Travel: Discover Provence by Bicycle
Provence is best known for its vineyards, beautiful beaches and luscious lavender fields, but it’s not all about styling it out on a sun lounger. The best way to see one of the most scenic parts of the south of France is by bicycle, and here’s how…
Cycling pioneer Andy Rihs – owner of BMC Switzerland Performance Bikes and benefactor of the BMC Racing Team – recently relaunched La Coquillade Provence Village, a luxury 5-star hotel located on its own 100-acre estate overlooking the beautiful Luberon Valley and Mont Ventoux in Provence.
More of a resort village than a hotel, this 63-room property offers state-of-the-art leisure facilities and a brand new spa, alongside immaculately presented interiors, fine dining and estate-produced, award-winning wines from its own Aureto Vineyard.
The on-site BMC Cycling Centre has an unrivalled selection of famous Swiss BMC bikes to hire. Choose from mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, electric-supported bikes and children’s bikes, then embark on a journey of discovery around the Luberon mountains. Scale the legendary Mont Ventoux – famously one of the most grueling climbs in the Tour de France – the passes in the Mountains of Vaucluse, or opt for a gentler ride through open fields and country lanes.
If you really want it explore, hire a guide for €150 for a half day or €210 for a full day. There is also a special 60km-bike trail reserved for bikers and skaters and some walkers, which is ideal for a family ride away from traffic.
After a day in the saddle you’ll certainly want to check into the spa. Coquillade Village offers a world-class SPA & Wellness Center with an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, steam bath, multi-sensory shower and artisan Kneipp products and treatments, as well as a dedicated spa lounge, garden, fitness area, hair salon, hydrotherapy room and pedicure room, you’ll leave feeling good as new. There is also a private spa boasting two massage tables, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, and private garden.
For a truly indulgent stay there are six SPA Suites. Finished in pale, contemporary colours offering the same levels of comfort as above, they include a contemporary hammam or sauna for two people, Jacuzzi or whirlpool bath. Two of them are deluxe suites – one at 60 sq m with private garden and terrace, outdoor jacuzzi, hammam for two persons and ‘Sundeck’ whirlpool bath.
The most luxurious SPA suite is 75 sq m in size and features a deluxe bathroom with Sundeck whirlpool bath, double Italian shower and hammam for two persons, while outside there is an outdoor Jacuzzi and private pool.
Following a major renovation and the introduction of 35 new rooms and suites, each of La Coquillade’s guest rooms, junior suites and suites reflect the warmth and colours of Provence, elegantly decorated in natural materials with exposed stone walls, wood panelling and linen crêpe curtains.
La Coquillade Provence Village offers a cycling in Provence experience with two nights in a double room with daily buffet breakfast, a dinner for two in the Bistrot restaurant, a guided half-day cycling excursion, bike rental. From €830-1817 depending on the season and the room type. A member of Relais & Chateaux, La Coquillade is located an hour from Marseille airport and 45 minutes from Avignon airport, which offers direct flights to and from the UK and numerous European airports.