Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Welcome to Provence

The shuttle picked us up at the Nice Cote d'Azur Airport about noon and drove us directly to the Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche. The drive took about 45 minutes and took us into some of the region's most beautiful countryside. Knowing our itinerary called for another drive through Provence's hills and valleys later on — in a couple days — made the short trip a great prelude to our longer trip to come.

Upon arrival, we were met and warmly welcomed by the resort's most handsome general manager and various members of his staff. All were carrying bouquets of fresh flowers for us to take and enjoy in our private villas.

We were not troubled by the formalities of check-in. We were guests, and from moment one, we were treated as royal ones. So, so nice!

Within minutes, the six of us were hopping in golf cart-like transports and, with bags in tow, being carted off to see our private villas. Because I would be playing golf during my stay, mine was situated on a hillside overlooking one of the picture-perfect courses.
The villa, like all of the accommodations at the Four Seasons Provence, is self-contained. The interior is bright and airy, and the decor features natural wood and stone finishes. The artwork is striking and Provencal in spirit.

There is a separate living room and large and luxurious bedroom. The bath is over-the-top when it comes to beauty and comfort. There's a deep-soaking tub, separate glass-walled shower, double vanity. The Provencial tiles are colorful and charming. There is a large picture window too. At this time of day, it floods the room with sunshine.

There are French doors that open onto a private large terrace. From the lounge chair, I am enchanted by the distant views of the valley and mountains and villages of Fayence and Tourrettes.
The terrace and its views have lured me outside. I am writing now, stretched out on a cushioned lounge chair. My lunch and a glass of Rose wine from Provence are sitting on a small table to my right. Both are refreshing and tasty, though, neither are quite as delicious as simply being here.

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