If you dream of visiting the South of France, hoping for the ultimate luxury family holiday, Terre Blanche can make your dream your a reality. Have a bucket list? You’ve just found a location that deserves to be sat at the top.
By Ryan Chart
Set in the beautiful hills of Provence, there are few resorts that will take you on a journey-of-a-lifetime in the way that Terre Blanche does. From intriguing winding corridors that navigate you throughout the resort, to the stunning views of two world-class golf courses, Terre Blanche is your South of France dream-come-true. Not only will you experience absolute luxury, but you can rest assured that it really does put families at the forefront in every single way.
Upon being welcomed, you are driven to your private villa by a member of the extremely friendly staff in one of the purpose-built guest buggies. Modern, spacious rooms exude the elegance of Provence and instantly make you feel like this is exactly where you need to be. The villas also allow you the opportunity to have connecting doors or multi-storey facilities to cater to your group size. Pair this with lavish bathrooms and heavenly beds and you’ll soon realise just why Terre Blanche sits comfortably in The Leading Hotels of the World.
As you stroll around the 300-acre resort (over 1.5 times the size of Monaco!) you begin to feel as though your new home-away-from-home is a quaint Provençal village. Until you see the the picturesque views for yourself, it’s difficult to comprehend just how perfect this resort really is. With over 100 species of animal throughout, the little ones won’t believe their luck. Stumbling across wild donkeys, a huge array of birds, and bright green geckos scuttling around, enjoying the warm evening.
The South of France is a foodie paradise. Thankfully, you have a selection of 5 different restaurants, including the Michelin-star restaurant, Le Faventia. Next to the heated infinity pool is Le Tousco, a relaxed lunch-time restaurant that not only produces the most amazing lobster Caesar salad, but also houses Le Pitchoun, a dedicated child-only restaurant with it’s own menu for diners up to 12 years old. The on-site dietician ensures this menu is perfect to keep your little ones active and revitalised for the numerous activities they can enjoy.
This brings us to the Kids Club – a fun-fuelled hub set just a 1-minute buggy ride from the main reception. It’s the perfect location for meeting the other kids, for friendships to be formed and to give time for themselves for a while (not to mention giving you some grown-up only time too!). There are a huge amount of indoor and outdoor activities enjoy, plus it has it’s very own swimming pool; they’ll feel like they have their own mini hotel to themselves. With an ever-changing programme of activities available, they’ll never be lost for things to do.
Of course, Terre Blanche is world-renowned for golf. It was voted the Best Golf Resort in Continental Europe in 2017, and you can immediately understand why. With two 18-hole courses set throughout the hills, it is definitely a bucket-list experience. If this wasn’t enough, there’s also an on-site training centre, with world-class facilities such as the amazing Biomecaswing golf biomechanics centre, the multi-storey driving range (with the first floor being for the kids only), the clubhouse, and Les Caroubiers golf course restaurant. This means that whilst adults enjoy their time playing golf, Terre Blanche can look after the kids so that the little ones don’t miss out on any golfing fun.
After all of these activities throughout the resort, what better place to really relax and be pampered than at the spa. With a huge range of treatments, a beautiful heated indoor pool, an outdoor vitality pool, gym facilities, and a Zen garden, you‘d be hard-pushed to find anywhere more perfect to feel spoilt by relaxation. You’ll feel a sense of serenity whilst looking across the stunning hills and valleys of Provence – I think it was at this point we realised that our dreams of family luxury in the South of France had come true.
The resort is amazing, but make sure you take the time to explore the surrounding areas provide. From the Provençal farmers’ market in Fayence, to swimming and rowing in the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Cassien, it’s a place to get lost in the tranquillity of Provence. Venture into the wine valleys and visit Chateau d’Esclans, take a tour of the area and taste some of the most popular (and expensive!) Rosé wines in the entire world.
There are countless activities and experiences for families in the South of France, but Terre Blanche will elevate your experience to another level – to an unbelievable journey that’s impossible to forget. Not only will you enjoy the ultimate luxury from your South of France fantasy, but every aspect of this resort has been considered with families and children in mind so that you can focus on making lifelong memories.
How to get there
Flight time from London Heathrow or Gatwick to Nice Airport is two hours. One you’ve touched down in the South of France, take a scenic 45 minute taxi through the Provençal landscape to Terre Blanche resort.
Families with kids of all ages who want a mix of activities and relaxing. It can also cater for multi-generational and big group trips
They have a kids’ club and a range of outdoors activities like mountain biking, zip lining, horse-riding, golfing, water sports at Lake St. Cassien. There’s a kids’ only restaurant, Pitchoun, in addition to a VIT room (Very Important Teenagers).
Best time to go
Terre Blanche is open March to November. Late June or July are especially lovely, when all the flowers are in bloom and the summer has begun. The enviable Provençal climate means that the Autumn months such as September are great for catching the last of the summer sun too.