Botanical ingredients in the French brand’s beauty products are also in the food and on the grounds of its convent turned retreat in Provence.
Provence, south of France: sunny summers, abundant produce and warm hospitality. It’s also the birthplace of L’Occitane, the beauty/lifestyle brand that has become a byword for organic products. In the spirit of bringing together the best in nature and tradition, it converted a 1613 convent into Les Couvent des Minimes Hotel & Spa, a five-star retreat in the village of Mane.
The colours, sounds and tastes of Provence are celebrated here, from the morsels dished up by Michelin-starred chef Jerome Roy, to traditional games played in the hotel’s many gardens.
But the star of the hotel is the Spa L’Occitane. In line with the brand’s philosophy of achieving well-being through nature’s oﬀ erings, the treatments showcase products that incorporate local flora and fauna. Verbena, when combined with lemon and mint, is a quick pick-me- up. Almonds sourced from Haute Provence are used with the aim of hydrating and regenerating skin cells. And the immortelle flower is said to turn back the clock with anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties, living up to its reputation of being the flower that never fades, even when plucked.