Tucked away along the stretch of France's mesmerizing Atlantic coast lies Contis, a haven of tranquility and natural splendor. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors like Biarritz or Arcachon, Contis offers an untouched and serene alternative for those in pursuit of an authentic seaside retreat.
The iconic Contis Lighthouse, standing tall and proud, serves as a beacon guiding visitors to this coastal paradise. Its panoramic views atop the dunes present a breathtaking tableau of the shimmering Atlantic waters meeting vast stretches of golden sands, interspersed by verdant pine forests. This is the heart of the Landes region – raw, wild, and absolutely stunning.
Unlike some of the bustling seaside resorts, Contis offers a quieter kind of charm. The vast beaches are perfect for long, contemplative walks, and during the summer months, they come alive with families and surfers.
Small boutique shops, rustic eateries, and charming cafes line the streets, with locals and tourists mingling in harmony. The scent of freshly baked pastries fills the air, intermingling with the invigorating aroma of the sea. A short walk inland reveals sprawling pine forests. Their meandering trails are a sanctuary for cyclists.
A Sanctuary of Gastronomy and Wellness in the Heart of Gascony #lespresdeugenie
In the sun-drenched, rolling landscapes of Gascony, where the verdant pastures meet the meandering streams, stands the iconic Les Prés d'Eugénie. More than just a hotel, it is a testament to the French art de vivre - a harmonious blend of gastronomic excellence, exquisite design, and rejuvenating wellness.
Founded in the 1970s by the legendary couple, Michel Guérard and Christine Guérard, Les Prés d'Eugénie quickly established itself as a trailblazer in the world of haute cuisine and luxury hospitality.
The culinary experience here is nothing short of transcendental. Under the expert guidance of Michel Guérard, one of the pioneers of nouvelle cuisine, the restaurant has maintained its three Michelin stars for over four decades.
Architecturally, the estate is a romantic evocation of the French countryside.
Yet, gastronomy is just one facet of the gem that is Les Prés d'Eugénie. The estate also offers a world-renowned spa, specializing in thermal cures and holistic treatments. Drawing from the village's ancient thermal springs and amidst the lush gardens, one can truly disconnect and rediscover the joys of inner peace.
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The property is surrounded by manicured gardens and gentle rolling hills, dotted with vineyards that promise the luscious taste of Gascony's renowned wines. Being a part of the esteemed Relais & Châteaux collection, the culinary experience at La Bastide is nothing short of exquisite. Beyond its luxurious rooms and epicurean delights, La Bastide also offers an array of bespoke experiences for its guests. Whether it's a guided tour of the neighboring vineyards, a cooking class led by the in-house chef, or a tranquil afternoon at the spa, every moment spent at this Relais & Châteaux property is tailored to indulge and rejuvenate. It stands as a beacon for all those seeking an escape that celebrates the finer things in life.
Amidst the Vines
Nestled among the rolling vineyards of Gascony, the historic Monastère de Saint-Mont stands as a beacon of heritage. Founded centuries ago, the Monastère de Saint-Mont began its journey as a spiritual retreat for those seeking solace and enlightenment. Over time, however, the monastery evolved to embrace another divine calling - that of crafting wine. The monks of Saint-Mont, with their deep understanding of the land and the rhythm of the seasons, became pioneers in the art of viticulture. They began cultivating grape varieties that would eventually put Saint-Mont on the wine connoisseur's map.