, and short-game areas. Terre Blanche has also launched a new membership offering for 2014 with competitive rates and exclusive advantages for new and existing members, whether living locally or abroad.
A world-class Spa destination
The five-star resort boasts 115 elegant suites and villas set like a Provençal village, with contemporary architecture and a private art collection indoor and outdoors. This unique décor can also be enjoyed from the 600 square-metre infinity pool that is surrounded by VIP cabanas and lush nature, commanding panoramic views over the magnificent countryside of southern France, where resort and landscape are merging as one. Terre Blanche delivers a taste of Provence by providing refined French gastronomy with a typically local flavour – which extends to the wine – with four restaurants on site, including the gourmet restaurant Le Faventia.
Devoted to well-being in a breath-taking Bastide amid peaceful gardens, the Spa offers the ideal setting for a short relaxing escape or a full day of pampering. The 35,000 square-foot award-winning Spa has 12 treatment rooms and two ‘couple suites’ where one can indulge in a variety of new body and facial treatments by Carita or anti-ageing facials by Ivo Pitanguy. Bathed in natural daylight, the Spa showcases a 20m lap pool, an outdoor vitality pool, saunas, Jacuzzis, fitness rooms, manicure and pedicure, a hair salon, a tea room with garden and terrace, and a boutique. Personal trainers provide body sculpting fitness classes as well as aqua bike, yoga and pilates.
The Kids Club, close to the tennis courts, is a land of adventure and discovery, open from March 29-November 3 to all children from two-12 years old, offering artistic, musical or sports activities, botanical explorations, shows and games. Terre Blanche appeals to all those who seek a heavenly retreat in charming Provence with authentic villages, markets and vineyards while enjoying the ultimate comfort and extensive services of a five-star property. Terre Blanche, an exceptional destination to play golf, to unwind, to meet, to perform, to celebrate… Terre Blanche is simply ‘One of a kind’.