A great wine is a pleasurable thing. It satiates our senses. It satisfies our need for fine things in life. What better way to enjoy the finer sides of life than go on a luxury wine travel.
A luxury wine travel allows you to visit one vineyard after another in order to taste different wine creations. It’s not only wineries that have opened their doors to wine connoisseurs. Exclusive wine hotels have also sprung up to satisfy your desires for great wine.
The Marques de Riscal Don Guillermo in Rioja, Spain is one of the best spots for luxury wine lovers. The vineyard is famous not only for its award-winning wine creation, but also for its hotel’s iconic architectural design. The hotel was designed by Frank Gehry and cost €85 million to construct. It features surreal-looking suave-shaped sheets of multi-colored titanium roofing. This artsy and modern look of the hotel stands in great contrast to the quaint village surrounding it. The hotel has attracted tourists far and wide. However, it’s not for the casual onlooker. There are three ways to get a closer look at the hotel: book a winery tour, wine tasting event, or horse riding around the vineyard. For those who can afford to roll some serious cash, however, booking a room is the best way to experience Marquis de Riscal. Room rates range from €300-€590 a night.
The thematic contrast between tradition and modernity is felt everywhere. Visitors get to enjoy traditionally processed wines and traditional Spanish hospitality, while getting modern conveniences of an innovative and edgy hotel. All spacious rooms feature zigzag windows with views of the wine valley. Amenities are luxurious, including a black marble bathtub and a large plasma TV. You may take dinners the hotel restaurant or bistro, both of which are helmed by Michelin chef Francisco Paniego. On the rooftop, you’ll find the library lounge and wine bar.
But what’s a trip to the Marquis de Riscal without getting a wine spa treatment at the Caudalie Vinothérapie spa. Imagine soaking in an oak barrel of spring water treated with red wine extract, your face covered with a Merlot face wrap, therapists crushing fresh grapes on your back, the glorious expanse of Rioja’s vineyards rolling in front you.
Vinotherapy, treatment based on grape or wine, has become the latest trend in the spa industry. Based on recent studies, wine does not only taste good, regular intake is also good for your body. That’s because grapes are one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. However, drinking wine is only one way to reap the health benefits of grapes. Pips and pulps (residues of wine making) can be used to exfoliate the skin. They can also help reduce wrinkling and other skin problems associated with ageing.
Not surprisingly, the concept of vinotherapy started in France in 1993. A French couple, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, learned the rejuvenating effects of grape polyphenol from leading French pharmacologist Dr. Joseph Vercauteren. The French couple decided to create a skin care line they named Caudalie Vinotherapie, using grape products harvested from their vineyard. In 1999, they opened the first vinotherapie in the world, the Les Sources de Caudalie. Soon, other wine spas opened in Europe, yet Les Sources remained the most popular wine spa – that was until Marquis de Riscal opened in 2006.
Sure, other wine spas are excellent, but there’s traveling to a wine country to get vinotherapy that makes everything feel more authentic. That Marquis de Riscal offers luxurious accommodation and services just tie the whole experience together.
The spa offers an enticing serene setting. Treatment rooms feature cedar and teak woods. The spa provides an enticing view of the vineyard, making you feel like the treatment is part and parcel of the environment you’re in. The immersion in the experience is total. Treatments are one-of-a-kind, such as the Barrel Bath therapy (guests soak in grace marc), Crush Cabernet Scrub, and the Caudalie Grand Facial.
Despite the price of the treatments, the list of Caudalie Vinotherapie Marquis de Riscal’s guests is high. You have to book weeks, sometimes months, in advance.
Vinotherapy is now very popular, and you’ll find many great spots around the world. If you’re looking for a luxurious mind and body rejuvenation, then you should try one of these spas.