Domaine de Verchant, a chic, boutique, 26-room, 16th century old stone château in the south of France, has recently introduced a world-class spa that provides the perfect escape for frazzled Londoners

Set among 17 hectares of Languedoc-Roussillon vines in the capital, Montpellier, the Verchant Spa at Domaine de Verchant leads directly onto the vineyards and La Plage, which offers outdoor casual dining, a cool summertime DJ vibe and a stunning 21m pool.

This impressive and decadent 2,000 sq m state-of-the-art spa offers eight treatment rooms, heated indoor pool, hydrotherapy circuit, Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, experience showers, and a 400 sq m ‘super’ gym. Outside there are two further pools and synthetic tennis courts.

The Verchant Spa has called upon renowned spa specialists, Anne Semonin and Valmont, to develop a complete range of treatments

The Verchant Spa has called upon renowned spa specialists, Anne Semonin and Valmont, to develop a complete range of treatments provided within the eight treatment rooms. Three of their rooms are double VIP suites with double hydromassage, bathtub, private hammams and duo massage tables. In addition to the specialist menu, the Verchant Spa also offers treatments indigenous to the surroundings, such as The Grand Cru – a ritual around the vine, which includes exfoliation with grapeseed and marine salts from the Domaine, a red grape wrap and luxurious massage.

The region also guarantees golf lovers the chance to play on some great courses all year round. Golf de Montpellier Massane and Golf de Fontcaude are around 10km away, Golf de la Grande Motte is 20km away and Golf de Nîmes Campagne is 60km away.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore the vineyards? The Languedoc-Roussillon region is the backdrop for a wide variety of terroirs, each with its own soil, climate and grape varieties, whose different blends make for unique wines with ever increasing quality. Grès de Montpellier, Coteaux du Languedoc, Corbières, Côte du Roussillon and Fitou are among the more famous designations. You can also explore Domaine de Verchant’s own 13-hectare vineyard by bicycle.

The Domaine de Verchant is a five-star haven of tranquility and relaxation just 15 minutes from Montpellier airport and the Mediterranean coastline. A place where old meets new, with stylishly appointed interiors by established designer Raymond Morel, and exceptional modern cuisine influenced by flavours of the sea courtesy of chef Damien Cousseau. Domaine de Verchant is open all year round and offers a selection of specially designed spa programmes ranging from one night to five nights.

Spa & Relaxation packages

One night in a deluxe room with breakfast and dinner, including wines from the Domaine, plus one 50-minute spa treatment per person and unlimited access to the Verchant Spa starts at €595 based on two people sharing.

The Five Night Dream Break includes five nights bed and breakfast in a deluxe room, unlimited access to Verchant Spa and 10 inclusive treatments (1 hydromassage bath, 1 oriental exfoliation with black soap, 1 moisturising wrap, 1 relaxing massage, 1 Ayurveda massage, 1 Balinese massage, 1 20-minute relaxing massage,
1 reflexology session, 1 hand treatment and 1 Anne Semonin Phyto-aromatic face treatment). Prices start from €1,640 per person.

Domaine de Verchant – a member of Relais & Chateaux – is a 15-minute drive from Montpellier airport, which offers direct flights to and from London. See